So, in coming up with stuff to talk about today, I found myself at a bit of a conundrum. I wanted to address Richard Corliss dying, but I have to admit that I have never in my life read an issue of Time Magazine and so I've never even read one of his reviews. I know that he was a very respected name/face in the industry, and that his passing was a hard thing for a lot of movie lovers, but I personally felt like I couldn't address it properly, which is also why I didn't dedicate a post to him last week.
I also really wanted to talk about the whole Bruce Jenner/Diane Sawyer interview, but I MISSED IT and so I have no idea what happened!
Don't tell me...I'll see it, eventually.
So, with all that said, I did find a few things to discuss, so let's get to it.
Don't let the pixie cut and cute little dimples fool you, Carey Mulligan is no fool. She has been known to know what she wants to to go after it, even tracking down directors she's passionate about and pleading for roles in their films. I commend her for her 'go-getter' attitude, but what's a shame is the reason she has to put forth the effort. Yes, she's well aware of this as well. I feel like I do nothing but talk about sexism in Hollywood as of late, but here's another example of an actress coming forward and saying 'enough is enough' and I commend her for just doing that. She's young, she's talented and she's an Oscar nominee and yet even she feels the sting of 'lack of material'. Between the lack of roles and the fact that reporters seem to be more interested in the designer of an actresses gown than the role she's nominated for, it's time for a change, a serious change.
So, moving on from a lack of roles for women to directors who like to work with them, news broke last week that the Dardenne brothers have found an actress for their next film! Her name is Adele Haenel and I have no idea who she is! I should though. She's won the Rising Star award in Berlin and has two Cesars to her name (won them back to back too) so I'll be Netflixing her filmography ASAP. If you aren't familiar with the Dardennes, then you should acquaint yourself. They love their actresses, recently directing Marion Cotillard to her much deserved second Oscar nomination, and have directed the likes of Cecile De France and Emilie Dequenne to tremendously powerful performance.
In more casting news, Ewan McGregor has just been cast as this:
Yes, Bill Condon's Beauty and the Beast has found it's Lumiere and I couldn't be more thrilled! I've made it no secret that the 1991 Disney classic is probably my favorite animated film of all time and that this live action film has me worried, but this cast is delicious! From the news that Gugu Mbatha-Raw has snagged a role to the casting of Gadd and Stevens and McKellen and now this! This cast is literally perfect, even if I don't think Emma Watson is the perfect choice for Belle (like, she's pretty and all...but...).
Lumiere is one of my favorite Disney characters, period, and McGregor is one of my favorite actors that doesn't have the fan-base he deserves, so I'm super stoked for this!
Oh, and Alan Rickman got married.
Ok, so moving on (yeah, I have little to add to that), we opened discussion talking about sexism in Hollywood, so now let's close it by talking about racism, because one of the biggest stories of last week was the fact that Native American actors and advisers literally walked off the set of Adam Sandler's latest movie due to the racist and degrading screenplay. So, pages from the screenplay have been circulating the web, and I have to say, this isn't surprising coming from the source. I mean, when was the last time that Adam Sandler's humor was actually relevant and, you know, funny? His films are almost always cheap and saddled with stereotypical degradation of human rights themes and social ignorance. Look at what he did to gay rights just a few years ago. The only humor Sandler understands is crude humor, and crude humor just isn't relevant or funny anymore (was it ever?). He can't even do crude right, though. He just recycles unfunny jokes that are only written to poke fun at other people in the hopes that by disrespecting others he will get a cheap laugh.
I'm so ready for his career to die.
Here's What I'll Be Reading Today:
Katy's Friday was So Fetch
Raquel talks the do's and don't's of blogging
Nathaniel continues celebrating A.I. in film with a discussion on 2046
Fernando talks gay subtext in film
Annie reviews Far From the Madding Crowd
Mario talks The Babadook
Allie & Jenna review Interstellar
Cindy looks at masochism and it's many cinematic forms
Getter takes a commercial break
And a LOT more since I haven't had a chance to blog browse since last Thursday!