Gugu Mbatha-Raw's period drama Belle looks set to lead Britain's National Film Awards (NFAs) after landing six nominations. The film, about the illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy Captain, has won nods in the Best Drama and Best Screenplay categories while Mbatha-Raw is up for Best Newcomer and Best Breakthrough Performance, her co-star Tom Felton for Best Actor and Amma Asante for Best Director.
Mbatha-Raw is also in the running for the Best Actress prize her drama Beyond the Lights.
Belle will compete against movies including The Fault in Our Stars, Pride and Mr. Turner in the Best Drama category, while Mbatha-Raw will battle it out with Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars), Jamie Foxx (Annie), Michael Fassbender (Frank) and Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), among others, for the Best Breakthrough Performance prize.
Nominees for Best International Film include Boyhood, Gone Girl, Guardians of the Galaxy, Selma, Wild, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything.
Ben Affleck has landed a Best Actor nod for his role in Gone Girl, while other nominees include David Oyelowo (Selma), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Jack O'Connell ('71) and Outkast's Andre Benjamin for Jimi: All Is By My Side.
Shailene Woodley and Gugu Mbatha-Raw will go head-to-head once more for the Best Actress prize, alongside Quvenzhane Wallis (Annie), Imelda Stauton (Pride), Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game) and Thandie Newton (Half a Yellow Sun), among others.
Dame Judi Dench will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in honour of her 50-year career on stage and screen.
The winners, as voted by the public, will be announced in London on 31 March (15).
Actor Wendell Pierce led the cast of his new civil rights movie Selma in a public protest on Sunday (14Dec14) by wearing T-shirts referencing the police killing of unarmed black man Eric Garner ahead of the film's New York premiere. The Wire star joined forces with co-stars including David Oyelowo, E. Roger Mitchell, Andre Holland and Lorraine Toussaint, and director Ava DuVernay to wear black T-shirts with the words, "I can't breathe" printed across the chest.
Staten Island resident Garner was heard uttering the phrase over and over again as he gasped for breath after a cop placed him in an apparent chokehold during an arrest in July (14), when he had been caught illegally selling cigarettes.
His death was ruled a homicide by the New York City medical examiner, but a grand jury chose not to indict the officer responsible for his passing earlier this month (Dec14) - sparking widespread protests across the U.S., where demonstrators were already angry over another grand jury's decision not to prosecute the cop who fatally shot Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown in August (14).
The stars of Selma made their support for the calls for justice known on Sunday by posing for a group photo in their shirts on the steps of the New York Public Library, while holding up their hands.
The snap was taken shortly before the group headed to the Ziegfeld Theater for the Selma premiere, where Pierce decided to continue modelling his T-shirt for photographers.
The pre-premiere protest took place a day after thousands of activists took to the streets of the Big Apple to take part in the Millions March NYC, another demonstration over the Garner and Brown killings.
Oyelowo, who plays human rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. in the film, recently expressed his hope that his movie would inspire campaigners to keep the protests peaceful.
He told The Hollywood Reporter, "Thankfully, we're seeing a lot of the same good sides of protests happening with these protests - i.e. that they are non-violent, and that we are now seeing black and white and everything in between coming together against injustice. I think that the next step for us to be able to really articulate our demands. What is it we want out of this? In Selma, it was voting rights, and now it's police reform. We needed federal intervention for the verdict situation (in Selma); I would say we need the same thing for the police. Who's going to police the police? We really need to press to the government that this cannot go on."
Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma leads the film nominations at the 2015 NAACP Image Awards after racking up eight nods. Ava DuVernay's civil rights drama is shortlisted for Outstanding Motion Picture, alongside Belle, Beyond The Lights, Dear White People and James Brown biopic Get On Up, while the filmmaker will compete for Outstanding Directing in a Motion Picture.
There were also a string of acting nods for Selma's leading man David Oyelowo (Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture), and supporting stars Andre Holland, Common, Wendell Pierce, Carmen Ejogo and Oprah Winfrey.
In the TV categories, six-time nominee Scandal is up for Outstanding Drama Series, facing off against two other Shonda Rhimes creations, Grey's Anatomy and How to Get Away with Murder, and Being Mary Jane and House of Cards, while drama acting nods went to Scandal's Kerry Washington and Guillermo Diaz, LL Cool J (NCIS: Los Angeles), Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire) and Jada Pinkett Smith (Gotham).
Black-ish, House of Lies and Orange Is the New Black are among the nominees for Outstanding Comedy, while Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), Don Cheadle (House of Lies), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Laurence Fishburne (Black-ish), Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black) and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family) have been recognised for their comedic acting talents.
Meanwhile, Beyonce and Pharrell Williams have emerged as the ones to beat in the music categories with four nods a piece, just days after both garnering six Grammy Awards nominations on Friday (05Dec14).
Beyonce is in the running for Outstanding Female Artist, Outstanding Music Video and Song for Pretty Hurts, while Pharrell will be fighting for Outstanding Male Artist, Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration for Brand New with Justin Timberlake, and Gust of Wind with Daft Punk. They will both compete for Outstanding Album with respective releases Beyonce and GIRL.
Late King of Pop Michael Jackson has also earned posthumous nods for Outstanding Male Artist and Outstanding Music Video for Love Never Felt So Good with Justin Timberlake.
The winners of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards, which celebrate diversity in film, TV, music and literature, will be unveiled at a ceremony on 6 February (15).
Michael Keaton's critically-acclaimed Birdman will lead the way at the 2015 Independent Spirit Awards after landing six nominations on Tuesday (25Nov14). The Batman star, who is hotly-tipped to earn an Oscar nod for his role as a fallen movie star in the new drama, will compete for Best Male Lead against Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), John Lithgow (Love is Strange), David Oyelowo (Selma) and rapper/actor Andre Benjamin (Jimi: All Is By My Side), while his co-stars Edward Norton and Emma Stone will do battle for the respective supporting actor and actress titles.
Birdman is also shortlisted in the Best Director (Alejandro G. Inarritu) and Best Feature categories.
Other Best Feature contenders are Love Is Strange and Whiplash, in addition to five-time nominees Selma and Boyhood.
Nightcrawler also nabbed five nods, including mentions for Best Screenplay and Best First Feature for director Dan Gilroy.
The Robert Altman Award, presented to a film's director, casting director and ensemble cast, will be handed to the people behind the scenes of Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice, while the cast and crew of Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher will be honoured with the Special Distinction Award.
The 30th Independent Spirit Awards, which recognises films made on a budget of less than $20 million (£12.5 million), will take place in Santa Monica, California on 21 February (15) - the eve of the 2015 Academy Awards.
Jonah Hill poked fun at an ex-girlfriend while picking up GQ magazine's International Man of the Year honour in London on Tuesday night (02Sep14).
The Wolf of Wall Street star took aim at his sixth grade love while accepting the style trophy from Bradley Cooper. Hill said, "Emily, my first girlfriend... You broke my heart and left it shattered. It was really sad. I know you were young and love is wild and you grow apart, but I'm GQ International Man of the f**king Year!"
The twice Oscar-nominated star joined Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Pharrell Williams, Van Morrison, New Order, new Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, racing driver Lewis Hamilton and Paulo Nutini among the big style winners, while Johnny Depp presented punk veteran Iggy Pop with GQ's Icon Award at the Royal Opera House.
And the women weren't left out - Kim Kardashian West, who was joined on the red carpet by her husband Kanye West, picked up the Woman of the Year prize and stunned in a custom-designed haute couture Ralph & Russo gown. Reminding the world her full name is now Kim Kardashian West, the reality TV star said, "I want to thank GQ for making me Woman of the Year, and my husband for making me feel like woman of the year every day."
Among those handing over the top prizes at the ceremony Lindsay Lohan, Bradley Cooper, Gerard Butler, Rita Ora, Cara Delevingne, Daisy Lowe, Bob Geldof, Pippa Middleton and author E.L. James, who presented her Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan with a Breakthrough Award.
The full list of GQ Men of the Year Award winners is:
Comedian of the Year: John Bishop
Editor’s Special Award: Liam Neeson
Chef of the Year: Tom Kerridge
Designer of the Year: Christopher Bailey
International Man of the Year: Jonah Hill
Writer of the Year: Michael Lewis
Philanthropist of the Year: Tony Blair
Breakthrough Fashion Designers of the Year: Agi and Sam
TV Personality of the Year: Peter Capaldi
Innovator Award: Ewan Venters
Inspiration Award: New Order Hugo Boss
Most Stylish Man: Douglas Booth
Sportsman: Lewis Hamilton
Actor of the Year: Benedict Cumberbatch
Entrepreneur of the Year: Andre Balazs
Special Achievement: Paolo Nutini
Vertu Breakthrough Award: Jamie Dornan
Legend Award: Van Morrison
Solo Artist of the Year: Pharrell Williams
Leading Man of the Year: Colin Firth
Humanitarian of the Year: Ringo Starr
Woman of the Year: Kim Kardashian West
Icon Award: Iggy Pop
It's August now, which means that days are getting shorter, movie theaters are trading explosions for emotional drama, and fall television premieres are fast approaching. Sure, you could spend these last few weeks enjoying the sunshine or going to the beach, but wouldn't it be more fun (and productive) to use the longer days to finally have that Scandal marathon you've been meaning to get to? Once September comes, you'll have a hard time finding the time in your schedule and space in your DVR to keep track of all of the biggest, buzziest, and most addicting shows on television. In order to help you use the end of summer wisely, we've run down all of the shows you should make time to catch up on before they return in the fall. After all, do you really want to be the only one who can't quote Luther the Anger Translator? We thought not.
Scandal: Returns September 25 at 9 pm The fun of watching Scandal consists of one part shouting at the television (“No, Olivia! You’re better than him!”), one part attempting to keep up with the crazy twists and turns, and one part live-tweeting the show with a glass of wine. Don’t be the only person on you timeline not keeping up with Olivia, Fitz, and Mellie just because the last season started giving you a headache. Besides, this is your shot to try and catch all of the ridiculous ways that the show tried to conceal Kerry Washington’s pregnancy with drapey cardigans and well-placed props. Where to Catch Up: Netflix Instant
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Returns September 28 at 8:30 pm We know, we know: you’re not a fan of Andy Samberg. That’s okay, you’re still going to love Brooklyn Nine-Nine anyway. Though the first few episodes were focused more on his character, Jake Peralta, the show quickly settled into an ensemble comedy that balanced out his over-the-top traits to find a remarkably self-assured sitcom, despite only producing one season. Come on, you know you want to watch Andre Braugher deadpan his way through a conversation about hula hopping, Terry Crews attempt to put together a princess castle and Joe Lo Truglio talk about “mouth feel.” (It’s less gross than it sounds.) Where to Catch Up: Hulu Plus
Parks and Recreation: Return date TBA We’ll be the first to admit that the sixth season of Parks and Rec wasn’t the show’s strongest. Still the back half had plenty of strong episodes and hilarious moments – including Ben drunkenly attempting to climb a fence and Donna threatening to embarrass her cousin, Ginuwine, at the Unity Concert - and the season finale shook everything up before the seventh and final season. And let’s be real, you probably still haven’t hit Chris Pratt overload yet, and there’s no greater joy than watching him run around a store in giddy excitement because Leslie let him get two candies. Where to Catch Up: Netflix Instant, Hulu Plus
Key and Peele: Returns September 24 at 10:30 pm If you don’t fall into spasms of laughter every time you hear a football player’s ridiculous name or don’t understand why people keep pluralizing “Liam Neeson,” you definitely need to watch Key and Peele. Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele are masters of sketch comedy, and every episode has something for everyone, whether you’re interested in political satire, poorly-financed music videos, or substitute teachers prone to rage blackouts. Even President Obama watches Key and Peele, so you really should too. Where to Catch Up: Comedy Central.com, YouTube, Amazon
Sleepy Hollow: Returns September 22 at 9 pm The surprise hit of last year, Sleepy Hollow is the perfect mix of ridiculous, over-the-top camp and intense, twist-heavy drama. Maybe you never took it seriously in the first place, or maybe you couldn’t get into the first few episodes, but now’s the time to embrace the cheesy, supernatural excitement in order to add a little fun to your fall TV schedule. Trust us: it’s worth following for Nicole Beharie and Tom Misom’s chemistry alone. Where to Catch Up: Hulu Plus
Arrow: Returns October 8 at 8 pm Just in case you haven’t had enough superheroes, the CW has a few small-screen options as well. Arrow has everything you love about superhero movies, like handsome men, well-choreographed action sequences, wisecracking supporting characters, and the campy ridiculousness that comes with a show that features long sequences of Stephen Amell working out, on an addicting, weekly basis. All it’s really missing is a talking tree. Where to Catch Up: Netflix Instant, Hulu Plus
Parenthood: Returns September 25 at 10 pm Sometimes you want a television show that will keep you on the edge of your seat, sometimes you want a show that will make you laugh, but sometimes you want a show that will make you cry your eyes out and maybe call your mom. Parenthood is that show; it’s charming, relatable, heartwarming and tear-jerking and will help you recover from a bad day at work with a nice, cathartic cry. And for Friday Night Lights fans, there’s the additional benefit of trying to find the connections to Dillon. Where to Catch Up: Netflix Instant, Hulu Plus
The Mindy Project: Returns September 16 at 9:30 pm The Mindy Project isn’t a perfect show, but between seasons one and two, it’s improved drastically thanks to the addition of Xosha Roquemore and Adam Pally and the charming, goofy chemistry between Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina, which helped transform Danny Castellano from a handsome curmudgeon to a genuine romantic lead. Sure, the episodes are still a bit hit and miss and Ed Weeks deserves more than a B-plot, but there’s plenty to love about The Mindy Project, even if it is a bit difficult to get past the idea of Dennis Reynolds wooing a girl without the D.E.N.N.I.S. system. Where to Catch Up: Hulu Plus
Michael Bay is returning to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film franchise to produce a sequel for the new action movie after it debuted atop the North American box office on Sunday (10Aug14). The summer (14) crime-fighting blockbuster opened in the U.S. and Canada with an impressive $65 million (£38.2 million) haul and shortly after the news broke, executives at Paramount Pictures, the studio behind the project, announced that a follow-up is in the works.
Filmmaker Bay will again serve as producer, while screenwriters Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec will return to pen the script for the movie, which is scheduled for release in June, 2016.
A statement issued by Adam Goodman, President of Paramount's Film Group, reads: "Launching a new take on the Turtles into the feature film world was a daunting task because as fans of them ourselves, we felt a great responsibility to ensure audiences were going to experience everything they loved about the Turtles, while also getting to see them brought to life in a way they had never been seen before.
"The result exceeded our high expectations and the response to the film is beyond great, making it all the more fun to get started on the continuation of their story."
It is not yet known if director Jonathan Liebsman will also board the sequel to the movie reboot.
The original live action film opened in 1990 with more than $25 million (£14.7 million), eventually becoming the ninth highest-grossing film of the year with over $200 million (£117.7 million) in worldwide takings.
It spawned two sequels, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze in 1991 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III in 1993.
A homeless man who broke into a U.S. TV studio wielding a knife has been sent for mental evaluation after an outburst in court. Andre Johnson was arrested for assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing earlier this month (Jul14) after he gained access to the Good Morning America studio in New York City and allegedly threatened presenter Michael Strahan.
Johnson was indicted for felony attempted assault at Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday (28Jul14) but the proceedings were halted when Johnson launched into a tirade against his legal team.
He yelled, "I want a new lawyer! This lady's against me! She's part of the Illuminati!... There's a war against me, ma'am. Obama was elected to defend us. This is some bulls**t, man!"
According to the New York Daily News, the judge ordered a mental evaluation and Johnson is scheduled to return to court on 15 September (14).
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The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony will air on Monday (oddly enough), August 25, and will be hosted by Saturday Night Live vet and Late Night host Seth Meyers. Here are the nominees recognized for their achievements over the course of this past year in television.
Best Comedy SeriesThe Big Bang TheoryLouieModern FamilyOrange Is the New BlackSilicon ValleyVeep
Best Drama SeriesBreaking BadDownton AbbeyGame of ThronesHouse of CardsMad MenTrue Detective
Best Actor - ComedyLouis C.K. - LouieDon Cheadle - House of LiesRicky Gervais - DerekMatt LeBlanc - EpisodesWilliam H. Macy - ShamelessJim Parsons - The Big Bang Theory
Best Actress - ComedyLena Dunham - GirlsEdie Falco - Nurse JackieJulia Louis-Dreyfus - VeepMelissa McCarthy - Mike and MollyAmy Poehler - Parks and RecreationTaylor Schilling - Orange Is the New Black
Lead Actor - DramaBryan Cranston - Breaking BadJeff Daniels - The NewsroomJon Hamm - Mad MenWoody Harrelson - True DetectiveMatthew McConaughey - True DetectiveKevin Spacey - House of Cards
Lead Actress - DramaLizzy Caplan - Masters of SexClaire Danes - HomelandMichelle Dockery - Downton AbbeyJulianne Margolies - The Good WifeKerry Washinton - ScandalRobin Wright - House of Cards
Best Mini-SeriesAmerican Horror Story: CovenBonnie and ClydeFargoLutherTremeThe White Queen
Best TV MovieKilling KennedyMohammad Ali's Greatest FightThe Normal HeartSherlock: His Last VowThe Trip to Babylon
Best Actor - Mini-Series/TV MovieBenedict Cumberbatch - SherlockChiwetel Ejiofor - Dancing on the EdgeIdris Elba - LutherMartin Freeman - FargoMark Ruffalo - The Normal HeartBill Bob Thornton - Fargo
Best Actress - Mini-Series/TV MovieHelena Bonham Carter - Burton and TaylorMinnie Driver - Return to ZeroJessica Lang - American Horror Story: CovenSarah Paulson - American Horror Story: CovenCicely Tyson - The Trip to BountifulKristen Wiig - Spoils of Babylon
Best Variety ShowThe Colbert ReportThe Daily ShowJimmy Kimmel Live!Real Time with Bill MaherSaturday Night LiveThe Tonight Show
Best Reality Competition ShowThe Amazing RaceDancing with the StarsProject RunwaySo You Think You Can DanceTop ChefThe Voice
Best Supporting Actor - Comedy SeriesFred Armisen - PortlandiaAndre Braugher - Brooklin Nine-NineTy Burrell - Modern FamilyAdam Driver - GirlsJesse Tyler Ferguson - Modern FamilyTony Hale - Veep
Best Supporting Actress - Comedy SeriesMayim Bialik - The Big Bang TheoryJulie Bowen - Modern FamilyAnna Chlumsky - VeepAllison Janney - MomKate McKinnon - Saturday Night LiveKate Mulgrew - Orange Is the New Black
Best Supporting Actor - DramaJim Carter - Downton AbbeyJosh Charles - The Good WifePeter Dinklage - Game of ThronesMandy Patinkin - HomelandAaron Paul - Breaking BadJon Voight - Ray Donovan
Best Supporting Actress - DramaChristine Baranski - The Good WifeJoan Froggatt - Downton AbbeyAnna Gunn - Breaking BadLena Headey - Game of ThronesChristina Hendricks - Mad MenMaggie Smith - Downton Abbey
Best Guest Actor - ComedySteve Buscemi - PortlandiaLouis C.K. - Saturday Night LiveGary Cole - VeepJimmy Fallon - Saturday Night LiveNathan Lane - Modern FamilyBob Newhart - The Big Bang Theory
Best Guest Actress - ComedyUzo Aduba - Orange Is the New BlackLaverne Cox - Orange Is the New BlackJoan Cusack - ShamelessTina Fey - Saturday Night LiveNatasha Lyonne - Orange Is the New BlackMelissa McCarthy - Saturday Night Live
Best Guest Actor - DramaDylan Baker - The Good WifeBeau Bridges - Masters of SexReg E Cathey - House of CardsPaul Giamatti - Downton AbbeyRobert Morse - Mad MenJoe Morton - Scandal
Best Guest Actress - DramaKate Burton - ScandalJane Fonda - The NewsroomAllison Janney - Masters of SexKate Mara - House of CardsMargo Martindale - The AmericansDiana Rigg - Game of Thrones
A homeless man wielding a knife has been arrested in New York City after he attempted to gain access to the TV studio where Good Morning America (GMA) is filmed.
Andre Johnson, 25, is believed to have approached security guards outside ABC Studios in Manhattan's Times Square on Tuesday (01Jul14) and demanded to be let into the building. He was turned away, but allegedly returned carrying a knife and attacked one of the security guards.
Police were called to the scene, and pictures show cops restraining Johnson on the street outside the TV hub. He also allegedly made threats against football player-turned-TV host Michael Strahan, who is a contributor on GMA.
Johnson was arrested and taken to a local police station where he was charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon, and menacing, according to the New York Daily News.
A spokesperson for ABC called the cop a "hero" for tackling the man, and added, "It was a scary situation but thanks to the fast actions of NYPD (New York Police Department) the situation was quickly under control."