I think my articles on Exodus: Gods and Kings, the Sony hack, and Ghost in the Shell say it best: Hollywood is messed up when it comes to real representation of non-whites in entertainment. Another thing it shows is that there needs to be a studio or agency that will handle films that otherwise wouldn’t get sold in the traditional Hollywood system so that new and important stories can finally get out of the script ghetto. Enter Charles King and his new venture, MACRO.
Those who live in Selma, AL will get a great surprise this Friday when the Golden Globe nominated film Selma will screen for free to Selma’s citizens this Friday (Jan. 9). This special screening is on behalf of the film’s director, Ava DuVernay, and Paramount Pictures.
The Angela Bassett-directed lifetime biopic Whitney, about Whitney Houston’s rise to fame and the pitfall that come with it, is coming Jan. 17, and I haven’t been writing anything about it. Until now.
It’s official: Scarlett Johansson is going to play Major Mokoto Kusanagi in the Hollywood adaptation of the Japanese classic manga and anime series Ghost in the Shell. Color me and thousands of other Ghost in the Shell fans disappointed and oddly resigned. Resigned to resisting, that is.
I bet you’re wondering why I have Ursula down as a queer-coded character. Well, I’m not going to write anything like her villainy is coded in queerness (well…technically, it could still be, if you want to get really deep with it). The reason Ursula is queer-coded is because she is, in fact, based on a very infamous drag queen.
There have been several things that have been at play within the last few weeks. We’ve seen some new trailers featuring Asian actors, such as Blackhat, co-starring Leehom Wang and Terminator Genisys, co-starring Byung-hun Lee. There’s also Brian Tee in Jurassic World and Takamasa Ishihara (Miyavi) in Unbroken. We’ve also have heard troubling stuff from the Sony hack, such as Aaron Sorkin saying that there weren’t any viable Asian male stars.
Unfortunately, 2014 brought about the end of The Queen Latifah Show, but thankfully, Queen Latifah won’t be away from television for long! The rapper/actor/singer/producer has been cast as blues and film star Bessie Smith in an HBO biopic written and directed by Dee Rees (Pariah).
This might sound out of left field. But hear me out.