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Former Catalan Leader Puigdemont Says Huge Majority Supports Him as President Former Catalan Leader Puigdemont Says Huge Majority Supports Him as President
- January 24, 2018

Danish broadcaster TV2 released an image on its website of Puigdemont being surrounded by reporters after his plane landed in Copenhagen Airport. Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on Monday vowed to form a new government despite "threats" from the central government in Madrid, as a Spanish judge refused to re-issue a European warrant for his arrest. (more...)
Jordan Peele Makes History with Three Oscar Nominations! Jordan Peele Makes History with Three Oscar Nominations!
- January 24, 2018

In doing so, the Academy singled out nine films that will compete for Best Picture , ranging from Christopher Nolan's World War II epic Dunkirk to the harrowing social commentary of Jordan Peel's Get Out . Denzel Washington is up for Best Actor for a second consecutive year and eighth time overall, this year for the legal drama "Roman J. Israel, Esq .", while Daniel Kaluuya is nominated in the same category for his breakout performance in the critically acclaimed " Get Out ". (more...)
Complete list of nominees for the 90th annual Academy Awards Complete list of nominees for the 90th annual Academy Awards
- January 24, 2018

At the 1992 Oscars , The Silence of the Lambs took home Best Picture , Best Director , Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Jodie Foster), and Best Adapted Screenplay . Production Design: " Beauty and the Beast ", " Blade Runner 2049 ", " Darkest Hour ", " Dunkirk , " The Shape of Water ". Meryl Streep received her 21st Academy Award nomination for her role as The Washington Post publisher Katherine Graham in The Post . (more...)
The Third 'Cloverfield' Movie May Head To Netflix Instead Of Theaters The Third 'Cloverfield' Movie May Head To Netflix Instead Of Theaters
- January 24, 2018

A sequel of sorts arrived in 2016 with 10 Cloverfield Lane , a Twilight Zone-like thriller only vaguely connected to the original film. The new Cloverfield movie is due out in theaters April 20th, and while not all that much is known about the film, the official title may have accidently leaked online. (more...)
Ant and Dec big winners at National Television Awards Ant and Dec big winners at National Television Awards
- January 24, 2018

Over the previous year he announced his divorce from his wife Lisa Armstrong , and he was also treated for an addiction to painkillers. 'It's been a very emotional night tonight, quite a year, quite a tough 12 months, so winning this means a lot, ' said Ant, subtly referencing his decision to enter rehab and later end his 12-year marriage. (more...)
Jordan Peele makes history with 'Get Out' Oscar nomination Jordan Peele makes history with 'Get Out' Oscar nomination
- January 24, 2018

Still, Gerwig is just the fifth woman to ever be nominated in the category following Bigelow, Sofia Coppola ( Lost In Translation ), Jane Campion ( The Piano ) and Lena Wertmüller ( Seven Beauties ), while Peele is now the fifth black director to ever be nominated after the aforementioned Daniels, John Singleton ( Boyz N the Hood ), Steve McQueen ( 12 Years a Slave ) and Moonlight filmmaker Barry Jenkins just last year. (more...)
Oscar nominations: 14 snubs and surprises Oscar nominations: 14 snubs and surprises
- January 24, 2018

Peele has already made history as the first black filmmaker nominated for writing, producing and directing in the same year , according to Esquire . Oscar voters also appeared to dodge a public-relations bullet by not nominating James Franco , given the sexual-misconduct allegations facing the actor , who had won a Golden Globe for his movie, " The Disaster Artist ". (more...)
Teletubbies' Tinky-Winky actor Simon Shelton dies aged 52 Teletubbies' Tinky-Winky actor Simon Shelton dies aged 52
- January 24, 2018

The British actor didn't have many other credits to his name, but he did star as The Dark Knight on a children's TV series titled Incredible Games from 1994 to 1995. Simon Shelton was the second actor to play Tinky Winky on Teletubbies . The kindest and most talented man you could ever wish to meet. Shelton Barnes was at the centre of huge media commotion in 1999, when USA televangelist Jerry Falwell warned that Tinky Winky had become a " gay role model ". (more...)
A Vigil For a Burned Down Taco Bell Drew 100 People A Vigil For a Burned Down Taco Bell Drew 100 People
- January 24, 2018

I always dreamed of having my funeral at a Taco Bell, but I never imagined there would be a funeral for a Taco Bell. Local comedian Ashley Nicole Portis performed a reprise of a Taco Bell parody video she released a year ago. "This was just a joke", James said. "It just gave people something to talk about other than all the negativity that's going on right now". They also say they're planning a comeback and will rebuild. (more...)
Russian Culture Ministry yanks distribution certificate for The Death of Stalin Russian Culture Ministry yanks distribution certificate for The Death of Stalin
- January 24, 2018

British director Armando Iannucci's Death of Stalin has been pulled from release in Russian Federation, after culture tsar Vladimir Medinsky revealed his ministry had received a number of complaints about the movie, which imagines the power struggle created by Soviet leader Josef Stalin's death in 1953. (more...)
Ugandan President Backs Trump's 'Shithole' Comments: 'He Speaks to Africans Frankly' Ugandan President Backs Trump's 'Shithole' Comments: 'He Speaks to Africans Frankly'
- January 24, 2018

He talks to Africans frankly. I don't know whether he's misquoted or whatever. "In the world, you can not survive if you're weak.that's why we need East African integration", Mr Museveni said during the opening of East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) assembly in Kampala on Tuesday. (more...)
Neil Diamond Ends Tour Amid Parkinson's Diagnosis Neil Diamond Ends Tour Amid Parkinson's Diagnosis
- January 24, 2018

The artist has sold over 130 million albums worldwide, and performed 55 shows to sold-out crowds on his recent 50th Anniversary Tour alone. "My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. His first real success came as the writer of hit songs performed by the Monkees, including I'm a Believer . In 1984, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. (more...)
Bill Cosby Takes Stage For The First Time Since Sexual Assault Trial Bill Cosby Takes Stage For The First Time Since Sexual Assault Trial
- January 24, 2018

Cosby's standup was part of a variety performance in honor of jazz musician Tony Williams , and he also engaged happily with the band behind him, scatting along with the music and briefly playing the drums. Cosby bizarrely said to a reporter "Don't put me on #MeToo ", but perhaps unbeknownst to The Cosby Show creator, there is no master list of all the predatory men. (more...)
Album Review: Camila Cabello's 'Camila' Album Review: Camila Cabello's 'Camila'
- January 24, 2018

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the United States, based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). However, listeners are reminded of her girl-band days with the track "Inside Out", which resembles multiple tracks from Fifth Harmony's first album, Reflection . (more...)
Hugh Masekela Was One Of Africa's Greatest Musicians - Ken Addy Hugh Masekela Was One Of Africa's Greatest Musicians - Ken Addy
- January 24, 2018

Between 1964-1966, Masekela was married to singer, actress and activist Miriam Makeba (1932-2008), one of the most important figures fighting the white-ruled apartheid regime outside South Africa . The family lauded the press for respecting his privacy during his battle with cancer. The family of jazz legend Hugh Masekela is on Wednesday expected to address South Africans for the first time since his death. (more...)
LeBron James becomes youngest National Basketball Association player with 30000 points LeBron James becomes youngest National Basketball Association player with 30000 points
- January 24, 2018

James hit a 20-foot jumper with one second left in the first quarter to score his 30,000th point. James, who entered the National Basketball Association straight out of high school in 2003, became the youngest player to reach the mark, although Chamberlain, Jordan and Abdul-Jabbar got there in fewer games . (more...)
Girl, aged 8, stabbed to death in Walsall, West Midlands Girl, aged 8, stabbed to death in Walsall, West Midlands
- January 24, 2018

The mother of an eight-year-old girl who died after being knifed at a bungalow said "my partner stabbed my little girl", a neighbour has said. He suffered a stab wound to his stomach and has been in hospital since the weekend, undergoing surgery yesterday. (more...)
'Padman' makes way for 'Padmaavat', to release on Feb 9 'Padman' makes way for 'Padmaavat', to release on Feb 9
- January 24, 2018

Deepika Padukone , Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor-starrer " Padmaavat " will release on 25 January. After facing a lot of controversies and death threats, the makers of magnum opus " Padmaavat " have finally screened the movie to a group of journalists in the national capital. (more...)
Cambridge native Rachel Morrison becomes first woman nominated for cinematography Oscar Cambridge native Rachel Morrison becomes first woman nominated for cinematography Oscar
- January 23, 2018

This year's Oscar nominations weren't completely bad, partly because at least one category includes a historical first - Best Cinematography. Blige's nomination makes her the first person to be nominated for an acting performance and an original song in a single year. (more...)
Kate Middleton To Launch Website To Help Teachers Talk About Mental Health Kate Middleton To Launch Website To Help Teachers Talk About Mental Health
- January 23, 2018

Prince William , Prince Harry and Kate - who is now pregnant with her third child - launched the HeadsTogether campaign a year ago. The insider told Express.co.uk : "Catherine has said she would love to have her baby at home". At the time of both Prince George's and Prince Charlotte's births, hundreds of people were seen to be camping outside of the Lindo Wing in the hope of catching a glimpse of a new royal tot, and naturally St Mary's Hospital found it hard to operate as normal ... (more...)
International Monetary Fund pegs India's growth at 7.4 percent next fiscal International Monetary Fund pegs India's growth at 7.4 percent next fiscal
- January 23, 2018

Modi added that the developed world needed to do more to help poorer nations combat the effects of climate change. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a roundtable meeting with the CEOs of top global companies before his keynote address at the plenary session of the World Economic Forum ( WEF ) here on Tuesday morning. (more...)
Moderates power bipartisan agreement to end three-day government shutdown
- January 23, 2018

There was, at times, too much talking, Collins acknowledged. If Sen. Susan Collins ever leaves politics, maybe she should work as a mediator. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. A glass elephant sitting on a shelf owned by Collins became the casualty, with the stick chipping it a little bit. Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, joked with Durbin he was exhausted of "those meetings where they pass the ball around". (more...)
Trump tweets it's 'a flawless day for all Women to March' Trump tweets it's 'a flawless day for all Women to March'
- January 23, 2018

The National Women's March organization's spokesperson said that the organisation anticipates holding events similar to the one in Las Vegas in battleground states throughout the year as part of a national effort to energise female voters. (more...)
James Franco Snubbed By the Academy Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations James Franco Snubbed By the Academy Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations
- January 23, 2018

It lets the conversation about workplace harassment and parity go on without litigating the specifics of Franco's case. Before the allegations surfaced, awards pundits predicted Franco would nab a nomination for his role in The Disaster Artist . (more...)
Slayer bringing final tour to Santander Arena Slayer bringing final tour to Santander Arena
- January 23, 2018

In a career-spanning video teaser, the band has revealed the End of Days are upon us and they will be headed out for a final run. Over on Twitter, the band put out a poster for the tour, confirming that Lamb of God , Anthrax , Behemoth and Testament will provide support. (more...)

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