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Variety’s ‘Actors on Actors’ on PBS SoCal Nominated for Emmy

The PBS SoCal special “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” is among the nominees for the 67th annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards.

The interview special that features pairings of prominent actors discussing their craft is a contender in the entertainment programming category. “Actors on Actors,” a co-production between Variety and PBS SoCal, will vie against Ktla’s “Live From the Oscars” and Kcbs/Kcal’s “Lexus: Music Uncovered” series.

In the competitive investigative reporting category, Fox’s Kttv is up against Kcbs and Univision’s Kmex, which has two nominations. Hard news reporting noms went to Kcbs/Kcal’s David Goldstein and Catherine Gelera; Kvea’s Azucena Gomez; Kmex’s Antonio Valverde; and separate noms for Knbc’s Robert Kovacik and Tony Shin.

In the competition for the three regularly scheduled newscast categories, there are no nominations; all stations that submit entries are contenders. The morning and daily newscast
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Celebs Show their Support at the Art Of Elysium's 7th Annual Heaven Gala

Before congratulating themselves at the Golden Globes the following night, some of Tinseltown's finest headed to the Art of Elysium's Heaven Gala in Los Angeles on Saturday (January 11).

Stepping out for the swanky affair were Kate Bosworth, Amber Heard, Anna Kendrick, Busy Phillips, Camilla Belle, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Kelly Osbourne, Nina Dobrev, and Rose McGowan.

Presented by Mercedes-Benz, the evening featured performances from Steven Tyler, Evan Rachel Wood and Rain Phoenix, and the Art of Elysium children.

Founded in 1997, the organization encourages working actors, artists, and musicians to volunteer their time to children who are battling serious medical conditions.
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Watch: Miranda July, Lena Dunham, Justin Bond (and More) Lip-Sync To 'You Don't Own Me' In Lesley Gore-Approved Anti-Republican PSA (Video)

Watch: Miranda July, Lena Dunham, Justin Bond (and More) Lip-Sync To 'You Don't Own Me' In Lesley Gore-Approved Anti-Republican PSA (Video)
Miranda July, Lena Dunham, Justin Vivian Bond, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kate Nash, Rain Phoenix, Barbara Morrison, Mae Whitman, Natasha Lyonne, Alia Shawkat Tavi, Sia, and Carrie Brownstein are just some of the dozens of women who contributed to this fabulous PSA where everyone lip syncs to Lesley Gore's 1960s anthem "You Don't Own Me." The video is bookended with a message of approval from Gore herself (who looks amazing). "I recorded 'You Don't Own Me' back in 1964," Gore says in the video. "It's hard for me to believe that we're still fighting for the same things we were then. Yes ladies, we have to get out there and vote to protect our bodies." Watch the video -- which is both adorable and important -- below:
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Elijah Wood To Be Honored At Charity Gala

On January 14th, the night before the Golden Globes, The Art of Elysium will celebrate its fifth annual Heaven Gala, honoring Lord Of The Rings star Elijah Wood.

This fall The Art of Elysium celebrated 14 years of providing creative arts programming for hospitalized youth in Los Angeles and New York. This year’s Visionary and creative force behind Heaven is Cameron Silver, founder and co-owner of Decades. The organization is thrilled to unveil his idea of heaven on earth, or “elysium”, on January 14th. The charity will also recognize Elijah Wood as their 2012 Spirit of Elysium Recipient for his years of volunteerism and tireless fundraising efforts on their behalf.

Also expected to attend are Estelle, David Arquette, Zoe Saldana, Justin Bartha, Rachel Bilson, Gerard Butler, Molly Sims, Scott Caan, Kirsten Dunst, Shepard Fairey, Ginnifer Goodwin, Topher Grace, Jennifer Morrison, Amber Heard, Julianne Hough, Russell Young, Sarah Hyland, Minka Kelly, Jamie King,
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Rain Phoenix's unusual childhood

Rain Phoenix was raised by hippies and, like her brothers River and Joaquin, has made a career in film and music. She talks about their unusual childhood

Not many people can say they were out busking on the streets at the age of three. Or that they got their first agent at the age of five, and then played the Hollywood Bowl with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young by the time they were six. But then not many people can say they come from a family like Rain Phoenix's.

As the eldest daughter of the Phoenix clan, 38-year old Rain comes sandwiched between two of Hollywood's most recognisable young stars. River Phoenix – teen icon and Hollywood heartthrob who died of a drug overdose when he was just 23 – was two years her elder, while the twice Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin, is two years younger. There are also two sisters as well – Summer and Liberty.
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Joaquin Has a Family Night Out With Summer and Casey

Joaquin Has a Family Night Out With Summer and Casey
Joaquin Phoenix had his baseball cap pulled down low last night on his way out of La's Bardot. His sister Summer and her husband Casey Affleck weren't far behind, after the trio reportedly stepped out to see Rain Phoenix's band, Papercranes, perform. The boys spent their evening letting loose after they finished up work on their mockumentary about Joaquin's "lost year." Joaquin seems to be getting back to his old self as he slowly returns to the social scene, and we'll perhaps get a closer look what really happened if his and Casey's film ever finds a distributor. View 10 Photos › To see more from the Phoenixs' night out, just read more. View 10 Photos ›
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Stranger Inside

Cheryl Dunye's deft, intelligent movie follows an inmate, Treasure Lee (Yolonda Ross in her feature film debut), as she searches for the convict mother she hasn't seen since birth. The film should do well for HBO -- it airs June 23 -- especially on repeat broadcasts as word-of-mouth builds. Dunye exhibits an admirable, unsentimental compassion in her storytelling, and the film feels more authentic than HBO's acclaimed series "Oz," whose florid, operatic touches are often ludicrous. The film screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Treasure, incarcerated in a juvenile facility, stabs an inmate so that she'll get transferred to a maximum-security state pen, where a woman named Brownie (Davenia McFadden) resides. Treasure believes that Brownie is her mother. Brownie occupies a rarefied place in the prison. Feared by the other inmates, she runs a smuggling operation with the help of a corrupt guard.

Dunye shows the pseudo-family structures that develop. Brownie is the "husband," her lover is the "wife," and she has several "daughters," including Kit (Rain Phoenix), who's jealous of Treasure's claim of blood ties.

What's most affecting about the film are its details. An older Asian woman gains access to the kitchen and makes fried rice to get Treasure's protection. Treasure's bunkmate castigates her for using the chapel for sex.

The inmates' basketball games reveal and shape the hierarchy among them. Perhaps Dunye's greatest achievement is the group therapy sessions, which feature several actual former convicts. In these meetings, the women sometimes reveal who they really are, and the hard mask of prison life briefly drops from their faces. A white, older member of the group has well-groomed, gray-blond hair and fastidiously applied eye makeup. But when she tells the women what's what, you see the inner steel that's allowed her to survive.

It's difficult to tell if Ross is much of an actor, but she's an amazing camera subject. She has the hard-packed look of a track sprinter who never wins. McFadden gives a ferocious performance. Her Brownie is a master manipulator who's excised all emotion from herself. Phoenix is surprisingly good as the dour, bitter Kit. Just when you've dismissed the character, she becomes the most dangerous.

Dunye uses violence economically and, as a result, it has shock and importance when it occurs. She handles the melodrama well, and the plot turns are surprising and well timed.

Occasionally, the dialogue in the script -- by Dunye and Catherine Crouch -- resorts to banalities, as in the scene where Brownie accepts Treasure as her daughter. During Treasure's illicit foray into the chapel, Dunye mistakenly includes a gratuitous, obvious shot of a Madonna and child painting. Also, the film's last scene is unsatisfying -- ambiguous without being evocative. But despite its flaws, "Stranger Inside" is a film with impact.

STRANGER INSIDE

HBO

HBO Films in association with Stranger Baby Prods. and C-Hundred Film Corp.

Producers:Jim McKay, Michael Stipe, Effie T. Brown

Director:Cheryl Dunye

Screenwriters:Cheryl Dunye, Catherine Crouch

Director of photography:Nancy Schreiber

Production designer:Candi Guterres

Costume designer:Frank Helmer

Editor:Cecily Rhett

Color/stereo

Cast:

Treasure Lee:Yolonda Ross

Brownie:Davenia McFadden

Shadow:LaTonya "T" Hagans

Tanya:Mary Mara

Kit:Rain Phoenix

Nelson:Marc Vann

Leisha:Medusa

Doodle:Ella Joyce

Min:Emily Kuroda

"Mama Cass": Conchata Ferrell

Running time -- 95 minutes

No MPAA rating

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