National Geographic and Katie Couric Launch Screening Tour for Upcoming Documentary “Gender Revolution: A Journey With Katie Couric”

Two-Hour Documentary Hosted and Executive Produced by Couric Is Available for Free to All Schools and Nonprofits That Will Host Inclusive Screenings and Conversations

First look clip from GENDER REVOLUTION: A JOURNEY WITH KATIE COURIC: https://files.natgeonetworks.com/_Sp2gXfxhvt1d5R

Every day all around the world, gender is making headlines, weaving its way into conversations big and small, in settings from the government to households, from schools to places of employment. The two-hour National Geographic documentary GENDER REVOLUTION: A JOURNEY WITH KATIE COURIC (trailer here) approaches the topic of gender through the lens of science, society, and culture, all woven together by personal stories and experiences.

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In GENDER REVOLUTION: A JOURNEY WITH KATIE COURIC, premiering Monday, Feb. 6, at 9/8c, National Geographic set out to explore this evolving concept of gender through the lens of science, society, and culture. Produced by Katie Couric Media with National Geographic Studios and World of Wonder Productions, the special will also air on National Geographic around the globe in 171 countries and in 45 languages.

To extend the life of this important documentary beyond its Feb. 6 television broadcast, National Geographic and Picture Motion are partnering on the Gender Revolution Tour, allowing any high school, college, university or nonprofit to sign up to host a free screening and discussion. The tour will harness the momentum of the conversations happening around the globe and offer an opportunity to have an informed dialogue on one of the most complicated and evolving issues in the current zeitgeist. The Gender Revolution Tour is being managed by impact agency Picture Motion.gender-revolution-national-geographic-magazine

Requests to participate in the Gender Revolution Tour can be made by filling out the request form at http://bit.ly/NatGeoGenderRevolution. Screening hosts will be sent a DVD of the film and an extensive discussion guide (LINK), created by Journeys in Film, that provides additional resources on understanding gender.

At the time of this release, more than 100 universities, high schools, and non-profit groups have already scheduled screening events of the GENDER REVOLUTION leading up to and during the week of the film’s television premiere on National Geographic.

Katie Couric Media develops and produces content, programming, and documentaries for TV networks and digital distribution platforms, focusing on compelling issues the award-winning journalist and best-selling author has covered throughout her career. Katie Couric Media projects include the “Katie Couric” podcast from Earwolf, which features the host in candid, unscripted conversations about American life and politics; the National Geographic documentary GENDER REVOLUTION; and the upcoming movie “Flint” with Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, about the drinking water contamination in Flint, Michigan. Katie Couric is the executive producer of “Fed Up” (2014) and “Under the Gun” (2016), both documentaries that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

From the very start, it was my hope that as many people as possible would be given the opportunity to see this film,” said Couric. “I am thrilled that along with National Geographic and Picture Motion we are going to be able to share GENDER REVOLUTION and our accompanying discussion guide with groups all over the country.

National Geographic is about exploration and discovery. Through the Gender Revolution Tour we want to encourage constructive conversations that will allow people to connect with each other over material that is science-based, investigative and in some cases deeply personal,” said Chris Albert, Executive Vice President, Global Communications for National Geographic. “We believe this is a timely and groundbreaking documentary, and are thrilled to make it available for free to any organization interested in expanding its knowledge on the gender discussion.”

We are so thrilled, but not entirely surprised, to see GENDER REVOLUTION so embraced. From Catholic Colleges to LGBT advocacy groups, city-based Sororities to mid-west High Schools, Gender Studies programs to Trans Support Groups for Parents; there has been an outpour of support for a film like GENDER REVOLUTION,” said Christie Marchese, CEO and Founder, Picture Motion.

GENDER REVOLUTION is produced by Katie Couric Media, World of Wonder Productions and National Geographic Studios for National Geographic. For Katie Couric Media, executive producers are Katie Couric and Mitch Semel. For World of Wonder, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, and Jeremy Simmons serve as executive producers. For National Geographic Studios, executive producers are Jeff Hasler and Brian Lovett. For National Geographic, Tim Pastore is president, original programming and production, and Michael J. Miller is executive producer. Continue reading

Rolex Signs On As Sponsor Of The 89th Oscars®

For decades, Rolex has been linked to the magical and wondrous world of cinema: from its presence in legendary films to its support for young film-makers through its philanthropic program, the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.

Rolex will be a Proud Sponsor of the 89th Academy Awards® broadcast live on Oscars Sunday®, 26 February 2017 on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars® ceremony has honored excellence in cinema since 1929; and for the second consecutive year, Rolex will also be the Exclusive Sponsor of the Oscars Greenroom.

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Rolex Partners with the Academy Awards

The history of Rolex is intertwined with that of cinema. Rolex watches have spontaneously featured in many iconic films and have become part of storytelling as an essential element of a film’s plot. Each Rolex watch symbolizes a personality and carries its own story, bringing to life a character and their journey on screen. Rolex is maintaining its ties with exceptional individuals and organizations and, in the case of the art of film-making, the extraordinary accomplishments of those who are capable of challenging the world by pushing the boundaries of their art.

Rolex supports inspiring individuals and organizations who achieve great heights in both the sporting world and the arts, and the Academy exemplifies this pursuit of defying the odds to reach unimaginable goals. The Academy Awards and Rolex recognize and uphold excellence,” says Arnaud Boetsch, Rolex Director of Communication & Image.oscars2017_keyart_statue-1

Rolex Testimonee and Academy Award-winning director James Cameron represents the pinnacle of film-making, with a boldness of vision and focus on technical innovation dominant throughout his many movies. Titanic, which won 11 Oscars, is tied for the most awards ever, and Avatar holds the record as the highest-grossing film in history.

Cameron exemplifies the power of details in making stories come alive on screen. Says Cameron: “Great movies are made in details, and not just a few details – every detail. Every character, every prop, and every sequence. A Rolex is not only a beautiful watch and a masterpiece of engineering, it’s very tough. It’s a watch that you can take into any environment and which can stand up to the pressure. So, what you’re saying subliminally to the audience is: that character can take the pressure, too; he or she has what it takes.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, organizers of the Academy Awards, which promote excellence and great talent, offered Rolex the opportunity to host the Greenroom during the ceremony in February 2016 – literally “behind the scenes“. This space was designed by the Rolex Interior Design teams in Geneva, who brought to the Greenroom a combination of classic style and superlative quality that is the hallmark of both the Oscars and Rolex. The 2017 Greenroom will feature a new design and concept.

Furthermore, Rolex is a part of shaping future generations of film-makers and inspiring existing ones with the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, its philanthropic program, set up in 2002 to make a contribution to global culture. The program seeks out gifted young artists from all over the world and brings them together with artistic masters for a year of creative collaboration in a one-to-one mentoring relationship. The Initiative’s film mentors include Academy Award-winning directors Martin Scorsese, Alejandro González Iñárritu and 2016 mentor, Alfonso Cuarón.

Rolex is headquartered in Geneva and enjoys an unrivaled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its Oyster and Cellini watches, all certified as Superlative Chronometers for their precision, performance, and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance, and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces all the essential components of its watches in-house, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial, and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities as well as philanthropic programs.

Essence Magazine Presents 10th Anniversary “Black Women in Hollywood Awards & Gala”

Oscar-Week Event to Honor Hollywood’s “Next Generation”: Janelle Monáe, Issa Rae, Aja Naomi King and Yara Shahidi

Time Inc.’s Essence, the preeminent brand for African-American women, will commemorate the 10th anniversary of its esteemed “Black Women in Hollywood Awards”—the annual Oscar-week celebration at the forefront of spotlighting Hollywood’s most creative and accomplished visionaries. Shifting from a daytime luncheon to a resplendent evening gala for the first time, the red carpet ceremony will be held at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills, CA, on Thursday, February 23, 2017.2801496_essence

The Awards & Gala will honor Hollywood’s “Next Generation”—young women who are excelling and elevating their crafts—including triple-threat actress/musician/entertainer Janelle Monáe (Breakthrough Award); groundbreaking actress/writer/producer Issa Rae (Vanguard Award); standout actress Aja Naomi King (Lincoln Shining Star Award); and dynamic actress Yara Shahidi (Generation Next). Actress/Producer Gabrielle Union will serve as the program’s host.

For the past decade, the “Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards” have paid homage to our modern image-makers—both in front of the camera and behind the scenes,” said Essence Editor-in-Chief Vanessa K. De Luca. “This past year has been an exceptional one for diversity in film and television, and with the incredible contributions of Janelle, Issa, Aja and Yara, it is fitting that our 10th anniversary will honor the future of Hollywood and its continued steps on the path to inclusion.”

Also for the first time, internationally acclaimed visual artist and filmmaker Mickalene Thomas will be infusing the event with her elaborate imagery celebrating the power of female beauty as a facet of women’s empowerment.

Since its inception in 2008, the “Essence Black Women in Hollywood Awards” have honored some of the most cherished figures in the industry, including Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay, Halle Berry, Viola Davis, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Angela Bassett, Queen Latifah, Naomie Harris, Octavia Spencer, Taraji P. Henson, Jennifer Hudson, Zoe Saldana, Alfre Woodard, Regina King, Gabrielle Union, Tracee Ellis Ross, Debbie Allen, Nina Shaw, Mary J. Blige, Gabourey Sidibe, Quvenzhané Wallis, Jurnee Smollett, Ruby Dee, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson, Loretta Devine, Mara Brock Akil, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Ruth E. Carter, Nina Shaw, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Suzanne de Passe. Continue reading

89th Oscars® Nominations Announced

Meryl Streep Extends Her Lead As The Most Nominated Performer With Her 20th Nomination.oscars2017_keyart_statue-1

With 14 Nominations, La La Land Ties The Record Held By All About Eve (1950) And Titanic (1997).

In The Acting Categories, Seven Individuals Are First-Time Nominees (Andrew Garfield, Mahershala Ali, Lucas Hedges, Dev Patel, Isabelle Huppert, Ruth Negga And Naomie Harris). Six Of The Nominees Are Previous Acting Winners (Denzel Washington, Jeff Bridges, Natalie Portman, Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman And Octavia Spencer).

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, joined by Oscar®-winning and nominated Academy members Demian Bichir, Dustin Lance Black, Glenn Close, Guillermo del Toro, Marcia Gay Harden, Terrence Howard, Jennifer Hudson, Brie Larson, Jason Reitman, Gabourey Sidibe and Ken Watanabe, announced the 89th Academy Awards® nominations today (January 24).oscars2017_27x40poster_jimmy

This year’s nominations were announced in a pre-taped video package at 5:18 a.m. PT via a global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, and the Academy’s digital platforms; a satellite feed and broadcast media. In keeping with tradition, PwC delivered the Oscars nominations list to the Academy on the evening of January 23.

SideBar Information You Could Use

  • With their Best Picture nominations for Moonlight, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner become the first individual producers to have nominations in the Best Picture category in four consecutive years.
  • La La Land is the first musical with original music and story to receive a Best Picture nomination since All That Jazz (1979) and the second since Anchors Aweigh (1945).
  • With his Best Picture nomination for Manchester by the Sea, Matt Damon becomes only the third individual to be nominated in the Acting, Writing and Best Picture categories. The others are Warren Beatty and George Clooney.
  • Denzel Washington is the seventh individual to receive Acting and Best Picture nominations for the same film, joining Warren Beatty, Kevin Costner, Clint Eastwood, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Bradley Cooper.
  • Thomas Newman’s nomination for Original Score for Passengers is his 14th and brings the total for members of the Newman family (Alfred, Lionel, Emil, Thomas, David, and Randy) to 90, more than any other family.
  • Stuart Craig has the most nominations for Production Design of any living person with 11. The all-time record in the category belongs to Cedric Gibbons with 38 nominations.
  • Kevin O’Connell and Andy Nelson, each with 21 nominations for Sound Mixing, are tied for the most nominations in the category since nominations began going to individuals in 1961.
  • With their nomination for Sound Editing for La La Land, Ai-Ling Lee and Mildred Iatrou Morgan become the first female team to be nominated in the category. Six other women have a combined total of 10 nominations and five wins for Sound Editing.
  • Kim Magnusson, with his sixth nomination for Live Action Short Film, has produced the most films nominated in the short film categories of any living person.
  • “The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story is the seventh song from a documentary feature to be nominated and the fifth in the past five years.

And The Nominees Are:

BEST MOTION PICTURE OF THE YEAR

  • Arrival” (Paramount) A Paramount Pictures Production, Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, Aaron Ryder and David Linde, Producers
  • Fences” (Paramount) A Paramount Pictures Production, Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black, Producers
  • Hacksaw Ridge” (Summit Entertainment) A Pandemonium Films/Permut Presentations Production, Bill Mechanic and David Permut, Producers
  • Hell or High Water” (CBS Films and Lionsgate) A Sidney Kimmel Entertainment/Film 44/LBI Entertainment/OddLot Entertainment Production, Carla Hacken and Julie Yorn, Producers
  • Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox) A Fox 2000 Pictures Production, Donna Gigliotti, Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping, Pharrell Williams and Theodore Melfi, Producers
  • La La Land” (Summit Entertainment) An Impostor Pictures/Gilbert Films/Marc Platt Production, Fred Berger, Jordan Horowitz and Marc Platt, Producers
  • Lion” (The Weinstein Company) A See-Saw Films Production, Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Angie Fielder, Producers
  • Manchester by the Sea” (Amazon Studios) A Pearl Street Films/The Media Farm/K Period Media/The A | Middleton Project/B Story Production, Matt Damon, Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh, Producers
  • Moonlight” (A24) A Dos Hermanas Production, Adele Romanski, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Producers

ACHIEVEMENT IN DIRECTING

  • Arrival” (Paramount) Denis Villeneuve
  • Hacksaw Ridge” (Summit Entertainment) Mel Gibson
  • La La Land” (Summit Entertainment) Damien Chazelle
  • Manchester by the Sea” (Amazon Studios) Kenneth Lonergan
  • Moonlight” (A24) Barry Jenkins

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Isabelle Huppert in “Elle” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Ruth Negga in “Loving” (Focus Features)
  • Natalie Portman in “Jackie” (Fox Searchlight)
  • Emma Stone in “La La Land” (Summit Entertainment)
  • Meryl Streep in “Florence Foster Jenkins” (Paramount)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Viola Davis in “Fences” (Paramount)
  • Naomie Harris in “Moonlight” (A24)
  • Nicole Kidman in “Lion” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Octavia Spencer in “Hidden Figures” (20th Century Fox)
  • Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea” (Amazon Studios)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

  • Casey Affleck in “Manchester by the Sea” (Amazon Studios)
  • Andrew Garfield in “Hacksaw Ridge” (Summit Entertainment)
  • Ryan Gosling in “La La Land” (Summit Entertainment)
  • Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic” (Bleecker Street)
  • Denzel Washington in “Fences” (Paramount)

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

  • Mahershala Ali in “Moonlight” (A24)
  • Jeff Bridges in “Hell or High Water” (CBS Films and Lionsgate)
  • Lucas Hedges in “Manchester by the Sea” (Amazon Studios)
  • Dev Patel in “Lion” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Michael Shannon in “Nocturnal Animals” (Focus Features)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OF THE YEAR

  • Land of Mine” A Nordisk Film Production, Denmark
  • A Man Called Ove” A Tre Vänner Production, Sweden
  • The Salesman” An Asghar Farhadi/Memento Films Production, Iran
  • Tanna” A Contact Films Production, Australia
  • Toni Erdmann” A Komplizen Film Production, Germany

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM OF THE YEAR

  • Kubo and the Two Strings” (Focus Features) Travis Knight and Arianne Sutner “Moana” (Walt Disney) John Musker, Ron Clements and Osnat Shurer
  • My Life as a Zucchini” (GKIDS) Claude Barras and Max Karli
  • The Red Turtle” (Sony Pictures Classics) Michael Dudok de Wit and Toshio Suzuki
  • Zootopia” (Walt Disney) Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Clark Spencer

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  • Fire at Sea” (Kino Lorber) A Stemal Entertainment Production, Gianfranco Rosi and Donatella Palermo
  • I Am Not Your Negro” (Magnolia Pictures) A Velvet Film Production, Raoul Peck, Rémi Grellety and Hébert Peck
  • Life, Animated” (The Orchard) A Motto Pictures and A&E IndieFilms Production, Roger Ross Williams and Julie Goldman
  • O.J.: Made in America” (ESPN Films) A Laylow Films and ESPN Films Production, Ezra Edelman and Caroline Waterlow
  • 13th” (Netflix) A Forward Movement Production, Ava DuVernay, Spencer Averick and Howard Barish

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Princess Grace Foundation-USA Announces 2017 Applications for Princess Grace Awards in Theater, Playwriting, Dance Performance, Choreography and Film

The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) announces the availability of applications for the 34th annual Princess Grace Awards in Theater, Playwriting, Dance Performance, Choreography, and Film. Founded in 1982, in memory of Princess Grace (Kelly) of Monaco, The Princess Grace Foundation-USA is a non-profit, publicly-supported charity, headquartered in New York City and established 34 years ago by Prince Rainier III of Monaco to honor his wife, Princess Grace’s [Kelly] legacy. Its mission is dedicated to identifying and assisting emerging talent in theater, dance, and film by awarding grants in the form of scholarships, apprenticeships, and fellowships.princess-grace-foundation-usa-awards

Since its inception, more than 800 recipients have been awarded, totaling over $13 million. Some notable Princess Grace Awards recipients include:

FILM: Emmy Award winner Cary Fukunaga, director of HBO‘s “True Detective,”Jane Eyre and Netflix‘s Beasts of No Nation; Jon M. Chu director, and Stephen Hillenburg, creator of Nickelodeon‘s most iconic cartoon, “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

THEATER: Tony Award winners for Best Direction of a Play, Anna D. Shapiro (August

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Princess Grace of Monaco. Archives of the Princely Palace of Monaco

Osage County) and Sam Gold (Fun Home); Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner, Academy Award winner Eric Simonson and Golden Globe Award winner for HBO’s “Show Me A Hero,” Oscar Isaac.

DANCE: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle; American Ballet Theatre’s Gillian Murphy and Isabella Boylston and New York City Ballet’s Tiler Peck; as well as choreographers and MacArthur “Genius” grant winners, Kyle Abraham and Michelle Dorrance.

As this year’s applications become available on our website, we invite non-profit theater, dance, & film schools and theater & dance companies to nominate candidates. We are eager to select the next group of emerging artists ready to soar to new heights, break down barriers, and reach their fullest potential,” says Executive Director, Toby E. Boshak.

Videos about the Award opportunities in each discipline highlight the outstanding and diverse artistry supported by the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. Click here to watch theater, dance, and film videos.*

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Grace Kelly – Rear Window. The Kobal Collection

Theater Awards are offered via scholarships, apprenticeships and fellowships. Awards are based on the quality of the emerging artist’s past work, potential for future excellence, and impact the collaboration between the nominating organization and the artist will have on the individual’s artistic growth. DEADLINE: MARCH 31, 2017.

The Playwriting Award includes a residency at New Dramatists and opportunity for the winning play to be licensed and published by Samuel French, Inc. Submission window: March 1-March 31, 2017 through New Dramatists’ website at www.newdramatists.org/princess-grace.

Dance Performance Awards are offered via scholarships and fellowships. Awards are based on the applicant’s artistic merit, significance of the Award to current artistic development, and the potential for future excellence and impact on the field. Choreography Awards offer emerging choreographers the opportunity to create a new work with organizations with which they have little experience. DEADLINE for both: May 1, 2017.

Film scholarships, awarded to undergraduate and graduate students, are by invitation-only and support the filmmaker’s thesis projects. Approved film programs are invited to submit applicants via their Department Chairs or Deans. A complete list of accepted schools is in the FAQ section under “Grants” at www.pgfusa.org/grants-program/FAQs. DEADLINE: JUNE 1, 2017

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status. All applicants (except playwriting) must be nominated by a non-profit organization (school or company) with which they will be affiliated during the grant period (September 1, 2017 – August 31, 2018).

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Grace Kelly. Photo Credit: The Kobal Collection

Visit www.pgfusa.org/grants-program/applications.

Born November 12, 1929, Grace Kelly grew up in a boisterous, loving Irish Catholic family. The strong personalities of her father John B. Kelly, Olympic medalist in rowing, politician and successful businessman, and her mother, Margaret, competitive swimmer, and community activist, fostered achievement in their children. Sisters, Peggy and Lizanne were outgoing and vivacious. Brother Jack, following in his father’s footsteps, became a rowing champion and public figure. Civic responsibilities, a wide circle of friends, and a large close-knit extended family kept life busy at the Kelly homes in Philadelphia and at the Jersey shore.

Grace’s personality was shy and gentle. In contrast to her outer reserve, the determination that led her to leave her comfortable life in suburban Philadelphia to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City at age 17 was an indication of an inner strength that would characterize her adult life. Continue reading

THIRTEEN’s American Masters Presents the World Premiere of Patsy Cline Documentary Beginning March 4 on PBS During Women’s History Month

Features Exclusive Access To The Cline Estate, Rare Performances And New Interviews With Reba McEntire, LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Wanda Jackson, Beverly D’Angelo And Others, With Narration By Rosanne Cashscreen-shot-2016-01-07-at-9_37_54-am

Born Virginia Patterson Hensley in Winchester, Virginia, The late Patsy Cline (September 8, 1932-March 5, 1963) defined modern country music by using her singular talent and heart‐wrenching emotional depth to break down barriers of gender, class and genre. In her music and her life, she set a standard of authenticity towards which artists still strive. After years of hard work to overcome industry gender biases and her own personal hardships and professional missteps, she achieved success, only to have it punctured by uncanny premonitions and her untimely death at age 30. The new documentary Patsy Cline: American Masters premieres nationwide beginning March 4 on PBS (check local listings) during Women’s History Month as part of the 31st season of THIRTEEN’s American Masters series. 2017 marks the 85th anniversary of Cline’s birth.

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Patsy Cline. Credit: Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises

Cline boldly bucked female conventions of the 1950s with her fashion sense, her decision to divorce, her support of fellow female artists, and her assertive ambition to get opportunities equal to those of her male Nashville peers, such as the same kind of headliner billing and radio airplay, particularly after breaking free of her unfavorable contract with Four Star Records. Six years after her national breakthrough on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts (CBS, 1957), she died in a plane crash returning home from a benefit performance. Her many posthumous honors include being the first solo female performer to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a U.S. postage stamp. She was also portrayed in the Oscar-winning feature film Coal Miner’s Daughter (1980) by D’Angelo and in Sweet Dreams (1985) by Jessica Lange.

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Patsy Cline. Credit: Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises

Narrated by Rosanne Cash, Patsy Cline: American Masters examines the roots of Cline’s impact in both personal and cultural terms to illuminate how she arrived at a pivotal moment in the evolution of American culture and, with Decca Records producer Owen Bradley, synthesized country, pop and rock in a new way to create the Nashville Sound. With exclusive access to the Cline estate, the film features rare performances of such Cline classics as “Walkin’ After Midnight” “Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray,” “Come On In,” “I Fall to Pieces,” “Crazy,” “You Made Me Love You” and more.

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Patsy Cline. Credit: Courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises

The documentary also features exclusive archival interviews with Cline’s contemporaries and new interviews with a wide range of artists who have been influenced by Cline: LeAnn Rimes, Kacey Musgraves, Rhiannon Giddens, Wanda Jackson, Bill Anderson, Beverly D’Angelo, Callie Khouri, Reba McEntire, Mickey Guyton and more.

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Country music singer-songwriter Mickey Guyton, who was influenced by Patsy Cline, is interviewed in “Patsy Cline: American Masters.” Credit: Peggy Sirota

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Country music singer-songwriter Mickey Guyton, who was influenced by Patsy Cline, is interviewed in “Patsy Cline: American Masters.” Credit: Peggy Sirota

It’s been such a privilege to tell the story of Patsy Cline. For me, her story exceeds her musical accomplishments. She is in a rare class of women who simply set out to achieve their dreams and through those efforts left an indelible mark,” said Emmy-nominated director and producer Barbara J. Hall. Continue reading

AARP The Magazine Announces The 16th Annual Movies For Grownups® Award Winners

Loving Selected Best Picture of 2016; Denzel Washington and Annette Bening Score Top Acting Honors

Star-Studded Annual Awards to be celebrated in Los Angeles on Monday, February 6, 2017

Through Weekly News And Reviews, Nationwide Screenings, And An Annual Awards Event, The Movies For Grownups® Initiative Champions Movies For Grownups, By Grownups.

AARP The Magazine today announced the winners of the 16th Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards. In doing so, the editors continue their integral role in awards season by honoring the best films with unique appeal to movie lovers with a grownup state of mind and by recognizing the inspiring artists who make them. With Loving and Denzel Washington and Annette Bening among the top honorees, this year’s winners will be celebrated at AARP Movies for Grownups® Awards on February 6, 2017. Three-time Emmy award-winning film and stage actress Margo Martindale will host the evening at the historic Beverly Wilshire in Los Angeles. (Chase Card Services, through its AARP® Credit Card from Chase, is the presenting sponsor of AARP’s Movies for Grownups® Awards event.)

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With more than 37 million readers, AARP The Magazine is the world’s largest circulation magazine and the definitive lifestyle publication for Americans 50-plus. AARP The Magazine delivers comprehensive content through health and fitness features, financial guidance, consumer interest information and tips, celebrity interviews, and book and movie reviews. AARP The Magazine was founded in 1958 and is published bimonthly in print and continually online. (Learn more at www.aarp.org/magazine/. Twitter: www.twitter.com/AARP)

The annual Movies for Grownups® Awards raises funds for the AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, which helps struggling people 50-plus in Los Angeles and around the country transform their lives through programs, services and vigorous legal advocacy. The foundation works to ensure that low-income older adults have nutritious food, functional and affordable housing, steady income, and strong and sustaining social bonds.aarp-foundation-logo1

The AARP Foundation is active in Los Angeles and working with the Motion Picture &Television Fund (MPTF) to develop programs to reduce social isolation among older people, by keeping them connected with their friends, families and neighborhoods. The Foundation also is the founding sponsor of L.A. Kitchen, where California produce considered “waste” is used to make healthy meals for those in need.

And The Award Goes To…..

Best Picture goes to Loving, the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of the anti-miscegenation law in Virginia went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Annette Bening and Denzel Washington lead this year’s acting honorees and will take home Best Actress and Best Actor awards for their work in 20th Century Women and Fences, respectively.loving_xlg

This year’s Best Supporting Actress award will go to Viola Davis for her outstanding performance in Fences and Jeff Bridges earns the Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Hell or High Water. This year’s Best Director and Best Screenwriter awards will go to Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea. Actor, producer and Academy Award-winner Morgan Freeman will receive the evening’s highest honor, the 2016 Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award.

AARP is delighted to celebrate the very best movies of 2016 and the outstanding work by the filmmakers and actors who make them,” says Myrna Blyth, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director for AARP Media. “These are the top movies for grownups made by tremendously talented grownups.”la_la_land_ver3

AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards is one of the loveliest events of the season, one that is intimate and elegant and honors the films, filmmakers and film actors that people really respond to,” says actress Margo Martindale.manchester_by_the_sea_ver2_xlg

hell_or_high_water_ver3_xlgThe (Complete List for the) 16th Annual Movies for Grownups® Award Winners are:

  • Best Picture: Loving
  • Best Actress: Annette Bening (20th Century Women)
  • Best Actor: Denzel Washington (Fences)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis (Fences)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Jeff Bridges (Hell or High Water)
  • Best Director: Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
  • Best Screenwriter: Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea)
  • Best Comedy/Musical: La La Land
  • Breakthrough Achievement: Robert Mrazek (The Congressman)
  • Best Grownup Love Story: Margo Martindale and Richard Jenkins (The Hollars)
  • Best Documentary: The Beatles: Eight Days a Week
  • Best Intergenerational Film: 20th Century Women
  • Best Buddy Picture: Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie)
  • Best Time Capsule: Jackie
  • Best Movie for Grownups Who Refuse to Grow Up: Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Best Foreign Language Film: Elle (France)absolutely_fabulous_the_movie_ver3_xlg

For more information about AARPs Movies for Grownups® Awards, go to www.aarp.org/moviesforgrownups. The entire list of award winners will also be featured in the February/March Issue of AARP The Magazine, available in homes February 1st.

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