Brendan Fraser and The Whale
No one is denying that Brendan Fraser is a talented actor, in fact it is kind of depressing how many people are just now realizing this fact, especially that they're basing it on his performance in the offensively fatphobic film The Whale. Regardless of his talent, and his slight connection to the the material, The Whale is an atrocious portrayal of fat people which could've been rectified with the involvement of actual fat people both behind the camera, as well as in front.
Hollywood Critics Association's 2nd annual TV Awards are taking place next weekend. Over the course of two nights, celebrities from the small screen - across streaming, cable, and broadcast - will unite in Hollywood for a beautiful event which will hand out awards in achievement. Unfortunately, this year, the HCA has decided to celebrate a couple of programs which prominently use fat-suits.
Our very own Yael Tygiel got a chance to talk with some of the dancers from Lizzo's Watch Out For the Big Grrrls and asked them the question that has been keeping her up at night... How Do They Deal with Chub Rub?
See what the professionals have to say below, and catch the Lizzo's Big Grrrls on Amazon Prime.
Fatphobia in the Oscar Nominees
With the Oscars a day away, quite a few films are continuing to make headlines. On their way to the Academy Awards, the incredible cast of CODA keeps picking up statues, allowing them to remind the industry that representation matters, authenticity matters, inclusion matters. Other films nominated in the Best Picture category have been making headlines for less positive criticism, including Licorice Pizza’s blatantly offensive racism. As with every year, the Oscars drum up discussions about diversity in film, but no one seems to be talking about the fatphobia baked into our entertainment.
Maybe it’s time to start.
SYFY Makin' Fat Sci-Fi Content
Reginald the Vampire, based on the Johnny B. Truant "Fat Vampire" book series, stars Jacob Batalon (Spider-Man's Ned) as Reginald, a fat treadmill salesman who gets turned into a Vampire. Not only did the series just wrap filming this week, but the series be on SYFY this summer. Plus, both Amazon and Hulu have picked up streaming rights for international territories, according to Variety.
I haven't yet read the book series - and based on the description listed on GoodReads, I'm afraid I won't like it - but I'm pleased to see more plus size representation on TV, especially when it's on a channel I tend to enjoy.
Will you be watching Reginald the Vampire on SYFY? Have you read the book series that inspired it? Let me know!
-- Yael Tygiel
Just in case you didn't catch it last month, Amazon released the trailer for the upcoming competition series, Lizzo's Watch Out For The Big Grrrls.
Watch it below and watch Lizzo's Watch Out For The Big Grrrls on March 25th on Amazon.
'Butter' - Movie Review
HBO Max's Peacemaker series wrapped up its first season today with an epic showdown between our team of misfits and the alien butterflies infiltrating Earth. As the episode unfolded, audiences are treated to scenes of badassery, especially from the kickass character of Leota Adebayo, played beautifully by Danielle Brooks.
As each of the 8 episodes ended, a mid-credits scene was tacked on with an extra bit of humor that likely was cut from the episode for time. For some reason though, this final episode, tied up the season with fatphobia and "concern trolling".
All I can ask is: Why?!
Another Day, Another Fat Suit
It feels like just yesterday when Sarah Paulson publicly admitted regret in adding padding to play Linda Tripp for Impeachment: American Crime Story. Yet Renee Zellweger, star and producer of NBC's The Thing About Pam, is also fat-suiting up for the title role of Pam.
During NBC's Press Day last week, journalist Whitney Friedlander craftily asked the question many of us have been wondering since the first "Renee Zellweger Unrecognizable" headlines appeared about a week prior: Why cast Renee Zellweger in a fat suit instead of a fat actor?
Actress Danielle Macdonald has a new series for HBO Max coming out, called The Tourist, starring 50 Shades' Jamie Dornan.
The Tourist hits the streamer with 6 episodes on March 3rd, but you can watch the trailer for the series now.
The Tourist: Jamie Dornan stars as a British man who finds himself in the glowing red heart of the Australian outback being pursued by a vast tank truck trying to drive him off the road. An epic cat and mouse chase unfolds and the man later wakes in the hospital, hurt, but somehow alive — except he has no idea who he is. With merciless figures from his past pursuing him, The Man’s search for answers propels him through the vast and unforgiving outback.
Barbie Movie Still Happening
Remember when Amy Schumer was making a Barbie movie and it looked like it would be body positive? Yes, not everyone was excited about Schumer's involvement, but then we became less excited when she dropped out and Margot Robbie got involved.
Well, after a few years of relative silence on the project, there's news:
Life & Beth: New Hulu Series
Controversial comedian Amy Schumer has a new series on Hulu, Life & Beth, which follows Beth (Schumer), who after an unexpected incident starts having flashbacks to her teen self and learns how she became who she is and who she wants to become. The comedy also stars comedian Yamaneika Saunders, along with Michael Sera and Michael Rappaport.
Watch the trailer for the series below and catch the entire 10-episode series on March 18th on Hulu.