Joanna Lumley of “Absolutely Fabulous” hosted the 71st British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall tonight, marking the first time a female has hosted the event in 17 years. The night will be dominated by women in the film industry — as they are all coming together dressed in black, ahead of the Time’s Up movement and the signing of an open letter published in The Observer. This year’s BAFTAs shed a new light on LGBTQ filmmaking with “Call Me by Your Name” getting four nods and “God’s Own Country” making a debut in the Outstanding British Film category. See the full list of winners and highlights from the ceremony in the link below.
Critical acclaim and huge anticipation pushed “Black Panther” to a record-setting $192 million debut in U.S. and Canada theaters, establishing the superhero sensation at the box-office. The Marvel film blew past expectations to become the fifth-highest-grossing debut ever, following only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” ”Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” ”Jurassic World” and “The Avengers.” On Sunday, Disney predicted a four-day holiday weekend of $218 million domestically and a global debut of $361 million. The film ranks among the top 15 global debuts ever, and it’s also the highest-grossing movie over a February opening weekend.
The latest trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming sci-fi spectacular Ready Player One is all about the nostalgia and throwback pop culture references, starting with the choice of music. The new spot features a cover of “Pure Imagination” from Gene Wilder’s 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and features the movie’s hero Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) introducing us to the immersive virtual reality world known as the OASIS. In the trailer, he explains: “It’s a place where the limits of reality are your own imagination.” Ready Player One will hit theaters March 29. Ben Mendelsohn, Simon Pegg, Lena Waithe, and Olivia Cooke also star. See the new trailer in the link below.
Amy Schumer married chef Chris Fischer in a secret ceremony on Tuesday after just a few months of dating. The two were married at a house in Malibu, California, in front of 80 friends, including stars Larry David, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence, David Spade and Jake Gyllenhaal. Schumer confirmed her nuptials after the news broke, posting wedding photos on Instagram and writing simply, “Yup.” Schumer later posted a message on Instagram saying that she wasn’t pregnant, and that she wanted people to donate to the gun-control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety in lieu of wedding gifts.
Girls creator and actress Lena Dunham has revealed that, following a brutal years-long battle with endometriosis, she underwent a total hysterectomy in 2017. Dunham shared the revelation in a personal essay, titled “The Painful Truth,” from the upcoming March issue of Vogue. Excerpts reveal that Dunham’s decision to have her cervix and uterus removed came after “years of complex surgeries measuring in the double digits” failed to alleviate her chronic pain. In the essay, Dunham also discusses her hopes to someday start a family, suggesting that adoption or using a surrogate is her plan. In April 2017, Dunham underwent surgery to remove her ovaries from her rectal wall. On May 1, while attending the Met Gala in NYC, Dunham was rushed to a hospital after suffering complications caused by the condition.