Robert Redford Addresses Guns In Film At Sundance

Robert Redford briefly touched on guns in Hollywood as he opened the 2013 Sundance Film Festival on Thursday, pondering whether the entertainment industry is overreliant on gun violence.

“I think it’s appropriate and overdue to have this dialogue,” Redford said told the opening night crowd, according to the Hollywood Reporter. “I have a question, though. I was driving in L.A. recently, and I saw two billboards that featured guns prominently. It made me wonder, ‘Does my business think guns will help sell tickets?’ It’s worth asking that question.”

Festival director John Cooper added that Sundance 2013 is screening a film that touches on gun violence directly. Valentine Road is a documentary by Marta Cunningham about the 2008 murder of eighth-grader Lawrence (Larry) King, 14, by a classmate Brandon McInerney, 15, during their English class in Oxnard, California. The film explores the lives of both boys — Larry, an effemenite, possibly gay kid, and Brandon, who thought Larry had a crush on him. 

Cooper added that Valentine Road was selected for Sundance prior to the December 14 massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. He continued, “Newtown and the gun-control dialogue going on will change what the documentary means to people at the festival. But for us, a truth is a truth, and it’s about allowing our filmmakers to tell a deeper story.”

You can watch Redford and other festival organizers at the opening of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival below:

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Guns In Movies Are Just “Entertainment,” Says Ah-nold

Arnold Schwarzenegger isn’t in politics anymore, praise be, and he’s now back to making macho films for the 15- to 35-year-old male small penis demographic. Ah-nold got pressed by reporters about violence his new movie The Last Stand and insisted that killing people onscreen with guns is just good old-fashioned "entertainment."

According to the Hollywood ReporterThe Last Stand features "features extensive shootouts, including Schwarzenegger firing a Gatling-style gun from the back of a school bus. But Ah-nold dodged that bullet (pun intended) like the ex-politician he is:

I think one must always keep it separate. This is entertainment and the other thing is a tragedy beyond belief and serious and the real deal. … Whenever there’s a tragedy like that it would be foolish not to look into all ways of what we can do as a society to improve the situation and to reduce the risk of those kind of issues … How can we do better with gun laws? If there is any loophole, if there’s a problem there, let’s analyze it. Does a mother need to collect those guns and take her little kids shooting? … Everything has to be analyzed, no stone unturned. And I think that’s what we owe to our people, and I think that’s what they ought to do, rather than make it political.

An utter and complete dodge: he suggests partial blame for the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre was Nancy Lanza collecting guns and taking her son Adam Lanza shooting as a kid. Really, Arnold? Do you really not see your movies as complicit in the glorification of violence in entertainment that Adam Lanza could not have avoided unless he had been cloistered away like a monk? No, it’s easier to just blame the mother.

Ah-nold doesn’t even make sense, either: in one breath he asks "How can we do better with gun laws?", which is a political pmatter, and then he decries "mak[ing] it political." Which one is it going to be?

Not that I had particularly high expectations for Arnold Schwarzenegger but this is up there at the top of the list of gun-loving conservative dodges that are at once nonsensical and irresponsible.  

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YouTuber Reminds Pro-Gun Control Celebs They Use A Lot Of Guns Onscreen

It didn’t take long after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, for a gaggle of Hollywood celebs to film a PSA urging for better gun control.

The video by Demand A Plan For Gun Violence, which has racked up over six million views on YouTube alone, includes pleas from celebs like Beyoncé, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Rock, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Aniston, Jon Hamm, Julianne Moore, Jamie Foxx, Paul Rudd, and Ellen DeGeneres.

But one YouTube user would like to point out that more than a few of these folks seem all too happy to use guns when onscreen violence is called for.

I suppose the video "Demand Celebrities Go Fuck Themselves" could be seen as a statement about hypocris.  Other examples fall flat — like, I doubt that three seconds of Amy Poehler goofing around onscreen with a gun has contributed deeply to gun violence quite the way that action films have, which doesn’t seem fair.  

It’s well-researched, to say the least:

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