Father Christmas has one of the toughest jobs on the planet but it's not an impossible one. With lots of help and advanced technology, he can definitely make it in time Christmas morning.
Father Christmas has one of the toughest jobs on the planet but it's not an impossible one. With lots of help and advanced technology, he can definitely make it in time Christmas morning.
The singer's "Rolling Stone" shoot couldn't have been bolder.
The Washington Post on Friday responded to criticism stemming from the removal of an unflattering anecdote from a 2019 profile of then-Sen. Kamala Harris and her sister, Maya Harris. The paper, which republished an edited version of the story on Jan. 11, has now added a link to the original 2019 version, which opened with an anecdote in which Kamala Harris compared her presidential campaign to the life of a prisoner begging for food and water. “As part of our Transfer of Power coverage and special sections produced on Biden and Harris, we repurposed and updated some of our strong biographical pieces about both political figures,” a spokesperson for the Post told TheWrap on Friday. “The profile of Maya Harris was updated with new reporting, and while the original story remained available on The Lily (a separate section of The Post), we should have kept both versions of the story on The Post’s site (the original and updated one), rather than redirecting to the updated version. We have now done that, and you will see the link to the original at the top of the updated version.” Here is the updated story, which now links to this, the old story. Also Read: Lady Gaga Fans Go Gaga for Inauguration Performance - and 'Hunger Games'-Style Look Looking at both links, the omission is clear: The original piece in 2019, which focused on Harris’ close connection to her sister and how that relationship affected her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination, featured the now-vice president comparing the rigors of campaigning to life in prison — and how even a short break from the campaign offers a welcome respite. As Post reporter Ben Terris recounted: “It’s a treat that a prisoner gets when they ask for, ‘A morsel of food please,’ ” Kamala said shoving her hands forward as if clutching a metal plate, her voice now trembling like an old British man locked in a Dickensian jail cell. “‘And water! I just want wahtahhh….’Your standards really go out the f—ing window.” The updated version omitted that comparison and was subsequently called out for it in a Reason article that said the Post “memory-holed” some unflattering reporting on Harris. Read original story Washington Post Backpedals After Removing ‘Prisoner’ Anecdote From Kamala Harris Profile At TheWrap
New data from advisory firm BDO suggests that the United States remains "over-stored" despite COVID-19 induced closures.
A version of this story about Caleb Landry Jones first appeared in the Race Begins issue of TheWrap’s awards magazine. Rod Lurie’s harrowing and heartfelt combat film “The Outpost” is full of buff actors like Scott Eastwood and Orlando Bloom playing real-life members of the U.S. military – but it’s the slightest, most timid-looking actor of the bunch, Caleb Landry Jones, who gives us the immersive film’s everyman hero. As U.S. Army Specialist Ty Carter, makes us feel the terror of a harrowing Taliban attack but also the drive to save countless others while himself injured. He took the role, he said, largely because of his brother, who is himself a wounded combat veteran. “My agent sent me the script and I was taking a long time to read it,” he told TheWrap. “Sometimes I’m not great at reading material. But my brother was in town, and he’s an ex-Marine, so I asked him to read it before I even looked at it to see what he thought.” His brother, who’d met Medal of Honor winner Carter at a veterans’ event, was succinct: “He read it and said, ‘Oh, you’re doing this one.’ I said, ‘That good, is it?’ And he said, ‘You’re doing it.’ That’s all he said.” While preparing for the role, Jones met Carter, who won the Medal of Honor for his actions during the 2009 Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan, which is depicted in the film. The two spent time together in Texas, where they both live, and Carter was also on the set for part of the shoot in Bulgaria, playing a small role in the movie. “It’s a strange one, playing a real person when they’re there,” Jones said. “It was important to me to get some of his feelings — how scared he was at different times, what certain actions would mean mentally — but at some point I had to forget that I was playing a person I could literally look over and see.” Also Read: Rod Lurie on 'The Outpost': 'I Will Never, Ever Do Anything as Important as This' Still, he was happy that Carter didn’t arrive on the set until shooting had been going on for a while, and neither did Jones’ brother. “I had a few weeks before they got there,” he said. “So we went into it without them being there. And then when they came, it was too late to change a lot. But I did look at them after a take to say, ‘Does it look right in the eyes, or is it complete horses—?'” Most of the final hour of the movie is taken up by the battle itself, in which hundreds of Taliban fighters attacked a small U.S. force trapped in a camp surrounded by mountains. The bulk of the combat sequence was shot in long, uninterrupted takes, requiring cameras to follow the actors through the carnage and chaos. “It was probably much more complicated than it seemed to the actor,” Jones said with a laugh. “I don’t really know what went into making sure the camera got everything, I just know that from my perspective it felt no matter what happened, they’d get it on film. Even though there was a very precise set of movements to be made, it also felt pretty freeing at the same time.” Asked about his biggest challenges in the role, Jones first mentioned the physical ones – “I’m not that athletic” – but then moved on to the fact that the film is an unflinching depiction of a battle in which eight young American soldiers lost their lives. “All of the scenes felt like there was a heaviness to them,” he said. “It never felt like, ‘Oh, that scene will be fun,’ or ‘That’s just a fart in the wind.’ Every scene had something tough about it, you know? I was frightened by them all.” Read more from the Race Begins issue here. Photo: TheWrap Read original story Caleb Landry Jones’ Brother Told Him to Take ‘The Outpost’ Role: ‘You’re Doing This One’ At TheWrap
It's hard to pick a single defining moment in Kobe Bryant's career, however, it's tough to argue against his 81-point performance in 2006.
As Japan fights a third wave of the coronavirus, there are doubts it can host the games this summer.
The star of “Midsommar” and “Little Women” is having a major moment right now. After appearing in Ari Aster and Greta Gerwig’s hit films, Florence Pugh’s career has taken off -- she’ll next star in Marvel’s “Black Widow.” From her love of cooking to her relationship with Zach Braff, here’s what you need to know about Florence.
Tom Brokaw, the veteran journalist who anchored “NBC Nightly News” from 1982 to 2004, announced on Friday that he is retiring from the network after a 55-year run. “During one of the most complex and consequential eras in American history, a new generation of NBC News journalists, producers and technicians is providing America with timely, insightful and critically important information, 24/7. I could not be more proud of them,” Brokaw said in a statement. Brokaw began his career at NBC News in Los Angeles, where his coverage included Ronald Reagan’s first run for office and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. In 1973, he relocated to Washington, D.C. to become NBC News’ White House correspondent for three years before he began co-hosting the “Today” show. More to come… Read original story Tom Brokaw to Retire From NBC News After Epic 55-Year Run At TheWrap
“SNL” is back, now in its 46th season. The most recent new episode, which aired on December 19, was hosted by “Wonder Woman 1984” star Kristen Wiig, with Dua Lipa as the musical guest. That morning, Jim Carrey surprised everyone by announcing he was done playing Joe Biden, and the cold open sketch that night revealed a new Biden: cast member Alex Moffat. Carrey might not be the only recurring big name to be done with “SNL.” Since Donald Trump lost the election and is now all the way out of office, Alec Baldwin very well might be done playing Trump. He hasn’t appeared since the episode immediately after the election — he held up a little “Thank you” sign at the end of it — but with Trump’s impeachment trial still on the horizon, it seems very possible he’ll be back at least a couple times depending on how long that takes. While it wouldn’t be surprising if they do one more Trump cold open to check in on him now that he’s finally been kicked out of the White House, there’s certainly a distinct possibility that we will never see Baldwin’s Trump impersonation ever again. Also Read: 'SNL': Kate McKinnon as Dr. Fauci Explains the Government's Vaccine Plan (Video) This week, on Saturday, Jan. 23, there WILL NOT be a new episode of “SNL.” The next new episode will be on Jan. 30. NBC only just made that announcement, and despite the fact that we’re currently at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic “SNL” will carry on as usual — it almost always comes back on the last weekend in January. There aren’t any more Saturday night NFL games this season, so NBC will be back to re-airing two old episodes this week. The first one, at 10 p.m., is the Nicole Kidman episode from all the way back in season 19. And at 11:30 we’ll get a rerun of the episode hosted by Timothee Chalamet from this season. You can be pretty sure this season of “SNL” be very political for the full stretch. While it’s no longer an election year, somehow the tense political situation in the U.S. has managed to ramp up from the fever pitch it was at in 2020, thanks to the mob of terrorists who invaded the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. “SNL” will, as it always does, follow the discourse. Also Read: 'SNL': Cecily Strong Brings Giuliani's Drunk Fraud Witness to Fart-Filled Cold Open (Video) The premiere episode came out hard with political commentary, with the debate cold open, a very political monologue from Chris Rock, and a stunned discussion of Trump’s COVID-19 infection from Michael Che on Weekend Update. And “SNL” hasn’t slowed down with its political content, with each cold open in season 46 being about the election, its aftermath or, as we saw in the last episode, the COVID-19 vaccine. After that debate sketch in the premiere, we got two other debate sketches, one for the VP candidates and one other for the presidential candidates, as well as one about the dueling town halls from when Trump was infected with COVID-19 and refused to submit to safety measures. The show’s writers were obviously pleased with the election results as well — the cold open sketch in the episode after Election Day was certainly celebratory. That sketch also parodied the episode after the 2016 election in which Kate McKinnon took the stage as Hillary Clinton and played piano while singing “Hallelujah” — this time, Baldwin, as Trump, performed a mournful version of “Macho Man.” Also Read: 'SNL' Newsmax Sports Parody Perfectly Sums Up Pro-Trump Conspiracy Logic (Video) “SNL” tried to drift away from that political focus during season 44, but certainly didn’t shy away from politics in season 45 — a season in which the actual Elizabeth Warren popped up to play herself in a sketch. The renewed focus on politics in season 45 was not just about mocking Trump, but also lampooning the circus that was the run up to the Democratic primaries. Not that the sketch show has in any way shied away from mocking Trump. The impeachment has certainly been a common topic for cold open sketches this season. There was the one where Baldwin’s Trump went through his contacts list trying to find a fixer who could make the impeachment stop, ending with a call to Liev Schreiber playing himself — Trump thought his character Ray Donovan, a fixer on the eponymous Showtime series, was actually a real person. There was also that one where “SNL” sent up the impeachment hearings by doing a “Days of Our Lives” parody that starred Jon Hamm. As for the madness with the Democratic primary, we had numerous big cameos in the debate sketches in season 45. The show tried out multiple different Joe Bidens last year, with Woody Harrelson taking up the role a couple times and Jason Sudeikis giving it a shot as well. They also brought in many other celebs to play other candidates in the Dem primary, including Lin-Manuel Miranda as Julian Castro, Larry David as Bernie Sanders, Rachel Dratch as Amy Klobuchar, Fred Armisen as Michael Bloomberg, and Will Ferrell as Tom Steyer. Maya Rudolph also played Kamala Harris a few times, and it was only natural that they’d keep her around for season 46. That’s a lot of cameos, and “SNL” actually managed to jam nearly all of those folks into a single sketch — a 12-minute debate parody from a late November episode. Miranda did not appear in that one, but he had previously popped up as Castro in October in a parody of the Democrats’ LGBTQ town hall that was moderated by Billy Porter in character as himself. Read original story Is There a New ‘SNL’ Episode Airing This Week? At TheWrap
“Saturday Night Live” will return on Jan. 30 with John Krasinski as the host — the first of five consecutive weeks with new episodes for the late-night staple now in its 46th season. Following Krasinski, “Schitt’s Creek” star and co-creator Dan Levy will host on Feb. 6, with Emmy-winning “Watchmen” star and “One Night in Miami” director Regina King going on Feb. 13. Krasinski, Levy and King will all be making their hosting debuts on “SNL.” Additionally, the three musical guests: Machine Gun Kelly (Jan. 30), Phoebe Bridges (Feb. 6) and Nathaniel Rateliff (Feb. 13) will also be performing on the show for the first time. “SNL” will announce its hosts for its Feb. 20 and Feb. 27 at a later date. Also Read: Yes, Secret Service Really Did Probe John Mulaney After 'SNL' Monologue Joke About Trump The new slate of shows will be the first for “SNL” following the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president, marking the end of Donald Trump’s presidency. Alec Baldwin last appeared on “SNL” as Trump on the Nov. 7 episode, which came only hours after Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 election. Jim Carrey played Biden throughout the election cycle, before hanging up the white wig and sunglasses. On the show’s last episode of 2020, Dec. 19, regular cast member Alex Moffat debuted as Biden alongside Maya Rudolph’s Kamala Harris. Carrey, who had received mixed reviews for his impersonation of the then-candidate, tweeted about his plan to retire from the role on Dec. 19. “Though my term was only meant to be 6 weeks, I was thrilled to be elected as your SNL President…comedy’s highest call of duty. I would love to go forward knowing that Biden was the victor because I nailed that s–. But I am just one in a long line of proud, fighting SNL Bidens!” he wrote. Read original story ‘SNL’ to Return With First-Time Hosts John Krasinski, Dan Levy and Regina King At TheWrap
Recommitting to resolutions: how to stay on track when things get busyIf a new routine gets derailed, it’s easy to give up entirely. With an increasingly hectic schedule, Brigid Delaney learns how to work around it * Read the previous weeks’ diaries here
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Warner Bros. has named PR and marketing veteran Blake Bryant as its head of communications for Warner Bros. global brands and experiences. The appointment was announced by global brands and experiences president Pam Lifford, and Bryant will be based in Los Angeles and report to Johanna Fuentes, head of global communications for Warner Media Studios and Networks Group. Bryant will oversee external and internal communications for global brands and experiences, including DC, Warner Bros. consumer products, themed entertainment and the global franchise group. He’ll manage the teams responsible for consumer publicity, while also serving as lead on executive, business and strategic communications. Additionally, Bryant will work with the various publicity teams across the studios and networks groups. Also Read: Warner Bros Kids President Tom Ascheim to Oversee Harry Potter Franchise “Since we founded GBE in 2018, our laser focus has been to develop and move our incredible brands and franchises even closer to our fans and become an organic part of their lives,” Lifford said. “A key component of this plan is effectively communicating directly with our various audiences, and we’re excited to have Blake joining the team to head up these efforts. He’s got great instincts and a seasoned perspective and will help us take our communications strategies to the next level.” Bryant was previously SVP of worldwide marketing and publicity at Warner Bros. unscripted television, overseeing all publicity and marketing for the Warner Horizon unscripted TV, Shed Media and Telepictures divisions. He worked on “The Ellen DeGeneres” show and “The Bachelor,” among others. Before joining Warner Bros., Bryant worked for seven years as VP of creative services at Disney/ABC Domestic Television, where he oversaw consumer and sales marketing creative and advertising for the unit’s off-network and syndicated programming. He also spent 20 years in marketing and publicity for local TV stations across LA, Chicago and San Francisco. Bryant has won three local market Emmys and six NATAS Emmy wins for his work on “Ellen.” Read original story Warner Bros Names Blake Bryant Head of Communications, Global Brands and Experiences At TheWrap
Alma Poysti, who portrays Finnish author and artist Tove Jansson in the biopic “Tove,” has a personal family connection to the role. In 1949, Jansson premiered the stage play of “Comet in Moominland” at Abo Svenska Teater in Helsinki. Here is the kicker: Among the cast members of the stage play was a close relative of Poysti. “Well, it was my grandmother,” Poysti tells TheWrap’s Joe McGovern. “You see my grandparents, both of them were actors and they were very close friends with both Tove Jansson and Vivica Bandler, who is Tove’s great love in the movie and well in real life. So yeah, I made this time journey and I hung out at my grandparents parties! Filming this, it’s been a big mess in my head but a truly wonderful one.” When Poysti discovered she booked the role, she went to the cemetery where both her grandparents and Tove Jansson are buried. In fact, according to Posti, Jansson and her grandparents are buried close to each other. Also Read: How 3 Filmmakers Co-Directed Spanish Oscar Contender 'The Endless Trench' (Video) “I got the phone call. I got really confused and happy that I jumped on my bike and I got some roses for these two power women and went to the cemetery to somehow say hi and blink to them. And then I got some champagne and celebrated in the spirit of Tove,” says Poysti. On top of the personal connection, Poysti looks remarkably similar to Tove Jansson, and according to director Zaida Bergroth, Poysti sold it in the audition. “I do appreciate the fact that I also see the resemblance but for me, maybe the more important thing was that when we did our tests and we auditioned Alma, I could somehow imagine that this woman could really be behind all these fantastic worlds that Tove Jansson created, because she was an exceptional woman and you had to find an actor who you believe could have created all these wonderful stories, who would have that kind of an imaginary world that you would somehow be convinced about that,” says Bergroth. “The way Alma did all those things that we tried out, I loved the fact how she brought tenderness to the character, the intelligence was of course important, and that kind of depth but also the playful side was really important to me and I’m so happy that Alma accepted this role because this film really lies on her shoulders, and then she looks like Tove so that works as well,” added Bergroth. The description for “Tove” is as follows: “Helsinki, 1945. The end of the war brings a new sense of artistic and social freedom for painter Tove Jansson. Tove’s desire for liberty is put to the test when she meets theatre director Vivica Bandler. Her love for Vivica is electric and all-consuming, and as she struggles with her personal life, her creative endeavors take her in an unexpected direction. While focusing her artistic dreams on her painting, the work that started as a side project, the melancholic, haunting tales she told scared children in bomb shelters, rapidly takes on a life of its own. The exploits of the Moomins, infused with inspiration from her own life, bring Tove international fame and financial freedom.” “Tove” is the Finnish entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards. Watch Joe McGovern’s full interview with director Zaida Bergroth and Actress Alma Poysti above. Read original story ‘Tove’ Star Alma Poysti Explains Her Family Connection to Film’s Subject (Video) At TheWrap
As they say, "What is dead may never die."
CNN’s communications team on Friday accused Fox New’s Tucker Carlson of lying about the network on his Thursday night broadcast and called on him to offer up a correction. “Last night on his program @TuckerCarlson again lied to his audience about CNN, stating we’d ‘dutifully removed’ the COVID-19 tracking graphic from our coverage now that President Biden has taken office. That is false. We look forward to his correction tonight,” said a statement on Twitter. The statement was accompanied by screenshots of CNN’s on-air coverage from Thursday morning through evening. All nine attached images showed the death count ticker on display as on-air hosts and guests discussed the raging coronavirus pandemic. As the graphic points out, over 400,000 Americans have died of COVID-19. Also Read: CNN Debunks Ted Cruz's Bogus COVID Tracker Claim On Thursday’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” the primetime host said, “It’s Joe Biden’s first day in office and you know what that means: CNN can finally take that COVID death-ticker off the screen. There’s no reason for it now.” As CNN’s communications team pointed out on Twitter, Carlson said the network had “dutifully removed” the ticker. CNN has countered similar claims in the past. After Biden was declared the winner of the 2020 election, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz quipped that he found it “miraculous” the network removed its ticker. Numerous reporters pointed out at that time that CNN deploys the ticker during segments on COVID-19 and leaves it off during segments on other topics. Read original story CNN Says Tucker Carlson ‘Lied’ About Network’s COVID-19 Tracker At TheWrap
Meghan McCain incurred the wrath of Twitter on Friday after making another bold argument on “The View” — this time blaming Dr. Fauci for information she says she heard at the beginning of the pandemic that “masks don’t work” and to “throw them away.” McCain didn’t say where she specifically heard this information, but she said she ended up giving her masks away, only to find out later that she was, as she says, “lied to.” “The great horror of living in America right now is absolute complete and total breakdown of trust in our institutions,” she said on Friday. “Since everyone has gone after the Trump administration, I think it is OK to hold the feet to the fire for Dr. Fauci as well. I remember being told — and I too would like to be treated like an adult, Sara — that masks don’t work and to throw them away. I was pregnant in New York City when the pandemic broke out, I had a bunch of masks and I ended up giving them away because they said it doesn’t do anything and you don’t need it. Just say to me, ‘first responders need it more than average Americans, please donate them from the good of your heart.’ I would have done the same thing, but I was lied to.” Also Read: Meghan McCain: On Trump's Last Day in Office, Washington DC 'Might as Well Be Baghdad' (Video) Watch the clip below. FAUCI SPEAKS FREELY ON COVID-19 PLAN: Dr. Fauci said Thursday it’s “liberating” to discuss facts behind coronavirus without fear of “repercussions” – the co-hosts react and discuss Pres. Biden’s new strategy to turnaround the pandemic. https://t.co/1DyxLBVWuH pic.twitter.com/iFYX5f3bYd — The View (@TheView) January 22, 2021 The View started trending on Twitter Friday as users began dragging McCain, pointing out that yes, Fauci and others did say that masks weren’t necessary at the very beginning of the pandemic, but that better information was soon circulated and masks were found to indeed be effective. “You were not ‘lied to’, Meghan. Masks were not recommended at first because we were still learning about the virus. Scientific recommendations change with more science. #TheView,” wrote one user. “Hey @MeghanMcCain Please know you’re not an avatar for conservatives that liberals dump on because you’re visible & on Twitter (you aren’t the only Republican we know) and we’re not attacking you just fact checking you. Your team is sending you out w/dumb talking points,” wrote another user, who shared a screenshot of a Washington Post story addressing this very point. Hey @MeghanMcCain Please know you’re not an avatar for conservatives that liberals dump on because you’re visible & on Twitter (you aren’t the only Republican we know) and we’re not attacking you just fact checking you. Your team is sending you out w/dumb talking points #TheView pic.twitter.com/5zfoKjUT6C — Sara Callahan (@SaraACallahan) January 22, 2021 “@MeghanMcCain still repeating that tired line of we were told mask were not effective. Yes, the first month almost a year ago. After more information came that was revised. Just silly!” wrote another user. McCain also went after our newly inaugurated President Joe Biden for “not wearing masks” on federal property, pointing to a photo of him at the Lincoln memorial without a mask on. While conservative news sites have criticized Biden for going maskless hours after signing an executive order requiring everyone on federal lands to wear a mask, others pointed out that he was there to give a speech during a televised event (much like his inaugural proceedings, during which everyone giving speeches at the presidential podium was permitted to briefly remove their masks) that he was outdoors, and no one else was around him. Also Read: Amy Klobuchar Saw a 'Chilling' Reminder of Capitol Riot During Biden's Inauguration (Video) “Meghan McCain babbled on #TheView that Biden wasnt wearing a mask yesterday – wrong. At the Lincoln Memorial on Jan 20 – NOT yesterday – he didnt wear a mask for a BRIEF virtual speech,” wrote one user. “The show is going to need fact checkers now that her Trump enablers are no longer in office.” “Only 2 days in and Meghan is trying to blame Democrats for all that’s wrong with the world,” wrote another. See more reactions below. Here she go again! Nobody told your butt to throw away your mask! Crybaby! #TheView pic.twitter.com/mUmDnTtPMn — Valerie McClellan (@Destinee128) January 22, 2021 @MeghanMcCain still repeating that tired line of we were told mask were not effective. Yes, the first month almost a year ago. After more information came that was revised. Just silly! But says she wants to be treated like an adult. Smdh #TheView pic.twitter.com/8676Iiyau6 — Sheonamission (@sharonmission) January 22, 2021 #TheView a key reason Dr. Fauci downplayed masks a year ago is that there was a shortage, and if Joe Sixpack hoarded masks the way he did toilet paper, more healthcare workers would have died waiting for supply to catch up. — techweenie 🌊 (@techweenie) January 22, 2021 Only 2 days in and Meghan is trying to blame Democrats for all that's wrong with the world. She will always be about division…party over everything, right or wrong. #TheView pic.twitter.com/auzleMD68A — Chenisa Whitaker (@LadeeNiecee) January 22, 2021 Well @MeghanMcCain , fauci did say "masks aren't effective" at the beginning. A fucking year ago. You see, what science teaches you is to change your mind based on new information. He has since changed his take on masks. It's called learning and nuance, try it sometime#TheView — Michael Menard (@ArtfulDodger44) January 22, 2021 You were not "lied to", Meghan. Masks were not recommended at first because we were still learning about the virus. Scientific recommendations change with more science. #TheView — Matthew Vos (@JediMateo) January 22, 2021 Meghan McCain babbled on #TheView that Biden wasnt wearing a mask yesterday – wrong. At the Lincoln Memorial on Jan 20 – NOT yesterday – he didnt wear a mask for a BRIEF virtual speech. The show is going to need fact checkers now that her Trump enablers are no longer in office pic.twitter.com/Dip1uXybao — Clay 'Didn't Hold My Vote Hostage' Cane (@claycane) January 22, 2021 Read original story ‘The View’ Host Meghan McCain Takes Shot at Fauci on Early Mask Guidance: ‘I Was Lied To’ (Video) At TheWrap
In this strangest of all awards years, could we have one of the strangest of all slates of Best Picture nominees? I couldn’t help but wonder about that this week, when I tallied almost 250 critics’ Top 10 lists from the Metacritic website as if they were Oscar ballots, and came up with something I’d never seen before. When they were counted using a system that is designed to produce between five and 10 Best Picture nominees, the Top 10 lists produced the bare minimum, five. I’ve tallied critics’ lists using the Oscars system many times since the Academy instituted the variable wrinkle into its ranked-choice Best Picture voting in 2011 — and the years I haven’t done it myself, I’ve overseen similar Oscar-style tallies of the Critics Choice Awards ballots by that organization’s accountants. In all that time, the system has produced seven, eight, nine and even 10 nominees. It’s never produced five. (In the nine years the Academy has used the system, meanwhile, it has produced eight nominees three times and nine nominees six times.) Also Read: As Oscar Race Drags Into 2021, Who Are the Front Runners for Best Picture? But this time, my count only produced five. After a year in which theaters were closed and rules were changed to allow streaming premieres to qualify for film awards, support was so spread out that only the absolute minimum number of films got enough votes to be nominated. That’s not to say that the same thing will happen with Oscar voting — it’s reasonable to think that Academy members will be a bit more focused in their voting than film critics, who often pride themselves on being idiosyncratic and eclectic. But at the same time, the pandemic-era rules have caused big, obvious contenders to be pulled off the release schedule, and taken away the events where buzz would build and front runners would be christened and bolstered. So it’s also reasonable to wonder if the peculiarities of 2020 could lead to the Oscar field being narrower than usual, too — maybe not all the way down to five nominees, but perhaps to six or seven. And as the Academy grows more diverse and its membership is more spread out around the globe, it could be that the votes will become more diverse and diffuse too, which is what prevented more films from landing nominations in my critics’ count. Also Read: Independent Spirit Awards Move to Thursday Before the Oscars I’ll no doubt go into more detail about how the Oscars process works as the season goes on, but for now here are some highlights from what I found: • Only one film, “Nomadland,” had enough votes to secure a nomination after the first round of counting. It did so by a comfortable margin, with almost twice as many votes as the second-place film, Kelly Reichardt’s indie darling “First Cow.” (Remember, these are critics, not Oscar voters.) • A full 82 different films received first-place votes on the 241 ballots. That’s significantly more than I’ve found in any previous count; in my tally of last year’s Metacritic ballots, for example, 53 different films received first-place votes. • When I implemented the “surplus rule,” which gave a portion of every “Nomadland” vote to the film ranked second on that list, “Minari” and “Never Rarely Sometimes Always” got the biggest boost, but nothing got enough extra votes to reach the number required for a nomination. • In the final round, when every film with less than 1% of the vote was eliminated and its vote transferred to the highest ranked film still in the running on each of its ballots, 56 films were eliminated, leaving only 25 to compete for the final nomination slots. • And even with that much narrowing of the field, the votes were still spread out so much that only “First Cow,” “Lovers Rock,” “Never Rarely” and “Da 5 Bloods” ended up with more than 5% of the vote, the total required to secure a nomination. Also Read: Oscars Obliterate Old Record With 240 Qualifying Documentaries This does not mean that those five films are Oscar front runners; “Nomadland” is, but the others are not. (Hell, Steve McQueen’s made-for-streaming-TV “Lovers Rock” isn’t even eligible.) But it does mean that at least on the critics’ side, there’s something going on this year that has not happened at least in the last decade: Tastes are fragmenting and votes are being spread out in a way that could depress the number of Best Picture nominees. Even that does happen, though, the reduction in the Best Picture race will be temporary. The Oscars board has already voted to make this the final year of its variably-sized Best Picture category; next year, the Academy will go back to a flat 10 nominees, and we won’t have to worry about calculating percentages and guessing how many movies will be nominated. Read original story How a Weird Oscar Season Might Depress the Number of Best Picture Nominees At TheWrap
Our mouths are watering just thinking about Chick-fil-A's newest grilled chicken sandwich. The limited-time-only Grilled Spicy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich will land in select Chick-fil-A restaurants starting Jan. 25 and it's one you don't want to miss out on.The new spicy chicken sandwich will give you all the same taste and vibes as the other spicy selections on the menu, but now in a grilled option so you can avoid any extra grease. The chicken is grilled in Chick-fil-A's spicy seasoning before being served on a multigrain bun with tomato, lettuce, and cheese. If you think the sandwich still sounds a little naked, you'll be happy to know that Chick-fil-A is also rolling out a Cilantro Lime Sauce designed specifically to go with this sandwich.The cilantro and lime flavors perfectly complement the spice blend used on the chicken to bring a certain level of coolness to your dining experience. (Related: Chick-fil-A Menu Items Nutritionists Order)Chick-fil-A began testing grilled offerings back in 2017 in certain markets, and thanks to the overwhelmingly positive feedback, the chain decided to roll out this new spicy grilled option. Though Chick-fil-A hasn't yet provided nutritional info for the new grilled sandwich, we do know that the plain grilled chicken sandwich currently on the menu clocks in at 320 calories. Keep in mind, though, that this sandwich doesn't have cheese on it, but the spicy option does.To cut back on the calories, you can opt to remove the cheese from the sandwich or even forego the bun. After all, the chicken is the true star of this dish! The Cilantro Lime Sauce will also add extra calories to your meal, and while we're sure it's delicious, we know for a fact that the chicken's spice blend carries enough flavor that the extra sauce is truly just that — extra.If you're in a place, though, where it's time for a treat meal, the Chick-fil-A Grilled Spicy Chicken Deluxe Sandwich as it comes is still a fairly nutritious option that will make your stomach and your taste buds happy. Check your local Chick-fil-A starting Jan. 25 to see if the new sandwich is available to you.For more restaurant news, make sure to sign up for our newsletter.