Mary J. BligeLatest News and Opinion
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 1:46PM EST
Oscar producers want to put the focus on the films, not politics or causes
"In this #MeToo era the people behind the Oscar telecast have a message: Our show will be focused on films, not the cultural moment around them," says Brooks Barnes of the plans for the 90th Academy awards. The Golden Globe Awards revolved around the #MeToo and Time's Up movements, the SAG Awards focused on gender equality and anti-domestic violence activists swarmed the red carpet at the recent BAFTAs. "We want to make it as entertaining as possible — reverential and respectful but also fun and emotional,” said Jennifer Todd, who is producing the Academy Awards for the second year in a row with Mike De Luca. “The Oscars should be a spectacle. Fun and funny and great performances. It should also be a giant commercial for the movie business, which we all need to keep going.” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey adds: “We certainly want to honor and respect Time’s Up and allow that message to be heard. But we’re trying to make it more planned than spur of the moment — it has its moment and then doesn’t feel like it overshadows the artists and films being honored...I would love for every award recipient to not feel like they have to acknowledge it independently." ALSO: Oscars reveal this year's performers, including Gael García Bernal, Mary J. Blige and Common.
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 2:12PM EST
Mary J. Blige joins Netflix's The Umbrella Academy
The singer/actress, who is nominated for two Academy Awards this year for Mudbound -- for best original song and best supporting actress -- has signed on for her first regular TV role. She'll play Cha-Cha, a ruthless and unorthodox hit-woman, on the drama series about the estranged members of a family of superheroes. Blige is signed on for only one year.
Posted Wednesday 11/08/17 at 12:00AM EST
Mary J. Blige is developing a Fox choreographer drama series
Blige will produce and serve as music supervisor on 8 Count, a potential series about a young choreographer aiming to “redeem her damaged reputation in the cutthroat music/dance world.” It is based on real-life choreographer Laurieann Gibson, who's appeared on Dance Moms and MTV's Making the Band.