Idris Elba defends casting straight actor Jack Whitehall as gay character

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The controversial casting of straight actor Jack Whitehall as a gay character in Disney’s upcoming film “Jungle Cruise” was met with plenty of criticism but actor Idris Elba is defending the decision.

In an interview with Time Out London, Elba attributed the casting to “artistic license.”

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Caitlyn Jenner to deliver diversity lecture to U.K.’s House of Commons

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Caitlyn Jenner will deliver Channel 4’s annual diversity lecture at the House of Commons in the U.K. on May 9.

Deadline reports that the lecture will be part of Channel 4’s Genderquake season, which is a two-week block of programming focused on gender.

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Screened Out – Star Trek Beyond

By : Stephen Miller
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Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban

In the pantheon of science fiction, Star Trek is often the thinking person’s franchise. Even with its goofiness and cheesiness – tribbles – it still often asked mind-tickling questions.

Not this movie. It’s a solid, enjoyable popcorn flick, chock full of expensive effects and action. It fills your eyes with wonder. Just don’t bring your brain.

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Screened Out – The Jungle Book

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Neel Sethi; Voices of Ben Kingsley, Bill Murray, Lupita Nyong’o, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Christopher Walken

This digitally re-imagined children’s tale is the wondrous, scary future of filmmaking. It should not be missed by anyone who loves movies!

Director Jon Favreau (Elf, Iron Man) shot what looks like a lush jungle landscape entirely on soundstages in downtown Los Angeles. That fact alone will amaze you as you watch. The Jungle Book is a rich, decidedly darker – PG-rated – take on Rudyard Kipling’s books and the original, swinging Disney animation. Favreau’s completely invented world is thrilling, dense, and gorgeous to behold.

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Screened Out – The Gunman

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Sean Penn, Javier Bardem, Idris Elba, Jasmine Trinca

Perhaps the only reasons to see this are Penn’s guns – not the ones he shoots, his biceps. The 54-year-old is ripped. And Taken director Pierre Morel spends a lot of time with Penn shirtless or sleeveless to show off the artillery.

Honestly, we’ve come to expect more engaging, troubling and intelligent stuff from this actor – Mystic River, Milk, and Dead Man Walking. Since he’s so particular about picking his projects these days, the mercenary thriller The Gunman is shocking in how uninspired it is. Penn even produced and helped write the script. Though it’s not the worst film ever made, there’s not much to suggest it.

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