ACM Awards 2019: The winners list

(CNN)The 54th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards were presented Sunday in Las Vegas. McEntire also joked about some of the more unique duets out there, teasing that she and Cardi B would be doing a song titled, “There’s No ‘U’ in Oklahoma and That’s Okuurrrtt with Me,” using the rapper’s now-famous catch phrase. Florida Georgia Line opened the show with Jason Aldean, performing their song “Can’t Hide Red.” Aldean was presented the ACM Dick Clark artist of the decade award. “This Is Us” star Chrissy Metz made her live performance singing debut on the show with a song from her new film, “Breakthrough.” The actress perfomed the movie’s anthem, “I’m Standing With You,” joined by singers Carrie Underwood, Lauren …

Laura Dern explains how ‘Big Little Lies’ has empowered her fight for pay equity

(CNN)After more than 30 years in film and television, Laura Dern believes she still isn’t paid equally to her male co-stars. “It’s every movie, until recently, when groups of people have stood together and when my fellow cast members are female and we all say, ‘Hey, we would like to effect change and have parity and have a crew that represents parity and diversity,’” Dern explained, adding that her efforts to advocate for equal pay on past projects were typically dismissed. “I have to admit that as fierce as I want to be in my voice, I can remember my voice shaking and my palms sweating and me wanting backup and me turning to male superiors or male representatives,” she …

Charlize Theron says she’s single and ready for love

(CNN)Charlize Theron is open to a relationship but she needs a man to “step up.” “I’ve made it very clear,” Theron joked. Her last serious relationship was with Sean Penn. The two were engaged but split in 2015. “We were in a relationship and then it didn’t work anymore. And we both decided to separate. That’s it,” Theron said about the break up with Penn in a 2016 interview with the Wall Street Journal. Prior to Penn, she dated actor Stuart Townsend after meeting on the set of “Trapped.” They split in 2010. “Long Shot” hits theaters May 3. Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Nature documentaries carry message to save ‘Our Planet’

(CNN)The burgeoning wave of nature documentaries increasingly contains a concerted environmental message: If you enjoy watching these remarkable animals in their native habitats, start thinking seriously about the planet and what humanity is doing to it. It is, by any measure, a golden age for nature documentaries, as “Hostile Planet” executive producer Tom Hugh-Jones acknowledged, thanks to the appetite from relatively new outlets, Netflix among them. Still, Hugh-Jones noted that while “Hostile Planet” wants to convey how the planet is changing, the goal was to weave information into a narrative that stressed a more immersive experience. “We didn’t want it to be a preachy film,” the producer, a veteran of the “Planet Earth” series, told CNN, adding that while nature …

Ted Turner’s love of classic movies brought us 25 years of TCM

(CNN)It’s been 25 years since Ted Turner founded Turner Classic Movies (TCM), something the media titan considers one of his greatest accomplishments. “At the time, I had an extensive film collection at my disposal from my prior purchase of MGM; and I wanted to make sure they were properly showcased,” Turner said. “I always loved classic films and knew that if I loved them, chances were that other people did too.” Turner’s favorite film? “‘Gone with the Wind,’ and one of its most famous quotes lends itself very well to the spirit of land conservation, which has been a chief focus of mine for decades now: ‘Why, land’s the only thing in the world worth working for, worth dying for, …

Nicolas Cage files for an annulment just four days after marrying

(CNN)Nicolas Cage appears to be having second thoughts after getting married in Las Vegas last weekend. The actor was previously married to Patricia Arquette from 1995 to 2001, then to Lisa Marie Presley for four months in 2002 before marrying for a third time to Alice Kim in 2004. The couple welcomed a son the following year but split in 2016. Cage also has a son with his former girlfriend, Christina Fulton. Oscar-winning actor first rose to fame in the ’80s with movies like “Valley Girl,” “Birdy,” “Peggy Sue Got Married,” “Raising Arizona” and “Moonstruck.” He went on to receive an Academy Award, a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for his role in the 1995 film, “Leaving Las …

For each gun seen on stage, a Broadway show will donate money to help destroy illegal weapons

(CNN)The Broadway revival of “OKLAHOMA!” is taking a step toward reducing gun violence. Price explained that the initiative is not a political movement and is not taking any political stand on gun rights. “People who are storytellers and are telling stories that depict guns should also take responsibility for helping with the gun violence epidemic and helping solving the gun violence epidemic in America,” Price said. Gun Neutral is an initiative launched eight months ago by Level Forward, a new entertainment company. One of its goals is to mitigate illegal guns on the streets. Productions that pledge to join will have a line-item budget for donating an amount of money for each gun shown. In addition, all the money going …

Favorite TV moms embroiled in alleged college admissions scandal

(CNN)Two top actresses who rose to fame playing popular TV moms now find themselves at the center of an alleged college admissions scam that reads like a Hollywood plot. Mossimo Giannulli, Loughlin’s husband of 20 years and the founder of American clothing company Mossimo, is also named in the indictment. The two are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Giannulli allegedly paid bribes up to $500,000 in exchange for their two daughters to be designated as recruits to the USC crew team, though they did not participate in crew, according to court filings obtained by CNN. Related: Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin among dozens charged in alleged college cheating scam Giannulli and Loughlin were …

‘Us’ scares up screams and applause at SXSW premiere

(CNN)Jordan Peele is up to his old tricks. “Us” tells the story of family, led by Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, who are terrorized by their shadowy doubles. The film garnered cheers and strong reviews on social media from those in the theater. “It should surprise no one that US is a very satisfying (and anxiety-inducing) follow up to GET OUT,” Eric Kohn, IndieWire’s chief critic tweeted. “What’s more fascinating: that a high-concept FUNNY GAMES/Hitchcock/Cronenberg/Bradbury mashup could feel so fresh at the same time.” Without giving away too many of the film’s spooky secrets, it explores topical themes of division. “We are at a time where we fear ‘the other,’” Peele said during a Q&A session after the screening. “I …

‘Apollo 11’ takes nostalgic but chilly flight back in time

(CNN)“Apollo 11” might focus on the moon mission of a half-century ago, but in its own way the CNN Films documentary feels like a step into a time capsule. Meticulously recapturing the drama of that “giant leap for mankind” in 1969, it’s a wonderfully nostalgic if somewhat antiseptic reminder of what it meant to first break the bonds of Earth. The images neatly convey a sense of the time, panning a room filled with white men wearing white shirts and dark ties, where the fleeting glimpse of a woman or African-American conspicuously stands out. Yet while “Apollo 11” captures the romance of the space program, where it falls short a bit is in its somewhat chilly approach to the process, …

HBO will air Michael Jackson documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’ despite suit by family

(CNN)HBO is standing by its decision to air a four-hour documentary detailing the stories of two men who accuse Michael Jackson of molestation in the face of a suit filed by Jackson’s estate that claims airing the film would be a breach of contract. The estate argues that HBO had allegedly agreed to “not make any disparaging remarks” concerning Jackson or “any of his representatives, agents, or business practices or do any act that may harm or disparage or cause to lower in esteem the reputation or public image” of Jackson, as part of the contract. In “Leaving Neverland,” Wade Robson and James Safechuck, now 41 and 37 respectively, allege they experienced years of sexual abuse by Jackson in the …

The 2019 Oscars were marked by inclusiveness and firsts

(CNN)“Green Book” won best picture at the Oscars, marking the final twist on a night of historic firsts, filled with suspense until the final prize. The eclectic nature of the winners — including several surprises — seemed indicative of what was already deemed one of the most wide-open races in years, given the lack of consensus among guild awards leading up to Sunday’s event. Perhaps no surprise came bigger than best actress, as “The Favourite’s” Olivia Colman upset seven-time nominee Glenn Close, who had marched through awards season with enough victories to make her a presumptive favorite. (Colman, in an emotional speech, practically apologized to Close for winning.) As for politics, a recurring theme involved the Trump administration’s immigration polices, …

‘Green Book’ gets best picture gold despite controversy

(CNN)The chemistry between Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen in “Green Book” was apparently enough to help Academy voters forget the controversies that have plagued the film during its quest for Oscars gold. In the 1962-set film, Ali plays musician Dr. Donald Shirley and Mortensen portrays his rough-around-the-edges driver and bodyguard, Tony Vallelonga. The “green book” refers to the guide that told black motorists of hotels that would accept them, while the film derives its hook from the bond that formed between the men. The film’s first brush with backlash grew as some critics accused it of advancing the “white savior” conceit — a charge that Farrelly rejected in defending the movie, telling Vanity Fair that the two helped each other. …

‘Leaving Neverland’ presents chilling parallel accounts of Michael Jackson’s alleged abuse

(CNN)“Leaving Neverland” is about dreams turned to nightmares, featuring twin accounts of Michael Jackson’s alleged sexual predation that derive power and credibility from their strikingly similar parallels. It’s an unsettling tale of money, fame and seduction, insidiously marshalled not just at young boys but their equally star-struck parents. About 40 minutes elapse before the participants begin to lay out the most disturbing allegations, and from then on, “Leaving Neverland” is not easy to watch. Both allege in stoic but chilling fashion about Jackson’s gradually escalating sexual contact, accompanied by Jackson allegedly pressuring them not to divulge what was happening. Alternating between the pair’s stories, director Dan Reed follows their personal journeys into adulthood, methodically addressing specific incidents from multiple perspectives, …

Where to watch the Oscar nominees for foreign language film

(CNN)A certain subset of Oscar nominees already have reason to celebrate. But back to the race for best foreign language film. To bring you up to speed, here’s what you need to know about the nominees, and where to watch them. “Cold War” (Poland) “Cold War” arrives at the Oscars having swept the European Film Awards last December with its hopelessly romantic take on two lovers on both sides of the Iron Curtain. Pawel Pawlikowski, competing for his second Oscar after winning with 2014’s “Ida,” drew on his parents’ story in creating fractious couple Zula (Joanna Kulig) and Wiktor (Tomasz Kot), a singer and music director who fall hard for each other in 1950s communist Poland. From there to Paris, …

Oscars past might offer hope to host-free awards

(CNN)Can the 91st Academy Awards be saved? Yes — at least, grading on the curve that is the Oscar telecast, the mess that the Academy has made of things leading up to this year’s show, and the low bar set by the last host-less Academy Awards in 1989. Part of the Academy’s proposed solution had been to streamline the presentation process by handing out four of the two dozen awards during commercial breaks, a move that produced such loud howls of protest from Hollywood that organization staged a rather embarrassing retreat. Other than the Oscars, every major awards show operates within fairly rigid time constraints, forcing producers to trim the telecast on the fly as speeches run long in order …