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  1. It isn't white people that appeal more. it's that white characters are deliberately so generic anyone can project into them whatever they want and understand their motives. That is why Bollywood never became an international force like Hollywood - too culturally specific which can be incomprehensible outside of its borders. I 'll give you an example: Typical white hero has no specific culture, no emphasis on religion, etc. They are defined by a character trait (cocky pilot, charming rogue, etc) and/or what happens to them. So heroes who aren't white but fall into this formula are more likely to hit it big than the ones that, I dunno, perform some rituals and have some rules of living or expression that are incomprehensible to 1/2 of Earth population. Take Aquaman and Black Panther. They are essentially Hamlet with happy ending aka The Lion King aka any character whose nefarious relative tired to rob them of their birthright be it a throne (cue any K drama or C drama set in the past) or seat as the company CEO ( see modern K and C dramas, Latin telenovelas, etc). It's the story as old as time, understandable to everyone everywhere. As is emphasis on the importance of family, honoring your elders, etc. So when you look at Frozen, it's 2 sisters who want to reconnect after years of growing apart. Understandable to everyone. Moana OTOH is more This God that God so not as understandable as princess sisters whose beliefs are of no importance and therefore unmentioned. The less said about Brave's this bear that bear the better. I still don't know WTF I watched. Will Smith built his career on this formula. Fighting robots, vampires, aliens, etc is as generic as it gets, understandable to everyone, presented in a way that doesn't make one scratch their head. Heroes who are enough of blank slates that you can customize them any way you like. I don't deny that there are biases and preferences. But they get overcome if the material is easy to understand, character easy to identify with and well, and actor an eye candy of the highest order. Look at Bridgerton. Everyone loves the Duke because he is a tormented bad boy who changes thanks to the love of a good woman. Byronic hero. A trope as old as time that will never go out of fashion despite climate pressure. The show was #1 everywhere in the world including supposed biased countries in East and South Asia. Just saying that it isn't always race. In many cases, it's simply that concept Y has less appeal than concept X. Also, people tend to notice things selectively. They'll say Moana made half of Frozen boxoffice but omit that Brave and Tangled didn't make more either. Nothing stopped those movies from breaking out like that since it was physically possible to make 2.7B let alone less. But they didn't.
  2. There's no point airing trailer during the Oscars since it's going to be a ratings disaster. Just releasing it online will give it much bigger exposure than airing during Noscars. General public doesn't know who Zhao is, only movie buffs saw Nomadland, so tying Eternals to Zhao doesn't mean anything to masses while nerds like us who know already decided to watch. I mean, they can release it but it won't make a dent due to low viewership.
  3. I don't know the game and its characters but from what I've seen from trailer, the leads seem generic and supporting cast fun. Maybe just a poor trailer presentation. Sonya was dumping a lot of expozzzition which is always thankless.
  4. Sorry, FL = female lead (the generic blonde from the trailer). ML = male lead (the half-Asian guy from the trailer)
  5. Wait, some people don't expect huge opening for this? I thought it was a foregone conclusion that multiverse was going to bring in the crowds.
  6. so are Tobey and Andrew confirmed or just a well sourced rumor which is as good as?
  7. 🙏 I'm all for more sci fi/SH/fantasy/horror/action representation in the Best Picture.
  8. SH movies make so much money for Hollywood, it's a nigh time one wins Picture. That said, BP couldn't wring AMPAS arm and not for the lack of trying, so I don't know if Eternals can. Nomination is possible, though Dune will be a massive rival for the sci fi/fantasy/blockbuster spot. And speaking of the devil, didn't Dune get a similar "masterpiece, wow, we are in disbelief" reaction from a test screening just 2-3 months ago? That said, Zhao is the real deal, and Stark&Snow are rumored to be the MVPs (in particular Snow) so looks like Chalamet&co have something to worry about.
  9. Watched #Alive on Netflix (I think Netflix just carried it but it was locally produced otherwise). Awesome zombie movie that isn't really about zombies.
  10. This looks like a fun stream. FL and ML look boring af but supporting cast is fun and Sub-Zero is a clear MVP. Surprisingly decent SFX.
  11. These previews make me wanna see big budget live action set entirely in Asia. Considering how much the world is gulping K and C dramas and US streaming companies making their own (Netflix's Kingdom and Sweet Home just to name a few), I think that big budget movies are inevitable down the line.
  12. That was also the reality in the middle of 2019. I never understood the point of dragging old posts from years ago to prove someone wrong. I mean, kudos to visionaries who were right from the get go but this is pointless IMO. Like, why are you so upset that someone didn't believe in this movie 2 years ago? It says more about you than me who wouldn't even visit this thread had it not been for notification that someone replied. :shrug: P.S. word is that Kit Harrington owns Eternals so fingers crossed he gets his life back of track.
  13. It's introducing the new BW (Yelena) so it isn't a filler by any means. She'll be an important part of MCU going forward. We just have to wait and see what ramifications are there and how she will be connected to the larger universe and characters who have powers. So yes, there's a reason why they would prefer to go theatrical with this movie like with all MCU movies. That said, they might be forced to release it on D+ if situation doesn't improve by spring.
  14. There are comebacks and there are comebacks. Everyone thought Zellweger was a write-off but here we are. Two time Oscar winner, Something that many actresses with consistently relevant careers haven't achieved yet. So who knows what happens with Depp? I maintain that getting off FB franchise is a good thing even if it wasn't his choice. Career dead-end.
  15. Sorry who are the people that are getting the spinoff? I don't remember them.
  16. Thanks. I meant more if anyone around here had personal experience with the quarantine after travelling (means they were covid-19 negative but still had to stay locked up) that can tell me about but thanks for the helpful link!
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