Dhaka, July 6 (UNB) - Actor Terry Crews has credited the women, who came forward with their experiences of sexual harassment and launched the worldwide #MeToo movement, for giving him the strength and courage to tell his story to the world, reports The Indian Express.
In the aftermath of the sexual harassment scandal that led to the downfall of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, Crews had revealed that a “high-level Hollywood executive” groped his “privates” at a party in 2016.
The alleged perpetrator was later identified as Adam Venit, head of WMEs motion picture group, who has since left the agency and taken a retirement.
During a discussion at the 25th annual Essence Festival, Crews said he did not report the incident immediately after it happened as he feared no one would believe him, reported Deadline.
“I did come forward right away. I went right to the agency where this man worked and told everybody. I didn’t go public right away. I gave them time to rectify the situation. I wanted them to get rid of this man…
“This was pre-Me Too. If I would have gone to the police, I would have been laughed out of the precinct. This was also a time when people believed that you as a man couldn’t be sexually assaulted. It was impossible to get anyone to believe,” the 50-year-old actor said.
The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star said he felt empowered and decided to share his story after the Weinstein scandal.
“When the women of the #MeToo movement came forward, I viewed that like a hole in the fence. I watched those women escape and I ran right after them. That is when I came public. With the inspiration and from the courage they showed, actually gave me the courage to come forward with my story,” Crews said.
The actor added that opening up about the incident with the world was “probably the most important thing I’ve ever done”.
Dhaka, July 6 (UNB) - Disney-Pixar has quietly removed a scene from its 1999 animated feature “Toy Story 2” that alluded to casting couch in the film industry, reports The Indian Express.
The controversial scene was part of the blooper reel that played during the end credits and is now found to be missing from the latest home releases of film, reported The Wrap.
The scene featured the character Stinky Pete aka the Prospector who is caught talking salaciously to two Barbie dolls while stroking their hands.
“So you two are absolutely identical. You know, I’m sure I could get you a part in Toy Story 3,” Pete says in the clips.
When he realizes the camera is on him, he says, “I’m sorry are we back? Lovely time talking with you, yes, any time you’d like some tips on acting, I’d be happy to talk with you.”
The removal of the scene comes in the wake of the #MeToo movement which saw the downfall of Hollywood’s some of the most powerful men over the accusations of sexual misconduct.
Incidentally, the film was directed by Disney animation chief and Pixar co-founder John Lasseter.
He quit Disney in June last year after acknowledging that he had made the company’s staff feel “disrespected or uncomfortable” with unwanted hugs.
Allegations against Lasseter were unearthed in an investigation by The Hollywood Reporter which described a “pattern of alleged misconduct detailed by Disney/Pixar insiders.
Dhaka, July 6 (UNB) - Martin Sheen, Vera Farmiga and Alec Baldwin appear in short but significant parts. But the film belongs to four men -- Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg and Jack Nicholson, reports The Indian Express.
cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, Vera Farmiga, Martin Sheen, Alec Baldwin
Director: Martin Scorsese
Rating: 4.5 stars
“I am sorry it was necessary,” says Jack Nicholson’s character Frank Costello at one point in the 2006 Martin Scorsese directorial The Departed. This, after he is done ‘investigating’ Leonardo DiCaprio’s Billy Costigan. And by investigating, I mean thoroughly beating the morale and already broken hand of Billy.
Frank Costello is an Irish gangster who is involved in all kinds of shady affairs in Boston. The police is after him, but of course he is too clever for them. Billy is the new recruit in the local police department who is doubling as a small-time criminal to get close to Costello. The aforementioned sequence speaks volume of the kind of distrusting and hardened man Costello is. And when you look at the film, you will also see Nicholson in his quiet and infinitely threatening fashion, dominating the screen. It doesn’t matter that we don’t pay much attention to Leonardo in that scene because that sequence was written for Nicholson to weave his magic. And that he does powerfully enough.
The movie’s story follows two cops both doubling as agents for Frank Costello and the Massachusetts State Police, respectively. While Leonardo is an undercover cop, Matt Damon’s agent Sullivan is an undercover mole bred and planted by Costello in the police. The two have to find out about the other before it gets too late.
Departed boasts of a cast who knows what is required of them. While Leonardo is convincing as the intelligent and determined Billy Costigan, Matt Damon plays the antagonist perfectly. And we already know what Nicholson is capable of delivering. However, the surprise package comes in the form of Mark Wahlberg, Hollywood’s Salman Khan. As the roguish and rude Sergeant Sean Dignam, Mark demands your attention and you give it to him without any personal prejudice against the man (because I certainly have mine). I guess that is what acting honestly means.
Martin Sheen, Vera Farmiga and Alec Baldwin appear in short but significant parts. But the film belongs to four men — Leonardo, Matt, Mark and Jack.
William Monahan’s writing is strong and so are the performances. It is also a well-edited film, sitting smoothly but intensely at 2.5 hours. This could have been much longer, given the history of American mob dramas; all The Godfather films have a runtime of nearly three hours, with The Godfather II running well over three. As they say, the good ones take some time, but they always come through.
Dhaka, July 6 (UNB) - Pop star Ed Sheeran has released two new songs — “Blow” and “Best Part of Me” — from his upcoming album No. 6 Collaborations Project, reports The Indian Express.
While Sheeran has teamed up with Bruno Mars and Chris Stapleton for “Blow”, he created “Best Part of Me” with Yebba.
Sheeran shared the songs on his official Instagram page.
I’ve got 2 new tracks out today, he posted.
The 28-year-old musician has already released three songs from the album — “I Don’t Care with Justin Bieber”, “Cross Me with Chance the Rapper” and “PnB Rock”, and “Beautiful People with Khalid”.
No. 6 Collaborations Project will release on July 12.
Sheeran’s last album, Divide, came out in March 2017.
Dhaka, July 6 (UNB) - Spider-Man: Far From Home offered a few surprises. Some fell flat, but others we did not see coming in our wildest dreams, reports The Indian Express.
In Far From Home, there were three huge surprises, and two of them might have repercussions in the entire MCU. We unpack both the scenes in detail below.
The mid-credit scene began with Peter Parker watching a news report. The anchor is JK Simmons’ J Jonah Jameson. The veteran actor famously played the role in Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man films as well, and it was really great to see him return in the role. However, we are not sure if it was just an appearance or something permanent. Simmons was also cast as Commissioner Gordon in DC’s Justice League as well, but since we are not going to see another Justice League movie anytime soon and Ben Affleck’s Batman had ceased to exist, it is unlikely he will return in the role.
So, he might reprise the role in future Spider-Man movies.
The mid-credit scene also contained another and narratively more important reveal. Simmons’ Jameson played a clip of Mysterio (as he lay dying) announcing to the world the true identity of Spider-Man and also accusing him of murdering common people of London. Peter Parker is basically a fugitive now if law enforcement takes Mysterio’s claims seriously.
He will not be safe as Peter Parker and he will not be safe as Spider-Man. It is dangerous for the people close to him as well, as the bad guys will try to harm them to hurt Spider-Man, and this is why Peter acquired a made-up identity in the first place. Whatever happens, we are excited to see what comes next for the wall-crawler.
The post-credit scene is also blowing the minds of Marvel fans. It revealed that “Nick Fury” and “Maria Hill” we saw in the movie are actually Talos and his wife Soren. We met Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) in Captain Marvel. He seemed like a malevolent Skull, the leader of an invading force until the film revealed that he and his people were actually refugees and oppressed by the Kree empire. While Talos is impersonating Fury, he is not doing it without Fury’s permission. Fury is commanding a Skrull spaceship and has probably left Talos to do what he did while on earth and is perhaps on an important mission. It may be to eliminate the threat of other skrulls (the “sleeper cells” mentioned in the film) or to fight the Kree empire that may still survive.
The Skrull “sleeper cells” thing might also be teasing the Secret Invasion storyline of the comics in which Skrulls took the forms of Marvel superheroes and almost assumed control of the entire planet. Talos is a good Skrull, but he is not necessarily the typical example of his people.
That “Fury” was actually Talos also explains why “Fury” could not see through Quentin Beck and his deceit. The real Fury may not have taken Beck’s claim of belonging to a parallel universe at face value.