We spoke to Karen Black in February 2011 at the UCLA Festival of Film Preservation’s screening of Robert Altman‘s Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean in which she gave one of her signature performances. She talked with us about Altman, whom she had previously worked with on Nashville, and about the groundbreaking ethos of American cinema in the 1960′s and 70′s, a creative and artistic movement on which she left an indelible mark.Read More »
He may be 71 years old but Harrison Ford hasn’t given up the idea of retuning as Indiana Jones in a fifth adventure.
“We’ve seen the character develop and grow over a period of time and it’s perfectly appropriate and okay for him to come back again with a great movie around him where he doesn’t necessarily have to kick as much ass,” he told HFPA members when he met with them at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills.
“To me, what was interesting about the character was that he prevailed, that he had courage, that he had wit, that he had intelligence, that he was frightened and that he still managed to survive. That I can do.”
Another Indiana Jones film would make a lot of sense financially: the previous adventure, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, in 2008, grossed almost $800 million on a budget of $185 million.Read More »
A fully restored copy of Death Of A Salesman, László Benedek’s 1951 film adaption from the play of the same name by Arthur Miller, will premiere on August 9 at the Armand Hammer Museum in Los Angeles as part of the UCLA Film Archives screenings.
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Liev Schreiber had a tough decision to make when he was offered the title role in Showtime’s new crime drama series Ray Donovan: Did he want to leave his home in New York and the theater work he loves to move to Los Angeles to appear in a series that, if successful, could tie him up for several years.?
“It was a very, very difficult decision,” he told HFPA members who met him at Sony Studios back in April when he began filming the series. “It was hard for me because my kids were in school in New York, all my friends are there and the theater is there. Those are the things I really miss.”
But it proved a wise move because the series, in which Schreiber plays a “fixer” to the rich and famous, earned Showtime’s best-ever ratings for an original series premiere when the first episode was aired on June 30. It drew 1.4 million viewers, better than the 1.1 million for the 2011 premiere of Homeland which at the time was considered a breakthrough for Showtime.
Liev, who has a contract for at least five years, is settling in to a new home on the West Coast and says: “I’m gettting acclimatized to Los Angeles. Geographically it’s a beautiful place.”Read More »
Watched by an audience that included a group of HFPA members, Golden Globe winner John Travolta received another Globe when he was presented with the Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema. One of the oldest film festivals in the world, KVIFF is considered throughout the industry as a kind of bridge between western and eastern cinema.
The annual event is held in the spa town of the same name, known for its geothermal hot springs and located in the northwest corner of The Czech Republic. This year the jury was headed by Agnieszka Holland, the well-known Polish director who studied in Prague in the late 1960’s.
“Being an actor is such an interesting journey,” said Travolta. “We are asked to reflect humanity, mankind. It is our own personal interpretation of that. It does not mean you are going to agree with that or even like it. I’ve said it before – to be or not to be. I am glad that you allow me to be.”
The presentation was followed by the opening night film, Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo. But on Day 2, Travolta was back on stage, first to introduce an open air screening of Grease to more than 2,200 eager film fans, many of whom are students who annually camp out to attend this event, and laterg to introduce the premiere of his new film Killing Season, a psychological thriller/action/anti-war story in which he stars with Robert DeNiro.
The festival features Master Classes with visiting filmmakers, including Oliver Stone, who received a lifetime achievement honor.
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Paris Hilton visited the HFPA’s West Hollywood offices recently to meet members and chat with them about her life and her career as a highly successful businesswoman.
The socialite and entrepreneur, who now has 44 stores around the world, 17 product lines, the fledgling Paris Hilton Beach Club chain and is about the launch her 16th fragrance line, was relaxed and friendly as she sat at the conference table and answered questions. She clearly enjoyed the experience because she later tweeted: “Had a great time at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association press conference today. All such lovely people. Thank you. Love Paris ☺”
Her visit was the first of a series of Round Table talks pioneered by new president Theo Kingma, which will feature famous guests not necessarily connected with showbusiness.
Paris, 32, believes she has finally shed her unwanted image as the idle daughter of a wealthy family and established a reputation for herself as the hard-working brains behind a multi-national business. “I feel that now I’m mature,” she said. “In my twenties I was just getting to know myself and now I feel I finally know who I am: I’m mature and feel grown-up.”
Paris, who has a cameo role in Sofia Coppola‘s latest movie The Bling Ring, believes the biggest misconception people have about her is that because of her name she has had everything handed to her on a platter. “They think I’ve never worked a day in my life and am just spoiled, but really it’s the complete opposite,” she said. “I’ve done this all on my own, I’ve worked very hard and it’s just the opposite of what people say.”Read More »
HFPA members joined other international journalists in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to talk with the director and cast of The Lone Ranger, which is destined for Hollywood history as the most expensive Western ever made.
Starring Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as the Ranger and directed by Gore Verbinski, the movie was filmed over seven months across four states in the American Southwest. The interviews were held at a spa and resort outside Santa Fe, where Armie Hammer revealed that the most difficult things about the long shoot were the physical action and the heat. “But,” he said, “it didn’t stop us waking up every morning like a bunch of kids excited that we were doing our dream job.
“We prepared for it, not by working out or anything like that, but by cycling. We did a lot of bike riding to get our legs strong and to be ready for spending 12 hours a day in the saddle.”
Depp told members he had acquired a new name after being adopted as an honorary member of the Comanche tribe.
“It’s Mah-Woo-Meh, which means Shapeshifter,” he said. “It was quite apt. The name hadn’t been used for years and they had to get permission from the elders to use it. I’m very proud of it and it’s possibly the greatest memento I have ever returned with from anywhere.”
Theo Kingma was elected President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) for the 2013-2014 year at the organization’s annual election meeting, which was held June 10, 2013.
This marks his first presidency for the organization. He previously held the office of executive secretary for 2 years as well as sitting on the Board of Directors for 4 years.
“I am proud of the HFPA members for giving me this incredible opportunity to lead our organization and further our journalistic efforts,” said Kingma. “I look forward to a unified and productive year.”
Born in Amsterdam, Kingma began his professional film career as a projectionist. He followed this stepping stone by working as a production assistant on several films. After working on Robert Altman‘s Vincent & Theo, Kingma moved to Hollywood, CA to further pursue his craft in 1989. In his 20 years as an HFPA member, he has represented publications in The Netherlands, Germany and Australia as a staff photographer. His work is represented worldwide by London-based agency REX Features Ltd.Read More »