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on February 29, 2016

Jennifer Lopez On Ben Affleck New Back Tattoo “It’s Awful!”

Jennifer Lopez sounded off on how she really feels about Ben Affleck‘s tattoos. Affleck’s ex-fiancé made the comments while appearing on Watch What Happens Live Monday.

She told host Andy Cohen just how much of a fan she is of Affleck’s new huge Phoenix back tattoo.

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“It’s awful! What are you doing?” Lopez, 46, said during the “Plead the Fifth” segment. “His tattoos always have too many colors, they shouldn’t be so colorful. Continue reading

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Booyakasha! Oscar ‘Blindsided’ By Unapproved Sacha Baron Cohen Ali G Skit

Sacha Baron Cohen’s wild Oscar appearance of his infamous Ali G character was in no way a planned part of the show, and more importantly, was not approved in advance as required by Academy brass.

It was revealed today that Academy Awards producers had no idea Cohen was planning the controversial skit. Cohen claims his wife was employed to sneak in Ali G’s signature beanie cap and assorted accessories including fake goatee. Many on social media speculated that perhaps the impromptu appearance was actually material for an unannounced Ali G sequel.

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“The truth is we actually had to sneak it in because the Oscars sat me down before and said they didn’t want me to do anything out of order Continue reading

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Bill O’Reilly Loses Custody Of Children

Bill O’Reilly of Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor, lost his petition that sought to reverse an earlier ruling assigning full custody of his two children to his ex-wife, Maureen McPhilmy.

The ruling upheld a Nassau County Supreme Court decision that granted full custody of the 12-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl to McPhilmy.

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“Viewing the totality of the circumstances, there is a sound and substantial basis for the Supreme Court’s determination that it is in the best interests of the children for the mother to be awarded primary residential custody,” the Appellate Division Second Judicial Department court stated Continue reading
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Cool Hand Luke Actor George Kennedy Dies

George Kennedy, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in “Cool Hand Luke,” died Sunday in Boise, Idaho. He was 91.

Kennedy’s vast film credits include “The Dirty Dozen,” the “Airport” movies, “The Naked Gun” and the disaster film “Earthquake,” among countless others.

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Kennedy’s grandson Cory Schenkel said that Kennedy had been in failing health since the death of his wife Joan about a year ago, and had been in hospice care for a month. h/t thewrap

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Our thoughts and prayers go you to Kennedy’s family and friends at this difficult time.

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Dear Sam Smith: Here’s 11 Openly Gay Oscar Winners That Came Before You

Sir John Gielgud (1981)
Best Supporting Actor for Arthur

A rare EGOT winner, Gielgud is considered one of the greatest actors of the 20th century, and he was the first openly gay actor to win an Oscar, and he did it for his turn in the British comedy starring Dudley Moore and Liza Minelli. He was a deeply private man and after his death in 2000 at the age of 96, letters were published that revealed he was threatened and blackmailed with being exposed as homosexual in the 1950s.

John Schlesinger (1970)
Best Director for Midnight Cowboy

He carefully crafted the controversial X-rated film starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman as two hustlers in New York City to appeal to both a gay and mainstream audience, which allowed other filmmakers to directly address gay identity in later films. It also won Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay that year.

Melissa Etheridge (2007)
Best Original Song for “I Need to Wake Up” from An Inconvenient Truth

Etheridge publicly discussed her sexuality as she began campaigning for President Bill Clinton in 1993. Later, she teamed up with former Vice President Al Gore for an original song to accompany his documentary on the dangers of global warming, An Inconvenient Truth. Etheridge’s win was a huge shock since the rock singer was up against not only a Randy Newman contribution to Pixar’s Cars but three new tracks from blockbuster movie-musical Dreamgirls as well.

Stephen Sondheim (1991)
Best Original Song for “Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)” from Dick Tracy

Sondheim is used to sweeping at the Grammys and Tonys, but his contribution to Dick Tracy starring Warren Beatty, Madonna and Al Pacino is his only Oscar win. Madonna recorded the jazz ballad for the film.

Howard Ashman (1990 & 1992)
Best Original Song for “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid
Best Original Song for “Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast

Ashman provided lyrics to some of Disney’s most iconic songs and movies, working with composer Alan Menken on The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. Their work for both those films earned the pair two Best Original Song wins, though Ashman passed away from AIDs complications before having the chance to accept his second trophy.

Bill Condon (1999)
Best Adapted Screenplay for Gods and Monsters

Condon not only adapted the screenplay for Gods and Monsters but he also directed the film that dramatized the final days of Frankenstein director James Whale. Before the 2016 Oscar ceremony, Ian McKellen, who portrayed Whale on screen, pointed out the disparity in Best Actor winners and how there has never been a non-straight male actor to take home the award in that particular category.

Dustin Lance Black (2009)
Best Original Screenplay for Milk

Milk had a big year at the 2009 Oscar ceremony when not only did Sean Penn take home the Best Actor trophy for his portrayal of slain gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, but first-time nominee Dustin Lance Black was also recognized for his screenwriting achievement as well. Black later wrote the screenplay for 2011’s J. Edgar starring Leonardo DiCaprio as well as the play 8 about the federal trial that led to the overturn of Proposition 8 — which allowed same-sex couples to legally wed in California. Black has been engaged to Olympic diver Tom Daley since October.

Elton John (1995)
Best Original Song for “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from The Lion King

The British singer-songwriter was a shoe-in for the Best Original Song win with three Lion King tracks nominated that year. He wrote the music to accompany Tim Rice’s lyrics for the Disney film’s biggest ballad, which helped John come one step closer to an EGOT (he’s still missing an Emmy). John came out to Rolling Stone as bisexual in the mid-Seventies before revealing that he’s gay a decade later. He met his longtime partner David Furnish in 1993, and the couple officially married in 2014 and have two children.

John Corigliano (1999)
Best Original Score for The Red Violin 

The lush, neoclassical score that the composer wrote for the film that follows a single violin over the course of centuries earned him his second Academy Award nomination (his first was for the 1980’s Altered States) and a surprise win since the odds favorite that year was Thomas Newman’s music for “American Beauty.”

Alan Ball (2000)
Best Original Screenplay for American Beauty 

Directed by Sam Mendes, the film took a total of five Academy Awards that year, including this one for Alan Ball, who was already well-known as the creator of HBO’s Six Feet Under television show that featuredDavid Fisher (played by Michael C. Hall), one of the most important gay characters on TV.

Scott Rudin (2008)
Best Motion Picture of the Year for No Country for Old Men

The producer shares this Oscar with directors Joel and Ethan Coen. That same year, another Rudin production, Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood, was also nominated for Best Picture, so Rudin’s chances of taking home a statue were that much more likely. h/t rollingstone

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Time Reporter Grabs Secret Service Agent By Throat At Trump Rally

Check out Time photographer Chris Morris grabbing a Secret Service agent by the throat! Morris claims he was “assaulted first” but later declined to press charges.

It all went down after Morris stepped out of the press pen and ventured into a restricted area during a Donald Trump rally in Virginia.

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According to The Independent Journal’s congressional reporter Joe Perticone, the man holding the camera in the video below is a journalist. Continue reading

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Marco Rubio Takes Mystery Pill During CNN Debate [Video]

CNN‘s Republican debate on Thursday night caught Marco Rubio taking what appeared to be a pill live on-air.

It happened quickly, but as a Youtube video has now revealed, Rubio reached in his pocket and consumed something, and if you ask the internets, the mystery pill was the powerful stimulant, Adderall.

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I didn’t see it…. It wasn’t until I saw the brief clip later that I began thinking that maybe Rubio has a medical problem. Continue reading

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Oscar Ratings Near All-Time Low

Early ratings data for Sunday’s Academy Awards broadcast show Oscar hit a 7-year low and a 6.4 percent drop in household viewing from the comparable figures for last year’s bomb.

Nielsen data showed Oscar averaged a 23.4 household rating in 56-city overnight sample, down from an initial 25 rating of last year’s fail, which was down from 27.9 the year before. Ouch.

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The Chris Rock-hosted show, which used Hollywood’s lack of diversity as its narrative engine, appeared to set a seven-year low. Continue reading

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on February 28, 2016

Leonardo DiCaprio Oscars Appearance Leaves Fans Asking..

Did Leonardo DiCaprio have a secret stroke or was he just chewing tobacco while accepting his award for Best Actor at the Oscars?

If Leo was dipping, wouldn’t be the first time he consumed a tobacco product during an awards show. “The Revenant,” actor recently vaped during the SAG awards earlier this month.

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DiCaprio won his first Oscar for his role as Hugh Glass in “The Revenant.” He has previously been nominated for four acting Oscars, the first for 1993’s “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.” Continue reading

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SLC Teen Shot By Cops Identified

The teenager shot several times by Salt Lake City police on Saturday night, while holding a broom stick, has been identified by family as Abdi Mohamed. He is 17.

Mohamed is in serious condition at a local SLC hospital. According to family, he is in a coma. He moved to Utah with his family from Kenya 10 years ago.

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Police say two officers were involved in the shooting, but they wouldn’t go into any further details. Continue reading