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Why Run-DMC didn’t want to make ‘Christmas in Hollis’

Shopping for the holidays is stressful enough to send anyone reaching for the eggnog, but for Darryl McDaniels, a k a DMC of Run-DMC, it’s especially taxing.

“At this time of year, I can’t walk five steps at the mall without someone shouting the lyrics to ‘Christmas in Hollis’ at me,” he tells The Post. “Just yesterday, I was at the grocery store, and a lady said, ‘Guess what’s on my playlist right now?’ I said, ‘Christmas in Hollis.’ She said, ‘How did you know?!’ It’s a beautiful thing, but I got to expect that for the rest of my life!”

That didn’t seem likely when the song was first released 30 years ago. In 1987, Run-DMC was invited to contribute a holiday song to “A Very Special Christmas,” a charity compilation benefiting the Special Olympics. Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, Whitney Houston and other artists recorded covers, but the New York rap trio went the extra mile and came up with the fun and funky “Christmas in Hollis.”

The song didn’t chart at the time, but over the years, it’s developed a cultural cachet as one of the few holiday songs that isn’t sappy. It’s also been featured in movies such as “Die Hard” (1988) and Seth Rogen’s 2015 comedy “The Night Before.” DMC’s just given it a 30th anniversary revamp to help promote the IFC network’s “Christmas in the ’80s” movie marathon over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

“We’re down with Christmas forever because of that record,” says the 53-year-old DMC, who recently released a four-track vinyl-only EP “Back From the Dead — The Legend Lives.”

“We’re part of the holidays, and I get paid a lot of money to do that song at parties this time of year.”

But the coolest Christmas song of all time almost didn’t happen. Kurtis Blow released the holiday track “Christmas Rappin’ ” in 1979, and the group worried about looking like copycats by releasing another. “In hip-hop culture, you can’t duplicate what’s already been done, so we weren’t sure about doing it,” says DMC.

But publicist Bill Adler convinced them otherwise. An avowed enthusiast and collector of lesser-heard Christmas music, Adler bought the group’s DJ Jam Master Jay (a k a Jason Mizell) a crate of festive records, hoping there would be something they could use to build a song. Eventually, Jay came across Clarence Carter’s 1968 R&B track “Back Door Santa,” and it immediately caught his ear.

“Run and DMC were in the next room and came in, as if they’d been drawn to the scent of a big Christmas pie or something,” Adler tells The Post. “They nodded at Jay, and everybody knew that was going to be the sample.”

Lyrically, the song followed Run-DMC’s established trope: writing about their native Queens. Joseph “Run” Simmons’ verse centers on spotting Santa Claus in Hollis, while DMC captures his own childhood Christmases, with his mom “cooking chicken and collard greens” at home.

“I ate that meal for 48 years before my mother passed away [in 2013], and I got tired of it,” says the rapper, who’s since left Queens for New Jersey.

“Now, I go out with my family on Christmas, because when you go to the city on Christmas, the whole city’s yours. You can get reservations in places you never would. The next Christmas song I do is gonna be about going out on Christmas to eat!”

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I saw THE LAST JEDI and I absolutely loved it. It’s not perfect, but I loved it!!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi scores second-highest opening ever with $220 million

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a force to be reckoned with at the box office.

Episode VIII of Lucasfilm and Disney’s enduring space opera is on track to gross an estimated $220 million in 4,232 theaters in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, marking the second-highest domestic opening of all time (not adjusted for inflation), behind only its predecessor Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which debuted to $248 million in 2015.

The Last Jedi is just the fourth film in history to open north of $200 million, joining The Force Awakens, Jurassic World ($208.8) and The Avengers ($207.4). It’s also set to add $230 million overseas, for a worldwide bow of $450 million, which would rank fifth all time. (The Last Jedi has yet to open in China, the world’s second-largest movie market.)

Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick), The Last Jedi has met with excellent reviews from critics and also garnered an A CinemaScore from moviegoers. The film, which picks up where The Force Awakens left off in the midst of a heated intergalactic conflict, features original Star Wars players Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher, as well as next-gen heroes and villains Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, and Kelly Marie Tran.

The Star Wars franchise shows no signs of slowing down, with a young Han Solo spinoff movie (directed by Ron Howard), Episode IX (with J.J. Abrams at the helm), and a new Johnson-directed trilogy all in the works. The Last Jedi‘s huge opening also comes in the wake of Disney announcing its seismic deal to buy film and TV assets from Fox, the original home of Star Wars.

At the weekend box office, The Last Jedi is being followed — in a very distant second place — by Ferdinand, Fox’s animated movie based on the children’s book The Story of Ferdinand. The family-friendly film will take in about $13.3 million, falling short of analysts’ predictions of $15 million to $20 million.

On the bright side, Ferdinand received an A CinemaScore and generally positive reviews. Carlos Saldanha directed the movie, which centers on a gentle bull (voiced by John Cena) who refuses to participate in bullfighting. The voice cast also includes Kate McKinnon, Anthony Anderson, and Bobby Cannavale.

Rounding out the top five are Disney and Pixar’s Coco, with about $10 million; Lionsgate’s Wonder, with about $5.4 million; and Warner Bros. and DC’s Justice League, with about $4.2 million.

According to ComScore, overall box office is down 2.9 percent year-to-date. Check out the Dec. 15-17 figures below.

1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi — $220 million
2. Ferdinand — $13.3 million
3. Coco — $10 million
4. Wonder — $5.4 million
5. Justice League — $4.2 million
6. Daddy’s Home 2 — $3.8 million
7. Thor: Ragnarok — $3 million
8. The Disaster Artist — $2.6 million
9. Murder on the Orient Express — $2.5 million
10. Lady Bird — $2.1 million

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They absolutely belong in the Hall. Absolutely!!

Bon Jovi on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: ‘It’s a Christmas Miracle’

Almost no band that started after the 1970s has been more successful than Bon Jovi. They have sold a reported 130 million records and packed just about every stadium in the world many times over. Their songs are inescapable on classic-rock radio (not to mention karaoke bars) and their last four new albums hit Number One on the Billboard 200. Despite all that, they only appeared on a single Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot before finally getting in this year, nearly a decade after first becoming eligible. Frontman Jon Bon Jovi shared his views on why that happened with Howard Stern last year, but presumably all is forgiven now that they are finally in. We spoke with drummer Tico Torres and keyboardist David Bryan a couple of days after they heard the big news.

How did you first hear you were in?
Tico Torres: Jon called me. It’s something that’s iconic in a sense. A lot of my friends are in it. It’s pretty prestigious. The fact that it covers all types of music is a beautiful thing. Of course, there’s so many other people that have yet to be in there like [John] Coltrane. Elvin Jones was my drum teacher for God’s sake.

How about you, David?
David Bryan: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame carrier pigeon dropped by my house and delivered the note. [Laughs]

What were your first reactions?
David Bryan: It was great. There’s a lot of people that are in it. There are a lot of people that aren’t in it and deserve to be in it. There’s a lot of people that are going to be in it. It’s a nice recognition of 25 years after 1984, which is when our first record came out. We’re what I call a current classic. We still have a Number One record and we’re still out there touring the entire earth and selling out stadiums everywhere, and yet we’re still a classic. It’s a great thing.

Tico Torres: And we’re old!

Did the news surprise you at all?
Tico Torres: I was elated. It was nice to tell my mom and my son. He was the first one. He’s 13. I told him right away. I had to tell my mom. We grew up annoying our parents, making noise and having band practice. For me, it’s been going on since ’67. If anyone deserves the first mention, it would be my mom. Our parents.

David, what does this mean to you on a personal level?
David Bryan: When you look at it, its almost a journey of your peers. You’re in with people you grew up with. They were my heroes, the reason why I play rock & roll. It’s an honor to be amongst them. It’s a nice nod from the industry. We’ve been eligible since 2009, so it’s nice to be recognized.

Did it ever bother you that it took this long?
Tico Torres: There’s only so much room. Again, David mentioned this, there’s a lot of people that should be in before us that have since passed, like Joe Cocker, guys that made statements in life that we grew up with. It’s an ongoing adventure of music. It also brings to light a lot of music of people that gets passed to younger people, people just getting into music. They can actually go backwards and research and learn from it.

David Bryan: We were at the inaugural, way before the Hall of Fame was built, we played that concert in Cleveland. We had Eric Burdon with us. There were so many greats that night, from Al Green to Little Richard to Jerry Lee Lewis. It was a pretty special event and it’s wild that this many years later we’re amongst them and there’s a building now. It’s all good.

They’re taking in the two of you, Jon, Richie Sambora and Alec John Such. Do you think those are the right ones? Did they miss anybody?
Tico Torres: That pretty much covers the band when we started.

David Bryan: That was us guys living the dream, getting on a bus with no guarantees in any way shape or form or anything. It was, “Let’s go out and make this happen.” And we actually did. For me, it’s a Christmas miracle.

Tico Torres: It’s funny. You grow up listening to these great musicians and then you get a certain status in your environment as a musician where you actually get to play together and meet each other and jam. You always think, “Gee, I was born too late.” But then you get better and better and fall in line and you’re almost in the same schoolhouse even though you’re younger. You get to hang out and play with your peers.

It’s going to be you guys, the Moody Blues, the Cars, Dire Straits and Nina Simone. There tends to be an all-star jam at the end of the night. Can you think of any song that would work everyone?
David Bryan: That has to be the hardest part of the night because everyone has great songs. You can do a standard blues song or something. I don’t know. I guess we’ll figure it out when we’re in the room.

Bands usually get three songs. Can you take a guess at which three songs you’ll do?
Tico Torres: I guess we’ll figure that out. It’s kind of new to us. You have to include the songs that got us to this point. It’s a hard pick. We’ll figure it out.

David Bryan: We’re trying to wrap our heads around it now and figure it all out.

Bands often play with former members at the induction ceremony. Are you down to play with Richie Sambora and Alec John Such that night?
Tico Torres: Absolutely.

David Bryan: Yeah. Why not?

Tico Torres: They are a huge part of us. We’d love it if they played with us.

Do you keep in touch with Alec?
Tico Torres: Honestly, he’s a mystery sometimes. The hard part is finding him.

David Bryan: Alec is definitely a moving target.

He played with you guys in 2001. The fans are always very curious about him. He’s the mystery man of Bon Jovi to so many people.
Tico Torres: He’s always been the mystery man of Bon Jovi, even then he was like 007.

Do you think he’ll show up?
Tico Torres: I think so.

David Bryan: I would hope so. The idea is that it’s a celebration of what we were and what we are, so that was definitely what we were and we are what we are now. I think its a celebration of both those things. You’ll see the current lineup and then see the original. It should be a fun night.

Many people will argue that Hugh McDonald should be inducted since he’s been there for so long.
Tico Torres: He’s a big part of the band. They should acknowledge that.

What are the future plans for Bon Jovi?
David Bryan: We’re going to keep touring. That’s what we do. We love to make records and we love to tour. We did a handful of shows this year down in South America and played a bunch of big stadiums and Rock in Rio. Next year, we’re putting plans together and we’re going to do some shows, do what we do.

So few bands are able to play those soccer stadiums you guys headline.
Tico Torres: The hardest thing about those soccer stadiums is trying to find room in the soccer schedule since that takes precedent. We’re lucky in South America that there wasn’t much soccer that time of year. But it’s incredible to still fill houses. A lot of it is because we try to stay current. We come up with new material and songs and try to reinvent ourselves. It’s a journey of a lifetime. I’m glad we’re able to do that as a band and keep creating and expanding our limits.

I think a lot of fans in America don’t realize that you’re just as popular overseas, filling stadiums in Asia, Europe – it’s a real global thing.
David Bryan: The fans realize the hell out of it. It’s been something we always set out to to from the beginning, which was play the world. We’d go out and play 50 countries. We’ve done 50 concerts 30 times. They’re familiar with us and we’re familiar with them. It’s a big world out there. One of the greatest things about our band is that we bring the American dream to the world. Here’s a bunch of kids that were living in nowhere New Jersey and we made it through a lot of practice and a lot of work and a lot of luck. It shows the world, “If we did it, you can do it.” It’s that whole dream of “you can make it” that we bring to the world.

David, you’ve won Tony Awards. The band has won Grammy Awards. How does this compare to those honors?
David Bryan: Any honor is an honor. You can’t really say which one is better than the next, but it’s always wonderful when you’re honored by your peers for your work. There’s the Tonys and the Grammys we won and were nominated for. The Tonys were an amazing evening and this will be another amazing evening. It’s wonderful to be recognized by our peers, and the fans. This was one of the biggest fan votes. Almost 2 million fans voted for us, which was huge.

I’m sure the night will be very emotional.
Tico Torres: For me, I live in the present, in the moment. It’s one of those experiences I look forward to without a preconceived notion other than I’m excited.

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Cineplex tests $1 reserved seating fee at some Star Wars screenings

Cineplex Inc. is giving Star Wars fans a surprise twist at the box office by charging an extra dollar for assigned seating at some showings.

The country’s biggest exhibitor has tacked on a surcharge at select regular screenings of Star Wars: The Last Jedi across Canada in hopes moviegoers will be willing to pay more for not waiting in line.

It’s a move the company says makes it convenient when a screening is sold out, which often leaves latecomers hunting for empty seats.

While reserved seating isn’t entirely new at Cineplex, the cost has usually been built into ticket prices for the company’s premium Imax, VIP and UltraAVX theatres. The exhibitor also experimented with charging an extra $2 for “prime seats” at the centre of a few of its busier theatres.

But it has not previously rolled out the concept at what it calls “regular” screenings — movies shown in traditional auditoriums without the additional costs associated with 3D or a larger screen.

With Star Wars: The Last Jedi likely to be the biggest film of the year, Cineplex wanted to gauge how audiences reacted to the concept on a wider scale. The company says about 20 per cent of its Canadian locations are testing the $1 fee for reserved seats at regular screenings.

If the concept is received positively, it’s likely Cineplex will revisit the reserved seating at regular screenings for other event movies expected to draw huge crowds.

The move comes as Cineplex and other theatre owners hunt for ways to boost profits at a time when a night at the movies competes with a raft of other convenient entertainment alternatives, like Netflix.

Screenings of Star Wars: The Last Jedi have put an extra financial squeeze on North American exhibitors after Disney revealed a number of unusual requirements for any theatre wanting to screen the film.

Disney told exhibitors it would pocket about 65 per cent of the box-office revenues from Star Wars tickets. Traditionally, distributors take about half of the box-office revenue for a movie.

The Wall Street Journal reported last month that Disney’s move cuts deeply into exhibitor profits for the biggest movie of the holiday season.

It was widely expected that theatre owners would look to recoup their lost share in other places, like hiking the price of concession items and boosting ticket prices wherever possible.

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Here are the Netflix shows people binge-watch the most

For the second time in the company’s history, Netflix Inc. has published a press release that gives investors a tiny bit more insight into what shows and films are popular on the streaming service.

The most binge watched show: “American Vandal,” a true-crime satire that is centered on the blowback from a costly high school prank.

Shares of Netflix NFLX, -1.23% are down a fraction at $186.17 after hours.

This year, Netflix included only its original content in the ranking and considered shows that people watched more than two hours a day as “devoured” — read: binge watched — and shows that consumers watched less than two hours every day the company tagged as “savored.” The most “savored” show was “The Crown,” a program about Queen Elizabeth II’s life.

The company also disclosed that viewers around the world watch 140 million hours every day and about 1 billion hours of Netflix a week.

Netflix is notoriously tight-lipped about its viewership and streaming-habits data and based Monday’s release on results from November 1 of this year, to November 1, 2016.

1. American Vandal

2. 3%

3. 13 Reasons Why

4. Anne with an E

5. Riverdale

6. Ingobernable

7. Travelers

8. The Keepers

9. The OA

10. The Confession Tapes

The company also conducted a survey of 60,000 members about what shows they skipped ahead of their significant others to watch. Topping that list are “Narcos” and “13 Reasons Why.” The survey also indicated that Netflix original “Stranger Things” was the show families would most watch together.

Netflix stock is up 50% this year, as the S&P 500 index has gained 19%. The Los Gatos, Calif.-based company has beaten Wall Street estimates in four of the past five quarters. Analysts polled by FactSet model fourth-quarter earnings of 42 cents a share on sales of $3.2 billion.

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In other words, Saturday Night Night is about to get worse…if that’s even possible.

SNL: Colin Jost and Michael Che promoted to co-head writers

Colin Jost and Michael Che are taking their Saturday Night Live responsibilities beyond the news desk.

The Weekend Update co-anchors have been promoted to co-head writers of NBC’s late-night sketch series, the network announced Tuesday. Kent Sublette and Bryan Tucker will remain co-head writers as well.

Jost and Che have been anchoring Weekend Update since 2014. Jost, as you may remember, also served as a co-head writer of SNL from 2014 to 2015 before exiting the role and focusing on Weekend Update.

Now in season 42, SNL airs live coast-to-coast, starting at 11:30 p.m. ET / 10:30 p.m. CT / 9:30 p.m. MT / 8:30 p.m. PT.

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I have been so patiently waiting for the new STAR WAS! It’s almost finally here!!!

Coco threepeats at box office as Star Wars: The Last Jedi looms

A week before Star Wars: The Last Jedi throws open the end-of-year floodgates, Coco is enjoying the lull.

With all the major studios forgoing new wide releases for the second week in a row, Disney and Pixar’s Day of the Dead-themed animated musical is set to top the box office for a third consecutive weekend, grossing an estimated $18.3 million in 3,748 theaters in the U.S. and Canada.

That would bring Coco’s domestic total to $135.5 million after 19 days in theaters, while an estimated $55.3 million from foreign markets this weekend would push its international total to $254 million (for a worldwide total of $389.5 million).

Directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, Coco centers on a 12-year-old Mexican boy (voiced by newcomer Anthony Gonzalez) who confronts his family’s ancestral ban on music. The cast includes Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, and Alanna Ubach. The film received excellent reviews from critics and an A-plus CinemaScore from moviegoers.

Meanwhile, James Franco’s meta-movie comedy The Disaster Artist is poised to break into the top five after expanding to 840 theaters from 19 last week. The A24 release is on pace for about $6.4 million, edging out Marvel’s threequel Thor: Ragnarok ($6.3 million) for fourth place and bringing its domestic total to $8 million.

Directed by and starring Franco, and based on Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s book of the same name, The Disaster Artist chronicles the making of Tommy Wiseau’s notoriously bad — and much beloved — 2003 independent film The Room. Critics have applauded Franco’s film, which also stars brother Dave Franco (as Sestero), Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, and Ari Graynor.

Rounding out the top five are Warner Bros. and DC’s Justice League at No. 2, with an estimated $9.6 million, and Lionsgate’s Wonder at No. 3, with an estimated $8.5 million.

The former film recently crossed the $200-million mark domestically and is now north of $600 million globally; the latter movie is on track to break $100 million by the end of the weekend.

Squeaking in to the top 10 is the ironically titled comedy Just Getting Started, which represents the final production from embattled upstart Broad Green Pictures. Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Morgan Freeman, and Rene Russo, and directed by Ron Shelton, the film is set to debut in 2,161 theaters with about $3.2 million.

On the specialty front, the darkly comic Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya is bowing in four theaters with an estimated $245,602, which works out to a robust per-screen average of $61,400. The critically acclaimed film stars Margot Robbie as the infamous figure skater, along with Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan, and Julianne Nicholson. Craig Gillespie directed, and Neon/30West are distributing.

Next week marks the arrival of The Last Jedi, which is expected to be a huge blockbuster and will herald a slew of major holiday releases.

According to ComScore, overall box office is down 3.9 percent year-to-date. Check out the Dec. 8-10 figures below.

1. Coco — $18.3 million
2. Justice League — $9.6 million
3. Wonder — $8.5 million
4. The Disaster Artist — $6.4 million
5. Thor: Ragnarok — $6.3 million
6. Daddy’s Home 2 — $6 million
7. Murder on the Orient Express — $5.1 million
8. The Star — $3.7 million
9. Lady Bird — $3.5 million
10. Just Getting Started — $3.2 million

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I’m still shocked that Patty Jenkins didn’t get nominated.

Female Directors Shut Out of Golden Globes Nominations

Despite a best picture, comedy or musical nomination for “Lady Bird” and widespread acclaim for its first-time director, Greta Gerwig, the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. stuck with an all-male group for the 2018 best director nominations.

In a year in which Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” and Dee Rees’ “Mudbound” also received universal praise — and in the case of “Wonder Woman,” massive box office as well, the slight was seen as significant.

Gerwig, who has acted in numerous films, had never directed a feature before “Lady Bird.” She did, however, score a screenplay nom for her original “Lady Bird” script. The Globes combine both adapted and original screenplays into one category.

The push to hire and recognize female directors has intensified in the wake of the Academy’s efforts to improve diversity and the massive sexual harassment scandals that are gripping Hollywood.

nstead, the HFPA nominated Guillermo del Toro, whose “The Shape of Water” had the most noms overall, Martin McDonagh, Christopher Nolan, Ridley Scott and Steven Spielberg. Spielberg previously won Globes for directing “Saving Private Ryan” and “Schindler’s List.”

“Lady Bird” stars Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf were nominated for Golden Globes for best actress, comedy and supporting actress, respectively. Among other honors, “Lady Bird” won best film from the New York Film Critics Circle.

Ronan stars as the title character in “Lady Bird,” a high school senior who deals with a strict mother, college plans and boys in early-2000s Sacramento, Calif.

However, the Globe nominations weren’t all bad news for women directors. Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father” did receive a best foreign film nomination. The Cambodia-set film’s dialogue is in Khmer, French and English. And “The Breadwinner,” directed by Nora Twomey, will compete in the best animated film category.

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Can’t wait to see THE SHAPE OF WATER!! Congratulations to all the nominees!!

Golden Globes: ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Big Little Lies’ Top Nominations

Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War-era, Canadian-shot fairy tale The Shape of Water swam away with a leading seven nominations for the Golden Globes, while the Canadian-directed HBO drama Big Little Lies led the television nominees with six nods.

The Shape of Water was shot in Toronto and Hamilton. Big Little Lies was directed by Montreal’s Jean-Marc Vallée.

The nominations were announced in Beverly Hills, Calif., by actors Alfre Woodard, Garrett Hedlund, Kristen Bell and Sharon Stone.

In what is seen as a wide-open Oscar race so far, several films followed closely behind The Shape of Water, including Steven Spielberg’s Pentagon Papers drama The Post, with six nominations, including best actress for Meryl Streep and best actor for Tom Hanks. Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri also received a major boost with six nominations, including best actress for Frances McDormand.

But as the most prominent platform yet in Hollywood’s awards season to confront the post-Harvey Weinstein landscape, the Globes also enthusiastically supported Ridley Scott’s J. Paul Getty drama All the Money in the World. Canadian veteran Christopher Plummer, who has replaced Kevin Spacey in the film, was nominated for best supporting actor. Scott was also nominated for best director and Michelle Williams for best supporting actress.

A rough cut of the film was screened for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the Globes. Scott is quickly re-editing the movie to eradicate Spacey, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous men.

The nominees for best picture drama are:

– Tender young romance Call Me By Your Name.
– Christopher Nolan’s Second World War epic Dunkirk.
– The Post.
– The Shape of Water.
– Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

The nominees for best picture comedy or musical are:
– James Franco’s The Disaster Artist.
– Jordan Peele’s horror sensation Get Out.
– Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age tale Lady Bird.
– Upcoming musical The Greatest Showman.
– Tonya Harding comic-drama I, Tonya.

Despite considerable backlash, Get Out ended up on the comedy side of the Globes. It was submitted that way by Universal Pictures. Peele himself slyly commented on the controversy, calling his social critique of latent racism “a documentary.” Though the Globes passed over Peele’s script, newcomer Daniel Kaluuya was nominated for best actor in a comedy.

Though some predicted and feared an acting field lacking diversity, the nominees were fairly inclusive. Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.), Mary J. Blige (Mudbound), Hong Chau (Downsizing) and Octavia Spencer (The Shape of Water) were among the 30 film acting nominees.

In the television categories, the Emmy-winning Big Little Lies earned a number of acting nods (Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard) as well as best limited series. (HBO recently announced a second season for Big Little Lies, which will change its category in other awards shows.)

FX’s Bette Davis and Joan Crawford chronicle Feud: Bette and Joan landed four nominations, including nods for Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon. Amazon’s just-debuted The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel scored several nods, including best comedy series. Also with numerous nominations were Netflix’s Stranger Things, Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and NBC’s This Is Us.

Left out were frequent Globes-nominees House of Cards and Transparent, two of the TV affected by the cascading fallout of sexual harassment allegations in the wake of Harvey Weinstein’s ouster. It’s been an omnipresent component of this year’s awards season, including Monday. As usual, the nominations were partly announced on NBC’s Today show, where Matt Lauer was recent fired following allegations of sexual misconduct.

Gary Oldman, nominated for best actor for his Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, said it’s cast an unusual pall over the season.

“How should we celebrate? Well, I don’t think any of it’s funny, so I guess that people will stay away from it in the ceremony,” said Oldman by phone Monday.

“It’s evolution, and it’s good that we sort of start to check ourselves about what we do and what we say and how we do it and how we say it to people, so I think it’s ultimately a good thing. But I can’t see too much of this coming up in [the show], up there on the platform, as it were, on the podium. It’s not something to joke about, I don’t think.”

The nominees were announced from Beverly Hills after a week of still-burning fires have ravaged Southern California. The Thomas Fire has destroyed some 790 structures and forced thousands to evacuate their homes, with the blazes even entering the nearby neighbourhood of Bel-Air.

The awards haven’t traditionally predicted the Oscars, but they did last January.

The Globes best-picture winners — Moonlight and La La Land — both ultimately ended up on the stage for the final award of the Oscars, with Moonlight emerging victorious only after the infamous envelope flub. The press association, which has worked in recent years to curtail its reputation for oddball choices, is composed of approximately 90 freelance international journalists.

The last Globes broadcast, hosted by Jimmy Fallon, averaged 20 million viewers, an upswing of eight per cent, according to Nielsen. In 2018, Fallon’s NBC late-night partner, Seth Meyers, will host the Jan. 7 ceremony.

No Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement recipient has yet been chosen. Last year’s honoree, Streep, spoke forcefully against Donald Trump, shortly before his inauguration as U.S. president, leading him to criticize the actress as “overrated.”

This year, she — along with Spielberg and Hanks — return with a pointed and timely drama, The Post, about the power of the press to counter lies emanating from the White House.

Nominees for the 75th Golden Globe Awards

Best motion picture – drama
Call Me By Your Name.
Dunkirk.
The Post.
The Shape of Water.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Best motion picture – musical or comedy
The Disaster Artist.
Get Out.
The Greatest Showman.
I, Tonya.
Lady Bird.

Best motion picture – animated
The Boss Baby.
The Breadwinner
Coco.
Ferdinand.
Loving Vincent.

Best motion picture – foreign language
A Fantastic Woman.
First They Killed My Father.
In the Fade.
Loveless.
In the Square.

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – drama
Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game.
Sally Hawkins, Shape of Water.
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Meryl Streep, The Post.
Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World.

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – drama
Timothy Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name.
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread.
Tom Hanks, The Post.
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour.
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – musical or comedy
Judi Dench, Victoria and Abdul.
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker.
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya.
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird.
Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes.

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – musical or comedy
Steve Carrell, Battle of the Sexes.
Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver.
James Franco, The Disaster Artist.
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman.
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out.

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in any motion picture
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound.
Hong Chau, Downsizing.
Allison Janney, I, Tonya.
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird.
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water.

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in any motion picture
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project.
Armie Hammer, Call Me By My Name.
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water.
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World.
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Best director – motion picture
Guillermo del Toro , The Shape of Water.
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk.
Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World.
Steven Spielberg, The Post.

Best screenplay – motion picture
The Shape of Water.
Lady Bird.
The Post.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
Molly’s Game.

Best original score – motion picture
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
The Shape of Water.
Phantom Thread.
The Post.
Dunkirk.

Best original song – motion picture
Home from Ferdinand.
Mighty River from Mudbound.
Remember Me from Coco.
The Star from The Star.
This is Me from The Greatest Showman.

Best television series – drama
The Crown.
Game of Thrones.
The Handmaid’s Tale.
Stranger Things.
This is Us.

Best television series – musical or comedy
black-ish.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Master of None.
SMILF.
Will and Grace.

Best television limited series or motion picture made for television
Big Little Lies.
Fargo.
Feud: Betty and Joan.
The Sinner.
Top of the Lake: China Girl.

Best performance by an actress in a limited series or motion picture made for television
Jessica Biel, The Sinner.
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies.
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan.
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan.
Reece Witherspoon, Big Little Lies.

Best performance by an actor, limited series or motion picture made for television
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies.
Jude Law, The Young Pope.
Kyle McLachlan, Twin Peaks.
Ewan McGregor, Fargo.
Geoffrey Rush, Genius.

Best performance by an actress, television series – drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander.
Claire Foy, The Crown.
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce.
Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why.
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale.

Best performance by an actor in a television series – drama
Jason Bateman, Ozark.
Sterling K. Brown, This is Us.
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor.
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul.
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan.

Best performance by an actress in a television series – musical or comedy
Pamela Adelon, Better Things.
Alison Brie, Glow.
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Issa Rae, Insecure.
Frankie Shaw, SMILF.

Best performance by an actor in a television series – musical or comedy
Anthony Anderson, black-ish.
Aziz Ansari, Master of None.
Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick.
William H. Macy, Shameless.
Eric McCormack, Will and Grace.

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies.
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale.
Chrissy Metz, This is Us.
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies.
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies.

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television
David Harbour, Stranger Things.
Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan.
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot.
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies.
David Thewlis, Fargo.

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The U2 album is very good. Much better than I thought it would be.

U2 Achieves Sixth No. 1 Album In Canada

U2 has the No. 1 album in Canada this week with Songs of Experience generating 25,000 equivalent album units for the week ending Dec. 7, according to data provided by Nielsen Music Canada. Out of this total, 24,000 were generated from traditional album sales.

This is the Dublin band’s sixth chart-topper in the Nielsen SoundScan era, and first since No Line on the Horizon spent three weeks at No. 1 in ’09. U2’s last album, Songs of Innocence, peaked at 5 after digital copies were made available for free to iTunes subscribers (and not counted in the chart reckoning). A 2018 North American tour will further propel interest in the new song set, although the lone Canadian tour stop announced takes them to Montreal’s Bell Centre, on June 5-6.

Songs of Experience is the fourteenth studio album by the Irish rock band and is produced by Jacknife Lee and Ryan Tedder with Steve Lillywhite, Andy Barlow, Jolyon Thomas, Brent Kutzle, Paul Epworth, Danger Mouse, and Declan Gaffney.

The album is intended to be a companion piece to U2’s previous record, Songs of Innocence (2014). Whereas its predecessor explored the group members’ adolescence in Ireland in the 1970s, Songs of Experience thematically is a collection of letters written by lead vocalist Bono to people and places closest to his heart. The personal nature of the lyrics reflects a “brush with mortality” that he had following a 2014 bicycle accident.

Ed Sheeran’s Divide holds at 2, picking up a 30% consumption increase that blends sales of albums with track equivalents and on-demand streams. The boost in interest in the seven-month-old album is due to a new version of his current single, “Perfect,” featuring Beyoncé. The song bolts to No. 1 on the Streaming Songs chart–his second chart-topping streaming single, following “Shape of You” earlier this year. “Perfect” also holds at the top of the Digital Songs chart.

Taylor Swift’s Reputation drops to 3 after three weeks at No. 1. Helped by a ticket bundle campaign, Demi Lovato’s Tell Me You Love Me rockets into 4th place, matching the album’s peak in its first week of release back in October.

Chris Stapleton’s From a Room: Volume 2 debuts at 5. This is the alt-country superstar’s third straight top five album. Both of his previous albums return to the top 100 this week.

Three holiday albums remain in the top ten with consumption increases this week. Mario Pelchat avec Les Pretres’ Noel Ensemble (featuring eight priests and seminarians of the archdiocese of Quebec on the Christmas praise album) falls to 6, with a 25% gain; Michael Buble’s Christmas slips one position, to 7, with a 31% gain; and Pentatonix’s A Pentatonix Christmas edges 9-8, with a 45% increase.

Other debuts in the top 50 include Brampton, ON-rapper Roy Woods’ Say Less, at 26; LA electro-R&B singer Miguel’s War & Leisure, lands at 28; Vegas metal band Five Finger Death Punch’s A Decade Of Destruction, at 30; and Neil Young’s The Visitor, at 43.