This past weekend, $500,000 worth of moviegoers flocked to see Belle, a well-reviewed costume drama about a biracial woman raised in 18th-century British aristocracy, featuring a standout performance by Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Everyone involved in the film should be thrilled, but behind the scenes, outrage is building around whether the director of the movie, Amma Asante, should also be recognized as its screenwriter. READ FULL STORY
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'Ender's Game' author Orson Scott Card talks backlash: 'I've had no criticism. I've had savage...personal attacks' -- VIDEO
How does Ender’s Game author Orson Scott Card respond to the criticism he’s received over his stance on same-sex marriage — namely, his overt, vehement opposition to it?
Simple: He doesn’t think he’s been fairly criticized in the first place.
“I’ve had no criticism. I’ve had savage, lying, deceptive personal attacks, but no actual criticism, because they’ve never addressed any of my actual ideas,” Card told Salt Lake City’s Deseret News on Sunday. “Character assassination seems to be the only political method that is in use today, and I don’t play that game, and you can’t defend against it,” he continued. “All you can do is try to offer ideas, and for those who want to listen to ideas, great. For those who simply want to punish you for not falling in line with their dogmas, there’s really not much you can do about it.”
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'Expendables 3' update: Harrison Ford is in, Bruce Willis may be out, and Sylvester Stallone is cranky
In further proof that the Expendables franchise is essentially a multimillion-dollar version of the box your parents threw all your old action figures into when they decided to turn your childhood bedroom into a study, Sylvester Stallone has tweeted that Harrison Ford is joining Expendables 3. Ford’s representatives confirm that the busy actor has joined the threequel’s ensemble cast, presumably as a character from Indiana who explicitly prefers to work “solo” and is secretly an android riding a unicorn, because nostalgia.
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Lionsgate has released a statement addressing the controversy surrounding Ender’s Game, the studio’s upcoming film adaptation of the popular 1984 sci-fi novel by Orson Scott Card, whose stance against gay marriage (and subsequent statement to EW declaring the issue “moot”) has caused boycott threats and riled up the Internet. Lionsgate says it does “not agree with the personal views of Orson Scott Card” and pledges to “host a benefit premiere for Ender’s Game” that will support the LGBT community:
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'Ender's Game' author Orson Scott Card responds to critics: The gay marriage issue is 'moot' -- EXCLUSIVE
Responding to reports of a nascent boycott against the upcoming movie version of his beloved 1985 sci-fi novel Ender’s Game because of his stated opposition to same-sex marriage, author Orson Scott Card has released a statement exclusively to EW. He declares the gay-marriage issue “moot” due to last month’s Supreme Court rulings. He also makes a plea for gay-marriage supporters to “show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.” His full statement is below.
Ender’s Game is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984.
With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state.
Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute.
Orson Scott Card
The best-selling author has come under fire in some quarters for his stance on same-sex marriage. In 2009, he joined the board of the National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same-sex unions. That year, he also wrote a piece in Mormon Times that railed against “dictator-judges” and argued, “Married people attempting to raise children with the hope that they, in turn, will be reproductively successful, have every reason to oppose the normalization of homosexual unions.”
Those views have prompted a backlash. In March, artist Christopher Sprouse backed out of plans to work on a Card-penned Adventures of Superman comic book for DC Comics. More recently, a small online group called Geeks OUT announced plans to boycott Summit’s upcoming $110 million Ender’s Game movie because of Card’s anti-gay-marriage views. “Hopefully, it will send a message that people who are actively vocal against the LGBT community don’t really have a place within the greater geek culture,” says Geeks OUT board member Patrick Yacco.
Just when Zero Dark Thirty thought its problems were over — the senate investigation was closed and everyone seemed to have lost interest in writing about whether or not the film was pro-torture — a new controversy has trickled out of the gates.
The bold opening sequence of the film is simple, striking, and powerful. It’s a black screen with just the voices of victims involved in the September 11th attacks. One of the voices included is of Bradley Fetchet, who worked on the 89th floor of the South Tower. He’d left a voicemail on his parents machine that day. This week, his mother, Mary Fetchet, told CBS News that the filmmakers hadn’t asked for her permission to use his voice and the recording.
Fetchet had used the recording in her testimony in the first public hearing of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, but raised objections to hearing it in the film. In her interview with CBS News, Fetchet said “I used it in situations where I wanted to convey Brad’s story. None of those situations were used for promotional or professional or commercial endeavors.”
So, what is at stake here?
That’s a new term coined by Zero Dark Thirty screenwriter Mark Boal, who gave a speech this week about the criticism the Osama bin Laden takedown drama has endured from both sides of the political divide in America.
Conservatives complained long before the film was seen by anyone that it was a propaganda designed to highlight the anti-terror accomplishments of President Barack Obama, while some liberals were rankled by what they perceived to be an endorsement of torture interrogations (erroneously, as Michael Moore points out in this essay debunking those accusations.)
Director Kathryn Bigelow has already said numerous times that “depiction is not endorsement,” and now Boal — who is nominated in the Original Screenplay category at the Oscars, and won for penning 2009’s The Hurt Locker — is speaking out about why he wanted Zero Dark Thirty to strike a nerve as a film, rather than as a piece of traditional reporting. READ FULL STORY
Art and politics, two worlds that generally don’t know all that much about each other, have come to an angry head-on collision in the continuing debate over the portrayal of torture in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty. Most recently, three senior U.S. senators have called the film “grossly inaccurate and misleading” in a letter to Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Michael Lynton. In the missive, Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is joined by her colleagues John McCain and Carl Levin in condemning the film’s depiction of the CIA’s “coercive interrogation techniques” as contributive to the capture and killing of Osama Bin Laden, which they contend is “perpetuating the myth that torture is effective.” (The full text of the letter can be read here.) READ FULL STORY
Writer/Director James Gunn (Slither, Super) has apologized over remarks he made in an old blog post from February 2011 (since deleted) that gained traction this week. Gunn has had a more mainstream famous profile recently with the news he will rewrite and direct Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, which will be released in summer 2014.
In the post, titled “The 50 Superheroes You Most Want to Have Sex With,” Gunn made comments that many perceived to be sexist and homophobic. According to GLAAD,“Gunn referred to the lesbian superhero Batwoman as needing a straight male to ‘turn’ her and called another male hero a ‘fruit,’ among a number of other highly offensive comments.”
Amid growing controversy, Gunn has released a statement saying, “A couple of years ago I wrote a blog that was meant to be satirical and funny. In rereading it over the past day I don’t think it’s funny. The attempted humor in the blog does not represent my actual feelings.”
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