Michael B. Jordan announces on Instagram that he’ll be adopting inclusion riders


The effects of Frances McDormand’s epic Oscars speech are already taking hold.

On Sunday, after winning the Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, McDormand finished her speech with a phrase many people hadn’t heard of before: “inclusion rider”.

In a nutshell, an “inclusion rider” is a contractual clause that requires a certain level of diversity to be met in a film.

Now, a few days after that speech was made, Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan has announced that his production company — Outlier Society Productions — will adopt inclusion riders for all of its projects. Read more…

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Michael Shannon watched ‘The Shape of Water’ win Best Picture from a dive bar


Sure, attending the Oscars is a dream come true for many people.

Except perhaps in Hollywood, where it’s just another event that you have to get dressed up and look nice for. 

Michael Shannon, who plays the terrifying colonel Richard Strickland in The Shape of Water, surely would’ve been invited to the Oscars on Sunday, given how many nominations the film received. 

Instead, Shannon decided to spend it at a dive bar. Specifically Chicago’s legendary Old Town Ale House, where he watched the Best Picture win on the TV with no sound, but with the subtitles on. Read more…

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What Frances McDormand meant by an ‘inclusion rider’ at the Oscars


In Frances McDormand’s impassioned Oscars acceptance speech for Best Actress, she plead with film industry heavyweights in the room to pay attention to the women around them — whose stories need telling and financing. 

“Don’t talk to us at the parties tonight, invite us into your office or we’ll come to yours; whatever suits you best. We’ll tell you all about them,” the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star said.

Yet there were two words at the conclusion of her speech which puzzled much of the room and the public alike: “Inclusion rider.” So, what is it? Read more…

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Chloe Kim is ‘shook’ by Frances McDormand’s Oscars shoutout


Famously hangry U.S. snowboarder Chloe Kim is reeling after a shoutout from Frances McDormand at this year’s Oscars.

The 17-year-old gold medallist was singled out by the Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri star during her Best Actress acceptance speech.

“I think is what Chloe Kim must have felt like after doing back-to-back 1080s in the Olympic half-pipe,” said McDormand, accepting her Academy Award.

At the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Kim landed two 1080s in the women’s snowboard halfpipe to win her first Olympic gold medal on Feb. 13. Read more…

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Uh-oh, Disney has some explaining to do about these ‘Solo’ posters…


We’re already nervous about Solo: A Star Wars Story, and that’s only getting worse now that it looks like Disney may have plagiarized a French artist for the posters.

The super-swaggy character posters for Solo came out in February along with the trailer, giving the Star Wars prequel a quaint pop art vibe. They also happen to be almost identical to a series of album covers designed in 2015 by Hachim Bahous, who shared the similarities on Facebook.

“I am flattered that the quality of my work is recognized, but it is still pure and simple forgery,” Bahous wrote (translated from French). “I have not been asked for my permission, I wish to be credited and paid for this work I have done for Sony!” Read more…

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