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CANCELLATION OF GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS (article first published : 2008-01-11)

The Golden Globe Awards ceremony for 2008 has been cancelled and M-Net will therefore not be broadcasting the show as planned on January 14.

The Writers’ Guild of America strike which has crippled Hollywood since it began on December 5 last year continues since negotiations broke down on December 7, and the Screen Actors’ Guild has asked its members to support the strike.

M-Net will be replacing the scheduled recorded broadcast with Wah-Wah which marked Richard E Grant’s debut as a film director at 20h30 and a Justin Timberlake special at 22h10.

Wah-Wah (2006) is a semi-autobiographical account of the actor Richard E Grant’s childhood in Swaziland. It’s told through the eyes of the young boy and the plot focuses on his dysfunctional family whose gradual disintegration mirrors the end of the British rule in Swaziland. The movie features a star-studded cast including Gabriel Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, Julie Walters, Emily Watson and Miranda Richardson. Also keep an eye out for South African actors such as Ian Roberts, Michael Richards and Clare Marshall (and artSMart’s editor Caroline Smart!)

Backed by a 14-piece band, backup singers and dancers, pop superstar Justin Timberlake displays his ripped, raw and raucous sides in a full-length concert event filmed live at New York’s Mecca of entertainment, Madison Square Garden. Showing off his unmistakable vocal gifts as well as crowd-pleasing dance moves, Timberlake is expected to perform many of his greatest hits in the show, including SexyBack, My Love, What Goes Around Comes Around, Cry Me a River plus plenty of surprises.

The awards were also scheduled to be broadcast live on M-Net Movies 1 at 03h00 on January 13, and have been replaced on that channel by two movies – Running Scared (02h30) and Three Dollars (04h35).

M-Net Head of Channel Jan du Plessis says it’s a great pity to not be able to screen the ceremony this year. “The Golden Globe Awards are always great fun and it’s a pity that the world won’t see 2007’s best actors and productions recognised by the Hollywood foreign Press Association,” he says.

The last time the Golden Globe Awards ceremony was disrupted was in 1980 when the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists were on strike and only one winner – Powers Booth – showed up to collect his trophy.




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