Feb 252017
 

Film Industry’s Top Stars To Present 2017 Oscars

 

JENNIFER ANISTON, JASON BATEMAN, WARREN BEATTY, SOFIA BOUTELLA, MATT DAMON, FAYE DUNAWAY, MICHAEL J. FOX, RYAN GOSLING, SALMA HAYEK, TARAJI P. HENSON, DEV PATEL, SETH ROGEN, OCTAVIA SPENCER, MERYL STREEP AND VINCE VAUGHN ANNOUNCED AS FINAL SLATE OF 89TH OSCARS® PRESENTERS

 

Oscar® producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced the final slate of presenters for the 89th Oscars® telecast. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live Sunday, February 26, on the ABC Television Network. The presenters, including past Oscar winners and nominees, are Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Warren Beatty, Sofia Boutella, Matt Damon, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Fox, Ryan Gosling, Salma Hayek, Taraji P. Henson, Dev Patel, Seth Rogen, Octavia Spencer, Meryl Streep and Vince Vaughn.

Previously announced presenters include Amy Adams, Riz Ahmed, Javier Bardem, Halle Berry, John Cho, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jamie Dornan, Chris Evans, Gael García Bernal, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Dakota Johnson, Dwayne Johnson, Felicity Jones, Brie Larson, Shirley MacLaine, Leslie Mann, Kate McKinnon, Janelle Monáe, David Oyelowo, Mark Rylance, Hailee Steinfeld, Emma Stone, Charlize Theron and Alicia Vikander. Additionally, Sara Bareilles, John Legend, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Auli’i Cravalho, Sting and Justin Timberlake are set to perform.

Aniston’s film credits include “Office Christmas Party” (2016), “Cake” (2014), “Horrible Bosses 2” (2014), “We’re the Millers” (2013), “Horrible Bosses” (2011) and “Friends with Money” (2006). Additionally, she’s appeared in “Just Go with It” (2011), “Marley & Me” (2008) and “The Break-Up” (2006).

Bateman’s credits include the Oscar-winning film “Juno” (2007) as well as the Oscar-nominated films “Zootopia” (2016) and “Up in the Air” (2009). Other notable credits include “Office Christmas Party” (2016), “The Family Fang” (2015) and “This Is Where I Leave You” (2014). Additionally, he directed and appeared in “Bad Words” (2013).

Beatty is a producer, director, writer and actor and has received 14 Oscar nominations. Beatty won an Oscar for Directing “Reds” (1981) and the Academy’s Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 2000. He has the rare distinction of being nominated as a producer, director, writer and performer for the same film on not just one, but two occasions, for “Heaven Can Wait” (1978) and for “Reds.” Beatty’s credits also include “Rules Don’t Apply” (2016), “Bulworth” (1998), “Bugsy” (1991), “Dick Tracy” (1990), “Shampoo” (1975), “The Parallax View” (1974), “McCabe & Mrs. Miller” (1971), “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967), “Lilith” (1964) and “Splendor in the Grass” (1961).

Boutella appeared in the Oscar-nominated film “Star Trek Beyond” (2016). Additionally, her film credits include “Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2014), “Monsters: Dark Continent” (2014) and “StreetDance 2” (2012). Boutella will next appear in “Atomic Blonde” and “The Mummy.”

Damon won an Oscar for Original Screenplay (shared with Ben Affleck) and was nominated for Actor in a Leading Role for his work on “Good Will Hunting” (1997). He is nominated this year for Best Picture for “Manchester by the Sea” (2016) shared with producers Kimberly Steward, Chris Moore, Lauren Beck and Kevin J. Walsh. In addition, Damon received an Oscar nomination for Actor in a Leading Role for “The Martian” (2015) as well as an Actor in a Supporting Role nomination for “Invictus” (2009). His upcoming projects include “Downsizing” and “Suburbicon.”

Dunaway won an Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role for “Network” (1976). She’s been nominated twice before in the same category, for “Chinatown” (1974) and “Bonnie and Clyde” (1967). Dunaway’s numerous credits also include “Don Juan DeMarco” (1994), “Arizona Dream” (1993) and “Barfly” (1987), as well as the now classic films “Three Days of the Condor” (1975), “The Towering Inferno” (1974), “Little Big Man” (1970) and “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968).

Fox’s credits include the Oscar-winning film “Back to the Future” (1985) and the Oscar-nominated features “Back to the Future Part II” (1989) and “The American President” (1995). In addition, his credits include “Bright Lights, Big City” (1988), “Teen Wolf” (1985), “Doc Hollywood” (1991), “Back to the Future Part III” (1990) and “Casualties of War” (1989).

Gosling received an Oscar nomination for Actor in a Leading Role for “La La Land” (2016) and “Half Nelson” (2006). He also appeared in the Oscar-winning film “The Big Short” (2015) as well as the Oscar-nominated films “Drive” (2011), “The Ides of March” (2011), “Blue Valentine” (2010) and “Lars and the Real Girl” (2007). Gosling’s credits also include “Crazy, Stupid, Love” (2011) and “The Notebook” (2004). He will next appear in “Blade Runner 2049.”

Hayek received an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Leading Role for “Frida” (2002). In addition, her credits include “Septembers of Shiraz” (2015), “Tale of Tales” (2015), “Savages” (2012) and “From Dusk Till Dawn” (1996). Upcoming projects for Hayek include “Beatriz at Dinner,” “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” and “How to Be a Latin Lover.”

Henson received an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (2008). Her feature credits include the Oscar-winning film “Hustle & Flow” (2005) and the Oscar-nominated “Hidden Figures” (2016). Additional credits include “Think Like a Man Too” (2014), “Top Five” (2014), “Think Like a Man” (2012), “Larry Crowne” (2011), “Date Night” (2010), “The Karate Kid” (2010) and “Four Brothers” (2005).

Patel received an Oscar nomination for Actor in a Supporting Role for “Lion” (2016). Additionally, his credits include the Oscar-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire” (2008), “Chappie” (2015), “The Man Who Knew Infinity” (2015), “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (2015) and “The Road Within” (2014). Patel will next appear in “Hotel Mumbai.”

Rogen’s film credits include the Oscar-nominated “Steve Jobs” (2015). Additionally he’s appeared in “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising” (2016), “Sausage Party” (2016), “Neighbors” (2014), “The Interview” (2014), “50/50” (2011), “The Green Hornet” (2011), “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011), “Kung Fu Panda” (2008) and “Knocked Up” (2007). Rogen will next appear in “The Masterpiece.”

Spencer won an Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Help” (2011) and is nominated for Actress in a Supporting Role for “Hidden Figures” (2016). She also lent her voice to the Oscar-nominated film “Zootopia” (2016). Spencer’s film credits also include “Allegiant” (2016), “Bad Santa 2” (2016), “Fathers & Daughters” (2015), “Insurgent” (2015), “Black or White” (2014), “Fruitvale Station” (2013), “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters” (2013) and “Snowpiercer” (2013). Spencer’s upcoming films include “Gifted,” “The Shape of Water,” “Small Town Crime” and “The Shack.”

Streep received an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Leading Role for “Florence Foster Jenkins” (2016), her 20th nomination. She has won in this category previously for “The Iron Lady” (2011) and “Sophie’s Choice” (1982). In addition, Streep earned an Oscar for Actress in a Supporting Role for “Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979). In addition, she has earned acting nominations for “Into the Woods” (2014), “August: Osage County” (2013), “Julie and Julia” (2009), “Doubt” (2008), “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006), “Adaptation” (2002), “Music of the Heart” (1999), “One True Thing” (1998), “The Bridges of Madison County” (1995), “Postcards from the Edge” (1990), “A Cry in the Dark” (1988), “Ironweed” (1987), “Out of Africa” (1985), “Silkwood” (1983), “The French Lieutenant’s Woman” (1981) and “The Deer Hunter” (1978).

Vaughn appears in the Oscar-nominated film “Hacksaw Ridge” (2016). Additionally, his credits include the Oscar-nominated feature “Into the Wild” (2007), “Delivery Man” (2013), “The Internship” (2013), “The Break-Up” (2006), “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” (2005), “Old School” (2003), “Wedding Crashers” (2005) and “Swingers” (1996). Vaughn will next appear in “Brawl in Cellblock 99.”

TOMORROW! 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 De Luca and Todd and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, also will be televised in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide. Additionally, “The Oscars: All Access” live stream from the red carpet and backstage will begin at 7 p.m. EST/4 p.m. PST on Oscar.com.

 

 

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Feb 052017
 

2017 Oscars Nominees To Be Celebrated At Academy Luncheon

OSCAR® NOMINEES TO BE HONORED AT ACADEMY LUNCHEON

 

More than 165 Oscar® nominees will come together at noon on Monday, February 6, at the Beverly Hilton when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.

Among the Lead Actor and Actress nominees, Casey Affleck, Ryan Gosling, Isabelle Huppert, Viggo Mortensen, Ruth Negga, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington are expected to attend the pre-Oscars® event. Supporting Actor and Actress nominees Mahershala Ali, Jeff Bridges, Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Octavia Spencer and Michelle Williams also will join in the celebratory lunch.

All five nominees in the Directing category – Damien Chazelle, Mel Gibson, Barry Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan and Denis Villeneuve – are expected to attend as well.

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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Jan 152017
 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday

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We celebrate Martin Luther King’s Day every year. This year – just days before the Inauguration Ceremony during which a President Elect who expressed his disregard for civil and human rights will be sworn into the office – it seems more significant than ever.

We all know who Martin Luther King Jr. was and what he stood for. We all know that while he fought to advance civil rights using wisdom and civil disobedience, the government attempted to stop him using force. Governments change. The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is here to stay and for us to learn from.

I Have A Dream Speech

This year, Martin Luther King’s Day is honored throughout Los Angeles not only with celebrations such as the 32nd Annual Kingdom Day Parade, but with numerous peaceful political protests that – like the ones MLK organized! – support civil and human rights. Similar protests are taking place throughout the country. There is a movement Online too, this is just one example. The protests may not be celebrations, but they sure are tributes to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr life’s philosophy.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said:

“There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.”

“History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.”

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If you are looking to attend an actual Martin Luther King’s Day celebration (he would have turned 88 today!) LAist has an impressive list.

In the words of the President Elect:

  • John Lewis, the civil rights leader (one of the original Freedom Riders!) and U.S. Congressman often referred to as the “Conscience of Congress” and the “Living Link to MLK legacy” is “All talk and no action.”
  • Meryl Streep, the greatest actress of our times, is “overrated”
  • Of course, these are only his latest targets. We still remember that neither Senator John McCain nor the American Muslim soldier who gave his life for our Country is enough of a hero for the President Elect.

In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

The reign of the President Elect is about to begin. He will have every opportunity to prove us wrong, to become a great President and to Make America Great Again. We’ll be there to record and – in cases of positive changes – applaud.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

 

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Jan 102017
 

Impact Of Meryl Streep’s Appeal

As we just reported in our 2017 Golden Globes’ memorable moments, Meryl Streep took a stance in defense of freedom of the press during her Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award’s acceptance speech.

As it turns out her appeal had immediate impact. She called on the foreign press and American public to support the Committee to Protect Journalists. In a surprising twist, the 36-year-old organization that doesn’t receive many donations, experienced a sudden avalanche of them. (More than $60,000 flowed in on the morning after Streep’s speech according to the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Advocacy Director, Courtney Radsch.)

The sudden surge in donations confirms that many people are concerned about the freedom of the press and safety of journalists once the President Elect takes office. Their donations validated Streep who expressed a concern that is obviously shared by many.

In response to Streep’s impassioned speech, the President Elect tweeted:

“Meryl Streep, one of the most over-rated actresses in Hollywood, doesn’t know me but attacked last night at the Golden Globes. She is a Hillary flunky who lost big. For the 100th time, I never “mocked” a disabled reporter (would never do that) but simply showed him “groveling” when he totally changed a 16 year old story that he had written in order to make me look bad. Just more very dishonest media!”

The tweet was as demeaning to Meryl Streep as the mockery of disabled New York Times reporter Serge F. Kovaleski was to the reporter. What happened to RESPECTFULLY disagreeing?….

The public responded to Streep by extending its support for freedom of the press. Notable celebrities (such as Viola Davis, Mia Farrow, Dan Rather and Maria Shriver) took the side of the actress. Our opinion of Meryl Streep, the greatest actress of our times, didn’t change.
“Officially” however: American media is dishonest. American artists are dishonest. (The donors to the Committee to Protect Journalists are likely dishonest, too.) Appointing a son-in-law (Jared Kushner) as a Senior Presidential Adviser is beyond reproach.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

 

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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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Jan 082017
 
Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star For Viola Davis

Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star For Viola Davis

The first Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star of 2017 was dedicated to Viola Davis!

Davis’ tour de force performance – in a supporting role – in the film Doubt (2008) took movie audiences and the film industry by storm and resulted in her getting an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination, Golden Globe and SAG nominations. The 2011 box-office hit The Help further cemented her position as an outstanding talent and brought her not only numerous award nominations (Academy Award for Best Actress, BAFTA and Golden Globe) but the prestigious SAG award.

The television drama How to Get Away with Murder gave Viola Davis the stage on which to showcase a fuller range of her talent. Her portrayal of the lawyer, Annalise Keating, led to not just nominations but awards. In 2015 she became the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In 2015 and 2016 she won Screen Actors Guild Awards for the role.

She’s currently amazing moviegoers as Rose Maxson (Denzel Washington character’s wife) in August Wilson’s drama “Fences” in a film produced by Washington. Her performance in the film takes acting on the big screen to another level: she is raw, multidimensional and profound.

This may be as good time as any to mention that Davis is a graduate of the famous Juilliard School and is as accomplished on stage as on screen. The role of Rose Maxson isn’t new to her, she played her before, in front of live audiences on Broadway. Her theatre performance earned a Tony Award in 2010. Her big screen performance is likely to earn her an Oscar.

Viola Davis isn’t a celebrity famous for being famous. She isn’t a starlet that’s risen to fame suddenly, only to fade soon after. Viola Davis built her career on a sound foundation of incredible talent, consistently high quality work, hard work and patience. She is here to stay.

During the ceremony for Viola Davis on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Chamber President and CEO, Leron Gubler and Walk of Fame producer, Ana Martinez helped the actress unveil her star.
It’s no coincidence that the greatest actress of our time, Meryl Streep (also a Walk Of Famer) spoke during the ceremony honoring Davis. Talent can’t be measured or compared. Streep and Davis are very different. Each has unconventional beauty and unparalleled depth as an artist. They are too different to ever be compared or in competition. But they have something in common, too: both, are extra-ordinary artists: each, a star in her own right.

Viola Davis is quoted as saying: “The happily ever after comes after you’ve done the work.” She’s certainly done much of hers.

Anything L.A. Magazine congratulates Ms. Viola Davis on her professional and personal success. We are not only her fans but have plenty of respect for Davis as a person and a survivor.

Viola Davis’ star in the Motion Picture category (Star #2,596 on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame) is located in front of Marshalls Department Store at 7013 Hollywood Boulevard across the street from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

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

 

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Jan 062017
 
Carrie Fisher's dog

Gary – Carrie Fisher’s orphaned dog – greeted guests arriving to memorialize his mistress and her mother. He is missing them, too….

UPDATE: On Friday 01/06/17 a private funeral for Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher (the Hollywood Dynasty’s mother and daughter who died only a day apart) was held at the Hollywood Hills’ Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The ceremony brought together the family, friends and their famous Hollywood peers.

Carrie Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher shared that the family didn’t know what container to use for Carrie’s ashes. In the end it was decided that an item she cherished – which also represents her sense of humor – is most appropriate. What was the item? A container – replica of a giant Prozac pill.

The loving mother and daughter were interred together. In Todd Fisher’s words, “they were together here and now they are together in Heaven.”

The two stars were laid to rest in a close proximity to Bette Davis and Liberace memorials. A public memorial service is planned and will be announced in a near future.

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher rest in peace. Their artistic legacies are here to stay.

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On Thursday 01/05/17 Hollywood’s who–is-who gathered for a private memorial service for Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. Among the 200 mourners were Meryl Streep, George Lucas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Meg Ryan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Courtney Love and Ellen Barkin. They honored the memory of both stars and comforted Fisher’s brother Todd Fisher and her daughter Billie Lourd.

A larger memorial service and a funeral in the Hollywood Hills’ Forest Lawn Memorial Park, is scheduled for tomorrow. According to reports – no official statement was released by the family so far – actress Meryl Streep, who portrayed Carrie Fisher in a film based on Fisher’s semi-autobiographical novel “Postcards from the Edge”, is to give the eulogy. A section for the public will be reserved for the ceremony. The reports are unconfirmed.

Mother and daughter who were best friends and died just one day apart will be laid to rest together. Debbie Reynolds wished to be buried. Carrie Fisher wanted to be cremated and was. Reynolds’ remains will be buried with a part of Fisher’s ashes.

To most of us, Debbie Reynolds’ death was a case of a mother’s broken heart and that much more devastating. Her son Todd however finds solace in the fact that the two are together, again. He’s likely right. It might have been too painful for Debbie Reynolds as a mother, to be left behind and suffer from the separation from her daughter.

May both stars, mother and daughter, rest in peace. May their family find comfort in our grief which confirms how much both were loved.

 

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Feb 052013
 

OSCAR WINNERS MERYL STREEP JEAN DUJARDIN OCTAVIA SPENCER AND CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER RETURN TO OSCARS STAGEOSCAR® WINNERS MERYL STREEP, JEAN DUJARDIN,OCTAVIA SPENCER
AND CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER RETURN TO OSCARS® STAGE

Last year’s Academy Award® winners Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer will return to present on this year’s telecast, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.

“We are honored to have Meryl, Octavia, Christopher and Jean, last year’s Oscar winners in each of the acting categories, return to the Oscar stage,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.
Streep, who is the most nominated actor with 17 nominations, has won three Academy Awards®, including last year’s lead actress award for her performance in “The Iron Lady.” Dujardin won the award for his lead performance in the Best Picture winner “The Artist,” it was his first nomination. Spencer, also a first time nominee, took home the Oscar for her supporting role in Best Picture nominee “The Help.” Plummer, who has twice been nominated, won the award for his supporting role in “Beginners.”
Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.
ABOUT CRAIG ZADAN AND NEIL MERON
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are producers of critically acclaimed and award-winning feature films, television movies, series, and Broadway productions.  Their feature films include The Bucket List, Footloose, Hairspray, and Chicago, which won six Academy Awards including one for “Best Picture.”  For television, they’ve produced films of “Steel Magnolias,” “Life with Judy Garland,” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” among many others and the series “Smash” and “Drop Dead Diva.”  They recently returned to their roots in live theater by producing Broadway revivals of the Tony-winning “Promises, Promises” and the Tony-winning 50th Anniversary revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”