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Back in the day an audience’s appetite for action was sated by Glenn Ford on a horse, a sword and sandals epic, or a movie about how America won WWII for the Allies. But all of that changed when Hollywood discovered the blockbuster.
As the movies became bigger, plots got smaller and expectations had to be reduced in order sit through them. Movies like Tango & Cash or Hudson Hawk might’ve been big, but they weren’t particularly clever, and didn’t offer much in the way of thrills. Last Action Hero, hyped by Arnold Schwarzenegger as “big, gigantic, monstrous”, was basically a bad joke made at the expense of the films that had made him a star. Van Damme in Sudden Death? Steven Seagal’s On Deadly Ground? Horrendous. All of them.
But somewhere between the lows of Seagal’s oeuvre and the highs of Die Hard »
- Ian Watson
Actor uses #Oscarssowhite hashtag on Twitter to ask if ‘people of colour’ should avoid this year’s ceremony to protest against white-only list of Academy Award nominees
Jada Pinkett Smith has questioned whether Hollywood figures from ethnic minority backgrounds should boycott this year’s Oscars over diversity.
Writing on Twitter, the star of The Matrix Reloaded, Collateral and Magic Mike Xxl expressed her disappointment at the Academy’s failure to nominate non-whites for any of the major prizes at next month’s event for the second year running. The hashtag #Oscarssowhite, created last year, has once again trended on Twitter.
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- Ben Child
Jada Pinkett Smith has added her voice to the growing list of Hollywood stars criticizing the Oscars for a lack of diversity. The actress, whose film credits include “Magic Mike Xxl,” “Collateral” and “The Matrix Reloaded,” pondered on social media Saturday if people of color should participate in the Oscars at all. “At the Oscars, people of color are always welcomed to give out awards, even entertain, but we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments,” she wrote on Facebook and in a series of tweets. “Should people of color refrain from participating all together?” Also Read: Spike Lee Will Not Attend. »
- Anita Bennett
3 items from 2016
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