Is the 2018 Comedy Drama ‘Blindspotting’ a True Story? Here’s an Overview
Blindspotting is an American comedy-drama movie that was released in 2018. It was written and produced by Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal, who also played as the two main leads – Collin Hoskins and Miles Turner, respectively.
Carlos López Estrada was given the duty to direct the movie. Other cast members of the movie were Jasmine Cephas Jones, Ethan Embry, Janina Gavankar, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Wayne Knight, Utkarsh Ambudkar, and so on.
Around three years after the film’s initial release, a spin-off series of the same name premiered on Starz in 2021. Both the movie and the show delivered a real presence on the viewer’s mind, making them wonder if the movie was based on a real-life story.
Is ‘Blindspotting’ a True Story?
Despite the realistic feeling that the 2018 movie gave to the audiences, it isn’t based on a real-life event.
However, the movie is somewhat based on the real experiences the two lead actors/writers/producers witnessed during their childhood in Oakland.
During an interview with Los Angeles Times in 2018, Diggs mentioned that it was important for him and Casal — childhood best friends — to write a movie about their hometown. “It is a place that is so alive, and it has such an interesting perspective sort of woven into its history.”
He continued: “It is such an intellectual hotbed, the birthplace of the Black Panther Party… all of these things are in the DNA of the place and it comes through in everyday life if you pay attention to it. But I had never seen it portrayed on a film.”
Additionally, the writers wanted to show the audiences different and unseen sides of their hometown. Casal said, “A lot of times when people do site-specific films about different places, […] the ideas will capture it but make it universal and have the nuance of the place but don’t go too far.”
As Diggs and Casal wanted to make everything accurate, as per the time, too, they took director Estrada with them on a field visit to Oakland and showed him their neighborhood, hangout spots, and more that no longer exist.
“I understood the concept of gentrification but seeing it through their eyes became a whole other story,” Estrada said during the same interview.
To conclude, Blindspotting is not based on a true story and is only somewhat based on Diggs and Casal’s real-life experience while growing up in Oakland. They wrote the story while remaining true to their experiences and tried their best to show the accurate side of their hometown.
Plot of Blindspotting
As we know by now, the movie’s plot is set in Oakland, California. It follows Collin Hoskins, a convicted felon with only three days left on his probation, who witnesses a police shooting that endangers his lifelong friendship.
His friendship is with Miles Turner, a short-tempered person who works at a moving company.
“While on probation, a man begins to re-evaluate his relationship with his volatile best friend” is the movie’s synopsis on IMDb.
The movie was first released at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 18, 2018, and in the United States on July 20, 2018. Following the release, it mostly received positive reviews from the critics and the audience.
Blindspotting won five awards in total and received 23 nominations at several awards shows, including one for Diggs at the 34th Independent Spirit Awards and one for Estrada at the 2019 Austin Film Critics Association.
‘RHONJ’ Star Melissa Gorga Confessed to Getting Plastic Surgery and Nose Job
Melissa Gorga was made to reveal her secret.
Rumors of plastic surgery by celebrities are not surprising.
However there are some celebrities who admit going under the knife, but some are always in denial. The Real Housewives of New Jersey (RHONJ) star Melissa Gorga used to be one of those.
She was surrounded by rumors of plastic surgery, especially a nose job. It started after people noted subtle changes in her appearance throughout the years in RHONJ.
However, Gorga had always dodged the question. She never admitted to having plastic surgery or a nose job but said she had good contouring skills.
Finally, on the seventh season of RHONJ in 2016, Gorga admitted to getting work done after a fight with fellow housewife Jacqueline Laurita.
Melissa Gorga admitted to getting a nose job
It is reported that Laurita was constantly telling people around that Gorga had plastic surgery. Moreover, she was allegedly telling everyone that Gorga had four nose jobs.
The two had a massive fight over this topic. Gorga blamed Laurita for telling her secret to everyone.
She said, “Let’s be honest, it’s the worst-kept secret that I’ve had a nose job, but it’s my secret to tell, not hers.” Gorga then admitted that she had one procedure, not four like the rumors suggested.
Melissa Gorga confessed that she got a nose job and plastic surgery. (Source: Twitter)
She told The Daily Dish (via Bravo), “There was definitely not four nose jobs. Four nose jobs? I would look pretty deranged, I would think. That is insane to say four, and I don’t like that the seed was even planted because I think that’s wrong.”
Gorga also explained the reasons she wanted to hide her nose job. She noted that it was a personal thing and she was not hurting anyone with her secret.
“It’s your own business. Some people like to say, ‘Hey, I injected this, tummy tucked this,’ and that’s fine, too. It’s something that’s personal to me. It’s one of the very few things that is personal in my life at this point,” she said.
She pointed out that she had kids and did not want to reveal everything to them or her fanbase. She wanted to keep some things to herself, including her plastic surgery, but because of Laurita, she had to share it with the entire world.
She said, “ That was one of the things I wanted to keep to myself. Unfortunately, I had a crappy friend who has told the world for me.”
Melissa Gorga’s other procedures
After Gorga’s nose job was revealed, she has been more open to sharing about the procedures she has done to date. She admitted to trying out Botox and fillers, like some of the housewives in RHONJ.
Recently, in January 2023, Gorga revealed on the Jeff Lewis Has Issues podcast that she had gotten some work done on her lips. She confessed that her husband, Joe, was not a huge fan of her procedure.
But later, he grew to like it. Apart from fillers and Botox, Gorga has also gotten Emsculpt on her abs.
Is Teresa Giudice Pregnant? Behind the Pregnancy Rumors of ‘RHONJ’ Star
Is she pregnant or is it just rumors?!
Ever since Teresa Giudice started dating her second husband, Luis Ruelas, there have been rumors of her being pregnant with his child.
Teresa already has four children with her first husband, Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice. She started dating Ruelas after divorcing Joe in 2020.
They got engaged in October 2021 and officially married in August 2022. Pregnancy rumors have surrounded Guidice since 2020.
While The Real Housewives of New Jersey (RHONJ) star has constantly denied the rumors, the question never stops following her — ‘Is Teresa Giudice pregnant?’
Here is all we know about it.
Is Teresa Giudice Pregnant?
At the time of writing, it is unknown if Teresa is pregnant or not. Regardless of the pregnancy rumors, the RHONJ star has not confirmed nor denied the rumors at the time of writing.
But looking at her social media, it seems like she is not pregnant at the moment. Her most recent post on Instagram was on May 30, 2023, where she wore a bikini and showed off her body in Puerto Rico.
She did not look pregnant, as she did not have a baby bump in the photo. Therefore, it is possible that she is not pregnant at the moment.
It seems like Teresa Giudice is not pregnant at the moment. (Source: Instagram)
This is not the first time pregnancy rumors have surrounded the reality TV star. Back in November 2021, fans suspected that Teresa was expecting after she uploaded a picture with Ruelas.
Ruelas was cradling Teresa’s midriff, leading people to believe that the RHONJ star was pregnant. However, she was not expecting a baby, and it was mere speculation of her fans and followers.
Teresa Giudice’s children
Teresa shares four children with her former husband, Joe. Teresa and Joe married in 1999 and divorced after 20 years of marriage in 2020.
Throughout their marriage, the pair had four daughters — Gia, Gabriella, Milania, and Audriana. Gia was born on January 8, 2001, Gabriella on October 4, 2004, Milania on February 2, 2006, and Audriana on September 14, 2009.
Gia was eight years old when RHONJ debuted, and she has been in front of the cameras ever since. She is most known for a viral clip that has been making rounds on TikTok since 2020.
Gia, aged 10, sang an original song for her family about the challenges her mother and uncle were dealing with at the time in season 3. Years later, the video emerged on TikTok, and the lyrics, “waking up in the morning, thinking about so many things,” became viral.
Gia is a recent Rutgers University graduate who studied criminal justice and hopes to become a lawyer. After graduating from Rutgers in May 2023, Teresa posted about the milestone on Instagram.
She wrote, “I am so proud of my devoted and intelligent daughter, Gia, for graduating [from] a stellar university, a huge milestone to accomplish in life. Seeing you graduate college is one of the most special moments in my life.”
Gabriella, Teresa’s second daughter, appears to be more private than the rest of her family since she lacks a prominent social media presence. Teresa told PEOPLE in 2016 that her then-11-year-old daughter aspired to be a professional football player or a model.
Years later, Teresa told The Daily Dish that Gabriella was looking at universities before her final year of high school.
It seems like Milania, Teresa’s third daughter, will be following in her mother’s footsteps into the entertainment industry. When she was just 10 years old, Milania was interviewed by PEOPLE in 2016.
At the time, Milania said she and her friend had always wanted to be actresses and make YouTube videos. The same year, she walked the runway at New York Fashion Week.
In 2019, she released her debut single, ‘I Just Can’t Wait to Grow Up.’ The RHONJ star talked about the song and gushed, “I think the song is so catchy! I really think it’s going to be a No. 1!,” in an episode of RHONJ.
At the time of writing, Audriana is 13 years old, and not much is known about her. She suffered greatly when her father was imprisoned and eventually deported to Italy.
Teresa and Gia said in 2019 that Audriana, then nine years old, was tormented and bullied at school because of her father. Talking about Audriana’s interests, she is a competitive dancer and is interested in the entertainment industry.
Teresa said of her daughter, “She likes the cameras too. And Audriana was born in front of the cameras.”
Alexa Demie to Reprise Her ‘Euphoria’ Role in Sam Levinson’s ‘The Idol’
Maddy Perez in ‘The Idol’!
After much controversy and talk about The Idol, its first two episodes finally premiered at the 76th Cannes Film Festival on May 22, 2023.
Directed by Sam Levinson, The Idol follows Jocelyn (Lily-Rose Depp), an aspiring pop idol who wishes to reclaim her fame. After having a nervous breakdown that caused her last tour to be canceled, she resolves to reclaim her title as America’s sexiest pop star.
As a result, she begins a complicated relationship with Tedros (Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye), a self-help guru and the leader of a contemporary cult. Much information about the show was revealed after the premiere.
Alexa Demie will make a cameo as Maddy Perez from ‘Euphoria’ in HBO’s new show ‘The Idol.’ pic.twitter.com/zunCaRPFYB— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) May 23, 2023
One of them is Alexa Demie making a cameo on the show by reprising her role as Maddy Perez from Euphoria.
Alexa Demie as Maddy Perez in ‘The Idol’
Levinson is the mastermind behind Euphoria since he created and wrote the series. Euphoria follows a group of teens in the fictional town of East Highland, California, as they search for optimism while dealing with the stresses of love, grief, and addiction.
Some of the issues discussed on Euphoria are the same as that of The Idol like drug abuse, social media, toxic relationships, drug dealing, codependency, toxic positivity, rape, sexual assault, hookup culture, and dating violence, among others.
Therefore, it is not a surprise that Levinson wants to create his own universe like that of Marvel and DC. After it was confirmed that Demie’s character, Perez, would appear on the show, Levinson revealed that Euphoria and The Idol happen in the same universe.
Sam Levinson confirmed at Cannes that ‘Euphoria’ and ‘The Idol’ take place in the same universe. pic.twitter.com/T9GpqgtgV7— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) May 23, 2023
Demie appears in The Idol as a woman at the club where Jocelyn and Tedros first meet. Despite the fact that she plays a minor role in the plot, it will be a memorable throwback for Euphoria fans who may be watching this series anticipating something similar.
Unfortunately, not much information regarding her cameo or the role her character plays in the tale has been provided. She may return in the later half of the program, but viewers must wait until the season premieres to find out.
Demie plays the role of Perez in Euphoria and likely The Idol. She is recognized for her outspoken and confident demeanor, and she is generally considered self-assured and fearless to express herself.
Alexa Demie will reprise her role as Maddy Perez in ‘The Idol.’ (Source: Twitter)
Perez is said to have a strong sense of style and is frequently spotted wearing beautiful and bold clothing. She has a complicated and turbulent relationship with her boyfriend, Nate Jacobs (Jacob Elordi), who is also a significant character in the series.
Their relationship has ups and downs, including episodes of manipulation, deception, and violence. Despite their difficulties, Perez stays emotionally involved in their relationship.
Perez is shown as a devoted friend who is frequently seen supporting her small group of friends, particularly the main character, Rue Bennett (Zendaya). She is also renowned for her fiery attitude and often combative demeanor.
maddy perez in the idol??? queen is back pic.twitter.com/h4gB2wWlfS— alexa demie archive (@archivedemie) May 23, 2023
Overall, Perez, a character of enormous depth in the highly acclaimed television series, emerges as a fascinating combination of confidence and vulnerability. She is portrayed with complexity and depth and captivates spectators with her bold approach, unusual style, and turbulent relationships.
The reviews of ‘The Idol’
Ever since its premiere, The Idol is receiving negative reviews, to say the least. Before the premiere, Rolling Stone ran an expose on the series in March 2023.
According to the article, the initial tone and subject of the screenplay had altered, and instead of being focused on a woman’s quest to restore her own agency, it had allegedly devolved into a demeaning narrative bordering on torture porn.
Moreover, there were some really troublesome occurrences on-site. However, The Weeknd and Depp defended the show and Levinson.
Lots of strong reactions to #TheIdol out of #Cannes2023 — ranging from “I hated it” to “the TV version of clickbait” to “I don’t need to see any more of Lily-Rose Depp naked.”— Ramin Setoodeh (@RaminSetoodeh) May 22, 2023
Levinson was also criticized for his view. Many complained that he oversexualizes and victimizes the female characters in his shows — as evident in Euphoria.
Regardless, people were giving it the benefit of the doubt. But now, after the premiere of two episodes, the critics are being brutally honest about the show.
Critics are not happy with the presentation of the show, claiming that it is extremely sexualized. They noted that The Idol supports male fantasy which degrades women.
With a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and only one positive review, ‘THE IDOL’ is the lowest rated HBO original of all time. pic.twitter.com/QCHWBI7pHu— One Take News (@OneTakeNews) May 24, 2023
The series has also been called misogynistic and predatory in nature. Initially, The Idol debuted with 20% on Tomatometer of Rotten Tomatoes.
But at the time of writing, it has 9% on Tomatometer with 11 reviews. The critics’ consensus reads, “Every bit as florid and sleazy as the industry it seeks to satirize, The Idol places itself on a pedestal with unbridled style but wilts under the spotlight.”
Looking at the decrease in Tomatometer, it won’t be a surprise if it decreases more from 9% after more reviews come in.
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