Friday, January 22, 2016

(219) #TheSmithsSoHurt + links

By Sati. Friday, January 22, 2016
  • Tom had some lovely things to say on The Revenant red carpet. 
  • Also in the moment he found out his pants were around his ankles. Whatever scene they were shooting there, I want to see it.
  • He even waved! I have never before seen Tom freaking 'gonna stand outside in the rain to chat with fans and not go inside to speak to press' Hardy wave to the press. He must have been ecstatic about that nomination! I'm so happy he is having a blast with this!
  • Anderson looks like one of the nihilists from The Big Lebowski in that pic, btw.
  • Tom also thanked Jane Fonda. I do hope Leo told him to move his ass to the ceremony. Tom you already missed out on hugging Harrison Ford on Globes. See, you have to attend. You miss on hugging Harrison Ford when you don't.
  • Suicide Squad! We got the amazing new posters and that badass new trailer with so much Harley in it. Leto looks terrific too.
  • We also got new footage of Jaime Lannister in s6.
  • Scream Queens got renewed for second season! I'm thrilled. I'm not sure what dirt Ryan Murphy has on people in FOX that it happened, because the ratings for the first season were horrible, but whatever! Chanels are set to come back and the setting is going to be hospital. Odd that Ryan is taking a route so similar to AHS, which second season was Asylum, but I'm sure it's gonna be awesome anyways.
  • This whole OscarsSoWhite thing is blowing up. The Academy announced some changes, which seem reasonable which is odd for them as they usually overreact.
  •  Even Idris Elba is pissed off, clearly, as he has spoke about this for 32 minutes.  Elba had some good points and as he was an actual contender he has the right to be annoyed, But other than him, this is turning pathetic fast. 
  • The 'boycott' calls or that Jada video makes it look like they think they are ENTITLED to be nominated. There shouldn't be an obligation for the Academy to nominate based on skin color, they should just consider performances. And the way it will end is that soon the members will be fed up with hysterics and nominate people because they will feel they 'have to'. How is it just? 
  • Elba and Smith weren't nominated but it had nothing to do with their skin color, Their movies weren't as well marketed as others and the categories are always very competitive. How is it the Academy's fault?
  • Here is an example of why I hate SJW fighting this sort of thing. I sincerely doubt Sam Smith thought racism didn't exist before this happened. Yet this kind of a hateful post is trending on tumblr. People just jumped on him, demanding his blood. He wasn't an entitled brat of an actress being rude to a journalist for 'laughs', he shared a personal story in good faith. He wasn't rude. He was trying to do something right. And people attacked him. Or how about that awful tweet that says that Best Actress nominees all look like the same woman in different stages of her life - that offensive, pathetic attempt at a joke is trending too. These people show zero respect to actors who gave performances that in most cases really deserved to be nominated. They act like rabid dogs and I'm supposed to nod and say you are right when you are basically blaming the entire world and can't even assign the blame properly? Should the worthy performers miss out just because someone imagines the exclusion of people of color among the nominees is racist when it's not Academy's fault how the industry is? Ridiculous.
  • These days everyone has to be super tolerant, super compassionate and super offended whenever someone is "abused". And that's OK. But this became trendy to the point people just see racism or homophobia everywhere and overreact with such disproportion it's astonishing. These people are prepared to absolutely destroy someone because they think that person said something 'intolerant'. I mean I don't even know who Sam Smith is other than being familiar with his Bond song (which is btw awful) but those tweets he received disgusted me.
  • Accusing someone or entire organization of racism and this whole thing blowing up is not right. I'm sure the SJW don't think this far ahead, as they are almost too outraged to get out words, but what do you think will happen when in the future a person of color gets nominated just because the Academy is scared of the backlash if they don't nominate that person? And people - in all fairness since it will happen not because of the quality of performance but because of the skin color of the actor - go 'hey that person didn't deserve this'? And then you go again with the racism claims because got forbid anyone criticizes a person of color in this day and age. How can any of this result in something good? How much minority quota would satisfy your bleeding hearts? If there are 3 white actors and 2 black actors nominated will you still scream racism because white people received more nominations? Of course you will.
  • Another thing they seem not to notice - how come you only see racism in acting categories? Gee, is it because if you looked further you would see there is no racism there? 
  • Also when is the last time Spike Lee made a relevant or halfway decent film? Why would people give a crap what he thinks? And why is David Oyelowo a member of the Academy? And why does he think he was a contender? What, did Oprah and his mother convinced him he was?
  • But The Smiths win. First Jada puts up this video which obviously she wouldn't make if her husband was nominated. Then Smith realizes she is the one who wears the pants in the family and says he is not gonna attend either. What the fuck are you crying about, Will? You were nominated twice and when you lost you lost to Whitaker and Washington! Oh, the racism! Oh, the humanity! Oh, the horror! How tragic to you and your millions of dollars! And your production company that basically makes vehicles for your own family! What have you ever done to make things better? Produced Annie? God my heart bleeds, you guys. How will the Smiths live when the Academy is after them with all that raging racism? 
  • Someone like Smith is the problem. He has a production company. He could easily use his influence and money to produce films with black actors and give them meaty, Oscar-baity stuff to play. But he doesn't. Yet it is Academy that people are bitching about? Please tell me you see how stupid it is too.
  •  Instead of contemplating expending the acting nominees to ten slots (facepalming so hard right here) or introducing minority quota Academy should just send The Smiths a box of tissues and remind him he owns a production company. Because apparently, he has forgotten.
  • We have Mark Ruffalo doing something very disappointing too. First he says he is wondering about boycotting. Then he goes 'I'll go because we made a movie about something important". N|o shit, Mark. I'm soo glad that you actually had to wonder what matters more - being there supporting a movie that reminds people that children are getting molested OR a bunch of people not getting nominated for a golden statue. Well done, you're a star.
  • Charlotte Rampling horrified people with her comments. Then there is this ridiculously opinionated piece about it on Playlist which never disappoints when it comes to crap journalism. People are wishing death upon her on twitter. This is madness.
  • The only reasonable voice in this from celebrity so far is Viola Davis' statement that the problem is in the industry, not the Oscars which simply reflect that industry. Bravo, Viola!
  • Michael Caine told the absolute truth yet people call him racist as well. Jesus Christ. I'm gonna wake up tomorrow and I wonder how many actors will be branded racist during the time I was asleep.
  • Moving on...
  • Kate Winslet is lovely. She told the cutest and funniest anecdote while paying tribute to Alan Rickman. 
  • Meanwhile, John Krasinski had the most hilarious Golden Globes tale to tell:
  • And here is Leo reacting to the news his reaction to Gaga was a huge Internet success
  • Bone Tomahawk's director is butthurt over The Revenant success. Apparently talent and grace don't go together.
  • 1/2 of the most cringe worthy duo in Hollywood was offended this week when the junior critic made a joke. So let me get this straight - Schumer builds her entire comedy act on her sex life which she crudely, obnoxiously and pathetically talks about all the time but then she cannot take a joke about it?  It's really not slut shaming when someone is making themselves out to be a slut.  Frankly I cannot believe any man (or any person, really) would actually want to be around this chick, but it's so she claims. Not only is she unfunny 'comedian', she cannot even take a joke! I mean if you make yourself out to be something don't act surprised when people call you out. And Jesus Christ, that was such a harmless joke. And far more witty than whatever the fuck her and Lawrence were doing on that stage during Globes.
  • It's as if Harrison Ford couldn't take a joke when someone mentions people think he is grouchy. I feel awful making comparison between ....that and this wonderful man here but I just really wanted to show how to take a joke with class
  • So I saw Burnt. How are all those crappy songs getting nominated and something like Fire, which as far as I can tell is an original song written for the movie isn't? It's a great song. Cooper was also pretty great in the role, I really buy this guy in his roles. The film was so-so and it was strange how many famous actors where in it playing only slightly more than cameos, but it was entertaining enough. It had good energy and Cooper was actually much better than some of the nominees this year (hey Eddie!).
  • Another film I saw was Truth which was watchable thanks to Cate Blanchett and her curls but it was such a ridiculous manipulative movie. I'm not familiar with the events depicted in the film but it was so obvious the writer wanted us to feel for Blanchett's character. She plays this seasoned producer and the film's most ridiculous and probably one of the dumbest moments in any movie in 2015 is when she googles herself and reads the horrible comments and she acts as if this was the first time not only she saw such comments about herself but as if she has never in her life even heard of the concept of people leaving filth online. I almost laughed my ass off  as Blanchett kept gasping, horrified.
  • Harrison Ford's films I saw this week - The Devil's Own which was so-so. He was great but Pitt was miscast. At least the music was pretty. Then I saw The Expendables 3 which apparently flopped because it didn't have R rating. I thought it was fun - I didn't mind the lack of gore, the action was good and Antonio Banderas was hysterical.
  • Ruth, Stephanie and Nick share beautiful tributes to Alan Rickman
  • Andrew shares his thoughts on Sean Penn and few more about #OscarsSoWhite
  • Brittani reviews Phoenix
  • Alex shares his top 10 rotten films of 2015. Alex is brilliant but listen to Sati - do not watch Knock Knock. Do. Not. Watch. It.
  • m.brown reviews Sleeping with Other People
  • Mariah lists her biggest movie disappointments from 2015
  • Keith shares his random movie awards for 2015

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    31 comments:

    1. Great read at the end of my Friday.

      #OscarsSoWhite is absolutely out of control now pointing the finger at The Academy. It's completely become a black vs. white issue, which it ALWAYS tends to be. What about other minorities? Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans? I read somewhere that it's been 50+ years since a Hispanic or Asian actor has won an academy award. But is anybody talking about that? Nope. Plainly black and white here, which is a crying shame.

      People are ignoring the issue that the big movies being made are by the big directors, and the big directors like using the same actors. So lets take a closer look at the industry, where this all starts, and end with the Academy. I do think Straight Outta Compton should have been nominated, as well as the actor who played Eazy-E. That was kind of outlandish to snub that. Creed for directing, but not movie.

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      1. Exactly. But to be fair it also looks like only black actors are saying stuff in media about it :/

        I haven't seen SOC, it's just not my cup of tea. Which is also part of what adds to the issue, some of those movies are just not interesting for everyone, it's the way it is. I'm not gonna sit through SOC because Hollywood is racist

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      2. Honestly, it didn't seem like my cup of tea either, but it's REALLY interesting and well done. Worth your time. Reconsider.

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      3. I hope I'll get a chance to see it but my watchlist is crowded as fuck as it is :(

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    2. Lots of great observations. I'm just amazes me how people are so worked up over the Oscars yet very few can see past them to the true issue - opportunity in Hollywood. It's insane. Then guys like Spike Lee say things like the "lilly white Oscars" but yet gets so much press as an important voice in this discussion. Oscar takes Hollywood's bullet.

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      1. Seriously though, why do people care about Spike Lee? It's like he is always talking but who cares

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    3. I agree. It's not the Academy's fault that the industry faces a diversity problem. You also make a good point about Will Smith having a production company and, consequently, power to fight against inequality by engaging talented minority actors, directors, screenwriters, etc.

      Aw, ewok!

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      1. Yeah Smith just being butthurt over the lack of nom is pathetic but the fact he could do something and doesn't is just gross. He should stay quiet instead of lashing out

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    4. Thanks for the link Sati! I am working on my own Oscar post, which somewhat mirrors what you said here and what Viola Davis said. It's really not about the Oscars. It goes so far beyond that. Just like there are only 4.6% female directors when 50% of film school grads are female. This issue goes so far beyond an awards show.


      I was also going to make the point about Smith owning a production company. It's unfortunate, but women like Sandra Bullock and Reese Witherspoon have literally had to create their own roles (and roles for other women) with their respective production companies. It's a sad state of affairs, but it's something Smith can do too. The American film industry is not reflective of American society as a whole when only 30% of speaking roles are female (women are 51% of pop here) and there are very few people of color shown in films (minorities are about 37.4% population here). So Hollywood is selling an image that's just not realistic. But a boycott of the Oscars will not change anything. The beast has to be changed from within.

      Me-- I'm not watching the Oscars because they're lame. Just for the simple fact that Michael Keaton lost to Eddie Redmayne last year! Someone needs to explain how that happened. I have so much more fun watching the Golden Globes.

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      1. I just cannot with Redmayne winning AND being nominated again. What the hell. He is at best a very average actor and by rewarding him they are just adding fuel to the fire to this whole 'play a real person and you get nominated' thing.

        I cannot wait to read your post!

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    5. Hahah I LOVE your disdain for Knock Knock, which, to be clear, is not a great film by any means. Just a fairly decent "rotten" film.

      And I love that new trailer for Suicide Squad as well. Thanks for the link!!

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      1. Yeah I was just appalled by what was in that movie, kinda like with Kick Ass

        So happy to read you love new trailer for SSquad! I'm so psyched for the movie

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    6. As a Hispanic, I think this #OscarsSoWhite is a bunch of bullshit. To me, it's just nothing more than a bunch of rich African-Americans getting butt-hurt because they didn't get nominated for their mediocre work. Will Smith doesn't cuss in his rap records, yeah well I cuss all of the time in my work so fuck him and his idiotic children. Oh, and his wife's lame metal band sucks fucking ass.

      Tom Hardy, how can anyone not love this guy?

      Seriously, someone write a comedy for Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio in something where they're a couple dealing with marital issues and then something funny happens. They're hilarious.

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      1. She has a metal band? :lol:

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      2. Yep, Wicked Wisdom. They fucking suck.

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    7. #OscarsSoWhite is just driving me nuts at this point. There needs to be changes in Hollywood, it's not all the Oscars fault. I do think their proposed change of a solid 10 Best Picture nominees is good, but I don't think they need to expand the acting categories to 10. You make a good point about Will Smith's production company. I guess his Globe nom really went to his head, no one else thought he was going to get an Oscar nomination.

      Harley looked awesome in the Suicide Squad trailer, but I'm still not sold on Leto.

      And that story Kate told about Alan was so sweet. I'm still so sad about his passing.

      Thanks for the link!

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      1. He was also nominated for SAG right? I wonder if he shows up there to bitch about Oscars

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    8. The whole #OscarsSoWhite thing is getting way out of hand. First off, the whole boycott by Spike Lee and the Smiths is bullcrap. It's a slap in the face to the host as well as the president of the AMPAS who will of course be there. Ice Cube just appeared on Graham Norton and when he was asked about this whole controversy, he gave a perfect response. Better than Spike Lee. That's for sure. Seriously, they just gave you an Honorary Oscar for your body of work, will likely acknowledge you at the ceremony, and now you're saying "Screw it, I'm not going!" Cry me a river, Spike.

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      1. Also seriously when was the last time Spike Lee made a movie that would make him respected enough for people to listen to him? 20 years ago? I question why they are giving him Honorary to begin with

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      2. I'm not sure either. But I think he's being a spoiled crybaby about this whole thing. I also agree with you on the Smiths. If they used their production company to take a chance on talent of color waiting for their breakthrough, then we could see some more fresh faces on the big screen. But if they want to keep making vanity projects for their family, be my guest!

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      3. Yeah if they are acting in this way they are really the last people to speak up about being hurt by the Academy and the industry. Will Smith like a likable dude but in this case it's his wife who really got him in massive trouble

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    9. Ha ha! I love the fact that Hardy's pants were around his ankles when he learned of his nomination. A moment of glory without much dignity. And yes, I wanna see that movie too.

      Thanks for the link and for the link to Nick's Alan Rickman post, as I didn't know about it.

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      1. I think that moment was from the set of his series Turbo, which he is shooting atm in London :) I hope it premieres this year

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    10. Thanks for the link!

      LOVE that pic of Hardy waving in that lineup of serious people, ahah. Yeah, the OscarsSoWhite thing is really blowing up. I think some people are just whiny though, I mean Jada not coming ‘cause her husband wasn’t nominated? Heh, that’s just narcissistic. Elba actually has a reason to be annoyed but calling a boycott of the Academy is just pointless, esp those calling for Chris Rock not to host. Heh, if anything this is the best time for him to host! Totally agree w/ Viola Davis’ comment, the problem started long before the Oscar ballots even came out.

      On a lighter note, John Krasinski’s story on ELLEN about sitting on The Revenant’s table is hilarious! Poor guy, he’s such a good sport about the whole thing, that’s awesome!

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      1. You're welcome!

        I really wonder what Rock will do but hopefully whatever it is won't add fuel to the fire. It's slowly becoming really aggressive and disrespectful towards the actors who actually got nominated. They are not to be blamed for this situation

        Krasinski is always so entertaining during interviews, I loved that story too :)

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    11. I'm happy to see Tom Hardy get nominated, he's a phenomenal actor. And his answer to what were you doing when you found out was hilarious.

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      1. So glad to read so many people are happy for Tom!

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    12. OMG! That Krasinski story is hilarious!

      I'm so over OscarsSoWhite...ugh...I started unfollowing people on Twitter over it. Calm the f*ck down and take several seats, please.

      MY GOD that Bone Tomahawk guy seems like a total a**hole.

      Leo is everything right now.

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      1. I just can't with this whole thing. People are just jumping in on that because it's so cool these days to be outraged. But it's seriously not Academy fault. I cannot wait for it to backfire when the next year inevitably an actor of color gets nominated and it won't be deserved

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    13. The #OscarsSoWhite controversy is a mess. I agree it's the industry that needs to change. The Academy has had diverse nominations and wins over the years, but there aren't many opportunities due to the lack of diverse roles in Oscar-baity films. I think the Oscars will change, but only when Hollywood starts being more diverse in its casting.

      Yay! I actually liked Burnt, which was entertaining at least. Glad you liked Cooper, who I agree was very good in the role.

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      1. I think you and me are the only two people who liked this movie :)

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