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Wait, Will Smith wasn’t asked to leave Oscars? Witnesses speak out about the truth



Actor Will Smith was asked to leave immediately after he slapped Chris rock, but refused as an investigation is officially launched. But this wasn’t the truth

Will Smith was asked to leave the ceremony after smacking Oscar host Chris Rock across the face after he made a joke about his wife’s medical condition.

Let’s visit that statement released only a day ago:

“While we would like to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony (after slapping Chris Rock) and refused, we also recognize we could have handled the situation differently”

The academy said in a statement

The Academy also says: “things unfolded in a way we could not anticipate”

But now, sources close to the situation are saying he wasn’t actually asked to leave the show

There are reports the CEO spoke to Smith on zoom a day after the Oscars, in a 30 minute call.

Smith’s publicists say he was never asked to formally leave either.

Police were on site and ready to arrest actor Will Smith at the Academy Awards for slapping presenter Chris Rock, the producer of the Hollywood ceremony came out and said too.

But the authorities did take not any action because Rock declined to press charges, show producer Will Packer said.

Packer said that he and the production “officially” wanted Smith to stay for the remainder of the show, according to one of the witnesses, cited in Variety.

Another source close to Packer denied that the producer urged Smith to remain..

This comes as new footage comes to light, this time from Smith’s wife, who appears to be laughing at her husband post slapping Rock.

Many people right around thee world are still asking if this entire incident was staged, was it a joke – even though the academy slammed the incident from their statement.

On Wednesday, the Academy said that Smith faces “suspension, expulsion or other sanctions” for his actions. 

“Mr. Rock, we apologize to you for what you experienced on our stage and thank you for your resilience in that moment,” the group said in a statement. “We also apologize to our nominees, guests and viewers for what transpired during what should have been a celebratory event.”

The investigation is ongoing, but we can expect to hear more on April 18 in terms of outcomes and consequences. Until then? Expect more statements, interviews, footage and eye witness accounts.

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Streaming service shift and the award season snubs



Netflix Introduces Changes to Subscription Model, Academy Award Nominations Spark Cinematic Buzz, and the Doomsday Clock Continues its Ominous Ticking.

Netflix is set to discontinue its ad-free Basic subscription in select countries, commencing with Canada and the UK in Q2 2024.

This strategic shift introduces a significant price increase for the baseline entry, signalling potential adjustments to Netflix’s global pricing structure.

Simultaneously, the 96th edition of the Academy Award nominations has stirred cinematic debates, with the prevailing question being whether the upcoming season will be dominated by “Barbie” or “Oppenheimer.” These contrasting narratives set the stage for a fierce competition, highlighting the diverse and compelling offerings in this year’s film industry.

Beyond the realm of entertainment, the Doomsday Clock, a symbolic representation of the likelihood of a human-made global catastrophe, continues its ominous countdown.

Maintained since 1947 by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, the clock serves as a metaphor for threats arising from unchecked scientific and technological advances. As global tensions, environmental challenges, and technological risks persist, the ticking of the Doomsday Clock serves as a poignant reminder of the urgent need to address multifaceted threats to humanity.

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Adidas faces potential $320M Yeezy shoe write-off post-Kanye split



Adidas is contemplating a significant financial blow as it considers writing off $320 million worth of Yeezy shoes following its separation from music and fashion icon Kanye West.

The sportswear giant’s decision to sever ties with West’s Yeezy brand has left a mountain of unsold merchandise, threatening to dent the company’s balance sheet.

The partnership between Adidas and Kanye West, which began in 2013, had been immensely successful, with Yeezy shoes becoming a highly sought-after fashion statement.

However, recent controversies and disagreements between West and Adidas prompted the sportswear company to distance itself from the celebrity designer.

The massive inventory of Yeezy shoes now presents a dilemma for Adidas, as it grapples with finding a solution to deal with the surplus stock. A $320 million write-off could significantly impact the company’s financial performance in the short term.

Adidas is currently exploring various options, including discounting, donating, or repurposing the unsold inventory to mitigate the financial hit.

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Warner Bros discovery warns of Hollywood’s ‘real risk’ post-strikes’



Warner Bros Discovery, has issued a stark warning regarding the ‘real risk’ that Hollywood faces in the aftermath of the recent strikes that have taken a considerable toll on the industry’s financial health.

The strikes, which disrupted film and television production for several weeks, resulted in substantial financial losses for studios, production companies, and countless industry professionals.

Warner Bros Discovery emphasised the necessity for a resilient and adaptable approach to navigate the ongoing challenges and uncertainties facing the film and television sector.

The conglomerate stressed the importance of implementing measures to mitigate such risks in the future, which include fostering better labour relations and contingency planning to safeguard against potential disruptions.

The message underlined the need for the industry to adapt to the evolving landscape of content creation and distribution, particularly in the digital era.

This warning from Warner Bros Discovery highlights the need for the entertainment industry to recognise the ever-changing dynamics and economic challenges, and the importance of preparedness to maintain its prominent position in the global market.

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