How does the HFPA leadership cover up corruption and racism, and crushes dissent?

You may find the answer here: Feb 21, 2021: LA Times publishes allegations of corruption and racism in the HFPA. I, with other members, ask for an investigation of those allegations, but the HFPA leadership resists and embarks on hiring multi-million dollar publicists, crisis managers, lawyers and experts to polish their image. Mar 3, 2021: … Continue reading How does the HFPA leadership cover up corruption and racism, and crushes dissent?

How Ting Ting Xu kept Chinese Journalists out of the HFPA?

When I joined the HFPA in 2010, I noticed that it had only one Chinese member and one white Subsaharan African. So I decided to recruit more African and Chinese members. On March, 5th 2014, I received a call from a woman named Ting Ting. She introduced herself as a Chinese journalist and asked me … Continue reading How Ting Ting Xu kept Chinese Journalists out of the HFPA?

Is Green Truly Hollywood’s Favorite Color?

The visage of Tilda Swinton in Marvel’s recently released “Doctor Strange”, in which the English actress plays the Asian Ancient one, has yet again highlighted one of Hollywood’s most criticized habits: Whitewashing, namely casting white actors in non-white roles, particularly the lead ones.  And it seems that Hollywood is not planning on fixing it. Next … Continue reading Is Green Truly Hollywood’s Favorite Color?

Is Cinema dying?

Since its release 3 weeks ago, Furious 7, has been breaking one record after another at the box office, scoring the second-biggest worldwide opening of all time ($397.2 million) behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and recently has become the fastest to reach the $1 billion at the global box office. … Continue reading Is Cinema dying?

Sundance movies explore the terrifying impact of authority on human behaviour

Participating movies in the Sundance film festival are usually made on shoestring budgets and often by first-time directors, but they are rich in their substance, bold in their themes and unique in their subjects. This year, movies have touched on controversial issues such as nature vs nurture (Stockholm, Pennsylvania), homosexuality (I am Michael, D Train), … Continue reading Sundance movies explore the terrifying impact of authority on human behaviour