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Warren Beatty gave Faye Dunaway what she demanded during rehearsal ... the honor of reading the winner of Best Picture, and he watched as she failed in spectacular fashion.

Sources who were present at Saturday's rehearsal say both Faye and Warren wanted to announce the winner and went back and forth, but eventually Warren backed off and Faye got her way.

In fact, their rehearsal was contentious from start to finish ... they wouldn't go onstage together to block their walkout ... they did it separately.

Watch the clip closely ... you see Faye angling to get the envelope as Warren tries to make sense of it ... as if she fears he might jack the moment and read it himself. Warren didn't warn her ... he just passed the envelope.

And watch how quickly Faye reads the winner ... it's almost as if she worried Warren would beat her to the punch. It's pretty apparent ... Warren knew something was wrong and she just jumped.

Donald Trump's finally weighing in on the Oscars, and thinks the whole Best Picture snafu happened because the show's producers were busy throwing insults at him.

The prez says "I think they were focused so hard on politics they they didn't get the act together at the end." It was Trump's first comment on the award show and he wasted no time jabbing back at the production.

He told Breitbart News, "It didn't feel like a very glamorous evening. I've been to the Oscars. There was something very special missing, and then to end that way was sad."

As Trump's shots go it was pretty subtle, but sure seems like he was paying attention to Jimmy Kimmel mocking him during the show, and the epic screwup at the end.

Fitness trainer and host of NBC’s “Biggest Loser” Bob Harper says he is recovering from a serious heart attack that left him unconscious for two days.

 

Harper tells TMZ he was working out in a gym in New York City this month when he collapsed. He says a doctor who also was in the gym performed CPR on him.

 

The 51-year-old Harper says he spent eight days in a New York hospital and has not yet been cleared to fly home to Los Angeles.

 

Harper has been a fixture on all 17 seasons of “The Biggest Loser.” He served as a trainer on the show from 2004 to 2015. He took over as host of the reality weight loss program last year.

Jay Z and Pink have been confirmed as this year’s V Festival 2017 headliners, after the lineup was leaked early in an accidental tweet from Ticketmaster.

Organisers of the annual music extravaganza announced the lineup on Monday morning, after the now-deleted tweet appeared on the ticket selling website’s official Twitter account on Sunday.

Bosses at the star-studded festival had hoped to keep the big lineup under wraps until the official announcement at 8.15am on Monday.

It's an incredible lineup for 2017.

The Massy Trinidad All Stars Steel Orchestra in Saturday's pre-dawn performance jammed in fine style all the way to their tenth National Panorama championship and continued jamming at their Hell Yard panyard on Duke Street, Port of Spain, in celebration. 

All Stars earned 286 points for their raw, guttural rendition of Leon “Smooth” Edwards' arrangement of “Full Extreme”. 

Taking the stage at the Grand Stand, Queen's Park Savannah, around 2.30 a.m., people were jumping up within the first four bars of the arrangement and they did not calm down until the band had left the stage. 

All Stars executive member Darryl Joseph said the members are ecstatic over the victory and feel redeemed after having placed sixth last year. 

Dr Hollis "Chalkdust" Liverpool entered his name in the record books when he captured his ninth Calypso Monarch title with his performance of “Learn From Arithmetic” at the 2017 Dimanche Gras competition at the Queen's Park Savannah, Port of Spain,on Sunday.

Chalkdust, who was tied with Slinger “The Mighty Sparrow” Francisco on eight crowns, appeared as the final position and he gave a polished delivery of his well-crafted song, which addressed the issue of child marriages.

Attired in a red and white graduation gown, Chalkdust decried certain segment of society's approval of young girls being married off to older men and use the mathematical division formula of '75 cannot go into 14', to draw reference to the age of the men and the girls, respectively.

His performance earned him 439 points and the first prize of $700,000.

Karene Asche, appearing in position number 11, captured second place with “Caught in the Whirlwind” in another of her customary high quality performances.

Asche's song lamented the harsh reality of all the ills the once sweet country of Trinidad and Tobago is afflicted with. She called on citizens to take action now, stand up and be counted, since evil triumphs when good men do nothing.

She picked up 423 points to take a cash prize of $400,000.

Third place was copped by Heather Mac Intosh, who sang "Games".

Mac Intosh song dealt with the scandal that hit the country when the gymnastic federation bypassed Thema Williams in favour of Marissa Dick, as T&T's representative at last year's Rio Olympics.

In the closing her performance, she brought Williams on stage and introduced her to the audience, which drew an appreciative round of applause. Mac Intosh took home $200,000 for her efforts.

And first time finalist, Terri Lyons gave a strong performance of her thought-provoking piece “The Phrase”, a song that spoke to the subliminal messages carried by some words or phrases and how the play on the human brain, controlling thought patterns, actions and mindsets.

In her message, Lyons said the phrase 'Black and Ugly' was created to mess with the psyche of people of African descent and called on them to reject any words or phrases bearing negative connotations.

She earned 415 points to finish a commendable fourth, and bag $75,000.

The show featured an Icon Awards segment, where artistes and musicians such as Calypso Rose, Machel Montano, Dr Anthony Williams and Anand Yankaran, among others, were honoured.

Full results:

1st. Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool – “Learn From Arithmetic” - 439

2nd. Karene Asche – “Caught in the Whirlwind” - 423

3rd. Heather Mac Intosh – “Games” - 417

4th. Terri Lyons – “The Phrase” - 415

5th. Rondell Donawa – “Lip Service” - 409

6th. Devon Seales – “I Carmona” - 408

7th. Roderick “Chucky” Gordon – “Wha Yuh Doing” - 405

8th. Victoria “Queen Victoria” Cooper – “The Call to Pray” - 402

9th. Lynette “Lady Gypsy” Steele – “Plight of my People” - 400

10th. Anthony “All Rounder” Hendrickson – “To Be An Icon” - 399

11th. Weston “Cro Cro” Rawlins – “Final Sendoff” - 383

12th. Winston” Gypsy” Peters – “Angry Land” - 380

13th. Kurt Allen – “My Corn Tree” - 378

14th. Sasha Ann Moses – “Main Witness” - 375

15th. Lornette”Fya Empress” Nedd-Reid – “Guilty” - 370

16th. Miguella Simon – “Still Colonial” - 364

17th. Marsha “Lady Adanna” Clifton – “Social Media” - 353

Lionel Richie's fans may need to wait a little bit longer to see their idol on his much-anticipated tour. The 67-year-old singer has postponed his "All the Hits Tour" with Mariah Carey, which is set to launch on March 15 in Baltimore, due to a recent knee surgery. 

 

According to TMZ, Lionel had a preexisting knee problem that caused him pain and underwent surgery last month. A source told the news outlet that there were complications and the injury did not heal correctly, so Lionel still needed time to recover. 

 

In a statement he shared on his Twitter account, Lionel said that he would be rescheduling the tour after having some issues with his knee. "When you have been performing as long as I have it takes a toll on your body. Unfortunately my recovery from a knee procedure will not have me 100% ready to start the tour next month," he said. 

 

He added that he didn't want to disappoint his fans and he's looking "forward to being back onstage so we can all be 'Dancing on the Ceiling' together again." Meanwhile, a rep for Richie told ET, "The tour will be postponed until the summer. New dates to be announced soon. All tickets for rescheduled dates will be honored." 

 

The Grammy-winning singer announced in December that Mariah would be his special guest on the 35-date trek, which includes some stops in Chicago, New York, Boston and Detroit. The announcement came after the two wrapped up their respective Las Vegas residencies. It would be the first time for the duo to hit the road together. 

 

 

 

Having ripped his opponent to shreds during the six-verses-a-man lyrical shoot-out in the final round of the National Extempo Monarch competition, calypsonian Gypsy (Winston Peters) on Thursday won his tenth national extempo title.

The National Extempo Monarch final was the main event of the Kaisorama show presented by the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO) at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA), Port of Spain. There was also competition in three other calypso categories—Humorous, Political Commentary and Social Commentary.

Gypsy was paired with Black Sage in the second round of the night’s competition, while Myron B faced off against Lady Africa. Gypsy and Black Sage were given the topic, “Don’t bite off more than you can chew” to battle on. Gypsy took off first, taking his extempo in the direction of oral sex.  The two went back and forth, each delivering well-placed lyrical blows and scoring enough points to end up facing off against each other again in the final showdown.

The amount of money U.S. users are spending on iPhone apps is steadily climbing, but one category in particular saw significant growth last year: Entertainment apps. The category – home to streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO NOW – saw consumers’ average spending increase by 130 percent year-over-year, according to a new report from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower.

The findings point to people’s growing interest in cord cutting and streaming TV services – a trend which has already seen many of these apps scoring a spot as one of 2016’s biggest apps by revenue. HBO, for example, recently announced its app for cord cutters HBO NOW had grown to over 2 million subscribers – more than doubling its user base from the year prior. 

Netflix also saw its iOS customer base increase since it launched an in-app subscription offering back in Q4 2015. The app contributed approximately $7.9 million in gross revenue during its launch quarter, and that figure grew to more than $58 million by the last quarter of 2016, Sensor Tower estimates.

Subscription services impacted the growth in other iOS categories as well, the firm found. For example, the Photo & Video category benefitted from the growth of YouTube’s subscription service, YouTube Red. Photo & Video, which is YouTube’s primary category, saw its U.S. App Store revenue per active iPhone grow from $0.30 to $0.70 from 2015 to 2016.

Meanwhile, the Social Networking category increased from $1.80 to $2.00. Perhaps not coincidentally, this is also where you can find Tinder, the popular dating app which launched its subscription offering in early 2015. Tinder was also one of the top apps by revenue last year.

The Music category grew from $3.40 to $3.60, likely impacted by the gains made by its own top apps Spotify and Pandora, both of which offer a variety of subscription tiers to their customers.

However, the category that contributes the most to App Store’s bottom line continues to be games. In 2016, more than 80 percent of the U.S. App Store revenue was generated by the Games category, notes the report.

U.S. iPhone owners spent an average of $27 per device on games last year, up from $25 in 2015.

Though spending increased, the category saw per-device installs decline last year, going from 10.5 in 2015 to 9.9 in 2016. That seems to imply that users were spending more money in fewer games – possibly a side effect of the Pokémon Go phenomenon.

Social networking apps also saw fewer installs in 2016 (2.3 on average, down from 3.3), but the remaining categories didn’t see such significant declines.

The fact that installs by category dropped across the board, however, indicates that users are sticking with established apps, while newcomers are having a harder time finding success.

The legendary Reggae Band, Inner Circle, has join forces with Kabaka Pyramid, another member of the Reggae Revival movement, to give fans their latest single "We the People." The two were able to formulate a catchy, yet deep and thought provoking record that discusses issues that many people are currently facing. "Shedding light on the struggles of the world was our main focus on this song. The average man or woman doesn't really have a voice and we intend to speak for them," said Ian Lewis, co-founder of Inner Circle.

The single is now available for streaming on SoundCloud http://tinyurl.com/InnerCircleWeThePeople and available for download soon on iTunes ! The official music video will be released on early August and will be played on all popular music video channels.

Kabaka Pyramid and Inner Circle hosted a private DJ Meet & Greet in Miami at the world-renowned Circle Village. DJ's such as Bad Boy Rue from 99 Jamz, Tantoe Irie from Hot 105, Humble Lion from WAVS 1170, and Eddie Edwards (The CEO of the Grace Jamaican Jerk Fest) were among some of the who's, who of South Florida's caribbean radio circuit to join us for an evening dedicated to the DJ'S.

 

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