Uber Driver Suspended After Getting Caught on Camera Receiving Oral Sex During Trip

Out of all the Uber horror stories we could share, this one has to be one of the worst. An Uber driver has been suspended after a passenger recorded him receiving oral sex during the trip.

Aner Manuel, of Boston, was visiting Chicago and requested an Uber in the early morning hours of July 17th. However, as he was approaching the vehicle, Manuel noticed a woman sitting in the front seat. He checked the app to make sure he didn’t accidentally select UberPool and assumed the unexpected passenger a family member of the driver.

Manuel got into the car and noticed that the woman was “clearly on drugs” and attempted to open the door while en route to his destination. Manuel also quickly discovered the two were not family. The driver and the woman began kissing and caressing each other also while the car was in motion. Then it got worse!

Manuel shared his experience on Uber’s Facebook page along with a video as proof. He wrote in part:

“She then began to grope him and grab him. They began to kiss and she began loosening his belt. As we got further and further from my pickup location I had no idea where I was, so I had to stay in the car. She then proceeded to perform oral sex. This was my last straw. I asked the driver to drop me off.”

Manuel told Esquire that the driver attempted to apologize during the brief trip, but doesn’t believe it was sincere: “He said, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry,’ like twice. But he didn’t really prevent it.”

Manuel’s Uber trip only lasted eight minutes. And it would have ended sooner had he not been in an unfamiliar city at 3:00 a.m.

The current Boston resident (who will be moving to Chicago in the fall) contacted Uber about 40 minutes after the incident and was given a refund and a $10 credit. The company also said it would investigate the matter.

However, four days went by without a follow-up and Manuel says his messages went unreturned. He then shared his experience and the video on Twitter and Facebook. “I did it [shared the footage] to give it a little push,” he told Gizmodo.

Since the video footage went viral, Uber has suspended the driver and released a statement:

“The behavior of this former driver is appalling and is not tolerated on the Uber app. As soon as this situation was reported to us, we immediately removed this driver’s access.”

It is also against Uber policy for drivers to have friends or family in the car during a paid trip for the “safety and comfort” of the riders.

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Kevin Hart & Pregnant Wife Eniko Enjoy Romantic Cabo Getaway Amid Cheating Allegations

What cheating scandal? Amid allegations of cheating on his pregnant wife, Kevin Hart and Eniko Parrish just went on a romantic getaway to Cabo. And the married couple made sure we all knew about it.

Hart and Parrish, who is six months pregnant, hopped on a private jet to Cabo, Mexico for a “babymoon” before the couple’s first child together arrives. The trip also comes weeks away from their first wedding anniversary in August.

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The couple was joined by Ludacris and a few other friends and family.

Hart and Parrish both posted this photo of the travel group standing beside a private plane. “Great times with great people… #LiveLoveLaugh #Family #Blessed,” the comedian wrote on his post.

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Hart and Parrish posted several other photos of their Cabo getaway, including feasting on delicious foods, hanging out with friends, dancing together, and making s’mores for the first time together. “Creating memories that’ll last forever,” Parrish wrote on one of her IG posts.

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It was just last week that there was speculation that Hart was cheating on his wife. Radar Online caught the comedian leaving a Miami nightclub with rising Latin pop star Monique “MoMo” Gonzalez at around 5 am. The two then stayed in a Lexus for upwards 20 minutes. “It was obvious they were up to no good,” a source told Radar.

Hart laughed off the cheating scandal on Instagram, calling it “BS.” A source also tells People that while Hart has some friends that are “players” and he is often “surrounded by that atmosphere,” the comedian “is very committed to his wife and their marriage.”

It’s possible that Kevin Hart actually didn’t cheat on his wife, but he and Eniko sure are doing the most to prove they’re a happy couple with these Cabo photos.

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Bad Wigs, Horrible Boob Jobs and Other Alarming Things Spotted in Love & Hip Hop Hollywood’s Season 4 Premiere

While Love & Hip Hop Hollywood is the newest franchise in the LHHH family, it has quickly emerged as the must-watch edition of the reality TV sensation.

The main reason that LHHH stands out above the rest is that the people on this show are trashy, desperate and tasteless enough to put on a true show. Since they live in Hollywood, they understand that we’re looking for ratchet entertainment worth live-tweeting about and these C-list stars live to deliver.

The first episode of season 4 saw the addition of many new cast members (Keyshia Cole, her baby daddy Daniel Gibson and one-hit wonder Brooke Valentine), along with several returning castmates (Moniece Slaughter, Masika Kalysha, Hazel-E, Miss Nikki Baby, Safaree and many more).

But there were also strange and curious hair systems, body implants and curious activities showed on our TV screens that we thought were worth a stop, pause and reflection.

Moniece and Masika’s Oversized, Painful Looking Breast Implants

Lil’ Fizz’s baby mama has been a complete and total wild card throughout her tenure on LHHH, but I was not ready for the water jugs sitting on her chest as she gabbed about her Justin Bieber-lookin’ ass lesbian lover in her confessional.

Big breasts are a beautiful thing, but Moniece’s slight frame is not built for those inflatable devices hanging out on top of her chest. She looks like a Q-Tip with a pair of Gushers glued up top.

Moniece’s newfound friend Masika was also sporting some overinflated breast balloons in her confessional. She has made herself no stranger to surgery but this top-heavy look has Masika looking like a younger Wendy Williams.

Keyshia Cole’s Raggedy Brazilian Hair

Welcome to the cast Keyshia Cole. You bring star power and relevance to a show that desperately needs it. Especially considering that your reality show on BET was the prototype for Love & Hip Hop in general. But please beat this wig and put it out of its misery.

Keyshia Cole Gives Us Wilma Flinstone

Keyshia had about four different wigs in her debut on LHHH. But why oh why did she sport this Wilma Flintstone-lookin’ ass wig?

Moniece Channels Jackie Chan’s Kung Fu Wig

I’m not sure how Moniece funds her lifestyle outside of these VH1 checks, but I’m going to need her to leave the Jackie Chan section of her local Korean beauty supply store alone.

Hazel E Gives Us Lassie Heat

The gal who openly and willingly chose to get dicked down by Yung Berg resembles many different kinds of animals, but when she went to meet with her on-again, off-again friend Teairra Mari, she looked like a straight-up Golden Retriever. Frankly, this might sadly be one of Hazel’s better looks if we’re being honest.

Brooke Valentine’s Leaning Tower of Wig-za

Once upon a time, Brooke Valentine had a singing career. Apparently, she took time off to raise her children or whatever, which is fine. But now that she’s decided to re-engage her professional aspirations, I’m not sure why Brooke felt the need to stuff two packs of hair on her head in a top knot while she sang by the bonfire at Huntington Beach. Was she trying to offer the seagulls a comfortable nest on her head?

Teairra Mari Spilled Sunkist on Her Head

When you have so much working against you already, why dye your hair the color of orange soda, Tee-Tee?

Alexis Skyy Trots Out Bootleg Aaliyah Top

Did Alexis snag the “Try Again” bustier at an auction or garage sale?

Rose Burgundy Licks Hazel-E’s Toes with Whipped Cream

When I say that the LHHH cast is shameless, these kinds of stunts are precisely what I mean. Rose Burgundy, allegedly an aspiring rapper, is Hazel-E’s new boy toy now that she has been dropped by Katt Williams. In an emasculating moment, Hazel has her lil’ boyfriend show his submissiveness and demonstrate her complete dominance over him by having him break out a can of whipped cream and lick her toes on camera.

This does nothing to move the story forward. Hell, it doesn’t even serve as foreplay for a full-fledged love-making scene. It’s literally just an exercise in showing how desperate some monkeys will dance for loose change.

Rose Burgundy, I hope the taste of corn chips and spoiled milk was worth whatever split of Hazel’s check you’re getting from Mona Scott-Young!

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Keyshia Cole Explains Why She Allows Cheating Ex-Husband Daniel “Booby” Gibson to Live in Her House

Keyshia Cole made her highly-anticipated debut on Love & Hip Hop Hollywood Monday night (Jul. 24). However, many viewers couldn’t help but question why the singer’s ex-husband was still living in her house.

Season 4 of LHHH kicked off with Keyshia performing onstage and the cameras followed her back to her home for viewers to find her ex-husband Daniel “Booby” Gibson chillin’ like a villain on her couch. Keyshia appeared on E!’s Daily Pop Tuesday to explain the two want to co-parent their 7-year-old son, DJ.

“I didn’t know my biological father coming up. So, it’s kind of a strong emotional situation for me because I want [my son] DJ to have everything that I didn’t. So, even though he’s done a lot of things in the marriage that was the ultimate no-no, you know what? It’s not about me and him at this point. My son is 7, he needs his father.”

Keyshia also added that Booby, a former Cleveland Cavaliers guard who now wants to pursue a rap career, is currently having financial issues. She says she wants to help him out until he gets on his feet and hopes he would do the same for her if she were in a similar situation.

Keyshia and Booby married in 2011. However, Booby admits that he regularly lied and cheated during the marriage and Keyshia filed for divorce in 2014. Despite their issues, Keyshia wants to keep Boobie in their son’s life.

We’ve seen this type of arrangement before on reality TV. Divorcees Robyn and Juan Dixon of The Real Housewives of Potomac continue to live together for the sake of their two young sons and financial reasons.

During her Daily Pop interview, Keyshia hinted that she and Booby may be in a different place, but we have to keep watching LHHH to see how their storyline plays out. Love & Hip Hop Hollywood airs Mondays on VH1.

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Girl Fights, Lady Ponds & Bad Bitches Get Read: “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” Season 4 Premiere Highlights

Love & Hip Hop Hollywood Season 4 debuted Monday night (Jul. 24), and it was nothing short of the hilarious, drama-filled, shade-throwing all around hot mess that we know and love this entire franchise for.

SEE MORE: “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” Season 4 Cast, Synopsis and Spoilers

From Moniece taking a swim in the lady pond to Hazel E getting heckled at her own party to newcomer Zell Swag staying late at the library to read bad bitches, we have some of the funniest and shadiest moments for you below:

Moniece Slaughter is swimming in the lady pond.

In one of the episode’s opening scenes, we are formally introduced to Moniece Slaughter and her new lesbian lover Annette “A.D.” Briggs.

After getting her heart broken by a number of guys (including her baby daddy Fizz, LHHNY’s Rich Dollaz and even Ray J on the low), Moniece is now giving the ladies a try. “I have never been in a happier place than I am right now,” Moniece says as we see her sucking face with her girlfriend A.D., who she says she’s been dating “for the past six months.”

Moniece adds that she “could not be happier” swimming in the lady pond, as Fizz is accepting of her new relationship and their son also approves. “Moniece is not known for the kinky, but I bring out that kinky in her,” her Justin Bieber look-a-like girlfriend tells Masika and LHHH newcomer Zell Swag, who may be the messiest cast member on the show this season.

The conversation then quickly turns to Messy Masika throwing shade at Hazel E—or “Nasal He,” as she calls her—when she recalls an e-mail she got “in her spam” about an invite to a “women’s empowerment” party Hazel is throwing. After going in on Hazel’s struggling music career and her new bae Rose Burgundy (“Girl, let me find him on backpage!” shouts Zell Swagg) the Messies (minus A.D.) all decide that it’s a good idea to show up and show out at Hazel’s party. What could go wrong, right?

Hazel E (aka “Nasal He”) gets heckled by Masika and co. at her “women’s empowerment” party.

Masika must not have gotten the memo that Hazel E’s “Girl Code Inc.” event was a celebration of women’s empowerment. Or maybe she did and just didn’t give AF, because homegirl was just RUDE from the moment she walked in the door. Not only did she bring the drama, but she also brought HEADPHONES, not to cancel out the noise from the helicopter (which Hazel arrived in), but to cancel out the “noise” from her performance.

“But we have to be nice,” pleads Moniece, who, shockingly is the LEAST messiest member of Masika’s Messy Crew (at least in this case). “It’s women’s empowerment, we have to give her a chance…” It’s sad when Moniece is the nicest person in the group.

As Hazel E arrives to her event, Zell Swag and Masika waste no time going in. “What kind of circus is this?!” Zell asks as Hazel’s chopper makes its landing. When Hazel exits the helicopter with her boyfriend wearing a big fur coat, Zell inquires, “Is it a bear?! Is it an ape?!” As she’s hitting the stage, Zell makes his excitement known: “I’ve never seen an animal perform before, I’m so excited!”

The whole time Hazel was performing—and, let’s be honest, it was pretty bad—Masika was going on about how “awful” it was while Zell was hollering “boo!” At the end, when she was thanking everyone for being there, Masika started heckling her. “Do we hear the birds chirping in the corner?” Hazel asks the crowd, who burst out laughing. “Does somebody have any bread?”

Then Hazel hops off the stage to confront Masika, who then takes her drink and throws it at her. Hazel responds by tossing her microphone at her and all hell breaks loose. Welp, so much for women’s empowerment.

Safaree reaction is all of us:

Hazel E and Teairra Mari waste good food and drinks by throwing them at each other.

Even though they’re not really on the best terms, Hazel E extended an invitation to Teairra Mari for her to come to her Girl Code Inc. event, however, according to Teairra, she never got the invite. But besides all that, Teairra is not happy about Hazel talking about her behind their back. So in true reality TV fashion, the two meet up for lunch to hash things out, but instead of having an adult conversation, Hazel and Teairra immediately start hurling insults at each other while everyone else in the restaurant looks on in utter amusement.

When Teairra gets up from the table and refers to Hazel as a “Miss Nikki Baby knock-off,” Hazel E picks up her plate of food and hurls it at Teairra’s back. Teairra then quickly turns around and throws her drink (glass and all) at Hazel, causing security to rush in between them to stop things from getting anymore physical. “I was gonna say ‘Where’s my crab?’ but I guess I threw that,” Hazel says to herself, laughing, as she’s wiping off her Chanel purse.

I don’t know how y’all get down in Hollywood, but where I come from, we don’t waste good food. We may throw hands, but we for damn sure don’t throw plates.

Zell Swag can’t hate on bad bitches, but he does read them.

After Hazel E meets and bonds with Alexis Skyy over their mutual hatred for Masika (aka “Hoesika”), the two of them, along with Miss Nikki Baby, decide to “crash” Masika, Zell and Moniece’s weekly karaoke outing. Only, Masika isn’t there that particular night because she’s “booked and busy,” leaving Zell to take all the heat.

After going back and forth with Hazel and Nikki, Zell (whose one-liners are HILARIOUS, btw) proceeds to inform the ladies that while he “can’t hate on bad bitches,” he has no problem reading them. That’s when Alexis throws her purse at Zell, Zell throws his drink at her, and she responds by tossing a drink his way.

These Love & Hip Hop folks LOVE throwing things, don’t they?

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Watch Being Mary Jane Season 4 Episode 12

“Being Mary Jane” Season 4 Episode 12 ired on BET Tuesday night (Jul. 25).

Since Kara is having a tough time in arbitration with her wrongful termination claim, Mary Jane and Justin decide not to confess that they’re seeing each other.


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Jessica Williams Meticulously Drafting a DM to J.K. Rowling Is All of Us

Jessica Williams went on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote The Incredible Jessica James and share a story that shows us no matter who you are, a direct message from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will obliterate any sense of chill you might have had.

According to Williams, she was surprised one day when Rowling not only followed her on Twitter, she sent her a kind message referencing their shared birthday (which is also Harry Potter’s birthday). The former Daily Show correspondent recalls it went something like this:

“I was going to wish you a happy ‘our’ birthday, but I bloody forgot. Which is typical me. Anyway, I think that you are funny, brave and courageous and I always know it’s going to be a great Daily Show when you’re on.”

Can you imagine? Williams, as many of us would, then carefully drafted her response over a week to respond with the perfect response. Their conversation eventually led to the two of them meeting, and to the envy of every Harry Potter fan, Rowling herself sorted Williams into a Hogwarts house. No surprise, they’re both Gryffindors—brave and daring.

Colbert also decided to see if Rowling followed him on Twitter (she does!), and the host DM-ed her asking for a Hogwarts sorting as well. We don’t yet know her response, but do you have any guesses?

(via The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on YouTube, image: screenshot)

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Honest Trailer for Ghost in the Shell Holds Nothing Back – “You just tried to put out a dumpster fire with a much larger, easily-avoidable dumpster fire.”

Screen Junkies’ latest installment in the Honest Trailers series is the Hollywood remake of the popular and iconic anime Ghost in the Shell, and it does not hold anything back. From references to Scarlett Johansson’s previous roles, to Hollywood science fiction’s constant allusions to the anime, to the sparse dialogue of side characters, this honest trailer is out for blood.

While Hollywood anime adaptation don’t usually land, Ghost in the Shell was scrutinized especially for its casting decision. While that no doubt played a big role in it’s disappointing box office, it also just wasn’t that amazing of a film. The honest trailer touches on this and the ways film executives are much more comfortable blaming reviews than their own choices, leading to the industry learning almost nothing from their mistakes.

“Hollywood is running out of stuff from the 80s and 90s to remake, now they’re remaking a film they’ve already been ripping off for decades,” the narration says, “but with controversial casting, a dumbed-down plot, just enough recreated scenes from the anime to put in the trailers, and a complete lack of understanding about what made the franchise popular to begin with.”

The trailer also points to one of the bigger challenges of adapting a something as pioneering as Ghost in the Shell for the current time, which is “the source material was so influential that now it feels like it’s copying the films it inspired.”

The best moment though? Their absolutely vicious takedown of the whitewashing controversy and the way the plot handled the character’s ghost vs shell storyline:

“Watch as the studio avoids a white washing controversy by showing off how multi-cultural their version of Hong Kong is, and explain that Major’s body is only a shell for someone else’s brain—which, alright I’ll bite.

Then cringe in disbelief as the studio manages to ruin their own solution by revealing that, yep, she was full blown Japanese all along. Way to double down gang. You just tried to put out a dumpster fire with a much larger, easily-avoidable dumpster fire.”

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Dear Edgar Wright: We Need to Have a Chat About Women [**Baby Driver SPOILERS**]

First of all, I want to tell you that I’m a huge fan. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all your films, even loved some of them, and I adore Spaced. I adore your facility with pop culture references, and I love your quick, music video style. I think your films could potentially save the world. But we need to have us a chat about women. It’s not that you write them poorly, it’s that you barely write them at all. [SPOILERS about Baby Driver]

I went to see Baby Driver, and I was immediately sucked in by the awesome bank robbery at the top of the film, where we see the lead character, Baby (Ansel Elgort), dancing in the getaway car as the three robbers he’s driving for (Jon Hamm, Eiza González, and Jon Bernthal) rob the bank with perfectly timed precision. When they leave the bank and get back into the car, Baby drives them on a car chase away from police that had me sitting on the edge of my seat. It was thrilling, and exactly what I was looking forward to about this movie.

What I wasn’t looking forward to was seeing three women in the film be underwritten to the point of non-existence.

You seem to have a long history of writing and directing films in which overgrown man-children need a stern, responsible woman to inspire them to greatness, with “stern” and “responsible” being their only defining traits. Well that, or being all about whoever the male protagonist is. Case in point:

  1. Shaun of the Dead – Shaun is propelled to action after his girlfriend Liz (played by Kate Ashfield, whom we don’t know much about other than that she met Shaun in Greece), tells him that he needs to grow up. Shaun wins her in the end.
  2. Hot Fuzz – Nick is propelled to action after his girlfriend Janine (whom we don’t know much about except what she does for a living, and we don’t even get to see her face, which is a shame, as the face belongs to Cate Blanchett) leaves him because he isn’t mature enough to be able to balance his work life and his emotional life. We don’t see Janine for the rest of the film.
  3. The World’s End – Gary is propelled by his own nostalgia and feelings of inadequacy to round up his old friends to complete the “Golden Mile” pub crawl they never completed in high school. However, an old friend/fling named Samantha (Rosamund Pike) arrives, and Gary immediately tries to have sex with her in a bathroom stall the way they did when they were younger. We learn that his friend Steven (Paddy Considine) has been in love with her all this time, and she basically only exists in the film to give them something to compete over.
  4. Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World – Scott dumps Knives Chau (Ellen Wong), the girl he’s in statutory rape territory with, for his literal dream girl (in that he sees her in a dream before he meets her) Ramona Flowers (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). The entire film is about him fighting her ex-boyfriends to win her. Knives only exists to pine after slacker Scott only to nurture him enough to tell him to follow his heart. And Ramona’s defining characteristic? Purple hair. To be fair, this isn’t entirely your fault. This was from the source material.

None of these women in your films have personalities of their own, nor do they exist outside of what the male protagonists need them to be to move the story forward.

The only truly nuanced female character in one of your projects that I can think of is the inimitable Daisy Steiner (Jessica Hynes, nee Stevenson) on Spaced. She is complicated: loveable but hugely flawed. She has big dreams, but isn’t quite sure how to pursue them, or even she even actually wants to. She’s just as much an overgrown woman-child as her friend and roommate, Tim Bisley (Simon Pegg), is an overgrown man-child. They’re in it together. And best of all, while they were continually nudged toward a romantic relationship, I’m grateful that it never came to fruition. They were simply best friends.

Meanwhile, the other women on that series, Marsha (Julia Deakin) and Twist (Katy Carmichael), were each unique and had their own drives, goals, and personalities. They existed outside the men in their lives, and those lives and goals brought about some great story conflict between them and the male characters. It was the most gender-balanced thing with which you’ve ever been involved.

Oh wait. You didn’t write that series, did you? It was created by Pegg and Stevenson, a gender-balanced writing team. So … I guess that explains it?

In Baby Driver, Baby is the protagonist. I get it. So he needs to be really well-defined. We get to know all about his back story, and about how his mom was in an abusive relationship with his dad, and was a singer, and how his parents died in a car crash, which resulted in the tinnitus that affects him as an adult. (So, his mother exists as the catalyst for everything he does, which I’ll let slide, as too many films/shows have people wanting to please their dads.)

However, he meets a cute, music-loving waitress named Debora (Lily James) at a diner he frequents, and he’s instantly smitten when she comes in singing along to whatever’s playing in her headphones. Don’t get me wrong, she’s adorable. I understand his being smitten. What I don’t understand is that throughout the entire movie, she literally has nothing else going on in her life.

But it’s not even in the specific way that would make a character interesting; where they have nothing going on now, but if they could only escape, they have plans, goals, dreams. Debora has the desire to leave, to get in a car and just drive…but that’s the extent of it. We know she hates her diner job. We know she doesn’t really have family around anymore. And we know she likes Baby.

Here’s what I don’t know. I don’t know how she watches this dude she supposedly has “strong feelings” about straight up MURDER in front of her, and she’s totally down to go away with him after 1 1/2 dates because there’s literally nothing else going on in her life, and she “really really hates her diner job?” She’s so bored, that she’d rather go off with a killer she barely knows because of reasons that are absolutely unclear because we know nothing about her.

REALLY?! Girl. GUUUUUUUURL. Wake up and smell the Bad For You. She is what seems to be every man’s fantasy. The beautiful woman who will drop everything to follow him around with sex and comfort as he leads his life and follows his dreams.

Darling fares much less well. I bet you thought you were being progressive when you chose to have a Latina badass sexpot in this film. Here’s the thing, though: Latina badass sexpot is about as stereotypical a thing as one can have in a movie. Even worse, when she and her husband and literal partner in crime, Buddy, are backed into a corner by the police toward the end of the film, she’s brutally shot dead by the police. Why? To give Buddy a reason to want to seek revenge against Baby.

Couldn’t even be bothered to flip it enough to have Buddy be the one to die so that Darling could seek revenge? I know, I know. Jon Hamm is the bigger name. Thing is, you could’ve cast a bigger name as Darling and made her more of a thing. OR, you could’ve simply used González better, as she gave a strong performance, and could easily have pushed it that much further. And how unexpected would it have been to have Jon Hamm die?

But no. You went with the expected. You gave us just enough Latina badass sexpot to titillate the audience only to kill her off to spur the dude she’s attached to into action.

Edgar … may I call you Edgar? Edgar, I have a challenge for you. I would love to see you try and write a film that’s as clever and creative and has as nuanced a protagonist as your films generally have, and make a woman the lead. I just want to see if you can do it. I want to believe that you have it in you. That, perhaps you haven’t chosen to do so simply because of the inertia that so easily affects us all while we’re “writing what we know.”

What do you say? Are you up for it?

(image: Sony)

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J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic Secures Tom of Finland Director, With Nicholas Hoult in Talks to Star

News about the J.R.R. Tolkien biopic, which promises to take an intimate look at the mind that brought us The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, has emerged giving us a closer look at how this film will unfold.

Syfy Wire reports the Finnish director Dome Karukoski will be directing the film. Highly acclaimed in Finland, Kaurkoski’s previous films include Beauty and the Bastard, Heart of a Lion, and the recent biopic about iconic gay illustrator Tom of Finland.

The project, which has been in the works since 2013, was written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. The film “explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a fellow group of outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the ‘fellowship’ apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels.”

Syfy points out that The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were penned in the 1930s and 40s, so it’s unclear whether the film will dive into Tolkien writing these specific stories, or instead focus on the inspirational elements during the war. His years past WWI, which include not just those books but other instances like the author’s pioneering writing on Beowulf and friendship with C.S. Lewis among the Inklings would be fascinating to see onscreen. Either way, I’m excited for a thoughtful and personal look at the writer.

It’s also been reported that Nicholas Hoult is the frontrunner to play young Tolkien, as the filmmakers “sparked to Hoult’s performance in the Yorgus Lanthimos-directed The Favorite.” Hoult, who’s recently worked on Rebel in the Rye, a J.D. Salinger biopic about the young writer during World War II as well as The Current War where he portrays Nikola Tesla, would definitely in his element for dramatic history.

What do you think about the team so far? It’s hard to think of a single person to capture the magic of Tolkien’s mind, but do you think Hoult can do him justice?

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