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In the upcoming drama Blind, due out July 14, Alec Baldwin stars as a visually impaired novelist who, after the fatal car crash that left him without his wife or his vision, begins to rediscover life and his writing.
The Ruderman Family Foundation, an advocacy group for those with disabilities, has come out against the movie’s choice to cast Baldwin as blind man, saying on their Facebook page that they are disappointed with the casting, adding that the production is “once again overlooking the opportunity to cast actors with disabilities.”
Foundation chairman Jay Ruderman elaborated to the Los Angeles Times, saying: “We no longer find it acceptable for white actors to portray black characters. Disability as a costume needs to also become universally unacceptable.”
Blind is the latest Hollywood movie to be condemned by disability groups for a lack of disabled talent in stories about disability. – Hollywood Reporter
Welp, Matt and I could’ve told you this was going to happen. Actually, we did tell you this was going to happen.
If you scroll to the 15:45 mark in the above video, we talked about the trailer for Blind on our podcast and how Alec Baldwin playing a blind guy was not only hysterical, but it would absolutely cause backlash from advocacy groups. Here we are a month later, and an advocacy group for people with disabilities is slamming the casting choice. I certainly understand where the advocacy group is coming from: it’s extremely frustrating to continue to tell stories about people with disabilities yet casting those roles with people who do not have those disabilities.
On the other hand, Hollywood is not going to cast a random blind guy in a movie called Blind. They’re just not. Hollywood isn’t the place for progressive views on a lot of things, and blind people are now on the list. You might as well be searching for gold in a place that has ‘WE DON’T HAVE GOLD’ signs posted everywhere. Is it fair? I don’t think so, but if you think a movie studio is going to put millions of dollars into a movie and cast a real life blind person just to please an advocacy group, you’re going to be pretty upset with the end result.
Fun Mom Dinner isn’t going to be one of those movies where you stand in an hour long line at 1100pm the Thursday before opening night, but not every film needs to be your new favorite movie. Some movies are made and exist to watch on a rainy Sunday afternoon, and I think Fun Mom Dinner is going to be that movie. It’s not an original premise, but it’s got a pretty stacked cast (Toni Collette, Katie Aselton, Molly Shannon, Adam Scott, Adam Levin & Paul Rudd) and was written by Julie Rudd, who happens to be the wife of Paul. Clear your schedules August 4th, or just watch this whenever the hell you want to. Either way, it should be funny.
Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Pat Healy, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods have joined the cast for The Papers, the Steven Spielberg-directed movie about the Washington Post’s role in exposing the Pentagon Papers in 1971, and how the Post’s editor Ben Bradlee and publisher Kay Graham joined the New York Times in challenging the federal government over their right to publish them.
Production kicked off last week in New York on the fast track after Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep came aboard to play Bradlee and Kay Graham, and then Spielberg joined to direct Liz Hannah and Josh Singer’s script. – Deadline
It seems like Steven Spielberg has heard all of this ‘peak TV’ talk and decided to take ALL of the TV actors and put them in his movie about the Pentagon Papers. Per the history dot com website, the Pentagon Papers was the name given to a secret Department of Defense study of U.S. political and military involvement in Vietnam from 1945 to 1967, prepared at the request of Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1967. People weren’t so hot on the Vietnam War in the 70s, especially investigative journalists, and they had a severe distrust for the people in charge of our government. My, how the times have changed.
Back to this cast – it started with Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep, which is like putting together a basketball team and starting with Michael Jordan and Lebron James. The rest of the cast features stars from some of the best TV shows of the modern era.
Alison Brie – Community, Mad Men & the upcoming Netflix show GLOW
Carrie Coon – The Leftovers, Fargo
David Cross – Arrested Development
Bruce Greenwood – American Crime Story: OJ plus solid supporting roles in a ton of movies
Tracy Letts – Divorce, Homeland
Bob Odenkirk – HIMYM, Fargo, Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul
Sarah Paulson – American Crime Story: OJ, American Horror Story
Jesse Plemons – Friday Night Lights, Breaking Bad, Fargo
Matthew Rhys – The Americans
Michael Stuhlbarg – Boardwalk Empire, Fargo
Bradley Whitford – The West Wing and a haunting role as Dean Armitage in Get out (also Eric from Happy Gilmore)
Zach Woods – The Office, Silicon Valley, The League
That is a murderers row of performers. I know Spielberg movies are long, but I don’t know how he’s going to fit this entire cast into roles. I can’t wait to see how he does it.
Tom Cruise is going back to the danger zone of Top Gun.
The star confirmed Tuesday during an Australian TV interview that he will begin shooting the much-discussed sequel to the 1986 classic Top Gun.
“It’s true,” Cruise repeated to the apparently surprised newscaster. “I’m going to start probably in the next year. I know, it’s happening. It’s definitely happening.
“You’re the first people I’ve said it to, you asked me and so I’m telling you,” the star added. – USA Today
Name me a movie besides Top Gun that made it look cool to fly fighter jets AND play volleyball in skin tight jeans? You can’t, because only the Tom Cruise/Anthony Edwards/Val Kilmer led film did that, and it did it with flair. Cruise was currently promoting his new Mummy movie when he casually mentioned that he would begin shooting the Top Gun sequel at some point next year, 32 years after the original film was the highest grossing movie in 1986. I LOVE Top Gun, and it’s one of those classic 80’s movies that is ridiculously re-watchable. I’ve watched it in my living room and I’ve watched it on the top deck of a cruise ship on a giant projector, and it’s the same great movie every time. Maverick is going to need a new Goose, but at least Iceman should be able to reprise his role. Let’s see what Val Kilmer’s been up to…
BLACK HOLE SUN daily abstraction pic.twitter.com/iKm16ghub3
— Val Kilmer (@valkilmer) May 22, 2017
Lordy mercy, Vince McMahon is getting the story of his life told on the big screen. It was announced today that TriStar Pictures will be backing a biopic about the flamboyant WWE Chairman Of The Board and CEO. Pandemonium, which will be the title of the film written by Craig A. Williams, was first shopped around Hollywood last summer, but studios hesitated to pick the project up. Now, however, TriStar Pictures is giving the biopic the green light.
The studio is in negotiations for the film, with Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who direct and executive produce the hit television drama This Is Us, on board to direct the project. The biopic will be produced by screenwriter Williams, Andrew Lazar of American Sniper, Michael Luisi who is the president of WWE Studios, and Adam Goldworm of Aperture Entertainment. Charlie Gogolak of Zaftig Films will executive produce. – Top Rope Press
Raise your hand if you expected a biopic on WWE Chairman Vince McMahon to be directed by the minds behind This Is Us. I’m just going to assume that no hands were raised. The word unexpected has become synonymous with Vince and the WWE for the last 30+ years, so I guess we shouldn’t be surprised this is happening. McMahon has lived quite the life, and it’ll be interesting to see how factual this movie ends up being. The world of sports entertainment has always blurred fantasy and reality, so I’d expect the movie to follow that same path. If I’m the casting director, I’m hiring the first actor that can mimic Vince’s famous walk and go from there.