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John Oliver Slams Hollywood’s Whitewashing Practices

22 February 2016 7:02 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sunday night’s episode of John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” took aim at Hollywood’s whitewashing epidemic — one week before the 88th Academy Awards.

The scathing, four-minute segment — titled “How Is This Still a Thing?” — highlighted a disturbing practice as old as the industry itself: casting white actors to play non-white characters. While this year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy, which came to light when the Academy nominated only white actors in the four acting categories for the second year in a row, focused on the lack of recognition and the lack of opportunities for people of color, the “Last Week” segment suggests that the roles are out there, they’re just played by white actors.

“That’s right — Jake Gyllenhaal, a white American with a Swedish last name, was cast to play the ‘Prince of Persia’ from, you know, Persia,” said a voiceover. “And he’s far from alone. Just last year, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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John Oliver Slams Hollywood’s Whitewashing Practices

22 February 2016 7:02 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Sunday night’s episode of John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” took aim at Hollywood’s whitewashing epidemic — one week before the 88th Academy Awards.

The scathing, four-minute segment — titled “How Is This Still a Thing?” — highlighted a disturbing practice as old as the industry itself: casting white actors to play non-white characters. While this year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy, which came to light when the Academy nominated only white actors in the four acting categories for the second year in a row, focused on the lack of recognition and the lack of opportunities for people of color, the “Last Week” segment suggests that the roles are out there, they’re just played by white actors.

“That’s right — Jake Gyllenhaal, a white American with a Swedish last name, was cast to play the ‘Prince of Persia’ from, you know, Persia,” said a voiceover. “And he’s far from alone. Just last year, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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Director Terence Nance Has a Solution for #OscarsSoWhite + His 'Native Sun' Tonight on AfroPoP

15 February 2016 1:16 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Premiering tonight, Monday, February 15, at 8 p.m. Et/5 pm. Pt on World Channel, on the season finale of the acclaimed series "AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange," is a new film by Terence Nance ("An Oversimplification of Her Beauty") and Blitz the Ambassador, titled "Native Sun," as well as Nosarieme Garrick’s "My Africa Is." Ahead of tonight's finale, National Black Programming Consortium (Nbpc), "AfroPoP's" executive producer, spoke to Nance about his film, and the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Nbpc: Your film is a narrative film, an exception for "AfroPoP" as a documentary series. So much has come to light in recent years about outstanding child actors from Quvenzhané Wallis to Abraham Attah to Jacob Tremblay. How did you find your lead actor and how does one know when they have that really special talent? Nance: Finding Edward was an act of God. I don’t...

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- Shadow And Act

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12 Actors Nominated for an Oscar After 60

11 February 2016 2:00 PM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Oscar records are broken every year, especially among actors with many benchmarks relating to an actor’s age. In 2013, Emmanuelle Riva (“Amour”) broke a new record becoming the oldest nominee in the lead actress category at 85. Meanwhile, Quvenzhané Wallis (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) appeared alongside Riva as the youngest ever nominated at 9 years old. Here are some more record breakers featuring actors who received acting nominations after the age of 60! Gloria Stuart, “Titanic” (1997) (87 years, 221 days)Stuart holds the title as the oldest actor ever nominated for an Oscar. She received her single nomination in the supporting category at 87 for the James Cameron disaster epic, “Titanic.” Playing Rose DeWitt Bukater, Stuart narrates the film in the modern day detailing of her character’s experience and romance on the ship, as portrayed by Kate Winslet in flashbacks. Stuart ultimately lost the Oscar to Kim Basinger for “L.A. Confidential.” However, “Titanic »

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Halle Berry Breaks Silence About Oscar Diversity Controversy: 'It's Heartbreaking'

2 February 2016 2:10 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Halle Berry, the only African-American actress to win an Academy Award for Best Actress, is finally opening up about the Oscar diversity controversy. Addressing what she called "the elephant in the room" at the 2016 Makers Conference on Tuesday, Berry told reporters that she is "heartbroken" with the continued lack of representation African-Americans receive in Hollywood. When she won Best Actress for Monsters Ball in 2001, Berry says, "I believed that in that moment, that when I said [in my acceptance speech], 'The door tonight has been opened,' I believed that with every bone in my body that this was going to incite change because this door, »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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Halle Berry Breaks Silence About Oscar Diversity Controversy: 'It's Heartbreaking'

2 February 2016 2:10 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Halle Berry, the only African-American actress to win an Academy Award for Best Actress, is finally opening up about the Oscar diversity controversy. Addressing what she called "the elephant in the room" at the 2016 Makers Conference on Tuesday, Berry told reporters that she is "heartbroken" with the continued lack of representation African-Americans receive in Hollywood. When she won Best Actress for Monsters Ball in 2001, Berry says, "I believed that in that moment, that when I said [in my acceptance speech], 'The door tonight has been opened,' I believed that with every bone in my body that this was going to incite change because this door, »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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Happy 40th Birthday, ‘Laverne & Shirley’!

27 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

40 years ago today, Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams schlemiel-schlamazeled their way into TV history when “Laverne & Shirley” premiered on ABC. Laverne DeFazio and Shirley Feeney, two roommates who worked as bottle-cappers in Milwaukee, had made their debut on “Happy Days” the November before their own spin-off started airing on January 27, 1976. The zany antics of “Laverne & Shirley” quickly shot to No. 1 in the ratings, even surpassing the viewership of “Happy Days.” Williams departed the show after she became pregnant with her first child. As to why she left instead of scheduling around the birth of her baby, Williams has said, “When it came time for me to sign my contract for that season, they had me working on my due date to have my baby. And I said, ‘You know, I can't sign this.’ And it went back and forth and back and forth and it just never got worked out. »

- Emily Rome

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Sundance 2016: 13 Breakout Stars to Watch, From Parker Sawyers to Lily-Rose Depp (Photos)

20 January 2016 2:45 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Each year, stars are born at the Sundance Film Festival, from Ellen Page in “Juno” and Michael B. Jordan in “Fruitvale Station” to young Oscar nominees Quvenzhané Wallis and Abigail Breslin in “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “Little Miss Sunshine,” respectively. The 2016 edition of the festival has its own crop of breakout talent, all of whom hope to stand out in Park City and make a name for themselves in Hollywood. TheWrap talked to buyers and sellers alike before whittling down this list of rising young actors with strong buzz heading into Sundance. Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter, “Southside With You »

- Jeff Sneider

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A Never-Before-Seen Age Difference in this Year’s Best Actress Race

19 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

One of the tightest races in this year’s Oscar season is that for the best actress statuette. There are past winners such as Cate Blanchett, who earned a best actress Oscar for Blue Jasmine in 2014 and a best supporting actress award for The Aviator in 2004, and Jennifer Lawrence, who won best actress in Silver Linings Playbook in 2013, previous nominees like Saoirse Ronan, who earned a best supporting actress nom for Atonement in 2008, and first-time nominees Brie Larson, who plays a young mother held captive in Room, and Charlotte Rampling, who plays a wife whose 45th wedding anniversary is upended by the arrival of a mysterious letter in 45 Years.

The most interesting factoid about this year’s best actress race, however, is the disparity in age between the competitors. Three of the five women are aged 26 years or below, with Ronan at 21, Lawrence at 25, and Larson at 26 while Rampling, »

- Patrick Shanley

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The 100 Best Films of the 21st Century (So Far) - Part 2: #75-51

12 January 2016 5:49 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Our countdown of the 100 best films of the 21st century continues. This is Part 2 #75 through 51.

Click here for Part 1 (#100-76)!

The first decade and a half of the 21st century has brought a lot of changes to the landscape of film. The advancement and sophistication of computers has made realistic computer generated effects a mainstay in both big-budget and small-budget films. The internet and streaming technologies have given big Hollywood new competition in films produced independently and by non-traditional means. We went from purchasing films on yards of tape to plastic disks, and now we can simply upload them to the cloud. Advertisements for films have reached a higher, more ruthless level where generating hype through trailers and teasers is crucial for a film’s commercial success. Movie attendance has fluctuated along with the economy, but that hasn’t stopped films from breaking box office records, including having films gross »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Interview: Affonso Gonçalves and the Art of Editing Great Actresses

7 January 2016 6:30 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Affonso Gonçalves with this Ace win for editing True Detective (2014)Affonso Gonçalves is a man that every actress lover ought to both thank and envy. Over the course of his career in TV and film he has been privvy to a consisently vivid series of strong and sometimes downright iconic performances by several of our greatest actress. He's helped shape the way we see them, too.

His career began in earnest with as an assisant editor on Todd Solondz's cult hit about a nerdy teenager Dawn Weiner in Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) and soon thereafter he was editing multiple films for Ira Sachs and other independent minded directors. In the 20 years since his debut he's edited performances by Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive), Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce), Kerry Washington (Night Catches Us), Michelle Williams (The Hawk is Dying), Kim Basinger (The Door in the Floor), and  Patricia Clarkson »

- NATHANIEL R

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Who Will Be This Year's "Out-of-Nowhere" Oscar Nominee?

3 January 2016 5:39 AM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Coco here, ready to talk about the current Oscar race and the surprises that might pop up.

Last week, we discussed SAG's bizarre taste. The math works against it but we're desperately hoping the Academy breaks free of their influence. Perhaps we should focus our hope on a recent wave of surprising, "out-of-nowhere" nominations at the Oscars.  Ever since 2011 (the year the Academy turned Best Picture into a flexible category with as little as 5 and as many as 10 nominees), there's been at least one acting nominee that landed on Oscar's list without being previously nominated at either the Golden Globes, SAG, or BAFTA.

Here are the stats...

2011 - The shocking inclusion of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close in Best Picture came with the legendary Max von Sydow in tow for his mute performance in Best Supporting Actor. 

2012 - Everyone was surprised by the amount of support Silver Linings Playbook had »

- Coco

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