Kevin Hart Talks Diversity in Hollywood at ‘Night School’ Premiere

Comedy wasn’t the only thing taking center stage during the premiere of Kevin Hart’s new movie, Night School. The star, and members of the all-star team behind the film, kicked off the 22nd Urbanworld Film Festival with messages about the importance of continuing the push for diversity in Hollywood.

“This is yet another labor of love that is produced, directed, written, and starring folks that look just like you and me and I’m very proud,” producer Will Packer said as he introduced the film.

“I’m so honored to be here. I’m somebody that has been supported by festivals like this and people like you. You’re my peers, you are the next generation of filmmakers that are coming up,” Packer said to the audience packing the SVA Theater on opening night of the festival.

“I win because you win; when you win, I win. I want to thank you so much for being here, for being in the room. If we’re not in the room, we can’t influence what happens and help take things to the next level.”

The importance of black film festivals to the careers of black filmmakers and to the effort to advance diversity in Hollywood was underscored by the movie’s director, Malcolm Lee. It was a homecoming of sorts for Lee, who got his start at Urbanworld almost two decades ago.

“Nineteen years ago at this festival I launched my first movie, The Best Man,” Lee said. “And it was the word of mouth of this festival that propelled us to a No. 1 ranking at the box office—a whopping $ 9 million. That’s what was success back in 1999.”

Packer and Lee were joined onstage by some of the Night School cast: comedian Tiffany Haddish, rapper Fat Joe, and Hart, who produced, wrote, and stars in the film.

“As he told you this is our seventh movie,” the star said of frequent collaborator Packer. “We’ve had a lot of success together. Four number ones, two number twos. We’re hoping to have another No. 1.”

‘Night School’ producer Will Packer, director Malcolm D. Lee and stars Tiffany Haddish, Fat Joe and Kevin Hart at UrbanWorld promoting their new film ‘Night School.’
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Hart also gave credit to Lee, a “new addition to my entertainment career, but a very valuable one,” calling him “an amazing director, a guy who understands comedy at a very high level and understands an ensemble cast and brings the best out of everybody.”

Haddish not only received praise from her co-star, but a standing ovation from the crowd. “I’m very fortunate to get this woman in this movie, especially when we got her—as the star continues to rise. I just want to take time to celebrate this woman the way she should be celebrated because success is earned, it’s not given. And the opportunities that she now has have been earned.”

“I know where you came from and I know the work that you put into your craft and I know what you have coming,” Hart told Haddish, congratulating her on her recent Emmy award.

But Hart saved his most passionate commentary for last, as he spoke of the work that’s being done to solve the problem of diversity in Hollywood.

“We’re in a business where people of color have asked for opportunity. We’re now in a position where people of color are not only getting these opportunities, but we’re getting recognized. I can say that this road to equality is a long road that we’re fighting for but, that we’re seeing progress.”

“When you see people in a position where they’re winning, and they’re one of us, celebrate those people and don’t choose to tear them down, because you become a part of the problem,” Hart continued. “Celebrate us when we see us winning. We can’t win as people if we don’t allow us to open up the doors for more of us. It’s that simple.”

Haddish, with her perfect comedic timing, then chimed in to add “And if you ain’t got nothing nice to say, don’t say nothing at all.”

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The documentary’s director, narrator, and central subject lies in Jim Stern, an accomplished film (Looper) and theater (Hairspray) producer and staunch Democrat. From the outset, Stern presents himself as an avatar of the metropolitan liberal mindset: willful, vaguely neurotic, and sincerely bewildered by anyone who doesn’t share his beliefs. “He can’t win. America’s not gullible enough,” he says, seated at his Los Angeles home desk, a book with a spine that reads BOBBY KENNEDY tossed conspicuously in front of him. “I’m a political junkie,” he continues, as the camera pans to a framed picture of Stern beaming next to Obama. “I always know what’s going on. Except now. Now I feel like I’ve lost my way.”

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Jon M. Chu knows there’s a lot riding on the success of Crazy Rich Asians.

Though the 38-year-old filmmaker is himself a proven commodity, having helmed the box-office hits Step Up 2, Step Up 3D, GI Joe: Retaliation and Now You See Me 2, with the latter two films grossing a combined $ 710.6 million, this one’s a horse of a different color: the first studio movie since 1993’s The Joy Luck Club featuring an all-Asian cast.

“This is a fairy tale that can inspire a lot of young people and tell them we are on the same level, and that we could have been in all of those classic movies, we just weren’t given the opportunity,” he tells The Daily Beast. 

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Ivanka Trump had a fleeting romance with a totally unexpected Hollywood star

‘It wasn’t a political statement.’

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Apparently the Other First Lady Ivanka Trump used to have a romantic dalliance with somebody you’ve definitely seen on telly before, but never would have clocked as her type. It turns out that cutie patootie Topher Grace – a.k.a. Eric Foreman from That 70s Show – and Ivanka once fluttered their eyelashes and went on a couple of dates together before settling down with their current partners.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Topher confirmed the fleeting relationship ‘reluctantly’, stating, ‘Uh… I did. Certainly it wasn’t a political statement. This was a decade ago. I met her here in New York and we went on a couple of dates.’

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If you can cast your mind way, way back to 2006, the two were spotted having dinner for Ivanka’s 25th birthday alongside fellow That 70s Show star Wilmer Valderamma. They then reportedly moved onto Pure nightclub in Las Vegas, which had the most early 2000s guest list including Ryan Cabrera, Adam Levine and Chelsea Handler.

Topher and Ivanka were apparently spotted canoodling on a VIP bed during the club celebrations while he wore a Teen Wolf mask. (Also side note: everything about that sentence has given us life. A bed in a club? A Teen Wolf mask? Amazing.)

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Topher dodged leading questions about Ivanka’s ties to the current White House administration, saying, ‘I wouldn’t say that we ‘dated,’ but… I didn’t do it for political reasons.’

He also added that he had ‘never met her father’ and to be honest, we’d consider missing out on a meeting with President Donald Trump a blessing in disguise. Topher did describe Trump’s administration as a ‘daily deluge’ of scandals though, which probably hasn’t won him any points with Ivanka’s father. We’re waiting on the all caps tweet and another outrageous Donald Trump quote now.

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While Ivanka and Topher were unfortunately two ships passing in the night, the pair have since settled down with different partners. Ivanka married Jared Kushner back in 2009, while Topher wound up settling down with Ashley Hinshaw in 2016 who he’s still married to today.

To be honest, the idea of Eric Foreman bumbling around the White House and trying to negotiate foreign policy definitely has us in giggles. Just – uh – nobody let Ashton Kutcher’s character Michael near the big red button.

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Black Panther was a cruel experiment because we live in 2018,” Diddy said, “and it’s the first time that the film industry gave us a fair playing field on a worldwide blockbuster, and the hundreds of millions it takes to make it.”

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10 Of The Most Generous Black Women In Hollywood

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Here are our top picks for the most generous Black women in Hollywood.

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Beyoncé:

Beyoncé has quietly donated to causes special to her heart for years, choosing to keep her charitable actions under the radar. But they’ve still been extremely significant. From helping the victims of the Flint water crisis to the homeless, she’s given away millions of her own money to help those in need.

Most recently, when a devastating hurricane struck her hometown of Houston, Texas, the Grammy-winner’s charity BeyGOOD provided aid in the form of baby products, blankets, toiletries, cots and food to the victims who lost their homes and belongings. She also personally handed out food and posed for photos with the victims before hosting a star-studded telethon to raise millions for recovery,.

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From her Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy in South Africa to the Angel Network to fueling the careers of entrepreneurs like Rachael Ray, Nate Berkus, Ava Duvernay and Iyanla Vanzant, Oprah is one of the world’s most renowned philanthropists.

 

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Far from just her music and fashion, Rihanna has quickly become one of the most generous women in Hollywood, donating millions to build a cancer research facility in her native Barbados and raising massive amounts of donations from her Diamond Ball for women pursuing their education around the world. She’s been so generous with her wealth that she was named Harvard University’s 2017 Humanitarian of The Year.

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We Heart: Amy Poehler’s Hollywood Reporter Reality-Check

 

When The Hollywood Reporter asked comedian Amy Poehler a lighthearted series of questions as part of their “40-ish Most Powerful People in Comedy,” she didn’t respond in kind.

When asked about her guilty pleasure, she replied: “Let’s not forget over 4,600 people have died in Puerto Rico.” Poehler pointed out the ecological consequences of pollution when she referenced the death of a giant whale in Thailand who recently swallowed more than 80 plastic bags after being asked about her “dream product endorsement.” She drew attention to the devastating frequency of gun violence in the U.S. when asked about college comedy audiences. (Her exasperated response to a question about her most memorable heckler? “Who cares? The whole world is on fire.”)

Poehler’s serious responses stressed her impatience with the triviality of the interview during such a catastrophic moment in the world—and it isn’t her first time resisting such thoughtless questions. In an appearance with Tina Fey on Late Night with Seth Meyers in 2016, Poehler discussed the sexist nature of questions directed towards female comedians, such as those that ask what they fight about. She also pointed out the obliviousness of a male reporter who asked her how men should deal with the new pressures placed on them to excel at different identities, which she pointed out is a burden “women face everyday.”

Rachel Dratch called Poehler’s replies “genius,” and a plethora of others have voiced their praise on Twitter for her subversive responses. Count us in with the crowd who can’t get enough of the feminist comedian’s persistence—and insistence on focusing on what really matters.

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Destiny’s Child Reunites In West Hollywood For Designer’s Pop Up Shop

When it rains, it pours for fans of Destiny’s Child.

On the heels of their rare reunion at Coachella earlier this month, Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams were under the same roof again this week to support designer Peter Dundas at the debut of his traveling pop-up shop in West Hollywood.

Sporting a little black dress, Bey joined former band mates Kelly, wearing a sequined silver jumpsuit and white blazer, and Michelle, in an all-black ensemble with sparkly heels, for the special night out.

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Heidi Klum, Alessandra Ambrosio and Charlotte McKinney were also in the crowd, which sipped Casamigos cocktails as a DJ mixed the beats at the new Dundas outpost, open through May 5 at 8382 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood before it travels to New York, Miami and beyond.

The store is stocked with the designer’s second collection, which dropped in December (luxe boho dresses and caftans in tiered prints, billowy one-shoulder blouses, and sequined gowns and jumpsuits aplenty) along with new Dundas logo T-shirts ($ 210) and sweatshirts ($ 460) decorated with a black panther icon that the designer often uses to replicate a tattoo on his arm — notably also the symbol of black pride used by Beyoncé in her Beychella wardrobe and concert merch.

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Sarah Jessica Parker to Hollywood: Don’t disregard men

OHMYGOSSIP — Sarah Jessica Parker hopes the entertainment industry won’t “disregard men” in its bid to bring more opportunities to women.
In light of the gender inequality issues that have surfaced throughout the entertainment world over recent months – including allegations of sexual harassment and pay gaps – many stars have called for more female-led movies to give opportunities to actresses.
However, Sarah Jessica, 53, has said that she won’t be writing off men completely when it comes to her production banner Pretty Matches Productions, and hopes other companies don’t either.
She told People magazine: “I don’t want to disregard men – there are really critical, important men in our industry as there are across all industries. We’ve always functioned as a majority female production company. We’re excited about female stories and storytellers, directors, producers, writers, sound mixers, production designers, editors.
“But I think the place we want to get is to where all stories are important and being told, and men are included in those stories. Men play a role in our lives so if we isolate too much, we’re gonna be missing out on interesting and complex stories. I think it’s just finding ways of moving a pipeline towards job opportunities for women of all backgrounds and colours.”
The ‘Sex and The City’ star previously spoke about the need for men to be involved in the women’s rights movement, and praised her agent Kevin Huvane for supporting her during a time when she could have fallen victim to sexual misconduct.
She said recently: “My agent sent a car and a plane ticket [to the film set] and he said, ‘If anybody makes you do anything that you’re not comfortable doing, you don’t.’ Given what’s happening now and the stories told from that particular period, I know how lucky I am that there was someone – in this case, a man – who stepped in.”

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‘Wonder Woman’ Lynda Carter feted with Hollywood star

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – With her arms crossed and poised for action, “Wonder Woman” television actress Lynda Carter was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday as her most famous superhero character enjoys a big-screen revival.
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‘Hollywood Medium’ Tyler Henry Shares Tips To Connect With Those Who’ve Passed On

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4 ways Pervnado has changed Hollywood for the better

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Trump should tune into the Academy Awards on Sunday. Movie exports narrow U.S. trade deficits, says Kabir Sehgal.
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#OscarsSoWhite Creator April Reign Launches New Initiative to Diversify Hollywood

Not enough has changed since the #OscarsSoWhite movement first disrupted Hollywood, calling for fair representation for people of color in the entertainment industry. Even with the record-breaking success of Marvel’s Black Panther and widely popular television shows like Empire, people of color are still not afforded equal access and opportunities in front and behind the camera. According to a new UCLA report titled “Five Years of Progress and Missed Opportunities,” only 8% of film writers of 2016’s top films were minorities, while just 7% were creators of broadcast scripted shows.

To help fill this gap, April Reign, the social media mastermind behind the viral #OscarsSoWhite hashtag, created an initiative that pairs Hollywood studios and media networks with talent of color. Just days before the 2018 Academy Awards, Reign announced the launch of Akuarel, an online database for people from underserved groups looking to work in creative spaces. Through the initiative, she aims to dispel the myth that studios can’t find nonwhite talent for hire.


“This answers one of the issues raised by #OscarsSoWhite of studios saying, ‘We want to work with people from marginalized communities, but we just don’t know where to find them,’” Reign told Mic. “This is going to drop them right in their lap.”

Akuarel, which derives from the French word for watercolors, “Aquarelle,” was developed in partnership with the Motion Picture Association of America. The program allows actors, creatives, and media professionals of color to search for open positions in film, television, and journalism – free of charge. To sign up, Akuarel users can also identify themselves by race, sexual orientation, and gender. In turn, studios, networks, media outlets, and theater companies can gain access to the database for a fee. Once they subscribe, they can search for candidates based on their identity and/or other criteria for an interview or audition.

David Morgan, president of the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association, which built and hosts the Akurel’s website, says their “main objective now is to get Akuarel populated by the talent and the stakeholders themselves. The value to the studios will be once it’s sufficiently populated. A lot of the studios were already partnering with us on sponsorship arrangements.”

Reign, who hosted an Akuarel launch party in Los Angeles Thursday night, called the project “the solution” to the #OscarsSoWhite epidemic. “#Akuarel is a gift to both the creators and the consumers of art and media,” she tweeted. “For those who are committed to issues of equity and inclusion based on race, gender, age, sexual orientation, and disability, Akuarel™ is the solution.”


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Cartoon Trump Roasts Oscar Nominees and Hollywood Harassers

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Stephen Colbert’s new Showtime series Our Cartoon President has a knack for making its cold open sequences ultra-timely—no small feat for an animated show. And this Sunday’s episode is no exception.

In the exclusive clip below, President Trump is revealed as a last-minute replacement Oscar host for Jimmy Kimmel thanks to the work of some Russian bots. And he begins by giving his impressions of this year’s Best Picture nominees.

“I watched Get Out sitting next to Jeff Sessions,” he says. “The guy wouldn’t stop taking notes and smiling like he’s in a toothpaste commercial.”

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Cartoon Trump Roasts Oscar Nominees and Hollywood Harassers

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Stephen Colbert’s new Showtime series Our Cartoon President has a knack for making its cold open sequences ultra-timely—no small feat for an animated show. And this Sunday’s episode is no exception.

In the exclusive clip below, President Trump is revealed as a last-minute replacement Oscar host for Jimmy Kimmel thanks to the work of some Russian bots. And he begins by giving his impressions of this year’s Best Picture nominees.

“I watched Get Out sitting next to Jeff Sessions,” he says. “The guy wouldn’t stop taking notes and smiling like he’s in a toothpaste commercial.”

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Ava DuVernay Partners With Netflix, HBO, OWN to Send Underprivileged Youth to Hollywood

Award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay is teaming up with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Issa Rae Productions, Netflix, HBO, OWN, Warner Bros., and other organizations to help underprivileged youth in Los Angeles realize their dreams of working in Hollywood.

Last week, DuVernay and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the launch of the Evolve Entertainment Fund (EEF), which aims to provide historically underserved communities with access and opportunities in the entertainment industry. The EEF has already secured 150 paid summer internships for students participating in the Hire L.A.’s Youth program at companies like DreamWorks Animation and Kobe Bryant’s Granity Studios. The long list of high-profile partner organizations will work to raise over $ 5 million to fund EEF’s programs for the next few years.

“As we radically reimagine Hollywood, it is critically important that young people are included in our vision,” said DuVernay on Feb. 19 at the unveiling of the EEF in L.A., according to Deadline. “What is one thing that people can do to instigate inclusion on film sets? Hire a woman,” added DuVernay, who serves as the EEF’s co-chair. “Films directed by women have 76% more inclusion across people of color and women.”

The new fund comes as an extension to Mayor Garcetti’s Hire L.A. Youth program, which provided 15,000 black and Latino youth with jobs in 2017. However, less than 20 of those jobs were in the entertainment industry. Hence, the Fund was created to fill that gap.

“Real change happens when we take tangible action, and that means giving young women and people of color opportunities in the industry early on so they have the chance to shape its future,” said DuVernay, the director of the upcoming film A Wrinkle in Time.

Along with internship opportunities, the EEF will offer students mentorships, workshops, and panels, as well as funding to cover production costs for independent projects. Participants will also get help to create projects from  DuVernay’s distribution label ARRAY, Film Independent, and the National Association of Latino Independent Producers.

“When ‘Oscars So White’ and ‘Time’s Up’ put a spotlight on inequality in Hollywood, they captured the frustrations of people shut out of opportunity in what the world knows as L.A.’s signature industry,” said Garcetti at the press conference. “We created the Evolve Entertainment Fund to give people in underserved communities a new opportunity to chase their dreams in Hollywood—whether they want to be the next award-winning director or screenwriter, or are looking to secure a future in below-the-line jobs that are the bedrock of this city’s middle class.”

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Mary J. Blige Breaks Down While Receiving Hollywood Star [VIDEO]

Mary J. Blige spent her birthday on Thursday basking in the adulation of family, friends, and colleagues while receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame…finally.

“I’m so grateful for this star right now because I’ve earned it probably three times,” Blige told the crowd. “I say that with confidence and not arrogance. I say it because I know that now, and I know my worth, and what this means.”

The dedication on Thursday, January 11 followed speeches from record producer Andre Harrell and former mentor Sean “Diddy” Combs. Both praised Blige for her talent and strength.

The Grammy Award-winning artist and recent Golden Globes nominee was serenaded by fans singing “Happy Birthday” as she posed for pictures and hugged family members before the ceremony began. “I’m proud of us. Look at where we are,” Blige replied to one fan.

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul stood beside Harrell as he recalled the first moment he heard her voice. “I remember the expression on Mary’s face when I would say to her ‘Your voice is going to sing with rock legends. Your voice is going to change your life and make you royal,” Harrell said, adding that since being introduced on “Soul Train” as “the queen of hip-hop and soul music,” the title remains.

Diddy, who collaborated with Blige on her early breakout albums, praised the singer for her ability to heal through her music. “Whatever she is going through, she knows she has a responsibility to help others who are going through the same thing,” Diddy said. “Mary J. Blige has saved a lot of lives. Mary J. Blige has saved a lot of broken hearts.”

Blige also gave shoutouts to other friends and family in the audience, including outgoing BET chief executive Debra Lee, “Mudbound” costar Garrett Hedlund, and music producer and Apple executive Jimmy Iovine.

Iovine, she said through tears, provided a roof over her head during her contentious divorce from Kendu Isaacs.

“When all hell was turning loose in 2016 and I had to file and all of that stuff, I was homeless last year,” she said, adding, “Jimmy Iovine took me into his Malibu home, he and his beautiful wife, Liberty. I will never forget that.”

Blige took a moment to acknowledge “Mudbound” director Dee Rees who also attended. “You really, really saved my life,” Blige said. “‘Mudbound’” opened up doors and gave me strength I didn’t even know I had.”

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Mary J. Blige To Receive Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Mary J. Blige will be honored with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The ceremony will take place on January 11, with Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs taking part in the unveiling, according to Variety. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul will be in the recording category, despite her work in film and television.

The Grammy Award-winning artist has received Golden Globe Award, SAG Award, and Critics’ Choice Award nominations for her role in Dee Rees’ period drama “Mudbound,” as well as a Golden Globe nom for the best original song for “Mighty River.”

Blige’s Walk of Fame star unveiling will take place at 6201 Hollywood Blvd. in front of Eastown.

“Mary J. Blige is one of the most popular singers of our generation. Fans will be thrilled to see her star on the Boulevard as her career milestones are celebrated on this very famous sidewalk,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.

The Bronx native got her start in music by signing with Uptown Records in 1989. Her début album, “What’s the 411?,” was executive produced by Diddy and since then, she has released 12 more albums that have garnered nine Grammy Award wins from her 31 nominations.

Her film début was in 2001’s “Prison Song,” followed by Tyler Perry’s “I Can Do Bad All by Myself.” Blige also starred alongside Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, and Russell Brand in 2012’s “Rock of Ages,” and appeared in 2013’s musical drama “Black Nativity,” per Variety.

Blige’s small screen work includes guests roles on “How to Get Away With Murder,” “Empire” and “30 Rock.” She also played Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West, on NBC’s musical “The Wiz Live!”

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Capping off an extremely successful year, Mary J. Blige, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The ceremony will take place on January 11 and celebrates Blige’s extraordinary career in music and entertainment, spanning over 25 years. Her friend and frequent collaborator Sean “Diddy” Combs will also attend the ceremony to unveil the star.

Mary J. Blige is one of the most popular singers of our generation. Fans will be thrilled to see her star on the Boulevard as her career milestones are celebrated on this very famous sidewalk,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies in a statement to Variety.

Blige is currently nominated for a series of awards for her subtle, but striking performance in “Mudbound,” a tale of two families linked together by the Mississippi Delta. She secured two Golden Globe nominations, one for Best Supporting Actress and the other for the movie’s original song “Mighty River.” Blige also scored a Screen Actors Guild nomination and a Critics Choice nod.

She arrived on the music scene in 1989 as the first female act of Uptown Records at the age of 18. Her early collaborations with Combs earned her numerous hits, including her chart-topping debut album “What’s The 411?” followed by her successful sophomore album, “My Life.” During her music career she’s released a total of 12 albums and appeared in a variety of movies and TV movies including, “Prison Song,” “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” “How To Get Away With Murder” and “The Wiz Live!”

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Hollywood High School Twin Brothers to Walk in 2018 Rose Parade

When Kais and Zane Karram were young boys growing up in Washington, D.C., the fraternal twins recall watching the colorful Tournament of Roses Parade® followed by the Rose Bowl game on TV every year.

So when the now Hollywood High School seniors, varsity football team captains, and aspiring filmmakers heard about the opportunity to walk with the Kaiser Permanente 2018 Rose Parade float in Pasadena, California, they didn’t hesitate to volunteer.

“Four years ago, our family packed everything that would fit into our Toyota Prius and moved cross-country to Los Angeles,” said Zane.What better way to truly feel part of this community than to participate in this honored tradition that so many people see nationwide and around the world on New Year’s Day?”

The Karram brothers are among 24 Hollywood High School students and physicians who will walk with Kaiser Permanente’s “Inspiring Healthy Communities” float along the 5.5-mile parade route. The vibrant and whimsical community garden design celebrates this year’s parade theme, “Making A Difference,” and those who are making a lasting impact on the health of individuals in communities across the United States.

Eight honorees will ride atop Kaiser Permanente’s float and come from the regions where the nonprofit organization provides health care. Hollywood High School is a longtime community partner and participant in Kaiser Permanente’s Thriving School program, an effort focused on creating a culture of health and wellness for students, teachers, and staff in K-12 schools.

Storytelling to motivate change

For the Karram brothers, telling the stories of others to effect positive, long-term change and to show that people are more alike than different, are among the goals they strive to achieve through their passion – filmmaking.

 Born in Washington, D.C., the twins’ father, Ziad Karram, an engineer, was born in Jerusalem and is Palestinian. Their mother, Iris Ivey, who is of mixed heritage, is originally from Alaska and has relatives who still live a subsistence lifestyle.

 “From a young age, I developed an understanding of diversity, minorities, and the plight of oppressed people,” said Kais. “My parents instilled in me and my siblings the value that, although we all have our personal journeys, those journeys are not all about us. Therefore, while my family has experienced hardship and tragedy, I was raised to be resilient and to remember the importance of the big picture.”

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The Karram brothers prepare to film a scene.

 Zane agreed, adding how the power of film can illuminate those journeys. “What makes me most passionate about filmmaking is that it provides artists with a vehicle to share their voice and reveal truth, which not only contributes to the arts, but also to our global society at large,” he said. “As a filmmaker, I know it is my responsibility to shed light and truth by telling stories that cause people to pause and think.”

The brothers are off to a promising start. As members of the high school’s New Media Academy, Zane is program president and Kais, vice president. The high academic achievers, who rank 10th and 11th in their class, have developed broad experience in the art of filmmaking, video editing, digital imaging, and graphic design. While both like to write, Kais especially enjoys film editing, and Zane, cinematography.

The list of their completed projects includes two films named “Best Cinema Project” at Hollywood High School that depict each of the teens’ personal stories, and “The Panel,” a scripted documentary on the defunding of Planned Parenthood, which was a finalist at the Link Learning California Project Convention for best student project in 2017.

Additionally, the brothers have served as student ambassadors for the New Media Academy, and they were the only high school students invited this year to participate as student ambassadors at the Avid Global Services learning partners’ convention in Hollywood.

A bright future

After high school, the Karrams look forward to attending college to study filmmaking. The brothers are applying to schools on the West and East coasts, but “their dream is to go to the USC School of Cinematic Arts,” said Ivey.

“We’re very proud of them,” said Ziad. “And it’s wonderful they have the opportunity not only to walk with Kaiser Permanente’s float, but also to highlight the high school that has helped provide them a solid foundation to pursue their dreams.”

In addition to the twins, the walkers include other students who are part of Hollywood High School’s associated student body, dance guard and marching band; two high school representatives; and two physicians associated with the Wellness Center that Kaiser Permanente operates on the school campus.

In fact, three of the student walkers who are also in the dance guard – Johvonne Roberts, Ashley Spain, and India Williams – choreographed the group’s dance steps to the song, “Walking on Sunshine,” for this year’s big event.

Zane and Kais, both linebackers for their school, have been practicing the moves.

“The dance steps make it even more fun,” said Zane. “And all of us are looking forward to sharing the message of healthy eating and active living in the New Year, so we hope everyone tunes in to see the Kaiser Permanente float!”

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She’s spent 35 years in the spotlight, is an adoring mother, and has built an empire—but, as Drew Barrymore tells InStyle in her newest cover story, she has no interest in slowing down. The Santa Clarita Diet star touches on everything you want to know in the magazine’s February issue—including growing up in show business (complete with throwback photos and how she interprets them with fashion today), her life without a romantic relationship, and, when it comes to fashion, why she decided to launch her own line with Amazon Fashion.

“I kept feeling this burning desire to build an apparel brand for women by women, to explore something romantic,” she told InStyle. “I took it back to my love of tailoring and having been in a costume house my whole life. I have a body type that I tend to cover up.” she continued on in the interview. “So it’s nothing tight, not big and boxy, more of a fluid drape that feels like the ’20s, ’40s, and ’70s. Not utterly casual but efforted in its effortlessness.”

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Amber Tamblyn and Rose McGowan are in the midst of a very public fight on social media, after falling out over a plan by some actresses to wear black to the Golden Globes next month as a mark of protest against sexual harassment in the entertainment industry.

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Why Aren’t Hollywood Films More Diverse?

Why aren’t Hollywood films more diverse? The international box office might be to blame

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(THE CONVERSATION) In 2014, a hacker group leaked confidential information from Sony Pictures Entertainment, including a controversial email written by an unnamed producer.
In the email, which went viral, the producer questioned the decision to cast Denzel Washington as the lead in “The Equalizer”:

“I believe that the international motion-picture audience is racist – in general, pictures with an African-American lead don’t play well overseas… But Sony sometimes seems to disregard that a picture must work well internationally to both maximize returns and reduce risk, especially pictures with decent-size budgets.”

Many actors, activists and newspapers have raised concerns related to diversity in Hollywood films. Several organizations, including blackfilm.com and the Geena Davis Institute, now actively monitor and promote diversity in media.

But was the Sony producer onto something in raising concerns about the biases of moviegoers abroad? Is it possible that the lack of nonwhite and female lead characters in Hollywood films is driven, in part, by economic concerns from movie studios? Our analysis of more than 800 films sampled between 2005 and 2012 suggests the answer is “yes.”

Who’s in the movies

Research suggests that films suffer from demographic disparities.

In one study, researchers at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism analyzed the demographic characteristics of over 11,000 speaking characters in hundreds of films and television series released in 2014. Approximately 75 percent of all actors involved were white. Meanwhile, 12 percent were black, 6 percent Asian, 5 percent Hispanic/Latino and 3 percent were identified as Middle Eastern or “other.”

We looked at the top-grossing films each year from 2005 to 2012, using information from Box Office Mojo, IMDB, The New York Times movie reviews and Rotten Tomatoes. Our data include the 150 top films each year that were distributed domestically and abroad, excluding G-rated and animated films.

Just 28 percent of movies in our sample had a female first lead character. Only 19 percent had a nonwhite first lead character.
These figures are in stark contrast to the demographics of the U.S. population. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, approximately 51 percent of the U.S. is female and 35 percent is nonwhite or Hispanic.

Consumer tastes

Recently, film studios have facedmore intense competition from independent filmmakers, increased globalization and streaming video sources. In this environment, film studios may be inclined to supply movies with characteristics that appeal to more consumers and increase profits.

Since international box office revenue is now more than twice as large as domestic revenue, the economic incentive for studios to cater to the preferences of international audiences is larger than ever. The top five international box office markets are China, Japan, the U.K., France and India.

Does consumer discrimination in these markets explain the underrepresentation of female and nonwhite actors in Hollywood films?

We analyzed the potential gender and racial biases from the consumer side through their influence on box office revenue, both domestically and internationally. We looked at the relationship between cast demographics and theater audiences, controlling for other factors that may affect a movie’s success, such as production budgets, release timing, genre, critic ratings and star power.

There’s significant evidence that a film cast’s racial diversity negatively affects international box office performance. By our estimates, a 10 percentage point increase in racial cast diversity leads to 17 percent less international revenue, even after controlling for key film characteristics. This effect disappears in the domestic market.

Similarly, adding just one nonwhite lead actor led to a 40 percent decrease in international revenue.

However, we did not find any link between gender diversity and movie revenue. Productions with a female lead character fared as well economically outside the U.S. as those with a male lead.

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The results provide convincing evidence that studio executives have legitimate concerns about the relationship between diversity and revenue.

The negative effects of nonwhite characters on profits could explain the racial disparity observed in Hollywood films. In that case, it could be argued that consumer prejudice leads to roles that favor white actors more, because the increased revenue is attractive to studio executives.

Most movies make a lot more foreign revenue than domestic revenue, but movies with diverse casts can struggle abroad, even if they are incredibly successful domestically. For example, 2012’s “Think Like a Man” made US$ 91.5 million in the domestic market but just $ 4.5 million in the international market. “The Help,” a 2011 Academy Award-winning period drama, made $ 169.7 million in the domestic market compared to $ 46.9 million in the international market.

This doesn’t mean that preferences of studio executives are not at all responsible for the demographic disparity, but it does suggest that market forces are at least partly responsible.

Consumer tastes are a likely factor driving studios’ preference of nonwhite underrepresentation in movies. The revenue implications of international audience preferences are simply too large for studios to ignore.

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article here: http://theconversation.com/why-arent-hollywood-films-more-diverse-the-international-box-office-might-be-to-blame-86905.

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The ceremony, held on Friday in Hollywood, was attended by hundreds of the late singer’s fans who lined the famed Hollywood Boulevard for hours waiting for the star to be unveiled.

Stars like Eva Longoria and Edward James Olmos (who played Selena’s father, Abraham, in the 1997 film about her life) attended, along with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Her family, including her father, sister Suzette, brother A.B., and her widower Chris Perez, were also there.

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“I feel like we’ve crossed different generations. We’re now in a whole new generation of millennials and I’m very grateful on behalf of my family and myself for them embracing her and finding her,” Suzette said. “I want to keep this short and sweet. I want to thank my parents, especially my father for having that vision and being able to guide us throughout our whole career and for teaching us that we can succeed as long as we put in hard work. I hope that sets the example for all of our youth that’s out there.”

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Quintanilla was murdered in a motel in her hometown of Corpus Christi, Texas, in 1995 by Yolanda Saldivar, who worked as a manger of the singer’s clothing boutiques.

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