Directed by Martin Scorcese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the Wolf of Wall Street is based on the bestselling memoir by Jordan Belfort about his infamous rise and fall as a financial whiz kid of the 1990s who got caught playing fast and loose with investors’ money. The Golden Globe winner sat down with the HFPA in New York to talk with us about his provocative new role.Read More »
“”We’ve been working for him since the ’70s when we played our first anti-apartheid gig in Dublin,” he said. “He kind of turned our lives upside down.”
U2 were meeting with the HFPA as part of the highly successful Round Tables series of interviews which began this year.
Bono, 53, talking against a panoramic view of the New York skyline in the Penthouse Suite of the Mondrian Soho Hotel, said he had last visited Mandela 18 months ago when the South African leader asked him: “Why would you want to come and see an old revolutionary like me?”
Mandela’s death coincides with the release of the movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom which stars Idris Elba with Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela and features the song Ordinary Love which was written by U2.
“It’s a complicated love story so we ended up writing a complicated love song,” said Bono.Read More »
Established in 2001 by Mark and his brother James, the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation is dedicated to helping inner city youth reach their full potential in life.
Mark, who dropped out of high school but graduated a few months ago after studying online, came from a family of nine children and spent most of his afternoons and evenings at his local club. Built off Mark’s belief that “it’s our turn to help,” the Foundation funds the same types of programs that helped Mark overcome challenges during his youth.
Despite overall progress when it comes to improving teen graduation rates in the United States, the sobering fact remains that three out of every 10 students in U.S. public schools still fail to finish high school with a diploma according to a 2009 EPE Research Center Study. The Foundation aspires to reach those children whose dreams and passions are limited due to financial circumstances and provide them with opportunities that allow them to see the value in their education and planning for their future.
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As the world mourns the death of Nelson Mandela, Hollywood’s connection has never been closer – Mandela is the subject of the hotly anticipated “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” starring Idris Elba as the icon, and the love story between Mandela and wife Winnie was featured in September release “Winnie Mandela,” starring Terrence Howard and Jennifer Hudson.
Longtime HFPA member Dr. Aida Takla O’Reilly recalls the time Mandela met the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
MANDELA, THE MAN WHO WALKED THE WALK
I had once the great honor of meeting President Nelson Mandela and have a conversation with him. In 1995, the Hollywood Foreign Press presented Mandela with a glass plaque in appreciation for his relentless fight for freedom. Mandela had come to Washington DC for the premiere of Cry, the Beloved Country based on the Alan Paton novel.
HFPA member Ahmed Lateef facilitated the making of the glass statuette for his peace effort. It was inscribed to Nelson Mandela from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for his Peace Fight.
Several of us attended the premiere, which opened with Harvey Weinstein introducing the First Lady Hillary Clinton, who in turn introduced Nelson Mandela. Mandela was received with a standing ovation lasting at least five minutes.
After the screening, there was a reception. We asked if we could present Mandela with our token of appreciation and the producer agreed with two conditions. Only one person could be in the private room, and there were to be no camera flashes, since his eyes were sensitive. And the meeting could be no more than five minutes.
Since I was the President then, I had the honor to present the plaque to Mandela on behalf of the HFPA. He received me with a charming smile and pointed at the heavy piece of glass I was carrying and said ‘this is bigger than you.’ I gave him the plaque on behalf of the members and told him about the Association and that one of our members was from South Africa (Phil). He asked where I was from and I said Egypt. We had a pleasant exchange about our countries and joked about the British colonial dream of ‘the Cape to Cairo Railroad.”
He told me that the Egyptian Minister of External Affairs visited him in jail as representative of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) but he did not say why. I said ‘Yes, I know who and I know why visited you. He happened to be my uncle, and he came to offer you freedom on the condition that you say that all is well in the country.
But you turned the offer down and your answer was ‘but all is not well in the country.’” He was surprised, offered me a smile, hugged me and left. At the end of dinner, I intercepted his exit to introduce some HFPA members to him. He was gracious with everyone. Armand Gallo, managed in his inimitable way to take a picture of us surrounding him.Read More »
The series, in association with the HFPA and the Film Foundation, begins with 1933′s King Kong, one of several carefully curated films that have been preserved and restored with the support of the HFPA.
King Kong, which stars Robert Armstrong and Fay Wray, spawned a genre, and its remakes (the last was in 2005 by Peter Jackson) and imitators (it’s impossible to imagine Planet of the Apes or Jurassic Park without it) are legion and still ongoing.
The evening celebrates the HFPA’s commitment to the art of film and the screening will take place two nights before the HPFA announces the nominations for next year’s Golden Globes.
Tickets for this event—$10 to the general public— can be picked up at LACMA’s ticket office in the Hammer Building, on the day of the event – as early as 11 am. Tickets are for general, unreserved seating.
Other screenings are planned for December 19, 28 and January 3 and 10. We will keep you updated about future titles.Read More »
Paul William Walker IV was well known to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and had met members many times over the years since 1999 when he became a star through his role in the hit film Varsity Blues. Since then he has become best known for starring as Brian O’Connor in four of The Fast and the Furious films.
His friends and co-stars tweeted their thoughts and tributes to the actor, who died in a fiery car crash while attending a charity event in Valenica.
Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace
My heart is hurting so bad. no one can make me believe this is real.
All my strength, love and faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength in his light. Love you brother.
Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark.
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Mike Tyson stopped by the HFPA offices in West Hollywood to meet members and chat about his troubled past, his book, his one-man show and his burgeoning movie career.
His visit was part of the rapidly growing Round Table series which was initiated this year at the HFPA and which has so far featured international celebrities such as Lech Walesa, Julian Assange, Jeffrey Katzenberg and John Williams.
The 47-year-old former world heavyweight champion was funny and revealingly honest as he talked of his past misdeeds and his bright future, which he attributes to the support and love of his wife, Lakiha Spicer, who he married in Las Vegas in June 2009 and with whom he has two children.
He is clearly enjoying his new career as an entertainer and his one-man stage show, Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth has been filmed by Spike Lee and is being shown around the world. In it he candidly recounts his life’s highs and lows and talks about his troubled youth, landmark boxing career, key people in his life, controversies. time in prison, self-examination, family and new beginnings.
As part of his new life he is forging a movie career for himself and has a cameo role in the soon-to-be-released Grudge Match as well as several other projects lined up.
“I was born to be an entertainer,” he laughs.
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The HFPA has donated $100,000 to UNICEF to assist with relief efforts in the Philippines following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. The donation will help in the recovery programs for the children affected by the typhoon, which displaced more than three million and killed more than 5,200 people in the Central Philippines since the catastrophic storm hit land on November 8.
Super Typhoon Haiyan was the most powerful storm ever to make landfall and the deadliest Philippine typhoon on record, producing winds of up to 195 mph and storm surges that devastated many coastal communities. The destruction caused by this epic storm has created an urgent need for humanitarian efforts in the area.
“The residents of the Philippines have suffered through a horrible tragedy and the HFPA, which has always supported charitable causes, is happy to donate the sum of $100.000 to assist in the efforts to bring aid to the devastated areas,” said HFPA President Theo Kingma.
The HFPA continues to support natural disasters both internationally and domestically including those affected last year by the Tropical Storm Washi in the Philippines, 2011 Haitian earthquake, the Japanese tsunami as well as Hurricane Katrina affecting New Orleans in 2005.
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Fifty years ago today, US-President John F. Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas. Notable people share their personal memories with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and how they remember November 22nd 1963.
By Barbara Gasser
I remember getting kicked out of class and was sent to the Deans office. Right then, when I got to the office, the news had come from Dallas that the President had been shot. I was ordered to report that news to the classroom. Then we got a television set and watched the day unfolding. I remember people crying. I was too young to appreciate how grave the situation was (I was eight or nine years old), but I remember feeling this sense of loss.
I was in Junior High School up in Northern Minnesota and I remember the confusion. After the news the school was closed, all students sent home. I remember, the black and white imagery on television that went on and on. Those iconic moving images always stay in my mind. Though I was too young to really understanding, I was thirteen, I knew even then, that there was something that happened in a way that this country would really never recover from.
I remember being sent home from school (I was fifteen). I remember the shock. I remember watching television all of that weekend. The funeral preparations, the people paying their respect at the state and (two days later) seeing Oswald get shot, it was on television. I grew up that day and it certainly was the end of my childhood.
I was a freshman at the University of California in Santa Barbara. We were walking in-between classes. The first thing I noticed, was this silence. Thousands of students walking in silence. Even today as back then, still brings chills. Then I saw someone listening on the radio. That´s when I heard this incredible news. We, as college students could identify with John F. Kennedy, because he did not look like an old senior guy, he represented us in his youth and he had a stunning way of speaking.
I was working in the garment district in New York. I broke for lunch and when I got back, it was all over the news. Of course everybody turned on the radios. Nobody worked. I think, we all just sort of ambled out of offices and into the streets. I remember walking home and people in the streets all seemed dazed. It was an unbelievable day, this is America and nobody shoots our President.
Robert De Niro
I was on the subway in New York and I heard people starting to talk. I was maybe, 20, and it was the first experience of having something so devastating for our country. It was just an impossible thing to imagine in my short life.
I was having dinner with friends in Paris. The rumor passed that JFK had been shot. We all were shocked, quiet and tried to find more information. I remember the quietness in the streets and people looking horrified.
I was performing that night in London. It was a play by George Bernard Shaw. All actors shared the same dressing room. We were about to go on stage, when the stage manager suddenly said, President John F. Kennedy might have been shot. The stage manager tried to get a signal on a radio in a corner for further news. Then I had to go on stage. I could not make an announcement because I had lines to say. At the interval, of course everyone got to know the news. The play went on but half the audience had gone home. It was a huge shock. It was very bizarre.
At that time, I was working at the Walt Disney Studio in Burbank. The day started out beautiful and nice. My brother Bob and I, we were working on a song for the musical “The happiest millionaire”. But all of a sudden, I heard one of the secretaries down the hall screaming. I poked my head out the door and looked what is going on. People were crying. “Kennedy was shot in Texas”. It was horrible, because we loved Kennedy. He was a great image, a wonderful guy. It was absolute horrifying. I started crying. My brother Bob started crying. We both walked across the street to Bill Walsh´s office, who was the writer of “Mary Poppins”. He had a Tv in his office and together we watched television. It was so unbelievable and I was so miserable. And that part that is weird. I felt so miserable and my feeling was, I have got to shut this all out of my brain right now or I`ll explode. So, I returned to my office. We were working on the punch lines for the opening song “I will always be Irish”. But we did not get them. While I was starring at the page that only said “Happiest”. Suddenly it all came out. “…I am proud of Irish blarney and Irish sentiment, and I bet one day we will get an Irish president.” These lyrics, I wrote the day JFK died. Then I started weeping like a baby.
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