Ok so first off, Johnny Depp is in a crazy supergroup called Hollywood Vampires with Alice Cooper and Joe Perry. This is just too much raw sex appeal and rock n’ roll to handle. Secondly, the group plans to play a Lemmy Kilmister tribute at this years Grammy Awards. Lemmy, the frontman of Motorhead and one of the greatest rock legends on earth, passed of cancer in December, which alongside David Bowie’s death, was one of the saddest passings this year. The band hasn’t confirmed which Motorhead song they’re going to play yet, and I can’t decide whether “Killed By Death” would be fitting or inappropriate. They are planning to play one of their own tunes, “As Bad As I Am,” that evening.
Alice Cooper spoke with RollingStone about it. More »
Lawd how I love these women. In their new issue Beyond Beautiful, Entertainment Weekly inserts us into a roundtable discussion between Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Elizabeth Banks, and Eva Longoria. In this clip, Reese discusses her deep involvement with and connection to the film Wild, and how it was both a big step away from her normal roles, and a big step forward. We all know the lady has been cast as your typically “likable” girl who doesn’t cause too much of a stir, so it’s really cool to see her discuss her own image and its limitations in such a frank way. More »
Lady Gaga will pay tribute to the late David Bowie, who died Jan. 10, at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards. After the legendary singer died last month following his battle with cancer, speculation in the music industry immediately turned to how his songs and influence would be recognized at the awards show. “We had already booked Lady Gaga on this year’s show, but when David passed — almost in a single moment — we knew we had to change direction,” said executive producer Ken Ehrlich in a statement. More »
With all of the #OscarsSoWhite drama circulating over the past month, it was refreshing to see the diversity amongst last night’s Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) winners. Uzo Aduba won Outstanding Performance By A Female Actor In A Comedy Series for Orange Is The New Black, Viola Davis won for her dramatic role in How To Get Away With Murder, and Idris Elba won not one, but two awards! One for his supporting role in Beasts Of No Nation, and one for Luther. Queen Latifah won for her role in Bessie as well. There’s no reason why amazing performances like those shouldn’t be acknowledged, so I think everyone’s happy that SAG wasn’t only representing white actors. I mean, they showed us how a 2016 awards show should play out, although that’s not to say that there couldn’t be improvements. More »
So this gal from Buffalo, NY, Jessica Casanova, was probably sitting at home on day, dreaming of her ideal prom dress, looking through photos of her favorite red carpet outfits. It was a long shot, but she decided to tweet Gina Rodriguez of Jane The Virgin, mentioning she would love to wear the dress she wore to this year’s Golden Globes. What happened? Gina responded. “Where do you live? I only own my first Globes dress the one from last year…maybe we can make this happen,” she tweeted. UMMMM…WHAT? A. This never happens. B. Gina Rodriguez is the coolest. She could easily have not gone through the trouble, as I’m sure people tweet stuff at her all the time. But she did. More »
Lada Gaga performed yesterday at the 2016 Producer’s Guild of America (PGA) Awards, and it was a pretty emotionally gripping. She played “Til It Happens To You,” from the movie, The Hunting Ground, which she co-wrote with Diane Warren. Before starting the song, she explained the her father’s sister had been sexually assaulted in college. She said, “It tormented her so emotionally that it caused the lupus that she had to get so bad that she died.” She continued, “It affected my family really tremendously.” Wow. Is it possible to be in tears before a song even starts? Gaga then sang the shit out of the song, hitting some crazy high notes, multiple times. More »
So there’s news on the #OscarsSoWhite front. According to RollingStone, The Academny of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences had a unanimous vote to make “historic changes” to its membership, due to complaints of the lack of diversity amongst nominees, and boycotts from many industry folk. USA Today reports that in 2012 it was found that 94% of Oscar voters were white, and 77% male. Are you really surprised? Well as a part of the Academy’s changes it promises to double its number of women and minority members by 2020.
Okay, so that’s something, right? More »
Actor Will Smith is standing by his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, in boycotting the 2016 Oscars. Many believed Smith deserved a nomination for his performance in Concussion, in which he played real-life Nigerian pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu who uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players. I admit he was excellent in the film, and was a little surprised he didn’t make the cut. Smith spoke with Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts on Thursday and shared some of his views about Hollywood’s lack of diversity.
Even Will Smith's Aunt Viv had something to say about #OscarSoWhite, SLAMMING Jada Pinkett Smith
You know diversity in Hollywood is bad when even Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs is upset over the Oscars 2016 nominees. She has spoken of how “heartbroken and frustrated” she is at the total lack of ethnic minority actors, actresses and filmmakers represented. The bigger problem is that some stars have decided to boycott the Oscars. On Monday, director Spike Lee announced that he would not attend what he called the “lily-white Oscars,” while Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband Will Smith are refusing to attend as well. The backlash has placed Boone Isaacs, who is African-American, in an uncomfortable position. More »
Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee are not happy with the Oscar nominations. In fact, they’re so upset over the lack of diversity that they both took to social media on Monday to announce that they will not be attending the 88th annual Academy Awards in February because of the #OscarSoWhite controversy. “How is it possible for the second consecutive year all 20 contenders under the acting category are white?” Lee wrote on Instagram. “And let’s not even get into the other branches. Forty white actors in two years and no flava at all. We can’t act?! WTF!!” More »