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White Actress Rooney Mara Cast As Native American Tiger Lily In “Pan,” A Peter Pan Remake

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It seems Hollywood has learned nothing from the barrage of criticism for casting straight actor Jared Leto in his (ultimately Oscar-winning) role as a transgender woman in “Dallas Buyers’ Club” or casting Johnny Depp, a white man, as the Native American Tonto in “The Lone Ranger.” Once again, an actor has been cast in a role that could have been more authentically portrayed by someone with the actual experience of the character: Entertainment Weekly  confirmed last week that Rooney Mara, who is white, will be Native American princess Tiger Lily in the Peter Pan remake/prequel called “Pan.”

Of course, acting is “acting” and any actor could hypothetically play a character of any race or gender. The problem is that Mara’s casting is an example of Hollywood’s longtime problem with whitewashing — take, for instance, white, blonde Jennifer Lawrence’s casting as olive-skinned, dark-haired Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games.” Hollywood could have easily found a Native American actress to play Tiger Lily. There are numerous Native American actresses who have appeared in other films about Native Americans, including Q’orianka Kilcher, who starred as Pocahontas in “The New World, ” or Irene Bedard, who was in “Smoke Signals” and voiced Pocahontas in the Disney cartoon. Or, since the character of Tiger Lily is supposed to be fairly young, the role could have gone to a new, up-and-coming Native talent. Keep reading »

Frisky Q&A: Academy Award-Winning “ANITA” Director Freida Lee Mock

Anita director Freida Mock

Before she transcribed this interview, our intern told me that she wasn’t entirely sure who Anita Hill was. I could hardly blame her. Even with a segment on the Anita Hill testimony during a gender studies class in college, I didn’t know too much about Anita Hill myself.

The new documentary,”ANITA,” revisits Anita Hill’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1991 after she revealed that her former employer, Clarence Thomas, had sexually harassed her. A quiet law professor in Oklahoma, Hill had privately revealed the sexual harassment she suffered under Thomas, which was then leaked to the press. Immediately thrust in the public eye, she was asked to publicly testify against Thomas and decided to go for it. Sexual harassment laws were on the books, but this was the first time in many people’s memory that a woman subordinate to a very powerful man had spoken out. Not at all surprisingly, Hill was repeatedly asked to repeat graphic testimony about Thomas’ behavior; she was accused of being a liar or a “scorned woman”; and worst of all, treated as if it were her character that was under consideration. That both Hill and now Supreme Court Justice are both Black only added another layer of pressure to her decision to speak up. Thomas famously accused the 14 all-white men seated on the Senate Judiciary Committee investigating Hill’s allegations of conducting a “high tech lynching.” (He later blamed “pro-choice liberals” for going after him.) Eventually, Thomas was narrowly confirmed by the Senate. Keep reading »

Matthew McConaughey Was “High As A Kite” When He Came Up With His “Dazed And Confused” Catchphrase

Matthew McConaughey Explains How He Came Up With His "Dazed And Confused" Catchphrase
"Alright, Alright, Alright..."

The most memorable part of Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar acceptance speech, for me anyway, was when he confidently made the neither scientific nor factual statement, “It’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates.” The second most memorable part of McConaughey’s speech was that he, for the millionth time this awards season, quoted his “Dazed and Confused” character’s famous line, “Alright, alright, alright.” But it turns out that Matthew actually came up with Wooderson’s catchphrase himself, explaining its origins on “George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.” I know this is going to come as a shock, but it turns out he was … high. 

“I get in the car, I’m nervous, (it’s my) first scene on film. Right before we’re about to shoot, I’ve got friends in the car … and I’ve been listening to this live Doors album, and in between two of the songs, Morrison goes ‘alright, alright, alright, alright.’ So right before we’re about to go, I’m like, what is Wooderson about? He’s about four things: He’s about his car, he’s about getting high … he’s about rock and roll, and picking up chicks. And I go: I’m in my car, I’m high as a kite, I’m listening to rock and roll – action! — and there’s the chick.”

And the rest is history. I’m guessing that “It’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates” came about the same way. [National Post]

“Fargo” Is Going To Be A TV Series — And Trailers Have Arrived!

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The 1996 Coen Brothers movie “Fargo” is coming to the small screen next month, and FX has released teaser trailers! From the looks of it, not too much of the tone has changed between the film and the TV series. Nobody captures the barren, Midwestern winter quite like the Coen Brothers, so I can’t wait to see how things play out in the series.

The show has a limited 10-episode run, and will star Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman and Molly Solverson. The main characters, while different from the film, seem to be loosely based on the roles that William H. Macy and Frances McDormand made famous back in the ’90s. See all 11 teasers here, and get excited for that Minnesota accent. [Screen Rant]

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Watch “Nymphomaniac I,” Read The Flamethrowers & Listen To Pharrell Williams’ GIRL

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Watch "Nymphomaniac I," Read The Flamethrowers & Listen To Pharrell Williams' GIRL

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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Steven Spielberg Wants To Remake “West Side Story”

  • Steven Spielberg — yeah, the guy who made “Jaws” and “Jurassic Park” — wants to remake the legendary 1961 musical “West Side Story.” How could you possibly improve on Natalie Wood and Rita Moreno? You remade “The Sound Of Music” and “Annie,” Hollywood. Is nothing sacred?!  Can’t we leave well enough alone? [Entertainment Weekly]
  • Miley Cyrus and her tongue jokes 1, Katy Perry and her tongue jokes 0. [Twitter.com/MileyCyrus]
  • Andrew Garfield’s publicist has come to his rescue trying to prove he wasn’t a total douchebag to Batkid at the Oscars. In fact, Garfield apparently drove to Disneyland on Monday to spend the day with five-year-old Miles Scott and his family. [US Weekly, TMZUS Weekly] Keep reading »

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Talent Remembered In Epic Memorial Clip

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The Essential Philip Seymour Hoffman

Maybe you won’t cry while watching this 20 minute long memorial clip of the best moments of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s expansive film career. But you’ll certainly be left with a heavy heart at the illimitable artist the world has lost. From his lighter, more comedic roles in “Almost Famous” and “Flawless,” to his severe and ascetic ones in “The Master” and “Doubt,” the wide-ranging talent he shared during his 22-year-long career is on full display. Filmmaker Caleb Spain reportedly spent over 200 searching for clips from 47 films. It’s time to mop up these damp cheeks and go add some of these films to the Netflix queue. [Vimeo]

Gender-Swapping “The Wolf Of Wall Street”

Gender-Swapping "The Wolf Of Wall Street"
A Dick Flick Becomes A Chick Flick!

Sure, Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” is based on a true story, but imagine if this sleazy, misogynistic tale was actually about a bunch of women pulling the same stunts? Nicole Donadio created this parody trailer that imagines just that and, I gotta admit, I’m keen to see more. Can we get fictional sequel to the movie with her at the helm? [Upworthy]

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag, Listen To Beck’s Morning Phase & Watch The Academy Awards!

Weekend Shut-In Worksheet: Read My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag, Listen To Beck's Morning Phase & Watch The Academy Awards!

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!
Keep reading »

The Oscar Best Picture Nominees As Pie Charts

The Oscar Best Picture Nominees As Pie Charts

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 »

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