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Rosario Dawson Responds to Lawsuit Alleging Transphobic Attack Amid Mandalorian Casting Backlash

Rosario Dawson says she “understands” why fans of The Mandalorian are divided over her role in the Disney+ series.



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In October 2019, Dedrek Finley accused the Men in Black actress and three of her family members of discriminating against him because he’s transgender, according to court documents obtained by E! News. Additionally, he accused them of battery, assault, emotional distress and several other allegations.

This lawsuit became a subject of controversy when The Mandalorian producers confirmed she’d portray Ahsoka Tano, a fan favorite character who originally appeared in the popular cartoon Star Wars: The Clone Wars. She made her first appearance in the Disney+ series last week.

Now, she tells Vanity Fair that if she were a fan, she too would “be concerned” after learning of her involvement in the lawsuit. However, the star says that “the truth is

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Guadalajara Buzz Project ‘Huesera’ Confirms Casting & Co-Producer

Heading into this year’s Guadalajara’s Co-Production Meetings, the team behind Michelle Garza’s maternal horror flick “Huesera” has shared with Variety news of a new minority co-producer, choreographer and key casting details.

“Huesera” is produced by Paulina Villaviencio from Mexico’s Disruptiva Films and Edher Campos of Machete Producciones. Villaviencio’s recently produced Simon Hernández‘s 2019 Sitges Documenta Award-winner “La venganza de Jairo,” documenting the final shoot of Colombian genre master Jairo Pinilla.

A recent Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences addition, Campos’ impressive resume includes Cannes awarded fare such as Michael Rowe’ Cannes Camera d’Or-winner “Leap Year” and Diego Quemada-Díez’s “La Jaula de Oro,” which scooped A Certain Talent award for its leads in 2013. Most recently, he produced Heidi Ewing’s Sundance Audience Award and Next Innovator Award-winner “I Carry You with Me.”

Lorena Ugarteche from Peru’s Señor Z will co-produce on the horror project – conveniently timed as Peru is

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Sia lashes out at autistic actor amid movie casting controversy



Related video: Sia reveals she adopted two teenage boys.


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Related video: Sia reveals she adopted two teenage boys.

Sia has furiously bitten back at critics upset with her casting of Dance Moms star Maddie Zeigler as an autistic character in her new movie, suggesting an autistic actor who tweeted that they were available for a role was “just a bad actor”. 

The ‘Chandelier’ singer has been embroiled in a social media firestorm since she dropped the trailer for her movie Music, which tells the story of a non-verbal teenager with autism who communicates through a tablet. 

The autism community has been outraged by the casting choice for the lead role, considering Zeigler is not herself on the autism spectrum. Sia has maintained that she researched and worked closely with consultants who were on the spectrum while making the movie, and that it was “more compassionate” to use Zeigler in the

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Sia defends casting a nondisabled actor to portray an autistic character in her upcoming film ‘Music’

Pop singer Sia is responding to the backlash to her upcoming film that has been criticized for casting a nondisabled actor to portray a character who has autism. And she’s furious.



a person wearing a blue shirt: Singer Sia has been criticized for casting a nondisabled actor to portray a character who has autism in a new film that she wrote and directed.


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Singer Sia has been criticized for casting a nondisabled actor to portray a character who has autism in a new film that she wrote and directed.

The Australian artist known for her hits like “Chandelier” and “Elastic Heart” announced the release of the trailer for the film titled “Music” in a post to Twitter on Thursday. She wrote and directed the film.

“The news you’ve been waiting for!” she wrote, along with a sneak peek of the movie set to arrive in early 2021.

The film’s cast includes Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr. and 18-year-old “Dance Moms” star Maddie Ziegler, who has often worked with the singer in several music videos.

Ziegler,

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‘Black Panther 2’ Has A Film Date And New Details On Casting

Black Panther is still a movie franchise without its lead star, as the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman late this summer has left the Marvel Cinematic Universe stunned. But it seems that Marvel is getting closer to finding a path forward, and at the very least they will have to find one by next summer.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, filming for the Black Panther sequel will start next July, and the direction of the script in a Boseman-less MCU is starting to come into focus.

Multiple sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Marvel is now readying Black Panther 2 for a shoot that will start in Atlanta in July and last for upwards of six months.

Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta, who was one of the stars of Netflix’s Narcos: Mexico, is in talks to play one of the antagonists, sources tell THR. Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and

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Sia Responds After Casting Maddie Ziegler as Autistic Teen

Sia fired back at social media users who accused her of ableism after she cast Maddie Ziegler as a character with autism in her upcoming film, Music.

After the trailer for the movie dropped on Thursday, November 19, Twitter users called out the singer, 44, for not hiring a person with autism for the role. “This is totally unacceptable and there are no excuses, you should know better than to allow able bodied & neurotypical to represent the disabled community,” one person tweeted on Friday, November 20. “It’s incredibly offensive as is the infantalisation of the character. Sickened. And not even captioned. Don’t release this.”

Sia made several attempts to explain why she offered Zieger, 18, the part, which is based on the songstress’ friend. “I actually tried working with a a [sic] beautiful young girl non verbal on the spectrum and she found it unpleasant and stressful,” she

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Backlash over casting Maddie Ziegler in ‘Music’

Singer Sia is facing backlash from many social media users after releasing a trailer for her new film “Music,” which she co-wrote and directed.

The movie, which will be released in February 2021, is described as a “cinematic experience from Sia” and follows the story of Music, a young teen with autism.

A scene from the upcoming film “Music.”Sia / YouTube

The singer cast 18-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler in the role of the film’s namesake and many people are arguing that the 44-year-old should have given the job to a teen who is actually on the autism spectrum.

After watching the trailer for the film, many critics took to Twitter to express their disappointment with Sia’s casting choice, arguing that it was an “ableist” decision.

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John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask Respond to HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH Casting Controversy, Saying Anyone Should Be Allowed to Play the Role

As BroadwayWorld previously reported, the Sydney season of Hedwig and the Angry Inch has been postponed following controversy surrounding the casting of Hugh Sheridan in the lead role.

This came after transgender activists opposed Sheridan’s casting, stating that a transgender person should have been cast instead.

Now, the show’s creators, John Cameron Mitchell and writer Stephen Trask, have responded to the controversy, stating that Hedwig is not a trans character, and the role does not need to be played by a trans person, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

“The character does go on a gender journey, but it is sparked by a coerced, non-consensual surgery,” Mitchell and Trask said in their joint statement. “A young fem gay boy is bullied into a gender assignment by his boyfriend and his government in order to preserve the sacred binarchy.”

The pair went on to say that, while they are pleased that transgender

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Further Casting and New Dates Announced For Socially Distanced Season At Curve

Curve has implemented a number of new measures throughout its building, including additional cleaning, temperature checks and a one-way system.

Leicester’s Curve theatre has revealed new dates and further casting for its upcoming season of socially distanced performances.

Following the latest lockdown measures in England, Curve has rescheduled The Color Purple in concert to Monday 1 to Saturday 13 Mar 2021. Sunset Boulevard in concert will now open slightly later than originally planned and run Friday 18 Dec – Saturday 9 Jan. Dates for Memoirs of an Asian Football Casual remain unchanged (Monday 25 Jan to Saturday 6 Feb). All three productions will be fully costumed and performed in the round in the theatre’s newly transformed 533-seat socially distanced auditorium, with concert performances of Sunset Boulevard and The Color Purple making use of a triple revolve donated by Sir Cameron Mackintosh.

Joining the previously announced Ria Jones as Norma Desmond

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ATG Announce Free NHS Tickets and Casting for Pantomimes Across UK

All tickets to the first performance of ATG’s pantomimes will be gifted to NHS workers and their families.

ATG Announce Free NHS Tickets and Casting for Pantomimes Across UK

Ambassador Theatre Group has announced that all tickets for the first performance of their pantomimes, produced by Qdos Entertainment in Manchester, Bristol, Milton Keynes, Stoke-on-Trent and Birmingham will be gifted to NHS workers and their families.

Mark Cornell, CEO at Ambassador Theatre Group said today “The Ambassador Theatre Group is delighted to be showing pantomimes in five of our venues in Bristol, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Stoke and Birmingham this Christmas, thanks to the support of The National Lottery. ATG and its staff are also inviting our magnificent NHS and their families to the first performance at each venue free of charge. We hope that this small gesture shows how incredibly grateful we all are for what the NHS has done for this country”.

NHS workers just need to head to healthservicediscounts.com and

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