Tilda Swinton receives the most passionate, starstruck tribute ever
Also Jennifer Lawrence's song is on the charts, Lee Chong Wei takes legal action and Lady Gaga reveals her sexual assault
Amy Schumer reminds us what a "badass" Tilda Swinton is
The Internet is all abuzz with news of Amy Schumer's tribute to Tilda Swinton at the 24th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards, held on 1 December in New York. Tilda received the Gotham Actor Tribute and to accompany the award, her co-star in upcoming movie Trainwreck, Amy Schumer, gave a brilliant, passionate speech in her honour. And what a tribute it was.
Liberally punctuated with plenty of swearing for extra emphasis, Amy's speech was wildly enthusiastic about just how "kind, and caring, and egoless, and strong and humble and lovely, and so giving, on and off-camera," Tilda is. It's a speech that was equal parts hilarious, warm and evidence of just how in awe Amy is of the actress. Tilda not only starred in three movies this year (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Only Lovers Left Alive and Snowpiercer) but has also won 53 awards, including an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Michael Clayton. Read the full speech here.
Jennifer Lawrence's song in The Hunger Games is headed for the top 40
Despite her reservations about singing ("It's like my biggest fear. I cried on set," she told David Letterman just a few weeks ago), Jennifer Lawrence's song The Hanging Tree in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 is making its way to the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
Billboard reports that forecasts predicted sales of 150,000 song downloads by 30 November and that this figure alone should be able to place the song among the chart-toppers. Elsewhere, the song is already topping charts: it's reached no. 14 on the Official UK Singles Chart and is now 12th on the Australian Top 50 Singles Chart.
Sung a capella by Jennifer midway through the film, The Hanging Tree culminates in a choir and orchestra performance. It was written by The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins, and Jeremiah Fraites and Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers, and released on 24 November as a part of the score album by James Newton Howard. Listen to the full song here:
Lee Chong Wei sends legal notice to Razif Sidek
National badminton champion Lee Chong Wei has confirmed he will be taking legal action against former national doubles badminton player Razif Sidek and Malay daily Kosmo! for allegations relating to Chong Wei's alleged drug use. Following Chong Wei's suspension by the Badminton World Federation after failing a drugs test in August, Razif told Kosmo! that Chong Wei had been taking banned substances for some time and that the Badminton Association of Malaysia knew about it.
In response, Chong Wei told The Star Online, "The allegations are not true. Just because I have a doping case now, you can't simply say anything. Does he have any proof to justify his claims?" Chong Wei also said that Razif had called him to apologise, but that he would still be pursuing legal action as the defamatory comments have affected his reputation. He has also served a letter of demand to Razif and Kosmo! last week. Chong Wei is awaiting a hearing from the BWF and could face a two-year ban.
Lady Gaga opens up about being raped at 19
Lady Gaga has revealed that she was raped as a teenager, during an interview on The Howard Stern Show on 2 December. Howard had asked her about a controversial performance of her song Swine at SXSW in March, and in her answer Gaga referred to a sexual assault she experienced at 19. "The song is about rape. The song is about demoralisation. The song is about rage and fury and passion, and I had a lot of pain that I wanted to release."
When asked why she had never talked about it before, she said, "I'll be damned if somebody's gonna say that every creatively intelligent thing that I ever did is all boiled down to one dickhead [who] did that to me. I'm going to take responsibility for all my pain looking beautiful and all the things that I've made out of my strife. I did that."
This segment and other extracts from the interview are available on Soundcloud.