Elliot Page has come out as trans today. The actor is the Oscar-nominated star of the 2007 film Juno, and currently plays Vanya Hargreeves in the hit Netflix series The Umbrella Academy. Page also played Kitty Pryde inX-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: The Last Standamong numerous other roles in front of and behind the camera.
Hi friends, I want to share with you that my name is Elliot, my pronouns are he/they and I am trans. I feel lucky to be writing this. To be here. To have arrived at this place in my life.
I feel overwhelming gratitude for the incredible people who have supported me along this journey. I can’t begin to express how remarkable it feels to finally love who I am enough to pursue my authentic self. I’ve been endlessly inspired by so many in the trans community. Thank you for your courage, your generosity and ceaselessly working to make this world a more inclusive and compassionate place. I will offer whatever support I can and continue to strive for a more loving and equal society.
I also ask for patience. My joy is real, but it is also fragile. The truth is, despite feeling profoundly happy right now and how much privilege I carry, I am also scared. I’m scared of the invasiveness, the hate, the “jokes” and of violence. To be clear, I am not trying to dampen a moment that is joyous and one that I celebrate, but I want to address the full picture. The statistics are staggering. The discrimination towards trans people is rife, insidious and cruel, resulting in horrific consequences. In 2020 alone, it has been reported that at least 40 transgender people have been murdered, the majority of which were Black and LatinX trans women. To the political leaders who work to criminalize trans health care and deny our right to exist and to all of those with a massive platform who continue to spew hostility towards the trans community: you have blood on your hands. You unleash a fury of vile and demeaning rage that lands on the shoulders of the trans community, a community in which 40% of trans adults report attempting suicide. Enough is enough. You aren’t being “cancelled,” you are hurting people. I am one of those people and we won’t be silent in the face of your attacks.
I love that I am trans. And I love that I am queer. And the more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I dream, the more my heart grows and the more I thrive. To all trans people who deal with harassment, self loathing, abuse and the threat of violence every day: I see you, I love you and I will do everything I can to change this world for the better.
Thank you for reading this.
All my love, Elliot
Page has been an outspoken advocate for LGBTQ people and Page’s announcement will inspire and help countless other trans and non-binary people. Their example will hopefully bring about a little more tolerance to the world.
Actress Bingbing Fan is one of the world’s highest paid actors and fans are worried about her as she hasn’t been seen in public since July 1 and generally gone silent on social media. The prolific user hasn’t been active on her account since July 23rd when she “liked” a number of posts.
In May, Fan was accused of tax evasion but she has denied any wrongdoing. The accusation includes signing secreat contracts known as “Yin-Yang” contracts. This allowed her to avoid paying taxes. Yin means dark and yang means light, so one contract is public and the other is not. Fan’s team called the accusation defamation and the reporter later apologized.
What is also concerning is censorship by the Chinese government concerning her. In June, Chinese authorities issued guidelines calling on state media to not report on these contracts or tax issues concerning the entertainment industry.
In late July, it was reported by independent Chinese newspaper The Economic Observer that police in Jiangsu province were examining Fan’s financial case, and some of her staff were also under police investiaction. It was reported that Fan, and her brother, were barred from leaving the country. After publication, that report was taken offline.
Posts about Fan’s whereabouts were also censored from social media. Comments expressing support and concern by supporters and fans have been deleted.
The Chinese government routinely censors the internet blocking sites and keywords that “threaten” the “public order.”
Fan was Wu Jiaqi in the Chinese version of Iron Man 3 and played Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past among her 53 credits.
Deadpoolremained on the top of the box office dropping 58.5% from its opening weekend. The film earned $55 million in its second weekend. That brings the film to a domestic total of $235.4 million and the film earned $256.5 million in foreign markets for a worldwide total of $491.9 million.
In second place was Kung Fu Panda 3 which earned $12.5 million in its fourth week.
Risen is a new film and earned $11.8 million to come in third and The Witch earned $8.7 million to come in fourth. How to Be Single rounded out the top five and earned $8.2 million.
In other new films, Race earned $7.3 million to come in sixth; The Mermaid earned $1.02 million for sixteenth; Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer earned $900,000 for eighteenth; Neerja earned $585,315 to come in 23rd; Embrace the Serpent earned $50,165; and City of Women earned $7,008 for 47th.
Back to Deadpool, the film has now returned the most compared to its budget for a R rated film based on a comic book. The film has earned 8.48 times its budget so far beating the previous record of of 300 which returned 7.02 on its budget.
Deadpool is now the top at the domestic box office when it comes to X-Men related films. It passed X-Men: The Last Stand this weekend. That film earned $234.3 million. But, the film isn’t top overall. When adjusted for ticket price, the film still sits in fifth with The Last Stand in first. Also, worldwide, the film sits in second sitting behind X-Men: Days of Future Past which earned $747.9 million in its 2014 run.
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The nomination for this year’s Oscars were announced this morning, and there was a lot of Marvel movies on the list, though none of the nominations were shocking.
The highest profile nomination was Big Hero 6, the animated film based on the Marvel comic, but done by Disney. That movie was nominated for best “Animated Feature Film.” It will go against The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2,Song of the Sea, and The Tales of the Princess Kaguya. Shockingly, The Lego Movie which was one of the highest grossing films of the year and loved was snubbed in the category, it did pick up one nod in “Music – Original Song.” Especially since Song of the Sea is yet to be released.
Guardians of the Galaxy received two nominations. The first of which was for “Makeup and Hairstyling.” For that category the film is up against Foxcatcher and The Grand Budapest Hotel.
“Visual Effects” is where most of the “comic” films got nominated. Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America: Winter Solider, and X-Men: Days of Future Past all got nominations in this category. Also nominated was Interstellar and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
You can catch the full list of nominees here, and congrats to everyone!
Transformers: Age of Extinction ruled the 2014 box office, bringing in $1.087 billion at the box office. It was the top earning film worldwide of the year earning hundreds of millions more than the next film. It was also the most profitable. Taking away its estimated budget, the film made $877.4 million what was 4.18 times its budget, the best of the bunch for both stats.
Domestically, Guardians of the Galaxy was the top earner, bringing in $333 million. Globally that film earned $772.6 million.
But, when it comes to films with the best legs, Snowpiercer blows all the competition out of the water. The film opened to limited release, and earned $171,187 its first weekend domestically. The film went on to earn $4.6 million. That’s an earning of 26.66 times what it opened with. Fellow small film We Are the Best!, which was based on a graphic novel, earned 10.22 times what it opened with.
All together films based on comics, or had a comic tie-in, brought in $7.7 billion. Films based on Marvel properties earned $2.94 billion of that.
I love looking back at a year and formulating lists of my favorite video games and comic books and movies. It’s a lot of fun to look back on focus on the most joy I felt doing what I enjoy most: absorbing media. Art and entertainment is bound to affect all of us in different ways, which I think is fascinating. Whenever I do these lists, I like to make it clear that these are my personal favorites for this year; I’m not attempting to claim these are the best. Wholly subjective reasons form the backbone of this list. How could I, a lone dude, tell you what the best movies or comics or games were the best in a whole year, anyway? That’s a lot to cover!
There’s a certain warmness to talking about media in a more personal way. I hope you enjoy my list of my top ten favorite films of 2014.
10. The Interview
At the bottom of my list of favorites is an alright movie, plagued by writing severely lacking in intelligence, especially needed due to the film’s sensitive subject matter. It still managed to make me laugh with its great comedy, though, and seeing this movie was an undeniably special experience. This film is a part of history! A couple of American film-makers ticked an off evil dictator so much that we almost didn’t get to see the movie. The president commented. Eventually, on Christmas Day, the masses could go out to select theaters or stream the movie. December 26th, my family gathered around our living room television and watched a pretty okay movie, and it was great.
I have an endless appreciation for what these Hunger Games movies are doing for contemporary young adult fiction. These films come with lots of smart themes and ideas, all wrapped up with great aesthetics and solid acting. The most fascinating aspect of Hunger Games is what it says about the media, and the latest film, Mocking Jay Part 1, takes this commentary a step forward. Our heroes realize that they too must make use of propaganda to fight against the propaganda-fueled government they’re up against, but their wholesome approach fights off any ugliness. Also, I’ve always been a big detractor of the dumb trend of turning one book into multiple films, but this one makes it work, delivering a movie with an organic start, middle and end.
8. X-Men: Days of Future Past
I saw all of the X-Men movies is in the original trilogy in theaters when they came out, and I’m not so sure I even enjoyed them when I was at that young age. After X3, I started to hit that point in my life when I was growing up; in fact, the last toy I remember playing with was a jet-pack-equipped Wolverine X3-branded. With the franchise splitting in all different directions, with two Wolverine movies as well as First Class, I felt overwhelmed and didn’t really bother with any of them. After hearing so much good about Days of Future Past, however, I decided to see the movie with friends at midnight, and loved it. It’s a great movie that’s easy enough to enjoy as its own thing, despite loads of connections to the other movies.
This movie didn’t do all that well critically, but I figured it was worth seeing, what with its high concepts and casting of Scarlett Johansson and Morgon Freeman. What I came out with was a pretty fascinating and fun thriller, despite issues. Johansson’s performance was remarkable, playing a cold badass. Bits of silly pretentiousness aside, Lucy succeeds in championing science amid common perception that it’s emotionless. The best scene is when the protagonist, given amazing powers that make her wildly intelligent, uses her brain to realize just how much she loves her mother. She cries.
6. 22 Jump Street
I saw this movie simply as something to do with the person I was with that day, not expecting much out of it. However, what I got was a fantastic movie, easily the best straight-comedy of 2014 for my money. What I especially appreciated about this movie was its loyalty to sticking solely to comedy, refusing to force any drama or action that didn’t ultimately lead to a gag. It was just hit after hit after hit of solid bits in a solid comedy. I went back and watched the first movie after I saw this sequel, and was disappointed in it; it’s fine, but pales in comparison to its successor.
With Pixar taking a break in 2014 before its promising Inside Out film in 2015, it will be interesting to see what wins “Best Animated Feature” at the Oscars. My vote absolutely goes to Boxtrolls, a stunningly gorgeous 3D stop motion film filled to the brim with themes and symbolism that I saw during a visit from my parents during my first semester of college. The story is simple and therefor easy for anyone to enjoy, but anyone willing to look deeper will find commentary on class, greed, xenophobia and probably more that I can’t remember or didn’t pick up on.
4. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The first superhero movie of the year embodies exactly why I think superhero fiction is so special. The Winter Soldier takes a stand against state surveillance in the wake of the NSA spying revelations, forming a thrilling, thoroughly political ride. Despite that, however, there’s also a talking nazi-computer in this movie, serving as the best example of the dumb ridiculousness that can be found. Superhero fiction has a uniquely compelling way of making a point through downright nutty stories, and the folks who made this movie get that.
Out of everything I saw this year, I’d say Boyhood is the best film of the year. Filmed over the course of 12 years, Boyhood eschews standard plot structure in favor of simply showing a little boy grow up to be a young man. It’s an absolutely fascinating movie that takes viewers through over a decade of constantly evolving pop culture and current events, focusing on the development of a single boy along with his family. I even saw it when the end of the movie depicted what was just about to happen in my life: saying goodbye to my parents as I went off to school.
2. Guardians of the Galaxy
My expectations were high for this movie from the start, and they were hit, point for point. Guardians of the Galaxy is a hilarious, cool, and downright awesome movie. I saw it right when it came out with a bunch of buddies and howled embarrassingly loud; a certain bit at the start of the movie particularly affected me and one of my friends, so much so that we laughed about that one isolated joke for the duration of the whole night. I’m so entrenched in comic book fandom that I find myself more attached to this movie than something like Boyhood that I think is actually better. The truth is, Guardians excited me so much that I just can’t wait to collect toys based off of the characters and follow future comic book storylines that will inevitably be influenced by this movie.
My friends and I were so disappointed when, during our Thanksgiving break from school, Big Hero 6 was sold out. Expecting a short and easy-to-enjoy animated film, we instead were left with Interstellar, a hugely long movie with mixed reviews from a director known to dwell on philosophical points at the expense of characters. Whenever I sat down in my seat and the film began, I was dreading the next couple hours. I hate long movies, and I’d heard enough that this one should’ve been a whole lot shorter. Once the movie really got going, I knew I was seeing something I really, really like.
Interstellar is an incredibly powerful movie, helped so much by an amazing, moody soundtrack. There are a lot of really heady ideas and themes in this movie, but it nails delivering them with characters that don’t fail to be authentic and captivating. As cheesy as it may sounds, Interstellar uses a doomsday plot and the grandeur of space to communicate to the viewer the power of love. It works.
One thing I absolutely love is Interstellar, my adoration only aided by my really low expectations.
I also saw Big Hero 6 (good stuff!), The Lego Movie (better stuff! [review]) Dumb and Dumber To (mediocre stuff!), The Amazing Spider-Man2 (very good stuff! [review]), and A Million Ways to Die in the West (pretty good stuff!). I missed out on Neighbors, Annabelle, Gone Girl, Birdman, Nightcrawler, The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies, and probably more notable stuff.
Marvel’s mightiest mutants have been shrunk to only 2 inches tall! Can they escape the comic shop and find their way into the collections of X-Men Fans everywhere? It’s an episode we could only call “New Toy Day!” With two full assortments of Marvel Minimates hitting comic shops and specialty stores this week the first toys based on the movie X-Men: Days of Future Past and the comic book All-New X-Men it’s a great week to swing by your local comic shop and pick up some mini-mutants! Read on for more details, then re-enact your favorite scenes from the movie and the comic in a very, very small area!
Marvel Minimates Series 58 X-Men: Days of Future Past Asst.
A Diamond Select Release! The most epic X-Men movie ever made is getting the Minimates treatment from DST! Four different two-packs depict the past and future worlds of X-Men: Days of Future Past, featuring Mystique with Young Magneto, Bone Claw Wolverine with Charles Xavier, Future Wolverine with Future Storm and Professor X with Future Magneto! Each Minimates mini-figure stands 2 inches tall with 14 points of articulation and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories, including an alternate head for Storm, alternate hair for Magneto and an alternate torso for Wolverine. Designed and Sculpted by Art Asylum! (Item #MAY142223, SRP: $9.99/ea.)
Marvel Minimates Series 59 All-New X-Men Asst.
A Diamond Select Toys Release! The five original X-Men have been brought to the present day, and a new decade calls for new costumes! This assortment based on the Marvel Now! comic title All-New X-Men features four two-packs, including Cyclops with Marvel Girl, Beast with Angel, Iceman with a Sentinel and a rare, short-packed Bobby Drake with Sentinel! Each Minimate mini-figure stands approximately 2 inches tall and features a variety of interchangeable parts and accessories, incluing multile alternate heads and hair pieces, energy blasts and flight stands! Designed by Art Asylum! (Item #MAY142224, SRP: $9.99/ea.)
This would have flown under my radar if I didn’t catch a Comic Vine article about two mysterious websites that hint at people with extraordinary abilities, aka mutants.
The first site, is for Tandem, an organization that’s looking for people with abilities. The second recently launched, and is called M-Underground. Its focus is whether Senator Ted Kennedy was a mutant.
The latter of the two new sites with its Kennedy reference is clearly connected to the film, as it’s discussed in the movie that Magneto was trying to protect President Kennedy because Kennedy was a mutant. That bending of history is now extended to his brother Ted (As a side note, I used to work for Senator Kerry and met Sen. Kennedy many times. He was such a nice guy).
But, if you go into the source code, we get more proof this is more site launched by Fox to promote the upcoming Blu-Ray of the film which comes out in October. The first site has 20th Century Fox in the source code. The second has “X-Men” and “X-Men Days of Future Past” in the meta data.
No conspiracy here, just Fox doing more cool things to promote the X-Men franchise.