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News Nuggets: Debbie Reynolds to receive SAG life achievement award

19 August 2014 11:11 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Debbie Reynolds is slated to receive the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award at the 21st annual SAG Awards next January. The actress, singer, dancer, and author will be the 51st recipient of the honor. Some of her best known film roles were in "Singin' in the Rain," "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," and "How the West Was Won." She has also been selected for her work to preserve artifacts and costumes from the history of film and her work in the mental illness field. Other recent honorees have included Rita Moreno, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Ernest Borgnine, Betty White, and James Earl Jones. Awards Daily. -Break- Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes and YouTube David Letterman returns from an extended vacation with a special tribute to his longtime friend Robin Williams. Watch the 10-minute segment honoring the late comedian that was part of the Monday »

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Debbie Reynolds to receive 2014 SAG Lifetime Achievement Award

18 August 2014 11:20 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

In January, the Screen Actors Guild will award its 51st Lifetime Achievement Award to Debbie Reynolds. Reynolds has been on the big screen, television, and theater in over 50 roles in her 66-year career, breaking out as Kathy Selden in 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain.

The 82-year-old actress has been nominated for five Golden Globe awards and one Oscar (for The Unsinkable Molly Brown, in 1965), but has never been nominated for a SAG award. Her most recent role was as Liberace’s mother in the Steven Soderbergh-directed HBO movie Behind the Candelabra.

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Debbie Reynolds to receive SAG Lifetime Achievement honour

18 August 2014 10:09 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Debbie Reynolds will receive the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award, it has been announced.

The actress will be given the honour at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on January 25, 2015.

She will become the 51st recipient of the prize, which is given annually to those who demonstrate the "finest ideals of the acting profession".

SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard said: "I'm thrilled that SAG-AFTRA is presenting our Life Achievement Award to Debbie Reynolds. She is a tremendously talented performer with a diverse body of screen and stage work, live performances and several hit records.

"Her generous spirit and unforgettable performances have entertained audiences across the globe, moving us all from laughter to tears and back again. Congratulations, Debbie, on your life achievements."

Reynolds made her official screen debut as June Haver's younger sister in the 1950 musical The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady, and went on to star in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, »

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Debbie Reynolds to Receive 2014 Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award

18 August 2014 9:31 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Debbie Reynolds most recently starred as Frances Liberace in Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra, but she'll most likely always be remembered as Kathy Selden from 1952's Singin' in the Rain and come January 25, 2015 she'll be recognized as the 51st recipient of the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards as was announced this morning. The recognition comes as a result of her work as an actor, singer, dancer, author, champion for the preservation of the artifacts of film history and for the understanding and treatment of mental illness. SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard was quoted in a press release just sent out, praising Reynolds' artistry saying, "I'm thrilled that SAG-AFTRA is presenting our Life Achievement Award to Debbie Reynolds. She is a tremendously talented performer with a diverse body of screen and stage work, live performances and several hit records. Her generous spirit and unforgettable »

- Brad Brevet

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Debbie Reynolds Selected for SAG Life Achievement Award

18 August 2014 9:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Debbie Reynolds has been named the 51st recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award for her career and humanitarian accomplishments.

The award will be presented at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 25.

Reynolds has starred in more than 50 movies, two Broadway shows, two TV  series and dozens of TV, cabaret and concert appearances. The 82-year-old Reynolds has been in show business for 66 years.

Her first movie role came in the 1950 musical “the Daughter of Rosie O’Grady” followed by a role as “Boop-Boop-a-Doop” girl Helen Kane in “Three Little Words,” for which she received an MGM contract and the first of five Golden Globe nominations.

She appeared in “Singin’ in the Rain” opposite Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor; “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” for which she was nominated for an Oscar; “How the West Was Won,” “The Tender Trap,” “Mary, Mary,” “Goodbye Charlie,” “Divorce American Style,” “How Sweet It Is, »

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Steven Spielberg May Still Direct 'West Side Story' Remake

9 August 2014 5:40 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in March, it was widely reported that 20th Century Fox was moving forward on a remake of the classic 1961 musical West Side Story, with Steven Spielberg interested in directing. It sounded like it might be the next project for the iconic filmmaker, but he instead decided on two other back-to-back projects that were gestating, an adaptation of Roald Dahl's children's novel The Bfg (The Big Friendly Giant), and the very different Untitled Cold War Thriller starring Tom Hanks and Amy Ryan. If you were disappointed by this news, don't worry, it sounds like Steven Spielberg may still direct West Side Story sometime in the near future.

Appearing along with Oprah Winfrey on Good Morning America to promote their joint production The Hundred-Foot Journey, in theaters this weekend, Steven Spielberg was asked if he was still considering his remake of Robert Wise's classic West Side Story. The director »

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Mack Newberry, Veteran Entertainment Publicist, Dead at 89

9 August 2014 4:44 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Former broadcaster and entertainment publicist, Mack Newberry, died at his home in St. Augustine, Fla. on Friday of natural causes. He was 89. Newberry was a prominent publicist in Hollywood who worked for more than a decade at Solters Roskin Friedman in Los Angeles. His client list included Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Dolly Parton, Donny and Marie Osmond, John Denver and Rita Moreno, among many others. See photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 He also worked as a unit publicist on films, which included “My Girl,” “Straight Talk,” “Doctor Detroit,” and “China Moon.” He also worked on TV series, including Steven Spielberg‘s “seaQuest. »

- Jethro Nededog

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R.I.P. Publicist Mack Newberry

9 August 2014 3:56 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The veteran Hollywood publicist died yesterday at his home in St. Augustine, Fl. Mack Newberry was 89. A protege of Lee Solters, he spent more than a decade at Solters Roskin Friedman in Los Angeles, working with clients including Carol Burnett, Rita Moreno, Donny and Marie Osmond, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme and Marty Pasetta, who directed Oscar telecasts from 1972-88. Newberry also managed publicity for the Grammy Awards in the pre-cable/Internet years and was West Coast PR rep for the Tonys. He worked as a unit publicist for such films as Doctor Detroit, China Moon, My Girl, Straight Talk […] »

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Veteran Publicist Mack Newberry Dies at 89

9 August 2014 11:47 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Mack Newberry, a veteran publicist who represented numerous music and TV stars and helped manage PR efforts for the Grammys, has died in St. Augustine, Fla. He was 89. Newberry spent more than a decade at PR firm Solters Roskin Friedman, Los Angeles, where he handled publicity for such clients as Dolly Parton, Carol BurnettDonny and Marie Osmond, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, John Denver and Rita Moreno. Newberry worked as a unit publicist on a variety of films, including My Girl and Straight Talk, and such TV series as Steven Spielberg's seaQuest. He was part of a small team that handled

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Turner Classic Movies Garner Tribute Next Monday

25 July 2014 4:21 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

James Garner movies on TCM: ‘Grand Prix,’ ‘Victor Victoria’ among highlights (photo: James Garner ca. 1960) James Garner, whose film and television career spanned more than five decades, died of "natural causes" at age 86 on July 19, 2014, in the Los Angeles suburb of Brentwood. On Monday, July 28, Turner Classic Movies will present an all-day marathon of James Garner movies (see below) as a tribute to the Oscar-nominated star of Murphy’s Romance and Emmy-winning star of the television series The Rockford Files. Among the highlights in TCM’s James Garner film lineup is John Frankenheimer’s Monaco-set Grand Prix (1966), an all-star, race-car drama featuring Garner as a Formula One driver who has an affair with the wife (Jessica Walter) of his former teammate (Brian Bedford). Among the other Grand Prix drivers facing their own personal issues are Yves Montand and Antonio Sabato, while Akira Kurosawa’s (male) muse Toshiro Mifune plays a »

- Andre Soares

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TCM Remembers James Garner with All-Day Marathon on July 28

21 July 2014 4:42 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will remember award-winning actor James Garner on Monday, July 28, with an all-day marathon featuring 12 of his films. The Oscar nominated actor passed away on Saturday in Los Angeles at age 86.

TCM’s lineup features Garner’s performances in such movies as Toward the Unknown (1956), which marked his film debut; the racing drama Grand Prix (1966); the popular romantic comedy The Thrill of It All (1963); the Paddy Cheyefsky-penned The Americanization of Emily (1964); the groundbreaking drama The Children’s Hour(1961); and the gender-bending Victor/Victoria (1982).

The following is the complete schedule for TCM’s tribute to James Garner.

TCM Remembers James Garner – Monday, July 28

6 a.m. – Toward the Unknown (1956) – starring William Holden, Lloyd Nolan, Virginia Leith and James Garner

8 a.m. – Shoot-Out at Medicine Bend (1957) – starring Randolph Scott, James Craig, Angie Dickinson and James Garner

9:30 a.m. – Grand Prix (1966) – starring James Garner, Eva Marie Saint, Brian Bedford and Yves Montand

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- Michelle McCue

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You’re in the Minority: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actresses of Color

4 July 2014 3:53 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

An Oscar-winning actress is an exceptional artist no matter what shade, race or ethnicity she represents. For the sake of this written piece we will concentrate on those actresses of color whose achievement in cinema (and ultimate success of capturing the golden statuette) has made them revered commodities in the motion picture industry.

For some of these minority Oscar-winning actresses being spotlighted they have either excelled at their craft early in their careers or may have enjoyed limited success in the aftermath of their glory. Whatever the case it remains certain that these feminine recipients of Academy Award distinction left a legacy on the big screen in a capacity that cannot be taken away or dismissed.

The You’re in the Minority: Top 10 Oscar-Winning Actresses of Color are (in alphabetical order according to film titles):

1.) Mercedes Ruehl  as Anne Napolitano from The Fisher King (1991)

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'West Side Story' Reunion: Rita Moreno, George Chakiris Relive Emotional Oscars (Video)

25 June 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

For West Side Story star Rita Moreno, the 1962 Oscars were a very different experience than for co-star George Chakiris. See the list here: Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films  Chakiris won his best supporting actor statue early, while Moreno had to wait — and worry. “By the time my category came up, it was very late. I had to wait a long time. At that point, West Side Story had swept the awards, and I thought, ‘My Puerto Rican luck; I’ll be the only one who doesn’t get an award.’” When she finally won best supporting actress, she gave

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'Jersey Boys' stars marvel at Clint Eastwood's advice and their chance at big screen stardom

17 June 2014 6:20 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

New York - It goes without saying that Broadway actors are rarely able to reprise their roles in the movie versions of stage musicals they've starred in.  For every Anthony Rapp in "Rent," Rita Moreno in "West Side Story" or Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in "The Producers" there are countless other films that didn't even consider actors who played the same role on the stage.  Usually it's just too risky for Hollywood execs to fund a musical without some old fashioned movie starpower on board (it's still considered a risky proposition).   Don't tell that to Clint Eastwood, however. The Academy Award-winning director of "Million Dollar Baby" and "Unforgiven" did the unthinkable with his movie adaptation of the Tony Award-winning smash "Jersey Boys": he cast actors who'd previously played their roles in the stage musical in the movie. Well, three out of the four leads, at least.  "Jersey" features John Lloyd Young, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Lee Chamberlin, The Electric Company Star, Dies at 76

4 June 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lee Chamberlin, an original cast member of the 1970s' PBS children's show The Electric Company, and who then went on to a decades-long acting career on stage and screen, died Monday in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, of metastatic cancer, The New York Times reports. She was 76. The actress, who was living in Paris, had been visiting her son Matthew at the time of her death. Chamberlin - who starred on The Electric Company alongside Bill Cosby, Rita Moreno and then-newcomer Morgan Freeman - played the character Vi, who owned a diner and sang duets with Freeman. She left after two »

- Andrea Billups

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Lee Chamberlin, The Electric Company Star, Dies at 76

4 June 2014 5:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Lee Chamberlin, an original cast member of the 1970s' PBS children's show The Electric Company, and who then went on to a decades-long acting career on stage and screen, died Monday in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, of metastatic cancer, The New York Times reports. She was 76. The actress, who was living in Paris, had been visiting her son Matthew at the time of her death. Chamberlin - who starred on The Electric Company alongside Bill Cosby, Rita Moreno and then-newcomer Morgan Freeman - played the character Vi, who owned a diner and sang duets with Freeman. She left after two »

- Andrea Billups

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The Definitive Movie Musicals: 10-1

25 May 2014 9:32 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The end is here – if someone asked you what the most important movie musical of all time was, it would come from this portion of the list. Obviously, it’s all subjective, but it’s difficult to make a case against the influence of these films on our culture and the industry as a whole. So, cue the orchestra and practice your dance moves, because the closing number is here.

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10. Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Directed by John Badham

Signature Song: “Stayin’ Alive” (http://youtu.be/Fa9n7GirhsI)

After making a name for himself with TV’s “Welcome Back Kotter,” John Travolta became a star with 1977′s cultural landmark Saturday Night Fever, a dance musical where Travolta plays Tony Manero, a young man who works a dead-end job, but spends his weekends as the king of the dance floor at a Brooklyn disco. The soundtrack, which was »

- Joshua Gaul

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People En EspaÑOl's Most Beautiful Live-Streaming Red Carpet Arrivals

12 May 2014 6:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

People En EspaÑOl celebrates its "50 Most Beautiful" issue at a star-studded event Monday at Capitale in New York City. Catch all the red carpet action on live-streaming video starting at 9:30 p.m. Et. See Génesis Rodriguez, Daniel Arenas, Blanca Soto and Maite Perroni and Ricky Martin, who will present legendary actress Rita Moreno with the magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award. On the heels of People's Most Beautiful reveal, People En EspaÑOl (our sister publication) unveiled its annual 50 Mas Bellos this month, showcasing the hottest and freshest faces in Hispanic entertainment - many featured in dazzling circus-themed photo shoots. Among those »

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Ricky Martin to Present Rita Moreno with People En Español Honor

25 April 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ricky Martin will present Rita Moreno with People En Español's lifetime achievement award in the arts next month. Moreno, 82, is perhaps best known for her Academy Award-winning role in West Side Story, but her career has spanned 60 years, and she is one of 12 artists in the highly-selective Egot (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) club. "Rita Moreno is part of our history at People En Español," says the magazine's editor, Armando Correa. "This year we dedicated our '50 Most Beautiful' issue to a new generation of entertainers, a generation that would not be where it is today had it not been for »

- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis

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Ricky Martin to Present Rita Moreno with People En Español Honor

25 April 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Ricky Martin will present Rita Moreno with People En Español's lifetime achievement award in the arts next month. Moreno, 82, is perhaps best known for her Academy Award-winning role in West Side Story, but her career has spanned 60 years, and she is one of 12 artists in the highly-selective Egot (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) club. "Rita Moreno is part of our history at People En Español," says the magazine's editor, Armando Correa. "This year we dedicated our '50 Most Beautiful' issue to a new generation of entertainers, a generation that would not be where it is today had it not been for »

- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis

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