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Black Actors Snubbed for Oscar Nominations

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Well the nominations are in…

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The Oscar nominations for the 88th annual awards were announced Thursday morning from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Academy President Cheryl Boone, Ang Lee, Guillermo del Toro and John Krasinski took the stage to announce the directors, actors, movies, and industry hopefuls who will be competing for the prestigious gold statuette.

“The Revenant” led this year’s class of Oscar nominees with 12 nominations, including Best Director (Alejandro González Iñárritu), Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Best Motion Picture. The next contender was the survivalist action adventure “Mad Max: Fury Road,” which earned 10 nominations, including Best Motion Picture and Best Director (George Miller). “The Martian” walked away with seven nominations, reported Bay News 9.

Onlookers were surprised, yet thrilled, to see Sylvester Stallone included in this year’s nominations for “Creed.” Although his cast mate, Michael B. Jordan and the film director, Ryan Coogler received no acknowledgement. “Straight Outta Compton” was nominated for Best Original Screenplay, but social media was quick to point out that minority talent was overlooked.

Not a single black actor was nominated for an award. Actors like Will Smith and Idris Elba, who were nominated for Golden Globes, were left off the Oscar nominees list. The internet quickly started trending for “Beasts of No Nation”, the Elba film that had been rumored to be an Oscar contender all season.

Several media outlets have predicted that #OscarsSoWhite might start trending again this year as a result of the Academy’s lack of minority participation.

Not including talented black actors has now become a trend and fans are outraged. We saw a similar situation last year when nominations were announced but excluded “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo, who played the lead character for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

It should be noted that Reginald Hudlin will produce the 88th Oscars and Chris Rock will serve as Host. So, technically speaking, there will be some diversity.

The awards ceremony will air Feb. 28.


Below is a list of the nominees in the top categories.

Best Motion Picture

  • Big Short
  • Bridge of Spies
  • Brooklyn
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Room
  • Spotlight

Best Director

  • George Miller (“Mad Max Fury Road”)
  • Adam McKay (“The Big Short”)
  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu (“The Revenant”)
  • Lenny Abrahamson (“Room”)
  • Tom McCarthy (“Spotlight”)

Best Actor

  • Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”)
  • Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”)
  • Matt Damon (“The Martian”)
  • Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”)
  • Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”)

Best Actress

  • Cate Blanchett (“Carol”)
  • Brie Larson (“Room”)
  • Jennifer Lawrence (“Joy”)
  • Charlotte Rampling (“45 Years”)
  • Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”)

Best Supporting Actor

  • Christian Bale (“The Big Short”)
  • Mark Ruffalo (“Spotlight”)
  • Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies”)
  • Sylvester Stallone (“Creed”)
  • Tom Hardy (“The Revenant”)

Best Supporting Actress

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh (“The Hateful Eight”)
  • Rachel McAdams (“Spotlight”)
  • Rooney Mara (“Carol”)
  • Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”)
  • Kate Winslet (“Steve Jobs”)

Original Screenplay

  • Bridge of Spies (Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Cohen)
  • Ex Machina (Alex Garland)
  • Inside Out (Peter Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley)
  • Spotlight (Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy)
  • Straight Outta Compton (Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff)

Adapted Screenplay

  • The Big Short (Charles Randolph and Adam McKay)
  • Brooklyn (Nick Hornby)
  • Carol (Phyllis Nagy)
  • The Martian (Drew Goddard)
  • Room (Emma Donoghue)

Best Animated Feature

  • Anomalisa
  • Boy and the World
  • Inside Out
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • When Marnie Was There

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Celine Dion’s husband dies in Las Vegas

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Rene Angelil, 73, Celine Dion’s husband and manager, died Thursday after a long battle with throat cancer, officials and family members said

Angelil died in the suburban Las Vegas home in Henderson he shared with Dion and their three children, according to the Associated Press. Angelil died of natural causes under the care of a doctor, Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg said. No further investigation was expected.

A post on Dion’s Facebook page said: “It is with deep sadness that we announce that René Angélil, aged 73, died this morning at her residence in Las Vegas after a long and courageous fight against cancer. The family wishes to live the mourning in privacy.”

U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada issued a statement saying he has always appreciated the couple’s support because they took a risk on Las Vegas when Dion began her residency in 2002 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

“As a result, we in Las Vegas feel Céline Dion is one of ours,” Reid said. “She has brought so much positive attention to our city. Her love affair with René and her family was something that was so admirable.”

Calling Angelil an amazing showman and businessman, Caesars President Gary Selesner said it was impossible to overstate the impact he and Dion have had on the history of entertainment in Las Vegas and at Caesars Palace.

Dion’s shows on Saturday and Sunday were cancelled. Angelil was born in Montreal to a Canadian mother and Syrian father. He became the love of Dion’s life and is credited for her huge success, guiding her career for most of her life.


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Singer Miguel engaged to Nazanin Mandi

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Singer Miguel has made it official with longtime girlfriend Nazanin Mandi

After 12 years of dating, singer Miguel, 30, and his longtime girlfriend Nazanin are planning to wed. The couple have been together since he was 18-years-old. A source said:

“Nazanin and Miguel are really excited to get married! They’ve been together for some time and knew that they were going to spend their lives together,” the source says.

“All of their friends and family think they are the best couple and really complement each other.”

The proposal, the source adds, was “very heartfelt and real” and “done perfectly.” And don’t be surprised if the R&B star dedicates a song at his nuptials for his special woman. “Miguel will definitely be singing his soon-to-be wife a tune when their wedding takes place,” the source reveals.
Congrats to the happy couple!
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Music and Entertainment Mogul Mel B partners with CordCruncher on new earbuds

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ChizComm Ltd. ( today announced their new partnership with CordCruncher and their tangle-free power cords and earbuds, by music and entertainment icon Mel B and distributed by United Sales & Marketing Inc (

CordCruncher adds to ChizComm’s growing roster of technology and entertainment clients, in addition to their robust partners in the lifestyle, toy, and children’s entertainment space. ChizComm, known for its eccentric company DNA, is excited to bring their experience and enthusiasm to the tech space and work with US&M as CordCruncher’s chosen Agency of Record. ChizComm has been mandated with developing and executing strategies surrounding the launch, promotion and consumer awareness of the CordCruncher brand.

CordCruncher launched a partnership with former Spice Girl and America’s Got Talent judge, Mel B, on the network television special, Celebrity Inc.. During the show, fans witnessed Mel B partner with and collaborate for the global launch of CordCruncher, to bring the much-needed problem solving idea of tangle-free earbuds to consumers. CordCruncher is now ready to launch their line of cords and earbuds, which eliminate tangling while also giving the user an extendable and retractable cord that expands to 40″ and then crunches to 16″ when not in use.

“I am thrilled to have our team partner with a successful company like US&M as they bring CordCruncher to the market globally,” said Harold Chizick, President and CEO, ChizComm Ltd. “Our team has broad experience in working with many consumer products and we are excited to implement a campaign for CordCruncher that will demonstrate that it is the must-have product of 2016.”

“We know ChizComm is the right partner to help us with the market launch of CordCruncher,” said Paul Pogor, President, US&M. “Their experience in launching consumer products is exactly what we need to build awareness for our CordCruncher line of products.”

CordCruncher, a new line of earbuds and mobile device charging cables, is simple and easy to use, and the tangle-free technology is the most elegant solution for all types of cords. Whether storing earbuds in a gym bag, or a phone charger in a desk drawer, CordCruncher’s tangle-free patented technology will simplify the life of users everywhere. The CordCruncher product line includes charging cables for Apple®, Android and USB-enabled devices, earbuds with and without a microphone, and the “Mel B Signature Earbud Series,” which also deliver incredible sound with adjustable bass for the ultimate listening experience.

*Apple is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

About ChizComm Ltd.:

ChizComm is a highly regarded leading marketing communications agency that continuously brings innovative, creative, BIG ideas to companies covering a wide range of fields – such as health and wellness, lifestyle and toys. ChizComm’s strong work ethic, industry expertise and successful marketing and communications efforts have made them the agency of choice amongst notable international brands. With a solid background in PR, digital marketing, social media, promotions, events, and product launches, ChizComm’s boisterous, creative approach allows them to share the fun with partners and clients while developing break-frame marketing communication strategies that drive growth and make some noise.

CordCruncher products are available at

SOURCE ChizComm Ltd.

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Zoe Kravitz and Lisa Bonet new faces of 2016 Calvin Klein campaign

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Lisa Bonet and daughter Zoe Kravitz are just too cute. In an instagram post today Calvin Klein posted the sweetest picture of the mother-daughter duo strolling on the beach. The image which is in black and white, shows both ladies with big smiles wearing black outfits. Mom is wearing a fitted black sheath dress while daughter opted for a two piece bathing suit with black sheer cover-up. Perfect for the beach!

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The following message was posted on the designer’s page.

calvinkleinMother daughter moments. Actress + musician @zoeisabellakravitz and mother, actress Lisa Bonet, as featured in the 2016 Calvin Klein Watches + Jewelry campaign.


Lisa Bonet and Zoe Kravitz Photo:EW






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“We All Dream in Gold” Oscar Posters Unveiled

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Hello Gold Statue! “We All Dream in Gold” the new theme unveiled by the Academy with stellar new posters have arrived just in time for Oscars Season.

The posters which are all black and white with bold gold writing feature past Oscar winners. Each Oscar winner is holding the gold statue and basking in their victory. What a celebration – cheers to the Academy!

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Marie Claire’s Image Maker Awards 2016 Arrivals

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Marie Claire hosted the inaugural Image Maker Awards honoring the creative talent behind the biggest names in Hollywood. The event, which was held on Tuesday, January 12 in Los Angeles, was the pinnacle of a year-long multi-platform franchise recognizing the behind-the-scenes stylists, artists, and gurus who help their A-list clients create signature looks, set trends and influence the style conversation. The Image Maker Awards was presented by L’Oréal Paris and in partnership with AG Jeans.

See the red carpet arrivals below.

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Jessica Biel was all smiles in her black and white striped dress that had sequined red panels at Marie Claire’s Image Maker Awards.

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Meghan Trainor and Bella Heathcote attend the inaugural Image Makers Awards hosted by Marie Claire.


Kristen Stewart and Alexandra Daddario arrive at Chateau Marmont on January 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.


Lupita Nyong’o and Aja Naomi King attend the Inaugural Image Maker Awards hosted by Marie Claire.


Jennifer Garner and Editor-in-Chief, Marie Claire, Anne Fulenwider attend the Inaugural Image Maker Awards at Chateau Marmont on January 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.


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Michelle Obama Stuns in a Marigold Narciso Rodriguez Dress at State of the Union

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The First Lady, dubbed FLOTUS, arrived in style to a standing ovation at President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union Address. FLOTUS, who entered the room to a cheering audience, was all smiles as she made her way down the stairs to her post.

Michelle Obama stuns in a Marigold Narciso Rodriguez Dress at State of the Union Address

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FLOTUS donned a textured wool crepe marigold midi sleeveless dress from Neiman Marcus by designer Narciso Rodriguez.

The internet quickly became a fan of the classy look and almost immediately the dress sold out on the Neiman Marcus retail website. Looks like FLOTUS broke the internet once again with her sense of fashion.

The first lady was the epitome of style, grace, class, and beauty. As always, tonight she looked stunning.

We are loving this flawless look.



First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama waves before the arrival of US President Barack Obama before the State of the Union Address at the United States Capital in Washington, DC, January 12, 2016