Disney casts straight comedian as ‘effete’ gay character

By : Staff Reports OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The choice by producers to cast Jack Whitehall, a straight 30-year old British comedian as Walt Disney Company’s first openly gay character, has critics asking questions.

In the film “Jungle Cruise,” Whitehall is “playing a gay man” and a character who is “hugely effete, very camp and very funny,” a film producer tells the Los Angeles Blade. Disney’s publicity staff says the film is “based on Disneyland’s theme park ride, where a small riverboat takes a group of travelers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles, but with a supernatural element.”

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Screened Out – The Huntsman: Winter’s War

By : Stephen Miller
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Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, Nick Frost, Liam Neeson

Given that these movies are really only about effects, costumes, and fights – not good, solid, emotional storytelling – Winter’s War could’ve been worse. It also could’ve been much, much better.

Let’s start with the fact that everything is motivated when an ice queen, Freya (Blunt), bans love. She can control the weather (like Ice Man meets Game of Thrones) but she’s pretty stupid when it comes to human nature. She may steal people’s children and raise them as her own – into super-soldiers – but her ideas are so flimsy and her character so flat that even her subjects must laugh behind her neurotic back.

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Screened Out – Into the Woods

By : Stephen Miller
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Meryl Streep, James Corden, Emily Blunt, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Lilla Crawford, Daniel Huttlestone, Christine Baranski, Tracy Ulman, Lucy Punch, Tammy Blanchard, Mackenzie Mauzy, Billy Magnussen

If Stephen Sondheim’s famous, complex musical teaches anything, it’s to be careful what you wish for.

Sondheim fans have wanted a movie version of this show for a long time. Into the Woods gets the Disney treatment, with Chicago director Rob Marshall at the helm. It sounds like it could either be a fairy tale or a nightmare. It’s mostly successful – a charmer, with amazing performances, a lush score, rich lyrics, and a fantastical world. The actors seem to be having a blast, and many audiences will, too.

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Screened Out – Edge of Tomorrow

By : Stephen Miller
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Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Brendan Gleeson, Bill Paxton

Tom Cruise’s last foray into science fiction was last year’s Oblivion, which was pretty to look at but also fairly stupid. Edge of Tomorrow is not so beautiful – a grim, grungy, violent world wrapped in an apocalyptic war with an alien race – but it shows some cleverness.

People will argue that it’s just Groundhog’s Day meets Starship Troopers. Yes, they’re right. Yet, for a summer popcorn flick, Edge of Tomorrow is still extremely entertaining.

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