April 19, 2014

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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 [...]

Oscar® Forecast: Look for the wealth to be spread around

If the numbers hold true, look for the wealth to be spread around at the Oscars® this year.
I have created a statistical model to predict the Oscars®, using numerical data from critic scores, other awards shows, and guild awards over the past 15 years. This method is entirely mathematical: no personal hunches are taken into account. Last year, my model correctly predicted all eight of the major categories.
This year’s final tallies show that six movies will take home multiple awards this Sunday. On the flip side, no movie will win more than three for the first time since 2005.
The “big winner,” if any movie even deserves that title, will most likely be Argo, claiming Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Film Editing.
In a very tight Best Director race, Ang Lee (Life of Pi) is the slight favorite. However, Life of Pi is only expected to win two other awards – Best Original Score and Best Visual Effects – despite its 11 nominations.
The acting awards are not as close, mathematically speaking. Check off Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), and Anne Hathaway (Les Miserables) on your Oscar ballots without too much worry.
The biggest lock goes to an often overlooked category. Searching for Sugarman is expected to win Best Documentary with 80%, the best odds for any nominee this year.
Other races will be a lot closer. Skyfall, at 30%, leads Best Cinematography over Lincoln (29%) and Life of Pi (27%) by the slimmest of margins. Don’t get up for more popcorn during that award. And Anna Karenina, expected to win for Best Production Design and Best Costume Design, is similarly unsafe in both of those categories.
For the full list of predictions, please see oscarforecast.wordpress.com
Where exactly do these numbers come from? I explain the methodology at oscarforecast.wordpress.com
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Shia LaBeouf allegedly dating current costar

HollywoodNews.com: Shia LaBeouf is rumored to have split with his longtime girlfriend, Karolyn Pho, but it seems that he didn’t stay single for long.
LaBeouf has allegedly already moved on with Mia Goth who is his costar in the controversial Lars Von Trier film ‘Nymphomaniac,’ states RadarOnline. The two are allegedly keeping things low-key as they continue to get to know each other during these early months in the relationship.
The film has been controversial as it is rumored that LaBeouf will actually be having sex in it instead of just making it appear that way.
What do you think about this new romance?
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Julianne Hough reveals she’s dating her first celeb crush

HollywoodNews.com: Not everyone is lucky enough to be dating their first celebrity crush, but it seems Julianne Hough has managed to do that with Ryan Seacrest.
Hough recently revealed her secret while talking about their relationship of two years, states UsMagazine.com. “I’m kind of dating my first celebrity crush, so I feel pretty fortunate,” Hough commented.
And it seems they have managed to stay together because they work in the same way: “I’m a very anxious person. If I’m not working, I go crazy. I’ve been lucky in my career.”
Do you think they will last?
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‘Housewives of OC’ star allegedly begged for job back

HollywoodNews.com: Although she allegedly claimed that she wanted to leave ‘Real Housewives of Orange County,’ it seems that Alexis Bellino was actually let go.
It is rumored that Bellino started asking for too much money for the next season when Bravo decided to cut her from the cast, states RadarOnline. Bellino reportedly wanted a raise of $100,000 for the next season.
However, Bravo allegedly didn’t bite and decided to let her go.
But now, it seems she has begged for her job back at her old salary which Bravo has reportedly accepted. So, it looks like Bellino might be on the new season.
What do you think about all this?
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Bethenny Frankel turning her back on Bravo?

HollywoodNews.com: Bethenny Frankel has become one of the biggest stars from Bravo’s reality TV shows, but it seems that she might be turning her back on the network.
It is reported that things are tense between Frankel and the network after she refused to appear on Andy Cohen’s ‘Watch What Happens Live’ and also allegedly refused to have him on her talk show, states RadarOnline. Cohen is allegedly hurt as he worked hard to get her a spin-off that helped with her popularity.
Now, Frankel might have another chance to make things good with Cohen as her talk show has been picked up for 2013.
Do you think they are still friendly?
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Katy Perry, John Mayer spotted out to dinner in NYC

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like something is still going on between Katy Perry and John Mayer as they were photographed going out to dinner in New York City.
The two were all smiles as they were pictured going to Pearl Restaurant and Soho House together this weekend, states RadarOnline.
Perry and Mayer had allegedly split up after reconciling weeks ago from a previous breakup, but it seems that maybe they never ended things. Both have still not commented on the status of their alleged romance.
Do you like them as a couple?
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Julianne Hough reveals Ryan Seacrest’s romantic side

HollywoodNews.com: Julianne Hough and Ryan Seacrest have been going strong for two years now, and it seems that his secret romantic side has helped with their success as a couple.
Hough recently revealed just how sweet her boyfriend can be by doing the smallest things, states UsMagazine.com. “I had picked out an outfit randomly [in a magazine], like ‘oh, that’s cute’ and five months later, he had the whole outfit [purchased] in a [garment] bag. It was very sweet, very cute. He’s actually extremely romantic,” Hough commented.
Seacrest apparently got her that perfect gift for her birthday.
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Taylor Swift might be a bit too much into the Kennedys

HollywoodNews.com: Taylor Swift seems to be very into her new boyfriend, Conor Kennedy, but is part of his appeal simply that he is a Kennedy?
It is rumored that Swift is a bit into the whole Kennedy family and actually seems like a groupie, states UsMagazine.com. Swift even once opened up to ‘Rolling Stone’: “I just read a 900-page book called ‘The Kennedy Women.’”
That was from last summer and since then she has struck up a relationship not only with Conor but with other members of his family as well.
Do you think she’s too into the family?
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‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star’s custody matter possibly messy

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Adrienne Maloof is getting a divorce from Paul Nassif, and it seems the split might involve a nasty custody battle over their three children.
It is reported that the two plan to see a judge on Tuesday in relation to the custody situation as they are newly separated, states RadarOnline. They have allegedly not yet set something up between them as they apparently can’t come to an agreement.
It is believed that it’s a bad sign that they have to see a judge already.
She will reportedly have custody of their children this weekend.
Do you think they will be able to handle things amicably?
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