Major award shows such as the Grammys and the Oscars are right around the corner, but much of the arts and entertainment world is spending more time reacting to the new presidency of Donald Trump and his recent executive order on immigration. Here's what's new and interesting in entertainment and the arts:
- AFI voices support for Oscar nominee Asghar Farhadi
- Watch the final 'Beauty and the Beast' trailer
- James Corden protests Trump's travel ban
- Oprah Winfrey to join '60 Minutes' as the first contributor in the show's history
- Celebrities join LAX protest of travel ban
Another artistic protest over Donald Trump takes center stage in North Hollywood on Tuesday night as a group called Artists Rise Up Los Angeles presents work critical of the new president's temperament and policies.
Organizers of the show, "E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One," say their group consists of more than 100 actors, performance artists, filmmakers, directors, writers, singers, dancers, photographers and others. It was formed following the presidential election in conjunction with similar Artists Rise Up groups across the country.
Tuesday's show, which starts at 7 p.m. at the El Portal Theatre, is expected to follow Trump's announcement of his nominee to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court.
The Artists Rise Up program will include short plays and scenes, music, dance, spoken word, art installations and multimedia presentations related to the election. Participants include "Hamilton" Broadway cast members Karla Garcia and David Guzman, Arab American actor and writer Peter Sabri and photographer Rollence Patugan.
You can read about other artists' protests in Carolina Miranda's roundup.
Ellen DeGeneres took a moment Tuesday to register her disapproval of President Trump's travel ban by way of her hit film "Finding Dory."
On Saturday, Trump held a screening of the film at the White House, just a day after signing the executive order restricting travel for refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.
After clarifying that she doesn't like to get political, DeGeneres launched into an explanation of the plot of "Finding Dory" and what message she hopes viewers take from it.
"Dory arrives in America with her friends Marlin and Nemo. She ends up at the Marine Life Institute behind a large wall. They all have to get over the wall and you won't believe it, but that wall has almost no effect in keeping them out," DeGeneres joked, to audience approval, a clear reference to the president's plans to build a wall on the U.S./Mexico border.
"Even though Dory gets into America, she ends up separated from her family, but the other animals help Dory. Animals that don't even need her. Animals that don't have anything in common with her," DeGeneres explained.
"They help her, even though they're completely different colors. Because that's what you do when you see someone in need -- you help them," DeGeneres concluded.
The host of "The Ellen Show" was not alone in speaking out about the travel ban. The topic proved popular in many late-night shows Monday night.
The American Film Institute issued a statement Tuesday in support of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who recently announced that he would be boycotting this year's Academy Awards ceremony in protest of President Trump's executive order blocking refugees and travel from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Farhadi, whose "The Salesman" is Oscar-nominated for foreign language film, has served as artist-in-residence at the AFI Conservatory — where students can earn a master of fine arts degree in cinematography, directing, editing, producing, production design and screenwriting — for the last two years.
Here's AFI's full statement:
Asghar Farhadi has served as Artist-in-Residence for the past two years at the AFI Conservatory, and his classes had a profound impact upon the 250 young men and women who attend AFI from around the world.
The AFI Conservatory stands with artists and filmmakers who find the power of creation through freedom of expression and freedom of movement. We believe any form of censorship — including the restriction of travel — to be against all values we cherish as a community of storytellers.
Pedro Almodovar is set to head the jury of the Cannes Film Festival when the prestige gathering kicks off May 17.
The Spanish auteur, who has brought five films to competition, will return to a group he first served with a quarter-century ago. In 1992, Almodovar was a part of a jury headed by Gerard Depardieu; the group selected Bille August’s “My Best Intentions” for the top prize, the Palme d’Or.
In a statement, Almodovar said he was “aware of the responsibility that entails being the president of the jury and I hope to be up to the job.” Festival organizers called the director a "unique and hugely popular artist."
The final trailer for Disney's live-action "Beauty and the Beast" has been released and it's full of familiar scenes and sounds.
The upcoming film will see Emma Watson as Belle, a girl "so ahead of [her] time." As the trailer reveals, Belle goes to live with the Beast, played by Dan Stevens, in order to save her father, Maurice (Kevin Kline).
The trailer also features the pair in various iconic scenes familiar to fans of the original 1991 film, from the ballroom dance to the way they eat their soup.
"Beauty and the Beast" also includes Luke Evans as Gaston; Josh Gad as Lefou; and Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson as Lumiere, Cogsworth and Mrs. Potts, respectively.
While it has been touted that the film will feature the original music as well as some brand-new songs, the latest trailer sticks to the classic title track of the soundtrack, this time sung by Ariana Grande and John Legend.
"Beauty and the Beast" is set for a March 17 release. Watch the trailer above.
"The Late Late Show" host James Corden is the latest Hollywood personality to speak out against President Trump's executive order blocking refugees and nationals of seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the U.S.
The British comedian released a video on Monday showing how easy it is for him at LAX as he makes his way through the airport from check-in to boarding. The only early hint that the simple video may be political is the brief glimpse of protesters as he enters his terminal.
The video ends with a simple yet poignant message: "Freedom of movement should be this easy for all legal immigrants. Not just the white and Christian ones."
Oprah Winfrey is joining the CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” as a contributor.
The talk show host, actress, cable network owner and producer will appear in several segments a year on the program starting this fall, CBS News announced Tuesday.
“I’ve been a big admirer of ‘60 Minutes’ since my days as a young reporter,” Winfrey said in a statement. “I’m so excited and proud to join forces with this historic news program, which for me represents the bastion of journalistic storytelling.”
It’s the first time in the program’s history that “60 Minutes” has had a contributor.
The 48th NAACP Image Awards will have a slew of Oscar, Emmy and SAG award nominees and winners handing out trophies at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Feb. 11.
Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe of "Hidden Figures," Sterling K. Brown of "This Is Us," "Insecure" producer-actress Issa Rae and Mykelti Williamson of "Fences" are among the first group of presenters revealed, as are Image Awards nominees Mike "Lucas Cage" Colter and Trevor Noah, host of "The Daily Show."
Anthony Anderson, star of "black-ish," will host the live two-hour broadcast, which airs at 9 p.m. on TV One, and a red carpet pre-show featuring host Nischelle Turner kicks off live at 7:30 p.m. Both shows are tape-delayed on the West Coast.
The NAACP Image Awards celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in TV, music, literature and film and also honor individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors.
LeBron James and Harvard Law professor Charles J. Ogletree Jr. already have been announced as recipients of the Jackie Robinson Sports Award and the Chairman’s Award, respectively.
NBC is looking to prove that "The Good Place" is all around us.
The network announced Monday a 13-episode second season renewal for the Mike Schur ("Parks and Recreation") series, featuring Kristen Bell and Ted Danson mired in an afterlife where things are not always as straightforward as they appear.
"The Good Place" ended its first 13-episode season with a deliciously twisty finale on Jan. 19.
“Mike Schur has always had one of the most fertile and imaginative minds in comedy, but what he brought us with the first season of ‘The Good Place’ was just extraordinary,” Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. “We absolutely can’t wait to see where these characters go, literally, in season two. A big thank you to Mike, the writers and cast for delivering a series in which we all take such enormous pride.”
Sunday night's Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony showed that the current U.S. political upheaval, particularly in light of Friday's executive order blocking refugees and nationals of seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the country, is not far from Hollywood's mind.
But some celebrities took their political activism a step further and joined public protests at Los Angeles International Airport to voice their displeasure at what they view as a divisive and hateful policy.
A wide array of Hollywood talents made their way to Tom Bradley International Terminal, including Joss Whedon, Alia Shawkat, Ellen Page, Chloë Grace Moretz, Kumail Nanjiani, Tim Robbins.
Check out their social media coverage of the LAX protest below.
Sony Corp. has announced a nearly $1-billion write down on its movie business, an extraordinary step for the struggling studio.
The Tokyo-based tech and entertainment giant said Monday that it took the impairment charge against its pictures segment after evaluating the future profitability of the movie business, which has lagged its competitors in recent years as it tried to recover from a massive 2014 cyberattack.
Sony Pictures ranked fifth out of the six major studios last year in terms of box office market share, with disappointments including “Ghostbusters” and “Passengers.” Its slate of upcoming movies for this year includes “Smurfs: The Lost Village” and “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
Sorry, President Trump. Samantha Bee will be unavailable to host the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner.
"Full Frontal With Samantha Bee" announced Monday that it would be hosting "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner" on April 29 in Washington, D.C., the same night as this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner is scheduled to take place.
"Executives at TBS offered their full support of the gala by nodding politely and then muttering under their breath as we turned around," Bee quipped in a statement released Monday. "The evening is sure to bring plenty of surprises, music, food, and laughter — and if you're not careful, you just might learn something. Specifically, you'll learn how screwed we'd be without a free press."
The correspondents' dinner is traditionally attended by the president and vice president and often includes a roast of the commander in chief and his administration.
Given President Trump's distrust of the media, which he's described as "the opposition party," "very dishonest people" and "fake news," it's unclear how much roasting will take place.
Or, as the statement from "Full Frontal" put it: "We suspect some members of the press may find themselves unexpectedly free that night, and we want to feed them and give them hugs."
The proceeds from the Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner will go to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
"We're really doing this," said Bee. "This is not a joke."
The 23rd Screen Actors Guild Awards have turned into a political affair with stars on the red carpet and on the podium directly addressing the political climate. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, William H. Macy and the cast of "Orange Is the New Black" all mentioned President Donald Trump and his policies in accepting their awards. "Manchester by the Sea" leads the field among the film nominees with four nominations, with "Fences" and "Moonlight" also in the running for three awards each.
The Writers Guild of America released a statement Sunday calling President Trump's travel ban both "unconstitutional" and "deeply wrong" as well as voicing support for Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who has declined his invitation to the Oscar ceremony, despite his film "The Salesman" being nominated for foreign language film.
"It is both unconstitutional and deeply wrong to say that you cannot enter our country because of where you were born or what religion you were born into," said Michael Winship, president of Writers Guild of America East and Howard A. Rodman, president of Writers Guild of America, in a joint statement.
"The Writers Guilds of America, East and West condemn Donald Trump’s profoundly un-American ‘Muslim ban,’ and applaud the federal court’s decision to grant a stay that will keep those being held at American airports from being forcibly returned to their countries. Human rights – including the freedoms of speech and religion – are essential to all Americans and to all who come here to build better lives," said Winship and Rodman.
Trump signed an executive order Friday suspending refugee arrivals and banning entry to the United States from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran and Syria.
In response to the ban, Farhadi stated Sunday that he would not be attending the Academy Awards ceremony as "condemnation of the unjust conditions forced upon some of my compatriots."
"We are especially troubled by reports that Asghar Farhadi, director of 'The Salesman,' which won Best Screenplay at Cannes and is now nominated for an Oscar, may together with his cast and crew be prevented from entering our country," Winship and Rodman stated. "From its early days, the entertainment industry has been built by the imagination of immigrants. Our guilds are unions of storytellers who have always welcomed those from other nations, and of varying beliefs, who wish to share their creativity with America. We are grateful to them, we stand with them, we will fight for them.”
The travel ban also means that the Syrian Civil Defense volunteers who served as the subjects of Academy Award-nominated documentary short "The White Helmets" will also be unable to attend the ceremony.
Emmanuelle Riva, whose unflinching portrayal of an elderly woman in the 2012 end-of-life drama “Amour” earned her international acclaim and the distinction of being the oldest nominee for a lead actress Oscar, has died. She was 89.
Riva, a star of early French New Wave cinema whose career spanned more than 50 years, died Friday afternoon in a Paris clinic after a long illness, her agent, Anne Alvares Correa, told the Associated Press.
As Anne Laurent in “Amour,” Riva depicted the slow decline of a proud woman as the ravages of age beset her, a performance film critics lauded both for its power and lack of sentimentality. Alongside French screen giant Jean Louis Trintignant, who played her doting but frustrated husband, the French-language film was a stark portrait of a couple’s love in the last days of life.
“I was ripe. It was the perfect time for me to become this character,” Riva, then 85, told The Times in December 2012. “I wasn’t playing the part … I was being.”
Lisa Lange said her dog's purpose is to sleep on rainy days and play with toys.
It's not, she said, to be a prop in a film so "Hollywood producers can make a buck."
Lange, senior vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, was among dozens of demonstrators who gathered outside the Arclight theater in Hollywood on Friday asking people to boycott the film "A Dog's Purpose," which on its opening night was already at the center of an animal abuse controversy.
Family-friendly film "A Dog's Purpose" remains at the center of a maelstrom of controversy after video of a frightened German shepherd being forced into rushing water during filming went viral last week.
Though distributor Universal Pictures canceled the film’s red carpet premiere and promotional press junket, PETA announced Thursday plans to protest the opening night of "A Dog's Purpose" at ArcLight Hollywood.
"No amount of spin from Hollywood will change the fact that being forced to do a terrifying stunt is not a dog's purpose," said PETA's senior vice president, Lisa Lange, in Thursday's statement. "PETA is calling on kind people to boycott this film and send the message that animals should be treated humanely, not exploited and abused as movie props."
PETA's protest is scheduled to take place at ArcLight Hollywood in Los Angeles at 5:45 p.m. Friday.
President Trump commemorated his first week in office with a sit-down interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity at the White House on Thursday night. He weighed in on a variety of topics, from the media ("dishonest and disgusting") to waterboarding ("really wasn't torture") to the border wall ("necessary").
Trump also took aim at Madonna's controversial speech at the Women's March on Washington.
"Honestly, she’s disgusting. I think she hurt herself very badly. I think she hurt that whole cause," Trump said.
In her speech Saturday, Madonna told the crowd, "Yes, I’m angry. Yes, I am outraged. Yes, I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House."
The singer continued, "But I know that this won't change anything. We cannot fall into despair."
Madonna later took to Instagram to clarify her remarks.
"I am not a violent person," she wrote. "I do not promote violence, and it’s important people hear and understand my speech in its entirety rather than one phrase taken wildly out of context."
"I thought what she said was disgraceful to our country," Trump said of the speech.
Trump also addressed his latest flap with "Saturday Night Live." Katie Rich, one of the show's writers, was suspended indefinitely after making a joke on Twitter suggesting that Barron Trump would become "this country's first homeschool shooter."
"It's a failing show, and Alec Baldwin's a disaster," Trump said. "But for NBC to attack my 10-year-old son is a disgrace."
Barron Trump is not the first presidential offspring to draw criticism from the late-night comedy show. In 1992, a "Wayne's World" sketch featuring Mike Myers and Dana Carvey dissecting the looks of then-12-year-old Chelsea Clinton.
"Adolescence has been thus far unkind," the men stated, before tacking on that "she could turn into a babe in waiting."
After criticism levied by then-First Lady Hillary Clinton, "SNL" opted to exclude the sketch from future airings. Executive producer Lorne Michaels explained the decision by saying, "We felt, upon reflection, that if it was in any way hurtful, it wasn't worth it. She's a kid, a kid who didn't choose to be in public life."
Watch Madonna's speech here (warning: graphic language).
Your Friday just got a little more angsty. Pop stars Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik just dropped a new video for their slow jam "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" from the "Fifty Shades Darker" soundtrack.
"I've been looking sad in all the nicest places," Swift sings on the slinky R&B song.
The video shows the "Bad Blood" and "Pillowtalk" singers wandering around a luxury hotel alone and trashing their rooms.
Shot in shades of red, green, and blue (get it?) at London’s St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, they're in the same space but do not interact until the very end. The video is a nod to the "Fifty Shades" franchise — the back and forth, the opulence, and the lingerie.
"Fifty Shades Darker" will be in theaters Feb. 10.
Mike Connors, who played a hard-hitting private eye on the long-running TV series "Mannix," has died. He was 91.
His son-in-law, Mike Condon, says the actor died Thursday afternoon at a Los Angeles hospital from recently diagnosed leukemia. His death comes a day after another late ‘60s/early ‘70s TV star — Mary Tyler Moore — passed away.
"Mannix" debuted on CBS in 1967 and ran for eight years.
Viewers were intrigued by the smartly dressed, well-spoken Los Angeles detective who could still mix it up with thugs. Episodes normally climaxed with a brawl.
Connors once said that until "Mannix," TV private investigators were hard-nosed and cynical, while Mannix "got emotionally involved" in his cases.
Connors also starred in the short-lived TV shows "Tightrope" and "Today's FBI." His movie roles included "Sudden Fear" with Joan Crawford, "Island in the Sky," ''The Ten Commandments," and a remake of "Stagecoach."