The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday its 2017 list of invitees to membership. Tallying 774 people, it's the largest class to date, a move that leaves April Reign, creator of #OscarsSoWhite, "encouraged."
"The opening of the academy to those who may not have been previously nominated or winners but are clearly deserving based on their body of work in film is gratifying," Reign told the Los Angeles Times. "There are names on the list that many may feel should’ve been on the list before."
Some of the new invitees include Janelle Monae ("Moonlight," "Hidden Figures"), Leslie Jones ("Ghostbusters), Riz Ahmed ("Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"), Jordan Peele ("Get Out") and Johnnie To ("Election"). In total, the new class comes from 57 countries and is 30% people of color and 39% female.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its newest class of members on Wednesday, the second such round of invitees since the nearly 90-year-old institution launched an initiative to double the number of women and minorities in its ranks in response to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.
Last year’s class of 683 members set a record at the time as the biggest and most diverse in the organization’s history, and many industry observers were looking at this year’s announcement as a sign of whether the academy can sustain the momentum of its diversity push.
In the bicoastal competition to host the Grammy Awards, New York City scored a major victory last month with the news that the music industry’s biggest event would be held there next year.
But Los Angeles came roaring back Wednesday with the announcement that the Grammys will return to downtown’s Staples Center in 2019 and stay there for at least four years.
The Recording Academy, which puts on the Grammys, reached a deal with AEG, the developer and operator of Staples, where the ceremony has been held for 17 of the last 18 years. The Grammys were held in New York in 2003 for their 45th anniversary and will be held there in 2018 for their 60th birthday.
In the aftermath of its exceedingly publicized, highly controversial assault scandal, it seems ABC's "Bachelor in Paradise" is trying to cover all of its legal bases.
TMZ reports that contestants on the reality show must now adhere to a "check-in" mandate with production executives. Before engaging in sexual activity of any kind, "Bachelor in Paradise" reportedly stipulates that both parties must approach one of the producers with their joint request. The producer then has the final say on whether the couple can safely relocate to "The Boom Boom Room."
The directive — coupled with the reality show's reported new policies to curb excessive drug and alcohol consumption — aims to ensure that all sexual encounters are consensual.
MTV has weighed in on the latest controversy to arise from its "Teen Mom" franchise, after a cast member appeared to drive under the influence during the Season 6 finale.
During the "Teen Mom OG" episode, Ryan Edwards was shown driving a vehicle while repeatedly nodding off. After several moments, his fiancée Mackenzie Standifer moved to turn the dash cameras off and asked Edwards, "Did you take Xanax again?"
On Monday, the day the finale aired, Edwards released a statement announcing that he had completed a stint in rehab. The announcement came after a season-long arc during which Edwards' ex-fiancée, Maci Bookout, attempted to stage an intervention for him. Edwards and Bookout have an 8-year-old son together.
Are you ready for tips on how to be a hero? Cartoon Network has announced that "OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes" will premiere Aug. 1.
"OK K.O.!" centers on the young and optimistic K.O., who dreams of becoming the greatest hero ever. Hopefully, having a super-powered mom and spending his days at Lakewood Plaza, a sort of strip mall for heroes that is repeatedly under the threat of destruction by a super villain, will help K.O. make his dream a reality.
If you're looking to take your mind off the circus in Washington for a moment, Hugh Jackman is here to help.
The first trailer for Jackman's upcoming P.T. Barnum musical biopic, "The Greatest Showman," has dropped, offering an early glimpse at the story of how the down-on-his-luck dreamer created the famed Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Though that circus recently ended its 146-year run, the trailer for the film – which hits theaters Christmas Day and co-stars Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Zendaya and at least one bearded lady — promises a feel-good, inspirational take on the erstwhile "Greatest Show on Earth."
An exchange in the Oval Office on Tuesday played out like a boardroom elimination on "The Celebrity Apprentice," as President Donald Trump dropped everything to comment on an Irish reporter's "nice smile."
RTÉ Washington correspondent Caitríona Perry was singled out while she and several members of the press visited the White House to cover Trump's diplomatic phone call with Ireland's new prime minister, Leo Varadkar.
During Trump's light discussion with Varadkar, he interrupted the call to summon Perry to his desk.
The latest casualty is the Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival, a family-friendly event in Pennsylvania that had booked several high-profile acts, including Chance the Rapper, Paramore, John Legend, the Roots and Odesza for its July debut.
"We are deeply saddened to announce that Karoondinha Music & Arts Festival will not take place during the scheduled dates of July 20-23, 2017," organizers said in a statement.
Rock fans who have missed Rodney Bingenheimer since his departure from KROQ won’t have to wait much longer for his return to radio.
The L.A. music stalwart will return to the digital airwaves with a new weekly show for Sirius XM, hosted on Little Steven’s Underground Garage channel (curated by E Street Band guitarist and Bruce Springsteen confidante Steven Van Zandt). The program premieres at 6 p.m. Pacific on July 16.
Bingenheimer spent 40 years behind the mike with his “Rodney on the ROQ” show, where he introduced KROQ listeners to the Clash, Elvis Costello, the Sex Pistols and other classic acts.