Issa Rae Challenges Hollywood's Diversity
Actor/director Issa Rae is holding the entertainment industry's feet to the fire for its diversity practices — or lack thereof. During a conference at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Rae discussed a professional mandate she implemented on each set she works on that calls for at least 60 percent of workers to be of diverse backgrounds. Now, the Insecure star is calling for Hollywood marketing and advertising agencies to follow suit. "For me it's about making changes on my end," Rae said during the discussion. "I can say no to a job if the crew is all white, which happens all the time. How is this still happening, and how do you want me to be your spokesperson for diversity when the people behind are not diverse?"
Ryan Reynolds' Creative Ladder to Boost Underserved, Emerging Talent
Also at Cannes Lions, actor Ryan Reynolds revealed the launch of Creative Ladder, a non-profit organization geared toward opening up professional opportunities to underserved communities. The agency looks to help emerging talent break into advertising, design, and commercial production careers. "I love making ads and want to help make sure talent of all backgrounds have the access and information they need to succeed. Ads are just another form of storytelling and a more representative workforce will only make this industry stronger and enable it to tell better stories," Reynolds said in a statement. The official Creative Ladder kickoff is set for this coming Fall.
Ryan Reynolds speaks on stage during "Embrace Next Generation Storytelling" on June 22, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Arnold Jerocki/Getty Images)
'Top Gun: Maverick' Takes the Bank
After just 25 days in theaters, Top Gun: Maverick has become Tom Cruise's highest-grossing film of all time. In less than a month's time, the sequel film raked in $901.9 million globally and that number is ticking up. It's only the third time since the onset of the pandemic that a film has hit that number. According to Paramount, at least 16 percent of the viewing audience has seen the film more than once and another 4 percent have watched the film three times or more. It's safe to say that the second iteration of Top Gun lived up to the hype..
'Dune: Part II' Casting
Léa Seydoux is the latest addition to the Dune: Part II cast. The sequel to the 2021 hit, which pulled in more than $400 million at global box offices, is slated to begin production later this year. Other notable actors she'll be joining in the cast include Zendaya, Timothée Chalamet, and Christopher Walken.
Naomi Osaka, LeBron James Launch 'Hana Kuma'
Sports greats LeBron James and Naomi Osaka are pairing up to make some off-the-court magic — from behind the cameras. James is set to help Osaka launch her own production company called Hana Kuma. A seasoned vet in the area, James already has his own successful production company in Springhill Company. Osaka's venture will look to produce both scripted and nonfiction content and will debut with a documentary on Patsy Mink, the first woman of color elected to Congress. "There has been an explosion of creators of color finally being equipped with resources and a huge platform," she said in a statement. "In the streaming age, content has a more global perspective. You can see this in the popularity of television from Asia, Europe, and Latin America that the unique can also be universal. My story is a testament to that."
Naomi Osaka of Japan returns the ball against Sara Sorribes Tormo, of Spain, during their match at the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, May 1, 2022. LeBron James and Naomi Osaka are becoming teammates in the entertainment world. Tennis star Osaka and her agent and business partner, Stuart Duguid, are forming a media company called Hana Kuma in partnership with The SpringHill Company, which was created by NBA star James and Maverick Carter, Tuesday, June 21, 2022.(AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)
'Father of the Bride' Takes Top Spot on HBO Max
Records are meant to be broken, right? Actors Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan now hold the record for largest audience draw for a streaming-only film on HBO Max. Father of the Bride, which premiered just ahead of Father's Day, was the top title globally on the platform after its first four days.The success of the Latino-led film comes as HBO Max looks to strengthen its reach in Latin America.
Obamas Head to Audible
Did you hear? The Obama's are headed to Amazon's Audible. The couple, through their production company Higher Ground, announced a multi-year, first-look podcast deal. So far, no financial information on the deal has been revealed. The announcement comes as the two prepare to end their partnership with Spotify later this year.