Happy Birthday, Charlie Chaplin

On this date in 1889, Charles Chaplin was born. By 1918, he was the biggest star in the world. But Chaplin was more than an entertainer; he was also the first Hollywood activist. His early films, starring Chaplin as the Tramp, were subtle commentaries on class in America. The Tramp was a friend to the…

Sherman vs. Berman: A Referendum on SOPA

Since internet activists led a successful effort to kill the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) earlier this year, most legislators have been backing off of their prior support for the bill. I’m sure you all remember your favorite websites (Google, Wikipedia, Reddit) engaging in a one-day blackout to protest the passage of the bill that…

Daniel Plainview for President?

It’s not unusual for politicians to incorporate famous movie lines into their speeches. Arnold Schwarzenegger frequently peppered his campaign speeches with his well-known quips, particularly “Hasta la vista, baby.” Ronald Reagan often invoked his famous role as George Gipp in “Knute Rockne, All American,” perhaps most memorably at the 1988 Republican Convention when he told…

BREAKING: Exclusive Video of Solicitor General’s Opening Argument

Here at Reel Change, we’re thrilled to present to you this exclusive video of Solicitor General Donald Verrilli making his  opening statement in support of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) at the U.S. Supreme Court. Verrilli’s performance during the second day of oral arguments was widely panned, and some are suggesting that his lack of poise and preparedness…

Jane Fonda to play Nancy Reagan?

In a counter-intuitive but headline-grabbing piece of casting, it has been reported that Jane Fonda will play First Lady Nancy Reagan in an upcoming film. “The Butler,” a script written by Lee Daniels (“Precious”) and Danny Strong (“Game Change”), tells the true story of Eugene Allen, a White House butler who served seven Presidents from Harry…

UPDATE: “Bully” Battle Resolved

After a massive campaign by the film’s producers that included celebrity support and a Change.org petition signed by more than 500,000 people, the MPAA has still refused to lower the rating of “Bully,” a documentary that follows the lives of five families who have been the victim of bullying, to PG-13. The film, which will…

“The Hunger Games”: Political Reax

My review will be posted Monday, but in the meantime, I have collected some of the most thought-provoking analyses of “The Hunger Games” to hit the web this weekend. From the left:  The New Yorker: The shortest gloss on the movie’s plot is that twenty-four children take part in a televised spectacle in which they…

Mr. Clooney goes to Washington

Yesterday, George Clooney came to Capitol Hill to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the border conflict between Sudan and South Sudan. Clooney has been beating the drum on this issue since he traveled to the region with his father, journalist and former Congressional candidate Nick Clooney, in 2006. You can read about…