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How Quentin Tarantino Can Diversify the Very White Cast of ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

How Quentin Tarantino Can Diversify the Very White Cast of ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
When a picture began circulating of the incredible cast for Quentin Tarantino’s feverishly anticipated “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” — including everyone from Leonardo DiCaprio to Brad Pitt to Al Pacino to Margot Robbie — fans were understandably thrilled. But their excitement was followed by a wave of concern: Is the cast really going to be this white?

It’s possible. The film centers around the Manson murders, and the story is a very white one: Charles Manson’s followers and their victims were white, leaving Tarantino few casting options.

Fortunately, Tarantino does have some opportunities to cast at least two non-white characters. And they may be two of the most interesting people involved in the story.

Also Read: How Bruce Lee Fits Into Quentin Tarantino's New Movie (Podcast)

First, there’s Bruce Lee. The American-born, Hong Kong-raised martial arts master has a very, very strange connection to the Manson killings,
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‘This Is Us’ will get a lucky seven acting Emmy nominations again, readers predict

‘This Is Us’ will get a lucky seven acting Emmy nominations again, readers predict
Will it be seventh heaven again for “This Is Us”? That’s what our readers think. The show received seven acting Emmy nominations last year and 25 percent of our readers think the show will duplicate that tally again.

It would make it easier if all five main actors — Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Justin Hartley and Chrissy Metz — make the cut, as our readers are also predicting will happen. Only Moore and Hartley were snubbed last year.

This Is Us” submitted 23 actors this year and 23 percent believe the show can add an eighth nominee. Currently, our odds currently have eight actors making the cut: Moore, Brown, Ventimiglia, Metz, Hartley, and guest stars Pam Grier, Ron Cephas Jones and last year’s champ Gerald McRaney.

See Mandy Moore (‘This Is Us’): Super Bowl episode was so ‘traumatic’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Some of you are feeling really confident and think the show
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Emmy’s Guest Star Category Can Reap Multiple Noms for Actors and Shows

Emmy’s Guest Star Category Can Reap Multiple Noms for Actors and Shows
The Emmys’ guest actor and actress category names may have evolved over the years, but ever since the Academy first honored seasoned actor and director Patrick McGoohan for a stint on NBC’s “Columbo” they have had a reputation for celebrating well-known talent.

Some of this is also due to repetition. NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” has been a mainstay in the guest acting comedy categories the past decade. Since 2009, the late-night sketch show has won half the trophies awarded in those categories — nine of 18 — with victors ranging from Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon to Tina Fey and Betty White.
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9 Most Memorable Swimsuits in TV and Film History, From Jean Harlow to Halle Berry (Photos)

9 Most Memorable Swimsuits in TV and Film History, From Jean Harlow to Halle Berry (Photos)
On this day in 1946, the bikini made its debut. To celebrate #NationalBikiniDay, let’s take a look back at some of the most iconic swimsuits–both one- and two-piece–in film and television, from the 1930s to the present.

1930s: Jean Harlow

In the 1930s, before her death at age 26, film actress Jean Harlow was a Hollywood sex symbol. According to Redbook, she was also one of the earliest stars to be photographed in a swimsuit.

1940s: Betty Grable

Betty Grable was celebrated in the 1930s and 40s for her “million dollar legs.” Though this yellow bikini is not as famous as Grable’s famous one-piece and high heels attire, it’s iconic in its own right.

1950s: Esther Williams

1960s: Ursula Andress (first Bond girl)

This Swiss actress catapulted to fame as the first “Bond girl” in the 1962 film, “Dr. No.” The scene where Andress rises out of the
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How many acting Emmy nominations will ‘This Is Us’ get? [Poll]

How many acting Emmy nominations will ‘This Is Us’ get? [Poll]
Of the 10 Emmy nominations “This Is Us” received last year, seven of them were for acting. If that wasn’t enough evidence that actors love the tearjerker, the cast pulled off an upset at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, grabbing drama ensemble honors. If that love sustains and grows, how many acting nominations could the series nab this year?

See Emmys exclusive: 20th Century Fox Television categories for ‘This Is Us,’ ‘The Orville’ and more

Only two of last year’s nominees aren’t eligible: guest actor nominees Brian Tyree Henry and Denis O’Hare. But our readers believe Mandy Moore and Justin Hartley, the two main Pearsons who were snubbed last year, will for sure get in this year in drama lead actress and drama supporting actor, respectively, to join reigning drama actor champ Sterling K. Brown, Milo Ventimiglia and Chrissy Metz. Hartley, in particular, got a boon when
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Burt Reynolds and Kurt Russell Join Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Burt Reynolds and Kurt Russell Join Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
With production slated to begin later this summer, Quentin Tarantino has added four more cast members to his 1969-set film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Hollywood legend Burt Reynolds has joined the cast in a major role as George Spahn, the blind man who owned the ranch Charles Manson and his followers lived on for months, before they murdered actress Sharon Tate in cold blood in the summer of 1969. Also joining the cast in unspecified smaller roles are Qt regulars Tim Roth, Kurt Russell and Michael Madsen.

Original reports claimed this movie would center on the 1969 murder of actress Sharon Tate by the Manson family, but that turned out to be incorrect. While the murder will be featured in this movie, the plot will revolve around a number of different stories, much like Tarantino's 1994 breakout hit Pulp Fiction. The two lead characters will be Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio), the
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Tuesday Blus: A Child is Waiting in Najafi’s Action Ms.-Fire | Proud Mary (2018)

If blaxploitation had been granted the opportunity to morph into characterless soap opera, it would have been a movement populated by the likes of Proud Mary, a risible attempt to launch “Empire” star Taraji P. Henson into action star status (a distinction which usually excludes women and people of color). Leaving behind the problematic dynamics of blaxploitation film (which did grant us the iconic Pam Grier, at the very least), black women positioned as action stars are few and far between, and prior to recent turns from Lupita Nyong’o or Danai Gurira, a few directors attempted to elevate Angela Bassett
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Vivica A. Fox Remembers How Uma Thurman Helped Her Survive Tarantino’s Grueling ‘Kill Bill’ Training

Vivica A. Fox Remembers How Uma Thurman Helped Her Survive Tarantino’s Grueling ‘Kill Bill’ Training
Quentin Tarantino fans know Vivica A. Fox as the assassin Vernita Green who goes head-to-head with Uma Thurma’s Bride in a bloody smackdown in Green’s suburban home. Fox’s scene opens “Kill Bill” with a bang, and the actress looks back on the making of the martial arts epic in her new book, “Every Day I’m Hustling.” Time has released an excerpt from the memoir in which Fox gets brutally honest about auditioning for Tarantino.

Before Fox was even able to properly audition, she had to meet Tarantino first to see if he liked her. The two had a 15 minute interview at a coffee shop where Tarantino said he first realized Fox could be Vernita Green after he saw her on the DVD cover of “Two Can Play That Game.”

“Quentin loves telling stories, and if he likes you, oh, he is going to talk,” Fox remembers of their first meeting.
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‘This Is Us’ Ep Breaks Down ‘Outside of the Box’ Deja-Centric Episode

‘This Is Us’ Ep Breaks Down ‘Outside of the Box’ Deja-Centric Episode
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “This Big, Amazing, Beautiful Life,” the penultimate episode of the second season of “This Is Us.”

Deja (Lyric Ross) is already an honorary Pearson — but on the latest episode of “This Is Us,” things moved closer toward her becoming a permanent family member.

After being temporarily placed with Randall (Sterling K. Brown) and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) when her mother Shauna (Joy Brunson) was arrested, Deja ended up going back home when her mother got out of jail and proved she had a safe and clean place for them to live.
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This Is Us Recap: Deja's View

This Is Us Recap: Deja's View
Need to catch up? Check out the previous This Is Us recap.

How’s this for an unexpected twist: One of the most moving episodes of This Is Us‘ second season features virtually no members of the Pearson family.

This week’s episode focuses on Randall and Beth’s foster daughter Deja, before, during and after her stay at their home. Somehow, the girl’s story is even sadder than we might’ve imagined — and the way it unfolds, with parallel moments in the Pearson family’s life juxtaposed with hers, is incredibly powerful.

And then that ending! Read on
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Jawbreaker Screens at Schlafly Bottleworks March 7th – ‘Strange Brew’

” I killed Liz. I killed the teen dream. Deal with it.”

Jawbreaker (1999) screens Wednesday, February 7th at 8pm at Schlafly Bottleworks Restaurant and Bar (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143) as part of Webster University’s Award-Winning Strange Brew Film Series. Admission is $5.

What happens when you take the movie Heathers, sprinkle on some Clueless, add a pinch of Carrie, and throw in Pam Grier for good measure? Well, you get the movie Jawbreaker, a forgotten movie from 1999 ripe for rediscovery.

Courtney(Rose Mcgowan), Julie (Rebecca Gayheart),Marcie(Julie Benz) and Liz(Charlotte Ayanna) were the most popular girls at school. But on Liz’s 17th birthday, her friends want to surprise her and kidnap her. But that plan goes wrong, when accidently, Liz chokes on the jawbreaker that her friends stuffed in her mouth to keep her from screaming. Everyone is totally shocked, except cold-hearted Courtney, who just
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Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray Reviews: Gothic and Class Of 1999

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Why do we respond to some filmmakers and not others?

I’m a pretty film literate guy, so I’ve seen my share of both classics and avant-garde movies and understand both the films that influenced them and those on which they had a big influence. I don’t mind being challenged or taken outside of my comfort zone. But the older I get and the more movies I see, the more I resign myself to the notion that I like what I like and that I shouldn’t try to fight those feelings in the interest of appearing “highbrow.” If it comes down to a classy mess or good trash, I’ll take the good trash any day.

This brings me to the two newest Blu-ray releases from Vestron Video’s Collector’s Series line: Ken Russell’s 1986 effort Gothic and the 1990 sci-fi actioner Class of 1999, written and directed by Mark L. Lester.
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Did Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando Have Sex? What We Know About the Rumor Rocking Hollywood

Did Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando Have Sex? What We Know About the Rumor Rocking Hollywood
It’s a classic case of did they or didn’t they?

Ever since Quincy Jones first alleged that Richard Pryor and Marlon Brando had a sexual relationship back in the day, the internet has been ablaze trying to determine if the music icon was being facetious or letting the world in on a decades-long secret.

But with confirmations and denials coming from both Pryor and Brando’s family members, the mystery is only continuing to grow.

And while the truth may never be clear, here is a look back at both sides of the story:

The Start

Jones was
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Marlon Brando's Son Denies His Dad Had Sex with Richard Pryor: 'We Are Disappointed'

Marlon Brando's Son Denies His Dad Had Sex with Richard Pryor: 'We Are Disappointed'
Marlon Brando‘s son is disputing claims that his father had a sexual relationship with Richard Pryor.

Brando’s son, Miko, told TMZ that his family is “disappointed” after Quincy Jones alleged that Pryor once slept with the Oscar-winning actor.

“The Marlon Brando family has heard the recent comments by Quincy Jones and we are disappointed that anyone would make such a wrongful comment about either Marlon Brando or Richard Pryor,” said Miko, Brando’s oldest living son.

Jones was first to allege that the legendary duo had a sexual relationship, telling Vulture in a wide-ranging interview published Wednesday that Brando would “f— anything.
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7 Marriages and Many Affairs: Inside Richard Pryor's Chaotic Love Life

7 Marriages and Many Affairs: Inside Richard Pryor's Chaotic Love Life
A surprising posthumous chapter was added to the legacy of Richard Pryor’s infamously chaotic love life this week when Quincy Jones, and later his ex-wife Jennifer Lee, claimed that the late comic had affairs with men, including Marlon Brando.

Although his daughter Rain has since denied the allegation, slamming her stepmother as a “bottom feeder” for supporting Jones’s claims, there is no denying Pryor had a complicated relationship with sex and intimacy, subjects the comedian often addressed in his honest and deeply personal standup routines.

An unconventional childhood

Surrounded by sex from nearly the moment he was born,
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Richard Pryor’s Daughter Slams His Widow as a 'Bottom Feeder' for Marlon Brando Sex Claims

Richard Pryor’s Daughter Slams His Widow as a 'Bottom Feeder' for Marlon Brando Sex Claims
Richard Pryor‘s widow may have confirmed Quincy Jones’ allegations that the late comedian had a sexual relationship with Oscar-winning actor Marlon Brando, but one of Pryor’s daughters has different things to say.

Rain Pryor, who is one of Pryor’s seven children from six different relationships, posted an impassioned post about her father on Facebook Thursday night, disputing the Brando sexual affair story and slamming both Jones and Pryor’s widow as a “bottom feeders.”

Jones was first to allege that the legendary duo had a sexual relationship, telling Vulture in a wide-ranging interview published Wednesday that Brando would “f— anything.
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Marlon Brando and Richard Pryor Had Sex, Says the Comedian's Widow

Marlon Brando and Richard Pryor Had Sex, Says the Comedian's Widow
Marlon Brando and Richard Pryor were lovers, according to the late comedian’s widow.

Quincy Jones was first to allege that the legendary duo had a sexual relationship, telling Vulture recently in a wide-ranging interview that Brando would “f— anything. Anything! He’d f— a mailbox. James Baldwin. Richard Pryor. Marvin Gaye.”

On Wednesday, Pryor’s widow Jennifer confirmed the rumor, telling TMZ that her late husband was always open about his bisexuality with friends and would not be ashamed that the relationship was revealed publicly. She also said the comedy icon wrote about sleeping with men extensively in diaries,
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Rose McGowan’s ‘Brave’: The 7 Biggest Revelations From the Outspoken Actress and Activist’s New Memoir

Rose McGowan’s ‘Brave’: The 7 Biggest Revelations From the Outspoken Actress and Activist’s New Memoir
Rose McGowan is living life on her own terms. After years of outspoken activism and a particularly fraught past few months, the actress and filmmaker has just released her first memoir, “Brave,” which promises “a no-holds-barred, pull-no-punches account” that will “expose the truth about the entertainment industry.”

Billed by publisher Harper Collins as being “unscripted, courageous, victorious, angry, smart, fierce, unapologetic, controversial, and real as f*ck,” the book has finally hit shelves and, with it, a slew of insightful new revelations about McGowan’s past and her hopes for the future. Here are seven of the biggest, and yes, the bravest.

1. She Describes Her Alleged Rape by Harvey Weinstein

In “Brave,” McGowan confronts her own alleged rape at the hands of Weinstein, and it inclusion marks the first time she has disclosed any detailed information about the alleged incident since she broke an Nda agreement and said Weinstein raped
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Facebook Posts I Never Made

Last week I made my way out of the Facebook forest and decided to take a brief hiatus from the constant barrage of input, positive as well as negative, and try to clear my head a little. I’ve already pretty much abandoned Twitter for the same reasons (How do all you Twitterers have the time to be constantly Tweeting and following other people’s feeds?), but that was never a platform I felt all that comfortable with anyway. But after only a week and change I already feel the Facebook junkie’s craving, and I wonder how much longer I can hold out before I initiate another indulgence of my addiction. The pull of the sense of community that naturally develops is, for better or worse, something I miss— though I have been lurking, I miss taking part in the discussions of posts made by my family and my smartest friends,
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Leonardo DiCaprio Will Play a Washed-Up Actor in Quentin Tarantino’s Manson Movie, Which Might Cast Tom Cruise Next

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Leonardo DiCaprio Will Play a Washed-Up Actor in Quentin Tarantino’s Manson Movie, Which Might Cast Tom Cruise Next
Here’s something you might not have noticed: Leonardo DiCaprio hasn’t starred in a movie since he won an Academy Award for his performance in “The Revenant.” That makes his casting in Quentin Tarantino’s next film doubly significant, as the actor’s choosiness brings even more attention to his projects. Mike Fleming Jr., writing for Deadline, has some details on said projects — namely that DiCaprio will be playing an actor whose heyday has long since passed and that the movie is a “‘Pulp Fiction’–esque tapestry of Los Angeles during the summer of the Manson murders.”

Read More:Leonardo DiCaprio First Actor Officially Joining Quentin Tarantino’s Manson Movie

Here’s his full quote:

“What [DiCaprio] plays, more specifically, is an actor who had his own Western show, ‘Bounty Law,’ that ran on the air from 1958 to 1963. His attempt to transition to movies didn’t work out and in 1969 — the
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