Idris Elba Engaged

Actor and heartthrob, Idris Elba, has gotten engaged to his girlfriend, model Sabrina Dhowre.

The 45-year-old got down on one knee at a movie theatre in London, before a preview screening of “Yardie”, which he directed.

The 29-year-old former Miss Vancouver burst into tears as she accepted Elba’s proposal, much to the delight of the audience, who clapped and cheered.

The pair have been dating for one year, and have kept their relationship largely private, only making their red carpet debut together in September 2017.

Elba appears to have had a change of heart about marriage, as he told a UK publication in July 2017 that it was unlikely he would ever remarry.

The actor has had a rocky romantic past, having been married and divorced twice before.

His second marriage, in 2006, lasted just four months. Elba also has two children, one from his first wife, and another a previous relationship which ended in early 2016.

Image: Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre at the premiere of The Mountain Between Us [online image] (2017) sourced on 12 February 2018 from https://i1.wp.com/septin911.net/wp-content/uploads/idris-elba-new-love-sabrina-t.jpg?fit=820%2C492

First Look at Marvel’s Venom

Sony Pictures has released their first teaser trailer for Marvel Studios’ upcoming film, “Venom”.

Fans got their first glimpse of Tom Hardy in the film about the notorious supervillain from the Spiderman universe.

Hardy plays Eddie Brock, who has a life-changing encounter with an alien symbiote, which turns him into Venom.

While the teaser trailer does show a brief glimpse of the symbiote imprisoned within a glass container, and its black essence spreading through Eddie’s body, fans will have to wait to see Hardy’s full transformation into Venom.

The film is directed by Ruben Fleischer, and also stars Riz Ahmed as Carlton Drake and Michelle Williams as Ann Weying.

In the comics, Drake is a doctor who captures Venom to experiment on him, and Weying is Venom’s ex-wife, who later also bonds with the symbiote, to become She-Venom.

Sony reportedly plans for Venom to launch its own franchise, in the same vein as Spiderman: Homecoming.

Venom is set to be released on 5 October 2018.

Image: Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock bonding with the alien symbiote [online image] (2018) sourced on 9 February 2018 from https://auto.indilens.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Why-Venom-Wasn%C3%A2%E2%82%AC%E2%84%A2t-In-The-Venom-Trailer.jpg

Grammy Awards 2018: Winners

The 60th annual Grammy Awards, which took place last night in New York City and was hosted by comedian James Corden, was dominated by Bruno Mars and Kendrick Lamar.

Mars won all six of the awards he was nominated for, including Record of the Year and Album of the year for “24K Magic”, and Song of the Year for “That’s What I Like”.

Lamar, who was expected to win Album of the Year, dominated the rap categories, winning five awards, including Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song, and Best Rap Performance.

Jay-Z left the ceremony empty-handed, despite having arrived as the most nominated artist of the night, with eight nods.

Lady Gaga, Sam Smith, Childish Gambino and Pink all performed during the ceremony.

Many celebrities arrived wearing white roses, which have become a symbol to show solidarity with the Me Too and Time’s Up campaigns against sexual harassment.

The emotional highlight of the evening came from Kesha, who gave a powerful performance of her single, “Praying”, which is about her own experience of surviving sexual abuse.

Kesha was backed by an all-star choir, including eighties popstar Cyndi Lauper, who was dressed in white to show support for the white rose campaign.

See more winners below:

Record of the Year

“24K Magic” – Bruno Mars – WINNER
“Redbone” – Childish Gambino
“Despacito” – Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
“The Story of O.J.” – Jay-Z
“HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar

Album of the Year

“24K Magic” – Bruno Mars – WINNER
“Awaken, My Love!” – Childish Gambino
“4:44” – Jay-Z
“DAMN.” – Kendrick Lamar
“Melodrama” – Lorde

Best New Artist

Alessia Cara – WINNER
Khalid
Lil Uzi Vert
Julia Michaels
SZA

Image: Bruno Mars with his six Grammy Awards [online image] (2018) sourced on 29 January 2018 from https://s2.reutersmedia.net/resources/r/?m=02&d=20180129&t=2&i=1226199340&r=LYNXMPEE0S0BF&w=1280

Oscars 2018: Nominees

The nominations for the 90th Academy Awards, the pinnacle of Hollywood’s awards season, have been announced.

Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy romance, “The Shape of Water”, is leading the pack with 13 nominations, while tense World War Two drama, “Dunkirk”, received eight.

Martin McDonagh’s dark comedy, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, is coming in third place, with seven nods.

Greta Gerwig received a nomination for Best Director for her work on “Lady Bird”, making her only the fifth woman in history to be nominated for this award.

Christopher Plummer, nominated for Best Supporting Actor, has become the oldest person to ever be nominated for an acting award, at 88 years old, while Meryl Streep has broken her own Oscar record with her 21st acting nomination.

Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” has netted an impressive four nominations, particularly notable as the Oscars rarely acknowledge horror films outside of the technical categories.

See more nominees below:

Best Picture:

“Call Me by Your Name”, directed by Luca Guadagnino
“Darkest Hour”, directed by Joe Wright
“Dunkirk”, directed by Christopher Nolan
“Get Out”, directed by Jordan Peele
“Lady Bird”, directed by Greta Gerwig
“Phantom Thread”, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
“The Post”, directed by Steven Spielberg
“The Shape of Water”, directed by Guillermo del Toro
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”, directed by Martin McDonagh

Best Actor:

Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Best Actress:

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”

The Oscars will be held on 4 March 2018 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California.

Image: Sally Hawkins and Doug Jones in The Shape of Water [online image] (2017) sourced on 24 January 2018 from http://www.indiewire.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/screen-shot-2017-09-14-at-9-49-54-am1.png?w=780

Transformers Leads 2018 Razzies

Nominations for the 38th Golden Raspberry Awards have been announced, and “Transformers: The Last Knight” is leading the pack, with nine nods.

The tongue-in-cheek Razzie Awards honour the worst films in Hollywood, and were originally created in 1980 to make fun of the sheer number of awards shows during awards season.

“Fifty Shades Darker” received eight nominations, while “The Mummy” got seven nods.

Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Watson, Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp, Russell Crowe, and Kim Basinger were among the stars given the dubious honour of being nominated for their performances.

Winners will be announced on 3 March, a day before the 2018 Oscars.

See more nominees below:

Worst Picture

Baywatch
The Emoji Movie
Fifty Shades Darker
The Mummy
Transformers: The Last Knight

Worst Actress

Katherine Heigl, Unforgettable
Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades Darker
Jennifer Lawrence, mother!
Tyler Perry, Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
Emma Watson, The Circle

Worst Actor

Tom Cruise, The Mummy
Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades Darker
Zac Efron, Baywatch
Mark Wahlberg, Daddy’s Home 2 and Transformers: The Last Knight

Colin Firth Cuts Ties with Woody Allen

Oscar winner, Colin Firth, is the latest Hollywood figure to speak out against writer-director, Woody Allen.

Firth, who appeared in Allen’s 2014 film “Magic in the Moonlight”, has said that he will not work with Allen again.

The 82-year-old American filmmaker, whose career spans more than six decades, has been accused of sexually assaulting his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, in 1992, when she was seven years old.

Farrow made the accusations against Allen public in 2014, but in the current Hollywood climate of speaking out against sexual assault and harassment, her account has recently gained traction.

Firth joins a growing list of Allen’s industry colleagues who have denounced him, such as Timothee Chalamet, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page, Rebecca Hall, Mira Sorvino and Natalie Portman.

Allen has repeatedly denied the allegations. He said: “I never molested my daughter – as all investigations concluded a quarter of a century ago.”

Dolores O’Riordan Dead at 46

Dolores O’Riordan, the lead singer of the Irish alternative band, the Cranberries, died on Monday in London. She was 46.

The band confirmed O’Riordan’s death in a brief statement:

“Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London today. She was 46 years old. The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries was in London for a short recording session. No further details are available at this time. Family members are devastated to hear the breaking news and have requested privacy at this very difficult time.”

Cranberries’ members Noel and Mike Hogan, and Fergal Lawler said in a separate statement:

“We are devastated on the passing of our friend Dolores. She was an extraordinary talent and we feel very privileged to have been part of her life from 1989 when we started the Cranberries. The world has lost a true artist today.”

The cause of death has not yet been confirmed. However, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police said they were called to London’s Park Lane hotel on Monday morning, where O’Riordan was pronounced dead at the scene. Her death has since been classified as “unexplained”.

Image: Singer Dolores O’Riordan [online image] (2016) sourced on 16 January 2018 from https://sg.style.yahoo.com/smiths-bassist-cranberries-lead-singer-team-form-band-134927450.html.

2018 Critics’ Choice Awards: Winners

Less than a week after the 2018 Golden Globes, Hollywood again gathered for an awards celebration at the 23rd Critics’ Choice Awards.

Nominees and winners are chosen by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, an association of approximately 250 television, radio and online critics in the US and Canada.

The night – hosted by Olivia Munn – saw “The Shape of Water” leading the film categories, taking four awards, while “Big Little Lies” shone for TV, also taking home four awards.

James Franco won Best Actor in a Comedy for The Disaster Artist, but was notably absent from the ceremony, after five women came forward with accusations of sexual misconduct against him this week.

See more winners below:

Best Picture

The Shape of Water – WINNER
The Big Sick
Call Me by Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
The Florida Project
Get Out
Lady Bird
The Post
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Drama Series

The Handmaid’s Tale – WINNER
American Gods
The Crown
Game of Thrones
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Best Comedy Series

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – WINNER
The Big Bang Theory
Black-ish
GLOW
Modern Family
Patriot

Image: Margot Robbie accepts her award [online image] (2018) sourced on 12 January 2018 from https://i.cbc.ca/1.4484135.1515728330!/cpImage/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/original_1180/23rd-annual-critics-choice-awards-show.jpg?imwidth=720

Celebs Ditch H&M over Racism

G-Eazy has joined the growing list of celebrities who are cutting ties with H&M over their racially insensitive advertising.

H&M has come under fire for a viral photo of an online advert depicting a black child model in a hoodie that read “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle”.

The 28-year-old rapper took to social media yesterday to condemn the “disturbing” advert, and to to say that his upcoming collaboration with the Swedish clothing company had been called off.

G-Eazy added: “I hope that this situation will serve as the wake up call that H&M and other companies need to get on track and become racially and culturally aware, as well as more diverse at every level.”

G-Eazy’s statement comes shortly after hip hop star The Weeknd announced that he would be calling off his partnership with H&M over the advert, which left him “shocked and embarrassed”.

The Weeknd has previously worked with H&M on two different collaborations.

LeBron James and Questlove have expressed outrage over the advert, and P Diddy has said that he intends to reach out to the little boy at the centre of the controversy to offer him a million dollar modelling contract.

H&M has apologised for the advert and the product, saying that their routines were not followed properly.

They said: “We will thoroughly investigate why this happened to prevent this type of mistake from happening again.”

Image: The offending advert [online image] (2018) sourced on 10 January 2018 from https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DTCqrHiVQAAzVwl.jpg

Radiohead Sues Lana Del Rey

English rock band, Radiohead, are suing American songstress, Lana Del Rey, for ripping off their song, “Creep”.

Radiohead is alleging that the similarities between Del Rey’s track, “Get Free”, off her latest album, “Lust for Life”, and their 1992 alternative rock smash hit, “Creep”, are no coincidence.

After reports of legal action appeared in the media, Del Rey confirmed the lawsuit on twitter.

The 32-year-old singer, who was born Elizabeth Grant, denied copying “Creep”.

She said, “Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing – I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.”

It is currently unclear who filed the lawsuit: the members of Radiohead or their publishers.

At a concert this weekend, Del Rey told the audience that the legal action could result in the song’s removal from later copies of her album.

She also told the audience that she views “Get Free” as her “personal manifesto”.

The lawsuit is made more complicated by the fact that Radiohead was sued by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, who claimed that “Creep” copied their 1974 single, “The Air That I Breathe”, which they wrote for The Hollies.

Radiohead admitted to copying the chord progression and melody, and Hammond and Hazlewood received co-writing credits and a percentage of the song’s royalties.

Radiohead has not yet commented publicly on the matter.