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Published: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 2:58 PM
— A Hollywood A-lister was seen zipping around in the woods a short drive from Dayton, and everything was "alright, alright, alright."
Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey of Dallas Buyers Club and Magic Mike fame visited Hocking Hills Canopy Tours, 10714 Jackson St. in Rockbridge. Rockbridge is just less than 2 hours away from Dayton by car.
Julieann Burroughs, the owner of the zipline company, said McConaughey visited with his wife and children during a break from filming the movie "White Boy Rick" in Cleveland.
“It is very exciting,” Burroughs said. “I am not all about me. I am about promoting the state of Ohio. I am excited that he is in Ohio and he is out doing local things.”
Burroughs said McConaughey has young kids, and she suspect he and his wife selected her business because it has a the Dragonfly, a zipline course for kids.
Founded in 2008, Burroughs said her company is the first canopy tour in Ohio. She said she was thrilled to help show off the state.
“You know Ohio,” she said. “You live here. It is beautiful.”
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 3:44 PM
— Mary J. Blige shed happy tears when she learned she earned her first-ever Oscar nomination Tuesday morning.
“My phone rang at about 5:30 a.m. and it was my publicist, Amanda, and she was screaming,” she told USA Today. “And I don’t know what it is so I’m screaming and I’m crying! It’s just a really emotional time. We’re not taking this lightly because things like this don’t happen. And it did.”
The singer is nominated for best supporting actress for “Mudbound.” She plays Florence Johnson, a sharecropper’s wife, in the film.
“I just can’t stop crying,” Blige said.
Blige has a lot to be happy about. The same day, she earned a second nod for best original song for “Mighty River,” which she wrote and recorded for the post-World War II era Netflix movie set in the Deep South. Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson also share writing credits on the song.
The double nomination makes Blige the first person of any gender to be nominated for best supporting actress and best original song in the same year.
Mary J. Blige, who plays Florence Jackson in @mudboundmovie, is also the first person of ANY gender to be nominated for Best Supporting and Best Original Song in the same year (all in a day's work for a living legend). (3/8)— Netflix US (@netflix) January 23, 2018
Although the record is a historic one, Blige expressed disappointment that the film’s director, Dee Rees, wasn’t nominated for best director. Rees is still nominated for best adapted screenplay with Virgil Williams.
Blige told USA Today she hopes people take away a message of hope from the film.
“What I hope that people take away is that no matter how bad or how awful things get or look or people treat us, we cannot give up on ourselves,” she said. “And we have to continue to look at the negative as an opportunity to do something positive, to change something.”
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:32 PM
— Nominations were announced for the 90th Academy Awards Tuesday, and although a number of actors and filmmakers and films have multiple noms, some names expected to be called were snubbed.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, James Franco was considered by many to likely be nominated for his role in “The Disaster Artist.” The actor, who faces multiple sexual misconduct allegations, was not among those nominated. “The Disaster Artist” only received one nomination for adapted screenplay for screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber.
“Wonder Woman” was not nominated for any awards, technical or otherwise, despite being a high-grossing blockbuster last year. The star of the film, Gal Gadot, was also not nominated, Deadline reported.
Tom Hanks was considered snubbed when he did not receive a Best Actor nomination for his role in “The Post.” Deadline reported that his co-star Meryl Streep received her 21st Oscar nomination overall for her role in the film. The movie also has a best picture nomination, but director Steven Spielberg was not nominated.
Streep is set to join other nominees at the 90th Academy Awards March 4.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:08 PM
— Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, “Get Out,” has earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Director. The nomination puts him among just four other black directors nominated for the award.
The Los Angeles Times reported that John Singleton (“Boyz n the Hood”), Lee Daniels (2009’s “Precious”), Steve McQueen (2013’s “12 Years a Slave”) and Barry Jenkins (2017’s “Moonlight”) have all previously been nominated in the Oscar category.
If Peele wins, he would be the first black director to have an Academy Award.
Peele has already made history as the first black filmmaker nominated for writing, producing and directing in the same year, according to Esquire.
The feat doesn’t seem lost on Peele. He tweeted gratitude after the nominations were announced.
“Right now I’m just thinking about everyone who bought a ticket and told someone else to. You did this. Thank you,” he wrote.
Right now I’m just thinking about everyone who bought a ticket and told someone else to. You did this. Thank you. ✊🏾— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) January 23, 2018
“Get Out” star Daniel Kaluuya also received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. “I just spoke to Daniel,” Peele wrote on Twitter. “You know when you’re on the phone trying to disguise the sound of an ugly cry? I failed at that.”
The Oscars are March 4.
Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 2:38 PM
— “Black Panther” is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and thousands of children may have a chance to see it for free thanks to the #BlackPantherChallenge.
Earlier this month, Frederick Joseph, of New York, launched a GoFundMe to help students from the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem “see a black major cinematic and comic book character come to life,” he wrote on the campaign page. He set a goal of $10,000 and nearly quadrupled that amount, raking in more than $40,000 in a few weeks.
With all of the attention he garnered, including an appearance on the “The Ellen Show,” he began asking others to start similar fundraisers in their own communities.
“This representation is truly fundamental for young people, especially those who are often underserved, unprivileged, and marginalized both nationally and globally,” he said.
People seem to have answered the call, because 90 campaigns have been created, with more than $100,000 raised, Joseph announced this week.