Is there such thing as a good version of PTSD? Post-Terrific Sensation Disorder?
Because that's what I was afflicted with upon viewing Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids concert film released to Netflix on Oct. 12.
If you’re a movie or pop culture buff, Halle Berry’s iconic Oscar win—the first and only win for a black actress in the Academy’s 88-year history—in 2002 is the stuff of daydreams. For this Small Screen Girl whose love affair with entertainment started with the big screen, it wasn’t a pie-in-the-sky achievement attained by a beautiful blonde ingénue, it was a historic moment of 'I-Can-Do-This-Too' inspiration for a black girl with movie-making ambitions.
Fourteen years later, Oscar winner Halle Berry has finally opened up about the recent #OscarsSoWhite controversy...
.Music superstar Justin Timberlake is headed back to the recording booth. Don’t start selling your hair for to raise money for another can’t-miss international world tour. HollywoodReporter.com announced that Timberlake will executive produce and contribute several songs for the upcoming animated Dreamworks’ movie, “Trolls” starring Anna Kendrick and Timberlake as the iconically coiffed toys from the ‘90s.
“I have always envisioned bringing the two worlds of film and music together for one epic event [and] couldn’t be more excited that they will collide in DreamWorks’ Trolls. This film is very special, the music is going to be very special and I can’t wait for everyone to experience it all,” Timberlake said.
The children’s movie will hit theaters in November 2016.
It makes sense that Timberlake would tackle a kid-friendly project as he officially became a DILF in April 2015 when wife Jessica Biel welcomed son Silas Randall. Although, the “Mirrors” singer has lent his famous pipes to voices for “Shrek The Third” (2007) and “Yogi Bear” (2010).
Here's hoping that JT will be so inspired by creating the “Trolls” soundtrack, he’ll start working on the follow-up to his last Grammy-winning album, “The 20/20 Experience Part 1 and 2.”
Timberlake took to Twitter to make it official, and debut his grump, gray character Branch. Start thinking of #hairpuns, y'all!
I have been thinking a lot about Idris Elba. Mostly because I enjoy thinking about Idris Elba, but this rumination has been purposeful. Recently, James Bond novelist Anthony Horowitz said that the handsome actor was "too street" to portray the MI6 agent with a license to kill, linking it not to personal prejudice, ignorance to Elba's varied career or some obscure, newly unearthed Bond canon, but to solely Elba's role as a troubled detective in the gritty U.K. series "Luther."
Contrarily, fans have been clamoring for the 43-year-old actor to don Bond's famed tuxedo and drink preferences years before Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal expressed it in emails, which were released in hacked emails last year. (The emails also detailed “Spectre’s” script problems and ginormous budget, DailyMail.com reports). The We Want Idris Elba For James Bond Facebook group boasts nearly 34,000 members, and and has been championing the casting of Elba as Daniel Craig's successor since 2011.
It's surprisingly easy to fantasize about the debonair Brit in the role, taking down villains whilst sipping a shaken martini; bedding an exotic beauty in an infinity pool of champagne; strutting through a luxuriously appointed Parisian ballroom with swagger so palpable, everybody swoons. Vulture.com even made a fake trailer for Elba-Bond for those of us who don't use the aforementioned scenes as our mental screensavers.
The first Black Bond would make cinematic history and likely create box office bonanza. Who wouldn't want that?
I don't want Idris Elba to play James Bond for one simple reason: Idris Elba deserves better.
Why should he prop up an an aging, problematic franchise with his talent and God-given gravitas? The actor has more than earned and original action series that's gleaming in modernity, swagger and directed by Ava DuVernay.
Elba has the proven talent, recognition and following to carry his own franchise (and he spends his free time breaking a U.K landspeed record in a Bentley). He has portrayed a violent criminal in "No Good Deed”; an Asgardian god in Marvel's "Thor" franchise; and a PPDC Marshal in “Pacific Rim.” Give me an Elba-led thriller in which he plays a civil rights lawyer who spends his nights framing criminals who dodge prison due to a broken justice system. Or a maverick marine-turned-private detective who battles PTSD whilst thwarting terrorist attacks. Or a prince who uses his royal connections to fight crime.
Actors of color admittedly and understandably want to join the mainstream. They want to sit at the table with the Brad Pitts and the Tom Cruises and the Jennifer Lawrences. They want to don Batman's cape and recite Hamlet's noted soliloquy, and there's no reason why they shouldn't. But at the same time, who's to say we can't expand the very idea of what the mainstream is with new heroes, anti-heroes and franchises?
If I've learned one thing from Bond it’s when there's an obstacle in his way, he doesn't politely knock it down. He blows up the entire thing, and then goes after the baddie who constructed it.
Idris Elba is the perfect man to do the same.