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Leo and JLaw work on ‘Don’t Look Up’
The Oscar award-winning actor and actress, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence worked on a new sci-fi movie project entitled Don’t Look Up. The film was aired on Netflix in late 2021. The magnificent film was written by none other than Adam McKay who is known for producing top-level films with a chaotic satire element.
In the movie, Leo plays a scientist who discovered a planet-destroying comet that is set to hit the earth in six months. However, nobody believed the words of the scientist and ignored the warning to make a change before it hits the planet and end life as everyone knows it. According to McKay, the comet represents the recent pandemic that hit us and how people reacted to it when doctors and scientists first warned the world about the spread of the virus.
It shows how dangerously people try to ignore a problem that doesn’t have anything to do with politics. Moreover, it shows the dangers of people who think they know better than the experts. ‘Don’t Look Up’ is viewed as McKay’s return to comedy after shifting his films to a darker standpoint with Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and Talladega Nights.
McKay as a director and filmmaker is known for his witty and fast-moving films that fill every scene with an important detail that you would miss out on if you don’t pay attention. Despite Don’t Look Up is a lot less dense for a McKay film, it makes the movie simple with the idea of a comet about to hit the earth.
The facts are bare for everyone to see. McKay didn’t beat around the bush with his message that we all need to change the way we react to the warnings set out by the scientists and experts. We should all act with urgency or the disaster will hit us before we can even prepare for it and then it would be too late to do anything.
The film itself was enjoyable and there are countless things to learn. Not to mention that the cast is a whole galaxy of stars like our main lead Leo, JLaw, Timothee Chalamet, Cate Blanchett and even Ariana Grande! If that does not hype up the movie for you, we don’t know what will. However, while the movie itself was great, the tonal shifts between poignant dialogues and funny scenes can be a bit jarring. Check out our summary of the film below:
Don’t Look Up summary
The scene begins at Michigan State University as an Astronomy grad named Kate Dibiasky looks through a telescope one day and discovers a comet charging straight to earth. Kate quickly went to her professor to report her discovery and by the calculations of Prof. Randall Mindy (Leonardo DiCaprio), the comet will hit earth in approximately 6 months.
The pair immediately notified the Planetary Defense Coordination Office about the planet-killing crisis that is coming their way and flew straight to Washington to meet with the corrupt President Orleans. However, nobody in the oval gave much mind about the matter much less Orlean’s son, Jason. According to Jason, Kate and Randall shouldn’t be trusted since they didn’t come from Ivy League schools.
After seeing that coming to politicians won’t do them any good, the pair went to the media, but this didn’t go well either. Instead of being taken seriously, Randall became popular for his nerdy attractiveness while Kate became a meme for her outburst when she yelled ‘we’re all going to die!’. Truly, it is a classic depiction of how the modern world reacts to serious issues, divert attention from the thing that matters and make memes.
The movie is full of beautiful shots that show the absurdity of it all and how careless all of us have been. One of the most memorable scenes is when Randall saw the comet already approaching earth and the scenes cut to the wildlife and the forests and away from the humans who only know how to think about themselves. It showed us what’s really at stake with our negligence.
Actor Jussie Smollett was accused of staging a racist, anti-gay attack on himself and lying to the police
The actor Jussie Smollett known for his role in The Mighty Ducks is under hot water for supposedly staging a racist and anti-gay attack on himself while also lying to the Chicago police about it. His defence attorney called the case a ‘house of cards’ that was made only by the testimonies of two liars. Meanwhile, the Chicago prosecutor told jurors on December 8 that there is overwhelming evidence against Jussie Smollett staging his own hate crime.
According to the special prosecutor, Dan Webb, Smollett’s staged act caused the Chicago police to spend enormous efforts and resources to investigate this alleged crime against his race and sexual preferences when it could have been used for someone who needed the police department’s help.
Around January 2019, Smollett, a black and gay actor told the police department that someone from around the town put a noose on his neck and yelled racist and homophobic slurs against him. Webb offered his opinion on the case and said that aside from being outright wrong in the eyes of the law, the act that Smollett did denigrates a serious offence like a hate crime. It is unforgivable since a lot of people suffer actual crimes like this and pretending it happened to him even without justifiable evidence makes people who suffer, fear telling the police about their problems.
Two brothers testified that Smollett paid them to orchestrate the attack to capture the attention of the media. According to the two brothers, Smollett told them to put a noose around his neck and yell homophobic slurs at him while roughing him up in front of the camera to make the video go viral.
Pastor lost job after joining drag queens in TV
Rev. Craig Duke has always been a pastor who preaches that the LGBTQ community is loved by God and that there is no reason for people to exclude them and make them feel like they are sinning loving. However, the pastor’s support for the gay community cost him his job and his pastoral duties have now been terminated after he appeared with popular drag queens in HBO’s reality series We’re Here.
The pastor appeared in drag to demonstrate solidarity to the rest of the world. According to Duke, he thought that the congregation backed him up with his inclusive views. However, he was surprised when a prominent member of the Newburgh United Methodist Church along with other churchgoers attacked him with hateful emails.
In one of the emails, the congregation member said that Duke has thrown the NUMC under the bus just so he can elevate a minority of individuals. The emails even said that Satan must be pleased with Duke promoting gay rights. According to the pastor, these attacks seem personal and is rather disappointing since he thought his congregation has moved past that judgement on gay people.
Duke said that when he had been invited to the show, he saw it as an opportunity to share the love of God with the gay community all over the world and show them that they are accepted in the kingdom of God. In Duke’s words, it is his hope and goal to bring the message of the Lord to a greatly marginalized community and show them that they too deserve the unconditional love of God.
Josh Duggar’s child pornography trial comes to a rest
Both sides of the court rested on Tuesday in the Arkansas federal trial for former reality TV star Josh Duggar’s alleged case of child pornography. The prosecutor of the case sharply questioned a computer expert during the state’s cross-examination on December 8.
After a thorough questioning from Duggar’s defence attorneys, Michele Bush, a forensic computer analyst said that the child pornography found on Duggar’s computer could have been accessed remotely. The defence has argued that the pornographic videos could have been downloaded by someone else since there is no child pornography found on Duggar’s laptop and mobile device. Bush pushes Duggar into a corner saying that she had years of experience in testifying in court as an expert witness. However, through careful questioning, it was revealed that this isn’t true at all. However, Duggar is still in the hot seat after his friends and family testified against him in court.