‘prisoners’ Takes Box Office Hostage As Hollywood Gets Dark

Ellen DeGeneres Named ‘Most Likable Woman in Hollywood’ To No One’s Surprise

Arthur Herman , in his fantastic biography Gandhi and Churchill, noted that especially after the mutiny, in British eyes a Hindu, especially one from Bengal or southern India, was not a true man. So it seems that this accent in Hollywood serves two separate functions. First, it separates a visible minority group as not like us, which is a pernicious thing to do in a multicultural society. Furthermore, one cant help but wonder if the separation via accent is an expression of fear fear of Indian (and Chinese) success in the global economy. The other function is more damning, because its less obvious unless one has read history. The second reason the accent is there because all of the above male characters are not portrayed as testosterone-laden males. Gandhi was aware of this stereotype put forward by the British Raj, and actively fought against it. This racist stereotyping needs to be addressed and let go, but sadly, one of the most watched shows on TV is keeping it alive today. Its time for Hollywood to man up to their mistakes. And stop it. Veena D. Dwivedi is an associate professor of applied linguistics at Brock University. We value respectful and thoughtful discussion. Readers are encouraged to flag comments that fail to meet the standards outlined in our Community Code of Conduct .

If you’ve ever tuned into “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” this news will come as no real surprise to you. The loveable goof, who’s been a small screen fixture for a couple decades now, seems to rub everyone the right way. Now, a survey from iHeartRadio has the numbers to back that up. The digital radio site asked its listeners to rate their ” Most Likeable Woman in Hollywood ” and, you guessed it, Ellen landed on top with a whopping 35.1 percent. Jennifer Lawrence, another adorkable star, had nearly half as many votes: 17.7 percent. Emma Stone landed in third place with 13.4 percent of the votes and Anna Kendrick rounded up the list in 7th place with 2.6 percent. Head over to iHeartRadio.com to see if your favorite leading lady made the list. P.S. — Not convinced Ellen’s a worthy choice? We give you: Also on HuffPost:

A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 1 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs ‘Prisoners’ takes box office hostage as Hollywood gets dark In ‘Prisoners’, two young girls are kidnapped, and one dad takes justice into his own hands. The film stars Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Terrence Howard and Maria Bello. Scott Bowles, USA TODAY 1:04 p.m. EDT September 22, 2013 As summer fades and studios enter the fall and awards season, studios begin releasing more adult fare. ‘Prisoners,’ starring Hugh Jackman, was No. 1 at the box office. (Photo: Wilson Webb) “Prisoners” appeals to adult audiences after summer of teen fare “Insidious Chapter 2” hung on for second place “Wizard of Oz” re-release followed the yellow brick road SHARE 18 CONNECT 31 TWEET 1 COMMENTEMAILMORE Hollywood began its seasonal migration to more adult fare this weekend as the fall-oriented Prisoners scored a convincing win at the box office. The crime drama starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal collected $21.4 million, according to studio estimates from ticket talliers Hollywood.com. The haul slightly exceeded analysts’ expectations, propelled by strong reviews as Prisoners marked one of fall’s first awards contenders. According to survey site Rottentomatoes.com, Prisoners won over 79% of critics and an impressive 90% of moviegoers a strong public reaction to a dark, R-rated film that runs 2 hours long. The film benefited from public hunger to get away from summer’s big-budget spectacles, says Tim Briody, analyst for ticket trackers Boxofficeprophets.com. Briody says Prisoners “found the right combination of star power and strong reviews to give audiences a reason to check out the crime thriller in what’s been a weak September at the movies.” Gitesh Pandya of Boxofficeguru.com says the film’s pedigreed cast, which included Viola Davis, Terrence Howard and Melissa Leo, “played to a mature adult crowd,” often neglected in the summer gold rush for teen audiences. Alas, it was the kids left with the scraps this weekend.

Hollywood stars turn out for China’s new ‘cinema city’

Wang told a lavish and star-studded ceremony the development was part of China’s bid to ramp up its “cultural power” on the world stage and create a “Chinawood” that could one day rival Los Angeles as a global centre of film. China’s communist leaders have said the country must make greater use of so-called “soft power” to promote the nation’s values abroad. But critics say censorship is hampering the Chinese film industry’s ability to compete with Hollywood, and even those films that get a strong reception in China have difficulties in cracking the bigger US market. Sprawling across 376 hectares (900 acres) on the outskirts of the eastern port city famous for its “Tsingtao” beer, the “Movie Metropolis” will have 20 studios including what is billed as the world’s largest. It should produce “at least a hundred films a year”, according to the Wanda Group, which says it has reached preliminary agreements to ensure that 30 foreign films will be shot there each year. Local film stars such as Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li and Xu Zheng, who have themselves become international brands in their own right, were joined on the red carpet by some of the stars of Hollywood — the institution Wang is looking at rivalling. Kidman, dressed in black trousers and a cream jacket, was joined by fellow A-listers Catherine Zeta-Jones, Ewan McGregor and Christoph Waltz. Cheryl Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) which organises the annual Oscars, also attended the gala, saying she was “very enthusiastic” that the complex could turn Qingdao into “an international centre of cinema”. Hawk Koch, the former president of AMPAS, told AFP the new development should increase cooperation between Chinese and international film industries. “I don’t think it’s a competition (with the Oscars), there is always room for great talents,” he said. “I think Qingdao festival is a place where there will be more and more interaction” between actors and directors from the two sides of the Pacific, he added. With 1.3 billion increasingly affluent people, China is also a major market for American film makers. Last month Beijing and Hollywood resolved a row over tens of millions of dollars in owed local box office revenues. State-owned China Film Group stopped payment at the beginning of the year, when American studios took issue with a two percent value-added tax that the world’s most populous nation was levying on US films. The Chinese government eventually backed down and agreed to pay the revenues in full.