Hollywood Take 2: Breaking Dawn Premiere

18 Nov

This is where we take a second look at the Top 5 happening stories in Hollywood this week and ask you to discuss them.

  • Monday in Los Angeles fans camped out for days for The Breaking Dawn Premiere.

Fans camped out for five days at the Nokia Theater to see the Breaking Dawn Black Carpet Premiere in Los Angeles, CA, which occurred this Monday night. For some it’s been a long standing tradition since the first Twilight film. The live stream coverage of this event was on numerous television and Internet sites. Which one did you like the best and why? Click on  Access Hollywood to see LIH favorite black carpet coverage.

  • As we get ready for Award season The Hollywood Reporter does a Award Season roundtable series  each year interviewing Directors who’s films are contenders for an Oscar next year.

However, this week the roundtable got much attention by African Americans on Shadow & Act due to one directors comments  featured in the series. Director Steve McQueen of the film Shame (getting a lot of critical attention) starring Michael Fassbender, gave his thoughts on why Hollywood is not hiring black actors.[1] Many African Americans thought he hit the nail on the head.  Click here to see part 2 of the video roundtable on The Hollywood Reporter.

  • The Avengers put out two new character banners. OMG! What is happening?
    Did we skip witner? Is it summer already?

Yes, I know it’s not summer yet but Hollywood is wetting the appetites of fans with these cool banners. Check them out on Indiewire.com let us know what you think? [2]

  • Hopeful indie filmmakers wait to get a phone call from Sundance.

Sundance announced they will begin making calls over the upcomming holiday weekend. 40 spots are being offered to show at Park City. Small films from up and coming directors to high profile contenders are selected. Sundance is unlike Toronto or Cannes film festival because they are so unpredictable. [3]

  • Kim Kardashian made headlines when Tyler Perry defended his casting choice of Kardashian in his next film Mariage Counselor. 

Tyler Perry decided to cast Kim Kardashian and fans lit up Deadline.com commenting boards who first broke the story. However, Tyler Perry stated she does not have a lead role. However, he cast her because she is someone who’s popular and “young people look up to.” Really?

Please join in on our open discussion happeing all this weekend. Let us know what you think?

11 Responses to “Hollywood Take 2: Breaking Dawn Premiere”

  1. comic relief November 18, 2011 at 1:17 PM #

    We discussed him many times on LIH, Steve McQueen is an atom bomb ready to drop. Most of the people on the Shadow and Act blog can’t even handle him. I don’t even know where to start…

    • Open Book November 18, 2011 at 1:39 PM #

      What did u think of the roundtable discussion? Start there perhaps.

      • comic relief November 20, 2011 at 4:15 PM #


        Give me a minute. But before that…

        Man they think their slick! Pertaining to the Avengers, I’m really hoping someone pulls Marvel Entertainment out of the closet before they win a award while continuously pulling the wool over everyone’s eyes.

  2. Littlebells November 18, 2011 at 1:53 PM #

    The roundtable discussion was great! I will have to come back to that one.

    BD premiere: snooze, boring, worst one of the saga. The leads seemed to be robots.

    Kim Kar”trash”ian: whatever…she needs to drop out of sight, go do some odd jobs in Montana, and never come back to TV.

    • comic relief November 18, 2011 at 7:33 PM #



      • littlebells November 20, 2011 at 1:52 PM #

        When I’m right, I’m right!!! 🙂

        I haven’t forgotten to watch the video. I’m in rainy Los Angeles this weekend visiting family, but when I get home, i will report. I have so many other comments and posts to respond to!!!

        • comic relief November 20, 2011 at 4:26 PM #

          I guess if you believe that she’s a train wreck,


          is acceptable as well. Ok, I’ll stop but let’s not forget who started it.

  3. comic relief November 18, 2011 at 7:33 PM #

    I know it wasn’t planned this way, but McQueen seemed to suck the life out of the panel when it came to the topic of diversity. In what little experience I have, “silence” and “directors” are two words that rarely go well together.

    A few minutes before they were taking turns discrediting one of the directors who thought he could bash Director Stanley Kubrick.

    • Littlebells November 18, 2011 at 7:36 PM #

      I haven’t watched the video yet, I just read the article. I will try and listen to it tonight.

      • comic relief November 18, 2011 at 8:01 PM #

        I look forward to your reaction.

  4. comic relief November 20, 2011 at 4:19 PM #


    Don’t rush, I (or we) will still be waiting but until then….

    Though I am still impressed with the poignancy and economy of what he said. I’m also sad and furious for him.

    If his last and debut film Hunger (2008) is any indication he has probably made an excellent film about sex addiction. So far he’s been celebrated at film festivals all around the world. The fact that he would take on this topic when this subject or condition is still ritually glamorized and scandalized in Hollywood is especially courageous. Somehow when this problem can escalate to other problems like; exhibitionism, voyeurism, obscene phone calls, child molestation or rape you would think someone would start to take the topic seriously. Moving this defined problem from one liners and punch lines to an understood compulsion deserving of treatment centers and therapeutic counseling isn’t your typical young director’s introduction to the big leagues. But let’s face it the film also stars Carey Mulligan who has already been nominated for an Oscar in the past. Shouldn’t she likely be considered again? His role in Shame will probably be Michael Fassbender’s second nomination after also playing the lead in David Cronenberg’s, “A Dangerous Method.” McQueen has won genius awards like a Turner prize and now people are likely considering him for a directorial Oscar in another art form!

    Yet because he’s a black Brit he has to play race representative to resolves one of America’s perverse social addictions. Now isn’t this one of the best illustrations of how sick this problem is.

    Though they are not visible on the panel, it was McQueen who reminded us that women direct in large enough numbers that maybe when we do see them they don’t all always have to sacrificially play Gloria Steinem to resolve the panel’s guilt or apathy. Maybe one day McQueen will enjoy this liberty as well.

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