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LAST MINUTE INSTANT GIFTS TO SAY "HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!”

Caroline Slusarczyk

Shutterstock

Shutterstock

It's not too late to show some love on Valentine’s Day!  If you still haven’t found the right gift for your special someone, THE WANNA has plenty of romantic gift ideas you can choose from here.  Perhaps a cozy couples massage is the perfect date idea, or maybe you want to surprise them with flowers and chocolate.

THE WANNA has the most romantic, last minute gift ideas below to pamper your loved one on Valentine’s Day!

MASSAGE ENVY GIFT CARD

Massage Envy

Massage Envy

Get your S.O. a couples massage gift card to enjoy on your romantic day together.  Massage Envy covers plenty of locations in the U.S. and will be the perfect outing for an amorous Valentine’s Day date.

Where: Massage Envy

How Much: $75-$150 (or customized amount)

JOURNELLE LINGERIE

Journelle

Journelle

Sexy lingerie, the gift that keeps on giving long after Valentine’s Day!  Get your loved one a Journelle gift card so she can surprise you with sexy new lingerie to spice up the “boudoir.”

Where: Journelle

How Much: Customize the amount!

EDIBLE ARRANGEMENTS

Edible Arrangements

Edible Arrangements

Surprise your favorite person with a tasty but healthy edible fruit arrangement to enjoy.  Choose from a collection of romantic Valentine-themed arrangements that include chocolate!

Where: Edible Arrangements

How Much: $49-$399

NET-A-PORTER GIFT CARD

Net-A-Porter

Net-A-Porter

A Net-A-Porter gift card will give the lady in your life convenient access to all kinds of designer goodies from Oscar de la Renta, Prada, Burberry and so many more.  It’s quick and easy to buy without leaving your house, and it will go a long way with your special someone.

Where: Net-A-Porter

How Much: $50 +

DEAN & DELUCA DATE

Stop by your closest Dean & Deluca “Purveyors of Fine Food” Market for a cozy Valentine’s Day date.  They are offering 20% off select premium steaks and lobster today, as well as discounted chocolate gifts.  Then shop the store for wine-inspired gifts such as a wine glass set of 2 or a “tritan audience decanter.”

Where: Dean & Deluca

How Much:

Wine Glass Set: $54.90

Tritan Audience Decanter Tall: $99

 

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MALE DIRECTOR TELLS JESSICA CHASTAIN NOT TO TALK ABOUT "WOMEN STUFF" ON SET

Caroline Slusarczyk

Mike Rosenthal/American Way

Mike Rosenthal/American Way

Jessica Chastain, a constant advocate for gender equality in Hollywood, recently opened up about a past brush with sexism she faced while speaking to a male director.  Chastain told American Way in a new interview, “I had one male director say to me that I talk too much about all of this ‘women stuff.’  This is a person I love, and maybe he was concerned I would hurt my career.”  She continued, “I’m not attacking anyone.  I’m trying to create more inclusiveness, compassion and empathy, which in turn makes better movies, better art.”

Chastain founded the production company Freckle Films in order to combat Hollywood gender inequality.  When asked about the company, Chastain expressed her frustrations with gender issues today: “I just don’t know why it’s not changing…I’m doing my part to make the change, so why isn’t everyone else?”

Chastain has been outspoken about gender equality in the workplace, and addressed “gender imbalance” in Hollywood before.  Chastain wrote a letter for The Hollywood Reporter, where she addressed the issue of sexism on a film shoot: “When you have both genders represented, then you have a healthier point of view.  The energy is great, you all are working together as a community, and everyone is participating in the exchange of ideas.  You don't feel a hierarchy; you don't have anyone feeling like they are being left out or bullied or humiliated.  Sometimes being the only girl on a set, you can feel like a sexual object.”

Chastain has also spoken about the gender pay gap in Hollywood.  In a 2016 interview with Variety, Chastain said, “We’re supposed to be a mirror that’s held up to society and tells the story of what’s happening around us.  And sometimes the American film industry only tells the stories of a few and I don’t want my story to be erased.  I want to see women out there and I want them to be equally compensated for the work that they do.”

 

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CELEBRITY BREAKING NEWS: KATY PERRY AND ORLANDO BLOOM BREAK UP!

Caroline Slusarczyk

David M. Benett/VF17/WireImage

David M. Benett/VF17/WireImage

Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom made the mutual decision to end their 10-month relationship with an amicable split.  On Tuesday, the duo released a joint statement: “Before rumors or falsifications get out of hand we can confirm that Orlando and Katy are taking respectful, loving space at this time.”

An E! News source revealed, “Katy pulled the plug.  It was a few events that happened over the past few months.  They both still love each other very much, though, and getting back together could happen once they have some space."

Perry and Bloom were photographed smiling together at the Vanity Fair Oscars after party on Sunday night.  An onlooker told People, “Katy didn’t spend much time with Orlando.  They got together for a photo, but that was about it.”  According to the source, Perry had grown close with Bloom’s son, Flynn.  The insider said, “They are still in contact and want to keep everything between them pretty private.  Katy has built a really strong connection with Flynn.  It's sad but it will work out how it's supposed to.”

Recently, Perry has been busy promoting her fourth studio album, while Bloom has been around the world for UNICEF outreach.

 

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OSCAR WINNER CASEY AFFLECK SPEAKS OUT ABOUT 2010 SEXUAL HARASSMENT ACCUSATIONS

Caroline Slusarczyk

Christopher Polk/Getty Images

Christopher Polk/Getty Images

On Tuesday, Casey Affleck spoke about his past sexual harassment allegations after he faced backlash for winning Best Actor at the 89th Academy Awards.  Affleck sat down for an interview with the Boston Globe, where he was asked about the widespread criticism of his Oscars win.  Affleck said, “I believe that any kind of mistreatment of anyone for any reason is unacceptable and abhorrent, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect in the workplace and anywhere else.  There’s really nothing I can do about it.  Other than live my life the way I know I live it and to speak to what my own values are and how I try to live by them all the time.”

In 2010, Affleck was sued for sexual harassment by producer Amanda White and cinematographer Magdalena Gorka, who both worked on “I’m Still Here” with him.  The women alleged that Affleck and other male crew members harangued them with unwanted sexual comments, advances and intimidation throughout filming.  Both lawsuits were settled out of court, and Affleck has continued to deny the claims.

After Affleck took home the Best Actor Academy Award on Sunday, many people on Twitter reacted with frustration.  Actor B.J. Novak tweeted:

One Twitter account called Feminist Frequency posted:

Writer and producer Gary Janetti chimed in:

 

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WHO WILL TAKE HOME AN AWARD AT THE 2017 OSCARS?

Caroline Slusarczyk

Oscar.go.com

Oscar.go.com

On Sunday, the 89th Academy Awards will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.  Hollywood’s most elite actors, writers, directors and industry members will show up looking their best on the red carpet before heading in to watch the awards ceremony.  It’s anybody’s guess who will win the Academy Award for each category, but part of the fun is making Oscar win predictions beforehand.  THE WANNA has created our own list of which celebrities and films will take home the biggest prize of the industry on Sunday night.  Check it out below!

•Best Picture: La La Land

•Best Adapted Screenplay: Moonlight

•Original Screenplay: Manchester by the Sea

•Best Foreign Language Film: The Salesman

•Best Director: TIE between Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and Damien Chazelle (La La Land)

•Best Actress: Emma Stone (La La Land)

•Best Actor: Casey Affleck (Mike's personal pick would be Denzel Washington Fences)

•Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis (Fences)

•Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali (Moonlight)

 

THE WANNA wants to hear from you!

How do your own Oscar predictions compare to THE WANNA's?

 

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HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS GET THE OPPORTUNITY OF A LIFETIME ON THE ELLEN DEGENERES SHOW

Caroline Slusarczyk

ABC

ABC

On Thursday, students from the high school senior class of Summit Academy Charter School in Brooklyn, NY appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where they received a surprise gift.  The students opened up to Ellen DeGeneres about what Summit Academy meant to them and how it would affect their future.  One student said, “Coming to Summit, it made my dreams and goals more realistic, coming from a single-parent house.”  Summit Academy is located in a neighborhood where only 4 percent of adults attended college.  The senior class will be the school’s first ever graduating class.

At the end of the show, the entire senior class was overcome by emotion when Ellen announced they would each receive a 4-year college scholarship.  The students cried and laughed, while they embraced each other and buried Ellen in a group hug.

The scholarships, made possible by Walmart, will provide the students with tuition for any state university in New York.  Ellen told the students: "Last time you were here, Walmart wanted to give you $25,000.  We've never done anything this big before, we've reached out to the people at Walmart, and they want to give each one of you a four-year scholarship."  Ellen revealed the entire amount is worth $1.6 million.

Ellen posted on Instagram about the amazing moment:

You can watch the full inspiring video below.

 

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CELEBS TWEET IN SUPPORT OF TRANSGENDERS AFTER TRUMP LIFTS BATHROOM PROTECTION LAWS

Caroline Slusarczyk

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

On Wednesday, the Donald Trump administration reversed Barack Obama’s federal protection laws that allowed transgender students to use whichever bathroom corresponds to their gender identity.  The White House explained Trump’s decision in a statement: "As President Trump has clearly stated, he believes policy regarding transgender bathrooms should be decided at the state level.  The joint decision made today by the Department of Justice and the Department of Education paves the way for an open and inclusive process to take place at the local level with input from parents, students, teachers and administrators."

The reversal sparked protests and angered several civil rights groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union.  The LGBT project director for the ACLU, James Esseks, said: "Revoking the guidance shows that the president's promise to protect LGBT rights was just empty rhetoric.  But the bottom line is that this does not undo legal protections for trans students, and school districts can and must continue to protect them and all students from discrimination.  School districts that recognize that should continue doing the right thing; for the rest, we'll see them in court."

Obama’s decision to protect transgender rights in the bathroom had previously been celebrated among civil rights groups, including the ACLU.  The group wrote about Obama’s move: “This is a BIG deal – the federal government just made history and set clear standards to protect transgender people!”

Several celebrities took to Twitter to express their outrage at Trump revoking the protections, and show their support of the transgender community.  THE WANNA has gathered the reaction tweets below.

 

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OSCARS SURVEY REVEALS AMERICANS DON’T WANT POLITICS AT THE ACADEMY AWARDS

Caroline Slusarczyk

Oscars.org

Oscars.org

On Tuesday, Pollfish conducted a survey to find out what Americans think about politics and diversity at the Academy Awards.  The survey asked 1,000 Oscar-watching Americans whether or not they want celebrities at the awards ceremony to share their political opinion.  The results found that 25% of Americans think celebrities at the Oscars should avoid political topics, including any mention of Donald Trump.

Below are the rest of the Pollfish Oscar Sunday Survey results:

MOST AMERICANS DON'T WANT TO HEAR HOLLYWOOD'S POLITICAL OPINIONS

45% of Americans think celebrities should be allowed to voice their opinions at the Oscars. Another 25% say Hollywood shouldn't use its platform to talk politics, 21% think celebrities should completely stay out of politics, and 10% say Hollywood is too liberal. 

1 IN 4 AMERICANS DON'T WANT TO HEAR TRUMP'S NAME AT THE OSCARS

Asked which issues they don't want to hear about at the Oscars, 19% of Americans said they hope celebrities don't talk about Donald Trump. Other topics Americans don't want to hear about are immigration (14%), the refugee situation (12%), and racial inequality (12%). Only 12% of Americans wouldn't mind hearing about political topics during the Oscars.

HALF OF AMERICANS THINK THIS YEAR'S NOMINEES ARE MORE DIVERSE THAN USUAL

Asked whether they think this year's Oscar-nominated films are more diverse than in previous years, 49% of Americans said yes. Another 18% said no, and 13% think the Oscars have always been diverse. 1 in 5 Americans aren't sure.

MEN AND WOMEN DON'T SEE EYE-TO-EYE ON OSCAR DIVERSITY

54% of men and 47% of women think this year's Oscar-nominated movies are more diverse than in years past—a 7% difference.

 

THE WANNA wants to hear from you!

Do you think Hollywood celebs at the Academy Awards should voice their political opinions?

 

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MUSLIM COMMUNITY RAISES THOUSANDS TO REPAIR VANDALIZED JEWISH CEMETERY

Caroline Slusarczyk

Robert Cohen/AP

Robert Cohen/AP

On Tuesday, Muslim American activists Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi launched an online fundraiser to help repair a Jewish cemetery that was vandalized this week in St. Louis, Missouri.  The LaunchGood fundraiser, “Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery,” has raised over $80,000 within 24 hours, which is four times the projected goal of $20,000 by the end of March.  The fundraiser page promoted a message of unity: “Through this campaign, we hope to send a united message from the Jewish and Muslim communities that there is no place for this type of hate, desecration, and violence in America.  We pray that this restores a sense of security and peace to the Jewish-American community who has undoubtedly been shaken by this event.”

On Monday morning, St. Louis police responded to a report of the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery being vandalized and found over 170 of the headstones destroyed.  Phillip Weiss, the owner of a monument company helping to fix the cemetery said, "A lot of people are coming out—they're just interested to see, 'Was their loved one's monument affected by this?'”

Police are currently investigating security footage from the cemetery, but have turned up nothing solid yet.

Robert Cohen/AP

Robert Cohen/AP

Recently, there have been bomb threats to various Jewish community centers throughout the U.S., for which Muslim Americans have offered aid.  One Muslim American civil rights organization, The Council on American-Islamic Relations, offered a $5,000 reward for any information to help find the people behind the false bomb threats.

The Muslim Americans’ support of the Jewish community is in direct opposition to Rick Santorum’s comments to CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Tuesday: "If you look at the fact, the people who are responsible for a lot of this anti-Semitism that we're seeing, I hate to say it, a lot of it is coming from the pro-Palestinian or Muslim communities."

 

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EVA LONGORIA, DOMINIC THIEM AND MORE FAMOUS FACES WILL SOAK UP THE SUN AT MEXICO TENNIS OPEN

Caroline Slusarczyk

XSPOSURE via Daily Mail

XSPOSURE via Daily Mail

The annual Albierto Mexicano Telcel, also known as the Mexican Tennis Open, will be held from February 27th to March 4th in Acapulco, Mexico at the Acapulco Princess Mundo Imperial Hotel.

Several celebrities and tennis stars will make their way to Mexico to enjoy the tennis open in the warm weather.  Actress Eva Longoria will attend the event along with her husband Jose Baston, the President of Televisa, Latin America’s largest media company.  Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem (who claimed the Mexico Open title in 2016), and other tennis stars will also join the festivities.

This year players include: Dominic Thiem, Milos Raonic, Marin Cilic, Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro, David Goffin, John Isner and Alexander Zverev.

Pedro Haces Sordo, President of the Acapulco Destination Marketing Office, announced: “We are excited to host such great tennis icons in what is to be a spectacular tournament in Acapulco.  We will be welcoming visitors from Mexico and from throughout the world who are coming to see many of the top international tennis stars play during the Abierto Mexicano Telcel.  After an action-packed day, the destination’s selection of top-notch hotels, pristine beaches and adventure and culinary experiences create the perfect setting to unwind.”

Ober Delgado

Ober Delgado

Acapulco is a huge tourist destination, and the number of tourists making their way to the seaport has risen in 2017.  The city, located on the Pacific coast of Mexico, is known as Mexico’s original beach destination.  Special events and activities throughout the year include: the tennis open, surfing, a French film festival, scuba diving, snorkeling and even cliff-diving performances.

Acapulco is also known for being a Hollywood celebrity hotspot.  Famous faces spotted throughout the city in the past include: Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Madonna, John Travolta, Antonia Banderas, Salma Hayek, Melanie Griffith, and more.

Go here to find out how to watch the 2017 Albierto Mexicano Telcel live stream.

 

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CELEBS TWEET OUT ABOUT THE LATEST TRAVEL BAN RULING!

Caroline Slusarczyk

Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

On Thursday, a federal appeals court ruled against reinstating Donald Trump’s immigration ban.  The panel of three California-based judges refused to lift the block from a previous lower court ruling.  Trump’s executive order, signed in January, barred Syrian refugees and immigrants from the Muslim-majority countries of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the U.S.

The federal appeals court ruling did not sit well with Trump, who tweeted in response:

On Friday, Trump announced the White House will come up with new security measures next week and continue trying to lift the court's block on his order.  At a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump said, "We will be doing something very rapidly having to do with additional security for our country.  You will be seeing that sometime next week."

Hollywood celebrities took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the court’s decision and react to Trump’s response tweet.  THE WANNA has compiled a list of celeb tweets below.

Uzo Aduba

Stephen King

Trevor Noah

Stephen Colbert

Patton Oswalt

Chrissy Teigen

Cher

Seth Rogen

Josh Gad

Michael Moore

Debra Messing

 

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UNITED TALENT AGENCY CANCELS ANNUAL OSCARS PARTY TO PROTEST TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION BAN

Caroline Slusarczyk

REX/Shutterstock

REX/Shutterstock

On Wednesday, the United Talent Agency announced they canceled their annual Academy Awards party to protest Trump’s travel ban.  Instead, the UTA will donate $250,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union and the International Rescue Committee, as well as host a rally to support immigration.  The rally will take place on February 24th, two days before the Oscars, to “express the creative communities' growing concern with anti-immigrant sentiment in the United States.”  The UTA said the rally will aim to combat the “potential chilling effect on the global exchange of ideas and freedom of expression.”

UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer said in a letter to agency employees: “This is a moment that demands our generosity, awareness, and restlessness.  Our world is a better place for the free exchange of artists, ideas, and creative expression.  If our nation ceases to be the place where artists the world over can come to express themselves freely, then we cease, in my opinion, to be America.”

Trump’s travel ban affected the UTA personally since they represent Iranian filmmaker Asghar Farhadi, who is nominated this year in the Best Foreign Language Film category for “The Salesman.”  Farhadi has chosen to boycott the Oscars this year in protest of Trump’s order.  When contacted by the UTA about their decision, he responded with a text saying he was “honored and in tears.”

 

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BRITNEY SPEARS ASKS FANS TO PRAY FOR HER NIECE AFTER SERIOUS ATV ACCIDENT

Caroline Slusarczyk

Instagram @britneyspears

Instagram @britneyspears

On Monday, Britney Spears asked her fans to pray for her 8-year old niece, Maddie, who was recently hospitalized after a serious ATV accident.  Britney posted a photo of Maddie on Instagram with the caption: ‪"Need all the wishes and prayers for my niece."

‪Need all the wishes and prayers for my niece 💜‬

A photo posted by Britney Spears (@britneyspears) on

According to a police report, the incident occurred Sunday at 3 PM on Jamie Lynn Spears' family property in Louisiana.  Maddie, who is Jamie Lynn’s daughter, was riding an ATV when she steered into a pond and became submerged.  Jamie Lynn, her husband, Jamie Watson, and other family members witnessed the accident but were unable to release Maddie from the seatbelt which kept her pinned inside the vehicle.  Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff Daniel Edwards stated, “The ATV and child were instantly submerged in the water right before their eyes.”  After the family’s unsuccessful attempts to free Maddie, the ambulance arrived: "Within two minutes, Acadian Ambulance Services arrived and assisted in freeing the child from the cold waters."

Maddie is currently in stable but critical condition at a nearby hospital.

Thanksgiving ride...

A photo posted by Jamie (@jamiewatson985) on

Jamie Lynn’s father, Jamie Spears, spoke out on the incident: "All I can say is pray for our baby Maddie."

A rep for Britney released this statement: “Right now the Spears family asks that everyone respect their privacy during this time and appreciates all the prayers and support for their family.”

THE WANNA hopes for a speedy recovery for Maddie, and will keep the whole Spears family in our thoughts!

 

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THE TOP 5 MOST WATCHED SUPER BOWL 51 COMMERCIALS

Caroline Slusarczyk

Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

On Sunday night, approximately 111 million people tuned in to watch Super Bowl LI, which was held at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.  The New England Patriots beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 after a huge comeback from the Patriots, leading to Tom Brady becoming the first quarterback to win five Super Bowl titles.  Lady Gaga gave a halftime show performance that the internet loved, celebrities posted their festivities on Snapchat and Instagram, and the game set Twitter abuzz for most the night.

And this year, the Super Bowl brought viewers some of the best new commercials of 2017.  Each year, the Super Bowl is well known for premiering some of the most creative, entertaining and moving commercials.  Companies spend millions of dollars on their Super Bowl ads to make sure they are top-notch entertainment.  According to the New York Times, the average cost of a 30-second ad during this year’s Super Bowl LI was $5 million, up from $4.8 million a year ago.  On top of that, some companies are spending upwards of $12 million to advertise the commercials before the actual game, which shows just how big an impact the Super Bowl ads can be on viewers.

THE WANNA has gathered the TOP 5 of the most watched Super Bowl LI commercials below.  Enjoy!

Tide – Terry Bradshaw Stain

This creative ad mixed reality into its premise when Terry Bradshaw showed up on live television with a red stain on his white shirt.  The stain was a ploy to set up the Tide ad that came later, which followed Bradshaw’s hilarious journey to get his dirty shirt cleaned.  Bradshaw ends up in Jeffrey Tambor’s house, the star of the original three-part Tide commercial with Rob Gronkowski, and washes his shirt using new Tide PODS Plus Downey.

Produced by: Saatchi & Saatchi

Starring: Terry Bradshaw, Jeffrey Tambor, Rob Gronkowski

YouTube views: 2,902,423

Wix.com – Big Game

Gal Gadot and Jason Statham lead an action-packed commercial for Wix.com which involved a chef working on a Wix.com website for his own food truck while the two action stars in his restaurant beat up a handful of bad guys and cause an explosion.  Later, they hijack his new food truck and continue wreaking havoc for the chef, who uses Wix.com to easily move his business forward anyway.

Directed by: Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans)

Starring: Gal Gadot, Jason Statham

YouTube views: 4,419,549

84 Lumber – Complete the Journey

This moving commercial shows a mother and daughter’s migrant journey to become legal American citizens.  After the commercial aired, the 84 Lumber website reportedly crashed from all the visitor traffic.

Directed by: Cole Webley

YouTube views: 3,143,775

Audi – Daughter

This Audi commercial involved a father’s narration about how he would have to tell his daughter that the men in her life are “worth more” than she is, despite her “drive” and “intelligence.”  The ad called attention to the gender wage gap with an ending title card that said: “Audi of America is committed to equal pay for equal work.”

Directed by: Aoife McArdle

YouTube views: 8,259,279

Budweiser – Born The Hard Way

In the 60-second ad, which cost about $10 million, Budweiser showed the journey the company’s founder, Adolphus Busch, faced while immigrating to America.  After his arrival on U.S. soil, Busch is greeted with jeers from people saying, “You’re not wanted here!  Go back home!”  After the commercial aired, Trump supporters called for a Budweiser boycott.  But Budweiser has clarified that the ad had nothing to do with Trump’s immigration ban: "Our focus this week is on our Super Bowl ads and our brands.  We created the Budweiser commercial to highlight the ambition of our founder, Adolphus Busch, and his unrelenting pursuit of the American dream.  This is a story about our heritage and the uncompromising commitment that goes into brewing our beer.  It's an idea we've been developing along with our creative agency for nearly a year."

Directed by: Chris Sargent

Starring: Sam Schweikert

YouTube views: 21,346,900

 

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NORDSTROM DROPS IVANKA TRUMP'S BRAND AMID #GRABYOURWALLET BOYCOTT

Caroline Slusarczyk

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

On Thursday, Nordstrom officially dropped Ivanka Trump brand’s clothing and accessories from their stores and website.  Nordstrom said the reason for cutting ties with Trump was due to poor sales of the brand’s products.  Nordstrom released a statement: “We’ve said all along we make buying decisions based on performance.  We’ve got thousands of brands – more than 2,000 offered on the site alone.  Reviewing their merit and making edits is part of the regular rhythm of our business.  Each year we cut about 10 percent and refresh our assortment with about the same amount.  In this case, based on the brand’s performance we’ve decided not to buy it for this season.”

Nordstrom’s decision comes amid the #GrabYourWallet movement.  The movement, named after Donald Trump’s infamous “Grab them by the p***y” comment, encourages people to boycott businesses and brands that are affiliated with the Trump family.  The group, started by Shannon Coulter and Sue Atencio, published a website dedicated to the boycott.  The website’s “What We're About” section says: “#GrabYourWallet boycott has grown into a movement and central resource for the flexing of consumer power in favor of a more respectful and inclusive society.”

The website details which companies people should boycott and which companies have been dropped from the boycott after they stopped selling Trump products.  The companies that have since ended business with Trump products include: Uber, RueLaLa, Bellacor, Shoes.com, Jenny Craig and now, Nordstrom.

On Twitter, Nordstrom insisted it was “not a political decision”:

 

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BEYONCE AND JAY-Z'S BABY PIC BREAKS A WORLD RECORD ON INSTAGRAM!

Caroline Slusarczyk

Getty Images

Getty Images

On Wednesday, Beyonce announced via Instagram that she was expecting twins with husband Jay-Z.  Queen Bey’s Instagram photo, which shows the singer kneeling on a bed of flowers holding her pregnant belly, immediately blew up on social media.  Guinness World Records revealed that Beyonce, “shattered the world record for the ‘Most liked image on Instagram,’” quickly surpassing the previous record-holder, Selena Gomez.  Guinness World Records declared: “Queen Bey’s Instagram post racked up 6,335,571 likes as of 9:00 PM EST on Wednesday 1 February…The photo shook the Internet on Wednesday, amassing more than 5 million likes in 3 hours and took over Twitter as well, with ‘Twins’ becoming the top trend on the platform minutes after the photo went live.”

Along with her stunning, record-breaking Instagram photo, Beyonce released an entire pregnancy photo album.  The album can be found on Beyonce’s website, and is titled, “I Have Three Hearts.”

Beyonce’s pregnancy seems to have stirred up quite the excitement within Hollywood, and several celebrities posted on Twitter and Instagram about the baby news.  Some celebs expressed how they were glad Beyonce took their “mind off the shitty world for a minute,” or just how incredibly excited they are in ALL CAPS.  THE WANNA has some of the best celebrity reactions about Beyonce’s baby news below.  Enjoy!

Chrissy Teigen

Brie Larson

Millie Bobby Brown

Congratulations @beyonce I am so happy!!!! ☺️☺️☺️💜💜💜 #formation

A photo posted by Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebobby_brown) on

Ellen DeGeneres

Me too!

A photo posted by Ellen (@theellenshow) on

Gabourey Sidibe

Hailey Baldwin

Bryce Dallas Howard

Rita Ora

Best Coast

Issa Rae

Todrick Hall

 

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HOLLYWOOD CAN'T STOP TRUMP BUT SPRINGSTEEN, LAWRENCE AND MANY MORE CONTINUE TO SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE IMMIGRATION BAN!

Caroline Slusarczyk

Getty Images

Getty Images

Last week, Donald Trump signed an executive order, known as the “Muslim ban,” that barred refugees and people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.  Thousands of Americans have joined forces to protest the immigration ban since then, including a number of famous faces.  Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Lawrence, and Arnold Schwarzenegger are some of the celebrities who have spoken out or taken action against the ban.  THE WANNA has compiled a list of all the celebs who have made a stand against Trump’s immigration order below.

Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen sent a strong political message at his recent concert in Adelaide, Australia.  On stage Springsteen addressed, “the Muslim ban and the detention of foreign Nationals and refugees.”  He continued: “America is a land of immigrants.  This is fundamentally un-American.  This is a song about immigrants.”  He then performed, “American Land,” to cheers from the crowd.

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence shared a heartfelt message on Facebook, which took a jab at the Trump administration:

Kal Penn

After a bigoted Twitter user told Kal Penn, “You don’t belong in this country,” Penn created a crowd-funding campaign to aid Syrian refugees in response to the hater.  Penn’s crowdrise page is called, “Donating to Syrian refugees in the name of the dude who said I don’t belong in America.”  The page states: “We are better than the hateful people who tell us we don't belong in our own country, that America can't be a beacon of freedom and hope for refugees from around the world. We will turn their bigotry, along with the President's, into love.”  So far, the fundraiser has raised over $750,000.

Sia

Sia pledged to match up to $100,000 in donations to the American Civil Liberties Union the day after Trump signed the immigration order.  Sia tweeted:

This prompted other celebrities to follow suit, including Rosie O’Donnell and Judd Apatow, who vowed to join Sia in her donations pledge.

Bella and Gigi Hadid

The Hadid sisters, both of Muslim descent, joined others on the streets of New York to protest the Muslim ban.  The duo held a sign that said, “We are all Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, Atheists, Christians, Jews,” highlighting the letters that spell out the word “humans.”  Other celebs to join the Muslim ban protests include Ellen Page and Chloe Grace Moretz.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke out about Trump’s Muslim ban in an interview with Mario Lopez on Extra.  Schwarzenegger, who Trump recently mocked for his Celebrity Apprentice ratings on Twitter, discussed the way in which Trump went about creating the ban.  Schwarzenegger said, “I think the real problem is that it was vetted badly.  If they would run this by the Justice Department and Homeland Security and had the lawyers really study and focus on it and give it some time to do it the right way.”  He continued, “To go and ban people who have a green card, that means that the United States of America has given you permission to work here permanently and you are on the way to permanent citizenship.  I was in that position.  It’s crazy, it’s crazy and makes us look stupid when the White House is ill-prepared to put this kind of executive order out there.”

Check out THE WANNA’s latest post to see how celebs at the 2017 SAG Awards spoke out about Trump’s immigration ban.

 

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CELEBS AND MOVIES TO WATCH FOR AT THE 2017 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL

Caroline Slusarczyk

Kevin Sawyer

Kevin Sawyer

The 33rd annual Sundance Film Festival kicks off this year on January 19th in Park City, Utah.  The Sundance film festival is the largest independent film festival in the United States, and each year thousands of attendees turn up to see the most anticipated films of the coming year.  If you plan to head to Sundance this year, you may catch a glimpse of a few celebrities as they make their way around the streets of Park City for the festival.  Celebrities with films in the 2017 festival include Kristen Stewart, Jeremy Renner, Cate Blanchett, Kiefer Sutherland, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jon Hamm, Mahershala Ali, Mary J. Blige, Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Elijah Wood, Elle Fanning, Aubrey Plaza, Jennifer Aniston, and so many more.  This year’s Sundance jury includes Peter Dinklage, Gael Garcia Bernal, and Patton Oswalt.

This year, there are several highly anticipated films that you will WANNA know about.  The WANNA has gathered some of the biggest films of the 2017 Sundance film festival for you to keep an eye out for below.

Where Is Kyra?

“A drama set in Brooklyn, Kyra loses her job and struggles to survive on her ailing mother's income. As the weeks and months go on, her problems worsen. This leads her on a risky and enigmatic path that threatens her life.” 

Directed by Andrew Dosunmu

Starring Kiefer Sutherland, Michelle Pfeiffer

Marjorie Prime

“A service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved ones and allows a man to come face-to-face with the younger version of his late father-in-law.” 

Directed by Michael Almereyda

Starring John Hamm, Geena Davis, Tim Robbins

A Ghost Story

“This is the story of a ghost and the house he haunts.” 

Directed by David Lowery

Starring Rooney Mara, Casey Affleck

Come Swim (Short)

“A diptych of one man's day; half impressionist and half realist portraits.” 

Directed by Kristen Stewart

Starring Kristen Stewart

Sidney Hall

“Sidney Hall finds accidental success and unexpected love at an early age, then disappears without a trace.” 

Directed by Shawn Christensen

Starring Elle Fanning, Logan Lerman, Michelle Monaghan, Kyle Chandler

Ingrid Goes West

“Ingrid Thorburn, a mentally disturbed young woman, becomes obsessed with Taylor Sloane, a social media star who appears to have the perfect life. But when Ingrid decides to drop everything and move west to befriend Taylor, her behavior turns unsettling and increasingly dangerous.” 

Directed by Matt Spicer

Starring Aubrey Plaza, Elizabeth Olsen

The Yellow Birds

“Two young soldiers, Bartle (21) and Murph (18) navigate the terrors of the Iraq war under the command of the older, troubled Sergeant Sterling. All the while, Bartle is tortured by a promise he made to Murph's mother before their deployment.” 

Directed by Alexandre Moors

Starring Alden Ehrenrich, Jennifer Aniston, Toni Collette, Tye Sheridan

Wind River

“An FBI agent teams with the town's veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation.” 

Directed by Taylor Sheridan

Starring Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Jon Bernthal

Manifesto

“Cate Blanchett performs manifestos as a series of striking monologues.” 

Directed by Julian Rosefeldt

Starring Cate Blanchett

The Discovery

“A love story set one year after the existence of the afterlife is scientifically verified.” 

Directed by Charlie McDowell

Starring Jason Segel, Rooney Mara, Robert Redford

Mudbound

“Two men return home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi where they struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.” 

Directed by Dee Rees

Starring Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Mary J. Blige

Make sure to check out The WANNA’s exclusive coverage from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival of the films Dope, Cop Car and Diary of a Teenage Girl.  Enjoy!

 

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CELEBS REACT TO OBAMA’S FAREWELL ADDRESS

Caroline Slusarczyk

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

Barack Obama gave his farewell address as the President of the United States on Tuesday at McCormick Place in Chicago.  Obama remembered his time as Commander in Chief, and made sure to thank his wife, Michelle Obama.  The emotional farewell speech brought many to tears including Obama himself, Michelle, daughter Malia and even Vice President Joe Biden.

Celebrities including Ellen DeGeneres, Kerry Washington and Katy Perry tuned in to watch the farewell address and took to Twitter and Instagram to say goodbye to the President.  The WANNA has compiled the best celeb tweets and Instagrams for you below so take a look!

Ariana Grande: 

😭♡🙏🏼👋🏼

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Priyanka Chopra: 

What an incredible legacy.. #FarewellAddress #Obamas

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Zendaya: 

Shonda Rhimes: 

Kerry Washington: 

Ellen DeGeneres:

Katy Perry: 

Niall Horan: 

Gabrielle Union: 

Elizabeth Banks: 

Amanda Seyfried:

Alyssa Milano:

Patton Oswalt:  

Gina Rodgriguez:

Ne-Yo: 

 

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SCARLETT JOHANSSON, KATY PERRY AND OTHER CELEBS JOIN WOMEN’S MARCH ON WASHINGTON

Caroline Slusarczyk

Joshua Lott/Reuters

Joshua Lott/Reuters

The group behind the Women’s March on Washington announced their lineup of female celebrities that will attend the various events on Inauguration Day.  The chosen celebrities encompass all types of artistic genres, and the list includes: America Ferrera, Uzo Aduba, Cristela Alonzo, Patricia Arquette, Danielle Brooks, Cher, Lea DeLaria, Diane Guerrero, Danai Gurira, Chelsea Handler, Scarlett Johansson, Margo Jefferson, Angelique Kidjo, Padma Lakshmi, Stephanie March, Shantell Martin, Debra Messing, Frances McDormand, Julianne Moore, Hari Nef, Katy Perry, Monica Raymond, Amy Schumer, Yara Shahidi, Alia Sherif, Kara Walker, Olivia Wilde, Constance Wu and Zendaya.

The Women’s March on Washington will take place on Inauguration Day, January 21st at 10 AM, and will include around 100,000 women.  The group hopes to use the march to send a message to Congress that solving women’s issues is still a priority and should be a concern to everyone.  Their website mission states: “In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore.  The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights.  We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”

If you wish to join the Women’s March on Washington, register here, or simply donate to support the cause here.

 

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