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- Lisa Marie's daughters had been living with her as divorce proceedings were ongoing, but were recently removed from her care when she alerted authorities to the indecent photos of children on Michael Lockwood's computer.
- Lisa Marie claims there are hundreds of photos of children on Lockwood's computer, and says in part: "I had no idea that [he] had taken those photos. I will refrain from describing the photographs in detail out of respect for the privacy of my family."
- While Lisa Marie notes Lockwood has not yet been convicted of a crime, she argues the fact "that he possessed them is documented evidence of conduct that has destroyed the mental or emotional calm of [Presley]."
- Lockwood calls Lisa Marie's accusations "one-sided, highly sensational, inaccurate and unproven" (Okay, but...he's not outright denying it???) and that Lisa Marie has failed to disclose important information "directly related to her inflammatory claims against Mr Lockwood."
- Lockwood says Lisa Marie is "vindictive" and "distasteful," and has broken a clause to not publicize their divorce, and "she cares more about destroying me than her own kids." Lisa Marie's lawyer Ronald A. Litz was removed from the case after speaking to People magazine.
- He says the allegations against BOTH of them (perhaps relating to her drug abuse) are currently unproven, but Lisa Marie has a history of lying and not taking personal responsibility.
- Lockwood's lawyer also claims Lisa Marie’s lawyer Mark Gross called with a "threat" that he would go public unless Lockwood abandoned his bid to get $40k a month in spousal support and $100k in lawyer fees.
- He also claims Lisa Marie is lying about being broke, saying she still receives $466k/month, $5.6 million/year. She also failed to disclose the five homes she's paying for: three in California, one in Tennessee and one in Hawaii. He says he makes only 1% of her income, capping off at $55k.
- Lockwood also disputes claims that he buys extravagant gifts for their daughters, but doesn't deny he and Lisa Marie's financial manager stole millions from her.
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- When the ban was put in place nominee and Iranian director Asghar Farhadi announced that he would not attend the ceremony (unclear if he's changed his mind since then).
- The Swedish nominee also leaned that his lead actress would not be able to attend the ceremony because she has dual Swedish-Iranian citizenship.
- All of them oppose the ban.
- Sweden's nominee Hannes Holm thinks a boycott is pointless because Trump voters don't care about the Oscars.
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In a recent interview with US Weekly, Courtney Stodden confirmed that she and Doug Hutchison officially called things quits about three months ago. She continued saying that the breakup has been really hard and that emotions are still very high. The decision did not come lightly as she felt that they had been through so much together, citing the miscarriage that she had last year, but that they had been struggling for some time.
In another interview (posted above) Courtney continued saying that she hopes 2017 will bring good things as 2016 was so rough for her. She states that she's single and dating. When asked about what she looks for in a man she responded, "I think I just want to have fun and I like guys who are funny and you know successful... and girls too I mean I'm bi so why not some girls too?"
Source 1 and 2
Hopefully this split is permanent and she finds some happiness.
Antonia Thomas (Misfits) has been cast as the female lead in the ABC drama pilot The Good Doctor
based on a South Korean format, The Good Doctor centers on a young surgeon, Shaun Murphy, with Savant syndrome who is recruited into the pediatric surgical unit of a prestigious hospital.
Thomas plays Claire Browne, a strong-willed, caring and talented doctor who forms a special connection with Shaun while wrestling her own challenges.
She was never a child star
“I wouldn’t even call myself a former child star. I was a child actor; there’s a difference. People look at you and they think they know you. They think they can place you in a certain category by what they think they know about you. But there’s so much more to all of us than what we know and what we see at face value.”
Underground is not a slavery show
“I think we had seen the occupation so much, we wanted to see the revolution and that is what Underground is,”
“It was the story of the uprising. It was the story of those of us who fought back, who attempted to fight for their freedom. That was a side of the story we were hungry to see in order to understand our whole history.”
Colorism in Hollywood
"There are obstacles and challenges that my dark-skinned sisters face that I will never know. How they are perceived when they walk in a room of strangers is something I will never truly know. I would be ignorant to say colorism doesn’t exist, it’s gross and disgusting.”
sources : 1, 2, 3, 4
April 22 premiere date
The film tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (played by Winfrey), the film chronicles her search to learn about the mother she never knew and understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever.
Joining Winfrey in front of the camera are some stellar actors including Renee Elise Goldsberry, Courtney B. Vance, Leslie Uggams, Rocky Carroll, Rose Byrne, Reg E. Cathey, Reed Birney, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, John Douglas Thompson, Adriane Lenox, Kyanna Simone Simpson and Roger Robinson.
Lisa Marie Presley's children taken into care, husband investigated over 'disturbing' child photos found on computer https://t.co/k0G9imLne0— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) February 17, 2017
Both Lockwood and Lisa Marie have hit back against each other. This isn't settling anytime soon. Lockwood really wants her money.
Source one, source two
The fact that he doesn't outright deny anything and is focused on her money speaks VOLUMES, imo.
After a few months, the full episode (or table read, technically) of the series finale of Happy Endings is online. Remember, the entire cast got together for an EW table read of the lost episode.
The episode is set 3 years later after the S3 finale, and none of the guys have spoken since.
ONTD, how much do you miss Happy Endings?
GOOD NEWS: Steven Yeun among the most sought after actors for new TV shows "juggling multiple offers"- says Hollywood Reporter... About time pic.twitter.com/jOjdphirrL— Nerdy Asians (@NerdyAsians) February 18, 2017
Former Walking Dead favorite Steven Yeun is reportedly being soft after for pilot season.
This follows having to audition for 5 line role in a stoner movie.
"Britney Ever After" is on Lifetime at 8pm eastern tonight!
Gotta say, Nathan sounds like he's at least attempting to sound like Justin where Natasha isn't even trying?
Zoe Saldana talks about battling racism and sexism in Hollywood https://t.co/oTHsq1CFwW— TIME (@TIME) 18 février 2017
She prefers to do movies set in the future, and set an example for younger women because she is not playing the girlfriend but someone tougher. Future = hope.
films set in the past
she loves Jane Austen's adaptations but someone who looks like her does not exist in a positive way because of how she would have been treated.
She is Puerto Rican and Dominican so she is either too dark or too light to be cast in historical dramas. Those films lack nuance because racism is used as a plot device or glamorized.
Younger she dreamed of getting role like "Aliens" and "Terminator". She saw other women as competition and if she got a role, she must have been the best.
She is tired of being the only woman on set. There are very few women on the crew. It's rare to work with a female director. Female producters act like their male colleagues. You get paid less.
her production company
To create content for female and latino audiences. There are so many Latino stereotypes in the media, she wants better for her sons, the next generation.
Even if she is her own boss, it does not give her a lot of control because actors are being ignored behind the scènes because they have the less power.
She hopes to continue creating space for stories about women and people of color who can't always advocate for themselves. No one speaks because they are afraid to lose their jobs, but she said we had to come together and stop complaining to do Something about that.
Hannes Holm, director of Ove (Sweden)
Of course it's terrible, but I texted Bahar [Pars, lead actress of Ove], and I told her I don't believe in walls. If you build a wall, there will always be some way you can slip through, a hole or something. [If the Academy wants] me or Bahar or anyone to come, I will come, the voters of Mr. Trump don't give a shit about [foreigners]. It's part of the idea, to keep [them] out. So if you don't come, maybe it's even better for Trump.
Martin Butler and Bentley Dean, co-directors of Tanna (Australia)
The Foreign Language Film category is all about celebrating all cultures in cinema, which is why [fellow nominee] Asghar Farhadi's feeling the need to boycott the Academy Awards in response to Trump’s attempted Muslim ban is particularly tragic. We understand and support his decision. What has been heartening over subsequent days is seeing the American people and their institutions flex their democratic muscles to put an end to Trump's lunacy. We hope they continue to prevail.
Martin Zandvliet, director of Land of Mine (Denmark)
The idea of a travel ban based on stereotypes or generalizations is insidious which is perhaps why for the moment it has not been enacted. When people react out of fear and we become judgmental of each other, that is dangerous and we need to learn from our past
Maren Ade, director of Toni Erdmann (Germany):
I think we are all affected by this and for me it's not relevant which country Donald Trump banned. And mixing the topics of terrorism and refugees is a horrible, inhuman politics because it creates fear and installs racism. When I did the mood boards on the look of Toni I did research on nowadays pretenders and put Donald Trump in it. I still cannot believe that he is the president of the United States now. And especially as a woman it's hard to accept that such a sexist person was elected. What Trump did in his first steps is going into a modern form of dictatorship that we find also in other countries. An elected populist comes to power, installs his people in extremely important positions of power — especially in judiciary and security, tries to neutralize the media and creates fear and chaos.
"Systemic racism began with slavery and has woven itself into the fabric of our culture, manifesting through police brutality, poverty, lack of education, and black incarceration. The most dangerous contributors? Advertising, beauty and fashion."
relaxing her hair as a child
"Despite the burn of chemical on my scalp and smell of sulfur that filled the room, I was entranced at the prospect of having straight hair. It was beautiful. It was celebrated. And I with my kinky coils felt inadequate."
experiences of racism throughout her modeling career
"I had white agents with no knowledge of black hair care run their fingers through my hair and tell me things like, 'We already have a girl with your look.' Translation: all black girls look the same. Or, 'We don't think there's room for you on our board.' Translation: we're at the maximum capacity for the number of black models we'd like to represent. But the most excruciatingly painful: 'We just don't know what to do with you.' What I now see as an admission to their own incompetence felt like yet another attack. As if representing me would be some extraordinary challenge, simply because of the color of my skin."
her agency's reaction when she stopped relaxing her hair
"When I made the decision to wear my hair natural last year, 'What are you doing with your hair?' 'You need to do something with that,' 'Clients will never book you like that,' was the response I got from my agency."
she wrote a letter to the fashion industry
"But that all changed last summer when Alton Sterling was murdered by police. I went home and wrote a letter to the fashion industry emphasizing the duty that media has to help change the perception of black people. No longer could I remain silent. It is the same lack of value for black lives which causes black models to be excluded from the fashion industry, and also causes black men and women to be gunned down in the street."
Black Girl Magic
"Despite the grave injustices we face as black women, we can and have and will continue to rise out of the ashes, and become examples of resilience, drive, and excellence. I like to call this 'Black Girl Magic.' And with this magic, we are creating our own publications, we are creating our own television shows, we are creating our own narrative."
"Inclusion doesn't just mean one token black model. I don't want to be hired so I can fill an HR box. I want to be hired for my unique contribution to the industry. Instead of forcing my beauty into your pre-existing box and asking me to change, expand your definition of beauty to be inclusive. Change in the fashion industry isn't just making it easier for models of color; it's about using our collective voice to reshape the way we think about ourselves and the way we think about one another."
the fashion industry reflects the current political climate
"The fashion industry does not only reflect beauty standards, it's a reflection of the current state of our democracy. Do not simply say, 'Black lives matter,' make a black model the face of your campaign; and not just next to or secondary to a white model. Put a model in a hijab on the cover of American Vogue. Put a Latina model on a billboard in Times Square. Make an Asian model your brand ambassador."
Marco and I are elated to share the news of the the birth of our son Zen. We couldn’t feel more blessed with the new addition to our family. #threeboys... oh boy!"
Next weekend is the 89th Academy Awards! While the Academy is notorious for snubbing genre films, occasionally those in the sci-fi/horror will receive acknowledgment for their contribution to cinema. This year, the critically acclaimed sci-fi film Arrival has received eight nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Arrival is based on “The Story of Your Life,” which was written by celebrated science fiction author Ted Chiang. You can read the Nebula-award winning short story in Chiang’s superb collection, Stories of Your Life and Others. That one of my favorite stories was able to come alive so beautifully on the screen and nominated for Best Picture got me thinking: What other sci-fi and horror stories (emphasis on horror, because that’s my favorite) have become Oscar noms and wins? Let’s find out in my non-exhaustive list and add some books to our To Be Read shelf! (And if you’re looking for a book to read for the April task of our ONTD Reading Challenge, which is to read an Oscar nominated film based on a book, this post could be helpful...!)
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)
FILM ADAPTATION:Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1931.
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:In this harrowing tale of good and evil, the mild-mannered Dr. Jekyll develops a potion that unleashes his secret, inner persona—the loathsome, twisted Mr. Hyde.
NOMINATED: Best Actor in a Leading Role; Best Cinematography; Best Adaptation Writing
WON: Best Actor in a Leading Role, Fredric March
OP's Note: For a twist on the tale, check out the novel Mary Reilly, which is told from the perspective of Dr. Jekyll’s housemaid.
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890)
FILM ADAPTATION:The Picture of Dorian Gray, 1945.
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:[A] fashionable young man sells his soul for eternal youth.
NOMINATED: Best Actress in a Supporting Role; Best Art Direction- Interior Decoration; Best Cinematography
WON: Best Cinematography
NOTABLE BOOK QUOTE: "You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit."
FILM ADAPTATION:Psycho, 1960.
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: It was a dark and stormy night when Mary Crane glimpsed the unlit neon sign announcing the vacancy at the Bates motel.
NOMINATED: Best Director; Best Supporting Actress; Best Cinematography; Best Art Direction – Set Decoration
OP's Note: The audiobook version, read by Paul Michael Garcia, is BONE CHILLING!
The Birds (1952)
FILM ADAPTATION:The Birds, 1963.
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:[T]he birds become hostile after a harsh winter with little food -- first the seagulls, then birds of prey, and finally even small birds -- all turn against mankind.
NOMINATED: Best Special Effects
OP's Note: Daphne du Maurier's gothic novel Rebecca was also adapted by Hitchcock, and won an Oscar for Best Picture and Best Cinematography!
Rosemary's Baby (1967)
FILM ADAPTATION:Rosemary's Baby, 1968.
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse, an ordinary young couple, settle into a New York City apartment, unaware that the elderly neighbors and their bizarre group of friends have taken a disturbing interest in them. But by the time Rosemary discovers the horrifying truth, it may be far too late!
NOMINATED: Best Actress in a Supporting Role; Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
WON: Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Ruth Gordon
OP's Note: Author Ira Levin wrote many books-turned-films, including The Stepford Wives.
The Exorcist (1971)
FILM ADAPTATION: The Exorcist, 1973.
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:The deceptively simple story focuses on Regan, the 11-year-old daughter of a movie actress residing in Washington, D.C.; the child apparently is possessed by an ancient demon. It's up to a small group of overwhelmed yet determined humans to somehow rescue Regan from this unspeakable fate.
NOMINATED: Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actress; Best Supporting Actor; Best Supporting Actress; Writing Adapted Screenplay; Best Cinematography; Best Film Editing; Best Production Design; Best Sound Mixing
WON: Best Writing Adapted Screenplay; Best Sound Mixing
OP's Note: The Exorcist is the first horror film to ever be nominated for a Best Picture.
FILM ADAPTATION:Jaws, 1975.
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:The classic, blockbuster thriller of man-eating terror that inspired the Steven Spielberg movie and made millions of beachgoers afraid to go into the water.
NOMINATED: Best Picture; Best Film Editing; Best Original Dramatic Score; Best Sound
WON: Best Film Editing; Best Original Dramatic Score; Best Sound
NOTABLE BOOK QUOTE:“Look, Chief, you can't go off half-cocked looking for vengeance against a fish. That shark isn't evil. It's not a murderer. It's just obeying its own instincts. Trying to get retribution against a fish is crazy.”
FILM ADAPTATION:Carrie, 1976.
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:One night at her senior prom, Carrie was scorned and humiliated just one time too many, and in a fit of uncontrollable fury she turned her clandestine game into a weapon of horror and destruction...
NOMINATED: Best Actress in a Leading Role; Best Actress in a Supporting Role
OP's Note: Carrie; Stand by Me; Misery; The Shawshank Redemption; and The Green Mile are all Stephen King stories turned Oscar nominated films! Kathy Bates won Best Actress for Misery in 1991.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
ADAPTATION:Blade Runner, 1982.
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: [Rick] Deckard's assignment--find [the rogue androids] and then..."retire" them. Trouble was, the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they didn't want to be found!
NOMINATED: Best Art Direction – Set Decoration; Best Effects, Visual Effects
OP’s Note: Arrival’s director, Denis Villenueve, will be directing the upcoming sequel, Blade Runner 2049. He will also be directing a new adaptation of the sci-fi classic, Dune!
The Silence of the Lambs (1974)
FILM ADAPTATION:Silence of the Lambs, 1991.
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:There's a killer on the loose who knows that beauty is only skin deep, and a trainee investigator who's trying to save her own hide. The only man that can help is locked in an asylum. But he's willing to put a brave face on - if it will help him escape.
NOMINATED: Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor; Best Actress; Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Sound Mixing; and Best Film Editing.
WON: Best Picture; Best Director; Best Actor; Best Actress; Best Adapted Screenplay (THE BIG FIVE!)
OP’s Note: This is the third horror film to be nominated for Best Picture – and the FIRST to win, a title it still holds to this day.
FILM ADAPTATION: Bram Stoker’s Dracula, 1992
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Count Dracula, a tragic, night-dwelling specter who feeds upon the blood of the living, and whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless, and the beautiful. But Dracula also stands as a bleak allegorical saga of an eternally cursed being whose nocturnal atrocities reflect the dark underside of the supremely moralistic age in which it was originally written -- and the corrupt desires that continue to plague the modern human condition.
NOMINATED: Best Costume Design; Best Sound Editing; Best Makeup; Best Art Direction/Set Direction
WON: Best Costume Design; Best Sound Editing; Best Makeup
OP’s Note: Dracula is probably the most well-known text in vampire literature, but almost 80 years earlier John W. Polidori penned the genre-defining story The Vampyre (1819), available via Project Gutenberg.
The Children of Men (1992)
FILM ADAPTATION: The Children of Men, 2006
GOODREADS SYNOPSIS: Civilization itself is crumbling as suicide and despair become commonplace. Oxford historian Theodore Faron, apathetic toward a future without a future, spends most of his time reminiscing. Then he is approached by Julian, a bright, attractive woman who wants him to help get her an audience with his cousin, the powerful Warden of England. She and her band of unlikely revolutionaries may just awaken his desire to live . . . and they may also hold the key to survival for the human race.
NOMINATED: Best Adapted Screenplay; Best Cinematography; Best Film Editing.
OP’s Note: Did you know? Lead actor Clive Owen made uncredited contributions to the script.
GRAPHICS:Myself, modifying creative commons images from http://www.freepik.com.
BOTTOM PHOTO:Night has taken away the flowers of our windows by Hamed Masoumi, retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/hamedmasoumi/2913135536/ Used under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/).
BOOKS/FILMS:Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: 1, 2. The Picture of Dorian Gray: 1, 2. Psycho: 1, 2. The Birds: 1, 2. Rosemary’s Baby: 1, 2. The Exorcist: 1, 2. Jaws: 1, 2. Carrie: 1, 2. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: 1, 2. The Silence of the Lambs: 1, 2. Dracula: 1, 2. Children of Men: 1, 2.
- Angelina Jolie and her six kids attended the First They Killed My Father premiere in Cambodia
- It's based on the book "First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers" by Loung Ung, a Cambodian author and survivor of the Pol Pot regime
- Loung Ung said "Angelina and I met in 2001 in Cambodia, and immediately, I trusted Angelina‘s heart. Through the years, we have become close friends, and my admiration for Angelina as a woman, a mother, a filmmaker, and a humanitarian has only grown.It is with great honor that I entrust my family‘s story to Angelina to adapt into a film."
- At the premiere Angelina said "I cannot find words to express what it means to me that I was entrusted with telling part of the story of this country. This film was not made to focus on the horrors of the past, but to celebrate the resilience, kindness and talent of the Cambodian people. Most of all, this film is my way of saying thank you to Cambodia. Without Cambodia I may never have become a mother. Part of my heart is and will always be in this country. And part of this country is always with me: Maddox.”
First video of the Netflix movie "First They Killed My Father"
sources: 1, 2, 3
Funko has revealed a new line of Westworld-themed Pop figures will be releaed soon.
caption: "Today something amazing happened & I got to share it with these amazing women 💘 Yes for body diversity. Yes to walking through Union Station in just your bra & jeans. Yes to us embracing our bodies at all stages 👏🏿👏🏾👏🏽👏🏼👏🏻 (more coming soon) @penningtons #iwontcompromise #effyourbeautystandards"
- plus size model tess holliday joins women protesting for acceptance of body diversity by stripping down to bras and jeans in toronto's union station
- holliday's sign read "Share this if you’re unapologetic #IWontCompromise"
- tess started the hashtag #effyourbeautystandards 2 years ago to raise attention for this issue