April 23, 2014

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Carlos de Abreu: Founder of the Hollywood Film Awards

Celebrating 20 years of success. Carlos de Abreu is a “New York Times” bestselling author, producer, screenwriter, brand marketing expert and Internet pioneer.
Carlos de Abreu is of Portuguese descent and was born in Mozambique. He was a jet pilot in the Portuguese Air Force and studied economics at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, and film at UCLA.
His vast experience in brand marketing earned him executive positions and contracts with Cartier International, American Express, and the Italian Government among others. He also co-founded the North American Marketing Services, Ltd., an international luxury goods corporation with offices in three continents; North America, Asia and Europe.

In addition, he launched the Hollywood Network® online, an ecosystem of “verticalized” web models, focused on entertainment and Hollywood. Mr. de Abreu’s multiple websites include HollywoodNews.com (http://www.hollywoodnews.com)

Mr. de Abreu’s organization, the Hollywood Network Inc., is an entertainment marketing company – awards, film conferences, festivals, Internet content, live events – which mandate is bridging the gap between established Hollywood and the global creative community and produces/co-produces live events including the prestigious “Hollywood Film Awards®,” and the “Hollywood Gives Back®” project – highlighting and assisting important local and national causes.
According to the “Los Angeles Times” the “Hollywood Film Awards®,” “launch the push toward Oscar and are the kickoff for the awards season.”
He is the co-author of the national and “New York Times” bestseller, “Husband, Lover, Spy: A True Story,” St. Martin’s Press, and “Opening The Doors To Hollywood,” Crown Publishing.
Presently he is writing the novel “The Soulshaker.” His prior works include two screenplays: Mozambique: The Last Good-Bye and Sworn To Silence.

Specialties: Specialized in the Internet, intelligence gathering, entertainment space, live events production – awards, conferences, festivals, plus branding and distribution of luxury goods and jewelry both in the U.S.A. and the global markets.

“Vanity Fair” 2014 Hollywood Issue. A year of spectacular film with a group of distinguished actors

For the 20th annual Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue, the magazine celebrates a year of spectacular film with a group of distinguished actors. The cover, a three-panel foldout by Vanity Fair contributing photographer Annie Leibovitz, who also shot the first ever Hollywood Issue cover, in 1995, features Oscar nominees Julia Roberts (August: Osage County), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club), and Lupita Nyong?o (12 Years a Slave), as well as Idris Elba (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), George Clooney (Gravity), Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), Naomie Harris (Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Chadwick Boseman (42), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color).
Julia Roberts is an industry veteran who makes a splash with her Oscar-nominated performance in John Wells’s August: Osage County. Though Roberts has been on the cover of Vanity Fair five times, this is her first time on the Hollywood Issue cover.
British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor rivets audiences with his Oscar-nominated portrayal of Solomon Northup, in Steve McQueen?s 12 Years a Slave.
Jared Leto recently won a Golden Globe for his heartbreaking, Oscar-nominated performance as the transgender Rayon in Jean-Marc Vallée’s Dallas Buyers Club.
Recent Yale Drama School grad Lupita Nyong’o won universal acclaim this year with her Oscar-nominated performance as the beautiful, tortured Patsey in 12 Years a Slave.
British actor Idris Elba brings to life Africa’s greatest hero, in Justin Chadwick?s Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
The perennial matinee idol George Clooney provides a soothing calm to a perilous 3-D space walk in Alfonso Cuarón?s Oscar-nominated Gravity. He was also one of the producers of August: Osage County. This is his first time appearing on the Hollywood Issue cover.
Michael B. Jordan raised the profile of Oscar Grant III, the young man fatally shot by an Oakland transit-police officer, with his performance in Ryan Coogler?s sleeper hit, Fruitvale Station.
Recent Bond Girl Naomie Harris held her own as Winnie Mandela, starring opposite fellow Brit Elba in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Brie Larson breaks onto the scene with her lead role in Destin Daniel Cretton?s Short Term 12.
Chadwick Boseman moved up to the majors with his performance as baseball legend Jackie Robinson, in Brian Helgeland?s biopic 42.
Australian sensation Margot Robbie, the youngest actress to grace this year?s Hollywood cover, metamorphosed into the Duchess of Bay Ridge in Martin Scorsese?s Oscar-nominated The Wolf of Wall Street.
Léa Seydoux [...]

Forest Whitaker and Orlando Bloom in Zulu by Jerome Salle to close the 66th Cannes Film Festival

The 66th Festival de Cannes will close on 26th May with a screening of the thriller Zulu, shot entirely on location in South Africa by Jérôme Salle and adapted from the novel of the same name by Caryl Férey.
The action takes place in Cape Town, in a South Africa still overshadowed by apartheid, where destitute townships rubs shoulders with affluent neighbourhoods. Two cops on the beat, Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Caribbean by Gore Verbinski, Lord of the Rings by Peter Jackson) and Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland by Kevin McDonald, Ghost Dog, La Voie du Samouraï by Jim Jarmush) are caught up in a suspenseful search which combines elements of political film noir and social study (…).
To read more go to www.festival-cannes.fr
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Charlize Theron will be awarded the Honorary Chair of this year’s Cinema for Peace Gala

Academy Award-winning actress Charlize Theron will be awarded the Honorary Chair of this year’s Cinema for Peace Gala on February 9th at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Berlin.
The South African actress and United Nations Messenger of Peace is the founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project (CTAOP), which calls for medical education and battles against the spread of HIV. Charlize Theron will receive the Cinema for Peace Honorary Award for her commitment against the spread of the disease among young South Africans. More than 300,000 people die each year of AIDS in South Africa alone; an estimated 5.6 million people are infected with HIV or AIDS in South Africa and 34 million worldwide.
“As a South African, Charlize Theron cares deeply about the human suffering of those infected, their families and friends due to HIV and AIDS. Every day thousands of people die of this disease. Charlize Theron’s Africa Outreach Project contributes tremendously in the concerned areas, helping to educate children and minors about HIV and AIDS as well as to support affected persons,” Cinema for Peace founder Jaka Bizilj explains and mentions that “since the FIFA World Cup and a premiere with Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu in 2010, the Cinema for Peace Foundation has been fighting AIDS by presenting cinema screenings of the movie ‘Themba’ to young people in rural areas.”
This year, Africa plays a major role in various program acts of the gala. Fatou Bensouda from Gambia, Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, will present the “Cinema for Peace Justice Award.” This category features movies such as “Class Dismissed” with Malala Yousafzai, who barely survived an assassination attempt last October after having refused to accept the Taliban decision not to go to school anymore. Other nominations in this category are “Invisible Children – Kony 2012,” “The Act of Killing,” “The Central Park Five” and “No.” Inspired by the portrait of a campaign leader, who triggered off the fall of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet by using creativity and a 15 minute advertising film, and will tell the story of how one of the most brutal and notorious dictators of the 20th century has been removed by peaceful means.
The “International Human Rights Film Award” category, presented by Amnesty International, the Human Rights Film Network and the Cinema for Peace Foundation, will award the movie “Call Me Kuchu,” the late founder of Sexual Minorities [...]

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart to promote ‘Twilight’ at end of month

HollywoodNews.com: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart will hopefully have their relationship smoothed out by the end of October as they are all set to promote the final ‘Twilight’ film at that time.
The two will allegedly begin a press junket with their castmates on October 28th which will run until November 3rd, states UsMagazine.com. The film will also have an international tour going through Australia, Japan, Brazil, South Africa, Scotland, Ireland, England, Spain, Germany, Denmark and Norway but it is unknown if those two will be involved in all the stops.
It is rumored that they are currently together, but it is allegedly hard as the cheating scandal is so fresh.
Do you think promotions will go smoothly?
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Charlize Theron talks sex scenes for movies

HollywoodNews.com: While most celebrities admit that onscreen sex scenes are awkward, Charlize Theron doesn’t completely agree.
The actress recently opened up about being comfortable filming sex scenes for her movies, states RadarOnline. “It depends on who you’re doing the sex scene with. I don’t have issues being naked,” Theron commented.
“I’m not hung up on my body, and I’ve been lucky to work with people I’ve been really comfortable with,” Theron continued to explain why the situation doesn’t bother her.
Do you think sex scenes would be awkward?
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Charlize Theron has adopted a baby boy

HollywoodNews.com: Charlize Theron is a new mother as it has been announced that she has adopted a baby boy which makes this her first child.
It has been confirmed by her rep that she is the new mom of the adopted boy whose name is Jackson, although no further details are being released at this time, states People.
Theron is currently single as she split from longtime beau Stuart Townsend.
Do you think she’ll be a good mom?
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‘Housewives of Atlanta’ star gets angry over orphanage comment

HollywoodNews.com: ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ star Kim Zolciak recently missed out on a trip to South Africa with the other women on the show because of her newborn, but she is still getting mixed into the drama.
While the other women visited an orphanage while they were there, Zolciak is still the talk of the trip for one part as some of them try to imagine her there, states RadarOnline.com. As some of the women claimed they couldn’t imagine her at the orphanage holding black babies, Zolciak gets upset with Kandi Burress as fingers are pointed at her.
“What did you say about me Kandi, and an orphanage?” Zolciak confronts Burruss, who then explains that she said she didn’t see her going to Africa, not the orphanage.
However, the fight doesn’t end there, but viewers will have to tune in to the next episode for more.
What did you think about the comments?
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Beyonce’s baby’s godmother rumor shot down

HollywoodNews.com: As it seemed like a pretty far-fetched rumor, it comes as no surprise to hear that Oprah is not the godmother of Beyonce’s new daughter with husband Jay-Z.
Oprah’s good friend, Gayle King, hit up ‘The Early Show’ to deny the claims that seemed a little unexpected to start, states UsMagazine.com. “It’s absolutely not true that she’s the godmother. She’s friends with them, of course, and likes them both very much,” King commented.
However, King did admit that if there was any truth to it, it would also be a surprise to Oprah: “Let me just say, if (that report is) true, it is news to her. It is news to her. You know, she was heading to South Africa when the baby was born.”
Who do you think will be the godmother?
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Charlize Theron on meeting ‘Snow White’ costar Kristen Stewart

HollywoodNews.com: Fans everywhere are looking forward to seeing Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman,’ and from how it all started, it sounds like there is definitely something to look forward to with it.
Theron recently opened up about the instant and effortless chemistry the two stars had upon meeting, states E! News. “We met on a plane going to Comic-Con. You know when you meet someone and it’s effortless? It was instantly amazing,” Theron commented.
“We couldn’t shut up. The plane landed and they were like, ‘Get off the plane’ and we were going on and on,” Theron added about the two stars bonding instantly.
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