National Board of Review: ‘Mad Max’ best film of 2015

The post-apocalyptic road trip film “Mad Max” was named the best of 2015 by the National Board of Review in their best-of list released Tuesday. Curiously, that was the only award the blockbuster received. The NBR gave the best director, best actor and best adapted screenplay awards to the folks behind “The Martian” — Ridley Scott, Matt Damon and Drew Goddard, respectively. Due out on Dec. 25, “The Hateful Eight” earned director Quentin Tarantino best original screenplay, and the film’s star, Jennifer Jason Leigh, was named best supporting actress. Brie Larson from “Room” was given the best actress award, and Sylvester Stallone got best supporting actor for “Creed.” Horror film “It Follows,” filmed in Detroit, was named one of the NBR’s top 10 independent films.

Buddy’s Pizza forks over a check to Motown Museum

After a summerlong charity partnership between Buddy’s Pizza and the Motown Museum, the pizza legend will hand over a check for $5,000 to the museum on Thursday. The funds are the result of Buddy’s “Motown Fridays” campaign, which raised money for every Motown Museum Pizza sold between June 26 and Oct. 31. (You can still buy the Motown Museum Pizza at Buddy’s — it has old-world pepperoni, bacon and a Motor City cheese blend.) The funds will be donated at an open house for the museum’s members, alumni and Board of Trustees, plus city and business leaders at 5 p.m. Thursday.

Mags release 50 best albums list

Music and culture authority Rolling Stone released its picks for the 50 best albums of 2015 this week. You know Adele’s “25” was high on the list. It ranked No. 2, just behind Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” at No. 1. Drake landed at three, followed by D’Angelo and the Vanguard, the Weeknd, Courtney Barnett, Jason Isbell, the “Hamilton: Original Broadway Soundtrack” and the Arcs. Blur’s “The Magic Whip” closes out the Top 10. Madonna’s “Rebel Heart” barely made the list at No. 45. Paste Magazine also released their list Tuesday, putting Lamar’s effort at No. 2, and Father John Misty’s “I Love You Honeybear” at No. 1 (Adele’s “25” was not on their list). Michigan singer/songwriter Sufjan Stevens hit at No. 6 with “Carrie & Lowell,” and “The Angent Intellect” by Detroit post punk band Protomartyr listed at No. 12.

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Courtney Cox and Johnny McDaid have ended their 17-month engagement, according to reports. McDaid, guitarist for the band Snow Patrol, proposed to the actress in June 2014, after just six months of dating.

Wednesday’s birthdays

Lucy Liu, 47

Nelly Furtado, 37

Britney Spears, 34

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