Organisers of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California have been forced to postpone their salute to Forest Whitaker because the Oscar winner is in South Africa to say farewell to Nelson Mandela. Whitaker was scheduled to be handed the 2013 Kirk Douglas Award at a ceremony on Sunday (15Dec13) - the same day the civil rights icon will be laid to rest in the village of Qunu, where he was born.
A statement from event bosses reads: "Due to the passing of Nelson Mandela, Forest Whitaker will be in South Africa and unable to make it to Santa Barbara on Sunday, December 15th. The Kirk Douglas Award (presentation) has been rescheduled to Sunday January 5th."
Mandela died from a lung infection last Thursday (05Dec13), aged 95.
A memorial service was held at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Tuesday (10Dec13), when Bono, Charlize Theron and Naomi Campbell joined world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, in mourning.
British director Ken Loach is to be honoured for his moviemaking achievements at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival in Germany. Loach will be presented with the event's famous Golden Bear lifetime achievement prize during the 2014 Berlinale festivities in February (14), and the ceremony will include a screening of his 1993 film Raining Stones.
Festival Director Dieter Kosslick, says, "Ken Loach is one of Europe's great directors. Over his almost 50-year career, he has shown an extraordinary degree of continuity, while remaining innovative at all times... We are honouring Ken Loach as a director and greatly admire him for how he reflects on social injustices with humour in his films."
Loach follows in the footsteps of other winners, including actress Meryl Streep, Kirk Douglas and Shirley MacLaine.
Oprah Winfrey is to be saluted at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California next year (Feb14) for her work in Lee Daniels' The Butler. The multi-media mogul, who played Forest Whitaker's wife in the drama, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Montecito Award.
Coincidentally, the 59 year old lives in Montecito, a coastal town that is part of Santa Barbara County.
She will be feted at the Arlington Theatre in Santa Barbara on 5 February (14).
Oprah is also among the favourites to land an Oscar nomination for her role in the film. She received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her big screen debut in The Color Purple 28 years ago and was the recipient of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award two years ago.
Meanwhile, Whitaker will also be honoured at the SBIFF - he will be next year's recipient of the Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film. Cate Blanchet will also pick up a top prize, the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award, for her role in Woody Allen's Blue Jasmine.
Actor Forest Whitaker is set to receive the Kirk Douglas Award For Excellence In Film at the eighth annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The Last King of Scotland star will be feted at the event in California on 15 December (13).
Announcing this year's recipient, movie veteran Kirk Douglas says, "Forest Whitaker is an exceptional man and actor. His commitment to human causes, his passion for what is right, and his dedication to his craft are inspirational and at my age, inspiration is rare."
Previous recipients include Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Harrison Ford.
Meanwhile, Whitaker has also been handed the Black Pearl Career Achievement Award at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, which began on Thursday (24Oct13).
Michael Douglas' teenage son is keen to follow in his famous parents' footsteps and pursue a career in acting. Dylan Douglas has been trying to convince his Oscar-winning father to help him break into the family business.
He tells U.S. TV host Jay Leno, "Dylan doesn't see any reason to do anything else because he wants to act. He doesn't want to go to school or anything, he wants to be an actor.
"But he was at me the other day, he said, 'Look Dad, I've been president of my sixth grade, my seventh grade, I'm in eighth grade now and I'm president of the school'. I said, 'Dylan, I know, I'm so proud of you'. He said, 'Dad, I've been on the honour roll for two years straight... You've seen me in Oliver when I played the Artful Dodger'. I said, 'I couldn't see anyone else, Dylan, you were great'. So he says to me, 'Dad, how about throwing me a bone?' So I said, 'Sure, OK, we'll work on it'. So he's negotiating with me.
Despite his son's enthusiasm, the Wall Street star does have some reservations about the 13 year old going into acting too early.
He continues, "I think it's great, I never wanted to do it (push him into acting), he's just starting early, but I'm a little worried about this no need for school thing."
The movie star's incarcerated grown-up son Cameron also embarked on an acting career - like his father and grandfather Kirk Douglas - before he was jailed for drug offences.
When you're transported into Katy Perry's world in the "Roar" music video, you can almost forget how bad the lyrics are. But when Black Simon and Garfunkel performed the song in acoustic earnestness on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, staring the audience down in imitation of the iconic folk singers, it becomes painfully clear how insubstantial the song is.
Perhaps what really highlights the poor quality of the lyrics are the beautiful voices of The Roots' Questlove and "Captain" Kirk Douglas, who pose as Black Simon and Garfunkel. The duo, which has also performedcurrent hits like "You Don't Know You're Beautiful" and "Thriftshop" as Black Simon and Garfunkel, shows that stripped down to acoustics and vocals, there isn't a whole lot to modern pop music.
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Harrison Ford is set to receive the Hollywood Career Award at the 2013 Hollywood Film Awards. The Indiana Jones star will be feted on 21 October (13) at the Beverly Hilton in California, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Hollywood Film Awards founder and executive director Carlos de Abreu, says, "It is a great honour to be able to celebrate Harrison Ford's extraordinary talent and remarkable career."
Previous recipients have included Kirk Douglas, John Travolta, Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman and Sylvester Stallone.
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This past April Starz' Spartacus: War of the Damned starring Liam McIntyre may have come to the bloody end that students of history — and fans of the 1960 Kirk Douglas movie — expected. But it isn't only the legend of the Thracian slave turned rebel that lives on. So do a treasure trove of bonus features, outtakes, documentaries, and scene deconstructions from the show that'll be released on the Blu-ray edition of Spartacus' third and final season Sept. 3. Above is a clip of McIntyre and other actors from the show talking about the bloody beatings they'd endure when filming the series' sword-and-sandal action scenes. And below, get a behind the scenes glimpse of how much of the series was actually filmed in front of greenscreens. Wanna guess how much? A lot.
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Hollywood legend Robert De Niro turned 70 in style over the weekend (17-18Aug13) by partying with stars including his director friend Martin Scorsese, rocker Keith Richards, and screen idol Leonardo DiCaprio. The double Oscar winner reached the milestone on Saturday (17Aug13) and he marked the occasion by inviting some of his A-list pals to an afternoon bash at his country home in New York state.
Rolling Stones star Richards and Titanic actor DiCaprio joined other celebrity guests including Samuel L. Jackson, Bradley Cooper, and Sean Penn at the estate in New Paltz.
They were entertained by live music from rocker Lenny Kravitz and tucked in to a feast provided by upmarket restaurant Nobu, and De Niro was also shown specially-recorded birthday video messages from Kirk Douglas and his actor son Michael, and Robin Williams, according to the New York Daily News.
Sir Laurence Olivier's stinging criticism of co-stars including Marilyn Monroe, Joan Fontaine and Kirk Douglas has been revealed in tapes he made for the autobiography he never wrote. The acting legend's audio tapes have been uncovered and used to put together a new biography, almost 25 years after his death, with the permission of Olivier's widow, Joan Plowright, and the original interviewer.
The recordings reveal Olivier's true thoughts on his Hollywood peers, including his "hatred" for Monroe, his troubled co-star in 1957 movie The Prince and the Showgirl.
He said of the iconic blonde, "My hatred for her was one of the strongest emotions I have ever felt."
However, he went on to admit he was blown away by her performance onscreen adding, "I was flabbergasted (by) how wonderful Marilyn was."
Olivier went on to brand his Rebecca leading lady Fontaine "loathsome", while he called his Wuthering Heights co-star Merle Oberon "a silly little amateur".
The star also revealed he was deeply irritated by Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster during production on their 1959 film The Devil's Disciple, spitting, "I didn't care to be taught acting by those two."
The book by Philip Ziegler, titled Olivier, is due for release next month (Sep13). The actor died in 1989 at the age of 82.