April 22, 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 [...]

Dustin Hoffman Dishes on His Directorial Debut Quartet

Dustin Hoffman, one of the most celebrated actors of our time, opens up in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine about stepping out of his comfort zone for his directorial debut Quartet, redefining retirement in Hollywood and how his latest film drove him to ponder how far he’s come and how little he’s changed.
The Academy Award® winner is also being recognized for his Breakthrough Achievement in directing by AARP The Magazine with a 2012 Movies for Grownups® award.

The following are excerpts from the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine cover story, available in homes today and online NOW at www.aarp.org/magazine.
On his directorial film debut, Quartet:
“An honest answer: I directed a play on Broadway. I blamed my own demons for waiting 35 years to do it again. Why did I fight it? Because it’s a thrilling opportunity to be the one who holds the paintbrush.”
“As we were working on the film, I asked Billy Connolly [one of its stars], ‘What’s the movie about?’ And he said, ‘Don’t die until you’re dead.’ I thought that nailed it.”
On what drew him to Quartet:
“It’s an affirmative movie but still reality. There’s this cloud of mortality hovering over the characters and blinding them.”
On using real musicians ages 70-plus in Quartet:
“Brilliant artists—and no one had rung their phone for 30 or more years. They showed up at 6 every morning and worked sometimes 14 hours a day without a whimper, with such dedication and joy. It infected all of us.”
On retiring:
“I think ‘retirement’ goes hand in hand with people who make a living by having a ‘job.’ I don’t think we—the .00001 percent of the population who are so fortunate to love passionately what we do—consider it a ‘job.’”
On his ideal age and growing older:
“I wouldn’t trade now for anything.”
“What we all want is to continually grow and expand. I’ve discovered that as the body becomes more limited, the soul expands.”
On the differences between men and women:
“I think men are the weaker of the genders and live a more limited life than women. For whatever reasons, men run from intimacy. If you run from intimacy, you’re running from what life can give you.”
On mortality:
“My wife says I’ve been worrying about it since we started going out. But at a certain point your icons change. There’s Manoel de Oliveira, who’s still directing at 104. And I recently read about a 94-year-old guy who had just [...]

Kate Middleton cancels appearances due to pregnancy

HollywoodNews.com: It was recently confirmed that Kate Middleton is expecting her first child, and now she has canceled some appearances in order to care for her unborn child.
Middleton has reportedly canceled three scheduled appearances as she has been ill with Hyperemesis Gravidarum, a severe form of morning sickness, states UsMagazine.com. The events she will not attend are the ICAP Charity Day in London, Winter Whites Gala in aid of Centrepoint and the British Military Tournament at Earl’s Court, London.
She will be spending those days hospitalized and resting instead.
Middleton and Prince William wed in April 2011. This will be their first child.
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Taylor Swift getting cozy with Harry Styles in NYC

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like there might be some real romance going on between Taylor Swift and Harry Style as they were caught looking cozy in New York City.
The two reportedly went to Central Park Zoo where they smiled and laughed together throughout the day, states UsMagazine.com. Swift and Styles were linked after looking more than friendly at a taping of ‘X-Factor.’
Swift most recently split with Conor Kennedy.
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Hugh Hefner, Crystal Harris allegedly getting married on New Year’s Eve

HollywoodNews.com: Even though Crystal Harris walked out on Hugh Hefner just days before their wedding, it seems that they are now going to try again.
It is rumored that Hefner and Harris are going to get married at the Playboy mansion on New Year’s Eve, states TMZ. They have allegedly worked out all the problems they had back when they were engaged the first time. Plus, Harris apparently needed the time apart to feel a sense of independence.
The wedding will allegedly be a small event with just family and very close friends.
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Bradley Cooper’s mom allegedly analyzing Zoe Saldana

HollywoodNews.com: Bradley Cooper seems pretty serious about Zoe Saldana as they have been spotted spending a lot of time together, but his mom is apparently still checking things out.
His mom, Gloria, allegedly wants him to settle down and wants to make sure that Zoe is the right woman to do that with, states RadarOnline. His mom has always become close with his girlfriends, and now she has been spotted with Zoe quite a bit in recent weeks.
Now, while the two seem to get along well, Gloria allegedly just wants to see if Zoe’s intentions are serious about Bradley.
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Prince William, Kate Middleton preparing to move into home

HollywoodNews.com: Prince William and Kate Middleton are reportedly preparing to move into their new home that has been under renovation for quite some time.
The two will be moving into Apartment 1A of London’s Kensington Palace after a $1.5 million renovation, states UsMagazine.com. However, the move is still a quite a few months away, but it is rumored they are willing to wait for it to be just right for them and an eventual family.
William and Kate are allegedly hoping to start their family in this new home.
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Katy Perry talks feeling out of shape

HollywoodNews.com: While many women would kill for a body like Katy Perry, it seems the singer doesn’t feel as great about her shape as some would assume.
Perry recently admitted that she easily feels out of shape when she doesn’t stick with working out, states UsMagazine.com. “I like to say I run on the elliptical for 30 minutes watching CNN, but I don’t do it often enough. So I’m just like, ‘Oh, I guess I’m not fitting into this Lanvin dress for these couple of months,’” Perry commented.
But luckily she has a secret weapon for those down days: “I almost always wear [Spanx].”
What do you think about her shape?
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Jessica Simpson allegedly trying to rush wedding

HollywoodNews.com: As it is rumored that Jessica Simpson is pregnant with her second child, it seems that she wants to be a bride before she becomes a mom again.
Simpson is allegedly trying to rush her wedding in order to get married before welcoming her second child, states RadarOnline. And while some women might not want a baby bump in the wedding photos, Simpson is apparently not too concerned as she has been putting off the big day for long enough.
She is reportedly considering a date early next year.
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Kate Middleton debuts new hairstyle

HollywoodNews.com: Everyone is keeping an eye on Kate Middleton and her style, and now there is something new to look at as she has debuted a new hairstyle.
Middleton recently stepped out at London’s Natural History Museum with a new style that showed off her new side-swept layers that framed her face, states UsMagazine.com. Middleton’s hair appears to have more layers in it.
However, as she showed it off on a windy day, she is apparently a bit unsure about it.
Do you like her hair?
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