April 23, 2014

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Julia Roberts of “August: Osage County” to receive “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award”

Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive producer of the 17th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, announced today that Academy Awards – winning Julia Roberts of The Weinstein Company’s “August: Osage County” will be honored with the Hollywood Supporting Actress Award. The honor will be bestowed at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony on Monday evening, October 21st, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“It is a privilege to honor Julia Roberts for her brilliant and passionate performance in ‘August: Osage County.’ Julia continues to shine as one of Hollywood’s most gifted actresses,” said de Abreu.
The Hollywood Film Awards 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. Prior Hollywood Supporting Actress Award honorees include, Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Helena Bonham Carter, Jennifer Connelly, Julianne Moore, Carey Mulligan, and Susan Sarandon among others.
Last year’s awards show received more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
ABOUT “AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY”
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name made its Broadway debut in December 2007 after premiering at Chicago’s legendary Steppenwolf Theatre earlier that year. It continued with a successful international run and was the winner of five Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Play. AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is directed by John Wells (THE COMPANY MEN) and features an all-star cast, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, Abigail Breslin, Benedict Cumberbatch, Juliette Lewis, Margo Martindale, Dermot Mulroney, Sam Shepard and Misty Upham.
ABOUT DICK CLARK PRODUCTIONS
Founded in 1957, dic k clark productions, Inc. (DCP) is a leading independent producer of television programming. DCP produces perennial hits such as the “American Music Awards,” “Golden Globe Awards,” “Academy of Country Music Awards,” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” DCP also produces popular weekly television programming, including “So You Think You Can Dance,” and owns and maintains one of the world’s most unique and extensive entertainment libraries, which includes more than 30 years of “American Bandstand” footage. For additional information, visit www.dickclark.com.
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Christopher Plummer is a mischievous delight as the great John Barrymore

Hot on the heels of Plummer’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar™ for Beginners last year, the octogenarian star of stage and screen delivers his most affecting performance yet. Barrymore was released theatrically by BY Experience and Image Entertainment in New York and Los Angeles in November of 2012.
The Los Angeles Times then enthused, “Christopher Plummer is a mischievous delight as the great John Barrymore, intent on a stage comeback.” Barrymore was also recently nominated for two PRISM Awards including Performance in a Feature Film.
The screen version of the William Luce play by the same name, Barrymore had its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. It was adapted by writer-director Érik Canuel from the 1996 Broadway production for which Plummer won a Tony™ Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in 1997. Plummer, 82, has long had a fascination with the title character, and it shows. The Village Voice exclaimed, “Christopher Plummer re-creates his Tony-winning performance as the charming louse in his booze-addled final days. Blessed with a script that is witty, insightful to the workings of the narcissistic Hollywood psyche, and often wonderfully bitchy, the film is also a wistful look at faded dreams and opportunities lost due to both the vagaries of the business and self-sabotage.”
Of Plummer’s performance, noted critic Rex Reed proclaimed, “It’s the role—and the performance– of a lifetime, and he plays every color, nuance, mood shift and variety of vocal power and body language in his enormous range. The artistry leaves you with your mouth wide open.” Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter exclaims, “Christopher Plummer could be back in Oscar contention this fall for his portrayal of legendary actor John Barrymore.” And the New York Times’ Manohla Dargis succinctly sums it up with, “The performance is the thing.”
Image Entertainment is proud to announce the upcoming release of Christopher Plummer’s critically heralded cinematic portrayal of Barrymore, available on Blu-rayTM at $39.98, DVD at $29.98, and Digital Download on May 7th.
Special features on the Blu-rayTM and DVD include a behind-the-scenes documentary, Backstage With Barrymore, featuring Helen Mirren, Julie Andrews and Zoe Caldwell.
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Hosts Named for Oscars Red-Carpet Show

Emmy® and Tony® award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth, Entertainment Weekly Managing Editor Jess Cagle and “Good Morning America” anchor Lara Spencer today announced they will be hosting the official Oscar® pre-show, ”The Oscars Red Carpet Live.”
The show is executive produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of the Oscar telecast, and produced by Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare for Don Mischer Productions.
The announcement was made via a series of tweets that included the news that “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts will be making a special appearance, http://oscar.go.com/blogs/oscar-news/oscar-pre-show-hosts-revealed
“The Oscars Red Carpet Live” will take place on Oscar Sunday, February 24, in front of the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and be televised live on the ABC Television Network beginning at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The red carpet show will also be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide. For more information go to Oscar.com or download the official Oscars app.

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Production Designer Mimi Gramatky elected President of the 2,000-member Art Directors Guild

Production Designer Mimi Gramatky has been elected President of the 2,000-member Art Directors Guild (ADG/IATSE, Local 800), for a three-year term, succeeding Thomas A. Walsh, it was announced today. Also elected for three-year terms are Art Director Jim Wallis as Vice President; Production Designer Cate Bangs as Treasurer; and Art Director Judy Cosgrove as Secretary. Scott Roth continues as ADG’s Executive Director.
Gramatky’s skills reach beyond Production Design into interior and landscape architecture, theatre design, visual FX and animation, documentary filmmaking, and teaching. She has been a member of the ADG Board of Directors and a past member of its Council. Gramatky is a former member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and San Francisco State University. She has been married for 27 years to Composer/Arranger/Orchestrator Geoff Stradling.
About the Art Directors Guild:
The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents nearly 2,000 members who work throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers, Art Directors, and Assistant Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Illustrators and Matte Artists; and Set Designers and Model Makers. Established in 1937, ADG’s ongoing activities include a Film Society; an annual Awards Banquet, a creative/technology community (5D | The Future of Immersive Design) and Membership Directory; a bimonthly craft magazine (Perspective); and extensive technology-training programs, creative workshops and craft and art exhibitions. The Guild’s Online Directory/Website Resource is at www.adg.org. Follow ADG on Twitter: @ADG800

Dustin Hoffman Dishes on His Directorial Debut Quartet

Dustin Hoffman, one of the most celebrated actors of our time, opens up in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine about stepping out of his comfort zone for his directorial debut Quartet, redefining retirement in Hollywood and how his latest film drove him to ponder how far he’s come and how little he’s changed.
The Academy Award® winner is also being recognized for his Breakthrough Achievement in directing by AARP The Magazine with a 2012 Movies for Grownups® award.

The following are excerpts from the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine cover story, available in homes today and online NOW at www.aarp.org/magazine.
On his directorial film debut, Quartet:
“An honest answer: I directed a play on Broadway. I blamed my own demons for waiting 35 years to do it again. Why did I fight it? Because it’s a thrilling opportunity to be the one who holds the paintbrush.”
“As we were working on the film, I asked Billy Connolly [one of its stars], ‘What’s the movie about?’ And he said, ‘Don’t die until you’re dead.’ I thought that nailed it.”
On what drew him to Quartet:
“It’s an affirmative movie but still reality. There’s this cloud of mortality hovering over the characters and blinding them.”
On using real musicians ages 70-plus in Quartet:
“Brilliant artists—and no one had rung their phone for 30 or more years. They showed up at 6 every morning and worked sometimes 14 hours a day without a whimper, with such dedication and joy. It infected all of us.”
On retiring:
“I think ‘retirement’ goes hand in hand with people who make a living by having a ‘job.’ I don’t think we—the .00001 percent of the population who are so fortunate to love passionately what we do—consider it a ‘job.’”
On his ideal age and growing older:
“I wouldn’t trade now for anything.”
“What we all want is to continually grow and expand. I’ve discovered that as the body becomes more limited, the soul expands.”
On the differences between men and women:
“I think men are the weaker of the genders and live a more limited life than women. For whatever reasons, men run from intimacy. If you run from intimacy, you’re running from what life can give you.”
On mortality:
“My wife says I’ve been worrying about it since we started going out. But at a certain point your icons change. There’s Manoel de Oliveira, who’s still directing at 104. And I recently read about a 94-year-old guy who had just [...]

Art Directors Guild Awards Announce Presenters

An impressive array of presenters have signed on to present at the 17th annual Art Directors Guild Excellence in Production Design Awards Presented by BMW, set for Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, it was announced by John Shaffner, ADG chairman, and Awards Producers Greg Grande and Raf Lydon.
Set to present are Joelle Carter (Justified, High Fidelity); Jonathan Frakes (Star Trek: The Next Generation, film and television director); Walton Goggins (Justified, Django Unchained, Lincoln); Dennis Haysbert (Allstate® commercial, 24, Wreck-It Ralph); Georgia King (The New Normal, Little Dorrit); John C. McGinley (Scrubs, Burn Notice); Jane Seymour (To Live and Let Die, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman); Julie White (Lincoln, Transformers); and Alfre Woodard (True Blood, Memphis Beat). More presenters’ names will be announced. Paula Poundstone is set to host for the fourth year in a row.
Nine ADG awards for Excellence in Production Design in categories of theatrical motion pictures, television, commercials and music videos, will be presented, along with a Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by BMW to Production Designer Herman Zimmerman. The Cinematic Imagery Award will be presented to the production designers behind the James Bond film franchise. In addition, three legendary Production Designers will be inducted into the ADG Hall of Fame: Preston Ames, Richard MacDonald, and Edward S. Stephenson.
Sponsors for the 17th annual ADG Awards include: Exclusive Title and Lifetime Achievement sponsor BMW. The Platinum sponsors are EON Productions & Danjaq LLC and The Walt Disney Studios. The Gold sponsors are Fox Searchlight, Fox Studios Production Services, and Universal Studios Operations. Silver sponsors are Astek Inc./On Air Design, The Golden Oak Ranch, FX, HBO, IATSE Local 33, ICM, J.C. Backings Corporation, Montana Artists Agency, Inc., Paramount Pictures, UTA, Warner Bros. Studio Facilities, and WME. Media sponsors are The Hollywood Reporter, Daily Variety, and Shoot. Tarin Wilson of plan A events is the event planner for this year’s ADG Awards.
ADG Awards are open only to productions, when made within the U.S., by producers signatory to the IATSE agreement. Foreign entries are acceptable without restrictions.
About the Art Directors Guild:
The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents nearly 2,000 members who work throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers, Art Directors, and Assistant Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Illustrators and Matte Artists; and Set Designers and Model Makers. Established in 1937, ADG’s ongoing [...]

Scarlett Johansson headed to Broadway in ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’

HollywoodNews.com: Scarlett Johansson is apparently heading back to Broadway soon as she will reportedly be in the revival of Tennessee Williams’ ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.’
Johansson will reportedly take part in the show that will start performances in January 2013, states UsMagazine.com. The actress will reportedly star as Maggie opposite ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’ star Benjamin Walker who will play Brick Pollitt.
Johansson has previously been on Broadway in Arthur Miller’s ‘A View From a Bridge.’
‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof’ is expected to open on January 17th.
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Jonah Hill has allegedly split with Dustin Hoffman’s daughter

HollywoodNews.com: Jonah Hill is back on the market as it is reported that he has split with Ali Hoffman, Dustin Hoffman’s daughter.
It is reported that the two have decided to end their romance after about nine months of dating, states UsMagazine.com. Hill was reportedly connected to Dustin’s family before he started dating Ali.
Hill and Ali allegedly went to school together where Dustin discovered Hill as his children attended there. Dustin reportedly helped Hill get his movie career going.
Who do you think Jonah Hill should date?
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The sound and music of The Dark Knight Rises

HollywoodNews.com: Visionary Director Christopher Nolan returns for the final chapter of the Batman saga. In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection video we profile the sound and music team including Composer Hans Zimmer and Supervising Sound Editor and Sound Designer Richard King.

To hear more go to soundworkscollection.com
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“Gangster Squad” starring Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, and Josh Brolin to be released January 2013

HollywoodNews.com: In the wake of the Aurora, Colorado tragedy, Warner Brothers has decided to move Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad starring Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, and Josh Brolin to January 2013.
The film, which tells the story of the LAPD trying to keep the East Coast mafia out of Los Angeles during the 40s and 50s, has been reported to have scenes of a shooting inside a movie theater. Some pundits have speculated if the move is truly based on the tragedy or was it a sign of the lack of faith in the project.
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