Hello from New York City, where the new year has been a wet, sloshy and cold one so far…
* Frozen – an apt title for this past weekend’s weather patterns in NYC – has swooped back into the number 1 spot at the box office, 6 weeks after it opened in North America. It’s also brought in over $600 million worldwide, making it the biggest Disney Animation Studio success, after The Lion King. Olaf the Snowman would be squealing in delight.
* The BAFTA nominations are coming on Wednesday, but in the meantime, the institute has named its Rising Star nominees – a great barometer of young stars to watch: Dane DeHaan (Metallica: Through The Never, Kill Your Darlings), George MacKay (The Proclaimers documentary Sunshine on Leith), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Will Poulter (We Are The Millers) and Léa Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour).
* Fans loved him, musicians were influenced by him and his brother, so the industry has been paying tribute to Phil Everly the hit-maker, who died in hospital at the age of 74 this past weekend. One half of the Everly Brothers, Phil, together with brother Don, created vocal harmonies in the ’50s and ’60s that inspired the likes of the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel.
* We’ll forgive Daft Punk for waiting this long to make the duo’s first public appearance since releasing Random Access Memories in May last year, and that’s only because they’ll be performing with Stevie Wonder at the Grammys on January 26th.
* The charming, folk-music-filled Inside Llewyn Davis picked up the National Society of Film Critics best picture of the year, among other top honours.