Posts Tagged ‘controversy’

Tim Burton Is Team Johnny Depp

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Ugh, this PIC.

Johnny Depp and his Hollywood Vampires finished out their European tour at Romexpo Parc in Bucharest, Romania on Monday, with Tim Burton in tow. Because what’s another old, rich white dude to round out the crew?

Tim was there to boost morale, as Johnny’s birthday is tomorrw, and I’m guessing it’s not going to be a good one. So Tim came to the last performance’s show and hung out in the wings while Johnny, Alice Cooper and Joe Perry did their thing.

“Tim Burton was at the side of stage and clearly loving it. He was so into the music, rocking his head while hanging on a rig,” a source shares with PEOPLE adding that the Golden Globe-winning director had previously filmed footage of the band at Bran Castle. The footage is slated to air during the band’s U.S. concerts from July 1 to 17.

Whatever. It’s like, at this point, I’m over it: the band, the eyeliner, the domestic abuse, all of it. NEXT STORY PLEASE.

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Posted Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 at 11:11am
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Woody Allen Got Served A Roman Polanski Joke At Cannes

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Man, sh*t is hitting the fan for Woody Allen.

Ronan Farrow had ensured that there would be drama surrounding Woody Allen’s appearance at Cannes this year, and that’s absolutely what went down. Ronan’s Hollywood Reporter op-ed was published mid-morning yesterday, and everyone was trying not to freak out in the middle of the high-profile festival. But of course, some cheeky reporter thought it would be funny to ask if Woody if he would ever consider writing a movie with an older woman-younger man love story, since all of his films seem to have very young women falling for much older men.

Mr. Allen said he was a romantic, raised on Hollywood movies. After so many films with love affairs between an older man and a younger woman, Mr. Allen was asked if he would ever consider making a film with a romance between, say, a 50-something woman and a 20-something man. That, he said, would be “a perfectly valid comic idea,” but it wasn’t really his field. “I just don’t have any material,” he said. “I don’t have anything really to draw on. But I wouldn’t hesitate if I had a good story.”

(Via The NY Times)

And then MC Laurent Lafitte made a “rape joke” about Woody, which actually isn’t quite a rape “joke,” even though it’s being reported like that:

Laurent Lafitte, a French comedian and the master of ceremonies at the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival, on Wednesday night caused gasps with a comment about festival favorite Woody Allen before the premiere of Cafe Society.

While addressing Allen, the master of ceremonies said: “You’ve shot so many of your films here in Europe and yet in the U.S. you haven’t even been convicted of rape.”

Attendees took the comment as a reference to Roman Polanski, who lives and works in Europe, escaping the U.S.’ bid for extradition from Poland for charges dating back to the 1970s related to having unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl.

(Via THR)

One thing’s for sure- MC has gigantic balls and whether you think it was warranted or not, it’s inevitable that this stuff be addressed.

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Posted Thursday, May 12th, 2016 at 9:09am
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Scarlett Johansson Almost Got To Be A Different Race Thanks To CGI And Hollywood

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Oh, Hollywood. You’re so crazy (and by crazy I mean racist and ridiculous).

Ghost in the Shell was originally a Japanese manga comic series about a fictional counter-terrorism unit, and though I’m pretty unfamiliar the series it is incredibly popular; Paramount and Dreamworks eventually picked it up to make a live-action film based on the anime. Late last year, they cast Scarlett Johansson as Major Motoko Kusanagi, the lead character and a role obviously written for an Asian (specifically Japanese) woman.

Last week, Paramount released the first image (above) of ScarJo as the character and obviously, people again fell critical of the production for casting a white woman. The criticism allegedly got to producers, so the rumor is that they might CGI-ing the white actors to make them look “more Asian.” Which I doubt is true, but it still incredibly ridiculous.

After the backlash surrounding Johansson’s role in the film, producers reportedly attempted to quell the controversy with an old standby Hollywood uses to fix a lot of problems: CGI. According to multiple independent sources close to the project, Paramount and DreamWorks commissioned visual effects tests that would’ve altered Scarlett Johansson in post-production to “shift her ethnicity” and make the Caucasian actress appear more Asian in the film.

It’s the latest, and most extreme, case of “beauty work,” the new trend in Hollywood to discreetly use visual effects to tweak an actor’s appearance, making them thinner, younger or stronger. The Ghost in the Shell tests were conducted by Lola VFX, the same company that aged up (and down) Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and is considered the industry leader in so-called beauty work. Though the tests were requested by the production team, once they were developed and reviewed, the idea was rejected “immediately,” says an insider.

We reached out to Paramount Pictures who acknowledged the tests, but refute the claim that Johansson was involved: “A test was done related to a specific scene for a background actor which was ultimately discarded. Absolutely no visual effects tests were conducted on Scarlett’s character and we have no future plans to do so.”

Our sources maintain Johansson’s character was specifically the focus of these tests, though they were done without her participation or knowledge.

(Via Screen Crush)

Ugh, I don’t know how true this is. I believe dumb execs probably panicked at some point because they realized that hey, they could CAST actual ASIAN PEOPLE but didn’t and wanted that money and then got all pouty because, I DON’T KNOW people got ANGRY (and for good reason).  Th fact that this was even talked about seriously shows just how racially insensitive and clueless Hollywood is.

BTW, I seriously doubt Scarlett would have been on-board with CGI-ing her face.

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Posted Monday, April 18th, 2016 at 9:09am
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Kesha Appeals Judge’s Denial of Dr. Luke Injunction!

Kesha Makes An Appearance At New York State Supreme Court

YES! FIGHT THE POWER!

Kesha filed paperwork on Monday to have a New York appellate court weigh in on her dispute with producer Dr. Luke, because New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich denied a preliminary injunction that would have allowed Sebert to record outside of Dr. Luke’s purview. Turns out, that’s not a good enough answer for the musician.

Mark Geragos, Sebert’s attorney, wants another opinion. and according to The Hollywood Reporter, thinks that Kesha’s contract is akin to slavery:

“Plaintiff seeks reversal of the Order on the following grounds,” state her latest court papers. “First, the Court erred in basing its decision on its finding that Kesha could record without interference from Gottwald. Although it recognized that ‘slavery was done away with a long time ago’ and that ‘[y]ou can’t force someone to work … in a situation in which they don’t want to work,’ the Court’s ruling requiring Kesha to work for Gottwald’s companies, purportedly without his involvement, does just that.”

Dr. Luke’s legal team thinks Kesha wants money, and have been pursuing its own claims against her for breach of contract. Sony Music, on the other hand, wants to allow Sebert to record without Dr. Luke’s involvement. Geragos considered this to be an “illusory promise.” He doesn’t understand why the balance of equities favors the other side:

“The Court did not explain, nor could it, why any potential harm to SME could not adequately be compensated by money damages if it were to prevail in the litigation,” he writes in his pre-argument statement. “Indeed, SME, Gottwald, and all the related entities are each free to make music (and money) with other young talent. In the event they prevail in the litigation, they can recover money damages from Kesha for her breach of contract.”

This is going to get even more confusing and heated. But I think we’re all going to learn the importance of persistence and empowerment from it. DANG.

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Posted Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 at 12:12pm
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