Co-director Lilly Wachowski reveals the sci-fi blockbuster was an allegory about gender identity and "the desire for transformation" but that "the world wasn't quite ready for it."
Daniel Radcliffe has apologised to fans of the Harry Potter series, after some fans of the books denounced remarks made by JK Rowling as transphobic.
Judi Dench said that her character in “Cats,” Old Deuteronomy, is actually transgender.In an interview with Out magazine, Dench recalled how she was forced to drop out of a stage production of “Cats” from 1981 in London’s West End.When the interviewer, who is transgender, pointed out that her character is traditionally played by a man on stage, Dench noted that the male actor Brian Blessed played the role in the 1981 production.“[It was] nerve wracking, because all I can hear is Brian Blessed all the time in the production that I wasn’t able to be in,” Dench said. “Totally unexpected, it was. I kind of call it ‘trans Deuteronomy,’ is the part for me. But it was lovely to be led about and be an aged, old cat.”Also Read: 'Cats' Poor Reception Prompts Universal to Send an 'Improved,' Updated Version to TheatersDench’s character is a wise, older cat who judges other cats in the annual Jellicle Ball. The cats have a chance to ascend to the Heaviside Layer and be reborn in a new life if they are chosen.Dench was meant to portray the characters Grizabella the Glamour Cat and Jennyanydots the Old Gumbie Cat in the 1981 production in London, but she was forced to leave the play after she snapped an Achilles tendon.“Cats” is in theaters now. Check out video of Dench’s interview via Out.Read original story Judi Dench Says Her Character in ‘Cats’ Is Trans At TheWrap
It was announced yesterday that Johansson is to take on the role of Dante 'Tex' Gill in the movie Rub & Tug, who ran a mob-connected massage parlours in 1970s Pittsburgh.
One of the most controversial movies to come out of the Toronto International Film Festival is transgender horror ‘(re)Assignment’ which has been mauled critically. The film is about a male assassin (played by Rodriguez) named Frank Kitchen who, after killing the brother of a talented surgeon known as The Doctor (Weaver), is surgically transformed into a woman after being double-crossed by gangsters. It all sounds a bit absurd and potentially offensive, with the trans community voicing their disappointment in using the life-changing operation as a gimmick for a film.
It’s a delicate subject to debate, but the idea of non-transgender actors playing the roles of transgender characters has seen Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer’s new movie ‘Anything’ come under fire, and it needs to be talked about. The movie was recently heavily criticised as online movie fans and members of the LGBT community voiced their outrage over Bomer’s casting as a transgender sex worker, with calls for the part to be recast with a transgendered actor. The actor went on to say that it was he who actually secured Bomer the role and also asked people to show a bit of compassion, which probably wasn’t the best request to an LGBT community who already feel marginalised, and are now being asked to be understanding by the ones at the centre of the problem.
It sounds ludicrous, and it is especially laughable with the revelation that both Wachowskis are transgender women – a group held up as especially dangerous by these types. With that knowledge, you can’t come to any conclusion other than all of these people are basically Agent Smith. See, “The Matrix” trilogy is inherently trans.
1. Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins an Academy Award Always a nominee but never a winner. This finally changed for Leo at the 88th Academy Awards when he scooped up the Best Actor award for his performance in “The Revenant.” DiCaprio gave a heartfelt thanks to his team and old friends, including Martin Scorsese, and even worked in a message on climate change saying, “It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating… Let us not take this planet for granted. Alejandro González Iñárritu wins Best Director second year in a row Iñárritu took home the hardware for directing “The Revenant.” He won in the same category last year for directing “Birdman,” making him the first director to win back-to-back Oscars in 65 years and only the third man to have done it so far. The first was John Ford who won in 1940 for “The Grapes of Wrath” and in 1941 for “How Green Was My Valley,” and the second was Joseph L. Mankiewicz who won in 1949 for “A Letter to Three Wives” and 1950 for “All About Eve.” 3.
It will be directed by action veteran Walter Hill (’The Warriors,’ ‘48 Hours,’ and more recently ‘Bullet to the Head’) with Sigourney Weaver in a key supporting role - and the premise is an eyebrow-raiser to say the least. Rodriguez will take the lead as a hitman - yes, you read that correctly - who is double-crossed and forcibly given gender reassignment surgery by Weaver’s surgeon. The ‘Fast and Furious’ actress replaces Frieda Pinto, who had initially been attached to the lead.