These Female Directors Were Snubbed By the Oscars

Working behind the cameras to get the best movies done is often a daunting task. Historically, men have dominated that aspect of filmmaking and it is heartwarming that more women are being allowed to take up the challenge. Still, it is sad, however, that major award organizers like the Oscars continue to ignore the efforts of women working behind the scenes. 

Several female directors were ignored again for the award this year. Here are some really impressive female directors who were snubbed by the Oscars but we feel they deserve recognition for the acclaimed movies they directed during the period under review: 

Greta Gerwig (Little Women) 

Greta Gerwig had her solo directorial debut in ‘Lady Bird’, a 2017 coming-of-age film. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Gerwig was also nominated for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay. She came back last year with another wonderful movie, ‘Little Women,’ and it is a shame that she was ignored in the Best Director category for this acclaimed movie. She is nominated for the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, however. 

Marielle Heller (A beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) 

Heller came into the scene in 2015 when she wrote and directed ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl.’ She has been involved in several other successful projects, including ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.’ The film, which chronicles an interview Tom Junod conducted with child entertainer Fred Rodgers, is an acclaimed project, yet the Oscars ignored the directorial excellence of Heller. 

Lulu Wang (The Farewell) 

Lulu Wang directed her first feature film, ‘Posthumous’ in 2014 and it was a successful project. In 2016, she wrote and narrated a story for This American Life, which is the same story that inspired her widely acclaimed movie, ‘Farewell,’ a movie that holds 99% critics consensus rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it is a shame the director is not considered for an Oscar. 

Lorene Scafaria (Hustlers) 

Lorene Scafaria has done a lot of scriptwriting in the past. In addition to being the director of ‘Hustlers,’ she wrote the crime comedy film based on a New York Magazine article from 2015. For such a critically acclaimed and commercially successful film, we feel Scafaria deserves an Oscar Nomination, at least. 

There you have it! Above are some of the female directors that were snubbed by Oscars. For their roles in the big projects above, these female directors deserve some recognition. For more female-focused articles, turn your attention to these female superheroes and their upcoming movies and television shows.

Female Marvel Heroes and Which Heroes Have Movies or Shows Coming

For decades, Marvel has ruled the comic space with too many heroes that naming them all will be impossible. In addition to creating many male heroes, Marvel has introduced several female heroes that have achieved varying levels of success and popularity. Here is a list of female Marvel heroes

  • Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel 
  • She-Hulk 
  • Spider-Woman 
  • Jane Foster 
  • Wasp
  • Scarlet Witch 
  • Black Widow 
  • Jessica Jones 
  • Namora 
  • Storm 
  • Invisible Woman 
  • Jean Gray 
  • Gwen Stacy 
  • Pepper Potts 
  • Gamora
  • Mystique 
  • Medusa 
  • Hela 
  • Rogue 
  • Mary Jane 
  • Enchantress 
  • Kitty Pryde 
  • Captain Universe 
  • Black Cat 
  • Silver Sable 
  • Emma Frost 
  • Clea 
  • Jubilee 
  • Electra 
  • Kamala Khan 
  • Ironheart 
  • Psylocke 
  • Supergiant 
  • Ms America 
  • Phyla-Vell 
  • Nico Minoru 
  • Quasar (Kincaid) 
  • Mantis 
  • Lady Deathstrike 
  • Proxima Midnight 
  • X-23
  • Viper 
  • Sharon Carter 
  • Madelyne Pryor 
  • Angela 
  • Lady Bullseye 
  • Lilandra 
  • Moonstar 
  • Jennifer Kale 
  • Magik 
  • Sif 
  • Peggy Carter 
  • Titania 
  • Hope Summers 
  • Lilith 
  • Mockingbird 
  • Boom-Boom 
  • Sin 
  • Domino 
  • Maria Hill 
  • Miss Sinister 
  • Rachel Grey 
  • Lyra 
  • Spectrum 
  • Moondragon 
  • Thundra 
  • Satana 
  • Dazzler 
  • Power Princess 
  • Morgan Le Fay 
  • Sersi 
  • Magma 
  • Moonstone 
  • Polaris 
  • Betty Ross 
  • Valkyrie 
  • Abigail Brand 
  • Siryn 
  • Echo 
  • Dagger 
  • Blink
  • Reptilla 
  • Cassandra Nova 
  • Typhoid Mary 
  • Kismet 
  • Marrow 
  • Songbird 
  • Yelena Belova 
  • Smasher 
  • Snowbird 
  • Sage 
  • Madame Masque 
  • Toxic Doxie 
  • Lady Stilt-Man 
  • Brood Queen 
  • Nebula 
  • M
  • Death Locket 
  • Crystal 
  • Spider-Girl (Corazón)
  • Talisman 
  • Omega Sentinel 
  • Validator 
  • Black Swan 
  • Candra 
  • Queen Cat 
  • Selene 
  • Witchfire 
  • Madame Web 
  • Caiera 
  • Sepulchre 
  • Stella Nega 
  • Abyss 
  • Moira MacTaggert 
  • Cecilia Reyes 
  • Husk 
  • Kate Bishop 
  • Karma 
  • Spitfire 
  • Lifeguard 
  • Aerolite 
  • Karolina Dean 
  • Meggan 
  • Jocasta 
  • Callisto 
  • Quake 
  • Frenzy 
  • Feral 
  • Angela Del Toro 
  • Silk 
  • Spiral 
  • Transonic 
  • Captain America 2099
  • Black Widow 2099 
  • Skytower 
  • Elsa Bloodstone 
  • Deathbird 
  • Iso 
  • Dust (Qadir)
  • Mercury 
  • Clair Temple 
  • Shuri 
  • Singularity 
  • Amor 
  • Naja 
  • Wolfsbane 
  • Pixie 
  • Misty Knight 
  • Colleen Wing 
  • Lionheart 
  • Aunt May 
  • Hellcat 
  • Gwenpool 
  • Squirrel Girl 
  • Nocturne 
  • Sun Girl 
  • Topaz 
  • Arclight 
  • Nikki 
  • Timeslip 
  • Viv 
  • Moon Girl 
  • Turbo 
  • Namorita 
  • Nadia van Dyne 
  • Hummingbird 
  • Deathcry 
  • Andromeda 
  • Firebird 
  • Lady Deadpool 
  • Silverclaw 
  • Julia Carpenter 
  • Aurora 
  • Firestar 
  • Hepzibah 
  • Guillotine 
  • White Fox 
  • Tigra 
  • Cassie Lang 
  • Toni Ho 
  • Spider-Girl (Parker) 
  • Sprite 
  • Surge 
  • Negasonic Teenage Warhead 
  • Gertrude Yorkes 
  • Molly Hayes 
  • Big Bertha 
  • Stepford Cuckoos 
  • Ultragirl 
  • Water Snake 
  • Bling 
  • Stacy X 
  • Agatha Harness 
  • Angel Salvadore 
  • Cipher 
  • Shark-Girl 
  • American Dream 
  • Liz Allan 
  • Karen Page. 

Female Marvel Heroes with Upcoming Movies or Shows

While many of these heroes have featured in movies and shows, others are yet to appear on screen. Some of the heroes that have movies or shows coming include: 

  • Black Widow in a solo film Black Widow”. (May 1, 2020).
  • Scarlet Witch in a Vision movie titled “WandaVision” (Spring 2021) as well as in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” (May 7, 2021). 
  • Jane Foster will also appear in “Thor: Love and Thunder” (Nov. 5, 2021). 
  • Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in Captain Marvel 2 (Though release date has not been fixed).
  • Kamala Khan will also appear for the first time in “Ms. Marvel”, which doesn’t have a release date yet. There is a good chance Captain Marvel will join her. 
  • She-Hulk is also going to appear on a Disney+ series. 

There is plenty more to get excited about in the upcoming years as more female-led superhero films hit theaters. Keep an eye out for more info on these in the future.

These Coffee Makers Are Among The Best

Coffee drinkers understand that each brewed cup is more than just a drink. If you love your coffee and need your favorite cup to get the day started, you will also understand the importance of the coffee maker you use. The texture, taste, and flavor of your cup of coffee depends to a great extent on the way it is brewed. The coffee maker used also influences the quality of coffee you get. 

Over the years, a lot of progress has been made in the quality and feature available to consumers. The coffee makers on the market today come with many features that make the process of making coffee easier, all without compromising on the quality of the brew. If you want the best coffee, you will have to consider a number of features carefully. Here, however, are some of the best rankings of coffee makers. 

Cuisinart Burr Grind & Brew DGB-700BC

This is a complete coffee maker that grinds your coffee beans and then makes you a fresh cup of coffee. This top of the coffee maker has a water-filter, auto-shutoff, brew-strength control, and several other features. 

Bonavita Connoisseur

This ranks among the very best automatic drip coffee maker on the market. It features a 1.3-liter water reservoir, a stainless steel-lined thermal carafe, a dishwater-safe filter basket, and several other impressive features. The quality of coffee it produces is of the highest quality.

KitchenAid Siphon Brewer 

This is one of the best-looking coffee makers you will find on the market. In addition to the spectacular showmanship, this coffee maker is also known for the quality of the coffee it makes. Its brewing method is based on vapor pressure and vacuum suction. The cup you get will be distinctively rich, deep, and very flavorful. 

Keurig K-Elite 

If you are looking for a single-cup coffee maker, this is one of the very best options you can get anywhere. It is a user-friendly coffee maker that is also very fast. It has a 75-ounces reservoir that will allow you to brew up to eight cups of coffee before needing to be refilled. 

There you have it! Above are some of the top coffee makers available on the market today. Coffee makers come in different sizes and offer different attractive features. We have just briefly reviewed the ones we feel are the best. If you like to brew coffee, consider getting any of these Coffee makers. They will definitely make your life easier while adding to the enjoyment.

Tips For Staying Active in Winter

Winter can be challenging for most people. When the temperature is very low with snow, rain and other elements making your environment less safe, it is always tempting to stay covered in bed or on the couch. This is not advisable, however. Asides from the fact that you need to get out of bed and perform your responsibilities at home and in your workplace, you need to stay active in the winter for your health and wellbeing. 

Routine Exercise or Physical Fitness

If you already have an exercise routine, staying active in the winter can be easy. If you don’t have a routine, it is a good ideas to develop one as soon as possible. There is a possibility too that the winter months can mess up your schedule. 

But you may not want to go jogging around the neighborhood when temperatures plummet. It will be too cold and the chances of falling accidentally are higher. The solution to the challenges of the winter is to review your exercise routine and seek other means of keeping fit without hurting your body. 

Indoor Sports

Indoor sports is one of the most effective ways of staying active in the summer. If there are gym spaces in your community centre or a local school, you can go for a team or individual sports program that can help you stay active. In addition, for games such as basketball and floor hockey, you can engage in aerobic classes, dance classes, or other kinds of group fitness programs. 

Ice Skating

You can also take advantage of the elements of the winter to stay active during the season. While running or walking up and down the stairs can be helpful, ice skating is an outdoor activity that will benefit you greatly. Skating forward and backward can work your muscle in different exciting ways. 

If you are looking for something a little less physically demanding, there are a number of activities you can enjoy that don’t require a lot of physical activity. Things like indoor scavenger hunts, building forts out of boxes and blankets, and a lot more.
In addition to exercises, there are other ways to take care of yourself in the water. There are nutritional supplements and natural supports that can help you immensely. Consider purchasing any of these high-quality products from brands like Terry Naturally, Tiger Balm, Douglas Laboratories. You can also use certain products to relieve pains and take care of your muscles and joints after winter exercises.

What Does Happy Festivus Mean?

There are several holidays celebrated across the world throughout the year. While many are so popular that they are celebrated in most countries of the world, there are some that are not too popular and are celebrated by few who understand the story behind them and their significance. Depending on where you live, chances are you have heard “Happy Festivus.” 

What does happy Festivus really mean? If you decide to check in a conventional dictionary, it is unlikely that you will find the word Festivus. This is because the holiday is known only among a few people, especially those who are familiar with the television show “Seinfeld.” Thanks to the season 9 episode “Strike,” which aired on December 18, 1997, the holiday has been celebrated on December 23, every year. 

Festivus was invented by fictional character Frank Costanza (played by Jerry Stiller,) who was frustrated with the commercial and religious aspects of the Christmas season. Essentially, Festivus is an anti-Christmas holiday. The goal was to condemn the commercialization of Christmas and use the opportunity to share his grievances with the world and those around him, creating a “Festivus for the rest-of-us!” 

Owing to the continued popularity of the show, people have made Festivus a tradition each year. The internet has played an important role in spreading awareness of the holiday. Going online on December 23, it is likely that you will find many people celebrating Festivus. There are no such things as an exchange of gifts as Frank started the holiday as a way to discourage the extravagance associated with Christmas. In place of a decorated Christmas tree, an aluminum Festivus Pole is set up. Also, make sure that you air your problems with the people around you so that you can start the new year fresh.

Happy Festivus is the wish you get during the celebration of the anti-Christmas holiday on December 23 every year. We hope you are adequately informed about the holiday and how best to celebrate it each year.

Illuminated Movie: What We Know About the Illuminati

Illuminated is a 2019 movie that bares the details of one of the most controversial and secret groups in human history, the Illuminati. It is an expose told by Johnny Royal. During the run of the movie, there was some information passed along that we will discuss here.

The movie guides the audience into the secrets of the famed covert society of the Illuminati. The story purports to reveal the true origins of the group. This is done through the examination of ancient hand-written documents. Here are some of the things we should know about the Illuminati in Hollywood. 

Many of the Members Were Christians

One would have expected the bulk of the Illuminati to be comprised of atheists, but that is not so. In the Illuminated movie, it was shown that members were required to be Christians.

“Well, one of them was that they required that the majority of their members be Christians and when I started digging in through their documents – I was lucky enough to be in Bavaria looking at original handwritten documents by [Adam] Weishaupt and [Adolph] Knigge, and their scribes. They required their members – most of them – to be Christians. I was expecting to find some nefarious activity or some magical goats or something like that – also, the aspect that they successfully did infiltrate Freemasonry. And, they did that because they needed their money, and they needed a membership base.” John told Film Inquiry.

Illuminati Started as a Secret Book Club

The Illuminati was once a secret book club where bright minds converged together to deliberate on enlightening philosophical topics. Weishaupt, regarded as the father of Illuminati, taught it. They had a private library that contained over 4,200 volumes of books.

“What the Illuminati started as is different than what it ended up as. So it started basically like a secret book club taught by Weishaupt, and the reason why is that during this time in Bavaria the Catholic Church held a very strict ban on Enlightenment Era thinking”

There you have it! The above is a brief look into the movie “Illuminated,” and what it says about the secret group, Illuminati. In case you will like to know more, watch the movie to find out more.

If you are curious about other groups that some members of Hollywood are apart of, check out our article on celebrity Buddhists

What Is Going On Between Kylie Jenner and Drake?

When it comes to romance in Hollywood, there is no shortage of gossip and surprises. A few months ago, there was word of something between Prince Harry and Elaine Thompson. Recent rumors suggest that there has been something going on between the two popular celebrities, Kylie Jenner and Drake. 

The Drake and Kyle rumors state that they are dating and this has been ongoing since the pair have been seen together on many occasions. The speculations intensified after the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star was spotted at the hip-hop star’s birthday party. They were seen to be romantically involved with each other by different eyewitnesses. Even Drake once performed at Kyle’s 16th birthday party.

According to the UK news outlet, The Sun, the pair have a relationship but have kept it out of the public eye. The news media gathered information from anonymous sources that Kylie wants something more than a relationship, but Drake is not yet ready to tie the knot.

The Canadian rapper once played down the insinuation he is dating the Kardashian TV show star during an interview by the E! News, telling them, “I’m just a friend. I really like Kylie Jenner a lot, I really like Kendall Jenner. Everybody’s really nice.”

Kyle’s camp has also rushed to dispel the rumors that there is any romantic thing going between the makeup mogul and the iconic rapper. Some sources have even attempted to brush the rumors aside, insisting that the relationship between Kyle and Drake is just friendly.

All this is happening at the back of Kyle’s break up with Travis Scott. Last month, Kylie took to Twitter to post, “Travis and I are on great terms. Our main focus right now is Stormi. Our friendship and our daughter is a priority.” This post is meant to water down the theory that she is into another relationship.

Given that there is no evidence to lend credence to the rumors purported from different quarters that there is something more than just friendship going on between Drake and the makeup mogul, it remains for them to come out clean before we can authoritatively say that they are dating. 

You Probably Don’t Know This about Kanye West: Interesting Facts

If there is one thing that we know about Kanye West, it is that he is an American rapper, fashion mogul, and the husband of Kim Kardashian. Despite what we know about the well-dressed and outspoken musical figure, there is still more to discover.

He has always been an eccentric figure. For this some people may even call him a rap genius. Even as a teenager in Chicago. His name means “the only one” in Swahili. Spend any amount of time reading or watching what Kanye does and you will agree that there is only one of him.

Kanye Was Born in Chicago

Kanye West is the prominent rapper that is associated with the city or Chicago. He was born and bred there. The city is featured in many of his songs. This highlights his deep affiliation with the Windy City.

He Lived in China

It will come as a surprise to many that Kanye once lived in China, but that was only for a year. His mother, Donda, landed a teaching position at Nanjing University. He went along through an exchange program. Kanye acknowledged that the city of Mandarin helped shape his formative years.

He Was an Awkward Teen

Who would ever guess that this stylish and outspoken rapper was once seen as awkward? He has a bright and infectious smile, but he once wore braces and his peers teased him for it.

He Went to Two Colleges

Kanye attended the American Art Academy before he transferred to Chicago State University.

He Once Dropped Out of School

Kanye once dropped out of school before he graduated to pursue a career in music.

Previous Engagement

West was once in love with designer Alexis Phifer. After proposing to her in 2006, they parted ways in 2008, a few months after his mother’s death.

Kanye Once Had a Near Death Experience

In 2002, on his way back from his studio, he was involved in a fatal auto crash that left him nearly dead. His jaw was smashed, requiring reconstructive surgery that saw a metal plate inserted into his chin. 

There you have it! Above are some interesting facts that you may not know this about Kanye West. If you are a huge fan of Kanye West, you will be really surprised at discovering these facts.

These are the Best Films by Genre

Amongst the different genres in the movie industry, certain flicks are highly entertaining, have some of the greatest actors of a generation, and can be categorized as some of the best. In this article, we will delve into the best films by genre. So sit back, relax, and enjoy.

The Exorcist (Horror)

The Exorcist is a 1973 American horror film directed by William Friedkin. Based on a 1971 horror novel by William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist is regarded as one of the all-time best movies. It follows a story of a 12-year-old girl who is possessed by a demon, and her mother attempts to rescue her from it.

The Dark Knight (Superhero)

The Dark Knight is a superhero movie from DC Comicbook Universe. It is a sequel to 2005’s Batman Begins directed by Christopher Nolan. In the movie, Bruce Wayne (Batman) fights the Joker and forms an alliance with Police Lieutenant James Gordon to keep the city safe.

The Wizard of Oz (Musical Fantasy)

This musical fantasy movie is regarded as one of the best since the inception of the entertainment industry. The Wizard of Oz is directed by Victor Fleming, and offers an exciting escape into a world of magic, thrills, suspense.

Die Hard (Action)

Die Hard is an American action thriller directed by John McTiernan in 1988. It is based on Roderick Thorp’s Nothing Lasts Forever. NYPD Cop Lieutenant, John McClane, arrives at Los Angeles to reconcile with his estranged wife. At the Christmas party of his wife, a group of terrorists arrives. McClane sets out to fight them.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Science Fiction)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 science fiction action film produced and directed by James Cameron that ushered in breakthrough computer-generated imagery. The story follows a war between man and machine. It is the second installation of the Terminator franchise that comes with lots of action and pulsating moments.

There you have it! These are some of the best movies per genre. They have racked up several awards too. Even in this modern time, they are still worthy of watching and offer viewers the highest level of entertainment.

Will Prince Harry and Elaine Thompson Crush Meghan’s Heart?

Many years ago, there was a rumor about that swept across social media and tabloids that suggested that Prince Harry was dating the Jamaican sprinter, Elaine Thompson. This was considered a hoax and untrue instigated from unknown quarters as the pair were never seen together in public in a position that will lend credence to the purported relationship. 

Considering that the relationship was not confirmed by Prince Harry, any of the royal household, Elaine Thompson or even the news outlets, it is safe to say that they never dated. So perhaps we can leave the idea of Prince Harry and Elaine Thompson being together in the dust.

Why Prince Harry Still Loves Meghan Markle

Prince Harry met the actress Meghan Markle many years ago, which resulted in a nuptial knot tying last year. Since then, many reports had alleged that the pair’s relationship was losing the flair it was known for. 

Immediately after their marriage, the royal couple embarked on a tour of South Africa. During the tour, the body language of the Duke of Sussex was evaluated by body language experts who suggested that he is still very much in love with the Duchess. It was said they are in the honeymoon phase. 

There are many reasons why the Duke of Sussex’s love for the Duchess is still waxing lyrical, and it can be explained by the following:

  • She is the mother of his child. The couple welcomed their first child on May 19, 2019. After the birth of their child, the pair have been seen in public offering romantic gestures. It can only be suggested that their love is growing stronger than what many quarters of the public had expected. 
  • She is a subject of racial abuse. Before Prince Harry walked down the aisle with Meghan, he expressed his worry about his wife being at the receiving end of outright racial and sexist abuse. He wished he could protect her and loves her increasingly because of her stoicism
  • Share a similar philosophy. The royal pair has been magnanimous when it comes to charity donations. This has endeared them to the hearts of many. The fact that Meghan is always beside Harry’s side during such moments binds them together with the more love. 

True love actually exists. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are a perfect example of true love. Prince Harry and Elaine Thompson is just a fantasy that is better left to fan fiction, rather than reality.