Miguel’s Friday Thoughts

Actor James Franco will play Fidel Castro in Miguel Bardem’s ‘Alina of Cuba.’ James Franco is a talented actor. He did a phenomenal job in ‘The Disaster Artist and won a Golden Globe for his role as Tommy Wiseau and should’ve been nominated for an Oscar, but this is a terrible idea. Random casting. Hollywood needed to get a Latino Actor, especially a Cuban one, to play this role. But this is the same old Hollywood being Hollywood. It’s a controversial casting. 

Former NBA player Iman Shumpert was arrested at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport last weekend for allegedly trying to bring six ounces of cannabis through security. It is an idiotic move by Shumpert. He should know better. Shumpert, when healthy, is an elite defender, and as a Knicks fan, this drew him to the crowd. His high level of energy and tenacious defense. It’s a shame to hear this news about him. 

Lady Gaga confirmed her casting in “Joker 2” by posting a musical teaser on social media. The sequel, officially titled “Joker: Folie à Deux,” will star Gaga opposite Joaquin Phoenix, returning to the role of Joker after winning the Oscar for best actor thanks to his performance in the 2019 first installment. Lady Gaga is not only a good singer, but she’s a fine actress as well. Therefore, I’m pulling for her to nail this role. Not many people want to see her succeed in movies, but she will come with a chip on her shoulder. Look at her role in ‘A Star is Born.’ 

After 16 years, three-time Oscar nominee Todd Field will make his return to direct the Hulu limited series “Devil in the White City,” which will star Keanu Reeves and will be produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese. With those big names attached to the project, there are very high expectations for this series. 

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