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As GOP Fortunes Rise, Hollywood Conservatives Rumble

Weekly_gop_hollywood Hollywood conservatives have been making a lot of hay lately. A recent Tea Party event in Beverly Hills, led by Pat Boone, drew several hundred people. A cable venture, the RightNetwork, recently launched with backing from Kelsey Grammer. Regular meetings of the semi-secret org Friends of Abe have been able to draw many younger conservatives. And while a smattering of celebrities are trying to bolster Democrats in what may, in the end, be a death march to Election Day, it’s entertainment figures from the right who’ve commandeered media attention.

“On this part of the spectrum, it is stronger than it has ever been,” says writer-director Lionel Chetwynd, a longtime industry conservative whose involvement stretches back three decades.

What is uncertain is whether that enthusiasm and renewed energy on the right will translate into parity among industry partisans, even if it leads to an electoral rout on Nov. 2.

Here’s my story in the print edition of weekly Variety on what’s happening on the industry’s right.

 

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