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Our 2019 Oscar Nominations Predictions: And The Nominees Are…

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It’s award season again and all of Hollywood elite is on the edge of their seats in anticipation for the 2019 Oscar nominees. From actors who transformed themselves for biopics to crime fighters to magical nannies who fly over houses.  This year’s nominees may be eerily similar to this year’s Golden Globe nods, but we can never pass up an opportunity to give our take on who we’d like to see nab a trophy.  

In the ‘Best Motion Picture’ category we foresee at least eight films being nominated this year.   Our picks include: “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Green Book,” “BlacKkKlansman,” Bohemian Rhapsody,” “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “Vice,” and “A Star Is Born.” Our money is on the critically acclaimed “If Beale Street Could Talk,” which has received rave reviews and support from theater goers and critics. 

This year’s “Best Actor in a Motion Picture” category will likely feature a mix of actors who took on real-life portrayals and actors who poured their heart into innovative roles.  Our picks are: Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), Christian Bale (“Vice”), Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”), and John C. Reilly (“Stan & Ollie”).  The Academy could put a twist on things and nominate Robert Redford for his outstanding role in “The Old Man & the Gun,” but our guess is that they’ll nominate John C. Reilly for his uncanny portrayal of Oliver Hardy in “Stan & Ollie” instead. 

This year’s “Best Actress in a Motion Picture” category will be a nail-biter.  Glenn Close (“The Wife”) and Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”) have both been receiving praise and awards for their respective roles.  The duo even tied for the “Best Actress” trophy at the Critics’ Choice Awards, so it would come as no surprise if the Academy opted to give the statue to both ladies – an occurrence that hasn’t happened since both Katharine Hepburn and Barbra Streisand took home the trophy 50 years ago. Rounding out the rest of our picks for this category include Nicole Kidman (“Destroyer”), Emily Blunt (“Mary Poppins Returns”), and Rosamund Pike (“A Private War”). 

For the “Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture” category there’s no need to list all of our choices, as there is only one woman who we have our money on; it’s none other than Regina King for her phenomenal performance in  “If Beale Street Could Talk.”  King has been a standout actress from the first time she appeared on the screen in the hit 1980s series, “227.” She emerges herself into every role she takes on and she did the same here. 

The Best Actor in a Supporting Role” category will have some familiar winners this year.  Mahershala Ali who won for “Best Actor” in 2016 for “Moonlight” is a big contender for his work in the movie “Green Book.”  He already won the Golden Globe Award for “Best Supporting Actor” for the film, so he seems to be the likely winner here.  Another familiar face we know we’ll see on the roster this year is Sam Rockwell. The actor won this award in 2018 for the film,  “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” Rockwell’s performance in “Vice” has created a lot of buzz this season, but sadly we don’t see a repeat win here. Some other notable favorites of ours for this category include Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy”), Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”) and Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”). 

For “Best Animated Film,” the Academy will give nods to “The Incredibles 2,” “Small Foot,” “The Grinch,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” and “Hotel Transylvania.”  We are fully backing a win for “The Incredibles 2” in this category!

We are also giving honorable mention to the song “Shallow” from the movie “A Star is Born.”  There is no doubt that the track will take home “Song of the Year.” Both Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper were a match made in heaven to collaborate on singing the song. 

With the Oscars not having a host this year, viewers can look forward to seeing some of their favs that took home awards at the Golden Globes,  do the exact same thing here. Repetition can be annoying in everyday life, but when you’re an actor, it’s a great thing.

Don’t forget to see who takes home a coveted statue, when the 2019 Oscars airs on Sunday, February 24 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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Queen Latifah Fronts January Issue of Good Housekeeping

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Queen Latifah is all-smiled on the January 2014 issue of Good Housekeeping magazine.

In this issue, the actress-turned-host reveals that she used alcohol as a coping mechanism. She also opens up about body and  her New Year’s resolution  in this issue of  Good Housekeeping!

On her brother’s motorcycle accident:
“My life was rocked to the core. Riding was one of the things Lance and I did together a lot. I had to get back on. It was like a [healing] potion.”

On her friend’s death:
“Drinking a bunch of alcohol, numbing myself [took the pain away]. Every day I would be faded, like a painting that was not vibrant, whose edges are dull. I wasn’t living my full life.”

On her New Year’s resolution:
“Taking the worry of the world on my shoulders is not right. My New Year’s resolution is to stay humble and be joyous, whether that’s spending time with family, hiking, driving around, listening to music, or playing with my dog. It’s so important to take care of ourselves that way.”

On staying positive:
“Accentuating the positive and eliminating as much negative as possible. I think I got to that place by not being happy with the other side – hating your body and criticizing yourself all the time. When I was around 18, I looked in the mirror and said, ‘You’re either going to love yourself or hate yourself.’ And I decided to love myself. That changed a lot of things.”

On how she views her body:
“For a lot of the things I’ve wanted to do in life, I haven’t looked typical. I was not born a size 2. I’m not skinny, period. I’m not willing to sleep with the director or step on somebody else’s neck to get the job.”

 

“Catching Fire” Star Alan Ritchson Fronts in Da Man

 

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Alan Ritchson heats up the December issue of Da Man.

The Catching Fire actor discusses how he got his Hunger Games role, how he keeps in shape and on his acting career so far.

Check out Ritchson in Da Man!

On his audition for  The Hunger Games:
“I initially auditioned for the role of Finnick. I felt a connection to this character. I understood him and I auditioned for this role for Deb Zane, who was the casting director of the movie. When I didn’t hear back from her, I did what I wouldn’t recommend other actors to do: I wrote her a letter. A couple of months later, I got a call from Deb, offering the role of Gloss. It was interesting to me how that came about.”

On his acting career:
“It’s been an interesting journey, my road has been one of seeing a door open and presenting opportunities that I’ve never expected. I could’ve gone to a music school anywhere in the country because I had a full music scholarship for singing. I started to go to college and I left because I didn’t feel fulfilled. I felt like I wasn’t challenged creatively. When I dropped out, I was offered a modeling contract, and it was just an opportunity that I took. I pursued it for a few years and it ended up taking me to L.A., where I saw that these models were also doing other things: commercials or auditioning for TV. Within the first three weeks, I booked three jobs. Maybe it was meant to be, and all the stars were aligned.”

On his workout regime:
“I’d be lying if I say genetics don’t play some part of that, but at the same time, I think people take for granted how hard it is to achieve any kind of success. I do work really hard, I work out five days a week and I’m very disciplined about my regimen. I focus on cardio; it’s the foundation of my workout. The best of me is poured into that and the rest of it goes into resistance training. If anyone wants to get ripped, I recommend sprint training.”

Kim Fields Welcomes Baby Boy

 

 

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Actress Kim Fields is a mommy for the second time around.

The Facts of Life actress and husband Christopher Morgan welcomed their second son, Quincy Xavier Morgan, on Tuesday, Dec. 3, reports PEOPLE.

Baby Quincy weighed in at 8 lbs., 8 oz.

The couple( who married in 2007) are already parents to son Sebastian Alexander, 6½.

“We are so blessed and grateful to God for this newest gift to our family.”

Jennifer Hudson Net-A-Porter’s The Edit

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Jennifer Hudson fronts Net-A-Porter’s The Edit.

In this new interview, the actress dishes on her new movie, Black Nativity and how life has been since her time on American Idol.

On her Oscar win:
“I didn’t know what the Oscars was. Where we come from, we don’t know anything about that world. If you see it on TV, it’s like, ‘Oh, people in fancy suits and ties.’ Jamie Foxx [her co-star] was like, ‘You know you’re going to win an Oscar?’ I didn’t pay him any attention. I was hired to do a job. That’s all I knew. ”

On her life post American Idol:
“It is so bizarre to me to say, ‘OK, let me go email Alicia [Keys], let me go email Beyonce, let me go talk to Oprah…’ For so long I sat and admire them; now I’m among them. What I feel about people you never heard from again is that they get too caught up in the hype. They think that just getting here is making it. No, it’s not making it. It’s like a losing-weight situation: it’s one thing to lose it, it’s another to keep it off. Well, it’s one thing to make it, but it’s another thing to stay. [That is] why you have to constantly do stuff to keep people’s attention. It’s a hustle, it really is.”

On her upcoming new movie Black Nativity:
“I turned down I don’t know how many [musicals]. What drew me to this is that it’s a holiday film: I’m a holiday fanatic. It’s uplifting – we don’t have enough of that in the world.”

 

REVOLT to Air Mary J. Blige’s ‘A Mary Christmas’ on Nov. 28

 

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Revolt is slated to air a Christmas special featuring Mary J. Blige.

The special, titled A Mary Christmas, is an hour-long, primetime special that will air on Thanksgiving night (Nov. 28), with repeat airings showing for the rest of the weekend.

On top of singing classic holiday tunes, Blige will also share some of her holiday-related memories with a live audience.

Celebrities Queen Latifah and Tyrese will make guest appearances and sing with Blige.
“Mary J. Blige has had a long and prosperous relationship with our chairman, Sean Combs, and our vice chairman, Andre Harrell,” said REVOLT CEO Keith Clinkscales. “We are all proud and excited to have the incomparable Mary J. Blige present a family-friendly television event that appeals to music fans of all ages.”
Mary J. Blige’s A Mary Christmas will premiere on REVOLT TV at 9PM EST on Thanksgiving night (Nov. 28)

Scheduled Broadcast Dates (EST):
November 28, 2013
9PM — 10PM
11PM — 12AM
12AM — 1AM
Friday, November 29
1PM — 2PM
7PM — 8PM
Saturday, November 30
4AM — 5AM
12PM — 1PM
Sunday, December 1
9PM — 10PM

Simon Cowell Talks Fatherhood and ‘X-Factor’ in PARADE

 

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Simon Cowell has his hands full these days.

His show X-Factor is back television tonight and he’s prepping for the arrival of his first child. The entrepreneur sat down with PARADE to discuss the aforementioned and much more.

Check out some snippets from his interview with Parade!

On the X-Factor‘s low ratings this season:
“It just makes you work hard. There are way too many talent shows on TV, and they all start to look the same, which is why we’ve made distinct changes, like the new Four Chair Challenge round. The only way you get our of a rut is to make the show better.”

On criticizing other people:
“I was lippy as a kid. I couldn’t keep my mouth shut. I was always getting into trouble with my parents and in school, finding things funny that shouldn’t be. I couldn’t go to weddings or church because I would just lose it.”

On becoming a father:
“I’m not brilliant with babies. I never know what to do. But [once he’s older] I think I’ll be a good dad in terms of advice. And then I’ll get to do all the things I want to do, like go to Disneyland or Universal Studios, teach him how to drive – I love all that.”

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