Yesterday, it was reported that Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson was warned by Harvey Weinstein to not hire Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino for the film series because according to Jackson, “I recall Miramax telling us they were a nightmare to work with and we should avoid them at all costs,”.
The truth is that Jackson was eager to hire both women, but due to the fact that both Ms. Sorvino and Ms. Judd rejected Weinstein’s sexual advances, they were blackballed and Jackson was forced to cast other performers for the roles.
Pardon my french, but what the f*ck is wrong with Harvey Weinstein? It makes we wonder how breakable his ego is that he would prevent two talented female performers from working because they wouldn’t sleep with him? Weinstein is a bully; the truth about any bully is that they have deep emotional issues. They cover up those issues by being an a**hole to other people.
I am not a performer, nor do I have a desire to become a performer. But I have a sense of how difficult it is not only to start a career in Hollywood, but also how to sustain that career. I could apologize to both Ms. Sorvino and Ms. Judd, who are clearly gifted performers. But the word sorry can never do justice to the irreparable harm to their careers.
I can only hope that the culture of not just Hollywood, but America and the world will change. A woman will be seen for her abilities, in whatever career path she chooses and not for her body. She will be seen as a fully fledged human being who has the right to go to work without being sexually harassed and if she is harassed, it is her harasser who will take the blame and not the woman.
Hope is the key word here.
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Warning: This movie review contain spoilers for The Last Jedi. I will not be offended if you choose to read this review until after you have seen the movie.
The Star Wars trilogy created the movie sequels as we know them to be today.
In The Last Jedi, the resistance, led by General Leia Organa (the late and very missed Carrie Fisher) is on the run from The First Order. Leia’s son, Kylo Ren/Ben Solo (Adam Driver) is hell-bent on destroying the resistance, as per the command of Snoke (Andy Serkis). Kylo’s second in command, General Hux (Domnhall Gleason) is as eager as his bosses to see the resistance blown to smithereens.
Meanwhile, Rey (Daisy Ridley) has found Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), but Luke is not happy to found. However, at the same time, he sees the power in Rey and knows that she must receive some sort of training. At the same time, Finn (John Boyega) has woken from his coma and is teaming up with previously unknown Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) to find a way to defeat The First Order. Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) is all for the plan, but he has been rebuked for his wild ways by Leia and Vice Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) for his wild ways.
Director Rian Johnson has hit it out of the park with this film. A throwback to The Empire Strikes Back, Johnson is a fanboy who has used his love of the franchise to create a remarkable film.
While all of the cast were at peak performance mode, my favorite performances belonged to Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Adam Driver. Luke, who was only seen briefly and without any dialogue at the end of The Force Awakens, is a man who is torn apart by his past and the decisions he made. His twin, Leia is watching the resistance fall apart and is trying to lead the remnants as best she can. Kylo is unsure as to the path he has taken. While he has sworn loyalty to Snoke, there is still a part of him that clings to the light side of the force and the family he left behind when he flipped to the dark side.
Do I recommend it? Absolutely.
The Last Jedi is presently in theaters.