J.J Abrams steps up and diversifies.

J.J Abrams of Star Trek and Star Wars fame is stepping up his diversity game .  Inspired by the second year in a row of controversy surrounding the lack of melanin in the Oscars nominees, Abrams is moving towards a more inclusive casting experience.

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Look at how diverse that lens flare is!

This year, roles like Idris Elba’s in Beasts of No Nation and Michael B Jordan’s turn as Creed went unacknowledged, prompting the resurgence of the old hashtag. Prominent actors began to speak out against the problem and formed a boycott. Chris Rock completely rewrote his Oscars monologue. And amidst all of this turmoil the question at the top of the list was “how do we fix this.”

Now certainly these snubs which have come from an academy that is overwhelmingly white, male, and old have to be addressed. However another major point brought to light has been the lack of Oscar Award worthy roles for actors of color. You can’t win for roles that don’t exist. If you’re always playing a stereotype you’ll definitely be ignored for the big league awards.

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And the Oscar goes to… Black guy for his portrayal as pissed off Gang member number 1!

So J.J Abrams and his team have a plan. The want to make their films look like America looks, in front of AND behind the screen.

Abrams, who also produced the latest Star Trek movies, isn’t just talking about finding a few token actors: he’s directed the casting agency that works with his production agency, Bad Robot, to send him lists of people — writers, producers, directors — who are proportionally representative to the U.S. population.

“Any list that we have for projects, it needs to be representative of this country.”

Not only is this a big development in the fight for equal representation in Hollywood, Abrams will likely see more money at the box office for his effort as diverse films make more money.

This move hits all the right notes that many people may slip up on. It’s not just the “casting of the show” as fool Matt Damon would tell us. In front of the screen is only part of the issue, getting a diverse writing and production staff is another huge fight as those positions have been whitewashed since the beginning of film. Most of the time that’s forgotten but Abrams is going out of his way to be decent in a Hollywood that’s extremely racist. Kudos and fist bump to you sir.

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Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jj-abrams-diversity-in-film_us_56d86d3ce4b0ffe6f8e860dc

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The IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT REVIEW-Bridge On the River Kwai

This movie came out in 1957 and stars none other than Obi Wan Kenobi. (Alec Guinness, who by the way would have stopped reading right there, but you won’t because you know Star Wars is awesome). Anyway this is widely regarded as one of the best, if not THE best, films ever made. Let that sink in, Best….Ever…EVER. Yeah you should watch this and I’ll explain why in more detail…..NOW.

It’s world war II, British prisoners are sent to a Japanese prison camp in western Thailand. They are made to do manual labor and this is where the first conflict arises. Their leader, played by Guinness, informs their captors that according to the Geneva Conventions that all officers are exempt from manual labors. Saito, The colonel of the Japenese camp (Sessue Hayakawa) slaps him with the copy of the conventions. He then throws him into “the oven”, an iron box in the heat without food or water.

The entire film is an examination of the human condition, spirit, and performance under stress and pressure. How doggedly someone can pursue something under these terrible conditions that they may even forget who they really are.

Another side to this film is that one prisoner escapes this is Commander Shears(William Holden) of the United States Navy. His story is extremely interesting to say the least, and he eventually gets sent back in order to find and destroy the bridge that is being built.

Everything combines in a beautiful display at the end that leaves you satisfied but wanting to watch the movie all over again. Great writing, acting, directing, and the location looked amazing.

It won SEVEN Oscars read em and weep full house! Flush? (idk don’t play poker ha!)

Best picture, Best director, Best Actor, Best writing(screenplay based on material from another medium, Best Music, Best film editing, Best cinematography.

It won 3 BAFTA awards, Best british film, Best film from any source, Best British Actor.

It won 3 Golden Globe Award, Best motion picture, Best director, Best actor

It has also been selected for preservation in the U.S.A National film registry. An honor I actually hold higher than the Oscars (a topic for another blog).

SO the bottom line is, IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT grab it on blu-ray or DVD today, get some popcorn and watch it several times to make up for not seeing a movie that’s probably older than you!

Here’s the full list of stars and directors etc.

Directed by David Lean
Produced by Sam Spiegel
Screenplay by Carl Foreman
Michael Wilson
Based on The Bridge over the River Kwai
by Pierre Boulle
Starring William Holden
Alec Guinness
Jack Hawkins
Sessue Hayakawa
Music by Malcolm Arnold
Cinematography Jack Hildyard
Editing by Peter Taylor
Studio Horizon Pictures
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s)
2 October 1957
Running time 161 minutes
Country USA/UK
Language English
Budget $3 million (estimated)
Box office $33.3 million (in U.S.)

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Video Games Based on Movies

What happened to those great games like Aladdin, Toy Story, Goldeneye, Super Star Wars: Empire strikes back. Why is it that today movie studios don’t give the video game industry the respect it deserves? They could probably double their profits if they just would give the video game studio a little more time to develop the game. Unfortunately now when a game is released along side a movie (or a movie along side a game…Miss Chun-Li) The verdict is usually bad reviews all around. Granted all movie games back in the 90s weren’t great, I’m looking at you Back to the future NES and you, forever you E.T. However it seemed a lot more went into the movie video games back then. So my next review will be Toy Story on Sega Genesis. And then after that I will post a good ole fashion movie review of a movie that if you haven’t seen it you should! Thanks everyone you’re great!