A Quiet Place
Release Date US April 6, 2018
Film Awards Review by Ché Zuro

I decided to watch this film right before bed. Bad idea.

Feeling as though I were somewhere between my childhood, watching the original Twilight Zone, Outer Limits or Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and my young adulthood, going to see Alien and The Shining on the big screen, this film fits right into the “scare the crap out of me” genre.

A Quiet Place is terrifying. I know, I know, it is only a movie, but the circumstances of a post apocalyptic world and a family, still together, facing the impossible feat of survival, cut straight through my heart and soul. (And scared the crap out of me. See above.)

The story begins with scenes of what looks like an abandoned town, torn apart, total destruction, with children seemingly playing in a deserted pharmacy. With the children speaking with each other via sign language, one wonders if they are deaf (one of them, we find out, IS), then we see the whole family leaving the building, all barefoot yet clothed like the weather is not quite warm, the story really begins. With paths lined with white sand, they trudge on toward their destination, quietly, stopping here and there only to communicate with each other quietly.

Sound, or the lack thereof, is the key to survival in this film. Any kind of sound, a cough, a sneeze, dropping something, could be the demise of a human being in this story.

As one watches this beautifully frightened family – the parents aptly played by Emily Blunt and John Krasinski and children by Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe and Cade Woodward – try to continue living in this very scary, silent world, we see just how the population could decrease while lives are very quickly taken away. 

The acting, done with very little spoken dialogue, was amazing. Watching these brilliant actors go through their daily routines without being able to express themselves with sound, was something that not many of us can relate to.

The children acting in this were just as fantastic as the adults, with Simmonds playing the deaf child, and the sound in the film representing what she hears daily. 

Living almost always underground, the family does just about everything that a normal family would do, except work, drive, play outside and anything that requires noise, and when there is some kind of mistaken noise, monsters appear out of nowhere. And the monsters are frighteningly ugly, huge mouths with long sharp teeth with freaky vocal sounds, pulsating heads and long slimy limbs.

You do NOT want one of these to find you.

As much as this film scared me, it was brilliant. It was very creative and the acting brilliant. The sound editing was profound, hearing every little morsel of a floor creaking to someone accidentally dropping something, juxtaposed with Regan Abbott’s unability to hear anything, until she does.

This is a must see if you like this genre of film and a “be careful” if you don’t.

ColorProof: The Secret to Red Carpet Ready Hair

Color Proof: The Secret to Red Carpet Ready Hair

By: Meg Taylor

As the awards season has officially come to an end, everyone is dying to know how celebrities achieved their flawless looks all season long. The key to red carpet ready hair is not only using products that are highly acclaimed but to use hair products that only include the best ingredients.

For colored hair, this has remained a constant battle on trying to find the right products to lock in color and to make your hair shine. ColorProof Color Care Authority is a complete line of professional luxury products designed exclusively for color-treated hair.

Their products are 100% vegan, sulfate-free, salt-free, gluten-free, paraben-free, and never tested on animals. Sounds too good to be true? That’s what I thought, so I decided to try it out.

I tested the CrazySmooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo, CrazySmooth Anti-Frizz Treatment Masque, and the ColorProof PowderFix Texturizing Powder Spray and was stunned.

While washing my hair, the shampoo made my hair silky smooth; which normally my hair doesn’t feel that way until after it is conditioned. The shampoo includes a blend of exclusive oils including Camellia Oil from Japan and Abyssinian Oil from Africa, with seaweed and shea butter.

CrazySmooth Shampoo

It instantly eliminates unruly frizz and infuses hair with extreme smoothness, shine and super healthy condition without weighing hair down. The CrazySmooth Anti-Frizz Shampoo retails at $39.00.

I thought my hair was already silky enough until I used the treatment masque. What I found interesting about this masque is that it is instructed to be applied from the scalp until the end. I was a little skeptical because I didn’t want to have greasy roots but trusted in the directions. The treatment masque includes a blend of soybean lipids, seaweed and shea butter to dramatically condition, miraculously tame, restore integrity and add much-needed elasticity and tensile strength for healthier, more youthful hair.

I left the masque in my hair for 5 minutes, instructed to be left in for 1-5 minutes, and rinsed my hair and waited for results. CrazySmooth Anti-Frizz Treatment Masque retails at $48.00.

Anti-Frizz Treatment Masque

I have natural wavy/curly hair and don’t typically put heat to my hair. I am constantly battling frizz because I let my curls air dry. After I brushed through my hair, I noticed a difference. My hair was velvety and appeared healthier already. After about an hour, my curls were bouncy and hydrated; no frizz at all. With colored hair, people typically don’t shampoo and condition their hair everyday to maintain color vibrancy. On day 3, my hair was no where near greasy and still maintained a no-frizz look.

I did however use the ColorProof PowderFix Texturizing Powder Spray to give my hair a little volume. The spray is designed exclusively for color-treated hair with a proprietary blend of revolutionary volumizing polymers and Pro Vitamin B5 Panthenol. Texturizing sprays may sometimes leave your hair feeling brittle or appearing greasy; I didn’t have that problem with this product.

Powder Fix Spray

The easy-dispensing, puff applicator allows users to seamlessly achieve volume at the roots, crown, or specific areas with no mess in three simple steps: spray, massage, and style. ColorProof PowderFix Texturizing Powder Spray retails at $25.00.

Overall, I had an incredible experience with Color Proof Color Care Authority. They offer various cruelty-free products for every hair type. I strongly recommend to anyone who wants to achieve that effortlessly flawless look to seek out Color Proof products. To learn more or buy these fabulous products, head over to http://www.colorproof.com/.

 

About ColorProof

Jim Markham is a highly acclaimed Beauty Industry icon who has led an amazing trailblazing career from being a prominent celebrity hair stylist to developing and innovating over 300 products for five highly successful hair care companies, four of which he founded and five owned including: ColorProof Color Care Authority, PureOlogy Serious Colour Care, ABBA Pure and Natural, Markham Products, and Sebring International.

With each new venture the Markham name has become synonymous with authentic, premium performance products that serve as an Industry standard. To date, under his leadership, Markham’s combined companies have generated over $1.2 billion in retail sales. He is best known for developing the first luxury professional line exclusively for color treated hair and for pioneering sulfate-free shampoos that have revolutionized the way color treated hair is cared for.

Markham was inspired to launch ColorProof Color Care Authority in 2011 after realizing that color care technology hadn’t advanced much since he launched PureOlogy ten years prior. Markham states, “Technology is always improving, including ingredient technology. What was good enough 10 years ago is no longer good enough. Just as you wouldn’t use a 10 year-old phone or computer, why use 10 year-old hair care technology when much more advanced technology is available.” With the persistent urging of colleagues and stylists, and his ceaseless passion for product development, Markham was inspired to make a valiant return to revolutionize the Industry once again. ColorProof features a full line of professional, luxury products designed exclusively for color-treated hair combining the latest ingredient technology with best-in-class formulas to create a new standard in color care, protecting hair color from start through finish.

Markham is very involved with the product development process at every level. Markham states, “I’ve built an elite team of some of the best chemists, researchers and ingredient experts in the world who are dedicated to sourcing and utilizing next generation ingredients. We collaborate to create products that are the finest quality with the most advanced technology, bar none.”

The company takes a unique approach to product development. Many manufacturers, Markham explains, conceive a product looking at price point first and performance last which ultimately limits the quality of ingredients that can be used. “We’re not limited by the cost of goods,” he says. “We begin our product development process by determining, first and foremost, the product’s desired performance with superior ingredients and then work backwards – determining the price point last. This is the only way to ensure true innovation.”

Markham personally directs his team to select the very highest quality, newest ingredients available to achieve optimum performance of his dream product and then empowers his inner circle of testers including highly trained educators, stylists and consumers, who provide valuable feedback on all aspects of the product. Products are not released until they are proven to exceed the performance of any other product in their category. “ColorProof is the next generation in luxury color care,” Markham continues. “Every product in the line is best-in-class and provides maximum color protection for hair that’s shiny, beautiful, vibrant, healthy and instantly youthful-looking.”

Following Hurricane Katrina and at the urging of his good friend, the late, Vidal Sassoon, Markham and his wife Cheryl traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana, to fund and build homes with Habitat for Humanity.

Jim Markham styling actor Paul Newman’s hair on set

The Markhams are also well-known and active donors of Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward’s charity, SeriousFun Children’s Network (formerly known as Hole in the Wall Gang Camp), which provides assistance to seriously ill children and their families.

The Markhams continue to proudly support worthy causes both locally and internationally.

  REVOLT Global Spin Awards

Child star DJ’s DJ Amira and DJ Kayla attend the 2018 Global Spin Awards

By Audrey Rock

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/1/18 – A child of the 90’s doesn’t forget the moment Ludacris takes the stage in an epic rap performance.  Then…Snoop Dogg joins him.  Then…Sean Diddy Combs. Then Jermaine Dupris.  This legendary rap quartet did in fact occur at the 6th annual REVOLT Global Spin Awards February 15th at DTLA’s Novo Center, later rebroadcast exclusively on REVOLT TV.

The four monarchs of hip-hop performed Welcome to Atlanta Coast 2 Coast Remix to a crowd gone wild—more wild with each monumental addition to the stage. By the time that was over, it almost felt as if absolutely nothing could top it.  It quite literally brought the house down.  Continue reading ”  REVOLT Global Spin Awards”

Short & Sweet Movie Reviews – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Short & Sweet Movie Reviews
by Ché Zuro

 

Three Billboards is another unique film in this year’s great group of fantastic releases!

The beginning of the film was so intriguing that I became glued to the screen in the first minute. Francis McDormand brilliantly plays a pissed off Mom, still looking for the killer of her daughter, while the Sheriff’s Department sits on their butts. The little town of Ebbing, Missouri has a racist feel with the “good old boy network” within the police department who regularly harass people of color for no good reason. Mom decides to take the law into her own hands, no holds barred!

With an incredible cast including McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell, this film was yet another one of my favorites of the award seasons and cannot be passed up. (The amount of nominations it has received in the majority of the different award shows is a good reason to just see the film!) The ensemble of actors worked so well together, each actor diving into his or her character regardless of whether they agreed with the character’s actions or not, with no fear. Even with so many characters being typical, put into a specific category, ( i.e. the male 30-something white Sheriff Department deputy who still with his controlling mom as well as the out of state red neck bad guys, hassling locals while drunk driving in a beat up truck) they were all believable and added to the feel of this depressing yet hopeful film. 

  Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell played their small town bigoted Sheriff Department characters so well that the viewer hates then loves them. The quality of the acting and the directing can be seen from the get go.

Once again, without giving too much more away, this is a must see film that has also received a 5 out of 5.

Short & Sweet Movie Reviews – GET OUT

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Short & Sweet Movie Reviews
by Ché Zuro

What a shock of a movie!

DO NOT turn it off because you think this is going to be a cute romantic chick flick or a film that mimics “Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner.” It is neither. 

This is a tough film to review because the plot should not be spoiled! Watching without knowing much about the story line is the BEST way to watch this film! (If you like surprises and know nothing about this film and want to see it, DO NOT READ the rest of my review!)

This DOES start out as a romantic comedy of sorts but suddenly changes into something so out of the ordinary, you cannot even fathom what is actually happening!

Rose Armitage (Allison Williams) takes her boyfriend Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) home to meet her parents for a weekend at their secluded estate in the woods; she’s white he’s black. It goes from cute and funny to questionable and disturbing to even more disturbing and then scary and horrific.

The acting was incredible.

Daniel Kaluuya plays the wonderful, funny, kind, generous, loving boyfriend, easy going, yet a little leery of meeting her parents. Allison Williams is the doting girlfriend who wants to spend her life with her man. The entire cast was stupendous in this film, including Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford playing the all-inclusive, well educated, liberal parents of Rose, who take Chris into their family immediately. From then on, this becomes a horror film.

The story line was completely unique, the directing amazing. Writer and director of this film, Jordan Peele, is up for nominations in Best Picture, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay in this year’s Oscars. Well deserved.

This is a MUST SEE and I have rated it 5 out of 5!

Everyone Wins with Distinctive Assets During Oscar Season!

by Dr. Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural

“A great gift has nothing to do with the retail value!”–Distinctive Assets founder Lash Fary

Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/26/18 – As awards season approaches its exciting climax in Tinseltown, Distinctive Assets will once again indulge the major Oscar nominees with the annual “Everyone Wins” Nominee Gift bags that have become the most buzzed-about swag in history!  The bags have been independently produced by Distinctive Assets for the past 16 years. Continue reading “Everyone Wins with Distinctive Assets During Oscar Season!”

The Oscars – Noms, Nods & Odds

By Susan Bredau, THT Flacker (The Hollywood Times) 2/23/2018 – When I was a kid, I spent most of my Saturdays at the movies.  These magical afternoons consisted of coming attractions, a cartoon, and 2 movies! The double-feature ruled. The same “coming attractions”, now known as trailers, were played regardless of the audience in the theater, and there was no rating system to protect us from unsavory subject matter.

When I think about this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Picture, I can only imagine being able to see a double feature of “Darkest Hour” and “Dunkirk” on the big screen, if only for the sake of days gone by.

I have a good feeling about the 90th Academy Awards® Show this year. Jimmy Kimmel returns as host and three-time Oscar-nominated Michael De Luca and Emmy®-nominated producer Jennifer Todd, who produced the Oscars last year return to helm this year’s production, which airs LIVE on Sunday, March 4th on ABC.

You can replay Kimmel’s monologue about the Oscar nominations which aired on Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel on nomination day – Here’s the clip!

I’m happy to see the diversity among the nominees this year, which was conspicuously absent in the 2017 slate. I will be disappointed if the Oscar Red Carpet caters to and succumbs to a cause marketing platform, as we’ve seen with some other award shows this year.

The Oscar’s Nominee Luncheon, the annual celebratory mixer for the nominees in all categories was held February 5 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. 90th Oscar's Luncheon Class Photo

A complete list of nominees is available at http://oscar.go.com, along with trailers and an Oscar Challenge.

Celebrating the Oscars is still a time-honored Hollywood tradition, complete with countless private viewing parties and Oscar pools to make it interesting. Have you picked your favorites yet? Do you like playing long shots, hunches, or do you go with the odds-on favorites? Yes, the experts have weighed in on the race for this year’s golden statues. Find out who has the odds in their favor! 

Movies for Grownups Awards to Air on PBS

The Movies for Grownups stage at The Beverly Wilshire

By Audrey Rock

Hollywood, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/22/18 – The AARP Movies For Grownups Awards has just matured a little.  The show, now in it’s 17th year, will air for the first time on broadcast television nationwide this Friday, February 23rd, at 9:00 PM on PBS Great Performances.

February 5th, ahead of the Academy Awards, Hollywood’s most respected actors, directors, producers and writers attended the taping of the ceremony, held at the lavish Beverly Wilshire Hotel.   The Hollywood Times was there on the red carpet to catch up with some of these celebrated artists. Continue reading “Movies for Grownups Awards to Air on PBS”

2018 WGA Awards

Brendan McCarthy – Grace and Frankie

By: Pete Borreggine

Peter.HWoodTimes@gmail.com

What a night!  This was my very first red-carpet assignment and let me tell you, it was not only fun but who can say that on their first assignment, they got to interview the legendary Glenn Close?  More on that later.

THE HOST

The event was hosted by Patton Oswalt. He has been headlining at comedy clubs all over the United States since 1996, as well as appearing in his own standup specials on Comedy Central and HBO. He was chosen as Entertainment Weekly’s “It” comedian in 2002. He is a regular on Late Night with Conan O’Brien (1993). His other television credits include appearances on Seinfeld(1989) and NewsRadio (1995).
As a writer, Oswalt spent two seasons on MADtv (1995) and has also written for the MTV Music Video Awards. He is currently writing screenplays and has appeared in the feature films Starsky & Hutch (2004), Man on the Moon (1999) and Magnolia (1999).* Continue reading “2018 WGA Awards”

Train Like an Action Hero with Dolph Lundgren for the New Year!-

by Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural

“My dad always told me that if I wanted to make something special with my life, I had to go to America.”–Dolph Lundgren

Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 2/7/18 – In Los Angeles, the holiday party season extends a month beyond the New Year to encompass the Hollywood party season.  This year the Oscars will broadcast on Sunday, March 4th one week after the Winter Olympics end on Sunday, February 25th in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Continue reading “Train Like an Action Hero with Dolph Lundgren for the New Year!-“

Janney and Butani

Allison Janney wore Butani diamond earrings to the Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon in Beverly Hills, California, on February 5, 2018.

Butani diamond earrings:

Founded in 1969, Butani has established itself as an internationally renowned designer of haute couture jewelry. The company has built a reputation for creating personalized handcrafted jewelry, with the belief that each jewel tells its own story. With a passion for beauty, perfection, and commitment to consistently reach new heights in haute couture design and attentive service, Butani has continued to design and create breathtaking jewelry that represents an expression of individuality, art, lifestyle and a desire for elegance. For more information, please visit www.butani.com

 

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Halle Berry, Dakota Fanning, Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Stone and Kelly Marie Tran To Present at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

 

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The 24th Annual SAG Awards® will air live on TNT and TBS, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 11, 2018) — Halle Berry, Dakota Fanning, Lupita Nyong’o, Emma Stone and Kelly Marie Tran will be presenters at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer Kathy Connell announced today.  The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, hosted by Kristen Bell, will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball, the X-Men franchise) is a two-time Actor® recipient. The first recognized her Outstanding Performance inIntroducing Dorothy Dandridge, in the Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series category. She subsequently was honored with an Actor® and an Oscar® for her lead performance in Monster’s Ball.

Dakota Fanning (The AlienistAmerican Pastoral) became the youngest-ever individual SAG Award nominee for her supporting role I Am Sam, when she was just seven. In subsequent nods to her early start, she introduced the SAG Awards’ tribute to child actors in 2002 and presented the SAG Life Achievement Award to Shirley Temple Black in 2006.

Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave, upcoming Black Panther) is an Actor® recipient and two-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee. She received the Actor® and an Oscar® for her Supporting Role in 12 Years a Slave, a performance that also earned her a SAG Awards nomination as a cast member.

Emma Stone (La La LandBirdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is a three-time Actor® recipient. One of her SAG Awards was for her lead role in La La Land, a performance that also earned her an Oscar® and a Golden Globe. Her other two Actors® were for her performance in the casts of Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) and The Help. Her supporting role Birdman garnered nominations for an Actor®, an Oscar® and a Golden Globe.

Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last JediCollegeHumor Originals) will be a first-time presenter at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. Her breakthrough role was as the skilled mechanic and Resistance fighter Rose Tico in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. 

About the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®

The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® presented by SAG-AFTRA with Screen Actors Guild Awards, LLC and hosted by Kristen Bell, will be produced by Avalon Harbor Entertainment. Inc. and will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January. 21, 2018 at8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PTTBS and TNT subscribers can also watch the SAG Awards live through the networks’ websites and mobile apps. Additionally, TNT will present a special encore broadcast of the ceremony at 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT. The telecast is available internationally, including to U.S. military installations through the American Forces Network.

SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris and SAG Awards® Committee Chair JoBeth Williams will reveal the honorees for outstanding television and film stunt ensemble action performances during the first half-hour of PEOPLE, EW & TNT’s SAG Awards® Red Carpet Live pre-show, which will live-stream on tntdrama.com/sagawardssagawards.orgPeople.comPeopleTV.comEW.comInStyle.comand Time.com, beginning at 5:30 p.m. (ET) / 2:30 p.m. (PT).

One of the awards season’s premier events, the SAG Awards® annually celebrates the outstanding motion pictures and television performances from the previous calendar year. Of the top industry honors presented to actors, only the SAG Awards are selected entirely by performers’ peers in SAG-AFTRA, which this year number 121,544. The SAG Awards was the first televised awards show to acknowledge the work of union members and the first to present awards to motion picture casts and television ensembles. For more information about the SAG Awards®, SAG-AFTRA, TNT and TBS, visit sagawards.org/about.

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24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Partners Step Up to Support the SAG-AFTRA Foundation

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The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® will be simulcast live
on TNT & TBS on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. (ET) / 5 p.m. (PT) Continue reading “24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Partners Step Up to Support the SAG-AFTRA Foundation”

Eugene O’Neill Theater Center announces 18th Monte Cristo Award honoring Lin-Manuel Miranda Star of Stage and Screen Recognized with Prestigious Award from Alma Mater Theater

rehearse at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. (Photo by A. Vincent Scarano)

Waterford, CT — The Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, announces that multi-discipline creative artist Lin-Manuel Miranda will receive the18th Monte Cristo Award.  An alumnus of the O’Neill, Miranda’s first professional production was at the O’Neill’s National Music Theater Conference with In The Heights in 2005. A gala dinner featuring a conversation with the honoree will be held at the Edison Ballroom (New York) on Monday, April 30, 2018. Continue reading “Eugene O’Neill Theater Center announces 18th Monte Cristo Award honoring Lin-Manuel Miranda Star of Stage and Screen Recognized with Prestigious Award from Alma Mater Theater”

49th NAACP Image Awards – President’s Award

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DANNY GLOVER

TO RECEIVE NAACP PRESIDENT’S AWARD”

AT THE 49TH NAACP IMAGE AWARDS

 

TWO-HOUR SPECIAL WILL BE HOSTED BY ANTHONY ANDERSON

AIRING LIVE ON TV ONE

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. HOLIDAY

MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 2018

 

Prestigious Honor Recognizes Trailblazing Actor, Producer and Humanitarian

For His Impressive Career in Hollywood and Philanthropic Efforts 

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 11, 2018) – The NAACP announced today that actor, producer and humanitarian Danny Glover will be presented with the NAACP “President’s Award” at the 49th NAACP Image Awards on Monday, January 15, 2018 LIVE at 9pm/8c on TV One. 

The NAACP “President’s Award,” chosen by NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson, is bestowed in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service. Past honorees include Lonnie G. Bunch, III, John Legend, Van Jones, President Bill Clinton, Soledad O’Brien, Ruby Dee, Muhammad Ali, the Founding Members of the Black Stuntmen’s Association, Kerry Washington, and Spike Lee. 

“Danny Glover is a remarkable man whose accomplishments in Hollywood are matched by his philanthropic triumphs,” stated Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP. “Mr. Glover remains a great artist and true inspiration who always uses his celebrity status to advance the cause of social justice and respect for our diverse society. It is with great honor that I bestow this year’s NAACP President’s Award on Mr. Glover for his phenomenal altruistic efforts both domestically and internationally.” 

Danny Glover has been a commanding presence on screen, stage and television for more than 30 years. As an actor, his film credits range from the blockbuster Lethal Weapon franchise to smaller independent features, some of which he produced. In recent years, he has starred in an array of motion pictures including the critically-acclaimed Dreamgirls directed by Bill Condon, and in the futuristic 2012 for director Roland Emmerich. Additionally, Mr. Glover is highly sought after as a public speaker, delivering inspirational addresses in such diverse venues such as college campuses, union rallies and business conventions. 

A native of San Francisco, Mr. Glover trained at the Black Actors’ Workshop of the American Conservatory TheatreHis Broadway debut in Athol Fugard’s Master Harold…and the Boys brought him to national recognition and led director Robert Benton to cast him in his first leading role in 1984’s Academy Award-nominated Best Picture, Places in the Heart. The following year Mr. Glover starred in two more Best Picture nominated films, Peter Weir’s Witness and Steven Spielberg’s The Color Purple. In 1987, he partnered with Mel Gibson in the first Lethal Weapon film and went on the star in three hugely successful Lethal Weapon sequels. In addition, he starred in The Royal Tenenbaums and To Sleep With Anger, which he executive produced and for which he won an “Independent Spirit Award” for Best Actor. In 2005, Mr. Glover co-founded NY-based Louverture Films with writer/producer Joslyn Barnes and more recent partners Susan Rockefeller and the Bertha Foundation. The company is dedicated to the development and production of films of historical relevance, social purpose, commercial value and artistic integrity.   

Mr. Glover has gained respect for his wide-reaching community activism and philanthropic efforts with a particular emphasis on advocacy for economic justice, access to health care and education programs in the United States and Africa. For these efforts, Mr. Glover received a 2006 “DGA Honor” and was honored with a 2011 “Pioneer Award” from the National Civil Rights Museum. Internationally, he served as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program from 1998 to 2004, focusing on issues of poverty, disease and economic development in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. He was presented in 2011 with the prestigious “Medaille des Arts et des Lettres” from the French Ministry of Culture and was honored with a Tribute at the Deauville International Film Festival. In 2014, Mr. Glover received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the University of San Francisco.  Currently, Mr. Glover serves as an UNICEF Ambassador. 

On the small screen, Mr. Glover won an “NAACP Image Award,” a “Cable ACE Award” and earned an Emmy nomination for his performance in the title role of the HBO Movie Mandela. He also received Emmy nominations for his acting work in the acclaimed miniseries Lonesome Dove and the telefilm Freedom Song; as a director, he earned a Daytime Emmy nomination for Showtime’s Just a Dream. Mr. Glover also appeared in the HBO Original Movie Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight. Most recently, he starred in Mr. Pig, which had its debut at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and now appears on Netflix. In addition, he starred in Almost Christmas for Universal Studios and will soon be seen in Come Sunday opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor, Old Man & The Gun with Robert Redford,and Proud Mary opposite Taraji P. Henson. 

The NAACP Image Awards is the preeminent multicultural awards show celebrating the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. Winners will be announced during the two-hour star-studded event hosted by Anthony Anderson, which will be broadcast LIVE on TV ONE at 9pm/8c on Monday, January 15, 2018, the federal holiday honoring the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A one-hour pre-show will air live from the red carpet at 8pm/7c. 

For all information and the latest news, please visit the official NAACP Image Awards website at: http://www.naacpimageawards.net. 

FB: /naacpimageaward Twitter: @naacpimageaward (#ImageAwards) 

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About NAACP:

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. Read more about the NAACP’s work and our six “Game Changer” issue areas at NAACP.org. 

About TV One:

Launched in January 2004, TV One serves 59 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers. The network represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Rickey Smiley For Real, Fatal Attraction, and The NAACP Image Awards.  In addition, TV One is the cable home of blockbuster drama Empire. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Urban One, Inc., formerly known as Radio One, Inc. [NASDAQ: UONE and UONEK, www.urban1.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.

For more information about TV One, viewers can join the conversation by visiting the network’s companion website atwww.tvone.tv<http://www.tvone.tv>>. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter<https://twitter.com/TVONETV>, Instagram<https://www.instagram.com/tvonetv/> and Facebook<https://www.facebook.com/tvonetv>.

The Toscars 2018 date has been announced

Date: February 28th, 2018

What: The Toscars

Where: Renberg Theatre, Hollywood

Past presenters and hosts have included Skeet Ulrich (Riverdale), Academy and Golden Globe nominee Eric Roberts, Alex Newell (Glee), Candis Cayne (Dirty Sexy Money), Craig Young (The Last Ship), Jai Rodriquez (Queer Eye), Brianna Brown (Dynasty), Asian Oscar winner Bai Ling, Sean Maguire (Once Upon a Time), DJ Paul Oakenfold, Academy Award Winners, Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Dynasty), Ruth Connell (Supernatural), Luke Evans (Dracula Untold), Rex Lee (Young and Hungry), Janina Gavankar (Sleepy Hollow), Emmy Winner Bruce Vilanch, Brit Award Winner Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama), Bradley Walsh (Law & Order: UK) and the BAFTA winning comedian Jim Tavaré. 

The Toscars 2018 date has been announced

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The red carpet is ready, the paparazzi are prepping their lenses, the stunning dresses are being chosen, and the golden awards are ready to be handed out to the lucky winners. Yes, it’s time again for the Toscars ceremony. No, that’s not a misprint. The Oscars are being held in March, but a few days before that on February 28th, Brits in LA’s 11th annual Toscars will be held in Hollywood at the Renberg Theatre.

This affectionate, spoofy homage is based around this year’s Oscar nominations for best movie. After the Oscar nominations are announced, in three weeks, parodies are made, judged by the Whacademy and then shown at the awards ceremony.

It has been said of this annual event that it is “like the Oscars, only funnier.” 

Past presenters and hosts have included Skeet Ulrich (Riverdale), Academy and Golden Globe nominee Eric Roberts, Alex Newell (Glee), Candis Cayne (Dirty Sexy Money), Craig Young (The Last Ship), Jai Rodriquez (Queer Eye), Brianna Brown (Dynasty), Asian Oscar winner Bai Ling, Sean Maguire (Once Upon a Time), DJ Paul Oakenfold, Academy Award Winners, Hakeem Kae-Kazim (Dynasty), Ruth Connell (Supernatural), Luke Evans (Dracula Untold), Rex Lee (Young and Hungry), Janina Gavankar (Sleepy Hollow), Emmy Winner Bruce Vilanch, Brit Award Winner Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama), Bradley Walsh (Law & Order: UK) and the BAFTA winning comedian Jim Tavaré. 

Who will take home the coveted ‘Golden Fist’ for Best Whactress, Best Whactor, Best Scribbler, Best Tunes and more? All will be revealed on February 28th.

Alison Cross to Receive WGAW’s 2018 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement – 1-8-18

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TV WRITER-PRODUCER ALISON CROSS TO RECEIVE WGAW’S 2018 PADDY CHAYEFSKY LAUREL AWARD FOR TELEVISION WRITING ACHIEVEMENT 

Los Angeles – Veteran television writer-producer Alison Cross (Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, Roe vs. Wade, Murder in the First) is set to receive the Writers Guild of America West’s 2018 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement, given to a Guild member who has “advanced the literature of television and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the television writer.” Continue reading “Alison Cross to Receive WGAW’s 2018 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement – 1-8-18”

FIJI® Water Celebrates Seven Years as the Official Water of the SAG Awards®

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The 24th Annual SAG Awards will be simulcast live Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 at 8 p.m. (ET) on TNT and TBS Continue reading “FIJI® Water Celebrates Seven Years as the Official Water of the SAG Awards®”

GLOBES CARPET PHOTOS: Meryl Streep, Debra Messing, Alexis Bledel, Tracee Ellis Ross, Allison Williams & more Celebrate The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards with Moët & Chandon

75th Annual Golden Globe Awards – Moët & Chandon – the official champagne of the ceremony for over a quarter century

Celebrities including Meryl Streep, Debra Messing, Tracee Ellis Ross, Catherine Zeta Jones, Alison Williams, Alexis Bledel, Sebastian Stan, Justin Hartley, Caitriona Balfe, Jamie Chung, Edgar Ramirez and more shined, many donning a red carpet staple, Moët Mini in hand.

Moët & Chandon will toast the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards with over 1,500 Moët & Chandon Impérial minis; 125 cases of Moët & Chandon 2006 Grand Vintage Brut and Rosé magnums; and 500 ‘Moët 75’ cocktails (created by actress Jamie Chung) featuring Moët & Chandon Brut.

75th Annual Golden Globes: Samira Wiley in L’Dezen by Payal Shah & Hearts on Fire

Samira Wiley wore L’Dezen by Payal Shah diamond earrings and ring and a Hearts on Fire diamond bangle to the to the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards on January 7th in Beverly Hills, California. 
 


 
L’Dezen by Payal Shah diamond earrings and ring:

Owner and designer of a flourishing fine jewelry brand at a young age, Payal Shah is a unique creative talent. With a fresh perspective on jewelry design and an unrelenting dedication to her craft, it is no surprise that L’ Dezen has already found success among industry influencers and discerning jewelry lovers worldwide. Combining her knowledge of architectural design with the teachings she acquired from her Indian heritage and Chinese culture, Shah launched L’Dezen Jewelry in 2011. The L’Dezen Jewelry collection elegantly walks the line between sophisticated and funky, classic and unconventional. The bold yet lightweight designs are modern but anchored in classical schema. The beauty of L’ Dezen’s sophisticated designs also lie in the exemplary craftsmanship of each piece. The designs are carefully hand crafted. Each piece being unique, it takes a great deal of time, patience and attention to detail to create each jewel. For more information, please visit http://www.ldezen.com

• Instagram: @LDezen

• Facebook: @LDezen

• Twitter: @LDezen

 
 
Hearts on Fire diamond bangle:

 

Founded in 1996 by Glenn and Susan Rothman, Hearts On Fire became the world’s first branded diamond, the only diamond in the entire world, which is deemed perfectly cut every single time. Hearts On Fire diamonds have a brilliant difference that you can actually see, a perfection seen nowhere else in the world. Hearts On Fire has rapidly evolved into the highest standard of diamond cutting perfection.  More than just diamonds, Hearts On Fire is about romance and passion, love and emotion and creating perfect moments.

Today, Hearts On Fire is sold in more than 500 retail stores in 32 countries around the world, including more than 10 Hearts On Fire stores globally, as well as on HeartsOnFire.com and authorized HOF retailer websites. It has become the standard of perfection when proposing marriage or recognizing any perfect moment in your life. For more information, please visit www.heartsonfire.com

• Instagram: @heartsonfireco

• Facebook: @heartsonfire

• Twitter: @heartsonfire