Don’t Be Mad At Gwyneth Paltrow, Be Mad At Jay-Z & Kanye West For Calling Their Song “N***as In Paris”!

Over the last few days I’ve read numerous blogs and publications bashing Gwyneth Paltrow for using the ‘N’ word on Twitter during a “Watch The Throne” gig in France. And by no means do I support the usage of such language, but I think the backlash is aimed at the wrong person.

The Hollywood actress – who’s BFF’s with Jay-Z and his wife Beyonce – got onstage with Jigga and Kanye West during the show and later tweeted a photo of herself standing near the rappers, with the caption “Ni**as in paris for real.”

And that’s when the outrage began. “How dare she use the N word?” Many gasped. “She should know better” a lot people said. Erm, shouldn’t Jay-Z and Kanye know better? If you’re going to name your song “N***as In Paris”, then what do you expect? She obviously didn’t mean it in an offensive way, but it’s clearly an offensive word.

I totally understand why people will say she shouldn’t have tweeted that, but what I don’t understand is that why is nobody criticizing the rappers? They’re the ones who are promoting the word like it’s ‘cool’. Let’s deal with the root of the problem. Let’s be mad at the ones who ignorantly promote the word, not just the fans who naively (and ignorantly) imitate them. I LOVE hip hop music – and Jay-Z & Kanye are two of my favourite artists – but I think it’s about time we heard less of the ‘N’ word in rap songs (especially in the songs title).

Here’s British rapper AKALA talking about why he’s decided to stop using the ‘N’ word in his lyrics.

BAFTAS 2012: Winners List!

French silent movie The Artist(which I still haven’t seen yet and probably wont anytime anytime soon) was the King of The BAFTAs, taking home six awards, including best actor and the coverted best picture gong. The British equivalent to the Oscars was a celeb packed affair, with the likes of Hollywood royalty Brad Brit (swoon), George Clooney, Meryl Streep and Martin Scorsese all in attendance.

While Hollywood hunks Pitt and Clooney went home empty handed, Brit actor Adam Deacon took the Orange Rising Star award (CONGRATS). The Hackney born actor has been doing his thiing for many years now, so it was great to see him be recognised on such a huge level.

Anyway, here’s the full list of all the winners.

Best Film

Winner – The Artist (dir. Michel Hazanavicius)

Nominees

The Help (dir. Tate Taylor)

Drive (dir. Nicolas Winding Refn)

The Descendants (dir. Alexander Payne)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (dir. Tomas Alfredson)

Alexander Korda Award For Outstanding British Film Of The Year

Winner  – Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (dir. Tomas Alfredson)

Nominees

My Week With Marilyn (Simon Curtis)

Shame (Steve McQueen)

We Need To Talk About Kevin (dir. Lynne Ramsey)

Senna (Asif Kapadia)

Best Actor

Winner  – Jean Dujardin (The Artist)

Nominees

George Clooney (The Descendants)

Michael Fassbender (Shame)

Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)

Brad Pitt (Moneyball)

Best Actress

Winner  – Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady)

Nominees

Bérénice Bejo (The Artist)

Viola Davis (The Help)

Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn)

Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk About Kevin)

Best Supporting Actor

Winner  – Christopher Plummer (Beginners)

Nominees

Kenneth Branagh (My Week With Marilyn)

Jim Broadbent (The Iron Lady)

Jonah Hill (Moneyball)

Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Ides Of March)

Best Supporting Actress

Winner – Octavia Spencer (The Help)

Nominees  

Judi Dench (My Week With Marilyn)

Jessica Chastain (The Help)

Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids)

Carey Mulligan (Drive)

David Lean Award For Achievement In Direction

Winner – Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)

Nominees

Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)

Lynne Ramsey (We Need To Talk About Kevin)

Martin Scorsese (Hugo)

Nicolas Wining Refn (Drive)

Best Screenplay (Original)

Winner – Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)

Nominees

Woody Allen (Midnight In Paris)

Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids)

John Michael McDonagh (The Guard)

Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady)

Best Screenplay (Adapted)

Winner – Bridget O’Connor, Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)

Nominees

Tate Taylor (The Help)

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon, Jim Rash (The Descendants)

George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Beau Willimon (The Ides Of March)

Steven Zaillian, Aaron Sorkin (Moneyball)

Anthony Asquith Award For Film Music

Winner – Ludovic Bource (The Artist)

Nominees

Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)

Howard Shore (Hugo)

John Williams (War Horse)

Alberto Iglesias (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)

Best Cinematography

Winner – Guillaume Schiffman (The Artist)

Nominees

Jeff Cronenweth (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo)

Robert Richardson (Hugo)

Janusz Kaminski (War Horse)

Hoyte Van Hoytema (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy)

Best Animated Feature Film

Winner – Rango (dir. Gore Verbinski)

Nominees

Arthur Christmas (dir. Sarah Smith, Barry Cook)

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn (dir. Steven Spielberg)

Best Film Not In The English Language

Winner – The Skin I Live In (dir. Pedro Almodóvar)

Nominees

Incendies (dir. Deni Villeneuve)

Pina (Wim Wenders)

Potiche (Francois Ozon)

A Separation (Asqhar Farhadi)

Cheryl Cole To Star In Hollywood Movie With Cameron Diaz & Jennifer Lopez!

Her American X-Factor dream may have only lasted a mere few days, but it seems Cheryl Cole May be cracking the US afterall. According to reports the Brit singer is inline to star in a Hollywood movie alongside A-listers Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez.

The former X Factor star is said to be in “advanced talks” to play a talent show judge who assesses Diaz’s character in upcoming film What to Expect When You’re Expecting.

“This is a bit of fun for Cheryl. She will film the scenes imminently and is really looking forward to it,” a source told the Daily Mail.

“It doesn’t mean she suddenly wants to become an actress. It was just an opportunity that has come up while she has been having some downtime and she thought it would be great fun to take part.”

Cole is said to have impressed movie executives during a four-day appearance at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year.

Chris RockIsla Fisher and Elizabeth Banks are all attached to star in the Lionsgate project, based on the best-selling pregnancy bible of the same name.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting tells the story of six different couples who are each preparing to welcome a child. The movie follows them up to the delivery of their babies.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting is due to be released on May 11, 2012.

I respect Cheryl’s determination. Being dumped from the US X-Factor was a huge humiliation, so it’s good to see her still pushing forward with her”American dream’.

Angelina Jolie To Give Up Acting?

No the screen siren is not giving up films, but Angelina Jolie has admitted that she’s lost some passion for acting. During a recent interview with the Finacial Times, the Salt actress reveals that in the future she plans to make less films and focus more on motherhood.

“As Brad and I get older we’re going to do fewer films,” Jolie revealed. “I’ve been working for a long time, he’s been working for a long time, we’ve had a nice run and don’t want to be doing this our whole lives. There are a lot of other things to do.”

The 36-year-old star confessed, “I don’t love [acting] as much [as I did]. I love being a mom,” before adding that she doesn’t plan to actually quit the Biz anytime soon.

“I’ve never not been grateful to be an actor, but I think when I was younger I needed [acting] more,” Jolie said. “I was trying to question things in life so you find these characters that help you find things and grow.”

“[Acting is] like being in therapy, in a way,” she continued. “You’re drawn to certain roles because they question something about life, or about love, or about freedom. You ask these questions as you grow up: am I strong enough, am I sane enough? Do I understand love, do I understand myself? I’m older and I know who I am, and I’m less interested in the character helping me answer something than in being able to answer it for myself, as a woman, as an adult, with my family.”

Ryan Phillippe Wants To A Become HipHop Producer…

He acted in Oscar winning film Crash and has been lighting up the big screen for over ten years now, but it seems Hollywood star Ryan Phillippe is an actor trapped in a rappers body. Just last month he told Men’s Health Magazine of his great rapping ability; “I rap really well. I can sound like Lil Wayne or Ludacris. I’m dead serious, I can spit!

Now the Cruel Intentions actor has expressed his desire to produce. Speaking exclusively with MTV US the actor spoke of his love for hip-hop and he’s appreciation of raps man of the moment Drake – Phillippe attended the rappers sold-out show at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia earlier this week.

“He was amazing,” Phillippe says. “Not only was it Drake, but he brought out Nicki Minaj. Birdman came out and Tyga and Soulja Boy. There’s this guy Jay Electronica that I’m really into right now,” he adds. He’s not just into the new generation of rappers either. Phillipe’s been a fan of rap since he was a little boy and sights Jay-Z and Biggie Smalls as two his favourite MCs. He also expressed his desire to produce, saying he hopes to “produce an artist” sometime down the line.

This feature was initially written for MTV The Wrap UP.