Feb 242014
 

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

The presenters, including several past Oscar winners and nominees, will be:

STARS COME OUT TO CELEBRATE ON OSCAR® SUNDAY

STARS COME OUT TO CELEBRATE ON OSCAR® SUNDAY / Anything L.A.

Amy Adams, Kristen Bell, Jessica Biel, Jim Carrey, Glenn Close, Bradley Cooper, Penélope Cruz, Benedict Cumberbatch, Viola Davis, Daniel Day-Lewis, Robert De Niro, Zac Efron, Sally Field, Harrison Ford, Jamie Foxx, Andrew Garfield, Jennifer Garner, Whoopi Goldberg, Joseph Gordon-Levitt , Anne Hathaway, Goldie Hawn, Chris Hemsworth, Kate Hudson.

Samuel L. Jackson, Angelina Jolie, Michael B. Jordan, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lawrence, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Bill Murray , Kim Novak, Tyler Perry, Brad Pitt, Sidney Poitier, Gabourey Sidibe, Will Smith, Kevin Spacey, Jason Sudeikis, Channing Tatum, Charlize Theron, John Travolta, Christoph Waltz, Kerry Washington, Emma Watson, Naomi Watts.

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

 

Feb 242014
 

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Feb 222014
 
PINK TO APPEAR ON THE OSCARS®

PINK TO APPEAR ON THE OSCARS® / Anything L.A.

Grammy Award®-winning singer and actress Pink will make a special appearance on the Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

“We are very excited to welcome Pink to the Oscar® stage for the very first time,” said Zadan and Meron. “She is regarded as one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation, and we are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast.”

Pink has won three Grammy Awards and six MTV Video Music Awards, including Best Collaboration for the single “Just Give Me A Reason” from her 2012 album “The Truth About Love.” The song was her eighth to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart, setting an industry record. Named Billboard Woman of the Year in 2013, Pink has sold over 40 million albums and 65 million singles.

Acting under her given name, Alecia Moore, she received critical acclaim for her role in the 2013 ensemble drama “Thanks for Sharing,” which starred Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and Gwyneth Paltrow.

Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Feb 192014
 
Bette Midler To Perform On The Oscars®

Bette Midler To Perform On The Oscars® / Anything L.A.

Two-time Oscar®-nominated actress and multiple Grammy Award®-winning singer Bette Midler will perform for the first time on the Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.
“We are thrilled to have Bette perform on the Oscars for the very first time,” said Zadan and Meron.  “We believe she will make our Oscar telecast an especially moving evening.”
Midler received Oscar nominations for Actress in a Leading Role for “For the Boys” and The Rose.” She has recorded 13 studio albums, the first of which, 1972’s “The Divine Miss M,” sold over a million copies and earned her a Grammy for Best New Artist. Midler has gone on to sell over 30 million albums worldwide and win two additional Grammys for the songs “The Rose” (Best Female Pop Vocal Performance) and “Wind Beneath My Wings” (Record of the Year). She has been honored with three Emmy® Awards and a special Tony Award® in 1974 for her contribution to that year’s Broadway season. Her numerous starring film roles include “The First Wives Club,” “Down and Out in Beverly Hills” and  “Ruthless People,” Last year Midler portrayed the late Hollywood agent Sue Mengers in the hit Broadway production, “I’ll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers.”
Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Feb 182014
 
Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, Jess Cagle and Tyson Beckford  to host Oscars® "Red Carpet Live" Show

Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, Jess Cagle and Tyson Beckford
to host Oscars® “Red Carpet Live” Show / ANYTHING L.A.

“Good Morning America” anchors Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer, and Jess Cagle, editor of People and editorial director of Entertainment Weekly, return to host the Oscars “Red Carpet Live” show, along with actor, model and television host Tyson Beckford.  The Oscars “Red Carpet Live,” will air on Sunday, March 2 at 7 p.m. ET on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air immediately following “Red Carpet Live.”
The Oscars “Red Carpet Live” will be produced by Brad Lachman; Michael Seligman will serve as supervising producer and Bill Bracken as coordinating producer. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, producers of the Oscars telecast, are the pre-show’s executive producers.
Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Feb 182014
 

Anne Hathaway
Oscar winner Anne Hathaway will present at this year’s Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.  ANNE HATHAWAY TO PRESENT ON OSCAR® SUNDAY

Hathaway won last year’s Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance in “Les Misérables.” She was previously nominated for her leading role in the 2008 film “Rachel Getting Married.” Hathaway, who made her feature film debut in 2001’s “The Princess Diaries,” has starred in films including “Ella Enchanted,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Feb 162014
 

U2 TO PERFORM "ORDINARY LOVE"  ON THE OSCARS®

World-renowned rock band U2 will perform their Oscar®-nominated song, “Ordinary Love” for a global audience at the Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. U2’s exclusive Oscar show performance will be the first time the band will perform the song live. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

“Ordinary Love” was written by the group for “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and is nominated for Original Song. The three other nominated songs are “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” “Let It Go” from “Frozen” and “The Moon Song” from “Her.”

U2 has sold more than 150 million records worldwide since its formation in 1976. The group has won 22 Grammy® Awards—more than any other band—and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, its first year of eligibility. The band’s 110-show, 26-month U2360° tour, which ended in July 2011, played to over 7 million fans in 30 countries on 5 continents and was the highest-grossing concert tour of all time. The band is currently in the studio working on a new album.

Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Feb 152014
 

JENNIFER LAWRENCE TO PRESENT AT THE OSCARS®

Oscar® winner Jennifer Lawrence will return to present at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.

The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

Lawrence took home the Oscar for her lead performance in “Silver Linings Playbook.” She is nominated this year for her supporting role in “American Hustle.”

Previously Lawrence was nominated for her leading role in “Winter’s Bone.”Her other credits include “X-Men: First Class” and “The Hunger Games” series.
Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network.

The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Feb 142014
 

Singer-songwriter Karen O will, for the first time, perform the Oscar®-nominated original song “The Moon Song” for a global television audience on the Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

KAREN O TO PERFORM "THE MOON SONG" ON THE OSCARS®

KAREN O TO PERFORM “THE MOON SONG” ON THE OSCARS® / Anything L.A.

“The Moon Song,” with music by Karen O and lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze, was written for the film “Her,” directed by Jonze. The three other nominated songs are “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” “Let It Go” from “Frozen” and “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.”
Karen O is the lead singer of the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs, which has released four albums, three of which have been nominated for Grammy Awards®. She previously co-wrote original songs for the soundtrack of Jonze’s 2009 film “Where the Wild Things Are,” receiving a Grammy nomination for the featured song “All Is Love.” Karen O has performed on numerous other soundtracks, including those for “Frankenweenie” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” and “I’m Not There”.Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Feb 142014
 

Academy Orchestrates Oscar® Concert Celebrating Nominated Scores And Songs

For the first time as part of its annual Oscar Week events, the Academy will present a live “Oscar Concert” celebrating this year’s nominated scores and songs on Thursday, February 27, at 8 p.m. at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The program features an 80-piece orchestra performing suites from each of the nominated original scores, conducted by their composers. They include:
William Butler and Owen Pallett, “Her”
Alexandre Desplat, “Philomena”
Thomas Newman, “Saving Mr. Banks”
Steven Price, “Gravity”
John Williams, “The Book Thief”
Prior to each piece, the respective composers will participate in a brief onstage conversation with film critic and radio host Elvis Mitchell about creating their scores.The concert also will feature this year’s nominated original songs, including “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” performed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” performed by Jill Scott.  Other special performers and guests will be announced on www.oscars.org.
Tickets are $100 and $75 and can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com.
Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network.  The Oscars®, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Feb 142014
 

FINAL OSCARS® VOTING BEGINS FRIDAY

BEFinal voting for the Oscars will open on Friday, February 14, at 8 a.m. PT and close on Tuesday, February 25, at 5 p.m. PT, the Academy announced today.Academy members may vote online or cast paper ballots. The accounting firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers will tabulate and verify the results.Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network.  The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Feb 122014
 

Tony Award®-winning singer, songwriter and actress Idina Menzel will, for the first time, perform the Oscar®-nominated song “Let it Go” for a global television audience at the Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Sunday, March 2, live on ABC.

IDINA MENZEL TO PERFORM ON THE OSCARS®

IDINA MENZEL TO PERFORM ON THE OSCARS® / Anything L.A.

“Let it Go,” written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez for “Frozen,” is nominated for Original Song. The three other nominated songs are “Happy” from “Despicable Me 2,” “Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “The Moon Song” from “Her.”

Menzel won a Tony Award for her performance as Elphaba in the original Broadway production of “Wicked.” She received a Tony nomination for her Broadway debut in “Rent” and earned a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in Manhattan Theater Club’s off-Broadway musical “The Wild Party.” In March Mezel will star in “If/Then,” a new Broadway musical about a woman moving back to New York City for a fresh start. In addition to “Frozen,” in which she voices the character of Elsa, Menzel’s film roles include “Enchanted,” “Ask the Dust” and “Rent.”

Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Feb 082014
 

ACADEMY TO CELEBRATE OSCAR NIGHT® NEW YORK  AT DANIEL BOULUD'S ICONIC RESTAURANT DANIEL

For the second consecutive year, Chef Daniel Boulud’s iconic, landmark restaurant DANIEL will roll out the red carpet for local members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, entertainment industry executives and several hometown luminaries to celebrate the 86th Oscars® with an exclusive viewing party and dinner.  This is the only East Coast event officially hosted by the Academy.  Coming off its 20th anniversary celebration this past May, DANIEL remains a fixture in the New York restaurant scene.  Chef Boulud, who hails from Lyon, France, is considered one of America’s leading culinary authorities and is one of the most revered chefs in New York City, his home since 1982.
In addition to Chef Boulud’s award-winning contemporary French cuisine, the Oscar Night menu will feature a signature “Red Carpet Cocktail” created by head bartender Arnaud Dissais, and desserts by executive pastry chef Ghaya Oliveira that will pay homage to this year’s Best Picture nominees.
“Oscar Night New York brings together the local film community to celebrate outstanding achievements in cinema, and we are thrilled to return to DANIEL for another memorable evening with Chef Boulud,” said Patrick Harrison, the Academy’s director of New York programs and membership.
High-definition, large-screen LCD monitors augmented by Dolby® sound equipment throughout the dining room will create an immersive experience for guests.
“It is with great excitement that I and the DANIEL team prepare to host Oscar Night New York for a second year.  We take great pleasure in providing the East Coast Academy members a venue to enjoy the Oscars together, and infusing a bit of glamour into the evening,” said Chef Boulud.
Two 7.5-foot Oscar® statues will greet the New York partygoers as they enter the restaurant on Oscar Night.  These golden sentinels are identical to the larger-than-life Oscars that will greet the ceremony’s attendees in Hollywood.
Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network.  The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Feb 072014
 
AHMANSON MATILDA THE MUSICAL

AHMANSON MATILDA THE MUSICAL / Anything L.A.

THE BROADWAY AND LONDON HIT
“MATILDA THE MUSICAL”
IS SCHEDULED FOR 2014-2015 SEASON AT THE CTG/AHMANSON

The irresistible Broadway and London hit “Matilda The Musical” will begin its national tour with a presentation at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, May – July 2015, as part of Center Theatre Group’s 2014-2015 season.
Winner of a record-breaking seven Olivier Awards including Best Musical, “Matilda The  Musical” is based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and  “Fantastic Mr. Fox”).  It is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny.
“Matilda The Musical” is directed by Tony Award®-winner Matthew Warchus (“God of Carnage”), who helms this production with a book by Tony Award®-winning playwright Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician and composer Tim Minchin. The production has sets and costumes by Tony Award®-winner Rob Howell and choreography by Peter Darling.
When the musical opened on Broadway in April 2013, the production received four Tony Awards and a Tony Honor for Excellence in the Theater for each of the four girls who shared the title role, two Outer Critics Circle Awards, five Drama Desk Awards including Best Musical, and the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical.  It was celebrated on 10 “Top Ten” lists for 2013, including Time magazine’s #1 Show of the Year.
“I have now had the pleasure of seeing ‘Matilda’ in London and New York,” said CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie. “I will have the additional pleasure of seeing it again at the Ahmanson Theatre along with the rest of Los Angeles. This is a musical that is both ‘for the ages’ and ‘for all ages.’ It is a must-see!”
Ben Brantley of The New York Times said, “Rejoice . . . It is even more glorious than promised . . . it is the most satisfying and subversive musical ever to come out of Britain.” “Welcome to the deliriously amusing, malevolent, heartwarming, head-spinning world of ‘Matilda The Musical,’ ” said Jeremy Gerard of the Bloomberg News. “You won’t want to leave.” Elizabeth Vincentelli of the New York Post said, “Once in a blue moon, a show comes out blazing and restores your faith in Broadway. ‘Matilda’ is that show.”
After premiering at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon in November 2010, “Matilda The Musical” transferred to London’s West End in October 2011, where the show continues to play to sold-out houses.  The musical is also one of the top weekly grossing shows on Broadway.
The North American tour of “Matilda The Musical” is produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Dodgers.
Tickets for “Matilda The Musical” at the Ahmanson will be available by subscription only when season tickets for the complete Ahmanson 2014-2015 lineup go on sale later in February.  For more information about “Matilda The Musical,” visit www.CenterTheatreGroup.org/Matilda.
For information and to charge season tickets by phone, call the Exclusive Season Ticket Hotline at (213) 972-4444.
The complete 2014-2015 season at the Ahmanson will be announced shortly.

Feb 052014
 
REGISTRATION FOR 2014 ASICS LA MARATHON

REGISTRATION FOR 2014 ASICS LA MARATHON / Anything L.A.

REGISTRATION FOR 2014 ASICS LA MARATHON BEGINS TODAY After Last Year’s Sell – Out, Officials Urge Runners to Sign Up Early LOS ANGELES (October 1, 2013)Registration for the 2014 ASICS LA Marathon is now underway,giving runners a chance to secure their spot on the starting line for the March 9th race.The 2013 race sold out and organizers once again anticipate strong demand for the race due to the tremendous popularity of the Stadium to the Sea course both nationally and internationally.Beginning today and for a limited time, the ASICS LA Marathon registration fee is $150–a savings of $10.00 available only through October 31st.
The event is capped and incorporates a tiered pricing structure that benefits runners who register early. Registration is available online at www.lamarathon.com “It is our experience that when a race sells out, the demand increases exponentially for the event the next year ,”said LA MARATHON LLC Chief Executive Tracey Russell. “ We are preparing for an even earl ier sell – out for the 2014 race,and encourage runners to sign up now and begin their training.”When runners register for the marathon, they may also sign up for the race’s official training program,LA Roadrunners. Led by elite running coach Andrew Kastor , the LA Roadrunners program combines training with an educational program to help participants fulfill their marathon goals. The program is open to runners of all levels and still has spots available. The ASICS LA Marathon’s expanding charity effort is expected to draw thousands of participants from all across the country running for a cause bigger than themselves. Over 85 organizations have joined the ASICS LA Marathon Official Charity program this year,with the goal of fundraising even more than last year’s total of $3 million. Also returning is the charity relay, which debuted in 2012, enabling a team of two to participate in the marathon on behalf of one of the Official Charities,with each participant running half of the course.
The 2014 ASICS LA Marathon will be the fifth running of the wildly popular Stadium to the Sea course,which runs from Dodger Stadium to the Pacific Ocean, passing many of L.A.’s world-famous landmarksalong the way. Among the highlights are Walt Disney Concert Hall,the Capitol Records Building,Grauman’s Chinese Theatre,the Sunset Strip,Rodeo Drive and the Santa Monica Pier. “Our Stadium to the Sea course is second to none, and we are committed to ensuring a world – class experience for our runners. We are also thrilled with the race’s ability to draw some of the best elite runners and rising stars,” Russell said, acknowledging 2013 winners Erick Mose of Kenya and Aleksandra Duliba of Belarus, as well as Olympian Deena Kastor, who finished third in the 2013 race.

Feb 032014
 

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won a best actor Oscar for the title role in the 2005 film Capote, was found dead in his Manhattan apartment at the age of 46.
A New York Police Department spokesman tells NPR that authorities are “investigating Hoffman’s death as a possible drug overdose.”
quotes a police official as saying the actor was found dead in the bathroom of his West Village apartment late Sunday morning.Philip Seymour Hoffman, Oscar-Winner, Found Dead At 46
notes that last year Hoffman “completed a 10-day substance abuse program for heroin. The actor later revealed that he had been addicted to the drug when he was younger.” says Hoffman has spoken in interviews about “falling off the wagon” last year after staying clean for 23 years.
A statement issued by the actor’s family said: “We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Phil and appreciate the outpouring of love and support we have received from everyone.”
“This is a tragic and sudden loss and we ask that you respect our privacy during this time of grieving. Please keep Phil in your thoughts and prayers,” the statement read.
Hoffman’s first role was as a defendant in a 1991 episode of Law & Order. He went on to appear in films Twister (1996), Boogie Nights (1997) and The Big Lebowski (1998). He was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for the 2007 film Charlie Wilson’s War and was in the process of filming a sequel to The Hunger Games.
In a 2012 interview with , Hoffman, who was then appearing on Broadway in the lead role of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, said it is a play that provokes thinking on all aspects of life, including family.
“It really seeps into why we’re here,” Hoffman told host Steve Inskeep. “What are we doing, family, work, friends, hopes, dreams, careers, what’s happiness, what’s success, what does it mean, is it important, how do you get it?”
In 2009, he told that acting is a bit like athletics.
“What it takes to be a great athlete is the same thing that it takes to be a great actor,” Hoffman said. “That kind of concentration, that kind of privacy in public and that kind of unselfconscious kind of experience are very similar.”
The says:    “Hoffman continued to solidify his status as one of his generation’s finest actors in 2008 with two very different roles. By choosing to play the lead in Charlie Kaufmann’s directorial debut Synecdoche, New York, Hoffman again displayed his fearlessness, as well as his desire to work with the very best writers and directors he can find. That willfully difficult film never connected with mainstream audiences, but that was not true at all for Hoffman’s other picture of 2008, Doubt. John Patrick Shanley’s cinematic adaptation of his own award-winning play earned acting nominations for Hoffman and his three costars (Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, and Viola Davis) from both the Screen Actors Guild, and the Academy.”    “Over the following years, Hoffman would continue to appear in a variety of interesting films, like Pirate Radio, The Ides of March, and Moneyball. In 2012 he again collaborated with Paul Thomas Anderson, playing a cult leader in the drama The Master opposite Joaquin Phoenix. For his work in that movie, Hoffman got a Best Supporting Actor nomination from both the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.”
Hoffman was born in 1967 in Fairfort, N.Y., and became interested in acting at an early age.
The AP says that in his Oscar acceptance speech for Capote, he thanked his mother for raising him and his three siblings alone and for taking him to his first play. The actor is survived by his partner of 15 years, Mimi O’Donnell, and their three children.
Scott Neuman
Writer/editor, Digital News

Feb 022014
 

STATEMENT REGARDING “ALONE YET NOT ALONE” SONG DECISION

The Board of Governors’ decision to rescind the Original Song nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone,” music by Bruce Broughton, was made thoughtfully and after careful consideration.  The Academy takes very seriously anything that undermines the integrity of the Oscars® voting process. The Board regretfully concluded that Mr. Broughton’s actions did precisely that.

The nominating process for Original Song is intended to be anonymous, with each eligible song listed only by title and the name of the film in which it is used—the idea being to prevent favoritism and promote unbiased voting.  It’s been a long-standing policy and practice of the Academy—as well as a requirement of Rule 5.3 of the 86th Academy Awards® Rules—­­to omit composer and lyricist credits from the DVD of eligible songs that are sent to members of the Music Branch.  The Academy wants members to vote for nominees based solely on the achievement of a particular song in a movie, without regard to who may have written it.

Mr. Broughton sent an email to at least 70 of his fellow Music Branch members—nearly one-third of the branch’s 240 members.  When he identified the song as track #57 as one he had composed, and asked voting branch members to listen to it, he took advantage of information that few other potential nominees are privy to.  As a former Academy Governor and current member of the Music Branch’s executive committee, Mr. Broughton should have been more cautious about acting in a way that made it appear as if he were taking advantage of his position to exert undue influence. At a minimum, his actions called into question whether the process was “fair and equitable,” as the Academy’s rules require. The Academy is dedicated to doing everything it can to ensure a level playing field for all potential Oscar® contenders—including those who don’t enjoy the access, knowledge, and influence of a long-standing Academy insider.

Feb 012014
 
CHER

CHER / Anything L.A.

MULTI-PLATINUM SUPERSTAR ANNOUNCES SUPPORT
FOR HER “DRESSED TO KILL TOUR”

CHER TO BE JOINED BY SPECIAL GUEST CYNDI LAUPER

Cher has just announced Cyndi Lauper as support for her “Dressed To Kill Tour”.  Tickets for all dates are on sale now, and for complete “Dressed To Kill” tour details and ticket information, please visit www.cher.com

Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award winning artist and New York Times Best Selling author Cyndi Lauper has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move.  A true renaissance woman with 30 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 50 million, Lauper continues to reach new heights as a career artist.

In 2013, Cyndi became the first solo woman to win the Tony Award for Best Original Score for Kinky Boots, itself a Tony Award Winner for Best New Musical.  In addition, Cyndi marked the 30th anniversary of her debut smash hit album, She’s So Unusual, with a celebratory world tour, she also released her New York Times Best Selling autobiography – Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir – published by Simon & Schuster, and continued her philanthropic work through the True Colors Fund.
For more information, please visit: http://www.cyndilauper.com/