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 »
At least I cried. And there’s a very good chance you will too when you see the breathtaking ballet choreographed by Will B. Bell above. Dancers Dj Smart and Zola Williams are totally stunning in the piece, where it feels like they’re taking turns with the role of Adele, as it were. “All I Ask” is definitely one of the more heartbreaking songs on her album 25 (especially if you’ve just been broken up with and spent your last night with that person), and this piece totally captures that feeling. If Adele wants to release a music video for “All I Ask” she should just use this. Watch it above, and let me know if you got as emotional as I did.
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Are you house Houses Stark, Lannister, or Targaryen? Because no matter who you pick, things are not looking good. The Game of Thrones Twitter account unveiled a new campaign today which lets you Tweet at them with a hashtag of your favorite house (#HouseStark, #HouseLannister or #HouseTargaryen) and receive a very special teaser video in return. While the videos don’t show any new footage, they do feature each houses’ respective flag torn to shreds, with a very ominous voiceover. So basically things are NOT looking good for the Starks, the Lannisters or the Targaryens when season six starts. More »
Charlotte Rampling, 69, who’s been nominated for an Oscar for her performance in 45 Years, recently spoke to radio station Europe 1 about the call for more diversity at the Oscars. As I’m sure you’ve read, plenty of people are boycotting the ceremony this year, including Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith, as once again it has failed to nominate a wider variety of diverse actors and films. But apparently Charlotte thinks that’s reverse racism, or that it’s “racist against whites.” Oh yeah, how so Charlotte? She goes on to say, “We can never know whether it’s truly the case, but maybe the black actors didn’t deserve to make it to the final list.” Oofdah. I’m sure we can think of plenty of actors that didn’t “deserve” to be snubbed this year. Does Straight Outta Compton or Tangerine ring a bell? More »
Oh man. Oscar season is rolling in, and you know what that means, plenty of parody videos. I’m not sure anything will top Seth Meyers’ trailer for Boston Accent, which makes fun of basically every movie about Boston ever made, and is “probably directed by Ben Affleck.” As a Bostonian this thing kills me, and it has it all! “The politician with the upscale Kennedy type Boston accent, the townie who says the word bro in every sentence, the hard nosed detective played by a British actor who’s trying his best but doesn’t quite have it, and one actor who decided at the last minute not to do a Boston accent at all.” More »
The world (and ABC) is ready to explore Romeo and Juliet with Shonda Rhimes! You know what that means? Tears, tears, tears. While Romeo and Juliet may seem like the most unlikely story for a sequel (because um, they both die at the end), Shonda is the one person who can make it work — and make it more heartbreaking. In case you’re unaware of what Shonda is capable of doing with our heartstrings, please enjoy watching Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder. You will be pleasantly surprised.
Congrats are in order for Queen Mariah Carey and her billionaire
boyfriend fiancé James Packer! Hey, maybe the third time may just actually be the charm for the singer. The Australian businessman popped the question on Thursday night (Jan. 21, 2016) in New York City with a colossal 35-carat diamond engagement ring! 35 CARATS! Of course he would, he’s a billionaire. Truly a diamond fit for a queen. More »
Is it too soon to call Keanu one of my favorite movies of 2016? Because even though I haven’t seen it yet, the trailer for the first film from comedy duo Jordan Peele and Keegan Michael Key is one of the greatest things ever. So if you’ve missed them on your TV, don’t worry, because we’re getting them on the big screen. Per the IMDb synopsis, Keanu is about two friends (Key and Peele) who “hatch a plot to retrieve a stolen cat by posing as drug dealers for a street gang.” Said cat is the totally adorable Keanu, named after Keanu Reeves, because the movie is also a play on the 2014 cult film, John Wick. I cannot say enough good things about this trailer. The two of them are hilarious together, Keanu is the cutest kitten ever and the bit with the line, “You wanna never get pulled over again, you drive an inconspicuous family vehicle,” put laughter tears in my eyes. I look forward to April 29th with glee.