KCK native Janelle Monae had a big weekend.
Fashionistas gushed over the black-and-white polka dot dress she wore on the red carpet at the Golden Globes. “Moonlight,” in which she co-stars, won the Golden Globe for drama. And “Hidden Figures,” in which she plays a NASA mathematician alongside Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer, earned $21.9 million in its first week of wide release.
That total was being touted as a virtual tie with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” which earned $21.97 million. Final totals will be released Monday.
Vulture.com, meanwhile, said Oscar voters shouldn’t turn in their nomination ballots on Friday without giving Monae due consideration.
“As real-life mathematician Mary Jackson, Monáe carries both the weight of the film’s social-justice message (in one great, key sequence, she goes to court to fight her way into an all-white continuing education night class) and her chemistry with Henson and Spencer is integral to the film’s spotlight on professional camaraderie among black women, a rare thing in an awards-contending movie,” writes Stacey Wilson Hunt. “And unlike some of the characters played by black women in Oscar contenders over the years, her character’s sense of self-worth isn’t the product of a white character’s influence: Mary Jackson is a strong, self-assured woman who’s also a NASA-approved mathematician.”
The site said George Lucas and his wife, Mellody Hobson, hosted a special “Hidden Figures” screening in her honor, and she’s also to be honored at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on Feb 4.
Oscar nominations will be announced Jan. 24; the awards ceremony is Feb. 26.
On the red carpet Monae told Giuliana Rancic she wasn’t interested in making a choice between her music and acting careers.
“I grew up pretty much my entire life doing both music and theater,” she revealed. “I studied acting. My entry point, obviously, was music, But I don’t think you have to choose. I think for me, I want to continue to tell these unique, untold, universal stories in unforgettable ways through music and film.”
(Speaking of the Globes, if you haven’t seen Meryl Streep’s incredible speech from last night, here it is.)
In other news about our KC stars …
▪ KC’s Jason Sudeikis has a new movie opening Friday in theaters and being released on video on demand.
In “The Book of Love,” Sudeikis plays an introverted architect who strikes up a friendship with an independent teen (Maisie Williams, aka Arya of “Game of Thrones”) to fulfill a promise he made to his late wife (Jessica Biel). The trailer is below.
Sudeikis and his fiancée, Olivia Wilde, were among the many, many celebrities attending President Obama’s farewell bash over the weekend. Wilde Instagrammed a black-and-white image of the couple at the shindig, writing, “Stumbling out of the White House at 4 am after an incredible night celebrating eight incredible years.”
▪ There’s no footage of Tipton, Mo., cast member David Koechner in it, but CBS released the first trailer for CBS’ “Superior Donuts” over the weekend. Watch it below.
▪ The American Ninja Warrior fansite AmericanNinjaWarriorNation.com had some good things to say about the “unforgettable moments” filmed in Kansas City last year. The site includes some clips from the show filmed here, including contestant Michael Stanger, whose wife had been diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder Ehlers Danlos syndrome. See it below. More at the site here.
▪ There have been some fantastic animations the last few days of the path of the solar eclipse coming in August. KC will be on the southern edge of the moon’s shadow, but, provided it’s not cloudy, prime viewing will be found in St. Joseph. Check out the video below and make plans now to find a spot nearby on Aug. 21. (That’s a Monday, by the way).
On the way
▪ Local bands Ultimate Fakebook and Dead Girls perform Saturday at the Bottleneck in Lawrence to raise funds for parents with a 6-year-old with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. (785-749-3434. thebottlenecklive.com. $10 suggested donation at the door.)
▪ Country singer and longtime Missouri resident Hillary Scott performs Thursday at the Gospel Lounge at Knuckleheads. (816-483-1456. knuckleheadskc.com. $10 in advance)
▪ Country’s Casey Donahew Band performs Thursday at the Uptown. (816-753-8665. uptowntheater.com. $25 in advance)
▪ Barenaked Ladies perform Friday at Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland. 816-283-9921. midlandkc.com. $38.50-$125.
Stuff to do
▪ “Over the Rainbow: Toys from the Land of Oz” opens Saturday at the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. (816-235-8000. toyandminiaturemuseum.org. $5; ages 4 and under free)
▪ Comedian Eddie Ifft performs Thursday through Saturday at Stanford’s Comedy Club. Tickets are $10-$35. (913-400-7500. stanfordscomedyclub.com)
▪ The Mid-America RV Show opens Thursday and runs through Sunday at Bartle Hall. Admission is $12. (midamericarvshow.com)
▪ When the Kansas City Symphony performs Friday through Sunday, concertmaster Noah Geller takes centerstage to perform Béla Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2. (816-471-0400. kcsymphony.org. $23-$78.)
▪ Ailey Trio of the esteemed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater perform for a donation Thursday at the Gem Theatre. (816-471-6003. kcfaa.org)
New this week
▪ Books: Joseph Kertes, “The Afterlife of Stars”; Mary Miller, “Always Happy Hour” (short stories); Ron Liebman, “Big Law”; E.L. Doctorow, “Doctorow: Collected Stories”; Bret Baier, “Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower’s Final Mission”; John Avion, “Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations.” (BookReporter.com).
▪ Music: The xx, “I See You”; The Infamous Stringdusters, “Laws of Gravity”; The Band of Heathens, “Duende”; The Flaming Lips, “Oczy Mlody”; Run the Jewels, “Run the Jewels 3.” (MetaCritic.com).
▪ Movies: “Monster Trucks”; “Live By Night”; “Patriot’s Day”; “Elle”; “Silence”; “The Bye Bye Man”; “Sleepless.”
▪ Video: “Birth of a Nation”; “Kevin Hart: What Now?” “The Accountant”; “Deepwater Horizon”; “Max Steel”; “Mr Robot: Season 2.” (VideoETA.com)
▪ Games: “Dead Effect 2”; “Acorn Assault: Rodent Revolution.” (Releases.com)