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Should Conservatives Embrace CGI Actors? [Opinion]

A very interesting piece…

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Imagine being able to see Alec Baldwin on the silver screen at his best and always in his prime – but never ever having to put up with his over the top, far left windbaggery ever again. Imagine Sean Penn in his glory days, forever, but never again having to hear him praise whatever America-hating regime has become fashionable this week.

Sounds good, right? Enjoy the best of Hollywood, and avoid its worst.

It’s possible.

No, Hollywood isn’t finally choosing to muzzle its ridiculous politics. That would be too simple.

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Hollywood’s leading lights are all, eventually, going to shuffle off this mortal coil – and they will be replaced by better, digital versions of themselves. Versions that won’t assault us with their high opinions of themselves, and low opinions of the rest of us, every chance they get.

This isn’t the plot of some B-grade movie coming soon on SyFY. It’s real, and it’s going to start with a legendary actor who has been dead for decades.

Actor James Dean died in a fiery car crash in 1955. At that point the 24-year-old had starred in just about six films, but those few starring roles and a host of smaller roles made Dean such a legend that more than 20 years after his death, Fonzi paid homage to him on Happy Days. Dean remains an icon to this day, forever handsome and forever young.

The Hollywood Reporter says Dean is making his return to the silver screen, not in a special nostalgic showing of Rebel Without a Cause, but in an entirely new film about Vietnam called Finding Jack. And Dean is taking on the role of an entirely new character he never played before.

How?

James Dean is being digitally resurrected.

While Finding Jack will be live action, The Hollywood Reporter understands that Dean’s performance will be constructed via “full body” CGI using actual footage and photos. Another actor will voice him.

James Dean died several years before America ever became involved in the Vietnam War. It was a war he never knew. But now the smoldering young rebel with the deep blue eyes will play a soldier fighting there. His family are supportive of the East of Eden star virtually hitting the screen decades after his demise.

The implications of all this are as difficult to grasp as the great beyond into which Dean stepped back in the Eisenhower years. This is beyond the still new and challenging deepfake technology. It is literally the likeness of a well known but quite dead actor taking on virtual breath and flesh – and performing a role he never played while he was alive. Making new gestures and expressions. Uttering new lines. Interacting with others on screen who were not born when he left this earth.

You may be thinking, well, this is not all that new. After all, Tupac returned from the grave as a hologram and performed concerts. Peter Cushing likewise returned to reprise his role as Grand Moff Tarkin – a role he played in Star Wars in 1977, before his death in 1994 – to command the Death Star in the 2016 hit Star Wars: Rogue One. In both of those cases, the departed performer essentially performed old material which was created from their actual performances. That’s not what Digital James Dean’s zombie performance is.

This is a paradigm shift that the Screen Actors Guild probably has not thought through. Digital Dean could star in multiple films in production on multiple locations at the same time, without having any diva lists in his contracts, without needing a big shot trailer, without ever even needing to eat or sleep. Think of what that will do to the breathing actors trying to compete with him.

Never mind what can happen with the endless Hollywood awards shows. What if the digital zombie James Dean wins an Oscar? And a Golden Globe? And a People’s Choice Award?

One of those awards didn’t even exist during James Dean’s lifetime.

And if the more-machine-than-man Dean takes off, how about Hollywood’s deceased from the fairer sex? We could see digital Marilyn Monroe star opposite her paramour, digital John F. Kennedy, in a full human-free remake of 9 ½ Weeks. Where there is money to be made, someone is thinking up a way to make it – and Digital Dean opens up whole new money making possibilities.

I am personally torn here. On one hand we can ruin cinema with long dead CGI actors and on the other hand we can have a world where we never hear a political opinion by Robert Redford ever again.

James Dean once said “Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today.” Digital Dean has the chance of living forever, if only in a dream on hard drives and the movie screen. But his existence may just change entertainment as we know it – and Hollywood politics, too – forever.

A.J. Rice is CEO of Publius PR, a premiere communications firm in Washington D.C. Rice is a brand manager, star-whisperer and auteur media influencer, who has produced or promoted Laura Ingraham, Judge Jeanine Pirro, Donald Trump Jr., Monica Crowley, Charles Krauthammer, Roger L. Simon, Steve Hilton, Victor Davis Hanson, and many others. Find out more at publiuspr.com.

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Texas Doctor Defies Abortion Ban, Setting Up New Legal Challenge to Enforcement

This is just a game of courts and time, and this doctor is betting that with enough of the latter, the former will swing to his favor.

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While the Supreme Court is often seen as a finish line for certain legal challenges here in the United States, in some cases, it is truly only the beginning of another, larger fight.

Such seems to be the case in Texas, where a new abortion ban has already been defied by one doctor.

A Texas doctor claimed Saturday that he has deliberately violated the state’s new abortion law in order to help test whether it’s legal.

Alan Braid, an obstetrician-gynecologist in San Antonio, explained his actions in an essay published in The Washington Post.

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Braid writes that he understands “there could be legal consequences” because of his action.

It seems that “legal consequences” were the whole point.

“But I wanted to make sure that Texas didn’t get away with its bid to prevent this blatantly unconstitutional law from being tested.”

He added later: “I understand that by providing an abortion beyond the new legal limit, I am taking a personal risk, but it’s something I believe in strongly.”

The news comes just days after the Attorney General, Merrick Garland, stated his unequivocal opinion that the new Texas law was unconstitutional – something that very well may have factored into the decision by Braid.

Braid’s case, should Texas choose to enforce the law against him, certainly has the makings of a situation that could again reach the Supreme Court.  Should there be any changes to the makeup of that judicial body ahead of Braid’s case, there could be a reasonable chance that the Texas law gets overturned.

This is why the GOP is so concerned about the Biden administration’s willingness to consider the possibility of packing the court.

While the Supreme Court is often seen as a finish line for certain legal challenges here in the United States, in some cases, it is truly only the beginning of another, larger fight. Such seems to be the case in Texas, where a new abortion ban has already been defied by one doctor. A Texas doctor claimed Saturday that he has deliberately violated the state’s new abortion law in order to help test whether it’s legal. Alan Braid, an obstetrician-gynecologist in San Antonio, explained his actions in an essay published in The Washington Post. Braid writes that he understands “there could be legal consequences” because of his action. It seems that “legal consequences” were the whole point. “But I wanted to make sure that Texas didn’t get away with its bid to prevent this blatantly unconstitutional law from being tested.” He added later: “I understand that by providing an abortion beyond the new legal limit, I am taking a personal risk, but it’s something I believe in strongly.” The news comes just days after the Attorney General, Merrick Garland, stated his unequivocal opinion that the new Texas law was unconstitutional – something that very well may have factored into the decision by Braid. Braid’s case, should Texas choose to enforce the law against him, certainly has the makings of a situation that could again reach the Supreme Court.  Should there be any changes to the makeup of that judicial body ahead of Braid’s case, there could be a reasonable chance that the Texas law gets overturned. This is why the GOP is so concerned about the Biden administration’s willingness to consider the possibility of packing the court.

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Despite Federal Freakout, ‘J6’ Rally Remains Peaceful

The federal response to the event has turned out to be a joke.

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All week, we heard nothing but abject terror from the mainstream media.  They were completely convinced that there was trouble coming down the pike on The Beltway, and they were frothing at the mouth in hoping to blame it on the MAGA Movement.

But, despite their desperate and derivative dialogue, the “Justice for J6” rally went off without a hitch, foiling their naysaying narrative.

Early reports and videos emerging from the pro-Capitol-rioter “Justice for J6” rally indicate that the event has drawn “a few dozen” attendees, and many times that number of press and police.

On Saturday afternoon, videos began trickling out on social media showing the early stages of the event, organized to show support for those imprisoned over the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol, showing very high turnout — by cops and the media.

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This, after weeks of fear mongering and facetious insults from the mainstream media.

In fact, the overzealousness of law enforcement wound up being a bit of an embarrassment.

Despite the turnout, the event drew a large law enforcement and media presence. Capitol Police said Friday they were working with over 27 agencies from around the region to secure the event.

This appears to reiterate the idea that the mainstream media’s vilification of Trump supporters has been largely inappropriate, and just another attempt at manufacturing outrage to bolster their ratings.

All week, we heard nothing but abject terror from the mainstream media.  They were completely convinced that there was trouble coming down the pike on The Beltway, and they were frothing at the mouth in hoping to blame it on the MAGA Movement. But, despite their desperate and derivative dialogue, the “Justice for J6” rally went off without a hitch, foiling their naysaying narrative. Early reports and videos emerging from the pro-Capitol-rioter “Justice for J6” rally indicate that the event has drawn “a few dozen” attendees, and many times that number of press and police. On Saturday afternoon, videos began trickling out on social media showing the early stages of the event, organized to show support for those imprisoned over the Jan. 6 invasion of the Capitol, showing very high turnout — by cops and the media. This, after weeks of fear mongering and facetious insults from the mainstream media. In fact, the overzealousness of law enforcement wound up being a bit of an embarrassment. Despite the turnout, the event drew a large law enforcement and media presence. Capitol Police said Friday they were working with over 27 agencies from around the region to secure the event. This appears to reiterate the idea that the mainstream media’s vilification of Trump supporters has been largely inappropriate, and just another attempt at manufacturing outrage to bolster their ratings.

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