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Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE, (The Hollywood Times) 1/31-15 – Those of us who watched Breaking Bad or even those who didn’t might be excited to learn that the producers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould (Breaking Bad) have another surprise for everyone, their new TV series called Better Call Saul. Continue reading “Better Call Saul premiere intrigues everyone”
The Academy’s Scientific and Technical Awards honor the men, women and companies whose discoveries and innovations have contributed in significant and lasting ways to motion pictures. Honorees are celebrated at a formal dinner held two weeks prior to the Oscar ceremony. The Sci-Tech Awards presentation has become a highlight of the Academy Awards season.
The Hollywood Times will be there reporting live on 2/7.
American Cinema Editors will present veteran editors Diane Adler, ACE and Jerry Greenberg, ACE with the organization’s prestigious Lifetime Career Achievement honors at the 65th Annual ACE Eddie Awards tonight on Friday, January 30, 2015.
The Lifetime Career Achievement Award honors veteran editors whose body of work and reputation within the industry is outstanding. Carolyn Giardina will receive the esteemed Robert Wise Award, which recognizes a journalist whose writing has contributed significantly in elevating public consciousness to the crucial role of editing in the filmmaking process. This honor is presented periodically, not every year, and is voted upon by the ACE Board of Directors, while the Career Achievement honors are an annual tradition. “Diane Adler, Jerry Greenberg and Carolyn Giardina represent the best in their fields,” stated the ACE Board of Directors. “It’s not only their tremendous contributions to film, television and journalism that warrant recognition, it is their tireless dedication to their craft – the tenacity each of them has shown is the kind of energy and dedication that our organization thrives on and delights in recognizing in these outstanding and deserving honorees.”
ABOUT DIANE ADLER, ACE Diane Adler, ACE is probably best known for her work editing some of the most memorable television series’ in history: The Rockford Files, Spencer: For Hire and Kojak. Despite her success, Adler didn’t start off wanting to be an editor or even part of the entertainment industry. Her primary goal when she started out in the 1950’s was to earn enough money to send both of her kids to college. Yet despite putting motherhood first, over the next four decades, she would leave an indelible mark on American television and immerse herself in various leadership roles within entertainment industry organizations such as American Cinema Editors and the Motion Picture Editors Guild. She got her start at Ziv Productions where she worked as the highest paid secretary making $115 a week, but craving advancement. Her hard work paid off when one of her bosses at Ziv, Don Tait, moved to 20th Century Fox where they were just starting up their TV division, and hired Adler to help cut television commercials into the TV programs. She later worked at 4 Star Productions where she met film editor Tom Rolf, ACE. In the early 1960’s, Rolf subsequently moved on to Paramount where he was cutting features and called Adler to come in for a one-week gig as an Assistant Editor on a project. Adler jumped at the chance to get the experience and took the gig despite its short-term parameters. As luck would have it, Rolf’s regular Assistant Editor left to pursue another opportunity and Adler got the job steady. Chuck West, head of Paramount editorial at the time took notice of Adler’s killer work ethic and her one-week gig turned into a two-year stint at the studio. There she worked as an assistant editor on various features for editors including Stuart Gilmore, Bill Brame and John Woodcock with whom she worked on El Dorado starring John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. Assistant editing was going well for her and then television came calling when she was offered a job as an Assistant Editor at Warner Bros. and worked on several popular TV series of the day. From there she edited many movies-of-the-week such as Huckleberry Finn, The New Maverick, Thursday’s Game and Girl Most Likely to… and she worked a season editing the acclaimed series Kojak. But it was The Rockford Files, where she spent five years as an editor, where she really felt like she was home. To this day, the crew still celebrates RockFest each July, an annual reunion for those who worked on the show. Her additional series credits include Bret Maverick, Riptide, Hunter and The Rousters, along with made-for-TV movies likeShe’s in the Army Now, Percy & Thunder and Wild Jack. Her other feature credits include co-editing The Presidio. After retiring in the early 1990’s, Adler dedicated herself to organizations such as ACE and the Motion Picture Editors Guild. She is currently on the board of the Motion Picture Editors Guild and actively involved with ACE. She produces the organization’s “Invisible Art/Visible Artists” panel held annually with the Oscar® nominated editors the day before the Academy Awards. And, after four decades of work, she sent both of her kids to college.
ABOUT JERRY GREENBERG, ACE Jerry Greenberg, ACE is a three-time Oscar® nominee, winning once in 1972 for his work on The French Connection, for which he also won a BAFTA Award for best editing. He also was Oscar® nominated twice in the same year (1980) for Kramer vs. Kramer and Apocalypse Now. Greenberg is known for his work on many of the films of the American New Wave working for directors like Arthur Penn, Francis Ford Coppola, Sidney Lumet, Michael Cimino, Brian De Palma and William Friedkin. His filmography includes Bye Bye Braverman, Dressed To Kill, Alice’s Restaurant, The Boys in the Band, They Might Be Giants, Scarface, Still of the Night, Reds, Heaven’s Gate, Wise Guys, The Untouchables, The Accused and Awakenings, Trapped, Get Carter, Inspector Gadget and American History X, among many others. He began his career in his native New York in 1960 where he learned how to edit music and began familiarizing himself with the Moviola, splicers, synchronizers and recorders. He was ready for his big break and he got it when he was offered an apprenticing job for the legendary Dede Allen on Elia Kazan’s America America. By 1967, Greenberg and Allen were working closely together and on Bonnie and Clyde Greenberg was given the task of editing a couple of the shootout scenes and worked closely with Allen and director Arthur Penn on them. Not soon after, his career was off and running. He cut his first solo feature Bye Bye Braverman for director Sidney Lumet in 1971 and won the Oscar® and BAFTA for editing William Friedkin’s The French Connection a year later. The infamous car chase from that film has been dissected and taught at film schools ever since.
ABOUT CAROLYN GIARDINA AND THE ROBERT WISE AWARD Award-winning journalist and author Carolyn Giardina has covered editing and post-production throughout her career. She serves as contributing editor, tech, at The Hollywood Reporter, for which she writes its ‘Behind the Screen’ blog. Carolyn has also worked in the U.S. and abroad as an editor, reporter or columnist for publications including SHOOT, Film & Video, The IBC Daily and the SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal. Since 2013 she has served as editorial consultant for ACE’s in-house publication, CinemaEditor. As a member of the Hollywood Post Alliance board, she co-founded the Hollywood Post Alliance Awards, which is now in its 10th year. She also regularly contributes to the community as a conference speaker and moderator. She is co-author of “Exploring 3D” (Focal Press, 2012), which examines the aesthetics and creative potential of incorporating depth into storytelling. In 2011, she received the International Cinematographers Guild’s Technicolor William A. Fraker Award for outstanding journalistic contributions to cinematography. The Robert Wise Award was first presented at the 50th Annual ACE Eddie Awards and has only been presented a few times in the last fifteen years. Past recipients include Jack Tucker, ACE, Edgar Burcksen, ACE, Vinny LoBrutto, ACE, Steven Cohen, ACE, writer Michael Ondaatje.
By Max D. Uribe
Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/30/15 – It always seems like an odd coincidence when two movies with similar plots are released within several months of each other. Remember Olympus Has Fallen and White House Down in 2013, or Mirror, Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsmen in 2012 or Capote and Infamous in 2006? Inevitably, one of the two is a superior film that either does better at the box office, wins awards, or both. So, as I was ten minutes into watching “The Humbling” I couldn’t help but think I was watching a lower budget version of “Birdman,” which opened a few months ago and is now considered the frontrunner for the Best Picture Oscar. Fortunately, for both films, the plot of “The Humbling” veers off in a different direction so the films aren’t entirely the same. And, while “The Humbling” showcases some of Pacino’s finest work in years, even he can’t save this bizarre movie.
The film is based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Philip Roth, and revolves around a once-great actor named Simon Axler (Al Pacino), who is suffering from an identity crisis. We begin backstage where a melancholy Simon applies his make-up as he rehearses the opening lines of Jacques’ monologue from Act II, Scene VII of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.”
“All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances…”
Simon recites these lines over and over until it’s time to go onstage. Unknowingly, he manages to exit through the wrong door, finds himself out on the street, gets locked out of the theatre and has a heckuva time getting back in. Sound familiar? It is. Almost the exact same thing happens to Michael Keaton’s character Riggan in “Birdman.” And like Riggan, Simon somehow finds his way back in, and gets back on stage. Once there, Simon discovers that he’s not relevant to the crowd. Everyone in the audience seems to be bored. They’re coughing, sleeping, playing with their cell phones, and as if in a desperate cry for help, he plunges face first off the stage landing into the orchestra pit. Simon tells us in a voiceover that there is a, “…thin line between genius and insanity.” Well, throwing yourself off a stage definitely shows that.
After Simon’s discharged from the hospital, he returns to his home, where he’s lived for 14 years. His agent Jerry (a terrific Charles Grodin) accompanies him back to the house, and astutely observes that it looks like Simon still hasn’t moved in. And it’s true. Moving boxes are littered everywhere. Eventually, at the request of his therapist (Dylan Baker) and with the blessing of Jerry, Simon agrees to go to a recovery facility for 30 days to get some help as he’s deeply depressed and not sure what life and his acting mean anymore.
Upon arriving at the center, we witness Simon’s first group therapy session where he rambles on about himself and his lost grip on his art. It’s a bizarre scene given that the camera stays on Simon the whole time so we don’t see the reactions of the group participants. Additionally, at one point the camera tilts down to Simon’s shoe and holds there for a few seconds as he taps his foot. Not sure what Barry Levinson (“You Don’t Know Jack,” “Diner”), the director of the film, was thinking, but the shot made absolutely no sense. I mean, what artistic merit does Simon’s shoe have? Perhaps, I missed something.
It is here at the center where Simon is befriended by Sybil (Nina Arianda), a wealthy woman who claims that she had an amazing life until she came home to discover her husband molesting their little girl. Remembering that Simon killed some people in one of his movies, and unable to separate fiction from reality, she assumes that he’s killed before and asks him to kill her husband for her. A stunned Simon, politely refuses.
No sooner does Simon get released from the recovery center than Pegeen Mike Stapleford (Greta Gerwig), shows up at his place. She’s the daughter of some life-long friends and admits to Simon that she’s secretly had a crush on him since she was eight years old. The twist, of course, is that she is now a lesbian, who’s recently broken up with her lover, Louise (Kyra Sedgwick), the dean of Westcott College where Pegeen teaches, and with whom she slept in order to get the job.
And so begins a ridiculous series of events, some of which are true and some of which are figments of Simon’s imagination. Again, sound familiar to “Birdman?” It is, except the figments are different for each character. Here Pegeen and Simon engage in a romantic tryst, much to Simon’s surprise. Peppered in with this are: the disapproval of Pegeen’s parents Asa and Carol (wonderfully played by Dan Hedaya and Dianne Wiest); constant attempts by Simon’s agent Jerry to get him working again – especially since he’s spending so much money on Pegeen; crazy phone calls accompanied with weird sci-fi ring tones from Pegeen’s ex-lover Louise who is trying to warn Simon that Pegeen will break his heart; Sybil periodically showing up, getting more and more aggressive and neurotic as she attempts to convince Simon to kill her husband for her; Pegeen’s eventual boredom with Simon and her return to her lesbian roots as she brings another woman home to “satisfy” her cravings; and the sudden appearance of Prince (Billy Porter) who’s another one of Pegeen’s former lesbian lovers, only she’s a he as Prince is now a transgender man. I could wax on more, but why waste your time or mine?
Overall, Pacino is terrific and gives an inspired performance, from subtle reactions to a blowout scene in Act Three. He does some tremendous physical acting too. The scene with the suitcase is hilarious. But, there’s so much here that is bizarre, and just plain absurd. Pegeen is at least half Simon’s age (he’s 67), and while it’s the fantasy of most heterosexual older men to have sex with or be in a relationship with an attractive younger woman, Simon and Pegeen’s relationship made no sense. She randomly shows up one day at his door and then next thing you know she and Simon are building a train set together, having dinner, then making out – all of which felt very contrived and unrealistic. Simon sums it up best when he says, “I’m a love cliché.” And he is. The whole romantic relationship comes across as nothing more than an older male writer’s fantasy – yes, let’s go for the younger woman, and then to spice it up, let’s make her a lesbian! Then later on, to make things really crazy, let’s throw in a lesbian love scene while Simon watches! (That scene, by the way, was beautifully shot and choreographed as we never see the women having sex, only their silhouettes.)
Overall, this is an unusual film, and unless you’re a huge fan of Pacino and want to see him or any of the other actors on the big screen (always a pleasure to see Dianne Wiest and she’s excellent), you might want to consider waiting for the film on VOD or DVD/Blu-ray or perhaps skipping it all together.
“The Humbling” opened in limited release on January 23, 2015. Distributor: Millennium Entertainment. Production Companies: Ambi Pictures, Hammerton Productions. Genre: Comedy, Drama. Running time: 112 minutes.
Produced by Barry Levinson, Al Pacino, Jason Sosnoff.
Written by Buck Henry, Michal Zebede, based on the novel by Philip Roth. Cinematography by Adam Jandrup. Film Editing by Aaron Yanes. Music Composed by The Affair, Marcelo Zarvos. Production Design by Sam Lisenco. Art Direction by Steven Jos Phan. Costume Design by Kim Wilcox. Casting by Bess Fifer.
Santa Monica, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/26/00 – It wasn’t quite a landslide for Election, but the dark comic fable still managed to nail a strong indie vote Saturday with three top honors, including best feature, at the Independent Spirit Awards. Continue reading “15th Annual Spirit Awards”
Santa Monica, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/1/14 – Held on the Saturday before the Oscars (March 1) in the traditional tent on the beach in Santa Monica, in spite of the rain. It was beautiful at the beach, surf high and awardees even more so. The weather started rolling in about the time the awards ended. Continue reading “2014 Independent Film Spirit Awards”
January 30, 2015
OSCAR® NOMINEES TO BE HONORED AT ACADEMY LUNCHEON
LOS ANGELES, CA —More than 150 Oscar nominees, along with 87th Oscars® host Neil Patrick Harris, will come together at noon on Monday, February 2, at the Beverly Hilton when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.
Among the Lead Actor and Actress nominees, Steve Carell, Bradley Cooper, Marion Cotillard, Felicity Jones, Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne and Reese Witherspoon are expected to attend the pre-Oscars event. Supporting Actor and Actress nominees Patricia Arquette, Laura Dern, Robert Duvall, Ethan Hawke, Edward Norton, J.K. Simmons and Emma Stone also will join in the celebratory lunch.
Three of the five nominees in the Directing category – Richard Linklater, Bennett Miller and Morten Tyldum – also are expected to attend.
The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.
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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
MARC FRIEDLAND TAPPED TO DESIGN THE OSCARS® ENVELOPE FOR FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Beverly Hills, Calif. — Marc Friedland, creative director of Marc Friedland Couture Communications, will once again design the envelopes and announcement awards bearing the names of Oscar® winners for the 87th Academy Awards®. He began creating the first-ever specially designed envelope and winners cards for the Oscars in 2011. Continue reading “The Envelope Please”
Jan 29th, 2015 Super Bowl XLIX Sneak Peek: Can the Patriots Stop the Seahawks’ Rushing Attack?
Super Bowl XLIX really has no favorite, which means we’re in store for a good one. Continue reading “Super Bowl XLIX is bound to be close. What matchups should we be watching during the game?”
Burbank, CA (January 30, 2015) – ABC Family has started production this week on two new comedy pilots, “Kevin From Work” and “Tough Cookie.” Both pilots are single-camera and are shooting in Los Angeles. Continue reading ““Kevin From Work” and “Tough Cookie””
BRENDA LEE STAYS “COMMERCIAL” WITH APPEARANCE ON THIS WEEKEND’S SUPER BOWL TELECAST
New York, NY (January 30, 2015) – The finalists for Cynopsis Social Good Awards have been announced and will be honored at a special breakfast ceremony to recognize our industry’s contributions to their communities, from sustainability partnerships and PSA’s to diversity campaigns, environmental initiatives, and more. “This is the moment to commemorate all the good works from brands, networks and digital entities, regardless of media platform,” said Cynopsis Editorial Director, Roberta Caploe.
Honorees include A+E Networks, Barclaycard US, Bravo Digital Media, Cartoon Network Latin America, Crackle, DIRECTV, Discovery Communications, ESPN, Food Network, FOX Sports, MLB Advanced Media, NBCUniversal, Nickelodeon, OMD, Sprout, Time Warner Cable, Univision Communications Inc., USA Network, and Viacom. A complete list of the finalists can be found here.
The Cynopsis Social Good Awards Breakfast takes place on March 3rd from 8-10:00 a.m., at The Yale Club in New York City. For event information, click here. For specific registration questions, contact Pete Romas at firstname.lastname@example.org. For advertising or sponsorship information, contact VP of Sales & Marketing Mike Farina at email@example.com.
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Launching Much-Anticipated Summer 2015 Arrival of the Action-Packed Thrill Ride, “Fast & Furious—Supercharged,”
During NBC’s Super Bowl Pre-Game Coverage
Universal City, California, January 30, 2015 – Universal Studios HollywoodSM shifts into high gear with the debut of an innovative, national 30-second commercial for its summer 2015 launch of the “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” thrill ride during NBC’s Super Bowl Pre-Game coverage on Sunday, February 1, 2015. Continue reading “Ready….Steady….Go!”
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/30/15 – The nominations for the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards were announced this morning, with many artists being recognized more than once.
The nominees include some of the biggest names in country music, with Miranda Lambert, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton and Garth Brooks in the running. Continue reading “The 2015 Academy of Country Music Award Show Announces Nominees This Morning”
“A Second Chance: The Janelle Morrison Story”
available on March 24th
An elite triathlete’s inspiring journey from near-fatal crash to the podium.
A Second Chance: The Janelle Morrison Story is the story of a professional long distance triathlete who suffered a near-fatal car crash and her battle to race again. Janelle’s recovery was nothing short of miraculous, astonishing doctors every step of the way.
Within three months she was walking without crutches and was able to run a few weeks later. She returned to training camps with her coach seven months into her recovery and returned to professional racing less than two years after her horrific accident.
This inspiring story follows Janelle’s incredible road to recovery, from wheelchair to podium, giving audiences a unique insight to what it takes to chase a dream.
Janelle Morrison is available for interviews and in-studio opportunities.
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Our goal this season was to do a different kind of story and to take now a married couple who are very committed to one another, who want their marriage to work, and ask the question what happens when two people are truly, in their marriage, respectful of their partner and loving and yet have a conflict over the most important thing in their lives. Joel Fields
By Valerie Milano
Pasadena, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/29/15- FX unfurled the season three premiere of The Americans on Wednesday night. It has a great brand logo courtesy of the boomer certified symbol of red menace (the hammer and sickle), and occupies the adult oriented timeslot of 10:00. It was rebroadcast immediately after at 11:00 for us special needs viewers. Good thing, because it was hard to keep the Commies straight without scorecard. Continue reading “FX – The Americans”
Silver Lake, CA (The Hollywood Times) 1/29/15 – Sultry Sweet Burlesque returns to it’s residency at the beautiful 90 year old El Cid in Silver Lake on Sunday February 22, 2015. Now in it’s third year, Sultry Sweet fuses the best of the best in burlesque with innovative aerial and side-show acts to create one of the most exciting burlesque revues in town. Featuring live performances by Donna Hood (Miss Viva Las Vegas 2014), Audrey DeLuxe (Burlesque Bingo), Sin Fisted (FNI entertainer of the year 2015). Continue reading “Sultry Sweet Burlesque returns to El Cid on Feb. 22”
PARK CITY, UTAH (January 25, 2015) – OUTFEST, the world’s leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen, announced today at the 19th annual Outfest Queer Brunch that Lucy Mukerjee-Brown has been named Director of Programming of the organization. She will oversee all Outfest programs which include: Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival, Outfest UCLA Legacy Project and Outfest Forward, as well as NewFest in New York.
Mukerjee-Brown succeeds KP Pepe who left Outfest in the fall for an exciting opportunity to become the Visual Arts Chair at the Oakwood School. In addition to Mukerjee-Brown, the Outfest programming team consists of Senior Programmer Alonso Duralde, Senior Programmer Harry Vaughn, Artistic Consultant Kim Yutani, Outfest Forward Manager Shari Page and Outfest UCLA Legacy Project Manager Alice Royer. The 33rd annual Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival runs July 9-19, 2015.
In making the announcement, Executive Director Kirsten Schaffer said, “Lucy is a great addition to the Outfest team. She brings extensive knowledge and experience in developing films and a passionate commitment to discovering the next generation of LGBT storytellers.”
Lucy is an established film Producer and LGBTQ advocate. Most recently she was the Vice President of Development at Cinelou Films, the company best known for the Jennifer Aniston movie CAKE. There she was responsible for bringing in projects with A-list talent attached, (including their latest drama starring Eddie Murphy which just wrapped production). Previously Lucy was an exec at After Dark Films where she oversaw a busy production slate for Warner Bros and Lionsgate.
Lucy is a longtime collaborator with Outfest, having served as a Festival Juror and OutSet Writing Mentor, as well as being on the Screenwriting Lab Selection Committee since 2011. Her other festival affiliations include Sundance, LAFF and Q Films, Long Beach. In 2014, Senator Ricardo Lara honored her for her dedication to increasing the visibility of LGBTQ films and filmmakers. She is a Film Independent: Project Involve fellow, and a member of the Producers Guild of America and BAFTA.
The annual Outfest Queer Brunch takes place at Sundance and is a celebration of LGBT filmmakers and industry. The year’s presenting sponsor is Ease Entertainment and the Supporting Sponsor is the Arcus Foundation.
Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the leading organization that promotes equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBT lives. Over the past three decades, Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world to audiences of nearly a million, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers and protected more than 35,000 LGBT films and videos. Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival is eleven days of world-class films, discussions and parties.