Sandra Bullock, George Clooney reunite for ‘Our Brand is Crisis’ at Toronto …

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George Clooney Slams Donald Trump as “Idiotic” for Comment About Mexican Immigrants.

The Oscar-winning actor and director is calling on Hollywood to cast more women in parts originally conceived for men in order to increase the diversity of female roles in the film industry, according to Entertainment Weekly. “There’s a lot more [roles] out there if people just started thinking,” he said.Whatever act of her career Sandra Bullock is in—second? third?—she’s doing it right, as evidenced by her new film Our Brand Is Crisis, which premiered here at the Toronto International Film Festival last night.

George Clooney has said that Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump’s description of Mexican immigrants as “rapists” and “criminals” was “idiotic”.Sandra Bullock , who will be next seen in David Gordon Green’s directorial ‘Our Brand Is Crisis’, recently said that she chooses her movie roles while keeping her son Louis Bardo in her mind. Clooney made the suggestion at the premiere of Sandra Bullock’s upcoming drama “Our Brand In Crisis,” which he is producing, at the annual Toronto Film Festival.

Playing Jane Bodine, a notorious, down-on-her-luck campaign strategist who travels to Bolivia for one last job, Bullock operates in a marvelous middle-ground between the old slapstick, wry comedy stuff she’s so famous for and the serious fare befitting someone with an Oscar. You know, it ends up working out very well for the film, but that wasn’t, you know, we weren’t that good.” “The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems,” he said at the time. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. Producers reportedly first considered Clooney himself for the lead role before changing the gender of the character to female. “About two-and-a-half years ago I put out feelers saying, ‘I’m not reading anything I’m excited about,’” Bullock told Entertainment Weekly. “‘Are there any male roles out there that [the filmmakers] don’t mind switching to female?’ ” Ironically, Alfonso Cuarón — the director of one of Bullock and Clooney’s most critically and commercially successful films, “Gravity” — has alleged that he had to fight to keep the main character female. “When I finished the script, there were voices that were saying, ‘well, we should change it to a male lead,’” Cuarón said at a 2013 Comic Con press conference, according to The Verge. “Obviously they were not powerful enough voices, because we got away with it. Presidential and Canadian parliamentary election campaigns — was lucky. “We were not looking into it as being a political statement,” Clooney said. “(It’s) about the human condition and how we are packaging and selling everything in a very specific way.” The film, which premiered at TIFF Friday night, stars Bullock opposite Thornton as political strategists that bring U.S.-style campaigns to Bolivia. The upcoming film, which also stars Billy Bob Thornton, Zoe Kazan and Anthony Mackie, will show the ‘Gravity’ actress portraying the role of a political mastermind.

But the sad thing is that there is still that tendency.” Hollywood has stepped up efforts in recent years to cast women in roles traditionally held by men or, in some cases, that were originally played by males. Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon are headlining a widely publicized reboot of the previously all-male “Ghostbusters,” and MMA star Ronda Rousey has signed on the fill the shoes of the late Patrick Swayze in a remake of his B-movie classic “Road House.” Similarly, Charlize Theron is widely perceived to have stolen the spotlight in one of the summer’s biggest blockbusters, “Mad Max: Fury Road,” from her ostensibly male lead co-star Tom Hardy. Directed by David Gordon Green, the film is a political comedy starring Sandra Bullock as an American election strategist who is invited to Bolivia to help a senator win a presidential election. A 2014 study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University found that only 15% of that year’s top 100 films had women in lead roles, which was barely an improvement on three years prior.

It is based on the 2015 documentary of the same name by Rachel Boynton, which focused on the campaign marketing that helped Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada win the Bolivian presidency in 2002. Her character, a quick-witted depressive with an alcohol addiction, was originally male, before she requested that Clooney and his co-producer, Grant Heslov, switch the part’s gender. We still have some climbing to do.” “We’ve all known each other since long before we had jobs in this business,” she said. “The nice thing is we still like each other, we still admire each other … it’s nice and the challenges, there aren’t any, because we disagree well. Bullock and her co-star, Zoe Kazan, said it was significant that the character had no overt desire for children, nor an on-screen romantic relationship, though Kazan suggested this might have been because she was originally written as a man. “That’s not a great sign,” she said. “Women aren’t just child-bearers,” said Bullock. “We have excitement about life and dreams and work. This is funny Bullock, but it’s also pensive, wounded Bullock—a curious cocktail that I’d like to see more of from America’s favorite movie star.

So that’s a nice thing after all these years to be able to still say.” “It’s just like being tethered to her,” Clooney joked, referring to Gravity, about working with Bullock, whom he affectionately called Sandy throughout the news conference. “We had fun. Who doesn’t like Sandra Bullock, who can be marooned in space or goofily investigate low-life Boston crimes with Melissa McCarthy with equal aplomb?

Bullock is, it turns out, a terrific actress—she may play fewer notes than Meryl Streep or Nicole Kidman, but she finds so much variation, sharps and flats and whatever other terms we can use to belabor this metaphor, in her range. Jane is a jumble of idiosyncrasies, both hard-to-like and irresistible, respected and feared for all her political acumen, but also derided, shunned for her mental messiness. In a review that praised Bullock’s “top form” performance, Lee said: “Her comic timing, wasted in lesser, plane-ready comedies, is on top form and she imbues her neurotic character with more than the thinly sketched quirks provided on the page”.

This is the vein that Bullock should keep pursuing: chances to be Sandra Bullock while also working her way into a character, into a film, that isn’t operating on one prescribed level.

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