Actress Scarlett Johansson is back in the news after her comments about politically correct casting in As If magazine made the rounds on the internet. Suffice it to say, her words were certainly problematic. It’s especially problematic given the actress’s history. Like how she whitewashed a role and decided to portray a transgender man in Rub & Tug. These choices have led to the actress–more or less–becoming a meme over the years. ‘You know, as…"Scarlett Johansson would still play transgender role"
WarnerMedia officially announced today that HBO Max is the name of their new streaming service, bringing together networks of the WarnerMedia family. In addition to bringing together the best of programming from their network families, the service will offer original programming. The direct-to-consumer service will launch in spring 2020. “HBO Max will bring together the diverse riches of WarnerMedia to create programming and user experiences not seen before in a streaming platform, said Robert Greenblatt, chairman,…"HBO Max: WarnerMedia names Streaming Service"
Legendary filmmaker Steven Spielberg is taking his battle against Netflix all the way to The Academy when the next board meeting takes place in April. Without Steven Spielberg, I would never have developed an interest in film. I’ve already written about this in an article on Jurassic Park in 2017. It still kills me that I was’t able to be in the same theater as him during SXSW last year because of certain reasons. I…"Steven Spielberg, Netflix, and The Academy"
The 2019 SXSW Film Festival features and episodic premieres lineup has been announced for the festival, running March 8-17, 2019 in Austin, Texas. Among the films and episodics in the initial release, there are some 102 selections that will screen during the dine days. The rest of the lineup will be announced on February 6, 2019. There were 2,351 feature-length film submissions, with a total of 8,490 films submitted this year. “As we head into our…"2019 SXSW Film Festival Lineup Announced"
It was reported this evening that Jason Reitman is set to direct a new Ghostbusters film set in the original universe of the 1984 classic. During Comic Con in 2017, director Ivan Reitman said that there would be big things coming, including a new film. Nothing was given at the time with regards to the film’s specifics. This is really big news for the Ghostbusters franchise given that this summer marks the 35th anniversary of…"Jason Reitman directing Ghostbusters film"
Christopher McQuarrie is returning to write and direct Tom Cruise and company in another pair of films in the Mission: Impossible franchise. Missions: Accepted#MissionImpossible — Christopher McQuarrie (@chrismcquarrie) January 14, 2019 Summer 2021 and Summer 2022 pic.twitter.com/V6SNvZx2La — Tom Cruise (@TomCruise) January 15, 2019 The news comes just one day after McQuarrie accepted the award for Best Action Movie during the Critics’ Choice Awards. Since taking over the director’s chair from Brad Bird, McQuarrie has…"Christopher McQuarrie returning to Mission: Impossible"
It was announced today by Skydance Animation that the studio has hired ousted Walt Disney Animation Studios/Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter. Lasseter was previously ousted by Disney following an investigation as a result of sexual harassment claims. The former CCO was placed on a sabbatical in November 2017 when allegations first surfaced. This led to his subsequent dismissal from Disney his role at several months later. This begs the question in this era of…"John Lasseter Hired By Skydance Animation"
Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee will take place on January 30, 2019 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The tribute is being put together by Kevin Smith, Legion M and Agents of Mayhem in partnership with Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment. Proceeds will benefit one of Stan Lee’s favorite charitable organizations, The Hero Initiative. The full press release is below: Kevin Smith, Legion M and Agents of Mayhem…"Stan Lee Tribute Taking Place on January 30th"
Justin Rupple will take over the role of Tuffnut upon the release of DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World in February. Ever since abuse allegations became public in December 2017, there were questions about whether or not a certain actor would be recast in upcoming films. After director Ridley Scott replaced Kevin Spacey in with Christopher Plummer in All the Money in the World, there were questions as to whether Ready…"Justin Rupple joins How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World cast"
In a bootleg recording of a recent Louis CK stand-up performance, it was revealed that the stand-up comedian has resorted to telling transphobic jokes. It’s been just over a year since the comedian fell out of good grace with the public following a NY Times report. He started making his comeback earlier this year at the Comedy Cellar with surprise performances. With venues such as the Cellar booking the comedian, they’re sending the message that…"Louis CK resorts to Transphobic Humor in Bootlegged Upload"