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Beyonce Among 2020 Golden Globe Best Song Nominees

December 9, 2019

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter is ending the decade on a high note as best original song nominee for the 2020 Golden Globe Awards. She is nominated for the song "Spirit," from The Lion King, alongside Timothy McKenzie and Ilya Salmanzadeh. The Lion King is also nominated for best animated motion picture.

The 77th Golden Globe Awards will be held on Jan. 5, 2020, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

Best Original Song, Motion Picture
“Beautiful Ghosts,” “Cats”
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again,” “Rocketman”
“Into the Unknown,” “Frozen 2”
“Spirit,” “The Lion King”
“Stand Up,” “Harriet”

Best Motion Picture, Animated
“Frozen 2”
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“The Lion King”
“Missing Link”
“Toy Story 4”

"Spirit" Nominated at the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards

December 9, 2019

The Lion King has been nominated in two categories for the 2020 Critics' Choice Awards, including Best Song for Beyonce's "Spirit". The winners will be revealed at the gala, which will be broadcast live on The CW Television Network on Sunday, January 12 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm ET (delayed PT).

Best Song
“Glasgow (No Place Like Home)” – Wild Rose
“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” – Rocketman
“I’m Standing With You” – Breakthrough
“Into the Unknown” – Frozen II
“Speechless” – Aladdin
“Spirit” – The Lion King
“Stand Up” – Harriet

Best Visual Effects
1917
Ad Astra
The Aeronauts
Avengers: Endgame
Ford v Ferrari
The Irishman
The Lion King

"Homecoming" Wins at 2019 IDA Documentary Awards

December 9, 2019

The International Documentary Association's 2019 awards took place Saturday night at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. Netflix's Beyoncé concert film Homecoming won in the Best Music Documentary category. Congrats!

Best Music Documentary
Amazing Grace
Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé (winner)
The Apollo
The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash
Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men

Beyonce Wins at 2019 National Film & TV Awards

December 6, 2019

The 2nd annual National Film & TV Awards took place on Tuesday in Los Angeles. This year’s instalment saw Beyonce’s turn as Nala in ‘The Lion King’ honored with the award for Best Performance in an Animated Movie. Congrats!

Beyonce Nominated at the 2020 Grammy Awards

November 20, 2019

Nominations for the 2020 Grammy Awards were just announced and Beyonce is up for four awards! The winners will be revealed on Sunday, January 26, 2020.

Best Pop Solo Performance
"Spirit" — Beyoncé
"Bad Guy" — Billie Eilish
"7 Rings" — Ariana Grande
"Truth Hurts" — Lizzo
"You Need to Calm Down" — Taylor Swift

Best Pop Vocal Album
"The Lion King: The Gift" — Beyoncé
"When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?" — Billie Eilish
"Thank U, Next" — Ariana Grande
"No. 6 Collaborations Project" — Ed Sheeran
"Lover" — Taylor Swift

Beyonce nominated at the 2019 National Film & TV Awards

November 16, 2019

The National Film Academy based in the UK returns to the US with the second instalment of the prestigious annual National Film & TV Awards .

The National Film Academy produces the National Film Awards UK which is one of Europe’s leading awards ceremony for motion picture. Now in its 6th year, the Academy last year launched the US version of the successful British awards in Los Angeles and last month it announced the return for its second US instalment with official nominations for this year’s much anticipated 2nd annual National Film & TV Awards.

Over 1.2 million television and film fans including academy members in Europe, Asia and North America submitted their nominations in the respected categories and public voting is set to commence until the 21st of November 2019 at www.nationalfilmandtvawards/voting.

The prestigious 2nd annual National Film & TV Awards is set to take place at the Globe Theatre, in Los Angeles on the 3rd of December 2019.

Check out Beyonce's nominations below and make sure to vote!

Beyoncé Wins at the 2019 E! People's Choice Awards

November 11, 2019

The 45th People's Choice Awards were held last night in Santa Monica, California. Beyoncé won The Animated Movie Star of 2019 for her voice acting in The Lion King. She was nominated alongside America Ferrera (How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World), Tom Hanks (Toy Story 4), Kevin Hart (The Secret Life of Pets 2), Ryan Reynolds (Pokémon Detective Pikachu), Chris Pratt (The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part), Tiffany Haddish (The Secret Life of Pets 2) and Awkwafina (The Angry Birds Movie 2). Congrats!

Beyoncé Reportedly Shoots "Brown Skin Girl" Video in London

November 3, 2019

Beyoncé is set to revisit her The Lion King: The Gift album with a music video for “Brown Skin Girl,” which is being filmed on various south London estates.

The album was released this past summer, but now the song will be treated as a single, according to the Daily Mail. Filming is taking place in both Catford and Thamesmead, along with members of the superstar’s team being seen near the HM Prison Thameside on Thursday.

The LEMONADE singer’s casting team is requesting “black and brown people of different cultures, nationalities, ethnicities, genders and ages” in London to come forward for the video.

A source also detailed to the Daily Mail Beyoncé’s wish to have the video “truly represent the essence of the song” and to have “normal people step forward and tell their stories” despite having name-dropped iconic figures like Naomi Campbell and Lupita Nyong’o in the lyrics.

Additional requests for people include different family structures, citing a request for blended, single parent, queer and adopted families. The video will also have a focus on a variety of body shapes and ages. The age range is stated to be girls as young as six months all the way to elderly women.

The video is set to be directed by Jean Nkiru, who worked on The Carters “APESH**T” video. “Brown Skin Girl” features Saint Jhn, Wizkid and Beyoncé’s own daughter Blue Ivy Carter.

Gallery Update

October 28, 2019

I updated our photo gallery with some older photos.

"Homecoming" Leads Broadcast Nominations for 2020 Cinema Eye Honors

October 25, 2019

Cinema Eye Honors kicked off its 2020 season today with the first awards announcements of its 13th year recognizing artistry and innovation in nonfiction filmmaking. Underlining its ongoing commitment to filmmaking craft and recognizing the artisans essential to nonfiction cinema, Cinema Eye announced nominees for two new awards: Outstanding Achievement in Editing for a Broadcast Film or Series and Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for a Broadcast Film or Series.

Beyoncé Knowles-Carter’s Homecoming, her Netflix concert film/tribute to Historic Black Colleges and Universities, led the Broadcast honorees with 3 nominations: Broadcast Film, Broadcast Editing and Broadcast Cinematography:

Broadcast Film
Apollo: Mission to the Moon (Directed by Tom Jennings | National Geographic)
At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal (Directed by Erin Lee Carr | HBO)
Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists (Directed by Jonathan Alter, Steven McCarthy and John Block | HBO)
Homecoming (Directed by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter | Netflix)
Leaving Neverland (Directed by Dan Reed | HBO)
The Sentence (Directed by Rudy Valdez | HBO)

Beyoncé Wins 2 BreakTudo Awards

October 22, 2019

The 2019 BreakTudo Awards were held on Sunday, October 20 in São Paulo, Brazil. Beyoncé was nominated in two categories and won both awards - Album of the Year for "Homecoming: The Live Album" and Best Soundtrack Song for "Spirit" from The Lion King. Congrats!

Parkwood Entertainment's COO Steve Pamon's Interview for Billboard

October 18, 2019

Parkwood Entertainment president/COO Steve Pamon and his boss, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, lead Billboard’s annual list of the most influential executives and creatives in R&B and hip-hop.

Executives Of The Year
Beyoncé Knowles-Carter
Chairman/CEO, Parkwood Entertainment
Steve Pamon
President/COO, Parkwood Entertainment

"Speaking of the Queen. She just called.” The words, spoken by Parkwood Entertainment’s head of public relations, Yvette Noel-Schure, stop Steve Pamon midsentence as he sits on a chair in the company’s midtown Manhattan offices. “Does she need me?” he asks. “No, no. She’s good. She’s good,” Noel-Schure replies. Pamon, who’s wearing a white T-shirt beneath a navy blue suit offset by a red-white-and-blue stripe on the sleeves and pant legs, relaxes into the chair and resumes speaking about his boss and their company -- that would be Beyoncé, “B,” as Pamon, 49, often calls her, and Parkwood Entertainment -- and the milestones of the 12 or so preceding months that have earned them Billboard’s 2019 R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players Executives of the Year honors.

Beyonce's submissions for the 2020 Grammy Awards

September 28, 2019

Beyonce's submissions for the 2020 Grammy Awards have been revealed! See below.

Homecoming: Album of the Year, Best Urban Contemporary Album, Best Music Film
Spirit: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Song Written for Visual Media, Best Music Video
Mood 4 Eva: Best Rap/Sung Performance, Best Rap Song
Before I Let Go: Best R&B Performance
Brown Skin Girl: Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Beyoncé Presents: Making The Gift (Full)

September 17, 2019

Watch the entire "Beyoncé Presents: Making The Gift" documentary below!

New clip from Beyoncé Presents: Making The Gift

September 16, 2019

Watch a new clip from "Beyoncé Presents: Making The Gift" below!

Beyoncé Presents: Making The Gift

September 15, 2019

ABC will air 'Beyoncé Presents: Making The Gift.' 10 PM on Monday, September 16th.

The Lion King Photoshoot

September 5, 2019

In the gallery you'll find a new shot from The Lion King photoshoot.

"Can You Feel the Love Tonight" Music Video

August 31, 2019

Watch the music video for "Can You Feel the Love Tonight" from "The Lion King" below.

A Trio of 'Lion King' Albums Crowd Top 10 on Soundtracks Chart

July 31, 2019

The top 10 of Billboard's latest Soundtracks chart, dated Aug. 3, is brought to you by all things The Lion King, as three companion albums to both the new Disney movie and the same-named 1994 animated film populate the region.

Beyoncé’s new The Lion King: The Gift project opens at No. 1 on the tally, earning 54,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 25, according to Nielsen Music. Meanwhile, Walt Disney Records’ new The Lion King soundtrack climbs 4-2 on the tally with 22,000 units earned (up 46%), and the same label’s soundtrack to the 1994 animated film pounces 13-9 with 7,000 units (up 48%).

The Soundtracks chart ranks the most popular soundtrack albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

"The Lion King: The Gift" Debuts at No. 2 on Billboard 200

July 29, 2019

Beyoncé, who voices the character Nala in Disney’s new The Lion King film, sees her King-inspired album The Lion King: The Gift debut at No. 2 on the new Billboard 200 chart with 54,000 equivalent album units earned (with 11,000 of that sum in album sales). The album was released on July 19 via Parkwood/Columbia Records. The set, which is billed to Beyoncé & Various Artists, boasts Queen Bey performing on 10 of the album’s 14 songs. Those songs include “Spirit,” which is also heard in the film and included on its Walt Disney Records soundtrack, which zooms 31-13 on the Billboard 200.

Beyoncé executive produced and curated The Lion King: The Gift, and also is a producer on each of the set’s tracks.

The Lion King: The Gift marks Beyoncé’s ninth top 10 effort on the Billboard 200 as a soloist, and second new top 10 of 2019, following Homecoming: The Live Album (a debut at No. 4, May 4). Notably, Beyoncé is just the second act of 2019, and first woman, to achieve two new top 10s this year. She follows Future, who notched two new top 10s with Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD (No. 1 on Feb. 2) and Save Me (No. 5 on June 22). (Beyoncé has actually seen three of her albums visit the top 10 in 2019 — the only act to achieve that feat this year. In addition to The Lion King: The Gift and Homecoming, her 2016 No. 1 Lemonade returned to the top 10 on the May 4-dated chart.)

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Billy Eichner might want to start practicing his scales because the Billy on the Street star just revealed he's going to sing with Beyoncé in the 2019 remake of The Lion King.

E! News' Jason Kennedy caught up with Eichner at the 2017 American Music Awards and asked him about being cast in the live-action film.

"I was freaking out," Eichner told the E! News host. "I mean, the cast is amazing. Me and Seth Rogen are Timon and Pumbaa, so we do ‘Hakuna Matata' and then we also sing ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight' with Simba and Nala, who are going to be voiced by Donald Glover and someone who is named Beyoncé."

Even though the comedian and the Lemonade singer will both be featured in the Elton John hit, Eichner wondered if he'll even get to meet the Grammy-winning artist in-person.

"Why would she want to be in the studio with me?" he said.

In addition to Eichner, Beyoncé, Rogen and Glover, the live-action remake will feature James Earl Jones as Mufasa, John Oliver as Zazu and Keegan-Michael Key as Kamari. The film will be directed by Jon Favreau, who also worked on the 2016 remake of The Jungle Book.
Beyoncé — as close as any modern artist to royalty status in American pop music — will play the queen to be of the Pride Lands in Disney’s coming live-action remake of “The Lion King.”

The studio confirmed Tuesday that she will voice the role of Nala, opposite Donald Glover’s Simba, in the classic coming-of-age tale set among the animal kingdom of the African savanna.

The star-studded cast will also include James Earl Jones — reprising his role as Mufasa from the 1994 animated version — Chiwetel Ejiofor in the part of Scar, and a new spin on a vintage odd couple: Billy Eichner and Seth Rogen as Timon and Pumbaa.

The new “King” will make a play for a box office coronation in July 2019. It will join a string of live-action adaptations (with a healthy dose of state-of-the-art visual effects) that have been reliable hits for Disney in recent years, following “Beauty and the Beast” this year, “The Jungle Book” in 2016 and “Cinderella” in 2015. Jon Favreau, who helmed the recent “Jungle Book,” will direct. Read more...
While the actresses in 2001's cult hit Josie and the Pussycats only sang backing vocals for Letters to Cleo singer Kay Hanley, filmmakers apparently had a number of notable musicians audition for the film -- including Beyoncé Knowles, who would later become one of the biggest stars on the planet.

The revelation came as part of an interview with Billboard, who were speaking with directors Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan as well as star Rachael Leigh Cook and Hanley ahead of a concert Tuesday night in Los Angeles in which Hanley played songs from the Josie and the Pussycats soundtrack for the first time live.

“The list of people who auditioned to be in the movie. The fact that Beyoncé, Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes and Aaliyah came in to audition was crazy,” Elfont said. “I think it was 2000. We read Left Eye twice. She really wanted to play the part. Beyoncé was really quiet and shy. Who knew? It was a comedy and Aaliyah was more serious and thoughtful. We wanted someone who could really play the comedy.”

When the film was in production, Beyoncé would have been well-known as a part of Destiny's Child but wasn't the global phenom that she would later become.

Had she won the role of Valerie Brown -- eventually played in the film by Rosario Dawson -- the band's meteoric rise in the film would likely have turned into a metaphor for Beyoncé herself in the years following the film's release and subsequent box office failure. Read more...
A film’s production designer “notices the canvas on which the story is being told.” That’s how Hannah Beachler, 47, describes her job to me when we speak over the phone from New Orleans, where she lives with her son. Put another way: in collaboration with a director, through meticulous research and in co-ordination with various departments, she helps define a film’s visual mood and storytelling, right down to props that never get shown on camera. Beachler’s career changed forever when signed up on Ryan Coogler’s 2013 film Fruitvale Station, which led to a string of highly-successful projects: 2015's Creed (also with Coogler), Moonlight from director Barry Jenkins, Beyoncé and Khalil Joseph’s Lemonade, and Coogler’s upcoming Marvel epic Black Panther.

The FADER spoke to Beachler about her methods, motives, and the unique art of production design. Read the part where she talks about Lemonade below.

What were your most memorable experiences during the productions of Lemonade and Moonlight?

With Lemonade, I didn’t have any time to prep. So I did a lot of what I felt: How do I make this look like not just a regular plantation? How do I make this feel like a very beautiful place and we're on a dirt floor surrounded by bricks and an old fort? It hits these ambiguous points and abstractness is what we were going for. Read more...
Winner of two Academy Awards* and three Golden Globes,** including Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy, DREAMGIRLS arrives October 10, 2017 in a Blu-ray Combo gift set with a Digital HD copy and on Digital HD featuring a Director's Extended Edition and never-before-seen bonus features from Paramount Home Media Distribution.

A rich and vivid tale of fame, fortune and the sacrifices they demand, director Bill Condon's electrifying adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical was a triumphant success with audiences and critics alike. The Director's Extended Edition includes 10 minutes of additional footage and represents Condon's complete vision for the story of three singers who dream of stardom and learn the high cost of success.

The DREAMGIRLS Blu-ray Combo gift set is presented in striking new collectible book-style packaging with images of the musical moments and corresponding lyrics and includes the Director's Extended Edition and theatrical versions of the film, as well as never-before-released footage of Jennifer Hudson's auditions and screen test. The Digital HD release available on iTunes will also include nearly an hour of additional new featurettes and over four hours of previously released bonus content. The Blu-ray and Digital HD have been specially remixed with DTS:X immersive audio to enhance viewers' enjoyment of the film's music and sound. Read more...
The Peabody Awards announced their 2017 honorees on Thursday, and Beyoncé's Lemonade visual album has been recognized by the committee for its contributions to American culture.

“Lemonade draws from the prolific literary, musical, cinematic, and aesthetic sensibilities of black cultural producers to create a rich tapestry of poetic innovation,” the committee wrote in the announcement on Thursday. “The audacity of its reach and fierceness of its vision challenges our cultural imagination, while crafting a stunning and sublime masterpiece about the lives of women of color and the bonds of friendship seldom seen or heard in American popular culture.”

Donald Glover's FX show Atlanta, HBO's Veep, and Louis C.K.’s Horace and Pete were also among the winners of the seven awards.
Beyonce’s visual album “Lemonade” was among the finalists for the 76th Annual Peabody Awards, the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors announced Wednesday.

The full list of finalists represents the 60 finalists that represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in electronic media during 2016. Over the next several weeks, the awards organizers will winnow that list down to 30 winning programs. Peabody Award winners and finalists will be celebrated at a gala event on May 20 in New York. The event will be taped for a television special to air on both PBS and Fusion networks on June 2 at 9 p.m/8c.

ENTERTAINMENT

“American Crime” ABC Studios (ABC)

“Atlanta” FX Productions (FX Networks)

“Better Things” FX Productions (FX Networks)

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Disney’s “Lion King” live-action reboot is getting in formation.

Sources tell Variety that Beyonce is director Jon Favreau’s top choice to voice Nala in the upcoming remake.

Insiders stress that the Grammy winner has not made a decision regarding the film yet, as the star is pregnant with twins. But since it’s a voice-acting role, sources say the studio and director will do whatever it takes to accommodate her schedule. The songstress announced her pregnancy in early February and dropped out as a Coachella headliner by month’s end. Lady Gaga will replace the “Single Ladies” singer at the desert music and arts festival next month.

Donald Glover is on board to voice Simba and James Earl Jones is reprising his role as Simba’s father, Mufasa.

Favreau is directing with Jeff Nathanson writing. The film is being fast-tracked, even as Favreau begins development on his sequel to the recent hit “The Jungle Book.”

“Lion King” was originally released in 1994 and is one of the highest-grossing animated films of all time, ultimately hauling $968.5 million worldwide.

The studio’s emphasis on live-action adaptations follows the successes of “Alice in Wonderland” (2010), “Maleficent” (2014), “Cinderella” (2015), and, most recently, “Beauty and the Beast.”

This would mark Beyonce’s first film role since lending her voice to the Fox animated film”Epic.” Her other major movie credits include the 2009 thriller “Obsessed,” 2006 movie musical “Dreamgirls,” and 2002 Mike Myers comedy “Austin Powers in Goldmember.”
Beyoncé has been named four times during the February's Art Directors Guild award nominations as a result of her 2016 video album Lemonade.

Beyoncé's visual album Lemonade, which comprised a one-hour film and a 12 track recording, has been nominated once for Excellence in Production Design for an Award or Special Event, and three times for individual song treatments in the ADG's Short Format category — 6 inch, Denial, and Hold Up.

Appearing alongside it as nominees in the Awards or Special Event are televised musical productions Grease Live! and Hairspray Live! as well the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards and the 88th Academy Awards show.

Adidas commercial “Basketball Needs Creators” and iPhone 7 spot “Balloons” are the two other reels whose production designers were nominated in Short Format.

The 21st Annual Excellence in Production Design Awards will be held Feb. 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland.
The top 10 shots of the year according to Variety:

#4

“LEMONADE”
Director of Photography: Chayse Irvin, CSC


“There was a compositional arc throughout the whole collaboration with Khalil , a desire to conceal a lot of information in the frame, or at least the most important information. This shot is a great example of that, because we’re concealing her face with that coat she’s wearing. It was this kind of beast or this mythical creature starting to transform. And what Khalil did with the sound was captivating and interesting. His form of editing is beautiful. He’s constantly stitching together the most contrasting of images to give some sort of metaphor or meaning that resonates on a subjective level.”

—Chayse Irvin


“Lemonade” — Beyonce’s Knowles-Carter’s visual album that hit like a lightning bolt in the spring — has popped up on a few assessments of the year’s best films. Whatever parameters you might have for what makes something a proper movie, the project was absolutely a work of cinema, the compendium of an artist working through many levels of expression. Its identifying image stood out in particular, leading off the proceedings and serving as the album’s key art. There’s an eerily metamorphic quality to it, like something stirring from a slumber to unleash a pent-up energy.
The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) released the top films and television shows of 2016. Beyonce's "Lemonade" won the award for Best TV Show (Special/Limited Series)! The AAFCA will hold its eighth annual awards ceremony on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood, California.
The nominees for the 2017 NAACP Image Awards were announced today. Beyonce led all nominees with eight nominations!

Entertainer of the Year
Beyoncé
Viola Davis
Regina King
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Chance the Rapper

Outstanding Female Artist
Alicia Keys (RCA Records)
Beyoncé (Columbia Record/Parkwood Entertainment)
Fantasia (RCA Records/19 Recordings Limited)
K. Michelle (Atlantic Records)
Solange (Columbia Records)
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