TOM CRUISE, ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER and HUGH JACKMAN RECEIVE HONORARY AWARDS AT THE 19th ANNUAL JAMESON EMPIRE AWARDS IN LONDON, ENGLAND

OTHER AWARD WINNERS INCLUDE: EMMA THOMPSON; JAMES MCAVOY; MARGOT ROBBIE; SIMON PEGG; SALLY HAWKINS; MICHAEL FASSBENDER

The best films and filmmakers of the past year, as voted for by the cinema-going public, were honored at the 19th Jameson Empire Awards. Film fans from the UK and around the world selected their cinema highlights for the awards, which honour blockbusters, independent filmmaking and home-grown British films and were once again held at Grosvenor House, a JW

Jameson Empire Awards logo

Jameson Empire Awards logo

Marriott Hotel, in Park Lane in the heart of London’s Mayfair District.

To celebrate 25 years of the magazine, Empire bestowed two special Lifetime awards on star guests Tom Cruise and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Current Empire cover-star Cruise was presented with Empire’s Legend of Our Lifetime award by Rosamund Pike. Acknowledging his stellar career to date, the magazine highlighted his outstanding work on Top Gun, Mission Impossible, Jerry Maguire and Interview with the Vampire. The Action Hero of Our Lifetime award was bestowed to action legend Arnold Schwarzenegger who was honored for his performances in a host of action movies including True Lies, The Terminator series and Total Recall.

Two other special awards were presented by Empire to Hugh Jackman and Simon Pegg. Jackman attended the ceremony to receive the Empire Icon award presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey while Simon Pegg collected the Empire Hero award. Pegg joins a list of previous winners that includes Daniel Radcliffe, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Jude Law.

Pegg’s recent film The World’s End scooped Best British Film in what was to be an outstanding evening for British filmmaking talent. James McAvoy and Emma Thompson took the Jameson Best Actor and Best Actress presented by Max Factor awards and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa was awarded Best Comedy presented by Magic 105.4. In addition, Oscar® and BAFTA-nominee Sally Hawkins received the award for Best Supporting Actress for Blue Jasmine. Joining Hawkins in the new supporting actor categories – introduced this year to acknowledge the extensive breadth actors shortlisted by readers – was Michael Fassbender who won the Best Supporting Actor presented by The National Lottery award for his role in 12 Years a Slave.

Tom Cruise attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 30, 2014 in London, England.

Tom Cruise attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 30, 2014 in London, England.

 

Arnold attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 30, 2014 in London, England.

Arnold  Schwarzennegger attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 30, 2014 in London, England.

Actors new to our screens were honoured in the Newcomer categories with Margot Robbie collecting the award for Best Female Newcomer presented by Max Factor for her exceptional performance in The Wolf of Wall Street while Aidan Turner collected Best Male Newcomer presented by Tresor Paris for his role in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Peter Jackson’s epic sequel also took a second award for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film presented by MediCinema.


Another film scooping multiple awards was Gravity for which director Alfonso Cuarón triumphed in the Best Director category and which received the prestigious Best Film accolade, presented by Sky Movies.

As previously announced, British director Paul Greengrass also received the Empire Inspiration Award, presented by Mazda Motors UK, for his work on the Bourne trilogy and recent commercial and critical success Captain Phillips.

The Jameson Empire Awards continue to recognise the diverse tastes of cinema-goers, with awards dedicated to popular genres including Best Horror which went to The Conjuring, and Best Thriller presented by Quaglino’s awarded to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

Emma Thompson attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 30, 2014 in London, England.

Emma Thompson attends the Jameson Empire Awards 2014 at the Grosvenor House Hotel on March 30, 2014 in London, England.

The five budding filmmakers in the running to win the Jameson Empire Done in 60 Seconds Amateur Short Film Competition also attended the event. To be in with a chance of winning, filmmakers were required to submit a 60 second remake of their favourite film. Spanning Oscar winners, to Indies, and romance to thrillers, the wide array of entries becomes more impressive every year. The five finalists and their entries are; Leigh Lahav from Israel (Gravity), Michael Hall from the UK (Gravity in 2D), Ramil Karipov from Russia (Paranormal Activity: Bad Realtor), David Smith from the UK (There Will Be Blood) and Joao Carrilho from Portugal (Vertigo). A panel made up of Directors, Ben Wheatley and Jon S. Baird, and fellow film buffs, Edith Bowman, Alex Zane and Empire Magazine’s Editor, Mark Dinning, chose the five finalists. Continue reading

Unilever Project Sunlight Rolls Out The Yellow Carpet At The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Actress and Mother Sarah Michelle Gellar Joins Unilever Project Sunlight and Its Mission to Create a Brighter Future for Children

Inspired by the power of film to motivate change, Unilever Project Sunlight partnered with the Film Independent Spirit Awards this weekend to cast a spotlight on those in the industry who are helping to create a brighter future – and inspire others to do the same. While awards season arrival shows typically dedicate red-carpet banter to quips and couture, Unilever Project Sunlight and Film Independent rolled out the “yellow carpet” to hear stories about social good, sustainable living and those who are making a difference to create a brighter future.

Launched in 2013, Unilever Project Sunlight embodies the consumer product company’s global mission – the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan – that encourages people to take small steps that together make a big difference towards building a brighter future for children. Project Sunlight aims to build momentum behind a growing community of people who believe it is possible to build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably, without compromising the needs of future generations. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan at http://www.unileverusa.com/sustainable-living/ orhttp://www.unilever.ca/sustainable-living/. Continue reading

WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2014 FILM INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards and the Los Angeles Film Festival, handed out top honors to 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska at this afternoon’s 29th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Blue Jasmine, Fruitvale Station, Blue is the Warmest Color, Short Term 12, This is Martin Bonner and 20 Feet from Stardom also received awards at the ceremony, which was held in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica. SA_14_logo_FINAL

With writer, actor and comedian Patton Oswalt hosting, highlights include the first ever award delivered via Wild Rabbit’s state-of-the-art drone. Mid-show Patton also received multiple motivational messages via Skype from Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, Weird Al Yankovic and… his parents. Also showcased during the ceremony, the Indie-izer, Patton’s newly developed app that turns any Hollywood big budget film into an indie film.

The Spirit Awards were the first event to exclusively honor independent film, and over the past 29 years, has become the premier awards show for the independent film community, celebrating films made by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. Artists who have received industry recognition first at the Spirit Awards include Joel & Ethan Coen, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Ashley Judd, Robert Rodriguez, David O. Russell, Edward Burns, Aaron Eckhart, Neil LaBute, Darren Aronofsky, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman, Hilary Swank, Marc Forster, Scarlett Johansson, Todd Field, Christopher Nolan, Zach Braff, Amy Adams and many more.

This year’s major category winners were 12 Years a Slave, which won Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Female and Best Cinematography and Dallas Buyers Club, which won Best Supporting Male and Best Male Lead; Fruitvale Station which won Best First Feature and Nebraska, which won Best First Screenplay; Blue Jasmine, which won Best Female Lead, Short Term 12 which won Best Editing; This is Martin Bonner, which won the John Cassavetes Award; Blue is the Warmest Color, which won Best International Film and 20 Feet from Stardom which won Best Documentary.

The 7th annual Robert Altman Award was given to one film’s director, casting director, and ensemble cast. Jeff Nichols’ Mud received this award, along with casting director Francine Maisler and ensemble cast members Joe Don Baker, Jacob Lofland, Matthew McConaughey, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Tye Sheridan, Paul Sparks, Bonnie Sturdivant and Reese Witherspoon.

The 2014 Roger and Chaz Ebert Fellowship which includes a cash grant of $10,000 was awarded to Lulu Wang. This annual award is given to a filmmaker currently participating in Film Independent’s signature diversity mentorship program, Project Involve. Wang wrote and directed her first feature film Posthumous set in Berlin, starring Jack Huston and Brit Marling.

The Bright Future Award, sponsored by Unilever Project Sunlight, honors a filmmaker whose work best exemplifies a commitment to telling stories of positive change in the world. The inaugural Bright Future Award recipient is Patrick Creadon, whose film, If You Build It, exemplifies the power of hands-on education and the impact a few budding creative minds can have on the future of a community. The award includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Unilever Project Sunlight.

On January 11 the following winners were honored at the Spirit Awards Filmmaker Grant and Nominee Brunch at BOA Steakhouse in West Hollywood: Toby Halbrooks and James M. Johnston received the Piaget Producers Award. The award honors emerging producers who, despite highly limited resources, demonstrate the creativity, tenacity and vision required to produce quality, independent films. The annual award, in its 17th year, includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Piaget. Finalists were Jacob Jaffke, Andrea Roa and Frederick Thornton.

Jason Osder, director of Let the Fire Burn, received the Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award. The award is presented to an emerging director of non-fiction features who has not received significant recognition. The award is in its 19th year and includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant funded by Stella Artois. Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez for Manakamana and Kalyanee Mam for A River Changes Course were also finalists for the award.

Shaka King, director of Newlyweeds, received the Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award. The award recognizes a talented filmmaker of singular vision who has not yet received appropriate recognition. The award is in its 20th year and includes a $25,000 unrestricted grant. The finalists for the award included Aaron Douglas Johnston for My Sister’s Quinceañera and Madeleine Olnek for The Foxy Merkins.

 Darlene Love, Judith Hill, Merry Clayton and Tata Vega from the documentary 20 Feet from Stardom performed at the show.

Nominees, special award recipients and celebrities who attended included  Shohreh Aghdashloo, Fred Armisen, Katie Aselton, Joe Don Baker, Angela Bassett, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Lake Bell, Maria Bello, Cate Blanchett, Joy Bryant, Merry Clayton, Paul Dano, Rosario Dawson, Majandra Delfino, Julie Delpy, Bruce Dern, Laura Dern, Melonie Diaz, Mark Duplass, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Will Forte, Willie Garson, Greta Gerwig, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jonathan Groff, Bill Hader, Kathryn Hahn, Jon Hamm, Ethan Hawke, Sally Hawkins, Garrett Hedlund, Judith Hill, Gaby Hoffmann, Michael B. Jordan, Alex Karpovsky, Stana Katic, Anna Kendrick, Zoe Kravitz, Brie Larson, Jared Leto, Gong Li, Jacob Lofland, Darlene Love, Diego Luna, Jane Lynch, Marc Maron, Matthew McConaughey, Cristin Milioti, Elisabeth Moss, Lupita Nyong’o, Paula Patton, Sarah Paulson,
Brad Pitt, Aubrey Plaza, Josh Radnor, Keanu Reeves, Jeremy Renner, Krysten Ritter, Elizabeth Rohm, Yolonda Ross, Andy Samberg, Michael Shannon, Michael Sheen, Tye Sheridan, Columbus Short, Paul Sparks, Octavia Spencer, June Squibb, Keith Stanfield, Geoff Stults, Bonnie Sturdivant, Miles Teller, Juno Temple, Tata Vega, M. Emmet Walsh, David Walton, John Waters, Michaela Watkins, Reggie Watts, Josh Welsh, Ming-Na Wen, Forest Whitaker, Reese Witherspoon, Alfre Woodard and Shailene Woodley.

The following is a complete list of the winners:
Best Feature: 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Producers: Dede Gardner, Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Brad Pitt, Bill Pohlad
Best Director: Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Best Screenplay: John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Best First Feature: Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company) Director: Ryan Coogler, Producers: Nina Yang Bongiovi, Forest Whitaker
Best First Screenplay: Bob Nelson, Nebraska (Paramount Pictures)
John Cassavetes Award (For best feature made under $500,000): This is Martin Bonner (Monterey Media inc) Writer/Director: Chad Hartigan, Producer: Cherie Saulter
Best Supporting Female: Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Best Supporting Male: Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)
Best Female Lead: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine (Sony Pictures Classics)
Best Male Lead: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club, (Focus Features)
Robert Altman Award: Mud (Roadside Attractions / Lionsgate) Director: Jeff Nichols, Casting Director: Francine Maisler, Ensemble Cast: Joe Don Baker, Jacob Lofland, Matthew McConaughey, Ray McKinnon, Sarah Paulson, Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Tye Sheridan, Paul Sparks, Bonnie Sturdivant, Reese Witherspoon
Best Cinematography: Sean Bobbitt, 12 Years a Slave (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Best Editing: Nat Sanders, Short Term 12 (Cinedigm)
Best International Film: Blue is the Warmest Color (France- IFC Films)  Director: Abdellatif Kechiche
Best Documentary: 20 Feet From Stardom (Radius-TWC) Director/Producer: Morgan Neville, Producers: Gil Friesen, Caitrin Rogers

The Film Independent Spirit Awards is sponsored by Premier Sponsors Piaget, the Lincoln Motor Company and IFC and by Principal Sponsors Stella Artois and Experian. Unilever Project Sunlight is the Official Sponsor of the Live Arrivals Show streamed exclusively on Yahoo and additional sponsors include Skype, LensCrafters and Kiehl’s Since 1851. Dark Horse is the Official Wine Sponsor, WireImage is the Official Photographer and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent. Water is provided by Fiji Water and spirits by Patrón Tequila. Digital broadcast support is provided by TV Pro Gear. The production team for this year’s Spirit Awards includes executive producer Diana Zahn-Storey, Producers Chris Donovan, Shawn Davis and John Hamilton.

Piaget, Lincoln And IFC To Serve As Premier Sponsors Of The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Principal Sponsors Include Stella Artois and Experian

Premiere broadcast to air exclusively on IFC on Saturday, March 1 at 10:00 pm ET/PT

Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Spirit Awards, the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series and Los Angeles Film Festival, announced its sponsors for the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards, which will be held in a tent at Santa Monica beach on Saturday, March 1, 2014. The Film Independent Spirit Awards is sponsored by Premier Sponsors Piaget, the Lincoln Motor Company and IFC and by Principal Sponsors Stella Artois and Experian. Unilever Project Sunlight is the Official Sponsor of the Live Arrivals Show streamed exclusively on Yahoo and additional sponsors include Skype, LensCrafters and Kiehl’s Since 1851Dark Horse is the Official Wine Sponsor, WireImage is the Official Photographer and PR Newswire is the Official Breaking News Service of Film Independent. Water is provided by Fiji Water and tequila by Patron Tequila. Digital broadcast support is provided by TV Pro Gear. As previously announced, the awards ceremony will premiere later that evening at 10:00 pm ET/PT exclusively on IFC, with writer, actor and comedian Patton Oswalt serving as host of the ceremony.

Now in its 29th year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers who embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience. The winners of the Spirit Awards are voted upon by Film Independent and IFP Members. Awards are given in the following categories: Best Feature, Best First Feature, Best First Screenplay, Best Director, Best Screenplay, John Cassavetes Award (given to the best feature made for a budget under$500,000), Best Male Lead, Best Female Lead, Best Supporting Male, Best Supporting Female, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and the Robert Altman Award, Best International Film, and Best Documentary. The Filmmaker Grants include the Piaget Producers Award, the Stella Artois Truer Than Fiction Award, the Bright Future Awards, sponsored by Unilever Project Sunlight and the Kiehl’s Someone to Watch Award. For more information about the Spirit Awards, please visit SpiritAwards.com.

For the seventh consecutive year, Piaget is proud to be a premier sponsor of the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Once again, the luxury Swiss watchmaker and jeweler will present the Piaget Producers Award in recognition of outstanding creative vision and achievement. Piaget will continue to host its exclusive backstage VIP lounge, where the event’s most celebrated artists retreat to relax amidst a wonderful display of Piaget’s newest high jewelry creations and exceptional timepieces.

For the second year, the Lincoln Motor Company ihas signed on to be the official automotive sponsor of the Spirit Awards and celebrate the finest achievements in filmmaking, inventive storytelling and the independent spirit of individuals marking their own paths. For the people who spend most of their days on film sets or in editing rooms, Lincoln is turning the spotlight behind the scenes to honor those who make quality films possible. Lincolninvites viewers of the Awards to visit the Lincoln Lounge and Gallery to explore the personal stories of the gaffers, cinematographers, assistant directors, and makeup artists who have worked tirelessly to create the independent films being recognized this year. Throughout 2014, Lincoln will build upon its long-standing relationship with film by continuing to support and encourage innovative ideas and projects that echo the brand’s 90-year heritage.

Stella Artois is proud to be the official beer sponsor of the Film Independent Spirit Awards for the fourth year. Stella Artois is a longtime supporter of independent film and film festivals across the country and around the world. This year, Spirit Awards guests, 21 and older, will have the opportunity to enjoy a Stella Artois. StellaArtois is part of a Belgian brewing tradition dating back to 1366. It is the number one Belgian beer in the world and is present in more than 80 countries. Stella Artois is best enjoyed served in its signature Chalice, which, together with the 9-Step Pouring Ritual, provides the best possible drinking experience. Perfectly poured and presented, Stella Artois is crisp, clean and full-flavored. Visit www.stellaartois.com for more information.

Unilever is partnering with the Film Independent Spirit Awards for the first time, as the Arrivals Show sponsor. Its recently-launched Unilever Project Sunlight initiative aims to build momentum behind a growing community of people who believe it is possible to build a world where everyone lives well and lives sustainably, without compromising the needs of future generations. At this year’s awards show, Unilever Project Sunlight will be reporting from the “yellow carpet,” where attendees will share their vision for creating a bright future; the interviews will be live streamed on movies.yahoo.com/spirit-awards/ on March 1 from 11:00am PST/2:00pm EST to 1:30pm PST/4:30pm EST. Unilever Project Sunlight is also creating the first-ever Bright Future Award, recognizing a filmmaker whose work motivates individuals to take action to create a better world. Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care brands with products found in seven out of 10 homes around the world and used by two billion people daily. Visit www.projectsunlight.us for more information about how Unilever, which includes brands like Dove, Suave, Lipton and Hellmann’s, is using its global scale to make a big difference.

Skype is thrilled to be back at the Film Independent Spirit Awards again this year connecting the show to those who can’t make it to the beach! Skype is for doing things together, whenever people are apart. Its text, voice and video function make it simple to share experiences with the people that matter most, wherever they are. Skype can be used on whatever device works best,* including a mobile devices, laptops, tablets and even on select TVs. It’s free to get started and if friends and family are using Skype, users can speak, see and instant message them on Skype at no cost. Skype Credit also allows use of additional features, including the ability to call phones, access WiFi hotspots, make group video calls** and send texts. *Internet connection, compatible device and OS required. For more information see www.skype.com/download. ** Group video calls can be between 3 to 10 people, depending on device and connection speed. At least one person on the call needs to have a Skype Premium account.

LensCrafters, the leading optical retailer in North America, is a proud sponsor of the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Founded in 1983, LensCrafters currently operates over 900 stores in the U.S., Canada andPuerto Rico. LensCrafters offers the best selection of the latest trends in eyewear from leading designer brands as well as incomparable personalized service from on-site doctors of optometry to a lens finishing laboratory. With a mission of helping people look and see their best, LensCrafters ensures you don’t miss a single frame of your favorite film. From the opening scene to the closing credits, trust your eyes to LensCrafters.

Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care products, is proud to support the Spirit Awards by sponsoring the Someone To Watch Grant. The brand is honored to be a part of this event, highlighting the talented filmmakers and actors that work within the community. As a supporter of the Spirit Awards Kiehl’s will host a pop-up experience and photo-booth for attendees to partake in, and Kiehl’s products will also be featured for guests to enjoy.

Dark Horse Wine is proud to be the official wine of the Film Independent Spirit Awards. This new, exceptionally great-tasting, globally sourced wine will be served throughout the Spirit Awards, including on the red carpet, backstage and on tables. Beth Liston, the winemaker for Dark Horse, believes winemaking is a treasure hunt. She marshals the best agricultural resources and winemaking expertise from around the world to deliver the unexpected: bold wines at a winning price. Dark Horse: Be Bold. DarkHorseWine.com/@DarkHorseWine

Yahoo is the official online partner of the 2014 Spirit Awards and the exclusive distributor or the Live Arrivals Show on Saturday, March 1st at 11:00am PST / 2:00pm EST. You can view pre- and post-show coverage of the Spirit Awards at http://movies.yahoo.com/spirit-awards.

And the award for highest quality ultra-premium spirits goes to…The Patrón Spirits Company. Patrón is proud to support the Film Independent Spirit Awards and showcase its portfolio at the event, including bottles of Patrón Silver tequila and Patrón XO Cafe coffee liqueur at each table, as well as a “tasting wall” to sample inventive cocktails, and a bloody maria bar. Simply Perfect in every way, Patrón tequila is an ultra-premium luxury white spirit that’s delicious on the rocks, and mixes flawlessly into most any cocktail. From the highest-quality Weber Blue agave plants grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, to the centuries-old distillation process, to the handcrafted glass bottles, Patrón is produced with unparalleled attention to detail. Brands in the Patrón portfolio include Gran Patrón Burdeos, Gran Patrón Piedra, Gran Patrón Platinum, Patrón Silver, Patrón Reposado, Patrón Anejo, Patrón XO Cafe, Patrón XO Cafe Dark Cocoa, and Patrón Citrónge (extra fine orange liqueur), as well as Pyrat Caribbean rums, and Ultimat ultra-premium vodka.

FIJI® Water, natural artesian water bottled at the source in Viti Levu (Fiji islands), is the No. 1 imported bottled water in the United States. FIJI Water, known for its iconic square bottle, soft mouth feel and unique mineral profile, is the water of choice among discerning consumers and top chefs.  Widely available at fine restaurants and hotels, all major retail channels and through a convenient home/business delivery service, FIJI Water has expanded globally to more than 50 countries. Part of the Roll Global LLC family of companies, FIJI Water supports environmental efforts around the world and in our own backyard through our membership in 1% for the Planet. To discover Earth’s Finest Water, please visit www.fijiwater.com, like us on Facebook, or follow us onTwitter.

On 3 Productions, the leader in customized gifting experiences backstage at the entertainment industry’s most prestigious events, returns to produce the Official Presenter Gift Lounge.

Film Independent is a nonprofit arts organization that champions independent film and supports a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation, and uniqueness of vision. Film Independent helps filmmakers make their movies, builds an audience for their projects, and works to diversify the film industry. Film Independent’s Board of Directors, filmmakers, staff, and constituents, is comprised of an inclusive community of individuals across ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, and sexual orientation. Anyone passionate about film can become a member, whether you are a filmmaker, industry professional, or a film lover. Film Independent produces the Spirit Awards, the annual celebration honoring artist-driven films and recognizing the finest achievements of American independent filmmakers, as well as the Los Angeles Film Festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary of showcasing the best of American and international cinema. Film Independent also produces the Film Independent at LACMA Film Series, a year-round, weekly program that offers unique cinematic experiences for the Los Angeles creative community and the general public.

With over 250 annual screenings and events, Film Independent provides access to a network of like-minded artists who are driving creativity in the film industry. Film Independent’s Artist Development program offers free Labs for selected writers, directors, producers and documentary filmmakers and presents year-round networking opportunities. Project Involve is Film Independent’s signature program dedicated to fostering the careers of talented filmmakers from communities traditionally underrepresented in the film industry. For more information or to become a member, visit FilmIndependent.org.

Rodeo Drive Walk Of Style® Honors Two-Time Academy Award® Winner Catherine Martin

Martin Honored for Contributions to the Worlds of Fashion and Entertainment

The Rodeo Drive Committee and the City of Beverly Hills inducted legendary costume and production designer Catherine Martin into the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style® on February 28, 2014 at the historic Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills.  Cate Blanchett presented Martin with the award followed by a special toast from “The Great Gatsby’s” Tobey Maguire.

Martin was the twenty-first recipient of the coveted award and the first Australian to receive the prestigious prize.  She was also recognized with her signature permanently embedded into the sidewalk of the famous street. The on-going award, inaugurated in 2003, honors style legends for their contributions to the worlds of fashion and entertainment.   Martin joins such honorees as Giorgio Armani, Tom Ford, Gianni and Donatella Versace, photographer Mario Testino, costume designer Edith Head, and editor Diana Vreeland – to name a few.

Ms. Martin’s work for “The Great Gatsby” has been heralded by critics and has garnered two 2014 Academy Award® nominations for Best Costume Design and Production Design. Martin collaborated with Miuccia Prada to design dresses for the big party scenes and researched the archives of Tiffany & Co. and Brooks Brothers to create ultra-luxe jewelry and menswear from the era.

She has also collaborated with many of Hollywood’s brightest stars in her films including Leonardo DiCaprio,Nicole Kidman, Ewan MacGregor, Carey Mulligan, Claire Danes, Hugh Jackman, and Beyonce. Martin previously won Academy Awards® for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction – Set Decoration for “Moulin Rouge” in 2001.

“12 Years A Slave” Bestowed Top Honors At 18th Annual Satellite™ Awards

“Breaking Bad” And “Orange Is The New Black” Win Television Nods

The International Press Academy announces its official winners for the 18th Annual Satellite™ Awards honoring Film, Television, Blu-ray DVDs, and Video Games

The International Press Academy (IPA) today announced the winners for the 18th Annual Satellite™ Awards.  “12 Years a Slave” received Motion Picture and Director honors, while “Dallas Buyers Club‘s” Matthew McConaughey won for Actor in a Motion Picture along with Actor in a Supporting Role winner Jared Leto.  The IPA selected Cate Blanchett as Actress in a Motion Picture, and June Squibb as Actress in a Supporting Role.

The International Press Academy (IPA) is a global association of professional entertainment journalists representing a multitude of print, broadcast, and digital media outlets.  FEDEORA, The Federation of European and Mediterranean Film Critics, joined the IPA in 2011, extending the IPA’s membership of foreign and domestic correspondents, whose markets reach millions worldwide via print, television, radio, and the internet.

Topping the television award winners were “Breaking Bad” and “Orange is the New Black.”  Bryan Cranston won for Best Actor, Drama, and Taylor Schilling received a nod for Best Actress, Comedy or Musical.

In a gala ceremony, the 18th Annual Satellite™ Awards celebrated the distinguished accomplishments of artists in thirty-eight categories, and also paid tribute to its Special Achievement honorees, Mike Medavoy (Mary Pickford Award), Garrett Brown (Tesla Award), Guillermo del Toro (Auteur Award), Gabrielle Tana (Independent Producer of the Year Award), and Ryan Coogler (Honorary Satellite Award).

Other honorees include, “Nebraska,” Motion Picture, Ensemble Award; “Orange is the New Black,” Television, Ensemble Award, Michael B. Jordan, Breakthrough Performance Award, and Sophie Nelisse, Breakthrough Performance Award.

The categories and winners for the 18th Annual Satellite™ Awards are as follows:

INTERNATIONAL PRESS ACADEMY 2013 Winners – 18th ANNUAL SATELLITE™ AWARDS

February 23, 2014

MOTION PICTURES

1. Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama
*Cate Blanchett                           Blue Jasmine   Sony Pictures Classics

2. Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama
*Matthew McConaughey              Dallas Buyers Club  Focus Features

3. Actress in a Supporting Role
*June Squibb                               Nebraska  Paramount

4. Actor in a Supporting Role
*Jared Leto                                  Dallas Buyers Club  Focus Features

5. Motion Picture
*12 Years a Slave                         Fox Searchlight

6. Motion Picture, International Film
*The Broken Circle Breakdown    Belgium

7. Motion Picture, Animated or Mix Media
*The Wind Rises                           Studio Ghibli

8. Motion Picture, Documentary
*Blackfish                                      Magnolia Pictures

9. Director
*Steve McQueen                           12 Years a Slave  Fox Searchlight

10. Screenplay, Original
*David O. Russell, Eric Singer      American Hustle  Sony

11. Screenplay, Adapted
*Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope            Philomena  The Weinstein Company

12. Original Score
*Steven Price                                Gravity  Warner Bros.

13. Original Song
*Young and Beautiful                    The Great Gatsby  Warner Bros.

14. Cinematography
*Bruno Delbonnel                         Inside Llewyn Davis  CBS Films

15. Visual Effects
*Tim Webber, David Shirk, Chris Lawrence, and           Gravity  Warner Bros.
Neil Corbould

16. Film Editing
*Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers, and Alan Baumgarten    American Hustle  Sony

17. Sound (Editing and Mixing)
*Glenn Freemantle, Chris Munro, Niv Adiri,        Gravity  Warner Bros.
Skip Lievsay, and Christopher Benstead

18. Art Direction and Production Design
*Catherine Martin and Beverly Dunn         The Great Gatsby  Warner Bros.

19. Costume Design
*Michael O’Connor                                  The Invisible Woman  Sony Pictures Classics Continue reading

2014 Costume Designers Guild Awards Winners Announced

LACOSTE Returns as Presenting Sponsor for Awards Gala on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel

The CDG Awards ceremony, one of the most prestigious and well-respected entertainment industry awards season events, celebrated the spirit of collaboration between Costume Designers and Actors and Directors. The winners of the seven competitive awards were revealed at a gala on Saturday, Feb.22 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Continuing its decade-long support of the Guild, LACOSTE is returning as Presenting Sponsor of the CDGA. LACOSTE has been featured in numerous films such as Last Vegas, The Heat, Bridesmaids and This Is 40, as well as television shows including Glee, House of Lies, The Newsroom, Pretty Little Liars and Royal Pains.

Whether on playing fields or in everyday life, LACOSTE’s story is rooted in a quest for authenticity, performance and elegance. Each Crocodile-branded product is designed to allow men and women to feel free in their mind and body, with clothes and accessories that enable confidence and ease by adapting to an ever-changing life. It’s this vision of optimism and courage that is promoted by the new brand campaign: “Life is a Beautiful Sport.” In keeping true to that philosophy, the LACOSTE SPOTLIGHT AWARD honors an actor whose talent and career personifies an enduring commitment to excellence, including a special awareness of the role and importance of costume design.
This year’s LACOSTE SPOTLIGHT AWARD was presented to five-time Academy Award® nominated actress, Amy Adams. Adams has built an impressive body of work including Spike Jonze’s Her opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 film, The Master. Adams’ role in The Master garnered her a Golden Globe and BAFTA nomination in addition to her fourth Academy Award® nomination.

Adams recently won a Golden Globe for “Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy” and a Critics’ Choice Award for “Best Actress in a Comedy” for her performance in David O. Russell’s American Hustle. She and her fellow castmates including, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence, took home the award for “Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture” at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Adams’ role has also garnered her an Academy Award® and BAFTA nomination for “Best Actress in a Leading Role.” Michael Wilkinson, Adams’ Costume Designer for American Hustle, has also received an Academy Award®, BAFTA and CDGA nomination for his work on the film. Additionally, Adams’ Costume Designer for Her, Casey Storm, earned his first CDGA film nomination this year.

Adams’ other film credits include The Fighter, Enchanted, Man of Steel, Doubt, Julie & Julia, Robert Lorenz’s Trouble with the Curve opposite Clint Eastwood; Walter Salle’s adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal beat generation novel, On The Road; Disney’s The Muppets opposite Jason Segel; Shawn Levy’s Night At The Museum: Battle of The Smithsonian opposite Ben Stiller; Christine Jeffs and Karen Moncrieff’s critically acclaimed film Sunshine Cleaning opposite Emily Blunt and Alan Arkin; Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War opposite Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Phillip Seymour Hoffman; Bharat Nalluri’s Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day opposite Frances McDormand; and Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can with Leonardo DiCaprio.

This year, acclaimed writer, producer and director, Judd Apatow received the Distinguished Collaborator Award in recognition of his support of Costume Design and creative partnerships with Costume Designers. An Honorary Career Achievement Award was presented to Costume Designer April Ferry for her outstanding work in film and television.

As Costume Designers we take great pride in seeing our work on the screen, bringing characters to life through costumes. The Costume Designers Guild would like to congratulate all of the nominees and the winners,” said Salvador Perez Jr., President of the Costume Designers Guild Local #892.

Excellence in Period Film
“12 Years a Slave” (Patricia Norris)

Excellence in Fantasy Film
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” (Trish Summerville)

Excellence in Contemporary Film
“Blue Jasmine” (Suzy Benzinger)

Outstanding Contemporary Television Series
“Behind the Candelabra” (Ellen Mirojnick)

Outstanding Period/Fantasy Television Series
“Downton Abbey” (Caroline McCall)

Outstanding Made for Television Movie or Miniseries
“House of Cards” (Tom Broecker)

Excellence in Commercial Costume Design
“Call of Duty: Ghosts Masked Warriors” (Nancy Steiner)

Career Achievement Award
April Ferry

Lacoste Spotlight Award
Amy Adams

19TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS (2014) – BEST PICTURE: 12 YEARS A SLAVE

NEWLY-MINTED 2014 ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATED ACTRESSES, ACTORS AND DIRECTORS WON BIG

“12 YEARS A SLAVE” NAMED BEST PICTURE AT 19TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

“GRAVITY” ROCKETS TO A RECORD SEVEN WINS

“AMERICAN HUSTLE” FOLLOWS WITH FOUR

Glamorous Porsche Vehicles Displayed at Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Porsche 911 and Panamera S E-Hybrid make red carpet appearance at Los Angeles awards show

Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts arrives at the 19th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Barker Hangar on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts arrives at the 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at the Barker Hangar on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) announced the winners for the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards last night, live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The show aired on The CW Network at 8:00PM ET/PT and was hosted by Aisha Tyler. A live pre-show aired in various local markets before the awards ceremony. Stars walking the red carpet mingled with the Porsche 911 and Panamera S E-Hybrid, debuted by Porsche Cars North America, Inc., the exclusive importer of Porsche vehicles in the U.S. and the official sponsor of the 2014 ceremony.

Since its inception in 1995, the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards has been a star-studded bellwether event of the movie awards season. Among the night’s attendees were Barkhad Abdi, Jensen Ackles, Amy Adams, Christina Applegate, Kristen Bell, Cate Blanchett, Abigail Breslin, Daniel Bruhl, Sandra Bullock, Jessica Chastain, Kristin Chenoweth, Steve Coogan, Bradley Cooper, Chris Cooper, Alfonso Cuarón, Julie Delpy, Will Forte, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Chiwetel Ejiofor,  Adele Exarchopoulos, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bill Hader, Tom Hanks, Ethan Hawke, Jonah Hill, Liam James, Spike Jonze, Sir Ben Kingsley, Brie Larson, Jared Leto, Juliette Lewis, Richard Linklater, Nia Long, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kellan Lutz, James Marsden, Melissa McCarthy, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen, Dermot Mulroney, Sophie Nelisse, Lupita Nyong’o, Bob Odenkirk, David O’Russell, Jared Padalecki, Jeremy Renner, Margot Robbie, Julia Roberts, Sam Rockwell, Julia Roberts, Seth Rogen, Martin Scorsese, Tye Sheridan, Ian Somerhalder, Kevin Spacey, June Squibb, Meryl Streep, Emma Thompson, Mark Wahlberg, Isaiah Washington, Marlon Wayans, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. Continue reading

Matthew McConaughey Presents Esteemed Critics’ Choice Louis XIII® Genius Award to Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater

LOUIS XIII & Broadcast Film Critics Association Honor the ‘Before’ Trio at the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards

Photo credit: Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 16:  (L-R) Actors-screenwriters Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy and director-screenwriter Richard Linklater, winners of the Critics' Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award during the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII)

SANTA MONICA, CA – JANUARY 16: (L-R) Actors-screenwriters Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy and director-screenwriter Richard Linklater, winners of the Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award during the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII)

LOUIS XIII Cognac from the House of Rémy Martin(R), and the Broadcast Film Critics Association bestowed the second annual “Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award” to Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Richard Linklater presented by Golden Globe-winning and Academy Award-nominated actor Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) at the 19th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony. The writer-actor-director trio received the honor for demonstrating unprecedented excellence in the cinematic arts. LOUIS XIII is celebrated globally as a genius blend of superb cognacs and is committed to recognizing genius in other creative areas.

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 16:  Actors-screenwriters Ethan Hawke (L) and Julie Delpy, winners of the Critics' Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award during the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII)

SANTA MONICA, CA – JANUARY 16: Actors-screenwriters Ethan Hawke (L) and Julie Delpy, winners of the Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award during the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII)

SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 16:  Actor Matthew McConaughey (2nd from L) poses with actors-screenwriters Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and director-screenwriter Richard Linklater, winners of the Critics' Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award during the 19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII)

SANTA MONICA, CA – JANUARY 16: Actor Matthew McConaughey (2nd from L) poses with actors-screenwriters Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and director-screenwriter Richard Linklater, winners of the Critics’ Choice LOUIS XIII Genius Award during the 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards at Barker Hangar on January 16, 2014 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for LOUIS XIII)

As the collaborators responsible for one of cinema’s most compelling and unique romantic sagas, Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke created a trilogy that captures the passage of time and the legacy of romance. The genius of their approach to
this extended love story lies in its unvarnished honesty. Nearly 20 years ago in the film “Before Sunrise,” a romance ignited between two soul mates on a train to Vienna and defined a generation. In the decades that followed, that generation grew up and the complicated characters played by Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke matured right along with them. In 2004’s “Before Sunset” and 2013’s “Before Midnight,” the conversation between the French Céline and American Jesse continued to unfold in real time – a special cinematic effect which has long fascinated Richard Linklater.

The ‘Before’ films are more than a love story, they’ve evolved into a cinematic project about life itself, about maturing, making decisions and living with the consequences,” said Joey Berlin, president of the Broadcast Film Critics Association which gives out the Critics’ Choice Awards. “It is a filmmaking experiment that captures the passage of time in its own unique way. At this moment in time, Linklater, Delpy and Hawke have created a peerless trilogy. We cannot wait to see how it matures into a quadrilogy and beyond.Continue reading

GBK and Pilot Pen Kicked Off Golden Globes Weekend With A Glamorous Luxury Gift Lounge– The GBK/Pilot Pen Luxury Gift Lounge Presented by airweave

EVENT HONORED THE 2014 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS NOMINEES & PRESENTERS – JANUARY 10TH AND 11TH – BEVERLY HILLS

GBK, the luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company, and Pilot Pen hosted a stunning pool-side celebration honoring the Nominees and Presenters of one of Hollywood’s most glamorous award shows – The 2014 Golden Globe Awards. The event took place on the rooftop of the L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, a true first-class celebrity destination. Guests were pampered with gifts from participating lifestyle sponsors and enjoyed music by celebrity DJ, DJ Don P, and food from the event’s many gourmet sponsors.

Fred Willard

Fred Willard

Among the luxury and must-have lifestyle brands including gifts from Title Sponsor, Pilot Pen. Pilot Pen offers superlative writing instruments renowned for quality, performance, cutting-edge technology and consumer satisfaction. Award Nominees and Presenters received an assortment of their fine writing instruments including the Black Matte Vanishing Point, the Pilot MR Metropolitan Collection Silver Ballpoint Pen, and the FriXion Clicker Erasable Gel Ink 8 Pack Pouch.

Other great gifts include some unique luxury items like premium bedding toppers from Presenting Sponsor, airweave. airweave is the number one super-premium bedding topper in Japan and is celebrating its launch in the United States in January of 2014. Lavish destinations have become a signature GBK Lounge gift, and this year the celebrities received certificates from some of the most luxurious destinations like The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, gifting a destination package to include 3 nights in a Deluxe Overwater Villa, daily breakfast and 20% discount to Miri Miri Spa by Clarins and Caribbean Living Magazine / Hard Rock Hotels, International, who gifted an all-inclusive trip to the Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana. Continue reading

ACTRESS EMILIA CLARKE GETS 
GOLDEN GLOBE READY WITH SALLY HANSEN

Emilia Clarke, the British actress and 2014 Golden Globes presenter who is featured on the hit television series Game of Thrones, got red carpet ready for the Golden Globes with a custom nail look created with Sally Hansen nail color. The talented and gorgeous starlet, who has recently been cast to appear in the next Terminator, has quickly become one to watch in Hollywood and a red carpet favorite.

Celebrity nail artist Lisa Postma created a sophisticated look for Clarke using Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Wine Not to complement her custom embroidered lace and black accented Proenza Schouler gown. To create the nail look, Postma used two coats of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Wine Not on Emilia’s natural nail shape. For a smooth, flawless finish, Postma used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Dry + Go Drops to seal the manicure.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure ($7.99) is an all-in-one formula that combines all the 7 benefits of a professional salon manicure—a base coat, a strengthener, a growth treatment, rich color, top coat, gel-like shine and chip resistance —in a single multi-tasking polish.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Dry + Go Drops ($6.99) is a quick dry formula packed with Vitamin E and jojoba to help hydrate and nourish dry cuticles. With just a few drops, nails are dry to the touch in 60 seconds and completely dry in less than 2 minutes. Sally Hansen products are available at chain drug stores and mass retailers nationwide

And The Winners Are…..

 

Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on stage during the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, January 12, 2014.

Hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on stage during the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, January 12, 2014.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and producer dick clark productions (dcp) presented “The 71st Annual Golden Globe® Awards” live on Sunday, January 12, 2014. Hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, the ceremony, with its loosy-goosey atmosphere has been deemed a major success. Poehler and Fey will be back next year as co-hosts, news that thrilled the stars, critics and audience alike.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2014 WINNERS ANNOUNCED IN STAR-STUDDED LIVE EVENT

Winners Include The Big Bang Theory, Sandra Bullock, Ellen DeGeneres, Iron Man 3, Jennifer Hudson, Justin Timberlake and More

Winners for PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARDS 2014 were announced during a live broadcast hosted by Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls) at the Nokia Theater L.A. Live on Wednesday, January 8th (9:00 PM-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. To determine the winners, fans cast a record-breaking 700+ million votes.

Sandra Bullock was the night’s big winner taking home four awards including “Favorite Movie Actress” while Iron Man 3 took home the awards for “Favorite Movie” and “Favorite Action Movie.Justin Timberlake nabbed three awards for “Favorite Male Artist,” “Favorite R&B Artist” and “Favorite Album” for The 20/20 Experience. With her win tonight for “Favorite Daytime TV Host,” Ellen DeGeneres has become the most decorated female in People’s Choice Award history, with a total of 14 crystal trophies. The Big Bang Theory took home “Favorite Network TV Comedy,” while its star, Kaley Cuoco, nabbed “Favorite Comedic TV Actress.” The night also featured performances of “Brave” by Sara Bareilles, “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic and “The Mona Lisa” by Brad Paisley.

Brad Paisley is a critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist and entertainer, who has earned three Grammys, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards, as well as three awards from ASCAP as Country Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year. He is also a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry, having been inducted in 2001.  Since his first #1 single in 1999, Paisley has placed 22 singles at the top of the charts.  His current single is “The Mona Lisa,” from his album, Wheelhouse, – which also includes the back-to-back #1 hits, “Southern Comfort Zone” and “Beat This Summer.”  Wheelhouse is Paisley’s first self- produced project, on which he wrote or co-wrote all of the tracks. He will kick-off his 2014 Beat This Winter Tour presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® on January 10. Continue reading

Pilot Pen Celebrates “Signature Style” and the 2014 Golden Globes

Pilot brings the Power of the Elegantly Written Word to the GBK Golden Globes Celebrity Gift Lounge

It’s a bright start to the New Year, with some of Hollywood’s brightest stars helping to light the way.”

Pilot Corporation of America (Pilot Pen) is kicking off 2014 by celebrating self-expression, high-end signature style, and doing good for others, through a partnership with the GBK Golden Globes Celebrity Gift Lounge hosted at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills.  Given that the written word plays such an important role in the Arts being honored at the Golden Globes, Pilot

Pilot Corporation of America Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Pilot Corporation of America)

Pilot Corporation of America Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Pilot Corporation of America)

will be introducing celebrities and award nominees to its finely crafted writing instruments.

Pilot Pens to be featured at the 2014 GBK Golden Globes Gift Lounge include: 

Vanishing Point

Vanishing Point is the world’s first and favorite retractable fountain pen.  It combines the expressive, luxurious writing experience of a high end fountain pen with a truly innovative retractable design.  With a striking black matte finish, and rhodium plated 18K gold nib, the Vanishing Point by Pilot enables you to effortlessly express your words and style every time you write.

MR Metropolitan Collection

The new Pilot MR Collections include exceptional pens designed for everyday use.  They combine premium matte finishes enhanced with a ‘middle ring’ design, stainless steel accents, and a smooth writing experience.  Available in Fountain Pen, Gel Ink and Ballpoint options, they are an affordable luxury.

FriXion Clicker

The FriXion Clicker is an entirely new kind of erasable pen.  It’s retractable, has striking good looks, and has a new kind of ink that has been formulated to write smoothly and erase cleanly.  Join the ‘mistake free writing revolution’; with FriXion Clicker you will never write a mistake again, guaranteed!

G2 Fashion

America’s #1 selling gel ink pen announces a striking new addition, the G2 Fashion Collection.  The smooth writing G2 Fashion pen is available with brilliant floral designs in a range of colors so you can show off your signature style.  Now your smooth writing Go-2 pen can be stylishly dressed, just like you.

Pilot Pen is kicking off 2014 by celebrating self-expression, high-end signature style, and doing good for others, through a partnership with the GBK Golden Globes Celebrity Gift Lounge hosted at L'Ermitage Beverly Hills.  (PRNewsFoto/Pilot Corporation of America)

Pilot Pen is kicking off 2014 by celebrating self-expression, high-end signature style, and doing good for others, through a partnership with the GBK Golden Globes Celebrity Gift Lounge hosted at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills. (PRNewsFoto/Pilot Corporation of America)

We are thrilled to be even a small part of the energy and excitement leading up to the Golden Globes,” said Ariann Langsam, Director of Consumer Marketing.  “The written word plays such an important role in acting and directing, and in screen and song writing, that there really is a unique fit between Pilot’s luxury writing instruments and the Golden Globe Awards.  What better way to celebrate the power of the best written words than with fine writing instruments that express your style and words effortlessly.”

In addition, Pilot has partnered with Project Runway Season 12 finalist Helen Castillo to bring to life the beauty and power of writing instruments through the creation of a one-of-a-kind pen adorned evening gown. The stunning midnight navy and black Balmain inspired gown features a fit-and-flare silhouette appliqued with an intricate pattern of more than 300 Pilot pens, and weighs over 25 pounds.  It took roughly 60 hours of handwork – nearly nine work days, to complete the gown.

The pen dress is adorned with the elegant MR Metropolitan Collection pens in rich matte silver and gold finishes, and the G2 Fashion and FriXion Clicker pens which deliver more subtle tonal detailing. The striking gown will be displayed at the GBK Golden Globes Luxury Gift Lounge honoring the Golden Globes nominees at L’Ermitage Beverly Hills Friday, January 10 th through Saturday, January 11 th from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT.

Handwriting and personal style are unique to each of us, so Pilot will feature a range of writing instruments to suit different writing styles and design preferences.  The featured pens will include the luxurious, innovative, retractable Vanishing Point Fountain Pen and the new, MR Animal Collection, extraordinary gel ink, ballpoint and fountain pens with a touch of the exotic, designed and priced for everyday use. Guests will experience these fine writing instruments along with more casual Pilot favorites including the smooth and erasable FriXion Clicker and the striking G2 Fashion, all set against the backdrop of Old Hollywood glamour and style.

Power to the Pen‘ has been Pilot’s mantra for years now, and to kick 2014 off right, the company is working hard to promote the power of the written word, and what it can do for others, by bringing it to the digital space. Through an initiative that has been dubbed #Hollywords, Pilot will be asking the celebrities attending the GBK Golden Globes Gift Lounge to jot down and share words that have inspired them. These inspirational messages will be featured in a short #Hollywords video to help encourage fans and followers from coast to coast. Each time this video is shared or retweeted, Pilot will donate $1 to the Kids in Need Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need.

During the Golden Globes broadcast on Sunday, January 12th, Pilot will be sharing the Kids in Need Foundation #Hollywords video and hosting a “ReTweet to Win” contest on Twitter where followers can win a MR Metropolitan Collection pen and other prizes. The Kids In Need Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995 whose mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. Through a national network of Resource Centers, teachers can get free supplies for their students who are in need. The organization do not donate supplies directly to other organizations or families. The supplies must be acquired through teachers who have shopping privileges at the Resource Centers. All supplies donated to the Kids In Need Foundation  by manufacturers and retailers go immediately to the Resource Centers.

Follow Pilot Pens’ adventures at the Golden Globes on Facebook.com/PilotPen, Twitter and Instagram @PilotPenUSA using #HollyWords.  For more visit www.pilotpen.us.

Oscar®-Winning Make-Up Artist Dick Smith to Receive Make-Up Artists Lifetime Achievement Award at the Annual Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards on February 15

Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild. (PRNewsFoto/Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild)

Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild. (PRNewsFoto/Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild)

Two-time Academy Award® winning make-up artist Dick Smith, considered “The Godfather of Make-Up“, will receive the Make-up Artists Lifetime Achievement Award at the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards (IATSE Local 706), it was announced today by Guild President Sue Cabral-Ebert. The Awards ceremony, back by popular demand, will be held on February 15, 2014, at the Paramount Studios lot. Academy Award® winner Rick Baker who was Smith’s apprentice will present the award.  M.A.C. Cosmetics is the Official Cocktail Reception Sponsor.

The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award is given to those artists whose body of work in the film industry consistently enhances make-up and hair styling artistry, creating memorable characters throughout their career.  Past recipients of the Make-Up Artist Lifetime Achievement Award are Daniel Striepeke (2004), Jack Pierce

Dick Smith. (PRNewsFoto/Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild)

Dick Smith. (PRNewsFoto/Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild)

(2003), John Chambers (2002), Bob Schiffer (2001) and Monty Westmore (2000).

Smith’s distinguished work has garnered him an Honorary Academy Award® in 2012, having previously won both the Academy Award® and the BAFTA Award for Amadeus (shared with Paul LeBlanc, 1985) and he was nominated for an Oscar® for Dad (shared with Ken Diaz and Greg Nelson, 1990). Smith won a Primetime Emmy® for Individual Achievements in Art Direction and Allied Crafts – Make-up for Mark Twain Tonight! (1967), and was nominated for North and South (shared with Alan Fama and Rod Wilson, 1986), Harry S. Truman: PlainSpeaking (1977) and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1968). The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films honored Smith with their Saturn Award for Scanners and Altered States (tied, 1981), along with nominations for Death Becomes Her (Shared with Kevin Haney, 1993), The Hunger (Shared with Carl Fullerton, 1984) and The Sentinel (1978), as well as the Golden Scroll for The Exorcist (1975).

Smith worked on numerous award-winning films, including Taxi Driver (1976), The Exorcist (1973), and both The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part 2 (1974), among many others. Considered to be television’s first important make-up artist, Smith was the make-up director for NBC from 1945 to 1959, where he developed many new materials and pioneered such techniques as the use of foam latex and plastics in unusual quick changes for television shows. Smith attended the Wooster School and Yale University.

“Rarely have there been make-up artists with the legendary inventiveness, creativity and artistic excellence of Dick Smith,” said Cabral-Ebert. “Dick’s transparency and willingness to share the secrets of the craft have been the catalyst for young make-up artists all over the world to follow their imaginations and dreams.  His encouragement and support have led so many to incredible make-up careers. It is with great honor and heartfelt thanks that Local 706 honors ‘one of its own,’ the legendary Dick Smith.”

Rick Baker has won seven Academy-Awards® and been nominated for five others. He has won a Primetime Emmy® Award, three BAFTA Awards, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Awards, the Eyegore Awards, and has twice received the Best Special Make-up Effects – Feature award from the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild.  Among his other numerous nominations, Baker also has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Members will be honored at this event for outstanding achievement in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater.

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):

ALFONSO CUARÓN
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.

PAUL GREENGRASS
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.

STEVE McQUEEN
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.

DAVID O. RUSSELL
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.

MARTIN SCORSESE
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:

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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.”

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) Announces the 19TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS NOMINATIONS

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced the nominees for The 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The winners will be announced live at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The show will be broadcast live on The CW Network at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Two hour pre-show coverage will also air in various local markets before the awards ceremony. The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 280 television, radio and online critics. BTJA is a branch of the BFCA.

Aisha Tyler will be this year’s host. Tyler, who is not new to the duties that come with hosting a show, serves as the new host of the critically acclaimed improv show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” on The CW Network. Tyler is also currently a co-host of Emmy-nominated show “The Talk.”

“12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” tie this year with thirteen nominations each. “12 Years a Slave” has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Best Supporting Actor for Michael Fassbender, Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for Steve McQueen, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Score for Hans Zimmer.

The nominations for “American Hustle” include Best Picture, Best Actor for Christian Bale, Best Supporting Actor for Bradley Cooper, Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for David O. Russell, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Comedy, Best Actor in a Comedy for Christian Bale, and Best Actress in a Comedy for Amy Adams.

“Gravity” also impressed with ten nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress for Sandra Bullock, Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Actress in An Action Movie for Sandra Bullock, Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie and Best Score.

“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Her,” “Captain Phillips,” and “Nebraska” all received six nominations while “The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug” received five. “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “August: Osage County,” “Enough Said,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “Iron Man 3,” and “Rush” received four nominations. Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock were both nominated for their comic performances in “The Heat,” with two more acting nominations for Bullock for Best Actress and Best Actress in an Action Movie for “Gravity.” Jennifer Lawrence also has multiple acting nominations for Best Supporting Actress in “American Hustle” and Best Actress in an Action Movie for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Christian Bale and James Gandolfini both also have multiple acting nominations.

Everyone acknowledges that 2013 has been a truly great year for films so our Critics’ Choice Movie Awards voters had an embarrassment of riches to choose from,” notes BFCA President Joey Berlin. “BFCA members have loved covering all these terrific films all year long and now revisiting them before we filled out our ballots.  And we’re thrilled to have the lovely and talented Aisha Tyler hosting our gala awards ceremony.  We can’t wait for January 16th, when the Academy Award nominations will be announced in the morning and so many of their honorees will then make their first public appearance as Oscar nominees on our Red Carpet.”

Also announced this year is BFCA’s two year contract with Defy Media’s #1 digital entertainment news brand, Clevver, to become the first digital media partner for the 2014 and 2015 awards shows. The partnership expands the reach of the long-standing awards show by tapping into Clevver’s multi-platform digital network and significant online audience of young entertainment enthusiasts. As an official partner, Clevver will power the CCMA’s audience vote for the year’s “Hottest Star” award to be announced during the live broadcast. Fans can cast their vote atwww.Clevver.com/Vote. Clevver will also participate in the two-hour live pre-show, delivering up-to-the-minute coverage and social media updates, as well as a “Clevver Lounge” backstage during the awards show where correspondents will gain backstage access to the evening’s winners.

Eligible films were released in 2013. The accounting firm of CMM, LLP tallied the written ballots.

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Martin Scorsese Set to Receive Cinematic Imagery Award from the Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards, Feb. 8, 2014

Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese will receive the prestigious Cinematic Imagery Award from the Art Directors Guild (ADG) at its 18th Annual Art Directors Guild’s Excellence in Production Design Awards, it was announced today by ADG Council Chairman John Shaffner and Awards Producers Raf Lydon and Dave Blass. Set for February 8, 2014, the black-tie ceremony at The Beverly Hilton Hotel will be hosted by Owen Benjamin and will honor more than 40 years of Scorsese’s extraordinary award-winning work.

Martin Scorsese.  (PRNewsFoto/Art Directors Guild)

Martin Scorsese. (PRNewsFoto/Art Directors Guild)

The ADG’s Cinematic Imagery Award is given to those whose body of work in the film industry has richly enhanced the visual aspects of the movie-going experience. Previous recipients have been the Production Designers behind the James Bond franchise, the principal team behind the Harry Potter films, Bill Taylor, Syd Dutton, Warren Beatty, Allen Daviau, Clint Eastwood, Blake Edwards, Terry Gilliam, Ray Harryhausen, Norman Jewison, John Lasseter, George Lucas, Frank Oz, Steven Spielberg, Robert S. Wise and Zhang Yimou.

Said Shaffner, “The ADG has wanted Scorsese to accept this deserving honor since the earliest days of its inception. We are beyond delighted that his schedule finally now allows him time to receive it! The ADG has always considered his hands-on pursuit of excellence of production design to equal all of the fine craftsmanship that goes into every aspect of all Martin Scorsese films.”

Martin Scorsese is one of the most prominent and influential filmmakers working today. His latest film, Paramount Pictures The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie and Jonah Hill, will be released on December 25. He directed the critically acclaimed, award-winning films Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Last Temptation of Christ, Goodfellas, Gangs of New York, The Aviator, The Departed and the 2010 box office hit Shutter Island. Scorsese has also directed numerous documentaries including No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, Elia Kazan: A Letter to Elia (both films garnering Peabody Awards), A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies, Il Mio Viaggio in Italia, Public Speaking starring writer Fran Lebowitz and the documentary for HBO: George Harrison: Living in the Material World. Most recently he directed the Academy Award® nominated and Golden Globe®-winning film Hugo, a 3D adaptation of Brian Selznick’s children’s book. Scorsese currently serves as Executive Producer on HBO’s hit series Boardwalk Empire for which he directed the pilot episode. He is the founder and chair of The Film Foundation and the World Cinema Project, both non-profit organizations dedicated to the preservation, restoration and protection of film.

Nominations for this year’s ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards will be announced on January 9. The ADG will present winners in 10 competitive categories for theatrical films, television productions, commercials and music videos on February 8. As previously announced, Rick Carter will receive the Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award; and Robert Clatworthy, Harper Goff, and J. Michael Riva will be inducted into the ADG’s Hall of Fame.

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.

The Actors Hall of Fame to Induct 15 Stars of Film, Television and Theatre

The Actors Hall of Fame Foundation (The Actors Hall of Fame, 9415 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

www.actorshalloffame.org) has announced that 15 international award-winning actors will be inducted into The Actors Hall of Fame on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 2pm in Culver City. The 2014 Inductees are: Julie Andrews, Robert DeNiro, Judi Dench, Robert Duvall, Kirk Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Olivia de Havilland, Hal Holbrook, James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, William H. Macy, Maggie Smith and Meryl Streep

The Actors Hall of Fame banner.  (PRNewsFoto/The Actors Hall of Fame)

The Actors Hall of Fame banner. (PRNewsFoto/The Actors Hall of Fame)

The Actors Hall of Fame’s Board of Electors nominates and votes for 15 actors each year who have distinguished themselves by achieving an international peer recognition award, have developed a body of work that advances the dramatic arts and have shown an ongoing commitment to philanthropy and service to society.

The Actors Hall of Fame’s mission is to restore and support dramatic arts education on schools. Drama Week is the first national dramatic arts education program that includes The 2014 Inductions honoring dramatic artists, and helps to focus international attention to understand the importance and value of dramatic arts education.

Drama Week is a weeklong celebration of dramatic arts education. There will be a special screening to support Actors for Autism of the documentary Kids With Cameras directed by Alex Rotaru, starring award-winning teacher/producer Brad Koepenick as he teaches autistic students to create and star in their own animated film. The next day, a special performance of 10-minute plays by the award-winning students at CHAMPS High School in Van Nuys will be presented.

On the final day, high school and college students will have a chance to pitch projects for films, television or theatre productions to a panel of industry experts from the major talent agencies, networks and actors.  Drama Week concludes with an inspiring spoken word performance by 15 award-winning students from the nationally acclaimed GET LIT program.

A special performance by The Hobart Shakespeareans, a class of 5th graders from Hobart Elementary School in Los Angeles, under the guidance of their National Medal of Arts winning teacher Ralph Esquith will be one of the highlights of the Induction celebration.

The Actors Hall of Fame is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit foundation dedicated to restore and support dramatic arts education in schools. The Actors Hall of Fame was launched with the support of major entertainment and business organizations, educators, dramatic artists and students. For more information, please visit our website at www.actorshalloffame.org.

‘Black Girls Rock!’ Returns To BET Networks Sunday, November 3 at 7pm*

HONORING PATTI LABELLE, QUEEN LATIFAH, VENUS WILLIAMS, MISTY COPELAND, MARA BROCK AKIL, AMEENA MATTHEWS, AND MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN

HOSTED BY TRACEE ELLIS ROSS AND REGINA KING WITH PERFORMANCES AND APPEARANCES BY BLACK GIRLS WHO ROCK! INCLUDING MARIAH CAREY, PATTI LABELLE, NIA LONG, AMBER RILEY, TATYANA ALI, KEKE PALMER, LALA ANTHONY, JENNIFER HUDSON, JANELLE MONAE, SKYLAR DIGGINS, LEDISI, SOLEDAD O’BRIEN, MICHELLE WILLIAMS AND MORE

Patti LaBelle and Mariah Carey backstage at Black Girls Rock! Premieres Sunday, Nov. 3 at 7pm on BET.  (PRNewsFoto/BET Networks)

Patti LaBelle and Mariah Carey backstage at Black Girls Rock! Premieres Sunday, Nov. 3 at 7pm on BET. (PRNewsFoto/BET Networks)

“BLACK GIRLS ROCK!”airs on BET NetworksSunday, November 3rd at 7pm*. For the third year in a row, Tracee Ellis Ross and Regina King hosted the annual awards show. The dynamic duo wowed the audience as usual but the night belonged to the inspirational celebrants and amazing performers who were remarkable reminders of how much black girls do indeed rock!

This year the “BLACK GIRLS ROCK!”Awards took place at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in downtown Newark. where hometown girl, Queen Latifah (Rock Star Award), received much love from her hometown audience. President and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund, Marian Wright Edelman (Social Humanitarian Award) shared the stage with Head Start alum and fellow honoree Ameena Matthews (Community Activist Award). Mariah Carey presented the iconic Patti LaBelle with the Living Legend Award. LaBelle’s awesome vocal range and dynamic showmanship brought the crowd to their feet as she performed “You Are My Friend,” with the American Ballet Theatre’s sensational soloist Misty Copeland.

Queen Latifah accepts the Rock Star Award at Black Girls Rock! Premieres Sunday Nov. 3 at 7pm on BET.  (PRNewsFoto/BET Networks)

Queen Latifah accepts the Rock Star Award at Black Girls Rock! Premieres Sunday Nov. 3 at 7pm on BET. (PRNewsFoto/BET Networks)

The ageless beauties from the cast of “Girlfriends,” Jill Marie Jones, Golden Brooks, Persia White and Tracee Ellis Ross, reunited to pay tribute to show creator and Shot Caller Award recipient Mara Brock Akil. Tennis trailblazer and entrepreneur Venus Williams (Star Power Award celebrated by Chevy) received her award from Skylar Diggins and past honoree Keke Palmer presented ground-breaking ballet dancer Misty Copeland with this year’s Young, Gifted & Black Award. Each honoree took to the stage and delivered spirited acceptance speeches that affirmed the importance of the BLACK GIRLS ROCK! movement. Continue reading

Awards season 2013/2014: Jaguar Cars to Become Title Sponsor of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles’ 2013 BAFTA LA JAGUAR BRITANNIA AWARDS®

BAFTA LA JAGUAR BRITANNIA AWARDS® to honor some of the world’s leading entertainment personalities

Jaguar to feature the all new F-TYPE sports car at Awards Ceremony

Jaguar Cars announced today that they will elevate their presence in Hollywood by joining with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA LA) as the official 2013 title sponsor of the BAFTA LA JAGUAR BRITANNIA AWARDS®. The Jaguar Britannia Awards®, taking place November 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, celebrates the achievements of those who have made an outstanding contribution to excellence in the international entertainment industry. Honors are given for excellence in film, directing and comedy, as well as for worldwide contribution to entertainment and for use of the moving image for humanitarian causes.

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles is the only Anglo-American professional organization founded to promote and advance original work in film, television and interactive media. BAFTA Los Angeles serves as the bridge between the Hollywood and British production and entertainment business communities, and provides exclusive access to screenings, Q&As with creative talent, produces seminars with leading UK film and television executives and the Heritage Archive, featuring broadcast-quality interviews with distinguished British members of the film and television industries, giving life to the preservation of the UK film industry for future generations. aintaining a long tradition of recognizing the finest filmmaking and television talent, BAFTA Los Angeles hosts a series of events, including the prestigious Britannia Awards, the Awards Season Film and Television Tea Parties in January and September and the annual Garden Party.

A commitment to professional and community education is at the heart of the Academy’s charitable remit. BAFTA Los Angeles hosts the Student Film Awards and has an active Scholarship Program offering financial support and mentorship to UK students studying in the U.S. The Academy created The Inner City Cinema, a screening program providing free screenings of theatrical films to inner city areas not served by theatres. The success of Inner City Cinema has led to further free screening programs extended to multiple inner city parks through the Academy’s work with both the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation (Parks After Dark) and The City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (Teen Summer Camps).

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JAGUAR CARS TO BECOME TITLE SPONSOR OF THE BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM AND TELEVISION ARTS LOS ANGELES’ 2013 BAFTA LA JAGUAR BRITANNIA AWARDS(R). (PRNewsFoto/Jaguar)

The awards are presented annually at a gala dinner where peers and colleagues celebrate the work and accomplishments of distinguished honorees. Proceeds from the gala ceremony support BAFTA Los Angeles’ on-going education, scholarship, community outreach and archival projects.

The 2013 Jaguar Britannia Awards® will be hosted by award winning actor and comedian, Rob Brydon. BAFTA LA will honor Sir Ben Kingsley with the “Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment”; George Clooney with the “Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film”; Kathryn Bigelow with the “John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing”; Idris Elba with the “Britannia Humanitarian Award”; Sacha Baron Cohen with the “Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy”; and Benedict Cumberbatch with the “Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.”

Jaguar will be showcasing its presence at the Jaguar Britannia Awards through several activations taking place throughout the famed Beverly Hilton’s grounds. The brand’s own star of the night will be the recently launched 2014 Jaguar F-TYPE, a return to the company’s heart: a two-seat, convertible sports car and a continuation of a sporting bloodline that stretches back more than 75 years. A series of F-TYPE cars including, in true British fashion, several which are to be Union Jack emblazoned, will be on display. Assuring the evening’s honorees arrive in style, sleek Jaguar XJ sedans will chauffeur them to the event.

This partnership with BAFTA LA and Jaguar aims to highlight the increasing appreciation for British innovation in everything from the entertainment and fashion worlds to luxury goods and automobiles,” said Jeff Curry, Brand Vice President, Jaguar North America. “We look forward to partnering with BAFTA LA to promote British excellence in the entertainment industry on both sides of the Atlantic and to celebrate the tremendous talent of the evening’s remarkable honorees.”

The awards will air on national TV on Sunday, November 10, 2013 on BBC America. For more information on the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles, visit www.baftala.org.