Casting Actors of Color, ctd.

 

I love how Viola answers Michael Fassbender's question: "I think that African Americans represent 12.5 percent of the population and that is not the demographic that we are targeting in the movie and television industry."

I mean, it's just about the nicest way in the world to say that Hollywood just doesn't give a fuck about black people without actually saying that Hollywood just doesn't give a fuck about black people.

But, seriously, I'm so bored of this conversation centering around when white people are going to be less racist and notice that we are here. It is clear from this roundtable, The Hollywood Reporter's roundtable with director Steve McQueen, the conversation and debates around Red Tails and Pariah, and, shit, the entire history of Hollywood that Black people need to figure out how to make, market and distribute our own films. For us.

How do we get our movies made and into theaters in our own neighborhoods? I can't imagine that if you made a good movie for about $10-50 million and put it in theaters in every black neighborhood in America, that it wouldn't turn a profit. Not everything would, but not every white film turns a profit.

And I'm not talking about getting our own studios and then doing the same thing Hollywood does by targeting white men and hoping black folks will come out of solidarity. I'm talking about what Tyler Perry is doing in targeting black people first, everyone else second, but with a broader slate of films.

I wish someone would start thinking about doing this.

On the Narnia Films

I suppose we should just be happy that they are even thinking of making another Narnia movie.

”We are currently discussing with both Fox and the C.S. Lewis Estate whether we will make another Narnia film,” a rep for Walden Media tells EW. Although the rep stresses “nothing is official yet,” should a new Narnia film get the greenlight, the rep says “it will be Magician’s Nephew.”

While I'm not upset about this decision – The Magician's Nephew will give us a lot of Tilda Swinton, after all – I do think it sort of confirms that Walden and Fox just aren't interested in the challenge of making Narnia work.

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