Director Sofia Coppola and actress Laura Linney were the toast of the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards on Wednesday (12Jun13) as they were honoured for their career achievements. The Lost in Translation filmmaker was presented with the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award for capturing the female spirit in her work, while Mystic River star Linney received the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film.
The female cast of Mad Men - Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Jessica Pare and child star Kiernan Shipka - picked up the Lucy Award for Excellence in Television, and True Grit actress Hailee Steinfeld was recognised as the Face of the Future.
Star Wars legend George Lucas was the lone male honouree, receiving the Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award for his philanthropy efforts from the new head of his Lucasfilm company, Kathleen Kennedy, and actress Carrie Fisher, who portrayed Princess Leia in the sci-fi franchise, paid tribute to the movie mogul in a pre-recorded video, thanking him for creating a strong female character women and girls could look up to.
During his acceptance speech at the Los Angeles ceremony, Lucas acknowledged the importance of women in both his work and personal life, and admitted he had "turned" his "whole life over to" Kennedy by giving her the keys to his business.
Actress Renee Zellweger was honored with the Crystal Award at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards last Thursday.
The Oscar-winning star was presented with the prize at the Beverly Hills event by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.
An emotional Zellweger told the Beverly Hilton Hotel audience, "I didn't expect this to be such an emotional experience. Now my fake eyelashes are going to fall off."
Something's Gotta Give director Nancy Meyers picked up the Dorothy Arzner Award, and Steven Spielberg presented his longtime producer Kathleen Kennedy with the Paltrow Mentorship Award, in honor of Gwyneth Paltrow's late producer father Bruce.
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There have been more than a few Oscar-worthy performances never given their due by the Academy, and Entertainment Weekly is giving us their take on which ones were overlooked in its list of the top 100 performances that should have received Oscar nominations--but didn't. Crowning the list is James Stewart, who failed to get recognized by the Academy for his excellent portrayal of a man on the edge--literally--in Vertigo. Others on the list include Cary Grant in The Philadelphia Story, Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca, Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz and Anthony Perkins in Psycho. The issue hits newsstands Friday.
Actor Jeffrey Jones, arrested last week on charges of possessing child pornography, told reporters outside a Los Angeles courthouse he wants "the truth to come out and for this matter to be resolved as quickly as possible," Reuters reports. Jones, 55, who was in court Thursday for his arraignment, has remained free on $20,000 bail. If convicted, he could face up to three years in jail and be registered a sex offender for life.
AP reports two men were arrested Thursday in connection with the shooting death of actor Merlin Santana Nov. 9. This follows the arrest of a 15-year-old girl last week, who was charged with the murder. The police told AP Damien Gates, 20, and Brandon Bynes, 23, apparently got into an verbal exchange with Santana and his friend on the night of the shooting, which created a "grudge," and may have escalated to violence.
Get set for more scary laughs. David Zucker (Airplane!, Top Secret!) will direct Scary Movie 3: Episode I for Dimension Films. This time film series such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars will be spoofed. Shawn and Marlon Wayans, who were involved in the first two Scary Movies, will not be part of the third installment.
Ethan Hawke and Angelina Jolie have signed on to star in Taking Lives, directed by D.J. Caruso (The Salton Sea). Based on the book by Michael Pye, the story revolves around a female FBI profiler searching for a serial killer, who for the past 20 years has taken on the identities of the people he has killed.
AP reports Liza Minnelli and David Gest have hired high-profile attorney Michael Sherman, who recently represented Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel in the Martha Moxley murder case, to help them in their fight against VH1, which pulled the plug on the couple's planned reality series. Minnelli and Gest have not filed a lawsuit as yet, but are looking at all their legal recourses.
HBO's documentary series American Undercover will be soon venturing into a brothel in Nevada. The one-hour docu-show Cathouse takes a peek at the patrons and prostitutes of the Moonlite Bunny Ranch in Carson City, Nevada, where prostitution is legal. It airs Dec. 8, after the season finale of The Sopranos.
Despite all the controversy surrounding his recent bizarre behavior, Michael Jackson still managed to show up at the Bambi Awards Thursday in Berlin to receive his "Pop Artist of the Millenium" award. AP reports he told the black-tied German audience he loved them and added, "We do not need to have war." Earlier in the week, he shocked fans and press alike when he dangled his infant son over the railing of his hotel room balcony. Berlin police told AP no crime had been committed.
Singer Tom Jones will be honored with a lifetime achievement award at next year's Brits, the British music industry's equivalent of the Grammys. Reuters reports the Welsh singer said, "This is great news. I am really chuffed. See you on the night."
Herbert Ross, a choreographer and the director of many Oscar-caliber films including The Goodbye Girl and The Turning Point, died Tuesday. He was 74.
The cause of death is not known, but he had been hospitalized for the past three months, Barbara Wrede, media relations manager for Lenox Hill Hospital told the Associated Press.
Ross began his career as a choreographer on Broadway but got into film when he choreographed the musical sequences in the 1954 Carmen Jones with Dorothy Dandridge. His first major film as a director was Goodbye, Mr. Chips in 1969 with Peter O'Toole.
Ross' virtuosity as a director became clear in the 1970s, when he began a longtime collaboration with playwright Neil Simon, directing Simon's The Sunshine Boys, California Suite and the The Goodbye Girl, which won Richard Dreyfuss the Academy Award for Best Actor. He also directed Woody Allen's hilarious Play It Again Sam and Barbra Streisand's The Owl and the Pussycat.
In 1977, Ross put on his dancing shoes once again and directed his classic The Turning Point, a study of the ballet world, starring Shirley MacLaine and Anne Bancroft, and received his only Academy Award nominations--for Best Director and Best Picture.
In the 1980s and 90s, he turned out critical and box office success such as The Secret of My Success with Michael J. Fox, Footloose with Kevin Bacon and Steel Magnolias with Sally Field and Julia Roberts.
Ross' first wife, prima ballerina Nora Kaye, died of cancer in 1987. In 1989, he married Lee Radziwill, the sister of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. They divorced in 1999.