Sigourney Weaver is back for 'Avatar 2', but she's playing a totally different character this time around.
Saldaña, who was criticised for darkening her skin to play the late soul icon, expresses her regrets in emotional Instagram chat with "Pose" creator Steven Canals.
Zoe Saldana now says she regrets taking the lead role in a 2016 biopic of singer Nina Simone, saying the part should have gone to a Black woman.Saldana, who identifies as Afro-Latina, told “Pose” creator Steven Canals in a conversation via Bese magazine released on Tuesday that the role should have gone to an actress who identifies as Black. “I should have never played Nina. I should have done everything in my power, with the leverage that I had 10 years ago [was] a different leverage but it was leverage nonetheless. I should have tried everything in my power to cast a Black woman to play an exceptionally perfect Black woman,” Saldana said.The “Avatar” and “Star Trek” actress came under heavy criticism, including by Simone’s daughter, for her casting in “Nina” — as well as for wearing skin-darkening makeup and a prosthetic nose.Saldana said another actress should “step up” to tell Simone’s story properly and regrets that her story wasn’t told with an appropriate attention to detail. She’s hurt that Simone’s music has been appropriated in car commercials and yet her name isn’t universally known, and she hopes a film can accomplish that someday.Also Read: Zoe Saldana to Play Aspiring Olympic Fencer in Casey Affleck-Produced DramaZoe Saldana as Nina Simone in “Nina”/RLJE Entertainment“I thought back then that I had the permission because I was a Black woman. And I am. But it was Nina Simone. And Nina had a life and she had a journey that should be honored to the most specific detail, because she was a specifically detailed individual, about her voice, her opinions, her music, her art, her views. And she deserved better. So that said, I’m so sorry, because I love her music,” Saldana said. “She’s one of our giants. Someone else should step up. Someone else should tell her story.”Saldana had initially passed on the role of Simone after rumors first began circulating that she would take the part, but the debate grew after first look images for the film surfaced. Simone Kelly, Simone’s daughter, at first criticized the casting choice, telling the New York Times, “My mother was raised at a time when she was told her nose was too wide, her skin was too dark.” Kelly also later acknowledged that Saldana was not wholly to blame.Also Read: Beyond Blackface: Can Hollywood's Reckoning on Race Lead to Substantive Change?“It’s unfortunate that Zoe Saldana is being attacked so viciously when she is someone who is part of a larger picture,” Kelly told Time magazine. “It’s clear she brought her best to this project, but unfortunately she’s being attacked when she’s not responsible for any of the writing or the lies.”Saldana described her learning experience in the last few years since taking the part as “painful,” but also said she’s grown from the experience.“I know better today, and I’m not going to do that again. Never. I’m still learning, and I’ve been processing it for 10 years,” Saldana said. “I’m not going to allow people to violate me to make me feel less than, but I am going to be open.”Listen to the conversation between Saldana and Canals below, and find the segment about Simone beginning at around the 41 minute mark.View this post on Instagram Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) sits down with "Pose" (@poseonfx) creator and executive producer Steven Canals (@stevencanals) to chat about Afro-Latinidad, colorism in the Latinx community, Nina Simone, and more. AfroLatinx AfroLatinidad BESE ZoeSaldana StevenCanals Pose PoseFX AfroLatinos Dominican PuertoRicanA post shared by BESE (@bese) on Aug 3, 2020 at 6:54pm PDTRead original story Zoe Saldana Regrets Playing Nina Simone in Biopic: ‘She Deserved Better’ At TheWrap
Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan, Russell Brand and Zoe Saldana are reading children’s stories for a good cause — to raising money for coronavirus relief in Africa.The stars are part of Yahoo’s new podcast “STOR14S,” which launches Thursday in partnership with the GEANCO Foundation “to take families on an adventure that transports them out of their homes to exciting, new places,” the company said.New episodes will premiere every Monday on Thursday on all traditional podcast platforms as well as the Yahoo Life and Yahoo Style UK pages. The foundation is donating gloves, face masks, soap, sanitizer and disinfectant to hospitals and maternity centers in Nigeria, and training maternity nurses and traditional birth attendants to prevent the spread of the virus in maternity clinics, while also donating tablets preloaded with hundreds of books to children quarantined in their villages.Starting Thursday and going through August, celebrities and influencers will read kids’ stories chosen through a Yahoo writing competition for the public that was held throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.Also Read: Stars Who Have Tested Positive for Coronavirus (Photos)Cumberbatch will kick off the episodes, reading “Jack’s Dream.” David Oyelowo is next with “The Emperor’s Daughter,” followed by Jeff Daniels with “Mr. Oviarty’s Mysterious Booksthop” and Megalyn Echikunwoke with “The Diary of Primerose Goldie Gold.”In July, Aldis Hodge will read “The Sunshine Cake” and Brand will read “Aargh! There’s a Monster in My School!” Then, Chiwetel Ejiofor will perform “Matty Hides in Midgeton,” Rachel Brosnahan will take on “The Dog That Would Be a Prince,” Edi Gathegi will do “Flying Colours,” and Kobna Holdbrook-Smith will do “Polly Tumpkin’s Pumpkin.” After those, Thandie Newton is next with “Magic Squirrels,” followed by Sam Adegoke with “Being Mean” and Saldana with “The Runaways.”The single August episode will be Lonnie Chavis performing “Dragons Like Shiny Things.”“Focusing on our mental health has never been more urgent, and we hope ‘STOR14S’ will inspire families during this very difficult time,” said Verizon Media CEO Guru Gowrappan in a statement. “We are committed to continue to use our platform to drive change, bring stories that should be told to life and amplify awareness for voices and organizations like GEANCO, and their efforts that are making a true difference in people’s lives.”Check out the exclusive audio trailer above.Read original story Hear Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan and More Read Kids Stories for New Yahoo Podcast (Exclusive Audio) At TheWrap
We talk to the star of Missing Link about the return of James Gunn to the Guardians franchise and the long-awaited finale to this Avengers chapter.
The 40-year-old actress says Disney is spreading the message of redemption.
Disney deciding out of the blue to reinstate James Gunn as the director of Guardians of the Galaxy 3 was pretty unexpected.
Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and the rest of the cast release a statement supporting their director James Gunn and slamming the decision to let him go.
The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ director was fired after some resurfaced controversial tweets.
The ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ actress said being honored with her own star “means a lot.”
Avengers: Infinity War is the pinnacle of blockbuster entertainment, a film any actor would be proud to have on their CV.Which is good, as the Infinity War cast have got plenty to be embarrassed about.We’ve picked the worst, weirdest or most dull roles from the careers of Earth’s mightiest heroes.Read moreEverything you need to know about Captain MarvelFirst look at Larson as Captain MarvelConcept art reveals Captain Marvel
Zoe Saldana, who plays Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Infinity War, says other actors look down on Marvel movies.
Jennifer Lawrence and J.J. Abrams were among the stars who attended the unveiling of a statue in tribute to the late Anton Yelchin in Los Angeles yesterday.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is an American superhero film in English. It is the sequel to 2014’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”, and the fifteenth instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When a mysterious stranger arrives, claiming to be Peter Quill’s father, the Guardians of the Galaxy go on a quest to uncover his true parentage.
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James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ sequel feels like it’s been a lifetime in the making, with the follow-up to the 2009 sci-fi adventure still on its way. What’s more, Cameron has confirmed a third, fourth, and fifth instalment will be made, each released in 2020, 2022, 2023. In the Toronto Star, director James Cameron revealed that ‘Avatar 2’ is now delayed yet again, but despite its unconfirmed arrival he did say the remaining four sequels are all one giant entity in terms of getting them made.
The band’s back together. Director James Gunn has reassembled his oddball team of outer-space heroes — and cued up a whole bunch of ’60s/’70s pop music — for the sequel to his 2014 blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe with new worlds, new alien civilizations, and the unexpected Tango & Cash reunion (both Kurt Russell, who plays Peter Quill’s dad, Ego the Living Planet, and Sylvester Stallone, in an unannounced role, are in the movie). To help pass time until the film’s May 5 opening, we’ve collected all the publicity images and movie stills in one handy gallery for your viewing pleasure. So crank up the oldies and enjoy! (UPDATED April 7, 2017)
Secret ending? No.Running time: 129 minutes (~2.15 hours)“Live by Night” is a crime drama that’s based on the novel of the same name.It sees the rise to power of a gangster as he struggles to retain some semblance of morality. But the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.“Live by Night” is directed by Ben Affleck, who also wrote the screenplay. The story is based on Dennis Lehane’s novel, “Live by Night”. It stars Ben Affleck (Joe Coughlin), Elle Fanning (Loretta Figgis), Brendan Gleeson (Thomas Coughlin), Chris Messina (Dion Bartolo), Sienna Miller (Emma Gould), Zoe Saldana (Graciela Corrales), and Chris Cooper (Irving Figgis). It is rated M-18.“Live by Night” feels very much like a vehicle for Ben Affleck, since he’s in almost all of the important credits. And that’s where the problem lies — he’s clearly spread too thin across too many different roles. The biggest problem arises when you’re both directing and acting. It’s impossible to do a good job when you’re on both sides of the camera, and it shows in the final product. “Live by Night” feels like a movie that was shot for the sake of spending production money, rather than being driven by passion.HighlightsLoretta’s character arcElle Fanning plays Loretta Figgis, a character who appears midway through the film and goes through a rather dramatic character arc. You can see her transformation across each scene that she appears in, and how much she has progressed by the end of her story. For a character who was presented as a boring old stereotype at the beginning, she certainly adds much life to the film.Joe and Dion’s friendshipThe most authentic relationship in the film is that between Joe (Ben Affleck) and Dion (Chris Messina). Their dialogue feels like the most natural of all the characters, particularly when they’re ribbing each other the way good friends always do. It’s a pity that their interactions only come sporadically, because their sincerity is what creates your empathy for the main character, Joe.LetdownsViolence and gore are artificially tameGangster stories and bloody violence come hand-in-hand, and “Live by Night” follows this trope. For a film with a multimillion dollar budget and an M-18 rating, the gore certainly feels neutered. It’s not even artistically done, since you literally don’t see what happens. Everything conveniently happens off camera, and what you’re left with are some puddles of blood. It’s great to leave it up to the imagination, but aren’t we watching the movie to see how exactly those puddles of blood were formed?Graciela feels like a racist afterthought Graciela (Zoe Saldana) is the target of racism after she marries Joe. Every other scene she’s in has some depiction of the discrimination she has to face, along with some choice slurs. Unfortunately, she’s also treated as a token character by the plot. This tokenism reinforces the racist theme throughout the film, ironically making the film feel more racist through its treatment of male non-Caucasian characters. It’s bizarre and almost amusing.Overcomplicated network of relationships Joe’s motivation is simple — love. The plot, however, confuses you by throwing all sorts of different characters and attempting to create a complex network of relationships to explain why Joe does what he does. It’s a good effort, but it completely falls flat on its face in the execution. The relationships as presented are difficult to understand, and little time is spent developing any of them, as interesting as they might be.“Live by Night” feels like it never truly lived.Should you watch this if it’s free? Okay.Should you watch this at weekday movie ticket prices? No.Score: 1.9/5“Live by Night” opens in cinemas:– 26 January, 2017 (Singapore)– 18 January, 2017 (Philippines)Marcus Goh is a Singapore television scriptwriter. He's also a Transformers enthusiast and avid pop culture scholar. He Tweets/Instagrams at Optimarcus and writes at marcusgohmarcusgoh.com. The views expressed are his own.
From Naomie Harris in summer whites to Jennifer Garner and Eva Longoria in curve-hugging gowns, click through the gallery above to see our picks for best dressed of the week. Don’t agree with us? Let us know by tweeting @YahooStyleCA.
The Enterprise is going beyond Star Trek Beyond. With the latest big-screen episode in the vaunted 50-year-old franchise still days away, Paramount announced Monday that there would be fourth installment featuring J.J. Abrams’ rebooted cast. Although the studio had moved to lock up stars Chris Pine (Kirk) and Zachary Quinto (Spock) to additional films over a year ago, there had been some question about the future following the troubled production of Beyond.
Zoe Saldana being cast as the soul legend Nina Simone for the biopic ‘Nina’ caused some not inconsiderable controversy after its trailer emerged earlier this year. Appearing to have been made darker with make-up and wearing a prosthetic nose, the US-born actress, who is of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent took a heft amount of flack, notably from the estate of the singer itself. After posting a quote from Simone, they tweeted back: “Cool story but please take Nina’s name out your mouth.