January’s over and, weirdly, nothing super wild happened yesterday so maybe the 2021 Wednesday curse is broken? We’ll see I guess, though the slate of Golden Globe nominees could count since basically everyone was surprised by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s choices. The awards ceremony will be held bicoastally this year, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosting live from New York and Los Angeles, respectively. [IndieWire]
While there were some well-deserved nominations, consensus seems to be that many of the eligible films and series led by Black creatives last year were shut out, not to mention the still-baffling HFPA rules that meant Lee Isaac Chung’s breakout (American production) Minari could only be submitted for the foreign language category. Snubs include Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You, Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods, P-Valley, and acting noms for Lovecraft Country. [LA Times, Shadow and Act]
Thankfully, the Screen Actors Guild nominations just dropped and the nominees for best cast are: Da 5 Bloods, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Minari, One Night In Miami, and Trial of the Chicago 7, and Michaela Cole grabbed a nom for her acting in I May Destroy You. [IndieWire]
As things continue to get worse re: COVID, especially in LA County, Hollywood has been chugging along making media for us to consume at home while we’ve been assured that everyone on set is taking the most stringent of precautions. Turns out, productions are hiring “COVID-19 safety liaisons” but neglecting to train or prepare them for the task. These assistants describe being overwhelmed by complaints and mixed messages from crew and execs alike, as well as having to make things up as they go, without any additional resources to support their efforts. So, you know. It’s going great. [Buzzfeed]
CBC says it's not moving forward with season 2 of Trickster following allegations about Michelle Latimer's false claims of Indigenous identity pic.twitter.com/fqgnBET9XU
— 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐚 𝐤𝐫𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐧𝐚𝐧 (@ManishaKrishnan) January 29, 2021
The CBC is canceling Season 2 of Trickster, which starred Indigenous talent and was adapted from Eden Robinson’s 2017 novel Son of a Trickster, after its director and producer, Michelle Latimer, was alleged to have falsely claimed Indigenous identity and the series’ consulting producer Danis Goulet and co-creator Tony Elliott both resigned in protest.
Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) has made an exclusive television deal with Disney through his media company, Proximity Media. The first series will be released on Disney+ and will showcase the Kingdom of Wakanda. [Deadline]
HBO Max’s Titans has cast I May Destroy You‘s Jay Lycurgo as new Robin, Tim Drake, which is exciting! [Deadline]
— Kotaku (@Kotaku) February 2, 2021
Apparently, Joss Whedon created a Victorian fantasy series starring a group of supernaturally powered women, TheNevers, and then abandoned the project in the middle of production, but there’s a trailer now. Not really sure who asked for this, but maybe it was salvaged after he left. [Polygon]
A ton of CW shows received early renewals, including Charmed (Season 4), Legends of Tomorrow (Season 7), Batwoman (Season 3), and Nancy Drew (Season 3). [Variety]
CBS’s Silence of the Lambs sequel series Clarice originally hired actor/writer/producer Jen Richards to consult on trans representation due to the negative impact the 90s film’s Buffalo Bill character had on public perception of trans people, but she has now been cast to appear on-screen in the role she consulted on as well. [Variety]
This film is a fully plagiarized, shot-for-shot remake of my comic. The filmmakers didn't ask me for permission to adapt my work. They didn't even notify me they were doing so until the film had already been released and was winning awards at film festivals. https://t.co/4mW9w7ObSf pic.twitter.com/ew5d7I0BY7
— Adam ElIis (@moby_dickhead) February 1, 2021
In the most ill-advised decision I’ve seen recently, two film directors remade an Adam Ellis’ short comic into a full-length feature film without obtaining permission or even crediting the artist, and then asked him to promote the film. It’s now gaining attention on the festival circuit, but it will be hard to claim that this isn’t plagiarism. Ironically, the Ellis was also accused of plagiarism later that day, and had a bizarre response.
Animation studio Laika (Kubo and the Two Strings, Coraline, Missing Link) has announced its intention to donate funds to Bowie State University, an HBCU, in order to build a stop-motion animation studio on campus. [Deadline]
Photos from the set of Thor: Love and Thunder revealed that Thor’s chariot-pulling goats may appear in the film, played by giant puppets. [CBR.com]
“What Is This Feeling?” We’re going back to “Dear Old Shiz” and it’s so exciting! John M. Chu (In the Heights, Crazy Rich Asians) is slated to direct a film adaptation of beloved musical Wicked for Universal. I’m hoping they cast diversely, and that we maybe get some new, up-and-coming stars out of it. [Deadline]
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Evan Rachel Wood has named Marilyn Manson as the abuser she alluded to in a 2016 Rolling Stone interview and as testimony before the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations in 2018. She alleged in an Instagram post on Monday that Manson groomed her as a teenager, and since then a number of other women have also come forward with stories of sexual assault, psychological abuse, violence, and intimidation. After these allegations surfaced, Manson was dropped from the Creative Artists Agency (CAA) as a client as well as by Interscope Records, his record label. His upcoming appearances in American Gods and Creepshow have also been canceled. [Vanity Fair]