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Miscast? Or Not?

 

A thread from earlier today by member @simontemplar got me thinking about movies and television, and why and how casting decisions are made. Often for money, I suppose. And vanity. And to score political points.

Although ST’s thread about the latest Jack Reacher movie was about its deficiencies of plot, my comment on it was more about its deficiencies in casting, and how inapt I thought it was that Tom Cruise (5’7″) should play Jack Reacher (6’5″). This put me in mind of other spectacularly bad casting decisions, and which one might just be the worst ever? Cruise as Reacher is certainly in the top three, IMHO. But I’d also nominate Kevin Costner’s turn as Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (or as pretty much anything else, really). Bad as he is in POT, that movie does have some redeeming qualities (a lovely one at the very end, anyway) and Alan Rickman’s performance as the Sheriff of Nottingham is wondrous.

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On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses The Predator and how on earth it ever got the green light. JVL makes the case for Chav King Arthur. Sonny hates his free earphones. And Vic is concerned about street walkers. Plus a review of the new Captain Marvel trailer!

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On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses Peppermint and the curious career of Jennifer Garner. Sonny bids farewell to his favela, JVL shares his thoughts on Serena Williams, and Vic recounts his recent marathon (actually a 5K). Plus a Flash update, 1980s ninja movies, and tales from the Expanded Universe!

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Norm MacDonald, #MeToo, and the Fatal Flaw in the New Morality

 

Twitter is a cesspool. As if we needed more evidence, legendary comedian and acclaimed author Norm MacDonald was targeted for saying words to a reporter that a microscopic minority of humorless scolds didn’t care for. That’s all the pretext needed to subject a person, famous or not, to Twitter’s two-hour hate.

The Hollywood Reporter interviewed MacDonald on Tuesday to preview his upcoming Netflix show. The affable Canadian politely spoke his mind. For better or worse, his mind works differently than the rest of ours, which is one of the reasons he’s so funny.

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Today on the Daily Standard Podcast, digital editor Jonathan V. Last joins host Charlie Sykes to discuss his story on Serena Williams and her U.S. Open upset, the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers comeback, the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, and what Kamala Harris and Cory Booker are doing to normalize Trump-like behavior.

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On this latest episode, the Substandard discusses Amazon’s new series, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. The cohosts rank Tom Clancy movies and JVL ranks the books. Flash gets benched, Vic prepares for a 5K, and Sonny gets a new pair of shoes. Plus a review that is too hot to handle!

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Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, it’s just great T.V.

 

*warning* tiny, tiny spoiler alert… Amazon Prime has a real winner in its fall series lineup with Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan starring John Krasinski (The Office, 13 Hours) as Ryan and Wendell Pierce as James Greer. For anyone who enjoyed the innovative, highly stylized action of 24 starring Kiefer Sutherland, you may find Tom Clancy’s […]

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It’s Sunday Night. Tomorrow is a Holiday in the US.

 

Post some foolishness here to celebrate the holiday from labor. Memes. Songs. Jokes. Just do it! More

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America credit the Houston Chronicle for reporting what dozens of fawning Beto O’Rourke features have not – that he not only drove drunk in 1998, but caused a major accident and then tried to flee the scene. They also react to John McCain snubbing 2008 campaign aides Steve Schmidt, Nicolle Wallace, and John Weaver from his funeral invitation list, presumably over their willingness to trash him to make money and launch media careers following that election. And as a former NBC producer insists the network spiked Ronan Farrow’s reporting on the sexual assaults and harassment by Harvey Weinstein, Jim zeroes in on why NBC wanted nothing to do with the story.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see seven more judicial nominees have been confirmed in the U.S. Senate this week and eight more will happen next week. They also assume “Cocaine Mitch” is pleased to see the West Virginia Supreme Court block failed Republican U.S. Senate candidate Don Blankenship from appearing on the November ballot as a different party’s nominee. They’re also pulling their hair out as child abuse charges are dropped against the suspects from the alleged Islamic extremist school shooter training camp because prosecutors failed to hold a preliminary hearing quickly enough. And they get a kick out of Clinton-era Labor Secretary Robert Reich arguing that President Trump should not only be impeached if evidence of Russian collusion is found but that the Supreme Court should invalidate every action taken during his time in office.

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Quentin Tarantino’s Star Trek

 

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The Doctor Strange Plan Revealed

 

Warning: Potentially spoiler-heavy thread! It’s simple, really: Earth’s economy will collapse after half of us die, Stark will show Thanos how bad it is, Thanos will learn that Malthusian economic theory is wrong, and he’ll just undo everything. More

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Upon Exploring Roku’s Free Content

 

My views are probably pretty standard in conservative circles regarding the so-called mainstream media. There is indeed a Propaganda Model as Chomsky outlined in Manufacturing Consent, but it’s about 180 degrees from how he described it. We are indeed fed a false consciousness, but again, the inverse of how Marxian theory describes it. I know I’m thoroughly alienated […]

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In this JVLess episode, Sonny and Vic discusses Crazy Rich Asians at the box office. Sonny does an Oreo pairing and Vic tries to put the fix on his blood test. As a special treat to listeners, the second half is a clip show—enjoy and see you after Labor Day!

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Political Podcast for August 21, 2018, (number 188!!!) it’s the Big Lies for the Straight Guys edition of the show with your (trust me) straight hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and AI guy Mike Stopa. This week we talk about a horrific tweet (why wasn’t he banned for this?!?!) by Jonathan van Ness of Queer Eye fame where he said (can I even repeat this on Ricochet? what about the CoC?) that “not all Republicans are racist.” And as if that wasn’t enough, he said “we gotta remember we are all in this together.” My God! What was he thinking? What kind of DINO is he trying to be?

Naturally, the true brethren of the left gave him several earsful on twitter.

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Jim is back! Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer for his powerful ad slamming Sen. Heidi Heitkamp for supporting sanctuary cities and for doing so with the right tone. They also hammer Facebook for censoring numerous Prager U videos and labeling them “hate speech” when there’s nothing hateful about them, and wonder whether Facebook’s monitors have no idea what conservatism is or whether they just give in to the liberal mob. And they shake their heads in disgust after London Mayor Sadiq Khan responds to a vehicular terrorist attack by wanting to ban vehicles in that part of the city.

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On a Morning from a Bogart Movie

 

…in a country where they turn back time,you go strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorrecontemplating a crime. More

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In this latest episode, the Substandard discusses the surprise hit The Meg and looks back on the summer box office—what we got right (a few things) and wrong (a lot). JVL gets called a nerd, Vic explains slot machines to his nephew, and Sonny’s dog gets into a sticky situation. Plus Warner Bros. DC debacle and Sonny’s Star Wars card collection!

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