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Update: Oscar Song Flap – The Spotlight

By ROBERT W. WELKOS
It was only last July that Cheryl Boone Isaacs, a long-time, behind-the-scenes Hollywood publicist and marketing executive, was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The first African American and third woman to lead the prominent movie industry organization that each year hands out the Oscars, Isaacs’ election provided proof, if any was still required, that the traditionally white and male AMPAS membership was becoming more diversified. An academy veteran, she had served in various posts inside the organization’s hierarchy and produced last year’s Governors Awards.
But now Isaacs tenure as president is being buffeted by controversy over a decision by the academy’s board of governors to disqualify the song Alone Yet Not Alone from a small, faith-based movie of the same name that few have seen. How deftly she navigates the controversy could prevent the dispute from tarnishing the Oscars.
The song is from a film that had a limited release last fall to qualify for Oscar consideration and will be released more widely June 13. The song was recorded by Joni Eareckson Tada, a quadriplegic with limited lung capacity, and was one of five songs nominated by the academy on Jan. 16.
The academy’s rare step of rescinding a nomination came after the board of governors determined that composer Bruce Broughton, a long-time academy member himself and former board governor, violated academy rules by sending emails to approximately 70 of his fellow music branch members suggesting they listen to the song, which he wrote with lyricist Dennis Spiegel.
“No matter how well-intentioned the communication, using one’s position as a former governor and current executive committee member to personally promote one’s own Oscar submission creates the appearance of an unfair advantage,” the academy said in a written statement announcing its ruling. The action was designed “to protect the reputation and integrity of the awards process.”
But some have questioned the harshness of the ruling.
For example, Scott Feinberg, the Hollywood Reporter’s awards analyst, wondered if the punishment fit the crime. “… Do I think that they deserved to have their Oscar nomination rescinded by the Academy? “ he wrote. “On the basis of the evidence that the Academy has supplied and in the context of how most contenders campaign for Oscars these days: No, I do not.”
One long-time Academy member, who asked not to be named, said the board’s action seemed “a [...]

Ernest Borgnine has passed away at 95 years old

HollywoodNews.com: Actor Ernest Borgnine has passed away at the age of 95 years old while at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with his family around him.
His spokesman, Harry Flynn, released the news that the actor had passed away, states TMZ.
Borgnine won an Oscar for his role in ‘Marty’ in 1955. He also famously starred in the TV show ‘McHale’s Navy.’
Borgnine was also in the United States Navy for ten years.
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Screen Actors Guild Honors Outstanding Film And Television Performances at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

HollywoodNews.com: Screen Actors Guild presented its coveted Actor® statuette for the outstanding motion picture and prmetime television performances of 2010 at the “17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®” in ceremonies attended by film and television’s leading actors, held Sunday, Jan. 30, at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center. The “17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®” was simulcast live coast-to-coast by TNT and TBS at 8 p.m. (ET), 7 p.m. (CT), 6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT). An encore presentation was telecast on TNT at 10 p.m. (ET), 9 p.m. (CT), 8 p.m. (MT) and 7 p.m. (PT).
Voting procedures to choose the recipients were sent to the nearly 100,000 active members of Screen Actors Guild nationwide. Morgan Freeman presented Ernest Borgnine with Screen Actors Guild’s highest honor, the 47th Annual Life Achievement Award, following a filmed tribute introduced by Tim Conway.
Honored with individual awards were Christian Bale, Colin Firth, Melissa Leo and Natalie Portman for performances in motion pictures and Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Claire Danes, Julianna Margulies, Al Pacino, and Betty White for performances in television. Screen Actors Guild originated awards for the outstanding performances by a motion picture cast and by television drama and comedy ensembles. The Actor® for a motion picture cast performance went this year to “The King’s Speech”, while the Actors® for television drama and comedy ensemble performances went this year to “Boardwalk Empire” and “Modern Family.” Screen Actors Guild’s honors for outstanding performances by a stunt ensemble in film and television were awarded to “Inception” and “True Blood.”
Dennis Haysbert introduced a lively film montage that saluted actors who perform in commercials. Hillary Swank introduced a filmed “In Memoriam” tribute to the actors who have passed away in the past year.
PEOPLE magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) hosted the Screen Actors Guild Post-Awards Gala for the 15th year. This exclusive event, immediately following the SAG Awards on the back lot of the Shrine Exposition Center, honors the philanthropic causes and good works of the members of the Screen Actors Guild. The gala benefits the SAG Foundation, which just celebrated its 25th year of service to the public and the acting community.
The “17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®” is a presentation of Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild Awards®, LLC. Jeff Margolis is the executive producer and director. Kathy Connell is the producer. JoBeth Williams, Daryl Anderson, Scott Bakula, Shelley [...]

SAG: Awards Presentations

By Gold Derby News Desk
hollywoodnews.com: Hollywood’s actors honor their best at Sunday night’s 17th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Tonight’s SAG Awards telecast rundown is as follows.
Order of award presentations:
1.) Male Actor in a TV Drama Series
2.) Female Actor in a TV Drama Series
3.) Ensemble in a TV Drama Series
4.) Female Actor in a Supporting Film Role
5.) Male Actor in a TV Comedy Series
6.) Female Actor in a TV Comedy Series
7.) Ensemble in TV Comedy Series
8.) Lifetime Achievement Award to Ernest Borgnine
9.) Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries
10.) Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries
11.) Male Actor in a Supporting Film Role
12.) Female Actor in a Leading Film Role
13.) Male Actor in a Leading Film Role
14.) Cast of a Motion Picture
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SAG Awards® Online Auction: FENDI Handbag, “Black Swan” Jewelry Box, “Rabbit Hole” Comic Book, “The Fighter” Collectibles

HollywoodNews.com: The last installment of the Screen Actors Guild Awards® online auction to benefit the SAG Foundation starts Thursday, Jan. 27, and closes Monday, Jan 31, 2011 at http://www.sagawards.org/auction.
The auction offers a variety of exciting memorabilia and experiences in celebration of this years SAG Awards®-nominated films and television series. Among the collectibles is a FENDI handbag, a “Black Swan” jewelry box autographed by Natalie Portman, “The Fighter” posters and boxing gloves signed by the cast, a “Rabbit Hole” comic book signed by Nicole Kidman, the largest bottle of Champagne you have ever seen from Champagne Tattinger, dinner for two at Lucques plus many more exciting items.
The SAG Awards Auctions benefit the SAG Foundation to help make possible the Foundation’s public children’s literacy programs: BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) and Storyline Online. The auction also supports Foundation programs providing emergency relief to SAG members in economic distress, video and audio preservation of the creative legacy of SAG members, scholarships for performers and their children, emergency funds for members with catastrophic illnesses and The Actor’s Center. Details are available at www.sagfoundation.org and www.bookpals.net.
Experiences:
• Dry Creek Vineyard Dream Tour and Tasting
• E! News set visit for two people
• Extra Set visit, plus Meet and Greet with Mario Lopez
• Operation Boot Camp – 3 month Dedication Pass
Autographed Memorabila and Collectibles:
• SAG Awards Gift Bag
• “Black Swan” Jewelry Box signed by Natalie Portman
• “Rabbit Hole” Comic Book signed by Nicole Kidman
• “The Kids Are All Right” wedding rings worn by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore
• Champagne Tattinger 6 Litre Bottle Signed by Actors at [...]

Turner Classic Movies to Pay Tribute to Ernest Borgnine

hollywoodnews.com: The evening before Screen Actors Guild® bestows its highest honor – the Life Achievement Award – on Ernest Borgnine, Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will pay tribute to the memorable character actor with an evening of great performances. TCM’s tribute to Borgnine will take place Saturday, Jan. 29, beginning at 8 p.m. (ET), less than a week after the Oscar®-winning star’s 94th birthday. The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® will premiere live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 8 p.m. (ET)/5 p.m. (PT).
TCM’s tribute to Borgnine will include four outstanding films, along with a special encore of TCM’s Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine (2009), in which TCM host Robert Osborne sits down with Borgnine for a one-hour chat about the legendary actor’s life and career. Films in the lineup include Borgnine’s Oscar-winning performance in Marty (1955) and noteworthy work in such films as Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), The Dirty Dozen (1967) and The Wild Bunch (1969).
Honored by the SAG Awards® for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment, Borgnine is exuberantly entering his seventh decade of acting. He has earned industry recognition, critical praise and audience acclaim throughout his career, including a Golden Globe® win for his 2007 performance in the television movie A Grandpa for Christmas. He most recently co-starred with Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich in the hit action flick Red.
The following is the complete schedule for TCM’s Saturday, Jan. 29, tribute to Ernest Borgnine (all times Eastern):
8 p.m. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) – This gripping drama takes place in a remote desert town, where a one-armed visitor (Spencer Tracy) is met with local resistance when he starts asking questions about a Japanese farmer supposedly living in the area. Robert Ryan, Walter Brennan, Dean Jagger and Anne Francis star under John Sturges’ taut direction.
9:30 p.m. The Dirty Dozen (1967) – A group of soldiers convicted of crimes are recruited for a daring mission in this blockbuster war movie. Lee Marvin, Jim Brown, John Cassavetes, Robert Ryan, Charles Bronson, Donald Sutherland, George Kennedy and Telly Savalas are among the all-star cast members in this Robert Aldrich film.
12:15 a.m. Private Screenings: Ernest Borgnine (2009) – TCM host Robert Osborne sits down with Borgnine for an in-depth discussion of the Oscar-winning actor’s life and career.
1:15 a.m. [...]

This Week In Movies – “Jackass 3D,” “Red,” “Conviction”

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: Box office-wise this will probably be known as the week that clearly marked the decline of western civilization. With its near stunning $50 million gross Paramount’s scatological gross-out epic “Jackass 3D” exceeded expectations on about the same level as it managed to exceed any expectation of taste. The enthusiastic public reception to this third chapter in Johnny Knoxville and gang’s low brow exercise in vomit-inducing bodily pranks probably says more about what audiences crave than it does about the “filmmakers” who serve it all up in gut-blasting 3D. Want to see a dildo fly right into your face? This is the place. Want to watch a fat guy running on a treadmill wrapped in cellophane producing ‘sweat cocktails’ for adventurous drinkers? Line up now. Want to check out a hungry pig named Bob trying to extract an apple from the same fat guy’s rear end? Welcome to Knoxville’s own Fellini-esque vision of human debasement. It’s like watching The 3 Stooges on an acid trip, only there are 9 of these guys with names like Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, Steve-O, Jason “Wee Man” Acuna, Preston Lacy, “Danger Ehren” McGhehey, Dave England and Chris Pontius whose self-induced torture of his male member (aided by a toy helicopter) deserves some sort of bravery medal. Some of it is undeniably funny but you’ll want to take a cold shower afterwards. Of course this kind of stuff is nothing new, it’s just more extreme. In the 60’s there were a series of shockumentaries such as Mondo Cane which promised such sights as people eating excrement etc. The difference now are 3D effects that allow the excrement to seem like it’s flying off the screen and into the theatre. You haven’t lived until you witness the outhouse bungi jump! Even with hiked prices for 3D the studio was taken by surprise by just how much of a craving moviegoers have for this kind of thing. Another “Jackass” is guaranteed and certain to go even further than this. These are the times we are living in.

The week’s other wide release also did quite well, if not even half the “Jackass” haul. “RED” could be dismissed as just another Bruce Willis action vehicle were it not for a supporting cast whose combined ages number into the several hundreds. This clever “geriaction” movie features the [...]

“Jackass 3D” breaks several records with $50 million debut weekend

By Scott Mendelson
HollywoodNews.com: “Jackass 3-D” grossed a whopping $50 million in its debut weekend, setting several records and setting punditry tongues wagging in the process. First of all, the film bested the $48.1 million opening weekend for “Scary Movie 3″ in 2003, taking the October opening weekend record. Second of all, the opening figure is far and away the best opening weekend for any kind of non-fiction/documentary film in history. If you count this series as a documentary franchise (which I do), then the third entry is now the fifth-highest grossing documentary in history in just three days. It stands behind “Jackass: The Movie” ($64 million), “Jackass Number Two” ($72 million), “March of the Penguins” ($77 million), and “Fahrenheit 9/11″ ($119 million). While the franchise has mediocre legs (part one had a 2.9x weekend-to-total multiplier in 2002 and part two had a 2.4x multiplier in 2006), thus making $100 million+ not quite a sure thing yet, there is little doubt that the film will end its domestic run as the second-highest grossing documentary/non-fiction film of all time. Still, 3-D films seem to have better legs than average (witness the useless “My Soul to Take” dropping just 53% in weekend two, as well as the inexplicably strong holds of “Legends of the Guardians,” now at $46 million), partially because they keep the bigger auditoriums for longer periods of time. If it can manage a mere 2.4x multiplier, it will in fact surpass the Michael Moore anti-Bush epic.
There will be much discussion this week about how much of an effect the 3-D format (and related ticket-price bump) had to do with this performance, and this is a rare case where it must be acknowledged. The opening weekends of “Jackass: The Movie” ($22 million) and “Jackass Number Two” ($29 million) aren’t anywhere near the debut for part III, even when adjusted for inflation (around $33 million apiece). It is difficult to deny that the appeal of watching Johnny Knoxville and the gang horribly maim themselves in actual (not converted) 3-D had a certain appeal to both hardcore fans and those who only casually followed the franchise. As such, 3-D ticket sales accounted for 90% of the gross. As I’ve said before, 3-D is a tool, not a genre in-and-of itself, and Jackass is a franchise that lent itself to this newly-popular tool. More importantly, I’d argue, this is an R-rated film franchise (and [...]

This Week In Movies – ‘The Town,’ ‘Jack Goes Boating,’ ‘Easy A,’ ‘Devil’

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: Ben Affleck has had a career of ups and downs but to his credit he hasn’t let critical brickbats or tabloid fodder derail him from living up to the promising talent he showed as an actor and writer in 1997’s Good Will Hunting which won Ben and buddy, Matt Damon a Best Original Screenplay Oscar. Since then Ben has mixed success in big Hollywood projects like Armageddon (1998) , Pearl Harbor ( 2001) and The Sum Of All Fears (2002) with genuinely interesting acting turns in meatier material like the highly underrated Changing Lanes (2002) and Hollywoodland (2006). Unfortunately there was also his “Bennifer” phase when he and then -fiancée Jennifer Lopez were the talk of the tabs and their joint co-starring venture, Gigli (2003) crashed and burned. By that point most pundits had written off the early promise of Good Will Hunting and dismissed him until his feature directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone (2007) showed that initial talent was just hitting it’s stride. This weekend’s critical acclaim and number one box office ranking for his latest writing/directing/acting achievement, The Town has quieted the doubters and clearly set Ben off on a new career path that buddy Matt Damon says will turn him into “the new Clint Eastwood”, meaning a triple threat talent that is one to watch. The common denominator between Good Will, Gone Baby Gone and The Town is the general location, Ben’s hometown of Boston. When I talked to him a couple of weeks ago he mentioned it was a concern that he get pidgeonholed as the “Boston” guy but that this material was just too tempting to pass up. With its estimated $23.8 million haul, The Town proved that decision to be the right one, beating pre-release predictions, drawing a solid B+ Cinemascore rating and an absolutely stellar 94% fresh score on the Rotten Tomatoes critics meter. What’s particularly heartening about all of this is that The Town falls into that endangered species known as ADULT DRAMA. It’s a time-honored genre that the big studios were thought to be abandoning. Warner Bros. is to be congratulated for a smart marketing and distribution strategy and Ben Affleck is back on top of the movie world with the first significant release of the more serious Fall season.

Speaking of actors-turned-directors, another Oscar winner Philip [...]

Ernest Borgnine tapped for SAG’s lifetime achievement award

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: He was a member of the “Wild Bunch,” the head of “McHale’s Navy,” and an Oscar winner for “Marty” in 1956. Now Ernest Borgnine, 93, will be honored with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award during the 17th Annual SAG Awards, scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 at 8 p.m.
“Whether portraying brutish villains, sympathetic everymen, complex leaders or hapless heroes, Ernest Borgnine has brought a boundless energy which, at 93, is still a hallmark of his remarkably busy life and career,” Screen Actors Guild National President Ken Howard said in a released statement. “It is with that same joyous spirit that we salute his impressive body of work and his steadfast generosity.”
Borgnine’s career has spanned decades. He has collaborated with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper, and Burt Lancaster. His impressive credits range from “The Dirty Dozen” to “Escape from New York” and “The Poseidon Adventure.”
His latest film, “Red,” stars Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Richard Dreyfuss and Brian Cox. It opens in October.
Borgnine lives in Beverly Hills with his wife of 37 years, Tova.
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