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New Scholarship Endowment At UCLA Law Will Honor Soundgarden Leader Chris Cornell

A coalition led by Vicky Cornell, the wife of the late Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell, has created an endowed fund of more than $1 million to support student scholarships at UCLA School of Law.

The Chris Cornell Scholarship honors Cornell’s commitment to justice, human rights and advocacy for those in need. Members of the coalition include several friends and colleagues of Cornell as well as supporters of UCLA Law. UCLA Chancellor Gene Block said the endowment is a fitting tribute to Cornell.

“This endowment honors an influential musical artist who cared about human rights and enables others the opportunity to make a positive impact in the world,” he said.

As part of his long career as a songwriter and performer, Cornell wrote and recorded the title song for “The Promise” (2017), the first feature film to highlight the story of the Armenian genocide. All proceeds from the film have gone toward human rights causes,
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Oscar Voters: Don’t Forget ‘Mother,’ Ridley Scott and 2017’s Other Unsung Heroes

Oscar Voters: Don’t Forget ‘Mother,’ Ridley Scott and 2017’s Other Unsung Heroes
Lord knows, we don’t need another awards show. But the year in film has seen some extraordinary work and though the usual “for your consideration” conversations are valid, they seem insufficient in some cases.

There is a long list of people who are worthy of Oscar consideration, so don’t forget these people when filling out your Oscar ballots, which are due Jan. 12. But let’s also give them special recognition, a round of applause for doing work that was above and beyond.

Wind River

Writer-director Taylor Sheridan and his “Wind River” team deserve awards attention for delivering an entertaining and relevant film. Beyond that, they deserve a salute for wresting control of the movie away from the original distributor, the Weinstein Co. As soon as the story broke on Oct. 5 about that industry bully-rapist, Sheridan and Acacia Entertainment renegotiated everything and made sure that no profits will go to TWC, but instead
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Ed Westwick's Role Recast in BBC's Agatha Christie Drama 'Ordeal By Innocence'

Ed Westwick has been dropped from the BBC's Agatha Christie drama Ordeal By Innocence, which had already been shot and was originally due to air over Christmas.

The actor — who has three separate sexual assault allegations made against him — is being replaced by Christian Cooke (The Promise, Cemetary Junction), with scenes to be reshot later this month.

The news was announced on Friday by co-producers Mammoth Screen and Agatha Christie Limited, adding that a new transmission date would be announced in due course.

Ordeal By Innocence also stars Bill Nighy, Anna Chancellor, Matthew...
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Oscars 2018: Listen to 53 Original Songs Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award

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Oscars 2018: Listen to 53 Original Songs Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award
The Academy Awards shortlist for Best Original Song contains 70 different tunes, which a pedant might say isn’t very short at all. Frontrunners have emerged, like “Remember Me” from the “Coco” soundtrack and Sufjan Stevens’ two contributions to “Call Me by Your Name,” but there’s a variety that may not be reflected when the five nominees are announced January 23. Until then, avail yourself of this playlist.

Read More:Oscars 2018: Listen to Selections from 141 Scores Eligible for This Year’s Academy Award

Read More:Oscars 2018: How the ‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Phantom Thread’ Original Scores Dodged Disqualification

And here’s the not-that-shortlist:

“U.N.I (You And I)” from “And the Winner Isn’t”

“Love And Lies” from “Band Aid

“If I Dare” from “Battle of the Sexes”

“Evermore” from “Beauty and the Beast

“How Does A Moment Last Forever” from “Beauty and the Beast

“Now Or Never” from “Bloodline: Now or Never
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'Legend of the Demon Cat' ('Yao Mao Zhuan'): Film Review

'Legend of the Demon Cat' ('Yao Mao Zhuan'): Film Review
While a much more technically adroit vehicle than his misshapen, CG-laden martial-arts fantasy The Promise (2005), Chen Kaige's Legend of the Demon Cat prioritizes sprawling spectacle over involving storytelling and falls far short of the historical and social allegories with which he made his name — like The Yellow Earth, Sacrifice or Caught in the Web.

And yet the film could have had much more resonance. The story revolves around two scholars who investigate paranormal occurrences in the imperial court and struggle to solve a riddle in a world of illusion. From the emperor and his trusted eunuch all the...
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Oscars: Taylor Swift, Nick Jonas Among Eligible Writers as Academy Announces 70 Best Song Choices

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that 70 songs are currently in contention for nominations to the best original song category. That’s down from 93 eligible songs last year, although it represents a substantial increase from lean years like 2010, when the number of tunes making the cut was a mere 40.

Pop-star contributions are peppered throughout the list, including Taylor Swift’s “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” from “Fifty Shades Darker,” Mariah Carey’s “The Star” from the film of the same name, and Nick Jonas’ “Home” from Fox’s “Ferdinand.” Other well known performers appearing on the list of songwriters include Sara Bareilles (with a song from “Battle of the Sexes”), Elvis Costello (“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool”), Mary J. Blige (“Mudbound”), Common (“Marshall”), Chris Cornell (“The Promise”), Dierks Bentley (“Only the Brave”), and Ryan Tedder (“An Inconvenient Sequel”).

Awards favorite “Call Me by Your Name” has two songs up for
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Is Oscar Isaac Married? Here's What We Know About His Love Life

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Is Oscar Isaac Married? Here's What We Know About His Love Life
Like Oscar Isaac himself, the actor's dating life has been quite a mystery over the years, and it's about time we worked it all out. Although fans would like to believe that the Star Wars: The Last Jedi actor is in fact their boyfriend, he is actually taken . . . but is he married? Although there was never an official announcement, the short answer is that yes, Oscar is married. Before we talk about the lucky lady who is currently attached to the X-Men: Apocalypse actor, let's break down what we know about his past romances. While the Guatemala native has keep his personal life very private since he began acting - and making female fans swoon - he has been linked to at least one woman before his current flame that the press has been able to identify and follow closely. According to numerous publications, Oscar's most public relationship was with Maria Miranda,
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Mark Wahlberg Is 2017's Most Overpaid Movie Star

Mark Wahlberg Is 2017's Most Overpaid Movie Star
It hasn't been the best year for Mark Wahlberg, with his two 2017 movies Transformers: The Last Knight and Daddy's Home 2 both coming in well under expectations, and thanks to his 2016 bombs, he has been named the most overpaid actor of 2017. This comes just a few months after Mark Wahlberg was named the highest-paid actor of 2017, earning a massive $68 million from a variety of sources including salaries from both aforementioned movies, along with his reality series Wahlburgers and his deal as a spokesperson for At&T. It seems that the actor could be set up to "win" this title two years in a row, since this report doesn't even include Transformers: The Last Knight or Daddy's Home 2 in its methodology.

The report from Forbes reveals that to determine the "most overpaid actor," they looked at the last three films each actor starred in, prior to June 1, 2017, excluding "animated films,
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Oscar Isaac Marks Human Rights Day with a Plea to End ‘Genocide and Mass Atrocity’

Oscar Isaac Marks Human Rights Day with a Plea to End ‘Genocide and Mass Atrocity’
Oscar Isaac is observing Human Rights Day.

For the occasion, observed Dec. 10, the actor recorded a PSA urging viewers to “please support the organizations that work tirelessly to protect and promote our human rights.”

The actor’s video message follows his starring turn in the 2016 movie The Promise, which tells the story of the Ottoman Empire’s Armenian genocide at the end of World War I. Since the movie’s release, a slew of celebrities have pledged to “keep the promise” to help displaced refugees and fight for human rights.

The late rocker Chris Cornell — whose family continues to carry
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40 Oscar Isaac Photos That Will Awaken the Force Within You

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40 Oscar Isaac Photos That Will Awaken the Force Within You
Oscar Isaac really has the sexy-smolder look down. The 38-year-old Cuban and Guatemalan actor, who stars in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has conquered Hollywood not only with his incredible talent, but also with his insanely good looks. From his early days in All About the Benjamins to his roles in Robin Hood, Inside Llewyn Davis, and The Promise, Oscar has given us plenty of reasons to swoon. Keep reading for Oscar's hottest moments of all time, and then watch him explain how Harrison Ford nearly sabotaged his Star Wars flight plan.
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Mary J. Blige Joins Illustrious Group of Golden Globes Double Music-Acting Nominees

Mary J. Blige Joins Illustrious Group of Golden Globes Double Music-Acting Nominees
Perhaps the most surprising double-nomination for this year’s Golden Globes: the twin nods given to Mary J. Blige for best supporting actress and best song — for the film “Mudbound” and its song “Mighty River.” With those, Blige becomes the first performer to be simultaneously nominated in song and acting since John C. Reilly got dual nods for “Walk Hard” 10 years ago. Barbra Streisand, Bjork, Beyonce and Dolly Parton are the other female singer/actors who have scored nominations in both categories in the past, while Reilly and Neil Diamond are the male dual nominees. Only Streisand has won both (for the 1976 film “A Star Is Born”).

Few other surprises popped up in the Globes’ music categories. Other best song contenders include “Remember Me” from “Coco” and “This is Me” from “The Greatest Showman,” both of which are frequently cited as among the frontrunners in the Oscars’ best song contest.

Two songs sung
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‘Thank You for Your Service,’ ‘Marshall’ Show Hollywood Can Work Toward a Better World

‘Thank You for Your Service,’ ‘Marshall’ Show Hollywood Can Work Toward a Better World
Recent news about Hollywood has centered on jaw-dropping behavior (Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, et al.). So it’s nice to remember that there are decent people around, making movies that do good work.

Open Road’s “Marshall,” about Thurgood Marshall, and Universal-DreamWorks’ “Thank You for Your Service,” about real-life Iraq war vet Adam Schumann, are awards contenders, but they’re also going beyond that. Each film has done outreach to dozens of groups, to entertain and to help make a better world.

Producer Paula Wagner says if people are aware of Marshall, it’s because he won the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case and he was the first black justice on the Supreme Court. But the film takes place in 1940, early in his career before those milestones. “Nobody knew this case,” says Wagner, “but it touches on issues that we’re still dealing with,” including racism, anti-Semitism and a legal system that is often more hindrance
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Sony/Atv Announces Consultancy With Jay Landers for Film and Theater Projects

Sony/Atv Music Publishing has announced an exclusive consultancy with music industry veteran Jay Landers and his Lighthouse Company that will see him mining Sony/Atv’s catalog of songs and develop motion picture and theatrical projects.

Landers, who is based in Los Angeles, will report to Sony/Atv Chairman and CEO Martin Bandier and co-president, U.S. Danny Strick. A feature-length documentary focusing on songwriters and the stories behind their hits is already underway.

“For some time I’ve been looking for a person with the skill set and taste to explore our many catalogs for development within the Hollywood and Broadway communities,” Bandier said in a statement. “Jay is uniquely qualified to accomplish this important objective.”

Sony/Atv controls a multitude of catalogs that present unlimited opportunities for development in all areas of entertainment. “I look forward to working with Marty and Sony/Atv’s remarkable team to develop their catalogs in exciting ways,” said
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Grammys: ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Fifty Shades Darker,’ Chris Cornell Among Oscar Contender Nominees

Grammys: ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘Fifty Shades Darker,’ Chris Cornell Among Oscar Contender Nominees
From Taylor Swift to the late Chris Cornell, Tuesday morning’s Grammy nominations announcement included a handful of contenders in the mix for Oscar recognition this year.

The awards calendars for the film and recording academies are staggered, so the Grammy visual media fields always end up straddling the line between the current and previous Oscar season’s players. For instance, “Arrival” composer Johann Johannsson received some vindication with a score soundtrack Grammy notice after the motion picture Academy’s music branch deemed his work ineligible last year. “Hidden Figures” also landed a nomination in the category, as did Oscar champ Justin Hurwitz for “La La Land.”

Of the 2017 original score hopefuls, though, only Hans Zimmer’s “Dunkirk” found footing.

Meanwhile, in the song field, Zayn Malik and Swift’s “Fifty Shades Darker” track “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” was recognized. It could follow the same trajectory as The Weeknd’s “Earned It” from “Fifty Shades of Grey,” which
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Carrie Fisher, Chris Cornell and More Nominated for Posthumous GRAMMYs

Carrie Fisher, Chris Cornell and More Nominated for Posthumous GRAMMYs
Multiple 2018 Grammy nominees are no longer with us.

The latest Grammy nominees were announced on Tuesday morning, and a few nods were given to stars who have died, including Carrie Fisher, Chris Cornell and Leonard Cohen.

Fisher, who died in December 2016 after undergoing cardiac arrest, is nominated in the Best Spoken Word Album category for the audiobook recording of her 2016 memoir, The Princess Diarist. She was actually previously nominated for a Grammy in 2009, for her book Wishful Drinking.

As for Cornell, he's nominated for Best Rock Performance for his song, "The Promise," which was used in the 2016 film of the same name starring Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale. While the late singer previously won two GRAMMYs with his band Soundgarden, he had never won the prestigious award for his solo work. Cornell's death in May was ruled a suicide.

Another big posthumous nominee is Leonard Cohen, who's nominated for his song, "You Want It Darker
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GRAMMYs 2018 Nominations: Bruno Mars, Jay-Z, Lorde and More -- See the Complete List

GRAMMYs 2018 Nominations: Bruno Mars, Jay-Z, Lorde and More -- See the Complete List
The nominees are in for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, and music's biggest night will feature some of your favorite artists ...though some were snubbed.

Singer-songwriter Andra Day announced the four major categories -- Best New Artist, Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year, and Album Of The Year -- on Tuesday's CBS This Morning.

As far as snubs go, Ed Sheeran was only nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance for his track, "Shape of You," to the shock of many of his fans. Lady Gaga and Kesha also received minimal nominations, despite the popularity of their albums.

However, Jay-Z and Kendrick Lamar earned quite a few Grammy nods, as well as Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" song that features Justin Bieber.
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Ryan Tedder Performs Tribute To Chris Cornell

The Los Angeles Committee of Human Rights Watch had their most successful fundraising dinner to date, raising more than every year prior.

Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic performs as Human Rights Watch presents the Voices For Justice Annual Gala

Credit/Copyright: Benjamin Shmikler/ABImages

The event, which took place last week at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, had an immense amount of celebrities and influential people in attendance including Eric Esrailian, Serj Tankian, Angela Sarafyan, Kimberly Marteau Emerson, Mike Medavoy, David Foster, Katherine McPhee, and Linda Ramone. Last night also introduced the inaugural Promise Award, followed by a very special performance by Ryan Tedder and Drew Brown of OneRepublic.

Inspired by the film and song that powerfully depicted the atrocities committed against the Armenian people; the award recognizes an outstanding song, television show, or film that advances the values of equity and justice in an original and powerful way. Fittingly, the inaugural
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How Chris Cornell Found Inspiration for His Song From Armenian Genocide Film 'The Promise'

How Chris Cornell Found Inspiration for His Song From Armenian Genocide Film 'The Promise'
Even though the Armenian genocide depicted in Open Road's The Promise took place more than 100 years ago, when Chris Cornell wrote the searing end-title theme, he wanted to bring awareness to similar atrocities going on today.

"Rather than people thinking, 'Wow, what a horrendous thing that happened a century ago,' I'd love for them to realize that it is happening now and the fact that the warning signs are always the same leading up to a genocide," said the late Soundgarden singer in an interview a few weeks before his May 2017 death and shortly before the film, starring Christian Bale...
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Oscars: Can Chris Cornell Make A Posthumous Impact On Best Song Race With ‘The Promise’?

Oscars: Can Chris Cornell Make A Posthumous Impact On Best Song Race With ‘The Promise’?
Exclusive: Posthumous Oscars are rare, but Chris Cornell, who died in May at age 52, stands a chance of winning one, or at least being nominated, for his moving theme song from The Promise. The film is an epic-like love story from director Terry George that is set during the Armenian genocide and the last days of the Ottoman Empire. It opened in the spring through Open Road Films but is hoping to be remembered at least in this category on behalf of Cornell. Watch a video…
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Film Review: ‘Intent to Destroy: Death, Denial & Depiction’

Film Review: ‘Intent to Destroy: Death, Denial & Depiction’
Perhaps the surest proof of Winston Churchill’s theorem that “history is written by the victors” comes from none other than Adolf Hitler: “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?” the German Fuhrer said by way of a chilling corollary, effectively paving the way for the most insidious ethnic cleansing of the modern era. Between 1915 and 1918, an estimated 1.5 million Armenians living in Ottoman Turkey had been rounded up and either marched to their deaths or murdered outright.

But “history” — as in the public study of past events, and the way they are positioned and discussed by society at large — has been ambiguous about the Armenian Genocide. Even that label is a point of contention among contemporary Turks, who resist the “G word” (coined in 1944 by Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin to describe Germany’s systematic murder of Jewish citizens) as a legal definition that, they say, should not retroactively
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