April 24, 2014

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L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center gala honors Jane Lynch, auction for ‘Glee’ bit

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Tonight is the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center’s 39th Anniversary Gala & Auction at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza and I will be there, in my tuxedo, getting all the scoop for you.
We already know it’s going to be a star-studded night with Jane Lynch being honored with the Rand Schrader Distinguished Achievement Award, presented by ‘Glee’ co-star Matthew Morrison. Lily Tomlin is hosting and also appearing is … wait for it … Carol Burnett!
This is always one of my favorite events and if I have time left over from covering the red carpet, I love checking out the silent auction items up for bid.
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Carol Burnett discusses her guest role on “Glee”

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: I’m really looking forward to Carol Burnett guest starring on “Glee” as Sue Sylvester’s Nazi hunter mom.
But even more immediate is seeing Miss Burnett and Sue herself, Jane Lynch, together on Saturday night at the LA Gay and Lesbian Center’s 30th Anniversary Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza. I’ll have more in that tomorrow.
Miss Burnett chatted with TV Guide about her Glee guest stint. Here is an excerpt:
TV Guide Magazine: You’ve played a lot of mothers before, but probably not a lot of Nazi hunters.
Burnett: Let me think back now [laughs] — this must be a first. I knew I was going to play [Sue's] mother, but somebody said, “You have to go on the Internet and see about your character!” I looked it up on the Internet and that’s when I found out I was a former Nazi hunter. I started to laugh. At least she was on our side!
TV Guide Magazine: Describe Doris Sylvester.
Burnett: She’s retired. They caught the last Nazi. You get the idea where Sue got her temperament from. This mother makes Sue Sylvester look like Mother Teresa.
TV Guide Magazine: You and Jane Lynch sing “Ohio” from the musical Wonderful Town. Who’s idea was that?
Burnett: My husband and I were having dinner and he said, “Why don’t you do ‘Ohio,’ since your character’s coming back to [the show's setting of] Ohio? You could sing, ‘Why, oh why, oh why, oh — did I ever leave Ohio?’” I talked to [Glee co-creator] Ryan Murphy — and nobody [at the show] knew the song because they’re all so young. I said, “Listen to it and see what you think.” They thought it was great. It’s funny, [later] they called my assistant and said, “We’re going to send over the music. We don’t know if Miss Burnett knows this song or not.” [Laughs]
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James Cameron to receive the Milestone Award from the PGA

HollywoodNews.com: The Producers Guild of America (PGA), a national non-profit trade group committed to protecting the rights and credits of producers in film, television and new media, announced today that the legendary Oscar award-winning producer, director, writer James Cameron will be honored with the 2011 Milestone Award. The award will be presented to Cameron at the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Saturday, January 22nd at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
The Milestone Award is the Guild’s highest honor that recognizes an individual (or team) who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry. The Producers Guild has paid tribute to such luminaries as Clint Eastwood, Alfred Hitchcock, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ron Howard & Brian Grazer, and Walt Disney, among others.
“James Cameron is an exceptionally talented producer—a true innovator with the rare combination of technical ingenuity and creative vision,” said Paula Wagner, Chair of the 2011 Producers Guild Awards. “Jim has continued to change the film landscape with his ability to deliver groundbreaking masterpieces that present audiences and the industry with unrivaled beauty, originality and impact.”
“As one of the most respected and admired storytellers of our time, James Cameron has inspired audiences with his creativity time and time again. We are proud to recognize his many talented contributions to the film and entertainment industry with the Guild’s highest honor,” said PGA Co-Presidents Presidents Hawk Koch and Mark Gordon.
Born in Kapuskasing, Ontario, Canada, Cameron grew up in the historic village of Chippawa, near Niagara Falls. In 1971, he moved to Brea, California where he studied physics at Fullerton Junior College while working as a machinist and, later, a truck driver. Cameron quit his trucking job in 1978 and raised money from local dentists to produce a 35mm short film. The visual effects in this film led to work on Roger Corman’s BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS (1980). In 1983 Cameron wrote three scripts: RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART 2, ALIENS, and THE TERMINATOR. He directed THE TERMINATOR, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, in 1984.
Cameron subsequently directed ALIENS (1986) and then wrote and directed THE ABYSS (1989). Following that he wrote, produced and directed TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991), TRUE LIES (1994), TITANIC (1997) and AVATAR (2009). He also co-wrote and produced POINT BREAK (1991) and STRANGE DAYS (1994), as well as produced SOLARIS (2003).
His films have blazed new trails in visual effects and [...]

22nd Producers Guild of America Awards to be produced by Paula Wagner

HollywoodNews.com: The 22nd Annual Producers Guild of America Awards will be produced by veteran producer Paula Wagner, announced today by PGA Presidents Mark Gordon and Hawk Koch. This will be the first involvement with the Producers Guild Awards for Wagner. The 2011 Producers Guild Awards nominations will be announced on January 4th and the ceremony will be held January 22nd at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.
“Paula is an innovative and dynamic producer with some of the most impressive credits in the business. She has tremendous respect and passion for the producing craft, and we’re thrilled she accepted our invitation to produce the 2011 Producers Guild Awards show,” said Gordon and Koch. “We’re confident that with her energy, efforts and vision the Producers Guild Awards will be better than ever.”
“It’s been my privilege to be a member of the producing community for nearly 20 years, and I’m honored to produce the 2011 Producers Guild Awards,” said Wagner. “I continue to be amazed by the producing talent in film, television and new media. I’m thrilled to help recognize this year’s most deserving creative storytellers and to celebrate the necessary art and vital craft of producing.”
In 1990 the PGA held the first-ever Golden Laurel Awards, which were renamed the Producers Guild Awards in 2002. Richard Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck took home the award for Best Produced Motion Picture for DRIVING MISS DAISY, establishing the Guild’s awards as a bellwether for the Oscars. Last year, the PGA awarded THE HURT LOCKER with its Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures. The film was also awarded Best Picture at the 2010 Academy Awards. The Producers Guild Awards have also honored such legendary producers as Steven Spielberg, Jerry Bruckheimer, Brian Grazer, Steven Bochco, Clint Eastwood, Sherry Lansing, Robert Evans, Roger Corman and Lorne Michaels, among others.
Wagner currently helms Chestnut Ridge Productions, developing and producing film, television, theater, and new media projects. She has worked in the top ranks of the entertainment industry as a talent agent, producer, and top studio executive. Wagner began her career at Creative Artists Agency where she spent 15 years representing some of Hollywood’s top actors, directors, and writers. In 1993, she moved on to producing and launched Cruise/Wagner Productions with her former CAA client Tom Cruise. For more than a decade, C/W produced countless critically-acclaimed films, including the MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchise, WITHOUT LIMITS, SHATTERED GLASS, [...]

Kathryn Bigelow Wins DGA Feature Film Award

The winners of the 2009 Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards and the recipients of the Guild’s 2010 Career Achievement Awards were announced Saturday during the 62nd Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Kathryn Bigelow won the DGA’s Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for The Hurt Locker.
Following the welcome by DGA President Taylor Hackford to an audience of more than 1,600 guests, director/actor Carl Reiner hosted the ceremony.
Presenters included (in show order): Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), Julie Bowen (Modern Family), Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker), Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison (Glee), DGA Board Member Jesus Trevin?o, Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington (Avatar), Jodie Foster (The Beaver), DGA Board Member Donald Petrie, Carey Mulligan (An Education), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire), President and CEO of Disney Robert Iger, Christina Hendricks (Mad Men), Anna Kendrick and Jason Bateman (Up In The Air), Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds), DGA Secretary/Treasurer Gil Cates, Robert Zemeckis (A Christmas Carol), Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight), Brad Pitt (Inglourious Basterds), Jane Alexander (Terminator Salvation), DGA President Taylor Hackford, and 2008 DGA Feature Film Award winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire).
The DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film has traditionally served as a near-perfect barometer for the Academy Award for Best Director. Only six times since the DGA Award’s inception in 1948 has the winner not gone on to receive the Academy Award for Best Director. (see list at the end of this release)
The winners of the 2009 Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement, and the recipients of the Guild’s 2010 Career Achievement Awards, are:
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM
KATHRYN BIGELOW
The Hurt Locker
(Summit Entertainment)
Ms. Bigelow’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Tony Mark
· First Assistant Director: David Ticotin
· First Assistant Director (Canadian Unit): Lee Cleary
This is Ms. Bigelow’s first DGA Feature Film Award.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN MOVIES FOR TELEVISION/MINISERIES
ROSS KATZ
Taking Chance
(HBO)
· Unit Production Manager: Lori Keith Douglas
· First Assistant Director: Robert C. Albertell
· Second Assistant Director: Vanessa Hoffman
· Assistant Unit Production Manager: Carla Raij
· Second Second Assistant Director: Brendan Walsh
This is Mr. Katz’s first DGA Award.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DOCUMENTARY
LOUIE PSIHOYOS
The Cove
(Oceanic Preservation Society and Roadside Attractions)
This is Mr. Psihoyos’ first DGA Award.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATIC SERIES NIGHT
LESLI LINKA GLATTER
Mad Men – “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency”
(AMC)
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