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21st Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominees Announced

Nominees for the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2014 in five film and eight television categories, as well as the SAG Awards honors for outstanding action performances by film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center’s SilverScreen Theater in West Hollywood.

SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard introduced Ansel Elgort (“The Fault in Our Stars,” “Divergent”) and actress/director/producer and SAG Award recipient Eva Longoria, who announced the nominees for this year’s Actors. SAG Awards Committee Chair JoBeth Williams and Vice Chair Daryl Anderson announced the stunt ensemble nominees.

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 8 p.m. (Et) / 5 p.m. (Pt) from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. An encore performance will air immediately following on TNT. The SAG Awards can
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Vondie Curtis-Hall Directing Paul Robeson Biopic (Exclusive)

Vondie Curtis-Hall will direct the upcoming Paul Robeson biopic with shooting set for early next year.

Robeson” is being produced byRichard Akel through his Four Stars International in association with Fred Pittman and his Brookdale Entertainment Group.

Project has been in development since early this year with South African director Darrell Roodt attached to helm and David Harewood on board to play the lead. Roodt is no longer attached and producers have opted to read other actors for the role.

Robeson, born in 1898, was a singer, actor and orator from the 1920s through the 1950s best known for his acting in “Othello” and his singing of “Ol’ Man River.” Robeson’s political activism brought him to the attention of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, leading to the revocation of his passport for eight years despite his contributions as an entertainer to the Allied forces during WWII.

Curtis-Hall, who began his career as
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Supreme Court Refuses To Halt Williams' Execution

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Jamie Foxx and Snoop Dogg are among the supporters of former gang leader Stanley 'Tookie' Williams planning their next move, after California's Supreme Court refused to halt his execution. The block now means that only California Governor Arnold Schwarznegger or a US federal court can intervene to stop Williams from receiving a lethal injection on December 13. Wednesday, Snoop Dogg and Foxx, who portrayed the controversial figure in the 2004 movie Redemption: The Stan 'Tookie' Williams Story, staged a special rally in Los Angeles in a bid to highlight the situation. Williams, 51, who founded the notorious Crips gang, murdered four people in Los Angeles in 1979. But supporters - also including Bianca Jagger - believe Williams' subsequent Nobel Peace Prize nominations for his work to prevent young people from forming gangs should exonerate him of previous offenses.

Screen Actors Guild Nominations Go Sideways

Screen Actors Guild Nominations Go Sideways
Perennial awards favorite Sideways dominated the Screen Actors Guild nominations with a field-best four nominations, including Best Ensemble Cast. The Alexander Payne comedy also nabbed three individual acting nominations as well for lead Paul Giamatti and supporting players Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen, putting it just ahead of a number of films that received three nominations each, including The Aviator, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Baby, and Hotel Rwanda; all those movies also earned Best Ensemble nominations alongside Ray and Sideways. Jamie Foxx was once again the actor of the hour, taking home three individual nominations for Ray, Collateral, and TV movie Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story as well as an Ensemble nod for Ray. Foxx was followed by Hilary Swank, who received two solo nominations, for Million Dollar Baby and HBO movie Iron Jawed Angels, and an Ensemble mention for Million Dollar Baby.

With their film nominations, the SAGs threw a number of new names into the awards season mix, including Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace), James Garner (The Notebook), Freddie Highmore (Finding Neverland), Cloris Leachman (Spanglish), and Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda). A few noticeable absentees included Liam Neeson (Kinsey), Javier Bardem (The Sea Inside), and the entire cast of Closer, an actor-driven movie if there ever was one. On the TV side, familiar shows (The Sopranos, Everybody Loves Raymond, etc) rubbed elbows with a handful of newcomers, including Arrested Development and Desperate Housewives, and Patricia Heaton pulled a Hilary Swank of her own, getting two individual nominations for Everybody Loves Raymond and TV movie remake The Goodbye Girl as well as an Ensemble nomination for Raymond.

The SAGs will be handed out on Saturday, February 5. Here's the (very long) list of film and TV nominees:

FILM

Male Actor in a Leading Role: Don Cheadle, Hotel Rwanda; Johnny Depp, Finding Neverland; Leonardo DiCaprio, The Aviator; Jamie Foxx, Ray; Paul Giamatti, Sideways

Female Actor in a Leading Role: Annette Bening, Being Julia; Catalina Sandino Moreno, Maria Full of Grace; Imelda Staunton, Vera Drake; Hilary Swank, Million Dollar Baby; Kate Winslet, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Thomas Haden Church, Sideways; Jamie Foxx, Collateral; Morgan Freeman, Million Dollar Baby; James Garner, The Notebook; Freddie Highmore, Finding Neverland

Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Cate Blanchett, The Aviator; Cloris Leachman, Spanglish; Laura Linney, Kinsey; Virginia Madsen, Sideways; Sophie Okonedo, Hotel Rwanda

Ensemble Cast: The Aviator; Finding Neverland; Hotel Rwanda; Million Dollar Baby; Ray; Sideways

TELEVISION

Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Jamie Foxx, Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story; William H. Macy, The Wool Cap; Barry Pepper, 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story; Geoffrey Rush, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers; Jon Voight, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries: Glenn Close, The Lion in Winter; Patricia Heaton, Neil Simon's The Goodbye Girl; Keke Palmer, The Wool Cap; Hilary Swank, Iron Jawed Angels; Charlize Theron, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

Male Actor in a Drama Series: Hank Azaria, Huff; James Gandolfini, The Sopranos; Anthony LaPaglia, Without a Trace; Jerry Orbach, Law & Order; Kiefer Sutherland, 24

Female Actor in a Drama Series: Drea De Matteo, The Sopranos; Edie Falco, The Sopranos; Jennifer Garner, Alias; Allison Janney, The West Wing; Christine Lahti, Jack & Bobby

Male Actor in a Comedy Series: Jason Bateman, Arrested Development; Sean Hayes, Will & Grace; Ray Romano, Everybody Loves Raymond; Tony Shalhoub, Monk; Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men

Female Actor in a Comedy Series: Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives; Patricia Heaton, Everybody Loves Raymond; Megan Mullally, Will & Grace; Sarah Jessica Parker, Sex and the City; Doris Roberts, Everybody Loves Raymond

Ensemble in a Drama Series: 24; CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; Six Feet Under; The Sopranos; The West Wing

Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Arrested Development; Desperate Housewives; Everybody Loves Raymond; Sex and the City; Will & Grace

LIFE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: James Garner

Foxx's Triple Nominations a Birthday Treat

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Jamie Foxx's three Golden Globe nominations were extra special for the star - because it was his 37th birthday Monday. Foxx made history when he received nods for Best Musical Or Comedy actor for Ray Charles biopic Ray, Best Actor In A TV Movie Or Miniseries for Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story and Best Supporting Actor for Collateral. And the funnyman admits the nominations have proved to be one of his best birthday gifts ever. He says in a statement, "What a great way to start the day with three birthday gifts from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. I am honored to be mentioned in the same categories with such tremendously talented actors."

Sideways Dominates Golden Globe Nominations

Sideways Dominates Golden Globe Nominations
On the heels of critics awards from both New York and Los Angeles, the indie comedy Sideways dominated this year's Golden Globe nominations with a field-best seven nominations. The Alexander Payne wine-country flick nabbed Best Picture, Director, Screenplay and Score nominations along with nods for actors Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, and Virginia Madsen, making it the movie to beat at this year's Globes, though it's competing mainly in comedy categories. The heavyweight over on the dramatic side was Martin Scorsese's The Aviator, which was awarded with six nominations, including Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio (as Howard Hughes) and Best Supporting Actress for Cate Blanchett (as Katharine Hepburn). Million Dollar Baby, Finding Neverland, and Closer were right behind with five nominations apiece.

The man of the hour, however, was neither Payne nor Scorsese but Jamie Foxx, who received an unprecedented three nominations, for Ray, Collateral, and the TV movie Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story. Receiving little or no love from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association were Spanglish (only a Best Score nomination) and The Passion of the Christ, which while ineligible for the Best Film . Drama award but allowed to compete in all other categories, was passed over entirely.

On the television side, the gals of Sex and the City, who were longtime Globe favorites, had to make room for some Desperate Housewives, as the ABC breakout hit scored five nominations (the best for any TV show), including four acting nods for its titular housewives (only Eva Longoria was left out in the cold). HBO scored big with TV movie The Life and Death of Peter Sellers and its perennial awards favorite The Sopranos, though Sex and the City only received two nods for its final season. The Golden Globes will be handed out on Sunday, January 16th, where Robin Williams is set to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

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'Sideways' glance: 7 noms leads Globes field

'Sideways' glance: 7 noms leads Globes field
Alexander Payne's Sideways, a tour through Southern California wine country in which two old friends come to terms with their lives, proved irresistible to the voters at the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., which rewarded the rueful comedy with seven Golden Globe nominations, announced Monday morning at the Beverly Hilton. Sideways, which earned a best comedy nom along with mentions for its actors Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen, dominated a crowded field for the 62nd annual Golden Globe Awards, which also saw the drama The Aviator score six nominations, while Closer, Finding Neverland and Million Dollar Baby took five nominations each. Jamie Foxx stood out from his fellow actors, earning three nominations: best actor in a comedy for his performance as the late musician Ray Charles in Ray, best supporting actor for his turn as an embattled taxi driver in the moody thriller Collateral and best performance by an actor in a miniseries or motion picture for Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story, an FX movie in which he played one of the founders of the L.A. Crips street gang. It was the first time a performer has collected three performance noms in a single year at the Globes. Hilary Swank hit a double, earning a film nomination as best actress in a drama for playing a young woman who enters the boxing ring in Million Dollar Baby and a TV nomination as best actress for a miniseries or motion picture for Iron Jawed Angels, a study of the suffragette movement.

'Sideways' glance: 7 noms leads Globes field

'Sideways' glance: 7 noms leads Globes field
Alexander Payne's Sideways, a tour through Southern California wine country in which two old friends come to terms with their lives, proved irresistible to the voters at the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., which rewarded the rueful comedy with seven Golden Globe nominations, announced Monday morning at the Beverly Hilton. Sideways, which earned a best comedy nom along with mentions for its actors Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church and Virginia Madsen, dominated a crowded field for the 62nd annual Golden Globe Awards, which also saw the drama The Aviator score six nominations, while Closer, Finding Neverland and Million Dollar Baby took five nominations each. Jamie Foxx stood out from his fellow actors, earning three nominations: best actor in a comedy for his performance as the late musician Ray Charles in Ray, best supporting actor for his turn as an embattled taxi driver in the moody thriller Collateral and best performance by an actor in a miniseries or motion picture for Redemption: The Stan Tookie Williams Story, an FX movie in which he played one of the founders of the L.A. Crips street gang. It was the first time a performer has collected three performance noms in a single year at the Globes. Hilary Swank hit a double, earning a film nomination as best actress in a drama for playing a young woman who enters the boxing ring in Million Dollar Baby and a TV nomination as best actress for a miniseries or motion picture for Iron Jawed Angels, a study of the suffragette movement.

Foxx sketches comedy pilot for FX block

FX is getting back in business with Jamie Foxx, who will produce a sketch comedy pilot for the cable network. The project reunites Foxx and FX, who most recently teamed on Redemption, an original dramatic movie that aired on the channel in April with the comedian-actor in the lead role. The untitled half-hour also marks a reunion for Foxx with Marcus King and Bentley Evans, who served as executive producers on the WB Network sitcom The Jamie Foxx Show. "It will be a very edgy, irreverent and sometimes topical sketch show," FX president of entertainment John Landgraf said. "Obviously, Jamie's career as a dramatic actor is meteoric at the moment, but he wants to remain in the comedy business as well."

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