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Jason Collins became the first openly gay player in the NBA over the weekend when he signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets and played in Sunday night’s game against the La Lakers.
Collins, 35, came out in May 2013, after a previously established 12-year career in the NBA. As a free agent, Collins decided that he wanted to come out following the 2011 NBA lockout.
“I’ll lead by example and show that gay players are no different from straight ones,” Collins wrote in his Sports Illustrated column announcing his sexuality.
At the time, Collins had just finished playing a season with the Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards. Sunday was his first time back on the professional court since last April. Now, almost one year later, Collins has signed a 10-day contract with the Brooklyn Nets, where he spent his first six NBA seasons, »
Variety’s chief film critic Justin Chang participated in a Reddit Ama this morning, where he answered questions ranging from his favorite movie to how he avoids tabloid noise surrounding celebrities and filmmakers. Below are five things Chang said about his life as a film critic:
Have you ever had second thoughts on a review after publication? Have you ever come around to different view about a movie you panned or raved?
I don’t think I’ve ever had a dramatic reversal on an opinion that made its way into print, but I do recall having a very bizarre aversion to “School of Rock” when I saw it more than 10 years ago, and since then it’s become one of my favorite [Richard] Linklater movies. (Hey, sometimes you just have a bad night.)
How did you wind up writing film reviews? Did you start as a filmmaker yourself or did »
- Justin Chang
The past decade hasn’t been too kind to filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, who broke out back in 1999 with psychological thriller The Sixth Sense and has been on a pretty consistent downward spiral since then. Unbreakable and Signs aside, Shyamalan has turned out some pretty awful movies. Moviegoers really didn’t take to the “the trees are attacking” twist in his horror-thriller The Happening, Nickelodeon viewers certainly have him on their hit-list after the horrific, can’t-look-away train-wreck that was The Last Airbender, and his latest film, After Earth, just earned the director six Razzie nominations, including ones for Worst Picture, Worst Director and Worst Screenplay. And so, going back to a simpler time for his next project likely sounds pretty good to Shyamalan right now.
- Isaac Feldberg
'What would improve the quality of my life? Ten more cats'
Abigail Breslin, 17, was born in New York. At five she starred with Mel Gibson in the 2002 film Signs. In 2006 she played Olive in the critically acclaimed Little Miss Sunshine, which won her a best actress award at the Tokyo film festival, as well as Oscar and Bafta nominations. Breslin's subsequent film credits include Definitely, Maybe, My Sister's Keeper and Ender's Game. In 2010 she starred on stage as Helen Keller in the Broadway revival of The Miracle Worker. Her latest movie role is in August: Osage County, out on 24 January, and she is currently filming Maggie with Arnold Schwarzenegger.
When were you happiest?
Christmas 2007 – I got hair straighteners.
What is your greatest fear?
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I can be very awkward at times when talking to anybody of the opposite gender.
What is »
- Rosanna Greenstreet
4 items from 2014