Singer Katy Perry coyly announced she was engaged to Orlando Bloom in an Instagram post on Valentine’s Day, using a tongue-in-cheek caption to match the design of her ring -- a pink stone surrounded by eight diamonds, Vogue reported.
“Full bloom,” Perry wrote on the social media site, while Bloom used the same photo and posted “Lifetimes” on Instagram.
Perry was married to comedian Russell Brand in 2010, splitting up 14 months later. Bloom split with Miranda Kerr in 2013 after three years of marriage, the magazine reported.
For everyone who is sick and tired of... sorry, enjoys, hearing “Let It Go” belted, let it begin again after Disney drops the first teaser trailer for the long-awaited sequel to the hit, “Frozen,” film.
Simply named “Frozen 2,” the trailer shows Elsa trying to conquer the seas to cross the raging water.
You also see Ana, Kristoff, Sven and Olaf’s return.
The original cast of Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad return to their respective roles. They are joined by newcomers to the franchise, Sterling K. Brown from “This is Us,” and Evan Rachel Wood from “Westworld,” Entertainment Weekly reported.
It will have new music penned by original award-winning songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. The script was written by Lee and Allison Schroeder who wrote “Hidden Figures,” according to Entertainment Weekly.
“Frozen 2” is scheduled to be released Nov. 22.
"The Favourite," with seven awards, and "Roma," with four awards, were the big winners Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards.
Here's the complete list of winners from the ceremony, held at London's Royal Albert Hall:
Never need a reason, never need a rhyme: Mary Poppins is out of step with the times.
That’s according to an Oregon professor who wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times that asserts the 1964 film, “Mary Poppins,” promoted blackface in the famous chimney sweep scene. The movie was nominated for 12 Academy Awards and won four, including best actress (Julie Andrews), best editing, best visual effects and best original musical score.
Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, who teaches English, gender studies and Shakespeare studies at Linfield College, wrote that nanny Mary Poppins, played by Andrews and adapted from books written by P.L. Travers, “blacks up” when her face is covered in soot as she scrambles onto the chimney. Rather than wipe her face, Pollack-Pelzner suggests that Mary Poppins covers her face even more, according to the opinion piece.
The magical nanny then takes Jane and Michael Banks on a dancing excursion across London rooftops with Bert, played by Dick Van Dyke.
Pollack-Pelzner’s article comes as “Mary Poppins Returns” picked up four Academy Award nominations last week. He calls the new film “an enjoyably derivative film that seeks to inspire our nostalgia for the innocent fantasies of childhood, as well as the jolly holidays that the first ‘Mary Poppins’ film conjured for many adult viewers.”
Pollack-Pelzner cautions, however, that the new film is “bound up in a blackface performance tradition” that persists throughout the “Mary Poppins” genre.
The professor, who graduated from Yale University with a history degree in 2001 and earned his doctorate in English from Harvard University nine years later, also notes that “minstrel history” associated with blackface and racial commentary is not limited to “Mary Poppins.” He says it is “a mainstay” of Disney musicals, including the jiving blackbird in the 1941 film, “Dumbo,” and a 1933 Mickey Mouse short, “Mickey’s Mellerdrammer,” which parodies “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”
“Disney has long evoked minstrelsy for its topsy-turvy entertainments,” Pollack-Pelzner writes. “A nanny blacking up, chimney sweeps mocking the upper classes, grinning lamplighters turning work into song.”
Pollack-Pelzner’s opinion piece caused several fans of the movie to kick their knees up:
Dick Miller, the veteran character actor who is best known for his roles in “Gremlins and the cult classic “A Bucket of Blood,” died Wednesday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 90.
A family spokesman confirmed Miller’s death, from natural causes, according to the Reporter. He died in the Toluca Lake area of Los Angeles and was surrounded by family members, the website reported.
Miller played Murray Futterman in “Gremlins,” the 1984 comedy horror movie, and his career spanned six decades with credits in more than 175 movies and 2,000 television shows, according to the Reporter. Miller also starred as Walter Paisley in the 1959 movie “A Bucket of Blood,” and landed roles in “The ‘Burbs” and “The Terminator,” Variety reported.
MIller also appeared in “Explorer” and “The Howling,” and had roles on television in series such as “Fame,” according to the Reporter.
Miller, who was born in the Bronx on Dec. 25, 1928, served a tour of duty in the U.S. Navy before attending the City College of New York and Columbia University, the Reporter said.
In 2014, the actor was featured in a documentary, “That Guy Dick Miller,” which examined his career, People reported.
The director of “The Lord of the Rings” saga is taking on another epic topic for his latest documentary -- the legendary band The Beatles.
Peter Jackson is helming a new film that uses clips from 55 hours of never-before-released film of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, as they recorded their final album “Let it Be,” NME reported.
There’s also 140 hours of audio being released.
The film was recorded from Jan. 2 through Jan. 31, 1969.
It also documents the band’s last concert on the rooftop of Apple Records on Jan. 30, 1969. The film was announced on the 50th anniversary of the recording of that concert, Variety reported.
Jackson said in a statement that it is a project “that Beatles fans have long dreamt about,” Variety reported.
“Watching John, Paul, George and Ringo work together, creating now-classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating -- it’s funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate,” Jackson said.
A release date or name for the documentary has not been released yet, but was done with full cooperation from McCartney, Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, NME reported.
And while the original film was shot on 15mm, Jackson is expected to use a similar technique to process the footage as he did for his World War I documentary “They Shall Never Grow Old,” Variety reported.
T’Challa is coming back for a week. And so is the rest of the “Black Panther” cast.
The blockbuster film will return to theaters next month, Disney Chairman and CEO Robert Iger tweeted Monday afternoon. The screenings, which will be free of charge at 250 AMC Theaters nationwide, will be shown Feb. 1-7 to celebrate Black History Month, Iger tweeted.
Iger also said Disney would donate $1.5 million to UNCF, the nation’s largest minority education organization.
“Black Panther,” the Marvel Studios film directed by Ryan Coogler, earned $1.3 billion worldwide, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It is the first comic book movie to receive an Academy Award nomination for best picture, the newspaper reported.
During the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild awards ceremony Sunday, “Black Panther” won an award for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture. Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played the role of T’Challa/Black Panther, accepted the award for the film’s ensemble, which won over “A Star Is Born,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “Crazy Rich Asians.” Variety reported.
The screenings come on the eve of the final round of Oscar voting, which begins Feb. 12 and ends Feb. 19, according to the Reporter.
Information on screenings can be found here.
Fans of "A Star Is Born" got a special treat Saturday night at Lady Gaga's show in Las Vegas.
According to Variety, Gaga brought Bradley Cooper, her co-star from the Oscar-nominated film, onstage at the Park Theater for a live performance of their hit song, "Shallow."
Fans cheered as the pair sang the duet, an Academy Award nominee for best original song. Cooper and Gaga also were nominated in the best lead actor and actress categories, respectively.
The first official trailer for the Ted Bundy biopic, "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile," was released on Friday.
>> Click here to watch the trailer (WARNING: Graphic content. Viewer discretion advised.)
The trailer came out a day after Netflix released its four-part docuseries, "Conversations with a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes," which also was directed by Berlinger. It featured archival footage and never-before-heard audio recordings.
Bundy confessed to killing more than two dozen women and was executed in Florida in 1989.
The son of late "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini will take on a familiar role in a movie prequel to the Emmy Award-winning HBO series.
"It's a profound honor to continue my dad's legacy while stepping into the shoes of a young Tony Soprano," the younger Gandolfini, whose father died in 2013 at age 51, said in a statement.
According to Deadline, "Sopranos" alums David Chase and Lawrence Konner wrote the script for the film, which takes place in the 1960s. The cast includes actors Corey Stoll, Alessandro Nivola, Billy Magnussen, Jon Bernthal and Vera Farmiga.
"I'm thrilled that I am going to have the opportunity to work with David Chase and the incredible company of talent he has assembled for 'The Many Saints of Newark,'" Michael Gandolfini said.
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