July 16th, 2010

i am a scary anime man

Sorceror's Apprentice Villain: Sun Lok

Disney's really pissing me off lately. Don't know how I missed this:

Has anyone actually seen this trainwreck? Every trailer I've seen looks utterly horrible and the reviews are crap as well. But I'm curious as to how awful this villain's portrayal is.

No ill will toward the actor, Gregory Woo, but the Evil Mystic Asian trope really needs to die.

Screenshots from the film:


Making a Man's Salary in the Entertainment Industry

Reuters has an interesting article on Angelina Jolie this week that talks about the discrepancies between male and female salaries and how she bucks the trend: Angelina Jolie jolts a man's world: action films

"The fact that [Angelina Jolie] is in the entertainment industry and can approach a male salary is an anomaly," says Lori Watson, director of women's and gender studies at the University of San Diego. "Maybe she can command a salary, but she can't break through the expectations that women are supposed to be beautiful and sexualized and fit a certain mold and behave in a certain way."

"I don't see anybody right now," di Bonaventura [producer of Salt] says. "Will there be more female action heroes? There will be another one, yeah, I believe that. You look at these things as a progression. First they tried to mimic what a male action star was. And now with Angie , you're just letting her be what she is. We've gotten away from that male classification of what is an action star. And that means that will open possibilities for somebody else. You just needed somebody to break the ground."

I think this makes for interesting discussion about what it means to be an "action hero" in Hollywood and how that might be changing and how Angelina Jolie is one of the only top-billed female stars in all of Hollywood. (I don't want to see the conversation disintegrate into just bashing her, though.) What do you guys think about the issues the article brings up?
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Who's to Blame for The Last Airbender?

I got the newest issue of Entertainment Weekly in the mail today, and while skimming through and geeking out all of the awesome movies to come, I came across a follow-up review that attempts to pick apart The Last Airbender to see what went wrong.  No mentioning of the racebending controversy and it's kind of harsh towards immensely better original series, but it does point out some of the non-racebending reasons that contributed to its failure. Not the greatest review, but it was somewhat relevant so I figured it was worth posting.

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