Georg Lucas’ announcement did not come as a surprise: “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” will return to theaters in 3-D in 2012 and will be followed in the stereoscopic format by the five other live-action movies set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.
Immediately after James Cameron’s “Avatar” won the 2010 Golden Globe for Best Drama Georg Lucas told Access Hollywood he was now planning to convert his Skywalker family epic into the trendy format. “Haven’t been a big fan of 3-D, but that movie definitely improves in [the field of] 3-D … we’ve been looking for years and years and years of trying to take ‘Star Wars’ and put it in 3-D,” Lucas explained. “But, [the] technology hasn’t been there. We’ve been struggling with it, but I think this will be a new impetus to make
Lucas started his series 1978 with “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope”. The film gathered four Golden Globe nominations, including Georg Lucas for Best Directing.
Lucas’ Industrial Light & Magic is overseeing the 3-D conversion. 20th Century Fox will release them, as it has done for all previous “Star Wars” films.
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“Glee” creator Ryan Murphy invited the HFPA to the Paramount Studios set of his hit series and revealed what’s coming in future episodes, which include a guest appearance by Javier Bardem as a Spanish rock star, a tribute to the cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and a duet-themed episode in which Chris Colfer (who plays Kurt Hummel) duets with himself in “Le Jazz Hot” from Julie Andrews’ “Victor/Victoria.”
The interviews with Murphy and the main cast were held in a brand new theater set built on Soundstage 16. Murphy revealed findings that “Glee” is inspiring students to get involved in music programs, learn how to play instruments and sing, join choirs and theater groups.
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The former Hollywood leading lady Gloria Stuart, who has died aged 100, was the oldest ever Golden Globe nominee.
She was aged 87 when she was nominated for best supporting actress in a drama for her role as Old Rose in James Cameron‘s multiple-Golden Globe winning film Titanic.
It was her first significant role in nearly 60 years. In the 1930s she had co-starring roles in The Invisible Man, Prisoner of Shark Island, Roman Scandals, Busby Berkeley’s Gold Diggers of 1935 and many others.
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The people at Movie City News (www.moviecitynews.com) compiled a list of recent reactions from actors and filmmakers who in recent years were on the receiving end of that early morning phone call, informing them they had just been nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
Nominations for the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be announced live at 5:00 am (PST), Tuesday, December 14, 2010.
“We’re waxing up our lederhosen already. We hear that’s what you wear. Because it’s foreign press. Right? So you wear, you dress, as your favorite nationality.”
- Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the co-writers/co-directors of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
“The Hollywood Foreign Press has been mighty fine to me over the past 30 years, and this year is especially sweet. I’m happy to share this nom with my buddies T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham for our ‘Crazy Heart’ theme song, and with our writer-director Scott Cooper and co-stars Maggie, Bob and Colin who helped make Bad Blake such a genuine character. I would like to dedicate this recognition to the memory of the late, great Stephen Bruton who brought his musical touch to every part of the picture.”
“I think it’s just the way I’ve been puke drunk myself, you know, just looking at my own experiences being hung over.”
“I’m watching it with my roommates, with my manager and all these people, and we’re watching at the same time, and we all jumped. Well, I jumped, certainly, because Justin Timberlake said my name. It’s not just that I’m excited because he said my name, but I love that he said my name in the context of me possibly winning an award for this movie.”
“Maybe this year CBS or Fox will give me a new car. Didn’t they do that with all the ‘Will and Grace’ people once?”
“I’m grateful for anything that helps the show.”
“I want to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for this tremendous honor. Congratulations to Clint Eastwood and Matt Damon on their nominations, and I extend my deepest gratitude to my producing partner Lori McCreary, and the entire cast and crew of ‘Invictus’ for their tireless work to make a film befitting of Nelson Mandela’s legacy. Playing Mandela was the greatest honor of my career, and I hope that I have done him proud.”
“I did notice Sir Paul McCartney was in there. Isn’t that right? And U2? It’s a formidable group. I would say we have to be the underdog in that group.”
“This nomination is like icing on the cake. But I thought the icing on the cake was that we were in Sundance. Then I thought the icing was that we won Sundance and then Oprah calling was icing on the cake. Right now I’m almost stuffed from all this icing I’ve been putting down.”
“Each time is unique in its own way. It was my dream as a kid to be in an American musical. It’s an amazing movie and a very special movie, and I hope that people will be made more aware of it by this.”
“I’m pumped! It’s been a four-and-a-half-year journey, and this is not typically the kind of film that critics love, it being a genre movie and been seen as a big commercial movie.”
“Thank you very much to the Hollywood Foreign Press for making my mum cry in the grocery store. I’m honored and completely speechless.”
“It’s lovely to be recognized, particularly by the foreign press, from all the different countries. You don’t think of awards. … If you happen to get one, it’s awfully nice. But you don’t worry about it.”
“The Hollywood Foreign Press have just given me a time out from my 20 year midlife crisis. My heartfelt thanks to them.”
“I am so honored and thrilled to be among the Golden Globe nominees this year. I am happy for everybody – particularly my friend Colin Firth!”
“I’m an idiot … I had a couple of drinks last night and forgot it was this morning. I was running late. I was in the shower. I was wondering why the phone kept ringing, and then I went, ‘Oh my God. I know why the phone is ringing!’”
“We’re flattered and honored with the support we’ve received for Up throughout the year, and this is a humbling, happy year-end moment for us. We spend years making these films and you never know how people will receive them, and we continue to be thrilled with the response. Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this incredible honor.”
— Peter Doctor, writer/director of Up
“We are completely thrilled to be nominated for a Golden Globe. The Globes have a long and illustrious history…we are happy to spoil that. Thank you HFPA.”
— Todd Phillips, producer/director of The Hangover
“Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press who have transported me from the unbelievable into the unimaginable.”
“Although I’ve received nominations before and I’ve even won Golden Globes in the past, every new nomination comes to me as a big and pleasant surprise. Every time seems harder to get it and this nomination for BROKEN EMBRACES makes me even happier than the ones I’ve had before, so I thank the members of the HFPA for making my day!
– Pedro Almodovar, writer/director of Broken Embraces
“This nomination is, first of all, very moving for me. It proves that a movie can travel, that we don’t just make a film for one’s own country, for our “home.” For an American, that might seem obvious, less so for a Frenchman. Also, if I make films, it is because I’ve seen films and read film reviews. I belong to a generation of cinephiles for whom seeing films and reading about them went hand in hand. Filmmakers opened your eyes and film critics helped you think. I loved that. Now today, my film is nominated for a Golden Globe and I am naturally very proud.”
- Jacques Audiard, co-writer/director of A Prophet
“A hearty thank you to the members of the HFPA. I am delighted and very grateful to be included. Congratulations to all fellow nominees and eternal thanks to Rob Marshall.”
“We’re so thrilled to be included in such a varied and exciting year
for film. I am incredibly proud of this extraordinary cast and the
amazing amount of dedication and passion they gave. Working with all
of them was pure joy for me.”
“Everybody keeps asking me what I think this means for the future and I’m trying to enjoy this now, this moment. It’s really exciting and apparently the first thing I’m supposed to do is talk to a bunch of journalists. (Laughs.) I’m starting to feel as though journalists are my family because every time I get good news I talk to journalists first. I’ll invite you all around for Thanksgiving.
- Anna Kendrick, best supporting actress nominee for Up in the Air
“My heartfelt thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press for this wonderful nomination. I share this honor with Jude Law and all of my cast-mates, my great director Guy Ritchie and the rest of the team whose collaboration and camaraderie helped make this new incarnation of ‘Sherlock Holmes’ possible.”
- Robert Downey, Jr., actor nominee for Sherlock Holmes
“I’m thrilled to be in such great company and it underlines my conviction that the best writing for women today is on television. I know I wouldn’t have received this great nomination if it weren’t for our writers on ‘Damages.’”
“I wanted to learn the feeling of not being able to relate to civilians and real people. The whole movie was a real exploration of trying to imagine the unimaginable and asking yourself what you would do in different scenarios.”
- Tobey Maguire, best actor nominee for Brothers
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Eddie Fisher, the 1950s actor and crooner who has died aged 82, was an early Golden Globe winner.
Fisher, who was known for his high-profile Hollywood romances, won his Globe in 1958 for Best TV Show for Coke Time, the 15-minute show sponsored by the Coca-Cola company.
He died from complications from hip surgery according to his daughter, actress and singer Tricia Leigh Fisher.
“The world has lost a true America icon,” the family said in a statement. “One of the greatest voices of the century passed away. He was an extraordinary talent and a true mensch.”
Although he starred in his own TV show and appeared in four movies, including Butterfield 8, Fisher is best known for having been married to Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, and Connie Stevens.
In 1959, Fisher created a tabloid scandal when he left Reynolds, who gave birth to their daughter Carrie Fisher, to marry his Butterfield 8 co-star Elizabeth Taylor. Five years later, Taylor left Fisher for her co-star, Richard Burton and Fisher went on to marry Connie Stevens with whom he had two daughters, Tricia Leigh and actress Joely Fisher. Fisher and Stevens divorced in 1969, and he married two more times.
His last album was released in 1984 and he made his last movie, High Tide, in 1987.
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Only hours before he walked the red carpet and posed for photographers at the premiere of his latest movie, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Michael Douglas met with HFPA members in a New York hotel to talk about the movie, the cancer treatment he is undergoing and his plans for the future.
The 65-year-old actor, who was diagnosed last month as having throat cancer, was upbeat and positive as he told members: “My plans are to lick this cancer but it will probably take four or five months .I have always prided myself on putting as much as I possibly can into everything I do and I am going to beat this.”
In the Wall Street sequel he returns after 23 years to the role of Gordon Gekko, the ruthless corporate trader he portrayed in Wall Street in a performance that earned him Golden Globe and Oscar best actor trophies. He also received the Golden Globe Cecil B. De Mille award in 2004 for his body of work.
He intends to be completely recovered and ready to portray the flamboyant pianist and entertainer Liberace in a movie that is due to begin shooting next year. “Things have gone pretty well for me for a long time and once in a while you get tested,” he said,. “I’m convinced I’m going to be a stronger and better person because of it.”
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For the past fourteen years, the HFPA has attended the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Since 2000, weeklong activities were closed by the HFPA co-hosting a festival celebration together with InStyle Magazine.
This year, the event, known among festival goers as the Party of the Festival attracted over 500 guests including Ryan Reynold, Edward Norton, Sarah Silverman, Sam Worthington and Rosamund Pike.
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Director Danny Boyle, who won a Golden Globe for Slumdog Millionaire, credits a combination of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and the Toronto Film Festival for the film’s success.
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Slumdog Millionaire became an international phenomenon after it was screened in Toronto in 2008 and went on to triumph at the Golden Globe awards, winning four Globes.
Boyle came back to the Toronto festival this year with his new film 127 Hours and he told HFPA members who met with him there: “It was extraordinary what happened with Slumdog. There were two main turning points for us—-the Toronto Film Festival and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. We had an amazing time.”
Then he joked: “We did quite well last time but we thought we’d do something a bit different this year.”
127 Hours, which was written by Boyle and Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy, tells the harrowing true story of climber Aron Ralston who had to cut off his arm with a blunt knife to free himself when he was trapped by a rock.
Stage and screen star Kevin McCarthy died on Saturday, September 11 at age 96 of natural causes at Cape Cod Hospital, according to the Los Angeles Times.
McCarthy’s Broadway career spanned six decades, including roles in Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Winged Victory, Truckline Café, Anna Christie, The Three Sisters, Cactus Flower, and Alone Together. McCarthy also toured for many years as President Harry Truman in the one-man show Give ‘Em Hell, Harry.
He also played Biff Loman opposite Paul Muni’s Willy in the 1949 London production of Death of a Salesman, and reprised the role in the 1951 film version, for which he won a Golden Globe Award.
McCarthy also starred in the PBS version of the play June Moon and as Trigorin opposite Blythe Danner and Frank Langella in the 1975 television version of The Seagull.
His many other film and television credits include Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Misfits, The Best Man, Flamingo Road, Murder, She Wrote, and The Colbys.
He is survived by his wife Kate; his children, Lillah McCarthy, James Kevin McCarthy, Mary Dabney McCarthy, Tess McCarthy, and Patrick McCarthy; his stepdaughter Kara Lichtman; and three grandchildren.
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“Black Swan” actress Natalie Portman attends the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. cocktail party at Style Lounge at the 67th Annual Venice Film Festival.