“I can’t get my head around it. I feel like I’ve always been on the fringes of mainstream acceptance,” Brandi Carlile says of being the most-nominated female artist at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
“It means the most that I’ve received that honor at this point in my life. Being a 38-year-old mom with two kids that is gay, that lives on a farm, and is nominated alongside Janelle Monáe and Cardi B is kind of unbelievable,” she adds during her Variety cover shoot.
When it comes to being a member of the LGBTQ community, Carlile says, “It’s important to be out in your music career, because in a situation like that, representation can be kind of life or death for a kid in a small town. At the very least it can give someone hope.”
“The Joke” singer also appeared in “A Star Is Born” singing Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman” in the moments before Jackson Maine had his famous fall at the pretend Grammys. Asked how performing at the awards show in the movie compares to the real thing, she says, “I guess they’re similar because Lady Gaga was in both audiences, and Bradley Cooper may or may not be drunk, we don’t know. But he’ll be there.”
Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Leonardo DiCaprio stopped by the Variety platform to talk about his own early days as an actor. Including a time where he channeled fellow nominee Joaquin Phoenix during one of his earlier auditions. Phoenix would go on to win the SAG award that night for actor, and namecheck DiCaprio as the [...]
Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” has been a critical hit and scored six Oscar nominations, but one intense fight scene has stuck out in particular. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson play a couple in the middle of brutal divorce battle, and everything comes to a head in one climactic argument in the end. They throw harsh words [...]
In “Harriet,” Cynthia Erivo’s first starring role in a movie, she plays Harriet Tubman, the legendary abolitionist who rescued more than 70 people from slavery. But that wasn’t her only contribution to the film, the singer also wrote and performed the Oscar-nominated, civil rights song “Stand Up.” Go behind-the-scenes on the recording and writing of “Harriet’s” inspirational [...]
Carey Mulligan thinks that Academy voters should somehow prove that they’ve seen the films they’re evaluating before they cast their ballots. “I don’t think you can watch those films and not think they deserve recognition,” Mulligan said at the Variety Studio in Sundance. “I think they need to be watched. I wonder if the system […]
Director and writer of “Bad Hair,” Justin Simien, was joined by his cast Kelly Rowland, Elle Lorraine, Yaani King Mondschein, James Van Der Beek and Ashley Blaine Featherson for a deeply intimate conversation about black hair and Hollywood expectations. The conversation turned personal after Yaani King Mondschein revealed that she’s actually lost jobs in the […]
For inspiration in his upcoming rom-com “Palm Springs,” Andy Samberg turned to a galaxy far, far away. The film — which premiered at Sundance and also stars Cristin Milioti and Camila Mendes — takes place at a wedding in California. To prepare, Samberg said he watched Hayden Christensen’s Anakin Skywalker and Natalie Portman’s Queen Amidala […]