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Golden Globes Nominations Shocks and Surprises

Golden Globes Nominations Shocks and Surprises

The Golden Globes, Hollywood Foreign Press, present the nominations for the 76th annual award show at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This year presents great surprises and a few snubs.

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Leslie Mann, Terry Crews, lden Danai Gurira, Christian Slater Golden Globe Awards nominations 

 Surprises and Snubs Golden Globes

Snubs Golden Globes

This year female directors were not included in the nominations. There is a number of great films this year by female directors. 

  • Karyn Kusama Destroyer
  • Marielle Heller Can You Ever Forgive Me?
  • Tamara Jenkins Private Life
  • Josie Rourke Mary Queen of Scots

Network television did not receive a lot of nominations this year. This may be the time for television to reevaluate the future shows. 

The big film snub is Mary Poppins for the best original song. This was expected to top the nomination. Paddington film did not receive one nomination. Ryan Gosling’s performance in First Man was not recognized with a nomination for best actor. First Man left out of best director and best drama. Highly acclaimed film Widows received no nominations. 

Surprises Golden Globes

Vice took home the top number of nominations with six. 

  • Best Musical/Comedy
  • Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy 
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Director
  • Best Screenplay

A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody films about music took on drama nominations instead of musical. Green Book brought in nominations even their critics agree they are a strong duo. The Handmaids Tale is a nice surprise for Hulu. 

Nominees Golden Globes

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Best film – drama
Black Panther
BlacKkKlansman
Bohemian Rhapsody
If Beale Street Could Talk
A Star Is Born

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The Wife

Best actress – drama
Glenn Close – The Wife
Lady Gaga – A Star Is Born
Nicole Kidman – Destroyer
Melissa McCarthy – Can You Ever Forgive Me? 
Rosamund Pike – A Private War

Best actor – drama
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Willem Dafoe – At Eternity’s Gate
Lucas Hedges – Boy Erased
Rami Malek – Bohemian Rhapsody
John David Washington – BlacKkKlansman

Best supporting actress
Amy Adams – Vice Claire Foy – First Man
Regina King – If Beale Street Could Talk
Emma Stone – The Favourite
Rachel Weisz – The Favourite

Best supporting actor
Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Timothée Chalamet – Beautiful Boy
Adam Driver – BlacKkKlansman
Richard E Grant – Can You Ever Forgive Me? 
Sam Rockwell – Vice

Best film – musical or comedy
Crazy Rich Asians
The Favourite
Green Book
Mary Poppins Returns
Vice

Best actress – musical or comedy
Emily Blunt – Mary Poppins Returns
Olivia Colman – The Favourite
Elsie Fisher – Eighth Grade
Charlize Theron – Tully
Constance Wu – Crazy Rich Asians

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Mary Poppins Returns

Best actor – musical or comedy
Christian Bale – Vice
Lin-Manuel Miranda – Mary Poppins Returns
Viggo Mortensen – Green Book
Robert Redford – The Old Man & the Gun
John C Reilly – Stan & Ollie

Best director
Bradley Cooper – A Star Is Born
Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Peter Farrelly – Green Book
Spike Lee – BlacKkKlansman
Adam McKay – Vice

Best song
All the Stars – Black Panther
Girl in the Movies – Dumplin’
Requiem for a Private War – A Private War
Revelation – Boy Erased
Shallow – A Star Is Born

Best screenplay
Alfonso Cuarón – Roma
Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara – The Favourite
Barry Jenkins – If Beale Street Could Talk
Adam McKay – Vice
Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly – Green Book

Best foreign language film
Capernaum
Girl
Never Look Away
Roma
Shoplifters

Best score
Marco Beltrami – A Quiet Place
Alexandre Desplat – Isle of Dogs
Ludwig Göransson – Black Panther
Justin Hurwitz – First Man
Marc Shaiman – Mary Poppins Returns

Best animation
Incredibles 2
Isle of Dogs
Mirai
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Television Golden Globes

Best limited series or TV movie
The Alienist
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Escape at Dannemora
Sharp Objects
A Very English Scandal

Best actress in a limited series or TV movie
Amy Adams – Sharp Objects
Patricia Arquette – Escape at Dannemora
Connie Britton – Dirty John
Laura Dern – The Tale
Regina King – Seven Seconds

Best actor in a limited series or TV movie
Antonio Banderas – Genius: Picasso
Daniel Bruhl – The Alienist
Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch – Patrick Melrose
Hugh Grant – A Very English Scandal

Best supporting actress in a limited series or TV movie
Alex Bornstein – The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Patricia Clarkson – Sharp Objects
Penelope Cruz – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Thandie Newton – Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski – The Handmaid’s Tale

Best supporting actor in a limited series or TV movie
Alan Arkin – The Kominsky Method
Kieran Culkin – Succession
Edgar Ramirez – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Ben Whishaw – A Very English Scandal
Henry Winkler – Barry

Best TV series – musical or comedy
Barry
The Good Place
Kidding
The Kominsky Method
The Marvelous Mrs Maisel

Best actress in a TV series – musical or comedy
Kristen Bell – The Good Place
Candice Bergen – Murphy Brown
Alison Brie – Glow
Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
Debra Messing – Will and Grace

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Donald Glover

Best actor in a TV series – musical or comedy
Sasha Baron Cohen – Who Is America?
Jim Carrey – Kidding
Michael Douglas – The Kominsky Method
Donald Glover – Atlanta
Bill Hader – Barry

Best TV series – drama
The Americans
Bodyguard
Homecoming
Killing Eve
Pose

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Elisabeth Moss attends the 75th Annual Golden Globes Awards

Best actress in a TV series – drama
Caitriona Balfe – Outlander
Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale
Sandra Oh – Killing Eve
Julia Roberts – Homecoming
Keri Russell – The Americans

Best actor in a TV series – drama
Jason Bateman – Ozark
Stephan James – Homecoming
Billy Porter – Pose
Richard Madden – Bodyguard
Matthew Rhys – The Americans

Nominations Golden Globes

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Executive Producer and Executive VP of Television at Dick Clark productions, Barry Adelman, Golden Globe Ambassador Isan Elba, Leslie Mann, Danai Gurira, Terry Crews, Christian Slater Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) President, Meher Tatna 

Golden Globes ambassador Isan Elba, Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Meher Tatna and Dick Clark Productions executive VP of television Barry Adelman with Terry Crews, Danai Gurira, Leslie Mann, and Christian Slater to reveal the nominees for television and film. 

The Golden Globes hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg Jan. 6, 2019 at 8 PM EST on NBC. Stay tuned here for complete Golden Globes coverage. 

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People’s Choice Awards

People’s Choice Awards

People’s Choice Awards is a night of glitz and glam. The fans vote for those receiving awards this evening. The night filled with fans receiving seats for the show, makeovers, and greet the celebrities on the red carpet. 

People’s Choice Awards Red Carpet

Brows are the leader on the red carpet. The makeup is light and fresh.  Feathers and sparkles a hit this evening. Clothing with glitz is replacing jewels. It was a night of elegance and fans. 

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Khloe Kardashian and Kris Jenner People’s Choice Awards

Khloe Kardashian wearing a strapless, ruched, white side-slit gown with diamond rings from Djula and Vhernier and large diamond hoops. Her signature hair half up and down. She is the recipient of two People’s Choice Awards.

Here is her styling guide:

  • Makeup: Hrush Achemyan
    • Lips Kylie CosmeticLip Gloss Becca CosmeticsMoisturizer Koh Gen Do Highlighting KKW Beauty
  • Styling: Janeller Miller 
  • Styling assistant: DanielLaniko 
  • Dress: ToniMaticevski 
  • Earrings: NormanSilverman 
  • Rings: Djula Jewelry Vhernier 
  • Shoes: StuartWeitzman 
  • Clutch: Lala Lexa

Kendall rocks a black pair of cargo pants with a strapless tiered pleated top of tulle and silk. This look was exceptional and elegant. The designer Ronald van der Kemp is the world’s first sustainable couture label. The look is completed with Djula black diamond hoop earrings. She is the recipient of one award. 

Rita Ora wears Atelier Versace monochromatic gown. This is full of sex appeal with her thigh high boots and high slit dress. The boots and dress accentuated with gold leaves and flowers. She is wearing diamond rings from Kallati, Marli New York and Le Vian. 

Jeannie Mai brings the clothing glitz to the red carpet with a pair of wide-leg shimmering pants and sex appeal with a sheer top. She completes the look with a Borgioni diamond ear cuff and black heeled boots. 

Gwen Stefani is here to support her boyfriend Blake Shelton. He is the recipient of an award. She is wearing Balmain bringing sexy on the edge. The dress is shredded on the sleeves, shear on the top half, and angular edging. She completes the look with Louboutin pumps and diamond rings by Djula and Kallati. 

People Choice Recipents

  • Melissa McCarthy People’s Icon 2018
  • Victoria Beckham Fashion Icon  2018
  • Taylor Swift Concert Tour 2018
  • Bryan Stevenson People’s Champion Award  2018
  • Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund Animal Star 2018
  • James Charles Beauty Influencer 2018
  • The Who Dumped Me Comedy Movie 2018
  • Scarlett Johansson Female Movie Star 2018
  • Nicki Minaj The Female Music Artist 2018
  • Harry Shum Jr. The Male TV Star 2018
  • Keeping Up With Kardashian’s Reality Show 2018 
  • Khloe Kardashian Reality TV Star 2018
  • Shadow Hunters The Mortal Instrument Bingeworthy Show 2018 
  • Wynonna Earp Sci-fi/Fantasy Show of 2018
  • Nicki Minaj Album 2018
  • Katherine McNamara Female TV Star 2018
  • Blake Shelton Country Music Artist 2018
  • Danai Gurira Action Movie Star
  • The Voice Competition Show 2018
  • Jimmy Fallon Nighttime Talk Show 2018
  • Avengers Infinity War Action Movie 2018
  • BTS Song 2018
  • Avengers Infinity War Movie 2018

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ~ Manson Family

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ~ Manson Family

Quentin Tarantino’s latest screenplay, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is his new project, with a few hiccups in the beginning. This is about the Manson Family murders.

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 Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio star in Columbia Pictures “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Screenplay Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

This screenplay looks at the Mason family cult and commune formed in California in the late 1960s. The notorious killing of Sharon Tate and four others August 9, 1969. The film release is the 50-year anniversary of the murders. They were involved in several other murders, thefts, and other crimes. The film’s budget $100,000,000.

IMBD synopsis states, “A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles.”

Actors Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

This film has top list actors including:

  • Sharon Tate actor Margot Robbie 
  • Rick Dalton actor Leonardo DiCaprio (took a pay cut to work with Tarantino)
  • Cliff Booth actor Brad Pitt (scheduling conflict prevented him from playing Rick Dalton)
  • Squeaky Fromme actor Dakota Fanning 
  • Marvin Shwarz actor Al Pacino 
  • George Spahn actor Burt Reynolds
  • Steve McQueen actor Damian Lewis
  • Kurt Russell 

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Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. 

Margot Robbie brings her talent to portray this living character as the character in this role. She took on Tony Harding in I, Tonya and brilliantly performed that role even the skating routines. The first look photos, she is Sharon Tate. You forget that this is Robbie. She presents the 1960s style in boots, mini-skirt, and black turtleneck. The blowout of the long blond hair the final touch, she looks more like Sharon Tate than herself. 

Filming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Tarantino’s film meets a few hiccups during production. The film was set to have distribution with The Weinstein Company. This posed an issue once the charges against Harvey Weinstein. Tarantino looked for a new distributor for the film to have several offers.

The casting meets with struggles with Brad Pitt having scheduling conflicts for the original role he was too play. Pitt is co-starring with Leonardo DiCaprio for the first time will co-star together. Al Pacino’s role, Marvin Shwarz, was specifically written for him to play. This is the first collaboration between Pacino and DiCaprio.

This film with top actors, director. and writer is sure to entertain. 

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Party of the Year ~ 90th Oscars® Governors Ball

Party of the Year ~ 90th Oscars® Governors Ball

This year The Oscars® is celebrating 90 years. The Governors Ball is pulling out the very best for the years celebrity party.

Wolfgang Puck and his catering company will bring the best in food, entertainment, and ascetics for the best in the film industry at Oscars®. His goal with each event he caters to is, “revolutionized the dining landscape with a singular focus: to exceed expectations whenever our guests gather for a meal.”

90th Oscars®, Governors Ball Preview
Lois Burwell and Master Chef Wolfgang Puck

This year’s menu brings some favorites back and new experiences. His Oscars® menu is set to meet everyone’s pallet and needs. The menu includes:

Amuse Bouche

  • Parmesan Bread Sticks
  • Everything Bagel Pretzel Bite, Scamorza Cream Cheese, Tomato Confit
  • Aged Vermont Cheddar Cheese
  • Aged Parmesan Cheese
  • Candied Spiced Mixed Nuts, Pineapple
  • Dried Fruit
  • Apricot Macadamia Nut Lavosh
  • Passed Hors d’Oeuvre
  • Edamame and Black Truffle Pot Stickers (V)
  • Miyazaki Wagyu Beef Tartare, Puffed Black Rice, Togarashi
  • * Of the 28,000 Japanese Black cattle handled by JA Miyazaki, only 18,000 meet the criteria to become Miyazaki Wagyu.
  • Tiny Taro Taco, Spiced Eggplant, Lime Pickle (V)
  • Smoked Salmon Oscars®
  • Miniature Wagyu Burger with Sharp Cheddar and Remoulade
  • Signature Pizzas
  • Spicy Tuna Tartare in Sesame Miso Cones
  • Crab Stuffed Hibiscus, Lemon, Pomegranate
  • Explosion of Rhubarb, Thai Flavors (V)

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The Academy’s® Governors Ball

Small Plates

  • Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Pea Shoots, Mezze Flavors (V)
  • Frozen Beets, Ginger Milk Curd, Yuzu, Ice Lettuce
  • Asparagus, Shiro Miso, Watercress, Cherry Tomatoes, Sancho Pepper (V)
  • White Asparagus Soup, Caviar, Yukon Potato Croutons
  • Potato Caviar 2.0
  • Black Truffle Chicken Pot Pie
  • Winter Truffle Baked Cavatappi and Cheese
  • Mini Pea and Carrot Ravioli, Black Truffle, Cipollini Onions
  • Miyazaki Wagyu Beef, Forbidden Black Rice, Crunchy Red Beets, Char Siu Cabbage
  • Black Bass, Eggplant, Salsa Verde, Teardrop Peppers
  • Housemade Spinach Campanelle, English Peas, Cipollini Onions, Roasted Tomatoes (V)

(V) – Vegan

Raw Bar

  • Spicy Tuna, California, and Vegetable Rolls
  • Made-to-Order Nigiri
  • Scallop Crudo, Blood Orange, Finger Lime, Lovage
  • Sea Urchin, Egg, Dashi Ikura
  • Caviar Parfait with 24k Gold
  • Oysters on the Half Shell
  • Snow Crab Claws
  • King Crab Legs
  • Lobster
  • Mussels
  • Clams
  • Shrimp

Pastries & Chocolate

  • Caramel-Passion Fruit Oscars® Lollipops
  • Mango-Lime Pate a Fruit with Tajin Pop
  • Marjolaine Cake Pop
  • Passion Fruit Meringue Lollipop
  • Pistachio Raspberry Cookies
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Dark Chocolate Brownies
  • Coconut Macaroons
  • Cocktail Inspired Macarons
  • Negroni-Orange, Campari, Vermouth,
  • Gin Mojito-Lime, White Rum
  • Piña Colada-Pineapple, Malibu Rum
  • Individual Blueberry-Violet Entremets Cake
  • Vegan Carrot Cupcake with Vegan Cream Cheese
  • Gianduja Cupcake
  • Lychee-Rose-Raspberry Tart
  • Pineapple Upside-Down Verrine
  • Housemade Chocolate Bonbons
  • Lemon Cheesecake
  • Pecan Pie
  • Raspberry Pate a Fruit, Vanilla Ganache
  • York Peppermint
  • Kumquat Pimm’s

Vegan Items (without Gluten)

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich
  • Coconut Vegan Cupcake
  • Walnut Chocolate Cookies

Passed Small Desserts

  • Ruby Chocolate Strawberry and Cream
  • strawberry-hibiscus mousse, strawberry compote, vanilla sponge,
  • mascarpone cream, Callebaut Ruby chocolate
  • *Wolfgang Puck Catering is the first company in the U.S. to utilize and serve this new, fully sustainable, naturally colored, varietal of chocolate
  • Key Lime Meringue Cheesecake Taco
  • key lime cheesecake, graham cracker, white chocolate shell, toasted meringue
  • Mocha Beehive
  • salted sable Breton, dark chocolate Rocher shell, liquid honey ganache, mocha mascarpone mousse
  • Tropical Halo-Halo
  • coconut tapioca pudding, exotic fresh fruits, acai granita

90th Oscars®, Governors Ball Preview
Master chef Wolfgang Puck

Made to Order

  • Mille Crepe Cake, Caramel, Chocolate, Raspberry Filling
  • Cinnamon Sugar Beignets Topped with Caramel
  • Hibiscus Kombucha Carbonated to Order

Photo credit: Robert Gladden / ©A.M.P.A.S.

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Right Side of History BlacKkKlansman

Right Side of History BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman is a film that is on the right side of history. The film debuted at Cannes De Festival to a standing ovation. This Spike Lee film brings the present day events to their historical ties with this film of Ron Stallworth’s real-life story.

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BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee Film

Film Synopsis:

Director Spike Lee presents BlacKkKlansman, an incendiary film inspired by the life of Ron Stallworth, the first police officer African-American to have infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. Against all odds, the agent Stallworth (John David Washington) and his partner (Adam Driver) Flip Zimmerman will infiltrate the highest echelons of the Klan, to stop him from taking control of the city.

Actors at Festival De Cannes:

  • Spike Lee ~ Director/Writer
  • Adam Driver ~ Flip Zimmerman
  • Topher Grace ~ David Duke
  • Laura Harrier ~ Patrice
  • John David Washington ~ Ron Stallworth

BlacKkKlansman Current History

Spike Lee discusses how surreal the tragedy of Heather Higher being murdered at Charlottesville Virginia protests brings coda to this film. Her death took place after filming completion. Lee put it in the film to see what happened. When he saw what happened he knew this was the final scene.

He states, “I had to do something first. I was given Susan Bro’s, Higher’s mother, phone number. I was not going to put that murder scene in that film without her blessing. Mrs. Bro said, ‘Spike I give you permission to put that in.'” They collected footage and photos from those at the time of Higher’s murder to get the best coverage of this horrific unnecessary murder. Higher should be alive today. The President of the United States could not stand up to the world to say we are about love, not about hate, we are better than murdering a young woman.

Lee goes on to speak about the building of the United States of America (USA) from the genocide of Native Americans and slavery. This is the fabric of the USA. This scene had to go in to show that our leaders are giving us a direction that is not moral. This is a worldwide problem. It is not a black, brown, and white world. We all live on this planet. We have to stand up and stop being silent.

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BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee Cannes Red Carpet

BlacKkKlansman Screenplay

Jordan Peele, the film’s producer, pitched the story of Ron Stallworth. Lee thought it was a comedy skit. When he realized it was a true story he brought Kevin Willmott in to assist with writing the screenplay. There was one thing that Lee understood in making the film it had to tie to the current climate. The situations today did not just pop up but they have been around for decades.

The focus of the story was to tell this period piece while connecting to present day. The movie needed to end in the present day. Lee says, “I did not have the crystal ball, even though my friends call me negrodamus. The film’s ending was not written it was true life. Lee continues with Spike Lee joiners you got to flow, cannot be rigid, got to be hip, on it. There is no way in the world he could not make that the end of the film. The screenplay is based on the book by Stallworth, Black Klansman. 

Chaz Ebert asks about the language in the film and if it is necessary to use the tone and word choice.  Lee answers “words are hateful. Words can be hateful and I do not think I was elaborating on how the Klan not only hates blacks they hate Jews, they are number two on the list. They do not speak lovely terms and those words are harmful. The way we had them speaking in the film is the way they speak every day. It was my decision to hear those words. I wanted the hate to be verbalized.”

BlacKkKlansman Cast and Crew

Lee states, “This is very simple we tell the story.  That is what we do. I do not do this shit alone. I am a general manager of a sport’s team. Put the best players out there. Filmmaking is a collaborating effort.  It is some hard shit. Filmmaking is hard shit. You got to go to work. Learn your craft and do your research.” You want to put the best people behind the camera to make the best film you can.

Barry Alexander Brown, a film editor,  is able to create the final scene from footage taken from people’s phone. He was able to prove the needless death of Higher and that she should be alive now.

Chayse Irvin, the cinematographer, is amazing. He shot this on film, not digital. We really wanted to have the look of seventies films split screens. I forgot shooting with film takes a lot of time because it has been so long since working with film.

John David Washington (son of Denzel Washington) plays Ron Stallworth in the movie.  Washington was able to learn from Stallworth about what he was going through he is like the Jackie Robinson of police. It took a lot to get the position in the police department.  While Stallworth was protecting and servicing Colorado Springs, he prevented terrorist violence. There were no violent acts during this time on the police force. One black man, that is very well supported.

He wanted to inhabit his spirit. Setting up the environment was a great collaborating environment. Your abilities become unlimited in this environment. He felt very blessed to have this experience glad to be a part of this experience.

Adam Drive, his character Flip Zimmerman, we had a week or two to talk about it before. The research helps but you have to let that go when you get on set. Pay attention to what is being said by you and cast. Playing music on my iPod assisted. Spike creates a very that best idea wins very familial. Best ideas win, a very egoless set. Everyone had a life outside the filming and we got home at a decent hour. Spike sets the tone that it is easy that you feel free to fail.

Topher Grace, his character is David Duke, KKK Grand Wizard put in a lot of time for his part.  He read My Awaking by David Duke,  watched The Donahue Show when the KKK was on the show, and listened to his radio show. Grace recalls being asked to play in a Lee film, “This is one of the happiest times in my life followed by one of the worst times when I realized the character I was going portray.” He felt the responsibility to get it right, but no did not feel the responsibility to Duke.

Grace capture this character through the script, it did a really good job of creating the KKK and David as a leader. Lee is a great coach. There was a day I had to something that was really evil. Spike said, “Try this a Nazi salute and said white power. I am rarely affected by filming but I was in a very bad space.” Lee assisted him by explaining that this is a message that you agree with even though you don’t agree with the character you are playing.

Laura Harrier, her character Patrice, she tried to inhabit the spirit and time period. Meeting her real-life character helped her embrace the character’s life, relationships, and spirit. She watched Black Panther footage and listened to the music. Having a great team and taking Spike’s guidance.

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BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee Cannes Image Credit Antonin Thuillier

BlacKkKlansman Message

Lee talks about the message as being believing in hope. Many of his films are hope like Do the Right thing is a hopeful film. He is not blind or deaf, he thinks you can be hopeful but be aware. This film will be seen around the world. This is a global problem. I do hope that other people from other countries will see that this is happening where they live. Lee says, “I have hope that this film shakes people from their slumber. This is a very important film. People are having a hard time coping. In our hearts, we know what is right and wrong. When you have wrong staring you dead in your face and mums the word, you are supporting the opposing causes.”orting the opposing causes.”

The film will release on the one-year anniversary of Charlottesville demonstration August 10, 2018.

This is truly an incredible film one that is gut wrenching, funny, honest, and real. It brings this issues full circle and to the present day. @officialspikelee @jordanpeele thank you

See the trailer here

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Festival de Cannes® 2018 ~ Palme d’or Jury

Festival de Cannes® 2018 ~ Palme d’or Jury

Festival De Cannes® will present the Palme d’or film award, the top award at Cannes. This year marks the 71st year this film festival continues to influence film worldwide. There are 22 films official selected for Palme d’or film award.

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The Jury of the 71st Festival de Cannes®

Jury Palme D’Or Festival De Cannes®

Palme d’or film award jury is presided over by Cate BlanchettAustralian actress, and producer. She fields lots of questions about gender and the festival during the opening press conference. Festival De Cannes® chose only 3 women directors to present this year. She says, “Three female directors in the competition earned their spots.” She goes on to say, “Being attractive does not preclude being intelligent.”  Five women and four men from seven nationalities and four continents join her:

  • Chang Chen (Chinese Actor)
    • Chang Chen made his film debut in the late Edward Yang’s A Brighter Summer Day. He rose to fame in the Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000.
  • Ava DuVernay (American writer, director, producer)
    • Nominated for the Academy Award and Golden Globe and winner of the BAFTA and EMMY, Ava DuVernay is a writer, director, producer and film distributor known for the historical drama Selma(2014)
  • Robert Guédiguian (French director, writer, producer)
    • The work of Robert Guédiguian, an activist filmmaker, celebrates the city of Marseille where he grew up. Acclaimed by critics when he first started directing in the 80s, he met public success with Marius and Jeannette, which won the Prix Louis-Delluc in 1997.
  • Khadja Nin (Burundian songwriter, composer, singer)
    • Youngest of a family of eight Khadja Nin studied music at an early age, before leaving Africa to go to Europe. Her albums are a mix of occidental pop music, African and afro-cuban rhythms.
  • Léa Seydoux (French actress)
    • Rising to fame with Christophe Honoré’s The Beautiful Personin 2008, Léa Seydoux is an award-winning actress, notably the Palme d’or for Abdelatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Colour in 2013.
  • Kristen Stewart (American actress)
    • Kristen Stewart has been playing roles since an early age and received widespread recognition in 2008 for The TwilightSaga film series (2008–12).
  • Denis Villeneuve (Canadian director, writer)
    • Internationally renowned and recently two-time Academy Award winner for Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve made his debut at the National Film Board of Canada in the early 90’s.
  • Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russian director, writer)
    • Multi-award winning filmmaker Andreï Zvyagintsev has already become one of the most respected directors in Russian and international cinema. He directed his first feature film in 2003 The Return, which won him a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Palme d’or In Competition Festival De Cannes®

This year’s official Festival De Cannes® selection for the Palme d’or is highly anticipated and exceptional films. Films come from all over the world representing top directing and actors. Jury members bring a strong influence from their careers, strong backgrounds, and talent that is an asset to this choice of the best film.

This year’s Festival De Cannes® official choice for the Palme d’or is highly anticipated and exceptional films. These nominated films come from all over the world representing top directing and actors include:

  • Asghar FARHADI TODOS LO SABEN (EVERYBODY KNOWS)
  • Stéphane BRIZÉ AT WAR
  • Nuri Bilge CEYLAN AHLAT AGACI (THE WILD PEAR TREE)
  • Sergey DVORTSEVOY AYKA
  • Matteo GARRONE DOGMAN
  • Jean-Luc GODARD LE LIVRE D’IMAGE (THE IMAGE BOOK)
  • Yann GONZALEZ KNIFE + HEART
  • Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI  NETEMO SAMETEMO (ASAKO I & II) (ASAKO I & II)
  • Christophe HONORÉ SORRY ANGEL
  • Eva HUSSON GIRLS OF THE SUN
  • JIA Zhang-Ke JIANG HU ER NV (ASH IS PUREST WHITE)
  • KORE-EDA Hirokazu MANBIKI KAZOKU (SHOPLIFTERS)
  • Nadine LABAKI CAPERNAUM
  • LEE Chang-Dong BURNING
  • Spike LEE BLACKKKLANSMAN 
  • David Robert MITCHELL UNDER THE SILVER LAKE
  • Jafar PANAHI SE ROKH (THREE FACES)
  • Pawel PAWLIKOWSKI ZIMNA WOJNA (COLD WAR)
  • Alice ROHRWACHER LAZZARO FELICE (HAPPY AS LAZZARO)
  • Kirill SEREBRENNIKOV LETO
  • A.B. SHAWKY YOMEDDINE 1st film
  • Terry GILLIAM THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE

You can see the screening guide here. This award is announced May 19 at the film festival closing ceremony.

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Unacceptance to Self-Acceptance ~ Belle A Film

Unacceptance to Self-Acceptance ~ Belle A Film

Belle is a film about growing from un-acceptance to self-acceptance. Dido Elizabeth Belle, actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, is a true story of a high society young African-American mixed English during the 18th century. Belle finds herself in high society but has a hard time finding herself anywhere.

She struggles to balance things every day. She is the daughter of a slave and Sir John Lindsay, a navy ship captain. Her grandparents become her caregiver, Mansfield Her status as aristocrats provides her a lifestyle that is of class and comfort. This story looks at gender, race, and class.

Belle finds herself eating alone when guests arrive she is not allowed to dine with the staff at this time either. This reality is her status is not high enough to eat with guests but too high to eat with the servants. She is kept hidden from society, during a time that many young women traditionally come out to society for formal courtship.

Her cousin, Elizabeth groomed and readied for her coming out, even though she has no dowry to offer. Belle being an heiress to her father’s fortune after his untimely death provides her dowry, but does not have social standing for courtship. The custom at this time is a black woman is not seen in white circles.

She finds herself struggling with the fact that she is not fully accepted because of her skin color. The complexity love from her family but the burden of being unaccepted becomes a climactic moment where she is clawing at her skin and face in anguish. A strong demonstration of what is going on inside Belle as she struggles with being the daughter of a slave and a navy captain.

This struggle is one that many faces in life. They take on the social standards for beauty and how we each place expectations on ourselves wanting acceptance by others.  The film demonstrates Belle bringing her to self-acceptance. Self-acceptance is a great health Releasing that she is more than her skin color. She embraces the love of her life leaving behind her status in high society.The director, Amma Asante,  brings the story from the inside of Belle to the outside makes it authentic and real.

The director addresses the realization of the time period issues of race, class, and gender. She uses layers to present her story. The complexity being African-American woman who is learning gain acceptance of herself in her place in life. This layering brings this very relatable struggle for many even today.  Belle’s journey of self-acceptance brings the audience full circle from unacceptance to self-acceptance.

The story based on a painting of Elizabeth and Belle that hung in the Kenwood house for decades. The painting shows Belle slightly elevated in the painting to her white cousin. They are touching in this painting. It demonstrating that Elizabeth is accepting of Belle and her new self-acceptance in life. Belle finds empowerment, freedom, and happiness with her self-acceptance. The film brings love, change, and equality to the forefront while showing the development of self-assurance.

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Amma Asante Belle Director at Ebertfest

Roger Ebert created Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival or better known as Ebertfest. Ebert was a TV and Chicago Sun-Times film critic. This festival is held at the Virginia Theatre in Champaign IL. This place is near Ebert’s hometown, Urbana. This year celebrates 20 years of Ebertfest. Chaz Ebert, Ebert’s wife keeps his traditions returning each year. The film festival brings back some great films and panels.

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This film has 14 wins and 27 nominations on the film festival circuit.

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A Woman’s World, The Beguiled ~ Cannes

A Woman’s World, The Beguiled ~ Cannes

The Beguiled Red Carpet Cannes Film Festival
The Beguiled Red Carpet Cannes Film Festival

The Beguiled is one of the most anticipated films at Cannes Film Festival. Director, Sofia Coppola, brings the woman’s point of view and how it was for these women during this time period. The original film was from the man’s point of view. This point of view brings a new dynamic to the melodramatic remake.

Film synopsis At a girls’ school in Virginia during the Civil War, where the young women are sheltered from the outside world, a wounded Union soldier is taken in. Soon, the house is taken over with sexual tension, rivalries, and an unexpected turn of events.

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The Beguiled Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival

This film is a remake of (The Beguiled (1971).  Both films are based on the novel The Beguiled by Thomas Cullinan. The first film brings the male perspective of a wounded Union soldier. Coppola brings the story back with the perspective of the women in the boarding school.

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The Beguiled Movie

The revisiting of this film creates its own dynamics. Coppola says, “I never tried to remake the film, go back and tell my story. I wanted to forget that and to imagine how I would make this film.” She brings the women’s stories and perspective to the forefront.

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The Beguiled Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival

Coppola discusses the film being a feminist film, she states, “It is up to the audience to determine how they want to take it. I put my thoughts into film and you can determine how it affects you. I was making the film from the female point of view. The core of the story is the power struggle between the male and female.” The story brings this struggle to the center of the film.

Living in a boarding school atmosphere where they are all women who are functioning well, until the new dynamic, Farrell enters the school. Kidman states about Farrell’s character, “I think he comes in an ruins everything. We were fine. We only could not procreate. Good riddance to him.” The dynamic changes for each person in the film.

Kirsten Dunst, plays Edwina Dabney in the film, says “all these people pent-up together no matter male, female, or a mixture. There will always be something that comes out it is a survivalist technique. Colin just happens to be what all our aggression, energy, and emotions corseted up, lets say. They get unleashed because this new dynamic comes in.” This does bring a change for the girls attending the boarding school.

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The Beguiled Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman recalls Martha Farnsworth, her character in the film, “is very maternal. Kidman states, “She is there to protect these girls in a very treacherous difficult time. Her motivation is to protect them, to guide them, to bring them, so when the war ends they are capable.” Farrell’s character makes it difficult for the continued protection.

Colin Farrell, John McBurney character in the film, states “It has been a journeyman to get here. Many miles of roads and many corsets. It was an amazing experience shooting this film. Coppola sets a particular mood, one that is of comfort, of ease, trust, and an environment that allows you as an actor to explore and play. It was my favorite experience and shoot. Sophia is a creative beast of an engine with tenderness, elegance, and a gentility.”  Looking forward to this film? It will be in theaters June 20, 2017.

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The Beguiled Courtesy of Cannes Film Festival

Just a few fun notes from the press conference Kidman and Coppola often swiped their hair from the left side of their faces at the same time. Kidman discusses working through mistakes, “I try to focus on the positive. Sometimes you fail and sometimes you succeed.  That is the journey. You just get back up. . . You fall over you brush off your knees and get back up. It is a really hard thing to do. You cry and you feel. It is not saying don’t feel, but experience it navigates and get move through it. . . I’ll learn from everything.”

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Colin FARRELL – McBurney

Nicole KIDMAN – Miss Martha

Kirsten DUNST – Edwina

Elle FANNING – Alicia

Oona LAURENCE – Amy

Angourie RICE – Jane

Addison RIECKE – Marie

Emma HOWARD – Emily

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Cannes Film Festival ~ Seventy Years Influencing Film

Cannes Film Festival ~ Seventy Years Influencing Film

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Festival De Cannes seventy years of influencing the film industry. The top international film festival worldwide. This festival, held in the beautiful resort town on the French Riviera, is the top publicized event from the films presented to celebrities on the red carpet.

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The Cannes® Film Festival started in 1947 by, Jean Zay, Minister for Education and Fine Arts, who was keen to establish an international cultural event in France to rival the Venice Film Festival.” This festival received international recognition for the films and celebrities in the mid-1950s. The first time the festival top award, Palme d’or, went to the film Marty.  Today the film festival recognizes short and medium length films (Caméra d’Or), student films (Cinéfondation),  best first film presentation (Un Certain Regard), and best film (Palme d’or).

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This year Uma Thurman  is serving as the president of the Un Certain Regard Jury.  Uma Thurman brings her 20 year experience as an actress and director in the film industry. The prize list of films will be presented May 27, 2017.

Palme d’or film award jury is presided by Pedro Almodóvar, scriptwriter, director, and states,  “‘I am very happy to be able to celebrate the Festival de Cannes 70th anniversary from such a privileged position. I am grateful, honoured and a bit overwhelmed. I am aware of the responsibility that entails being the president of the jury and I hope to be up to the job.” He is joined by 4 men and 4 women:

Each jury member brings a strong influence with their career backgrounds and talent. This award is announced May 28 at the film festival closing ceremony.

Jane Campion heading up Cinéfondation. Campion is not new to Cannes. Her film, The Piano, awarded the Palme d’or in 1993. The jury is made up of five eminent film and literature . This jury selects their three prize winners from among the Cinéfondation’s selection of film school entrants.  This film award is presented at the closing ceremonies.

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Caméra d’O jury presided by Sandrine Kiberlain, French actress. This is awarded to the first film in all categories combined. Kiberlain states, “I am honoured and excited to discover new directors.” She will present this award at the closing ceremony

This year’s film festival presents many anticipated films.

Palme d’or Official Selection

  • A Gentle Creature (Director Sergei Loznitsa)
  • (BPM) Beats Per Minute (Director Robin Campillo)
  • Good Time (Directors Benny & Josh Safdie)
  • Happy End (Director Michael Haneke)
  • In the Fade (Director Fatih Akin)
  • Jupiter’s Moon (Director Kornél Mundruczó)
  • Loveless (Director Andrey Zvyagintsev)
  • Okja (DirectorBong Joon-ho)
  • Radiance (DirectorNaomi Kawase)
  • Redoubtable (Director Michel Hazanavicius)
  • The Beguiled (Director Sofia Coppola)
  • The Day After (Director Hong Sang-soo)
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer (dir: Yorgos Lanthimos)
  • The Meyerowitz Stories (Director Noah Baumbach)
  • The Square (Director Ruben Ostlund)
  • Wonderstruck (Director Todd Haynes)
  • You Were Never Really Here (Director Lynne Ramsay)

Un Certain Regard Official Selection

  • April’s Daughter (Director Michel Franco)
  • Barbara (Director Mathieu Amalric)
  • Beauty and the Dogs (Director Kaouther Ben Hania)
  • Before We Vanish (Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
  • Closeness (Director Kantemir Balagov)
  • Directions (Director Stephan Komandarev)
  • Dregs (Director Mohammad Rasoulof)
  • Jeune Femme (Director Léonor Serraille)
  • L’Atelier (Director Laurent Cantet)
  • La Cordillera (Director Santiago Mitre)
  • Lucky (DirectorSergio Castellitto)
  • Out (DirectorGyörgy Kristóf)
  • The Desert Bride (Directors Cecilia Atan and Valeria Pivato)
  • The Nature of Time (Director Karim Moussaoui)
  • Walking Past the Future (Director Li Ruijun)
  • Western (Director Valeska Grisebach)
  • Wind River (Director Taylor Sheridan)

Palme d’or Official Selection

  • A Drowning Man (Director Mahdi Fleifel)
  • Across My Land (Director Fiona Godivier)
  • Damana (Director Andrés Ramirez Pulido)
  • Katto (The Ceiling) (Director Teppo Airaksinen)
  • Koniec Widzenia (Time To Go) (Director Grzegorz Molda)
  • Lunch Time (Director Alireza Ghasemi)
  • Pépé Le Morse animation (Grandpa Walrus) (Director Lucrèce Andreae)
  • Push It (Director Julia Thelin)
  • Xiao Cheng Er Yue (A Gentle Night) (Director Qiu Yang)

Cinéfondation Official Selection

  • Afternoon Clouds (Director Payal Kapadia)
  • A Perdre Haleine (Director Léa Krawczyk)
  • Atlantîda, 2003 (Atlantis, 2003) (Director Michal Blasko)
  • Ben Mamshich (Heritage) (Director Yuval Aharoni)
  • Camouflage (Director Imge Özbilge)
  • Deux Égarés Sont Morts (Director Tommaso Usberti)
  • Give Up The Ghost (Director Marian Mathias)
  • Heyvan (Animal) (Director Bahman Ark)
  • Láthatatlanul (Invisibility) (Director Áron Szentéteri)
  • Lejla (Director Stijn Bouma)
  • Paul Est Lá (Paul Is Here) (Director Valentina Maurel)
  • Pequeno Manifiesto En Contra Del Cine Solemne (Little Manifesto Against Solemn Cinema) (Director Roberto Porta)
  • Tokeru (Director Aya Igashi)
  • Vazio Do Lado De Fora (Empty On The Outside) (Director Eduardo Brandao Pinto)
  • Wild Horses (Director Rory Stewart)
  • Yin Shian Bien Jlan Gon Lu (Towards The Sun) (Director Wang Yi-Ling)

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Oscars® Class Photo Luncheon ~ Nominees Celebration and Reinventing

Oscars® Class Photo Luncheon ~ Nominees Celebration and Reinventing

The 90th Oscars® nominees gathered for a reinventing celebration and class photo at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA. The atmosphere for The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences® is one of fun, celebration, connecting, and making new friends.

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Oscar® nominees Meryl Streep, Greta Gerwig and JR

The beautiful ballroom at the Hilton is an exceptional location for this day. The best-celebrated nominee was Agnes Varda. She was not in attendance, but J.R. nominated for Faces Places carried around a cutout of his co-nominee. The cutout was placed in the class photo between Meryl Streep and Greta Gerwig.  The top to nominees includes 21 nominations for Streep and 17 nominations for Steven Spielberg.  Congrats to Rachel Morrison (Mudbound), the first female nominee for cinematography.  Netflix continues to bring a change to the world of entertainment. This year the streaming network celebrates 8 nominations.

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Academy President John Bailey

The nominees enjoyed a day of celebrating with a luncheon including:

  • Chilean Sea Bass with mango, red and white quinoa
  • Roasted asparagus, crispy shallots, and oven-roasted tomatoes
  • Mini lemon tart, mini tiramisu cup, and fresh berries for dessert.
  • Wines Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc, La Crema Pinot Noir
  • Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut

Academy President John Bailey welcomed guests at the start of the luncheon and took the time to have photos with the nominees during the afternoon event.  Baily states, “We are witnessing this venerable motion picture academy reinvent itself before our very eyes, noting that the Oscars® are at ‘the crossroads of change and tradition.’”

The fashion for the afternoon affair is more casual with suits and dresses. The event is the one that brings the entertainment industry together for a nice casual celebration of the top in film for the year.

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The 90th Oscars®, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.

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Chilean Sea Bass with mangoand quinoa

1 mango, diced
1/4 purple onion, diced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped
1 Jalapeño, finely chopped and deveined
Juice from 2 limes
Pink Himalayan Salt, to taste
4 4.0 oz Sea Base filets
1 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin or coconut oil
salt, to taste
1 sprig of fresh thyme
1 cup dried quinoa
2 cups water

Chilean Sea Bass with mangoand quinoa

1 mango, diced
1/4 purple onion, diced
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped
1 Jalapeño, finely chopped and deveined
Juice from 2 limes
Pink Himalayan Salt, to taste
4 4.0 oz Sea Base filets
1 1/2 tablespoon extra-virgin or coconut oil
salt, to taste
1 sprig of fresh thyme
1 cup dried quinoa
2 cups water

What You’ll Need To Know

Combine 1 cup quinoa with 2 cups water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until quinoa is tender, about 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and let is sit for 5 minutes. After it has cooked and rested, use a fork to fluff and separate the grains.

Season the sea bass with salt and pepper.

In a large saute pan over medium heat, add the coconut oil and heat the oil to a slight smoke. Add 1 sprig of fresh thyme to the saute pan and sear the sea bass skin side down for 3/4 of the cooking time about 7 minutes. This will give the fish a nice crisp skin and golden color. Carefully turn the fish over, to finish the other side. Remove the sea bass and hold in a warm place.

In a mixing bowl, add the diced mango, purple onion, cilantro, tomatoes, jalapeño, lime juice and salt and mix together.

Plate your ingredients with 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, sea bass and mango salsa on top (roughly, 1/4 cup.)

Plate your ingredients with 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, sea bass and mango salsa on top (roughly, 1/4 cup.)