Honoring the “best of the internet,” the 21st annual Webby Awards announced their nominees April 4. The Webbys is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (Iadas), and their awards fall into two categories: the Webby Award and the Webby People’s Voice Award. The 2000-member body selected nominees in both cases, but the winner of the People’s Voice will still be decided by the voting public. The six major categories are Websites, Film and Video, Advertising, Media and PR, Social, Mobile Sites and Apps, and Podcasts and Digital Audio. R/Ga, a New York–based web agency, received an impressive 13 nominations. The list of additional nominees this year doesn’t disappoint—“Stranger Things,” “Game of Thrones,” Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, and Spotify are just a few of the contenders. See below for a partial list of nominees! To view the full lineup, visit WebbyAwards.com. Comedy: Individual »
Apparently the Grammy-winner is yet to make a decision about whether to join the project due to her pregnancy, although the studio and director Jon Favreau are reportedly very keen for her to take on the role, and are willing to work around her schedule in order to secure her participation.
The remake of the 1994 animated classic is being fast-tracked into production by Disney, and will see Donald Glover lending his voice to Simba, while James Earl Jones will once again voice Simba’s father Mufasa.
- Gary Collinson
What Favreau’s choice for Nala says about the adaptation.
As Beauty and the Beast rakes in enormous sums, Disney’s next live-action remake appears to be coming together in big way. Variety reported yesterday that director Jon Favreau is courting Beyoncé for the role of Nala in his upcoming reimagining of The Lion King. This announcement comes just one month after Favreau nonchalantly declared on Twitter that Donald Glover and James Earl Jones would be playing the roles of Simba and Mufasa respectively. While Beyoncé hasn’t confirmed yet, her potential casting provides us with a number of clues about how Favreau might be intending to adapt the classic story. Details on the project have been scarce, but irresponsible speculation is in order.
The role of Nala in the original animated film, though vital, is actually a relatively minor one in terms of music. Simba’s queen only gets to sing a small part of “Can »
- Jake Orthwein
Who run the Pride Lands? Possibly Beyonce. The R&B singer and diva extraordinaire may be heading to the big screen four years after her last stint with movies (voicing Tara in Epic), as Disney is reportedly eyeing her to play Nala in the upcoming remake of The Lion King. The Lion King director Jon Favreau […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is currently taking the world box-office by storm. The film is a live-action remake of the animated classic, the latest in a long line of proposed reworks. The House of Mouse is now currently working on bringing the likes of Aladdin, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, and The Lion King, to life.
The Lion King will be directed by Jon Favreau, who has already delivered Disney a colossal hit with last year’s The Jungle Book. Work is currently underway on casting; both Simba and Mufasa have already been cast. Donald Glover is Simba and James Earl Jones will return as Mufasa. The next key character Favreau is looking for is Simba’s gal-pal-turned-girlfriend, Nala. Variety are reporting that his shortlist for the role is very short, with the actor / director setting his sights firmly on Beyonce.
The female mega-star is currently pregnant with twins, »
- Kat Hughes
Expressing his interest in all the single lions (yes, all the single lions), Jon Favreau has his sights set on another big-name performer for his upcoming live-action Lion King movie. Variety reports that Favreau—who recently announced that Donald Glover would star as the voice of Simba in the planned remake, with James Earl Jones reprising his role as Mufasa—has offered the part of Simba’s childhood friend and eventual love interest Nala to Beyoncé Knowles.
It’s been a few years since the Lemonade star (and reigning queen of the pop culture universe) stretched her acting muscles; her last gig was in Fox’s 2013 animated snoozer Epic. Beyoncé has yet to confirm or deny whether she’ll take the part; she’s currently pregnant with twins, but that might not stop her from taking on the voice acting role as Simba’s fiery friend, or our hearts ...
- William Hughes
Disney’s “Lion King” live-action reboot is getting in formation.
Insiders stress that the Grammy winner has not made a decision regarding the role yet, as the star is pregnant with twins. But since it’s a voice-acting role, sources say the studio and director will do whatever it takes to accommodate her schedule. The songstress announced her pregnancy in early February and dropped out as a Coachella headliner by month’s end. Lady Gaga will replace the “Single Ladies” singer at the desert music and arts festival next month.
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- Justin Kroll
Fans of “Girls” star Alex Karpovsky will likely feel comfortably familiar with some of the dynamics that play out in his latest starring role in Jeff Grace’s “Folk Hero & Funny Guy,” as the multi-hyphenate returns to the same wacky — and insightful! — road trip high jinks that marked his own feature, “Red Flag.” In that film, Karpovsky played a filmmaker who takes his latest feature on the road and encounters all kinds of strange characters, all of whom have lots to say about his creative output.
In Grace’s film, Karpovksy is again a struggling artist — this time, an aspiring comedian — who (somewhat against his will) takes his shtick on the road, only to find some unexpected people and situations along the way. He’s the funny guy, so of course he also »
- Kate Erbland
With Nacho Vigalondo’s much-anticipated monster flick “Colossal” quickly approaching its theatrical release, a new scene has been revealed, simply titled “Bench.” The clip, which you can watch below, features Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis’ characters chatting on a park bench, discussing the events that led to Hathaway returning to her hometown, and it also sheds light on the two characters’ relationship.
While there’s no giant monster action present in the video, the scene does offer a glimpse at the dramatic and humorous elements of the film. It’s great to see that even in a film that will surely feature plenty of sci-fi spectacle, Vigalondo is still allowing room for his talented actors to show off their charm in quiet moments such as this one.
- Michael Gonzalez
Seth Meyers has a message for Donald Trump: “I didn’t mind when you talked dirty with Billy Bush, or told Russia to hack Hillary’s emails. But when you start stealing bits from ‘Weekend Update’ anchors – it is on!”
The “Late Night” host’s message for Trump follows an interview the president gave earlier this week to Time Magazine, where he defended some controversial comments and claims he has made in the past, most of which are unsubstantiated.
“I tend to be right. I’m an instinctual person, I happen to be a person that knows how life works,” Trump said in the interview, which came out on Thursday’s issue of the magazine, with a cover that bore the title: “Is Truth Dead?”
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- Yoselin Acevedo
Beyonce makes dreams come true.
The "Lemonade" singer made a very special phone call on Wednesday in an effort to cheer up one of her fans, Ebony Banks, who is battling cancer.
Earlier this week, the Banks' family and friends started a campaign on her behalf, in an effort to reach out to Beyonce to speak with the young girl, who has spent the last year in the hospital after being diagnosed with stage four cancer.
After learning about Banks and her inspirational journey, Beyonce contacted her via Facetime. A Beyonce fan site posted a video of the emotional encounter, and Banks couldn't have been more excited to talk with her idol.
The campaign to reach out to Beyonce began shortly after the Alief Independent School District held an early graduation ceremony in Banks' »
Lady Gaga is stepping in!
Days after Beyoncé dropped out of Coachella due to her pregnancy, it seems the festival has found her replacement.
While the 35-year-old singer will be tending to her unborn twins, Mother Monster has been booked to replace Beyoncé as headliner with performances on consecutive Saturday nights, April 15 and 22.
According to Billboard, "Officials with festival organizers Goldenvoice and Aeg Live are finalizing plans to bring Gaga's huge stage production to Coachella, and will make the announcement in the coming days." The outlet also reports that it was "important" to Coachella organizers that a female singer replace Beyonce; the last woman to headline the festival was Bjork in 2007.
Et has reached out reps for Lady Gaga and Coachella for comment. Mother Monster later confirmed the news on Instagram, posting an updated Coachella lineup with the caption, "Let's party in »
VideosVampire Diaries Series Finale Promo: See Damon and Elena’s Epic Reunion
Cade, of course, played the “John Tucker” role, targeted by Damon, Stefan and Bonnie — three of his former protégés looking to get even. And just like Brittany Snow’s character, Stefan actually thought he could accomplish something by going rogue, challenging Cade all on his own. (Spoiler alert: He was *ahem* dead wrong.)
After getting the upper hand on Stefan, Cade offered Damon a chilling ultimatum: Which soul would he save, »
Even after “Whiplash” turned him into a hot filmmaker, Damien Chazelle kept his eyes on his own goals. He maintained a monk-like focus and intensity, which was shared by his composer, collaborator, and chum, fellow Harvard grad Justin Hurwitz. Film student Chazelle got school credit for his thesis movie, black-and-white jazzy Nouvelle Vague musical homage “Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench” (2010, Variance Films), although music major Hurwitz did not.
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“It was a musical,” Chazelle told me, “the really low-budget, student laboratory for this. It had somewhat similar ideas about the genre, and at the time I was loving old Hollywood musicals, Fred and Ginger, and Gene Kelly, but also loving documentary film and trying to think of a way to make a realistic musical: combine a modern look at a city with the old musicals. »
- Anne Thompson
James Corden hosted the 2017 Grammy Awards on Sunday, in an evening filled with some touching tributes, some unusual acceptance speeches and a whole lot of Blue Ivy!
From Beyonce's unbelievable and hypnotic performance to Adele's non-stop run of emotional wins to Lady Gaga crowd surfing for some reason, here's a look at the best, worst and downright weirdest moments from music's biggest night.
Adele Opens the Show (With Her Ring)
After her previous glitchy performance at the GRAMMYs, Adele returned to the stage to open this year's show and her flawless delivery of "Hello" had people in tears. However, many watching at home were just as obsessed with the sparkling band on her ring finger, adding fuel to the rumors that she secretly got engaged to -- or even married -- her boyfriend, Simon Konecki »
Adele is back! Well, almost.
The queen of breakup songs is set to reunite with the Grammy stage on Feb. 12, one year after the technical difficulty-ridden performance that left her in tears.
Watch: GRAMMYs 2017: Et Breaks Down the Diva-Off Between Adele and Beyonce
Wooing the 28-year-old singer back to the awards show wasn't easy -- "It took some time… it's a wound and all you want is for wounds to heal," GRAMMYs executive producer, Ken Erlich, recently told Et -- but after a little coaxing and a great year, Adele is back and better than ever.
Take a look back at the diva's Carpool Karaoke, world tour, love, confession, Mannequin Challenge-filled year below:
Though she suffered through a glitchy performance at the GRAMMYs, Adele proved her talent -- and her rapping skills -- in a kickass Carpool Karaoke with James Corden last January. The singer brought her pipes and the funny in the amazing »
The music industry will pay homage to two of its biggest icons at the Grammy Awards on Sunday.
Prince and George Michael, who both died last year, will each receive tribute segments during the awards show, the Recording Academy announced on Wednesday.
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"George Michael and Prince were pop icons who showcased rare musical genius and otherworldly charisma," Academy CEO Neil Portnow said in a statement. "While each possessed a distinct style and sound, they were both adored by audiences worldwide. The passings of two such creative innovators were a huge loss for the creative community; The Recording Academy is humbled to pay homage to their tremendous legacies on the Grammy stage."
Prince earned seven Grammy awards over the span of his prolific career, while Michael was bestowed with the distinction twice.
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The documentary “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” has been set as the opening night film for the 16th Tribeca Film Festival on April 19 at the Radio City Music Hall.
“Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives is a fascinating exploration of his remarkable story and the impact that a great producer can have on artists and music,” said Jane Rosenthal, co-founder and Executive Chair of the Tribeca Film Festival. “We are excited to have this powerful film premiere on our opening night.”
The film is directed by Chris Perkel and based on Davis’ 2013 autobiography. The film is produced by Michael Bernstein of Scott Free Productions, with Ridley Scott and Mary Lisio executive producing alongside Im Global’s Stuart Ford, David Schulhof, and Deborah Zipser. Im Global provided financing.
“The Tribeca »
- Dave McNary
Missy Elliott is kicking off the new year with a brand new single. Related: Michelle Obama Rocks Out To Beyonce, Sings With Missy Elliott In Epic ‘Carpool Karaoke’ The Grammy award winner debuted her new track “I’m Better (Featuring Lamb)” to fans on Friday, along with a video directed by Elliott and her “Lose Control” collaborator Dave Meyers. […] »
- Cat Williams
On Friday in Park City, the bidding wars opened for business. Fox Searchlight co-president Nancy Utley began and ended her day at the Eccles Theatre, where the Sundance premieres culminated with the big acquisition title, “The Big Sick,” directed by Michael Showalter and produced by Judd Apatow. Appetites remain high for Sundance titles, but last year proved to be a teachable moment for indie distribution: There’s a big difference between being able to compete for a title, and successfully gauging what will work in the marketplace.
“The marketplace is always changing, but now it is changing more rapidly, both on the production and consumer side,” said Searchlight co-president Stephen Gilula. “The bar for theatrical viability keeps going up. While we are talking about other models, Searchlight is still a global, theatrically driven company, trying to make money on each individual title. We haven’t changed our acquisition calculus, but »
- Anne Thompson, Chris O'Falt and Graham Winfrey
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