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Golden Globes 2018: Why did stars wear black? Ceremony tackled political, social issues

The Golden Globe Awards, often a night of silliness running up to the Oscars, took on a much darker tone this year, both literally and figuratively.

>> Oprah moves the Golden Globes audience with inspirational acceptance speech

“Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen,” began host Seth Meyers, addressing a ballroom full of entertainers wearing black in a show of solidarity stemming from the Harvey Weinstein scandal and other sexual assault and harassment allegations rocking Hollywood for months now. “It’s 2018. Marijuana’s finally allowed and sexual harassment isn’t.”

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globes red carpet

The red carpet protest came after some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington and Meryl Streep, launched the #TimesUp campaign, a "unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere."

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globe Awards

"From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live," reads the website of the campaign inspired by #MeToo. 

Meyers’ monologue rarely strayed from social awareness and political commentary, and the intersection of serious and satire was sometimes cringe-inducing.

>> Carol Burnett takes stage with Jennifer Aniston, brings Golden Globes audience to its feet

“For the male nominees, this will be the first time in months it won’t be terrifying to hear your name read out loud,” he said in an attempt to add levity. A “Get Out” joke later fell pretty flat.

Remarks from presenters and award winners and posts tweeted ahead of time underscored the more serious nature of this year’s ceremony.

>> Kelly Clarkson and Keith Urban harmonize at the Golden Globes

“This character I played represents something that’s at the center of our conversation: abuse,” said actress Nicole Kidman after claiming best actress/limited series honors for “Big Little Lies.” “I do believe and hope that we can elicit change.”

Mariah Carey, among those conferring honors, expressed thoughts on Twitter before the show started:

During his opener, Meyers was if nothing else self-effacing and self-aware.

“I’m a man with absolutely no power in Hollywood. I’m not even the most powerful Seth in the room tonight,” he said, pointing to Seth Rogen and pivoting to politics. “Hey, remember when he was the guy making trouble in North Korea?”

>> 101-year-old Kirk Douglas takes the stage at the Golden Globes

That set up a joke about how the “Hollywood Foreign Press” Association combined President Donald Trump’s three least favorite words, other than “Hillary, Mexico and salad.”

Meyers didn’t shy away from the origin of the #MeToo movement.

“Harvey Weinstein isn’t here tonight. I’ve heard rumors he’s crazy and difficult to work with,” he said of the disgraced mogul whose career collapse preceded a number of other prominent denouements.

>> 2018 Golden Globe Awards: 'Three Billboards' is best drama, complete winner list

“I hear they’re doing another series of ‘House of Cards.’ Is Christopher Plummer available for that, too?” he said, a reference to Plummer stepping in at the last moment to play J. Paul Getty in “All the Money in the World.” Kevin Spacey was supposed to play the role but was fired from that project and the Netflix series amid a series of abuse allegations.

“I sure hope (Plummer) can do a Southern accent,” Meyers said. “Kevin Spacey sure couldn’t.”

Meyers’ monologue felt shorter than some of his predecessors’ and far more somber. He concluded by acknowledging viewers might see the ballroom full of wealthy, beautiful stars professing allegiance to social justice from a cosseted, lofty perch.

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“Everyone in this room knows Hollywood is so much more than that,” he said, noting that most people on film sets work unglamorous jobs and got there by virtue of hard work, not powerful connections. “Those people aren’t there thanks to their rich dad.”

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report

Carol Burnett takes stage with Jennifer Aniston, brings Golden Globes audience to its feet

Carol Burnett’s mere presence on stage at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards brought the entire audience to its feet.

Burnett, 84, is a Hollywood legend whose career spans six decades. She is probably most known for “The Carol Burnett Show,” which began in 1967.

She walked onstage alongside Jennifer Aniston to introduce the nominees for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy.

The comic legend couldn’t let her moment on stage pass without cracking a joke.

>> Oprah moves the Golden Globes audience with inspirational acceptance speech

“On a night when so many people, all of their dreams will come true tonight, so has mine, because I get to present with my idol, the amazing Carol Burnett,” said Aniston.

>> 2018 Golden Globe Awards: 'Three Billboards' is best drama, complete winner list

“That is really, that’s so sweet,” said Burnett. “You know, I’m happy that you’re coming back to television, because ‘Will and Grace’ was one of my favorite shows.”

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globe Awards red carpet

The audience erupted into laughter, and when Aniston tried to correct her, Burnett said, “I’m just kidding.”

>> See the moment here

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Before they even announced the winner, Aniston got to get back at Burnett by asking to tug Burnett’s ear, which Burnett called “kinky.”

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globe Awards

“It was everything, everything, thank you,” Aniston said of the act.

“As I said, she’s kinky!” Burnett said.

Oprah moves the Golden Globes audience with inspirational acceptance speech

Oprah’s gift for inspiring others was in full view Sunday as she became the first black woman to receive the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th annual Golden Globes. Her moving speech brought the audience to its feet.

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globe Awards

The 63-year-old media industry mogul was honored at the Golden Globes by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for her contributions to entertainment.

>> On Rare.us: Everyone rose to their feet to honor one of Hollywood’s last living members of the industry’s Golden Age

She was introduced by Reese Witherspoon, who worked with her on the film “A Wrinkle In Time.” On stage, she said, “Oprah’s hugs could end wars.”

>> PHOTOS: 2018 Golden Globe Awards red carpet

“For generations, Oprah has celebrated strong female characters on and off screen, and has been a role model for women and young girls for decades. Holding titles such as chairman, CEO and founder, Oprah is one of the most influential women of our time, and this honor is well deserved especially in this 75th anniversary year of the Golden Globe Awards,” said Witherspoon.

>> Kelly Clarkson and Keith Urban harmonize at the Golden Globes

In her speech, Oprah shared inspirational words with all those watching.

>> 2018 Golden Globe Awards: 'Three Billboards' is best drama, complete winner list

“And it is not lost on me, that at this moment, there are some little girls watching as I become the first black woman to be given this award,” said Oprah.

>> Watch the clip here

She touched on the unofficial theme of the night: Time’s Up.

>> 101-year-old Kirk Douglas takes the stage at the Golden Globes

Celebrities coordinated their black wardrobe as a part of the Time’s Up movement. According to the New York Times, the organized campaign aims to fight sexual harassment, assault and inequality for women in all workplaces.

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Oprah spoke to the men guilty of sexual assault, abuse and harassment in the workplace, saying, “Their time is up!”

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She closed her speech with a prediction for the future.

“So I want all the girls watching here, now that a new day is on the horizon!” said Oprah.

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Petition seeks to stop release of 'Slender Man' movie

An online petition has been launched to pressure Sony to halt the release of its upcoming "Slender Man" film.

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The film, set to be released in May, focuses on the fictional Slender Man character. Two preteen girls stabbed a classmate 19 times in 2014, citing Slender Man as an inspiration, WISN reported. The victim, Peyton Lautner, survived the attack. Both attackers were found not guilty due to mental illness. Anissa Weier, now 16, received a maximum sentence of 25 years in a state mental facility, WISN reported. Morgan Geyes will be sentenced in February, WISN reported.

The petition, which is supported by Bill Weier, Anissa's father, accuses filmmakers of trying to "capitalize on a tragedy." Bill Weier called the film "extremely distasteful" and said its promotion is "extending the pain" of all of the families involved in the stabbing incident.

The petition has received several thousand signatures in support of pulling the film.

Jodie Foster likens superhero movies to fracking: 'You wreck the earth'

Jodie Foster really doesn’t like superhero movies.

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The award-winning actress, director and producer likened the films to hydraulic fracking in an interview with the British Radio Timesaccording to The Telegraph, holding the genre responsible for ruining movies for audiences worldwide.

“Going to the movies has become like a theme park,” she said. “Studios making bad content in order to appeal to the masses and shareholders is like fracking - you get the best return right now but you wreck the earth.

“It’s ruining the viewing habits of the American population and then ultimately the rest of the world.”

She told the Radio Times that she had no interest in making superhero movies, but she said she could be swayed if the protagonist had a “really complex psychology.”

Her comments drew mixed reactions.

Screenwriter and producer James Gunn, who most recently directed the superhero film “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” called Foster’s viewpoint “old-fashioned” in a series of tweets Monday.

“Her belief system is pretty common and isn’t totally without basis,” Gunn wrote. “For cinema to survive, I believe spectacle films NEED to have a vision and heart they traditionally haven’t. And some of us are doing our best to move in that direction. Creating spectacle films that are innovative, humane, and thoughtful is what excites me about this job.”

Boy sings 'Coco' song at late baby sister's altar in emotional viral video

A Texas boy is reminding people that love lives on forever, no matter what.

Alex Deais, 4, of San Antonio said goodbye to his 4-month-old baby sister, Ava Lynn, last May. For her first birthday, he sang a special song for his sister, which his mother, Stephanie Deais, caught on camera.

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The emotional video shows Alex strumming a tune on his plastic guitar while he sings “Remember Me” from the movie “Coco.” He didn’t know he was being recorded because he was facing a photo of his sister.

>> Watch the video here

Ava Lynn’s first birthday would have been Dec. 30.

Alex’s parents posted the video to Twitter, where it has been viewed more than 1 million times.

Sylvester Stallone buys replica of statue used in ‘Rocky III’

Rocky Balboa has come home.

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A 12-foot, 1,800-pound statue of the character made famous by Sylvester Stallone sold for more than $400,000 in October in SCP Auctions’ Fall Premier Auction.

The winning bidder turned out to be Stallone, Sports Collectors Daily reported.

The bronze statue, one of two replicas of the original used in the 1982 film, “Rocky III,” had been located at the San Diego Hall of Champions, which is now closed. It was created by sculptor A. Thomas Schomberg. The original stands near the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The statue was cast in bronze in 1980, and after filming for “Rocky III” ended, Stallone donated the statue to the city of Philadelphia.

There is an engraved gold plaque on the statue’s base that reads, in part: “Rocky Balboa, Created in 1980 for the Movie ’Rocky III’ by A. Thomas Schomberg Edition #2/3.”

A third copy of the Rocky statue was created by Schomberg in 2006 and remains at the Schomberg Studios in Evergreen, Colorado, Sports Collectors Daily reported.

Stallone shared an Instagram video that shows the statue being brought into his home, noting that Rocky would “rise again” and that, “He’s down, but not out.”

Stallone also shared an Instagram post on Christmas Day, posing with Arnold Schwarzenegger in front of the statue.

Stallone is no stranger to sports memorabilia. A 2002 Los Angeles Lakers championship ring given to him by Shaquille O’Neal was sold in the same SCP auction, Sports Collectors Daily reported.

Hollywood women launch #TimesUp campaign to end sexual harassment

Following in the line of #MeToo, Hollywood actresses have founded a new organization to fight inequality in the workplace – #TimesUp. 

"TIME’S UP is a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere. From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live," its website reads. 

>> 'Silence breakers' named Time Person of the Year 2017

Some of the biggest names in Hollywood are behind the campaign, including Shonda Rhimes, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington and Meryl Streep. 

One in three women ages 18 to 34 have been sexually harassed at work, and 71 percent of those women didn't report it, according to a 2015 survey by Cosmopolitan. 

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The Time's Up website details and defines what sexual harassment is, and what to do if it happens to you. 

Time's Up also has a legal defense fund to help provide subsidized legal support to women and men who have been sexually harassed, assault or abused in the workplace. So far, people have donated more than $13 million to the fund. 

Along with helping victims, the campaign calls for more women in positions of leadership and power across industries

'The Last Jedi' tops $1 billion worldwide at box office

For the third straight week, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” was the No. 1 grossing movie at the box office, taking in an estimated $52 million over the weekend to push its worldwide sales past $1 billion, Box Office Mojo reported.

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“The Last Jedi,” which opened on Dec. 15, has already passed the domestic box office success of “Beauty and the Beast,” which played in theaters for four months and made more than $517 million in the United States.

Since 2015, the three “Star Wars” films -- “The Force Awakens,” “Rogue One” and “The Last Jedi” -- each have topped $1 billion worldwide at the box office, despite having December release dates.Already, “The Last Jedi” has moved into the top 10 among the highest grossing films of all time in the United States, Mojo Box Office reported.

Lineup; What's streaming on Netflix, Amazon and Hulu in January

The streaming channels will be be making an offer customers can’t refuse in 2018.

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Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO Now and Acorn TV have movies, documentaries, comedy specials, children's programming and TV shows to get 2018 off on the right foot, CNN reported.

Netflix will allow fans to stream “The Godfather” and its two sequels, along with “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Lethal Weapon” and “Cars 3.”

Amazon Prime will feature the sixth season of “Grimm,” “Babel” and “Requiem for a Dream.” 

Hulu will showcase “Saturday Night Fever,” “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” “Cold Mountain,” “Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go to College,” “I Spy” and “Look Who’s Talking.”

Amazon Prime and Hulu both will be streaming “Capote,” “Hustle & Flow,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Thelma and Louise” and “Six Degrees of Separation.”

HBO Now’s lineup includes “Back to the Future,” “Waterworld,” and “David Bowie: The Last Five Years.” 

Acorn TV will stream “Dear Murderer” and “Girlfriends.” 

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