Kit Harington, Adele Gets First Emmy Nod


Vanessa Obioha

Undoubtedly, the Game of Thrones cast are having a blast in this year’s Emmy Awards. The HBO series scooped 23 nominations, allowing favourite characters to be in the Emmy spotlight for the first time. Kit Harington (Jon Snow) who gets his first Emmy nod after six seasons is overwhelmed with gratitude. He is nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

Also joining him in the newcomers’ fever is his fellow co-star, 19 year-old Maisie Williams who played Arya Stark in the series. She will be up against her fellow co-stars Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category.

Fox Series ‘The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’ follows the HBO series closely with 22 nominations.

Adjudged the most diverse awards show of 2016, Emmy 2016 also beamed spotlights on Adele for the first time. The Brit is nominated in Outstanding Variety Special for ‘Adele Live in New York City’ favourites. Beyonce also slays with four nominations including Outstanding Directing for a Variety Special category for co-directing her HBO visual album and film ‘Lemonade’. The 2016 Emmys will hold on September 18.

A truck attack on the Riviera beach side of Nice, France last Thursday has led to the cancellation of Rihanna’s scheduled concert at the Allianz Stadium. The show, which was part of her “Anti World Tour”, was scheduled for Friday.

The cancellation was further confirmed by the president of the region, Christian Estrosi on Twitter as well as other social events that were planned to take place in the city on Friday. The attack viewed as a terror attack claimed over 80 lives on the French Nationals Day (Bastille Day). Reports disclosed that the cargo truck drove down the street of Nice’s Promenade des Anglais where many gathered to watch a fireworks display. It zig-zagged for a while before driving into the crowd, maximising pedestrian casualties.

Rihanna who was in the city during the attack was reportedly safe. Also in the city when the attack occurred were ‘50 Shades Darker’ cast and production crew. The crew which was filming just outside the Riveria beachside were all unharmed by the attack.

However, unlike Rihanna who had to cancel her tour, the production crew will continue their filming, but will co-operate with officials on any security measures in the wake of the attack.
The film is the sequel to the BDSM ‘50 Shades of Grey’ and will feature lead stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson. The film is slated to debut in theatres on February 10, 2017.

The ‘Friends’ actress painstakingly took her time to debunk pregnancy rumours that have trailed her recently in a blog post on Huffington Post. Accusing the media for the overly scrutiny and objectification of female celebrities, she candidly wrote “For the record, I am not pregnant. What I am is fed up. I’m fed up with the sport-like scrutiny and body shaming that occurs daily under the guise of ‘journalism’, the ‘First Amendment’ and ‘celebrity news.’”

Aniston went on to advise tabloids to re-examine the warped ideas of woman’s worth and beauty that they are projecting in the society, particularly to young girls who look up to them as role models. According to her, the press has somehow tied the success and happiness of a woman to marriage and child-bearing, which is disturbingly absurd.
She concluded by adding that “we are complete with or without a mate, with or without a child.”

Expectedly, vitriolic commentaries have followed her essay with British Television personality taking the lead. In a similar fashion, he advised the actress to stop attributing the problem to the media because she also contributed to it. “Female stars like Jennifer Aniston deliberately perpetuate the myth of ‘perfection’ by posing for endless magazine covers which have been airbrushed so much that in some cases, the celebrity is virtually unrecognisable.”

He told the actress to take the recent scrutiny of her fame as part of the business. “Once you put your body up for lucrative personal gain, I’m afraid you have to accept a level of scrutiny and debate that comes with it.”

His final blow to the actress suggests that she should get a little bit uglier and let people see what she REALLY looks like on a magazine cover. “Then the little girls she’s so worried about can know exactly what they are aspiring to be,” he writes.

However Chrissy Teigen and Anna Paquin have come for his head for writing such blatant article on their friend.

A new feature documentary on the legendary Motown artist Mavin Gaye was recently approved by the singer’s family.

The documentary which centres on its 1971 classic ‘What’s Going On’, that highlighted the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and Vietnam War also flies with same title. A statement by the family described the documentary as an amazing creation of the singer.

Developed by Noah Media Group and Greenlight, production is expected to start this year and will be filmed in Detroit, Los Angeles and Washington. ‘What’s Going On’ will also feature never-before-seen footage as well as interviews with Motown’s “top stars”.

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