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Shonda Rhimes Slams ‘Deadline’ For “Ignorant” Article

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When it comes to speaking her mind, Shonda Rhimes does not hold back.

The creator of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy took to Twitter on Tuesday night to slam an article written by Deadline called, “Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings–About Time or Too Much of Good Thing?”

“1st Reaction:: HELL NO. Lemme take off my earrings, somebody hold my purse,” she wrote. “2nd Reaction: Article is so ignorant I can’t even be bothered.”

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In the article, columnist Nellie Andreeva suggested that not only were this year’s roles were off-limits for Caucasian actors because they were designated for minority actors, but that the “pendulum might have swung a bit too far in the opposite direction.”

“Instead of opening the field for actors of any race to compete for any role in a color-blind manner, there has been a significant number of parts designated as ethnic this year, making them off-limits for Caucasian actors, some agents signal,” she wrote. “Many pilot characters this year were listed as open to all ethnicities, but when reps would call to inquire about an actor submission, they frequently have been told that only non-Caucasian actors would be considered.”

Andreeva also suggested that because “African-Americans still represent only 13% of the U.S. population” the “growth in that fraction of the TV audience might have reached its peak” after the success of shows like Empire, Black-ish, Scandal and HTGAWM. 

The article concluded with this thought: “Since broadcast TV is a historically reactive business, that will determine whether the trend of ethnic casting will come back with a vengeance next season.”

Read the full article here.

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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