Stephen King criticized for comments on diversity

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ABOVE: Stephen King, photo via King’s Facebook page.

NEW YORK (AP) | Stephen King says he cares only about “quality,” not “diversity” when deciding on awards. Some are asking why he thinks the two must be different.

“I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality,” King tweeted this week. “It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.”

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Diversity takes a back seat in Oscar nominations

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Diversity was not on the minds of the academy members when Oscar nominations were announced Jan. 13.

Todd Phillips’ R-rated comic book smash “Joker” topped all films with 11 nominations, while Martin Scorsese’s elegiac crime epic “The Irishman,” Quentin Tarantino’s 1960s Los Angeles fairy tale “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood” and Sam Mendes’ continuous World War I tale “1917” all trailed close behind with 10 nods apiece.

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A look back at some record-breaking moments in LGBTQ entertainment

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It was a history-making year in film, TV, music, sports, even cartoons and toylines, for the LGBTQ community in 2019.

We look back on a few of those amazing moments in our annual LGBTQ Pop Culture ABCs.

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Billy Porter, Megan Rapinoe and Baby Yoda are among AP’s top TV moments of 2019

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NEW YORK (AP) | Many have noticed how fragmented our TV viewing is, with multiple competing streaming services and dozens of channels pulling us in different directions. But the year also saw some jaw-dropping moments that found huge audiences, whether it was a royal interview or a viral alien.

The Associated Press has put together a list of the best TV moments in 2019.

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Drama about trans woman among films honored at Student Academy Awards

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) | “Miller & Son,” a drama about a transgender woman mechanic living in rural America written and directed by Asher Jelinsky, joined an animated film about Grendel and a documentary about a girl finding her birth parents in China among the gold medal winners at the Student Academy Awards.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences held the 46th edition of the event in Beverly Hills Oct. 17. The awards spotlight emerging student filmmaking talent. Notable past winners include Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Patricia Riggen and Robert Zemeckis.

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‘Both sides of the binary:’ Exhibit explores gender, fashion

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BOSTON (AP) | When actor Billy Porter unveiled his combination tuxedo-ball gown at the Oscars last month, it got people talking.

Porter, the black and gay breakout star of the FX series “Pose,” had bucked traditional Academy Award attire — fancy frocks for the ladies and basic tuxedos for men.

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Marianne Farley’s LGBTQ film ‘Marguerite’ seems poised to win an Academy Award

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Marianne Farley is so excited that her voice is shaking on the other end of the phone. Then again, that might just be a result of her standing outside in the frigid Canadian winter. The Quebecois actress wrote and directed her first film, a live-action short called “Marguerite,” and just received the news that her film was nominated for an Oscar, and was off to do a day of interviews.

“I still don’t totally, completely believe it yet,” Farley says. “I screamed, of course. You say to yourself when you’re watching that you won’t scream out but in that moment I screamed. I was just so excited. It feels very overwhelming to me right now.”

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Ellen comes to the defense of Kevin Hart, wants him to still host Oscars

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Ellen DeGeneres came to the defense of Kevin Hart in an interview with the actor-comedian on her talk show saying the Academy Awards should ask Hart back to host the Oscars.

Hart stepped down from hosting the annual Hollywood celebration after homophobic tweets sent between 2009 and 2011 resurfaced online.

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Sarah Silverman says she’s ‘done’ using ‘gay’ for laughs

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Comedian Sarah Silverman has turned over a new leaf in her comedy.

TMZ caught Silverman out in Los Angeles and asked if she was “done” saying things that “could be perceived as homophobic.”

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With Kevin Hart’s downfall, hosting the Oscars got harder

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LOS ANGELES (AP) | The “most thankless job in town” just got even more difficult.

The Oscars have a longstanding host problem, but Kevin Hart’s swift downfall over old anti-gay tweets has led to bigger questions about the gig and the liability of social media histories.

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Kevin Hart steps down from hosting Oscars after backlash over homophobic tweets

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Comedian Kevin Hart announced on Twitter Dec. 6 that he is stepping down as Oscar host.  Hart made the announcement after a series of homophobic tweets were discovered on his account.

The tweets, which were posted from 2009 through 2011, feature anti-LGBTQ slurs and homophobic terminology. In a since deleted tweet from 2010, Hart says someone’s profile pic looks “like a gay bill board for AIDS.” In another deleted tweet from 2009, he referred to a user as a “fat faced fag.”

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03.08.18 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

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Many people find the idea of award shows ridiculous. They look at it as a self-serving pat-on-the-back and congratulations generally bestowed in industries viewed as overpaid and as jobs that are easy to do.

I love them though, especially the Oscars. The first time I ever sat down to watch the Oscars, officially called “The Academy Awards,” was when I was 10 years old. It was 1990 and I was watching Saturday morning cartoons when a commercial advertising the Oscar telecast came on.

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