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Chadwick Boseman has been posthumously honoured with the Best Supporting Actor accolade at the 2020 New York Film Critics Circle awards.

The 43-year-old actor tragically passed away in August following a secret four-year battle with colon cancer, and Friday night’s (18.12.20) ceremony saw the late star receive the award for his role as Stormin’ Norman in the war drama ‘Da 5 Bloods’.

His co-star, Delroy Lindo, also won the Best Actor prize.

Spike Lee revealed after his death that he had no idea Chadwick was sick when they were filming ‘Da 5 Bloods’.

Elsewhere, ‘First Chow’ was named Best Film, while Best Director went to Chloé Zhao for ‘Nomadland’.

This week also saw Chadwick’s final film, ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’, hit Netflix.

The ‘Black Panther’ star filmed several films “during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy” and his last motion picture has hit the streaming service.

Starring alongside Viola Davis in the titular role of Ma Rainey, Chadwick plays Levee Green, a trumpeter in Ma’s band.

Meanwhile, Marvel boss Kevin Feige recently insisted the “immensely talented” star will not be replaced as King T’Challa in the upcoming ‘Black Panther’ sequel because his performance in the first movie was so powerful.

Speaking at Disney’s Investor Day summit last week, Kevin told attendees: “I wanted to acknowledge the devastating loss of a dear friend and member of the Marvel Studios family.

“Chadwick Boseman was an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual who affected all of our lives professionally and personally. His portrayal of T’Challa the Black Panther is iconic and transcends iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past. And it’s for that reason that we will not recast the character.”

But the studio boss is keen to evolve the ‘Black Panther’ universe in order to “honour the legacy” of his late friend.

He added: “However, to honour the legacy that Chad helped us build through his portrayal of the king of Wakanda, we want to continue to explore the world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film.”

The summit confirmed ‘Black Panther II’ will be released on 8 July, 2022, and, like the original, will be co-written and directed by Ryan Coogler. No further storyline information was released.

An abridged list of the 2020 New York Film Critics Circle winners is:

Best Film: ‘First Cow’

Best Director: Chloé Zhao for ‘Nomadland’

Best First Film: ‘The 40-Year-Old Version’

Best Actor: Delroy Lindo – ‘Da 5 Bloods’

Best Actress: Sidney Flanigan for ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’

Best Supporting Actor: Chadwick Boseman for ‘Da 5 Bloods’

Best Supporting Actress: Maria Bakalova for ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’

Best Screenplay: Eliza Hittman for ‘Never Rarely Sometimes Always’

Best Cinematography: ‘Small Axe’ (all films)

Best Foreign Language Film: ‘Bacurau’

Best Non-Fiction Film: ‘Garrett Bradley’s Time’

Best Animated Film: ‘Wolfwalkers’

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Twitter reacts to unforgivable headlines surrounding the death of convicted murderer Phil Spector

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With the news that Phil Spector – convicted murderer of Lana Clarkson – has passed away at the age of 81 due to COVID-19 complications, many headlines have displayed shocking ignorance and insensitivity by choosing to focus on his music career rather than his crime. Naturally, readers have reacted with predictable disgust.

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It’s true that the media often has a habit of overlooking respect and sensitivity when it comes to getting headlines out quickly, and this time they have gone a step too far by underplaying the fact that music producer Phil Spector was a brutal killer. 

In many obituaries, actress Lana Clarkson was merely a footnote in a long memorial of Spector’s life and work. But the headline that really struck a nerve was from BBC News, who initially reported: “Talented but flawed producer Phil Spector dies aged 81”.

They have since changed it to something a little more palatable (“Phil Spector: Pop producer jailed for murder dies at 81”) but not before the internet could have their say.

“He murdered Lana Clarkson. Unforgivable reporting”, said Labour MP Apsana Begum, while many went a step further by pointing out all the other “talented but flawed” criminals out there, comparing him to Fred West, Harold Shipman and Peter Sutcliffe who all had careers, but they were ultimately irrelevant.

We surely couldn’t imagine such a headline if Jimmy Savile’s death came after he was publicly disgraced for his sex crimes, or if Gary Glitter had died, or R. Kelly, or Ian Watkins. But that’s probably a huge amount of naivete and idealism on our part. 

To recap, Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison in 2009 for the 2003 shooting of Hollywood actress Lana Clarkson. The pair had met in the early hours of the morning at the House of Blues in LA before retiring to Spector’s house, where an hour later his driver heard a gunshot. Spector was seen leaving the house holding a gun and quoted as saying “I think I just shot her”. He would later claim the incident as “accidental suicide”, saying she “kissed the gun”.

Even if you did believe the Lana’s death was a tragic accident, Spector’s history was against him. His former wife Ronnie Spector alleged that she suffered years of psychological abuse at the hands of her husband, eventually “escaping” from their home and later claiming that he threatened to hire a hitman to kill her. Two of their sons, Gary and Donté, would also claim sexual abuse and being held “captive” as children. 

Whether or not these damning claims were true, they certainly weren’t the only accusations of aggression and violence that Spector faced during his career.

More uncomfortable headlines came from Rolling Stone (“Phil Spector, Famed ‘Wall of Sound’ Producer Convicted of Murder, Dead at 81”) and Reuters (“Influential rock producer Phil Spector, who changed pop music and was convicted of killing actress Lana Clarkson, died at the age of 81”). Both placing heavy emphasis on the felon’s career rather than the very serious crime that ended it. It might seem subtle, but it’s further evidence of how much people value a person’s talent over their victims.

We see it time and time again with celebrities who seem to get away with deviant behaviour for years despite incriminating headlines and blatant accusations, just because of how much people love their art. Not only that, but there’s a culture of idolatry within the true crime world, with famous murderers like Charles Manson, Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, Ted Bundy and John Wayne Gacy receiving a kind of admiration for their mystery and brutality – extra points given if their crimes have inspired iconic books or movies. 

“Who’s your favourite serial killer?” is a common question among consumers of true crime documentaries and biographies. Unfortunately, it’s a natural human thing to want to immerse oneself in the morbid and the grotesque, and discover what drives people to commit crimes that most of us couldn’t contemplate in our wildest nightmares. But issues arise when we divert our empathy away from the victims, and forget the agony that these “fascinating” monsters have unleashed onto so many people.

In the case of Phil Spector though, murder appears to be, for many people, merely another area of intrigue for an iconic music genius who changed production in a number of important ways. Now we’re not saying it’s unethical to enjoy the art he created, but it’s important to do so with the strong awareness that his talents do not minimise his crimes, and remembering Phil Spector means to remember the woman whose life he unapologetically destroyed. 

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Phoebe Bridgers | Phoebe Bridgers gets tattoo of sword impaled with a fan’s letter

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Phoebe Bridgers has gotten a tattoo of a sword impaled with a letter from a fan.

The 26-year-old singer has shown off her new ink of the gift one of her fans gave to her at one of her gigs in 2019.

Phoebe had previously claimed that her former flame, musician Ryan Adams, once gave all the women on their tour a sword – but not her.

And one of her fans subsequently gave her a real sword with a note that read: “To protec To attacc To look f****** tight as hecc.

“Phoebe, I hope you like this real, authentic sword. You don’t need it, but you deserve it. Thanks for sharing your sad songs with us.”

The Grammy-nominated star had the body art done by celebrity tattoo artist, Dr Woo, as a permanent reminder.

She captioned a series of snaps of her tattoo and the real-life sword: “a fan brought me a note with a sword stabbed into it after a show and someone else got a tattoo of it so I did too

thank you @_dr_woo_

…and that is my wrist (sic)”

On not being gifted the weapon by Ryan, Phoebe had said: “I was on tour with Ryan Adams on [International] Women’s Day a few years ago and he got every woman on the crew a sword except for me.”

The ‘Garden Song’ singer was one of several women who accused Ryan, 46, of being abusive in an expose by the New York Times newspaper in 2019, allegations which he profusely denied.

Phoebe later issued a statement, in which she called out those close to Ryan who chose not to hold him “accountable”.

She said at the time: “It’s been a weird week and I wanted to say a couple things. Thank you from my whole f****** heart to my friends, my bands, my mom. They all supported and validated me. They told me that what had happened was f***** up and wrong, and that I was right to feel weird about it. I couldn’t have done this without them. Ryan had a network too. Friends, bands, people he worked with. None of them held him accountable. They told him, by what they said or by what they didn’t, that what he was doing was okay. They validated him. He couldn’t have done this without them. Guys, if your friend is acting f***** up, call them out. If they’re actually your friend, they’ll listen. That’s the way this all gets better.”

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Jennifer Lopez | Jennifer Lopez shuts down troll who accuses her of having ‘tons’ of Botox

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Jennifer Lopez shut down a troll who accused her of getting Botox.

The JLo Beauty founder has made it clear she has never injected her skin several times and hilariously told an Instagram user to try being “more positive and kind to others” if they want to say “youthful”.

The troll commented on a video of the 51-year-old singer-and-actress showing the results of her JLo Glow Multitasking Serum mask.

They wrote: “You definitely have Botox. And tons of it.”

Jennifer replied: “LOL that’s just my face!! for the 500 millionth time…I have never done Botox or any injectables or surgery!! Just saying.

“Get you some JLO Beauty and feel beautiful in your own skin!! And here is another JLO Beauty secret: try spending your time being more positive, kind and uplifting of others. “Don’t spend your time trying to bring others down that will keep you youthful and beautiful too!!! Sending you love. #beautyfromtheinsideout #beautyhasnoexpirationdate. (sic)”

The ‘Waiting For Tonight’ hitmaker – who unveiled her eponymous beauty brand earlier this month – recently insisted her glowing complexion is not the result of Botox and she will hold off turning to “the needles” for as long as she can by using the best products.

Jennifer was involved in the creation of every piece in the range, including the That JLo Glow Serum, which took 20 attempts to get right.

And the ‘In The Morning’ singer insisted she would never put out skincare that she didn’t believe in under her own name.

She said: “I’m not that person. I don’t have anything against people doing that; it’s just not my thing.

“I’m more about a natural approach to skincare. Whatever topical I use has to be somewhat natural, but I want them to work. I want the hyaluronic acid in there. I want the things that are going to help, because I don’t want to have to go to the needles at some point. I’m not saying one day I won’t, but I haven’t yet.”

The line is comprised of eight products in total – which come in rose gold packaging inspired by Jennifer’s favourite brand Cartier – with prices ranging between $18 (face mask) and $79 for the That JLo Glow serum.

The ‘Made in Manhattan’ star – who is constantly asked what the secret to her ageless appearance is – also revealed that she has olive oil to thank for her radiant glow.

She said: “This has been something I’ve been thinking about for maybe the past 20 years.

“I was just, like, I have to do skincare because the number one question, no matter where I went – if I was filming a movie, music, or whatever – was, What are you doing for your skin? And as I got more mature, the question came even more frequently.”

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