Katie Holmes Joins Jamie Foxx for His 50th Birthday Celebration

Jamie Foxx, Katie Holmes

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Jamie Foxx had a special plus one for his big birthday—Katie Holmes!

In honor of his milestone 50th birthday—or should we say 25 times two—the Oscar winner celebrated in plenty of style. The guest of honor arrived to Paramount Studios in Hollywood for an unforgettable night on Wednesday.

The Liv on Sunday-themed bash was held in a backlot with plenty of space for famous faces from all corners of the industry to get their party on. Leonardo DiCaprio and Smokey Robinson were some of the guests mingling in the crowd while rap legends like Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube got busy on stage with a mic in hand. 

Ever the performer, Foxx could not resist getting up on stage with some of his pals to perform hits like The Jackson 5‘s “I Want You Back” and get his groove on.

While the birthday guest of honor and many of his star-studded attendees posed for photos, there was one guest that was seemingly trying to keep a low-profile—Foxx’s longtime speculated girlfriend. 

Photographers caught a glimpse of Holmes trying to hide her face as she left The Highlight Room with her rumored beau. Thanks to her new pixie cut, however, the actress was still recognizable. Foxx enjoyed a dinner party at the California hot spot ahead of the Paramount Studios bash. Of course, no birthday would be complete without cake. Foxx was presented with a sweet treat decorated with a throwback photo of himself on top. Other guests to the celebration included Jamie Foxx Show alum Garcelle Beauvais and his two daughters, Corinne Foxx and Annalise Bishop

Jamie Foxx, Katie Holmes

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While he and Holmes have not publicly confirmed a romance between them, they have been popping up at more of the same events as of late. 

Though there had been a time when they were never seen together, the two were finally snapped by photographers walking hand in hand on the beach in early September. Most recently, they were both spotted at the same New York City event, albeit arriving and leaving separately. 

Ultimately, Holmes got to be there to help Foxx celebrate a milestone birthday and ring in a new chapter of his life. 

As the singer told DJ Khaled and E!’s Jason Kennedy on the American Music Awards red carpet, “We’re doing our birthday big this year.”

That’s one birthday wish that already came true! Happy Birthday, Jamie!

‘When will they come for me?’: Super Size Me’s Morgan Spurlock confesses to sexual misconduct

Updated December 15, 2017 01:30:40

US documentarian Morgan Spurlock has confessed in an online post to sexual harassment and infidelity, saying he was “part of the problem” and that he had been accused of rape.

Spurlock, who made the hit film Super Size Me, wrote in a post that he linked to from his verified Twitter account that as he watched other influential men brought down by allegations of sexual misconduct, “I don’t sit by and wonder ‘who will be next?’ I wonder, ‘when will they come for me?'”

He recounted a sexual encounter in college which he said he thought was consensual, but said the woman believed it was rape.

“I tried to comfort her. To make her feel better,” Spurlock wrote.

“I thought I was doing ok, I believed she was feeling better.

“She believed she was raped. That’s why I’m part of the problem.”

Spurlock also said he paid a settlement to a female assistant who worked at his office and whom he called “hot pants” or “sex pants”.

In the post, Spurlock said he thought the nickname was funny but later realised he was demeaning her.

“So, when she decided to quit, she came to me and said if I didn’t pay her a settlement, she would tell everyone,” he wrote.

“Being who I was, it was the last thing I wanted, so of course, I paid.”

Spurlock also wrote that he had “been unfaithful to every wife and girlfriend I have ever had.”

“Over the years, I would look each of them in the eye and proclaim my love and then have sex with other people behind their backs,” Spurlock wrote.

He wrote that he will do better and be more honest with others and with himself.

He ends the post by saying: “I’ve talked enough in my life. … I’m finally ready to listen.”

Spurlock is best known for his Oscar-nominated 2004 documentary Super Size Me on the fast-food industry, in which he ate nothing but McDonald’s food to show the health effects of the industry.

He has produced dozens of other documentaries and TV shows and completed a sequel to Super Size Me this year.

AP

Topics: law-crime-and-justice, sexual-offences, arts-and-entertainment, united-states

First posted December 15, 2017 01:27:42

Judd Apatow Takes Aim at Sexual Misconduct Allegations in Hollywood: “Everybody Should Be Disgusted”

Judd Apatow is putting it plainly: when it comes to the ongoing sea of sexual misconduct allegations in Hollywood, everyone should be alarmed. 

“My instinct is always to say the thing they say don’t say, which is like it concerns me as a father of two daughters it concerns me, but you shouldn’t have to have daughters to get that it’s disgusting,” the comedian pointed out to Seth Meyers during a Late Night appearance on Wednesday. “You should be able to say as the owner of a bird, I’m disgusted. Everybody should be disgusted. It’s horrible.”

As prominent male figures from every corner of the industry—from Hollywood producers to morning show anchors to celebrity chefs—are accused of a range of sexual misconduct, what’s allegedly been going on behind closed doors is being brought out into the highly publicized open. 

“Women always knew men were disgusting and now men are going, ‘I guess we are disgusting.’ We didn’t know how terrible that we were,” Apatow quipped. 

Apatow noticed a recurring accusation against some men in Hollywood has been alleged masturbation in front of accusers.  

“Who knew that masturbation was so popular? Everyone has to masturbate in front of people,” he told Meyers. “I always thought that the best part of masturbation was that you were alone and no one was judging you. Isn’t that why we like it? That no one is there to go, ‘What’s the matter with you?'”

In the meantime, Apatow said he went through 35,000 of his own photos to see “what do I have on the Cloud that someone will find one day that will end me?”

“There were literally hundreds of me pretending to blow guys,” he said. “But, we were all laughing and I think it’s ok. But, I think we’re all learning that men do not get it at all how awful they are.”

While the industry—and the country—begins to take new shape on the heels of this crucial movement, Apatow has some advice for other men. 

“It’s so easy to not be a sexual harasser,” he said. “You just literally do nothing. You do nothing.”

Disney buying large part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4b deal

Posted December 14, 2017 23:34:47

Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family’s 21st Century Fox in a $US52.4 billion deal, including film and television studios, cable and international TV businesses as it tries to meet competition from technology companies in the entertainment business.

Before the buyout, 21st Century Fox will separate the Fox Broadcasting network and stations, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2 and Big Ten Network into a newly listed company that will be spun off to its shareholders.

Fox assets that will be sold to Disney, include the Twentieth Century Fox movie and cable networks.

Fox currently owns the rights to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four and has mixed success with both.

Under the mega-merger, Marvel (which is owned by Disney) will gain back the rights to two of its biggest properties from the comic books.

Disney will also assume about $US13.7 billion of net debt of 21st Century Fox.

Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger, 66, will extend his tenure through the end of 2021 to oversee the integration of the Fox businesses.

He has already postponed his retirement from Disney three times. In March, he said he was committed to leaving the company in July 2019.

The entertainment business is going through big changes with tech companies building video divisions and advertisers following consumer attention to the internet.

Disney is launching new streaming services, which could be helped with the addition of the Fox assets.

Having its own services will allow Disney to bypass the likes of Netflix and charge consumers directly for access to its massive content library.

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Topics: film-movies, arts-and-entertainment, film, business-economics-and-finance, industry, united-states

Nick Jonas’ Next Record Is Ready–But First, He Has to Sing Christmas Carols With His Niece

Nick Jonas

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December has been the busiest month of Nick Jonas‘ year—and there’s still two weeks left.

The 25-year-old star has been all over the world promoting Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, attending premieres and doing interviews in Berlin, L.A., London and Paris with co-stars Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson. He’s also been supporting the animated feature Ferdinand, and on Monday, he received his first Golden Globe nomination for the original song “Home.” Nick will get some downtime in a few days, but then he’ll end the year with a performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. “It’s been a busy month—but kind of exhilarating,” the superstar admitted. “I just started to think, ‘Man, I should be tired.’ But I’m not! I think the Golden Globe nomination this week was a career highlight. It was a moment that fueled the rest of this run that we’ve got left before I’m sort of done for the holidays.”

E! News spoke to Nick in New York City Wednesday, moments before he surprised shoppers with a pop-up performance at the Chase Pay Village at Oculus. Nick sang five songs—”Levels,” “Close,” “Find You,” “Home” and “Jealous”—but opted not to perform “Say All You Want for Christmas,” his holiday duet with Shania Twain. “I need her for that. It’s just not the same without Shania,” he explained. “But working with her was a dream come true, and I’m glad people like the song. It’s a fun one.” Not that anyone seemed to mind, as holiday shoppers were treated to an acoustic, “broken-down” version of his usual set. As Nick said, “Today is about bringing a really unique experience to the people who show up.”

Nick Jonas

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Before long, Nick will get to join his brothers and former bandmates, Joe Jonas and Kevin Jonas, for some well-deserved family time. “I think people have this idea of what the Jonas family holiday is like on Christmas, like it’s all of us singing Christmas carols together. But I think we probably will do that this year, because my niece, Alena, is newly really into singing. She’s learned a bunch of Christmas songs, so I’m going to have to do some singing with her.” Nick’s favorite holidays tunes include Bing Crosby‘s “White Christmas,” as well as some of Michael Bublé‘s music. “And I’m going to be selfish and say my song with Shania Twain!” he said with a laugh. As for his 3-year-old niece, Nick said she’s almost old enough to grasp what he does for a living. “I think she’s getting it, but she’s not fazed by it at all. She’s still the princess of the house when we walk in, and when she says it’s playtime, we’ve all got to go play with her. You have to go! She’s not fazed, but I love watching her. They’ll send me videos of her watching me or Joe on TV, and she freaks out. She loves it! But I don’t know if she’s fully connected the dots yet.”

After the holidays, it’s back to work for Nick. As of now, he’s planning to take his manager to the Golden Globes—as well as his mom, if he can score an extra ticket. “The first and only time I went to the Golden Globes [in 2009], we were seated with Zac Efron and Blake Lively. That was our table. My brothers and I, I don’t think we were 21 yet; I definitely wasn’t…We couldn’t have the champagne at the table. I’m really looking forward to that aspect of it.” So, it was kind of like being at the kids’ table? “I think it was, kind of, now that I think back to it,” he laughed. “I think Zac was maybe newly 21.”

Nick will have plenty of reasons to pop some bubbly in the New Year, if all goes according to plan. Early next year, Nick will turn his attention back to music full-time. “There’s already a record that’s finished…We just want to make sure we have the time to really dedicate to it. So, the beginning of next year, I expect to be putting out this body of work,” Nick revealed. “I’m very excited about it. I think it’s some of my strongest yet.”

Runaway emu recaptured ‘in headlock’ in small English village

Updated December 14, 2017 17:45:49

A “well known” pet emu has been returned to its home in a small English village after escaping and running through the snowy streets.

The “resident” emu in Tollesbury, a small village near the coast in Essex, was spotted running through the streets and in a graveyard on Sunday morning.

“I was going up to the recreation ground with my son George and his two friends … we came up to the churchyard and there was an emu there running through the gravestones,” local man Matthew Devonport told Essex Live.

“Around three men cornered it and kind of shooed it to the other side where it lives.

“It left a trail of feathers all around the churchyard.”

The emu is well known in Tollesbury, according to local woman Jasmin Emson.

“It’s called Farage and [it] lives next to the church,” she told the East Anglian Times.

It is not clear how the emu escaped, but after being chased through the graveyard it was reportedly put in a headlock and taken home.

“Some kind of argument broke out about how it managed to get out. An older lady was there who was the owner,” Mr Devonport said.

“One of the men managed to get it in a headlock by its neck and he was taken back home.”

Farage’s escape caused a stir in the small village, with Ms Emson describing the affair as “just madness”.

“We were all preparing to go out in the snow and suddenly I saw it run past me — we were all a bit shocked it had got out.

“Everyone knows the emu but it was fine, just running loose.”

It is unclear why a woman in Tollesbury has a pet emu: the flightless bird native to Australia that can grow up to 2 metres tall.

But despite the reported headlock and trail of feathers, a local writer said Farage made it home in one piece.

“Tollesbury’s resident emu (yes, emu) got out this morning and has now been safely herded home,” Harriet Balcombe said on Twitter.

Mr Devonport said Farage’s owner was “very grateful” for the emu’s return.

“I was absolutely flabbergasted,” Mr Devonport said of witnessing the runaway bird.

“Nothing like this ever happens in Tollesbury!”

Topics: animals-and-nature, animals, england, united-kingdom

First posted December 14, 2017 17:40:13

Aboriginal artists return to renowned workshop in Mittagong

Posted December 14, 2017 16:52:04

It was the early 1970s when five young women from the remote Ernabella community in South Australia travelled from the deep desert to the lush Southern Highlands of New South Wales.

There they undertook a ground-breaking weaving residency at the Sturt Workshop in Mittagong.

Now, nearly 50 years later, a group of Ernabella artists, including one of the original women, has returned to the Sturt Workshop to showcase their vibrant art.

The exhibition, In These Hands, also marks the 70-year anniversary of Ernabella Arts, the oldest Indigenous art centre in Australia.

No time to be homesick

Wandering through the grounds of the Sturt Gallery, Atipalku Intjalku recalls her experience as a wide-eyed teenage girl out of her community for the first time to attend the 1972 residency.

“I’m remembering all the people that helped me, and the good times that we had here at Sturt,” Intjalku said.

“Was I homesick? Simply put, no.

“There was so much to learn, everything was new and exciting, everything was different — the trees, the food, the weather, the people and even what we wore!

“I was here for a long time, a few months, learning to weave on a new kind of loom, and a different kind of coloured wool, not the plain white and grey fleece wool that we used from the shearers in Ernabella.”

Historic connection

The sister relationship between Ernabella and Sturt was forged from a chance meeting at the Spinners and Weavers Association in Sydney in the mid to late 1960s.

Winifred Hilliard, Ernabella’s craft room advisor, and artist Nyukama (Daisy) Baker were in town attending an Association workshop.

Sturt’s master weaver Elisabeth Nagel, who was also present, was intrigued by the pair and by Baker’s art.

Their initial conversations sparked a lifelong friendship between the three women and forged the unique relationship between the two art centres.

In 1968, at Ms Hilliard’s invitation, Nagel travelled by mail plane from Alice Springs to the missionary community of Ernabella, on APY Lands, surrounded by stunning desert country.

Nagel was impressed by the work coming out of the art centre, and by the spirit of the community, and hatched a plan to have some of the young Ernabella women come to the Sturt workshop to extend their knowledge and skills in weaving.

Creativity blossomed with confidence

Slavica Zivkovic, co-curator of the In These Hands exhibition, spoke with a now elderly Nagel to gain an insight into the residencies that took place in 1971 and 1972.

“Elisabeth Nagel recalled that the young Ernabella women were immediately delighted by the great skeins of colourful commercial wool hanging in the studio,” Ms Zivkovic said.

“At first, Nagel’s weaving instructions were purely about technique — such as warping that required accurate counting methods — and the young women needed constant support.

“But as the young artists slowly grew with quiet confidence, their creativity blossomed.

“In the evening, the artists would do their coloured-pencil Walka drawings — patterns based on their surroundings.

“These would be translated into tapestries and floor rugs, incorporating a thread palette selected by the artists.

“The young artists became very much a part of the Sturt family and for Nagel, the residencies were not just about teaching techniques, but encouraging self-development and acceptance of culture.”

Intjalka has her own fond memories of Nagel from the 1972 residency.

“Miss Nagel looked after us the whole time,” she said.

“She taught us weaving and we taught her a little of our own language, Pitjantjara.

“On the weekends, sometimes we travelled by train to Sydney, we went to the harbour and caught a boat to the zoo.”

Australia’s oldest Indigenous arts centre

The skills and life experience the young artists gained at Sturt helped to shape the direction of Ernabella Arts, and continue to have influence as their knowledge is passed onto the next generation.

Original Sturt residency weaver Atipalku Intjalka has been accompanied on her return trip by several Ernabella artists who are visiting their sister arts centre for the first time.

They include ceramicist and exhibition co-curator Alison Milyika Carroll, ceramicist Lynette Lewis, and current chair of Ernabella Arts Tjunkaya Tapaya.

Tapaya is quietly proud of Ernabella Arts’ achievements.

“The Ernabella craft room started in 1948, the year before I was born, and it was the first art centre of its kind in Australia,” she said.

“When it first started it was only for women, and they were spinning sheep wool and making rugs and as I watched on as a little girl, I decided that would be the work I would do when I grew up.

“Then a new craft room was built, and then the young girls, young boys, and men started coming in to learn art and learning from the old people.

“Over the years, Ernabella artists have created work using many different materials and methods, including weaving, fibre arts, ceramics, and now painting as well.”

Art carries stories for next generation

As they move the through the Sturt Gallery, getting a sneak preview of the exhibition, the visiting Ernabella artists reflect on their art works.

Both Intjalka and Tapaya practice Tjanpi weaving, using natural desert grasses, seeds and feathers, together with commercially-bought raffia, string, and wool to create dioramas and large-scale installation sculptures.

“In the missionary time, we’d all go to church so I’m remembering this time from when I was a kid,” Tapaya said of a beautiful little church she has crafted.

Carroll said she feels it is all about the stories contained within the art.

“Telling stories, you know, stories, Tjukurpa,” she said.

“When we paint, and weave, and make art, we talk to the young people about Tjukurpa, dreamtime stories, and the stories are in the canvas and ceramics.

“Now it’s getting big for young people to work and learn about arts.

“When we’re gone, the art centre will be still there for our young people to make beautiful things for our future — the young people.”

In These Hands, Celebrating 70 Years of Ernabella Arts, runs at the Sturt Gallery in Mittagong until February 11, 2018.

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