Culture&Arts


Governor: New York City's travel ban lifted
- January 25, 2016

Bridges and tunnels reopened at 7 a.m. when the travel ban expired, and outdoor subway lines will be back in action, albeit with delays, by 9 a.m., authorities say. "We survived and then some, I think it's fair to say", Gov. Cuomo said Sunday. The travel ban and shutdowns pose economically costly and politically sensitive issues for NY state and city leaders. (more...)
Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth 'have agreed baby name' for their son Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth 'have agreed baby name' for their son
- January 25, 2016

English pop singer and member of the boy band One Direction Louis Tomlinson confirmed via social networking site Twitter the birth of his baby boy. In April a year ago Louis revealed he has plans to become a mini-Simon Cowell, launching his own record label as an imprint of the mogul's own, Syco, and signing up his first star: X Factor Jack Walton. (more...)
Charlotte Rampling Clarifies Comments On Oscars' Diversity Row
- January 25, 2016

What she really meant, she said, was that "in an ideal world every performance will be given equal opportunities for consideration". "Outrageous, ignorant & offensive comments from Rampling", she posted on her official Twitter page. Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said in a statement on Friday: " The Academy is going to lead and not wait for the industry to catch up. The actress echoed former Oscar victor Sir Michael Caine, who told BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Friday: "You ... (more...)
Oscar nominee says calls for boycott 'racist to white people' Oscar nominee says calls for boycott 'racist to white people'
- January 24, 2016

In the interview, conducted in French, Rampling went on to say, "You never know if it was really the case, but perhaps the black players do not deserve to be in the final stretch". But it hasn't gotten to Hollywood studios that, arguably, could be producing more movies with minority actors, directors and screenwriters giving them more opportunities to win awards. (more...)
Charlotte Rampling Clarifies Comments About Oscars Racism
- January 24, 2016

Rampling, 69, regrets that her comments "could have been misinterpreted", she said in a statement to CBS News' Sunday Morning . After her initial radio interview, many people slammed her comments on social media, including Chelsea Clinton , daughter of former U.S. (more...)
Oscars boycott: Will Smith says he won't attend Oscars boycott: Will Smith says he won't attend
- January 24, 2016

Speaking on ABC's " Good Morning America ", Smith claimed that the couple's boycott goes beyond his personal Oscars snub. Mark Ruffalo is adding his voice to the ongoing conversation about this year's Oscars nominations . In the video, Hubert said she finds it "ironic that somebody who has made their living and made millions and millions of dollars from the very people you're talking about boycotting just because you didn't get a nomination, just because you didn't win". (more...)
Will Smith joins Oscars boycott, Ruffalo also mulling Will Smith joins Oscars boycott, Ruffalo also mulling
- January 24, 2016

While the Smiths are bold, they are not the first to speak out on the lack of diversity at what is seen as the pinnacle of cinematic achievement. Director Spike Lee, meanwhile, has said he will not attend the ceremony, while actors Idris Elba, George Clooney, Lupita Nyong'o, Mark Ruffalo and others also have joined the protest. (more...)
Academy promises huge changes after all-white Oscar controversy Academy promises huge changes after all-white Oscar controversy
- January 24, 2016

By doubling the number of women and minorities, the board hopes that women will make up 48 percent and diverse groups more than 14 percent of the academy membership. "This will bring a whole different ball game and bring a whole different attitude and generational dynamic, a different appreciation of pop culture". (more...)
Film academy announced reforms to diversify Film academy announced reforms to diversify
- January 24, 2016

The academy's goal is to double the number of women and minorities by 2020, though it hasn't disclosed its current demographic makeup. Another measure will see the Academy add three new seats to its board of governors, with the hope that these additions will help diversity the leadership of the organisation. (more...)
Oscars diversity row is 'anti-white racism,' says Charlotte Rampling
- January 24, 2016

The actress, who has starred in both English and French films, is nominated for a best-actress Academy Award for Andrew Haigh's portrait of a marriage, " 45 Years ". Three new seats will be added to to its board of governors in an effort to improve diversity, and lifetime voting rights will be limited. "I am very honored to be included in this year's wonderful group of nominated actors and actresses", Rampling said. (more...)
Best Actress Nominee: Oscars Controversy Is 'Racist to Whites' Best Actress Nominee: Oscars Controversy Is 'Racist to Whites'
- January 24, 2016

What she really meant, she said, was that "in an ideal world every performance will be given equal opportunities for consideration". "Why classify people", she asks, with a reasonableness that already is generating a backlash in Hollywood and the media. (more...)
Thousands Join CĂ©line Dion To Mourn Her Late Husband
- January 23, 2016

Dion was accompanied by Angelil's sons Patrick and Jean-Pierre, standing next to her late husband's open casket. A live stream of the services will be held in Montreal, Canada, at the Notre Dame Basilica , the same place where Dion married Angelil . (more...)
Oscars make changes to boost diversity amid backlash
- January 23, 2016

How the board is changing: limits to lifetime voting rights (10 years max, with possibility for renewal), new governor seats (room for new-different-faces!), and extra members added to other committees. They could including opening the acting and best picture categories to a larger field of nominees. Is that a good black film isn't good enough until white people say it is? "(O)ne good step in a long complicated journey for people of color and women artists", she wrote. (more...)
Artist Beezy Bailey: 'I never thought David Bowie would die'
- January 23, 2016

Bowie died after an 18 month battle with cancer at the age of 69 on Sunday and The Guardian is further reporting that the cremation took place soon after. "Ziggy Stardust came about when NASA was exploring space", he said. A batch of unheard David Bowie songs recorded during the sessions for his final album , Blackstar , could be released later this year. (more...)
Reese Witherspoon Sounds Off On Oscars 2016 Controversy
- January 23, 2016

When her interviewer explained that those in the black community feel like a minority within the film industry, Rampling ended the conversation, offering a "no comment". "There were a lot of omissions of white people", Miller added , "that I think were just as disappointing". In that interview, Caine mentioned that he thought Idris Elba would have been nominated for his role in the film " Beasts of No Nation ". (more...)
Amy Schumer Responds To Accusations She Steals Jokes Amy Schumer Responds To Accusations She Steals Jokes
- January 23, 2016

Tammy Pescatelli took to Twitter this week, alleging Amy stole one of her jokes from 2006 for her film Trainwreck . However, in October, a TMZ crew approached Schumer outside an airport and asked about accusations that she lifted material from late comedian Patrice O'Neal. (more...)
A Surprisingly Believable 'Making A Murderer' Theory You Haven't Heard A Surprisingly Believable 'Making A Murderer' Theory You Haven't Heard
- January 22, 2016

We weren't with Teresa Halbach on October 31st so we don't know what happened to her. We don't find credible the narrative that the prosecution put forth in these cases , especially because they argued inconsistent crimes at Steven's trial and at Brendan's trial. (more...)
Shock Top Super Bowl 50 Ad stars T.J. Miller Shock Top Super Bowl 50 Ad stars T.J. Miller
- January 22, 2016

It's going to have a political theme and will run through Election Day, but the entire ad campaign will be unveiled during the Super Bowl. The slogan for the teaser is "the Bud Light party is coming". Shock Top VP, Jack Kirsch told Adweek that the teaser was improvised. Anheuser-Busch plans to air three-and-a-half minutes of commercials. The Daily Mail spotted the trio filming the Bud Light Platinum commercial - reportedly dreamt up by the advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy - in Los ... (more...)
Health expert weighs in on Zika cases in South Florida
- January 22, 2016

Hawaii's Department of Health has confirmed a baby born there with microencephaly tested positive for Zika virus, though the mother contracted Zika while living in Brazil, not in the U.S. Another eight countries have joined the list of destinations that federal health officials warn pregnant women to avoid until more is known about the mosquito-borne Zika virus. (more...)
Angie Bowie TV scenes spark complaints Angie Bowie TV scenes spark complaints
- January 22, 2016

Angie and David Bowie were married in 1970 and divorced 10 years later. The "I Love New York" star was initially defiant about her actions, but eventually made up with Angie , with Pollard telling her, "I'm very sorry for your loss". The UK version of Celebrity Big Brother faces potential investigation after broadcasting footage of David Bowie's ex-wife breaking down after learning of his death . (more...)
Charlotte Rampling Calls Oscars Boycott "Racist To White People"
- January 22, 2016

Something tells me that her reaction won't exactly help her chances of winning an Oscar this year - and that's probably for the best. "This has been a great year in film, it really has across the board". The boycott marks the second straight year that the Academy Awards have been clouded by race-based controversy. She also added that "the people who are in power who have the yay or nay vote" should be asking to fix the diversity issue. (more...)
David Bowie Music Sales Soar After Icon's Death
- January 22, 2016

New York's Carnegie Hall is to host a memorial concert for Bowie on March 31st. Despite being one of the most iconic musicians of all time , in the clip he explains that he only performed because no one else sang his songs. Van Hove says he had known about Bowie's cancer for a long time though this information was never disclosed to the Lazarus cast. Desperate not to disappoint his fans despite his poor health, the musician attended the December premiere of his musical in NY but ... (more...)
6400 kids singing David Bowie will give you chills 6400 kids singing David Bowie will give you chills
- January 22, 2016

According to Visconti, the singer had written five new songs and wanted to get back into the studio one last time . Jimmy Fallon, Conan O'Brien, Trevor Noah, and Stephen Colbert all paid tribute to David Bowie, who died Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer, during their late-night shows on Monday evening. (more...)
Pause on refugee resettlement to some cities Pause on refugee resettlement to some cities
- January 22, 2016

In Ottawa, the first big wave has been of refugees sponsored by the government. "The matching system was designed for small-scale sponsorship interest". "There are hundreds of groups that are ready to receive these newcomers". "We are ready. The church, the school board, the credit union, private donors, private families, we're ready", she said. (more...)
Miley Cyrus 'beyond happy' to be engaged to Liam Hemsworth again Miley Cyrus 'beyond happy' to be engaged to Liam Hemsworth again
- January 22, 2016

The couple have not publicly confirmed their reconciliation yet, but if the stories are true you can expect one hell of a party wedding. However, we haven't seen the stars post anything official, nor have we heard back from the reps of the respective Last Song actors (Miley and Liam on the set of that 2010 Nicholas Sparks film). (more...)