April 21, 2014

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Attack on Woody Allen by a Blogger

Someone at the New York Times has come to her senses. Margaret Sullivan, the paper’s Public Editor, has responded to a complaint from a reader who writes about ethics. Sullivan says she’s “troubled” by questions raised by Chris Rasmussen, an associate professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She actually refers him and others to Robert Weide’s excellent piece in The Daily Beast on Woody and the entire twenty year scandal.

Rasmussen wrote: “I write to ask about the propriety of publishing largely one-sided columns assailing a lone individual..I wonder whether [columnists] should use that platform to advocate on behalf of personal friends, as Mr. Kristof did yesterday. If Dylan Farrow wishes to publish an open letter about her allegations, there are ample forums in this internet age. Should The Times and Mr. Kristof lend their credibility to her argument against Woody Allen?”
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Academy to celebrate Oscars in New York

The iconic landmark restaurant Daniel will be rolling out the red carpet for New York-based members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, entertainment industry executives, and several hometown luminaries to celebrate the 85th Oscars with an exclusive viewing party, the only East Coast event officially hosted by the Academy. This year’s show is of special significance to New Yorkers, as its producers are the Gotham-based motion picture, television and theater producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have executive produced such acclaimed feature films as “Chicago” and “Hairspray,” as well as the current NBC musical series “Smash.”
World-renowned chef Daniel Boulud is preparing a special menu of cocktails and canapés with a nod to this year’s nominated films, to be served along with his seasonally inspired, award-winning contemporary French cuisine. Now celebrating its 20th year, Daniel is one of the very few restaurants to have received the New York Times four-star rating as well as three Michelin stars. Chef Boulud, who hails from Lyon, France, is considered one of America’s leading culinary authorities and one of the most revered chefs in New York City, which he has called home since 1982.
“Oscar® Sunday is a day to celebrate the best in film with family and friends,” notes Patrick Harrison, the Academy’s New York program director. “We are thrilled that Daniel Boulud has opened his doors to welcome Academy members and the New York film community on the occasion of the Oscars.”
“New York has been my home for over 30 years, and to be able to host the esteemed Academy’s official East Coast event is a huge honor,” said Boulud. “I hope this fete will mark the beginning of a long-running tradition.”
Three 7.5-foot versions of the 13.5-inch, 8.5-pound Oscar statuette, one of world’s most recognized symbols, will greet the New York partygoers as they enter the restaurant on Oscar Night. These golden sentinels are identical to the larger-than-life Oscars that will greet the ceremony’s attendees on the Hollywood red carpet. Numerous large screens will ensure that guests don’t miss a moment of the show’s excitement.
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. The Oscar presentation will be televised live on the ABC Television Network and in more than 225 [...]

Hollywood Film Awards: MatchingDonors.com Kicks Off Their Second Annual “Everybody Can Save A Life!” Contest

HollywoodNews.com: Everybody can save a life! Thanks again to another very generous donation from the Mr. Carlos De Abreu –the founder of The Hollywood Film Awards®, MatchingDonors.com is asking the public to help raise awareness about being a living organ donor on MatchingDonors.com through their second annual Everybody Can Save A Life Video Contest! Mr. Carlos De Abreu – and the Hollywood Film Awards® efforts have saved many lives of individuals needing lifesaving organ transplants.
This contest will also get the entrants videos before Hollywood’s Top decision makers, producers, and studio executives, and winners will receive cash prizes as well as the opportunity to work with these top people in Hollywood as Assistant Producers on a television show or movie, or even Assistant Produce an iPhone social game with the creator of Xbox Live. See more information and how to take part in the contest at ZOOPPA.COM
Since winning last year’s contest Rob Micai has been doing production work for many of MatchingDonors.com video judges – see list of judges below. His award winning video has also been the basis of this year’s MatchingDonors.com’s multimillion dollar advertising campaign currently being seen throughout the country on ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, all A&E Networks including- Lifetime, History, Bio, H2, LMN, Crime and Investigation Network, Lifetime Real Women, Military History, and many more networks.
Thanks again to another very generous donation from the Hollywood Film Awards®, the First Place winner will also be given two tickets and be invited to attend the Hollywood Film Awards® Gala where they can socialize with Hollywood’s biggest stars. See more at www.hollywoodfilmawards.com.
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“Blade Runner” Screenwriter Hampton Fancher in Talks to Pen Sequel Idea for Director Ridley Scott

HollywoodNews.com: Hampton Fancher is in talks to reunite with his “Blade Runner” director Ridley Scott to develop the idea for the original screenplay for the Alcon Entertainment, Scott Free, and Bud Yorkin produced follow up to the ground-breaking 1982 science fiction classic, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.
The filmmakers are also revealing for the first time that the much-anticipated project is intended to be a sequel to the renowned original. The filmmakers would reveal only that the new story will take place some years after the first film concluded.
The three-time Oscar-nominated Scott and his “Blade Runner” collaborator Fancher originally conceived of their 1982 classic as the first in a series of films incorporating the themes and characters featured in Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep”, from which “Blade Runner” was adapted. Circumstances, however, took Scott into other directions and the project never advanced.
Fancher, although a writer of fiction, was known primarily as an actor at the time Scott enlisted him to adapt the Dick novel for the screen. Fancher followed his ?Blade Runner? success with the screenplays, ?The Mighty Quinn? (1989) and “The Minus Man” (1999). He has continued to write fiction throughout his career.
Scott also will produce with Alcon co-founders and co-Chief Executive Officers Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove as well as Bud Yorkin and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin. Frank Giustra and Tim Gamble, CEO’s of Thunderbird Films, will serve as executive producers.
The original film, which has been singled out as the greatest science-fiction film of all time by a majority of genre publications, was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1993 and is frequently taught in university courses. In 2007, it was named the 2nd most visually influential film of all time by the Visual Effects Society.
State Kosove and Johnson: “It is a perfect opportunity to reunite Ridley with Hampton on this new project, one in fact inspired by their own personal collaboration, a classic of cinema if there ever was one.”
Released by Warner Bros. almost 30 years ago, “Blade Runner” was adapted by Fancher and David Peoples from Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking novel “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” and directed by Scott following [...]

Broadway Season Ends With a Muddle of Shows

HollywoodNews.com: It’s over. The big race from March 1st — when the spring season begins– to April 26th, cut off date for eligibility for the Tony Awards. It ended tonight with a thud. I saw “Leap of Faith”–it’s as bad as the 1992 movie, maybe worse. I skipped “Don’t Dress for Dinner” and “Ghost: The Musical.” The other reviews were bad enough. I really liked “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” and thought the New York Times was unusually harsh and wrong. It’s delightful, and Matthew Broderick is very good in it. As for “Leap of Faith”: they brought in the talented Warren Leight (“Sideman”) to fix a broken script. He did everything he could. He used the paddles, yelled “Clear!” and tried to revive a dead body.
But the show is inert. The songs are mostly torture. The concept is still a very pale rip off of “The Music Man.” Boy, if you saw the most recent production of that show, with Craig Bierko, or watched the classic film with Robert Preston, you’d wonder why anyone would try to make this musical. Taylor Hackford left as director seemingly years ago. He could smell the turkey while it was basting. And while the performers are all fine, it doesn’t matter. “Leap of Faith” will close very, very quickly.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield in “Death of a Salesman”

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: The greatest American play? Quite possibly Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” set in 1949 and revived last night on Broadway in a production that is outstanding. Mike Nichols directed and reinvented Miller’s classic, with Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman, Andrew Garfield (the new movie Spider Man) as Biff, Linda Emonds as Willy’s wife Linda, and Finn Wittrock as Happy. This is a historic production, quite possibly the best ever (and there have been many great ones starring Dustin Hoffman, Brian Dennehy, Lee J. Cobb, George C. Scott). Thursday night’s star studded opening was the second time I’ve seen this production, and it’s only gotten more devastating, deep, emotional, and overwhelming. Philip Seymour Hoffman is our generation’s Jason Robards. He is perfection as Willy Loman in all aspects–from Willy’s wrestling with his past (the father and brother who left him) to his denial about more current events, and his increasing mental in capacities. PSH has an Oscar for “Capote” but this is his Tony Award. He cannot be missed.
The whole cast is spot on. Considering it’s a play about fathers and sons, I was particularly moved by Andrew Garfield’s father’s reaction to seeing his son as the angry ne’er do well, Biff. At the party following the opening night at Bryant Park Grill, Mr. Garfield and Andrew just kept hugging and crying. The cast is extremely worn out emotionally after each performance. Even last night Mike Nichols, who’s sat through every preview to give “notes,” told me he was overwhelmed. Arthur Miller’s famous actress sister, Joan Copeland, t0ld me it was the best production she’d seen since the original. Martin Short told me that Tom Hanks had seen it a few days ago and declared it “the best thing he’s ever seen, period.” Columbia Pictures’ Amy Pascal came to congratulate her upcoming Spider Man.
Scott Rudin produced this extravaganza, and it made for quite a glittering night. In the audience were Nichols and Diane Sawyer, Paul Simon, Barbara Walters (who came with David Geffen), Julianna Margulies, Julianne Moore and Bart Freundlich, Catherine Keener, Amy Ryan, Spike Lee, Anjelica Huston, Meryl Streep and Don Gummer, and Garfield’s actress gf Emma Stone, Julia Roberts, plus “Saturday Night Live” star Bill Hader, who said he almost fainted when Nichols complimented his “SNL” work. It was kind of funny at one point seeing Streep, Gummer, Nichols, Sawyer and Huston all dining [...]

Call For Entries: 16th Annual Hollywood Film Festival ® and Hollywood Film Awards ®

HollywoodNews.com: In the Spotlight this week is the HOLLYWOOD FILM FESTIVAL (http://www.hollywoodfilmfestival.com), celebrating its 16th season and acknowledged as one of Hollywood’s most exciting and anticipated film events. Hailed by “Daily Variety” as “the ultimate networking opportunity,” and “the first mandatory stop in the awards season” by “The New York Times,” Hollywood Film Festival presents filmmakers with a unique opportunity to showcase and network with the industry’s top executives and brightest stars.
In the last 9 years, Hollywood Film Festival has seen a total of 85 Oscar nominations and 32 Oscars given to films showcased at HFF and/or to the honorees of the Hollywood Film Awards, HFF’s companion event. Previous years have seen Festival finalists get distribution from HBO, Miramax, IFC, 7th Art Releasing, Indican, and Starz, among others.
Based in the heart of the film industry, HFF makes it easy for attending filmmakers to connect with agents, producers, distributors, and other top industry decision makers. The Festival receives coverage, both on and offline, by media outlets from around the world in cable and network television, online, and print. HFF also provides all exhibiting filmmakers with VIP Passes, granting access to premieres and screenings at the Festival, as well as the prestigious and star-studded Hollywood Awards Gala.
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MARCH 31, 2012
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MISSION AND OBJECTIVE
HFF’s mission is to bridge the gap between established Hollywood and the global creative community.
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HFF success stories include director Craig Brewer (HUSTLE AND FLOW, BLACK SNAKE MOAN), who was discovered by the Festival with the World Premiere of his first film, POOR AND HUNGRY; director Robert DeFranco, who sold TELLING YOU to Miramax; and director Zoe Clarke Williams, who secured a directing job for an MGM film as a result of her participation at HFF. In addition, HFF award-winning documentarian Janine Hosking sold her documentary MY KHMER HEART to HBO while Diane Estelle Vicari had her film, SUGIHARA: CONSPIRACY OF KINDNESS, picked up by 7th Art Releasing.
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And The New York Times Film Favorites are…

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com:Here’s a way to end the year or start a new one on a strange note. The New York Times film critics have announced their desired Oscar choices–and snubbed “The Artist,” Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” and “Moneyball.” Instead, Tony Scott picked “Bridesmaids,” a gross out movie that has no place at the Academy Awards, and the confounding, incoherent “Tree of Life.” (Talk about the Emperor’s New Clothes.) Among Stephen Holden’s choices are the middling and ultimately not very effective “Margin Call,” and Jason Reitman’s off putting “Young Adult.” Manohla Dargis, of course, has the strangest choices, going for sleep inducements. “Poetry”? “Mysteries of Lisbon”? A Chinese movie about a woman with Alzheimers, and the Portugese version of “Babel.” Those wacky Times reviewers! I say ignore them, and get to “The Artist” ASAP, wherever you are.
A.O. Scott
Bridesmaids
The Descendants
The Tree of Life
War Horse
Warrior
Manohla Dargis
A Dangerous Method
Hugo
Melancholia
Mysteries of Lisbon
Poetry
Stephen Holden
A Dangerous Method
The Descendants
Margin Call
The Tree of Life
Young Adult
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood kick off TimesTalks in L.A. with “J. Edgar” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Some big names running in this year’s Oscar race (and others hoping to tag into the marathon) are participating in TimesTalks, an event sponsored by The New York Times that will take place at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The series begins this Friday, Nov. 4, in the facility’s Bing Theater, where “J. Edgar” director Clint Eastwood, screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and cast members Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer and Naomi Watts will participate in a Q-and-A following a screening of the anticipated biopic.
The following day, Viola Davis will participate in a TimesTalks event to discuss her roles in “The Help” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of the best-selling novel. Davis’ conversation will be followed up by what’s sure to be a rousing talk with John C. Reilly and Christoph Waltz about their roles in Roman Polanski’s “Carnage.” Reilly’s also expected to elaborate on his role in Lynne Ramsay’s fantastic “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”
The TimesTalks series will run through 2012, with additional events being announced in the coming months. For tickets, $25, visit http://lacma.org or contact the box office at 323-857-6010/ boxoffice@lacma.org.
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“The Rosie Show” gets a kind review from NY Times

HollywoodNews.com: The New York Times review of The Rosie Show describes Rosie O’Donnell’s new television effort as “colorful and spontaneous: the funny cousin who shows up for a family ceremony late and lets suitcases of clothes, shoes and presents spill out all across the living room floor.”
The review also states: It’s not perfect television, it’s amusing television, and a reminder of why so many other OWN programs, beautifully shot and expertly produced, seem so dull.
Among the “dull” shows is the show that follows Rosie’s each weeknight, Oprah’s Life Class which is hosted by OWN owner Oprah Winfrey!
First week moments cited in the article are celebrity interviews that are relaxed and often quite intimate. such as when Rosie and guest Wanda Sykes [pictured with Gloria Estefan] discovered that as little girls, they both fantasized about having children, not with a husband, but as single mothers. “I guess that’s what little lesbians tell themselves,” Rosie said.
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