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Links for the Day: MTV Movie Awards Noms, Who Are the Real Gay Marriage Bigots, Bill de Blasio’s Approval Rating Hits 39% in Poll, In Defense of Jared Leto, & More

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Links for the Day: MTV Movie Awards Noms, Who Are the Real Gay Marriage Bigots, Bill de Blasio’s Approval Rating Hits 39% in Poll, In Defense of Jared Leto, & More

1. “MTV Movie Awards.” Katniss vs. …uh…Solomon Northup?

“The MTV Movie Award nominations arrive hot on the heels of the Oscar ceremony. This awards show happens on April 13th. MTV, even moreso than the Globes is all about nominating big stars they think we’ll give them ratings even if they stick out like sore thumbs in their category. That’s why I have to admit shock that 12 Years a Slave shows up repeatedly in their nominations. I thought it far too sober, artistic, and adult for the awards show that kept holding the Twilight franchise up as some kind of pinnacle of filmmaking. It’s hard to consider them being nominated for the same prize, much less existing in the same universe. Gravity, which weirdly isn’t up for Movie of the Year would have been a far more MTV like choice. Honestly I can’t figure it. In some way this is a bit more like the MTV Movie Awards of yore which would give prizes to Wes Anderson before he even had a fanbase to speak of. But maybe it’s all merely a happy accident that two of the most Oscar nominated movies of the year (American Hustle, Wolf of Wall Street) are also ’fun’ and so MTV responds in kind.”

2. “Who are the real gay marriage bigots?” A nasty intolerant streak runs through the argument of some gay rights supporters.

“As I’ve made clear repeatedly in my writing, I support gay marriage and am cheered that advocates for it have made such stunning legal and cultural gains so quickly. I consider these gains to be broadly harmonious with recent legal precedents and cultural trends, as well as the deeper political implications of liberal democratic government and theological implications of Christian egalitarianism. But I’m also troubled by the equally stunning lack of charity, magnanimity, and tolerance displayed by many gay-marriage advocates. This very much includes Mark Joseph Stern, Henry Farrell, and others who are cheering them on. Roughly speaking, for all of recorded human history until a couple of decades ago, virtually no one even entertained the possibility that homosexuals might seek to marry, let alone advocated it. In that brief span of time—a figurative blink of an eye in cultural terms—gay marriage has gone from being an oxymoron to a lived reality in several states and an institution accepted by majorities or pluralities in most demographic categories. If that isn’t a cultural revolution, then nothing is.”

3. “Mayor’s Approval Rating Hits 39% in Poll.” Poll of Registered Voters in New York City Comes Two Months After Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Took Office.

“The poll found a significant racial divide, with black and Latino voters, Mr. de Blasio’s base, giving him significantly higher marks than white voters. Mr. de Blasio, who is white, is married to Chirlane McCray, who is black; enormous support among minority voters propelled him to a landslide victory in November. The poll showed 50% of black voters and 45% of Latino voters approve of Mr. de Blasio’s job performance, while 30% of white voters gave him positive marks. In the Bronx and Brooklyn, more than four in 10 voters approved of the mayor’s job performance, while 30% give him positive marks in Manhattan. In Queens and on Staten Island, 36% rated him excellent or good.”

4. “Whatever happened to the Qatari film industry?” In Doha, there was once a buzzing festival and schemes to nurture local talent, but now much of the the money in the Qatari film business goes to projects elsewhere—such as the $55m co-production Black Gold.

“Landing less than a year after this diminutive, gas-rich Gulf state contentiously won the right to host the 2022 World Cup, Black Gold symbolises another of the country’s bold attempts to put itself on the map. But while its plans for the football tournament continue to garner column inches (even if almost entirely disapproving), any interest in its cinematic ambitions has all but dried up. Last month, the Doha Film Institute—the cultural organisation behind the film and festival—laid off a third of its workforce, the second major round of redundancies in just over a year. Entire departments vanished overnight, as long-term staff members were escorted out of the building.”

5. “Op-ed: In Defense of Jared Leto.” Transsexual acting coach Calpernia Addams on trans roles in Hollywood.

“My job was to sit down with him and answer lots of questions about what it’s like to be trans and to make a recording of me reading his lines from the script. From there, Jared did Jared’s thing: A brilliant, eccentric artist created his own portrayal of a movie character, which, in this case, happened to be some form of trans. His follow-up speeches left something to be desired when it came to speaking well on the issues facing his character, especially against the backdrop of current politics and social movements. I suppose it’s doubly rare to be a gifted artist and a great political speaker. But personally, I thought Rayon seemed like a nice person and a real human being. I’ve known people like Rayon.”

Video of the Day: Bret Easton Ellis’s video for Dum Dum Girls’ “Are You Okay”:

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Watch: The Long-Awaited Deadwood Movie Gets Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date

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At long last, we’re finally going to see more of Deadwood. Very soon after the HBO series’s cancellation in 2006, creator David Milch announced that he agreed to produce a pair of two-hour films to tie up the loose ends left after the third season. It’s been a long road since, and after many false starts over the years, production on one standalone film started in fall 2018. And today we have a glorious teaser for the film, which releases on HBO on May 31. Below is the official description of the film:

The Deadwood film follows the indelible characters of the series, who are reunited after ten years to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the inevitable changes that modernity and time have wrought.

And below is the teaser trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAcftIUE6MQ

Deadwood: The Movie airs on HBO on May 31.

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Watch: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Gets Teaser Trailer

When it rains, it pours.

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When it rains, it pours. Four days after Quentin Tarantino once more laid into John Ford in a piece written for his Beverly Cinema website that saw the filmmaker referring to Ford’s She Wore a Yellow Ribbon as Tie a Yellow Ribbon, and two days after Columbia Pictures released poster art for QT’s ninth feature that wasn’t exactly of the highest order, the studio has released a teaser for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. The film was announced early last year, with Tarantino describing it as “a story that takes place in Los Angeles in 1969, at the height of hippy Hollywood.”

Set on the eve of the Manson family murders, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood tells the story of TV actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his stunt double, Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), as they try to get involved in the film industry. The film also stars Margot Robbie (as Sharon Tate), Al Pacino, the late Luke Perry, Damian Lewis, Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch, Timothy Olyphant, Kurt Russell, and Bruce Dern in a part originally intended for the late Burt Reynolds.

See the teaser below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scf8nIJCvs4

Columbia Pictures will release Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on July 26.

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Watch the Stranger Things 3 Trailer, and to the Tune of Mötley Crüe and the Who

A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence.

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A wise woman once said that there’s no such thing as a coincidence. On Friday, Jeff Tremaine’s The Dirt, a biopic about Mötley Crüe’s rise to fame, drops on Netflix. Today, the streaming service has released the trailer for the third season of Stranger Things. The clip opens with the strains of Mötley Crüe’s “Home Sweet Home,” all the better to underline that the peace and quiet that returned to the fictional rural town of Hawkins, Indiana at the end of the show’s second season is just waiting to be upset again.

Little is known about the plot of the new season, and the trailer keeps things pretty vague, though the Duffer Brothers have suggested that the storyline will take place a year after the events of the last season—duh, we know when “Home Sweet Home” came out—and focus on the main characters’ puberty pangs. That said, according to Reddit sleuths who’ve obsessed over such details as the nuances of the new season’s poster art, it looks like Max and company are going to have to contend with demon rats no doubt released from the Upside Down.

See below for the new season’s trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEG3bmU_WaI

Stranger Things 3 premieres globally on July 4.

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