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Riz Ahmed, Leslie Odom Jr., and Chloe Zhao react to their Oscar nominations.



Riz Ahmed, Leslie Odom Jr., and Chloe Zhao react to their Oscar nominations.
Riz Ahmed, Leslie Odom Jr., and Chloe Zhao react to their Oscar nominations.

Riz Ahmed, Leslie Odom Jr., and Chloe Zhao react to their Oscar nominations.


“To make this believable, I leaned on Sam Cooke’s signature confidence and swagger. There were many times when I felt like I didn’t quite measure up. But in those moments, I’d lean on Sam’s assurance, because he knew how to hold his own. In an interview, Leslie Odom Jr., who was nominated for best supporting actor and best original song for his role as Sam Cooke in “One Night in Miami,” said, “There were times, there were moments when it felt like bringing him so close helped me find some of that magic in myself.”

“It’s strange to hear your own name, so I just quietly gave thanks and felt some gratitude… I was punching the air and jumping up and down in my bed and screaming when I heard (names of fellow nominees including Paul Raci and Darius Marder)! Everyone on the set of this movie was doing it because they wanted to push themselves and go further than they had previously. In an interview, Riz Ahmed, who was nominated for best actor for “Sound of Metal,” said, “This was all of us trying to see how far we could go.”

“Wow Wa We Waa!” exclaims the narrator. Thank you so much for this honor, Academy! I can’t believe it — hearing my name in the same breath as these incredible women and their incredible performances is a dream come true! In a statement, Maria Bakalova, nominated for best supporting actress for “Borat,” said, “I am so grateful to Sacha Baron Cohen and my “Borat” family, and I congratulate them on their adapted screenplay nomination.”

“As a writer, it pains me to say this, but I’m beginning to believe the cast’s performance has something to do with the film’s quality. In an interview, Aaron Sorkin, director and screenwriter of “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” which was nominated in six categories including best picture, said, “It felt like I was getting tossed the keys to a Formula One race car and as long as I didn’t put the car in the wall, these actors were going to win.”

“As we worked on it, I realized how rarely we see birth onscreen, despite the fact that it is such a universal human experience. To be seen only for that, let alone the subject we put onscreen… I learned early on that one out of every four pregnancies ends in miscarriage, but it is never discussed. So, if this recognition means that the film is seen and conversations begin in a few homes, I believe we have achieved everything we could have hoped for. Vanessa Kirby, best actress nominee for “Pieces of a Woman,” said in an interview.

“I recognize that the success of (co-producer) Ryan Coogler’s film, ‘Black Panther,’ is critical to our film. In an interview, Shaka King, who was nominated for best picture and best original screenplay for the film “Judas and the Black Messiah,” said, “We wouldn’t have gotten this film made without his participation.” He directed, co-produced, and co-wrote the film, which received six nominations and is the first best picture nominee produced entirely by African-Americans.

“Oh, no, I’ve never even considered it. That story was about the other side of the world, not the other side of the world. So not to me,” Yuh-Jung Youn, who was nominated for best supporting actress for her role in “Minari,” said in an interview after arriving in Vancouver, Canada, and starting a quarantine period.

“It means more to me than I can express to be a part of this historic year for the Academy, alongside so many incredibly talented filmmakers, and I’m particularly honored to be nominated alongside the incredible Chloé Zhao. I am truly honored and grateful to be among the many exceptional female filmmakers who have created such beautiful, inspiring, challenging, and varied work this year. — Emerald Fennell, best director and best original screenplay nominee for “Promising Young Woman,” which also won nominations for best picture and best actress.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to travel with our talented team of filmmakers and to meet so many wonderful people who generously shared their stories with us. Thank you very much to my Academy colleagues for honoring this film that is so dear to my heart,” Zhao said in a statement.

“It came as a full shock. We were in the middle of talking about something else and, of course, we never saw that coming, which added to the sense of ecstasy and increased the level of celebration dramatically. …… It’s midday here, and I’ve already consumed my fair share of champagne; bubbles are always a good start. It hastens the process. And yes, I’ll have a few drinks tonight,” Thomas Vinterberg said in an interview about his nomination for best director for “Another Round,” which was also nominated for best foreign feature film.

“Everyone has just embraced me for who I am and what I have to say. Being a young 23-year-old Black woman, this is big. In an interview, H.E.R., who was nominated for best original song for “War for You” from “Judas and the Black Messiah,” said, “I’m only paving the way for those who will continue to fight alongside me, and for those who will come after me for generations and generations to come.” The singer won a Grammy for her protest song “I Can’t Breathe” on Sunday.

“Being remembered by a global community like this is amazing. We spent years and years grinding away in an attic on the tip of Africa. It’s difficult to say why viewers have reacted so strongly… In an email message, Pippa Ehrlich, co-director of the nominated documentary film “My Octopus Teacher,” said, “I believe they are referring to parts of the story that are universal to almost every person on Earth — passion, friendship, connection, and hope.”

“There’s a moment when you see your movie and it’s what you hoped for, but it’s there, and you can’t believe it, and it’s an extremely satisfying fulfilling thing. I am still amazed that I was given the opportunity to direct it… (Late screenwriter) Audrey Wells wrote a story knowing she would not live to see it, she put her heart and soul into it to convey a message that was ideal for the world at this time… I am still amazed that I was given the opportunity to direct it…” — Glen Keane, director of

“This is a watershed moment for Tunisia. Tunisians were in desperate need of good news. But that was the big news of the day, and I’m overjoyed. — Kaouther Ban Hania, director of “The Man Who Sold His Skin,” a best foreign film nominee.

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Donald Trump Jr. selling T-shirts about Alec Baldwin shooting



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Donald Trump Jr. is profiting from T-shirts referring to the fatal shooting on the set of low-budget film, Rust.

According to an affidavit released Sunday night, Baldwin, 66, was practicing firing into a camera when camerawoman Halyna Hutchins, 42, was shot in the chest on Thursday. She died at a local hospital.

Crew members say the camera was protected by a bulletproof shield — but crew members weren’t protected.

Trump Jr., the son of the former President Donald Trump, who is also a frequent critic of Baldwin, took to his Instagram Stories to promote a T-shirt that says: “Guns don’t kill people, Alec Baldwin kills people.”

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Trump Jr. also photoshopped an image of Baldwin wearing the T-shirt which sells for $27.99 on his personal website.

Baldwin was a vocal critic of President Trump and he is notoriously anti-gun.

Vanity Fair magazine referred to Trump Jr. as “sentient pond scum” for profiting off of a “horrifying tragedy”.

The magazine went on to say Trump Jr. has been “gunning to succeed his father as the biggest asshole on Twitter”.

Twitter users didn’t hold back either.

One Twitter user wrote:

“I hope the family of Halyna Hutchins sues Donald trump Jr for every penny he’s worth because of the disgusting tee shirts he’s selling to profit off of her death.

Utterly deplorable.”

Another person tweeted:

“Don Jr. is all the proof you need that the douche doesn’t fall far from the bag.”

While a third person wrote:

“An innocent person was killed, but anything for a buck.

Donald Trump Jr. sells T-shirts mocking Alec Baldwin’s fatal shooting.”

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Rapper Kevin Gates Files Notice of Copyright Infringement Against



Rapper Kevin Gates Files Notice of Copyright Infringement Against

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Rapper Kevin Gates is apparently butt over about my post dated Oct. 25, titled “Rapper Kevin Gates touts semen retention men should focus on pleasing women.”

When celebrities don’t like a post I’ve written, they resort to using deceptive tactics to get my blog taken down — such as filing fake copyright infringement notices.

On Tuesday, a London-based company, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), emailed a copyright infringement accusing your auntie of illegally posting Gates’ “sound recordings” on my blog.

The email referenced the above titled post — which does not contain any links to sound recordings.

The company also emailed this notice to my host, hoping they would snatch my blog down under threat of a lawsuit.

IFPI is waiting for my response to the copyright notice, so here is my response: Keep waiting.

I’m not taking the post down because I am not illegally infringing on his copyright.

Why would I post Kevin Gates’ garbage music on my blog?

Like I said, this is the tactic that C- and D-list celebrities use when they don’t like something I’ve written.

If I had a different host, my blog would probably be deleted and you would all be left wondering what happened.

Read the fake “copyright infringement” notice below.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am contacting you on behalf of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (“IFPI”) and the record companies it represents. The IFPI is a trade association that represents around 1,300 major and independent record companies in the US and internationally who create, manufacture and distribute sound recordings (the “IFPI Represented Companies”).

The information set forth in this notice is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, we submit that we are authorised [sic] to act on behalf of the IFPI Represented Companies in matters involving the infringement of exclusive rights that the IFPI Represented Companies hold in their sound recordings, including enforcing their copyrights and other legal rights on the Internet.

We have learned that your service is making available, distributing and/or referring/linking users to infringing copies of the sound recordings listed below, the copyrights in which are exclusively owned or controlled by one or more IFPI Represented Companies.

We have included in the table below the URL for the locations where we have identified instances of making available, distributing and/or referring/linking users to the IFPI Represented Companies’ Sound Recordings on your service.

We have a good faith belief that the above-described activity is not authorised [sic] by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

We are asking for your immediate assistance in stopping this unauthorised [sic] activity. We require you to take action to immediately cease making available, distributing and/or referring/linking users to infringing copies of the IFPI Represented Companies’ Sound Recordings on your service. That action should include, where applicable:

• Deleting all copies from your service’s servers; and

• Deleting and/or disabling all URLs;

The action required should be taken not only in relation to the URLs/locations indicated in the notice, but in relation to all instances of making available, distributing and/or referring/linking users to infringing copies of the IFPI Represented Companies’ Sound Recordings on your service.

Further, we ask you to take reasonable steps to prevent further instances of making available, distributing and/or referring/linking users to infringing copies of the IFPI Represented Companies’ Sound Recordings on your service.

Our top priority is to prevent the continued availability of the IFPI Represented Companies’ content on the internet. Unauthorised [sic] copies of sound recordings that are freely available, especially pre-release recordings, cause substantial damage to the IFPI Represented Companies every hour and day

they remain available. In sending this notice we are providing you with specific knowledge of the unauthorised [sic] activity detailed above and are seeking to ensure that infringing content is removed from the internet as quickly as possible through your cooperation. However, please note that we do not admit that we or the IFPI Represented Companies are responsible for detecting infringing material and notifying you of it.

Our use of a notice in this form, as required by you, is meant to facilitate your removal of the infringing material listed above and we neither admit nor accept that you are a ‘service provider’ for the purposes of the United States’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), or any similar legislation in another jurisdiction, or that it is necessary to serve, or that you are entitled to be served, with such a notice. IFPI itself and on behalf of the IFPI Represented Companies expressly reserves all rights in this regard.

In addition, this notice does not constitute a waiver of any right to recover damages incurred by virtue of any unauthorised [sic] activities described in this notice, and such rights as well as claims for other relief under the laws of the United States or any applicable legislation in any other jurisdiction, are hereby expressly reserved.

You may contact me at IFPI Secretariat, 7 Air Street, London W1B 5AD, United Kingdom or email, to discuss this notice.

We await your response.

Yours faithfully,

Melissa Morgia

Director of Content Protection & Enforcement

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Trailer: RHOA Spinoff – Porsha’s Family Matters



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On Monday, Bravo TV dropped the 1st trailer for Porsha Williams‘ scripted RHOA spinoff reality TV series titled Porsha’s Family Matters.

In the trailer, Porsha’s family reacts to her surprise engagement to Simon Guobadia — who was a married man at the time.

Porsha’s family had a lot to say about her engagement – which came out of left field.

She said her family members were hurt that she would be Simon’s fourth wife.

“I have single handedly pulled my family and friends into my personal shit,” she said in a voiceover. Later, a relative asks her about his previous failed marriages.

“I want to know why Simon’s three previous marriages did not work,” the relative said.

Another one of Porsha’s relatives expressed her dismay that she found out about Simon on TV. “How you engaged to a married man?”

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Porsha’s Family Matters is set to premiere on Bravo on Sunday, Nov. 28, the premiere will follow Porsha’s family as they work through their shock at a wellness retreat in Mexico.

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Tags: Porsha Williams, Real Housewives of Atlanta, reality TV news, reality TV spinoff, video

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