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Opinion: Live-action adaptations keep the Disney dream living on

January 26, 2015
Growing up just a mere 45 minutes from Walt Disney World, I lived out my childhood days regularly watching all the classic Disney movies, usually the movies that contained the beautiful, seemingly perfect princesses that I dreamed of becoming when I was older. As a little girl, I couldn’t care less about whether the princess on the screen was a cartoon character or not; I just loved the colorful and cheerful scenes, the glorious singing voices and, of course, the moment that the princess and prince finally found true love and lived “happily ever after.” Although I hold the same love for the classic Disney movies today, I prefer to… Read more

The buffoon and a neurotic princess: Actors Pine, Kendrick talk ‘Into the Woods’

January 25, 2015
When the Academy Award nominations were announced earlier this month, many filmmakers and actors possibly felt either surprised or snubbed to see which of them would be walking down the red carpet in Hollywood on Feb. 22. One film whose backers might have feared a lack of acknowledgment from the Academy is “Into the Woods,” Disney’s adaptation of the hit Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical. While the film boasts an impressive cast and an Oscar-nominated director in Rob Marshall (for 2002’s “Chicago”), the  live-action musical has not done well at the Oscars lately. The silver screen once shimmered with an aural spectacle ­— it was a time when the “triple threat”… Read more

Opinion: Whitney Houston biopic unfairly emphasizes singer’s weaknesses

January 19, 2015
On Saturday, Lifetime premiered “Whitney,” a biopic of iconic and critically acclaimed female vocalist Whitney Houston. Viewers tuned in to see director Angela Bassett’s take on the life and times of Houston, and many fans were less than impressed with what they saw. Twitter was ablaze with comments, both positive and negative, using the #Whitney hashtag, which trended surrounding the film’s release. Houston, who died in 2012, was more than just an earth-shattering voice, she was a beacon to black women, following in the steps of women like Chaka Khan and continuing to pave to road for female vocalists of today such as Beyoncé and Mariah Carey. Houston brought intimacy… Read more

Opinion: Despite Best Picture nod, ‘Selma’ gets snubbed by Oscars

January 15, 2015
The 87th Academy Awards nominations were released Thursday. And even though it’s a great time for the filmmakers, actors and all involved in each respected film, one particularly important film with a large impact on society was mostly snubbed. Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” a biopic about Martin Luther King Jr.’s role in the Civil Rights Movement, only received two nominations, one being “Best Picture.” Though that’s a top honor, David Oyelowo should have also been in the running with “Best Actor,” as he did a phenomenal job portraying the protagonist King. All due respect to actor Michael Keaton, who stars as a former cinema superhero actor hoping to ignite his career… Read more

Coffee scene: Local puts own art into his brew

January 14, 2015
Starting the day with a cup of coffee is a common routine, and once the beverage is consumed, many coffee drinkers tend to toss the empty paper cups into the garbage. But Joshua Hara, creative director at marketing agency Resource Ammirati, has other things in mind. Hara uses the cups’ blank space as a canvas for cartoons, a practice that started last February. He named this project “#100CoffeeCups” and shares his drawings on his Instagram account, @yoyoha, with more than 66,000 followers, as of Wednesday evening. “I drink a venti Starbucks coffee every single day,” Hara said. “I had an idea for a cartoon about a barista asking how to… Read more

Opinion: ‘Selma’ a sad reminder that history is repeating itself

January 14, 2015
As I walked into a nearly empty theater showing the 2014 historical drama “Selma,” on Monday, I sat down expecting to view a revitalized biopic of Martin Luther King Jr. taking charge of the civil rights movement in the mid-1960s. I figured I would leave the theater with simply a feeling of inspiration and perhaps a list of stunning quotes to tweet later that night. Seven minutes into the movie with tears streaming down my face, it appeared that my naive expectations would be dramatically inaccurate. Screenwriter Paul Webb and director Ava DuVernay’s portrayal of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing of 1963 in Alabama rendered me speechless. It is… Read more

Opinion: 2015 to bring less racism, Taylor Swift; more feminism, Fifth Harmony

December 31, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. “Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.” I first heard this supposed Eleanor Roosevelt quote years and years ago when a teacher scolded me and my friends for gossiping about a fellow classmate. It felt like a slap on the wrist for sure, but the way the teacher said it was so matter-of-fact, so haunting. It was a direct attack on my intelligence, and those words have stuck with me to this day. People who take interest in pop culture get a bad… Read more

Gateway, Grandview Theatre to show ‘The Interview’

December 24, 2014
Gateway Film Center and the Grandview Theatre are set to screen “The Interview” — a film that was recently pulled by Sony Pictures because of threats of violence if the film were screened — to central Ohio. The Gateway Film Center is slated to start screening “The Interview” on Christmas Day at 8 p.m. and will run through Sunday. “As an independent theater, we’ve built our reputation on bringing movies to audiences who wouldn’t normally see them,” Johnny DiLoretto, director of communications for the Gateway Film Center, said in an email. “Bringing ‘The Interview’ to Columbus when others wouldn’t is perfectly aligned with our mission.” More showings might be scheduled… Read more

‘Top Five’ has comedians getting serious, highlighting ‘black fame’

December 11, 2014
Dubbed by The New York Times as “one man’s crisis of the soul,” the Chris Rock vehicle “Top Five” hits theaters Friday with a cast that also includes Gabrielle Union, Rosario Dawson and Kevin Hart. In addition to starring, Rock also wrote and directed the comedy, which centers on Rock’s character Andre Allen, a comedian attempting to reinvent himself as a “serious” actor. It might be the movie’s premise but it’s a real struggle many comedians face when trying to break into film, said J.B. Smoove, a stand-up comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” writer. “You would think you’d be more respected as an artist by changing your style …… Read more

Gateway’s Documentary Week kicks off with critical look at food industry

December 4, 2014
Movies are often a go-to escape for audiences, but filmmakers in Columbus this week are hoping their documentaries can bring social change. Thursday marks the beginning of the 6th Columbus Documentary Week, an event celebrated at Gateway Film Center biannually. A total of 22 documentaries are set to be shown from Thursday to Dec. 11 which a range of categories. Documentary Week came about from a simple reason.  “There are so many great documentaries being made,” said Johnny DiLoretto, spokesman of Gateway Film Center. “Over the years people have grown in their interest in nonfiction … so you see that reflected in the movie making now.” Everything from “The Immortalists,”… Read more