Celebrity birthdays during the week of December 15-21

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Celebrities who will be celebrating birthdays during the week of December 15-21 include actor Don Johnson, who will be 70

Aaron and Sam Taylor-Johnson talk "emotional journey" of bringing ‘A Million Little Pieces’ to the big screen

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Photo by Dominik Bindl/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ten years after they first worked together on Nowhere Boy, husband and wife Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Sam Taylor-Johnson have teamed up again to bring James Frey’s 2003 semi-autobiographical novel about addiction, A Million Little Pieces, to the big screen. With the author’s blessing, they co-wrote the script, Sam directed it and Aaron starred as Frey. The film was shot in just 20 days.

For Aaron, it was a role he knew he wanted to play. He says he went on an “overwhelming emotional journey” while making the film, bonding with Frey and visiting the actual treatment center where his recovery all began.

“We have people close to us in our circle, close friends who are struggling with addiction and some that have come through and celebrating sobriety and some that aren’t with us anymore,” he tells ABC Audio. “So it starts to become very real and something that’s deep and rooted in that…I knew I wanted to play.

The pull of the story was similar for Sam. She wasn’t deterred by the controversy surrounding the book. Back in 2006, it was revealed that Frey had fabricated some of the events in the so-called memoir.

“[It] actually made my resolve for making this stronger, seeing that [Frey is] still sort of standing in front of us 26 years sober, despite everything you read about in the book and despite, you know, public shame, humiliation,” Sam says. 

A Million Little Pieces is in theaters now.

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Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Elton John, J. Lo up for Globes

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The Golden Globes are looking more like the Grammy Awards: Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Elton John are competing for best original song at the show

Kaitlyn Dever, Paul Rudd react to Golden Globe nominations

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Nominees for the Golden Globe Awards are sharing stories of the moments they heard Monday about the recognition

Broadcast TV shut out of Globe nods, Netflix edges HBO

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In the Golden Globe TV nominations, the broadcast networks were completely shut out for what is believed to be the first time

AP names ‘To Live and Die in LA’ its top podcast of 2019

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“To Live and Die in LA" was the best podcast of 2019, according to The Associated Press

Netflix leads all comers with 34 Golden Globe nominations; strong performances from other streamers, too

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Netflix(LOS ANGELES) — With a company best 34 nominations, Netflix shone at Monday morning’s Golden Globe nominations, which were read live from Los Angeles. 

The streaming giant earned six nominations for Noah Baumbach’s drama Marriage Story, starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson; the pair earned nods in the respective outstanding actor/actress in a drama category.

Netflix, which has famously shelled out fortunes for talent, also saw investments pay off with Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, which earned five nominations, including a best director nomination for Scorsese, as well as best supporting nominations for Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.

The streaming service’s Dolemite Is My Name earned a nomination in the Best Motion Picture nom in the Musical or Comedy Category, and a best actor nomination for Eddie Murphy.

Netflix also scooped up major television kudos, with four nominations apiece for both newcomer Unbelievable awards show mainstay The Crown

While Netflix stands at the top of the heap this year, the folks at the other streaming services also have reason to smile: Amazon Prime’s Emmy winners Fleabag and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, as well as the George Clooney-produced Catch-22 were also recognized, as was Apple’s new Apple TV+ streaming service, which earned three nominations for The Morning Show: including Best Actress nominations for co-producing co-leads Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon.

For the record, while The Irishman led the pack with five Golden Globe nominations, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association also recognized Quentin Tarantino’s  Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with four in the Best motion picture, comedy or musical category: best director and best screenplay for Tarantino; best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, and best supporting actor for Brad Pitt.
 
Ricky Gervais hosts the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 5, live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on NBC.

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Disney grabs record-breaking $10 billion at worldwide box office

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Walt Disney Studios(NEW YORK) — Disney has become the first studio in history to surpass $10 billion at the worldwide box office, according to Variety.

As of Sunday, Disney has earned $9.997 billion globally, including $3.28 billion in North America and $6.7 billion overseas, and is expected to cross the $10 billion plateau on Monday.  The studio topped its own previous record of $7.6 billion — set in 2016 — back in July, following the success of Avengers: Endgame and The Lion King.

Disney will certainly see that amount soar even higher with the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which is the final chapter in the Skywalker saga, on December 20.

In August, Disney set a new record, with five movies — including Avengers: EndgameAladdinToy Story 4The Lion King and Captain Marvel — all passing the $1 billion in 2019.  Frozen 2 has earned $920 million as of Sunday, and is expected to make it six, while Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker could could be number seven.

Furthermore, those figures don’t take into account the movies it acquired in the Fox deal, like Ford v Ferrari, which would bring it to $11.9 billion so far.

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‘The Irishman,’ ‘Marriage Story’ earn Netflix most Golden Globe noms

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L-R: Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro in “The Irishman”; Niko Tavernise/Netflix(BEVERLY HILLS) — Led by The Irishman and Marriage Story, Netflix dominated the nominations for the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Monday morning, live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel with help from Dakota Fanning, Susan Kelechi Watson and Tim Allen.

The Irishman, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino and Ray Romano, earned five nominations, including Best Motion Picture — Drama.  Marriage Story earned a total six nominations, also including Best Motion Picture — Drama. 

In all, Netflix earned a leading 17 Golden Globe nominations Monday morning, also marking the first time the streamer has found itself with the most Golden Globe nominations of any competitor.

Ricky Gervais will return to host the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards on January 5, live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel and broadcast on NBC.

Here are this year’s Golden Globe nominees:

FILM

Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Irishman (Netflix)
Marriage Story (Netflix)
1917 (Universal)
Joker (Warner Bros.)
The Two Popes (Netflix)

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (Sony)
Jojo Rabbit (Fox Searchlight)
Knives Out (Lionsgate)
Rocketman (Paramount)
Dolemite Is My Name (Netflix)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Christian Bale, Ford v Ferrari
Antonio Banderas, Pain and Glory
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Cynthia Erivo, Harriet
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
Renée Zellweger, Judy

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Awkwafina, The Farewell
Ana de Armas, Knives Out
Cate Blanchett, Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Beanie Feldstein, Booksmart
Emma Thompson, Late Night

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Daniel Craig, Knives Out
Roman Griffin Davis, Jojo Rabbit
Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Taron Egerton, Rocketman
Eddie Murphy, Dolemite Is My Name

Best Director – Motion Picture
Bong Joon-ho, Parasite
Sam Mendes, 1917
Todd Phillips, Joker
Martin Scorsese, The Irishman
Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
The Farewell
Les Miserables
Pain and Glory
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Best Motion Picture – Animated
Frozen II (Disney)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Universal)
Missing Link (United Artists Releasing)
Toy Story 4 (Disney)
Lion King (Disney)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Annette Bening, The Report
Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Jennifer Lopez, Hustlers
Margot Robbie, Bombshell

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Marriage Story
Parasite
The Two Popes
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
The Irishman

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Beautiful Ghosts,” CATS
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” Rocketman
“Into the Unknown,” Frozen II
“Spirit,” The Lion King
“Stand Up,” Harriet

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Daniel Pemberton, Motherless Brooklyn
Alexandre Desplat, Little Women
Hildur Guðnadóttir, Joker
Thomas Newman, 1917
Randy Newman, Marriage Story

TELEVISION

Best Television Series – Drama
Big Little Lies (HBO)
The Crown (Netflix)
Killing Eve (BBC America)
The Morning Show (Apple TV Plus)
Succession (HBO)

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Barry (HBO)
Fleabag (BBC)
The Kominsky Method (Netflix)
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)
The Politician (Netflix)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
Olivia Colman, The Crown
Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Brian Cox, Succession
Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
Tobias Menzies, The Crown
Billy Porter, Pose

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Christina Applegate, Dead to Me
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kirsten Dunst, On Becoming a God in Central Florida
Natasha Lyonne, Russian Doll
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
Bill Hader, Barry
Ben Platt, The Politician
Paul Rudd, Living with Yourself
Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Catch-22 (Hulu)
Chernobyl (HBO)
Fosse/Verdon (FX)
The Loudest Voice (Showtime)
Unbelievable (Netflix)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Christopher Abbott, Catch-22
Sacha Baron Cohen, The Spy
Russell Crowe, The Loudest Voice
Jared Harris, Chernobyl
Sam Rockwell, Fosse/Verdon

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Patricia Arquette, The Act
Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
Toni Collette, Unbelievable
Meryl Streep, Big Little Lies
Emily Watson, Chernobyl

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Kaitlyn Dever, Unbelievable
Joey King, The Act
Helen Mirren, Catherine the Great
Merritt Wever, Unbelievable
Michelle Williams, Fosse/Verdon

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
Andrew Scott, Fleabag
Stellan Skarsgård, Chernobyl
Henry Winkler, Barry

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Miss South Africa wins Miss Universe 2019 crown

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Frank Micelotta / FOX.(ATLANTA) –Sunday saw the Miss Universe crown go to Zozibini Tunzi a.k.a. Miss South Africa.  She bested 90 other women competing in the annual pageant that was filmed from Tyler Perry Studios.

People reports that Tunzi is a 26-year-old public relations professional and a gender-based violence activist.  While ecstatic about her win, she’s more excited how dark skinned girls will feel when they see her wearing the iconic tiara.

“Society has been programmed for a very long time that never saw beauty in a way that was black girl magic, but now we are slowing moving to a time where women like myself can finally find a place in society, can finally know they’re beautiful,” She told reporters.

She also hopes her new title will help bring “a new, fresh and different perspective of what South Africa is.”

Miss Puerto Rico Madison Anderson was runner-up while Miss Mexico Sofía Aragón came in third.

With Tunzi’s win comes South Africa’s third Miss Universe crown: winning in 1978 and 2017.

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Zellweger, Pitt and … "Cats"? Here come the Golden Globes

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When nominations for the 77th annual Golden Globes are announced early Monday, movies like “Once Upon a Time

Ronstadt, `Sesame Street’ receive Kennedy Center Honors

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Actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt and the disco-funk band Earth Wind and Fire are sharing the spotlight as part of the latest group of recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievement in the arts

Sesame Street puppeteer Caroll Spinney dies at age 85

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The Sesame Workshop says Caroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on “Sesame Street,” died Sunday at the age of 85 at his home in Connecticut

Rapper Juice WRLD dies after medical emergency in Chicago

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Chicago-area rapper had a "medical emergency” at Midway International Airport.

Sesame Street puppeteer Carroll Spinney dies at age 85

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The Sesame Workshop says Carroll Spinney, who gave Big Bird his warmth and Oscar the Grouch his growl for nearly 50 years on “Sesame Street,” died Sunday at the age of 85 at his home in Connecticut

‘Frozen 2’ leads box office again; ‘Playmobil’ flops

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“Frozen 2” blanketed multiplexes for the third straight weekend, continuing its reign on top with an estimated $34

Ronstadt, `Sesame Street’ to receive Kennedy Center Honors

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Actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt and the seminal disco-funk band Earth Wind and Fire will be honored in a gala ceremony Sunday night in Washington as recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime achievements in the arts

Gala evening at La Scala celebrates culture over extremism

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The gala season premiere of Puccini’s “Tosca” at Milan’s famed La Scala received 15 minutes of applause from an audience of Italian elite, in an evening that celebrated culture as a bulwark against political extremism

Gala evening at La Scala celebrates culture over extremism

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The gala season premiere of Puccini’s “Tosca” at Milan’s famed La Scala received 15 minutes of applause from an audience of Italian elite, in an evening that celebrated culture as a bulwark against political extremism

Nobel literature winner dreams of a new narrative style

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Nobel Literature Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk says she thinks a new sort of fiction may be needed to counteract the modern era’s tendency to isolate and divide people

Nobel literature winner dreams of a new narrative style

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Nobel Literature Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk says she thinks a new sort of fiction may be needed to counteract the modern era’s tendency to isolate and divide people

AP’s top albums of 2019: Ari Lennox, Summer Walker, Anitta

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Ari Lennox’s “Shea Butter Baby” has been named album of the year by The Associated Press’ Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu

AP’s top albums of 2019: Ari Lennox, Summer Walker, Anitta

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Ari Lennox’s “Shea Butter Baby” has been named album of the year by The Associated Press’ Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu

AP’s top songs of 2019: Jhené Aiko, Sam Smith, Normani

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Jhené Aiko’s “Triggered (freestyle)" has been named song of the year by The Associated Press’ Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu; others in the top 10 include Sam Smith, Normani, H

AP’s top songs of 2019: Jhené Aiko, Sam Smith, Normani

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Jhené Aiko’s “Triggered (freestyle)" has been named song of the year by The Associated Press’ Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu; others in the top 10 include Sam Smith, Normani, H

‘Tosca’ gives a #MeToo ring to La Scala’s gala premiere

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Russian soprano Anna Netrebko is in the title role of “Tosca,” which opens the La Scala opera season

Final album for slain rapper XXXTentacion drops in Miami

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Celebrities including Diplo, Playboi Carti and PnB Rock paid tribute to slain Florida rapper XXXTentacion during the week of Art Basel Miami

Final album for slain rapper XXXTentacion drops in Miami

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Celebrities including Diplo, Playboi Carti and PnB Rock paid tribute to slain Florida rapper XXXTentacion during the week of Art Basel Miami

Netflix executive touts ‘golden era’ of streaming service

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An executive with Netflix says the streaming giant has boosted its original content exponentially over the last several years and that will mean more action for its production hub in New Mexico

Netflix executive touts ‘golden era’ of streaming service

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An executive with Netflix says the streaming giant has boosted its original content exponentially over the last several years and that will mean more action for its production hub in New Mexico