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Obama: Oscars diversity call is part of broader issue
- Января 28, 2016

The situation in Hollywood and the lack of diversity among the top tier of Academy Awards nominees inspired Oscars host Chris Rock to rip up his original opening monologue and write material confronting the issue head on. "Boycotting doesn't work and it's also a slap in the face to Chris Rock". Those losing eligibility to vote would be moved from active to "emeritus" status, absolving them of having to continue to pay dues while leaving their academy privileges intact, except for voting ... (more...)
For the world's most scrutinized body, changes for Barbie
- Января 28, 2016

It's the first time in 57 years that Mattel has made a major change to the doll, which for decades has embodied an American ideal for beauty. And apparently this brand overhaul is anything but sudden - it's been in the works for some time under a secret name: Project Dawn. (more...)
Academy plans 'historic action' to make itself more diverse
- Января 28, 2016

The Academy's Board of Governors said the changes are created to "make the Academy's membership, its governing bodies, and its voting members significantly more diverse". But similar promises of pro-diversity initiatives were announced after last year's nominations were revealed, the civil rights organizations noted. (more...)
Academy Awards changes its membership rules to deal with diversity problems
- Января 28, 2016

Owens & Company during a media demonstration 9 February 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. In response, The Academy decided to make some changes for the next Oscars to be held in 2020. "Maybe it is time that we pull back our resources and we put them back into our communities...into our programs...and we make programs for ourselves that acknowledge us in ways that we see fit that are just as good as the so-called 'mainstreams, '" she said. (more...)
Australian Open: Konta hungry for more slam success after semi-final loss
- Января 28, 2016

Konta , who was the first British woman since Jo Durie to compete in a Grand Slam semi-final, had been the surprise package of the tournament. The first German to progress to the final at the Australian Open since Anke Huber in 1996, Kerber can thank another countrywoman, Steffi Graf, for helping her with the Grand Slam breakthrough. (more...)
Barbie now curvy, tall and petite Barbie now curvy, tall and petite
- Января 28, 2016

Mattel Inc.is adding three body types to its Barbie line, including a "curvy" model, after years of criticism that the doll presents an unrealistic body image. "Barbie has always given girls choices - from her 180 careers, to inspirational roles, to her countless fashions and accessories", said Evelyn Mazzocco, senior vice president and global general manager of Barbie. (more...)
Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt to sing duet at 2016 Grammys Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt to sing duet at 2016 Grammys
- Января 28, 2016

A special tribute to 2016 MusicCares Person of the Year Lionel Richie will highlight the Grammy winner's wide-ranging career. Other collaborations on the docket include Tori Kelly and James Bay, plus Ellie Goulding and Andra Day. Day earned nominations in the Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Album categories while Goulding was nominated in the Best Pop Solo Performance category. (more...)
Academy intends to double female and minority voters by 2020
- Января 28, 2016

In the midst of the controversy, the Academy's president Cheryl Boone Isaacs made a statement on the organization's twitter account. The announced changes are an attempt to push out the old guard and make the voting Academy younger and more reflective of the population. (more...)
Matt Damon slams 'shameful' lack of diversity
- Января 28, 2016

Day (18Jan16), he wrote , "I would like to thank President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and the board of governors of The Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for awarding me an honorary Oscar this past November". "This will allow new members an opportunity to become more active in Academy decision-making and help the organisation identify and nurture future leaders". (more...)
Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian Dating and Living Together Blac Chyna and Rob Kardashian Dating and Living Together
- Января 28, 2016

In 2011, Blac Chyna dated the rapper Tyga after meeting him on the set of the "Rack City" video shoot. Rob Kardashian was tooling around Tarzana Tuesday, driving into Blac Chyna's gated community where he's been living for almost a week. (more...)
New Warcraft TV Spot Shows Up On YouTube New Warcraft TV Spot Shows Up On YouTube
- Января 28, 2016

The two realms cross paths after a portal opens. Aside from the mountainous landscape seen in " Warcraft's " first trailer, the new trailer allows fans to have a glimpse of the enchanted Dalaran City in new angles. So begins a spectacular saga of power and sacrifice in which war has many faces, and everyone fights for something. From Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures comes Warcraft , an epic adventure of world-colliding conflict based on Blizzard Entertainment's global phenomenon. (more...)
Has the Zika virus affected where you live?
- Января 28, 2016

NIH researchers have begun some initial work, and the agency also plans to boost funding to some Brazilian scientists to accelerate Zika-related research, he said . The University Hospital at Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city, has reported one of the first cases of the Zika virus in Europe. Health watchdogs in a string of European countries meanwhile said they had recorded Zika cases dating back to as early as March 2015. (more...)
Felicity Gets A New Nickname On Tonight's Episode of 'Arrow' Felicity Gets A New Nickname On Tonight's Episode of 'Arrow'
- Января 28, 2016

Oracle is the superhero/hacker name of Barbara Gordon who, after being wounded by the Joker, laid down the Batgirl cape to become Oracle, working alongside the Birds of Prey. He will use his skills to blackmail Roy out of retirement. And while there are a number of explanations for the ring's disappearance, perhaps the most logical is the repercussions from when Arrow crossed over with The Flash. (more...)
Apple iPhone 6s sales flop with zero growth in Dec quarter Apple iPhone 6s sales flop with zero growth in Dec quarter
- Января 28, 2016

Despite the record, iPhone sales fell short of consensus analysts' expectations of about 75.5 million. Personally I don't think Apple has anything to worry about just yet, the new iPhone 7 will be out later this year, and many people who did not upgrade from the iPhone 6 to the iPhone 6S will probably buy the new model. (more...)
Is Apple on the decline?
- Января 28, 2016

Apple is bracing for its first sales decline in 13 years, despite selling a record 74.8 million iPhones in the final three months of 2015. Then there's Apple's cut of all the apps sold via the App Store, music and videos purchased through iTunes, and its own product-service plans. (more...)
Sunderland wait on Lamine Kone after agreeing fee with Lorient Sunderland wait on Lamine Kone after agreeing fee with Lorient
- Января 27, 2016

Relegation-threatened Sunderland have continued their January recruitment drive with the acquisition of defender Lamine Kone from Lorient . Sunderland have already signed Jan Kirchhoff, Dame N'Doye and Steve Harper in this transfer window, but Allardyce will continue to look for new faces even if he completes a deal for Kone , with a striker high on his shopping list. (more...)
Trump campaign says he will 'definitely not' participate in Fox News debate
- Января 27, 2016

He dismissed Kelly as a "third-rate reporter" who is bad at her job and had been "toying" with him - reprising a squabble that erupted after a debate Kelly co-hosted past year. "Mr. Trump will not be participating in the Fox News debate on Thursday night". Now Fox News and Trump are at loggerheads. October 7, 2015: In an interview with Charlie Rose, Kelly said that she was not looking to get into "any sort of war" with Trump. (more...)
Health officials: Virginia resident contracted Zika virus while traveling overseas
- Января 27, 2016

Of the 22 countries reporting cases, 20 are in the Americas. Health workers have been urged to look out for symptoms of the Zika virus in patients returning to the United Kingdom from countries affected by the outbreak. Zika "is not spread directly from person to person", according to official guidance issued by Public Health England . Outbreaks of this virus had been circulating through the Americas, Asia and Africa, and now is spreading. (more...)
Fox Searchlight acquires Sundance hit 'Birth of a Nation' Fox Searchlight acquires Sundance hit 'Birth of a Nation'
- Января 27, 2016

It's a huge deal, both literally and figuratively-one that (currently) tops a insane week of Sundance acquisitions that has seen streaming giants Netflix and Amazon flexing their film-buying muscles like Draymond Green . Turner was a slave who taught himself to read and became a preacher, bringing profits to his owner as he delivered God's word to slaves throughout the state. (more...)
'The X-Files' reaches more than 16 million on return 'The X-Files' reaches more than 16 million on return
- Января 27, 2016

CBS was third in ratings with a 1.7/5, but first in viewers with 9.5 million. The premiere of "Gotham" in 2014 had a 3.3 in the demo. Those big X-Files premiere ratings were no fluke (man). And you know what the X-Files performance means, right? Due by 11:15AM, the adults 18-49 and total viewership numbers will provide a more complete indication of how FOX's "The X-Files" and "Lucifer" performed Monday night. (more...)

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