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5 hours agoFootwear NewsThe supermodel managed to get her hands on the highly-anticipated holiday release a day early.5 hours agoJohn ‘Ecstasy’ Fletcher, Founding Member of Seminal Rap Group Whodini, Dies at 56John “Ecstasy” Fletcher, co-founder of the rap group Whodini, died Dec. 23. He was 56 years old.Fletcher founded New York City-based Whodini in 1982 alongside deejay Drew Carter, better known as Grandmaster Dee, and rapper Jalil Hutchins.Fletcher’s death was confirmed by Grandmaster Dee Wednesday afternoon, but no cause of death was identified.Whodini’s music spread from their home borough of Brooklyn around the globe, and the group got its start with early hits like “Magic’s Wand,” “Freaks Come Out at Night,” and “Five Minutes of Funk.” The group gained notoriety for Grandmaster Dee’s habit of mixing synthesizers and funk sounds with traditional hip-hop beats.Also Read: Rebecca Luker, Tony-Nominated Broadway Star, Dies at 59Fletcher recorded six studio albums with Whodini, and their second album, 1984’s “Escape,” was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Two of the group’s albums went gold — “Back in Black,” which came out in 1986 and Open Sesame,” released in 1987, both for Jive Records.Several legends in the rap community mourned Fletcher’s death on social media, including The Roots’ Questlove, who said in a tweet, “One Love to Ecstasy of the Legendary Whodini. This man was legendary and a pivotal member of one of the most legendary groups in hip hop. This is sad man.”A Tribe Called Quest co-founder Q-Tip tweeted, “Too many hits! My God, this one hurts me so bad,I can’t even believe I’m posting this, Ex you know I love you.” DJ Premier, who was half of emcee duo Gang Starr alongside the late rapper Guru, posted on Twitter, “A TREMENDOUS LOSS OF OUR HEROES… NO ONE DID IT LIKE THIS… THE VOICE, THE ZORRO STYLE HAT, THE ICONIC HIP HOP THAT WHODINI BRINGS TO HIP HOP… R.I.P. Ecstasy. SALUTE JALIL AND GRANDMASTER DEE… LOVE TO THE FLETCHER FAMILY.”Public Enemy’s Chuck D said Ecstasy was always there to lend advice to up-and-coming rap stars. “1987 I entered the @Defjam tour w PE. I tended to be nervous looking at 15000 fans in front of me every night,” he tweeted. “There were 2 MCS that directly mentored my calm that summer. 1 was @RealDougEFresh the other was Ecstacy of Whodini. Always there to reassure w advice tips RestInBeats.”Read original story John ‘Ecstasy’ Fletcher, Founding Member of Seminal Rap Group Whodini, Dies at 56 At TheWrap

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5 hours agoHow ‘Lovecraft Country’ Star Jonathan Majors Accepted Atticus’ FateA version of this story about “Lovecraft Country” star Jonathan Majors first appeared in the December issue of TheWrap magazine. HBO’s “Lovecraft Country” threw viewers for a loop (spoiler ahead!) when the Misha Green-created horror-drama series killed off its lead character, Atticus “Tic” Freeman (played by Jonathan Majors), in the final episode of its first season. That death was also a gut-punch moment for Majors himself, who didn’t know the protagonist was going to die until well into shooting the season.“It was kind of two-sided because I had done films, for the most part, before being in the show,” said Majors, whose movies include “The Last Black Man in San Francisco” and Spike Lee’s recent “Da 5 Bloods.” “So I thought, ‘OK, he dies. All right.’ But then my mind went, ‘Wait, this is a TV show! I signed up for X amount of years!’ But once all that ego settled down, I realized, he traveled a very long way to get to where he was and he has been changed so much over the course of those 10 hours.”Also Read: 'Lovecraft Country' Creator on Ruby's 'Really F-ing Gross' Metamorphosis and Christina's Big RevealMajors is correct. The 10-episode first season of “Lovecraft Country,” which is based on Matt Ruff’s book of the same name, follows Tic, a Black man who travels across the United States in the Jim Crow-era 1950s searching for his missing father, played by Michael K. Williams, and falling in love with his childhood friend, Leti (Jurnee Smollett). At the same time, he’s battling the dark, ancient magic of white brotherhood and supernatural entities inspired by the works of author H.P. Lovecraft.The Season 1 story reaches its climax when the powerful white sorceress Christina (Abbey Lee Kershaw) uses a ritual sacrifice to kill Atticus to harness his magic and become immortal. Shooting the scene was not a physically comfortable experience for Majors, but he was more than OK with that. “Anybody that knows me will tell you that I don’t mind being uncomfortable,” he said. “I think the best stuff happens when you’re in that state. And it’s the poetry of that moment, that there’s a man literally sacrificing himself.”Majors notes that this actually was about Atticus sacrificing himself, not Christina murdering him. Atticus makes the choice to allow Christina to do this in order to protect his family member, including his unborn son growing inside Leti, who are there to watch him die.Also Read: HBO's 'Lovecraft Country' Gets Companion Social VR Experience 'Sanctum'“If no one else in the Freeman family was around, that moment would be a capture and murder, and Atticus would just be a dead man,” he said. “Because of the ceremony of it, because the family was there, because he willingly went there, it is a ceremony of clarity and of strength. And so Atticus doesn’t end as a murdered Black man, he ends as a martyr. And essentially, he is now the edge of the spear for his family and for the next chapter of their legacy.“And Christina killing the Black man, that’s not new,” the actor said. “It’s actually quite sad because she’s fighting for something that she never had. These are two groups fighting against a patriarchy, in this case a magical patriarchy. So you have these two marginalized groups fighting for what they think is a way out. And it actually is a way out, but of course war can happen in that and that’s what we’re witnessing.”Majors was “quite proud” of how his “Lovecraft Country” character dies, though he said, “It’s not over till it’s over” and “we’ll see what happens” in potential future seasons. “For me, it was a sense of calm and a real sense of peace. And I thought, that’s how he’s got to go out. The entire time, he has to be working for peace and to find calm within himself, to be resolute about what he’s going to do. And so when he meets his end, it was him achieving his objective. He’s a soldier. He had reached the end of his mission and was surrounded by the people he loved.”Read more from the Documentaries issue of TheWrap Awards Season Magazine.Read original story How ‘Lovecraft Country’ Star Jonathan Majors Accepted Atticus’ Fate At TheWrap

5 hours agoBehind Clubhouse, the Invite-Only App Connecting Hollywood and Silicon Valley During the PandemicForget The Nice Guy or Soho House. The place to find Hollywood and Silicon Valley powerhouses during the pandemic has been on Clubhouse, the invite-only, audio-driven app that’s quickly gaining steam as a networking tool for those looking to make it in the entertainment and tech worlds.Hop on Clubhouse at any given time and you could stumble into conversations led by Wiz Khalifa, Tiffany Haddish, Ava DuVernay, Ashton Kutcher, Brian Koppelman or Scooter Braun, among several other celebs. Kevin Hart, in a story that’s already solidified in Clubhouse lore, recently took part in an hours-long conversation focused on whether he was, in fact, funny. And on the tech side, Clubhouse is packed entrepreneurs like former Twitter CEO Ev Williams, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and former Y Combinator President Sam Altman, along with a laundry list of angel investors and venture capitalists.Clubhouse isn’t complicated: Users can go on the app and join a “room” where a particular conversation is going on. Often, these conversations are focused on business and networking topics; “Pivoting from live events to virtual events + sponsorships” and “virtual writing cafe” were two rooms pulling in users on Monday, for example. Once inside, users can listen to the discussion and, if approved by the room moderator, chime in and join the conversation themselves. It’s not uncommon to see rooms with a few dozen speakers and a few hundred users listening in.Since launching in April, the app has grown to over 100,000 beta users, according to an individual familiar with the company’s internal metrics. The app’s early traction helped it land a $12 million round of funding from Andreessen Horowitz, valuing Clubhouse at $100 million.Also Read: 'Kevin Hart: Zero F**ks Given' Was Watched by More Than 21 Million Homes in 4 WeeksAs the new, go-to spot to listen to (and potentially connect with) entrepreneurs and stars, Clubhouse has also become the audio version of LinkedIn for those looking to make connections in Hollywood. Even in normal times, making it in the movie business is tough enough. But for Sade Sellers, a 31-year-old screenwriter from Burbank, California, one of the many problems tied to the pandemic has been the end to casual networking events — coffee meet-ups with executives, conferences and post-work drinks with people in the film industry — that have helped her career grow.“L.A. is all about lunch,” Sellers said. “And now that we can’t do that, it’s just like, Where am I supposed to get to know people?”The answer, for Sellers and many others like her, turned out to be Clubhouse. “It is amazing for networking,” she said, “especially in a pandemic, when I can’t leave and they’re not hosting networking events.” Within her first three days on the app, Sellers said several big-wigs she’d been dreaming of connecting with for years followed her on Clubhouse — and she gained 1,000 new followers across both her Instagram and Twitter accounts. Now she spends several hours a day on the app, she said, routinely hosting her own rooms or just sitting back, listening to discussions in other rooms as if they were podcasts.“Executives are more accessible there,” Sellers said, without naming anyone in particular. “Some execs I’ve been chasing for years have followed me on Clubhouse. I’m like, ‘What, that’s all it took?’ After 10 years of chasing you down.”Also Read: What Movies Will Open in Theaters and 7 More Burning Questions for Hollywood in 2021A look at a Clubhouse room with a handful of users in conversation (via Clubhouse)She’s not the only person in entertainment who’ve joined the Clubhouse bandwagon. Leah Lamarr, an actress and stand-up comedian based in L.A., said Clubhouse has become her go-to place to network during the pandemic. “Clubhouse is the app we’ve all been seeking,” Lamar said. “It facilitates real connections in real time, while eliminating barriers to entry that many face in their respective industries and on other platforms that intentionally diminish your visibility.”She also joked that it’s nice to have reached the “point of the pandemic where we’ve moved from Zoom to Clubhouse and can now judge people solely based on their opinions, rather than their appearance.”Still, networking isn’t the only reason Clubhouse has been gaining steam. For one thing, the novelty factor of being in the same conversation as an A-list celebrity or top tech exec hasn’t hurt Clubhouse’s reputation. Perhaps most important, though, is that users are free to talk about anything they want on Clubhouse — and that can lead to some interesting rooms.Also Read: Are Scripts Still Selling in a Year of Pandemic? | Pro InsightLast week, after audio leaked of Tom Cruise berating crew members on the set of the latest “Mission Impossible,” a room dubbed “Let’s discuss Tom Cruise’s epic rant” quickly popped up. That conversation went on for several hours, with users in the room touching on everything from the rant to their favorite Cruise film ever to the decline of Hollywood nightlife to the odds live music and sports venues will bounce back in 2021. The conversation underscored Clubhouse’s appeal compared to other social media apps: It’s built on audio, rather than text, conversations, which gives rooms a more organic and spontaneous feel. Hearing another user’s voice also adds a level of intimacy that isn’t found in text-based “conversations” on Facebook and other platforms.That’s by design, Clubhouse co-founder Paul Davison told TheWrap. “Audio is the oldest medium,” Davison said. “Everyone knows how to talk. It’s a really organic thing.”Prior to Clubhouse, Davison was an entrepreneur who sold Highlights, an app allowing users to share contact information with people near them, to Pinterest in 2016. He said starting a consumer-facing app wasn’t the first thing he had in mind when he met with co-founder Rohan Seth to spitball new ideas, but he kept coming back to audio. A longtime fan of podcasts and audiobooks, Davison said there was an opening to help foster “meaningful conversations” online — without people needing to learn how to set up their own podcasts to do so. As Davidson put it, “You shouldn’t have to know what RSS is in order to talk to someone and have a conversation.” So in April, Davison and Seth launched Clubhouse, aiming to make it a one-stop-shop for anyone looking for interesting conversations.“Human connection is so important to us,” Davison said. “The idea that technology can allow us to have meaningful conversations and deep, human connections with friends and interesting new people around the world, any tim we want, instantly from our living rooms — that’s amazing to me. That’s the potential we get really excited about.”Clubhouse co-founder Paul Davison (courtesy of Clubhouse)The cherry on top, Davison added, was that audio offers those benefits “without any of the anxiety of video. You don’t have to worry about what you look like, or how messy your house is, you can just talk.” Moving away from a focus on “likes” and content curation toward “human connection,” he said, has been a driving force behind the app.Some users, though, have pointed out what makes Clubhouse great has also made them question if they’ll continue using it. Travis Grier, a 29-year-old social media manager and online magazine editor from Baltimore, said he uses the app on average one or two hours per day since joining in September. Grier agreed that Clubhouse has helped him network and connect with people throughout the tech and media worlds. “The best aspect of Clubhouse to me,” Grier told TheWrap, “is that I’m exposed to different types of people, and I was able to find my tribe of people that I connect with everyday now.”At the same time, Grier said his Clubhouse experience has been marred by some “blatantly racist” comments directed at Black and minority users. (Sellers, who is African-American, said she had not dealt with racist comments in her short time on the app.) Grier said he enjoys how easy Clubhouse makes it to network and jump from conversation to conversation, but that the unexpected racist comments make him “50-50” on whether he’ll keep using the app moving forward. He’s been frustrated in the past, he said, that there have been times when he’s “raised his hand” to push back against a comment, but that room moderators never called on him — leaving the speaker unchallenged.Some might argue that’s the inevitable tradeoff that comes with an app built on real-time conversations with a diverse set of users; some offensive comments are bound to seep through. As Davison put it, when you’re dealing with live conversations, “you never really know what’s going to be said next.” Still, he said Clubhouse is adamantly against racist comments and has tools in place, including the ability to block and mute accounts, for users to leverage. Users are also able to report comments that violate Clubhouse’s rule book, which prompts a review that can lead to either a warning, suspension or ban based on the offense.“We unequivocally condemn any form of hate speech, racism, abuse, [and] bullying, and we have very clear policies and procedures to take action if that’s ever reported on the service,” Davison said.Looking ahead, Clubhouse will likely remain a key cog in entertainment networking, at least until the pandemic subsides. But Davison said the goal has never been to be an exclusive, celebrity-driven networking app — that’s just how things have unfolded so far. Right now, Clubhouse has a team of eight employees, working remotely around the Bay Area, looking to bring the app to the masses.“We are building clubhouse for everyone, and we’ve had that mindset since day 1,” Davison said.The goal, he said, is for a wide rollout sometime in the next few months. Until then, though, you can expect people in the entertainment industry like Sellers and Lamarr to continue using Clubhouse to network while on coronavirus lockdown.Read original story Behind Clubhouse, the Invite-Only App Connecting Hollywood and Silicon Valley During the Pandemic At TheWrap

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