April 23, 2014

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Oscars: Why ‘American Hustle’ went home empty handed

One of the more interesting and unlikely developments from this past weekend’s Academy Awards telecast was David O. Russell’s film American Hustle managing to lose in each of the ten categories it was nominated in. Historically, 0-fors almost never happen. Recent examples include Gangs of New York and True Grit, but by and large, if your movie is among the most nominated of the year, it winds up going home with at least a token win. So, how did American Hustle wind up being shut out, and why exactly did it happen?
In short, it was mainly due to the competition. The flick wasn’t nominated in any one particular category where it had an easy road to a win. Maybe if you took away The Great Gatsby from contention, maybe Best Costume Design would have been the place? American Hustle was the runner up in a lot of places, likely including Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay, but there wasn’t an obvious place to reward it, so a concerted effort was never made to just honor it in one particular place. The closest things to that was the Supporting Actress race, where Jennifer Lawrence nearly upset Lupita Nyong’o, but that was always going to be a toss up category.
American Hustle probably also suffered to some degree because of the Olympics. That stretched out the season and gave members of the Academy extra time to get around to 12 Years a Slave and to revisit films like Gravity, The Great Gatsby, and Her. With a shorter decision time, Oscar voters who were flirting with Russell’s movie might have just up and committed to it, instead of holding back and ultimately going in a different direction. You never can be sure about something like this, but I have a feeling that over the last week or two, the flick really had its momentum come to a screeching halt.
Personally, I liked the film more than a lot of my colleagues did, so I take no enjoyment in seeing it go home empty handed. That’s just the nature of the business though. There are only so many awards to be given out, and in a super competitive year like this one, something had to give. In a very literal way, the nominations turned out to be the reward for American Hustle.
You have to give the film a great deal of credit though for going [...]

Chris Brown talks working on growing up

HollywoodNews.com: Chris Brown was involved in some major issues when he had a domestic violence incident with Rihanna a few years back, but he apparently thinks he is growing up from that.
Brown recently opened up to ‘XXL’ magazine about how he is changing these days, states UsMagazine.com. “I’m normal. I’m human, so if anybody says something that’s a lie, I’m numb to it. I’ve smartened up. I haven’t been as mature and thought out in the past, so, me growing now, it’s showing my progression. I used to use my Twitter account to vent, but now I mostly use it for marketing and promotions,” Brown commented in the magazine.
However, he recently gotten into a Twitter argument where he exchanged insults with comedian Jenny Johnson. He then deleted his Twitter account after that.
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Lindsay Lohan being charged with crime today

HollywoodNews.com: Lindsay Lohan is now facing more legal trouble as she has reportedly been charged with a crime just today which is even more serious as this will be a violation of her probation.
Lindsay is reportedly being charged with three crimes in connection with a car accident she was involved in where she lied to officers about being the driver, states TMZ. Now, with these charges, the judge on her case might revoke her probation and send her to jail for quite some time.
Along with all that, Lindsay was just in a fight in a nightclub in New York. She allegedly punched another woman which led to the arrest. Now, she could be facing more charges for that matter along with more probation problems.
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Chris Brown, Drake not charged in nightclub fight

HollywoodNews.com: Chris Brown and Drake are going to be able to avoid a major problem as it is reported neither will be charged in connection with a nightclub fight that occurred some time ago.
Both are going to avoid charges as it is reported there is not enough evidence to move the case forward, states TMZ. The fight occurred on June 14th and allegedly involved the two and their entourages.
It is reported that surveillance video didn’t help as the images were dark and blurry. Now, no further investigation will take place in this matter.
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Kanye West’s team allegedly still working to stop sex tape

HollywoodNews.com: Kanye West apparently doesn’t want to join Kim Kardashian in having his sex tape go public as his team is reportedly still working to stop the release.
While the seller’s reportedly want a lot of money for it, West’s team is claiming the footage was obtained illegally, states RadarOnline. His team allegedly wants to buy back the copyright in order to prevent the tape from going public.
However, it has reportedly been a bit of a struggling as adult entertainment companies are allegedly offering the seller a lot of money for the footage.
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Rumors Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake will wed this weekend

HollywoodNews.com: Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake might both be officially off the market this weekend as it is rumored they are getting ready to wed.
It is rumored that the two stars are getting ready to marry in Italy after dating on and off since 2007, states RadarOnline. The two allegedly had their guests sign confidentiality agreements that tell them to not bring cameras or phones to the ceremony.
Biel and Timberlake allegedly sent out vague save-the-dates this past spring, and now it seems that the time has come for the wedding to happen.
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Rihanna, Chris Brown reportedly hang at Jay-Z concert

HollywoodNews.com: It is starting to look like Rihanna and Chris Brown want to openly spend time together as they were reportedly photographed at a Jay-Z concert together.
The two were allegedly photographed sitting together at the Jay-Z concert in Brooklyn last night, states TMZ. He did have his arm behind her as she sat forward.
Also, this hang out comes right after the two were photographed at a New York City club together allegedly getting cozy.
It is unknown if Brown is still with his girlfriend, Karrueche Tran.
Do you think anything more than friendship is going on?
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Chris Brown reportedly fails drug test while on probation

HollywoodNews.com: Chris Brown better get it together because he recently failed a drug test as he tested positive for marijuana while on probation for the domestic violence matter with Rihanna.
Brown tested positive for marijuana in Virginia where it is illegal with or without a prescription, but the judge apparently cut him a break this time around, states TMZ. The judge allegedly noted that Brown is not required to undergo mandatory drug testing so she let him off the hook this time.
Brown’s case has now been moved to California as that is where he now lives. Brown apparently does have a medical prescription for marijuana in California.
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Rumored Kanye West sex tape being shopped

HollywoodNews.com: Kim Kardashian is apparently not alone in her relationship when it comes to having a sex tape as it is rumored that a Kanye West sex tape is now being shopped.
It is rumored that Kanye has a sex tape out that involves a woman who looks a bit like Kim Kardashian as she is curvy with dark hair, states RadarOnline. In the roughly 20-minute tape, the woman reportedly comments that she is of legal age and also married but no longer having sex with her husband.
It is believed that the alleged sex tape was shot shortly before Kanye started dating Kim, and he is desperate to keep it private. Kanye has seemed to be praising Kim’s sex tape as he references it in a new song, but it sounds like he doesn’t want one of his own out there.
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Jessica Simpson’s dad pleads not guilty to DUI charges

HollywoodNews.com: Jessica Simpson’s dad, Joe Simpson, has reportedly pleaded not guilty in regard to his recent driving under the influence arrest.
It is reported that he had his lawyer enter the plea on his behalf and now has a pretrial hearing date set for October 11th, states UsMagazine.com. He was originally arrested and held overnight after officers stopped him at a checkpoint and discovered that he appeared intoxicated.
With the DUI charges, he could be facing a maximum of six months in jail, three years of probation and a $1,000 fine.
What do you think will happen with his case?
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