BONO SINGS LIKE A LION FOR “SING 2”
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The director of the animated film “Sing 2” asked Bono of U2 what would make someone’s voice dry up. Bono said, “Grief.” They ended up talking for some time, and Bono became the voice for a lion named Clay Calloway who loses his wife in the film. Bono also teamed with The Edge to write a song called “Your Song Saved My Life” for the movie. Bono says he does believe rock and roll saved his life, particularly punk rock. Pharrell Williams, Tori Kelly and Halsey also have roles. “Sing 2” will be in theaters next Wednesday.
LADY GAGA, ALANA HAIM UP FOR GOLDEN GLOBES
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Lady Gaga and Alana Haim (HYM) have gotten Golden Globe nominations for their acting, but like a lot of Hollywood, they’re quiet about it. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the awards show, faced a backlash in the past year after the Los Angeles Times reported on its members’ questionable ethics and its absence of Black members. The HFPA has made changes and is pushing forward with the awards on Jan. 9, although NBC has declined to broadcast it. As for the nominees, Lady Gaga was nominated for her role in “House of Gucci.” Haim was nominated for her role in “Licorice Pizza.” Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead is up for best score for “The Power of the Dog.” Best original song contenders include ones by Beyonce, Carole King, Jennifer Hudson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Van Morrison, and Billie Eilish (EYE’-lish) and Finneas.
PEACE THROUGH MUSIC ONLINE CONCERT WILL RAISE MONEY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CAUSES
NEW YORK (AP) – The Lumineers, Slash, Black Pumas and Jack Johnson are among the artists who will play an online concert tomorrow to benefit environmental causes. The nonprofit Playing For Change will sponsor the “Peace Through Music” event on its YouTube Channel to raise money for groups like Conservation International, American Rivers and the World Wildlife Fund. Others participating include Sara Bareilles (bah-REL’-is), John Paul Jones, Tony Kanal of No Doubt, Rosanne Cash, Rhiannon Giddens, Ben Harper and Yusuf, formerly known as Cat Stevens.
JOHN LEGEND STARTS BOOK IMPRINT
UNDATED (AP) – John Legend is getting into the book business. He has formed a coalition with entertainment industry insiders and teamed with publisher Zando for a book imprint called Get Lifted Books. The first book it will publish is a novel called “Rosewater” by Liv Little. Legend hopes to increase diversity with the offerings on Get Lifted Books, which is an extension of his Get Lifted Film production company.
“THE GORILLAZ ART BOOK” SET FOR SPRING
NEW YORK (AP) – Gorillaz are about to see how they look through other artists’ eyes. Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett has invited more than 40 creators to create their own interpretations of the band, who are a cartoon band to begin with. The results will be published as “The Gorillaz Art Book.” It does not come out until April, but it can be preordered now at http://gorill.az/artbook.
GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED AS HOLLYWOOD SHRUGS
NEW YORK (AP) – Imagine being nominated for an award no one seems to care much about anymore. That’s the fate of performers who have snared Golden Globes nominations this year. The nods, usually widely anticipated, are more like an afterthought since last year’s scandal that put the awards’ organizers on blast for their absence of diversity – and abundance of unprofessional antics. The nods were announced yesterday – and even that showed the loss of prestige. The nominations are usually read off by top movie stars. Yesterday, that task went to Snoop Dogg, who read off the nods wearing sunglasses and a red hat.
WILL SMITH, LEO DICAPRIO, DENZEL WASHINGTON AMONG NOMINEES
NEW YORK (AP) – There are small expectations for this year’s Golden Globes. But that didn’t keep the Hollywood Foreign Press Association from picking some big names for their awards. Among the nominees for movie acting honors are Will Smith, Leonardo DiCaprio, Denzel Washington, Ben Affleck and Lady Gaga. Among nominees in TV categories are Uzo Aduba, Elisabeth Moss, Issa Rae, Tracee Ellis Ross and Jason Sudeikis. Winners will be announced Jan. 9. But with NBC already having pulled out of covering it, it’s unclear what will be done to publicize this year’s event.
GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINATIONS: LIST
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) – A partial list of nominees for the 79th Golden Globe Awards:
Best picture, drama: “Belfast”; “CODA”; “Dune”; “King Richard”; “The Power of the Dog.”
Best picture, musical or comedy: “Cyrano”; “Don’t Look Up”; “Licorice Pizza”; “Tick, Tick.Boom!”; “West Side Story.”
Best actress, drama: Jessica Chastain, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”; Olivia Colman, “The Lost Daughter”; Nicole Kidman, “Being the Ricardos”; Lady Gaga, “House of Gucci”; Kristen Stewart, “Spencer.”
Best actor, drama: Mahershala Ali, “Swan Song”; Javier Bardem, “Being the Ricardos”; Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Power of the Dog”; Will Smith, “King Richard”; Denzel Washington, “The Tragedy of Macbeth.”
Best actress, musical or comedy: Marion Cotillard, “Annette”; Alana Haim, “Licorice Pizza”; Jennifer Lawrence, “Don’t Look Up”; Emma Stone, “Cruella”; Rachel Zegler, “West Side Story.”
Best actor, musical or comedy: Leonardo DiCaprio, “Don’t Look Up”; Peter Dinklage, “Cyrano”; Andrew Garfield, “Tick, Tick.Boom!”; Cooper Hoffman, “Licorice Pizza”; Anthony Ramos, “In the Heights.”
Animated: “Encanto”; “Flee”; “Luca”; “My Sunny Maad”; Raya and the Last Dragon.”
Non-English Language: “Compartment No. 6,” Finland, Russia and Germany; “Drive My Car,” Japan; “The Hand of God,” Italy; “A Hero,” France and Iran; “Parallel Mothers,” Spain.
Director: Kenneth Branagh, “Belfast”; Jane Campion, “The Power of the Dog,”; Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Lost Daughter”; Steven Spielberg, “West Side Story”; Denis Villeneuve, “Dune.”
Drama series: “Lupin”; “The Morning Show”; “Pose”; “Squid Game”; “Succession.”
Comedy series: “The Great”; “Hacks”; “Only Murders in the Building”; “Reservation Dogs”; “Ted Lasso.”
Limited Series: “Dopesick”; “Impeachment: American Crime Story”; “Maid”; “Mare of Easttown”; “The Underground Railroad.”
Actress, drama series: Uzo Aduba, “In Treatment”; Jennifer Aniston, “The Morning Show”; Christine Baranski, “The Good Fight”; Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”; Michaela Jae Rodriguez, “Pose.”
Actor, drama series: Brian Cox, “Succession”; Lee Jung-jae, “Squid Game”; Billy Porter, “Pose”; Jeremy Strong, “Succession”; Omar Sy, “Lupin.”
Actress, comedy or musical series: Hannah Einbinder, “Hacks”; Elle Fanning, “The Great”; Issa Rae, “Insecure”; Tracee Ellis Ross, “black-ish”; Jean Smart, “Hacks.”
Actor, comedy or musical series: Anthony Anderson, “black-ish”; Nicholas Hoult, “The Great”; Steve Martin, “Only Murders in the Building”; Martin Short, “Only Murders in the Building”; Jason Sudeikis, “Ted Lasso.”
Actress, limited series: Jessica Chastain, “Scenes from a Marriage”; Cynthia Erivo, “Genius: Aretha”; Elisabeth Olsen, “Wandavision”; Margaret Qualley, “Maid”; Kate Winslet, “Mare of Easttown.”
Actor, limited series: Paul Bettany, “Wandavision”; Oscar Isaac, “Scenes from a Marriage”; Michael Keaton,” Dopesick; Ewan McGregor, “Halston”; Tahar Rahim, “The Serpent.”
DR. OZ SHOW TO END BECAUSE OF SENATE RUN
NEW YORK (AP) – You can’t be a TV star and a candidate for the U.S. Senate at the same time. So for Dr. Oz, out goes the TV star part of his resume. Now that he’s seeking the open U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania, Sony Pictures Television will pull the plug on his syndicated talk show next month. Replacing it will be a cooking show featuring his daughter. After Dr. Oz announced his run for the Senate, TV stations in three big cities seen in Pennsylvania pulled his show – to keep from having to comply with “equal time” rules that would give Oz’s opponents similar air time.