- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Stuck with geezers’

“After [actress Scarlett Johansson] reportedly said she couldn’t imagine dating anyone under 30 — and after the career she’s built [co-starring with] veteran actors like [Bill] Murray and [Billy Bob] Thornton — she’s decimated long lines of suitors who first made out with girls her age in cars with fins.

“‘It’s horrible,’ she says. ‘I don’t know why young men won’t come up to me anymore. Seriously. I only get balding men with giant guts since that comment circulated. I never said that, OK? It’s going on the record. Young men can feel free to seduce me. … I’ve just been fortunate enough to work with some incredible older male actors. And that’s turned into, I can only date men over 30. Now I’m stuck with the geezers.’”

Chris Jones, writing on “Scarlett Johansson,” in the February issue of Esquire

Excluding God

“The hallowed heresy of the separation of church and state has been extended by TV Land into the separation of religion from life. Script writers can now fashion credible characters and plots without making a single reference to God or faith. And the wide-eyed audience watches these stories, delights in them and lives vicariously through the glamorous, sexy stars who romp through life relying on their own competence and never casting a look heavenward….

“Virtually all television and all movies exclude God. A particular film or TV show may appear a bit of innocent entertainment that only a dour scrupulosity would find objectionable; but it is the cumulative effect of such entertainment that should concern us.

“A steady diet of shows that portray men and women managing nicely without having to admit the supernatural into their lives or even to give it a thought, will inevitably have its effect upon our consciousness; it will pull us further into the secularized mindset of TV Land, which is now the mindset of America and much of the world.”

Edwin Faust in “The Catechism of Beaver Cleaver” in the fall issue of Latin Mass magazine

Hollywood’s villain

“Owen Brewster … played by Alan Alda, comes into ‘The Aviator’ as head of a special Senate committee looking into military contracts in the mid-1940s. The Maine Republican targeted Hughes’ plane manufacturing company for collecting $40 million from the government in developing two aircraft that had never been delivered. …

“Hughes … made no attempt to disguise his contempt for Brewster throughout the war contracts investigation. …

“Two years earlier, after Hughes’ Trans World Airlines was awarded overseas flying rights in competition with Pan American Airways, the Maine senator sponsored a bill to take back TWA’s government-approved transatlantic routes.

“Hughes spread rumors about Brewster’s being in Pan Am’s pocket. …

“Brewster, rather than Hughes, became the central figure in whatever scandal attached to the hearings in the public mind. …

“Brewster was badly bloodied in his encounter with ‘The Aviator.’

“Nor did it help that in the meantime he had aligned himself with … Sen. Joseph McCarthy. …

“He was replaced by a fellow Republican in the primary that year, the only time in Maine’s political history that an incumbent senator was denied renomination. …

“[T]he biggest contributor to the Republican who beat him … was none other than that quirky billionaire Howard Hughes.

Jim Brunelle, writing on “Film shows how Howard Hughes trashed senator from Maine,” Dec. 24 in the Portland Press Herald

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