Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Movie Trailer: X MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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This looks promising.

Here is the final movie trailer for 20th Century Fox/Marvel's X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, in theatres on May 23, 2014.
Bonded by war. United by hope. See the X-Men face their greatest challenge together in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST. The beloved characters from the original "X-Men" film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from "X-Men: First Class," in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future.


Will you be seeing this opening weekend?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Live Performance: "Opulence" by Brooke Candy at the Diesel Fashion Show

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California rapper, Brooke Candy, debuted her single "Opulence", the first track from her forthcoming debut album out this year.

Brooke performed "Opulence" at the April 3rd, 2014 Diesel fashion show in Venice. The show marked the debut of Nicola Formichetti at the helm of the label.

Have a look at Brooke rocking the fashion crowd. Does Brooke disappoint?


Racism in Hollywood is Purposeful



There is a woeful lack of representation of people of colour in front of and behind the camera in Hollywood. Recent attempts to bring to light this lack of diversity on film, hasn't inspired hope for the future.

A few weeks back The Hollywood Reporter published a piece which essentially said that Lupita Nyong'o wouldn't be working much post-Oscar win because there really aren't any parts for "darker-skinned" actresses. THR was wise enough to find plenty of producers and talent agents of note who went on record with that. And now NOAH screenwriter Ari Handel has affirmed what we all suspected. When given the chance to diversify a film's cast, filmmakers consciously say "no".

In an interview with The High Calling, NOAH screenwriter Ari Handel is asked:
[W]hile there’s a lot of diversity shown in the animal kingdom, there’s no racial diversity in the cast. Can you speak to that?

From the beginning, we were concerned about casting, the issue of race. What we realized is that this story is functioning at the level of myth, and as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn’t matter. They're supposed to be stand-ins for all people. Either you end up with a Bennetton [sic] ad or the crew of the Starship Enterprise. You either try to put everything in there, which just calls attention to it, or you just say, “Let’s make that not a factor, because we're trying to deal with everyman.” Looking at this story through that kind of lens is the same as saying, “Would the ark float and is it big enough to get all the species in there?” That’s irrelevant to the questions because the questions are operating on a different plane than that they're operating on the mythical plane.
I am speechless. So confident and righteous are Ari's beliefs that he doesn't even comprehend what he's saying out loud.

"Race of the individuals doesn't matter". . . as long as the race is white. Because to Ari, and others in Hollywood, "everyman" is white.

You should read Ari's words with the understanding that Ari has a doctorate in neurobiology, so he's not an idiot. And as a writer, he understands the power and importance of words and word choices. Ari didn't misspeak. He spoke his and the filmmakers' truth. And that is very frightening.

Music Video: "It's On Again" by Alicia Keys Featuring Kendrick Lamar

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Have a look at the music video for the new Alicia Keys single "It's On Again" featuring Kendrick Lamar. The Pharrell produced track is the lead single from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Soundtrack.



Coverin' It: Fei Fei Sun on Vogue China

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Publication: Vogue China
Edition: May 2014
Cover Star: Fei Fei Sun
Photographer: Sharif Hamza
Fashion Editor/Stylist: Daniela Paudice
Cover Style: Burberry Prorsum Spring 2014

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