Photo by Roland Neveu/LightRocket via Getty Images(WASHINGTON D.C.) -- Writer/director Oliver Stone's Vietnam War drama Platoon, Prince's Purple Rain, Spike Lee's She's Gotta Have It and Disney's Cinderella are among the 25 films just added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry.
As always, the additions represent a diverse collection. Also on the list of films added to the registry are the Academy Award-winning music-themed films Amadeus and Coal Miner's Daughter, as well as director Martin Scorsese's The Last Waltz. Prince's 1984 film Purple Rain joins the movie's soundtrack in the Library of Congress, the latter added to the National Recording Registry in 2012.
“The National Film Registry has become an important record of American history, culture and creativity,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. "[W]we are ensuring that the nation’s cinematic history will be around for generations to come.”
Diversity, including attention to LGBTQ themes were paramount this year, with inductees including Boys Don't Cry, in which Hilary Swank played a trans person who was murdered over her identity, and the gay rights documentary Beyond Stonewall.
"With this year's National Film Registry selections, Dr. Hayden recognizes the importance of amplifying cinematic voices and stories that have been marginalized for far too long," said Jacqueline Stewart, chair of the National Film Preservation Board's task force on diversity, equity and inclusion.
Other noteworthy additions: Kevin Smith's potty-mouthed slacker working comedy Clerks; the documentary I Am Somebody, about striking African-American hospital workers in Charleston, SC; and the 1903 short silent film Emigrants Landing at Ellis Island, the oldest addition this year to the Registry.
Here's the 2019 class in alphabetical order:
Amadeus (1984) Becky Sharp (1935) Before Stonewall (1984) Body and Soul (1925) Boys Don’t Cry (1999) Clerks (1994) Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) Emigrants Landing at Ellis Island (1903) Employees Entrance (1933) Fog of War (2003) Gaslight (1944) George Washington Carver at Tuskegee Institute (1937) Girlfriends (1978) I Am Somebody (1970) Last Waltz, The (1978) My Name Is Oona (1969) A New Leaf (1971) Old Yeller (1957) The Phenix City Story (1955) Platoon (1986) Purple Rain (1984) Real Women Have Curves (2002) She's Gotta Have It (1986) Sleeping Beauty (1959) Zoot Suit (1981)
Kimberley French(NEW YORK) -- Taika Waititi's Jojo Rabbit received a bunch of nominations on Monday, including a best actor nod for star Roman Griffin Davis, but the highlight of the evening for the 12-year-old actor will be meeting the host of the Golden Globes, Ricky Gervais.
Roman, who made his acting debut in the film, tells ABC Audio that Gervais is a favorite of his because, "He doesn't care what he says. He just says what he wants to say, and it would be a privilege for him to take the p*** out of me."
So how did Griffin Davis, who lives with his parents and twin brothers in Sussex, England, find out about the nomination?
"I was in bed and then we got up and then as soon as we got up my mom went, went the Golden Globes and I went oh, and then we watched the live stream," he recalls. "And we heard the R and we went oh my god! We started just running across the corridor screaming. And the dog was excited, just like, running around, uh you know, like biting his tail."
Roman is proud of the film, and hopes the nominations will encourage more people to see the film. "I hope they see that kids' minds, their minds are fragile and they're still learning," he says.
"Every piece of hate that you put in the world a kid can really be traumatized from that and they, and their minds are still growing and developing and they can easily be changed and manipulated by that and we need to be careful in preparing them for the world," he adds.
Ricky Gervais hosts the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards, airing live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel, January 5 on NBC.
Trae Patton/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- On Tuesday’s episode of The Voice, the eight artists who performed Monday learned that Team Blake Shelton’s Kat Hammock Team John Legend's Will Breman and Marybeth Byrd; and Hello Sunday, from Team Kelly Clarkson were sent home.
Hello Sunday and Hammock were eliminated at the end of the one-hour results show. They lost an "Instant Save" vote to Team Gwen Stefani’s Rose Short.
Prior to the vote, Hello Sunday, Hammock and Short sang for an opportunity to be saved by the viewers. Hello Sunday performed Sia’s “Chandelier”; Hammock covered “You've Got a Friend” by James Taylor and Short tackled Aretha Franklin’s “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.”
For the first time in the show's 17-year history, all four coaches will each have artist going into the finals: Ricky Duran for Team Blake; Rose Short for Team Gwen; Jake Hoot for Team Kelly; and Katie Kadan for Team Legend.
The results show also featured Shelton and Trace Atkins performing their latest collaboration, “Hell Right”; Australian singer Tones and I, singing “Dance Monkey”; and Clarkson joining American Idol season 16 runner-up Caleb Lee for their collaboration, "I Dream in Southern."
The Voice returns Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- After spending 18 years as husband and wife, Elizabeth and William Shatner are calling it quits. The actor was reportedly the one to file for divorce.
TMZ reports that this will be the fourth divorce for the Star Trek actor, while it will be his soon-to-be ex wife's second. However, this particular break is rumored to be relatively smooth as the couple reportedly have a prenup in place that mandates no spousal support for either party.
Sources to TMZ also claim that William is in the middle of negotiating financial details.
The couple wed in 2001 but share no children together.
Shatner was previously married to Nerine Kidd, Marcy Lafferty, and Gloria Rand, the latter in which produced Shatner's three kids Melanie, Lisabeth, and Leslie Carol.
The 88-year-old actor is reportedly worth $100 million.
ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- Ahead of his upcoming sci-fi film Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker, John Boyega is also dishing on some of his other highly anticipatedprojects.
Boyega, who'll star alongside Letitia Wright in Steve McQueen's upcoming BBC anthology series Small Axe, says he had another major project planned with Wright, but they ended up "going in a more different direction" for a specific reason.
"We did have a project called Hold Back the Stars, but we're gonna do something else now," Boyega reveals to ABC Audio. "We just wanted to make the vibe more black. You got to choose the right music, the right vibe, the right tone."
The film, which has been described as Romeo & Juliet meets Gravity, is an adaptation of Katie Khan's novel of the same name. It centers on a man and woman who revisit memories of their love affair while trapped in space with a short amount of oxygen left.
Although that particular project didn't work out for them, the Star Wars sequel star says he's looking forward to working on other projects with Wright, and a few other of his fellow up-and-coming black Brits.
"We went to the same drama school. So, we've been dying to work with each other," Boyega says of Wright. "I mean, what I foresee is myself, Daniel Kaluuya, Damson Idris, and Letitia Wright and maybe, like, an ensemble thing."
Lucasfilm(NEW YORK) -- Lucasfilm recently released a "legacy" trailer, featuring clips of all nine Star Wars films, including the forthcoming concluding movie, The Rise of Skywalker.
The trailer's a nostalgic look back at the impact of George Lucas' galaxy far far away, which started a long time ago, in 1977.
Kelly Marie Tran, who starred as plucky Resistance member Rose Tico in the previous installment, The Last Jedi, and will appear again in the final film, felt those feels, too.
"So emotional," she tells ABC Audio. "...[S]eeing it all together, it really does hit you with all that John Williams [musical] swell, you know?"
Unfortunately, Tran felt the brunt of criticism from many fans who were unhappy with the choices made by Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson; everything from her character's arguably unflattering wig and wardrobe to Rose's "side mission" to a casino planet were dragged online. Tran eventually left social media because of it.
However, in August, Train received a standing ovation at the Star Wars Celebration expo in Anaheim, which moved her to tears.
"It was really overwhelming surprise. First of all, because I did not expect that. And then to sort of receive that was really, really beautiful. So it felt like I was being hugged in a way," she says with a laugh.
Tran adds, "What was so funny about that is I was like, 'Oh, my gosh, I'm crying.' I was like, 'But no one can tell. So I'll just avoid it and pretend like it's not happening.' And it was so dumb. It was obvious," she laughs.
Train says she feels "really fortunate to be part of something that people just love so much."
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens December 20 from Disney, parent company of ABC News.
Montgomery County Correctional Facility(PENNSYLVANIA) -- Bill Cosby was just handed another legal defeat. In the Pennsylvania Superior Court Tuesday morning, the former TV patriarch lost his appeal to overturn his sexual assault conviction.
In April, 2018, Cosby was convicted of three counts of indecent assault and battery for drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University basketball coach Andrea Constand in 2004.
The comedian's legal team tried to argue in court Tuesday that the judge improperly allowed accusers who weren't part of the criminal case to testify. But the Superior Court ruled that the testimony was permitted because it showed a pattern of behavior.
Moments after the decision, District Attorney Kevin R. Steele issued a statement noting he was "pleased" with the Superior Court decision affirming the jury's guilty verdict.
"First and foremost, it is my hope that with this last guaranteed step in the criminal justice process now complete, the victim in this case, Andrea Constand, can finally put this assault behind her and move on with her life as the strong survivor she is," Steele said.
He added, "Her bravery in coming forward when she did to report a sexual assault by a powerful, famous man led to the subsequent exposure of him as a serial predator and served as an example to other women, giving them the needed courage to step up and stand up against sexual assault. The world is forever changed because of Andrea’s bravery. With this decision, it has been affirmed that no one is above the law."
Cosby, who has maintained his innocence, was sentenced last year to three to 10 years in prison.
VALERIE MACON/AFP via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas turned 103 on Monday, and son, Michael Douglas, marked the occasion a tribute to his dad.
"Happy birthday Dad! You are a living legend and your entire family sends you all the love in their hearts! #KirkDouglas #103" he shared on Instagram alongside a photo of them.
For Kirk's 102nd birthday last year, Michael told Good Morning America that his father was doing "unbelievable," and had even "discovered FaceTime."
"But he doesn't have the three-hour time change worked out -- from west coast, we live on the east coast, we're early guys. We have kids, so 10:30 we're in bed. We get a 'Where are you?' 'I'm in bed, dad,'" Michael said with a laugh.
"He's fantastic. I just can't get over it. His memory is all there," Douglas continued. "He's in good health. He's got a walker and a wheelchair."
Michael's wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, also offered her best wishes to Kirk on Monday.
"This guy on my knee, is 103!!!!!Happy Birthday Pappy!!! I love you with all my heart," she posted, along with a photo of herself with Kirk.
Trae Patton/NBC(NEW YORK) -- The Voice kicked off its semifinals on Monday, with the top eight artists competing for America’s votes, and a spot in next week’s finale. Along the way, they were advised by their coaches Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend.
Each artist performed twice: a new song on his or her own and a duet on a 1980s song with another contestant.
Here are the highlights of Monday night's show:
On the suggestion of her coach John Legend, Katie Kadan got things started with Labelle's "Lady Marmalade," because, as he explained, Katie needed to sing "one more powerhouse song," and if she got to the finals, "a grand ballad." Stefani called it Kadan's best performance so far, simply for her ability to "work the room." John called her a "superstar."
Team Blake's 18-year-old indie pop singer, Kat Hammock, picked Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know," explaining that, quoting a line from the song, her semifinals performance “could be the end of everything” as far as her time on The Voice was concerned. Kelly said Kat had a voice that "touches" people. Her coach called it her most powerful performance so far in the competition, assuring Hammond that regardless of her outcome on the show, "I'm not going anywhere. I'm going to see this through with you. You need to be making records."
Team Blake's Ricky Duran and Will Breman from Legend's team kicked off the duets, singing -- and trading guitar licks -- on The Outfield's "Your Love."
Marybeth Byrd, representing Team Legend stepped up for her solo performance, showing off her tougher side on Carrie Underwood's "Before He Cheats." The song also returned the country artist to the genre that brought her to the competition in the first place. Legend told the audience that Byrd, whom they saved last week, came back with her best performance yet.
Team Kelly's duo, Hello Sunday, consisting of 14-year-old duo Chelsea and Myla, tackled Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing," and they showed off some nifty dance moves as well. The performances delighted the fans and all four coaches, including Kelly, who declared the girls brought their "'A' game."
Byrd returned, this time with Team Blake's Jake Hoot for a duet on Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes' 80s hit, "Up Where We Belong."
Duran followed with a song he personally picked for his solo performance, The Beatles' "Let It Be," which has become a family anthem following the loss of both his parents, most recently, his mother, to breast cancer. Ricky, started off the song on piano and moved to the guitar, before finishing the song standing in front of the microphone, as pictures of his parents appeared on a large screen behind him. Duran's coach, Blake Shelton dubbed it "the vocal performance of [Ricky's] life."
Breman then took center stage on Bruno Mars' "Locked Out of Heaven" -- his coach, John Legend's pick, because it was "a good hybrid of pop and rock" the audience would love. Following Will's live performance, Legend praised his artist for an "electric and magnetic" stage performance, coupled with a "strong voice."
The duets continued with Madonna's "Express Yourself," performed by Kadan and Team Gwen's Rose Short, followed by Hammock teaming up with Hello Sunday for Pat Benatar's "We Belong."
Next, Short -- who is Stefani's last remaining artist -- belted out Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is," and dedicated the performance to her parents for having enjoyed a long and lasting love. Gwen praised Rose for having the guts to venture into a "more vulnerable place." Barely able to keep her composure, Stefani said she was honored to work with Rose, before breaking down in tears. Kelly followed.
Hoot, who told his coach Kelly during rehearsals that he was one of six children, closed out the show with one of his mother's favorite songs, "Desperado," by the Eagles. Legend noted Jake's voice "feels like home." Kelly hailed the performance as "eloquently delivered" and "perfect."
The Voice returns Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for SAG-AFTRA Foundation(LOS ANGELES) -- For the fifth year in a row, the Golden Globes are only considering men in the category for Best Director. Immediately after the Monday discovery, the internet began fiercely debating if female directors such as Little Women's Greta Gerwig and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood's Lorene Scafaria were snubbed.
One company, however, is certainly benefiting from the controversy. Funko recently announced new line of Funko POP! figurines that celebrates directors. However, it's who the company first chose to honor with the Funko treatment to is what's generating the buzz: Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins and When They See Us' Ava DuVernay.
Obviously, the timing of the announcement had fans comparing Funko to this year's Golden Globes.
In an official Twitter announcement on December 7, Funko unveiled Jenkins as the first figurine starting off their new Pop! Directors line. The company hailed her as "one of the highest-grossing female film directors of all time" on their blog.
"This is so awesome and flattering," Jenkins reacted happily on Twitter. "Can't wait!!"
Then, just hours after the Golden Globes announced its list of nominees on Monday, Funko revealed DuVernay as the second director featured in their new line. On the company blog, they praised her as an "Oscar-nominated and Emmy winning filmmaker who became the first black woman to have a film nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards."
Funko also nodded to DuVernay as being "the top-grossing black woman director in American box office history."
Duvernay was quick to thank Funko for the recognition and sweetly responded, "Never would have imagined this. Thanks for the love."
A release date for the new figurines has yet to be announced, but Funko promises they are "coming soon!"
Han Myung-Gu/WireImage(SAO PAULO) -- Ryan Reynolds demonstrated his superhero-like reflexes when a barricade collapsed at a con in Brazil over the weekend.
Brazilian media Terra Entretenimento posted video of the horrifying accident to their Twitter, which happened when Reynolds was meeting hundreds of screaming fans at Comic Con Experience in São Paulo. Unfortunately, the barrier separating him and the sea of fans gave way, sending a wave of people crashing to the ground while the Deadpool actor leaped backwards onto the stage, narrowly escaping injury.
Most of the fallen appeared unfazed with some even rolling to their knees to keep filming the actor. Event workers then quickly rushed to check the actor and the crowd for injuries.
One CCXP con goer named Juliana caught the incident from a different angle and posted it to her Twitter, which shows Reynolds jumping off the stage as the crowd swells to get as close to him as possible. After the barrier incident, Reynolds jumps back off the stage, which causes the audience to start screaming and crowding him again.
The 43-year-old is then quickly ushered back onto the stage by staff members so the crew could fix the fallen structure.
CCXP, which welcomed 280,000 fans over the weekend, issued a press release stating that the barrier failed because too many fans rushed it at once.
As for Reynolds? He told Entertainment Tonight, "All I was worried about were the people that were -- what you could tell is that they were falling, like, 'Oh, they're gonna be fine,' and it's like, 'Oh, but that leg is gonna go,' so I jumped out. But it was, yeah, everyone was fine."
He then joked that his wife, Blake Lively, tasked him to come home "in one piece," to which he laughed "So that was my only job."
In Reynolds' ad, created by his spirits brand Aviation Gin, "The Peloton Girl," whose real name is Monica Ruiz, is shown in staring right into the camera, after it appears she's just told her friends about her controversial Christmas gift.
Her supportive friends, who are sitting with her at a bar behind matching Aviation gin martinis, look stunned. Ruiz then continues, "This gin is really smooth," and then toasts, "To new beginnings." She downs her entire drink, and the implication is that Ruiz is divorcing her insensitive Peloton-purchasing husband.
In the Free Guy trailer, Ryan breaks the fourth wall, as he and his fellow cast members talk about the action comedy, in which his character, Guy, discovers he's actually a non-player-character in a Grand Theft Auto-like video game.
But the trailer then turns into a spoof of a Home Shopping Network segment, with Reynolds starting to hawk shirt, nametag, and the "Little Guy Guy" action figure, inviting viewers to call 1-906-Free-Guy.
"We're owned by Disney now," he whispers to his 20th Century Fox film co-stars, "We have to up our merchandising game."
Call the number and you hear Reynolds himself saying everything's sold out, noting, "We weren't really expecting anyone to call."
Paramount Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- Elton John's big year just got even bigger: His musical biopic Rocketman has received a number of Golden Globe nominations -- and Elton couldn't be happier.
As previously reported, Elton and Bernie Taupin have been nominated for their song "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again," which plays over the end credits of the film as a duet between Elton and Rocketman star Taron Egerton. Egerton has been nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy, while Rocketman itself is nominated for Best Motion Picture -- Musical or Comedy.
"We are thrilled to bits that Rocketman has been nominated for 3 Golden Globe Awards," says Elton and his husband David Furnish -- who's one of the movie's producers -- in a statement.
"We are grateful to have worked alongside so many talented artists and craftspeople to bring Elton's extraordinary life story to the big screen," the statement continues. "It means the world to us to have their talents recognized and honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press."
The statement concludes, "We are ecstatic that Taron Egerton has been nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical. He completely immersed himself in Elton's life and delivered a magnificently powerful performance in both acting and song."
Taupin adds, "It's always a thrill to be part of the Golden Globes but this year is extra special given that the song is a confirmation of Elton's survival and attached to a movie detailing our enduring relationship."
And Egerton notes, "The chance to share Elton's story in this way has been the opportunity of a lifetime. I am humbled by this recognition and immensely proud of the entire filmmaking team that helped bring Rocketman to life."
Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (NEW YORK) -- "...This is a whole new feeling," says Adam Sandler of collecting kudos for his dramatic turn in his latest movie, Uncut Gems. The movie has a 96% positive rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and Sandler is experiencing a rarity in his career: Oscar buzz.
Sandler stars as Howard Ratner, a charismatic New York City diamond dealer with a serious gambling addiction, itching for his next big score. He told ABC's Robin Roberts that the fast-paced, tense movie was a stretch, even for him.
"I was a nervous wreck because there were so many things I had to do in the movie -- be upset, be not too nice to my family," Sandler said of the first time he read the script. "There were scenes where unfortunately my clothes were off. Everything was disgusting thinking about me doing it."
But "I knew it was great," Sandler said. "I knew the filmmakers were great. And I talked to my wife and she said, 'you have to do this.' I just committed."
Sandler says the shoot, "was...a gritty process. We were working...deep into the night sometimes," adding that it paid off because they "knew we were making something different."
The longtime funnyman has already garnered a best actor award from the National Board of Review for the film.
"This is a shocker for many, many Americans," the actor said with a laugh. "I don't know what to even think."
Sandler added, "I never thought of this stuff in my life....I didn't say, 'I wanna get an Oscar one day.' I just wanted to make movies. I wanted to do what Eddie Murphy was doing," he explained. "And this is a whole new feeling. And it's fun."
Sony Pictures(NEW YORK) -- The first trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife debuted Monday morning. Until now, the plot of the film, which seemingly ignores the events of the infamous 2016 reboot, had been under wraps. But if you're a fan of the 1984 original, the trailer will give you all the feels.
The new trailer shows McKenna Grace as Phoebe, a teen who moves with her single mom to the small town of Summerville and into her grandfather's rickety old house and barn, just as the town begins experiencing strange, seemingly inexplicable earthquakes.
Paul Rudd seems to play a local teacher who's interested in the phenomena -- and doubly so when Phoebe finds some old junk her grandfather left her: among them, a ghost trap used by the 'Busters in the first two movies.
It becomes obvious that the intelligent young girl, who wears telltale round glasses, is the granddaughter of Ghostbuster Dr. Egon Spengler -- played by Ghostbusters co-creator and star, the late Harold Ramis.
Via the Internet, Rudd's character reintroduces the kids to what the boys in grey were up to back in the day. "In the '80s, New York City was like The Walking Dead," he explains, showing footage of the Ghosbusters' Ecto-1 driving down the streets of ghost-ravaged Manhattan.
And under a tarp in that "creepy old barn" left by her granddad is that very ghostbusting vehicle, complete with the original team's proton packs and other equipment.
"Call it fate/Call it luck/Call it karma," Bill Murray's Dr. Peter Venkman declares in a voiceover from the original film -- a nod that he, co-creator Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts are returning in their original roles.