Frank DeMartini (Producer) began his entertainment career 20 years ago as an entertainment attorney. Soon he became a specialist in representing not only the above-the-line elements but also all aspects of motion picture and TV production from development through financing and distribution. His film credits include producer on the independent feature “Motel Blue” (1997) starring Sean Young and Robert Vaughn, “Crocodile” (2001) directed by horror icon Tobe Hooper, “Mozart and the Whale” (2006) starring Josh Hartnett and Radha Mitchell, and “Journey to the End of the Night” (2007) starring Brendan Fraser and Mos Def. His most recent film, “Mad Money” (2008) starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah, Ted Danson, and Katie Holmes opened on 2500 screens in January 2008 and was directed by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri. He has completed production on an M.O.W. for the ABC Family Channel entitled, “The Prince and Me 4 wich will air 2010. Frank has just completed shooting “Elephant White” in Thailand with Kevin Bacon and Djimon Hounsou.
“Peace in Our Time” – Neville Chamberlain 1938 “If we don’t approve this treaty, the alternative is war” – Barack Obama 2015 Do those two quotes sound similar? Well, they are because they are both examples of appeasement. Appeasement is defined when dealing with foreign policy as follows: to yield or concede to the belligerent…
- Dr. Ben Carson
Ben Carson grew up in a very poor family. In fact, they were broke. And, mom never once raised her kids on the dole. She worked and worked and took care of them. This instilled a work ethic in Mr. Carson that I'm sure led to his Conservatism. He went to school and then Med-School and eventually became the top pediatric neurosurgeon in the country and headed the department at Johns Hopkins. Additionally, he was the first person to successfully separate Siamese twins joined in the head.
- Goodbye Politicians
This leads to the simple question, how far will the electorate allow these non-politicians to go? When will the American populace either fully embrace the non-politicians or revert back to the mainstream politicians. My thinking is that it may never happen this cycle. In fact, some of the main stream politicians are really becoming also-rans - witness Rick Perry, Lindsey Graham and Rick Santorum.
- GOP Debate Number 1
Yesterday the whole world got to see the GOP Debate parade of candidates in two separate event, the "A" debate in prime time and the "B" debate in the late afternoon. Both of these two shows were televised by Fox News. In case you noticed, I called them shows. I didn't call them political forums or even a debate because in reality they were neither. The whole event was a presentation of the GOP Candidates for the presidency of the United States. In all likelihood, one of them will win the presidency in the next 15 months. At this point, the only question is which one will get the nomination?
- Woodrow Wilson and Barack Obama
When listening to President Obama's speech yesterday trying to sell the Iranian deal, it made me think even more of Woodrow Wilson. As you all know, Wilson tried to sell the Versailles Treaty and the League of Nations to the Senate. Wilson's idealism and thoughts of a Utopian world ending up failing as he couldn't muster enough votes to get the Treaty ratified. As a result, the League of Nations failed and World War II resulted.
- It’s “Illegal” Immigration
. . . no one is against legal immigration. So, when you conveniently leave the word illegal out of the narrative, many people will believe you are also including legal immigrants in your discussion. And, of course, people will sway to your side of the argument. They will feel sorry for the poor immigrant that is being abused by the system. However, when you say illegal, the whole narrative changes. Hence the manipulation.
- Meet John Doe 2
About three months ago, I wrote an article entitled Meet John Doe. In that article, I made what I believed was a strong argument that America was looking for someone new. I believe America wants someone to tell it like it is - someone who is not a career politician. I believe that even more strongly now and the polls actually show it.
- The End of Tolerance
Gay Marriage whether you like it or not, is a religious issue and is an issue of States' rights. The Supreme Court last week decided that thousands of years of precedent that marriage was between a man and woman didn't matter. OK. Whether they got it wrong or right doesn't matter either. They determined it and it is now the law of the land. However, in one of the well reasoned dissents it was quoted that the opposing argument to gay marriage has been branded by the pro-gay marriage crowd as homo-phobes or bigots if you disagree.
- It’s all Greece to Me
On Sunday, the Greek population voted to tell the EU to "f**k off."k In a historic rebuff of the EU and more specifically, France, Germany and Belgium, Greece said they would not accept the forced austerity measures being imposed upon them. In fact, 61% of the population of Greece, so no. It wasn't even close.
- “Gone With the Wind” Gone?
If some person wants to fly the Confederate Flag in a cemetery, or in his house, or some legislature decides to fly it on official ground, that is their right. If someone wants to remake "The Birth of a Nation," it is their right. You don't have to go and see it, but you can't stop them from doing it. And, more importantly, you can protest their doing it if you disagree. You just shouldn't be able to stop it.
- What Does the Confederate Flag Mean?
The point of this is very simple. The Confederate Flag is a historic document. Maybe it only belongs in museums. Maybe it belongs in Confederate cemeteries. Maybe it belongs in the annals of history and no where else. But, the mere fact that someone chooses to fly it does not make it a symbol of racism. It is a symbol of a different time and of a different culture.
- The Donald Trump
Yesterday, Donald Trump became the 10th or 11th or whatever Republican candidate for the White House. And, apparently, his declaration speech has got a lot of people convinced he is the man. To put it mildly, I was surprised at what I would have called a joke candidacy being taken so seriously - at least up until now.
- Obamacare – Five Years Later
As most of you know, sometime in the next few weeks, probably this Monday or next Monday, the Supreme Court will decide on the validity of one clause in Obamacare, that could throw the entire law into a shambles. The clause at issue effects whether the Federal Government can provide subsidies to states which have not set up their own exchanges. It's hard to believe that the validity of this one clause may send the whole statute into shambles.
- Is George Pataki a Game Changer?
Last week, George Pataki, ex-Governor of New York, announced his candidacy for President of the United States. To put it mildly, I was very surprised. As far as I knew, Pataki was not on anyone’s short list to be running. At first, I was a little shocked at his announcement. But, after thinking a little,…
- The Hollywood Blacklist
During that time period after World War II and up until the end of the Cold War, Hollywood was at its heyday. Many people in government and in the regular world felt Hollywood movies and TV programs could influence American thinking. Accordingly, Hollywood was under attack by Congress because of its leftist and sometime outright Communist leanings. The House Un-American Activities Committee subpenaed many Hollywood producers, writers, actors and directors regarding their political leanings and asked them whether they "were now or ever were affiliated with the Communist Party." Depending on their answer, they were then asked to name others that may or may not have been Communists. These hearings led to what became knows as the Hollywood Blacklist.
- Clinton Sleaze
What I can't understand and what continues to amaze me is how anyone can even think about voting for a Clinton. This was true in 1992, 1996, 2008 and now. The two of them represent everything that is wrong with American politics. To put it bluntly, they are just sleazy. It is what I'm going to call Clinton Sleaze.
- Roman Holiday – It Happened One Night
The other night I watched the classic film "Roman Holiday" for the first time in many years. And, as expected, I thoroughly enjoyed it again. However, there was one thing about it I didn't realize the first time I'd seen the movie. Basically, it is a remake of "It Happened One Night," (except for the last act).
- The Death Penalty
Recently, there has been much controversy on this issue. It doesn't matter whether you are for the death penalty or opposed to the death penalty. Does the current mixture of drugs constitute cruel and unusual punishment? Does it cause interminable pain? Is it humane?
- Baltimore in Turmoil
As I write this column, the City of Baltimore is in the middle of its worst rioting since 1968. The Riots of that year, were triggered by the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. and resulted in the deaths of approximately five citizens. They were a sign of the turbulent 60s. The same 60s that probably brought America the closest its been to a revolution since the Civil War.
- Political Mendacity Addiction
“The truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the (failed nation) State.” Joseph Goebbels. Silence is the taciturn partner of a lie.