Singer Joy Villa Shows up at the Grammy Awards in a ‘Trump 2020’ Dress: ‘Impeached and Re-Elected’

Singer-songwriter Joy Villa is voicing her support for “HOLLYWOOD CONSERVATIVE POWER” as she showed up to the Grammy Awards in a dress that expresses support of President Donald Trump.

Sharing that she “holds dear” to her heart “American exceptionalism lifting up integrity, free speech, family values and our beautiful freedom of religion,” Villa wrote on Instagram, “Thank God for [Donald Trump]!”

The singer and political activist continued, “The first president in USA history to be impeached and re-elected by us, the American people!”

Using the opportunity to share her support of the president, Villa took off a cover on the red carpet to show off a bright colored red dress that reads “Trump 2020” on the front and “Impeached & re-elected” on the back. She also held a small purse with the traditional symbol of the Republican Party, an elephant.

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HOLLYWOOD CONSERVATIVE POWER! Brought to you by myself and my collaborators @viral_pac and #AmericaAgainstHollywood! pic.twitter.com/I9DvhnEhNc

— Joy Villa (@Joy_Villa) January 27, 2020

Our president @realDonaldTrump will be the first ever to be impeached and re-elected!
Fabulous couture Miss America gown by @Desidesigns #Trump2020 #joytribe #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/7DEcE0GiQw

— Joy Villa (@Joy_Villa) January 26, 2020

In response to KRRL radio station’s criticism of her outfit — awarding her the ” worst dressed” at the Grammy Awards — Villa responded, “I always stay winning.”

This isn’t the singer’s first time wearing controversial dresses to award shows, as she previously wore a dress that had the “Make America Great Again” slogan. She has also worn a “build the wall” slogan on her dress. Additionally, she wore a pro-life dress to the premiere of the “Unplanned” movie.

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Kylie Jenner reveals she knew pilot and flew on chopper that crashed killing Kobe Bryant | Daily Mail Online

Kylie Jenner took to social media to send her prayers to the families of those lost in the deadly helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others on Sunday.

The 22-year-old revealed a personal connection to the tragedy in her Instagram post, sharing with her followers that she used to fly on the same helicopter and knew the pilot personally.

Jenner had actually rented the same chopper as a treat for her niece Dream’s third birthday back in November.

Grieving: Kylie Jenner took to social media to share her personal connection to the Kobe Bryant tragedy and revealed that she used to fly on the same helicopter with the same pilot who also perished in the crash

Posting on her Instagram story, Kylie shared a touching message which included small photos of the nine victims of the crash. 

‘Rest in peace .. and prayers to these families,’ she wrote below the images. 

‘I still can’t believe this. that was the helicopter i would fly on from time to time with that pilot, Ara. he was such a nice man.’

She added: ‘hold your loves ones close [heart emoji]’

Tragic: Posting on her Instagram story, Kylie shared a touching message which included small photos of the nine victims of the crash

In November, Kylie had rented the same helicopter as a birthday gift for her niece Dream, the daughter of Rob Kardashian.

Several shots of the three-year-old were shared on social media from inside the aircraft, as well as ones outside which showed the tail number of the Sikorsky S-76 – the same that crashed on Sunday. 

Kobe Bryant was flying with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others to his basketball academy when their helicopter crashed, killing all on board. 

History: In November, Kylie had rented the same helicopter which crashed on Sunday, killing all on board, as a birthday treat for brother Rob Kardashian’s daughter

Learning more: A shots of the three-year-old showed the tail number of the Sikorsky S-76

Conditions were not suitable for flying, according to Los Angeles police who grounded their own choppers due to heavy fog.

The pilot was flying under visual flight rules (VFR), meaning he was relying on his ability to see terrain below him. 

On the flight with the Bryant’s and the pilot was John Altobelli, his wife, Keri, and daughter, Alyssa, Christina Mauser, Sarah Chester and her daughter Payton Chester.

The accident: Kobe Bryant was flying with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others to his basketball academy when their helicopter crashed

In tribute: Jenner was one of many who shared tributes on Sunday to the late basketball player and his daughter

On Sunday, Kylie shared a tribute post to Kobe and Gianna writing: ‘At loss for words right now. praying for this beautiful family.’

Kylie’s tributes were sandwiched between posts of her promoting her new Stormi themed Kylie cosmetics collection.

The makeup mogul pulled out all the stops for the new line in honor of her daughter, who is about to turn two in February.

Jenner recently threw a lavish butterfly themed party for the launch of the products and shared new snaps of the affair on social media, Monday.

Business: Kylie’s tributes were sandwiched between posts of her promoting her new Stormi themed Kylie cosmetics collection

Epic! Jenner recently threw a lavish butterfly themed party for the launch of the products and shared new snaps of the affair on social media, Monday

So sweet! Stormi appeared entranced by the ethereal decorations

‘Each day is a blessing with you thank you God for these moments,’ she wrote along with the sweet mother/daughter shots. ‘It was beautiful celebrating stormi x @kyliecosmetics launching 2.1.20 ⚡️

‘Each day is a blessing with you thank you God for these moments,’ she wrote along with the sweet mother/daughter shots.

‘It was beautiful celebrating stormi x @kyliecosmetics launching 2.1.20 ⚡️,’ she went on.

Kylie created an ethereal butterfly garden for the party for pint sized guests with custom butterfly chairs lined up at tables under mossy arches.

The bash comes ahead of what will likely be an even more over the top event for Stormi’s birthday. 

Bespoke: Like all of Kylie’s parties, the event came with custom swag

More to come! The bash comes ahead of what will likely be an even more over the top event for Stormi’s birthday

Sensational: Kylie is now worth a billion dollars thanks to the success of her cosmetics line

Kylie Jenner reveals she knew pilot and flew on chopper that crashed killing Kobe Bryant

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Joy Villa’s ‘Trump 2020’ Gown Steals the Show at Grammys

Singer and actress Joy Villa continued her streak of wearing pro-Trump outfits to the Grammys on Sunday night with a gown predicting the president’s re-election.

The dress said on the front, “Trump 2020,” while on the back it read “impeached & re-elected.”

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Our president @realDonaldTrump will be the first ever to be impeached and re-elected!
Fabulous couture Miss America gown by @Desidesigns #Trump2020 #joytribe #GRAMMYs pic.twitter.com/7DEcE0GiQw

— Joy Villa (@Joy_Villa) January 26, 2020

The dress was designed by Desi Allinger, who was also behind Villa’s 2019 border-wall-inspired outfit, USA Today reported.

In an Instagram post, Villa wrote, “As an artist I use my voice for what my heart holds dear: American exceptionalism lifting up integrity, free speech, family values and our beautiful freedom of religion. Thank God for @realdonaldtrump!”

Now @Joy_Villa should win an award for best dressed.
Trump 2020
Impeached & Re-Elected
Bravo 👏👏👏 Joy!!!!❤️🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/evxSFuOV0m

— Pepper 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@Pepper66904190) January 27, 2020

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The 28-year-old singer told The Hollywood Reporter before the Grammy Awards that she believes President Donald Trump’s impeachment to be a “total sham.”

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“He’s going to be the first president in history to be impeached and re-elected,” she said.

Asked whether she shared her plans with Trump before the show, Villa responded, “He’ll be surprised. I just told Ivanka and the White House that I’m going to wear something to be supportive. I don’t let anyone know the message beforehand.”

The artist’s outfit last year included a “Make America Great Again” handbag.

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“BUILD THE WALL” – Joy Villa wears VERY unusual border wall dress and MAGA handbag in vote of support to Donald Trump https://t.co/HgqCNafwJT pic.twitter.com/FA3gpsYXWB

— Daily Express (@Daily_Express) February 11, 2019

In 2017, Villa wore a dress that had the Trump campaign MAGA slogan plastered on the front.

Gotta love it: Joy Villa’s “Make America Great Again / Trump” dress to Grammys | https://t.co/rIHdROXRMw pic.twitter.com/sVvwG4AN6u

— Steve Tobak (@SteveTobak) February 13, 2017

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In a 2019 interview, the singer said she appreciates the job Trump is doing for the country.

“Unemployment is down,” Villa told The Hollywood Reporter, according to USA Today. “I am totally for President Trump, and it’s only been one year. I can’t wait for the next seven years!”

Regarding her outfits, she explained, “It’s an opportunity to show the world who I am on the red carpet, which to me is the same as a stage. I approach it as a show. I want to ‘wow’ people.”

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“My heroes on the red carpet have always been Cher, Madonna, the wild ones; the worst dressed. Or Lady Gaga with the meat dress. Who even talks about the best dressed? No one even remembers who was best-dressed last year!”

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Meghan Markle’s father, Thomas, challenges Prince Harry to ‘duel’ with him

Meghan Markle’s estranged dad on Monday challenged Prince Harry to “man up” and finally meet him — saying he would be “happy to duel” with his “candy ass” and “whipped” royal son-in-law.

“Man up and fly down and see me,” Thomas Markle, 75, told “Good Morning Britain” during one of a series of extraordinary interviews he hopes will reach the royal couple after their “embarrassing” Megxit.

“I’d be happy to duel with Harry anytime,” Markle also told The Sun newspaper from his home in Mexico.

“One round in the chamber. Cocked. Ten steps, turn and fire. That’d settle the score.

“The way he’s been acting, I think he’d crouch on the ground before he gets to 10 steps. He’s a candy ass. He’s whipped,” Markle said of the royal son-in-law he has never met.

Despite his incredible challenge, Markle insists his explosive interviews are his “only shot” at getting through to his daughter, who has not spoken to him since he was a no-show at her May 2018 royal wedding.

“I’m at their mercy,” he told the morning TV show.

However, he bragged about being the key witness against his daughter in an upcoming court case — noting that it could prove to be the only way he could get in the same room as his estranged daughter and her husband.

“If it comes to meeting them in a courtroom, that’s great. At least I’d finally get to see them!” Markle told the UK TV show.

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He insisted that he didn’t want a “face-off or a battle” — while bragging to The Sun that “everything will come out” about his daughter when he is a witness in her case against a British newspaper.

Still, he insisted, “If I saw her, I would say: ‘I’m sorry, I wish we could have sat down and worked this out.’

“I don’t like the idea of sides, of being in a battle with my daughter. I don’t like not being able to talk to her.”

Markle insisted he has written to the royals, as well as his ex-wife, Meghan’s mom Doria Ragland, in doomed attempts to contact his daughter.

Even while hoping his interviews would reach his daughter, he still kept turning the screw, saying that her decision to quit the royal family was “embarrassing.”

“I think they’ve hurt the Queen, I think they’ve hurt the royals,” he told “Good Morning Britain.” “I’m a little embarrassed for them and I’m feeling very sorry for the Queen.”

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Thomas Markle ‘vows everything will come out’ in Meghan court battle | Entertainment Daily

Thomas Markle has reportedly vowed ‘everything will come out’ if he has to face daughter Meghan Markle in court.

According to The Sun, the 75-year-old is prepared to be a witness in his daughter’s legal battle with a UK newspaper over the publication of a letter she wrote to him.

Thomas passed the note onto the Mail on Sunday after extracts were published in a US mag, six months after it was delivered to his home in Rosarito, Mexico.

Warning a potential clash could prove “emotional”, Thomas is reported to be determined to speak out about “lies” that he alleges have been told about him.

On court: ‘It will be quite stunning’ (Credit: SplashNews.com)

He is reported to have told the tabloid: “When me and Meghan end up in a courtroom together, it will be quite stunning for everybody.”

Thomas insisted: “It will be emotional. I don’t know how we will both accept it.

“It would be the worst place to have to meet her and Harry – but it might come down to that because I will certainly testify against the things that have been said about me. The lies.”

However, during an interview on Good Morning Britain earlier today, Thomas – who has never met his son-in-law or baby grandson Archie in person – suggested he would be relieved to see Meghan again, even if it must be in court.

Thomas, who also told the tabloid he thinks the couple’s decision to ‘step back’ from royal duties is “the dumbest thing”, told GMB hosts Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan why he felt the need to get involved in the legal action.

He explained: “The letter was sent to me. It was described in People magazine by people called themselves as ‘friends of Meghan’ as a loving letter reaching out to me. The word ‘love’ never came into that letter except that one time when she said ‘her loving husband’.

“She never once in that letter asked about my health, how I felt or anything.

“So this letter that was sent to me… I reached out to the Daily Mail, they didn’t come to me. I said I wanted to publish as I wanted to get things straight that had been said about me.”

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Thomas continued: “At this point I really don’t know how I feel about it. All I know is I’m taking responsibility for something I’ve done, which was reaching out to the [newspaper].

“If it comes to meeting them in a courtroom, that’s great – at least I finally get to see them.

“But I don’t want a face off or have a battle with them, that’s not what I’m looking for.”

In The Sun, however, Thomas’ tone was presented as much more strident as he called Harry “whipped” in a silly joke about facing the Duke in a duel and claimed Meghan has ‘turned into his mother’.

He also accused them both of “cashing in” on the Sussex name and warned his daughter that fame does not last.

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The Stranger: All the Greater Manchester filming locations for new Netflix series – Manchester Evening News

There must be something about this cloudy, rainy but incredible city of ours – production crews are climbing over each other to use it as the backdrop to a string of binge-worthy TV series and cinema-worthy movies.

From hit BBC shows such as Peaky Blinders, to future Hollywood blockbusters including Spider-man spin-off Morbius, every director seems to want a slice of our surroundings to help bring their latest script to life.

While film crews setting up in the Northern Quarter have become fairly commonplace, American writer Harlan Coben can’t get enough of Greater Manchester as a whole – and has based his entire latest series here.

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After falling in love with the area while shooting for another Netflix thriller, Harlan couldn’t wait to return for his TV adaption of The Stranger, based on his book of the same name.

And no, it’s not just the city centre – he’s marked off places in Bolton, south Manchester, Eccles and Stockport.

“We filmed all across Manchester for the most part, as well as places around the city like Bolton,” he told the Manchester Evening News .

“It’s a great place to shoot TV. There is some really incredible architecture in the region that looks great on screen.”

The last time the New Jersey-born writer came across the pond and up our way was to film Netflix show Safe, based on another of his novels, and featuring Dexter star Michael C Hall.

“Even now I come to Manchester and I think, why does that look familiar?” said Harlan. “It’s because I’ve seen the location so many times in one of my series.

“The funny thing is, I usually bring the sunshine with me when I visit. Even though Manchester is supposed to be known for rain, I was keen in Safe to show a bright, idyllic setting that turns the dark, gritty expectation on its head.”

For The Stranger, Harlan was keen to work with the same production crew he did with Safe – and it just so happens that he didn’t have to travel very far to meet up with them.

Harlan reunited with Rochdale’s Nicola Shindler, who runs Red Production Company from MediaCity, and Hyde screenwriter Danny Brocklehurst, when he visited the country during filming.

“Nicola had been a reader of mine and for a long time she was helping me turn one of my books into a TV series, but unfortunately the book that she wanted to adapt was not available, so she chose Safe”, Harlan said.

“She introduced me to Danny and said he could be the right person to work with me. He has a similar vision to what I was aiming for, so we went from there.

“We all enjoyed working together so much that we came together again for The Stranger.”

The Stranger – starring Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley), Jennifer Saunders (Absolutely Fabulous), Hannah John-Kamen (Game of Thrones) and Anthony Stewart Head (Little Britain) – follows Adam Price, a man whose life comes crashing down around him after a shock revelation.

As well as established actors, Harlan and co brought in local talent for the series, including Leah Baskaran, Ross Grant, Misha Ade, Anthony Bacon and Anna Swan, who all hail from across Greater Manchester.

The psychological thriller is already being teased on Netflix despite the fact the film crew has only recently shouted ‘it’s a wrap’.

“The great thing about this is, the whole series goes onto Netflix, in full, worldwide,” said Harlan. “One day they press a button and 190 countries have access to your show.

“With Safe and The Stranger, they are novels on screen and I want people to consume them in the way they would a book. I know if I had to wait a week to continue reading a book I would be disappointed, so to make the series fully accessible fits in perfectly with that.

“If you thought Safe had a twist, wait until you watch The Stranger. That is one thing I pride myself on. There are a lot of twists and turns.”

While the story is based on his own novel, don’t expect the TV show to be a carbon copy of it.

Harlan said: “Books and TV are a different poison. I don’t like adaptations that are a slave to the book version. This is why I have chosen Manchester for a location, where the book might be set in New Jersey.

“Writing a book, I am everything – director, producer, scriptwriter, set manager, everything. Whereas when I work for TV, it’s all about collaboration. I create the characters and incredible actors and production workers put their spin on it, and it takes on a new life.”

Harlan Coben’s The Stranger is coming to Netflix soon and his book, Run Away, is out now.

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‘Joker’ isn’t Oscar-worthy, but it says the most about America in 2020

‘Joker’ doesn’t deserve best picture Oscar, but it’s a sympton of what ails 2020 America

Julie Hinds Detroit Free Press
Published 11:14 AM EST Jan 26, 2020

This year’s Oscar nominations missed the mark in many ways. They completely shut out women directors. They ignored a wide range of worthy performances by men and women of color.

And, in a puzzler right up there with “Shakespeare in Love” beating “Saving Private Ryan” for best picture in 1999, they showered the most nominations on “Joker.”

For those who haven’t seen this grim character study starring Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker” is as polarizing as contemporary American politics. According to the months-long debate that has raged since early festival screenings, it’s either a brilliant twist on the DC Comics character’s origin story or a hollow revenge saga with pretensions of greatness.

I side with the latter view, which puts me in opposition to “Joker” believers like Variety’s Owen Gleiberman, who recently wrote in an Oscar-themed column that a “Joker” best picture victory would “play as a rebuke to the moralistic finger-wagging of the Twitter bubble.” A tip of the hat and wag of the finger to Gleiberman for reducing those of us who disagree with him to snowflakes.

Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, “Joker”
Niko Tavernise, Warner Bros. Entertainment

Yet while “Joker” raked in a whopping 11 nominations, it is unlikely to take home Oscar’s top honor February 9 during the ceremony that airs on ABC. 

The favorites of the moment are the technically dazzling “1917” and the quirky, nostalgic “Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood.” And buzz is growing that the most provocative nominee, director Bong Joon Ho’s class-warfare parable, “Parasite,” could score a surprise win, thus redeeming the #OscarsSoMale/White/OutofTouch vibe of this year.

Then again, conventional wisdom said in 2016 that Donald Trump would not be elected president. That is relevant because “Joker” is the movie that best captures the Trump political era in its refusal to seek middle ground.

More: The Oscars will have no host again for 2020 ceremony

More: 15 films that didn’t deserve the best picture Oscar – and the ones that should have won instead

The screenplay for “Joker” covers a snack pack of negative emotions that drive people apart: resentment, anger, self-pity and mockery. Like many aging, out-of-touch government figures, the story line thrives on the intellectual dishonesty of wanting to have it both ways.

The title character, a famous villain of the Batman universe, is presented here as a modern fantasy of victimhood. The misery of his life isn’t scrutinized to help explain his psyche or his actions. His suffering is pitched as an excuse for his behavior, which is pretty inexcusable, starting with — spoiler alert! — his gunning down of three obnoxious Wall Street types after they beat him up in a subway car.

Film ensemble: “Joker”
Niko Tavernise, Warner Bros. Pictures

It’s not surprising that the Academy Awards voting pool — still dominated by older white men despite efforts to increase representation and inclusion — was drawn to a story of a downtrodden white dude with multiple grievances. In a way, “Joker” was born of a gripe. Director and co-screenwriter Todd Phillips (himself a nominee), told Vanity Fair that he turned to drama because “woke culture” had made it impossible for him to keep doing comedies like his prior hits “Old School” and “The Hangover.” 

Such disgruntlement with, well, everything is reflected throughout the film. In “Joker,” rich people are horrible, social workers are useless, family ties equal pain, and empathy is non-existent. But what does this chaotic, visually dazzling exploration of one man’s bleak journey have to say about the human experience? In the end, not much. Its thesis statement boils down to the question posed by punching bag-turned-psycho killer Arthur Fleck, aka Joker: “Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?”

Arthur is a street clown who only wants to bring joy to others. But he’s harassed by a groups of kids at his human-billboard job and judged unfairly by strangers for his uncontrolled laughter, which stems from a real-life condition that causes involuntary emotional reactions.

In 2020 terms, Fleck is trolled by everyone.

Mired in poverty, Arthur can’t rely on a medical safety net. Budget cuts are about to take away the treatment program that provides medication for his unnamed mental illness — a situation all too realistic for anyone with bad or no insurance.

If only Arthur’s declining mental health were treated as accurately. “Joker” has stirred controversy in the psychiatric community for the implied link between serious mental illness and violence. Although that stigma is perpetrated often by Hollywood, it isn’t backed up by actual statistics.

8. “Joker”: The R-rated villain origin story starring Joaquin Phoenix was more of a thriller than a popcorn movie but still made superhero money: $333.5 million.
Niko Tavernise, AP

“Joker” is dotted with familiar Batman references to Wayne Manor and Arkham Asylum (and there’s even a glimpse of young Bruce Wayne), but it doesn’t want to be another comic book movie. Instead, it strives to be a “Taxi Driver” for 2020. From the production design to the portrait of a loner driven to brutality, it is an homage to Martin Scorsese’s 1970s grittiness that doubles as an indictment of today’s uncaring, downright bullying society.

This could have been rich territory for an exploration of Fleck as an updated Travis Bickle, the disaffected, imbalanced cabbie of Scorsese’s 1976 masterpiece. But the script by Phillips and Scott Silver veers in another direction, toward 1974’s “Death Wish,” which divvied up the world into dirt-bags, targets of mayhem, and, in Charles Bronson’s character, avenging angels.

Yeah, the ’70s had a deeply intolerant, downright scary side, much like today.

Fifty years ago, gritty dramas offered complex portraits of social alienation. The best of them — “Taxi Driver,” “Dog Day Afternoon,” Apocalypse Now,” “Five Easy Pieces” — speak as strongly now as they did back then. “Joker,” in contrast, takes what it admires about that genre and distills it to a grimy vision of miserable martyrdom. It gets the settings right, but it misses the complicated layers of meaning.

The one true thing about “Joker” is Joaquin Phoenix’s commitment to playing Arthur. He’s so good at accessing raw feelings that he can be difficult to watch. The performance has made Phoenix a virtual sure thing for the best actor Oscar. But his character’s journey amounts to a collection of gif-worthy moments for the age of online distraction.

Watch Arthur knock a time clock off the wall of his workplace and say, “Oh no, I forgot to punch out!” See Arthur’s inner demons surface as he dances in his underwear in the bathroom. Gawk as Arthur is surrounded by a crowd of men dressed as clowns, inspired by his example ready to tear the city apart with violence.

The cinematography is quite arresting. There are shots that film students will talk about for years, and if “Joker” wins something for its look, so be it. Yet, ultimately, it’s a style exercise that doesn’t ask anything of the audience. Like the algorithms that drive media content in our click-bait society, “Joker” floods you with cool scenes it knows you’ll like, not tough ethical dilemmas you’d prefer to ignore. 

Joaquin Phoenix dances down a stairway in New York’s Bronx borough in a scene from “Joker.” The set of outdoor steps not far from Yankee Stadium has become a tourist attraction.
Niko Tavernise/Warner Bros. Pictures via AP

Over time, “Joker” may be remembered most for the sequence where Phoenix dances down those steep stairs in the Bronx to the tune of “Rock ‘N’ Roll (Part 2).”

The combination of actor, wardrobe, throbbing musical hook and freestyle choreography results in a 30-second clip that’s perfect for texting to a friend, when the latest breaking news drops that makes no sense whatsoever.

If there were an Oscar for best meme, “Joker” should win in a landslide.

Contact Detroit Free Press pop culture critic Julie Hinds: 313-222-6427 or jhinds@freepress.com.

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Jack Nicholson pays tribute to Kobe Bryant in rare interview | Daily Mail Online

Jack Nicholson is devastated by the death of Kobe Bryant.

The 82-year-old actor is a huge Los Angeles Lakers fan and admitted the tragic passing of the basketball icon, who died at age 41 in a helicopter crash along with his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven other passengers in Calabasas, California on Sunday. 

‘My reaction is the same as almost all of LA,’ the Batman star told CBS Los Angeles

‘Where we think everything’s solid, there’s a big hole in the wall. I was used to seeing and talking to Kobe that… it kills you. It’s just a terrible event.’

A superfan: Jack Nicholson is devastated by the death of Kobe Bryant. The is a huge Los Angeles Lakers fan and admitted the tragic passing of the basketball icon, who died in a helicopter crash along with his daughter Gianna, 13, and seven other passengers in Calabasas, California on Sunday

The One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest actor recalled his first meeting with Kobe at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

He joked: ‘I teased him the first time we met. I offered him a basketball and asked him if he wanted me to autograph it for him.’

Nicholson added, ‘He looked at me like I was crazy.’

The Oscar-winning star was a regular fixture courtside throughout Kobe’s 20-year stint with LA Lakers.

Cheering on his hero in May 2008: Jack also said, ‘I was used to seeing and talking to Kobe that… it kills you. It’s just a terrible event’

Always in front: And here the actor is seen clapping as his friend Lou Adler looks on; seen in May 2008

Jack often brought his 21-year-old son Duke as well as Lou Adler, who owned The Roxy on Sunset Boulevard.

The star admitted he’ll ‘miss’ the late sportsman forever. 

‘I sat right behind his jump shot on the left-hand side. I can see him going up and I can tell the first instant if it’s going in,’ he said.

‘We’ll think of him all the time and we’ll miss him. He was just one of those touched people.’

Alwsys courtside: ‘My reaction is the same as almost all of LA,’ the Batman star told CBS Los Angeles . ‘Where we think everything’s solid, there’s a big hole in the wall. Here he is seen on January 7 with Umar Kamani, Tory Lanez

He brought family: Here the Hollywood vet is seen with his grandson Duke on January 7 

Nicholson is one of Hollywood’s most beloved actors. 

The star won two Best Actor Academy Awards: for One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and another for As Good As It Gets. And he picked up a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for Terms Of Endearment.

The New Jersey native is best known for the movies Chinatown (1974), The Shining (1980), and Batman (1989).

The last film he made was 2010’s How Do You Know with Owen Wilson and Reese Witherspoon.

In 2017 there was talk that Jack was going to star in the American version of the German film Toni Erdmann but the following year he dropped out, which seemed to signal his retirement in Hollywood.

Nicholson seldom gives interviews any longer.

A number of other stars have also paid tribute to Kobe – who had three other daughters with his wife Vanessa – on social media.

Leonardo DiCaprio posted on Twitter: ‘Kobe was truly larger than life, a legend. May he and all those who lost their lives today rest in peace. Love and condolences to his family. LA will never be the same.’

Movie man: Nicholson is best known for the movies Chinatown (1974), seen left, The Shining (1980), Batman (1989) and As Good As It Gets (1997), seen right

Justin Bieber shared a throwback photo of himself with the sportsman and wrote on Instagram: ‘It can’t be. You always encouraged me mamba. Gave me me some of the best quotes that we smile about to this day.! Love you man!’

‘My heart is so heavy. No one should ever experience what the families involved are going through. This has affected us all so much but I cannot begin to imagine what Vanessa is feeling losing her husband and her baby girl. I cry just thinking about it,’ Kim Kardashian West posted.

And her husband, Kanye West, wrote: ‘Kobe, We love you brother. We’re praying for your family and appreciate the life you’ve lived and all the inspiration you gave.’

Jennifer Lopez shared an older photo with Kobe and his wife since 2001, Vanessa. 

The Hustlers star said, ‘As I scrolled through Kobe’s feed, and Alex and I talk memories and moments we remember about him… this is the truth that rings out the loudest… family is what matters the most.’ 

They had a bond: Jennifer Lopez shared an older photo with Kobe and his wife since 2001, Vanessa. She said, As I scrolled through Kobe’s feed, and Alex and I talk memories and moments we remember about him… this is the truth that rings out the loudest… family is what matters the most’

Larger than life! Leonardo DiCaprio posted on Twitter: ‘Kobe was truly larger than life, a legend. May he and all those who lost their lives today rest in peace. Love and condolences to his family. LA will never be the same’

Chrissy Teigen added, ‘I cannot believe this is real. My god. Oh my god.’ She later remarked on how the Grammys was held inside the Staples Center, where he used to play with the Lakers. ‘Downtown right now and nothing feels more unimportant than what we are doing today. This is absolutely terrible. Everyone is numb.’ 

Demi Lovato also took to social media to talk about the late athlete. ‘This makes me so sad,’ she began. 

On Sunday evening Alicia Keys shared a touching tribute to Bryant and sang It’s So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday with Boyz II Men.

A moment of silence was also asked for as his jerseys – 8 and 24 – were lit up on the wall of the Staples Center. 

Lizzo opened the awards show announcing ‘Tonight is for Kobe’ before launching into her hits Cuz I Love You and Truth Hurts. 

Bryant finished his career as an 18-time All-Star, 15-time All-NBA team, 12-time All-NBA Defensive Team selection, two time NBA Finals MVP and the 2008 NBA MVP. 

With Kobe and his daughter: Demi Lovato also took to social media to talk about the late athlete. ‘This makes me so sad,’ she began

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Fans Are Sharing Kobe Bryant’s Moving Oscar-Winning Short Film ‘Dear Basketball’

The tragic news of the unexpected death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna shocked many people. The retired basketball star and his daughter were among nine people in a helicopter that crashed near Calabasas, California. Kobe, who was 41, was not only a 5-time NBA champion and Los Angeles Lakers legend but also an Oscar winner. Today, in tribute to the late basketball star, fans all over the world are sharing the short animation that won Kobe the prestigious award. Scroll down below to watch it.

Fans from all over the world are sharing late NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s short film ‘Dear Basketball’

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The tragic loss of the 41-year-old purple and gold legend this Sunday inspired many to revisit Kobe’s acclaimed short animation “Dear Basketball: The Legend of Kobe Bryant.” Back in 2017, the world-renowned basketball player collaborated with animator Glen Keane on the film, which ended up winning an Oscar in 2018 in the Best Animated Short category.

The animated short was released in 2017 after a collaboration with a renowned animator called Glen Keane

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The short film ‘Dear Basketball’ is based on a poem that Kobe himself wrote back in 2015. In the film, the late LA Lakers legend describes his love for the game – starting from his dreams as a kid to a career that spanned over 20 years.

The film won Kobe Bryant an Oscar in 2018

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“As basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble – but I’m glad we get to do a little more than that,” Kobe said upon receiving his award.

The late basketball star was astonished over the win

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“What?? This is beyond the realm of imagination. It means so much that The Academy deemed ‘Dear Basketball’ worthy of contention,” Kobe then tweeted. “Thanks to the genius of Glen Keane & John Williams for taking my poem to this level. It’s an honor to be on this team.”

The retired NBA star and his daughter Gianna died in a helicopter crash in California

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The NBA MVP was killed on Sunday when the helicopter he was flying in crashed and burst into flames in the hills above Calabasas. His 13-year-old daughter Gianna was also on board and died along with seven other passengers.

Needless to say, people are devastated over the tragic loss of the legend

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[Sundance Review] Brandon Cronenberg’s Heady Sci-Fi Film ‘Possessor’ Brings the Gore

Like dad David Cronenberg, Brandon Cronenberg has a unique way of testing the boundaries of comfort and exploring the human mind and body in squeamish fashion. In his feature debut, Antiviral, Brandon Cronenberg declared himself a visionary director, one forging new ground in the genre space his father long ago abandoned. While his latest, Possessor, might belong in the same conversation as eXistenZ, Cronenberg once again proves himself as one to watch with a heady sci-fi film that brings serious levels of violence and gore.

Tasya Vos (Andrea Riseborough) is an agent working for a secretive corporation that uses brain implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies and puppeteer them to commit assassinations at the company’s direction. When the deed is done, the agent signals the corporation to remove her consciousness from her host body just before she forces her host to self-terminate. Tasya is so effective at her job that she’s the corporation’s best agent, and a favorite of her boss, Girder (Jennifer Jason Leigh). The more time she spends in other bodies, though, the more she seems to lose control over her mind. Repressed memories bubble to the surface, others seem to fade entirely, and identity becomes trickier to maintain. When she inhabits the body of her latest host, Colin (Christopher Abbot), his soul isn’t quite as willing to let her take over thanks to her weakened mental state, and the war over control threatens to obliterate them both.

From the opening scene that demonstrates the body-hopping assassination process, Cronenberg declares that he’s not messing around. A woman (Gabrielle Graham) sticks a metal rod electrode into her scalp, in graphic fashion. The wound squishes, and blood gushes forth. After a beat, she proceeds about her typical workday until she finds her target, and then slaughters him in a sadistically violent way. No deaths in this movie henceforth will be gentle; visceral horror is the brand of this complex and heady sci-fi thriller.

Riseborough has the unenviable task of tackling a character who, when we meet her, exists in a state of confusion. Tasya’s fight for her identity, and holding tight to it as it’s slipping away, is the root of her journey. On the one hand, that makes her inaccessible to get to know who she is, but on the other, that’s the entire intriguing point. Abbott has the most exciting role to play as a man inhabited by two very different minds in Inception-level consciousness. Once Tasya enters Colin’s mind, Abbott primarily plays both characters. At first, it’s as though Colin is grappling with a new sickness or the dawning realization that something is seriously amiss with his body. As it progresses, he’s playing a much more in control Tasya, and it’s mind-bending.

Matching the glorious gore and insanely intricate character/actor work is the slick production. Cold, slick sci-fi meets a Grand Guignol aesthetic, and it’s stunning. Gorgeous cinematography by Karim Hussain (AntiviralWe Are Still Here), fantastic practical effects by special effects designer Dan Martin (Color Out of Space), and Rupert Lazarus’s (eXistenZ) production design all contribute to an unsettling spectacle where warm flesh literally melts and sterile technology reigns supreme.

One of the toughest elements to pull off in a genre film is the grand finale, and Possessor more than delivers. Even if the internal battle for body supremacy and all the cerebral questions it raises gets confusing, it all culminates in one jaw-dropping conclusion that ensures the film gets under your skin.

Cronenberg’s sophomore effort is ambitious as hell, and it may not go quite as deep as the premise suggests. That the two leads are people we never get to know before we’re thrust into their struggles with self-identity, or that they’re not exactly great people to begin with, means that it might be tough for some to find a rooting interest. But for those that love cerebral thrillers with practical gore, wrapped up in a stimulating sci-fi package, this is a must. Possessor will leave you stoked for Cronenberg’s next effort.

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