New Cameron Crowe Movie ‘Aloha’ Is Getting Backlash from Native Hawaiians


Cameron Crowe’s new movie Aloha isn’t getting great reviews from native Hawaiians.

Cameron Crowe’s new movie Aloha is getting some backlash from native Hawaiians for its uninventive and apparently semi-offensive title, reports the Associated Press. Coming to theaters Friday, the romantic-military-comedy (new genre?) stars an aviator-wearing Bradley Cooper, a tan Emma Stone, a basic Rachel McAdams, and a mute John Krasinski. Along with Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray, the movie screams Hollywood hit.

Hawaiian sovereignty activists disapprove of the movie’s name, pointing out that the title ‘Aloha’ is a misrepresentation of Hawaiian culture and despite taking place there, the story has almost nothing to do with the island state. Their concerns are based largely off the trailer, in which all of the characters appear to wear a lei and/or flowers in their hair at least once. According to native Hawaiian activist Walter Ritte, Sony Pictures is “taking [a] sacred name…and going to make a lot of money off of it.”

Unfortunately, it looks like Ritte might be right. Aloha has all the makings of a summer blockbuster hit (exhibit A: cast list above), and given that it came from the guy the who brought us romcom drama classics and Academy Award winners like Almost Famous and Jerry McGuire, we can expect a handful cliché lines that’ll stay with us forever.

Watch the trailer for the movie below.

Image via Aloha Movie Facebook

Premiere: Watch Blue Foundation’s ‘Punk Rock’ Live in China

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While on their latest Asian tour, Brooklyn-based band Blue Foundation performed a new song, “Punk Rock,” live in front of 45,000 people. The delicately ephemeral and electronically-charged track will eventually feature vocals from Erika Spring of Au Revoir Simone and will be part of the four-track live EP that the band plans to release on June 15th via their own Dead People’s Choice Records. Coming to life for the first time in Zhangbei, China, the song is about the band’s creator Tobias Wilner and his trip to attend a friend’s band’s concert in Copenhagen, Wilner’s hometown. The lyrics contain, “I went to see you play a gig in May. Your band was great and so were you, and we screamed louder, louder, louder…”

Premiering today on BlackBook are both the video of the live performance and the track “Punk Rock” itself. The video’s imagery is fleeting and short-lived, and hence an unadulterated manifestation of the song’s ephemeral core. We see Wilner and bandmates passing cigarettes backstage, toying around in hotel rooms, and kicking it at kitschy gas stations, with all imagery filmed in black and white. Cuts of the notably desolate Chinese landscape build an intriguing paradox between the standard chaos of a Western music concert and the striking sparseness, and odd beauty, of Zhangbei. Check out both the video and the track, below.

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Topping Rose House

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