Michael J. Fox took to the stage with music veteran Paul Simon at his charity gala which raised millions for research into Parkinson's disease. The Back To The Future actor was diagnosed with the condition in 1991 and set up The Michael J. Fox Foundation to raise money to tackle the degenerative disorder.
He hosted a gala for the charity at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York City on Saturday (22Nov14) and it was attended by stars including Ryan Reynolds and Julianne Moore.
The highlight of the night came when Fox jumped on stage to play guitar with Simon on his track Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard, while Beastie Boys contributor Mix Master Mike also performed during the event.
After the gala, a tweet posted on the charity's official Twitter.com page revealed the night raised more than $5 million (£3.1 million). The message reads, "Tonight's event has raised over $5 million, which will go directly to fund #Parkinsons research. #Foxgala (sic)."
Gone Girl and The Imitation Game were the big winners at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards on Friday night (14Nov14) after taking home seven honors between them.
The David Fincher thriller, starring Ben Affleck as a cheating husband who is suspected of killing his wife, earned the top prize of Hollywood Film, while Gillian Flynn took home the Hollywood Screenwriter award for turning her bestselling book into a movie of the same name.
The Imitation Game was a quadruple winner, earning Benedict Cumberbatch Hollywood Actor and Keira Knightley Hollywood Supporting Actress for their portrayals of famous World War Two encryption specialists Alan Turing and Joan Clarke, while filmmaker Morten Tyldum was named Hollywood Director and Alexandre Desplat earned the title of Hollywood Film Composer.
New dad Robert Downey, Jr. took time out of diaper duties to celebrate his The Judge co-star Robert Duvall as Hollywood Supporting Actor, the first award of the night, while Angelina Jolie honored Jack O'Connell with the New Hollywood award for his performance as Olympian-turned-war hero Louis Zamperini in Unbroken.
The Hollywood Film Awards, which recognize "excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking", serves as the official launch of the Hollywood awards season. The ceremony was hosted by Queen Latifah from the Hollywood Palladium and featured appearances from Jennifer Lopez, Johnny Depp, Laura Dern, Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Robert Pattinson, Hilary Swank, Jonah Hill and Geena Davis.
The main list of winners at the 2014 Hollywood Film Awards is:
Hollywood Film - Gone Girl
Hollywood Blockbuster - Guardians of the Galaxy
Hollywood Actor - Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Hollywood Actress - Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Hollywood Supporting Actor - Robert Duvall, The Judge
Hollywood Supporting Actress - Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Hollywood Breakout Performance, Actor - Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
Hollywood Breakout Performance, Actress - Shailene Woodley, The Fault In Our Stars
Hollywood Director - Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game
Hollywood Breakthrough Director - Jean-Marc Vallee, Wild
Hollywood Screenwriter - Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Hollywood Ensemble - Foxcatcher
Hollywood Career Achievement - Michael Keaton
New Hollywood - Jack O'Connell, Unbroken
Hollywood Documentary - Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon
Hollywood Comedy Film - Top Five
Hollywood Animation - How To Train Your Dragon 2
Hollywood Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki, Birdman
Hollywood International - Jing Tian
Hollywood Visual Effects - Scott Farrar, Transformers: Age of Extinction
Hollywood Film Composer - Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Hollywood Song - Janelle Monae, Rio 2
Hollywood Costume Design - Milena Canonero, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Hollywood Editor - Jay Cassidy and Dody Dorn, Fury
Hollywood Production Design - Dylan Cole and Gary Freeman, Maleficent
Hollywood Sound - Ren Klyce, Gone Girl
Hollywood Makeup and Hairstyling - David White and Elizabeth Yanni-Georgiou, Guardians of the Galaxy.
Richard Linklater's acclaimed movie Boyhood has landed four nominations for the 2014 Gotham Independent Film Awards including a Best Feature nod. The drama, which took the director 12 years to complete and stars Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette will compete against Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Love is Strange and Under The Skin in the top category.
Hawke has also scored a Best Actor nomination for his role in the film, alongside Bill Hader for The Skeleton Twins, A Most Violent Year's Oscar Isaac, Michael Keaton for Birdman and Miles Teller for Whiplash, while Arquette is up against Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights), Julianne Moore (Still Alice), Under the Skin's Scarlett Johansson and Mia Wasikowska (Tracks) in the Best Actress category.
Nightcrawler's Riz Ahmed, Blue Ruin's Macon Blair, Boyhood's Ellar Coltrane, Wish I Was Here's Joey King, Obvious Child's Jenny Slate and Dear White People's Tessa Thompson will battle it out for Breakthrough Actor.
The prizegiving ceremony will take place at Cipriani Wall Street in New York on 1 December (14). Actress Tilda Swinton and Foxcatcher director Bennett Miller with be honoured with special tributes at the event.
The producers of Julianne Moore and Ellen Page's new civil rights drama Freeheld were left scrambling for a new location after officials at Salesian High School in New York refused to let them shoot there due to the film's "subject matter". The movie is based on a 2007 documentary, which centred on Laurel Hester - a New Jersey cop played by Moore - who challenged government officials and demanded pension benefits for her same-sex partner, Stacie Andree, portrayed by Page, as she battled lung cancer.
A location manager picked Salesian High School in New Rochelle, New York to double as the Ocean County, New Jersey town hall, where Hester applied for a domestic partnership with Andree in order to legally pass on her pension after her death.
After first approving the shoot, the school's principal, John Flaherty, informed producer Michael Shamberg that he and the governors had reversed their decision, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Shamberg tells the publication, "They turned us down because of the subject matter."
Shamberg has since sent an email to the school's principal, stating, "(The movie is) not about gay marriage, nor are the women attempting to get married. It is about recognizing the dignity of a woman who was a brave civil servant.
"I believe the theme of the movie is what Pope Francis recognized when he called for the Church to welcome and accept gay people."
Mayor Paul Rosenberg of nearby Rye Brook has since offered up his town hall for the shoot.
Shamberg says, "The mayor personally came to the set and greeted us and introduced his teenage daughters to Julianne. Clearly, there are a lot of different attitudes in the area."
Freeheld also features Moore's Crazy Stupid Love co-star Steve Carrell.
Stars including Sir Roger Moore, Simon Pegg and Steve Coogan headed to London's Royal Albert Hall on Wednesday (01Oct14) to honour Sir Michael Caine's career. British comedians Coogan and Rob Brydon opened the show with a sketch in which they shared their best impressions of the acting veteran.
The Dark Knight star then talked about his 58-year career with U.K. chat show host Jonathan Ross, while clips from his best-loved movies played onscreen.
British singers Joss Stone and Lance Ellington performed songs from Caine's films Alfie, The Italian Job and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, while other musical scores were played by the London Symphony Orchestra.
The 81 year old told the audience about his repeated attempts to walk away from Hollywood, saying, "I've retired about 30 times and then I always get a script I can't refuse... Now I've retired sort of. I'm doing a second one of Now You See Me, a picture I did about magicians... I do that in December and then I stop. But then someone will give me a script."
Model Jerry Hall, record producer Quincy Jones and comedian David Walliams also attended the event, which raised $120,000 (£75,000) for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).
Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore has been replaced as a boardmember on the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council. The controversial Fahrenheit 9/11 director, a Michigan native, was appointed to the 14-member committee in 2010 by then-governor, Democrat Jennifer Granholm, but he will step down from the role once his four-year term expires on 30 September (14).
Republican Governor Rick Snyder has chosen to replace him with businessman Ted Serbinski, a former network executive at A&E Television.
Members on the advisory body are tasked with helping to promote media production in the state.
Famous Scots including Annie Lennox, Alan Cumming and Kevin Mckidd have spoken out on the day of the country's crunch referendum to urge fans to vote on the country's future. Scotland goes to the polls on Thursday (18Sep14) to decide whether to break away from the United Kingdom, and a slew of high-profile stars have spoken out in a last-ditch bid to sway the votes.
Eurythmics star Lennox, who was born in Aberdeen, insists she does not have a personal preference which way the vote goes, but she has urged her fellow Scots to think carefully before casting their ballot.
In a post on her Facebook.com page, she writes, "I am 'agnostic' in this matter... Once the die is cast... It will be what it will be. As a Scot who has lived beyond the border for over two thirds of my lifetime, I have no right to vote, therefore my view is practically irrelevant. However - I would like to say this... Whichever way you cast your vote, please think long term. A pro independence vote will be absolutely irreversible... Be wise Scotia... The future is in your hands."
Grey's Anatomy star McKidd, who is backing the 'Yes' campaign, tells Britain's Daily Record newspaper, "I've always been a supporter of independence for Scotland... I don't live in Scotland so don't get a vote, but all my family are still here... Everybody is going to be relieved when Friday comes no matter what happens."
Social networking website Twitter.com has also been flooded with debate over the vote, and another 'Yes' campaigner, The Good Wife star Cumming, writes, "Scotland! Please! Dare to dream," while Icelandic singer Bjork adds, "Declare independence... Go Scotland go!!!!!!!!"
Actor/funnyman Russell Brand writes, "Scotland, be brave. Vote with your hearts. You can strike the first blow for us against Westminster," while Simon Pegg adds, "Thinking of you Scotland. Give it all you've got," before joking, "Apparently a number of impatient 'Yes' campaigners have unbuckled Scotland and are currently towing it into the North Sea."
Harry Potter author J. K. Rowling writes on Wednesday night (17Sep14), "Big day in Scotland tomorrow #indyref (sic). My head says no and my heart shouts it - but whatever happens, I hope we're all friends by Saturday."
Others stars campaigning online on Thursday included actors Ashley Judd, Luke Treadaway, and David Morrissey, filmmaker Michael Moore, rocker Tim Burgess, singer Alison Moyet and tennis ace Andy Murray.
Rocker Ryan Adams cut short a recent phone interview with an Australian radio show when the host quizzed him about his marriage to singer/actress Mandy Moore. The Wonderwall singer, who wed Moore in 2009, was promoting his new self-titled album in late August (14) and made it clear he was not interested in opening up about his romantic relationship to the Melbourne-based DJ, politely stating, "I just don't share at all about my private life."
However, when the prying interviewer broached the subject again, Adams hung up.
The incident was documented in a Buzzfeed.com interview, published this week (ends12Sep14), chronicling a conversation between Adams and his management representative Michael Meisel following the call.
During the chat, the singer said, "OK, so I just hung up 'cause I was on the radio getting asked about my wife. I was really nice about it the first time, and I'm sorry, but I won't repeat myself.
"The deal is this: I'm a private person and I'll be a gentleman and say I'm not talking about my marriage ever. I'll never talk about it. Ever."
Adams continued, "I'll talk about rescue cats for a few seconds. But even there I don't want to talk about my pets. If I have children I'm not going to discuss that with anyone ever. I'll suggest it once and then I'm going to hang up."
The star appeared to have had a change of heart after the radio outburst and subsequently sent the Australian radio host a message via Twitter.com, apologising for getting "disconnected".
"When the history is written of this era, this is how you'll be remembered: he was the first black president... OK, not a bad accomplishment, but that's it. That's it, Mr. Obama... Eight years of your life and that's what people are going to remember. Boy, I got a feeling, knowing you, that you'd probably wish you were remembered for a few other things." Filmmaker Michael Moore is not a fan of President Barack Obama.
Alongside a record degree of mediocrity, the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards also marked a few records in some of its top competitive categories. Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston took home the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series trophy last night: his fourth for the role of Walter White. With this latest achievement, Cranston has tied one Dennis Franz, who has held the record of four Best Dramatic Actor Emmys solo since 1999. The milestone begs us to look back through other Emmys records: Which stars have the most wins? The most nominations? And, perhaps tragically, the most nominations without a single win?
This bittersweet superlative goes to none other than Angela Lansbury, who never quite nabbed that trophy despite 12 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series nominations as Murder, She Wrote star Jessica Fletcher.
Not only does Lansbury claim ownership of the most nominations without a win, she also has the most nominations period in any acting category. Alan Alda, Ted Danson, and Kelsey Grammer have all earned 11 nominations in the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series category (for M*A*S*H, Cheers, and Frasier respectively), and Mary Tyler Moore snagged 10 Lead Actress in a Comedy nominations for her eponymous sitcom. As for supporting categories, David Hyde Pierce has taken 11 nods for his work on Frasier, while Rhea Perlman and Loretta Swit have each earned 10 comedy nominations (Cheers and M*A*S*H).
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