Saturday, December 31, 2016

Negromancer News Bits and Bites from December 25th to 31st, 2016 - Update #40

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TELEVISION - From Reason:  Anthony Bourdain:  The rise of Authoritarianism across the world should concern everyone.

TELEVISION - From BleedingCool:  HBO is going to debut the documentary about Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds on January 7th, 2016 at 8 PM ET/PT.  It is entitled "Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds."

TELEVISION - From TVLine:   Leslie Jordan says that NBC is ordering 10 episodes of the Emmy-winning television series, "Will & Grace."  Jordan won an Emmy for playing recurring character, "Beverly Leslie."

SPORTS - From YahooSports: Corporate media talking heads swore that NFL QB Colin Kaepernick was hated by his San Francisco 49er teammates because of his "Pledge of Allegiance" protests.  Those same teammates just gave him the team's highest honor.

POLITICS - From AlterNet:  Carrie Fisher hated President "elect" Donald Trump and was not shy about it.

POLITICS - From AlterNet:  Conservative gun-nut columnist, M.D. Harmon, let a child play with his gun and the gun went off while junior was fondling it, killing Harmon.

OSCARS - From TheGuardianUK:  There is some truth to what Lee Daniels says about #OscarsSoWhite.

MUSIC - From Esquire:  Music legend David Crosby talks about Trump and Kanye.

MOVIES - From BleedingCool: "Kong: Skull Island" is connected to the Vietnam War.  The film's director thought that idea wouldn't go over well...

MUSIC - From YahooMusic:  Run-DMC sues Wal-Mart and Amazon for 50 million.

CELEBRITY - From YahooSports:  Tennis superstar Serena Williams is engaged to marry Reddit co-founder, Alexis Ohanian.

COMICS-FILM - From TheWrap:  Ryan Reynolds apparently shot as scene as his character Deadpool for next year's X-Men/Wolverine movie, "Logan."

From THR:  Ryan Reynolds would like for there to be a Deadpool/Wolverine movie.


OBIT - From People:  Carrie Fisher has died at the age of 60, Tuesday, December 27, 2016.  She was best known as "Princess Leia" in the "Star Wars" films.  I'm numb.

From THR:  The actress Debbie Reynolds has died at the age of 84, Wednesday, December 28, 2016.  Reynolds was the mother of actress Carrie Fisher who died at the age of 60, Tuesday, Dec. 27th, 2016.  A Hollywood legend, Reynolds appeared in such classic Hollywood musicals as "Singin' in the Rain" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown."

From YahooNews:  Todd Fisher talks about his mother, Debbie Reynolds, final moments.

From YahooNews:  Carrie Fisher could make us laugh through the pain.

From BleedingCool:  The comic book community reacts to the death of Carrie Fisher.

OBIT - From People:  The author Richard Adams has died at the age of 96, Saturday, December 24, 2016.  Adams is best known as the author of the beloved classic children's novel, "Watership Down," first published in 1972.

OBIT - From YahooStyle:  The actor and comedian, Ricky Harris, has died at the age of 54, Monday, December 26, 2016.  He was best known for his recurring roles on "Moesha" and "Everybody Hates Chris."

TELEVISION - From TheGuardianUK:  A&E has cancelled "Generation KKK," its eight-part doc about the hate group, after learning that producers paid nominal fees to members of the Ku Klux Klan to get them to participate.

STAR WARS - From BleedingCool: Rian Johnson, who is directing Star Wars Episode 8, defends the much-maligned Star Wars prequel films.

ECO - From BBCNews:  Save the cheetah!

BOX OFFICE - From Variety:  "Rogue One" is expected to win the four-day Christmas weekend, 12/23 to 12/26/2016, with an estimated take of $96.1 million.


OBIT - From YahooMusic:  British singer, songwriter, producer, and pop superstar, George Michael, has died at the age of 53, Sunday, December 25, 2016.

From YahooCelebrity:  George Michael had a difficult life of depression, drugs, and arrests.

From YahooMusic:  George Michael's best musical moments.

From YahooCelebrity:  Celebs react to Michael's death.

From YahooMusic:  George Michael - a life in photos.

From YahooMusic:  The evolution of the genius of George Michael.

From YahooMusic:  What George Michael had to say about Prince one time.

From RSN:  The frank and uncompromising LGBT icon, George Michael.

From YahooMusic:  George Michael reportedly left behind an estate worth $130 million U.S.

BOX OFFICE - From TheWrap:  Estimates have "Rogue One" on top of the Christmas weekend box office.

From Patreon:  My "Rogue One" review.

CHRISTMAS:  From YouTubeMerry Christmas!!! and Happy Holidays!!! -- A*O*A. offers "Afraid of Americans," an electro/industrial remake of David Bowie's "I'm Afraid of Americans," a single from his 1997 album, "Earthlings." [via Warren Ellis' "Orbital Operations"]  Visit them here.

BLACK LIVES MATTER - From ABC:  There is growing backlash over the arrest of a African-American mother in Fort Worth, Texas who called the police after her son was physically abused by a white neighbor.

COMICS - From BleedingCool:  DC Comics is apparently planning a summer comic book event that is centered on Batman.


From YouTube:   An extended look at "Riverdale," the CW's re-imagining of the world of Archie Comics. It debuts January 26th, 2017.

From YouTube:  First official trailer for Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant," which is due May 19, 2017.

From YouTube:  First trailer for "Despicable Me 3," due in theaters Summer 2017.

From YouTube:  First official teaser trailer for the long-awaited "The Lost City of Z."

From YouTube:  Official trailer for "Resident Evil: The Final Chapter," due at the end of January 2017. [I think they will reboot or restart the series after this film, just going on what I read about two years ago.]

Dark Horse Comics Has "Avatar" for "2017 Free Comic Book Day"


Starring James Cameron’s “Avatar” and Brian Wood’s “Briggs Land”

MILWAUKIE, Ore.—Visit your local comic shop on Saturday, May 6, 2017, for Free Comic Book Day 2017! Dark Horse Comics is proud to announce our FCBD Gold Comic featuring James Cameron’s Avatar and Brian Wood’s Briggs Land!

The first tale is a “comic book exclusive scene” that begins to explore some of the yet-untold backstory of Jake Sully as he prepares for the final battle against the humans of the RDA.

The second portion of the Gold Free Comic Book Day offering is a tale introducing readers to Brian Wood’s secessionist Briggs family

Sherri L. Smith (Flygirl, Sparrow), Doug Wheatley (King Tiger, Star Wars), and Wes Dzioba (Hack/Slash, Aliens vs. Predator) bring the world of James Cameron’s blockbuster motion picture Avatar to comic book form for the first time ever. Jake Sully seeks to ignite a connection with the Toruk (the majestic great leonopteryx) by remembering the depth of his bond with his twin brother and the stories he shared of the great partnerships of myth and legend.

Moments before the climactic final battle, Jake Sully prepares to embrace his Na’vi destiny and bond with the majestic Toruk – the Great Leonopteryx.  Jake remembers the depth of his bond with his twin brother and the stories he shared of epic partnerships of myth and legend. The Avatar Free Comic Book Day story launches the beginning of a new line of Avatar comics and graphic novels, which will start to roll out in late 2017.

Also included in this issue is a new story from the critically acclaimed series Briggs Land, created by Brian Wood (DMZ, Rebels). Briggs Land is nearly a hundred square miles of rural wilderness that harbors the largest and most secretive antigovernment secessionist movement in the United States, overseen by matriarch Grace Briggs. This story finds Grace confronting an armed militia that is running an opioid ring on her land while she fights to keep her family intact. Werther Dell’Edera (Cobra, Skorpio) and Lee Loughridge (Batman Adventures) illustrate and color the comic. Briggs Land is in development for an AMC television show.

Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. Learn more at

About Dark Horse

For thirty years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.


Nevada Film Critics Name "Hell or High Water" Best Film of 2016

The Nevada Film Critics Society (NFCS) is apparently a society of film critics who reside in Nevada and produce film reviews for print, broadcast, radio, and online.

The Nevada Film Critics Society's 2016 Awards for Achievement in Film:

Best Film – Hell or High Water

Best Actor – Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress – Annette Bening – 20th Century Women

Best Supporting Actor – Ben Foster – Hell or High Water

Best Supporting Actress – Greta Gerwig – 20th Century Women

Best Youth Performance – Alex Hibbert – Moonlight

Best Director – David Mackenzie – Hell or High Water

Best Original Screenplay – Taylor Sheridan- Hell or High Water

Best Adapted Screenplay – Eric Heisserer – Arrival

Best Ensemble – Moonlight

Best Documentary – O.J. Made in America

Best Animated Movie – Moana

Best Production Design – David Wasco and Sandy Reynold-Wasco – La La Land

Best Cinematography – Linus Sandgren – La La Land

Best Visual Effects – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Friday, December 30, 2016

Dark Horse School Enrolls "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" for Free Comic Book Day 2017


“Buffy: The High School Years” and “Plants vs. Zombies” Provide a Tale for All-Ages to Devour

MILWAUKIE, Ore.—Dark Horse Comics is excited to feature stories from Buffy: The High School Years and Plants vs. Zombies: Unrest in the Old West™ in our all-ages issue for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Kel McDonald (Misfits of Avalon), Yishan Li (Buffy: The High School Years, Paradox Girl), Rod Espinosa (The Courageous Princess, Neotopia), and Tony Galvan (Gold Digger, Ghost Cop) show us that the #SlayerStruggleIsReal in a new Buffy: The High School Years story. The FCBD all-ages issue finds sixteen-year-old Buffy trying to reconcile her Slayer duties with typical teenage problems—bad luck and demon battling can really destroy a girl’s confidence.

Eisner Award–winning writer Paul Tobin (Bandette, The Witcher) and Plants vs. Zombies senior artist Rachel Downing deliver another sidesplitting tale from the hit series Plants vs. Zombies! Our favorite characters take a time-traveling journey to the past, where they learn they must work together to defeat the devious Sheriff Tarnation.

Free Comic Book Day is a single day when participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. Visit to learn more!

Recently, Dark Horse announced a Gold Free Comic Book Day offering featuring James Cameron’s Avatar and Brian Wood’s Briggs Land.

For thirty years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher, Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.

Plants vs. Zombies © 2017 Electronic Arts Inc. Plants vs. Zombies and PopCap are trademarks of Electronic Arts Inc. All rights reserved.


Image Comics Announces "Free Comic Book Day 2017" Titles


Image Comics is pleased to announce participation in Free Comic Book Day 2017 with these fun, vibrant, all-ages titles—KID SAVAGE by Joe Kelly and Ilya and I HATE IMAGE COMICS by Skottie Young. Free Comic Book Day will take place Saturday, May 6th, 2017 at participating comic book shops worldwide.

I HATE IMAGE COMICS will be the Gold Level free comic book from Image Comics and KID SAVAGE will be the Silver Level free comic book.

Readers can dive into the first chapter of another heartfelt adventure perfect for the whole family this Free Comic Book Day with KID SAVAGE. Enjoy this sweeping story of survival from Man of Action Entertainment (Big Hero 6, Ben 10) founder Joe Kelly—who first enchanted readers with the multiple-award winning, I KILL GIANTS—and illustrated by the lauded British cartoonist ILYA. Here readers meet the pioneering "First Family in Space" after they take a catastrophic wrong turn on their maiden voyage. When they crash on a dangerous alien planet their twenty-first century know-how is useless against the harsh environment and survival seems unlikely... Until they meet a strange ally: a mysterious orphan boy, short on temper but big on survival skills.

“Ilya and I have wanted to do this project for a long time and It's extremely exciting to finally unleash Kid Savage onto the world. Image has been supportive of the book from the instant I mentioned it to Eric, demonstrating their commitment to cool and original all-ages titles. Inspired by my unabashed love for the Hanna-Barbera cartoons of my youth like The Herculoids, I wanted to write an adventure comic that I would have grabbed onto as a younger reader. There's action, monsters, alien language, a wild boy protagonist and one of the coolest pets I've seen in a long time. There are also deep themes of loss, revenge, honor and family running through the book that should hook more seasoned readers as well.”

“This was a chance for Joe and I to build a whole new world, and then to fill it with every sort of weird and wonderful creature imaginable—plus, a few more that no-one could ever have expected! Just wait until you meet the Skinks, a double delight sure to be a future superstar. And Kid Savage himself is a riot. It’s time to get in touch with your most basic natures… Can u feel the Nu Primitive?”

KID SAVAGE is a wild ride through uncharted territory, and everyone is invited along for this unique journey.

After putting up with 25 years of creator-owned content, Gert is turning on her own publisher in Skottie Young's I HATE IMAGE COMICS, just in time to celebrate this milestone anniversary for Free Comic Book Day. Join Gert as she steps out of the world of I HATE FAIRYLAND and sharpens her battle-axe across some of the most beloved Image titles in history. Heads will roll and limbs will be severed as Gert faces off with a cast of characters so diverse they could only have come from the superstar talent that has made Image the number one publisher of creator-owned comics for two decades and running. Featuring characters from THE WALKING DEAD, SAGA, YOUNGBLOOD, CHEW, THE WICKED + THE DIVINE, and many, many more—nobody is safe.

Young said simply: “I got into comics when Image was founded. Now I’m drawing a character I created f’ing all those Images characters up, so yeah, I’m living the dream.”

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit

Man of Action Entertainment, the bi-coastal creative studio and writers' collective, started in 2000, created the megahit Ben 10, a $4.5 billion dollar boys' action empire that has been called the most successful superhero launch of the past decade, and Generator Rex, both for Cartoon Network. Man of Action Entertainment consists of creators and acclaimed comic book writers Joe Casey, Joe Kelly, Duncan Rouleau and Steven T. Seagle, having collectively worked on the largest franchise characters in comics from Superman to X-Men before refocusing on creating worlds and characters for their own original work published through their Man of Action imprint at Image Comics. Man of Action returns to serve as Executive Producers on a new Ben 10 animated series for Cartoon Network and Dentsu handpicked Man of Action Entertainment to create, write and executive produce the all-new Mega Man animated series. Man of Action served as co-Executive Producer and writer for Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man and is currently an executive producer/writer for Marvel's Avengers Assemble on Disney XD. Beyond the world of animation, Man of Action has created wildly successful video games, toy lines, comic books, stage productions, as well as forthcoming feature films and live action television shows, most based on their own original comic book series and graphic novels. Disney/Marvel's Academy Award®-winning feature Big Hero 6 utilized the characters and team created by Man of Action, as credited in the film's main titles. The film marked both the first time Disney turned Marvel comic book characters into an animated film and the first film based on comic book I.P. to win an Academy Award®. Upcoming projects based upon Man of Action creations include The Great Unknown, KAFKA, Officer Downe, I Kill Giants and The Crusades with Man of Action producing them and in most cases, the individual Man of Action also wrote the screenplay adaptation of their original creator-owned work. Officer Downe has wrapped production and I Kill Giants and The Great Unknown are in pre-production as feature films.


2016 Seattle Film Critics Society Award Nominations Announced

Established in 2016, the Seattle Film Critics Society (SFCS) says that it is dedicated to supporting local productions and festivals, enhancing public education, awareness, and appreciation of cinema, and strengthening the bonds of critical dialogue as it pertains to the cinematic arts. The group seeks to highlight the best films produced each year–both by the major studios and independent filmmakers–and share our love of cinema with Seattle-area residents.  The group is made of a robust network of film critics and reviewers in Seattle and surrounding areas of Washington State. The society is represented by members in print, radio, television and online mediums.

The nominations for the 2016 SFCS Awards were announced Wednesday, December 21, 2016.  The winners will be announced Thursday, January 5, 2017.

2016 SFCS Award nominations:


13TH (Netflix)
ARRIVAL (Paramount)
ELLE (Sony Pictures Classics)
THE HANDMAIDEN (Amazon Studios/Magnolia Pictures)
JACKIE (Fox Searchlight)
LA LA LAND (Lionsgate)
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA (Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions)

Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Robert Eggers – The Witch
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Paul Verhoeven – Elle
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival

Casey Affleck – Manchester By The Sea
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Logan Lerman – Indignation
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Amy Adams – Arrival
Kate Beckinsale – Love & Friendship
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Emma Stone – La La Land

Mahershala Ali– Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell Or High Water
Kyle Chandler – Manchester By The Sea
John Goodman – 10 Cloverfield Lane
Lucas Hedges – Manchester By The Sea

Viola Davis – Fences
Lily Gladstone – Certain Women
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Kate McKinnon – Ghostbusters
Michelle Williams – Manchester By The Sea

Captain Fantastic
Hell Or High Water
Manchester By The Sea

Arrival – Eric Heisserer
Hell Or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
La La Land – Damien Chazelle
Manchester By The Sea – Kenneth Lonergan
Moonlight – Barry Jenkins and Tarell McCraney

Finding Dory – Andrew Stanton, director; Angus MacLane, co-director
Kubo And The Two Strings – Travis Knight, director
Moana – Ron Clements and John Musker, directors
Tower – Keith Maitland, director
Zootopia – Byron Howard and Rich Moore, directors; Jared Bush, co-director.

Elle – Paul Verhoeven, director
The Handmaiden – Park Chan-wook, director
The Innocents – Anne Fontaine, director
Under The Shadow – Babak Anvari, director
The Wailing – Na Hong-jin, director

13th – Ava DuVernay, director
Cameraperson – Kirsten Johnson, director
O.J.: Made In America – Ezra Edelman, director
Tickled – David Farrier, Dylan Reeve, directors
Weiner – Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg, directors

Arrival – Bradford Young
Jackie – Stéphane Fontaine
La La Land – Linus Sandgren
Moonlight – James Laxton
The Witch – Jarin Blaschke

The Handmaiden – Cho Sang-kyung
Jackie – Madeline Fontaine
La La Land – Mary Zophres
Love & Friendship – Eimer Ni Mhaoldomhnaigh
The Witch – Linda Muir

Arrival – Joe Walker
Cameraperson – Nels Bangerter, David Teague
Hell Or High Water – Jake Roberts
La La Land – Tom Cross
Moonlight – Nat Sanders, Joi McMillon

Arrival – Jóhann Jóhannsson
Jackie – Mica Levi
La La Land – Justin Hurwitz
Moonlight – Nicholas Britell
Swiss Army Man – Andy Hull, Robert McDowell

Arrival – Patrice Vermette (production designer); Paul Hotte (key decorator)
The Handmaiden – Ryu Seong-hee
Jackie – Jean Rabasse (production designer); Véronique Melery (set decorator)
La La Land – David Wasco (production designer); Sandy Reynolds-Wasco (set decorator)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – Doug Chiang, Neil Lamont (production designers); Lee Sandales (set decorator)

Arrival – Louis Morin
Captain America: Civil War – Dan DeLeeuw, Dan Sudick, Russell Earl, Greg Steele
Doctor Strange – Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Richard Bluff, Vince Cerelli
The Jungle Book – Robert Legato, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez, Dan Lemmon
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – John Knoll, Mohen Leo, Hal Hickel, Neil Corbould

BEST YOUTH PERFORMANCE (18 years of age or younger upon start of filming):
Alex Hibbert – Moonlight
Royalty Hightower – The Fits
Sunny Pawar – Lion
Harvey Scrimshaw – The Witch
Anya Taylor-Joy – The Witch

Darcy Banker – Green Room – portrayed by Patrick Stewart
Black Phillip – The Witch – portrayed by Charlie and voiced by Wahab Chaudary
Orson Krennic – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story – portrayed by Ben Mendelsohn
Norman Nordstrom (a/k/a ‘The Blind Man’) – Don’t Breathe – portrayed by Stephen Lang
Howard Stambler – 10 Cloverfield Lane – portrayed by John Goodman


Thursday, December 29, 2016

Image Comics Announces Variant Cover for "Loose Ends #1"


Special variant cover provided by Chris Brunner and Rico Renzi

Image Comics is pleased to reveal a special limited variant cover by series artists Chris Brunner and Rico Renzi.

LOOSE ENDS is a gritty, slow-cooked, Southern crime romance that follows a winding trail down Tobacco Road, through the war-torn streets of Baghdad, and into the bright lights and bloody gutters of South Florida. 

LOOSE ENDS #1 Cover B (Diamond code: NOV168633) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, January 2nd, 2017.

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit


"Star Wars: Rogue One" - A Negromancer Link-O-Rama - Update #189

Posted by Leroy Doureseaux - on Patreon.

From Variety:  As of Tuesday, December 27, 2016, the worldwide box office for "Rogue One" is at $615 million.


From BleedingCool:  Carrie Fisher dies at the age of 60, Tuesday morning, December 27, 2016.

From THR:  Debbie Reynolds, the mother of Carrie Fisher, has died at the age of 84, Wednesday, December 28, 2016, one day after the death of her daughter.

From People:  "I want to be with Carrie" were Debbie Reynold's last words according to her son, Todd Fisher.

From YahooStyle:  Why she really hated the gold metal bikini in "Return of the Jedi."

From YahooNews:  Debbie Reynolds speaks about the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher - our Princess Leia.

From Variety:  Fisher reportedly finished her work on Star Wars Episode 8 before she died.

From TheWrap:  Posted a little over an hour ago, Debbie Fisher, mother of Carrie Fisher, who suffered a heart attack about a day and a half ago, says that Carrie is in "stable condition."

From Patreon:  My review of "Rogue One."

From Deadline:  "Rogue One" soars past $200 million.

From TheVerge:  "Rogue One" had a different ending.

From ABC7:  Gareth Edwards hopes for lasting cultural impact of "Rogue One."

From Polygon:  Don't be afraid to talk about "Rogue One" and politics.

From Variety:  "Rogue One" has $155 million opening weekend.

From CBR:  Rebellions are built on hope.  Why "Rogue One" matters now.

From YahooMovies:  The inspiration for the "Star Wars" logo.

From Variety:  $71 million in box office (North America) for "Rogue One" on Friday, Dec. 16th.

From Variety:  "Rogue One" debuts with a massive $29 million Thursday night preview, the largest box office for a Thursday preview this year.

YahooMovies:  From Variety by Peter Debruge.
YahooMovies - From AP by Lindsey Bahr - a dark exhilarating blast.

From Variety:  "Rogue One" had its world premiere Saturday night, December 10, 2016 at Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

From YahooMovies:  George Lucas apparently like "Rogue One," cause he wasn't to crazy about "The Force Awakens."

From YahooMovies:  Disney screens 28 minutes of "Rogue One" for select reporters. SPOILER ALERT

From YahooFinance:   There is a Star Wars boycott that some Dump supporters... I mean Trump supporters have taken too - #DumpStarWars

From YouTube:  Felicity Jones, "Jyn Erso" in Rogue One, was recently on "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon" showing off her martial arts moves.

From CNET:  There will be new and weird creatures in "Rogue One."

From Variety:  Advance ticket sales for "Rogue One" go on sale Monday, November 27, 2016.

From YouTube:  Third and final (supposedly) official "Rogue One" trailer.

From YahooMovies:  Spoilers in third Rogue One trailer.

From Gamespot:  International "Rogue One" trailer with new Darth Vader footage.

From YouTube:  New official trailer - released for the Olympics.

From YouTube:  "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" - Celebration Reel.

From ThePlaylist:   New "Rogue One" poster.

From ScreenRant:  "Rogue One" gets an official synopsis.

From YahooMovies:  Jimmy Smits confirms that he will play "Bail Organa" in a cameo in "Rogue One."  He originated the performance in "Attack of the Clones" and "Revenge of the Sith."

SPOILER - From Vulture:  Jiang Wen spoils the fate of a character... maybe.

From YahooTech:  Darth Vader is rumored to have a cameo in "Rogue One."

From YahooMovies:  First "Rogue One" trailer is here!!!

From Moviesdotcom:  A new trailer for "Rogue One" to drop next week.

From ShadowandAct:  James Earl Jones to voice Darth Vader in "Rogue One."

From Collider:  16 early images from "Rogue One."

From ScreenRant:  More details about Darth Vader's appearance in "Rogue One."

From TheWrap:  Forest Whitaker's character in "Rogue One" is Saw Gerrera, a character that first appeared in the CGI-animated TV series, "Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

From ScreenRant:  Dave Filoni, showrunner for "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," expresses pride at the fact that Saw Gerrera will appear in Rogue One.

From YahooNews:   Darth Vader looms large over "Rogue One."

From EntertainmentWeekly:  The true and false concerning "Rogue One" reshoots rumors.

From ScreenRant:  The "Rogue One" reshoots rumor breakdowns.

From WeGotThisCovered:  Rumors say the reshoots will feature a watered-down version of Darth Vader whoopin' a Rebel squad.  Rumors also suggest that director Gareth Edwards is livid about the reshoots on "Rogue One."

From Wired:  A week of Star Wars news, including "Rogue One" reshoots.

From YahooMovies:  "Rogue One" reshoots will involve veteran stunt coordinator and second unit director, Simon Crane, and also, screenwriter, Tony Gilroy, who wrote three "Jason Bourne" movies.

From BleedingCool:  The Rogue One reshoots are apparently to address character moments rather than the tone of the film.

From YahooNews:  Disney orders reshoots for "Rogue One."  I thought they wanted it to look like a war movie...

From YahooNews:  Rumors say that Disney is not happy with "Rogue One."

From YahooMovies:  A book preview allows details about characters to emerge.

From Collider:  Mads Mikkelson reveals who is playing in "Rogue One."

From YahooNews:  Boba Fett might be in Rogue One?

From MakingStarWars:  The rumors about Forest Whitaker's character in "Rogue One" include that he might be a bounty hunter.

From Esquire:  Union issues could further delay Episode 8.

From THR:  Star Wars 8 moves from May 2017 to December 2017, which gives Rogue One more box office breathing room.

From YahooTech:  Rumors of Darth Vader's return for "Rogue One," and even a CGI Tarkin.

From TMZ:  Possible classic X-wings.

From StarWarsTime:  Rogue One trailer to debut on "Captain America: Civil War."

From StarWarsSite:  "Rogue One" page.

From SlashFilm:  Rumors about specific Rogue One characters and more.

From Variety:  "Rogue One" is the most anticipated movie of 2016, according to survey.

From ScreenRant:  Ben Mendelsohn talks about being in this film.

From HitFix:  What we know about Rogue One so far... not much really.

From Wikipedia:  Rogue One page.

Apparently, the title is actually, "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story."


Still talking about "The Force Awakens," Episode VIII and more:

From TMZ:  Carrie Fisher suffers a heart attack on a plane.

From YahooMovies:  10 actors who have played Darth Vader.

From BleedingCool:  Peter Sumner, an actor in the original Star Wars film, has died at the age of 74.  He played Imperial officer, Lt. Pol Treidum.

From Variety:  Emilia Clarke is the female lead in the "young Han Solo" spinoff Star Wars movie.

YahooNews:  Darth Maul will get his first Star Wars comic book published by Marvel.  He had a least a few when Dark Horse had the license to produce Star Wars comics.

YahooMovies:  Carrie Fisher reveals that she had an affair with Harrison Ford during the making of the original Star Wars film.  Ford was 14 years older than Fisher and also married.

YahooCelebrity:  Harrison Ford had an interesting reaction when Carrie Fisher told him that she was going to reveal their affair.

From CinemaBlend:  Han Solo movie may break some rules.

From ScreenRant:  Rumors about Finn's recovery in Episode 8.

From SlashFilm:  Warwick Davis to appear in Episode VIII, as he did in VII, and as he will in "Rogue One."

From YahooMovies:  See rare concept art for the original "Star Wars" film.

From EW:  TNT and TBS will have exclusive cable broadcast rights to "Star Wars" films for some time.

From Vulture:  Disney CEO Bob Iger confirms a Star Wars anthology film for 2020.

From CinemaBlend:  Lupita Nyong'o says that her character, Maz Kanata, will be in Episode 8.

From YahooNews:  Adam Driver (Kylo Ren) praises director Rian Johnson on Episode 8.

From FlickeringMyth:  Katee Sackhoff reprising her role on "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" for "Star Wars Rebels" Season 3.

From YouTube:  Lucasfilm gifts this four-minute-plus VFX reel from "The Force Awakens."

From YahooNews:  Mark Hamill lets a spoiler slip... Luke will be back for Episode 9.

From IndieWire:  John Williams says that he will begin composing the score for Episode 8 in a few weeks.

From TheWrap:  There is apparently a casting search for a young Lando Calrissian who will appear in the Han Solo spinoff movie.

From YahooMovies:  The original Darth Vader - David Prowse - is not happy.

From CBR:  From 2016 San Diego Comic-Con comes news that Episode VIII has officially wrapped production.

From YahooMovies:  What we've learned about Episode VIII and Han Solo at "Star Wars Celebration" London.

From ThePlaylist:  Rian Johnson talks Episode 8 at the "Star Wars Celebration" in London.

From BleedingCool:  "Star Wars Rebels" Season 3 expands the universe.

From ScreenRant:  Episode 8 almost finish production.

From VanityFair:  Samuel L. Jackson talks about Mace Windu fan theories.

From DenofGeek:  Mark Hamill hints at his future with Star Wars.

From ChicagoTribune:  The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art is not happening in Chicago.

From YahooTech:  Script lead for Episode 8 teases who Rey might be...

From ScreenRant:  That Star Wars live-action series that never came to be was to be Emperor Palpatine's origin story.

From YahooMovies:  Candace Payne a.k.a. "Chewbacca Mom" has her own custom made action figure.

From iDigitalTimes:  Rian Johnson posts a picture of Luke's robe to Instagram.

From Collider:  After six months, TFA has finished its domestic theatrical run, with a total box office of $936,662,225 million. That's good for #1 all-time (not adjusted for inflation, of course).

From YahooNews:  "Chewbacca Mom" (Candace Payne) meets the real Chewbacca, actor Peter Mayhew.

From YahooNews:  3D-printed replicas of props from "The Force Awakens" to go on sale.

From CinemaBlend:  A theory about the classic character who may have hurt the narrative of TFA.

From DenofGeek:  The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (the Oscars people) have released on the web what may be the first trailer for "Return of the Jedi," then known as "Revenge of the Jedi."

From HitFix:  39 years ago, Star Wars landed in movie theatres.

From YahooTV:  Viral star, "Chewbacca Mom" (Candace Payne) joins J.J. Abrams on "The Late, Late Show" with James Corden.

From CNBC:  This Chewbacca mask is selling out, perhaps because of a viral video.

From ScreenRant:  Rumors about a confrontation between Luke and Rey against Kylo and the Knights of Ren.

From DenOfGeek:  Episode 8 will be bigger and darker... according to cast members who are talking.

From YahooMovies:  Jack O'Connell, one of the young actors interviewed for the role of young Han Solo, frustrated by the audition process.

From TheWrap:  Young Han Solo is 26-year-old Aiden Ehrenreich ("Hail, Ceasar").

From YahooMovies:  Harrison Ford says "wookie cookies" in new Star Wars Lego game.

From CinemaBlend:  Boba Fett was originally going to have a much larger Star Wars role.

From YahooNews:  President and Mrs. Obama shake their money-makers for Star Wars Day.

From TIME:  A history of May the Fourth.

From YahooMovies:  J.J. Abrams and "Hamilton's" Lin-Manuel Miranda sing "Jabba Flow" for May the Fourth.

From YahooMovie:   Jeremy Bulloch, the original Boba Fett, has given an interview.

From YahooTech:  More set photos from Episode VIII - of the Millennium Falcon!

From Variety:  GLAAD wants an openly gay character in the "Star Wars" film franchise.

From TheDailyBeast:  Darth Vader is persona non grata at Star Wars event.

From ScreenRant:  Episode VIII halfway through shooting.

From CNET:  Director Rian Johnson posts two pics from the set of Episode VIII.

From YahooMovies:  Daisy Ridley posts some of "Jedi training" for Episode 8 on Facebook.

From YahooMovies:  In a Blu-ray extra for "The Force Awakens," see Ridley and Boyega in training.

From HelloGiggles:  George Lucas has a theory that R2-D2 is the narrator of the entire Star Wars saga.

From iDigitalTimes:  In Episode 8, Luke may be ditching the Jedi robes.

From EW:  Dave Franco describes auditioning for young Han Solo.

From Deadline:  Disney's search for an actor to play a young Han Solo may be down to one candidate, Alden Ehrenreich.

From: ScreenDaily:  J.J. Abrams offers vague stuff on Rey's parents.

From HitFix:  Obi-Wan wasn't supposed to do... originally.

From HitFix:  Dinsey breaks ground on Star Wars theme parks.

From TheVerge:  Mark Hamill was Daisy Ridley's "Yoda" during the filming of Episode 8.

From CBR:  The Force Awakens was screen for about two dozen terminally ill fans.

From YahooNews:  Adam Driver reveals why Kylo Ren went to the Dark Side.

From EW:  J.J. Abrams explain's Kylo's table of ashes.

From Esquire:  Everything that is known about Episode 8 so far.

From YahooNews:  Oscar Isaac photo bombs Mark Hamill and Lupita Nyong'o.

From BuzzFeed:  Star Wars baby names on the rise.

From HitFix:  Did John Boyega drop a spoiler about Kelly Marie Tran in Episode 8.

From CBRSpinoff:  In this clip from "The Force Awakens" blu-ray, John Boyega enters the Millennium Falcon for the first time.

From BusinessInsider:  Here are descriptions of the scenes during Rey's strange vision with a transcription of the dialogue.

From YahooMovies:  The documentary "Elstree 1976" interviews 10 "unsung heroes" who were there at the beginning of the original "Star Wars."

From EntertainmentWeekly:  Darth Maul returns in "Star Wars Rebels."

From Variety:  Harrison Fords says, "Don't do it!"

From Facebook:  See Maz Kanata Blu-ray bonus clip.

From IndieWire:  TFA is big at the Jameson Empire Awards.

From FTWCulture:  Mark Hamill's birthday wishes to John Boyega causes freak-out.

From Movieweb:  The search for "young Han Solo" is down to a handful of actors.

From SlashFilm:  John Boyega visits a children's hospital in London in character as Finn.

From YahooMovies:  Teaser for Blu-ray release reveals first table-read of script.

From Esquire:  J.J. Abrams says this scene was a mistake.  I thought it was odd at the time I saw it, but I didn't think of it as a mistake.

From Newsweek:  Disney is planning many new Star Wars films - including Obi-Wan and Mace Windu films.

From BleedingCool:  BB-8 will have his own comic strip, that will fun as a back-up feature in Marvel's Star Wars: Poe Dameron.

From TheWrap:  Tony Dyson, one of the creators of R2-D2, dies at 68.

From CinemaBlend:  Daisy Ridley talks filming with Mark Hamill.

From YahooMovies:  New Han Solo and Maz Kanata details.

From Variety:  Benecio del Toro and Laura Dern added to the cast of Episode VIII.

From USMagazine:  The possible first scene of Episode 8 is teased.

From YahooMovies:  John Boyega wins "Rising Star Award" at the 69th EE British Academy Film Awards.

From YahooNews:  A Finn-Poe bromance?

From FlickeringMyth:  Episode VIII begins filming; more Obi-Wan rumors.

From BoxOfficeMojo:  "The Force Awakens" crosses $900 million domestically, the first film to do so.

From Variety:  "The Force Awakens" passed $2 billion in total global box office.

From CinemaBlend:  Yoda almost made a cameo in "The Force Awakens."

From TheGuardian:  Gwendoline Christie says Capt. Phasma is coming back.

From YahooMovies:  "The Force Awakens" arrives on Blu-ray April 5th, 2016.

From RollingStone:  Rock musician/actor Rick Springfield has one of the largest Star Wars action figure collections in the world.

From SideshowToys:  In case you haven't seen it, here is Adam Driver as Kylo Ren on "Saturday Night Live."

From TOH:  Daisy Ridley has signed on to executive produce the documentary, "The Eagle Huntress."

From YahooMovies:  TFA crosses $1 billion internationally.

From Polygon:  See some of "The Force Awakens" without visual effects.

From YahooMovies:  The director of Star Wars Episode 9 (Colin Trevorrow) drops hints about Rey's parentage.

From CinemaBlend:  John Boyega is hitting the gym for Episode VIII.

From Variety:  "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" sets a few records as it opens in China.

From Collider:  Controversy ensues when "The Force Awakens" gets a best film nomination.

From CinemaBlend:  A Poe/Finn romance?

From THR:  J.J. Abrams responds to critics (kind of) who claim that TFA is a rip-off of the original Star Wars.

From YahooMovies:  Lucasfilm confirms the identity of the First Order stormtrooper who yelled "Traitor" at Finn.

From MoviesdotCom:  "The Force Awakens" has passed "Avatar" as the domestic box office champ.

From YahooNews:  Samuel L. Jackson seems only mildly entertained by TFA.

From YahooMovies:  It will happen today. "The Force Awakens" earned an estimated $8 million at the box office on Tues., Jan. 5th, giving it a North American haul of $758.2 million.  The domestic box office record-holder is Avatar with $760 million.  So being behind Avatar by less than $2 million means that TFA should become the record holder today, Wed., Jan. 6th, 2016.

From YahooNews:  Because of Peter Mayhew's age (71), Lucasfilm had to cast a younger actor to play Chewbacca in more physically demanding scenes.  Meet 29-year old basketball player, Joonas Suotamo.

From Variety:  "The Force Awakens" moves past "Furious 7" and "Marvel's The Avengers."

From HitFix:  See "The Force Awakens" free this Wednesday, Jan. 6th.

From YahooMovies:   Rare Instagram photos from Dan Mindel, the cinematographer of "The Force Awakens."

From ThePlaylist:  More script reveals - a Jedi temple on fire.

From Polygon:  "Ahch-To" is the name of the planet upon which Rey finds Luke.

From YahooMovies:  TFA is within a day or so of passing "Avatar" as the highest grossing movie in domestic box office history (not adjusting for inflation).

From EntertainmentWeekly:  New images of Kanata and Snope.

From YahooMovies:  TFA sets a New Year's Day box office record with an estimated haul of $34.5 million.  That beats the previous record holder, Avatar, which had $25.3 million on a New Year's Day that also happened to fall on a Friday.

From CinemaBlend:  What Rey saw in her "vision."

From Variety:  Lucas backpedals on "white slavers" comments.

From SlashFilm:  See the full Charlie Rose interview with George Lucas that includes "white slavers" and "retro movie" comments.

Review: "Pete's Dragon" Remake is a Surprisingly Good Children's Film

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 18 (of 2016) by Leroy Douresseaux

Pete's Dragon (2016)
Running time:  103 minutes (1 hour, 43 minutes)
MPAA – PG for action, peril and brief language
DIRECTOR:  David Lowery
WRITERS:  David Lowery and Toby Halbrooks (based on the screenplay by Malcolm Marmorstein)
PRODUCER:  James Whitaker
CINEMATOGRAPHER:  Bojan Bazelli (D.o.P.)
EDITOR:  Lisa Zeno Churgin
COMPOSER:  Daniel Hart


Starring:  Oakes Fegley, Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oona Laurence, Wes Bentley, Karl Urban, Isiah Whitlick, Jr., Marcus Henderson, Keagan Carr Fransch, and Steve Barr

Pete's Dragon is a 2016 fantasy drama and family movie from director David Lowery.  It is a remake of Walt Disney's 1977 live-action/animated musical film, Pete's Dragon.  The new Pete's Dragon tells the story of an orphaned boy and his best friend, a dragon, and what happens when the outside world discovers their existence.

When he was five, Pete experienced a tragedy that left him an orphan.  Lost in the forest, Pete meets a large dragon with green fur, yellow eyes, and wings on its back.  Pete names the dragon “Elliot” after a character in his favorite storybook, “Elliot Gets Lost,” and the boy and his dragon become a family.

Six years later, Pete (Oakes Fegley) spies forest ranger Grace Meachum (Bryce Dallas Howard) and is curious about her.  However, it is his encounter with a girl his age, Natalie (Oona Laurence), that brings Pete into contact with the world outside the forest where he lives with Elliot.  Soon, Pete is living among people again, and humans are hunting for Elliot, whom they know as the local legend, “the Millhaven dragon.”

I have only seen bits and pieces of the original 1977 Pete's Dragon, and I was not interested in this new film.  I even wondered why Disney needed to remake it.  Were there people really clamoring for a fresh take on a film that had probably seen its day come and gone?  I received a copy-for-review of the recent Blu-ray/DVD release of the new Pete's Dragon, obligating me to watch it.

I was surprised to find that I enjoyed it, although I think that this movie is truly a children's film.  In the last few decades, movie studios often believe that they have to make kids' movies have elements that appeal to the parents and adults that bring children to see movies aimed at the little ones.  I don't think that Pete's Dragon does that.

Pete's Dragon is a tale of child who lives in the world in his own terms.  As usual, adults cannot or will not see the magic he (Pete) lives with everyday.  It takes another child (Natalie) to truly understand the child hero's point of view.  In fact, the adult that is most successful in helping Pete, Grace, turns out to be the one most open to trying to see what the child does by listening and learning from the child.

Pete's Dragon is about the kind of magic and the kind of reality or surrealism that children accept, probably because they are willing to believe, where adults might have to suspend disbelief.  There is a lot about Pete's Dragon that stretches credulity, and that is OK.  If you believe in Pete and also in Elliot, you believe in Pete's Dragon.

This is one of those so-called “little movies,” cinematic gems that bide their time, gradually attracting new audiences one viewing at a time.  Pete's Dragon isn't perfect, but it is perfect for children and the child in adult viewers.

7 of 10

Friday, December 23, 2016

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Austin Film Critics Name "Moonlight" Best Film of 2016

The Austin Film Critics Association (AFCA) describes itself as a group dedicated to supporting the best in film, whether at the international, national, or local level.  Members of the AFCA contribute to such publications and outlets as Ain’t It Cool News, the Austin American-Statesman, the Austin Chronicle, The Daily Texan, DVDActive, Fandango, Film School Rejects,, KOOP Radio,, among others.

2016 AFCA Awards were announced Wednesday, December 28,2016 .

2016 AFCA Award winners:

Best Film: Moonlight (dir: Barry Jenkins)

Best Director: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Best Actor: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert, Elle

Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis, Fences

Best Original Screenplay: Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

Best Adapted Screenplay: Eric Heisserer, Arrival

Best Cinematography: Linus Sandgren, La La Land

Best Score: Justin Hurwitz, La La Land

Best Foreign-Language Film: The Handmaiden (dir: Park Chan-wook)

Best Documentary: Tower (dir: Keith Maitland)

Best Animated Film: Kubo and the Two Strings (dir: Travis Knight)

Best First Film: The Witch (dir: Robert Eggers)

The Robert R. “Bobby” McCurdy Memorial Breakthrough Artist Award: Keith Maitland, Tower

Austin Film Award: Tower (dir: Keith Maitland)

Special Honorary Award: To the ensemble cast of Moonlight and casting director Yesi Ramirez for excellence as an ensemble.

Special Honorary Award: To honor Anton Yelchin for his contribution to the cinema of 2016, including performances in Green Room and Star Trek Beyond. His was a brilliant career cut profoundly short.

Special Honorary Award: To A24 Films for excellence in production in distribution. Their work gave us Moonlight, Green Room, Swiss Army Man, The Lobster, The Witch, and 20th Century Women, among others.

Special Honorary Award: To filmmaker Keith Maitland and his film Tower for revisiting a tragic event in Austin, Texas history in a sensitive and unique manner.

AFCA 2016 Top Ten Films:
  1.     Moonlight
  2.     La La Land
  3.     Arrival
  4.     The Handmaiden
  5.     Manchester by the Sea
  6.     Elle
  7.     Hell or High Water
  8.     The Lobster
  9.     Jackie
  10.     Sing Street


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

2016 Online Film Critics Society Award Nominations Announced

Founded in 1997, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) describes itself as “the largest, most respected organization for critics whose work appears primarily on the Internet.”  The OFCS says that it has been the key force in establishing and raising the standards for Internet-based film journalism.  Its membership consists of film reviewers, journalists and scholars based in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Asia/Pacific Rim region.  The Online Film Critics Society currently consists of 254 members with writers representing 22 countries across the globe.

The 20th Online Film Critics Society Award nominations were announced on Tuesday, December 27, 2016.

2016 / 20th OFCS Award nominees:

Best Picture
The Handmaiden
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester By the Sea
O.J.: Made in America
The Witch

Best Animated Feature
Finding Dory
Kubo and the Two Strings
The Red Turtle

Best Director
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Pablo Larraín – Jackie
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester By the Sea
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival

Best Actor
Casey Affleck – Manchester By the Sea
Adam Driver – Paterson
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Actress
Amy Adams – Arrival
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Emma Stone – La La Land

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Tom Bennett – Love & Friendship
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges – Manchester By the Sea
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

Best Supporting Actress
Viola Davis – Fences
Lily Gladstone – Certain Women
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester By the Sea

Best Original Screenplay
Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
Jackie – Noah Oppenheim
La La Land – Damien Chazelle
The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
Manchester By the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

Best Adapted Screenplay
Arrival – Eric Heisserer, Ted Chiang
Elle – David Birke, Philippe Djian
Love & Friendship – Whit Stillman
Moonlight – Barry Jenkins, Tarell Alvin McCraney
Nocturnal Animals – Tom Ford

Best Editing
Arrival – Joe Walker
Cameraperson – Nels Bangerter
Jackie – Sebastian Sepulveda
La La Land – Tom Cross
Moonlight – Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders

Best Cinematography
Arrival – Bradford Young
Jackie – Stéphane Fontaine
La La Land – Linus Sandgren
Moonlight – James Laxton
The Neon Demon – Natasha Braier

Best Film Not in the English Language
Elle – France
The Handmaiden – South Korea
Neruda – Chile
The Salesman – Iran
Toni Erdmann – Germany

Best Documentary
I Am Not Your Negro
O.J.: Made in America

Best Non-U.S. Release
After the Storm
The Death of Louis XIV
The Girl With All the Gifts
Personal Shopper
A Quiet Passion
Staying Vertical
The Unknown Girl
Yourself and Yours


2016 North Carolina Film Critics Association Award Nominations Announced

The North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA) was formed by Kenneth R. Morefield in 2012 to promote film journalism in North Carolina.  It is comprised of film journalists who either live in North Carolina or write for outlets that serve readers in this state. The NCFCA votes annually on awards for achievements in film.

The winners of the 5th NCFCA Awards will be announced at the NCFCA site on Monday, January 2, 2017.  The nominees were announced Tuesday, December 27, 2016.

2016 / 5th NCFCA Award nominations:

Hell or High Water
La La Land
Manchester by the Sea

I Am Not Your Negro
Life, Animated
O.J.: Made in America

Finding Dory
Kubo and the Two Strings
Sausage Party

The Handmaiden
A Man Called Ove
Toni Erdmann
Things to Come

Damien Chazelle — La La Land
Barry Jenkins — Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan — Manchester by the Sea
David Mackenzie — Hell or High Water
Chan-woo Park — The Handmaiden

Chung-hoo Chung — The Handmaiden
James Laxton — Moonlight
Giles Nuttgens — Hell or High Water
Linus Sandgren — La La Land
Bradford Young — Arrival

Captain America: Civil War
Doctor Strange
Jungle Book
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Casey Affleck — Manchester by the Sea
Joel Edgerton — Loving
Ryan Gosling — La La Land
Viggo Mortensen — Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington — Fences

Mahershala Ali — Moonlight
Jeff Bridges — Hell or High Water
Ben Foster — Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges — Manchester by the Sea
Sam Neill — Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Annette Bening — 20th Century Women
Kate Beckinsale — Love & Friendship
Ruth Negga — Loving
Natalie Portman — Jackie
Emma Stone — La La Land

Viola Davis — Fences
Greta Gerwig — 20th Century Women
Naomie Harris — Moonlight
Nicole Kidman — Lion
Michelle Williams — Manchester by the Sea

Damien Chazelle — La La Land
Barry Jenkins — Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan — Manchester by the Sea
Mike Mills — 20th Century Women
Taylor Sheridan — Hell or High Water

Tom Ford — Nocturnal Animals
Eric Heisserer — Arrival
Seo-kyeong Jeong and Chan-wook Park — The Handmaiden
Whit Stillman — Love & Friendship
Taika Waititi — Hunt for the Wilderpeople

(To an artist or film with a special connection to North Carolina.)
Anthony Mackie
Jeff Nichols
Starving the Beast


59th Grammy Award Nominations Announced - Complete Nominees List

The Grammy Awards (or Grammys) are given out by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) of the United States. The Grammy is an accolade that recognizes outstanding achievement in the music industry. It is the music industry equivalent to the Academy Awards for film, the Emmy Awards for television, and the Tony Award for stage.

The nominees for The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards were announced Tuesday, December 6, 2016.  The 59th Annual Grammy Awards recognize the best musical (and some spoken word and video) recordings, compositions, and artists for the eligibility year that began on October 1, 2015 and ended on September 30, 2016 in a total of 84 categories.

The 59th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Monday, February 12, 2017, at Staples Center in Los Angeles.  The ceremony will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

59th / (2015-2016) Annual GRAMMY Award nominations:


Album Of The Year:
25  - Adele
Lemonade  - Beyoncé
Purpose  - Justin Bieber
Views  - Drake
A Sailor's Guide To Earth - Sturgill Simpson

Record Of The Year:
"Hello" - Adele
"Formation" - Beyoncé
"7 Years" - Lukas Graham
"Work" - Rihanna Featuring Drake
"Stressed Out" - Twenty One Pilots

Song Of The Year:
"Formation" - Khalif Brown, Asheton Hogan, Beyoncé Knowles & Michael L. Williams II, songwriters (Beyoncé)
"Hello" - Adele Adkins & Greg Kurstin, songwriters (Adele)
"I Took A Pill In Ibiza" - Mike Posner, songwriter (Mike Posner)
"Love Yourself" - Justin Bieber, Benjamin Levin & Ed Sheeran, songwriters (Justin Bieber)
"7 Years" - Lukas Forchhammer, Stefan Forrest, Morten Pilegaard & Morten Ristorp, songwriters (Lukas Graham)

Best New Artist:
Kelsea Ballerini
The Chainsmokers
Chance The Rapper
Maren Morris
Anderson .Paak


Best Pop Vocal Album:
25 - Adele
Purpose - Justin Bieber
Dangerous Woman - Ariana Grande
Confident - Demi Lovato
This Is Acting - Sia

Best Pop Solo Performance:
"Hello" - Adele
"Hold Up" - Beyonce
"Love Yourself" - Justin Bieber
"Piece By Piece (Idol Version)" - Kelly Clarkson
"Dangerous Woman" - Ariana Grande

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance:
"Closer" - The Chainsmokers Featuring Halsey
"7 Years" - Lukas Graham
"Work" - Rihanna Featuring Drake
"Cheap Thrills" - Sia Featuring Sean Paul
"Stressed Out" - Twenty One Pilots

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album:
Cinema - Andrea Bocelli
Fallen Angels - Bob Dylan
Stages Live - Josh Groban
Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin - Willie Nelson
Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway - Barbra Streisand


Best Dance Recording:
"Tearing Me Up" - Bob Moses
"Don't Let Me Down" - The Chainsmokers Featuring Daya
"Never Be Like You" - Flume Featuring Kai
"Rinse & Repeat" - Riton Featuring Kah-Lo
"Drinkee" - Sofi Tukker

Best Dance/Electronic Album:
Skin - Flume
Electronica 1: The Time Machine - Jean-Michel Jarre
Epoch - Tycho
Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future - Underworld
Louie Vega Starring…XXVIII - Louie Vega


Best Contemporary Instrumental Album:
Human Nature - Herb Alpert
When You Wish Upon a Star - Bill Frisell
Way Back Home: Live From Rochester, NY - Steve Gadd Band
Unpsoken - Chuck Loeb
Culcha Vulcha  - Snarky Puppy


Best Rock Performance:
"Joe (Live From Austin City Limits)" - Alabama Shakes
"Don't Hurt Yourself" - Beyoncé Featuring Jack White
"Blackstar" - David Bowie
"The Sound Of Silence" - Disturbed
"Heathens" - Twenty One Pilots

Best Metal Performance:
"Shock Me" - Baroness
"Slivera" - Gojira
"Rotting in Vain" - Korn
"Dystopia" - Megadeth
"The Price Is Wrong" - Periphery

Best Rock Song:
"Blackstar" - David Bowie, songwriter (David Bowie)
"Burn the Witch"  - Radiohead, songwriters (Radiohead)
"Hardwired" - James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich, songwriters (Metallica
"Heathens" - Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots)
"My Name Is Human" - Rich Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens, songwriters (Highly Suspect)

Best Rock Album:
California  - Blink-182
Tell Me I'm Pretty - Cage The Elephant
Magma - Gojira
Death Of A Bachelor - Panic! At The Disco
Weezer - Weezer


Best Alternative Music Album:
22, A Million  - Bon Iver
Blackstar  - David Bowie
The Hope Six Demolition Project  - PJ Harvey
Post Pop Depression  - Iggy Pop
A Moon Shaped Pool  - Radiohead


Best R&B Performance:
"Turnin' Me Up" - BJ The Chicago Kid
"Permission" - Ro James
"I Do" - Musiq Soulchild
"Needed Me" - Rihanna
"Cranes in the Sky" - Solange

Best Traditional R&B Performance:
"The Three Of Me" - William Bell
"Woman's World" - BJ The Chicago Kid
"Sleeping With The One I Love" - Fantasia
"Angel" - Lalah Hathaway
"Can't Wait" - Jill Scott

Best R&B Song:
"Come and See Me" - J. Brathwaite, Aubrey Graham & Noah Shebib, songwriters (PartyNextDoor Featuring Drake)
"Exchange" - Michael Hernandez & Bryson Tiller, songwriters (Bryson Tiller)
"Kiss It Better" - Jeff Bhasker, Robyn Fenty, John-Nathan Glass & Natalia Noemi, songwriters (Rihanna)
"Lake By the Ocean" - Hod David & Musze, songwriters (Maxwell)
"Luv" - Magnus August Høiberg, Benjamin Levin & Daystar Peterson, songwriters (Tory Lanez)

Best Urban Contemporary Album:
Lemonade - Beyoncé
Ology - Gallant
We Are King - KING
Malibu - Anderson .Paak
Anti - Rihanna

Best R&B Album:
In My Mind - BJ The Chicago Kid
Lalah Hathaway Live - Lalah Hathaway
Velvet Portraits - Terrace Martin
Healing Season - Mint Condition
Smoove Jones - Mya


Best Rap Performance:
"No Problem" - Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
"Panda" - Desiigner
"Pop Style" - Drake Featuring The Throne
"All The Way Up" - Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared
"That Part"  - ScHoolboy Q Featuring Kanye West

Best Rap/Sung Performance:
"Freedom" - Beyoncé Featuring Kendrick Lamar
"Hotline Bling" - Drake
"Broccoli" - D.R.A.M. Featuring Lil Yachty
"Ultralight Beam" - Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream
"Famous" - Kanye West Featuring Rihanna

Best Rap Song:
"All The Way Up" - Joseph Cartagena, Edward Davadi, Shandel Green, Karim Kharbouch, Andre Christopher Lyon, Reminisce Mackie & Marcello Valenzano, songwriters (Fat Joe & Remy Ma Featuring French Montana & Infared)

"Famous" - Chancelor Bennett, Ross Birchard, Ernest Brown, Andrew Dawson, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Noah Goldstein, Kejuan Muchita, Patrick Reynolds, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Rihanna)

"Hotline Bling" - Aubrey Graham & Paul Jefferies, songwriters (Drake)

"No Problem" - Chancelor Bennett, Dwayne Carter & Tauheed Epps, songwriters (Chance The Rapper Featuring Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz)

"Ultralight Beam" - Chancelor Bennett, Kasseem Dean, Mike Dean, Kirk Franklin, Noah Goldstein, Samuel Griesemer, Terius Nash, Jerome Potter, Kelly Price, Nico "Donnie Trumpet" Segal, Derek Watkins, Kanye West & Cydel Young, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, Kirk Franklin & The-Dream)

Best Rap Album:
Coloring Book - Chance The Rapper
And the Anonymous Nobody - De La Soul
Major Key - DJ Khaled
Views - Drake
Blank Face LP - ScHoolboy Q
The Life of Pablo - Kanye West


Best Country Solo Performance:
"Love Can Go To Hell" - Brandy Clark
"Vice" - Miranda Lambert
"My Church" - Maren Morris
"Church Bells" - Carrie Underwood
"Blue Ain't Your Color" - Keith Urban

Best Country Duo/Group Performance:
"Different for Girls" - Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King
"21 Summer" - Brothers Osborne
"Setting The World On Fire" - Kenny Chesney & P!nk
"Jolene" - Pentatonix Featuring Dolly Parton
"Think Of You" - Chris Young With Cassadee Pope

Best Country Song:
"Blue Ain't Your Color" - Clint Lagerberg, Hillary Lindsey & Steven Lee Olsen, songwriters (Keith Urban)
"Die A Happy Man" - Sean Douglas, Thomas Rhett & Joe Spargur, songwriters (Thomas Rhett)
"Humble and Kind" - Lori McKenna, songwriter (Tim McGraw)
"My Church" - busbee & Maren Morris, songwriters (Maren Morris)
"Vice" - Miranda Lambert, Shane McAnally & Josh Osborne, songwriters (Miranda Lambert)

Best Country Album:
Big Day In A Small Town - Brandy Clark
Full Circle - Loretta Lynn
Hero - Maren Morris
A Sailor's Guide To Earth - Sturgill Simpson
Ripcord - Keith Urban


Best New Age Album:
Orogen - John Burke
Dark Sky Island - Enya
Inner Passion - Peter Kater & Tina Guo
Rosetta - Vangelis
White Sun II - White Sun


Best Improvised Jazz Solo:
"Countdown" - Joey Alexander, soloist
"In Movement" - Ravi Coltrane, soloist
"We See" - Fred Hersch, soloist
"I Concentrate On You" - Brad Mehldau, soloist
"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" - John Scofield, soloist

Best Jazz Vocal Album:
Sound Of Red - René Marie
Upward Spiral - Branford Marsalis Quartet With Special Guest Kurt Elling
Take Me To The Alley - Gregory Porter
Harlem On My Mind - Catherine Russell
The Sting Variations - The Tierney Sutton Band

Best Jazz Instrumental Album:
Book of Intuition - Kenny Barron Trio
Dr. Um - Peter Erskine
Sunday Night At The Vanguard - The Fred Hersch Trio
Nearness - Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau
Country For Old Men - John Scofield

Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album:
Real Enemies - Darcy James Argue's Secret Society
Presents Monk'estra, Vol. 1 - John Beasley
Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles - John Daversa
All L.A. Band - Bob Mintzer
Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom - Ted Nash Big Band

Best Latin Jazz Album:
Entre Colegas - Andy González
Madera Latino: A Latin Jazz Perspective On The Music Of Woody Shaw - Brian Lynch & Various Artists
Canto América  - Michael Spiro/Wayne Wallace La Orquesta Sinfonietta
30 - Trio Da Paz
Tribute To Irakere: Live In Marciac - Chucho Valdés


Best Gospel Performance/Song:
"It's Alright, It's OK" - Shirley Caesar Featuring Anthony Hamilton; Stanley Brown & Courtney Rumble, songwriters
"You're Bigger [Live]" - Jekalyn Carr; Allundria Carr, songwriter
"Made A Way [Live]" - Travis Greene; Travis Greene, songwriter
"God Provides" - Tamela Mann; Kirk Franklin, songwriter
"Better" - Hezekiah Walker; Jason Clayborn, Gabriel Hatcher & Hezekiah Walker, songwriters

Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song:
"Trust In You" - Lauren Daigle; Lauren Daigle, Michael Farren & Paul Mabury, songwriters
"Priceless" - For King & Country; Benjamin Backus, Seth Mosley, Joel Smallbone, Luke Smallbone & Tedd Tjornhom, songwriters
"King of the World" - Natalie Grant; Natalie Grant, Becca Mizell & Samuel Mizell, songwriters
"Thy Will" - Hillary Scott & The Scott Family; Bernie Herms, Hillary Scott & Emily Weisband, songwriters Track from: Love Remains
"Chain Breaker" - Zach Williams; Mia Fieldes, Jonathan Smith & Zach Williams, songwriters

Best Gospel Album:
Listen - Tim Bowman Jr.
Fill This House - Shirley Caesar
A Worshipper's Heart [Live] - Todd Dulaney
Losing My Religion - Kirk Franklin
Demonstrate [Live] - William Murphy

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album:
Poets & Saints - All Sons & Daughters
American Prodigal - Crowder
Be One - Natalie Grant
Youth Revival [Live] - Hillsong Young & Free
Love Remains - Hillary Scott & The Scott Family  

Best Roots Gospel Album:
Better Together - Gaither Vocal Band
Nature's Symphony In 432 - The Isaacs
Hymns - Joey+Rory
Hymns And Songs Of Inspiration - Gordon Mote
God Don't Ever Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson - (Various Artists)


Best Latin Pop Album:
Un Besito Mas - Jesse & Joy
Ilusión - Gaby Moreno
Similares - Laura Pausini
Seguir Latiendo - Sanalejo
Buena Vida - Diego Torres

Best Latin Rock, Urban or Alternative Album:
iLevitable - ile
L.H.O.N. (La Humanidad O Nosotros) - Illya Kuryaki & The Valderamas
Buenaventura - La Santa Cecilia
Los Rakas - Los Rakas
Amor Supremo - Carla Morrison

Best Regional Mexican Music Album (Including Tejano):
Raíces - Banda El Recodo De Cruz Lizárraga
Hecho A Mano - Joss Favela
Un Azteca En El Azteca, Vol. 1 (En Vivo) - Vicente Fernández
Generación Maquinaria Est. 2006  - La Maquinaria Norteña
Tributo A Joan Sebastian Y Rigoberto Alfaro - Mariachi Divas De Cindy Shea

Best Tropical Latin Album:
Conexión - Fonseca
La Fantasia Homenaje A Juan Formell - Formell Y Los Van Van
35 Aniversario - Grupo Niche
La Sonora Santanera En Su 60 Aniversario - La Sonora Santanera
Donde Están? - Jose Lugo & Guasábara Combo


Best American Roots Performance:
"Ain't No Man" - The Avett Brothers
"Mother's Children Have A Hard Time" - Blind Boys Of Alabama
"Factory Girl" - Rhiannon Giddens
"House Of Mercy" - Sarah Jarosz
"Wreck You" - Lori McKenna

Best American Roots Song:
"Alabama At Night" - Robbie Fulks, songwriter (Robbie Fulks)
"City Lights" - Jack White, songwriter (Jack White)
"Gulfstream" - Eric Adcock & Roddie Romero, songwriters (Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars)
"Kid Sister" - Vince Gill, songwriter (The Time Jumpers)
"Wreck You" - Lori McKenna & Felix McTeigue, songwriters (Lori McKenna)

Best Americana Album:
True Sadness - The Avett Brothers
This Is Where I Live - William Bell
The Cedar Creek Sessions - Kris Kristofferson
The Bird & The Rifle - Lori McKenna
Kid Sister - The Time Jumpers

Best Bluegrass Album:
Original Traditional - Blue Highway
Burden Bearer - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
The Hazel Sessions - Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands
North And South - Claire Lynch
Coming Home - O'Connor Band With Mark O'Connor

Best Traditional Blues Album:
Can't Shake The Feeling - Lurrie Bell
Live At The Greek Theatre - Joe Bonamassa
Blues & Ballads (A Folksinger's Songbook: Volumes I & II) - Luther Dickinson
The Soul of Jimmie Rodgers - Vasti Jackson
Porcupine Meat - Bobby Rush

Best Contemporary Blues Album:
The Last Days Of Oakland - Fantastic Negrito
Love Wins Again - Janiva Magness
Bloodline - Kenny Neal
Give It Back To You - The Record Company
Everybody Wants A Piece - Joe Louis Walker

Best Folk Album:
Silver Skies Blue - Judy Collins & Ari Hest
Upland Stories - Robbie Fulks
Factory Girl - Rhiannon Giddens
Weighted Mind - Sierra Hull
Undercurrent - Sarah Jarosz

Best Regional Roots Music Album:
Broken Promised Land - Barry Jean Ancelet & Sam Broussard
It's A Cree Thing - Northern Cree
E Walea - Kalani Pe'a
Gulfstream - Roddie Romero And The Hub City All-Stars
I Wanna Sing Right: Rediscovering Lomax In The Evangeline Country - (Various Artists)


Best Reggae Album:
Sly & Robbie Presents... Reggae For Her - Devin Di Dakta & J.L
Rose Petals - J Boog
Ziggy Marley - Ziggy Marley
Everlasting - Raging Fyah
Falling Into Place - Rebelution
Soja: Live In Virginia - Soja


Best World Music Album:
Destiny - Celtic Woman
Walking In The Footsteps Of Our Fathers - Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Sing Me Home - Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
Land Of Gold - Anoushka Shankar
Dois Amigos, Um Século De Música: Multishow Live - Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil


Best Children's Album:
Explorer Of The World - Frances England
Infinity Plus One - Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Novelties - Recess Monkey
Press Play - Brady Rymer And The Little Band That Could
Saddle Up - The Okee Dokee Brothers


Best Spoken Word Album (Includes Poetry, Audio Books & Storytelling):
The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo - Amy Schumer
In Such Good Company: Eleven Years Of Laughter, Mayhem, And Fun In The Sandbox - Carol Burnett
M Train - Patti Smith
Under The Big Black Sun: A Personal History Of L.A.Punk (John Doe With Tom DeSavia) - (Various Artists)
Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink - Elvis Costello


Best Comedy Album:
...America...Great... - David Cross
American Myth - Margaret Cho
Boysih Girl Interrupted - Tig Notaro
Live At The Apollo - Amy Schumer
Talking For Clapping - Patton Oswalt


Best Musical Theater Album:
Bright Star - Carmen Cusack, principal soloist; Jay Alix, Peter Asher & Una Jackman, producers; Steve Martin, composer; Edie Brickell, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)

The Color Purple - Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson, principal soloists; Stephen Bray, Van Dean, Frank Filipetti, Roy Furman, Scott Sanders & Jhett Tolentino, producers (Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell & Allee Willis, composers/lyricists) (New Broadway Cast)

Fiddler On The Roof - Danny Burstein, principal soloist; Louise Gund, David Lai & Ted Sperling, producers (Jerry Bock, composer; Sheldon Harnick, lyricist) (2016 Broadway Cast)

Kinky Boots - Killian Donnelly & Matt Henry, principal soloists; Sammy James, Jr., Cyndi Lauper, Stephen Oremus & William Wittman, producers (Cyndi Lauper, composer & lyricist) (Original West End Cast)

Waitress - Jessie Mueller, principal soloist; Neal Avron, Sara Bareilles & Nadia DiGiallonardo, producers; Sara Bareilles, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)


Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media:
Amy - (Various Artists)
Miles Ahead - Miles Davis & Various Artists)
Straight Outta Compton - (Various Artists)
Suicide Squad (Collector's Edition) - (Various Artists)
Vinyl: The Essentials Season 1 - (Various Artists)

Best Score Soundtrack For Visual Media:
Bridge of Spies - Thomas Newman, composer
Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight - Ennio Morricone, composer
The Revenant - Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, composers
Star Wars: The Force Awakens - John Williams, composer
Stranger Things Volume 1 - Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, composers
Stranger Things Volume 2 - Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein, composers

Best Song Written For Visual Media:

"Can't Stop The Feeling!" - Max Martin, Shellback & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (Justin Timberlake, Anna Kendrick, Gwen Stefani, James Corden, Zooey Deschanel, Walt Dohrn, Ron Funches, Caroline Hjelt, Aino Jawo, Christopher Mintz-Plasse & Kunal Nayyar), Track from: Trolls

"Heathens" - Tyler Joseph, songwriter (Twenty One Pilots), Track from: Suicide Squad

"Just Like Fire" - Oscar Holter, Max Martin, P!nk & Shellback, songwriters (P!nk), Track from: Alice Through The Looking Glass

"Purple Lamborghini" - Shamann Cooke, Sonny Moore & William Roberts, songwriters (Skrillex & Rick Ross), Track from: Suicide Squad

"Try Everything" - Mikkel S. Eriksen, Sia Furler & Tor Erik Hermansen, songwriters (Shakira), Track from: Zootopia

"The Veil" - Peter Gabriel, songwriter (Peter Gabriel), Track from: Snowden


Best Instrumental Composition:
"Bridge of Spies (End Title)" - Thomas Newman, composer (Thomas Newman)
"The Expensive Train Set (An Epic Sarahnade For Big Band)" - Tim Davies, composer (Tim Davies Big Band)
"Flow" - Alan Ferber, composer (Alan Ferber Nonet)
"L'Ultima Diligenza Di Red Rock - Verisione Integrale" - Ennio Morricone, composer (Ennio Morricone)
"Spoken At Midnight" - Ted Nash, composer (Ted Nash Big Band)

Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella:
"Ask Me Now" - John Beasley, arranger (John Beasley)
"Good 'Swing' Wenceslas" - Sammy Nestico, arranger (The Count Basie Orchestra)
"Linus & Lucy" - Christian Jacob, arranger (The Phil Norman Tentet)
"Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" - John Daversa, arranger (John Daversa)
"We Three Kings" - Ted Nash, arranger (Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra With Wynton Marsalis)
"You And I" - Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)

Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals:
"Do You Hear What I Hear?" - Gordon Goodwin, arranger (Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band Featuring Take 6)
"Do You Want To Know A Secret" - John Daversa, arranger (John Daversa Featuring Renee Olstead)
"Flintstones" - Jacob Collier, arranger (Jacob Collier)
"I'm A Fool To Want You" - Alan Broadbent, arranger (Kristin Chenoweth)
"Somewhere (Dirty Blvd) (Extended Version)" - Billy Childs & Larry Klein, arrangers (Lang Lang Featuring Lisa Fischer & Jeffrey Wright)


Best Recording Package:
Anti (Deluxe Edition) - Ciarra Pardo & Robyn Fenty, art directors (Rihanna)
Blackstar - Jonathan Barnbrook, art director (David Bowie)
Human Performance - Andrew Savage, art director (Parquet Courts)
Sunset Motel - Sarah Dodds & Shauna Dodds, art directors (Reckless Kelly)
22, A Million - Eric Timothy Carlson, art director (Bon Iver)

Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package:
Edith Piaf 1915-2015 - Gérard Lo Monaco, art director (Edith Piaf)
401 Days - Jonathan Dagan & Mathias Høst Normark, art directors (J.Views)
I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It - Samuel Burgess-Johnson & Matthew Healy, art directors (The 1975)
Paper Wheels (Deluxe Limited Edition) - Matt Taylor, art director (Trey Anastasio)
Tug of War (Deluxe Edition) - Simon Earith & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney)


Best Album Notes:
The Complete Monument & Columbia Albums Collection - Mikal Gilmore, album notes writer (Kris Kristofferson)
The Knoxville Sessions, 1929-1930: Knox County Stomp - Ted Olson & Tony Russell, album notes writers (Various Artists)
Ork Records: New York, New York - Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, album notes writers (Various Artists)
Sissle And Blake Sing Shuffle Along - Ken Bloom & Richard Carlin, album notes writers (Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle)
Waxing The Gospel: Mass Evangelism & The Phonograph, 1890-1990 - Richard Martin, album notes writer (Various Artists)


Best Historical Album:
The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 12 (Collector's Edition) - Steve Berkowitz & Jeff Rosen, compilation producers; Mark Wilder, mastering engineer (Bob Dylan)

Music Of Morocco From The Library Of Congress: Recorded By Paul Bowles, 1959 - April G. Ledbetter, Steven Lance Ledbetter, Bill Nowlin & Philip D. Schuyler, compilation producers; Rick Fisher & Michael Graves, mastering engineers (Various Artists)

Ork Records: New York, New York - Rob Sevier & Ken Shipley, compilation producers; Jeff Lipton & Maria Rice, mastering engineers (Various Artists)

Vladimir Horowitz: The Unreleased Live Recordings 1966-1983 - Bernard Horowitz, Andreas K. Meyer & Robert Russ, compilation producers; Andreas K. Meyer & Jeanne Montalvo, mastering engineers (Vladimir Horowitz)

Waxing The Gospel: Mass Evangelism & The Phonograph, 1890 - 1900 - Michael Devecka, Meagan Hennessey & Richard Martin, compilation producers; Michael Devecka, David Giovannoni, Michael Khanchalian & Richard Martin, mastering engineers (Various Artists)


Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical:
Are You Serious - Tchad Blake & David Boucher, engineers; Bob Ludwig, mastering engineer (Andrew Bird)
Blackstar - David Bowie, Tom Elmhirst, Kevin Killen & Tony
Dig In Deep - Ryan Freeland, engineer; Kim Rosen, mastering engineer (Bonnie Raitt)
Hit N Run Phase Two - Booker T., Dylan Dresdow, Chris James, Prince & Justin Stanley, engineers; Dylan Dresdow, mastering engineer (Prince)
Undercurrent - Shani Gandhi & Gary Paczosa, engineers; Paul Blakemore, mastering engineer (Sarah Jarosz)

Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical:
Benny Blanco
Greg Kurstin
Max Martin
Ricky Reed

Best Remixed Recording:
"Cali Coast (Psionics Remix)" - Josh Williams, remixer (Soul Pacific)
"Heavy Star Movin' (staRo Remix)" - staRo, remixer (The Silver Lake Chorus)
"Nineteen Hundred Eighty-Five (Timo Maas & James Teej Remix)" - Timo Maas & James Teej, remixers (Paul McCartney & Wings)
"Only" (Kaskade X Lipless Remix) - Ryan Raddon, remixer (Ry X)
"Tearing Me Up (RAC Remix)" - André Allen Anjos, remixer (Bob Moses)
"Wide Open (Joe Goddard Remix)" - Joe Goddard, remixer (The Chemical Brothers)


Best Surround Sound Album:
Dutilleux: Sur La Mêe Accord; Les Citations; Mystère De L'Instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement - Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, surround mix engineers; Dmitriy Lipay, surround mastering engineer; Dmitriy Lipay, surround producer (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)

Johnson: Considering Matthew Shephard - Brad Michel, surround mix engineer; Brad Michel, surround mastering engineer; Robina G. Young, surround producer (Craig Hella Johnson & Conspirare)

Maja S.K. Ratkje: And Sing ... - Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Maja S.K. Ratkje, Cikada & Oslo Sinfonietta)

Primus & The Chocolate Factory - Les Claypool, surround mix engineer; Stephen Marcussen, surround mastering engineer; Les Claypool, surround producer (Primus)

Reflections - Morten Lindberg, surround mix engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround mastering engineer; Morten Lindberg, surround producer (Øyvind Gimse, Geir Inge Lotsberg & Trondheimsolistene)


Best Engineered Album, Classical:

Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles - Mark Donahue & Fred Vogler, engineers (James Conlon, Guanqun Yu, Joshua Guerrero, Patricia Racette, Christopher Maltman, Lucy Schaufer, Lucas Meachem, LA Opera Chorus & Orchestra)

Dutilleux: Sur La Mêe Accord; Les Citations; Mystère De L'Instant & Timbres, Espace, Mouvement - Alexander Lipay & Dmitriy Lipay, engineers (Ludovic Morlot & Seattle Symphony)

Reflections - Morten Lindberg, engineer (Øyvind Gimse, Geir Inge Lotsberg & Trondheimsolistene)

Shadow of Sirius - Silas Brown & David Frost, engineers; Silas Brown,

Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow - Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9 - Shawn Murphy & Nick Squire, engineers; Tim Martyn, mastering engineer (Andris Nelsons & Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Producer of the Year, Classical:
Blanton Alspaugh
David Frost
Marina A. Ledin, Victor Ledin
Judith Sherman
Robina G. Young


Best Orchestral Field:
Bates: Works For Orchestra - Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor (San Francisco Symphony)
Ibert: Orchestral Works - Neeme Järvi, conductor (Orchestre De La Suisse Romande)
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 In B-Flat Major, Op. 100 - Mariss Jansons, conductor (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)
Rouse: Odna Zhizn; Symphonies 3 & 4; Prospero's Rooms - Alan Gilbert, conductor (New York Philharmonic)
Shostakovich: Under Stalin's Shadow - Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9 - Andris Nelsons, conductor (Boston Symphony Orchestra)

Best Opera Recording:
Corigliano: The Ghosts Of Versailles - James Conlon, conductor; Joshua Guerrero, Christopher Maltman, Lucas Meachem, Patricia Racette, Lucy Schaufer & Guanqun Yu; Blanton Alspaugh, producer (LA Opera Orchestra; LA Opera Chorus)

Handel: Giulio Cesare - Giovanni Antonini, conductor; Cecilia Bartoli, Philippe Jaroussky, Andreas Scholl & Anne-Sofie von Otter; Samuel Theis, producer (Il Giardino Armonico)

Higdon: Cold Mountain - Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor; Emily Fons, Nathan Gunn, Isabel Leonard & Jay Hunter Morris; Elizabeth Ostrow, producer (The Santa Fe Opera Orchestra; Santa Fe Opera Apprentice Program For Singers)

Mozart: Le Nozze De Figaro - Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Thomas Hampson, Christiane Karg, Luca Pisaroni & Sonya Yoncheva; Daniel Zalay, producer (Chamber Orchestra Of Europe; Vocalensemble Rastatt)

Szymanowski: Król Roger - Antonio Pappano, conductor; Georgia Jarman, Mariusz Kwiecień & Saimir Pirgu; Jonathan Allen, producer (Orchestra Of The Royal Opera House; Royal Opera Chorus)

Best Choral Performance:
Himmerland - Elisabeth Holte, conductor (Marianne Reidarsdatter Eriksen, Ragnfrid Lie & Matilda Sterby; Inger-Lise Ulsrud; Uranienborg Vokalensemble)

Janáček: Glagolitic Mass - Edward Gardner, conductor; Håkon Matti Skrede, chorus master (Susan Bickley, Gábor Bretz, Sara Jakubiak & Stuart Skelton; Thomas Trotter; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Bergen Cathedral Choir, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Choir Of Collegium Musicum & Edvard Grieg Kor)

Lloyd: Bonhoeffer - Donald Nally, conductor (Malavika Godbole, John Grecia, Rebecca Harris & Thomas Mesa; The Crossing)

Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1 - Krzystof Penderecki, conductor; Henryk Wojnarowski, choir director (Nikolay Didenko, Agnieszka Rehlis & Johanna Rusanen; Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra; Warsaw Philharmonic Choir)

Steinberg: Passion Week - Steven Fox, conductor (The Clarion Choir)

Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance:
Fitelberg: Chamber Works - ARC Ensemble
Reflections - Øyvind Gimse, Geir Inge Lotsberg & Trondheimsolistene
Serious Business - Spektral Quartet
Steve Reich - Third Coast Percussion
Trios From Our Homelands - Lincoln Trio

Best Classical Instrumental Solo:
Adams, J.: Scheherazade.2 - Leila Josefowicz; David Robertson, conductor (Chester Englander; St. Louis Symphony)
Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway - Zuill Bailey; Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor (Nashville Symphony)
Dvorák: Violin Concerto & Romance; Suk: Fantasy  - Christian Tetzlaff; John Storgårds, conductor (Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra)
Mozart: Keyboard Music, Vols. 8 & 9 - Kristian Bezuidenhout
1930's Violin Concertos, Vol. 2 - Gil Shaham; Stéphane Denève, conductor (The Knights & Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra)

Best Classical Solo Vocal Album:
Monteverdi - Magdalena Kožená; Andrea Marcon, conductor (David Feldman, Michael Feyfar, Jakob Pilgram & Luca Tittoto; La Cetra Barockorchester Basel)
Mozart: The Weber Sisters - Sabine Devieilhe; Raphaël Pichon, conductor (Pygmalion)
Schumann & Berg - Dorothea Röschmann; Mitsuko Uchida, accompanist
Shakespeare Songs - Ian Bostridge; Antonio Pappano, accompanist (Michael Collins, Elizabeth Kenny, Lawrence Power & Adam Walker)
Verismo - Anna Netrebko; Antonio Pappano, conductor (Yusif Eyvazov; Coro Dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia; Orchestra Dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia)

Best Classical Compendium:
Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway; American Gothic; Once Upon A Castle - Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor; Tim Handley, producer
Gesualdo - Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor; Manfred Eicher, producer
Vaughan Williams: Discoveries - Martyn Brabbins, conductor; Andrew Walton, producer
Wolfgang: Passing Through - Judith Farmer & Gernot Wolfgang, producers
Zappa: 200 Motels - The Suites - Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor; Frank Filipetti & Gail Zappa, producers

Best Contemporary Classical Composition:
Bates: Anthology Of Fantastic Zoology - Mason Bates, composer (Riccardo Muti & Chicago Symphony Orchestra)
Daugherty: Tales Of Hemingway - Michael Daugherty, composer (Zuill Bailey, Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony)
Higdon: Cold Mountain - Jennifer Higdon, composer; Gene Scheer, librettist
Theofanidis: Bassoon Concerto - Christopher Theofanidis, composer (Martin Kuuskmann, Barry Jekowsky & Northwest Sinfonia)
Winger: Conversations With Nijinsky - C. F. Kip Winger, composer (Martin West & San Francisco Ballet Orchestra)


Best Music Video:
"Formation" - Beyoncé
"River" - Leon Bridges
"Up & Up" - Coldplay
"Gosh" - Jamie XX
"Upside Down & Inside Out" - OK Go

Best Music Film:
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead - Steve Aoki
The Beatles: Eight Days A Week The Touring Years - (The Beatles)
Lemonade - Beyoncé
The Music Of Strangers - Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble
American Saturday Night: Live From The Grand Ole Opry - (Various Artists)