TESLA Announces New Album, ‘Five Man London Jam,’ For Global CD, Digital & Vinyl Release On March 27 See TESLA on Tour Around the US Throughout 2020


LOS ANGELES, Feb. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The legendary American rock band TESLA will release their new live album, Five Man London Jam worldwide on March 27, 2020 on UMe. The album is a live performance of some their most iconic songs from their catalog. Five Man London Jam was recorded and filmed in 4K high-definition as an homage to their critically acclaimed  and highly influential Top 20 platinum album Five Man Acoustical Jam. Five Man London Jam will be available in multiple formats including Blu-ray, 2LP vinyl, CD and digitally. The electrifying lead single “What You Give (Live),” is available for immediate download with album pre-order, click HERE to listen. Produced by TESLA, Five Man London Jam is being released in conjunction with the group’s upcoming North American tour dates that will run throughout 2020, starting in Pensacola, FL on February 14th. For tour dates click HERE and see full routing below.  

TESLA Announces New Album, ‘Five Man London Jam,’ For Global CD, Digital & Vinyl Release On March 27
TESLA Announces New Album, ‘Five Man London Jam,’ For Global CD, Digital & Vinyl Release On March 27

The recording of this live album took place when TESLA visited the famed iconic recording studio Abbey Road Studios for a one-night musical event capturing the band performing songs from their legendary arsenal including “Love Song” and “What You Give” along with their classic covers of “Signs” and “We Can Work It Out.”  Additionally, the band performed live for the first-time-ever their new song “California Summer Song” from their latest album Shock including “Tied To The Tracks” and “Forever Loving You.”

Pre-order Five Man London Jam HERE 
For merchandise and bundle packages, click HERE.

One of the world’s most celebrated and enduring rock bands with a diehard, loyal fanbase, TESLA has enjoyed international chart, radio, and tour success for nearly 35 years, with multi-platinum albums and global album sales topping 15 million.

That they are still roaring and soaring should be no surprise. That’s just how they are built. TESLA may have been born in the mid ’80s eruption of excess, but this band has never been about those things. Their bluesy, soulful sound is strongly embedded in the roots of organic, authentic 1970s rock and roll. The same roots that produced bands like the Allman Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad, AC/DC, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Aerosmith.

TESLA’s legacy is alive and well as they continue to record and sellout venues all over the world. As worn in and comfortable as your favorite pair of jeans, TESLA endures because they are a celebration of the greatest spirits of rock and roll.

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TESLA is:
Brian Wheat – Bass / Piano / Backing Vocals
Frank Hannon – Guitars / Backing Vocals
Jeff Keith – Lead Vocals
Troy Luccketta – Drums / Percussion
Dave Rude – Guitar / Backing Vocals

Tour Routing:
Feb. 14                 Pensacola, FL                     Saenger Theatre
Feb. 15                 Atlanta, GA                         Buckhead Theatre
Feb. 17                 Charleston, SC                   Charleston Music Hall
Feb. 19                 Hunstville, AL                     Mars Music Hall
Feb. 21                 Virginia Beach, VA           Sandle Center for the Performing Arts
Feb. 22                 Greensboro, NC                               Piedmont Hall
Feb. 25                 Memphis, TN                     The Soundstage at Graceland
Feb. 26                 Houston, TX                       House of Blues
Feb. 28                 Amarillo, TX                        Amarillo Civic Center Auditorium
Feb. 29                 Albuquerque, NM           Route 66 Casino Hotel
Apr. 10                  Toppenish, WA                 Legends Casino Hotel
Apr. 11                  Wendover, NV                  Peppermill Concert Hall
Apr. 14                  El Cajon, CA                        The Magnolia
Apr. 15                  Phoenix, AZ                        Celebrity Theatre
Apr. 17                  Las Vegas, NV                    House of Blues
Apr. 18                  Tucson, AZ                          Pima County Fair
Apr. 21                  Wichita, KS                          The Cotillion
Apr. 22                  Peoria, IL                             Peoria Civic Center
Apr. 24                  Harris, MI                            Island Resort Casino                                      
Apr. 25                  Harris, MI                            Island Resort Casino
Apr. 28                  Grand Rapids, MI             20 Monroe Live
Apr. 29                  Indianapolis, IN                 Murat Theatre
May. 01                Niagara Falls, NY               The Rapids Theatre
May. 02                Columbia, MD                   Merriweather Post Pavilion
May. 30                Paso Robles, CA                                Vina Robles Amphitheatre
May. 31                Los Angeles, CA                                Hollywood Bowl
Jun. 03                  Denver, CO                         The Mission Ballroom
Jun. 05                  Thackerville, OK                                Winstar World Casino
Jun. 06                  Topeka, KS                          Stormont Vail Events Center
Jun. 07                  St. Louis, MO                       Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Jun. 09                  Nashville, TN                      Ascend Amphitheatre
Jun. 10                  Huber Heights, OH          Rose Music Center
Jun. 12                  Welch, MN                         Treasure Island Resort & Casino
Jun. 13                  Chicago, IL                           Rosemont Horizon
Jun. 14                  Cuyahoga Falls, OH          Blossom Music Center
Jun. 16                  Boston, MA                        Rockland Trust Bank Pav
Jun. 17                  Wilkes Barre, PA               Mohegan Sun Arena
Jun. 19                  Holmdel, NJ                        PNC Bank Arts Center
Jun. 20                  Gilford, NH                         Bank of NH Pavilion at Meadowbrook
Jun. 23                  Long Island, NY                 Jones Beach
Jun. 25                  Philadelphia, PA               Mann Center for Performing Arts
Jun. 26                  Pittsburgh, PA                   S&T Bank Music Park
Jun. 27                  Clarkston, MI                     DTE Energy Music Theatre
Oct. 27                  Playa Mujeres, MX          The Sands Festival at Dreams Golf Resort & Spa

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Yusuf / Cat Stevens Reissues First Two Albums 1967 DEBUT ‘MATTHEW & SON’ AND ‘NEW MASTERS’ REMASTERED AT ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS USING ‘DEMIX’ TECHNOLOGY


LOS ANGELES, Feb. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — UMe will reissue Yusuf / Cat Stevens’ first two albums Matthew & Son and New Masters on March 27, available on vinyl for the first time since 1982. Exquisitely ‘De-mixed’ with enhanced vocals at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios, both albums will be available on 180-gram vinyl with fully restored artwork.

UMe will reissue Yusuf / Cat Stevens’ first two albums 'Matthew & Son' and 'New Masters' on March 27, available on vinyl for the first time since 1982. Exquisitely ‘De-mixed’ with enhanced vocals at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios, both albums will be available on 180-gram vinyl with fully restored artwork.
UMe will reissue Yusuf / Cat Stevens’ first two albums ‘Matthew & Son’ and ‘New Masters’ on March 27, available on vinyl for the first time since 1982. Exquisitely ‘De-mixed’ with enhanced vocals at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios, both albums will be available on 180-gram vinyl with fully restored artwork.

Featuring newly enhanced vocals, Abbey Road Studios have used their revolutionary ‘Demix’ software on the original master tapes to reinvigorate and breathe new life into both albums. Where vocals have always been buried by the subsequent orchestral backing track, ‘Demixing’ enables the studio to digitally extract and enhance the original vocals to create a superior listening experience for fans. As well as vocals, ‘Demixing’ has also considerably helped amplify the bass, something that was commonly strenuous to achieve with mixes in the late 1960s.

Matthew & Son and New Masters provide a fascinating insight into the beginnings of one of the UK’s greatest singer-songwriters. Having grown up above his parent’s cafe in the West End, Cat Stevens emerged from the early ’60s folk club scene to release his highly successful debut album, Matthew & Son, in 1967; notably around the time he toured alongside Jimi Hendrix in the UK. The album reached number 7 in the UK charts and was supported by the single “I Love My Dog” and “Matthew & Son” – the latter reaching number 2 in the UK charts; quickly elevating him to the status of a teen pop idol. Notably the album also featured John Paul Jones. Simultaneously, Cat’s songs were being recorded by other artists such as The Tremeloes, who also had a 1967 hit with “Here Comes My Baby,” which helped to establish his reputation as a truly gifted songwriter.

To capitalize on Cat’s swift rise to stardom, Deram rushed out a second album, New Masters, in the same year. However, some artistic differences had begun to emerge. Cat was starting to yearn for a simple acoustic sound and more artistic control over his career, whilst producer Mike Hurst wanted to push him as a pop crooner and favored the more lavish orchestral arrangements that characterize the first two albums. New Masters features “The First Cut is the Deepest” which was a hit for P.P. Arnold in 1967 and would go on to become one of the seminal heartbreak songs of all time with notable covers by Rod Stewart, Sheryl Crow, and Keith Hampshire.

Cat contracted Tuberculosis early in 1968 bringing the first stage of his career defined by Matthew & Son and New Masters to an abrupt halt. During his convalescence he read a book called “The Secret Path” which helped him to embark upon a journey of spiritual self discovery that would go on to define his life and career. He emerged from the illness with the steely determination to resist the forces that were trying to control him, to follow his own artistic instincts, and do music his way.

Matthew & Son and New Masters will be reissued on vinyl on March 27 via UMe. Pre-order HERE.

Matthew & Son Tracklisting:

Side A

  1. Matthew & Son
  2. I Love My Dog
  3. Here Comes My Baby
  4. Bring Another Bottle Baby
  5. Portobello Road
  6. I’ve Found A Love
  7. I See A Road

Side B

  1. Baby Get Your Head Screwed On
  2. Granny
  3. When I Speak To The Flowers
  4. The Tramp
  5. Come On And Dance
  6. Hummingbird
  7. Lady

New Masters Tracklisting:

Side A

  1. Kitty
  2. I’m So Sleepy
  3. Northern Wind
  4. The Laughing Apple
  5. Smash Your Heart
  6. MoonstoneSide B
  7. The First Cut Is The Deepest
  8. I’m Gonna Be King
  9. Ceylon City
  10. Blackness Of The Night
  11. Come On Baby (Shift That Log)
  12. I Love Them All

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Love ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’? Visit the Real Whistle Stop Cafe in This Tiny Southern Town

 
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Fried Green Tomatoes is a beloved southern film from 1991 inspired by the novel Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. The film stars Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary Stuart Masterson (Idgie Threadgoode), Chris O’Donnell, and Mary-Louise Parker (Ruth Jamison) and follows two sets of female friendships and the hardships they endure together. Tandy landed an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress and the script was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. It’s a classic film everyone should watch. 

Producer Lisa Lindstrom introduced the novel to the film’s director, Jon Avnet back in 1987. It was not an easy road for Hollywood to get the film on the big screen. Avnet received a very small budget to develop the script and had his first two screenwriters leave the project including Fannie Flagg and Carol Sobieski, who wrote Annie. He ended up finishing the script himself since he had no budget left to complete the project. After a few years of developing the script, Flagg gave her seal of approval and they cast the film. 

Tandy was first choice to play Ninny Threadgoode as was Parker for the role of Ruth Jamison. The rest of the cast fell into place perfectly. Though Flagg had initally based Whistle Stop in her novel on Irondale, Alabama, production designer Barbara Ling found Juliette, Georgia to be the ideal filming location. The town, around an hour outside of Atlanta, seemed nearly deserted but there was an old antique and hardware store that made the perfect Whistle Stop Café.

Following the release of the film, the town opened up a real Whistle Stop Café set up just like the movie set. Local resident Robert Williams had inherited the building and partnered with his friend Jerie Lynn Williams to open up Original Whistle Stop Cafe. 

The building was first built in 1927 by Edward L. Williams, Sr. who ran the space as a general merchandise store for 40 years. After that it was rented out until Hollywood came to town. 

If you’re ever near Juliette, Ga., be sure to visit the Whistle Stop for some southern eats and sweet tea. The menu includes fried chicken, chicken fried steak, onion rings, pulled pork, pecan cobbler and of course — fried green tomatoes.

The town is small so you can see a bunch of filming locations on your visit: 

The Whistle Stop Cafe

The Church

Main Street (got a facelift since filming)

Home of the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes”…

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The Juliette Mill

You can also visit McCollum Grocery and more adorable stops around Juliette!

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Barack and Michelle Obama celebrate their Oscar win

Barack and Michelle Obama once took possession of the highest office in the land. Now, they are in possession of the highest award in American movies.

The former president and first lady took home an Academy Award when their production company, Higher Ground, won the Oscar statue for American Factory for best feature-length documentary on Sunday night.

American Factory won the golden statue by beating out Honeyland, The Cave, The Edge of Democracy and For Sama.

The Obamas were not on hand at the ceremony, but the filmmakers picked up the golden statue in Los Angeles on Sunday.

“Our story is from Ohio and China but it can really be from anywhere. Working people have it harder and harder these days,” said Julia Reichert while accepting the Oscar along with Steven Bognar, according to Fox News. “We believe things will get better when workers of the world unite.”

The Obamas made the film as part of their extremely lucrative multi-project deal with Netflix. And the beloved dignitaries struck gold on their first time out. Obama gave thanks to the directors for bringing the plight of the American factory worker to light.

Congrats to Julia and Steven, the filmmakers behind American Factory, for telling such a complex, moving story about the very human consequences of wrenching economic change. Glad to see two talented and downright good people take home the Oscar for Higher Ground’s first release. https://t.co/W4AZ68iWoY

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 10, 2020

Michelle Obama also congratulated the filmmakers for the edification of audiences who watched American Factory.

Congrats to Julia, Steven, and the whole crew on winning Best Documentary for #AmericanFactory, Higher Ground’s first release! So glad to see their heart and honesty recognized—because the best stories are rarely tidy or perfect. But that’s where the truth so often lies. https://t.co/qtdNEw9H3f

— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 10, 2020

American Factory is a gripping account of the trying times for the blue-collar workers at the Chinese-owned Fuyao plant amid the age of technology and globalization.

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I’ve written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I’m a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks

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Hollywood filmmaker quotes the ‘Communist Manifesto’ in Oscar acceptance speech


 

“American Factory,” a Netflix film produced by former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company, won an Oscar for the Best Documentary Film Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards Sunday night. During her acceptance speech, the film’s co-director, Julia Reichert, used a political slogan that raised eyebrows among some who watched the event.

“Working people have it harder and harder these days,” said Reichert, who is also battling cancer. “We believe that things will get better when workers of the world unite.”

“Workers of the world unite” is a famous rallying cry from Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels’ 1848 book, “The Communist Manifesto,” and it’s a call for international cooperation among the working classes to topple the wealthy.

The expression was also the official state motto of the Soviet Union (Пролетарии всех стран, соединяйтесь!; Proletarii vsekh stran, soyedinyaytes’!) and appeared in Soviet currency during the 20th century.

The ‘opening line of the f***ing Communist Manifesto’

As the DailyWire noted, communism is an evil ideology responsible for at least 100 million deaths. In the “Communist Manifesto,” Marx and Engels call for a violent overthrow of the upper classes, arguing that the ends of working people “can be attained only by the forcible overthrow of all existing social conditions.”

Several leading conservatives slammed the director for quoting the controversial book.

The Dispatch’s Jonah Goldberg tweeted: “I love that most of my twitter feed thought the big game [sic] away from her speech was ‘go Buckeyes’ not the opening line from the f***ing Communist Manifesto.”

Twitchy editor Greg Pollowitz did not mince words in his denunciation while blasting Hollywood’s hypocrisy.

“[T]hese f*cks don’t want you to drink milk or eat meat and they’re quoting from the communist manifesto while taking private planes to film movies in New Zealand so they don’t have to pay union rates in California.”

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Barack & Michelle , Win Big At Oscars, Then Get Torched As ‘Liars & Hypocrites’

Barack and Michelle Obama left the White House only to become movie moguls by signing a multimillion-dollar contract with Netflix. Last night at the Oscars, the Obamas won “Best Documentary” with their film “American Factory.” However, the sick secret the Obamas were hiding about the film came out, and they got torched as liars and hypocrites. You’ll love this.

Winning an Oscar no longer has any meaning. What once was one of the biggest nights for movies has turned into a joke thanks to the politized Hollywood crowd, who give horrible speeches, while the academy for motion pictures bases who wins on political correctness.

That brings us to the Obamas production company called “Higher Ground.” 

Barack and Michelle’s company signed a multi-million dollar contract with Netflix to produce a bevy of “woke” documentaries. And just like clockwork, the Academy Awards gave their nominated film American Factory the win for “Best Documentary.”

“The film, American Factory, was backed by the Obamas’ production company Higher Ground. It tells the story of Chinese company’s purchase and repurposing of an American factory in Ohio,” Breitbart reports.

“We want to be in relationships with people and connect with them and work together with them,” Obama said in a promotional video about their decision to back the film.

Michelle Obama said that the story about American workers reminded her of her father. “That was my background, that was my father and that was reflected in this film,” she said.

What they all forgot to mention while making the film was the former president’s role in shutting down that same Ohio factory. 

Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), the former mayor of nearby Dayton, Ohio, wrote last year, the movie leaves out President Obama’s own role in making life worse for the GM workers who lost their jobs.

Obama’s auto bailout, he recalled, helped force the plant’s closure and made it harder for the workers to find new jobs because his administration was granting political favors to its favored union allies — and they were in the “wrong” union.

“The hypocrisy of this Obama-backed film is astounding. Mr. Obama fails to acknowledge his direct role in creating the hardships the Moraine workers weathered. He had nothing whatsoever to do with the plant’s reopening—that was all the work of state and local officials and community leaders,” Rep. Turner writes.

As Rep. Turner recalled, his retired father — who had once worked at the plant — lost his health insurance in Obama’s auto bailout.

“How does a nearly two-hour film telling the story of these workers fail even to mention the direct role the co-owner of the film’s production company [Obama] played in creating their hardships? Did the filmmakers think no one would remember?” Rep. Turner said.

Well, Americans did remember and made it crystal clear Barack and Michelle are just a bunch of liars and hypocrites.

“THE CORRUPT OBAMA’S THINK THIS IS SOMETHING 2 BE PROUD OF! JUST LOOK WHAT HE DID 2 THE AUTO INDUSTRY WHEN HE PUT THOUSANDS OF WORKERS OUT OF WORK! JUSTICE ON THE WAY 4 BO,” tweeted Rev. Jeannie Randall-Rydeski.

THE CORRUPT OBAMA’S THINK THIS IS SOMETHING 2 BE PROUD OF! JUST LOOK WHAT HE DID 2 THE AUTO INDUSTRY WHEN HE PUT THOUSANDS OF WORKERS OUT OF WORK! JUSTICE ON THE WAY 4 BO~Obama’s Oscar-Winning ‘American Factory’ Omits His Own Role in Ohio Factory’s Closing https://t.co/QRs9JB0IPs

— Rev Jeannie L Randall-Rydeski (@cdars7) February 10, 2020

“Read this to find the truth behind the liberal facade & corrupt romance between Hollywood & Mr. O The ‘bailout’ gave $ to Union which funneled lots of $ back to Dems! Obama’s Oscar-Winning ‘American Factory’ Omits His Own Role in Ohio Factory’s Closing,” tweeted “RedState Guy.”

Read this to find the truth behind the liberal facade & corrupt romance between Hollywood & Mr. O

The “bailout” gave $ to Union which funneled lots of $ back to Dems!

Obama’s Oscar-Winning ‘American Factory’ Omits His Own Role in Ohio Factory’s Closing https://t.co/wNpMvNzQT9

— Redstate guy (@redstateguy1) February 10, 2020

“Former Pres. Obama played a DIRECT role in the hardships of the workers featured in American Factory, the Oscar-winning documentary his production company produced. This is EXACTLY like his Nobel Peace Prize. I’m still trying to figure that one out!” tweeted Sam Covfefe.

Former Pres. Obama played a DIRECT role in the hardships of the workers featured in American Factory, the Oscar-winning documentary his production company produced.

This is EXACTLY like his Nobel Peace Prize. I’m still trying to figure that one out! 🇺🇸🇮🇱https://t.co/EitF5Aik6A

— Sam Covfefe ⭐️⭐️⭐️🇺🇸🇮🇱Text “Trump” to 88022 (@HorseShort) February 10, 2020

“Obama’s ‘American Factory’ Omits His Own Role in Ohio Factory’s Closing—his auto bailout forced plant’s closure, made it harder for workers to find new jobs bc his admin was dealing political favors w its favored union allies—& they were in ‘wrong’ union,” tweeted “I Stand With Trump.”

Obama’s ‘American Factory’ Omits His Own Role in Ohio Factory’s Closing—his auto bailout forced plant’s closure, made it harder for workers to find new jobs bc his admin was dealing political favors w its favored union allies—& they were in “wrong” union. https://t.co/CysTk8F3HW

— 👠IStandWithTrump ⭐️⭐️⭐️ClearFlynnNow (@superyayadize) February 10, 2020

The #FactsMatter when it comes to Obama’s first Oscar win… Thousands of employees were left to fend for themselves due to Obama admin & unions!” tweeted Denise Rogers. 

The #FactsMatter when it comes to Obama’s first Oscar win… Thousands of employees were left to fend for themselves due to Obama admin & unions!

Obama’s Oscar-Winning ‘American Factory’ Omits His Own Role in Ohio Factory’s Closing https://t.co/71NxhgYVI9

Rep. Mike Turner wrote in the Wall Street Journal last September, after the film’s release:

It’s a fascinating and at times moving film. What’s interesting about it, though, is that it never once alludes to the part Mr. Obama played in diminishing the ability of Moraine’s laid off workers to transfer to other GM plants. The president’s role wasn’t indirect and isn’t a matter of dispute: His administration’s bailout deal for GM included a backroom exclusive agreement with the United Auto Workers.

“American Factory” documents the UAW’s efforts to unionize the reopened auto glass factory without any mention of the same union’s direct role in the GM plant’s closure. The Dayton community was left out in the cold—thousands of jobs lost, families devastated, longtime GM workers out on the street looking for work.

The Obamas have zero integrity. Can you imagine if this was President Donald Trump? The mainstream media would be in overdrive spewing utter outrage that the president could be such a hypocrite and liar.

Well, we see its quite fitting that the Obamas’ first big win at the Oscars will always be tainted for reminding Americans that Barack’s failed policies actually led to the closure of that Ohio factory. You can’t make this stuff up — it’s so ridiculous.

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Oscars 2020: From Natalie Portman To Brad Pitt – Best & Worst Dressed Ranked!

The day finally arrived and we saw the who’s who of Hollywood put their fashion foot front on the red carpet of Oscars 2020. Apart from the celebration of the world of films, it was also one of the year’s most foreseen evenings of fashion. The Oscars came bustling with chic haute couture and pared-back designs that ruled the red carpet.

Every year, Hollywood stars meet under one roof to celebrate cinema and take away awards for their hard work in the latest fashion trends. This time Hollywood stars like Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Brad Pitt, Renée Zellweger, Joaquin Phoenix, Billy Porter stepped looking their best and stole the limelight on the red carpet.

From Billy Porter’s golden chest armour to Natalie Portman’s gown was embroidered with the names of women who were snubbed this year to Brad Pitt’s classic tuxedo, this year we saw a lot happening on the carpet. While we talk about their looks, you can decide who looked the best amongst them.

Oscars 2020: From Natalie Portman To Brad Pitt – Best & Worst Dressed Ranked!
Oscars 2020: From Natalie Portman To Brad Pitt – Best & Worst Dressed Ranked!

Best Dressed:

Natalie Portman: Natalie Portman stepped in a custom Dior Haute Couture gown in black colour. The gown had golden embroidery on it with the names of women directors and actors who were snubbed this year. She kept her makeup quite subtle and stole the show with her smile.

Janelle Monae: Janella’s custom Ralph Lauren dress was a highlight in itself. The dress featured over 168,000 Swarovski crystals and it made Janelle Monae always looks out of this world. With the sassiest walk, Moane stepped up the game at the Oscars red carpet.

Billy Porter: Well, with his Giles Deacon’s custom couture gilded feathery top, Billy porter just outdid himself. He paired the top with a floor-length skirt featuring a bold orange print from Versace and looked like a bomb as usual.

Brie Larson: Brie Larson’s made heads turn with her Celine gown. The body fit gown composed of more than 13,000 Swarowski crystals and looked every inch of perfect on Brie. Fun fact is that the dress required over 1,200 hours of hand embroidery to look this beautiful and we think Brie is doing absolute justice to it.

Scarlett Johansson: The Marriage Story and Jojo Rabbit star stepped down in an Oscar de la Renta. Her metallic dress looked sexy on Scarlett and she accentuated her powerful look with subtle dewy makeup.

Brad Pitt: Brad Pitt looked classy as always in Brioni. The actor bagged the award for the best supporting actor for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood looking dashing.

Worst Dress:

Gal Gadot: Gal Gadot may have many hearts with her on-screen presence but she failed to impress us with her Givenchy Couture gown. The Wonder Woman star stepped in a fluffy pink skirt and black-lace bodice was a big fail considering that her previous red carpet appearances were exceptionally stunning.

Margot Robbie: Margot stepped in a Chanel gown in black colour and failed to impress us. Her dress was not Oscar-worthy and we know she could do better.

Laura Dern: While the actress bagged the award for supporting actress, we think her Armani Privé blush pink silk crepe dress with a full-length skirt that sweeps into a train was a big now. The top was a black crystal blouse with ornamental tassels that failed to make an impression.

Billie Eilish: While we all love Billie Eilish for her song and were excited to see her at the Oscars red carpet, her Chanel tweed jacket is something she wears everywhere and we thought she could have done something new for the red carpet.

Timothée Chalamet: Timothée Chalamet is a charming actor who everybody loves and his fashion sense is highly spoken off. But instead of dressing like the red-carpet prince that he is, Timothee went for something so basic that it was a huge disappointment or us.

Who do you think was the best and worst dressed at the red carpet of Oscars 2020? Let us know in the comments section below.

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South Korea’s ‘Parasite’ beats Hollywood greats to make Oscar history – Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Parasite,” a dark social satire from South Korea, won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, making history as the first film in a language other than English to claim the movie industry’s highest honor.

“Parasite,” about the gap between rich and poor in modern Seoul, won a total of four Oscars, including best director and original screenplay for Bong Joon Ho and best international feature film. No film had ever won both international feature film and best picture at the Oscars.

It was a remarkable outcome for a film that played with subtitles in the United States, beating movies by major studios and Hollywood veterans such as Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino. The win also came at the end of an awards season that had been criticized for lack of diversity.

Instead, the Oscars stage was crowded with South Korean actors and filmmakers, who mostly spoke to the audience through an interpreter.

“I am speechless,” said Kwak Sin Ae, one of “Parasite”‘s co-producers. “We never imagined this would ever happen. We are so happy. I feel like a very opportune moment in history is happening right now.”

When Bong got his first Oscar of the night – for best original screenplay – he gazed at the golden statuette in amazement.

He later paid tribute to his four fellow director nominees, saying, “I would like to get a Texas chainsaw and split the Oscar into five and share it with all of you.”

The ceremony, held without an official host, was peppered with jokes and sarcastic commentary about the exclusion of women from the directing category and the list of 20 acting nominees that included just one person of color.

“I thought there was something missing this year,” quipped comedian Steve Martin, opening the show with Chris Rock.

“Vaginas?” quipped Rock, to loud applause.

PHOENIX GIVES THANKS FOR SECOND CHANCE

The acting Oscars went as expected. Joaquin Phoenix won best actor for playing a failing clown who finds fame through violence in the dark comic-book tale “Joker,” and Renee Zellweger was named best actress for her performance as an ageing Judy Garland in the musical biopic “Judy.”

 

Phoenix, a strict vegan, gave a long, impassioned acceptance speech about climate change and animal rights but concluded on a personal note.

“I’ve been a scoundrel in my life. I’ve been selfish, cruel at times and hard to work with, and I’m grateful that so many people in this room have given me a second chance,” he said.

World War One movie “1917,” from Universal Pictures, had been seen as the film to beat but won just three of its 10 nominations. They came for its stunning “one-shot” feel cinematography, for visual effects and for sound mixing.

Tarantino’s sentimental ode to Tinseltown, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” brought the first acting Oscar for Brad Pitt, who played a supporting role as a laid-back stunt man.

Laura Dern took the supporting actress Oscar, her first Academy Award, for playing a ruthless divorce lawyer in “Marriage Story.”

But Netflix movie “The Irishman” – a costly Mafia saga directed by Scorsese that had 10 Oscar nominations and starred Hollywood veterans Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci – came away empty-handed.

Music played a large part in the ceremony, with a surprise performance by rapper Eminem of his 2003 Oscar-winning song “Lose Yourself” from the movie “8 Mile.”

Elton John won best original song for “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from his biopic “Rocketman,” which he performed at Sunday night’s ceremony. And American teen Billie Eilish, who won five Grammys last month, sang the Beatles hit ballad “Yesterday” for the in memoriam segment.

“American Factory,” about the decline of manufacturing jobs in the industrial Midwest from former U.S. President Barack and first lady Michelle Obama’s new production company, won the Oscar for best documentary.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Additional reporting by Maria Caspani, Lisa Richwine and Nichola Groom; editing by Jonathan Oatis and Sandra Maler

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