Apr 102017
 
Carl and Rob Reiner Immortalized In Concrete

L-R: Actor Tracy Reiner, honorees Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner, actor Michele Singer Reiner, writer Nick Reiner, and Rony Reiner attend the Carl and Rob Reiner Hand and Footprint Ceremony during the 2017 TCM Classic Film Festival on April 7, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo: Charley Gallay / Getty Images for TCM/AFP Charley Gallay / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP

Two of entertainment industry brightest stars – Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner – left their hands’ and feet imprints in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Being invited to leave the prints in concrete is one of Hollywood’s greatest honors. What made this particular ceremony so special is the fact that the father and son were celebrated at the same time, together. There is precedence for a father and son to receive this honor (I’m referring to Kirk and Michael Douglas) but their respective ceremonies took place 35 years apart.

Carl Reiner (95), perhaps best known as the creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show and one of the show’s stars, is a successful writer, actor, a director, producer and recording artist. He has won nine Emmy Awards.

Rob Reiner (70), the popular Meathead, Archie Bunker’s son-in-law in “All In The Family”, grew up to become a successful director of such Oscar-nominated films as The Princess Bride, Stand By Me, This Is Spinal Tap, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, and A Few Good Men. His two latest films – LBJ and Shock and Awe – carry considerable political weight, especially in today’s climate.

The father and son already have neighboring stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theater was attended by the Reiners’ fans, family and friends as well as the creator of “All In The Family” Norman Lear and Billy Crystal who paid tribute to the honorees.

The occasion honored the Reiners’ memorable contributions to the entertainment industry. The fact that both Carl Reiner and Rob Reiner were celebrated together speaks volumes not only about their talent and achievements but also about their remarkable bond. Their mutual love and respect was obvious for all to see. In addition to their shared commitment to culture, they are both patriots and lifelong democrats deeply concerned about the course our Country is taking.

Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Entertainment Editor, I. Sturm

 

 

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Feb 202017
 
Cynthia Erivo To Sing At The Governors Ball

Center photo credit: Benedict Evans

CYNTHIA ERIVO TO TAKE THE STAGE
AT THE GOVERNORS BALL ON OSCAR® SUNDAY

 

Award-winning singer-songwriter Cynthia Erivo is set to perform at the Governors Ball, the Academy’s official post-Oscars® celebration, on Sunday, February 26. She will entertain the Ball’s 1,500 guests, which will include Oscar® winners and nominees, show presenters and performers, and other luminaries.

A U.K. native, Erivo made her Broadway debut starring as ’Celie’ in the critically acclaimed revival of “The Color Purple,” for which she received a Tony® for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical and a Grammy® for Best Musical Theater Album. She recently performed at The 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, as well as the 2017 Grammy Awards, alongside John Legend during the show’s ‘In Memoriam’ segment. Erivo also is an accomplished songwriter, having written and performed the song “Fly Before You Fall” for the 2014 feature film “Beyond the Lights.” Her upcoming film projects include a starring role in “Harriet,” the Harriet Tubman biopic directed by Seith Mann, and co-starring opposite Viola Davis in Steve McQueen’s “Widows.”

The evening also will feature multi-platinum recording artist JoJo, five-time Emmy®-nominated music director Rickey Minor, and husband-and-wife deejays DJ M.O.S. and DJ Kiss showcasing an eclectic mix of musical genres.

The Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center®.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, 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 also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

 

 

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Feb 182017
 

Oscars Street Closures

HOLLYWOOD STREET CLOSURES FOR 2017 OSCAR® WEEK

To ensure public safety, support security strategies and facilitate the production of this year’s Oscars®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the City of Los Angeles have finalized street closure plans around the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood.

To accommodate the construction of press risers, fan bleachers and pre-show stages along the Oscars red carpet, Hollywood Boulevard will be closed between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive beginning at 10 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, and remain closed until 6 a.m. on Wednesday March 1.

MTA subway trains will bypass the Hollywood & Highland station after the last regularly scheduled train on Saturday, February 25, until 6 a.m. Monday, February 27. Service at the station will resume with the first scheduled train after 6 a.m.

Between Sunday, February 19, and Oscar Sunday, February 26, additional streets and sidewalks will be closed for varying periods.

Details of the closures and maps of affected areas are available from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Sixth and the Thirteenth District City Council field offices and on the Academy’s website at http://www.oscars.org/closures.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be broadcast live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

 

 

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Feb 162017
 

Oscar Celebrations In New York And London

THE ACADEMY TO CELEBRATE OSCAR NIGHT®
IN NEW YORK AND LONDON

The Academy will host live Oscar® viewing parties in New York and London for its members and invited film industry guests on Oscar Sunday, February 26. The Oscars®, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

Oscar Night London, supported by Rolex, will take place at Soho’s Ham Yard Hotel to view the 89th Oscars at a two-tier screening venue. Guests will enjoy a midnight feast, complete with espresso martinis, and will watch the Oscars telecast streamed live on the big screen, from red carpet arrivals through the announcement of the Best Picture award.

The iconic Rainbow Room in New York will be the setting for the only East Coast event hosted by the Academy on Oscar Night. From the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, surrounded by stunning panoramic views, guests will be able to watch the live Oscars telecast while enjoying an inspired menu by Executive Chef Jim Botsacos.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

 

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Jan 092017
 
2017 Golden Globes

Meryl Streep, the 2017 Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, gives her acceptance speech at the Golden Globe Awards. (Photo: Getty Images)

The much anticipated 74th Golden Globes didn’t disappoint! The Hollywood Foreign Press Association bestowed its awards on leading domestic and foreign artists of film and television as well as the best films and TV shows.

There was excitement, high energy, high fashion and a constellation of Hollywood’s – and the world’s – movie stars. The master of ceremony, Jimmy Fallon was entertaining, current and irreverent. This year’s Miss Golden Globes were Sylvester Stallone’s daughters Sistine, Scarlet and Sophia. The ultimate Winner of the 74th Golden Globes – with a record seven awards! – is the musical “La La Land”.

Congratulations to all 74th Golden Globes Winners! Here is the complete list:

FILM

Drama
WINNER: Moonlight

Comedy or musical
WINNER: La La Land

Actor, drama
WINNER: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea

Actress, drama
WINNER: Isabelle Huppert, Elle
Thank you for letting me be who I am.

Director
WINNER: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Actor, comedy or musical
WINNER: Ryan Gosling, La La Land

Actress, comedy or musical
WINNER: Emma Stone, La La Land

Supporting actor
WINNER: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Nocturnal Animals

Supporting actress
WINNER: Viola Davis, Fences

Foreign language
WINNER: Elle

Animated film
WINNER: Zootopia

Screenplay
WINNER: Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Original score
WINNER: Justin Hurwitz, La La Land

Original song (songwriter’s award)
WINNER: City of Stars (from La La Land)

PRIME-TIME TELEVISION

Drama
WINNER: The Crown

Series, comedy or musical
WINNER: Atlanta

Actress, drama
WINNER: Claire Foy, The Crown

Actor, drama
WINNER: Billy Bob Thornton, Goliath

Actress, miniseries or TV movie
WINNER: Sarah Paulson, The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Actor, miniseries or TV movie
WINNER: Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager

Supporting actor, series, miniseries or TV movie
WINNER: Hugh Laurie, The Night Manager

Supporting actress, series, miniseries or TV movie
WINNER: Olivia Colman, The Night Manager

Miniseries or TV movie
WINNER: The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Actress, comedy or musical
WINNER: Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish

Actor, comedy or musical
WINNER: Donald Glover, Atlanta

Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award
WINNER: Meryl Streep

 

Memorable moments of 2017 Golden Globes:

 

Jimmy Fallon’s teleprompter malfunction: the veteran of Saturday Night Live took it in stride. Fallon didn’t lose control and carried on the show as if nothing happened.

Meryl Streep’s acceptance speech, in addition to her appreciation for the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award, shared her thoughts on the arts, journalism and freedom of the press. It was a strong political statement.
What makes an artist great is sensitivity and passion. Meryl Streep is the greatest American actress of our time: the body of her work, the awards she received and her immense popularity prove it. She has extra-ordinary sensitivity and passion. Her Golden Globes acceptance speech – which came from the same sensitivity and passion that make her one-of-a-kind artist – made her the target of the President Elect’s wrath. Aren’t artists SUPPOSED TO BE the conscience of a country?…. (Read about the impact of Streep’s speech.)

Viola Davis – 2017 Golden Globe Supporting Actress Winner (for Fences) dramatic acceptance speech and a moving introduction for Meryl Streep. (Later on, backstage Davis was asked by a reporter about her reaction to Meryl Streep’s speech. To paraphrase, Viola Davis said: there is no way that we can have a President that doesn’t represent our values. If we do, what does it say about us?)

The closing words of this brief report on the 2017 Golden Globes belong to this year’s Golden Globe Best Actress In Drama Winner, the magnificent French actress Isabelle Huppert (for her role in Elle), who expressed the feelings of the entertainment industry best: “Don’t expect the cinema to set walls and borders.”

 

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Nov 282016
 

2016 Hollywood Christmas Parade

The 85th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade took place on Sunday November 27th on Hollywood Blvd. This year’s Grand Marshall was Olivia Newton-John, the movie star and singer whose successful career spans five decades.

The 2016 Hollywood Christmas Parade kicked off with a pre-parade concert at 5:00 pm. The concert featured 2016 Hollywood Christmas Parade’s Grand Marshall Olivia Newton-John as well as Cyndi Lauper, Kenny G, Eric Benet and others.

At 6:00 pm the parade begun with the usual Hollywood glamour. There were marching bands, huge character balloons, floats and decorated classic cars carrying Hollywood’s celebrities. Several former grand marshals including Larry King, Lou Gossett Jr., Robert Wagner and yes, Mickey Mouse were at hand and took part in the festive event.

Needless to say, L.A. is all about celebrities, there were stars and cast members of trendy TV shows including of “Black-ish,” and “Fresh Off the Boat” among many other stars greeted enthusiastically by the crowd. Of course, the greatest star of any Christmas Parade – the Hollywood Parade included – Santa Claus arrived as scheduled to announce the beginning of the 2016 Christmas Season.

Thousands of Angelenos and tourists braved cold weather to witness the largest Christmas Parade in the United States. Good time was had by all!

 

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Nov 012016
 

Hollywood Walk of Fame Star For Hugh Laurie

Hugh Laurie (best known for his role as the brilliant but socially-awkward Dr. Gregory House) was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016. His is the 2,593rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is located in front of the British Pub, Pig ‘N Whistle at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard. The stars surrounding his (in the Television category) belong to his fellow Briton actors including Dame Helen Mirren, Colin Firth, Emma Thompson and Ridley Scott.

English-born Hugh Laurie attended prestigious college and graduated with degrees in anthropology and archeology from Cambridge University. As a student Hugh joined the university’s dramatic club where he met and fell in love with Emma Thompson. The relationship didn’t last, but she helped him develop a passion for performing and introduced him to his future collaborator Stephen Fry. Clearly, education paid off for Laurie, but a career as anthropologist or archeologist wasn’t in his future. Talented actor, writer, director, comedian, singer and musician, Hugh Laurie found fame and fortune in the entertainment industry.

His acting roles include film, TV and voice. He is best known for his role in the long-running television “House” for which he received many recognitions. Among his newer projects are a starring role in the AMC miniseries “The Night Manager” and in HBO’s “Veep”, the comedy in which he reprised his role as Senator Tom James.
Hugh Laurie is:

  • Seven time nominee for an Emmy Award
  • Six time Golden Globe Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe Award winner
  • Eight time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee and two-time and two time Screen Actors Guild Award winner
  • Among his other recognitions are two Satellite Awards; two Television Critics Association Awards; and four People’s Choice Awards.

Laurie’s newest starring role is in the new Hulu’s drama “Chance”.

The Walk of Fame Producer, Ana Martinez stated prior to the ceremony: “The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to add Hugh Laurie to our illustrious Walk of Fame.”

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Entertainment Editor / I. Sturm

 

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Oct 272016
 

Donald Trump’s Star Vandalized

Donald Trump’s star on the world-famous Hollywood Walk Of Fame was vandalized. A local smart aleck frustrated with Donald Trump’s treatment of women took a sledge hammer to the presidential candidate’s and reality TV star’s Hollywood star while having the act recorded on video. The vandal was actually interviewed on TV news and stated that he’s prepared to be arrested, serve time and / or pay restitution.

I don’t know about you, but I find the incident deeply disturbing. Did we really sink so low that we have to settle political differences with sledge hammers? Is vandalism a way to express political convictions?

We noticed while back that this presidential race is very different from the preceding ones. The three Presidential Debates confirmed it. But there is no place in the political dialog for vandalism or violence of any kind. Committing an act of vandalism speaks volumes of the perpetrator, it doesn’t discredit the victim.

No form of violence is – or will ever be – a socially acceptable expression of political views. In a democracy there is NO place for violence.

This incident may appear to be minor. The damage itself may well be minor as well. Still, the perpetrator should be punished and his actions condemned. A message needs to be sent to all that no vandalism and no violence will be tolerated, before, during or after the election, regardless of its outcome. In our Democracy – and in any civilized society – the only acceptable ways to express political convictions are through political activism, active participation in the political process and casting a vote. Politically-motivated vandalism or violence cannot – and will not – be tolerated in the United States.

The destruction of Donald Trump’s star isn’t a political statement or an act of bravery but stupidity. It isn’t a vote for or against. The only “achievement” of the vandal is few seconds on TV and a public condemnation. Let’s hope that our collective outrage will discourage any further displays of violent behavior on either side of the political aisle.

 

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Aug 302016
 

Gene Wilder – Willy Wonka - Dead at 83

Gene Wilder succumbed to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He died earlier this month but his death was announced by the family, today.

Gene Wilder was one of the greatest comedic actors in Hollywood. His unique neurotic persona, make-believe toughness and genuine vulnerability perhaps shone best in his projects with Mel Brooks. The talented actor with curly hair and piercing blue eyes is well remembered for his roles in The Producers, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, The Woman in Red (which he has written, produced and had an acting role in) and many other films.

Gene Wilder is also remembered as the husband of the brilliant comedienne Gilda Radner (best known as the star of Saturday Night Live). She was his third wife and Gene has proven his character as a husband and a human being throughout her brave battle with cancer. Gilda Radner didn’t survive but Wilder’s fight with cancer didn’t end with her death. He founded Gilda Radner Detection Center in Los Angeles and co-founded a cancer support group, Gilda’s Club.

During his career Wilder was twice nominated for an Oscar, twice nominated for the Golden Globes and awarded Primetime Emmy Award and other professional recognitions.

Before making a full time commitment to a career as a novelist, Gene Wilder stated: “I don’t like show business, I realized, I like show, but I don’t like the business.”
He blessed us with “the show”: his performances are rich, usually joyous and always entertaining. His personal trials and tribulations aside, Wilder’s professional legacy is one of joy and laughter and as every actor will tell you, comedy is the hardest part of the craft to master. Gene Wilder was a master of comedy, he created his own “brand” of comedy, if you will.

Gene has earned respect and recognition of his Hollywood peers. He is fondly remembered by Jim Carrey, Mel Brooks, Billy Crystal, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing and many others.

Gene Wilder is survived by his 4th wife Karen Boyer, an adopted daughter – from his marriage with Mary Joan Schutz – and a nephew Jordan Walker-Pearlman whom Wilder considered his substitute son.

Every death is a loss and every loss is sad. In the case of Gene Wilder, he knew up till the end that he was loved and appreciated. He left behind precious memories of joy that will last forever. Thank you and rest in peace Mr. Wilder.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Entertainment Editor / I. Sturm

Nov 042014
 

Documentary Feature Films In The Running For 2014 Oscar®

134 Documentary Features Submitted For 2014 Oscar® Race! One hundred thirty-four features have been submitted for consideration in the Documentary Feature category for the 87th Academy Awards®.
The submitted features, listed in alphabetical order, are:

“Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq”
“Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case”
“Algorithms”
“Alive Inside”
“All You Need Is Love”
“Altina”
“America: Imagine the World without Her”
“American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs”
“Anita”
“Antarctica: A Year on Ice”
“Art and Craft”
“Awake: The Life of Yogananda”
“The Barefoot Artist”
“The Battered Bastards of Baseball”
“Before You Know It”
“Bitter Honey”
“Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity”
“Botso The Teacher from Tbilisi”
“Captivated The Trials of Pamela Smart”
“The Case against 8”
“Cesar’s Last Fast”
“Citizen Koch”
“CitizenFour”
“Code Black”
“Concerning Violence”
“The Culture High”
“Cyber-Seniors”
“DamNation”
“Dancing in Jaffa”
“Death Metal Angola”
“The Decent One”
“Dinosaur 13”
“Do You Know What My Name Is?”
“Documented”
“The Dog”
“E-Team”
“Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me”
“Elena”
“Evolution of a Criminal”
“Fed Up”
“Finding Fela”
“Finding Vivian Maier”
“Food Chains”
“The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden”
“Getting to the Nutcracker”
“Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”
“Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia”
“The Great Flood”
“The Great Invisible”
“The Green Prince”
“The Hacker Wars”
“The Hadza: Last of the First”
“Hanna Ranch”
“Happy Valley”
“The Hornet’s Nest”
“I Am Ali”
“If You Build It”
“The Immortalists”
“The Internet’s Own Boy”
“Ivory Tower”
“James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenge”
“Jodorowsky’s Dune”
“Journey of a Female Comic”
“Keep On Keepin’ On”
“Kids for Cash”
“The Kill Team”
“Korengal”
“La Bare”
“Last Days in Vietnam”
“Last Hijack”
“The Last Patrol”
“Levitated Mass”
“Life Itself”
“Little White Lie”
“Llyn Foulkes One Man Band”
“Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles”
“Manakamana”
“Merchants of Doubt”
“Mission Blue”
“Mistaken for Strangers”
“Mitt”
“Monk with a Camera”
“Nas: Time Is Illmatic”
“National Gallery”
“Next Goal Wins”
“Next Year Jerusalem”
“Night Will Fall”
“No Cameras Allowed”
“Now: In the Wings on a World Stage”
“Occupy the Farm”
“The Only Real Game”
“The Overnighters”
“Particle Fever”
“Pay 2 Play: Democracy’s High Stakes”
“Pelican Dreams”
“The Pleasures of Being Out of Step”
“Plot for Peace”
“Point and Shoot”
“Poverty Inc.”
“Print the Legend”
“Private Violence”
“Pump”
“Rabindranath Tagore – The Poet of Eternity”
“Red Army”
“Remote Area Medical”
“Rich Hill”
“The Rule”
“The Salt of the Earth”
“Shadows from My Past”
“She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry”
“A Small Section of the World”
“Smiling through the Apocalypse – Esquire in the 60s”
“Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon”
“The Supreme Price”
“Tales of the Grim Sleeper”
“Tanzania: A Journey Within”
“This Is Not a Ball”
“Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence”
“Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People”
“True Son”
“20,000 Days on Earth”
“Unclaimed”
“Under the Electric Sky”
“Underwater Dreams”
“Virunga”
“Waiting for August”
“Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago”
“Warsaw Uprising”
“Watchers of the Sky”
“Watermark”
“We Are the Giant”
“We Could Be King”
“Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger”
“A World Not Ours”

Several of the films have not yet had their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. Submitted features must fulfill the theatrical release requirements and comply with all of the category’s other qualifying rules in order to advance in the voting process. A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December.

Films submitted in the Documentary Feature category also may qualify for Academy Awards in other categories, including Best Picture, provided they meet the requirements for those categories.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards—in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners — the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

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Oct 162014
 
Neil Patrick Harris Will Host 2015 OSCARS®

Neil Patrick Harris Will Host 2015 OSCARS®.
Photo Credit: Eric Schwabel

Award-winning star of stage and screen Neil Patrick Harris will host the 87th Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. This will be Harris’ first time hosting the ceremony. The show will air live on ABC on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015.

“We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars,” said Zadan and Meron. “We have known him his entire adult life, and we have watched him explode as a great performer in feature films, television and stage. To work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm, all of his resources and talent coming together on a global stage.”

“It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards. I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show,” said Harris. “To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true.”

“We share Craig and Neil’s excitement in welcoming the incredibly talented Neil Patrick Harris,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President. “He is the consummate entertainer. Neil’s distinctive charm and showmanship make him the ideal host to honor the Oscar legacy and ensure we all enjoy another unforgettable celebration.”

“Neil is a terrific actor, singer, risk-taker and collaborator,” said Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO. “We can’t wait to see the show that he and Craig and Neil create together.”

“Neil Patrick Harris is highly energetic and a definitive entertainer,” said Paul Lee. “We are thrilled to have him as our 2015 Oscar host.”

A triple-threat performer, Harris has enjoyed a successful career in entertainment. He can currently be seen starring opposite Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in David Fincher’s critically-acclaimed feature film, “Gone Girl.” Harris garnered multiple Emmy® and Golden Globe award nominations for his role as Barney Stinson on the hit television series, “How I Met Your Mother,” and he won an Emmy for his guest-starring role on “Glee” in 2010. He also recently starred in the title role of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” on Broadway, earning the 2014 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Harris served as host of the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as the 63rd, 65th, 66th and 67th Tony Awards, for which he won four Emmys. Most recently, Harris added the title of author to his list of accomplishments with the release of his autobiography from Crown Publishing, “Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography.”

The last two Oscars telecasts, which were produced by Zadan and Meron, received a major spike in the ratings. The 86th Oscars was TV’s most-watched entertainment event in 10 years and attracted the biggest viewership since 2000, with more than 45 million viewers. The show resulted in dramatic gains in younger demos and social media conversation, with more than one billion impressions generated on Twitter and 25 million interactions happening on Facebook on Oscar Sunday. Additionally, the star-studded “selfie” became the most retweeted photo of all time with 32.8 million views.

The Oscars will be held at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 4 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards—in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners — the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.

FOLLOW THE ACADEMY
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www.facebook.com/TheAcademy
www.youtube.com/Oscars
www.twitter.com/TheAcademy

Oct 142014
 

83 COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION FOR 2014 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR®

The Academy

A record 83 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards®. Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama are first-time entrants.

The 2014 submissions are:
Afghanistan, “A Few Cubic Meters of Love,” Jamshid Mahmoudi, director;
Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damián Szifrón, director;
Australia, “Charlie’s Country,” Rolf de Heer, director;
Austria, “The Dark Valley,” Andreas Prochaska, director;
Azerbaijan, “Nabat,” Elchin Musaoglu, director;
Bangladesh, “Glow of the Firefly,” Khalid Mahmood Mithu, director;
Belgium, “Two Days, One Night,” Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, directors;
Bolivia, “Forgotten,” Carlos Bolado, director;
Bosnia and Herzegovina, “With Mom,” Faruk Lončarevič, director;
Brazil, “The Way He Looks,” Daniel Ribeiro, director;
Bulgaria, “Bulgarian Rhapsody,” Ivan Nitchev, director;
Canada, “Mommy,” Xavier Dolan, director;
Chile, “To Kill a Man,” Alejandro Fernández Almendras, director;
China, “The Nightingale,” Philippe Muyl, director;
Colombia, “Mateo,” María Gamboa, director;
Costa Rica, “Red Princesses,” Laura Astorga Carrera, director;
Croatia, “Cowboys,” Tomislav Mršić, director;
Cuba, “Conducta,” Ernesto Daranas Serrano, director;
Czech Republic, “Fair Play,” Andrea Sedláčková, director;
Denmark, “Sorrow and Joy,” Nils Malmros, director;
Dominican Republic, “Cristo Rey,” Leticia Tonos, director;
Ecuador, “Silence in Dreamland,” Tito Molina, director;
Egypt, “Factory Girl,” Mohamed Khan, director;
Estonia, “Tangerines,” Zaza Urushadze, director;
Ethiopia, “Difret,” Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, director;
Finland, “Concrete Night,” Pirjo Honkasalo, director;
France, “Saint Laurent,” Bertrand Bonello, director;
Georgia, “Corn Island,” George Ovashvili, director;
Germany, “Beloved Sisters,” Dominik Graf, director;
Greece, “Little England,” Pantelis Voulgaris, director;
Hong Kong, “The Golden Era,” Ann Hui, director;
Hungary, “White God,” Kornél Mundruczó, director;
Iceland, “Life in a Fishbowl,” Baldvin Zophoníasson, director;
India, “Liar’s Dice,” Geetu Mohandas, director;
Indonesia, “Soekarno,” Hanung Bramantyo, director;
Iran, “Today,” Reza Mirkarimi, director;
Iraq, “Mardan,” Batin Ghobadi, director;
Ireland, “The Gift,” Tom Collins, director;
Israel, “Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz, directors;
Italy, “Human Capital,” Paolo Virzì, director;
Japan, “The Light Shines Only There,” Mipo O, director;
Kosovo, “Three Windows and a Hanging,” Isa Qosja, director;
Kyrgyzstan, “Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains,” Sadyk Sher-Niyaz, director;
Latvia, “Rocks in My Pockets,” Signe Baumane, director;
Lebanon, “Ghadi,” Amin Dora, director;
Lithuania, “The Gambler,” Ignas Jonynas, director;
Luxembourg, “Never Die Young,” Pol Cruchten, director;
Macedonia, “To the Hilt,” Stole Popov, director;
Malta, “Simshar,” Rebecca Cremona, director;
Mauritania, “Timbuktu,” Abderrahmane Sissako, director;
Mexico, “Cantinflas,” Sebastián del Amo, director;
Moldova, “The Unsaved,” Igor Cobileanski, director;
Montenegro, “The Kids from the Marx and Engels Street,” Nikola Vukčević, director;
Morocco, “The Red Moon,” Hassan Benjelloun, director;
Nepal, “Jhola,” Yadav Kumar Bhattarai, director;
Netherlands, “Accused,” Paula van der Oest, director;
New Zealand, “The Dead Lands,” Toa Fraser, director;
Norway, “1001 Grams,” Bent Hamer, director;
Pakistan, “Dukhtar,” Afia Nathaniel, director;
Palestine, “Eyes of a Thief,” Najwa Najjar, director;
Panama, “Invasion,” Abner Benaim, director;
Peru, “The Gospel of the Flesh,” Eduardo Mendoza, director;
Philippines, “Norte, the End of History,” Lav Diaz, director;
Poland, “Ida,” Paweł Pawlikowski, director;
Portugal, “What Now? Remind Me,” Joaquim Pinto, director;
Romania, “The Japanese Dog,” Tudor Cristian Jurgiu, director;
Russia, “Leviathan,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;
Serbia, “See You in Montevideo,” Dragan Bjelogrlić, director;
Singapore, “Sayang Disayang,” Sanif Olek, director;
Slovakia, “A Step into the Dark,” Miloslav Luther, director;
Slovenia, “Seduce Me,” Marko Šantić, director;
South Africa, “Elelwani,” Ntshavheni Wa Luruli, director;
South Korea, “Haemoo,” Shim Sung-bo, director;
Spain, “Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed,” David Trueba, director;
Sweden, “Force Majeure,” Ruben Östlund, director;
Switzerland, “The Circle,” Stefan Haupt, director;
Taiwan, “Ice Poison,” Midi Z, director;
Thailand, “The Teacher’s Diary,” Nithiwat Tharathorn, director;
Turkey, “Winter Sleep,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director;
Ukraine, “The Guide,” Oles Sanin, director;
United Kingdom, “Little Happiness,” Nihat Seven, director;
Uruguay, “Mr. Kaplan,” Álvaro Brechner, director;
Venezuela, “The Liberator,” Alberto Arvelo, director.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Sep 192014
 

Reginald Hudlin To Produce Academy’s 2014 Governors Awards

Reginald Hudlin To Produce Academy’s 2014 Governors AwardsReginald Hudlin will produce the 6th Annual Governors Awards for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today. The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award will be presented to Harry Belafonte, and Honorary Awards will be presented to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara, on Saturday, November 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.

“With Reggie’s experience, unique vision and immense creativity, the evening celebrating those who have given so much to our industry is certain to be a memorable one,” said Boone Isaacs.

“I’m honored to be working with the Academy again,” said Hudlin. “The collective impact of this year’s Governors Awards recipients on the evolution of cinema is immeasurable. I’m a fan of all four of these legends, so producing a celebration of Ms. O’Hara’s performances, Mr. Carrière’s storytelling, Mr. Belafonte’s dedication and Mr. Miyazaki’s magic is a pleasure.”

A writer, director, producer and pioneering entertainment executive, Hudlin received a Best Picture Oscar® nomination as a producer of “Django Unchained.” His feature directing credits include “The Great White Hype,” “Boomerang,” and “House Party,” which he also wrote; he also has directed episodes of such popular television series as “Psych,” “Modern Family,” “The Office” and “The Bernie Mac Show.” Hudlin recently produced “The Academy Celebrates the Black Movie Soundtrack” concert at the Hollywood Bowl and has executive produced the NAACP Image Awards show for the past two years. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Directors Guild of America, Writers Guild of America and Screen Actors Guild, and serves on the executive board of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

Jun 032014
 

41st Student Academy AwardsOSCAR® NOMINEE DEMIAN BICHIR, ADRIAN GRENIER, NATE PARKER AND OSCAR-WINNING FILMMAKING TEAM FROM “FROZEN” TO PRESENT AT 2014 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS® Actors Demian Bichir, Adrian Grenier and Nate Parker, along with the writing/directing/producing team of Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho, who earned Oscars® for “Frozen,” will present at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 41st Student Academy Awards on Saturday, June 7, at 6 p.m. at the DGA Theater in Hollywood.  The awards ceremony caps a week of industry activities for the 15 student filmmakers from the U.S. and abroad who were selected as winners this year. Oscar-nominated for his work in the film “A Better Life,” Bichir currently stars in the critically acclaimed television series “The Bridge.” He recently finished shooting his writer-director debut film, “Refugio.”  His other feature credits include “Che,” “Savages” and “The Heat.” Grenier recently wrapped production on the Warner Bros. feature film adaptation of the HBO series “Entourage.”  Other acting credits include “Cecil B. DeMented,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Goodbye World,” and “Sex, Death & Bowling,” which is due out in 2015.  Founder of Reckless Productions, Grenier has also produced and directed such documentaries as “Shot in the Dark,” “Teenage Paparazzo” and “How to Make Money Selling Drugs,” and is currently in production on the documentary “52,” which will chronicle the search for the loneliest whale in the world.

Parker was most recently seen in the thriller “Non-Stop” opposite Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore.  His other feature acting credits include “Red Tails” and “Arbitrage.”   His next film, “Blackbird,” is slated for released in November. Lee, Buck and Del Vecho took home Oscars earlier this year for the Animated Feature Film winner “Frozen,” the highest-grossing animated film of all time. Along with becoming the first female feature director in the history of the Walt Disney Animation Studios, Lee also wrote the screenplay for “Frozen” and co-wrote the 2012 Oscar nominee “Wreck-It Ralph.”  Co-director Buck’s other animated feature credits include “Pocahontas” and “Tarzan,” and he received a 2007 Oscar nomination for “Surf’s Up.”  Del Vecho, who produced “Frozen,” also served as a producer on “Winnie the Pooh” and the Oscar-nominated “The Princess and the Frog.”

A complete list of this year’s Student Academy Award® winners can be found here.

Medal placements for each of the five award categories – Alternative, Animation, Documentary, Narrative and Foreign Film – will be announced at the June 7 ceremony.  Gold Medal award winners receive cash grants of $5,000, Silver Medal award winners receive $3,000 and Bronze Medal award winners receive $2,000. The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.  Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards.  They include John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker and Spike Lee. The 41st Student Academy Awards ceremony on June 7 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required.  Tickets may be obtained online at www.oscars.org or by mail.  Any remaining tickets will be made available at the door on the evening of the event. The DGA Theater is located at 7920 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.  For more information, call (310) 247-2677.

Apr 122014
 
Hollywood Los Angeles Visitor Information Center

Hollywood / Anything L.A.

Multilingual staffs answer visitors’ travel questions and provide directions, commendations and public transportation information.
In addition to addressing walk-in and telephone inquiries, the visitor information centers sell discounted tickets to attractions and provide maps and travel guides to visitors.
Hours of Operation:
10:00 am – 10:00 pm Monday-Saturday
10:00 am – 7:00 pm Sunday
Address: 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Phone: 1 (323) 467-6412

Mar 242014
 

House of Blues Entertainment LLC is a chain of 13 live music concert halls and restaurants in major markets throughout the United States. House of Blues in West HollywoodHouse of Blues’ first location, in Cambridge’s Harvard Square, was opened in 1992 by Isaac Tigrett, co-founder of Hard Rock Cafe, and Dan Aykroyd, co-star of the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.

The first House of Blues opened on November 26, 1992, in the Harvard Square commercial district and retail area of Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company was originally financed by such celebrities as Dan Aykroyd, Aerosmith, Paul Shaffer, River Phoenix, James Belushi, and Harvard University, among others.

In 1999, House of Blues acquired Universal Concerts from Seagram. On July 5, 2006, Live Nation acquired House of Blues. As a division of Live Nation, the company currently operates 12 clubs throughout North America, with its location in Atlantic City being franchised. Nine of these locations also feature the VIP membership club, Foundation Room.

West Holywood House of Blues is frequented by celebrities and well-loved by locals…

House of Blues
8430 Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Phone:(323) 848-5100

Mon-Sat: 5pm – 2am
Sun: 10am – 11pm

Oct 292013
 
Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk of Fame / Anything L.A.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,500 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California. The stars are permanent public monuments to achievement in the entertainment industry, bearing the names of a mix of actors, musicians, directors, producers, musical and theatrical groups, fictional characters, and others. The Walk of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and maintained by the self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust.

The Walk of Fame runs 1.3 miles (2.1 km) east to west on Hollywood Boulevard from North Gower Street to North La Brea Avenue, plus a short segment of Marshfield Way that runs diagonally between Hollywood and La Brea; and 0.4 miles (0.7 km) north to south on Vine Street between Yucca Street and Sunset Boulevard.

According to a 2003 report by the market research firm NPO Plog Research, the Walk attracts about 10 million visitors annually—more than Sunset Strip, TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman’s), the Queen Mary, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art—and has played an important role in making tourism the largest industry in Los Angeles County.

As of September 12, 2013, the Walk comprises 2,506 stars, spaced at 6-foot (1.8 m) intervals. The monuments are coral-pink terrazzo five-point stars rimmed with brass (not bronze, an oft-repeated inaccuracy) inlaid into a charcoal-colored terrazzo background. In the upper portion of each star field the name of the honoree is inlaid in brass block letters. Below the inscription, in the lower half of the star field, a round inlaid brass emblem indicates the category of the honoree’s contributions. The emblems symbolize five categories within the entertainment industry:
Circular 4-inch brass plaque showing a side view of a classic movie camera Classic film camera representing motion pictures
Circular 4-inch brass plaque with a tube-type television with twin aerials Television receiver representing broadcast television
Circular 4-inch brass plaque with a top view of phonograph disc and pickup arm Phonograph record representing audio recording or music
Circular 4-inch brass plaque with an antique studio-style microphone Radio microphone representing broadcast radio
Circular 4-inch brass plaque with the classic theatrical comedy/tragedy masks Comedy/tragedy masks representing theatre/live      performance (added in 1984)

Of all the stars on the Walk to date, 47% have been awarded in the motion pictures category, 24% in television, 17% in audio recording, 10% in radio, and less than 2% in the live performance category. Approximately 20 new stars are added to the Walk each year.

May 212013
 
ACADEMY ANNOUNCES ANIMATED FEATURE FILM RULE CHANGE

ACADEMY ANNOUNCES ANIMATED FEATURE FILM RULE CHANGE /Anything L.A.

 

 

 

 

 

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences approved rules for the 86th Oscars®.  The most significant change affects the Animated Feature Film category.

In this category, the new rule designates a maximum of two award recipients, one of whom must have a producer credit.  The director and/or key creative individual shall continue to be a recipient, and in the circumstance of a two-person team with shared and equal director credit, a third statuette may be awarded.

Previously announced rules changes for the 86th Academy Awards® include allowing members to see the nominated documentary shorts and foreign language films either at a theatrical screening or on DVD.  Prior to the final round of voting, the Academy will provide members with DVDs of the nominated films in five categories: Foreign Language Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Animated Short Film, and Live Action Short Film.

Other adjustments to the rules include standard date and other routine changes.

Rules are reviewed annually by individual branch and category committees.  The Awards Rules Committee then evaluates all proposed changes before presenting its recommendations to the Academy’s Board of Governors for approval.

Academy 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 presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.

Mar 062013
 

Accommodations

What’s New In Los Angeles

What’s New In Los Angeles

Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown — In spring 2012, the Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown renovated guest corridors and guestroom furnishings, adding new drapes and sheers, while adding 6,000 square feet of meeting space to its second floor meeting complex and upgrading its existing meeting space. The property also features The Link@Sheraton, an Internet café, in the hotel’s lobby. Internet access at The Link is provided free of charge for guests of the hotel. The Sheraton Los Angeles has 485 guestrooms and suites. 711 S. Hope St., Los Angeles 90017; 213.488.3500; www.sheraton.com

The Standard, Downtown LA — In December 2012, The Standard, Downtown LA welcomed the newest outpost of Spin Galactic, the New York-based table tennis social club co-created by Susan Sarandon and André Balazs on the second floor of the hotel.The hotel alsorecently reopened The Shop, a 144-square-foot emporium located at street level, which features limited-edition products from Los Angeles designers and new lines from the Standard brand. The hotel has a rooftop pool and bar featuring stunning panoramic views of LA, a 24-hour restaurant and extensive business facilities that have recently been renovated with new furnishings. The Standard, Downtown LA has 207 guest rooms and suites. 550 S. Flower St., Los Angeles 90071; 213.892.8080; www.standardhotels.com/los-angeles/.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Hollywood Walk of Fame —In 2012, the hotel premiered luxury, two-level Loft Suites, featuring full balconies for guests entertaining or just enjoying the cool summer breeze, overlooking the Los Angeles skyline. The rooms also include premium, 60-inch TVs, sound, lighting, and personal attendant, in addition to a modern bathroom layout with towel warmers. 1921 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 90068; 323.850.8151; www.hollywoodholidayinnexpress.com.

Mondrian Los Angeles (West Hollywood) – The renowned West Hollywood hotel completed a renovation of its famed Skybar and pool area in May 2012. 8440 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood 90069; 323.650.8999; www.mondrianhotel.com.

Airtel Plaza Hotel (Valley)— This three-star independent hotel located at the historic Van Nuys Airport in the center of the San Fernando Valley renovated the entire lobby area in 2012, creating a multi-use space where guests can eat, drink, work and socialize. 7277 Valjean Ave., Van Nuys 91406; 818.997.7676; www.AirtelPlaza.com.

Sportsmen’s Lodge Hotel (Valley)— The Event Center at Sportsmen’s Lodge, formerly known as the Sportsmen’s Lodge Restaurant and Banquet Center, has reopened after a complete renovation in 2012. The Event Center has 30,000 square feet of meeting space, in addition to two outdoor event locations. 12825 Ventura Blvd., Studio City 91604; 818.769.4700; www.SLHotel.com.

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills (Westside)—In September 2012, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills completed a renovation of its event space, including the Wetherly Garden, expanded Wetherly Room now featuring sliding glass doors opening to a spacious outdoor patio, and the Promenade leading up to the ballroom, with new Italian porcelain tile floors.  The hotel has also added iPads in all guestrooms and suites along with ICE technology, enabling guests to access all services of the hotel at their fingertips. 300 S. Doheny Drive, 90048; 310.332.3442; www.fourseasons.com/losangeles.

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Los Angeles (Westside)— Renovations to the Los Angeles Ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel Los Angeles, one of the largest ballrooms in the City, were completed in January 2012.  It features new carpet, paint and wall coverings throughout the California Level, which includes the renowned, 25,000-square-foot Los Angeles Ballroom, the 23,000-square-foot California Showroom exhibition space and a series of breakout rooms. A complete overhaul of the hotels’ original 1966 chandeliers improved lighting, providing better visibility throughout the space. 2025 Avenue of the Stars, 90067; 310.228.1234; www.centuryplazahyatt.com.

Four Points Sheraton LAX(LAX)—SBE’s 566-room full-service Four Points Sheraton LAX completed the renovation of its 228-room East Tower in May 2012.  This portion of the hotel’s renovation represents the final phase of the property’s 567-room redo.  The hotel also added 16 flat-screen TVs to Brewster’s, the hotel’s famous beer bar with 100+ bottles of beer.  The Brewster’s Pool Bar was created as part of the new pool area. Cabanas were also added to the pool area. 9750 Airport Blvd., 90045; 310.645.4600; www.fourtpointslax.com.

Doubletreeby HiltonLos Angeles Downtown (Downtown) — The Doubletree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown, formerly known as the Kyoto Grand Hotel and Gardens, opened in July 2012.  With its opening, the property debuted its refreshed Japanese-inspired rooftop garden, the hotel’s signature outdoor event and meeting space. The renovation also included significant design and service upgrades to the hotel’s 434 guestrooms and suites, public spaces and corridors, indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces, business and fitness centers, and its legendary half-acre rooftop Japanese-style gardens. The hotel also features 15,000 square feet of flexible conference space, including the largest meeting room at 4,212 sq. ft., which can accommodate up to 650 guests. Situated one block from Los Angeles City Hall and Civic Center, the location of the DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Downtown is minutes from the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Japanese American National Museum, Chinatown and Olvera Street.  120 South Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, 90012; 213.629.1200, www.losangelesdowntown.doubletree.com.

The L.A. Hotel (Downtown) — The L.A. Hotel Downtown is undergoing a $20-million transition to become a Hyatt Regency, debuting in spring 2013. Renovations will bring an all-new modern look to the hotel, including an elegant and contemporary design, and service upgrades to each of its 400 guest rooms and 69 suites, public spaces, meeting and event areas, business and fitness centers, restaurants and grand lobby. The more than 25,000-square-feet of meeting and event space, including its 23 versatile meeting rooms, two ballrooms, and nearly 4,000-square-feet of pre-function space, will receive exquisite new design upgrades as well as new floor plans.  The L.A. Hotel Downtown is close to L.A. LIVE, STAPLES Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall and many major businesses. 333 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, 90071; 213.617.1133. www.thelahotel.com.

Luxe City Center Hotel (Downtown) — Located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, the Luxe City Center Hotel renovatedall 162 guestrooms and suites, and completed renovations of its restaurant and bar at the end of July 2012. Located in the heart of Downtown’s thriving entertainment district near L.A. LIVE, facilities include meeting and banquet space, a fitness center and business center. 1020 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, 90015; 213.748.1291, www.luxecitycenter.com.

Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles/Hollywood(Hollywood) — In March 2012, the former Hollywood Heights Hotel joined the Hilton Worldwide Portfolio of Brands as Hilton Garden Inn Los Angeles/Hollywood. The 160-room hotel features the Hilton Garden Inn Serta Perfect Sleeper as well as both wired and WiFi Internet access in guestrooms and public spaces. The hotel also features an ergonomic Mirradeskchair by Herman Miller; a spacious and clutter-free work desk; and two speaker telephones equipped with data ports and voice mail. The hotel also features one meeting room offering 546 square feet of flexible space and the Great American Grill restaurant. 2005 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 90068; 323.876.8600, www.losangeleshollywood.hgi.com.

Loews Hollywood Hotel (Hollywood)— Loews Hotels & Resorts purchased the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in June 2012 and renamed it the Loews Hollywood Hotel.  With 632 guestrooms, including 32 suites, the property also features over 48,000-square-feet of meeting space and is undergoing a $26 million renovation. Set with spectacular views of the world-famous Hollywood sign and along the renowned Walk of Fame, the hotel rises 20 stories above the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue. The hotel’s most defining features – the spa, pool terrace, restaurant and event space – will be enhanced and renovated. Wolfgang Puck Catering will continue to partner with Loews in the operation and catering of the 25,000-square-foot ballroom located in the Hollywood & Highland Center complex. 1755 N. Highland Ave., Los Angeles, 90028; 323.856.1200.www.loewshotels.com/Hollywood-Hotel/.

Hotel Amarano Burbank (Valley)— Formerly The Graciela, the Hotel Amarano completed renovations in April 2012 including adding guest rooms, a swimming pool, cabanas and fitness center. Located just around the corner from Warner Bros. Studios and minutes from Universal Studios and NBC Studios, the hotel has 100 rooms and suites, all with full kitchenettes.  The hotel also has more than 2,000 square feet of stylish meeting and event space, plus a business center with secretarial services.  The garden rooftop sundeck overlooks the Hollywood Hills, while the Library Lounge features a new menu with selections from Chef Jose Sanchez, plus a new, extensive wine list.  The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle to Bob Hope Airport. 322 N. Pass Ave., Burbank, 91505; 818.842.8877, www.hotelamarano.com.
Arts & Culture

Cahuenga Peak (Hollywood) — In March, 2012, a new, 138-acre mountain parcel of parkland,called Cahuenga Peak, was added to Griffith Park just west of the Hollywood sign.  Visitors can hike to the peak from the Griffith Observatory along a steep, rocky one-mile-long trail to enjoy stunning panoramic views of Los Angeles. Griffith Park is one of the largest, wild urban parks in the U.S. www.laparks.org.

California Science Center (Downtown) – The U.S. Space Shuttle Endeavour went on display at the California Science Center on Oct. 30, 2012. The space shuttle first flew in May 1992, replacing Challenger, which was lost in 1986. Endeavour’s return to Southern California is a symbolic homecoming, as it was built in Palmdale, Calif., and often landed at nearby Edwards Air Force Base. Admission to the California Science Center is free and there is a nominal $2 charge to see the Endeavour. www.californiasciencecenter.org

Civic Park(Downtown) — The 16-acre Grand Park was unveiled on July 26, 2012, unifying the landmark institutions in Los Angeles’ Civic Center, stretching down Bunker Hill from the Music Center to City Hall and passing between the county-owned buildings on Temple and First streets to the steps of City Hall.  The park continues the renaissance of downtown LA, which in recent years has seen the $2.5 billion entertainment complex called L.A. Live sprout just 10 blocks away including the Nokia Center, Staples Center, a pair of world-class hotels and numerous upscale restaurants, nightclubs and theaters. http://civicpark.lacounty.gov

El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument’s “America Tropical” Mural(Downtown) — Painted in 1932 by well-known Mexican painter David Alfaro Siqueiros on the second-story wall of Italian Hall on Olvera Street, “America Tropical,” is an aesthetic and political mural that was whitewashed within a year of being completed and was restored for public viewing on Oct. 9, 2012.  “America Tropical” is one of only three murals painted by Siqueiros. An $8-million public-private investment was made toward the completion of the mural’s restoration, as well as construction of a protective shelter, viewing platform, and visitor bridge in the America Tropical Interpretive Center. The 80- by 18-foot mural provides an understanding of the social and political climate influencing public art in 1930s Los Angeles. www.getty.edu/conservation

Japanese Garden at the Huntington (San Gabriel Valley) –The Japanese Garden at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens reopened its beloved Japanese Garden on April 11, 2012, after being closed for a year to undergo $6.8 million in renovations and improvements. One of the highlights of the project is the installation of a ceremonial teahouse. www.huntington.org

Museum of Flying (Coastal) — A new Museum of Flying opened on Feb. 25, 2012. The structure is on Airport Avenue on the south side of Santa Monica Airport, adjacent to the historic DC-3 Monument. The new museum focuses on the Douglas Aircraft Company and the history of the Santa Monica Airport. It also houses the California Aviation Hall of Fame, which recognizes and pays tribute to the aviation visionaries of California who have made significant contributions to the advancement and development of the aviation and aerospace fields. The museum houses about two dozen aircraft, as well as aviation art and artifacts, in about 22,000 square feet, plus an interactive and education center for children. The museum’s centerpiece is theDouglas World Cruiser. www.museumofflying.com

Attractions

Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles (Coastal) – Local artisans now fill part of 140,000 square feet of warehouse space with handmade goods and artisanal food at a new marketplace near the Port of Los Angeles along the San Pedro Waterfront.  Showcased goods include handmade glass, felt hats, carved leather and more.  The first phase of Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles opened June 29, 2012, with full development of the complex expected by summer 2014. www.craftedportla.com

Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens (Downtown) —”LAIR, The Living Amphibians, Invertebrates and Reptiles” exhibit, opened March 8, 2012, with magnificent new homes for the Zoo’s outstanding reptile collection, one of the most rare among North American zoos. Species featured in the new conservation facility include Chinese giant salamanders, crocodiles, venomous snakes, scorpions, rare tortoises, blue frogs and much more. www.lazoo.org

Six Flags Magic Mountain (San Fernando Valley) — On June 30, 2012 the world’s tallest vertical drop ride thrilled its first passengers at this popular theme park.  Named after one of DC Comics’ most dangerously intelligent super-villains and Superman’s greatest enemy, “LEX LUTHOR: Drop of Doom,” is attached to both sides of the iconic “SUPERMAN: Escape from Krypton” tower.  Riders sit inside a floorless gondola on one of two vertical tracks flanking each side of the “SUPERMAN” tower.  They are pulled to the top of the 400-foot tower, experience a brief pause, and then drop 40 stories at speeds of up to 85 mph. www.sixflags.com/magicmountain

Starline Tours (Hollywood) — Two new routes debuted in 2012 on Starline Tours’ CitySightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Double Decker City Tour expanding the tour’s coverage to more than 100 miles. One new route stops at LAX hotels, Fisherman’s Village, Marina del Rey, and Venice Beach, allowing passengers to connect to Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and Hollywood. Tours depart daily and include a “Show & $ave” promotion for discounts at more than 50 museums and other attractions. In addition, a new station in Anaheim allows passengers to connect to the Hop On Hop Off system throughout the Los Angeles area.  www.starlinetours.com.

Sundance Sunset Cinemas (Hollywood) – Sip wine and ease into a plush rocker at the new Sundance Sunset Cinemas.  Actor Robert Redford’s theater opened on August 31, 2012 at the former Laemmle Sunset 5 space at 8000 Sunset Blvd. and features five screens with a total of 635 seats; reserved stadium seating; a rebuilt lobby with a bistro serving classic movie treats, quick snacks and a bar serving beer and wine; an outdoor patio area; and an art gallery featuring local artists.  The theatre specializes in movies made by local and independent filmmakers and foreign language titles. www.sundancecinemas.com/sunset

USS Iowa(Coastal) — Renowned World War II battleship, the USS Iowa, became a permanent museum and memorial at LA’s San Pedro Waterfront on July 6, 2012. Designated the “World’s Greatest Naval Ship” due to her big guns, heavy armor, fast speed, longevity and modernization, the Iowa is also famous for transporting President Franklin D. Roosevelt across the Atlantic to confer with Allied war leaders at Tehran, Iran, in 1943. Admission is $18 for adults ages 18 – 61; $15 for adults ages 62 and over; $15 for active, retired and reserve military; and $10 for ages 6 – 17.www.portoflosangeles.org.

Universal Studios Hollywood(Hollywood)— “Transformers,” the electrifying blockbuster celebrated for its multi-generational appeal, inventive storyline, spectacular action sequences and special effects, has been developed as a new theme park mega-attraction in a partnership with Universal Parks & Resorts, Hasbro Inc. and DreamWorks Pictures. The attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood made its debut May 2012, fusing 3D-HD media, mega-special effects and stunning robotics with a ride system that transforms perceptions of theme park experiences. The dynamic, motion-based thrill ride tells an original “Transformers” story using sophisticated special effects masterminded by Industrial Light & Magic and one of the most elaborate roaming flight simulator ride systems ever created. The theme park is currently home to such groundbreaking attractions as “King Kong 360 3-D,” “The Simpsons Ride™”  “Revenge of the Mummy™ — The Ride,” “Shrek 4-D™,” “Jurassic Park® — The Ride,” and the world-renowned Studio Tour, which takes guests behind the scenes of landmark TV and movie locations. www.universalstudioshollywood.com

Feb 252013
 

Academy Awards, the most glamorous night of the year in Hollywood didn’t disappoint!

The mood was full of anticipation. Not surprisingly, Seth MacFarlane was an entertaining host.  The Dolby Theatre in Hollywood was packed with world-famous stars in their Oscars’-best.

World-class entertainment included Barbra Streisand, Norah Jones, Dame Shirley Bassy, Adele, Jennifer Hudson, and others. The First Lady, Michelle Obama was a surprise “Oscar presenter” live from the White House… What a night: take a look for yourself!

Seth Mac Farlane hosting 2013 Academy Awards

 

 

 

 

Oscar® Host Seth MacFarlane on stage during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

 

Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum

Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum perform during The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013 live on the ABC Television Network.

credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Star Audience at the 85th Academy Awards

George Clooney, Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Oscar®-nominee for Actress in a Leading Role, and Jack Nicholson attend The Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, February 24, 2013.

 

 

 

 

George Clooney, Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Oscar®-nominee for Actress in a Leading Role, and Jack Nicholson attend The Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, February 24, 2013.

credit: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reese Witherspoon during 85th Academy Awards

Reese Witherspoon during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reese Witherspoon during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

 

Halle Berry during the 85th Academy Awards

Halle Berry during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre, in Hollwood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Halle Berry during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre, in Hollwood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

 

Dame Shirley Bassy performs during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre, in Hollwood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dame Shirley Bassy performs during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre, in Hollwood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

Kerry Washington And Jamie Foxx present at 85th Academy Awards

Kerry Washington And Jamie Foxx present at 85th Academy Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kerry Washington and Jamie Foxx present during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

Liam Neeson presents at 85th Academy Awards

Liam Neeson presents at 85th Academy Awards

 

 

 

 

 

Liam Neeson presents during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Hudson performs at the 85th Academy Awards

Jennifer Hudson performs at the 85th Academy Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Hudson performs during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre, in Hollwood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

 

Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson during the 85th Academy Awards

Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson during the 85th Academy Awards

 Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Jennifer Aniston and Channing Tatum present during the 85th Academy Awards

Jennifer Aniston and Channing Tatum present during the 85th Academy Awards

Jennifer Aniston and Channing Tatum present during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Catherine Zeta-Jones performs during the 85th Academy Awards

Catherine Zeta-Jones performs during the 85th Academy Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catherine Zeta-Jones performs during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre, in Hollwood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

 

Hugh Jackman And Anne Hathaway perform during the 85th Academy Awards

Hugh Jackman And Anne Hathaway perform during the 85th Academy Awards

 

 

Hugh Jackman, Oscar®-nominee for Actor in a Leading Role, and Anne Hathaway, Oscar®-nominee for Actress in a Supporting Role, perform during the live ABC Television broadcast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Christopher Plummer presents at the 85th Academy Awards

Christopher Plummer presents at the 85th Academy Awards

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Plummer presents the Oscar® for Best Actress in a Supporting Role during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

Salma Hayek Pinault presents during the 85th Academy Awards

Salma Hayek Pinault presents during the 85th Academy Awards

 

 

 

 

 

Salma Hayek Pinault presents during the live ABC telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

 

 

Famous Oscar Nominees during the 85th Academy Awards

Famous Oscar Nominees during the 85th Academy Awards

Quvenzhane Wallis (far L), Oscar®-nominee for Actress in a Leading Role; Sally Field (third from R), Oscar®-nominee for Actress in a Supporting Role; and Daniel Day-Lewis (R), Oscar®-nominee for Actor in a Leading Role, react during The Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013 live on the ABC Television Network.

credit: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

Melissa McCarthy and Paul Rudd present during the 85th Academy Awards

Melissa McCarthy and Paul Rudd present during the 85th Academy Awards

 

 

 

Melissa McCarthy and Paul Rudd present during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Garner and Jessica Chastain present during the 85th Academy Awards

Jennifer Garner and Jessica Chastain present during the 85th Academy Award

 

 

 

 

Actress Jennifer Garner and Jessica Chastain, Oscar®-nominee for Actress in a Leading Role, present on stage during ABC’s live telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theater in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

 

John Travolta presented during the 85th Academy Awards

John Travolta presented during the 85th Academy Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presenter John Travolta on stage during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne perform during the 85th Academy Awards

Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne perform during the 85th Academy Awards

 

 

 

 

 

Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne perform during the live ABC Television broadcast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

 

Russell Crowe performs during the 85th Academy Awards

Russell Crowe performs during the 85th Academy Awards

 

 

 

 

 

Russell Crowe performs during the live ABC Television broadcast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana present during the 85th Academy Awards

Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana present during the 85th Academy Awards

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Pine and Zoe Saldana present during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

 

Sandra Bullock presents during the 85th Academy Awards

Sandra Bullock presents during the 85th Academy Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sandra Bullock presents during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

Daniel Radcliffe and Kristen Stewart present during the 85th Academy Awards

Daniel Radcliffe and Kristen Stewart present during the 85th Academy Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Radcliffe and Kristen Stewart present during the live ABC telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

 

Adele performs during the 85th Academy Awards

Adele performs during the 85th Academy Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adele, Oscar®-nominee for Original Song, performs during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Matt Brown / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

Michael Douglas and Jane Fonda present at the 85th Academy Awards

Michael Douglas and Jane Fonda present at the 85th Academy Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Presenters Michael Douglas and Jane Fonda on stage during The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013 live on the ABC Television Network.

credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

Norah Jones performs during the 85th Academy Awards

Norah Jones performs during the 85th Academy Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norah Jones performs during the live ABC Television broadcast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

Charlize Theron and Dustin Hoffman present during the 85th Academy Awards

Charlize Theron and Dustin Hoffman present during the 85th Academy Awards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charlize Theron and Dustin Hoffman present during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

 

Barbra Streisand performs during the 85th Academy Awards

Barbra Streisand performs during the 85th Academy Awards

Barbra Streisand performs during for The Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, February 24, 2013.

credit: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

George Clooney presents during the 85th Academy Awards

George Clooney presents during the 85th Academy Awards

 

 

George Clooney presents during for The Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, February 24, 2013.

credit: Darren Decker / ©A.M.P.A.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Gere, Renee Zellweger, Queen Latifah, and Catherine Zeta-Jones present at the 85th Academy Awards

Richard Gere, Renee Zellweger, Queen Latifah, and Catherine Zeta-Jones present at the 85th Academy Awards

Richard Gere, Renee Zellweger, Queen Latifah, and Catherine Zeta-Jones present the Oscar® for achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song) during the live ABC Telecast of The Oscars® from the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA, Sunday, February 24, 2013.

credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S.