By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Quentin Tarantino loves to talk. For one night, though, the Oscar-nominated director will be forced to listen.
That’s because Tarantino has agreed to sit in the big chair and be “saluted” as part of the 2010 Friars Club Roast, which will be held on Friday, Oct. 1, at The New York Hilton.
“Pulp Fiction” and “Jackie Brown” star Samuel L. Jackson has been tapped to play “Roastmaster.” He’ll be joined by Kathy Griffin, Pam Grier, Neve Campbell, Michael Madsen, Eli Roth, Patricia Arquette, Rob Schneider, Uma Thurman, Harvey Weinstein, Sarah Silverman, Rosario Dawson, Bob Weinstein, Michelle Rodriguez and many more.
“Quentin Tarantino will join a small group of entertainers who have been brave enough to sit in the hot-seat and be roasted by their peers. Having seen ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Kill Bill,’ I can only pray that he understands that we only roast the ones we love,” said Friars Club Dean Freddie Roman.
Tarantino is in legendary company. Previous targets include Humphrey Bogart, WC Fields, Lucille Ball, Johnny Carson and Richard Pryor.
“Having known Quentin as long as I have now, there are many stories I’ve kept tucked away for a moment like this,” Jackson said.
No word yet if this roast will be televised or, at the very least, available for purchase at a later date.
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By Sean O’Connell
HollywoodNews.com: Even though Eva Longoria is romping around Europe, Jessica Alba is celebrating her husband’s birthday, and Rosario Dawson is celebrating her grandma’s birthday, all three actresses hit Twitter today to talk immigration reform with each other (and their thousands of followers).
All three ladies shared the same Newsweek article, “Why Americans Think (Wrongly) That Illegal Immigrants Hurt the Economy,” on their feeds earlier today.
But neither of them is any stranger is using Twitter to give a voice to their causes. Jessica and Rosario have been PSA queens for Voto Latino, Rock the Vote, and Declare Yourself for some time now, while Eva has been a vocal critic of Arizona’s new immigration law almost since its inception.
Whether or not celebs make the best the best political advisors is anyone’s guess, but we can at least applause these ladies for lending their names to something other than South African drug drama a la Paris Hilton.
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The highly anticipated Dominoes Tournament of the Academy Awards will take place on Thursday, March 4th, 2010 at bar210 in Beverly Hills. An exclusive group of Hollywood’s iconic personalities will come together for a fierce competition against one another in a nail biting dominoes tournament. Invited players include: Penelope Cruz, Charlize Theron, Molly Simms, Rosario Dawson, Camilla Belle, Garcelle Nilon, and James Franco to mention a few.
This black-tie event will not only act as an occasion to enjoy cocktails and tasty bites by Executive Chef Marcel Vigneron, but 100% of the funds raised will be directed to improving the lives of the children living in the slums of Haiti. The evening will be hosted by Paul and Deborah Haggis, Daya Fernandez, and Inge Theron, and guests have the opportunity to participate in the tournament during the Gala. Previous winners include: Ashton Kutcher, Salma Hayek and Charlize Theron and the current title holder is David Furnish.
The object of the game is very simple: two tables of 8 players comprised of past winners will fight for the title. After eliminations, those who finish all their dominoes will win!
Proceeds from the evening will be directed to the charitable organization Artists for Peace & Justice (APJ). Established in early 2009, APJ is a fundraising effort founded by Paul Haggis and friends that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty and enfranchisement in communities around the world. The organization’s immediate goal is to build schools to serve the poorest areas of Haiti, providing an education, hot meals, clean drinking water and regular medical treatments to the children living in the slums.
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BY GINA PICCALO
The ever-affable Sandra Bullock, elegant in a red velvet dress and stilettos, was surrounded by a swarm of conspicuously underdressed journalists, leading an animated discussion about macaroons of all things. A few feet away under a crystal chandelier, “The Blind Side” director John Lee Hancock earnestly praised the actress while nearby one of the film’s producers Andrew Kosove gushed about having a “film in Oscar contention.”
Bullock’s Golden Globe win was still a few days away. And the “Oscar contention” still wishful thinking. But this bit of banal chatter is the sort of merriment that often paves the path to awards. Not that any publicist in her right mind would ever publicly admit that a couple hours of cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres in a dimly lit Beverly Hills restaurant could lead to filmmaking’s most coveted honor. Still, there seems to be a strategy that works. Hold enough of these gilded affairs, for instance, where the actors and filmmakers work the charm on select members of the press and a few gadfly Academy voters, and it can mean the difference between an Independent Spirit award and Oscar himself. At least, that’s the theory. This year, with the best picture category expanded to ten films and a complicated new vote-counting method, theories are all we’ve got.
To hear the veteran Academy members talk, scrounging up ten Oscar-worthy films is an enormous chore. Everyone seems poised to grudgingly thrust a statuette in James Cameron’s face and move on. “Filmmakers and executives are just furious and remain furious with Academy board’s decision,” said one longtime voter. “The [Academy] board has been defending its choice to everybody they run into. I just got an email from an Academy producer who is only going to nominate two films.”
Whatever. The Hollywood publicity machine loves a challenge. And at this point, that formidable force moves into what one studio Oscar consultant termed “Phase Two.” The Globes’ awards have narrowed expectations a bit. “Avatar” is the one to beat. It has two Golden Globes for best director and picture and racked up industry guild nominations for best picture (Producers Guild of America) cinematography (American Society of Cinematographers), direction (Directors Guild of America) and best original screenplay (Writers Guild of America). The Academy ballots are due Saturday. Two weeks from today (TUESDAY, Jan. 19), the Oscar nominations will be announced.
And then it’s all just a glittering downhill slalom to […]