NBC DUMPS GOLDEN GLOBES FOR NEXT YEAR
NEW YORK (AP) – NBC has pulled the plug on the Golden Globes. And it looks like much of Hollywood is doing the same. The network says it won’t carry next year’s awards put on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The move by NBC comes as the HFPA faces mounting pressure to diversify. Just before this year’s awards, it came out that the organization didn’t have a single Black person on the panel that chooses its honors. That led to the awkward scene of having hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler call the group out at the start of the broadcast. Later, some members of the HFPA board came on to apologize for its racial shortcomings – and vow to do better.
COMPLAINTS ABOUT HFPA GO BEYOND DIVERSITY
NEW YORK (AP) – Most people looking sideways at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association these days say its biggest problems is a lack of diversity. But it isn’t the only problem movie insiders are griping about. Another beef has to do with the level of professionalism exhibited by HFPA members. Studios have complained that members sometimes seek perks and favors from those they cover, something most legit news agencies frown upon. WarnerMedia execs write in a letter released to reporters that they have complained about these practices – but little has been done to stop it.
TOM CRUISE, OTHERS TURN THEIR BACK ON GOLDEN GLOBES
NEW YORK (AP) – Tom Cruise has made one of the strongest statements against the Golden Globes. He showed up at the offices of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association yesterday to return the three globes he won during his career. He isn’t alone among performers beefing about the Golden Globes. Mark Ruffalo, who won this year, now says he “cannot feel proud or happy” about winning one. And Scarlett Johansson says attending a press conference run by the HFPA means subjecting herself to “sexist questions” and comments by some members that “bordered on sexual harassment.”
ANGELINA JOLIE MOVIE BACK IN ACTION
UNDATED (AP) – Wanna see Angelina Jolie in action again? Here’s your chance. After taking some time off from the kind of action flicks she had been doing, she returns to the genre with “Those Who Wish Me Dead.” She plays a Montana smoke jumper who encounters a 12-year-old boy who is on the run – and in need of help. The movie will be available starting Friday on HBO Max, where it will be for 31 days.
“GODSPELL” NEARS BIG MILESTONE
NEW YORK (AP) – Don’t look now, but a popular Broadway musical reaches a golden anniversary this year. It was in 1971 that “Godspell” first hit the boards, starting out as an off-Broadway production and eventually making the move to the Great White Way in 1976. It was nominated for a Tony Award for best score – and won a Grammy. It was also made into a 1973 movie. It reached another milestone in Massachusetts last summer – when it was the first professional musical put on during the pandemic.
TEEN VOGUE NAMES NEW EDITOR IN CHIEF
NEW YORK (AP) – Teen Vogue has picked a new editor in chief – about two months after canning its old, new editor in chief. The new woman in charge is Versha Sarma, who was a top editor at NowThis. She replaces Alexi McCammond atop the fashion magazine’s masthead. McCammond was ousted over past homophobic and anti-Asian tweets. Sharma takes the helm of the digital-only publication on May 24.