Razzie ‘worst film’ nods is an Oscar-studded affair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Adventure movie “Transformers: The Last Knight” led nominations on Monday for the annual Razzie Awards for the worst films on a list packed with previous Oscar winners Jennifer Lawrence, Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson and Russell Crowe.

The tongue-in-cheek Razzies, created in 1980, serve as an antidote to Hollywood’s Oscars ceremony. Winners of the year’s worst films — if they turn up — are given a gold, spray-painted trophy at a ceremony held on the eve of the Academy Awards in March.

“Transformers: The Last Knight,” the latest in the action franchise based on toys that change from robots to vehicles, earned nine nominations, including worst picture and worst acting nods for many of its star-studded cast, including Anthony Hopkins and Mark Wahlberg.

Despite lackluster reviews, the 5th film in the series earned a healthy $605 million at the worldwide box office in 2017.

Razzie founder John Wilson called “Fifty Shades Darker,” based on the best-selling erotic novels, “more sleep-inducing than sexy,” while the reboot of “Baywatch” was among the worst picture contenders.

Johnny Depp — a perennial Razzie target — was singled out for what Wilson called “his worn out drunk routine” in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” the fifth entry in the franchise in a summer of Hollywood sequels and remakes.

Lawrence and director Darren Aronofsky also felt some Razzie wrath for their horror movie “Mother!,” which some movie reviewers viewed as the work of a genius and others found laughable. The movie earned a rare F score from audiences and less than $45 million at the global box office.

Cruise and Crowe were among the worst actor nominees for “The Mummy,” while Gibson got a Razzie nod for his role in “Daddy’s Home 2.”

Nominees and winners of the Razzies are voted for online by around 1,000 Razzie members from 24 countries, who sign up online and pay a $40 membership fee. The winners will be announced on March 3

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Sandra Maler

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‘Three Billboards’ biggest winner at female-flavored SAG awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Dark comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won three prizes at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Sunday in a ceremony marked by women and their stories amid the sexual misconduct scandal that has swept Hollywood.

The Fox Searchlight film about a furious woman seeking justice for the murder of her daughter was named best ensemble, the top SAG honor.

Frances McDormand won best actress and Sam Rockwell took home the best supporting actor statuette for their roles in the film.

Britain’s Gary Oldman won best actor for playing wartime leader Winston Churchill in Focus Features’ “Darkest Hour.”

Allison Janney won for her supporting actress role as a demanding mother in independent ice-skating movie “I, Tonya.”

The SAG awards are indicators of likely Oscar success in March because actors form the largest group of voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Oscar nominations will be announced on Tuesday.

The SAG ceremony took place after two days of marches by hundreds of thousands of women throughout the United States.

Host Kristen Bell said women were having a “watershed moment.”

“Let’s make sure we lead the charge with empathy and diligence because fear and anger never win the race,” said Bell, star of television’s “The Good Place.”

Accusations of sexual misconduct have forced dozens of powerful men in Hollywood to step down, be fired or dropped from creative projects.

24th Screen Actors Guild Awards – Photo Room – Los Angeles, California, U.S., 21/01/2018 – Frances McDormand (C), who won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role, and the cast of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” pose backstage with their awards for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture. REUTERS/Monica Almeida

Women, many of them leading actresses, have responded by breaking their silence through the #MeToo social media movement and the Time’s Up campaign for legal support of victims.

On the red carpet, women swapped the black gowns that marked support for victims of sexual harassment at the Golden Globes two weeks ago for brighter blues, green and metallic hues.

Women were the dominant theme inside the Shrine Auditorium.

Nicole Kidman, 50, won for playing a battered wife in HBO’s female-centric TV series “Big Little Lies.”

“How wonderful that our careers today can go beyond 40 years old. Twenty years ago we were pretty washed up by this stage in our lives. This is not the case now,” Kidman said.

Aziz Ansari, nominated for his Netflix comedy series “Master of None,” was a no-show on Sunday after making headlines last week when a woman described feeling violated following an awkward date last year. Ansari said he believed their sexual activity was consensual.

Ansari lost the television comedy actor statuette to William H. Macy for “Shameless.”

James Franco, a best actor nominee for “The Disaster Artist,” did show up but skipped the red carpet and did not win. Franco had kept a low profile since describing allegations of sexual impropriety against him by five women two weeks ago as “not accurate.”

In television, NBC’s sentimental family drama “This is Us” was named the best drama ensemble cast in a surprise win over presumed front runners “The Crown” and dystopian series “A Handmaid’s Tale.”

The cast of HBO political satire “Veep” won best ensemble for a television comedy. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer and missed the SAG show, was named best comedy actress.

”She’s genuinely been in good spirits when we’ve seen her, which I think will carry her along … She is incredibly strong and is uniquely able to combat something like this,” Timothy Simons, who plays Jonah Ryan on “Veep,” told reporters on Sunday.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Additional reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Daniel Wallis, Paul Simao and Paul Tait

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‘Three Billboards’ wins top prize at Screen Actors Guild Awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Dark comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” won the top prize at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Sunday in a ceremony marked by speeches about female empowerment in the face of a sexual misconduct scandal that has swept Hollywood.

Frances McDormand was named best actress for playing an angry mother in the Fox Searchlight (FOXA.O) film and Britain’s Gary Oldman won best actor for playing wartime leader Winston Churchill in Focus Features CMSCA.O “Darkest Hour.”

The SAG ceremony took place after two days of marches by hundreds of thousands of women throughout the United States, and host Kristen Bell said women were having a “watershed moment.”

“Let’s make sure we lead the charge with empathy and diligence because fear and anger never win the race,” said Bell, star of television’s “The Good Place.”

Allison Janney won for her supporting actress role as a demanding mother in independent ice-skating movie “I, Tonya.” Sam Rockwell was named best supporting actor for his performance as a dim-witted police officer in “Three Billboards.”

The SAG awards are indicators of likely Oscar success in March because actors form the largest group of voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Additional reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Daniel Wallis, Paul Simao and Paul Tait

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Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell among early winners at SAG awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell won early honors at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Sunday in a ceremony that showcased women and their stories amid a sexual misconduct scandal sweeping the United States.

Janney won for her supporting actress role as a demanding mother in the independent ice-skating movie “I, Tonya.” Rockwell was named best supporting actor for his performance as a dim-witted police officer in Fox Searchlight’s (FOXA.O) dark comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.”

Opening the show, which took place after two days of marches by hundreds of thousands of women throughout the United States, host Kristen Bell noted that women were having a “watershed moment.”

“Let’s make sure we lead the charge with empathy and diligence because fear and anger never win the race,” said Bell, the star of television’s “The Good Place.”

Accusations of sexual misconduct have forced dozens of powerful men in Hollywood to step down, get fired or be dropped from creative projects.

Women, many of them leading actresses, have responded by breaking their silence through the #MeToo social media movement and the Time’s Up campaign for legal support of victims.

“Make no mistake. This is not a moment in time. This is a movement,” said Gabrielle Carteris, president of the SAG-AFTRA labor union.

On the red carpet, women swapped the black gowns that marked support for victims of sexual harassment at the Golden Globes two weeks ago for brighter blues, green and metallic hues.

Aziz Ansari, nominated for his Netflix (NFLX.O) comedy series “Master of None,” was a no-show on Sunday after making headlines last week after a woman described feeling violated following an awkward date last year. Ansari said he believed their sexual activity was consensual.

William H. Macy beat out Ansari to win the comedy actor statuette for “Shameless.”

The top prize, to be presented at the end of the two-hour show for best cast ensemble in a movie, is a race between several films with strong female characters.

“Three Billboards,” which is about a furious woman seeking justice for the murder of her daughter, is also nominated for best ensemble. The film’s leading actress, Frances McDormand, is nominated in the best actress category.

A24’s mother-daughter comedy “Lady Bird” is also competing for best ensemble. Its star, Saoirse Ronan, is nominated for best actress.

Netflix’s World War Two racial drama “Mudbound,” directed and written by a woman, is also in the mix.

The SAG awards are indicators of likely Oscar success because actors form the largest group of voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

SAG also hands out awards for television.

The cast of political satire “Veep” won best ensemble for a television comedy. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer and was absent from the SAG show, was named best comedy actress.

“She’s genuinely been in good spirits when we’ve seen her, which I think will carry her along … She is incredibly strong and is uniquely able to combat something like this,” Timothy Simons, who plays Jonah Ryan on “Veep,” told reporters on Sunday.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Additional reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Paul Simao

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Color back on red carpet ahead of Screen Actors Guild awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Color returned to the red carpet on Sunday for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award on a night expected to celebrate female empowerment in the midst of the sexual misconduct scandal sweeping the United States.

From “I, Tonya” star Allison Janney in metallic silver and “Stranger Things” actress Millie Bobby Brown in metallic pink, to Chrissy Metz from “This is Us” in bright blue, most of the stars swapped the black gowns that marked support for victims of sexual harassment at the Golden Globes two weeks ago for brighter hues.

Nevertheless, the annual ceremony in Los Angeles, celebrating acting achievements in film and television, will be a female-powered affair, with women presenting all 13 of the awards.

The gala dinner will be hosted by a woman – actress Kristen Bell – and films by and about women are expected to fare well.

The ceremony takes place on the second of two days of marches by hundreds of thousands of women throughout the United States.

Accusations of sexual misconduct have forced dozens of powerful men in Hollywood and beyond to step down, be fired or dropped from creative projects.

James Franco and Aziz Ansari were seen as front-runners for SAG awards two weeks ago, but it was not clear whether they will attend Sunday’s ceremony.

Franco, a best actor nominee for A24 studio’s indie cult comedy homage “The Disaster Artist,” has kept a low profile since he said allegations against him by five women were “not accurate.”

Ansari, thought to be a front-runner for his Netflix (NFLX.O) comedy series “Master of None,” made headlines after a woman described feeling violated following an awkward date last year. Ansari said he believed their sexual activity was consensual.

While women did not turn out dressed in black en masse on Sunday, many of the movies and TV shows up for honors have strong female points of view.

Fox Searchlight’s (FOXA.O) dark comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” about a furious woman seeking justice for the murder of her daughter, has a leading four nods, including the top prize of best cast ensemble.

A24’s mother-daughter comedy “Lady Bird” has three shots at a SAG statuette: best ensemble and for actresses Saiorse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf.

Netflix’s World War Two racial drama “Mudbound,” directed and written by a woman, and starring Carey Mulligan and Mary J. Blige, is also in the mix.

The SAG awards are indicators of likely Oscar success because actors form the largest group of voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

SAG also hands out awards for television, with “Big Little Lies,” female wrestling drama “Glow,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Crown” and women’s prison series “Orange is the New Black” all competing.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Additional reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Jonathan Oatis and Daniel Wallis

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Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan Mourned During Open Coffin Public Reposal in Ireland

Dolores O’Riordan

Mourned by Hundreds

In Open Coffin Public Reposal

1/21/2018 12:46 PM PST

Dolores O’Riordan was mourned by hundreds this weekend in her native Ireland during an open coffin public reposal — where bystanders said goodbye to the Cranberries singer.

Dolores’ body was on display Sunday at St. Joseph’s Church, where mourners flocked to pay their respects to the Irish rock star. The casket remained open, and some fans reportedly said she looked “at peace” … according to the Irish Times

Her mother and six siblings were in attendance, and her Cranberries bandmates left a floral tribute beside her coffin which read … “The song has ended, but the memories linger on.”

As we reported … Dolores died this past week while recording in London. Her rep said she died “suddenly” and cops are treating the death as “unexplained” for now … no further details have been released. Friends of her told us she’d been “dreadfully depressed” as of late, and was also suffering from back pain.

Dolores will be laid to rest next to her father Tuesday at Caherelly Cemetery in County Limerick, Ireland. 

RIP

‘Jumanji’ stays strong, topping ’12 Strong,’ ‘Den of Thieves’ with $20 million

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) – Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has won its third weekend box office title with ease, topping newcomers “12 Strong” and “Den of Thieves,” with $20 million at 3,704 North American locations.

Afghan war drama “12 Strong” took second with $16.5 million at 3,002 sites for Warner Bros. and STXfilms’ “Den of Thieves” followed with $15.3 million from 2,432 venues. Fox’s “The Post” finished fourth with $12 million at 2,851 venues and its fifth weekend of “The Greatest Showman” remained a solid draw in fifth with $11 million at 2,823 screens.

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” has shown remarkable staying power, declining only 28% this weekend and lifting its 33-day North American total to $317 million — the 61st highest of all time. It’s Sony’s fifth highest domestic grosser of all time, trailing only the first three Spider-Man titles and last summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”

“Jumanji” is also singular in winning the box office in its third, fourth and fifth weekends after finishing second in its first two weekends to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” “This is an unprecedented and unusual box office trajectory for a wide release blockbuster,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore.

The action comedy, starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, has also kept overall domestic business healthy with the year-to-date total at $730.1 million through Sunday, up 2.1% from a year ago. The weekend’s total hit about $137 million, down 6% from the same frame in 2017 when “Split” opened with $40 million.

“Another great performance by the seemingly unstoppable ‘Jumanji’ powers the pre-Oscar nominations weekend while bolstered by a pair of solid debuts from ‘12 Strong’ and ‘Den of Thieves,’ but this was not enough to beat a tough weekend over weekend comparison to the year ago stellar performance of M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Split,’” Dergarabedian said.

“12 Strong,” starring Chris Hemsworth and Michael Shannon, had been tracking in the $14 million to $17 million range. The movie is based Doug Stanton’s 2009 bestseller “Horse Soldiers,” which centers on CIA paramilitary operations officers and U.S. Special Forces sent to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan immediately after the Sept. 11 attacks. Prospects for ongoing business are solid, given its A Cinemascore.

The cast and crew attend the world premiere of “12 Strong” in Manhattan, New York City, U.S. January 16, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Production companies for “12 Strong” are Alcon Entertainment, Black Label Media, and Jerry Bruckheimer Films with Nicolai Fuglsig directing. Bruckheimer began developing the film in 2009 while at Disney.

The R-rated “Den of Thieves,” starring Gerard Butler, O‘Shea Jackson Jr., and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, finished well above forecasts, which had been in the $9 million range. The film follows the intersecting lives of an elite unit of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and a successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank in downtown Los Angeles.

Christian Gudegast is directing from his original screenplay, based on a story by Gudegast and Paul Scheuring, and is produced by Tucker Tooley and Mark Canton, who spent 15 years developing the film. “Den of Thieves” carries a $30 million budget and generated a B+ Cinemascore.

Cast members (L-R) O’Shea Jackson Jr., Gerard Butler, Pablo Schreiber and 50 Cent pose at the premiere for “Den of Thieves” in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 17, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

“It’s incredibly satisfying to have this in theaters and performing so well after all this time,” Tooley told Variety. “STXfilms has done a great job activating social media on this.”

“The Post” centers on the 1971 legal battle by the Washington Post and New York Times over the publication of the Pentagon Papers and stars Meryl Streep as WaPo publisher Katharine Graham and Tom Hanks as editor Ben Bradlee. It showed respectable staying power with a 37% decline from its first weekend in wide release and has totaled $45.2 million domestically.

“The Greatest Showman,” starring Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum, remained a powerful draw with a remarkable small decline of 12% in its fifth weekend. The domestic total has hit $113.5 million while the international box office is at $118 million.

Warner Bros.’ second weekend of family comedy “Paddington 2” finished sixth with $8.2 million at 3,702 sites, followed by Lionsgate’s sophomore session of Liam Neeson’s “The Commuter” with $6.7 million at 2,892 venues. Both titles have reached $25 million in 10 days.

Disney-Lucasfilm’s sixth weekend of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” came in eighth with $6.6 million at 2,456 locations for a 38-day total of $604.3 million. It trails “The Avengers” by less than $20 million for the fifth spot on that list.

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President Trump’s Fake News Awards Top This Week’s Internet News Roundup

Maybe it’s just us, but it seems as though everyone was on pins and needles last week. Between the looming shutdown of the US government, fretting over President Trump praising anti-abortion efforts, and everyone wondering just why Ja Rule was a trending topic on Twitter (no, really, why?), there was a lot of cause for unease—and that feeling spread. Still, it’s not all worrying; at least Superman found his red trunks again. There is good in the world. And then there’s also all of this, too.

The Real Fake News Awards

What Happened: It took some time, but the president finally got around to releasing his Fake News Awards last week. It was not a smooth rollout.

What Really Happened: Remember earlier this month when Trump said he was going to hand out awards for the media he found to be the most dishonest in their reporting? No? That’s OK. A lot has happened since then. Here’s a refresher.

Though you shouldn’t have forgotten about the awards, they were a big deal.

You see? Even President Trump says that the “importance” of the awards is “far greater than anyone could have anticipated.” Well, last Wednesday he made good on his promise. Kind of.

The problem—well, one of the problems, let’s be honest—was that the link didn’t work, which Twitter was very happy to note.

And when the link eventually did work, it wasn’t as if the reaction improved much. For one thing, people were upset that the awards were hosted by the official Republican Party site, and not the White House’s.

And then there’s the actual “awards” themselves, which turned out to be … not exactly awards?

Sure, the stunt got a lot of media coverage, but when the president fails at fact-checking his own declarations of Fake News, everything really starts to look like it’s happening in the Upside Down—or Irony Land.

The Takeaway: An event with a big build-up that was undone by a site that wouldn’t load when everyone wanted to see it, and then disappointed others when it eventually did show up. What was that about history repeating itself?

Trump’s Checkup

What Happened: Is Donald Trump fit to hold the Oval Office? Medically speaking, yes—unless you listen to some medical experts who don’t work for the President of the United States.

What Really Happened: Every year, the President of the United States undergoes a physical to make sure that he’s, you know, up to the job of being the leader of the free world. Given what has become known of his diet, many wondered if the White House was going to quietly skip the annual tradition of publicly announcing the results. And yet…

…The results of the physical, as announced during a lengthy press conference, were surprising to many.

Oh, don’t worry; there were definitely conspiracy theories abounding about some of the results.

Still, as it turned out, it wasn’t just conspiracy theorists who were calling shenanigans. Many medical professionals read the results and suggested he has heart disease and is overweight. But that’s not what the White House says, and a couple of days after the official release of the results, the president happily shared the exercise regime that allowed him to be so healthy.

We sense a workout video in the making!

The Takeaway: Can anyone make an argument that those height and weight statistics are accurate?

Turns Out, Sex and Politics Is Still an Amazingly Potent Combination

What Happened: Last week another political scandal grabbed everyone’s attention—and this one had a porn star.

What Really Happened: Given the metabolism of the news cycle, you would’ve been forgiven for thinking that the revelation that Donald Trump’s lawyer paid adult actress Stormy Daniels $130,000 to keep quiet about an alleged affair would be a one-day story at best. Turns out, not so much.

While people wondered who had the story early—a surprising number were apparently chasing this down before the 2016 election—it turned out that one outlet definitely had the dirt all along: In Touch magazine, which had an on-the-record interview with Daniels—one that provided plenty more details to keep this story alive.

As it turns out, other people had noticed a similarity, as the In Touch piece revealed.

What else?

That’s not the only new detail that came out last week, either.

And then there’s the question of where the money came from. But don’t worry, that also got answered in an appropriately forehead-slapping moment.

The Takeaway: Maybe there’s a way this can be spun into a win by the president?

The Opinion Pages

What Happened: It’s hard for the Forgotten Men and Women of America to earn that title when the New York Times can’t help but promote them at every given opportunity.

What Really Happened: It’s about to be the one-year anniversary of the Trump presidency, which means it’s time to look around and take stock of what’s happened, what changes have been brought by the current administration, and reflect.

Or, you know, there’s that option. The Times replaced it’s editorial page on Thursday with letters from those who voted for Trump and didn’t regret it, arguing that it did so “in the spirit of open debate.” It’s fair to say that a lot of people didn’t agree.

There’s something to be said for exposing people to opinions and outlooks that they wouldn’t normally see. However, the common consensus was this didn’t do that. Was there anything to learn from these letters, though?

OK, maybe not.

For those wondering, the Times did try for balance, following up the letters from Trump voters who love Trump with letters from Trump voters who aren’t so sure anymore. It’s a start, right?

The Takeaway: If nothing else, always remember… it could be worse.

I Don’t Know What’s Happened to the Kids Today

What Happened: You’re only as young as you feel, although science would like you to know that you might be younger than you think.

What Really Happened: Good news for those criticized for never growing up: Scientists are now saying that adolescence lasts until your mid-20s. Hey, collective grown children that constitute the internet, how do you feel about this news?

…That seems about right.

The Takeaway: If only there was some way to blame millennials for all of this, what with their avocado toast and their not buying houses…

Screen Actors Guild awards is all about women

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Women and their stories are likely to dominate the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Sunday in the second big Hollywood ceremony this year that aims to transform the sexual misconduct scandal sweeping the United States into a celebration of female empowerment.

The annual show in Los Angeles, celebrating acting achievements in film and television, will be a female-powered affair, with women presenting all 13 of the awards.

The gala dinner will also be hosted by a woman – Kristen Bell, star of “The Good Place” TV comedy – and films by and about women are expected to fare well.

“We are acknowledging the year of the woman,” said Kathy Connell, executive director of the ceremony, which takes place a day after hundreds of thousands of women turned out for marches throughout the United States.

Accusations of sexual misconduct have forced dozens of powerful men in Hollywood and beyond to step down, be fired or dropped from creative projects.

James Franco and Aziz Ansari, both under the spotlight because of accusations of impropriety, were seen as front-runners for SAG awards two weeks ago, but it was not clear whether they will attend Sunday’s ceremony.

Franco, a best actor nominee for A24 studio’s indie cult comedy homage “The Disaster Artist,” has kept a low profile since he said allegations against him by five women were “not accurate.”

Executive producer Kathy Connell is interviewed during a media opportunity in preparations for the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 18, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Ansari, thought to be a front-runner for his Netflix comedy series “Master of None,” made headlines after a woman described feeling violated following an awkward date last year. Ansari said he believed their sexual activity was consensual.

While women are not expected to turn out dressed in black en masse for the SAG awards, as they did at the Jan. 7 Golden Globes, many of the movies and TV shows up for honors have strong female points of view.

Fox Searchlight’s dark comedy “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” about a furious woman seeking vengeance on male law enforcement officers for the rape and murder of her daughter, has a leading four nods, including the top prize of best cast ensemble.

A24’s mother-daughter comedy “Lady Bird” has three shots at a SAG statuette: best ensemble and for actresses Saiorse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf.

Netflix’s World War Two racial drama “Mudbound,” directed and written by a woman, and starring Carey Mulligan and Mary J. Blige, is also in the mix.

The SAG awards are indicators of likely Oscar success because actors form the largest group of voters in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

SAG also hands out awards for television, with “Big Little Lies,” female wrestling drama “Glow,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Crown” and women’s prison series “Orange is the New Black” all competing.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Jonathan Oatis

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Nick Cannon Accused of Not Paying Film Crew for ‘She Ball’

Nick Cannon

Accused of Not Paying Film Crew

… The Ball’s in Your Court!!!

1/21/2018 12:10 AM PST

EXCLUSIVE

Nick Cannon stiffed members of the crew working on “She Ball” — his movie about a women’s basketball team — but he’s got a month to make it right … or else … according to a new legal letter.

Nick and his production company received the letter, obtained by TMZ, from a lawyer representing 8 crew members who allegedly worked on the film as drivers, grips and camera operators … but never got paid.

According to the letter … the 8 workers were not given their legally required meals or rest breaks, weren’t paid overtime, but most importantly — never got a check at all.

The letter warns Cannon’s got 33 days to square up or further action will be taken. We reached out to Nick … no word back, so far.

As we’ve reported … Cannon’s taken some heat for adding Chris Brown to his “She Ball” cast, but he defended the move to us and says his movie’s going to be a must-see.