PGA Awards Winners: ‘1917,’ ‘Succession,’ ‘Fleabag’ – Variety

“1917” continued its string of major awards season wins on Saturday night, earning the Producers Guild of America award for best picture. Coupled with its win for best picture, drama at the Golden Globes, the WWI movie is officially the front runner for Oscar’s top prize.

“It’s a film that is a tribute to all those who stood to protect the values that we all hold dear, and fought in the First World War and many other conflicts,” producer Pippa Harris said while accepting the award. “In these times of division and conflict all over the world, it’s just a reminder to never take for granted the peace that we all inherited.”

In his acceptance speech, director and co-writer Sam Mendes spoke of honoring his grandfather’s experience in WWI, and sang the praises of his crew and cast. Noting it was his first time ever at the PGA Awards, Mendes went on to salute many of the producers he’s worked with and learned from since his feature directing debut, 1999’s “American Beauty,” won the PGA Award for best picture 20 years ago.

“I want to say thank you to the twinkle and wisdom of Richard Zanuck, to the brilliance and bullishness of Scott Rudin, to the zip and enthusiasm of Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen, the gentleness and wit of Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher, the warmth of Ed Saxon, the lifelong dedication of Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, the day-to-day care of my friend here Jayne-Ann Tenggren, the strategic overview of Callum McDougall, and many many others,” he said. “But finally and best of all, the friendship and love of my favorite producer of all, who I’ve known since I was 14 years old, Pippa Harris.”

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The PGA Awards has been one of the most reliable bellwethers for the Oscar for best picture, matching award in 21 of its past 30 years, including “Green Book” last year. They diverged most recently for the 2018 and 2017 PGA Awards, when the top film prize went to “La La Land” and “The Big Short,” and the Oscar went to “Moonlight” and “Spotlight,” respectively.

HBO’s “Succession” won the PGA Award for best TV drama for its second season, winning over the final season of “Game of Thrones,” season 3 of “The Crown,” season 2 of “Big Little Lies,” and the first (and, perhaps, only) season of “Watchmen.”

Amazon’s “Fleabag” continued its sweep of awards with the prize for best TV comedy, over season 2 of “Barry,” season 5 of “Schitt’s Creek,” the final season of “Veep,” and two-time previous winner “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.”

Pixar’s “Toy Story 4″ won the animated theatrical motion picture award over nominees “Abominable,” “Frozen II,” “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,” and “Missing Link.” The last four winners of this award — “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” “Coco,” “Zootopia,” and “Inside Out” — have also won the Oscar for best animated feature.

HBO’s Emmy-winning “Chernobyl” won the award for limited TV series, over “Fosse/Verdon,” “True Detective,” “Unbelievable,” and “When They See Us.”

“Apollo 11,” which detailed the historic 1969 moon landing with stunning archival footage, was something of a surprise winner for best documentary motion picture, since it was overlooked for an Oscar nomination for best feature documentary.

Perhaps the PGA members had the moon on their mind, because the documentary film “Apollo: Missions to the Moon” was another surprise winner in the category of televised or streamed motion picture, which was just created last year. It won over scripted films “American Son,” “Black Mirror: Striking Vipers,” “Deadwood: The Movie,” and “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie.”

“Leaving Neverland,” the HBO documentary detailing sexual abuse allegations against Michael Jackson, won the award for non-fiction television. Season 11 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” on VH1 won for game and competition television. Season 6 of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” won for live entertainment & talk television.

The evening began with a rousing performance by Idina Menzel of the “Frozen II” Oscar-nominated song “Into the Unknown,” and the competitive awards were broken up with a series of honorary presentations.

Jimmy Kimmel, filling in at the last minute for a sick Ellen DeGeneres, presented the Milestone Award to Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos by pointing out all the Netflix stars who could have honored Sarandos instead: “Ted gave Dave Chappelle $50 million, you think he couldn’t swing by here for two minutes on his way to the weed shop?”

Sarandos used his speech to pay tribute to his late mother’s support of his love of pop-culture, and to laud Netflix’s impact in the industry, noting, “The future of cinema will be written by the people who make it.”

“Grace & Frankie” stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin presented the Norman Lear achievement award to their show’s creator and executive producer, Marta Kauffman, who called working with Fonda and Tomlin “one of the great joys of my life.” Kauffman used the bulk of her speech to implore those in the audience to push for sustainable production, including reviewing the PGA’s green production guide. “Doing something about climate change isn’t an option, it’s a necessity,” she said.

Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone paid tribute to their old friend Octavia Spencer in presenting her the Visionary Award, explaining that they met her in the late 1990s when they were performing at the Groundlings in Los Angeles and she was laughing as an audience member.

A tearful Spencer thanked McCarthy and Falcone for “being there at the start of my career.”

“What many of you don’t know is that I’ve always wanted to be a producer,” she said. “It was my plan A.”

Margot Robbie presented the producers of “Bombshell” with the Stanley Kramer award, discussing the iconic scene between her character in the film and those played by Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman in which all three women are in close quarters but far apart.

Jay Roach accepted the award on behalf of fellow producers, Theron and screenwriter Charles Roven, playing tribute to the award’s namesake: “He was a heroic figure and we’re happy just standing in his shadow.”

The final special award of the night was presented by Frances McDormand, who began by saying, “As some of you know, I hate these things.” But she was there to honor Plan B producers Brad Pitt, Jeremy Kleiner, and DeDe Gardner with the David O. Selznick Award because, she said, she had “the utmost respect and admiration” for the “real risk taking cinema” made by Plan B.

Accepting the award, Pitt had maybe the best line of the night. “I have no regrets other than sharing our name with an emergency contraceptive pill,” he said to sustained laughter. “Didn’t see that one coming.”

Winners are in bold below.

The Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures

WINNER: “1917”
Producers: Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Jayne‐Ann Tenggren, Callum McDougall

“Ford v Ferrari”
Producers: Peter Chernin & Jenno Topping, James Mangold

“The Irishman”
Producers: Jane Rosenthal & Robert De Niro, Emma Tillinger Koskoff & Martin Scorsese

“Jojo Rabbit”
Producers: Carthew Neal, Taika Waititi

“Joker”
Producers: Todd Phillips & Bradley Cooper, Emma Tillinger Koskoff

“Knives Out”
Producers: Rian Johnson, Ram Bergman

“Little Women”
Producer: Amy Pascal

“Marriage Story”
Producers: Noah Baumbach, David Heyman

“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”
Producers: David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, Quentin Tarantino

“Parasite”
Producers: Kwak Sin Ae, Bong Joon Ho

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures

“Abominable”
Producer: Suzanne Buirgy

“Frozen II”
Producer: Peter Del Vecho

“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
Producers: Bradford Lewis, Bonnie Arnold

“Missing Link”
Producers: Arianne Sutner, Travis Knight

WINNER: “Toy Story 4”
Producers: Mark Nielsen, Jonas Rivera

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Documentary Motion Picture

“Advocate”
Producers: Philippe Bellaiche, Rachel Leah Jones

“American Factory”
Producers: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert, Jeff Reichert

WINNER: “Apollo 11”
Producers: Todd Douglas Miller, Thomas Petersen

“The Cave”
Producers: Kirstine Barfod, Sigrid Dyekjaer

“For Sama”
Producers: Waas al-Kateab

“Honeyland”
Producers: Atanas Georgiev, Ljubomir Stefanov

“One Child Nation”
Producers: Christoph Jörg, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn, Nanfu Wang, Jialing Zhang

The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Drama

“Big Little Lies” (Season 2)
Producers: David E. Kelley, Jean‐Marc Vallée, Andrea Arnold, Reese Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea, Nicole Kidman, Per Saari, Gregg Fienberg, Nathan Ross, David Auge, Lauren Neustadter, Liane Moriarty

“The Crown” (Season 3)
Producers: Peter Morgan, Suzanne Mackie, Stephen Daldry, Andy Harries, Benjamin Caron, Matthew Byam Shaw, Robert Fox, Michael Casey, Andy Stebbing, Martin Harrison, Oona O Beirn

“Game of Thrones” (Season 8)
Producers: David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, Carolyn Strauss, Bernadette Caulfield, Frank Doelger, David Nutter, Miguel Sapochnik, Bryan Cogman, Chris Newman, Greg Spence, Lisa McAtackney, Duncan Muggoch

WINNER: “Succession” (Season 2)
Producers: Jesse Armstrong, Adam McKay, Frank Rich, Kevin Messick, Mark Mylod, Jane Tranter, Tony Roche, Scott Ferguson, Jon Brown, Georgia Pritchett, Will Tracy, Jonathan Glatzer, Dara Schnapper, Gabrielle Mahon

“Watchmen” (Season 1)
Producers: Damon Lindelof, Tom Spezialy, Nicole Kassell, Stephen Williams, Joseph E. Iberti, Ron Schmidt, Lila Byock, Nick Cuse, Christal Henry, Karen Wacker, John Blair, Carly Wray

The Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy

“Barry” (Season 2)
Producers: Alec Berg, Bill Hader, Aida Rodgers, Liz Sarnoff, Emily Heller, Julie Camino, Jason Kim

WINNER: “Fleabag” (Season 2)
Producers: Phoebe Waller‐Bridge, Harry Bradbeer, Lydia Hampson, Harry Williams, Jack Williams, Joe Lewis, Sarah Hammond

“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Season 3)
Producers: Amy Sherman‐Palladino, Daniel Palladino, Dhana Gilbert, Daniel Goldfarb, Kate Fodor, Sono Patel, Matthew Shapiro

“Schitt’s Creek” (Season 5)
Producers: Eugene Levy, Daniel Levy, Andrew Barnsley, Fred Levy, David West Read, Ben Feigin, Michael Short, Rupinder Gill, Colin Brunton

“Veep” (Season 7)
Producers: David Mandel, Frank Rich, Julia Louis‐Dreyfus, Lew Morton, Morgan Sackett, Peter Huyck, Alex Gregory, Jennifer Crittenden, Gabrielle Allan, Billy Kimball, Rachel Axler, Ted Cohen, Ian Maxtone‐Graham, Dan O’Keefe, Steve Hely, David Hyman, Georgia Pritchett, Erik Kenward, Dan Mintz, Doug Smith

The David L. Wolper Award for Outstanding Producer of Limited Series Television

WINNER: “Chernobyl”
Producers: Craig Mazin, Carolyn Strauss, Jane Featherstone, Johan Renck, Chris Fry, Sanne Wohlenberg

“Fosse/Verdon”
Producers: Thomas Kail, Steven Levenson, Lin‐Manuel Miranda, Joel Fields, George Stelzner, Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams, Tracey Scott Wilson, Charlotte Stoudt, Nicole Fosse, Erica Kay, Kate Sullivan, Brad Carpenter

“True Detective”
Producers: Nic Pizzolatto, Scott Stephens, Daniel Sackheim, Peter Feldman, Steve Golin, Bard Dorros

“Unbelievable”
Producers: Susannah Grant, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Lisa Cholodenko, Ayelet Waldman, Michael Chabon, Katie Couric, Jennifer Schuur, Becky Mode, John Vohlers, Kate DiMento, Chris Leanza

“When They See Us”
Producers: Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, Berry Welsh, Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, Amy Kaufman, Robin Swicord

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Televised or Streamed Motion Pictures

“American Son”
Producers: Kenny Leon, Kerry Washington, Pilar Savone, Kristin Bernstein

WINNER: “Apollo: Missions to the Moon”
Producers: Tom Jennings, David Tillman, Abe Scheuermann, Chris Morcom, Rob Kirk

“Black Mirror: Striking Vipers”
Producers: Annabel Jones, Charlie Brooker, Kate Glover

“Deadwood: The Movie”
Producers: David Milch, Carolyn Strauss, Gregg Fienberg, Scott Stephens, Daniel Minahan, Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Regina Corrado, Nichole Beattie, Mark Tobey

“El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie”
Producers: Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Charles Newirth, Vince Gilligan, Aaron Paul, Diane Mercer

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Non-Fiction Television

“30 for 30” (Season 10)
Producers: Libby Geist, Connor Schell, John Dahl, Rob King, Erin Leyden, Gentry Kirby, Deidre Fenton, Marquis Daisy, Jenna Anthony, Adam Neuhaus

“60 Minutes” (Season 51, Season 52)
Producer: Bill Owens

WINNER: “Leaving Neverland”
Producer: Dan Reed

“Queer Eye” (Season 3, Season 4)
Producers: David Collins, Michael Williams, Rob Eric, Jennifer Lane, Jordana Hochman, Rachelle Mendez, Mark Bracero

“Surviving R. Kelly” (Season 1)
Producers:  Joel Karsberg, dream hampton, Jesse Daniels, Tamra Simmons, Brie Miranda Bryant, Jessica Everleth, Mary Bissell, Maria Pepin, Charlotte Glover, Allison Brandin, Laura Hoeppner

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Live Entertainment & Talk Television

“The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” (Season 25)
Producers:  Trevor Noah, Jennifer Flanz, Jill Katz, Justin Melkmann, Zhubin Parang, Jocelyn Conn, Max Browning, Eric Davies, Pamela DePace, Ramin Hedayati, David Kibuuka, Elise Terrell, Dave Blog, Adam Chodikoff, Jimmy Donn, Jeff Gussow, Kira Klang Hopf, Allison MacDonald, Ryan Middleton

“Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones”
Producers:  Dave Chappelle, Stan Lathan, Rikki Hughes, Sina Sadighi

WINNER: “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” (Season 6)
Producers:  John Oliver, Tim Carvell, Liz Stanton, Jeremy Tchaban, Christopher Werner, Laura L. Griffin, Kate Mullaney, Matt Passet, Marian Wang, Charles Wilson

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” (Season 5)
Producers:  Stephen Colbert, Chris Licht, Tom Purcell, Jon Stewart, Barry Julien, Denise Rehrig, Tanya Michnevich Bracco, Paul Dinello, Matt Lappin, Opus Moreschi, Emily Gertler, Michael Brumm, Bjoern Stejskal, Paige Kendig, Jake Plunkett, Aaron Cohen, Sara Vilkomerson, Adam Wager

“Saturday Night Live” (Season 45)
Producers:  Lorne Michaels, Steve Higgins, Erik Kenward, Lindsay Shookus, Erin Doyle, Tom Broecker, Ken Aymong

The Award for Outstanding Producer of Game & Competition Television

“The Amazing Race” (Season 31)
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri, Mark Vertullo, Phil Keoghan

“The Masked Singer” (Season 1)
Producers: Craig Plestis, Izzie Pick Ibarra, Nikki Varhely-Gillingham, Rosie Seitchik, Stacey Thomas-Muir, Nick Cannon, Ashley Sylvester, Lindsay Tuggle, Pete Cooksley, Chelsea Candelaria, Anne Chanthavong, Zoë Ritchken, Deena Katz, Erin Brady, Jeff Kmiotek, Lexi Shoemaker

WINNER: “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (Season 11)
Producers: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Mandy Salangsang, RuPaul Charles, Steven Corfe, Bruce McCoy, Michele Mills, Jacqueline Wilson, Thairin Smothers, John Polly, Michelle Visage, Jen Passovoy

“Top Chef” (Season 16)
Producers: Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Doneen Arquines, Casey Kriley, Tara Siener, Justin Rae Barnes, Blake Davis, Patrick Schmedeman, Wade Sheeler, Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Elida Carbajal Araiza, Brian Fowler, Caitlin Rademaekers, Steve Lichtenstein, Emily Van Bergen

“The Voice” (Season 16, Season 17)
Producers: John de Mol, Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Stijn Bakkers, Amanda Zucker, Kyra Thompson, Teddy Valenti, Kyley Tucker, Carson Daly

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Laura Dern: The actress stars in two Oscar-nominated movies, and is nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as a razor-sharp divorce lawyer in “Marriage Story” – CBS News

What a year it’s been for Laura Dern. She’s in two Oscar-nominated movies: as the kind-hearted mother of the March sisters in “Little Women”; and as a razor-sharp divorce lawyer in “Marriage Story.” She’s kind of fierce, but it’s the kind of fierce that makes award voters take notice.

Dern won a Golden Globe for “Marriage Story” earlier this month, and this past Monday she was nominated for an Oscar.

Correspondent Tracy Smith asked, “So, you’ve gotten accolades for your work before through the years, steadily. But it seems like there’s something about this moment that is rather intense. Does it feel that way to you?”

“It’s certainly exciting,” Dern replied.

And a lot of that excitement is about her monologue on motherhood, written by “Marriage Story” director Noah Baumbach:

“We can accept an imperfect Dad. Let’s face it, the idea of a good father was only invented like 30 years ago. Before that fathers were expected to be silent and absent and unreliable and selfish, and we can all say that we want them to be different, but on some basic level we accept them. We love them for their fallibilities. But people absolutely don’t accept those same failings in mothers. We don’t accept it structurally, and we don’t accept it spiritually, because the basis of our Judeo-Christian Whatever is Mary, Mother of Jesus and she’s PERFECT. She’s a virgin who gives birth, unwaveringly supports her child, and holds his dead body when he’s gone. But the Dad isn’t there!'”

Smith asked, “I’m curious what you thought when you first read those words.”

“I read the script, and I called Noah and got his voicemail and cried into his machine for about 10 minutes,” Dern said. “And when I read the monologue and called him, I said, ‘This is the greatest Christmas present I’ve ever received.'”

Dern even added a line of her own: “We added a little more of a zinger, which really makes me laugh, that I don’t even think I can say. ‘God didn’t even do the f*****g, which I know cannot be on ‘CBS Sunday Morning’! ‘Cause it’s CBS, and it’s Sunday morning!

It’s worth noting that some of these scenes were shot in an actual law office. In fact, it was where Dern met with her own lawyer when she filed for divorce from musician Ben Harper.

For Dern, it seems Hollywood and real-life have often been intertwined, ever since the very beginning.

If you’re a real fan of biker movies, you might remember the 1966 film “The Wild Angels” – and two of the wildest angels were Bruce Dern and his blonde girlfriend Diane Ladd. Seems they were pretty close off-camera, too.  Around nine months after filming wrapped, Dern and Ladd had another premiere.

“You were literally conceived on a movie set?” asked Smith.

“Yes. True. One hundred percent true,” Dern said. “Even better, on a Roger Corman biker movie. I feel very proud of that!”

Smith met Dern at the Motion Picture Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills, where they keep more than 12 million photos – and a few things not even she’s ever seen, like her birth announcement: “Actor Bruce Dern and wife, actress Diane Ladd, are parents of daughter born Febr. 10.”

“No! Oh my God, that’s so beautiful!” she exclaimed.

Having Hollywood parents helped, a little at least:  In 1974, when Diane Ladd was shooting “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” Laura landed a cameo, sitting at the diner counter with an ice cream cone.

And she was her mom’s date to the 1975 Oscars. Looking at photos, Dern said, “I’m probably six or seven, and I look terrified!”

A few years later, she was in movies of her own. Still, Dern said she planned on getting a college degree. But Hollywood intervened.

She went to UCLA for two days (“Which I loved”), but just then she was offered a big role in director David Lynch’s landmark film, “Blue Velvet.”  She asked the school if she could take a leave of absence, and was turned down.

“They kind of disparaged the movie, too, didn’t they?” asked Smith.

“Yes. Like, ‘This is crazy to go do this radical, kind of insane project and give up your college career,'” Dern recalled. “They’re like, ‘It’s one movie. You can wait ’til you get out of college.’ But I knew that it wasn’t just one movie.”

Watch Laura Dern and Kyle MacLachlan in “Blue Velvet”:

“Blue Velvet” made her a next-level star, and Lynch put her in other films, like 1990’s “Wild at Heart.”

She also found time to work with other directors, like Steven Spielberg, in “Jurassic Park.”

Seems whatever role she played, she was always pushing boundaries, like in 1997, when she played the gay friend that Ellen Degeneres came out to on her sitcom. Dern helped make history – but she paid a price. She didn’t work for a year after that.

“I didn’t. And it was a crazy time,” she said. “It was, in a way, the most successful time of my career; ‘Jurassic Park’ had just come out, so it was a great time, and then a very still moment.”

“And then nothing?”

“Yeah.”

Her career came back, of course, and with a vengeance. Dern won an Emmy for her role in HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” as a woman whose husband loses all of her money.

Watch Laura Dern and Jeffrey Nordling in “Big Little Lies” (Caution: Language is not PG-rated):

And talk about range: she was also a “Star Wars” heroine on a suicide mission:

But that’s no surprise: After a lifetime spent walking right up to the edge, Laura Dern has somehow found balance there.

Smith asked, “What do you think of the term ‘the Dernaissance’?”

“I mean, it sounds fantastic,” she said. “I’m not sure what it is! It really is an amazing time of getting to do all of it seamlessly. And now, there really is a different kind of freedom. That’s why we take risks, right? And why we say yes to things, because you never know what beautiful gift is awaiting you when you do.”

       
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Paris Hilton Says She’s Been ‘Playing a Character’ Her Entire Career … Until Now

You think you know Paris Hilton? You’ve binged every season of “The Simple Life,” “My New BFF,” are wearing her perfume, have her music on repeat and bop to her deejay skills every weekend? Sorry, turns out you still don’t know Paris.

That’s because, according to the heiress, she’s been “playing a character” throughout her entire career. That’s … uh, not hot?

Tana Mongeau Says Paris Hilton Made Being Famous For Nothing A Business

“I knew what I was doing but the whole world didn’t, so it was kind of frustrating to me to be perceived in that way because it’s not who I am at all,” Hilton told People of her breakout role on “The Simple Life.” “But it was such an amazing and entertaining show that I would just think of it as entertainment.”

And while she said the “mean” jokes at her expense cut deep at the time, she understands more now. “Obviously, I’ve grown as a person,” she said. “But just to be judged and have so many misconceptions based on a character that I had invented myself was frustrating.”

But it wasn’t all bad, obviously. “I built a huge brand off doing it,” she added. “So, I don’t really regret it and I’m happy that people are going to finally see this film.” And in it, they won’t see any of that old persona. In other words, nothing is “hot.”

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Hilton’s famous catchphrase is just one part of her famous persona absent in her new YouTube documentary film “This Is Paris.” The other part is apparently everything else.

“I’ve never done anything like this in my life,’ Hilton told Deadline of the project. “In this film I discuss things I’ve never discussed before. I hope that people are going to see who I truly am.”

“During this film, I have discovered so much about myself that I did not even know,” she continued. “It was almost like a therapeutic experience

According to the reality star, she got more “raw” and real in this film than she ever has before about her innermost thoughts and feelings, revealing more about herself than she ever has before.

Paris Hilton Admits Her ‘That’s Hot’ Catchphrase Was Actually Coined by Sister Nicky

“I was talking about things that are very hard to talk about,” she said. “It was an amazing experience but it was very scary. I was freaking out.”

Hilton said she gave up full control for this film, something she was initially reluctant to do, but it allowed for this unfiltered and unprocessed look into her world.

“Everything I’ve done before was me playing a character,” Hilton said. And she apparently played it so well that director Alexandra Dean initially balked at the project, too, thinking that Hilton was “that original influencer who had brought that influencer world upon us.”

Why Fans Are Already Convinced Paris Hilton Is on Season 3 of The Masked Singer

In all honesty, no matter your thoughts on “influencer culture,” an exploration into the possible founder of it might be interesting. Plus, the fact that Hilton was disingenuous for 15 years in her online and on-screen persona doesn’t necessarily make her different from many of the top influencers.

“I completely did a 180,” Dean said about Hilton as the project came together. She compared the hotel heiress to Hedy Lamarr, the subject of one of her previous films, who was known as a Hollywood star in the ’40s, but was also a groundbreaking inventor who laid the foundation for Bluetooth technology.

Kind of makes you wonder what shocking revelations she uncovered about Paris Hilton.

For 15 years, we’ve thought we knew who Paris Hilton was — even though we kind of all new “The Simple Life” wasn’t all truth — but it turns out we didn’t. In May, Hilton and Alexandra Dean are hoping to set the record straight by showing us “This Is Paris Hilton” on YouTube.

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The Rise Of Skywalker’s Now The Lowest Rated Star Wars Movie On Rotten Tomatoes

Innovation, surprise and humor – three things you won’t find to be very prevalent in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

At least, that’s according to what the critics have been saying over on Rotten Tomatoes, with the film’s current score on the website standing at a measly 52%. That puts it as the worst-reviewed Star Wars movie in the entire saga, with even The Phantom Menace managing to snag a 53% rating. Ouch!

To date, 469 reviews have been counted by Rotten Tomatoes for The Rise of Skywalker, and the official consensus reads as so: “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker suffers from a frustrating lack of imagination, but concludes this beloved saga with fan-focused devotion.” And frankly, that’s a pretty accurate assessment of the Sequel Trilogy-closer.

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To put things into further perspective, here’s how the rest of the entries in the saga have fared: The Empire Strikes Back (94%), The Force Awakens (93%), A New Hope (93%), The Last Jedi (91%), Rogue One (83%), Return of the Jedi (82%), Revenge of the Sith (80%), Solo (70%), and Attack of the Clones (65%). Of course, you could argue that The Clone Wars movie is technically the worst-reviewed film of the franchise, with a shockingly low 18%, but we’re only talking about the live-action efforts here. And when it comes to those, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is indeed at the bottom of the pile.

But as we all know, some movies just take time to find their fanbase and there’s every chance that in 5-10 years, people will look back on the pic and feel more fondly about it. Or maybe not. In any case, it currently stands as a wildly disappointing end to the Skywalker saga and will no doubt have Lucasfilm thinking very, very carefully about how to proceed with the franchise from here on out.

Tell us, though, do you think the pic deserves a score or 52%, or are the critics being too harsh? Sound off below with your thoughts.

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Prince William says he can’t ‘put my arm around’ brother Harry anymore: ‘I’m sad about that’

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Prince William hopes the Royals can one day reconcile, he said in his first public comments on the Megxit scandal.

“I’ve put my arm around my brother all our lives and I can’t do that anymore…I’m sad about that,” he told the Sunday Times.

The Duke of Cambridge admitted his “sadness” about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle‘s decision to “step back” as senior members of the monarchy, according The Sunday Times of London.

William, 37, seemed resigned to trying to buoy the rogue couple as the fallout from their desire to splinter from the family continued.

“All we can do, and all I can do, is try and support them and hope that the time comes when we’re all singing from the same page. I want everyone to play on the team,” he said.

“All we can do, and all I can do, is try and support them and hope that the time comes when we’re all singing from the same page. I want everyone to play on the team.”

It’s a sharp turn from early reports that the future king and his father, Prince Charles, were “incandescent with rage,” at Harry, who allegedly did not warn his family that the announcement was coming.

Prince William, right, has been heavily involved in trying to appease his brother Harry and Harry’s wife Meghan Markle in recent days. (Getty Images)

William, whose wife Kate Middleton has been noticeably quiet amidst the controversy, has been heavily involved in trying to appease Harry and Markle in the last few days.

He will join his brother, father and grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II,  in person at Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, England Monday to find common ground. Markle plans to call-in from Vancouver, Canada, where she and eight-month-old son Archie are staying.

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Meghan poses for pictures with Jessica Mulroney and Canadian Prime Minister’s wife Sophie Trudeau | Daily Mail Online

Playing up to the camera on a girls’ night out, Meghan Markle poses cheek-to-cheek on a Toronto rooftop bar with her two most influential friends.

One of them, Jessica Mulroney, is married to the son of a former Canadian prime minister. 

The other, Sophie Trudeau, is married to the current one.

Meghan Markle (left) posed cheek-to-cheek on a Toronto rooftop bar with her two most influential friends. One of them, Jessica Mulroney, (right)  is married to the son of a former Canadian prime minister

The pictures, possibly from a photo booth, were taken in 2016 at the Canadian branch of fashionable private members’ club Soho House. 

They show how – having successfully penetrated Toronto’s ‘platinum elite’ – Meghan also struck up a friendship with Mrs Trudeau.

Mrs Trudeau’s husband Justin, who has been Canada’s PM since 2015, has urged his country to welcome the Sussexes, but not all are convinced. 

The pictures, possibly from a photo booth, were taken in 2016 at the Canadian branch of fashionable private members’ club Soho House. Pictured: Meghan (right) with Sophie Trudeau who is married to the current Canadian prime minister

Mrs Trudeau’s husband Justin, who has been Canada’s PM since 2015, has urged his country to welcome the Sussexes, but not all are convinced

Last week, The Globe and Mail, the country’s biggest-selling newspaper, said the couple should not live there.

Other issues are Harry and Meghan’s immigration status – as there is no provision to treat them any differently from other newcomers – and security costs, which polls say most Canadians do wish to pay.

Meghan’s friend, Jessica, married Ben Mulroney, the eldest son of former premier Brian Mulroney, in 2018.

Meghan poses for pictures with Jessica Mulroney and Canadian Prime Minister’s wife Sophie Trudeau

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Tiffany Haddish gives a shout-out to Meghan Markle: ‘That’s how we do it in South Central LA baby’  | Daily Mail Online

Meghan Markle has garnered much support, as well as criticism for her and Prince Harry‘s decision to take a step back from the royal family.

And the former Suits star has recently received praise from one of the most outspoken actresses in Hollywood. 

Tiffany Haddish gave a shout-out to Markle last week on Watch What Happens Live with her Like a Boss co-star Salma Hayek.

California girls: Tiffany Haddish gave a shout-out to Markle last week on Watch What Happens Live: ‘That’s how we do it in South Central LA, baby! She come from them Baldwin Hills!’

Hayek said of Markle, whom she previously worked with on a special issue of British Vogue: ‘She’s really gorgeously humble and caring.’

Haddish then chimed in: ‘That’s how we do it in South Central LA, baby! She come from them Baldwin Hills!’ 

The subject of the Duchess of Sussex came up when Hayek was asked by a caller about Meghan and Harry’s decision to resign from the royal family.

She reluctantly answered: ‘I think they’re wonderful, and whatever the decision is, we have to respect it.’

Never be royals: It was announced Saturday that Harry and Meghan will no longer be referred to as their ‘royal highnesses’ in their decision to step back as working members of the royal family

Same titles: They will retain their titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but they will not formally represent the queen

Payback: The couple will also no longer receive money from the Sovereign Grant, and they will repay UK taxpayers the £2.4million ($3.1million), which was used to furnish their home Frogmore House, Buckingham Palace

It was most recently announced in a statement on Saturday that Harry and Meghan will no longer be referred to as their ‘royal highnesses’ in their decision to step back from the royal family.

They will retain their titles as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, but they will not formally represent the queen.

The couple will also no longer receive money from the Sovereign Grant, and they will repay UK taxpayers the £2.4million ($3.1million), which was used to furnish their home Frogmore House, Buckingham Palace.

They will keep the house as their official UK residence, but they will now pay rent for the property, which is on the grounds of Windsor Castle. 

It comes after their announcement earlier this month that they plan to step back as working members of the royal family and split their time between the UK and North America.

Stepping back: It comes after their announcement earlier this month that they plan to step back as working members of the royal family and split their time between the UK and North America

Tiffany Haddish gives a shout-out to Meghan Markle: ‘That’s how we do it in South Central LA baby’ 

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