Michael Caine and Charlotte Rampling come down on the wrong side of history in the #OscarsSoWhite debate, while Mark Ruffalo, Brie Larson, Reece Witherspoon, and Viola Davis have added their voices in support of greater diversity in Hollywood in the wake of the protest.
Meanwhile, during an impassioned speech at a gala event for Academy president, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, David Oyelowo took the Hollywood establishment to task for failing to be an accurate reflection of the industry or the world around it, noting that the films and televisions shows that are currently dominating the pop culture landscape are all led by actors of color. Oyelowo urged his fellow performers of color to resist the temptation to become bitter while continuing to make their voices heard and fight for change.
Ta-Nehisi Coates argues that Bernie Sanders’ radicalism is limited by race, citing his lack of support for reparations. Killer Mike offers a rebuttal of sorts, pointing out that Sanders is one of the few politicians to actually be called out on the subject of reparations.
Filmmaker McG is in talks to direct a new live-action version of Masters of the Universe. He’s got an incredibly high bar to jump, is all I have to say. (No, seriously. The 1987 Dolph Lundgren version is one of my favorite movies of all time. McG is gonna need to go camp or go home.)
Nico Lang on why subtextual LGBTQ representation is not good enough.
A biotech firm in Britain has developed genetically modified mosquitoes in an attempt to preemptively fight diseases like dengue fever and Zika virus.
And finally, treat yourself to this delightful rediscovered audio recording of David Bowie clowning around during a studio session and doing impersonations of other musicians (with varying degrees of success).