Photo: Neal Preston/Columbia The Academy of Motion Arts and Sciences, the group responsible for deciding on and dishing out the Oscars, has extended invitations to 322 new potential members. In recent years, the group has come under heavy scrutiny for its discernible lack of diversity, with the majority of voters falling into the oddly specific demographic of 60-and-older straight white men (maybe that’s not so surprising, actually). They finally appear to be making an effort to diversify the voting contingency, however, which currently includes around 6,000 voters, but the process will take a long time, as the Academy has to wait until members leave (read: die) before they can replace them. “It’s very gratifying to see the big increase in gender and people of color, in age and national origin. It’s a testament to the extraordinary breadth of talent in our industry,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the Academy president, who signs each invitation personally. “This organization is … [Read more...] about Motion Picture Academy Invites 322 New Members
March 19, 2021 - 18:20 GMT Matthew Moore John Barrowman has received his second COVID vaccination, and he made an emotional plea to fans following the jab Dancing on Ice judge John Barrowman has just received his second COVID vaccination, and he implored others to follow suit. MORE: Dancing on Ice judges: who are their families? The actor got the second jab at a vaccination centre in Port Talbot and excitedly told his nurse that he was looking forward to going to "hug my mom and dad." He added: "I haven't hugged them for a year." Recording his experience, he told fans: "So, we're doing the second injection of the AstraZenica, which is a-ok and you should get it and here we go!" Loading the player... WATCH: John Barrowman is thrilled to recieve second COVID jab The I'm a Celebrity star described the injection as "easy-peasy," before imploring others who might be hesitant to go and get vaccinated. … [Read more...] about John Barrowman makes emotional plea following second COVID jab
March 21, 2021 - 15:14 GMT Nichola Murphy Countdown star Rachel Riley stunned fans in a silver mini dress and thigh-high boots in a throwback photo from The Gadget Show. Rachel Riley delighted her Instagram followers after sharing a throwback photo of herself rocking a very bold costume. MORE: Rachel Riley on baby number two and daughter Maven's love of dancing – exclusive The photo, which was originally taken for The Gadget Show, saw the Countdown star sport a silver mini dress with statement shoulder pads, which she teamed with matching thigh-high boots and gloves. Rachel finished off her look with a silver bow tie and a bright blue wig, while a fake superhero weapon was slung over her shoulder. Loading the player... WATCH: Rachel Riley shares the cutest video of baby Maven with Pasha Kovalev Looking equally as impressive, her co-star Jason Bradbury opted for the same colour scheme with blue chunky boots, … [Read more...] about Rachel Riley’s silver mini dress and thigh-high boots get fans talking
The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We’re here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy. Beautiful/Anonymous - Homeschooled Bigfoot Hunter Marc: So many shows — TV, radio, and podcasts — are always angling to get big-name, celebrity guests. There’s a good lesson to be learned by checking into Chris Gethard’s Beautiful/Anonymous podcast, and that’s that pretty much anyone and everyone has a story to tell. The most recent anonymous caller into Gethard’s 60-minute countdown phone line is an upbeat guy who’s just turning 30 and spends the first 25 minutes talking a lot about being raised as a … [Read more...] about This Week in Comedy Podcasts: A Very Supernatural ‘Beautiful/Anonymous’
Last modified on Mar 12, 2021 19:16 GMT Karen Silas What is a neck gaiter, balaclava or snood? Are neck gaiters as safe as face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus? We have the answers & show you the best snoods to shop. Now that wearing face masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus are a normal part of our daily public lives, it’s time to think about which type of face covering works for you. Many are opting for alternatives to traditional fabric masks, including neck gaiters and balaclavas. But are neck gaiters – also called snoods or neck warmers – safe? And what are the best ones to buy? Find the answers to all of your questions and keep scrolling – we'll tell you where to shop a variety of neck gaiters: Neck gaiters with filter pockets Neck gaiters with ear loops Sporty snoods Floral designs Designer snoods Cheap neck gaiters Balaclavas And note that as of February 2021, the US Center for Disease … [Read more...] about 25 best neck gaiters, snoods & balaclavas to shop – and are they safe?