Vanessa Bryant honours late husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna with tattoos

Vanessa Bryant has honoured her late husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna with a new tattoo.The basketball icon, his 13-year-old daughter, and seven others died in a tragic helicopter accident in January. And taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Vaness…

Vanessa Bryant has honoured her late husband Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna with a new tattoo.

The basketball icon, his 13-year-old daughter, and seven others died in a tragic helicopter accident in January.

And taking to Instagram on Wednesday, Vanessa shared several videos showing her getting the ink in a sweet tribute to her loved ones.

“Shoutout to @nikkohurtado for coming over and helping me get my Gigi’s sweet message transferred on me #throwbacktoFebruary,” the 38-year-old captioned a clip of her displaying the new design on her wrist, by tattoo artist Nikko Hurtado, which reads, “My Gigi.”

While in another video, Vanessa is shown having a design inked on her shoulder and neck, which she told followers was a message from Kobe.

“I wanted my boo boo’s @kobebryant sweet message transferred on me (sic),” she wrote alongside the clip, in which Nikko could be seen inking the secretive design. “@nikkohurtado came through for me. Thank you! #inked #messagetransfer #BooBoo #throwback.”

Vanessa has not yet revealed what the tattoos say.

Nikki later reposted one of her videos and wrote in the caption: “Truly honoured to give you something to keep with you my friend.”

Basketball players LeBron James and Anthony Davis have also been inked with tattoos in memory of the Los Angeles Lakers star.

Kobe and Gianna were killed alongside passengers John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan in the crash in Los Angeles on 26 January.

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Lamorne Morris thrilled producers kept Kobe Bryant tribute in Bloodshot

Lamorne Morris is thrilled producers agreed to leave a tribute to Kobe Bryant in his new film Bloodshot.In the superhero flick, directed by David S. F. Wilson and starring Vin Diesel as the titular character, Morris takes on the part of Wilfred Wigans….

Lamorne Morris is thrilled producers agreed to leave a tribute to Kobe Bryant in his new film Bloodshot.

In the superhero flick, directed by David S. F. Wilson and starring Vin Diesel as the titular character, Morris takes on the part of Wilfred Wigans.

At one point, Wigans throws a makeshift basketball into a hoop, yelling “Kobe!” as he does so, and while film executives considered cutting the scene following the basketball player’s tragic death at the age of 41 in a helicopter accident in January, the actor is pleased they ultimately decided to keep it.

“I just said, ‘I don’t think that’s a good idea. I think we should definitely honour Kobe that way, because that is what you do when you shoot a shot,'” he recalled in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Elsewhere in the interview, Morris, known for his seven-season stint on TV comedy New Girl, expressed his desire to explore new territory in Hollywood.

“(I) didn’t want to see what other weird roles I could get based off of New Girl. (I) wanted to go out and attack some other things that could showcase some of my strengths,” the 36-year-old shared.

Morris appeared in 2018 dark comedy Game Night and had a cameo in Jumanji: The Next Level before he started work on Bloodshot.

Looking ahead, the star will soon begin promoting Hulu-backed TV show Woke, which also features the likes of Rose McIver, Katt Williams, Cedric the Entertainer, Sam Richardson, and Tony Hale.

“It’s a pretty cool show with a pretty cool group, and I’m really excited about it,” he added.

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The Notebook costume designer in tears over Vanessa Bryant’s memorial story

The Notebook’s costume designer was left in tears after Kobe Bryant’s wife referenced the dress Rachel McAdams wore in the film at the basketball star’s memorial on Monday.Vanessa Bryant honoured her late husband and their daughter, Gianna, during an e…

The Notebook’s costume designer was left in tears after Kobe Bryant’s wife referenced the dress Rachel McAdams wore in the film at the basketball star’s memorial on Monday.

Vanessa Bryant honoured her late husband and their daughter, Gianna, during an emotional tribute at the Staples Center’s Celebration of Life event in Los Angeles, and she really tugged at the heartstrings as she spoke about Kobe’s romantic Valentine’s Day gifts.

“He bought me the actual notebook and the blue dress Rachel McAdams wore in The Notebook movie…,” she told the audience at the memorial. “We had hoped to grow old together, like the movie.”

Following the event, Karyn Wagner, who worked on the costumes for the movie, confessed the emotion of the moment had hit her hard.

“I started bawling, I’m still drying the tears off my face,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “What a beautiful eulogy. I’m so honoured that I was able to contribute in some small way to the history of this amazing man.”

Karyn also revealed she had no idea the Bryants were in possession of the item, which was created expressly for the 2004 film, directed by Nick Cassavetes.

“When I was finished with the movie, I put the dress in a box and it went into storage,” the designer shared.

Vanessa first shared details of The Notebook gift in a 2013 Instagram post.

“One of my favourite Valentine’s day gifts from my husband was the blue dress, shoes and THE notebook from the Notebook Movie he gave me years ago,” she posted alongside an image of the dress in a glass display case.

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Philipp Plein defends use of helicopters during Kobe Bryant fashion show tribute

Philipp Plein has defended the use of helicopters on the runway during his tribute to the late Kobe Bryant.The designer presented his fall/winter 2020 collection as part of Milan Fashion Week on Saturday and also used the occasion to debut a capsule li…

Philipp Plein has defended the use of helicopters on the runway during his tribute to the late Kobe Bryant.

The designer presented his fall/winter 2020 collection as part of Milan Fashion Week on Saturday and also used the occasion to debut a capsule line that was created in honour of the basketball icon and his daughter, Gianna.

Kobe and the 13-year-old, nicknamed Gigi, were killed, along with seven others, when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed in Los Angeles on 26 January.

Plein enlisted the likes of Olivia Culpo and Jada Pinkett-Smith to showcase his tribute to the sportsman during the spectacle, with the stars wearing sparkly purple and gold tops which featured Kobe’s jersey number from when he played for the Los Angeles Lakers.

However, it was the gilded Philipp Plein-branded helicopters, planes, and yachts included in the extravagant set that irked fans, who took to social media to criticise the thoughtlessness.

In light of the backlash, Plein issued a statement on Monday defending his show and explained that the backdrop was designed back in November, two months before the basketballer’s tragic death.

“I would have clearly removed them if possible, but it was too late to replace them,” he commented, noting that the profits from the capsule collection would be donated to the organisation set up in honour of Kobe and his daughter, the Mamba & Mambacita Sport Foundation. “This tragedy affected myself and all the world deeply, and I feel that my fashion show has been the best moment to express my respect and admiration or Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and his family. It is sad to see how something positive and constructive can be misinterpreted by people who obviously want to interpret negatively without even having a reason.”

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Jennifer Hudson celebrates completion of Aretha Franklin biopic

Jennifer Hudson has completed production on her upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic.The Queen of Soul handpicked the Oscar winner to play her in the film before her death at the age of 76 in August 2018, and Jennifer took the role so seriously, she passed …

Jennifer Hudson has completed production on her upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic.

The Queen of Soul handpicked the Oscar winner to play her in the film before her death at the age of 76 in August 2018, and Jennifer took the role so seriously, she passed on a return to U.K. talent show The Voice so she could focus on her performance.

And before she took to the stage at Sunday night’s NBA All-Star Game to perform a Kobe Bryant tribute, she confirmed reports that work on Respect had wrapped.

“It is officially a wrap on @respectmovie wrap it up, it’s done!” she wrote on Instagram. “Too overwhelmed to get into it right now but words can’t express how grateful I am to be chosen by the queen herself and to live out yet another dream! It was my honour to honour the Queen’s request!”

Hudson also posted a series of photos from the set of Respect, which is due to hit cinemas in October.

“I have to give credit where credit is due!” the 38-year-old captioned one shot of the cast and crew. “To every single cast and crew member who put your heart and soul into this project! It was beyond a joy and a pleasure to work side by side with each and every one of u! Lord knows if I could post every picture, I would but u know who u r (sic)!!

“From the director to the DP (director of photography), to hair and make-up, acting coach and extras too! To each and every driver and everyone in between! Much Respect to all of you!!!!”

Hudson will be hoping this film is better received than her last – the movie adaptation of stage musical Cats was one of last year’s biggest commercial and critical flops.

Directed by Liesl Tommy, Respect also features appearances from Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Tituss Burgess, Mary J. Blige, and Queen Latifah.

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Rape drama costs Kobe Bryant judging spot at film festival

Retired basketball superstar Kobe Bryant has been dumped from a film festival jury following backlash related to his 2003 rape case. The former Los Angeles Lakers legend was invited to judge the Animation is Film Festival this weekend at the TCL Chine…

Retired basketball superstar Kobe Bryant has been dumped from a film festival jury following backlash related to his 2003 rape case.

The former Los Angeles Lakers legend was invited to judge the Animation is Film Festival this weekend at the TCL Chinese Theatres in Hollywood, but event organisers have decided it’s best if he’s a no-show.

“After discussions with the various stakeholders of Animation Is Film, the decision has been made to remove Kobe Bryant from the 2018 jury,” event boss Eric Beckman says.

Kobe, who won an Academy Award for his Dear Basketball animated short, was not a popular pick for some festival chiefs and last week (ends12Oct18), a petition popped up on Change.org demanding Bryant be dropped from the event, according to TMZ.

“This is an urgent time to say NO to toxic and violent behavior against women,” the petition reads. “Keeping Kobe Bryant on the jury sets a precedent of lenience for sexual criminals and further undermines the visibility and respect that victims of harassment and assault deserve.”

Bryant was arrested in Colorado in 2003 in connection with an investigation of a sexual assault complaint filed by a 19-year-old hotel employee at The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera, where he was staying ahead of knee surgery.

The accuser claimed the sportsman raped her in his hotel room. Bryant admitted to committing adultery with his accuser but denied her sexual assault allegation.

The assault case was dropped the following year by prosecutors after the accuser refused to testify at the trial.

Bryant later apologised to the accuser, stating: “Although I truly believe this encounter between us was consensual, I recognize now that she did not and does not view this incident the same way I did. After months of reviewing discovery, listening to her attorney, and even her testimony in person, I now understand how she feels that she did not consent to this encounter.”

He later settled a separate civil lawsuit brought against him.

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