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Wed Aug 9, 2017, 12:52 PM

Conservative Koch Brothers Are Secret Investors in 'Wonder Woman'

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Though they might be the most reviled figures among Hollywood's liberal crowd, the Koch brothers have been a silent investor in Warner Bros.' slate of movies for four years.

Sources say Charles G. Koch and David H. Koch who are worth a combined $96.2 billion and wield enormous power in political circles as major backers of right-wing politicians took a significant stake valued at tens of millions of dollars in RatPac-Dune Entertainment. Now-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin brought the brothers in as investors as part of a $450 million deal struck in 2013 a move that was never disclosed because RatPac-Dune is a private company.

Though Mnuchin is no longer involved with the slate financing facility, having recently put his stake into a blind trust in order to avoid a conflict of interest, the Koch brothers continue to be stakeholders in such films as Wonder Woman, Dunkirk and Steven Spielberg's upcoming Ready Player One.

A RatPac spokesperson didn't respond to a request. A spokesperson for Koch Industries says, "Charles Koch, David Koch and Koch Industries do not have any involvement with this investment."

Read more: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/conservative-koch-brothers-are-secret-investors-wonder-woman-1027376

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Reply Conservative Koch Brothers Are Secret Investors in 'Wonder Woman' (Original post)
Jose Garcia Aug 2017 OP
leftynyc Aug 2017 #1
RhodeIslandOne Aug 2017 #5
7962 Aug 2017 #6
leftynyc Aug 2017 #9
7962 Aug 2017 #16
LakeArenal Aug 2017 #2
LeftInTX Aug 2017 #3
Doc Coco Aug 2017 #4
leftynyc Aug 2017 #11
obamanut2012 Aug 2017 #15
geek tragedy Aug 2017 #7
NewJeffCT Aug 2017 #10
geek tragedy Aug 2017 #12
NewJeffCT Aug 2017 #13
geek tragedy Aug 2017 #14
7962 Aug 2017 #17
BigmanPigman Aug 2017 #8

Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Aug 9, 2017, 01:34 PM

1. David Koch lives in NY and has

 

been heavily involved with the arts for many years. They named what was the New York State Theater (part of Lincoln Center complex where the NYC Ballet dances) the David Koch theater a few years ago. Now it stands directly across from what used to be Avery Fisher Hall where the Philharmonic plays now named the David Geffen theater.

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 9, 2017, 02:46 PM

5. It's why Mika and Joe defend him n/m

 

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #1)

Wed Aug 9, 2017, 03:06 PM

6. Along with the hospital that treated Larry O'Donnell after his serious accident

 

On his show he said that center ws a direct result of many millions in donations

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Response to 7962 (Reply #6)

Wed Aug 9, 2017, 04:01 PM

9. I still flip that building the bird

 

whenever I'm heading to the opera house and will as long as his name is on it. But he does give a boatload to the arts.

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Response to leftynyc (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 9, 2017, 04:50 PM

16. HA!

 

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Aug 9, 2017, 02:02 PM

2. Buying the world so you can't have it.. nt

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Aug 9, 2017, 02:04 PM

3. This is why it is hard to boycott the Kochs

They have their hands in just about everything: Including PBS and NPR

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Aug 9, 2017, 02:38 PM

4. Then I'll boycott Wonder Woman

 

to deny Koch brothers any profits dervied from me.

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Response to Doc Coco (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 9, 2017, 04:14 PM

11. It's a terrific movie

 

I would have to stop going to Lincoln Center to cut koch off and that's never going to happen.

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Response to Doc Coco (Reply #4)

Wed Aug 9, 2017, 04:43 PM

15. lulz

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Aug 9, 2017, 03:09 PM

7. meh, not everyone in Hollywood is going to share my politics.

 

I'm going to see Clint Eastwood films because he makes good ones.

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #7)

Wed Aug 9, 2017, 04:03 PM

10. I generally agree

unless somebody goes bonkers (like Mel Gibson), I tend to be more concerned about the quality of their movie or TV show.

I used to love a lot of Gibson's movies (Lethal Weapon 1 and 2, Mad Max, Road Warrior, Braveheart, etc), but I've found it hard to like his newer movies or even rewatch those older ones now.

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Response to NewJeffCT (Reply #10)

Wed Aug 9, 2017, 04:19 PM

12. easier to enjoy films he directs instead of where he stars in them

 

Braveheart has some pretty gross homophobia in it, as well as having Gibson in it.

Apocalypto was fairly entertaining.

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Response to geek tragedy (Reply #12)

Wed Aug 9, 2017, 04:24 PM

13. True

Looking back, I did watch Hacksaw Ridge when I was flying back from China earlier this year.

That said, wasn't it the bad guy in Braveheart that was homophobic and killed his gay son?

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Response to NewJeffCT (Reply #13)

Wed Aug 9, 2017, 04:32 PM

14. the film had the bad guy killing his gay son's lover, for comedic effect

 

It was timed and orchestrated to make people snicker at the murder.

Also the film explicitly juxtaposed the effeminate, homosexual son vs the "real man" Gibson.

Just gross.

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Response to NewJeffCT (Reply #10)

Wed Aug 9, 2017, 04:51 PM

17. My favorite Gibson movie is "Payback". Dont think it did great at the box office though

 

Also thought the one where he suddenly knows what women want was a funny one.

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Response to Jose Garcia (Original post)

Wed Aug 9, 2017, 03:20 PM

8. They fund a lot on PBS too.

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