The Winner's Circle: The Social Network at the Golden Globes
It’s only 7pm and the night of the 68th annual Golden Globes and Facebook-based drama The Social Network is already a winner, with “Best Screenplay,” "Best Director" under it’s belt with David Fincher and “Best Original Score” by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.
Social networking– in fact, THE Social Network– has officially crossed into the awards show circuit. Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake, The Social Network swept the country in October, 2010– in fact, I can’t think of a single person (Facebook friend or not) who didn’t see it at least once in theaters.
Can’t wait to see how the movie fares for the rest of the night- with other nominations for the evening including “Best Motion Picture, Drama” and Jesse Eisenberg in “Best Actor in a Motion Picture.”
Janelle Monáe Makes Film Debut In ‘Moonlight’ Trailer
Wondaland’s leading lady is taking her talent to the big screen in the upcoming movie Moonlight.
Produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and A24, the film chronicles the coming-of-age of Chiron (Ashton Sanders, Trevante Rhodes), a young man facing an uphill battle with his sexuality during Miami’s turbulent war-on-drugs era in the 1970s.
Aside from Janelle Monáe, Naomi Harris, André Holland and Mahershala Ali round out the star quality cast in the movie’s trailer, which is bound to build up anticipation before Moonlight makes its debut on Oct. 21.
The electric lady is also gearing up for the 2017 premiere of the NASA drama Hidden Figures with Golden Globe winners Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer, but until then, get a peak at her acting chops below:
Who’s excited for HOMELAND and BILLIONS to return?
HOMELAND will return for a sixth season on Sunday, January 15 at 9 PM ET/PT and BILLIONS will be back for season two on Sunday, February 19 at 10 PM
Both series are shooting in New York this
Summer with HOMELAND returning to the U.S. after spending the last two
seasons shooting in South Africa and Berlin.
HOMELAND season six will once again
star Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Award winner Claire
Danes, Emmy nominee Rupert Friend, Oscar winner and Emmy nominee F.
Murray Abraham and Emmy and Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin. After
she thwarted a terrorist attack in Berlin, season six picks up several months
later and finds Carrie Mathison (Danes) back on American soil, living in
Brooklyn, New York. She has begun working at a foundation whose efforts are to
provide aid to Muslims living in the U.S. Season six will tackle the after
effects of the U.S. presidential election, with the entire season taking place
between election day and the inauguration. It’s a strange, transitional time in
the halls of government filled with anxiety and different competing interests,
where a very fragile and complex transfer of power takes place between the
outgoing president and the incoming president-elect. Produced by Fox 21
Television Studios, HOMELAND was developed for American television by
Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, and is based on the original Israeli series Prisoners
of War by Gideon Raff. Along with Gansa and Gordon, the executive producers
for season six will be Chip Johannessen, Patrick Harbinson, Lesli Linka
Glatter, Claire Danes, Michael Klick, Gideon Raff, Avi Nir and Ran Telem. HOMELAND
has already been renewed for two additional seasons beyond season six.
BILLIONS stars Oscar nominee and Emmy and
Golden Globe winner Paul Giamatti and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Damian Lewis
as they scorch the earth in a costly war for personal domination. It’s law
versus money, with power, sex, and the soul of New York in the balance,
as hard-charging U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Giamatti) squares off against
billionaire hedge fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Lewis). Maggie Siff
stars as Wendy Rhoades, Chuck’s estranged wife and the top performance coach in
the hedge fund world. Malin Akerman plays Lara Axelrod, Axe’s fiercely loyal
and street-smart wife. Season two finds the characters vying for control in a
changing world that presents an existential threat. For all of them, it’s a
choice between evolution and extinction. Toby Leonard Moore, David Costabile
and Condola Rashad also star. BILLIONS is created, written and executive
produced by showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien. The series is also
created and executive produced by Andrew Ross Sorkin.
The Oscar and Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner discusses
her uphill climb to stardom (she’s been a single mother since college),
the first project she discussed with Lee Daniels (“I wanted to play
Precious!”), why she refused to play Cookie unless her 'Hustle &
Flow’ co-star played Lucious and more.
“Fear is not in my vocabulary,” says Taraji P. Henson, the Golden Globe winner and two-time Emmy nominee for her performance as fierce and funny Cookie Lyon on Fox’s Empire,
as we sit down to record an episode of the 'Awards Chatter’ podcast.
This isn’t just bluster. Henson’s journey to stardom has been anything
but easy — from humble beginnings in Washington, D.C., to becoming a
single mother while attending college, to moving out to Los Angeles and
struggling for years to find work, to getting an Oscar nomination and
still not hearing the phone ring — she’s certainly faced her share of
adversity. But, she says with her trademark laugh, “I don’t scare easy.”
The year 2016 is shaping up to be The Year of Taraji. On Sept. 18,
the gorgeous 45-year-old will attend the Emmys as a finalist in the best
actress in a drama series category for her role on season two of Empire.
Season three of the series, which heretofore has generated higher
ratings than almost any other show on TV, will premiere Sept. 21. On
Oct. 11, her memoir Around the Way Girl, which is said to be very dishy, will hit bookshelves. And on Christmas Day, Fox will release Hidden Figures, an “amazing” film in which Henson stars with Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, which insiders expect to go all the way to the Oscars next February.
“I come from a family of hard workers, so I’m never allergic to hard
work,” Henson says. As a kid, she felt that she would have to become
famous in order to solve her family’s financial problems, so she set
about becoming famous by pursuing acting. She received a blow to her
confidence early on, though, when she was not accepted to a school of
fine arts on which she’d set her dreams. “At that point, I didn’t think I
could act because I didn’t get into my school,” she recalls. For a
while thereafter, Henson pursued a career in electrical engineering, but
was miserable and, with her father’s blessing, transferred to Howard
University to study drama, at which point she began to excel. “They’re
still talking about the plays I did at Howard,” she says with a smile.
“It took me that detour in my life to be as serious as I am about acting
— I do not take this craft for granted.”
During her junior year at Howard, Henson gave birth to a son, Marcel Johnson.
“I didn’t look at it as something wrong,” she reflects. “I was very in
love with his father. There was no mistake. My child was made out of
love. I consciously made a decision — both of us [parents] did — that it
wouldn’t be good for us to be together.” Rather than derailing her
ambitions, this new development heightened them. “I looked at it as,
'Wow, this will keep me focused,’” says Henson. Upon graduating, she had
her child, mountains of student debt, no professional representation
and no job offers — “I had nothing,” she emphasizes — but she remained
committed to a career in acting. Henson recalls, “My father asked me,
'How do you expect to catch fish on dry land?’” So she moved, with her
son, to L.A., and spent years working as a receptionist, substitute
teacher and candle maker, among other things, so that she could support
herself and her son and continue to take acting classes and go on
auditions. “I cried a lot,” Henson admits, but ultimately resolved to
adopt a positive attitude. “As soon as I did that, I met my manager and
then I started booking gigs.”
Her first big film role came in John Singleton’s 2001 drama Baby Boy,
for which she received strong reviews, but not much of a career bounce.
Singleton had seen Henson at an acting boot camp and became an admirer.
Four years later, Singleton led her to her star-making role, that of
Shug, a mousy pregnant prostitute who finds her voice in Craig Brewer’s feature directorial debut, Hustle & Flow,
which Singleton produced. It was on that project, which became a
Sundance sensation and won the best original song Oscar (she sang it on
the telecast), that she first worked with Terrence Howard, who would subsequently lead her to the 2007 film Talk to Me and whom she, a decade later, would insist on having cast opposite her on Empire. And it was that performance that blew away David Fincher’s casting director Laray Mayfield, who lobbied the filmmaker to cast Henson as Queenie, the caretaker of a reverse-aging Brad Pitt who herself ages from 26 to 71, in 2008’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Henson wound up receiving a best supporting actress Oscar nomination for her moving work.
At that time, when many assumed Henson was being inundated with
exciting job offers, she says her phone was dead for a long time — “and
then I got a call from Tyler Perry.” Perry cast her as the lead of 2009’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself,
an $8 million film that opened at No. 1 and ultimately grossed $51
million. Then, in 2010, she starred in the blockbuster remake of The Karate Kid. In 2011, Henson received an unexpected Emmy nomination, for best actress in a miniseries or TV movie, for Lifetime’s Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story. And then, from 2011 through 2015, she appeared on the CBS crime drama Person of Interest. It was shortly after her involvement with that show came to an end that she first heard from Lee Daniels, an old friend who had tried to recruit her to play a teacher in his 2009 film Precious (“I wanted to play Precious!”), about another TV series, Empire.
After Daniels agreed to hire Howard, she agreed to play Cookie, the
matriarch of a complicated music industry family — and her life was
never again the same. Empire became a phenomenon, gaining
viewers with every episode during its first season, largely because
audiences fell in love with the grit, the wit (“If you want Cookie’s
Nookie, ditch the bitch”) and, of course, the fashion of Cookie, a woman
who spent 17 years in the slammer to protect her family and emerged
intent on making up for lost time. “The main thing is that Cookie is
unapologetic about her truth,” Henson theorizes. “It is what it is when
you’re dealing with Cookie. I just wish we lived in a world where more
people weren’t afraid to be their true selves. How bold and how
refreshing to see someone who’s not afraid of where they come from.” The
actress particularly is gratified that audiences of all races have
embraced the show, which has reinforced a long-held belief of hers: “If
the product is good, people will buy it.”