Scarlett Johansson And Tilda Swinton Spark ‘Whitewashing’ Fury With Asian-Inspired Movie Roles. Again.

The backlash following “Ghost in the Shell” and “Doctor Strange” is finally fizzling out. But critics are going after actresses Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton yet again.

This time, for being cast in Wes Anderson’s upcoming stop-motion film, “Isle of Dogs.”

As Fox Searchlight released the film’s April 2018 premiere date along with a Japanese-themed promo poster on Tuesday, people couldn’t help but notice Johansson and Swinton’s names included in the star-studded cast list.

Their names, along with most of the words on the poster, were printed in both English and in Japanese kanji.

It’s leaving many with a sense of déjà vu.

Critics said the actresses’ roles in Anderson’s Japanese-inspired film were adding insult to injury after both starred in big budget movies accused of whitewashing Asian roles.

Last year, Swinton was cast as “The Ancient One,” based on a Tibetan sorcerer in the Marvel comic “Doctor Strange.” And in March, “Ghost in the Shell,” a live-action remake of a Japanese anime, debuted with Johansson as the main character. The outrage for both movies went viral as critics bashed Hollywood for choosing to cast white actors instead of Asian ones.

Both actresses defended their roles but seem largely unfazed by the criticism. And now, Johansson and Swinton’s appearance in yet another Asian-inspired film is just too soon for some.

This is Anderson’s first film since his critically acclaimed 2014 movie “The Grand Budapest Hotel” ― and with a cast that includes Bill Murray, Bryan Cranston and Edward Norton, the animated film is expected to have the same appeal.

Set in Japan, “Isle of Dogs” follows a boy’s journey as he looks for his dog, according to the movie’s website.

Anderson has said that his film was heavily influenced by Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa. It also features a number of Japanese talent, including musicians Mari Natsuki, Yojiro Noda and Yoko Ono and actors Akira Takayama and Akira Ito.

It’s unclear which characters the actors will voice, so it may be too soon to judge the movie’s casting decisions as a whole. But that hasn’t stopped people from calling out Swinton and Johansson.

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Street Artist Uses Awesome Spray Paint Skills To Unveil HuffPost’s New Logo

A British street artist just gave HuffPost a helping hand in unveiling its new logo.

Jody Thomas celebrated the HuffPost rebrand launch on Tuesday by incorporating the new emblem into one of his pieces in Bristol, southwest England.

He spent hours meticulously spray-painting one of his signature, photo-realistic hands onto a wall in the Bedminster neighborhood ― and finished it off with a stencil of HuffPost’s logo.

We captured the entire mesmerizing process in the above time-lapse video and live-streamed the final 20 minutes of the project via Facebook:

The 43-year-old artist braved varying chilly weather conditions of sunshine, wind and rain to complete his work. But he said, “I really enjoyed the whole day.” 

The Facebook broadcast was delayed for 20 minutes as heavy showers struck the area. Luckily it cleared up soon after, giving the wall sufficient time to dry and Thomas enough of a gap to finish the final 10 percent of the piece.

“In good old British fashion, we were almost scuppered by the weather,” joked the Bristol-based artist. “But at least we didn’t get caught in the biblical hail storm that struck afterwards.”

Thomas began painting at the city’s celebrated Barton Hill youth center around 1988 — alongside other notable artists such as Inkie, Cheo and the world-famous (but still elusive) Banksy.

He stepped away from the scene around 1990 to study and work in graphic design. But Thomas returned to street art in the late 2000s after being misquoted in a book that said he was coming back. He’s since exhibited his work in New York City and London.

Thomas will feature alongside 300 other painters from more than 40 countries at “Upfest” — Europe’s largest live street art and graffiti festival — in the Bedminster area from July 29 to 31. 

You can check out more of his work on either of his websites or his Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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Lana Del Rey And Stevie Nicks To Cast A Joint Musical Spell On Upcoming Album

Confirmed witch Lana Del Rey and former Fleetwood Mac siren Stevie Nicks have collaborated on a track appearing on the former’s upcoming album, “Lust for Life,” Billboard reports.

No other information is available about the song, which spells were involved in its creation, or whether listening to it backwards reveals a secret message, according to the site. While Del Rey, who recently joined a global effort to hex President Donald Trump, may occasionally delve into blacker arts, it is thought that Nicks, a guest star on “American Horror Story: Coven,” uses her powers only for good.

The album, which features the single “Love,” will be out “soon,” according to an announcement posted March 29 showing Del Rey flaunting her inner Samantha Stephens.

With a less melancholic Del Rey on its cover, it’s set to include a couple other collaborations: one with The Weeknd, on the title track, and another with Sean Ono Lennon, which includes a lyric referencing his famous parents.

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Drums Please! Will Smith And DJ Jazzy Jeff Reveal Comeback Gigs

Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff are taking a break from the norm, and reuniting for their first live performance together in what seems like forever.

The hip-hop duo, who starred in hit ’90s show “The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air,” will perform at MTV’s Summerblast Festival in Croatia on Aug. 26 and the Livewire Festival in Blackpool, northwest England, the following day.

Smith revealed the news via Facebook on Monday:

After Smith wrote that the “first two shows are locked,” it prompted speculation that the duo would be reuniting for other events in the near future. The stars have yet to confirm if they’ll perform at any other events.

The revival comes after last month’s reunion of “Fresh Prince” cast members Smith, Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton), Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Daphne Maxwell Reid (Aunt Vivian ’93-’96) and Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey).

Jazzy Jeff, whose real name is Jeff Townes, made guest appearances on the show but he was not in attendance. 

Ribeiro shared this snap of the reunion to Instagram, and paid tribute to James Avery (Uncle Phil), who died in December 2013:

Always amazing to spend an afternoon with my Fresh Prince family. Wishing that James Avery was still with us to make this complete.

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Bill O’Reilly: ‘People Are Trying To Kill Me Right Now’

Bill O’Reilly made a thinly veiled reference to the sexual harassment scandal that cost him his job at Fox News by comparing his situation to that of his father, who served in World War II

On his podcast Wednesday, O’Reilly read a message from a fan who complimented his book, “Killing the Rising Sun.”

“I really like the way you wrapped it up, Bill, the last bit about your father caught me off-guard, but it was a really nice twist,” O’Reilly quoted. 

He then talked about how his father was a naval officer en route to Japan “and would have been killed in the invasion had the atom bombs not been dropped.” 

O’Reilly said he wouldn’t be here if his father had been killed in the war. 

And a lot of people are trying to kill me right now, as you know,” O’Reilly said. “But we’re going to tough that one out.”

He then recommended his book as “a great Father’s Day/Mother’s Day gift.”

O’Reilly also said the next book in his “Killing” series will be released in September. 

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The Metropolitan Museum Of Art Might Start Charging Out-Of-Towners Admission

Admission to New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art is free ― technically. The institution promotes a “suggested” entrance toll of $25, but, after a few lawsuits, it’s become abundantly clear that patrons can in fact pay nothing and still revel in the glory of art history. 

That could change for some, though. According to The New York Times, the Met, which is currently embroiled in a multimillion-dollar budget deficit snafu and accompanying staff shakeup, has been in talks with NYC officials about potentially charging an admission fee only for visitors who live outside of New York.

The move would, as the NYT and several other outlets since have pointed out, be controversial. The Met is a public institution, once mandated by a 1893 state law to offer free admission at least five days and two evenings per week. (Since 2013, it adheres to an amendment to its lease with the city that allows it to renegotiate the pay-as-you-wish policy in the future.) It receives annual grants from NYC ― without paying taxes or rent ― now totaling $26 million. That amount, however, covers only approximately 8 percent of the museum’s $332 million annual operating costs.

In the face of a $10 million deficit that could balloon to $40 million in the next year and a half, according to the Wall Street Journal, instituting a two-tiered admission structure could alleviate some financial pressure. The Met’s current blanket “suggested” admission structure generated $39 million in the 2016 fiscal year, amounting to 13 percent of the museum’s overall revenue. The NYT speculates that charging tourists would generate tens of millions of dollars more.

Reports in 2013 noted that six in 10 visitors shirked the full $25 fee, many of whom were locals familiar with the then-”recommended” nature of the fee. (After the aforementioned lawsuits, the Met settled upon slightly clearer language for its fee signage: “suggested.”) “It’s the unwitting out-of-towners who get yoked into chucking up the full price,” The Atlantic wrote, noting that third-party ticket websites ― like Groupon ― didn’t always communicate that fees were not mandatory.

When asked whether or not talks concerning the admissions structure switch were indeed taking place, a representative from the museums sent HuffPost the following statement:

Our admissions policy is one of many components of the Museum’s operating budget, all of which are continuously under review and refinement. The Met and the City are partners, and always in conversation on how The Met can continue to thrive and best serve all of New York City and beyond. While we have started preliminary discussions about our admissions policies, we have not submitted an official, detailed request.

A request for comment from the City of New York has yet to be answered.

Why is the Met in debt? There are several potential contributing factors: namely, financial mismanagement amid previously rising salaries, staff increases and expansion and rebranding plans. Plus, visitors ― particularly young ones ― are indeed paying less at the door, which, according to Daniel H. Weiss, the Met’s president, matters. A decline of “30 to 40 cents per person is material,” he told the Times.

A two-tiered ticket system is hardly unheard of; pay-as-you-wish is more common. Some major museums like the Art Institute of Chicago allow locals in the city and state of Illinois a discounted entrance fee. Still, the response to the free-for-locals-only suggestion for the Met has been met with some criticism.

“Especially at a time when our President is fueling his supporters’ xenophobia, the last thing we need is to make foreigners (let alone fellow citizens) feel less welcome at our country’s premier repository for world culture by instituting a two-tier admissions structure,” arts writer Lee Rosenbaum wrote on her blog.

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Newly Inked Demi Lovato Wants You To Know She’s Not A Tattoo Copycat

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Demi Lovato has officially inked herself with none other than the king of the jungle. That’s right, Lovato now has a lion’s face on her hand. 

The “Confident” singer’s new tattoo was done on Tuesday by New York-based celebrity tattoo artist Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy, who also inked Cara Delevingne’s lion tat on her finger. 

We certainly see the similarity, but Lovato was quick to call out anyone who thinks she’s a copycat: 

As for the significance of Lovato’s new ink? She hasn’t said anything yet, but we’re sure there’s a meaningful reason behind it. 

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These Epic GIFs Show ‘Romy And Michele’ Was About Friendship AND Fashion

Can you believe it’s been 20 years since Romy and Michele interpretive danced their way into our hearts?

”Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion,” the quirky comedy about two friends who are equal parts Mary and Rhoda, was released on April 25, 1997. Lisa Kudrow and Mira Sorvino are the film’s stars, but their outfits were main characters, too. 

Fashion is threaded throughout the film and the duo’s friendship. Whether it was their “Vogue-approved” handmade reunion outfits or quirky workout gear costume designer Mona May said would have been made by Romy and Michele themselves, these pals communicated through clothing as much as their absurd, highly quotable dialogue.  

Their closets were colorful treasure troves.

Their accessories were on point.

Their workout clothes were perfect.

Their road-tripping attire was second to none…

…and so was their partywear.

Their final reunion looks put everyone else to shame…

…but they looked totally babely in business casual, too. 

Even their laundry outfits were fun.

On the 20th anniversary of this fun-loving film, grab your bestie, fold some scarves and remember, you don’t have to have invented post-it notes to be total fashion icons. Just be yourselves. 

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This 14-Year-Old Cellist Is Making Her Mark In Classical Music

If you haven’t heard of Ifetayo Ali-Landing yet, you may soon.

The 14-year-old cellist won first place in the 20th Annual Sphinx Competition’s junior division in February.  

The competition, which takes place in Detroit, Michigan, allows teens and college-aged black and Latino string players to compete amongst professional musicians. 

Ali-Landing came in second during last year’s competition, but a runner-up position didn’t sit well for the prodigy. 

“Last year I came in second place, which was great, but what I really wanted was first place, and this year I got it,” Ali-Landing, who transitioned from the violin to the cello at age four, told the Chicago Defender in February. 

Although Ali-Landing’s victory, which comes with a $10,000 award and the promise of solo appearances with major orchestras and an appearance on the national radio program From the Top, took place a couple of months ago, her performance only recently began making its rounds among black media outlets

Ali-Landing currently attends the Hyde-Suzuki Institute in Chicago. Keep killin’ them strings, girl. 

Watch her interview with the Sphinx following her win below: 

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Jessica Biel Finally Finds A Role She Can Sink Her Teeth Into

She’s played a “summer catch.” A love interest. A leading lady in an action movie. A horror movie victim. But none of these roles have really given Jessica Biel the opportunity to truly excel, which is why her latest on-screen character is a welcome sight.  

In her first lead television role since her run as Mary Camden on “7th Heaven,” Biel plays Cora Tannetti on USA’s “The Sinner,” an upcoming eight-part series that premiered its pilot episode at the Tribeca Film Festival on Tuesday night. The thriller, based on the 2008 novel of the same name by Petra Hammesfahr, delves into the mystery behind Cora’s unexplained killing of a man on a public beach, surrounded by her husband, child and dozens of witnesses. What made this seemingly doting mother and wife do something so out of character? And why is it that we don’t fully trust her? “The Sinner” will, hopefully, explain it all when it debuts Aug. 2. 

Bill Pullman plays the detective working to uncover Cora’s motives, while Christopher Abbott portrays Cora’s husband, Mason. 

But it’s Biel who went all in for her role ― made clear by the applause she received following the Tribeca screening. Director Antonio Campos (”Christine,” “Simon Killer”) envelops the actress in dreamlike shots before zooming in for close-ups, letting her physical emotion easily slip through the screen. Her performance is committed, solid, and might be her best yet. 

“Obviously, she’s a terribly complex and complicated person,” Biel, who’s also an executive producer on the series, said of Cora during the post-screening Q&A. “Just in the pilot we get to see a tiny bit of what’s to come … in her mind and in her past and everything. That was interesting, for me, to think about playing somebody like this.”

Biel admitted that the role was a bit daunting, due to the fact that Cora is, well, a murderer, and so hard to read; she wasn’t sure which direction to take the character at any given time. 

“The tracking of what she knows, what she remembers, what she thinks she remembers, what is a lie, what is told to her and when she’s lying [was difficult],” Biel explained. “It’s very complicated. We would constantly be going, ‘Wait, is this a moment where she’s telling the truth or is this a moment where she’s lying? Or is she telling the truth, but it’s actually a lie that we don’t know?’ So there’s this weaving of this denial and this shame and all these things,” Biel added, joking that there’s a lot of “fake news” in Cora’s head.

“It was very, very tricky to kind of remember and to keep it in line and that’s what I’ll be facing as we go forward,” the actress said.  

So far, only the pilot has been completed, so the cast and crew will return to film the remaining seven episodes. The hope is to create a series that analyzes the human psyche and investigates what we, as people, are capable of. 

“When I read the book, every step of the way for me was a shock, and I just feel like nothing can shock me anymore,” Biel said. “You know, like, I’ve seen it all, there’s nothing that weird or that dark. We’ve all seen it all, I think in a sense, the way we’re exposed and have access to everything. But every time there was a surprise, it was a genuine surprise for me and it just felt incredibly rare to find a piece of material where you didn’t expect every twist and turn every way. And then, generally, like, selfishly, I just wanted to play that girl and get to be a little nuts.”

“The Sinner” debuts on USA at 10 p.m. on Aug. 2.

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