Lin-Manuel Miranda fell short… Kevin Hart slams cancel culture… Billie Eilish x Nike x Jordan collection coming soon… iCarly stars are ‘grown-ups’… and Ben Affleck & Jennifer Lopez make out at steamy PDA-packed dinner
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s new movie “In The Heights” is based on a musical he wrote 20 years ago. But the movie is being criticized for featuring only light-skinned Latinos in the lead roles and putting darker-skinned Afro-Latinos in the background as dancers. Lin-Manuel heard the criticism and posted a lengthy apology on social media last night. He said, “I started writing In the Heights because I didn’t feel seen…and it is clear that many in our dark-skinned Afro-Latino community don’t feel sufficiently represented…I hear that without sufficient dark-skinned Afro-Latino representation, the work feels extractive of the community we wanted so much to represent with pride and joy. In trying to paint a mosaic of this community, we fell short. I’m truly sorry. I’m learning from the feedback, I thank you for raising it, and I’m listening.”
Kevin Hart has been cancelled a lot. He has come under fire for cheating scandals, old Tweets, getting fired from hosting The Oscars, and more. But he always bounces back! And in an interview with a British newspaper, Kevin called out cancel culture, saying, “If somebody has done something truly damaging then, absolutely, a consequence should be attached…When did we get to a point where life was supposed to be perfect? Where people were supposed to operate perfectly all the time? I don’t understand…because, last I checked, the only way you grow up is from [messing] up. I don’t know a kid who hasn’t [messed] up or done some dumb [stuff]. I’ve been cancelled, what, three or four times? Never bothered. If you allow it to have an effect on you, it will.”
Billie Eilish is a huge sneakerhead and it looks like one of her sneaker dreams is coming true. Over the weekend, a sneaker account on Twitter broke the news that Billie is doing a collaboration with Nike and getting her own Air Jordan sneaker. The account shared pictures of the bright lime green shoe called Eilish x Nike x Air Jordan. No word on how much they’ll cost or when they will be available.
The new “iCarly” reboot premieres this Thursday on Paramount+. It takes place ten years after the original series ended on Nickelodeon, so the characters will be dealing with more grown-up issues. Jerry Trainor is back as Carly’s big brother Sencer, and he said, “We’re going to to that line…It’s not going to be super-raw…but there’s going to be sexual situations.” Nathan Kress is back as Freddie and he said, “That’s been exciting for us…to just see where these characters from a kid’s show are in their life now…but in a very realistic, non-glossy way.”
On Sunday, Jennifer Lopez celebrated her sister Linda’s 50th birthday at Nobu in Malibu and brought her 13-year-old twins AND Ben Affleck. Some Sneaky McSneaky Person was able to shoot video of Ben and Jen through the bushes. She strokes his face. They kiss. They nuzzle. It’s so romantic. But while Ben is nestling on her neck, Jennifer’s son Max comes over to show mom something he finds super interesting on his phone. In fact, it’s so interesting, Ben pops his head up from Jen’s neck to check it out and then Max’s sister Emme comes over to see, too! Now all I want to know what they were looking at…..
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