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Golden Globe Nominations: Who Got Totally Screwed?

The 76th annual Golden Globe Awards will air on January 6 at 8/7c on NBC.

Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg will host. Lots of champagne will be consued by those in attendance.

And plenty of grievances will be filed by viewers who think their favorite show/star/movie got snubbed.

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As for who will actually win?

It's too early to say.

But the following entertainers, programs and films were just announced as the nominees. Did your favorite make the cut?

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Black Panther�
“BlacKkKlansman�
“Bohemian Rhapsody�
“If Beale Streat Could Talk�
“A Star Is Born�

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close (“The Wife�)
Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born�)
Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer�)
Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?�)
Rosamund Pike (“A Private War�)

Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born�)
Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate�)
Lucas Hedges (“Boy Erased�)
Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody�)
John David Washington (“BlacKkKlansman�)

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Crazy Rich Asians�
“The Favourite�
“Green Book�
“Mary Poppins Returns�
“Vice�

Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns�)
Olivia Colman (“The Favourite�)
Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade�)
Charlize Theron (“Tully�)
Constance Wu (“Crazy Rich Asians�)

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Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Christian Bale (“Vice�)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Mary Poppins Returns�)
Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book�)
Robert Redford (“The Old Man & the Gun�)
John C. Reilly (“Stan & Ollie�)

Best Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Amy Adams (“Vice�)
Claire Foy (“First Man�)
Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk�)
Emma Stone (“The Favourite�)
Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite�)

Best Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mahershala Ali (“Green Book�)
Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy�)
Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman�)
Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?�)
Sam Rockwell (“Vice�)

Best Motion Picture – Animated
“Incredibles 2�
“Isle of Dogs�
“Mirai�
“Ralph Breaks the Internet�
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse�

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Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
“Capernaum�
“Girl�
“Never Look Away�
“Roma�
“Shoplifters�

Best Director – Motion Picture
Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born�)
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma�)
Peter Farrelly (“Green Book�)
Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman�)
Adam McKay (“Vice�)

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma�)
Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (“The Favourite�)
Barry Jenkins (“If Beale Street Could Talk�)
Adam McKay (“Vice�)
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie (“Green Book�)

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Marco Beltrami (“A Quiet Place�)
Alexandre Desplat (“Isle of Dogs�)
Ludwig Göransson (“Black Panther�)
Justin Hurwitz (“First Man�)
Marc Shaiman (“Mary Poppins Returns�)

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“All the Stars� (“Black Panther�)
“Girl in the Movies� (“Dumplin’�)
“Requiem For a Private War� (“A Private War�)
“Revelation’ (“Boy Erased�)
“Shallow� (“A Star Is Born�)

Best Television Series – Drama
“The Americans�
“Bodyguard�
“Homecoming�
“Killing Eve�
“Pose�

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe (“Outlander�)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale�)
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve�)
Julia Roberts (“Homecoming�)
Keri Russell (“The Americans�)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman (“Ozark�)
Stephan James (“Homecoming�)
Richard Madden (“Bodyguard�)
Billy Porter (“Pose�)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans�)

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
“Barry� (HBO)
“The Good Place� (NBC)
“Kidding� (Showtime)
“The Kominsky Method� (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel� (Amazon)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Kristen Bell (“The Good Place�)
Candice Bergen (“Murphy Brown�)
Alison Brie (“Glow�)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel�)
Debra Messing (“Will & Grace�)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Sasha Baron Cohen (“Who Is America?�)
Jim Carrey (“Kidding�)
Michael Douglas (“The Kominsky Method�)
Donald Glover (“Atlanta�)
Bill Hader (“Barry�)

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Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
“The Alienist� (TNT)
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story� (FX)
“Escape at Dannemora� (Showtime)
“Sharp Objects� (HBO)
“A Very English Scandal� (Amazon)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Amy Adams (“Sharp Objects�)
Patricia Arquette (“Escape at Dannemora�)
Connie Britton (“Dirty John�)
Laura Dern (“The Tale�)
Regina King (“Seven Seconds�)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso�)
Daniel Bruhl (“The Alienist�)
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story�)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose�)
Hugh Grant (“A Very English Scandal�)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alex Bornstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel�)
Patricia Clarkson (“Sharp Objects�)
Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story�)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld�)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale�)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alan Arkin (“The Kominsky Method�)
Kieran Culkin (“Succession�)
Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story�)
Ben Whishaw (“A Very English Scandal�)
Henry Winkler (“Barry�)

R. Lee Ermey Dies; Full Metal Jacket Star Was 74

R. Lee Ermey, a Golden Globe-nominated actor likely best known for his role as Gunnery Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket, passed away on Sunday morning from complications of pneumonia.

He was 74 years old.

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The sad piece of news was confirmed via Ermey official twitter account by his longtime manager, Bill Rogin, who wrote the following:

"It is with deep sadness that I regret to inform you all that R. Lee Ermey ("The Gunny") passed away this morning from complications of pneumonia.

"He will be greatly missed by all of us. Semper Fi, Gunny. Godspeed."

Ermey was a Marine himself for 11 years, having retired from the service in 1971.

He was a staff sergeant who served in Vietnam and Okinawa, Japan and who was later awarded the honorary rank of gunnery sergeant.

Equipped with this real-life experience, Ermey often portrayed military and law-enforcement figures, including the voice of Sarge, the leader of the little green army men in the Toy Story movies; Sheriff Hoyt in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake (2003), and a police captain in Se7en (1995).

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On Ermey's Facebook page, meanwhile, Rogin added more thoughts about the star.

This is what he wrote:

He will be greatly missed by all of us.

It is a terrible loss that nobody was prepared for. He has meant so much to so many people. And, it is extremely difficult to truly quantify all of the great things this man has selflessly done for, and on behalf of, our many men and women in uniform.

He has also contributed many iconic and indelible characters on film that will live on forever. Gunnery Sergeant Hartman of Full Metal Jacket fame was a hard and principled man.

The real R. Lee Ermey was a family man, and a kind and gentle soul. He was generous to everyone around him.

And, he especially cared deeply for others in need.

There are many Gunny's, but this one was OURS. And, we will honor his memory with hope and kindness. Please support your men and women in uniform.

That's what he wanted most of all.

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A bit more background:

Ermey studied criminology and drama at the University of Manila after his time in the military, starting his acting career as a Marine drill instructor in 1978's The Boys in Company C.

Francis Ford Coppola then hired him for an uncredited role as a helicopter pilot in 1979's Apocalypse Now.

On television,, Ermey had voice roles on The Simpsons (as Colonel Leslie Hapablap) and Family Guy.

Matthew Modine, his Full Metal Jacket co-star, actually quoted poet Dylan Thomas as he remembered Ermey on Twitter:

#SemperFidelis Always faithful. Always loyal. Do not go gentle into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And, in closing, even Donald Trump Jr. Tweeted a tribute upon learning of the actor's death:

Well today we lost a legend and a great American. I am proud to have had R. Lee Ermey as a friend and shooting teammate.

If you thought he was motivating in Full Metal Jacket you should have seen him on the firing line when points mattered.

I’ll never forget those moments just not sure I can relay them fully here... just take my word for it LEGENDARY!!! (I wish I filmed his reaction to me bringing a pink gun to shoot in a match see pic 2.

He was having none of my “it takes a real man to shoot a pink gun” line. I made it just for that response and he did not disappoint.) They unfortunately don’t make many like him these days.

Thanks for your friendship sir.

May R. Lee Ermey rest in peace.

Emma Stone Accused of White Feminism for Oscars Remark

Sunday night's Academy Awards were a hit, but they weren't without their controversies.

From Gary Oldman and Kobe Bryant's Oscar wins to Ryan Seacrest's presence on the red carpet, there was awkwardness for viewers and for stars.

One interesting moment came when Emma Stone made a political statement that didn't go over very well.

She's now being accused of "white feminism."

Emma Stone on the Red Carpet, Oscars 2018

Emma Stone won an Academy Award for La La Land, and this year she presented the category of Best Director.

To start things off, she spoke:

"It is the director whose indelible touch is reflected on every frame. It is the director who, shot by shot, scene by scene, day by day, works with every member of the crew to further the story."

She continued to praise the job that a director does.

"And it is the vision of the director that takes an ordinary movie and turns it into a work of art."

Then it came time to introduce the nominees.

"These four men and Greta Gerwig created their own masterpieces this year."

Emma Stone Announces the Winner

Clearly, Emma Stone was trying to emphasize the fact that, with many skilled directors, the Academy somehow decided that 80% of the ones good enough to be nominees were men.

And perhaps she was trying to recreate Natalie Portman's "all-male nominees" jab from the Golden Globes.

However, on a night when Jordan Peele was nominated for Get Out and Guillermo Del Toro was nominated for The Shape of Water, Emma Stone's focus exclusively on gender did not go over well with some viewers.

And people shared their gripes on Twitter:

"Peak white feminism from Emma Stone. Pointing out that 4 of the nominees are men while ignoring that 2 of those men are minorities."

"She minimized the incredible achievements of a Black man and a Mexican immigrant in the name of white feminism."

"Ok emma stone being like 'four male directors and greta gerwig' or whatever tf she said is exactly what we mean by white feminism. Jordan Peele and Guillermo Del Toro are not white men that had everything easily handed to them and they don’t deserve to be classified as such."

Emma Stone Smiles as Oscars Presenter

To be clear, what "white feminism" means is practicing a sort of feminism that focuses only on one's own experiences, which means that activism is less helpful or even harmful to other individuals.

For example, someone whose push for feminism forgets about people of color, or the LGBT community, or the disabled, because that's not part of their experience.

Not all white people who are feminists are white feminists and not all white feminists are white, though the term arose from white activists who ignored the experiences of black and brown women.

(This phenomenon exists in any human rights movement -- men might push for racial equality from an exclusively male perspective; some advocates for LGBT rights might forget that there are LGBT people of color who experience the world differently)

Emma Stone seems like an especially likely target for this kind of critique, because she starred in La La Land which famously whitewashed the story of jazz.

She, a white woman, also played a Hawaiian woman in Aloha for reasons that the world still does not quite understand.

Guillermo Del Toro Wins, Awarded by Emma Stone

Emma Stone was thinking along lines of gender but forgetting that Jordan Peele and Guillermo Del Toro are men of color who also face numerous obstacles.

Considering that some Oscar voters outright refused to watch Get Out because they didn't consider it to be a worthy film speaks volumes about how far Hollywood needs to go.

(Though Oscars voters are famously awful -- whenever the notes made on their votes comes out anonymously, the world is reminded that there are a lot of terrible people making these decisions)

Whether or not Emma Stone is a white feminist or was just using her very limited time to address one of many problems is ... unclear.

But it's not a cruel accusation. Emma Watson has recently spoken about how being called that years ago helped to open her eyes to becoming a better intersectional feminist.

Guillermo Del Toro, Roger Durling, Jordan Peele

Fortunately, Best Director went to Guillermo Del Toro, a Mexican director, whose film about about a woman who bangs a fish man is sometimes affectionately referred to as "Grinding Nemo."

He also won Best Picture.

And Jordan Peele then won Best Original Screenplay for Get Out.

It would be nice to see more women win, but it's also nice to see men of color make historic wins. There are too few of each, and not for lack of talent or merit.

Academy Awards 2018: ALL the Winners! (And the Losers)

The 90th annual Academy Awards aired live from Los Angeles on Sunday night.

And there was plenty for host Jimmy Kimmel to riff on during the ceremony, from Harvey Weinstein to softcore fish pornography to a certain President of the United States.

Yes, Donald Trump was mentioned a few (dozen) times.

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But we're not here to delve into any divisive political issues.

We're here rundown all the winners (and all the losers, too, namely those NOT listed below).

Take a look here at the victors in each category and then weigh in on whether the deserving films, directors, writers and stars took home the gold...

BEST PICTURE
Call Me By Your Name
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Get Out
Lady Bird
Phantom Thread
The Post
WINNER: The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

BEST ACTOR
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
WINNER: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

BEST ACTRESS
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
WINNER: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Meryl Streep, The Post

BEST DIRECTOR
Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan
Get Out, Jordan Peele
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson
WINNER: The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
WINNER: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
WINNER: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
WINNER: Call Me By Your Name, James Ivory
The Disaster Artist, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber
Logan, Scott Frank, James Mangold, Michael Green
Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin
Mudbound, Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Big Sick, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani
WINNER: Get Out, Jordan Peele
Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig
The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Beauty and the Beast
Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
WINNER: The Shape of Water

CINEMATOGRAPHY
WINNER: Blade Runner 2049
Darkest Hour
Dunkirk
Mudbound
The Shape of Water

COSTUME DESIGN
Beauty and the Beast
Darkest Hour
WINNER: Phantom Thread
The Shape of Water
Victoria & Abdul

SOUND EDITING
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
WINNER: Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

SOUND MIXING
Baby Driver
Blade Runner 2049
WINNER: Dunkirk
The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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ANIMATED SHORT FILM
WINNER: Dear Basketball
Garden Party
Lou
Negative Space
Revolting Rhymes

LIVE-ACTION SHORT FILM
DeKalb Elementary
The Eleven O’Clock
My Nephew Emmett
WINNER: The Silent Child
Watu Wote/All of Us

ORIGINAL SCORE
Dunkirk
Phantom Thread
WINNER: The Shape of Water
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

VISUAL EFFECTS
WINNER: Blade Runner 2049
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
War for the Planet of the Apes

FILM EDITING
Baby Driver
WINNER: Dunkirk
I, Tonya
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
WINNER: Darkest Hour
Victoria & Abdul
Wonder

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
WINNER: A Fantastic Woman, Chile
The Insult, Lebanon
Loveless, Russia
On Body and Soul, Hungary
The Square, Sweden

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT
Edith and Eddie
WINNER: Heaven Is A Traffic Jam on the 405
Heroin(e)
Knife Skills
Traffic Stop

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
Abacus: Small Enough to Jail
Faces Places
WINNER: Icarus
Last Man in Aleppo
Strong Island

ORIGINAL SONG
“Mighty River,” Mudbound
“Mystery of Love,” Call Me By Your Name
WINNER: “Remember Me,” Coco
“Stand Up For Something,” Marshall
“This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
WINNER: Coco
Ferdinand
Loving Vincent

Fifty Shades Freed Reviews: What an Unsatisfying Climax!

Fifty Shades Freed is an actual name of an actual movie.

Based on the following reviews, meanwhile, it also may be the best part of said movie.

The final installment of a much-maligned trilogy, Fifty Shades Freed once again stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, as the actors have a lot of rough sex and get engaged in a lot of ridiculous plot machinations.

Just how terrible is Fifty Shades Freed?

Scroll down to read the most scathing reviews!

1. Entertainment Weekly, Chris Nashawaty

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The thriller plot with Hyde is wafer thin. So director James Foley (yes, the same James Foley who somehow once directed Glengarry Glen Ross and then apparently lost a bet with Satan) appeals to our collective weakness for materialistic envy with ritzy mountain vacations, bubble baths, and visits to the infamous Red Room of Pain. As an actress, Johnson sells all of this hooey better than Dornan, who, three films in, hasn’t gotten much better as an actor.

2. Vulture, Emily Yoshida

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[These films] look more out of step with the times than ever. As the trilogy goes out, more desperate than ever to convince us it was in on the joke all along, it’s hard to say exactly what the joke was.

3. The Guardian, Benjamin Lee

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The dialogue just exists. Its purpose is to slowly edge the feather-light plot forward rather than provide any depth or humor to any interaction. There’s more of an attempt here to add the loose outline of a thriller narrative to occupy the scenes when they’re not having boring sex but it’s of the daytime soap variety (at one point a character gets kidnapped outside a gym). There’s never any real danger or real emotion or real anything here, to be honest, it’s as if it’s playing in the background, and no one involved can be bothered to add color or life or even a frisson of passion.

4. The Wrap, Anna Hartley

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Although it tries to hide it by cramming in fist fights, car chases and kidnapping, “Fifty Shades Freed” suffers from a lack of rhythm, moving from plot point to plot point with as much spontaneity as meal-planning for one’s luxury penthouse household with one’s housekeeper. It’s clichéd, stodgy and overly faithful to the original books. But at the end of the day, who cares?

5. Collider, Matt Goldberg

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There’s a lot I could tolerate with these movies—the fact that they worship at the altar of wealth and confuse gratuitous displays of money with love (I know Christian can whisk Ana away to Aspen whenever he wants, but I’d be shocked if he knew the title of her favorite book); that Dornan and Johnson clearly despise each other (the only scene where they seem to have any connection is one where Ana and Christian are angrily yelling at each other); and that the sex scenes are bland because there’s no chemistry between the actors. But I draw the line at trying to normalize someone like Christian without ever forcing him to change his behavior.

6. The Telegraph, Robbie Collin

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This is a film in which one of the more emotionally detailed performances is given by a product-placement Audi.
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Kian Lawley: Fired from Upcoming Film for Being Very Racist

Move over, Logan Paul.

Another talent-free YouTube star would log to steal some of your negative headlines for a few hours.

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Kian Lawley, a social media sensation with over 3.3 million YouTube subscribers and over six million Twitter followers for some reason, has been fired from the upcoming film adaption of "The Hate U Give."

Per Variety, this is what a Twentieth Century Fox Films spokesperson said about the decision, which comes two weeks after a video surfaced online of Lawley saying lots of racist stuff:

Due to the controversy surrounding his past comments and behavior, Kian Lawley will no longer appear in The Hate U Give.

The studio plans to recast the role of Chris and reshoot scenes as needed.

The controversy cited above centers on a 12-second bleeped video on YouTube that made the Internet rounds in January.

It features Lawley very clearly using a racist slur and making other racially-offensive remarks.

“We’re all black drinking purple Kool-Aid and eating Kentucky fried motherf-cking chicken,” he says in the clip.

Check it out here:

Lawley had been scheduled to appear in the aforementioned movie as the boyfriend of Amandla Stenberg’s character.

The film is a widely anticipated release because it's based on a critically-acclaimed young adult novel by Angela Thomas.

It tells the story of a 16-year-old girl who feels torn between the worlds of her poor and largely black neighborhood... and the suburban prep school she attends.

She later witnesses the murder of her childhood pal at the hands of a police officer.

Such big-time names as Issa Rae, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson and Common are also attached to the project.

Kian Lawley

Shortly after the scandalous footage went viral, Lawley apologized for the video, Tweeting:

"if u don’t learn from ur mistakes, u can never grow as a person.

"i’ve learned a lot & i am grateful to have the power to change. i never want to be who i was yesterday. we’re in a constant battle to become a better version of ourselves, use ur voice as ur weapon."

He also now says he agrees with the studio’s decision to drop him from the film.

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Said the young star in a statement:

“Words have power and can do damage. I own mine and I am sorry. I respect Fox’s decision to recast this role for The Hate U Give, as it is an important story, and it would not be appropriate for me to be involved considering the actions of my past.

"I understand the impact and I have grown and learned since then. From now on I plan to use my voice for positive change.”

However, just because Lawley has acknowledged his mistake and accepted his punishment, this doesn't mean his fans have done the same.

Many have bombarded Thomas with hate in light of this recast.

"Y'all are screenshotting me and coming at my friends without knowing the details of the situation. There is so much more that you don't know, and I'm honestly sad for you.

"But I'm unprofessional?" the author Tweeted this week.

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As you can see above, it looks like Thomas has faced an onslaught of misguided abuse.

She's clearly pained about what transpired with Lawley, but she also is clearly NOT the person to blame here.

Give her a break, Kian Lawley fans, and realize that your very own hero has taken some responsibility for his awful actions here.

Solo: A Star Wars Story – Teaser for Han Solo Origin Film is Here!

Everything about Solo: A Star Wars Story -- from the lead's casting to whatever backstory they've given a beloved character to the fact that this story introduces yet another white brunette leading lady -- is bound to be controversial.

Get excited, or angry, or nervous along with fans and watch the highly anticipated story teaser trailer below!

And check out Donald Glover's comments about playing the iconic Lando Calrissian.

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The IMDB synopsis of Solo: A Star Wars Story is very succinct:

"During an adventure into a dark criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion."

There's a lot to get people excited in this film.

True, many people feel that there's no way that anyone can live up to Harrison Ford as Han Solo.

Also true, there were apparently some difficulties in the film's production, to the point that they switched directors.

And, admittedly, as wonderful as Emilia Clarke is, we're starting to get the impression that every woman in Star Wars is in fact a white brunette. (Rey, Jyn Erso, Leia, Padme)

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But let's look at the positives.

It looks like there's going to be some sort of heist, and I am all about some heist movies. Especially in a science fiction setting. (Yes, I know that Star Wars is technically science fantasy ... my excitement stands)

The cast includes Donald Glover (Community, Atlanta), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Woody Harrelson (I'm straight up not going to list stuff because he's been in so many great things), and Thandie Newton (Westword, The Chronicles of Riddick).

And, from the teasers that we've seen so far, it looks like there's going to be some sort of Dark Sided individual whose nature we don't know. It doesn't look like an Inquisitor (because he lacks a lightsaber), so ... we'll all find out together.

At the start, Han Solo is trying to enlist in the Empire in an effort to become a pilot. As we all know, life will end up taking him in a very different direction.

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We cannot strongly enough emphasize that everyone's reaction to the TV spot during the Superbowl was a positive response to seeing Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. Wearing black fur.

Seriously, the delight was almost universal.

Speaking to Us Weekly, Donald Glover reveals what little he can about his experience becoming part of Star Wars.

"I remember going on set one of the first times and [Howard] was like, ‘Yeah, I want to follow you onto the Millennium Falcon and do this.’ I was like, ‘I don’t think I’ve ever seen the outside go into the inside.’ And he’s like, ‘Yeah, no one’s ever done that shot.'"

I'd never really thought about it, but you normally only see the Millennium Falcon from the outside or from the interior. It looks like viewers will be getting a tour of what it looks like when you enter the ship.

"As a fan, I was like, ‘I’m really excited!’ For me, it was a dream."

Obviously, we're sure that he'd have liked to share more, but he cannot.

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Speaking to ABC, Ron Howard spoke of directing the film but refused to leak any spoilers.

"Those are challenging projects. And they take, you know, a lot of very talented people’s energy to try to live up to the legacy of Star Wars and everything that it means."

No one person can control the fate of Star Wars. There's an entire team that makes sure that everything is consistent with established canon and lore and with future plans for the franchise before production begins.

"Of course, no spoilers coming from me but I had a great experience and I think fans are going to really enjoy it."

That's quite a contrast. Famously, when a reporter asked George Lucas what titular "phantom menace" was before the release of Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Lucas simply replied "Palpatine."

Unlike George Lucas, however, Ron Howard actually has to answer to Disney.

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A lot of fans are somewhat hesitant to become excited about Solo.

There's a lot that can go wrong when you're telling a character's backstory. Many fans already felt slighted by Han Solo's portrayal in The Force Awakens.

And, speaking of the Sequel Trilogy, The Last Jedi was a controversial film among Star Wars fans. Many felt that there were poor decisions made with respect to characterization, pacing, continuity, and the canon of the series.

(Gotta admit that I'm one of those fans; the review that I wrote up was like 11 pages because I had a lot to say)

Those fans who felt massively disappointed by the most recent film are leery of getting themselves hyped for a new movie that no one really asked for.

That said ... I know that I'm going to see it. Watch the trailer and decide if you're going to see it, too.

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Oscar Nominations 2018: Who Was Honored? Who Was Snubbed?

It's that time of year again.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences announced the 2018 Oscar nominations this morning, and as always, there are a few surprises on the list of the honorees.

Jordan Peele, Greta Gerwig

Unlike in years past, no clear frontrunner for Best Picture has emerged, though The Shape of Water leads the pack in terms of nominations with a whopping 13 noms.

Get Out joins the very short list of horror films that have earned a Best Picture nod, and the film's director, Jordan Peele, is just the fifth black director to compete or the Oscar.

Greta Gerwig, whose work behind the camera for Lady Bird has earned universal critical praise, is just the fifth woman to receive a directing nom. 

Both Peele and Gerwig were controversially shut out of this year's Golden Globe and BAFTA races.

Elsewhere on the list, Mary J. Blige made history as the first person nominated in both the Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Song.

Mary J. Blige at 2017 MET Gala

James Franco was not nominated for his acclaimed role in The Disaster Artist, a move that may have been at least partially prompted by the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against the actor.

The film, once regarded as one of the year's top contenders, received only one nomination, for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Due to the Winter Olympics, this year's ceremony will take place on March 4, a bit later than usual.

The evening will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who will have his work cut out for him following one of the most scandal-plagued years in Hollywood history.

Check out the list of nominees in all the major categories below:

Jimmy Kimmel Monologue Photo

Best Picture:

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Shape of Water

Best Director:

Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

Jordan Peele, Get Out

Guillermo del Toro

Best Actress:

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Meryl Streep, The Post

Tonya Harding and Margot Robbie

Best Actor:

Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name

Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

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Best Supporting Actress:

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Octavia Spencer Believes in the Color Purple

Best Supporting Actor:

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Woody Harrelson Attends Premiere

Best Adapted Screenplay:

Call Me By Your Name, James Ivory

The Disaster Artist, Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

Logan, Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green

Molly's Game, Aaron Sorkin

Mudbound, Dee Rees & Virgil Williams

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Best Original Screenplay:

The Big Sick (Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani)

Get Out (Jordan Peele)

Lady Bird (Greta Gerwig)

The Shape of Water (Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Martin McDonagh)

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Best Original Song:

“Mighty River” (Mudbound)

“The Mystery of Love” (Call Me by Your Name)

“Remember Me” (Coco)

“Stand Up for Something” (Marshall)

“This Is Me” (The Greatest Showman)

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Best Original Score:

Dunkirk (Hans Zimmer)

Phantom Thread (Jonny Greenwood)

The Shape of Water (Alexandre Desplat)

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (John Williams)

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Carter Burwell)

Congrats and good luck to all of this year's nominees!

We'll have the latest on all the winners (and of course, our annual list of Oscar fashion hits and misses) on Hollywood's biggest night!

Joel Kramer Accused of Sexual Misconduct By Two More Women; Jamie Lee Curtis Speaks Out

Over the weekend, actress Eliza Dushku bravely revealed that she had been molested while filming True Lies at age 12. It's one of the saddest #MeToo stories, and one that she almost didn't share with the public.

What caused her to break her silence was learning that the man she named, Joel Kramer, still works in the industry. That he apparently still works with young girls.

Jamie Lee Curtis, who starred in True Lies, is speaking out in response to Dushku's statement. And, meanwhile, two more accusations have been leveled at Joel Kramer.

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Eliza Dushku is known for her roles on shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Dollhouse and in films like Bring It On. And Tru Calling.

Whether you're as big a fan as I am or not, reading her account of being gradually groomed and then assaulted as a preteen by the film's stunt coordinator was heartbreaking.

Hearing that she was "accidentally" injured on set after an adult friend of hers confronted Joel Kramer, who was also responsible for her safety, is a grim reminder that the stakes of reporting sexual assault can be very, very high.

Joel Kramer, the man she accuses of these sickening acts, is still working in the industry. Several years back, he worked regularly on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. And he even worked on the pilot episode of Star Trek Discovery.

It was only when Eliza Dushku realized that he was still responsible for people's safety -- for children's safety -- that she decided to speak out.

Jamie Lee Curtis

At the time of the alleged sexual assault, Eliza Dushku did tell people, including the woman who acted as her legal guardian on the set. That woman says that she reported it to someone "in authority," but to no avail.

Penning a lengthy essay in The Huffington Post, Jamie Lee Curtis shares that Eliza Dushku told her about this, only many years after the events.

"[Dushku] had shared that story with me privately a few years ago. I was shocked and saddened then and still am today."

She talks about the particular creepiness that comes when an alleged sexual predator is also in charge of people's physical safety.

"What compounds the difficulty here is that the stunt coordinator in question was literally in charge of our lives, our safety. Stunts always require an enormous amount of trust and on that movie in particular we all were often suspended by wires and harnesses, very high in the air."

Eliza Dushku mentions in her own post that her adult friend confronting Joel Kramer was soon followed by Eliza being hospitalized with broken ribs. She does not consider that a coincidence.

Jamie Lee Curtis acknowledges the power given to stunt coordinators.

"In my case, I was suspended under a helicopter by a wire, holding onto the hand of the man who is now being accused of abuse."

Eliza Dushku Snapshot

If you'll recall, Eliza says that he gained her trust and that of her parents, taking her to a hotel with a totally plausible-sounding explanation.

But she says that he put on a movie, emerged naked from the bathroom, and climbed on top of her where she lay on the bed. She was 12, he was 36.

For his part, Joel Kramer has denied the accusations, speaking to Deadline and claiming:

"These are outlandish, manipulated lies. I never sexually molested her. I’m sick to my stomach. It’s not true. I think she’s making this up in her imagination."

His statement continues:

"This is all lies. Lies, lies, lies. This is just crazy. I treated her like a daughter. We all looked out for her."

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We're not sure how long those denials are going to hold up, because Eliza Dushku was the first to speak out ... but not the only one.

Deadline reports that two more women accuse Joel Kramer of sexual assault.

A stuntwoman who worked for Kramer apparently invited her younger sister and her sister's friend, both 10th graders in 1997, to the set where she was working. This is when Kramer allegedly lured the girls out to go swimming. 

Laura Albert says that Kramer then "pulled his dick out and said, ‘You cannot handle this.'" And then allegedly swam towards the girls.

Albert continues, alleging: "My sister ended up leaving and she left her friend there with Joel. Joel had sex with the 16-year-old girl. She was 16. He was 39. His room number was 424."

Joel claims that he didn't know the girl's age, that he was haunted by the knowledge ... while pointing out that she was legally old enough to consent in that state.

Eliza Dushku in Denim

Another stuntwoman has come forward but remained anonymous, accusing Joel Kramer of having assaulted her in the late '70s or early '80s.

She says that a group of stunt performers were getting together for drinks, and she ended up riding in Joel's vehicle, where the alleged assault took place.

"Instead of driving me to the other place, he drove us up into the hills on the south side of Ventura Boulevard into a quiet residential area. He pulled his vehicle over, unzipped his pants, pulled out his penis."

She clarifies that she was not looking to date him. They were only supposed to drive to meet up with their friends. She describes the alleged assault:

"He grabbed me by the back of my head and forced my face down onto his penis and came in my mouth. He then released my head and cleaned himself up."

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If her memory of the incident seems fuzzy, we should note that trauma can make certain details painfully clear in your memory, but make other memories seem vague. (Some argue that impaired memory of trauma is a survival instinct)

"I must have [cleaned up] as well. I really don’t remember if he gave me tissues. I cannot remember if words were exchanged of any type, but he did drive me to the other place, where the group had gone."

Reporting sexual assault is bad now, but it was worse in the '70s and '80s.

"I did not tell anyone, because I was frightened, scared and ashamed. I also knew that if I were to report this to the stunt group, the police or SAG, I would have no chance in a career as a stunt woman."

Joel Kramer calls this accusation a "fabrication."

Kramer has been in the business for decades. We can't help but wonder how many more women will come forward with horror stories.

Golden Globe Awards: And the 2018 Nominees Are…

Nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards have been announced.

Which TV shows, movies, actors and actresses will take home the first major hardware of awards show season on January 7? In a ceremony hosted by Seth Meyers?

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Wonder no more!

Scroll down for a look at ALL the nominees...

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Jude Law, The Young Pope
Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Big Little Lies
Fargo
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Sinner
Top of the Lake: China Girl

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Alfred Molina, Feud
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

Elisabeth Moss on Hulu

Best Animated Film

The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Ferdinand
Coco
Loving Vincent

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:

Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Alison Brie, GLOW
Issa Rae, Insecure
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Frankie Shaw, SMILF

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:

Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
Aziz Ansari Master of None
Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick
William H. Macy, Shameless
Eric McCormack, Will and Grace

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:

Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

Best Television Series – Comedy:

Black-ish
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Master of None
SMILF
Will & Grace

Best Original Score – Motion Picture:

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape of Water
Phantom Thread
The Post
Dunkirk

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture:

The Shape of Water
Lady Bird”
The Post
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Molly’s Game

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

A Fantastic Woman
First They Killed My Father
In the Fade
Loveless
The Square

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama:

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Claire Foy, The Crown
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce
Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Television Series – Drama:

The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This is Us

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture:

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Wate

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama:

Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Meryl Streep, The Post
Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

Best Director – Motion Picture:

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Ridley Scott, All The Money in the World
Steven Spielberg, The Post

Best Picture – Drama:

Call Me by Your Name
Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:

Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker

Best Picture – Comedy or Musical:

The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama:

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Tom Hanks, The Post
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama:

Sterling K. Brown, This is Us
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
Jason Bateman, Ozark