April 19, 2014

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“Argo” on its way to Oscar – Ben Affleck

The winners of the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement Awards for 2012 were announced tonight during the 65th Annual DGA Awards Dinner at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Ben Affleck won the DGA’s Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Argo.
Director/producer/actor Kelsey Grammer hosted the ceremony before an audience of more than 1,600 guests. Presenters included (in alphabetical order): Frank Capra III; Cedric the Entertainer; Bryan Cranston; Peter Fonda; Kelsey Grammer; Dave Grohl; DGA President Taylor Hackford; Anne Hathaway; Michel Hazanavicius; Helen Hunt; Hugh Jackman; Famke Janssen; Norman Jewison; Suraj Sharma; Martin Short; DGA National Vice President Steven Soderbergh; Chris Spencer; George Stevens, Jr.; Eric Stonestreet; Quvenzhané Wallis; and Sam Waterston.
The winners of the 2012 DGA Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement are:
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN FEATURE FILM
BEN AFFLECK
Argo
(Warner Bros. Pictures)
Mr. Affleck’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Amy Herman
· First Assistant Director: David Webb
· Second Assistant Director: Ian Calip
· Second Second Assistant Directors: Clark Credle, Gavin Kleintop
· First Assistant Director (Turkey Unit): Belkis Turan
This is Mr. Affleck’s first DGA Feature Film Award win.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN COMMERCIALS
ALEJANDRO G. IÑÁRRITU
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· First Assistant Director: Peter Kohn
· Second Assistant Director: Michelle Schrauwers
· Second Second Assistant Directors: Heather Anderson, Blake Perkinson
This is Mr. Iñárritu’s first DGA Award win and second nomination. He was previously nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for Babel in 2006.
OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN DRAMATIC SERIES
RIAN JOHNSON
Breaking Bad, ‘Fifty-One’
(AMC)
Mr. Johnson’s Directorial Team:
· Unit Production Manager: Stewart A. Lyons
· Assistant Unit Production Manager: James Paul Hapsas
· First Assistant Director: Ben Scissors
· Second Assistant Director: Louis Lanni
· Second Second Assistant Director: Anna Ramey
· Additional Second Assistant Director: Joann Connolly
This [...]

Academy forms Costume Designers Branch

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the creation of the Costume Designers Branch. Costume designers had previously been a part of the Designers Branch, which also includes production designers, art directors and set decorators. Academy Governor Jeffrey Kurland will transfer to the newly created branch and eventually be joined by two additional governors.
“History was made at the Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday night with the formation of a Costume Designers Branch,” said Kurland. “Costume designers have waited a long time for recognition with branch status. As a governor representing these designers, I’m thrilled and grateful for the Academy’s support.”
At the same meeting, the governors voted to increase the representation of the Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch from one to three governors. Two new governors will be chosen by election later this year to join current governor Leonard Engelman. The Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch, the most recent branch to be created, was formed in 2006.
“I’m looking forward to sharing the task of representing the Academy’s makeup artists and hairstylists with two of my colleagues,” Engelman said. “New governors will bring new ideas, which will help to keep the Academy’s leadership strong and sharp.”
“Congratulations to our members from these essential craft areas. Movies are a visual medium and costume designers, makeup artists, and hairstylists help to create images that tell stories,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “This recognition is richly deserved.”
These decisions were voted at the regularly scheduled Board meeting on Wednesday, January 23, and will take effect in July after Board elections are held. The new Costume Designers Branch governors and the two new Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Branch governors will bring the size of the Academy’s Board to 48 members, with three governors representing each of the 16 branches
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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards–in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners–Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores [...]

Antonio “L.A.” Reid to receive the President’s Merit Award by the Recording Academy

Clive Davis and The Recording Academy® will present the annual Pre-GRAMMY® Gala on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., the evening before the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards® ( www.grammy.com ).
Sponsored by Harman, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyundai, and MasterCard Worldwide, this exclusive, star-studded celebration will feature special musical performances and will be attended by the world’s most renowned artists and top industry VIPs in music, film, television and new media. For updates and breaking news, please visit The Recording Academy’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook: www.twitter.com/thegrammys , www.facebook.com/thegrammys .
As part of the evening’s celebration, the 2013 GRAMMY Salute To Industry Icons® will honor Epic Records’ Chairman and CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid. The Recording Academy will present Reid with the President’s Merit Award in recognition of his significant contributions to the music industry and the impact his efforts have had on music and the business of music. Past recipients include Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss, Sir Richard Branson, Clive Davis, Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Berry Gordy, Doug Morris, and Mo Ostin.
“We are thrilled to once again collaborate with Clive Davis on this legendary gala filled with unique performances and stories,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “With his keen ability to foster and guide young artists, Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid has brought to the world some of the most accomplished and beloved musicians. We are delighted and excited to pay tribute to this luminary who has shaped the contemporary music landscape with his passion, diversity, dedication, and musical judgement.”
Before becoming the consummate executive, Reid was a recording artist, drummer, songwriter, and producer. In 1989 he co-founded LaFace Records with Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, in partnership with Clive Davis and Arista Records and introduced a string of multi-platinum artists, including Toni Braxton, OutKast, TLC, and Usher. The label, which reshaped R&B and hip-hop, became one of the premier record companies of its time
In 2000 Reid was named president and CEO of Arista Records and brought successes to the label by signing such multi-platinum artists as P!nk, Ciara and Avril Lavigne. Additionally, during his tenure at Arista he oversaw OutKast’s GRAMMY-winning album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below and executive produced Usher’s Confessions, which went on to win a GRAMMY and sell more than 10 million copies in the United States.
As chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group, reins he took in 2004, Reid supervised the revitalization of [...]

“Lincoln” earns record-setting 13 noms for Critics’ Choice Movie Awards – OSCARS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Leave it to “Lincoln” to make history.
Steven Spielberg’s sturdy biopic of our nation’s 16th president during a crucial stretch of his final term earned a record-setting 13 nominations today from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) as the group prepares for the 18th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.
“Lincoln,” which beat out previous record holder “Black Swan,” garnered nods for Best Picture, Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis, Best Supporting Actor for Tommy Lee Jones, Best Supporting Actress for Sally Field, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for Steven Spielberg, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Score.
The winners will be announced live at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 10, 2013 from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The show will broadcast live on The CW Network at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
Following closely behind Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is Tom Hooper’s “Les Misérables,” which received 11 nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor for Hugh Jackman, Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for Tom Hooper, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Song for “Suddenly.”
David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook” also impressed with 10 nominations for Best Picture, Best Actor for Bradley Cooper, Best Actress for Jennifer Lawrence, Best Supporting Actor for Robert De Niro, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for David O. Russell, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Comedy, Best Actor in a Comedy for Bradley Cooper and Best Actress in a Comedy Jennifer Lawrence.
“Life of Pi” earned 9 nominations, and “Argo,” “The Master” and “Skyfall” each garnered 7 nominations.
Jennifer Lawrence leads the female nominees with nods for Best Actress, Best Actress in a Comedy and Best Acting Ensemble for “Silver Linings Playbook” as well as Best Actress in an Action Movie for “The Hunger Games.”
Bradley Cooper leads the male nominees with nods for Best Actor, Best Actor in a Comedy and Best Acting Ensemble for “Silver Livings Playbook.” Judi Dench was nominated for both Best Supporting Actress and Best Actress in an Action Movie for “Skyfall” and nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis was nominated for Best Actress and Best Young Actress for “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” contributing to the film’s 3 nominations, including Best Picture.
“This has been a truly spectacular year in filmmaking and our voters had an embarrassment of [...]

Katy Perry shows off her support of President Obama with dress

HollywoodNews.com: Katy Perry is clearly voting for President Obama this year as she showed off her choice for the election with a special dress.
Perry was performing at the America Forward! Grassroots event in Las Vegas when she wore a dress that read “President of the United States” with both candidate’s names on it and the box next to Obama’s name filled in, states UsMagazine.com.
Perry also took a chance to encourage everyone to vote in this election: “Don’t wait. Go tomorrow. How many of you are 18 here? It’s going to be your first time, right?”
What do you think about her support of Obama?
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Donald Trump revealing Barack Obama divorce papers?

HollywoodNews.com: Donald Trump recently commented that he would be making a big reveal in regard to President Obama, and now rumors are out about what it might be.
It is rumored that Trump plans on revealing divorce papers that once existed between Barack and Michelle Obama, states RadarOnline. Trump is reportedly expected to announce the secret on his Twitter and Facebook accounts very soon.
It has previously been commented that the two had problems in their marriage in earlier years as they were getting their careers going.
What do you think about his reveal?
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Donald Trump claiming to have news to change election

HollywoodNews.com: Donald Trump thinks that he might be the guy to change the election as he apparently has some news to drop about President Barack Obama.
Trump claims that he will drop some news on Wednesday that could completely switch up the upcoming election, states RadarOnline. “It’s going to be very big. I know one thing – you will cover it in a very big fashion,” Trump commented.
It is rumored that his news might still have something to do with Trump believing Obama isn’t a U.S. citizen as he has been making that claim for some time.
What do you think his news will be?
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Tina Fey, Amy Poehler to co-host 2013 Golden Globes

HollywoodNews.com: The Golden Globes in 2013 will be all about the women as Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have been announced as the co-hosts for the awards show.
It was just announced that the two women will be co-hosting the show on January 13th, states UsMagazine.com. “The unparalleled comedic timing of Tina and Amy will surely have viewers wanting to tune-in to see them in action. The HFPA is thrilled to have the magnetic duo be a part of the show’s 70th anniversary!” Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Dr. Aida Takla-O’Reilly commented.
As far as awards shows go, it has already been announced that Seth MacFarlane will be hosting the Oscars.
Do you think the women will do well?
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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.
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Giuliana Rancic getting a new E! News cohost

HollywoodNews.com: Giuliana Rancic is taking some time off from E! News while she cares for her newborn son with husband Bill Rancic, but when she returns, she will be getting a new cohost.
It is being reported that Terrence Jenkins will be joining Giuliana on the show starting November 12th, states UsMagazine.com. He will also reportedly contribute to other news and celebrity pieces featured on the network.
Jenkins was previously a host on ’106th & Park.’
“[Terrence's] energy and engaging personality, coupled with E! News Lead Anchor Giuliana Rancic’s proven experience, should help cement E! News’ stature as the leading source for news across pop culture, delivered to an engaged audience on all platforms,” E!’s President of Network Strategy and E! News Cyndi McClellan commented.
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