Grammys 2021: Start time, livestream, nominees, performances and more – CNET

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Taylor Swift is up for six awards.

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The Recording Academy is teasing a more intimate Grammys this year, which is surprising given there won't actually be anyone watching in Staples Center (aside from members of the media). Without an audience, who'll be cheering on all the performances and winners? Just like the Golden Globes, most nominees will be tuning in virtually. Hopefully, unlike the Globes, there won't be any accidentally muted audio -- key for a music awards show.

Along with the pandemic-related tweaks, expect as much controversy as ever to surround the show. Two words: The Weeknd. After Hours, aka the album with Blinding Lights, aka the song of 2020 that sounded more like the song of 1985, saw the Canadian singer receive a total of zero nominations. At least Beyoncé continued her trend of nabbing loads of nominations (let's hope she actually takes home some awards -- it's still too soon to talk about 2017). Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch and cottagecore enthusiast Taylor Swift are also up for a host of awards.

Keen to tune in? Here's everything you need to know to watch the Grammys 2021.

When do the Grammy Awards start?

The Grammys had a January spot this year but vacated it for a mid-March show because of the coronavirus pandemic. It'll air on CBS from Staples Center in Los Angeles.

US: Sunday, March 14, at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET.

UK: Monday, March 15, at 1 a.m. GMT.

Australia: Monday, March 15, at noon AEDT.

Who's hosting?

For the first time, Daily Show host Trevor Noah will take on the (slightly different) emcee gig.

Who are the nominees?

Beyoncé is up for a whopping nine awards despite not having an album out for the year. She's nominated for 2020 song Black Parade, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R&B Performance and Best R&B Song. BTS scored their first ever Grammy nod with the song Dynamite, up for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance. Harry Styles is in the mix for the first time too (no, One Direction were never nominated), with Fine Line up for Best Pop Vocal Album and Watermelon Sugar up for Best Pop Solo Performance. As for Taylor Swift? Not only is Folklore up for Album of the Year, but, um, Beautiful Ghosts is up for Best Song Written for Visual Media. As in, the song she wrote and performed for Cats. No regrets.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to see all the nominees. (Here's the full list on the Grammys site.)

Who's performing?

Performers haven't been announced yet. Check back here, or on the Grammys site, for news on that.

How to watch the Grammys without cable

To watch the Grammy Awards, you'll need to find a streaming service that includes CBS. Not every service carries every local network, however, so check each one using the links below to make sure it carries CBS in your area.

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All the Grammy Awards nominees

Record of the Year

Black Parade by Beyoncé
Colors by Black Pumas
Rockstar by DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
Say So by Doja Cat
Everything I Wanted by Billie Eilish
Don't Start Now by Dua Lipa
Circles by Post Malone
Savage by Megan Thee Stallion

Album of the Year

Chilombo by Jhené Aiko
Black Pumas by Black Pumas
Everyday Life by Coldplay
Djesse Vol. 3 by Jacob Collier
Women in Music Pt. III by Haim
Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa
Hollywood's Bleeding by Post Malone
Folklore by Taylor Swift

Song of the Year

Black Parade by Beyoncé
The Box by Roddy Ricch
Cardigan by Taylor Swift
Circles by Post Malone
Don't Start Now by Dua Lipa
Everything I Wanted by Billie Eilish
I Can't Breathe by H.E.R.
If the World Was Ending by JP Saxe featuring Julia Michaels

Best New Artist

Ingrid Andress
Phoebe Bridgers
Chika
Noah Cyrus
D Smoke
Doja Cat
Kaytranada
Megan Thee Stallion

Best Pop Solo Performance

Yummy by Justin Bieber
Say So by Doja Cat
Everything I Wanted by Billie Eilish
Don't Start Now by Dua Lipa
Watermelon Sugar by Harry Styles
Cardigan by Taylor Swift

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Un Dia (One Day) by J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny and Tainy
Intentions by Justin Bieber featuring Quavo
Dynamite by BTS
Rain on Me by Lady Gaga featuring Ariana Grande
Exile by Taylor Swift featuring Bon Iver

Best Pop Vocal Album

Changes, Justin Bieber
Chromatica, Lady Gaga
Future Nostalgia, Dua Lipa
Fine Line, Harry Styles
Folklore, Taylor Swift

Best Rock Performance

Shameika, Fiona Apple
Not, Big Thief
Kyoto, Phoebe Bridgers
The Steps, Haim
Stay High, Brittany Howard
Daylight, Grace Potter

Best Rock Album

A Hero's Death, Fontaines D.C.
Kiwanuka, Michael Kiwanuka
Daylight, Grace Potter
Sound & Fury, Sturgill Simpson
The New Abnormal, The Strokes

Best Alternative Music Album

Fetch the Bolt Cutters, Fiona Apple
Hyperspace, Beck
Punisher, Phoebe Bridgers
Jamie, Brittany Howard
The Slow Rush, Tame Impala

Best R&B Performance

Lightning & Thunder, Jhené Aiko featuring John Legend
Black Parade, Beyoncé
All I Need, Jacob Collier featuring Mahalia and Ty Dolla Sign
Goat Head, Brittany Howard
See Me, Emily King

Best R&B Song

Better Than I Imagine, Robert Glasper featuring H.E.R. and Meshell Ndegeocello
Black Parade, Beyoncé
Collide, Tiana Major9 and Earthgang
Do It, Chloe x Halle
Slow Down, Skip Marley and H.E.R.

Best Progressive R&B Album

Chilombo, Jhené Aiko
Ungodly Hour, Chloe x Halle
Free Nationals, Free Nationals
Fuck Yo Feelings, Robert Glasper
It Is What It Is, Thundercat

Best Rap Performance

Deep Reverence, Big Sean featuring Nipsey Hussle
Bop, DaBaby
What's Poppin, Jack Harlow
The Bigger Picture, Lil Baby
Savage, Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé
Dior, Pop Smoke

Best Melodic Rap Performance

Rockstar, DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
Laugh Now, Cry Later, Drake featuring Lil Durk
Lockdown, Anderson .Paak
The Box, Roddy Ricch
Highest in the Room, Travis Scott

Best Rap Song

The Bigger Picture, Lil Baby
The Box, Roddy Ricch
Laugh Now, Cry Later, Drake featuring Lil Durk
Rockstar, DaBaby featuring Roddy Ricch
Savage, Megan Thee Stallion featuring Beyoncé

Best Rap Album

Black Habits, D Smoke
Alfredo, Freddie Gibbs and the Alchemist
A Written Testimony, Jay Electronica
King's Disease, Nas
The Allegory, Royce Da 5'9"

Best Country Solo Performance

Stick That in Your Country Song, Eric Church
Who You Thought I Was, Brandy Clark
When My Amy Prays, Vince Gill
Black Like Me, Mickey Guyton
Bluebird, Miranda Lambert

Best Country Song

Bluebird, Miranda Lambert
The Bones, Maren Morris
Crowded Table, The Highwomen
More Hearts Than Mine, Ingrid Andress
Some People Do, Old Dominion

Best Country Album

Lady Like, Ingrid Andress
Your Life Is a Record, Brandy Clark
Wildcard, Miranda Lambert
Nightfall, Little Big Town
Never Will, Ashley McBryde

Best Latin Pop or Urban Album

YHLQMDLG, Bad Bunny
Por Primera Vez, Camilo
Mesa Para Dos, Kany García
Pausa, Ricky Martin
3:33, Debi Nova

Best American Roots Performance

Colors, Black Pumas
Deep in Love, Bonny Light Horseman
Short and Sweet, Brittany Howard
I'll Be Gone, Norah Jones and Mavis Staples
I Remember Everything, John Prine

Best Global Music Album

Fu Chronicles, Antibalas
Twice as Tall, Burna Boy
Agora, Bebel Gilberto
Love Letters, Anoushka Shankar
Amadjar, Tinariwen

Producer of the Year, Non-Classical

Jack Antonoff
Dan Auerbach
Dave Cobb
Flying Lotus
Andrew Watt

Best Music Film

Beastie Boys Story, Beastie Boys
Black Is King, Beyoncé
We Are Freestyle Love Supreme, Freestyle Love Supreme
Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, Linda Ronstadt
That Little Ol' Band From Texas, ZZ Top

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier release dates: When does episode 1 hit Disney Plus? – CNET

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Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, as the Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Expect more staring contests to come.

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Don't mourn this Friday's finale of WandaVision for too long: The first episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier arrives a mere fortnight later, on March 19. The Disney Plus show slots right into the Friday night spot, pairing the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) in a buddy comedy adventure.

Unlike WandaVision, the Falcon and the Winter Soldier isn't expected to premiere with two episodes on the same day. It'll release six episodes weekly, with the finale arriving in the third week of April. While this is fewer episodes than the Wanda and Vision sitcom, the expected episode runtime gives you a little extra, varying from 40 to 50 minutes.

Here's the full Falcon and the Winter Soldier release schedule, with the expected episode release times:

  • Episode 1: Available March 19 -- midnight PT/3 a.m. ET/8 a.m. GMT
  • Episode 2: Available March 26 -- midnight PT/3 a.m. ET/8 a.m. GMT
  • Episode 3: Available April 2 -- midnight PT/3 a.m. ET/8 a.m. GMT
  • Episode 4: Available April 9 -- midnight PT/3 a.m. ET/8 a.m. GMT
  • Episode 5: Available April 16 -- midnight PT/3 a.m. ET/8 a.m. GMT
  • Episode 6: Available April 23 -- midnight PT/3 a.m. ET/8 a.m. GMT

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier marks the second series in the ever-evolving Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Picking up after the events of Avengers: Endgame, the show centers on Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, taking over the Captain America shield, and Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier, grappling with 21st century life without his star-spangled pal Steve Rodgers. On top of that, the pair team up on a globe-trotting mission to take down an anarchist group called the Flag-Smashers.

Daniel Brühl will return as Baron Zemo, wearing his traditional purple mask from the comics. Emily VanCamp is back as Sharon Carter, aka Peggy's niece and former agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Wyatt Russell is also set to appear as John F. Walker/US Agent, the US government's militaristic successor to Captain America. Plus, Don Cheadle is set to make an appearance as War Machine.

To keep up the hype, catch the latest teaser below:

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Golden Globes 2021 results: The full list of winners, from The Crown to The Queen’s Gambit – CNET

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Josh O'Connor and Emma Corrin won their first Globes with their performances as Prince Charles and Princess Diana in The Crown.

The 2021 Golden Globes are over, and saw the late Chadwick Boseman score a posthumous win with his role in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Best TV series (drama) winner The Crown swept a stack of awards, with Emma Corrin and Josh O'Connor picking up first Globes wins as Princess Diana and Prince Charles respectively. The Queen's Gambit also nabbed two well deserved awards, for best limited series and best actress in a limited series for Anya Taylor-Joy.

I Care a Lot's Rosamund Pike won best actress (musical or comedy), and Ted Lasso's Jason Sudeikis won best actor in a TV series (musical or comedy). Borat Subsequent Moviefilm beat out Hamilton to take home best movie (musical or comedy). Chloé Zhao made history, becoming the first woman director of Asian descent to win a Golden Globe with Nomadland, which also won best movie (drama).

There were a few technical difficulties, with Catherine O'Hara of Schitt's Creek experiencing background noise during her acceptance speech. Luckily, Mark Ruffalo and John Boyega's audio worked perfectly, when they accepted acting awards for TV performances. The Trial of the Chicago 7 saw Aaron Sorkin win best screenplay.

Check out the full list of winners below.

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2021 Golden Globe winners

Category winners are in bold.

Best motion picture, drama

  • The Father
  • Mank
  • Nomadland -- winner
  • Promising Young Woman
  • The Trial of the Chicago 7

Best actress in a motion picture, drama

  • Viola Davis, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
  • Andra Day, The United States vs. Billie Holiday -- winner
  • Vanessa Kirby, Pieces of a Woman
  • Frances McDormand, Nomadland
  • Carey Mulligan, Promising Young Woman

Best actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy

  • Sacha Baron Cohen, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm -- winner
  • James Corden, The Prom
  • Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton
  • Dev Patel, The Personal History of David Copperfield
  • Andy Samberg, Palm Springs

Best motion picture, musical or comedy

  • Borat Subsequent Moviefilm -- winner
  • Hamilton 
  • Music
  • Palm Springs
  • The Prom

Best director, motion picture

  • Chloe Zhao, Nomadland -- winner
  • Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • Regina King, One Night in Miami
  • David Fincher, Mank
  • Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman

Best actor in a motion picture, drama

  • Riz Ahmed, Sound of Metal
  • Chadwick Boseman, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom -- winner
  • Anthony Hopkins, The Father
  • Gary Oldman, Mank
  • Tahar Rahim, The Mauritanian

Best limited series or TV movie

  • Normal People
  • The Queen's Gambit -- winner
  • Small Axe
  • The Undoing
  • Unorthodox

Best actress in a limited series or TV movie

  • Cate Blanchett, Mrs. America
  • Daisy Edgar-Jones, Normal People
  • Shira Haas, Unorthodox
  • Nicole Kidman, The Undoing
  • Anya Taylor-Joy, The Queen's Gambit -- winner

Best supporting actress in a TV role

  • Gillian Anderson, The Crown -- winner
  • Helena Bonham Carter, The Crown
  • Julia Garner, Ozark
  • Annie Murphy, Schitt's Creek
  • Cynthia Nixon, Ratched

Best actress in a supporting role in any motion picture

  • Glenn Close, Hillbilly Elegy
  • Olivia Colman, The Father
  • Jodie Foster, The Mauritanian -- winner
  • Amanda Seyfried, Mank
  • Helena Zengel, News of the World

Best TV series, drama

  • The Crown -- winner
  • Lovecraft Country
  • The Mandalorian
  • Ozark
  • Ratched

Best motion picture, foreign language

  • Another Round (Denmark)
  • La Llorona (Guatemala/France)
  • The Life Ahead (Italy)
  • Minari (USA) -- winner
  • Two of Us (France/USA)

Best actor in a TV series, drama

  • Jason Bateman, Ozark
  • Matthew Rhys, Perry Mason
  • Josh O'Connor, The Crown -- winner
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Al Pacino, Hunters

Best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy

  • Maria Bakalova, Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
  • Kate Hudson, Music
  • Michelle Pfeiffer, French Exit
  • Rosamund Pike, I Care a Lot -- winner
  • Anya Taylor-Joy, Emma

Best TV series, musical or comedy

  • Emily in Paris
  • The Flight Attendant
  • The Great
  • Schitt's Creek -- winner
  • Ted Lasso

Best actor in a TV series, musical or comedy

  • Don Cheadle, Black Monday
  • Nicholas Hoult, The Great
  • Eugene Levy, Schitt's Creek
  • Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso -- winner
  • Ramy Youssef, Ramy

Best original score, motion picture

  • Alexandre Desplat, The Midnight Sky
  • Ludwig Goransson, Tenet
  • James Newton Howard, News of the World
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Mank
  • Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste, Soul -- winner

Best original song, motion picture

  • Fight for You, Judas and the Black Messiah
  • Hear My Voice, The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • Io Si (Seen), The Life Ahead -- winner
  • Speak Now, One Night in Miami
  • Tigress & Tweed, The United States vs. Billie Holiday

Best actress in a TV series, drama

  • Olivia Colman, The Crown
  • Jodie Comer, Killing Eve
  • Emma Corrin, The Crown -- winner
  • Laura Linney, Ozark
  • Sarah Paulson, Ratched

Best screenplay, motion picture

  • Emerald Fennell, Promising Young Woman
  • Jack Fincher, Mank
  • Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7 -- winner
  • Florian Zeller and Christopher Hampton, The Father
  • Chloe Zhao, Nomadland

Best actor in a limited series or TV movie

  • Bryan Cranston, Your Honor
  • Jeff Daniels, The Comey Rule
  • Hugh Grant, The Undoing
  • Ethan Hawke, The Good Lord Bird
  • Mark Ruffalo, I Know This Much is True -- winner

Best motion picture, animated

  • The Croods: A New Age
  • Onward
  • Over the Moon
  • Soul -- winner
  • Wolfwalkers

Best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy

  • Lily Collins, Emily in Paris
  • Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant
  • Elle Fanning, The Great
  • Jane Levy, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
  • Catherine O'Hara, Schitt's Creek -- winner

Best supporting actor in a TV role

  • John Boyega, Small Axe -- winner
  • Brendan Gleeson, The Comey Rule
  • Daniel Levy, Schitt's Creek
  • Jim Parsons, Hollywood
  • Donald Sutherland, The Undoing

Best actor in a supporting role in any motion picture

  • Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7
  • Daniel Kaluuya, Judas and the Black Messiah -- winner
  • Jared Leto, The Little Things
  • Bill Murray, On the Rocks
  • Leslie Odom Jr., One Night in Miami


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Spider-Man 3 gets three titles: Home-Wrecker, Phone Home and Home Slice – CNET

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Tom Holland posted the next Spider-Man flick's title on Instagram. But cast-mates Jacob Batalon and Zendaya posted something else.

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Not one, not two, but three titles for the third Marvel-Sony Spider-Man movie are now being bandied around by the cast on Instagram. On Tuesday, Tom Holland, Jacob Batalon and Zendaya posted three different titles: Spider-Man: Phone HomeSpider-Man: Home-Wrecker and Spider-Man: Home Slice (swipe past the first pictures to see them).

"So excited to announce the new Spider-Man title. Can't wait for you lot to see what we have been up to," posted Holland, aka Peter Parker.

"We're so excited to share the title of our new movie!" wrote Batalon, aka Parker's best friend, Ned Leeds.

"So excited to announce the new Spider-Man title. So proud of this one...FOS is back!" posted Zendaya, aka Peter's love interest MJ.

What does this mean? It might point to the film's multiverse storyline, with Jamie Foxx and Alfred Molina already confirmed to be reprising their roles as Electro and Doctor Octopus from previous Sony Spider-Man movies.

Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange is also involved in the film, and Marvel chief Kevin Feige reportedly confirmed that events here will tie into the upcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (to be released in March 2022, after the sequel to Spider-Man: Far From Home in December 2021).

Of course, the shared multiverse storyline was used to huge success in 2018's animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. So it's not surprising the live-action Marvel/Sony movies are keen to dip their toes into a vast web of dimensions. Charlie Cox, who portrayed Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, in the Marvel TV Netflix series, has also reportedly shot material for the film, but this hasn't been officially confirmed by Marvel or Sony.

Note that Holland will be appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night, so watch out for a possible official title reveal from him then.

Fans have speculated about the different colors and fonts of the three titles.

"Maybe each fake title with different Spider-Man fonts represents the villains showing up in the movie?" one Tweeted.

Let's hope the official title reveal is imminent.

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I Care a Lot: That ending explained and all your questions answered – CNET

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Eiza Gonzalez, Dianne Wiest and Rosamund Pike star in I Care a Lot.

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If you've just finished I Care a Lot, you probably need a moment to let it all sink in. This jam-packed thriller is available on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video depending on your region. It has it all: movie characters basically designed to be memorable, a twist-after-twist plot and Rosamund Pike's invincible Lego haircut. To cap it all off, the story was inspired by real-life events. Let's go through some of I Care a Lot's biggest questions and discuss that shock ending.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Where can I stream I Care a Lot?

Depending on your region, you can stream I Care a Lot on either Netflix or Amazon Prime Video. Netflix offers it for the US, France, Germany, Latin America, South Africa, the Middle East and India. Amazon Prime has it for Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

Is I Care a Lot based on a true story?

J Blakeson wrote (and directed) I Care a Lot after he was inspired by real news stories of professional guardians in America and a "legal loophole" they exploited. "It started when I saw news stories about real-life predatory guardians who game the system and exploit their wards," he said.

He went down a "Google rabbit-hole" in researching for the film: "I was horrified. Imagine opening your door one day and there is a person standing there holding a piece of paper that gives them total legal power over you." He added, "This provided a lot of themes that interested me, like ambition, the American Dream, and humans becoming commodities. So the story started there. I sat and wrote it on my own and very quickly it formed into what is now I Care a Lot."

What's the guardianship phenomenon?

If you choose to dig deeper into the dark, immoral side of Marla Grayson, The New Yorker has a 2017 essay on the guardianship phenomenon.

What's with the vaping?

Marla Grayson and her vape pen are never far apart. According to Rosamund Pike, this reflects Grayson's roots in a vaping company, a part of her backstory that didn't make it into the film.

"The backstory of Marla is that she had a vape business until she was Walmart-ed out of business by a great big discount vape store opening across the street, which she was furious about," Pike told Collider. "I think that was her shot at the American dream played fair. She had a small-time business, she was a small-time business owner, she got screwed and then she thought, 'Right. Chips are down. I'm going all out. I'm gonna play the system like everybody else.' And I think every time she inhales, it's bringing that attitude to it. It's the attitude of having been screwed and now you're out to screw everybody."

Does Jennifer Peterson get out of the nursing home at the end?

You might have noticed we don't see much more of Jennifer Peterson around the halfway point, once Marla has her committed to a psychiatric ward. So does she ever make it out? Marla and Roman (Peter Dinklage) discuss Jennifer at the end, when Marla again asks for $10 million to have her released. Instead, Roman pulls a wild card and offers to partner up with Marla to build a global nursing home business. In accepting, it's assumed Marla does see to Jennifer's release as part of the deal.

Why did Marla have to die?

Not only does Marla's death come right when she appears to have everything she wanted, but it yanks a happy ending from her love Fran (Eiza González) too. While this comeuppance might be warranted, it leaves a bittersweet taste in the mouth. Rosamund Pike and J Blakeson discussed the ending with USA Today.

"In my head, Marla never believed she was going to die," Pike told USA Today. "I mean, right until the point that she breathes her last, I think she still thinks she's going to win and she's going to get out of it. I really do."

Blakeson said, "People find the ending satisfying, but it leaves a bittersweet taste in their mouth because we end with the most likable character in the movie screaming in despair."

What happens to Fran?

While it's heart-breaking Fran loses her love, Blakeson said she does inherit Marla's share and role in the nursing home empire. This isn't necessarily a good thing, because old folks "are going to continue to be screwed over in a real way," Blakeson told USA Today. "You can chop the head off the hydra, but there's another one that will keep living."

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Gina Carano says she was ‘bullied’ by Disney – CNET

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Gina Carano played Cara Dune in the first two seasons of The Mandalorian.

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Gina Carano hasn't kept silent after Lucasfilm stated she would not appear as Cara Dune in future seasons of The Mandalorian or other upcoming Star Wars projects. The former MMA fighter has now claimed that, in the lead up to her firing, Disney and Lucasfilm "bullied" her.

"I've been through so much, and I've seen so much now, clearly, of the bullying that's been taking place, and I saw it before," Carano said on a special episode of The Ben Shapiro Show this weekend. "I'm not the only one that's ever been bullied by this company, and I know that so deeply.

"I could share a story which would turn things around in the media but I can't because it would sell out a friend. Everyone is afraid of losing their job."

Carano had reportedly been warned by Disney and Lucasfilm about her controversial social media posts on mask-wearing amid the pandemicvoter fraud during the 2020 presidential election, the Black Lives Matter movement and the use of pronouns on social media bios.

But it was Carano's now deleted Instagram post likening being a Republican today to being Jewish during the Holocaust that caused Lucasfilm to issue a statement saying the studio would no longer employ the actress. Carano was also dropped by her talent agents at UTA.

Carano addressed the Instagram post and explained that she was "inspired by the gentle spirit of the Jewish people going through that time," adding, "[w]hen I posted that it wasn't something that I felt was controversial. It was something that I thought, well, maybe all of us need to ask ourselves how that happened.

"I've got every single big publication saying she's comparing conservatives and Republicans to this and that's not really what I was doing… I have love for everyone. I'm not a hateful person."

Carano said she knew Disney officials were paying attention to the #FireGinaCarano movement that started last year, thanks to an email that they accidentally sent to her.

"They accidentally sent me an email, which was very enlightening, so I knew. I knew they were paying attention. I know there were some people who went to bat for me, but I know that they didn't win out at the end," Carano said.

In the lead up, Carano said she'd already felt that she was being "head-hunted" by Disney and Lucasfilm.

"You know how boxers head-hunt sometimes and forget to go for the body? I feel like Disney or Lucasfilm or whoever it is, just certain people at that company… I feel like I've been being head-hunted," Carano said.

"And you can feel it. Just a couple of weeks ago, Lucasfilm asked an artist that they employ to erase my character and put a different character in place, and he proudly announces this on Twitter, and erases my character and puts another character in place.

"All the fans of Cara Dune were just outraged. They were like 'Why didn't you add the character? Why did you have to take off the character? Is there something wrong? Is Gina getting fired?"

Fans had speculated Cara Dune would appear in the upcoming Star Wars: Rangers of the New Republic series, though it hadn't been confirmed.

Carano reportedly discovered her status with Star Wars on social media when Lucasfilm released its statement calling her comments "abhorrent" and "unacceptable." But she said she'd been "prepared" to be let go.

"I was prepared at any point to be let go, because I've seen this happen to so many people," Carano said. "I've seen the looks on their faces. I've seen the bullying that takes place, and so when this started, they point their guns at you, and you know it's only a matter of time. I've seen it happen to so many people, and I just thought to myself… 'you're coming for me, I know you are.'

"They're making it very obvious through their employees who were coming for me, and so I was like, 'I'm going to go down swinging and I'm going to stay true to myself.'"

Days after Lucasfilm released its statement, Carano said she's going to star in a new film with Shapiro's The Daily Wire conservative news site.

Despite the severed ties with Star Wars, Carano said she wouldn't go down "without a fight."

"The thought of this happening to anybody else, especially to somebody who could not handle this the way I can, no, they don't get to do that," Carano said.

"They don't get to make people feel like that… and if I buckle, it'll make it okay for these companies, who have a history of lying, to be lying and to do this to other people, and they've done it to other people, and I'm not going down without a fight."

Watch the full conversation below.

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Jared Leto’s Joker gets the only new scene in Snyder’s Justice League – CNET

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Jared Leto reprises his role as the Joker in a cameo for Zack Snyder's Justice League.

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There might be some confusion surrounding Zack Snyder's director's cut of Justice League. The four-hour R-rated film will hit HBO Max mid-March, and producer Deborah Snyder has now cleared up how much of that material was newly shot.

"People kept thinking, 'Oh, they went and shot so much more stuff,' and I go, 'We literally shot one scene, like one additional [scene]. I shot three days here. That's it. That's what we captured,'" the producer (and Zack's wife) told the LightCast podcast.

This scene appears to involve Jared Leto's Joker, featured in the second major trailer. Director Zack Snyder confirmed that Leto's reprisal of his Suicide Squad villain wasn't in the original plan for Justice League. Ben Affleck, Ezra Miller and Amber Heard were reported to be in reshoots for the scene, with Miller's footage shot remotely.

"It was also weird because Ezra [Miller] was shooting [Fantastic Beasts at the time] and he's in the scene," Deborah Snyder said. "So, we shot him remotely. Zack Zoomed in because he was on Fantastic Beasts. Luckily, their crew is amazing. They were like, 'We'll help you!' So, we got a green screen and they had a camera feed and a Zoom. He got to direct Ezra via Zoom and we put him in."

After a years long fan campaign, Warner Bros. gave Zack Snyder the green light in early 2020 to put together his cut of the 2017 superhero film. He shed the reshoots that Joss Whedon came in to capture after Zack's departure due to a family tragedy. Now only Zack's original shots, which had been left on the cutting room floor, are in the film.

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Snyder tweeted a look at Darkseid in his cut of Justice League.

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So most of the footage had already been captured. Zack's inclusion of dropped characters, including CGI-heavy villain Darkseid, required new visual effects shots. WarnerMedia and HBO Max paid a reported $70 million to help make that happen.

Deborah explained that many of the new shots involve design changes of certain CGI-heavy characters. The visual effects for the extensive original footage also had to be completed.

"The running time is just about four hours. If you think about it, about how much extra time that is, and then you think about how visual effects-heavy these superhero films are, we had to do, in six months, 2,650-some-odd visual effects shots," she said. "And normally, when you do these movies, what happens is, as you're shooting, you start turning over shots. Listen, we had a lot of assets built, but I think the way the theatrical release was done, they changed a lot of things.

"And through the process, as we were working on the movie, [there were] some of the things they wanted Zack to change, some of the designs of the characters. So, we want back to the original intention ... Zack's intention, in terms of the characters and had to rebuild those models. But then there were just so many shots to do."

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Zack Snyder’s Justice League on HBO Max: How to watch, release date and what to expect – CNET

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Jared Leto reprises his Joker for Zack Snyder's Justice League.

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After a years long fan campaign, cast support and a host of teasers -- Zack Snyder's four-hour director's cut of Justice League is finally closing in. The behemoth of a film (it'll also be available as a four one-hour part miniseries) will hit HBO Max on March 18. It'll give Jared Leto another chance to play The Joker, plus see the inclusion of two new villains in Darkseid and Deathstroke.

What other new additions will there be? A new score and more special effects are among the updates WarnerMedia and HBO Max forked out a reported $70 million for. Here's how to watch Zack Snyder's Justice League, aka The Snyder Cut.

How to watch Zack Snyder's Justice League

In the US

You'll need a subscription to HBO Max, which is currently $15 a month. Unlike Mulan on Disney Plus, it won't cost you any extra to catch the film.

International

In countries like Australia, HBO Max isn't readily available without a VPN. Snyder confirmed mid-last year he's been working with WarnerMedia and HBO Max on an international distribution plan. We'll update this post once we have firm details.

HBO Max is currently doing a deal

If you don't subscribe to the streaming service, HBO Max is currently doing a deal. Sign on for six months and you'll get a 22% discount at $70. Not bad.

Roku users now have access to HBO Max

Roku is giving its subscribers access to HBO Max. Roku users who already use the HBO app will automatically update to HBO Max. You can find more information here.

If you're not a subscriber

Iffy on signing up? Here's a lengthy explainer on HBO Max, which has a fat library of other movies and programs you could check out, including Lovecraft Country, Rick and Morty, the Studio Ghibli movies and more. But last December, conveniently before the release of Wonder Woman 1984, HBO Max announced it would no longer offer a free one-week trial. Still, you could sign up and cancel after paying for a month if you realize you won't watch the service enough to make it worthwhile.

Will it be available in 4K HDR?

Following Wonder Woman 1984's lead, The Snyder Cut will stream in 4K UHD, HDR10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos on supported devices. Not quite sure what that means for you? We break it down here, but essentially, if you have the right device, you can watch the film in better resolution and, in the case of Dolby Atmos, better sound.

How long is it available on HBO Max?

There's no limit to the amount of days you have to watch the film. Wonder Woman 1984 had a limited 31-day streaming window, but Zack Snyder's Justice League should be around to stream in your sweet time.

What's it all about?

Amid all the hubbub surrounding The Snyder Cut, you'd be forgiven for forgetting the general plot of Justice League. Set after Batman v Superman in which -- spoiler -- Superman dies, Batman and Wonder Woman put together a team of heroes to take on alien Steppenwolf and his monstrous troops searching for the three Mother Boxes. The Snyder Cut will flesh out the backstories of all those characters, including recruit Cyborg, so everything makes sense. Aquaman, the Flash, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Hippolyta and Martian Manhunter are among the mammoth character list.

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Zack Snyder responds to Batman v Superman ‘Martha’ scene: “I am a fan” – CNET

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice pointed out to the heroes their mothers share the same name.

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Zack Snyder's Justice League has all the attention right now after dropping its second major trailer. In the midst of that, Snyder has responded to a question about one of his earlier DC films, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Yup, the "Martha" moment is up for discussion again.

"Clearly I am a fan of, and am very interested in how 'Martha,' that concept is central to the film," Snyder told I Minutemen late last week.

In Batman v Superman, Lex Luthor kidnaps Martha Kent, Clark's adoptive mother. When Batman is about to kill Superman, Superman says, "Save Martha." Batman's, aka Bruce Wayne's, deceased mother's name is Martha Wayne. This makes Batman hesitate and, instead of killing Superman, he promises to rescue Martha.

"I mean, it's 100% the lynchpin that holds the entire movie together," Snyder said. "I think it's indicative of the way that Batman v Superman was received that its central tenant was sort of belittled and made fun of."

"I personally think it is like this beautiful and incredibly symmetrical idea that it completely finishes it as a concept. It all is 100% with intent and intention to be all the images that you see, as far as their inspiration and stuff like that."

Snyder has explained the significance of connecting the two heroes through their mothers a fair few times now, but that hasn't stopped many from lampooning the Martha scene. Overall, Batman v Superman disappointed at the box office and did not impress critics.

Here's what Snyder has said previously about working with screenwriter Chris Terrio on how he could stop Batman and Superman from destroying each other.

"It's funny, because we, Chris Terrio and I, we did reach that point in the movie, in our discussions... we knew how to get them to fight, right? But how do you get them to stop fighting?"

"That's a tough one. And we sort of were just throwing down on their humanity and Batman realizes Superman has humanity, he's not just a creature, he's a man -- he's an alien, but he is as human as, in a lot of ways, he's more human than him, right? He's sort of embraced all the good parts of the human race, and so Batman's able to sort of see, in a lot of ways, a thing that he is not. And I think that that was how we started to talk about it."

See how Snyder's four-hour director's cut of Justice League is received when it hits HBO Max mid-March.

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6 of the best movies to stream on HBO Max – CNET

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Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor play a couple struggling in Locked Down.

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HBO Max is the home of Zack Snyder's Justice League, but before that novelty 4-hour behemoth arrives mid-March, let's take a look at what other movies the premium streamer has on offer. From recent flicks featuring the lockdown, to a sweet low-key comedy about great-grandparents preserved in pickle jars, HBO Max has an eclectic bag of star-studded originals.

Read more: The 12 best TV shows to watch on HBO Max | Everything you need to know to sign up to HBO Max

An American Pickle

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Whether you like this or not probably hinges on how much you like Seth Rogen. You're getting a lot of him -- he stars in two roles in An American Pickle, first playing Herschel Greenbaum, a struggling Jewish laborer who emigrates to America in 1919. He finds work at a pickle factory -- and this is where things get weird -- falls into a vat of pickles that preserves him for 100 years. He wakes up in 2019 Brooklyn and hangs out with his great-grandson Ben, also played by Seth Rogen. If you embrace this creative premise, then this is a great low-key comedy for the smaller screen with some impressive chemistry between Rogen and Rogen.

Unpregnant

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This is a sweet little gem on HBO Max. Unpregnant stars Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferreira as a buddy duo crossing states to where pregnant teen Veronica (Richardson) can get an abortion. Yes, it's about the issue of pro-choice, with Veronica's parents refusing to give her permission to have the abortion. But it also slots into the key gear of all road-trip movies, depicting a beautiful friendship between the two leads.

Charm City Kings

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A coming-of-age drama featuring motorbikes. Charm City Kings stars a fresh young cast, including Jahi Di'Allo Winston as Mouse, a 14-year-old swept up in the biking world of Baltimore, much to his mother's dismay. The film's strengths lies in its impressive young talent and strong direction of scenes involving motorbike action. Plus WandaVision fans will spot Teyonah Parris in a supporting role. Not perfect, but plenty to admire.

The Witches (2020)

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This one's a bit of a novelty inclusion. See what Robert Zemeckis (director of Back to the Future) and Anne Hathaway did with their retelling of the Roald Dahl classic. Jahzir Kadeem Bruno is Hero Boy, a young boy who is turned into a mouse by Hathaway's occasionally CGI'd Grand High Witch. No one's saying it comes close to the 1990 Anjelica Huston original, but it's intriguing enough to take a little look at.

Let Them All Talk

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Meryl Streep playing an eccentric author in a Steven Soderbergh comedy. What more do you need to know? If you do want to know more: Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alice Hughes (Streep) is struggling to finish her next book, chased by her literary agent (Gemma Chan). She boards a cruise ship with old friends, who inspired her best-known work. Tensions are strong. It looks great -- Soderbergh uses crisp, natural light -- and most of the dialogue is improvised. See how Dianne Wiest, Candice Bergen, Lucas Hedges and the rest of the impeccable cast have fun with that.

Locked Down

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Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor star in this surprising rom-com heist film from Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity). The film was written and shot during lockdown, and the pandemic actually features in the film's backdrop. Hathaway and Ejiofor play a couple planning to rob a jewelry store in London while most of the stores are shut. Their relationship has struggled in the lockdown, and they reevaluate a thing or two amid their crazy caper. It's not the most polished flick, but you're mainly in it for the charisma of Hathaway and Ejiofor. The inclusion of the pandemic will either intrigue you or turn you away.

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