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Hollywood takes action against the Globes org
And who can go to the Oscars
What to know
Hollywood is not joking around. More than 100 PR firms are threatening to pull their clients from HFPA events if the org doesn’t make “profound and lasting change” with regards to its discriminatory practices and dubious ethics. Meanwhile, the Golden Globes org has vowed to add 13 Black members by the end of the year. Could this be the beginning of the end of the Golden Globes’ power? One can wish.
Oscar telecast details start to emerge | Variety
Very little is confirmed about what the Oscars will look like this year, but some details are leaking out. In addition to rumors that Los Angeles’ Union Station would be used as a venue, we’re now learning that only nominees, their guests, and presenters will be in attendance in person on Oscar night. Thankfully, this avoids Zoom acceptance speeches and hopefully fills the space with enough live-crowd reaction. Will there be a host, though? We’ll see.
This is a bummer as World of Dance lived up to its ambition of highlighting the best dancers from around the world. The dancing talent on that show was really unmatched on television — and very apparent when compared to shows like So You Think You Can Dance. It’s unclear why the show was cancelled.
Jack Harlow, St. Vincent, and Kid Cudi will be the musical guests on March 27, April 3, and April 10 respectively. It will be fun to have Maya Rudolph back of course, and Kaluuya and Mulligan should also be great — as long as they bring their actorly commitment to sketches.
This sounds great. Rian Johnson is writing and directing a new hour-long series for Peacock called Poker Face starring Natasha Lyonne. The Knives Out filmmaker says the show will have “case-of-the-week mystery goodness,” which in the era of every show being an “8-hour movie” sounds like a refreshing change of pace. Long live the episode.
Steven Yeun and Ali Wong to star in dramedy series from A24 … I’m surprised Yeun is going back to TV after what happened to him last time 🏏
Matthew McConaughey has launched a YouTube channel … subscribe, subscribe, subscribe ⏯
MoviePass is teasing some kind of comeback … if at first you don’t succeed? 🍿
NYC’s Shakespeare in the Park is coming back this summer … just great news for the theater community 🎭
Adrien Brody will play Pat Reilly in Adam McKay’s LA Lakers series at HBO … get the hair gel ready 🏀
What to watch
Some people have a lot of time on their hands. For example, these Russian guys built a life-size version of The Mandalorian spaceship the Razor Crest. Unfortunately, it doesn’t fly — as it’s made from wood and sheet metal, but it looks rad as hell. They could charge tickets if it came with a Baby Yoda meet-and-greet.
New notables this week:
Waffles + Mochi season 1 (Mar 16) — Netflix family food show with Michelle Obama | No RT yet
Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal (Mar 17) — Netflix documentary | 100% RT
Zack Snyder’s Justice League (Mar 18) — HBO Max DC superhero movie | 76% RT
The Falcon and the Winter Soldierseason premiere (Mar 19) — Disney+ Marvel series | No RT yet
Calls (Mar 19) — Experimental Apple TV+ audio/visual series | No RT yet
Genius: Aretha season premiere (Mar 21) — Nat Geo & Hulu biopic miniseries | 80% RT
Before you go… time is a tricky thing
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