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Bullying_FísicoCelebrities have reached out to a young boy who has been bullied by his classmates. Keaton Jones is a young boy from Knoxville, Tennessee and has been dealing with terrible bullying. His classmates mock him, call him “ugly,” make fun of his nose and say he has no friends. According to Keaton, at lunch the bullies “poured milk on [him] and put ham down the back of [his] clothes.” Keaton’s mother took a video of his tearful confession and shared it on Twitter. The video went viral and has since amassed more than 18 million views and inspired messages of support from several celebrities.

Bernard Blake, the former Green Bay Packers quarterback, reached out to Keaton and told him in a video to “never be ashamed of who you are. God made you the way that He made you and God designed you the way He designed you for a reason. You are very special and very unique to this world, and don’t let anybody take that from you.” “Pitch Perfect” actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld also recorded a video message for Keaton and posted it on Twitter. “I think you are amazing, and what makes you so special is that there is only one you,” Steinfeld said. “I would love for you, Keaton Jones, to be my date to the ‘Pitch Perfect 3’ premier on Tuesday.”

Singer Justin Bieber also spoke out in support of Keaton. Beiber’s video message on Instagram told his fans about Keaton and Keaton’s strength. “The fact that [Keaton] still has the sympathy and compassion for other people when he’s going through it himself is a testament to who he is,” Bieber said. “This kid is all-time. He’s a legend. Go check him out. His name’s Keaton.”

Bieber’s message references the fact that in the viral video, Keaton is not just talking about his own personal situation. He has seen other classmates bullied and wants it to stop. “I don’t like that [the bullies] do it to me,” Keaton said in the video, “and I for sure don’t like that they do it to other people, ‘cause it’s not okay. People that are different don’t need to be criticized about it, ‘cause it’s not their fault.”

Keaton also used the video his mom filmed to spread a message of strength to other victims of bullying. Even as tears roll down his face, Keaton tried to support others who were suffering at school. “If you are made fun of, don’t let it bother you,” Keaton said. “Stay strong, I guess. It’s hard, but it’ll probably get better one day.”

Chris Evans, perhaps best known for his role as Captain America in the Avengers series and the Captain America movies, reached out to Keaton to confirm that the bullying would eventually get better. Evans said in a Tweet, “Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the Avengers premiere in LA next year?”

Keaton’s viral video is only a little over a minute long, but it has touched the hearts of millions. One can only hope that the hundreds of thousands of thoughts and prayers reach Keaton and that the outpouring of support for him helps him stand strong and stay kind despite the struggles he is facing.

HBO and “The Shape of Water” are taking the lead at this years Golden Globes.

This morning, the full list of nominations for this years Golden Globes award show was released. HBO is the top network with 12 nominations, and “The Shape of Water” is the top motion picture with 7 nominations. Other notable nominees include “The Post,” “This Is Us,” and “Big Little Lies.”

Here is the full list of nominations for the 2018 Golden Globes.

Best motion picture, drama
“Call Me By Your Name”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best motion picture, comedy or musical
“The Disaster Artist”
“Get Out”
“The Greatest Showman”
“I, Tonya”
“Lady Bird”

Best actress in a motion picture, drama
Jessica Chastain, “Molly’s Game”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”
Michelle Williams, “All the Money in the World”

Best actress in a motion picture, comedy or musical
Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”
Helen Mirren, “The Leisure Seeker”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Emma Stone, “Battle of the Sexes”

Best actor in a motion picture, drama
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Tom Hanks, “The Post”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Best actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical
Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”
Ansel Elgort, “Baby Driver”
James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”
Hugh Jackman, “The Greatest Showman”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”

Best supporting actress in a motion picture
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Hong Chau, “Downsizing”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”

Best supporting actor in a motion picture
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Armie Hammer, “Call Me By Your Name”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best director, motion picture
Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”
Ridley Scott, “All the Money in the World”
Steven Spielberg, “The Post”

Best TV series, drama
“The Crown” (Netflix)
“Game of Thrones” (HBO)
“The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
“Stranger Things” (Netflix)
“This Is Us” (NBC)

Best actress in a TV series, drama
Caitriona Balfe, “Outlander” (Starz)
Claire Foy, “The Crown” (Netflix)
Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Deuce” (HBO)
Katherine Langford, “13 Reasons Why” (Netflix)
Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)

Best actor in a TV series, drama
Jason Bateman, “Ozark” (Netflix)
Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us” (NBC)
Freddie Highmore, “The Good Doctor” (ABC)
Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” (AMC)
Liev Schreiber, “Ray Donovan” (Showtime)

Best TV series, musical or comedy
“Blackish” (ABC)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
“Master of None” (Netflix)
“SMILF” (Showtime)
“Will & Grace” (NBC)

Best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy
Pamela Adlon, “Better Things” (FX)
Alison Brie, “GLOW” (Netflix)
Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
Issa Rae, “Insecure” (HBO)
Frankie Shaw, “SMILF” (Showtime)

Best actor in a TV series, comedy
Anthony Anderson, “Blackish” (ABC)
Aziz Ansari, “Master of None” (Netflix)
Kevin Bacon, “I Love Dick” (Amazon)
William H. Macy, “Shameless” (Showtime)
Eric McCormack, “Will & Grace” (NBC)

Best TV movie or limited series
“Big Little Lies” (HBO)
“Fargo” (FX)
“Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)
“The Sinner” (USA)
“Top of the Lake: China Girl” (Sundance)

Best actress in a TV movie or limited series
Jessica Biel, “The Sinner” (USA)
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)
Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)
Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

Best actor in a TV movie or limited series
Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies” (HBO)
Jude Law, “The Young Pope” (HBO)
Kyle MacLachlan, “Twin Peaks” (Showtime)
Ewan McGregor, “Fargo” (FX)
Geoffrey Rush, “Genius” (National Geographic)

Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or TV movie
Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu)
Chrissy Metz, “This Is Us” (NBC)
Michelle Pfeiffer, “Wizard of Lies” (HBO)
Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)

Best supporting actor in a series, limited series or TV movie
David Harbour, “Stranger Things” (Netflix)
Alfred Molina, “Feud: Bette and Joan” (FX)
Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot (USA)
Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies” (HBO)
David Thewlis, “Fargo” (FX)

Best animated feature film
“The Boss Baby”
“The Breadwinner”
“Loving Vincent”

Best screenplay, motion picture
Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water”
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, “The Post”
Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Aaron Sorkin, “Molly’s Game”

Best original song
“Home,” “Ferdinand”
“Mighty River,” “Mudbound”
“Remember Me,” “Coco”
“The Star,” “The Star”
“This Is Me,” “The Greatest Showman”

Best original score, motion picture
Carter Burwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Alexandre Desplat, “The Shape of Water”
John Williams, “The Post”
Jonny Greenwood, “Phantom Thread”
Hans Zimmer, “Dunkirk”

Best foreign language film
“A Fantastic Woman”
“First They Killed My Father”
“In the Fade”
“The Square”

Make sure to see who takes home the Golden Globe for each when it airs on January 7th, 2018 on NBC.

metoo-2859980_960_720Time magazine announced their 2017 Person of the Year on Wednesday, December 6. The award, however, is not going to a single individual this year. Instead, Time’s 2017 Person of the Year is a group of women that Time calls “The Silence Breakers.” This group of women is composed of “the individuals who set off a national reckoning over the prevalence of sexual harassment.” This firestorm of accusations has consumed Hollywood and Washington, D.C. leading to the investigation and firing of a number of powerful men. The movement began with the accusations against film executive Harvey Weinstein and has since spread to other industries. Former anchor Matt Lauer was accused of sexual misconduct as were multiple members of Congress.

Women broke their silence on social media as well with the #MeToo campaign. The hashtag has been used millions of times in more than 80 countries since its inception. Activist Tarana Burke created the movement back in 2006, but the hashtag did not go viral until actress Alyssa Milano used it in a tweet. “I could never imagine this,” Burke said. “I could never have envisioned something that would change the world. I was trying to change my community.”

The cover image of Time’s story included actress Ashley Judd, superstar singer Taylor Swift, lobbyist Adama Iwu, former Uber engineer Susan Fowler and a strawberry picker and immigrant from Mexico whose name was changed to protect her identity. The photograph also contains the shoulder and arm of a woman who asked to remain unnamed and unidentified. The cropped arm apparently belongs to a young hospital worker from Texas who feared that disclosing her identity would negatively impact her livelihood. The inclusion of this nameless and faceless woman is meant to represent those who are still unable to come forward out of fear, mistrust, humiliation or potential repercussions. Time Editor in Chief Edward Felsenthal confirmed the story and the symbolism behind the woman who is cropped out of the cover picture. Time National Correspondent Charlotte Alter agreed that the inclusion of the anonymous woman’s arm was intentional. “A huge part of this story we’re trying to tell here,” said Alter, “is that as much as the stigma around this has been removed this year because of the ‘MeToo’ movement, it’s still really difficult for a lot of people to come forward.”

The Time Person of the Year award began in 1927 and featured Charles Lindbergh, the man who made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. The award has since recognized a variety of individuals such as Martin Luther King Jr., Winston Churchill, Elizabeth II, Dr. David Ho and multiple US presidents. The award has also gone to several notorious leaders including Adolf Hilter in 1938, Joseph Stalin in both 1939 and 1942 and Ayatullah Khomeini in 1979.  The title is awarded to the person or group that “for better or for worse…has done the most to influence the events of the year.” With the sexual harassment accusations still pouring it, it is fair to say that the influence of the Silence Breakers is likely to last beyond the end of 2017.

Netflix_2015_logoNetflix has officially given the green light for development of the religious drama “Messiah.” The series was created by writer Michael Petroni and producer Mark Burnett. Petroni and Burnett will both executive produce along with Roma Downey, Andrew Deane and James McTeigue. McTeigue will direct.

News of the series’ development broke in March 2017, and more information regarding the plot was released following Netflix’s official acceptance of the project. The religious drama will chronicle the reaction of the modern world to the sudden appearance of a potential messiah who seems to be performing miracles. This supposed messiah appears in the Middle East and creates a groundswell of followers who claim he truly is the Messiah. The characters currently known include a young CIA agent, a Latino preacher and his Texan daughter, an Israeli Shin Bet officer and a Palestinian refuge. The 10 episode story will unfold from multiple points of view. All five characters are currently expected to be point of view characters. The series is also set to explore how the media would handle the appearance of a potential messiah.

Petroni stated that the series will leave viewers struggling with the same questions that the characters in the show are attempting to answer onscreen. “‘Messiah’ will have every viewer asking the question ‘Is he or isn’t he?’ How you answer that question may reveal more about you than it does about the show,” Petroni said. “‘Messiah’ challenges us to examine what we believe and why.”

Downey and Burnett are also looking forward to the series and the discussions it will stimulate among viewers. “‘Messiah’ is a series that will have the audience asking big questions,” Burnett and Downey said. “What if someone showed up in 2018 amid strange occurrences and was thought to be the Messiah? What would society do? How would the media cover him? Would millions simply quit work? Could governments collapse? It’s a series that could change everything.”

Burnett and Downey have a history of successful faith-based programming. They produced the History Channel hit miniseries “The Bible” and its NBC follow up “A.D.: The Bible Continues” as well as big screen projects such as “Son of God” and the 2016 remake of “Ben-Hur.” The married couple also involved others with proven success records. Petroni was the screenwriter for the movie adaptations of the beloved books “The Book Thief” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” and director James McTeigue has proven his mettle with the movie “V for Vendetta” and the TV show “Sense 8.”

The religious drama is set to premier in 2019 with 10 hour-long episodes, and Burnett and Downey have stated their intention to have the series explore “the lines among religious, faith and politics.” Despite Burnett and Downey’s evangelical Christian background, Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content for Netflix, has stated that the show will not be aimed purely at Christians. “‘Messiah’ promises to be a fascinating series for viewers of every faith,” Holland said in a statement. “[It looks to be] a thrilling drama filled with multi-layered characters set on a global stage.”