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Amen, Chris Pratt — I’m sick and tired of whiny woke reviews too

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Chris Pratt did something heroic this week. He exposed one of the media’s most obnoxious trends — insufferable woke critics — when he trolled them on Instagram after getting bad reviews for his new Amazon Prime show “The Terminal List.”

His series was blasted by writers in media outlets such as the Daily Beast and Slate for being “an unhinged right-wing revenge fantasy” and an “invitation to worship at the altar of the Navy SEALs.” 

Pratt shot back by sharing an article boasting about the show’s 1.6 billion minutes of streams. Good for him.

Seriously, what Bowdoin class did these brainwashed lunkheads take? Strident Pointless Hollywood Activism 101?

Additionally, seemingly everyone lacerated the program for being too macho and masculine. Since when should an action-thriller about Navy SEALs getting ambushed on a mission to kill a terrorist be sensitive and romantic and star Harry Styles in a kaftan?

At this point, I don’t even care if “Terminal List” is worse than Netflix’s “Uncoupled.” The whiny, agenda-driven reviews of it are far more infuriating and tedious. Can’t these people take off their Democratic socialist caps for five friggin’ minutes?

Woke critics are letting lefty politics seep into every review they write.
Woke critics are letting lefty politics seep into every review they write.
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Chris Pratt trolled critics of his new TV show "The Terminal List."
Chris Pratt trolled critics of his new TV show “The Terminal List.”
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Audiences, meanwhile, demonstrably have an appetite for entertainment about heroism and law enforcement. “Terminal List” has an audience approval rating of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Top Gun: Maverick,” about Navy pilots, is one of the summer’s biggest box office hits (and, in fairness, a critical one, as well). CBS’ “NCIS,” which most critics have never watched in their lives, is the No. 1 TV show in America after 19 seasons — not Emmy darling “The White Lotus.” The 2014 war movie “American Sniper” was ignored by a lot of the culturati initially, but overperformed during its opening week at the box office by about $40 million. 

Another example is 2020’s “Bad Boys for Life,” starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as two fun, trigger-happy detectives taking down a Mexican drug lord. Bloody and macho as hell, the movie made $426.5 million worldwide.

Not everything has to be “Euphoria,” you losers!

Pratt's show has a 94% audience approval rating on RottenTomatoes.com/
Pratt’s show has a 94% audience approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
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There is an ample number of fair reasons why a piece of entertainment like “Terminal List” might be rightfully eviscerated by the press: hokey writing, bad editing, laughable acting — not, however, bizarre perceived inklings of conservatism. 

As the show’s executive producer and author of the books it’s based on, Jack Carr, said on Fox News: “We don’t mention right, left, conservative, liberal, none of those things are even mentioned.”

Readers, after all, just want to know if something is good or bad. But that doesn’t matter to today’s media elite. Too many critics have pipe dreams of becoming MSNBC hosts.  

"Bad Boys for Life," starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith, made over $1 billion at the box office.
“Bad Boys for Life,” starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith, made over $1 billion at the box office.
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More and more, writers are judging TV, movies and Broadway purely on political grounds. The annoying practice kicked into high gear during the Trump administration, when entertainment writers became jealous of increasingly popular political columnists and White House correspondents, and demanded they, too, “make a difference” with their reviews of “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “My Fair Lady.”

For consumers, the trend has been an ongoing migraine. They look to film and TV critics for advice on what to watch so that they can escape politics for an hour or two — not to incessantly tell them who to vote for.

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“The Music Man” is leaving Broadway: Last-minute tickets to see Hugh Jackman

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Just like Harold Hill, “The Music Man” will be skipping town soon.

After opening in February 2022, the Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster starrer is set to close its 11-month run at the Winter Garden Theatre on Jan. 15, 2023.

That means just a few more chances to see Jackman’s con man Harold Hill manipulate small-town city folk like Foster’s kind-hearted Marian Paroo into buying band uniforms and instruments before fleeing for his next job.

“I love everything about the show,” Jackman said. “The audiences have been incredible and I’m going to be sad (when it’s over.)”

Luckily, tickets are still available for all remaining performances and you won’t have “trouble” finding them.

In fact, savvy searchers can snag seats for as low as $89 before fees on Vivid Seats.

So, if you want to catch the show that’s right for you, follow our lead.

All prices were found at the time of publication and are subject to fluctuation.

“The Music Man” schedule

Due to overwhelming demand, “The Music Man” recently extended their run two weeks from a Jan. 1 close to Jan. 15.

Up until then, shows will run from Tuesday through Sunday eight times a week.

Matinees on Wednesdays and Saturdays begin at 2 p.m. Sunday matinees start at 3 p.m.

A complete calendar of all upcoming shows including dates, start times and links to buy tickets can be found here.

“The Music Man” runs 2 hours and 45 minutes with a single intermission.

Vivid Seats is a verified secondary market ticketing platform, and prices may be higher or lower than face value, depending on demand. 

They offer a 100% buyer guarantee that states your transaction will be safe and secure and your tickets will be delivered prior to the event.

“The Music Man” cast

Hugh Jackman, who you may also know from his role as Wolverine in a little franchise called “X Men,” leads a cast full of Broadway, stage and screen veterans.

Here’s everything to know about his castmates.

Sutton Foster (Marian Paroo) is a two-time Tony Award-winning actress for her roles in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Anything Goes.” TV fans may recognize Foster from her star turn in TV Land’s “Younger” alongside Hillary Duff. She was also recognized for her work in “The Music Man” having received a nomination for Best Actress In A Musical.

Shuler Hensley (Marcellus Washburn) has been active since the early ’90s. Over the course of his career, he’s appeared onstage in “Les Miserables” and “Young Frankenstein” and on the silver screen in “The Greatest Showman” and “Van Helsing.”

Mark Linn-Baker (Mayor Shinn) works a lot. The veteran actor performed in “On the Twentieth Century” and “You Can’t Take It With You” on Broadway among many other productions on his varied resume. Of course, he’s also known for his starring role in “Perfect Strangers” as well as bit parts in “Succession” and “She Hulk.”

Jayne Houdyshell (Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn) commands the stage or screen whenever she performs. Whether it’s her dramatic stage slash screen turn in “The Humans” or portrayal of hardened Bunny in “Only Murders In The Building,” Houdyshell is a force to be reckoned with. Keep an eye out for her in “Causeway” alongside Jennifer Lawrence next.

Marie Mullin (Mrs. Paroo) won a Tony Award for her role in Martin McDonagh’s “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.” She also co-founded the Druid Theatre Company, located in Galway, Ireland.

All members of the cast and creative teams can be found here.

2023 Broadway Musicals

As always, the Great White Way will offer a range of classic musicals and upstart productions this fall, winter and spring.

Here are just five of the hottest shows you won’t want to miss in the next few months.

• “& Juliet”

• “Hamilton”

• “The Book of Mormon”

• “KPOP The Musical”

• “Some Like It Hot”

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Proud dad Patrick Mahomes, wife Brittany Matthews and toddler Sterling celebrate arrival of new baby

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Introducing Patrick ‘Bronze’ Lavon Mahomes III! Proud dad Patrick Mahomes, wife Brittany Matthews and toddler Sterling celebrate arrival of new baby

NFL superstar Patrick Mahomes has welcomed the latest addition to his family with wife Brittany Matthews – a bouncing baby boy.

The 27-year-old Kansas City Chiefs quarterback shared the first snap of his son, named Patrick Bronze’ Lavon Mahomes III on Instagram Monday evening, along with a necklace with a ‘Bronze’ nameplate.

The child – his second with Matthews following daughter Sterling Skye, born in February 2021 – is named after both Patrick and his father, Major League Baseball pitcher Pat Mahomes. 

Welcome: NFL superstar Patrick Mahomes has welcomed the latest addition to his family with wife Brittany Matthews – a bouncing baby boy

First snap: The 27-year-old Kansas City Chiefs quarterback shared the first snap of his son, named Patrick Bronze' Lavon Mahomes III on Instagram Monday evening, along with a necklace with a 'Bronze' nameplate

First snap: The 27-year-old Kansas City Chiefs quarterback shared the first snap of his son, named Patrick Bronze’ Lavon Mahomes III on Instagram Monday evening, along with a necklace with a ‘Bronze’ nameplate 

The joint Instagram post from Patrick and Brittany revealed he was born on Monday, weighing in at 7 lbs 8 oz.

The happy couple first announced their second child back in late May, with the caption simply stating, ‘Round 2!’

The couple were pictured with their daughter Sterling Skye, who was holding a sign that read, ‘Big Sister Duties Coming Soon.’ 

Announce: The happy couple first announced their second child back in late May, with the caption simply stating, 'Round 2!'

Announce: The happy couple first announced their second child back in late May, with the caption simply stating, ‘Round 2!’

Big sister: The couple were pictured with their daughter Sterling Skye, who was holding a sign that read, 'Big Sister Duties Coming Soon'

Big sister: The couple were pictured with their daughter Sterling Skye, who was holding a sign that read, ‘Big Sister Duties Coming Soon’

Patrick and Brittany revealed the baby will be a boy back in June with a charming gender reveal video where they shot blue water out of squirt guns. 

The couple started dating in 2011 in Texas and continued dating throughout high school, and stayed together despite going to different colleges.

Patrick attended Texas Tech University while Matthews attended the University of Texas at Tyler, where she played soccer.

Dating: The couple started dating in 2011 in Texas and continued dating throughout high school, and stayed together despite going to different colleges

Dating: The couple started dating in 2011 in Texas and continued dating throughout high school, and stayed together despite going to different colleges

Mahomes proposed to Matthews on September 1, 2020, in a suite at Arrowhead Stadium, the same day he received his Super Bowl ring.

The couple announced later that month the were expecting their first child, with daughter Sterling Skye Mahomes born in February 2021.

They tied the knot a month later in Hawaii before spending their summer travelling together with their daughter. 

Travelling: They tied the knot a month later in Hawaii before spending their summer travelling together with their daughter

Travelling: They tied the knot a month later in Hawaii before spending their summer travelling together with their daughter

Mahomes was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, serving as the backup quarterback to Alex Smith most of his rookie year.

He was elevated to starter in 2018, where he led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game as he was named the NFL MVP in his first full year as a starter.

Just a year later in 2019, he led the Chiefs all the way to their first Super Bowl win since 1970, and signed a massive ten-year extension worth $477 million in 2020.

Drafted: Mahomes was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, serving as the backup quarterback to Alex Smith most of his rookie year

Drafted: Mahomes was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2017, serving as the backup quarterback to Alex Smith most of his rookie year

Elevated: He was elevated to starter in 2018, where he led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game as he was named the NFL MVP in his first full year as a starter

Elevated: He was elevated to starter in 2018, where he led the Chiefs to the AFC Championship Game as he was named the NFL MVP in his first full year as a starter

Super Bowl: Just a year later in 2019, he led the Chiefs all the way to their first Super Bowl win since 1970, and signed a massive ten-year extension worth $477 million in 2020

Super Bowl: Just a year later in 2019, he led the Chiefs all the way to their first Super Bowl win since 1970, and signed a massive ten-year extension worth $477 million in 2020

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