Kennedy Center to honor Francis Ford Coppola, the Grateful Dead, Bonnie Raitt, and more


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has named its 47th class for its Kennedy Center Honors, and this year legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, the Grateful Dead, and Grammy winner Bonnie Raitt were among those singled out for their lifetime artistic achievement.

Also included were musician and composer Arturo Sandoval; the iconic Harlem venue The Apollo will receive a special Honors as an American institution.

In a statement, Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein noted, “The Kennedy Center Honors recognizes artists who have made an extraordinary impact on the cultural life of our nation and continue to have an immeasurable influence on new generations.”

He feted Coppola as “a brilliant and masterful storyteller with an unrelenting innovative spirit,” whose “films have become embedded in the very idea of American culture.”

Rubenstein saluted Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bobby Weir, calling the band a “social and cultural phenomenon since 1965,” whose music, “never stopped being a true American original, while inspiring a fan culture like no other.”

He called Raitt “an ambassador of both music and humanity,” and said that Sandoval “transcended literal borders coming from Cuba 30+ years ago and today continues to bridge cultures with his intoxicating blend of Afro Cuban rhythms and modern jazz.”

As for The Apollo, the organization’s chairman called it, “one of the most consequential, influential institutions in history” that “has elevated the voices of Black entertainment in New York City, nationally, and around the world, and launched the careers of legions of artists.”

The Kennedy Center Honors will be handed out on December 8, 2024, ahead of a CBS broadcast of the event on December 23.

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In Brief: Marvel vets the Russo Bros. reportedly eyeing MCU return, and more

Joe and Anthony Russo are reportedly in early talks to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to direct the next two Avengers movies, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. The Russos helmed four of Marvel’s best received films — Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame — which earned a combined $6.681 billion. The hiring would end months of speculation over who would lead the fifth and sixth Avengers movies; the fifth movie was previously titled Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and was to star Jonathan Majors, whom Marvel cut ties with after he was convicted of assault. The film is expected to get a new name and a new focus, per the outlet …

The Paley Center for Media announced that it will honor Tyler Perry at its fall gala in LA in December. Perry, a writer, director, producer, studio owner and philanthropist, has produced over 2,000 episodes of television and directed, written and produced 28 feature films, and runs his Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta …

Netflix has dropped a first-look video of Cobra Kai, featuring the first eight minutes of season 6, part 1. The teaser shows the students training for the Sekai Taikai, which Ralph Macchio‘s Daniel LaRusso reveals to his wife will be his “karate swan song.” However, there’s imminent danger, as Martin Kove‘s Sensei Kreese and Alicia Hannah-Kim‘s Kim Da-Eun are teaming up to raise a dojo of homegrown Korean fighters in the image of Cobra Kai. Cobra Kai season 6, part 1 premieres Thursday on Netflix, with part 2 coming in November. The third and final part will premiere in 2025 …


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‘Omnivore’ takes us on a journey through the world of food

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One of the most celebrated chefs in the world wants to take you on a beautiful adventure through food with his new series Omnivore. René Redzepi is the co-creator and narrator of the Apple TV+ series, which premieres Friday, and he’s the founder of the 3-star Michelin restaurant Noma in Copenhagen, considered by many to be the best restaurant in the world.

Redzepi talked to ABC Audio about what he wanted to do with the show Omnivore, which came about when Noma was getting a lot of acclaim and TV offers were rolling in.

“What came up immediately was David Attenborough and Planet Earth and that level of inspiration and awe and just mind-blowing-ness I got as a young boy when I watched the nature shows that he did,” he says. “And I just thought to myself, ‘Why can’t we do that for food?'”

What Redzepi hopes people take away from the series is “‘food is just so much more than I thought it was, and perhaps I should pay more attention to it … perhaps I should look at what I have in my cupboard, and perhaps I should consider things when I’m down shopping.’ Be more inquisitive, more curious about everything.”

Omnivore producer Matt Goulding tells ABC Audio they decided to focus each episode on “a few of those absolutely foundational, transformative ingredients that are pillars of human society.”

“Rice and corn, and then a few ingredients that really may not be essential to our survival, but say something really special about who we are. And that’s coffee or chili pepper … what drives us and attracts us to eat something that no other animal, besides birds, who don’t have capsaicin receptors, actually eat.”

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‘Fallout’ lead Walton Goggins, others react to Prime Video show’s Emmy nominations

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Prime Video’s video game adaptation Fallout was a likely Emmy nominee for visual and prosthetics effects, but its nom for Outstanding Drama Series and a nod to Walton Goggins in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama category was a welcome surprise for fans of the hit show. 

All told, it received 17 nominations, according to the Television Academy.

Goggins, who plays the haunting bounty hunter The Ghoul — as well as his pre-apocalyptic version, actor Cooper Howard — is thankful. 

“I’m so humbled and grateful to be included in this room of storytellers, in this category with these remarkable actors, in this stellar year of television.”

He added, “To be a part of Fallout, to play these two roles written by Geneva and Graham and to get to work with one of my heroes Jonathan Nolan means so much to me.” Geneva Robertson-Dworet and Graham Wagner were nominated in the writing category for the show.

Goggins added, “You know who the most grateful man in the world is? ….ME!!!” The veteran character actor said of the forthcoming second season, “I can’t wait for September 15th!!!”

The show was recognized in dozens of technical categories, from editing to production design and of course prosthetics, with artists Jake Garber, Rich Krusell, Lindsay Gelfand, Gregory Nicotero, Vincent Van Dyke and Lisa Forst transforming Walton into the zombie-like Ghoul. 

Garber gave his flowers to the actor, saying, “We would have never received this nomination for Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup … without Walton Goggins’ performance. Many others were of course essential in this process, but without Walton I wouldn’t be typing this.”

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‘Shōgun”s Hiroyuki Sanada, Jodie Foster, Larry David and more react to Emmy nominations

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Dozens of Hollywood stars got the news Wednesday morning that they — or certainly, their agents — have been waiting for: they are Emmy nominees. 

The most-nominated show was FX’s Shōgun, earning 25.

Star and executive producer Hiroyuki Sanada: “Being nominated for Lead Actor in a Drama Series is truly humbling. To our entire cast, and crew, a special thanks for making this story and vision a reality. It was a great opportunity to share our culture with the world. I hope this will be a steppingstone for the next generation.”

He added, “To my team, thank you for your unwavering support. And to the fans of Shōgun, your enthusiasm means everything to us.”

With 19, HBO’s True Detective: Night Country was the most-nominated Limited Series this season. 

Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster was previously nominated two times, but not as an actor.

She said her nomination felt like “a love letter from above.” 

“It’s my very first Emmy nomination as an actor and it’s especially thrilling to share this joy with our Night Country team,” Jodie said.

Previous Emmy winner Jean Smart and her co-star Hannah Einbinder were saluted for their nominated comedy series Hacks

Smart said on Instagram, “I couldn’t be happier and I am so incredibly proud of us!”

Einbinder said in part, “I am so humbled to be nominated alongside such powerful artists who I admire,” closing with, “I’m overflowing with gratitude and love!”

Speaking as an Outstanding Lead Actor nominee, Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David said it was “a sad day for actors everywhere.” 

On the show’s nomination, he said, “It warms my heart to see that misanthropy is finally being recognized as an art form.”

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Season 2 of ‘Frasier’ reboot debuting Sept. 19


Shortly after the reboot received a trio of Emmy nominations in technical categories on Wednesday, Paramount+ announced the second season of the Frasier reboot will debut on Sept. 19. 

The next season reportedly includes a “Seattle-themed episode,” a nod to the original NBC hit’s setting. 

In the reboot, Kelsey Grammer‘s titular psychiatrist has moved back to his Cheers stomping grounds of Boston in an effort to start a new chapter of his life. However, that one particular episode will see Dr. Crane returning to his old radio station KACL, where he’ll be reunited with Dan Butler as Bob “Bulldog” Briscoe, Edward Hibbert as Gil Chesterton and Harriet Sansom Harris as Frasier’s agent, Bebe Glazer.

Also joining Grammer for the sophomore frame are season 1 regulars Jack Cutmore-Scott, Nicholas Lyndhurst, Toks Olagundoye, Jess Salgueiro and Anders Keith.

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Sheryl Lee Ralph learns she’s Emmy-nominated while presenting 2024 nominations

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“Honey, that never gets old!” That was a dancing Sheryl Lee Ralph‘s live reaction on Wednesday to finding out she just received her third Emmy nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for Abbott Elementary

Ralph and fellow Emmy winner Tony Hale were presenting the nominees for the 76th annual event on Wednesday morning when they were joined by Television Academy chair Cris Abrego, who was “excited” to deliver the news of her threepeat.

Ralph pumped her fist and danced joyfully, exclaiming to Abrego, “Honey that never gets old! Never gets old! Thank you!”

Ralph’s previous win in that category, in 2022, led to her bringing the house down with an emotional acceptance speech in which she held up her trophy and belted out the opening lyrics to “Endangered Species” by Dianne Reeves, a five-time Grammy-winning jazz singer.

Backstage, she was asked about what led her to that moment, and she said in part, “I think of myself as an artist, as a woman, especially as a woman of color, I’m an endangered species. But I don’t sing any victim song. I’m a woman. I’m an artist. And I know where my voice belongs.”

She added, “There’s so many young actors, artists, even kids that think they know what they’re going to do in life. Find your voice and put it where it belongs.”

There was more reason to sing on Wednesday: Abbott Elementary snagged nine new nominations, including Sheryl’s, one for the show’s creator, Quinta Brunson, in the Lead Actress in a Comedy Series category and one for Outstanding Comedy Series.

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‘Shōgun’ leads Emmy nominations with 25; ‘The Bear’ sets Emmys comedy record with 23

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The nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards were announced Wednesday morning, and FX’s Shōgun led the field with 25 nominations in the Drama category. 

Another FX show, The Bear, set an Emmys record in the comedy category with 23.

Hulu’s Only Murders in the Building scored 21 nominations, including a first-time acting nom for Selena Gomez.

Previous winners Tony Hale and Sheryl Lee Ralph presented the nominations live from the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles, joined by Television Academy chair Cris Abrego, who informed Ralph she was also nominated — for a third time — in the Outstanding Supporting Actress category for her work in Abbott Elementary

The 76th Emmy Awards will be broadcast live from the Peacock Theater at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Sept. 15 on ABC. It will also stream the next day on Hulu.

Here are the nominees in the main categories. For more nominations, head over to Emmys.com.

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Matt Bomer – Fellow Travelers
Richard Gadd – Baby Reindeer
Jon Hamm – Fargo
Tom Hollander – Feud: Capote vs. the Swans
Andrew Scott – Ripley

Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie

Jodie Foster – True Detective: Night Country
Brie Larson – Lessons in Chemistry
Juno Temple – Fargo
Sofía Vergara – Griselda
Naomi Watts – Feud: Capote vs. the Swans

Outstanding Limited or Anthology Series

Baby Reindeer
Lessons in Chemistry
True Detective: Night Country

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Jennifer Aniston – The Morning Show
Carrie Coon – The Gilded Age
Maya Erskine – Mr.& Mrs. Smith
Anna Sawai – Shо̄gun
Imelda Staunton – The Crown
Reese Witherspoon – The Morning Show

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Idris Elba – Hijack
Donald Glover – Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Walton Goggins – Fallout
Gary Oldman – Slow Horses
Hiroyuki Sanada – Shōgun
Dominic West – The Crown

Outstanding Drama Series

The Crown
The Gilded Age
The Morning Show
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Slow Horses
3 Body Problem

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Matt Berry – What We Do in the Shadows
Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm
Steve Martin – Only Murders in the Building
Martin Short – Only Murders in the Building
Jeremy Allen White – The Bear
D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai – Reservation Dogs

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Quinta Brunson – Abbott Elementary
Ayo Edebiri – The Bear
Selena Gomez – Only Murders in the Building
Maya Rudolph – Loot
Jean Smart – Hacks
Kristen Wiig – Palm Royale

Outstanding Comedy Series

Abbott Elementary
The Bear
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Only Murders in the Building
Palm Royale
Reservation Dogs
What We Do in the Shadows

Outstanding Talk Series

The Daily Show
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Outstanding Reality Competition Program

The Amazing Race
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Traitors
The Voice


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Who is playing Lady Deadpool?! Speculation reaching fever pitch with new ‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ teaser

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A new teaser for Deadpool & Wolverine teases a multiverse full of Deadpool variants, including, as reported, the canine variety in Dogpool, but the new snippet also showcases the character’s female counterpart.

Fan have been speculating since the eye-blink glimpse of Lady Deadpool in the movie’s first trailer about who star and producer Ryan Reynolds and director Shawn Levy cast as the character, whose blond locks are shown swinging as she model-walks into the frame.

Guesses have ranged from Reynolds’ real-life wife, Blake Lively, to their bestie Taylor Swift. “It’s 100% Taylor’s walk,” one Swiftie insisted.

The ad is set to Toni Basil‘s hit “Hey, Mickey,” a tweak of the mouse nose at the fact that the film is Deadpool’s — or, more accurately, Deadpools’, plural — first entry in the Disney-owned Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

Elsewhere in the short snippet, Hugh Jackman‘s Wolverine tweaks Reynolds’ Wade Wilson over his wig — or, as Wade insists, “hair system” — and Reynolds makes a joke about the popularity, and age, of his 55-year-old costar. 

“Disney brought him back! They’re gonna make him do this until he’s 90!” he jokes. 

Deadpool & Wolverine opens July 26. 

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“Simply not true”: Joe Manganiello on ex-Sofia Vergara’s claims behind their break-up

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Joe Manganiello is saying his piece in a new Men’s Journal feature regarding the ending of his seven-year marriage to Sofia Vergara.

As reported in January of this year, Vergara told El País, “My marriage broke up because my husband was younger; he wanted to have kids, and I didn’t want to be an old mom.”

To Men’s Journal, Manganiello said, “There’s been a lot said in the press about me wanting a family. That’s simply not true.”

He revealed, “We did try to have a family for the first year and a half. And we had a huge conversation right out of the gate during the first month we dated. I said, ‘If you’re done with kids, then I understand. Just tell me, and I’ll know what this is, and that’s okay.'”

Vergara has a 32-year-old son, Manolo, from her first marriage.

“But that wasn’t the case with her,” Manganiello continued. “And I swore to her that I would never leave if it didn’t work out. And I didn’t.”

The True Blood veteran and Deal or No Deal Island host continued, “To be painted as if I had some sort of midlife crisis, and after nine years, turned to somebody and gave them an ultimatum of, ‘Do this potentially unhealthy thing to your body, or else I’m gone’? That’s never who I was.”

He explains instead, “two people grew apart, and sometimes that happens.”

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