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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meryl Streep To Narrate Colm Toibin’s THE TESTAMENT OF MARY

Simon & Schuster Audio (www.audio.simonandschuster.com) is proud to announce that Academy Award-winning actress Meryl Streep will narrate THE TESTAMENT OF MARY by Colm Toibin, recently long-listed for the Booker Prize and cited as one of The New York Times’ Notable Books of 2012.  The audiobook will be available on CD and for download on

Meryl Streep To Narrate Colm Toibin's THE TESTAMENT OF MARY Audiobook.  (PRNewsFoto/Simon & Schuster)

Meryl Streep To Narrate Colm Toibin’s THE TESTAMENT OF MARY Audiobook. (PRNewsFoto/Simon & Schuster)

September 10, 2013. Colm Toibin is the author of six novels, including The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award.

Streep’s haunting performance combined with Toibin’s tour de force of imagination and language create a listening experience so compelling your vision of Mary will be forever transformed.

Streep, one of the most celebrated performers of our time, offers a rare and powerful performance in THE TESTAMENT OF MARY, Toibin’s acclaimed and provocative imagining of the life of Mary in the years after Jesus’ death. The three-time Academy Award winner gives voice to Mary, a solitary, fully human woman–aging, flawed, courageous and outspoken–seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity.

What Meryl Streep manages first is a sort of calm force; there is a naturalness in the voice, and in the phrasing. And then slowly something sorrowful emerges, it is like an undertone. It comes from the stops and the half-sighs and that can move into moments of insistent pain and out of that again into memory,” says Toibin.  “She has a way of lingering on words and phrases which is always perfectly natural, but it gradually takes on a real power. I think anyone who hears it will be astonished by it.”

To have one of the great actors of our time apply her craft to the audiobook medium is a true publishing event,” says Chris Lynch, President & Publisher of Simon & Schuster Audio. “Listeners will be spellbound by her interpretation of Colm Toibin’s vivid, compelling novel.”

Simon & Schuster Audio is a leading publisher of general interest audiobooks including bestselling fiction, nonfiction, business/finance, self-improvement, inspiration, language learning programs, original audiobook productions, and children’s titles. In addition to a list that includes such unparalleled authors as Mary Higgins Clark, Vince Flynn, Ernest Hemingway, Stephen King, Michael Lewis, and David McCullough. Simon & Schuster Audio has produced audiobooks that have won seven Grammy Awards and earned thirty-five Grammy nominations since 1989.

Simon & Schuster (www.simonandschuster.com) a part of the CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom.

DENZEL WASHINGTON FLIES TO NUMBER ONE AND IS AMERICA’S FAVORITE MOVIE STAR

CLINT EASTWOOD IS AT NUMBER TWO AGAIN AND TOM HANKS IS NUMBER THREE

DENZEL WASHINGTON played rogue spy and a hero pilot with a few problems in 2012, the latter role earning him his sixth Academy Award nomination, among other accolades. Washington also reclaims a title he last held in 2008 – AMERICA’S FAVORITE MOVIE STAR, rising one place from last year. Clint Eastwood had an “interesting” year and spoke to a now infamous empty chair, but remains at number two, and all around nice guy TOM HANKS rises one spot to the number three position. These are some of the results of The Harris Poll ® of 2,141 adults surveyed online between December 12 and 18, 2012 by Harris Interactive®.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 17: Denzel Washington attends the UK Film Premiere of 'Flight' at the Empire Leicester Square on January 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/ImageNet)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 17: Denzel Washington attends the UK Film Premiere of ‘Flight’ at the Empire Leicester Square on January 17, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/ImageNet)

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