Special Award Award From The University of Southern California.

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I was honored, along with my production partner in crime Henry Fayson, to receive this medal, The Commanders Award for Recognition of Excellence from the USC Army ROTC. Back in November of 2012, we filmed The USC Ranger’s Challenge in San Luis Obispo. And from that we were asked to film other challenges for the Army ROTC. It was a grueling shoot, we had to roll right along with the officer trainees in the cold, rain and mud. But it was also fascinating and brought a new perspective and respect on what it takes to be an officer in the US Army. Much love and thanks to USC, their exemplary staff and a special shout out to Col. John Kelly, 8th Brigade & Warrior Forge Commander. Hooah!

Baz Luhrmann, Leonardo DiCaprio and Scott Fitzgerald to inaugurate the Festival de Cannes

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It is on The Great Gatsby by Australian director Baz Luhrmann, that the curtain will rise at the inauguration of the 66th Festival de Cannes, on Wednesday 15th May, in the Grand Théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals, out of Competition in the Official Selection.
Adapted from the famous novel by American author Francis Scott Fitzgerald and set against the roaring twenties on the East Coast of the United States, the film depicts the romantic and tragic figure of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), as narrated by his friend Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire). Carey Mulligan is Daisy Buchanan, whose husband is played by Joel Edgerton. This prestigious occasion will also be graced with the presence of Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, as well as the American pop star, rapper Jay-Z.

“It is a great honor for all those who have worked on The Great Gatsby to open the Cannes Film Festival. We are thrilled to return to a country, place and festival that has always been so close to our hearts, not only because my first film Strictly Ballroom was screened there 21 years ago, but also because F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote some of the most poignant and beautiful passages of his extraordinary novel just a short distance away at a villa outside Saint-Raphaël.”
Produced by Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, the film was scripted by Baz Luhrmann and his faithful co-screenwriter Craig Pearce, based on Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel.
The opening film will be screened in 3D – for the second time during the history of the Festival, following Up by Pete Docter, in 2009.
On the same day the Festival gets underway – Wednesday 15th May – The Great Gatsby will also open in cinemas nationwide. Both in France and internationally, the film will be distributed in 2D and 3D by Warner Bros. Pictures and in certain regions by Village Roadshow Pictures.
Born in 1962 in Australia, Baz Luhrmann has twice been honoured by the Festival de Cannes for Strictly Ballroom (Un Certain Regard in 1992) and for Moulin Rouge! at the 54th Festival, in 2001, at an opening which is unlikely to be forgotten any time soon.
Leonardo DiCaprio (Jay Gatsby) has rarely been seen on the Croisette. He returns to Cannes for the first time since the 2007 presentation of The 11th Hour, a documentary on ecological issues which the actor himself produced.

Golden Globes 2013 is Now in the Record Books…

Morning! Another Golden Globes Award Show has been marked in the record books. A few surprises such as Argo and Ben Affleck winning Best Picture and Best Director upsetting the expected winners of either Lincoln or Les Miz. Now take that Academy Awards. Ben also won as Best Director at the Critics Choice Awards a couple of days back. Homeland on Showtime, ending the reign of Breaking Bad and Mad Men as Best Television Series, Drama. As well as Claire Danes and Damien Lewis winning for Best Actor and Actress in a Television Series, Drama.  Former President Bill Clinton made a surprise appearance to a standing ovation. To this day, he is my favorite President. Olympic Gold Medalist, Gabby Douglas was looking rather stylish on the red carpet.

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But the most buzzed about part of the evening was Jodie Foster’s rambling, sometimes incoherent, yet poignant acceptance speech for The Cecile B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement. Twitter, Facebook and all across every social media site known to humankind, was  commenting and dissecting its meaning. She kinda, sorta, but not really “came out” or did she? No one is really quite sure on that one. In either case, her sexual orientation is one of the most well-known, best kept secrets in Hollywood, next! She also went into a diatribe about privacy, which by that time, we were all convinced the champagne was really doing most of the talking.

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I also must give some love to Tina Fey and Amy Poehler…they were really funny and entertaining. They kept that show moving and it was quite an improvement over Ricky Gervais.

That’s it for now, next stop The Oscars!

Here’s a Picture Inside the Grand Ballroom – Golden Globes 2013.

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Greetings from the Golden Globes 2013!

Well, here I am at the Hilton in Beverly Hills, in the middle of all the action, watching as the celebrities parade down the red carpet strutting their stuff for the world-wide press. I saw my boy Denzel Washington with his daughter. George Clooney with his Glamazon girlfriend Stacey Kiebler and Adele, this being her first appearance since giving birth to her handsome young son.

So far, practically everyone is hitting it out of the park with their fashion choices. However, there’s always the exception to every rule. Amy Poehler and Sienna Miller were just hot messes. Amy Poehler wore this ill-fitting tuxedo jacket with matching tight Capri pants rising up where no pant should EVER rise out in public. If she has a stylist and her stylist pulled that ensemble for her to wear tonight, then that stylist should be fired immediately. But if Amy made the decision herself, then she needs a stylist PDQ (pretty damn quick). See below.

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And for our next little fashion disaster, Sienna Miller. I hate putting her in this category because she is a cute as a button. She proved that she has acting chops portraying Tippi Hedren in HBO’s “The Girl” as well as “Stardust” and  “Factory Girl” . But someone, somewhere please help Ms. Miller with her wardrobe choices. This 60’s inspired ensemble should have stayed in the wardrobe department at HBO. The movie has wrapped, so now she can stop channeling the 60’s mod look….a bad 60’s interpretation at that.

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Oh boy, and here’s the biggest fashion fails of the evening…they’re a couple, she’s a Golden Globe and Oscar nominated actress and he’s a quirky director who can really bring the freaky to a film, but I like them. These two characters dance by their own little weird tunes and you gotta love’em. Give up…Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton. What can I say?

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And now, here are my choices so far for Best Dressed at the 2013 Golden Globes. First up, Naomi Watts in Zac Posen.

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Halle Berry – as beautiful as always.

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Shaun Robinson – Access Hollywood. She reports on celebrities and what they’re wearing, but tonight she was right up there with the best of them with her lovely gown by Pamela Roland.

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Taylor Swift – the back on this gown is fabulous.

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Bradley Cooper

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Claire Danes and husband Hugh Dancy. This woman just had a baby less than a month ago…look at her, back in fighting form.

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Jennifer Lawrence in Dior Haute Couture.

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Well that’s it for now. I’m starved, my Spanx are cutting off my circulation and I need some champagne. Good night everyone from the 2013 Golden Globes.

And the Nominees Are…

Yes there were some surprises this year. A little movie called Beasts of the Southern Wild was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and 9-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis, who is the youngest nominee, in the Best Actress Category, Bradley Cooper for Best Actor and Jennifer Lawrence for Best Actress in Silver Linings Playbook. Quentin Tarantino for Best Original Screenplay – Django Unchained.

Here’s a list of the nominees in some of the major categories to be updated throughout the day:

Best Picture

“Beasts of the Southern Wild”
“Silver Linings Playbook”
“Zero Dark Thirty”
“Lincoln”
“Les Miserables”
“Life of Pi”
“Amour”
“Django Unchained”
“Argo”

Actor in a Leading Role

Daniel Day-Lewis – “Lincoln”
Denzel Washington – “Flight”
Hugh Jackman – “Les Miserables”
Bradley Cooper – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Joaquin Phoenix – “The Master”

Actor in a Supporting Role

Christoph Waltz – “Django Unchained”
Philip Seymour Hoffman – “The Master”
Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook”
Alan Arkin – “Argo”
Tommy Lee Jones – “Lincoln”

Actress in a Leading Role

Naomi Watts – “The Impossible”
Jessica Chastain – “Zero Dark Thirty”
Jennifer Lawrence – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Emmanuelle Riva – “Amour” (oldest best actress nominee, will turn 86 on February 24 – the day of the Oscars) Quvenzhané Wallis – “Beasts of the Southern Wild” (youngest best actress nominee at age 9)

Actress in a Supporting Role

Sally Field – “Lincoln”
Anne Hathaway – “Les Miserables”
Jacki Weaver – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Helen Hunt – “The Sessions”
Amy Adams – “The Master”

Directing

David O. Russell – “Silver Linings Playbook”
Ang Lee – “Life of Pi”
Steven Spielberg – “Lincoln”
Michael Haneke – “Amour”
Benh Zeitlin – “Beasts of the Southern Wild”

 

 

 

At the Oscar Nominations…

Good Morning Everyone! I’m attending the Oscar nominations and we’re less than 20 minutes away from the announcements. Let’s see if they get it right on some, who got snubbed and there’s always the WTF moment. As expected, the buzz this year is around Zero Dark Thirty, Lincoln and Les Miz leading the pack for best picture.

Emma Stone and Seth MacFarlane will have the honor of announcing the categories.