The Golden Globe Awards: Who is Hosting and Who is Nominated?

The answers to both questions have finally been revealed and we will get into both right now. Yesterday afternoon, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association finally made a decision and declared Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, the Masters of Ceremonies for the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

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“We’re excited to welcome Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg as co-hosts of Hollywood’s Party of the Year,” said HFPA president Meher Tatna. “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.”

via the Hollywood Reporter

Oh is a Golden Globe winning actress with a respectable career in film and most notably television. She has been a mainstay on the long-running drama Grey’s Anatomy as is also credited for her high caliber performance in Killing Eve as well as motion pictures Sideways and Under the Tuscan Sun. Samberg is a familiar face to NBC going back to days performing at Saturday Night Live, Parks and Recreation, 30 Rock as well as lending his comedic talents to films such as Hotel Transylvania, That’s My Boy, Neighbors, and most recently the NBC’s newest acquisition, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

I believe the two will work well together bringing some merriment and variety to the Golden Globes, which are right around the corner and the nominees have just been revealed. As this is a film blog, let’s take a look and see who the Hollywood Foreign Press believes is the best of the best in film this year:

Best Original Score:

  • Marco Baltrami, A Quiet Place
  • Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs
  • Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther
  • Justin Hurwitz, First Man
  • Mark Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns

Best Original Song:

  • “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 Picture-Foreign Language:

  • Capernaum-Lebanon
  • Girl-Belgium
  • Never Look Away-Germany
  • Roma-Mexico
  • Shoplifters-Japan

Best Motion Picture-Animated:

  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirai
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
  • Incredibles 2

Best Screenplay:

  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite
  • Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Adam McKay, Vice
  • Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie and Peter Farrelly, Green Book

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role:

  • Mahershala Ali, Green Book
  • Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
  • Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman
  • Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell, Vice

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role:

  • Claire Foy, First Man
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Emma Stone, The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
  • Amy Adams, Vice

Best Performance by an Actor-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 and Ollie

Best Performance by an Actress-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 Performance by an Actor-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 Performance by an Actress-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 Director:

  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Peter Farrelly, Green Book
  • Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
  • Adam McKay, Vice

Best Picture-Musical or Comedy:

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The full list of nominees can be found right here! There we have folks! We’re one step closer to Hollywood’s most festive time of the year! The 76th Golden Globe Awards will be telecast on NBC on January 6, 2019 at 8:00 PM. SO EXCITED!!!!😆

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Updated: Kevin Hart is Out as Oscars Host!

The hysteria of Hollywood Awards season is almost upon us and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has finally nabbed a Master of Ceremonies for the 91st Academy Awards in renowned funny-man and actor Kevin Hart.

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“For years I have been asked if I would ever Host the Oscars and my answer was always the same,” Hart wrote on social media. “I said that it would be an opportunity of a lifetime for me as a comedian and that it would happen when it’s suppose to. I am so happy to say the day has finally come for me to host the Oscars.”

Via EW

The announcement was made on Tuesday when Hart revealed that he has been selected to host the ceremony and has embraced the role, pledging to make the upcoming Oscars a “special one” and promising to “rise to the occasion” when the curtain goes up.

Hart certainly has his work cut out for him. For the last few years, the Oscars has experienced a significant decline in viewership, in large part due to the wake of social and societal issues plaguing the entertainment industry, political unrest, the lack of diversity in nominees of years past, a mishap that preluded the biggest upset in Oscar history, but the Oscars have been somewhat of an entertaining affair in the years I have covered them.

Jimmy Kimmel, who hosted the show for the past two years, did a fair job in presiding over the show and doing his utmost to put his own mark of the show but the Academy and ABC felt that they needed to do something different to liven the show up in the effort to get viewership back.

In fact, this year would have been the debut of a new category, Best Popular Picture, but that can was kicked down the curb due to a lack of clear criteria of how to judge a “popular picture,” so the Academy is looking to harness the talents of Mr. Hart and bring some new energy into the Oscars come 2019.

The one thing Kevin Hart has going for him: star power. He’s certainly one of the most funniest men in the entertainment industry and his comedic talents truly bleed out onto his work, whether he’s on the big screen, television or on stage doing comedic stand-up. He already has an extensive cinematic body of work in films such as Ride Along, Think Like a Man, This is the End, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Central Intelligence, Get Hard and The Secret Life of Pets, so his resume and natural comedic talent definitely qualifies him to oversee the 91st Oscars.

Speaking of the 91st Oscars, the ceremony will be broadcast on ABC on February 24, 2019 at 8:00 PM. The nominees for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced on January 22, 2019. As always, I will be blogging and covering the Oscars, so stick with me if you want to know what’s happening.

Update: As quickly as something comes, it goes! On Tuesday, it was reported that comedian Kevin Hart would be hosting the upcoming 91st Academy Awards. On Friday, Hart has declared that he would be withdrawing from the event due to controversial tweets that resurfaced in the wake of his hosting announcement.

Where and whom the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will turn to for running the biggest show in Hollywood remains to be seen. Finding a suitable last-minute fill-in is a tall order and due diligence needs to be done. We’re in wait and see mode folks!

Bond 25 is Back On With Cary Fukunaga!

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The search is over and Bond’s newest mission is officially back on! Five months ago, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli tabbed Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle to direct the 25th James Bond feature, starring Daniel Craig, in what is projected to be his fifth and final outing as Sir Ian Fleming’s legendary super spy. All was going well until Boyle elected to leave the film due to “creative differences” with the producers, leaving MGM, Eon Productions and Universal Pictures to find a suitable replacement. Today, Wilson and Broccoli believe they found the right man to helm Agent 007’s latest mission in Cary Joji Fukunaga.

We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure,” said Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

I’m not exactly familiar with Fukunaga’s body of work but from what I’ve seen and read this is a tremendous opportunity for Fukunaga and his resume must have truly impressed Wilson and Broccoli to land this gig. At first glance, this seems like a breakthrough opportunity for Fukunaga but everything he’s done at this point of his career has culminated in success and acclaim for him.

After helming what critics universally agreed to be the one good season of HBO’s True Detective, Fukunaga continued making a name for himself as an inventive filmmaker with directing Beasts of No Nation, as well as writing and producing The Alienist. He now heads Netflix’s new Maniac miniseries with Jonah Hill and Emma Stone.

New details about Bond’s new film have also been released, such as Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are slated to helm writing the picture; it’s unknown if John Hodges’ script will be used in any capacity since Hodges and Boyle are frequent collaborators and Boyle is no longer directing the feature. Production is scheduled to begin in March 2019 and the film is scheduled to release worldwide on February 14, 2020.

Henry Cavill Exits the DC Universe!

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Just when you think the DC Universe can’t take anymore hits, especially when this superhero franchise needs another win in the worst way, this happens! In 2013, Man of Steel kicked off the DC Universe and Henry Cavill stepped into the blue suit and red cape for Zack Snyder’s interpretation of Superman and did so again in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016 and Justice League last year. Now it appears that Cavill’s time as the last son of Krypton has come to a close as reports are coming in that he will no longer suit up to play Superman in future movies.

Warners had been trying to enlist Cavill, who most recently co-starred in Mission: Impossible — Fallout, for a Superman cameo in Shazam!, which stars Zachary Levi and will bow April 5. But contract talks between Cavill’s WME reps and Warners broke down, and the door is now closing on other potential Superman appearances.

I’m not going to sugarcoat this: I’m disappointed and surprised, even though I shouldn’t be because the DC Universe is hemorrhaging and the prognosis appears critical because there is no one in sight to save it and turn it around. With Aquaman and Shazam! on the horizon, Wonder Woman 1984 behind them, Matt Reeves’ The Batman in production, Ezra Miller’s Flash movie, Birds of Prey, Suicide Squad 2 and other DC pictures in the works, things appeared to be looking up for this franchise but now, with the actor who played the character who initiated this franchise on his way out, I can’t exactly see anyway this franchise can be saved going forward. Heck, I doubt Kevin Feige can save the DC Universe at this point!

Cavill did a respectable job as Superman, considering the materials he was given to bring this character to life. Snyder’s vision to deconstruct the iconic character in these films, paired with below-average storytelling, not to mention the turbulence that came when Snyder was removed from Justice League, didn’t exactly help the franchise but Cavill did the best with what he was given and it’s a shame that he won’t get the chance to ride out on a high note with this character going forward. He is now the second actor who is projected to phase out of the DC Universe (Ben Affleck is reported to be in limbo as Batman and is trending toward exiting).

There is no word on who will be next to play Superman, let alone if the character will be a fixture in any DC movie going forward. There were reports that a Man of Steel sequel would be in development, but they may as well let that sink with the already sinking ship of this franchise. Just unbelievable! I wish the best for Cavill going forward.

Danny Boyle is Out as Bond 25 Director

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It’s like we’re seeing a pattern here when it comes to the next James Bond movie. Some time after the release of Spectre, star Daniel Craig has expressed that he has grown tired of playing James Bond and wanted to walk away from the role. Almost a year later, Craig pulled a turnaround and decided to stay on as Agent 007 for one more film. In March, it was announced that Oscar winning director Danny Boyle would helm the next James Bond feature with Daniel Craig attached to star. Now, Bond 25 is back to square one as Danny Boyle will no longer direct the film.

Obviously, this is a blow as Boyle is quite the talented filmmaker as evidenced in his previous works including Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting, Steve Jobs and 127 Hours and I was quite intrigued to see what he would bring to the Bond franchise. Now, I don’t know where they want to take Ian Fleming’s British Super Spy. Between this and swirling rumors about who may end up succeeding Craig as Bond in future films, the fate of 007 in cinema is certainly looking shaky more than stirred.

With Boyle stepping aside, it remains to be seen if this affects Eon and MGM’s plan to have the film released in November 2019. Who will direct the film now? Your guess is as good as mine.

Disney is Going to Absorb 20th Century Fox!

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This move has been months in the planning and I’ve been keeping track of what would become of this ever since it was announced in December 2017. Now that it is official, let’s take a look at what it means. Originally, Disney opened with an almost $50 billion offer to purchase the rights to Fox’s film and television assets, now that number has jumped $20 million higher, possibly due to the fact that Comcast tried to get in a bidding war for Fox but pulled out weeks ago. Anyway, the melding of Disney and Fox has begun and it will take some time before it is complete.

What this means?

The dissolution of the longtime powerhouse studio gives Disney complete control over not only its X-Men and fellow Marvel superhero team the Fantastic Four, but box-office-busting franchises like the slowly-but-surely-expanding Avatar series and the long-dormant-but-hey-who-knows-these-days Home Alone, plus small screen powerhouses like The X-FilesIt’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia—and all of FX and FXX for that matter, not to mention National Geographic—and (here’s the kicker) The Simpsons

But let’s slow down for a moment, shall we? This does not mean that we’re going to see the X-Men and the Fantastic Four sharing a screen with The Avengers or the Guardians of the Galaxy anytime soon, although it is not outside the realm of possibility for a project down the road. This deal was born from communications that led to Spider-Man becoming a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe a few years ago. Disney is already a giant in the media industry because of its ownership of Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and ABC but this move is bold. In fact, this merger also Disney a controlling interest in Hulu, since Fox already owned a controlling interest in their shares before the acquisition became official.

Am I a fan of this move? To be honest, not really because this move was born from the idea of possibly bringing the X-Men and the Fantastic Four into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and I’m concerned about how they will integrate these already established franchises in possible future films and how they’ll avoid continuity issues. I actually preferred the X-Men franchise and the MCU to remain separated entities but if Disney can find a way to make the two cohesively meld together in a way that makes sense, I won’t complain.

Anyway, it’s done and when the merger becomes complete, Disney will be an ever greater superpower than ever. For now, the MCU will remain the MCU and their schedule will still include Captain Marvel and the untitled sequel to Avengers: Infinity War. As for the X-Men franchise? X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and The New Mutants are the only confirmed projects currently in production. My guess is, we’ll probably see signs of the universes becoming one after 2019 or 2020, so until then, we’ll just have to wait and see how this merger will proceed going forward. It almost makes me wonder what else Disney will end up owning in the foreseeable future?

Comic Con Trailer Tracker 2018!

I am time-zones away from what I like to call the biggest nerd fest of the year: San Diego Comic Con. This is the period where I get major announcements for my favorite and anticipated films and television shows for the next 12 months, and I like to take this time to watch all of the trailers and bring them here to you for you, my faithful readers to enjoy. So, let’s take a look at what Comic Con has to offer us, shall we?

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Directed by: David Yates

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Allison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Jude Law, Ezra Miller, Carmen Ejogo, Callum Turner, Zoë Kravitz and Johnny Depp

In theaters on November 16, 2018

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Directed by: Michael Dougherty

Starring: Millie Bobby Brown, Vera Farmiga, Sally Hawkins, Kyle Chandler, Bradley Whitford, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Aisha Hinds, Ziyi Zhang and Ken Watanabe

In theaters on May 31, 2019

Shazam!

Directed by: David F. Sandberg

Starring: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou, Jack Dylan Grazer, Marta Milans, Cooper Andrews, Faithe Herman and Natalia Safran

In theaters on April 5, 2019

Aquaman

Directed by: James Wan

Starring: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Willem Dafoe, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Temeura Morrison and Djimon Hounsou

In theaters on December 21, 2018

If there are any new developments, I will be sure to put them up as soon as I get them.