Celebrity News January 15th, 2016

Oscars 2016: ‘The Revenant’ and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ lead the pack in Oscar nominations

If last year’s awards season was dominated by smaller films such as “Birdman” and “Boyhood,” this year the Oscars are going big. The nominations for the 88th Academy Awards announced Thursday morning included lots of love for the kind of large-scale, crowd-pleasing studio fare that, even with the expansion of the best picture category to include as many as 10 nominees, has often been shunned in the Oscar race.

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The Oscars Nominate All White Actors for Second Year in a Row

For a second year in a row, the nominees for the 2016 Academy Awards were largely a pool of straight, white people. Most notably, not a single black or LGBT person was nominated in the four acting categories while a total of 20 straight-identifying, cisgender white people were recognized.

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Alan Rickman, Harry Potter and Die Hard actor, dies aged 69

The star had been suffering from cancer, a statement said. He became one of Britain’s best-loved acting stars thanks to roles including Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films and Hans Gruber in Die Hard. Harry Potter author JK Rowling led the tributes, describing him as “a magnificent actor and a wonderful man”.

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Céline Dion’s Husband René Angélil Has Died ‘After a Long and Courageous Battle Against Cancer’

René Angélil, husband of Céline Dion, has died, his rep confirmed exclusively to PEOPLE on Thursday. “Rene Angelil, 73, passed away this morning at his home in Las Vegas after a long and courageous battle against cancer,” the rep said in a statement. “The family requests that their privacy be respected at the moment.”

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Serena Williams Was a Little Confused Over the Whole ”Netflix and Chill” Thing

Serena Williams has been connected to some seriously hot dudes—including both Drake and Common—which is why we trust her in telling us that a good way of building a strong relationship with someone is through confidence and class. In fact, the tennis GOAT is so classy, she didn’t even know what the phrase “Netflix and chill” meant until recently!

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Matthew Perry won’t be part of ‘Friends’ ‘reunion’

Matthew Perry’s rep says the classic sitcom’s co-star won’t be part of a cast reunion to honor director James Burrows on a Feb. 21 NBC special, along with casts of other shows including Will & Grace. “Matthew will not be attending as he is in London in rehearsals for his play, The End of Longing,” says Lisa Kasteler, his spokeswoman.

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New albums from Panic! At The Disco and Hank Williams Jr

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Bonnaroo Lineup 2016 Leaks: Pearl Jam, LCD Soundsystem, Dead and Co. and More to Play

Bonnaroo may have been planning a big reveal on CONAN next week, but the festival’s official 2016 lineup accidentally leaked online on Wednesday (Jan. 13), revealing three major headliners and 90 more artists.

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