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Lowriders

The LA Film Festival announced that Ricardo de Montereuil’s Lowriders will be the opening film. Produced by Brian Grazer and Jason Blum, Lowriders stars Eva Longoria and Gabriel Chavarria. Grazer said, “It is such an honor that the LA Film Festival has chosen Lowriders to open this year’s Festival. From their humble beginnings to their modern-day status as works of extraordinary art, these aren’t simply cars…they hold the imagination of the people and culture that create them.” He added, “Danny’s coming-of-age story is one of a son, a brother and a visionary, and we cannot wait to share Ricardo’s film with the world.”

 
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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and now we have a clear picture of what America’s wizarding world looked like in 1926. Eddie Redmanye plays Newt Scamander who has just arrived in New York, and Scamander has smuggled some magical beasts. However, one of the creatures escapes and Colin Farrell’s Percival Graves comes after him.

The film is based on the JK Rowling book which is a prequel to the Harry Potter series. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them is released in November, and is part of a trilogy with the sequel coming out in 2018 and the final coming out in 2020.

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One thing that is astonishing about this year’s presidential race is what it tells us about ourselves, and specifically, what decades of conditioning by animated films, the music industry, the film industry and the Oscar race tells us about how we’ve been taught to think about women.

Polygraph has analyzed over 2,000 screenplays in one of the largest studies ever done about the representation of women versus men in film. If you’ve raised a child since the animation boom began you will have noticed that the majority of these stories center around a male protagonist, but for the odd Mulan here or there. It was a frustrating way for me to raise my daughter, taking her to film after film, animated and live action, all telling us the same thing: the most important person in the story is the young male hero. The females exist, the minority sidekicks exist, to bolster the protagonists confidence and help him bring the story to its conclusion. This has also become true of almost all Hollywood films aimed at adults, as we all know. It has only gotten worse as Hollywood has taken aim at ticket buyers internationally, where audiences are presumed to prefer central male protagonists and women are either young eye-candy or not there at all. With the exception of a few names like Jennifer Lawrence, Shailene Woodley and Kristen Stewart, women in film are interchangeable. Women of color hardly get cast or considered at all.

The results are dramatic:

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One thing I don’t get is why all the British accents? Well, here you go.

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There were no happy endings when the OJ verdict was read on October 3, 1995. There were no riots, as the media had been predicting. There was no coming home, as OJ had hoped. There was no justice served for anyone. Even the community that had rallied support around OJ and wanted to see him acquitted would always have to carry that burden, knowing it was unjust verdict that it was retribution for the unforgivable past, the long history of wrongfully convicted black men with all white juries, not to mention what had been happening to black citizens for centuries at the hand of law enforcement. The People vs. O.J. Simpson on FX concludes that way, as a reminder that everything about the case was tragic.
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