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Tuesday
Jan222019

'Roma' and 'The Favourite' lead 91st Academy Awards nominations

Alfonso Cuarón/Netflix(LOS ANGELES) -- The 2019 Oscar nominations were announced this morning by Tracee Ellis Ross and Kumail Nanjiani, live from from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. Alfonso Cuarón's Roma and Yorgos Lanthimos' period piece The Favourite led the pack with 10 nominations apiece.

Black Panther also surprised, with seven nominations, including Marvel Studios' first-ever Best Picture nomination. Indeed, it's the first superhero EVER to have a Best Picture nomination.  Another first: Roma is the first Best Picture nod from Netflix.

And Spike Lee also logged a first: his first nomination for Best Director, for the multiply-nominated BlacKkKlansman.

The Best Picture field had eight nominees; it could have had as many as 10.  In addition to Black Panther, the field includes Roma, Green Book, Vice, A Star Is Born, Bohemian Rhapsody, BlacKkKlansman and The Favourite.

Here are the main nominees:

Best Actor:

Christian Bale - Vice
Bradley Cooper - A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe - At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek - Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen - Green Book

Best Actress:

Yalitza Aparicio - Roma
Glenn Close - The Wife
Olivia Colman - The Favourite
Lady Gaga - A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy - Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Supporting Actor:

Mahershala Ali - Green Book
Adam Driver - BlacKkKlansman
Sam Elliott - A Star Is Born
Richard E. Grant - Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell - Vice

Best Supporting Actress:

Amy Adams - Vice
Marina de Tavira - Roma
Regina King - If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone - The Favourite
Rachel Weisz - The Favourite

Best Director:

Spike Lee -  BlacKkKlansman
Pawel Pawlikowski - Cold War
Yorgos Lanthimos - The Favourite
Alfonso Cuarón - Roma
Adam McKay - Vice

Best Adapted Screenplay:

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs - Joel Coen , Ethan Coen
BlacKkKlansman - Charlie Wachtel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott, Spike Lee
Can You Ever Forgive Me? - Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty
If Beale Street Could Talk - Barry Jenkins
A Star Is Born - Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters

Best Original Screenplay:

The Favourite - Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
First Reformed - Paul Schrader
Green Book - Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly
Roma - Alfonso Cuarón
Vice - Adam McKay

Best Animated Feature:

Incredibles 2 - Brad Bird
Isle of Dogs
- Wes Anderson
Mirai - Mamoru Hosoda
Ralph Breaks the Internet - Rich Moore, Phil Johnston
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Best Original Song

"All the Stars" from Black Panther
"Shallow" from A Star Is Born
"I'll Fight" from RBG
"The Place Where Lost Things Go" from Mary Poppins Returns
"When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings" from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Best Animated Short:

Animal Behaviour - Alison Snowden, David Fine
Bao - Domee Shi
Late Afternoon
- Louise Bagnall
One Small Step - Andrew Chesworth, Bobby Pontillas
Weekends - Trevor Jimenez

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Tuesday
Jan222019

'The Bachelor' recap: A pair of former beauty queens battle over Colton

ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) -- On Monday's episode of The Bachelor, two former Miss U.S.A. contestants found themselves competing for Colton's heart, and things got ugly.

On the heels of last week's admission by Hannah B, Miss Alabama 2018, that she and Caelynn, Miss North Carolina 2018, competed against each other in the Miss U.s.A. pageant and became bitter rivals, the two were invited on a group date that also included Katie, Heather, Courtney, Kirpa, Tracy and Demi.

The eight ladies arrived at an arena that hosts the live show “Pirates Dinner Adventure.” Colton, in full pirate regalia, introduced them to a couple of performers from the show, who, similarly dressed as pirates, put them through a challenging lesson on how to be a pirate. The two winners, Katie and Hannah B. went head-to-head for a chance to be Colton's “first soul mate,” as an audience cheered them on. That honor went to Hannah B.

Nevertheless, Hannah B. became increasingly anxious, as Caelynn's relationship with Colton seemed to blossom, and the two spent the after-party, trashing each other's character in private conversations with Colton. The group date rose went to Caelynn, although Colton was left wondering which of them was telling the truth.

Next, Elyse met Colton for what she believed was a one-on-one date, starting with a helicopter ride to San Diego's famous Belmont amusement park. She was a little disappointed when he revealed it would actually be a group date, but then was relieved to learn the group was a bunch of kids.

After a fun day, the two shared an intimate moment in which Elyse told a heartbreaking story about her sister, who was diagnosed with cancer while pregnant and died shortly after carrying the baby to term. Colton handed her the date rose, then treated her to a surprise performance by Canadian country singer Tenille Arts.

The next group date card went to Tayshia, Nina, Catherine, Sydney, Onyeka, Cassie, Nicole and Caitlin, who joined Colton, along with Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews and his wife Rebecca, for a "Bachelor Strong Woman" competition with play-by-play from The Bachelor host Chris Hanson and actor/comedian Fred Willard. The finalists of the “ring flip,” “cake push” and “limo pull” -- Sydney, Catherine and Onyeka -- faced off in the “heavy heart” race, which culminated in them hoisting a medicine ball, representing Colton’s heart, onto a pedestal. Onyeka won the competition, but Nicole won the big prize, the group date rose.

In a surprising turn of events, Caitlin was sent packing after Colton admitted that he didn't feel a "spark" with her.

Back at the mansion, Colton capped of an "emotional" week by scrapping the traditional pre-rose ceremony cocktail party for a pool party. It was also another chance for the women to get in some last-minute alone time with Colton before he handed out roses. However, he spent most of the party talking to Hannah B. and Caelynn, who both tried to convince him the other was being deceitful.

Hannah B's fear that she'd be sent home as a result of Caelynn's attacks were allayed when Colton offered her the last rose, though it was a bittersweet victory, as she'll have to bear at least another week with Caelynn.

The following ladies were sent home on Monday: Bri, Catherine, and Nina.

Here are the 15 remaining women:

Caelynn, 23, Miss North Carolina 2018 from Charlotte, North Carolina
Cassie, 23, a speech pathologist from Huntington Beach, California
Courtney, 23, a caterer from Atlanta, Georgia
Demi, 23, an interior designer from Red Oak, Texas
Elyse, 31, a makeup artist from Soldotna, Alaska
Hannah B., 24, Miss Alabama 2018 from Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Hannah G., 23, a content creator from Birmingham, Alabama
Heather, 22, never been kissed from Carlsbad, California
Katie, 26, a medical sales representative from Sherman Oaks, California
Kirpa, 26, a dental hygienist from Whittier, California
Nicole, 25, a social media coordinator from Miami, Florida
Onyeka, 24, an IT risk consultant from Dallas, Texas
Sydney, 27, an NBA dancer from New York, New York
Tayshia, 28, a phlebotomist from Corona Del Mar, California
Tracy, 31, a wardrobe stylist from Los Angeles, California

The Bachelor returns Monday at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Tuesday
Jan222019

'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' pays "tribute" to the halfway point of Donald Trump's first term in office

ABC/Randy Holmes(LOS ANGELES) -- To commemorate the midway mark of Donald Trump's first term as president of the United States, Jimmy Kimmel aired a special Jimmy Kimmel Live! Intermission Accomplished: A Halftime Tribute to Trump.

As Kimmel explains, "this is a man who is far too humble to celebrate himself" so instead Kimmel and a slew of celebrity friends took turns lampooning the Trump presidency, adding a gold-faced Trump to Mount Rushmore, a commemorative plate of Trump boarding Air Force One with toilet paper stuck to his shoe and Trump's sons Eric and Donald Jr., on safari, hunting the last lion in Africa. 

Guests for the evening’s show included Josh Gad, Alyssa Milano, Leon Bridges, Fred Armisen, Anthony Atamanuik, Will Arnett, Aloe Blacc and more.

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Monday
Jan212019

Leslie Jones criticizes upcoming 'Ghostbusters' sequel as "insulting" to 2016 all-female reboot

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Leslie Jones is not happy that another Ghostbusters movie is already in the works.

The SNL star tweeted her disgust over the weekend after news broke that Jason Reitman is working on a sequel to the original franchise. Jones co-starred in the 2016 all-female remake of the film, alongside Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy.

“So insulting,” she wrote. “Like f*** us. We [didn’t] count.”

She continued, “It’s like something trump would do. (Trump voice) ‘Gonna redo ghostbusteeeeers, better with men, will be huge. Those women ain’t ghostbusteeeeers’ ugh so annoying. Such a d*** move. And I don’t give f*** I’m saying something!!”

After receiving backlash for her comments, Jones tweeted, “It’s very sad that this is response I get.When the point is if they make this new one with all men and it does well which it will. It might feel that ‘boys are better’ it makes my heart drop.”

She added, “Maybe I could have use different words but I’m allowed to have my feelings just like them.”

Last week, Reitman told Entertainment Weekly that his Ghostbusters sequel will follow the events of the 1984 original film, which was directed by his father, Ivan Reitman.

“I have so much respect for what [2016’s Ghostbusters director] Paul [Feig] created with those brilliant actresses, and would love to see more stories from them,” he said. “However, this new movie will follow the trajectory of the original film.”

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Monday
Jan212019

Amanda Seales breaks down misconceptions about MLK and why his approach was needed

Craig Blankenhorn/HBO(NEW YORK) -- As Amanda Seales gears up for the premiere of her first comedy special on HBO, the Insecure star is also weighing in on the significance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and what people often get wrong about the legendary civil right leader.

Seales, who has a Masters degree in African-American Studies from Columbia University, says King's legacy and accomplishments shouldn't be all about his "passivity."

"I think there's -- especially amongst white folks in this country who don't really know their research-- they think of MLK as a 'safe negro,'" Seales tells ABC Radio.

"...They look at him as like this standard of passivity that all black people should be aspiring to," she adds. "And what they fail to understand is that that's incorrect. I mean, even Malcolm X eventually was like, 'Ohhh. Okay...You're doing something different!'"

According Seales, King's approach to civil rights was one of many ways the larger revolution was accomplished.

"There is a multi-pronged approach that happens to revolutions," Seales explains. "Not everybody comes out guns blazing. Not everybody has that as their tactic. And you need to have different folks coming at things from different angles."

She continues, "So, for all intents and purposes, Martin Luther King was one of the angles that was necessary to have an actual revolution in this country."

Notes Seales, "The civil rights movement is a nice way of saying, 'We had a revolution where people had to literally put their lives on the line for basic rights that were afforded to their human counterparts.'"

Seales' comedy special Amanda Seales: I Be Knowing premieres Saturday, January 26 on HBO.

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Monday
Jan212019

Michael C. Hall to star in Super Bowl Skittles ad, to be performed as a live Broadway musical 

Mars, Incorporated(NEW YORK) -- Skittles is taking its Super Bowl ad to the next level with the help of Michael C. Hall and the Great White Way.

The Dexter actor is starring in Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical, an ad set to be performed in front of a live audience, airing during the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 3. 

In a teaser for the ambitious concept, Hall confides his doubts to a therapist.

“I have been having some doubts. I don’t really do ads,” he says, explaining, “The ad won’t be on the actual game; people will buy tickets and watch it live in a theater.”

“It’s a live Skittles musical ad performed in a Broadway theater,” he clarifies.

The ad will be performed at The Town Hall in New York City at 1 p.m. ET on Super Bowl Sunday. It will later air during the big game between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

The one-time-only performance will feature a 17-person cast, including Hall. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com, with proceeds going to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Skittles will be matching the donation.

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Monday
Jan212019

Matthew McConaughey took his son to a BTS concert and had “a blast”

ABC/Nicole Wilder(LOS ANGELES) -- Matthew McConaughey is a newly minted member of the BTS Army.

During his appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday, the actor says he got his 10-year-old son Levi tickets to the see the K-pop boy band and ended up having “a blast” at the show.

"Levi wanted to go see BTS for his birthday, his favorite band, BTS,” McConaughey explains. “They’re South Korean, and my son is walking around the house months before he wants to go to this concert and he knows all the songs. He was rapping Korean.”

Being the good parents that they are, McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves granted their son’s birthday wish.

“We took a couple of his friends, Camila and I went, and we had a blast,” McConaughey says. “We got out of our seats, we got right down in the pit and we broke a sweat dancing.”

And speaking of birthdays, McConaughey also tells a funny story of how his Serenity co-star Anne Hathaway showed up a day late to his November birthday party. There were no hard feelings, though – McConaughey says they partied until 2 a.m. that night anyway.

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Monday
Jan212019

Donald Trump ends shutdown for hamberders in 'SNL' game of 'Deal or No Deal'

Will Heath/NBC(NEW YORK) -- The first Saturday Night Live of the new year opened with President Donald Trump playing a game of Deal or No Deal -- in a bid to end the longest government shutdown in history.

"We decided to do this in the only format you understand: a TV game show with women holding briefcases," said Kenan Thompson, playing host Steve Harvey -- who explained that he was substituting for germaphobe regular host Howie Mandel, who supposedly shook someone's hand and got Ebola.

Rather than models, the women -- and men -- holding briefcases ended up being members of Congress, and instead of dollar amounts, their suitcases contained proposals to end the shutdown.

Nancy Pelosi, played by Kate McKinnon, offered Trump "$1 billion and you say, 'Nancy's my mommy.'"

Trump answered "no deal."

"This is like two grandparents fighting over the thermostat," Harvey said.

Harvey encouraged Trump to pick another briefcase and "remember, every time you say no deal a half a million federal employees don't get paid."

He quickly responded "no deal."

An impression of the newly seated Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, played by Melissa Villaseñor, made its debut on SNL.

"Is that Cardi B?" Trump asked.

"Trump and the GOP are just afraid of me because I'm under 100 and know how to use Instagram," she responded.

In the end, Trump called on a Clemson player, who offered "hamberders," a reference to the president's Twitter typo, and Trump took the deal to end the shutdown.

"I haven't eaten a hamberders in almost 15 minutes, Steve, I'm gonna make that deal," he said.

The Clemson football player was played by Pete Davidson. It was Davidson's first appearance in a sketch since his suicide scare in December.

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Monday
Jan212019

'Glass' scares up $40.58 million opening to top MLK weekend box office

Universal(HOLLYWOOD) -- Glass fell short of expectations, but still managed to top the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend box office with and estimated $40.58 million between Friday and Sunday.

The the third and final installment in M. Night Shyamalan's Unbreakable series, which stars Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy is now the fourth largest January opening of all-time. It's expected to deliver another $47 million, putting it on track to deliver the third largest Martin Luther King weekend performance of all-time. Overseas, Glass earned an estimated $48.5 million.

The Upside dropped to second place in its second week of release, earning an estimated $15.67 million over the three-day, with expectations of exceeding 19 million over the four-day weekend.

The biggest surprise this weekend was the Japanese anime film Dragon Ball Super: Broly. It's estimated $10.65 million haul currently puts in third place, slightly ahead of Aquaman -- which finished in fourth place with an estimated $10 million. However, Broly's results haven't officially been released, so there's a chance the two films could end up trading places.

Meanwhile, Aquaman added an estimated $14.3 million overseas, bringing the international tally to just over $759 million and $1.06 billion worldwide. It's just a little over $21 million shy of The Dark Knight Rises, and is expected become the highest grossing worldwide release among DC Comics adaptations.

Rounding out the top five was Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, bringing in an estimated $7.25 million for the three-day, with a shot at topping 9 million for the four-day weekend. It's worldwide earnings now stand at upwards of $322 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated domestic box office earnings:

1. Glass, $40.58 million
2. The Upside, $15.67 million
3. Dragon Ball Super: Broly, $10.65 million
4. Aquaman, $10.3 million
5. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, $7.25 million
6. A Dog’s Way Home, $7.1 million
7. Escape Room, $5.27 million
8. Mary Poppins Returns, $5.2 million
9. Bumblebee, $4.66 million
10. On the Basis of Sex, $3.96 million

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Monday
Jan212019

"Holmes & Watson," "Gotti," President Donald Trump among nominees for 2019 Razzie Awards

L-R: John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell in "Holmes & Watson"; Giles Keyte/© 2018 CTMG, Inc.(HOLLYWOOD) -- The Oscar nominations come out tomorrow, which means today, it's the nominations for the Razzies.

The Razzies -- or Golden Raspberry Awards, officially -- celebrate the very worst in movies for the past year, and among the nominees is President Donald Trump.

The Leader of the Free World is nominated for Worst Actor for appearing as himself in two documentaries:  Death of a Nation and Fahrenheit 11/9.  His competition includes Will Ferrell for Holmes & Watson, John Travolta for Gotti, Bruce Willis for Death Wish and Johnny Depp's voiceover performance in Sherlock Gnomes.

He's also up for Worst Screen Combo for those two films, listed as "Donald J. Trump & His Self Perpetuating Pettiness."  First Lady Melania Trump is nominated for Worst Supporting Actress for appearing as herself in Fahrenheit 11/19 -- and so Kellyanne Conway. 

Holmes & Watson, one of the biggest box-office flops in recent memory, is up for Worst Picture, along with Gotti, The Happytime Murders, Robin Hood and Winchester.

The 39th annual Razzie Awards will be handed out February 23, the night before the 91st Academy Awards.

Here are the rest of the nominees:

Worst Actress
Jennifer Garner/Peppermint
Amber Heard/London Fields
Melissa McCarthy/The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party
Helen Mirren/Winchester
Amanda Seyfried/The Clapper 

Worst Actor
Jamie Foxx/Robin Hood
Ludacris (Voice Only)/Show Dogs
Joel McHale/The Happytime Murders
John C. Reilly/Holmes & Watson
Justice Smith/Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Worst Supporting Actress
Kellyanne Conway (As Herself)/Fahrenheit 11/9
Marcia Gay Harden/Fifty Shades Freed
Kelly Preston/Gotti
Jaz Sinclair/Slender Man
Melania Trump (As Herself)/Fahrenheit 11/9

Worst Screen Combo
Any Two Actors or Puppets (Especially in Those Creepy Sex Scenes)/The Happytime Murders
Johnny Depp & His Fast-Fading Film Career (He’s doing voices for cartoons, fer kripesakes!)/Sherlock Gnomes
Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly (Trashing Two of Literature’s Most Beloved Characters)/Holmes & Watson
Kelly Preston & John Travolta (Getting BATTLEFIELD EARTH type Reviews!)/Gotti
Donald J. Trump & His Self Perpetuating Pettiness/Death of a Nation & Fahrenheit 11/9

Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel
Death of a Nation (remake of Hillary’s America...)
Death Wish
Holmes & Watson
The Meg (rip-off of Jaws)
Robin Hood  

Worst Director
Etan Cohen/ Holmes & Watson
Kevin Connolly/Gotti
James Foley/Fifty Shades Freed
Brian Henson/The Happytime Murders
The Spierig Brothers (Michael and Peter)/Winchester

Worst Screenplay
Death of a Nation, Written by Dinesh D’Souza & Bruce Schooley
Fifty Shades Freed, Screenplay by Niall Leonard, from the Novel by E.L. James  
Gotti, Screenplay by Leo Rossi and Lem Dobbs
The Happytime Murders, Screenplay by Todd Berger, Story by Berger and Dee Austin Robinson  
Winchester, Written by Tom Vaughan and The Spierig Brothers 

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