April 18, 2014

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Hollywood Film Awards® Announces 2013 Date and Sets Pace for Awards Race

For a 17th consecutive year, the Hollywood Film Awards® continues its mandate of celebrating Hollywood cinema and recognizing excellence in Hollywood, both in-front and behind the camera. This year the Hollywood Film Awards® Gala ceremony takes place on October 21, 2013, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills.
In the last 10 years, a total of 96 Oscar® nominations and 34 Oscars® were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards®.
The “Los Angeles Times” recognized the Hollywood Film Awards® Gala Ceremony as a “pre-Oscar showcase,” and the “New York Times,” called it the “first mandatory stop in the awards season.”
“We are very excited to be having our seventeenth annual Hollywood Film Awards® Gala ceremony on October 21. Last year’s event was one of the best yet, with our presenters and honorees including Richard Gere, Bradley Cooper, Marion Cotillard, Robert De Niro, Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, John Hawkes, Jeffrey Katzenberg, David O. Russell, Dustin Hoffman, Quentin Tarantino, Quvenzhané Wallis, Chris Evans, Tom Ford, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Hillcoat, Helen Hunt, Melissa Leo, Ray Liotta, Christopher Nolan, Edward Norton, Eric Roth, Susan Sarandon, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Shankman, Kerry Washington, Samantha Barks, Bella Heathcote, Tom Holland, John Magaro, Ezra Miller, and Kelly Reilly among many others,” Hollywood Film Awards’ founder, Carlos de Abreu, announced.
The first-ever Hollywood Film Awards® Gala ceremony took place in October 1997 in the historic Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, in Hollywood. Kirk Douglas took home the inaugural “Hollywood Career Achievement Award.”
The criteria for the recipients are based on their body of work and/or one or more films that are to be released within the calendar year.
Last year’s Hollywood Film Awards® total TV audience was over 42 million unique impressions, in addition to 300 million media impressions from both online and offline hits.

Further, through the “Hollywood Gives Back®” Project, the Hollywood Film Awards® continues highlighting and helping important local and national causes.
Over the years, the Hollywood Film Awards® have contributed to such organizations as: The Art of Elysium, Artists For Human Rights; Artists for Peace and Justice; Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; the Enough Project; Matchingdonors.com, Scren Actors Guild Foundation, and the children’s charity Variety SoCal among others.
The Hollywood Film Awards® selects individuals to be recipients of their “Hollywood Humanitarian Awards®” in recognition of their contribution to the betterment of their communities or society at large. Prior recipients include Nobel Peace Prize winner and [...]

Hollywood Gives Back® with CineCause, showcasing the other side of Hollywood

This year, with the appointment of Fest veteran Jon Fitzgerald as Executive Director of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Festival, films that matter will have an opportunity to be showcased in the heart of Hollywood.
Fitzgerald will be working closely with festival founder Carlos de Abreu, and will be in charge of development, artistic direction, programming, marketing and overall Festival management, as well as the Hollywood Gives Back® Project.
Hollywood Gives Back® with CineCause, will be showcasing the other side of Hollywood, celebrating the Industry’s creative artists who have supported causes around the world. These efforts will be presented through the CineCause Spotlight section of the Festival, connecting social impact films with related causes.
The Hollywood Gives Back® mandate is to give a voice to the voiceless through the visual and new mediums, highlighting social and human conditions worldwide, and recognizing people and organizations that have contributed to the betterment of their communities or society at large by bestowing the Hollywood Gives Back Awards®.
In addition, through the Hollywood Gives Back® program, the Hollywood Gives Back Awards selects individuals to be recipients of the “Hollywood Humanitarian Awards®” in recognition of their contribution to the betterment of their communities or society at large.
Prior recipients of the “Hollywood Gives Back Awards®” include Nobel Peace Prize winner and President of East Timor, Dr. Jose Ramos-Horta, Nobel Laureate Jody Williams, Father Rick Frechette and actor and activist Sean Penn.
Over the years, the Hollywood Film Festival® and Hollywood Gives Back® program have contributed to such organizations as: The Art of Elysium, Artists For Human Rights; Artists for Peace and Justice; Children’s Hospital Los Angeles; the Enough Project; MatchingDonors.com; Screen Actors Guild Foundation; and the children’s charity Variety SoCal among others.

“We greatly appreciate all you have done for us through the Hollywood Gives Back Awards® and our “Everybody Can Save a Life!” video contest. Your efforts have saved many lives.” – Paul Dooley, CEO- MatchingDonors.com
“Because of the generosity of The Hollywood Gives Back Awards®, we have just opened our new building at the Academy for Peace and Justice, the first free secondary school serving the very poor in Port-au-Prince… It is because of YOU that we are able to help change the lives of the poorest children of Haiti — children whose names I would love you to get to know, and whose faces I would love you to see.” – Director Paul Haggis for [...]

More New Jersey cities don’t want ‘Snooki & JWOWW’

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Snooki & JWOWW’ has been picked up for a second season, but it seems they may have some trouble putting it all together as two more towns have rejected the show.
It is reported that Point Pleasant Beach and Toms River both shot down MTV in regard to Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jenni “JWOWW” Farley living and filming there, states E! News. The first season of the show was filmed in Jersey City after being shot down from other cities.
Snooki has commented that the second season will likely include the birth of her first child with fiance Jionni LaValle.
The girls recently wrapped filming of the sixth season of ‘Jersey Shore’ which will air this fall.
Will you watch the shows?
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Kudos for Quentin Tarantino at the MOMA

HollywoodNews.com: It’s Oscar season soon, so it’s time for tributes and special awards that will highlight directors of Oscar buzzed films. Now we’re told that the Museum of Modern Art’s fifth annual Film Benefit, to be held on December 3rd at 6:30 PM, will honor writer / director Quentin Tarantino.
This will be just two weeks before Tarantino unveils “Django Unchained,” with an all star cast and a controversial screenplay. The movie looks amazing from clips, with Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio. Now a release from MoMA says that “[Tarantino] renowned for the Academy Award-winning films Pulp Fiction (1994) and Inglourious Basterds (2009), and earlier hit films Reservoir Dogs (1992), Jackie Brown (1997), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), and Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004), among others. Tarantino’s latest film, “Django Unchained”, will be released by The Weinstein Company on December 25th.
The Film Benefit held at The Museum of Modern Art (11 W. 53rd St) will be highlighted by a special presentation recognizing Tarantino’s acclaimed directorial work, followed by a gala dinner. The Film Benefit raises funds to ensure that great works of cinema continue to join the collection of The Museum of Modern Art”
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‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star talks daughter’s recovery from father’s death

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Taylor Armstrong had her life rocked when her estranged husband, Russell Armstrong, committed suicide.
But, now that some time has passed, it seems that her daughter with Russell is slowly recovering, states RadarOnline. “She’s more open and joyful since his death. She’s more outgoing than she was during his lifetime. She was feeling my anxiety,” Armstrong commented.
However, there is still plenty of work to do: “I’ve worked closely with psychologists with her, and I’m keeping tabs on her.”
Do you think they are handling things well?
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Kirk and Anne Douglas are our Heroes

HollywoodNews.com: Who doesn’t love Kirk Douglas? He’s the greatest. Three time Oscar nominee Kirk is a hero. He’s recovered mightily from a stroke, has written several books. At 95, he’s a role model. He and his wife Anne gave $990,000 to charities last year, worthy causes, from their Douglas Charitable Foundation. It’s all good. Now he and Anne have pledged to leave $50 million to five charities, including the Alzheimer’s Wing at the Motion Picture Home.
But where does the money come from? Good investments. The Foundation, according to its Form 990 from 2010, had over $19 million in total assets. Most of that was from stock. But yikes–the stock is typically American and not very politically correct. In a way, the Douglas Foundation has been like Robin Hood–taking from the rich and giving to the needy.
The Douglas Foundation’s largest assets, at least on December 31, 2010, were from the Big Tobacco and Big Oil. They claimed market values of $4,5 for Philip Morris, and $2 million more from Altria Group, making essentially two investments in Big Tobacco as Altria owns Philips Morris USA while the international Philip Morris is a separate entity with a robust stock price of $90 a share as Friday. The Foundation’s other largest holdings were from Chevron ($1 million) and Exxon ($2 million). There’s also about $700,000 in market value from Royal Dutch Petroleum and another $500,000 from Concoco.
These are the same companies and stocks the Foundation had in 2008 and 2009. And they’ve increased in value. So at least the Foundation is getting good investment advice.
The Foundation also paid Kirk and Anne’s son, Peter, a salary of $115,000 a year– for 17 hours’ worth of work as president. In 2008, the salary was only $50,000, so that’s a nice raise. As Matthew Broderick sings on Broadway, “Nice work if you can get it.”
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JWOWW doesn’t want ‘Jersey Shore’ cast replaced

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Jersey Shore’ has reportedly wrapped another season of filming, which has led to rumors of a possible seventh season that would be slightly different.
It has been rumored that as the current cast is growing up, a new cast may be brought in for the next season of ‘Jersey Shore,’ states Hollyscoop. However, that won’t happen if Jenni “JWOWW” Farley has anything to say about it.
“I would go off on MTV [if that happened]. I would burn down that house,” JWOWW laughed.
And even if they try, JWOWW doesn’t think it will be a success: “They didn’t recreate ‘The Hills’ because who could replace ‘The Hills?’ Who could recreate ‘The Jersey Shore’ without it turning into ‘The Real World?’”
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Lauren Conrad seems to be getting serious about new beau

HollywoodNews.com: Lauren Conrad has been dating USC law student William Tell for a number of months now, and it seems like things are getting serious.
The two reportedly decided to get away together and took a five-day trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, states UsMagazine.com. The trip was reportedly just about them as they stayed in a pricey suite and relaxed by the beach.
Their suite reportedly even had a private hot tub which likely made the trip that much better.
Do you think they will work out?
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Fred Willard reportedly arrested for lewd conduct

HollywoodNews.com: Fred Willard has reportedly been arrested for lewd conduct while at an adult movie theater in Hollywood.
He was reportedly caught at the Tiki Theater by LAPD undercover vice officers with his penis exposed and in his hand, states TMZ. The actor was allegedly booked for lewd conduct and released from police custody a short time later.
Officers had reportedly been conducting a “random walk-through” at the time which is allowed at this type of theater.
What do you think about his arrest?
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Producer Richard Zanuck, Hollywood’s Royalty

HollywoodNews.com: Producer Richard Zanuck, Part of Hollywood’s Dynasty, Dies at 77.
Beloved Hollywood big studio producer Richard Zanuck has died at age 77 in Hollywood. Zanuck’s long list of hits includes “Jaws,” “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Cocoon,” “Big Fish,” and most recently, “Dark Shadows.” In recent years he co-produced movies with his third wife, Lili Fini Zanuck. For most of his career, Dick Zanuck partnered with the late great David Brown, and they were a popular and successful team in Hollywood. Zanuck was part of Hollywood’s real dynasty. His famous father, Darryl F. Zanuck, helped start Hollywood. He began producing movies in 1925. The Zanucks leave a long and proud legacy in the film business. Here’s a link to a great piece from two years ago in the L.A. Times. RIP. http://herocomplex.latimes.com/2010/04/13/richard-d-zanuck-a-hollywood-legend-too-busy-to-look-back/
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