Below is a summary of the entertainment news briefs.
Will Smith quits film academy, says he’s ‘heartbroken’
Actor Will Smith has resigned from the Hollywood Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, saying Friday his slap in the face of presenter Chris Rock onstage at this year’s Oscars was ‘shocking, painful and inexcusable’ . “I have betrayed the trust of the Academy. I have deprived fellow nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken,” Smith said in a statement. .
The Razzies cancel their “award” by mocking Bruce Willis
The Razzies on Thursday canceled the satirical award they created mocking Bruce Willis for his work in 2021 after his family announced he was retiring from acting due to dementia aphasia. The awards founders also rescinded a Worst Actress nomination for Shelley Duvall in the 1980 film “The Shining” due to reported mistreatment by the late director Stanley Kubrick.
Chris Rock ‘still dealing’ with Will Smith’s slap at the Oscars
Comedian Chris Rock, in his first public comments since being slapped by actor Will Smith at the Oscars on Sunday, said he was “still dealing with” the incident that made headlines around the world. “How was your week end?” Rock asked a sold-out crowd at the Wilbur Theater in Boston on Wednesday night. He made it clear from the start that he had no intention of speaking at length about the Oscars incident.
Big questions from the Grammys: Will Olivia Rodrigo wipe the slate clean? What will you do ?
No one knows who will win Sunday’s Grammy Awards in Las Vegas, ranging from teenage sensation Olivia Rodrigo to 95-year-old singer Tony Bennett and rapper Kanye West. Rodrigo, 19, is nominated in the top four categories – album, song and record of the year and best new artist – at the highest honors in the music industry. Only two musicians in Grammys history have swept all four categories on the same night.
French actor Depardieu denounces Putin’s “crazy excesses” in Ukraine
French actor Gerard Depardieu, who has praised Russian President Vladimir Putin in the past, criticized his “crazy and unacceptable excesses” in Ukraine. Depardieu, who took Russian nationality in 2013, told Agence France Presse on Thursday: “The Russian people are not responsible for the senseless and unacceptable excesses of their leaders like Vladimir Putin”.
Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum Bond Humor and Action in ‘The Lost City’
Hollywood stars Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum say they became close while directing new blockbuster ‘The Lost City’, connecting through their shared childish sense of humour. The romantic comedy adventure stars Bullock as Loretta Sage, a best-selling novelist who becomes a recluse after her husband’s untimely death. Persuaded by her publicist to embark on a press tour to promote her latest book with her handsome cover model Alan (Tatum), life begins to imitate her craft when an eccentric billionaire, played by Daniel Radcliffe, kidnaps Sage, convinced that she can lead him to an ancient treasure he believes is buried on a tropical island.
Police offered to arrest Will Smith, Oscars producer says
Los Angeles police were on the scene and ready to arrest actor Will Smith at the Oscars on Sunday for slapping host Chris Rock, the Hollywood ceremony producer said Thursday. Authorities took no action because Rock refused to press charges, producer Will Packer said, echoing what a police spokesman said Sunday.
Sequel to Tom Cruise’s ‘Top Gun’ to Screen at Cannes Film Festival
Tom Cruise will screen his highly anticipated sequel to “Top Gun” at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where an event will also look back on his Hollywood career, organizers announced Friday. Thirty-six years after Cruise’s cocky pilot Maverick soared through the skies, “Top Gun: Maverick,” which sees the actor reprise the role that launched his career as a global action star, will begin its worldwide theatrical rollout from May 25 after several pandemic-related delays.
David Bowie’s new wax figure unveiled at Madame Tussauds London
Sporting red hair, a striped jumpsuit and eye-catching make-up, a new wax figure of late rock star David Bowie as alter-ego Ziggy Stardust was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in London on Thursday, completing a music at the museum. Using measurements and images from a 1983 seance, Madame Tussauds said it worked with Bowie’s estate to create the figure, the second to be made in the likeness of the singer at the museum.
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