Leonardo DiCaprio gave Maggie Smith a massive Valentine’s kiss at the Baftas
LONDON — The 69th BAFTAs took place at London’s Covent Garden Sunday, and there was a new addition this year: an unexpected “kiss cam” that singled out pairs of people in the audience for impromptu snogs.
Disney princesses speak less than men in their films, data shows
“Seen and not heard” is an adage that applies more to Disney princesses than you think.
Interesting (and disappointing) new research shows that since 1989, Disney princesses speak less than men in their films, according to The Washington Post
Data linguists Carmen Fought and Karen Eisenhauer analyzed all dialogue in Disney princess films and found that men have three times as many lines as female characters. This trend started with the Little Mermaid, where men speak 68% of the time. The statistics carry on well into the ’90s from there, with men speaking 71% of the time in Beauty and the Beast, 76% of the time in Pocahontas and 77% of the time in MulanRead more…
These are just a few of the modern existential humdingers explored in Lo and Behold, the latest deep-dive documentary from none other than Werner Herzog. The nihilistic filmmaker plumbs the digital revolution’s impact on humans, from the birth of the Internet to its inevitable (or, possibly already existing) sentience
Mashable brings you this first look at the full-sized poster for the film, which has its world premiere Saturday in Park City at the Marc: Read more…
Jordan Peele, who co-wrote the film’s script with Alex Rubens, stars as a man who finds an adorable kitten on his doorstep after his girlfriend breaks up with him. Keegan-Michael Key plays his loyal best friend, who helps Peele investigate when the kitten, Keanu, goes missing.
When it turns out Keanu is in the custody of gangsters, the two friends go deep undercover, lying about their copacetic suburban life to fit in with the thugs and bring the cat home. Read more…
’13 Hours’ review: A hot plate of Michael Bay military action, hold the politics
LOS ANGELES — As a Michael Bay-branded entertainment, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is a doozy: a fierce, fiery, heart-thumping paramilitary shootout survival adventure with a backbone of likable characters and “true story” stakes. Whizzing bullets, chunky muscles, gritted white teeth, explosions as jump-scares — it’s all here, and it’s glorious.
As a political statement? That aspect is a lot more subtle. And certainly up for debate.
13 Hours is the story of the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans — including U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens — were killed during a siege that lasted as long as the title suggests. Republicans have seized on the conflict as a campaign flashpoint, blaming the Obama administration (and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in particular) for lax security that precipitated the attack and indifferent military response once it was underway. Read more…
Actress Amandla Stenberg comes out as bisexual in Snapchat video
Actress and teen activist Amandla Stenberg came out as bisexual on Friday, and used Snapchat to do it.
The former Hunger Games star is currently on the cover of Teen Vogue and took over the magazine’s Snapchat account to deliver a series of candid video messages while wearing a “Black Girls are Magic” sweater
She first thanked the magazine for providing representation for other black girls, expressing how “deeply bruising” it is to “fight against your identity and to mold yourself into shapes that you just shouldn’t be in.”
“As someone who identifies as a black, bisexual woman, I’ve been through it,” she says Read more…
Here are all the box office records ‘Star Wars’ hasn’t broken — yet
A new day, a new record shattered by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. J.J. Abrams’ powerful return to George Lucas’ cinematic universe is topping various box office lists with all the force of a Death Star beam.
Which got us wondering — what records hasn’t the movie broken? Thanks to Box Office Mojo, we weren’t wondering for long.
To start (but certainly not to end), the movie is just shy of topping the list of the U.S.’s highest-grossing films ever. For now, the number one spot still belongs to James Cameron’s Avatar — but expect that to change quickly in the coming days Read more…