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Golden Globes 2018: who will win and who should win the TV categories



The small-screen categories suggest that itll be a big night for dystopian drama The Handmaids Tale and the A-list stars of Big Little Lies

While last years ceremony found itself dominated by elegant Brit dramas The Crown and The Night Manager, the 2018 TV Golden Globes nominations suggest this is likely to be a more scattered and open race. The Handmaids Tale and Big Little Lies did good business at the Emmys in September, and its likely that well see a repeat of at least some of that, though the Golden Globes are much more ripe for an upset. With the surprising absence of Veep, and no Transparent or Orange Is the New Black, which have had a strong showing up until now, the comedy categories are particularly up in the air. What with the influx of Hollywood A-listers to TV, this year will be particularly starry, but may also be one for the underdogs to shine.

Best drama

The Handmaids Tale: not perfect, but it could clean up at the Globes. Photograph: MGM/Hulu

Last years winner The Crown returned with a grand second season, but given that its victory felt like a shock in 2017, its hard to imagine it pulling off the double. Stranger Things had a patchier second season than the first, when it seemed more likely to win and frankly its inclusion here feels like more of a nod to the zeitgeist than a true reflection of its quality. The Handmaids Tale wasnt perfect, and could well suffer from the same sort of criticisms, but it was more of its time than anything else, was consistently original, and given its dominance of the Emmys, it would be no surprise if it cleaned up here, too.

Will win: The Handmaids Tale

Should win: The Handmaids Tale

Best comedy or musical

Tracee Ellis Ross in Black-ish, which could win best comedy. Photograph: Byron Cohen/Getty Images

For the first time in years, this category appears to have cracked down on what counts as comedy, as opposed to shorter dramas with the occasional moments of absurdity (hello, Transparent). Theres an honourable mix of the established (Black-ish), the very well established (Will and Grace, which, with a surprisingly strong comeback, deserves its nod) and the brand new (The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and Smilf). Given its spread of nominations, historical showing and Tracee Ellis Rosss best actress win last year, Black-ish may well finally get the gong, if only to make up for the controversial snub of Ellis Ross this year. But it would be a treat for the inventive and increasingly confident Master of None to triumph too.

Will win: Black-ish

Should win: Master of None

Best TV movie or limited series

Big Little Lies: slick and masterful. Photograph: HBO

No TV movies were shortlisted, though HBOs Madoff drama Wizard of Lies has its acting nods instead, so its all about the limited series. If there is any realistic expectation of an upset for the big-name, glossy juggernaut that is Big Little Lies, leading the pack with six nominations, then perhaps there might be enough love for Fargos excellent third season, but lets face it, this one feels as if its already in the very expensive designer handbag. And rightly so it was a slick, masterly series packed to bursting with thrilling plot and elegant performances.

Will win: Big Little Lies

Should win: Big Little Lies

Best actor in a drama

Jason Bateman in Ozark. Bateman won a Golden Globe for Arrested Development in 2005. Photograph: Jackson Davis/Netflix

This category feels like a clear indication that women have led the field in 2017, in terms of both characters and storytelling, and there isnt one obvious standout. However, the Globes have shown their love for Ozark where other ceremonies have not, and Bateman has won it before, for his comedic side, in Arrested Development back in 2005. While Bob Odenkirk and Liev Schreiber may be similarly sturdy bets, Sterling K Brown was nominated last year for the much-decorated The People vs OJ Simpson, and this may be his chance to repeat his This Is Us Emmy win which would mean another outstanding victory speech.

Will win: Jason Bateman, Ozark

Should win: Sterling K Brown, This Is Us

Best actress in a drama

Elisabeth Moss is a likely winner. Photograph: George Kraychyk/AP

Claire Foy is routinely excellent as the Queen in The Crown, and deserved her Globe last year, but its likely to go to Elisabeth Moss this year, for suffering all the rage of Gilead in The Handmaids Tale. Look out for 13 Reasons Whys Katherine Langford as a potential underdog. The show may not have been to all tastes, but her harrowing performance was deeply convincing. The Deuce, however, is criminally underrepresented perhaps it will pick up more love as the series progresses and it deserves some recognition, not least for Gyllenhaal, who was magnificent as Candy/Eileen, and embodied the shows brittle heart.

Will win: Elisabeth Moss

Should win: Maggie Gyllenhaal

Best actor in a comedy

Aziz Ansari deserves a Globe for his performance in Master of None. Photograph: Netflix

There are heavyweights to contend with Eric McCormack has almost 20 years of playing Will & Graces Will Truman under his belt, while William H Macy has been nominated for Shameless before, in 2015, and Kevin Bacon is, well, Kevin Bacon, swimming through the often difficult I Love Dick. But its down to two frontrunners. Aziz Ansari will probably build on the success of Master Of Nones truly brilliant return, and deserves to, though if Anthony Anderson finally wins for Black-ish and with this seasons more in-depth silliness, he may well do nobody is likely to complain.

Will win: Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Should win: Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

Best actress in a comedy

Could this be Issa Raes year? Photograph: HBO

This is a particularly strong category, and each nominee has carved out a specific and unique path. Pamela Adlons Better Things went from strength to strength this year, and what she created was wonderful, warm and affectingly blunt. It would be a shame if the Louis CK fallout were to taint what she achieved. But with a strong, more steady, and consistently creative second season of Insecure, which she also created and co-writes, it feels as if this should, rightfully, be Issa Raes year.

Will win: Issa Rae, Insecure

Should win: Issa Rae, Insecure

Best actor in a TV movie or limited series

Ewan McGregor was fantastic in his dual role in Fargo. Photograph: MGM/Channel 4

Robert De Niro plus a prosthetic nose feels more Oscars than Golden Globes, which may nix his chances for The Wizard of Lies here, in addition to the fact that hes among strong competitors. Paolo Sorrentinos extraordinary vision of The Young Pope gave Jude Law the chance to smarm and charm as only Law can do, and it would be a nice way to recognise the ambition of this often astonishing series, which has never quite earned the level of acclaim it should have. A win for him would be some way of recognising the show. However, Ewan McGregor was fantastic as the troubled twins Emmit and Ray Stussy, and surely will walk away with it, not least for doing twice the work of everyone else.

Will win: Ewan McGregor, Fargo

Should win: Jude Law, The Young Pope

Best actress in a TV movie or limited series

Nicole Kidman in Big Little Lies: subtle and strange. Photograph: HBO

Kidman had two knockout TV roles in 2017, stealing the show as a wafty freckled academic in the divisive Top of the Lake: China Girl, but its her subtle and strange turn as a woman in the middle of an abusive relationship that should grab her the honours. It was the meatiest role in Big Little Lies, though she and Reese Witherspoon shared the heavy lifting. Feuds up for four awards, and Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon could relive the Davis/Crawford rivalry here, but all would be safe choices. The Sinner was as trashy as it was thrilling, in the end, and both aspects were a lot of fun, but it gave Jessica Biel a vehicle that she drove into the sunset with and proved her considerable acting chops.

Will win: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

Should win: Jessica Biel, The Sinner

Best supporting actor

Alexander Skarsgrd plays an excellent creep. Photograph: HBO

Again, star power and a strong storyline should propel Big Little Lies to victory here. Skarsgrd plays an excellent creep, and was truly chilling as the picture-perfect husband who never seemed to quite grasp the depravity of his actions. Davids Thewlis and Harbour played it grisly and grizzled for Fargo and Stranger Things respectively, but Alfred Molinas take on director Robert Aldrich was funny, touching and desperate, and may be one of his finest roles in a long and fine career.

Will win: Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies

Should win: Alfred Molina, Feud: The Bette and Joan Story

Best supporting actress

Michelle Pfeiffers remarkable comeback continued. Photograph: Craig Blankenhorn/AP

Big Little Lies has two categories pitching its female stars against each other, and this time its Laura Derns Renata versus the traumatised Jane, played by Shailene Woodley. While Dern offered some necessary balance and even comedy in her uptight, Waspy panic, it may be a case of BLL overload, and Michelle Pfeiffers remarkable career comeback continued with a movie-saving turn in HBOs Madoff drama, for which shell probably be rewarded. However, Ann Dowd summoned stern cruelty as Aunt Lydia in The Handmaids Tale, and it would be no great surprise nor disservice if she walked away with it.

Will win: Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies

Should win: Ann Dowd, The Handmaids Tale

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‘Fortnite’ composer Pinar Toprak will score ‘Captain Marvel’



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“Turkish-American composer Pinar Toprak has been hired to compose the score for Captain Marvel, which will premiere in March of next year.

Even if you’re not a film score buff, there’s a good chance you’re already familiar with Toprak’s work. In addition to writing additional music for Justice League in 2017, she is responsible for some of the incredibly catchy music from Fortnite. Yes, the stuff that is stuck in your head all the time…….”

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‘Incredibles 2’ breaks box office records with a whopping $180 million



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“For every unmitigated disaster like Solo, there are multiple other box office hits for Disney. Incredibles 2 is the latest.

The 14-years-later sequel is on a pace to finish off its opening weekend with a $180 million box office haul in the United States. That’s the highest opening to date for any animated release, and for any PG-rated release as well. It’s also the eighth-largest domestic opening weekend ever, overall.

Incredibles 2 soars past another Pixar sequel, Finding Dory, the previous top animated opener. The Finding Nemo sequel launched in 2016 on the same June weekend as Incredibles 2, but it only (only!) managed to pull in $135.1 million in its first three days.

The new $180 million bar will be a tough one for future competitors to beat, though even that record is bound to eventually fall. Inflation and rising ticket prices all but ensure it.

Disney currently has three recent releases in the weekend box office top 10. Solo: A Star Wars Story comes in at #4 on this weekend’s chart, with an estimated $9.1 million. That brings its domestic total up to $192.8 million.

Solo will probably cross $200 million domestic in the next week or two, but it’s currently the lowest-earning live action Star Wars movie to date. There’s even some question at this point as to whether or not it will manage to beat The Empire Strikes Back. Not accounting for inflation, that second-ever Star Wars movie ended its box office run in 1980 with $209.4 million.

Disney’s lowest entrant on this weekend’s box office top 10 is Avengers: Infinity War, at #8. The April 2018 release is still kicking in its eight week after hitting theaters. It picked up an estimated $5.3 million this weekend…..”

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Apple and Oprah sign a multi-year partnership on original content



Apple announced today a multi-year content partnership with Oprah Winfrey to produce programs for the tech company’s upcoming video-streaming service. Apple didn’t provide any specific details as to what sort of projects Winfrey would be involved in, but there will be more than one it seems.

Apple shared the news of its deal with Winfrey in a brief statement on its website, which read:

Apple today announced a unique, multi-year content partnership with Oprah Winfrey, the esteemed producer, actress, talk show host, philanthropist and CEO of OWN.

Together, Winfrey and Apple will create original programs that embrace her incomparable ability to connect with audiences around the world.

Winfrey’s projects will be released as part of a lineup of original content from Apple.

The deal is a significant high-profile win for Apple, which has been busy filing out its lineup with an array of talent in recent months.

The streaming service also will include a reboot of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Storiesa Reese Witherspoon- and Jennifer Aniston-starring series set in the world of morning TVan adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation books, a thriller starring Octavia Spencer, a Kristen Wiig-led comedy, a Kevin Durant-inspired scripted basketball show, a series from “La La Land’s” director and several other shows.

Winfrey, however, is not just another showrunner or producer. She’s a media giant who has worked across film, network and cable TV, print and more as an actress, talk show host, creator and producer.

She’s also a notable philanthropist, having contributed more than $100 million to provide education to academically gifted girls from disadvantaged backgrounds, and is continually discussed as a potential presidential candidate, though she said that’s not for her.

On television, Winfrey’s Harpo Productions developed daytime TV shows like “Dr. Phil,” “The Dr. Oz Show” and “Rachael Ray.” Harpo Films produced several Academy Award-winning movies, including “Selma,” which featured Winfrey in a starring role. She’s also acted in a variety of productions over the years, like “The Color Purple,” which scored her an Oscar nom, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” and Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time.”

Winfrey also founded the cable network OWN in 2011 in partnership with Discovery Communications, and has exec produced series including “Queen Sugar,” “Oprah’s Master Class” and the Emmy-winning “Super Soul Sunday.”

The latter has a connection with Apple as it debuted as a podcast called “Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations” and became a No. 1 program on Apple Podcasts.

Winfrey recently extended her contract with OWN through 2025, so it’s unclear how much time she’ll devote specifically toward her Apple projects.

Apple also didn’t say if Winfrey will star or guest in any of the programs themselves, but that’s always an option on the table with a deal like this. CNN, however, is reporting that Winfrey “is expected to have an on-screen role as a host and interviewer.”

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