The studio that helped make some of Wellington’s most famous films is on fire in Wellington. A huge fire at Portsmouth Miniatures Studio broke out at 3.10pm. A pall of smoke can be seen all over the eastern suburbs, rising from the building, near Wellington Airport.
The studio’s manager said she was on her way to the scene. No-one was hurt, she said. ”And that’s the main thing.” Crews from all around the Wellington region have gone to fight the blaze. Portsmouth Miniatures Studio has had a hand in many Wellington films. Its facilities were used during the making of Peter Jackson movies including King Kong and the Lord Of The Rings trilogy.Read More »
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.Read More »
Hollywood, CA (September 2, 2010) – The paparazzi who wait outside the Hollywood Foreign Press offices in West Hollywood hoping to photograph visiting celebrities missed their chance when Entourage star Adrian Grenier slipped in unnoticed to talk about his latest project—a documentary about paparazzi.
The 35-year-old actor and documentarian, who plays Vince in the six times Golden Globe-nominated HBO TV series, turned his camera on a 14-year-old paparazzo to document the life of the paparazzi and the celebrity culture they serve.
Teenage Paparazzo, which premiered at Sundance this year and is to air on HBO, will soon be seen on television screens around the world.
“I don’t know how many paparazzi have seen the film but I’m hoping it will be a way for them to reflect on their on behavior and to use the power that they have for something more constructive and meaningful,” said Adrian.Read More »
BEVERLY HILLS, CA (JULY 26, 2010) – The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced today that their annual Installation Luncheon will take place Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Participating with HFPA President Philip Berk in handing out the grants will be Annette Bening, Chris Colfer, Bryan Cranston, Kaley Cuoco, Matthew Fox, Nicole Kidman, Eva Longoria Parker, Ryan Phillippe, Jason Ritter, Adam Shankman, John Slattery, and Aaron Sorkin.
As film enthusiasts, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been instrumental in donating to entertainment-related charities and scholarship programs. The grants are awarded in the following categories: Higher Education Fellowships and Institutional Support; Professional Training and Mentoring; Pre-Professional Training and Education; Preserve the Culture & History of Film; Promote Cultural Exchange Through Film; and Special Projects. Over $1.5 million will be given out at this year’s event, and the organization has granted more than $10 million to date. Among the organizations receiving grants this year are Sundance Institute, American Film Institute, New York University, Ghetto Film School, Film Aid International, and Latin America Cinemateca.
Founded in the 1940s during World War II, the HFPA was originally comprised of a handful of LA based overseas journalists who sought to bridge the international community with Hollywood, and to provide distraction from the hardships of war through film. Sixty-six years later, members of the HFPA represent 55 countries with a combined readership of 250 million in some of the world’s most respected publications. Each year, the organization holds the third most watched awards show on television, the Golden Globe Awards, which have enabled the organization to donate more than $10.5 million to entertainment related charities and scholarship programs.