Update: Jada Pinkett Smith breaks silence on Oscars slap

Jada Pinkett Smith has broken her silence after the outcry over her husband slapping Chris Rock for making a joke at her expense. In a brief post to Instagram, the actress wrote of a “season for healing” in apparent reference to the Oscars incident. Her husband, Will Smith, was condemned by the awards organisers for hitting Rock. He apologised on Monday, calling violence “poisonous and destructive”. The incident Sunday night happened just before Smith won the Oscar for Best Actor, when the comedian Rock was on stage to present the award for Best Documentary. He made a quip about Pinkett … Continue reading Update: Jada Pinkett Smith breaks silence on Oscars slap

Update: Will Smith apologises to Chris Rock after Oscars slap

Will Smith has apologised to Chris Rock after he slapped him at the Oscars, saying his behaviour was “unacceptable and inexcusable”. “I would like to publicly apologise to you, Chris,” he said in a statement. “I was out of line and I was wrong.” It comes after the Oscars film academy condemned Smith over the incident and announced a formal review. The star slapped Rock in the face on stage after the comic made a joke about the actor’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith. Rock had taken aim at Pinkett Smith’s shaved head, a result of the hair-loss condition alopecia. Moments … Continue reading Update: Will Smith apologises to Chris Rock after Oscars slap

At Last: Will Smith wins first Oscar for tenacious father in ‘King Richard’

Will Smith Will Smith won his first Academy Award on Sunday, moments after a stunning incident in which he smacked presenter Chris Rock on stage for making a joke about his wife and twice shouted a vulgarity. Smith captured the best actor honor for his portrayal of Richard Williams, the determined father who raised tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams, in “King Richard.” Smith, 53, one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars, had been nominated twice before, for 2001’s “Ali” and 2006 movie “The Pursuit of Happiness.” “I want to apologize to the Academy. I want to apologize to all my … Continue reading At Last: Will Smith wins first Oscar for tenacious father in ‘King Richard’

Senseless: Jane Campion sorry to Venus and Serena Williams for ‘thoughtless’ remark

Director Jane Campion has apologized to tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams for making a “thoughtless” remark at a Hollywood award ceremony. At the Critics Choice Awards on Sunday, Campion said she was “honoured” to be in the same room as the sisters. But she added that the pair “do not play against the guys like I have to”. She later said it was “a thoughtless comment equating what I do in the film world with all that Serena Williams and Venus Williams have achieved”. Campion won best director and best picture for her Western film The Power of the … Continue reading Senseless: Jane Campion sorry to Venus and Serena Williams for ‘thoughtless’ remark

Oscar-winning Marvel actor William Hurt dies aged 71

Marvel Comic Universe actor William Hurt has died aged 71. The Academy Award-winning actor, who starred in several instalments of the superhero franchise, died a week before his 72nd birthday. He died peacefully and of natural causes, according to a statement shared online by his son Will. Hurt was nominated for the best actor Oscar three years running for Kiss Of The Spider Woman in 1985, Children Of A Lesser God in 1986 and Broadcast News in 1987. He won the best actor Oscar and Bafta for Kiss Of The Spider Woman in 1985. He was nominated again for a best … Continue reading Oscar-winning Marvel actor William Hurt dies aged 71

Ukraine War: Disney, Warner, Sony halt release of films in Russia

Warner Bros, Disney and Sony have halted the release of films in Russian cinemas, after the invasion of Ukraine. The announcements mean the releases of major movies The Batman, Turning Red and Morbius will now not go ahead as scheduled in the country. They come as governments around the world have been ramping up their sanctions against Moscow. In recent days global corporations, including car makers and energy giants, have cut business ties with Russia. The Warner Bros blockbuster The Batman was due to be released in Russia on Friday. “In light of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine, WarnerMedia is … Continue reading Ukraine War: Disney, Warner, Sony halt release of films in Russia

LOL: Fans sue Universal Pictures over film without Ana de Armas

Two US fans of Cuban-Spanish actress Ana de Armas have sued Hollywood studio Universal Pictures, saying they were duped into renting a film because she was in the trailer. Conor Woulfe and Peter Rosza say they each paid $3.99 (£2.94) for the comedy Yesterday, only to discover the actress had been removed from the final cut. They are seeking $5m in compensation on behalf of all affected viewers. Universal Pictures has so far not commented on the issue. The fans say they were victims of deceptive marketing, and that Universal used de Armas’s “fame, radiance and brilliance” to promote a … Continue reading LOL: Fans sue Universal Pictures over film without Ana de Armas

Jean-Marc Vallée the Canadian filmmaker dies aged 58

Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée, whose work included Dallas Buyers Club and Wild has died aged 58. The Oscar-nominated director also won an Emmy award for his work on the HBO series Big Little Lies. He died over the weekend in Quebec City, his long-time producing partner Nathan Ross confirmed in a statement provided to The Hollywood Reporter, though no cause of death was given. Ross said Vallée “stood for creativity” and “authenticity”. “He was a true artist and a generous, loving guy,” he wrote. “Everyone who worked with him couldn’t help but see the talent and vision he possessed. “He was … Continue reading Jean-Marc Vallée the Canadian filmmaker dies aged 58

Spider-Man movie ‘No Way Home’ becomes first movie to make $1 billion at the Box office in Covid pandemic era

The last movie to reach $1 billion at the box office worldwide was Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which was released in December 2019. The film has become the first to make $1 billion at the box office worldwide since the Covid-19 pandemic began.  Spider-Man: No Way Home which stars Tom Holland, Zendaya and Benedict Cumberbatch is also the third-fastest movie to reach the billion-dollar milestone: In 2019, Avengers: Endgame and Avengers: Infinity War did so in five days and 11 days, respectively. The last movie to garner $1 billion at the box office was Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which hit theaters in December 2019. Many countries began … Continue reading Spider-Man movie ‘No Way Home’ becomes first movie to make $1 billion at the Box office in Covid pandemic era

James Franco admits sleeping with students from his acting school

Actor James Franco has admitted having sex with students from his acting school, almost four years after sexual misconduct allegations were made. He agreed to pay $2.2m (£1.6m) in July after being sued for engaging in “sexually-charged behaviour towards female students”. Speaking on The Jess Cagle Podcast, he said that while teaching, he “did sleep with students, and that was wrong”. He said he had not started the school to lure women for sexual purposes. The actor said he had remained quiet for such a long period because “there were people that were upset with me and I needed to … Continue reading James Franco admits sleeping with students from his acting school

Lowlifer: US actor hatched ‘secret plan’ for hate hoax

Jussie Smollett hatched a “secret plan” to concoct a hoax hate crime against himself, a court has heard on the opening day of the US TV actor’s trial. Mr Smollett, 39, told police in January 2019 that he was attacked by two men who shouted pro-Trump slogans and tied a noose around his neck. But his defence lawyers told the trial their client was “a real victim”. Mr Smollett has denied wrongdoing. Fifteen jurors were chosen earlier on Monday to hear the case. Authorities allege that Mr Smollett paid two Nigerian-born brothers $3,500 (£2,630) to carry out the attack to … Continue reading Lowlifer: US actor hatched ‘secret plan’ for hate hoax

Eddie Redmayne says it was a mistake to play trans role in The Danish Girl

Actor Eddie Redmayne has said playing a transgender character in 2015 film The Danish Girl was “a mistake”. The British star was nominated for an Oscar for his role as Lile Elbe, one of the first people in the world to have gender reassignment surgery. The film was praised by some at the time but others felt a trans actor should have been cast in the role. “No, I wouldn’t take it on now. I made that film with the best intentions, but I think it was a mistake,” he said. “The bigger discussion about the frustrations around casting is … Continue reading Eddie Redmayne says it was a mistake to play trans role in The Danish Girl