Here's what's new and interesting in entertainment and the arts:
Jada Pinkett Smith slams Golden Globes snub of 'Girls Trip,' Tiffany Haddish
New animated 'She-Ra' and 'Trolls' series headed to Netflix
J.K. Rowling named British Companion of Honor, calls it a 'privilege' for a female writer
'Get Out,' Tiffany Haddish, 'Queen Sugar' among African American Film Critics award winners
The Library of Congress has added 25 new movies to its National Film Registry — an eclectic mix that spans 1905 to 2000 and includes “Dumbo” and “The Goonies.”
The 2017 selections, announced Wednesday, bring the number of films in the registry to 725. Each year, 25 new films that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant — and at least 10 years old — are added to the collection. This year, 5,200 titles were nominated by the public, but the selections were ultimately made by Library specialists and the National Film Preservation Board.
In keeping with Hollywood’s current obsession with superheroes, 1978’s “Superman” — which, like “The Goonies” was directed by Richard Donner — made the cut this year.
Among the more recently-produced films in the group are “Titanic,” James’ Cameron’s 1997 Oscar-winner about the doomed ship; Christopher Nolan’s “Memento,” the 2000 mind-bending film about memory; the much-imitated 1988 action breakout “Die Hard”; and “Field of Dreams,” the inspirational 1989 baseball tale starring Kevin Costner.
Likely less familiar to modern day film fans? “Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street” — a silent picture made in 1905 that documents the train system less than seven months after it launched.
The films included also highlight a range of ethnic diversity, including 1979’s “Boulevard Nights,” about gang life in Los Angeles, and Charles Burnett’s “To Sleep with Anger,” a 1990 picture starring Danny Glover as a drifter who finds purpose when he’s forced to lead a multigenerational black household.
The entire list follows below:
“Ace in the Hole” (aka “Big Carnival”) (1951)
“Boulevard Nights” (1979)
“Die Hard” (1988)
“Field of Dreams” (1989)
“4 Little Girls” (1997)
“Fuentes Family Home Movies Collection” (1920s-1930s)
“Gentleman’s Agreement” (1947)
“The Goonies” (1985)
“Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967)
“He Who Gets Slapped” (1924)
“Interior New York Subway, 14th Street to 42nd Street” (1905)
“La Bamba” (1987)
“Lives of Performers” (1972)
“Only Angels Have Wings” (1939)
“The Sinking of the Lusitania” (1918)
“Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser” (1988)
“Time and Dreams” (1976)
“To Sleep with Anger” (1990)
“With the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in Spain” (1937-1938)
The Keaton Jones story started out so simple over the weekend: Kid makes a video about being bullied. Video goes viral. Kid gets support far and wide, including all sorts of cool invitations from famous people in sports and entertainment.
Then it got complicated: There was talk of racism. Accusations of opportunistic and fraudulent fund-raising. Even cruel social media commentary that portrayed Keaton as the character Sloth from “The Goonies,” bringing the bullying full circle.
“I knew that it could be great, and I knew that it could be awful,” Keaton’s mom, Kimberly, said on “CBS This Morning” on Tuesday. “And it has been.”
On that show and on “Good Morning America,” Keaton talked about his experiences since the video went viral Friday, while Kimberly offered context to images of the family with the Confederate flag that were found on her Facebook page.
Kimberly described the flag photos on CBS as “the only two photos on my entire planet that I am anywhere near a Confederate flag.” Her Aug. 25 post was “meant to be ironic and funny and extreme. ... ,” she said on “GMA.” “I am genuinely, truly sorry. If I could take it back, I would.”
Said Kimberly, “I spent most of my life being bullied and judged because I wasn't racist,” she told CBS.
Keaton, meanwhile, told CBS that the video was his idea, one that made him feel like he had “accomplished something real. Something that could actually change the world."
He’d been targeted by five other middle-schoolers, he said.
"I'd had enough of it,” Keaton told CBS. “They had said that someone was going to beat me up in lunch so I texted my mom and I said, 'What do I do here?'" She picked him up from school early, and they made the video in the parked car.
Also on Tuesday, a New Jersey man who said he didn’t know the Jones family but started a GoFundMe campaign on Keaton’s behalf was offering refunds to donors. To those who didn’t want their money back, he said $25,000 would likely go to a scholarship fund for Keaton while the balance might go to the Rachel’s Challenge charity.
Jada Pinkett Smith is not taking the omission of her film and its breakout star (Tiffany Haddish) from Monday’s Golden Globe nominations lightly. The “Girls Trip” star took to Twitter on Tuesday to voice her discontent, alleging that the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. did not even watch the film.
“I'm not upset about @TiffanyHaddish or @GirlsTripMovie not getting a [nomination]... I'm discouraged about the fact that the Hollywood Foreign Press/@goldenglobes wouldn't even WATCH the movie,” she wrote.
“Girls Trip” stars Pinkett Smith, Haddish, Queen Latifah and Regina Hall as a group of friends reconnecting, after years apart, on a trip to New Orleans’ annual Essence Music Festival. The film, which pulled $115 million at the box office, received positive reviews while Haddish’s performance was likened to that of Melissa McCarthy in “Bridesmaids.” (Although McCarthy did not receive a Golden Globe nomination for that performance, it did land her an Oscar nomination.)
According to a source with the HFPA, an official screening was held July 18.
Universal, the studio releasing the picture, confirmed that there was a screening for the HFPA. It also said that invitations were sent to the group for the film’s premiere and that members received screeners. But a news conference for the group was forgone as HFPA members did not travel to New Orleans, where the film was junketing — which Pinkett Smith also alluded to in her tweets.
She said she was voicing her concerns not to shame the Globes voters but to prompt a “discussion [about] an antiquated system.” She also said that she would not “invalidate all the many journalist[s] and people from all walks of life who have supported this movie by defining the [omission] as simply ... racism.”
“Hollywood has systems in place that must learn to expand its concepts of race, gender equality and inclusion in regard[s] to its perceptions of art across the board,” she said, noting that “The Big Sick” was also wrongly snubbed, and commenting on the controversy around Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” being dubbed a comedy for nomination purposes. “[It] illuminates the depths of the sunken place ... for real,” she said.
Hopes to see Haddish’s name throughout award season are not unfounded, despite her being left off many critics’ prediction lists. The comedian did net honors for her performance from the New York Film Critics Circle and the African American Film Critics Assn., among others.
NBC is shifting the 2018 Emmys from Sunday to Monday again as the network takes its turn hosting TV’s annual evening of accolades.
The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, the Television Academy and NBC announced Tuesday.
As usual, the ceremony will take place at the Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.
NBC, which alternates hosting duties with broadcasters CBS, ABC and Fox every four years, has previously moved the late-summer ceremony up to August to accommodate its football-programming schedule.
In 2014, the network also broke with decades-long tradition by moving the show from Sunday to Monday so as not to displace its Sunday Night Football franchise. That hadn’t happened since 1976. The awards show, instead, will go head to head with ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
The 2018 ceremony’s host and producers will be announced at a later date.
The peacock network will presumably look to its late-night roster to host the festivities. When it aired the show in previous years, “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, “Late Night” star Seth Meyers and NBC alum Conan O’Brien served as the masters of ceremonies. Meyers also will host NBC’s perennial awards show, the Golden Globe Awards, in January.
Ready to meet the new incarnation of the Princess of Power? “She-Ra,” “Trolls: The Beat Goes On” and more original animated series are headed to Netflix in 2018.
Netflix and DreamWorks Animation Television announced Tuesday a slate of new shows that will premiere on the streaming series as early as January, including a new take on “She-Ra” from the Eisner Award-winning Noelle Stevenson.
The original “She-Ra: Princess of Power” debuted in 1985 as a counterpoint to the popular “He-Man” cartoon (and series of toys) about her long-lost twin brother.
The show followed the adventures of Princess Adora, who transforms into the super-powered warrior She-Ra using the Sword of Protection, as she helps the citizens of Etheria fight back against the villains who kidnapped and raised her. (It’s a long story.)
The new “She-Ra” will be a modern take on the character for a new generation of young fans, according to the official description. The press release also noted that the epic fantasy will celebrate female friendship and empowerment. Sounds like a perfect fit for comic-book fans familiar with Stevenson’s work on “Lumberjanes” and “Nimona.”
Other new shows hitting Neflix next year include “Trolls: The Beat Goes On,” which picks up where the film left off. In the show, Poppy and Branch will be voiced by Amanda Leighton (“This Is Us,” “The Fosters”) and Skylar Astin (“Pitch Perfect” 1 and 2), respectively.
“Robot Chicken” alum Matthew Beans serves as executive producer with original songs written and produced by “Pitch Perfect 3’s” Alana Da Fonseca. The show will premiere Jan. 19.
The other animated shows scheduled to hit Neflix some time in 2018 include “The Boss Baby: Back in Business,” “Harvey Street Kids,” “The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants,” as well as Guillermo del Toro’s “Trollhunters (Part 3)” and “3 Below.”
Watch the trailer for “Trolls: The Beat Goes On” above.
“Harry Potter” scribe J.K. Rowling has added another title to her globally recognized name: Companion of Honor.
The 52-year-old bestselling author and Lumos charity founder was awarded the British prize by Prince William for her services to literature and philanthropy, during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday.
Add that to the Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) title Prince Charles gave her in 2001, as well as her French Legion of Honor prize and her Hans Christian Andersen Award.
"To be included in the distinguished and diversely talented company of the other Companions of Honour, especially as a female writer, is a particular privilege,” Rowling said via the Royal Family’s Twitter account.
The prize is limited to 65 people “of distinction,” according to the Associated Press, and has also been bestowed upon scientist Stephen Hawking, artist David Hockney, music icon Paul McCartney and Oscar winner Maggie Smith.
Rowling’s beloved series about a boy wizard and the whimsical world he’s immersed in has sold more than 450 million copies and has been translated into 80 languages. The tomes have been been adapted into eight blockbuster films, and one of her companion books has been spun off into the five-film “Fantastic Beasts” franchise, giving Rowling a chance to flex her screenwriting muscles.
Just as her debut novel, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” (as it was titled in England), celebrated its 20th anniversary over the summer, the outspoken billionaire was also named Europe's highest-paid celebrity and the world's highest-paid author by Forbes.
In other wizarding news, game developers Portkey Games and Jam City announced the 2018 launch of a new official mobile game called “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery.” The narrative-driven app will allow players to create their own character and experience life at the school of witchcraft and wizardry.
The African American Film Critics Assn. has dubbed Jordan Peele’s social thriller “Get Out” the best movie of the year. The film also won honors for directing, acting (for lead Daniel Kaluuya) and screenplay.
Other films receiving awards or landing on the group’s top 10 films list of the year were “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” for lead actress Frances McDormand, “Last Flag Flying” for supporting actor Laurence Fishburne and “Girls Trip” for supporting actress Tiffany Haddish and best comedy honors.
“The films released in 2017 captured a plethora of lifestyles, experiences and emotions that allowed our members to engage with a different range of storylines from previous years,” AAFCA co-founder and President Gil Robertson said in a statement. “The success of ‘Girls Trip,’ the first R-rated film starring an all black female cast to surpass $100 million, and ‘Get Out,’ Jordan Peele’s directorial debut which surpassed $250 million worldwide, prove just how viable black films are across the board.”
On the television side of things, Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar” nabbed top TV drama honors, while “black-ish” took best TV comedy.
Other shows recognized on the organization’s top 10 TV shows list included “Insecure,” “Master of None” and the now-canceled “Underground.”
“AAFCA’s Top 10 lists in Film and TV represent the organization’s commitment to an expanded analysis of both mediums,” said AAFCA co-founder Shawn Edwards. “While content targeting black audiences dominates both charts, AAFCA is pleased to acknowledge and recognize content that represents the global community. This wave of new content thrives in an environment where multiple voices are welcomed and championed. Inclusion is a win for everybody.”
Check out the full list of AAFCA winners below:
Best picture: “Get Out”
Best director: Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
Best actor: Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Best actress: Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Best supporting actor: Laurence Fishburne, “Last Flag Flying”
Best supporting actress: Tiffany Haddish, “Girls Trip”
Best comedy: “Girls Trip”
Best ensemble: “Detroit”
Best independent film: “Crown Heights”
Best animated film: “Coco”
Best documentary: “Step”
Best foreign film: “The Wound”
Best screenplay: “Get Out”
Best song: “It Ain’t Fair” from “Detroit,” The Roots ft. Bilal
Best new media: “Mudbound”
Best TV series (comedy): “black-ish”
Best TV series (drama): “Queen Sugar”
Breakout star: Lakeith Stanfield, “Crown Heights,” “Get Out”
AAFCA top 10 films of 2017
- “Get Out”
- “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
- “Girls Trip”
- “Call Me by Your Name”
- “The Shape of Water”
- “Crown Heights”
AAFCA top 10 TV shows of 2017
- “Queen Sugar”
- “Master of None”
- “The Handmaid’s Tale”
- “Dear White People”
- “She’s Gotta Have It”
- “The Defiant Ones”
- TIE: “Guerilla” and “Snowfall”
Looks like James Corden’s Christmas Carpool Karaoke might become a “Late Late Show” tradition.
Alas, seeing Harry Styles plant a kiss on Corden this time around doesn’t come close to last year’s charming revelation that the show had been surreptitiously taping bits of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” all year long, just waiting for Mariah Carey to introduce the catchy cameo-fest for the holidays.
Reggie Watts might be a swell “Late Late” bandleader, but he’s no Mariah Carey. Nor is “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town” as infectious as “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
Making its debut Monday night, this year’s Carpool Christmas cast includes Sam Smith, Fifth Harmony, Harry Styles, Bruno Mars, Pink, Kelly Clarkson, Foo Fighters, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Usher and Ed Sheeran, all singing live from California, where, according to Perry, “it doesn’t ever feels like Christmas.”
For your entertainment, this year’s segment is above, and last year’s is below. Compare and contrast!
Jimmy Kimmel has had enough of Congress putting tax cuts for the rich ahead of the lives of children.
On Monday night’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” late-night TV’s champion for affordable healthcare made his case once again: The Children’s Health Insurance Program needs to be funded already.
Joined by his infant son, Billy, who had heart surgery just last week, a tearful Kimmel broke down exactly why CHIP is important.
“It covers around 9 million American kids whose parents make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but don’t have access to affordable coverage through their jobs, which means it almost certainly covers children you know,” explained Kimmel. “About one in eight children are covered only by CHIP.”
Since making sure children have access to healthcare has never been a controversial or partisan issue, both Democrats and Republicans had supported CHIP. Until now.
“Now CHIP has become a bargaining chip,” said Kimmel. “It’s on the back burner while they work out their new tax plans. Which means parents of children with cancer and diabetes and heart problems are about to get letters saying their coverage could be cut off next month. Merry Christmas, right?”
“This is literally a life-and-death program for American kids,” Kimmel continued. “It’s always had bipartisan support, but this year they let the money for it expire while they work on getting tax cuts for their millionaire and billionaire donors.”
Kimmel doesn’t understand how “a tax cut that mostly goes to rich people” could be prioritized over the lives of children.
So the Kimmels — both Jimmy and Billy — asked viewers to once again make “two phone calls you shouldn’t have to make” to House and Senate members to finally restore CHIP funding.
“Don’t let them keep pushing it off,” he said. “They need to fund CHIP now.”
When Dwayne Johnson isn’t busy making movies, he’s apparently busy procreating: The action star is expecting his third child this spring — and it’s a girl.
The “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” headliner shared the news on Instagram on Monday with an assist from his youngest daughter, Jasmine Lia, who posed for a photo with a sign making the reveal.
“Our Jasmine Lia would like to make a big announcement - IT’S A GIRL!” the 45-year-old former wrestler captioned the photo, saying he and his girlfriend, Lauren Hashian, are “boundlessly grateful for this blessing as this spring we’ll welcome our second baby. Plus, Jazzy is excited to boss around and protect her lil’ sis.”
While it’s the second child for Johnson and Hashian, who welcomed their bright-eyed stunner in December 2015, the new baby will be the third child for Johnson, who shares 16-year-old daughter Simone with ex-wife Dany Garcia. (Simone was recently named Golden Globe Ambassador.)
“And once again, big daddy is completely surrounded by beautiful estrogen and loving, powerful female mana. All girls. One dude. And a boy dog.
I wouldn’t have it any other way. #ItsAGirl #GratefulMan #TequilaTime,” Johnson added.
Hashian also debuted her growing baby bump when she joined Johnson at the premiere of “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” in Los Angeles on Monday.
I don't think you necessarily see yourself as funny. When I came to Los Angeles, I thought, 'Oh, I am going to end up doing sitcoms.' I didn't do well at those auditions. I wasn't that good at punch lines. But I do love to create a character.
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Steve Edwards, the anchor of Fox 11’s “Good Day L.A.” and a fixture in local television and radio for more than three decades, is leaving the morning news show.
A Fox spokesperson said that Edwards “is no longer employed” at the station but did not provide further details.
Edwards has also hosted such shows as KABC-TV's "AM Los Angeles," KCBS-TV's "Two on the Town" and "The Steve Edwards Show."
Fair warning: Spoilers ahead.
AMC’s “The Walking Dead” has been known for upsetting its fans by killing off beloved characters. Even though the zombie apocalypse is a dangerous place, the loss of several survivors that viewers have grown to love can still be a traumatic experience.
But the uproar over the apparent death of one of the drama’s central characters in Sunday’s installment might reach new heights. (Those who have not seen the episode should stop reading now.)
Carl Grimes — the teenage son of sheriff Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), who has endured several close calls but was generally perceived to be one of the series’ “untouchables” — is seemingly about to expire, courtesy of a vicious zombie bite. Chandler Riggs, who has played Carl since the pilot, is apparently leaving the show.
William Riggs, the actor’s father, said in a post on his Facebook page, which has been deleted: “ … We do absolutely know how lucky we have been to be a part of it all and appreciate all the love from fans all these years!”
Chandler Riggs told the Hollywood Reporter that he had just bought a house in Senoia, Ga., near the headquarters for the series. “It was devastating for me and my family because the show has been such a huge part of my life for so long. For a few days, we didn’t know what to do,” he said.
But he added that he was already working on other projects, including an independent film called “Inherit the Viper,” and now would be open to “other stuff that I haven’t been able to do in the last eight years.”
Producers for “The Walking Dead” could not be reached for comment.
Keaton Jones, the Tennessee boy whose tearful reaction to bullying was captured on video by his mom, is getting waves of celebrity support after the clips went viral under the hashtag #StandWithKeaton.
After shooting into the public eye, however, the family is also dealing with social-media backlash. More on that later.
“Just out of curiosity, why do they bully? What’s the point of it?” the Knoxville middle-school student asks his mother, who reportedly was picking him up from school early because he was too afraid to go to lunch. “Why do you find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? It’s not OK.”
Lakyn Keaton, his sister, helped spread the video Friday, tweeting, “Y’all take a minute to watch this video and let it teach you something.”
Though she included a link to a Facebook video posted by her mom, Kimberly Keaton, it appears it has been taken down or at least made private to some degree, possibly in response to criticism of an eyebrow-raising post she put up in August that included the family with Confederate flag.
More than a minute of the video can, however, be seen all over the place on social media and elsewhere online.
“They make fun of my nose. They call me ugly. They say I have no friends,” says Keaton, who, according to WTVF in Tennessee, was born with a tumor. Bullies “poured milk on me and put ham down my clothes, threw bread at me,” he said, describing their lunchtime behavior.
Still, he says through tears, “I don't like that they do it to me and I for sure don't like that they do it to other people.” That awareness earned him props from Justin Bieber.
“The fact that he still has the sympathy and compassion for other people when he's going through it himself is a testament to who he is,” Bieber said in an Instagram video. “This kid is all-time, he's a legend, go check him out.” In another short video, the “Sorry” singer said, “We’re all rooting for you … love ya, buddy.”
Snoop Dogg wrote, “Say lil Man U gotta friend in me for life hit me on dm so we can chop it up love is the only way to beat hate.”
“People who are different don't need to be criticized about it. It's not their fault,” Keaton said, earning a reply from “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot, who wrote, “Different is special. You’re beautiful Keaton. Inside and out.”
Pro athletes from Tennessee teams chimed in, including Chandler Parsons of the Memphis Grizzlies and Delanie Walker of the Tennessee Titans, the latter of whom read Keaton a poem by Buddha in a video inviting the boy and his family to a Dec. 31 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
J.R. Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers called Keaton's experience a “damn shame” and invited him to a Cavs game when they play in Memphis, which drew a response from LeBron James.
“Damn right! Bullies are straight up wack, corny, cowards, chumps, etc, etc!,” James wrote. “Keaton keep your head up buddy and push forward! You’re the best.”
Later, Smith was challenged to take back his comments after photos of the Jones family posing with the Confederate flag were found on Kimberly Jones' Facebook, with a comment from Keaton's mother speaking out against athletes who were kneeling for the national anthem. Smith replied, “Idc [I don't care] about that it’s not ok for people to do that idc what your beliefs are.”
At one point Monday, Lakyn Jones found herself defending her brother against Patricia Arquette, who had been told that Keaton had bullied people over race. In addition to saying her family was not racist, Lakyn said they were not profiting from the newfound attention; they’re not soliciting donations and don’t have a GoFundMe campaign set up.
A GoFundMe campaign that was started by a New Jersey man was suspended Monday afternoon after collecting more than $57,000 in pledges. Joseph Lam told the Wrap he was “more concerned for the kid” than the mother and wanted to help with a fund that would go toward private school or college.
John Mayer had an astute assessment of the backlash on Monday. The singer-songwriter called it “a window into how we assess/index/respond to situations and ultimately what we walk away from them thinking.”
He closed a long Twitter thread by writing, “Pay attention to what you’re thinking about and how you’re thinking about it here. The fingerprint we leave on this situation will be the cleanest one we’ve left all year. How we play this out is who we are.”
All that said, let’s get back to the people who took Keaton's side early. He was invited to a couple of movie premieres, courtesy of Hailee Steinfeld, who asked him to be her date Tuesday for “Pitch Perfect 3,” and Chris Evans, who asked him and his mom to attend the “Avengers: Infinity War” debut in May.
The comments from high-profile folks came in droves. A few examples:
“Keaton owns my heart,” said comic and “Two Broke Girls” co-creator Whitney Cummings.
Millie Bobby Brown retweeted a post from “Suits” actor Patrick J. Adams, who said he was “bullied constantly” while growing up. The 13-year-old “Stranger Things” actress added, “Keaton, this is so accurate. Why do people do this? I think your sooo cool Keaton! I wanna be your friend ( but srsly) ur freakin awesome.”
“‘Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.’ Stay strong Keaton, you’re a very brave young man and a lot of great folks have your back. @Lakyn_Jones if there is anything we can do for Keaton, please let us know. #StandWithKeaton #StopBullying,” the band Nickelback tweeted.
“Anytime we’re in Knox, Keaton and yall are always welcome at the show. What an amazing and strong young man!” country singer Scotty McCreery said.
“We here on ‘The Flash’ are on your side — and against bullies everywhere,” said “Flash” actor Tom Cavanaugh.
“This whole #StandWithKeaton movement is so beyond heartwarming! Can’t wait to see him and his mom with all the super heros,” actress Juliette Lewis tweeted.
“Keaton, the bullies won't win. You are strong, you are loved and you have a lot of support and friends who are standing with you and your family,” Jon Bon Jovi said. “I'm with you. #StandWithKeaton.”
It didn’t stop with athletes and entertainers.
Bullying at Horace Maynard Middle School, which Keaton attends, is “not as rampant as the video would have you believe,” principal Greg Clay told USA Today on Monday. "I can't tell you what was done, but I can tell you action was taken with the children." The school already had an anti-bullying program scheduled for January, Clay said.
“No child should ever fear going to school or participating in events because of a bully. This behavior is simply unacceptable. Kentucky stands with Keaton and all those who have been bullied.” That came from Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin.
Perhaps Keaton, through tears, said it best. “If you are made fun of, just don't let it bother you. They suck, I guess. Hard. But,” he says, pausing briefly, “it'll probably get better one day.”
3:55 p.m.: This article was updated with information about a GoFundMe account started by a man who doesn’t know the family.
2:56 p.m.: This article was updated with tweets from John Mayer.
2:28 p.m.: This article was updated with details about backlash against a Facebook post by Kimberly Jones and comments from J.R. Smith, LeBron James, Lakyn Jones and Greg Clay.
This article was originally published at 12:29 p.m.
I think somehow that just being me, my American me, on those [talk] shows, convinced a lot of people who were in a position to employ me that I was just as American as anybody else if I wanted to be, or I could be just as Hispanic if I wanted to be. It depends on the hairdo and the attitude.
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Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme was caught on video Saturday night deliberately kicking a female photographer in the face at KROQ’s annual holiday concert in Inglewood.
“It was obviously very intentional,” the photographer, Chelsea Lauren, told Variety. Lauren said the attack was unprovoked and that Homme was smiling before he struck her.
Homme released a statement Sunday afternoon to press and on the band’s social-media accounts:
“I did not mean for that to happen and I am very sorry,” the statement partly read. “I would never intentionally cause harm to anyone working at or attending one of our shows and I hope Chelsea will accept my sincere apology.”
The incident took place during the band’s performance at the L.A. radio station’s 28th Almost Acoustic Christmas event. In a video captured opposite the stage from Lauren, Homme, 44, can be seen walking past Lauren and kicking at her camera with enough force to strike her face.
“Josh was coming over and I was pretty excited,” Lauren told Variety. “I've never actually photographed Queens of the Stone Age before. I was really looking forward to it.
“The next thing I know his foot connects with my camera and my camera connects with my face, really hard,” she added. “He looked straight at me, swung his leg back pretty hard and full-blown kicked me in the face. He continued performing. I was startled, I kind of stopped looking at him. I just got down and was holding my face because it hurt so badly.”
Lauren observed that after he kicked her, Homme took out what appeared to be a knife and deliberately cut his own forehead, a stunt wrestlers refer to as “blading.” Homme dripped blood down his face for the rest of the performance.
According to Variety, at one point Homme called the audience “retards” before inexplicably insulting fellow band Muse. He also encouraged the crowd to boo him and told everyone to take off their pants. “I want to give you all a night you’ll never remember,” he said.
After leaving briefly to go to the press room, Lauren returned to the pit to shoot Thirty Seconds to Mars and Muse before heading to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for treatment. She plans to file a police report Sunday.
“I feel like if I don’t do anything, he gets to kick people in the face and not get in trouble because he’s a musician,” she said. “That’s not right.”
2:05 p.m.: This story was updated with a statement from Homme. Story was originally published at 1:53 p.m.
The spirit of the late Carrie Fisher could be felt throughout the galaxy far, far away at the Los Angeles premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Saturday night.
“I want to dedicate tonight to Carrie, who is up there right now flipping me the bird,” writer-director Rian Johnson said onstage alongside stars of the film including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Mark Hamill and Adam Driver, composer John Williams and Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy.
He urged the packed house at the Shrine Auditorium to “have a blast tonight for Carrie.”
Fisher, who died nearly a year ago after completing her scenes on “Episode VIII,” reprises her role as General Leia Organa in the follow-up to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” The latest installment finds the last remaining fighters of the Resistance facing off against Supreme Leader Snoke and his First Order.
Returning heroes Rey (Ridley), Finn (Boyega), and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) are joined by new franchise faces including Rose Tico (breakout newcomer Kelly Marie Tran), a Resistance maintenance worker who jumps into the fray as Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and General Hux (Domnhall Gleeson) advance on the dwindling rebel forces.
Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker is back, too, in an emotional installment that continues the canonical legacy of the original trilogy with Fisher a frequent screen presence through the proceedings. Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, also reprises her “Force Awakens” role as a Resistance fighter under Leia’s command.
As a massive First Order AT-M6 towered over the glitzy red carpet outside the Shrine Auditorium, filmmakers Ava DuVernay (Disney’s upcoming “A Wrinkle in Time”) and Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther”) flipped for Johnson’s foray into the “Star Wars” universe.
Guests reveled their way through a massive after party designed like a Canto Bight casino, and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke shared a special moment with BB-8.
Saturday night’s highly anticipated world premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was the talk of the Twitterverse last night with those privileged enough to see it taking to social media to share their thoughts.
Los Angeles Times reporter Jen Yamato called it “beautifully human, populist, funny and surprising.” Actress Tessa Thompson and director Ava DuVernay agreed.
DuVernay also tweeted her appreciation of the film’s director, Rian Johnson. “The last 40 minutes had me on the edge of my seat in every moment,” she wrote.
Film journalists were on board too, with Vulture’s Kyle Buchanan taking the cake for the most succinct summation.
People seem to assume that anyone who'd do a four-hour film of ‘Hamlet’ must be a heavyweight intellectual, incapable of enjoying life. In fact, the thing I showed the greatest facility for in drama school was comedy, and when I left school I felt that unless I made an effort, I'd spend the rest of my life in sitcoms.
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“Saturday Night Live” wasted little time in answering whether the show would address the controversy surrounding one of its own, former cast member and writer Al Franken, who resigned from the U.S. Senate last week after allegations of inappropriate behavior.
In the show’s cold open, Kenan Thompson played a department store Santa dealing with some politically attuned kids for a sketch that echoed aspects of Franken’s resignation speech.
After asking for a few gifts, the first child had a simple question for Santa: “What did Al Franken do?” After some stammering, Santa tried pushing the question off to an elf (Kate McKinnon), who didn’t appreciate being called Sugar Plum. “In this climate, can you just call me Amy?”
Santa replied that Franken was on the naughty list, which led to a question about whether Moore was also on that list. “It’s not really a list,” McKinnon replied. “It’s more of a registry.”
And what about President Trump? After explaining that Trump might have said or done a few naughty things, McKinnon’s elf interjected with a sly grin. “Nineteen accusers. Google it.”
Struggling to keep things light and festive, Santa told the little girl he thought everyone could learn a lot from the news. “I learned that if you admit you do something wrong, you get in trouble,” the little girl replied. “But if you deny it, they let you keep your job.”
Franken also came up in the “Weekend Update” segment with Cecily Strong’s slurring Cathy Anne. “Why are you gonna resign if you ain’t gonna apologize?” she asked, alluding to criticism about Franken’s speech. “And if you ain’t got nothing to apologize for, then why the hell are you resigning?”
“Update” co-anchor Michael Che countered that the Democrats were trying to show a zero-tolerance stance against sexual harassment. Cathy Anne was unimpressed.
“Who they trying to show?” she asked. “...Right, as if everyone in Alabama’s just waiting on the edge of their seats, wondering what Kristen Jellybeans was going to do about Al Franco.”