In the grand scheme of things, though, Swift is doing just fine when it comes to awards: She’ll receive the Artist of the Decade recognition at this Sunday’s American Music Awards (where she’s up for five competitive prizes as well).
That may be because, while the film seems sound (it’s based on the real-life story of an attorney who took on a chemical company over deadly pollution), it’s a bit more of a straightforward affair than what most have come to expect from Haynes, the man who brought us Velvet Goldmine and Carol.
The announcement might have far-reaching implications for the future of the monarchy; it might also signal the final battle in a long-running spat between Prince Andrew and his brother Prince Charles.
The friendship between Prince Andrew, Queen Elizabeth II’s second son, and Jeffrey Epstein has hounded the royal family throughout the year.
Limited release finds the curious case of a well-reviewed new film (Dark Water) from a critically beloved director (Todd Haynes) with two well-known stars (Mark Ruffalo and Anne Hathaway).
Now the prince has announced that he’s stepping back from all royal duties for “the foreseeable future. ” (Incidentally, the announcement came on the same date as his parent’s 73rd wedding anniversary.
While “Lover” (the song) received a marquee category nomination for Song of the Year, Lover (the album) was snubbed in Album of the Year and was relegated to the Best Pop Vocal Album category. “You Need to Calm Down” also got just a single pop genre nod.
Since June, Swift has been in an increasingly public battle with Scooter Braun, colloquially known as “Justin Bieber’s manager. ” Though his name is increasingly being linked with Swift’s.
And the fact that Prince Harry’s son, Master Archie, has no official title might also be a reflection of Charles’s new vision for the monarchy.
Andrew faced consequences from his connection to Epstein almost a decade ago, when he stood down from his lucrative official duty as Trade Envoy, but renewed interest in the case has turned up the heat.
In what was reportedly a shock to some family members, the prince addressed the situation in a television interview; he was widely judged to have come off as cold, unconvincing, and generally indifferent to Epstein’s victims.
The official story is that Disney CEO Bob Iger didn’t want to mandate a sequel and would move ahead with one only if the original creative team felt they had another story to tell in regard to Elsa, Anna, and company.
Braun bought Swift’s former record label and, with that purchase, the masters of the singer’s first six records—assets Swift herself had been attempting to buy.
The future king has reportedly sought to scale back the roles of some members of the royal family, to decrease not only the expense to the public but also the opportunity for further embarrassment and scandal.
Universally beloved Tom Hanks plays the universally beloved Rogers, in a case of perfect if not cosmically necessary casting, and critics are appropriately charmed by the final product.
The former has The Accident, a drama about a tragedy in a small Welsh town (British Twitter seems to hate it), while the latter has The Feed, a sci-fi drama about a Facebook-like technology that has been directly installed into people’s heads.
Last week, Swift claimed that Braun was blocking her from performing her old material at the AMAs and urged other artists to speak out.
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After seven years of releasing only singles in the PC Music scene, conceptual pop star Hannah Diamond finally issues her debut album, Reflections, this week.
The fact that Andrew says he’ll commit fully to helping with any investigations into Epstein’s exploits seems to have done little to help him save face.
Elsewhere, Disney’s animated arm has apparently caught the sequel/prequel/spin-off fever of its Marvel and Star Wars wings, and has made the rare decision to theatrically release a follow-up film.
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