November 30, 2012 4:00am EST
The reality TV star will assist presenters and help to hand out trophies at the Golden Globe Awards ceremony on 13 January (13).
Eastwood says, "I have watched the Golden Globes ceremonies since I was a little girl, and it means so much to me to be a part of one of Hollywood's most illustrious events."
Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Dr. Aida Takla-O'Reilly adds, "Francesca comes from a very talented family and we are delighted to have her be our Miss Golden Globe. She is a budding actress and is a great addition as we celebrate the show's 70th anniversary."
The honour is bestowed by members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organisation behind the Golden Globes, and the role is traditionally handed to the child of a celebrity.
Francesca follows in the footsteps of her half-sister, Kathryn Eastwood, who was Miss Golden Globe in 2005.
Others to have previously filled the role include Bruce Willis' daughter Rumer, Lorraine Nicholson, whose father is Hollywood superstar Jack Nicholson, and Kevin Costner's daughter Lily.
July 20, 2011 12:17pm EST
Superhero origin stories have been all the rage at the multiplex this summer with Marvel Comics alone accounting for two such films Thor and X-Men: First Class both of which happily surpassed critics’ expectations. Its latest Captain America: The First Avenger – so named as to provide us a helpful link to the Avengers movie coming next year – arguably faces the trickiest task of all three seeing as how Americans have not been in the most patriotic of moods in recent years. Could a flag-waving superhero really find purchase with a moviegoing audience that increasingly looks askance at such notions?
Surprisingly yes. That Captain America succeeds – and resoundingly so – is partly due to the producers’ decision to set the film during World War II a time where patriotism is a much easier sell. (And no viewer is too jaded to not enjoy seeing Nazis eviscerated en masse.) But proper credit must be given to director Joe Johnston who has crafted a breathlessly entertaining popcorn movie that unambiguously embraces its hero’s old-fashioned sensibilities and invites us to embrace them as well.
Chris Evans (The Losers Fantastic Four) plays Steve Rogers an earnest oft-bullied ectomorph whose lone wish is to ship off to Europe and fight on the front lines. But a plethora of physical ailments have combined to render him hopelessly unfit to serve however stiff his resolve. (To pull off the withered look of “Skinny Steve ” the filmmakers pulled off a nifty trick grafting Evans’ head onto the body of another actor Leander Neely.)
Rogers’ chance arrives in the guise of a government scientist the German émigré Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci as avuncular as a German-accented man can hope to be) who witnesses the young man’s idealistic ardor and recruits him to take part in secret military experiment. After proving his mettle in training Rogers is delivered a dose of Super Serum a PED that instantly makes him bigger stronger and faster than just about any other human alive.
Which is a good thing because on the other side of the Atlantic a renegade Nazi scientist Johann Schmidt aka the Red Skull (Hugo Weaving doing a tremendous Christoph Waltz impression) has happened upon his own supernatural power source and he’s used it to quietly amass a private army dubbed HYDRA that is bent on supplanting Hitler’s world-domination scheme with its own. Soon all that stands between defeat at the hands HYDRA and its arsenal of advanced weaponry is the juiced-up visage of the newly-christened Captain America.
Portraying a stalwart straight-arrow bereft of angst or ambiguity isn’t the easiest of tasks for any actor but Evans does a commendable job of bringing depth and humanity to a character that all too easily could have come across as bland and one-dimensional. Johnston seems to recognize this potentiality as he looks primarily to his supporting cast to supply the personality: Tucci and Weaving stand out as do Tommy Lee Jones and Toby Jones playing an irascible army commander and a timid HYDRA toady respectively. The film’s romantic spark comes courtesy of the principal cast’s lone female representative the excellent Haley Atwell playing Rogers’ military liaison Agent Peggy Carter.
More than anything Captain America is a triumph of tone. A former ILM technician Johnston did visual effects for Raiders of the Lost Ark and Spielberg’s 1981 blockbuster was a conscious touchstone for his film’s throwback feel and aesthetic. (Another less deliberate influence would be a previous Johnston film The Rocketeer.) Captain America embodies the spirit of the old serials melded with a tongue-in-cheek comic sense and punctuated by action sequences that deploy the requisite CGI fireworks with a welcome measure of restraint. The film is decidedly of its era but never feels gratuitously nostalgic. And its production design is gorgeous: Red Skull’s lair in particular is a treasure trove of retro-futurist designs all of which seem directly lifted from 1940s World’s Fair exhibits.
June 07, 2011 8:08am EST
When Bethany Hamilton lost her arm to a shark while surfing, she probably thought her career was over. But with hard work and dedication she overcame all odds to become a champion once again. Her courageous story was expertly chronicled in Soul Surfer, an inspiring biopic from director Sean McNamara, based on Hamilton's own novel of the same name. Released in April to box office grosses totaling $41 million, Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced that you'll be able to take the film home in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo package or a regular DVD on August 2nd.
Read on below for the press release, which includes a rundown of the discs' special features and more!
CULVER CITY, CALIF. (June 6, 2011) – Soul Surfer, based on the remarkable true story of pro surfer Bethany Hamilton’s journey from tragedy to triumph, debuts on Blu-ray™/DVD Combo Pack and DVD August 2nd from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The inspiring story of a girl’s comeback after a shark attack stars AnnaSophia Robb (Race to Witch Mountain), Academy Award® winner Helen Hunt (Best Actress, As Good As It Gets, 1997), Dennis Quaid (The Rookie, G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra), Grammy Award® winner Carrie Underwood, Kevin Sorbo (TV's “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys”) and Lorraine Nicholson (Click). Bonus features include deleted scenes, the documentary “Heart of a Soul Surfer” and three behind-the-scenes featurettes, “The Making of Soul Surfer,” which explores the making of the film from the filmmaker’s perspective; “Becoming Bethany,” which shows how AnnaSophia Robb brought her character to life with the help of Bethany Hamilton; and “Surfing for the Screen: Inside the Action.” Soul Surfer will be available in the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack for $38.99 SRP and on DVD for $30.99 SRP.
Soul Surfer is the incredible true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith. In the wake of this life-changing event that took her arm and nearly her life, Bethany’s feisty determination and steadfast beliefs spur her toward an adventurous comeback that gives her the grit to turn her loss into a gift for others.
Directed by Sean McNamara, the screenplay was by McNamara, Deborah Schwartz, Douglas Schwartz and Michael Berk. Soul Surfer is based on the book by Bethany Hamilton, Sheryl Berk and Rick Bundschuh. The screen story is by Sean McNamara, Deborah Schwartz, Douglas Schwartz, Michael Berk, Matt R. Allen, Caleb Wilson and Brad Gann.
DVD and Blu-ray Bonus Features Include:
§ Deleted Scenes
§ “The Making of Soul Surfer” Featurette
§ “Surfing for the Screen: Inside the Action” Featurette
§ “Becoming Bethany” Featurette
§ “Heart of a Soul Surfer” Documentary
Soul Surfer has a runtime of approximately 106 minutes and is rated PG for an intense accident sequence and some thematic material.
Source: Sony Pictures Entertainment
April 07, 2011 5:00am EST
Lorraine Nicholson had to bond with Annasophia Robb in the biopic, and moviemaker Sean McNamara insisted the two girls spend time together before filming started.
The actress says, "They set us up on a friendship date. We went to a restaurant but I was really embarrassed because I was wearing the same dress as the waitresses.
"It really did work because we became really good friends and I see her all the time. That's one of the greatest things that has come out of this movie is my friendship with AnnaSophia."
March 29, 2011 5:00am EST
"I didn't really think about it to be honest. Bethany's attack was a case of mistaken identity; the shark was mentally ill, they found out later." Jack Nicholson's daughter Lorraine on swimming and surfing in the same Hawaiian waters where Bethany Hamilton lost her arm to a shark. Nicholson plays the surfer's best friend in new biopic Soul Surfer.
March 28, 2011 1:15pm EST
"At my university, they have this spring weekend concert and it happens to be falling on my birthday, so P. Diddy's gonna be at my school, performing. So I'll be going to that concert." Jack Nicholson's actress daughter Lorraine on her 21st birthday plans at Brown University next month (Apr11).
February 10, 2010 6:56pm EST
After being cursed by delays The Wolfman Hollywood’s latest spin on the popular werewolf myth finally bares its ugly fangs in theaters this week. Predictably the film is a train wreck of a debacle -- one would expect nothing less from a notoriously troubled production that saw its original director Mark Romanek abandon ship just two weeks before the start of shooting -- but The Wolfman’s problems stem less from the late-game addition of helmer Joe Johnston who at the very least delivered a terrific looking film (its gorgeously eerie Victorian aesthetic evoking a palpable exquisite sense of dread is by far its best feature) than from the misguided efforts of its producer and star Benicio Del Toro.
The Wolfman is the brainchild of Del Toro an ardent horror fan who conceived the film as an homage of sorts to the low-budget “monster movies” from the ‘30s and ‘40s that he loved dearly as a child. It’s fashioned as a loose remake of 1941’s The Wolf Man a film that both established Lon Chaney Jr.’s performance as the definitive take on the character and introduced aspects of the werewolf legend now considered sacrosanct. The notion that a werewolf can be felled by an item made from silver for example owes its origin to The Wolf Man.
But Del Toro feels all wrong in the role of Lawrence Talbot the prodigal son of a 19th-century English aristocrat whose fateful encounter with a bloodthirsty lycan the same creature that brutally murdered his brother just days prior triggers his unwitting initiation into the accursed tribe of feral man-beasts. Del Toro's resume of low-key understated performances marked by a muttering often imperceptible delivery in films like Traffic and The Usual Suspects suggests a skill set better suited to playing another famous movie monster one significantly less loquacious than his character in this movie. Seriously -- the guy should have remade Frankenstein instead.
Playing an American-bred (but English-born we’re told) character in an 1890 setting looking uncomfortable in period attire surrounded by such “proper” British actors as Sir Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt and fully annunciating all of his line readings for the first time that I can recall Del Toro appears hopelessly out of place in The Wolfman.
Things only get worse unfortunately when Del Toro’s character transforms into the dreaded werewolf. Each time the moon is full the film transitions with increasing ridiculousness from a somber Victorian drama into a hard-core horror flick replete with grisly shots of torn flesh exposed spines and severed limbs. The first overly gruesome attack triggers a kind of nervous laugh more from the shock than anything else. The second invites an amused uneasy chuckle which soon snowballs into an outright belly laugh. And the effect soon spreads to the dialogue the outrageous gore rendering the film's mannered melodrama strangely hysterical.
Of all the Wolfman players only Hopkins seems to get the joke reveling in his manipulative mischief as Talbot's inappropriately glib stoutly aloof father. If only he'd let his castmates in on it.
February 03, 2010 6:15am EST
Lorraine Nicholson, 19, and 26 year old Sean Brosnan will play the best friend and brother of teen wave-riding sensation Bethany Hamilton, who went back in the water just three weeks after a Great White bit off her arm.
They will support Hollywood newcomer Sophia Robb, who will take on the role of Hamilton in the movie, entitled Soul Surfer.
The actors have both previously landed small parts in a string of movies, but this Nicholson's first full foray into film since stepping into the limelight as Miss Golden Globes at the 2007 ceremony.
November 14, 2007 10:11am EST
Steven Spielberg will become the first director to claim the coveted Cecil B. DeMille Award this century when he claims the prize at the 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will honor Spielberg at the event on Jan. 13.
The Cecil B. DeMille Award is usually given to actors and actresses for their "outstanding contribution to the entertainment field."
Spielberg was named the 2008 recipient at a Wednesday morning press conference hosted by actor Josh Brolin.
The six-time Golden Globe winner and 12-time nominee will join Warren Beatty, Anthony Hopkins, Robin Williams, Michael Douglas, Gene Hackman, Harrison Ford, Al Pacino and Barbra Streisand as the recipients of the honor since 2000.
Nominations for the 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be announced on Dec. 13.
Meanwhile, in other Golden Globes news, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter Rumer has been selected as 2008 Miss Golden Globe. The teenager will assist in the Golden Globes ceremony.
The role of Miss Golden Globe is given to the daughter of a well-known celebrity each year; Jack Nicholson's daughter Lorraine filled the position earlier this year.
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November 15, 2006 11:10am EST
Warren Beatty is to be honored with the 64th Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 2007 Golden Globe Awards in Hollywood.
The actor/director's latest accolade was announced by James Caan at a press conference this morning.
It will be Beatty's sixth Globe. He has been nominated 12 times as an actor, director and screenwriter.
The honor will be presented to Beatty on Jan. 15. All other nominations will be announced on Dec. 14.
Nicholson's Daughter Named Miss Golden Globe
Jack Nicholson's daughter Lorraine will serve as Miss Golden Globe at next year's prize-giving ceremony.
The children of celebrities are invited to take to the Golden Globes stage to help hand out awards.
Past Miss Golden Globes include Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson's daughter Dakota (2006) and Kevin Costner's daughter Lily (1992).
The Golden Globes have been good to Jack Nicholson--he's a six-time winner and a former Cecil B. DeMille Award honoree.
Lorraine, 16, is a budding actress, and has appeared in Click and Something's Gotta Give, which starred her father.
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