Danny Glover Is Weighing In On The Oscars Diversity Row, Suggesting The Prestigious Prizegiving Should Be Done Away With Completely Since The Art Of Filmmaking Is Subjective.
Members of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences have been under fire after voters failed to recognise black actors and films for next month's ceremony (Feb16), with some stars including Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith refusing to even watch the event.
And now the Lethal Weapon star is sharing his views on the subject, noting awards shows in general have never really been fair since films and other forms of entertainment are based on personal taste.
During an interview at the Sundance Film Festival, Glover told Variety, "The Academy and everything else has been what it is since the outset... Awards shows are subjective. They always have been. Maybe we should do away with them."
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Danny Glover , Sonny Rollins - The Jazz Foundation of America presents the 14th Annual 'A Great Night in Harlem' at the Apollo Theater - Gala Concert - New York, New York, United States - Thursday 22nd October 2015
'Lethal Weapon' is the latest movie to get the small screen reboot treatment.
Lethal Weapon has become the latest movie to be rebooted for the small screen, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Fox is said to have handed out a ‘hefty put-pilot commitment’ for a TV reboot of the classic cop franchise, after a bidding war between networks.
Mel Gibson starred as Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon.
THR writes that NBC was also interested in a series based on the film franchise, which starred Mel Gibson and Danny Glover. The reboot is being produced by Warner Bros. Television whose film division, Warner Bros. Pictures, also helmed the original movies.
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Wendy Oxenhorn and Danny Glover - A variety of stars were photographed as they attended the Jazz Foundation of America's 24th Annual Jazz Loft Party which was held at Hudson Studios in New York City, New York, United States - Saturday 16th May 2015
Savion Glover and Danny Glover - Jazz Foundation of America's 24th Annual Jazz Loft Party held at Hudson Studios - Arrivals at Hudson Studios - New York City, New York, United States - Saturday 16th May 2015
Actor Danny Glover flew the breadth of the U.S. to join workers staging a protest outside a poultry processing plant.
The Lethal Weapon star, a keen activist, travelled from his home in San Francisco, California to North Carolina on the East Coast to support staff at Mountaire Farms in their bid to unionise the workforce.
He donned a yellow United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1208 T-shirt and cap to stand alongside protesters on the frontline outside the plant in Lumber Bridge.
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Nicolas Cage acts his socks off in this thinly plotted thriller, which is set in the same moral universe as the Taken movies, where mass murder is excusable if your daughter's been kidnapped. Despite a low-budget aesthetic, director Paco Cabezas invests each scene with straight-faced emotion, never acknowledging the general implausibility and irresponsibility of the story itself. But with Cage's rampant performance and Cabezas' visual style, the film almost works as melodramatic escapism.
Cage plays slick businessman Paul, who has finally put his criminal past behind him. But when his over-protected 16-year-old daughter (Aubrey Peeples) is kidnapped, he digs out his old leather jacket and turns to his boyhood partners in crime (Max Ryan and Michael McGrady) for help. While Paul's new young wife (Rachel Nichols) urges him to sort out this mess, his old police detective pal (Danny Glover) warns Paul against taking the law into his own hands. But he can't help it. Especially when it becomes clear that the Russian mobster (Pasha D. Lynchikoff) he clashed with nearly 20 years earlier might be involved in an attempt to get revenge.
While the plot itself doesn't have any real surprises, it at least tries to twist and turn its way through the story. And along the way, Paul's experience gets increasingly emotional, giving Cage the chance to indulge in everything from slow-burn frustration to tear-stained grief to full-on mad-dog violence. Rage indeed! Cage explodes with fury so many times that he seems in danger of transforming into the Hulk at any moment. And the actors around him wisely back up and let him have the stage to himself. Otherwise, there isn't much to the film, with a series of average car chases and fist-fights that are brutal but forgettable.
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Datari TurnerNoni Jean has always been an immensely talented singer and performer, winning local talent competitions at a very young age with the encouragement of her pushy mother Macy. Needless to say, she quickly becomes a world famous popstar as she hits her teens, playing to crowds of thousands every night and jetting all over the globe. As much as this may seem like any young girl's dream, Noni just wishes she could stop for a minute and also that she could escape the often degrading and frequently pressured life of stardom she leads. She reaches breaking point eventually, planning to jump to her death from a multi-storey building, but she is saved mid-jump by a caring officer named Kaz Nicol who she immediately connects with. He wants to protect her from the pressures of her chaotic life and gives her the strength to take control of her world once again.
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The Lethal Weapon star was feted in the Caribbean nation a day after the former South African president's death (05Dec13), and the timing of the presentation was not lost on the 67 year old, who had portrayed the civil rights icon in 1987 Tv film Mandela, three years before the politician was released from prison.
Accepting the prize, Glover, who had campaigned for Mandela's release in 1990, said, "There's a great deal that comes back over a period of time, those great moments when you thought you were doing something of value, and that the work you were doing as an artist was changing the world.
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20th Century Fox had announced a 'special surprise' at Comic-Con 2013, and an all-new addition to the Predator franchise may well be the surprise
It looks like we might have yet another addition to the Predator movie franchise, with the official movie fan-page uploading a cryptic image onto their page and setting into motion a frenzy of anticipation surrounding a potential follow-up to 2010's Predators. As The Hollywood Reporter pointed out, "20th Century Fox's has promised 'a huge surprise' for its San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday, which is still showing up as 'TBA' in terms of details on the official Comic-Con schedule."
Could Arnold be back fighting Predators?
A surprise, yes, but a good surprise? You'd have to forgive us for being a little dubious about this. As utterly amazing the Schwarzenegger-starring 1987 film was, the Danny Glover starring 1990 follow-up wasn't nearly as good as the first and despite a promising cast and a production credit from cult movie mastermind Robert Rodriguez, 2010's Predators was frankly a disappointment, so where does this leave a follow-up to the last Predator outing? Each of the post-2000 Predator films, including the Alien vs Predator movies, were pretty weak and it would take something special for 20th Century Fox to up their game and make another memorable Predator film, but for all we know the next outing from the ultra-advanced sentient humanoid alien race could be worth writing home about.
Hollywood actor Pitt is an executive producer of new documentary The House I Live In, about America's war on drugs, and he has thrown his support behind Obama after the politician insisted police have "bigger fish to fry" and won't be "going after recreational users in states that have determined that it's (marijuana) legal".
Pitt and his co-producers, Glover, John Legend and Russell Simmons, say in a statement, "President Obama should be commended for expressing the will of the people in Colorado and Washington. Our jails are overburdened with nonviolent drug users in this country, too often serving harsher sentences than violent criminals. This defies all common and economic sense. The President's statement reflects a saner and more sensible drug policy, and a step away from the decades long failed war on drugs."
The I Am Music hitmaker will perform at the event alongside Harry Belafonte, Pete Seeger and Jackson Browne at the Beacon Theatre in New York on Friday (14Dec12).
Lethal Weapon star and humanitarian Glover will speak at the show, which has been organised to raise funds for a campaign calling for the release of Native American activist Leonard Peltier.
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Woody Watson is an 11-year-old boy with a broken family and an unpredictable future. His father is absent and his mother is in rehab leaving him to be cared for by his grandmother and recently out of prison uncle Vincent in their Baltimore home. His aspirations are questionable, admiring Vincent for his life of crime. One day, while Vincent is supposed to be taking Woody to school, he instead takes him out to the bank where he expected to be granted a loan for his food business. However, he is flatly refused based on his criminal past and he is forced to engage in one more drug dealing job for his ruthless boss Mr. Fish with young Woody looking on. When he witnesses his uncle falling into his violent past, he must choose what sort of life he wants to lead for what was meant to be a lesson in how to be man, has turned into a lesson in how to screw up your life like the rest of your family. Will Woody pick the right path?
'Luv' is the gritty drama based on how a broken family can force a child to admire the wrong sort of people and end up making them make life changing decisions at a very young age. It has been directed by Sheldon Candis ('Young Cesar') who also co-wrote the screenplay with Justin Wilson in his full length feature debut and is set to be released on November 9th 2012.
Directed by Sheldon Candis
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