Benghazi, coming to a theatre near you

Life is good when you’re the celebrity-in-chief. In the week leading up to the election, Obama’s starring role alongside Chris Christie in Hurricane Relief: The Superstorm Sandy Story  helped him cruise to a second term. And today the Associated Press, which now has their Hollywood staff covering him full time, reports on some positive trends in Obama’s attempt to recover from his directorial debut, the box office flop Benghazi:

Obama may get chance to end Benghazi PR disaster

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House could finally have its chance to close the books on its Benghazi public relations disaster, as key Republicans signal they might not stand in the way of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to become the next secretary of state.

Phew… Ms. Rice sure lucked out on this one. Republican movie critics were much less forgiving with Jennifer Lopez after Gigli.

Rice is widely seen as President Barack Obama’s top pick to replace Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as the nation’s top diplomat. But Rice’s reputation took a serious hit this fall when she relied on unclassified talking points provided by the intelligence community that portrayed the attack in Benghazi, Libya, as a spontaneous assault by a mob angered by an anti-Muslim video posted on YouTube.

She “relied” on the lines fed to her by the director, just like any actress would. Hardly seems fair for Republicans to hold that against her. No one blames Natalie Portman for the dreadful romantic dialogue in the most recent Star Wars trilogy.  Why should there be a different standard set for Susan Rice? Continue reading

7 movies that inspired Occupy Wall Street

At the Occupy London protest, a man wearing a ...

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Word is spreading that Occupy Wall Street protestors are planning ‘global disruption’ for International Workers’ Day. Many will be wearing Guy Fawkes masks popularized by V for Vendetta, a movie so ridiculously awful that it remains the only one where I’ve walked out of the theatre halfway through. In that spirit, here are seven more movies from which Occupiers have drawn inspiration, and their not so great results.

1. Rounders
Occupy protestors slowly filled up every seat of the Caesars Palace poker room in Atlantic City. Once in place, they then took turns folding every hand to the big blind. Occupiers were thrilled to offer this example of everyone operating in a way that ensured financial equality, with no winner or losers. However, they made one embarrassing oversight, and had to leave after the casino had siphoned off all their money through the rake. So maybe there were losers, but at least everyone shared in the misery!

2. Moneyball
Occupiers were inspired by Oakland A’s manager Billy Beane achieving success on a small budget through identification of market inefficiencies. They sat around for days trying to think up new, outside-the-box ways to efficiently distribute money across society. After hours upon hours of drawing blanks, they decided to call it quits after one member in a deep trance blurted out “I got it! Capitalism!” and another recommended hiring a Wall Street financial analyst as a consultant.