Jimmy Fallon prepares to host Golden Globes, Viola Davis receives Hollywood Walk of Fame star and more celebrity news
Viola Davis receives Hollywood Walk of Fame star
Actress Viola Davis became the first celebrity to receive a Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2017. Meryl Streep presented the star to Davis, 51, on Thursday. “She is, arguably, the most immediate, responsive artist I have ever worked with...” Streep said, “and her star has been waiting here patiently for 50 years for her.” During her speech, Davis, a 2017 Golden Globe nominee for her performance in the film “Fences,” remembered her father who died in 2006. “He would think this is pretty fantastic,” she said. Throughout her career, Davis has earned two Oscar and five Golden Globe nominations. She and co-star Denzel Washington both won Tony Awards for their roles in the 2010 Broadway revival of “Fences,” and in 2015 Davis won an outstanding lead actress in a drama Emmy Award for her role as Annalise Keating on ABC’s “How To Get Away With Murder.”
DPTV to launch new 24/7 kids channel
Starting Jan. 16, Detroit Public Television will offer a free channel that, for the first time, will air PBS Kids programming 24/7. Detroit PBS Kids will be on Channel 56.2 and available for live streaming on PBSKids.org and the PBS Kids Video app. The station will feature popular children’s shows, including “Clifford,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Odd Squad,” “Dinosaur Train” and more. The schedule of programming on the primary DPTV 56.1 channel will differ from 56.2. “We are excited to build on the work we do every day for our viewers by adding these new 24/7 services to our offerings, which are free and accessible to everyone, thus ensuring that our proven educational content is available anytime and anywhere to all kids – especially those who need it the most,” Rich Homberg, DPTV’s president and CEO, said in a statement. According to DPTV, PBS stations reach more children age 2-5 and more children from low-income families than other children’s TV networks.
Naomi Campbell reveals attempted Paris robbery
Supermodel Naomi Campbell revealed Thursday she suffered an attempted robbery in Paris — similar to Kim Kardashian’s October jewelry heist — on “The Wendy Williams Show.” Campbell, 46, said she sympathized with Kardashian because she, too, was a victim in November 2012. “They followed me from the airport,” Campbell told Williams. “They attacked me — they opened my car door and said ‘Naomi Campbell, we’re going to kill you.’ ” Campbell was traveling solo and said she didn’t have security because it was supposed to be a quick trip to visit shoe designer Azzedine Alaia. After leaving the airport, she asked her driver to stop at a pharmacy outside of Alaia’s shop. It was there that the robbers allegedly opened he car door and tried to steal her purse. “Am I going to let this guy take my bag with all my passports, or am I going to fight for it?” she said, “and my decision was, I’m not letting my bag go.” Seeing the struggle, Alaia ran outside to help. “(He) saved me,” she said. Campbell said she hasn’t talked about the incident because she didn’t want to make it public.
Jimmy Fallon ready to zing Trump at Golden Globes
Award season starts Sunday with the 74th Golden Globe Awards on NBC. Host Jimmy Fallon chatted with Matt Lauer on “Today” about his role on Thursday. Fallon, who hosted the 2010 Emmy’s, wouldn’t reveal any of his jokes or celebrity zingers. “That’s classified,” he teased. “Only me and Russian hackers know who I’m gonna hit.” But President-elect Donald Trump will likely be a target. “I heard that Trump will be live tweeting during the show — ‘#unfunny,’ I know,” Fallon laughed. As for the potential award winners, “La La Land” leads with seven nominations, followed by “Moonlight” with six. Watch the red carpet show 7 p.m. and awards 8 p.m. on WDIV-TV (Channel 4).
Michigan-made film set to premier this year
A trailer released this week gave a sneak peek of “Tommy Battles the Silver Sea Dragon,” a musical film shot in Metro Detroit and produced by Novi natives Luke Shirock and Michael Angelo Zervos, both 28. The film is described as “a dark, fantastical story about a man who finds himself on trial in a courtroom of his own imagination.” In 2014, scenes were shot in Detroit, Novi, Redford and Ferndale with dozens of local actors and crew. “ ‘Tommy Silver’ was a Michigan project from start to finish, not only in its production but also in its conception,” Shirock said in a statement. “Growing up in southeast Michigan, the locations and atmosphere of Metro Detroit informed my process as a screenwriter.” Shirlock adds that Michigan’s film tax incentives available at the time made the production possible. The film — starring Michael Kostroff (“The Wire”) and Celine Held (“Valencia”) — is expected to premiere this year.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” returns to the Detroit Opera House on Jan. 11. The production is part of a North American tour featuring new scenery, choreography and staging by director Laurence Connor. The show runs through Jan. 22. Purchase tickets ($35-$155) at michiganopera.org.
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