Last week on Twitter, a young actor asked: “Is there a list of actors/directors/etc who have committed to an inclusion rider yet?”It’s a good question. Who has committed so far?He tagged @Inclusionists, which is the Twitter handle of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. That’s the think tank at the University of Southern California led by Stacy L. Smith who originally conceived of, and is now promoting, the inclusion rider.Here’s how it’s explained on their website: “The concept is that A-list actors can incorporate a clause into their contracts that stipulates that inclusion — both on camera and behind the scenes for crew members — be reflected in films.”The clause would ensure that “women, people of color, people with disabilities and members of LGBT and marginalized communities who are traditionally underrepresented be depicted on screen in proportion to their representation in the population.”Sounds like a smart … [Read more...] about Who in Hollywood is using inclusion riders? Nobody’s keeping track — including the group pushing for them
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Logan director James Mangold recently had some colourful words to describe what he thought of films that have extra scenes during or after the end credits. “The idea of making a movie that would fucking embarrass me, that’s part of the anesthetizing of this country or the world,” he told a Writer’s Guild panel, later adding, “audiences are actually asking for scenes in end credits when those scenes were first developed for movies that suck, so they put something extra at the end to pick up the scores when the movie couldn’t end right on its own fucking feet.” It’s now common for blockbusters to use mid or post-credits scenes to tie a franchise together, as well as teasing the next instalment. While these scenes are extremely popular among fans, the question remains as to how much they actually enhance the story. Is it time to do away with them entirely? Post-credits scenes as we know them today can be traced back … [Read more...] about Is it time to do away with post-credits scenes?
Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out two years ago and successfully brought the franchise back to life. Though not a bad movie, it has been criticized for its lack of originality by many, but it also left a great many lingering questions. Now, after a lot of waiting, speculation and mostly pointless theorizing about said lingering questions, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is here. People are very hyped about the movie and early buzz states that the Force is incredibly strong with this entry in the Skywalker saga. But I pose the question to those who have seen it: is Star Wars: The Last Jedi really that good? Warning: this review will contain spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Seriously, this is your last chance to turn back. You've been warned. Let's start out by going at this in an easy way. Is this movie bad? Absolutely not. However, given all of the hype and the impossible burden of expectations placed upon this movie, it's hard to say that it totally lived up to those expectations. … [Read more...] about Star Wars: The Last Jedi Review #2: Is It Really That Good?
On FX's Louie, Louis C.K. plays a moderately successful version of himself, a steadily gigging comic with regular income and occasional big opportunities, but no particular clout. In real life, we all know that pound-for-pound, Louis C.K. may be one of the most powerful men in the entertainment industry. Sure, a Spielberg or a Cruise or a Bruckheimer may seem to have greater reach, but they all need armies to march behind them to produce anything. Sure, Larry David's HBO deal is similar to the deal Louis C.K. has at FX — essentially, "You make something, we're happy to put it on the air" — but Larry David has Seinfeld money and doesn't necessarily seem to want to or need to work, so he often just doesn't. Louis C.K. loves to work and he loves to create and, over the years, fans and TV networks have made it clear to him that when he produces something, somebody will air it — and if he doesn't want to air it, audiences will pony up directly and pay him for whatever it … [Read more...] about Critic’s Notebook: Louis C.K. Releases ‘Horace and Pete’ — Is It Good and What Does It Mean?
In case you missed it. Kanye West's Yeezy Jewelry Line Is Here [Vogue]Vogue is a nod to "timeless love." The collection, which debuted on the Yeezy Season 4 runway, was made in collaboration with Jacob Arabo of Jacob the Jeweler. Kim Kardashian has worn the pieces several times, including at the MTV VMAs last summer. Meghan Markle Shutters Lifestyle Site [TheTig.com]Suits actress Meghan Markle is saying goodbye to her three-year-old lifestyle website, The Tig. Markle, who is currently dating Prince Harry, posted a farewell letter on her site on Friday, writing, "After close to three beautiful years on this adventure with you, it's time to say goodbye to The Tig. What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity." Markle posted about food, style and philanthropy on the website. Vilebrequin Teams Up With Karl Lagerfeld on Swimwear Collection [Pret-a-Reporter Inbox] Anna Wintour's … [Read more...] about Style Notes: Kanye’s Yeezy Jewelry Line Is Here; Meghan Markle Shutters Lifestyle Site