Billboard Music Awards 2019

By Armando

The 2019 Billboard Music Awards (BBMAs) were handed out on Wednesday night, and Drake dominated the ceremonies, taking home the Top Artist, Top male Artist and Top Hot 100 Artist trophies.

The haul effectively gives Drake the record for most wins, 27 total in the history of Billboard Music Awards.

Other big winners included Ariana Grande, Ella Mai, BTS, Carrie Underwood, and Luke Combs who took home Top Country Artist. Coming into the night, it was Cardi B led the nominations with 21 nods, was followed by Drake and Post Malone with 17 nominations each.

Mariah Carey received the Icon Award as well as performed a career-spanning set including her 2018 single “A No No”, and classics such as “Always Be My Baby”, “Emotions”, “We Belong Together” and “Hero”.

Presenters included Chrissy Metz & Justin Hartley, Cobie Smulders, Asher Angel, Becky G, Dave Bautista & Kumail Nanjiani, David Guetta, Florida Georgia Line, Jennifer Hudson, Erin & Sara Foster, Eva Longoria, Jesse Spencer, Julia Michaels, Julianne Hough, Kane Brown, Olivia Wilde, Beanie Feldstein & Kaitlyn Dever, Ralph Macchio, Rob Gronkowski, Ross Lynch & Kiernan Shipka, Sabrina Carpenter, Sophie Turner & Tye Sheridan, Terry Crews and William Zabka.

Kelly Clarkson was back to host the ceremonies, which aired live Wednesday night from Las Vegas on NBC.

Red Carpet photos: aiphotoimaging.com

See the full list of winners below:

Top artist
Drake

Top new artist
Juice WRLD

Billboard Chart Achievement Award
Ariana Grande

Top male artist
Drake

Top female artist
Ariana Grande

Top duo/group
BTS
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“Tolkien” At WonderCon 2019

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L-R: director Dome Karukoski, Nicholas Hoult, Anthony Boyle, Tom Glynn-Carney, Patrick Gibson, aiphotoimaging.com

The man responsible for the The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit stories is getting his own film treatment in “Tolkien”, Fox Searchlight Pictures’ upcoming biographical fantasy film from director Dome Karukoski and writers David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. The film follows the life story of Tolkien which become inspiration to his great novels.

Starring Nicholas Hoult as John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, the film is directed by Dome Karukoski and written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. Hoult was in attendance along with Finnish film director Karukoski, as well as co-stars Anthony Boyle, Patrick Gibson and Tom Glynn-Carney.

The panel showed a clip which sees the four boys in their youth and their plan to form a club, which eventually become “Tea Club in Barovian Society,” or TCBS.

Hoult said of Tolkien’s friends: “He was orphaned at such a young age, and finding these guys and that relationship, somewhere that he could flourish and feel safe artistically, and that gave him a place in the world even though he wasn’t necessarily from the same privileged background,”

During the Q&A, the panel showed a video clip wherein Hoult explained his history with the role and along with co-star Lily Collins, their experience in making the film.

“I first read The hobbit when we were filming About A Boy because the director of that gave it to me to read,” Hoult said. “So I still got the copy of The Hobbit on my bookshelf at home, then its kind of come around full circle.”

About a Boy is of course Hoult’s 2002 breakthrough film which was both a critical and commercial success.

“What struck me the most is that he lived an amazing life,” Karukoski said. “This beautiful, emotional story about love and friendship. So many things about what I had read about the books, occurred or were instrumental in his own life. It’s a film that had to be made.”

Tolkien is set for release in the UK on May 3, 2019, followed by a US release on 10 May 2019.

Tyrese Gibson In Talks For “Morbius”

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Tyrese Gibson is said to be joining the cast of Sony’s upcoming comic book film “Morbius,” Variety reveals.

He will be joining Jared Leto (Suicide Squad, Blade Runner 2049), who is set to play the title role. Also expected to be in the film are Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, and Jared Harris. Recently Jared Leto shared on instagram that filming has already begun.

Just like last year’s “Venom,” “Morbius” is a Spider-Man spinoff. Daniel Espinosa of Safe House is attached to direct with Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless set to write the script. The character first appeared in 1971 in The Amazing Spider-Man #101.”

In the comic Michael Morbius is a biochemist who is searching for a cure to his rare blood disorder, who in the process gets vampiric super human abilities after a failed experiment.

“Venom”, which starred Tom Hardy playing the title character, was a surprise global hit for Sony Pictures, grossing $855 million globally, so it only makes sense that Sony is moving full steam ahead with the production of Morbius.

Gibson is best known for his role as Roman Pearce in the Fast and the Furious film franchise as well as Robert Epps in the Transformers film series. He is next to be seen in later this year in the drama film “Black and Blue.”

The film is currently slated for a July 31, 2020 release.

“90210” Actor Luke Perry Dies At 52

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Luke Perry, best known as Dylan McKay from TV drama “Beverly Hills, 90210” from the 90s, has died, according to his publicist, Arnold Robinson. He was 52. The actor died on Monday after suffering a massive stroke.

“He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends,” a statement from Robinson read. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time.”

Last week, Perry was rushed to hospital after suffering a massive stroke. This happened on the the same day that a reboot of Beverly Hills, 90210 was announced.

Born Coy Luther Perry III, Perry shot to stardom after being cast as bad boy Dylan McKay on hit 90s TV series Beverly Hills, 90210. Though he initially audition a role that eventually went to co-star Ian Ziering, Perry and Dylan was a good fit, becoming one of the show’s most popular characters.

Perry also appeared on films such as “Good Intentions,” “8 Seconds,” “Red Wing” and the comedy horror “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which writer Joss Whedon turned into a hit TV series.

He recently returned to TV with “Riverdale,” an ensemble cast based on the characters of Archie Comics where Perry plays Archie’s father Fred Andrews.

He is also set to appear in this summer’s hotly anticipated Quentin Tarantino ensemble “Upon A Time In Hollywood” where he plays late real-life actor Wayne Maunder.

Margot Robbie To Play Barbie In New Warner Bros. Live-Action Film

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Harley Quinn is about to live in a Barbie world. The “Suicide Squad” actress is set to play the iconic fashion doll from toy company Mattel, Inc., Variety is reporting.

Warner Bros. is said to be partnering with the fashion doll’s toy manufacturer Mattel to bring the film to the big screen, and the first movie from the company’s film division Mattel Films, and their first collaboration with Warner Bros.

“Playing with Barbie promotes confidence, curiosity and communication throughout a child’s journey to self-discovery. Over the brand’s almost 60 years, Barbie has empowered kids to imagine themselves in aspirational roles from a princess to president,” Robbie said.

“I’m so honored to take on this role and produce a film that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide. I can’t imagine better partners than Warner Bros and Mattel to bring this film to the big screen.”

Robbie recently earned an academy award nomination for best actress for her portrayal of Tonya Hardin in the biographical film I, Tonya which she also produced. Currently, she can be seen in theaters as Queen Elizabeth I in Mary Queen of Scots, alongside Saoirse Ronan.

“The Favorite”, “A Star Is Born” Lead BAFTA Nominations

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True to its appellation, “The Favorite” is the BAFTA’s favorite film of the year, leading the list of nominees for 2019 BAFTA Film Awards, announced today. The film received nods for best film, outstanding British film and lead actress for Olivia Colman.

Bradley Cooper might have walked away empty-handed empty handed at last Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards, but he’s making history over at the BAFTAs, where he earned five nominations across multiple disciplines, a record in the organization’s 72-year history.

Cooper earned nominations in best film, actor, director, adapted screenplay and original music categories for his film “A Star Is Born.” In total, the musical drama earned seven nominations.

Giving Cooper a run for his money is director Alfonso Cuaron, who also earned five nominations for best film, director, original screenplay, editing and cinematography for his black and white Netflix drama “Roma.” The film earned seven nods, including best foreign-language film.

BAFTA Awards show is set to take place at the Royal Albert Hall on Feb. 10, with actress Joanna Lumley returning as host.

Here is the complete list of nominations:

Best Film
BlackkKlansman
The Favourite
Green Book
ROMA
A Star Is Born

Outstanding British Film
Beast
Bohemian Rhapsody
The Favourite
McQueen
Stan & Ollie
You Were Never Really Here

Leading Actor
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Christian Bale, Vice
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Steve Coogan, Stan & Ollie
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Leading Actress
Glenn Close, The Wife
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Viola Davis, Widows
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ASC Announces Nominees For Best In Cinematography Of 2018

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“Roma”, “Cold War” and “A Star Is Born” are the among the nominees in American Society of Cinematographers’ best in 2018.

Alfonso Cuarón is particularly impressive given that he is also the film’s director, as well as co-edited the film with Adam Gough. This gives the Mexican director and his film a strong momentum in the weeks heading towards the Oscars.

Also getting mentioned in the theatrical release categories are historical period comedy-drama “The Favorite” and biographical drama “First Man”.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Theatrical Release

Alfonso Cuarón for “Roma”
Matthew Libatique, ASC for “A Star is Born”
Robbie Ryan, BSC, ISC for “The Favourite”
Linus Sandgren, ASC, FSF for “First Man”
Lukasz Zal, PSC for “Cold War”

Spotlight Award
Joshua James Richards for “The Rider”
Giorgi Shvelidze for “Namme”
Frank van den Eeden, NSC, SBC for “Girl”

Episode of a Series for Non-Commercial Television
Gonzalo Amat for “The Man in the High Castle”: “Jahr Null”
Adriano Goldman, ASC, ABC for “The Crown”: “Beryl”
David Klein, ASC for “Homeland”: “Paean to the People”
Colin Watkinson, ASC for “The Handmaid’s Tale”: “The Word”
Cathal Watters, ISC for “Peaky Blinders”: “The Company”
Zoe White, ACS for “The Handmaid’s Tale”: “Holly”

Episode of a Series for Commercial Television
Nathaniel Goodman, ASC for “Timeless”: “The King of the Delta Blues”
Jon Joffin, ASC for “Beyond”: “Two Zero One”
Ben Richardson for “Yellowstone”: “Daybreak”
David Stockton, ASC for “Gotham”: “A Dark Knight: Queen Takes Knight”
Thomas Yatsko, ASC for “Damnation”: “A Different Species”

Motion Picture, Miniseries, or Pilot Made for Television
James Friend, BSC for “Patrick Melrose”: “Bad News”
Mathias Herndl, AAC for “Genius: Picasso”: “Chapter 1”
Florian Hoffmeister, BSC for “The Terror”: “Go for Broke”
M. David Mullen, ASC for “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (pilot)
Brendan Steacy, CSC for “Alias Grace”: “Part 1”

Netflix Keep “Friends” For Another Year With $100M Deal

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Keeping Friends can cost you a lot, in fact it cost $100m in the case of Netflix.

Netflix is reportedly keeping the iconic TV show for another year to the tune of “around $100 million”, various sources are reporting including New York Times.

This deal is a huge leap from the $30m annually it cost Netflix to stream the show exclusively which was signed in 2014.

The streaming service made the announcement shortly after fans took to social media after discovering that show might be leaving Netflix in 2019.

“No, it’s not leaving in January,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer told NBC News on Monday.

The deal is a somewhat a confirmation that the show is a big draw to Netflix, which reportedly has 57 million subscribers in the US and 130 million around the globe.

Metallica Donate $100K To Aid California Wildfire Relief Efforts

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As Metallica urges its fans to donate for the relief efforts, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers are doing their part by donating $100,000, made through their All Within My Hands non-profit foundation.

“Sadly once again communities in California are experiencing historically devastating wild fires in both the Northern and Southern parts of the state,” the iconic band wrote in a statement Friday on allwithinmyhands.org.

“All Within My Hands has made a $50,000 donation each to the North Valley Community Foundation and the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation; both agencies provide service to victims at evacuation centers and other much needed relief. We would like to encourage you to join us in supporting those in need and our first responders in any way you can by donating money, non-perishable food, clothing and other supplies or by giving your time volunteering or providing temporary housing. Every little bit helps.”

The foundation also posted on its Twitter page: “California is experiencing tragic wild fires. AWMH gave $50k to @NVCF & @LAFDFoundation. We encourage you to support those in need & first responders: donate money, non-perishable food, clothing, supplies or volunteer time/housing. https://nvcf.org http://supportlafd.org.”

If anyone is interested, you may reach out to to the North Valley Community Foundation and the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation.

The wildfires, which began on November 8, have so far reportedly claimed 77 lives with hundreds still unaccounted for, and destroyed structures in LA and Ventura countie, and tens of thousands of acres burned.

Comic Book Icon Stan Lee Dies at 95

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Legendary comic-book writer, editor, film executive producer, actor, and publisher passed away at the age of 95, various sources are reporting this morning.

An ambulance was reportedly called to his home at the Hollywood Hills this morning and was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Stan Lee’s daughter broke the news about her father’s passing to TMZ.

Lee started as an assistant in 1939 at Timely Comics, the earliest comic book arm of American publisher Martin Goodman. The entity would later be known as Marvel Comics in the 1960s.

Throughout this period, together with other great comic book artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he would create iconic comic book characters such as Spider Man, The Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, the X-Men, The Incredible Hulk among many others.

Lee received a National Medal of Arts in 2008 and was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994.

He has also made cameo appearances in every Marvel movie.

Stan Lee is survived by his daughter Joan Celia “J. C.” Lee.

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