Harvey’s out; will Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski be the next to go?
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted to revoke the lifetime membership of Harvey Weinstein in the wake of dozens of sexual misconduct allegations — immediately prompting questions about whether Cosby and Polanski will be able to retain their memberships.
The decision to expel the executive came from an emergency meeting of the academy’s 54-member board, which includes Tom Hanks, Whoopi Goldberg, and Kathleen Kennedy, among other Hollywood icons.
As a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences I am proud of their decision to expel Harvey Weinstein.
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) October 14, 2017
According to the New York Times, the board voted “well in excess” of the two-thirds majority needed to oust a member.
“We [expel Weinstein] not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over,” the academy said in a statement per the Times. “What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society.”
Now, the organization faces pressure regarding the fates of Cosby and Polanski, both of whom are accused abusers.
More than 30 women have accused Cosby of misconduct. His trial on sexual assault charges ended in a mistrial in June, with a new trial date set for early next month. Roman Polanski pleaded guilty to a statutory rape charge in 1977, then fled the country before his sentencing. He now resides in France.
Both men remain members of the academy.
Weinstein is only the second person to face expulsion. The first was actor Carmine Caridi, who was ejected for lending out screeners in 2004.
Cantina Talk: No, Kathleen Kennedy Isn’t Leaving Lucasfilm
“Stick a fork in it: Solo: A Star Wars Story is pretty much officially a flop. Its performance hasn’t improved since its unimpressive debut and shows no sign of getting a boost. Moreover, judging from the fallout, the movie had more of an impact amongst conspiracy theorists than anyone else. Want proof? Read on.
Is Kathleen Kennedy Leaving Lucasfilm?
The Source: Random online gossipmongers
Probability of Accuracy: Not even slightly true.
The Real Deal: Lets start with something thats quite clearly wishful thinking on the part of a number of Star Wars fans: For the last couple of weeks, there have been rumors that Kathleen Kennedy is stepping down as Lucasfilm president, with Marvels Kevin Feige being named as her potential replacement. This is, to be blunt, complete and utter banthawash. (Look, we’re trying to keep it clean and on-topic.) Yes, Solo: A Star Wars Story underperformed, but thats just one failure after three of the most successful movies in recent memory, and Solo had extenuating circumstancesnamely, losing its original directors, which forced a reshoot of pretty much the entire movie. The idea that Kennedy would be forced to step down after thator that fans need to speak up to save her jobis ridiculous, and betrays…..”
Read more: https://www.wired.com/story/cantina-talk-62/
The movie Gotti Earns a 0% score from Rotten Tomatoes
The reviews are in for the mobster movie Gotti which profiles the life of notorious crime boss John Gotti. Following the laundry list of excellent mob movies this should be an easy win, but Gotti‘s reviews are apparently the only entertaining thing about it.
The movie currently has a 0 percent Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes. That’s right, zero.
Tomatometer ratings are based on “the percentage of professional critic reviews that are positive for a given film or television show,” provided there are at least five reviews. Personally, I didn’t even know a 0 was possible.
Among the 18 approved “Tomato Critics,” not one gave Gotti a positive, or “fresh,” review, though we should note that the audience score is currently at 82 percent, with an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 from 6,678 reviews at the time this story was published
Regardless, here are some of the best snippets from the reviews.
1. “He may have been a murderer, but even Gotti deserved better than this.”
– Brian Tallerico for RogerEgbert.com
2. “There’s not really a story here. It’s more a series of recognizable scenes from any number of gangster movies…”
-Mark Dujsik for MarkReviewsMovies.com
3.”Gotti ends up feeling like a kitschy assemblage of other directors’ ideas.”
-Gary Thompson for Philly.com
3. There are 44 credited producers on the picture (good. lord.), and not one person had the nerve to question just what kind of derivative, borderline nonsensical film was being made.
-Brian Orndorf for Blue-Ray.com
4. You don’t put the “Theme From ‘Shaft’” in a movie that is not “Shaft.” Come on.
– Glenn Kenny for the New York Times
5. “… the picture is a chaotic assemblage of short, disconnected scenes interrupted by snippets of archival footage, bits of narration and even moments when Travolta breaks the fourth wall by talking directly into the camera.”
– Frank Swietek for One Guy’s Opinion
6. “While Travolta has his moments, the woefully uneven film too often settles for mobster stereotypes rather than providing meaningful insight into its subject.”
– Todd Jorgenson for Cinemalogue
7. “John Travolta and E from Entourage turn infamous mob boss Gotti into a scowling bore.”
– Mike D’Angelo AVClub
(Writer’s note: This is just the headline, but OMG what a headline.)
8. “… the vibrant, rap-infused score by Pitbull, which features three solo tracks by the popular artist, doesn’t quite jibe with the movie’s general style and tone.”
– Gary Goldstein for the Los Angeles Times
9. “…Gotti is a connect-the-dots disaster — the don’s greatest hits, so to speak — without discernible theme or cohesive narrative.”
-Franke Lovece for Newsday
10.”[Director Kevin] Connolly’s in too much of a rush to get somewhere and doesn’t seem to know what that destination is.”
– Chris Nashawaty for Entertainment Weekly
Let’s talk about the shocking ending of ‘Hereditary’
“Let’s pore over the details of Hereditary like it’s an overdue art project based on our tragic lives.
Warning: Major spoilers ahead for Hereditary.
Hereditary is the kind of film you need to sit with.
It’s not just that it has a lot of shocking twists, though it does, or that the scares linger in your psyche, though they do. It’s also that Hereditary is dense with details that only reveal themselves upon closer examination and careful thought… or at least a deep dive into an explainer like this one.
Here’s everything you missed in Hereditary.
1. Yes, King Paimon is real
And people really do worship him.
To be clear, Paimon is “real” in the sense that he was not invented by writer-director Ari Aster for this film. Whether you think he’s actually, literally real depends on whether you believe demons and spirits are real. For what it’s worth, mentions of Paimon go back centuries – he’s even included in the 17th century grimoire Lesser Key of Solomon.
“I’m not tied in any way to the occult, so the research was disturbing, but I knew that I had to go there and I knew that I wanted the ritual elements of the film, which are held at a distance and you only get pieces of them, I knew I wanted them to be rooted in something real,” he said to Thrillist. “I was lead to witchcraft manuals that are instructing people on how to cast spells and this and that.”
2. Charlie has never really been Charlie
From the moment we meet her, it’s obvious there’s something off about Charlie. What exactly that is takes a while to reveal itself.
Early in the film, Annie (Toni Collette) explains that when her son Peter was born, she kept him away from her mother, Ellen. When her daughter Charlie was born, though, Annie relented and “gave” her to Ellen. Ellen…..”
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