April 19, 2014

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Shirley MacLain Receives AFI Lifetime Achievement Award

HollywoodNews.com: Last night, stage and screen legend Shirley MacLaine was lauded with the 40th annual AFI Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film. Some of Hollywood’s most revered luminaries turned out to pay tribute to one of America’s most beloved artists. The gala, entitled “TV Land Presents: AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Shirley MacLaine,” was taped at historic Stage 15 at Sony Pictures Studios last evening and will air on TV Land on Sunday, June 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The evening’s festivities kicked off with MacLaine entering the gala of over 1,000 attendees to “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” a song she made famous in the 1969 screen version of “Sweet Charity.” Immediately following dinner, Warren Beatty, MacLaine’s brother, Academy Award®-winning actor and fellow AFI Life Achievement Award recipient (2008), talked about how the AFI Life Achievement Award was established in 1973 to ensure that “the great masters of film may take their deserved place in history beside leaders in other arts” and introduced the award recipients in attendance to celebrate MacLaine and the award’s 40th anniversary – Sidney Poitier (1992), Jack Nicholson (1994), Steven Spielberg (1995), Meryl Streep (2004) and Morgan Freeman (2011).
Academy Award®-winning actress Julia Roberts took the stage to speak about MacLaine’s love for playing cards and “the boys” of her life – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and even Chicago mob boss, Sam Giancana. Fellow “Steel Magnolias” star Sally Field paid tribute to MacLaine by saying, “She is generous beyond a fault, a one of a kind original and an extraordinary actor. She’s a renowned world traveler who collects people. They are her most valued treasures. And I’m very proud to be included in her lifelong collection.” Dakota Fanning (“I Am Sam”) and Katherine Heigl (“27 Dresses”) both spoke about how MacLaine had inspired them in their own journeys in Hollywood. John Travolta introduced an inspiring video with footage from “Sweet Charity” and described MacLaine as “a woman who does it all – but always first – a dancer.” He went on to say that she “fills the world with a presence never seen before.”
Last year’s AFI Life Achievement Award recipient, Morgan Freeman, recounted MacLaine’s impressive journey that led her to where she is today, and Elizabeth McGovern, who stars on “Downton Abbey,” shared a never-before-seen clip from [...]

DAVID HEYMAN NAMED MOTION PICTURE SHOWMAN OF THE YEAR CBS TELEVISION STUDIOS PRES. DAVID STAPF GETS TV SHOWMAN NOD CAROL BURNETT RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ARLENE LUDWIG HONORED ON 50TH ANNIVERSARY WITH DISNEY

HollywoodNews.com: Hollywood publicity and marketing executives, producers, studio and network executives, celebrities and press gathered for the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600) 49th Annual Publicists Awards Friday (2/24) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Rove McManus, Australia’s top talk show host and Tonight Show regular emceed the ceremonies.
Julie Andrews and Jodie Foster dedicated the 2012 ICG Publicist Directory to Arlene Ludwig, West Coast Director of Publicity, Motion Pictures, in celebration of her 50th anniversary at The Walt Disney Studios. The dedication struck an emotional chord since Ludwig is recovering from a serious fall that left her partially paralyzed.
In another touching moment, ICG President Steven Poster presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Carol Burnett. “It is my pleasure to present this award to someone I dearly admire and who continues to make me laugh to this day,” he said.
Oscar nominee Gary Oldman presented the Motion Picture Showmanship Award to David Heyman, producer of the Warner Bros. Harry Potter franchise. “This year, we honor the producer of the most successful film franchise of all time,” he said. “We’re delighted to recognize the person responsible for a collection of films that represents the best example of what can be accomplished with creative and smart publicity and promotion.”
David Stapf, President of CBS Television Studios, received the Television Showmanship Award. Josh Charles, of “The Good Wife,” who presented the award, said, “David, who is a former publicist, now heads a studio that broadcasts six of the top 10 drama series on television, including the CSI franchise and “The Good Wife.”
Missi Pyle, one of the stars of “The Artist,” presented the Press Award to Susan King of the Los Angeles Times. “The award this year goes to a reporter who captures the magic of Hollywood in her reporting while demonstrating her understanding and appreciation of its history.”
Oscar nominee Max Von Sydow presented the International Media Award to Elaine Lipworth of the United Kingdom. “The international media, particularly those based in Los Angeles, play an increasingly important role in creating awareness for American-made movies,” Sydow said. “It’s appropriate that we honor them here.”
Tony Angellotti, of the Angellotti Company, received the Les Mason Award, the highest honor paid a union publicist. “The recipient this year plans and executes publicity campaigns for films, filmmakers, production companies, industry events, including the Golden Globes and the Oscars,” said presenter Wendi McLendon-Covey, one of the stars of “Bridesmaids.”
Kali Hawk, of “Bridesmaids,” presented [...]

The Taming of Ricky Gervais: Golden Globe Awards

By Michael Russnow
HollywoodNews.com: For the past two years I’ve written reviews of The Golden Globes excoriating Ricky Gervais for mostly tedious humor and lapses in judgment that resulted in so-called jokes that were in severely bad taste.
I’m not a prude and have enjoyed Gervais in the past when he came forth on other awards shows for five minutes or so with often ingenious biting patter, but somehow, to me — and quite a few others — once he became the host he went bonkers and said things that weren’t particularly creative or clever just to get a reaction with an outrageously bad pun at someone else’s expense.
So, it was somewhat of a shock that the Golden Globes committee invited him back for another turn and even more of one to see that, in spite of Gervais’ “warnings” in the Golden Globes promos the past few weeks to prepare us for upcoming shocks, that in reality he must have made a deal with the devil to get the national exposure afforded on the highly rated show.
From the outset when he first appeared to a polite round of applause of quite short duration, he seemed very uneasy in spite of his previously announced bravado. Even the audience had muted expressions on their faces from nothing at all to forced smiles, and responded with only limited displays of laughter.
So, I can’t damn Ricky Gervais this year, except to say that for the most part he wasn’t all that funny. Occasionally, he was on target and had a few pungent moments that hit their mark in a mildly savage way. But while I don’t have the minute by minute tally of his prior performances, it appeared that he was offstage much more than in the past. When he did reemerge he often did so holding a glass of booze in an act that was more pretense of being cool while he delivered jokes that were often flat.
And there were rejoinders from the presenters, even to a relatively slight off-color mocking reference to Madonna as “like a virgin.” When the singer came on stage she rebutted Gervais’ comment with a zinger that, regarding a tryst with him, she “hadn’t kissed a girl in awhile.”
It was becoming painful to watch him, even if one wasn’t at all offended, because his performance was so emasculated, though in his introduction to Antonio Banderas and Salma Hayek whatever [...]

JENNIFER LAWRENCE TO JOIN ACADEMY PRESIDENT TOM SHERAK FOR OSCAR® NOMINATIONS

HollywoodNews.com: Nominations for the 84th Academy Awards® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak and Academy member and Oscar-nominated actress Jennifer Lawrence.
Sherak and Lawrence will unveil the nominations in 10 of the 24 categories at a 5:30 a.m. PT news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where hundreds of media representatives from around the world will be gathered. Nominations information for all categories will be distributed simultaneously to news media in attendance and via the Internet on the official Academy Awards website, www.oscar.com.
Last year, for the 83rd Academy Awards, Lawrence received a nomination for her lead performance in “Winter’s Bone.” She will be seen next in “The Hunger Games” and recently completed work on “The Silver Linings Playbook.” Lawrence’s other film credits include “The Burning Plain,” “Like Crazy,” “The Beaver” and “X-Men: First Class.”
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2011 will be presented on Sunday, February 26, 2012, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.
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Sidney Lumet, 86, passes away

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Sidney Lumet, Oscar-nominated director of such classics as “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Network” and “12 Angry Men,” has passed away. He was 86.
Born in Philadelphia, Lumet began his career with Off-Broadway productions before graduating to TV and film work in the 1950s and 60s. He was most prolific in the 1970s and ‘80s, collaborating with giants like Paul Newman and Al Pacino.
Lumet actually received an honorary Oscar in 2005, but never triumphed in the Best Director category for his own work. Still, his body of work – which included “Serpico,” “Running on Empty,” “The Verdict” and 2007’s riveting “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead” — will be studied by film lovers for generations.
We’re still trying to figure out the cause of Lumet’s death. The Hollywood legend, a powerhouse of gritty filmmaking, will be missed.
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‘The King’s Speech’ reigns at the BAFTA Awards

HollywoodNews.com: Today’s BAFTA Awards were a homegrown affair, with the British Academy handing out its highest honors to “The King’s Speech” cast and crew.
The historical period drama about King George VI practically swept the ceremony, winning seven categories, including best film, outstanding British film, best original screenplay for scribe David Seidler and best score. The film’s powerhouse acting trio of Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Helena Bonham Carter also garnered BAFTAs in the best actor, supporting actor and supporting actress categories, respectively.
In the directing category, however, The King’s Speech‘s Tom Hooper lost out to The Social Network‘s David Fincher. The Social Network also picked up a win in the best adapted screenplay category for writer Aaron Sorkin. While Sorkin is well on his way to win the Oscar, today’s win for Fincher is a momentous push toward the golden statue for the veteran director, who recently loss the DGA Award to Hooper.
There was no upset in the best actress category, as it went to Natalie Portman for her turn as a tormented ballerina in Black Swan. Portman remains the frontrunner for the Oscar in the lead actress category.
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Who will win the Oscar?: Roger Ebert makes his predictions

HollywoodNews.com: Film critic Roger Ebert discussed the possible Oscar wins and upsets on his website today. According to Ebert, it’s going to be the year of the King—although that’s not the film he thinks should win.
“If I were still doing “If We Picked the Winners” with Gene Siskel, my preference for best film would be The Social Network. It was not only the best film of 2010, but also one of those films that helps define a year,” Ebert wrote. But he predicts The King’s Speech as the Best Picture winner because, “a British historical drama about a brave man struggling to overcome a disability and then leading his people into World War II looks better to the academy than a cutting-edge portrait of hyperactive nerds.”
Ebert also expects The King’s Speech to upset in the Actor in a supporting role category, predicting Geoffrey Rush as the winner over current frontrunner Christian Bale (The Fighter).
He foresees a similar upset in the Actress in a supporting role category, but not in support of The King’s Speech: “The academy has a way in this category of anointing a plucky young newcomer, and the winner will be Hailee Steinfeld, who in fact played the lead in True Grit, no matter what the academy thinks. Melissa Leo and Amy Adams will split support for The Fighter,” Ebert wrote.
To read more about Ebert’s Oscar picks, head over to his website.
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The Oscar War Has Just Begun: ‘King’s Speech’ v. ‘Social Network’

By Tom O’Neil
hollywoodnews.com: “The King’s Speech” just staged a palace coup at the Oscars, seizing the most nominations by far – 12. That’s four more than “Social Network” and one more than all pundits thought possible. (Hey, how the heck did it get nommed for best sound mixing?)

Now many Oscarologists are jumping off “The Social Network” bandwagon, switching their prediction back to “The King’s Speech” to win Best Picture, bolstered by its victory last Saturday at the Producers Guild of America. Over the past 20 years, the PGA has correctly forecasted the top Oscar 13 times.
But, wait! Let’s not forget that “The Social Network” recently staged the kind of kudos sweep of the film critics’ awards, Golden Globe and National Board of Review that usually results in an automatic win on Oscar night.
So what’s really going to win?

We’re going to have to wait for the next two batches of tea leaves. First will come on Saturday night when the Directors Guild of America prize is bestowed – probably to David Fincher (“The Social Network”). That may slow down today’s new bandwagon for “King’s Speech” – or maybe not. Fincher’s DGA victory has been considered to be a foregone conclusion since the start of derby season.
However, that guild victory shouldn’t be shrugged off. Only six times in that award’s history has it failed to mirror its Oscar equivalent. And over the past 40 years, the movie that won DGA went on to win Best Picture 33 times.
Heading into the Oscars, Fincher seems like a shoo-in to win Best Director there too. While that award has also agreed with Best Picture 33 times in 40 years, there have been quite a few exceptions lately – four in the past 12 years.
If “The King’s Speech” will be one of those films that can split up the awards for Best Picture and Director, we may get a glimpse of it on Sunday night. That’s when the Screen Actors Guild bestows its laurels. Most interesting – the category for best ensemble. Most pundits say it will go to “The Fighter,” but if “The King’s Speech” rules, it could be further evidence of its secret kudos heft. While the SAG ensemble award and Oscar for Best Picture have lined up only 7 times in 15 years, two of those overlaps foretold Oscar upsets: “Crash” (2005) and “Shakespeare in Love” (1998). And “King’s Speech” may have a [...]

Hollywood Stars to Present At Producers Guild Awards

ollywoodnews.com: Helen Mirren, Mark Wahlberg, Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Andrew Garfield, Amy Adams, Kerry Washington, Jim Parsons, Joe Manganiello, among others will be presenters at the 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards, producer and 2011 Producers Guild Awards Chair, Paula Wagner announced today.
Award-winning producer, writer, director Judd Apatow will host the 2011 ceremony with the Guild set to pay tribute to several special individual honorees including: James Cameron (Milestone Award), Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television), Scott Rudin (David O. Selznick Achievement Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures), Laura Ziskin (Visionary Award), RealD (Vanguard Award) and Sean Penn (Stanley Kramer Award).
The 22nd Annual Producers Guild Awards will be held on Saturday, January 22nd at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. Arrivals begin at 5:00 p.m. PST; The Producers Guild Awards program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. PST with dinner. The Awards ceremony will follow at 7:30 p.m. PST.
In 1990 the Producers Guild of America 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 awards as a bellwether for the Oscars. Last year, the PGA awarded THE HURT LOCKER its Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award in Theatrical Motion Pictures.
Award-winning producer, director and writer Judd Apatow will serve as host for the 2011 ceremony. He has produced such films as THE 40 YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, KNOCKED UP, SUPERBAD, FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL and THE CABLE GUY along with such television series as “Freaks and Geeks” and “Undeclared,” among others. Apatow will next bring us BRIDESMAIDS, followed by WANDERLUST.
Academy Award®-winning actress Helen Mirren was most recently seen in the action comedy RED and can next be seen in the film ARTHUR. She has appeared in such films as EXCALIBUR, 2010, THE MOSQUITO COAST, THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, THE LAST STATION and THE QUEEN which garnered her an Academy Award® for her role as Queen Elizabeth II. Mirren is also an accomplished stage actor appearing in such productions as “Macbeth,” “Antony and Cleopatra” and “Woman in Mind” among others.
Academy Award®-nominated actor and producer Mark Wahlberg can currently be seen in THE FIGHTER alongside Academy Award®-nominated actress Amy Adams. Wahlberg executive produces such mega television hits as “Entourage,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “In Treatment.” He was [...]

Experts and editors correctly foresaw that “The Social Network” would do well with the Critics’ Choice Awards

By Gold Derby News Desk
hollywoodnews.com: The collective wisdom of our experts and editors correctly foresaw that “The Social Network” would do well with the Critics’ Choice Awards. As expected, it won Best Picture, Director (David Fincher) and Adapted Screenplay (Aaron Sorkin) though the Best Score race going to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross was somewhat of a surprise.
“The Social Network” was shut out of the acting races as our forecast proved to be 100% accurate with wins for leads Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) and Natalie Portman (“Black Swan”), “The Fighter” supporting players Christian Bale and Melissa Leo (that film also won Best Ensemble) and “True Grit” newcomer Haillee Steinfeld.
The predicted Best Action Picture “Inception” did well as well winning five technical prizes: Art Direction (Larry Dias, Guy Henrix Dyas and Doug Mowat), Cinematography (Wally Pfister), Editing (Lee Smith), Sound and Visual Effects.
Our predictions panned out as David Seidler won Original Screenplay for “The King’s Speech” while “Alice in Wonderland” took Costume Design and Makeup. And, as expected, “Toy Story 3″ won Best Animated Feature and “Easy A” was named Best Comedy.
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