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Vaping is a trend that has grown massively in popularity over the course of the past few years, and it seems like more people than ever have chosen to take up the trend. This is largely to do with the indoor smoking ban, along with more knowledge of just how much damage smoking can do. Even more recently, the trend has been picked up by the entertainment industry, and there are many examples of on-screen vaping.
Historical trends of smoking on screen
The idea of smoking on screen is not new. Even in older films, smoking has been used as a way to portray class in many different ways. For example, you will often see a villain with a cigarette between his teeth, or a rich man smoking a cigar. Both of these are at opposite ends of the spectrum, but both use the same idea. With the emergence of »
- James Smith
The movie moguls of Hollywood have long been fascinated by smoking, and for a long time, even Walt Disney made use of smoking in its animated films. From Pinocchio smoking a cigar to Alice’s passive smoking in Alice of Wonderland, there are plenty of instances of smoking throughout Disney’s back catalogue. It’s fair to say, though, that smoking was far more frequently linked to villains in Disney’s early films than to the good guys, with baddies such as Captain Hook, Cruella De Vil and Hades all depicted smoking a cigar or cigarette.
In the grown-up world of film, a cigarette dangling provocatively from a character’s lips usually suggests either a rebellious or edgy nature or something dark and positively dangerous. So has cigarette smoking had its day on the silver screen? In Face/Off, for example, Nicolas Cage switches from bad guy Castor Troy to »
- David Agnew
If you’re following Johnny Depp’s ongoing lawsuit against his business managers — where newly public emails blithely reference Depp’s $20 million paychecks for The Tourist and Dark Shadows, as well as a $35 million offer for the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie — then it might be astounding to learn that Gal Gadot was paid just $300,000 for her star-making performance in Wonder Woman. That Patty Jenkins–directed superhero film is on track to outpace the domestic box-office performance of virtually every film Depp has made, so doesn’t she deserve a salary comparable to that of Hollywood’s top stars? »
- Kyle Buchanan
As part of their ongoing legal battle with Johnny Depp, the star’s former business managers have included emails from him in their latest court filing — which reveal, in part, that he was willing to sell off some of his belongings to help his financial situation.
According to documents filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court (and obtained by Deadline), The Mandel Group is fighting back against Depp’s efforts to keep his former agent and lawyer from being subpoenaed as part of the case.
Among the 109-page document are emails from Tmg to various members of Depp’s team, »
- Daniel Goldblatt
Following up last month’s Sundance Film Festival, the next major cinema event of the year kicks off this with Berlinale 2017. Ahead of our coverage, a trio of trailers for three of our most-anticipated premieres have now arrived. First up, following the fantastic drama Gloria, Sebastian Lelio is back with A Fantastic Woman. Produced by Pablo Larraín and Maren Ade, it follows, newcomer Daniela Vega as a trans woman who fights for her identity. Next up, Agnieszka Holland is back with her first film in six years, Spoor. Following a woman living in a town where crimes are discovered, she believes she knows the murderer, but she must convince everyone else.
Then we have a film not so much we’re anticipating, but we’re curious about. After his Hollywood face-plant known as The Tourist, The Lives of Other director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck is back with the post-wwii drama Werk ohne Autor. »
- Jordan Raup
The Golden Globes are tonight, and though Ricky Gervais’ divisive tenure as host finally seems to be over, the show is still likely to be the most relaxed and entertaining of the six months of the year we now know as awards season. What’s less well known than the actual broadcast, however, is who exactly the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is. Here’s a brief rundown.
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The HFPA is a group of approximately 90 journalists hailing from around the world and now based in Southern California, mostly near Los Angeles and the film industry itself. Though the Golden Globes have risen to become the most highly watched movie awards other than the Oscars, most members of the HFPA are not individually well known — though some of their controversies are.
In 2011, for instance, the »
- Michael Nordine
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