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The Academy responded to an irate letter sent last week by nearly two-dozen actors and filmmakers of Asian descent.
The organisers of The Oscars have apologised for the “tone-deaf” portrayal of Asians in various jokes at this year’s ceremony, after a group of actors and filmmakers of Asian descent complained of being offended.
The Academy was embroiled in a vociferous diversity row in the run-up to the 2016 awards, which were held at the end of February, after all 20 acting nominees were white for the second year in a row. Though it subsequently pledged to double its number of women and minority members by the end of the decade, it has once again found itself at the centre of controversy.
Some members of the Asian community were outraged at one of Chris Rock's jokes at the Oscars
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While Pinkett Smith boycotted the ceremony, Rock used his opening monologue to make at joke a her expense.
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has spoken for the first time since last weekend’s Oscar ceremony, where host Chris Rock took a swipe at her during his opening monologue. The wife of Will Smith had announced she was boycotting this year’s ceremony due to the lack of diversity among the nominees, but Rock joked that she hadn’t been invited anyway.
Jada Pinkett Smith has spoken out after Chris Rock’s Oscar joke.
“Jada [Pinkett Smith] said she’s not coming,” Rock said during the February 28th ceremony. “I was like, ‘Isn’t she on a TV show?’ Jada’s going to boycott The Oscars? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited!”
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Dunn took the whole thing in good humour.
Linda Dunn, the woman name-checked by Oscars host Chris Rock as he led his daughters in a competitive fund-raising effort by selling Girl Scout cookies to the assorted celebs at the ceremony on Sunday night, has spoken about being referenced in person on national TV.
After the stunt led to a massive 13,000 boxes of snacks being sold, and a reported (but unconfirmed!) $65,000 raised for his daughters Zahra and Lola’s troop, the New Jersey mom he name-dropped said that she has no hard feelings about what happened.
Chris Rock called out Linda Dunn during the Girl Scout cookie stunt during Sunday's Oscars
The amusing stunt raised over $65,000 in one go.
As well as cracking a few zingers at the expense of the lack of diversity in the nominations list, Oscars host Chris Rock used the ceremony as a platform for his two daughters to sell Girl Scout cookies on Sunday night – and made a pretty impressive amount of money doing so.
“I have missed most of girls scout cookie season,” the 51 year old emcee explained as he led his two daughters, Zahra and Lola, up and down the aisles at the Dolby Theatre to sell Mint Thins and various treats to the audience – and taking the opportunity to guilt trip a few A-listers into coughing up contributions, including Tina Fey, Mindy Kaling, Henry Cavill and Christian Bale.
Chris Rock used his power as Oscars host to let his daughters sell Girl Scout cookies
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The joke appearance from the ‘Clueless’ actress fell flat during Sunday night’s ceremony.
Against the backdrop of the ongoing diversity debate in Hollywood, comedian Chris Rock did a stellar job of hosting this year’s Oscars ceremony. But one joke did fall noticeably flat at the Dolby Theatre last night, when actress Stacey Dash appeared to wish everyone a "Happy Black History Month!”
Stacey Dash appeared at last night’s Oscars, but no one got the joke.
After addressing the diversity debate head-on during his opening monologue, Rock later brought out Dash, jokingly introducing her as, “the director of our new minority outreach program.” "I cannot wait to help my people out," Dash then said onstage. "Happy Black History Month!”
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Rock was reported to be rewriting his Oscars’ scrip to address the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.
Chris Rock’s publicist has denied the comedian has rewritten his Oscars’ script to incorporate the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Rock will host the ceremony on February 28th, but has faced pressure to step down as the awards' host, as the debate over the Academy’s lack of diversity continues.
Chris Rock’s rep has denied he’s made changes to his Oscars’ script.
Speaking to Entertainment Tonight over the weekend, Academy Awards producer Reginald Hudlin insisted that Rock will not be stepping down as this year’s host and is instead working on a new script that will address the #OscarsSoWhite outrage.
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Rock will be hosting the Academy Awards on February 28th.
Some have called for Chris Rock to step down as host of this year’s Oscar’s ceremony, as the debate over the lack of diversity among the nominees continues. But despite pressure, Rock isn’t planning to give up his hosting duties and instead will reportedly be addressing the issue during his opening monologue.
Chris Rock is expected to address #OscarsSoWhite when he hosts this year’s ceremony.
Academy Awards producer Reginald Hudlin told Entertainment Tonight that Rock will not be stepping down as this year’s host and is instead working on a new script that will address the #OscarsSoWhite outrage.
It's getting pretty complicated now...
This year's Academy Awards season is turning out to be a pretty intense ride, with the uproar over the nominations' lack of cultural diversity causing a division in the entertainment world. While some people are saying that they're planning to boycott the ceremony when it was revealed that not one black actor or director had been nominated, others are saying that the situation has been blown way out of proportion.
So what exactly is the debate? This is year is the second year in a row that not one person of colour has been nominated for an Oscar in the major categories. It's not even that it hasn't been an option, especially when you look at the Golden Globe nominations and the calibre of movies featuring black lead actors in 2015 like 'Chi-Raq', 'Creed', 'Beasts of No Nation', 'Straight Outta Compton' and 'Concussion'. Last year, admittedly, did see fewer options. However, 'Selma' was one of the biggest movies of the year (and probably one of the most important in this decade) but still only managed to scoop a Best Original Song prize. Justin Simien's 'Dear White People' wasn't recognised at all and nor was Denzel Washington's 'The Equalizer'.
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Rock is hosting the Oscars for the first time since 2005, but the #OscarsStillSoWhite uproar has led to calls for him to step down altogether rather than try to initiate change from within.
Oscars host Chris Rock is coming under increasing calls to boycott the awards ceremony in the aftermath of the controversial nominations last week, in which none of the 20 acting nominations went to a black or ethnic minority actor.
#OscarsSoWhite and #OscarsStillSoWhite have kept the furore going on social media since the announcement of the major acting and directing categories happened a week ago, and now a number of celebrities including Furious 7 star Tyrese Gibson are arguing that Rock ought to step down as host.
Chris Rock is under pressure to step down as Oscars host after the diversity row over nominations
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The Oscars’ host is well aware of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy which erupted after this year’s nominees were announced.
This year’s Oscar nominations were announced on Thursday and immediately drew criticism for their lack of diversity, causing the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite to trend. But now the 2016 host Chris Rock has even referenced the controversy by referring to The Oscars as ‘The White BET Awards’ in a tweet.
This year’s Oscars host Chris Rock.
Sharing his new promo for the February 28th ceremony Rock tweeted, ‘The #Oscars. The White BET Awards.’ In the promo Rock gives us three reasons why we should tune into this year’s ceremony: "Presenter cleavage," "Check out who died this year" and "I might curse.”
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Rock will host the annual ceremony on February 28th.
Chris Rock is gearing up to host the Academy Awards for the second time and to him the Oscars is much like New Years Eve. In his first promo vid ahead of the 2016 ceremony Rock compares the annual awards to December 31st, saying it's full of ‘drunk, disappointed people’.
Chris Rock is hosting the 2106 Oscars.
In the clip, after introducing himself as the 2016 host, Rock goes on to say, “Much like New Year’s Eve, it’ll be a night that ends with a lot of drunk, disappointed people swearing they’ll do better next year.”
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The comedian addressed Jennifer Lawrence’s gender pay-gap essay during a New Yorker profile on ‘Saturday Night Live’s’ Leslie Jones.
Back in October Jennifer Lawrence became the face of Hollywood’s gender pay inequality issue, when she penned an essay on Lena Dunham’s website titled, ‘Why Do I Make Less Than My Male Co-Stars?’ But in an article in the New Yorker, comedian Chris Rock has dismissed Lawrence’s grievances, claiming that if she were black then 'she’d really have something to complain about'.
Chris Rock has addressed Jennifer Lawrence’s pay-gap comments.
In Lawrence’s essay she wrote about feeling as if she had "failed as a negotiator”, when she learnt she’d been paid less than her American Hustle co-stars, saying that she had been worried about appearing spoilt or ‘difficult’.
Developments over the official adoption status of the couple's adopted daughter Ntombi have emerged in the last week.
Malaak Compton-Rock, the estranged wife of comedian and actor Chris Rock, has struck back in the row that’s erupted in the divorce courtroom about child support regarding a child who, according to her, has been raised as their own and “cherished and adored” for year.
50 year old Rock’s original divorce filing, from December 23rd last year, stated that the couple have just two children – 13 year old Lola and 11 year old Zahra – but a new statement from Compton-Rock’s lawyers reiterates her stance that the couple has effective custody of (but had not yet officially adopted) a 7 year old South African-born girl named Ntombi.
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Rock and his former wife are said to have never legally adopted a seven-year-old South African girl who has been living with the family for years.
Comedian and actor Chris Rock is reportedly involved in a legal dispute over a South African girl named Ntombi, who has been living with his family since infancy. Ntombi is said to have lived with Rock and his family since she was six months old, but was never legally adopted by the Rocks.
Chris Rock is involved in a dispute over a South African girl who has been living with his family.
According to TMZ, in 2008, the then 6-month-old began living with the Rock family and has stayed with them ever since. She was even enrolled in a New Jersey school with Rock’s other children.
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The New York premiere for upcoming comedy 'Top Five' took place at the Ziegfeld Theater and saw a variety of guests among the usual cast and crew members - which included director and star Chris Rock and co-producer Kanye West.
Kanye West makes a surprise appearance at the New York premiere of Chris Rock's new comedy 'Top Five', which took place at the Ziegfeld Theater. West was on the production team of the film, which was directed and written by Rock who is also the main star.
Stars of forthcoming comedy 'Top Five' were spotted arriving at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York, among them being the movie's director, writer and star Chris Rock. The film - which follows a comedian trying to make it as a serious actor - is scheduled to be released on December 12th 2014 and has already won two awards at the National Board of Review and Hollywood Film Awards.
The 49-year-old funnyman recently explained why it has been a "weird year for comedy."
Chris Rock recently admitted it has been a "weird year for comedy," especially since two iconic stars of the genre, Joan Rivers and Robin Williams, tragically passed away unexpectedly, as well as the shocking allegations of sexual abuse surrounding Bill Cosby.
Rock recently opened up about how it has been a "weird year for comedy"
Rock opened up in the latest issue of New York Magazine about the legacy the late comedians will leave behind, and how he hopes Cosby's rape allegations are "not true."
Also, Prince performed. But let's talk about the pressing issue for now.
Chris Rock has never been one to shy away from shock humour and difficult topics, but his opening monologue on SNL last night might just make you squirm inside. Not only did the comedian address 9/11 (still a touchy subject,) but he also had a joke or two about... the Boston bombing. Yep, he went there.
Chris Rock went there in an unforgettable SNL episode.
The initial bombs, which claimed the lives of three people and injured 268, exploded on April 15, 2013. Obviously, the impact is still fresh for many, so the comedian’s jokes were met with some backlash, to put it mildly.
Andre Allen has been voted the Funniest Man in America in his illustrious career as a stand-up comedian. But somehow, he feels there's more to life than just telling jokes to an audience and so he decides to venture into the world of acting, playing the lead role in the 'Hammy The Bear' cop movie series. Unfortunately, that kind of film isn't going to land him any series roles in the future, and with his reality star fiancee Erica begging him to let her air their forthcoming wedding on her show, he's really starting to feel like the A list isn't where he's ever going to be. In a bid to rediscover himself, he lets a journalist into his life to write a story about him, raising some harsh questions about his career and his future along the way.
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‘SNL’s’ 40th anniversary season just keeps on getting better.
It seems that 'Saturday Night Live' really is pulling out all the stops to celebrate their 40th anniversary season. On November 1st the legendary sketch show will see alumni Chris Rock return for the first time in 18 years, while Prince and his band 3rdEyeGirl will be the musical guests.
Prince will perform on November 1st's 'SNL'
The official announcement was made by ‘SNL’ on their Twitter page on Tuesday (October 14th). However the show was slightly beaten to the punch by the purple one himself, who had tweeted a picture of Rock impersonating him in the film Grown Ups earlier in the day.
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Both engaging and eye-opening, this spirited documentary recounts an outrageous story with humour and honesty, revealing some nasty truths about the music industry in the process. The big issues are prejudice and greed, of course, but the film thankfully keeps its focus on a friendship that is pushed to the breaking point.
Billy Boyd and Gavin Bain first met in their hometown of Dundee in 2000, discovering that they had a mutual love of rap music as well as the talent to write and perform extremely catchy tunes. But record labels and performance venues just laughed in their faces: dismissing the mere idea of Scottish rappers. Then in a moment of frustration, they tell a London club that they're from Southern California, and suddenly everyone wants to hear more of their music. So they re-record their demo with American accents and create elaborate alter egos so they can convince everyone that Silibil n' Brains are partying L.A. skater dudes. Soon they have a big-time manager (Shalit) and a lucrative deal with Sony Records.
Filmmaker Finlay makes terrific use of Boyd and Bain's own video footage, capturing their crazy stunts and buoyant energy. We also see their skills as musicians in clips from their riotous performances. And we know that they have a bigger plan: to become superstars before they expose the hypocrisy in the music business. So it's fascinating to watch everything spiral out of their control. While living the high life and appearing all over the media, their debut album stubbornly refuses to come together, delayed even further when Sony goes through a restructuring. And it isn't easy living 24 hours a day as a fictional character.
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The box office estimates are in and Despicable Me 2's minions have emerged as champions of the week, narrowly scooting past Grown Ups 2.
In this weekend's battle of the light-hearted sequels, Despicable Me 2 has come out on top of the weekend's movie charts in the United States and Canada beating Adam Sandler comedy Grown Ups 2, despite the children's animation having been released on July 3rd in both countries. Despicable Me 2 raked in $44.8 million (£29.6m) from Friday to Sunday, leaving Grown Ups 2 slightly behind with takings of $42.5 million (£28.1m) in its first US weekend, according to Reuters. Though Grown Ups 2 is only marginally behind on its first days of release, it can't be an easy pill to swallow for actor Sandler who not only had his movie panned by critics before it was even released, but also had to relive the ordeal of being mauled by a cheetah whilst on safari in Africa on David Letterman's show.
Steve Carell With One Of His Minions.
Guillermo Del Toro's big-budget monsters vs. robots movie, Pacific Rim looked set to be a box office smash after it's exciting trailers and intriguing premise but had to contend with third place in a weekend dominated by the friendlier comedies. In an audience break-down provided by Forbes, "The film played 19% IMAX, 50% 3D, 61% male and 47% under-25 years old," showing a promising chunk of younger theatregoers.
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Chris Brown and Rihanna, back together? It’s certainly looking that way, after the couple were spotted smooching at New York City nightspot Griffin this week. Just one week after Brown and Nicole Scherzinger were forced to play down rumors of a romance, the ‘Run It!’ singer appears to have reignited his controversial relationship with Ri-Ri.
According to the reliable folk at E! Online, Brown was initially joined by Bow Wow at his own table inside the club, before Rihanna arrived and sat in a separate booth. Later in the evening, Brown climbed over to join Rihanna at her table before somewhat bizarrely taking off his shirt. It seemed to do the trick though because before long, the former couple were dancing and making out. Brown eventually left the club just before 4am, with Rihanna following suit around five minutes later. Representatives for both stars are remaining suspiciously silent on the story and let’s not forget: Brown is still on probation for beating the Barbadian singer before the Grammy Awards in 2009. Nevertheless, they have remained close and even shared a friendly kiss at the MTV Video Music Awards last month.
Brown’s girlfriend Karrueche Tran was noticeably absent from the club this week, though Dave Chappelle, Tyson Beckford and Chris Rock were all in attendance. In a further twist, one eyewitness claims to have spotted Rihanna and Chris Brown leaving the Gansevoort Hotel together the following day. Coincidence?
Death often brings a family together and this story is no exception. Aaron and his partner Michelle are finding it hard enough having to live with Aarons folks whilst they get their lives in order. When the death of Aaron's father happens, the whole family is sent into turmoil. A funeral is arranged and Aaron's brother Ryan returns home from LA where he lives and works as a successful writer.
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