Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Sara Bareilles (‘Girls5eva’): ‘The music isn’t a joke at all’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Matt Noble

“I came in as the newbie in a deep way,” confesses Sara Bareilles about her role in “Girls5eva.” For our recent Gold Derby exclusive video interview, she adds, “I haven’t had any…

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‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ could have an extraordinary Emmy breakthrough by Kevin Jacobsen

“Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” had a less than extraordinary showing at last year’s Emmys, only earning a juried choreography award and no other nominations. But the NBC musical com…

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Cynthia Erivo singing in ‘Genius: Aretha’: Witness the moment a star is born [WATCH] by Marcus James Dixon

Nat Geo’s “Genius” brand is a force to be reckoned with at the Emmys, winning two trophies and being nominated for Best Limited Series and Best Actor for its first two installments: …

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Renee Elise Goldsberry (‘Girls5eva’): ‘We are not fighting for the spotlight’ [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Matt Noble

“I wanted to make sure I could live up to the comedy chops,” confesses Renée Elise Goldsberry about her role in the new Tina Fey-produced series “Girls5eva.” She continues, “Not o…

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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Major Grammys shakeup: Academy ditches secretive nomination review committees for 2022 awards by Daniel Montgomery

The 2021 Grammys sparked controversy with their nominations and snubs — par for the course for the institution, whose own former CEO Deborah Dugan alleged vote-rigging and conflicts of int…

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Who are the 9,362 voters who decide the Oscar winners? by Paul Sheehan

As final voting kicks off on April 15, we wondered who decides the 2021 Oscars. There are 9,362 members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who are eligible to vote for both t…

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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Leslie Odom, Jr. on his Oscar-nominated portrayal of singer Sam Cooke: ‘A voice tells you so much about a person’ by Susan King

Leslie Odom Jr. was more than a bit uncomfortable during a recent Zoom conversation with the Wrap’s Sharon Waxman as she ticked off all of his accomplishments including a Tony for his perf…

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

SAG Awards nominee profile: Daveed Diggs (‘Hamilton’) would be the 5th to win Tony and Screen Actors Guild for same role by Matthew Stewart

Since the first Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony in 1995, only four performers have nabbed trophies for roles that had previously earned them Tony wins. Brian Dennehy (“Death of a Sales…

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Saturday, March 20, 2021

Oscar-nominated Black composers: From Duke Ellington to Terence Blanchard and Jon Batiste by Susan King

The Duke was top! The legendary jazz composer/musician/orchestra leader Duke Ellington made Oscar history 49 years ago when he became the first Black nominee for composing. He contended for …

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Oscar nominee Leslie Odom Jr. and the ‘One Night in Miami’ cast on how the film is ‘daring’ [Complete Interview Transcript] by Kevin Jacobsen

Leslie Odom Jr. is now a two-time Oscar nominee, earning recognition for his performance as Sam Cooke in “One Night in Miami” and for writing the film’s end credits song, “Speak Now.…

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No surprise here: Oscar fans say ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ likely came in 9th place for Best Picture nom [POLL RESULTS] by Marcus James Dixon

Academy Awards members had the option of nominating 10 films this year for Best Picture, but they decided to go with eight: “The Father,” “Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Mank,” …

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021

5 reasons why Viola Davis (‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’) will win SAG Award for Best Actress by Tariq Khan

Last year’s Oscar race for Best Actress was over before it even started. Renee Zellweger became the instant frontrunner as soon as “Judy” premiered in the fall. She predictably swept a…

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A Best Actor Oscar win for Chadwick Boseman would break this decade-long streak by Joyce Eng

One of the surprises on Oscar nomination morning was “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom‘s” snub in Best Picture. That Netflix film still received five nominations, including in Best Actor for…

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Stephen Colbert marks “a year without Broadway” with Laura Benanti and Christopher Jackson by Liam Mathews

On Monday’s “Late Show,” host Stephen Colbert marked the one-year anniversary of Broadway going dark due to the pandemic, leaving thousands of people out of work. It’s been “525,60…

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Monday, March 15, 2021

What comes next after the history-making 2021 Academy Award nominations: Experts slugfest by Christopher Rosen

The 2021 Academy Award nominations included a number of historic and long overdue firsts. “Judas and the Black Messiah” is the first Best Picture nominee with an all-Black producing team…

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Sunday, March 14, 2021

2021 Grammy Awards livestream: How to watch online for free by Paul Sheehan

The Grammy Awards air live nationwide on Sunday, March 14 from in and around the Los Angeles Convention Center beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS. The 63rd annual Grammys will be hosted…

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‘Jagged Little Pill’ musical poised to win a Grammy a quarter-century after Alanis Morissette’s breakthrough by Daniel Montgomery

In February 1996, Alanis Morissette made history as the youngest Album of the Year winner at the Grammys at age 21 when her landmark collection “Jagged Little Pill” prevailed. She lost t…

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2021 Academy Awards nominations livestream: Where to watch by Christopher Rosen

After months of delay and uncertainty, the 2021 Academy Awards nominations have finally arrived. Starting on Monday, March 15 at 8:19 a.m. ET/5:19 a.m. PT, presenters Priyanka Chopra Jonas a…

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Saturday, March 13, 2021

2021 Grammy Awards nominations: Full list of contenders for the 63rd Grammys by Paul Sheehan

The 2021 Grammy Awards winners will be revealed on Sunday, March 14 in a two-part ceremony at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The 2021 Grammy Awards nominations were announced way back on…

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Oscars mystery solved: What type of source material wins Best Adapted Screenplay? by Matthew Stewart

There are many different types of existing works from which a film’s screenplay can be adapted, and the academy has honored scripts built from just about every source material imaginable. …

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Friday, March 12, 2021

Best Picture nominations: Voting and ballot counting explained in 3 easy steps by Paul Sheehan

The Oscar nominations will be announced on March 15 following the six days of voting by academy members that kicked off on March 5. In anticipation of that big reveal, let’s revisit the sy…

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SAG Awards nominee profile: Leslie Odom Jr. (‘One Night in Miami’) could sing his way to first win by Denton Davidson

Leslie Odom Jr. gave one of the year’s most inspired performances as soul icon Sam Cooke in Regina King‘s directorial debut “One Night in Miami.” The Amazon film concludes with O…

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Aaron Sorkin on the timeliness of ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ by Susan King

Aaron Sorkin, the writer/director of the red-hot Oscar contender “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” felt the film was “pretty relevant” during production in the winter of 2019. His acclai…

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Sunday, March 7, 2021

Frank Langella (‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’) on playing the ‘unrelentingly cruel’ Judge Hoffman [Complete Interview Transcript] by Kevin Jacobsen

Frank Langella plays Judge Julius Hoffman in the Netflix film “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” The actor just earned another nomination from the Screen Actors Guild Awards as part of the ca…

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Colman Domingo (‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’) on why he wants to do every August Wilson adaptation [Complete Interview Transcript] by Kevin Jacobsen

Colman Domingo plays Cutler in the Netflix film “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” an adaptation of the play of the same name by August Wilson. The role has landed Domingo an Independent Spir…

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Saturday, March 6, 2021

Aaron Sorkin (‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’) reveals how Steven Spielberg helped him discover who the Chicago 7 were [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Charles Bright

Even though Aaron Sorkin has a great love for politics, he admits that he didn’t know who the Chicago 7 were at first. It all started when he met with Steven Spielberg at his house and th…

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George C. Wolfe on directing ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’: ‘Jazz gave America its own language’ by Susan King

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” based on August Wilson’s 1982 play, is set in Chicago the summer of 1927 during a particularly contentious recording session between Ma Rainey and her ban…

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5 reasons why Glenn Close can still win the Oscar for ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ by Kevin Jacobsen

Glenn Close is once again on the trail to win her first Oscar after seven previous losses. This time she’s competing in Best Supporting Actress for her performance as Mamaw in “Hillbilly…

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‘United States vs. Billie Holiday’ sound editor Robert Hein and mixer Joshua Berger on letting Andra Day’s voice shine [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIE by Daniel Montgomery

“We were struck by her performance when we got the footage,” says “The United States vs. Billie Holiday” supervising sound editor Robert Hein about Andra Day‘s turn as the title ch…

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Friday, March 5, 2021

‘WandaVision’ finale: What that post-credits scene means for ‘Doctor Strange’ by Kaitlin Thomas

In the days leading up to the “WandaVision” series finale, a lot of people online were wondering how long the episode would be, and it turns out that it was a normal length. The episode,…

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Thursday, March 4, 2021

Todd Black (‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ producer) on ‘maintaining the theatricality’ of August Wilson [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW] by Sam Eckmann

“It started at a lunch in 1989,” recalls producer Todd Black of his long standing collaboration with Denzel Washington. Back then, Black had just seen “Glory” and was eager to work w…

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