From 'Hustlers' to 'Knives Out' to 'Parasite,' the issue involving wealth-gap wars might just be too big, and too current, to ignore. But will voters embrace such a riven view of society? In Hustlers, a gang of down-on-their-luck strippers, led by the luminous Ramona (Jennifer Lopez), con Wall Street fat cats out of their ill-gotten gains. In Todd Phillips' Joker, the alienated, disturbed Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), stripped of his job, dignity and mental health support, turns violently against the callous elite, embodied by billionaire Thomas Wayne. Rian Johnson's Knives Out uses the tools of the Agatha Christie murder mystery to explore a tale of American entitlement, contrasting the dysfunctional wealthy Thrombeys — one of whom murdered the family patriarch — with its decidedly less-well-off staff. And in Parasite, from South Korean director Bong Joon Ho, the destitute, basement-dwelling Kims strive to climb the social ladder by leeching off the fabulously monied … [Read more...] about Oscars: Will the Academy Reward ‘Hustlers’ and Other Films About Economic Disparity?
Fathom Events, New Line Cinema, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures will present all three extended editions of The Hobbit Trilogy across a three-night theatrical event, featuring The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey on Monday, October 5; The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug on Wednesday, October 7; and The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies on Tuesday, October 13. Each of the features will play at 7:30 p.m. local time. This is the first time that the extended editions have been shown in movie theaters, including the never-before-seen extended edition of The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies. In addition to the events, there will be a special on-screen introduction from the Trilogy's director, co-screenwriter and producer Peter Jackson. To celebrate this announcement, Warner Bros. Online has released a new trailer for this three-night theatrical event that any fan of The Hobbit trilogy shouldn't miss. We reported yesterday that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five … [Read more...] about The Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition Trailer Has New Footage
Star Wars Visual Dictionaries always contain a wealth of background information that is not present in the movies and The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary is proving to be a lot more helpful than most when trying to pin down details that were not addressed in Rian Johnson's first movie with the franchise. Snoke's backstory was not touched upon at all in The Last Jedi, nor was it ever going to. Johnson warned fans for months not to focus on Snoke, as he was not a big part of the story and the same can be said for Rey's parents. But some new information about Supreme Leader Snoke's origins have recently been revealed. There are major SPOILERS for The Last Jedi, so read ahead at your own risk. It was never Rian Johnson's intent to play by the rules of Star Wars and give us a backstory about Supreme Leader Snoke and the rise of the First Order. Instead, he focused on the new main characters and let everyone else play a strong supporting role. However, The Last Jedi Visual Dictionary has … [Read more...] about Snoke’s Secret Origins Revealed in Last Jedi Book
Alkiviades “Alki” David, the Coca-Cola bottling billionaire and hologram concert producer for deceased stars, has found a new profession: walking cause célèbre for marijuana. David was arrested on May 13th after bringing 5,000 cannabis plants on his private plane to the Caribbean island of St. Kitts and Nevis. But the controversial magnate says he remains undeterred in his quest to find a foothold in the business as legalization spreads across the islands. “Certain soil structures, like volcanic islands in the Caribbean, are the very best that nature can offer for a natural habitat [for growing cannabis],” David says. “In Switzerland, where my company is based, we grow indoors with heat and light and water, none of which is required in the Caribbean.” On Tuesday, he flew to Puerto Rico with $3 million worth of hemp seeds, a licensed grower and Denzil Douglas, the popular former prime minister of St. Kitts, to launch a farming cooperative he … [Read more...] about Controversial Billionaire Alki David Talks Looking to Puerto Rico for Hemp Farm
In August 1995, Johnny Cash wrapped up an eight-show run that month with a concert at the now defunct Bud Light Amphitheatre in Harvey’s Lake, Pennsylvania. Such Cash trivia makes up the newly relaunched johnnycash.com, an exhaustive online archive that’s billing itself as “Everything You Need to Know About the Man in Black.” Cash’s tour history, both solo and with the Highwaymen, is among the most interesting aspects of the website, with nearly 4300 show dates — from his 1954 debut in West Memphis, Arkansas, to his last public performance in 2003 at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia — arranged chronologically and supplemented in many cases by set lists. Some feature photos and video from the respective concert date. Cash’s musical output stands as the centerpiece of the site. Fans can peruse his discography, including 93 albums, 162 singles, and appearances on compilations and soundtracks, and also search for specific songs. … [Read more...] about Exhaustive Johnny Cash Website Compiles His Music, Tour Dates