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Nomadland, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Crown dominate 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards

posted Mar 8, 2021, 9:03 AM by Ryan Quinn

The 26th Annual Critics Choice Awards, hosted for the third time by Taye Diggs, were handed out on Sunday in-person/virtual hybrid ceremony airing live on The CW.

Nomadland topped the winners in the film categories with four awards, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Chloé Zhao, who became the first Chinese woman to win as either director or writer.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom came in second with three awards, including Best Costume Design, and Best Hair and Makeup and posthumous Best Actor honors for the late Chadwick Boseman.

Boseman’s widow, Taylor Simone Ledward, accepted the award on his behalf, noting, “It is so hard to find a celebratory in these moments.”

“His work in this film deserves this — he deserves this,” she added.

Best Actress honors went to Carey Mulligan for Promising Young Woman, which also earned Emerald Fennell the trophy for Best Original Screenplay.  Best Supporting Actor went to Daniel Kaluuya for Judas and the Black Messiah; and Best Supporting Actress to Maria Bakalova for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.

In the TV categories, The Crown took four categories: Best Drama Series, Best Actor and Actress in a Drama Series for Josh O’Connor and Emma Corrin, respectively; and Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Gillian Anderson.

Ted Lasso was three-for-three in the comedy categories, taking home Best Comedy Series, Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Jason Sudeikis and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for Hannah Waddingham.  The Queen’s Gambit won the award for Best Limited Series; and its female lead, Anya Taylor-Joy, won for Best Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television.

As previously announced, Zendaya was the recipient of this year's SeeHer Award, which recognizes a woman who embodies the values set forth by the SeeHer movement, "to push boundaries, defy stereotypes and acknowledge the importance of authentic portrayals of women across the entertainment landscape."

The complete list of winners is as follows:

FILM CATEGORIES

BEST PICTURE
Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)

BEST ACTOR
Chadwick Boseman -- Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)

BEST ACTRESS
Carey Mulligan -- Promising Young Woman (Focus Features)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Daniel Kaluuya -- Judas and the Black Messiah (Warner Bros.)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Maria Bakalova -- Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Amazon Studios)

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Alan Kim -- Minari (A24)

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)

BEST DIRECTOR
Chloé Zhao -- Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Emerald Fennell -- Promising Young Woman (Focus Features)

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Chloé Zhao -- Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Joshua James Richards -- Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures)

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale -- Mank (Netflix)

BEST EDITING -- TIE
Alan Baumgarten -- The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)
Mikkel E. G. Nielsen -- Sound of Metal (Amazon Studios)

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Ann Roth -- Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)

BEST HAIR AND MAKEUP
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Netflix)

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Tenet (Warner Bros.)

BEST COMEDY
Palm Springs (Hulu and NEON)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Minari (A24)

BEST SONG
"Speak Now" -- One Night in Miami (Amazon Studios)

BEST SCORE
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and Jon Batiste -- Soul (Disney)


SERIES CATEGORIES

BEST DRAMA SERIES
The Crown (Netflix)

BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Josh O’Connor – The Crown (Netflix)

BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Emma Corrin -- The Crown (Netflix)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Michael K. Williams -- Lovecraft Country (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Gillian Anderson -- The Crown (Netflix)

BEST COMEDY SERIES
Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jason Sudeikis -- Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Catherine O’Hara -- Schitt’s Creek (Pop)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Daniel Levy -- Schitt’s Creek (Pop)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Hannah Waddingham -- Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)

BEST LIMITED SERIES
The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)

BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Hamilton (Disney+)

BEST ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
John Boyega – Small Axe (Amazon Studios)

BEST ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Anya Taylor-Joy -- The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Donald Sutherland – The Undoing (HBO)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
Uzo Aduba -- Mrs. America (FX)

BEST TALK SHOW
Late Night with Seth Meyers (NBC)

BEST COMEDY SPECIAL -- TIE
Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill (Netflix)
Michelle Buteau: Welcome to Buteaupia (Netflix)

BEST SHORT FORM SERIES
Better Call Saul: Ethics Training with Kim Wexler (AMC/Youtube)

 

What we learned from Prince Harry, Meghan Markle's interview with Oprah

posted Mar 8, 2021, 9:02 AM by Ryan Quinn

A year after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their royal exit, they got candid about their experiences with the royals in an extensive interview with Oprah Winfrey that aired Sunday evening. 

Here are some of the bombshells.

Why they left the royal family: Harry stated, "My biggest concern was history repeating itself.... What I was seeing was history repeating itself." He also added, "[We left because of] lack of support and lack of understanding."

Conversations about Archie's skin: Megan revealed, "in the months when I was pregnant… we have in tandem the conversation of he won't be given security, he's not going to be given a title, and also concerns and conversations about how dark his skin might be when he's born."

Meghan had suicidal thoughts: Meghan said she had "very clear and very scary" thoughts about suicide before deciding to step away from the royal family. 

Harry and Prince Charles relationship: Harry said his father at one point "stopped taking my calls" after detailing his plans to leave the royal family. He added that he was "cut off" financially and has since been living off an inheritance from his late mother, Princess Diana.

Harry and Prince William relationship: "As I've said before, I love William to bits. He's my brother. We've been through hell together," Harry said. "I mean, we have a shared experience. But we're on different paths. … The relationship is space, at the moment. And, you know, time heals all things, hopefully."

Meghan and Kate Middleton feud rumors: Recalling a story that claimed Meghan made Kate cry, Meghan clarified, "The reverse of that happened." "A few days before the wedding she was upset about flower girl dresses and it made me cry. It really hurt my feelings," she explained, adding that Kate has since apologized. 

Duchess Meghan says she considered suicide before stepping back from royal family

posted Mar 8, 2021, 9:01 AM by Ryan Quinn

Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, revealed there was a breaking point where she considered suicide before she and her husband, Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, decided to step away from their roles as senior working members of Britain's royal family.

"I just didn’t see a solution," Meghan told Oprah Winfrey in a two-hour, primetime interview that aired Sunday. 

"Look, I was really ashamed to say it at the time and ashamed to have to admit it to Harry, especially, because I know how much loss he’s suffered, but I knew that if I didn’t say it, that I would do it," said Meghan, who recalled that Harry "cradled" her when she opened up. "I just didn’t want to be alive anymore, and that was a very clear and real and frightening constant thought."

Meghan claimed she went to "one of the most senior people" of the royal "institution" and also to Human Resources but was not able to get help for her mental health.

"I share this because there are so many people who are afraid to voice that they need help, and I know personally how hard it is to not just voice it, but when you voice it, to be told no," she said. 

When Winfrey asked if she was having suicidal thoughts, Meghan replied, "Yes, this was very, very clear. Very clear and very scary."

Meghan shared that she reached out to one of the best friends of Harry's late mother, Princess Diana "because it’s like who else could understand what it’s actually like on the inside."

Buckingham Palace has not yet responded to claims made by Meghan and Harry in their interview with Winfrey.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text HELLO to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.  

Prince Harry, Megan Markle reveal they're expecting a baby girl

posted Mar 8, 2021, 9:00 AM by Ryan Quinn

The second child of Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will be a girl, the couple announced Sunday in a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey.

"It's a girl," Harry told Winfrey. "To have a child, any one or any two would be amazing. But to have a boy and then a girl, what more could you ask for? We have our family, we got the four of us and our dogs."

The pair said their baby girl is due this summer, and they’re not planning to have more children after that.

Harry, 36 and Meghan, 39, who are already parents of nearly 2-year-old Archie, revealed they are expecting their second child on Valentine's Day, less than three months after Meghan opened up in a New York Times op-ed about a pregnancy loss the couple suffered last summer.

In a statement confirming Meghan's pregnancy, a spokesperson for Harry and Meghan described the couple as "overjoyed to be expecting their second child.”

Harry and Meghan's pregnancy announcement mirrors the late Princess Diana's announcement 37 years ago when it was confirmed she was pregnant with Harry. According to ABC News royal contributor Omid Scobie, news of Diana's pregnancy was announced on February 13, 1984, and hit the newspapers one day later, on Valentine's Day.

Raya and the Last Dragon breathes fire into the weekend box office with $8.6 million debut

posted Mar 8, 2021, 9:00 AM by Ryan Quinn

Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon topped the weekend box office, delivering an estimated $8.6 million in its opening weekend.

It's release couldn't have been better timed, as theaters in several major cities, including Chicago, San Francisco, and New York City, re-opened for the first time in nearly a year.

Raya and the Last Dragon also flew off with an estimated $17.6 million overseas, bringing its worldwide total to $26.2 million.

The computer-animated adventure, featuring the voices of Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina, was also available on Disney+ for a $30 premium fee.

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The live-action/animated film Tom and Jerry dropped to second place in its second week of release, earning an estimated $6.6 million.

Chaos Walking, the sci-fi thriller starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley landed in third place, grabbing an estimated $3.8 million in its debut weekend.

The week's third and final new release to crack the top five, the R-rated coming of age drama Boogie, took fourth place with an estimated $1.2 million.

Rounding out the top five was The Croods: A New Age, delivering an estimated $780,000 in its 15th week of release, for a total of $53.6 million here in the states. Its worldwide total now stands at $157.7 million.

Hollywood Headlines March 8th 2021

posted Mar 8, 2021, 8:59 AM by Ryan Quinn

Comedian Tony Hendra, best-known for playing This Is Spinal Tap's bumbling band manager, Ian Faith, died Thursday of Lou Gehrig’s disease in Yonkers, New York, his wife Carla confirmed to The New York Times.  He was 79.  In one of the film's most famous sight gags, Faith's ineptitude resulted in delivering a ridiculously tiny replica of Stonehenge that descended onto the the stage during one of their live shows.  Hendra also wrote, directed National Lampoon's satirical Off Broadway play Lemmings, featuring then-unknowns John Belushi, Chevy Chase and Spinal Tap star and writer Christopher Guest.  Additionally, he wrote and co-produced episodes of British comedy series Spitting Image, appeared in the 1996 Whoopi Goldberg comedy Jumpin’ Jack Flash, as well as the TV shows Miami Vice, Suits and Law & Order: Criminal Intent...

Adieu Le Pew!  Pepé Le Pew, the French skunk from Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies cartoons whose relentless pursuit of love typically caused other characters to flee, has been axed from the studio's upcoming Space Jam sequel, according to The Hollywood Reporter.  The move follows a New York Times editorial calling out the the toon for behavior that "normalized rape culture."  Pepé was featured in the first Space Jam movie, which starred Michal Jordan.  It is unclear if the cartoon character will be retired completely.  Space Jam 2 is due out July 16, 2021...

Netflix has plunked down what Deadline reports is a record-setting price for the upcoming Christian Bale horror-thriller The Pale Blue Eye.  The streamer paid $55 million for the movie, which follows Bale as a veteran detective who investigates a series of murders, aided by a detail-oriented young military cadet who will later become a world famous author, Edgar Allan Poe.  This is Netflix’s third big acquisition of the last 10 days, following big bucks deals for the Colin Firth-led Operation Mincemeat and The Ice Road, starring Liam Neeson...

Matt James breaks silence on Bachelor controversy: "It has been devastating and heartbreaking"

posted Feb 23, 2021, 9:40 AM by Ryan Quinn

The Bachelor star Matt James has broken his silence regarding the controversy regarding finalist Rachael Kirkconnell, longtime host Chris Harrison and former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay.

"The past few weeks have been some of the most challenging of my life," James admitted in a statement to Instagram Monday.

"While there are several episodes left of the season, it is important that I take the time to address the troubling information that has come to light since we wrapped filming," the television personality furthered, "Including the incredibly disappointing photos of Rachael Kirkconnell and the interview between Rachel Lindsay and Chris Harrison."

James, who is the first Black lead in Bachelor history, continued, "The reality is that I’m learning about these situations in real-time, and it has been devastating and heartbreaking, to put it bluntly."

He continued, "Chris's [sic] failure to receive and understand the emotional labor that my friend Rachel Lindsay was taking on by graciously and patiently explaining the racist history of the Antebellum South, a painful history that every American should understand intimately, was troubling and painful to watch."

"It was a clear reflection of a much larger issue that The Bachelor franchise has fallen short on addressing adequately for years," the 29-year-old remarked.

James said some good has come from the controversy, such as sparking "critical conversations" and uniting Bachelor Nation in solidarity.

"It has also pushed me to reevaluate and process what my experience on The Bachelor represents," he added.

While James says he will continue to "process this experience," he hopes the franchise will move forward in a positive direction, closing out with, "My greatest prayer is that this is an inflection point that results in real and institutional change for the better."

The Bachelor airs Monday at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Shailene Woodley confirms engagement to Aaron Rodgers: "We’ve been engaged for a while"

posted Feb 23, 2021, 9:37 AM by Ryan Quinn

Shailene Woodley confirmed that wedding bells are ringing for her and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Appearing Monday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the 29-year-old actress confirmed she and Rodgers are getting married.

When speaking about Rodgers' past comments about having a fiancee when he was honored with the NFL MVP Award earlier this month, the Divergent star affirmed, "Yes, we are engaged. But for us, it’s not new news."

Finding fans' reaction "funny," Woodley continued with a laugh, "Everybody right now is freaking out over it, but we’re like, 'Oh, we’ve been engaged for a while.'"

The Emmy Award nominee couldn't stop gushing about the love of her life, calling Rodgers "a wonderful, incredible human being."  She also coyly admitted she "never thought I’d be engaged with somebody who threw balls for a living."

Woodley also recounted how the two met, pinning the blame squarely on her dog.

"When I first met him, I think my dog like pulled me aside and was like, 'If you don’t date this dude, I will disown you as my mother because the three feet that I run with you when you throw a ball is nothing compared to the marathon I’m able to run with him,'" she deadpanned. 

While Woodley didn't specify exact dates, she did hint that their relationship is relatively new by confessing, "We met during this whacky, whacky time and all the stadiums were closed that he was playing in, so I have yet to go to a football game."

The Fault in Our Stars alum furthered that, even though Rodgers is a successful athlete, she doesn't see him as "a football guy."

"I know him as, like, the nerd who wants to host Jeopardy!," she confessed. "That’s the dude I know."

Ryan Reynolds shuts down speculation he will cameo in Justice League

posted Feb 23, 2021, 9:35 AM by Ryan Quinn

Sorry, Ryan Reynolds and Green Lantern fans -- wait: were there fans of the 2011 film that even Reynolds still derides to this day? At any rate, it looks like his version of the superhero won't be making a cameo in the Zack Snyder cut of the Justice League movie.

Rumors that Reynolds would reprise his role as Hal Jordan, a.k.a. the Green Lantern, sparked after a Vanity Fair article, published on Monday, mentioned that the film's ending contains a "hero cameo that will blow hard-core fans’ minds." 

The Golden Globe nominee quickly took to Twitter to shut down the rumors and insist his time with the DC Universe has come to an end.

"It’s not me," the actor tweeted. "But what a cool pirate flag to cameo as Hal. Maybe it’s another GL? But for me, the suit stays in the closet. I mean, computer."

The reference is just another jab at the film, in which his costume was fully computer generated. He made a similar crack in his hit 2016 film Deadpool, in which his character Wade Wilson asks for a super suit "as long as it's not green. Or animated." 

In fact, in the closing of Deadpool 2, Wilson's fourth wall-breaking mercenary travels through time just to murder Reynolds so that he doesn't ever shoot the maligned superhero movie. "You're welcome, Canada," Wilson says to camera, for sparing Wilson's -- and Reynolds' -- fellow natives of the Great White North the future embarrassment. 

Justice League: The Snyder Cut is scheduled for a worldwide release on March 18.

Harry Shearer confirms he will no longer voice Black characters on The Simpsons

posted Feb 23, 2021, 9:19 AM by Ryan Quinn

Voice actor Harry Shearer is stepping down from voicing Dr. Julius Hibbert on The Simpsons as the longtime animated show faces increasing calls to diversify its cast. 

The Hollywood Reporter says Kevin Michael Richardson will take over for Shearer, starting with the February 28 episode "Wad Goals."

The final episode featuring Shearer's voice aired on Sunday.

Aside from voicing Dr. Hibbert, Shearer will remain on the show bringing life to other beloved characters characters, such as Ned Flanders and Principal Skinner.  The voice actor has been a part of the show since 1989, first appearing in the episode "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire."

Simpsons producers confirmed over the summer that the show will no longer have white actors voicing characters of color.

Prior to the announcement about Shearer, Hank Azaria stepped down from playing Homer's work friend, Carl Carlson and Kwik-E-Mart owner Apu.

The animation industry as a whole has been making strides towards hiring nonwhite actors to play nonwhite characters.  Previously, shows like Big Mouth and Central Park also made changes to their casting under similar circumstances.

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