Tag Archives: Hollywood

“And The Oscar Goes To…” (Live Updates of 86th Academy Awards)


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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Feral
Get a Horse!
Mr. Hublot
Possessions
Room on the Broom

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Protagonistas: Guillermo Díaz


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Guillermo Diaz

Half Baked (1998)

Scandal (2012 – )

Guillermo Díaz used hiding his homosexuality in his rough upbringing to channel his acting capabilities.

This guy is full of surprises – Latino, openly gay, and grew up in Washington Heights!  I absolutely love him in Scandal!

Protagonistas – Protagonist – Person of the day, 5 days a week!

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“And The Oscar Goes To…” (Live Updates of 85th Academy Awards)


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BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin, Argo
Robert de Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln
Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM
Adam and Dog
Fresh Guacamole
Head over Heels
Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
Paperman

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Develop and (Most Importantly) Support The Images You Want In Movies


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: If you follow the smartest folks in the room, Twitter is a fantastic resource for keeping tabs on your respective industry.

This morning I came across powerful call to action on my daily browse of my timeline. NYC-based indie filmmaker Tahir Jetter. His blog post Please, Stop Complaining About Black Movies and Hollywood and Actually Support, Mobilize or Make Some Shit (If You’re Not Doing So, Already) A Very Open Letter” regarding the continued unrest felt by the Black community at the way Hollywood treats us (Zoe Saldana cast as Nina Simone in unauthorized biopic, Spike Lee getting replaced by Tate Taylor for his own James Brown bipoic) struck a chord with me even from my cell phone screen.
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My Response to Eva Longoria


As I’ve mentioned in already about three of my previous posts, I’m completely against Marc Cherry’s new series pilot Devious Maids. I was ecstatic and proud to see that ABC was passing on the show. But imagine my surprise when I saw on Twitter that Lifetime picked up the show.

Dreams of a better tomorrow shattered.

People have tried to petition the show to no avail. Marc Cherry and Eva Longoria are in full swing of things, and it will air in the fall, regardless of what everyone else thinks. Longoria spoke out against protestors of the show. Her argument is twofold. First, she states, it’s great to have four leading characters as minorities (in gender and race). Second, it’s putting down those that work in the business of maids because their story needs to be told too. They’d be considered as second-class if we don’t tell their stories. Continue reading

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Why we need to acknowledge racism in society and film


I know this is a film blog, but I also know the members of IndiesUnchained are incredibly passionate about social issues. If you haven’t heard about Trayvon Martin’s murder you can google it for more information, but essentially: George Zimmerman followed a young African American male into his gated community. Zimmerman thought he was suspicious and called the cops. He told the cops he was going to keep following him and the cops told him not to. Shortly after, Zimmerman confronted Trayon and shot and killed him. It turned out all he had was a bag of skittles. Earlier today I heard a quote about the case I couldn’t ignore. Fox’s Geraldo Rivera said, “I think the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin’s death as Goerge Zimmerman.”  This quote blew my mind. Let me make this clear, Trayvon Martin was not shot because he wore a hoodie. Continue reading

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Let’s Call It A Weekend (2/10/12)


Every week, we’re bringing blog posts of varying topics straight from our minds to your url box. Let’s reflect on this week’s fresh pressed:

How Hollywood Got it Wrong…Again: Why The Original “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” is Better by Jalissa C.

Is Hollywood Liberal? by Sean T.

Love or Hate it: “THE HELP” is helping its own by Christina B.

Unchained Movie Nights!   (PBS broadcasts docs SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME on 2/13 and THE INTERRUPTERS on 2/14)

Unchained at Sundance 2012: Reflections  by Christina B.

Tune in this coming Monday for a new collection of posts/hot topic updates throughout the week. Thanks everyone for all the LIKES, RTs, shares, comments. Keep ‘em coming!

Now that it’s finally Friday — get #unchained and go see a movie in a real theater, if you can! PHANTOM MENACE 3D, JOURNEY 2 or THE VOW, umm…take your pick?
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How Hollywood Got it Wrong…Again: Why The Original “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” is Better


****Spoiler Alert****

Yeah, don’t read this if you haven’t seen any of the versions of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (TGWTDT) and want to. This will kind of ruin it for you.

Now, I like David Fincher (Director of Fight Club, Panic Room, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, etc), and I’ve never really analyzed his directing style before. But after seeing the original version of TGWTDT, I couldn’t help but evaluate the choices he made in his remake, especially with Lisbeth’s character arc. Check out Sean’s post on how David Fincher took an un-feminist approach to a feminist story. For the most part, I agree with Sean, but I’ll take it a step further and say that David Fincher didn’t understand the Lisbeth character, which is why he failed to adequately portray her. He understands contemporary American cinematic storytelling, for sure. But if he really knew the Lisbeth character, he wouldn’t have followed Hollywood conventions on this one. Continue reading

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Let’s Call It A Weekend (1/20/12)


Every week, we’re bringing blog posts of varying topics straight from our minds to your url box. Let’s reflect on this week’s fresh pressed:

Meryl Streep Reigns Supreme…at the Golden Globes by Chris B.

I Love “Insert Hometown Here” by Christina B.

Hypocrisy of the MPAA (why you need to see Shame) by Sean T.

Shut Us Down or Let Us Fly: Why Hollywood said NO to George Lucas by Jalissa C.

Unchained Field Trips: Volunteering at Sundance 2012 by Christina B.

Tune in this coming Monday for a new collection of posts/hot topic updates throughout the week. Thanks everyone for all the LIKES, RTs, shares, comments. Keep ‘em coming!
Now that it’s finally Friday — get #unchained and GO SEE A MOVIE in a real theater, if you can!
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“Shut Us Down or Let Us Fly” – Why Hollywood Said No to George Lucas


Did you catch the Golden Globes last night? I play my suspension of disbelief card and figure that it’s not bought out or that they play absolutely fair for each and every category. There really were many great moments last night. Did you catch Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech? I don’t know if people understand the significance of this, but the fact that the one and only Mrs. Meryl Streep mentioned “Pariah” speaks volumes. She shouted out an independent film, a minority protagonist, a woman protagonist, a minority filmmaker, a woman filmmaker. And while we’re making strides in the independent film world, Hollywood is running at a turtle’s pace to catch up. It’s taken George Lucas 23 years to get Hollywood exec’s attention—two decades too long—on his film Red Tails. Mark this on your calendars—2012 will see the first all-black action film. Wait, what? Yes. Continue reading

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