July 10, 2015

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“Selma” European Premiere: Cameron McCracken, Colman Domingo, David Oyelowo, Director Ava DuVernay, Tom Wilkinson

“Selma” European Premiere – Arrivals
Cameron McCracken, Colman Domingo, David Oyelowo, Director Ava DuVernay, Tom Wilkinson.
A chronicle of Martin Luther King’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965.
Nominated for Best Picture by the Oscars®

George Lucas slams Oscars for snubbing David Oyelowo and Ava DuVernay – “Selma”

“The thing about the Academy is it’s a political campaign. It has nothing to do with artistic endeavor at all,” said George Lucas on “CBS This Morning” after the highly publicized Oscar snubs of “Selma” director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo.
BELOW LISTEN TO GEORGE LUCAS INTERVIEW:

Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards

Performance by an actor in a leading role
Steve Carell in “Foxcatcher”
Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper”
Benedict Cumberbatch in “The Imitation Game”
Michael Keaton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Eddie Redmayne in “The Theory of Everything”
Performance by an actor in a supporting role
Robert Duvall in “The Judge”
Ethan Hawke in “Boyhood”
Edward Norton in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Mark Ruffalo in “Foxcatcher”
J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash”
Performance by an actress in a leading role
Marion Cotillard in “Two Days, One Night”
Felicity Jones in “The Theory of Everything”
Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”
Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl”
Reese Witherspoon in “Wild”
Performance by an actress in a supporting role
Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood”
Laura Dern in “Wild”
Keira Knightley in “The Imitation Game”
Emma Stone in “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)”
Meryl Streep in “Into the Woods”
Best animated feature film of the year
“Big Hero 6” Don Hall, Chris Williams and Roy Conli
“The Boxtrolls” Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable and Travis Knight
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” Dean DeBlois and Bonnie Arnold
“Song of the Sea” Tomm Moore and Paul Young
“The Tale of the Princess Kaguya” Isao Takahata and Yoshiaki Nishimura
Achievement in cinematography
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” Emmanuel Lubezki
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Robert Yeoman
“Ida” Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski
“Mr. Turner” Dick Pope
“Unbroken” Roger Deakins
Achievement in costume design
“The Grand Budapest Hotel” Milena Canonero
“Inherent Vice” Mark Bridges
“Into the Woods” Colleen Atwood
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“Annie”: Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and Quvenzhané Wallis

“Annie” is the story of a business tycoon and mayoral candidate Benjamin Stacks who launches a campaign to take in Annie, a young girl who has been living with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan since her parents left her as a baby.

The cast includes Jamie Foxx, Quvenzhané Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Nicolette Pierini, Amanda Troya.
Below watch the “ANNIE Trailer:

Michelle Obama: Bring Back Our Girls – No More Abuse of Women

“What happened in Nigeria was not an isolated incident. It’s a story we see every day as girls around the world risk their lives to pursue their ambitions… I want you to know that Barack has directed our government to do everything possible to support the Nigerian government’s efforts to find these girls and bring them home. In these girls, Barack and I see our own daughters. We see their hopes, their dreams, and we can only imagine the anguish their parents are feeling right now,” said Michelle Obama.
It looks like the world is waking up to the brutal abuse of women worldwide. We must unite to make sure that men stop using, abusing and killing them.
Make no mistake, this is a violent struggle that will last for decades, if not centuries. Many people around the world, due to their beliefs, accept women has being property of men.
Words and temporary PR campaigns won’t do it. A full commitment by people, organizations and governments together with active implementation of police and military law and order must be deployed to stop these horrific acts against women.
Below Michelle Obama speech.

No more violence against women. This is 2014 NOT the 1500s.

Monica Lewinsky Talks. Her Affair with President Clinton – See Photos

Monica Lewinsky is back and talks about the culture of humiliation and her affair with President Clinton.
“It’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress.” She also says: “I, myself, deeply regret what happened between me and President Clinton. Let me say it again: I. Myself. Deeply. Regret. What. Happened.”
She also says “the buzz in some circles has been that the Clintons must have paid me off; why else would I have refrained from speaking out? I can assure you that nothing could be further from the truth.”
To read more go to VANITYFAIR.COM
“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.” David Foster Wallace.
Below cover of Vanity Fair for their June issue.

Photo credit for the image of Monica is “Mark Seliger exclusively for Vanity Fair.”
Photo credit for the cover is “Sam Jones exclusively for Vanity Fair.”

Marjo Bernay, Veteran Entertainment Union Activist and Executive in Art Directors Guild, Retires

Marjo Bernay, a 33-year veteran of four IATSE Locals, has retired from the Art Directors Guild where she was Manager, Awards and Events. A party is to be given in her honor at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City this Saturday, where proclamations from Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and Congressman Brad Sherman, as well as other dignitaries will be presented.
She was Business Agent of the Illustrators & Matte Artists, Local 790 and Set Designers & Model Makers, Local 847 from 1979 until they merged with the ADG in 2008. She was also Business Agent of Story Analysts, Local 854. While at the ADG she is also a trustee of the Set Designers Council and a member of the Board of Directors.
Bernay was a member of numerous organizations promoting the entertainment industry, including the California Film Commission, the Los Angeles Film Development Committee and the L.A. County Film Commission. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Motion Picture Industry Pension and Health Plans and the first woman from the labor side to chair the Health Plan.
In addition, she was Vice President and a member of the Executive Council of the California State Theatrical Federation and Chairman of the Environmental Allocations Committee of the Permanent Charities Committee of the Entertainment Industry. She was a member of the Executive Committee of IATSE District 2 and first Chairperson of the District’s Women’s Caucus.
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“STATE 194″ a documentary about Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad

See the trailer for STATE 194, a documentary from director Dan Setton chronicling Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s campaign for Palestine to become the 194th state recognized by the United Nations.
The story has continued to develop after the UN General Assembly voted by an overwhelming majority to recognize Palestine as a non-Member Observer State on Nov. 29, 2012.
The vote came exactly 65 years after the UN passed a resolution to partition Palestine, allowing for the formation of the state of Israel on November 29, 1947.
STATE 194, produced by Participant Media (An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc.), will be making its European Premiere at the Berlinale on 8 February in the Panorama section.
TRAILER
Trailer: http://www.takepart.com/state194
SYNOPSIS:
If you build the foundations of peace . . . will it come?
This fascinating question lies at the heart of STATE 194, a vital and revealing look deep inside Israel and Palestine at the men and women trying to seize an historic opportunity to end the conflict and make implementing the two-state solution a reality right now. From the halls of power, across youthful social networks and on the streets, it is a remarkable story of those who are attempting to transform an endangered thread of hope into something tangible.
This journey-still-in-progress begins with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, who in 2009 launched a daring campaign to change his people’s destiny. For decades, acts of war and terror, political wrangling and diplomacy have failed to solve the territorial disputes of the region; settle the questions of Palestinian independence and Israeli security; or halt ongoing violence. But Fayyad envisioned a different approach. Taking his surprising inspiration from the Israeli battle for U.N. recognition in 1948 – which centered on building the bedrock of civil society to demonstrate their readiness to be a nation — he forged an ambitious 2-year plan to pave roads, raise schools and fast-track creating the core institutions of governance across the West Bank. Fayyad decided even if statehood was stalled, progress didn’t have to be. The plan achieved rapid and dramatic improvements in key development areas, leading President Mahmoud Abbas to take a different risk: presenting the case to the United Nations that Palestine was ready to become the 194th member nation.
Participant Media presents STATE 194 directed by Dan Setton and produced by Setton and Elise Pearlstein. The executive producers are Jeff Skoll and Diane […]

‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Review by Kirk Honeycutt

Kathryn Bigelow’s follow-up to her Oscar-winning best picture, “Hurt Locker,” is an even tougher and more gripping war picture taking place in the world of terrorist-tracking espionage.
This is, of course, her much anticipated depiction of the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden, “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Stripped of the usual gung-ho aspects of most war movies or revenge melodramas, the film is a calm, concentrated, densely detailed description of a manhunt on a global scale. It’s moviemaking at its engrossing best.
To read more about the movie review go to www.honeycuttshollywood.com
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Rihanna allegedly spent Thanksgiving with Chris Brown

HollywoodNews.com: Rihanna and Chris Brown apparently got together for the holidays as it is rumored they spent Thanksgiving together.
It is rumored that Rihanna headed to Berlin, Germany where Brown was performing a concert, states UsMagazine.com. “All alone in my big ole jet!!! See u soon lover,” Rihanna posted on Twitter.
To further confirm the rumors, Rihanna then tweeted, “#Berlin #CarpeDiem.” Brown’s concert is called Carpe Diem.
It is also reported that after his concert, Brown was photographed with Rihanna at Berlin’s Adagio nightclub.
Do you think they are back together?
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Nicki Minaj’s lyrics outing her as Mitt Romney supporter?

HollywoodNews.com: While many celebrities are supporting Barack Obama for President, it seems that Clint Eastwood might not be alone in his support of Mitt Romney.
Lil Wayne’s new track, “Mercy,” features Nicki Minaj and some interesting lyrics that might out her political side, states E! News. “I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney. You lazy bitches are f–king up the economy,” Minaj raps on the track.
The track is a part of Lil Wayne’s ‘Dedication 4′ mixtape.
What do you think about her lyrics? True or just music?
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