New ‘RoboCop’ Sequel Coming From ‘District 9’ Director; Here’s Everything We Know

New 'RoboCop' Sequel Coming From 'District 9' Director; Here's Everything We Know

Four years ago, MGM attempted to reboot the RoboCop franchise with a remake starring Joel Kinnaman. That wasn't too big a hit, at least not domestically, so now instead of continuing from that movie, the studio is going back to the beginning. According to Deadline, Neill Blomkamp (District 9) will helm a direct sequel to the 1987 original. 

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When Peyton Reed inherited the mantle of Ant-Man director from Edgar Wright, who left midway through the Marvel caper he’d scripted about a hero who shrinks to fantastical bug-sized proportions, the idea of the Quantum Realm had not yet touched paper. It was Reed and co-writer Adam McKay who thought to create for the screen a version of the alternate dimension where human concepts of space and time become irrelevant, opening a Pandora’s Box of reality-bending possibilities.

Now, three years and one cataclysmic shift in the Marvel Cinematic Universe later, their idea may hold the key to reversing the cruelest events of Avengers: Infinity War—or so heartbroken fans might hope.

Ant-Man and the Wasp, Reed’s sunny sequel to his 2015 superhero-origin-heist-story starring Paul Rudd, comes on the heels of the darkest entry in the Marvel canon yet. Thanos, that purple menace now armed with all-powerful abilities, has decimated the Avengers and pulverized half the universe, including marquee heroes like Spider-Man, Black Panther, and the Guardians of the Galaxy (minus poor Rocket).

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A military veteran and former FBI agent, Will Sawyer (Dwayne Johnson) thought he had seen it all. Now a private security consultant, he is brought to China to assess a new skyscraper, the tallest in the world. When a fire breaks out, he is framed for the crime, but is nonetheless determined to save his family, trapped in the building above the fire line.

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‘Sopranos’ prequel movie brings back series director Alan Taylor

“Sopranos” is keeping it in the family.

Alan Taylor, who won an Emmy in 2007 for outstanding directing of the show’s sixth season episode “Kennedy and Heidi,” will return for the movie prequel, The Wrap reported Tuesday.

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Search for a ‘Black Widow’ Director Narrows to Three; Here’s Everything We Know

Search for a 'Black Widow' Director Narrows to Three; Here's Everything We Know

Fans have been begging Marvel for a Black Widow movie for almost a decade and now the dream is finally coming alive. The presumably titled Black Widow will likely feature Scarlett Johansson in the title role, which she's portrayed already in six installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including this year's Avengers: Infinity War. 

The latest status update on the project is that Marvel is still trying to decide on a director best suited for the spin-off. The…

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BWW Review: Chukwudi Iwuji and Corey Stoll Give Memorable Turns in Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s OTHELLO

From the very beginning, one of the most important tenants of Joseph Papp’s vision of free Shakespeare in Central Park has been the insistence the company of actors audiences see on stage will always reflect the extraordinary and powerful cultural diversity of New York City.
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‘Hereditary’ Director Ari Aster Has a “Crazy” Sequel Idea, Plus: Details on His Next Film

‘Hereditary’ Director Ari Aster Has a “Crazy” Sequel Idea, Plus: Details on His Next Film

On Friday, June 8, one of the year’s scariest and most daring films hits theaters, and if you are any kind of horror fan, it is mandatory viewing. That film is Hereditary, about a family who are mourning the loss of their grandmother when some of Grandma’s dark secrets threaten to tear everyone and everything apart.

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Appoints New Regional Director of Professional Nursing Practice

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has promoted Joelle Phillips, MSN, RN, from regional educator to regional director of professional nursing practice. In her new role, she oversees Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s clinical and nursing practice development and will focus on elevating nursing practice standards in the region. She works to implement education and quality initiatives for nursing staff in order to deliver high-quality, patient-centered care to members.

Phillips’ career spans 20 years as a nurse and health care administrator. She joined Kaiser Permanente Hawaii as regional educator in 2017, where she reinstated the organization’s continuing education program and played a key role in developing new trainings and orientations for staff. Prior to that, she served as manager of education and training services at Castle Medical Center, clinical and nursing instructor at Kapiolani Community College, and as owner and operator of Critical Nursing Services, a temporary staffing firm for nurses and other allied health professionals. She began her career as a staff nurse at Kahu Malama Nurses, St. Francis Medical Center and Castle Medical Center.

Philips is an active health care community leader serving in several capacities, including as an advisory board member for the Kapiolani Community College School of Nursing and Chaminade University School of Nursing; chair of the Hawaii State Center for Nursing, Nurse Residency Program; and Kaiser Permanente committees related to workforce education and training. She is a guest speaker and mock interviewer for local nursing schools and contributing member of several professional associations, including the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Association for Nursing Professional Development.

Phillips received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Hawaii Pacific University and her Master of Science in nursing executive leadership from the University of Hawaii, School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene.


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Exclusive Interview: ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Director J.A. Bayona Teases New Dinosaurs and Action, Plus: Watch a New Featurette

Exclusive Interview: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Director J.A. Bayona Teases New Dinosaurs and Action, Plus: Watch a New Featurette

With tickets now officially on sale for Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom, fans are counting down the days till June 22 when summer's biggest movie claws its way into theaters everywhere. The highly anticipated follow-up to one of the most successful films of all time, Fallen Kingdom promises more dinosaurs on screen then ever before. They'll join returning stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard — and series favorite Jeff Goldblum — in a thrilling and action-packed story that will…

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‘Logan’ Director James Mangold is Making a Boba Fett ‘Star Wars Story’

'Logan' Director James Mangold is Making a Boba Fett 'Star Wars Story'

Just as one Star Wars movie is released, another is revealed to be in the works. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Logan writer/director James Mangold is now making a standalone Boba Fett spin-off. This would be another Star Wars Story installment, like Solo: A Star Wars Story, which hits theaters this weekend.

Mangold is currently working on the screenplay and then will direct the presumed prequel, which will focus on the popular bounty hunter character seen in the…

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‘The Fifth Element’ director Luc Besson under investigation for rape

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Luc Besson, director of The Fifth Element and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, is under investigation by French authorities for alleged rape.

The accusation comes from a formal complaint lodged by an unnamed 27-year-old French actress. A report from French media outlet Europe 1 (h/t The Hollywood Reporter) notes that the two have known each other for a number of years. 

The complaint, which was brought forward on Friday morning, states that Besson added something to the accuser’s tea during a meeting at Le Bristol, a Paris hotel. It goes on to state that she fell unconscious after drinking the beverage, and she awoke to the director “touching and penetrating her” (THR‘s words). Read more…

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Exclusive Interview: ‘Incredibles 2’ Director Brad Bird on Superhero Movies, Future ‘Incredibles’ Sequels and ‘Star Wars’

Exclusive Interview: 'Incredibles 2' Director Brad Bird on Superhero Movies, Future 'Incredibles' Sequels and 'Star Wars'

It’s been 14 years since Pixar’s The Incredibles stormed the big screen, delivering one of the most memorable – and surprisingly relatable –superhero movies ever made. It’s currently the highest rated superhero movie on Rotten Tomatoes, and its story – about an unassuming suburban family who secretly have superpowers and fight crime on the side – resonated in a way that helped it grow to become one of Pixar’s most beloved movies.

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Former GQ Staffer, Tech Start-up Founder and Creative Director to Unveil Seam

Justin Hruska, a sneaker collector with a background in tech, wasn’t satisfied with his online shopping experience. Oftentimes he would visit larger e-commerce sites and feel shortchanged because he knew he wasn’t seeing everything a brand had to offer, which meant he had to visit other sites to find what he was looking for.
“A lot of brands use wholesale for awareness and put their best-selling products on their own site,” said Hruska. “So the consumer has to jump through all these hoops before they can purchase a $ 300 sweatshirt. With Seam, we want to reimagine what that looks like.”
Seam is a men’s and women’s shopping app set to launch this summer that was cofounded by Hruska, the chief executive officer, and Jake Woolf, the editorial director. Nate Brown, who cofounded Studio Institute, a creative firm that’s worked with artists including Beyoncé and Jay Z on tour visuals, is a partner and a strategic adviser who worked helped design the app.
Similar to Farfetch, Seam will serve as a marketplace, but instead of partnering with boutiques, Seam works directly with brands and designers and the app will mirror the product available on their e-commerce sites. Woolf said because Seam holds no inventory

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For the first time since 2005, a Star Wars movie is opening in late May. The first six Star Wars movies debuted in theaters in front of sold-out crowds during this same timeframe, and Solo: A Star Wars Story, which officially arrives on May 25, will mark the first Star Wars spin-off movie to arrive alongside what many consider to be the real beginning of summer: Memorial Day weekend.

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S.J. Clarkson to Direct ‘Star Trek 4,’ Becoming Franchise’s First Female Director

S.J. Clarkson to Direct 'Star Trek 4,' Becoming Franchise's First Female Director

Last summer, Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, was a huge success for Warner Bros. and DC. Recently, Ava DuVernay signed on to direct superhero adventure New Gods for DC and Cathy Yan was chosen to direct an untitled girl gang movie for DC that may be Birds of Prey, starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Currently, Captain Marvel is filming, under the direction of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.

Women are finally, increasingly, landing high-profile jobs directing big-budget movies. The…

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Marvel Buzz: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Breaks Its First Box Office Record; ‘Black Widow’ Seeks Female Director

Marvel Buzz: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Breaks Its First Box Office Record; 'Black Widow' Seeks Female Director

Happy Avengers: Infinity War release day! Here are some news bites about that movie and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we celebrate:

 

Avengers: Infinity War breaks a Thursday night record

Even before the official release date had begun, Infinity War made a whopping $ 39 million just from Thursday night preview screenings. And that's a new record for superhero movies, defeating The Dark Knight Rises' $ 30.6 million in 2012….

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‘It: Chapter 2’ Director Andy Muschietti Says ‘Bring Your Adult Diapers’

“It: Chapter 2” will be even more scary than last year’s horror blockbuster, director Andy Muschietti promised Tuesday. “Bring your adult diapers,” he told the audience at Caesar’s Palace in a video clip on the second day of the CinemaCon convention of the nation’s theater owners during the Warner Bros. presentation. Though the studio showed […]

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Jonathan Anderson Named Director of Loewe’s Board of Directors

BOARD GAME: Jonathan Anderson’s role at Loewe is no longer limited to the creative side of things. The designer has been appointed director of the company’s board of directors, Bernard Kuhn, general counsel for LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, said at the group’s annual general meeting Thursday. Sidney Toledano has been named the board’s chairman. The Madrid-based house falls under his purview in his role as executive chairman of LVMH Fashion Group.
The news comes on the heels of a wide-ranging reshuffle at the group which, in November, appointed Pietro Beccari as chief executive officer of Christian Dior Couture, succeeding Toledano.
Anderson joined the Spanish leather goods firm in 2013, bringing a strong fashion injection to the house, with former Céline executive Pascale Lepoivre coming on board as ceo in September 2016.
His runway debut at Loewe, a brand that dates back to 1846, came one year after LVMH took a 46 percent stake in his London-based signature label J.W. Anderson.

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‘Amadeus’ and ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ director Milos Forman dead at 86

Czech filmmaker Milos Forman, whose American movies “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus” won a deluge of Academy Awards, including best director Oscars, died Saturday. He 86 Forman died about 2 a.m. Saturday at Danbury Hospital, near his home in Warren, Conn., according to a statement released by the former director’s agent, Dennis…
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Ashtead Group Plc. (AHT.L), an equipment rental company, reported that its third-quarter profit before taxation increased 24 percent to 194.3 million pounds from 171.2 million pounds last year. Earnings per share surged to 110.2 pence from 22.0 pence a year ago.
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Leading AIDS researcher selected as CDC director

NEW YORK (AP) — A leading AIDS researcher was picked Wednesday to run the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the federal government’s top public health agency.
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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Taps Yvette Torres to be Director of Environmental Services, Dan Tyler as Director of Continuing Care

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii made two management announcements, naming Yvette Torres director of environmental services and Dan Tyler director of continuing care. Torres will oversee the Environmental Services Department, helping to ensure safe and healthy conditions at Kaiser Permanente facilities on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island, and the efficient transport of patients, supplies and materials. In his new role in continuing care, Tyler will be responsible for long-term care and outside case management for the Hawaii Region.

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Torres comes to Kaiser Permanente Hawaii from Sodexo and the Straub Medical Center, where she held environmental services and patient transport positions for nearly six years. She also held similar positions at The Queen’s Medical Center for five years. She attended the University of Hawaii Leeward Community College, and Michigan State University. She is certified in hospital-based decontamination, and is a member of the American Hospital Association.

Tyler joined Kaiser Permanente in July 2016 through the Health Care Operations/Junior Military Officer Program. He spent his first six months working in the Brand, Communications and Public Relations Division and transitioned to Moanalua Medical Center as a special assistant to the hospital’s executive team in January 2017. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Tyler served as a naval officer. He holds bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and philosophy from Indiana University and Purdue University at Indianapolis, and a master’s degree in systems engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School.

“Having experienced, outstanding professionals like Yvette and Dan join our management team in these critical roles is a big win for Kaiser Permanente Hawaii and all our members,” said Ray Hahn, senior vice president and area manager Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “I look forward to working closely with them to ensure our members receive the best possible care and superior experiences at all our Hawaii facilities.”

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Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 11.8 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

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Movie News: 'Lego Ninjago' Director Tapped for 'Lady and the Tramp'

Lady and the Tramp: Veteran animator Charlie Bean (The Lego Ninjago Movie) will direct a new version of Disney's 1955 animated classic Lady and the Tramp (above). The film will mix live-action and CGI characters, and is expected to focus once again on the romantic adventures of two dogs. It's also expected to debut on Disney's new streaming service, which will launch sometime next year. Indie filmmaker Andrew Bujalski (Computer Chess, Support the Girls) wrote the screenplay. [THR]…

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DC has hired this female director of colour for their newest superhero film

‘Our dreams make us large.’

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Since Patty Jenkins blasted through box office records with Wonder Woman and Greta Gerwig broke the Oscars’ eight year drought of female director nominees for Ladybird, women are making their mark on Hollywood and people are taking notice. Female directorial excellence isn’t a trend, it’s a fact and Selma director Ava DuVernay has proven time and time again that she’s up to the task – and now DC have announced she’ll be helming their latest superhero project.

Ava will be directing New Gods for Warner Bros and DC, based off of Jack Kirby’s beloved comic book series. She announced the news in a post on Instagram, which she captioned ‘Onward.’

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She may have even dropped a major hint way back in December when she tweeted that her favourite superhero was Big Barda, one of the New Gods’ crew.

She also posted an image of the late Jack Kirby, captioned ‘“Our dreams make us large.” Thank you, #JackKirby.’

Recently, Ava has made history as the first female director of colour to be awarded a $ 100 million film budget – namely for her film A Wrinkle in Time, which is currently in theatres. While the film opened to lukewarm reviews, it dominated its opening weekend box office and is being praised for its diverse cast as well as its heartwarming portrayal of a multiracial family.

As far as budgets go, we’re expecting that New Gods will probably be in a similar vein. These superhero movies go hard.

The Golden Globe nominated director has a powerful admirer in her corner, namely Patty Jenkins who has walked a similar track before.

Patty tweeted Ava, ‘My son just said “I wish I had a time machine so that I could go back and see @WrinkleInTime again for the first time!” That’s how much we enjoyed the beauty of the message and feeling like he was being included in something that didn’t condescend. Thank you for that, @Ava.’

Ava responded, ‘Designed #WRINKLEINTIME especially for our young ones, Patty. So his response thrills me. Thanks for taking your sweet boy. Look forward to seeing you around the block soon, lady. xo’

Now, an Ava DuVernay and Patty Jenkins superhero team up movie is something we’d be here for.

Here’s hoping it ends with Oscars and Golden Globes galore.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday night that he was firing former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a longtime and frequent target of President Donald Trump’s anger, just two days before his scheduled retirement date.
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Q-Tip Named Artistic Director Of Kennedy Center Hip-Hop Council

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has named Q-Tip the artistic director and advisor-at-large of its new Hip-Hop Culture Council.

In a video introducing the council, the influential rapper and A Tribe Called Quest member talked about his goals as director.

“With hip-hop constantly changing and evolving, it is easy to forget the history and legacy that preceded it,” said the emcee, who has served as the Hip-Hop Culture Center’s artistic director since 2016. “I want to begin at the beginning of the culture and help people see its roots, better understand its present, and responsibly create its future.”

Q-Tip explained that the council collective “reflects the creative, social, and intellectual wealth of the Hip-Hop community. The members are the embodiment of what we stand for and all that we aspire to achieve with the Hip Hop Culture program.”

 In a video published by The Kennedy Center introducing the council, Q-Tip explains that “you can’t run [hip-hop] by yourself; you need people you can dialogue, exchange, and build with…and that can be said for pretty much any kind of industry.”

“We selected people who thrive for excellence, have achieved excellence, and who desires it — not just for themselves — but for people, at large,” he says. “It’s just a must to have that, especially when we’re in this creative realm of trying to put together great programming in an esteemed house like The Kennedy Center.”

According to the center, the intention for the council is to “create new pathways and deepen public knowledge of Hip Hop, contribute to broader Center-wide initiatives, and strengthen the burgeoning Hip Hop Culture program at the Kennedy Center.”

The council will also include other legendary hip-hop icons such as Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Bobbito García a.k.a Kool Bob Love, Common, Fab 5 Freddy, Grandmaster Caz, Grant Hill, J.PERIOD, Jason King, Kierna Mayo, Large Professor, LL Cool J, MC Lyte, Mimi Valdés, Pharoahe Monch, Robert Glasper, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Xavier “X” Jernigan, and 9th Wonder.

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‘Subnautica’ Game Director Says Early Access Saved the Studio

The world loves Subnautica. Its blend of survival, story, and terrifying underwater close calls has become this year’s early indie success story. Not only is it famous for being fun, it’s become the new example of how to develop a game using the community’s voice as a guiding star.

For developer Unknown Worlds, Subnautica is miles away from its last game, Natural Selection 2 — a hybrid of real-time strategy and first-person shooter that saw marines battling aliens that would evolve mid-battle.

We grabbed the studio co-founder and game director on Subnautica, Charlie Cleveland, to talk about the road to launch and some of the game’s unique design decisions.


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Charlie Cleveland: Heh. After many years making Natural Selection 2, we really needed a change! So we left the competitive RTS/Shooter genre and made a slow, story-based game. It was a great creative challenge that still let us leverage our sci-fi roots.

I would like to say we learned how to scope down after NS2 but I don’t think that’s true. I think we did figure out how to make a game that was much “looser” design-wise, which allowed many people on the team to contribute creatively without “breaking” the game. NS2 was tightly balanced, and with a few bad numbers the whole thing went awry. That was stressful and meant I had to make all design/balance changes, so we wanted to try something different with Subnautica.

The open-world and atmospheric nature of the game really meant we could have a lot of optional content in there that didn’t have to be tightly integrated with everything else.

You’ve had a very collaborative development process with your community. Can you talk about your favourite aspects of that, and what the collaboration resulted in?

We were on the brink of financial disaster, which was averted when our community started supporting us financially in Early Access. Simply put, Subnautica wouldn’t be the game it is, nor the success that it is, without our community.

We started by being inspired by Minecraft and Don’t Starve, but we didn’t know exactly what we were going to focus on. In the beginning it was all about procedural generation of worlds, sub-building and “science,” but we quickly realized some of those things weren’t working well. We also could see where our players were having powerful emotional responses – big creatures, scary creatures, scary environments, the deep, dark blackness below them, etc.


Charlie Cleveland says Subnautica saved Unknown Worlds

That made us drop the vague science elements and focus instead on the more emotional side of the game, which was absolutely invaluable.

Our community also gave us hundreds of thousands of Subnautica feedback tickets (submitted in-game), which helped us figure out what to work on next. We can no longer read reports individually, but we can run queries to see which keywords are “hot” and look for spikes in other terms.

Besides giving us lots of quantitative data (each report is tagged with the exact location in the world so we can find and fix the problems quickly), it also gave us a good temperature of what our players are feeling. One of our team members was traveling through London airport and was inspired by their smiley system, and used that as a basis for our feedback.

We’d love to get your perspective on what effect a “main objective” has on an open world survival game (eg, the great mystery in Subnautica). Does it help or hinder longevity? Does it attract a certain type of objective-oriented gamer that wouldn’t normally dabble in survival gameplay? What other effects does it have?

Our story mode happened quite organically. We could see our fans wanting it and we felt the desire for “more” as well. I think your questions are astute though – it may actually hinder longevity, as there is now an end, and once beaten, players might be likely to believe there’s nothing more to see.

But I’d like to think that players will sometimes ignore the story, preferring to play their own way, or continue playing instead of “finishing” it. I think we layered in the story in a subtle enough way that it’s more like breadcrumbs you can choose to follow, and only if you want to.

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I haven’t seen a lot of survival games incorporate story so it’s certainly possible we appeal to a type of player who wants a dramatic experience and wouldn’t normally be excited about straight up survival. But in this market, I think games need more of a hook than just survival.

Is the mystery element something you plan to keep expanding on?

Yes and no. Subnautica as-is, is done. We made the game we wanted to make and we’re proud of it. We’re not planning on adding new tools, vehicles, etc. But that said, we’ve fallen in love with Planet 4546B and the world of Subnautica, so we’d like to add more to it.

So we’ve started working in earnest on an expansion which we’ll be announcing soon. It’s not a traditional expansion, but a full, standalone story set in the same world. So we fully intend on continuing the mystery.

Underwater levels have kind of been a traditionally hated part of gaming for a long time. Any idea why that is, and did you try to combat that in any way in Subnautica?

We knew this going in, and we had multiple people tell us our game would fail! Underwater is too boring, too blue and movement too slow. We solved the movement problem in our original prototypes and over time and with persistence, I think we solved the other problems as well.

We started the player in the most colorful and easy to navigate area, the Safe Shallows. Then over time, as the player gains faster speed (via fins, the Seaglide, Seamoth, etc), the player can journey to deeper areas that are less densely populated. Movement doesn’t feel too boring when you can move faster, and also when you can hear something terrifying just out of your vision. 😊

Tuning the visibility range and fog falloff was a constant process, and one that we handled differently in each biome.

The depths of the ocean remain remarkably unexplored by us, compared to the reaches of space — as James Cameron noted when he did his deep sea dive. Why do you think the underwater realm is so neglected? Did this offer you any opportunities?

James Cameron has been my lifelong idol and has served as a constant guiding light for my creativity and career. One day I hope to meet him and learn even more from how he lives and thinks! Ahem.

I really don’t know much about why we don’t explore the underwater too much, but I imagine there are a few reasons: it’s dark, scary and dangerous. It also seems to be remarkably sparse as you get deeper, so the payoff may seem to be smaller.


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But we’ve talked with some folks (Nekton Project, Ocean.org, OceanGate), that are building real submarines and exploring for real and it’s incredibly exciting. I’d love to learn more about actual underwater exploration and maybe find a way to collaborate.

What if players could help collect data about the actual sea floor? Or if playing the game helped clean up the Pacific Garbage Patch?

I’m told the game will be highly moddable — do you know of any interesting mods being planned?

We put a lot of modding support into Natural Selection 2, but not Subnautica. However, we are using Unity, so this is a known engine which people have figured out how to decompile. So we don’t support mods officially, but there is a lot of knowledge out there on how to hack it.

Notably, we’ve seen the Subnautica Nitrox mod which has somehow figured out a way to add co-op to the game.


A good rule of thumb is that, if it looks like a terrifying Lovecraftian monster that wants to eat you, it probably is.

With such a long and open development process for Subnautica, with presumably more years stretching out in front of us, the concept of a “release” seems different these days. To what extent has the meaning of a “1.0” changed in today’s era of Early Access?

As I mentioned above, we’re focused on developing a new Subnautica game instead of continuing to add features to the current game. We’ve already worked on this game for 5 years and put out hundreds of patches so it’s time for us to move on.

We were unsure what Subnautica v1.0 meant for us, but I think it’s fluid. We are so excited to have had a big enough launch that we’re somewhat confident to devote significant resources to continue the story.

We might be able to eke out some small features to the core game as well, like new game options (increasing danger of creatures, etc). But thanks to all the support we’ve received from the community, the future is bright.


Our thanks to Charlie Cleveland of Unknown Worlds, and we’re looking forward to hearing more about this expansion!

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Jordan Peele‘s “Get Out” won best film and best director on Saturday at the 33rd Independent Film Spirit Awards, a day before the horror sensation will vie for top honors at the Academy Awards.

The wins for Peele’s directorial debut gave the Spirits, a celebration of indie filmmaking, something unusual: a box-office behemoth. Made for just $ 4.5 million, “Get Out” grossed $ 255 million worldwide.

“We are in the beginning of a renaissance right now, where stories from the outsider, stories from the people in this room, the same stories that independent filmmakers have been telling for years are being honored and recognized and celebrated,” Peele said.

Peele was presented the award for best director by Spike Lee, whom Peele said paved his way. “Let’s make no mistake,” he said. “I wouldn’t be standing here if wasn’t for this man.”

“Get Out” is only the second horror film to win best picture at the Spirits. The other was 2010’s “Black Swan.”

“This project didn’t start as a statement,” said Peele. “It began as me wanting to make a film in my favorite genre. I sat down and would smoke a little weed and try to write a mind-bending horror film, my favorite genre and at some point I followed the truth and I realized there are people locked up for smoking less weed than I smoked writing the movie.”

Held in a beachside tent on a floor soaked through from rain earlier in the day, the Spirit Awards are the dressed-down, boozy prelude to Sunday’s Academy Awards.

But as the Oscars have gravitated toward honoring indie films, the two have come closer to mirroring each other. The last four Spirit winners for best film (“Moonlight,” ”Spotlight,” ”Birdman,” ”12 Years a Slave”) have won best picture at the Oscars.

“It’s Saturday,” Peele said backstage of his Oscar expectations. “Tomorrow’s tomorrow. That’s what’s up.”

The Spirits are also a party to mark the (almost) end of a long and sometimes repetitive awards season.

“I continue to be amazed that you let me get to the microphone. What are you crazy?” said Frances McDormand, who again won best actress for her performance in “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” ”Do you know how hard it’s been not to swear over the last couple of months? Because this awards convention goes on for (expletive) forever.”

Allison Janney likewise continued her sweep of the best supporting actress awards for “I, Tonya.” The supporting actor Oscar favorite Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”) added to his string of awards.

Timothee Chalamet, the “Call Me By Your Name” breakthrough star, took best actor, a category that at the Spirits didn’t include the Oscar favorite Gary Oldman. The 22-year-old said he was trying to savor the moment.

“I don’t know if this kind of thing is ever going to happen again,” said Chalamet.

Returning hosts John Mulaney and Nick Kroll opened with a lively monologue that managed to touch on everything from Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein and Brett Ratner to the pronunciation of Saoirse Ronan’s name (“Sour Shoes Ronan,” Mulaney said) and Mulaney’s wife’s infatuation with “Call Me By Your Name’s” Timothee Chalamet.

Mulaney said he once had a meeting with Weinstein where the fallen mogul proclaimed that his legacy, and what would be written on his tombstone, wouldn’t be for the films he’s done, that it’d be for “Project Runway.”

“Your tombstone isn’t going to say ‘Project Runway.’ It’s going to say double XL unmarked grave,” Mulaney said.

Kroll and Mulaney joked about separating the artist from the art for some of the men accused of misconduct.

“Like with Kevin Spacey: Can we still love ‘K-PAX?” Kroll pondered.

Added Mulaney: “Or Woody Allen and his last 21 unwatchable films? Can we still not watch them?”

“Lady Bird” writer-director Greta Gerwig won best screenplay for her partly autobiographical family drama.

“Thank you to my parents for watching the plays that I put on in the living room and thank you to my brother and sister for acting in them,” said Gerwig.

Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” received the Robert Altman Award, an ensemble honor given to one film’s director, casting director and cast. In an impassioned speech, Rees celebrated each element of the film, a Netflix release, and concluded by pronouncing: “‘Mudbound’ is cinema.”

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon won best first screenplay for “The Big Sick,” which they based on the real-life drama of the beginning of their own relationship. They are also up for the original screenplay award at the Oscars. They both thanked their parents, who provided some of the inspiration for the parents in the film, with some artistic license.

“My dad never cheated on my mom,” said Gordon. “That was something we made up for the movie.”

“That we know of,” quipped Nanjiani.

The social-media satire “Ingrid Goes West,” starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen, won best first feature. Sebastián Lelio’s “A Fantastic Woman,” from Chile, won best international film. The film, about a transgender woman whose partner has died, is up for best foreign picture at the Academy Awards.

“I thought the film was going to encounter, to say the least division, and that hasn’t been the case,” Lelio said backstage. “What surprises me most is that the film has been understood.”

“The Rider” director Chloe Zhao was given the inaugural Bonnie Award, for a mid-career female director, which includes a $ 50,000 grant. Agnes Varda, the 89-year-old French filmmaking legend, won best documentary with her co-director JR for their “Faces Places,” also a nominee at Sunday’s Oscars.

Winners are chosen by Film Independent, which includes critics, filmmakers, actors, festival programmers, past winners and nominees, and members of its board. The Spirit Awards cap nominees at a budget of $ 20 million or less, which eliminates some bigger-budget awards contenders like “Dunkirk.”

But the film many consider the Oscar front-runner — Guillermo del Toro’s modestly budgeted “The Shape of Water,” up for a leading 13 nominations Sunday — was completely overlooked by the Spirits.

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Big things are happening in the fashion world.

This morning, news broke that fashion designer Hedi Slimane will be taking on a huge new role at Céline, succeeding the beloved Phoebe Philo and leading the brand into previously uncharted territory. According to WWD, the 49-year-old French tastemaker has been hired as Céline’s new artistic, creative and image director, a post he’ll start on February 1.

Slimane is a big name in the world of high fashion, as he was previously the designer of Dior Homme between 2000 and 2007. Then, from 2012 to 2016, he worked as the creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, which he rechristened Saint Laurent.

Slimane won’t just be taking the reigns of Céline’s women’s clothing, either. He’ll also be leading the brand into the menswear, couture, and fragrance worlds.

“I have been a great admirer of his work since we collaborated on Dior Homme, which he launched to global acclaim in the 2000s,” Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of LVMH, said in a statement. “His arrival at Céline reinforces the great ambitions that LVMH has for this maison. Hedi will oversee all creativity for both women’s and men’s fashion, but also for leather goods, accessories and fragrances. He will leverage his global vision and unique esthetic virtuosity in further building an iconic French maison.”

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There was a lot packed into Blade Runner 2049. Like its predecessor, 35 years earlier, there’s plenty in there for fans to debate. While the sequel answers some questions, and leaves others unresolved, it also opens up a whole new set of quandaries. FANDOM sat down with Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve and fired a bunch of fan theories at him. And despite initially saying that he might not give us answers… he actually does.

“It’s like poetry,” says Villeneuve. “You read a poem, you will see something; I will see something different; the poet has something [that he sees]. And it’s beautiful to leave interpretation alive and not to crystallise ideas with answers. So sometimes I don’t give answers. It’s just for the pure pleasure of giving people the freedom to stay excited.”

Read on to find out the truth behind your favourite theory — but first a quick reminder of the plot.

The Plot

Ryan Gosling’s K, also known as Joe, is working as a Blade Runner. His job is to retire Nexus-8 model replicants. He’s a replicant himself, but a new type — Nexus-9 – designed by Jared Leto’s Niander Wallace to be unable to resist orders given by a human and unable to lie. This makes it impossible, in theory, for the model to rebel.

When he’s assigned the task of tracking down and retiring a Nexus-8 in hiding, he uncovers a buried secret that sets him on a trail of discovery, leading to a whole mess of existential angst. He learns that a baby was born to a replicant mother, later revealed to be Rachael (Sean Young in the original film), and Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard. The child is wanted by both Wallace, who is desperate to create replicants able to procreate, and the replicant resistance.

Believing himself to be that child, K is devastated to learn that he’s not. The child in question was a girl whose DNA was reproduced to create a boy ‘twin’ — who apparently died — in order to throw authorities off the scent. The girl was placed in hiding, and is later revealed to be the ‘Memory Maker’, a contractor working for Wallace building memories to insert into replicants’ minds. She exists inside a glass cell as a result of a genetic condition.

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Ryan Gosling as Officer K and Harrison Ford as Deckard.

The first fan theory broached actually comes from comic book writer Mark Millar.

“That’s a bit frightening,” laughs Villeneuve. Mark posited a theory in the forums of his blog, MillarWorld, that Ryan Gosling’s character’s story is actually a fake memory implanted in Deckard’s mind by his daughter to engineer a reunion between them.

“That’s a nice story. It’s interesting,” says Villeneuve before adding enigmatically, “I cannot comment on that. I understand why he came to that conclusion but I like the ambiguity, I will say.”

It Was All By Design


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Jared Leto’s Niander Wallace.

Another theory posits that K was set on the path to uncover the whereabouts of the child on purpose by either the replicant resistance, or Wallace.

Villeneuve discounts this: “Personally, I don’t think it was planned. I think it’s an accident.”

Audrey Hepburn Coming from Hell on Acid


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Luv (Sylvia Hoeks) with Lt. Joshi (Robin Wright).

Wallace has a female replicant, called Luv, in his employ who operates as his right-hand woman. There is a line of thinking that suggests Luv is a failed replicant of Rachael. The evidence to support this? Mainly the fact that she cries after Wallace slashes a newborn female replicant across the stomach where the womb would be, killing her.

“Wow,” says Villeneuve. “For me, Luv was Audrey Hepburn coming from hell on acid. It’s true that they have similarities aesthetically, in the design and the rigidity of behaviours. I love these theories — some of them are sometimes things that we talked about, others are new things. I deeply love this.”

He’s a lot less enigmatic about the next theory – that Luv is actually Deckard’s daughter, and not Memory Maker, Ana.

“No, that’s… I’m sorry. I don’t know how you can come to such a conclusion,” he says. But he adds, “I deeply love that, again.”

Ana and K Theories


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Ana, played by Carla Juri.

He’s open about the notion that Ana’s immune system isn’t actually compromised, and that it’s just a ruse to keep her hidden away. “I think so,” he says simply when we put this one to him.

And what about the snow Ana is creating at the end? It’s visually linked with what K is experiencing simultaneously outside. Is she making the memory and implanting it into K’s mind as she constructs it?

“I think that the way the Memory Maker works, the memories are implanted before the birth so I don’t think that she can simultaneously create them,” says Villeneuve. “But I like the ambiguity of that question.”

He also dismisses theories that K is the copied twin of Ana, and that K is human: “K is obviously a replicant. To survive [those] injuries, he needs to be an artificial being with [an AI’s] strength.”

So there you go. That should at least lay some of those brainteasers to rest.

Blade Runner 2049 is available in the US on digital download now and on Blu-Ray and DVD from January 16. In the UK, you can own it on download from January 29 and on DVD and Blu-Ray on February 5.

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The Last Jedi may have debuted to the second-biggest domestic box office opening of all time—behind only its Star Wars predecessor, The Force Awakens—but it was met by mixed reviews from moviegoers.

While critics seemed to love The Last Jedi, scoring it at 93 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, hardcore Star Wars fans were more divided — Episode VIII has only a 53 percent audience rating on the site.

However, director Rian Johnson has said that he believes the controversy surrounding the movie was an inevitable result of the saga moving forward. After being asked what he thinks of Jedi‘s polarizing nature, Johnson took to Twitter to explain his stance.

“The goal is never to divide or make people upset, but I do think the conversations that are happening were going to have to happen at some point if [Star Wars] is going to grow, move forward and stay vital,” Johnson tweeted on Thursday.


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‘X-Men’ film director Bryan Singer sued for alleged sexual assault

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Brian Singer, the director of the film series “X-Men”, has been sued for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old boy in 2003, according to a lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court in Washington state.
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FBI Director Heads To Hill After Trump’s Attacks On Agency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Christopher Wray faces a tough test four months into his leadership of the FBI: He must defend America’s top law enforcement agency against blistering attacks from President Donald Trump without putting his own job at risk.

The competing pressures Wray faces will be on display Thursday when he testifies before the House Judiciary Committee. Democrats may push him to respond forcefully to Trump’s weekend tweets calling the FBI a biased agency whose reputation is “in Tatters — worst in History!” and urging Wray to “clean house.”

Some Republicans will likely echo Trump’s concerns about what they see as political bias in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of possible coordination between Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election. Like Trump, they have seized on revelations that an FBI agent was removed from Mueller’s team because of anti-Trump text messages.

Wray’s start as FBI head would have been difficult enough, even without the intense scrutiny of the Russia investigation. Since he was sworn-in Aug. 2, the U.S. has had two of the deadliest shootings in its modern history and a terror attack in Manhattan.

Trump’s weekend tweets created a fresh dilemma for Wray. With his bosses, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy Rod Rosenstein, staying publicly silent, it fell to Wray to defend the agency. But FBI directors traditionally have been low-key and stoic — with Wray’s predecessor, James Comey, a notable exception. And Trump’s firing of Comey while he led the Russia probe shows the risk of antagonizing the president.

Wray’s defense, in an email to FBI employees this week, didn’t directly mention Trump’s comments, leaving some current and former officials wishing he had pushed back more forcefully.

Wray said he was “inspired by example after example of professionalism and dedication to justice demonstrated around the bureau” and urged agents to “keep focused on our critical mission” while constantly under a microscope.

For some agents still reeling from Trump’s firing of the popular Comey, the episode cut to the heart of their deepest concern: whether a Trump-appointed FBI director would be able to stand up to a president who routinely lashes out at law enforcement and has publicly lamented his inability to directly influence the agency’s affairs.

Wray repeatedly promised during his confirmation hearing that he could be independent, but “the jury is still out” on whether he has demonstrated that, said Frank Montoya Jr., a former senior FBI official who keeps in contact with agents still on the job.

“The absence of comment from the top, to us, has been really frustrating,” Montoya said. “On the inside, it’s like, why are we still a punching bag and nobody is counter-punching? A word of comfort or of calm or a sign of leadership would be appreciated at this time.”

Wray has stayed mostly under the radar in his first months on the job and has subtly tried to distance himself from Comey, who was widely criticized for publicly announcing that Hillary Clinton shouldn’t face criminal charges for her use of a private email server.

Wray, for example, said he couldn’t imagine holding a news conference about someone who had not been charged, noting Justice Department policies against doing so.

Those close to Wray, a former high-ranking Justice Department official in the Bush administration, describe him as a steady hand whose low-key demeanor makes him well-suited to lead the FBI during a tumultuous time. He has seemed relaxed but reserved in his few public appearances. His memo Monday to employees ended with his favorite work-ethic maxim: “Keep calm and tackle hard.”

“In a society sometimes fixated to a fault on results, I am somebody who is a big believer in the importance of the integrity of process,” Wray said at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in October. “That’s part of how I am hoping to sort of steady the ship. By staying laser-focused on the mission and the work itself, day in and day out, left foot right foot, grinding away. Following the rules. Following the law. Trying to make sure we are doing the right thing, but in the right way.”

Tom O’Connor, president of the FBI Agents Association, said Wray has been supportive of agents’ concerns so far, meeting with the organization shortly after his confirmation.

“He has said that, in the four months since becoming director, he has learned more about, and is even more impressed with, agents’ work ethic and commitment to the bureau’s mission,” said O’Connor, who issued his own impassioned defense of the FBI after Trump’s attacks.

Others defended the agency as well, including Eric Holder, attorney general under President Barack Obama, who urged Justice Department leadership to speak out. Comey himself tweeted, “The FBI is honest. The FBI is strong. And the FBI is, and always will be, independent.”

But a retired FBI official said the bureau’s head needs to keep praise and support quiet and internal.

“If you’ve been there for 20-some years, you might not see attacks this high-profile, but you’re going to see attacks over and over and over on the organization,” said Robert Anderson, a former FBI executive assistant director. “The way to really beat that stuff is to dig in and do what you do best, and the agency is really going to shine.”

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‘Far Cry 5’ Director Talks The Alt-Right & Making Games That ‘Mirror’ Real Life

For much of the general public, video games are still  sadly seen as little more than throwaway entertainment. Thanks to its simplistic and innocent origins, much of the older generation wrote off the medium as little more than glorified toys back in the ’80s. Yet, in the three decades since, the art form has begun to offer far more than the basic thrills of Pong and Pac-Man.

With games constantly growing in size and complexity, the medium’s storytelling chops have thankfully also matured along with them.

It was surprising then, to see this year’s announcement of Far Cry 5 met with a sea of anger from certain corners of the internet.  What triggered this torrent of anger? This modern shooter dared to step away from the realms of exotic locales.

Instead of setting this anticipated sequel in a dangerous and remote part of the world, Ubisoft Montreal opted to put gamers in an unexpectedly familiar but equally hostile setting — America.


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Far Cry 5 is game that aims to tackle issues like religious fundamentalism … but also lets you ride a totally sweet helicopter.

Far Cry 5 puts players in the fictional town of Hope County, Montana, where a crashing economy and rising social tensions have allowed a dangerous Christian cult to thrive and seize control.

Instead of suave looking foreigners ruling ‘exotic’ lands, this time around, the baddies you had to defeat were white Christians. Predictably, the entitled alt-right felt personally attacked.

Within hours of the game’s announcement, death threats against the developers had been  tweeted, petitions to boycott the game had been launched and all the metaphorical toys had been thrown out of the pram.

Yet, with games taking years to develop we were keen to find out how much of this was intentional. Interested to hear more about the real world influences behind this ‘controversial’ new game, we sat down with the game’s director, Dan Hay, and talked Far Cry 5‘s relationship with the real world.

“It’s in some ways a mirror to what’s going on. The question I get sometimes is ‘How did you know?’ and the answer is …we had no idea.  I think the truth is that, you know, globally we have a lot of shared experiences.

 

We live through the same trials and we live through the same situations where we feel like the global village is kind of threatened by different things, and we don’t even realise, we don’t really understand what it is.”

 

“And so, as a result, you see that in entertainment, in the media and all these different things some of the same throughputs and the same themes and the same stories come up. Nostalgia and the want for times past, safety, family, purpose. The cult and a leader of a cult just sort of made sense.”

While this is a perfectly reasonable answer, Hay was hesitant to address the online backlash at all. Yet, despite Hay being unwilling to alienate a potentially lucrative conservative audience, the game’s director didmention that he was keen for his team to capture that sense of unease that has been brewing in the real world for quite some time.

When the subprime mortgage collapse happened in the United States, what was terrifying about that time .. was that it was the first time I can remember hearing people say ‘Where’s the government? Where is everybody? Where are the people at the helm? Who’s taking control of this, who’s running the show?’

And there was open frustration with the leadership. There was open, people saying ‘You’re not protecting my future’.

And it really reminded me of when I was a kid. I remember kind of looking up at the world and looking up at the fact that the Soviet Union and the US were locked in this titanic struggle, and there was this feeling like we were this close all the time for years.

And we were just thinking, people in the ‘80s were spending money like there was no tomorrow. I think the reason was some of them believed there wouldn’t be.”

With our world leaders seemingly on the brink of nuclear war once again, we asked Hay more about how current events and the rise of Neo Nazism had influenced the game’s development.


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The state might have turned against you, but at least your dog’s got your back.

Over the last five, six, seven years I’ve been kind of having that feeling again. When it first happened, I didn’t recognise what it was, I didn’t understand what it was, but then I started to watch what was happening around the world and I started to get a sense that everything was not quite right, and it felt like we were kind of headed towards the edge.

And what worried me was that we may not know it when the time comes. Right?

 

One of the bad parts about always being at the edge is that you never know [it], you always assume you’re going to be able to pull back.”

Despite these stark parallels to the real world, however, Hay is keen to stress that from his perspective, Far Cry 5 is a piece of entertainment first, and not a political statement.

“I think when we built our game we really focused on making sure that people understand that it’s a form of entertainment, right?

 

We know that it’s entertainment, and what’s interesting about the time right now that we’re in is that games and film are for the first time really becoming into parity.

 

I think when we talked about exploring certain themes and the fact that films have been able to do this for a long time and that television has been able to this for a long time, we wanted to be able to make it to say ‘Look, let’s build our own world. Let’s make sure that Hope County is not a place you find on the map.

 

Let’s make sure Eden’s Gate is not a place that exists, it’s our own, and that the father and what he believes is our own’.

With the game’s development starting three years ago , its clear that the idea of a Christian cult and dissulliosined American State were being pursued by the team long before current events unfolded. Yet with the writing being on the wall even then and the game quickly becoming prophetic, it’s a shame to see Ubisoft Montreal not proudly standing behind its clear desire to tackle real world issues.


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Far Cry 5 sees Ubisoft attempting to tackle some difficult themes, yet reluctant to fully commit to their message.

As Hay says himself, movies, books and TV have long presented their audience with difficult topics, and dared to challenge the world its audience finds itself in. Yet, despite his willingness to acknowledge this, it seems as though he’s hesitant to fully commit to the game’s clear stab at social commentary.

“It’s absolutely born from some of the ideas in the real world and it feels real, because we want it to feel like a place that you could go and all of your reflections and all of your actions and all of your intuitions would still work, but it’s  still our [ficitional] place. “

Still, what we’ve seen of Far Cry 5 so far looks highly promising and regardless, it’s  great to see a developer tackle such an interesting concept. Yet, as video games begin to grow as a medium, we just hope that that  developers and publishers will have the courage to stand by their art, instead of trying to make something that simply appeals to everyone.

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Queen Biopic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Halted Due to Director Bryan Singer’s Absence

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Justin Huff, a casting director who has been involved in Broadway shows including 2013 Tony champ “Kinky Boots,” has been fired from his position at prominent casting agency Telsey + Company over internal reports of sexual misconduct. “He was let go last week,” Bernard Telsey, the founder of Telsey + Company, told Variety. “I was […]

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President Donald Trump named an interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau shortly after the outgoing director appointed his own successor, signaling a potential showdown over who’s in charge of the federal agency.


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Former Kapor Capital Director Launches Founder Gym

Gabriela Zamudio and Mandela SH Dixon (Image: Founder Gym)

The membership model is growing increasingly popular for businesses. You can get a membership for just about anything these days, and now there is one specifically for underrepresented startup founders looking to take their ventures to the next level.

Black Enterprise caught up with Mandela SH Dixon, founder and CEO of Founder Gym, who told us about her previous startup, how being at Kapor Capital helped with her current venture, and what she aims to do with Founder Gym.

 

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What is your background? 

I am one of the only black women who has navigated the tech space as a VC-backed tech startup founder, global startup ecosystem builder, and VC portfolio services director. I have seen both sides of the table and all aspects of the ecosystem, and I am now leveraging my background in entrepreneurship, education (I started my career as a 6th grade teacher in South Central), and sports (I was a Division I collegiate soccer player) to train underrepresented founders on how to build successful tech startups.

 

Tell us about your previous venture before heading to Kapor Capital.

In 2011, I co-founded DemoLesson, the first teacher-hiring platform that replaced resumes with video, offering a new way to showcase teachers’ talents. It was backed by Kapor Capital, 500 Startups, and Imagine K12 (later acquired by Y Combinator), and we were utilized in over 28 countries. A few years later, I led a global entrepreneurial program called Startup Weekend Education (later acquired by Techstars) that spanned six continents and empowered thousands of entrepreneurs to launch edtech startups.

 

How did your role at Kapor help with your current venture?

Prior to Kapor Capital, I was an edtech founder and I helped other founders around the world launch edtech startups. Once I got to Kapor Capital, I was able to see how the other side—venture capital—worked. I learned about who investors were, how they operated, what they cared about, and how they made decisions, and I’ve been able to leverage these insights to better train founders who are seeking capital. Also, as my relationships with founders in the ecosystem grew over the years, I learned more about the realities of entrepreneurship post-funding. I realized that you can’t always believe what you read on the front page of the news and that many first-time founders, even those who are funded, struggle with finding their way. Also, via my own coaching programs, I realized that there is a particular need for underrepresented founders who don’t have the same safety nets—psychological, financial, or social—as their peers. All of these experiences, coupled with my time as a founder, educator, and athlete, influenced my decision to build a solution with my co-founder, Gabriela Zamudio, that we are confident can help underrepresented tech startup founders.

 

What is your aim for the online training center?

Founder Gym is the first online training center by underrepresented tech startup founders for underrepresented tech startup founders. Utilizing Silicon Valley investors and venture-backed founders as personal trainers, Founder Gym offers underrepresented founders a unique opportunity to learn the secrets of startup success in an environment that is specifically designed for them. We aim to level up underrepresented founders quickly so that they can grow their tech startups, get admitted into accelerator programs, and/or secure funding.

 

Can you tell us about some of the content/courses on the platform?

Our training programs are topic-based. Four weeks are spent going deep on a core tenet of startup success versus spending four weeks giving a surface level overview of various startup topics. The first cohort covers “Fundraising Basics,” and seasoned investors and founders train cohort members on the history of venture capital, what’s on the investor scorecard, and the unwritten rules of fundraising. The cohort wraps up with our version of a demo day where the cohort showcases what they’ve learned. Future Founder Gym cohorts will cover topics like hiring and managing technical talent, user growth, problem validation, and revenue. The program is highly selective and you must apply to be admitted. In the future, we will be offering free content for the public to access.

 

If people are interested in joining, how do they sign up?

Nov. 30 is the application deadline for our first cohort on Fundraising Basics, which launches on Jan. 8, 2018. You can learn more and apply at FounderGym.com.

 

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Movie News: 'Wonder' Director Tapped for Disney's 'Prince Charming'

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Why ‘Three Billboards’ Director Will Write More Lead Roles for Women

Sometimes it can feel like we’re going backwards when it comes to the representation of women in cinema. Often seen through the male gaze as two-dimensional characters, the lack of fully rounded women characters on screen can be frustrating. And when you watch a film like Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, it’s a stark reminder of how important it is to see strong female leads like the film’s protagonist, Mildred, on the big screen.

Not only is the character extremely well written, but she’s brought to life by the remarkable talents of Frances McDormand. And while McDormand is definitely one of a kind, there are a bunch of über-talented women in the industry that rarely get the chance to flex their acting chops like this because of underwritten roles – or a lack of decent roles full stop.

McDonagh, who wrote and directed the acclaimed In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths, spoke to FANDOM about why his experience on Three Billboards has inspired him to write more leads for women.

“I wanted to write a really strong female lead, and that was Frances McDormand — and it was written for her actually — as a really strong mother who goes to war with a bunch of cops who she feels aren’t doing enough to solve the crime of the murder of her daughter a year ago,” he says.


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Frances McDormand as Mildred in front of one of the billboards she’s responsible for.

Whether McDonagh is able to explain fully why he felt compelled to write the character of Mildred in the first place isn’t patently clear. Perhaps it is in response to the dearth of strong female leads out there, wittingly or unwittingly. He does reveal that it was a real-life incident 20 years ago that sparked her story. In the film, Mildred’s ‘war’ starts with a provocative message she splashes across three billboards positioned on the side of a road outside the small fictional Missouri town, Ebbing.

“The idea behind the billboards came to me… I saw something not dissimilar when I was on a bus journey through America about 20 years ago, and it just kind of flashed by in the corner of my eye, but it was something as angry and as painful as what we see on the billboards in the early scenes,” says McDonagh. “So it was putting those two together, deciding a mother did something like that, it allowed… that character just popped. When you think that someone could be as strong but in as much pain to do that, you’ve got her already. And you just add Frances’s voice to that, and it’s kind of a fun journey to follow her on.”

Writing Mildred Was ‘Outrageous and Joyful’


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Frances McDormand stars, with Peter Dinklage in a supporting role.

Interestingly, conceiving and developing Mildred seemed to unlock a creative freedom within McDonagh that allowed him to write a character and film that are eliciting plenty of awards chatter.

So how did he approach writing his first female lead?

“No differently to writing a male lead really,” he begins. “My early plays did have quite strong women characters and I hadn’t really done that in the first two films I made. But weirdly, because she’s not just the female lead she’s such a strong and outrageous and provocative one, you find there’s a joy in writing her. Because you don’t know what she’s going to do from scene to scene. The audience doesn’t either, especially because you don’t, but … I think I’ll keep doing it because it’s outrageous and joyful.”

So there you are. We can all look forward to more characters like the funny, tough and unpredictable Mildred from the mind of Martin McDonagh. Let’s hope others follow suit.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri also stars Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, Caleb Landry Jones, Peter Dinklage and Abbie Cornish. The film hits screens in the US on November 10 and in the UK on January 12. In the meantime, here’s the official synopsis for the darkly comic drama:

After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby, the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command, Officer Dixon — an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence — gets involved, the battle is only exacerbated.

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Grindhouse co-director Robert Rodriguez said in a statement Friday that he and ex-girlfriend Rose McGowan once schemed to get back at Harvey Weinstein in the most industry way possible: by working together on the 2007 cult flick.

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Some say the best compliments a man can get on his style aren’t directly on clothes at all–you’d rather your style draw attention to your best qualities rather than attract a lot of attention itself. Personally, though? Just once I’d like to set Jeff Goldblum’s brain on fire. In an interview with Vulture, Goldblum talked about actor and director Taika Waititi’s style:

“Sure enough, he had clothes in a trailer that he would change into
while directing,” said Goldblum. “It was an array of suits and ties and
shirts that he dressed up in, and I was very impressed.” That admiration
for Waititi’s fashions has only grown since the film wrapped. “Seeing
Taika on this press tour, he wore this pineapple-printed onesie
of some kind that made a big impression on me and many other people.
Oh! And at the premiere, he had this brown suit and … oh boy. It … uh …”
Goldblum tried to find the words. His voice dropped to a whisper. “It set my brain on fire.”

Waititi has a strong personal style that, to be fair, is a little bolder than I usually go for. But the suit in question looks great on him, and he’s said before that he likes suits from Topman, which is a refreshingly budget-friendly choice for a big-budget film director. Waititi recently made the jump to blockbusters with the forthcoming Thor: Ragnarok after making a string of more modest hits like What We Do in the Shadows, Boy, and the Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Jesse’s done a couple of Bullseye Outshots on Waititi’s films.

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Over 30 Women Accuse Director James Toback of Sexual Harassment

James Toback, the writer and director of films like Black and White and Two Girls and a Guy, has been accused of sexually harassing over 30 women over the course of the last three decades.

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African American Director Brings Thurgood Marshall Biopic to the Silver Screen

If you have to see one motion picture this weekend or place a film on your must-see list of fall films, I wholeheartedly recommend Marshall. As the title suggests, the movie is about Thurgood Marshall, the iconic civil rights attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund who used the courtroom to break racial barriers and help decimate institutionalized Jim Crow when he won the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which declared state laws that established segregation in schools to be unconstitutional. It is fitting that the movie is being released on the 50th anniversary of Marshall being named the first black Supreme Court justice.

Directed by the Acclaimed Reginald Hudlin

 

I had an opportunity to attend an advance screening of the movie and found Marshall to be not your typical biopic. It features Marshall as a young attorney for the LDF in pre-World War II America, battling for justice in one of his less publicized cases—an African American chauffeur accused of rape and attempted murder of a wealthy white socialite in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Helmed with a blend of pulsating energy and nail-biting suspense from acclaimed director Reginald Hudlin, the movie is a legal thriller; an interracial “buddy film” of a partnership fused by a shared mission in the face of insurmountable odds and a commentary on social and criminal justice that’s powerfully relevant today in an era marked by Black Lives Matter and racially divisive politics.

 

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Hudlin decided to cast Chadwick Boseman as the legal legend-in-the making—noted for his performances in biopics on baseball trailblazer Jackie Robinson (42) and “Godfather of Soul” James Brown (Get on Up) as well as his starring role as T’Challa in the upcoming Marvel Comics superhero blockbuster The Black Panther—for the lead role. Although Boseman bears no physical resemblance to the lighter hued Marshall, he plays the role with a mix of strategic intelligence and tenacious swagger—Shaft with a briefcase—that’s compelling to watch on screen. Other cast members—Josh Gad, Sterling K. Brown, and Laura Dern—play pivotal roles and offer bravura performances.

Marshall Initially Rejected by Hollywood

 

Hudlin himself displayed his own brand of resilience and negotiating prowess to get Marshall produced. Hudlin received the material from top producer Paula Wagner and after he decided to create the movie, he says the project was turned down by every Hollywood studio. Undeterred, Hudlin made contact with Chinese-based Super Hero Films Ltd. and through interpreters negotiated full financing for the movie’s $ 10 million budget. “They loved the script and embraced this movie about a hero,” recalls Hudlin. “Once I received the financing, I filmed the movie without any further discussions about my approach or aspects of the production, which rarely happens. Super Hero Films were amazing partners.”

 

(Marshall move poster. Image: Twitter/MarshallMovie)

 

I spoke with Hudlin—in complete transparency, he’s a long-time friend and business partner of Milestone Comics—about why and how he brought Marshall to the big screen.

BLACK ENTERPRISE: In terms of just the richness of Thurgood Marshall’s life and career, why focus on this slice? What engaged you to produce this film about this case and how did it come to you?

Reginald Hudlin: When you look at his whole life, it’s so full of adventures and achievement that you really can’t make a two-hour movie. It’s really more of a mini-series. When we talk about the film, we talk about the historical importance. What gets lost in the conversation is that it’s a really fun movie. People laugh a lot more than they think they’re going to laugh. They get a little choked up, and then they’re cheering. It’s a surprisingly good date movie. I don’t want people to go because they feel an obligation to support the movie or they feel like they have to go learn something. I think they should go and expect to have a good time, and then they’ll turn up. They actually got some insights they didn’t expect, but it first and foremost is entertainment, and that’s what we deliver.

In terms of distribution, are you looking at other platforms for Marshall, so that it would gain further traction with audiences? For much of 2017, box office has been flat in part due to competition from all these other platforms. So, how did that play into the marketing and business strategy with Marshall?

It is true that it’s been sort of a depressed year for movies in general, but let me point out a counter-trend. Hidden Figures, Get Out, Girls Trip. Those films have all overperformed compared to expectations, and part of that is that black ones are always underestimated and it also says, general audiences are more open to films with black leads because they look interesting and different. They are interesting. They are different. All three of those movies brought in very big mainstream support.

Do you also believe what will work for Marshall is that historical content seems to be very resonant with millennials? There’s a social consciousness in recent years that continues to be demonstrated by that segment.

Well, I think part of it is reflected on the times. Clearly, when you look at what’s happening politically in the country right now, and actually even globally, we’re at this pivot point. Sometimes to understand the future, you have to look at the past and just say, “OK. Here’s what happened in our last pivot point, so what can we learn from that in terms of what we need to do for the future?”

What is the continued marketing plan? Is there an approach similar to the release of the film Selma in which African American businesses financed students and younger people to see that film? How will you seek to gain greater traction and exposure for the film?

The movie has a modest budget. We’re being distributed by a relatively small studio, Open Road, so we’re using a combination of things. There’s a heavy focus on digital marketing. There’s been a lot of press because it’s a movie that people want to talk about, and want to talk to the stars about, talk about the movie’s broader implications, and the traditional television advertising and so on. So, it’s a mix of those elements. I’ve been working with big studios for quite some time so it’s kind of a shift back to the old school but we’re being very aggressive about it. We’ve been doing a lot of screenings. We’re very excited that we’ve arranged screenings for 11th and 12th graders in 20 different cities. They get to see the film. We’re providing the schools with educational materials, so they can talk with the kids about the movie and the times, so we’re really doing not just really promotional streams, but doing educational streams as well.

Even though Super Hero Films provided full financing for the film, you said you had a small budget. How were you able to get it made and give it a big budget feel?

We started with a $ 10 million budget, which is modest, but we feel like we got a lot of movie for our dollar. We got fantastic production value, great costumes from the award-winning Ruth Carter. We got the cinematographer who shot all the X-Men movies. So we didn’t cut any corners in terms of the quality of the work. We just did it with what we had.

We filmed a 140-page script in 30 days. Normally, Hollywood films would shoot three to five pages a day so we were going at an incredibly fast clip. Fortunately, I know how to do that without compromise. You just figure out how, and a big part of that was having rehearsals with the actors, so we did so much of the work before we got in front of the cameras, so everyone knew what they were doing. When you have world-class actors like that, they can make it happen.

You’ve identified some actors who definitely have gained great exposure recently when you look at Chadwick Boseman and Sterling Brown. Josh Gad is also someone who brings another bright spotlight.

I just feel very fortunate that the actors saw the material and said, “Wow, this is the kind of movie we want to be involved in.” That makes all the difference.

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On the final day of the New York Spring collections, director Charlotte Wales and fashion editor Jorden Bickham asked Kate Upton, Joan Smalls, Elsa Hosk, and a crew of their catwalking pals to come to work at the Vogue offices. How to wear the new officewear was the immediate challenge. How to navigate a corporate tower while retaining a fierce sense of style was the actual heart of the matter. 

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Movie News: ‘Pirates’ Director Nabbed for Angelina Jolie’s ‘Maleficent 2’

Movie News: 'Pirates' Director Nabbed for Angelina Jolie's 'Maleficent 2'

Maleficent 2: Joachim Rønning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, above) is in talks to direct the sequel to Maleficent. Angelina Jolie will once again star as a woman who displayed a wider range to her character in Maleficent. The sequel is aiming to start production in the first quarter of 2018. The latest Pirates installment earned more than $ 794 million at the box office worldwide, while Maleficent made $ 758 million. [Deadline]

 

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Kaiser Permanente Hawaii Names Shawn Nakamoto Director of Strategic Communications

HONOLULU — Kaiser Permanente Hawaii today announced Shawn Nakamoto has been hired as director of Strategic Communications. In this position, Nakamoto will lead the design, execution and management of all communications related to Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s strategic plan, organizational effectiveness and care delivery. She will also provide guidance and support to the regional executive team, and will oversee communications planning and implementation for Kaiser Permanente Hawaii’s strategic programs and projects.

Nakamoto comes to Kaiser Permanente from the University of Hawaii, where she most recently served as associate director of communications. She was responsible for communications, media relations, marketing, advertising, special events and community relations for the University of Hawaii system. Before working at the University of Hawaii, Nakamoto held communications and marketing management positions at the Honolulu Board of Water Supply, Hawaii Pacific Health and Kamehameha Schools.

“Shawn has been an extremely effective communications strategist and leader throughout her career,” said David Tumilowicz, vice president for Public Relations, Communications and Brand Management for Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “I’m looking forward to working closely with Shawn to engage our workforce and better serve our large and growing membership throughout Hawaii.”

Nakamoto is an active member of the local community. She serves on the boards of Catholic Charities of Hawaii, Project Focus Hawaii and the Public Relations Society of America Hawaii Chapter. Nakamoto earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and is currently completing a master’s degree in communications from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

About Kaiser Permanente Hawaii
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in Hawaii in 1958, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente Hawaii is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, community health, and providing patient-centered total health for the people and communities of Hawaii. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

 

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X-Force: Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods, above) will write and direct X-Force. Ryan Reynolds will serve as a producer on the X-Men universe movie, which is expected to revolve around his character Deadpool, teamed again with his comrade Cable (played by Josh Brolin in Deadpool 2) as they lead a ruthless group of warriors. Goddard will first direct Bad Times at the El Royale, reteaming with Chris Hemsworth, then will focus on X-Force. [Deadline]

 

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If you were anywhere near the internet yesterday, you’ll probably have seen the latest Star Wars announcement: Colin Trevorrow, the director attached to Star Wars: Episode IX, is no longer a part of the picture.

According to a statement released on the official Star Wars website, Lucasfilm and the director have “mutually chosen to part ways”.

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Black Men XCEL: BE Circulation Director Celebrates A Father’s Legacy

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In recognition of our very first Black Men XCEL Summit, celebrating the best of black male achievement, the Black Enterprise staff is sharing their stories of the men who’ve had an extraordinary impact in their own lives…

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Who is the man in your life who’s inspired you to excel?

My dad, Dennis Daniel.

How would you describe the impact he’s had on you?

It was an ironic impact. I never grew up with my dad in my life. For years I blamed him for all of the “wrongs” that happened or the things he never taught me—until I became an adult. I took an honest step back and looked at all of the amazing things he achieved as a professional and the sacrifices he made. He was the director of air traffic control for the entire airport, which took him away from the household and from being a dad a lot. But because of it, we had private schooling and access to things that most kids in Guyana didn’t. The impact of that shaped my path in life, it showed me what is really important in my life and what not to sacrifice in my life.

What’s your fondest memory of him?

The memory that sticks with me the most of my dad happened while we were on a bus. There was a gentleman sitting across from us who was smoking a cigarette. My dad politely asked him to put the cigarette out because there were kids on the bus, to which the individual responded no. At a mere 5′ 5″, but he seemed 6′ 5″ at the time, my dad slapped the cigarette out of his hand and told him in a few not-so-nice words where he could put the cigarette. At that moment my dad showed me a lesson he never had to explain to me: Never back down from the things you believe in despite any obstacles or challenges.

What’s the biggest lesson he taught you?

To never give up and never make excuses when things are not going right in your life. He taught me to stand up and face my challenges head-on. He didn’t start with much, but he was able to make a good life for himself. And he never allowed anyone to say they couldn’t do something, considering the battles he faced when he passed away from Parkinson’s, which was the one battle he couldn’t win.

What are you doing to make him proud?

Continuing his legacy—learning from his mistakes and creating another exciting chapter of our family tree.

 

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Russian theater director who irked establishment given house arrest

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Movie News: ‘The Witch’ Star, Director to Reunite on ‘Nosferatu’

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Nosferatu: Anya Taylor-Joy (Split, above) is negotiations to star in a new version of Nosferatu. If things work out, she will reunite with director Robert Eggers; they previously worked together on indie horror movie The Witch. Eggers will also write the screenplay, based on the 1922 silent original, which itself was inspired by Bram Stoker's Dracula. Werner Herzog directed a previous remake in 1979. [Variety]

 

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‘Whitney: Can I Be Me’ Director Speaks Out on Legendary Singer: ‘She Was So Judged’

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Kaiser Permanente Names Regional Director of Organizational Effectiveness, Learning, and Leadership Development

HONOLULU — Eric D. Hieger, PsyD, has joined Kaiser Permanente Hawaii as the regional director of organizational effectiveness, learning, and leadership development. In this role, Hieger is responsible for leading efforts to improve the performance and potential of KP Hawaii employees through individual, team, and organizational development, and for ensuring that leaders have the development opportunities they need to best serve members and patients.

“Kaiser Permanente has always been committed to investing in its people. This role places a sharper focus on developing leaders at every level and cultivating an effective, sustainable source of leadership talent that will be critical for the future success of our organization,” said Jean Melnikoff, vice president of Human Resources, Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Eric and his team will develop and implement strategies that enhance the culture and performance of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii through our people.”

Most recently, Hieger was the leader of ADP’s global change leadership and change management center of excellence. He served as a transformational change expert resource to ADP executives, line leaders, and corporate function leaders. He led ADP’s change initiatives including changes to culture, business processes, systems and technology, people and job roles, and organization design. Prior to that, he was the head of global professional services for the American Management Association, one of the world’s leading providers of leadership and management development education. During his career, Hieger has specialized in the areas of peak performance, leadership, teamwork, executive development, change leadership, communications and strategic organizational development.

He received his doctoral degree in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California.

About Kaiser Permanente Hawaii
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii has provided total health to the people of Hawaii for nearly 60 years, with physicians who are members of the Hawaii Permanente Medical Group, the largest multi-specialty physician group practice in the state of Hawaii. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health. Visit kp.org for additional information. Become a fan of good health with Kaiser Permanente Hawaii: Like our page at Facebook.com/KPHawaii and follow @KPHawaii on Twitter.

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Pictured: Sharknado 5 director Anthony C. Ferrante (far right), along with his stars Fabio, Masiela Lusha, Cassie Scerbo, Tara Reid, Ian Ziering and Chloe Lattanzi, offer up reactions of absolute terror re: a new Sharknado attack at the Fandango Studio @ Comic-Con. (Photo by Bryan Beasley.)

 

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Inside Scaramucci’s short tenure as White House communications director

A timeline of events leading up to Scaramucci’s resignation.
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Anthony Scaramucci out as White House communications director

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What Could Director Jaume Collet-Serra Have Brought to ‘Suicide Squad 2’?

UPDATE: News has come out that Jaume Collet-Serra has decided to pass on directing Suicide Squad 2 in favor of helming Disney’s Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Below, you can find Kim Taylor-Foster’s well-thought-out examination of what Collet-Serra could have brought to the sequel when he was considered the frontrunner for the project. – Drew Dietsch

The Shallows helmer Jaume Collet-Serra has apparently emerged as the frontrunner to tackle Suicide Squad 2. He’s been named by Deadline as the favourite to tackle the sequel to commercially successful Oscar-winner Suicide Squad, ahead of other directors in the frame including Mel Gibson, Ruben Fleischer, Jonathan Levine and Daniel Espinosa.

Looking at the weapons Jaume Collet-Serra has in his arsenal, FANDOM identifies 5 tricks the director can employ to help him raise the Suicide Squad game for the follow-up.

1. Sideline Harley Quinn



In Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn is a two-dimensional male fantasy who is objectified throughout the film. There are countless shots of her posterior, and then there’s also THAT scene in which she’s ogled by both characters and camera as she changes clothes in front of an entire military base.

The end of Suicide Squad suggested that Harley Quinn is no longer part of the team, and the character is earmarked to appear in Gotham City Sirens, which could mean the job is already done. But the official word is that Margot Robbie is on board for the follow-up. That doesn’t mean she has to feature prominently, however. There are rumours that the character of Killer Frost will step into any spot vacated by Harley Quinn – perhaps Collet-Serra can focus more on making whichever female characters do appear less objectified.

2. Make it a Cult Hit


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Could Collet-Serra make Suicide Squad 2 cool with Liam Neeson?

While it banked big bucks at the box office, Suicide Squad wasn’t as well received critically. Collet-Serra’s B-Movie actioners like Run All Night, Non-Stop and Unknown, which all star Liam Neeson, have won something of a cult following. Maybe Collet-Serra could sprinkle some of his B-Movie magic on Suicide Squad 2. He could even cast Liam Neeson and bring a bit of the Irish actor’s unique tough-guy-with-a-heart appeal to the franchise. And don’t forget Neeson’s superhero-movie past – cast your mind back to 1990, when he starred as the titular hero in Sam Raimi’s cult hit Darkman.

3. Apply the ‘Shallows’ Approach



Collet-Serra should concentrate on keeping the story focused, and work on creating tension in inventive ways. Perhaps the Spanish helmer could tidy up the messiness of the first completely, and confine events to one location? It’s an idea that’s worked for him before in both The Shallows, which takes place just off the shore of a Mexican beach, and Non-Stop – which takes place on a plane.

4. Make It a Thriller


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Give them a mission that allows for character development and engaging action

He’s got thriller-blood in his veins. Whether making a psychological thriller, a horror thriller or action thriller, it’s all about the thrills with Collet-Serra.

Relegating superhero-dom to secondary status to instead focus on character and a tight plot would help him play to his strengths and craft a film that fans want to see.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a recent good example of a successful superhero film that does this. It’s really a film about a kid who’s a bit of an outsider, trying to find his place in the world. And while the story slots neatly into the wider MCU, it keeps its ambition quite small in comparison to other Marvel movies. Its high-concept plot has Spidey tackling a very human arms dealer rather than an alien threatening to destroy the world, while its more low-concept leanings show Peter Parker dealing with school, friends, family and romantic entanglements. The film is making a huge impact both critically and commercially.

The Suicide Squad is a covert Black Ops team, so perhaps Collet-Serra could craft a heist thriller? He could strip out the magic element introduced by villain Enchantress and bring audiences something a bit more real and a bit less sprawling.

5. Make it Cool



Cool always wins. Drawing on his action expertise and from his horror background (he’s directed House of Wax and Orphan as well as The Shallows) could help do this. Prioritising this over one-liners that fail to land might be the way to win. That doesn’t mean ditching fun dialogue altogether – think about the kind of lines that Neeson delivers in the movies he’s made with Collet-Serra. Drop those into this Suicide Squad sequel and just imagine what could happen.

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Titanic 20th Anniversary Special From Director James Cameron Is Heading to National Geographic

Titanic, Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio20 years later and we still haven’t let go.
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Wanted: White House Communications Director For Who Can Talk Real Good

On Tuesday, White House Communications Director Mike Dubke resigned from his position in the midst of, what can only be described as the White House’s complete inability to communicate.

So now the search is on for a new communications director (as well as hundreds of other jobs that have yet to be filled as of the end of April), and HuffPost Comedy has obtained a copy of the official job listing the White House has submitted for the position.


Wanted: White House Communications Director

Yes, that White House! We want you to join our team in a fast-paced toxic environment running the greatest nation on Earth! Think you’ve got what it takes? Prove it! We’re a motley crew from all walks of life. From upper-class white families to upper-middle-class white families, our diversity directs the way we govern this great nation!

 

Duties and Requirements

– Ability to look at self in the mirror a plus, but not necessary.

– Will be expected to take a shift carrying Oval Office baby monitor.

– At least four years’ experience of on-the-job psychological torture training.

– On-camera experience not necessary, but be aware that perp walks are often televised.

– Must prepare talking points for White House staff to review during morning briefings, recite on news shows, and whisper reflexively to themselves during long, middle-distance stares.

– Will be speaking directly with the president, so must be able to understand English at a rate of 15 words per minute. These may be 15 completely different words.

– We love a go-getter, someone who reaches out and grabs what they want without waiting for permission. Someone who will shoot first and ask to plead the fifth when subpoenaed by Congress later.

– President briefings should be kept to no more than approximately 20 words, using flashy graphics that very clearly show things are either going very well or spectacularly.

– Once a week or so, Steve Bannon will put you in a playful headlock while he conducts his normal business. He’ll say things like, “Ahh, come ‘ere, you!” and “Lemme see that noggin of yours!” He’ll actually drag you around the office and he will not let go, like a vice. Must be comfortable with this.

– When our daily scandal breaks, you’ll need to produce copy that doesn’t defuse the situation in any way. In fact, your statements should raise more questions. 

– Willingness to ignore your conscience. Don’t worry, you’ll get better at it while you learn on the job with seasoned professionals who got rid of their conscience decades ago.

 

Perks

– Occasional rides on Air Force 6 with all the heavy hitters of the Department of Agriculture.

– Your own private chamber in which to rock back and forth in the fetal position.

– Trump brand hedges to hide behind should the press want to speak to you.

– Mar-a-Lago membership half price.

– Free Trump steaks. Really, even if you don’t get the job. We just need to get rid of these.

– Free ride on the president’s golden toilet (Air Force No. 2) the day after Taco Tuesdays.

 

Education

– Degree from accredited university not necessary.

– The last book you read should have been The Art Of The Deal, The Bible or one of those art books with all the nudes. 

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Dressing 9 to 5–What the Most Stylish Women Wear to Work: Steven Alan Creative Director Aï Bihr

by HAYLEY PHELAN | edited by ANNY CHOI

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Photo: Cedric Bihr

When it comes to building her wardrobe, Aï Bihr certainly has a lot of options. As Steven Alan’s creative director, Bihr has a whole store’s worth of goodies right at her fingertips — and is in the enviable position of being able to actually create exactly the kind of garment she’d like to wear. And if that wasn’t enough to make you wish you were in her shoes, Bihr speaks multiple languages, has lived in Tokyo, Paris, Los Angeles, and New York, holds degrees in both neuroscience and pattern-making. Here, she gives us the scoop on what she wears to work.

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Test Market

On a work day, I try to wear mostly Steven Alan because it’s good for me to wear what we’ve made; if we need to improve something or if something’s not working great, then I know it. I love to wear a big Steven Alan shirt — I usually get something a bit oversize. So I’ll wear a men’s extra-large reverse seam in white, with a pair of jeans we’ve made. I also have a lot of old Levi’s because I collect a lot of denim. I love a 501, but I like to buy a big men’s size and then cut the legs so they’re kind of wide and cropped. I go to a lot of vintage stores to hunt for them; when I lived in Paris I went every weekend to look at the flea markets. I’m also a big vintage eyewear collector and have really loved designing the Steven Alan Optical collection.

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Rag & Bone Clara denim bucket hat, $ 39; intermixonline.com; Steven Alan Optical Wentworth glasses in light stripe tortoise, $ 195; stevenalanoptical.com; Levi’s 501 CT jeans, $ 80; mrporter.com; Steven Alan x Beauty & Youth Loose Turkey cotton crewneck tee, $ 98; stevenalan.com
Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of Intermixo; Courtesy of stevenalanoptical.com; Courtesy of mrporter.com; Courtesy of stevenalan.com

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Photo: Courtesy of Aï Bihr

On my feet, I usually have sneakers or oxfords. Or like, a penny loafer. My whole team knows I’m addicted to these Japanese high tops called Shoes Like Pottery. I wear them constantly, year round. I don’t want to be boring, but I always look the same! Even if there’s a corporate event or I have to make a presentation, I always look the same. I try to stay very consistent and have been very consistent for a long time. I’ve always worn a lot of jumpsuits–whatever brand I go to, I make jumpsuits for them. They’re kind of great because they’re so versatile. You can even tie the sleeves at the waist and they make really great pants that way. I have a nice collection of vintage jumpsuits, some from the Yves Saint Laurent Safari collection, and I’ll wear those tied at the waist or zip them up and belt them. And if I’m wearing a jumpsuit like that I might add a little heeled sandal. Maryam Nassir Zadeh makes beautiful shoes. If I do go to a party and I feel like wearing something a little bit different I’ll put on sandals from Maryam. One of my best friends, Mona, designs A Détacher and she makes really beautiful skirts and dresses. I recently bought an indigo skirt/culotte thing from her. It’s the perfect length and so good for summer parties.

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Steven Alan sleeveless crossover shirt, $ 178; stevenalan.com; Acne Studios Avon drawstring safari jacket, $ 354; matchesfashion.com; Maryam Nassir Zadeh Sophie suede sandal, $ 368; nastygal.com; A Détacher Sissy shorts, $ 450; lagarconne.com

Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of stevenalan.com; Courtesy of matchesfashion.com; Courtesy of nastygal.com; Courtesy of nastygal.com

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Dress for the Seasons

When the weather is this hot and humid, I love to wear linen and cotton poplin. We have these really great cotton poplin wide trousers from Steven Alan called the Picnic Pant. When you wear a wide-leg trouser like that, it’s nice to wear something small on top. You can’t wear something too big, or else you look like a tent. It’s also a great pant to wear with a linen T-shirt.

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Steven Alan Picnic pant, $ 255; stevenalan.com; Mango cropped linen top, $ 50; for information: mango.com; Manolo Blahnik Vazca penny loafers, $ 745; barneys.com

Photo: (Clockwise from left) Courtesy of Steven Alan; Courtesy of Mango; Courtesy of Barneys

In the fall, I’m usually in a suit. I’ll wear a suit jacket and a pair of trousers, with a T-shirt and sneakers. I have a few different jacket styles that I really like–one is a schoolboy that’s a bit smaller; The Row makes a really nice one every year. And then I like a boyfriend notched lapel in tropical wool; it’s actually the first jacket I made for Steven Alan when I joined the company and it’s still my go-to. I also always love to have a peak lapel double-breasted blazer. I think the key to pulling off a suit is–well, first of all you just really have to find the right suit for you. But then you also have to have a more casual element in your accessories or what you’re wearing the suit with, like a T-shirt and sneakers.

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The Row Maguire double-breasted shantung blazer, $ 1,554; net-a-porter.com; Isabel Marant Étoile Kiliann Lima tee, price upon request; otteny.com; Reed Krakoff cotton-blend tapered pants, $ 483; net-a-porter.com; Shoes Like Pottery low-top canvas shoe, $ 155; stevenalan.com

Photo: (Clockwise from top left) Courtesy of net-a-porter.com; Courtesy of otteny.com; Courtesy of net-a-porter.com; Courtesy of Steven Alan

Quality Control

When I’m shopping for myself, I always look at the finishing of the garment. I’m looking on the inside, not just the outside, examining the fabric, rubbing it on my neck and doing all the crazy things that designers do. You want to make sure there’s a clean finish–basically, that you don’t see all this thread wrapped around the seam–so that it doesn’t look like things are going to snag. It’s good to pay attention to these kinds of things, because they’re going to dictate the longevity of the garment. And really touch the fabric. Customers aren’t stupid, they know when they’re feeling good fabric. This is why we choose to use really good fabric at Steven Alan, because our customers are smart. They know they’re not getting garbage from us. That’s one thing I’m really proud of: There’s no room for poor quality. I’m really proud to say that more than 90 percent of the things I make are made in New York. And if it’s not made here, it’s made at the best factory in Japan.

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Photo: Courtesy of Aï Bihr

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‘Bravetown’ Director Tells Why Latin Americans Can Relate To Theme Of Losing Family To War

Daniel Duran has made a name for himself directing music videos for some the world’s biggest Latin stars. Now, the 35-year-old Venezuelan-born director has combined his passion for music with a dramatic script for his first feature film, “Bravetown.”

Duran’s directorial debut focuses on 17-year-old New York City teen Josh Harvest (Lucas Till, “X-Men: First Class”), who is a troubled but talented DJ sent to spend time with his estranged father (Josh Duhamel) after an accidental drug overdose. As Josh arrives to deal with his own family problems, he begins to realize that residents of the small Army town in North Dakota are struggling to come to terms with losing many of their loved ones to war.

“Bravetown” also includes performances by Kherington Payne (“Fame”) and Oscar-nominated actress Laura Dern (“Wild”), as a clinically depressed mother unable to cope with the loss of her son.

Duran recently discussed the film with The Huffington Post via email. He opened up about how his relationship with his father connects him to the film, and how many Latin Americans can identify with the movie’s theme of losing loved ones to violence.

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Director Daniel Duran (left) and actor Josh Duhamel on the set of “Bravetown.”

You were born and raised in Venezuela. How did you end up doing a film that deals with topics like the trauma of returning war veterans and how a town in middle America is dealing losing loved ones to war?

From the start, the theme was something I felt was very universal because it’s a story about a DJ that has these personal and family problems — problems that affect anyone in the world, from any nationality — and that was my main focus.

I think when you deal with conflicts concerning family, love, heartbreak, father-son relationships, they’re topics that anyone can identify with and that’s where I got hooked in this project. Plus, the movie is charged with music and I come from that world with my music video [background]. It was easy for me to understand Josh’s musical world and how he used music to deal with the whirlwind of emotions he was living. It is a movie that exists in a totally American world, but at the same time it touches upon very universal themes.

How did you feel personally connected to the story?

I feel I connected with the emotions. I also come from a family with separated parents, in which I didn’t have a relationship with my father. The difference is that Josh experienced that as a teenager, and for me it was imagining what that relationship would’ve been like. But unlike Josh, my relationship with my mother has always been spectacular and I never had the type of issues he had [with his mom.]

On the other hand, I felt I identified with Josh’s musical connection as a DJ because music has always been present in my life and in my creations. One of the things I’ve always liked is to talk to young people and I feel that his movie connects with teens, because despite it being a very mature story, it is seen from their point of view.

What kind of obstacles did you face while working on “Bravetown?”

This was my first film and it was a big cast. I think my first obstacle was how to face that challenge and the insecurity I had at one point about being able to succeed. Having English be my second language was also a big obstacle, to think that at some point I wasn’t going to be able to communicate exactly what I wanted. Thank God I had the proper words to be able to express what I wanted to the crew and cast, to be able to steer the wheel of this boat.

Back to the theme of losing loved ones to war and how you deal with that, there are plenty of people in Latin America who can relate to what it’s like to lose someone to violence.

Perhaps in Latin American countries we don’t lose soldiers, but we have a high percentage of deaths caused by crime. That’s a kind of war with which we’ve have to deal. I think that people from other countries will identify with “Bravetown,” because it’s that feeling of losing a loved one to violence that creates wounds that are difficult to heal. And how you face that loss, that is the important point of the movie.

What was it like working with Laura Dern, who recently was nominated for the Oscar for “Wild”?

Laura is a true lady and working with her was incredible — a delight. I learned a lot from her. For me it was an experience to create that character with her because it was written one way and when we sat down to talk, we gave it a different tone. That’s the magic that happens when you work with someone with her talent.

This was your first film, but what can we expect from you in the future?

I want to continue telling great stories and entertaining. Right now I’m focused on closing the chapter with “Bravetown,” but I am starting to read and write ideas. But I don’t know what’s coming yet.

And now that you are closing the chapter, how do you feel about your first film?

I feel very happy, excited and enthusiastic about people seeing my first project. I think it was an incredible project with an excellent cast. … I [also] had the opportunity to work with my director of photography Angel Berroeta — who has been with me since my music videos and with pride I can say he’s from Maracay, Venezuela — Salvadorian writer Oscar Torres, Argentine production designer Tomas Voth, Venezuelan composer Angelo Milli. You could say this was a movie made by Latinos for Americans, and that makes me very proud.

“Bravetown” will be in select theaters beginning on Friday, May 8.

CORRECTION: This article has been edited to correct the reference to Laura Dern, who has been nominated for Oscars twice, but has not won.

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‘Women In Comedy’ Director Heidi Ewing Discusses The ‘Pretty Isn’t Funny’ Stereotype

Women have always been funny, but it wasn’t until recently that society allowed them to look beautiful and make us laugh.

Filmmaker Heidi Ewing, who directed the documentary “MAKERS: Women in Comedy,” dropped by HuffPost Live on Tuesday to discuss her work on the history of funny females, and she spoke with host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani about the long-held concern among women comics that an attractive appearance would make it harder to win over an audience.

Lucky for comedy lovers, that stereotype is quickly dissipating thanks to hilarious women like Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and many more who aren’t afraid to rock a glamorous gown while they rattle off punchlines.

Watch Ewing discuss the “pretty isn’t funny” stereotype in the video above, and see the full HuffPost Live conversation here.

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