After TV critics were "hammering" variety series "Saturday Night Live" for not hiring an African-American female cast member in recent seasons, executive producer Lorne Michaels will audition several comediennes in New York on Monday. One or two of the ladies will become a featured player in January. Two current black cast members - Jay Pharoah and Kenan Thompson - had also spoken out about the issue a few weeks ago. Deadline.
The Recording Academy announces their Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. Artists chosen are the Beatles, Clifton Chenier, the Isley Brothers, Kraftwerk, Kris Kristofferson, Armando Manzanero, and Maud Powell. Trustees Award honorees are Rick Hall, Jim Marshall, and Ennio Morricone. A special invitation-only ceremony will be held January 25, the night before the Grammy Awards. Grammys.
Mary McNamara complains about the lack of Golden Globe nominations for "Orange is the New Black." She says it wasn't truly a snub since Netflix submitted it as a drama, but "I, like most critics, thought I was watching comedy" and that she "fully expected it to clean up at awards time" if submitted as a comedy. She is happy, however, with the nod for lead actress Taylor Schilling. L.A. Times.
'Bridesmaids,' Best Comedy/Musical Picture Nominee (2011)
Up until recently, the Golden Globes were rather upright and prudish. Voters refused to nominate raunchy flicks like "Knocked Up" and "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" for Best Comedy/ Musical Picture. But they are much more hip these days and now they face a notable test with naughty nominee "Bridesmaids." The film's awkward, gross-out humor is a far cry from that of rival nominees "The Artist" and "Midnight in Paris." Perhaps the most memorable scene has the ladies shopping for dresses when they're stricken with food poisoning, losing control of their bodily functions in unison. Ick.