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Oscars organization’s new members further expand diversity

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is pushing ahead with its diversity goals. The organization behind the Academy Awards announced Tuesday that it had extended invitations to 819 artists and executives as part of its 2020 membership class. The invitees are 45% women, 36% underrepresented ethnic/racial communities, and 49% international from 68 countries,…

Alyssa Milano hits back over alleged blackface photo

Alyssa Milano is rejecting an accusation she wore blackface. The actress posted Tuesday in response to an article alleging she was “facing backlash” over a purported “blackface scandal.” Milano tweeted a photo of the headline from the conservative site LifeZette along with her response. “Hey, a**holes,” she tweeted. “The below picture is me parodying Jersey…

Catherine Deneuve shines in the mother-daughter tale ‘The Truth’

If and when there’s an Oscar ceremony, there ought to be considerable talk about Catherine Deneuve and her regal performance in “The Truth.” But that will require some voters looking past controversy the French actress stirred with her public criticism of the #MeToo movement. Playing an aging star estranged from her daughter might not seem…

Tom Hanks: ‘Shame on you’ if you aren’t wearing a mask

One of the world’s most famous Covid-19 survivors has reportedly made his feelings known about those who don’t wear masks. Actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress/singer Rita Wilson, were two of the first celebrities to announce they had contracted the virus and, according to People, Hanks is now urging people to mask up. The…

‘We were in that first wave of creative diarrhea’ — Chris O’Dowd says celebrities’ ‘Imagine’ cover was a mistake

Chris O’Dowd admits that singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” amid the coronavirus pandemic was not the greatest idea. The “Bridesmaids” and “The Sapphires” actor was among the stars who featured in Gal Gadot’s much-mocked viral sing-along in March. The three-minute clip saw actors, comedians and singers including Kristen Wiig, Jimmy Fallon, Natalie Portman, Will Ferrell, Sia…

MTV VMAs will happen as planned in New York City

The MTV show must go on — with some adjustments. The MTV Video Music Awards will return in August to New York City’s Barclays Center, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday in a news conference. This year’s event, on August 30, will bring together music fans worldwide and pay homage to the strength, spirit…

Carl Reiner, longtime comedy legend, dies at 98

Carl Reiner, the writer, actor, director and producer whose many decades’ worth of credits — including “The Dick Van Dyke Show” and “The 2000-Year-Old Man” — showcased a ready wit and a generous spirit, has died, his son, director Rob Reiner, announced in a tweet. He was 98. “Last night my dad passed away,” Rob…

‘Hamilton’ at home: Disney+ gives fans a front-row seat worth waiting for

After conquering the stage in every way imaginable, “Hamilton” moves to the screen — just not the one originally intended. Premiering on Disney+, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical beautifully survives the transfer process, with a few minor hiccups. Some will lament not seeing the movie in theaters, but given its length and the goodwill generated for Disney’s…

How BET pulled off the awards show we all needed

The BET Awards have always showcased Black America’s entertainment and culture, but, amid a global pandemic and racial justice movement, this year was different. Jesse Collins served as executive producer for Sunday’s BET Awards, held virtually due to the Covid-19 crisis. Opening with a rousing remix of the Public Enemy hit “Fight the Power and…

Netflix announces Ava DuVernay-led series on Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick’s life story is headed to Netflix. The streaming giant announced a new limited series titled “Colin in Black & White,” from Ava DuVernay, based on Kaepernick’s high school years. Kaepernick will appear in the series and add his own voice to the project. The limited series will run for six episodes and reunites…

Broadway will remain dark for the rest of the year

The show will not go on. Well, at least for the remainder of this year. Broadway shows will not be returning to the stage until at least January of 2021, according to The Broadway League, a national trade association for the Broadway Industry. All 41 Broadway theaters have been closed since March 12 due to…

Want to win Eurovision? Write a nice, slow song about love

You might be forgiven for thinking the Eurovision Song Contest doesn’t lend itself to rigorous academic analysis. After all, this is a competition in which six elderly women in national dress once earned Russia second place by performing an ethno-pop ballad called “Party for Everybody,” which featured the refrain “Come on and boom, boom,” sung…

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