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The Streamy Awards are back! YouTube's annual awards show is marking its 11th year as the creator community’s biggest night, with even more awards to dole out to this year's top creators. YouTuber Larray will serve as the show's Master of Ceremonies, and promises to give viewers an event they won't soon forget.
"As MC of this year's Streamys, I'm gonna give ya'll the best show you've ever seen," Larray says in a trailer for the upcoming awards show.
In the one-minute clip, some of this year's biggest YouTubers, including Nikita Dragun, Matt Taylor and Bretman Rock, are all seen gearing up for the show's return as they share just how much the YouTube community means to them.
Larray, who was a Breakout Creator nominee in 2019 and a winner in the Lifestyle category in 2020, will be joined by special guest Issa Twaimz, as they take the show on the road, once again in the Streamys bus, following its inaugural run in 2020.
And while it's a major moment for the YouTube community to come together, it's also one that sees these creators looking to snag some of the streamer's biggest awards.
Internet megastars Addison Rae, Bella Poarch, as well as both Charli and Dixie D'Amelio, are once again vying for this year's top honors, as is MrBeast, who previously took home the Creator of the Year award in 2020.
Meanwhile, a number of mainstream stars are in the running in the Crossover category, celebrating traditional media celebs who have made a splash with their online content -- including Nick Jonas, Will Smith and Ryan Reynolds.
The 2021 Streamy Awards will stream exclusively on YouTube Dec. 11 at 6:00 p.m. PT. Check out the full list of nominees for this year's show here.
George Clooney is opening up about the massive shifts in accountability and culture in Hollywood.
The movie star recently opened up in an interview with The Sunday Times, and reflected on how the bad behavior of years past is not something that bosses and execs can get away with as easily as they had before.
“Just because you’re a boss, it doesn’t mean you get to s**t on people," Clooney said, adding that he's "been the boss and the guy being s**t on" at different points throughout his career.
"You can’t get away with being a d**k anymore," Clooney continued. "You’d get ratted out."
The remarks appear to be in reference to the industry-wide reckoning that largely began with the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the rise of the Me Too Movement, and has continued with numerous TV and film execs, showrunners and filmmakers coming under fire for fostering hostile and toxic work environments and abusive behavior.
“On top of the terrible things Weinstein did, being a jerk at work is now not OK," Clooney said, of the increasing levels of accountability and outrage over unacceptable behavior throughout the industry. "I can’t imagine some producer having a casting session alone in his hotel room with a young girl anymore. It’s moving in the right direction."
That being said, Clooney doesn't know if the industry is actually safer for those who work in it, or if there's still some scandal or behavior that is yet to surface.
"We’ll know when we see how wrong something else goes. I’m sure there’s more and someone will tell us," he said. "Then we will have to pay attention."
For more on Clooney, check out the video below.
Thompson spoke with ET on the red carpet at this year's Gotham Awards in New York City on Monday -- where she was nominated for her performance in Passing -- and the actress opened up about Jordan's hotly anticipated Creed III.
"I have seen the script," Thompson said with a smile. " He's been in the development process for a while."
Thompson and Jordan co-starred in the first two installments of the Creed franchise -- which is itself a spin-off of the Rocky franchise. The first film was helmed by Ryan Coogler, with Steven Caple Jr. directing the sequel. Now, Jordan is preparing to star and direct.
"It's been an aspiration of his, he always knew he would direct the third," Thompson shared. "I'm excited to support him and to continue the journey of these characters that we love to play."
When it comes to getting behind the camera, Thompson said she feels that Jordan "is born for it."
"He's always been so actively involved in these movies in general, they really are his heart," she shared. "So I'm just really excited to support him in this part of his journey."
"Especially as someone who wants to direct at some point in the future too," Thompson said, praising her fellow actresses and filmmakers on the red carpet who have taken that bold step, such as Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Hall. "It's a gift to think about entering that part of my journey, so I'm so happy to support Mike in doing that."
Tickets for "Spider-Man: No Way Home" overloaded ticket sites Monday. That's great news for the box office.
Nicolas Cage is getting some real recognition for his latest film, Pig. The celebrated star walked the red carpet at this year's Gotham Awards, and opened up about the critical love for his indie drama.
Cage joined co-star Alex Wolff at the star-studded show in New York City and the pair spoke with ET and reflected on the praise both the film and Cage have gotten since the movie released to rave reviews.
In the film, Cage plays a former chef who has left city life behind to live in seclusion as a truffle hunter in the Portland woods. One day, Rob is attacked and his prized truffle-hunting pig is stolen. Rob returns to the city to find his pig, and must face the pain and memories that drove him from society in the first place.
"Rob is an epicurean contending with loss, which many people, especially now, know, at a time like this with what we've all been through," Cage shared. "I think that's what resonated with some folks."
The film has been met with incredibly positive feedback, both for the emotional depth of the story and for Cage's quiet and nuanced performance as a man saddled with the weight of immeasurable grief.
Wolff -- who plays Cage's friend and business partner Amir in the film -- had nothing but praise for the Oscar-winner, and said that the Academy should consider him yet again for this latest performance.
"I really, really think and pray that he deserves an Oscar for this movie," Wolff shared. "Unbiased, I was there watching it. And that fact that it's been 25 years [since he won his Oscar] is a huge, misguided decision on the Academy's part."
With Pig getting so much recognition -- including a nomination for Best Feature at this year's Gotham Awards -- it is possible that buzz could grow into real recognition for Cage at nest year's Oscars.
"Any kind of enthusiasm is always welcome," Cage shared. "But the reality is, it's all about telling stories that communicate with the people. And I think this movie did, and that's what we brought, and that's good enough for me."
Sondheim -- who wrote the lyrics for the original Broadway production of West Side Story, which accompanied the music written by Leonard Bernstein -- died on Friday at the age of 91. With his death just days ahead of the new film's release, there was no shortage of love, praise and appreciation at the star-studded event at the Rose Theater at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Director Steven Spielberg recalled the story of how Sondheim was convinced by his longtime mentor
Oscar Hammerstein to write the lyrics for West Side Story, which marked the early start of Sondheim's incomparable theater career.
"It's really amazing, when you have such a gift like Stephen had from childhood," Spielberg told ET's Nischelle Turner with reverence.
Rita Moreno -- who earned an Oscar for her starring role in the original 1961 film adaptation and appears in Spielberg's new take on the story -- said of Sondheim, "I feel privileged to have been in the same generation as he."
"To be there, to hear them in person, as they were written. That is a huge privilege," she expressed. "I’m so glad he was able to attend our recording sessions when we were doing the movie."
Ansel Elgort, who stars as Tony in this latest adaptation, told ET he is "so glad that we are celebrating him, and he should be at the tip of all our tongues."
According to Elgort, Sondheim came out to speak with all the actors during production, and the young star asked him about his philosophy on writing lyrics and how he crafted his songs.
"He said, 'I always want to make the most simple lyric that gets the message across,'" Elgort recalled, adding that Spielberg shared nearly the same advice when it came to performing. "Sometimes, its just about keeping it really simple to tell a story. You don't have to do too much."
One of the most lauded and central figures in 20th century American theater, Sondheim, who was born in New York City in 1930, was the composer and lyricist best known for Broadway hits A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962), Company (1970), Follies (1971), A Little Night Music (1973), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1979), and Into the Woods (1987). He also wrote the lyrics for Gypsy (1959).
Sondheim was awarded nine Tony Awards (including a Lifetime Achievement Tony in 2008), an Academy Award, eight GRAMMY Awards, a Pulitzer Prize, a Laurence Olivier Award, and a 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom. He is survived by his husband, Jeffrey Romley, and a half brother, Walter Sondheim.
Spielberg's West Side Story hits theaters Dec. 10.
Pascal recently opened up about the character's cinematic future, and confirmed that Holland would be donning the iconic red-and-blue suit for an entire second trilogy!
"This is not the last movie that we are going to make with Marvel [and it's not] the last Spider-Man movie," Pascal told Fandango in an interview published Monday.
The intellectual property rights have always been notoriously complex with regards to the latest series of Spider-Man films, as Sony owns the rights to the character but has been working with Disney and Marvel Studios to incorporate Tom Holland's Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Holland himself has been hesitant to confirm his possible involvement in future Spider-Man films, however Pascal stated that the 25-year-old English actor would in fact be returning to the franchise.
"We are getting ready to make the next Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland and Marvel. We're thinking of this as three films, and now we're going to go onto the next three. This is not the last of our MCU movies," Pascal stated.
As for Holland, the actor was recently the subject of a GQprofile, and said that it might be "time for me to move on." And, importantly, for the character to move on.
"Maybe what’s best for Spider-Man is that they do a Miles Morales film," Holland said, referring to the character who takes on the mantle of Spider-Man in Marvel comics, and currently fights crime in tandem with Peter Parker's Spider-Man.
Miles Morales was the central character in the critically acclaimed animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but has yet to appear in any of the live-action Spider-Man films.
In that same profile, Holland -- who was 19 when he first portrayed the friendly neighborhood crimefighter, admitted that the role "is an important part of my life." However, he added, "If I’m playing Spider-Man after I’m 30, I’ve done something wrong."
Meanwhile, Spider-Man: No Way Home swings into theaters Dec. 17.
Najimy recently spoke with ET -- alongside her Single All the Way co-star, Jennifer Coolidge -- while promoting her upcoming holiday rom-com, and she reflected on being a part of the long-awaited sequel.
"We've only had one day of shooting [our scenes], but you know, it's just great to be back," she shared with a smile.
Najimy explained that getting to play Mary Sanderson -- the magical sister to Bette Midler's Winifred Sanderson and Sarah Jessica Parker's Sarah Sanderson -- was something truly special, both when she first portrayed the character in the original 1993 film, and now.
"When I was growing up, the idol of my life was Bette Midler," Najimy reflected. "I used to break into the backstages of where she was performing, I had guards chasing after me. True story, I found her apartment in New York, left her a note, got drug away from there."
"So to be standing next to her, not only in the same movie but to be playing her sister, blew my mind," Najimy added.
Disney+ shared the first official look at the three stars back together as they began filming Hocus Pocus 2 earlier this month.
When the sequel to the 1993 classic was first announced, ET previously reported that the film will “see three young women accidentally bringing the Sanderson Sisters back to modern-day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on the world.”
And rounding out the cast is Doug Jones returning as Billy Butcherson, with Whitney Peak as Becca, Lilia Buckingham as Cassie and Belissa Escobedo as Izzy, three young women in present-day Salem who incite the wrath of the three witches.
Hannah Waddingham, Tony Hale, Sam Richardson, Juju Brener, Froy Gutierrez, Taylor Paige Henderson and Nina Kitchen will also appear in the new film, which will debut on Disney+ in fall 2022.
Before Hocus Pocus 2 comes out, fans can see Najimy in the Christmas comedy Single All the Way. In the film, a perpetually single man named Peter (Michael Urie) convinces his friend, Nick (Philemon Chambers), to pose as his boyfriend at a family dinner, so as to avoid a conversation about settling down. But soon, the ruse stirs feelings between Peter and Nick that they didn't expect.
"I love the holidays a lot, I am that tacky Christmas decorator person who overdoes it, so I love that part. And I love that it was a love story between two men," Najimy shared. "It seems like we've seen movies where there are gay leads, but a lot of times it's very sad and it ends up horrible and a family member is against it and they get sent away somewhere. This one was about Christmas, about family, and the lead just happened to be a really handsome gay guy looking for love."
Single All the Way debuts on Netflix Dec. 2.
With episode 6, Insecure has officially passed the halfway point of its fifth and final season as the HBO comedy closes out its story about Issa (played by co-creator and star Issa Rae) and her best friend, Molly (Yvonne Orji), navigating the ups and downs of adulting in Los Angeles.
Even though “Tired, Okay?!” largely focused on Issa and Molly both putting themselves out there when it comes to their personal and professional lives, it marked the directorial debut for writer Natasha Rothwell, who also co-stars on the series as Kelli.
While speaking to ET via Zoom from London, where she's currently filming Wonka, Rothwell talked about stepping behind the camera for the first time, what’s in store for Kelli following her death scare, and moving beyond Insecure with roles on The White Lotus and in the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory prequel.
After being responsible for the shows-within-a-show on previous seasons and writing episodes, like season 3’s finale, “Ghost-Like,” with Rae and season 4’s “Lowkey Happy,” it was super important for Rothwell to helm an episode before the series’ run came to an end on HBO.
But it wasn’t until after being so heavily involved with producing “Lowkey Happy,” they officially decided to include Rothwell among the next season’s directors. It was an emotional moment for Rothwell, who recalls Rae pulling her aside after they finished shooting the episode to tell her, “You’re ready.”
“She just looked at me and I burst into tears, because I was just like, 'I think I am too,'" she says.
And when it came down to helming episode 6, Rothwell couldn’t have been happier with the choice. Not only wasn’t Kelli in it (“I’m not ready for my Bradley Cooper days yet,” she jokes), but the themes of the episode really resonated with her. “This idea of owning your choices is a huge theme of the season. Like, making those decisions, being autonomous and feeling like you have agency in those decisions,” Rothwell says. “And I think it’s really an episode where we see decisions coming to a head, which is exciting.”
For Issa, that’s pushing back on the negative feedback she’s getting on The Blocc and finally facing her emotions when it comes to getting back together with Nathan (Kendrick Sampson). Whereas Molly finds herself overcompensating for her feelings over her mother’s health scare by throwing herself deeper into work and letting things get a little messy.
While Rothwell has written for these characters since the beginning of the series, being behind the camera gave her new perspective on Issa and Molly. By telling a story with more than language, the lens and composition of the frame “allowed me to explore who they are as characters in a visual way that I hadn’t been able to do before,” she says.
Not only that, but the episode gave Rothwell the opportunity to direct various kinds of scenes, from stunts to green screen to a sex scene. “I learned so much,” she says. “I was like, ‘Okay, I’ve got that certificate. I know how to do that.' Like, I’m picking up tools along the way.”
“I was definitely so grateful to be able to earn those stripes with family because it was such a comforting thing to step into when you’re doing something for the first time,” Rothwell says, before revealing that she was determined to earn everyone’s respect at the same time. “I think I accomplished that and I was able to really tell a story that I wanted to tell.”
With her directorial debut behind her, fans can look forward to more of Rothwell onscreen as Kelli, as teased in the upcoming episode, “Chillin’, Okay?!,” which sees Issa, Molly, Kelli and Tiffany (Amanda Seales) reuniting for a long overdue girls’ night. “You’ll definitely see more Kelli after episodes 5 and 6, for sure. I think with all of the characters, folks will be super satisfied,” Rothwell says, before teasing what’s still to come from her character as she recovers from her death scare in the season 5 premiere.
“She knows who she is and what she wants. And it’s not until she’s confronted with the inevitability of death, hers specifically, this idea of legacy and like, ‘How do you want to be remembered?’ sets in,” Rothwell explains. “And I think putting those big questions on someone who hasn’t really questioned much has been the fun of exploring Kelli this season.”
For Rothwell, that's been trying to understand this internal struggle and why those questions have unsettled Kelli so much. “Her work is on point. Her life is great. She’s balancing partying and being professional. She’s got all these plates spinning,” she says. “And yet, there’s this thing of something bigger that gets at her.”
Ultimately for Rothwell as a performer, these kinds of moments allow for her to go deeper with Kelli, which is something showrunner Prentice Penny wanted to do more of this season. Especially after seeing what she could do onscreen with the role in season 3, when Kelli feels left out while Tiffany is pregnant.
“There’s some there, there,” Rothwell says of crafting Kelli to have these layers. “Otherwise, you have a caricature and not a character.” And for both her and Penny, they wanted to make sure Kelli was more than a joke and wasn’t just the comic relief. “So, that’s a big thing for the character this season,” he previously told ET.
“I feel like for me, grounding her and giving her those moments of grounding really does elevate her for me as a performer,” Rothwell adds. And when looking back on her favorite moments as Kelli, it’s those deeper ones that resonate more than, say, her getting tasered at Beychella. One that jumps out is when the girls are looking for Tiffany at the end of season 4. “You really see Kelli concerned for her best friend and she’s on this mission -- and by any means necessary -- to find her. There’s a subtle moment on the bus where you just see panic sort of wash over her.”
But she quickly jokes, “Of course, peeing myself and then getting fingered in Swingers -- who doesn’t love that?”
When it comes to looking beyond Insecure and life after Kelli, Rothwell has already made a huge impression as a hotel wellness employee named Belinda on creator Mike White’s surprise HBO hit, The White Lotus.
Given the nature of the show and her role opposite the likes of Jennifer Coolidge, Rothwell recalls the conversations she had with White and how much he understood the care she had for the character. “When you have a woman of color in a servile position in a mostly homogeneous cast, it was important for me to do that right,” she says.
And when it comes to the many, many scenes she shared with Coolidge, who starred as a depressed, wealthy guest named Tanya, Rothwell pinches herself. “I never thought I would be playing the straight man,” she says. “I had dreams of working with her, obviously, because she’s incredible. But I always thought, ‘Oh, we’d both be doing the comedy.’ But just being across from someone who’s just so effortlessly funny was like a masterclass.”
Recalling how their final scene together as Tanya returns to grab her sunglasses after turning down Belinda’s business plan was improvised in the moment by Coolidge, Rothwell prides herself on not breaking during taping. “Watching it onscreen is so deeply funny,” she says.
Although the series has been renewed for a second season, with Coolidge reportedly returning as Tanya, Rothwell says she hasn’t been a part of any conversations about returning. “I’m not privy to any talks, but I would absolutely jump at the chance to play her again. I think there’s so many stories to tell,” she shares.
No matter what happens, Rothwell returned to narrate a second season of 12 Dates of Christmas on HBO Max and has lined up a coveted role in the upcoming prequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory starring Timothée Chalamet as a young Wonka as well as Jim Carter, Keegan-Michael Key, Olivia Colman, Rowan Atkinson and Sally Hawkins in other undisclosed roles.
When it comes to being part of such a star-studded cast, “It’s truly a fever dream,” she says. “I’m very much an Anglophile and so, I followed the careers of Rowan Atkinson, Olivia Colman and Jim Carter for forever. And so, to be around these guys, I’m just trying not to fangirl.”
Beyond freaking out on set, Rothwell says Wonka, which is being helmed by Paul King, “is such a sweet film. The heartbeat of the film is kindness, which is why I jumped at the opportunity. It’s hard being away for four months, but I think putting more of this energy into the world is just so important.”
Insecure airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.