WHO Ian McKellen
THE DEAL The openly gay British actor has added his voice to the controversy over this year’s all-white acting nominees at the Oscars. “It’s not only black people who’ve been disregarded by the film industry, it used to be women. It’s certainly gay people to this day,” McKellen told The Guardian. “No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar. I wonder if that is prejudice or chance.” The discussion over the Oscars’ diversity problem has continued to broaden this week, with Latino actors such as Rubén Blades and Gina Rodriguez speaking out as well.
WHO Nate Parker
THE MOVIE “The Birth of a Nation”
THE DEAL The drama set a sales record Tuesday at the Sundance Film Festival by scoring a $17.5 million distribution deal from Fox Searchlight, according to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. The film company had been in a bidding war with The Weinstein Co., Netflix and Paramount for the movie after it received a standing ovation and rave reviews. Parker (“Red Tails”) wrote, directed, produced and stars in the film about the 1831 movement to liberate African-American slaves.
WHO David Bowie
THE MOVIE “The Hunger”
THE DEAL Tony Scott’s 1983 vampire movie, a stylish mix of New Wave visuals and Eurotrash decadence, stars the late rock singer as the lover of an immortal femme fatale (Catherine Deneuve) who seeks new pleasures from another woman (Susan Sarandon). It screens as part of Cinema Arts Centre’s Cult Cafe series in the Sky Room Cafe.
INFO Friday at 10 p.m., Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. Tickets are $5; 631-423-7611, cinemaartscentre.org