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Will fifth time be the charm for Leonardo DiCaprio? Will fifth time be the charm for Leonardo DiCaprio?
- January 17, 2016

Along with Mara and McAdams, the best supporting actress nominees were Alicia Vikander (" The Danish Girl "), Jennifer Jason Leigh (" The Hateful Eight ") and Kate Winslet (" Steve Jobs "), her seventh nod. In addition to " The Revenant ", " Mad Max: Fury Road " and " The Martian ", they were: " The Big Short ", " Bridge of Spies ", " Brooklyn ", " Room " and " Spotlight ". (more...)
#OscarsSoWhite: Outrage as black actors absent from Oscars lineup
- January 17, 2016

Eight films were nominated for Best Picture . The director of the movie The Martian did not get nominated for Best Director despite the fact that the movie received seven nominations, including for Best Picture , Best Actor and Best Screenplay. (more...)
Academy president on lack of Oscar diversity: 'Of course I am disappointed'
- January 17, 2016

Did Hollywood get whiter over the last 12 months? Also in the mix are Saoirse Ronan for " Brooklyn " and with her first career nomination, veteran actress Charlotte Rampling for " 45 Years ". The film's nomination for best picture is Spielberg's ninth in that category, the most for any individual producer. "So to have something not only do as good as it's been doing in the box office, but to get having this movie recognised by our peers, it does feel incredible". (more...)
Houston attorney files federal suit questioning Ted Cruz's eligibility to run
- January 17, 2016

As CBS2's Don Champion reported , Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio set aside their difference Friday to write an op-ed piece in the New York Daily News , blasting Cruz and calling his comments about New York a low blow. To which Trump responded, "As you know Ted, in the last three polls I'm beating you". The jab appeared to be an attempt to dismantle Trump's identity as a conservative, but many said it backfired after an emotional response from Trump, who was born and ... (more...)
"Straight Outta Compton" Nominated For 88th Annual Oscar Awards
- January 17, 2016

Since the Oscars began 87 years ago, only one woman of color has ever won the Academy Award for Best Actress (Halle Berry). Will Smith , who stars in football injury drama "Concussion", and Idris Elba from " Beasts of No Nation " were among the black actors who were not nominated this year. (more...)
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs 'disappointed' by lack of Oscar diversity
- January 17, 2016

Could have been a strategic move. "The Martian" stars Damon as fictional NASA astronaut Mark Watney, who is stranded and presumed dead on the Red Planet after a powerful windstorm. Will Smith was not nominated for his performance in "Concussion". Coming in second place was dystopian action film " Mad Max: Fury Road ". This year may hear some of the same chatter, as the only best picture nominees among 2015's top 20 hits were " Mad Max " and " The Martian ". (more...)
Oscars 2016: Chris Rock skewers lack of diversity, posts new promo
- January 17, 2016

Al Sharpton was also quick to criticize the Academy. Reginald Hudlin, who will produce the awards show, also expressed his frustration in the lack of diversity. "With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment". Perhaps the most visible and anticipated voice to weigh in on the controversy is none other than this year's host, Chris Rock. (more...)
Oscar nominees honor only white actors for second year in a row
- January 17, 2016

Like many film fans, the British actor was upset by the lack of nominations for black and minority ethnic stars in the lead and supporting Oscar categories, when they were announced on Thursday (14Jan16). "The Revenant" will compete with gritty action adventure "Mad Max: Fury Road" and space film " The Martian ". This is the fifth Oscar nomination for Leonardo DiCaprio. (more...)
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' ($41M) declaws 'The Revenant' atop box office
- January 17, 2016

The movie's total worldwide now sits at an incredible $1.73 billion as it passed Jurassic World this weekend, which sold $1.67 billion during its run previous year. 1 “Avatar, ” from 2009-2010 at $2.8 billion. It earned around $25 million in the first weekend of wide release, and so far has garnered about $38 million after some limited showings in NY and Los Angeles that occurred in December. (more...)
Will Leonardo DiCaprio Finally Win the Oscar This Year?
- January 17, 2016

Nonetheless, and #OscarsSoWhite has been trending on Twitter . All 20 of the acting nominees are white. We just wish the movie, director Ryan Coogler , and star Michael B. Gary Gray. Although the film got six nominations, Spielberg and the protagonist Tom Hanks didn't get any. Alejandro González Iñárritu's " The Revenant " has topped the nominations list for the 88th Oscars having bagged nominations under 12 categories, including Best Picture and Best Director. (more...)
Many upset at lack of diversity in 2016 Oscar nominations
- January 17, 2016

Even " Creed " and its Black director and Black lead actor got snubbed, with the only nomination going to Golden Globe victor Sylvester Stallone (who is, to be clear, also White). However, Ice Cube wasn't one of them. The 2016 Academy Awards nominations are being announced this morning, and some noteworthy noms have already begun trickling in. (more...)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens: JJ Abrams Says No Extended Cut
- January 17, 2016

Internationally it made another $146M (including a record-breaking $52.6M two-day opening in China) bringing its cume to $921M for a worldwide total of $1.73B, overtaking Jurassic World for number three all-time. In its 4th weekend (which would be 24 days), The Force Awakens racked up another $41.6M, according to estimates, raising its record to $812M. The movie opens in limited release on December 25, 2015, and wider release in USA theaters on January 8, 2016. (more...)
#OscarsSoWhite: Academy Awards Slammed For Lack Of Diversity
- January 17, 2016

Brie Larson, favorite victor for her role in Room, along with Jennifer Lawrence in Joy led in Best Actress category. "Fury Road" will vie with " The Big Short ", " Bridge of Spies ", " Brooklyn ", " The Martian ", " Room " and " Spotlight " for best picture , the top Oscar award. (more...)
'Oscars So White' 2016: Lack Of Diversity In Actor, Actress Nominations Trends
- January 17, 2016

The hashtag clocked 76,644 mentions on Twitter alone yesterday, with the majority of the conversation online revolving around Idris Elba's Netflix Original flick Beasts Of No Nation. The only best-picture contender without a white protagonist is " Straight Outta Compton ", which has an outside shot of joining the favorites. "Champagne and mezcal will run tonight!" said Inarritu in a statement from London. (more...)
The UK's biggest ever film is... Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- January 17, 2016

Disney said the China numbers put the film's global total over $1.73 billion, behind only Avatar ($2.79 billion) and Titanic ($2.19 billion), both by filmmaker James Cameron. It also continued to reign over the North American box office , where it grossed another $41.6 million (£27.7 million) to successfully fight off Leonardo DiCaprio's The Revenant , which debuts at two with $38 million (£25.3 million). (more...)
Did rock legend, David Bowie suffer 6 heart attacks?
- January 17, 2016

The show, announced hours before Bowie's death, was originally scheduled as a tribute show with performances of the singer's hit songs by Visconti, Cyndi Lauper and the Roots, among others. "He told me more than one year and three months ago that he had liver cancer, just after he had been told this himself", Van Hove told nos.nl. "In my experience he was also an incredibly nice person, he was fun, he was always amusing", O'Brien said before launching a series of clips from his interviews ... (more...)
'The Revenant' and 'Max Max' lead Oscar nominations
- January 17, 2016

The Oscars may choose up to 10 films for best picture . The nominations were full of surprises. "Certainly, the people who were nominated gave performances that were deserving of noms". Micheal Keaton and Rachel McAdams in " Spotlight ". The outcry wasnt positive however due to the fact that for the second year in a row the Oscars have failed to include any actors/actresses of colour. (more...)
David Bowie to be honoured at Brit Awards 2016
- January 16, 2016

He also sings about being in "danger" and his past "living like a king in NY". The exhibition traces the singer's career through five decades, and more than 300 items are on display. The iTunes charts feature an abundance of Bowie music from the classics Hunky Dory and Low , to the darker, moodier, heavier and more industrial Heathen , Earthling and Outside. (more...)
Let's Dance! David Bowie Streams Jump 2822 Percent on Spotify
- January 16, 2016

A memorial concert, which had initially been organized as a tribute show, is also being planned for New York's Carnegie Hall in March. "Following the very sad news of David Bowie's death, we can now confirm that Angie Bowie has been informed off camera by her representatives", Channel 5, the network that airs the show in the United Kingdom, said to PEOPLE in a statement . (more...)
Apple to Put iTunes Radio Behind the Apple Music Paywall Apple to Put iTunes Radio Behind the Apple Music Paywall
- January 16, 2016

Similar to internet radio services, iTunes Radio doesn't allow much control over the music being streamed, instead serving as a passive listening experience and discovery tool linked to the iTunes store to facilitate song purchases. Also some users may mourn the loss of iTunes Radio , it means one less competitor to Pandora, which also offers free ad-supported radio stations, sorted by genre, with limited song skips. (more...)

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