Miss Golden Globe of 2003, Andy Garcia‘s daughter Dominik Garcia-Lorido, is one of the stars of the new TV show Magic City whom HFPA members met when they visited the set in Miami.
Dominik, 28, co-stars with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Olga Kurylenko, Danny Huston and Kelly Lynch in the series, which is set in Miami Beach in 1958-59. “We are proud to host the HFPA on our set,” Mitch Glazer, writer and creator and of the upcoming TV show Magic City, greets members, the first journalists to visit the set.
The Starz-produced show is shot entirely in a purpose-built hotel, complete with a fully functional lobby, bar, barber’s shop, offices, a swimming pool, guest rooms and marble bathrooms. Everything has been meticulously designed to convey the look and mood of the ’50’s.
Hundreds of people, worked twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to build the sets. “Magic City’s sets are the largest ever built in the state of Florida,” says Mitch Glazer, writer and producer of Magic City, who showed HFPA members around the set
The show’s plot revolves around Ike Evans, the owner of Miramar Playa Hotel, who has to fight for his family and the hotel when he gets entangled with the mob.
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HFPA members were the guests of Sony Pictures Television on the set of the new Charlie’s Angels television show in Miami, where they were greeted by the director and executive producer, Marcos Siega, who walked them through the set and described the show.
“The mysterious Charlie sets up a mission and then sends the Angels to resolve it,” he says. There is a parallel between the new show and the 1970’s hit TV series but, set in Miami, he says: “The new Charlie’s Angels show is original with a modern twist.”
The HFPA also met with the glamorous Angels: blonde Abby (Rachael Taylor), a Park Avenue princess who became a world class thief; dark Kate (Annie Ilonzeh), a Miami cop who fell from grace losing both her career and her fiancé’; and brunette Eve (Minka Kelly), a street racer with a mysterious past.
The actresses trained with a S.W.A.T team 12 hours a day in martial arts, scuba diving, gun handling and close combat fighting before they began filming.
“Although we have stand-in stuntwomen, we try to do all stunts except risky ones, like being hit by a bus or falling off a ten-story building,” laughs Annie Ilonzeh, who is proud to play the first black Angel in the history of the show.
The new Angels say that they are not trying to fill the shoes of the original stars.
“We are trying to do something fresh and original,” stresses Australian-born Rachael Taylor.
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Visiting the set of the upcoming movie Dolphin Tale in the marine hospital in Clearwater, Florida, HFPA members were introduced to the star and the protagonist of the movie, Winter, the Dolphin whose tail had to be amputated and be replaced with a prosthetic one after sustaining an incurable injury in 2007.
Dolphins swim by fluttering their tails vertically, up and down, but after losing her tail, Winter started to swim by wiggling her body horizontally in order to propel herself forward, which resulted in damaging her spine. To save her from death, her trainers decided to explore the idea of a prosthetic tail, which had not been done or even contemplated before.
“There were many challenges in designing a new tail for Winter,” explains the hospital’s director, David Yates. “The biggest challenge was keeping the tail on without hurting her.”
The tail was designed by Dr. McCarthy (played by Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman), who used his experience in building human prosthetic limbs to create a socket made of soft gel that fits firmly over the base of the amputated tail and then strap the artificial tail around it.
“The other challenge was to make her swim with a tail after she had been swimming sideways in over a year and half,” Yates adds.
Initially, Winter had rejected the new tail, but in a few months she was humming. “She loved it,” Yates beams.
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Gary Oldman introduced his newest film, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy to a delegation from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the Venice Film Festival.
The British actor portrays George Smiley, the lead character in John Le Carre’s 1974 cold war bestseller of the same title, a role previously played by Alec Guiness in a 1979 TV mini series.
” If somebody offers you the role of Hamlet you try to achieve the task without being intimidated by the great performances before you” Oldman explained to the HFPA members about his challenge to step into Alec Guiness’s giant footsteps. “And I saw this role exactly like that.“.
He added enthusiastically: “The most rewarding response to me was how John Le Carre – who is a youthful 80 now – reacted when he saw the film. He was elated.”
Marco Müller, festival director since 2004, welcomed the HFPA delegation to the Lido of Venice.
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, a Focus Film feature, was one of nine world premieres seen by HFPA members. Among them: George Clooney’s„The Ides of March, which opened the festival, Abel Ferrara’s 4:44 Last Day on Earth, David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method, William Friedkin’s Killer Joe and Cristina Comencini’s Quando La Notte.
Madonna was also there to unveil her second directoral effort, W.E.
MOSTRA Internazionale D’Arte Cinematografica, the official name of the festival, was founded 1932 and is considered the oldest film festival in the world.
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Jason Bateman speaks about what its like to act with babies.Read More »
The rising young actress is here to announce the 2011 HFPA grants for National Association of Latino Independent, Pablove and Film Independent.
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Debbie Reynolds gave Hollywood Foreign Press members a guided tour of some of the 5,000 props, costumes and sets from Hollywood’s Golden Age which she has collected over the past 50 years.
The collection, on show at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, is going up for auction because the 79-year-old actress is unable to find a permanent home for it.
She had the collection briefly on display at the Las Vegas hotel and casino she owned in the 1980s and despite losing the hotel along with a small fortune and having to declare bankruptcy she managed to hold on to the memorabilia.
Until recently she hoped it would be housed in a purpose-built museum near Dollywood in Tennessee but the property developer went bankrupt and the project never materialised.
“I’m very sad the collection isn’t in a museum,” she said, “but I’ve spent literally millions of dollars just on protecting it and taking care of it and now I’m sick and tired of it and feel I must call it a day.”
The star of such classic films as Singing In The Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Reynolds acquired many of the costumes, props and sets when she bought the MGM collection in 1970, but she continued to add to it.
Among the items are props and costumes from My Fair Lady, Cleopatra, The King and I, Rita Hayworth‘s dress from Salome, Harpo Marx’s hat and wig and the famous pleated dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch,
The 600 items for sale in the first auction are expected to bring in between $4 million and $6 million.
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Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor passed away this morning due to congestive heart failure. She was 79.
The Golden Globe winner and Cecil B. DeMille recipient starred in such classic films as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Giant, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Cleopatra.
In her later years she was mostly involved as co-founder and ambassador for the charity organization AMFAR and widely credited for being one of the first high profile celebrity activists to take up the cause to find both a cure for Aids and help those dealing with the disease.
In 1992 she told members of the HFPA: “AIDS is not an American disease. There’s no corner of the earth that hasn’t been touched by AIDS, and 30% of AIDS patients are women and heterosexuals.”
Throughout the years Taylor would raise millions of dollars for AMFAR. “I became involved with AIDS when it was a very unpopular thing to do, no one was doing anything.”
She then recalled her close friendship to actor Rock Hudson. “I didn’t know that Rock Hudson had AIDS, but I knew him, and I had doctor friends that told me about the effects of the disease, the depth of the disease and how it was going to become an epidemic.”
“There was a definite social stigma attached to it and I was outraged, so I put together the first fundraiser for APLA (Aids Project Los Angeles), and I was so blown away by the non-reaction of people that I spoke to and tried to get involved. Eventually, after Rock Hudson announced (he had AIDS), people did come, but it took seven months to get that dinner (organized). I have never felt so rejected and I took it personally, so I thought “I’ve got to try and make a difference,”that’s why I became involved with AIDS.”
“I travel all over the world and some countries are still in denial, where there’s so much promiscuity and such obvious needle exchange, needles being shared (by drug addicts). I think America and England are doing a good job.”
In 2001 when Elizabeth Taylor was the “grand finale” of that season’s Golden Globes announcing the “best motion picture winner,” she inadvertently started to announce the winner before even listing the nominees.
Always possessing a quick wit, when Dick Clark frantically called to her from offstage during the live telecast alerting her to the gaffe, she calmly smiled and said: “Oh, I guess I’m more used to receiving awards rather than giving them.”
Following the sad news of Elizabeth Taylor‘s passing, longtime friend George Hamilton told the HFPA, “The whole world has been in love with Elizabeth Taylor and I was fortunate enough to be one of them.”
Debbie Reynolds added, “It was a long productive career and she was the most glamorous and sexual star of our generation. No one else could equal Elizabeth’s beauty and sexuality. Women liked her and men adored her and her love for her children is enduring. She was a symbol of stardom. Her legacy will last.”
Joan Collins agreed. “I am so terribly sad about the death of Elizabeth Taylor. Although everyone here in Hollywood knew that her end was near we are all shocked. She was the last of the true Hollywood icons, a great beauty, a great actress and continually fascinating to the world throughout her tumultuous life and career. There will never be another star who will come close to her luminosity and generosity, particularly in her fight against AIDS. She will be missed.”
Shirley MacLaine treasured her decades long friendship. “I don’t know what was more impressive her magnitude as a star or her magnitude as a friend. Her talent for friendship was unmatched. I will miss her for the rest of my life and beyond.”Read More »
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced a donation of a quarter of a million dollars to the International Rescue Committee to help aid relief in Japan following the devastating 8.9 earthquake and tsunami.
On behalf of all HFPA members, president Philip Berk said: “What happened to Japan is unimaginable. We hope that our contribution will help those affected during this difficult time.”
If you like to learn more about the International Rescue Committee, just visit the http://www.rescue.org link.Read More »