It’s been about a week since Scarlett Johansson was announced to be playing a transgender man for the Rupert Sanders film Rub & Tug. She has received a lot of backlash from the transgender community and others for being a cisgender actor playing a transgender person. The film was to be based on a true story of Jean Marie Gill, a cross-dressing Mob operator who ran a massage parlor in the 1970s.
Originally, Johansson defended her acceptance of the role by citing other cisgender actors who had played transgender characters such as Jeffrey Tambor in Transparent. However, Johansson has now decided to leave the role as she told Out:
“In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project. Our cultural understanding of transgender people continues to advance, and I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive. I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues. According to GLAAD, LGBTQ+ characters dropped 40% in 2017 from the previous year, with no representation of trans characters in any major studio release.”
“While I would have loved the opportunity to bring Dante’s story and transition to life, I understand why many feel he should be portrayed by a transgender person, and I am thankful that this casting debate, albeit controversial, has sparked a larger conversation about diversity and representation in film,” the statement continues. “I believe that all artists should be considered equally and fairly. My production company, These Pictures, actively pursues projects that both entertain and push boundaries. We look forward to working with every community to bring these most poignant and important stories to audiences worldwide.”
What do you think about Johansson stepping out of the role? Is there a transgender actor you think of that would be good choice to take it on?
Mark Hamill is fantastic. Luke Skywalker may be his most famous role, but to many fans including myself, Hamill is the best Joker. He originally voiced the Clown Prince of Crime in Batman: The Animated Series and has reprised his role several times. The team at Sideshow Collectibles has given Hamill an amazing tribute for his work as Joker, a Joker cane!
That cane looks freaking amazing and I want one. Luckily, you can go and buy one yourself over on their official site. Getting your own Clown Prince of Crime Cane will run you $125. Just think of all the trouble you could get in with that thing!
Warning, if you're not trying to have Dolly Parton's "9 To 5," stuck in your head for the next couple of days, don't watch this video. Those of you who don't mind are in for a treat as John Wick mixed to the iconic ballad just works all too well. It kind of made me realize the only way the John Wick films could be better is if the films had a catchy soundtrack to tie it all together. Check out the video below, and tell me I'm wrong:
Artist Rory Kurtz has created two beautifully badass pieces of poster art for James Cameron's classic sci-fi film Aliens. These were done as a private commission so unfortunately, they aren't available for sale, but at least you can bask in their glory online. The poster above featuring a horde of Xenomorphs is the variant edition and the one below with Ripley and Newt on their way to kill the Queen is the regular edition. These are just extremely cool and striking visuals. You can check out more of Kurtz's work here.
There’s a bit more hope for fans of Bleach in New York who want to see the live-action film. Japan Society has added an encore screening of the film for July 28, 2018, at 11 PM. You’ll want to rush over to the site to order tickets as the first showing sold out rather quickly. Hopefully, those of us that can’t make it to New York for the premiere will be able to see it closer to them at a later date.
Bleach will be released in Japan on July 20, 2018.
There's a new Dragon Ball Super film coming to Japan in December, and it looks like Broly will be making his way back into the franchise. Crunchyroll has revealed the title of the new feature will simply be Dragon Ball Super: Broly, and while no concrete details have been released, Akira Toriyama stated this will be the first time he directly worked with the character.
Prior to now Toriyama was only responsible for the character's design, but this film he had a say in the character's story and how he was re-introduced into the Dragon Ball Z franchise. One other interesting thing to note is that the title art for the film appears to feature Yamcha, although we have no idea what role he plays in the series at this stage of the game.
The film is set to release in Japan December 14th, so we're assuming it will arrive in the U.S. in 2019.
Microsoft has announced their smallest Surface device yet, and it may finally be cheap enough for you to consider purchasing one. The Microsoft Surface Go tablet is going to retail at $399, which includes a parred down version of Windows 10 4 GBs of Ram and 64 GBs of memory. Those who think that's not nearly enough can spring for the $549 version which includes 8 GBs of Ram and 256 GBs of memory. Additionally, either tier allows users to download the full desktop version of Windows 10, although the parred down experience is said to optimize the battery life (9 hours) of the Surface Go.
Take that, a 3:2 aspect ratio, lots of peripherals, and a 1800x1200 resolution screen and you have a viable contender to Microsoft's iPad that won't break the bank. Is it enough to make you consider buying a Surface though? Let us know in the comments.
Alt-Metal band Mushroomhead just released an alternate video to their song "We Are The Truth," and it's a pretty impressive homage to Evil Dead! The song, while an older track from the band, still holds up pretty well when matched with the visuals of Evil Dead, which are pretty top notch for a music video. Check it out below, and let us know how you think they did recreating iconic imagery from the film!
If you're a fan of watching Adult Swim late night and trippy videos, I have the perfect video for you. This one comes from celebrated internet artist Felix Cosgrove, who contributes quite often to Adult Swim animations. In one of his latest works, Cosgrove shows what happens when a sea monster comes to land. I love this video not just because of the concept, but also the animation is just incredible. Check it out below, and let us know what you think:
By now, the world is well aware of the rescue situation of the Thailand boys soccer team who were trapped in a cave with rising flood waters. Everyone is also probably aware that after the public reached out to him for his help, Elon Musk got his team on creating a "miniature submarine," built with the intention of saving the children from the cave much faster. Now we're getting a look at how that device works, which ended not being used because according to rescue chief Narongsak Osatanakorn, "the equipment they brought to help us is not practical with our mission." Check out the results below. As you know, the entire team and their coach were rescued and are doing ok now. .