Yes, this year's Oscar nominees are more diverse. But why go with white mediocrity for the hosting gig? W hen Chris Rock hosted the Academy Awards in 2016, he became the first person of color in over a decade to stand at the center of the most watched non-sports event on television.
The cover story of last week's New York Times Magazine was " The Passion of Martin Scorsese ," a study of the famed director's illustrious career. The centerpiece of the feature is Scorsese's new film, the Oscar-ready , starring Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver as Portuguese missionaries sent to Japan in the 17th century.
Donald Trump in "La La Land": Retro romance is seductive - and encourages a yearning for a less beautiful past
When it comes to the movies, Donald Trump's tastes are far from surprising. He's a big fan of widely-heralded hits like "Citizen Kane," "The Godfather" and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and has at times expressed admiration for gaudy action flicks like " Bloodsport" and " Goldfinger."
A 27-year-old man with a history of abusing his girlfriend killed five people in Alabama last week, apparently because they tried to her leave him. According to the Gun Violence Archive , there have now been at least 248 mass shootings in the first eight months of the year, which continues an alarming upward trend in this kind of violence in the U.S.
Television's fascination with criminal justice is as old as the industry itself, but in 2016 it seems to have reached new heights, surfacing all kinds of tensions, racial and otherwise. Other than Game of Thrones , there was no show with more nominations at this year's Emmys than The People vs.
On growing up Muslim in America, worshipping an indistinct ideal of manhood. I was an uncomfortably shy twelve-year-old, dealing with a stubborn new mustache, perpetually crooked glasses, and this growing feeling that - because of my religion and the way I looked in my brown skin, in my off-brand basketball shorts, with my wavy black hair, and my meek, cracking voice - I didn't belong.
Millions of Americans watched videos online last week which showed police officers being shot and killed in Dallas. The terrifying attack was carried out by a lone gunman who was apparently targeting "white officers." In subsequent coverage of the violence, which resulted in the death of five people, many news outlets the events of the night as " ."
Reveling in the darkness: "True Detective," "Game of Thrones" and the missing critique in TV's cult of gritty realism
"True Detective" writer Nic Pizzolatto has described the ending to his first season as an attempt to show audiences that men like Rust Cohle and Marty Hart can, after "passing through the eye of the needle in the heart of darkness," indeed grow.
It's still rare for a mass-market movie to put a person of color in the lead role, and it's increasingly clear that Hollywood's history of exclusion hurts everyone. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > "It's the hard knock life for us ...
Late in No Escape, the new thriller from director John Erick Dowdle, the white American protagonist, Jack Dwyer (played by Owen Wilson), is on a rooftop chatting with a white man named Hammond (Pierce Brosnan), while they hide from the angry mob of local Southeast Asian men intent on killing them.
James Gunn grew up less than an hour from the spot where Michael Brown was shot and killed on August 9, 2014. Eight days earlier, both sons of Missouri-born 26 years apart in the suburbs of St. Louis-celebrated monumental days in their lives.
Movies like The Hunger Games imagine society's present problems getting worse-except for sexism and racism, which magically disappear in the future. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > Since the release of The Hunger Games in 2012, dystopian cinema has enjoyed sustained interest in American culture.
Extraordinary as it is, Richard Linklater's film avoids the topic of race in ways that are all too common for its genre, for Hollywood, and for America. Please consider disabling it for our site, or supporting our work in one of these ways Subscribe Now > To hear critics tell it, Richard Linklater's Boyhood is the most celebrated film of 2014 in large part because everyone can relate to it.