11 More Stars Set To Present At 89th Oscars

oscarnews_homepage2Amy Adams, Riz Ahmed, Javier Bardem, John Cho, Dwayne Johnson, Felicity Jones, Leslie Mann, Janelle Monáe, David Oyelowo, Emma Stone And Charlize Theron

Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced the third slate of presenters for the 89th Oscars® telecast. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live Sunday, February 26, on the ABC Television Network.

The presenters, including past Oscar® winners and nominees, are Amy Adams, Riz Ahmed, Javier Bardem, John Cho, Dwayne Johnson, Felicity Jones, Leslie Mann, Janelle Monáe, David Oyelowo, Emma Stone and Charlize Theron.

No matter who you are or where you live, movies bring us together,” said De Luca and Todd. “Through indelible, fearless performances these extraordinary actors help make it happen. We are thrilled to welcome them to the 89th Oscars stage.”

Adams received an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Leading Role for “American Hustle” (2013). Additionally, she has earned four nominations for Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in “The Master” (2012), “The Fighter” (2010), “Doubt” (2008) and “Junebug” (2005). Her notable credits also include “Arrival” (2016), “Nocturnal Animals” (2016), “Big Eyes” (2014), “Her” (2013) and “Julie & Julia” (2009). Adams will next appear in “Justice League.”

Ahmed appeared in the Oscar-nominated films “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (2016) and “Nightcrawler” (2014). Additionally, his credits include “Jason Bourne” (2016), “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” (2013), “Ill Manors” (2012), “Day of the Falcon” (2011), “Centurion” (2010) and “Four Lions” (2010).

Bardem won an Oscar for Actor in a Supporting Role for “No Country for Old Men” (2007). He has been nominated for Actor in a Leading Role twice, for “Biutiful” (2010) and “Before Night Falls” (2000). Bardem starred in the Oscar-winning films “Skyfall” (2012) and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008). Other notable credits include “The Counselor” (2013), “Eat Pray Love” (2010), “The Sea Inside” (2004) and “Mondays in the Sun” (2002). Bardem will appear next in “Escobar”, “mother!” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”

Cho’s credits include the Oscar-winning film “Star Trek” (2009), as well as the Oscar-nominated films “Star Trek Beyond” (2016) and “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013). Additionally, Cho’s film credits include “Identity Thief” (2013), “Total Recall” (2012), “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” (2008), “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” (2004) and “American Pie” (1999). He will next appear in “Gemini.”

Johnson appears in the Oscar-nominated film “Moana” (2016). His recent feature credits also include “Central Intelligence” (2016), “Furious Seven” (2015), “San Andreas” (2015), “Hercules” (2014), “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” (2013) and “Pain & Gain” (2013). Johnson will appear next in “Baywatch,” “The Fate of the Furious” and “Jumanji.”

Jones received an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Leading Role for “The Theory of Everything” (2014). She also appeared in the Oscar-nominated films “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (2016) and “The Invisible Woman” (2013). Jones’s feature credits also include “A Monster Calls” (2016), “Inferno” (2016), “Breathe In” (2014) and “Like Crazy” (2011).

Mann’s feature credits include the Oscar-nominated films “ParaNorman” (2012) and “Rio” (2011). Additionally, she has appeared in “The Comedian” (2016), “How to Be Single” (2016), “The Other Woman” (2014), “Rio 2” (2014), “This Is 40” (2012), “Funny People” (2009), “Knocked Up” (2007) and “The 40 Year-Old Virgin” (2005). Mann will next appear in “The Pact.” Continue reading

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

Two-Time Oscar Winner Robert De Niro to be Honored with the Hollywood Career Achievement Award at the 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards®

The 19th Annual Hollywood Film Awards will take place Sunday, November 1, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel

The 2015-2016 Awards season has officially begun. dick clark productions announced that two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro will be honored with the “Hollywood Career Achievement Award.” The awards ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015.

Hollywood Film Awards (PRNewsFoto/dick clark productions)

Hollywood Film Awards (PRNewsFoto/dick clark productions)

The Hollywood Film Awards®, founded in 1997, were created to celebrate Hollywood and launch the awards season and recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. The recipients of the awards are selected by an Advisory Team for their body of work and/or a film(s) that is to be released during the calendar year. Honorees have gone on to garner many Oscar nominations and wins. Past honorees of the “Hollywood Career Achievement Award” include Glenn Close, Harrison Ford, Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Keaton and Robin Williams among others.

Robert De Niro is currently starring in Warner Bros. Pictures‘ “The Intern” and will appear next in 20th Century Fox‘s “Joy,” coming out December 25, 2015. He will next be seen in the upcoming boxing film “Hands of Stone,” Lionsgate‘s “Dirty Grandpa” and Grindhouse Entertainment‘s “Bus 657.” Currently, he is filming HBO’s “Wizard of Lies,” in which he is starring as Bernie Madoff and co-producing.

De Niro recently starred in Warner Bros.’ “Grudge Match,” David O. Russell‘s “American Hustle,” CBS Films’ “Last Vegas,” Relativity Media‘s “The Family,” Millennium‘s “The Killing Season,” and Lionsgate‘s “The Big Wedding.” Other recent film credits include Focus Features‘ “Being Flynn,” Grindstone Entertainment‘s “Freelancers,” and “Red Lights,” New Line Cinema‘s “New Year’s Eve,” thriller “Limitless,” “Little Fockers,” the third installment of the highly successful Tribeca Productions‘ “Meet the Parents” franchise, Filmauro‘s Italian romantic comedy “Manuale d’amore 3,” Nu Image Films‘ psychological thriller “Stone,” and 20th Century Fox‘s “Machete.”


“The Hollywood Film Awards is an incredible brand, previewing some of the biggest movies and stars of the year, while launching the award season,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions. “We are honored to have Robert De Niro as this year’s recipient of the Hollywood Career Achievement Award.”


Mr. De Niro launched his prolific motion picture career in Brian De Palma‘s “The Wedding Party” in 1969. By 1974 he had won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor in recognition of his critically acclaimed performance in “Bang the Drum Slowly” and from the National Society of Film Critic for Martin Scorsese‘s “Mean Streets.” In 1974 De Niro won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of the young Vito Corleone in “The Godfather, Part II.”

In 1980, he won his second Oscar, as Best Actor, for his extraordinary portrayal of Jake La Motta in Scorsese’s “Raging Bull.” De Niro has earned Academy Award nominations for his work in five additional films: as Travis Bickle in Scorsese’s acclaimed “Taxi Driver;” as a Vietnam vet in Michael Cimino‘s “The Deer Hunter;” as a catatonic patient brought to life in Penny Marshall‘s “Awakenings;” in 1992 as Max Cady, an ex-con looking for revenge, in Scorsese’s remake of the 1962 classic “Cape Fear;” and as a father to a bi-polar son in David O. Russell‘s “Silver Linings Playbook.”

In 2009, De Niro received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor for his distinguished acting. He also received the Hollywood Actor Award from the Hollywood Film Festival, which he won again in 2012, and the Stanley Kubrick Award from the BAFTA Britannia Awards. In addition, AARP The Magazine gave De Niro the 2010 Movies for Grownups Lifetime Achievement Award. De Niro was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards. He also served as the jury president of the 64th Cannes Film Festival.

His distinguished body of work also includes performances in Elia Kazan‘s “The Last Tycoon“; Bernardo Bertolucci‘s “1900“; Ulu Grosbard‘s “True Confessions” and “Falling in Love“; Sergio Leone‘s “Once Upon a Time in America“; Scorsese’s “King of Comedy,” “New York, New York,” “Goodfellas,” and “Casino“; Terry Gilliam‘s “Brazil“; Roland Joffe‘s “The Mission“; Brian De Palma‘s “The Untouchables“; Alan Parker‘s “Angel Heart“; Martin Brest‘s “Midnight Run“; David Jones‘ “Jacknife“; Martin Ritt‘s “Stanley and Iris“; Neil Jordan‘s “We’re No Angels“; Penny Marshall’s “Awakenings”; Ron Howard‘s “Backdraft“; Michael Caton-Jones‘ “This Boy’s Life“; John McNaughton‘s “Mad Dog and Glory“;  Kenneth Branagh‘s “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein“; Michael Mann‘s “Heat“; Barry Levinson‘s “Sleepers” and “Wag the Dog“; Jerry Zaks‘ “Marvin’s Room“; Tony Scott‘s “The Fan“; James Mangold‘s “Copland“; Alfonso Cuarón‘s “Great Expectations“; Quentin Tarantino‘s “Jackie Brown“; John Frankenheimer‘s “Ronin“; Harold Ramis‘ “Analyze This” and “Analyze That“; Joel Schumacher‘s “Flawless“; Des McNuff‘s “The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle“; George Tillman‘s “Men of Honor“; John Herzfeld‘s “Fifteen Minutes“; Frank Oz‘s “The Score“; Tom Dey‘s “Showtime“; Michael Caton-Jones‘ “City By The Sea;” Nick Hamm‘s “Godsend;” John Polson‘s “Hide and Seek“; Mary McGuckian‘s “The Bridge of San Luis Rey“; DreamWorks‘s “Shark TaleJay Roach‘s “Meet The Parents,” and “Meet the Fockers,” Barry Levinson‘s “What Just Happened,” Jon Avnet‘s “Righteous Kill” and Kirk Jones‘ “Everybody’s Fine.”

De Niro takes pride in the development of his production company, Tribeca Productions, the Tribeca Film Center, which he founded with Jane Rosenthal in 1988, and in the Tribeca Film Festival, which he founded with Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff in 2001 as a response to the attacks on the World Trade Center. The festival was conceived to foster the economic and cultural revitalization of Lower Manhattan through an annual celebration of film, music, and culture; the festival’s mission is to promote New York City as a major filmmaking center and help filmmakers reach the broadest possible audiences.

Through Tribeca Productions, De Niro develops projects on which he serves in a combination of capacities, including producer, director and actor. Tribeca’s “A Bronx Tale” in 1993 marked De Niro’s directorial debut. He later directed and co-starred in “The Good Shepherd” with Matt Damon and Angelina Jolie. Other Tribeca features include “Thunderheart,” “Cape Fear,” “Mistress,” “Night and the City,” “The Night We Never Met,” “Faithful,” “Panther,” “Marvin’s Room,” “Wag the Dog,” “Analyze This,” “Flawless,” “ The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle,” “Meet the Parents,” “Fifteen Minutes,” “Showtime,”  “Analyze That” and “Meet the Fockers.”

In 1992, Tribeca TV was launched with the acclaimed series “Tribeca.”  De Niro was one of the executive producers. Tribeca Productions is headquartered at De Niro’s Tribeca Film Center in the Tribeca district of New York. The Film Center is a state-of-the-art office building designed for the Film and television industry. The facility features office space, a screening room, banquet hall and restaurant. The center offers a full range of services for entertainment professionals.

Last year’s Hollywood Film Awards® honorees and presenters included Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Gerard Butler, Steve Carell, Benedict Cumberbatch, Geena Davis, Laura Dern, Johnny Depp, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Jonah Hill, Ron Howard, Randy Jackson , Angelina Jolie, Michael Keaton, Keira Knightley, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lopez, Julianne Moore, Janelle Monáe, Jack O’Connell, Eddie Redmayne, Chris Pratt, Channing Tatum, Robert Pattinson, Chris Rock, Kristen Stewart, Hilary Swank, Christoph Waltz, Reese Witherspoon and Shaileene Woodley among others.

Another Golden Night at the 2015 Golden Globes Awards

It was a night of celebration, a few surprises, laughter, heartfelt speeches and a few serious, even somber moments as Hollywood marked the opening of the Awards Season with the 72nd Golden Globes ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

Thunderous applause greeted Amy Poehler and Tina Fey as they took the stage for the third time and immediately warmed the room by ribbing Cecil B DeMille recipient George Clooney. “George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin this year.” Said the presenters, “Amal is a human rights lawyer who worked on the Enron case, was an adviser to Kofi Annan regarding Syria, and was selected for a three-person U.N. commission investigating rules of war violations in the Gaza Strip. So tonight, her husband is getting a lifetime achievement award.” The irony was graciously acknowledged by the award recipient, smiling from the floor.

When Clooney finally did take the stage to receive his prize, greeted by a standing ovation, he was equally humble addressing both nominees and winners in the crowd by saying: “If you are in this room you caught the brass ring”. Clooney acknowledged some of his predecessors like Lauren Bacall and Robin Williams – both of whom passed away last year and then struck a more heartfelt tone. “It is a humbling thing to find someone to love”, he said addressing his new bride Amal Alamuddin. “I am proud to be your husband” said Hollywood’s previously most eligible bachelor.

Clooney concluded on a somber note. “Millions of people marched today in Paris and around the world”, said the actor-director-producer known for his social and political activism, “we will not live in fear”. It was just one of the references to the tragic terrorist attacks of the past week that killed 17 people in Paris including 10 journalists at the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo. Clooney’s message was echoed by Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Theo Kingma in his address when he said “The freedom of artistic expression … is a beacon across the globe … We stand united everywhere from North Korea to Paris”. Many other guests such as Amy Adams, Alexandre Desplat, Tchecky Karyo and Helen Mirren also expressed solidarity with the victims sporting “Je Suis Charlie” buttons and generally conveying Hollywood’s support of free artistic expression.

And tonight Hollywood did it the best way it knows: By distributing Golden Globes to the best films and television series of the year. In the first department Boyhood led the pack with three wins: Best Drama, Best Director for Richard Linklater and Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette. Another favorite, Birdman took the awards for Best Screenplay and Best Actor for Michael Keaton and his tour-de-force lead performance as washed up actor Riggan Thompson. In somewhat of an upset it could not, however, best Wes Anderson’s whimsical The Grand Budapest Hotel which was named Best Comedy or Musical.

In the other acting categories it was a golden night for Eddie Redmayne, a winner as Best Actor Drama for his characterization of Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything (the film also won for Best Musical Score). Return nominee Amy Adams won the Globe for Best Actress Comedy or Musical for Big Eyes and J.K. Simmons won his first Globe for portraying a fierce music teacher in Whiplash. How To Train Your Dragon 2 was the winner in the animation category while Leviathan was named Best Foreign Film of 2015. Best Original Song went to Selma’s Glory by John Legend and Common.

The 72nd Globe proved historic for newcomer Amazon Studios that scored two Globes forTransparent (Best Comedy Series and Jeffrey Tambor for lead actor). FX’s Fargo also scored big with wins as Best Miniseries and for Best Supporting Actor (Billy Bob Thornton). Another double winner was Showtime’s newcomer The Affair that won Best Drama Series and for Ruth Wilson as Best Actress – Drama. Kevin Spacey won for his portrayal of ruthless VP (and now president elect) Francis Underwood in Netflix’s House of Cards. One of the most emotional speeches was delivered by newcomer Gina Rodriguez for her win as Best Comedy Actress in the breakout series Jane The Virgin. Wins for Best Drama Actress (Maggie Gyllenhall in The Honourable Woman) and Supporting Actor in The Normal Hearti> (Matt Bomer) and Downton Abbey (Joan Froggatt) rounded out the field.

All in all a great night that had space, among other things, for Tina and Amy’s salute to “the new HFPA member from North Korea” – with an uncanny resemblance to comedienne Margaret Cho and the notorious propensity of asking stars to pose with her publication.

Best Motion Picture – Drama
Winner: Boyhood

Lead Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama
Winner: Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Lead Actress in a Motion Picture- Drama
Winner: Julianne Moore – Still Alice

Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical
Winner: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Lead Actor in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical
Winner: Michael Keaton – Birdman

Lead Actress – TV Drama
Winner: Ruth Wilson – The Affair

Director
Winner: Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Lead Actor – TV Drama
Winner: Kevin Spacey – House of Cards

Best TV Drama
Winner: The Affair

Actress – TV Miniseries or Movie
Winner: Maggie Gyllenhaal – The Honorable Woman

Foreign Film
Winner: Leviathan, Russia

Lead Actor – TV Comedy
Winner: Jeffrey Tambor – Transparent

Screenplay
Winner: Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo – Birdman

Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Winner: Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Animated Feature
Winner: How to Train Your Dragon 2

Lead Actress in a Motion Picture- Comedy or Musical
Winner: Amy Adams – Big Eyes

Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or TV movie
Winner: Matt Bomer – The Normal Heart

Original Song – Motion Picture
Winner: Glory – Selma (John Legend, Common)

Original Score – Motion Picture
Winner: Johann Johannsson – The Theory of Everything

Best TV Comedy or Musical
Winner: Transparent

Lead Actress – TV Comedy or Musical
Winner: Gina Rodriguez – Jane the Virgin

Actor – TV Miniseries or Movie
Winner: Billy Bob Thornton – Fargo

TV Miniseries or Movie
Winner: Fargo

Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or TV movie
Winner: Joanne Froggatt – Downton Abbey

Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Winner: J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Announces Complete List of Stars to Present on OSCAR® Sunday 2014

STARS COME OUT TO CELEBRATE ON OSCAR® SUNDAY

The Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network.

The Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network.

Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron today announced the complete slate of stars who will present Oscars at the ceremony. The Oscars®, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Oscar Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

The presenters, including several past Oscar winners and nominees, will be Amy Adams, Kristen Bell, Jessica Biel, Jim Carrey, Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Penélope Cruz, Benedict Cumberbatch, Viola Davis, Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Sally Field, Harrison Ford, Jamie Foxx, Andrew Garfield, Jennifer Garner, Whoopi Goldberg, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Goldie Hawn, Chris Hemsworth, Kate Hudson, Samuel L. Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Michael B. Jordan, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lawrence, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Bill Murray, Kim Novak, Tyler Perry, Brad Pitt, Sidney Poitier, Gabourey Sidibe, Will Smith, Kevin Spacey, Jason Sudeikis, Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron, John Travolta, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Emma Watson and Naomi Watts

We are very excited that the Hollywood community will be turning out in force for Sunday’s Oscar ceremony,” said Zadan and Meron. “We sought to include a tremendous diversity of stars to represent not only this year’s nominees, but the legacy of the motion picture business as well.”

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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

NEW YORK FILM CRITICS SERIES ANNOUNCES NEXT NATIONAL IN-THEATER SCREENING SERIES, DAVID O. RUSSELL’S ‘AMERICAN HUSTLE’

MODERATED BY ROLLING STONE FILM CRITIC PETER TRAVERS

The New York Film Critics Series® (NYFCS®), one of the leading word-of-mouth screening companies, have partnered with movie theater locations throughout the U.S. to present live, national, in-theater screenings. The events are moderated by Peter Travers, film critic for Rolling Stone Magazine, and ABC’s Popcorn, along with additional coverage by Alison Bailes of More Magazine, WOR Radio, and The Charlie Rose Show. The series presents interactive, in-theater; pre-release movies and big screen HD simulcast with the stars and filmmakers.

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This is the first ever live national in-theater screening series which will entertain, educate, surprise, and refresh the spirit of true independent and foreign language filmmaking through provocative story-telling. The NYFCS® is dedicated to producing inspiring events in a collaborative environment and to nurturing the long-term success of movies. Featuring an energetic, creative, and experienced team, the NYFCS® exhibits socially and culturally relevant films with live world-class talent in the best independent theaters throughout the US.

The November event featured a pre-release screening of Paramount Vantage’s NEBRASKA, with live appearances by the film’s stars Bruce Dern, Winner of Best Actor, 2013 International Cannes Film Festival, June Squibb (ABOUT SCHMIDT) and Will Forte (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and MACGRUBER). Nebraska is directed by Oscar® winner Alexander Payne (THE DESCENDANTS, SIDEWAYS). NYFCS® is never available on the internet or on TV.

The December screening will feature Columbia Picture’s AMERICAN HUSTLE with live appearances by the film’s Oscar® nominated Director David O. Russell (SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, THE FIGHTER). The film stars: Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, and Jennifer Lawrence. A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). Like David O. Russell’s previous films, American Hustle defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes. AMERICAN HUSTLE is directed by David O. Russell. Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell. Produced by Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, and Jonathan Gordon. The film opens in New York and Los Angeles on December 13th and wide December 18th.

The live event will take place at the AMC EMPIRE 25 (234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036) on Monday December 9th at 1:15pm and throughout the country on Tuesday December 10th.

A regular series of ongoing preview screenings is established in approximately 50 selected major markets. Audiences experience all of the excitement of live Q&A sessions, hosted by Peter Travers. The big screen events deliver 9-13 curated pre-release films per year to discerning audiences on a monthly basis. Each movie in the screening series is introduced live by Peter Travers. Audiences then see award contenders prior to their release followed by live, HD Q&A between Travers, audiences and talent from the films. Each piece brings the energy and VIP nature of prestigious, NYC screenings for nationwide audiences to interact with stars and directors via two way simulcast.

Producer Mark Ehrenkranz, who will continue to program the series, commented: “Exclusive New York screenings with Peter Travers and live stars will now be intimately shared and enjoyed by film lovers everywhere in the comfort of their own neighborhood theaters. Unavailable in the past, filmgoers now have immediate access to personally chat with artisans to honestly discuss their work. The creators of the smaller, better films will now mutually interact with a nationwide audience to help spread the word and ensure that these films of high caliber continue to be made and distributed.

The prestige movies in the Screening Series might be followed by a regular theatrical run, or be available thereafter on VOD, DVD and other home entertainment vehicles.