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About: Hollywood Film Awards billed as the launch of awards season

2 October 2015 7:09 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Hollywood Film Awards® was founded in 1997 and honors excellence in filmmaking and traditionally signals the Official Launch of the Award Season®. The HFAs showcase to the public at large previews of quality films released during the calendar year. The first-ever Hollywood Film Awards® gala took place in October 1997 in the historic Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, in Hollywood. Kirk Douglas took home the inaugural “Hollywood Lifetime Achievement Award.” The Hollywood Film Awards launch the awards season. Over the past 18 years, prior honorees have gone on to garner many Oscar nominations and wins. With participating Hollywood insiders, our Advisory Team identifies and selects the recipients of our honors. Our winners are pre-selected to receive our awards. Our selection is based on their outstanding achievement and contribution to the art of cinema. They are not “nominees.” 2014 honorees included some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Keira Knightley, »


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Hollywood Film Awards – Criteria and Selection – Launching the Awards Season

2 October 2015 6:56 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The Hollywood Film Awards honor established Hollywood artists. The criteria for these awards is based on the recipient’s body of work and/or a film that they have coming out this year. These awards are bestowed in all disciplines of filmmaking*: Career, Leadership, Producer, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Editor, Film Composer, Production Designer, Costume Designer, Animation, and Visual Effects. Our award/tribute recipients are selected by our Advisory Team which is comprised of a cross section of Hollywood professionals. To read more about the Hollywood Film Awards The selection process for our honorees takes multiple elements into consideration and involves attending pre-press private industry screenings, press screenings, festival screenings, and research. It also includes the support and participation of established entertainment industry executives, from agents, critics, directors, managers, producers, publicists, screenwriters and studio execs to members of the craft guilds. With participating Hollywood insiders, »


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Hollywood Film Awards billed as the launch of awards season

2 October 2015 4:48 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

dick clark productions announced today that two-time Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro will be honored with the “Hollywood Career Achievement Award.” The awards ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, on November 1, 2015. The Hollywood Film Awards, the official launch of the awards season®, has recognized excellence in the art of cinema and filmmaking for 18 years, honoring some of the world’s biggest stars. Honorees have gone on to garner many Oscar nominations and wins. “The Hollywood Film Awards is an incredible brand, previewing some of the biggest movies and stars of the year, while launching the award season,” said Allen Shapiro, CEO of dick clark productions. “We are honored to have Robert De Niro as this year’s recipient of the Hollywood Career Achievement Award.” Robert De Niro is currently starring in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “The Intern” and will appear next in 20th Century Fox’s “Joy, »


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Penny Marshall to Receive 'Icon' Honor at Hollywood Film Festival

23 September 2015 8:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: The New New Hollywood Film Festival Penny Marshall is being honored as a "Social Impact Cinema Icon" by the Hollywood Film Festival, whose theme this year is Female Filmmaking. After launching her career as Laverne on the popular "Laverne and Shirley," Marshall moved behind the camera in 1985, directing hit films like "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Big" and "A League of Their Own." In addition to being named Icon, she will join last year's recipient Harry Belafonte as an Honorary Chairperson for the festival.  "Penny Marshall is a great role model for female filmmakers. As one of the greatest storytellers of all time, she relies less on technology and more on getting stories out of her actors. We are honored to have her," said festival CEO & Executive Producer Brad Parks. In addition to celebrating Marshall, the festival is marking its Female Filmmaking theme with "Female Friday," a full day »

- Karen Brill

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Penny Marshall Set For Hollywood Film Festival Icon Honor; DGA Honors Sets Host & First Presenters

22 September 2015 11:47 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Filmmaker Penny Marshall, who undoubtedly has helped pave the way for other female directors, will receive the top honor at this year’s Hollywood Film Festival: the Social Impact Cinema Icon award. She and Harry Belafonte are honorary chairpersons for the festival, which runs September 23-27. The festival's theme this year in Female Filmmaking, and it will feature a Female Fridays lineup dedicated to showcasing films produced and/or directed by women, with… »

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Oliver Sacks, Neurologist Who Wrote ‘Awakenings,’ Dies at 82

30 August 2015 9:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Oliver Sacks, the British neurologist who wrote the book that inspired the 1990 Robin Williams-Robert De Niro movie “Awakenings,” died of cancer Sunday at his home in New York City. He was 82.

Sacks had a gift for explaining complicated scientific concepts related to his study of brain functions to general readers. “Awakenings,” his first non-fiction book to achieve popular success, revolves around a group of patients in the Bronx whose lives are changed by a cutting-edge treatment for a rare form encephalitis, aka “sleeping sickness.”

The film adaptation directed by Penny Marshall earned Oscar nominations for best picture, for lead actor for De Niro and for adapted screenplay for Steve Zaillian.

Sacks’ book “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat,” a collection of stories about his clinic practice, was adapted as an opera in the U.K. by composer Michael Nyman in 1986.

“The Last Hippie,” an essay »

- Variety Staff

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Celebrity Family Feud: Season Two Ratings

27 July 2015 1:23 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Seven years ago, NBC aired Celebrity Family Feud as a half-hour series and it was cancelled after one season. Now, ABC has revived it in an hour format. Will the ratings be twice as good or bad? Will it be renewed for a third season or will it be cancelled again? Stay tuned.

On Celebrity Family Feud,, celebrities and their family and friends compete to win up to $25,000 for charity by trying to guess the most popular answers to opinion questions. Steve Harvey hosts. This season, the celebrity players include Dr. Phil McGraw, Garry Marshall, Penny Marshall, Kevin McHale, Fred Willard, Toni Braxton, Anthony Anderson, Joey Lawrence, Mario Lopez, Ed Asner, and Vicki Lawrence.



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See Kiss Rock Out for Scooby-Doo Gang, Floating Evil Head

21 July 2015 6:41 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

A new animated movie, Scooby-Doo! and Kiss: Rock & Roll Mystery, finds the self-proclaimed "hottest band in the world" playing a gig for the cartoon crime solvers and an angry flying robot head. In this exclusive clip from the film, streaming above, a stadium full of makeup-wearing fans watch the band play "Detroit Rock City" as Gene Simmons sticks out his tongue and Eric Singer concentrates on his drumming. Meanwhile, Scooby, Shaggy and the rest of the gang float around in a spaceship, avoiding the decapitated head's death rays as »

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A Classic Movie Fan's Dream: 2015 Summer Film Classics at the Paramount

18 May 2015 9:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

I've compiled a list of my favorites from the Paramount Summer Film Classics schedule for Slackerwood since 2012, so it's with this post that the upcoming end of the blog really hits me. It's been a great run, folks.

This 100th year of the Paramount Theatre means there's quite a schedule in store for us this summer. As in years past, films will screen at both Paramount and Stateside. Tickets are $12, which you can purchase online or at the venue. If you plan to see more than a few of these movies, it's probably worthwile to invest in FlixTix (a pack of 10 tickets for $60) or become a Film Fan.

And don't forget your admission covers double features! Without further ado, my last Paramount Summer Classics roundup for Slackerwood:

The Iron Giant (1999) -- The animated science-fiction story of a boy and his giant metal alien friend, which I reviewed last year for Lone Star Cinema, »

- Elizabeth Stoddard

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F.A.O. Schwarz, The NYC Toy Store And Home Of The ‘Big’ Piano, Is To Close

18 May 2015 3:47 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The famous New York City toy store, F.A.O Schwarz, that featured in the popular 1988 Tom Hanks movie Big, is to close its doors on Fifth Avenue after a staggering 145 years. According to the New York Times, owners Toys ‘R’ Us are looking for a new location for the famous store elsewhere in the city.

The reason for the closure is down to apparent rising rents in its current, prestigious location, and is looking for a lower cost option.

F.A.O. Schwarz was the setting for the famous piano scene in Penny Marshall’s brilliant family movie about a 12-year-old boy ‘wished he were big.’ The mysterious Zoltar fortune-telling machine, now also housed at the NYC toy store, grants his wish to come true, and the following morning he wakes up in the body of a 30-year-old Tom Hanks.

The store will close in July.


- Paul Heath

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Hanks Excellent as Crusoe-ish Hero in Pop-Existential Drama

13 May 2015 11:40 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Cast Away' Movie with Tom Hanks stranded on a deserted island 'Cast Away' Movie review: Tom Hanks excellent in high-concept Hollywood flick disguised as existential adventure drama Most people will see Robert Zemeckis' Cast Away as a celebration of the Triumph of the Human Spirit. A minority, myself included, will prefer the more mundane explanation that the film merely depicts a man following his survival instincts, which propel him – like any other animal, from cockroaches to crocodiles – to fight to remain alive almost against his will. Whichever way one chooses to view the survival of Tom Hanks' Federal Express engineer Chuck Noland (No-land, get it?) after being stranded for years on a deserted island (mostly shot in Monuriki, Fiji), Cast Away is little more than an elaborate, populist star vehicle disguised as an existential The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe-esque drama. A volleyball named Wilson The story of a »

- Andre Soares

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From Actor to "Action!", Exploring the Debuts of 19 Actors-Turned-Directors

21 April 2015 10:30 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »

- Jordan Benesh

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Watch Kiss Meet Scooby-Doo in New Film 'Rock and Roll Mystery'

21 April 2015 9:05 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Scooby-Doo and friends are taking a trip to Detroit Rock City this summer as creators of the animated series have enlisted Kiss for a new feature.

Scooby-Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery is an upcoming summer full-length film that sees the Kiss gang get animated and call up Scooby-Doo, Daphne, Velma, Shaggy and Fred of Mystery Inc. to solve the mystery of the Crimson Witch. The witch is disrupting a Halloween concert at the amusement Kiss World and is setting out to destroy the planet by summoning the Destroyer. »

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It’s Opening Week: Best Baseball Movies

6 April 2015 6:44 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Is this heaven? Nope, it’s Opening Week.

Recently Mlb rounded up a group of players to recite, word for word, James Earl Jones’ famous “people will come, Ray” speech from Field Of Dreams.

Wamg declares America’s national pastime, Baseball, to be the official sport of movie fans everywhere. As Brad Pitt said in Moneyball, “How can you not be romantic about Baseball?”

It all started Sunday night with the Cardinals at the Cubs with St. Louis winning 3 to 0.

To celebrate the first pitch of Opening Week, here’s our list of the best Baseball movies.

The Rookie

One of the best baseball biopics to come along over the years, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid, tells the true story of Jim Morris, a man who finally gets a shot at his lifelong dream-pitching in the big leagues. A high school science teacher/baseball coach, Morris’ players make a bet with him:if they win district, »

- Movie Geeks

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Miroslav Ondricek, Oscar-Nominated Czech Cinematographer, Dies at 80

29 March 2015 11:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Miroslav Ondricek, a Czech cinematographer who worked frequently with director Milos Forman and was nominated twice for Academy Awards, has died, according to several reports. He was 80.

Ondricek’s son David, who is also a filmmaker, announced the death to Czech television, though no cause was given.

Ondricek worked on more than 40 films in his career, about a dozen of which were shot in the U.S. He is perhaps best known for his work with friend Forman.

The two worked together on “Ragtime” and “Amadeus,” both garnering Oscar nominations for Ondricek for his cinematography. Ondricek won a BAFTA in 1984 for “Amadeus.” Ondricek and Forman, who currently lives in New York, also worked together on “Fireman’s Ball” early in Forman’s career and “Hair.”

Ondricek stayed busy throughout the ’90s, working with U.S. director Penny Marshall on 1990’s “Awakenings,” starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams, and 1992 comedy “A League of Their Own, »

- Alex Stedman

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Empire: Taraji P. Henson Not the First to Use "Boo Boo Kitty"

2 March 2015 7:02 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The cat's out of the bag! Taraji P. Henson may be getting lots of buzz and attention for calling her arch nemesis "Boo Boo Kitty" on Empire, but the catchphrase didn't originate on the hit Fox series. Fans of the 1970s sitcom Laverne & Shirley have long been familiar with Boo Boo Kitty—it was the name of Shirley's stuffed animal cat! "I've seen [Empire] and I really like it," Cindy Williams, who starred as Shirley Feeney in the iconic ABC series alongside Penny Marshall as Laverne De Fazio. "I haven't seen her say, 'Boo Boo Kitty' but people told me about it. I was thinking, 'Wow, I wonder if they got it from me, my Boo Boo Kitty.' They must »

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The Losers: Penny Marshall Should Have Won an Oscar

25 February 2015 7:47 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Over the past week, we’ve been celebrating the losers — those talented filmmakers whom Oscar has foolishly overlooked. In this final entry, we ask the Zoltar Machine for a do-over. If you asked me specifically which Oscar-winning director should have their gold snatched away and given to Penny Marshall, I don’t know that I’d have an answer. The year she would have been eligible for Big, Barry Levinson won for Rain Man. The year she would have been eligible for Awakenings, Kevin Costner won for Dances With Wolves. The year she would have been eligible for A League of Their Own, Clint Eastwood won for Unforgiven. There’s no easy way to rewrite history and slide her name in where someone else’s was previously, although a case can easily be made that Big and Rain Man (the Best Picture of 1988) share near-identical emotional DNA. The following year, the »

- Scott Beggs

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Flashback: Phil Hartman On His Big 'SNL' Break in 1989: 'It Gave Me A Career, Which I Didn't Have!'

12 February 2015 7:54 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Phil Hartman proved to be one of Saturday Night Live's biggest stars during his eight season run (1986-1994) on the late-night sketch comedy show. And when Et first met the actor in 1989, just three years after his debut, it was clear just how much the show meant to him.

"It’s hard to put into words what an exciting thing it is to do this show," he told Et. "I've done commercials, I've done movies, I've performed on stage-- this is the best of all them rolled into one."

Watch: 'SNL' Greats Reveal Their Favorite Show Memories

Hartman was recommended to SNL creator Lorne Michaels by fellow comedians such as Penny Marshall and cast members Laraine Newman and Jon Lovitz, who Hartman worked with early in his career. Lovitz told Et that Hartman initially turned the opportunity.

"He got offered the show and then he turned it down," Lovitz recalled »

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Portlandia Renewed For Two More Seasons

10 February 2015 12:46 PM, PST | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

I knew you think you’re a fan of the best show on television, but unless you mean Portlandia, you’re just fooling yourself.

Well, I may be caught up in the excitement, and thus prone to overstating things a bit, But!

It is certainly one of the best shows on (and I mean the top three or four), and this is a good time to commit yourself to it, and binge the previous season, because you know it will be around.

The Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein show has always stood out as not only hilarious, but inventive, and frequently uncomfortable. As the seasons have moved on, we’ve gotten a fascinating look at the characters that hail from the soggy northwest, without sacrificing any of the genius behind the show.

Stay tuned, another few weeks, and more seasons may get ordered.

courtesy IFC


IFC Renews Hit Comedy for »

- Marc Eastman

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