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Come meet Bela Lugosi Jr. at our Silver Scream Festival as we screen four of his father’s most iconic films. He’ll be doing a Q&A, so buy your tix now and get your questions ready. As the steward of his father’s legacy, he’ll have all the answers regarding the first golden age of Hollywood horror!
The films we’ll be screening:
The most famous of all Draculas, Lugosi Sr.’s incarnation became so ingrained in the public consciousness that it was the mold from which essentially all others were made up until the TWILIGHTs and the Vampire Diaries of the world changed things up.
Teaming Lugosi with Sherlock Holmes himself, Basil Rathbone, as the titular character, and Boris Karloff as Frankenstein’s monster, was box office gold for Universal. It’s your chance to check out Lugosi’s first turn as »
- Harker Jones
“Roles should not be dictated by race,” Stacey Dash said last Wednesday, in response to the casting (and following uproar) of Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson in a coming comedy biopic about a road trip Jackson took with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando after 9/11. The way that Dash presents her ideas on her blog seems to show she knows exactly what […]
The post Why Stacey Dash Is Wrong: Hollywood’s Whitewashing Tries To Paint Minorities Out appeared first on uInterview. »
- Jenny C Lu
British actor Joseph Fiennes says he doesn’t know why he was approached to play Michael Jackson in an upcoming Sky Arts comedy. Defending his decision to play the late American superstar despite the furore over the casting of a white actor in the role of the black singer, Fiennes describes the opportunity as a wonderful challenge. The half-hour comedy imagines Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor (Stockard Channing) and Marlon Brando (Brian Cox) taking a road trip together in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on New York. Photograph: Domenico Stinellis/AP
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- Guardian Staff
Santa Barbara, Calif. — It was a rare treat for those who managed tickets to Thursday night’s presentation of the Maltin Modern Master Award to Johnny Depp to kick off the 31st annual Santa Barbara Film Festival’s roll call of fetes this year. After all, the “Black Mass” star never does this kind of thing, a two-hour sit-down chat about his career with plenty of fireside-like anecdotes and even a streak of dead-on impressions of Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Donald Trump.
“I’m scared to death,” Depp said at the start of the discussion, moderated by film critic Leonard Maltin, after whom the festival’s highest honor was named last year.
Maltin began by noting that few would have expected the star of television’s “21 Jump Street” to one day immerse himself in the role of ruthless mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. “That’s a journey,” Maltin said of such an unlikely trajectory. »
- Kristopher Tapley
There's another controversial Hollywood racial decision that Stacey Dash is sinking her teeth into. After actor Joseph Fiennes landed the role of Michael Jackson in an upcoming 30-minute television movie, Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon, many were outraged at the choice and blamed their anger on "a whitewashed Hollywood." Fiennes is a Caucasian British actor, while the acclaimed king of pop hailed from an African American family in Indiana. The plot follows Jackson, Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor on a cross-country road trip after the 9/11 attacks. In real life, Jackson's skin had visibly lightened by that time. While he was known to suffer from vitiligo, it was also believed that »
One week after Joseph Fiennes was unexpectedly cast as Michael Jackson, Stacey Dash is weighing in on the casting choice. "I say, 'Bravo!'" Dash wrote on her Patheos blog. "I'm sick and tired of being told, 'Sorry, Stacey, this is a Caucasian-only role.' Counterintuitively, this decision by Hollywood - which looks like a diss to blacks - is actually what we've been saying all along: roles should Not be based on color." The always-controversial actress goes on to compare Fiennes casting to the Broadway play Hamilton, which casts actors of color to portray historical figures like Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton. »
- Naja Rayne, @najarayne
“Dismissal is required because the core of the complaint – that Daniels wronged Penn by falsely comparing Penn to someone else – is constitutionally (to quote Penn’s iconic movie character Jeff Spicoli) ‘bogus,'” reads the complaint from Daniels.
Penn is suing Daniels over a comment the filmmaker made to the Hollywood Reporter, comparing legal troubles faced by “Empire” star Terrence Howard to those of Penn and other actors.
Daniels said Howard “ain’t done nothing different than Marlon Brando or Sean Penn, and all of the sudden he’s some f—in’ demon. That’s a sign of the time, of race, of where we are right now in America.”
Penn alleges that he’s been falsely accused by Daniels of hitting women, »
- Alex Stedman
Everybody knows the key to being happy in life is to be filthy, disgustingly rich. It appears the easiest way to achieve that dream is to become a beautiful, talented actor and move to L.A., where you can command fees that puny regular folk can only daydream about.
That’s the fantasy anyway, but in reality, very few actors will ever reach that level of success, and even fewer will manage to stay there. For those that do, luxury yachts or private jets will be taking them down to the shops. Even in these frugal times, the most successful actors are able to command fees that would make Donald Trump sick, and they’re (usually) worth the money from a box-office standpoint.
There seems to be a fascination among the public about the fees star names can demand, and the last decade or so has seen some »
- Padraig Cotter
The Academy Awards decision process can often be frustratingly arbitrary. Actors are apparently gifted Oscars for political decisions rather than actual merit, with some seemingly winning either as reparations for prior snubs or just for having played someone with a hard life.
In these instances there is almost always another actor who was overlooked for the great work they did, and as pointless as the Oscars are – it’s a lot of patting on the back, after all – it’s a damn shame they didn’t get the recognition they deserved.
Although admittedly it’s not like the luminaries who comprise the Academy have a What’s App group chat where they all plot and plan who the winners of the awards will be, you can sense the workings of their decision-making. The kind of process that leads to Marlon Brando winning an Oscar for simply having the »
- Dan Woburn
[Youtube "wHEawXq9pps"] Wendy Williams has weighed in on Joseph Fiennes being cast as Michael Jackson. During her "Hot Talk" segment on Friday's Wendy Williams Show, she addressed the controversy with a panel of three others - comedienne Ali Wentworth, reporter Sharon Carpenter and CNN's Don Lemon - and in true Wendy fashion, she did not hold back. "That's like getting Angela Bassett to play Sophia Loren," the talk show host said. "You just don't do that! With the roles so few and far between for a lot of black actors, I feel like even if they couldn't get a name they could've »
- Naja Rayne, @najarayne
Wendy Williams has weighed in on Joseph Fiennes being cast as Michael Jackson. During her "Hot Talk" segment on Friday's Wendy Williams Show, she addressed the controversy with a panel of three others - comedienne Ali Wentworth, reporter Sharon Carpenter and CNN's Don Lemon - and in true Wendy fashion, she did not hold back. "That's like getting Angela Bassett to play Sophia Loren," the talk show host said. "You just don't do that! With the roles so few and far between for a lot of black actors, I feel like even if they couldn't get a name they could've »
- Naja Rayne, @najarayne
The costume designer has decorated his walls with inspiration: stills from the original movie, multi-colored fabric swatches and photos of “bad boys of all time.” Next to Marlon Brando hangs a photo of James Dean — because “our Danny is blonde,” says Long, referring to star Aaron Tveit.
With 30 costumers in total, many of whom come with a background in New York theater, the hustle and bustle of the wardrobe department is a sharp contrast to the relatively calm soundstage. Fast-moving staffers weave in and out of rolling racks and alteration rooms with razor-sharp focus — so much so that the visitors on set can’t help but note that these Broadway types don’t mess around.
“This is a Broadway musical and filmed »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
A massive, 45-box archive originating from the estate of The Godfather author-screenwriter Mario Puzo is headed to auction in February. The treasure trove of material includes thousands of pages, drafts, notes and varying versions of both the novel manuscript and film screenplay, the latter co-written with director Francis Ford Coppola.
When Coppola was hired by Paramount for the film adaptation, the director supported Puzo's request that Marlon Brando play Don Corleone, whom the author had pictured in the title role since writing the novel. The Rr Auction archive includes Puzo's copy of a March 7th, »
Casting of white actor to play the black icon in a ‘post-9/11 road trip’ tale shows us Hollywood has learned nothing from the #OscarsSoWhite controversy
On Tuesday, when the bizarre news broke that white British actor Joseph Fiennes was cast to play black American superstar Michael Jackson in a “9/11 road trip comedy”, it seemed as if Hollywood had learned nothing from the #OscarsSoWhite uproar which has arisen in the wake of the Motion Picture Academy nominating only white actors for Oscars this year.
The internet has been ablaze questioning the wisdom of Fiennes going forth to play the King of Pop in Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon, the tale of an alleged road trip taken by Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando after the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. But according to the British production cable channel Sky Arts, the casting is a done deal, as the half-hour comedy was shot last year. »
- Steven W Thrasher
British actor Joseph Fiennes says he's surprised by his his new role as Michael Jackson, but says his complexion is similar to the King of Pop's skin tone. "I'm a white, middle-class guy from London. I'm as shocked as you may be," Fiennes told Entertainment Tonight of being cast as Jackson in a British TV movie. "[Jackson] definitely had an issue - a pigmentation issue - and that's something I do believe," he said referring to Jackson's light skin, which the singer has said was a result of a rare skin disease, vitiligo. "He was probably closer to my color than his original color. »
- Char Adams, @CiCiAdams_
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Movie Brand Problem of the Day: Disney princess movies since The Little Mermaid have been worse for female characters than in the past. Watch the video accompanying a Washington Post report below. Vintage Image of the Day: Marlon Brando makes a face at Elizabeth Taylor, many decades before they went on their supposed road trip with Michael Jackson: Character Comparisons of the Day: Characters from Star Wars: The Force Awakens meet their original trilogy counterparts in this 8-bit-animation video (via Devour): Road Rage of the Day: Apparently a Jedi Master and a Sith Lord got into some beef sitting in Austin traffic (via...
- Christopher Campbell
It seems like the late Michael Jackson himself would also be very unhappy with the casting decision for Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon. Twitter went up in arms after it was revealed that Shakespeare in Love star Joseph Fiennes would be playing the King of Pop in a new half-hour TV comedy about an unconfirmed road trip the singer reportedly took with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. And now, a 1993 interview between Mj and Oprah Winfrey has resurfaced to prove that Jackson would not approve of Fiennes playing him in this project. When asked by Winfrey about rumor than he wanted a white boy to play him in an early '90s Pepsi »
The Internet is buzzing with outrage over the prospect of Joseph Fiennes — a white, British actor — playing Michael Jackson in the upcoming Sky Arts production, “Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon.” The story is a dramatization of an urban legend about Jackson, Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor escaping New York City via rental car following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. All three had been in town for Jackson’s 30th anniversary concert special at Madison Square Garden the night before. “It’s fascinating and funny … Wonderfully hilarious,” Fiennes told TheWrap at a junket for his upcoming film “Risen” on Jan. 22. Also Read: Joseph Fiennes to. »
- Ned Ehrbar
W Magazine Rooney Mara loves the sex scene from Rust & Bone. Who knew?
Guardian wonders who historically accurate The Big Short is... this is such a predictable part of awards season, yes?
Guardian after a bit of rights shuffling the Little House on the Prairie movie is back on
EW Matt Smith and Zosia Mamet are going to star in a Robert Mapplethorpe biopic. This is not, as far as we can tell, an adaptation of Patti Smith's Just Kids book, that was supposedly going to be adapted. So perhaps there are competing projects?
Awards Daily on why she thinks The Big Short is going to win Best »
- NATHANIEL R
RelatedHtgawm Boss Previews a ‘Really Broken’ (But Still ‘Badass’) Post-Shooting Annalise
But before we get to his latest comments, here’s a refresher for those going “huh?” right now: A 2011 Vanity Fair article alleged that Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando road-tripped to Ohio — California was their intended destination — shortly after the 9/11 attacks. That story is now being retold in the movie Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon on the UK’s Sky Arts, with Fiennes playing Jackson, »
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