2018 ACM Awards Winners List

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Chris Stapleton and Miranda Lambert were the top winners at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards held Sunday night which aired live at 8 p.m. ET from the MGM Grand Garden Arena and and hosted by Reba McEntire.

Stapleton took home Male Vocalist of the Year, marking the second time he has won the award. Lambert won Female Vocalist of the Year for the night consecutive year, also making her the most awarded in ACM Awards history.

Jason Aldean was also a big winner, taking home the top prize Entertainer of the Year. “It’s been a rough year. Thanks to everyone who reached out and showed love and support to us, it meant a lot to us. To my Route 91 people, you guys are in my hearts always, love you guys. And we love Las Vegas, Vegas strong. Thank you,” Aldean said on stage.

Here’s the complete list of winners.

Entertainer of the year: Jason Aldean

Male vocalist of the year: Chris Stapleton

Female vocalist of the year: Miranda Lambert

Single record of the year: “Body Like a Back Road” by Sam Hunt

Video of the year: “It Ain’t My Fault” by Brothers Osborne
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Oscar Winning director Miloš Forman Dies At 86

By Armando

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Legendary film director Milos Forman, known for his work in Academy Award winning films “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus,” has died. The news was confirmed by his manager to NPR. Forman was 86.

Forman won an Oscar for helming “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” considered by many film critics, historians and film buffs as one of the best films ever made. The film won the so-called “Big Five” categories at academy awards in 1976, winning best director, best picture, best actor for Jack Nicholson, best actress for Louise Fletcher, and best adapter screenplay for Lawrence Hauben and Bo Goldman.

The film joins “It Happened One Night” (1934) and “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991) as the only three films to achieve such feat. “Cuckoo’s Nest” was later selected by the United States Library of Congress in 1993 for preservation in the National Film Registry.

Nine years after ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’, Forman collected his second best director Oscar award for Amadeus, a fictionalized biography of prolific and influential composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

In 1997, Milos Forman had another shot at Academy Award best director trophy when he was nominated for “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” a biographicl drama chronicling 35 years of the life of adult magazine publisher and editor Larry Flynt. Though Forman did not win, the film was critically acclaimed and won numerous awards and nominations.

In spite of all his international acclaim throughout those years, Forman’s biography was not an easy journey. Born in Čáslav, Czechoslovakia (currently known as Czech Republic), the director was an orphan of Nazi Holocaust victims. After living with relatives, he later discovered that his biological father was in fact a survivor of the Holocaust and living in Peru.

He was known primarily as a Czech filmmaker until he moved to America in 1968. His first film in the United States “Taking Off” was a flop and critically panned. It wasn’t until he was hired by producers Michael Douglas and Saul Zaentz to direct “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” that he finally found his footing.

Forman was initially apprehensive about his immigrant background not being able to give justice to the story’s very American sentiments.

But it was precisely that background which provided him unique inspiration.

“To me it was not just literature but real life, the life I lived in Czechoslovakia from my birth in 1932 until 1968. The Communist Party was my Nurse Ratched, telling me what I could and could not do; what I was or was not allowed to say; where I was and was not allowed to go; even who I was and was not.”

New “The Incredibles 2” Trailer Features New Villain

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It has been 14 years since the original film, and the much-anticipated sequel is finally here. After a few sneak peaks and short teaser trailer, a new full length action-packed trailer has been released by Pixar.

This is the most extensive look so far at the sequel, showing the family adjusting to family life, with a new masked-villain adding to their headaches. We also get to see fan-favorite characters like Edna Mode and Frozone.

Also getting the spotlight is Holly Hunter’s Elastigirl, who is tasked to save the world. “You know it’s crazy right? To help my family I gotta leave it, to fix the law I gotta break it.”

The 2004 original film grossed $633 million worldwide in 2004 and received the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature. The Incredibles also won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Just like the original, Brad Bird wrote the screenplay and is directing, while John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle are the producers. Disney-Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” will hit cinemas on June 15, 2018.

ASTONISHING X-MEN Welcomes All-New Creative Team Matthew Rosenberg & Greg Land

A change is coming to the Astonishing X-Men in the form of a new line-up – and an all-new creative team. Announced exclusively on This Week in Marvel, Marvel exclusive writer Matthew Rosenberg (Punisher, New Mutants) and superstar artist Greg Land (The Incredible Hulk) will take over the series starting with issue #13. And they’re taking Beast, Dazzler, Colossus, Havok and Warpath on a new and exciting adventure in a brand-new X-Men story.

“We’re taking a slightly different approach to our X-Men on this team,” Rosenberg teased to Marvel. “The reasons they are together and what their mission is means that they are playing a role in the Marvel Universe that the X-Men haven’t played in a while.” Check out Marvel.com for more information, and don’t miss the brand-new chapter of ASTONISHING X-MEN #13, arriving in comic shops this July!

James McAvoy and Bill Hader In Talks For “It” Sequel

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It looks like James McAvoy is lining up another sequel to his resume. Variety is reporting today that the X-Men star is in talks to appear in the “It: Chapter 2”, the sequel to last year’s hugely successful supernatural horror film “It” from Warner Bros. Pictures.

Potentially joining McAvoy is Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader. Already cast in the film is Jessica Chastain with Andy Muschietti returning to helm the film.

Though the script is still “being worked on,” McAvoy is supposedly playing an adult version of the original “It” film’s Bill Denbrough, the stuttering leader of the Losers’ Club. In the 2017 film, the character was played by Jaeden Lieberher. Bill Hader on the other hand will supposedly play Bill’s best friend, Richie Tozier.

With the sequel taking place to years later with the characters as adults, the Variety report that the original cast might come back in the form of flashbacks to the year when they were kids.

The success of “It” (Chapter One) last year somewhat guaranteed the sequel. That film broke boxoffice records and grossed $700 million worldwide against a production budget of $35 million, making the film one of the most profitable films of all time.

McAvoy will next be in seen in “Glass,” the third and final entry to M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable/Split film series. The sequel was announced shortly after the surprising financial and critical success of Split, which featured McAvoy as a man with multiple personalities.

“It: Chapter Two” is currently scheduled for a September 6, 2019 release date.

Pink Flubs Lyrics During A Concert

So what…she’s always gonna be a Rockstar!

By Michelle Bordage

Here’s the scoop all. It all went down at Madison Square Garden on April 4th 2018. Singer/songwriter Pink, now 38 years old, was in the middle of her hit song “Who Knew” (2006) and forgot the lyrics to the second verse! Talk about embarrassing!

A lot of mega-superstars would of froze, not Pink though. She is such a professional (as well as a very real person), that she literally laughed it off, told her fans: “I forgot the words. S&*^! So what!”. After a good laugh between herself and her fans, like the champion vocalist she is, jumped right into the chorus of So What and finished the song. You can only imagine how the crowd went wild!

This is not the very first time that this not 1, 2, but 3-time Grammy winner Pink, (Alecia Beth Moore), has had a blank moment, in (2017) at the Britain’s V Festival, she again forgot the lyrics in a second verse to her then (new) song “What about us”.

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Netflix Backs Out Of Cannes Film Festival

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Well this certainly makes it official. According a report in Variety, streaming giant Netflix will not be screening any of its films at the festival.

“We want our films to be on fair ground with every other filmmaker,” says Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer. “There’s a risk in us going in this way and having our films and filmmakers treated disrespectfully at the festival. They’ve set the tone. I don’t think it would be good for us to be there.”

Though stunning, the decision isn’t surprising as there has been speculation in the past few days that Netflix would not be participating. This comes after last year’s controversy at Cannes where two Netflix films, Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” and Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories” played at the festival and competed for the Palme d’Or, but did not play in the cinemas in France, something which French theater exhibitors reportedly protested against.

Shortly after last year’s opening ceremonies, the festival changed its rules which states that that no movies will be play in competition if they’re not committed to be released in French theaters.

Last month, festival director Thierry Fremaux said that Netflix could play their films outside of competition, though effectively ineligible to play in the competition for refusing theatrical distribution in France.

“I don’t think there would be any reason to go out of competition. The rule was implicitly about Netflix, and Thierry made it explicitly about Netflix when he announced the rule,” Sarandos tells Variety.

Cannes Film Festival will run from May 8 to 19, with the competition jury headed by Cate Blanchett. Asghar Farhadi’s psychological thriller “Everybody Knows” starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem is scheduled to open the festival.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” Official Trailer Released

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“I’ve got a really good feeling about this.”

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Walt Disney Studios has released a brand new trailer for its summer tentpole “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, which gives us some more insight at the at the film’s plot. The action packed spectacle was during during Sunday’s American Idol show on ABC.

The official synopsis of the latest standalone installment of the Star Wars franchise is limited on spoilers, but the trailer does show us some familiar fan-favorite characters such as Lando Calrissian and Solo’s Wookiee partner Chewbacca, and moments that featured new ones on on the Star Wars canon such as Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) and Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) among others.

Directed by Ron Howard and produced by Lucasfilm from a screenplay by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, the film is an origin story of the iconic character and focuses on his adventures. Alden Ehrenreich is playing the younger version of the title character, while also in the film are Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Joonas Suotamo.

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ is slated for release on May 25, 2018. Last week we reported that the spin-off is set to premiere at the prestigious festival on May 15, 2018, ten full days before its official release in the United States on May 25, 2018.

Google Features María Félix To Mark Her 104th Birthday

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If you opened Google today and wondered who their distinctive new doodle is, that’s a portrait of iconic Mexican golden age actress María Félix, who would have turned 104th on Sunday.

Also a fashion icon and a muse to many renowned artists, the Google doodle shows the beautiful and glamorous cinema icon in black jacket and gold jewelry and with her trademark raised eyebrow.

“Though her career started in Mexican cinema, Maria Félix’s impact on cinema, art, music, and fashion reverberates overseas, transcending barriers to establish her as extremely influential female voice in international cinema. Created by guest artist Paulette Jo, today’s Doodle captures the stunning movie icon’s portraiture. Happy 104th birthday to Maria Félix, a cinematic pioneer!” Google says.

Google also posted a short tribute on Twitter: “Today’s #GoogleDoodle marks the 104th birthday of Mexican actress Maria Félix, whose impact on film, art, music and fashion established her as an icon of international cinema.”

Born on April 8, 1914, in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico, Maria Felix became a star in the early 1950s and starred in more than 47 films in Mexico, Argentina, Spain and France.

Though she had her start in Mexico in the film The Rock of Souls, original title of which is El peñón de las Ánimas (1943), her popularity later landed her in films by legendary European directors Jean Renoir and Luis Buñuel.

She has since been considered the most famous Mexican movie star, up until she died in 2002 at the age of 87.

Marvel New Media Unveils All-New Digital Series

From breaking news to new cooking ideas, Marvel’s new digital series will provide fans a variety of new content to experience across Marvel.com and social media

At C2E2, Marvel New Media announced an all-new schedule of digital series featuring a variety of programming for both die-hard and casual Marvel fans. These new digital series include relaunched versions of its continuing popular shows such as This Week in Marvel and Women of Marvel; and new series like Earth’s Mightiest Show, Marvel’s Voices, Marvel’s Eat the Universe and Marvel’s first-ever scripted podcast Wolverine: The Long Night for fans to enjoy.

Marvel New Media, a division of Marvel Entertainment, is focused on producing content from all aspects of the Marvel Universe, including breaking Marvel news, non-fiction storytelling, original digital series, podcasts, and other interactive content to reach new audiences with various interests.

“Marvel New Media is focused on nurturing a more intimate and approachable relationship with both our super fans and casual fans by embracing and refreshing Marvel’s fundamental brand attributes, and by redefining how those fans experience the Marvel Universe across all platforms,” said Dan Silver, vice president, head of platforms and content for Marvel New Media.
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