Wednesday, June 29, 2016

ASPIRING SINGERS CAN ENTER ONLINE FOR THEIR “MY CARNEGIE MOMENT”



PARAMOUNT PICTURES IS GIVING ASPIRING SINGERS A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME
OPPORTUNITY TO PERFORM AT THE WORLD-FAMOUS CARNEGIE HALL ON JULY 12th

HOLLYWOOD, CA (June 29, 2016) – In celebration of the upcoming film “FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS,” the true story of the American socialite who followed her dreams of becoming a singer and performing at Carnegie Hall, Paramount Pictures is helping aspiring singers realize their dreams of performing on the prestigious New York City stage in their very own “My Carnegie Moment.”

Florence Foster Jenkins spent her life supporting the world of music. Now, Paramount Pictures wants to support you with the chance to realize your dream of performing on the prestigious New York City stage – giving you your very own “Carnegie Moment.” 

The performances will take place at the Isaac Stern Auditorium / Ronald O. Perelman Stage on Tuesday, July 12, in advance of the film’s theatrical release on Friday, August 12.

Inspired by Jenkins, played in the film by Academy Award®-winner Meryl Streep, the special event will give singers from across the U.S. a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform a song of their choice at Carnegie Hall, which is celebrating its 125th Anniversary this year. Aspiring singers can enter for a chance at their “My Carnegie Moment” by visiting the “FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS” official movie page at http://www.florencefosterjenkinsfilm.com/ or www.MyCarnegieMoment.com

Set in 1940s New York, “FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS,” from Paramount Pictures, Pathé and BBC Films, is the true story of the legendary New York heiress and socialite (Meryl Streep) who obsessively pursued her dream of becoming a great singer. The voice she heard in her head was beautiful, but to everyone else it was hilariously awful. Her “husband” and manager, St. Clair Bayfield (Hugh Grant), an aristocratic English actor, was determined to protect his beloved Florence from the truth. But when Florence decided to give a public concert at Carnegie Hall, St. Clair knew he faced his greatest challenge. The film also stars Simon Helberg, Rebecca Ferguson and Nina Arianda.

Monday, April 11, 2016

2nd Annual The Arc Sprout Film Festival


2nd Annual The Arc & Sprout Film Festival 
When: Friday, April 22, 2016 
Screenings at 9:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. 

Where: Pollack Tempe Cinemas 
1825 E. Elliot Road, Tempe 

Who: Presented by: The Arc of Arizona and Chandler-Gilbert Arc 
Sponsored by: Dignity Health, Isagenix, The Brake Shop, Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care, City of Chandler Mayor’s Commission for People with Disabilities, RE/MAX Alliance Group – Denise Pias 
Co-sponsored by: Raising Special Kids, Arizona TASH, Arizona Council on Exceptional Children (CEC), Arizona Council of Administrators of Exceptional Children (CASE). 

Why: To entertain with highly professional filmmaking and to raise awareness and eliminate stereotypes about the lives, talents, challenges, hopes and dreams of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). 

Cost: $5.00 General Admission 
$4.00 Groups of 10 or more 
$12.00 Full-Festival Pass (good for all screenings) 

What is The Arc & Sprout Film Festival? 
A celebration of films featuring, and sometimes created by, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) disabilities – Down syndrome, autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder, cerebral palsy, Fragile X, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and many other diagnoses. The Festival is presented by The Arc of Arizona and Chandler-Gilbert Arc. 

What is The Arc and what is Sprout? 
The Arc is a national organization providing advocacy, education, and direct services for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc of Arizona engages in public policy, advocacy, and outreach statewide; Chandler-Gilbert Arc is a direct service provider specializing in day treatment for adults, employment programs, and group homes. 

Sprout, based in New York City, is dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities grow through challenging, creative and fun experiences that enhance socialization, self-confidence and inclusion. Sprout programs include a variety of travel and vacation activities and film festivals that tour the United States. 

What types of films are included in the Festival? 
The Arc & Sprout Film Festival includes nearly three dozen films: documentaries, dramas, comedies, animation and music videos. All films are professionally written, directed, and produced, and include stories featured on ESPN and other major television networks and in major film festivals. 

How long are the films and the screenings? 
Running time for Festival films ranges from as short as 2 minutes to as long as 17 minutes.  

Each screening features a range of film styles and lengths. The morning screening runs approximately 66 minutes; the afternoon and evening screenings are each approximately 90 minutes long. All screenings are followed by a Q&A session with the founder and director of Sprout, Anthony Di Salvo. 

Why are these films unique? 
All characters with intellectual or developmental disabilities in Sprout films are portrayed by actors who, themselves, have disabilities – unlike typical portrayals in Hollywood films which use top-name actors to portray persons with I/DD. 

Who should attend the Festival? 
The Festival is appropriate for audience members of all ages. While films cover topics such as romantic relationships and some include momentary adult language, they do not include sexual content, pervasive profanity, violence, or other potentially objectionable adult content. 

Who is sponsoring the Festival? 
Sponsors of the 2nd Annual The Arc & Sprout Film Festival are: 
  • Dignity Health 
  • Isagenix 
  • The Brake Shop 
  • Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care 
  • RE/MAX Alliance Group - Denise Pias 
  • City of Chandler Mayor’s Commission for People with Disabilities 

How can people get more information and buy tickets? 
Visit www.arcarizona.org or call The Arc of Arizona at (602) 234-2721.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Full List For The 21st Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE:
Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards are bestowed annually by the Broadcast Film Critics Association to honor the finest in cinematic achievement.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR:
Sylvester Stallone – Creed
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY:
Amy Schumer – Trainwreck

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS:
Jacob Tremblay – Room

The winners for the Critics’ Choice Awards, as handed out on January 17, 2016.

FILM
BEST PICTURE: Spotlight
BEST ACTOR: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
BEST ACTRESS: Brie Larson – Room
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Sylvester Stallone – Creed
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS: Jacob Tremblay – Room
BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE: Spotlight
BEST DIRECTOR: George Miller – Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy – Spotlight
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Charles Randolph and Adam McKay – The Big Short
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: The Revenant – Emmanuel Lubezki
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN: Mad Max: Fury Road – Colin Gibson
BEST EDITING: Mad Max: Fury Road – Margaret Sixel
BEST COSTUME DESIGN: Mad Max: Fury Road – Jenny Beavan
BEST HAIR & MAKEUP: Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS: Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST ANIMATED FEATURE: Inside Out
BEST ACTION MOVIE: Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE: Tom Hardy – Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE: Charlize Theron – Mad Max: Fury Road
BEST COMEDY: The Big Short
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY: Christian Bale – The Big Short
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY: Amy Schumer – Trainwreck
BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE: Ex Machina
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM: Son of Saul
BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE: Amy
BEST SONG: Furious 7 – “See You Again”
BEST SCORE: The Hateful Eight – Ennio Morricone

More at: Critics' Choice Awards

Saturday, January 16, 2016

21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards-A Fun Night Ahead!

Tune-in for the “21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards”, 
hosted by actor/comedian T.J. Miller, 
broadcast live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica
on A&E, Lifetime and LMN on Sunday, January 17 at 8PM ET/ 5PM PT.
The “Critics’ Choice Red Carpet Live” show will air on A&E at 7PM ET/4PM PT.
Janet and I plan to be there.
Here is a photo from last year.

PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE “21ST ANNUAL CCA



ACTOR AND COMEDIAN T.J. MILLER WILL HOST THE CEREMONY,
BROADCAST LIVE ON A&E, LIFETIME AND LMN
ON JANUARY 17TH AT 8PM ET/5PM PT

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 15, 2016) - The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced today the star-studded line-up set to present awards at the “21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards”.  Those slated to take the stage include Anthony Anderson, Aziz Ansari, Shiri Appleby, Kate Beckinsale, Mary J. Blige, Orlando Bloom, Carrie Brownstein, James Corden, Bryan Cranston, Bryce Dallas Howard, Adam Devine, America Ferrera, Joanne Froggatt, Colin Hanks, Bradley James, Ken Jeong, Khloe Kardashian, Thomas Middleditch, Randall Park, Josh Peck, Fred Savage, John Stamos, Sir Patrick Stewart, Sharon Stone, Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Tracee Ellis Ross, Constance Wu, Constance Zimmer, and more.  The “21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards” will be hosted by actor/comedian T.J. Miller and broadcast live from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica on A and E, Lifetime and LMN on Sunday, January 17 at 8PM ET/ 5PM PT.  The “Critics’ Choice Red Carpet Live” show will air on A&E at 7PM ET/4PM PT, just before the ceremony, and is hosted by Entertainment Tonight’s Samantha Harris and Kevin Frazier, and Fandango’s Dave Karger.

As previously announced, Amy Schumer will receive the “Critics’ Choice MVP Award” and J. J. Abrams will present the “Critics’ Choice Genius Award” to Industrial Light and Magic.

Voting is now open for the “Most Bingeworthy Show” award.  Nominees for the fan-voted honor are Empire, Friends, Game of Thrones, Orange Is The New Black, Outlander, and The Walking Dead.  Fans will be able to vote for their favorite on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram by publicly posting #[Show Name]CCA or at http://www.aetv.com/shows/the-21st-annual-critics-choice-awards/exclusives/bingeworthy-poll.  An awards show first, fans will also be able to vote by posting a tweet using the following emojis (along with the @CriticsChoice handle):
#TheWalkingDeadCCA OR skull emoji @CriticsChoice
#GameofThronesCCA OR crown emoji @CriticsChoice
#FRIENDSCCA OR people holding hands emoji @CriticsChoice
#EmpireCCA OR lion emoji @CriticsChoice
#OITNBCCA OR orange emoji @CriticsChoice
#OutlanderCCA OR crossed swords emoji @CriticsChoice

A&E has created a helpful tutorial so fans can learn how to play an active role in voting for their favorite shows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QYLkUU5_Pc.

The winner will be announced live at the Critics’ Choice Awards on January 17.

Follow the 21st Annual Critics’ Choice Awards on Twitter (@CriticsChoice) and Instagram (@CriticsChoice), and on Facebook (Facebook.com/CriticsChoiceAwards).