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Is Whitewashing Ethnic Roles in Hollywood justified?

Is Whitewashing Ethnic Roles in Hollywood justified?

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....

Billy Elliot dances its way to the top in the UK

Billy Elliot dances its way to the top in the UK

For the first time ever, a live event has topped the charts in the form of Billy Elliot the Musical, which took £1,904,098 from more than 500 screens across the UK on September 28th. It was broadcast live from London’s Victoria Palace Theatre and was the widest ever cinema release of a live event...

The Boxtrolls holds off Liam Neeson competition to the top spot

The Boxtrolls holds off Liam Neeson competition to the top spot

The Boxtrolls has continued its run at the top of the UK box office, just beating out strong competition from Liam Neeson’s latest release. The stop motion animation brought in £1,333,137 last weekend and has grossed £3,621,803 so far. The film, which is based on the novel Here Be Monsters! by A...

The Boxtrolls stomps to the top spot in the UK

The Boxtrolls stomps to the top spot in the UK

Stop-motion 3D animation The Boxtrolls has topped the UK box office with takings of £2,000,597 on its opening weekend, making it the only release to make seven figures. The film is based on the novel Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow and features the voices of an array of actors including Game of Thro...

Sex Tape goes viral on the UK top spot

Sex Tape goes viral on the UK top spot

Swinging straight into the top spot is American comedy Sex Tape which took £1,431,058 on its opening weekend in the UK, comfortably stopping sci-fi thriller Lucy holding on to the top spot for a third week. Starring Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel the film follows a married couple, who wake up to disc...

Lucy continues to reign in the UK

Lucy continues to reign in the UK

Continuing to lead the UK charts is action sci-fi film Lucy, marking out Scarlett Johansson as a bankable lead, as the film took a respectable £1,972,039 on its second weekend. Johansson plays a woman whose brain becomes extremely powerful after taking a strange new substance while acting as a drug...

How painful was this summer for Hollywood?

How painful was this summer for Hollywood?

With weak performances at the US box office over the course of the this summer, it’s not a surprise that the final box office total gross from May to August is only $4.1 billion. That is 15% down from summer 2013 ($4.75 billion) and the lowest total since 2006 ($3.37 billion). And if we adjust for...

Lucy takes 100% of the top spot in the UK

Lucy takes 100% of the top spot in the UK

  Debuting at the top of the UK charts is action sci-fi Lucy with an impressive £,3,076,997 under its belt on its opening weekend. It marks director Luc Besson’s best-ever UK opening. Ending The Inbetweeners 2’s run at the top of the box office after two weeks, Lucy has also topped the wor...

Inbeweeners warn off Expendables competition at the UK top spot

Inbeweeners warn off Expendables competition at the UK top spot

Continuing to dominate the UK charts is comedy The Inbetweeners 2, ahead of the latest Expendables sequel, with £4,309,832. It’s a little early to say what The Inbetweeners 2’s future trajectory will be, however it should benefit from arriving a week earlier in the year than its predece...

The Inbetweeners 2 laughs its way to the top spot

The Inbetweeners 2 laughs its way to the top spot

An explosive entry to the top spot for the sequel to The Inbetweeners, which conquered the top spot with an incredible £12,538,114, which means the comedy the biggest opening weekend of the year so far. The Inbetweeners 2 made £2.75m on its opening day, 6 August, a record for a live-action comedy ...

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