Top 5 Pop Culture events in 2017
Pop Culture went through a tremendous transformation in 2017 – a lot of ups and downs, both on-screen and off-screen. Sometimes real-life became even more shocking than reel-life for Hollywood. Read on to know what we think were the Top 5 Pop Culture moments in 2017, ones that literally shook us!
The Justice League debacle
DC’s Justice League had been facing many turmoils before its release. Several rewrites after the performance of Batman vs Superman, Zack Snyder leaving the project 3/4th during the shooting due to personal reasons and Joss Whedon taking over to see the completion of the shooting.
Post-release, it seems the reception by fans and critics, the performance at the box-office has forced DC to clean-over the entire slate of movies in the DC Universe they had earlier promised, canceling many solo Superhero films. As of now, Flashpoint is the only movie confirmed to happen. Then came the firing of Ben Affleck from the role of Batman. Batman solo movie also stands canceled for now.
Disney buying Fox
Disney has reportedly bought out Twentieth Century Fox Studies for a whopping $52.4 billion in stock. This has changed the entire media market in itself folding the market from Big six to Big five. Disney which already owned Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm among others would now own assets like ‘X-Men’, ‘Simpsons’, ‘Family Guy’ and so much more.
Although this deal doesn’t include Fox broadcast network, its still getting cable networks like FX and National Geography. Disney has also hinted that it plans to launch its own streaming network service to compete with the likes of Netflix, and with this purchase of Fox, Disney now owns 30% of Hulu which was Fox’s.
A lot remains to be seen in the coming years about where this buyout takes the fans in terms of creative content and pop culture.
Kevin Spacey becoming an Outcast
It all happened in seven days – On Sunday, Oct 29th in a BuzzFeed interview, actor Anthony Rapp told a story – about how 31 years ago, in 1986 when he was 14, actor Kevin Spacey who was quite drunk had laid him on his bed and climbed on top of him. Kevin Spacey in his statement said that he doesn’t remember doing anything like this and it has been a long time, but still sought an apology from Anthony Rapp. He also accepted that he is gay and has been a bisexual in his life.
Over the week, more and more people came out claiming that they too have had similar incidents with Kevin Spacey. His coworkers and staff from ‘House Of Cards’ came out saying that working with him is downright toxic and many claimed of incidents of sexual harassment.
A Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos also came out saying that in 2008, Spacey tried to fondle him against his will. A media firestorm had started already. By Friday, he had reportedly been fired from ‘House of Cards’, Netflix has shelved the movie ‘Gore’ in post-production stage, which starred Spacey and has declared to cut all ties with him.
Han Solo Movie – bad omens?
It started on June’17 with the firing of Phil Lord and Chris Miller from the Director’s chair of Han Solo movie citing ‘creative differences’ as the cause. They were subsequently replaced by Ron Howard.
This comes from Paul Bettany who plays a certain Gunslinger in the movie, that after Ron Howard came in he was supposed to do some re-shoots. But the execs and the cast were so happy with his work that they let him keep going and it seems like more than 80% of the movie has been re-shot.
Now there are some rumors coming in that Disney has already realized that the movie is going to bomb – some rumors say that the lead actor, Alden Ehrenreich, can’t act, and they had a dialogue coach on hand for all of his scenes. The re-shooting has messed up the entire script and it is extremely difficult to make sense of.
Again should we pay much heed to such rumors? As something, similar ones were surrounding Rouge One but we all know what a winner it turned out to be!
Harvey Weinstein scandal
Nothing this huge in proportion has come out in recent years. It starts on 5th October with The New York Times publishing a detailed story about decades of sexual allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Actresses Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd were among the women who came forward. With this started a frenzy of actresses all across the US, UK, and Europe, spread across many decades, who had faced such sexual advances, and many forcefully raped and forced to seek sexual favors.
The list till now includes – British actress Romola Garai, Actress Asia Argento, a former aspiring actress Lucia Stoller, Mira Sorvino, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Cara Delevingne, Rose McGowan, British actress Lysette Anthony, Actress Lena Headey, Actress Lupita Nyong’o, Zelda Perkins who was a British former assistant of Weinstein, Mimi Haleyi who was a former production worker, Actress Dominique Huett, Norwegian actress Natassia Malthe, The Sopranos actress Annabella Sciorra, Actress Daryl Hannah, Boardwalk Empire actress Paz de la Huerta, Actress Kadian Noble, Actress Salma Hayak and many more.
BAFTA and The board of the Producers Guild of America suspended his membership first and then banned him for life. The British Film Institute withdrew the BFI Fellowship they awarded Weinstein in 2002.