The segregation-era road-trip drama “Green Book” wins best picture at Oscars
2019-02-25 04:57:11 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The segregation-era road-trip drama “Green Book” was crowned best picture at the Academy Awards, handing Hollywood’s top award to a film seen as a feel-good throwback to some but ridiculed as an outdated inversion of “Driving Miss Daisy” by others.
In a year where Hollywood could have made history by bestowing best-picture on Netflix (“Roma”) or Marvel (“Black Panther”) for the first time, the motion picture academy instead threw its fullest support behind a traditional interracial buddy tale that proved as popular as it was divisive. But Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” weathered criticism that it was retrograde and ina...
Oscars winners 2019: The full list of winners
2019-02-25 04:32:29 UTC
Los Angeles — Sunday night’s Oscars marked a record-breaking year for recognizing the achievement of black artists. Shattering a record set in 2017, the 91st Academy Awards bestowed trophies to seven black winners in six categories.
The following is a list of nominees and the winners:
<h3>BEST PICTURE</h3><p>"Black Panther"</p><p>"BlacKkKlansman"</p><p>"Bohemian Rhapsody"</p><p>"The Favourite"</p><p>"Green Book" <strong>*WINNER</strong></p><p>"Roma"</p><p>"A Star Is Born"</p><p>"Vice"</p><h3><br></h3><h3>ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE</h3><p>Amy Adams...
Golden Globe Awards 2019: Expectations High For Lady Gaga
2019-01-07 01:42:51 UTC
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Amy Adams, Glenn Close and “Crazy Rich Asians” star Michelle Yeoh walked the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday ahead of the annual Hollywood awards show, where pop singer Lady Gaga looks set to make a splash with her first movie role in “A Star is Born.”
Veteran comedian Carol Burnett, “Boy Erased” nominee Lucas Hedges, and “Jane the Virgin” actress Gina Rodriguez were also among early arrivals for the ceremony in Beverly Hills that kicks off the annual countdown to the Oscars in February.
Gaga, fresh off an acclaimed series of new concerts in Las Vegas, is the front-runner for a best drama actress Golden Glo...
Is Trump Secretly A White Nationalist?
2018-10-24 17:57:45 UTC
CNN's Acosta: Americans Are Wondering If President Trump Is Secretly A White Nationalist.
CNN's Jim Acosta talked about the tussle he had Tuesday afternoon with President Trump in the Oval Office over the migrant caravan crisis in an appearance on 'Anderson Cooper 360.' Acosta grilled the president on his claim that Middle Easterners are in the caravan.
Acosta said just because there may be Middle Easterners traveling in the caravan, "it doesn't necessarily mean" there are terrorists among them. He lamented, once again, that the president and vice president may be offended Middle Eastern Americans who are "peace-loving people."
Alec Baldwin Urges To Vote: It's time To Overthrow The Government of Donald Trump
2018-10-15 16:09:39 UTC
MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Actor Alec Baldwin followed up his latest parody portrayal of President Donald Trump with a serious call Sunday night for voters to use the Nov. 6 midterm elections to peacefully “overthrow” the government.
After reprising his role as Trump on “Saturday Night Live,” Baldwin flew to New Hampshire, where he was the keynote speaker at the New Hampshire Democratic Party’s annual fall fundraising dinner.
“The way we implement change in America is through elections. We change governments here at home in an orderly and formal way,” he said. “In that orderly and formal way and lawful way, we need to overthrow the gove...
Taylor Swift endorses Democratic candidates, helps boost voter registrations
2018-10-09 18:09:58 UTC
(Reuters) - Pop music luminary Taylor Swift’s decision to wade into electoral politics for the first time on Sunday has driven a spike in online voter registration, particularly among young people, according to the website Vote.org.
The nonprofit site, which helps people register online, reported 240,000 new registrations since Swift posted a message on Instagram endorsing two Democratic candidates in her home state of Tennessee and urging people to register.
By comparison, the site recorded 57,000 new registrations in all of August and 190,000 last month. About 102,000 of the registrations since Sunday were among voters between 18 a...
France celebrates second World Cup victory after beating Croatia 4-2 in the final match
2018-07-15 20:49:10 UTC
MOSCOW (Reuters) - France won the World Cup for the second time in spectacular style on Sunday as a 4-2 victory over Croatia in one of the most entertaining and action-packed finals for decades ended the battling outsiders’ dreams of a first title.
After an early own goal by Mario Mandzukic France’s big guns delivered on the biggest stage of all as Antoine Griezmann - with a penalty awarded after a VAR review - Paul Pogba and teenage tyro Kylian Mbappe hit the target.
Ivan Perisic and Mandzukic replied for Croatia, who ended beaten but unbowed after making much of the running in their first appearance in the final.
It was the high...
Hollywood kingpin Harvey Weinstein to face charges of rape and other sex crimes
2018-05-25 17:46:18 UTC
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Film mogul Harvey Weinstein appeared in handcuffs in a New York court on Friday to face charges of rape and other sex crimes against two of the scores of women who have accused him of misconduct, ending his reign as a Hollywood kingpin.
Weinstein, the 66-year-old co-founder of the Miramax film studio and the Weinstein Co, intends to plead not guilty to the two counts of rape and one count of a criminal sexual act, his attorney, Benjamin Brafman, told reporters outside the Manhattan courthouse.
Prosecutors did not identify the two women, but said the crimes took place in 2004 and 2013. If convicted on the most ser...
Football legend Ronaldinho to marry two women at same time
2018-06-15 23:01:50 UTC
LONDON — Brazilian football legend Ronaldinho will reportedly "marry" two women at the same time during a small wedding ceremony in August.
While polygamy is outlawed in Brazil, O Dia (h/t Dan Gartland of Sports Illustrated) reported civil unions between more than two persons is not uncommon. Ronaldinho, Priscilla Coelho and Beatriz Souza already live together.
Ronaldinho asked for their hand in marriage in January of last year. He originally dated Coelho before meeting Souza in 2016.
US police officers tased NBA player over parking violation
2018-06-15 23:01:17 UTC
Police bodycam footage of the arrest of a Milwaukee Bucks star in January was released on Wednesday showing the player being tased after committing a parking violation.
Sterling Brown is suing the police department after the video showed him being confronted by an officer outside a Walgreens for parking across two handicap spaces.
The pair argued, and when the officer called for backup, multiple cars arrived, flooding the carpark in red and blue lights.
The officer said he had asked Brown to step back from his vehicle and he had refused, and then claimed the athlete 'became very aggressive'.
Porn Star Was Threatened to Keep Silence on Trump
2018-03-26 05:27:53 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An adult-film actress who claims she had sex with Donald Trump before he was president said on Sunday she had been threatened in 2011 while in a parking lot with her infant daughter to discourage her from discussing the relationship.
Stormy Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, told CBS News’ “60 Minutes” that she was on her way to a fitness class with her child when an unknown man approached her, according to a transcript of the interview released on Sunday.
“And a guy walked up on me and said to me, ‘Leave Trump alone. Forget the story.’ And then he leaned around and looked at my daughter and said...
'The Shape of Water' Wins Oscar For Best Picture
2018-03-05 07:26:13 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Against all odds, love won out at the 90th Academy Awards.
Guillermo del Toro’s lavish, full-hearted monster romance “The Shape of Water” swam away with best picture at an Oscar ceremony flooded by a sense of a change for a movie business confronting the post-Harvey Weinstein era. The ceremony, held Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, exorcised some demons — like last year’s envelope fiasco — and wrestled with other, deeper problems in Hollywood, like gender equality and diversity.
“The Shape of Water,” which came in with 13 nods, took a leading four awards, including best production design, best score and ...
Will Oscars be non-political amid tumultuous awards season?
2018-03-04 20:24:16 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Oscars will hope to live down their most infamous blunder at the 90th Academy Awards, which begin at 8 p.m. EST and will be broadcast live by ABC from the Dolby Theatre. But more than redemption is on the line Sunday for last year’s embarrassing best-picture flub — the fiasco known as Envelopegate.
The ceremony, to be hosted again by Jimmy Kimmel, will be the crescendo of one of Hollywood’s most tumultuous awards seasons ever — one that saw cascading allegations of sexual harassment topple movie moguls, upended Oscar campaigns and new movements launched to improve gender equality throughout the industry.
Times Up Movement: Grammy Stars Wear White Roses for Equality
2018-01-29 03:08:40 UTC
(Reuters) - Even the most outrageous outfits of feathers, sequins or lace included a simple white rose at the Grammy Awards show’s red carpet on Sunday as the glitterati of the music world showed support for women’s equality and freedom from sexual harassment.
The roses - worn or held by both sexes on the red carpet outside New York’s Madison Square Garden - were a sign of solidarity with the Time’s Up movement, spreading from Hollywood to the music industry.
Lady Gaga, nominated for best pop vocal album for “Joanne” showed up in a Goth-inspired Armani gown in midnight black with a high Victorian collar, sparkling lace and a volumino...
Robert De Niro on Trump: This F-cking Idiot Is the President
2018-01-10 20:06:33 UTC
Robert De Niro attended the National Board of Review Awards in New York Tuesday night to present Meryl Streep with the Best Actress prize for The Post.
In the film helmed by Steven Spielberg, Streep plays legendary Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, who tries to decide whether or not to post the Pentagon Papers in 1971.
De Niro started his speech poking fun at Streep's co-star and fellow acting award winner Tom Hanks.
"[Streep] helps brings out the character of everyone else on the screen. Can a volleyball do that? Not even if the volley ball was a stable genius," he said, mocking President Trump's
But then one of th...
James Franco’s Times talk canceled after misconduct claims
2018-01-10 06:48:56 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times has canceled a public event with James Franco days after the Golden Globe winner was accused of sexual misconduct.
The TimesTalk event scheduled for Wednesday was intended to feature “The Disaster Artist” director and star and his brother and co-star, Dave Franco, discussing the film with a Times reporter.
The Times said in a statement that “given the controversy surrounding recent allegations” it was canceling the event.
Actress Violet Paley and filmmaker Sarah Tither-Kaplan have recently accused Franco on Twitter of earlier instances of sexual misconduct.
Franco was in attendance at Tuesday’...
Oprah Winfrey makes history as first black female recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award
2018-01-08 08:40:43 UTC
LOS ANGELES — Oprah Winfrey made history tonight as the first black woman to be honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award since its inception in 1952.
In her speech, she recognized Sidney Poitier for paving the way for black actors.
"In 1964, I was a little girl sitting on the linoleum floor of my mother's house in Milwaukee watching Anne Bancroft present the Oscar for best Oscar at the 36th Academy Awards,” she recalled.
“She opened the envelope and said five words that literally made history. 'The winner is Sidney Poitier,’” she continued. “Up to the stage came the most elegant man I had ever seen. I remember his tie ...
Golden Globes Winners 2018: The Complete List
2018-01-08 09:26:45 UTC
LOS ANGELES — Host Seth Meyers came out swinging at the Golden Globes Sunday night, directly addressing in his monologue the issues of sexual harassment and gender inequality that have roiled the industry for months.
He lobbed hard-hitting jokes at Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen and, of course, President Donald Trump.
Meyers also acknowledged the awkwardness of a straight white male hosting the show on this particular night. He ended the monologue on a sincere note, “People in this room worked really hard to get here, but it’s clearer now than ever before that the women had to work even harder. So thank you for all the a...
'Nervous' Prince Harry interviews Barack Obama for BBC
2017-12-17 17:51:01 UTC
LONDON — Kensington Palace announced Sunday that the former U.S. president Barack Obama was a guest of Prince Harry ’s for a special edition of Radio 4’s Today program, which will air on Dec . 27. The two spoke about their common focus of building leaders for the next generation as well as Obama’s goals for his life after leaving the White House, but there was also time for some fun.
In a behind-the-scenes video from the recording released on Sunday, Obama joked, “Do I have to put on a British accent?”
The 33-year-old royal shot back, “No, but if you start using long pauses between answers you’re going to get ‘the face.'”
No Future For Grace Mugabe After Her Husband Dies
2017-12-17 07:07:38 UTC
<blockquote>The Catholic priest who negotiated former president Robert Mugabe’s exit had no kind words for his wife Grace and blamed her for Mugabe’s demise.
Father Fidelis Mukonori told the Jesuit Review that Grace Mugabe’s greed for power was a serious contributor to her husband’s political demise.
He therefore did not believe that she would have any future after her husband dies.
“I’m sure that people would do justice to her,” he said.
Father Mukonori said factional battles that led to the firing of Emmerson Mnangagwa so that Grace could succeed him “broke the camel’s back”.
The problem, he said, was: “Political debaucher...
Joe Biden and Meghan McCain Share an Emotional Moment
2017-12-14 00:56:10 UTC
On ABC’s The View Meghan, daughter of Republican John McCain, connected with former Vice President Joe Biden over the fact that her father is now battling the same type of brain cancer that Biden’s son Beau died of while Biden was still in office.
McCain began to ask him about the book, starting, “I think about Beau almost every day. I was told that this doesn’t get easier. . . . I know you and your family have been through tragedy that I couldn’t conceive of.” She quickly broke into tears, and Biden switched chairs to sit next to her.
“One of the things that gave Beau courage, my word, was John,” he said. “You may remem...
BERLIN: 'The Square' has scooped the award for Best European Film
2017-12-09 23:11:38 UTC
<h3>Swedish satirical drama 'The Square' has scooped the award for Best European Film of the year at a gala in Berlin. It also claimed five more prizes, including those for best director, best screenwriter and best actor.</h3>
<i>The Square, </i>by Swedish director Ruben Ostlund, dominated the 30th European Film Awards in Berlin on Saturday night.
The Cannes Palme d'Or winner beat works from Hungary, Finland, Russia and France to claim the best film award, as well as best director for Ostland and best actor for Claes Bang of Denmark.
The poignant satirical drama about an art installation at a Swedish museum also won the awards fo...
South African's Zodwa Wabantu not feeling secure in Zimbabwe
2017-12-14 16:50:30 UTC
HARARE — South African entertainer Zodwa Wabantu's latest snub of Zimbabwe for the third time in a row has shown that she no longer feels secure in the country and is clearly not interested in performing here.
The entertainer was supposed to perform at Club Connect yesterday and Private Lounge in Harare on Thursday but she simply went MIA (Missing in Action).
According to promoters, Devine Assignments, an emissary was sent to collect her in Durban for her two shows here. When the emissary, Tatenda Gwatidzo, landed – he waited for Zodwa to come pick him up and she assured him that she was on her way. After sometime, Gwatidzo tried cal...
2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final Draw
2017-12-03 08:06:38 UTC
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The favorites to win next year’s World Cup in Russia were given navigable paths to the last 16 with the coaches of Germany, Brazil, Argentina and Spain having reason to feel reasonably optimistic after Friday’s draw.
<blockquote><h2>2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Final Draw</h2>Even hosts <strong><i>Russia</strong></i>, the lowest-ranked of the 32 nations taking part, breathed a sigh of relief after learning they will open the 21st edition of the tournament against <strong><i>Saudi Arabia</strong></i> before tackling <strong><i>Egypt</strong></i> and <strong><i>Uruguay</strong></i> in <strong><i>Group A</strong></i>.
South Africa’s Supreme Court increased Oscar Pistorius’ murder sentence to 13 years and five months
2017-11-24 08:58:28 UTC
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s Supreme Court increased Oscar Pistorius’ murder sentence on Friday to 13 years and five months after the state argued that his original sentence of six years was “shockingly lenient”.
Pistorius was imprisoned in July last year after being found guilty on appeal of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013 in a case that attracted worldwide interest.
The athlete was not in court for Friday’s ruling where the court handed down the minimum 15-year sentence prescribed for murder in South Africa, and subtracted the years Pistorius had already served.
“The sentence imposed... in...