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Cuba Gooding Jr. portrays O.J. Simpson in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

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Cuba Gooding Jr. portrays O.J. Simpson, left, in a scene from “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” a 10-part series debuting Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 10 p.m. EST Tuesday. The 48-year-old acting veteran felt like there was no reason to meet with O.J. Simpson while preparing for his American Crime Story role.

“I didn’t want to. There was no reason to,” he told People during the FX Winter TCA Press Tour Saturday.

The FX series is based on “The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson,” the 1996 nonfiction book by lawyer and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin. Despite the elapsed decades, executive producer Brad Simpson told the Associated Press, the timing is right to contribute to the “endless conversation” about race and justice in America, now dominated by police shootings of African-Americans and ensuing protests.

FX’s The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, also stars Courtney B. Vance, John Travolta, Selma Blair, David Schwinner, Connie Britton, Nathan Lane, and Sarah Paulson.

 

 

 

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Acclaimed Filmmaker Spike Lee to Boycott Oscars

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Spike Lee at the premiere of his latest film, “Chi-Raq,” at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York.                                                                                                                                                                        Credit Charles Sykes/Invision, via Associated Press

Legendary Director Spike Lee will not attend the Oscars. The filmmaker is the latest in a long line of entertainment industry power houses to voice an opinion of the Academy Awards not recognizing people of color.

The outcry over African-American actors being snubbed from this year’s Oscars hopefuls has reached a breaking point, especially on social media where the hashtag, “Oscars So White” has brought more attention to the omission of black actors for the awards show.

On Monday, the director announced that he would not be attending the ceremony on Feb. 28.

Via Instagram, Lee asked how it was possible that there were no nominations for black actors for the second year running. After revealing that he nor his wife would attend the esteemed awards show, Lee added, “Dr. King said, “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but he must take it because conscience tells him it’s right.”

The Hollywood legend accepted an honorary Oscar in November for his collective body of work. He did offer these words in the post, “I would like to thank President Cheryl Boone Isaacs and the Board of Governors of The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences for awarding me an Honorary Oscar this past November. I am most appreciative. However my wife, Mrs. Tonya Lewis Lee and I will not be attending the Oscar ceremony this coming February. We cannot support it and mean no disrespect to my friends, host Chris Rock and Producer Reggie Hudlin, President Isaacs and The Academy.”

 

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ICONS OF THE MUSIC INDUSTRY: L.A. REID

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Epic Records CEO/Chairman and three-time GRAMMY-winning producer L.A. Reid is a rare breed among record producers — not only one of the most accomplished and innovative figures working behind the scenes in the music industry, but a celebrity presence in his own right.

Reid has been shaping the music scene for more than 25 years. He is behind the success of some of today’s biggest stars, including Usher, Kanye West, Toni Braxton, Pink, Rihanna, and current GRAMMY nominees Justin Bieber and Meghan Trainor, to name a few, and was instrumental in Mariah Carey’s 10x-platinum comeback album The Emancipation of Mimi.

In his forthcoming memoir, Sing to Me: My Story of Making Music, Finding Magic, and Searching for Who’s Next(Harper Collins, due out Feb. 2, 2016), Reid shares the inspiring story of his struggles and success, and takes readers inside the at-once glamorous and hard-hitting world on which he has left his indomitable stamp.

The GRAMMY Museum welcomes Reid to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate conversation on his extraordinary life and career. Following the discussion, Reid will sign copies of his new book.

L.A. Reid will be appearing at the Grammy Museum February 9th at 7:00 p.m.

SOURCE: Grammy Museum LA

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First lady Michelle Obama Celebrates 52nd Birthday

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Michelle Obama is celebrating her birthday today. There’s no word from the White House on how she plans to mark her 52nd birthday, but whatever she decides to do we know she’ll do it with poise and class.  The Obamas will leave the White House on Jan. 20, 2017 — Inauguration Day for the next president.

We celebrate Michelle and wish her a Happy Birthday!

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‘Ride Along 2’ rides to Number One Spot at Box Office

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“Ride Along 2” debuts strong at box office, amid outrage over black actor snubs for the Academy Awards. The urban film aimed mostly at African-American and Hispanic audiences, brought in $34 million in weekend ticket sales.

Starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube, “Ride Along 2” kicked “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to the curb. The sequel landed in the No. 1 slot, making it the box office champ in North America. Although the numbers were not as strong as the first “Ride Along”  – which took in $41.5 million – the turnout was strong and moviegoers were happy with the finished product.

 

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Monster Jam Celebrity Night at Angel Stadium

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Celebrities rolled out to support Monster Jam in Anaheim.

Angel Stadium hosted Monster Jam on Saturday January 16, 2016 in Anaheim, California. Many celebrities were in the house. Guests got to enjoy a massive dirt track temporarily built in the stadium. The over-sized trucks with even bigger personalities were all part of Monster Jam, which is part entertainment and part competition. See pics below..

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Dean McDermott and Kids – In This Photo: Dean McDermott, Liam McDermott, Stella McDermott, Hattie McDermott, Finn McDermott

 

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2016 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS TO BE HELD IN SANTA MONICA FEBRUARY 27

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The 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards will be broadcast exclusively on IFC on February 27, 2016, LIVE at 2:00 pm PT / 5:00 pm ET.

Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters, Sisters) and Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, The Big Sick, My Name is Doris) will co-host the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards. This year marks the 31st edition of the awards show that celebrates the best of independent film.

Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet Productions returns for his second year as executive producer of the show held in its usual tent on the beach in Santa Monica, in a new location this year just north of the Santa Monica Pier.

Producer Shawn Davis returns for his 14th show and Rick Austin returns for his second year as producer.

Source: Film Independent

 

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Jada Pinkett Smith Speaks Out on Twitter regarding the Oscar Diversity Controversy

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Jada Pinkett Smith, wife of Will Smith, is not happy about the omission of diversity in this year’s upcoming 88th Academy Awards.

The Oscar Nominations have been a hot topic since their release on January 14.

Pinkett Smith (whose husband Will Smith could have been nominated for his lead role in Concussion but wasn’t) showed her distaste for this year’s all-white nominations by taking to Twitter to vent. The actress posted a series of tweets regarding the issue.

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In her first post, she stated, “At the Oscars…people of color are always welcomed to give out awards…even entertain” (pt.1)

In another post, she went on to say, “But we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together? (pt 2)

Lastly, in the series she wrote, “People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment. J” (pt 3)

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