April 23, 2014

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Film Festival: Palm Springs Gold

25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala – Awards Presentation. Meryl Streep and Margo Martindale
By ROBERT W. WELKOS
It’s no mirage.
After a quarter-century, and some early struggles, the Palm Springs International Film Festival has seen its visibility and star quotient rise significantly by tapping into Hollywood’s hotly contested movie awards season.
The festival’s success—it now draws about 130,000 attendees—has come without a lucrative television deal for its black-tie gala similar to ones enjoyed by the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards.
The festival was the brainchild of the late Palm Springs Mayor Sonny Bono, who rose to stardom as half of the pop singing duo Sonny and Cher and later became a U.S. congressman representing the Coachella Valley. Bono died in a 1998 skiing accident.
Harold Matzner, a local businessman and philanthropist who was a close friend and tennis partner of Bono’s, eventually took over the financially struggling festival and improved its bottom line.
A patron of the arts, Matzner not only chairs the film festival but also chairs the McCallum Theatre, is vice president on the board of trustees at the Palm Springs Art Museum, and his other philanthropic efforts include Desert AIDS Project, Stroke Recovery Center, Temple Isaiah and Animal Samaritans. He owns Spencer’s restaurant in Palm Springs.
Matzner has credited the late Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen for helping him get Hollywood studios to send movie stars being mentioned for the Oscars to be honored at the Palm Springs festival’s black-tie gala. Chasen was murdered in 2010 in a drive-by shooting in Beverly Hills as she drove her black Mercedes-Benz and police concluded it was a random attack carried out by a transient riding a bike.
Matzner chairs the tax-exempt organization behind the festival—the Palm Springs International Film Society.
The film society’s Form 990 tax returns that are filed annually with the IRS show that the nonprofit has achieved success as the film festival has become more popular.
The tax filings show that:
*The film festival had more than $26 million in total support from fiscal years 2005-06 to 2012-13.
*Revenues totaled $3.9million and expenses totaled $3.3 million in fiscal 2012-13.
*No grants were listed from fiscal 2009-10 to 2012-13.
*Chairman Matzner and other board members received no compensation for their work on the festival.
*The nonprofit paid Spencer’s restaurant $117,525 for catering and use of its facilities in fiscal 2012-13 and $113,912 in fiscal 2011-12.
*The nonprofit paid Wessman Development Co. $89,896 and $90,638 for the same [...]

Screen Actors Guild Awards: What it takes

To create a dramatic arrivals area, impressive stage and intimate dinner setting for the world?s leading actors who are gathering on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, the SAG Awards® staff must transform the Shrine Auditorium entrance and the adjoining Exposition Center. The Shrine complex is a Los Angeles landmark built in 1920 in Spanish Colonial Revival style with Moorish detailing. It’s grandiose and beautiful on the outside, but the inner space of the Shrine?s Exposition Center, with its 34,000 square foot wooden floor, paint-trimmed overhangs and bare columns, has to be redefined for each event.
This year’s SAG Awards stage and décor is a contemporary interpretation of the streamline moderne style that emerged during the 1930s that pays homage to old movies palaces of that era. Architectural details such as paneled molding are highlighted by a color scheme of black, white and silver, which will be transformed by the application of colored lighting appropriate to each segment of the show. Among the design elements are a broken proscenium arch that is echoed by the broken frame surrounding the oversized screen set against a field of fiber-optic stars upstage, on which the nominated performances and tributes will be projected. On either side, vertical steel tubing echoes the organ pipes so often found in vintage movie theaters and 10-foot tall Actor® statues sit on platinum pedestals in front of them. Actor® recipients will move from the showroom floor to the stage via steps edged in aluminum and silver, while presenters will make their entrances and exits through oversized airy metal gates A black and white checkerboard floor complements the entire look.
FOR THE STAR-STUDDED ARRIVALS AND TO TRANSFORM THE SHOWROOM the SAG Awards will:
Lay 15,872 square feet of red carpet in the arrivals area, edged by 585 lineal feet of hedges
Accommodate 300 fans in three-row six-foot high bleachers placed along an 180? section of the red carpet arrivals area
In the event of rain, protect the red carpet from the elements by 23,530 square feet of tenting
Post five 10? Actor® statues along the red carpet and onstage
Lay 11,800 square feet of black carpet in the interior Shrine entrance and the showroom
Drape the interior Shrine entrance with 4,575 square feet of charcoal/silver shimmer fabric
Post three 10? Actor® statues along [...]

‘Housewives of BH’ star allegedly spotted on date

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like a romance might be in full bloom for ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Taylor Armstrong.
As the reality TV star recently commented that she had found love, it seems that she has now been spotted with the mystery man, states People. Armstrong was reportedly spotted dining at the Beverly Hills Hotel where she was allegedly holding hands with a man with salt and pepper color hair.
It is even rumored that they exchanged a few kisses while enjoying a casual meal by the pool.
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Adam Levine moving into pricey Beverly Hills home

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like Adam Levine is joining the 90210 zip code as he is moving into a new Beverly Hills home.
He has reportedly left his home in Los Feliz for a Beverly Hills house that was listed at $4.83 million, states People. The home reportedly includes a detached guesthouse, swimming pool, and spa along with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms.
A rep for Levine has not yet confirmed that the singer bought the new home that was built in 1940.
Do you like how his home sounds?
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More strange behavior from Amanda Bynes?

HollywoodNews.com: Amanda Bynes has been getting into a lot of trouble lately, and now it seems her behavior is just getting very strange.
Bynes was reportedly out shopping in West Hollywood when she ended up staying in a dressing room for about two hours, states TMZ. The store clerks at Kin reportedly checked on her to make sure everything was fine, but she allegedly just told them she needed more time.
She reportedly came out later and bought a few items, however, when she left she allegedly still had a swimsuit top on under her clothes. Bynes reportedly returned to the store to pay for the suit after forgetting it was on her.
What do you think is going on with her?
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Amanda Bynes dealing with possible mental issues?

HollywoodNews.com: It seems that Amanda Bynes might not just be out of control and wild as it is rumored that some are concerned she is dealing with serious mental issues.
People who have had repeated contact with Bynes are allegedly concerned about her state of mind and believe that it is deteriorating, states TMZ. People at her gym in West Hollywood have reportedly commented that she is often spotted talking to herself, asking questions and then answering them.
Her neighbors at her condo building are reportedly also concerned because they have allegedly seen her talking to inanimate objects a number of times.
Do you think something is seriously wrong here?
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Did fame cause ‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ split?

HollywoodNews.com: It came as news this week when ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Adrienne Maloof and her husband, Paul Nassif, announced their legal separation.
Now, it is being rumored that fame from the reality TV show played a role in their split, states RadarOnline. It is rumored that Nassif got a bit jealous of his wife’s new fame and didn’t know how to handle it.
Maloof’s businesses allegedly grew which also bothered him as she has been more successful. It is rumored that he often acted differently on and off camera which eventually got to Maloof.
What do you think about their split?
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Taylor Armstrong’s psychiatrist speaks about her recovery

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Taylor Armstrong has been working on her recovery from alleged abuse and her late husband’s suicide, and is apparently doing well according to her psychiatrist.
Taylor’s psychiatrist, Dr. Charles Sophy, who appeared on the show last season, recently spoke out about her strength to carry on these days, states RadarOnline.com. “I’m so unbelievably proud of Taylor for the strength to keep going, and for still doing the hard work while still mourning the loss of her late husband,” Dr. Sophy commented.
He also spoke about her recent book signings and how she has touched many people who have also suffered abuse.
What do you think about how she’s handling things these days?
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Kim Kardashian allegedly spotted with Reggie Bush again

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like Kim Kardashian just can’t stay away from Reggie Bush as the two were reportedly spotted hanging out together recently in Beverly Hills.
The two were reportedly out having a meal together at the Beverly Hills Hotel where they apparently seemed to be having a pretty great time together, states TMZ. Kim and Reggie were reportedly also friendly with fans who wanted pictures and autographs.
It is rumored that they have been hanging out lately, but it’s still unknown if it will turn into a reconciliation.
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Whitney Houston’s body reportedly moved from coroner’s office

HollywoodNews.com: Whitney Houston’s body has reportedly been moved from the coroner’s office after it was released as the autopsy had been completed.
It is rumored that the body is being moved to a Los Angeles funeral home until it is flown back East by private jet in the next few hours, states TMZ. The coroner’s office has not commented on the transportation of the body.
It is believed that Houston’s body will leave Los Angeles early this afternoon.
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