There are few actors as brilliantly gifted and eminently likable as Oscar Isaac. Thanks to his candor, charm, and easy-going manner, he’s become one of the most respected actors of his generation, and he has very few negative things to say about his career in this new video interview with GQ.
The one film he doesn’t mind trashing, however, is 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, where he played the titular villain under a layer of purple makeup and a ridiculous Mr. Freeze in Batman & Robin style suit. While he’s not openly negative about the film itself, his attitude toward making the film shows that it was more trouble than it was worth…
“X-Men: Apocalypse, that was excruciating. I didn’t know when I said yes that that was what was going to be happening. That I was going to be encased in glue, latex and a 40-pound suit — that I had to wear a cooling mechanism at all times.“I was like, ‘oh, I get to work with these great actors that I like so much,’ but I couldn’t even see them because I couldn’t move my head. And I had to sit on a specially designed saddle, because that’s the only thing I could really sit on, and I would be rolled into a cooling tent in-between takes.”
The troubles didn’t end once filming was over, either…
“And every time I moved, it was just like rubber and plastic squeaking, so everything I said had to be dubbed later as well. And then getting it off was the worst part, because they just had to kind of scrape it off for hours and hours. So, that was X-Men: Apocalypse.”
So remember kids, as painful as it was to watch X-Men: Apocalypse, it was apparently no easy task to shoot the film either. Watch the full video to see him discuss his roles in Drive, Inside Llewyn Davis, A Most Violent Year, Ex Machina, The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and this year’s Annihilation.
Director and noted Stanley Tucci lookalike Peyton Reed has already directed two films in the MCU—tying him with Jon Favreau, Joss Whedon, and James Gunn for second place behind three-timers, the Russo brothers. Therefore, he must have a pretty good idea of what its like to work for the studio, both for better and for worse.
In a new interview with SlashFilm, Reed talks a bit about what it’s like to take notes from Kevin Feige, as well as a bit about his readiness for a third big screen outing for Ant-Man and the Wasp. When asked about that first point, he says that Feige’s very savvy about his productions and though it reeks a bit of, “Please, Kevin, hire me for Ant-Man 3,” he seems to be fairly earnest…
The notes are always very smart. Whether you agree or disagree with his notes, he comes from a really smart place, and they come from someone who has no desire to repeat themselves, and really his chief goal is to entertain and surprise an audience. So they can come in different forms, and really as we’re in the very beginning trying to formulate the story.
It can be things we talk about like, here’s a piece of imagery that as a fan could we get this, or what if this were the case? What if we know we want to progress the Scott, Cassie relationship? What if we start dropping hints about she really is her father’s daughter, and things like that. And that can be on the backend of things and very, very specific moments as we cut screens, and things about whether jokes are played or not, or conceptual things. And it’s miraculous that he’s able to do that in a way that never feels like annoying studio meddling. I think it’s just because we all come from a place of wanting these things to kind of … You know, Ant-Man and the Wasp is the twentieth MCU movie? So you really have to kind of pivot and try and mix things up.
Sure. All of that. As far as whether or not there will be a third Ant-Man movie, he’s not sure, but he’s got some ideas…
I personally do have a trilogy arc in mind for them. Some of which I share with Marvel, and some of which I haven’t. But definitely where we kind of tool those characters in the second movie was very much in line with what I want to do, and I know specifics of Scott Lang was something that Paul and I talked a lot about is that in the first movie, particularly the first half of Ant-Man, he’s a little more laconic and straight forward, and a bit more straight man. And it was really kind establishing Paul Rudd as an action hero. That was something, and audiences had never seen him in that type of role. But the second time out we could have had the luxury of knowing that audiences have accepted that character. So we could really allow that character, Scott Lang, to be even funnier and take him in a direction where he’s sort of a step behind. He’s a little bit more of the … Big Lebowski-style. A little bit more Jeff Bridges.
You can read the full interview over at SlashFilm
This week’s Mr. Skin Podcast is spending some extra time in the library!
Legendary cam model Kendra ‘Library Girl’ Sunderland is stopping by the Mr. Skin podcast today to talk about her infamous library video and brief but beautiful career in the adult film industry. The nudity news of the week has to be Juliette Lewis’ surprise full frontal on the new HBO series Camping.
It’s also been quite a week for lesbian scenes on the boob tube, with Courteney Cox, Shay Mitchell, Kate Siegel and more all serving up sexy girl-on-girl scenes. We also got a great bottomless scene (with merkin) from Kathryn Hahn in Private Life, and India Eisley making her nude debut with a shocking full frontal in Look Away. And last but not least, an interview with our Streammate Cam Model of the Week, xoMissElizabethxo
Click on the player below to listen to the show and then click over to the Mr. Skin Podcast page for all the links mentioned in the episode, as well as your chance to call into the show and make your voice heard!
If you’re one of the countless people that flocked to see Venom this weekend, one thing may have struck you as a bit odd in retrospect. Spoilers lie ahead, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, bookmark this article to read after you see it.
In the film’s first act, the symbiote known as Riot escapes custody of Carlton Drake’s Life Foundation and goes on a rampage in Malaysia, eventually bonding with an old woman. The film soon makes a six month time jump—following Eddie Brock’s boneheaded confrontation of Drake and dismissal from his job—and Riot is still bonded to the old woman.
As Gamespot points out, in posing this question to director Ruben Fleischer, that the film goes on to establish that no one host could sustain a symbiote for that long…
Six months has gone by, yet when we catch up with Riot again, it seems virtually no time has passed. The Symbiote is still inhabiting the same host, which other scenes in the movie confirm is virtually impossible, since all but the most compatible hosts are quickly used up when bonded with a Symbiote. And furthermore, Riot has apparently only just made it to the airport.
Fleischer wasn’t much help on the matter, confirming that it is rather unfortunately a certified plot hole…
“Our idea was that Riot was using up the life force of whoever he took, and then he jumped ship when he’d consumed them and then find a new host to carry him further on his journey,” Fleischer explained. Obviously that idea got lost somewhere in that six month time jump, when Riot stayed bonded with the old woman for half a year. What was Riot doing for those six months?
“Yeah, that’s a good question,” Fleischer said. “That’s one of our few–hopefully–few logic bumps. But we had to have a passage of time in order to show Eddie’s downfall, and that was the one thing that doesn’t entirely track.“
“But I like to think that old lady was going around murdering all throughout Malaysia, and she was just having a good old time just shooting shards through different people in Malaysia,” he continued.
Yeah, sure thing guy. Venom, plot hole and all, is in theaters now.
If you were lurking on the site yesterday, you may have seen the story about DC making their Joker origin film starring Joaquin Phoenix official, but you may still be wondering why the actor would take on such an iconic role when he’s spent most of his career avoiding such things.
Well, Collider wondered the same thing and asked him about it, and Phoenix was very candid about his reasons for taking the role. First things first, Phoenix made it clear that he didn’t jump into this quickly. He took a lot of time carefully considering the pros and cons of playing The Joker…
“I take a lot of time and consideration when making decisions and what I’m gonna work on always. So, in some ways, the process, which is obviously reading a script and meeting a filmmaker and then continuing to have meetings and discussions with Todd [Phillips]. I think he’s very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he’s trying to say. And so there is something very appealing about that and working with him on this particular project. It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe, mostly, it scares the fucking shit out of me or something. It might as well be the thing that scares you the most.”
He was also attracted to the project because of its standalone nature and the fact that it’s not linked to any other films in the current DC Universe…
“Three or four years ago, I called my agent and said ‘Why don’t they want to take one of these characters and just make a lower budget film about it, a movie but a character study, and why not take one of the villains?’ And I thought, ‘You can’t do the Joker, because, you know, it’s just you can’t do that character, it’s just been done.’ So I was trying to think of other characters, and he said ‘I’ll set up a general meeting with Warner Bros.’ And I said ‘I’m not gonna go, I can’t go to a general meeting.’ So I completely forgot about it, and so then I heard about this idea, I was like, ‘Oh that’s so exciting, that’s the kind of experience I wanted to have, with a movie based on a comic character.’ I felt like you could get something on screen.”
Phoenix is also clearly placing a ton of faith in director Todd Phillips, whom he hopes to aid in seeing his vision realized on screen…
“I wouldn’t quite classify this as like any genre. I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … It feels unique, and I think more then anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that’s exciting. I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles. And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn’t, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied. And so I think that’s what Todd sees appealing about this idea.”
So there you have it. Phoenix is on board mainly because this won’t be like any other comic book movie. Back when he was in talks to potentially play Doctor Strange, I thought he’d never end up doing it because of the commitment to the universe of films. This is right in his wheelhouse, and if he seems excited for it, I think we should be as well, though as always, we should at least wait until we see a trailer before getting our hopes too high.
While not without its problems, Ready Player One was a fairly enjoyable adaptation of a much better book, but the best book adaptations should always play like two hour commercials for the book, anyway. Whether you loved or hated the film, though, you have to admit that the sequence set within the world of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining was the highlight of the film.
Director Steven Spielberg recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the scene’s inception, its personal meaning, and how the whole thing was created. Book purists may remember that the film worlds they entered in the book were WarGames and Blade Runner, but Spielberg felt that The Shining worked better within the context of his film, mostly because of his personal connection to it…
“It was nostalgic for me because I first met Stanley Kubrick on the set that I depict in Ready Player One,” Spielberg tells EW.
“The main living area with the grand fireplace in the Overlook is where I first encountered Stanley in 1979 when I went to look at the soundstages. They were about to build the sets for Raiders of the Lost Ark in Elstree Studios,” Spielberg says. “When I found out Stanley had completed a set and was planning his shots, I asked if I could meet him.”
He then gave some insight into Kubrick’s creative process…
“The set was exactly the way it is in the movie, all finished. They weren’t shooting yet,” Spielberg says. “Stanley had a model of the set on a table where the typewriter is, and he was using a Nikon camera with an inverted periscope lens, actually taking still photographs with tiny stick figures. He was prospecting for shots.
“I looked at that and I said, ‘You’ve got the whole set and you’re looking for shots on a small quarter-inch of the scale tabletop model?’” Spielberg recalls. “And Stanley said, ‘Yeah, what’s wrong with that?’”
All of that context is great for fans of Kubrick and The Shining, but how did they actually, you know, re-create the movie?
“It’s a combination of set construction and digital set construction,” Spielberg says. “So we built the elevators and we built the hallway leading up to the elevators, but the main living area of the Overlook with the fireplace is digital.”
Production designer Adam Stockhausen then elaborated further on the process…
“It was determined by the needs of the visual-effects people. Whenever we have our characters walking around, Aech and Parzival and Art3mis, there’s no need for any real-life scenery. In fact, it would just get in the way because it would block the infrared cameras that were trying to record the performance of the actors.”
Those needs reverse when the movie includes shots of real human beings.
“When we were filming the girls in the hallway going to the elevator, and when we were filming the woman who was stepping out of the bath, we had the real bathtub and real shower curtain, and we matched the elevator doors just for those pieces,” Stockhausen says. “We had a real background behind an actor so you wouldn’t get that green-screen effect.”
Well, it looked amazing and was undeniably the best scene in the entire film. You can watch the first four minutes or so of the sequence in the video above. Ready Player One hits DVD & Blu-ray two weeks from tomorrow, July 24.
When George Lucas inked that four billion dollar deal with Disney for Lucasfilm, he allegedly presented them with his outlines for Episodes VII, VIII, and IX. However, Disney decided to move in a different direction, and Lucas hinted as much in a recent interview he did with James Cameron for the latter’s AMC miniseries James Cameron’s Story Of Science Fiction.
However, Lucas apparently let on even more in further interviews. Livio Ramondelli—an illustrator for IDW Publishing—tweeted out these excerpts from an upcoming book that goes into further detail with the various people Cameron interviewed during his special…
As far as I’ve seen, these are the first specifics George Lucas has shared about what his vision of Episodes 7-9 would have been. This comes from @insighteditions awesome companion book to “James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction series” on AMC: pic.twitter.com/Wtlw8zlrqv
— Livio Ramondelli (@LivioRamondelli) June 12, 2018
So yeah, those of you who love midichlorians and the whole Jedi mythos that Lucas established in the Star Wars prequels are likely beside themselves with anger at the moment. Personally, I don’t know that I would have wanted a deep dive into the “microbiotic world” of Star Wars, but then again I never really thought much of the prequels. I’m sure many of you feel otherwise and will let me know about it in the comments section below.
James Cameron is the text book example of a dude you should never underestimate. He’s also incredibly easy to make fun of, just look…
He’s sort of the epitome of a guy you’ve got to respect despite all of the absolutely stupid shit he says. For example, listen to what he thinks about comic book movies and their proliferation…
“I’m hoping we’ll start getting ‘Avenger’ fatigue here pretty soon… Not that I don’t love the movies. It’s just, come on guys, there are other stories to tell besides hyper-gonadal males without families doing death-defying things for two hours and wrecking cities in the process. It’s like, oy!”
Hyper-gonadal males. Classic Cameron. Dude can manage to sound intellectual, insufferable, and clueless all at the same time. That quote, by the way, comes to us from Indiewire, will make its debut on April 30th in a documentary series on AMC titled Visionaries: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction.
According to Deadline, in the doc Cameron also reveals the film his first two Avatar sequels are most influenced by, and it’s a doozy…
“It’s a family drama, so it’s The Godfather. Obviously a very different genre [and] a very different story but I got intrigued by that idea, so that’s really what it is. It’s a generational family saga very different than the first film. Now, it’s the same type of settings and the same sort of respect for that shock of the new that we want to show you things that not only that you haven’t seen, but you haven’t imagined, ” he said adding the story is not what we might expect.
“It’s a continuation of the same characters but what happens when warriors, willing to go on suicide charges and leap off cliffs on to the backs of big orange Toruks, grow up and have their own kids. Now the kids are the change makers. It’s interesting. Everyone is either a parent or they had parents at the very least. If you look at the big successful franchises now they are pretty much uninterested in it. So this could be the seeds of utter damnation and doom for the project or could be the thing that makes it stand apart and continue to be unique. Nobody knows until you make the movie and put it out. Anyone who thinks this is easy or they are just printing money over there at the Avatar studio, it doesn’t work that way.”
I don’t think anyone thinks it works that way except you, which is why you brought it up.
Again, it’s impossible not to admire the man, but he sure does make it difficult. The first of his four planned Avatar sequels hits theaters in December 2020.
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Good for NBC's Connecticut affiliate here.
The local television station owned by NBC that covers the area including Newtown, Connecticut, will NOT be broadcasting Megyn Kelly's highly controversial interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
In an internal memo at the company that was obtained by the Associated Press on Friday, station executives at WVIT NBC Connecticut made the decision to not air the interview after hearing from employees, viewers, and families that were so horribly affected by the awful tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School there in 2012.
Jones has said repeatedly on the record that the killing of those 26 people -- including many small children -- was a hoax. Kelly has drawn a ton of criticism for even interviewing him, but now at least it seems one station has found a solution.
All in all, with Kelly's ratings in the toilet and this controversy rung squarely around her neck, it really hasn't been a great start to her career at NBC.
Of course, it pales in comparison to the pain Jones' conspiracy theories have brought to Sandy Hook families.
Hopefully more NBC affiliates across the country take the lead from this one and adjust their programming accordingly.
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If you’re familiar with Ray Liotta’s career, you might have seen the commercials for his latest project Shades of Blue, and thought it was familiar ground for Liotta. The actor, who is known for cult projects like Goodfellas, Field of Dreams, Cop Land, and Narc, has played his fair share of dirty cops and intimidating characters over the years, but Shades of Blue stood out.
Liotta found an interesting arc that made him say yes to NBC’s newest show, which just so happened to be the network’s best debut in seven years. On Shades of Blue, the New Jersey native plays a controlling and corrupt boss named Lt. “Woz” Wozniak. While the show is mainly about Jennifer Lopez, Liotta’s talent shines in a way that makes the actor an important part of the show, without taking away from its main star.
Ray Liotta sat down at the AOL studio to speak about what made him return to television, and what it’s like to work with Jennifer Lopez.
On why he took on television with Shades of Blue:
I was looking to do a 13 episode type thing just to have some consistency with work, and to help with the movies. It’s changed a lot — when I first started in the 70s and 80s, if you were doing television, you were going out to pasture. Now movie people are looking towards these cable shows. I read this and I really liked it. Jennifer, I didn’t know — in terms of her doing edgy stuff, I hadn’t seen anything, so that was a question, but when they had Barry Levinson directing the pilot and the second episode, I thought I would give it a shot.
On how Shades of Blue was pitched to him:
The character is extremely different and it will unfold itself as the time goes on. It was just the script. I didn’t want to be in “the J.Lo show.” I didn’t want to be the guy behind the desk, telling everybody else to do something. The script had some really interesting things that shocked me. Then I met the show runner and he showed me what direction they were going in. I saw that the character was really involved, and intricate. So, I decided to do it.
On his dynamic with Jennifer Lopez:
You just play make believe. You do what you’re supposed to do. We didn’t have a lot of rehearsal time, but I’ve been doing this for a long time. Some of it, what’s in the script, gave us an idea of what was going to happen in the future. You just go with that. Jennifer is great — she’s a real pro.
On consulting real cops for various roles:
A couple of episodes they did [consult], which is helpful to talk to them, because it’s fascinating what a cop does. I’m just so pro-cop. I know there’s been some incidents, but most cops are good and it’s a really tough job. Early on in my career, I would do ride alongs with actual cops in LA. It [...]
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Mostly set in one room, director Quentin Tarantino gives his audience a visual feast in only the way he can. The Hateful Eight is not your typical Western. The genre is put into a blender, along with the mystery genre, and spun into a stylistic vision with loquacious dialogue and witty humor that cuts throughout the blood and gore. While Tarantino’s style is certainly unique and signature, it’s also growing in its own art form, and seems to be building to a grand opus.
As it is, Tarantino recently admitted that he might only just make ten movies in his career, but that said, The Hateful Eight once again proves that he’s going to make each movie count for something worthwhile.
For The Hateful Eight, the famed director uses Wyoming as a backdrop, as its harsh winter, a blizzard specifically, traps eight strangers, but these strangers aren’t ordinary people. Each carries dark secrets within them, including bounty hunters Major Marquis Warren (Samuel L. Jackson) and John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell). We learn that Ruth is not alone as he’s chained to Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh), set to be hanged for a murderous crime in the town of Red Rock. The real star of the film is Justified’s Walton Goggins, who plays Chris Mannix, who is said to be the new sheriff of Red Rock.
These characters are joined by cowboy Joe Cage (Michael Madsen), Senor Bob (Demian Bichir) Oswaldo Mobray (Tim Roth), and General Sandy Smithers (Bruce Dern).
A few of “the hateful eight” showed up at AOL for a chat to speak about creating one of the most experimental moments in Tarantino’s body of work.
This is a massive role in a Quentin Tarantino movie, that seems like it was written just for you.
Walton Goggins: I’ve been around for a long time, just like everybody up here on this stage, but for me my career path started in earnest in television with The Shield. You hope if you hang around long enough and do work that you’re worthy of getting the attention of someone like Quentin. And you get to work with a cast like this.
He creates this place where magic can happen, and to be invited back, and be around people you consider icons from a distance — it’s an extraordinary opportunity. I’m grateful to Quentin for it.
Kurt, this is your second time out doing a Quentin Tarantino film. How did Quentin approach you for this role?
Kurt Russell: I got a phone call from Quentin, and he said, “I’m doing a reading for this thing I wrote. Would you do it? And I said, ‘Yeah that would be fun.’ He wanted to rehearse it, and I thought, “Well, that’s strange, usually you don’t do that.” And then, we rehearsed it on a Thursday, I got to meet all the guys the next day, and then he wanted to rehearse it again, and I thought, “Wow, he’s really getting this in shape for somebody.”
Then I found out that day that we were [...]
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Amazon’s original show Transparent is one of the leading voices in the transgender movement. Not only has it given a clear narrative on the experiences of trans people, but it puts a large focus on the family of a transgender person. The family dynamic and how it shifts when a trans person, in this case their patriarch, goes through changes to find their true identity, isn’t usually covered and if anything is marginalized.
The timing of this show as well as cultural trans figures like Caitlyn Jenner opening up feels kismet. Aside from niche productions like the documentary Paris Is Burning, we’ve only been given glimpses of portrayals of transgender people, and the lives they touch. And in most cases, it was always in a comedic light. Not until trans actress Laverne Cox boldly showed the inner and outer struggles of being a trans person by portraying a character on Orange Is The New Black, did these important stories spring up in the mainstream. Not only are people open to understanding the plight of many trans people, but their stories, as varied and heartbreaking as they are, are finally being shown in all mediums. Creator Jill Soloway’s Transparent is just one of those stories.
Actress Gaby Hoffmann, who portrays the daughter of a transgender woman Maura (Jeffrey Tambor) attended AOL’s studio for a chat about how relevant Transparent is and the platform it gives to trans people.
What can you say about Ali character arc for Season 2?
She’s in a really interesting moment in her life. I feel like when we came out in Season 1 she was coming out of a long period of depression sort of a technical term I like to use stuck-edness, with Maura’s coming out, like everyone in the family she was jostled awake. So when we see her in this season she’s on a path to self discovery, and she’s very curious about who she is and who she is in relation to the family and to her history, as a Jew, and as an intellectual. It’s a huge exploration of her identity that is done with many missteps, but a lot of thought and serious curiosity. It’s a wild ride.
How do you find room to improv scenes?
It’s pretty easy when you have writing like this. You just have to show up and listen and say these words that have been offered. Jill [Soloway] is at the helm and she has this unbelievable way of slapping you in the face and tickling you at the same time, and I just follow her lead. I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants intuitive kind of actor so I wouldn’t know any other way, but in this scenario I can trust that that’s okay.
Sometimes a scene is written one way and we get to set and it doesn’t work, and we get to just keep trying. We know in the end the right version will be found because we have extraordinary editors. There’s incredible space to find it and all the time in the world thanks [...]
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George Takei On His Family’s Internment Camp Experience And How It Inspired Broadway’s ‘Allegiance’ [Interview]
It’s rare that a Broadway play staged in the past can be so reflective of the cultural issues America faces currently, but George Takei’s Allegiance pulls that off effortlessly.
The Broadway play, which brings a fusion of big band Americana music with Japanese influences, is based on George Takei’s childhood. Takei was five-years-old when his family was shipped to an internment camp, caught in the thick after shock of the Pearl Harbor attacks. His parents were raised in America, as was George, but since they looked like enemy number one, they were stripped of their American identity and were treated as a threat by the nation they were so very proud of.
Allegiance tells the story within the internment camp and the oppressive nature that the government posed against its own people. The story focuses on a single family — the Kimuras, as their lives are turned upside down when they are moved out of their home and to a camp. While they’re there their loyalty is put into question along with their patriotism to the United States.
George Takei stars alongside Tony award winner Lea Salonga in this powerful musical that recently hit the stage.
The Star Trek actor sat down in AOL’s studio to tell his personal story and explain why Allegiance was his life’s mission.
How his family history lent a hand in Allegiance:
I was five-years-old at the time the soldiers came to our home to order us out. We were taken to the horse stables because the camps weren’t built yet. That was our temporary assembly center. Pearl Harbor had been bombed, and we Americans of Japanese ancestry look like the people that bombed Pearl Harbor. Mass war terror, racism and failed political leadership put us into those camps. The failure of political leadership is important right now because it’s the echo of 70 years ago here.
Back then California had an attorney general, the top of the state, and he was a good man, he knew the law, but he was an ambitious politician, and he saw that the single most popular issue was the “Get Rid of The Japs” movement, and he became an outspoken leader of the movement.
On the offensive nature of “weeding out” “trouble makers” of Japanese-Americans in the United States:
The origami flower (in the show) is made out of a loyalty questionnaire, which was an offensive piece of paper. The most offensive one was 28 – which was one sentence that had two conflicting ideas. It asked, “will you swear your loyalty to the United States of America, and will you foreswear your loyalty to the Emperor of Japan.” We’re Americans — and for the government to the assume we have a genetic inborn loyalty to the Emperor was outrageous.
My mother was born in Sacramento and my father was born in San Francisco, and I as a child didn’t have to respond to the questionnaire, but I was born in Los Angeles. If you answered no for the first part, you were saying no to the very [...]
Angelina Jolie-Pitt and Brad Pitt may be Hollywood’s most famous power couple, but it looks like that fame may not translate to the silver screen. The couple covered Vanity Fair Italia this month, looking loving and sultry in a black-and-white photograph, wrapped around each other.
Meanwhile, the first film in which they appeared together since Mr. and Mrs. Smith in 2005 has tanked disastrously at the box office.
By The Sea, directed by Jolie and starring the couple, was inspired by a European art house aesthetic and takes an in-depth look at marital dysfunction. Jolie and Pitt star as Vanessa and Roland, a married couple traveling through France in the mid-70s. They befriend a young couple and try to grow closer in their marriage, amid strife.
Despite the mega-popularity of its two stars, By The Sea was a total tank. Poorly reviewed, the film’s release was scaled back to only ten theaters, and made only $95,440. The film reportedly took at least $10 million to make.
Why was this film, which from the looks of it, had all the makings of a moderately successful film (considering its two leads), such a failure? Well, history has shown that films starring long-married or long-established couples tend to flop, possibly because off-screen chemistry doesn’t necessarily translate on screen. Also, the reviews for this film were mixed to negative at best, and the film’s release had to contend with more accessible, popular films. And now, of course, it’s only in ten theaters nationwide.
Even though the film will likely be seen by virtually no one in the States, it’s likely that worldwide, the film will at least break even. In the meantime, we’ve got some beautiful photographs of one of Hollywood’s most infamous couples to feast our eyes upon. Which is the only thing any of us wanted, anyway.
Check out the photos from inside Vanity Fair Italia:
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Yesterday, the most-followed person on Instagram, Taylor Swift, posted a series of photos from her new photoshoot with GQ.
The photos depicted the singer-songwriter and the world’s most popular person by the beach, in sultry poses and sexy clothes. But the real reveal of the magazine comes inside, where an in-depth interview with Swift reveals a lot about her image, the way she approaches her career, and how she thinks about herself as a real person.
Here are 7 things we learned about Swift in this intimate interview:
She prizes self-awareness as the single most important characteristic a successful musician should have when building a long-term career:
“I would see these bands that were doing so well, and I’d wonder what went wrong. I thought about this a lot. And what I established in my brain was that a lack of self-awareness was always the downfall. That was always the catalyst for the loss of relevance and the loss of ambition and the loss of great art.
So self-awareness has been such a huge part of what I try to achieve on a daily basis. It’s less about reputation management and strategy and vanity than it is about trying to desperately preserve self-awareness, since that seems to be the first thing to go out the door when people find success.”
Her song “Bad Blood” may not be entirely about Katy Perry after all:
“You’re in a Rolling Stone interview, and the writer says, ‘Who is that song about? That sounds like a really intense moment from your life.’ So you say, ‘That was about losing a friend.’ And that’s basically all you say…
I knew the song would be assigned to a person, and the easiest mark was someone who I didn’t want to be labeled with this song. It was not a song about heartbreak. It was about the loss of friendship.
Listen to the song. It doesn’t point to any one person or any one situation…It was important to show that losing friendships can be just as damaging to a person as losing a romantic relationship.”
Her social media interaction is meant as a tool to control the media’s often false narrative of her:
“Because if enough people say the same thing about me, it becomes fact in the general public’s mind. So I monitor what people say about me, and if I see a theme, I know what that means. I’ve had it happen twice before.
In 2010, it was She’s too young to get all these awards. Look how annoying she is when she wins. Is she even good? And then in 2013, it was She just writes songs about guys to get revenge. She’s boy-crazy. She’s a problematic person. It will probably be something else again this year.”
She’s admitted she’s “calculating,” a heavy criticism constantly leveled against her, but also thinks it’s not a bad thing:
“In that sense, I do think about things before they happen. But here was someone taking a positive thing—the fact that I think about things and that I care about my work—and trying to make that [...]
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We sort of knew he wasn’t kidding, but we also didn’t expect him to be quite so earnest about it.
In case you missed it, this year’s MTV Video Music Awards saw Kanye West receiving a Video Vanguard Award, an award for lifetime achievement. During his much-punctuated and difficult to follow, 15-minute speech, Kanye West announced he was running for president in 2020, and then promptly dropped the mic.
Kim Kardashian West stood in the audience with her mouth open, clapping and probably imagining herself as the sexiest First Lady that ever was. And as a fan, I have to say that it’s a picture I’m not entirely against.
Kanye soon embroiled Taylor Swift into this endeavor, sending her flowers and popularizing the hashtag “#KanTay2020.” We all know Kanye is opinionated and political-minded, but imagining the rapper/designer would actually run for president was always sort of a ridiculous notion. Of course it was all just bluster.
Although, if we think about it, is it any more ridiculous than Donald Trump running?
In a new interview with Vanity Fair, Kanye seems to suggest that it’s not just a pipe dream: he’s seriously thinking about running in five years. He wants to get a PhD, study political science apparently, and dress Kim up in the best string of pearls he can find.
When Vanity Fair asked if he was “still thinking of running in 2020,” Kanye responded with an unequivocal, “Oh, definitely.”
I didn’t approach that because I thought it would be fun. It wasn’t like, Oh, let’s go rent some jet skis in Hawaii. No, the exact opposite. I sit in clubs and I’m like, Wow, I’ve got five years before I go and run for office and I’ve got a lot of research to do, I’ve got a lot of growing up to do. My dad has two masters degrees. My mom has a PhD, she used to work at Operation PUSH. Somehow the more and more creative I get, the closer and closer I get to who I was as a child. When I was a child, I was holding my mom’s hand at Operation PUSH. I think it’s time. Rap is great.
Can you just imagine Kanye sitting in clubs, contemplating a presidential run? Most of the time, the people who run for president are career politicians, save for the likes of perhaps Carly Fiorina and Donald Trump, who come from corporate backgrounds and are highly educated. Is the creative soul Kanye West going to measure up against his opponents? Can you imagine him on a debate stage, talking about plans to defeat ISIS?
And then VF asked the question that truly we were all waiting for: what about music and your fashion line?
The whole point is to have someone [in office] that’s creative, that’s around amazing creatives. This is my theory: I think the world can be helped through design, so it’s very important that I stay around creative, forward thinkers. It’s very important that I continue to design, to be in practice of trying to make [...]
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Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has landed another stunning cover for Vogue magazine and it’s straight couture flexing. In the spread, the actress is the muse of all manner of fall couture. Her feature story is one of both delight and vast historical intensity.
Lupita is one of Hollywood’s most radical success stories, having earned an Academy Award for her supporting role in her first on screen film (12 Years A Slave). This is an extremely rare occurrence at the Academy Awards, and it propelled Lupita into immediate stardom. She then became the muse of fashion houses like Givenchy, Prada, and Dior, landed a fashion campaign for Miu Miu as well. After recently becoming the Ambassador for the French beauty brand Lancome, the actress has worked her way steadily up the list as one of Hollywood’s ‘It Girls’ of the moment.
For Lupita’s breathtaking new spread for Vogue, the actress encapsulates a most majestic nature and an ethereal element of style. Here is the enchanting spread, photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott.
If your jaw isn’t dropping right now, I suggest you look again. Lupita is the utter embodiment of class, style, and elegance. No wonder she’s a muse for so many of our generation’s most talented artists.
Inside the cover of the magazine also lies an in-depth interview with Lupita herself, and it sheds some light on why her fashion aesthetic is so magnetic—because it’s just so very genuine.
Even though Lupita, 32, works with a stylist, both her stylist and Lupita have to agree one hundred percent on a gown for any event before Lupita puts it on. This makes sure that Lupita has full creative control over her clothing, and makes her entire persona and personal style even more genuine.
Lupita’s bespoke style harkens back to her childhood in Kenya, where she said that making clothes is much cheaper than buying clothes. “In Kenya it’s much cheaper to get clothes made than to buy them. We would have everything run up by a tailor, or my aunt Kitty, who is very creative, would sew things for me.”
Clearly, this gave Lupita a love of fashion that has never deserted this powerhouse star. She has an old-world mentality when it comes to fashion and style, another characteristic she attributes to her Kenyan upbringing: “Presentation is extremely important in Kenya. You dress formally. You can’t just wear flip-flops. My mother always had her own style. She wore A-line, tea-length flowery dresses, very well fitting.”
What a singularly amazing woman to feature on the October cover, no small feat to follow September’s Beyonce. Dare I say that Lupita even outshines Queen B herself. These photos don’t lie. Lupita is a dominant force in both film and fashion.
Photos courtesy Vogue magazine
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As we’ve already witnessed for the past few months, Donald Trump is making waves during these early months of the 2016 presidential election. With every snarky, inappropriate comment he makes, Trump’s numbers rise, somewhat inexplicably. Right now, it seems like Trump can do no wrong.
In fact, Republican presidential candidates now see Trump as their ticket to higher numbers, a larger platform, and therefore more exposure during this early race. Both the likes of Bobby Jindal and Carly Florina have “poked the sleeping dragon,” so to speak—criticizing Trump in an effort to rile him, get airtime, and therefore engage a wider audience of voters. Banking on Trump is seen as a sure-fire way to success, and now, Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show has seen the same effect.
Donald Trump appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on Friday, Sept. 11th. The show opened with a skit in which Jimmy Fallon, dressed as Donald Trump, interviews the real Donald Trump in a mirror. The best line from that skit was, “Me interviewing me? That’s what I call a great idea.”
Besides that opening skit, Trump also used the appearance on The Tonight Show to talk even further about his platform and ideas, as well as what it means to him to be a New Yorker. The show aired on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, so patriotism and emotions were running high in the New York audience. Trump said, “There is a great strength and resilience we have in this country. We have amazing people.”
What’s truly amazing is that Trump’s appearance on The Tonight Show broke records, proving what we probably already knew: that people want to see and hear Trump speak in any medium. According to preliminary Nielsen estimates, Friday’s broadcast drew in a whopping 4.5 million viewers, the highest for a Friday broadcast since Feb. 28, 2014, which was shortly after Jimmy Fallon took over the show.
It looks like even the Tonight Show team is banking on Donald Trump to give their ratings a boost, just like every other television news organization in America right now. Giving Trump airtime gets ratings, because people just can’t wait to see what he’ll say next. But those who are less than fans of Trump will possibly be exasperated with the tendency of television to show Trump, because it gives him an even bigger platform, and an ever-growing following of loyal voters. Can Trump truly win the Republican nomination?
As the numbers stand at the time of publication, Donald Trump is leading the team of Republican hopefuls with 33% of the vote, with Ben Carson just behind at almost half (~17%).
The appearance on Jimmy Fallon has likely helped Trump even more, as it has helped the talk show.
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Tom Hardy knows he's the best bad guy around!
The Mad Max: Fury Road actor was a worthy adversary for Batman playing masked, meat-headed villain Bane in 2012's the Dark Knight Rises!
Since then, DC Comics has severely stepped up their game to compete with Marvel's cinematic presence -- Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad are both expected to hit theaters next year!
So, there's a very likely possibility of Bane returning to the big screen sometime soon, and Hardy thinks he can reprise his role to take on both the Dark Knight AND the Man of Steel!
The 37-year-old was promoting his new film Legend (where he pulls a Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap and plays TWINS!) when he was asked if he'd like to return to the DC Comics universe. Hardy's response was surprisingly enthusiastic, saying:
"Do I want to return to the DC universe? Of course! I'm Bane! [Someone] asked me, who would I want to win out in a fight between Superman and Batman? And I would like to hold the pair of them under the water until the bubbles stop."
We love how dark and disturbing that answer was -- classic Bane! LOLz!
Check out the clip (below) to hear his full response!
[Image via Bauer Griffin Online.]