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Around the same time Chris Pratt received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday night, the “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” star was facing a mini-backlash for having recently put his foot in his mouth by saying that he doesn’t think average Americans are necessarily represented in movies.
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“I don’t see personal stories that necessarily resonate with me, because they’re not my stories,” Pratt told Men’s Fitness. “I think there’s room for me to tell mine, and probably an audience that would be hungry for them. The voice of the average, blue-collar American isn’t necessarily represented in Hollywood.”
To his credit, Pratt addressed the mini-controversy on Twitter before the night was over.
That was actually a pretty stupid thing to say. I’ll own that. »
- Graham Winfrey
By this time next month, Micah Green will no longer be with Creative Artists Agency. Green, who serves as film finance and sales co-head at CAA, is starting a new venture alongside Imperative Entertainment’s Dan Friedkin. Said endeavor doesn’t have a name yet, but Variety reports that it will be centered around investments in media and entertainment.
Green’s time at the company saw it assist in financing for such high-profile directors as David O. Russell (“American Hustle”), Mel Gibson (“Hacksaw Ridge”) and Alejandro González Iñárritu (“Birdman,” “The Revenant”). Best known as the CEO of Gulf States Toyota Distributors, Friedkin is Imperative’s primary financier; among the company’s upcoming projects are the Bradley Cooper–starring World War II drama “Atlantic Wall” and “Tangerine,” a period thriller led by Scarlett Johansson.
- Michael Nordine
Years ago, Chris Pratt went in for a commercial audition that didn’t go so well. “I introduced myself and he looked up at me and said, ‘Do you think you’re attractive?’” Pratt recalls. “I said, ‘I don’t know.’ He said, ‘Thank you.’ And that was it.”
Pratt can laugh now, as “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “Jurassic World” have turned him into one of the world’s most bankable action stars and sex symbols. And through it all, Pratt still manages to keep his reputation as one of the nicest guys in the business.
“I had good parents that raised me right,” he says, when asked how he keeps a clear head in the business. “And maybe it had something to do with the fact I’m 37 and moved here when I was 20, and in those 17 years saw the benefits and cost of being an a—— play »
- Jenelle Riley
Directed by Suhnil Sippy
Honestly, the conscience has become a huge liability in these times. As a journalist with a good three decades of experience I still have problem deciding where to draw the line between professionalism and ethics.
Though I couldn’t relate to her endless boozing and snoozing, Noor Roy Choudhary as played by Sonakshi Sinha , is someone I’ve known in passing.And that’s I would keep her if I met her. At a safe distance.
Noor is not one of the best films on journalistic ethics. It doesn’t do to the contemporary Mumbai media world what the Paul Newman-Sally Field starrer Absence Of Malice did 30 years ago. It pricks at the conscience in a rather undemanding way. Noor takes sly and slender satirical swipes at sensationalism in journalism, more »
- Subhash K Jha
Anna Faris was the center of attention Wednesday night in Los Angeles!
The 40-year-old actress stepped out to support her husband, Chris Pratt, at the premiere of his latest film, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2, and although he was the guest of honor, Faris' ethereal look stole the show.
No one could take their eyes off the blond beauty as she made her way onto the red carpet at the Dolby Theatre in a light pink, floral silk and metallic fil coupe ball gown by Marchesa, which featured a strap scoop neck bodice. Her lush waves, soft makeup and rose box clutch were the perfect finishing touches to the ensemble, fit for a princess!
But her best accessory of all? Her dapper husband!
Pratt, clad in a classy gray suit and black tie, and »
He is Groot, but it’s Vin Diesel’s two eldest kids, Hania and Vincent, who feel like the lucky ones! The precious kiddos accompanied their famous dad to the premiere of his upcoming Marvel flick Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Wednesday night.
Though Vin is one of the film’s stars, voicing the tree Groot and now Baby Groot, Hania and Vincent stole the show when talking to Et’s Cameron Mathison.
“I’m probably the most excited kid in the world right now!” Hania gushed about attending the premiere.
“This is a lifetime experience for me,” her younger brother agreed.
Vin was thrilled by his kids’ responses, and noted that this is one of the first films he’s made that the youngsters are able to watch.
“The only movie »
"I'm used to it. I've done all these action movies that I'm usually outnumbered [in], you know?" the actress joked with Et's Cameron Mathison at the premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Wednesday.
Saldana and her husband, Marco Perego, share 2-year-old twins, Cy and Bowie, and just welcomed their third son, Zen, in February.
Although they are all still young and rambunctious, Saldana said she has a plan for how to exact her hilarious revenge for years of being outnumbered when her kids get older.
"Once they grow up and they become dudes, I'm gonna rub »
"I think that everyone is so shocked when I say that," the 30-year-old actress tells PrideSource in a new interview. "I’m shocked at people being shocked."
Watch: Lea Michele Is Living That Vacation Life in a Series of Swimsuits
And for good reason, says Michele, who starred as Rachel Berry on Fox's musical romp for six seasons. Her most frequented episode? When the cast shot on-location for a New York-themed episode in season two centered on Michele's character. The Scream Queens star says it was personally meaningful, as she'd left New York before returning a year later to shoot Glee, which she remembers as "this hugely successful show being followed by, I think, close to, like, 200 fans and paparazzi."
"I’m so proud of the work that we did," she notes. "And I get that some people would be embarrassed »
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- Indiewire Staff
Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? A question that today can be answered without looking at a map. Her character was part of an educational computer game franchise where you tried to stop Carmen Sandiego, a super theif, from stealing the worlds treasures all while learning about geography. This iconic series also made it off the computer screen and into books, an animated series that lasted 40 episodes starting in 1994, and a live action game show that starred Lynne Thigpen as "The Chief".
We will once again be able to follow Carmen thanks to Netflix according to The Tracking Board. They have ordered 22, 22-minute episodes that will premiere in 2019. The series will be based off of the computer games and will include an in depth look at the characters past, giving us insight as to why she became a super thief. The show will try to be both entertaining and »
- Emmanuel Gomez
Jessica Chastain is continuing to fight the good fight. The wonderfully outspoken advocate for gender equality in Hollywood frequently draws attention to the industry’s double standards, and in today’s issue of Variety, she tackles the pay gap.
“I’m not taking jobs anymore where I’m getting paid a quarter of what the male co-star is being paid. I’m not allowing that in my life,” Chastain writes. She then revisits an important moment that steered her to this point. In the wake of the Sony hack, which revealed that Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams received significantly lower paychecks for their work on “American Hustle” than their male co-stars, Chastain watched Amy Pascal, the former Chairperson of the studio, give a talk. “She said part of the reason women don’t get paid equal to men is they don’t ask for more; actresses need to stop being so grateful. That really hit me. At first, I was really pissed off,” Chastain recalls. (We were also pissed off.) “And then I thought, ‘She’s touching on something here.’ Women need to step forward and demand they’re fairly compensated for their work.”
The two-time Oscar nominee says that she wants women to feel “empowered” to negotiate their pay, partly because “You have a scale to measure it by, because the big agencies know what the male actors are getting paid.” She emphasizes that women can “come forward and say, ‘This is 2017. We’re not doing this anymore.’”
“What I do now, when I’m taking on a film, I always ask about the fairness of the pay,” Chastain explains. “I ask what they’re offering me in comparison to the guy. I don’t care about how much I get paid; I’m in an industry where we’re overcompensated for the work we do,” the “Miss Sloane” actor emphasizes. “But I don’t want to be on a set where I’m doing the same work as someone else and they’re getting five times what I’m getting.”
Exactly! So often the conversation about pay equality in Hollywood gets derailed because someone dismisses the issue as a problem, and suggests that Hollywood stars are grossly overpaid in the first place. This is entirely beside the point. Chastain isn’t saying she and other actresses are underpaid period, she’s saying they are underpaid in comparison to men who are doing the same job and getting substantially more money for it. Rather than shrugging off actresses’ concerns as “rich people problems,” we need to bear in mind that they are drawing attention to the wider-ranging problem of women being undervalued for their work.
Chastain continues, “In the past, what I used to do — this is terrible — a movie would come to me with an offer. They wouldn’t want me to do my deal until they cast the male actor. They would wait and see what they had left over, even if they’d come to me first. And so I stopped doing that.” What a painfully clear illustration of how much the project prioritizes you — or doesn’t. “Now, if someone comes to me and has an offer but wants to wait, I’m like, ‘Goodbye.’ If you want me in your film, do a favored-nation clause. Don’t determine my worth based on what’s left over,” she says.
The Golden Globe winner reveals that she recently turned down a gig — not because it wasn’t well-paid, but because her male co-star was going to take home more than her. While she initially worried that she had made the wrong decision, she knew she made the right call after realizing that “everyone in the studio system heard what I did,” and the decision to walk away helped carve out a reputation for her: “Don’t bring Jessica something where she’s not being fairly compensated compared to the male actor.” She observes, “Even though I lost that film, I’ve created a boundary. I drew a line in the sand.”
Chastain launched her own company, Freckle Films, to develop female-driven material, and has set a goal to work with a female filmmaker every year. “They’re not given the same opportunities, so if I have any influence in choosing a film or a script or finding a director, I’m absolutely going to make a difference,” she said. Chastain also serves on the advisory committee of We Do It Together, a nonprofit production company dedicated to financing and producing media content that empowers women.
In an interview earlier this year, Chastain said, “I’m doing my part to make the change, so why isn’t everyone else?” She concludes her Variety piece with another call to arms: “The power of ‘no’ means you’re educating people in how to treat you.”
It really seems like Chastain is getting increasingly emboldened with her mission to make Hollywood a fairer, more inclusive place. The decision to use her platform to speak out for equality has not been without consequence. “I had one male director say to me that I talk too much about all of this ‘women stuff,’” Chastain has said. And we’re betting that’s far from the only time she’s received advice to quiet down about these matters. We admire the fact that despite pressure to accept the status quo, Chastain remains committed to the cause — and is willing to confront these injustices so publicly.
Many of who have spoken candidly about Hollywood’s pay gap — including Chastain, Lawrence, Charlize Theron, and Natalie Portman — are A-list stars. While they are setting an amazing example for fellow actresses to know their worth, it’s important to bear in mind that many lesser known actresses don’t feel confident enough to voice questions or concerns about their pay, and understandably so. Their careers aren’t solidified, and they fear losing opportunities. Rather than just putting the onus on those who are adversely affected by sexist wages to speak up and/or walk away from jobs, it’s important that we continue to pressure employers to make equal pay a priority.
Head over to Variety to read Chastain’s piece. You can catch her in Niki Caro’s “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” now in theaters. The drama is based on a true story and centers on zookeepers who saved hundreds of lives during the Holocaust.
Jessica Chastain on the Power of Saying “No” and Her Fight for Equal Pay was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Laura Berger
From Charlie Hunnam to Chris Pratt, these are Cineplex's favourite TV actors turned movie starsFrom Charlie Hunnam to Chris Pratt, these are Cineplex's favourite TV actors turned movie starsGarrett McCormick4/17/2017 10:01:00 Am
You'd think making the transition from television to movies would be easy considering an actor is just an actor at the end of the day, but it's a lot harder than you think! Only a select few of television actors have gone over to the movie world successfully, but we have pulled together some of our favourites.
Check out Cineplex's favourite TV actors who have gone over to the world of cinema and took their careers to incredible heights!
TV role: Sons of Anarchy (2008-2014)
Notable film role: Pacific Rim
- Garrett McCormick
Starz latest adaptation of Philippa Gregory's Cousins War saga is a true gem.
I'm going to be upfront with you: I couldn't decide if I should review as if this show is a "stand alone" and ignore The White Queen, or take the prequel series into account. I'm going to try to split the difference; hopefully, I'll be able please devoted fans and first-timers alike!
The White Princess is off to a wonderful start. Showrunner Emma Frost has built a world rich in detail. The production filmed at several historical sites, which really enhances the feel of the show.
Even with the sets, the attention to detail is high. The scene where Lizzie pleas to »
- Elizabeth Harlow
[Editor’s Note: The following review of “Doctor Who” Season 10, Episode 1, “The Pilot,” contains spoilers.]
Finally, finally! After a year without a proper season, “Doctor Who” returned and felt familiar and comfortable, no mean feat when introducing a new companion. The episode lulled viewers and Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) into complacency first by setting much of the early action at St. Luke’s University in Bristol, before shifting to the more spectacular aspects of the Whoniverse we all know and love. Overall, the premiere did well to set up a rapport between Twelve and Bill, while teasing out a few story arcs to come.
Among the pantheon of Whovian monsters and aliens, the creature we met wasn’t exciting nor even threatening so much as misunderstood. We don’t even have a name for the liquefied, sentient shape-shifting, time-traveling goo that appeared first as a puddle which incorrectly reflected a person’s image. »
- Hanh Nguyen
Musical episodes are all the rage on TV these days, and why not with so many actors who can sing?
Right now, we're swooning at 16 characters who can make us melt with their seductive pipes.
Sure, they all possess good looks, but their voices make them that much sexier in our book!
1. Barry - The Flash Who could forget Caitlin's stunned expression when she forced a reluctant Barry into a karaoke duet? He managed to hide his talent from the rest of his friends, but the secret came out thanks to the Music Meister. We learned from the musical that The Flash is actually full of characters who can sing, but it was Barry who made us melt when he serenaded Iris before popping the question. Who could say no to that? 2. Kara - Supergirl She's bullet-proof, she can fly, she has x-ray vision, and on top of all that, »
- Stacy Glanzman
Neon has released the second trailer for their upcoming indie thriller entitled The Bad Batch, the second film from heralded indie filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night). After a critically-acclaimed debut at the Venice Film Festival last fall, where the writer-director won a Special Jury Prize, and subsequent screenings at the Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest, Neon will release The Bad Batch in theaters this summer. While it may not be a big-budget affair, this low-budget indie seems to have what it takes to become an instant cult classic and a sleeper hit, with a diverse all-star cast.
Neon has debuted this new trailer, which offers new scenes and a glimpse at this crazed ensemble, including a peek at Jim Carrey's Hermit, who is practically unrecognizable. He's seen trudging through the wasteland, wearing sunglasses made out of cardboard. It seems that he's dragging something through the desert, »
Warning: Spoiler alert! Do not proceed if you have not watched Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy.
Meredith Grey finally faced her fears.
On Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy, Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) boarded a flight enroute to a medical conference, only to discover that her on-again/off-again beau Nathan Riggs (Martin Henderson) was headed to that same conference and seated in the same row. Though the plane took off without a hitch, it was only a matter of time before the ride would get bumpy.
Things between the two Grey Sloan doctors start out innocently enough: Meredith annoyed by their close proximity and Riggs excited at the prospect of spending three days alone with her in a city that wasn’t Seattle. But their relationship status gets complicated when they have bathroom sex on the airplane -- after Meredith repeatedly (but not so strongly) insists she doesn’t want to be with him. “Whatever happens »
As if this week hadn’t already given us a big enough reason to avoid air travel, Thursday’s Grey’s Anatomy found Meredith boarding a flight that was bound to get turbulent — and not just because Nathan also had a ticket to ride. What happened between takeoff and landing? Read on and find out.
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‘Are You Sure You’Re Not Following Me?’ | As the Chandra Wilson-directed episode began, we were introduced to the jerk on the flight »
Resting on laurels is for suckers.
It’s been four excruciatingly long years since The World’s End, the last film from Edgar Wright, which in Edgar-Wright-fan years is like a century. He was set up to direct Ant-Man, but we all know how that turned out. And while you might think Wright spent some of his time post-Marvel licking that particular wound, you’d be wrong, because Edgar Wright knows that living well is the best revenge, so in the last few years he’s been busy gearing up for not one but two films. Immediately after Ant-Man Wright started developing Baby Driver, which is at long last completed, set for a June 28 release, and so far is garnering the best reviews of the director’s career. At the same time he was starting Baby Driver back in 2014, though, there was another project the director was kicking around, an adaptation of the novel Grasshopper Jungle, and »
- H. Perry Horton
For such a highly anticipated event, the Cannes Film Festival tends to contain a fairly predictable lineup: The Official Selection focuses on established auteurs whose work lands a coveted slot at the flashy gathering on autopilot. That was certainly the case last year, when the 2016 edition opened with a Woody Allen movie and featured new work from the likes of Pedro Almodovar, Nicolas Winding Refn, the Dardennes brothers and Olivier Assayas.
But we live in unpredictable times, and judging by today’s announcement of the Official Selection for Cannes 2017, even the world’s most powerful festival isn’t impervious to change. This year’s Cannes is filled with surprises: television and virtual reality, some intriguing non-fiction selections, and a whole lot of unknown quantities that push the festival in fresh directions.
That’s not to say that there aren’t a few familiar names that stand out. Todd Haynes is »
- Eric Kohn
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