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Golden Globe winner José Ferrer, who died in 1992 aged 80, will be immortalized on a First-Class Forever Stamp in 2012 as the 14th luminary celebrated in the U.S. Postal Service’s Distinguished Americans series.
Considered one of the most accomplished talents of his generation, Ferrer won several Tony Awards for his work on stage and performed in more than 60 movies, garnering three Academy Award nominations. He won the Golden Globe in 1990n for Best Actor for his role as Cyrano de Bergerac.
“The Postal Service is proud to honor José Ferrer on a Forever Stamp,” said Stephen Kearney, manager, Stamp Services. “A renaissance man who spoke five languages fluently, Ferrer’s accomplishments extended to many areas of entertainment.”
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Reprinted from Variety:
Awards aren’t goal of HFPA giving
Golden Globes Update
For the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., the Golden Globes ceremony does double duty.After the celebration, a portion of the money earned by the HFPA from licensing the event is used fund the organization’s substantial charitable outreach, which reached a record $1,579,500 in 2011.
While the HFPA gives grants to dozens of organizations whose missions range from film preservation and restoration to education and training in the arts, the group is keenly focused on giving a diverse new crop of young filmmakers the tools and the chance to make their own movies.
“Whether children are living in the inner city of Los Angeles or in Darfur, I believe that giving them a chance to tell their stories through making their own films makes them focus on something positive,” says HFPA member Paz Mata. “Once you put a camera in the hands of these kids, you give them the possibility to do something good for themselves and their community.”
This year, the HFPA gave grants to the Ghetto Film School, Inner-City Arts, the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts Foundation and FilmAid Intl., which conducts screenings and filmmaker training in Kenyan refugee camps.
Whether these students find themselves at the bargaining table for some kind of distribution deal or whether they’re ever nominated for a prestigious award isn’t the yardstick for success, according to HFPA chairman Philip Berk.
“If you’re giving a grant to UCLA or Ghetto Film School, you’re not necessarily going to be able to point to a nomination of some kind or a film that gets into theaters as a measure of success of what you did,” Berk says. “What you did do with the money is you gave someone the chance to get started in filmmaking and finish a project that can become the stepping stone for them into the industry.”
Mata even hopes to expand the HFPA’s outreach to include children in more countries that have been saddled with financial and political woes. She is searching for more organizations that help kids living in troubled locales through the arts.
“We’ve been very fortunate that we haven’t had to cut back our giving because of the success of the Golden Globes,” Mata says. “It’s really our purpose to use this money in a positive way.”
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From the New York Post
Watch your back, Oscar!
The Academy Awards telecast — plagued in recent years by low ratings and growing viewer discontent — is in danger of playing second fiddle to the younger, hipper Golden Globes, experts say.
“The Globes have seized the cool factor this year,” Tom O’Neil, editor of GoldDerby.com, tells The Post.
The Oscars telecast, meanwhile, “is like high mass,” he says. “And going to church is supposed to be boring. It is part of the punishment for the soul that you deserve for living that glamorous Hollywood life.”
Ratings for “Hollywood’s Biggest Night” have been flirting with all-time lows, with just more than 36 million tuning in last February.
“I think someday it is inevitable that the MTV Movie Awards will surpass the Oscars in terms of eyeballs [watching],” O’Neil says.
Much of the anticipation about this year’s Golden Globes comes from returning host Ricky Gervais.
“He was such a skunk at the picnic last year that everyone is looking forward to what mischief he perpetrates this year,” O’Neil says.
“There is a lot of buzz and excitement surrounding the Globes that are not surrounding the Oscars.”
The 2012 Academy Awards — which air Feb. 26 — have instead been trying to deflect attention away from the recent loss of producer Brett Ratner and host Eddie Murphy.
Comedian Billy Crystal — who has emceed the event eight times between 1990 and 2004 — came to the show’s rescue in November.
But at 63, is he simply too old to recapture Oscar’s former glory — and the 40 million-plus who once tuned in?
“Billy Crystal was the perfect guy at the perfect cultural moment,” says TV expert Bob Thompson at Syracuse University.
“But he is a lot older now. This moment is very, very different. One of my students actually said to me, ‘Isn’t Billy Crystal dead?’ ”
O’Neil believes Oscar producers should simply give up trying to pander to the Twitter generation.
“And by picking the rent-a-clowns from New York — Jon Stewart, Chris Rock and David Letterman — who were totally inappropriate hosts for the Oscars, they were trying to be totally cool and edgy and it backfired.
“Now they are going with a Hollywood insider who is a proven maestro.”
Gervais, meanwhile, has vowed nothing is off limits for his Globes return on January 15.
“Or I wouldn’t do it,” he tells The BBC. “Where is the fun in that? Get someone who can read [cue cards], because I am not very good at that.”
Last year, Gervais came under fire for attacking Charlie Sheen, Scientology and even the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
“The greatest thing about him is . . . you don’t know what he is going to do,” Globes producer Barry Adelman tells The Post.
“Of course it scares you, but at the end of the day it keeps you on your toes, which is good for everybody.
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