Ciniplex to screen Oscar shorts
TORONTO — Canadians will soon get to see this year’s Oscar-nominated short films on the big screen.
Cineplex Entertainment plans to show the pieces in select theatres March 1st, 4th and 7th — the day the Academy Awards take place.
The March 1 screening features live-action short films, including “The Door,” about a family hit by the Chernobyl disaster, and “The New Tenants,” about new tenants in a scary apartment.
The March 4 showing puts the spotlight on the animated shorts, including “A Matter of Loaf and Death,” featuring the same characters from the Oscar-winning animated film series “Wallace & Gromit’s Grand Adventures.”
The March 7 screenings will encompass all the animated shorts.
This is the first time Cineplex Entertainment is showing the Oscar-nominated short films in its venues, which are located from British Columbia to Quebec. The theatre chain does not operate in the Atlantic provinces.
Advance tickets are available online at www.cineplex.com/events
Beverly Hills disowns Miss California
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — The mayor of Beverly Hills is outraged over a Miss USA contestant who spoke out against same-sex marriage and said she represented the city in the pageant.
In a statement Wednesday, Mayor Nancy Krasne said that 23-year-old Lauren Ashley, Miss California USA, lives in Pasadena and doesn’t represent Beverly Hills in any capacity.
She said she was shocked to see statements made by a beauty pageant contestant under the name of Beverly Hills, “which has a long history of tolerance and respect.”
Ashley recently told Fox News and other media outlets that same-sex marriage goes against God and the Bible.
50 Cent sued over sex video
NEW YORK — A Florida woman has sued rapper 50 Cent in New York City,claiming he unlawfully distributed her homemade sex video over the Internet after editing himself into it as a wig-wearing narrator.
Lastonia Leviston filed a lawsuit on Wednesday in Manhattan claiming unauthorized use of her name or image and emotional distress caused by the public release of a video she made with a lover in 2008.
The lawsuit claims 50 Cent posted the video on his website last year after blurring out the lover’s face.
It also claims the rapper introduces the video while wearing a curly wig and fluffy blue robe.
and can be heard narrating throughout.
The rapper’s real name is Curtis Jackson. His lawyer hasn’t responded to a phone message seeking comment.