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.
- The Growing Sense of Helplessness
There is a growing sense of helplessness and despair in America today (some would actually argue that it is already full grown). This, in spite of the fact that there is a record breaking financial recovery and the absolute best prospects for job and income growth going forward; the stock markets are at all-time highs and interest rates near all-time lows; the highest percentage of young people are graduating from high school and attending universities in history; there is minority inclusion in almost every previously unattainable area in society, and crime is at its lowest levels nationwide in our lifetimes.
- “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.
- Meet John Doe – Election 2016
We need someone in Election 2016 who is going to think about the people. We need someone who is not a career politician. We need a man who loves American and doesn't apologize for it. We need someone who is clean and has strong moral values. We need someone who will defend American in this very dangerous world.
- Abraham Lincoln – 150 Years
Today marks the 150th anniversary of the death of arguably, our most beloved president, Abraham Lincoln. Many people were saying that yesterday was the 150th anniversary. Well, it kinda was, but not of his death. You see, he was shot on Good Friday, April 14, 1865, but he actually died on April 15th at 7:22 in the morning.
- Charles Schumer and Israel
President Obama, during his administration, likes having his little minions running around doing his beck and call. Harry Reid played that role very well in the Senate. Charles Schumer might not essay that role as well because of the Middle East.
- Voter ID
In the past few years, many states have tried to pass laws which require a voter to present a Voter ID. To date, approximately seven states have passed Voter ID laws and have them on the books. Out of those seven, few are being enforced because liberals are up in arms about this issue. They have taken the position that Voter ID laws are meant for one thing and one thing only and that is to limit access to the voting booth. In other words, to keep undesirable (liberal) voters, from voting. Of course, I do not agree with the liberal position. In fact, I'm appalled at the liberal position, because I believe that Voter ID laws stop unqualified people from voting!
- The Israeli Election
Last Tuesday, the sovereign state of Israel had a national election. Much was on the line. In fact, the whole future of Israel could have been depending on whether you listen to Mr. Netanyahu or Mr. Obama. You may ask, what does Barack Obama, have to do in an article about Israeli Election? I would have asked myself the same question a few years ago. Now, it appears that Bibi and Barry are completely and forever intertwined. And, unfortunately, this is not only a bad thing, but it is the American President who is to blame.
- A Woman President
A few weeks ago while giving a speech, Hillary Clinton asked a question, "Don't you want a woman president?" The answer to this question is really very simple. The answer is a resounding: Yes. However, Mrs. Clinton, you are not the person I would ever want to see in the White House. In fact, I would hope that I really never have to see you again.
- Danny Lerner
Danny Lerner passed away at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer. He will be missed.
- What’s the Fuss about Netanyahu?
I think Netanyahu's speech is important because it shows the support we have for Israel. I think it's important because it will show the dangers of a nuclear Iran to the world. If President Obama does not like, I really don't care.