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STILL a lack of diversity at the Oscar’s

 

The nominations for the 89th Annual Academy Awards have officially been released and, you guessed it, the list lacks much in diversity.

Out of the 122 total nominations in its categories, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay, and Best Director, only 31 of those are highlighting the accomplishments of actors/actresses of color or featured a diverse cast. The Spanish short film Timecode was the only Latino nomination, contending for Best Short Film; Rogue One starring Diego Luna and Felicity Jones received a nomination in Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects. Other than that, iconic films Fences and Hidden Figures each received four and three nominations, respectively. Moonlight, a film about the life of a young black man from childhood to adulthood as he struggles to find his place in the world while growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami received a total of eight nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. With the array of wonderful movies released in 2016, it makes you wonder what the criteria are for an Oscar-worthy film.

#DraLo Goes to Prom

Drake and Jennifer Lopez are packing on the PDA all over social media for everyone to see. If anyone had doubts that these two are together, the winter wonderland prom-themed party they attended in Los Angeles definitely distilled that rumor.

While at the party these two were grinding up a storm all over the dance floor. Although they made time for fun, everyone at the event got a chance to hear some of the music the duo was collaborating on.

❤💕 @jlo #JenniferLopez #Drake #JLovers #DraLo

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The night included a few slow paced songs that they danced to after being crowned prom queen and king.

That dance ❤💕 @jlo #JenniferLopez #Drake #DraLo #JLovers

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Are you looking forward to hearing new music from Hollywood’s new it couple? More importantly, could this be the one for J. Lo. or is Drake just another fling?

Sound off below in the comment section.

Grey’s Anatomy Star Possibly Returning to Hit Show

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Rumors have been swirling that Sara Ramirez, aka Callie Torres on Grey’s Anatomy, might make a cameo on the hit show during the back half of season 13.

When we last saw Ramirez, her character left the show to pursue romance and medicine in New York with her young daughter in tow after agreeing to joint custody with her ex-wife, Arizona, played by Jessica Capshaw.

Unlike other characters that were on the show, Torres was neither killed off or completely written out, and Ramirez’s character still has strong ties to Grey’s Anatomy, which opens the doors to many possible cameo appearances.

On the show, her daughter Sofia is best friends with Zola Shepherd, Meredith Grey‘s daughter, and the shared custody agreement between Torres and Arizona leaves room for the both to interact in the future.

Also, when Ramirez left she simply stated that “she needed a break” after a decade, and unlike Katherine Heigl, Patrick Dempsey and Isaiah Washington, she has not burned any bridges with showrunner Shonda Rhimes, according to the producer.

I love the woman and I want to do everything for her. It all worked out in that sense.”

According to TV Line, there is a possible episode that will take place on an airplane and that is possibly where Callie Torres might pop up.

Grey’s Anatomy returns on Jan. 19 on ABC at 8 p.m. EST.

 

 

J. Lo. & Drake Making More Than Just Music

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It’s official. J. Lo. has finally moved on from her backup dancing beau, Casper Smart, for the self-proclaimed “Champagne Papi” himself, Drake.

While she had us there for a moment by kissing Marc Anthony at the Latin Grammys, that seems to have just been a kiss between friends and co-parents, but of course, his soon-to-be ex-wife Shannon De Lima didn’t think so.

Hours after J.Lo. and Drake made their relationship Instagram official, Marc Anthony filed officially filed for divorce.

Anthony might not be the only one sad to see Drake and “Jenny from the Bronx” attached at the hip. After the news broke of the musical collaboration-turned-romance, international pop star, Rihanna quickly unfollowed Lopez on the social media platform.

Earlier in the year Drake presented Rihanna the VMA Vanguard Award and declared his love for her.

Rihanna was one of Lopez’s closest friends in the music industry. Eight months ago, RiRi even gifted Lopez with a pair of navy Manolo Blahnik, shoes that can cost anywhere from $500 to $900.

@badgalriri Thank you soooomuch for these incredibly sick ass boots!! #Rihanna #manolos #loveher #thebaddest

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Rumors about Drake and Jennifer Lopez dating initially started flying when he attended her Las Vegas Residency twice two weeks ago, but things have certainly steamed up between the two since then.

Look who rolled up to my show tonight to say hi!! @champagnepapi #lovehim #jlovegas #ALLIHAVE

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Do you think that after J.Lo. gives Drake “all her love” that their relationship will last?

Sound off in the comment section.

 

 

#FourthHarmony Contract Up in the Air with Camila Exit

While Camila Cabello‘s exit from Fifth Harmony left many fans aghast and confused, especially with the social media back and forth with her ex-bandmembers, the fate of the remaining four singers as a girl group has been halted.

Before Cabello’s untimely departure, the five bandmates had the option to resign their individual contracts for Fifth Harmony after it expired on Dec. 18.

If all members of the band had returned the group would have had a guaranteed third recording deal on the table with Epic Records, but with half of the remaining songstresses that are left making music outside of what is being dubbed Fourth Harmony during their free time, the record label is beginning to wonder if it is worth renewing, according to Billboard.com.

The Cuban singer breaking out and leaving the group has been in the cards from the inception of the group. Although Cabello is most famous for being a part of the quintet, she initially tried out as a solo singer on the American version of X-Factorand once assigned the option to be in the group or hightail it she stayed in what was initially called 1432, until music legend, L. A. Reid suggested a name change for the band.

In a 2012 performance on the show, Demi Lovato is seen saying that Cabello “shined” the brightest out of the group while singing Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”

Over a million in album sales later, Cabello, while still happy to be a part of the group did express concern over not pursuing her own individual musical tastes, which she described as similar to guitar wielding maestros “Ed Sheeran” and “John Mayer.”

Not only has Cabello mentioned her love for slower, more soulful songs a lá Zayn Malik from One Direction, but she has managed to rack up two hit songs outside the group as a co-lead with Shawn Mendes for “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” and she worked with Machine Gun Kelly on “Bad Things.” She also received a songwriting credit on each single.

But where does this leave Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui and Normani Kordei? Well, Kordei and Jauregui both let it slip that they had solo plans long before Cabello left the group, but neither had planned on permanently going it on their own anytime soon.

This leaves Ally Brooke, and Dinah Jane who was Cabello’s biggest supporter during a lot of the behind the scenes troubles, the most in the lurch if Fifth Harmony doesn’t become Fourth Harmony.

Instead of the four remaining singers wasting their time fighting with Cabello on social media as to whether she was kicked out or left the group, Jane and Brooke should be rallying Kordei and Jauregui to remain in the band in hopes to solidify at least one more album, because the clock is ticking and reps at Epic Records will need a reason to believe that the foursome can make harmonious music together.

 

CHiPs Gets a Facelift

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The classic 70s show, CHiPs, a police procedural following the lives of two California Highway Patrolmen will get an R-rated silver screen facelift next year.

Leading the new cast will be Michael Peña of Ant-Man (2014) and The Martian (2015) fame. Peña will take up the role of Frank “Ponch” Poncharello, the flirtatious and troublemaking motorcycle cop that was originally played by Erik Estrada.

The straight man to Peña’s Ponch will be Dax Shepard who starred in the television series Parenthood (2010-2015) and will be playing stick-in-the-mud Jon Baker.

Also in the film are Adam Rodriguez and Arturo del Puerto.

CHiPs will hit theaters March 24, 2017.

 

Jessica Camacho Joins The Flash

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Photo by Jeff Lorch

Actress Jessica Camacho of Sleepy Hollow fame will join superhero show The Flash in the back half of the third season.

Camacho will be playing comic book character Gypsy.

Gypsy, whose alter ego is Cynthia “Cindy” Reynolds, is in the Justice League and often goes on missions with fellow member Vibe in Detroit. Gypsy is also a member of the Birds of Prey supergroup, which features Vixen, Oracle, the Huntress and more.

Her powers include illusion casting, invisibility and precognition.

Are you looking forward to seeing Gypsy and Vibe, played by Carlos Valdes, team up?

Will the Gypsy character join the Gotham Sirens movie, which is being headlined by the newly married Margot Robbie?

Sound off below in the comments section.

Ryan Seacrest Wants to Play Matchmaker to Niall Horan and Selena Gomez

Since the American Music Awards on Nov. 20, fans of both Niall Horan and Selena Gomez are wondering if the former paramours are back together after both attended the music award show.

While at 102.7 KIIS FM radio station, host Ryan Seacrest tried to get the deets on Horan’s love life, only to discover that the now solo Directioner, who has been working on a new album, has been single for over a year.

Seacrest was quick to suggest that Horan should “rekindle” his relationship with Gomez.

Horan, not to shy about the rumors asked Seacrest to “sort it out” for him, but later joked that he was happy being single at 23.

Seacrest, always ready to help, quickly volunteered to play matchmaker for the two.

Let me help you with that.”

Do you think Selena Gomez and Niall Horan should get back together, and are they truly meant to be? Reply below in the comment section.

Lip Sync to 24K Magic

If you are a big fan of lip-syncing and Bruno Mars, you are in for a treat. Musical.ly, a social media video app will allow you to lip sync to Mars’ new hit song 24K Magic.

This comes just two days after the crooner’s new album flew off the shelves with its strongest numbers yet by moving 231,000 units and placing at number two on the Billboard 200 album chart on Nov. 28.

The album is also number one on the Top Digital Albums chart with 400 million streams so far.

Enjoy this clip of Bruno Mars lip-syncing to smash hit single below.

 

Tragedy Strikes Brazilian Football Team

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Photo by Mantos do Futebol

Many had hoped Tuesday,  Nov. 29 would be the beginning of a fairy tale ending for Brazil’s Chapecoense football club, but it turned into a nightmare as almost all the members of the team, a flight crew, and the journalists on board the privately chartered LaMia jet died tragically while heading to Colombia the day before the Copa Sudamericana finals.

Officials from Colombia‘s aviation agency and local police report that some of the possible reasons for the crash, which was near the jungle region of the country, may have been due to unfavorable weather conditions and electrical problems. There is also the possibility that the plane ran out of fuel while it was only 18 miles away from its destination.

In total, there were 71 casualties and six survivors. The survivors include aircraft mechanic Erwin Tumiri, flight attendant Ximena Suarez, journalist Rafael Henzel Valmorbida, and football players Jackson Ragnar Follman, Alan Ruschel and Hèlio Hermito Zampier.

Goalkeeper Marcos Danilo Padilha initially survived the wreckage, but later died from the injuries that he sustained.

This year, the small club was gaining major attention after it managed to attract Brazilian superstars back to their home country after many had played for other countries, like midfielder Cleber Santana who spent many years with Athletico Madrid.

After learning of the terrible event, Brazilian President Michel Temer “declared three days of national mourning,” according to nbc.news.com.

In a show of solidarity and sportsmanship, Colombia’s football team Atlètico Nacional asked the Copa Sudamericana organizers to award the title to Chapecoense.