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A symbolic makeover

Hollywood | The Oscars get new diversity standards for the best picture category
by Collin Garbarino
Posted 9/23/20, 11:37 pm

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences suffered embarrassment in 2015 when critics pointed to a lack of diversity in film nominations and #OscarsSo­White started trending on social media. April Reign, the activist who started the hashtag, noted that the academy’s membership at the time was 92 percent white and 75 percent male.

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Real-world consequences for Netflix

Entertainment | Cuties angers customers … and Congress
by Megan Basham
Posted 9/15/20, 08:15 pm

When Netflix apologized last month for its promotional artwork for Cuties, a French film about a group of 11-year-old girls who perform sexually suggestive dance moves, it assured subscribers the poster did not accurately represent the movie’s content. Now that the movie, rated TV-MA, has debuted, many feel artwork did represent the film, and the content itself is even worse.

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Fresh folklore in Mulan

Movie | Disney’s remake shines, but did producers cozy up to tyrants?
by Megan Basham
Posted 9/10/20, 02:45 pm

It would be impossible to adapt the ancient folk tale of Hua Mulan without a requisite amount of girl power. But Disney’s stunning live-action retelling of a woman who disguises herself as a man to fight for king and country avoids making the story a modern feminist allegory. 

Unlike in the 1998 animated version, Mulan joins the army not only to spare her father but because she has certain extraordinary gifts. More balletic than brute, they’re unique to her. And at no point does the film denigrate Mulan’s more traditionally feminine sister. 

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