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Native Americans actors have walked off the set of Adam Sandler's upcoming Netflix comedy movie.
The protest happened during production of Western satire The Ridiculous Six, after Navajo actors condemned the film as being "totally disrespectful" towards their culture.
Nine people left after taking offence over Native American women being called 'Beaver's Breath' and 'No Bra', as well as a scene with a Native American squatting to urinate while smoking a peace pipe.
"Right from the get-go, it didn't feel right," extra Loren Anthony told The AP. "But we let it go.
"Once we found out more about the script, we felt it was totally disrespectful to elders and Native women."
Navajo actress Allison Young added to Indian Country Today Media Network: "We talked to the producers about our concerns.
"They just told us, 'If you guys are so sensitive, you should leave'. I was just standing there and got emotional and teary-eyed. »
Adam Sandler is making a comedy for Netflix called "The Ridiculous Six" and the streaming service is standing by their man in the wake of new controversy. According to Indian Country Today Media Network (Ictmn), about a dozen Native-American actors and actresses, plus the Native cultural adviser, left the set of "The Ridiculous Six" on Wednesday when they saw how the script appeared to insult Native women and elders. To quote the story:
The examples of disrespect included Native women's names such as Beaver's Breath and No Bra, an actress portraying an Apache woman squatting and urinating while smoking a peace pipe, and feathers inappropriately positioned on a teepee."
One of the men who walked off the set said he had initially refused to do the movie, but agreed to take the job when producers told him they had hired a cultural consultant and would make efforts to portray Natives in a tasteful way. »
- Gina Carbone
It looks like Adam Sandler’s Netflix projects are already brewing up controversy.
About a dozen Native American actors and actresses walked off the set of Sandler’s “The Ridiculous Six,” according to the Indian Country Today Media Network. Per reports, the actors took offense to racially charged jokes and inaccuracies during the filming of the movie, which Sandler is developing for Netflix.
The streaming service, however, downplayed the controversy in a statement issued Thursday.
“The movie has ridiculous in the title for a reason: because it is ridiculous,” said a Netflix spokesperson. “It is a broad satire of Western movies and the stereotypes they popularized, featuring a diverse cast that is not only part of — but in on — the joke.”
According to Ictmn, some female Native American characters were given names Beaver’s Breath and No Bra.
“They just treated us as if we should just be on the side, »
- Alex Stedman
Netflix is now facing a potential media issue surrounding Adam Sandler's western comedy The Ridiculous Six. Part of a four film deal between the actor and the streaming movie service, The Ridiculous Six follows Sandler as a white man raised from childhood by Native Americans. In typical Happy Madison fashion, hijinks ensue. Featuring a cast that includes David Spade, Terry Crews, Taylor Lautner, Nick Nolte, Will Forte, Steve Buscemi, Danny Trejo, Luke Wilson, Rob Schneider, Steve Zahn, Jorge »
- Alex Maidy
Saban launched a year ago and released The Homesman last November. The maiden slate includes How To Make Love Like An Englishman starring Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba; The Forger starring John Travolta; American Heist with Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody and Jordana Brewster; Tracers starring Taylor Lautner; and The Trust with Nicolas Cage. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Read More: 12 Must-See Films at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival In the midst of the Tribeca Film Festival, distributors are zeroing in on key projects. The latest is director Ben Palmer's "Man Up," for which Saban Films has just acquired the North American rights. The film stars Simon Pegg, Lake Bell, Rory Kinnear and Olivia Williams. Bell plays Nancy, who, after being mistaken for Pegg's character's blind date, decides to go along with the mess-up. "'Man Up' is a surprising love story led by two hilarious and talented actors," said Saban Films President Bill Bromiley. "We're always looking to acquire smart and distinctive films and this one is going to be incredibly appealing to a commercial audience." In the past, Saban Films has also acquired the rights to such films as "How to Make Love Like an Englishman" starring Pierce Brosnan, "Tracers" starring Taylor Lautner and "The Forger" starring John Travolta. »
- Travis Clark
Best Shirtless Performance is a relatively new category at the MTV Movie Awards. It has been handed out only twice before, awarded to Taylor Lautner ("Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2") in 2013 and Zac Efron ("That Awkward Moment") in 2014. Efron is back this year, nominated this time for doffing his clothes in the hit comedy "Neighbors," and he's the overwhelming favorite to repeat. -Break- Last year, we predictors weren't so convinced. We actually ranked Efron fourth with 20/1 odds, behind Jennifer Aniston ("Were the Millers"), Chris Hemsworth ("Thor: The Dark World"), and our presumed frontrunner Sam Claflin ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire"). We had thought, perhaps, that the "Hunger Games" juggernaut would crush any support for "That Awkward Moment," but the power of Efron's fandom took us by surprise. MTV Movie Awards predictions: 'Hunger Games' & 'G »
Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »
- Andre Soares
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For better or for worse, Taylor Swift's dating life has been a topic of discussion since she took the world by storm with her bevy of breakup anthems. From her early relationships with teen heartthrobs like Joe Jonas and Taylor Lautner to her short-lived dalliance with One Direction's Harry Styles, the singer has had multiple high-profile romances that have played out in the media. Here's something that might blow your mind about Taylor's boyfriends, though: almost all of them have, at some point, dated someone that she is (or used to be) friends with. Crazy, right? While she's not the only star to share an ex with a famous friend, it's worth highlighting the fact that Taylor seems to be swimming in the same dating pool as some of her celebrity girlfriends. Keep reading to see which stars she and her friends have been linked to over the years. »
Bike-messenger boy meets girl, joins her NYC gang of parkour-ing thieves, and winds up in formulaic trouble in Daniel Benmayor's Tracers, a by-the-books B movie only notable for its energetic action choreography. In debt to a loan shark, Cam (Taylor Lautner) ditches cycling in favor of hopping, skipping, and jumping around Manhattan after meeting Nikki (Marie Avgeropoulos), a beauty in league with other one-dimensional urban-athlete twentysomethings who pull off daring heists while dressed like ninjas. Cam is the usual good guy in a bad spot, and his need for cash drives him to join their crew, whose leader, Miller (Adam Rayner), likes to spout faux-philosophical nonsense about striving for new "plateaus." Of course, what initially seems great to Cam even »
A good movie is like a restaurant that serves quality food and lots of it. You can gorge yourself and there will still be plenty to take home. Some of my most distinct movie memories aren’t from watching films, but talking about them afterwards. Cinema brings diverse people into a single place for a communal experience. That’s why when you watch a movie by yourself at home you miss out on half of the pleasure of cinema. If a movie is really good or really bad, at least there is always something to say.
After the screening of last year’s most subversive film, The Lego Movie, I spent an hour discussing it with another critic. And after Michael Bay’s artless and disgusting Pain & Gain, I nearly lost my voice from shouting at someone who really liked the movie. Daniel Benmayor’s Tracers, which stars Taylor Lautner of Twilight fame, »
- Josh Cabrita
Taylor Lautner may be an action star, but that doesn't mean he's always fearless. "I am filming in Santa Fe right now and there are so many mice around my house," the actor, 23, tells People. "I go to bed every night afraid that a mouse is going to sleep with me." But don't worry, Lautner still exudes action hero confidence in his new film Tracers. "I did more stunts in this movie than I think I'll do in the rest of my career - very dangerous stunts," he says of working on the film, which also stars Marie Avgeropoulos and is in theaters now. »
- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA
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Per our sister site Deadline, the actors will star in the NBC comedy pilot, an adaptation of the UK series, which featured Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) in its first season, followed by Taylor Lautner (Twilight) in the second installment.
“The 100” star Marie Avgeropoulos is used to being a badass warrior on The CW post-apocalyptic drama, but she had to learn a whole new set of skills for “Tracers,” which opens Friday. Set in the world of parkour, the film follows a bike messenger, played by Taylor Lautner, who is introduced to the extreme sport by Avgeropoulos’ character. But little does he know that she and her rag tag family don’t just run and jump around for fun, but use the sport to pull off heists. “I was not familiar with parkour at all,” the actress told TheWrap of her. »
- Linda Ge
Is a romance heating up between Lily Collins and Chris Evans? The Captain America actor, 33, and the Mirror Mirror stunner, 26, have been spending time together, People has learned. The actress has been spotted making visits to Evans's Los Angeles home, according to a source. Evans was last seen with One Tree Hill's Lindsey McKeon, 33, at the start of the New Year. He was also rumored to be rekindling a romance with Almost Human actress Minka Kelly, 34. The former couple (they reportedly first dated back in 2007 and hooked back up in 2012) were seen out and about in L.A. in »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
Is a romance heating up between Lily Collins and Chris Evans? The Captain America actor, 33, and Mirror Mirror stunner, 26, have been spending time together, People has learned. The actress has been spotted making visits to Evans's Los Angeles home, according to a source. Evans was last seen with One Tree Hill's Lindsey McKeon, 33, at the start of the New Year. He was also rumored to be rekindling a romance with Almost Human actress Minka Kelly, 34. The former couple (they reportedly first dated back in 2007 and hooked back up in 2012) were seen out and about in L.A. in October »
- Jacqueline Andriakos, @jandriakos
Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for “Pixels,” which stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage and Michelle Monaghan. Chris Columbus directed from a script by Tim Dowling and Tim Herlihy. The film is based on the award-winning short film by Patrick Jean. James plays the President of the United States, who calls upon his childhood best friend (Sandler) and a team of legendary games to save the planet from an alien invasion featuring popular video game characters such as Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and many others. Also Read: Adam Sandler’s First Netflix Movie ‘Ridiculous 6’ Casts Taylor Lautner, »
- Jeff Sneider
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods Annie (family musical; Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz; rated PG) Top Five (comedy; Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson; rated R) Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson-directed impenetrable ice; Joaquin Phoenix, Owen Wilson, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro; rated R) Song of the Sea (animated; voices: Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan; rated PG) Tracers (action; Taylor Lautner, Marie Avgeropoulos; available 3/20...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
Netflix has acquired world distribution rights to “Manson Family Vacation,” a comedy produced by the Duplass brothers, Variety has learned.
The film, which premiered at SXSW on Monday night to good reviews, tells the story of two brothers (played by Jay Duplass and Linas Phillips) who embark on a road trip to the site of the Manson Family murders.
J. Davis wrote and directed the movie.
The acquisition is the latest in the streaming service’s aggressive push in feature films. Over the weekend, Netflix closed the first big deal at SXSW — picking up the buzzy relationship drama “6 Years,” which it plans to release later this year. Two weeks ago, Netflix also landed Cary Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation,” and it announced a four-movie deal with the Duplass brothers in January. Adam Sandler has begun production on “Ridiculous 6,” co-starring Taylor Lautner, Whitney Cummings and Dan Aykroyd, for Netflix as »
- Ramin Setoodeh
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