SXSW 2018 Highlights: Visit the ‘Shameless’ Bar, ‘Westworld’ Theme Park

Since its inception in the year 1987, the South by Southwest festival brings together stars from film, interactive media, and music in conferences that take place every March in Austin, Texas.

The 2018 South by Southwest festival (SXSW) and the conference will host panels, screenings, a special theme park, happy hours and more. The event will take place between March 9 and 18 in Austin, Texas. To keep our readers up to date, Fofy has created a list of the events which are expected to keep the audience spellbound in the designated days.

March 9 – 11 (Friday – Sunday)

Westworld: Live Without Limits Weekend

Between March 9 and 11 – in what the organizers of the festival have dubbed as a ‘’Live without Limits weekend,’’ the audiences would be treated to a ‘Westworld’’ theme park in the festival. The tableau would include refurbished sets from a host of HBO Series’, including Mariposa Saloon. For guests who are willing to attend the event, they would first have to register at discoverwestworld.com before checking in at the festival.

Apart from the series co-creators Lisa Joy and Jonathan Nolan, cast members Thandie Newton, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, and Jeffrey Wright would be at the festival to discuss details of the new season on March 10, between 3:30 and 4:30, inside Room D of the Austin Convention Center.

Condor HQs (78 Rainey Street)

AT&T has recently launched a new thriller series titled ‘’Condor’’. To promote the show, the company plan to launch an interactive set called “Connor Headquarters”. In this experience, guests would be given the opportunity to participate in real-life CIA tech. tactics, physical and skill tests as well as environmental analysis and lie detection.

March 10 (Saturday)

Vida Happy Hour (88 Rainey Street)

Looking forward to the new Starz series ‘’Vida’’? Then you have got a chance in a lifetime to meet its cast and producer between 5 and 7 pm on March 10. The cast members present that day would include Mishel Prada, Carlos Miranda, Chelsea Rendon, Ser Anzoategui, Melissa Barrera, and Maria Elena Laas. What’s more, cocktails, wine tasting, a nail bar, and music would also be served by the Chulita Vinyl Club.

March 12 (Monday)

Back in the Game with Alex Rodriguez

Taking place in the Ballroom D of the Austin Convention Center, this event would see CNBC Chairman Mark Hoffman talking to Alex Rodriguez about the highs and lows of his career with the New York Yankee team. In addition, Rodriguez would give tips using which he is currently managing a team of athletes.

MARCH 15 (Thursday)

SMILF (Clive Bar)

To honor the Golden Globe award nominee ‘SMILF’, Princess Nokia, whose music the show featured will talk to the creator, producer, and star of the show Frankie Shaw. In addition, vocalist Sudan Archives and Rocker Snail Mail will also perform. What’s more, if you are one of the first 100guests, you’d get a gift card for free from the event’s organizers.

March 17 (Saturday)

Shameless (Clive Bar)

Want to be served drinks by the stars of the popular TV series ‘’Shameless’’? Well, your wish would come true as both Steve Howey and Shanola Hampton would transform the house into an ‘’Alibi Bar’’ pop up and will serve drinks to the guests.

Karla Souza Alleges She Was Raped by A Director in Mexico

The actress, famed for her performances in ABC’s ‘’How to Get Away with Murder,’’ alleged that she was raped by a director back in her native country at the start of her career.

Karla Souza has claimed that a director raped her at the start of her career in Mexico. Still, despite revealing that she was subjected to sexual assault, the ‘’How to Get Away with Murder’’ star refused to disclose the name.

The 32-year-old star revealed the details of the shocking incident for the first time while giving an interview CNN en Español on Tuesday. Teary-eyed, she told her host Carmen Aristegui the incident happened when she was on a shoot back in her native country.

Souza explained that at first, she chose to repulse the sexual advances of the unnamed director. Later on, and after a month of the advances of the director and what Souza claims as his ‘total abuse of power’, she felt that she had no other option but to ‘give in.’

‘[I let him] kiss me, to touch me in ways I did not want him to touch me and in one of those instances, he attacked me violently and yes, he raped me.’

She further revealed that the incident happened when she had just started her career. She was living in a hotel where none of her fellow cast mates were residing, and that only she and the director had rooms in that hotel.

‘He knocked at my door saying he wanted to go over some scenes and I thought it’s 2 am, it’s not appropriate and it’s something that shouldn’t be happening,’ Souza said.

She alleges that after being repulsed the first time, the director came back but she once again refused to let him in the door.

However, Souza claims, the decision to not open the door had repercussions beyond her wildest imaginations. The next day when she went back to the set, the director suddenly started to humiliate her for no reason, and in the company of her cast mates. Souza alleges that it was that psychological control which the director enjoyed over her which forced her to give in.

This revelation has come at a time when Hollywood has been rocked by months of accusations of harassment and sexual assault, resulting in the rise of #TimesUp and #MeToo movements.

Souza is an experienced actress who has been working on television since her childhood. Her first role on TV came in 1993 when she appeared as a child performer in Aspen Extreme.

Since 2014, and after years of appearing in Spanish-language movies, she has starred alongside Viola Davis in ABC’s ‘’How to Get Away with Murder’’.

Costume Designers Guild Awards 2018: Winners List

‘’The Shape of Water’’ and ‘’I, Tonya’’ took home some of the best awards at the Costume Designers Guild Awards (2018) held in Beverly Hills, California on Tuesday night.

Showing their support for the Time’s Up movement – a phenomenon which started at the Golden Globes and continued at the Oscars, most of the nominees attending the Designer Guild Awards wore black to show solidarity with the movement.

Among those honored were included the likes of Kerry Washington and Guillermo Del Toro, both of whom won the Distinguished Collaborator and the Spotlight award, respectively.

John Mohlo, the Oscar-winning costume designer who is famous for his designs in the “Gandhi’’ and ‘’Star Wars’’ series, was posthumously included in the Hall of Fame of the Costume Designers Guild.

While it was Jennifer Johnson who won the excellence in contemporary film category award for his work in ‘’I, Tonya’’, other nominees included Arianne Phillips for “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” Nadine Haders for “Get Out,” and April Napier alongside Melissa Toth for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

The award for excellence in the period film category went to Luis Sequeira for “The Shape of Water”, leaving behind the likes of Ellen Mirojnick for “The Greatest Showman,” Jeffrey Kurland for “Dunkirk,” Mark Bridges for “Phantom Thread,“ and ” Alexandra Byrne for “Murder on the Orient Express.”

For the excellence in contemporary television for designs category, Ane Crabtree was declared as the winner for her designs in “The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Jean Petrie got the excellence in period television category award for her effort in ‘’The Crown,’’ and for sci-fi fantasy designs – it was Michele Clapton who was honored for her work in ‘’Game of Thrones’’.

Full Winners List of Costume Designers Guild Awards 2018:

“I, Tonya” (Jennifer Johnson): Excellence in Contemporary Film
“The Shape of Water” (Luis Sequeira): Excellence in Period Film
“Wonder Woman” (Lindy Hemming): Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Film
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Ane Crabtree): Excellence in Contemporary Television
“The Crown” (Jane Petrie): Excellence in Period Television
“Game of Thrones” (Michele Clapton): Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television
P!NK – “Beautiful Trauma,” Music Video (Kim Bowen): Excellence in Short Form Design
Joanna Johnson: Career Achievement Award
Guillermo del Toro: Distinguished Collaborator Award
Maggie Schpak: Distinguished Service Award
Kerry Washington: Lacoste Spotlight Award

They Are ‘Actors’: Florida House Aide Fired After Ridiculous High School Shooting Claim

The staffer, who was the district secretary of Rep. Shawn Harrison from Tampa Bay, had earlier sent an Email to a local news outfit claiming that two of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting were ‘actors’.

An aide of one of the Florida Legislators was fired on Tuesday evening after saying that two survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting were not students, as they were ‘’actors that travel to various cities when shootings happen’’.

Benjamin Kelly, State Rep. Shawn Harrison’s District Secretary, had an exchange via Email with a Tampa Bay Times reporter about two of the students – David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez – who had earlier appeared on CNN to talk about the shooting.

In what is since then described as a Valentine’s Day massacre, shooting at the Portland High school left 17 dead, most of them children, with dozens wounded.

After surviving the shooting, both Hogg and Emma gave an interview to CNN on Monday morning in which they requested the government to disband the NRA and implement stricter gun-control laws.

In the wake of these comments, Benjamin Kelly sent an email to Tampa Bay Times’ Washington Bureau Chief, Alex Leary, and stated that they “are not students here but actors that travel to various crisis when they happen.”

When Tampa Bay Times asked Kelly to substantiate his claim by giving facts, the former aide sent the newspaper a link to a YouTube video, in which baseless comments were made against Hogg.

“There is a clip on youtube that shows Mr. Hogg out in California. (I guess he transferred?),” Kelly retorted in the email, according to the Times.

Kelly’s bluff was called when some of the journalists found an article on Coral Springs Talk.

The article, published six days before the massacre took place, showed that Hogg was a student at Marjory Stoneman and discussed a documentary he made alongside other students of the high school.

Gonzalez, the student who appeared alongside Hogg on CNN, could also be seen working in the documentary as the team leader.

After their brief exchange with Kelly, Times contacted Rep. Shawn Harrison, who called the comment ‘’totally inappropriate’’, and promised to look further into the matter.

On Tuesday afternoon, just a day after Kelly had sent the email, the State Representative tweeted from his official account that his aide was put on leave. Two hours later, Harrison said that Kelly was fired from his job and apologized to the grieving families for the disparaging comments made by his former aide.

 

Fergie Mocked For Her NBA All-Star National Anthem Performance

Following her breathless, bluesy delivery of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ on the eve of NBA’s All-Star Game, Fergie was the butt of the jokes as Social media took turns mocking the 42-year-old American Singer.

As if her performance on the eve of the biggest game on NBA’s calendar wasn’t bad enough, Fergie was criticized ruthlessly on social media in the wake of her botched rendition of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’. So severe was the backlash that the Black-eyed singer had to come on her Twitter and apologize to her fans.

Throughout her performance which took almost two-and-a-half-minutes, the crowd inside the Staples Center – the arena where the All-Star game was held, were slowly chuckling as per the Associated Press. Some basketball players, including Draymond Green, were unable to suppress their laughter as the performance was going live.

When asked during halftime as to how he felt about her performance, Charles Barkley quipped that he ‘need a cigarette after that’’. Shaquille O’Neal was the solo voice speaking in her favor, as she described her performance as ‘different’ and ‘sexy’

Still, while the reaction inside the arena to her botched-up performance was muted, on Social Media, it soon turned into a full-blown fiasco, with even celebrities taking turns to criticize their fellow American singer.

Even Roseanne Barr, who is no stranger to delivering botched performances – as her 1990 performance at the Padres Game was ranked among 10 of the worst national anthem renditions ever, weighed in, quipping that her performance was ‘low key’.

While Barr turned to humor to make fun of Fergie’s performance, other social media users were not so kind.

To her credit, Fergie didn’t lash out on social media users who were making fun of her performance. Instead, she turned to TMZ to issue a full-blown apology, by claiming that she ‘took a risk’ which clearly didn’t pay off in her favor.

Sylvester Stallone Dead? Rumors Appear On Social Media

For the second time in less than two years, Sylvester Stallone, famed for his Rambo movies, was falsely declared as dead on Social media last night.

In what has become a sort of trend which resurfaces almost every year or so, filmmaker and actor Sylvester Stallone was declared dead on Social media last night.

Once again, it was claimed that the 71-year-old superstar was found dead in his LA Property, only for the actor to come out and quash these rumors.

It was in 2016 that Stallone was declared dead for the first time on social media, with his fans claiming that they had seen the posts claiming his death on Facebook.

However, as it turned out, later on, the hoax was created and shared by a website which is known for faking the deaths of celebrities to get clicks on their website.

While it was Facebook last time which disseminated the Fake News regarding his death, now was the turn of Twitter to do the same. And once again, the rumor reached such an audience that Stallone and his brother had to come out and deny the rumors.

Apparently, the rumor started after a twitter account with the handle ‘Osmanmani89’ shared a fan poster of Creed II, the newest addition to the Rocky Film series.

Once they say Sylvester’s face on the advertisement, some of Sylvester’s incredulous fans – who apparently didn’t know about the hoax which rocked social media in 2016 – reacted with a mixture of confusion and grief.

So potent was the rumor that within hours, messages started to circulate that the reason of Sylvester’s death was prostate cancer.

Taking the matters in his own hands – albeit very belatedly as far as his fans were concerned, Sylvester took to Twitter on Monday to rebuff the rumors, calling his fans to ‘ignore the stupidity’.

Before Sylvester turned to Twitter to rebuff the rumors, his brother Frank, who is also a part of the production company that Sylvester runs, also slammed the ridiculous gossip on social media via his Twitter account.

https://twitter.com/Stallone/status/965608576755511301

 

 

‘Big Little Lies’: Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz and Shailene Woodley Return For Season 2

HBO confirmed yesterday that all three actresses have closed their deals to feature in the second Season of ‘Big Little Lies’ which is expected to air on our television screens early 2019.

Taking the hype surrounding the build-up of the Season 2 to a whole new level, HBO confirmed on Friday that Laura Dern, Zoe Kravitz and Shailene Woodley have all agreed to be a part of ‘Big Little Lies’ for the second season running.

Kravitz returns as Bonnie Carlson, with Woodley coming back as Jane Chapman, and Dern reprising the role of Renata Klein.

The trio would join other, previously announced cast members in Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, with Meryl Streep playing the role of Perry’s mother in the second season.

In the second season of ‘Big Little Lies’, Jane would be trying to build her life after recovering from the sudden death of Perry. Bonnie, who is also struggling with Perry’s death, would be forced to face her past demons, while Renata would be facing new challenges in her bid to save her marriage.

So brilliant were their performances in the first season that both Dern and Woodley were nominated for a Golden Globe and an Emmy award in the supporting actress role, though it was Dern who was able to win both.

It was in December last year that HBO announced for the first time that ‘Big Little Lies’ would be returning for the second season. Apart from starring in their respective roles, Witherspoon and Kidman will also serve as the executive producers.

While the Season 1 of the drama series revolved around the novel of Liane Moriarty which has the same name, it would be Author David E. Kelley, who was both the writer and Executive Producer in Season 1, on whose story the Season 2 would revolve around.

It was in early 2017 that ‘Big Little Lies’ premiered on HBO for the first time, and the show’s popularity hasn’t looked back ever since.

Such was the hype surrounding the show that at the 69th Emmy Awards which were held in September 2017, it grabbed eight Primetime awards, including acting awards for Dern, Alexander Skarsgård, and Kidman, as well as that of the best TV movie.

Revealed: Why Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux split up

If rumors are to be believed, many people think that the reason why Jennifer Aniston had to split up with Justin Theroux was that she was at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

It was her hatred of New York which led Jenifer Aniston to save goodbye to her married life with Justin Theroux, her friends claim.

It wasn’t that the 46-year-old actress didn’t try to patch things up – as she moved to his Manhattan apartment to have a fresh start, but Aniston was unable to deal with the ‘pokey apartment’ as well as the ‘paparazzi’. Consequently, after trying her level best to get things on track, Aniston went back to her huge Bel Air, Los Angeles estate.

Though she is more comfortable in Los Angeles with a friend group which sources claim is ‘tight-knit’, Justin wasn’t able to settle in LA. For, unlike Jennifer, she loves the life of New York, as well as its edgier crowd.

Another reason why Justin likes to be in NYC is that he has a diverse group of friends there. For, be it people from the restaurant world, tattoo artists, writers, and comedians, Justin’s friend circle is an eclectic group, one which he doesn’t have in LA.

The couple, who married in 2015 after a five year dating period, spent a good portion of their time away from each other due to work commitments, even during their marriage.

However, after Jennifer decided to move back to LA, Justin began to spend more and more time alone in his NYC apartment. As a result, with them spending more and more time away from each other, their marriage life came under strain and problems started to get bigger.

For, unlike his public persona, close friends of Jennifer describe her as a ‘complicated’ person. As for Justin, he was way too focused on his craft and himself.

The next thing to put further strain on their marriage was the work commitments of both. Justin is currently taking part in three new films in ‘Mute’, ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’, and ‘On the Basis of Sex’.  Jennifer, however, is far from being busy as she continues to earn millions off her product deals.

With so many things going wrong at the same time, the couple announced last week that they were splitting.

‘’Deadpool 2’’ Trailer: Justice League Mocked, Cable Showed Off

The first trailer of Deadpool 2 has been revealed and apart from taking shots at Justice League and showing off Cable (the new Villain), it reveals not much of substance.

In an action-packed trailer of ‘Deadpool 2’ revealed on Wednesday night by Fox, Cable, the new villain, gets his long-overdue moment in the spotlight. “People think they understand pain, but they have no concept of it,” roars Cable. “What’s the most pain you’ve ever felt?”

Though Cable is appearing in the Deadpool series for the first time, he has appeared together with Deadpool in a different comic series, titled ‘Cable & Deadpool’. Josh Brolin – who plays the role of Cable in the movie – has signed a deal with Fox which will see him playing the same character in at least three more films in the future.

Turning our attention back to the trailer, after showcasing Cable in the villain role, it shows Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) for a split second. He’s shown standing inside a helicopter, with four more characters standing alongside him. One of those characters is Domino (Zazie Beetz), but you might not recall the other three, for they have never appeared in this form before.

So who are those characters? Well, as Rob Liefeld revealed in his Instagram post, they are an X-force squad from the Marvel Comics which has teamed up with Deadpool to save the world. That means the four characters must be from X-Force.

Standing on the right-hand side of Deadpool is Terry Crews though his role in the movie is not known. And as Rob Liefield refused to confirm, we can only speculate that he would be playing one of the three roles of Hammer, Garrison Kane, or G.W. Bridge from the Marvel Comics series.

As for the remaining two characters standing alongside Deadpool, the one standing on the extreme right in the scene is Shatterstar. His abilities, as showcased in the Marvel-Comic series, include sending shockwaves via his sword and teleporting emphatically.

The only remaining character, meanwhile, is Rictor, a mutant who blames Cable for the death of his father. Though, in reality, it was Stryne, Cable’s clone, who was responsible for the heinous act. It was to take revenge that he joined the X-Force at first, and as this movie goes on to show, Deadpool.

Deadpool would be released in the cinemas on May 18 this year.

World’s Most Expensive Home Up For Sale For $1 Billion

Located in the French town of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat near Nice, Villa Les Cèdres was built around 1830 and has been home to personalities like King Leopold II of Belgium.

A luxurious, 18,000 square-foot mansion in the South of France is up for sale for a price tag which, if paid, would make it the most expensive residential home in the history. Apart from its spacious ambiance, Villa Les Cèdres also boasts views of the Maritime Alps and Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Looking at the history of the house, it was bought in 1850 by then mayor of Villefranche-sur-Mer who turned it into an olive tree farm, hence the reason why 300-year-old olive trees could still be found there. After looking after the house for nearly half a century, the descendants of the mayor solid it to King Leopold II of Belgium in 1904.

The Belgian King, who made huge money by exploiting rubber trees and mineral resources of the Democratic Republic of Congo, expanded the house as well as the gardens which surround the home till this day.

Located near Nice in the French town of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the home currently sits on around 35 acres. Apart from being decorated with 14,000+ species of plants, it contains Athena’s bronze state, a lily-pads-filled man-made pond, and olive trees which have been there for around 300 years.

On opening the gates of the villa, one is welcomed by a long, winding path, flanked by towering cedar and palm trees. It is from these cedar trees (cèdres in French) that the villa draws its name. At the house’s front entrance stands a bronze statue of Athena covered with marble tunic.

Step inside, and the vibe is that of something that is slightly weathered and decadent, though it is consistent with the Belle Epoque heyday of the estate: with chandeliers, French doors, grand sitting rooms, and floor-to-ceiling portraits of the 19th century greeting one’s presence. There’s also a wood-paneled library which contains 3,000+ books on plants.

Apart from the area that it covers and the furnishings that it offers, the location of the mansion – alongside the Mediterranean in the South of France, also makes it attracting for the super-rich. Over the course of history, industrialists, princes, and bankers built their homes along the same cost.

And after their downfall, Russian aristocracy before W-W-1, American billionaires after the stock market crash of the 1930s, and European superrich after W-W-2 have found solace in this area. Still, despite the rich history of this place and the grandness of the villa, it remains to be seen whether anyone has the financial muscle to purchase it.