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African-American Actress Viola Davis Wins Her First Oscar

Viola Davis

After repeated hopes Viola Davis has taken home for the first time the gilded statuette. She grabbed the Oscar for best supporting actor in Moonlight. She was also close to winning in 2016 for her turn in The Help, for which she won best actress at the Screen Actors Guild awards in 2012. Born on 11 August 1965, Viola Davis ...

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Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dead after apparent drug overdose

Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead of an apparent drug overdose — in the bathroom with a hypodermic needle still in his arm — inside a Greenwich Village home on Sunday morning, cops said. Found dead … Philip Seymour Hoffman was reportedly found dead in his West Village apartment. Source: APctor A personal assistant found Hoffman’s body in an apartment at 35 Bethune St. and called 911 around 11:30 a.m, sources said. Cops are at the scene and are investigating, sources said. In 2006, Hoffman publicly admitted that he nearly succumbed to substance abuse graduating from NYU’s drama school, but got sober in rehab. “It was all that (drugs and alcohol), yeah. It was anything I could get my hands on…I liked it all,”  he told “60 Minutes” as the time. Last year, Hoffman reportedly checked himself into rehab again for ten days after relapsing in 2012. TMZ said he began using prescription pills, then snorted heroin for about a week before realizing he needed help.

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Church holds service for Lupita

Kenya’s first ever Oscar nominee Lupita Nyong’o fans continue to show their support and appreciation for the actress. Lupita Nyong’o is a Kenyan actress and filmmaker. On Sunday, Lupita’s family, friends and fans congregated for a thanksgiving mass for the 12 Years a Slave breakout star at Nairobi’s Ridgeway Baptist Church. The occasion was aimed at celebrating her rising portfolio, especially her nomination for the 86th edition of the Academy Awards slated for March 2. Lupita’s Hollywood conquest has excelled beyond the screen, as she has received an equal recognition as a fashion magnate. The 30 year-old has taken critics by storm this awards season for her moving performance in 12 Years a Slave, picking up a Screen Actors Guild award for Supporting Actress just a few days after her Oscar nomination. “She’s very special. Very special young lady. We’re going to see great things from her,” Hollywood star Brad Pitt told E! News on January 19. Agencies

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U.S. rapper Eminem to debut in South Africa

Cape Town — Showtime Management has announced that multiple award-winning U.S. rapper, Marshall Mathers popularly known as Eminem, will perform in South Africa early next year on his Rapture 2014 tour. This will be the first time that Eminem will be performing in Africa. The announcement was publicized on its Facebook and twitter page: “We are proud to announce the Eminem Rapture Tour, brought to you by Primedia in association with Dainty group and Showtime Management”. According to a statement by Showtime Management, “the Rapture 2014 tour is a game-changing hip-hop event curated by Eminem, with ears tuned to the streets, and eyes locked on rap’s future. Eminem has handpicked the now, and the next, for the debut dose of Rapture.” Eminem, a 13-time Grammy and Oscar winner, has sold 80 million albums and 120 million singles, and released his eighth album earlier this month. The concerts will take place at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 and at Johannesburg’s Ellis Park Stadium on Saturday, March 1, 2014. Tickets for the concert will go on sale November 21, at Computicket. Agencies

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Joan Rivers Calls Jennifer Lawrence Arrogant After ‘Fashion Police’ Criticism

In a Twitter post, Rivers says that the ‘Catching Fire’ star fell on her way to collect her Oscar trophy because ‘she tripped over her own arrogance.’ Joan Rivers lashed out at Jennifer Lawrence in Twitter, branding the Katniss Everdeen of “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” arrogant. Rivers apparently was upset after the Oscar-winning actress slammed her show “Fashion Police” in an interview conducted last week. “It’s funny how Jennifer Lawrence loved @E_FashionPolice during Awards Season when we were complimenting her every single week… But now that she has a movie to promote, suddenly we’re picking on all those poor, helpless actors,” Rivers wrote on Wednesday, November 13. She added, “WAIT! It just dawned on me why Jennifer Lawrence fell on her way up to the stage to get her Oscar. She tripped over her own arrogance.” The feud started following Lawrence’s interview with Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer as she promoted her new movie. “Shows like the ‘Fashion Police’ and things like that are just showing these generations of young people to judge people based on things [that don't matter],” the 23-year-old actress said. “They put values in all the things that are wrong and [show] that it’s ok to just point at people and call them ugly and call them fat and they call it fun,” she continued, adding, “Screw those people. You look how you look. What are you going to do, be hungry every single day to make other people happy? That’s just dumb.” © AceShowbiz.com

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Heart-warming moment schoolboy with a debilitating life-long stammer reduced his classmates to tears with a speech he learned by copying techniques…

When actor Colin Firth movingly portrayed King George VI and his battle to overcome his stammer to speak in public, he won an Oscar for his efforts. Musharaf speaking in front of his school pupils and teachers using headphones to reduce his stammer. He is thanking them for supporting him through school Yesterday, teenager Musharaf Asghar was also being given the celebrity treatment at college after an equally emotional screen performance. The 16-year-old’s triumphant real-life battle to conquer a severe speech impediment had TV viewers in tears during the final episode of the hit Channel 4 documentary Educating Yorkshire. The fly-on-the-wall series — which placed 64 cameras around Thornhill Community Academy in Dewsbury, near Leeds — showed the GCSE pupil struggling hopelessly to get his words out, before his English teacher Matthew Burton used a technique he had seen in the Oscar-winning film The King’s Speech. Wearing headphones with music playing in the background, ‘Mushy’ successfully read a poem to his class, which he had struggled to utter a word of previously. It also enabled the pupil to make a ten‑minute speech that formed the oral part of his English GCSE. He later used the same trick to make a speech in front of 200 people at his final school assembly, as tearful staff and friends gave him a standing ovation. Both Musharaf, now 17, and his dedicated teacher were being hailed as an inspiration yesterday. Musharaf still has a stammer, but estimates his speech has improved by 80 per cent following his teacher’s tip earlier this year. The teenager, who had previously been the target of bullies, said: ‘It felt great to be able to speak out. People knew exactly what I was saying. Before, some people didn’t understand who I really was.’ The idea to make his leaving speech to all his  Year 11 pupils came from two teachers, and Musharaf bravely accepted the challenge, delivering it with aplomb. Musharaf has now discarded the headphones and his speech is improving all the time. Having achieved five C-grade GCSEs, he was able to start an applied science course at Huddersfield New College in September. The son of a taxi driver hopes to study science at university and, thanks to Mr Burton, has ambitions to be a teacher

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Lupita Nyong’o bags major Hollywood prize

On Tuesday night, Kenyan silver screen superstar Lupita Nyong’o put Kenya on the world map by receiveing a major Hollywood prize for her sterling role in the Steve McQueen-directed 12 Years a Slave. Lupita Nyong’o The star bagged the New Hollywood Award during the 17th edition of Hollywood Film Awards  at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, California. And soaked in tears of joy, Lupita, a Yale School of Drama graduate, thanked her family for their support in her acceptance speech. “I cannot express how grateful I am, Mum, for the encouragement and belief you have had in me,” she said amid sobs. Her mother, Dorothy Nyong’o, was among the guests in the auditorium. British director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, which debuted in selected theatres in the US, UK and Canada at the weekend chronicles slavery in the US in the 17th century. One of the most memorable scenes in the movie is one in which Epps, the slave master in New York in 1841, asks Solomon (the main actor) to whip Patsey (Lupita Nyong’o), but takes over midway because he doesn’t like Solomon’s effort. Lupita’s role in the cortically acclaimed film was most unlikely. “My manager Didi Rea received the script for another client of hers, Garrett Dillahunt, who plays Armsby in the movie. But she read the role of Patsey and thought I’d be good for it,” shares Lupita. PROFESSIONAL GIGS It was just at the time when Yale was allowing its finalist students to audition for professional gigs, and so 12 Years a Slave was actually the first audition that Lupita went on tape for in New York. “It just so happened that the next week I was going to LA for a showcase, so then Francine Maisler, the casting director, invited me in to her office to audition. It was a one-hour, very grueling audition,” she recalls. She was invited to two more auditiond and the rest is history. In the film, Lupita got a rare opportunity to act alongside A-list actors such as Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch and Sarah Paulson among others. “On my first day of rehearsals Michael came and told me he was my peer… Today standing here I believe those words,” Lupita, who is the daughter of former Medical Services Minister Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o, said amidst defeaning applause and a standing ovation. Lupita has also been nominated for an Oscar. By GEORGE ORIDO, The Standard

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