8/20/18 – Image Metaphor Of The Day

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Actress Scarlett Johnansson has been named by Forbes Magazine as the highest paid actress in the world. She made $40.5 million dollars between June 2017 and June 2018.

You know the highest paid should be among the most accomplished and Scarlett Johansson brings a ton of accolades: 0 Academy Awards, 0 Golden Globes, 0 Independent Spirit Awards as well as appearances in such classics as Scoop, The Black Dahlia, The Spirit and We Bought A Zoo. Definitely deserving…

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The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things

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Per CNN –

Actress and filmmaker Asia Argento has found herself on the other side of the #MeToo conversation.

The New York Times reported Sunday that months after publicly accusing Harvey Weinstein of rape, Argento made a deal with a young actor who accused her of sexual assault.

Argento was among the first women to accuse now disgraced movie mogul Weinstein of sexual misconduct and has been a leading figure in the #MeToo movement.

The New York Times says it has lawyers’ documents showing that actor and musician Jimmy Bennett alleged Argento sexually assaulted him in 2013 when he was 17 and she was 37.

According to the publication, Bennett said the assault took place at a hotel in California, where the age of consent is 18. Bennett played Argento’s son in the 2004 movie “The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.” Argento directed the film as well.

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Argento is having a brutal year with the Weinstein accusation, the suicide death of boyfriend / celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and now this…

Still it’s no excuse…hypocrite much?

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Summer Slam!

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Former UFC fighter Ronda Rousey won the WWE Women’s Wrestling title last night at Summerslam becoming the first to ever hold titles in both leagues. She defeated Alexa Bliss with a devastating arm bar at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Congratulations Ms. Rousey! However, we suspect she’d be no match for The Fabulous Moolah!

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Movie Review – Alpha

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There have been many visually impressive films so far in 2018, but Alpha has to be the most dazzling to date. Almost every scene looks like a picture from a storybook. It’s a grand adventure for virtually the entire family ( although it may be a little too intense for the youngest of children; intensity on par with Disney’s 2016 live action Jungle Book). Alpha also has a quality story too but there are a few flaws – it seems to lose steam in the final act of the movie and some of the historical facts (ex. dates, the science) may be inaccurate. Get past those things and you have quality on your hands. Alpha takes place in Europe in approximately 18,000 BC where a young man is experiencing the rites of passage to adulthood. After being considered worthy enough to hunt by the side of his father who is the chief of their tribe, an annual hunt takes place to track “the great beast”. These beasts are sort of a bull / buffalo prehistoric hybrid and the hunters soon attack a herd of these creatures. The young hunter is caught off guard by a charging creature which tramples him and knocks him over a cliff. His father is despondent and believes he is dead and the hunters trek back home. Alas, the young man is still alive and fights for survival amidst a variety of elements. After being attacked by a pack of wolves, he stabs the lead wolf as he climbs up a tree for safety. The rest of the pack backs off and the young hunter eventually nurses the wolf he stabbed back to health. They bond and eventually they team up to get the young hunter back home. The cinematography and art direction here are absolutely gorgeous and nearly entrancing. You will be well involved in this adventure for the most part although it does drag a bit as it approaches the end of the tale which hits sort of abruptly. But overall, a very fine feature and an enjoyable one worth your time.

A Crazy Surprise

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Hollywood studios were shocked this weekend as the new film “Crazy Rich Asians”, a romantic comedy with a diverse cast of mostly Asian heritage, stole the top spot at the U.S. domestic box office. The movie outperformed several star-studded action features including Mark Wahlberg’s Mile 22, Jason Statham’s The Meg and Tom Cruise’s Mission Impossible: Fallout.

It is likely to be the most talked about Asian motion picture since Mickey Rooney’s stellar performance in 1961’s “Breakfast At Tiffany’s”.

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