Quentin Tarantino Takes Heat After Saying Marvel Actors Are “Not Movie Stars”
Posted on November 24, 2022, 5:00 am
Quentin Tarantino is the latest filmmaker to give a critique of superhero movies. During an interview with Tom Segura for his podcast, 2 Bears 1 Cave, Tarantino was asked about the topic of Marvel Movies. Tarantino responded saying, “I don’t love them, No, I don’t. I don’t hate them. But I don’t love them. I mean, look, I used to collect Marvel comics like crazy when I was a kid. There’s an aspect that if these movies were coming out when I was in my twenties, I would totally be f-cking happy and totally love them. [But] they wouldn’t be the only movies being made, they would be those movies amongst other movies. I’m almost 60 so I’m not quite as excited about them.”
Segura said that Marvel films often feel like a “carbon copy” of previous MCU films adding in, “you’re never taken somewhere you don’t expect.” To which Tarantino said, “My only axe to grind is they’re the only things that seem to be made, And they’re the only things that seem to generate any kind of excitement amongst a fan base or even for the studio making them … So it’s just the fact that they are the entire representation of this era of movies right now. There’s not really much room for anything else. That’s my problem. It’s a problem of representation. Part of the Marvel-ization of Hollywood is you have all these actors who have become famous playing these characters,” he added. “But they’re not movie stars. Right? Captain America is the star. Thor is the star. I’m not the first person to say that. I think that’s been said a zillion times, but it’s these franchise characters become a star.”
Tarantino continued to say that, “Back in 2005, if an actor stars in a movie that does as good as the Marvel movies do, then that guy’s an absolute star, It means people dig him or her and they like them and want to see them in stuff. Sandra Bullock is in Speed and everyone thought she’s amazing in it. Everyone fell in love with her … They were excited by Sandra Bullock and wanted to see her in something else. That’s not the case now. We want to see that guy [keep] playing Wolverine or whatever.”
Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings star Simu Liu responded on Twitter saying that, “If the only gatekeepers to movie stardom came from Tarantino and Scorsese, I would never have had the opportunity to lead a $400 million plus movie. I am in awe of their filmmaking genius. They are transcendent auteurs. But they don’t get to point their nose at me or anyone. No movie studio is or ever will be perfect. But I’m proud to work with one that has made sustained efforts to improve diversity onscreen by creating heroes that empower and inspire people of all communities everywhere. I loved the ‘”‘Golden Age’”‘ too.. but it was white as hell.”
Many pointed out that if Tarantino wants more non-Marvel content than he should just make exactly that. However, Tarantino vowed to quit directing with his unwritten, tenth movie. He also re-confirmed this during the podcast when he stated, “I think ten’s a good number, I’m ready to bow off the stage and leave them wanting more. Don’t muddy up my filmography with a bunch of out-of-touch old man movies … I’ve done everything I wanted to do.”
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Movies Opening This Week, 11/23/22
Posted on November 23, 2022, 5:00 am
This week there are two films opening in theatres in the United States. Below is a list of the films along with extra details and information for each.
Category: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Summary: On one fateful night; Oliver Grayson: a lonely, quiet, and enigmatic internet goods provisioner had everything taken away in an instant. Left with no recent memory, only Ella can help him find his true identity, but can they accept it?
Director: Oliver Locke
Writer: Oliver Locke
Title: An Inconvenient Love
Run Time: 2 Hours 4 Minutes
Category: Comedy, Romance
Summary: It follows Ayef. She has no time for love because of her dream of becoming an animator. She meets Manny, and they agree to a convenient relationship that will expire on the month she is set to leave for Singapore.
Director: Petersen Vargas
Writers: Daisy Cayanan, Enrico Santos
Stars: Donny Pangilinan, Belle Mariano, JC Alcantara
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Top CNN Programming Executive Michael Bass Set to Exit
Posted on November 22, 2022, 5:00 am
CNN’s top programming executive, Michael Bass, is leaving the cable news channel. CNN CEO Chris Licht announced the choice to staff at the channel Monday morning writing in a memo that Bass, “made the decision to leave CNN at the end of this year” and adding that “he has been a steady hand during some of the most turbulent times this network has faced.”
Licht had added that CNN is “launching a search for Michael’s replacement, and we will communicate an interim plan in the coming days.” Bass was one of the executives who ran CNN on an interim basis after Jeff Zucker had left the channel earlier on this year. Licht originally named Bass to his team in July.
The memo read, “To my CNN colleagues, I’m writing to let you know that Michael Bass has made the decision to leave CNN at the end of this year. Throughout his nearly decade-long run at this organization, Michael has demonstrated incredible leadership and perseverance. He has been a steady hand during some of the most turbulent times this network has faced.
Along with a brilliant and courageous team, Michael kept CNN live and on air as COVID-19 shut the world down. Never has CNN been more essential than those bleak days when people were struggling to understand the pandemic. And as a part of the “Trio,” Michael, Amy, and Ken guided CNN through a difficult transition period while simultaneously overseeing our exceptional coverage of the war in Ukraine.
As head of domestic programming, Michael helped create a number of new shows and overhaul legacy programs. His full list of accomplishments is too great to acknowledge in a single memo. But on the heels of the midterms, it’s worth noting that he oversaw coverage of elections, town halls and debates, and is the creator of CNN’s Key Race Alerts, which continue to distinguish our election coverage today. He also developed a number of special series such as Roots, The Person Who Changed My Life, Champions for Change, and the “Beyond the Call of Duty” franchise.
I wish Michael well in his future endeavors and thank him for his contributions, guidance, and friendship. We are launching a search for Michael’s replacement, and we will communicate an interim plan in the coming days.”
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Bob Iger Returning as Disney CEO
Posted on November 21, 2022, 5:00 am
The Walt Disney Company has said that Bob Chapek will no longer be CEO, and Bob Iger will return to lead the company once again. The decision was announced by Disney’s board of directors on Sunday night, despite Chapek signing a new multi-year contract in June.
Susan Arnold, chairman of the board stated, “We thank Bob Chapek for his service to Disney over his long career, including navigating the company through the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic, The Board has concluded that as Disney embarks on an increasingly complex period of industry transformation, Bob Iger is uniquely situated to lead the Company through this pivotal period.”
Iger was even surprised himself as he sent an email that stated he is returning, “with an incredible sense of gratitude and humility — and, I must admit, a bit of amazement.” Disney also clarified that the decision is a temporary one as Iger, “has agreed to serve as Disney’s CEO for two years, with a mandate from the Board to set the strategic direction for renewed growth and to work closely with the Board in developing a successor to lead the Company at the completion of his term.”
Iger said in a statement that, “I am extremely optimistic for the future of this great company and thrilled to be asked by the Board to return as its CEO, Disney and its incomparable brands and franchises hold a special place in the hearts of so many people around the globe—most especially in the hearts of our employees, whose dedication to this company and its mission is an inspiration. I am deeply honored to be asked to again lead this remarkable team, with a clear mission focused on creative excellence to inspire generations through unrivaled, bold storytelling.”
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‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner is Going to Lead Marvel’s ‘Silk’ for MGM+ and Amazon
Posted on November 18, 2022, 5:00 am
The showrunner for Walking Dead has now moved her deal from AMC to Amazon as well as signing on to oversee Silk: Spider Society. Silk: Spider Society, is the first of expected series for Marvel TV that are based on Sony Pictures universe of over 900 characters. The series is executive produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller and will air on MGM+ before airing globally on Amazon’s Prime Video.
Jennifer Salke the head of Amazon Studios stated, “Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Sony’s recent live-action and animated reimagining of the Spider-Man franchise has represented some of the most dynamic superhero storytelling in film, Together with Angela Kang’s creative vision, we couldn’t be more pleased to bring Silk: Spider Society to our MGM+ and Prime Video customers.”
Angela Kang joined The Walking Dead during season two and was promoted to showrunner in season nine through its final 11th season. Kang stepped down from showrunner after the exit of star Melissa McBride. Kang’s Amazon deal has been in the works for some time now which explains her sudden departure for a Daryl Dixon spinoff series.
Kang stated that, “I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the Amazon Studios family for this next chapter of my career, I look forward to working with the executive team on diverse, character-forward, watercooler shows for a global audience and am so excited to dive in to my first challenge — bringing Korean-American superhero Silk to life on screen.”
Silk is a story following characters created by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos. Its is inspired by the Marvel comics and follows Cindy Moon, a Korean-American woman bitten by the same spider that bit Peter Parker, as she escapes being imprisoned and searches for her missing family while becoming the superhero Silk. Pope stated that, “We can’t wait to bring the adventures of Cindy Moon to life, thanks to the creative dream team of Chris and Phil, Angela and Amy, along with our partners at Marvel and Amazon, We know this exciting series with new and never-before-seen characters and storylines will wow audiences watching first on linear MGM+ and then around the world on Prime Video.”
Information still has not been given as far as when Silk will release.