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True Blood The Musical On It’s Way

True Blood ran for 81 episodes from 2008 to 2014, and at the time was one of the most popular shows on TV. The HBO series was based on the novels by Charlaine Harris and followed the story of Sookie Stackhouse and the residents of Bon Temps, Louisiana. The series was right in the middle of the vampire craze of the mid-2000s, and still has a strong following today. Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the series, and at the Vulture Festival in Los Angeles where they screened the pilot episode for fans, the creator of the series Alan Ball discussed plans for a special musical production of the series.

Ball told the crowd that he had heard composer Nathan Barr’s musical that is in development was “pretty good”. He went on to say that  “It tells the story of vampires coming out of the closet. Ultimately it really departs from the book, because people aren’t ready, and they’re too bigoted and they end up going back in to the closet.” Fans shouldn’t be getting their hopes up that the musical will be coming anytime soon though, as it was originally announced in 2014 and is still being workshopped. Ball himself didn’t say if he is involved in the project at all either, but by the way he was describing the project it doesn’t feel like he is. 

Whether or not the True Blood musical finally hits the stage is unknown at this point, but we’ll be keeping our eyes open for it.

 

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The Favourite Leads The Critics’ Choice Nominations With 14

Year after year, the Critic’s Choice awards reflect how the Oscar votes go, so odds are pretty good that The Favourite will be among the most nominated films at next year’s show.

The Favourite is a period comedy starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, and it takes place in 18th century England. It follows the story of a frail Queen Anne (Colman) whose close friend Lady Sarah (Weisz) rules in her stead, and Sarah’s relationship with a new servant named Abigail (Stone). The film is up for Best Picture, Best Comedy, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay as well as individual acting nominations for the three leads and Best Ensemble. 

Coming in at a close second with 12 nominations was the superhero film Black Panther. Among it’s nominations were Best Picture, Best Action Movie, Best Supporting Actor and Best Ensemble. The film is hoping to receive a Best Picture nomination at next year’s Oscars, and it’s looking like it might just be able to get that after this impressive showing. Ryan Gosling’s First Man was also a popular film for nominations, even though the film didn’t do so well at the box office, receiving 10 of them, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress.

Vice and A Star Is Born each had nine nominations. Vice received the most nominations last week for the upcoming Golden Globe awards, and again is highly favoured to come away with several awards. It’s up for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Comedy Actor, Best Supporting Actress. A Star Is Born had five Golden Globe nominations last week, and received Critics Choice nominations for Best Actor, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Song.

On the TV side of things, it was the Ben Stiller-directed prison series Escape at Dannemora and The Assassination of Gianni Versace that lead the pack with five nominations apiece. The Americans. Sky Atlantic and Sharp Objects came in with four nominations each. 

The Critics Choice Awards will be handed out on January 13.

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YouTube Releases Top Music Videos Of 2018

YouTube shared some numbers recently as to what the most popular videos on their streaming site were (really, we watched the Walmart yodeling kid the most?), and as part of their released stats, they also shared the numbers for the most streamed music videos. The shocking things was, eight of the top ten videos were in Spanish.

At the top of the list, with 1.44 billion views, was the “Te Bote Remix” from Casper, Nio Garcia, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny, and Ozuna. The song has dominated since it was released last April, and was far ahead of the rest of the pack. Shockingly Drake’s “In My Feelings” didn’t chart, considering the music video was responsible for a dance challenge that went viral. His song “God’s Plan” did make an appearance though at number 8. The only other non-Spanish song to chart was Maroon 5’s “Girls Like You” which featured Cardi B. The video had a clew of cameos in it, including ones from Sarah Silverman, Gal Gadot, Tiffany Haddish and Ellen. The song landed at number 3 on the list. Puerto Rican singer Ozuna was featured in four of the ten songs on the chart, including two in the top five.

The complete list is below.

  1. Te Bote Remix – Casper, Nio García, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny, Ozuna
  2. Nicky Jam x J. Balvin – X (EQUIS) 
  3. Maroon 5 – Girls Like You ft. Cardi B
  4. Daddy Yankee | Dura 
  5. Ozuna x Romeo Santos – El Farsante (Remix) 
  6. Becky G, Natti Natasha – Sin Pijama 
  7. El Chombo – Dame Tu Cosita feat. Cutty Ranks 
  8. Drake – God’s Plan
  9. Reik – Me Niego ft. Ozuna, Wisin 
  10. Vaina Loca – Ozuna x Manuel Turizo

Photo: Mp077 on Wikipedia

 

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The 2019 Golden Globe Nominations Are Here

The countdown to awards season has officially begun, with the Golden Globes making the announcements this morning as to they have chosen to be nominated for their awards. There are 25 categories in all, with 5 nominations per category. It was announced yesterday that Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg would be the co-hosts of the 76th annual event, set to air on January 6th, 2019.

This year the film Vice led all nominations with 6. The film hasn’t even hit theatres yet but has garnered a lot of attention for the performances of Christian Bale and Amy Adams. The film is up for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical, Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Musical, Best Musical or Comedy film, and Best Director. Following close behind were Green Book, The Favourite and A Star Is Born, with five nominations each. On the TV side of things it was The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story leading the way with four nods.

Once again the Golden Globes have created two Best Motion Picture categories, one for Drama and one for Musical / Comedy. And of course once again there will be plenty of debate as to which film belongs where. While Black Panther, BlackKklansman and If Beale Street Could Talk make sense being nominated for Drama, Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star Is Born might have made more sense as a Musical. On the flip side of things Crazy Rich Asians, Mary Poppins Returns, The Favourite,  Green Book and Vice make sense as comedies. For acting, several of the nominations for the two categories will probably be repeated for the Oscars later on, including Nicole Kidman for Destroyer, Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born, Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody and Viggo Mortensen for Green Book.

For Television, The Americans, Bodyguard, Homecoming, Killing Eve and Pose will each by vying for the Best Drama Series, and for once there is no real front runner to win. For Best Comedy series Barry, The Good Place, Kidding and The Kominsky Method might have a hard time defeating The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel which is on a big role currently. In the acting categories, several big names are on this years list, including Julia Roberts, Sandra Oh (who is also hosting), Jason Bateman, Keri Russell, Elisabeth Moss, Candice Bergen, Jim Carrey and Michael Douglas. In the weeks leading up to the event there is sure to be a lot of debate on who should win in any of the acting categories.

The complete list of nominees for the 2019 Golden Globe Awards can be seen below.

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

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

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

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

Best Performance by an 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 Performance by an 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 Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
Olivia Coleman, The Favourite
Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
Charlize Theron, Tully
Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Best Performance by an 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 in the Gun
John C. Reilly, Stan and Ollie

Best Performance by an 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 Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mahershela Ali, Green Book
Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver, BlackKklansman
Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Sam Rockwell, Vice

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
Tony McNamara, Deborah Davis, 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 Goransson, 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 Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Barry
The Good Place
Kidding
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Alienist
The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Escape at Dannemora
Sharp Objects
A Very English Scandal

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
Daniel Bruhl, The Alienist
Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

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 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
Sacha 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 Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alex Bronstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace
Thandi 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
Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
Henry Winkler, Barry

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