Folk legend Bob Dylan will be presented with the 2015 MusiCares Person of the Year honour from former U.S. president Jimmy Carter after receiving musical tributes from Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson and Jack White. The Lay Lady Lay hitmaker will be honoured at the Recording Academy's 25th annual benefit gala dinner and concert on 6 February (15), and a host of stars have lined up to celebrate Dylan's career.
Joining Springsteen, Nelson and White will be Crosby, Stills & Nash, Tom Jones, John Mellencamp, Eddie Vedder, Neil Young, Beck, the Black Keys, Los Lobos, Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones and singer/songwriter John Doe.
President Carter will close out the night by personally saluting the veteran.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the MusiCares organisation, which provides financial and medical aid to musicians in need.
Previous MusiCares Person of the Year honourees include Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Bono, Tony Bennett and Carole King, who received the accolade last year (14).
Actor Jim Belushi is urging producers behind an upcoming biopic about his brother John to reconsider casting Emile Hirsch as the tragic funnyman, insisting his son is better suited to portray his late uncle. Into the Wild star Hirsch was confirmed to lead the cast of Steve Conrad's new movie last month (Oct13), but John Belushi's own sibling is convinced his comedian son could do a better job than anyone else - because the young How I Met Your Mother actor resembles the Blues Brothers icon in both looks and humour.
Jim Belushi tells TMZ.com, "I think he (Hirsh) is a terrific actor but I think they should have got (sic) my son, Robert Belushi... My son is 33, same age as John when he passed, and he looks like him... He's a comic actor and he's really good. He would nail it..."
The biopic has the full backing of Belushi's widow Judy and his Blues Brothers and Saturday Night Live sidekick Dan Aykroyd, who is expected to be portrayed onscreen by TV actor Nelson Franklin.
John Belushi died in 1982.
Into The Wild star Emile Hirsch has been confirmed to play John Belushi in an upcoming biopic about the tragic funnyman. He will lead the cast of Steve Conrad's new movie, which has the full backing of Belushi's widow Judy and his Blues Brothers and Saturday Night Live sidekick Dan Aykroyd.
Adam Devine and Joaquin Phoenix were also reportedly among the frontrunners to play Belushi in the biopic, while TV actor Nelson Franklin is being considered to portray Ackroyd in the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Animal House star died 1982, aged 33.
John Belushi is headed for the big screen once again, only this time he'll be portrayed by a different famous face. Joaquin Phoenix and Emile Hirsch are in talks to play Belushi in an upcoming biopic about the famed comedian, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Under Warner Bros' wing, the indie will be written by Steve Conrad (The Weather Man, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) and produced and directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover). Apparently, Hirsch (Into the Wild) and Adam Devine (Workaholics) have already met with Conrad, while Phoenix's name has been heard around the rumor mill. As for the role of Dan Aykroyd, Nelson Franklin (Veep, New Girl) is in talks to play Belushi's friend and Saturday Night Live co-star.
While DeVine hits the marks for both appearance and humor, Hirsch and Phoenix seem to be a little strange for the part. Hirsch is a bit too scrawny and timid to play burly Belushi, and Phoenix might simply be too old for the part. That said, Phoenix is a great character actor and delves deep into his roles, so he might be better at capturing Belushi's vivaciousness than we're able to picture at the moment.
However, if the requirement for getting the role is just being a husky male with brown hair (which it seems like it is at this point), then here are a few more people who might be up to the task of taking on the king of comedy, courtesy of Internet rumblings:
- Zach Galifianakis- Jonah Hill- Bobby Moynihan- Ethan Suplee (My Name is Earl)- Tyler Labine (who played Belushi in the 2005 TV movie Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy) - Artie Lange (but we know at 46-years-old, he's not going to make the cut)- An Unknown (maybe the best move would to pick someone who isn't a big-name star so the portroyal of Belushi won't be judged so harshly)
Conrad and his team are looking to start production in spring 2014.
Into The Wild star Emile Hirsch is in talks to portray tragic funnyman John Belushi in a new biopic. The Hangover director Todd Phillips has stepped aside and now Steve Conrad, who wrote the script, will take charge of the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter - and he has met with Hirsch.
Adam Devine and Joaquin Phoenix are also reportedly among the frontrunners to play the late Blues Brothers star.
TV actor Nelson Franklin is being considered to portray Belushi's longtime sidekick Dan Ackroyd in the film.
Belushi died from a drug overdose in 1982, aged 33.
Belushi's widow, Judy Belushi Pisano, will co-produce the new film, while Aykroyd is on board as an executive producer.
Willie Nelson, Annie Lennox and Carole King have been handed honorary doctor of music degrees for their lengthy careers. The trio received the honours from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday (11May13), and the former Eurythmics star stepped up to deliver the commencement address at the Agganis Arena.
Lennox told the audience, "Consider this... wherever you think you're heading right now might turn out to take a completely different path. What looks like an ending might actually be the start of a brand new beginning.
"Wherever and however we find ourselves, what a privilege it is to enrich our lives through music: the incredible universal language of the soul. Enter it wholeheartedly, make it yours to share with the world in the very best way you can."
All three singers took to the stage during the ceremony, and country star Kris Kristofferson presented his pal Nelson with his doctorate.
Previous honourees include Aretha Franklin, Loretta Lynn, Billy Joel and David Bowie.
The actor/moviemaker missed out on a Best Director Oscar nod last month (Jan13) but he has since picked up honours at the Critics Choice Awards and Golden Globes, among other events - and on Saturday he added a DGA gong to his haul.
Still stunned by his success, Affleck took to the stage at the Ray Dolby Ballroom in Hollywood to accept the nomination for Argo just before his name was called as the category winner, and told the audience, "I look out and see all these great directors. I feel I should be auditioning."
It was also a big night for Hollywood 'it' girl Lena Dunham, who took home the prize for Best Comedy Series (Girls), and Jay Roach, who picked up the Best Movies for Television & Mini-Series honour for political drama Game Change.
The winners list is:
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film - Ben Affleck (Argo)
Outstanding Directing Achievement in Documentary Film - Malik Bendjelloul (Searching For Sugar Man)
Outstanding Directing Achievement in Movies for Television & Mini-Series - Jay Roach (Game Change)
Outstanding Directing Achievement in Dramatic Series - Rian Johnson (Breaking Bad)
Outstanding Directing Achievement in Comedy Series - Lena Dunham (Girls)
Outstanding Directing Achievement in Musical Variety - Glenn Weiss (66th Annual Tony Awards)
Outstanding Directing Achievement in Reality Programs - Brian Smith (Master Chef)
Outstanding Directing Achievement in Daytime Serials - Jill Mitwell (One Life To Live)
Outstanding Directing Achievement in Children's Programs - Paul Hoen (Let it Shine)
DGA Lifetime Achievement Award - Milos Forman
Robert B. Aldrich Service Award - Michael Apted
Lifetime Achievement in News Direction Award - Eric Shapiro
Frank Capra Achievement Award - Susan Zwerman
Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award - Dency Nelson
Those keeping up with the continuous roll out of awards circuit nominations have, by now, come to notice a trend. Despite the wide variety of organizations offering recognition of film achievement, each year there are bound to be some mainstays: specific movies that top every venue's list.
So far, 2012's nomination championship falls in the lap of Lincoln, Steven Spielberg's beloved biopic about America's 16th president. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has revealed its nominations, cementing Lincoln as the past year's most impressive spectacle. The historical drama earns 10 nods from BAFTA, including the top honor of Best Film. In Lincoln's company are other unsurprising entries: Les Miserables and Life of Pi each take in nine nominations (both Best Film candidates as well), and Argo ropes in seven (another top honor hopeful). Check out the full list of nominees below.
LIFE OF PI
ZERO DARK THIRTY
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
BART LAYTON (Director), DIMITRI DOGANIS (Producer) — The Imposter
DAVID MORRIS (Director), JACQUI MORRIS (Director/Producer) — McCullin
DEXTER FLETCHER (Director/Writer), DANNY KING (Writer) — Wild Bill
JAMES BOBIN (Director) — The Muppets
TINA GHARAVI (Director/Writer) — I Am Nasrine
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
RUST AND BONE
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN
WEST OF MEMPHIS
MICHAEL HANEKE — Amour
BEN AFFLECK — Argo
QUENTIN TARANTINO — Django Unchained
ANG LEE — Life of Pi
KATHRYN BIGELOW — Zero Dark Thirty
AMOUR (Writer: Michael Haneke)
DJANGO UNCHAINED (Writer: Quentin Tarantino)
THE MASTER (Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson)
MOONRISE KINGDOM (Writers: Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola)
ZERO DARK THIRTY (Writer: Mark Boal)
ARGO (Writer: Chris Terrio)
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (Writers: Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin)
LIFE OF PI (Writer: David Magee)
LINCOLN (Writer: Tony Kushner)
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (Writer: David O. Russell)
BEN AFFLECK — Argo
BRADLEY COOPER — Silver Linings Playbook
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS — Lincoln
HUGH JACKMAN — Les Misérables
JOAQUIN PHOENIX — The Master
EMMANUELLE RIVA — Amour
HELEN MIRREN — Hitchcock
JENNIFER LAWRENCE — Silver Linings Playbook
JESSICA CHASTAIN — Zero Dark Thirty
MARION COTILLARD — Rust and Bone
ALAN ARKIN — Argo
CHRISTOPH WALTZ — Django Unchained
JAVIER BARDEM — Skyfall
PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN — The Master
TOMMY LEE JONES — Lincoln
AMY ADAMS — The Master
ANNE HATHAWAY — Les Misérables
HELEN HUNT — The Sessions
JUDI DENCH — Skyfall
SALLY FIELD — Lincoln
ANNA KARENINA (Dario Marianelli)
ARGO (Alexandre Desplat)
LIFE OF PI (Mychael Danna)
LINCOLN (John Williams)
SKYFALL (Thomas Newman)
ANNA KARENINA (Seamus McGarvey)
LES MISÉRABLES (Danny Cohen)
LIFE OF PI (Claudio Miranda)
LINCOLN (Janusz Kaminski)
SKYFALL (Roger Deakins)
ARGO (William Goldenberg)
DJANGO UNCHAINED (Fred Raskin)
LIFE OF PI (Tim Squyres)
SKYFALL (Stuart Baird)
ZERO DARK THIRTY (Dylan Tichenor, William Goldenberg)
ANNA KARENINA (Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer)
LES MISÉRABLES (Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson)
LIFE OF PI (David Gropman, Anna Pinnock)
LINCOLN (Rick Carter, Jim Erickson)
SKYFALL (Dennis Gassner, Anna Pinnock)
ANNA KARENINA (Jacqueline Durran)
GREAT EXPECTATIONS (Beatrix Aruna Pasztor)
LES MISÉRABLES (Paco Delgado)
LINCOLN (Joanna Johnston)
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (Colleen Atwood)
MAKE UP & HAIR
ANNA KARENINA (Ivana Primorac)
HITCHCOCK (Julie Hewett, Martin Samuel, Howard Berger)
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater)
LES MISÉRABLES (Lisa Westcott)
LINCOLN (Lois Burwell, Kay Georgiou)
DJANGO UNCHAINED (Mark Ulano, Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti, Wylie Stateman)
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (Tony Johnson, Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick, Brent Burge, Chris Ward)
LES MISÉRABLES (Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole, John Warhurst)
LIFE OF PI (Drew Kunin, Eugene Gearty, Philip Stockton, Ron Bartlett, D. M. Hemphill)
SKYFALL (Stuart Wilson, Scott Millan, Greg P. Russell, Per Hallberg, Karen Baker Landers)
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (Paul Franklin, Chris Corbould, Peter Bebb, Andrew Lockley)
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White)
LIFE OF PI (Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer)
MARVEL AVENGERS ASSEMBLE (Nominees TBC)
PROMETHEUS (Richard Stammers, Charley Henley, Trevor Wood, Paul Butterworth)
HERE TO FALL
I’M FINE THANKS
THE MAKING OF LONGBIRD
THE VOORMAN PROBLEM
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It's been a whole month — that's right, you heard me — a whole month since we last had a new episode of New Girl. So much has happened in that time. There was White Anglo Saxon Winter Privilege Night...Hanukkah...Moon Festival...the New Year. So many wonderful holidays we didn't get to spend with the people in our lives we love the most. No, not your real-life friends and loved ones — the fictitious Jess, Nick, Schmidt, Cece, and, okay sure, Winston.
But rejoice New Girl fans, the whole gang is back tonight and we can properly start 2013. If you're still nursing an office party hangover or blanked out from everything earlier than New Year's Eve, never fear, we're here to catch you back up to speed and jog your memory about how the show left off. Here's everything you need to know before the winter premiere of Season 2 of New Girl, you clowns.
Where We Left Off: After getting fired from her job, Jess (Zooey Deschanel) went and had herself a quarter-life crisis, one which included hooking up with a sexy doctor named Sam (David Walton). Though her feelings for him initially were stronger than his, Sam eventually came around and won Jess back on Christmas. Elsewhere, Nick (Jake Johnson) finished his wonderfully terrible zombie novel and started hooking up with a stripper named Angie (Olivia Munn) and Schmidt (Max Greenfield) tried to play coy around a newly-single Cece (Hannah Simeone). Oh, and Winston (Lamorne Morris) broke up with Shelby...and couldn't hear out of his ear for an episode.
Biggest Jaw-Dropper Of The Fall: Wait, Sam is back?! After Jess had all but sworn him and other men like him off for good, he showed up all kind and sensitive at Christmastime and professed his true feelings. That said, Sam has never been a consistent character. What started as a Creed-worshipping doofus who is only looking for hot hookups has evolved into a sweet, caring pediatrician who just wants to settle down with the right girl. Is Jess that right girl? We'll find out soon enough.
Biggest Let-Down Of The Fall: That New Girl started to venture dangerously out of smart, television for men and women and into anti-feminism territory thanks to outdated, offensive story lines about periods (they make women go crazy!) and ticking biological clocks. You're better than that, New Girl.
Most Improved Character: Nick Miller, Nick Miller, the illest of the iller. Okay, maybe Nick hasn't improved overall, as he's still aimlessly floating through life, his dead-end job, and dating the wrong people (c'mon, Angie isn't exactly marriage material) but Jake Johnson continues to prove himself as a comedic force to be reckoned with. Nick may not be improving at the moment, but he most closely resembles someone we all know in real life.
Least Improved Character: Schmidt and his total free fall into full-fledged douchebaggery. Look, don't get us wrong, we understand that Schmidt has been a douchebag all along. Hell, he's the very reason the Douchebag Jar was invented. But since breaking Cece's heart last year, Schmidt has turned from charming douchebag to near-sociopathic levels of mean. We realize it's just an act and he's really hurting deep down inside, but we were hoping for him to grow as a person just a little bit.
5 Reasons You Should Keep Watching: Nelson Franklin (who played Cece's ex Robbie) is going to return to shake things up; speaking of guest stars, ultra-hottie Brooklyn Decker is stopping by; Schmidt may be a douche, but he still pronounces things hilariously; Jake Johnson is totally killing it; and finally, Winston might do something.
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Faster than you can say “chut-en-ee,” New Girl is going to be back in our lives, and with that delicious concoction of weirdos comes everyone’s favorite douchebag, Schmidt (Max Greenfield). The Emmy-nominated (and now Golden Globe-nominated) actor hopped on a conference call with reporters to tease the second half of Season 2, and according to him, the saga of Cece and Schmidt is nowhere near over.
At the end of the Christmas episode, we found Cece allowing her mother to set her up on a blind date so she can presumably meet a nice, successful man to give her a house and lots of babies now that her biological clock driving her to desperate lengths. But is this the end of Cece and Schmidt? Don’t count on it.
”It seems as though he’ll go after her, he’ll totally screw it up, and then they’ll find a place in friendship and once they’re settled into like a normal like friend relationship, he’ll feel the need to then go after her again,” says Greenfield. So the tortuous back and forth is here to stay? “Oh yeah,” adds Greenfield in a tone not unlike the Kool-aid man.
Of course, knowing ol’ Schmidty, there will be loads of screw-ups along the way. “He’s uncomfortable in his own skin and as a result puts a little too much effort into everything,” says the Golden Globe nominee. And while he may be unlucky in love, Schmidt knows where to draw the line: no Valentine’s Day love-seeking for this guy. “It’s for amateurs,” says Greenfield as his TV alter ego.
But Schmidt may be changing his tune. Cece’s affair with the fresh-pressed-linens-lover isn’t the only love story coming back to the show, Greenfield also teased that Nelson Franklin, who played Cece’s boyfriend (and the bane of Schmidt’s existence) Robby during the first half of Season 2, will return in the near future.
However, even if his love life onscreen doesn’t exactly go the way of so many romantic sunsets, Greenfield will get his own happy ending at the Golden Globes on Jan. 13. “I like to dress up, I like to put on a spiffy outfit. I look forward to when the show starts to end and you can loosen up the bowtie … like you’re in the movie Diner,” he says. But trophy or no trophy, it’s a win for the gracious actor: “You get to celebrate that you have a job and you’re working … but I plan on dancing quite a bit.” Just how much is he planning on dancing? “I just have some party moves, straight up party moves,” he jokes. Now that’s a Globes party we’d like to get in on. Anyone need a plus one?
New Girl returns to Fox Jan. 8 at 9 PM.
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