The nominations for the 90th Annual Academy Awards were released last week and met with mixed reactions. Some were ecstatic, others were disappointed, but how many were surprised? The Academy has been attempting to present itself in a new light in the years since a slew of all-white nominees was presented in the Best Actor category at the 2015 ceremony. Despite the #OscarsSoWhite movement that followed, the same thing happened the next year, sending organizers into a furor that found them completely revamping the membership list in the hopes of getting more diversified nominations. Although the 89th ceremony saw some changes in terms of the voting body, it seemed more like a desperate attempt to show change rather than a legitimate attempt to actually change. Now, in the age of #MeToo, this year’s nominees also fell shy of expectations. Continue reading →
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally opening in theaters this week, movie-goers are starting to look to the New Year to get their blockbuster fix. Over the last week we have seen new, full-length trailers for Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and X-Men: Apocalypse, which will bring the comic-movie circuit back to life after the Star Wars bubble finally bursts. This week, however, we have a new trailer for another sequel we have been keeping our eyes on, in the form of Independence Day: Resurgence. Original ID director Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow, 2012) is back with returning veteran actors Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park, The Grand Budapest Hotel), Bill Pullman (Spaceballs, Lake Placid), Vivica A. Fox (Juwanna Mann, Kill Bill Vol. 1), and Oscar-winner Judd Hirsch (Ordinary People, A Beautiful Mind), leading a new generation of actors including Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games, Paranoia), Joey King (Crazy Stupid Love, The Conjuring), Maika Monroe (Labor Day, It Follows), and William Fichtner (Heat, Black Hawk Down). Continue reading →
Last week we learned of the tragic and unexpected death of Academy Award winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. The actor was found dead in New York City from an apparent drug overdose, leaving Hollywood with one less talent for the screen, and leaving an unfinished blockbuster incomplete before his untimely passing. Since the news hit Hollywood, the filmmakers behind The Hunger Games film trilogy have been planning out how to complete the last installment in the film series, Mockingjay. Lionsgate Films released a statement last week saying that it would not be necessary to recast Hoffman since the actor had already completed a majority of his scenes for the movie, but there is still one important scene left to be filmed, and the filmmakers have decided to digitally recreate the actor on screen. This will be done not only with computer graphics and voice modification techniques, but also by using camera angles that focus on the other characters present in the scene, and not so heavily focused on Hoffman. While I hope the endeavor proves successful, let’s hope Hollywood doesn’t do what they’re best at and begin a new wave of deceased actors starring in modern day movies. Deceased music icons like Tupac and Jim Morrison are already being brought back to life for concert tours via modern holograms, and that’s already pushing it.