Not everything is black and white — just ask Joseph Fiennes. After the first trailer for the U.K. show Urban Myths landed Tuesday night, the Twittersphere exploded with commentary about whether he looked anything like Michael Jackson. “At least if it was Meryl Streep, we’d be like, ‘Yeah, I mean, but she’s dope.’ But Joseph Fiennes?
“They used to say it didn’t sell over here, and it does. Then they said it doesn’t sell in the South and it does. Well, it doesn’t sell in Europe, and it does.”
As the Oscar-granting organization makes a push for more diversity, it reaches out to the largest number of new members ever.
Oscars host Chris Rock has been noticeably quiet about what he plans to do and say during Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony. But late last night he tweeted out a cryptic reminder about the big event.
Studio executive tells Hollywood Reporter in podcast shares his views on diversity controversy, puts blame on studios and distributors rather than the Academy
While some in Hollywood debated whether Chris Rock should drop out as host of this year’s Oscar telecast as repudiation of the award’s grievous lack of non-white nominees, count Angela Bassett as being firmly in favor of the star comedian taking the stage on Sunday night. “I’m supportive of the host this year,” Bassett, who costars in the upcoming action sequel London Has Fallen, told Yahoo Movies. Bassett, who was nominated in 1994 for her performance as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It?, says she won’t be attending the ceremony this year, but she’s very interested in watching it on television.
With the upcoming Academy Awards, Last Week Tonight tackled the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. This practice has been going on since the beginning of film history, including Mickey Rooney as a playing the role of Mr. Yunioshi in the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Another example is Tom Cruise somehow being the lead actor in The Last Samurai. Despite these roles seeming out of place, several whitewashed roles have even received Academy Awards.
Janet Hubert was on The Real and talked about her longtime feud with her television nephew, Will Smith. Janet Hubert played Aunt Viv for three seasons on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air before being replaced. In a radio interview in 1993, Smith suggested Janet Hubert resented that he was the star of their show. “It’s been discussed for 25 years, it’s insane,” she said before going into the third person. “Janet Hubert was never difficult on that set, Janet Hubert was so professional, it wasn’t even funny.”
The controversy surrounding this year’s lack of diversity at the Academy Awards has seen a new player enter the game - Michael Caine. While chatting with the BBC’s Nick Robinson, the legendary actor talked about the situation in a way that could be best described as out of touch. There are zero reasonable people who are arguing that mediocre performances in movies should result in Oscars because of race.