April 23, 2014

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SKYFALL Earns Top Honors from Cinematographers; Game of Thrones, Hunted, Wilfred and Great Expectations Win in TV Categories

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC; Balazs Bolygo, HSC; Kramer Morgenthau, ASC; Florian Hoffmeister; and Bradford Lipson claimed top honors in the four competitive categories at the 27th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards for Outstanding Achievement, which was held here tonight at the Grand Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland.
Deakins won the ASC Award in the feature film competition for SKYFALL. Bolygo and Morgenthau tied in the one-hour television episodic category for Cinemax’s HUNTED and HBO’s GAME OF THRONES, respectively. Hoffmeister won the TV movie/miniseries award for PBS’ GREAT EXPECTATIONS, and Lipson was the recipient of the half-hour television episodic category for FX’s WILFRED.
The ASC Award for best feature was presented by Emmy®-nominated actor John Slattery. Deakins, who was regrettably not able to attend, has previously won ASC Awards for THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1995) and THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE (2002). His other ASC nominations include FARGO (1997), KUNDUN (1998), O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU? (2001), NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2008), THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD (2008), REVOLUTIONARY ROAD (2009), THE READER (2009), and TRUE GRIT (2011). He also received the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.
The other nominees in the feature film category were Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC (ANNA KARENINA), Danny Cohen, BSC (LES MISERABLES), Claudio Miranda, ASC (LIFE OF PI), and Janusz Kaminski (LINCOLN).
Actor David Zayas, also known as Sgt. Batista on DEXTER, announced Bolygo and Morgenthau had tied for the Outstanding Achievement Award in the one-hour television category. This is the first tie in ASC Awards history.
Bolygo, a first-time ASC nominee, won for the “Mort” episode of HUNTED. This is the first win for Morgenthau, who has been previously nominated for THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN (2005), LIFE ON MARS (2009) and BOARDWALK EMPIRE (2011). Tonight’s award is for the GAME OF THRONES episode “The North Remembers.”
The other nominees in the one-hour television episodic series category were Christopher Manley, ASC for AMC’s MAD MEN (“The Phantom”), David Moxness, CSC for FOX’s FRINGE (“Letters of Transit”), Mike Spragg for Cinemax’s STRIKE BACK (Episode 11) and David Stockton, ASC for FOX’s ALCATRAZ (Pilot).
Oscar®-nominee Mary McDonnell presented the Television Movie/Miniseries Award to first-time ASC nominee Hoffmeister for the PBS Masterpiece presentation of GREAT EXPECTATIONS.
Nominated along with Hoffmeister were Michael Goi, ASC for FX’s AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM (“I am Anne Frank: Part 2”), Arthur Reinhart for History Channel’s HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, and Rogier [...]

Academy to celebrate Oscars in New York

The iconic landmark restaurant Daniel will be rolling out the red carpet for New York-based members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, entertainment industry executives, and several hometown luminaries to celebrate the 85th Oscars with an exclusive viewing party, the only East Coast event officially hosted by the Academy. This year’s show is of special significance to New Yorkers, as its producers are the Gotham-based motion picture, television and theater producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have executive produced such acclaimed feature films as “Chicago” and “Hairspray,” as well as the current NBC musical series “Smash.”
World-renowned chef Daniel Boulud is preparing a special menu of cocktails and canapés with a nod to this year’s nominated films, to be served along with his seasonally inspired, award-winning contemporary French cuisine. Now celebrating its 20th year, Daniel is one of the very few restaurants to have received the New York Times four-star rating as well as three Michelin stars. Chef Boulud, who hails from Lyon, France, is considered one of America’s leading culinary authorities and one of the most revered chefs in New York City, which he has called home since 1982.
“Oscar® Sunday is a day to celebrate the best in film with family and friends,” notes Patrick Harrison, the Academy’s New York program director. “We are thrilled that Daniel Boulud has opened his doors to welcome Academy members and the New York film community on the occasion of the Oscars.”
“New York has been my home for over 30 years, and to be able to host the esteemed Academy’s official East Coast event is a huge honor,” said Boulud. “I hope this fete will mark the beginning of a long-running tradition.”
Three 7.5-foot versions of the 13.5-inch, 8.5-pound Oscar statuette, one of world’s most recognized symbols, will greet the New York partygoers as they enter the restaurant on Oscar Night. These golden sentinels are identical to the larger-than-life Oscars that will greet the ceremony’s attendees on the Hollywood red carpet. Numerous large screens will ensure that guests don’t miss a moment of the show’s excitement.
Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane. The Oscar presentation will be televised live on the ABC Television Network and in more than 225 [...]

Jennifer Lawrence poked fun at her Best Actress candidates Jessica Chastain, Emmanuelle Riva, Naomi Watts, and Quvenzhane Wallis

Jennifer Lawrence hosted NBC’s Saturday Night Live last night and in her opening monologue that seemed a bit stiff, Lawrence poked fun at her Best Actress candidates Jessica Chastain, Emmanuelle Riva, Naomi Watts, and Quvenzhane Wallis.
Could this tip her in the right direction for Silver Linings Playbook?
Check out her opening monologue as well as the hilarious sketch about The Hobbit being made into 18 films:
Jennifer Lawrence’s Monologue

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Howard Stern returning for 2nd season of ‘America’s Got Talent’

HollywoodNews.com: Howard Stern was a controversial casting decision for ‘America’s Got Talent,’ but it sounds like it all paid off as he will be returning for another season.
NBC recently announced that Stern would be returning as a judge for another season, states UsMagazine.com. Sharon Osbourne is allegedly not returning for another season so a new judge will have to be found.
Auditions for the new season will reportedly be taking place in just a few weeks.
Are you glad he is returning?
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Carrie Underwood to star in ‘Sound of Music’ TV remake

HollywoodNews.com: Carrie Underwood is taking her singing skills to TV as she will reportedly star in the TV remake of ‘The Sound of Music.’
Underwood will reportedly star as Maria von Trapp in the 2013 three-hour special presented by NBC, states UsMagazine.com. “Speaking for everyone at NBC, we couldn’t be happier to have the gifted Carrie Underwood take up the mantle of the great Maria von Trapp,” Robert Greenblatt, the entertainment chairman commented.
The show will be produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron who have also worked on ‘Smash.’
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‘The Voice’ apparently beat ‘X-Factor’ in viewer numbers

HollywoodNews.com: It appears that ‘The Voice’ won the premiere week against ‘X-Factor’ as it reportedly brought in quite a few more viewers than its competition.
It is reported that ‘The Voice’ had 10.66 million while ‘X-Factor’ only had about 8.5 million, states Hollyscoop. However, both shows were beaten by the finale of ‘America’s Got Talent’ as it reached 11 million viewers.
FOX did do well with ‘X-Factor’ though as the show helped the network win the number one spot for the night while NBC ended up in second.
Which show do you like better?
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‘Today’ show in trouble after skipping 9/11 moment for Kris Jenner interview

HollywoodNews.com: The ‘Today’ show has already been dealing with a lot of issues after letting Ann Curry go, and now they have more problems on their plate after skipping the 9/11 moment of silence yesterday in favor of an interview with Kris Jenner.
The public is reportedly upset with the program passing on President Barack Obama’s moment of silence that was aired by other stations, states RadarOnline. Now, fans are wanting a boycott of the show as they are tuning in elsewhere after the actions that took place.
NBC has since stuck by their decision as they report that they did a significant amount of coverage involving 9/11, but it seems that viewers might not agree with the decision and ratings might really start to hurt for the show.
What did you think about the decision?
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Simon Cowell upset with ‘The Voice’ for changing agreement

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like a fight is already brewing between Simon Cowell’s ‘X-Factor’ and NBC’s ‘The Voice,’ even though both shows haven’t even started their new seasons.
‘The Voice’ has reportedly added a Wednesday installment of their show during the premiere week next week, states TMZ. However, Cowell claims that ‘X-Factor’ and ‘The Voice’ had an agreement that ‘X-Factor’ would have Wednesday nights in order to allow viewers to watch both.
‘The Voice’ was reportedly supposed to air on Mondays and Tuesdays while ‘X-Factor’ had Wednesdays and Thursdays. Cowell reportedly thinks that since ‘The Voice’ is going back on the agreement, things will not go over well with Britney Spears who has been a longtime rival of Christina Aguilera.
Now, Cowell isn’t too worried because he thinks this move was just done because ‘The Voice’ knows what a good show ‘X-Factor’ will be this season.
What do you think about these two shows?
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‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star allegedly working on spin-off

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Adrienne Maloof may be going through a split with her husband, but it seems that won’t stop her from moving forward with business.
It is being rumored that Maloof is working on a possible spin-off show with NBC which is the parent company for Bravo, states RadarOnline. However, this show wouldn’t be focused on her personal life as it is reported it would be all about business.
Maloof is reportedly in talks to be involved in a competition reality TV show involving on her family business with her brothers. It is currently rumored that the style will involve searching for and discovering other family businesses.
Would you watch this type of show?
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Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie sticking by Ann Curry?

HollywoodNews.com: It seems that Ann Curry carries a lot of weight as it is rumored that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are sticking by her side after she was let go from the ‘Today’ show.
It is rumored that Jolie recently told Curry that the two will not give NBC any interviews unless they are conducted by Curry, states RadarOnline. Jolie has reportedly become very supportive of Curry as she has raised much awareness for Darfur.
Both Jolie and Pitt have reportedly developed a strong professional relationship with Curry that did turn into a friendship. The two will reportedly not give any interviews to any NBC news program unless Curry is involved.
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