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Golden Girls: 10 Hidden Details About The Main Characters Everyone Missed

The Golden Girls is an iconic series, counting people like Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, and Freddie Mercury among its supposed fans.

Starring Bea Arthur (Dorothy), Betty White (Rose), Rue McClanahan (Blanche), and Estelle Getty (Sophia), the series ran for seven seasons from 1985-1992, telling the story of four single, older women living in a house together in Miami. The show was witty, hilarious, touching, and relatable. So it’s no surprise that it continues to be popular with today’s generation who have found ways to get their hands on episodes to binge.

Think you know everything about the main characters from the series? Here are a few hidden details that you might have missed.

RELATED: The Golden Girls: The Ten Funniest Episodes Ever 

10 Dorothy Married Stan Due To Low Self-Esteem

Dorothy’s ex-husband Stan is mentioned often in the series, and while we know they divorced after 38 years, how did they end up married in the first place?

Dorothy sadly believed that she was stood up at prom when, in reality, Sophia actually turned her date away because he was being disrespectful and wasn’t dressed appropriately. After previously having been in a relationship with a guy who was emotionally abusive, a fed-up and dejected Dorothy turned to Stan simply because she didn’t think she could do any better.

She ended up getting pregnant in high school, and they had a shotgun wedding. Bet Sophia wishes she hadn’t turned that prom date away!

9 Estelle Getty Was Actually Younger Than Bea Arthur

Despite playing the hilarious, equally sharp-tongued mother to Bea Arthur’s character Dorothy, actress Estelle Getty was actually a year younger than Arthur in real life.

The make-up department had to work a lot of magic to make Getty look much older than she actually was, as Sophia Petrillo. Apparently, the process took 45 minutes every time filming was to occur. It speaks volumes as to Getty’s talents since it would have been far easier (and would have probably eaten up much less of the budget) to hire an actor who was actually much older.

8 Dorothy’s Last Name Was From Someone Who Worked On The Show

You might wonder how producers and writers came up with such a surname as Zbornak for Dorothy’s character. It was actually the last name of someone who worked on the show.

RELATED: 10 Golden Girls Storylines That Were Never Resolved

Kent Zbornak was a stage manager for the series’ entire run. Reportedly, Harris really grew to love the name after working with Zbornak on the series Soap, and lifted it for the character – surely with his permission and blessing, of course. According to his IMDb page, Kent Zbornak continues to work in the business, with credits for series like The Office, The Conners, and Dear White People. So while Golden Girls is over, and sadly, Arthur passed away in 2009, the name Zbornak lives on.

7 Bea Arthur’s Ears Weren’t Actually Pierced

Despite the fact that Dorothy was always seen wearing big, funky earrings, which became part of her iconic look, actress Bea Arthur didn’t actually have pierced ears.

Every pair she wore were clip-ons, pulling on her ears through the entire filming process until she was able to take them off. She has said in interviews that her ears often felt numb after filming. Still, whether Arthur liked it or not, perfectly-coiffed, short white hair paired with big earrings have become integral to Dorothy’s signature look.

6 The Episode About Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Was Based on A Real Story

Show creator Susan Harris had her own personal struggle with finding a diagnosis for chronic fatigue syndrome. So when Dorothy went through this same issue in the episode entitled “Sick and Tired,” it was pulled right from Harris’ own situation.

In the episode, Dorothy isn’t taken seriously when she visits doctors and explain her symptoms. Along with building awareness about the syndrome, it was a commentary on how women are often perceived and treated differently than men by medical professionals, a topic that is still very relevant today.

5 Dorothy Never Wore Heels

Did you notice that Dorothy never wore any kind of heeled shoes? Aside from the fact that Dorothy was already much taller than the rest of the cast at a towering almost 5’ 10’’, there’s a secondary reason that she never wore heels: actress Bea Arthur couldn’t walk in them!

RELATED: 10 Golden Girls Memes That Are Too Hilarious For Words 

Reportedly, she refrained from wearing heels when she was younger to avoid being taller than all of her dates. And when she got over that worry, it was too late, and she just couldn’t get the hang of walking nicely in them.

4 Sophia’s Straw Purse Was Used in Her Audition

The gaudy straw purse that Sophia was always carrying around whenever the girls were going somewhere or seen out and about, was actually a find by actress Estelle Getty. She reportedly came across it while shopping for props she could use at the audition for the role.

Clearly producers and creators loved the idea of the ugly but perfectly-suited purse so much that they had Getty bring it back once she officially secured the role. And the purse became an iconic and memorable part of the show.

3 Estelle Getty Often Hid Her Lines Somewhere

Coming from a theatre background, and with much less TV acting experience than the rest of the cast, Estelle Getty reportedly suffered from severe stage fright at times, often freezing and forgetting her lines.

She was so worried, in fact, that she often kept her lines hidden in objects in front of her so she could refer to them if she forget.

Whether she did it or not, we never noticed. And really, since every story began with “Picture it: Sicily, 1922….,” as long as she remembered that, it was all good! Plus, many of Sophia’s lines were short witty comebacks that were often the funniest of every episode. So it was worth a second take if Getty forgot them in order to make sure she got the delivery just right. Because the end result? Golden every time.

2 Estelle Getty Refused to Joke About Gays or Domestic Violence

Ever notice that while Sophia had no filter, and often joked about or made fun of just about anything or anyone, she never once bashed the LGBTQ community or joked about domestic violence?

That is because Estelle Getty refused to do so and made sure the writers never wrote such jokes into the script. She was reportedly very close with many of the gay writers on the series and was a supporter of the community. So while Sophia might have had strong opinions on a lot of topics, and might have seemed very old-school, those were two topics she never touched, thanks to Getty’s insistence.

1 More Than 100 Cheesecakes Were Consumed Through The Series’ Run

Whenever the girls were feeling down, or just needed to enjoy some gal time, they always sat at the kitchen table. And oftentimes, their talks were accompanied by cheesecake. Lots of cheesecake.

Supposedly through the entire series’ seven-season run, the girls ate more than 100 cheesecakes. That’s a lot of dessert and a lot of talking! Interestingly, Bea Arthur actually hated cheesecake in real life. Too bad they couldn’t have started it off with tiramisu or something else.

NEXT: Golden Girls: 10 Hilarious Quotes We Can All Relate To


2019-07-24 03:07:52

Christine Persaud

10 Golden Girls Memes That Are Too Hilarious For Words

As timeless as the day it first aired in 1985, The Golden Girls was a sitcom that showcased the different perspectives of four women of a certain age as they tackled love, careers, and friendship living together in Miami. The refreshing approach the show took to the main cast’s “golden years,” mainly that it wasn’t the stagnant period other television programs made it out to be, meant that Dorothy, Blanche, Rose, and Sophia weren’t shackled with the usual corny jokes about aging.

With the immense comedic talent of Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Betty White, and Estelle Getty, there was never a dull moment for seven seasons. Between Dorothy’s withering comebacks, Rose’s ditzy stories St. Olaf stories, Blanche’s vivacious banter, and Sophia’s thorny pragmatism, there was a lot of material for memes. Here are the 10 most hilarious memes inspired by the Golden Girls that are pure comedic gold!

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10 Aging Like A Banana

Rose may not have the wit of Dorothy or the candor of Blanche, but she has her own particular brand of wisdom. She often uses anecdotes from her hometown of St. Olaf to illustrate life lessons, and, while her quaint stories may seem hokey to some, they often do shed some sort of quirky light on problems involving the other girls.

Dorothy often makes fun of Rose for being “simple”,”, but that doesn’t mean her simplistic observations don’t have merit. Getting old doesn’t have to mean stopping pursuits you had when you were young, and it doesn’t mean you’ve outlived your usefulness. While getting old may mean bad news for a banana, it can still be used for banana bread.

9 Feeling Cute

Despite Blanche often being given credit as the most stylish of the girls, Dorothy often created some of the most iconic looks on the show. Despite being the tallest of the four, she continued to wear long sack dresses and coats with shoulder pads and was never afraid to appear intimidating to men with her carefully coordinated silhouette.

In one notable episode, Blanche holds a reception for her “Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love” Elvis fan club at the house, where, among the memorabilia the girls gets to gawk over, is a half-eaten pork chop bone that The King left on his plate in Vegas.  Dorothy ridicules the group for their obsession with the “artifact” and is immediately expelled from the club.

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8 Cookies Are Done

A common pattern of jokes in the series involved a setup between Dorothy and Rose. Dorothy would make a statement or remark and Rose would parrot it with a question to the extreme vexation of Dorothy. She would snap back with something incredibly snarky, which would go over Rose’s head but get a big reaction from the audience.

It would have been amusing to hear the girl’s exchanges about topics of today. No doubt they’d have something to say about smartphones, social media, and search engines. If the show were still around today, Rose would have an uplifting Instagram account, and Dorothy would rant on Tumblr.

7 Spanish Fly

One does not simply expect Rose to ask an intelligent question. Often, she would harass Dorothy with all sorts of inane queries as though Dorothy might as well be Google. Rose’s lovable ditziness differentiated her from the rest of her roommates and made for some of the shows most hilarious moments of humor.

Combining Rose’s penchant for putting her foot in her mouth and a classic Boromir ring meme might seem odd at first, but can you ever have too much of a good thing? Both are indelible parts of pop culture now.

6 You Can Lead A Herring To Water…

Rose’s contributions to the ladies lives comes in a variety of ways. From her amusing St. Olaf stories to her steadfast friendship and odd recipes, she is an irreplaceable part of her roommate’s existence. Her advice may not always be the best, but she gives it without judgment, and often without provocation.

Often Dorothy must be the one to let Rose down gently as it were, where the polite rebuffs of her solicitations are framed in such a way as to be mistaken for sarcasm. But it never stops Rose from trying, continuously throwing out odd sayings from her hometown that never seem to apply to anything in a practical way.

RELATED: Golden Girls: 10 Hilarious Quotes We Can All Relate To

5 Deadpool And The Golden Girls

While some fans weren’t prepared for Deadpool’s obsession with the Golden Girls and Bea Arthur, can we blame him? The comics and the films broadcast his extreme affection for Bea in a variety of ways; from having him wear t-shirts bearing her face, to having him name his two katanas after her (one pommel says “Bea” and the other “Arthur”).

Comic book movies these days get great emotional dividends from fans if they can connect with their pop culture references, and nowhere are there more than in the Deadpool films. We’re just sad Bea wasn’t around to see them.

RELATED: Ranking Deadpool’s 10 Best Pop Culture References

4 The Golden Early Years

While it’s true that Blanche, Dorothy, Rose, and Sophia only decided to live together once they met in Florida and answered Blanche’s ad for roommates, we like to think that they’d have been good friends even if they’d met earlier. In fact, if they ever rebooted the show, we can imagine some studio executives thinking it should take place when they were much younger.

The success of the series was largely based on the demographic to which it catered. By showing the ups and downs of four women of a certain age, it was inclusive for a group of people that often didn’t see themselves represented realistically on television. Besides, there were a lot of adult themes and humor in the series that would have to be removed for a younger version, unless showrunners took their cues from Big Mouth.

RELATED: 10 80s Sitcoms That Deserve A Reboot

3 May The 4th Be With You

It recent years, The Golden Girls have taken on an almost mythical presence in pop culture. Their strength and resilience through the trials and tribulations of their “golden years” have made them patron saints of positivism; sassy role models to emulate when times are hard. Each of them has their own unique way of viewing the world, and their different perspectives help keep each other open-minded.

Blanche believes in living life to the fullest and with gusto, while Dorothy is much more prudent and grounded. Rose believes in the best in people and feels self-sacrifice is the best way to let your friends know you care about them. Sophia believes in doing what she wants, when she wants, and doesn’t back down from her convictions. May the 4 be with you!

2 Bea Calm

Whenever there was a problem the girls couldn’t solve, they hashed it out over some cheesecake. No conundrum was too big or too small for a cheesecake war council, and many of the show’s greatest comedic moments happened between mouthfuls of dessert. Occasionally, the girls weren’t able to keep their calm, and the cheesecake ended up on the floor or the walls around them.

Dorothy often led these cheesecake roundtables, though her capacity for sitting through more of Rose’s hokey stories of Blanche’s sexual escapades was limited. Dorothy was capable of some of the greatest meltdowns on the show, especially when she’d reached her limit for stupidity.

1 Oscar Wilde And Blanche

Sometimes certain quotes are timeless, and the witty and often scathing commentary of Oscar Wilde from the 19th century can be applied to countless topics in our society today. His satirical words take on new meaning when you apply them to your favorite fictional television heroines, such as the inimitable Blanche Deveraux, who is never shy about sharing her feelings concerning society or a woman’s place in it.

We can completely imagine Blanche saying, “Crying is for plain women. Pretty women go shopping,” before promptly taking herself to the mall and maxing out the credit card of some man who wronged her. The fact that the words were actually written by Oscar Wilde only add to their appeal.

NEXT: 10 Actors We All Forgot Appeared On The Golden Girls


2019-07-13 03:07:41

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen

Kingsman Creator Reveals Photo of Mark Strong’s Alternate Fate in The Golden Circle

Kingsman creator Mark Millar has posted photos showing a happier alternate fate for Mark Strong’s Merlin in Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The original Kingsman was adapted from Millar’s graphic novel of the same name and found a teenager named Eggsy (Taron Egerton) training to become a member of an elite spy group.

While Kingsman: The Golden Circle was another success, it received a more mixed critical response. Whereas the first movie felt like a throwback to the colorful spy movies of the 1970s, Kingsman: The Golden Circle’s long runtime and childish sense of humor were commonly cited as two major problems. It also brought Colin Firth’s Harry Hart back to life after his fairly definitive death in the original. While Hart was a big hit with audiences who wanted to see the character return, his resurrection via some magical healing gel slightly cheapened his emotional demise. That said, he wasn’t the only major character to die in the franchise.

Related: Harry’s Return in Kingsman: The Golden Circle Explained

Kingman: The Golden Circle saw the death of another fan favorite character in Mark Strong’s Merlin, who is killed in a mine explosion. This scene is a shocking and heartbreaking moment for the characters and audience alike, but the original cut revealed Merlin actually survived this scene. He even later attended Eggsy’s wedding at the end of the film. Now, Millar has taken to Twitter to show some rare photos of a living Merlin during the final scene.

Merlin’s heroic death is considered one of the film’s highlights, but the first cut of Kingsman: The Golden Circle reveals the explosion only cost him his legs. He was supposed to crawl into the diner following the final fight scene, revealing his survival to Eggsy, and he would then be seen with prosthetic legs at the wedding. Test audiences were said to feel cheated that Merlin’s “death” was used as a cheap gag, so his demise was made permanent in the final cut.

While Kingsman: The Golden Circle didn’t receive the same critical buzz as the first film, the franchise’s future is looking strong. A prequel called Kingsman: The Great Game will star Ralph Fiennes, and will film before Egerton and Firth return for Kingsman 3. An 8-part Kingsman TV show, as well as a spinoff focused on sister organization The Statesman, are also in development, and Egerton has recently stated he’d like to take a 10-15 year break from the series following the third movie before returning to mentor a new agent in a future sequel.

More: Breaking Down The New Kingsman Shared Universe

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2019-01-13 01:01:00

Golden Globes 2019: The Best & Funniest Moments

The Golden Globes kicked off the 2019 awards season last night with what’s become a predictably unpredictable awards show – but some things stood out. Hosts Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg opened the show with an anti-roast routine that fiercely honored the nominees and their work, Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book shocked critics by taking home the two Best Picture awards, and we got to hear Lady Gaga’s “100 people in a room” story not once, but twice more – and not even from Gaga herself.

The evening was punctuated by moments of gravity as well as humor as the ceremony oversaw some of the biggest representational victories of previous years and as the traditionally looser (a.k.a. drunker) audience enjoyed a less stuffy atmosphere than is usually present at the Oscars or the various Guild awards still to come. We’ve gathered a few of the most memorable moments from this year’s telecast and listed them below for your enjoyment.

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E! HILARIOUSLY MISIDENTIFIES JAMEELA JAMIL

Jameela Jamil in The Good Place

E! News’ red carpet coverage introduced The Good Place star Jameela Jamil purposefully misidentified the actress as “Kamilah Al-Jamil,” her character Tahani’s sister on the NBC sitcom. If you haven’t watched the show, Tahani is condemned to the Bad Place after a life of good deeds performed for the sole purpose of besting her similarly high-achieving sister. She’s forever in Kamilah’s shadow, and that universal constant would now appear to have bled into real life as even Tahani’s portrayer came in second to a fictional G.O.A.T.

EMMA STONE SAYS SHE’S SORRY FOR ALOHA

Emma Stone Aloha 2

During Oh’s opening remarks at the top of the show, she and Samberg introduced several Best Picture nominees including summer blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians. Oh quipped the film “is the first studio film with an Asian-American lead since Ghost in the Shell and Aloha,” at which point Stone could be heard shouting, “I’m sorry!The Favourite star along with Aloha director Cameron Crowe faced backlash in 2015 after the Caucasian Stone was cast as a character of Asian descent. That film, along with Ghost in the Shell, became emblematic of Hollywood’s propensity to whitewash Asian characters and Stone’s shout-out was a welcome example of self-awareness surrounding the issue that’s been historically lacking in other actors and directors.

SPIDER-VERSE WINS BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

The fact that Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has won nearly universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike didn’t detract from its historic win last night. The competition was stiff to say the least in the category that also included powerhouse hits like Ralph Breaks the Internet, Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, and Mirai. But it was Miles Morales’ heartwarming coming-of-age story showcasing the timely moral that anyone can wear the mask won it Best Animated Feature. It’s the third time that a non-Disney movie has ever won in that category, and the fact that it went up against two Disney movies makes the win all the more exciting.

NO ONE KNOWING CHRISTIAN BALE IS BRITISH

PSA: Christian Bale is British. He was born in Wales and spent his childhood in Surrey and Dorset (those are in England). Some of his key breakout roles were British characters including Jim Graham in Steven Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun and Jim Hawkins in a 1990 adaptation of Treasure Island. He has spoken in public and in interviews many, many times using his native accent. Still, Bale’s heritage remained a mystery to much of the internet and presumably many of his fans until he gave an acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for Vice. Maybe it’s an age thing, maybe it’s that it’s been a minute since Bale’s rant on the set of Terminator was played ad nauseam for months, or maybe people were just thrown off their game by his Satanic shout-out. Whatever the reason for the internet’s shock, Bale should clearly get a lifetime achievement award for snowing so many people.

SANDRA OH HONORS HER PARENTS IN KOREAN

Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh in Killing Eve

Sandra Oh hit several historic milestones before the last night’s ceremony was through: she became the first person of Asian descent to host the Globes, the first to win Best Actress in a Television Drama and the first to win multiple Globes over the course of her career (she won in 2006 for Grey’s Anatomy). During her Best Actress acceptance speech, she gleefully thanked Killing Eve producer and writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge, her team and finally her parents, who were in the audience. She tearfully addressed them in Korean and bowed to finish the speech. It was a moment reminiscent of her emotional acknowledgement of the diversity of this year’s ceremony during her and Samberg’s emotional opening remarks at the top of the show.

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2019-01-07 03:01:01

2019 Golden Globe Nominations: Black Panther, Sharp Objects & More

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has revealed its movie, TV show, and limited series nominations for the 2019 Golden Globes ceremony. The nominees were announced by Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann, and Christian Slater on Thursday morning, December 6.

While there’s still a ways to go until next year’s Academy Awards ceremony, several films have already emerged as front-runners in this year’s awards season derby. Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born and Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite are among the movies near the front of the pack, as are critical darlings like Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, Peter Farrelly’s Green Book, and Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk. At the same time, acclaimed films that opened in theaters earlier this year (namely, Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther and Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman) will remain in the race to the Oscars, however things play out at the Golden Globes.

Related: Andy Samberg & Sandra Oh to Host 2019 Golden Globes

Meanwhile, on the TV front, HBO’s Sharp Objects and AMC’s The Little Drummer Girl limited series adaptations are expected to earn their fair share of recognition from the awards shows to come, starting with the Golden Globes. Brand-new TV shows likes HBO’s Barry and BBC America’s Killing Eve have already been widely celebrated and recognized by awards bodies this year, and should only continue to rack up more nominations from here. The same goes for the celebrated sophomore seasons of returning comedies like FX’s Atlanta (aka. Atlanta: Robbin’ Season) and Netflix’s GLOW – though, the muted response to HBO’s Westworld season 2 may hurt its own awards season prospects.

With all that in mind, here are the nominees for this year’s Golden Globes ceremony:

Best Motion Picture – Drama

  • Black Panther
  • BlacKkKlansman
  • Bohemian Rhapsody
  • If Beale Streat Could Talk
  • A Star Is Born

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • The Favourite
  • Green Book
  • Mary Poppins Returns
  • Vice

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Glenn Close, The Wife
  • Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born
  • Nicole Kidman, Destroyer
  • Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Rosamund Pike, A Private War

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
  • Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate
  • Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased
  • Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
  • John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns
  • Olivia Colman, The Favourite
  • Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade
  • Charlize Theron, Tully
  • Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Christian Bale, Vice
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns
  • Viggo Mortensen, Green Book
  • Robert Redford, The Old Man & the Gun
  • John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

  • Amy Adams, Vice
  • Claire Foy, First Man
  • Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Emma Stone, The Favourite
  • Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

  • Mahershala Ali, Green Book
  • Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy
  • Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Sam Rockwell, Vice
  • Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman

Best Director – Motion Picture

  • Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born
  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Peter Farrelly, Green Book
  • Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman
  • Adam McKay, Vice

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

  • Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
  • Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite
  • Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Adam McKay, Vice
  • Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Green Book

Best Motion Picture – Animated

  • Incredibles 2
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Mirai
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

  • Capernaum
  • Girl
  • Never Look Away
  • Roma
  • Shoplifters

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

  • A Quiet Place
  • Isle of Dogs
  • Black Panther
  • First Man
  • Mary Poppins Returns

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

  • “All the Stars”, Black Panther
  • “Girl in the Movies”, Dumplin’
  • “Requiem for a Private War”, A Private War
  • “Revelation”, Boy Erased
  • “Shallow”, A Star Is Born

Best Television Series – Drama

  • The Americans
  • Bodyguard
  • Homecoming
  • Killing Eve
  • Pose

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Barry
  • The Good Place
  • Kidding
  • The Kominsky Method
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • The Alienist
  • The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Escape at Dannemora
  • Sharp Objects
  • A Very English Scandal

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Amy Adams, Sharp Objects
  • Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora
  • Connie Britton, Dirty John
  • Laura Dern, The Tale
  • Regina King, Seven Seconds

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picaso
  • Darren Criss, The Assassination of Giovanni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose
  • Daniel Brühl, The Alienist
  • Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama

  • Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
  • Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Sandra Oh, Killing Eve
  • Julia Roberts, Homecoming
  • Keri Russell, The Americans

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama

  • Jason Bateman, Ozark
  • Stephan James, Homecoming
  • Richard Madden, Bodyguard
  • Billy Porter, Pose
  • Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Kristen Bell, The Good Place
  • Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown
  • Alison Brie, GLOW
  • Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Debra Messing, Will & Grace

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

  • Sasha Baron Cohen, Who is America?
  • Jim Carrey, Kidding
  • Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method
  • Donald Glover, Atlanta
  • Bill Hader, Barry

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Alex Bornstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects
  • Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Giovanni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Thandie Newton, Westworld
  • Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method
  • Kieran Culkin, Succession
  • Edgar Ramírez, The Assassination of Giovanni Versace: American Crime Story
  • Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal
  • Henry Winkler, Barry

MORE: Oscars 2019 Best Picture Predictions

The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards airs live on January 6 @8pm ET/5pm PT on NBC.

Source: The Hollywood Foreign Press Association



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2018-12-06 05:12:26

Golden Globes 2019: The Biggest Snubs (& Weirdest Nominations)

The Golden Globe nominations are here, and as always, there are a few noteworthy snubs and oddities among the recognized films. As the end of 2018 fast approaches, various awards bodies are weighing in, listing what they feel is the best the year had to offer. On the heels of the National Board of Review and American Film Institute unveiling their respective top 10 lists, the Hollywood Foreign Press became the latest to name their selections. While there’s still plenty of time for things to change ahead of Oscar Sunday in February 2019, the race is starting to become clearer.

In these initial stages, there have been some pleasant surprises – including from the Globes. Marvel Studios’ Black Panther scored a huge nod when it was nominated for Best Picture – Drama, and Sony’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is in the running for Best Animated Feature. After being shunned by NBR and AFI, Adam McKay’s Vice got a much-needed boost by earning six nominations (the most of any film), including Best Picture – Comedy or Musical and Best Director. Looking over the full list, there’s a lot to celebrate – but there are some serious head scratchers as well. Here are the biggest Golden Globes snubs.

First Man

On-paper, Damien Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic had all the makings of a serious awards contender, and following the raves it got at festival screenings, it felt like it’d be a legitimate contender. Unfortunately, things haven’t gone the way many initially expected, and First Man’s awards prospects continue to sink. Ignored entirely by NBR and AFI, First Man picked up just a pair of Golden Globe nominations. Claire Foy was among the five in Best Supporting Actress, and Justin Hurwitz received a nod for his memorable musical score. Those two are very much deserving of their accolades, but fans of First Man can’t help but feel it deserved more.

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While detractors felt First Man was too cold and emotionally distant to truly connect with viewers on an emotional level, the film was lauded for its impressive technical merits, with Chazelle continuing to evolve his craft. First Man features some of the young filmmaker’s strongest direction, particularly the awe-inspiring moon landing sequence that was done primarily in-camera with practical effects. The film itself, which told a touching story about grief and overcoming personal loss, had a case for Best Picture – Drama, and Gosling’s understated (but effective) performance as Armstrong could have been in competition for Best Actor – Drama. Maybe if First Man performed better at the box office, things would have turned out differently, but it turned out to be not much of a factor.

Widows Gets Shut Out

At least First Man has a couple of nominations to celebrate. Steve McQueen’s acclaimed heist movie was shut out entirely. Widows’ awards prospects were always an iffy proposition, but in the months leading up to its release, it was hard to argue against its pedigree. McQueen is an award-winning filmmaker for his work on 2013’s 12 Years a Slave, and the stacked cast was spearheaded by Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis. Once the reviews started to come in and Widows earned widespread praise for its technical and thematic mastery (the film goes deeper than your typical crime entry), it seemed like it could put together a campaign.

But now, Widows’ chances are essentially nonexistent. Like First Man, it didn’t appeal to NBR and AFI voters, and the Globes didn’t go for it at all, either. This despite McQueen’s sensibilities translating very well to a more mainstream realm (the standout tracking shot is intricately crafted and rich) and the cast delivered compelling performances across the board. Davis was typically excellent as the leader of the makeshift group, commanding the attention of viewers with her screen presence. Gillian Flynn’s screenplay also tackled heady and complex subject matter, striking a nice balance between genre thrills and substance. For many, Widows was one of the best films of the fall, but it isn’t awards voters’ cup of tea.

First Reformed Shut Out

One of the movies that’s gained much traction early in awards season is Paul Schrader’s First Reformed, a drama centering around New York minister Toller (Ethan Hawke) dealing with questions about faith and morality. Released by indie darling A24 as a counter-programming option over the summer, First Reformed managed to leave a sizable impression. It did very well at the Gotham Awards and New York Film Critics Circle, thrusting Hawke to the forefront of the Best Actor race. First Reformed was also noted by the NBR and AFI as one of the year’s best films, further solidifying its status as a legitimate contender as we build towards the Oscars.

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First Reformed hit its first speed bump of the season when it earned zero Golden Globes nominations. Hawke’s performance and Schrader’s screenplay had picked up multiple notices up until this point, so the drama’s omission is bound to raise a few eyebrows. It’s very much still in the thick of things (the various guilds have yet to name their nominations), but it will still be interesting to keep an eye on First Reformed and see if it misses out with other key organizations.

Sam Elliott’s A Star is Born Performance

Bradley Cooper’s remake of A Star is Born has been considered the one to beat ever since it premiered at the fall festivals. It has the positive reviews, it has the box office, and it has the undeniable star power of Cooper and Lady Gaga behind it. There are few things awards voters love more than films about the entertainment industry, which is another reason why it’s resonated so well. Remember, La La Land received a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations, so the expectation was A Star is Born would do quite well on the circuit. Indeed, it’s done just that, scoring four wins from the NBR (including Best Director and Best Actress), a spot on on the AFI list, and five Golden Globe nominations. There will certainly be more nominations to come in the next few weeks.

It’s hard to say with a serious face the juggernaut of the season has been snubbed, but the Golden Globes failed to mention Sam Elliott, who gave a poignant performance as Bobby in the film. The veteran actor has long been presumed as one of the favorites in the Best Supporting Actor category (an award he won from NBR), so it was fascinating to see the Globes bypass him. That isn’t to take anything away from the five thespians who were nominated in that field, but considering all the love A Star is Born has been getting so far, it was odd Elliott couldn’t come along for the ride. This doesn’t seal his Oscar fate, but this is still a situation to watch closely.

Page 2: Television Snubs and Weird Nominations

Better Call Saul Gets Shut Out

Breaking Bad is rightfully hailed as one of the finest television dramas of all-time, and spinoff Better Call Saul is certainly a worthy successor to that legacy. Now four seasons in, the show brilliantly expands its universe without relying on its parent program as a crutch. Even without the Breaking Bad connections fans enjoy, Better Call Saul stands on its own merits as a top-notch character drama fueled by masterful storytelling and terrific acting. The fourth season, which ran earlier this year, was just as acclaimed as its predecessors as Vince Gilligan and company set the stage for a highly entertaining and compelling fifth year. And yet, the Globes didn’t notice.

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This isn’t a matter of eligibility, either. Better Call Saul was in contention for this year’s Golden Globes, yet walked away with no nominations. To be fair, Saul never got much love from the Hollywood Foreign Press (its three career nominations are all for Bob Odenkirk’s performances), but it’s nevertheless surprising to see it be completely shut out. Better Call Saul continues to rank among the best programs on the air, and the cast has never been better. Odenkirk definitely deserved another nomination, as did Rhea Seehorn, who continues to impress as Kim Wexler. Perhaps one day, Saul will have a Globes breakthrough.

Atlanta Misses Best Comedy Series

Another critical darling that had a curious showing at the Golden Globes is Donald Glover’s Atlanta, which aired its second season earlier this year. Noted for its ambition and creativity, the show took home the award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy for its first season. Glover also won Best Actor for his performance, so it looked like Atlanta was set to be a permanent fixture at the awards show (as long as it maintained its level of quality, of course). The second season received widespread acclaim, but failed to leave much of an impact.

Glover was once again nominated for his acting, but Atlanta was snubbed in Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy this time around. To be fair, the field was stacked with deserving shows like newcomers Barry and Kidding, as well as returning stalwarts The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Good Place. Perhaps since Atlanta won the Globe before, the voters decided to give another program a shot this year, but it’s still strange it isn’t in the running this year. Glover remains at the top of his game artistically, and 2018 was a huge year for his already impressive career (see: “This is America” and Solo). Maybe Atlanta will be back at the Globes for its third season.

Bohemian Rhapsody Nominated For Best Drama

More on this exact category in a moment, but Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody stands out as one of the most surprising nominations of the entire list. This is namely because it does not have the best critical reception. Most everyone agrees Rami Malek’s transformative performance as Mercury is fantastic, but the movie surrounding him doesn’t match the actor’s talent. Bohemian Rhapsody earned negative and lukewarm reviews, particularly for its safe handling of some aspects of its subject’s interesting life. As transcendent and legendary Queen’s music was (and continues to be), the movie that told their story was seen as a letdown.

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Despite that, the Hollywood Foreign Press definitely enjoyed it, selecting it as one of the five films for Best Motion Picture – Drama. You could make an ultra competitive race out of all the movies Bohemian Rhapsody beat out to earn its spot: First Reformed, First Man, Can You Ever Forgive Me?, and others could have been alternatives – and all of those have a better reputation amongst film critics. Since NBR and AFI skipped over Bohemian Rhapsody, it seems unlikely it’ll factor into the Oscar Best Picture race, so this will be one of the weirder moments of the entire season.

Is This A Drama or a Musical?

Unlike the Oscars, the Golden Globes divide Best Picture into two separate categories: Drama and Musical or Comedy. Frequently, there’s a debate about where a specific title will fall, and oftentimes the results are highly confusing. While Ridley Scott’s The Martian has moments of levity, few would consider it an outright comedy. Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is laced with the legendary director’s trademark dark humor, but it’s hardly a “comedy” in the traditional sense of the genre. Films like Mary Poppins Returns and Crazy Rich Asians read as sound examples for what should be nominated in Musical or Comedy.

Looking at the Drama field, there are two selections that don’t seem like the best fits. We speak of A Star is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody – movies that feel tailor-made for the Musical or Comedy category. They’re as defined by their catchy soundtracks as they are their dramatic narratives (if not more), and music is clearly an integral part of their DNA. Yes, musical set pieces are woven in a little more organically than something like La La Land (Jackson Maine and Ally’s concerts, Queen’s Live Aid set), but the films are still driven by their songs and would have fit as Musicals. There probably won’t be an explanation given for this, so viewers will have to try to figure it out for themselves.

Of course, this list isn’t meant to be all-inclusive, but these were some of the more noteworthy Golden Globes snubs we noticed after the nominations came out. What they mean for the rest of awards season remains to be seen, and debates will continue to rage on about what should and shouldn’t be nominated.

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2018-12-06 02:12:06

Andy Samberg, Sandra Oh Hosting Golden Globes 2019

Although this year’s Emmy Awards broadcast was a mostly unfunny affair, it did yield one particularly bright moment in the form of presenters Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, whose banter and chemistry was memorable enough that they just landed the job of hosting the Golden Globes in 2019. Unexpected though they pairing may be, it is a smart and exciting move on behalf of NBC, Dick Clark Productions, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, as it offers viewers a reason to tune in beyond the usual celebrity watching and cringing as lengthy acceptance speeches are cut off by the orchestra. 

The announcement is a sign of the Golden Globes’ desire to return to a successful formula; namely that of hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who hosted three times and helped make the three-hour ceremony a far more watchable event, one that wasn’t looked down on (well, not entirely) as being the little sibling to the Oscars. And given the profile of both Samberg and Oh, both stars of their own successful television shows, with Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Killing Eve, the announcement flies in the face of those who make the very legitimate argument that the Golden Globes doesn’t need a host of any kind whatsoever. 

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Nevertheless, NBC Universal made the announcement earlier today in an official release that confirmed the two stars as co-hosts of the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards.

“Sandra and Andy are the perfect choices to host this world-class event,” said Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks, Co-Chairmen, NBC Entertainment. “They bring wit, charm and style to a room filled with the very best of film and television. It’s sure to be another unforgettable fun-filled night.”

With just over a month to go until the ceremony takes place, the parties involved seemingly took their time finding the right host(s) for the event. That mirrors the current goings-on of the Academy Awards’ search for someone to host The 91st Academy Awards, which, as was recently announced will be comedian and actor Kevin Hart. 

Though the choice to bring Hart on board will likely give the Oscars a better chance at earning back some of its slipping ratings, it’s hard to beat the Golden Globes’ choice for co-hosts, in terms of originality. With any luck Samberg and Oh will see the chemistry they had at the Emmys recreated in January. 

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The 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards airs live on January 6 @8pm ET/5pm PT on NBC.



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2018-12-05 04:12:15

Persona 4 Golden – Review



All that glitters is not gold, but surely some of it is! See how the hit PS2 RPG stands and shines on the PlayStation Vita!

Persona 4 Golden on GameTrailers:

Official Website:

Persona 4 Golden
Publisher: Atlus
Developer: Atlus
Release Date: November 20, 2012
Genre: Role Playing
Platform: PlayStation Vita

ESRB Content Rating: M
Rated “M” for “Mature”
Alcohol Reference
Animated Blood
Language
Partial Nudity
Sexual Themes
Violence


2012-12-27 21:03:59

Pop Fiction: Season 1: Episode 6: Golden Eyeland



Does GoldenEye’s Dam level hold more secrets than we ever suspected? Episode originally aired in August 2010.

Pop Fiction:
Producer: Michael Damiani
Writer: John Ondrey
Editor: James Ondrey
Voice: Brandon Jones

2012-08-02 01:31:09