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Count on Heidi Montag to flub a question on the lack of diversity on the cast of MTV’s “The Hills” and its upcoming reboot “New Beginnings” with Audrina Patridge, Whitney Port and former “The O.C.” star and reality-show newcomer Mischa Barton.
Asked in a Vogue magazine video interview if she wishes “there was a little more diversity represented,” Montag responds, “We don’t all look the same. I mean, Audrina has darker hair. I feel like Mischa has darker hair.”
See, they’re not all blondes so… diversity!
Still, Montag’s acknowledged the narrow focus of the reality show’s depiction of the privileged life of Southern California young adults.
“But yeah, we’re California girls and it’s a group of friends, and that just happens to be the group that came together,” she continues. “But you know, that’s just the way the show was. I have other, very diverse friends that are not featured on the show.”
The original edition of “The Hills,” a spinoff of “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County,” aired for six seasons on MTV from 2006 to 2010 and followed aspiring fashion industry figure Lauren Conrad and her housemate, Montag and their friends Patridge and Port.
Watch video of the Vogue interview below.
Heidi Montag‘s response to being asked about the lack of diversity on The Hills is precisely what you would expect pic.twitter.com/YFDXqHRuJI
— Gianluca Russo (@G_Russo1) March 6, 2019
MTV plans to roll out “The Hills: New Beginnings” this summer.
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This story about Spike Lee first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.
This time three years ago, Spike Lee respectfully turned down an invitation to attend the Oscars after the Academy failed to nominate a single person of color across all four acting categories for the second consecutive year. Lee said both then and now that he’s constantly asked about the state of diversity in the industry, and he issued a challenge to journalists to ask the white nominees what they think of the racial disparity.
Now Lee has his own Oscar nomination for directing “BlacKkKlansman.” Remarkably, it’s his first directing nomination in a career that has included such notable films as “Do the Right Thing” and “Malcolm X,” and a career that has netted him an Honorary Oscar. (The film’s Best Picture nomination is also the first for a “Spike Lee Joint.”)
Yet Lee is still getting questions about the state of the industry, and reiterating what he said three years ago.
“My answer is always this: Until there is diversity among the gatekeepers, it’s always going to be iffy,” Lee said. “The real power is behind the camera, not in front of it. These are the individuals who breathe rarefied air, who make decisions about what film we’re making, who’s going to make it, who’s going to write it. Those are the questions that ultimately decide what is going to happen.”
Lee’s nomination makes him only the sixth black director ever nominated for the prize, joining a list that includes John Singleton, Lee Daniels, Steve McQueen, Barry Jenkins and Jordan Peele. He’s quick to point out that list would not be here if not for Gordon Parks, Ossie Davis, Michael Schultz and many more who were never recognized by the Academy.
But he did note the progress made when #OscarsSoWhite first dominated the conversation, giving then-Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and the hashtag’s creator, April Reign, their due.
“Cheryl has not gotten the credit she deserves for turning this whole thing around,” Lee said emphatically. “I believe it was not an easy thing to get the Academy to move forward. Nonetheless, they did, and all these black folks who have gotten Oscar nominations since then, some credit has to be given to Cheryl Boone Isaacs.”
And he thinks it will show where it matters too. In terms of his own film’s fortunes on Oscar night, he said he likes being the “dark horse in the race” because he’s always been the underdog.
“We’ll see what happens,” he said, going on to make a truly bold prediction about the broadcast itself.
“This is going to be the highest-rated Oscar show in years, guaranteed,” he said. “Even without a host! ABC will be happy about the ratings of this show. And they got their film in it, too, ‘Black Panther,’ which has made $1.3 billion. People are going to watch this Academy Awards, for sure.”
To read more of TheWrap’s Down to the Wire Oscar magazine, click here.
Latin Grammy-nominated singer Prince Royce has teamed up with the MLS to be the voice of the upcoming 2019 season.
Royce leads the league’s “Our Soccer” campaign that was launched on Tuesday, aiming to highlight the intersection of sports, culture and entertainment, and celebrate the most culturally diverse fanbase in all of North American sports.
“I think it’s one of the sports that has the most passion. You see so many cultures, languages — that’s the great thing about music and the great thing about soccer,” Prince Royce said. “I’m from New York, where we have two teams, and I moved to Miami, and having a team coming to Miami is super dope. As a fan I think we’re all excited. It’s great to see MLS grow, and for all of these cities to have more sports, more passion, more laughter and more soccer.”
Royce is wearing an Inter Miami CF jersey representing David Beckham’s newly-formed team while at a while viewing party Grammy-nominated producer and DJ TOKiMONSTA (sporting LAFC gear) in the video.
“The ‘Our Soccer’ campaign captures the unique spirit, confident attitude and diverse environment that embodies MLS,” David Bruce, MLS VP of brand and integrated marketing, said in a statement. “It celebrates the MLS supporter culture and illustrates how fans are creating their own rituals and traditions that define the North American version of the global game. The campaign also showcases how cultural influencers view the league as an authentic representation of themselves and a place to more deeply engage with fans.”
The “Our Soccer” spot with Royce was filmed in English, Spanish, Spanglish and French-Canadian (for MLS’ fans in Quebec) to represent the MLS’ multicultural fan base. It will run on MLS partner networks including ESPN, FOX Sports, Univision, TSN and TVA Sports, and across international broadcast partner platforms, as well as the league’s own digital channels.
The 2019 MLS season kicks off on Saturday, March 2.
“Our Soccer” was produced by Cornerstone and The FADER, with the spots directed by acclaimed filmmaker Clayton Vomero.
The brand campaign first debuted in 2018 with a spot and featured Atlanta-based rapper and Atlanta United fan 2 Chainz. During the 2018 World Cup, MLS released a second spot featuring singer, songwriter, producer and LA Galaxy fan Miguel.
Watch the campaign videos above and below.
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