Casas finishes fifth in 200 backstroke; still listed for the 50 freestyle
Former McAllen High standout and current Texas A&M rising senior, swimmer Shaine Casas finished fifth Friday in the finals of the 200-meter backstroke at the U.S. Olympic Time Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, missing out on advancing to the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games.myrgv.com
Casas falls short in 100 back finals, eyes 200 back event
Former McAllen High and current Texas A&M rising senior swimmer Shaine Casas barely missed qualifying for the 2021 Tokyo Summer Games after finishing third in an extremely tight 100-meter backstroke finals at the U.S. Olympics Swimming Time Trials on Tuesday in Omaha, Nebraska.myrgv.com
Casas advances to Olympic trials semis in 100 back
Former McAllen High and current Texas A&M junior swimmer Shaine Casas advanced to the second round, the semifinals, in the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. Olympics Swimming Time Trials on Monday morning in Omaha, Nebraska. Casas tied for third overall with a time of 53.08 seconds, equaling the time of three-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy. Casas and Murphy are projected by many swimming experts to capture the top two spots in both the 100- and 200-meter backstrokes and advance to the 2021 Tokyo Summer games. “I don’t care if I win or not,” Casas said about the time trials last week. Check back for more on Shaine Casas’ Olympic quest later today.myrgv.com
Netflix once again dominates Golden Globe TV nominations
(Liam Daniel/Netflix via AP)NEW YORK – Netflix rode the voracious hunger for TV content during a year of pandemic viewership to a dominant showing at the Golden Globe nominations. The streaming giant scooped up 20 small-screen nods — nearly three times as many as its closest competitor, HBO, and beating the 17 TV nominations it got last year. Streaming newcomer HBO Max scored two nominations with “The Flight Attendant,” a best comedy TV berth and also earned “The Big Bang Theory” veteran Kaley Cuoco her first Globe nod. Little-known Pop TV earned five nominations — all for the Canadian comedy “Schitt’s Creek,” which swept the comedy Emmy Awards last year. Ad“The Great” now faces “The Flight Attendant,” “Schitt’s Creek,” “Emily in Paris” and “Ted Lasso” for bragging rights to best comedy TV series.
Netflix leads GLAAD Media Awards for LGBTQ representation
GLAAD also noted that transgender characters were prominently featured in “9-1-1: Lone Star,” “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Saved by the Bell,” “Big Mouth” and “Supergirl.”Award recipients will be announced during a virtual ceremony scheduled for April. AdSeveral categories increased from five to 10 nominees to recognize expanding levels of diverse LGBTQ representation across several media genres. "This year’s nominees remind us that even in times of political and cultural division, diverse LGBTQ representation and visibility can enlighten, entertain, and create lasting change,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis in a statement. AdIn its recent “Where We Are on TV” report, GLAAD found that LGBTQ and gender inclusiveness on television has retreated slightly this season due to delays and shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Music artists who earned GLAAD nominations this year include Adam Lambert, Brandy Clark, Halsey, Kehlani, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Pabllo Vittar, Peppermint, Ricky Martin and Sam Smith.
Gothams give virtual start to Oscar season, 'Nomadland' wins
The film won best feature at the Gotham Awards on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Opening the show, Jeffrey Sharp, executive director of the Gotham Film & Media Institute, predicted that there would be “glitches and gremlins” throughout the event. All of the films nominated for best feature were directed by women, including lead-nominee getter “First Cow,” by Kelly Reichardt. Zhao, whose “The Rider” won best feature at the Gothams two years ago, thanked the festivals that, like the Gothams, carried on despite the trying circumstances. Nicole Behaire won best actress for “Miss Juneteenth.” “Oh, my God,” she mouthed while still on mute.
New this week: Jingle Ball 2020 & 2 doses of Meryl Streep
MOVIES— Travel may seem closed off right now but how about a cruise with Meryl Streep, Dianne Wiest and Candice Bergen? — If one Streep film wasn’t enough for you, she’s again in typically fine form in “The Prom,” parodying a diva actor in Ryan Murphy’s adaptation of the 2018 Broadway musical. — AP Film Writer Jake CoyleMUSIC— Jon Bon Jovi has already produced an album this year with “2020” and the concert film "On a Night Like This — Bon Jovi 2020." — AP Entertainment Writer Mark KennedyTELEVISION— This season’s winner for lengthy title: “High School Musical: The Musical: The Holiday Special,” debuting Friday on Disney +. — The CW’s “iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2020,” a 90-minute special based on the annual concert, will air at 8 p.m. EST Monday, Dec. 14.
TV gives viewers a split-screen comparison of Trump, Biden
President Donald Trump wipes his face during a break in an NBC News Town Hall, at Perez Art Museum Miami, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami. NBC News chief executive Cesar Conde said Thursday that NBC scheduled Trump out of fairness after Biden did a town hall at the same time last Thursday. There were apparently still hard feelings, given that Muir twice mentioned a nameless “another network” holding a Trump town hall. “Has there ever been two more different presidential candidates than Trump or Biden?” asked The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler in a tweet. At a rally in North Carolina on Thursday, Trump called NBC “the worst" and said he was being set up with the town hall.
'Glee' creators plan college fund for Naya Rivera's son
LOS ANGELES A college fund is being created for Naya Rivera's son by the creators of Glee, who remembered the performer as joyful and immensely talented. Naya was more than just an actor on our show she was our friend, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan said in a statement Tuesday. Riveras body was found Monday in Southern Californias Lake Piru, five days after she and Josey had gone out on a rented boat. Our hearts go out to her family, especially her mom, Yolanda, who was a big part of the Glee family, and her son Josey, the three producers said, referring to the 4-year-old as the beautiful son Naya loved most of all.Josey is Riveras son with her former husband, actor Ryan Dorsey. ... She was a joy to write for, a joy to direct and a joy to be around, they said.
Actress Naya Rivera, who rose to fame in 'Glee,' dies at 33
NEW YORK Naya Rivera, a singer and actress who played a gay cheerleader on the hit TV musical comedy Glee, was found dead Monday in a Southern California lake. What a force you were, wrote Glee co-star Jane Lynch on Twitter. She is survived by her parents, Yolanda and George; a younger brother, Mychal; a sister, Nickayla; and her 4-year-old son. Naya Rivera was a fierce talent with so much more to do and this is such a terrible tragedy. In the preface to her autobiography, Rivera wrote that motherhood had changed her life and given it perspective.
The Reinvention of Dylan McDermott (Exclusive)
Ive gotten emails and texts and calls from around the world and people really responded to it on such a deep level, McDermott says. Maybe someday well have that footage of Hollywood.David Corenswet as Jack and Dylan McDermott as Ernie. NetflixMeanwhile, Ernie is just the latest reincarnation for McDermott, who is all too aware of being typecast or known for one particular project. Thats what Ive always wanted to do.Dylan McDermott as Ernie. Anytime that anybody appreciates my work and on any level is always a great day because I work really hard at it.
Awkwafina, Zendaya among 819 invited to join film academy
Cynthia Erivo, John David Washington, Eva Longoria, Zendaya and Awkwafina are among the 819 people who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. If they accept, which most do, those in the new class will have voting privileges at this years Oscars. A handful of actors from this years best picture winner Parasite, including Jang Hye-Jin, Jo Yeo-Jeong, Park So-Dam and Lee Jung-Eun, were also invited to join. The Academy said that 49% of the new invitees are international and represent some 68 countries. It has since surpassed those goals and continues to infuse membership classes with both women and people from underrepresented communities.
How 'Pose' Season 2 Shined a Necessary Light on the Black Transgender Lives Matter Movement (Exclusive)
(Spoilers for the episode, which first premiered on July 9, 2019 on FX, and is now streaming on Netflix.) It is also a reflection of the many transgender people who have lost their lives in the decades since. In 2019, in the wake of the increasing numbers of deaths, the American Medical Association even called the violence against the transgender community an epidemic, stating that transgender women were most at risk. She got her trophy, she got her 10s across the board [before] finally being laid to rest, Mock says of the fanciful sequence. It felt like it was a beautiful send-off for us both, Ross adds, before paying tribute to the real transgender women who lives were lost.
Larry Kramer, playwright and AIDS activist, dies at 84
FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2014 file photo, playwright Larry Kramer attends Acria's 19th Annual Holiday Dinner Benefit in New York. (Photo by Donald Traill/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK Larry Kramer, the playwright whose angry voice and pen raised theatergoers consciousness about AIDS and roused thousands to militant protests in the early years of the epidemic, has died at 84. Bill Goldstein, a writer who was working on a biography of Kramer, confirmed the news to The Associated Press. Kramer's husband, David Webster, told The New York Times that Kramer died of pneumonia on Wednesday. But for many years he was best known for his public fight to secure medical treatment, acceptance and civil rights for people with AIDS.
'The Politician': Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange and Ben Platt Reveal Everything You Need
In this dark, eight-episode dramedy, Payton Hobart (Ben Platt) is maniacally convinced of his destiny to become the President of the United States. A-list ladies like Jessica Lange, Gwyneth Paltrow, Judith Light and Bette Midler are woven in and out of the tale while a plethora of "it-girl" actresses like Bohemian Rhapsody's Lucy Boynton and Set It Up's Zoey Deutch also share the screen. It's a Family Affair For Gwyneth PaltrowNetflix"The Politician is a really brilliant, great show. As the ultra manipulative Dusty Jackson, Lange shares the majority of her Politician scenes with her on-screen granddaughter, Infinity Jackson, played by Deutch. 'The Politician' Trailer Sees a Ruthless Ben Platt Running for Student Body President'The Politician': First Look at Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Ben Platt and More Stars in Character
Bette Midler and Judith Light 'Break It Down' in New Trailer for 'The
A new trailer for Ryan Murphy's upcoming Netflix series, The Politician, premiered during the Emmy Awards on Sunday, giving fans a first look at Bette Midler and Judith Light's characters. Midler and Light play Hadassah Gold and Dede Standish, respectively, in the upcoming series. On The Politician, Platt plays Payton Hobart, "a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, who has known since age seven that he's going to be President of the United States." "It was a very fascinating character to get to play after playing someone so sort of mild-mannered as Evan," the actor added. RELATED CONTENT:'The Politician' Trailer Sees a Ruthless Ben Platt Running for Student Body PresidentGwyneth Paltrow Opens up About Working With Husband Brad Falchuk on 'The Politician': 'He's So Hot'Ben Platt Talks 'The Politician' on Netflix and Acting With Gwyneth Paltrow (Exclusive)
'AHS: 1984' Debuts First Trailer for Slasher Season Starring Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd
American Horror Story, FXs long-running anthology series, is going full camp with its newest season, 1984. In addition to Ross, who was one of the breakout stars of Pose, and Fern, who joined the AHS franchise with Apocalypse, the 1984 cast includes a number of series veterans -- Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd, Cody Fern, Leslie Grossman and John Carroll Lynch. Theyre joined by Matthew Morrison, Zach Villa, Dear White People star DeRon Horton and Olympian Gus Kenworthy, who all make their AHS debut this season. Few details about the premise and characters have been revealed, but we do know that Roberts and Kenworthy will be playing a couple. RELATED CONTENT:'American Horror Story': Emma Roberts and Olympian Gus Kenworthy to Play a Couple in Season 9AHS: 1984 Shares First Look at Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd and Matthew Morrison in Slasher-Themed SeasonBillie Lourd on How Ryan Murphy 'Saved My Life' With 'American Horror Story' (Exclusive)
'The Politician': First Look at Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Ben Platt and More Stars
Your first look at Netflix's The Politician is finally here! On Thursday, the streaming service released eight new photos from the upcoming comedy series, featuring stars like Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Ben Platt, Zoey Deutch and Lucy Boynton in character for the first time. Another photo shows Lange rocking a voluminous blonde wig with a fresh set of acrylic nails, heavy makeup and a flashy sweater. Get your first look at #ThePolitician a new series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, & Ian Brennan and starring @BenSPLATT Jessica Lange @zoeydeutch and Gwyneth Paltrow! RELATED CONTENT:Gwyneth Paltrow Opens up About Working With Husband Brad Falchuk on 'The Politician': 'He's So Hot'Ben Platt Talks 'The Politician' on Netflix and Acting With Gwyneth Paltrow (Exclusive)Beyonc Sent the Sweetest Gift to Ben Platt for His Last Performance in 'Dear Evan Hansen'
Gwyneth Paltrow Opens up About Working With Husband Brad Falchuk on 'The Politician':
Gwyneth Paltrow had a great experience working with her husband, Brad Falchuk, on the highly anticipated Netflix series The Politician. He also says 46-year-old Paltrow wasn't shy about suggesting changes to her character's lines. Paltrow recently revealed to InStyle that about a year after she married Falchuk, the pair are moving in together. "Married life has been really good," Paltrow tells InStyle. Watch the video below for more:RELATED CONTENT:Gwyneth Paltrow Curses Out Someone Who Questions Whether She Actually CooksTom Holland Says It 'Breaks My Heart' That Gwyneth Paltrow Doesn't Remember Working With HimWhy Gwyneth Paltrow and Husband Brad Falchuk Don't Live Together Full Time
New 'American Crime Story' season to focus on Clinton impeachment
(CNN) - The next installment of FX's "American Crime Story" franchise, set to debut weeks before the next presidential election, will revisit a scandal that rocked politics. The cable network on Tuesday announced "Impeachment: American Crime Story," a new season of the anthology series that FX says will unravel the story behind the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton. Annaleigh Ashford has been cast as Jones, while Beanie Feldstein and "American Crime Story" vet Sarah Paulson will play Lewinsky and Tripp, respectively. The new season is set to debut Sept. 27, 2020, roughly six weeks before the next presidential election. "American Crime Story" has previously covered the trial of O.J.
'American Horror Story: 1984' Teaser Trailer -- First Look at Camp Redwood and Knife-
FX just dropped a new teaser trailer for American Horror Story: 1984 and we're getting our first look at the slasher-themed season -- complete with a knife-wielding henchman! This isn't the first teaser FX has released for the ninth season of their long-running horror drama. Earlier this month, executive producer Ryan Murphy shared a first look at the cast of 1984, including returning favorite Emma Roberts and newbie to the franchise Matthew Morrison. American Horror Story: 1984 premieres Wednesday, Sept. 18 on FX. RELATED CONTENT:'Pose' Star Angelica Ross Joins Cast of 'American Horror Story: 1984'Ryan Murphy Reveals Title and Teaser for 'American Horror Story' Season 9'American Horror Story': Emma Roberts and Olympian Gus Kenworthy to Play a Couple in Season 9
AHS: 1984 Shares First Look at Emma Roberts, Billie Lourd and Matthew Morrison in Slasher-Themed
To celebrate the first day of filming the ninth season of American Horror Story, executive producer Ryan Murphy shared a first look at the cast of 1984, including returning favorite Emma Roberts. Few details about the premise and characters have been revealed, but we do know that 1984 is a slasher-themed season and that Roberts and Kenworthy will be playing a couple. While there's no doubting this cast is going to be great, notably absent are a few American Horror Story mainstays. Meanwhile, Evan Peters and Billy Eichner each confirmed separately that theyre sitting this season out. RELATED CONTENT:Ryan Murphy Reveals Title and Teaser for 'American Horror Story' Season 9'American Horror Story': Emma Roberts and Olympian Gus Kenworthy to Play a Couple in Season 9Ryan Murphy Says 'American Horror Story' Witches Will Be Back After 'Apocalypse' (Exclusive)
'Pose' Star Angelica Ross Joins Cast of 'American Horror Story: 1984'
In the case of Angelica Ross, one of the original five transgender series regulars on Pose, that means going from one Ryan Murphy project to the next. On Wednesday, Murphy took to Instagram to announce that the actress will be joining the cast of American Horror Storyfor the upcoming ninth season, dubbed 1984. She is joining the American Horror Story family in another unforgettable role. I must applaud [Angelica Ross] for her tour de force of a performance as Candy Abundance Ferocity. Ross co-stars, including Billy Porter and season ones Evan Peters and Kate Mara, have all appeared in past installments of American Horror Story.
Jim Parsons on the Significance of 'Boys in the Band' Movie Starring All Out, Gay Actors
Written by playwright Mart Crowley, The Boys in the Band tells the story of a group of gay men gathered at a mutual friend's apartment for his birthday celebration. Premiering Off-Broadway in 1968 -- a year before the Stonewall riots -- the play was considered groundbreaking at the time for putting gay mens lives onstage. In 2018, 50 years after the show debuted, Ryan Murphy brought Crowleys play back to the stage -- this time on Broadway. Theyre not afraid of gay, Parsons quipped. Its not a small deal to have that many out, gay actors all in the same production together.The Boys in the Band is not the only Netflix film Murphy is currently working on.
Meryl Streep to star in Ryan Murphy's adaptation of 'The Prom'
NEW YORK - Ryan Murphy is adapting the Tony Award-nominated and LGBTQ-friendly musical "The Prom" for Netflix, with big names Meryl Streep, Ariana Grande, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Awkwafina, Keegan-Michael Key and Andrew Rannells set to star, Deadline reports. It is based on an original concept from Jack Viertel and a book by Bob Martin and Chad Beguelin. According to the report, Streep and Corden will play Dee Dee Allen and Barry Glickman, playwrights bruising from their dud production about Eleanor Roosevelt. "The Prom" was nominated for seven Tony Awards this year, including best musical as well as lead actress in a musical nods for Beth Leavel and Caitlin Kinnunen, who starred as Dee Dee and Emma respectively. "The Prom" is targeted for a fall 2020 release and is part of Murphy's multi-year creative deal with Netflix and will.