Will Smith resigns from film academy over Chris Rock slap
Will Smith resigned Friday from the motion picture academy following his Oscars night slap of Chris Rock and said he would accept any further punishment the organization imposed. Film academy president David Rubin said Smith's resignation was accepted. "We will continue to move forward with our disciplinary proceedings against Mr. Smith for violations of the Academy’s Standards of Conduct, in advance of our next scheduled board meeting on April 18.”news.yahoo.com
‘The View’s’ Sunny Hostin Calls Out Will Smith’s ‘Toxic Masculinity’
The ViewThe hottest topic in the country was also the number one “Hot Topic” on The View Monday morning. But not all of the co-hosts agreed about how much blame Will Smith deserved for smacking comedian Chris Rock in the face on live television during the Oscars.Moderator Whoopi Goldberg, a former Oscar winner and host, reserved her judgment on the incident until the end of the show’s opening segment, ceding the stage to her co-hosts, including Joy Behar, whose first reaction was, “Comedians arenews.yahoo.com
Column: Baseball & Oscars fight losing battle for relevancy
Yes, folks, dinosaurs do still roam the Earth. Come Sunday night, an increasingly irrelevant Hollywood elite — look, kids, Dame Judi Dench got another nomination! In less than two weeks, Major League Baseball will throw out the first pitch on another fun-filled season of jockstrap adjustments and dallying even longer than usual between pitches so every fielder, plus a couple of hot dog vendors, have time to shift to one side of the field.news.yahoo.com
Shocking Student Suicide at Elite New York School Has Family Fuming
Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily BeastROME—The Italian parents of 17-year-old Claudio Mandia had just landed at New York’s JFK airport with their three daughters where they had flown from Italy to celebrate their son’s 18th birthday when they were told the devastating news that he was dead.Mandia had been studying as a boarding student at the elite E.F. Academy in the Mount Pleasant hamlet of Thornwood in Westchester County, New York, finishing an international baccalaureate degreenews.yahoo.com
Angling for a fresh new look? Whataburger, Academy release line of orange-and-white fishing apparel
Texans’ cultish obsession with Whataburger is an unparalleled romance for the ages. The chain is a true Texas icon. Its orange-and-white-stripe A-frames are just about everywhere in Texas, as are its fans. We double-patty dare you to find a Texan who’s not gaga for Whataburger’s honey butter chicken biscuits, spicy ketchup and Texas-sized burgers.
Anthony Hopkins was not allowed to video into Oscars to give acceptance speech due to strict rule: report
Anthony Hopkins had “no desire to travel to hubs in Dublin or London,” according to his representatives, adding that they “pleaded for [Hopkins] to be allowed to Zoom.” The 83-year-old actor received the Oscars' best actor accolade for his performance in "The Father."foxnews.com
Netflix earns most Academy Award nominations in a year where diversity shines
Netflix , which distributed the film, has a total of 35 nominations, the most of any distributor this year. History was made during the nominations for the 93rd annual Academy Awards on Monday. The 2021 Oscars marks the first time an all-Black producing team has been nominated for the best picture award. Chloe Zhao is nominated for her work on "Nomadland" and Emerald Fennell is nominated for "Promising Young Woman." Viola Davis, who was nominated for best actress for "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," is the most-nominated Black actress ever, with four nominations, and the only Black woman with two best actress nominations.cnbc.com
VYPE Houston Linebacker of the Year Fan Poll
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VYPE Houston Defensive Lineman of the Year Fan Poll presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors
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Trae tha Truth donating $10,000 worth of holiday shopping sprees
HOUSTON – One of our favorite hometown heroes is giving back once again during the holiday season. Houston rapper and activist Trae Tha Truth is surprising a few families in need with $10,000 worth of shopping sprees to Academy Wednesday from 4-7 p.m.Trae recently gave away 100 Christmas trees in honor of the holiday spirit. He also gave away over 100 turkeys and chickens along with sides for Thanksgiving. The rapper is widely known for philanthropic efforts.
Matthew McConaughey to headline Houston-based virtual book signing
Texas native and Academy award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey will be the featured special guest at a virtual book signing hosted by iWRITE Literacy Organization, a Houston-based non-profit whose mission is to build student confidence through writing. The 11th annual celebration will recognize 100 newly published authors and illustrators, including McConaughey who recently published “Greenlights," his first memoir. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy readings from the Editor’s Choice Recipients, view presentations from newly published youth and take part in a by kids for kids author panel. The 11th annual celebration will be held virtually at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14. Those interested in becoming a sponsor will receive a link to the main event and an autographed copy of “Greenlights."
Academy selling official Houston Astros AL Championship apparel immediately following Game 7 clinch
HOUSTON – If the Houston Astros win Game 7 of the American League Championship, the Astros championship merchandise will be immediately available to purchase at Academy Sports + Outdoors stores. The 32 stores in the Houston and Beaumont area will have apparel for sale. While the items can also be purchased online at academy.com.
No, the 'Hamilton' Movie Can't Win Any Oscars Next Year
Next year's Academy Awards will not be where it happens, if what's happening is Disney+'s Hamilton movie winning an Oscar. (After all, as the adjusted rule stipulates, the filmed version was originally slated to open in theaters.) According to the 93rd Academy Awards Special Rules for the Documentary Awards, "Works that are essentially promotional or instructional are not eligible, nor are works that are essentially unfiltered records of performances." According to Variety, the language barring recording stage production was added in 1997. Hamilton is currently streaming on Disney+, while the 93rd Oscars were recently postponed two months and are set to take place April 25, 2021.
Like the Oscars, the 2021 BAFTA Awards Have Been Postponed Due to Coronavirus
Following the postponement of next year's Oscars, the rest of awards season is following suit: The 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards has been redated to take place two weeks ahead of the Academy Awards. BAFTA announced on Monday that its upcoming ceremony will be held on April 11, 2021. "This change from the previously announced date of Feb. 14 acknowledges the impact of the global pandemic and accommodates an extended eligibility period," BAFTA said in a statement. The BAFTA Awards traditionally takes place two weeks before the Oscars, so it's only fitting that the Academy's announcement earlier in the day -- that its ceremony had been pushed from Feb. 28 to April 25 -- would prompt a rescheduling from BAFTA. RELATED CONTENT:The 2021 Oscars Have Officially Been PostponedJoaquin Phoenix Addresses 'Systemic Racism' In Candid Speech at 2020 BAFTA AwardsPrince William and Kate Middleton React to Awkward Prince Harry Joke at the BAFTAs
What to expect from the Oscars: Top contenders, political speeches and pleas for diversity
The Oscars in particular have drawn ire in recent years for having too few nominees who were female or people of color. Only two of the 20 actors and actresses nominated were people of color, and no female director was nominated this year. It is expected that presenters and award winners could use their time at the podium to call out these disparities. A still from the film '1917'. "Parasite," South Korea's first nominated film at the Academy Awards, is expected to win best international feature and is a strong candidate for best original screenplay.cnbc.com
'Little Women' and '1917' should cash in at the box office from Oscar nod
The prestige of an Oscar nomination can give films an added boost the the box office, often called the "Oscar bump" or the "Oscar bounce." For some films, their box office haul can double after receiving the Academy Award best picture nomination, as was the case for "Green Book," "Call Me By Your Name" and "The Shape of Water." "Phantom Thread" garnered a whopping 70% of its total gross following its best picture nomination two years ago. This could certainly be the case for "1917" and "Little Women," which were only recently released. It's likely they will make the bulk of their box-office gross following their nominations for best picture.cnbc.com
Celebrities and fans fume over Jennifer Lopez's Oscar "snub"
"Today is the day I start learning metalwork so I can hand craft the Oscar that Jennifer Lopez deserves," actress Melanie Lynskey said after the announcement. "I imagine them sitting in a room wondering, "is there anyone ANYONE we can nominate instead of jennifer Lopez? "Wearing a nude glossy lip in honor of jennifer lopez and her stolen oscar nomination," wrote Vulture writer Hunter Harris. I imagine them sitting in a room wondering, "is there anyone ANYONE we can nominate instead of jennifer Lopez? https://t.co/VMfLmoR6LU Candice Frederick (@ReelTalker) January 13, 2020Some used the snub to call out the lack of diversity in Oscar nominations this year.cbsnews.com
Netflix leads Oscar nominations with 24 nodsa first for a streaming service
For the first time in Academy Award history, the studio with the most nominations is a streaming service. On Monday, Netflix nabbed 24 nominations for the big awards ceremony, more than any other media company in the industry this year. The streaming service has clashed with creators, theater owners and the Academy. While the film didn't win, it did pick up the best international feature, best director and best cinematography awards. In December, the streaming service garnered the most Golden Globe nominations (17), but only won two awards.cnbc.com
Oscars will be without a host for second consecutive year
For the second consecutive year, the Academy Awards ceremony will not have a TV host. The broadcast will focus on "huge entertainment value, big musical numbers, big comedy and star power," according to ABC, the television network airing the award show. "Let me confirm it now, together with the Academy, that there will be no traditional host this year," announced ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour on Wednesday. This years #Oscars at a glance: Stars Performances Surprises Host See you Feb. 9th! "I have made the choice to step down from hosting this year's Oscar's," Hart posted on Twitter at the time.cbsnews.com
Houston Astros fans cant wait to buy their AL championship gear
Houston Astros fans cant wait to buy their AL championship gearPHOTOS: A look at the scene at Academy and what some of the merchandise looks likeAcademy Sports and Outdoors was among the first stores to sell Houston Astros AL Champions gear. Academy Sports and Outdoors was among the first stores to sell Houston Astros AL Champions gear. PHOTOS: A look at the scene at Academy and what some of the merchandise looks likeAcademy Sports and Outdoors was among the first stores to sell Houston Astros AL Champions gear. Academy Sports and Outdoors was among the first stores to sell Houston Astros AL Champions gear. Photo: Danny Hermosillo Photo: Danny Hermosillo Image 1 of / 15 Caption Close Houston Astros fans cant wait to buy their AL championship gear 1 / 15 Back to GalleryWhile most Houston Astros fans were glued to their TVs waiting to see if some last-minute heroics would send the home team back to the World Series (which Jose Altuve provided), about 100 other diehards had enough faith in the outcome that they already were in line to buy their American League championship gear.chron.com
Astros fan frenzy as ALCS gear released at Academy
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- One of the best traditions for Astros fans is heading over to Academy after a big win for their team.Fans headed to the store after the Astros won 6-1 and advanced to the ALCS for the third straight year.The first fan inside the Academy near Kirby said he was at the bus outside Minute Maid Park during the game.He said he rushed over to the store as the Astros were one out away from winning the ALDS.abc13.com
James Harden's big week winds down with Westbrook talk, grilling by kids
EMBED >More News Videos Houston Rockets star James Harden got to get grilled by kids inside an Academy store as part of his community outreach to Houston area youth. EMBED >More News Videos Houston Rockets star James Harden reacts to the Russell Westbrook trade to the team and leaving a mark on the city. 3 sneakers, and free admission to his annual James Harden Procamp this weekend. "As for the shift to the new Rockets lineup, Harden said he's looking forward to what Westbrook brings to a roster that remains relatively intact. "It's that trust factor," Harden said of his prior chemistry with the superstar point guard.abc13.com
George Lucas on new film "Strange Magic," says the Academy "has nothing to do with artistic endeavor"
George Lucas on new film "Strange Magic," says the Academy "has nothing to do with artistic endeavor" George Lucas created some of the most successful movies that helped shape American storytelling, from "Star Wars" to "Indiana Jones." Now, he's bringing a colorful new cast of characters in a animated musical, "Strange Magic." Lucas joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss his new project.cbsnews.com