Priyanka Chopra has apologized after her TV show Quantico featured a controversial storyline about Indian terrorists. The episode, titled The Blood of Romeo, saw Chopra’s FBI agent Alex Parrish thwarting a terrorist attack on an international summit in New York by Indian nationalists, who stole weaponized uranium and sought to blame the planned violence on Pakistan. Fans were horrified that the show fictionalized the real-life historical tension between the two countries just days before a real-life summit between India and Pakistan in China. Chopra was targeted by viewers who criticised her for going along with the storyline, especially as she is of Indian descent. “I’m extremely saddened and sorry that some sentiments have been hurt by a recent episode of Quantico,” Chopra posted on Twitter on Saturday (09Jun18). “That was not and would never be my intention. I sincerely apologize. I’m a proud Indian and that will never change.” ABC, the network behind the show, also offered an apology for the content of the episode, that aired on 1 June. “(We) and the executive producers of Quantico would like to extend an apology to our audience who were offended by the most recent episode, The Blood of Romeo,” they said in a statement. “The episode has stirred a lot of emotion, much of which is unfairly aimed at Priyanka Chopra, who didn’t create the show, nor does she write or direct it. She has no involvement in the casting of the show or the storylines depicted in the series.” The network’s statement concluded: “Quantico is a work of fiction. The show has featured antagonists of many different ethnicities and backgrounds, but in this case we inadvertently and regrettably stepped into a complex political issue. It was certainly not our intention to offend anyone.” Quantico, which was canceled by ABC last month (May18), will come to an end after its current third season.
Christina Aguilera became tearful in a video she shared to thank her fans for their unwavering support. The 37-year-old released her eighth studio album, Liberation, on Friday (15Jun18), and the star posted the video to Twitter with the caption: "Fighters this goes for you too...." Aguilera is seen celebrating while in a restaurant, and decided to dedicate her emotional speech to her loyal fans. "This business is so cutthroat and it's so hard. I feel like I'm gonna cry. When I feel protected, I'm at my best and I just adore the people that are truly loyal to me. And I just love you guys so much," Aguilera said as she became visibly emotional.
The Shape of Water, about a woman who falls in love with a sea creature, has taken the top honours at the Oscars. Frances McDormand won best actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and persuaded every female nominee to stand with her in a night full of statements about inclusion. Britain's Gary Oldman was named best actor for playing Winston Churchill in World War Two epic Darkest Hour. The Shape of Water won the most Oscars with four, including best film. In her acceptance speech, McDormand put her Oscar on the floor in front of her and addressed executives as the female nominees got to their feet. It was one of the most powerful and symbolic moments of the night. "Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed," she said. "Don't talk to us about it at the parties tonight - invite us into your office in a couple of days, or you can come to ours, whatever suits you best - and we'll tell you all about them." Her request came amid a push for greater equality in film - especially in the wake of the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal. Best Picture: “The Shape of Water” Director: Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water” Actor: Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” Actress: Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” Original Screenplay: “Get Out” Adapted Screenplay: “Call Me by Your Name” Foreign Language Film: “A Fantastic Woman” Animated Feature: “Coco” Visual Effects: “Blade Runner 2049” Film Editing: “Dunkirk” Animated Short: “Dear Basketball” Live Action Short: “The Silent Child”
The red carpet at this year's Oscars brought a little bit of everything: vintage gowns,Wakanda-inspired looks, show-stopping white, and much more. But Gal Gadot brought the night's metallic trend to the next level in a look that was literally dripping in diamonds. The Wonder Woman actress opted for a Givenchy gown, which was straight off the brand's Spring 2018 runway. The dress featured sequins from top to bottom along with dramatic layers of silver and gunmetal fringe. As Gadot walked the red carpet, the incredibly sparkly dress made her look like a modern-day 1920s flapper.