Horror film fans and creators, myself included, generally delight in turning people on to the much-maligned genre. But as high-profile projects such as “Get Out” and “A Quiet Place” — which is nearing the $100 million mark after its second weekend — reach mainstream audiences and awards voting bodies, we’ve been watching through our fingers this sudden widespread embrace of the macabre. Can prestige filmmakers, and their Hollywood backers, market their horror films to a mainstream audience without alienating already devoted horror fans? Those fans’ fears would be more assuaged if Hollywood would cease using the qualifier “elevated” to describe new horror releases, as actor-turned-director John Krasinski did when describing the types of films that convinced him a couple years ago that horror was a worthwhile genre to explore. Just last week, Netflix announced it would be releasing an “elevated horror” film starring … [Read more...] about Horror is having a mainstream moment — but will that alienate fans?
Mary Lang Sollinger has been a prolific Democratic fundraiser over the years, connecting candidates and donors at her Madison home on Lake Mendota and at national events in Washington, D.C.Leading up to the 2008 presidential primary she organized a dozen events for Barack Obama. In Wisconsin’s 2014 gubernatorial race she introduced Mary Burke to her national fundraising network and along with her husband she gave the eventual Democratic nominee $2,000 almost a year before the primary.This year the top Democratic gubernatorial candidates have asked Sollinger for help raising money, but she has told them that she’s staying out of the race, at least until the nomination process sorts itself out in mid-August.“We have such a full house of candidates it’s very difficult to pick one out,” Sollinger said in an interview. “This is the time to get new ideas and do new things. I’ve told all of them, once it’s the day after the primary, I’m in … [Read more...] about Sprawling gubernatorial field has some Democratic donors sitting out the primary
April Wolfe, The Washington Post Published 10:21 am, Friday, April 13, 2018 Photo: Jonny Cournoyer, Paramount Pictures Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 John Krasinski, and Noah Jupe in "A Quiet Place," which Krasinski directed. John Krasinski, and Noah Jupe in "A Quiet Place," which Krasinski directed. Photo: Jonny Cournoyer, Paramount Pictures With 'A Quiet Place' and 'Get Out,' horror is having a mainstream moment - but will that alienate fans? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Horror film fans and creators, myself included, generally delight in turning people on to the much-maligned genre. But as high-profile projects such as "Get Out" and "A Quiet Place" - which just made $50 million domestically in its first weekend - reach mainstream audiences and awards voting bodies, we've been watching through our fingers … [Read more...] about With ‘A Quiet Place’ and ‘Get Out,’ horror is having a mainstream moment
Last week’s Supreme Court victory for a statewide candidate who took aim at the National Rifle Association in a late campaign ad could embolden Democrats in the fall election to use the gun issue to their advantage.Democrats and gun control groups see Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet’s victory as a sign that the national tide is turning against the NRA. The group has come under fire for its hard-line position against gun regulations by a national student-led movement in the wake of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida.“If these kids sustain that energy over the next seven months there’s no doubt that you’ll see more candidates who feel passionately about this issue making it a part of their campaigns,” said Joe Zepecki, a Democratic strategist who worked on Mary Burke’s 2014 gubernatorial campaign. “Whereas in the past consultants might have told (candidates), ‘Oh no, this is Wisconsin. Guns are the third rail. Stay … [Read more...] about NRA opponents hoping to build on Supreme Court victory in the fall
My right-wing pal David Blaska wrote this week that the Republicans got "slapped" by the voters during this week's elections.I don't know if I agree that was the case, but if it was there was no one who deserved to be slapped more than the Wauwatosa blowhard who masquerades as the current state treasurer.Republican Matt Adamczyk has "served" as treasurer for nearly four years now, doing everything he could to do as little as possible so he could claim the office was unnecessary and ought to be eliminated. He campaigned in 2014 that he would "work" to abolish the office and during the past few weeks ran around the state urging voters to pass a constitutional amendment to do just that.Others, including former Republican state treasurer Jack Voight, pointed out that the office, despite being relieved of many of its duties by legislatures that sought to consolidate their own powers over the years, has long served as a financial watchdog over governors and legislatures.Wisconsin voters … [Read more...] about Plain Talk: Blowhard masquerading as state treasurer gets his due