Winners And Highlights At The 2019 Grammy Awards

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Music’s biggest night was held on Sunday, with country artist Kacey Musgraves winning album of the year. Musgraves took home the top trophy for her fourth studio album “Golden Hour.”

“I never dreamed that this record would be met with such love, such warmth, such positivity,” Musgraves said while accepting the honor. “It seriously means the world to me. I love country music with everything that I am, and I’m very proud to be able to get to share my version of that with the world.”

It was also a big night for Childish Gambino, who’s song “This is America” won four awards, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year, a first for a rap song to achieve such feat.

During the show, the country legend Dolly Parton was also honored with a tribute, which featured Parton performing with Katy Perry and Kacey Musgraves, Miley Cyrus, Maren Morris and Little Big Town.

The show was hosted by Grammy winner Alicia Keys, who took over the gig from James Corden. 61st annual Grammy Awards was held on Feb. 10, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

See the full list of winners below, or go to grammy.com

Album Of The Year: “Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves

Record Of The Year: “This Is America,” Childish Gambino

Song Of The Year: “This Is America,” Childish Gambino

Best New Artist: Dua Lipa

Best Pop Solo Performance: “Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’?),” Lady Gaga

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance: “Shallow,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper

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Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” Is Coming To Broadway

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Maverick – Reprise

Alanis Morissette’s seminal 1995 album “Jagged Little Pill” is coming to Broadway in Fall of 2019, announced this week.

The musical is set to incorporate lyrics and themes from the album to tell the story, which deals with relationships, pain and empowerment as well as social issues and hardships. “Inspired by the groundbreaking album by Alanis Morissette,” it says on the promo.

The Canadian singer herself posted the announcement on her twitter: “Our new musical comes to #Broadway this fall. We want you to know everything first—sign up by Feb. 11 to get priority access to tickets and to stream an exclusive first listen of “All I Really Want”, featuring our World Premiere cast.”

Last May, the rock musical production premiered at the American Repertory Theater in Massachusetts for a ten-week run. It was directed by Diane Paulus, who won a Tony Award in 2013 for the revival of Pippin. It also has a book by Diablo Cody, who won an Academy Award for the screenplay for the 2007 coming of age teen comedy film “Juno.”

Alanis Morissette’s album remains one of the most influential of all time. Released in 1995, it became a worldwide phenomenon, selling 33 million copies worldwide and won five Grammy Awards including Album of the Year. Morissette co-wrote the album with Glen Ballard.

Peter Jackson Directing New Beatles Documentary

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“The Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson is said to be working on documentary about The Beatles, which will feature some 55 hours of never-before-seen footage of the band in the studio.

The band made the announcement today, which marks the 50th anniversary of their 42-minute performance on the rooftop of their Savile Row offices, which became the final public performance of a band regarded as the most influential in history.

The director is collaborating with the band for the film that includes sessions during the production of “Let It Be”, the legendary band’s final album. The footage were shot between January 2nd and January 31st, 1969.

Although the album was the last they had released, it was in fact mostly recorded before Abbey Road, The Beatles’ 11th album released a year earlier in 1969.

Peter Jackson said, “The 55 hours of never-before-seen footage and 140 hours of audio made available to us, ensures this movie will be the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about – it’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.”

Director Peter Jackson released another documentary last year called “They Shall Not Grow Old,” which featured original footage of World War I. Jackson also co-produced last December’s Christian Rivers directed post-apocalyptic adventure film Mortal Engines.

Prolific Composer Yoshiki Teams With The H Collective On ‘XXX 4’ and ‘Spycies’

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The H Collective Expands Portfolio with First Animated Feature with Entertainment Giant IQIYI

The H Collective has partnered with prolific Japanese composer and musician Yoshiki on the next installment in the xXx franchise, xXx 4 starring Vin Diesel. The film will feature a theme song with music written by Yoshiki. xXx 4 is in pre-production with casting currently under way, and principal photography set to commence this year.

In addition, The H Collective has invested in its first animated feature , Spycies , an action spy comedy produced by Chinese entertainment giant iQiyi. Yoshiki will be working on the theme song and music for the feature which has been animated in France by Lux Populi Production . Spycies will be released in theatres across China on August 8th, 2019.

Yoshiki is a composer, classically-trained pianist, rock drummer, and the leader of the world-famous rock group X Japan, who has sold 30 million singles and albums combined. Yoshiki’s film and television credits include composing music for Saw IV , Repo! The Genetic Opera, “The Golden Globe Awards,” and the hit anime series “Attack on Titan.” After receiving the Asian Icon Award from Classic Rock magazine U.K., Yoshiki was chosen as the first Japanese man to appear on the cover of Vogue Japan. Yoshiki is currently finalizing X Japan’s first new studio album in over 22 years.

“Yoshiki is a great friend of ours at THC and we are incredibly proud to be working with such a talent on two movies which are both global in scope,” said The H Collective CEO Nic Crawley. “Spycies brings together talent from the US, Japan, China and France.”

Yoshiki said, “I’m excited to be part of the new xXx film and Spycies; composing the new theme songs and collaborating on the film scores.”

Yoshiki is represented by WME.

Full List Of Oscar Nominations 2019: Roma and The Favorite Lead Noms

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Roma (Netflix), The Favorite (Fox Searchlight)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced nominations for the 91st Academy Awards this morning with Kumail Nanjiani and Tracee Ellis Ross revealing the noms from the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Roma and The Favorite came out on top with 10 apiece. Roma also got surprise nominations for Yalitza Aparicio (Best Actress) and Marina de Tavira (Best Supporting Actress). A Star Is Born held its own with 8 nominations, although director Bradley Cooper was snubbed.

The 91st Annual Academy Awards is set to air live on ABC on Feb. 24 from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Here is the full list of nominees:

Best Picture

Black Panther
Kevin Feige, Producer

BlacKkKlansman
Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Raymond Mansfield, Jordan Peele and Spike Lee, Producers

Bohemian Rhapsody
Graham King, Producer

The Favourite
Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday and Yorgos Lanthimos, Producers

Green Book
Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga, Producers

Roma
Gabriela Rodríguez and Alfonso Cuarón, Producers

A Star Is Born
Bill Gerber, Bradley Cooper and Lynette Howell Taylor, Producers

Vice
Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adam McKay and Kevin Messick, Producers

Actress in a Leading Role
Yalitza Aparicio, Roma
Glenn Close, The Wife
Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Actor in a Leading Role

Christian Bale, Vice
Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
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Carlos Santana Announces 2019 North American Tour

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Carlos Santana is set to have a very busy 2019 as he embarks on a North American tour dubbed “Supernatural Now”.

The musician is set to hit the road with Doobie Brothers in commemoration of his commemorate 20 years of his seminal star-studded album Supernatural. The tour also celebrates the 50-year anniversary of Santana’s iconic performance at Woodstock in 1969.

“Both were monumental moments in my life. Woodstock and Supernatural took me to places I never dreamed were possible. I embraced those incredible moments in my life with all my heart,” Santana says regarding the important of both anniversaries happening in the same year.

“Both were supreme lessons in maintaining focus, heart and integrity in every step every day and to strive to better oneself with a high standard on and off the stage. I cannot think of these two moments without thinking about Mr. Bill Graham and Mr. Clive Davis. They are two of many angels in my life that helped shape my career.”

Tickets are set to go on sale starting January 25 at LiveNation.com, with each tickets purchase also receiving a download or CD copy of Santana’s upcoming album.

See list dates below for Santana’s upcoming tour:

TOUR DATES:
June 22 — Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
June 23 — San Diego, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 24 — Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
June 26 — Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 27 — Wheatland, CA @ Toyota Amphitheatre
June 29 — Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
June 30 — Portland, OR @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
July 2 — Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
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The Who Announce 2019 North American “MOVING ON! TOUR”

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Prepare classic rock fans, iconic English band “The Who” is back with a new album and will be hitting the road with a North American tour which kicks off on May 7.

Dubbed “Moving On!” Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend is set to embark on an extensive tour which sees the band sharing “the stage with orchestras at marquee venues including Fenway Park, Madison Square Garden and Hollywood Bowl.”

The upcoming trek consists of 29 dates and includes summer and fall dates which commences on Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI on May 7, and ends at Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB on Oct 23. See the full list of dates below.

In addition to the tour, the band is also poised to release an album with fresh new material at an unspecified date this year. It marks the band’s first in 13, their last being 2006’s Endless Wire.

Formed in 1964, The Who is widely considered as one of the most influential rock bands and have sold over 100 million records worldwide.

Tickets are set to go on sale started on Friday, January 18 at LiveNation.com.

05-07 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
05-09 Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
05-11 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
05-13 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
05-16 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
05-18 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
05-21 Chicago, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
05-23 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater St. Louis
05-25 Philadelphia, PA – Citizens Bank Park
05-28 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
05-30 Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
06-01 Toronto, Ontario – Scotiabank Arena
09-06 St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
09-08 Alpine Valley, WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre
09-10 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
09-13 Boston, MA – Fenway Park
09-15 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
09-18 Atlanta, GA – State Farm Arena
09-20 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
09-22 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena
09-25 Houston, TX – Toyota Center
09-27 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
09-29 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
10-11 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
10-13 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
10-16 San Diego, CA – Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl San Diego State University
10-19 Seattle, WA – T-Mobile Park
10-21 Vancouver, British Columbia – Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena
10-23 Edmonton, Alberta – Rogers Place

Madsonik Releases Music Video For “Escape Room (Madsonik and Kill the Noise Remix)”

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Madsonik, the DJ Moniker of famed film composer Brian Tyler, has released the official music video for “Escape Room (Madsonik and Kill the Noise Remix)” today.

The track is the main title theme of the SONY Pictures January 2019 movie Escape Room, which was released in theatres last week.Utilizing a huge beat, analog synths, metal guitars, grand piano and mechanical noises such as gears, ticking clocks, pistons, and alarms all being manipulated and time stretched both backwards and forwards, this song is just as intense as its accompanying music video.

Directed by Aris Stoulil, the video features a protagonist attempting to escape from an ominous force in a highly stylized world of continually shifting landscapes.

On the video, Tyler shares “The concept of the video is all about escape. One protagonist that is trapped in an endless cycle; continually attempting escape, traveling from room to room and location to location in conflict with physics and logic as we know it.

And all the while time is running out of a metaphorical hourglass, the sand of which is burying our protagonist alive. Aris Stoulil shot an incredible video representing the idea of impossible escape on location with incredible skill and visual style. His direction captures the feeling of the music perfectly.”
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Writers Guild Awards Nominees Include “Roma, “Black Panther,” “Green Book”

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The Writers Guild of America officially joins the awards circuit, announcing its list of 2019 nominees for Best Screenplays.

Among those receiving nominations for original screenplay are Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book” and Adam McKay’s “Vice”, along with Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski for “A Quiet Place” and Bo Burnham for “Eighth Grade”.

The Adapted Screenplay category include titles such as “BlackKklansman”, “Black Panther”, “If Beale Street Could Talk”, “A Star is Born” and “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

Conspicuously missing are The National Society of Film Critics’ screenplay runner up “The Favorite” and National Board of Review screenplay winner “First Reformed.”

Writers Guild Awards will be held on February 17 at dual ceremonies at the Edison Ballroom in New York and the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Eighth Grade, Written by Bo Burnham

Green Book, Written by Nick Vallelonga & Brian Currie & Peter Farrelly

A Quiet Place, Screenplay by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski, Story by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck

Roma, Written by Alfonso Cuarón

Vice, Written by Adam McKay

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

BlacKkKlansman, Written by Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee (Based on the book by Ron Stallworth)

Black Panther, Written by Ryan Coogler & Joe Robert Cole (Based on the Marvel Comics by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby)

Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Screenplay by Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty (Based on the book by Lee Israel)

If Beale Street Could Talk, Screenplay by Barry Jenkins (Based on the novel by James Baldwin)

A Star Is Born, Screenplay by Eric Roth and Bradley Cooper & Will Fetters (Based on the 1954 screenplay by Moss Hart and the 1976 screenplay by John Gregory Dunne & Joan Didion and Frank Pierson)

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY

Bathtubs Over Broadway, written by Ozzy Inguanzo & Dava Whisenant

Fahrenheit 11/9, written by Michael Moore

Generation Wealth, written by Lauren Greenfield

In Search Of Greatness, written by Gabe Polsky

VIDEO GAME WRITING

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Associate Narrative Directors Matthew Zagurak, Joel Janisse, James Richard Mittag; Narrative Director Melissa MacCoubrey; Story by Jonathan Dumont, Melissa MacCoubrey, Hugo Giard; Scriptwriters Madeleine Hart, Betty Robertson, Jesse Scoble, Diana Sherman, Kelly Bender, Jojo Chia, Ian Fun, Zachary M. Parris, Ken Williamson, Daniel Bingham, Jordan Lemos, Simon Mackenzie, Katelyn MacMullin, Susan Patrick, Alissa Ralph, Stephen Rhodes; Team Lead Writer Sam Gill; AI Writers Jonathan Flieger, Kimberly Ann Sparks; Ubisoft Quebec

Batman: The Enemy Within, Episode 5-Same Stitch, Lead Writer James Windeler; Written by Meghan Thornton, Ross Beeley, Lauren Mee; Story by Meghan Thornton, Michael Kirkbride; Telltale Games

God of War, written by Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert, Cory Barlog; Story and Narrative Design Lead Matt Sophos; Story and Narrative Design Richard Zangrande Gaubert; Narrative Design Orion Walker, Adam Dolin; Sony Interactive Entertainment

Marvel’s Spider-Man, Story Lead Jon Paquette; Writers Benjamin Arfmann, Kelsey Beachum; Co-Written by Christos Gage; Additional Story Contributions by Dan Slott; Insomniac Games & Sony Interactive Entertainment

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire, Narrative Designers Alex Scokel, Eric Fenstermaker, Kate Dollarhyde, Megan Starks, Olivia Veras, Paul Kirsch; Additional Writing Tony Evans, John Schmautz, Casey Hollingshead, Nitai Poddar; Narrative Design Leads Carrie Patel, Josh Sawyer; Obsidian Entertainment

Golden Globes 2019 Winners And Surprises

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The 76th Golden Globe Awards, the year’s first major awards ceremony leading up the to the Oscars has just concluded, and it was “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Green Book” that emerged victorious, winning Best Motion Picture Drama and Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy respectively.

Rhapsody’s win was slightly a surprise: in spite of the fact that the film was a massive boxoffice hit, so far grossing $743 million worldwide, and Rami Malek’s bravura performance earning near universal praise, the film itself was not as beloved by film critics.

It was also a good night for another leading oscar contender, “Roma” which won Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language and Best Director and Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron.

Netflix is sure to have an increase in subscription after having had a great showing in Sunday night’s awards show: in addition to Roma’s trophies, it also won for Chuck Lorre’s comedy “The Kominsky Method.”

Altogether, there were a total of 14 trophies in film categories and 11 in television that were handed out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which comprised of voting 93 members.

Here is the full list of winners and nominees.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
“Bohemian Rhapsody”

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
“Green Book”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Glenn Close (“The Wife”)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”)

Best Director
Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”)
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