April 18, 2014

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“BLACK NATIVITY” will open wide in the US on November 2013

In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ celebrated play, the holiday musical drama BLACK NATIVITY follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs’ rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson).
Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with his new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family.
Screenplay by: Kasi Lemmons
Directed by: Kasi Lemmons
Based on the play by: Langston Hughes
Produced by: Bill Horberg, Celine Rattray, Galt Niederhoffer
Executive Producers: Trudie Styler, Joy Goodwin
Executive Music Producer: Raphael Saadiq
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Mary J. Blige, Jacob Latimore, Nasir Jones and Jennifer Hudson
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Oscars: Amy Adams to be nominated by Academy Awards

We are keeping our fingers crossed. So, that our frontrunner, Amy Adams, can be nominated for “Best Supporting Actress,” for her great performance in “The Master.”
A three-time Academy Award-nominated actress, Amy Adams can currently be seen starring in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master,” opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The critically acclaimed film broke art house box office records in its opening weekend. Adams can also presently be seen in Robert Lorenz’s “Trouble with the Curve” opposite Clint Eastwood. Later this year she will have a cameo in director Walter Salle’s adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal beat generation novel, “On The Road,” and in 2013, Adams will be seen in Zack Snyder’s “Superman” reboot for Warner Bros., “Man of Steel” where she will play “Lois Lane,” as well as the “Untitled Spike Jonze Film.”
Adams previously starred in David O. Russell’s “The Fighter,” opposite Mark
Wahlberg and Christian Bale. The role garnered Adams Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA nominations, as well as her third Academy Award nomination in five years. Her previous Academy Award nominated roles include John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt,” opposite Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Phil Morrison’s “Junebug.” Adams is also noted for her performances in box office hits, including “Julie and Julia,” “Enchanted,” and “Sunshine Cleaning.” Behind the camera, Adams has teamed with Maven Pictures’ Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray to produce “Object of Beauty,” which she is also set to star in.

The 2012 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will honor producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner with the “Hollywood Producers Award,” writer/director Judd Apatow with the “Hollywood Comedy Award,” actor John Hawkes with the “Hollywood Breakout Performance Award” for “The Sessions,” and Quvenzhané Wallis with the “New Hollywood Award” for “Beasts of the Southern Wild.” Other honorees include cinematographer Wally Pfister and visual effects supervisors Jane Sirrs and Jeff White. In addition, director Peter Ramsey’s “Rise of the Guardians” will be honored with the “Hollywood Animation Award,” along with additional honorees to be announced in the coming weeks.
The Hollywood Film Awards Gala honors cherished stars, filmmakers and up-and-coming talent, and traditionally kicks off the film awards season with the biggest stars and top industry executives in attendance.
“We are very proud to be the first stop of the awards season. In the last nine years, a total of 85 Oscar® nominations and 32 Oscars® were given to the honorees of the Hollywood Film [...]

“West Memphis Three” survivor will get “Lord of the Rings” holiday

HollywoodNews.com: The West Memphis Three got a thunderous and rapturous standing ovation last night at the New York Film Festival premiere of “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.” It was quite an evening for them, with celebrities like singer Paul Simon, and actress-activist-producer Trudie Styler there to support them. Earlier in the day, Damien Echols said at HBO’s press conference that his biggest adjustment to life outside prison after 17 years was walking. “I’m used to walking in chains,” he said. “I fell down a lot the first few days.”
Now Echols, who’s left Arkansas for good, heads to New Zealand with his girlfriend for two months. They will be hosted by “Lord of the Rings” director Peter Jackson, who took an interest in the case and helped fund the defense along with rock stars Eddie Vedder, Natalie Maines, and actor Johnny Depp among others.
Jackson’s involvement has been a double edged sword. While his generosity made a lot of the legal wrangling possible, he’s also caused some problems for “Paradise Lost” filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky. Jackson has been funding a documentary by Amy Berg, who came into the West Memphis Three saga after the first two “Paradise Lost” films were made and heaped with awards. Since Berg arrived in Arkansas, sources say, she’s done a lot to undercut the “Paradise Lost,” which will undoubtedly be up for an Oscar. It also premieres on HBO in January.
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Kristen Wiig rumored to be in last season on SNL

HollywoodNews.com: Kristen Wiig–who’s become a hot commodity with “Bridesmaids” this year–has wrapped her latest film in time for the new season “Saturday Night Live.” It may also be her last season, I’m told by a source.
Wiig, along with Jason Sudeikis, has enough of a film career to graduate at the end of this season. “Imogene,” a movie I announced her exclusively last spring, costars Annette Bening. Matt Dillon and Darren Criss. “Imogene” is produced by Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray‘s Maven Pictures with some new partners 10th Hole Entertainment joining Anonymous Content’s Alix Madigan, Gambit Productions, and Ambush Entertainment. Kristen, by the way, also has a co-starring role in Jennifer Westfeldt’s excellent comedy “Friends with Kids,” to be released by Lions Gate.
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Sting is celebrating his 60th birthday with a concert

HollywoodNews.com: Sting is celebrating his 60th birthday in a big way–and not just with a gorgeous box set of his solo music due on September 27th. Coinciding with his 25th anniversary as a solo artist, the menschy activist singer is putting on all star concert at the Beacon Theater on October 1st. The show proceeds will go straight to the Robin Hood Foundation, too.
Guests include Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Herbie Hancock, Mary J. Blige, Chris Botti and the ubiquitous Lady Gaga. All of Sting’s longtime players will be featured, too, including the great Dominic Miller. Tickets are not being sold to the public, but a limited number are being made available to fan club members through sting.com.
Meantime, not to be outdone, Trudie Styler aka Mrs. Sting is appearing all this week at Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival in “A Dish of Tea with Doctor Johnson.” Then the play–for which Styler and cast have won raves–returns for a three week run in London’s West End. Bravo! Oh yes, she’s also producing the currently filming “Imogene” with Kristen Wiig. This column reported on that film first back in mid June, by the way.
PS If you haven’t read Sting’s 2003 memoir, “Broken Music,” I highly recommend it. Beautifully done, an absorbing read about the musician’s childhood in Newcastle and his life leading up to the forming of the Police. I can’t wait for the next volume!
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Sting does 19th century performance for charity

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: Sting is a major rock star and Trudie Styler, his wife, is a political activist and movie producer with an acting background. So you don’t expect them to go all 19th century, but that’s what they did last night at Jazz at Lincoln Center. In the Allen Room, for a charity called the Culture Project and Music Unites, they performed their own version of an 1837 “Love Letters.”
With a background of the sun setting over Fifth Avenue almost on cue, Sting and Trudie performed their two hander, “Twin Spirits,” that’s based on the letters back and forth between composer Robert Schumann and his decade-younger pianist wife Clara Wieck. This time they had help from actor David Straithairn, who narrated, and Joshua Bell on violin, and singers Nathan Gunn and Camille Zamora.
The audience consisted of no less than Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Denise Rich, actor Richard Kind, screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher, movie producer Bonnie Timmerman, and classical pianist Steven Masi, and loads of well heeled patrons who donated to a fund that keeps music education in schools. They got their money’s worth, too: the piece, conceived by John Caird, is a keeper. It’s also well-tailored for the couple.
Sting has done plenty of acting in movies, plays and videos. So no one is taken aback by his excellent reading of the slightly huffy Schumann. (They share the trait of being prolific, and blend a bit.) Not so well known is that Styler began her career at the Royal Shakespeare Company with Caird in 1981.
As Clara, she is luminous and captivating. I think a lot of people are genuinely surprised. But as she and Sting reprise this performance for various charities, Styler gets better and better. Last night, with the sun melting and disappearing behind her, Styler–more beautiful and better dressed than Clara Schumann could have hoped for–captured lightning in a bottle.
Later, some patrons repaired to the couple’s Central Park West duplex aerie, where a hot jazz combo played some re-made pop songs. When they launched into The Police’s “Walking on the Moon.” Sting said, “I know that song,” and sang along. Fletcher talked about his new movie, which Timmerman will produce. Book publisher Roger Cooper, of Vanguard Press, was excited about coaxing Styler into writing a book. Denise Rich said she did not have money with Ken Starr, after all. (We’ll see.) A nice, young, wealthy couple from Los Angeles told [...]

David James Elliott Turns Eco Activist After ‘Avatar’-Like Trip

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
hollywoodnews.com: David James Elliott took his wife, son and daughter to the jungles of Ecuador this spring on the invitation of Amazon Watch — and has come back a changed man.
“I’m going out there again, longer this time, because I want to become more
active with the cause of getting clean water into tribal areas. These giant
corporations go in with their mega-projects and toss their crap into the water.
It’s terrible, shameful. With this going on, and what’s happening with the BP
catastrophe in the Gulf — the day of reckoning seems to have arrived. It’s here. Do it now or we’re done. Hopefully, we’re not too late.”
He’s been talking to Trudie Styler, aka the wife of rock star Sting and
co-founder of their Rainforest Foundation organization, about next steps.
The Elliotts spent two weeks in the rain forest, staying with members of a
warrior culture known as the Achuar, who are looking for help as they struggle to fend off the despoiling of their land. “Taking my family there was a calculated risk,” he admits. “We didn’t know as much as we should. There are definitely things there that can kill you.”
However, “It was the trip of a lifetime.” From seeing exotic birds and
monkeys to watching his son playing with tribal children, hiking through the
jungle with the Achuar to sampling native delicacies including smoked rat and fermented saliva, “It was ‘Avatar,’ really,” he acknowledges.
Elliott has the Hallmark Channel original movie “Dad’s Home” coming up
Saturday (6/19) in conjunction with Father’s Day. His character — a widowed advertising executive who finds he is sorely lacking in domestic skills when he’s downsized into stay-at-home status — couldn’t be much different from Elliott himself. The actor says he enjoyed playing a part with a light comedic touch, and was drawn to “Dad’s Home” because “my friend Bradford May was the director. He directed 50 episodes of ‘JAG,’ so it was just a gas to be with him again. Every day was fun.”
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David James Elliott comes back from Ecuador a changed man

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: David James Elliott took his wife, son and daughter to the jungles of Ecuador this spring on the invitation of Amazon Watch — and has come back a changed man.
“I’m going out there again, longer this time, because I want to become more
active with the cause of getting clean water into tribal areas. These giant
corporations go in with their mega-projects and toss their crap into the water.
It’s terrible, shameful. With this going on, and what’s happening with the BP
catastrophe in the Gulf — the day of reckoning seems to have arrived. It’s here. Do it now or we’re done. Hopefully, we’re not too late.”
He’s been talking to Trudie Styler, aka the wife of rock star Sting and
co-founder of their Rainforest Foundation organization, about next steps.
The Elliotts spent two weeks in the rain forest, staying with members of a
warrior culture known as the Achuar, who are looking for help as they struggle to fend off the despoiling of their land. “Taking my family there was a calculated risk,” he admits. “We didn’t know as much as we should. There are definitely things there that can kill you.”
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Mary J. Blige doing double time for charities

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: Mary J. Blige is one of the coolest performers out there. To prove it, she’s doing double time for charities over the next week.
This Thursday, Mary J. will join Sting, Elton John, Lady GaGa, and Shirley Bassey at the annual concert for the Rainforest Foundation at Carnegie Hall. Trudie Styler puts together this amazing show every other year, and has been for 21 years. Mary J, of course, has sung with Sting before, so there may be a duet on that program.
But then Mary J will o-”blige” AmFAR and be the special guest in Cannes next Thursday, May 20th at the Cinema Against AIDS gala at the Hotel duCap. Mary J finishes her shows with her anthem, “I See Colors.” The folks at the duCap have never heard anything so crazy. Be ready to be dazzled! Alan Cumming is the night’s emcee, and stars could run the gamut from Sean Penn to Mick Jagger to Naomi Watts.
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