DGA Announces Nominees for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2013


Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay today announced the five nominees for the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2013.

“To be chosen by your peers in a year full of incredibly well-crafted films is the true marker of outstanding directorial achievement,” said Barclay.  “The passion and vision of each of the nominees resulted in tremendously diverse films that kept audiences mesmerized.  Congratulations to each of the nominees on a job very well done.”

The winner will be named at the 66th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

The nominees are (in alphabetical order):

Gravity (Warner Bros. Pictures)

Mr. Cuarón’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: David Siegel (Arizona Unit)
First Assistant Directors: Josh Robertson, Stephen Hagen (Arizona Unit)
Second Assistant Director: Ben Howard
This is Mr. Cuarón’s first DGA Feature Film Award nomination.

Captain Phillips (Columbia Pictures)

Mr. Greengrass’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Todd Lewis, Gregory Goodman
First Assistant Director: Chris Carreras
Second Assistant Directors: Nick Shuttleworth, Mark S. Constance
This is Mr. Greengrass’s first DGA Award nomination.

12 Years A Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Mr. McQueen’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Manager: Anthony Katagas
First Assistant Director: Doug Torres
Second Assistant Director: James Roque Jr.
Second Second Assistant Director: Sherman Shelton Jr.
Additional Second Assistant Director: Nathan Parker
This is Mr. McQueen’s first DGA Award nomination.

American Hustle (Columbia Pictures)

Mr. Russell’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Shea Kammer, Mark Kamine
First Assistant Director: Michele ‘Shelley’ Ziegler
Second Assistant Director: Xanthus Valan
Second Second Assistant Director: Jason Fesel
Location Managers: David Velasco, Guy Efrat (New York Unit)
This is Mr. Russell’s second DGA Award nomination. He was previously nominated in this category for The Fighter in 2010.

The Wolf of Wall Street (Paramount Pictures)

Mr. Scorsese’s Directorial Team:

  • Unit Production Manager: Richard Baratta
  • First Assistant Director: Adam Somner
  • Second Assistant Director: Francisco Oritz
  • Second Second Assistant Director: Jeremy Marks
  • Additional Second Assistant Director: Scott Koche
  • Location Manager: Nils Widboom

This is Mr. Scorsese’s eleventh DGA Award nomination.  He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film in 2006 for The Departed, and has also been nominated in that category for Taxi Driver (1976), Raging Bull (1980), Goodfellas (1990), The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York(2002), The Aviator (2004) and Hugo (2011). Mr. Scorsese also won the DGA Award in 2010 for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Television for Boardwalk Empire and he was nominated for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary for George Harrison: Living in the Material World in 2011.  In 1999, Mr. Scorsese was presented with the Filmmaker Award at the inaugural DGA Honors Gala, and he was honored with the DGA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

The winner in the Feature Film category will be announced at the 66th Annual DGA Awards dinner and ceremony on Saturday evening, January 25, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.  The DGA Awards will be hosted by actor Jane Lynch.

DGA nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television and Commercials will be announced on January 9, 2014.  DGA nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentaries will be announced on January 13, 2014.  BMW is the Exclusive Automotive Sponsor of the 66th Annual DGA Awards.

And the Golden Globe® goes to… Ernst & Young LLP marks more than 40 years making sure everything adds up for the Golden Globe Awards

Ballots are triple checked for integrity of results, winners only known to 3 people prior to telecast

As the 2014 awards season gets started in Hollywood, Ernst & Young LLP will once again be front and center to tabulate the results for the ceremony that many feel predicts the movies, TV shows and performers who will dominate all upcoming awards. This year will mark the 41st year that Ernst & Young LLP will tabulate and safeguard the results of the Golden Globe Awards® and oversee the entire process for the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Some additional facts about the Golden Globe Awards(®) voting, balloting and tabulation process:

Building a better working world logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Ernst & Young)

Building a better working world logo. (PRNewsFoto/Ernst & Young)

 —  Only three senior EY professionals know the winners in advance of the telecast.
—  The firm oversees the entire voting process, beginning with the nomination ballots.
—  Results are triple-checked to eliminate any margin of error.
—  Winners’ envelopes are assembled by the firm and are maintained exclusively under its control until they are handed directly to each celebrity presenter moments before they appear onstage.
—  The firm is also responsible for qualifying voting members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, confirming that their credentials are current and meet the standards set forth by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The 71st annual Golden Globe Awards® will be telecast live on NBC Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host this year’s ceremony.

Ernst & Young LLP has a very long and successful relationship with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Golden Globe Awards®,” says Andy Sale, Ernst & Young LLP partner responsible for the Golden Globe Awards(®) engagement. “Understanding the impact of the awards, we take every measure possible to ensure the integrity of both the process and the final results.”

The landscape of the entertainment industry, as well as the media business as a whole, is constantly evolving; every day brings new changes that impact how content is produced, distributed and recognized,” says John Nendick, EY Global Media & Entertainment Leader for the organization. “We work closely with clients like the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to help them stay ahead, understand the new challenges and maintain their relevancy in the marketplace.”

H&M And David Beckham Are Back In Action At The Super Bowl With Groundbreaking Campaign

David Beckham Comes to Super Bowl Boulevard to make first US appearance at H&M Times Square store

H&M, Hennes & Mauritz AB (H&M) announces their triumphant return to the Super Bowl with a new David Beckham Bodywear campaign. In anticipation of the cutting-edge commercial, David Beckham will also make his first ever appearance at the new H&M Times Square store.

David Beckham on the set of H&M's new high-octane Super Bowl commercial to launch the Spring collection of David Beckham Bodywear.  (PRNewsFoto/H&M)

David Beckham on the set of H&M’s new high-octane Super Bowl commercial to launch the Spring collection of David Beckham Bodywear. (PRNewsFoto/H&M)

H&M will unveil a 30-second high-octane David Beckham TV spot featuring never-before-seen technology from Delivery Agent that brings a new level of consumer engagement and measurement to Super Bowl advertising. In an industry first, viewers with select Samsung Smart TVs will be able to buy pieces from the new David Beckham Bodywear collection instantly during the Super Bowl through the t-commerce platform.

H&M is the first retailer to launch a fully enabled t-commerce campaign that includes shopping from a commercial, as well as launching an H&M t-commerce boutique in the ShopTV™ marketplace, bringing pieces from the David Beckham Bodywear collection to consumers across the United States. The innovative technology will be demonstrated by both Samsung and Delivery Agent at the International CES show this week in Las Vegas.

We’re thrilled to be back in action at the Super Bowl, showcasing our new campaign,” says Daniel Kulle, President H&M North America. “We’re bringing our A-game, the world’s top style icon and the best quality bodywear to the largest stage in the world.

The cutting edge David Beckham Bodywear commercial will air during the 2nd quarter of the big game. The new collection marks the fifth season for H&M’s David Beckham Bodywear line, with nine styles designed in collaboration with the famed soccer player. The collection has quickly become a staple for men worldwide since its 2012 debut.

In anticipation of the collection launch, H&M will run a grand prize giveaway via Facebook and in-store starting on January 6th. Consumers who log onto H&M’s Facebook page and provide their email address will be entered to win a three night trip to New York City, two tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII and the opportunity to meet David Beckham. For further information, visit http://www.hm.com.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Dallas Blooms

Dallas Arboretum Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Dallas Blooms: “Birds in Paradise” Runs February 22-April 6, 2014

The Dallas Arboretum celebrates the 30th anniversary of Dallas Blooms with the theme "Birds in Paradise" from Feb. 22 to April 6, 2014. The internationally acclaimed garden explodes with color as more than 500,000 spring-blossoming bulbs burst, and the beloved peacock topiaries return to spread their colorful petal tails in the Jonsson Color Garden.  (PRNewsFoto/Dallas Arboretum)

The Dallas Arboretum celebrates the 30th anniversary of Dallas Blooms with the theme “Birds in Paradise” from Feb. 22 to April 6, 2014. The internationally acclaimed garden explodes with color as more than 500,000 spring-blossoming bulbs burst, and the beloved peacock topiaries return to spread their colorful petal tails in the Jonsson Color Garden. (PRNewsFoto/Dallas Arboretum)

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens major floral festival Dallas Blooms –explodes with color as more than 500,000 spring-blossoming bulbs burst, and the beloved peacock topiaries return to spread their colorful petal tails in the Jonsson Color Garden–with the theme “Birds in Paradise.” supported by ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Park Place Dealerships and Celebrity Cruises. Dallas Blooms begins onFebruary 22, 2014, and runs through April 6, 2014.

Dallas Blooms features tulips, daffodils, Dutch Iris and hyacinths, pansies, violas, poppies and thousands of other spring-Printblooming annuals and perennials.  The finale of this spring celebration is the mass flowering of the garden’s collection of 3,000 azaleas that bloom through the end of April.

As part of Dallas Blooms, the Dallas Arboretum also launches its Bird House Exhibit, life-size playhouses designed by local architects to complement this year’s theme, Birds in Paradise. This creative exhibit is located in the Lakeside Exhibit Area. Children can play in these bird houses, while learning about bird predators, bird adaptations, how they find they prey, how they camouflage themselves and survive, how they migrate, how they create nests, lay eggs and more.

Throughout the festival and beyond, there are multiple events to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Dallas Blooms as well as the following anticipated events:

Mommy and Me Mondays & Tiny Tot Tuesdays: February 24-April 6
Seated Tea: February 24-April 4
Hanami: Cherry Blossom Viewing: Sunday, March 16: 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Good Friday Children’s Concert & Activities: Friday, April 18, 2014: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Artscape: Saturday, April 26 & Sunday, April 27: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Cool Thursdays Concerts: April 10 – July 3: Gates open at 6:00 p.m.

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12 and free for Arboretum members and children two and under.  There is an additional cost of $3 per person for entrance into the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. On-site parking is $10.  The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum.  The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.  WFAA is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum.

Brian Shivers, Dallas Arboretum board chairman, said, “Dallas Blooms is the Southwest’s largest floral festival with both local residents and out of town visitors who come to enjoy the breath-taking gardens. USA Today has named Dallas Blooms one of the ‘top 10 things that make you say ahh,’ and we invite the community to visit this spring.”

For more information on Dallas Blooms’ 30th anniversary, Artscape and other events, call 214.515.6500 or visit the Arboretum’s website at www.dallasarboretum.org

Dodge to Debuts New Dart Blacktop at 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit

  • With unique wheels, select exterior colors and Gloss Black accents throughout, Dodge brand’s popular Blacktop packages offer customization from the factory, giving vehicles a sporty, sinister look
  • 2014 Dodge Dart SXT Blacktop package offers unique 18-inch Gloss Black wheels, Gloss Black side mirrors and a unique sport interior for a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of just $295
  • Along with the Dart, Dodge also offers Blacktop packages for Charger, Challenger, Avenger, Journey and Grand Caravan
2014 Dodge Dart Blacktop.  (PRNewsFoto/Chrysler Group LLC)

2014 Dodge Dart Blacktop. (PRNewsFoto/Chrysler Group LLC)

The Dodge brand is expanding its lineup of Blacktop packages to the 2014 Dodge Dart, building on the success of the Blacktop packages already offered on Charger, Challenger, Avenger, Journey and Grand Caravan. The new 2014 Dodge Dart Blacktop package will debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January.

Built to give customers a sporty, distinct look customized by the factory at a tremendous value, the Dodge Blacktop vehicles add unique Gloss Black wheels, select exterior paint colors, Gloss Black painted split-crosshair grille with Gloss Black matching grille surround, darkened headlamp bezels, as well as some unique Blacktop interior touches.

The 2014 Dodge Dart shows its sinister side with the Dart Blacktop package. The new package complements the freshened 2014 Dart lineup, which features the 2.4-liter MultiAir2 Tigershark engine that produces 184 horsepower and 174 lb.-ft. of torque now standard in the 2014 Dart SXT and Limited models, and featuring a unique calibration on GT models.

The 2014 Dodge Dart Blacktop package is based on the 2014 Dart SXT model with the Rallye Appearance Group. On the

NAIAS Logo. (PRNewsFoto/North American International Auto Show)

NAIAS Logo. (PRNewsFoto/North American International Auto Show)

exterior, the Blacktop package adds as standard equipment Gloss Black mirrors and unique 18-inch Gloss Black aluminum wheels, adding to the features already included on the SXT and Rallye Appearance Group, including Gloss Black mask and split crosshair grille, dark-tinted projector headlamps, projector fog lamps, integrated dual exhaust, LED racetrack tail lamps, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth and much more.

The Dodge Dart Blacktop will be available in Redline Red, Header Orange, Blue Streak, Granite Crystal Metallic, Billet Silver, Pitch Black and Bright White.

The Dart Blacktop also features unique interior details, including Black/Ruby Red premium cloth interior with Ruby Red accent stitching on the instrument panel brow, center console and seat bolsters. dual Ruby Red accent stripes on the front seats. and Ruby Red accents in the door trim panels. A Black/Light Tungsten cloth interior is also available on Dart Blacktop models.

As with all Dodge Dart SXT models, the Blacktop can also be equipped with the Sun and Sound Group, which features a power express open/close sunroof, nine Alpine speakers with subwoofer, 506-watt amplifier, Uconnect 8.4 CD/MP3 radio with 8.4-inch touchscreen radio, iPod control, SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 12-month subscription, ParkView rear backup camera, floating island bezel illuminated instrument panel surround and glove box lamp, Navigation and the Cold Weather Group, which includes heated exterior mirrors, heated front premium cloth seats, tire-pressure monitoring display and remote start (with automatic transmission).

The Blacktops have become a signature of sorts for the Dodge Brand,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO – Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “With the addition of the Blacktop package for the Dodge Dart, we’re adding to our line-up of vehicles that offer the more aggressive look that has become so popular with our customers.”

The 2014 Dodge Dart Blacktop package will start arriving at dealers in the first quarter of 2014. The 2014 Dodge Dart SXT Blacktop package is available at a U.S. MSRP of just $295 on the Dart SXT with Rallye Appearance Group.

Sennheiser expands acclaimed headphone range with the launch of MOMENTUM Ivory at 2104 CES in Las Vegas

At CES 2014 in Las Vegas, the expansion of Sennheiser‘s acclaimed headphone range is gaining pace with the launch of the new MOMENTUM Ivory. Joining the classic Brown and Black editions, the new MOMENTUM family member features ivory-coloured ear cups, richly offset with a tan leather headband and the iconic stainless steel headband slider. The lighter shade adds a new dimension to the pure, clean aesthetics of the MOMENTUM range.

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM is now available in Brown, Black and Ivory.  (PRNewsFoto/Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG)

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM is now available in Brown, Black and Ivory. (PRNewsFoto/Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG)

Crafted from the finest materials, the MOMENTUM Ivory fuses understated design with uncompromising sound performance. An elegant headband slider of brushed stainless steel provides maximum comfort and adjustability; while the headband and the ear cups worked from soft and supple leather of the finest quality ensure ultimate wearing comfort. With the new colour version, Sennheiser reimagines its clean design in a lighter tone.

Beneath its luxurious exterior, the MOMENTUM Ivory embodies a refusal to compromise on sound quality. Audio specialist Sennheiser has taken technologies from its high-end headphone range to ensure a natural, authentic and richly detailed sound. The MOMENTUM Ivory includes a single-sided detachable cable with convenient in-line remote and microphone for Apple iDevices, for easy control of music playback and to make and receive calls on the go.

The MOMENTUM family of headphones is going from strength to strength with the launch of this new edition of the MOMENTUM and the seven colours now available in the compact MOMENTUM On-Ear range,” said Magdalene Tan, Product Manager at Sennheiser Consumer Electronics. “We have sought to achieve something new in the world of headphones by combining uncompromising sound quality with the finest materials, and a distinct, pure design. We’ve reimagined the concept of a contemporary, urban style with a classic, timeless feel.” A unique, uncompromising approach that has proved successful with both critics and discerning music lovers alike.

The MOMENTUM Ivory will be available through selected Sennheiser sales partners from January 2014.

LifeProof Announces fre with Realtree Camo for iPhone 5 & iPhone 5s at CES 2014

Award-winning waterproof case now with top-selling camo patterns

LifeProof(®), the award-winning maker of waterproof solutions for handheld technology, is taking smartphone protection to the next level at CES 2014 with the addition of Realtree(®) camouflage patterns to its arsenal of fre(®) for iPhone(®) 5 and iPhone 5s cases.

Based in San Diego, LifeProof designs, manufactures and markets cases for smartphones and tablets that deliver protection, style and functionality. LifeProof is built on the idea of giving everyone the complete freedom and confidence to use their mobile devices in any environment. Designed to defend against water, dirt, snow, shock and the hazards of daily life, LifeProof lets consumers use their mobile device everyday, everywhere, for everything — without worry.

LifeProof fre with Realtree camo offers a built-in screen protector composed of a thin, transparent film that helps to seal out water, snow, dirt and dust. The fre is designed to complement all features and functions of the device including speakers, volume controls, touch screen and cameras and is Touch ID(TM) compatible. The headphone jack and charge port are protected from the elements while not in use. The waterproof iPhone camo case meets military standards for shock and impact protection with an IP68 rating for liquid and dust protection.

LifeProof will offer the fre for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s with Realtree camo in AP(TM) Pink, Max-5(TM), Xtra® and Xtra Green patterns. These top outdoor styles will be on display at the LifeProof booth, No. 4427, in the Las Vegas Convention Center North Hall during CES 2014.

LifeProof is excited to expand the Realtree collection to our iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s customers,” said LifeProof CEO Brian Thomas. “Combined with the waterproof capabilities of the fre line, Realtree camo patterns will create the ultimate protective companion for outdoor enthusiasts who fish, hunt, hike or just want to remain undetectable in the wild.”

The LifeProof Total Water Protection Program is available as an option when purchasing a LifeProof fre case for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s with Realtree camouflage at www.lifeproof.com. This optional program offers repair or replacement should the registered user’s device sustain water damage while properly installed in a LifeProof case. For full terms and conditions, visit www.lifeproof.com.

Realtree is the world’s leading camouflage designer, marketer, and licensor with over 1,500 licensees utilizing the Realtree camouflage brand. Thousands of outdoor and lifestyle products are available in Realtree camouflage patterns. In addition, Realtree is committed to supporting individuals and groups that work to ensure our outdoor heritage, the conservation of natural places and the wildlife that resides there. Realtree is one of the nation’s leading contributors to conservation groups such as Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and others. They promote their products and relationships widely on television, as well as through their website and many other outlets.

These waterproof iPhone camo cases are available for iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s for $89.99 at www.lifeproof.com and select retailers.