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"I didn't anticipate getting the [awards] attention for the song initially because my intention for the song was to create something that really captured the spirit of the civil rights movement and brought it to present day," says actor and musician Common, who co-stars in "Selma" as civil rights leader James Bevel and earned Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award nominations for co-writing the song "Glory" with John Legend. (Watch our complete interview with Common below.) -Break- Oscars experts: 'Selma' rises again "We had a five-minute conversation about 'Selma' and what type of song we wanted to create and the spirit of what the song would be," he added about collaborating with Legend, "and I knew John from there could take that and create something that would be in the direction. When I heard what he played, I was overjoyed." They wrote the song in October, months after the film was s. »
British actor David Oyelowo, who plays Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in Golden Globe Best Picture-nominee “Selma,” was the “rainmaker” and “champion” of the film, director Ava DuVernay told TheWrap Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman on Thursday.
The film, nominated in four Golden Globe categories — for best picture, director, actor in a motion picture drama, and song — was screened at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles as the final 2014 installment in TheWrap Screening Series. “Selma” tells the story of three tumultuous months in 1965 Selma, Alabama, when King led activists and locals in protests against insidious efforts on the part of Gov. »
- Deborah Day
See photos: 14 Late Night TV Hosts Ranked by Popularity
Host Stephen Colbert brought back a slew of former guests for his final show in an epic, star-studded singalong. Those who weren’t able to make it (and even some who did) took to Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to post their messages of congratulations, appreciation and sadness to see Colbert and his conservative character go.
Comedy icon Steve Martin, »
- Ryan O'Connell
As the world counts down to 2015, Facebook has released a countdown of the top trending entertainers, TV shows, movies, songs, and celebrity deaths of 2014.
Here is a look at a few of Facebook's Year in Review Top 10 Lists…
Beyonce sits atop the throne as number one trending entertainer on Facebook. Pharrell Williams has a lot to be happy about in second, Nicki Minaj finished third, Taylor Swift was fourth, Jimmy Fallon fifth, Iggy Azalea sixth, Katy Perry was lucky number seven, Pitbull eighth and John Legend ninth. Kim Kardashian and her caboose rounded out the ...
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“Folks, if this is your first time tuning into The Colbert Report, I have some terrible news for you.” With a mighty leap over the word “grippest,” Stephen Colbert began his final episode of The Colbert Report.
For the first half, it was actually a very normal episode, with talk of Syria, a shout-out to the Prescott Group, and a special “The Word” devoted to Colbert’s impact on television. Oh, and he also killed Death. Shooting Grimmy the Grim Reaper, he was rendered immortal. Your standard stuff. I’m pretty sure that’s how Jack Parr went off the air.
But it wasn’t all the fantastically self-important bombast we’ve loved since 2005. For starters, the auction Colbert held for his desk and fireplace earned over $313,000 for the Yellow Ribbon Fund. And, he thanked his audience, his “Nation,” for everything he’s done over the past nine years. »
Colbert made his debut as the bombastic conservative commentator on Oct. 17, 2005, after eight years as a correspondent and writer on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show.” Comedy Central will fill his slot with “The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore,” beginning Jan. 19.
“The Colbert Report” has grabbed an Emmy nom for best variety series every year since its debut. Colbert and Co. took home the trophy in 2013 and again this year, ending “The Daily Show’s” 10-year winning streak. Colbert is widely admired by other comedians for keeping the parody of cable news talk shows from growing stale even after nine years.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
With a new year comes new music, and it’s officially time to put these 2014 tunes to bed.
"Fancy," "All About That Bass" and "Happy" ruled the charts this year and whether you loved or loved to hate them, let's give them a proper sendoff. ETonline has compiled 37 of the biggest tracks of the year (a few of which were technically released in 2013, but charted this year) for no fuss, pitch-perfect New Year's Eve playlist.
Pics: The 2015 Grammy Nominees Are...
Which songs will you keep in rotation in the New Year? And which ones are we missing? See the list below and hit the comments with your thoughts.
1. OneRepublic: “Counting Stars”
3. Pharrell Williams: “Happy”
4. Bastille: “Pompeii”
6. Pitbull feat. Kesha: “Timber”
7. Miley Cyrus: “Adore You”
9. Justin Timberlake: “Not a Bad Thing”
10. Jason Derulo »
“That’s why Rosa sat on the bus; That’s why we walk through Ferguson with our hands up.” Those lyrics can be heard in John Legend and Common‘s “Glory,” a new song that plays during the end credits of Selma and makes the connection between the 50-year-old events depicted in the movie and the current events continuing to affect the nation. No, the movie isn’t about or related to Rosa Parks, but that line represents the beginnings of the African-American Civil Rights Movement that 10 years later was still unfinished, even after the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and obviously remains unfinished to this day. Had there been more time for the completion of the movie and soundtrack, perhaps there’d also be another lyric in “Glory” referencing Eric Garner’s last words of “I Can’t Breathe,” which has been adopted as a statement of protest against race-related police brutality and lack »
- Christopher Campbell
As 2014 nears an end, ETonline looks back at the year's most extravagant, celebrity weddings filled with love and excitement. While many celebrities married this year, these 6 couples really stood out with how they tied the knot. Best of all, these weddings were just as glamorous as they were about family — you may just want to grab a tissue!
6. Jenny McCarthy & Donnie Wahlberg: The former View host wed Donnie Wahlberg after dating for a year. The New Kids on the Block singer proposed with the help of Jenny's 12-year-old son Evan in April.
Location: St. Charles, Ill.
Venue: The Hotel Baker
The Dress: An Ines Di Santo glamorous gown
Fun Fact: While Donnie's little brother Mark could not make the wedding, he did send out a cute video message congratulating his brother and new »
The Golden Globe and SAG nominations are in, and there is one more award show announcing its noms before the Oscars say who's up in January: the Critics' Choice Awards. There are some new names within the Critics' Choice, generally because they also award in the comedy and action categories, but there are also some titles in the main categories not previously nominated, like Unbroken. The Critics' Choice Awards air Jan. 15, so check out the full list here. Best Picture Birdman Boyhood Gone Girl The Grand Budapest Hotel The Imitation Game Nightcrawler Selma The Theory of Everything Unbroken Whiplash Best Actor Michael Keaton, Birdman Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler David Oyelowo, Selma Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything Best Actress Jennifer Aniston, Cake Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything Julianne Moore, Still Alice Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl Reese Witherspoon, Wild Marion Cotillard, »
Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" tops the nominations for the 20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards brought to you by the Broadcast Film Critics Association of which I'm a proud voting member! Our deadline to vote for the nomination round was last Friday and I'm happy to say that most of my favorites made it to the final ballot!
"Birdman," which received 13 nods is now competing with "Boyhood," "Gone Girl," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," "The Imitation Game," "Nightcrawler," "Selma," "The Theory of Everything," "Unbroken," and "Whiplash" for the Best Picture of the Year!
The winners for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards will be revealed live on A&E from the Hollywood Palladium on January 15th at 9pm Et/ 6pm Pt. Coincidentally, this is the same day the Academy Award nominations will be announced. Legendary Super Bowl Champion Michael Strahan will serve as the show.s host.
Continuing its romp through the critics kudos this awards season, Fox Searchlight’s Birdman drew a whopping 13 nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s 20th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. In fact it’s a big day for Fox in general as Searchlight’s March release, The Grand Budapest Hotel was remembered to the tune of 11 nominations, while big Fox scored 6 nominations with Gone Girl. All three compete for Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and significant acting nods. This is a big boost in particular for Budapest, coming on the heels of its SAG nod for Outstanding Cast as well as four key Golden Globe nominations. Usually films opening as early as March are largely forgotten when it comes to Best Picture attention, but Budapest could be a rare exception in recent years if this triumph for the Wes Anderson comedy is repeated at the Oscars. The last film that opened as early as March, »
- Pete Hammond
As thousands of protesters took to the streets of Washington, D.C., and New York this past weekend to protest the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, Samuel L. Jackson posted a video to his public Facebook page of him singing a song that expresses solidarity with the protesters and encourages his fellow celebrities to join. "All you celebrities out there who poured ice water on your head, I challenge you to do something else," Jackson said in his message, referencing the ice bucket challenge trend that swept the Internet earlier this year. The lyrics to Jackson's song reference »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
The release of the biopic Selma -- which chronicles Martin Luther King Jr.'s non-violent campaign of civil disobedience in 1965 -- has been described as "divine timing" by the film's star and producer Oprah Winfrey. On Sunday, that timing took center stage when a number of the film's stars made bold political statements on the red carpet.
At Selma's New York premiere, actor Wendell Pierce – best known for his work on The Wire – wore a shirt with the words "I Can't Breathe" printed across the front, a reference to the strangulation death of Eric Garner by NYPD officers, who were not charged in relation to the incident.
Video: Celebs At Selma Gala Explain Why The Film Will 'Resonate' In Light Of Recent Events
The words have become one of the main chants of protesters who have been demonstrating in the streets for weeks in the wake of the Eric Garner and Ferguson, Mo. grand »
Just days after the Golden Globes announced their nominees in the Best Original Song category, the Academy Awards revealed their 79-song shortlist of candidates that'll vie for an Oscar at the 87th annual ceremony. Coldplay, Lana Del Rey, the Shins, Bon Iver, Lorde, Alicia Keys with Kendrick Lamar and Glen Campbell are all in the running before the Best Original Song nominees are officially announced along with the rest of the Oscar hopefuls on January 15th.
All five tracks nominated for the Best Original Song Golden Globe made the Oscar »
This year's Best Original Song Oscar race hasn't really achieved much lift-off. Of course, the contenders have been obvious. "Lost Stars" from "Begin Again" may well be the best of them, though "Everything is Awesome" from "The Lego Movie" certainly has its punch-drunk fans. Elsewhere, though, there are a few popular artists in the mix. John Legend and Common put together a hell of a track for "Selma" called "Glory." Lana Del Rey is back in the mix with the title track from "Big Eyes." Coldplay even wants to, uh, play, with "Miracles" from "Unbroken." The Academy announced the list of 79 eligible contenders Friday afternoon, and many of them you've seen outlined clearly in our dedicated Contenders section for the category all season. Let's take a closer look… Animated players "The Book of Life" and "The Boxtrolls" each have a pair of ditties and "Big Hero 6" has one as well. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Niecy Nash has come a long way from her days on Reno 911! Her latest movie, Selma, was recognized with four nominations at the Golden Globes early Thursday morning, and Niecy stopped by the Et stage to dish on the good news.
"I'm so happy for Ava [DuVernay], I'm happy for David [Oyelowo]," Niecy, who plays civil rights heroine Richie Jean Jackson in the movie, told Et. "We had a song that was nominated ... I mean all of it."
The movie is up for four Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture, Drama; Best Director, Motion Picture (Ava DuVernay); Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama (David Oyelowo) and Best Original Song, Motion Picture (Common and John Legend for "Glory").
Selma follows a crucial time in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life when black marchers attempted to walk from Selma, Ala. to Montgomery in order to obtain voting rights in 1965. The journey took three attempts »
One of the nicest surprises from this morning's 2015 Golden Globe nominations was the love the Hollywood Foreign Press Association bestowed upon Ava DuVernay's "Selma." The dramatic story behind the historic 1965 Selma-to-Birmingham march earned four nominations including Best Picture - Drama, Best Original Song ("Glory" by John Legend and Common), Best Actor in a Drama (David Oyelowo) and Best Director (DuVernay). It's somewhat disheartening that DuVernay is only the fifth woman nominated by the HFPA (still more than the Academy Awards for the moment) and the first African-American one, but this sort of love for one of the best pictures of the year? We can only hope Oscar is listening. DuVernay and Oyelowo were in Toronto this morning following a special Tiff screening last night. She jumped on the phone to chat about the big day. *** HitFix: Congratulations Ava! How is Toronto? Where were you when you heard about the nominations? »
- Gregory Ellwood
It’s not easy being a woman in Hollywood. But today — or at least, this round of award show nominations — has been kind to women. Good on you, Golden Globes. Let us count the ways...
News: Check out the complete list of Golden Globe nominations
Ava DuVernay became only the fifth woman ever to be nominated for Best Director at the Globes for her work on Selma. The only woman to have ever actually won Best Director is Barbra Streisand, for Yentl in 1983.
Ava is also the first black woman to ever be nominated in the category.
Looking ahead, only four women have ever been nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards and only one has ever won — Kathryn Bigelow for The Hurt Locker in 2009. Maybe Ava will become the fifth nominee there too. Maybe she’ll become the second winner.
News: Meryl Streep just earned her 29th nom — and broke a record!
The Golden Globes will be presented on January 11, 2015, in Los Angeles.
Best Motion Picture – Drama
“We’re grateful to the HFPA for recognising the fantastic work of the whole team behind The Theory Of Everything with these four nominations. This film reflects the extraordinary lives of Stephen and Jane Hawking, and tells their personal story in a way audiences have never seen before. We’re delighted that Eddie’s astonishing performance as Stephen and Felicity’s as Jane have received the recognition we feel they so richly deserve, and we congratulate them and everyone who worked so hard on this film.”
“To receive a Golden Globe Award nomination is a great early holiday gift, one »
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