Over the weekend, Emma Watson took to the UN to deliver a speech on gender equality. Par for the course for any celebrity of note to take on some cause and give a few speeches about it, but Watson separates herself from the pack by delivering a fourteen-minute powerhouse of raw, eloquent truth.
When I was 8, I was confused about being called "bossy" because I wanted to direct the plays that we would put on for our parents. But the boys were not. When at 14, I started to be sexualized by certain elements of the media, when at 15, my girlfriends started dropping out of their beloved sports teams because they didn't want to appear "muscle-y," when at 18, my male friends were unable to express their feelings, I decided that I was a feminist. And this seems uncomplicated to me. But my recent research has shown me that feminism has become an unpopular word. Women are choosing not to identify as feminists.
And so on. The speech is well worth watching in its entirety, or you can read the entire text here ... Discuss
Oliver Stone may have found his Edward Snowden. According to Deadline, even though no formal contract has been signed, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has told the controversial filmmaker that he is interested in playing the infamous former NSA contractor in a new biopic. Stone’s team has already secured the rights to a novel by Snowden—about a whistleblower seeking international asylum—and another journalistic book about his leak of top-secret documents. The movie is set to begin shooting in December ... Discuss
Tim Burton is a very good director in need of a good movie. His last few have either been critical disappointments (Dark Shadows) or box office fizzles (Frankenweenie). So it's good to see a very promising looking trailer for Big Eyes, an Amy Adams vehicle about the true story of Margaret Keane, a famed artist whose husband stole the credit for all her work. It doesn't look much like a Tim Burton movie (although Keane's famed subject—children with cartoonishly large eyes—certainly sounds up his alley) but it looks terrific. And, wouldn't you know, there's neither hide nor hair of Johnny Depp. The movie comes out on Christmas ... Discuss
If you follow either Zack Snyder (who is directing the upcoming Batman v Superman) or J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot account (which is documenting the production of Star Wars Episode VII) on Twitter, then you’ve been treated to the geekiest Twitter war ever. After more than a month of exchanging a few images that mashup heroes from the franchises, Abrams released this video, giving fans a new look at the Millennium Falcon with head nod to the Dark Knight himself ... Discuss
Fresh on the heels of the critical acclaim he garnered for last year's Robert Redford-starring All Is Lost, it-director J.C. Chandor is back with a very intense-looking drama about 1981, one of the most violent years in New York City history. It stars Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis and Drive) and Jessica Chastain (she's in just about everything these days), it's called A Most Violent Year and it'll release on New Year's Eve ... Discuss
Teen heartthrob. Respected actor. Noted dancer. Is there anything Leonardo DiCaprio can't do? Besides win an Oscar? Well, there's at least one more thing to scratch off his bucket list: become the United Nations' new ambassador of peace. What exactly that means is sort of tough to say, but according to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Leo is "is not just one of the world's leading actors," but he also has "a longstanding commitment to environmental causes." That's very true, and DiCaprio's commitment to raising awareness about the environment does seem to be more than just the usual lip service stars are supposed to pay to a cause ... Discuss