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Published: Monday, March 05, 2018 @ 12:37 PM
— While only a movie for many, and now an Oscar-winning one at that, the animated Pixar movie “Coco” was so much more for some filmgoers.
And the film, which shows the importance of family and the history that surrounds us, is shining a spotlight on a community, or a culture, that that rarely gets put on the big screen.
“Coco” follows the story of Miguel as he travels through the land of the dead during the celebration Dia de los Muertos. Miguel believes he’s the grandson of the famous singer Ernesto de la Cruz, but in reality, he’s related to the soon-to-be-forgotten Hector.
During Sunday’s Oscars, the film not only won for best animated feature film, it also took home the statue for the theme song “Remember Me,” The Associated Press reported.
The actor who voiced Miguel, Anthony Gonzalez, accepted the best feature film award speaking to Latino-American viewers, “Muchisimas gracias a todos y que viva Mexico!” or in English “Many thanks to everyone and long live Mexico!”
Viewers who fell in love with the movie, went to Twitter during the broadcast to cheer on and thank the filmmakers, KSAT reported.
Although many believe Cocó is a kids movie, it’s much more than that. It shows my brothers and cousins that there’s finally a popular Mexican movie in the US. Now with an Oscar win it’s much more special for every Mexican and Latino. México Forever!!🇲🇽— Gissella Lara (@gissella_lara) March 5, 2018
Coco was a beautiful film that honored the heritage of people that look like me. That matters. Bless this movie and watch it ASAP if you haven’t already.— Quixem Ramirez (@quixem) March 5, 2018
Watching people’s dreams come true and getting recognition for their passion and work amazes me. All different colors, genders, and ages. Dreams all start for these people no matter who they are. I also just loved coco so much. pic.twitter.com/by1hlMydLz— Reggie Garcia (@ReggieGarcia) March 5, 2018
For coco to win an Oscar is beyond real. It’s represent my culture my people, my heritage. I am American but I am also Mexican immigrants make this country. One day there will be no hate, no discrimination. Just peace. #vivamexico #coco— Luis Gonzales III (@LuisGIII) March 5, 2018
Meanwhile, the writer of the song “Remember Me” has made entertainment history. Robert Lopez, who wrote the song with his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez became the first double EGOT winner in history, CNBC reported. He has won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards not once, twice. Only 12 entertainers have ever won all four awards one time in their careers, Whoopi Goldberg, Mel Brooks and Rita Moreno. Lopez is the only person to repeat the feat. He was also the youngest when he scored the Oscar for “Let it Go” from “Frozen” in 2014, CNBC reported.
He won his Tony awards for “The Book of Mormon” and “Avenue Q,” Grammys for “Book of Mormon” and “Frozen” and Daytime Emmy awards for “Wonder Pets,” Entertainment Weekly reported.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 5:22 PM
Nielsen, 54, announced her pregnancy last month with husband Mattia Dessi.
“We are overjoyed to welcome our beautiful daughter into our lives,” the couple told People. “It’s been a long road, and so worth it. We’ve never been more in love.”
People reported the couple named the new baby, who weighed in at 5 lbs. 9 oz., Frida.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 2:02 PM
— “Game of Thrones” co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie married at an ancestral castle in Scotland on Saturday.
The couple and guests celebrated with an afternoon service at Rayne Church, which is close to the 900-year-old Wardhill Castle owned by Leslie’s family.
Guests included “Game of Thrones” co-stars Peter Dinklage, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner and Emilia Clarke.
Harington wore a morning suit and Leslie donned an ivory gown and veil.
The newlyweds were showered with rose petal confetti as they left the church and drove off in a Land Rover festooned with “Just Married” signs to a reception on the castle grounds.
Harington and Leslie, who are both 31, met in 2012 on the set of the HBO fantasy series, where they played a couple as the characters Jon Snow and Ygritte.
Leslie left the cast in 2014 and currently stars in the legal drama “The Good Fight” on CBS.
The bride's father, Sebastian Leslie, said Saturday he was “absolutely thrilled” about the wedding.
“It's an absolutely lovely day for us,” he said.
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 @ 4:00 PM
CAMDEN, N.J. — New Jersey is honoring native son and award-winning celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain with a “food trail” of his favorite New Jersey restaurants.
Although the popular writer, storyteller and host of CNN’s Emmy-winning “Parts Unknown” was born in New York, according to his biography, Bourdain grew up in Leonia, New Jersey, and spent his summers at the Jersey shore.
Bourdain, 61, was found dead almost two weeks ago in his luxury hotel room in Kaysersberg, France, while working on an episode of “Parts Unknown.” The medical examiner ruled his death a suicide.
Fans around the world were grief-stricken with news of his death, including those in New Jersey.
Camden Assemblyman Paul Moriarty wanted to find a way to honor the renowned globetrotter and proposed an official Anthony Bourdain Food Trail that would include the 10 restaurants he visited during a 2015 episode of “Parts Unknown,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The proposed trail, which the state’s Division of Travel and Tourism would need to establish, would include “Kubel’s in Barnegat Light, Hiram’s Roadstand in Fort Lee, Knife & Fork, Dock’s Oyster House, Tony’s Baltimore Grill, and James’ Salt Water Taffy in Atlantic City, Tony and Ruth Steaks and Donkey’s Place in Camden, Lucille’s Country Cooking in Barnegat, and Frank’s Deli in Asbury Park,” the Inquirer reported.
Moriarty called Bourdain a New Jersey food icon and said the state should create a food trail as a way to honor him.
“There’s no question that Anthony’s road to fame was not an easy one,” Moriarty said in a statement, according to the newspaper.
“Even after international fame, he never forgot his Jersey roots. Each episode, Bourdain brought his homegrown wit, charm, and sense of humanity to his viewers,” he said.
Published: Saturday, June 23, 2018 @ 8:09 AM
— Netflix’s chief communications officer apologized and resigned after using a racial slur in front of colleagues on at least two occasions, CNN reported Friday.
Jonathan Friedland apologized on Twitter and said he was leaving the company after seven years.
"I feel awful about the distress this lapse caused to people at a company I love and where I want everyone to feel included and appreciated," Friedland tweeted.
The memo referenced an incident from several months ago when Friedland used a racial slur while meeting with Netflix public relations staff, CNN reported. The meeting was about sensitive words, and Friedland apologized afterward when people said his use of the word was inappropriate and hurtful.
He used the same slur a few days later in front of two black employees at Netflix’s human resources department while discussing the first incident, Hastings wrote in his memo.
"Many of us have worked closely with Jonathan for a long time, and have mixed emotions,” Hastings wrote. “Unfortunately, his lack of judgment in this area was too big for him to remain."
Friedland joined Netflix as vice president of communications in 2011 and assumed duties as chief communications officer the following year, Variety reported.
Netflix declined comment.
I’m leaving Netflix after seven years. Leaders have to be beyond reproach in the example we set and unfortunately I fell short of that standard when I was insensitive in speaking to my team about words that offend in comedy.— jonathan friedland (@jsf33) June 22, 2018
I feel awful about the distress this lapse caused to people at a company I love and where I want everyone to feel included and appreciated. I feel honored to have built a brilliant and diverse global team and to have been part of our collective adventure.— jonathan friedland (@jsf33) June 22, 2018