As the 2017 Video Music Awards were approaching, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) was out in full force at the Forum. Its president and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, walked the red carpet along with her invited guests: six transgender members of the military.
The action came in the wake of President Donald Trump's direction to the Pentagon on Friday, as reported in The Times, "to 'return to the long-standing policy and practice' barring military service by transgender individuals."
Praising MTV as a pioneering advocate for the LGBTQ community, Ellis said in a statement, "Throughout all the tweets, memos, and speculation, brave transgender Americans are still serving their country and defending the freedoms of this nation while meeting the same rigorous standards of their peers. We are proud to stand with them."
After heading to the East Coast last year, the MTV VMAs have returned to Southern California. And tonight at the Forum in Inglewood, it was clear that the network decided to go big — huge really.
Upon arrival to the venue it appeared that the scale of this year's show was unlike anything MTV had done in recent history.
A structure that looked like a space shuttle swallowed the lot in front of the venue, and stars such as Cardi B and Big Freedia could be seen pumping through the red carpet (it's a deep shade of blue this year).
Together again at last. Well, almost. This season of "Game of Thrones" featured a family reunion fans have been awaiting for years. But will the finale finally bring the whole gang back together?
With Arya's (Maisie Williams) arrival at Winterfell, all of the surviving siblings of House Stark have now made their way back to their childhood home. And the journey has not been easy for any of them.
Since their separation Arya has become a trained assassin on a mission to kill all who have wronged her family, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) is now the magical Three-Eyed Raven who can travel across time through his visions, and Sansa (Sophie Turner), the only Stark who really understands the actual game of thrones, got revenge on her abusive husband by feeding him to his dogs.
The horror film genre not only attracts a devoted audience, but also dedicated filmmakers and writers who make the form their specialty. So the outpouring of sympathy and reactions to the death of Tobe Hooper, director of "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" and "Poltergeist" were strong within the horror community. The likes of William Friedkin, John Carpenter, Stephen King and more took to Twitter to offer their condolences and remembrances.
Tobe Hooper directed THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, a seminal work in horror cinema. He was a kind, decent man and my friend. A sad day.
That's more than double the previous first-day record for a lyric video, which was set in February by the lyric video for the Chainsmokers' "Something Just Like This" featuring Coldplay, which registered 9 million views upon its release.
It's also the best 24-hour figure Swift has logged, besting the first-day result for her 2015 official video for "Bad Blood," which attracted 17 million views, and has since totaled more than 1.1 billion views.
Director Tobe Hooper, who died in Los Angeles on Saturday at age 74, created many movies and TV shows during his long career — including stepping to helm the filming of "Poltergeist" when Steven Spielberg was contractually banned from directing other films during the production of "ET: The Extra Terrestrial."
Hooper's most admired film, of course, was 1974's "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre." In 2014, on the occasion of the film's 40th anniversary, "The Exorcist" director William Friedkin interviewed Hooper before an overflow audience at Los Angeles' Vista theater. During the engaging conversation, Friedkin called Hooper "one of the sweetest, nicest guys I’ve ever known." And then added, "So I often wonder where this stuff comes from.”
Hooper talked about purposely pitting his actors against each other to keep the on-screen tension high, how an unlikely pair of albums — Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and Lou Reed's "Berlin" — inspired him during the writing of the screenplay, and about "how damn strong women are,” referring to the resilent character played by Marilyn Burns. “She’s just not going to die.”
Following the resignations Tuesday of two leadership figures at Cinefamily, the Los Angeles independent film venue has announced that it is temporarily suspending all activities to "allow for the investigation and necessary restructure of management and the board."
"Recently, claims were made alleging improper behavior by one of more members of the organization," reads a release posted on the organization's website and social media pages. "The Board of Directors of The Cinefamily has no tolerance for any form of behavior that does not conform to the high standards demanded by our members and staff and that of common human decency."
The letter also says that Cinefamily is bringing on "an independent third party, Giles Miller at Lynx Insights & Investigations, to conduct a thorough investigation" into the allegations.
Tobe Hooper, the horror-movie pioneer whose low-budget sensation “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” took a buzz saw to audiences with its brutally frightful vision, has died. He was 74.
The Los Angeles County coroner's office says Hooper died Saturday in Sherman Oaks. It was reported as a natural death.
Hooper and contemporaries like George Romero crafted some of the scariest nightmares that ever haunted moviegoers. He directed 1982's “Poltergeist” from a script by Steven Spielberg and was behind the 1979 miniseries “Salem's Lot,” based on the Stephen King novel.