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Bradley Cooper, of “Silver Lining Playbook,” to receive the “Hollywood Actor Award”

HollywoodNews.com: The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Times, is pleased to announce that actor Bradley Cooper will be given the “Hollywood Actor Award,” at this year’s awards gala.
“We are honored to present the “Hollywood Actor Award” to Bradley Cooper for his outstanding performance in “Silver Lining Playbook,” said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Awards.

The 2012 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will honor Academy Award-nominated writer/director Quentin Tarantino with the “Hollywood Screenwriter Award,” Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman with the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award” for “Argo, director David O. Russell with the “Hollywood Director Award”; Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro with the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award”; Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard with the “Hollywood Actress Award”; three-time Academy Award-nominated actress Amy Adams with the “Hollywood Supporting Actress Award”; 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, editor Dylan Tichenor, production designer Sarah Greenwood, and visual effects supervisor 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 Ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on October 22, 2012. The event honors cherished stars 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 Awards,” said de Abreu.
Last year’s awards show reached a total TV audience of more than 41 million media impressions, in addition to more than 300 million online and print readers’ impressions.
Aside from celebrating accomplishments on screen, the Hollywood Film Awards established the “Hollywood Gives Back” program to expand and continue highlighting and assisting important local and national charities to raise funds. Over the years, the Hollywood Film Awards has contributed to such charities as the following: The Art […]

Marion Cotillard to Receive the “Hollywood Actress Award” at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala Ceremony

HollywoodNews.com: The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, presented by the “Los Angeles Times,” announce that Academy Award winning actress Marion Cotillard will receive the “Hollywood Actress Award” for her distinguished performance in Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone,” a Sony Pictures Classics release, at the Hollywood Film Awards Gala ceremony on October 22.
“We are honored that Ms. Cotillard will be the recipient of this year’s ‘Hollywood Actress Award.’ It is a privilege to honor her great talent, as well as her outstanding performance in “Rust and Bone,” said awards founder and executive director, Carlos de Abreu.
Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard is internationally renowned for her unbridled commitment to her art, challenging herself with each new role.
This November, Cotillard will be seen starring in Jacques Audiard’s “Rust and Bone,” alongside Matthias Schoenaerts, Bouli Lanners and Céline Sallette. The film was co-written by Jacques Audiard and Thomas Bidegain and adapted from the acclaimed book of short stories by Craig Davidson. The film will be released by Sony Pictures Classics on November 23, 2012, in New York and on December 7, 2012, in Los Angeles.
Cotillard recently wrapped production on director and co-writer James Gray’s “Untitled James Gray Project,” starring opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner. The film focuses on ‘Ewa Cybulska,’ (Cotillard) and her sister, ‘Magda,’ who sail to Ellis Island in the early twentieth century, only to be separated when Magda falls ill. With nowhere to go, ‘Ewa’ quickly falls prey to ‘Bruno’ (Phoenix), a charming but wicked man who forces her to perform in his nightly burlesque show. There she encounters the dazzling ‘Orlando the Magician’ (Renner), who sweeps her off her feet and may be her only chance to reunite with her sister and escape the nightmare. Additionally, she also completed production on Guillaume Canet’s “Blood Ties” opposite Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Mila Kunis, and Zoe Saldana. Set in 1970s Brooklyn, the film explores organized crime and the relationship between two brothers on either side of the law who face off against each other.
In 2008, Cotillard became the second French actress to ever win an Oscar®, and the first to win an acting award for a performance in the French language. The worldwide critical acclaim came for her riveting portrayal of legendary French chanteuse, Edith Piaf, in the film “La Vie En Rose.”
Cotillard’s credits include the successful French “Taxi” film series, written by Luc Besson, Yann Samuell’s “Love Me If […]

David O. Russell, Whoopi Goldberg among Tribeca Film Fest jurors

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: David O. Russell, Nora Ephron, Rainn Wilson, Paul Dano, Anna Kendrick, Michael Cera, Whoopi Goldberg and Dianne Wiest are some of the celebrity names added to the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Jury, announced today.
The jurors have been divided among the six competitive Festival categories and will announce the winning films, filmmakers and actors in those categories at the TFF Awards Night ceremony on April 28.
The 2011 Festival runs from April 20 – May 1.
“This year’s jury is made up of a range of accomplished individuals in their respective fields, bringing a fresh and well-rounded perspective,” said Jane Rosenthal, Co-Founder of the Tribeca Film Festival. “It’s an honor to have a jury of such caliber watching and discussing the films in competition this year.”
Following is a list of all 2011 Festival jurors and their respective categories.
World Competition Categories:

The jurors for the 2011 World Narrative Competition are:
• Souleymane Cissé: Noted Malian director; films include the 1995 Cannes Palme d’Or nominee Waati, 1987 Cannes Jury Prize Winner Brightness and Tell Me Who You Are.
• Scott Glenn: Actor; films include The Right Stuff, The Silence of the Lambs, The Virgin Suicides, Freedom Writers, The Bourne Ultimatum, W., Secretariat, Sucker Punch and TFF 2011 selection Magic Valley.
• David Gordon Green: Independent Spirit Award nominated director/producer; films include George Washington, All the Real Girls, Great World of Sound, Pineapple Express, the recently released Your Highness and the upcoming film The Sitter.
• Rula Jebreal: Journalist, author, screenwriter and actress: books include The Bride From Assuan, Rejected and Miral, which was adapted into a film of the same name.
• Art Linson: Gotham award winning producer; films include Singles, Fight Club, Lords of Dogtown, Into the Wild, What Just Happened and The Runaways.
• Jason Sudeikis: Actor. Best known for roles in Going the Distance, Hall Pass and 2011 TFF selection A Good Old Fashioned Orgy. Also a cast member on television’s Saturday Night Live.
• Dianne Wiest: Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG award winning actress; films include Hannah and Her Sisters, Edward Scissorhands, Bullets Over Broadway, Synecdoche, New York and the upcoming The Odd Life of Timothy Green.
The jurors for the 2011 World Documentary Competition are:
• Amir Bar-Lev: Documentary filmmaker and producer; films include Fighter, My Kid Could Paint That, The Tillman Story and the upcoming Garcia.
• Michael Cera: BAFTA and SAG Award nominated actor; films include Superbad, Juno, Youth In Revolt, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Currently filming The Untitled Mark […]

Neil Patrick Harris’ summer film on trailer

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Neil Patrick Harris may be best known for his television roles on ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and ‘Doogie Howser M.D.’ but he’s also made plenty of movies from ‘Clara’s Heart’ opposite Whoopi Goldberg to his hilarious turns in the ‘Harold and Kumar’ flicks. He also got terrific reviews for the otherwise panned ‘Beastly’ earlier this year.
But this summer, NPH will have his biggest film role in years as a lead in the comedy ‘The Best and the Brightest.’
He plays a dad looking to get his daughter into a prestigious kindergarten in New York City. In order to impress school admissions officials, he pretends he’s a poet and ends up becoming the toast of the town.
To read more from this article and to see the trailer go to Greg In Hollywood.
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‘Mad Men’s’ John Slattery speaks out for marriage equality

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: We already know that actor John Slattery, Emmy nominated for his performance on AMC’s acclaimed ‘Mad Men’ series, is a Silver Fox.
What’s really great to see is that he’s a Silver Fox who is not only in favor of same-sex marriage, he’s willing to speak up about it and has made the video below for the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign.
In the video he says, “Unfortunately equal rights don’t happen on their own – we need to fight for them.”
Slattery joins other famous New Yorkers including Whoopi Goldberg, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, Joan Rivers, Robert Kennedy Jr., former First Daughter Barbra Bush, Fran Drescher, Julianne Moore and others.
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GLAAD honoring Ricky Martin and Kristin Chenoweth

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: If you forget about the year when Jennifer Aniston was inexplicably honored, the GLAAD Media Awards usually get it right when it comes time to celebrating the LGBT community and its allies.
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) today announced it will honor Grammy Award-winning singer Ricky Martin and Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth at the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards.
Martin will receive the Vito Russo Award at the New York award ceremony on Saturday, March, 19 at the Marriott Marquis Times Square. Chenoweth will receive the Vanguard Award at the Los Angeles event on Sunday, April 10, 2011 at the Westin Bonaventure.
GLAAD also announced that Andy Cohen, Bravo’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming and host of ‘Watch What Happens: Live’ will host the New York event. Additional honorees and special guests will be announced soon.
Nominees for the 22nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards were announced last month and are available here. The awards recognize and honor media for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives.
Martin will receive the Vito Russo Award, which is named after one of GLAAD’s founders, and is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for our community.
Previous Vito Russo Award honorees include Cynthia Nixon, Suze Orman, Rosie O’Donnell, Alan Cumming, Nathan Lane, Elton John, Liz Smith, k.d. lang, David LaChapelle, Brian Graden, and Tom Ford.
“Ricky coming out was a game changer for many gay and transgender Latino children, who for too long, did not have many out gay people to look up to,” said GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios. “Through his music, videos and interviews, Ricky has sent an important message that our community wants the same things all people do: an equal chance to raise our families and take care of our loved ones.”
Chenoweth will receive the Vanguard Award which is presented to media professionals who have increased the visibility and understanding of the LGBT community.
In May 2010, Chenoweth responded to a controversial ‘Newsweek’ article which incorrectly asserted that gay actors ‘cannot play straight roles.’ She defended gay actors including Sean Hayes, her co-star in ‘Promises, Promises,’ and called on ‘Newsweek’ to “embrace stories which promote acceptance, love and unity.”
Chenoweth has demonstrated her devotion to LGBT equality by participating in the National Equality […]

‘For Colored Girls’ from the world’s only (?) white, Jewish Tyler Perry fan.

By Scott Mendelson
hollywoodnews.com: For the record, I have not seen the original play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. This is my first exposure to this material and should be treated as such. Anyway, as a film, For Colored Girls represents only a token departure for Mr. Perry. The film is basically the classic Perry melodrama. Again we are treated to African-American women who have been beaten down by life, but like most Perry stories, these tales have little to do with race and only a token amount to do with class. But this one is stripped down to its bare essentials. There is no real comic relief of any kind. There are no religious overtones and reassuring gospel music. There are no knights in shining armor to save the proverbial day. In fact, there isn’t really much of a narrative beyond the establishment of each woman’s respective crisis and whether or not there is any resolution at the end. It is a tone poem, and thus works best as a piece of performance art.
Perry’s neat trick is to turn the film into a quasi-musical, with the monologues from the show serving as ‘musical numbers’. Each actress gets one or two of these little monologues, and it’s a clever way to insert the overly obtuse original text into a conventional piece of narrative fiction. Yes, the film kinda stops in its tracks whenever someone starts into their respective poem, but it indeed feels like a conventional film musical, where a character stops in their tracks to sing about their feelings. This allows the rest of the film to generally avoid over-the-top melodrama and hysterics. Yes, there are moments of emotional grandstanding and spirited arguments, but they are relatively rare and always life-size. There’s a great scene in the otherwise mediocre Why Did I Get Married Too when Tyler Perry and his wife (Sharon Leal) have an argument involving fidelity that never rises above a whisper. Perry seems to have taken that moment to heart, as many of the more openly emotional moments are delivered as low-key as possible. Of course, this makes the third-act moments of full-bodied emotion that much more potent. Even a second-act scene of shattering violence is staged more for tension and suspense than emotional manipulation.
If it needs to be said, all of the actresses are relatively superb. Janet Jackson is […]

This Week In Movies – “Megamind,” “Due Date,” “For Colored Girls”

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: For the third time this year Dreamworks Animation has scored strongly at the boxoffice in their continuing challenge to Disney and Pixar to top the ‘toon parade. “Megamind,” a really funny twist on the superhero genre featuring the voices of Will Farrell, Tina Fey , Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill scored an estimated $47.7 million to lead all comers, following in the footsteps of DWA’s early 2010 hits, “How To Train Your Dragon” and “Shrek Forever After” which between them have earned over 1.2 billion dollars worldwide. One of the distinguishing secrets to the success of the Dreamworks formula, if there is one has been in the voice casting of their animated movies. Using comedians in key roles has provided those stars with film vehicles for some of their best work. It’s a conversation I had with DWA chief Jeffrey Katzenberg recently in which we both said it’s interesting that stars like Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld. Robin Williams, Mike Myers, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jack Black, Jim Carrey, Steve Carell and others have had some of their biggest box office and critical success going the ‘toon route. I told him I thought Will Farrell’s work as the inept villain-turned-hero, “Megamind” was the best thing I have ever seen him do in movies to date and Katzenberg agreed there is something about the animation process that frees these great comedy talents to really let loose and deliver. I caught up with Katzenberg at DWA’s DVD release party for “How To Train Your Dragon” where he also mentioned that the company is now beginning work on a sequel and has a sequel to “Kung Fu Panda” coming in 2011. A sequel to “Megamind” would also seem to be a no-brainer if it continues to perform at the boxoffice this holiday season and its A- Cinemascore rating bodes well for that happening even with intense upcoming competition from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1” and Disney’s Thanksgiving ‘toon release, “Tangled.”

Sunday morning I also got the opportunity to moderate a Q&A at the DGA with Zack Snyder, the director of another of the Fall’s animated entries, “Legends Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’hoole,” a stirring beautifully made 3D adventure based on a series of well-known children’s books. Snyder who made his first foray into animation with the picture […]

Tyler Perry’s ‘For Colored Girls’ gets first official trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Though it just recently crossed our radar, Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” seems to be coming together at a rapid clip.
First, there was the rumor that Lionsgate might movie Perry’s adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s 1975 stage play from 2011 to the thick of the Oscar race … a rumor that was later confirmed when the studio claimed a Nov. 5 release sate. Shortly after that, the studio released posters from the film, showcasing Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg and the rest of Perry’s cast. And now, we have a full-length trailer for “For Colored Girls,” giving us our first view of Perry’s ensemble drama.
Here’s an official synopsis of the film:
“For Colored Girls” brings to the screen Ntozake Shange’s Obie Award-winning play, a poetic exploration of what is to be of color and a female in this world. It stars Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Michael Ealy, Kimberly Elise, Omari Hardwick, Thandie Newton, and more.
Watch the trailer below:

“For Colored Girls” opens Nov. 5.
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Labor Day glance at celebrities’ pre-fame jobs

By Emily-Fortune Feimster
HollywoodNews.com: They may be making the big bucks now — but it wasn’t that long ago that these super stars were at the bottom of the barrel.
P. Diddy, one of the most well-known money makers of his time, started his career working for free. That’s right! He was an intern for the now-defunct Uptown Records and did everything from washing cars to fetching coffee. This bad boy worked his way up to being a dancer in Father MC’s video “Treat Them Like They Want to be Treated” while attending the prestigious Howard University, majoring in Business. He now owns his own record label and is worth over $300 million. Guess working for free really pays off!
The Material Girl Madonna worked at a Dunkin Donuts in New York City’s Times Square before becoming an international pop icon. Donuts anyone? Having a whopping IQ of 140, Madonna also won a scholarship to the University of Michigan for excellent grades and studied modern dance and drama for 3 semesters.
Singer Elvis Costello was another closet smarty pants and wears his trademark glasses because in a former incarnation he strained his eyes working as a computer programmer.
But no lowly beginner is as surprising as Tom Cruise, who at the age of 14 attended a Franciscan seminary for one year while thinking of becoming a priest. Katie Holmes must be glad that didn’t work out. In high school, he also had a brief stint as a paper boy for the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Funny lady Ellen DeGeneres had a variety of jobs as a house painter, an oyster shucker in New Orleans, a vacuum cleaner saleswoman, and a paralegal.
Whoopi Goldberg also worked hard for the money. Before her stardom, she applied makeup to corpses in a funeral parlor, and worked as a bricklayer and a bank teller.
Suave secret agent 007 Sean Connery can relate — having earned a living polishing coffins. Kind of creepy!
Danny DeVito preferred to work with the living and was a qualified hairdresser (or stylist as they like to say). He was trained at the Wilfred Academy of Hair and Beauty in NYC before snagging a role in “Taxi.”
Mariah Carey tried her hand at beauty school but didn’t make the cut and dropped out after only one day on the job. She claims to have held several waitressing jobs and […]

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