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Golden Globes ratings tank; broadcast beat by 'America's Funniest Home Videos'

NBCUniversal(NEW YORK) -- Since it could be argued that some of the cringey technical glitches from Sunday night's Golden Globes belonged on America's Funniest Home Videos, it's ironic the telecast apparently got beat in the ratings by the family-friendly show on ABC. 

The bug-filled NBC awards show hosted by Tina Fey in New York, and Amy Poehler in Los Angeles, and co-starring a host of technical issues, attracted 5.42 million viewers, according to early numbers quoted by The Hollywood Reporter

By comparison, 2020's Golden Globes telecast attracted more than 18 million viewers, the trade says.

According to the trade, it's the lowest audience for the Globes since 2008, when a writer's strike left it little more than a press conference where the winners' names were read.

By Stephen Iervolino
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San Diego Comic-Con going virtual...again

Comic-Con International(SAN DIEGO) -- (NOTE LANGUAGE) Like last year, San Diego Comic-Con will be virtual again, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the event's organizers have announced.

In a posting on its official website, the organizers noted, "While we are buoyed by the...growing number of individuals being inoculated, it appears that July will still be too early to safely hold an in-person event of the magnitude of Comic-Con."

The organizers continue to say they're postponing the convention as an in-person gathering until 2022.

They also noted that, "the challenges of this past year and the multiple postponements of our two largest events have left us with limited financial resources," which have reduced the normally four-day, in person event to a three-day online one, spanning July 23-25, 2021.

For those who have never been, comic conventions -- particularly major ones like San Diego's and New York's -- combine many no-no's of the "new normal": Hundreds of thousands of people crammed in close proximity, sweaty cosplayers, and celebrities pressing flesh with autograph seekers. 

"I think those are going to be one of the last things to come back full force," Spawn creator Todd McFarlane tells ABC Audio.

McFarlane, one of the most famous comic artists in the world, adds, "I don't know if I'm going to the first convention [after COVID]. Who's going to that? People vaccinated and people don't give a sh**. I don't know if I want to be in that room," he admits. 

"Think about a [movie] theater: like everybody's stationary, even at a football game or something like that. For the most part...they're pretty stationary. But man, convention is just mosh pit going by. It's like a packed airport."

McFarlane also sympathizes with fans, saying "it must be super frustrating." The die-hard baseball fan notes, "[I]f I don't go see the Arizona Cardinals and with my own two eyes, I feel pretty satisfied watching them on TV... But I think a lot of people go to the conventions for the interaction with some of their peers. And other people will come for the TV and movie celebrities to see them with their own two eyes up close. You can see them on a screen, and Zoom, but it's not like, 'Oh, my God, I went to the bathroom, I guess who was there!'"

By Stephen Iervolino
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Dios Mio! Hilaria and Alec Baldwin welcome their sixth child

Walt Disney Television/Yolanda Perez(NEW YORK) -- If you're keeping count, Hilaria and Alec Baldwin have just welcomed their sixth child. 

However, if you're really keeping count, you'll know that they just welcomed their fifth child back in September. 

Baldwin posted to Instagram a picture of his bilingual Bostonian wife laying down with their growing brood, including the new bundle of joy, whose name is not known, as well as four month old Eduardo "Edu" Pao Lucas, Romeo Alejandro David, 2½, four year-old Leonardo Ángel Charles, Rafael Thomas, 5½, and 7-year-old Carmen Gabriela.

Alec is also dad to 25-year-old daughter Ireland, which would be why the post was captioned with a "7." 

The Baldwins' last child was born in September, and the new bundle of joy is obviously not a preemie, according to the photo.

It's not known whether the new addition was born via surrogate or adopted, and a rep for Mrs. Baldwin didn't respond to a request for comment as of press time.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Nick Jonas won't star in action thriller 'The Blacksmith' after all

Anthony Mandler(LOS ANGELES) -- While Nick Jonas is very busy these days, there's one particular iron he doesn't have in the fire anymore.

Nick was set to star in the action thriller The Blacksmith, which would have featured him as a Jason Bourne-meets-MacGyver character: A weapons expert for intelligence agencies who must go on the run with only his "unique set of skills" to protect him.   However, according to the Hollywood Reporter, he's now dropped out of the project due to scheduling problems.

Because the start of shooting has been delayed, Nick couldn't fit the movie into his schedule, the head of the movie studio producing the film told The Hollywood Reporter.

"Nick, as you can imagine, has a lot of other commitments, with his acting and his music," explained CEO Stuart Ford. "Under normal circumstances, he could fly in and out, go to do things over the weekend, and come back to set Monday. But in a COVID environment, that doesn't work."

Ford notes that Nick would "have to stay in the same place for three months," adding, "With a star like Nick Jonas, it became borderline impossible to make the schedule work." The part will now be re-cast.

In other Nick Jonas news, he's releasing another new song, "This Is Heaven," on March 4, following its debut on Saturday Night Live.  His solo album Spaceman is due March 12.  Meanwhile, his new sci-fi movie Chaos Walking is out Friday.

By Andrea Dresdale
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'Wonder Woman' star Gal Gadot announces pregnancy with baby number three

ABC/Rick Rowell(LOS ANGELES) -- Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot is pregnant with her third child, the Israeli-born actress announced Monday.

"Here we go again," she wrote on social media alongside a photo of her family -- including husband Yaron Varsano and daughters Alma, 9, and Maya, who turns 4 later this month -- with their hands resting on her stomach.

Gadot, who married Varsano in 2008, previously welcomed Alma in Nov. 2011 and Maya in March 2017, just months before the first Wonder Woman film was released.

While promoting its sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, this past December, the Justice League star, 35, opened up about her daughters visiting her on the set.

"It was great. It was really, really great. First of all, it was a very familiar environment for them. They know the cast, they know Patty, they know Patty's family," she told Good Morning America at the time. "It felt like a second home for all of us. But at the end of the day, they come and they see me work, you know?"

In the same interview, Gadot recalled Maya's priceless reaction to seeing the trailer for the Wonder Woman sequel for the first time.

"She said, 'Oh my god, [mother in Hebrew], you can fly?!' Then you have to explain it's not for real," she said with a laugh. "But they're very excited and they're very proud."

By Carson Blackwelder
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'Avengers: Endgame' director Joe Russo predicts movie-going will "swing back hard" after COVID-19

Apple TV (LOS ANGELES) -- Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgame was the highest-grossing movie of all time, making more than $2.79 billion at the global box office.  The 2019 film was such a hit that even recordings of packed theater reactions to the movie's scenes went viral.  However, that was the "before times." 

Now, with the pandemic, more than half of movie houses in the U.S. are still shuttered, yet millions of movie fans are hungry to experience something like that again. YouTube comments show fans are re-watching the reaction videos now, just to remember what it was like.

Two lifelong movie fans who can't wait to get back to theaters are Joe and Anthony Russo. The siblings directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War, of course, Avengers: Infinity War and the climactic Endgame.

"I do think that it's going to swing back hard," Joe tells ABC Audio. "I mean, any time something is withheld and then you get an opportunity to do it, you're going to do it a lot. And you look at the Chinese box office [where theaters are open]: from a week and a half ago, [it] broke all their records."  

Looking back on the in-theater reactions to their films, Joe says, "We never been in a theater...with that much energy...[even at] the movies that we loved as children. It became, he says, "a global communal event."

He added, "[E]veryone wanted to vocalize and participate...and cheer and gasp and jump up and down: We'd never seen anything like that."

"And I hope we get to experience that again in another film that...we haven't directed," Joe notes. "That we can just be fans of and sit and enjoy with everyone else."  

Joe and Anthony Russo's new film, the drama Cherry, debuts on Apple TV on March 12.

Marvel Studios is owned by Disney, the parent company of ABC News.

By Stephen Iervolino
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Ellen Pompeo admits her future on 'Grey's Anatomy' is "Undecided"

ABC/Mike Rosenthal(LOS ANGELES) -- Grey's Anatomy star Ellen Pompeo is flirting with a future without the long-running medical drama in her life.

The 51-year-old actress appeared on CBS Sunday Morning where the conversation gravitated toward her starring role as Doctor Meredith Grey and her future with the series.  The show's pilot aired on March 27, 2005 on ABC, which makes it television's longest-running medical drama.

It is currently unknown if the show will continue beyond its 17th season or if it is getting ready to hang up the scrubs and say goodbye to Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital once and for all.

When pressed for answers, the acclaimed actress insisted, "I can't say. Can't say."

"We honestly have not decided. We're really trying to figure it out right now," added Pompeo, who insisted that the show has to end on a high note -- which is an extremely daunting task given its 16-year run. "To end a show this iconic, how do we do it? I just want to make sure we do this character and this show and the fans -- I want to make sure we do it right."

Pompeo, who is one of television's highest paid actors, also admitted that she's been kept in the dark about her character's fate.

When asked if Meredith is alive or dead after being infected with COVID-19, the actress attested, "We don't know."

Despite not knowing how her story ends on Grey's Anatomy, Pompeo isn't sweating about what happens after the show wraps for good.

"Well, I can do anything I want. Or not do anything at all," she laughed.

Grey's Anatomy returns Thursday, March 11 at 9 p.m. ET on ABC.

By Megan Stone
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Has Amber Heard been fired from 'Aquaman 2'?

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures & © DC Comics(LOS ANGELES) -- Rumors are swirling that Amber Heard has been fired from Aquaman 2, but the situation is something like an underwater mission in the Hudson River: murky. 

The 34-year-old actress stars as Mera, the protagonist's main love interest.

Australian entertainment site SausageRoll was first to report that Heard was quietly dismissed from the movie and that her exit was fueled by health concerns and not by her ongoing legal battles against ex-husband Johnny Depp.

For their part, fans of Depp have been burning up Twitter, with the hashtag #FireAmberHeard trending occasionally since it was revealed in court that she allegedly abused Depp.

The court case, which alleged abuse on both sides of the rocky marriage, led Depp to step away from Warner Bros. Fantastic Beasts threequel. Hannibal and Doctor Strange actor Mads Mikkelsen eventually replaced him.

The abuse allegations against Heard also sparked a petition demanding her removal, of which over 1.8 million people have signed. 

In Heard's stead, it was reported that Emilia Clarke would take over the role and reunite with her Game of Thrones co-star Jason Momoa, who stars as the King of Atlantis.

However, a journalist for The Hollywood Reporter journalist cast doubt on the report and tweeted out Sunday, "Told by a reliable source that reports of Amber Heard being fired off 'Aquaman 2' are inaccurate."

Aquaman 2 is expected to hit theaters by Christmas 2022.

By Megan Stone and Stephen Iervolino
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'The Voice' returns for its 20th season with Kelly, John, Blake & Nick Jonas, who's "here to win"

NBCUniversal(LOS ANGELES) -- Tonight, The Voice returns to NBC for an incredible 20th season, kicking off as usual with the Blind Auditions. Kelly Clarkson, back for another round as a coach, believes the Blinds -- where the contestants sing without the coaches seeing them -- is the reason the show has lasted for 10 years.

"The Blinds...really does make it about the voice," says Kelly. "I think sometimes we can't remember a time before Auto Tune or just listening to really great singers...people that really move you and don't need help from anything else: It's just their God-given gift. And the Blinds really supports that."

Kelly also thinks the fact that the contestants are mentored by the coaches is another unique aspect of the show -- and something she wishes she could have had on American Idol.

"It would have been a really cool thing to have someone in the industry, helping me on my way," she explains. "That would have really...boosted my confidence. So I love that we get to do that for people."

But Nick Jonas, who's returned to join Kelly, Blake Shelton and John Legend as a coach, believes the show's longevity is down to something else.

"It's really hopeful, it's incredibly wholesome, and it makes you feel good when you watch it," he explains, adding, "It's just one of those shows that means a lot to people, and the longer it's on TV, the more they love it."

This season, Nick, who says "I'm here to win," believes John Legend is his biggest competition. But Kelly Clarkson admits he's caused her to lose out on some promising contestants.

"It is funny when you turn around and it's a young girl and you're up against Nick Jonas," she laughs. "You're like, 'So...I am losing here!'"

By Andrea Dresdale
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'Tom and Jerry' earns second-best opening in box office during COVID era

Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures(LOS ANGELES) -- With more than half of the nation's movie theaters closed because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the newly released Tom and Jerry performed surprisingly well in the box office this weekend.

The hybrid live action and animated children's movie raked in $13.7 million in its opening weekend -- officially earning the second-best opening weekend behind Wonder Woman 1984 since the onset of the global pandemic.  That movie took in a $16.7 million haul opening weekend.

Tenant and The Croods: A New Age earned roughly $9.5 million on their respective opening weekends -- the only other two movies to come close to Tom and Jerry's opening number.

Tom and Jerry opened in 2,475 North American theaters -- which is 42 percent of the nation's theaters -- in addition to being available now for streaming on HBO Max.

In addition, the children's movie earned $25.1 million in the international box office, bringing its global haul to $38.8 million.

The movie, which stars Chloë Grace Moretz -- could serve as a barometer for next week's box office, as another major animated movie is expected to hit theaters March 5 -- Disney's Raya and the Last Dragon.

Slipping into second place this week was The Croods: A New Age, earning an additional $1.2 million across 1,912 venues.  To date, the movie has raked in $52 million.

In third was The Little Things, starring Denzel Washington, Jared Leto and Rami Malek.  The thriller, now in its fifth week of release, made $925,000 in 1,853 locations.

Wonder Woman 1984 hovered in fourth with a grand total of  $710,000 in 1,538 theaters while Liam Neeson's The Marksman rounded the top five with $700,000.

Wonder Woman has earned $43.6 million during its box office run while The Marksman has tallied $12.3 million.

By Megan Stone
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2021 Golden Globe Awards winners list

Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Here's the complete list of winners at the 78th annual Golden Globe Awards, presented Sunday night from New York City and Beverly Hills, California:

FILM

Best Motion Picture — Drama
Nomadland

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama
Andra Day, The United States Vs. Billie Holiday

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama
Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Borat Subsequent Moveifilm

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Rosamund Pike, I Care a Lot

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

Best Motion Picture — Animated
Soul

Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language
Minari

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Daniel Kaluuya, Judas the the Black Messiah

Best Director — Motion Picture
Chloé Zhao, Nomadland

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture
Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best Original Score — Motion Picture
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste, Soul

Best Original Song — Motion Picture
"Io Sì (Seen)," Diane Warren, Laura Pausini, Niccolò Agliardi - The Life Ahead


TELEVISION

Best Television Series — Drama
The Crown

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama
Emma Corrin, The Crown

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama
Josh O'Connor, The Crown

Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Schitt's Creek

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Catherine O'Hara, Schitt's Creek

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy
Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Best Television Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Queen's Gambit

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen's Gambit

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much Is True

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Supporting Role
Gillian Anderson, The Crown

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Supporting Role
John Boyega, Small Axe

Best Motion Picture — Animated
Soul 

Carol Burnett Award
Norman Lear

Cecil B. DeMille Award
Jane Fonda

By George Costantino
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Golden Globes 2021: 'Nomadland' wins Best Motion Picture, Drama

Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Hollywood Foreign Press Association(LOS ANGELES) -- Nomadland took home the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture, Drama on Sunday night -- besting The FatherMankPromising Young Woman and The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Director Chloé Zhao, who won Best Director, Motion Picture, earlier in the night, celebrated the honor.

"First of all thank you my fellow nominees for your beautiful, beautiful movies I am speechless," said Zhao. "Nomadland at its core, for me, is a pilgrimage through grief and healing. So for everyone who has gone through this difficult and beautiful journey at some point in their lives, this is for you."

"We don't say goodbye, we say see you down the road," she closed out her acceptance speech with a smile.

Nomadland, based on the book by Jessica Bruder, was nominated in four categories -- winning two.  It was nominated for Best Screenplay, Motion Picture, while star Frances McDormand was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama.

McDormand lost to Andra Day, who starred in The United States vs. Billie Holiday.

By Megan Stone
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Golden Globes 2021: Andra Day wins Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama

Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Andra Day sobbed through her acceptance speech upon winning the 2021 Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama.

Day, who starred in The United States vs. Billie Holiday, reacted in total shock when her name was announced and couldn't even recite her speech from memory -- instead, opting to read it off the paper.

The "Rise Up" singer also shouted out her competition, which consisted of Viola Davis from Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Vanessa Kirby from Pieces of a WomanNomadland's Frances McDormand and Carey Mulligan from Promising Young Woman.

However, she gave the most love to the late jazz legend, saying, "Tthe amazing transformative, dynamic, Billie Holiday that just transformed me with this role, and her spirit... I love you."

The United States vs. Billie Holiday is streaming now on Hulu.

By Megan Stone
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Golden Globes 2021: 'Borat' and Sacha Baron Cohen win Best Film and Best Actor, Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Christopher Polk/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Very nice! Sacha Baron Cohen and Borat Subsequent Moviefilm won the 2021 Golden Globes for Best Actor and Best Film in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, respectively, on Sunday. 

Cohen first accepted the award for Best Film and gave a surprising shout out to the former Mayor of New York City. 

"I’ve got to say, this movie could not have been possible without my co-star, a fresh new talent who came from nowhere and turned out to be a comedy genius," he began. "I’m talking about Rudy Giuliani. I mean, who can get more laughs out of one unzipping? Incredible."

"Our movie was just the beginning for him," he quipped. "Rudy went on to star in a string of comedy films. Hits like ‘Four Seasons Landscaping,’ ‘Hair Dye Another Day,’ and the courtroom drama ‘A Very Public Fart.’”

Moments later, the 49-year-old comedian snagged the Best Actor award -- which he also won 15 years ago for the first installment of Borat

Cohen appeared virtually with his wife Isla Fisher and kept his acceptance speech short and sweet -- but not without a few more jokes. 

Taking a jab at former President Donald Trump and claims that the 2020 election was subject to voter fraud, Cohen joked, "Hold on, Donald Trump is contesting the result. He's claiming that a lot of dead people voted which is a very rude thing to say about the HFPA."

Cohen was also nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for The Trial of the Chicago 7 but fell short to Daniel Kaluuya in Judas and the Black Messiah.

By Danielle Long
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Golden Globes 2021: 'Nomadland''s Chloé Zhao becomes second woman to win Best Director, Motion Picture

Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Nomadland's Chloé Zhao gracefully accepted the 2021 Golden Globe for Best Director, Motion Picture on Sunday. 

Zhao triumphed over Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman, David Fincher for Mank, Regina King for One Night in Miami, and Aaron Sorkin for The Trial of the Chicago 7.

The win comes after an already historical moment for the category, which saw three women nominated -- the first time more than one woman was nominated in the Best Director category in any one year.

Zhao is now the second woman to win the Golden Globe for Best Director in the entire history of the award, following Barbra Streisand for Yentl in 1984.

By Danielle Long
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