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Oppenheimer Triggers Likely Oscars Landslide As Golden Globes Snub Barbie

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So, awards season and the Golden Globes got off to a fresh start. The cleaned-up and respectable Globes put scandals about kickbacks and a lack of diversity in its voting body behind them, dumping the rackety “Hollywood Foreign Press Association” in favor of the “Golden Globes Foundation” and drawing a line under the strike era.

This year’s Globes were once again the most relaxed and cordial of the A-lister prizefests – the delayed Christmas office party of Hollywood awards nights, with nominees drinking wine and being seen doing so on camera and submitting to the mildest and weakest of roasts from host Jo Koy.

After accepting this thankless MC role, Koy had to accept that Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell would outshine him in their incidental co-presenter roles, as well as by the memory of the notoriously outspoken former host Ricky Gervais, who demonstrated that he was still a player by winning best performance in standup comedy with Armageddon.

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Oppenheimer Triggers Likely Oscars Landslide As Golden Globes Snub Barbie

But it was also an unusually intellectual evening and a terrific night for the -Oppenheimer half of the Barbenheimer phenomena – if not the Barb half.

Christopher Nolan’s enormous, ruminative epic about J Robert Oppenheimer, the creator of America’s nuclear weapon, and how he was tortured by his guilt and responsibility for causing mankind to take its decisive 20th-century stride toward self-annihilation won five awards.

It won Best Movie (drama), best Director for Nolan, Best Actor (drama) for Cillian Murphy for his gaunt performance as Oppenheimer, with his sightless glare of dread, support actor for Robert Downey Jr. as Oppenheimer’s government rival Lewis Strauss; and the best score for Ludwig Göransson.

Oppenheimer’s main competition in the serious American epic stakes, Martin Scorsese’s superb Killers of the Flower Moon, was thus, rightly or wrongly, overshadowed – though Lily Gladstone made history as the first Indigenous winner, winning best actress (drama) for her powerful performance as the Native American woman at the centre of a conspiracy to defraud and erase her people.

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Oppenheimer Triggers Likely Oscars Landslide As Golden Globes Snub Barbie

Greta Gerwig’s wild and bizarre toy franchise comedy Barbie, starring Margot Robbie, failed to convert many of its nine nominations. It received two awards: Best Song and the strangely conceived new “cinematic and box office achievement prize,” which is intended to recognize financial successes that would otherwise go unnoticed and to reward a mix of merit and cash in proportions that are not fully clear.

Barbie was defeated in the categories of best movie (musical or comedy) and best actress (musical or comedy) by Yorgos Lanthimos’ brilliant absurdist nightmare Poor Things, which featured Emma Stone as Bella Baxter, a Victorian fallen woman brought back from the dead in a bizarre Frankensteinian experiment.

Alexander Payne’s wonderful comedy The Holdovers, set in the 1970s, was a more conventional winner. It won acting awards for Paul Giamatti, who plays a grumpy boarding school teacher who has to babysit troubled kids over the Christmas break, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph, who plays the school’s cook, whose son died in the Vietnam War, which the privileged white kids have managed to avoid.

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Oppenheimer Triggers Likely Oscars Landslide As Golden Globes Snub Barbie

And what a night for Justine Triet’s fascinating courtroom drama Anatomy of a Fall, which had already won the Cannes Palme d’Or, winning not only best non-English language film but also best screenplay, beating out more fancied runners such as Poor Things, Oppenheimer, and Celine Song’s relationship drama Past Lives.

This year’s Globes also highlighted another chapter in the illustrious career of Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki, whose late-flowering picture The Boy and the Heron won Best Animated Film.

Overall, Oppenheimer has been a tremendous success. The Globes rarely predict what occurs on Oscar night, but this is the first rumble of an Oscar landslide.

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Dickey Betts, Co-Founder Of The Allman Brothers Band, Dead At 80

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Dickey Betts, a guitarist and co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band, has died, according to a family statement released to CNN on Thursday by his longtime manager.

Betts was eighty.

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“It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that the Betts family announces the peaceful passing of Forrest Richard ‘Dickey’ Betts,” according to the statement. “The well-known performer, songwriter, bandleader, and family patriarch passed away this morning at his home in Osprey, Florida, with his family by his side. Dickey was larger than life, and his absence will be felt around the world. During this terrible time, the family requests prayers and respect for their privacy in the coming days. More information will be provided at the proper time.”

Betts’ manager, David Spero, told Rolling Stone that the guitarist had cancer and chronic obstructive lung disease.

Betts, who was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, grew up listening to bluegrass, country music, and, subsequently, rock & roll. Betts, bass guitarist Berry Oakley, drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, and brothers Gregg and Duane Allman formed the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, and are credited with helping create the sound and genre of Southern rock in the 1960s and 1970s.

Betts composed and sung the band’s biggest song, “Ramblin’ Man.” Initially, he created the song with the intention of having another artist sing it.

“I was going to send ‘Ramblin’ Man’ to Johnny Cash,” Betts stated in 2020, later adding that he “thought it was a great song for him.”

“But everyone liked the song. Even my father enjoyed the song before we recorded it or anything. And I’m thinking I’ll email this to Johnny Cash and see if he wants to perform it,” he added. “The producer (Johnny Sandlin) mentioned that we needed another song for the record and asked if I had any. I explained, ‘Well, I got one, but I was going to send it to Nashville for Cash to record.’ He said, ‘Let’s hear it. And then, ‘No! We gotta do it.'”

Betts also wrote the popular Allman Brothers songs “Blue Sky” and “Jessica.”

Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident in 1971, and Oakley died in a motorcycle crash the following year. Betts and Gregg Allman became the band’s leaders, but creative disputes and substance misuse prompted the group to split up and reform several times.

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Dickey Betts, Co-Founder Of The Allman Brothers Band, Dead At 80

Cameron Crowe, then 16, followed the Allman Brothers Band on tour in 1973 for a Rolling Stone cover story that would later serve as the basis for Crowe’s Oscar-winning 2000 film “Almost Famous.” In 2017, Crowe described Billy Crudup’s key rock star character as “a tribute” to Betts.

In an email to CNN later that day, Crowe referred to Betts as “a guitarist for the ages, the musical glue that held together The Allman Brothers Band for many years.”

“Dickey’s quiet warmth, and his timeless contribution to American music was a big inspiration for our film,” said the writer-director.

Betts quit the Allman Brothers Band in a widely publicized separation in 2000. While the band continued to tour for nearly 15 years and issued one more studio album, Betts performed with his Great Southern ensemble, which included his son Duane, and released another studio album of new songs. Betts retired in 2014.

Also on Friday, the Allman Brothers Band issued an official statement, stating that Betts’ “extraordinary guitar playing alongside guitarist Duane Allman created a unique dual guitar signature sound that became the signature sound of the genre known as Southern Rock.”

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“He was passionate in life, be it music, songwriting, fishing, hunting, boating, golf, karate or boxing,” the statement went on to say. “Dickey was all in on and excelled at anything that caught his attention.”

When asked what he enjoyed most about music, Betts told the Sarasota Herald Tribune in 2020 that it was the impact it had on his listeners.

“I like the crowds mainly, and what the music did for them,” he went on to say. “They enjoyed the music more than I did. I just love how the crowd can drift off into another universe during a concert.”

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Taylor Swift Drops 15 New Songs On Double Album, ‘The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology’

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NEW YORK — Could there be a Taylor Swift new album release without any added surprises?

No.

On Friday, the pop star released her 11th album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” which is an amalgamation of her previous work and reflects the artist who, at the height of her powers, has spent the last few years re-recording her life’s work and touring it, filtered through synth-pop anthems, breakup ballads, provocative and matured considerations.

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But it was midnight. At 2 a.m. Eastern, she released “The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology,” which included 15 new songs.

“I’d written so much tortured poetry in the past 2 years and wanted to share it all with you, so here’s the second installment,” Swift wrote in an Instagram caption. “And now the story isn’t mine anymore… it’s all yours.”

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The songs are a natural continuation of the first half of the album, with many returning to her “evermore” and “folklore” style, aided by her partner Aaron Dessner.

Swift has surprised her fans before, and she has surely done so with a surprise album release. A few months after “folklore” was released in 2020, she revealed that “evermore” will be available at midnight on the same day. Speaking of midnight, she released a “3am” edition of “Midnights” with seven new tracks in 2022, just a few hours after the original release.

Taylor Swift’s album “The Tortured Poets Department” is now available.

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Music Writer Maria Sherman describes it as “an amalgamation of an artist who has spent the last few years re-recording her life’s work and touring its material, filtered through synth-pop anthems, breakup ballads, provocative and matured subject matter.”

Swift revealed a surprise two hours after the album’s release: 15 more tracks.

Swift’s first original album since her record-breaking Eras Tour debuted last year.

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Britain’s Prince Harry Formally Confirms He is Now a US Resident

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LONDON — Prince Harry, King Charles III’s son and fifth in line to the British throne, has publicly certified that he is now a US resident.

Four years after Harry and his American bride, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, moved to a villa in Southern California, a travel firm he owns filed paperwork this week alerting British officials that he has relocated and is now “usually resident” in the United States.

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The formal acknowledgment highlights the prince’s growing isolation from Britain, following his and Meghan’s departure from royal duties to chase lucrative media partnerships in America. Since then, Harry has often challenged the royal family, including claims of unconscious racism made in a Netflix series and the prince’s autobiography, “Spare.”

Travalyst Ltd, a company created in 2020 to “promote global awareness of the importance of sustainable tourism,” filed the paperwork. Harry owns at least 75% of the company. Companies House, the government body in charge of overseeing company incorporation in the United Kingdom, received the papers on Monday.

The filing further distinguishes Harry from his status as one of the king’s counselors of state, which are members of the royal family who can be deputized to carry out the monarch’s duties if he is ill or away from the nation.

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While Harry is still a counselor of state, the crown warned Parliament in 2022 that “in practice” only working members of the royal family will be called upon to fill in for the monarch.

Although Harry and Meghan, also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have established themselves in the rich enclave of Montecito, where they are raising their baby son and daughter, Harry is also under investigation for his US status.

The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think organization, has questioned the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to grant Harry a visa to the United States following drug-related admissions in “Spare.”

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The organization, which has petitioned a judge to order the department to release Harry’s immigration records, claims that the prince either lied on his visa application or was given preferential treatment because a history of drug usage would typically preclude an applicant from receiving a visa.

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