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We celebrate a century of huge and expensive film sets, from historical epics to sprawling fantasies and sci-fi action movies...
The advent of cinema saw the art of set design gradually spread its wings from the relative confines of the theatre. As movies established their own language and became ever more ambitious in the early part of the 20th century, so set designers were called on to create increasingly expansive and more detailed backdrops.
As the list of movies below proves, the construction of huge sets has been a major part of cinema for the past century. And with scale comes expense, as the recreation of ancient landmarks, futuristic cities or doomed ocean liners takes hundreds of artists, designers and crafty types months of labour to plan and construct. Often, these sets are on the screen for a few scant minutes before they're torn down and largely »
“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
Read More: Watch: Morgan Freeman Whispers Stressful Somethings in Exclusive 'The C Word' Clip The Film Society of Lincoln Center has announced that Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman will receive the 43rd Annual Chaplin Award at a special gala on Monday, April 25. The evening will celebrate the actor with special guests, film and interview clips and the presentation of the award. The Chaplin Award has been given since 1972 and is presented each year to a notable industry talent. Past winners include Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Elizabeth Taylor, Martin Scorsese and Meryl Streep, among many others. "The Board is delighted to honor Morgan Freeman with the Chaplin Award this year," said Fslc Chairman Ann Tenenbaum in an official statement. "He is one of the most gifted actors of our time and his body of work has changed the film landscape. He is universally loved as an actor and as a humanitarian, »
- Kristen Santer
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
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
[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
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
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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, »
Yesterday, Joseph Fiennes became the target of outrage when it was announced that the white actor -- best known for playing William Shakespeare in the 1999 Best Picture winner Shakespeare in Love -- would be playing black musical icon Michael Jackson in a new telefilm for the U.K. network Sky Arts. Not a joke! Now, the actor is speaking out in defense of his casting in the film, which would dramatize an alleged post-9/11 roadtrip Jackson took with friends Elizabeth Taylor (to be played by Stockard Channing in the film) and Marlon Brando (Brian Cox). "[Jackson] definitely had an issue -- a pigmentation issue -- and that's something I do believe," Fiennes said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "He was probably closer to my color than his original color." Additionally, the actor defended the film by saying it's "a light comedy" that's "not in any way malicious. It's actually endearing. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Sky Arts has announced that Joseph Fiennes is set to play legendary singer Michael Jackson in Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, a one-off comedy special that details a reported road trip between Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando following the events of 9/11. He will be joined in the cast by Stockard Channing as Taylor and Brian Cox as Brando.
The project is based on events detailed in Vanity Fair back in 2011, where it was claimed that Jackson had invited Taylor and Brando to two of his concerts at Madison Square Garden, with the trio subsequently finding themselves trapped in New York after 9/11 after all air traffic was grounded. They apparently then set out on a road trip across the country, making it as far as Ohio.
- Gary Collinson
Surely when the news broke that Joseph Fiennes was going to play Michael Jackson, we weren't the only ones to wonder at first which Michael Jackson they were referring to. Because Ralph Fiennes' little brother, the brooding star of Shakespeare in Love, Enemy at the Gates and American Horror Story: Asylum, wouldn't exactly rank near the top of our list of choices when it comes to who'd be most likely to be cast as the late "King of Pop" in any medium. Yet such is the case, alongside Brian Cox as Marlon Brando and Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor in a half-hour one-off comedy for Britain's Sky TV, based on a tale told in a Vanity Fair article about a supposed road trip »
Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlon Brando taking a road trip together sounds kind of like it should be a sleeping-pill commercial, but the possibly real occurrence is the subject of a TV movie for Britain's Sky Arts. While Stockard Channing will play Taylor and Brian Cox will play Brando, it was the choice of Joseph Fiennes as king of pop Michael Jackson that has raised eyebrows. “It’s a tongue-in-cheek, fun, light look at three wonderful characters that we know — Michael Jackson, Liz Taylor, and Marlon Brando — and they go on a road trip together,” Fiennes told Et Canada. “Some say it’s an urban legend, and our story basically says, ‘If it happened, maybe it happened like this.’ They’re stuck in a car for 500 miles as they drive to Pennsylvania, and we get to hear some of the shtick that goes on.” Hmmm ... a fun, light look, »
- Emma Barrie
With the entertainment industry currently embroiled in a debate over the lack of diversity in film, UK pay TV network Sky Arts may have picked the wrong time to announce that British actor Joseph Fiennes will play pop icon Michael Jackson in a new half-hour comedy special.
The project, “Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon,” will center around an unlikely road trip that Jackson and friends Elizabeth Taylor (Stockard Channing) and Marlon Brando (Brian Cox) allegedly took from New York to Ohio in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001.
In a statement regarding Fiennes’ casting, Sky Arts said, “‘Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon’ is a Sky Arts comedy which takes a light-hearted look at a reportedly true event; Joseph Fiennes is cast as Michael Jackson. It is part of a series of comedies about unlikely stories from arts and cultural history. Sky Arts gives producers the creative freedom to cast roles as they wish, »
- Variety Staff
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