Prince Protégé Vanity Dead

It’s a sad day in the purple kingdom.

Prince’s old protégé and collaborator Denise Matthews, better known as Vanity, passed away on Monday. The reason was probably kidney failure.

In the early 80’s Vanity became the front figure of Prince’s girl group Vanity 6. Raunchy sex appeal combined with Prince’s Minneapolis sound became their trademark with hits such as Nasty Girl.

After years of singing, acting and an overall excessive lifestyle, Denise Matthews turned to Christianity and concentrated on her faith instead.

She was 57 when she died.

RIP

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BAFTA Awards – Winners & Videos

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts, also knows as the BAFTA, had its prestigious awards ceremony on Sunday.

Here are this year’s winners:

Film
The Revenant – Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon

Adapted Screenplay
The Big Short – Adam McKay, Charles Randolph

Leading Actor
Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant

Leading Actress
Brie Larson in Room

Supporting Actor
Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies

Supporting Actress
Kate Winslet in Steve Jobs

Director
Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant

Animated Film
Inside Out – Pete Docter

Outstanding British Film
Brooklyn – John Crowley, Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey, Nick Hornby

British Short Film
Operator – Caroline Bartleet, Rebecca Morgan

EE Rising Star
John Boyega

Make-Up And Hair
Mad Max: Fury Road – Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin

Cinematography
The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki

Original Music
The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone

For more winners, visit the BAFTAs.

Photo via independent.co.uk

Now, some fun/good videos from the night:

 

Oscar Speeches Shortened

Ever watched an award show and sighed at the seemingly countless number of names that are being thanked in every acceptance speech? In that case, you’re in luck.

The Academy Awards have decided to cut out the name dropping at the upcoming Oscars. This by having all nominees write cards with the names they want to thank in advance.

Those who win will have their cards displayed, so people can read the names themselves and the speeches can be about more interesting thoughts and kept to around 45 seconds.

I like the idea – the question is if it will work? On Sunday 28 February we’ll know.

Photo via independent.co.uk

Coldplay, Beyoncé & Bruno Mars Entertain At Super Bowl Halftime Show

More Beyoncé now. She’s been unavoidable this weekend. Unless you haven’t been online until… now.

The American musical extravaganza in the form of the Super Bowl halftime show took place yesterday. American football and music have become an important combo. Especially when the Super Bowl turns 50.

Let’s start with the National Anthem though. It’s a big deal for artists, and this year none other than Lady Gaga got to sing it. If you still didn’t think she could sing, you were proven wrong:

The American National Anthem is the only one I know that is so powerful, it can make  anyone shed a tear when sung right.

Then came the halftime show. And it wasn’t just one band or artist. No.
Coldplay were the headline act. Then came Bruno Mars and his guys. Then, to top it all off, Beyoncé. Because why not.

I must say, I was left sliiightly unimpressed by it. It was a joyful and entertaining little show, but not spectacularly great.

I feel almost bad for Coldplay since people only seem to be raving about Beyoncé’s part today, as always. But the guys’ were good too and I can’t see Bey as being the be-all and end-all of everything. She was smart and payed homage to Michael Jackson’s classic performance with her outfit and she did a good job. That’s it. Bruno Mars and his crew were a fun addition.

All in all, it was a nice show.

Sean Hayes And James Corden Play Bieber On Big Floor Piano

Did you ever watch the movie Big and wish you could play a giant floor piano just like Tom Hanks?! I know I did!

TV-star Sean Hayes ( Will & Grace, etc) visited the Late Late Show a few days ago and did just that with host James Corden.

With a more modern twist though, by playing Justin Bieber’s latest hit Sorry.
Well, I’m not sorry to have seen that!

Cast Of Friends Reunited In New Photo

Legendary American TV-director James Burrows is being celebrated.

40 years of hits such as Friends, Cheers, Frasier, Will & Grace, Two And A Half Men and The Big Bang Theory has resulted in a TV special which will be aired on 21 February in the States.

People have been longing to see the entire cast of Friends together again, 12 years after it finished, and now, thanks to some of the Bing Bang stars, there is a satisfying picture:

Awwwwww! Friends and Big Bang together! They certainly haven’t changed much.
The only Friend missing is Matthew Perry aka Chandler Bing, who couldn’t be part of the event due to work in London.

Photo via deadline.com

Miley Cyrus To Star In New Woody Allen Series

I’d never thought of Miley Cyrus and Woody Allen as collegues. But apparently they will be just that!

Under a picture of Allen, Miley Cyrus has let her Instagram followers know that she’s “stoked” to be in his upcoming TV series taking place in the 1960’s. More exactly, she wrote:

Fuck yeah ! Stoked to be in Woody Allens first series!!!!! I had claimed 2016 to be my year of “chillin the fuck out” but next to my bed for a few years now has been this portrait of W.A. & I was looking into his eyes when I got the call to be apart of the cast and work alongside the bad a$$ Elaine May & da dude himself! 1960zzzz here I cummmmm ?????

Shooting starts in a couple of months, so when exactly the show will premiere is still unknown. But it will be available via Amazon Prime.

I love me some Woody Allen, so I can’t say I’m not intersted in the result!
Miley seems like an unusual choice, but she could be great.

Photo via hollywoodreporter.com