Holiday Gift Guide 2019: Williams Sonoma and Casamigos Tequila And Mezcal Launch Premium Glassware, Bar Tools And Entertaining Accessories Perfect For Home Entertaining

New Co-branded Products Will Be Added to Current Assortment of Premium Cocktail Mixes, Salts and Gift Sets

Williams Sonoma, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc., portfolio of brands, announced today the launch of new premium glassware, bar tools and entertaining accessories in partnership with Casamigos, the award-winning, ultra-premium Tequila and Mezcal brand. The new products are the latest additions to the co-branded collaboration that launched earlier this summer with premium cocktail mixes, salts and gift set.

Casamigos Tequila and Mezcal was founded by longtime friends George Clooney, Rande Gerber, and Discovery Land Company CEO & founder Michael Meldman. Launched in 2013, these small batch, ultra-premium tequilas are made from the finest hand-selected 100% Blue Weber agaves grown in the rich red clay soil and cool climate of Mexico’s Jalisco Highlands for a minimum of seven years. Casamigos Blanco Tequila, rests for 2 months and is crisp and clean with a long smooth finish. Casamigos Reposado Tequila, aged 7 months in the finest American oak barrels, is soft, slightly oaky with a medium to long smooth finish. Casamigos Añejo Tequila, aged 14 months in the finest American oak barrels, has a beautiful pure and refined complex aroma with a lingering smooth finish.

Casamigos Collaboration with Williams Sonoma – Cocktail Mixes, Bar Tools and Glassware (Photo: Business Wire)

Launched in 2018, Casamigos Mezcal, made in Oaxaca, Mexico with 100% Espadín Agaves, rests up to 2 months and is balanced, and elegant with delicate notes of smoke leading to a long silky finish.

The Casamigos bar tools, coasters and cocktail tray are designed to reflect the Casamigos aesthetic. The collection is crafted from hand-stitched leather with graphic embossing, gunmetal-iron finishes and rustic wood detailing. Each piece is made with thoughtful detail, including a cocktail tray that comes with a removable marble slab, and glassware crafted out hand cut, machine-blown glass with sleek geometric designs.

Casamigos Bar Tools and Entertaining Collection for Williams Sonoma (Photo: Business Wire)

For Casamigos Tequila and Mezcal co-founder Rande Gerber, who took a very hands-on approach to the project, the collaboration felt natural: “Design is very personal for me. I wanted to create a line of glassware and bar tools that I would want to use and feel good in your hand. Everything from the shaker to the coasters are what I want at my bar.”

Our exclusive, co-branded cocktail mixes have quickly become best-sellers and the new additions to our assortment help our customers craft the perfect Casamigos cocktail,” said Williams Sonoma President, Ryan Ross. “I know our customers and fans of Casamigos will enjoy our collaboration on glassware, bar tools and entertaining pieces as much as I do.

Casamigos Glassware for Williams Sonoma (Photo: Business Wire)

The Casamigos for Williams Sonoma collection includes:

Casamigos Glassware:

  • Casamigos Double Old Fashioned Glass, $14.95 each
  • Casamigos Highball Glass, $16.95 each
  • Casamigos Margarita Glass, $19.95 each
  • Casamigos Shot Glass, $9.95 each

Casamigos Bar Tools:

  • Casamigos Shaker, $49.95 each
  • Casamigos Bar Tool Set, $99.95 each
  • Casamigos Bar Tool Set with Shaker, $149.95 each

Casamigos Entertaining Accessories:

  • Casamigos Coasters Set of Four with Holder, $59.95 each
  • Casamigos Ice Bucket, $149.95 each
  • Casamigos Pitcher, $99.95 each
  • Casamigos Tray, $149.95 each

In addition to the launch of the new bar tools, glassware and entertaining pieces, Williams Sonoma and Casamigos recently unveiled a new Pumpkin Spice seasonal cocktail mix. The Fall flavor is the latest addition to the co-branded cocktail mixes which include Ginger Lime Mule, Grapefruit Orange Paloma, Signature Margarita and Blackberry Basil Smash. The premium cocktail mixes are handcrafted in small batches and designed to be enjoyed simply by adding Casamigos Tequila or Mezcal and ice. Each mix is 25.4 fl. oz. (approx. 8 servings) and retails for $18.95 each.

Casamigos Tequila and Mezcal has garnered the highest accolades from the spirit industry’s most well-respected authority figures. The Casamigos Tequila and Mezcal family is available throughout the United States, UK, Canada, Australia and expanding worldwide. Casamigos Tequila 40% Alc./Vol. Casamigos Mezcal, 40% Alc./Vol. For more information please visit http://www.casamigos.com. Follow us on social media @casamigos. ENJOY RESPONSIBLY Imported by Casamigos Spirits Company, Manhasset, NY.

Tom Hanks to be Recipient of the 2020 Cecil B. deMille Award at The 77th Golden Globes Awards

September 24, 2019– The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) announced that eight-time Golden Globe winner and 15-time nominee, Tom Hanks, will be honored with the coveted Cecil B. deMille Award at the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The highly-acclaimed star of such legendary films such as Big, Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Cast Away, and the upcoming release of A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood will accept the honor at Hollywood’s Party of the Year® on Sunday, January 5, 2020 airing LIVE coast-to-coast from 5-8 p.m. PT/8-11 p.m. ET on NBC.

Tom Hanks the star of Columbia Pictures’ “Captain Phillips.” Photo Credit: AUSTIN HARGRAVE

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is proud to bestow the 2020 Cecil B. deMille Award to Tom Hanks,” said HFPA President Lorenzo Soria. “For more than three decades, he’s captivated audiences with rich and playful characters that we’ve grown to love and admire. As compelling as he is on the silver screen, he’s equally so behind the camera as a writer, producer, and director. We’re honored to include Mr. Hanks with such luminaries as Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese, and Barbra Streisand to name a few.”

Chosen by the HFPA Board of Directors, the Cecil B. deMille Award is given annually to a talented individual who has made a lasting impact on the film industry. Honorees over the decades include Jeff Bridges, Robert De Niro, Audrey Hepburn, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, Sophia Loren, Sidney Poitier, Steven Spielberg, Denzel Washington, Robin Williams, and many more.

Hanks’ complex and moving performances have earned him the honor of being one of only two actors in history to win back-to-back Best Actor Academy Awards®, he won his first Oscar® in 1994 for his moving portrayal of AIDS-stricken lawyer Andrew Beckett in Jonathan Demme’s Philadelphia. The following year, he took home his second Oscar for his unforgettable performance in the title role of Robert ZemeckisForrest Gump. He also won the Golden Globe Award for both films, as well as a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® for the latter.

In 2013, Hanks was seen starring in Golden Globe-nominated film Captain Phillips, for which he received Golden Globe, SAG, and BAFTA nominations as well as in AFI’s Movie of the Year Saving Mr. Banks with Emma Thompson. Hanks was most recently seen alongside Streep in Spielberg’s Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated film The Post, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe and won Best Actor with the National Board of Review. He will next be seen portraying Mr. Fred Rodgers in the upcoming biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Additional upcoming projects include the WWII drama Greyhound, which he also wrote, the post-apocalyptic BIOS and Paul Greengrass’ pre-Civil War drama News of the World.

His other feature credits include the Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski and Lana Wachowski film Cloud Atlas; Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close; the animated adventure The Polar Express, which he also executive produced and which reunited him with director Robert Zemeckis; the Coen brothersThe Ladykillers; Spielberg’s The Terminal and Catch Me If You Can; Sam MendesRoad to Perdition; Frank Darabont’s The Green Mile; Nora Ephron’s You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle; Penny Marshall’s A League of Their Own; Ron Howard’s Apollo 13; The Da Vinci Code; Angels & Demons; Splash; Hologram for a King; Inferno;Sully; and the computer-animated blockbusters Cars, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3 and Toy Story 4.

In 1996, Hanks made his successful feature film writing and directing debut with That Thing You Do!, in which he also starred. More recently, he wrote, produced, directed and starred in Larry Crowne, with Julia Roberts. Hanks and Playtone produced 2002’s smash hit romantic comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding, with his wife Rita Wilson. Other producing credits include Where the Wild Things Are, The Polar Express, The Ant Bully, Charlie Wilson’s War, Mamma Mia!, The Great Buck Howard, Starter for 10, and the HBO series Big Love, Band of Brothers, The Pacific and From the Earth to the Moon.

In 2002, Hanks received the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award.

He was later honored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center with the Chaplin Award in 2009. In 2014, Hanks received a Kennedy Center Honor.

Nestlé Nespresso SA Introduces George Clooney As New U.S. Brand Ambassador

Partnership and Multi-Channel Marketing Campaign Spotlight Nespresso’s Quality Coffee Credentials and Sustainability Efforts; Encourage Americans to “Experience a cup above”

This is the 1st U.S. TV commercial for Clooney and the 10th TV commercial internationally.

Nespresso, the worldwide pioneer and reference in premium, single-serve coffee, has announced that George Clooney — American actor, screenwriter, producer, director and activist — will extend his relationship with the company by becoming the new brand ambassador in the U.S. Beginning November 2nd, Clooney will be featured in Nespresso’s new integrated marketing campaign in the U.S., which brings to life Nespresso as “a cup above” across television, print and digital advertisements, a partnership web film, social media and a dedicated microsite. The campaign will also run in Canada. This is the first branded television advertising campaign in North America to feature Clooney.

George Clooney on the set of the new Nespresso “Experience a cup above” advertising shoot in Los Angeles, CA

George Clooney on the set of the new Nespresso “Experience a cup above” advertising shoot in Los Angeles, CA

Nestlé Nespresso SA is the pioneer and reference for highest-quality portioned premium coffee. Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Nespresso operates in 62 countries and has more than 10,500 employees. In 2014, it operated a global retail network of over 400 exclusive boutiques.

Extended Partnership to the U.S. Solidifies Clooney as Global Ambassador for Nespresso

As Nespresso’s U.S. brand ambassador, Clooney will share with American consumers Nespresso’s heritage of quality coffee, innovative design, leading sustainability and customer service. Clooney has been a long-term partner with the brand in Europe and other international markets, charming fans and coffee aficionados in broadcast and print campaigns since 2006. He also serves as a member of the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board, collaborating on ideas and solutions towards improving the lives and futures of coffee farmers.

We are thrilled that George Clooney is expanding his relationship with Nespresso by becoming the new U.S. brand ambassador. We are very proud of the work we have done together and we look forward to extending the partnership to bring our brand story and high quality, sustainable coffee to more and more people in the U.S.,” said Guillaume Le Cunff, President, Nespresso USA and member of the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board.

Danny DeVito on the set of the new Nespresso “Experience a cup above” advertising shoot in Los Angeles, CA

Danny DeVito on the set of the new Nespresso “Experience a cup above” advertising shoot in Los Angeles, CA

In the 30- and 60-second television ads, Clooney dressed in a war General costume is in a movie studio commissary lined up for coffee where he meets Danny DeVito, wearing a Napoleon costume. Danny is pouring himself a coffee from an antiquated coffee pot while George brews himself a fresh Nespresso. Danny, and various other characters in costume, is intrigued with George’s coffee selection and proceeds to ask Clooney to introduce him to Nespresso. Clooney, in his characteristic wit and charm, agrees to train Danny in the art of good taste – from his coffee selection to the beauty of tango dancing to a finely tailored suit. In the end, George himself is even impressed. Through their entertaining and comedic interplay, Clooney and DeVito demonstrate how everyone can “Experience a cup above.”

Danny DeVito, with supporting actor, Helena Mattsson, on the set of the new Nespresso “Experience a cup above” advertising shoot in Los Angeles, CA

Danny DeVito, with supporting actor, Helena Mattsson, on the set of the new Nespresso “Experience a cup above” advertising shoot in Los Angeles, CA

The statement is an invitation into Nespresso’s elegant lifestyle and the company’s commitment to deliver the highest quality sustainable Grand Cru coffees to its consumers. Only 1-2 percent of the world’s coffee crops match the brand’s strict quality requirements and aroma profiles. Continue reading

Isabella Rossellini Named President of the Un Certain Regard Jury; Joel and Ethan Coen to preside over the Jury of the 68th Festival de Cannes

The Italian-American actress and director Isabella Rossellini has kindly consented to preside over the Un Certain Regard Jury

Isabella Rossellini Portraits

For the first time in the history of the Festival de Cannes, not one but two leading figures will chair the Jury. American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen have accepted the invitation from President Pierre Lescure and General Delegate Thierry Frémaux to become the Presidents of the 68th edition of the Festival.

The daughter of Italian director Roberto Rossellini and Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman, to whom this year’s Festival de Cannes is to pay tribute, Isabella began her cinematic career alongside her father as a dresser, before becoming acting for the Taviani Brothers – family friends who gave her a role in The Meadow (1979). Her career quickly took an international turn, with White Nights by Taylor Hackford (1985), Tough Guys Don’t Dance by Norman Mailer (1987), Les Yeux noirs (1987) by Nikita Mikhalkov, Blue Velvet (1986) and then Wild at Heart (1990) by David Lynch, for whom she played a number of mysterious and tortured female roles.

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She went on to star in a wider variety of guises for both television and film in Italy and America but returned to arthouse cinema with Abel Ferrara’s The Funeral (1996), and Two Lovers by James Gray (2008), in which she played a role of remarkable intensity. In 2010 she appeared in The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Saverio Costanzo.

In 2008 following a request from Robert Redford, she threw herself into directing a miniseries devoted to the reproduction, seduction techniques and maternal behaviour of animals. Green Porno, Seduce me and Mammas – all produced by SundanceTV – which revealed her irresistible comic talent and off-beat sense of humor.
Miss Rossellini and Jean-Claude Carrière then made a scenic version entitled Animals Distracted Me, which toured the world to great acclaim.

At the 2015 Festival de Cannes, Rossellini will take part in the tribute to her mother by attending the screening 120X600-3of Ingrid Bergman, in Her Own Words‏, a documentary by Stig Björkman being shown as part of the Cannes Classics. She will also launch her own ‘Ingrid Bergman Tribute’ to celebrate the centenary of her mother’s birth. The show, directed by Guido Torlonia and Ludovica Damiani, will be based on both her autobiography and her correspondence with Roberto Rossellini and will play on some at the world’s major theatres.

With the help of a soon-to-be-announced Jury made up of artists, journalists and festival directors, Rossellini will award the Un Certain Regard Prize and meet the winners on Saturday 23rd of May, on the eve of the closing ceremony. The 2014 Un Certain Regard was awarded by President of the Jury Pablo Trapero to White God directed by Kornél Mundruczó.

Palme d’or laureates in 1991, the Coen brothers are part of the Festival’s history. Since Raising Arizona (1987), their second film, they have been invited into the Official Selection and have presented nine of their films, often winning the most prestigious prizes: the Palme d’or in 1991 for Barton Fink; the Award for Best Director in 1996 for Fargo as well as for The Man Who Wasn’t There in 2001. And in 2013, Inside Llewyn Davis won the Grand Prix, from Steven Spielberg.

From New York, where Joel studied film, the Coen brothers have become the embodiment of independent cinema, and let’s not forget that they have collaborated since their first film, Blood Simple in 1984, which won the Grand Prix at Sundance Film Festival. After Miller’s Crossing and Raising Arizona, both critically acclaimed, it was Barton Fink which brought international recognition. The brothers asserted their talent and originality in films such as Fargo, which was extremely popular with audiences, The Big Lebowski, which has acquired cult status with many film lovers, and O’Brother, Where Art Thou, which gave George Clooney his first big comedy role.

They always work together on films, for which Ethan (himself an author, with a short story collection, Gates of Eden, published in 1998 and newly re-edited in France) is the producer and Joel the director, and since 2004 they have credited themselves together for the script, directing, editing, and production, reinforcing the image of a kind of cinema as personal as it is brotherly. Continue reading

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

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.

Steven Spielberg and USC Shoah Foundation to Honor Artist & Humanitarian George Clooney with the 2013 Ambassador for Humanity Award

TNT is Presenting Sponsor with Host Jon Stewart, Special Guest Sandra Bullock and a Musical Performance by Norah Jones

Steven Spielberg, Founder of USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education will present artist and humanitarian George Clooney, for his tireless work as a global human rights activist, with the Institute’s highest honor, the Ambassador for Humanity Award at the Institute’s annual Ambassadors for Humanity gala on October 3, 2013, in New York City. Jon Stewart is host for the event with special guest Sandra Bullock and a performance by Norah Jones.

USC SHOAH FOUNDATION.  (PRNewsFoto/USC Shoah Foundation Institute)

USC SHOAH FOUNDATION. (PRNewsFoto/USC Shoah Foundation Institute)

The USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education is dedicated to making audiovisual interviews with survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides a compelling voice for education and action. Steven Spielberg established the Shoah Foundation after completing the film Schindler’s List to collect and preserve the video testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust. He envisioned that these eyewitness accounts would have a profound effect on education, and that the survivors would become teachers of humanity for generations to come.

USC Shoah Foundation is part of the University of Southern California’s Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Working within the university and with partners around the world, the Institute advances scholarship and research, provides resources and online tools for educators, and disseminates the testimonies for educational purposes.

Today, the Institute’s Visual History Archive preserves history as told by the people who lived it and lived through it. With its current collection of nearly 52,000 eyewitness testimonies in 33 languages and from 57 countries, it is one of the largest digital collections of its kind in the world. Continue reading