After a brief period of training at a Los Angeles coaching school, Dorothy Lee went straight from high school to the stage: as historian Leonard Maltin put it, "it looked that way." Lee's stage and sc...
Cate Blanchett, Kerry Washington, and Eva Longoria were among the stars honoured at Women In Film's Crystal + Lucy Awards on Wednesday (11Jun14). Blanchett was feted with the Crystal Award for ladies who have helped expand the role of women in the entertainment industry while Scandal star Washington was presented with the Lucy Award for Innovation in Television by the show's creator Shonda Rhimes.
The Australian Oscar winner used her acceptance speech to urge her peers to take chances, saying, "A creative career is only as good as the risks you take with it." Washington told the audience, "When we step up for ourselves, we create opportunity, whether it's because we inspire other people or we employ other people" and later took to Twitter.com, writing, "What an inspiring night! THANK U (you) #wif - Women In Film! Was an honor 2 (to) be part of tonights (sic) celebration."
Desperate Housewives star Longoria was presented with Norma Zarky Humanitarian award and Rose Byrne scooped the MAXMARA Face of the Future trophy. Frozen director Jennifer Lee was honoured with the Dorothy Arzner Directors award and was presented with the prize by the film's star, Kristen Bell. The gongs were handed out at a ceremony at Los Angeles' Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.
Cate Blanchett, Eva Longoria and Frozen director Jennifer Lee are among the women who will be honoured at the 2014 Crystal + Lucy Awards. The trio will be joined by Australian actress Rose Byrne and Kerry Washington at the Women in Film gala in June (14).
The awards are handed to "creative, groundbreaking women who lead by example and excel at their chosen fields in the entertainment industry".
Blanchett will follow her second Oscar win with the Crystal Award for Excellence in Film, while Scandal star Washington will receive the Lucy Award for Excellence in Television.
Byrne will be honoured with the Face of the Future award, Lee has been chosen as the Dorothy Arzner Directors Award recipient and Longoria will be recognised with the Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award.
The event will take place in Los Angeles.
Halle Berry is heading back to the small screen after landing a leading role in STEVEN SPIELBERG's new drama. The X-Men actress is set to play an astronaut returning home after a year in space in Extant, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
She says, "I'm always on the lookout for amazing roles and when you see material that contains this strong of auspices, nuance and complexity it compels me to run toward it no matter the medium."
Spielberg adds, "There's only one Halle Berry and we are incredibly honoured that she has chosen Extant to expand her illustrious career.
"As she does with everything she touches, she will bring a deep authenticity to her role and I very much look forward to working with her."
Berry's previous TV credits include Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, which earned her an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award and Oprah Winfrey's Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Mark Sullivan/WireImageFans of the popular ABC shows Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal often find themselves wondering who comes up with the fictional plot twists and love affairs that keep them up at night. While she obviously does not work alone, the simple answer is Shonda Rhimes. The Emmy-nominated writer and producer created both shows, but that’s not all she contributes to the universe. Here are a few things you might not know about the genius behind the curtain.
She Knows How To Handle Drama On And Off The Screen
This past year Rhimes came under criticism for the treatment of her lead character Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington). Some folks (including Star Jones) accused her of glorifying marital affairs, and even felt that the interracial relationship on the show was problematic. Rhimes has brilliantly responded to such accusations by defending her art as just that — art, and not a political or social platform. And she often takes to Twitter to remind people who get a little too caught up that her shows are, in fact, fictional.
Oprah Winfrey Is Obsessed With Her
When Oprah Winfrey and former President of the United States Bill Clinton watch your show (they both love Scandal), it’s kind of a big deal. But Oprah and Shonda are so close, their Twitter exchanges are well-documented, and when Shonda made TIME Magazine’s 2013 list of 100 most influential people in the world, Oprah even wrote the powerful accompanying essay.
Halle Berry Kinda, Sorta Owes Her
Halle Berry got her start long before her role in the television biopic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. Still, her performance in the Shonda Rhimes-written script was one of her best and most well-respected, as she (along with Rhimes) brought to life the important story of the first black movie star to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar.
She Was a Candy Striper in High School
This woman is living proof that volunteer work truly pays off in the end. Rhimes volunteered at a hospital during high school, and attributes that experience to her interest in such environments. Grey’s Anatomy and its spin-off series Private Practice are a direct result of her candy striper days in Chicago.
She’s an Inspiration to Unemployed Writers Everywhere
After Rhimes got her Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California, she was just another unemployed scriptwriter in Hollywood. She worked odd jobs to pay the bills, but eventually got her big break as a research director for a documentary on Hank Aaron. See? We all gotta start somewhere.
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Director Spike Lee has landed a $300,000 (£200,000) reward as the 2013 winner of a prestigious arts honour established in actress Lillian Gish's name. The Malcolm X moviemaker will pick up the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize for his "brilliance and unwavering courage in using film to challenge conventional thinking".
Lee admits he was unaware of the Gish prize before he was named an honouree.
He tells the Associated Press, "I hadn't even heard of it. It was a phone call that came completely out of the blue. It was one of the best phone calls I've ever had."
Lee, who follows in the footsteps of previous winners Bob Dylan and Arthur Miller, will be presented with the accolade at a ceremony at New York's Museum of Modern Art on 30 October (13).
The award was established after The Birth of a Nation actress Gish's death in 1993. She left instructions in her will to hand the title and prize money to "a man or woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the beauty of the world and to mankind's enjoyment and understanding of life".
Lady Gaga channelled Judy Garland's iconic portrayal of Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz for a live performance on U.S. TV on Monday morning (09Sep13). The singer started her performance on Good Morning America by singing the 1939 film's famous anthem Over the Rainbow, dressed in a black wig, blue gingham dress, red sparkly shoes and clutching a small dog in a basket.
She was surrounded by dancers dressed as the film's characters the tin man, the scarecrow and the cowardly lion, who joined in with her as she broke into a rendition of her new single Applause on a stage which was made up as the yellow brick road.
Another dancer performed as one of the film's iconic winged monkeys, while Gaga made a quick change into a pink costume with a blonde wig, clutching a magic wand in reference to the movie's good witch character, Glinda. She then peeled off the outfit for a showdown with the Wicked Witch of the West.
After a fourth costume change during the short set, Gaga finished the show in another blue and white outfit, complete with an oversized bow on her head, telling the GMA host, "I'm so happy to be here - there's no place like Good Morning America!"
Before the performance, Gaga asked all the members of the audience to wear special hats designed to look like poppies.
Sharon Stone has been given the ultimate compliment from the real-life grandchildren of her new movie character - she reminds them a lot of their grandma. The actress portrays Linda Lovelace's mother in the new biopic of the porn star-turned-feminist, and the X-rated actress' kids have given the role a big thumbs up.
Lovelace director Rob Epstein says, "They felt Sharon's performance as Dorothy really captured their grandmother.
"The thing most personally moving was, after seeing the film, Linda's daughter said that neither she nor her brother, Dominic, could read Linda's book - because it's so graphic and so disturbing - but now they could show this movie to their partners, so they could understand how important their mother was to them."
And actress Amanda Seyfried has also poured praise on her movie mum, revealing she wouldn't have been quite as comfortable on set if it wasn't for Stone.
She tells WENN, "I don't know if it would have gone quite as smoothly if we hadn't started with our scenes together, because I was terrified the first day. It would have been different (if) I didn't have her maternal energy. It was amazing."
Lucille Ball's signature polka-dot dress and props from Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom have smashed expectations at a Hollywood auction. The items went under the hammer at a Profiles in History sale earlier this week (30Jul13) and experts were left staggered as bids sailed past the estimate prices.
Ball's Lucy Ricardo dress was expected to sell for between $40,000 (GBP26,600) and $60,000 (GBP40,000), but it sold for $168,000 (GBP112,000), while a lot of sankara stones and a pyrotechnic bag from the Indiana Jones film went under the hammer for $72,000 (GBP48,000) - $64,000 (GBP42,600) more than the estimate.
Profiles in History bosses also raked in a fortune at a Hollywood sale over the weekend (28Jul13) when a selection of costumes from classic movie The Sound of Music sold for $1.3 million (GBP866,000).
The garments included the main outfit worn by the Julie Andrews' character Maria, which was described in the auction handbook as "a heavy brown homespun Austrian-style dress with a wheat-coloured homespun blouse".
Floral lederhosen worn by cast members who played the Von Trapp children also went under the hammer.
Another highlight was a costume worn by late actor James Gandolfini in his final scene of The Sopranos, which sold for $22,000 (GBP14,600). The outfit was placed under auction before Gandolfini passed away from a heart attack while in Italy last month (Jun13).
Other big sellers included Steve McQueen's signature brown tweed jacket from Bullitt, the original Charlie Chaplin 'Tramp' cane from Modern Times, and Judy Garland's 'Dorothy' dress from The Wizard of Oz, which sold for $360,000 (GBP240,00) - exactly twice its estimate.
Sharon Stone relished playing Amanda Seyfried's mother in explicit new movie Lovelace as there was no pressure to look sexy for the camera. Seyfried bares all in the biopic for her role as prolific porn star Linda Lovelace, who shot to fame after the release of 1973 movie Deep Throat, while Stone portrays her mother Dorothy Boreman.
The 55-year-old Hollywood veteran admits she enjoyed relinquishing her sex symbol status as it meant she didn't have to worry about her appearance.
Stone tells the New York Daily News, "I have to say, you don't have to sleep as early. You don't have to worry how you look when you roll out of bed in the morning and that's kind of nice. It's kind of nice to not have to feel 'If I don't get to bed right now, when I get up, what if I look a little puffy?'"
The Basic Instinct bombshell, who famously bared all in the raunchy 1992 movie, refused to pass on any words of wisdom to Seyfried.
She insists, "I don't think it's appropriate to advise another actor about their part. But I did enjoy speaking with her and I did enjoy playing her mom and I did feel maternal towards her while we were shooting."
TV titan Oprah Winfrey has topped a list of Hollywood's most powerful celebrities. The former talk show host, who now runs her own TV network, beat singer Lady Gaga to the top spot on Forbes magazine's 2013 Celebrity 100 list.
Dorothy Pomerantz of Forbes.com says, "There is nobody else with that kind of consistency and power. There are only three people who have been on every single one of our lists since 1999. It is Oprah, Howard Stern and Steven Spielberg... She still wields an enormous amount of power, which is really what we look for in our fame matrix."
Gaga was runner-up in the power countdown and Oscar-winning director Spielberg was third, followed by singers Madonna and Beyonce rounding out the top five.
Last year's (12) number one, Jennifer Lopez, fell to 12th place, and singer Taylor Swift was a newcomer at six.
Publication editors make their picks based on money earned and global fame.
After a brief period of training at a Los Angeles coaching school, Dorothy Lee went straight from high school to the stage: as historian Leonard Maltin put it, "it looked that way." Lee's stage and screen personality was very reminiscent of Ruby Keeler (Keeler once understudied Lee on Broadway). The two performers were also evenly matched in ability: Lee's nasal singing, heavy-footed dancing and first-grade-pageant acting can best be described as "passable," Still, she possessed a great deal of charm and vivacity, and proved an excellent leading lady/foil to the comedy team of Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey.
In their first films together at RKO Radio, Wheeler, Woolsey and Lee were so inextricably enjoined in the eyes of the public that they shared equal billing. Lee also starred in the first-ever RKO Radio talkie release Syncopation (1929), and was cast opposite Joe E. Brown in the delightful Local Boy Makes Good (1931). In 1932, Lee married Hollywood columnist Jimmy Fidler and briefly retired from films. When the marriage dissolved in 1934, Lee returned to the Wheeler and Woolsey fold in two of the team's best efforts, Hips Hips Hooray (1934) and Cockeyed Cavaliers (1934). In all, Lee co-starred in 13 of Wheeler and Woolsey's 21 films, and also appeared with Bert Wheeler in his 1931 solo effort Too Many Cooks (1931). After playing a minor role in 1939's Twelve Crowded Hours, Lee retired from films, relocating to Chicago with her second husband. In 1994, Dorothy Lee wrote the foreword for Edward Watz' book Wheeler and Woolsey: The Vaudeville Comic Duo and Their Films.