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‘Candyman’ star Tony Todd has “mixed feelings” about Jordan Peele reboot

TriStar/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — While horror fans are extremely excited about the forthcoming Candyman reboot from Get Out writer/director Jordan Peele, the original film’s star, Tony Todd, doesn’t appear to be as enthusiastic.

In an interview with SyFy, Todd reveals he has “mixed feelings,” about the project.

I have mixed feelings because I thought they were gonna make this 15 years ago,” he said. “If this had been 10 years ago when I had heard the news, I would have been devastated. I would have fought for it. Now I’m in a different place.”

Still, Todd gave his blessing to Peele to make the new film, and adds that Candyman‘s original storyline is relevant “now more than ever.”

“In 2018, I think there are a few neighborhoods that could use some Candyman justice, you know what I’m saying?” he said. “I’m just happy that as an African-American man, that Candyman has once again been given the nod to enter people’s consciousness.”

In the 1992 film, the Candyman is the prosperous son of a slave who’s lynched and murdered after falling in love with a white woman and fathering their child.  He later returns as a vengeful spirit.  Todd says he hopes the film doesn’t downplay some of its most important themes of race and social justice.

“I hope that they don’t dance around the [interracial] relationship between Candyman and the love of his life, the reason for his death and that they are actually allowed to kiss,” he said. “[Back then] it was rare that African-American male film stars got to kiss any of the white leading ladies they worked with.” 

Peele‘s Candyman reboot is slated for a June 12, 2020 release. 

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Doh! ‘The Simpsons’ celebrates 30th anniversary early with all-day marathon & more

FOX(NEW YORK) — If you’re a true fan of The Simpsons, then you already know December 17 marks the anniversary of the first-ever broadcast of the now-classic animated hit comedy, in 1989.  As we approach the show’s 30th anniversary year, FXX is kicking off the celebration early with a marathon of favorite Simpsons episodes, personally selected by executive producer Al Jean.

Beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT on Sunday, December 16, FXX will air back-to-back Simpsons episodes until midnight.  That’s thirty episodes for thirty seasons, starting with the season one ninth episode, “Life in the Fast Lane,” and ending with “Bart’s Not Dead,” a rebroadcast of the very first episode of the most recent, 30th season, which initially aired in September.  

Then one week later, FOX will air the very first The Simpsons episode ever broadcast, the holiday special “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire,” which initially aired on December 17, 1989.  That’ll be at the show’s usual air time of 8:00 ET/PT.

Also as any fan knows, The Simpsons began as a series of animated shorts on The Tracey Ullman Show for three seasons beginning in 1987, before being spun off into their own series.  The show has since become the longest-running primetime scripted show in American television history.

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Spice Girl Emma Bunton avoids “soggy bottoms” as she hosts ABC’s ‘The Great American Baking Show’

ABC/Heidi Gutman(NEW YORK) — ABC’s The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition returns for a fourth season tonight. Based on the hit U.K. series The Great British Bake Off, the show features bakers from around the country competing in holiday-themed challenges as they vie for the title of America’s Best Amateur Baker.

This season, the show is spicing things up — literally — by adding Spice Girl Emma Bunton as co-host, alongside returning host Anthony “Spice” Adams. Serving as judges: Paul Hollywood from the Great British Bake Off, and James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Sherry Yard.

Emma tells ABC Radio that co-hosting the show, “I learnt so much, including it’s not very good to have a soggy bottom!” 

“I cried as well, a few times,” Bunton admits. “It’s quite an emotional show, because they put so much effort into these amazing bakes and sometimes they’re undercooked or they’re overcooked…and they’ve worked so hard! Yeah, I had a little cry. I was quite emotional.”

When she wasn’t crying, Emma says, she was stressing out.

“It was a very tense time for [the contestants],” she explains. “I just watched the work that they put into these creations and them they get judged on top of that — it’s also a good fun show, but…yeah, it’s very tense — it’s a tense show.”

Judge Sherry Yard agrees the show is a bit of an emotional roller-coaster, but the contestants’ skills impressed her.

“Baking is generational…we pick it up from grandmas and moms…so it’s not exclusive to the professional field and I think that’s what’s so wonderful about the show,” Yard says. “All of these bakers…they would rival professional pastry chefs because they’re that serious about it.” 

ABC’s The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition airs tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

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Golden Globes 2019: Biggest snubs and surprises

The cast of “This Is Us”/NBC(NEW YORK) — For some actors, including the casts of Vice and The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Thursday morning’s Golden Globe nominations announcement was cause for celebration.

As is the case every year, others were left scratching their heads.

Earlier this year, actor Sterling K. Brown won a Golden Globe for his role in the NBC series This Is Us, and the show also picked up a nomination in the best drama category. This time around, however, the dramatic series was completely shut out.

Other snubs and surprises from this year’s Golden Globe nominations included:

Ryan Gosling: He’s previously been nominated for five Golden Globes and in 2017, he won for best comedic actor for his role in La La Land. But Gosling, who starred as Neil Armstrong in First Man, was left out of the best actor in a drama category this year. His co-star, Claire Foy, was honored with a best actress nod.

Yalitza Aparicio: Roma was ineligible for a best picture nomination but still earned nods in the best foreign language film, best director and best screenplay categories. Some expected its star, actress Yalitza Aparicio, to be nominated in the best dramatic actress category. Alas, she was not.

A Quiet Place: When it came out in April, the horror film — directed by and co-starring John Krasinski — began to generate awards season buzz. However, the film received just one Golden Globe nomination, for best score.

The Handmaid’s Tale: The Hulu drama won for best dramatic series and best actress in a drama at this year’s Golden Globes. Though Elisabeth Moss picked up a nomination in the latter category this time around, the show was shut out of the best drama category.

Atlanta: In 2017, the FX comedy-drama won the Golden Globe for best comedy. This time around, its only nod went to Donald Glover, who was recognized in the best comedic actor category.

Maniac: With an all-star cast including Emma Stone, Jonah Hill and Justin Theroux, it was easy to assume that Netflix’s Maniac would receive some love from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Thursday. Alas. While Stone was recognized for her role in the film The Favourite, her series received zero nominations.

Bob Odenkirk: For the first time in four years, the Better Call Saul actor wasn’t nominated in the best dramatic actor category.

Westworld: Thandie Newton picked up a nomination for best supporting actress but Westworld, which was nominated for best drama in 2017, was otherwise shut out.

Debra Messing and Candice Bergen: Though the reboot of Will & Grace has been recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press in the past, Debra Messing hasn’t secured her own nomination for playing Grace Adler since its original iteration went off the air. This year, not only did she earn a nomination in the comedic best actress category, so did Candice Bergen, whose series Murphy Brown returned to TV this year.

Jim Carrey: No stranger to the Golden Globes — he’s won two — some may have been surprised to hear Carrey’s name called in the best comedic actors category for his role in the Showtime series Kidding. Another perhaps unexpected name? Sacha Baron Cohen, who was recognized for his series, Who Is America?

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‘Vice,’ ‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace’ lead Golden Globe nominees

Christian Bale in “Vice”; Annapurna Pictures(NEW YORK) — The Hollywood Foreign Press Association revealed their favorite Vice this morning. 

Even though it doesn’t open until Christmas Day, the dark comedy starring Christian Bale as former Vice President Dick Cheney earned a leading six Golden Globe nominations, including in the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy and Best Screenplay categories.  Bale and co-star Sam Rockwell earned acting nods, while Adam McKay earned Best Director and Best Screenplay nominations.

A Star Is Born, Green Book, BlacKkKlansman and the period comedy The Favourite all share the next-highest number of film nominations, with five each.  Also notable: first-time director Bradley Cooper earned a Best Director nod for A Star Is Born, as well as a Best Actor nomination for his co-starring role in the film.  Co-star Lady Gaga also earned an acting nomination, and one for Best Original Song, for “Shallow.”

On the TV side, FX’s latest American Crime Story installment, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, is the leading nominee with four nods, including Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.  FX also earned nominations for Pose and some farewell love for The Americans, making it the most-nominated TV network, with ten.  HBO and Amazon scored the next-most nods overall, with nine each.

In apparent recognition of the explosion of television and streaming outlets and the increasing quality of their offerings, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association also announced the creation of a TV equivalent to their Cecil B. DeMille Award, to be awarded for lifetime achievement in television, which will be presented at the upcoming ceremony.  No word yet on the inaugural recipient.

Sandra Oh — herself nominated for her work in BBC America’s Killing Eve — and Andy Samberg will host the Golden Globes broadcast January 6 on NBC.

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76th Annual Golden Globe Awards — Complete list of nominees

NBC/HFPA(BEVERLY HILLS) — Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann and Christian Slater took turns announcing the nominees for the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards this morning from the Beverly Hilton Hotel. 

Winners will be revealed January 6 in ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and broadcast live on NBC.  Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg will host.

Here are this year’s nominees:

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

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

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

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

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

Best Television Series – Drama
The Americans, FX
Bodyguard, Netflix
Homecoming
, Amazon
Killing Eve, BBC America
Pose, FX

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

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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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 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

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Let’s get it on! Ice Cube to help revive MTV’s ‘Celebrity Deathmatch’

ABC/Randy Holmes(NEW YORK) — MTV Studios has decided to revive its stop-motion animation series Celebrity Deathmatch and has recruited Ice Cube to help them do it.

The network announced on Wednesday, Cube will star in and executive-produce the upcoming show, which will make its return in 2019 a weekly series.

The original iteration of the show aired on MTV between 1998-2001 and featured parodies of various celebrities as they engaged in brutal wrestling matches where the first to die was the loser. The show later returned for two more seasons in 2006 and 2007.

“Happy to once again be working with Viacom and MTV on a fan favorite like Celebrity Deathmatch and to continue our success together,” said Ice Cube in a statement.

With this new project, Cube expands his long-standing relationship with Viacom, where his Cube Vision banner currently produces Hip Hop Squares for MTV’s sister brand VH1.

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Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg named co-hosts of the Golden Globe Awards

NBC(HOLLYWOOD) — Ahead of the Golden Globe nominations being announced Thursday morning, Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg have been named co-hosts of the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards.

Oh currently stars in the critically-acclaimed BBC America series Killing Eve, and previously won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Grey’s Anatomy. Samberg stars on NBC’s comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, for which he’s won two Golden Globes.

“Sandra and Andy are the perfect choices to host this world-class event,” said Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, Co-Chairmen, NBC Entertainment. “They bring wit, charm and style to a room filled with the very best of film and television. It’s sure to be another unforgettable fun-filled night.”

President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Meher Tatna agrees.

“We’re excited to welcome Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg as co-hosts of Hollywood’s Party of the Year,” Tana says in a statement. “Both Golden Globe Award recipients have continually showcased their talents in film and television, and we can’t wait see what their undeniable chemistry will bring to the Golden Globes stage.”

The Golden Globes air live on NBC Sunday, January 6 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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‘The Good Place,’ ‘Narcos: Mexico’ will be back for new seasons

“The Good Place” cast; Andrew Eccles/NBC(NEW YORK) — The Good Place just received some good news.  NBC has renewed the Kristen Bell-Ted Danson comedy about the afterlife for a fourth season.

In season three, Michael — played by Ted Danson — sends Kristen Bell, Jackson Harper, Jameela Jamil and Manny Jacinto’s characters — Eleanor, Chidi, Tahani and Jason — back to Earth in an effort to prove they can be good people.

The Good Place will air its last episode of the year Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET and return in mid-January, then air its season-three finale later that month.

Also getting picked up for a second season on Netflix is Narcos: Mexico.  Set in the 1980s, the spinoff to the Netflix series Narcos stars Michael Pena as DEA Agent Kiki Camarena, who fights a Mexican drug cartel headed by real-life kingpin Miguel Felix-Gallardo, played by Diego Luna.  Season one of Narcos: Mexico was released November 16.

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‘Aquaman’ star & bookworm Amber Heard had a special “green screen” book bag

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures & © DC Comics(NEW YORK) — Amber Heard stars as Mera, queen of the sea, alongside Jason Momoa in Aquaman.  But when the cameras weren’t rolling, the actress says her time was spent reading — which wasn’t as easy as you might think. 

Heard told Good Morning America that when she was suspended by wires for the movie’s stunts, it was someone’s sole job to toss her a book to read between takes.

“I would have to drop it between takes 30 feet in the air suspended on wires during these large setups and somebody would rush in and throw my book up at me,” she said. “I would feel so bad someone was going out of their way to do it.”

The solution?  The wardrobe department made her a book bag “out of the green screen material” that wouldn’t show up in the shot.  That way, she said, “I could sling it over me and then I would just like bring it around and pull out my book.”

The book bag also ensured her books were safe from co-star, and notorious prankster, Jason Momoa.

“He adopted this method of ripping out the pages of my book so I would pay attention to him,” said Heard. “It would drive me crazy because I’d have 30 pages left and it would be gone.”

Aquaman — also starring Nicole Kidman, Patrick Wilson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temura Morrison and Willem Dafoe — opens nationwide December 21.

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