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Brendan Fraser Say’s He Will Boycott the 2023 Golden Globes

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Hollywood actor Brendan Fraser, whose performance in “The Whale” has made him a likely Golden Globes award contender this year, has stated that if nominated, he will boycott the Golden Globes in January.

Fraser claimed in 2018 that she was groped by longtime Hollywood Foreign Press Association member Philip Berk, a former president of the organization that oversees the Golden Globes.

Fraser stated that the incident occurred in 2003 at a luncheon in Beverly Hills, California. Berk, a South African member, was kicked out of the HFPA last year after calling Black Lives Matter a “racist hate movement.”

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Last year’s Golden Globes were almost cancelled after the organization was embroiled in a scandal over ethical lapses and the revelation that the group had no Black voting members at the time.

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Many celebrities, publicists, and studios have decided to boycott the Golden Globes.

The HFPA announced earlier this year that the 80th Golden Globes would be broadcast on NBC on January 10th, following reforms.

But Fraser will not be present.

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“I have more history with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association than I do respect for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,” Fraser said in an interview with GQ Magazine, published on Wednesday. When asked if he plans to attend the ceremony if nominated, Fraser said, “No, I will not participate.”

“It’s because of my history with them,” Fraser added. “And my mother did not bring up a hypocrite.” You can call me a variety of names, but not that.”

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In Darren Aronofsky’s “The Whale,” which hits theatres on December 9, Fraser plays a reclusive English teacher struggling with obesity who tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter. He has been nominated for outstanding lead performance at the upcoming Gotham Awards and is regarded as a likely Academy Award nominee for best actor.

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The HFPA concluded after an internal investigation that Berk “inappropriately touched” Fraser, who had recently starred in the acclaimed drama “The Quiet American” in 2003. The HFPA, on the other hand, stated that it “was intended to be taken as a joke and not as a sexual advance.” Berk stayed with the group until his expulsion in 2021.

“I knew they’d band together,” Fraser told GQ. “I knew they were going to kick the can down the road. I had a feeling they’d get ahead of the story. I knew I couldn’t have a future in that system as it was. I believe it was because the situation was too prickly, sharp-edged, or icky for people to want to go first and invest emotionally in it.”

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History of the Golden Globes

The Golden Globe Awards, held in January, are one of the most important Hollywood awards in the entertainment industry. It will be held on January 9 this year.

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Since 1944, actors, directors, cast members, and crew have competed for this golden statuette and the prestige that comes with it, though these awards have recently been called into question. Recognition from their peers is still prized, and the Golden Globes provide it.

The Golden Globes were created by a group of foreign journalists based in Los Angeles to aid in distributing films to non-US markets. In 1943, they founded the Hollywood Foreign Correspondents Association. By then, the Academy Awards had become well-established, and the organization realized what a good idea it would be to hold a similar award ceremony to recognize contributions to American and foreign cinema.

The first Golden Globes were given out in January 1944 at the 20th Century-Fox studios, and only scrolls were given out instead of awards. Marina Cisternas, the organization’s president, came up with the current statuette, a golden globe surrounded by a film strip, the following year.

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Six years later, the organization split into two, only to re-form five years later as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). Award ceremonies were held in various locations across the United States, with new award categories added.

By 1963, the Golden Globes included special award presenters in addition to the host or presenter. These individuals were frequently the daughters (and sometimes the sons) of celebrities and were introduced as ‘Miss Golden Globe’ (later renamed ‘Golden Globe Ambassador’). The awards have been broadcast globally over the years, reaching 167 countries and airing live across all time zones in the United States.

While questions of credibility have dogged these awards — voter fraud, allegations of award-for-attendance, and more — the current generation’s adoration for all things entertainment has elevated Golden Globe status to new heights. According to ratings, this ceremony has consistently been one of television’s most-watched events.

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Following new legal challenges, the HFPA opted out of live streaming for the 2022 awards ceremony, instead releasing the list of Golden Globe winners via social media.

Source: AP, VOR News

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Prince and Princess of Wales Arrive in US, Meghan Markle Outed in New Book

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On Wednesday, the Prince and Princess of Wales arrived in the United States for the first time in eight years. Their arrival comes as Meghan Markle is outed as a “merciless opportunist” in a new book.

Their arrival comes days after Prince William’s godmother, who was also the late Queen Elizabeth‘s lady-in-waiting, resigned after making racist and “unacceptable” remarks to a Black visitor at Buckingham Palace.

However, the start of the visit was overshadowed by the resignation and apology of 83-year-old Lady Susan Hussey, one of William’s six godmothers, following racism claims from William’s brother Harry and mixed-race sister-in-law, Meghan.

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“Racism has no place in our society,” the royal couple’s spokesman told reporters in Boston.

“These comments were unacceptable, and it is appropriate that the individual resigned with immediate effect.”

William was not involved in the decision but “believes it is the correct course of action,” according to the spokesman.

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker greeted the heir to the British throne and Kate as they stepped off the plane.

They were then scheduled to meet at Boston City Hall with Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, US Climate Envoy John Kerry, and America’s Ambassador to Australia, Caroline Kennedy.

The royal couple’s first trip abroad since William, 40, became heir to the throne in September, when his father succeeded Queen Elizabeth II to become King Charles III.

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They last visited the United States in 2014, when they visited New York and Washington and attended a White House reception with then-President Barack Obama and his deputy, Joe Biden.

According to the White House, Biden will meet with the royal couple on Friday.

“Kate and I are overjoyed to be back in America,” William said shortly after arriving.

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It’s also their first trip to the United States since Harry and Meghan abruptly left the royal family in early 2020. There has been no announcement of a meeting between the estranged brothers.

The visit will conclude with a star-studded ceremony for William’s Earthshot Prize initiative to combat climate change on Friday evening.

The awards ceremony, dubbed “William’s Superbowl moment” by royal insiders, is now in its second year and awards five innovators pound sterling 1 million (US$1.2 million).

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Several celebrities are set to perform at Boston’s MGM Music Hall, including Billie Eilish and Annie Lennox, sisters Chloe x Halle, and actor Rami Malek.

They will also visit charities working with disadvantaged youth and a laboratory specializing in green technologies.

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New book Outs Meghan Markle as “Merciless Opportunist.”

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s story began as a fairytale romance. However, it devolved into heated debates and family feuds somewhere along the way.

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Tom Bower’s New Book Revenge delves into the gruesome details.

He, too, believes he knows who is to blame. Although the book’s full title is Revenge: Meghan, Harry, and the War Between the Windsors, Markle is the true subject of the book.

Markle’s beginnings did not foreshadow the international drama that was to follow. She was born in 1981 in Los Angeles to Thomas Markle, 37, and Doria, 24. Thomas was a white TV lighting director. Doria was Black, a free spirit attempting to make a name for herself as a designer.

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The marriage ended in divorce. But Thomas adored his new daughter, whom he referred to as “his whole life, his little princess,” according to Tom Jr, his son from a previous marriage.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s story began as a fairytale romance. However, it devolved into heated debates and family feuds somewhere along the way.

When Doria started traveling for her fashion business, Thomas took full custody. Meghan was nine years old.

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She was already used to being in the spotlight. “Meghan was videoed sitting on a red blanket, wearing a gold crown at a friend’s birthday party,” Bower writes.

“She had been influenced after watching a tape of Princess Diana’s fairytale wedding and directed the other girls to bow and intone to her ‘Your Royal Highness.’”

Her father catered to her need for attention by paying for acting classes, ballet classes, and lighting for her school plays. He also paid for her college education – $45,000 per year to study drama at Northwestern – and assisted her in getting her place and a used car after graduation. He even covered the cost of the gas.

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Father corrected Meghan’s Story.

Years later, he was astounded when Markle delivered speeches to working-class college students, claiming to understand their financial difficulties. “I’m sorry,” her father told the press, “but that is completely false.” “I paid her tuition in full, and I have the bank statements to prove it.”

Markle went on a slew of Hollywood auditions after graduating from college. Few were successful. She was one of the Deals or No Deal hosts.

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Working Actress is an anonymous blog where she complains about having to “kiss actors with smelly breath.” She fell in love with and married a young producer.

Bower refers to marriage as a “starter marriage.” However, Markle had already landed a role on Suits. As her profile grew, she began pursuing endorsement deals and speaking engagements. She also began to drift away from her father and her past. Friends who attempted to maintain contact noticed a shift.

“The tone of her voice, her mannerisms, and the way she laughed no longer seemed real to me,” one said. “It was like a light went out.”

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With the success of Suits, she landed some Canadian TV commercials, including one for a Christian charity. Then, in the summer of 2016, during a Suits junket in London, Markle met a fashion publicist who was a childhood friend of Harry’s.

According to Bower, Markle asked the publicist if she could set up the actress with the prince.

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The honeymoon period with the media was brief.

A meeting was eventually set up at a private London club. The woman wasn’t surprised when Markle breathlessly told her agent. “I could see where she was coming from,” the agent explained. “Her desire to marry a prince was even documented in one of her old blogs.”

The date went well, and Markle and Harry began seeing each other regularly. The Sunday Express broke the news four months after the couple’s first date. “The British media was ecstatic,” writes Bower. ‘He’s happier than he’s been in many years,’ according to The Times.”

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British tabloids began looking into Markle’s American ancestors. The reporting grew snobbish, even racist. According to the press, her father lived in a run-down Hollywood apartment. They claimed her mother was from the ghetto. They referred to Markle’s estranged half-sister as “a social climber with a soft spot for gingers.”

Following the formal announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement, there was a second burst of positive press coverage.

A still-adoring Harry invited Markle to spend the weekend in the country with his friends. It went differently than planned. She was a mixed-race, liberal, feminist Yankee. They were white, wealthy, conservative British men who enjoyed hunting, horseback riding, drinking, and making politically incorrect jokes.

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Markle was irritated and let them know.

Harry’s friends quickly texted each other after the party ended. “Wait, what about HER?” “A complete nightmare.”

As previously stated, Harry proposed, and she accepted. Following the formal announcement, there was a second burst of positive press coverage.

However, the family remained cautious. Diana’s brother, Harry’s Uncle Charles, advised him not to rush. William, his older brother, advised him to “get to know the girl.” Harry didn’t pay attention.

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Meghan Markle’s mother was the only relative who attended her wedding. According to a spokesperson, her father was too ill to travel.

The wedding plans were carried out. The friction increased as well. Staff at the palace complained that Markle was rude and demanding. Her half-sister had already dubbed her “Princess Pushy.”

There were disagreements about the wedding menu, music, and guest list. A conversation with Markle’s soon-to-be-sister-in-law, Kate Middleton, reportedly ended in Kate’s tears as the two argued over the dress Kate’s 3-year-old was to wear.

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Throughout, Harry stood up for his fiancée. “What Meghan wants, Meghan gets!” he exclaimed finally.

His grandmother, the Queen, then summoned him for a private meeting. “He was firmly put in his place,” according to the Times.

Over 17 million people watched the wedding. Attendees included George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, and Serena Williams. Her mother was the only member of Markle’s family to attend.

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According to a spokesperson, her father was too ill to travel. The spokesperson did not say whether the father and daughter were still speaking.

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Markle Always Needed to be a Celebrity

The wedding itself went off without a hitch. But what happened next? Traditionally, the new bride would be expected to step back and play a supporting role at this point.

But Markle had always wanted to be a celebrity. She wanted to handle her publicity and pursue new charitable or commercial opportunities.

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“The Royal Family had embraced a media junkie determined to capitalize on her newfound celebrity,” Bower claims.

“She had never intended to give up her career and become a devoted family member.”

Journalists began comparing the two young royal couples, and the younger pair were found wanting. This only fueled Markle’s rage. “She despised the comparisons to uncomplaining Kate,” Bower observes. The gap between the two brothers widened.

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When Harry suggested they be more respectful of Meghan, William reacted angrily, citing her willful ignorance of protocol and rudeness to her staff. “Meghan’s behavior,” Bower reports, “was unacceptable to him.”

Harry was furious. Markle was heartbroken. There were dark days ahead, and she later admitted to having suicidal thoughts. In 2020, the couple decided that the only thing to do was to abandon everything. They would relinquish any role as “working royals,” Harry stated.

The couple has since relocated to California, where they focus on multi-media business ventures, a charitable foundation, and their two young children.

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What did they leave behind in England? Only bad feelings, Bower insists. He describes Markle as a “merciless opportunist.”

 

 

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Grammy Winning Singer Irene Cara Dies at 63

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Irene Cara, the Oscar, Golden Globe, and Grammy award-winning singer-actress, starred in and sang the title track from the hit film “Fame” and then belted out the era-defining hit “Flashdance… What a Feeling” from 1983′s “Flashdance,” has died. She was 63 years old.

Judith A. Moose, her publicist, announced her death on social media, writing that the cause of death was “currently unknown.” On Saturday, Moose confirmed the death to an Associated Press reporter. Cara died at her Florida home. The precise date of her death was not revealed.

“Irene’s family has asked for privacy as they grieve,” Moose wrote. “She was a wonderfully gifted soul whose music and films will live forever.”

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Irene Cara had three Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hits during her career, including “Breakdance,” “Out Here On My Own,” “Fame,” and “Flashdance… What A Feeling,” which spent six weeks at No. 1. She was responsible for some of the most upbeat, high-energy pop anthems of the early 1980s.

On Saturday, tributes poured in, including from Deborah Cox, who called Cara an inspiration, and Holly Robinson Peete, who recalled seeing Cara perform: “The insane combination of talent and beauty was overwhelming to me.” This breaks my heart so deeply.”

She rose to prominence as one of the young actors who played performing arts high school students in Alan Parker’s “Fame,” alongside Debbie Allen, Paul McCrane, and Anne Meara. Cara portrayed Coco Hernandez, an aspiring dancer who faces various hardships, including a creepy nude photo shoot.

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“How bright our spirits shoot out into space depends on how much we contributed to this world’s earthly brilliance.” And I intend to make a significant contribution!” she says in the film.

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Cara sang the chorus to the soaring title song, “Remember my name/I’m going to live forever/I’m going to learn how to fly/I feel it coming together/People will see me and cry,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for best original song. She also contributed to the songs “Out Here on My Own,” “Hot Lunch Jam,” and “I Sing the Body Electric.”

Allen took to Twitter on Saturday to express his grief, posting photos of them together and describing Cara as a “gifted and beautiful genius.” Her talent and music will live on in perpetuity! “I’ll never forget her name!”

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Three years later, she and the “Flashdance” songwriting team — music by Giorgio Moroder, lyrics by Keith Forsey and Cara — were accepting the Academy Award for best original song for “Flashdance… What a Feeling.”

Jennifer Beals plays a steel-town girl who dances in a bar at night and aspires to attend a prestigious dance conservatory in the film. It featured the hit song “Maniac,” in which Beals’ character leaps, spins, and stomps her feet, and the slow-burning theme song.

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“There aren’t enough words to express my love and gratitude,” Irene Cara said in her acceptance speech.

“Last but not least, a very special gentleman who, I believe, began it all for me many years ago.” I thank Alan Parker, wherever he may be tonight.”

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Cara began her Broadway career with small roles in short-lived shows, though a musical called “The Me, Nobody Knows” ran for over 300 performances. In the mid-1990s, she toured as Mary Magdalene in the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar,” Her songs were featured in a tour of the musical “Flashdance” from 2012 to 2014.

Irene Cara also formed the all-female band Irene Cara Presents Hot Caramel and released a double CD that included the single “How Can I Make You Luv Me.” Her filmography includes “Sparkle” and “D.C. Cab.”

Source: AP, VOR News

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Disney Animated Gay Character Film “Strange World” Flops

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Strange World had the lowest Audience Score in Disney animation history. In previews, “Strange World” only made US$800,000 dollars.

Yesterday was a half-day for most students. They should have flocked to see “Strange World,” Disney’s new animated film. This does not bode well for the Thanksgiving holiday. At this rate, “Strange World” could become Disney’s lowest-grossing animated film — a family film — in a very long time.

To put things in perspective, “Lightyear,” which was considered a Disney bomb earlier this year, had a $5 million preview night and went on to earn $118 million domestically (and $100 million internationally).

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Many potential viewers may believe they will wait to see “Strange World” on Disney Plus. If this is the case, theatres may be more trouble than previously thought.

The 61st animated film from the studio, directed by Dom Hall and Qui Nguyen, follows the Clades family as they explore the mysterious planet Avalonia.

In the run-up to its release, the film sparked outrage in several countries due to its on-screen LGBTQIA+ representation. It also received a mixed critical reception early in its theatrical run, with a 75% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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It is difficult to predict whether Strange World will thrive as the holiday season approaches, but its Audience Score may indicate that the future is not so bright for Disney’s latest.

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Strange World Gets B Rating

Disney’s latest blockbuster, Strange World, received the lowest Audience Score in the Studio’s illustrious animation history.

Moviegoers gave the Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, and Gabrielle Union-led film a “B” CinemaScore, putting it on par with films like Amsterdam, Tenet, and Micheal Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

As previously stated, this is the lowest grade for a Disney animated film and the only one that falls below an “A-.” Beauty and the Beast, released in 1991, is the first Disney film to receive this rating.

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Disney’s latest blockbuster, Strange World, received the lowest Audience Score in the Studio’s illustrious animation history.

Moviegoers gave the Jake Gyllenhaal, Dennis Quaid, and Gabrielle Union-led film a “B” CinemaScore, putting it on par with films like Amsterdam, Tenet, and Micheal Bay’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

As previously stated, this is the lowest grade for a Disney animated film and the only one that falls below an “A-.” Beauty and the Beast, released in 1991, is the first Disney film to receive this rating.

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CinemaScore is a calculated average of ratings given by moviegoers right out of the theaters, so it is entirely based on the general public’s initial reaction.

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