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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.

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  3. 1 hour ago, Krissykins said:

    I dunno, whoever is playing Scorpion didn’t deliver his line correctly at the end, took away from it a little bit. Same with how the other guy said “Sub Zero”. 
     

    Female lead is Sonya Blade btw. 

    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. 22 minutes ago, ThomasNicole said:

    Yes, Dune also have similar reactions. Villeneuve himself called Dune the best movie he ever made to argued that it need to play in theaters.

     

    I can see both getting nominations next year if they're both succeed (Eternals is pretty much guaranteed, let's see Dune). Would be great to see two big scifi movies being recognized at the same time.

    :bravo:🙏

     

    I'm all for more sci fi/SH/fantasy/horror/action representation in the Best Picture. 

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  5. 5 hours ago, ThomasNicole said:

     

    I really hope this come out on the date, considering everything we heard this could be a serious contender for awards next year.

    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. 

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  6. 14 hours ago, SpiderByte said:

    This is sounding a lot like what people said about the Guardians of the Galaxy and look how that turned out

    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. 


  7. On 2/12/2021 at 8:05 PM, WittyUsername said:

    My thoughts exactly. If this were a film with significant ramifications for the MCU, I could maybe understand delaying it again, but it’s a midquel. It’s clearly not supposed to be one of the bigger MCU stories of Phase 4 or whatever this is, so I don’t see why it needs the constant delays. 

    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. 

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  8. 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. 

     


  9. 10 hours ago, doublejack said:

    My mother traveled and had a 14 day quarantine. We live in the US, though, in Michigan. Here it is entirely on the honor system (or was, now that the quarantine requirement has been lifted). If she had gone somewhere and interacted with police I bet it would have come up on her info that she was supposed to be in quarantine, but nobody visited or did anything like that to make sure she was following it. My father was also in quarantine with her even though he didn't travel.

     

    Here they could go into their yard but had to stay at home. They were not supposed to have any visitors, so my family and I stayed away until the two weeks was over.

     

    My advice is to look up your local requirements since these things are going to vary from place to place.

    Big thanks, man! This is exactly what I was looking for. :)

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