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Tel Aviv — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week found himself shaken by an unprecedented political corruption scandal, that according to Israel media could even lead to the end of his government. Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan is at the center of the allegations, but it remains unclear if Milchan’s many gifts to the prime minister, including Cuban cigars,were made illegally.
Police questioned Netanyahu twice in the past week on suspicion of graft. More specifically, it was believed he has made a habit of accepting gifts of champagne, cigars and other luxurious tidbits from several leading Israeli businessmen.
One of those businessmen proffering bubbly and Cubans was New Regency Films head and prolific producer Milchan.
Milchan, whose first decade in Hollywood overlapped with his 20 years in the murky underbelly of the Israeli intelligence services, is a multi-billionaire with more than 130 films under his belt, including “Pretty Woman,” “Fight Club” and “12 Years a Slave. »
- Debra Kamin
Grammy nominated and multi-platinum selling artist Ariana Grande and 10-time Grammy, Oscar-winning and multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/ musician John Legend are set to perform the Oscar and Grammy-winning duet "Beauty and the Beast" as the title track for Disney's upcoming soundtrack to the live-action film adaptation Beauty and the Beast. The song will also be featured in the film.
The enchanting ballad, originally performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson featuring eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken's beautiful melody and two-time Oscar-winner Howard Ashman's unforgettable lyrics, received an Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy Award, among other accolades, upon its release in 1991.
The new rendition of the classic song is produced by Grammy-winning veteran Ron Fair, whose music career spans 37 years as a major-label record company leader and accomplished producer, arranger, recording engineer and musical director. Fair was brought in to produce by Disney's president of Music & Soundtracks, Mitchell Leib, »
The song will also be featured in the film, which opens March 17 amid high expectations.
The ballad was originally performed by Celine Dion and Peabo Bryson in the 1991 animated film. Alan Menken wrote the music and Howard Ashman wrote the lyrics for the song, which received an Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Grammy Award.
The new rendition of the song is produced by Ron Fair, who was brought in to produce by Disney’s soundtracks chief Mitchell Leib, who also brought Grande and Legend to the project. Leib and Fair have collaborated on film music dating back to the highly-successful “Pretty Woman” soundtrack.
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“Ron was the first and only choice to make this particular record, »
- Dave McNary
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu allegedly lobbied U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to renew friend Arnon Milchan’s visa, according to a report by Channel 10 in Bibi’s home country. Milchan (pictured above) is a Hollywood heavyweight, the New Regency owner behind “The Revenant,” “12 Years a Slave,” “The Big Short” and “Pretty Woman,” among other hit films. The Jerusalem Post summarized the cable net’s report of the purported 2014 incident: “After U.S. authorities learned that Arnon Milchan was involved in alleged unspecified nuclear dealings, Milchan’s visa had to be renewed. The Israeli businessman then turned to Netanyahu for help, »
- Tony Maglio
Katzenberg, chairman of DreamWorks New Media, will receive the award at the Publicists Awards Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. 24.
Katzenberg joined with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen in 1994 to co-found DreamWorks Skg, which produced best picture Academy Award winners .”American Beauty,” “Gladiator” and “A Beautiful Mind.” In 2004, DreamWorks Animation was spun off as a publicly traded company with Katzenberg as CEO.
Henri Bollinger, chairman of the Publicists Luncheon Awards committee, said, .”From the outset of his career, Jeffrey has demonstrated an ability to incorporate the essence of entertainment into a wide spectrum of projects. This »
- Dave McNary
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