April 19, 2014

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Film Festival: Palm Springs Gold

25th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala – Awards Presentation. Meryl Streep and Margo Martindale
By ROBERT W. WELKOS
It’s no mirage.
After a quarter-century, and some early struggles, the Palm Springs International Film Festival has seen its visibility and star quotient rise significantly by tapping into Hollywood’s hotly contested movie awards season.
The festival’s success—it now draws about 130,000 attendees—has come without a lucrative television deal for its black-tie gala similar to ones enjoyed by the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards.
The festival was the brainchild of the late Palm Springs Mayor Sonny Bono, who rose to stardom as half of the pop singing duo Sonny and Cher and later became a U.S. congressman representing the Coachella Valley. Bono died in a 1998 skiing accident.
Harold Matzner, a local businessman and philanthropist who was a close friend and tennis partner of Bono’s, eventually took over the financially struggling festival and improved its bottom line.
A patron of the arts, Matzner not only chairs the film festival but also chairs the McCallum Theatre, is vice president on the board of trustees at the Palm Springs Art Museum, and his other philanthropic efforts include Desert AIDS Project, Stroke Recovery Center, Temple Isaiah and Animal Samaritans. He owns Spencer’s restaurant in Palm Springs.
Matzner has credited the late Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen for helping him get Hollywood studios to send movie stars being mentioned for the Oscars to be honored at the Palm Springs festival’s black-tie gala. Chasen was murdered in 2010 in a drive-by shooting in Beverly Hills as she drove her black Mercedes-Benz and police concluded it was a random attack carried out by a transient riding a bike.
Matzner chairs the tax-exempt organization behind the festival—the Palm Springs International Film Society.
The film society’s Form 990 tax returns that are filed annually with the IRS show that the nonprofit has achieved success as the film festival has become more popular.
The tax filings show that:
*The film festival had more than $26 million in total support from fiscal years 2005-06 to 2012-13.
*Revenues totaled $3.9million and expenses totaled $3.3 million in fiscal 2012-13.
*No grants were listed from fiscal 2009-10 to 2012-13.
*Chairman Matzner and other board members received no compensation for their work on the festival.
*The nonprofit paid Spencer’s restaurant $117,525 for catering and use of its facilities in fiscal 2012-13 and $113,912 in fiscal 2011-12.
*The nonprofit paid Wessman Development Co. $89,896 and $90,638 for the same [...]

Online auction of two props used in ‘ParaNorman’ – Do Some Good Today!

Animation buffs, movie fans, and memorabilia collectors will all have the chance to own unique hand-crafted materials from one of this year’s Academy Award nominees when Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California next week begins hosting the online auction of two props used in LAIKA and Focus Features’ comedy thriller ParaNorman, which is Oscar-nominated for Best Animated Feature Film.
The internet auction is coordinated through Profiles in History, the world’s largest auctioneer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, www.profilesinhistory.com, and will begin on Friday, February 22nd and will end Monday, March 4th. Proceeds from the auction will go to help inspire hope, enrich lives and build a better future for children with special needs in Southern California.
Including a letter of authenticity from LAIKA’s studios in Oregon, where the stop-motion-animated feature was lovingly hand-crafted on-site, the auction lot is for two props that were made in-studio and then featured on-screen; in the film’s story, the town of Blithe Hollow, where ParaNorman’s 11-year-old hero Norman Babcock lives with his family, commissioned a historical plaque commemorating the famous capture of a witch from 300 years ago, along with the accompanying mold “cast” of the witch’s head. In the frightfully funny, magically emotional, and hilariously spooky ParaNorman, the revelation comes that the centuries-old witch’s curse is real and is about to come true – and only Norman will be able to stop it from going into overdrive and harming the townspeople, by summoning up courage and compassion in a wild race against time.
In addition to its Academy Award nomination, ParaNorman has won two Annie Awards (the animation community’s Oscars equivalent) and been cited as best animated feature film by 14 critics’ groups, more than any other 2012 animated feature. ParaNorman was directed by Sam Fell and Chris Butler from an original screenplay by Mr. Butler; and was produced by Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner.
Elizabeth O’Neil, Executive Director of Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California, said, “The movies that LAIKA and Focus have made together have thrilled and delighted millions. With its anti-bullying theme, ParaNorman has proved particularly impactful for kids. We’re so pleased that beautifully detailed and painstakingly created props from this wondrous tale will now be offered for auction to benefit children in need in our community.”
About Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California
Variety – The Children’s Charity of Southern California, founded in 1941, is a 501(c)3 organization made up [...]

Producer nominees for “Amour” in the Best Picture category for the Oscars

The Producers Branch Executive Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has determined the individual nominees for “Amour” in the Best Picture category for the Oscars. They are producers Margaret Menegoz, Stefan Arndt, Veit Heiduschka and Michael Katz.
The Documentary Branch Executive Committee also has determined the individual nominees for four of the contending films in the Documentary Feature category:
“The Gatekeepers”
Dror Moreh, Philippa Kowarsky and Estelle Fialon
“How to Survive a Plague”
David France and Howard Gertler
“The Invisible War”
Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering
“Searching for Sugar Man”
Malik Bendjelloul and Simon Chinn
The nominees for the fifth film in this category, “5 Broken Cameras,” were previously announced.
Oscars® for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.
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‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star apparently drunk at dinner party

HollywoodNews.com: The latest episode of ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ airs tonights and features Taylor Armstrong looking a bit out of control at a dinner party.
Armstrong joins the other cast members at a dinner party where Brandi Glanville isn’t in attendance, and really lets loose during it, states RadarOnline. “We’ve got a good table…thank God my arch nemesis isn’t here…or she’d be going down. She has slept with every man in Beverly Hills. She travels to find someone to sleep with…some sort of flight plan!” Armstrong says to another guest at the dinner party.
“She has slept with every man in Beverly Hills. There’s close to 16,000 men in Beverly Hills. And she’s only been divorced a couple of years,” Armstrong continues as other guests at the table look uncomfortable.
New cast member Yolanda Foster then goes on to comment on how it appears that Armstrong had a bit too much to drink and has lost control of herself.
Do you think she’s been drinking too much?
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‘Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star talks castmate being drunk at kids’ party

HollywoodNews.com: The women on ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ don’t always behave at parties, but one cast member is claiming another one was out of line at a childrens’ party.
Brandi Glanville recently opened up in her blog that castmate Taylor Armstrong was apparently drunk at Kyle Richard’s birthday party for her daughter, states RadarOnline. “[W]hen Taylor arrived seemingly drunk to … [the] birthday party, I had a good idea that s— was gonna go down,” Glanville said about why she eventually decided to leave.
Glanville also revealed that she left because, while she wanted to confront Armstrong, she knows better: “When kids are involved us [grown-ups] that sometimes act like children need to stick to acting grown up.”
Do you think she handled the situation well?
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‘Housewives of BH’ star allegedly spotted on date

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like a romance might be in full bloom for ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Taylor Armstrong.
As the reality TV star recently commented that she had found love, it seems that she has now been spotted with the mystery man, states People. Armstrong was reportedly spotted dining at the Beverly Hills Hotel where she was allegedly holding hands with a man with salt and pepper color hair.
It is even rumored that they exchanged a few kisses while enjoying a casual meal by the pool.
Do you think she’s found someone good?
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Adam Levine moving into pricey Beverly Hills home

HollywoodNews.com: It looks like Adam Levine is joining the 90210 zip code as he is moving into a new Beverly Hills home.
He has reportedly left his home in Los Feliz for a Beverly Hills house that was listed at $4.83 million, states People. The home reportedly includes a detached guesthouse, swimming pool, and spa along with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms.
A rep for Levine has not yet confirmed that the singer bought the new home that was built in 1940.
Do you like how his home sounds?
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Lindsay Lohan allegedly didn’t think she was responsible for hotel bill

HollywoodNews.com: Lindsay Lohan is reportedly being banned from Chateau Marmont for not paying a pricey bill she racked up during June and July, but it seems she never thought she was supposed to pay it.
It is rumored that Lindsay is claiming the producers of ‘Liz and Dick’ promised to take care of her bill, states TMZ. However, while she allegedly thought they were responsible for the $47,000 bill, producers reportedly claim there was never a deal like that made.
Lindsay allegedly now claims she will pay the bill if production doesn’t plan on doing so.
Do you think she really thought this?
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Lindsay Lohan banned from Chateau Marmont

HollywoodNews.com: Lindsay Lohan can’t quite get her act together as she has reportedly been banned from the famous Chateau Marmont for not paying her pricey bill there.
Lindsay has reportedly been sent a letter from the general manager saying that she is being banned and must pay her outstanding bill, states TMZ. Lindsay reportedly owes about $46,350.04 for her stay during June and July, but has never paid despite requests for payment.
Lindsay allegedly spent $3,145.07 on the minibar alone while one day she spent $1,992.07 at the restaurant there while also spending $685.96 on room service that same day.
What do you think about Lindsay not paying up and being banned?
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Rob Kardashian headed to law school

HollywoodNews.com: Rob Kardashian is about to do something the other Kardashians haven’t done – he’s going back to school.
Rob took to Twitter to announce that he will be attending law school this upcoming fall semester, states RadarOnline. “Going to Law School very soon and so excited and can’t wait! School just never ends for me! #UniversityofSouthernCal #Trojans #FightOn,” Rob posted.
Rob will be attending the University of Southern California this fall.
He is following in his father’s footsteps as he was a lawyer who worked on O.J. Simpson’s case along with other members of the famed “Dream Team.”
Do you think Rob will do well at law school?
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