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‘Aloha’s’ Whitewashed Mistakes: Why No One is Buying Emma Stone As An Asian-American

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The Aloha bashers are out in force this week, taking shots at the choice of Emma Stone to play Allison Ng, a mixed race (one-quarter Chinese and one-quarter Hawaiian) character, despite being convincingly Caucasian, and partly because of its poor reviews. But none of the reviews seem to touch on Aloha’s Achilles heel, which we will get to in a minute.

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The racism row even has critics taking shots at the title, which is said to be not just cheesy, but an oversimplification of the layered cultural nuances of the word – kind of like explaining to your waiter in Rome that the pizza is much better in New York.

This still doesn’t explain the bottom line fault with the film.

Yes, you are correct – the fact that Alec Baldwin plays the angry General Dixon as if he were phoning in a performance for Saturday Night Live (buffoon-like at best) or that Bill Murray launches into one of his addled metaphors about the meaning of life – just look at the script. It’s so thrown together, they forgot to give General Dixon a first name. Murray plays Carson Welch and Rachel McAdams plays Tracey Woodside. Was this script actually written in Connecticut or is this all just by accident?

Of course, part of the loud dismay about Stone cast as a racially mixed character comes from the point that the film is not just white – it is very white. This hints at the true problem with the film.

It’s easy to pick up the roar across the Internet. “I’m not buying Emma Stone as an Asian American,” wrote Entertainment Weekly. And many more critics take it from there. Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers (Aloha’s director Cameron Crowe is a former Rolling Stone editor) points out that not only is the film being accused of whitewashing native Hawaiians, but Crowe is more intent (this time on purpose) of bashing the good, old-fashioned military industrial complex. That might be well and good, but Hawaii since way before Pearl Harbor Day, has long been the rock-solid bastion of our good, old-fashion military industrial complex, which has been the source of many a livelihood there for decades.

So, now Crowe really is going to Rome to complain about the pizza. That’s pretty poor sportsmanship, especially if you know the bottom line to why this movie is quickly becoming the must-miss film of the year.

OK, the script is hacked, the acting is hacked and the plot is to choke on — defense contractor Brian Gilcrest (“Mr. Sexy-Pants,” screams General Dixon) returns to Hawaii and seeks closure with old flame, Woodside, to take up with the perky new charmer Ag. But what’s the first mistake the film makes?

Who guessed: It takes place in Hawaii? If so, you’re right. Forget the script, the acting, the casting, the names from Connecticut. Anybody who’s anybody in Hollywood knows that if you want to get a stinker off the ground, you announce that it will be filmed in Hawaii. The director might even say “We want you to be tanned as possible before filming begins.”

Take it from MovieSpoon. Bradley Cooper, Rachel McAdams, Emma Stone, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray didn’t sign on here because they loved the script. They signed on because Crowe offered them a tax write-off trip to Hawaii. I mean, what would you do? Hey, I got this script for a movie. It’s about 100 people throwing rocks at your head, but we’re going to film it in Hawaii.

Sure, where do I sign up?

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Movie Magic: The De-Aging Technique of The Irishman

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Robert DeNiro de-agedHave you read Izzy yet? If so, you know that Izzy makes the apples that give the Gods their youth and immortality. It also seems Robert De Niro discovered one of Izzy’s apples too… In Martin Scorsese’s upcoming biographical film, he stars as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a labor union leader and alleged hitman for the Bufalino crime family. The trailer for the movie, which will premieres NEXT WEEK (!), also features a “de-aged” De Niro. “We’re so used to watching them as the older faces,” Scorsese said in an interview on the A24 podcast. “Does it change the eyes at all? …If that’s the case, what was in the eyes that I liked? Was it intensity? Was it gravitas? Was it threat?…How do we get that? I don’t know.” Some might consider this magic and I for one can’t wait to see the impact of Izzy’s apples on screen for myself. ????

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“Captain Marvel” Retains Top Slot at the Box Office

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It’s no surprise that in its second weekend, the first Marvel Cinematic Universe of 2019 is still riding high. Captain Marvel, the latest in the MCU with Brie Larson starring as the lead, generated another $69 million over the weekend, placing its domestic total at $266 million. Tallying up the international box office, the film’s global total to date is $760 million. Despite the online controversy, the film is looking to be another strong box office smash for Disney and Marvel.

As for the premieres for the weekend, and there were plenty, they were all over the map. Just below Captain Marvel was the animated adventure Wonder Park, bringing in $16 million, another film with controversy when the director’s name was removed from the picture after sexual harassment charges. Five Feet Apart, the dying teen drama about a romance amid cystic fibrosis, only came in at #3 with a weekend gross of $13 million. And debuting the lowest in the top 10 for debuts was Captive State, a sci-fi dystopian tale, only making $3 million. The film debuted so low the little film No Manches Frida 2 was able to sneak about it at #6 with a gross of $3.8 million.

Drops were fairly low all around for the returning films, mostly because Captain Marvel was dominating the previous weekend. The only milestone worth noting is that The LEGO Movie 2, after six weeks at the box office, finally cracked $100 million. And the sun is now setting on Green Book’s post-Oscar run by coming in at #10 for the final weekend of its top 10 run over the past few weeks.

View the full top ten weekend box office results below:

Captain Marvel ($69,318,000)

Wonder Park ($16,000,000)

Five Feet Apart ($13,150,000)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($9,345,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($8,085,000)

No Manches Frida 2 ($3,894,000)

Captive State ($3,163,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($2,135,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($1,900,000)

Green Book ($1,277,000)

Next weekend, Captain Marvel may very well have some competition when Jordan Peele’s new horror film Us hits over 3,600 theaters.

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“Dragon” Continues To Soar, “Funeral” Close Behind, “Green Book” Back

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With little competition for the weekend, How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the third in the animated fantasy saga, was able to secure the box office once more. In its second weekend, the animated epic made $30 million to push its domestic total to $97 million. So far the film has done about the same as the previous film and is on track to stay in the top 10 for a few more weeks in March.

Debuts this weekend were small with one big exception. Tyler Perry’s latest Madea film, A Madea Family Funeral, naturally made a relatively big splash with its dedicated audience. Starting at #2, the film made $27 million for its first weekend. No word on the budget yet but it’s most likely on a budget as most Tyler Perry productions are, so it’s safe to call this a success, especially for debuting with a box office so close to Dragon.

The rest of the premieres were not as strong at all. Greta, the new thriller starring Chloe Moretz, debuted all the way down at #8 with $4.5 million box office. To be fair, however, the film was in a constant battle for its spot as three other films also reported earnings around $4 million for the weekend. Of note, Green Book, fresh off winning the Academy Award for Best Picture one weekend ago, splashed back into more theaters to arise even higher in the top 10 with its domestic total now sitting at $73 million. Don’t count on it remaining there long as bigger blockbusters will be swooping as we plow through the last remnants of winter movies.

Check out the full listing of the top 10 box office weekend results below:

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World ($30,046,000)

Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral ($27,050,000)

Alita: Battle Angel ($7,000,000)

The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part ($6,615,000)

Green Book ($4,711,000)

Fighting With My Family ($4,691,284)

Isn’t it Romantic ($4,645,000)

Greta ($4,585,000)

What Men Want ($2,700,000)

Happy Death Day 2U ($2,516,000)

Next weekend is once again all about Marvel as their latest superhero solo film, Captain Marvel, will be appearing in 4,100 theaters.

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