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?
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If the world seemed a little bit sluggish this morning – if the birds weren’t singing as sweetly, or the sun hung a bit lower in the sky – it might be because Dwayne Johnson didn’t work out. On any other day, Johnson would be up before dawn, clanging and banging on the 45,000 pounds of equipment in the torture chamber of a home gym he calls his Iron Paradise. But not today. Today Johnson slept in until the downright slothful hour of 6 a.m., in a hotel suite in Beverly Hills under the alias Sam Cooke, where he now sits perusing the newspaper while his longtime girlfriend, Lauren Hashian, enjoys a bowl of room-service granola. The reason for this uncharacteristic idleness? Johnson and Hashian have a two-year-old daughter, Jasmine, and a second child arriving in a few weeks. “We’re in the home stretch,” says Hashian, rubbing her belly – so they left the toddler with the nanny for the night and snuck off for a little romantic getaway. … [Read more...] about Dwayne Johnson: The Pain and the Passion That Fuel the Rock
Warning: If you've made it into the third weekend without seeing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, just know there will be spoilers. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has elicited many things from a host of moviegoers. There are those who loved it and saw it as groundbreaking. There are those who feel it didn't quite meet expectations. And there are the critics, who absolutely hated it! One way or another, if you saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you certainly felt SOMETHING. It would be hard to watch Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and not think about how DC might handle their Justice League franchise. Let's be honest, right now Marvel is clearly winning the hearts and minds of moviegoers. To use an animation analogy, they are Pixar while DC is everybody else. Yet, the Justice League movie just might be their trump card. RELATED: Why Henry Cavill Doesn't Support #ReleaseTheSnyderCut: I Miss My Mustache With characters like Batman, Superman, The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg and … [Read more...] about 7 Reasons Batman v Superman Has Us Excited for Justice League
THR is on the scene at the hottest bashes with awards season's biggest stars Golden Globes parties began well before Sunday's awards and continued through Sunday night. The Hollywood Reporter was on the scene at the biggest bashes and documented all of the happenings leading up the Globes, as well as the exclusive celebrations following Sunday's show. See more Golden Globes' Most Memorable Moments Sunday, Jan. 11 The Weinstein Co. and Netflix party, Robinsons-May Lot: 12:09 a.m. Robin Wright nuzzles into Ben Foster's shoulder and he kisses her on the cheek. 11:58 p.m. Rosamund Pike tells a friend, "We have a car, don't worry," as she heads toward the exit but then stops to chat with an actor who looks like Tom Felton. See more Golden Globes 2015: The Red-Carpet Arrivals 11:39 p.m. Ben Foster leads Robin Wright through the party, hand in hand. It's thinning out as most of the celebs have moved on and other revelers are left sipping Moët and eating Fat Burgers and … [Read more...] about Golden Globes Party Diary: Inside the Glitziest Awards Show Events
UPDATE: Janelle Monae will release her 44-minute short film Dirty Computer: An Emotion Picture By Janelle Monáe on MTV and BET on April 26th, one day before the release of her new album Dirty Computer. “Dirty Computer is a near-future story that takes place in a totalitarian society,” she tells Rolling Stone. “I play a citizen, living life, finding love, being myself in a society where that makes me an outlaw, something ‘dirty’ that the society needs to get rid of. I think it speaks to where we are right now, and what we’ve gone through recently as black millennials, and as women, and as Americans.” *** In 2007, Janelle Monáe arrived here from another world. A self-proclaimed android dressed in black and white, she could emulate Prince’s rubbery funk, Stevie Wonder’s synth-laden soul and the Jackson 5’s sugary R&B, while somehow retaining the festive Southern bounce of her Atlanta base. In … [Read more...] about Janelle Monae’s ‘Dirty Computer’: What We Know, What to Expect