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April 26, 2021 | Via Fox News

Oscars 2021 Sees ‘Nomadland’ Receive Best Picture

The 2021 Oscars on Sunday saw “Nomadland” take home the top prize as best picture in an awards show that featured countless celebrities reference Derek Chauvin’s murder conviction and police brutality in the United States. Frances McDormand took home the award for best actress for the film. Another big winner was Anthony Hopkins, who took home best actor for his work in “The Father.”

January 25, 2021 | Via BBC

Veteran US Talk Show Host Larry King Dies Aged 87

Larry King, giant of US broadcasting who achieved worldwide fame for interviewing political leaders and celebrities, has died at the age of 87. King conducted an estimated 50,000 interviews in his six-decade career, which included 25 years as host of the popular CNN talk show Larry King Live. The talk show host, famous for his braces and rolled-up sleeves, had faced several health problems in recent years, including heart attacks.

December 18, 2020 | Via Reuters

Sony Pulls Cyberpunk 2077 from PlayStation

Sony Corp is pulling CD Projekt’s video game Cyberpunk 2077 from its PlayStation Store and offering full refunds after gamers complained it was rife with bugs, sending shares in the Polish firm down as much as 20%. The game, which took eight years to develop and features Hollywood star Keanu Reeves, takes place across a detailed futuristic city where players take the first-person perspective of a mercenary outlaw known as V.

December 16, 2020 | Via BBC

Recording Emerges of Tom Cruise ‘Shouting at Film Crew’ over Covid

A recording has emerged of Tom Cruise apparently shouting at workers on the set of Mission: Impossible 7 and threatening to fire them if they broke Covid-19 guidelines. The Sun published the expletive-laden audio in which Cruise said: “If I see you doing it again, you’re… gone.” The paper said Cruise had seen two crew members “standing too close to one another in front of a computer screen”.

December 7, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Bob Dylan Sells Entire Publishing Catalogue

Universal Music has struck a deal to buy the rights to Bob Dylan’s entire catalog of 600 songs, from Blowin’ in the Wind to Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door, in the biggest music publishing deal in decades. Dylan, whose body of work over six decades made him the first songwriter to be awarded the Nobel prize in literature, in 2016, has sold more than 125m records worldwide.

December 2, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Star of Juno Announces he is Transgender

Elliot Page, who rose to fame as the lead in teen pregnancy comedy Juno as Ellen Page, has announced he is transgender. “Hi friends,” he wrote on a variety of social media platforms, “I want to share with you that I am trans, my pronouns are he/they and my name is Elliot.” Page, now 33, had his breakthrough in 2005 thriller Hard Candy before finding international acclaim in Juno.

December 1, 2020 | Via NBC News

‘The Crown’ is Fictional, British Culture Minister Says

The popular Netflix series “The Crown” has taken viewers on a sweeping tour of modern history through the eyes of the British royal family, dramatizing pivotal events from the post-war era to Margaret Thatcher’s administration. Oliver Dowden, the United Kingdom’s secretary of state for culture, told the Mail on Sunday newspaper that he believes Netflix needs to make it abundantly clear to viewers that “The Crown” is a work of fiction, not a by-the-book history lesson.

November 3, 2020 | Via CNBC

Johnny Depp Loses ‘Wife Beater’ Libel Case in London

Hollywood actor Johnny Depp lost a libel case on Monday against British tabloid newspaper The Sun which published an article that called him a “wife beater.” The article questioned Depp’s casting in the second installment of the “Fantastic Beasts” movie series, with the headline: “Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film?’”

September 21, 2020 | Via The Guardian

Watchmen, Succession and Schitt’s Creek Dominate Virtual Emmys

Jimmy Kimmel hosted the mostly virtual “Pandemmys” from a nearly empty Staples Center in Los Angeles. Canadian comedy Schitt’s Creek swept the comedy awards, HBO’s Succession dominated in drama and the evening’s most-nominated show, HBO’s prescient, eerie Watchmen, cleaned up in the limited series category. It was uncharted waters for the 72nd Emmy awards – the first major acting awards show held since the pandemic began, a strange and subdued ceremony in which stars accepted awards on Zoom.

September 10, 2020 | Via NBC News

Disney Faces More ‘Mulan’ Backlash

Disney is facing a new round of controversy, including calls for a boycott, after it was revealed that the new live-action remake of “Mulan” thanked Chinese government agencies that have been accused of extreme human rights violations in the Xinjiang province. The province is home to detention camps that have held Uighur Muslims, where detainees have allegedly been subjected to terrible human rights violations.

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