Kendall Jenner Reveals She’s A Hypochondriac

On the latest episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Jenner came to a realization about her health.


Box Office: ‘Black Panther’ Climbs to Historic $242M Bow After Record Monday

The superhero film made history at the Presidents Day box office after continually beating expectations; globally, it has earned $426.6 million.

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Fox News Launching Standalone Subscription Service Fox Nation

The Fox News Channel is expanding their reach in the news world with Fox Nation, a standalone subscription service that will be available to those without a cable package. Fox News is expected to make the official announcement Tuesday.

According to the New York Times, the service is slated to launch at the end of the year and will be on brand with Fox News commentary which, as many people know, leans right. Fox Nation will also include original shows and appearances from Fox News mainstays like Sean Hannity.

John Finley, who oversees program development and production for Fox News, said in an interview with the NYT:  “Fox Nation is designed to appeal to the Fox superfan. These are the folks who watch Fox News every night for hours at a time, the dedicated audience that really wants more of what we have to offer.”

The new service will not overlap with Fox News and their broadcast. Although there will be recognizable faces, Fox Nation will include a new roster of anchors and commentators as well as new programming.


‘Black Panther’: Hollywood Cannot Stop Praising The Groundbreaking Marvel Blockbuster

Black Panther has been out for less than a week and in addition to breaking box office records, audiences cannot stop talking about it. More than that, directors, actors, CEOs and former First Ladies have been praising the Marvel Studios Afrofuturistic wonder.

Since opening on Thursday night, there has been a non-stop flood of tweets giving high marks to the Ryan Coogler-directed movie starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Danai Gurira. Beyond being a film, Black Panther proves to be a big step in inclusion for Hollywood and beyond, putting the spotlight on marginalized communities in a way that has never been done before.

One of the most notable tweet review came from former First Lady Michelle Obama gave her review of the movie saying that she loved it and how it will “inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories.”

Congrats to the entire #blackpanther team! Because of you, young people will finally see superheroes that look like them on the big screen. I loved this movie and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories.

— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 19, 2018

And of course, Queen Oprah Winfrey, who probably has enough resources to build a Wakanda of her own, chimed in with her two cents, calling it “phenomenal.”

Just saw it with Stedman. It’s Phenomenal!! Layers and layers of it. Wakunda ForEveeeerrrr! #BlackPanther

— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) February 18, 2018

Disney head honcho Bob Iger was so pleased with Black Panther‘s performance, recognizing that it is not only raking in the numbers at the box office, but is a powerful piece of storytelling that “touches hearts, bridges cultures” and “opens minds.”

Boseman’s MCU peers came out to show their support…

…and Ant-Man and the Wasp director Peyton Reed showed his support in a very clever way.

As the star of Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds is MCU adjacent (for now). Nonetheless, he urged people to “believe of the hype.”

Stand up comedian Kevin Froleiks crafted this clever — and hilarious — Get Out-centric tweet about the film…

…and it was immediately noticed by Get Out director Jordan Peele and actor Bradley Whitford.

Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker saw the movie multiple times and hoped that the film’s success encouraged more inclusive casting.

By the time I see #BlackPanther again tonight (including the premiere) it will be my 3rd time seeing it. What number are you guys on?

— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) February 17, 2018

After that #Blackpanther opening? They better not cast Cleopatra with anything but a sista. That God’s of Egypt shit is dead. Period. And Ruth Carter needs to fit Idris for his James Bond tux right now…

— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) February 19, 2018

Read more Black Panther tweets from Ava DuVernay, Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, Barry Jenkins and more below — but I’m sure that won’t be the end of it. There will probably be more tweets in the days to come.

I’ve loved the Black Panther reaction videos, read the reviews/think pieces, swooned over folks lining theaters, tried to teach myself Panther flash mob dance moves, admired all the African threads. But this. This broke me. Our babies. Our young ones. Imagine the seeds planted…

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) February 19, 2018

BLACK PANTHER is PEAK double consciousness. It’s a Marvel movie, sure. And a blockbuster, absolutely, covers those bases and covers them well. But a film that features that vegetarian bit? Or Kilmonger’s last line? Ryan’s made two movies at once. And he crushed them both ????????

— Barry Jenkins (@BarryJenkins) February 18, 2018

Saw #BlackPanther last night. Wonderful that a mega-budget super hero movie has finally been made written/directed by and starring black people. But movie is exceptional for far more reasons than that. Plot, themes, heartfelt emotion, all outstanding.

— Joseph Gordon-Levitt (@hitRECordJoe) February 18, 2018

Black Panther felt soooooo good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

— Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapsmith) February 17, 2018


Oscars Street Closures: When & Where To Expect Detours, Delays

It’s that time of year again: Street closures are looming in the run-up to the Academy Awards. And, as always, Hollywood’s Big Night will be Hollywood’s Big Nightmare traffic-wise.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the City of Los Angeles are out with the final list of closures around Hollywood & Highland, whose Dolby Theatre will stage the Oscars on March 4.

With fan bleachers and press risers under construction and the red carpet being prepped, Hollywood Boulevard will be closed between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive beginning at 10 PM Sunday, February 25, and remain closed until 6 AM Wednesday March 7. Additional streets and sidewalks will be closed for varying periods starting this Sunday (see map below).

As for mass transit, MTA subway trains will bypass the Hollywood & Highland station after the last regularly scheduled train on Saturday, March 3, until 6 AM Monday, March 5. Service at the station will resume with the first scheduled train after 6 AM.

Here is a map of the street closures for Oscar Day, March 3. For maps detailing closures on specific days in the lead-up to the ceremony, click here:

Oscars Street Closures 2018

Courtesy AMPAS


Specialty Box Office: ‘Three Billboards’ Defies the Odds in 15th Weekend

With the Oscar ceremony less than two weeks away, the movie is among a number of best-picture nominees parlaying awards attention into box-office gains, including ‘Darkest Hour’ with a mighty $131.6 million in global grosses.

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SAG-AFTRA Closes “Wigging” Probe, Says It “Remains Committed” To Ending Practice Of Men Doubling For Women

SAG-AFTRA has closed its investigation into the “wigging” of a stuntman on MGM’s The Domestics and concluded that “wigging a male stunt performer to double for a female performer is not acceptable and that this should not happen again.” The union, however, did not fine the film’s production company for not doing more to find a qualified stuntwoman to do the job, though it says it “will remain committed to doing what it can to eliminate this practice.”

The incident, which highlights the age-old practice of stuntmen donning wigs and women’s clothes to double for actresses, is currently the subject of a sex discrimination complaint filed with the EEOC by stuntwoman Deven MacNair against the film’s production company, Hollywood Gang, and against the union, which she has accused of “not assisting me in this matter.”

Nick Gillard

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MacNair’s complaint stems from an incident on the film’s set in New Orleans on November 22, 2016, when the film’s British stunt coordinator, Nick Gillard, decided that a stunt – doubling for actress Kate Bosworth – was too dangerous for her to do and did it himself in a wig and woman’s clothes.

MacNair, who has more than 70 stunt credits over the past 10 years, says she called in a complaint to the union’s hotline on the night of the incident and then confronted Gillard about an Instagram photo that surfaced of him in the wig and woman’s clothes.

He responded to her via email in January 2017, saying that “as far as acting effeminate in the photo that was somehow demeaning to women. Jeez. I have six sisters. I probably know more about women than you do.”

“If it happened again I would do the same thing,” Gillard told Deadline. “In the stunt business, if it comes down to hurting somebody’s feelings versus hurting somebody physically, then feelings are going to get hurt every time. This isn’t about putting wigs on; it’s about something else, but only Deven knows what that is.” In any case, he added, “We did have a double but she couldn’t get there in time; she was paid anyway.” He also said that “Even if Deven we’re capable of doing the stunt, we wouldn’t have been able to use her as she is three-times the size of Kate Bosworth.”

MacNair, who is larger than Bosworth but not “three-times” larger, said that her complaint all along has not been that she should have done the stunt — although she says she was willing and able to do it — but that the job, which she said was not dangerous, should have gone to a woman: to any qualified stuntwoman, other than to a man. For her, it was never about the job, she says, but the principle — and about the union’s contract requiring the company and the coordinator to “endeavor” to find a qualified woman to do it.

The union, meanwhile, applauded her for bringing the matter to its attention.

“As you know, employers under the SAG-AFTRA agreement shall ‘endeavor’ to cast qualified stunt performers of the same sex for a role which is identifiable as female,” Adam Moore, the union’s national director of EEO & Diversity, wrote in an email to MacNair on Friday. “Based on the explanation we received from the employer and the information we received from you, it is certainly possible that the employer could have done better in seeking a qualified stunt performer of the same sex in this situation. However, that did not happen here. As result of initiating this process, SAG-AFTRA put the employer on notice that this very well could have been a situation where the producer could have done better.

“In response to SAG-AFTRA’s concerns, MGM Labor Relations agreed to set up a meeting between the union and production staff to discuss this matter. The meeting took place on December 18, 2017. SAG-AFTRA made clear that wigging a male stunt performer to double for a female performer is not acceptable and that this should not happen again. Upon the conclusion of this meeting, SAG-AFTRA has closed this particular matter.”

“SAG-AFTRA’s process,” Moore wrote, “has advanced what it is designed to do; namely, shine a light on these types of circumstances, raise awareness with employers, and effect positive change. Without a doubt, SAG-AFTRA effectively raised awareness of this issue with MGM and the production staff involved in the meeting and made it less likely that it will happen again. Thank you for shining a light on this situation. I applaud your passion for opposing the wigging of men and increasing work opportunities for women stunt performers. SAG-AFTRA will remain committed doing what it can to eliminate this practice as well.”

MacNair, however, feels the union should be doing more than “shining a light on this situation,” and wants to know why she wasn’t invited to the December meeting between of the union and company reps, and why no disciplinary action was taken against the stunt coordinator, who is required by the union’s contract to “endeavor to identify and recruit” qualified female stunt performers.

“Thank you for having a meeting with my employer,” she said today in an email to SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris and the union’s diversity department. “As always stated, I have chosen to not be anonymous so I wish there was thought to inviting me to this meeting. Unfortunately I was not aware. My question remains: what were the actions SAG-AFTRA took against the SAG-AFTRA stunt coordinator?

“Also, in all due respect, there have been multiple requests from the media what your response is in this matter. In every publication, media new source, they all have been give the same response of ‘SAG-AFTRA could not be reached for a comment.’ What phone number should any news outlet call to get a response,  since of course, you want to shine a light on this matter? Shine a light??? Is that what we pay dues for? A light?!!! A LIGHT?!”

“Women and people of color,” she told the guild, “are afraid to come forward but they are all around us and you know why they aren’t coming forward. You can only give them light!!!! You won’t even give a comment. SAG-AFTRA, our guild, is literally a communication/performance-based guild and we can’t be reached for comment? Yet you are shining light – where is this light?  What kind of light? Where!?

“So I asked again, that in writing, as a paid up dues member that you please respond to this question: What discipline measures happened to the stunt coordinator in my matter that did not endeavor to hire a stuntwoman to double Kate Bosworth that day? This is something that SAG-AFTRA is in 100% control of.

“Thank you for your response, and at the next SAG-AFTRA meeting I will bring my own flashlight so there will be no need for you to shine a light on me. Just please instead work for our rights and make our sets safe from discrimination.”

SAG-AFTRA’s offices are closed today, but a spokesperson, contacted by Deadline, did not respond to MacNair’s latest comments.


Activist Organization Hosts Voter Registration Events At ‘Black Panther’ Screenings

As Black Panther continues to break box office records, it also grows into a cultural phenomenon, shifting the idea of the portrayal of people of color in film. T’Challa’s multi-layered story has gone beyond the confines of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has brought issues of social awareness, representation, and inclusion further to the forefront. That’s why the Movement for Black Lives is using the groundbreaking movie to engage the Black community through voter registration events at Black Panther screenings.

Black Panther

Marvel Studios

The movement’s Electoral Justice Project (EJP) spearheaded the “Wakanda the Vote” campaign when Black Panther opened this past weekend. The EJP fights for the advancement of the rights of the Black community through electoral strategy. With the 2018 midterm elections right around the corner, EJP hopes to encourage the community to vote during this divisive time in our country and make change.

As stated on their website, the Movement for Black Lives is a coalition of groups and individuals that focus on a “hopeful and inclusive vision of Black joy, safety, and prosperity.” They help combat violence, economic inequality and help individuals realize their greatest dreams. Black Panther lines up with their mission and the screenings of the Marvel film are the perfect spot to engage with the black community.

Through Twitter, the organization sent out a call to action to have people create their own voter registration events. They make it simple and easy and the fact that it happens before and after screenings of Black Panther, where audiences will be more than inclined to make a change.

Fresh Wakanda inspired outfit (check)
Black Panther ticket (check)
Squad ready (check)
Registered to vote so we can build our own Wakanda? (we got you!)

Text PANTHER to 91990 to create your own voter registration event.
Need to register to vote? Text WAKANDA to 91990.

— Mvmt 4 Black Lives (@mvmt4bl) February 15, 2018

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