Celebrity Scoop – 02/04/2021


In 2018, Natalie Portman took the Golden Globes to task while presenting the award for best director, noting, “Here are the all-male nominees.” It seems the Golden Globes got the message, and for the first time in six years, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association put some—three actually—directors up. 

Chloe Zhao for “Nomadland,” Emerald Fennell for “Promising Young Woman” and Regina King for “One Night in Miami,” all of whom are competing against David Fincher for “Mank” and Aaron Sorkin for “The Trial of the Chicago 7.”

Overall, Netflix dominated. “Mank” is leading film nominees with six nods and “The Crown” topping all television series.

Netflix, which led at the Globes last year, too, came in with 42 nominations, 22 in film categories and 20 in television. No other studio was close.

“The Crown” snagged six nominations including best series, drama, and acting nods for Olivia Colman and Josh O’Connor. The final season of “Schitt’s Creek” trailed with five nominations, while Netflix’s “Ozark” (four nods) and “The Queen’s Gambit” (two nods) adding to Netflix’s pile. Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7” — a Netflix release — came in next with five nominations, including nods for best film, drama; best director and best screenplay for Sorkin; supporting actor for Sacha Baron Cohen; and best song.

The late Chadwick Boseman earned a lead actor nod for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” He’s up against Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal”; Anthony Hopkins, “The Father”; Gary Oldman, “Mank”; Tahar Rahim, “The Mauritanian.”

The nominees for actress in a drama film are: Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”; Viola Davis, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”; Carey Mulligan, “Promising Young Woman”; Vanessa Kirby, “Pieces of a Woman”; Andra Day, “The United States vs. Billie Holiday.”

Not everyone was happy to see “Emily in Paris” nominated for best television series. On Twitter, there was an uproar, with one critic writing: “if you don’t think white supremacy is real, emily in paris is nominated for a golden globe.”

Another opined: “The next time you’re overcome by imposter syndrome just take a deep breath and remember that “Emily in Paris” got nominated for a Golden Globe.”

Others noted the snub for the critically acclaimed I May Destroy You. 

The Golden Globes are set for February 28th


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The Weeknd has finally explained the meaning behind the bandages for his “After Hours” character. The singer songwriter told Variety, “The significance of the entire head bandages is reflecting on the absurd culture of Hollywood celebrity and people manipulating themselves for superficial reasons to please and be validated. 

He continued, “It’s all a progression and we watch the Character’s storyline hit heightened levels of danger and absurdity as his tale goes on.”  

Variety pointed out that “After Hours” is The Weeknd’s most successful album despite the fact that he hid his face with bandages and also wore prosthetics. The Weeknd respond, “I suppose you could take that being attractive isn’t important to me but a compelling narrative is.” 

As for why he sometimes appears in character and sometimes as himself, he said, “Why not play with the character and the artist and let those lines blur and move around?”

When asked if he was in character during the interview, he said, “I don’t know, I’d have to ask him.”


Meanwhile, The Weeknd has announced new dates for his “After Hours” Tour, which will start in 2022. The 104 date tour will kick off on January 14th in Vancouver and will make stops in Chicago, Toronto, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, and New York before heading overseas. 


Sean Penn sent a 2,200 internal letter to his CORE  (Community Organized Relief Effort) employees, the L.A. Times reports, berating them for remarks made by anonymous workers about the operation online.

The Oscar-winner has received high praise for the mass center at Dodgers Stadium supported by his CORE nonprofit and the work it has done responding to COVID and providing test and vaccination centers.

The 60-year-old sent the fiery missive Friday, and the L.A. Times published a copy of the email. One of the anonymous workers claimed they were overworked by L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti. They said they were working “18 hour days, six days per week,” and “without the opportunity to take breaks.” The commenter also claimed Garcetti “more or less ordered” a violation of Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules.

Another worker claimed CORE employees “usually DON’T get breakfast, just coffee,” in contrast to a NYTimes story claiming they got Krispy Kreme breakfasts and Subway lunches. 

In his email to staff, Penn spoke of his “grave concern” for the “broad-based cyber whining.” He chalked up the “highly visible” complaints as a “broad betrayal of all.”

“Those comments, which claimed to be revealing of inaccuracies about our vaccine effort at Dodger Stadium in a news report, were in themselves not only a propagation of deeper inaccuracies, but also indulged the personal opinions of those alleged CORE staffers in a way that violates everything that keeps us whole,” Penn wrote.

He encouraged unhappy workers to quit. 

“It’s called quitting. Quit for CORE. Quit for your colleagues who won’t quit. Quit for your fellow human beings who deeply recognize that this is a moment in time. A moment of service that we must all embody sometimes to the point of collapse. That’s my job. And that’s your job,” he added. 


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  • Natalie Imbruglia (pop singer, “Torn”) (46)
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  • Cam’Ron (rapper) (45)
  • Clint Black (country singer) (59)