Los Angeles Times

Dust-Up: Hollywood political values

It's fall in Hollywood, and that can only mean two things -- a bunch of Oscar-hunting movies with heavy political messages, and cash-cow fundraisers for presidential candidates from both parties. All week long, David Ehrenstein, blogger and author of "Open Secret: Gay Hollywood--1928-2000," debates Hollywood politics with Andrew Breitbart, new media impresario and co-author of "Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon -- The Case Against Celebrity."

  • Tinseltown's last hurrah

    Does Hollywood even matter, politically? Isn't technology (among many other things) eroding the System's sway and cultural relevance? Andrew Breitbart and David Ehrenstein conclude their debate on celebrity politics.

  • Holly-cons: in the closet?

    Are Hollywood conservatives largely in the political closet for fear of social or even workplace retribution, or are they a bunch of whiners? Why are most of the actor/politicians Republican? Why do Hollywood Dems always seem to back politicians (such as Hillary Clinton and Al Gore) who are most...

  • What are 'Hollywood values'?

    If it's all about free love and hating America, how come there aren't many openly gay stars or pro-jihadi movies? If it's all about the almighty dollar, how come Hollyweirdos disproportionately back the party that wants to tax them more? What, if anything, is the message Hollywood lefties are trying...

  • Hollywood reporting for duty?

    What duty, if any, does Hollywood have to the country? What role should it play in the national discourse?

  • Antiwar season

    This fall the movie industry is featuring a rash of high-profile antiwar films, from Brian DePalma, Paul Haggis, Robert Redford and others. What does that tell us about modern Hollywood politics?

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