Pop Culture news: Special #4- January 2016


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Pop Culture News: Special  #4-January 2016




Pop Culture News: Entertainment Round Up



LucasFilm/Disney announced that Mads Mikkelsen has joined the cast of Star Wars Rogue One.

Disney/Marvel Studios announced that Mads Mikkelsen is in talks to join the cast of next year’s Doctor Strange movie.

DreamWorks Animation announced that Justin Timberlake signed on to voice a character in the studios upcoming animated feature Trolls.

Disney/LucasFilm announced that Benico Del Toro would appear in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode IX.

Pixar announced it was developing an Inside/Out sequel.

Warner Bros. announced that the next Christopher Nolan film would be coming out in the summer, of 2017.

There are rumblings that they may reboot the Jaws franchise.

20th Century FOX announced that the upcoming War of the Planet of the Apes would star Woody Harrelson. He has been added the growing cast.

Warner Bros. is working on developing a Booster Gold/Blue Beatle DC Comics live-action movie.

Marvel Studios announced Rachael McAdams has been added to the cast of Doctor Strange coming out November 2016.

20th Century announced that Rupert Wyatt who was signed on to direct 2016’s Gambit film; he has stepped down.

Breaking- Disney/Pixar/Disney Animation announced a shake-up to its upcoming movie schedule. Toy Story 4 has been pushed back a year with Incredibles 2 and Cars 3 getting release dates. The schedule is as follows:

oCars 3 now dated on 6/16/17 wide

oCoco; “11/22/17 Untitled Pixar Animation” (previously announced 11/22/17 wide playdate is unchanged)

o12/22/17 Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) now dated on 12/22/17 wide

oBlack Panther moves to 2/16/18 wide (from 7/6/18 wide)

oGigantic is final title of previous “3/9/18 Disney Animation” (previously announced 3/9/18 wide playdate is unchanged)

oToy Story 4 moves to 6/15/18 wide (from 6/16/17 wide)

oAnt-man And The Wasp now dated on 7/6/18 wide

o11/2/18 Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) now dated on 11/2/18 wide

oCaptain Marvel moves to 3/8/19 wide (from 11/2/18 wide)

o3/29/19 Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) now dated on 3/29/19 wide

oUntitled Disneytoon Studios now dated on 4/12/19 wide

oThe Incredibles 2 now dated on 6/21/19 wide

o11/8/19 Untitled Disney Fairy Tale (Live Action) now dated on 11/8/19 wide

o3/13/20 Untitled Pixar Animation now dated on!

Breaking- Marvel Studios/Disney announced Ant-Man 2 was on its way. The movie will come out on July 6th, 2018; and be titled; Ant-Man and the Wasp!

Marvel Studios has shaken-up its upcoming MCU movie slate. The new schedule is as follows:

oBlack Panther will be out on 2/16/18!

oAnt-Man and the Wasp; will be out on 7/6/18!

oCaptain Marvel will be out on 3/8/19!

oUntitled MCU movie will be out on 5/1/20!

oUntitled MCU movie will be out on 7/10/20!

oUntitled MCU movie will be out on 11/6/20!

Marvel announced it ha secured 3 upcoming dates for untitled MCU movies. They are: three untitled Marvel movies for 2020: on May 1st, July 10th and Nov. 6th.

Marvel Studios announced that Mark Ruffalo would appear as The Hulk in 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok.

20th Century FOX announced that Kingsman 2; the sequel would come out in June, 2017.

Universal announced that F. Gary Gray would be the director of the 8th installment in the Fast & Furious franchise. It is set to come out in spring 2017.

Warner Bros. announced that Rosario Dawson has been cast as the vocal talent of Lego Batgirl in the upcoming Lego Batman animated film.

Common signed on to play the villain in the upcoming John Wick 2.

Marvel Studios announced it has signed Ryan Coogler to direct its upcoming Black Panther film.

Marvel Studios announced that Taika Waititi would direct Thor: Ragnarok.

Marvel Studios announced that Mark Ruffalo has signed on to appear on Thor: Ragnarok.

Marvel Studios has met with Kurt Russell to potentially star in an eye role in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2.

Disney/Pixar announced it would be releasing Cars 3; The Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4.

Marvel Studios/Disney announced a sequel to Ant-Man would arrive in the summer 2018. The title is- Ant-Man and the Wasp!

The Girl on the Train was announced to come out during the Fall, 2016.

Paramount Pictures announced it would develop an 8th Fast & Furious film directed by F. Gary Gray. The film would come out in 2017.

20th Century FOX announced Doug Liman has signed on to direct the X-Men spin-off movie that is upcoming Gambit feature film.


NBC announced that as part of February Sweeps, it would air the 1st 4-part Dick Wolf created crossover. The Chicago trilogy f/: Chicago Fire; Chicago PD & Chicago Med will be joined by Law & Order: SVU!

BBC America announced that the fourth season of Sherlock would come out in 2017!

HBO announced it has renewed the comedy Silicon Valley for a 3rd season and Veep for a 4th season.

ABC Family renewed the comedy- Young & Hungary for a 3rd season.

NBC announced Ricky Gervais would host the 2016 Golden Globe Awards.

NBC announced it has ordered a new Law & Order spin-off. This time it is a reality/interactive show that will be called- Law & Order: You the Jury. The network gave it a straight to series commitment. 

NBC announced it would develop a show based on the Liam Neeson film franchise- Taken.

FOX announced that Megan Fox would appear in a recurring role on the upcoming season of New Girl in the middle of the season when star Zooey Deschanel goes on maternity leave.

Netflix/Marvel Studios announced that its 2nd original streaming TV show, Jessica Jones would be released on November 20th.

Spoiler Alert: Netflix announced along with Marvel Studios that it has cast Simone Missick to play the Marvel Comics character Missy Knight in the 2016 original streaming TV show, Luke Cage.

Disney XD announced that the 2nd season of Star Wars Rebels would premiere on October 14th.

TV Land announced it has renewed the freshman comedy The Jim Gaffigan Show.

TV Land announced it has renewed the freshman dramedy, Impastor for a 2nd season.

Comedy Central announced that The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore was renewed for a 2nd season.

CBS announced it has cancelled the summer sci-fi show, Under the Dome after 3 seasons.

AMC announced that the network has ordered the Vertigo Comics/DC property from Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon comic book series to a full TV commitment order to be a full-fledged TV Show.

TNT announced the 2nd season of The Librarians will have a 2-hour season premiere on Sunday November 1st at 8pm

TNT announced the fall premiere of Major Crimes would be on Monday November 2nd at 9pm.

BBC America announced that the Doctor Who 2015 Christmas Special (Spoiler Alert): would guest star longtime Whovian character River Song played by Alex Kingston.

TNT announced Agent X, a new show would premiere with a 2-hour series premiere on Sunday November 8th at 9pm

TNT announced Legends 2nd season premiere would air on Monday November 2nd at 10pm.

Spoiler Warning: BBC America announced that Jenna Colman would be leaving the show, Doctor Who during this current season.

Netflix announced it has renewed its summer streaming series, Narcos for a 2nd season.

Breaking: NBC is the 1st network to announce a freshman show get a season pick-up; as is the case with the hit drama; Blindspot! The network gave a “back-nine” order to the DVR-bumping hit action series.

Spoiler Alert: Netflix announced that Mahershala Ali has signed on to the cast of Marvel’s Luke Cage. He will play Cottonmouth. Simone Missick signed to star as Misty Knight. Frank Whaley; Theo Rossi and Alfre Woodard have also been added to the cast.

ABC announced it has picked up freshman drama, Quantico for an additional 6 episodes. Basically it got a full-season pick-up. There will be 19 episodes this year with an option to add the additional 3 more for the standard 22 episodes.

ABC announced it has picked up sophomore comedy, Fresh Off The Boat for a full-season. The comedy originally was approved for 13-episodes but now got the “back-nine” order for a 2nd season that would consist of 22 standard episodes.

FX announced it has ordered a pilot, Legion. The character is a mutant from the X-Men Universe and is being developed along with Marvel/FOX!

FOX announced it has ordered a pilot for an X-Men spin-off themed TV show; Hellfire, based on the villainous X-Men enemies, The Hellfire Club.

BBC Three announced it was developing an; Young-Adults, Doctor Who spin-off titled; Class.

ABC Family announced it was developing an original comedy based on the life of rapper, Nicki Minaj.

NBC announced it has renewed freshman summer comedy, the Carmichael Show for a sophomore season.

ABC Family will be remained FreeForm in 2016. This is a rebranding for the unique network.

CBS announced that its freshman comedy, Angel From Hell would not begin in November, but is pushed back until February 2016.

The CW announced it would cancel the drama, Beauty and the Beast after its upcoming 4th & final season. The final year is set to begin in 2016.

CBS announced that the new season of veteran comedy, 2 Broke Girls, would not be a mid-season show as originally suggested. The network will begin its new season on November 12th, at 9:30pm in-between the comedy, Mom and the drama, Elementary.

NBC announced it has cancelled summer freshman comedy, Mr. Robinson.

ABC announced it has picked-up the freshman comedy, Dr. Ken for a full season. The network ordered the standard “back-nine” for this Friday night family comedy.

Marvel Studios/Disney XD announced it has renewed the animated freshman show, Guardians of the Galaxy for a 2nd season. The 2nd season would begin airing in 2017 on Disney XD.

ABC announced that Chris Rock would host the 2016 Academy Awards. This will be Chris Rock’s 2nd time hosting film’s biggest night.

ABC Family announced it has renewed Switched At Birth for another season.

PBS announced that the upcoming Downton Abbey Season Premiere for the final season would begin on Sunday January 3rd.

Netflix announced it has picked up Gilmore Girls for a reboot/reunion limited series revival. It is set to come out in 2016.

FOX announced it has picked-up freshman procedural dramedy, Rosewood for the whole season. FOX ordered the “back-nine.”

FOX announced it has cut the episode order of freshman movie-turned-TV show, Minority Report down 3 episodes. The sci-fi show now has a total of a 10-episode commitment from FOX instead of the previously agreed upon 13-episodes.

FOX picked up The Grinder and Grandfathered for a whole season.

NBC announced it has ordered additional scripts for the sophomore dramedy, The Mysteries of Laura. The series only had an initial 13-episode commitment from NBC for this season. More episodes are possible.

CBS announced that Limitless was picked up for a whole season.

TBS cancelled the freshman show, Clipped.

TNT announced it has picked up Major Crimes for another season.

TNT announced it cancelled the shows- Public Morals, Agents X; & Legends!

TNT announced it has picked up the action/adventure show, The Librarians for a 3rd season.

Netflix picked up Longmire for another 5th season consisting of 10 episodes.

CBS announced it has picked up Supergirl for a full season.

CBS announced it has cancelled summer Sci-Fi show, Extant.

Syfy announced it has cancelled 2-year old show, Defiance.

ABC announced it has cancelled its summer veteran cop drama, Rookie Blue.

Disney XD announced it has picked up the freshman show, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy for a 2nd season.

CBS announced it has picked up the freshman comedy, Life in Pieces.

Disney XD announced it has picked up Star Wars: Rebels for a 3rd season.

HBO announced it has cancelled the show, The Brink.

FX announced it has picked up the anthology show, Fargo for a 3rd season. The show would return in 2017.

CBS ordered 5 additional episodes of Code Black.

Disney Channel announced it has picked up Girl Meets World for a 3rd season.

ABC announced it has picked up The Muppets for a whole season.

Netflix announced that it hired Scott Buck to be the showrunner of the upcoming Marvel show, Iron Fist.

Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim announced it would reboot the animated show, Samurai Jack for this generation.

NBC announced it has picked up freshman drama, Blindspot for a 2nd season.

ABC Family announced that The Fosters was renewed for another season.

NBC announced it has picked up Chicago Fire; & Chicago PD for another season.

ABC announced that Jonathan Whitesell signed on to star as Hercules in the upcoming 2nd half season of Once Upon A Time.

ABC announced that Kacey Rohl signed on to star as Meg in the upcoming 2nd half season of Once Upon A Time.

HBO announced it has signed Jon Stewart to do original short-form programs/content for the network.

FOX announced it would move the comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine to Tuesdays starting on January 5th. FOX announced it would move the veteran show, Sleepy Hallow to Fridays.

CBS announced that a new Star Trek show would be rebooted in 2017 for the CBS All-Assess subscribers.

AMC announced it has renewed the cable smash-hit show, The Walking Dead for a 7th season.

ABC announced it has ordered additional episodes for this season of the hit comedies- The Goldbergs; Black-ish & Fresh Off The Boat.

Spike TV announced that Beyonce would “battle” Channing Tatum in the 2nd season of Lip Sync Battle.

HBO announced it new show, Vinyl would begin in February.

BBC America renewed Orphan Black for a fourth season.

Comic Books-

Marvel announced that Mike Deodato would be the interior artist on Star Wars #13. Mark Brooks will be the cover artist.

Marvel announced that in November for All-New/All-Different Marvel titles would be included with the already named ongoing series. Some of the upcoming titles for November are:

oHercules from the creative team of Dan Abnett and Luke Ross. Clay Mann will be the cover artist.

oMoon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 from the creative team of Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare with art by Natacha Bustos. Amy Reeder will do the cover art of the 1st issue.

oBlack Knight #1 from the creative team of Frank Tieri and Luca Pizzari. Jullian Totino Tedesco is the cover artist for the 1st issue.

Boom Studios announced a new title, Klaus coming in November from the creative team of Grant Morrison and Dan Mora.

Marvel announced that Star Wars: Vader Down #1 coming out in November as the 1st part of a crossover event will be from the creative team of Jason Aaron and Mike Deodato. Mark Brooks will be the cover artist.

Valiant announced starting in November, a new ongoing title, Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #1 from the creative team of Robert Venditti and Raul Allen.

Dynamite Entertainment announced a new title in November, Ian Fleming’s James Bond, 007: Vargr #1. The 1st comic title of the famed movie franchise in 20 years. This issue is from the creative team of Warren Ellis and Jason Masters. Dom Reardon will be the cover artist. Variant covers for the 1st issue include artwork by: Francesco Francavilla, Gabriel Hardman, Stephen Mooney, Jock and Glenn Fabry.

DC Comics announced a new title starting in November, Superman: American Alien #1 from the creative team of Max Landis, Jock, Francis Manapul and Jae Lee.

Marvel/LucasFilm announced a one-shot tale coming in November starring Star Wars: C-3P0! The creative team will be James Robinson & Tony Harris.

Image announced Monstress # 1 coming in November. The creative team is Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda.

Breaking: DC Comics announced it would be cancelling the following titles as early as November, and will follow others in December of this year. They include:

oGreen Lantern: Lost Army

oSensational Comics f/Wonder Woman

oBatman’ 66


oGotham By Midnight


oOmega Men

oJustice League United

DC announced that Frank Tieri would be the upcoming new writer of Catwoman.

Marvel announced a slew of new All-New/All-Different Marvel ongoing titles starting in December. The new books include:

oGuardians of Infinity #1- Dan Abnett, Jason Latour, Carlo Barberi & Jim Cheung. Cheung will handle the cover art of the 1st issue.

oAll-New Inhumans #1- Charles Soule, James Asmus and Stefano Caselli.

oRed Wolf #1- Nathan Edmondson, Dalibor Talajic. Jeffrey Veregge will be the cover artist.

oSpidey #1- Robbie Thompson and Nick Bradshaw.

oStarbrand & Nightmask #1- Greg Weisman and Domo Stanton. Yasmine Putri is the cover artist.

oWeirdworld #1- Sam Humphries and Mike Del Mundo.

oPatsy Walker, AKA Hellcat #1- Kate Leth and Brittney Williams.

Marvel announced that its current Secret Wars 8-issue miniseries would expand for a December shipping 9th issue (of 9)?

Marvel/LucasFilm announced that in December it would release a Darth Vader Annual #1. The creative team behind this title includes Kieron Gillen and Leinil Yu.

Marvel announced that Vanesa Del Rey would be the interior artist of the 1st issue of the December –shipping new ongoing title, Scarlet Witch. David Aja will be the cover artist.

Marvel/LucasFilm announced that in December it would release a Star Wars Annual #1. The creative team behind this one-shot are: Kieron Gillen and Angel Unzueta. John Cassaday would be the cover artist.

Marvel/LucasFilm announced that Star Wars: Lando TPB would collect the 5-issue miniseries and be released in January 2016.

Marvel announced it Uncanny X-Men ongoing title will launch in December with the 1st 2-ssues scheduled to ship.

Marvel/LucasFilm announced that Star Wars Vol. 2: Showdown on the Smuggler’s Moon TPB would be coming out in January 2016.

Marvel announced starting in January 2016; a new Guardians of the Galaxy team-up themed title will start featuring Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Skottie Young will write the ongoing.

DC announced it would release an OGN based on Wonder Woman that will be written by Grant Morrison.

Marvel announced it would release a new Black Panther ongoing title in early 2016.

Marvel announced that starting in January 2016; a rebooted Silver Surfer title will begin. Silver Surfer ongoing All New-All-Different series is coming from the same creative team of: Dan Slott and Mike Allred.

Marvel/LucasFilm announced Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 2- Shadows and Secrets TPB would be coming out in January 2016.


Sam Smith announced he would be the artist for the upcoming main James Bond theme song coming out with November’s Spectre film.

The US National Team committee announced that S.A. Spurs head-coach, Greg Poppovich would become the new head-coach of the Men’s USA National team starting in 2017 and is committed through the following Olympic games in 2020.

The S.A. Spurs announced they have given a contract extension to head-coach Greg Poppovich through the 2018-2019 season.

Primetime Fall 2015/Mid-Season 2016: TV Updates-

Sunday, Jan. 3

8 p.m. “Galavant”

Monday, Jan. 4

8 p.m. “The Bachelor”

Tuesday, Jan. 5

9 p.m. “Agent Carter” (2 hours)

Wednesday, Jan. 6

10 p.m. “American Crime”

Thursday, Jan. 7

8 p.m. “My Diet Is Better Than Yours” (2 hours)
10 p.m. “Beyond the Tank”

Tuesday, Feb. 2

8 p.m. “The Muppets” (return)
8:30 p.m. “Fresh Off the Boat” (return)

Thursday, Feb. 11

8 p.m. “Grey’s Anatomy” (return)
9 p.m. “Scandal” (return)
10 p.m. “How to Get Away With Murder” (return)

Wednesday, March 2

8:30 p.m. “The Real O’Neals”
9:30 p.m.
“The Real O’Neals”

Thursday, March 3

9 p.m. “The Family”

Sunday, March 6

8 p.m. “Once Upon a Time” (return)
9 p.m. “The Family” (time period premiere)
10 p.m. “Quantico” (return)

Tuesday, March 8

8 p.m. “Fresh Off the Boat” (new time)
8:30 p.m. “The Real O’Neals” (time period premiere)
9 p.m. “Agents of SHIELD” (return)
10 p.m. “Of Kings and Prophets”

Wednesday, March 9

10 p.m. “American Crime” (season finale)

Wednesday, March 16

10 p.m. “Nashville” (return)

Thursday, March 17

10 p.m. “How to Get Away With Murder (season finale)

Thursday, March 24

10 p.m. “The Catch”

The Year That Was: Top 40 Movies of 2015!

1.Star Wars: The Force Awakens

2.The Intern



5.Furious 7


7.Inside Out

8.Ex Machina

9.The Martian

10.Jurassic World


12.Black Mass


14.Pitch Perfect 2

15.Mad Max: Fury Road

16.Straight Outta Compton

17.Justice League: G-ds & Monsters (direct2DVD)



20.Avengers: Age of Ultron

21.Steve Jobs





26.The Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials


28.Run All Night


30.The Hunger Games: MockingJay Part-2

31.Kingsman: The Secret Service








39.The Divergent Series: Insurgence

40.Ted 2

The Year That Was: Top 10 Movies of 2014!

1.X-Men: Days of Future Past

2.Captain America: The Winter Solider

3.Guardians of the Galaxy


5.The Lego Movie


7.Big Hero 6


9.Still Alice

10.American Snippier

The Year That Was: Top 13 Worst Movies of 2015!

1.Terminator: Genisys

2.The Big Short

3.The Peanuts Movie

4.Sleeping With Other People


6.The Good Dinosaur

7.Hot Pursuit

8.Fantastic Four

9.Batman- Unlimited: Monster Mayhem (D2D)



12.Hotel Transylvania 2

13. Our Brand Is Crisis

2015 Emmy Awards: The Winners-


WINNER: Game of Thrones (HBO)

Better Call Saul (AMC)

Downton Abbey (PBS)

Homeland, (Showtime)

House of Cards (Netflix)

Mad Men (AMC)

Orange is the New Black (Netflix)



Louie (FX)

Modern Family (ABC)

Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Silicon Valley (HBO)

Transparent (Amazon)

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)


Jon Hamm as Don Draper in series finale of 'Mad Men.' (Photo: AMC)

WINNER: Jon Hamm, Mad Men (AMC)

Kyle Chandler, Bloodline (Netflix)

Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom (HBO)

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC)

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan (Showtime)

Kevin Spacey, House of Cards (Netflix)


WINNER: Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)

Claire Danes, Homeland (Showtime)

Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black (BBC America)

Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men (AMC)

Robin Wright, House of Cards (Netflix)

Taraji P. Henson, Empire (Fox)


WINNER: Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)

Anthony Anderson, Blackish (ABC)

Louis C.K., Louis (FX)

Don Cheadle, House of Lies (Showtime)

Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth (Fox)

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes (Showtime)

William H. Macy, Shameless (Showtime)


WINNER: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)

Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)

Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie (Showtime)

Lisa Kudrow, The Comeback (HBO)

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation (NBC)

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie (Netflix)


WINNER: Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife (CBS)

Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul (AMC)

Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline (Netflix)

Jim Carter, Downton Abbey (PBS)

Michael Kelly, House of Cards (Netflix)


WINNER: Uzo Aduba, Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

Christina Hendricks, Mad Man (AMC)

Joanne Froggett, Downton Abbey (PBS)

Lena Headey, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Christine Baranski, The Good Wife (CBS)


WINNER: Tony Hale, Veep (HBO)

Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)

Adam Driver, Girls (HBO)

Keegan-Michael Key, Key & Peele (Comedy Central)

Ty Burrell, Modern Family (ABC)

Tituss Burgess, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)


WINNER: Allison Janney, Mom (CBS)

Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang (CBS)

Niecy Nash Getting On (HBO)

Julie Bowen, Modern Family (ABC)

Kat McKinnon, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Gaby Hoffmann, Transparent (Amazon)

Jane Krakowski, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Anna Chlumsky, Veep (HBO)


WINNER: Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards, Netflix

Alan Alda, The Blacklist (NBC)

Michael J. Fox, The Goodwife (CBS)

F. Murray Abraham, Homeland (Showtime)

Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex (Showtime)

Pablo Schreiber, Orange is the New Black (Netflix)


WINNER: Margo Martindale, The Americans (FX)

Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Rachel Brosnahan, House of Cards (Netflix)

Cicely Tyson, How to Get Away With Murder (ABC)

Allison Janney, Masters of Sex (Showtime)

Khandi Alexander, Scandal (ABC)


WINNER: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Joshua Brand, The Americans (FX)

Gordon Smith, Better Call Saul (AMC)

Semi Chellas, Matthew Weiner, Mad Men (AMC)

Matthew Weiner, Mad Men (AMC)


WINNER: David Nutter, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire (HBO)

Jeremy Podeswa, Game of Thrones (HBO)

Lesli Linka Glatter, Homeland (Showtime)

Steven Soderbergh, The Knick (Cinemax)


WINNER: Bradley Whitford, Transparent, Amazon

Mel Brooks, The Comedians (FX)

Paul Giamatti, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)

Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Jon Hamm, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)


WINNER: Joan Cusack, Shameless, Showtime

Christine Baranaski, The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

Gaby Hoffmann, Girls (HBO)

Pamela Adlon, Louis (FX)

Elizabeth Banks, Modern Family (ABC)

Tina Fey, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)


WINNER: Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roceh, Veep (HBO)

David Crane, Jeffrey Klarik, Episodes (Showtime)

Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth (Fox)

Louis C.K., Louis (FX)

Alec Berg, Silicon Valley (HBO)

Jill Soloway, Transparent (Amazon)


WINNER: Jill Soloway, Transparent (Amazon)

Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, The Last Man on Earth (Fox)

Louis C.K., Louis (FX)

Mike Judge, Silicon Valley (HBO)

Armando Iannucci, Veep (HBO)



WINNER: The Voice (ABC)

The Amazing Race (CBS)

Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

Project Runway (Lifetime)

So You Think You Can Dance (FOX)

Top Chef (Bravo)


WINNER: Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night (NBC)

Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Project Runway (Lifetime)

Cat Deeley, So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)

Anthony Bourdain, The Taste (ABC)


WINNER: Shark Tank, ABC

Antiques Road Show (PBS)

Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Food Network)

Mythbusters (Discovery)

Property Brothers (HGTV)

Undercover Boss (CBS)


WINNER: Deadliest Catch, Discovery

Alaska: The Last Frontier (Discovery)

Intervention (A&E)

Million Dollar Listing New York (Bravo)

Naked and Afraid (Discovery)

Wahlburgers (A&E)



WINNER: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)

Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (HBO)

Late Show With David Letterman (CBS)

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)


WINNER: Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)

Drunk History (Comedy Central)

Key & Peele (Comedy Central)

Portlandia (IFC)

Saturday Night Live (NBC)


WINNER: Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store (LouisCK.net)

The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (NBC)

Key & Peele Super Bowl Special (Comedy Central)

Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen (HBO)

The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special (NBC)


WINNER: Chuck O'Neil, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

James Hoskinson, The Colbert Report (Comedy Central)

Amy Schumer, Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)

Jerry Foley, Late Show With David Letterman (CBS)

Dave Diomedi, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)


WINNER: Inside Amy Schumer (Comedy Central)

The Colbert Report, (Comedy Central)

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Comedy Central)

Key & Peele, (Comedy Central)

Last Week Tonight With Jon Oliver (HBO)


WINNER: The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special (NBC)

Bill Maher, Live From DC (HBO)

The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)

Louis C.K.: Live at the Comedy Store (LouisCK.net)

Mel Brooks Live at the Geffen (HBO)

Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga: Cheek to Cheek LIVE! (PBS)


WINNER: Don Roy King, The Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special (NBC)

Natalie Johns, Annie Lennox: Nostalgia Live In Concert (PBS)

Louis J. Horvitz, The Kennedy Center Honors (CBS)

Hamish Hamilton, The Oscars (ABC)

Glenn Weiss, 68th Annual Tony Awards (CBS)


WINNER: Olive Kitteridge (HBO)

American Crime (ABC)

American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV)

Wolf Hall (PBS)


Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith in a scene from HBO Films' 'Bessie.' (Photo: Frank Masi/HBO)

WINNER: Bessie (HBO)

Agatha Christie's Poirot: Curtain, Poirot's Last Case (AcornTV)

Grace of Monaco (Lifetime)

Hello Ladies (HBO)

Killing Jesus (National Geographic Channel)

Nightingale (HBO)


WINNER: Richard Jenkins, Olive Kitteridge (HBO)

Timothy Hutton, American Crime (ABC)

Ricky Gervais, Derek Special (Netflix)

Adrien Brody, Houdini (History)

David Oyelowo, Nightingale (HBO)

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall (PBS)


WINNER: Frances McDormand, Olive Kitteridge (HBO)

Felicity Huffman, American Crime (ABC)

Jessica Lange, American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

Queen Latifah, Bessie (HBO)

Maggie Gyllenhall, The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV)

Emma Thompson, Sweety Todd: The DemonBarberof Fleet Street (PBS)


WINNER: Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge (HBO)

Richard Cabral, American Crime (ABC)

Denis O'Hare, American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

Finn Wittrock, American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

Michael Kenneth Williams, Bessie (HBO)

Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall (PBS)


WINNER: Regina King, American Crime (ABC)

Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Freak Show (FX)

Mo'Nique, Bessie (HBO)

Zoe Kazan, Olive Kitteridge (HBO)


WINNER: Lisa Cholodenko, Olive Kitterdige (HBO)

Ryan Murphy, American Horror Story (FX)

Dee Rees, Bessie (HBO)

Hugo Blick, The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV)

Uli Edel, Houdini (History)

Tom Shankland, The Missing (Starz)

Peter Kosminsky, Wolf Hall (PBS)


WINNER: Jane Anderson, Olive Kitteridge (HBO)

John Ridley, American Crime (ABC)

Dee Reese, Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois, Horton Foote, Bessie (HBO)

Stephen Merchant, Gene Stupinitsky, Lee Eisenberg, Hello Ladies: The Movie (HBO)

Hugo Blick, The Honorable Woman (SundanceTV)

Peter Straughan, Wolf Hall


WINNER: The Jinx: The Life And Deaths of Robert Durst (HBO)

American Masters (PBS)

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies (PBS)

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History (PBS)

The Sixties (CNN)


WINNER: Over the Garden Wall (Cartoon Network)

Archer (FX)

Bob's Burgers (Fox)

The Simpsons (Fox)

South Park (Comedy Central)


WINNER: Adventure Time (Cartoon Network)

Disney Micky Mouse (Disney Channel)

Regular Show (Cartoon Network)

Robot Chicken (Adult Swim)

Steven Universe (Cartoon Network)

Wander Over Yonder (Disney XD)

2015 MTV VMAs: The Winners-

Beyoncé – “7/11”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”

Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
The Weeknd – “Earned It”
Nick Jonas – “Chains”

Beyoncé – “7/11”
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Sia – “Elastic Heart”
Ellie Goulding – “Love Me Like You Do”

Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Nicki Minaj – “Anaconda”
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
Big Sean ft. E-40 – “IDFWU”

Beyoncé – “7/11”
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud”
Taylor Swift – “Blank Space”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Maroon 5 – “Sugar”

Hozier – “Take Me To Church”
Fall Out Boy – “Uma Thurman”
Florence + the Machine – “Ship To Wreck”
Walk the Moon – “Shut Up and Dance”
Arctic Monkeys – “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?”

Fetty Wap – “Trap Queen”
Vance Joy – “Riptide”
George Ezra – “Budapest”
James Bay – “Hold Back The River”
FKA Twigs – “Pendulum”

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood”
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk”
Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth – “See You Again”
Ariana Grande & The Weeknd – “Love Me Harder”
Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang”

Jennifer Hudson – “I Still Love You”
Colbie Caillat – “Try”
Big Sean ft. Kanye West and John Legend – “One Man Can Change the World”
Rihanna – “American Oxygen”
Wale – “The White Shoes”

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Charles Infante)
Snoop Dogg – “So Many Pros” (Jason Fijal)
Jack White – “Would You Fight For My Love” (Jeff Peterson)
The Chemical Brothers – “Go” (Michel Gondry)
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Beyoncé – “7/11” (Beyoncé, Chris Grant, Additional choreography: Gabriel Valenciano)
OK Go – “I Won’t Let You Down” (OK Go, air:man and Mori Harano)
Chet Faker – “Gold” (Ryan Heffington)
Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Nappy Tabs)
Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Keone and Mari Madrid)

Flying Lotus ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Never Catch Me” (Larkin Sieple)
Ed Sheeran – “Thinking Out Loud” (Daniel Pearl)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Christopher Probst)
FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Justin Brown)
Alt-J – “Left Hand Free” (Mike Simpson)

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Joseph Kahn)
Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars – “Uptown Funk” (Bruno Mars and Cameron Duddy)
Kendrick Lamar – “Alright” (Colin Tilley & The Little Homies)
Hozier – “Take Me To Church” (Brendan Canty, Conal Thomson)
Childish Gambino – “Sober” (Hiro Murai)

Beyoncé – “7/11” (Beyoncé, Ed Burke, Jonathan Wing)
Ed Sheeran – “Don’t” (Jacquelyn London)
Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Chancler Haynes at Cosmo Street)
A$AP Rocky – “L$D” (Dexter Navy)
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)

Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Bad Blood” (Ingenuity Studios)
FKA Twigs – “Two Weeks” (Gloria FX, Tomash Kuzmytskyi, and Max Chyzhevskyy)
Childish Gambino – “Telegraph Ave.” (Gloria FX)
Skrillex & Diplo – “Where Are U Now” with Justin Bieber (Brewer)
Tyler, The Creator – “F****** Young/Death Camp” (Gloria FX)

2016 Grammys Awards: The Nominations-

Record of the Year

“Really Love,” by D’angelo and the Vanguard

“Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars

“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran

“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift

“Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd


Album of the Year

Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes

To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar

Traveller, Chris Stapleton

1989, Taylor Swift

Beauty Behind The Madness, The Weeknd

Song of the Year

“Alright,” Kendrick Lamar (Songwriters: Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams)

“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift (Songwriters: Taylor Swift, Max Martin & Shellback)

“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town (Songwriters: Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose)

“See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth (Songwriters: Andrew Cedar, Justin Franke, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz)

“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran (Songwriters: Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge)

Best New Artist

Courtney Barnett

James Bay

Sam Hunt

Tori Kelly

Meghan Trainor

Best Rap Album

2014 Forest Hills Drive, J. Cole

Compton, Dr. Dre

If Youre Reading This Its Too Late, Drake

To Pimp A Butterfly Kendrick Lamar

The Pinkprint, Nicki Minaj

Best Rap/ Sung Collaboration

“One Man Can Change The World,” Big Sean Featuring Kanye West & John Legend

“Glory,” Common & John Legend

“Classic Man,” Jidenna Featuring Roman GianArthur

“These Walls,” Kendrick Lamar Featuring Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat

“Only,” Nicki Minaj Featuring Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown

Best Rap Performance

“Apparently,” J. Cole

“Back To Back,” Drake

“Trap Queen,” Fetty Wap

“Alright,” Kendrick Lamr

“Truffle Butter,” Nicki Minaj ft. Drake & Lil Wayne

“All Day,” Kanye West ft. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney

Best Rap Song

“All Day,” Kanye West ft. Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney

“Energy,” Drake

“Trap Queen,” Fetty Wap

“Alright,” Kendrick Lamr

“Glory,” Common & John Legend

Best Pop Duo/ Group Performance

“Ship To Wreck,” Florence + The Machine

“Sugar,” Maroon 5

“Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson. Ft Bruno Mars

“Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar

“See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa ft. Charlie Puth

Best Alternative Music Album

Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes

Vulnicura, Björk

The Waterfall, My Morning Jacket

Currents, Tame Impala

Star Wars, Wilco

Best Rock Album

Chaos and the Calm, James Bay

Kintsugi, Death Cab for Cutie

Mister Asylum, Highly Suspect

Drones, Muse

.5: The Gray Chapter, Slipknot

Best Rock Performance

“Don’t Wanna Fight,” Alabama Shakes

“What Kind of Man,” Florence + The Machine

“Something From Nothing,” Foo Fighters

“Ex’s & Oh’s,” Elle King

“Moaning Lisa Smile,” Wolf Alice

Best Rock Song

“Don’t Wanna Fight,” Alabama Shakes, songwriters (Alabama Shakes)

“What Kind of Man,” John Hill, Tom Hull & Florence Welch, songwriters (Florence + The Machine)

“Hold Back The River,” Iain Archer & James Bay, songwriters (James Bay)

“Ex’s & Oh’s,” Dave Bassett & Elle King, songwriters (Elle King)

“Lydia,” Richard Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect)

Best R&B Performance

“If I Don’t Have You,” Tamar Braxton

“Rise Up,” Andra Day

“Breathing Underwater,” Hiatus Kaiyote

“Planes,” Jeremih ft. J. Cole

“Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey),” The Weeknd

Best R&B Song

“Coffee,” Brook Davis & Miguel Pimentel, songwriters (Miguel)

“Let It Burn,” Kenny B. Edmonds, Jazmine Sullivan & Dwane M. Weir II, songwriters (Jazmine Sullivan)

“Really Love,” D’Angelo & Kendra Foster, songwriters (D’Angelo And The Vanguard)

“Shame,” Warryn Campbell, Tyrese Gibson & DJ Rogers Jr, songwriters (Tyrese)

“Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey),” Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville & Abel Tesfaye, songwriters (The Weeknd)

Best R&B Album

Coming Home, Leon Bridges

Black Messiah, D’Angelo and the Vanguard

Cheers To The Fall, Andra Day

Reality Show, Jazmine Sullivan

Forever Charlie, Charlie Wilson

Best Country Album

Montavallo, Sam Hunt

Pain Killer, Little Big Town

The Blade, Ashley Monroe

Pageant Material, Kacey Musgraves

Traveller, Chris Stapleton

Best Country Duo/ Group Performance

“Stay A Little Longer,” Brothers Osborne

“If I Needed You,” Joey + Rory

“The Driver,” Charles Kelley, Dierks Bentley & Eric Paslay

“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town

“Lonely Tonight,” Blake Shelton Featuring Ashley Monroe

Best Country Song

“Chances Are,” Hayes Carll, songwriter (Lee Ann Womack)

“Diamond Rings And Old Barstools,” Barry Dean, Luke Laird & Jonathan Singleton, songwriters (Tim McGraw)

“Girl Crush,” Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose, songwriters (Little Big Town)

“Hold My Hand,” Brandy Clark & Mark Stephen Jones, songwriters (Brandy Clark)

“Traveller,” Chris Stapleton, songwriter (Chris Stapleton)

Best Country Solo Performance

“Burning House,” Cam

“Traveller,” Chris Stapleton

“Little Toy Guns,” Carrie Underwood

“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16,” Keith Urban

“Chances Are,” Lee Ann Womack

Best Pop Vocal Album

Piece By Piece, Kelly Clarkson

How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, Florence + The Machine

Uptown Special, Mark Ronson

1989, Taylor Swift

Before This World, James Taylor

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Heartbeat Song,” Kelly Clarkson

“Love Me Like You Do,” Ellie Goulding

“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran

“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift

“Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd

Best Dance Electronic Album

Our Love, Caribou

Born In The Echoes, The Chemical Brothers

Caracal, Disclosure

In Colour, Jamie xx

Skrillex And Diplo Present Jack Ü, Skrillex and Diplo

Best Dance Recording

“We’re All We Need,” Above and Beyond ft. Zoë Johnston

“Go,” The Chemical Brothers

“Never Catch Me,” Flying Lotus Featuring Kendrick Lamar

“Runaway (U & I),” Galantis

“Where Are Ü Now,” Skrillex and Diplo with Justin Bieber

Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

Empire: Season 1

Fifty Shades of Grey

Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me

Pitch Perfect 2


Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media

“Earned It (Fifty Shades Of Grey),” Ahmad Balshe, Stephan Moccio, Jason Quenneville & Abel Tesfaye, songwriters (The Weeknd)

“Glory,” Lonnie Lynn, Che Smith & John Stephens, songwriters (Common & John Legend)

“Love Me Like You Do,” Savan Kotecha, Max Martin, Tove Nilsson, Ali Payami & Ilya Salmanzadeh, songwriters (Ellie Goulding)

“See You Again,” Andrew Cedar, Justin Franks, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz, songwriters (Wiz Khalifa Featuring Charlie Puth)

“Til It Happens To You,” Lady Gaga & Diane Warren, songwriters (Lady Gaga)

Score Soundtrack for Visual Media


The Imitation Game


The Theory of Everything


Best Music Video

“LSD,” A$AP Rocky

“I Feel Love,” The Dead Weather

“Alright,” Kendrick Lamar

“Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift ft. Kendrick Lamar

“Freedom,” Pharrell Williams

Best Music Film

Sonic Highways, Foo Fighters

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown, James Brown

What Happened, Miss Simone, Nina Simone

The Wall, Roger Waters

Amy, Amy Winehouse

2016 Golden Globe Awards: The Nominations:

Best Motion Picture, Drama


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant



Best Motion Picture, Musical, or Comedy

The Big Short


The Martian



Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Rooney Mara, Carol

Saoirse Ronin, Brooklyn

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

Jennifer Lawrence, Joy

Melissa McCarthy, Spy

Amy Schumer, Trainwreck

Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van

Lily Tomlin, Grandma

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Will Smith, Concussion

Best Performance By an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Paul Dano, Love

Idris Elba, Beast of No Nation

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Michael Shannon, 99 Homes

Sylvester Stallone, Creed

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

Jane Fonda, Youth

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Hateful Eight

Helen Mirren, Trumbo

Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Director, Motion Picture

Todd Haynes, Carol

Alejandro González Iñárritu, The Revenant

Tom McCarthy, Spotlight

George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
Ridley Scott, The Martian

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

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Steve Carell, The Big Short

Matt Damon, The Martian

Al Pacino, Danny Collins

Mark Ruffalo, Infinitely Polar Bear

Best Screenplay, Motion Picture

Emma Donoghue, Room

Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer, Spotlight

Charles Randolph & Adam McKay, The Big Short

Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs

Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight

Original Score, Motion Picture

Carter Burwell, Carol

Alexander Desplat, The Danish Girl

Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight

Daniel Pemberton, Steve Jobs

Ryuchi Sakamoto, The Revanant

Best Motion Picture, Animated


The Good Dinosaur

Inside Out

The Peanuts Movie

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Best Original Song, Motion Picture

“Love Me Like You Do,” Fifty Shades of Grey

“One Kind of Love,” Love & Mercy

“See You Again,” Furious 7

“Simple Song #3,” Youth

“Writing’s on the Wall,” Spectre

Best Motion Picture, Foreign Language

The Brand New Testament

The Club

The Fencer 


Son of Saul

Best Television Series, Drama

Empire, Fox

Game of Thrones, HBO

Mr. Robot, USA

Narcos, Netflix

Outlander, Starz

Best Television Series, Musical or Comedy

Casual, Hulu

Mozart in the Jungle, Amazon Video

Orange Is the New Black, Netflix

Silicon Valley, HBO

Transparent, Amazon Video

Veep, HBO

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

American Crime, ABC

American Horror Story: Hotel, FX

Fargo, FX

Flesh and Bone, Starz

Wolf Hall, PBS

Best Performance By an Actor in a Television Series, Drama

Jon Hamm, Mad Men

Rami Malek, Mr. Robot

Wagner Moura, Narcos 

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Best Performance By an Actor in a Television Series, Musical, or Comedy

Aziz Ansari, Master of None

Gael García Bernal, Mozart in the Jungle

Rob Lowe, The Grinder

Patrick Stewart, Blunt Talk

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent

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

Idris Elba, Luther

Oscar Isaac, Show Me a Hero

David Oyelowo, Nightingale

Mark Rylance, Wolf Hall

Patrick Wilson, Fargo

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

Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

Damian Lewis, Wolf Hall

Ben Mendelson, Bloodline

Tobias Menzies, Outlander

Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series, Drama

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Viola Davis, How to Get Away With Murder

Eva Green, Penny Dreadful

Taraji P. Henson, Empire

Robin Wright, House of Cards

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

Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black

Joanna Froggatt, Downton Abbey

Regina King, American Crime

Judith Light, Transparent

Maura Tierney, The Affair

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

Kirsten Dunst, Fargo

Lady Gaga, American Horror Story: Hotel

Sarah Hay, Flesh and Bone

Felicity Huffman, American Crime

Queen Latifah, Bessie

Best Performance By an Actress in a Television Series, Musical, or Comedy

Rachel Bloom, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Jamie Lee Curtis, Scream Queens

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep

Gina Rodriguez, Jane the Virgin

Lily Tomlin, Grace and Frankie 

Comic Book Reviews:

Star Wars: Vader Down #1- $4.99- Marvel- A-

We Can Never Go Home #5 (of 5)- Black Mask Comics- C+

Xed- Black Mask Studios- C+

All-New X-Men #1- Marvel- C

Invincible Iron Man #2- Marvel- A

Random Reviews:

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f/Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Grandmaster Caz & Kool Moe Dee- Downtown (Music Video)- B

The Bastard Executioner- FX (TV Show)- B-

Fifth Harmony- I’m In Love With A Monster [from Hotel Transylvania soundtrack] (Music Video)- B+

Chance The Rapper f/Saba- Angels (song)- B-

Taylor Swift- Wildest Dreams (Music Video)- B-

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (Late Night TV Show)- B-

Jake Miller-Sunshine (Music Video)- B

JoJo-Save My Soul- (Music Song)- B

Movies Reviewed:


This Disney film is a live-version adaptation of the smash hit animated Disney classic. This time around; the cast included: Lily James; Cate Blanchett; Richard Madden and Helena Bonham Carter. Chris Weitz wrote the screenplay. Kenneth Branagh directed this movie. The basic story was; when her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begins to change after meeting a dashing stranger. This film was not a musical. It was a decent film. There was nothing to write home about overall. It was a good film for families to take their kids to and enjoy as a whole.

Report Card- B-

The Divergent Series: Insurgence

This was the sequel to the hit Young Adult novel adaptation; Divergent. Insurgence tells the tale of: Beatrice Prior must confront her inner demons and continue her fight against a powerful alliance which threatens to tear her society apart with the help from others on her side. Robert Schwentke directed the 2nd novel turned book. The cast included: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Theo James, Kate Winslet, Miles Teller, Octavia Spencer, Mekhi Phifer and Jai Courtney.

Report Card- B-


This was a coming-of-age dramedy filled with unique moments that spoke to a generation. This independent film was written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa. The cast included mostly newcomers: Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons, Zoe Kravitz, Rakim Mayer (AKA A$ap Rocky); and Kimberly Elise. Life changes for Malcolm, a geek who's surviving life in a tough neighborhood, after a chance invitation to an underground party leads him and his friends into a Los Angeles adventure. This film was all about the adventure and not the destination.

Report Card- B+

Ted 2

This was the sequel to the 2012’s smash-hit “R” rated stuffed animal buddy comedy. Seth McFarlane returns to direct and star as the voice of the stuffed teddy bear turned to life. This time around newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he's a person in a court of law. Personhood was the focus of this film, a comedy that really is about political themed issues that spark conversations into today’s politics/entertainment and pop Culture narrative. Mark Wahlberg, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Barth, Morgan Freeman, Sam Jones and Giovanni Ribisi star in the film that featured plenty of fun cameos. Seyfried steals the show as the lead actress in this comedy. She is not known for being in raunchy comedies. This was a fun surprise.

Post-Credits Scene- C

Report Card- C+

Ex Machina

This original film directed by Alex Garland who wrote and directed this independent film. The story was about a young programmer who is selected to participate in a groundbreaking experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breath-taking female A.I. Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac co-starred in this small picture.

Report Card- A

Black Mass

Based on true events of one of the FBI’s most wanted Americans. Scott Cooper directed this adaptation based on a screenplay by Jez Butterworth and Mark Mallouk. Johnny Depp will get some serious Oscar buzz for his very good lead acting chops. Joel Edgerton was excellent in a lead-supporting role. The large cast also included: Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, David Harbour, Kevin Bacon, Adam Scott, Corey Stoll, Julianne Nicholson, Benedict Cumberbatch and Dakota Johnson. The story was true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.

Report Card- A-

Olympic Has Fallen

Gerald Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Finley Jacobson, Dylan McDermott, Rick Yune, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo starred in the 1st attacking the White House-themed blockbuster film that was solid. Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers. Antonie Fuqua directed this action movie.

Report Card- B-

The Theory of Everything

This film was based on the work of a book from Jane Hawking, the 1st wife of Stephen Hawking. The film looked at the relationship between the famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, his wife and being diagnosed with his untreatable illness. James Marsh directed this adaptation. Eddie Redmayne starred and won the Oscar for playing the lead role of Stephen Hawking. Felicity Jones was Oscar- nominated for playing Jane Hawking. Tom Prior also starred. It was a decent film with a great performance by Redmayne.

Report Card- C-

The Martian

Based on the hit New York Times bestselling novel by Andy Weir, this film came from director Ridley Scott. Drew Goddard adapted the screenplay. During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to sustain his motivation and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. The film was a drama that had a 2:20 minutes running time; it was felt a few times, but overall the movie had a solid pace and was just a very well put-together film. The excellent cast included: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Donald Glover, Mackenzie Davis, Chiwetel Ejofor, Aksel Hennie, Sebastian Stan, Kate Mara, Michael Pena and Sean Bean.

Report Card- B+


This was the latest James Bond film in the 50+ years franchise. Daniel Craig returned to be 007 for the 4th time. This film was a direct sequel to 2012’s Skyfall; and tied into Casino Royale & Quantum of Solace to a decent degree. These are the four films that Daniel Craig has played Mr. Bond in. Sam Mendes directed this film as his 2nd (in a row) & final James Bond movie.

The story focused on a cryptic message from Bond’s past that sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE. The cast included: Christoph Waltz, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Naomi Harris, Ben Shishaw, Rory Kinnear, Dave Bautista, Jesper Christensen, and Andrew Soctt.

The movie had some beautiful set pieces. This stylish 007 film was even better with the special IMAX large format experience. Daniel Craig for the most part was fantastic as 007 once again. This film also gave Ralph Fiennes’ “M” a major plotline that played out throughout the entire film. The villains were not as good as the trailers had forecasted. It was a bit long around 2.5 hours, but it was escapist fun, action adventure. 

IMAX Experience- A

Report Card- B

Star Wars- Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Some were not calling this movie the most anticipated movie of the year (which it was); but of the decade (it was). While some moviegoers called this movie the most anticipated film of all-time! With all the pre-movie hype, the J.J. Abrams/Katherine Kennedy keeping the wrap on the final product and the marketing effort giving away enough but not too much. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (aka- Star Wars: TFA/Star Wars/The Force Awakens/SWTFA) still shattered all sorts of box office records. It won over a majority of highbrow movie critics. The fan community was coming out in FORCE! The movie was decent in 3D. The special 3D conversion was fine, but spending the extra dollars for the glasses were not all that it was cracked out to be. Seeing SW in 2D was just as good. The key was to see this film in a large-format screen or if possible, an IMAX screen. The music was solid. The opening theme/closing numbers were what fans have been clamoring for. John Williams does his best John Williams musical score in years.

There were so many #SpoilerAlert moments that they were fun to see on repeat viewings. Being able to catch the Easter Eggs throughout this picture was worth the price of admission a 2nd time. This movie held up excellently that seeing it at least twice was a must. If you saw it more than 2 times on the big-screen, you are lucky! J.J. Abrams directed the heck out of this Star Wars film. This movie cannot be recommended higher than it deserves. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a family flick; as well as for the generations of Star Wars fans that waited about 30-years for this picture. Those fans that mouth’s watered & weighted 3-years since George Lucas sold LucasFilm to Disney & Star Wars: Episode VII was originally announced.

The big question was did the plot work? Simply yes! It had some Star Wars: A New Hope déjà-vu in the best sense. The movie was directed by a true diehard Star Wars fanboy as moviegoers will be able to tell once you see the film. Mixing classic characters such as Han Solo; Leia; C-3P0; R2-D2; and Chewbacca. There were plenty of celebrity cameos, some obvious some in various costumes. The new cast, which introduced the core, four of Rey, Finn, Poe and Kylo were superb. Besides how great this movie was, it did an excellent job setting up the brand new Star Wars movie universe and set the stage for Episodes VII-IX!

The actual plot of this 7th installment in the Skywalker saga was- three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a rag-tag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance. The special effects were enjoyable to see. The movie left viewers with plenty of big and small questions to ponder and conspire about for the next couple of years.

The movie was surprisingly VERY funny throughout The Force Awakens. It was nice to see in a mostly serious picture. The chemistry between the cast was fun to watch. There were a few blah moments. Star Wars: TFA was not perfect. There was a too-obvious scene; there was an absolute unnecessary sequence that could have been taken out and stayed as a deleted scene, which would have cut the movie about 10 minutes. Star Wars was long-ish, but besides the above scene and another moment which could have been trimmed by 1-minute, the length of the movie overall worked.

Below is a breakdown of the core cast with how that character’s performance was:

Harrison Ford- Han Solo- excellently interwoven

Carrie Fisher- Princes Leia- decently done

Mark Hamill- Luke Skywalker- Yay

Daisy Ridley- Rey- was arguably the lead performer of this picture. It was her 1st major acting project. She knocked it out of the park. Her facial expressions throughout this movie was nothing but top-notch.

Adam Driver- Kyle Ren- showed plenty of promise

John Boyega-Finn- surprisingly very funny

Oscar Isaac- Poe Dameron- one of the best-written characters of the whole film.

Lupita Nyong’o- Maz Kanata- CGI-created cool character

Domhnall Gleeson- General Hux- felt a bit overacted

Andy Serkis- Supreme Leader Snoke- all-CGI, was not in it enough, but the amount given was cool.

Anthony Daniels- C-3P0- small role, but stole most of his scenes

Kenny Baker- R2-D2- cameo; but crucial to the plot

Peter Mayhew- Chewbacca- had a larger role than advertised. Felt classic Star Wars!

Max von Sydow- Lor San Tekka- good

Bill Hader/Ben Schwartz- BB-8 voice consultants- great performance. This brand new droid stole every scene it was in. BB-8 had a much larger role than originally shown. The final trailers focused on his character. If droids were eligible for Oscar consideration, BB-8 would not be nominated but be the big winner. Best new Star Wars character introduced into the “Far, Far Away” galaxy!

Gwendoline Christie- Captain Phasma- not used enough

Simon Pegg- Unkar Plutt- bigger role than advertised and worth his time on screen.

Kirian Shah- Teedo- smaller role but enjoyable!

This had it all. 1st before the movie opened it broke plenty of pre-sale ticket records. Within the 1st 24-hours of tickets going on sale, many online websites including Fandango.com crashed. Opening weekend featured sold-out shows all over the country. SWTFA preview night showings- Thursday night December 17th broke the previous Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part-2 record of about $44M by making $57M! Star Wars: TFA broke the Jurassic World records of fastest movie to get to $100M- 1 day instead of Jurassic World’s 2-days. Highest December opening weekend ever beating 2012’s The Hobbit film by countless millions. Star Wars brought in about $120 from its opening day at the box office (including/folding in the $57M from Thursday previews). The Force Awakens became the fastest film to break the $200M milestone in 2 days. It broke Jurassic World’s 2015 previous all-time opening weekend box office debut numbers of about $208M by grossing about $247M!

Movie Plot- A

3D Glasses- D+

Large-Format Screen- A

Repeat Viewing Experience- A-

2D Experience- A-

Press/Marketing Efforts- B

Director: J.J. Abrams- A-

Spoiler Alert- B

Easter Eggs- B+

Star Wars: TFA musical score by John Williams- B

IMAX Experience- A+

Overall Movie Experience: Report Card- A