Hillsong has released a new trailer for their upcoming documentary Let Hope Rise, which releases this spring. From filmmaker, Michael John Warren—the director of Jay Z’s Fade to Black concert movie—Let Hope Rise looks at the rise of Hillsong Church (which pulls in more than 100,000 weekly attendees in services around the globe), and the United Band’s huge global influence ... Discuss
Investigators are baffled by new evidence that suggests that one of the pilots of Germanwings Flight 9525 became locked out of the plane’s cabin before it crashed in the French Alps, killing all 150 on board. According to a report in The New York Times, audio from a cockpit voice recorder revealed a strange turn of events involving the aircraft’s two pilots.
After a series of normal conversation between the two pilots, one left the cockpit for reasons that are not clear. Moments later, he is heard knocking on the door—eventually attempting to break it down—while the plane rapidly descended and eventually crashed. From the NYT report: “A senior French official involved in the investigation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that the lack of communication from the pilots during the plane’s descent was disturbing, and that the possibility that their silence was deliberate could not be ruled out."
Arnold Schwarzenegger movies aren't generally in RELEVANT's wheelhouse, but he's the star of a new one that's actually making some critical waves and has a fresh, interesting idea at its core. Maggie is a sparser, gentler take on the zombie apocalypse craze, and it follows Schwarzenegger's attempts to protect his daughter (Little Miss Sunshine's Abigail Breslin) after she gets zombie-infected. That's pretty grim stuff for a Schwarzenegger movie, but the script is rumored to be one of the better stories to have been floating around Hollywood for the past few years. Here's hoping it lives up to the plot's potential. Discuss
Deadline, a reputable Hollywood trade publication RELEVANT has cited many times, expressed its deep concern that television might be going a little overboard with all these ethnic (their word) actors. Citing Empire, Black-ish, Fresh Off The Boat and How To Get Away With Murder as examples of racial diversity run amok, a piece by Nellie Andreeva called Pilots 2015: The Year Of Ethnic Castings—About Time Or Too Much Of A Good Thing? (definitely no trolling clickbait at play there) wondered aloud about the fortunes of poor white actors, who today comprise a mere 70 to 80 percent of network television roles. Goodness, whatever will they do?
To be fair, Andreeva called the recent (slight) surge in racially diverse casting "overdue," but went on to note that "as is the case with any sea change, the pendulum might have swung a bit too far in the opposite direction." She cites concerns about Hollywood's "ethnic quotas" (a dubious claim, given that minorities make up about five percent of lead roles on television shows) and the fact that several parts originally written for white characters have gone to black actors (she does not mention how frequently roles based on nonwhite characters end up going to white actors, but maybe that's neither here nor there.) Discuss