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Is There a Problem With Apu?
 2018-04-16 10:24:25 ET by Jack Anderson

Started in 1989, The Simpsons is one of the longest running shows in America. Currently in its 29th season, The Simpsons has become an iconic fictional family and has become part of the American culture. Everyone knows and love Bart and Homer Simpson. But recently, the show has been drawn into a controversy about one of its second characters, Apu.

For those who do not know about the character or do not remember him in detail, Apu Nahasapeemapetilon is an Indian immigrant, owner of the store Kwik-E-Mart in Springfield. Known for his catch phrase "Thank you, come again", he is portrayed by the voice of Hank Azaria - known to all Friends fans by playing David, the scientist character in love with Phoebe Buffay.

The character of Apu is clearly a stereotyped caricature of Indian immigrants. But because of the wild popularity of The Simpsons series, some are arguing that the character is actually having a negative impact on the Indian community.

Last year, stand-up comic actor Hari Kondabolu wrote and starred in a documentary titled The Problem with Apu. Directed by Michael Melamedoff, the film centered around the fact that some Indians find the character of Apu offensive. In an era of social media, the press caught up with the controversy until the show actually had to reply, in some form.
The series actually referred to it in its episode No Good Read Goes Unpunished. Aired on April 8, 2018, the episode includes a scene in which Marge (the mother) and Lisa (the daughter) talk about a book that Marge loved as a child. Marge explains that the book contains material that could be found offensive nowadays. Marge starts to erase parts of the book, but says that she will miss the emotional journey. When Marge asks her daughter what to do, Lisa then replies "It's hard to say. Something that started decades ago and was applauded and inoffensive is now politically incorrect. What can you do?" They then look at a picture of Apu.

After the episode aired, Kondabolu commented and said that he did not appreciate that the show would summarize the controversy by only referring to it as being politically incorrect. While some argues that Apu is an offensive character and should be either edited or replaced, some other argue that The Simpsons series is also showing many other stereotypes, such as the Italian mob boss, as one of its well-known examples.

If you want to make up your own mind, we suggest you to watch The Simpsons, as well as the documentary The Problem with Apu.

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More David Simon Works to Come
 2018-04-14 04:02:24 ET by Gruic

David Simon, the talented writer and game changer, author of The Wire and Treme, is a very busy man.

On one side, Simon is developing a new mini-series called A Dry Run. The drama will focus on the Spanish Civil War as well as the involvement of the United States.

In addition, the writer is working with his collaborator George Pelecanos on the second season of The Deuce. Featuring James Franco, The Deuce tells the story of the porn industry in the 1970s.
The first season of The Deuce received critical acclaims and DVDs and Blu Ray Disks were released in February 2018.

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A New OAV and Project for Violet Evergaden
 2018-04-09 08:12:15 ET by Gruic

Violet Evergarden, the successful anime from Netflix, has not reached the end yet. Many fans were kept waiting for more. It seems that their prayers were answered in not only one but two separated projects.

First the OAV (Original Anime Video) will be released in July 2018. Second, we learned that Kyoto Animation is actually already working on a new Violet Evergarden project.

Let's hope that the cliffhanger of episode 4 will, at last, have some continuation.

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Christopher Nolan Advocates to Keep Celluloid Film Infrastructure
 2018-04-08 10:34:05 ET by Jack Anderson

Filmmaker Christopher Nolan traveled to India and participated in a series of events focused on the future of film. While most movies are currently filmed in digital, many argue that digital is still inferior to celluloid film. For those who have never seen the difference, digital is providing a sense of realism that is in clear contrast to celluloid, which is providing a sense of a dream-like world.

When the Hollywood industry focused heavily on digital and 3D, especially since the release of James Cameron's Avatar in 2008, some filmmakers such as Nolan focused on 70mm IMAX format and continued to shoot on actual film.

But as the industry is moving towards digital, it is becoming harder and harder to find the analog infrastructure for film. Therefore, Nolan explained that "it's not about film versus digital. It's about preserving this medium for future generations."

As an immediate outcome of some of those discussions in Mumbai, two participants, acclaimed filmmakers Santosh Sivan and Sudeep Chatterjee, pledged that they would shoot their next films on celluloid.

Nolan is famously known for The Dark Knight trilogy, Inception, Interstellar and more recently Dunkirk.

Join and share your own view on celluloid film preservation.

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22 Avengers: Infinity War Character Posters
 2018-04-07 10:40:13 ET by Jack Anderson

As part of their marketing campaign, Marvel has just released 22 character posters from the movie Avengers: Infinity War.

Here is the list of characters:
- Falcon (Anthony Mackie)
- Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman)
- Captain America (Chris Evans)
- Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch)
- Drax (Dave Bautista)
- Gamora (Zoe Saldana)
- Groot & Rocket (voiced by Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper)
- Hulk (Mark Ruffalo)
- Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)
- Mantis (Pom Klementieff)
- Nebula (Karen Gillan)
- Okoye (Danai Gurira)
- Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen)
- Shuri (Letitia Wright)
- Spiderman (Tom Holland)
- Star Lord (Chris Pratt)
- Thor (Chris Hemsworth)
- Vision (Paul Bettany)
- War Machine (Don Cheadle)
- Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan)
- Wong (Benedict Wong)

We have added all the character posters to the movie page. Click here to see those.

Avengers: Infinity is set to be released on April 27, 2018.

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