The Daily Buzz For Dec 12 ☕πŸ“°☕

X-Men: Dark Phoenix director explains what went wrong with Apocalypse
'It became about global destruction and visual effects over emotion and character'

Despite featuring an incredible cast — Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Sophie Turner, Oscar Isaacs —X-Men: Apocalypse was met with relative disdain by critics and fans alike.

The movie’s writer/producer Simon Kinberg has since opened up about why the movie failed to meet the high benchmark previously set by the often excellent series.
"I think we took our eye off what has always been the bedrock of the franchise which is these characters," he told Entertainment Weekly. “It became about global destruction and visual effects over emotion and character.”
Kinberg will helm the upcoming sequel, Dark Phoenix, which hopes to act as some course correction. The producer behind the next X-Men instalment, Hutch Parker, was also candid about Apocalypse’s faults.
"It's always dangerous if your script is evolving while you're shooting, he said. "Certainly, in hindsight, we all feel like the genre has been evolving aesthetically and tonally and that the film didn't.

“There's a lot that I think is very good in the film but, as a whole, it was struggling to find ways to coalesce, narratively emotionally and in terms of plot. Aesthetically, it felt sort of dated relative to an evolution you were seeing play out everywhere else. We learned a lot from that.”
Earlier this week, the first images from the upcoming sequel were released, featuring a fiery Sophie Turner and mysterious Jessica Chastain.

Set ten years after Apocalypse, in 1992, the X-Men have become national heroes in Dark Phoenix, Professor X even being on the cover of Time magazine. However, on one particular journey which heads into space, a mysterious force — the titular Phoenix — merges with Turner’s Jean Grey. Chastain plays Lilandra, who attempts to capture and destroy Phoenix.

The storyline borrows heavily from the comic-book storyline "The Dark Phoenix Saga" which was previously shown in X-Men: The Last Stand. The movie reaches cinemas 2 November 2018.

#RHoA: Brielle Biermann Reignites RHOA Feud with NeNe Leakes with a Single Instagram Comment
The little Bish is at it AGAIN! NeNe Leakes is slamming Real Housewives of Atlanta costar Kim Zolciak-Biermann‘s daughter Brielle Biermann over claims of “prejudice” after the mother-daughter pair visited Leakes’ home and allegedly found cockroaches

She’s not a Housewife, but Brielle Biermann certainly knows how to stir the Bravo pot.

As Real Housewives of Atlanta fans are well aware, a bitter feud recently erupted between Kim Zolciak-Biermann, 39, and NeNe Leakes, 49, after Zolciak-Biermann’s daughter Brielle alleged she found cockroaches in Leakes’ home. The incident will play out in detail this season, but in the meantime, Brielle, 20, is adding fuel to the fire by shading not just Leakes, but also her fellow Housewives Kenya Moore, 46, and Cynthia Bailey, 50. (Zolciak-Biermann has also been fighting with Moore this season, lunging at her in a recent episode after the former Miss USA claimed Zolciak-Biermann was “pimping” out Brielle.)
On Sunday, Brielle commented on an Instagram photo of the three RHOA stars shared by The Shade Room account asking followers to “#NameThatGirlGroup.”
“Xstinct,” she wrote, a play on RHOA star Kandi Burruss‘ musical group, Xscape.
Screenshots of The Shade Room's postThe Shade Room/Instagram

After her comment drew attention, she followed up by telling fans to “relax” because it’s all “fun and games.”
“I wish the golden girls happiness,” she added.

The account then posted a screenshot of Brielle’s comment, calling her out for “being petty.” (But all’s fair in love and Bravo: Both Brielle and her mother liked the post.)

#EMPIRE: Taraji Henson Channels Her Inner Foxy Brown For Magazine Shoot
In promoting her new movie, Proud Mary, Taraji P. Henson snapped some hot photos for Iris Covet Book, giving us some serious Foxy Brown vibes.

Taraji is sporting a sexy mega afro with a white Michael Kors jacket while sporting a flawless gold necklace by Marc Jacobs.The Empire actress not only paid tribute to legendary Blaxpoitation film actress Pam Grier, but also sat down with her to talk sisterhood in Hollywood.
“I don’t understand hating another woman. We go through so much as women. Why am I, another woman, going to add to the stresses that women already have? Why would I do that?”
Taraji expressed her thoughts with Pam Grier while being interviewed by her for the magazine shoot. She also discusses her new role in the Proud Mary movie, paying tribute to the Ms. Grier and the remarkable work she’s done, paving the way for black women in entertainment.
See what else Taraji has to say about uniting women in entertainment and see more of her beautiful photos by going HERE.

#NewMusic from Lalah Hathaway – This Christmas
Lalah Hathaway has paid tribute to father Donny over the course over her career spanning the years, and that trend continues with her beautiful cover of his holiday classic “This Christmas”.
Although the song has been recorded countless time over the years by artists of every genre, few are as special as the version Lalah gives us.
The song was actually recorded at the Spotify Studios in NYC as a live version.


The powerhouse vocalist also recently just celebrated the release of her latest album “Honestly”

#HIPHOPNEWS: Ghostface Killah & Apollo Brown Announce "The Brown Tape" Re-Release
When Ghostface Killah originally made 2013’s Twelve Reasons To Die album with Adrian Younge, he also commissioned producer Apollo Brown for an alternate version of the project. That reworked rendition, The Brown Tape, was briefly released on cassette and other formats before disappearing. Now, Mello Music Group is bringing the project back in 2018.

The 11-track LP is scheduled to be re-released on January 26. The album is narrated by RZA with guest appearances by Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Cappadonna and Killa Sin. Pre-orders are available now on iTunes and Bandcamp.

Check out the cover art and tracklist for The Brown Tape below. Via-(Hip Hop Dx)
Ghostface Killah Teams With Apollo Brown
1. Beware of the Stare
2. Rise of the Black Suits
3. I Declare War f. Masta Killa & RZA
4. Blood on the Cobblestones f. U-God & Inspectah Deck
5. The Center of Attraction f. Cappadonna
6. Enemies All Around Me
7. An Unexpected Call f. Inspectah Deck
8. Rise of the Ghostface Killah f. RZA
9. Revenge Is Sweet f. Masta Killa, RZA & Killa Sin
10.Murder Spree f. Masta Killa, U-God & Killa Sin
11. The Sure Shot (Pt. 1 & 2)

#GOLDENGLOBES: The Shape of Water Leads the 2018 Golden Globes Nominations! Mary J Blige and Issa Rae Also got Nods!
The full list of nominees for the 2018 Golden Globes was announced Monday morning, with The Shape of Water, The Post, and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri dominating the film categories, while Big Little Lies looks big again on the TV side.
The Shape of Water leads movies with seven nominations while The Post, which has six, was the only film to receive nominations in all the big four categories—Best Drama, Director (Steven Spielberg), Actress (Meryl Streep), and Actor (Tom Hanks). Three Billboards also got six nominations, and All the Money in the World pulled down three despite the fact that Ridley Scott was still shooting replacement scenes with Christopher Plummer as recently as three weeks ago.

R&B powerhouse Mary J. Blige earned a nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for her performance in Netflix flick Mudbound. She also shared a Best Original Song nomination with Raphael Saadiq for “Mighty River,” also from Mudbound.

Netflix favorite Stranger Things received a Best TV Series (Drama) nomination. Insecure star Issa Rae has once again been nominated for a Golden Globe for Best performance by an Actress in a TV series (Musical or Comedy).
The TV categories saw Emmy winners Big Little Lies and The Handmaid's Tale recognized again, with nods for Best Limited Series and Best Drama, respectively, along with multiple acting nominations. Feud: Bette and Joan also did well, scoring four nominations, though it will be competing with the Big Little Lies juggernaut in every category.

The 75th Golden Globes awards ceremony will be hosted by Seth Meyers and will air live on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 7.

Here is the full list of nominees:


Best Motion Picture – Drama
Call Me by Your Name
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

Best Motion Picture – Animated
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Loving Vincent

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language
A Fantastic Woman
First They Killed My Father
In the Fade
The Square

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Meryl Streep, The Post
Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
TimothΓ©e Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Tom Hanks, The Post
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes
Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director – Motion Picture
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World
Steven Spielberg, The Post

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
The Shape of Water
Lady Bird
The Post
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Molly’s Game

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
The Shape of Water
Phantom Thread
The Post

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
“Home,” Ferdinand
“Mighty River,” Mudbound
“Remember Me,” Coco
“The Star,” The Star
“This Is Me,” The Greatest Showman


Best Television Series – Drama
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Master of None
Will & Grace

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Big Little Lies
Feud: Bette and Joan
The Sinner
Top of the Lake: China Girl

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
Jude Law, The Young Pope
Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks
Ewan McGregor, Fargo
Geoffrey Rush, Genius

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama
Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
Claire Foy, The Crown
Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce
Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why
Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama
Jason Bateman, Ozark
Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us
Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Pamela Adlon, Better Things
Alison Brie, GLOW
Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Issa Rae, Insecure
Frankie Shaw, SMILF

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Anthony Anderson, Blackish
Aziz Ansari, Master of None
Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick
William H. Macy, Shameless
Eric McCormack, Will & Grace

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This Is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Alfred Molina, “Feud”
Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”
David Thewlis, “Fargo”
David Harbour, “Stranger Things”
Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot”

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Chrissy Metz, “This is Us”
Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Wizard of Lies”
Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies”


#UGH Philadelphia Eagles Carson Wentz suffered torn ACL in win over Rams L
In the blink of an eye, the NFL has lost one of its brightest young stars for the rest of the season.

Eagles coach Doug Pederson confirmed Monday that second-year quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a season-ending knee injury on Sunday, tearing his left ACL in Philadelphia's 43-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Wentz injured the knee on a third-quarter scrambling dive into the end zone, a touchdown that was called back because of holding penalty on tackle Lane Johnson. The second-year starting quarterback was hit by a pair of Rams defenders on the run.
Pederson told reporters he believed the injury occurred right before the hit on Wentz.
"It appears watching the film again today it was actually before the contact so it could be a non-contact deal," Pederson said. "But that's just what it appears like on tape."

Wentz courageously played through the pain for another four snaps, ultimately finding Alshon Jeffery for a 2-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal. After the drive, Wentz retreated to the locker room, giving way to backup Nick Foles, who led the team to a pair of field goal drives and the costly victory.

The loss of Wentz is dark and devastating for a team sitting atop the NFC. A viable MVP candidate, the big-bodied passer was enjoying a breakout campaign for the ages, throwing for a league-leading and franchise-record 33 touchdowns to just seven interceptions.
For all the ways Wentz scattered opponents with his powerful arm, dazzling mobility and aggressive feats of daring-do, the young quarterback came into his own this season as one of the game's premier pre-snap magicians.

Wentz has shown beyond-his-years ability to dissect defensive looks, play with pace, catch opponents off guard and pinpoint the ideal moment to strike downfield. These qualities can't be masked over by even the finest backup.
Foles is an experienced signal-caller -- 20-16 as an NFL starter -- and surrounded by a top-shelf roster, but the Eagles simply aren't the same team without their irreplaceable leader.

"We overcame a Pro Bowl left tackle [Jason Peters]. We overcame a middle linebacker [Jordan Hicks]," Pederson said. "We've overcome a core special teams player, our kicker this year. This is no different. Yeah, he is the quarterback of our football team and each one of these guys is tough to replace, but the reason we went out and got Nick Foles is for reasons like this, for situations like this. I'm excited for Nick obviously. I hate it for Carson Wentz; I hate it for the career and the season he's been having but at the same time it's been the next man up mentality and that's how we approach it this week."

With games left against the Giants, Raiders and Cowboys, Philadelphia is talented enough to run the table and command home-field advantage. Where they go from there, though, is tough to imagine with Wentz saddled in the distance.

During a season soiled by endless quarterback injuries and off-the-field drama, losing Wentz serves as a pre-Christmas sucker punch to the belly of any fan who adores fine quarterback play. He will be sorely missed.

Brooklyn Brewery Ordered to Cease Production of BΓ―eryoncΓ© by Beyonce!
Brooklyn hipsters ordered to stop making beer inspired by Beyonce…
Line-Up Brewing owner Katarina Martinez tells Pitchfork,
“As a Hispanic, female-run business, I am very inspired by her so I thought I’d pay homage. We’re disappointed she didn’t take it as a compliment, but oh well — it was fun while it lasted!”
Oh wells!

RETALIATION? Is Terry Crews’ Show on the Chopping Block?
Last month actor Terry Crews revealed he had been sexually harassed by high powered Hollywood agent Adam Venit.
In totally unrelated news, Terry’s TV show Brooklyn Nine-Nine might not see a season six…
In a recent interview Brooklyn Nine-Nine creator Dan Goor admits the show suffers from very low ratings, around 1 million viewers, and sounds unsure if Fox will order another season.

Brooklyn Nine-Nine recently filmed their 100th episode. All the best to them!

LeToya Luckett Weds Tommicus Walker In Romantic Ceremony
Congrats are in order for songstress LeToya Luckett! The 'Destiny's Child' alum jumped the broom in a lavish Austin, Texas wedding over the weekend.

The ‘Destiny’s Child’ alum wed beau Tommicus Walker over the weekend. The couple exchanged vows Sunday evening in a luxurious ceremony in Austin, Texas.
The bride wore a custom Vera Wang gown down the aisle, as singer Tank serenaded the audience with his rendition of ‘At Last.’
Attendees of the ceremony captured Luckett and her new hubby getting down at the reception
Luckett & Walker’s  whirlwind romance was kept from the public eye until about three months ago when the ‘Back To Life’ singer flashed her sparkly engagement ring on Instagram, prompting fans to question ‘who is this new mystery fiance?’
Days later, Luckett revealed their love story in an exclusive to Essence Magazine, telling the publication she and Tommicus Walker met after a prophetic word from Pastor John Gray saying, ‘her husband is on his way.’
After being introduced by friends, the pair spoke for weeks over the phone without ever seeing a photo of the other and bonded through conversation and their love of God.

Once they met in person, it was all fireworks from there.
Congrats to the couple!

#TERRORISM: Suspected Suicide Bomber Sets Off Pipe Bomb At Port Authority in NYC
A suspected suicide bomber set off a pipe bomb early Monday morning at the Port Authority bus terminal subway station.
Via NY Post:A would-be suicide bomber set off a device at the Port Authority bus terminal subway station Monday morning, law enforcement sources said.
The suspected bomber – who had wires attached to him – was armed with a pipe bomb and a battery pack, sources said.
He was taken into custody after the device partially detonated inside the passageway to the N, Q and R trains, according to sources.

The 27-year-old suspect, Akayed Ullah, is in the hospital, badly injured in the arm and torso from the device that went off in his arms, sources said. Ullah, originally from Bangladesh, told authorities he is self-inspired from ISIS online propaganda, sources said.
Ullah entered the United States from Bangladesh seven years ago on a family-based visa and has an address in Brooklyn, sources said. The explosive was assembled in his apartment, sources said.

Video of the explosion has surfaced online. Watch HERE

Sending up prayers for NYC.

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