Director Fisher Stevens Talks About Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher in "Bright Lights" 


The relationship of the unsinkable mother/daughter duo, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, is explored in the new HBO documentary “Bright Lights.” The film made its Palm Springs International Film Festival debut and I was there to talk to editor Sheila Sharazi and co-director Fisher Stevens (“The Cove”).



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"Moonlight" Tops Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Awards 


The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA), of which I'm a proud voting member, has revealed its nominees for the best in film and television of 2016. Barry Jenkins' "Moonlight" led the pack with 7 nods followed by Damien Chazelle's "La La Land" with 6. Winners will be announced on Thursday, January 26.

COMPLETE LIST OF GALECA 2016/17 DORIAN AWARDS NOMINEES:

Note: Categories with more than five nominees involved a tie)

Film of the Year

Jackie (Fox Searchlight)

La La Land (Summit/Lionsgate)

Manchester by the Sea (Roadside/Amazon Studios)

Moonlight (A24)

20th Century Women (A24)

Director of the Year

(Film or Television)


Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (A24)

Pablo Larraín, Jackie (Fox Searchlight)

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester By the Sea (Roadside/Amazon Studios)

Park Chan-wook, The Handmaiden (Amazon Studios)

Damien Chazelle, La La Land (Summit/Lionsgate)

Film Performance of the Year — Actress

Annette Bening, 20th Century Women (A24)

Viola Davis, Fences (Paramount)

Isabelle Huppert, Elle (Sony Classics)

Emma Stone, La La Land (Summit/Lionsgate)

Natalie Portman, Jackie (Fox Searchlight)

Film Performance of the Year — Actor


Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea (Roadside/Amazon Studios)

Mahershala Ali, Moonlight (A24)

Ryan Gosling, La La Land (Summit/Lionsgate)

Trevante Rhodes, Moonlight (A24)

Denzel Washington, Fences (Paramount)

LGBTQ Film of the Year

Being 17 (Strand)

Closet Monster (Strand)

Moonlight (A24)

Other People (Vertical)

The Handmaiden (Amazon Studios)

Foreign Language Film of the Year


Elle (Sony Classics)

Neruda (The Orchard)

The Handmaiden (Amazon Studios)

Things to Come (Sundance Selects)

Toni Erdmann (Sony Pictures Classics)

Screenplay of the Year

Barry Jenkins, Moonlight (A24)

Efthymis Filippou, Yorgos Lanthimos, The Lobster (A24)

Damien Chazelle, La La Land (Summit/Lionsgate)

Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea (Roadside/Amazon Studios)

Mike Mills, 20th Century Women (A24)

Documentary of the Year

(theatrical release, TV airing or DVD release)


I Am Not Your Negro (Magnolia)

O.J. Made in America (ESPN Films)

13th (Netflix)

Tickled (Magnolia)

Weiner (Netflix)

Visually Striking Film of the Year

Arrival (Paramount)

Jackie (Fox Searchlight)

La La Land (Lionsgate)

Moonlight (A24)

The Handmaiden (Amazon Studios)

Unsung Film of the Year


American Honey (A24)

Captain Fantastic (Bleecker Street)

Christine (The Orchard)

Other People (Vertical)

Sing Street (The Weinstein Company)

Campy Film of the Year

Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (Fox Searchlight)

King Cobra (IFC Midnight)

Nocturnal Animals (Focus Features)

The Dressmaker (Broadgreen/Amazon Studios)

The Neon Demon (Broadgreen/Amazon Studios)

TV Drama of the Year

Black Mirror (Netflix)

Game of Thrones (HBO)

Stranger Things (Netflix)

The Crown (Netflix)

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)

Westworld (HBO)

TV Comedy of the Year

Atlanta (FX)

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)

Insecure (HBO)

Transparent (Amazon)

Veep (FX)

TV Performance of the Year — Actor

Riz Ahmed, The Night Of (HBO)

Sterling K. Brown, The People v. O.J. Simpson (FX)

Donald Glover, Atlanta (FX)

Jeffrey Tambor, Transparent (Amazon)

Courtney B. Vance, The People v. O.J. Simpson (FX)

TV Performance of the Year — Actress


Claire Foy, The Crown (Netflix)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep (HBO)

Thandie Newton, Westworld (HBO)

Sarah Paulson, American Crime Story: The People V. O.J. Simpson (FX)

Winona Ryder, Stranger Things (Netflix)

TV Current Affairs Show of the Year

Anderson Cooper 360 (CNN)

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (TBS)

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

The Rachel Maddow Show (MSNBC)

Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

TV Musical Performance of the Year

Beyonce, "Lemonade," MTV Video Music Awards (MTV)

Kelly Clarkson, "Piece by Piece," American Idol (Fox)

Lady Gaga - "Til It Happens to You," The 88th Academy Awards (ABC)

Jennifer Hudson, "I Know Where I've Been," Hairspray Live! (NBC)

Kate McKinnon "Hallelujah,” Saturday Night Live (NBC)

LGBTQ TV Show of the Year

Looking: The Movie (HBO)

Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)

RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars (Logo)

The Real O'Neals (ABC)

Transparent (Amazon)

Unsung TV Show of the Year

Fleabag (Amazon)

Lady Dynamite (Netflix)

London Spy (BBC America)

Please Like Me (Pivot)

The Real O'Neals (ABC)

Campy TV Show of the Year

Finding Prince Charming (Logo)

Fuller House (Netflix)

Hairspray Live! (NBC)

RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Stars (Logo)

Scream Queens (Fox)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Fox)

We’re Wilde About You! Rising Star of the Year

Millie Bobby Brown

Lucas Hedges

Connor Jessup

Ruth Negga

Trevante Rhodes

Wilde Wit of the Year

(honoring a performer, writer or commentator whose observations both challenge and amuse)


Samantha Bee

Carrie Fisher

Bill Maher

Kate McKinnon

John Oliver

Wilde Artist of the Year

(honoring a truly groundbreaking force in the fields of film, theater and/or television)


Beyonce

Viola Davis

Barry Jenkins

Kate McKinnon

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Timeless Star

(to an actor or performer whose exemplary career is marked by character, wisdom and wit)


John Waters

GALECA’S MISSION


GALECA, an established 501 C-6 nonprofit, aims to generate camaraderie in an unsettling media environment, champion constructive film and TV criticism and elevate entertainment journalism as a whole. Via panels, screenings, events and its occasional “Ten Best" lists, GALECA also strives to remind the world that the LGBTQ-munity has a significant history of helping improve pop culture at large. After all, how would the world fare without knowing what's campy?

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From Meryl Streep to "La La Land," Your Complete Golden Globes Wrap-Up 
This was my Golden Globes wrap-up as seen on KMIR/NBC in Palm Springs:

KMIR News | Palm Springs, California


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"La La Land" Makes Golden Globes History! See Complete Winners List! 


Damien Chazelle's "La La Land" made history at the 74th Annual Golden Globes winning all 7 nominations including Best Picture Musical/Comedy! The film won Best Actor (Ryan Gosling), Actress (Emma Stone), Director, Screenplay, Score, and Song! Previously, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was the record-holder for winning 6/6 and both "Doctor Zhivago" and "A Star is Born" 5 for 5.

A big congrats to Chazelle and "La La Land!"

The biggest upset for me? Natalie Portman's "Jackie" performance was overshadowed by Isabelle Huppert in "Elle." I thought Portman, wigs and make-up included, embodied the role of our former First Lady!

In the TV category, "The Night Manager" was the big winner taking home three awards (mostly for performance for Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman, and Hugh Laurie), followed by "The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story" and "The Crown" each with two.

Here's a few of my observations of the evening I posted on my Facebook page:

Opening show number: The opening scene is presented in "Cinemascope" like #LaLaLand complete with traffic jam but this time, it's on the red carpet! Ryan Reynolds, Tina Fey, Justin Timberlake, it's a star-studded opening #GoldenGlobes number!

And the teleprompter is down! #GoldenGlobes

LOL, that's so true! No one will thank O.J. even though "The People vs O.J. Simpson" will win big tonight! #GoldenGlobes

And the #GoldenGlobes Best Supporting Actor goes to....wow....Aaron Taylor-Johnson for #NocturnalAnimals, a total surprise!!!!!! But I'm glad he won!!!! But with Taylor-Johnson beating frontrunners Mahershala Ali and Jeff Bridges, it signaled an unpredictable evening!

Sarah Paulson wins Best Actress Limited Series for "The People vs. O.J. Simpson!" I told you the series will dominate tonight's #GoldenGlobes

Hugh Laurie beats both "O.J. Simpson" actors, John Travolta and Sterling K. Brown to win Best Supporting Actor TV for "The Night Manager." And Laurie delivered one of the most scathingly funny attack on Donald Trump. Love him! :happy

Awesome, great speech by #MerylStreep for #GoldenGlobes I simultaneously cried and laughed and goosebumps galore just like a great movie! That's why she's #TheQueen Everyone's paying attention! And I love the line, "take your broken heart and make it into art!" Thanks Miss Streep, thanks Carrie Fisher!

We need more Meryl Streep in the world -- a great artist and humanitarian! #GoldenGlobes

This could be the night's biggest upset, Isabelle Huppert beating frontrunner Natalie Portman for #GoldenGlobes Best Actress!


Here's the full list of nominees and winners (highlighted) of the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards:

Best Drama


“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“Lion”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight” WINNER

Best Comedy/Musical

“20th Century Women”
“Deadpool”
“La La Land” WINNER
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
“Sing Street”

Best Film Drama Actor

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea” WINNER
Joel Edgerton, “Loving”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Best Film Drama Actress

Amy Adams, “Arrival”
Jessica Chastain, “Miss Sloane”
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle” WINNER
Ruth Negga, “Loving”
Natalie Portman, “Jackie”
Best Film Comedy/Musical Actor

Colin Farrell, “The Lobster”
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land” WINNER
Hugh Grant, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Jonah Hill, “War Dogs”
Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool”

Best Film Comedy/Musical Actress


Annette Bening, “20th Century Women”
Lily Collins, “Rules Don’t Apply”
Hailee Steinfeld, “Edge of Seventeen”
Emma Stone, “La La Land” WINNER
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Best Film Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”
Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Simon Helberg, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Aaron Taylor Johnson, “Nocturnal Animals” WINNER

Best Film Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, “Fences” WINNER
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best Film Director


Damien Chazelle, “La La Land” WINNER

Tom Ford, “Nocturnal Animals”
Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best Screenplay

Damien Chazelle, “La La Land” WINNER
Tom Ford, “Nocturnal Animals”
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”
Taylor Sheridan, “Hell or High Water”

Best Animated Film

“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Moana”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“Sing”
“Zootopia” WINNER

Best Foreign Language Film

“Divines”
“Elle” WINNER
“Neruda”
“The Salesman”
“Toni Erdmann”

Best Film Score


“Moonlight,” Nicholas Brittell
“La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz WINNER
“Arrival,” Jóhann Jóhannsson
“Lion,” Dustin O’Halloran & Hauschka
“Hidden Figures,” Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer

Best Film Song

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” from “Trolls”
“City of Stars” from “La La Land” WINNER
“Faith” from “Sing”
“Gold” from “Gold”
“How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”

Best Television Series – Drama:

“The Crown” WINNER
“Game of Thrones”
“Stranger Things”
“This Is Us”
“Westworld”

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy:
“Atlanta” WINNER
“Black-ish”
“Mozart in the Jungle”
“Transparent”
“Veep”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama:
Rami Malek – “Mr. Robot"
Bob Odenkirk – “Better Call Saul”
Matthew Rhys – “The Americans”
Liev Schreiber – “Ray Donovan”
Billy Bob Thornton – “Goliath” WINNER

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama:

Caitriona Balfe – “Outlander”
Claire Foy – “The Crown” WINNER
Keri Russell – “The Americans”
Winona Ryder – “Stranger Things”
Evan Rachel Wood – “Westworld”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:
Anthony Anderson – “Black-ish”
Gael García Bernal – “Mozart in the Jungle”
Donald Glover – “Atlanta" WINNER
Nick Nolte – “Graves”
Jeffrey Tambor – “Transparent”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:
Rachel Bloom – “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”
Sarah Jessica Parker – “Divorce”
]Issa Rae – “Insecure”
Gina Rodriguez – “Jane the Virgin”
Tracee Ellis Ross – “Black-ish" WINNER

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
“American Crime”
“The Dresser”
“The Night Manager”
“The Night Of”
“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” WINNER

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Riz Ahmed – “The Night Of”
Bryan Cranston – “All The Way”
Tom Hiddleston – “The Night Manager” WINNER
John Turturro – “The Night Of”
Courtney B. Vance – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Felicity Huffman – “American Crime”
Riley Keough – “The Girlfriend Experience”
Sarah Paulson – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” WINNER
Charlotte Rampling – “London Spy”
Thandie Newton – “Westworld”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Olivia Colman – “The Night Manager” WINNER
Lena Headey – “Game Of Thrones”
Chrissy Metz – “This Is Us”
Mandy Moore – “This Is Us”
Thandie Newton – “Westworld”

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

Sterling K. Brown – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
Hugh Laurie – “The Night Manager” WINNER
John Lithgow – “The Crown”
Christian Slater – “Mr. Robot”
John Travolta – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

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Golden Globes 2017 Predictions 


It's all about the Golden Globes this weekend, so who should win? I dusted off my trusted crystal ball to predict the winners! Join me here to talk about the Globes this Sunday! Here are my predictions in the movie category:



And here's my complete Golden Globes predictions in all categories:


Best Drama


“Hacksaw Ridge”
“Hell or High Water”
“Lion”
“Manchester by the Sea”
“Moonlight” WILL WIN

Best Comedy/Musical

“20th Century Women”
“Deadpool”
“La La Land” WILL WIN
“Florence Foster Jenkins”
“Sing Street”

Best Film Drama Actor

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea” WILL WIN
Joel Edgerton, “Loving”
Andrew Garfield, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Viggo Mortensen, “Captain Fantastic”
Denzel Washington, “Fences”

Best Film Drama Actress

Amy Adams, “Arrival”
Jessica Chastain, “Miss Sloane”
Isabelle Huppert, “Elle”
Ruth Negga, “Loving”
Natalie Portman, “Jackie” WILL WIN

Best Film Comedy/Musical Actor


Colin Farrell, “The Lobster”
Ryan Gosling, “La La Land” WILL WIN
Hugh Grant, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Jonah Hill, “War Dogs”
Ryan Reynolds, “Deadpool”

Best Film Comedy/Musical Actress


Annette Bening, “20th Century Women”
Lily Collins, “Rules Don’t Apply”
Hailee Steinfeld, “Edge of Seventeen”
Emma Stone, “La La Land” WILL WIN
Meryl Streep, “Florence Foster Jenkins”

Best Film Supporting Actor

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight” WILL WIN

Jeff Bridges, “Hell or High Water”
Simon Helberg, “Florence Foster Jenkins”
Dev Patel, “Lion”
Aaron Taylor Johnson, “Nocturnal Animals”

Best Film Supporting Actress

Viola Davis, “Fences” WILL WIN
Naomie Harris, “Moonlight”
Nicole Kidman, “Lion”
Octavia Spencer, “Hidden Figures”
Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best Film Director


Damien Chazelle, “La La Land” WILL WIN

Tom Ford, “Nocturnal Animals”
Mel Gibson, “Hacksaw Ridge”
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best Screenplay

Damien Chazelle, “La La Land”
Tom Ford, “Nocturnal Animals”
Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”
Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea” WILL WIN
Taylor Sheridan, “Hell or High Water”

Best Animated Film

“Kubo and the Two Strings”
“Moana”
“My Life as a Zucchini”
“Sing”
“Zootopia” WILL WIN

Best Foreign Language Film

“Divines”
“Elle” WILL WIN
“Neruda”
“The Salesman”
“Toni Erdmann”

Best Film Score


“Moonlight,” Nicholas Brittell
“La La Land,” Justin Hurwitz WILL WIN
“Arrival,” Jóhann Jóhannsson
“Lion,” Dustin O’Halloran & Hauschka
“Hidden Figures,” Benjamin Wallfisch, Pharrell Williams and Hans Zimmer

Best Film Song

“Can’t Stop the Feeling” from “Trolls”
“City of Stars” from “La La Land” WILL WIN
“Faith” from “Sing”
“Gold” from “Gold”
“How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana”

Best Television Series – Drama:

“The Crown”
“Game of Thrones”
“Stranger Things” WILL WIN
“This Is Us”
“Westworld”

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy:
“Atlanta” WILL WIN
“Black-ish”
“Mozart in the Jungle”
“Transparent”
“Veep”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama:
Rami Malek – “Mr. Robot”
Bob Odenkirk – “Better Call Saul” WILL WIN
Matthew Rhys – “The Americans”
Liev Schreiber – “Ray Donovan”
Billy Bob Thornton – “Goliath”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama:

Caitriona Balfe – “Outlander”
Claire Foy – “The Crown”
Keri Russell – “The Americans”
Winona Ryder – “Stranger Things” WILL WIN
Evan Rachel Wood – “Westworld”

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:
Anthony Anderson – “Black-ish”
Gael García Bernal – “Mozart in the Jungle”
Donald Glover – “Atlanta”
Nick Nolte – “Graves” WILL WIN
Jeffrey Tambor – “Transparent”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy:
Rachel Bloom – “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – “Veep”
Sarah Jessica Parker – “Divorce”
Issa Rae – “Insecure” WILL WIN
Gina Rodriguez – “Jane the Virgin”
Tracee Ellis Ross – “Black-ish”

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
“American Crime”
“The Dresser”
“The Night Manager”
“The Night Of”
“The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” WILL WIN

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Riz Ahmed – “The Night Of”
Bryan Cranston – “All The Way”
Tom Hiddleston – “The Night Manager”
John Turturro – “The Night Of”
Courtney B. Vance – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” WILL WIN

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Felicity Huffman – “American Crime”
Riley Keough – “The Girlfriend Experience”
Sarah Paulson – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” WILL WIN
Charlotte Rampling – “London Spy”
Thandie Newton – “Westworld”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television:
Olivia Colman – “The Night Manager”
Lena Headey – “Game Of Thrones”
Chrissy Metz – “This Is Us”
Mandy Moore – “This Is Us”
Thandie Newton – “Westworld” WILL WIN

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

Sterling K. Brown – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”
Hugh Laurie – “The Night Manager” WILL WIN
John Lithgow – “The Crown”
Christian Slater – “Mr. Robot”
John Travolta – “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story”

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