Jan. 9 Entertainment Briefs

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

After Globes wins, 'Green Book' takes a bow at NBR Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — "Green Book" is taking an encore bow Tuesday night after its big wins at Sunday's Golden Globes. Peter Farrelly's feel-good road trip drama will be presented with awards for best film and best actor to Viggo Mortensen at the National Board of Review Awards. The ceremony for the previously announced winners is taking place in Manhattan two days after "Green Book" won best film, comedy or musical, at the Golden Globe Awards. After being nearly shut out at the Globes, Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga will also get to trot out acceptance speeches. Cooper is the board's pick for best director and Gaga is the best actress winner. Co-star Sam Elliott is also taking home best supporting actor. The untelevised gala will be hosted by Willie Geist.

Lawyer: Harvey Weinstein's criminal trial scheduled for May

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's lawyer says the disgraced Hollywood mogul's sexual assault trial in New York is scheduled for May 6, but court officials say that's tentative and unofficial. Lawyer Benjamin Brafman mentioned the date in a court filing Monday in a civil case against Weinstein. He wants actress Ashley Judd's lawsuit put on hold until Weinstein's criminal case is resolved. A court spokesman said Tuesday that an early May trial date had been discussed, but that nothing was official. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for March 7. A judge last month denied a defense motion seeking to dismiss the case. The 66-year-old Weinstein is charged with raping an unidentified female acquaintance in 2013 and performing a forcible sex act on a different woman in 2006. He denies all allegations of nonconsensual sex.

Jordan Peele's 'Us' to premiere as opening film at SXSW

NEW YORK (AP) — Jordan Peele's "Us," his anticipated follow-up to "Get Out," will make its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival. SXSW announced Tuesday that "Us" will open the 26th edition of the Austin, Texas, festival on March 8. Like Peele's "Get Out," ''Us" is a socially minded horror thriller. The film stars Lupita Nyong'o as a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband and two children. On the vacation, an unresolved trauma from her past is unearthed leading to an eerie confrontation for the family with doppelgangers of themselves. "Us" will be released March 15 by Universal Pictures. Peele also produces along with Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions. Co-stars include Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss and Tim Heidecker. SXSW runs March 8-17.

Kevin Hart says he won’t be hosting Academy Awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Kevin Hart says he won’t be hosting the Academy Awards. No,” was his response when asked Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Hart says it’s too late to prepare. Hart added it’s “hard to predict what can happen.” But he doesn’t want “people to think there’s a thing about me and the Academy.” The motion picture academy has not named a replacement host for its Feb. 24 awards show since Hart backed away days after being named host last month when some anti-gay tweets he posted a decade ago resurfaced. Earlier this week on his Sirius XM show “Straight from the Hart” program, he again apologized to the LGBTQ community. He told “GMA” he’s not giving any more explanations. Hart says, “I’m just done.”