Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Out of all the films and artists that were snubbed for Academy Awards nominations last week, one area of oversight stood out for being particularly egregious: the lack of nods for people of color. Of all the major nominees, only one person, The Revenant director Alejandro González Iñárritu, was not white. And for the second year in a row, the 20 acting nominees didn’t include a single person of color.
Naturally, the internet got outraged and rightfully so – it’s not like this year was lacking in tremendous work from performers of all ethnic backgrounds. The #OscarsSoWhite hashtag became a thing again and think pieces from both sides of this controversy began to spring up across the internet. And now, prepare for things to get even more heated: director Spike Lee, who was just awarded an honorary Oscar in November, is boycotting this year’s ceremony.
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Posted on Monday, December 28th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
We can say a lot of things, both good and bad, about Rob Zombie as a director, but at least he has a voice. While many filmmakers are happy to color within the lines and deliver something approachable and easy to sell, Zombie’s particular brand of foul, brutal, throwback horror is always interesting, even when the movie is a total stinker. I’d sooner watch the feverish, fascinating, and totally awful The Lords of Salem again before I revisit many horror movies. For better and worse, his movies stand out. They’re so filthy that you can practically smell them.
And since a major component of Zombie’s aesthetic involves finding unique and special ways to portray human pain and suffering, it shouldn’t be surprising that his latest movie, 31, has been slapped with an NC-17 rating by the MPAA. And while this is a weird badge of honor for any horror filmmaker, it’s not one that you want to wear all the time – as Zombie himself is quick to point out, this rating can spell certain doom for any movie.
Hit the jump for more on the latest Rob Zombie 31 news.
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Quentin Tarantino (The Hateful Eight) has been accused of glamorizing violence all throughout his career. Time and time again his depiction of violence is misread, almost with every one of his films. Apparently, in this respect, even the NYPD has a problem with the director’s work.
Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, October 26th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Aziz Ansari has a new comedy series coming to Netflix and it looks like a great, hilarious look at life in the year 2015. And, perhaps more importantly, Master of None is giving the always funny Parks and Recreation veteran a new platform from which he can brutally honest about the topics that he’s obviously passionate about. Like the state of race and Hollywood and that time he turned down a role in Transformers because of some general racial ickiness associated with the part.
You can read the Aziz Ansari Transformers story (as well as some of his other insightful, sad comments) after the jump.
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Meryl Streep (Adaptation) isn’t a feminist. In her own words, she’s a humanist, a comment which drew some flack, as did a recent photo shoot she did to promote her newest picture, Suffragette. In the photo, Streep wore a shirt with the slogan, “I’d rather be a rebel than slave,” an arguably tone deaf and outdated line from Emmeline Pankhurst, the women’s right activist portrayed by Streep in the film.
These recent missteps shouldn’t detract from everything right the actress has to say, though. Such as her comment about Rotten Tomatoes needing more female critics. Read more after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 by Angie Han
Critics love Steve Jobs, but among those who knew the man personally, reactions to the project have been more mixed, to say the least. A new report claims Jobs’ widow Laurene Powell Jobs actively lobbied actors like Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale to turn down the project, while Apple design chief Jony Ive has spoken out against the film. Read the Steve Jobs movie Laurene Powell Jobs and Jony Ive objections after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 by Angie Han
Channing Tatum‘s Gambit movie suffered a big blow blow this month when Rupert Wyatt abruptly dropped out. At the time the director cited that old standby, scheduling conflicts. However, a new report points to creative differences as the real reason Wyatt left. Basically, he couldn’t get Fox to sign on to his vision. Find out what led to the Gambit Rupert Wyatt exit after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 by Jack Giroux
Genndy Tartakovsky has made Sony a decent chunk of change with his Hotel Transylvania films. The sequel, which Tartakovsky helmed, just earned over $50 million this past weekend. One would guess that kind of box-office haul would score the animated director a little cart blanche, but, in spite of his financial success, that’s not entirely the case. Learn why after the jump Tartakovsky left Popeye.
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Just last week, a report detailing some trouble behind the scenes of Furious 8 revealed that Universal Pictures was having trouble locking down a director, and there was even some chatter about producer and franchise star Vin Diesel being difficult to work with on set in the recent sequels, being heavily involved in the writing process, almost to a frustrating level.
However, Diesel himself has taken to Facebook, seemingly in an attempt to clear up some of the gossip about the production of the next sequel in the franchise, to explain what the hold up is in development. In addition, he’s confirmed that Universal is planning Furious 9 and Furious 10 for one final Fast and Furious trilogy that will begin with Furious 8. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 24th, 2015 by Angie Han
Will Jason Momoa‘s Aquaman costume nod to the comics? How is Suicide Squad‘s Cara Delevingne showing her love for Superman? Who else is coming to Legends of Tomorrow? What can screenwriter Jason Fuchs say about Wonder Woman? How is Mondo celebrating Batman Day? Does Tom Hiddleston think fans want him back as Loki? What would a Batman ’66 version of Bane look like? How feminist is Agent Carter? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »