April 16, 2014

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Update: Oscar Song Flap – The Spotlight

By ROBERT W. WELKOS
It was only last July that Cheryl Boone Isaacs, a long-time, behind-the-scenes Hollywood publicist and marketing executive, was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The first African American and third woman to lead the prominent movie industry organization that each year hands out the Oscars, Isaacs’ election provided proof, if any was still required, that the traditionally white and male AMPAS membership was becoming more diversified. An academy veteran, she had served in various posts inside the organization’s hierarchy and produced last year’s Governors Awards.
But now Isaacs tenure as president is being buffeted by controversy over a decision by the academy’s board of governors to disqualify the song Alone Yet Not Alone from a small, faith-based movie of the same name that few have seen. How deftly she navigates the controversy could prevent the dispute from tarnishing the Oscars.
The song is from a film that had a limited release last fall to qualify for Oscar consideration and will be released more widely June 13. The song was recorded by Joni Eareckson Tada, a quadriplegic with limited lung capacity, and was one of five songs nominated by the academy on Jan. 16.
The academy’s rare step of rescinding a nomination came after the board of governors determined that composer Bruce Broughton, a long-time academy member himself and former board governor, violated academy rules by sending emails to approximately 70 of his fellow music branch members suggesting they listen to the song, which he wrote with lyricist Dennis Spiegel.
“No matter how well-intentioned the communication, using one’s position as a former governor and current executive committee member to personally promote one’s own Oscar submission creates the appearance of an unfair advantage,” the academy said in a written statement announcing its ruling. The action was designed “to protect the reputation and integrity of the awards process.”
But some have questioned the harshness of the ruling.
For example, Scott Feinberg, the Hollywood Reporter’s awards analyst, wondered if the punishment fit the crime. “… Do I think that they deserved to have their Oscar nomination rescinded by the Academy? “ he wrote. “On the basis of the evidence that the Academy has supplied and in the context of how most contenders campaign for Oscars these days: No, I do not.”
One long-time Academy member, who asked not to be named, said the board’s action seemed “a [...]

Jennifer Hudson a no-show for Michael Jackson tribute concert

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: She was scheduled to play this weekend’s “Michael Forever” concert in Wales in a lineup that included Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Gladys Knight and others. So, why didn’t Jennifer Hudson show up? According to TMZ, both Hudson’s and the Jackson tribute show’s rep confirmed Hudson’s stated reason for backing out: the star said that did not have adequate time to prepare.
Hudson’s camp cited “production issues,” saying the singer was provided with details about the Michael Jackson song she would be covering a bit too late to master the requested performance. According to the tribute show’s camp, Hudson’s last minute cancellation was a shock, particularly since she had already been paid.
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Prince William, Kate Middleton give away a wedding gift

HollywoodNews.com: Prince William and Kate Middleton are staying very low-key despite being a newly married royal couple.
The two reportedly even donated one of their wedding gifts to Mountain Rescue England and Wales, states UsMagazine.com. William and Kate reportedly donated a Land Rover they were given as a gift.
The rescue team it ended up going to greatly appreciated the gift as their current vehicle is reportedly on its last legs.
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Janet Jackson won’t participate in Michael Jackson’s tribute

HollywoodNews.com: Janet Jackson will not be involved in the Oct. 8 tribute concert to her late brother, Michael Jackson, in Cardiff, Wales due to the schedule conflicting with the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, who is accused of manslaughter in causing Michael’s death.
She has issued a statement making it official: ”Because of the trial, the timing of this tribute to our brother would be too difficult for me.”
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Kate Middleton finds time to catch up with sister, Pippa

HollywoodNews.com: Kate Middleton may be busy as the Duchess of Cambridge, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have time for her sister, Pippa Middleton.
The two girls were spotted taking a walk on Llanddwyn Island in Wales, states UsMagazine.com. This is one of the few times the girls have been photographed together since Kate married Prince William.
Both sisters were dressed down in jeans and simple tops to keep them warm.
People who saw the sisters reportedly commented that they looked happy getting to spend the time together.
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Christina Aguilera joins Michael Jackson Tribute concert

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like the Michael Jackson Tribute concert is getting big as Christina Aguilera has reportedly signed on to be a part of it.
The October 8th concert will take place in Wales and will also involve stars like Cee Lo Green, Smokey Robinson, Leona Lewis and Craig David, states TMZ. The tribute concert will reportedly even have some of Jackson’s siblings performing.
Promoters just announced that Aguilera signed on, but added that many more announcements about the event will be coming in the near future.
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Prince William, Kate Middleton to keep low profile

HollywoodNews.com: Prince William and Kate Middleton have been busy ever since their royal wedding as they went on honeymoon, celebrated family events and traveled to Canada and Los Angeles, but now they want some time to themselves.
The two have reportedly told their aides that they want a break for now, states People. William is reportedly going to focus back on work while Kate decides what she wants to do next now that she is a royal.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are reportedly planning on living a normal life for now while in Anglesey.
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Prince William, Kate Middleton packing bags and moving

HollywoodNews.com: Prince William and Kate Middleton are about to pack up and move to Kensington Palace which will be their official London residence.
The new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will still keep their main home in Anglesey, states UsMagazine.com. As of now the move in date will likely be in June or July.
It is also reported that this home will be temporary as other living solutions are being considered.
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Mickey Rourke takes on another sports role

HollywoodNews.com: After excelling as a wrestler onscreen, Mickey Rourke is getting his game on. Rugby, that is.
The Oscar-nominated actor is in talks to play Gareth Thomas, an ex-Wales captain who came out last year and revealed that he was gay. The Sun reports that Rourke was in London discussing the film with Thomas.
Gareth told the paper: “Being out with Mickey was like being in a film itself.
“The film’s a challenge – it’s one thing to play a rugby player, to play a gay one will be more fun.”
Rourke, ever the consummate method actor, is learning Welsh for the part. No surprise, as he went the distance to perfect a Russian accent and visit jails in the former U.S.S.R. in crafting his role as the villain Whiplash in “Iron Man 2.”
Rourke’s results at the B.O. this summer have been spectacular between “Iron Man 2” and “The Expendables,” minting $870 million worldwide.
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Emma Watson’s New Clothing Line to Debut Next Month

By Hanako M. Ricks
HollywoodNews.com: Harry Potter actress Emma Watson recently appeared in photos modeling the latest clothing line from People Tree, which focuses on applying Fair Trade for all of their products.
The photos are probably the last ones taken of Watson before her very unexpected haircut, in which she trimmed off her long locks after years of having to maintain the same hairstyle for her role as Hermione Granger.
The campaign comes on the heels of a recent announcement that Watson’s new 2011 Spring/Summer collection with People Tree will launch next month at “A garden Party to Make a Difference”, which is an eco-festival being arranged by the Princes’ Charities. Watson’s collection – her third since teaming up with People Tree – will be showcased in a fashion show on September 11. Of the event, Watson has been quoted as saying, “I’m so thrilled that People Tree will be showing the spring/summer collection at ‘A Garden Party to Make a Difference’. I think the Prince of Wales’s initiative is such a brilliant idea.”

Watson recently completed a trip to Bangladesh, where she had some hands-on experience dying fabrics and learning how they are weaved when she visit a fair trade project that makes her clothing line. Videos provided by People Tree also show Watson greeting young children and acting as a math tutor during her visit to the towns of Dhaka and Bajshahi.

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