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Why the Film Academy’s Diversity Push Is Tougher Than It Thinks
By MICHAEL CIEPLY and BROOKS BARNES

FEB. 5, 2016

LOS ANGELES — Roughly 87 percent are white. About 58 percent are male. As many as two-thirds are at least 60 years old.

As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences scrambles to address an outcry over a lack of diversity among its membership, a close look of its largest group, the actors branch, shows that ending the imbalance within its ranks might be more difficult than, say, predicting the annual Oscar winners.

The academy is typically reluctant to disclose the identities of its members and does not regularly provide demographic information about them. There is no set standard for membership and no consistency when it comes to how many people from the film industry are invited to join each year.

But an examination by The New York Times of the actors branch — whose more than 1,100 members control acting nominations for the Academy Awards — revealed the basic racial outlines of the group. Using public and private databases, The Times compiled data on nearly 1,100 acting branch members. Along with the white members, about 6 percent are black, under 4 percent are Hispanic and less than 2 percent are Asian. Women make up about 42 percent of the branch. A spokeswoman for the academy confirmed all of those percentages.

Roughly 87 percent are white.
42 percent are women.

Of the 25 actors invited to join the academy last year, three were black and seven were women.
The academy has stated that its aim is to double the number of minorities in its overall membership by 2020. Yet, as it tries to remake itself by recruiting younger and more diverse members and jettisoning those no longer active in the business, it is confronting new challenges. There are protests that it is being unfair to older actors, worries that it could simply be creating different diversity issues in the future and criticism from those within its ranks who do not want to use categories like race, age or gender as any kind of organizing principle.

Over the next five years, the academy would have to annually add about 14 black actors and at least nine actors who were either Asian or Hispanic to double the number of acting branch members in those ethnic groups. That would account for almost all of the slots if it invited 25 actors, which is how many were offered membership last year.

The late Abe Vigoda did his part for Diversity (finally)

To attain gender parity among actors in five years, the academy could more than triple the number of annual admissions, to 80, while adding three women for every man. Assuming a typical annual attrition rate of about 26 people (largely because of death), the branch membership would be about 51 percent women by 2020, but women would then far outnumber men among the younger members.

There were 6,261 academy members throughout its various branches according to an annual tabulation it released on Dec. 14. Its official actors count — 1,138 voters, plus 126 academy retirees, who do not vote — may have been trimmed by recent deaths like that of Abe Vigoda.

Who else will step up to the plate and make the Ultimate Sacrifice for Diversity?

Perhaps the Academy could sponsor a (posthumous) Abe Vigoda Award to encourage members whose deaths would pave the way for greater Diversity?

Abe and some other white guys trying to act

On the other hand, Abe was 94 so his enthusiasm for the Cause was perhaps not as unquestionable as would be demographically necessary to achieve perfect Diversity any time soon. (In fact, one can picture Abe greeting each new year by cackling, “Those bastards want me dead. Well, screw ‘em, I’m still here!”)

Die Young, Stay Pretty, Serve Diversity

So maybe it should be called the James Dean / River Phoenix Award for Service to Diversity?

Since Death isn’t doing its job fast enough, the Academy is also pursuing Disenfranchisement.

The academy is trimming its rolls, largely to limit voting rights to those who are active in the business. Last month, the academy said it would begin a year-round membership recruiting effort aimed at diversity, while also culling members who have not worked on a film for 10 years and have not been active during three separate decades since joining the academy.

The not late Angie Dickinson

But it’s starting to dawn on the Brain Trust that, unlike Death, Disenfranchisement discriminates more against actresses than actors. Funny-looking character actors tend to have longer careers than lovely actresses. For example, Abe Vigoda earned a credit in a 2014 movie, which would have kept him eligible to vote through age 103, while Angie Dickinson hasn’t had a movie credit since 2004.

Already, however, there has been negative reaction.

“This is not the way to go about things,” Angie Dickinson, an actress who may be losing her vote under the new rules, said in an email. Ms. Dickinson, 84, whose career includes movies like the original “Ocean’s 11” in 1960, added that she had sent an angry missive to the academy.

“My message to the academy was just this: I, Angie, voter, wrote them: I VOTE FOR PERFORMANCE . . . . NOT RACE.” …

It also appears that a reduction in the current voting members could result in more women losing their voting privileges than men, at least in the actors branch.

Based on credits on the IMDbpro.com database, which tracks both previous work and films in process — but is not fully complete or without error — more women, about 150, than men, about 135, on the academy membership list examined by The Times appeared to be in a position where their active status might be examined by the academy.

 

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  1. When the House of Lords refused to pass the Reform Bill, William IV threatened to appoint enough new Lords to have it passed.

    Don’t know if something like that will happen here.

    BTW William IV had no legitimate children so none of his descendants wore the crown. However by an actress mistress (who died penniless) he is an ancestor of David Cameron so maybe these things work out in the end.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_IV_of_the_United_Kingdom

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_of_David_Cameron

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  2. This problem of too many still-competent, still-living white guys plagues many businesses, and a modification of their approach might work for the Academy.

    They could declare the oldest white male members “Albus Emeritus”, with all of the usual privileges except for voting. Or, some kind of buyout and retirement, in which a special retirement Oscar for Services to the Academy would be awarded.

    Anyway, they need to do something, because I’m tired of seeing a lack of diversity everywhere I look. I attended a Florida Gators basketball game this week, and EVERY basketball player was a tall black guy and EVERY cheerleader was a 5’5″ cute white girl (no fewer than SIX of them blonde). I’m sick of it, I tell you.

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  3. it is funny if you ask theses clowns about vaclav havel, they would gush with praise. if you ask them about “groupthink”….

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  4. This is useless and self-defeating. Affirmative Action in jobs and college places at least results in sinecures for its beneficiaries. But more ethnic back-scratching by the Academy will only devalue the Oscars. For all the cynicism that surrounds the film business, the award does command some respect at present.

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  5. In the crosshairs: Janet Leigh, Kim Novak, Ursula Andress, Joanna Cameron, Cathy Lee Crosby, Lynda Day George, Shelley Hack, Pamela Hensley, Kate Jackson, Maren Jensen, Judy Landers, Carol Lynley, Pamela Sue Martin, Joanna Pettet, Catherine Schell, Suzanne Somers, Laurette Spang and Loretta Swit.

    I’d like to be a fly on the wall when they try to throw Loretta Swit and Kate Jackson out to make room for some rappers or Spanish language bimbos. The fur is gonna fly!

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  6. A cynic might argue that the Golden Globes Hollywood Foreign Press Association or perhaps the People’s Choice Awards are behind the whole thing, putting a bee up Spike Lee’s ear, and Will Smith’s. Or some other part of the anatomy.

    Lets look at the upside. As the Oscars go full BET, with a side heaping of Oprah and the View, the Gay Superbowl will move to an earlier award. January?

    And that’s the thing — female dominated stuff always goes “diverse” meaning Black as White women can’t get enough of Oprah, Whoopi Goldberg, and other “sassy” and large Black women telling them how to live their lives. Oprah in particular has played the Wise Black woman on TV to lucrative results, the way Whoopi has done it in movies (admittedly with better comic timing).

    The Oscars are all a female-gay audience. The only straight males who watch it are those nominated or those related to nominees. But that’s the thing — male dominated areas don’t have much interest natively in being “diverse” and for example Linus Torvald’s response to those demanding his ouster for “sexism” was to ridicule the quality of their code.

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  7. “This problem of too many still-competent, still-living white guys ”

    I have lived among many older people—after all I live in Florida—and I think it’s safe to say that few people over 80 have fully functioning brains. The Academy should institute a mandatory “retirement age” of 80, whereby you can still be a member but no longer have a vote. You could still perform in movies if you were able. I’ve long thought that the U.S. Supreme Court should have a mandatory retirement age of 75 or 80 (max). That would require a Constitutional amendment, however.

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  8. the problem with “diversity” is that it injects “mediocrity”. see: “sh!t in ice cream.(thatberacist!!11!!)

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  9. Mandatory retirement for ALL federal judges after age 80 or 35 years of service, including Justices, would be a good start.

    A good form of term limits for Congress would be to create a third house into which one gets put after a certain length of time in the Senate or the House, It would have very limited powers and one would be “elected”to it whether one liked it or not.

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  10. My message to the academy was just this: I, Angie, voter, wrote them: I VOTE FOR PERFORMANCE . . . . NOT RACE.

    Well there’s your problem Angie. Nowadays you aren’t allowed to vote based on what you what you find to be praiseworthy. Now you have to vote for blacks regardless of your personal preferences.

    Seems to me the Academy should just send out a memo saying just that. That’d fix it all up very nicely and wouldn’t require any defenestrations or scheming.

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  11. while adding three women for every man. Calling Buck Turgidson. This seems silly, as least along gender lines. A 42/58 bias is hardly the kind of imbalance that calls for corrective surgery.

    I really don’t understand why the motion picture industry feels obliged to reorder its membership so that it accurate reflects — to the umpteenth decimal — the actual demographics of the US today. Among other things, that would require that about 10% would have to be current or former illegal immigrants (Calling Bowfinger on that one.)

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  12. If we need more dead Abe Vigodas… maybe Hollycaust will help.

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  14. Maybe someone should do a Jewish/Gentile breakdown of that list.

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  15. …while Angie Dickinson hasn’t had a movie credit since 2004.

    Ms. Dickinson, 84, whose career includes movies like the original “Ocean’s 11” in 1960

    Steve, I have a couple years on you, and Angie has a few days on my mother. Her sell-by date as a sexpot has long passed. She’s also stated that she’s never knowingly slept with a Republican. So she won’t be breaking Whiskey’s drought.

    However, as a native of North Dakota, she has contributed to the geographical diversity of the Academy.

    I wonder if Baby Peggy is in the Academy. She just appeared in a documentary about herself. In her 90s, she was as sharp and collected as anyone in Hollywood today.

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  16. The future of the Oscars, can ya dig it?

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  17. “This is not the way to go about things,” Angie Dickinson, an actress who may be losing her vote under the new rules, said in an email. Ms. Dickinson, 84, whose career includes movies like the original “Ocean’s 11” in 1960,

    And also includes rather more substantial films as well. For example, she was in both Howard Hawks’ Rio Bravo and in John Boorman’s Point Blank

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rio_Bravo_(film)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Point_Blank_(1967_film)

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  18. Actually what concerns me is this general hatred directed at the elderly. Something that I’m seeing a lot these days. Get this line:

    “As many as two-thirds are at least 60 years old.”

    How dare these people live to the age of 60!

    Man, you might start to get the crazy idea that someone is very keen to see all of these old relics die in order to make way for our forthcoming diverse brave new world.

    But I’m sure that’s just paranoia on the part of someone who has just entered middle age….

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  19. I’ve long thought that the U.S. Supreme Court should have a mandatory retirement age of 75 or 80 (max).

    Mandatory retirement for ALL federal judges after age 80 or 35 years of service, including Justices, would be a good start.

    I wonder what President Trump would do. His elder sister is still nominally on the bench, but not active.

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  20. Speaking of Angie, don’t forget China Gate 1957 with Nat Cole, in which she plays an Eurasian!

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  21. The liberal powers that be at this alleged academy can pack it with blacks and women the way Franklin Roosevelt tried to pack the Supreme Court. By increasing the number of justices plus he would be appointing them.

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  22. The Abe Vigoda website was updated after his passing: http://www.abevigoda.com/

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  23. She was also in the Police woman television series. In almost every episode she was disquised as a hooker or tied up.

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  24. As I said when this started, it’s great to watch when the left starts to eat its own.

    The Oscars have not always been so lofty in their regard. Gregory Peck in the late 1960s/Early 1970s put in a tremendous overt effort just to get movie stars to go to the ceremony. By that time, the awards were seen as old hat, and the overt lefty politics of the movies was turning viewers off. You might remember that at this time Brando sent a fake Indian up to get his award, and George C. Scott refused his outright, and the Academy resorted to pulling some shenanigans so that Charlie Chaplin’s 1952 film Limelight could get nominated in 1973. Yes, 1952 and 1973.

    Following the loss in prestige, the Academy put in a concerted effort to bring the glamor back. They succeeded by the early 1990s, when Billy Crystal became the new Bob Hope in hosting.

    Now the Academy is facing a crossroads not unlike what American college debate went through once: do we keep pandering ceaselessly to blacks or risk being called hypocrites and racists?

    Ultimately, the Academy can cave, lose its glamor again, and become an unwatchable, low class black ghetto—like the college debate arena has become, as shown by those hilarious videos—at which point no one will pay attention, like with college debate.

    Or the Academy will wholesale revolt against blacks, put them in their place, and stop pandering so much, therefore pulling back on some social justice warrioring.

    Either way, pass the popcorn, this should be fun.

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  25. This reminds me of an episode of Barney Miller where a suspect is brought into the station house and passes by Detective Fish (played by Vigoda) who for some reason is working over a table covered with cash.

    The suspect: “I didn’t know cops made that kind of money.”

    Fish: “We’re very good cops.”

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  26. The Oscars caved years ago. I never forgave them for ignoring their history when they denied O’Toole the Oscar in his final great performance in favor of Forrest Whittaker’s Ida Amin. Then they upped the number of best movie nominees.

    But it’s not really about blacks per se. As many have pointed out, blacks are overrepresented in the Oscars.

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  27. How about an independent yearly award for Worst Diversity Hire in a TV Crime Show Supporting Role, with samples of the nominees trying to sound like they understand the forensics they’re reciting?

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  28. Is the White Death coming soon to Hollywood?

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  29. She was also in the Police woman television series. In almost every episode she was disquised as a hooker or tied up.

    Angie Dickinson has tons of schlock on her CV (Big Bad Mama anyone?). But that’s why I prefer to focus on stuff like Rio Bravo and Point Blank.

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  30. This whole episode is very instructive to Hollywood liberals as to how the doctrines of disparate impact and affirmative action can affect them directly. Welcome to 21st Century America.

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  31. The Diversity Agenda is not about proportional representation but about equal shares. Each (major) ethnic group gets an equal share regardless of their relative numbers in the population; so that, ‘ethnicity’ is ..presented equally. That’s the way it’s going in the UK anyway.

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  32. The White Death already got Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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  33. And Heath Ledger.

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  34. Wow. CNN just broadcast a photo of the American Renaissance website featuring an article called Unmasking the Cucks. That’s good advertising!

    On the other hand, the robocalling is probably going to hurt Trump more than help.

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  35. Remember there was a thin strain of thinking within those 1960s liberation movements that liberation–whatever in hell that meant–would spell renaissance followed by utopia for everyone? So where’s the Black renaissance, the Hispanic renaissance, the feminist renaissance, the gay renaissance, the . . . oh, never mind. Now that white guys have been freed from the burden of oppressing other folks, where’s the white guy utopia?

    I’m being a little facetious. But, I think it’s important for people of good will to examine the legitimacy of those movements, and the legitimacy of grievances stemming from those movements.

    “helena” above points to an important question: When will the book of grievances generated by Blacks, Hispanics, et. al. finally be closed?

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  36. “Ultimately, the Academy can cave, lose its glamor again, and become an unwatchable, low class black ghetto—like the college debate arena has become, as shown by those hilarious videos—at which point no one will pay attention, like with college debate.”

    I just woke up and haven’t had my first cup of coffee, so I will probably think better of the idea later in the day. But your suggestion prompted the wild thought that the Academy should invite that championship debating team from Towson U. that Steve featured last fall to serve as co-hosts of the next Academy Awards program. That would cause a large number of Academy members of the elderly persuasion to either die from shock or laugh so hard they will die laughing. That will create a large number of vacancies in the Academy. Voila! Mission accomplished.

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  37. I just watched The Godfather again last night. Vigoda was great as Sal Tessio, but of course it was great ensemble acting across the board. The “baptism” scenes at the end have to constitute one of the great achievements in the movies. Tessio is the next to last character to be despatched.

    “Can you get me off the hook, Tom, for old time’s sake?”
    “Can’t do it Sally.”

    https://genvideos.org/watch?v=The_Godfather_1972#video=wDpaxGU_MTUMKd9yXVksk8IURUIvaZkeOqVVxJi0TTs

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  38. Oy vey goy, how dare you suggest such a thing

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  39. I’ve never found the Oscars to be appealing, and the fact that the Academy has an affirmative action leader who wants more academy affirmatively action only vindicates me. Like I give a shit about the dress Jennifer Lawrence or whoever is wearing.

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  40. When will the book of grievances generated by Blacks, Hispanics, et. al. finally be closed?

    If and when whites become extinct. No race except ours is foolish enough to indulge NAM grievance mongers.

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  41. Don’t even get me started on the present crop of Presidential candidates: Bernie Sanders, 74, Donald Trump, 69, Hillary Clinton, 68. All seeking a job that is much more intellectually and physically demanding than either a Member of Congress or a judge. How did the U.S. arrive at this gerontocracy?

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  42. Mistake – that’s in reply to Jack OH’s comment.

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  43. Franklin Roosevelt made a similar argument for his 1930s court packing scheme, although he set the age at 70 (probably a good call on FDR’s part). But FDR didn’t propose to actually force justices over 70 to retire (that would have been too obvious) but rather to appoint an extra justice to “reduce the burden” on individual justices to handle the Court’s business. That was also a rather transparent subterfuge–more justices would create more work, not less.

    The disrepute of FDR’s court packing scheme has made even reasonable proposals for mandatory judge and justice retirement a difficult subject to broach. I do think at the level of district court judges and court of appeals justices, there is a “senior status” where judges’ and justices’ work load and case assignments are much more carefully controlled. It cannot, however, be forced on a judge or justice.

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  44. Speaking of other memorable character actors who are still alive and active, if the Academy actually had any balls it would give Johnny Ola, Billy Batts and Frankie Carbone lifetime memberships.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dominic_Chianese

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Vincent

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Sivero

    By the way, is anyone at the NYT aware that the great Abe Vigoda was not Sicilian, or even a stale pale male in the latest definition of the term, but a Russian Jew no less.

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  45. Don’t forget possible candidate Michael Bloomberg who will be 74 in another 8 days. Of the group, Trump is the only one who appears to be much younger than his actual age of 69. And, as far as I know, he has had pretty good health, unlike, for example, Hillary Clinton who had serious health issues a few years ago. If you recall, Mitt Romney was 65 when he ran in 2012, and he looked 20 years younger. So, it’s not just a matter of chronological age. But it is ironic when we have private corporations with a mandatory retirement age of 65 for their top officers to have a crop of presidential candidates a number of years above that age. On the other hand, we have Rubio at 44 (45 on May 28) or Cruz at 45 to choose from if you want relative youth. Knowing what we know now about JFK and having lived through 7 years of Obama, I would generally opt for age and experience over youth and inexperience.

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  46. Never since many of them want outright supremacy and genocide and many others will never accept disparate outcomes as evidence of anything other than racism.

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  47. Plastic surgery has become more common and has improved.

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  48. Well Bernie and Trump are pushing agendas that no viable younger candidate has pushed.

    Cruz has tried to position himself as a populist “outsider” but that is laughable on its face.

    Rubio has been easy to paint as pro open borders which turns off many self respecting Americans.

    O’Malley never had a chance despite his good looks. The Dem primary has been Hillary vs Bernie since the beginning. Not that O’Malley’s views are remotely appealing to a self-respecting white person.

    Ultimately it makes sense that the candidates are so old. The boomer generation was much larger than Gen X. Plus, people are living longer than ever before, so a large number of pre-Boomers are still around. Plus, old people tend to vote more than young people. Everything else being equal, Grandpa is probably less likely to vote for a huwipper-snapper vs a fellow fogey.

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  49. “Stale Pale Male”????? That’s a rather cumbersome and inapt euphemism. I prefer the classics: Scots-Irish, Eskimo, YKW, TPTB, Establishment, Tribe, Chosen, Evil Psychiatry, Frankfurt School, The Lobby, Hostile Elite etc… Especially as the pale originate in Europe, not the Middle East, it’s also DOWNRIGHT WRONG.

    Truth and honesty never were Hollyweird’s strong suits. Imagine my shock when I got lost in a uni science dept and I couldn’t find anyone who looked like Freeman, Washington or Elba. I expect Elba was still throwing a crybaby tantrum that he wasn’t yet a professor!!! Or Bloomberg’s crybaby tantrum : waah waah waah – the tough handsome SPM isn’t kissing my feet, I’m gonna take my ball away and only play with the puny and flabby insects!!!

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  50. The issue isn’t really the composition of the Academy it is the need for blacks to be ‘validated’ by white institutions. Since black institutions, to the extent they even exist, are seen as second rate or copies of the white organizations, only white recognition matters to blacks. Thus we see these peculiar news stories where some black student ( African usually) wins admission to every Ivy League school. The reality is few, if any, white or Asian student is going to apply to every Ivy League school so the real news story is not that the black student was admitted to every Ivy League school but why? Here the answer is that the number of black students actually eligible for admission is so small that these schools fall all over each other to recruit those that do.

    This formula applies throughout modern America. Blacks want white recognition, indeed, they now insist upon it, but heap scorn and accusations of racism upon those institutions who knuckle under and give it to them. The dilemma is the larger the role and more recognition blacks achieve from these institutions the less valuable it becomes. Does anyone consider the Nobel Prize in Literature to really matter anymore when 2nd rate Guatemalan or Nigerian writers are awarded it on the basis of ‘diversity’.

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  51. Yeah, the problem here is that 84 year old Angie Dickinson was born and raised in an era where acting and such were judged on performance. She’s not hip to the new trend of social justice uber alles.

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  52. Yeah, paranoia on your part…

    Oprah, ““There are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die,” she says proudly in this interview.”

    http://conservativepost.com/oprah-winfrey-white-older-people-have-to-die/

    In the video, Oprah holds up, as an example of racism, a scene from a movie for crying out loud. Uh, Oprah, that’s not real, it’s Hollywood.

    Jeez. And to think millions of white women let this windbag blow through their windows every day.

    The trick to satisfying diversity quotas is to locate that elusive part black, Asian, Hispanic, gay woman who kills four birds with one stone yet only has one vote.

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  53. make way for our forthcoming diverse brave new world

    Note that activists today yell for merit and economics, but the new diversity doesn’t have much of any merit over the old; and it has a lot of frankly negative consequences. It is diversity for diversity’s sake, and we are not supposed to notice the shabbiness of what is being ushered in.

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  54. there was a thin strain of thinking within those 1960s liberation movements that liberation–whatever in hell that meant–would spell renaissance followed by utopia for everyone?

    That’s not a thin strain; that’s a major thread. The True Believers have no doubt that a flowering is imminent. And if it doesn’t occur, that just means we have to try even harder.

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  55. I believe that a Federal Circuit Court judge who is on “senior status” may not participate in motions for reconsideration en banc (the whole court). FRAP 35 limits participation to judges “in regular active service.”

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  56. Well, Carly Fiorina clearly has had plastic surgery, and it doesn’t affect my opinion. At 60 years of age, she is in what I think is the ideal zone for President (50-65), and she is very articulate and full of energy. The problem is both her background and her ideas. She was fired by Hewlett-Packard because she wasn’t very good. Her successor was very good and cleaned up her mess. As I pointed out in a recent post, she recognizes the hurt that American workers are in, but she seems incapable of drawing the connection between that hurt and mass immigration, which is a no-brainer as far as I am concerned. Furthermore, her views on Russia and foreign policy are absolutely frightening, much like most of the other candidates for President.

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  57. I’m not that pessimistic, but pretty damned close. There’s never not been articulate resistance to these wealth-transferring, social engineering schemes masquerading as liberation or empowerment. But, we’ve been marginalized at least in my adult lifetime (from the late 1960s on).

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  58. I resent this cultural appropriation.

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  59. Bill Maher has been banging on about this for 3 weeks straight now. Usually a very rational guy on most topics, but when it comes to greivance, he’s off the reservation. Probably because he likes black girls I guess.

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  60. I really do not see why anyone posting here cares about this matter. The Oscars are boring and cater mostly to gays and women. The inclusion of more black candidates will still keep the old viewership and may get the academy more NAM viewers. It will then be the ultimate ceremony of smug moral righteousness that crowns its new emperor of the church of universal humanism.

    Good for them.

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  61. Heh. Now that could get interesting. Do you have any nomimees in mind?

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  62. ” . . . [T]hat just means we have to try even harder.” I agree that that’s the thinking of many of the stock SJW types.

    Is anyone aware of a good critique of how amoral and mostly white establishment gamesmen managed to co-opt Black liberation, feminism, etc., for their own career advancement?

    The “play”, as I’ve seen it in action, is for the establishment guys to tactically cave in to the demands du jour for “diversity”, claim big-time credit and public props for their “initiatives”, and either ignore or actively trash the subordinate white guys who won’t or can’t play ball with the consequences. I’m wondering if there’s someone who’s seen the same pattern and has written about it.

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  63. I think all but a very few of the leadership have always known that it would be pure hell for the vast majority of people and consider that at best an acceptable price to pay and at worst a feature not a bug. There are many naive fools among the supporters and hangers on, although I think there also many of them who are just as bad as the leaders.

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  64. I’ve never found the Oscars to be appealing, and the fact that the Academy has an affirmative action leader who wants more academy affirmatively action only vindicates me. Like I give a shit about the dress Jennifer Lawrence or whoever is wearing.

    Most men who are interested in film do follow the awards, but tend not to watch the actual ceremony in which the awards are announced.

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  65. When I moved to Ohio for a year to look after my dying father I cleaned out a lot of his old books.

    Pops had been a member of the NYT book club for many years so there were a fair number of best sellers from 30-40 years ago. I picked one up titled “Indecent Exposure” and started reading. Tossed it in the car and would read whenever I waited for my wife at the market. It was about a financial scandal at Columbia pictures in the 1970s where a high power executive producer named David Begelman forged a check with Cliff Robertson’s name on it. When Cliff got a tax notice on the check from the IRS the fraud began to unravel.

    Most of the book centers around the Columbia power struggle between factions aligned with Alan Hirschfield and Herbert Allen, Wall Street players who helped Columbia recover from near bankruptcy to become very profitable. The Allen faction wanted Begelman reinstated and eventually drive out Hirschfield.

    It was a good read and a fascinating glimpse into boardroom politics. Was a best seller around 1982. What struck me was not just the dominance of Jews in Hollywood but in American industry in general, as players in the drama assembled to fight from across a spectrum of well-known companies. Another tidbit was when the scandal broke in the media and Rolling Stone penned a hit piece on the affair and was sued by the Allen faction.

    Anyway it was an interesting background to this recent Hollywood diversity crisis and the constant complaints about too there being many “white men” in the industry. Cynics might claim that wily Jews are orchestrating this entire controversy.

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    This is an attack on whites and older people because according to the haters they can’t be fair just because of who they are. Yet others can be just by virtue of being in a black body? The best results would be gotten by having 21 year old rappers do the voting. Not to worry though, the endless commercials will feature wall-to-wall blacks in disproportionate numbers.

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  67. I don’t know if you saw this. More joys of migrants.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3434708/Iraqi-migrant-raped-10-year-old-boy-swimming-pool-Vienna-told-police-sexual-emergency-hadn-t-sex-months.html

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  68. This actually seems like an in-context time for Paul Walker to come up!

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  69. I think the greatest acheivement of both movies is that we never actually learn just what the betrayer did to betray the family, and yet we don’t care.

    We never know how Tessio betrayed the family, and what could have been so big? It’s not like he assassinated the Godfather or Michael.

    Similarly, we never learn what Freddo told Johnny Ola or did for Hyman Roth that was so earth-shattering that would require execution.

    It’s a brilliant piece of filmmaking that for 40+ years no one has really questioned wtf were the betrayals all about.

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  70. I think I have a workable solution to the Oscars’ diversity problem : A Chinese Menu Ballot. Voters get to choose one actor/actress, director, movie, film score, documentary etc. from Side A and you get one from side B. So, if you nominate a white from “A”, then ” you automatically get a Black actor/actress from “B” added to your ballot. Then list every single category that year by race. So, if you order the General Tso Chicken (white actor), you automatically get a Spring roll (black actor.) And like the Chinese Menu, no substitutions, so in other word you can not have a side of Hispanic or Asian instead of Afro. Unfair to Asians and Hispanics, goes without saying, but the NYT and other SJWs aren’t having any issues with that anyways. Seems workable to me. Jews love Chinese food (always eating it out of the take away container with chop sticks in the movies) and from what I have observed at Chinese buffets, so do blacks. I’ll just toss this out there . Tweak it as you will.

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  71. Wow! The Son Also Rises, indeed….

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  72. “Try even harder” usually meaning, with Utopians, camps and mass graves….

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  73. Most SJWs consider Jews white, which only seems to be dawning on them very slowly.

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  74. Big Bad Mama is one of my favorite movies! Dickinson makes any movie better by just being in it.

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  75. I’ve long thought that the U.S. Supreme Court should have a mandatory retirement age of 75 or 80 (max). That would require a Constitutional amendment, however.

    The supremes probably think that, but I don’t think that’s actually the case. Here’s the first section of Article III:

    The judicial Power of the United States, shall be vested in one supreme Court, and in such inferior Courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The Judges, both of the supreme and inferior Courts, shall hold their Offices during good Behavior, and shall, at stated Times, receive for their Services a Compensation which shall not be diminished during their Continuance in Office.

    We have have a judiciary out of control. We have a *written* constitution, with delegated powers, and it is *legislatures*–elected by the people–who are supposed to make our laws. But we have these pompous asses holding themselves up as philosopher kings who believe they have the right to tell us how society ought to be ordered. (I can’t think of a group less worthy of the task.) My response is “then run for office a**hole!”

    I think a better reform than mandatory retirement would be fixed terms. Have ‘em do nine years–replace one a year–then they have to go back to the district court and live with someone else reviewing their decisions. Anything you can do to take some of the pomposity wind out of their sails.

    If the nine year term gives too much power to a sitting President in his 2nd term, then bump it up to 11 or 13 or 15 members and yearly term. But personally i’m ok with nine justices and nine year terms. When a politicized court full of lackeys of the President trots out its politicized “opinion” near the end of that President’s term, maybe we’ll treat it with the respect it deserves. At the end of the next opposing President’s term his lackeys can toss out that decision for their own. If we’re going to have naked politics pompously posing as “justice”, let’s skip the pretense, rip off their robes and let it all hang out. At least people would stop pretending this nonsense is worthy of any respect. And maybe down the road, Congress would be willing to discipline these “justices” who think they are our Solomonic sovereigns.

    The root problem, of course, is that we have a Constitution setting up a Republic, with distributed powers and checks and balances. But we now have an elite, which simply isn’t republican; doesn’t believe in federalism or limited government and doesn’t think much of the people it governs much less their right to govern themselves. And truth is unless white people suddenly get some cojones and rise up in revolution … it’s only going to get worse.

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  76. There are more Hispanics or Asians than Blacks in the US. Adding 14 Blacks but only 9 Hispanics or Asians would still perpetuate the under representation of Hispanics and Asians. But then I am surprised they mention Asians at all.
    And what about gays? Are they proportionally over-representated in the Academy just like Whites and old people? Funny no mention of those demographic numbers

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  77. In Florida, few people under 180 have fully-functioning brains.

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  78. 2nd rate Guatemalan or Nigerian writers are awarded it on the basis of ‘diversity’.

    Cite

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  79. Hollywood is dominated by Aryans?

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  80. Angie Dickinson has tons of schlock on her CV (Big Bad Mama anyone?). But that’s why I prefer to focus on stuff like Rio Bravo and Point Blank.

    I prefer to focus on her former husband’s composing career.

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  81. One way to promote diversity would be for all the Jewish members to resign under the condition that their places be given to blacks.

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  82. Knowing what we know now about JFK and having lived through 7 years of Obama, I would generally opt for age and experience over youth and inexperience.

    I’m suspicious about your omission of Bill Clinton here, especially as he was younger than Obama when he took office. I hope you don’t mean it as an endorsement.

    As for relative health vs chronological age, a good test would be the skydiving that the Bush the Elder carried on with long after his retirement. Feel the berm!

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  83. Please keep in mind that, while his court-packing plan was rejected, FDR was able to pressure the old-guard Justices on the Supreme Court who had overturned parts of his program to retire and create openings for FDR to appoint more liberal Justices in their place. The Court, thus altered by the addition of new Justices and with the remaining Justices “altering” their opinions, gradually expanded the definition of what was permissible under the Constitution to a pretty remarkable extent. I’m not so sure that creating more openings more frequently is the answer to stopping the liberal train. I don’t think the people who are seeking to alter the composition of the Academy think so either. My proposal to put an age limit on members of the Supreme Court (and other federal judges) is a nonpartisan recognition of the inevitable ravages of time on the mental abilities of human beings, regardless of party. I don’t want a brainless old coot deciding important matters affecting the well-being of my country, no matter which party nominated him.

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  84. I read “Indecent Exposure” while I was getting my MBA at UCLA.

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  85. I have a hard time sitting through more than about 10 minutes of the Academy Awards straight, but, yeah, Best Director, Best Actor, the Best Cinematographer, the Screenwriting awards, those are all big time male achievement categories, while the technical categories are of interest, too.

    A fellow I used to know from the Boy Scouts, one of the other scout fathers, was at the last Academy Awards in his tuxedo as one of the three people who’d get to go on stage at the end of the show to accept the Best Picture trophy just in case their longshot low budget nominee happened to win. (It didn’t, of course, but J.K. Simmons from their movie got his Best Supporting Actor Oscar earlier that night.)

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  87. I’m more impressed that Cameron is the great-grandson of a Jew and the great-great-grandson of a clap doctor.

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  88. Finance is based in New York and has had heavy Jewish representation since…the Middle Ages, to some extent.

    I’m sure there are the same sorts of stories in oil or mining, with a lot fewer Jews. They’d probably be pretty interesting to hear, actually.

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  89. How did the U.S. arrive at this gerontocracy?

    Unless Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan, Ralph Nader, Charlie Rangel, or (yuk) John McCain step up to the plate, no one born in the 1930s will ever be president. The only decades that have never produced a native president are the 1810s, the 1930s, and (thus far) the 1950s, 1970s, and now the 1980s.

    Yes, those born in Reagan’s first year are eligible for the office next year.

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  90. FDR’s court-packing plan was pretty much of a victory for him even if it’s commonly assumed to be a black eye.

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  91. At least with the Grammys, I’ve found that while the major categories are more or less useless and not to be taken seriously, the more obscure categories that the general public doesn’t care about, but the participants do, are worth paying attention to. I’d assume this to be true of the Oscars, Tonys, etc., as well.

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  92. They have an interesting contribution to the history of the Southwest, both as “Crypto-Jews” and in mercantile activities when the frontier opened up to rail distributed consumer goods.

    I recently relocated to Texas and my son and I drove through White Oaks, New Mexico. My grandfather’s first cousin ran a gold mining, newspaper, and general store there in the late 1800′s. There used to be a sign in front of the ruins of the store with their names and “Alfred Mayer, Proprietor”. Years ago when I showed a photo of it to a Jewish friend he said “moneybags”.

    When my son and I pulled into White Oaks, now a ghost town and nascent tourist attraction, we stopped to take a photo of the “No Scum Allowed Saloon”. We were going to go in for a drink but had to make time on our trip. A cackling drunk woman’s laugh came out of the saloon as if it were the old wild west days. Later we wondered if it was a recording tripped by a driveway sensor.

    Anyway plan to write a blog post about White Oaks as there are some other family interesting connections.

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  93. Omission of Bill Clinton was purely an oversight. I chose not to vote for that man, Mr. Clinton, twice. So I did not have electoral relations with that man at all. But, to give him credit, he at least had some executive experience as the multi-term governor of Arkansas, so I would rate him above Obama on that score. I also think he is probably smarter than Obama, so in a race between Bill Clinton and Barack Obama I probably would choose Clinton, if I were forced to vote.

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  94. Angie was in her mid-40s when she performed in Big Bad Mama (1974). She did a nude scene that could have benefited from a body double, or so it appeared to my 20-year-old eyes. Perhaps I would be less critical now.

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  95. The barely-disguised envy of so many of the aggrieved parties reminds me of a movie scene.

    Doctor Zhivago, with the brilliant Omar Sharif (and the radiant Julie Christie), shows envy in a historical context. That Russian ‘public’ decided that a small family really didn’t need to live in such a big house, so they appropriated it.

    Now, the modern ‘public’ wants to appropriate other selected assets, like awards. They’ll never stop to ask how people earned or accomplished, or acknowledge normative standards.

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  96. “We never know how Tessio betrayed the family, and what could have been so big? It’s not like he assassinated the Godfather or Michael.

    Similarly, we never learn what Freddo told Johnny Ola or did for Hyman Roth that was so earth-shattering that would require execution.

    It’s a brilliant piece of filmmaking that for 40+ years no one has really questioned wtf were the betrayals all about.”

    The fact of the betrayal is what matters. It IS big. It’s huge. He broke the circle of absolute trust, obedience and loyalty without which the family cannot function. Only an absolute punishment fits that crime.

    I’m going to take a wild guess here that your ethnic background is not Mediterranean or Southern European. I’m Slavic not Sicilian and I understand this concept so well you could say it’s in my blood.

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  97. Big Bad Mama is one of my favorite movies! Dickinson makes any movie better by just being in it.

    I think that it was Michael Caine who said that there’s no shame in being in a bad movie, so long as you’re the best thing in it.

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  98. Angie was in her mid-40s when she performed in Big Bad Mama (1974). She did a nude scene that could have benefited from a body double, or so it appeared to my 20-year-old eyes. Perhaps I would be less critical now.

    Angie looked pretty damn good for a women in her 40s in that flick.

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  99. “The Flight from White” makes everything so confusing. Is it now racist to consider Jews white or their own racial category? But then I thought race does not exist?

    In the coming white genocide that the Cultural Marxists all dream of will the goyim SJWs be spared???

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  100. Yes. After the packing legislation was proposed Justices Hughes and Roberts threw in the towel and started upholding the regime’s side consistently. The other conservative “mossbacks” soon started to retire and it has all been down hill since.

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  101. “In Florida, few people under 180 have fully-functioning brains.”

    As a Florida resident, I resent that remark. My brain functions well enough that I am able to say with confidence that you meant to say “under 80,” rather than “under 180.” I am under 80 (and hence under 180), and my brain still functions fully, more or less, but I am probably the only one left. I believe all the other smart ones moved to Iowa. My brain was still functioning as late as November 2010 when I decided not to vote for Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate. (I had even voted for Bob Dole against Bill Clinton in 1996 (while holding my nose).) If it’s still functioning next month, I intend to vote against Rubio and Jeb!!! in the Republican primary and vote for Trump.

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  102. >>>Yeah, the problem here is that 84 year old Angie Dickinson was born and raised in an era where acting and such were judged on performance.

    No, Angie Dickinson was born and raised in an era when actresses were expected to be young and gorgeous. And thankfully traces of that era are still with us.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=angie+dickinson+young&biw=1500&bih=823&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&sqi=2&ved=0ahUKEwjsraml-ePKAhVUzWMKHX5BA6EQ_AUIBigB#imgrc=Xx4hl__8QCzAWM%3A

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  103. Most of the ‘WHITES’ in the article are Jews. But that can’t be acknowledged. If the people who overwhelmingly control ‘HOLLYWOOD’ had Italian last names instead of jewish ones, there’d be howls of ‘MAFIA CONTROL’, senate sub-committee hearings and of couse RICO indictments.
    But again none of that can be mentioned anymore than can be the singular world view expressed by
    ‘HOLLYWOOD’. But then of course, nobody ever accused that town of honesty.

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  104. Sure we didn’t know the exact details but it was pretty obvious that Freddo had spilled info to Ola and the retired businessman living on a pension that almost got Michael killed.

    Regarding Tessio, could it have been any more explicit that he was setting up Michael for a whack?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ic6KR2CcUyA

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  105. LMAO. RIGHT ?

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  106. OT subject-wise but not geographically.

    Steve, what do you know about lady writer Jean Stein’s take down of Los Angeles, “East of Eden”?

    Is it a history or an historical novel? The linked review in the Financial Times calls it a history, but I wonder:

    http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/2dc34fe6-c9c8-11e5-a8ef-ea66e967dd44.html

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  107. Let’s not forget her role in Brian De Palma’s “Dressed to Kill” (1980), made when she was almost 49 years old and still looking quite good, fine enough for the movie to be named “Undressed to Kill.” “Dressed to Kill,” I believe, is the first movie featuring a transgender person (played by Michael Caine, no less). So, at the very least, it deserves a spot in the confused sexual identity Hall of Fame.

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  108. I give a shit about the dress Jennifer Lawrence or whoever is wearing.

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    The appeal of the Oscars it that it is a live show. There are always one or more telling moments when celebrities are caught off guard.

    Not to mention over the years the Oscars have had more than a few notable “wardrobe” malfunctions. Most memorable was Ashley Judd strutting across the stage as a presenter while not wearing underwear beneath her leg split dress and the annual event of Jennifer Lopez’s almost always too sheer top not holding up under the too intense lighting.

    It’s always fun watching the obvious panic on the part of the director & cameramen as they struggle to reframe the live shot.

    One has to suspect that such goings on are at least sometimes calculated so as encourage folks, even hetero males, to watch or at least DVR the show.

    I will leave the googling up to you.

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  109. we’ve been marginalized

    passive voice

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  110. Oh no. Seeing Angie, at her age-in good shape for her age but no miracle of preservation-getting rogered was central to the look and premise of the movie.

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  111. Actually there were 10 million more Gen Xers (Strauss and Howe’s 13th Generation) than Boomers. About 84 million to 74 million, depending on whose dates you use (41-60 and 61-81 or 46-65 and 66-84). Just never had a huge spike like the Boom… Gen X was also the first legally aborted generation (second cohort of Gen X)… Might be related to the Great White Death if their lives were always choices of convenience and utility…

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  112. wtf were the betrayals all about

    Culling the weak.

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  113. Yes, the Silent Generation, squeezed between the GIs and the Boomers, will never have a president. The only generation to have that happen. Not that they haven’t had “prophets” leading the younger generations… Lots of the pied pipers leading the Boomers in revolution were Silent (Eskimos) and then Perot, Buchanan, and Paul have been shouting warnings in the wilderness after the revolution had become entrenched …

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  114. https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en&tab=nw&gws_rd=ssl#hl=en&q=whiplash+producers

    https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en&tab=nw&gws_rd=ssl#hl=en&q=david+lancaster+studio+city

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    At least in my experience, blacks arn’t particularly fond of the talents of any other race. I see of lease cars by the 1000′s and the ones we recieve from black customers ONLY have black artists ( always pirated on cd) and ONLY have ‘black’ music stations on the radio presets. Come to think of it, millions of white kids wore Michael Jackson style clothing, millions white kids bought Michael Jordan endorsed products and Hundreds of millions of whites have always bought Motown and now mainstream rap music. It seems every added black member of the Academy Awards will only be a vote for black entertainers.

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  116. Someone should make an indie short film that hires any of these retired academy member for one hour at the minimum SAG wage, which I think is something like $75 an hour.

    Actually this would be an especially good idea for a studio that wants to suck up to academy voters.

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  117. You think Vigoda’s death was an accident? This was done by the see-through socks set, if you know what I mean. The young new Don, Michael, is committed to diversity; he’s had many long discussions with his good friend Hyman Roth, who’s been like a father figure to him since the Old Man died, and of course a major source of family funding.

    As they were leading him away, I’m told, Abe asked if he could be let “off the hook, for old time’s sake”.
    One of the young idiot gangsters there thought he was employing the black slang “off the hook” in some way, and snickered. A tired looking Tom Hagen watched as they carried him off…

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  118. You could fill a library with books about behind-the-scenes Hollywood machinations … there are at least two devoted solely to British producer David Puttnam’s disastrous yearlong tenure as head of Columbia.

    (Puttnam’s mother was Jewish.)

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  119. I completely agree. I’m sick of young, attractive hostesses at some of the nice bars I attend. Where are the old, ugly men and women?

    I’m considering registering a complaint with the various managers but I haven’t managed to get around to it. Too despondent to act.

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  120. Let blacks have the Oscars.

    Let blacks go Mizzou on the Academy.

    What do we care?

    Any white person who defends Hollywood has to be crazy.

    Hollywood just made Lancelot into a Negro.

    Boycott Hollywood altogether.

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  121. A single 18 year term for Supreme Court Justices. The typical term would be on average perhaps age 54 to 72. Each President during his 4 year term gets to nominate 2 justices and each Senator during his six year term gets to vote on 3 justices. Retired justices should get a one million per year pension after their 18 years are up and are banned from any other income other than blind trust dividends. Pay for memoirs and the like must go to charity.

    I haven’t worked out the details of how to transition fairly from the current system to this one. But it shouldn’t be impossible. The transition should start a couple of Presidential terms from now to kick it far enough into the future to make it pretty random to vote on now, like the no third term for Presidents didn’t apply to the sitting president.

    The big problem is the transition. I think you could use an NBA lottery-style weighted drawing to determine who gets retired first.

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  122. The trouble is that people who rise to the top of the judiciary are not motivated primarily by financial gain. If they were, there would be more lucrative careers for them in corporate law. Reshaping an entire nation is more satisfying to them, although the financial remuneration is no doubt a welcome bonus.

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  123. A single 18 year term for Supreme Court Justices. The typical term would be on average perhaps age 54 to 72. Each President during his 4 year term gets to nominate 2 justices and each Senator during his six year term gets to vote on 3 justices. Retired justices should get a one million per year pension after their 18 years are up and are banned from any other income other than blind trust dividends. Pay for memoirs and the like must go to charity.

    I haven’t worked out the details of how to transition fairly from the current system to this one. But it shouldn’t be impossible. The transition should start a couple of Presidential terms from now to kick it far enough into the future to make it pretty random to vote on now, like the no third term for Presidents didn’t apply to the sitting president.

    The big problem is the transition. I think you could use an NBA lottery-style weighted drawing to determine who gets involuntarily retired first.

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  124. “I know they will affect my voting status,” said Robert Hooks, 78, who is black and has acted in films like “Passenger 57” and “Star Trek III: The Search for Spock,” though he is now effectively retired from acting. “You spend a life looking to work, then you get older, and it’s not there.”

    Hey, Spike Lee: why don’t you put Hooks in one of your movies so he can keep voting?

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  125. “The big problem is the transition. I think you could use an NBA lottery-style weighted drawing to determine who gets retired first.”

    If your Rube Goldberg rewrite of the Constitution ever happens, which I doubt very much, there are two obvious choices: (1) by age or (2) by years on the Court. Either the oldest Justices go first, or the Justices with the greatest seniority go first. BTW did you notice how no one speaks of the U.S. Supreme Court, the most unrepresentative and least democratic federal institution, when it comes to “diversity”? Thus, we have a Court comprised of 6 Catholics and 3 Jews, and no one whispers even a peep of criticism. I won’t even mention the Federal Reserve Board.

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  126. Could have been German. A lot of them went to various parts of the USA you wouldn’t expect in the aftermath of 1848. There was a whole atheist German community in Texas, apparently.

    Would be curious to hear about White Oaks. ;)

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  127. Seems pretty rational to kill people who betray you if you’re an organized crime family. Since day-to-day work carries a threat of death, there has to be a high probability of death if you go against the organization.

    Same reason desertion always has to be punishable by death, at least in wartime: anything less than that and it becomes a good idea.

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  128. Three years before Dynasty, a 45-year-old Joan Collins starred in The Stud (1978).

    She didn’t look bad for her age. The flick sold enough tickets to resuscitate her career.

    (A year earlier, she had been headlining such dreck as Empire of the Ants.)

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  129. I vaguely recall a conversation I had with a female friend back in the early 80′s about “Dressed to Kill,” and she insisted that the nude scenes featuring Angie Dickinson were performed by a body double.

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  130. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080661/trivia

    In the Angie Dickinson shower scene, a body double is used. When the film first came out the producers encouraged the then 48 year old Dickinson to claim the body was hers. However, it soon came out that it was actually Victoria Johnson (although initially it was suggested that it was de Palma’s wife Nancy Allen).

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  131. LASKER, MORRIS (1840–1916). Morris Lasker, investor and banker, son of Daniel and Rebecca Lasker, was born in 1840 in Lask, then Polish Prussia, where his brother Eduard became a celebrated politician and author. Morris immigrated to the United States at age sixteen. He arrived by boat in Norfolk, Virginia, and took a job as a store clerk in Portsmouth, hoping to save enough money to start his own business. After several unproductive ventures in New York, Georgia, and Florida, he bought a horse, became a peddler, and worked his way to Texas. He first settled in Weatherford, where he got a job as a store clerk in early 1860. He subsequently joined Col. George W. Baylor to fight the Apache Indians and fought for the Confederate Army under Col. John S. (Rip) Fordqv. After the war he returned to Texas to work as a peddler again. He joined Sanger Brothers and in 1867 operated his own store, before he became associated with M. Schram in the jobbing business in Galveston. Lasker sold his interest in Schram and Lasker to start his own business in Bryan, where he stayed for two years before returning to Galveston in 1872. He became a partner in Marx and Kempner before joining the LeGierse Company, wholesale grocers. He sold his interest in that business in 1890. Lasker married Nettie Davis of New York in 1876, and they had eight children.

    Lasker established the Lasker Real Estate Company in 1890 but lost everything in the 1893 depression. He sent his family to Germany and began rebuilding his assets. He acquired interests in different banking firms; he founded the Citizens Loan Company and the Island City Savings Bank and served as president of both. For eighteen years he was vice president and chairman of the finance committee of the First National Bank. When Miles Crowley resigned, Lasker was elected to the Texas Senate in 1895 to serve the remainder of his term. Around 1906 he purchased the Texas Star Flour Mill, which he expanded to include properties in Wichita Falls and Waco. He also had interests in the cotton business and served as president of the Galveston Cotton Exchange. He served as a member of Galveston’s Board of School Trustees and contributed heavily to Jewish and other charities. He died in Galveston in 1916.

    BIBLIOGRAPHY:
    John Gunther, Taken at the Flood: The Story of Albert D. Lasker (New York: Harper, 1960). Natalie Ornish, Pioneer Jewish Texans (Dallas: Texas Heritage, 1989). Thomas Clarence Richardson, East Texas: Its History and Its Makers (4 vols., New York: Lewis Historical Publishing, 1940).

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  132. I don’t think the Jewish SJWs consider Jews to be white.

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  133. You want a cookie

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  134. Bernie is technically pre-boomer. One shouldn’t underestimate him despite his shameful BLM cucking, bizarre demeanor and accent, and relatively fringe beliefs

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  135. An unintended consequence is that all these old actors and actresses will be looking for some small role every few years and moviemakers will feel somewhat obligated to give them a few lines and a credit (at SAG scale) now and then so they can stay eligible.

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  136. >>“We never know how Tessio betrayed the family, and what could have been so big? It’s not like he assassinated the Godfather or Michael.

    Sure we do. Tessio set up a meeting between Michael and Barzini on Tessio’s “turf”, which by extension is Michael’s turf because Tessio was Michael’s capo. Being under Tessio’s supervision and guard the meeting was presumed to be safe but we know that Michael was to be assassinated at the meeting. Sally got caught, he should have known better than to try and fool a man who was capable of wiping out the heads of the other four families, in addition to assassinating a crooked cop and getting away with it. But it was just business.

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  137. More old people in movies? I’d be up for that, actually.

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  138. Silent Generation (Eskimo) ;-)

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  139. Thanks for the confirmation. If I could remember which woman told me that, I would call her or send her a telegram telling her she was right. The issue didn’t bother me one way or the other. If it had been Angie Dickinson, I would have thought it was a great body for a woman in her late 40′s. If it wasn’t, I would have thought it was a great body of a younger woman. The only thing that was not in dispute was that it was a great woman’s body, and I got enjoyment from seeing it 36 years ago.

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  140. Big Bad Mama is one of my favorite movies! Dickinson makes any movie better by just being in it.

    It doesn’t just have Angie Dickinson. It has Angie Dickinson and William Shatner. How awesome is that?

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  141. A year earlier, she had been headlining such dreck as Empire of the Ants.

    One of my favourite movies.

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  142. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2582802/awards

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  143. Yes, Bernie was born in 1941. That is NOT a Boomer.

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  144. Lots of states have judicial retention elections–every few years, voters are asked whether particular judges or justices should be retained in office. Usually there’s no problem winning such elections but it does give the voters some chance to weigh in on the judiciary. For example, in Iowa, three Supreme Court justices lost retention elections after the court declared homosexual marriage legal as a matter of the federal and the Iowa Constitution.

    But the elite is now so insulated that proposals like these are like band-aids on gangrene.

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  145. The Oscars are sometimes known as the Gay Superbowl or Female Superbowl. So I split the difference and call it the Gay-Female Superbowl. Especially amongst “mixed” company, calling it that can cause both pride and consternation within the lefties present, often at the same time. Which is humorous if you can get two lefties bickering about whether something effeminate is “gay” or “feminine”. I feel like Eris with her apple at these points.

    This is similar as to how the NBA All-Star Game is known as the Black Superbowl. Calling it that will make two lefties fight over whether it is or not.

    Except if they are black, in which case they will wholeheartedly agree with you. Blacks have a pride in claiming ownership of an event that far exceeds any feeling of fighting racial differences.

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  146. James MacReynolds, who was one of the leaders of the opposition, and who announced from the bench that “the Constitution is dead,” when the Court upheld the law outlawing the private possession of gold coins and bullion, held on until 1941. Irrascibility leading to longevity?

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  147. The Jews had a significant but little known impact on frontier life in the 1800s.

    My dad went to grade school in Nogales, Arizona with the author of this book :

    http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-Jews-New-Life-West/dp/0618001964/

    My dad also had an old Bix Beiderbecke record. On the back cover it described a Jewish cowboy named Yiddle. They sang a song about him titled “Don’t fiddle with Yiddle or he’ll riddle your middle.”

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  148. Whorefinder, multiple replies to your post but the best thing for you to do is to read the book. Hard to do after you’ve seen the movie but the “Godfather” is a can’t put down ,page turner. The book was a huge success that begged to be made into a movie, which eventually was done and with great cinematic success. Then get a copy of “The Last Godfathers”, a true life story of the Mafia as it currently exists in Italy. These are scary people. When I was a kid in Buffalo a family on the next street had fled Sicily. They had somehow crossed the local don and most of the family was found in their home with their throats slit. The survivors were our two neighbor ladies who were not at home at the time of the attack, men ,women and children paid the price with their lives.

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  149. Blacks don’t like football?

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  150. The big problem is the transition. I think you could use an NBA lottery-style weighted drawing to determine who gets retired first.

    Why not FIFO?

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  151. It may be starting.

    My 79-year old mother, a lovely woman who thinks nothing but the best of people, has had a lot of sympathy for “these poor immigrant families” pouring across our border. She has always thought “this country is rich enough to help them”.

    A few weeks ago she was haranguing me for being a bad person because of something I said about the amount of money being wasted on our vibrant newcomers. I asked her if she knew there was no Social Security COLA for her this year because help for immigrants. Then I asked about her supplemental health insurance, the cost of which has doubled in the past 2 years. Why is that, I asked.

    Well, subsequent conversations have proven that I awoke her limited supply of self-interest. It was like that “splinter in your brain” moment from The Matrix. She has begun to question one of her core beliefs, that the cream always rises and a Harvard degree is a guarantee of quality (Thanks, Barack!). She’s started to realize that the America she grew up and raised a family in, where there always seemed to be no limits to what we could do and how much we could help the world, are gone, and the things her “John Bircher” son has been talking about for the past 10 years may have some merit.

    It’s a start.

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  152. After having spent substantial time visiting the parents and their acquaintances in their gigantic “mature” community north of Tampa, as well as observing the wild Millennials in their natural habitats, I have an idea as to which age group has “fully-functioning brains”.

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  153. I’ve lived in Florida since I was a zygote.

    And I did mean 180.

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  154. “And I did mean 180.”

    Well, then, I owe you an apology and profound thanks. I didn’t realize I was so young. I have more than a century ahead of me.

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  155. Your literalism is showing. But don’t sweat it – I can be spergy myself.

    (I was being ironic. My point was that “under 180″ covers everyone, even that wacko Miccosukee guy who told me that his grandfather was about to celebrate his 150th birthday.)

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  156. Oh they do, but the NBA all-star game as a black-celebrity event beats it. Since All-star games suck, black celebrities take a lot of the seats that usually white celebrity fans would take.

    No less than black sports writers David Aldridge and Michael Wilbon have called it the “Black Thanksgiving” (not superbowl, but close enough): http://newsone.com/1044965/black-thanksgiving-all-star-weekend-michael-wilbon-david-aldridge/

    The Sports Guy (Bill Simmons), IIRC, also quoted another black celebrity as calling it the Black Superbowl. Can’t find the quote, though.

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  157. http://www.lukeford.net/profiles/profiles/david_lancaster.htm

    Luke: “Tell me about 1993′s Scam.”

    David: “I learned another producer lesson. Always read the first ten pages of a script. It was a blind submission. It sat in a pile for weeks. One day I determined I’d read ten pages in every script and then throw them away. I loved the Scam script and called the writer immediately. I took the project to Viacom and they bought it. Six months later, we were in production. Christopher Walken and Lorraine Bracco starred.

    “I have lots of crazy stories about Lorraine Bracco. She was with Edward James Almos and was going through a divorce with Harvey Keitel. And it just so happened that there was a scandal about Eddie and one of Lorraine’s daughters… Do you remember that? That happened in Jamaica on my set. I didn’t realize it was going on. I knew the little girl. She was cute. Then Harvey filed suit and it turned into a mess.”

    [In his divorce from Lorraine, Harvey Keitel accused Almos of having sex with one of Lorraine's underage daughters.]

    David: “It was a tough shoot. In Jamaica, I had a battle with one of the execs at Viacom and they tried to throw me off the set. I fought back. I got the stars to agree that they’d walk off the set if I got thrown off the set. Chris Walken is a hero in Jamaica because of the 1990 picture The King of New York, where Chris plays the white head of a black gang and is really tough and bad. In Jamaica, he’s a god.

    “We had a huge scene one day with tons of extras. Our production manager went down at the end of the day with a suitcase chained to his wrist. And we thought he was going to get killed. Once you start passing out money, everyone says, ‘I was there.’ The poverty in Jamaica is so intense. I heard a similar situation happened on Ali on the big scene where they got a bunch of free extras. And they were paying some of them. And it’s tricky thing to do in an impoverished third world country.

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