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After Harvey Weinstein scandal, The Academy approves Standard of Conduct for its members

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Dec,07 2017 12:57 40 IST

Los Angeles: The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has approved the Standards of Conduct for its members after the sexual harassment scandal involving Harvey Weinstein came into light.

Harvey Weinstein. Image from AP.

Harvey Weinstein. Image from AP.

The Academy had earlier formed a task force headed by Academy Officer David Rubin to draw out a new code of conduct for its members.

The new standards have been approved by the academys 54 -member board of governors in a meeting.

Academy CEO Dawn Hudson, in a statement obtained by Variety, said, “Over the course of weeks, the task force consulted with professors of ethics, business, philosophy, and law from Georgetown, Harvard, Notre Dame, and Stanford, as well as experts in human resources and sexual harassment.

“Much remains to be done. The task force will finalise procedures for handling allegations of misconduct, assuring that we can address them fairly and expeditiously,” said Hudson in the letter.

After investigations by The New York Times and The New Yorker that revealed sexual harassment and rape allegations against Weinstein, the Academys 54-member board of governors had ousted him with immediate effect at an emergency session.

Hudsons letter, which was sent to Academys roughly 8,500 members, also had a link to the standards.

“There is no place in the Academy for people who abuse their status, power or influence in a manner that violates recognised standards of decency,” it said.

“The Academy is categorically opposed to any form of abuse, harassment or discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, age, religion, or nationality,” it added.


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Black Panther: Move over Iron Man, Bruce Banner; fans demand spin-off on gizmo genius Shuri’s character

Marvel’s latest Black Panther has been garnering praise all over, with even Michelle Obama and Serena Williams declaring their love for the first black superhero-led franchise in the MCU. But the internet has taken to showering extraordinary love to a female character from the blockbuster the young 16-year-old princess of Wakanda, Shuri, played by Letitia Wright.

in a still from Black Panther. YouTube

Letitia Wright in a still from Black Panther. YouTube

Shuri is the tech genius behind her elder brother T’Challa and his Black Panther wizardry, through her innovative use of Vibranium to build a technologically advanced Wakanda. The character is receiving widespread praise for her intelligent and mince-no-words attitude, as the gadget genius everyone has been waiting for, or proclaiming her as Marvel’s most promising character in ages.

Her superiority to the other two tech geniuses in the marvel Cinematic Universe, Tony Stark aka Iron Man and Bruce Banner/The Incredible Hulk, has got audiences and reviewers excited, as a much needed addition to the Avengers when they take on super villain Thanos in the upcoming Infinity War.

Fans have stormed twitter with outright show of affection for the character.

A fan-made movie poster with Shuri as the Black Panther was also circulated with accompanying tweets.

I grew up seeing so many stereotypes on TV and I didn’t want to play that as well. This moment right now is years of prayer that’s coming together to play such a character that … hopefully a lot of people can be inspired by. So for me it’s a dream come true really. It’s something positive in the world, and that’s the type of person I am. It doesn’t necessarily mean that that character is not flawed, But with this film, it can spark the brain of another kid that loves technology and loves science and lets them see that that’s really cool and encourage them to create the next gadget that’s going to help cure a disease or something. I’m proud to be a young black girl doing this, but also as much as this is for young black women to be inspired, (it’s for) all women of all ethnicities, of all races to be inspired. And young boys too, young men too from all walks of life to be inspired by this film,said Wright, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

Published Date: Feb 21, 2018 12:08 PM | Updated Date: Feb 21, 2018 12:08 PM


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Kamal Haasan’s political debut, like the opening of big films, will be keenly watched for the kind of crowds he attracts

It is D-day for Kamal Haasan; he is all set to spell out his political ideology and the name of the party he is setting up today, in Madurai. Kamal Haasan is a huge star and one of the most influential voices in Tamil Nadu, and he has regularly spoke about how he wants to clean up the cesspool of corruption and bad governance in the state.

In a recent tweet, Kamal welcomed people to attend his party launch in Madurai to “create a new era”: “I am going to explain (about my) new party and the gist of our policies. Please come, to create a new era. Our long journey is starting tomorrow. I am going to hoist our party flag at 6 PM at Othakadai grounds in Madurai.” A few political netas like Delhi CM and AAP supremo Arvind Kejirwal is likely to attend the meet.

There is a groundswell of support for Kamal Haasan atleast on social media. He is being compared to Rajinikanth, who has been speculating about his political entry for the last few years without doing anything concrete. Haasan, on the other hand, came late to the scene after Jayalalithaa’s death and is atleast keeping up to his promise of launching a political party in early 2018. Unlike Rajinikanth, who is still toying with the idea of doing one more film after Kaala and 2.O, Kamal is clear that it is curtains for him as far as his acting career is concerned after Viswaroopam 2 and Indian 2.

Kamal Haasan. PTI image.

Kamal Haasan started his political journey at 7:45 on 21 February, from the home of former President APJ Abdul Kalam in Tamil Nadu’s Rameswaram, from where he traveled by road to Madurai about 170 km away, and is set to launch his party by evening. After hoisting the party flag he will address the gathering around 8 pm.

But Kamal Haasan’s detractors say that he is nothing but a Trojan horse of the opposition (read those against BJP and ruling AIADMK). Kamal Haasan also said, “I am entering politics only because the ruling AIADMK is bad. That is why I am not meeting any of them.” The actor-turned-politician is being projected as anti-Hindu.

Meanwhile, in several parts of Madurai and surrounding areas, posters have appeared equating Kamal Haasan with former Indian president Dr Abdul Kalam, rationalist leader Periyar and BR Ambedkar . Some posters proudly say – “Kamal is a second Kalam.” There is even a poster of  him walking in Mahatma Gandhi’s footsteps, as he has repeatedly mentioned his open admiration of Gandhi’s policies. Another significance of Madurai is that it is where Gandhi gave up his western outfits and adopted khadi clothing.

Madurai is the favourite place for Tamil politicians to launch parties or hold huge rallies. It is almost in the middle of the state and is steeped in Tamil culture and literature. When MGR launched his political party it was from Madurai and was able to draw over a lakh people who travelled from all over the state on their own to see him. Now the big question being asked is whether Kamal Haasan will be able to get the crowds? Yesterday when he arrived at the Madurai airport, he drew a huge crowd of curious fans and onlookers.

Being an actor, Kamal knows that like the opening of a big-hero film, his political debut will also be keenly watched for the kind of crowds he attracts. His political managers in charge of crowd control will try to make it look big, because future alliances and combinations are built on it.

The truth is Kamal is not in the same league as Rajinikanth as far as mass star value and box-office appeal. Most of his films found much acceptance among the urban multiplex audiences than in smaller stations or rural areas. In Tamil Nadu politics whether it was MGR or Jayalalithaa, their traditional vote bank was in rural areas.

Kamal Haasan has to rework his image and he is already adapting to it. His clarion call to the chief ministers of southern states to find pride in embracing their Dravidian identities has struck a chord.

This comes at a time when BJP and other North Indian parties are trying to play down the Dravidian movement and parties. What remains to be seen is whether Kamal remains an urban phenomenon, a social media warrior or will he be able to bring the much needed change in Tamil Nadu politics? Everything hinges on the kind of opening he gets when he makes his political debut in the Tamil Nadu heartland of Madurai.

Published Date: Feb 21, 2018 12:15 PM | Updated Date: Feb 21, 2018 12:15 PM


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James Bond: Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle is likely to helm 25th installment starring Daniel Craig

The much-awaited 25th installment of the James Bond franchise has confirmed Daniel Craig in what he claims is his last time playing the iconic spy but the search for a high profile director has still not ended. With Christopher Nolan also denying being the next Bond flick director, rumours have been flying high in Hollywood town. Speculations are rife that MGM wants the Oscar winning Danny Boyle to helm the project, as reported by Variety.

Daniel Craig in a still from Casino Royale

Daniel Craig in a still from Casino Royale

Although Boyle is reportedly be keen on the project, he had denied such a possibility back in 2013 with an unequivocal “no” in an interview, as reported by IndieWire. However, Doyle had directed a tasty short for the London Olympics starring Daniel Craig as Bond and the Queen herself, who had even uttered an iconic James Bond dialogue for Boyle. The director, known for Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, has been a fan favourite for a long time to direct a Bond movie,but is now the Studio favourite too for the job.

MGM and Eon had wanted Boyle since the previous two installments, Skyfall and Spectre, both massive box-office successes directed by Sam Mendes. Mendes had announced that he will not be directing any more Bond movies, sending the studio scurrying for a high profile director again, as reported by Variety.

While the next 007 is still an untitled project, there have been reports of the film taking Bond to Croatia and could be titled Shatterhand, based on Raymond Benson’s 2001 novel Never Dream of Dying. With Yann Demange, Denis Villeneuve and David Mackenzie also being previous forerunners to helm the 25th Bond movie, Boyle’s impending answer might be keeping the studio executives up all night.

Published Date: Feb 21, 2018 13:59 PM | Updated Date: Feb 21, 2018 13:59 PM

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