Popcorn With Zenger: ‘Naked Singularity’ Suffers From Too Many Subplots
Sergio de la Pava’s novel “A Naked Singularity” is the highly respected, award-winning book from which this film is adapted. “Naked Singularity” draws many comparisons to 2017’s legal drama, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” by showcasing the life of a public defender tempted by wealth. Olivia Cooke’s character plans on making a big score by stealing a drug cache in “Naked Singularity.” (Screen Media Films)Weak Spots: “Naked Singularity” suffers from several subplots too many, which results in an unfocused, incoherent mess. The Takeaway: “Naked Singularity” wants to be something, but has no idea what that something is. See or Skip: “Naked Singularity” is 40 percent of an interesting movie, but until they find the remaining 60 percent, there isn’t anything here to recommend for viewers.thewestsidegazette.com
Kate Hudson in, Spike Lee out and more Golden Globe chaos
Technically they even snubbed an entire category when best supporting actress was skipped over by mistake. From the Kate Hudson movie that no one has heard of to the very awkward shut out of Spike Lee, here’s a look at some of the biggest surprises of the morning. You’d be hard pressed to find someone who wasn’t surprised to hear Kate Hudson’s name announced among the best actress nominees. That movie is called “Music,” a fantasy musical drama with Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr. and Maddie Ziegler that marks pop star Sia’s directorial debut. Lee’s acclaimed Vietnam drama “Da 5 Bloods” was expected to be a shoo-in for any number of categories: Best picture, best director, best actor for Delroy Lindo or supporting actor for Chadwick Boseman, who died last year.
John Boyega isn't going to 'take the money and shush'
This year, Boyega has made it clear he doesn't feel that way, that he isn’t going to bite his tongue. The five-film series is playing on the BBC in the U.K. and on Amazon Prime in the U.S.; “Red, White and Blue” will debut Dec. 4 on Amazon. In the true story, Boyega plays Leroy Logan, an aspiring research scientist who gives up the lab to join the overwhelmingly white London police force in the 1980s. “Red, White and Blue” puts Boyega front and center and wrestles with many of the social issues -- race, change, belonging -- that he is grappling with, too. Since Boyega’s comments about “Star Wars,” he’s received a supportive phone call from producer Kathleen Kennedy that Boyega has described as frank and transparent.
In McQueen's 'Small Axe,' an epic of West Indian heritage
In “Small Axe,” McQueen’s ambitious five-film anthology about London’s West Indian community, the “12 Years a Slave” director resurrects the British capital in the decades before its multicultural present, tracing the Caribbean immigrant experience through the racism of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s in order to illuminate the injustices of today. “I’d end up sleeping in a bed with coats piled on top of me when I woke up.”The first film of “Small Axe,” “Mangrove,” begins streaming on Amazon Prime Video on Friday. But “Small Axe” is his first production in his native Britain. The films, themselves, became a collective; the title references a West African proverb popularized by Bob Marley: “If you are the big tree/ We are the small axe/ Ready to cut you down.”Taken together, “Small Axe” stitches together a little-known history, both intimate and sweeping, that had previously lingered on the margins and in family folklore. It was all about energy.”In a way, “Small Axe” has also carved out a space for itself in an industry traditionally inhospitable to such stories.
Steve McQueen unveils an anthology of racism and resistance
NEW YORK – In a movie year mostly lacking big, ambitious releases, Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe” anthology is an unqualified main event. For the filmmaker of “Hunger,” “Shame” and “Widows,” “Small Axe” is a shattering masterwork — a compendium, both damning and celebratory, of Black resilience. The only fictional tale of the bunch, it brings to vivid, pulsating life a blues party from 1980, when young London Black people found refuge, and love, at house parties. Casting “Small Axe,” he has said, was easy because of all the untapped talent just in need of an opportunity. But if anyone expecting a neat arc to “Small Axe,” McQueen says that’s not its shape.
John Boyega quits perfume ambassador role over Chinese ad
LONDON – Black actor John Boyega has stepped down from his role as a global ambassador for perfume brand Jo Malone after the company decided to hire a Chinese actor to replace him in an ad he created. “The film celebrated my personal story– showcasing my hometown, including my friends and featuring my family,” Boyega wrote. He played a leading role as Finn in 2015′s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” but he and other nonwhite characters were removed or diminished from a Chinese poster for the movie. Boyega recently told GQ that Black characters have been “pushed to the side” in Disney’s “Star Wars” franchise. In June, the star made an emotional speech on racism when he joined Black Lives Matter protests in London.
Perfume brand says cutting Black actor from ad was misstep
NEW YORK – British perfume brand Jo Malone has apologized to Black actor John Boyega of “Star Wars” fame after cutting him out of the Chinese version of a cologne commercial he helped create. Jo Malone London said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that the ad designed for Chinese audiences was a misstep and has been removed. The recreated ad replaced Boyega with Chinese star Liu Haoran. It's not the first time Boyega has been deleted from a China-based ad. Boyega has spoken out about Hollywood racism, recently telling GQ that Black characters have been “pushed to the side” in Disney’s “Star Wars” franchise.
Steve McQueen sets 3 premieres at New York Film Festival
This image released by the New York Film Festival shows a scene from Steve McQueens "Lovers Rock" which will premiere at the 58th New York Film Festival. (New York Film Festival via AP)Three original films by Oscar-winner Steve McQueen will debut at the New York Film Festival this year, organizers said Monday. Its an incredible honor and also very humbling to show three of my films at the New York Film Festival, McQueen said in a statement. Steve McQueen is one of the essential artists of our time, and he reaches a new level of mastery with the Small Axe films, said Dennis Lim, the festival's programming director. Dates haven't been set for the 58th edition of the New York Film Festival because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic but organizers say that specifics will be announced in the coming weeks.
Thousands in London decry racial injustice, police violence
(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON Thousands of people demonstrated in London on Wednesday against police violence and racial injustice following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which has set off days of unrest in the United States. Chanting Black lives matter, thousands gathered in Hyde Park, central London's biggest open space and a traditional protest venue. Star Wars actor John Boyega, who was born in Britain to Nigerian parents and grew up in south London's Peckham neighborhood, pleaded tearfully for demonstrators to stay peaceful. Boyega recalled the case of Stephen Lawrence, an 18-year-old black man from southeast London who was stabbed to death in 1993 as he waited for a bus. Floyd died May 25 after a white Minneapolis officer, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee on the handcuffed black mans neck for several minutes.
'Star Wars' actor John Boyega admits the 'Rise of Skywalker' script that wound up on eBay was his
John Boyega during the Star Wars Celebration at the Wintrust Arena on April 12, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. "Star Wars" actor John Boyega has confessed that the lost "Rise of Skywalker" script that found its way onto eBay was his. "It was me," John Boyega said on "Good Morning America" Wednesday, just two days after director J.J. Abrams revealed that a copy of a real screenplay wound up for sale online. A few weeks later, a cleaner came, found the script and put it on eBay for 65 pounds, or about $84. The nine-film Skywalker saga comes to a conclusion Dec. 20 with the release of "The Rise of Skywalker."cnbc.com
'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' trailer debuts during Monday Night Football
John Boyega, Daisy Ridley and Oscar Isaac in "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" coming to theaters Dec. 20th, 2019. After months of waiting, the official trailer for "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" debuted on Monday night. "People keep telling me they know me," Rey says in a voice over. The trailer, which dropped during the Monday Night Football game between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets, showcased a growing resistance, with Leia Organa and Lando Calrissian at the helm. The two minute trailer ends with a close up of Rey, lightsaber in hand, with Luke's voice echoing, "The Force will be with you," followed with Leia saying "Always."cnbc.com
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" teaser trailer released
The first trailer for the highly-anticipated end to the Skywalker Saga is here, and it finally has a title: "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker." The teaser dropped Friday during a live panel hosted by Stephen Colbert, who spoke with director JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy at the Star Wars Celebration in Chicago. "We've passed on all we know," Luke Skywalker narrates. The film is the final in the latest "Star Wars" trilogy, following "The Force Awakens" and "The Last Jedi." "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" hits theaters in December.cbsnews.com