Tom Hanks To Receive Cecil B. DeMille Award at Golden Globes

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Two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks is set to receive a lifetime achievement award at next year’s Golden Globe awards, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced on Tuesday.

The Golden Globes ceremony is set to air on NBC on Jan. 5, 2020.

“The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is proud to bestow the 2020 Cecil B. DeMille Award to Tom Hanks,” the Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Lorenzo Soria said in a statement.

“For more than three decades, he’s captivated audiences with rich and playful characters that we’ve grown to love and admire. As compelling as he is on the silver screen, he’s equally so behind the camera as a writer, producer and director,” Soria continued.

Hanks has received 15 Golden Globe nominations throughout his film career, including for “Big” and “Sleepless in Seattle,” before winning best actor awards in back to back years for “Philadelphia” (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994). He won a third time in 2000 for “Cast Award”. His most recent nomination is for “The Post” in 2018.

He will next be seen in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” this November, where he portrays beloved TV personality Fred Rogers. His upcoming films include the WWII drama “Greyhound,” the post-apocalyptic “BIOS”, and the post-Civil War drama “News of the World.”

Martin Scorsese To Be Honored By Visual Effects Society

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Award winning veteran director Martin Scorsese is set to receive Visual Effects Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award at the 18th annual VES Awards on Jan. 29, 2020 at the Beverly Hilton, VES announced on Thursday.

“Martin Scorsese is one of the most influential filmmakers in modern history and has made an indelible mark on filmed entertainment,” said Mike Chambers, VES Board Chair. “His work is a master class in storytelling, which has brought us some of the most memorable films of all time. His intuitive vision and fiercely innovative direction has given rise to a new era of storytelling and has made a profound impact
on future generations of filmmakers. Martin has given us a rich body of groundbreaking work to aspire to, and for this, we are honored to award him with the Visual Effects Society Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Widely considered one of the most important and influential directors of all time, Scorsese won the Academy Award Best Director for The Departed, which also won Best Picture in 2006. He’s also directed classic films such as Mean Street, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas.

In 2011, Scorsese directed Hugo, which won five Oscars including Best Achievement in Visual Effects. The His upcoming film, “The Irishman”, showcases ILM’s (Industrial Light & Magic) work in de-aging actors and usual collaborators Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci. “The Irishman” will be distributed for a limited theatrical run November 1, before hitting Netflix on November 27.

The VES Lifetime Achievement Award, recognizes an outstanding body of work that has significantly contributed to the art and/or science of the visual effects industry. VES will honor Scorsese for his consummate artistry, expansive storytelling and profound gift for blending iconic imagery and unforgettable narrative on an epic scale. Scorsese’s steadfast ability to harness craft and technology to bring his unique visions to life has resulted in exceptional narratives that have transfixed audiences and captivated millions. And as a champion of film history, his work to preserve the rich legacy of motion pictures is unparalleled.

Previous recipients of the VES Lifetime Achievement Award include George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis, James Cameron, Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Stan Lee and Ray Harryhausen.

2019 People’s Choice Awards: ‘Game of Thrones,’ BTS, ‘Taylor Swift’ Among Nominees

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E! People’s Choice Awards has announced its 2019 nominees on Wednesday, with some of the biggest films and popular artists making the cut.

The awards show will honor fan favorites in film, television, animation and music in 43 categories. Fans will be able to vote for up to 25 times per day, per category, per method. The awards are set to be handed out on Nov. 10.

Among those nominated in the main categories are Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Riverdale’ and ‘This Is Us’.

The movie of 2019 category includes some of the year’s biggest hits including Avengers: Endgame, Toy Story 4, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw, and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum among others.

Recording artists Lil Nas X and Billy Ray Cyrus scored a nod for Song of 2019 for or their collaboration on a smash hit remix of “Old Town Road,” a fitting nomination given how the song shattered records this summer, eventually becoming the longest-running number one song on Billboard Hot 100 charts.

See the list he nominations below.

Male artist of 2019

Bad Bunny
Drake
Ed Sheeran
Khalid
Lil Nas X
Post Malone
Shawn Mendes
Travis Scott

Female artist of 2019

Ariana Grande
Billie Eilish
Cardi B
Camila Cabello
Halsey
Miley Cyrus
P!nk
Taylor Swift
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Scarlett Johansson and Dwayne Johnson Tops Forbest Highest Paid

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Forbes has recently published its annual rankings of highest paid actors and actresses, with Dwayne Johnson and Scarlett Johansson, somewhat unsurprisingly topping the lists respectively.

During the 12-month period, Johnson earned 89.4 million, between June 1, 2018, and June 1, 2019. “The Rock” has recently appeared in the Fast & Furious spin-off Hobbs & Shaw, last year’s Skyscraper, and Fighting with My Family, produced this year’s Shazam!, and has endorsed sportswear Under Armour. He is set to appear in this year’s Jumanji: The Next Level with co-stars Kevin Hart and Jack Black.

Though Johansson earned $56 million during the same period, that amount ranks 7th overall, behind her Marvel co-stars Christ Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr, and Bradley Cooper. Johansson’s earnings is bolstered by “Avengers: Endgame” which recently became the highest grossing film of all time. She’s set to reprise her Avengers role in next year’s Black Widow.

Highest-Paid Actresses Of 2019

10. Ellen Pompeo – Earnings: $22 million
9. Charlize Theron –Earnings: $23 million
8. Margot Robbie – Earnings: $23 million
7. Elisabeth Moss – Earnings: $24 million
6. Kaley Cuoco – Earnings: $25 million
5. Jennifer Aniston –E arnings: $28 million
4. Nicole Kidman – Earnings: $34 million
3. Reese Witherspoon – Earnings: $35 million
2. Sofia Vergara – Earnings: $44.1 million
1. Scarlett Johansson – Earnings: $56 million

Highest-Paid Actors Of 2019
10. Will Smith – Earnings: $35 million
9. Paul Rudd – Earnings: $41 million
8. Chris Evans – Earnings: $43.5 million
6. Adam Sandler (tie) – Earnings: $57 million
6. Bradley Cooper (tie) – Earnings: $57 million
5. Jackie Chan – Earnings: $58 million
4. Akshay Kumar – Earnings: $65 million
3. Robert Downey Jr. – Earnings: $66 million
2. Chris Hemsworth – Earnings: $76.4 million
1. Dwayne Johnson – Earnings: $89.4 million

Kevin Feige, Jon Favreau, Jeph Loeb To Receive Honorary Awards At The 4th Annual Saturn Awards

Feige will receive the inaugural “Stan Lee World Builder Award,” John Favreau will be honored as a visionary director, and Jeph Loeb will receive the Dan Curtis Legacy Award

The Saturn Awards organization today announced the esteemed recipients of the three honorary awards that will be presented at the 45th annual awards show on Friday, September 13, 2019, including a brand-new annual award named after the legendary Stan Lee.

Kevin Feige will be honored with the inaugural Stan Lee World Builder Award. This new award will be given annually to the creative force who has, over an extended period of time, created a world with multiple stories and characters that have amazed and engaged fans worldwide at the most galactic level. This award also honors the legacy of the late Stan Lee and is exclusively available to The Saturn Awards from Lee’s POW! Entertainment. Feige is being honored for creating and guiding the Marvel Cinematic Universe across 23 films and 11 years from 2008’s Iron Man to this year’s Saturn Award nominated Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Gill Champion, President of Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment, said: “As the safeguard of Stan’s iconic legacy, we’re thrilled to be associated with such an honorable award. Kevin played a significant part in Stan’s life – he had a lot of admiration for him. I know he would be proud to know this has been awarded to Kevin and we look forward to celebrating with him!”

Filmmaker Jon Favreau will be honored with the Saturn Visionary Award. After establishing himself as a vital voice in modern cinema, Favreau has gone on to establish himself as a groundbreaking visual artist with his films Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Jungle Book, and most recently, the retelling of The Lion King.

Jeph Loeb, Executive Vice President and Head of Marvel Television, will be receiving the Dan Curtis Legacy Award, honoring fellow masters of genre TV and quality programming. Loeb has long been lauded for his work across multiple mediums including film, television, and comic books.

The 2019 Saturn Awards will take place on Friday, the 13th of September at the historic Avalon Theater in Hollywood and will be available, for the first time, on a streaming platform to be announced.

“Friends” To Mark 25th Anniversary With Pop-Up Experience

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Warner Bros. is set to celebrate the 25th anniversary milestone of its classic tv show “Friends” with a pop-up experience. The set is expected to run in New York City from September 7 up to October 6, 2019.

The Friends-themed space will provide fans a chance to explore re-creations of some of the show’s iconic sets, costumes and props that fans have gotten familiar with throughout its 10-season run.

According to the show’s official Twitter account, tickets are sold out, “but like Janice,” (Chandler’s ex-girlfriend), “you never know when we’ll be back.” Fans can sign-up for emails to get exclusive updates on the NYC pop-up experience.

The nostalgia filled space is set to include recreations like Joey & Chandler’s apartment, Central Perk, the fictitious coffee house where Rachel got her first job and one of the principal settings of the series, and plenty of photo opportunities. Learn more about it on www.friends25popup.com.

Created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, the show revolves around six friends in their 20s and 30s, focusing on their life, relationships and the trials and tribulations of living in Manhattan, New York City.

The iconic sitcom aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004, and made household names of the six leading star: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer.

Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande Lead VMA Nominations

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Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande leads this year’s nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), with each artist receiving 10 nominations which was announced on Tuesday.

Newcomers and first-time VMA nominees Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X also received multiple nominations. Both had a big year this year with “Bad Guy” and “Old Town Road” respectively, and will face off in the Best New Artist category.

There are also two new categories this year: Best K-Pop and Video for Good.

The event is set to be hosted by comedian Sebastian Maniscalco, and will air live from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on Monday, Aug. 26 at 8/7c.

See the full list of nominees below:

VIDEO OF THE YEAR

21 Savage ft. J. Cole — “a lot” — Epic Records
Billie Eilish — “Bad Guy” — Darkroom/Interscope Records
Ariana Grande — “thank u, next” — Republic Records
Jonas Brothers — “Sucker” — Republic Records
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus — “Old Town Road (Remix)” — Columbia Records
Taylor Swift — “You Need to Calm Down” — Republic Records

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Cardi B — Atlantic Records
Billie Eilish — Darkroom/Interscope Records
Ariana Grande — Republic Records
Halsey — Astralwerks/Capitol Records
Jonas Brothers — Republic Records
Shawn Mendes– Island Records

SONG OF THE YEAR

Drake — “In My Feelings” — Young Money/Cash Money/Republic Records
Ariana Grande — “thank u, next” — Republic Records
Jonas Brothers — “Sucker” — Republic Records
Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper — “Shallow” — Interscope Records
Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus — “Old Town Road (Remix)” — Columbia Records
Taylor Swift — “You Need to Calm Down” — Republic Records

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“Terminator: Dark Fate” Panel Kicks Off SDCC

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The cast and filmmaker of the highly anticipated Terminator: Dark Fate kicked things off at Hall H at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, with Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger reuniting for the first time since Terminator 2: Judgment Day stormed theaters in 1991.

The film’s director Tim Miller were also on stage, along with co-stars Mackenzie Davis, Natalia Reyes, Diego Boneta, and Gabriel Luna.

The panel was introduced by James Cameron, who was live-streamed from the set of his Avatar sequel. During his his segment, he announced that Edward Furlong will reprise his John Connor role as well as revealed a featurette.

“I was asked to join the production by David Ellsion at Skydance and Tim Miller who was already aboard. I came into with no particular expectation other than wanting to make the best possible Terminator movie for 2019,” said Cameron. “If I was gonna do it, I wanted Arnold in it. What do we do with the T-800? How do we create a new character for him, something no one has ever seen before? I think we came up with something pretty good.”

Cameron of course wrote and directed the 1984 original “The Terminator” and its sequel “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”

“It’s absolutely incorrect to say I don’t need to come back,” Schwarzenegger mentioned during his panel appearance. “Of course I need to come back. I’m addicted to Terminator!”

Terminator: Dark Fate is set for release on November 1.

Trailer To Star-Studded “Cats” Trailer Released

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The first trailer for the upcoming adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical fantasy has finally arrived.

Directed by Tom Hooper, who won a best director academy award for The King’s Speech, “Cats” has a stunning star-studded cast that includes Taylor Swift, James Corden, Judi Dench, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson, Ian McKellen, and Rebel Wilson.

“Cats” is based on of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, the stage musical “Cats”, which received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981. It played for 21 years and earned the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical.

In 1983, the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for an extraordinary 18 years. Since opening in London in 1981, “Cats” has continuously appeared on stage around the globe, to date having played to 81 million people in more than fifty countries and in nineteen languages. It is one of the most successful musicals of all time.

Hopper was also responsible for successfully adapting Les Misérables into a 2012 musical drama film, which also received critical and commercial success in 2012.

Cats is scheduled for release by Universal Pictures on December 20, 2019.

SDCC 2019: Composer Benjamin Wallfisch

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Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Grammy nominated composer Benjamin Wallfisch will be signing a limited amount of Mondo’s exclusive Blade Runner 2049 vinyl at Comic-Con 2019.

The signing will take place at booth #435 on the exhibit floor from 3:00PM on Thursday July 18th. Wallfisch co-scored the film with Hans Zimmer where the two received nominations for Best Original Score with the BAFTAs, Grammys and multiple Critic Associations.

Composer of David F. Sandberg’s box office #1 film SHAZAM!, Andy Muschietti’s IT, the most successful horror film of all time, and co-composer of Denis Villeneuve’s acclaimed BLADE RUNNER 2049 (with Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer), Benjamin Wallfisch has worked on over 75 feature films and has received Golden Globe®- , BAFTA®-, 2x GRAMMY®- and  Emmy®- nominations.

He is currently scoring IT: CHAPTER TWO for New Line/Warner Bros.

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