The ballots for the 83rd annual Academy Awards have been sent out, and it's time again to fret about the future of the movies—and of Oscar. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is carefully watching the second iteration of its biggest Academy Award rule change in decades—allowing a slate of ten best-picture nominees, up from the traditional five. The expansion came about because the voting members of the Academy had increasingly been taking the word "best" in the category's name to heart, and first nominating—and then awarding their top prize to—daring, unusual, and iconoclastic films. As a rule these movies didn't attract big audiences; most heretically, many didn't even have actual movie stars in them. The best-picture win of No Country for Old Men , from 2007, was an important catalyst. The film, a tone poem about a guy with a bad haircut and a bolt gun, was one of the least-seen best pictures ever . And everyone from Nikki Finke to the New York Times … [Read more...] about The Oscars and the Box Office: A Tale of Two Hollywoods
Warner Brothers Christopher Nolan can't get a break from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He directed one of the smartest and most critically acclaimed pure action films of all time— The Dark Knight —and broke box-office records doing it. Surely, if the Academy, which oversees the Oscars, ever needed an excuse to salute an old-fashioned crowd-pleasing entertainment, this was it. MORE ON THE OSCARS: Kevin Fallon: Oscar Nominations 2011: Snubs and Surprises Bill Wyman: The Oscars and the Box Office: A Tale of Two Hollywoods Kevin Fallon: 15 Highest-Grossing Best Picture Oscar Winners Of course, The Dark Knight , two years ago, wasn't nominated for best picture, and Nolan wasn't nominated for best director, either. And remember, this is the guy who had wowed everyone in 2000 with his second film, the dazzling Memento , and shared a screenwriting nomination for it, so it's not like the Academy viewed him as an outsider. … [Read more...] about Oscar Nominations 2011: Why Does Hollywood Hate Hollywood?
Music fans and television audiences were divided over many things during last night's Grammy Awards telecast—country act Lady Antebellum's sweep of the major awards, Bob Dylan's maybe comatose/maybe brilliant performance —but there was one moment during which they were all united. When Jewel and John Legend announced that the winner for Best New Artist—beating out popular nominees Justin Bieber, Drake, Florence + the Machine, and Mumford and Sons—was jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding, there was a collective, national, " Who ?!" As it turns out, the 26-year-old Grammy-winner is highly prolific in her genre. The album that qualified her for this year's awards, Chamber Music Society , is actually her third record (a new Grammy rule allows rising acts to have released up the three previous albums and still be eligible for Best New Artist). And from the Obamas to Prince, she's already played for some impressive audiences, and has an even brighter future : ...she's … [Read more...] about Grammys 2011: Who Is Esperanza Spalding, Best New Artist Winner?
Svetlana Alexievich, the Belarusian writer and winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 2015, left Belarus over a year ago — for just a few months, she thought. It hasn't turned out like that. She now lives in Berlin, where she is working on a new book about the aftermath of the internationally disputed presidential election in Belarus in 2020. DW: Ms. Alexievich, what did you expect of Belarus's presidential election on August 9, 2020? Svetlana Alexievich: I was totally skeptical. But I saw it as my duty to go and vote, although it was clear that it was utterly pointless. To be honest with you, I personally did not have faith in my people. It seemed to me that people would not take to the streets and that we would carry on living as before, as if time had stood still. After three days of beatings and humiliations, after stun grenades and rubber bullets, which have the impact of a rifle bullet when they're fired from 10 meters (33 feet) away, after three days that shook the … [Read more...] about Alexievich: ‘It’s a shame the road to freedom is so long’
HAPPY Valley first graced our screens eight years ago - and one of its characters looks completely unrecognisable since appearing on the hit series. Sarah Lancashire portrays police officer Catherine Cawood who is tasked with looking after her grandson Ryan after his mother - who was raped resulting in pregnancy - committed suicide. Now all grown up, the young lad - portrayed by Rhys Connah - will return for the third season of the critically-acclaimed BBC drama, with filming currently underway . But after appearing in the show nearly a decade ago as a fresh-faced eight-year-old, the teen looks totally different these days. Rhys, now 16, received rave reviews for his performances in the first season of the award-winning show. Since the second series of the drama, he appeared in To Walk Invisible: The Bronte Sisters, which also featured the late Charlie Murphy . He also appeared in The White Princess, which starred Killing Eve 's Jodie Comer , as well as the … [Read more...] about Happy Valley child star Rhys Connah is all grown up and unrecognisable ahead of long-awaited season 3
SARAH Lancashire has been spotted filming the third and final series of Happy Valley after six years off screen. Filming has just begun in West Yorkshire on the final instalment of the critically-acclaimed BBC drama - and Sarah 's no-nonsense cop character certainly looks like she's ready for business. Happy Valley , which last aired in 2016, is adored by viewers and critics alike, with the second series attracting an average audience of 9.3million people. As a result, the first two series each won BAFTA Television awards for both Best Drama Series and Best Drama Writer for creator and writer Sally Wainwright. The police drama triumphed over Netflix dramas The Crown , The Durrells and War & Peace to take home the coveted prize. Sarah was also honoured for her anguished portrayal and received a BAFTA for Leading Actress in the second series. The show follows Catherine Cawood as she fights crime in the Yorkshire borough of Calderdale. Sarah returns to … [Read more...] about First look at Sarah Lancashire in Happy Valley season 3 as cast return to set after six years off screen
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen analysed by Coulthard Sign up for FREE now and never miss the top F1 stories again SUBSCRIBE Invalid email We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info At the current moment in time, Lewis Hamilton continues to be the subject of retirement speculation. The Brit was beaten to F1 title glory by Max Verstappen last month and, ever since, has maintained silence. However, Toto Wolff’s previous comments suggest fans of the Mercedes star have no reason to fret. Related articles Verstappen rips Mercedes boss Toto Wolff with cheeky Michael Masi joke Lewis Hamilton will be 'attacked' and 'pried open' by George Russell Hamilton had been confident of winning the F1 title when he went into the final … [Read more...] about Lewis Hamilton not in his ‘last F1 contract’ despite Mercedes retirement fears growing
HOSTED by Pat Sajak and Vanna White, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune is a spin-off of the classic game show, featuring a slew of famous guests. The show's first season launched in January of 2021. Who is on Celebrity Wheel of Fortune tonight? Season two of Celebrity Wheel of Fortune kicked off on September 26, 2021, on ABC. For the first episode of the season, the celebrity guests included Cheryl Burke , Jason Alexander, and Michael Mizanin . Celebrity Wheel of Fortune premieres each Sunday night on ABC at 8pm ET. The show is also available for streaming on Hulu, Spectrum TV, or ABC on Roku. On Sunday, January 23, 2022, the celebrity guests included Curtis Stone, Haley Joel Osment , and Tatyana Ali . "Celebrity contestants spin the wheel and solve word puzzles for a chance to win up to one million dollars for charity," the plot synopsis for the show reads. Haley Joel Osment won the bonus round of the latest episode, raising $139,950 for the LA Food Bank. … [Read more...] about Who is on Celebrity Wheel of Fortune tonight?
HOLLYWOOD’s Melissa Joan Hart became a pop culture phenomenon during the 1990’s when she starred in Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The star has since been in a few movies and TV shows, such as Melissa & Joey and No Good Nick. What is Melissa Joan Hart's net worth? Melissa Joan Hart, 45, has an estimated net worth of $13million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. Aside from her acting career, Hart has launched a clothing line with her husband, Mark Wilkerson called King of Harts, and was the former owner of a candy shop called SweetHarts. On October 17, 2021, Hart became the first celebrity to win the grand prize of $1million on Celebrity Wheel of Fortune. Her total earnings from the game, $1,039,800, were donated to the charity of Hart's choice, Youth Villages. "They serve families and children across 23 different states in every kind of level, going through foster care and aging out of foster care especially," said Hart. Hart became the fourth person ever to win … [Read more...] about What is Melissa Joan Hart’s net worth?
Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk who sought to apply the principles of his faith to the problems of the world and developed a global following through his writings while living in exile for decades from his native Vietnam, died this week at a Buddhist temple in Hue, Vietnam. He was 95. The death on January 22 was announced in a statement by the Plum Village community, a monastery he founded in France. The cause was not disclosed, but he had a debilitating stroke in 2014. Thich Nhat Hanh, who was perhaps the world’s most renowned Buddhist monk after the Dalai Lama, often wrote and spoke about the Buddhist notion of “mindfulness”, or being fully attentive to one’s thoughts, actions and surroundings at every moment. “Mindfulness is to be aware of everything you do every day," he wrote in one of his nearly 100 books. "Mindfulness is a kind of light that shines upon all your thoughts, all your feelings, all your actions and all your words.” (His monk’s name, Nhat Hanh, is … [Read more...] about Tributes flow for Vietnam monk who brought mindfulness to the West