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DIVERSITY & The 2016 Oscars at the “WOMEN IN FILM-DALLAS” Brunch (& Mimosas!)

Chris Rock has said, “You can go to whole movies and not see one black woman. They’ll throw a black guy a bone. OK, here’s a black guy. But is there a single black woman in Interstellar? Or Gone Girl? Birdman? The Purge? Neighbors? I’m not sure there are. I don’t remember them. I go to the movies almost every week, and I can go a month and not see a black woman having an actual speaking part in a movie. That’s the truth.”

It sounds like something Chris Rock said yesterday, but this is actually a quote from 2014. You can read his whole interview in The Hollywood Reporter by clicking HERE, but if Chris Rock was that worked up then, imagine what he has to say NOW.

The lack of diversity amongst the 2016 Oscar nominees has turned primarily into a race issue, but it reflects several dilemmas at once. Turn on your TV or radio at this very moment and you’ll see that the problem of diversity goes far beyond the studios of Hollywood.

This is one of the issues we’ll address at the Women in Film-Dallas Brunch this Saturday. I will be on a panel with Dallas Morning News reporter Dawn Burkes and award-winning Writer/Director Paula Goldberg (Unadulterated) as we tackle issues like the wage gap and lack of opportunities for women in film. We’ll also be chowing down on Migas and chugging Mimosas, so it’s going to be fun as well as eye-opening. Tickets are cheaper if you buy them in advance so do that by clicking HERE and I’ll see you Saturday!
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The (un)Official Drinking Game of the 2016 Oscars

The 2016 Oscars will air this Sunday at 7:30 Central and the world is can barely contain it’s excitement!

Okay, that’s not really true. Most people are apathetic about this year’s nominees and the #OscarSoWhite controversy threw even more cold water on everything. I thought I’d spice things up with a good old-fashioned Oscars Drinking Game, so we’d have something to do when we weren’t making fun of everyone’s gowns and make-up choices. Before we get good and drunk though, I think we should address the old, white elephant in the room with our very first rule.

RULE #1: Take a shot of plain water anytime emcee Chris Rock makes a joke about the lack of diversity amongst Oscar voters and nominees. I suspect he’ll be at it all night, so this would be a good opportunity to hydrate. Continue reading →

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MOVIE REVIEW: “45 Years” (Love Never Dies…And Other Bullsh*t)

Romance is currently a big topic of conversation, with Valentine’s Day right around the corner. Several movies about it are hitting theaters, with shiny, young actors who wistfully gaze at each other.

Then, there’s 45 Years.

It stars Charlotte Rampling and Tom Coutenay as Kate and Geoff, a couple who are about to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. Romance for them is more about quiet acceptance and a loving rub on the back than steamy nights. It’s born from years of security and a shared history. Their love doesn’t need flowers or sexy songs because it’s solid and peaceful. What happens though, when a secret surfaces that shakes their relationship to its foundation? Can love like that be broken, or have the roots grown too deep? Continue reading →

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PODCAST: Movie Chat for 1/22/16 (“The 5th Wave,” “Dirty Grandpa,” & “Son of Saul”)

This week on the Podcast, I review The 5th Wave, Dirty Grandpa and Son of Saul. I’ll also talk about the #OscarSoWhite controversy, since Straight Outta Compton is now available on DVD. I’ll also answer some emailed questions about The Martian, because people are still asking me if it’s appropriate for kids. It really all depends on your kid…and just how much you swear around them. I’d also like to share this article with Scott from Dallas, who asked if I knew how solid the science behind The Martian is. Scott, bless your little heart for assuming I’m smart enough to answer that question. Instead, here’s an interview with Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, because HE would know! http://www.cbsnews.com/news/neil-degrasse-tyson-science-behind-the-martian/