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Hollywood movies lie about fracking dangers, NY Post columnist says

By Jim Mackinnon Published: January 16, 2013

Kyle Smith at the New York Post isn't happy about how Hollywood treats fracking in the movies "Gasland" and "Promised Land."

He writes in part: "Most celebrities may not be very interested in reading anything but scripts, but they do watch movies. So after 'Gasland,' suddenly stars from Beverly Hills and Manhattan (Lady Gaga, Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Olivia Wilde, Mark Ruffalo) began telling rural Americans in places like western New York and Pennsylvania to say no to fracking.

"Matt Damon loved 'Gasland' so much he reworked its themes (along with fellow Highly Concerned Actor John Krasinski, based on a story by Conscience of His Generation Dave Eggers) into a script for a somber fiction film, 'Promised Land,' which appeared in theaters nationwide last week (and, having massively flopped, will probably be gone by next week).

"'Gasland' and 'Promised Land,' with all of their media hype and the halo of Oscar-approved talent, were embarrassed this week by the release of a low-budget pro-fracking documentary, 'FrackNation,' by Irish journalist Phelim McAleer."

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