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Ruth E. Carter’s resume as a costume designer reads like a roll call of some of the most culturally significant films of the past three decades: Malcom X, Selma, Do the Right Thing, What’s Love Got to Do With It?, Mo’ Better Blues. But her latest film, the revolutionary and deservedly much-hyped Black Panther, might be her most notable project yet. With over 1,000 costumes that she conceptualized and created for fantastical world of Wakanda — drawing inspiration from Afropunk fashion and traditional African tribal garments — it seems fitting that Carter calls Black Panther the most challenging, but ultimately most fulfilling film she’s worked on yet.
Carter, the first African-American costume designer to be nominated for an Academy Award — she was nominated for 1992’s Malcom X and 1997’s Amistad — spoke to TIME ahead of Black Panther’s release on Feb. 16 about the film’s Afrofuturist costumes, the real-life superheroes she designed costumes for before Marvel and how Spike Lee helped her get her start in Hollywood.
TIME: How did you become interested in costume design?
Carter: I feel like costume design kind of found me. It’s the sum of my parts. I’m the daughter of a single parent, so I’ve been that girl that didn’t necessarily have a lot growing up. What I did have, sometimes I had to make it. My brother’s an artist. One of my brothers is a painter. The brother that was closer to me in age, we always loved to sketch and draw as kids, and we had our own characters.
An opportunity arose in college to do costumes for one of the plays. After that, I was doing every play on campus. I was doing the dance company that toured, people’s senior recitals, the fraternities’ special shows, as well as my own projects. I was kind of teaching myself and creating my own curriculum. When I graduated, I found myself at the Santa Fe Opera in New Mexico, as an intern. This took it to another level of exposure. I kind of felt like I was on my path.
How did you get your start in the entertainment industry and, later, movies?
I moved out to Hollywood after my internship at the Santa Fe Opera. After I got here, there was a picture on the calendar section of the L.A. Times and it showed the L.A. Theater Center’s staff standing on this circular staircase. [They were] opening this five-theater complex. I thought, “They’re going to need me.” So I got a job there and that’s where I met Spike Lee. He had come to see a show and after the show, he was talking to me about getting film experience. I didn’t know him as Spike Lee, because Spike Lee wasn’t known to the world yet.
I remember getting an invitation from Spike Lee to go see She’s Gotta Have It, a special screening. Shortly after that, Spike called me and asked me to be the costume designer for School Daze, and from then on, I’ve been doing films.
How do you typically prepare for a film? What’s the process of developing looks?
I try to remind myself to be a vessel and to read the script with as much visual imagination as I can. I want to go on the ride of the story, see the colors, the way that you would if you read the story as a child. From there, I put the script aside and start gathering things. The first place I go to is my personal library. It’s not just books — I have antiques, tapestries. I gather things that will launch my journey and help me find those shapes and colors that I felt impassioned by when I read the script. I always hope for something that’s going to give me some kind of emotion.
Black Panther is being talked about as a sort of celebration of Afrofuturism. How did you design the costumes with that in mind?
From my Spike Lee days, we’ve always been a group of filmmakers that are concerned about the future of African Americans and freedom of self-expression and being politically sound. Ryan Coogler was no different, in that he wanted us to all think of this fictitious world of Wakanda as a place that was never colonized by the Dutch or the English. What would that look like?
We had an enormous number of boards that outlined the costume looks of each district of Wakanda. There’s a military guard that protects the palace, the Jabari tribe that lives in the mountains. There are the Dora Milaje that protect the king, the border tribes that police the border. I used ancient African history to come up with some of these ideas. For example, the Dogon tribe is one of the inspirations for the Jabari tribe in Wakanda. They wore these wonderful raffia skirts during the celebration they performed once a year. One of the northeastern inspirations was from the Tuareg, the subsaharan desert dwellers of Africa. In Wakanda, they were the merchant tribe and owned most of the wealth. We upped the ante and gave them a modern spin to create this new world.
You’ve worked on a lot of period pieces like Malcom X, Selma and The Butler. How does that differ from working on a film like Black Panther?
In some ways, it’s quite similar. It starts with research. I’ve done superheroes before — Malcom X, Martin Luther King, Jr., Tina Turner — they were all superheroes. But in those cases, I had a real world to draw from, photographs of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s march across the Edmund Pettus bridge, footage of Tina Turner in concert. The process is very much the same as it was for Black Panther because we were building a world with a tone and a look. It’s still apparel. I was very hands-on. I’m not the designer who sits at home and phones it in to her minions. I’m there in the trenches. That’s how I think I get the best results.
So many of the films you’ve worked on have pushed for visibility of people of color, and specifically African Americans. Not just in the films themselves, but in the industry and storytelling as a whole.
I feel like I’m a proud mama of this cultural movement that’s inclusive of everybody, especially young people that are now in charge and producing the art. I’ve got thirty-plus years behind me, and I’m embraced by them, and I’m still contributing to the story. This narrative is now being presented by a new generation of filmmakers, and I’m super proud of that. I’m proud to hear Ryan Coogler say that he was a little boy and his father took him to see Malcom X and he can’t believe that he’s sitting across the table from me, the person who did the costumes. That just makes my day. I’m just proud that I was true to myself as an artist along the way.
I also have never felt like I represented just one demographic. Young people of all colors are interested in this story. It makes me proud to know that there might have been a voice that was really small in the beginning and grew bigger, but it’s still relevant today and actually wanted.
How do you think the work that you do as a costume designer is helping to change the industry for the better?
Change it? I wish I could change it. I have to go back to the women. As costume designers, we’re always asked to “make them sexy.” I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to change that, and I’m not trying to, but maybe with Black Panther, we can show that women don’t have to dress super sexy like they do in the comic books. They can look like warriors and look great. They can have no hair, they can show no skin and be sexy.
Hollywood is built on racism, in a way. When you think of The Birth of a Nation [in 1915], there was that guy running around in blackface, but he was a white guy and he was seen as a savage. Those films during the ‘20s and the ‘30s, if they did have Africans, they were running around with a bone in their nose. In Shaka Zulu, made in the ‘30s or ‘40s, finally you get this magnificent story about this African King. It was one step forward, and I think Black Panther takes it another step forward. It’s baby steps.
How do you feel about the being the first African American designer to be nominated for an Oscar for costume design?
When I was working on Malcom X, Spike Lee said, “Don’t think about the Oscar.” So I never thought about it. But then I got nominated, and I was the first. It was a little out-of-body for me. I had been mentored by people of all colors. I loved Malcom X, and I felt like the prize had already been given by the accomplishment.
It was a testament to my perseverance, and for that I was extremely proud to say that I was the first. It was a goal that I had reached, not necessarily to be acknowledged by the Academy, but, “I’m a costume designer. No one can take that away from me now.” I shared it with my brother who was my mentor and an artist and he was my date to the Academy Awards. I owed so much to him as an artist.
After over 30 years in the industry, how do you stay inspired?
I have hobbies. I paint. In high school, I had a feel for clay and could mold almost anything from a picture, so I still have clay that I work with. I try to keep myself active and see other people’s work and art, I go and see plays, I’m always interested in travel. I just came from South Africa, from what I call “searching for Wakanda,” just to meet the people and touch the ground, to come from a well-informed place when I thought about Africa. I do what I need to stay motivated that’s not costume-related.
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This week, love was in the air as Paris Hilton made a doo-wop comeback to original music on a Valentine’s-themed single. And then there was Frank Ocean, gifting fans with a much subtler love song, also a throwback, in the form of a searching cover of “Moon River.” Haiti’s voices find a dance-ready platform in “Bayo.” L.A. rock project Lord Huron contemplates mortality — in a good way. And pop singer ROZES finds a good partner in DJ Nicky Romero’s beats.
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Black Panther, unlike many of the other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, stands largely on its own. Director Ryan Coogler eschews easter eggs and is (thankfully) less interested in the politics of the Avengers than he is in the politics of Wakanda, the fictional, tech-savvy nation ruled by T’Challa, a.k.a. Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman).
But save some popcorn for the end of the movie: There are two after-credit scenes that connect Black Panther and its characters to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe and hint at what is to come in Marvel’s next film, Avengers: Infinity War.
On May 4, a number of Marvel superheroes — including the Avengers and the Guardians of the Galaxy — will join forces to stop Thanos, the evil alien who has loomed large over many of the Marvel films. He’ll finally step into the role of the main villain in Infinity War and try to destroy the galaxy. To do so, he needs to gather all the Infinity Stones, super-powered gems that have shown up throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Black Panther after-credits scenes suggest a few ways that the Avengers could stop him.
Scene 1: T’Challa speaks at the United Nations about Wakanda
In the first post-credits scene, T’Challa stands before the United Nations. He promises that Wakanda, formerly a isolationist nation, will share its knowledge and resources with the rest of the world: “The wise build bridges while the foolish build barriers.”
The speech is a blatant rebuke of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, a continuation of the film’s overtly political themes. (Black Panther isn’t even the first superhero movie to tackle immigration. Last year’s X-Men movie Logan took umbrage at the persecution of immigrants.) Avengers: Infinity War probably won’t be as political as Black Panther, but there’s a chance that T’Challa’s new philosophy plays a role in his decision to join his fellow superheroes in stopping Thanos.
T’Challa’s announcement is great news for any city that wants to build a more efficient subway system like the one in Wakanda. But sharing Vibranium, Wakanda’s most precious resource and the metal found in both Black Panther’s suit and Captain America’s shield, is risky. Vibranium weapons could be more effective against Thanos. But if the metal falls into the wrong hands (say, Loki’s) that could mean disaster for our heroes.
Scene 2: Bucky Barnes is alive and well in Wakanda, thanks to Shuri
Audiences last saw Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) at the end of Captain America: Civil War. Bucky, Captain America’s best friend turned nemesis turned best friend, was once a freedom-loving American who fought alongside Captain America in Captain America: The First Avenger. But we find out in Captain America: The Winter Soldier that Bucky was captured during World War II by the Nazi organization HYDRA, brainwashed and turned into the Winter Soldier, a super-soldier with a mechanical arm.
Captain America’s obsession with restoring Bucky’s memory in Civil War drives a wedge between Cap and fellow Avenger Iron Man, and, well, starts a civil war. Black Panther gets mixed up with the feuding Avengers after his father, T’Chaka, is killed in a bombing. Black Panther believes Bucky is responsible and chases him down, only to discover Bucky was framed. He offers to help Bucky and Cap and brings them to Wakanda. In a post-credits scene of Civil War, Bucky voluntarily enters into cryostasis in Wakanda until someone can figure out how to fix his brain.
Turns out, he didn’t stay asleep for long. In the Black Panther‘s second after-credits scene, Barnes wanders out of a tent in a Wakandan village and greets Shuri, T’Challa’s 16-year-old genius sister who apparently figured out a way to fix his brain.
Wakandan children run around Bucky and call him “White Wolf.” In the comic books, T’Challa’s father T’Chaka saves an orphaned baby named Hunter. Hunter grows up in Wakanda (despite being an outsider) and earns the nickname White Wolf. He eventually leads Wakanda’s spy organization, the Dogs of War. Barnes, a trained assassin, will presumably fill that role now that he’s recovered.
The Avengers are currently trying to maintain galactic peace with a fraction of their normal staff: Captain America and Iron Man are feuding; Hulk and Thor are floating around space; and Spider-Man opted out of becoming an Avenger so he could finish high school. The remaining Avengers could really use the help of Black Panther’s crew, including Bucky and badass Wakandan warriors Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Okoye (Danai Gurira). Incorporating Bucky and Shuri into the Dogs of War will be an easy way to connect them to the Avengers.
All those characters have already shown up in promotional material for Infinity War. One of the last shots of the Infinity War trailer (above) shows Black Panther, Okoye, Bucky, Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk and Rhodes running together in what looks to be Wakanda.
Source: Entertainment – TIME | 16 Feb 2018 | 3:55 pm
From Mexico City to Tokyo, vibrant celebrations kicked off to celebrate the Chinese New Year.
The Year of the Dog is officially here, and Friday marks the start of celebrations for the Chinese New Year, which are set to continue this weekend. This year, the Chinese New Year, which is also sometimes referred to as the Lunar New Year, began on Friday, Feb. 16 and lasts through Sunday, Feb. 18.
The festival is centuries old, celebrating the new year according to Chinese calendar. Each year is associated with a different animal, and 2018 is the Year of the Dog. The dog is one of 12 animals associated with the Chinese New Year and is signifies loyalty.
Most Chinese New Year celebrations involve firework displays, family feasts, visiting temples, and paying respects to one’s ancestors. It’s also a chance for people to prepare for good fortune in the upcoming year.
Chinese New Year celebrations have already begun in many cities ranging from New York City to Beijing to Sydney. In Vietnam, throngs of people lined the streets of Hanoi’s Old Quarter Friday to watch the fireworks in honor of the Chinese New Year. And in Sichuan, China, a large crowd took part in a traditional dragon dance, where a group of dancers emulate the mythical beast’s movements.
See photos from Lunar New Year celebrations all over the world above.
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Still reeling from the drama of Princess Margaret’s marriage to the unconventional Antony Armstrong-Jones and rumors of Prince Philip’s infidelity in season 2 of The Crown? Does season 3 — starring Olivia Colman and expected to drop on Netflix at the end of 2018 at the earliest — feel frustratingly far away?
Fortunately, The Crown is just the latest period drama to win over fans, following in the footsteps of past successes including Victoria and Downton Abbey. So whether it’s upper-class scandals (hello, Reign), royal history (Wolf Hall), a cast with big names (Gunpowder) or sexy historical reenactments (Versailles) you’re looking to binge-watch, here is a list of TV shows like The Crown that should help fill that empty feeling.
The British drama Victoria stars Jenna Coleman (of Doctor Who fame) as Queen Victoria, the spirited monarch who ruled England from 1837 to 1901. Similar to the way the first season of The Crown follows Queen Elizabeth’s early life, Victoria follows the titular queen from her accession to the throne at the tender age of 18 to her courtship and early marriage to her cousin, Prince Albert (Tom Hughes). This entry into the list of TV shows about monarchy, created by writer and journalist Daisy Goodwin, feels more dramatized than The Crown, but still draws from real-life events, inspired by Victoria’s diaries.
How to watch it:
Season two of Victoria can be viewed on PBS’ Masterpiece.
If you thought The Crown was the most binge-worthy British drama, then you’ve definitely not yet devoured Downton Abbey, its gossipy, fun-loving cousin. The award-winning series created by Julian Fellowes centers around a wealthy English family and their servants and spans a six-year period, following them through wars, romances, tragedies and plenty of scandals. The stellar cast includes the acclaimed Maggie Smith (Harry Potter), Hugh Bonneville (Paddington), Lily James (Baby Driver) and Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast.)
How to watch it:
Downton Abbey is available to watch on PBS’ Masterpiece.
Showtime’s raunchy series about the reign and marriages of England’s King Henry VIII, played by the Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers, divided viewers when it first hit the small screen in 2008. Some criticized it for containing numerous historical inaccuracies and distorting history for dramatic effect. But the show has been praised by historians for having “undoubtedly stimulated interest in British history” with its exciting storylines, glamorous cast and focus on sex, and it ended up running for four seasons. It’s a great option for those looking to time-travel a few centuries before the events of The Crown.
How to watch it:
The Tudors is available to stream on Hulu.
The Royal House of Windsor
Another show about royals on Netflix, The Royal House of Windsor examines Britain’s ruling Windsor dynasty over the last century and the secrets of its survival. The series — which takes a documentary approach, as opposed to The Crown‘s dramatization — begins in 1917, when King George V rebranded the Royal Family’s German surname to the far-more-English-sounding “Windsor,” and it follows the family up to the present day. Each episode focuses on a different member of the royal family or significant moment in royal history.
How to watch it:
The Royal House of Windsor is available to stream on Netflix.
E!’s scripted series follows a fictionalized, scandal-plagued, wealth-corrupted version of the British royal family, starring Elizabeth Hurley as a highly-watchable Queen of England. TIME described her character in its 2015 review of the first episode as a “vicious, status-besotted Royal Housewife of London.” Although The Royals is a far sillier and cheaper version of The Crown, it’s entertaining nonetheless — albeit for different reasons.
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A racy period drama depicting King Louis XIV’s decadent, turbulent reign, Versailles is the most expensive drama series ever produced in France, and it is filmed on location at both the Chateau de Versailles and in Paris. The show, expected to return for a third season, follows the king (played by George Blagden) as he overcomes obstacles, both political and personal. It’s a fun, gripping and very sexy watch, one of the steamier options among shows like The Crown on Netflix.
How to watch it:
Versailles is available to stream on Netflix.
A highly fictionalized historical drama, Reign follows Mary, Queen of Scots’ rise to power, starring Teen Wolf‘s Adelaide Kane in the central role. If an authentic retelling of an important period of history is what you’re looking for, then Reign doesn’t fit the bill. The show has been compared by critics to Gossip Girl, only set during the 16th century, as well as criticized for its inaccuracies. (One critic even described Kane’s character as a Princess Diaries knockoff). That said, if you’re looking for your next royal-centric guilty pleasure after The Crown, then Reign is a strong contender.
How to watch it:
Reign is available to stream on Netflix.
This epic TV adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall novels, set in the court of Henry VIII, is a captivating retelling of a familiar story: how the king ditched Catherine of Aragon (and the Catholic Church) to wed and then behead Anne Boleyn. But uniquely, in Wolf Hall, the protagonist is neither the king nor any of his series of queens but Thomas Cromwell (played by Mark Rylance), the lawyer, financial wizard and all-around political fixer Henry relied on to rewrite laws, break church ties and destroy enemies. Wolf Hall is a darkly fascinating watch. Unlike The Crown, it’s a miniseries with only six episodes in total.
How to watch it:
Wolf Hall is available to stream on Netflix.
The White Queen
The White Queen is a historical drama set during the series of bloody English civil wars known as the War of the Roses, half a millennium before the events of The Crown. The show focuses on the three different women — Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville — who were vying for the throne at the time. The 10-part series is based on the bestselling novel by Philippa Gregory (author of The Other Boleyn Girl) and stars the Swedish actor Rebecca Ferguson, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in 2014.
How to watch it:
The White Queen is available to stream on Starz.
As TIME wrote of Outlander following the show’s premiere in 2014, if you have a predilection for epic romances and the super-specific sub-genre that is historical time-travel fiction, then you’re likely to find this program a sensory feast. Outlander begins just after World War II and takes place mainly during 18th-century Scotland’s Jacobite uprisings. A supernatural treat, it follows the life of Claire Randall (Caitriona Balfe), who finds herself spirited from 1945 to 1743 Scotland after coming across a druidic henge while on her second honeymoon.
How to watch it:
Outlander is available to watch on STARZ On Demand.
Elizabeth I – The Virgin Queen
Where The Crown focuses on the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, this four-part miniseries stars Anne-Marie Duff as the enigmatic Queen Elizabeth. The program focuses on the monarch’s private life and her public vow of chastity, exploring her terror at the hands of her sister, Mary I, and her great love affair with Robert Dudley, played by The Revenant star Tom Hardy.
How to watch it:
Elizabeth I – The Virgin Queen is available to watch on Amazon.
If, after watching The Crown, you’re looking to spend time with rebels instead of royals, the recent HBO series Gunpowder might be for you. The miniseries shines a light on the events that led to the failed Catholic plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605, led by Guy Fawkes and Robert Catesby. The three-episode series was originally shown on the BBC in the U.K. and aired in the U.S. on HBO from Dec. 18 through 20. The show, which made headlines for its extreme violence and goriness, was produced by and stars Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harington, who is a direct descendant of Catesby through his mother’s side.
How to watch it:
Gunpowder is available to stream on HBO.
Call the Midwife
British import Call the Midwife follows a group of midwives living in London’s East End in the 1950s, working in the newly-formed National Health System (NHS). It’s a subtle show, less melodramatic compared with similarly-positioned British dramas like The Crown and Downton Abbey. As TIME explained in its 2012 review of the program, Call the Midwife is, at heart, a medical show about childbirth. At least a few minutes of every episode feature labor, complete with full-volume shrieking and moaning — so if that kind of thing makes you queasy, then it might not be for you.
How to watch it:
Call the Midwife is available to stream on PBS.
The British drama series Mr Selfridge follows the life of the brash American retail magnate Harry Selfridge, who opened the world-famous London department store Selfridges & Co in 1909. The charming show, which is based on real life events, stars Entourage‘s Jeremy Piven (who has recently faced accusations of sexual misconduct) as the titular businessman. The show ran for four seasons and was described in its prime as “sumptuous Sunday evening viewing.”
How to watch it:
Mr Selfridge is available to purchase on Google Play.
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Drake is on a quest to be the most-loved rapper in the game. Exhibit A: the music video for “God’s Plan,” his new track that’s sitting pretty atop the Billboard charts for its third week now. When he was filming the video in the Miami area, news quickly spread about his benevolent behavior. We knew he dropped at least $200,000 on scholarships and donations just from those sneak peeks. Turns out it was more like $1 million, a good deed that Drake teased was the “most important thing” he’s ever done in his career.
In the video for “God’s Plan,” released Friday, the 6 God makes a point to show just how much he gave away. “The budget for this video was $996,631.90,” it tells us. “We gave it all away. Don’t tell the label…” (That would be Young Money Entertainment, founded by Lil Wayne, and Cash Money Records.) From handing out literal stacks of cash to a shocked family sitting on a curb to announcing over megaphone that all the shoppers in a grocery store are getting their food for free, Drake comes through like an unexpected angel of generosity, leaving emotional fans in tears in his wake. But he’s having fun while he’s at it: working with his signature “Hotline Bling” moves, Drake does take time for a dance break in a shopping mall and at a school.
The video serves as a kind of early campaign piece for the return of Drake. And this time, he’s leaning fully into his soft side, distributing hugs and grins like candy. “We’re nothing without our mothers, so thank you,” a clip shows him saying to a woman at the end of the video. At least he’s consistent: “I only love my bed and my momma” is one of the most memorable lines in the song.
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“As I’m sure you know and feel, this is another very sad day in America,” Jimmy Kimmel said on Thursday night’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! “At least 17 lives have been lost. More than a dozen people are hospitalized, and our President, as he should, weighed in on the tragic events this morning from the White House.”
The host showed clips from President Donald Trump’s speech on Thursday morning in which the President said, “No parent should ever have to fear for their sons and daughters when they kiss them goodbye in the morning.”
“Agreed,” the host responded. The late night host put aside jokes and instead had a serious message and a call to action. “Here’s what you do to fix that. Tell your buddies in Congress—tell Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell and Marco Rubio, all the family men who care so much about their communities — that what we need are laws. Real laws that do everything possible to keep assault rifles out of the hands of people who are going to shoot our kids.”
While some critics say the tragedy is too fresh to politicize, Kimmel was not interested in that argument. “Don’t you dare let anyone say it’s too soon to be talking about [gun control],” he said, fighting back tears. “Because you said it after Vegas, you said it after Sandy Hook, you say that after every one of these — eight, now — fatal school shootings we had in this country this year.”
“Children are being murdered,” Kimmel said, addressing President Trump directly: “Do something. We still haven’t even talked about it. You still haven’t done anything about this. Nothing. You’ve literally done nothing. Actually, you’ve done worse than nothing. You like to say this is a mental health issue, but one of your very first acts as president, Mr. Trump, was actually roll back the regulations that were designed to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill.”
“I agree, this is a mental health issue,” Kimmel said, “because if you don’t think we need to do something about it, you’re obviously mentally ill.”
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UPDATE: Tambor issued a statement to EW in which he says he is “profoundly disappointed in Amazon’s handling of these false accusations” against him. He continued: “I am even more disappointed in Jill Soloway’s unfair characterization of me as someone who would ever cause harm to any of my fellow cast mates. In our four-year history of working together on this incredible show, these accusations have NEVER been revealed or discussed directly with me or anyone at Amazon. Therefore, I can only surmise that the investigation against me was deeply flawed and biased toward the toxic politicized atmosphere that afflicted our set. As I have consistently stated, I deeply regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone and I will continue to vehemently defend myself. I also deeply regret that this ground-breaking show, which changed so many lives, is now in jeopardy. That, to me, is the biggest heartbreak.”
EARLIER: More than three months after opening an investigation into sexual harassment claims against Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor, Amazon has officially fired the 73-year-old actor, EW has confirmed.
Tambor, who has won two Best Actor Emmy awards and a Golden Globe for his performance on the series as a transgender woman who comes out late in life, has been accused of harassment by Transparent guest star Trace Lysette as well as a former assistant.
“I have great respect and admiration for Van Barnes and Trace Lysette, whose courage in speaking out about their experience on Transparent is an example of the leadership this moment in our culture requires,” creator Jill Soloway said Thursday in a statement provided to EW. “We are grateful to the many trans people who have supported our vision for Transparent since its inception and remain heartbroken about the pain and mistrust their experience has generated in our community. We are taking definitive action to ensure our workplace respects the safety and dignity of every individual, and are taking steps to heal as a family.”
In a previous statement, Tambor said, “I know I haven’t always been the easiest person to work with. I can be volatile and ill-tempered, and too often I express my opinions harshly and without tact. But I have never been a predator — ever.”
A few weeks after the accusations were made public and the investigation was underway, Tambor appeared to remove himself from the series. “Playing Maura Pfefferman on Transparent has been one of the greatest privileges and creative experiences of my life,” he said in the statement. “What has become clear over the past weeks, however, is that this is no longer the job I signed up for four years ago. I’ve already made clear my deep regret if any action of mine was ever misinterpreted by anyone as being aggressive, but the idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue. Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don’t see how I can return to Transparent.”
Despite his assertion, a representative for Tambor later said “no final decision” had yet been made. The future of one of Amazon’s flagship shows had also been uncertain, but star Judith Light and producer-distributor Amazon recently confirmed that season 5 ofTransparent is in the works.
Deadline first reported the news of Tambor’s departure.
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LOS ANGELES — Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are separating.
The couple says in a statement released through her publicist Thursday that the decision to split “was mutual and lovingly made at the end of last year.”
The couple says they are making the announcement publicly “in an effort to reduce any further speculation.”
“Normally we would do this privately, but given that the gossip industry cannot resist an opportunity to speculate and invent, we wanted to convey the truth directly,” says the statement released by longtime Aniston publicist Stephen Huvane. “Whatever else is printed about us that is not directly from us, is someone else’s fictional narrative. Above all, we are determined to maintain the deep respect and love that we have for one another.”
Aniston and Theroux say they are “two best friends who have decided to part ways as a couple, but look forward to continuing our cherished friendship.”
Aniston and Theroux were engaged in August of 2012 and married in August of 2015. They have no children.
Aniston, 49, was previously married to Brad Pitt from 2000 to 2005.
Source: Entertainment – TIME | 15 Feb 2018 | 7:20 pm
It’s been almost a year since the infamous envelope mix-up of 2017, which means the 90th annual Academy Awards are fast approaching. New procedures have been implemented to prevent another envelope snafu in this year’s ceremony — but the glitzy evening always holds the potential for a few surprises. After steamrolling through the Golden Globes, SAG Awards and Critics’ Choice Awards, several of the acting awards appear to be more or less locked. But there’s still plenty of time for the winds to shift before 2018 Oscar voting closes later in February.
Here’s what to know about the 90th Academy Awards:
When are the 2018 Oscars?
The 90th Academy Awards will take place on March 4, 2018, at 8 p.m. E.T. They are happening later than usual this year to avoid scheduling conflicts with the Winter Olympics, which run from Feb. 9 through Feb. 25.
Where will the 2018 Oscars be held?
The 2018 Oscars will air live from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, where the ceremony has been held since 2002. The program will air on ABC and can be streamed on ABC Go.
Who’s hosting the Academy Awards?
Jimmy Kimmel will host the Oscars for the second year in a row. Early promos for the awards show have taken control of the narrative of last year’s mix-up, preemptively joking, “What could go wrong?” According to Kimmel, a lot: In interviews, he has expressed some anxiety about how to handle Hollywood’s most glamorous night during a time of soul searching and painful revelations for the industry.
“I think there are certain groups of people who think I shouldn’t make any jokes about that situation. And there are groups of people who will be mad if I don’t make jokes about that situation,” he told GQ. “So you just kind of have to figure it out. Whatever I do will be criticized by someone.”
Who’s nominated for Oscars this year?
Guillermo del Toro’s fish monster love story The Shape of Water leads the pack with 13 Oscar nominations, followed by Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk (with eight) and the comically dark small-town drama Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. After a string of awards-season wins, Frances McDormand and Gary Oldman are favorites to win Lead Actress and Actor (for Three Billboards and Darkest Hour, respectively), with McDormand’s costar Sam Rockwell taking the edge for Supporting Actor and I, Tonya‘s Allison Janney looking good for Supporting Actress.
Many of the Oscar-nominated movies are available to stream.
Who got snubbed for Oscar nominations?
Setting aside the debate around the notion of a “snub” itself — plenty of great films and performances go unrecognized every year — many observers were unhappy to see a lack of nominations for the 2017 box-office and pop-culture sensation Wonder Woman. Others were surprised to see just two nominations for The Post, despite its overwhelmingly positive reception and Spielbergian bona fides. James Franco failed to score a nod for his performance in The Disaster Artist; the nominations were announced just days after allegations of sexual misconduct were leveled against him. (Franco said the allegations were “not accurate.”) Girls Trip breakout Tiffany Haddish, Call Me By Your Name‘s supporting actors and directors Martin McDonagh and Steven Spielberg were also absent from the list, despite strong support.
Have any records been broken?
Yes: Rachel Morrison, the director of photography for Mudbound, became the first woman ever nominated for Best Cinematography. Lady Bird filmmaker Greta Gerwig is the fifth woman ever nominated for Best Director, and the first since Kathryn Bigelow won for The Hurt Locker in 2009. Mary J. Blige became the first person nominated for an acting performance and Original Song, for Mudbound. Get Out writer and director Jordan Peele became the first black person nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay in the same year.
Other records: Dee Rees (Mudbound) is the first black woman nominated for Adapted Screenplay; Yance Ford (documentary Strong Island) is the first trans director nominated for an Oscar; and Agnes Varda (documentary Faces Places) is the oldest person to receive a nomination, at 89.
Who votes on the Academy Awards?
Oscars are determined by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which consists of 17 branches including actors, writers, cinematographers and directors. Members include people who have been nominated for an Oscar or meet certain criteria before being voted up or down by their respective branch. Most nominations are voted on by members of the specific branch (cinematographers’ branch votes on Best Cinematography, and so on), while the Academy Awards themselves are voted on by members of all branches. After the votes are in — this year, voting closes on Feb. 27 — the results are tabulated by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
After the #oscarssowhite controversy of 2016, during which no people of color were included among 20 acting nominations, the majority white and male Academy extended invitations to a record number of new members, in both 2016 and 2017, in an effort to diversify its ranks. According to Variety, 30% of the class of 2017 are people of color.
Who’s presenting awards this year?
The first group of Oscar presenters, announced by the show’s producers on Feb. 16, includes last year’s Supporting Actor and Actress winners, Mahershala Ali and Viola Davis, and last year’s Best Actress winner, Emma Stone. The list also includes several of this year’s nominees: Greta Gerwig (Best Director, Best Original Screenplay), Margot Robbie (Best Actress), and Kumail Nanjiani (Best Original Screenplay). The group is rounded out by Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, two-time nominee Laura Dern, Love, Simon star Jennifer Garner, Girls Trip breakout Tiffany Haddish, Tom Holland a.k.a. Spider-Man and Daniela Vega, star of Best Foreign Language Film nominee A Fantastic Woman.
One expected presenter who won‘t be at the Dolby Theatre on March 4: Casey Affleck. It is customary for the previous year’s Lead Actor and Lead Actress winners to present the Oscars in those categories, but Affleck’s publicist announced in January that the Manchester by the Sea star would not be in attendance. Many have speculated that Affleck, who has been accused of sexual harassment in the past, did not think his presence would be well received in the midst of the #metoo movement, which will undoubtedly have a strong presence at the ceremony.
Source: Entertainment – TIME | 15 Feb 2018 | 2:40 pm