Jon Favreau weighs in on Marvel debate: Directors can ‘express their opinions’

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“Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2” director Jon Favreau has opened up about the recent debate surrounding the quality of Marvel films.

Favreau, 53, who also played the character of Happy Hogan in six different Marvel films, explained that directors like Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola have earned the right to criticize the movies.

“These two guys are my heroes, and they have earned the right to express their opinions,” Favreau told CNBC. “I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing if they didn’t carve the way. They served as a source of inspiration, you can go all the way back to ‘Swingers”… They can express whatever opinion they like.”

Earlier this month, Scorsese, 76, compared Marvel movies to theme parks, and said they’re “not cinema.”

Coppola, 80, agreed with him, calling the movies “despicable.”

“When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right, because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration,” Coppola said at a recent award ceremony. “I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same move over and over again. Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”

Veteran director Ken Loach jumped on board as well while speaking with Sky News.

“They’re made as commodities like hamburgers, and it’s not about communicating, and it’s not about sharing our imagination,” said Loach, 83. “It’s about making a commodity which will make a profit for a big corporation – they’re a cynical exercise. They’re a market exercise, and it has nothing to do with the art of cinema.”

James Gunn, director of “Guardians of the Galaxy” and its sequel, fired back on Twitter, saying that he remembers being upset when people slammed Scorsese’s “The Last Temptation of Christ,” and is “saddened by how (Scorsese’s) now judging my films in the same way.”

“…not everyone will be able to appreciate them, even some geniuses. And that’s okay,” added Gunn.

Gunn and Favreau aren’t the only members of the Marvel family to weigh in. Robert Downey Jr.Samuel L. JacksonNatalie Portman and Sebastian Stan have all expressed their opinions.

Downey, 54, who famously played Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, also spoke about Scorsese’s comments in an interview with Howard Stern, expressing thoughts similar to Favreau’s.

“I appreciate his opinion because I think it’s like anything — we need all of the different perspectives, so we can come to center and move on,” Downey Jr. said, prompting Stern to ask if he was insulted by the dig.

When asked whether Scorsese’s comments insulted him, Downey responded: “It would be like saying Howard Stern isn’t radio… It makes no sense to say it.”

Jackson, 70, another staple of the franchise also fired back.

“I mean, that’s like saying Bugs Bunny ain’t funny. Films are films. Everybody doesn’t like his stuff, either,” Jackson told Variety. “Everybody’s got an opinion, so I mean it’s okay. Ain’t going to stop nobody from making movies.”

Portman, 38, who was once a very vocal critic of the franchise, is set to return for “Thor: Love and Thunder,” and said to The Hollywood Reporter: “I think there’s room for all types of cinema. There’s not one way to make art.”

In a press junket, Stan, 37, refuted Coppola’s claims.

“People have been going up to me like, ‘Thank you so much for this character,’ ‘This movie helped me out so much,’ ‘This movie inspired me. Now I feel better. Now I feel less alone,’ so how can you say these movies are not helping people?”

 

Inside Carrie Underwood's Net Worth
Carrie Underwood  does it all. Besides being a Grammy-award-winning singer, she’s a mom of two , a fitness buff , and a TV host. Her many talents are sure to take center stage when she hosts this years Country Music Awards (which she’s done since 2008), alongside Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton, on Wednesday, November 13. (Oh, and she’s also set to host Live! With Kelly & Ryan on Friday, November 8.)

Throughout her career, she’s worn many hats (not just ones fit for a cowgirl), which has helped her rake in a cool amount of cash.

She has a fitness clothing line.

It’s called CALIA by Carrie Underwood, and she has everything from leggings to jackets to swimwear. She’s had it for four years, and it’s available at DICK’s Sporting Goods. According to Fortune , it’s the third most popular brand at the chain. So while exact profitsor Carrie’s cutaren’t unavailable, it’s pretty safe to say her biz is doing just fine.

Her albums are super successful.

Carrie has been in the music game for a loooong time, and all of her albums have been major successes. The country star has put out six studio albums. And, according to Yahoo! , out of her six studio albums, five have gone at least platinum, and most have gone well beyond that.

Carrie’s tours make bank.

She’s a performer at heart (after all, Carrie got her start on American Idol), and her concerts are a huge moneymaker for her. According to Billboard , Carrie’s latest Cry Pretty tour raked in $50 million. Wowza.

Oh, and she’s a spokesperson.

Even if you’re not a country-music fan, you probably recognize Carrie’s voice from her Sunday Night Football commercials. She is also a spokesperson for the anti-bullying campaign Choose Kindness and was a global brand ambassador for beauty brand Almay . All those promotional deals mean dolla-dolla bills in her already well-stocked bank account.

She’s an “All-American Girl” living (and loving) the American Dream.

Here is why Beyoncé featured Nigerian artists on her new ‘Lion King’ album

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Beyoncé has revealed the track list for her Lion King-inspired album
  • The tracklist for Beyoncé’s Lion King-inspired album is out.
  • The 14-track project titled, The Lion King: The Gift, features six Nigerian artists including Wizkid, Tiwa Savage and Burna Boy.
  • She explains why she chose to collaborate with African artists in a new interview.

Disney‘s live-action remake of the classic ‘The Lion King’ is almost here and along with it comes a Beyoncé album.

  • “Don’t Jealous Me” (Tekno, Yemi Alade & Mr Eazi)
  • “My Power” (Busiswa, Yemi Alade, Moonchild Sanelly, and Tierra Whack with Beyoncé)
  • “Keys To The Kingdom” (Tiwa Savage and Mr Eazi)
  • “Ja Ara E” ( Burna Boy)

South African acts, Busiswa and Moonchild Sanelly as well as Ghanaian act, Shatta Wale are also featured on the project.

[caption id="attachment_5052" align="alignnone" width="256"] Beyonce features Shatta Wale[/caption]

Why Beyoncé worked with African artists on this new album

The musical royalty has revealed her reasons for working with African artists in a new interview with ABC.

She explains that this project is a love letter to Africa which is why it was important for her to create authentic African music by collaborating with these acts.

In Beyoncé’s words, “The soundtrack is a love letter to Africa. I wanted to make sure we found the best talent from Africa. Not just use some of the sounds and do my interpretation of it. I wanted it to be authentic about what is beautiful about the music in Africa.

“[It features] a beautiful, multi-genre symphony, steeped in African influences from various corners of the Continent, with unexpected collaborations, pulsating rhythms and crisp production that celebrate the African diaspora. This love letter to Africa highlights the setting of the film, rooted in African culture and wondrous narratives,” Disney added in an interview with Shadow & Act.

The singer has released ‘Spirit,’ ahead of the album release on July 19, 2019. This first single opens with lines sung in Swahili: “Uishi kwa mda mrefu mfalme,” which means “Long live the king.” Listen to it below.

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