Kelly Clarkson is not here for your body shaming

— Troll Kelly Clarkson at your own risk.

The Grammy-winning singer shut down a Twitter user who had something to say about her weight.

It started Tuesday when Clarkson tweeted a note of thanks to service members in honor of the 4th of July holiday.

“Thank u 2 every person in service 4 protecting all of us and cheers to every person who fought for us to experience freedom & independence,” Clarkson wrote.

A troll commented “You’re fat” in response.

The new “Voice” coach shot back with a tweet saying “and still f*ing awesome.”

Clarkson’s followers loved it.

“I’m sure she’ll cry about being fat while shining her Grammys and counting her money,” one supporter tweeted. “Haters need to get a life.”

It’s not the first time the celeb has been a target for criticism about her size.

Two years ago, Clarkson reportedly laughed it off after British personality Katie Hopkins tweeted negative comments about her weight.

The singer later told Ellen DeGeneres that she’s been dealing with such remarks since before she won the first season of “American Idol.”

“Yeah, I was the biggest girl on [‘American Idol’] too,” Clarkson said. “And I wasn’t big, but people would call me big because I was the biggest one on ‘Idol,’ and I’ve kind of always gotten that.”

SAG Awards 2017 gets political

— From the moment the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony began Sunday, the stars wasted no time diving right into politics.

From “Scandal” star Kerry Washington explaining that actors are activists to Ashton Kutcher declaring “I am a citizen of the world,” Hollywood did not shy away from what was on the mind of many in attendance — President Trump’s travel ban.

Kutcher, who was announcing the award for outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series, greeted “everyone in airports that belong in my America.”

“You are a part of the fabric of who we are,” Kutcher said. “And we love you and we welcome you.”

Kutcher presented the award to “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who said in her acceptance speech that she is the daughter of an immigrant who fled the persecution of Nazi-occupied France.

“Because I love this country I am horrified by its blemishes,” she said. “The immigrant ban is a blemish and un-American.”

The award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy series went to William H. Macy for his role in “Shameless.

With so much attention on the travel ban this weekend, there had been an expectation that at least some award winners would utilize their moment in the spotlight to express their thoughts on the current state of our country.

Several winners touched on the ban, including Sarah Paulson, who won the outstanding performance by a female actor in a television movie or miniseries award for her role in “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.”

Amid her remarks Paulson encouraged people to donate to the American Civil Liberties Union.

David Harbour, who stars as police chief Jim Hopper on “Stranger Things,” got the audience whipped up with his acceptance speech aimed at White House policies when the cast won for the outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.

But it was “Moonlight” star Mahershala Ali who offered one of the most emotional moments of the night.

After winning the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a supporting role, Ali shared that his mother is an ordained minister who was not thrilled when he converted to Islam 17 years ago.

“But I tell you, now, you put things to the side and I’m able to see her and she’s able to see me. We love each other,” Ali said. “The love has grown. And that stuff is minutia. It’s not that important.”

Emma Stone won for outstanding performance by an actress in a leading role for “La La Land.”

Denzel Washington was presented the award for outstanding performance by an actor in a leading role for “Fences.” His is costar Viola Davis won for supporting actress.

The surprise of the evening came with the outstanding performance by a cast in a theatrical motion picture win by “Hidden Figures.” Cast member Taraji P. Henson paid tribute to the women who were the subjects of the film, a group of African American NASA employees who were integral to the space race. The actress talked of the lessons that could be learned from them and how they overcame discrimination.

“Love wins every time,” said Henson, who then added “these women are hidden figures no more.”

Legendary comedic actress and “Grace and Frankie” star Lily Tomlin received a standing ovation after her “9 to 5” costar Dolly Parton presented her with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tomlin kept the audience in stitches with her acceptance speech, including her advice to young people in the industry.

“Behind every failure is an opportunity someone wishes they had missed,” Tomlin said.

Typically, the night is for Hollywood, voted on by Hollywood.

Winners are determined by members of the Screen Actors Guild. The show has no host, so it’s not like other awards ceremonies where the tone is set by the monologue.

At this year’s Golden Globes, renowned actress Meryl Streep sparked days of conversation when she used the speech she gave while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award to express her concern over Trump’s election and actions.

“There was one performance this year that stunned me,” she said. “It sank its hooks in my heart. Not because it was good, there was nothing good about it, but it was effective and it did its job.”

It’s more likely now that someone will follow in Streep’s footsteps Sunday night due to the travel ban, and the way that it has already hit home for Hollywood.

Asghar Farhadi, the director of “The Salesman,” which has been nominated for the Oscar for best foreign-language film, has said he will not attend this year’s Academy Awards in protest against the ban. Farhadi is Iranian, and so would have been kept out of the U.S. due to the ban, but could possibly have requested an exception had he wanted to.

The SAG Awards air simultaneously January 29 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT and TBS. (Both networks are, like CNN, owned by Time Warner.)

Golden Globes 2017: Hollywood sings ‘La La Land,’ honors diversity

— The 74th Golden Globe Awards Sunday night kicked off with a nod to “La La Land” and honored Hollywood’s diverse talent.

Host Jimmy Fallon enlisted some famous friends and nominees including Nicole Kidman, John Travolta and Amy Adams to recreate the critically acclaimed musical’s opening scene in a taped segment.

Fallon’s monologue included some political humor — noting the Globes is “one of the few places left that still honors the popular vote”– and a small snafu.

“Already the teleprompter is down, so this is a great way to start the show,” Fallon said right off the bat.

There was also history made early on in the night.

Tracee Ellis Ross won for best actress in a musical or comedy TV series. She became the first black woman to win in that category since Debbie Allen won for “Fame” in 1983.

“This is for all of the women, women of color and colorful people whose stories, ideas, thoughts are not always considered worthy, valid and important,” Ross said. “But I want you to know I see you. We see you.”

Newbie “Atlanta” won for best musical or comedy TV series.

“This is incredible,” exclaimed creator and star Donald Glover after his show, which has a majority black cast, won. “I really just want to thank Atlanta and all the black folks in Atlanta. For real, just for being alive…and being amazing people. I couldn’t be here without Atlanta.”

Viola Davis also won for best supporting actress in a motion picture for “Fences.”

“La La Land” scored awards for best original score, best song, best director, and best actor in a motion picture – musical or a comedy for Ryan Gosling.

“This isn’t the first time I have been mistaken for Ryan Reynolds,” Gosling joked before becoming serious and thanking lady love, actress Eva Mendes for her support during filming. He dedicated his win to her brother, Juan Carlos Mendes, who died of cancer in April at the age of 53.

FX’s “People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story” held the most TV category nominations and won for best TV movie/limited series. Sarah Paulson, who portrayed prosecutor Marcia Clark, picked up a statuette for her performance in the series.

The Globes paid tribute to mother and daughter actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fischer with a video highlighting some of their most memorable film roles.

Reynolds died one day after Fisher in December.

‘Fences’ cast on the power of the film

— For Denzel Washington, the struggle to bring “Fences” to the screen may have been more difficult than actually starring in, producing and directing the movie.

“[August Wilson] wrote a great play and we just tried to take care of his work,” Washington told CNN.

Washington and his film are generating Oscar buzz.

“Fences” has been nominated two for Golden Globes and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. Washington’s costar Viola Davis has already nabbed a Critic’s Choice Award for her work in the film.

Based on Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, “Fences” is the story of a father struggling with race relations and his life circumstances in 1950s America.

Wilson died of liver cancer in 2005 at the age of 60 but his work remains timely.

The film version of “Fences” had been in the making for years.

Washington and Davis reprise their roles from the 2010 Broadway revival of the play, as does Mykelti Williamson as Gabriel Maxson and Stephen McKinley Henderson as Jim Bono.

Williamson used words like “rewarding,” “special,” “privileged” and “exhilarating” to describe working on the project.

“That journey means so much to me because this is a rare occasion to go from Broadway with the same author and same material and take it to screen,” he said. “It’s something that Denzel fought for, made happen. Sometimes studios go with what’s hot and Denzel was having none of that, he said ‘This is hot and you just got to let me do it the way I do it.'”

Henderson, who plays Maxson’s best friend Jim Bono, said despite working together on stage, the film version was fresh.

“We all found new things and rejoiced in each others work,” he said. “We were absolutely humbled by it and we didn’t take anything for granted.”

Williamson agreed.

“If you jump in the ring with August Wilson thinking you know you will get socked right in your face,” he said. “Because the language is that powerful. You’ve got to be ready.”

Newcomer Jovan Adepo plays youngest son Cory Maxson, a young man who wants better for his life than his parents have achieved.

Adepo, who has starred in the HBO series, “The Leftovers” said he treated working on “Fences” as a “master class” in acting.

“Getting to learn…and be able to directly apply it in my work and take things that I can use in the rest of my career,” he said. “It’s been a blessing.”

Washington said he felt blessed to bring the film to screen. His hope is that it leads to greater recognition of Wilson.

“One thing I hope they recognize and appreciate is the brilliance of August Wilson,” Washington said. “He’s one of the greatest American playwrights.”

That tie to Wilson is strong, Henderson said, and the writer’s spirit could be felt on set when the cast filmed.

“I think August would be very pleased,” Henderson said of the film.

“Fences” opens in wide release on Christmas Day.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees announced

— The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017 has been announced.

This year’s inductees are Joan Baez, Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Yes.

The group was selected out of 19 nominees.

All of the inductees were first time nominees with the exception of Yes.

To be eligible for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released their first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination. This year marked Pearl Jam and Shakur’s first shot at eligibility.

The inductees were selected by more than 900 voters of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. The organization also aggregated fan votes. Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, Pearl Jam and Yes won the fan ballot, along with The Cars.

Nile Rodgers will also be honored with an award for musical excellence.

The 32nd Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will take place April 7, 2017 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

The ceremony will be aired on HBO. Tickets for the event will go on sale in January.

Denzel Washington talks #OscarsSoWhite

— Denzel Washington knows firsthand the struggle for actors of color in Hollywood.

The star sat down recently with “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker and discussed diversity in the industry.

The six-time Academy Award nominee is highly favored to nab a seventh nomination for his new film “Fences,” which he also directed.

Washington said he doesn’t have to think about #OscarsSoWhite as he has lived it.

“I’ve been the guy at the Oscars without my name being called,” he said. “I’ve been the guy at the Oscars when my name is called. I’ve been the guy at the Oscars when everybody thought they was going to call my name and they didn’t.”

Washington did win twice: he took home the award for best actor in “Training Day” in 2001 and best supporting actor for the civil war drama “Glory” in 1989.

OscarsSoWhite refers to the lack of opportunities and recognition for people of color in the movie industry.

When asked what he would say to those who would call it unfair Washington said, “Yeah, and so what?”

“You going to give up?” he asked. “If you’re looking for an excuse, you’ll find one.”

And Washington’s parting words of wisdom?

“Can’t live like that,” he said. “Just do the best you can do.”

The “60 Minutes” episode featuring Washington is scheduled to air on Sunday on CBS.

Women who won this week

— One thing 2016 did not lack was conversation about women.

From discussions about pay equity (still not happening) to Hillary Clinton’s historic presidential nomination, the year was kind of mixed and messy in terms of progress for half of the human species.

At a time when some women may have gotten the message their ideas and contributions are not valued; that harassment and twitter trolling are the price you may pay for talent or speaking your truth, it’s easy to feel discouraged.

But this week, some pretty damn fabulous women had some thoughts on that.

Ladies night? How about “Women’s Week.”

Tina Fey healing with laughter

While receiving The Hollywood Reporter’s Sherry Lansing Award on Wednesday, Fey managed to make us laugh about a subject not a lot of folks are finding funny these days: the recent presidential election.

“I think the real reason that Hillary lost — and it’s the thing that people are afraid to talk about: not enough celebrity music videos urging people to vote,” she said. “I just think if there had been, like, one more funny rap, or like, another Hamilton parody, or something. Just like a little more hustle from Liz Banks, and we could of taken Michigan.”

Fey also talked about power in Hollywood and what that really looks like for women.

“And maybe even more important than getting a ‘yes,’ I think power is having the freedom to say ‘no’ to something you don’t want to do,” she said. “Whether it’s writing a pilot for a bad actor, or the butter scene in Last Tango in Paris, or telling Roger Ailes to put his hamburger meat back in the freezer, feeling like you can say no without any negative repercussions is an important kind of power.”

With her history of hits like “30 Rock” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Fey has plenty of power these days and she’s planning on using it.

“My goal is to be like Beyoncé and never do interviews anymore,” Fey joked.

Beyonce at the Grammys

Speaking of Beyoncé, the Grammy nominations were announced this week and the singer scored the most this year with nine.

That brings her career total to 62 nominations — continuing the “Formation” singer’s standing as the most nominated female artist ever.

With 20 past wins, Beyoncé is poised to potentially make history if she racks up enough trophies to surpass Alison Krauss, who with 27 Grammys holds the title of the female artist with the most wins.

One of Beyoncé’s strongest competitors this year is Adele.

The pair are both nominated for the “big 3”: record of the year, song of the year and album of the year.

Sisters are doing it for themselves.

Lady Gaga’s message of courage

She may be one of the biggest stars on the planet, but Lady Gaga has faced struggles on her rise to fame.

This week, she shared a painful secret with a group at Harlem’s Ali Forney Center for Homeless LGBT youth.

“I told the kids today that I suffer from a mental illness,” she said during an interview with “Today.” “I suffer from PTSD. I’ve never told anyone that before so here we are.”

The singer was raped when she was 19.

Gaga had a message for the youth at the center.

“You are brave, you are courageous,” she told them.

Amy Schumer shuts down the haters

Amy Schumer getting “fat shamed” is sadly starting to feel normal.

After it was announced that that she was in talks to write and star in a film about Barbie (as in the doll) the trolls came a calling.

Schumer took them head on, posting a bathing suit photo and writing “Is it fat shaming if you know you’re not fat and have zero shame in your game? I don’t think so.”

“I am strong and proud of how I live my life and say what I mean and fight for what I believe in and I have a blast doing it with the people I love,” the caption continued. “Where’s the shame?”

Michelle Obama is a proud mom, true to her word

We have watched the first children, Sasha and Malia grow up before our very eyes.

And if it has felt fast to us, imagine what it must have felt like to their parents?

Michelle Obama was quick to correct President Obama during an interview with People magazine when he talked about their eldest, Malia, heading off to college in the fall and entering into adulthood.

“She’s still a baby,” Mrs. Obama said.

As for the election, the First Lady said she didn’t stress that night.

“I went to bed,” she said. “I don’t like to watch the political discourse. I never have.”

She told People she maintains the concerns she expressed during the campaign about the President-elect now that he’s won.

“Anything that I felt about the election I said and I stand by,” she said, adding she and her husband were nonetheless ready to help the incoming team succeed.

“This is our democracy, and this is how it works,” she said. “We are ready to work with the next administration and make sure they are as successful as they can be. Because that’s what’s best for this country.”

Chris Rock is going on tour

— Chris Rock is coming to a venue near you.

On Monday, the comic announced on his official Facebook page that he is heading out on tour in 2017 for the first time in nine years.

Rock used the Los Angeles Comedy Store as the background for his announcement and said the “Total Blackout Tour” will have brand new material and be a world tour

“Been a little busy, you know, writing ‘Pootey Tang 3’ and everything,” Rock joked. “But hey, it’s time, okay?”

The news comes weeks after reports that Netflix will pay Rock $40 million for two specials.

It’s been a good year for Rock, who also hosted the Oscars.

2016 great for black cinema, but don’t kill off #OscarsSoWhite

— Gil Robertson has no problem saying that 2016 has been “the best year ever in terms of the diversity of content for black images, black stories in cinema.”

“[2016] has really offered us a little bit of everything,” Robertson, the co-founder and president of the the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), told CNN. “Everything from drama, romance to comedy. In every way, it has been superlative.”

From critically acclaimed films like “Moonlight” and “Loving,” which have been pegged as Oscar contenders, to television shows like “Atlanta” and “Insecure,” AAFCA co-founder Shawn Edwards said this year has been as much about quality as quantity.

“The movies that have come out are some of the best movies of the year,” Edwards told CNN. “The documentaries that have come out are some of the best that have come out in the past 25 years. And the TV shows that have been released this year are some of the best television in the history of the medium.”

Edwards noted a slight increase in diversity off screen, as well.

Directors Denzel Washington (“Fences”), Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”) and Ava Duvernay (“13th”) are garnering awards season buzz for their films. Duvernay also launched her hit OWN series “Queen Sugar.” Other show creators including Issa Rae (“Insecure”) and Donald Glover (“Atlanta”) have received critical acclaim for their new shows. John Legend lent his skills to the music of “La La Land” and Pharrell Williams scored the film “Hidden Figures,” about three little known African American woman pioneers at NASA played by Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe.

But don’t retire that #OscarsSoWhite hashtag just yet.

On Thursday, Mashable found itself the target of Twitter vitriol after declaring in a tweet about an Oscar story that “We’ve canceled #OscarsSoWhite for 2017 with half the field poised to be actors of color.”

The site offered a mea culpa in a subsequent tweet which read, “We apologize for a thoughtless tweet that appeared here earlier. We made a mistake and we’ve since removed it. We can and will do better.” Mashable also added an editor’s note to their original story, but the damage was done.

April Reign, creator of #OscarsSoWhite, begged to differ and created #MashableCancels, which then trended.

Robertson said there’s still more work that needs to be done to make Hollywood more inclusive — including expanding opportunities and recognition for women, Latinos, Asians and LGBTQ people in the industry.

“We are hopeful that the trend will carry over to 2017,” he said. “We are all Americans and we all contribute to the bottom line.”

‘La La Land’ wins New York Critics’ big award

— The musical “La La Land” has danced its way into snagging a biggie at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards.

The film starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone about a pair of performers pursuing both their dreams and a love affair was named best picture, helping to place it firmly in the forefront of Oscar contenders.

“Moonlight” took three awards, including best director for Barry Jenkins, best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali and best cinematographer for James Laxton.

Likewise, “Manchester by the Sea” scored a trio of awards with best screenplay for Kenneth Lonergan, best actor for Casey Affleck and best supporting actress for Michelle Williams (who was named for that award for her work in both “Manchester by the Sea” and the film “Certain Women”).

The New York Film Critics Circle is an organization of film reviewers from New York-based publications that was founded in 1935. In the past, the winners have been good indicators for the Academy Award nominations.

The following is the full list of winners and honorees:

Best picture

“La La Land”

Best director

Barry Jenkins, “Moonlight”

Best screenplay

Kenneth Lonergan, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best actress

Isabelle Huppert, “Elle” and “The Things to Come”

Best actor

Casey Affleck, “Manchester by the Sea”

Best supporting actress

Michelle Williams, “Manchester by the Sea” and “Certain Women”

Best supporting actor

Mahershala Ali, “Moonlight”

Best cinematographer

James Laxton, “Moonlight”

Best animated film


Best non-fiction film (documentary)

“O.J.: Made in America”

Best foreign language film

“Toni Erdmann”

Best first film

Kelly Fremon Craig, “The Edge of Seventeen”

Best first film

Trey Edward Shults, “Krisha”

Special award

Thelma Schoonmaker and Julie Dash, “Daughters of the Dust” (25th anniversary restoration)