Disney's 'Lightyear' banned in Muslim world for lesbian kiss
Emirates Lightyear FILE - This image released by Disney/Pixar shows character Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Chris Evans, left, and Alisha Hawthorne, voiced by Uzo Aduba, in a scene from the animated film "Lightyear," releasing June 17. The United Arab Emirates on Monday, June 13, 2022, banned the upcoming Pixar animated feature “Lightyear" from showing in movie theaters amid reports that the film includes a kiss between two female characters. (Disney/Pixar via AP, File) (Pixar)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — (AP) — Authorities across much of the Muslim world have barred Disney's latest animated film “Lightyear” from being played at cinemas after the inclusion of a brief kiss between a lesbian couple, the company said Thursday as the movie premiered. This represents a major challenge at the box office for one of Disney’s biggest animated films of the year as the film industry comes out of the depths of the coronavirus pandemic. The moment had been earlier cut from the film but was restored after Pixar employees protested Disney’s response to Florida’s bill.wftv.com
Uzo Aduba announces she has been married to filmmaker Robert Sweeting for a year
Wedding announcement FILE PHOTO: In this screengrab, Uzo Aduba accepts the Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television Award at the 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards on March 07, 2021. She announced this weekend that she got married to Robert Sweeting last year in a secret ceremony. (Getty Images/Getty Images for the Critics Cho)“Orange Is the New Black” actor Uzo Aduba had a big surprise for fans this weekend. She’s a married woman and has been for a year. >> Read more trending newsAduba announced on social media that she and filmmaker Robert Sweeting have been married since last year, CNN reported.wftv.com
The 'Pandemmys' were weird and sometimes wonderful
(The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP)It was Regina King, winning her fourth career Emmy on Sunday, who perhaps summed up the proceedings the most succinctly — and accurately: “This is freaking weird." Nobody was more thrilled than Daniel Levy, son of best actor winner Eugene Levy; the younger Levy won the award for comedy writing, shared a directing award and captured the supporting actor trophy. A CALL TO THE BOOTHLevy used some of his considerable mic time to urge viewers to vote in November. “I know this seems like a really weird time to be celebrating,” Zendaya said. Sterling K. Brown gave out the show’s final award, best drama, in a Black Lives Matter shirt.
Emmy winners highlight push for social justice
(The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP)LOS ANGELES – Regina King and Uzo Aduba used the come-as-you-are fashion edict for Sunday's virtual Emmy Awards to highlight the national struggle for social justice. Both Black actresses wore T-shirts featuring Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old EMT from Louisville, Kentucky, who was shot and killed by police in March. Aduba, sitting behind a table at home, wore a black T-shirt with Taylor's name in gold. Aduba wanted to give a boost to the demands for social justice that have swept the nation during the coronavirus pandemic this year. He took the stage at Staples Center wearing a black T-shirt with white letters BLM for Black Lives Matter and a white raised fist.
Voting and Black Lives Matter take center stage at Emmys
The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards took place Sunday night with many presenters and award winners stressing the importance of voting and expressing support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox"Watchmen" star Regina King also touched on voting in her acceptance speech for lead actress in a limited series. Actress Uzo Aduba, who won the award for best actress in a limited series, also wore a Breonna Taylor shirt. Actor Anthony Anderson led Kimmel in a chant of "Black Lives Matter" before presenting the award for best limited series. "I'm still rooting for everybody Black because Black stories, Black performances and Black lives matter," Anderson said.cbsnews.com
Dolly Parton, Justin Bieber among virtual TV festival stars
LOS ANGELES Dolly Parton, Cate Blanchett and Justin Bieber are part of the virtual edition of the Paley Centers annual festival celebrating TV programs and their makers. PaleyFest LA, responding to pandemic restrictions, taped socially distanced discussions with stars and producers that began streaming free this week on the Paley Centers YouTube channel. The showcased series includes Dolly Partons Heartstrings; Justin Bieber: Seasons; Late Night with Seth Meyers; The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; Mrs. Blanchett is part of the Mrs. America panel that includes Rose Byrne, Uzo Aduba and Sarah Paulson,___Online:https://www.youtube.com/user/paleycenter
Portman group will bring NWSL to Los Angeles in 2022
Actress Natalie Portman and venture capitalist Kara Nortman lead a group that will bring an expansion National Women's Soccer League team to the Los Angeles area in 2022. Then she and Nortman met Becca Roux, the executive director of the U.S. Women's National Team Players Association. The women also reached out to a local supporters group that has been campaigning to bring a team to Los Angeles. The group is partnering with the LA84 Foundation, a nonprofit formed after the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics that promotes youth sports. The official name of the Los Angeles club, and where it will play, are expected to be announced later this year.
Celebrities run the NYC Marathon
Ultra runner and water campaigner, Mina Guli runs the New York Marathon, during the #RunningDry Expedition on November 4, 2018, in New York. More than a dozen celebrities are running the race this year, alongside athletes from all over the world. Amy RobachThe co-host of ABC's "Good Morning America" will also be running in support of NYRR Team for Kids. Christy AltomareThe star of Broadway's "Anastasia" will be trading her dancing shoes for running shoes on Sunday. Andi Dorfman"The Bachelorette" star and author will be supporting Girls on the Run and NYRR Team for Kids.