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Michel Hazanavicius Wins DGA Feature Film Award for “The Artist”

Hollywood Gives Back: The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2011 were announced tonight during the 64th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Michel Hazanavicius won the DGA?s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Artist.
Following the welcome by DGA President Taylor Hackford to an audience of more than 1,600 guests, director/producer/actor Kelsey Grammer hosted the ceremony.
Presenters included (in alphabetical order): DGA Secretary-Treasurer Michael Apted; Kathy Bates (Midnight in Paris); Berenice Bejo (The Artist); George Clooney (The Descendants); Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad); Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men); Laura Dern (Enlightened); Jean Dujardin (The Artist); DGA President Taylor Hackford; 2010 DGA Feature Film Award winner Tom Hooper (The King?s Speech); Stana Katic (Castle); Ben Kingsley (Hugo); Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy); Kathleen Robertson (Boss); Octavia Spencer (The Help); DGA Third Vice President Betty Thomas; Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn); and Deborah Ann Woll (True Blood).
The winners of the 2011 DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement are:
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM
MICHEL HAZANAVICIUS
The Artist
(The Weinstein Company)
Mr. Hazanavicius? Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Antoine De Cazotte
· Production Manager (FR): Ségoléne Fleury
· First Assistant Director (FR): James Canal
· First Assistant Director (US): David Cluck
· Second Assistant Director (US): David Paige
· Second Second Assistant Directors: Karla Strum, Ricky Robinson
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN
MOVIES FOR TELEVISION AND MINI-SERIES
JON CASSAR
The Kennedys
(Reelz Channel)
This was Mr. Cassar?s third DGA Award nomination. He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series in 2006 for 24 – ?7:00 AM-8:00 AM? and was nominated in this category in 2003 for the episode of 24 also titled ?7:00 AM-8:00 AM.?
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATIC SERIES
PATTY JENKINS
The Killing, ?Pilot?
(AMC)
Ms. Jenkins was also nominated this year in the Movies for Television and Mini-Series category for her segment of Five ? ?Pearl.?
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMEDY SERIES
ROBERT B. WEIDE
Curb Your Enthusiasm, ?Palestinian Chicken?
(HBO)
Mr. Weide?s Directorial Team:
· Associate Directors: Dale Stern, Tim Gibbons
· Stage [...]

James Franco Back to General Hospital?

HollywoodNews.com: Is Oscar nominee James Franco really returning to “General Hospital” this fall for an extended stay? That was the word that went out yesterday after TV Guide reported it. But I’m told that Franco was a little surprised by the announcement. He’s in Detroit filming a $100 million movie, “Oz, the Great and Powerful,” directed by Sam Raimi and taking up most of his time for the next few months. “Oz” is billed as a prequel to the “Wizard of Oz,” with co-stars Zach Braff, Michelle Williams, and Mila Kunis.
Unless “GH” is coming to Detroit, it’s unlikely that Franco can be too involved in the soap opera beyond a cameo. And that’s not all on his plate. He’s got his Yale PhD program in New Haven, poetry classes in North Carolina, and two art shows in New York scheduled for August–one at PS1 and the other at a small gallery in Soho. Plus, his many indie directed films–like “Sal” and “The Broken Tower” (which Focus Features expressed interest in)–are in various stages of preparation.
Franco told a friend of the “General Hospital” news: “I don’t know what that is about. Maybe down the road.” Maybe he can go back and forth from Detroit to Los Angeles in a hot air balloon, just like Oz the Magnificent!
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Katie Couric and $20 million deal at ‘General Hospital’s’ expense

HollywoodNews.com: Katie Couric is reportedly in talks with ABC for a $20 million deal that would give her a syndicated talk show and much involvement in the news programs.
Katie’s talk show would reportedly possibly take the place of ‘General Hospital,’ which means the station’s final soap opera would be axed, states TMZ. However, the station might also wait to see which of the new shows replacing the other soaps struggles and switch in Katie’s show after that.
Along with her talk show, Katie is reportedly being offered work with ABC News and ’20/20′ which would include specials and anchoring.
Do you think this deal will work out?
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Kourtney Kardashian is aware she is not an actress

HollywoodNews.com: Kourtney Kardashian has had a role on ‘General Hospital,’ but before she shot the role, she was well-aware she wasn’t an actress.
On the upcoming ‘Kourtney and Kim Take New York,’ Kourtney talks about how worried she was for the role, states RadarOnline.com.
In regard to her having to kiss a man, Kourtney freaks out: “I have to kiss a guy! I’m not an actress! I don’t feel like kissing some random guy!”
Luckily, Kim Kardashian looks up the guy and confirms that he is cute.
Do you think Kourtney Kardashian should do more acting?
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Who Are The Best Actor Frontrunners for the Daytime Emmys?

By Matthew Cormier
HollywoodNews.com: Now that we know who is contending for a pre-nomination slot at the Daytime Emmy Awards, it’s time to take a closer look at each of the acting categories. The key to winning a Daytime Emmy is episode selection. To stand out amongst this group of industry legends, an actor will need to submit a tape that displays enough range and impact to make voters take notice. Good submissions are usually self-contained episodes showing a clear beginning, middle and end to a character’s emotional arc.
Best Actor has the potential to be a very competitive race as every show has to decide between multiple veteran performers. The frontrunners among these contenders are discussed below.
“All My Children”
David Canary (Ex-Adam Chandler)
Ricky Paull Goldin (Dr. Jake Martin)
Vincent Irizarry (Dr. David Hayward)
Michael E. Knight (Tad Martin)
Michael Nouri (Caleb Cooney)
Walt Willey (Jackson Montgomery)
Darnell Williams (Jesse Hubbard)
“All My Children” has two actors with excellent chances of being nominated. David Canary has racked up five wins out of 16 nominations and is among the most celebrated performers in the industry. His retirement in early 2010 came as a shock. He had worked on the series since 1983, playing dual roles of ruthless businessman Adam Chandler and his mentally-challenged brother, Stuart and setting the gold standard of soap acting. It would be a fitting tribute to honor him one last time. His exit from the series was pure class as Adam left town with long-time lover Brooke English, played by long-time soap veteran Julia Rose Barr. Fans were delighted that producers did not kill off these characters but let them walk off into the sun together.
Vincent Irrizarry won Best Supporting Actor in 2009 and has given new meaning to the word “evil” with his portrayal of Dr. David Hayward. He unwittingly caused the death of fan favorite Zach Slater in a plane crash. David kept a big secret: Greenlee Smythe was alive and he was nursing her back to health but not telling her the whole truth. Other highlights included a custody battle, a surprise marriage and faking his death. Irrizarry has worked in daytime drama since 1983, first as Lujack on “Guiding Light” from 1983-1986 and then from 1991 to 1996 as well as “Santa Barbara” (1987-1989) and “The Young & the Restless” (2006-2008). He had two nominations before his win in 2009. In 1986 he lost his Best Younger Leading Actor bid [...]

“Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series” coming to DVD in 2011

HollywoodNews.com: Fifteen years after “Dark Skies” first aired on network television, the entire series will finally be unleashed for the first time on DVD when Shout! Factory debuts the “Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series” DVD box set on January 18, 2011, marking the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s inauguration. Newly remastered, this collectible 6-DVD box set includes all 19 episodes, an international TV pilot, a special commemorative booklet featuring a behind-the-scenes essay by Zabel, and extensive bonus content. The show’s creators Bryce Zabel and Brent V. Friedman, along with stars Eric Close and Megan Ward, discuss the series and their roles in an intimate look back “Signal To Noise: Uncovering Dark Skies.” “Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series” is a must-have for fans of science fiction, mystery and intrigues.
In the landmark television series “Dark Skies,” freedom fighter John Loengard declares that “history as we know it is a lie,” and sets out to find the truth before it’s too late. He and girlfriend Kim Sayers embark on a cross-country crusade, attempting to derail plans by the sinister alien “Hive.” Majestic-12, a covert government agency assigned to secretly fight the aliens, monitors Loengard; and Capt. Frank Bach is ready to silence him—or quietly aid his quest. Call it alternative history or call it the unthinkable truth. Either way, call it… “Dark Skies.”
Created by Bryce Zabel and Brent V. Friedman, “Dark Skies,” a brilliantly intense sci-fi drama, explored the thrilling intersection of history and mystery, politics and paranoia. Starring Eric Close (“Without a Trace”), Megan Ward (“General Hospital,” “Boomtown”) and the late J.T. Walsh (“The Negotiator,” “Pleasantville”), the series, set in the turbulent 1960s, won devoted fans throughout its 1996-97 run on NBC. Besides its fresh focus on the debate over UFOs, the show also incorporated historic figures’ participation into its plots: Bobby Kennedy, Jack Ruby, Timothy Leary, J. Edgar Hoover and other famous names helped to advance the story.
This collectible DVD box set is priced to own at $44.99 SRP.
Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series DVD Bonus Features:
International pilot
Cast & creator commentaries
Signal To Noise: Uncovering Dark Skies– A 3-part intimate look back with creators Bryce Zabel & Brent V. Friedman and stars Eric Close & Megan Ward
Network promos
The Dark Skies Glossary
Original sales presentation
EPK
Never-before-seen Season Two proposal
…And more!
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Amber Tamblyn Interview: Joining “House” and Performing Poetry

HollywoodNews.com: Amber Tamblyn is joining the cast of House for a limited run as a new doctor on the diagnosis team. Meredith M. Masters is a fresh young medical student, so expect a lot of friction with House’s veteran unorthodox methods. The TV and film legend discussed her role on House with the media in a conference call, as well as her poetry projects and personal reflections on her time in the industry. House airs Monday nights on Fox.
Q: What sort of medical research did you do to join the cast of House?

AT: I didn’t do any medical research. I did episode by episode research. If something was involved in small pox, I would look that up. If there was a specific word I didn’t know, which is about 90% of the words, I’d look that up and see what it meant. As far as the onset training when you’re trying to draw blood or IVs, they have an incredible nurse who’s been there for many, many years. There’s a woman named Bobbin [Bergstrom] who was a nurse for many years then retired to come be on the show and help us learn how to do anything we’re doing on that episode. If we’re giving someone a traich[eotomy], if we’re taking blood, anything we do she shows us how to do it and makes sure it’s the right way. That’s the training. There was no reading anything beforehand.
Q: What are your impressions of Martha M. Masters?
AT: Ah, big question. The part of Martha Masters was originally just an idea. David Shore and Katie Jacobs came to me and say, “We want to write a character for you. Are you interested?” I said yes and it wasn’t until I signed on to do a bunch of episodes that I got to read a script. The character is based on somebody that I know very well who’s real name is Martha Meredith Masters. My friend Meredith is similar to this character but this character is a very exaggerated version of her. She is in med school and she often makes jokes that I don’t understand that are about Euler’s number or something that I and most people in the room don’t know what she’s talking about. She can be a little socially awkward sometimes which is what the character Masters is like on the show. I feel fortunate to have at least [...]

Brad Rowe discusses his debut on ‘General Hospital’

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Brad Rowe checks into the ABC soap “General Hospital” this week in the role of Murphy Sinclair, an internationally famous movie star who is involved with supermodel Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo).
Brad is not only a wonderful actor who we loved in the classic gay indies “Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss” and “Shelter,” he’s also a straight ally who has been a staunch supporter of LGBT equality.
He posed for the NO H8 campaign and a few weeks back, attended a GLAAD fundraiser in Hancock Park with his wife and son.
That is where we chatted about his “General Hospital” gig.
“I’m the movie star boyfriend of Vanessa Marcil’s character,” Brad began before I interrupted him and asked if he could say her new extended married name of Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo.
“I know [her husband] Carmine Giovinazzo!” Brad said. “He was in Billy’s ["Hollywood Screen Kiss"] with me. He was the trippy guy on the sailboat who was all stoned on acid playing the guitar. It comes full circle. And Vanessa and I are old friends through Brian [Austin] Green, we did a pilot way back when and he directed me in a movie Fish Without a Bicycle, and Vanessa and [Brian] were together back then and we actually both have boys who are the same age.”
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Brad Rowe to join ‘General Hospital’ as a famous movie star

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: We first fell in love with Brad Rowe when he starred opposite Sean Hayes in “Billy’s Hollywood Screen Kiss” then again a few years ago when he starred in one of the better gay love stories ever done: Shelter.
On August 13, Brad checks into the ABC soap “General Hospital” the role of Murphy Sinclair, an internationally famous movie star who is involved with supermodel Brenda (Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo).
In his younger years, Brad was sometimes confused with a real international movie star named Brad whose last name is Pitt!
“It’s definitely been something that’s referenced a lot,” Brad told me back in 2008 while promoting “Shelter.” “I wouldn’t venture to guess whether it’s hurt or hindered me. It’s been something people have latched onto but I think it’s waned as I’ve gotten a little older. Physically, I have changed and he has changed. But anytime people have a little hook to think about, it can never be a bad thing.”
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James Franco to study and teach “very special class” at Yale

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Spider Man’ star James Franco has revealed that he will be teaching a “very special class” at Yale University.
Franco will be attending the University from September to study for his doctorate in English and film studies – and has agreed to teach his own class next January.
The 32-year-old actor said on Good Morning America: “I am going to teach at Yale. “It’s in the works, I have a very special class I will be teaching next January.” But he did not reveal what subject he will be teaching. The former General Hospital star has previously studied film-making at New York University and earned a master of fine arts diploma from Columbia University.
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