Tag: Lord of the Rings

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Ian McKellen: #OscarsSoHetero

Veteran actor Sir Ian McKellen has weighed in on the ongoing Academy Awards diversity controversy, saying in a recent interview that criticism of the Academy is “legitimate” and that, in addition to African-American actors, other minority actors have also been marginalized or ignored by the film industry, including gays.

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Peter Jackson: Turkish Doctor Compared Erdogan to Smeagol, Not Gollum

Lord of the Rings director has issued a statement in defense of Bilgin Ciftci, a Turkish doctor who lost his job and is facing prison time for having shared a meme on social media that compared President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Gollum, the bony, greedy hermit of the books and film series.

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Sean Parker Tries Philanthropy to Clean Up His Rep

The irrepressible Sean Parker took to the Wall Street Journal editorial pages to announce that after building a $2.8 billion fortune, mostly from stealing music and selling peoples’ deepest secrets to marketers, he wants to reinvent his public reputation from that of a greedy loud-mouthed hacker to an old money philanthropist.