Sonia is the heart and the artist of the team. She loves art and all that it implies. As Sonia says, good music, a well directed movie, or attending a music or film festival melts people’s heart and make them better. She is great at painting and photography. Working on scrapbooks is her favorite activity.
The San Diego 2022 Comic-Con took place recently, causing many fans to take time off work, whether that’s at a company like Provider’s Choice Scribe Services or even an accounting firm, and get ready for all the new announcements from their favorite properties.
Here are some of the biggest reveals of the 2022 San Diego Comic-Con.
Upcoming MCU Projects
Marvel made a ton of announcements at Comic-Con this year. For starters, they’ve announced several upcoming TV series for Disney Plus, including Spider-Man: Freshman Year, Marvel Zombies, Dare Devil: Born Again, I Am Groot, Loki season 2, and more.
On top of all that, they’ve given us their entire timeline for phases four through six of the MCU, plus the beginning of phase seven. In addition to their TV series, we’ll also get films like Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Blade, Antmann and The Wasp: Quantumania, Fantastic 4, The Marvels, and more, plus the next upcoming Avengers films, title Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.
It seems like Marvel has no intention of slowing down in the coming years.
Walking Dead Spin-Offs
Walking Dead fans have been early tuning in season after season since the show first premiered on AMC back in 2010, but after over a decade it is finally coming to a conclusion. The final season is finishing up its third and last part, where it will bring many of the characters’ journeys to a conclusion.
That being said, there are several spin-offs in the work, which the series hasn’t been a stranger to in the past with the likes of Fear the Walking Dead and The Walking Dead: World Beyond. After the original series ends, we will also be given a Daryol and Carrol spin-off as well as a Maggie and Negan spin-off. The series will also be replacing their previously stated Rick Grimes films with a six-episode mini-series that wraps up his and Michone’s journeys.
Dwayne Johnson Talks Black Adam and DC
While Marvel has been hitting home run after home run, DC has been on a bit of a losing streak lately. What with the recent Amber Heard and Ezra Miller controversies, Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill leaving DC, and the recent announcement that the “Snyderverse” would be coming to a close, it might seem as though DC has given up.
However, they’re not quite done yet. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been in the works to get a Black Adam film off the ground for years now, and it seems as though we’ll finally be getting it soon. On top of that, we’ll also be getting a sequel to Aquaman, Shazam, and The Batman. He appeared in full costume and spoke at some length about the current DC Universe and how it could go forward.
Here’s to the Future
With all the news from the recent Comic-Con event, it seems as though fans will have plenty to look forward to in the future regarding Marvel, DC, and The Walking Dead universes. Some things are coming to the end, and others are just getting started, but we’ll have lots of great content for many years to come either way.
Fans have been captivated by the Marvel Cinematic Universe ever since Iron Man premiered way back in 2008, bringing in superhero nuts and general moviegoers alike. While the studio has still pumped out several adored films in the past couple of years since the mad titan Thanos was defeated, there has been a noticeable drop in viewer interest.
This could be due to a number of factors, such as the following:
It’s fair to say that the MCU seems to have fallen into a formula for most of their films after over a decade. Fans have become aware of this formula, and while it didn’t bother many for a long while, it started becoming more noticeable after a few films didn’t fair as well.
This recycled formula has led some fans to grow bored with the stories Marvel has continued to churn out and instead look elsewhere for entertainment, whether that be another form of media or even getting outside and enjoying the beauty of your very own custom backyard, courtesy of a company like Hiner Outdoor Living.
Formulas aren’t inherently bad, but when the elements that make up the formula don’t come together, you’re left with disappointed fans.
The issue that many fans have been having with the recent Marvel films may not even have to do with the quality of the films, but how many are being thrown at them. The superhero genre has become saturated with plenty of different film and television franchises in general, but Marvel in particular has been giving audiences products straight from the conveyer belt.
Not only do we get an average of four films a year, but now with their Disney Plus shows, there’s just too much to keep up with. Want to know what’s going on in the newest Doctor Strange movie? Well, you better have watched the Wandavision show or you’re going to be lost.
When the focus is quantity instead of quality, fans can get burnt out pretty quickly.
All Wrapped Up
Another portion of fans have called it quits on the MCU because they feel as though it was wrapped up nicely with the end of Avengers: Endgame. Many thought it was the perfect way to end a franchise that had been going strong for a decade, but since many of the actors’ contracts came to an end or their characters were killed off, it felt like the right time to leave.
Everything after Endgame feels like a bit of an epilogue, and while there have still been a few great films to come out of the studio, there were plenty of people that decided to jump ship after what felt like a perfectly wrapped franchise.
No End in Sight
These are just a few of the reasons why some fans are done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, at least for now. There doesn’t seem to be any end in sight for Marvel, and even if the quality does begin to dip, there’s bound to be a few diamonds in the rough, even if we’re still watching them after another decade.
The 94th Academy Awards ceremony, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will honor the best films released between March 1 and December 31, 2021, and is scheduled to take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, on March 27, 2022
Here is the full list of this year’s Oscar nominations:
The Power of the Dog
West Side Story
Don’t Look Up
Drive My Car
Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter
Nicole Kidman – Being the Ricardos
Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Kristen Stewart – Spencer
Penelope Cruz – Parallel Mothers
Will Smith – King Richard
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog
Andrew Garfield – Tick, Tick… Boom!
Denzel Washington – The Tragedy of Macbeth
Javier Bardem – Being the Ricardos
Best supporting actress
Ariana DeBose – West Side Story
Kirsten Dunst – The Power of the Dog
Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard
Dame Judi Dench – Belfast
Jessie Buckley – The Lost Daughter
Best supporting actor
Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Power of the Dog
Ciarán Hinds – Belfast
Troy Kotsur – Coda
Jesse Plemons – The Power of the Dog
JK Simmons – Being the Ricardos
Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog
Paul Thomas Anderson – Licorice Pizza
Steven Spielberg – West Side Story
Sir Kenneth Branagh – Belfast
Ryusuke Hamaguchi – Drive My Car
Best original screenplay
Licorice Pizza – Paul Thomas Anderson
Belfast – Sir Kenneth Branagh
King Richard – Zach Baylin
Don’t Look Up – Adam McKay (story by McKay and David Sirota)
The Worst Person in the World – Joachim Trier and Eskil Vogt
Best adapted screenplay
The Power of the Dog – Jane Campion
The Lost Daughter – Maggie Gyllenhaal
CODA – Sian Heder
Dune – Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve and Eric Roth
Drive My Car – Ryusuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe
Best animated feature
The Mitchells vs the Machines
Raya and the Last Dragon
Best documentary feature
Summer of Soul
Writing with Fire
Best international feature
Drive My Car (Japan)
The Worst Person in the World (Norway)
The Hand of God (Italy)
Lunana: A Yak in the Classroom (Bhutan)
Best original song
No Time to Die – No Time to Die (Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell)
Dos Oruguitas – Encanto (Lin-Manuel Miranda)
Be Alive – King Richard (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter and Dixson)
Belfast – Down to Joy (Van Morrison)
Somehow You Do – Four Good Days (Diane Warren)
Best original score
The Power of the Dog – Jonny Greenwood
Dune – Hans Zimmer
Don’t Look Up – Nicholas Britell
Encanto – Germaine Franco
Parallel Mothers – Alberto Iglesias
Dune – Greig Fraser
The Power of the Dog – Ari Wegner
The Tragedy of Macbeth – Bruno Delbonnel
Nightmare Alley – Dan Laustsen
West Side Story – Janusz Kaminski
Best visual effects
Dune – Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Brian Connor, Gerd Nefzer
Free Guy – Swen Gillberg, Bryan Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis, Dan Sudick
Spider-Man: No Way Home – Kelly Port, Chris Waegner, Scott Edelstein and Dan Sudick
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – Christopher Townsend, Joe Farrell, Sean Noel Walker and Dan Oliver
No Time to Die – Charlie Noble, Joel Green, Jonathan Fawkner, Chris Corbould
Best film editing
Dune – Joe Walker
The Power of the Dog – Peter Sciberras
Don’t Look Up – Hank Corwin
King Richard – Pamela Martin
ick, Tick… Boom! – Myron Kerstein and Andrew Weisblum
Best costume design
Cruella – Jenny Beavan
Dune – Jacqueline West and Bob Morgan
West Side Story – Paul Tazewell
Nightmare Alley – Luis Sequeira
Cyrano – Massimo Cantini Parrini and Jacqueline Durran
Dune – Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill and Ron Bartlett
West Side Story – Tod A Maitland, Gary Rydstrom, Brian Chumney, Andy Nelson and Shawn Murphy
No Time to Die – Simon Hayes, Oliver Tarney, James Harrison, Paul Massey and Mark Taylor
Belfast – Denise Yarde, Simon Chase, James Mather and Niv Adiri
The Power of the Dog – Richard Flynn, Robert Mackenzie and Tara Webb
Best production design
Dune – Patrice Vermette and Zsuzsanna Sipos
Nightmare Alley – Tamara Deverell and Shane Vieau
West Side Story – Adam Stockhausen and Rena DeAngelo
The Tragedy of Macbeth – Stefan Dechant and Nancy Haigh
The Power of the Dog – Grant Major and Amber Richards
Best make-up and hairstyling
The Eyes of Tammy Faye – Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram and Justin Raleigh
Dune – Donald Mowat, Love Larson and Eva von Bahr
Cruella – Nadia Stacey, Naomi Donne and Julia Vernon
Coming 2 America – Mike Marino, Stacey Morris and Carla Farmer
House of Gucci – Goran Lundstrom, Anna Carin Lock and Frederic Aspiras
Dallas-born singer and actor Meat Loaf has died at the age of 74.
His Bat Out Of Hell album is one of the best-selling of all time.
The news of his death was confirmed on the star’s Facebook page by his family.
“Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side,” a message read.
Meat Loaf sold 100 million albums worldwide and also appeared in movies like Fight Club, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne’s World.
“Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours,” his family continued.
“We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man.”
“We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time.
“From his heart to your souls…don’t ever stop rocking!”
Meat Loaf was born Marvin Lee Aday but also known as Michael, and got his nickname when his dad said he looked as red as meat at birth, before a high school football coach added the “loaf”.
He was best known for his Bat Out Of Hell trilogy, which sold millions of albums worldwide.
Meat Loaf released a string of other albums in the late 1970s and 1980s, most notably notably Dead Ringer and Midnight at the Lost and Found.
Cher, who duetted with him on the 1981 track Dead Ringer for Love, recalled having “had so much fun” with the singer on the track.
In the 90s, Meat Loaf’s hit I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) was the UK’s best-selling single of 1993 and earned him a Grammy Award.
On screen, Meat Loaf played Eddie in 1975 musical film The Rocky Horror Picture Show, was bouncer Tiny in 1992’s Wayne’s World, and appeared opposite Brad Pitt as bodybuilder Robert Paulsen in 1999’s Fight Club.
Bat Out Of Hell – which remains one of the top 10 biggest-selling albums ever, alongside LPs by Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and the Eagles – was also adapted as a stage musical, written by long-time collaborator Jim Steinman.
Tributes have been paid from the world of entertainment.
Bonnie Tyler, who recorded an album with Meat Loaf in 1989, said he was “a larger than life character with a voice & stage presence to match & is one of those rare people who truly was a one off talent and personality.”
Meat Loaf had his battles with illness and injuries over the years.
In 1978, he broke his leg jumping off a stage in Ottawa, Canada, finishing his tour performing in a wheelchair.
Although Bob Saget was idolized by many comedians for his profane and often cutting act, he was best known for his role in the sitcom, Full House, where he starred alongside the actors John Stamos and fellow comic Dave Coulier.
He won plaudits for his portrayal of Danny Tanner, a widowed father of three daughters, playing the role from 1987 to 1995.
Bob Saget reprised the role in 2016 when Netflix revived the program for a further five seasons.
In more recent years he found fame among younger generations as the narrator of the hit show How I Met Your Mother and for his guest stints as a highly fictionalized version of himself in the TV series, Entourage.
John Stamos, who worked with Bob Saget on Full House and Fuller House tweeted: “I am broken. I am gutted. I am in complete and utter shock. I will never ever have another friend like him. I love you so much Bobby.”
Candace Cameron Bure remembered Bob Saget, who played her father on Full House, writing on Twitter: “I don’t know what to say . I have no words. Bob was one of the best humans beings I’ve ever known in my life. I loved him so much.”
Sex And The City actor Chris Noth has been accused by two women of raping them in 2004 and 2015.
The women gave detailed accounts of the alleged assaults to The Hollywood Reporter, published using the pseudonyms Zoe and Lily.
The magazine says the women do not know each other.
In a statement, Chris Noth, 67, said “the encounters were consensual” and that the accusations of assault are “categorically false”.
LAPD said there is not currently an investigation into the allegations made against the actor.
Officer Drake Madison of the LAPD said: “There is no record of a report being filed at this time. Without a report there is no investigation.”
Zoe, now 40, says she was 22 years old when the actor allegedly raped her at an apartment in West Hollywood in 2004.
Lily, now 31, says she was raped in his Greenwich Village apartment in New York City in 2015 when she was 25 and he was 60.
The detailed article by journalist Kim Masters also interviews people such as Zoe’s boss at the time, a rape treatment centre and a friend of Lily’s whose accounts all seem to back up both women’s claims. The article also quotes text messages purportedly between Chris Noth and Lily at the time of the alleged assault.
Chris Noth is known for his acting roles in Law & Order and Sex And The City, in which he played a lead character, Mr. Big. A follow on from the hugely popular series, entitled And Just Like That… has recently been released.
A statement from the actor to The Hollywood Reporter and Rolling Stone reads: “The accusations against me made by individuals I met years, even decades, ago are categorically false.
“These stories could’ve been from 30 years ago or 30 days ago — no always means no — that is a line I did not cross. The encounters were consensual.
“It’s difficult not to question the timing of these stories coming out. I don’t know for certain why they are surfacing now, but I do know this: I did not assault these women.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lily, now a journalist, contacted the publication in August, and Zoe, who works in the entertainment industry, made contact in October, as buzz about the release of And Just Like That… was gaining momentum.
“Seeing that he was reprising his role in Sex and the City set off something in me,” Zoe is quoted as saying, adding that for many years she “buried” her memories, but has now decided “to try to go public with who he is.”
The article says that Zoe was living in Los Angeles in 2004 and employed by a company that worked with Chris Noth and other celebrities.
Following what she describes as flirtations, Zoe says she accepted an invitation to visit him at his West Hollywood apartment, where she alleges he raped her.
Afterwards, a friend insisted they go to a hospital, where she needed stitches because of the assault. Police came to speak to her, but she says she refused to reveal who had assaulted her.
Zoe did, however, tell her boss at the time. The Hollywood Reporter says it spoke to them, and they back up Zoe’s claims.
In 2006, Zoe says she sought counseling at the UCLA Rape Crisis Center after she started having nightmares and flashbacks. Without addressing her case specifically, a clinical director at the centre confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter that Zoe was treated there.
The article goes on to say that Lily met Chris Noth, of whom she was an enormous fan, while working as a waitress in the VIP section of a New York nightclub in 2015.
“He was hitting on me, for sure. I was flattered. I knew he was married, which is shameful of me to admit,” Lily is quoted as saying.
The two went out for drinks, she said, before going back to his apartment, where he “tried to make out” with her, before allegedly pulling down his pants and raping her.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, its correspondent viewed a number of text messages purportedly between the actor and Lily in March and April 2015.
In one, the actor says: “By the way I have to ask did you enjoy our night last week. I thought it was a lot of fun but I wasn’t quite sure how you felt.”
Lily replied: “Hmm…I certainly enjoyed your company. Great conversation. Not to go into specifics over text message, but I did feel slightly used…”
Reaching one billion dollars is a monumental accomplishment for any film, let alone animated ones. However, there have been multiple animated films that have reached this astonishing feat, many of which were viewed by both kids and adults alike. Disney and Pixar make up a majority of the highest-grossing animated films, though Dreamworks and Universal have their share of heavy hitters, too. Here are a few of the extraordinary animated films that were able to reach a worldwide box office of over one billion dollars.
As the highest-grossing animated film of all time, Frozen 2 also manages to break the top ten highest-grossing films of all time, period, just barely scraping by in the number ten slot. The film raked in a staggering 1.4 billion dollars, with its original film not far behind at 1.2 billion. The original film was an instant hit, spawning a plethora of merchandise and guaranteeing the sequel a chance to hit the big screen. The original film earned itself an academy award for Best Animated Feature, the first Walt-Disney Studios film to do so, two golden globes, as well as two Grammys. The films were a hefty droplet in Disney’s lake of ever-growing profit, and with an Oloff spin-off and the company’s streaming service taking off, we have assuredly not seen the last of the franchise.
This original film follows animals that live their lives much as we do: they go to work, play sports, and run a government. It’s a film that is both hilarious and thought-provoking. Audience psychographics and demographics play a large role in determining a film’s target audience, and despite being aimed towards predominantly younger viewers, the film manages to shed light on very mature issues, such as racism, social classes, and corruption. These themes, accompanied by a stellar story and gorgeous animation, make it easy to see how the film was as successful as it was, earning just over a billion dollars at the box office and snagging itself an Oscar in the process.
Are you feeling incredible? You will after having watched this sequel to the 2004 film. After fourteen years of waiting, fans were granted a follow-up to the super-powered family, and boy did it make some money. 1.2 billion dollars, to be more specific. With a returning cast of actors and updated visuals, this movie was a delight to younger audiences as well as those that watched the original as children and have since grown up. Will we get a third film in the future? It’s possible, especially since Pixar seems to be in an era of sequels, what with Toy Story getting four films. Let’s just hope it doesn’t take a decade to happen.
And Many More . . .
There have been several more animated films to cross the one billion dollar threshold, such as Minions, Finding Dory, Despicable Me 3, along with Toy Story 3 and 4, plus countless others that are just shy of reaching the ten-figure mark. These films are well-written, voice acted, and beautifully animated, making them enjoyable for children as well as adults.
UB40 vocalist and founding member Terence Wilson, better known by his stage name Astro, has died at the age of 64.
Astro, who performed in the reggae pop band for more than 30 years, died after a short illness, his current band confirmed.
“We are absolutely devastated and completely heartbroken,” said a statement on Ali Campbell and Astro’s Twitter account.
“The world will never be the same without him.”
Astro left UB40 in 2013 and went on to perform with breakaway group UB40 featuring Ali Campbell and Astro, which had played some concerts this year and was due to go on tour in 2022.
The original band broke through in the early 1980s with their unique take on British reggae and found success with hits like Red Red Wine and Can’t Help Falling In Love.
The British group – named after the then government’s unemployment benefit form – sold more than 70 million records and had three UK number one hits.
A statement from the current UB40 line-up on Twitter said: “RIP Astro.
“We have heard tonight, the sad news that ex-member of UB40, Terence Wilson, better known as Astro, has passed away after a short illness. Our sincere condolences to his family.”
In total, UB40 have recorded 39 UK top 40 singles and 28 top 40 albums, with Astro singing lead vocals on the hit Rat In Mi Kitchen which reached number 12 in 1987.
The Birmingham-based group also enjoyed success around the world, including in the US, where Red Red Wine went to number one, as did another cover, Can’t Help Falling in Love with You, which spent seven weeks at number one in 1993.
The original line-up played together for three decades before Ali Campbell left in 2008.
Astro acquired his nickname as a child because he wore a pair of Dr Martens boots with the model name “Astronaut”, the musician explained in a 2016 interview with website UK Music Reviews.
In August, fellow UB40 founding member and saxophonist Brian Travers died of cancer at the age of 62.
Alec Baldwin fatally shot a woman and injured director Joel Souza after firing a prop gun on a New Mexico film set for the 19th Century western Rust.
Halyna Hutchins, 42, was shot while working on the set as director of photography. She was flown to hospital by helicopter but died of her injuries.
Director Joel Souza, 48, was taken from the scene at Bonanza Creek Ranch by ambulance.
Police said they were investigating and that no charges had been filed.
A spokesperson for Alec Baldwin, best known for his role as Jack Donaghy on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock and for his portrayal of Donald Trump on sketch show Saturday Night Live, told AP the incident involved the misfiring of a prop gun with blanks.
In a statement to AFP, a Santa Fe sheriff spokesman said Alec Baldwin had spoken to detectives.
“He came in voluntarily and he left the building after he finished his interviews,” the spokesman said.
Alec Baldwin is a co-producer of the film and plays its namesake, an outlaw whose 13-year-old grandson is convicted of manslaughter.
The eldest of four brothers, all actors, Alec Baldwin has starred in numerous TV and film roles since the 1980s.
Halyna Hutchins was from Ukraine and grew up on a Soviet military base in the Arctic Circle, according to her personal website. She studied journalism in Kyiv, and film in Los Angeles, and was named a “rising star” by the American Cinematographer magazine in 2019.
She was the director of photography for the 2020 action film Archenemy, directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer.
Police said sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Bonanza Creek Ranch, a popular filming location, at around 13:50 local time after receiving an emergency call about a shooting on the set of Rust.
The Crown and Ted Lasso were the big winners at this year’s Emmy Awards.
The prizes won by the Netflix’s royal drama included best drama series and four acting wins – for Gillian Anderson, Olivia Colman, Josh O’Connor and Tobias Menzies.
The Crown‘s victory in the best drama series category is not the first time a streaming service has won the top prize at the Emmys, but it does mark the first victory for Netflix.
Gillian Anderson won for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher, Tobias Menzies for the Duke of Edinburgh, and Josh O’Connor for Prince Charles.
Many of this year’s nominated actors from The Crown left the show after its most recent series, including Emerald Fennell, who played the Duchess of Cornwall, and Olivia Colman, who will be replaced as the Queen in the forthcoming fifth season by Imelda Staunton.
The 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards took place in Los Angeles on September 19 and saw most nominees attending in person.
Michaela Coel won outstanding writing for a limited series for her consent drama I May Destroy You.
The British writer and actress was one of the few non-white stars to score a win at the awards, which was criticised online for its lack of diversity.
While many black actors were nominated, when it came to the ceremony itself, white performers took home all 12 acting awards across the comedy, drama and limited series categories.
In contrast, three black stars were among the four winning guest actors at last weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys, a prelude to the main event – namely Saturday Night Live hosts Dave Chappelle and Maya Rudolph, and Lovecraft Country‘s Courtney B Vance.
The host of RuPaul’s Drag Race, RuPaul Charles, however, did manage to become the most-awarded black artist in Emmy history, bagging his 11th award for the outstanding competition program.
If MJ Rodriguez from drag ball drama Pose had beaten Olivia Colman to the lead actress award, she would have become the first transgender performer to win in a lead acting category.
Kate Winslet and Ewan McGregor were named best limited series actress and actor for Mare of Easttown and Halston respectively.
Jason Sudeikis was named best lead comedy actor for his performance in Ted Lasso, while his British co-stars Hannah Waddingham and Brett Goldstein won best supporting actress and actor.
Jean Smart was named best lead actress in a comedy series for her performance in Hacks.
As well as taking the top drama prize of the night, The Crown‘s Peter Morgan and Jessica Hobbs also won for writing and directing respectively.
British comic John Oliver, host of late night show Last Week Tonight, continued his Emmy streak when his show picked up its sixth straight win in the outstanding variety talk series category.
The final award of the night, outstanding limited or anthology series, went to Netflix’s chess drama The Queen’s Gambit.
In a highly competitive category, The Queen’s Gambit won ahead of I May Destroy You, Mare Of Easttown, The Underground Railroad and WandaVision.
Netflix’s combined total of 44 wins this year meant it towered above its nearest competitor – HBO and its HBO Max streaming service with 19.
That makes this year the first time Netflix had won more Emmys than HBO, which has dominated the ceremony for years. Disney+ was third on 14, while Apple TV won 10.
This year’s In Memoriam section included tributes to stars including Larry King, Michael Apted, Alex Trebek, Helen McCrory, Jessica Walter, Cicely Tyson and Michael K Williams.
The ceremony, hosted by Cedric the Entertainer, was held after a year of increased TV viewing prompted by lockdown restrictions around the world.
The news came weeks after it was announced that Charlie Watts would miss the band’s US tour dates to recover from an unspecified medical procedure. Charlie Watts was previously treated for throat cancer in 2004.
Charlie Watts had been a member of the Stones since January 1963, when he joined Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones in their fledgling group.
He helped them become, with The Beatles, one of the bands who took rock ‘n’ roll to the masses in the 60s with classics like (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Get Off My Cloud and Sympathy for the Devil.
The statement from the Rolling Stones’ publicist said: “He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier today [August 24] surrounded by his family.
“We kindly request that the privacy of his family, band members and close friends is respected at this difficult time.”
In 2016, Charlie Watts was ranked 12th in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 greatest drummers of all time.
The drummer is survived by his wife Shirley, daughter Seraphina and granddaughter Charlotte.
Nomadland has scooped three Oscars including best picture, while Anthony Hopkins and Daniel Kaluuya have won acting awards.
Nomadland’s Chloe Zhao made history as the first woman of color and second woman to win best director.
Anthony Hopkins, 83, is the oldest winner of best actor, while Daniel Kaluuya is the first black British actor to win an Oscar – for the best supporting award.
British actress-turned-writer/director Emerald Fennell won a screenplay award.
She won best original screenplay for Promising Young Woman, which she also directed.
Frances McDormand won best actress for her role in Nomadland, while veteran South Korean actress Yuh-Jung Youn won best supporting actress for Minari.
The awards were handed out in one of the grand halls at Los Angeles’s stylish Union Station to allow for a Covid-safe ceremony, while many UK-based nominees were at a venue in London – although Anthony Hopkins was at neither.
Anthony Hopkins won best actor for his masterful performance as a man suffering with dementia in The Father, 29 years after he won his first Oscar for The Silence of the Lambs.
The actor’s victory was the biggest surprise of the night. The award had been tipped to go to the late Chadwick Boseman, who died at the age of 43 last August, for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.
It was perhaps a surprise to Sir Anthony himself, who was neither in LA nor at the British Film Institute in London, the ceremony’s UK venue.
Anthony Hopkins was thought to be in his native Wales, and there was not an option to appear via Zoom, meaning he did not appear on screen or in person.
The Father also won best adapted screenplay for Sir Christopher Hampton and Florian Zeller, who called Sir Anthony “the greatest living actor”.
Nomadland, the slow-burning drama about a woman living in her van in the American West after the financial crash, won the top prize for best film, plus best director and best actress.
Frances McDormand, who now has three best actress Oscars, is one of the only professional performers in the film. Most of the rest of the cast is made up of real people playing fictionalized versions of themselves.
In her acceptance speech, Chloe Zhao thanked the real-life nomads “for teaching us the power of resilience and hope”.
Before Chloe Zhao, the only woman to have won the directing prize in the Oscars’ 92-year history was Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2010.
Meanwhile, black-and-white film Mank, which led the nominations with 10, picked up two awards, as did Sound of Metal, Judas and the Black Messiah, Ma Rainey’sBlack Bottom and Soul.
Gérard Depardieu has been formally placed under investigation over accusations that he raped an actress at his home in 2018.
The woman accuses the French actor of raping and assaulting her in Paris in August 2018.
Gérard Depardieu’s lawyer told AFP that the actor “totally dispute[d]” the allegation, and the investigation should not have been made public.
The arts world in France has been shaken by a series of accusations of abuse against leading figures.
Gérard Depardieu, 73, is one of France’s most famous actors, known for films including Jean de Florette, Green Card and Cyrano.
An initial investigation into the rape allegations was dropped in 2019, with prosecutors citing insufficient evidence, but was reopened last summer. Prosecutors formally placed Gérard Depardieu under investigation in December 2020.
The actor is free but under judicial supervision.
The woman’s lawyer, Elodie Tuaillon-Hibon, told AFP she hoped her client’s “private sphere” would be respected as the case unfolded.
Mario Lopez, who played AC Slater in the sitcom, said: “Dustin, you will be missed, my man. The fragility of this life is something never to be taken for granted. Prayers for your family will continue on.”
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, known to fans of the show as Zack Morris, tweeted that Dustin Diamond was “a true comedic genius” and said he “will miss those raw, brilliant sparks that only he was able to produce”.
Dustin Diamond reprised his role in follow-up series Saved by the Bell: The New Class, and Saved by the Bell: The College Years. But he did not appear in the recent revival series.
He was also a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother in 2013.
Dustin Diamond served three months in jail after he stabbed a man during an altercation at a bar in Wisconsin in 2014.
Talk show legend Larry King has died at the age of 87.
The giant of US broadcasting, who achieved worldwide fame for interviewing political leaders and celebrities, conducted an estimated 50,000 interviews in his six-decade career, which included 25 years as host of the popular CNN talk show Larry King Live.
Larry King died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA, according to Ora Media, a production company he co-founded.
Earlier this month, the veteran talk show host was treated in hospital for Covid-19.
Larry King had faced several health problems in recent years, including heart attacks.
Ora Media said in a statement: “For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster.”
Larry King rose to fame in the 1970s with his radio program The Larry King Show, on the commercial network Mutual Broadcasting System.
He was then the host of Larry King Live on CNN, between 1985 and 2010, carrying out interviews with a host of guests.
Larry King also wrote a column for the USA Today for over 20 years.
Most recently, he hosted another program, Larry King Now, broadcast on Hulu and RT, Russia’s state-controlled international broadcaster.
Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez are to perform at the inauguration ceremony for President Joe Biden.
It is well-known that Lady Gaga campaigned for Joe Biden during the election, appearing with him on the eve of the presidential election last November.
Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem at the ceremony on January 20. Jennifer Lopez, who also endorsed Joe Biden last year, will give a separate musical performance.
After the ceremony, Tom Hanks will host a star-studded TV special.
Titled Celebrating America, the 90-minute prime-time program will also feature musicians Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake and Ant Clemons, and will be broadcast live by ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC and MSNBC.
Joe Biden’s inaugural committee said it would “celebrate the beginning of a new national journey toward an America united” and “showcase the American people’s resilience, heroism, and unified commitment to coming together as a nation to heal and rebuild”.
When Joe Biden is inaugurated, Washington DC will still be under a state of emergency after a mob stormed the Capitol on January 6. More than 10,000 National Guard troops will be in the city, with about 5,000 more on standby.
Otherwise, the ceremony’s attendance will be “extremely limited” in line with social distancing due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Biden team, which has urged Americans to avoid travelling to the capital.
Donald Trump announced last week that he will avoid the ceremony after disputing the election result, becoming the first president to skip the inauguration of his successor since 1869.
When President Donald Trump was inaugurated four years ago, 16-year-old former American Idol contestant Jackie Evancho sang the national anthem, while country stars Toby Keith and Lee Greenwood, and rock band 3 Doors Down were among the attractions at a special concert the night before.
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