Would you cast Johnny Depp as a blockbuster villain? The actor has a reputation for terrorizing his own sets. In 2017, The Hollywood Reporter cited sources close to the production of the fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise with “tales of excessive drinking, physical fights with [Amber] Heard and constant lateness on set, which often left hundreds of extras waiting for hours at a time.” Last May, Page Six reported that Depp had allegedly attacked a location manager on the set of City of Lies, which has since been indefinitely postponed. “According to court filings, Depp is accused of punching location manager Gregg ‘Rocky’ Brooks after Brooks informed the star that an upcoming take would have to be the last outdoor shot for the night as their permit was about to expire,” The Daily Beast reported. “However, crew members who were there insist it never escalated beyond a verbal confrontation and no punches were … [Read more...] about Why Is Hollywood Giving Johnny Depp a Pass?
Why is public speaking so scary
I’m going to talk about something that, until now, I have largely kept to myself. It’s odd, as I consider myself a writer of extreme honesty, and I try to carry that over into real life. And yet, even now, I’m hesitating, and I realise to some degree I have procrastinated even more than usual about the thinking, and writing, of this. The committing of a hidden life event to the written word. That’s always a scary act. I used to wonder if my reluctance was driven by shame, or simply my incredulity at what took place all those years ago. Now, I think that it is those things mostly, but also a hell of a lot more. Over the last few years, particularly in the recent crosswinds of our racial and cultural political climate, this life event bubbled to the surface of my memory, never quite boiling over. I’ve talked about it to a few of my close male friends, but that’s it. I almost never mention it to women. So, OK. I’ll stop stalling and try to be as … [Read more...] about ‘White privilege is used by women against black men as a tool of oppression’
A quarter of Australian women say they have been emotionally abused by a current or former partner.The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Personal Safety Survey, released in 2017, found one in four women had been “subjected to behaviours or actions (often repeatedly) aimed at preventing or controlling their behaviour, with the intent to cause them emotional harm or fear through manipulation, isolation or intimidation”.BuzzFeed News spoke to three women about their experiences. It can go on long after a relationship has ended.Lauren — a pseudonym to protect her privacy — had no mutual friends with her ex-boyfriend Matt, not his real name, when she first met him at a social sporting event.“I had that thing where you see someone and know you’re attracted to them before you even start talking to them,” the 28-year-old told BuzzFeed News. “I’d been through a phase where I’d seen a lot of people and gone on a lot of … [Read more...] about This Is What Emotional Abuse Looks Like
Laura Harrier had been unwinding in Greece last summer when a number she didn’t recognize lit up her phone: This is Spike Lee, a voice on the other end announced. The auteur had just caught her blockbuster debut as Peter Parker’s brainy love interest in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and wanted her to audition for a role in his new film. The hitch: The audition would be in New York. “Like, the next day.” “I didn’t really believe it was him at first,” Harrier says, looking only faintly harrowed by the waking stress dream she relives next. In the span of a day, she’d had to “get off this island somehow,” fly back to New York, and square off with Spike, performing scenes and improv for an hour with the director himself, whom she evidently impressed. He offered her the part the next day. She relays it all with an unblinking matter-of-factness, the kind she frequently deploys as Patrice Dumas, the black student activist whose fight for … [Read more...] about ‘BlacKkKlansman’s’ Badass Revolutionary Is Here to Free Your Mind
More than 1,300 reader comments were made in fewer than 24 hours in response to the story published on Freep.com Thursday evening about whether President Donald Trump's signature Make America Great Again baseball caps have come to symbolize racism. Some of the remarks were posted to the story itself, others on the Free Press Facebook page about the hats, which have become the subject of heated debate, especially following a racially charged incident Jan. 18 near Washington, D.C.'s Lincoln Memorial. That's where students from Covington Catholic School were wearing MAGA hats when they got into a confrontation with a Native American man from Michigan. Also in the area at the time of the standoff were four members of the fringe religious group the Black Hebrew Israelites, who hurled insults at the students. The encounter led some to say that the hats have come to represent racism and the president's white nationalist agenda. Others … [Read more...] about Readers speak out on the divide over MAGA hats