I’m starting to get very, very concerned that “American Hustle,” the most boring overrated movie of the year (“The Wolf of Wall Street” is the most entertaining over-rated movie of the year, by comparison), has the momentum to beat “12 Years a Slave” as the Best Picture at Sunday’s Academy Awards. I will weep if that happens. Steve McQueen’s masterpiece is not only impeccable, but it’s important – and about such serious subject matter that NYMag.com couldn’t bring themselves to poke fun at the movie in one of their annual Oscar pie charts. Check out the chart for my second favorite movie of the year, “Her,” after the jump and the rest of the pie charts at the link! (The pie chart for “American Hustle” is more interesting than the actual movie, if you ask me.) [NYMag.com] Keep reading »
Yetsreday ESSENCE magazine bestowed Lupita Nyong’o the Best Breakthrough Performance Award at their 2014 Black Women in Hollywood luncheon for her Oscar-nominated performance in “12 Years A Slave.”
While receive this honor, Lupita gave an acceptance speech which was both heartbreaking and inspiring. She spoke about Black beauty and the times as a young adult that she felt unattractive for being so dark-skinned. She only saw lighter-skinned women on TV; as a child and adolescent, Lupita shared, she used to pray to God to make her skin lighter so she could be as desirable as them. Today, as a successful actress, she hears from young women who feel that same way right now.
Here is Lupita Nyong’o's full speech from last night, via ESSENCE. It’s extremely touching and well-worth a read: Keep reading »
Vanity Fair‘s annual Hollywood Issue hits stands any day now, but the cover image has already hit the internet. The three-page-gatefold cover (the third page of the gatefold is after the jump) features six Black actors and actresses and six white actors and actresses, the former either indicating that the mag decided to get with the program or a sign that important films starring Black performers were impossible to ignore this year. Regardless, I am pretty damn pleased with this lineup of cover stars, which includes the radiant Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years A Slave”), Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station”), and Idris Elba (“Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”). I am also really digging Jared Leto’s dashing cover look and Bree Larson’s understated beauty. But I could really, really do without Julia Roberts smack dab in the middle, kicking back in Elba’s lap. Not trying to be a hater, but amongst that array of talent, her role in “August: Osage County” wasn’t worthy of the front cover, while Lupita was pushed onto page two. But that’s a fairly minor quibble, I guess. Now, when can I get my hand on a copy so I can absorb every word of that long-awaited Gwyneth Paltrow hit piece? Keep reading »
Y’all, I have a new style crush and it is serious. Her work in “12 Years A Slave” is astounding and more than worthy of winning her an Academy Award, but I can’t stop obsessing over actress Lupita Nyong’o's incredible fashion sense. She can wear anything! Black, white, every damn color of the rainbow – name it, she looks amazing in it. I mean, I’m so crazy about this girl, I made it my mission to track down every dang outfit she’s worn in public in the short amount of time she’s been in the public eye. Thirty-one outfits later, I’ve concluded that she can basically do no wrong.
This morning, the nominees for the 2014 Academy Awards were announced. For the most part, the nominees were expected, and there were few noticeable snubs — though I am still steaming that James Franco in “Spring Breakers” has been all but overlooked this awards season. Check out the full list of nominees after the jump! (And, because I HAVE AN OPINION, DAMMIT, my picks for who I think should win in the top categories are in bold.) Keep reading »
The movie “12 Years A Slave” is being heralded as one of the best films of the year, is expected to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture, and leads the Golden Globe nominations with seven nods. Its star is Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is winning accolades left and right for his performance as Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, who is abducted and sold into slavery. It is his image that appears on the majority of movie posters (right) promoting “12 Years A Slave” in the United States and around the world — except Italy, that is. Keep reading »
“[As the sex addict in Shame] he wasn’t such an addict in my opinion … I mean, what did he do? Watch porn and screw a handful of people a week? I could point to quite a few folks who do that. And that scene where he’s at his lowest point and wants to fuck and goes into a gay club, and it’s depicted like the seventh level of hell… I mean, it goes back to the horrible representations of gays in the ’70s, where the gay club is meant to signify everything dark and depraved. Then the guy gets a minor blowjob, from, ‘Oh no, a man! The horror’!”
James Franco reviewed “12 Years A Slave” for VICE and no, nothing about that particular assignment makes sense to us either, but OK. Because this is James Franco we’re talking about, there’s a deviation mid-way through the movie review in which he complains about the portrayal of sex addiction in “Shame.” The connection is that Michael Fassbender stars in both movies, which are both directed by Steve McQueen, you see. James Franco has a good point about the gay club thing for sure; I actually hadn’t considered that viewpoint before. But if he thinks all “Shame” was about was someone who watches porn and screws a couple people a week … he really, really didn’t get it. [VICE]
Activities are wonderful, but sometimes, it’s fine to want to shut the world out for a couple of days, and make some serious time for you. Don’t be afraid of FOMO, either. There will always be another party, another pub crawl, another picnic. The time you’ll spend indulging in the things you want to do, alone, are well worth it. Here’s a handy list of awesome things to do this weekend!
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