DAVID PROWSE DIES: David Prowse, the body-builder who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, has died at age 85. “May the force be with him, always,” said his agent, Thomas Bowington. “Though famous for playing many monsters – for myself, and all who knew Dave and worked with him, he was a hero in our lives.” Prowse also played Frankenstein’s monster and Julian in A Clockwork Orange.
‘SAVED BY THE BELL’ APOLOGIZES TO SELENA GOMEZ – (11/30/2020)
Executive producers of the new Saved By the Bell reboot issued an apology following an episode that angered Selena Gomez fans.
At one point during the sixth episode, two characters argued about the identity of Gomez’s kidney donor and later graffiti in the hallway read, “Does Selena Gomez have a kidney?”
“Respect Selena Gomez” started trending on Saturday night (November 28th) after angry flans flocked to Twitter. Peacock, UTV and executive producers of the show issued the following statement to E! News, “We apologize. It was never our intention to make light of Selena’s health, We have been in touch with her team and will be making a donation to her charity, The Selena Gomez Fund for Lupus Research at USC.”
Gomez’s friend and kidney donor, Francia Raisa addressed the controversy on Twitter, “Appreciate the apology but let’s not forget about the donors that potentially felt offended and dismissed from the spray paint written on the wall”
HALSEY ADDRESSES GRAMMY SNUB – (11/30/2020)
Halsey addressed being snubbed by the Grammy’s in her Instagram Stories on Saturday (November 28th).
According to Billboard, the singer wrote, “The Grammys are elusive process. It can often be about behind the scenes private performances, knowing the right people, campaigning through the grapevine, with the right handshake and ‘bribes’ that can be just ambiguous enough to pass as ‘not bribes.’”
She also mentioned that the Recording Academy also favors those who commit to exclusive TV performances.
The “Without Me” singer concluded by saying, “It’s not always about the music or quality or culture. While I am THRILLED for my talented friends who were recognized this year, I am hoping for more transparency or reform. But I’m sure this post will blacklist me anyway.”
To date, Halsey has received just two Grammy nominations, both four years ago. The singer was nominated for best pop duo/group performance for “Closer,” her collaboration with The Chainsmokers, and album of the year as a featured artist on Justin Bieber’s Purpose.
RECORDING ACADEMY RESPONDS TO JUSTIN BIEBER’S GRAMMY COMPLAINT – (11/30/2020)
Recording Academy Chair and Interim President/CEO Harvey Mason Jr. has responded to Justin Bieber’s statement that his album “Changes” had been listed in the wrong category for the 2021 Grammy Awards.
The “Yummy” singer wrote on Twitter Tuesday (November 24th) that he was unhappy with the Pop classification of his latest album because he “set out to make an R&B album.”
Mason told Pitchfork, “At some point, decisions have to be made as to how to compare different things, and it is a very tough process and one I don’t think we get right every time. We use our best efforts to get people where they wanna be and where they should be and try to evaluate them as best as we can. If he felt that was that type of a record, then, you know… I’ll just leave it at that.”
RYAN REYNOLDS AND BLAKE LIVELY DONATE $500K TO HOMELESS YOUTH – (11/30/2020)
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively give back. In recent months, they’ve donated millions ($200K to the NAACP in June, $200K to Canada’s National Indigenous History Month in June, $1 million to food banks amid the pandemic in March, $400K to New York hospitals in March, to name a few) to various social causes.
Now, they’re opening their wallets for at-risk youth in Canada. The pair donated $250K each to Covenant House Vancouver and Covenant House Toronto. The nonprofits provide homeless youth with basic needs like food and shelter, and assists with education and career goals, while also providing therapy when necessary.
In a statement, Reynolds said: “Covenant House provides love, hope and stability for at-risk youth who’ve fled physical, emotional and sexual abuse. They do the work of heroes. For us, helping Covenant House this way isn’t a donation, but an investment in compassion and empathy; something the world needs more of. The young people who pass through the doors of Covenant House more often than not have a story marked by extraordinary trauma. They are so much more than that trauma. They have so much to offer the world.”
He urged others to donate: “Matching this gift is saying you believe in them. You believe in the power of compassion to transform the trajectory of a human being.”
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