Hollywood’s top stars will be packing the Beverly Hilton ballroom on Tuesday to help the HFPA give away a record $1.6 million to worthy causes.
The association’s Grants and Installation Lunch will be the biggest gathering of talent and beauty the hotel has seen since the Golden Globes in January. “It is really gratifying that so many stars are giving up their time to join us in presenting the donations at our annual lunch,” said HFPA president Theo Kingma.
Other stars taking part will include Liam Hemsworth, Colin Farrell, Olivia Wilde, Piper Perabo, Jonah Hill, Diane Kruger, Jason Bateman, Amber Heard, Vince Vaughn, Damien Bechir, Dermot Mulroney, Julie Delpy, Vin Diesel and more. The lunch will be streamed live on the HFPA website at www.Goldenglobes.org
This year’s donations bring the amount given away by the HFPA to more than $18 million, which as well as providing grants and support for film-related causes, has gone towards establishing 925 scholarships and restoring 82 classic films.Read More »
Two time Golden Globe winner Karen Black has died after a long battle with cancer. She was 74.
The actress won her Globes for Best Supporting Actress in 1970′s Five Easy Pieces and for The Great Gatsby, in which she played Mabel, in 1974. She was also nominated for a Grammy for writing the songs “Memphis” and “Rolling Stone” which she performed in character in Robert Altman’s Nashville.
Her first major film role came in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1966 “You’re a Big Boy Now,” and she also appeared in TV shows including “Adam 12” and “Mannix.”
Among her other roles were Nancy Pryor, the stewardess who is forced to fly the plane in 1974′s “Airport 1975,” as an actress in John Schlesinger’s “The Day of the Locust” and as a kidnapper in Alfred Hitchcock’s last film “Family Plot.”
Associated with several iconic films and directors of the 1970s, she talked to Paper magazine recently about the era, “We were just doing our thing. I happen to have an acting style that is very spontaneous and very unselfconscious, and it went with the movies of the ’70s. It was a great time, it was a very beautiful time.”
Born Karen Blanche Ziegler in Park Ridge, Ill., she took the name Black from her first husband, Charles Black. She was also married briefly to actor Robert Burton and to screenwriter L.M. Kit Carson, with whom she had a son, Hunter Carson. She married Stephen Eckleberry in 1987, with whom she adopted a daughter, Celine.Read More »
Eighteen Golden Globe nominations, 2 wins, 3 Special Awards –– the Hollywood Foreign Press Association honored the work of the late Stanley Kramer during his lifetime.
Now the producer, director and writer’s life and highly influential work will be celebrated again.
A series of his films will be screened from August 9 until September 29, 2013, which would have been Stanley Kramer’s 100th birthday. The series, entitled “Champion: The Stanley Kramer Centennial,” will be presented by the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic Film Program.
Among the Kramer films in the series are classics such as Nigh Noon (1952), The Caine Mutiny (1954), The Wild One (1954), The Defiant Ones (1958), Ship of Fools (1965).
Celebrity guests expected at the opening night invitation-only reception include Sidney Poitier, Mickey Rooney, Theodore Bikel, Larry King and Stanley Kramer’s widow Karen Sharpe Kramer, who won a Golden Globe Award as Newcomer of the Year for her role in The High and Mighty, 1955.
The opening night will feature the World Premiere screening of 1951′s newly restored Death of a Salesman, directed by Laslo Benedek, produced by Stanley Kramer, and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by Arthur Miller. The restoration of the film was made possible by funding from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Among the Stanley Kramer films in the series are Hollywood Classics such as Nigh Noon (1952), The Caine Mutiny (1954), The Wild One (1954), The Defiant Ones (1958), Ship of Fools (1965).
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The HFPA received a big “thank you” from the late Stanley Kramer‘s family at a reception the association organised at a screening of Kramer’s Death of a Salesman.
The movie, starring Frederic March, had been restored by funds provided by the HFPA. As well as many HFPA members and Stanley Kramer‘s widow, Karen Kramer and daughter Kathy, several actors who had appeared in the filmmaker’s movies attended the reception and reminisced about working with him. They included Sidney Poitier, Mickey Rooney, Lou Gossett Jr., George Chakiris and Marvin Kaplan.
Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge presented Karen Kramer with a city proclamation declaring the evening Stanley Kramer Night and pointing out it was the 100the anniversary of the filmmaker’s birth. It was, he said, “a very special night.”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.
The British Consul-General in Los Angeles, Dame Barbara Hay, hosted a reception in the garden of her home for the cast of the Starz TV mini-series The White Queen, Starz executives and HFPA members.
The historial drama, set during the Wars of the Roses, is based on the est selling books by Philippa Gregory, who was also at the reception. Dame Barbara proposed a toast to the royal baby, Prince George, saying, “I hope our young prince is not going to live through quite such tumultuous times as Philippa Gregory writes about in her books.”
Starz chief Chris Albrecht joked: “The duke and duchess were so cooperative in their timing, we appreciate it,” adding: ”This is a classic story. The fact that it really happened makes it all the better. It’s just great entertainment, great television and American audiences can never get enough of that.”
Two of the stars, Swedish-born Rebecca Ferguson, who has the title role of The White Queen, and James Frain, who plays the Earl of Warwick, were among the guests at the party, who also included Magic City stars Danny Huston and Olga Kurylenko.Read More »