This was not the best Super Bowl for commercials (or football)! You know it’s an off year when two of the most memorable spots involve Greek yogurt. That’s just a rather bleak landscape in general, “live culture” notwithstanding. Meanwhile, my favorite healthy snacks Doritos and M&Ms, which usually bring it hard for the Super Bowl, barely registered. Below, 2014’s Best and Worst ads: READ FULL STORY
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The Onion and Quvenzhane Wallis: What does it take to get America's Finest News Source to apologize?
There’s just one thing more shocking than The Onion’s crude tweet about Quvenzhané Wallis: Onion CEO Steve Hannah’s subsequent mea culpa.
“On behalf of The Onion, I offer my personal apology to Quvenzhané Wallis and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the tweet that was circulated last night during the Oscars,” he said in a statement today, following widespread outcry over a message on the microblogging site that referred called the nine-year-old Best Actress nominee a “c—.” Hannah went on to label the tweet “crude and offensive,” “senseless [and] humorless,” and “inconsistent with The Onion’s commitment to parody and satire, however biting.” Additionally, he said, the parties responsible for posting the joke will be “disciplined.”
Such a frank admission of remorse is unusual for The Onion, a publication that’s never shied away from controversial jokes or strong, vulgar language. In fact, this may be the first time the paper has actually apologized for something it’s written — even though plenty of its creations have stoked the public’s ire before. READ FULL STORY
Well, this ought to harsh your Oscar buzz.
Shortly after last night’s Academy Awards ceremony ended, America’s finest satirical newspaper crossed the line on its Twitter page, as is its wont — but this time, there weren’t many people laughing. The Onion targeted 9-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis, joking that the diminutive star (and future Little Orphan Annie) isn’t quite as sweet as she seems. [UPDATE: The Onion has apologized for the joke. See their mea culpa below.]
Here’s the tweet; beware of crude and offensive language.
In the midst of the Hollywood awards season, the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon is a welcome departure from the scripted formalities of awards speeches. Everyone already knows who is being honored, so there’s no pressure, and the guests are just happy to be there to support their peers and idols. Held Thursday over a long lunch in the elegant Beverly Hills Hotel, the 2013 honorees were: Oprah Winfrey, Alfre Woodard, Mara Brock Akil (Girlfriends), Gabrielle Union, Naomie Harris (Skyfall), and Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild).
The crowded red carpet had the feel of a happy high school reunion — with Naomi Campbell, Blair Underwood, Ava DuVernay, and Kelly Rowland. But the excitement about Oprah kept everyone anchored and thrilled. “People respond to truth. She owns her body, she owns her truth,” said Tamera Mowry-Housley. David Oyelowo (Lincoln, Middle of Nowhere) told EW, “Oprah means the world to me.” Having just come off of filming The Butler with Winfrey, he added: “She’s become a great friend and a great mentor. She’s just a wonderful, wonderful human being. It’s a real privilege to be here.”
We know that Jimmy Fallon and the Roots are the kings of producing fun hip-hop and rap songs about pop culture. See here with Obama, here for the “History of Rap,” and here for a collection of TV theme songs.
Therefore, when an audience member asked Fallon to have someone catch him up, through a rap song, on the Oscar-nominated films, we knew it was going to be epic. Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter took on the duties and completely killed it.
Props to Tariq for realizing that Fandango rhymes perfectly with Django and for pronouncing Quvenzhané flawlessly.
Watch the full clip below: READ FULL STORY
Beasts of the Southern Wild may be a small movie, but it’s got a big fan in the White House.
On Wednesday, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about the film to about 80 middle- and high-school students from the District of Columbia and New Orleans in town for a Black History Month workshop.
At the White House, the students got to see the film, and then have a Q&A with director Benh Zeitlin and actors Dwight Henry and nine-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis. The chat was moderated by Michelle Obama, according to The Washington Post.
The First Lady spoke personally about her love of the film: “It’s rare these days to find a movie that can so completely and utterly captivate such a broad audience and that was one of the things that struck me about this movie,” she said. “It managed to be beautiful, joyful and devastatingly honest.” READ FULL STORY
Most of the faces that appear in Time Magazine’s annual Great Performances package this year will be familiar to Oscar prognosticators — presumptive Best Supporting Actress winner Anne Hathaway is there, as is her greatest competition for the prize (Lincoln‘s Sally Field) and her Les Mis costar Hugh Jackman.
But the portfolio also highlights a few of last year’s less celebrated performers, including The Sessions‘s John Hawkes and Argo‘s John Goodman, who has somehow never been nominated for an Oscar. Youngest-ever Best Actress nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Django Unchained‘s Christoph Waltz, The Impossible‘s Naomi Watts, The Master‘s Amy Adams, and Zero Dark Thirty‘s Jessica Chastain also made the cut. Interestingly enough, five of the 10 performances on the list are characters based on real people, while the other five are fictional creations — though Adams’s character arguably occupies a space between those poles.
Check out highlights from Time‘s interviews with the selected few below.
Name: Beasts of the Southern Wild
Release date: June 27 2012 (limited)
DVD release date: currently available
Run time: 1 hour, 33 minutes
Box office: $11.7 million
Rotten tomatoes score: 86 percent
Movie Math: An Inconvenient Truth + (Pan’s Labyrinth — For Whom the Bell Tolls) + (The Descendants – Stepmom – House of Sand and Fog)
Tweetable description: A young girl and her father combat a hurricane, an illness, and the eventual end of the world in a section of marshland called The Bathtub.
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