Co-written by Kumail Nanjiani – who plays himself in the film – and wife Emily Gordon, “The Big Sick” has opened to some very flattering critiques from all and sundry. Loosely based on the real life courtship between Kumail and Emily, TBS is a romantic comedy film that tells the story of an aspiring Pakistani-born standup comedian and the cultural dilemma he lands himself into after falling in love with a white American, Emily, played to the T by Zoe Kazan.
The film is a bold endeavor in that it is a love story involving a Pakistani-Muslim and a white American girl which by no means is a mainstream topic, if not a taboo subject. However, the way the story has been handled speaks volumes about the direction and the team behind this truly hilarious and endearing film. A humble advice to those who haven’t seen it – SEE IT, NOW! And go into splits watching the odd couple and their hilariously complex families.
Kumail belongs to a conservative Pakistani family and is a struggling stand-up comedian and a part-time Uber driver in Chicago, who happens to see Emily during one of his shows when she heckles him from the crowd. They meet up after the show and there is immediate chemistry between the two and they begin dating soon enough.
As the relationship begins to take a meaningful shape Kumail doesn’t know how he is supposed to break the news to his Orthodox parents who keep introducing him to Pakistani women to set up an arranged marriage for him.
Knowing their parents well, his brother Naveed advises him not to continue the relationship – but this is “love” we are talking about – not only does he continue the affair, he even lies to Emily giving her the impression that his parents are aware of their relationship.
However, Emily finds out the truth when she discovers pictures of all the Pakistani women his parents have been trying to hook him up with in a cigar box in his room. There’s a confrontation and she decides to end it all with him after he says he’s not sure about a future with her.
Soon after the breakup, Emily is diagnosed with a condition which requires surgery while she is in a medically induced coma.
Kumail is at the hospital when Emily’s parents Beth and Terry arrive and while he gets along well with Terry, Beth is a little indifferent towards him. However, Beth picks up for him when a heckler passes racist remarks during his stand-up performance the night before the operation and a bonding between the two develops.
Kumail finally opens up about Emily in front of his parents leading to a heated argument which ends with his parents disowning him.
Meanwhile, Emily has developed serious complications after her surgery and Kumail gets a call from her parents during an important performance informing him that the infection has reached Emily’s, heart. Kumail is so distraught with the news that he botches the show.
To cut a long story short, Emily is initially reluctant to get back with Kumail but he wins her over ultimately while she recovers completely from her afflictions.
Rotten Tomatoes– Rotten Tomatoes has given the film an approval rating of 97% based on 142 reviews, with an average rating of 8.3/10. “Funny, heartfelt, and intelligent, The Big Sick uses its appealing leads and cross-cultural themes to prove the standard romcom formula still has some fresh angles left to explore,” reads the site’s critical consensus.
Metacritic – According to Metacritic’s rating, the film has scored 87 out of 100, based on 44 critics, indicating “universal acclaim”.
Eighty-eight-year-old Adam West, born William West Anderson and best remembered for his appearance in the lead role of ABC’s Batman (1966-1968), passed away Friday night in Los Angeles.
West made the transition peacefully in his sleep after a brief struggle with leukemia. He is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero,” said his family in a statement.
The family also tweeted: “Our beloved AW passed away last night. He was the greatest. We’ll miss him like crazy. We know you’ll miss him too – West Family”.
Bruce Ward, who plays Batman’s sidekick, Robin/ Dick Grayson in the ABC series of the Sixties, said he was devastated – the two “lifelong” friends having traveled to the East Coast together for an autograph show just two weeks prior to West’s death.
“I am devastated at the loss of one my very dearest friends,” Ward said in a statement. “Adam and I had a special friendship for more than 50 years. We shared some of the most fun times of our lives together. Our families have deep love and respect for each other. This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend. I will forever miss him. There are several fine actors who have portrayed Batman in films. In my eyes, there was only one real Batman that is and always will be Adam West. He was truly the Bright Night.”” – As reported by Variety.
Early Life and Career
Born on September 19, 1928, in Walla Walla, Washington to a farmer father and an opera singer/concert pianist mother, West studied at the Walla Walla High School during his freshman and sophomore years, and later went to Lakeside School in Seattle. He had moved to Seattle at the age of 15 with his mother soon after his parents’ divorce.
After his discharge from the United States Army, where he served as an announcer on American Forces Network television, he moved to Hawaii in pursuit of a career in showbiz.
Let’s take a chronological look at how his showbiz career progressed over the years.
His foray into the world of entertainment began when he was selected for a role in a children’s program, the El Kini Popo Show. He went on to become the star of the show.
In 1959, he moved to Hollywood with his wife and two children where he adopted the stage name Adam West.
Here is a list of the majority of West’s film and TV appearances:
El Kini Popo Show – As mentioned above he started his acting career with this children’s show playing the sidekick – the show also featured a chimp.
The Young Philadelphians – Paul Newman was the star in the film.
Sugarfoot, Colt.45, and Lawman – These were three westerns from Warner Bros., aired on ABC, in which West plays Doc Holiday, the gunfighter/dentist.
Westbound Stage – He plays Wild Bill Hickok in this episode of the NBC Western series Overland Trail (1960) – Doug McClure and William Bendix also featured in the episode.
Johnny Midnight – West appeared as a guest star in this syndicated Edmond O’Brien-crime- drama.
The Detectives – Also referred to as ‘The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor’ and ‘Robert Taylor’s Detectives,’ this crime drama saw him in a supporting role as a police officer.
The Real McCoys – West appeared only once in this Walter Brennan sitcom.
The Man from Kansas – In this January 1961-episode of the NBC Western series Laramie (1959-1963), West plays the part of a young, ambitious deputy.
The Case of the Barefaced Witness – His first of two guest appearances on this Perry Mason episode was in 1961 – he portrays a small-town journalist, Dan Southern, in this particular episode.
The Case of the Bogus Books – This was the 1962 Perry Mason episode in which he makes his second guest appearance as Pete Norland, a folk singer.
The Invisible Enemy – West makes an appearance in this installment of ABC’s series, Outer Limits.
Soldier in the Rain – Has a small role as Major Dan McCready in this film also starring Steve McQueen and Jackie Gleason
Robinson Crusoe on Mars – In this 1964 release he plays the mission commander of the doomed Mars Gravity Probe 1.
The Outlaw is Coming – The Outlaw is Coming (1965) was the last film featuring The Three Stooges. It was a comedy Western in which West also finds a place.
Stopover – In this April 25, 1961, installment of the ABC series, Rifleman (1958-1963), West plays the character of Christopher Rolf.
Batman – After watching West in a Nestlé Quik commercial where he performed as Captain Q, a character along the lines of James Bond, Producer William Dozier chose West over Lyle Waggoner for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman for the Batman television series.
The hit show ran from 1966-1968 and West, as Batman, was able to bask in the popularity and recognition that had so far eluded him.
It proved to be his undoing, as well, as he became typecast and was not really accepted outside of the Batman suit in spite of bagging his share of roles over the years. However, West took it in his stride and never visibly showed any bitterness.
“When you wear a mask and funny tights … it gets a little frustrating from time to time,” West had said in an interview. “I was turned down for a number of parts over the years, I feel, because of that.”
“Wherever I go in the world, there’s such a wonderful rapport with our Batman that it’s neat,” he said. “People come up and play entire scenes for me unsolicited, but I got to laugh. … How lucky can a person get to be part of something that is a classic?”
In an interview with CNN on Saturday, Julie Newmar, the Catwoman in Batman alongside West, honored her late co-star calling him “the finest Batman ever.”
“People adored him. Long lines of people stood to get his autograph,” Newmar said to CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield.
“A friend called me up this morning and said to me with tears in his voice, that Adam West was the father that we wanted,” she said.
“He had that extra intelligence called wit, which allows us to live in this world above things and laugh at it.”
“He did not have to have his shoulders built up. He wasn’t a fake Batman or an over-costumed Batman. I think he was the real thing,” she emphasized.
“I think he was and will be — and always will be — the finest Batman ever,” she said.
The Girl Who Knew Too Much – In this 1969 film, he plays Johnny Cain, a tough cynic but the film bombed at the box office. It was evident that he had been severely typecast because audiences found it difficult to accept him portraying any other character – his Batman image had stuck.
Some of his other post-Batman era film and television appearances include the following:
The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker – 1971, The Curse of the Moon Child – 1972 The Specialist – 1975, Hooper – 1978 The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood – 1980, One Dark Night – 1983
The Eyes of Charles Sand – 1972 Poor Devil – 1973, Nevada Smith – 1975 For the Love of It – 1980 I Take These Men -1983
In addition to all of the above pre- and post-batman era film and television appearances, Adam West was seen in numerous other film and television appearances.
He also did voice-over work and did pretty well for himself in that area. Some of his voice-over work include shows like The Simpsons, Futurama, Rugrats, The Critic, Histeria!, Kim Possible, Johnny Bravo, Batman: The Animated Series called “Beware the Gray Ghost”, where he lent his voice to the Gray Ghost.
In recent years West did voice-over work on shows like Disney Channel’s “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” and Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken.”
The current generation of TV fans will remember and miss him for his voice-over work on Fox’s “Family Guy” as Mayor Adam West. He had been with the show from 2000 right through to the last season so far.
Remember him as Batman or for his voice-over work, Adam West did what he did best and he will be missed by fans around the world.
R.I.P. Mr. Adam West
The teaser trailer of Marvel’s Black Panther was aired for the first time Friday night during the NBA Finals face-off between Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. It took a long time coming but it was worth the wait.
The footage promises everything that fans expect from a Marvel movie – intensity, high-octane action sequences, elaborate costumes, outlandish sets, flipping cars, powerful dialogs, great acting– the works.
The teaser opens with a captured Ulysses Klaw (Andy Serkis) explaining to Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) about how wrong he is to think that Wakanda is a third world country and that “textiles, shepherds, and cool outfits” are all a front.
Klaw: “What do you know about Wakanda?”
Everett: “It’s a third world country. Textiles, shepherds, cool outfits.”
Klaw: “All a front. Explorers have searched for it, called it El Dorado.
They looked for it in South America, but it was in Africa the whole time. I’m the only one who’s seen it and made it out alive.”
T’ Challa (Chadwick Boseman), the newly crowned king of Wakanda is Black Panther whose dominion is challenged by his long-time enemy Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) in a clash that has global ramifications.
The teaser also offers a glimpse of the Dora Miljae, an all-female special forces of Wakanda serving as the personal bodyguards of T’Challa/Black Panther.
As the story is about the fictional African nation of Wakanda and its King T’Challa, it is but logical that the cast is predominantly black with the likes of Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead fame playing Okoye, the head of the Dora Milaje and Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Nakia, T’Challa’s love interest and member of the Dora Milaje.
To put it in perspective, one can expect the film to be largely about T’Challa’s return to Wakanda to lay claim to the throne his father, King T’Chaka, vacated when he was killed in Civil War. After his coronation, the new king is expected to thwart all attempts by his adversaries to topple him and negate all threats to the realm.
Wakanda is integral to the story and is sure to feature in multiple scenes in the Black Panther, which promises to be another cracker of a film by Marvel.
The film is scheduled to release on February 9, 2018, in the United Kingdom while fans in the United States and Canada will have to wait it out for another week before they get to see it on February 16, 2018.
• Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther • Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger • Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia: Danai Gurira as Okoye • Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross • Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi. • Angela Bassett as Ramonda • Forest Whitaker as Zuri • Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue • Florence Kasumba as Ayo • John Kani as T’Chaka • Winston Duke as M’Baku / Man-Ape • Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu • Isaach de Bankolé as tribal elder of one of the largest tribes in Wakanda • Letitia Wright as Shuri • Phylicia Rashad – role not disclosed • Atandwa Kani – role not disclosed
Directed by – Ryan Coogler Produced by- Kevin Feige Screenplay by – Joe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler Based on – Black Panther by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Music by – Ludwig Göransson Cinematography – Rachel Morrison
The most highly anticipated Summer movie of 2017 flies into theaters this weekend as Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment brings us the long-awaited big-screen adaptation Wonder Woman.
The Amazons have lived peacefully for thousands of years in their island refuge of Themyscira. In 1918, their sanctum is broken when an American pilot, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), crashes through the energy barrier that has hidden them from humanity. Trevor is rescued by Princess Diana (Gal Gadot), the daughter of Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielson), leader of the Amazons. She is stunned to finally encounter a male, but even more surprised by the enemies that follow him.
Steve Trevor, compelled by the Lasso of Truth, tells a horrifying tale. The War to End all Wars has devoured the world of men. Millions are dying as the emergence of chemical weapons takes their toll. Diana fears this is the work of Ares, the God of War. Her mother defeated Ares in a battle that destroyed the Gods of Olympus. Diana, against her mother’s stern wishes, decides to leave Themyscira and face Ares. The carnage and disrespect she discovers are far worse than imagined, yet only a piece of a vast wealth of new emotions and experiences.
The chemistry and banter and relationship established between Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor is flat-out delightful. They light up the screen with their vulnerability and humored nuance.
Director Patty Jenkins and screenwriter Allan Heinberg deliver an immersive origin story with unexpected humor and epic action scenes, critics praising the Patty Jenkins-directed film as the greatest DC Comics-based blockbuster since The Dark Knight Rises.
Other critics have called Wonder Woman “DC Universe’s best superhero movie yet,” drawing favorable comparisons to its critically-maligned counterpart Batman v. Superman.
Wonder Woman “provides a welcome respite from DC’s house style of grim darkness,” says Variety’s Andrew Barker, “with star Gal Gadot proving an inspired choice for this avatar of truth, justice, and the Amazonian way.”
“Wonder Woman,” the first big-budget blockbuster devoted to a female superhero — and the first directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins — isn’t just a triumph for women, it’s a triumph, period. This is grand entertainment with rousing action, sparkling humor, a romantic streak and a titanium-strength debut from Gal Gadot in the title role. Sexy, yes, but also dignified and fearless, Wonder Woman punches through one stereotype after another as if it were the most natural thing in the world. This is the female-focused crowd-pleaser we’ve been waiting for.
Gadot is the perfect Wonder Woman — a true blue hero who’s as believable in her bafflement of women’s fashions and social mores as she is dead-lifting a tank and swatting away machine gun fire with only her arm cuff,” the Associated Press.
The final Wonder Womantrailer is here. As promised, Gal Gadot arrived at the MTV Movie and TV Awards show with a special Wonder Woman surprise in tow. The actress debuted the final trailer for the upcoming movie.
The film is directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster) and is the fourth film in the D.C. Extended Universe, following Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.
Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as the title character, Chris Pine, Robin Wright as Antiope, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Connie Nielsen, Ewen Bremner, and Lucy Davis.
The final, adrenaline-inducing trailer for the summer flick Wonder Woman gives audiences a peek at the upbringing of Diana Prince’s alter ego. “Fighting does not make you a hero,” the Amazonian princess is warned as a child, but that doesn’t keep her from growing into a lasso-toting, cliff-diving legend.
Wonder Woman hits theaters June 2. Watch the trailer below.
The Fate Of The Furious directed by F. Gary Gray, raced to a record-shattering $532 million global debut over Easter weekend, eclipsing Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($529 million) to secure the biggest worldwide launch of all time. The movie grossed $98.8 million domestically and $433.2 million overseas.
The Fast & Furious franchise continues to reveal the massive importance of the international movie market, especially in countries like China, where it sold a record $190 million in tickets over the weekend. The tentpole debuted at No. 1 in all 63 foreign markets.
The film, which stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and was directed by F. Gary Gray, is the highest-grossing opening for an African American director ever, according to Universal.
In North America, Furious 8 scored the second-biggest launch of the franchise behind Furious 7‘s $147 million. Furious 7 (2015) was the final film in the series to star Paul Walker, who died in a tragic car crash in November 2013. Globally, Furious 7 launched to $397.7 million (it didn’t open in China until a week later).
“This is an astonishing feat for a decade and a half old franchise that launched as a marginalized car culture movie with no stars and no imaginings of a long-term franchise future,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore.
With Chinese regulators gradually lightening restrictions on foreign releases in order to put the movie industry’s growth back on track. A major blockbuster like The Fate of the Furious could not have come at a better time for China.
The Great Wall,” a US-China co-production, is due to make its debut in the United States on February 17, 2017, amid much controversy surrounding the movie. Soon after Entertainment Weekly published “Matt Damon The Great Wall First Look: 5 images from the monster movie,” it attracted a surge of criticism over a white man being cast as a China “hero”.
By the time the official trailer was made public, the hostility against a white man, Matt Damon, being cast as the male lead in a China-oriented movie was already unleashed which is evident from the tweets that followed the EW piece.
A tweet from @angryasianman said: “Things You Can Count On: Hollywood can set a movie anywhere in the world, in any era of history, and always find a way to star a white guy.”
Another from The Daily Beast’s Marlow Stern read:
“Enough with the white savior complex.”
Constance Wu posted a really long message on Twitter titled:
“Can we all at least agree that hero-bias & “but it’s really hard to finance” are no longer excuses for racism? TRY”
In so far as Matt Damon, himself, is concerned, “It was really based on the one sheet,” he told NBC News. “I think people saw ‘The Great Wall,’ and then they saw my face and my name, and went, like, ‘What the hell is this?”
However, the December 2016 release in China made it apparent that the hostile reaction was uncalled for and was rather impulsive and hasty. Too much noise was made over the “white savior” issue as Matt Damon spends a considerable length of un-hero-like time in the film getting outwitted, humbled and learning Chinese righteousness.
The 104-minute film was first released in Beijing on December 6, and the rest of China got to watch it on December 15. The $150 million production grossed $224.6 million at the Box Office.
The US release, however, will see “The Great Wall” competing with the likes of “The Lego Batman Movie” and “Fifty Shades Darker” at the Box Office.
While many believe it will not be easy all we can do for now is speculate.
From the trailer, the film looks to be brilliantly filmed and the action sequences are spectacular.
“The Great Wall” Plot
During the reign of Emperor Renzong of the Song dynasty a team of twenty mercenaries who are in search of the black powder, a few miles north of the great wall, are given chase by a group of Khitan bandits who have already slain some of the mercenaries.
The remaining men take shelter in a cave where they are attacked by a monster. Only William (Matt Damon) and Tovar (Pedro Pascal) survive the attack with the former managing to sever the monster’s hand. The duo decides on carrying the severed hand with them.
The next day they reach the great wall where they are taken prisoner by the Nameless Order, a secret, elite team of soldiers from the Imperial Army commissioned to fight alien monsters who are active once every sixty years. The Order is led by General Shao (Zhang Hanyu) and Strategist Wang (Andy Lau) in the quest to repel or vanquish the monsters.
The Nameless Order is attacked suddenly by the monsters and is strategically split into 5 units: the Bear Troop, the Eagle Troop, the Tiger Troop, the Deer Troop, and the Crane troop according to their areas of expertise, to counter the wave.
A fearsome battle ensues and casualties and losses are suffered on both sides. Peng Yong, a soldier belonging to the Bear Troop, frees William and Tovar during the battle, fortunately for himself, as William saves his life from the attacking monsters. General Shao and the leader of the Crane Troop, Commander Lin (Jing Tian), are impressed by the fighting skills displayed in battle by the two mercenaries.
William and Tovar then meet Sir Ballard (Willem Dafoe), also a European who, like them, had come to seek out the black powder twenty-five years ago. He had also been taken prisoner and ever since has been in servitude working as an English and Latin teacher.
The three of them hatch plans of stealing the black powder, which has been kept hidden in a storeroom by the Nameless Order, and making good their escape.
However, Strategist Wang later meets William and brings him up to date with the reality behind the ongoing monster attacks.
William comes to know that the attacking monsters are called Taoties believed to come from a green meteor which struck the Gouwu Mountain two thousand years ago.
According to Chinese belief, the Taoties were sent by the gods for punishing the emperor for misuse of authority against the Middle Kingdom and the people. He is also told that the monsters attacked Northern China at sixty-year intervals and that the soldiers of the Order have been training all their lives for the invasion.
During an attack in the night by two Taoties, Shao, one of the two commanders heading the Deer soldiers in an attempt to investigate an earlier ambush, dies and leaves the other leader, Lin, to take charge of the troop.
Later in the movie, William gets knocked cold by Ballard and Tovar when he tries to stop them from escaping. He then gets captured and locked up in the Wall. While he is captive, Ballard abandons Tovar but is, in turn, captured by the Khitans and dies along with them when they unknowingly ignite the black powder. Tovar, meanwhile, gets captured by the Deer Troop.
Toward the end, Lin orders the release of Williams before leaving in hot-air balloons in pursuit of an escaped Taotie who had been captured alive earlier. In spite of being asked by Wang to go and inform the outside world about the impending danger, William decides to help and boards the last hot-air balloon together with Wang and Peng.
The climax sees a captured Taotie being tied up with explosives and released later with meat for the queen of Taoties – Wang’s idea to kill the queen.
Willam, Lin, and Wang then get on top of a tower to shoot a black powder missile into the tied explosives at the right time. Wang is killed on the move while the Taoties deflect two arrows from William before Lin’s spear does the trick.
The queen dies, the invading Taoties are destroyed, and Willam and Tovar begin their journey back home, watched by Lin, who is now the General, from the wall.
Matt Damon (William), Jing Tian (Lin), Pedro Pascal (Tovar), Willem Dafoe (Ballard), Andy Lau (Wang), Zhang Hanyu (Shao), Eddie Peng ( Wu), Lu Han (Peng), Lin Gengxin (Chen), Chen Xuedong (Commander of the Imperial Guard), Huang Xuan (Commander of the Deer Troop), Wang Junkai (The Emperor), Ryan Zheng (Shen), Zhu Zhu,Yu Xintian, and Liu Qiong
Historical fiction-action-adventure-monster film
Thomas Tull, Charles Roven, Jon Jashni, and Peter Loehr
The 74th Cecil B. DeMille Awards 2016, popularly known as the Golden Globe Awards, was aired live on January 8, 2017, hosted by Jimmy Fallon.
The highlight of the awards was Meryl Streep’s emotional and stirring acceptance speech which was hardly much about her personal achievements; it was rather her disappointment at Trump being asked to sit on the most respected seat in the country, a heartless man who imitated a disabled reporter. “It kind of broke my heart,” she said.
She began by talking about all those present belonging to the “most vilified segments in American society right now, think about it, Hollywood, foreigners, and the press,” drawing laughter and applause from the audience who apparently didn’t miss the sarcasm and irony of the statement, obviously directed at Trump.
She spoke about Hollywood mostly comprising of people from ordinary and average backgrounds and foreigners who have made Hollywood what it is today.
“So, Hollywood is crawling with outsiders and foreigners and if we kick ‘em all out, you’ll have nothing to watch but football and mixed martial arts, which are not the arts.” The audience was in raptures and conveyed their appreciation by cheers and a hearty, generous round of applause. Everybody was aware where the direction of her speech was heading towards.
She was all praise for the “many, many powerful performances this year”[obviously referring to 2016] “breathtaking compassionate work” but there was one performance that she said “stunned” her.
“It sank its hooks in my heart, not because it was good, it was, there was nothing good about it,” she said. “But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh, and show their teeth.” It was a direct reference to Trump’s ridiculing of a disabled reporter, “someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back.” It broke her heart she said, because it wasn’t in a movie, it was real life.”
According to her, it set precedence for other people to follow – the disgust and the genuineness of her feelings so conspicuous in her tone of voice.
She went on to remind the press of their responsibility to question the accountability of those in power.
She concluded her wonderful speech, her voice breaking with emotion, with a quote from “a dear departed friend Princess Leia” – obviously referring to the late Carrie Fisher – “Take your broken heart and make it into art.”
President-elect Donald Trump, as expected, did not take too kindly to Streep’s remarks about his non-compassionate and inhumane mocking of a disabled reporter – in fact, he is on record to have totally denied it.
Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a…..
In a video titled “Yes We Can: Your Most Memorable Moments from the Obama Presidency,” was the ultimate tribute by some of Hollywood’s biggest names and other celebrities and activists where they have spoken about their individual moments in regards to Obama’s Presidency which they shall cherish for a long, long time to come – undoubtedly an emotional and tear-jerking footage.
Some prominent names that feature in the video are Tom Hanks, John Legend, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ellen DeGeneres, and others.
Here are some of the individual Obama moments that the celebrities chose to share in the video:
Tom Hanks’ Obama Moment –
What Tom Hanks considers his Obama moment was the normalization of relations with Cuba.
“When he [Obama] just changed all the rules on the table in regards to Cuba with the most succinct motivation imaginable.”
To prove his point in regards to Obama’s views on the Cuban issue Hanks quoted Obama, “What we’ve been doing hasn’t worked,” and laughingly added that it made “all the sense in the world.”
Leonardo DiCaprio’s Obama Moment
DiCaprio’s choice of his moment was when Obama spoke about the environment and climate change at the U.N.
“When I was at the U.N. and I, you know I heard, our president say that climate change is the most important issue facing, not only this generation but also future generations, it was inspiring.”
Melinda Gates’ Obama Moment
Wife of Bill Gates, an entrepreneur and philanthropist and the co-founder of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation had this to say about her Obama moment, “For me, it was travelling with the President to schools in Boston.”
What appealed to her was the way he “engaged with the students was just one of those moments to see him connect like that, that I think you see throughout his presidency.”
John Legend’s Obama Moment
American singer, songwriter, musician and actor, winner of an Academy Award, a Golden Globe award, and ten Grammy awards John Legend’s most memorable Obama moment was kind of emotional and touched your heart when he said, “ I never cried before from election results” and laughs probably seeing the funny side of it.
Chance the Rapper’s Obama Moment
Hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper was mighty impressed with Obama’s pardoning of convicted felons for small crimes and considers that his Obama moment.
This is what he said, “His battle towards the end to pardon a lot of convicted felons who had been given heavy sentences for small drug-related crimes.”
Samuel L Jackson’s Obama Moment
The actor’s moment was the Affordable Care Act that helped many who could not afford health insurance.
“The moment that, you know, we got the Affordable Care Act passed. I have relatives that, you know, can’t afford health insurance, so it was really a great thing to know that if something happened to them they’d get cared for.”
What you have read above are Obama moments shared by some celebrities and known personalities.
The video, however, shows many other Obama moments shared by ordinary average Americans, immigrants included, who shared their personal moments based on various issues and reasons for calling it their best Obama experience.
On New Year’s Day, Los Angeles woke up to an amusing news of the landmark “Hollywood” sign changed to “Hollyweed” by a potential prankster, or a group of them, probably under the influence of the last four letters of the changed word. Now, this is mere speculation; the LA Police Department, Hollywood Division, are investigating the vandalism.
This is not the first time ever that the landmark sign has been changed to mean something else or rather read differently – probably attempts to drive home a point or a grievance.
However, tweeters had a ball of a time tweeting away about the chucklesome change.
The sign’s huge dimensions may have involved some hard labour and planning to change – the entire sign which reads “HOLLYWOOD” stands 45 feet tall and covers a length of 350 feet – certainly not an easy task to swap the two ‘Os’ with two ‘Es.”
There is a history of such changes to the “Hollywood” signage, mostly amusing, over the years.
Just to keep our readers informed, here are some facts and a brief history of this iconic identity of Hollywood, Los Angeles, California:
It was originally developed in 1923 for commercial purposes – an advertisement of a local real estate agent and was named “HOLLYWOODLAND” initially.
The sign comes under the ambit of The Trust for Public Land which is a non-profit organization responsible for the promotion and upkeep of the sign atop a hill.
The location of the sign and the surrounding area come under the Griffith Park area.
The sign was intended to last for over a year only; however, ever since the growth in popularity of the American cinema industry in LA, referred to as the “Golden Age of Hollywood”, the sign became a permanent feature of the particular landscape.
As the sign was designed to last for about 18 months only, it had to undergo many repairs and up gradation and maintenance work to keep it standing even today – one of the best-known landmarks in the world.
As mentioned earlier, this was not the first time the sign became a victim of vandalism – however, some temporary changes to the sign in the past were legally permitted for advertising purposes. However, according to current policy, no changes are allowed to be made to the sign – it’s unlawful.
Here’s a list of the changes made to the sign since its inception and the reasons behind the acts:
1. HOLLYWeeD – January 1976, to protest against the state law decriminalizing marijuana
2. HOLYWOOD – April 1977, for the Easter Sunrise Service
3. GO NAVY – December 1983, when the sign was changed with legal permits for the Army-Navy first ever football game
4. RAFFEYSOD – in 1985, an unauthorized self-promotion by a New Orleans-based rock band called the Raffeys.
5. FOX – April 1987, a Fox television network promotion for the primetime launch.
6. CALTECH – May 1987, on Hollywood’s centennial – one of Caltech’s many senior pranks
7. OLLYWOOD – July 1987, during the Oliver North and Iran-Contra hearings
8. HOLYWOOD– September 1987, when the second L was covered for Pope John Paul II’s visit
9. OIL WAR – 1991, for the Gulf War
10. A yellow ribbon was tied around the sign – April 1991 to celebrate the end of the Gulf War.
11. A 75-foot tall cutout of Holli Would, the main character from the film Cool World (1992) amidst protests by local residents.
12. PerotWood – 1992, in support of Ross Perot and his presidential campaign
13. GO UCLA – 1993, for the annual UCLA-USC football game. It was a prank and the offenders were charged with trespassing.
14. SAVE THE PEAK – February 11, 2010, when the original letters were covered with a series of large banners that read “SAVE THE PEAK”. It was a campaign move by The Trust for Public Land to protect the land around the Hollywood Sign from real estate development.
15. HOLLYWeeD – January 1, 2017, a New Year’s Eve stunt by, so far, unknown prankster/s. The matter is under investigation. Speculations are that it was reverence to a new California law legalizing recreational marijuana.