Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Eastwood's 'The 15:17 To Paris,' Set for Release


The 15:17 To Paris (Warner Bros), Clint Eastwood's latest film, is slated for release on February 9, 2018. 

Below is a link to the trailer:

YOUTUBE LINK 

From Clint Eastwood comes The 15:17 to Paris, which tells the real-life story of three men whose brave act turned them into heroes during a highspeed railway ride.

In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board.

The heroic trio is comprised of Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone, who play themselves in the film. Starring alongside them are Jenna Fischer (“Hall Pass,” TV’s “The Office”); Judy Greer (“War for the Planet of the Apes”); Ray Corasani (TV’s upcoming “The Long Road Home”); PJ Byrne (“The Wolf of Wall Street”); Tony Hale (TV’s “Veep”); and Thomas Lennon (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”). Paul-Mikél Williams plays the younger Anthony, Bryce Gheisar plays the younger Alek, and William Jennings plays the younger Spencer.

Eastwood (“Sully,” “American Sniper”) directs from a screenplay by Dorothy Blyskal, based on the book by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Jeffrey E. Stern. Eastwood also produces the film, along with Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera, and Jessica Meier. The film’s executive producer is Bruce Berman. Behind the scenes, the creative team includes frequent collaborators Tom Stern, who served as cinematographer on 13 of Eastwood’s previous films, and Deborah Hopper, who has served as Eastwood’s costume designer on 17 prior films; editor Blu Murray, who most recently cut “Sully,” and that film’s composer, Christian Jacob. Veteran art director Kevin Ishioka, whose work can be seen in “Sully” and in “Dunkirk,” serves as production designer.

Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Malpaso production, The 15:17 to Paris. The film will be released in theaters on February 9, 2018. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

35th Annual Caucus Awards Dinner Recently Held At Skirball Cultural Center


Top Row (l-r): The winners! James G. Hirsch, Writer/Producer, Papazian-Hirsch Entertainment, Stephanie Austin, Producer, Beachwood Productions, Dan Cohen, President, Worldwide Licensing, Paramount Pictures Corporation, Michele Nasraway, Executive Producer, Vin Di Bona Productions, and Alfonso Ribeiro, Host, America’s Funniest Home Videos.

Second Row: The Caucus Co-chairs Robert Papazian (L) and Tanya Hart (R) presented the Gold Circle Scholarship Awards to Amanda Renee Knox and Emilie Silvestri.

Third Row: Co-Hosts Actors  James Pickens, Jr., Aimee Garcia with Alfonso Ribeiro.

The Caucus for Producers, Writer & Directors’ 35th Annual Caucus Awards Dinner was perfect, entire and lacking nothing at The Skirball Cultural Center.  The full house of Hollywood’s elite enjoyed an enchanted evening of watching their peers receive honors in the entertainment industry. Co-chairs Robert Papazian and Tanya Hart, along with Executive Producer Chuck Fries, and Producers/Awards Vice Chairs Lee Miller and Vin Di Bona, carried out a memorable awards show.
This years’ Caucus Award honorees and grantees winners were; Dan Cohen, President, Worldwide Licensing, Paramount Pictures Corporation was presented the Executive of the Year AwardJames G. Hirsch, Writer/Producer, Papazian-Hirsch Entertainment the Caucus Lifetime Achievement AwardStephanie Austin, Producer, Beachwood Productions the Chair’s AwardMichele Nasraway, Executive Producer, Vin Di Bona Productions with the Caucus Distinguished Service Award and Alfonso Ribeiro, Host, America’s Funniest Home Videos with the Entertainer of the Year Award.

Director of the Year Award went to Chris LongThe Americans, the Producer of the Year to Kenya BarrisBlack-ish and Writer of the Year to Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski for American Crime Story.

The 2017 Caucus Gold Circle Awards were presented to:
First Place Winner: Panavision Camera Package – Amanda Renee Knox
Second Place Winner: Emilie Silvestri

About the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors
The Caucus is leading the evolution of television by providing a creative forum for 
Producers, Writers & Directors to explore the issues of the ever-changing landscape of content and exhibition.  The Caucus is proud of its rich history and esteemed membership of television innovators.  For over 42 years, The Caucus has provided an opportunity for the best and the brightest talent to network and voice the 'creative conscience' of the Television Industry.  Today, we continue to stand for better and meaningful content across all platforms.  As Producers, Writers, and Directors we support a working environment that fosters, through our various programs, the best content that we can create for our audiences.

In addition to its professional membership, The Caucus is proud of its non-profit work through The Caucus Foundation. Established in 2000 to help launch the careers of future entertainment professionals in film, television and emerging media; The Foundation provides completion grants to student thesis productions from accredited universities and colleges.  To date, The Caucus Foundation Grant Program has given over $1.7 million dollars in cash and in-kind awards.

Current members of The Caucus also include Tom Hanks, JJ Abrams, Chuck Fries, James Burrows, Tanya Hart, Robert Papazian, Vin Di Bona, Suzanne de Passe, Charles Floyd Johnson, Dennis Doty, Norman Powell, Lee Miller and other leading producers, writers and directors. For additional information on The Caucus visit: www.caucus.org

AAFCA Releases List of Top 10 Films and TV

The African American Film Critics Assn. (AAFCA) recently released its 2017 list of Top 10 Films and TV shows.

Gil Robertson
“The films released in 2017 captured a plethora of lifestyles, experiences and emotions that allowed our members to engage with a different range of storylines from previous years,” said AAFCA Co-Founder and President Gil Robertson. “The success of ‘Girls Trip,’ the first R-rated film starring an all black female cast to surpass $100 million, and ‘Get Out,’ Jordan Peele’s directorial debut which surpassed $250 million worldwide, prove just how viable black films are across the board.”
Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar” nabbed top TV drama honors, while “black-ish” was named best TV comedy.
“AAFCA’s Top 10 lists in Film and TV represent the organization’s commitment to an expanded analysis of both mediums,” said AAFCA co-founder Shawn Edwards. “While content targeting black audiences dominates both charts, AAFCA is pleased to acknowledge and recognize content that represents the global community. This wave of new content thrives in an environment where multiple voices are welcomed and championed. Inclusion is a win for everybody.”
Daniel Kaluuya
Check out the full list of AAFCA winners below:
Best picture: “Get Out”
Best director: Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
Best actor: Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Best actress: Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Best supporting actor: Laurence Fishburne, “Last Flag Flying”
Best supporting actress: Tiffany Haddish, “Girls Trip”
Best comedy: “Girls Trip”
Best ensemble: “Detroit”
Best independent film: “Crown Heights”
Best animated film: “Coco”
Best documentary: “Step”
Best foreign film: “The Wound”
Best screenplay“Get Out”
Best song: “It Ain’t Fair” from “Detroit,” The Roots ft. Bilal 
Best new media: “Mudbound” 
Best TV series (comedy): “black-ish”
Best TV series (drama): “Queen Sugar”
Breakout star: Lakeith Stanfield, “Crown Heights,” “Get Out”
 
AAFCA top 10 films of 2017



  1. "Get Out"
  2. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
  3. “Coco”
  4. “Girls Trip”
  5. “Detroit”
  6. “Call Me by Your Name”
  7. “The Shape of Water”
  8. “Gook”
  9. “Crown Heights”
  10. “Marshall
AAFCA top 10 TV shows of 2017

  1. “Queen Sugar”
  2. “Underground”
  3. “Insecure”
  4. “Master of None”
  5. “black-ish”
  6. “The Handmaid’s Tale”
  7. “Dear White People”
  8. “She’s Gotta Have It”
  9. “The Defiant Ones”
  10. TIE: “Guerilla” and “Snowfall”

Award-Winning Photojournalist Haywood Galbreath Releases First Photography Book

Haywood Galbreath

Photojournalist Haywood Galbreath is an award-winning photographer who has shot presidents, celebrities, world leaders and sports figures around the world. Now add published author to his resume.

Through the Lens: History and Moments Captured is a visual odyssey detailing his long and illustrious career behind the camera, which has taken him from Kentucky to Los Angeles and on global treks. He is honored to share these spectacular photos with the public, and through his strong visual voice and keen eye for detail, these intimate photos will give everyone an insight into his photographic brilliance.

Galbreath is also an educator who is at the helm of the Minority Photojournalism Institute (MPJI). The institute teaches inner-city youth the art of photography and photojournalism.

Part of the proceeds from Through the Lens: History and Moments Captured will go to programs designed to help keep kids off the streets, out of trouble and feeling hopeless about their future.

The programs will open their eyes to a whole new world of possibilities with having a career in photography and photojournalism as well as giving them a "can do" spirit and mindset.

Amazon Book Link: amazon.com/Through-LensHistory-Moments-Captured-ebook/dp/B077SP7NLN


Monday, December 11, 2017

Grammy Award Winner Thelma Houston Named Grand Marshall Of Lynwood Christmas Parade

Thelma is presented the Key to the City of Lynwood by (l) Vice Mayor Edwin Hernandez,
Thelma Houston, Mayor Jose Luis Solache, and Councilwoman Maria Santillan-Beas.
Photos by Edna Sims.


(Los Angeles, CA) - The City of Lynwood and the Lynwood City Council honored Thelma Houston as the Grand Marshall of the City’s 2017 Christmas Parade.  The festivities took place on Friday, December 8, 2017, beginning with presenting Houston with the Key to the City at a VIP reception, followed by her riding in the annual Candy Cane Lane Christmas Parade.

The City of Lynwood selected Houston in recognition of her storied history and contributions to their community.

Houston is GRAMMY-winning Award artist and her song was a number one international hit “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” won the Grammy for Best R&B Vocal Performance.

Thelma Houston continues to celebrate her long and outstanding career.

About Thelma Houston
After decades of chart-topping performances and 23 albums, Grammy Award-winner Thelma Houston is still going strong.

This Motown Records’ artist, has claimed the top of the Pop, R&B and Dance charts with her high-powered rendition of "Don't Leave Me This Way." That gold record classic gave Houston the distinction of being the first solo female artist at Motown to win the Grammy-Award for "Best R&B Female Vocal Performance."

Houston was inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame in New York City, honored as an "Apollo Legend" on the syndicated hit TV show, Showtime at the Apollo, and performed at The Vatican for The Pope

In January 2009, Houston was asked to headline the official inauguration dinner for President Barack Obama in Washington, DC. Later in April, Houston was honored to perform on the #1 rated television show in the USA, Fox's American Idol.  Shortly after, Houston was called upon to open up the finale of the hit summer show, NBC's America's Got Talent.

With appearances from Tokyo to Las Vegas to London and beyond, Houston continues to bring audiences to their feet with her dynamic, energetic show. 

The 75th Golden Globe Nominations Announced

The 75th Golden Globes nominations were announced this morning at the Beverly Hilton, by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Alfre Woodard, Kristen Bell, Sharon Stone and Garrett Hedlund, were the announcers. Below is the full list of nominations.
FEATURE FILM CATEGORIES
BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Frenesy Film / La Cinéfacture Productions / Water’s End Productions; Sony Pictures Classics
DUNKIRK
Warner Bros. Pictures / Syncopy; Warner Bros. Pictures
THE POST
DreamWorks Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox
THE SHAPE OF WATER
Double Dare You; Fox Searchlight Pictures
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Blueprint Pictures; Fox Searchlight Pictures
BEST MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
THE DISASTER ARTIST
Good Universe / Point Grey / Ratpac-Dune / WB/New Line Pictures; A24
GET OUT
Blumhouse / QC Entertainment / Monkeypaw Productions; Universal Pictures
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
Twentieth Century Fox; Twentieth Century Fox
I, TONYA
Clubhouse Pictures / LuckyChap Entertainment; NEON
LADY BIRD
IAC Films; A24
BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
GUILLERMO DEL TORO, THE SHAPE OF WATER
MARTIN MCDONAGH, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
CHRISTOPHER NOLAN, DUNKIRK
RIDLEY SCOTT, ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD
STEVEN SPIELBERG, THE POST
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA

JESSICA CHASTAIN, MOLLY’S GAME
SALLY HAWKINS, THE SHAPE OF WATER
FRANCES MCDORMAND, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
MERYL STREEP, THE POST
MICHELLE WILLIAMS, ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS, PHANTOM THREAD
TOM HANKS, THE POST
GARY OLDMAN, DARKEST HOUR
DENZEL WASHINGTON, ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
JUDI DENCH, VICTORIA & ABDUL
HELEN MIRREN, THE LEISURE SEEKER
MARGOT ROBBIE, I, TONYA
SAOIRSE RONAN, LADY BIRD
EMMA STONE, BATTLE OF THE SEXES
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
STEVE CARELL, BATTLE OF THE SEXES
ANSEL ELGORT, BABY DRIVER
JAMES FRANCO, THE DISASTER ARTIST
HUGH JACKMAN, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
DANIEL KALUUYA, GET OUT
BEST MOTION PICTURE – ANIMATED
THE BOSS BABY
DreamWorks Animation LLC; Twentieth Century Fox
THE BREADWINNER
Cartoon Saloon / Aircraft Pictures / Melusine Productions; GKIDS
COCO
Pixar Animation Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
FERDINAND
Blue Sky Studios; Twentieth Century Fox
LOVING VINCENT
Breakthru Films / Trademark Films; Good Deed Entertainment
BEST MOTION PICTURE – FOREIGN LANGUAGE
A FANTASTIC WOMAN (CHILE)
Fabula, Participant Media, Komplizen Film, Muchas Gracias, Setembro Cine; Sony Pictures Classics
FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER (CAMBODIA)
Bophana; Netflix
IN THE FADE (GERMANY / FRANCE)
Bombero International / Macassar Productions; Magnolia Pictures
LOVELESS (RUSSIA)
Non-Stop Productions, Fetisoff Illusion, Why Not Productions, Arte France Cinema, Les Films du Fleuve, Senator Film; Sony Pictures Classics
THE SQUARE (SWEDEN / GERMANY / FRANCE)
Plattform Produktion / Arte France Cinéma /Coproduction Office / Det Danske Filminstitut / Essential Filmproduktion GmbH / Film i Väst; Magnolia Pictures
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE
MARY J. BLIGE, MUDBOUND
HONG CHAU, DOWNSIZING
ALLISON JANNEY, I, TONYA
LAURIE METCALF, LADY BIRD
OCTAVIA SPENCER, THE SHAPE OF WATER
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN ANY MOTION PICTURE
WILLEM DAFOE, THE FLORIDA PROJECT
ARMIE HAMMER, CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
RICHARD JENKINS, THE SHAPE OF WATER
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER, ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD
SAM ROCKWELL, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
GUILLERMO DEL TORO, VANESSA TAYLOR, THE SHAPE OF WATER
GRETA GERWIG, LADY BIRD
LIZ HANNAH, JOSH SINGER, THE POST
MARTIN MCDONAGH, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
AARON SORKIN, MOLLY’S GAME
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
CARTER BURWELL, THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
ALEXANDRE DESPLAT, THE SHAPE OF WATER
JONNY GREENWOOD, PHANTOM THREAD
JOHN WILLIAMS, THE POST
HANS ZIMMER, DUNKIRK
BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
“HOME” — FERDINAND
Music by: Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter, Nick Monson
Lyrics by: Nick Jonas, Justin Tranter
“MIGHTY RIVER” — MUDBOUND
Music by: Raphael Saadiq
Lyrics by: Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson
“REMEMBER ME” — COCO
Music by: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
Lyrics by: Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“THE STAR” — THE STAR
Music by: Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman
Lyrics by: Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman
“THIS IS ME” — THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
Music by: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
Lyrics by: Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
TV CATEGORIES
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
THE CROWN, NETFLIX
Left Bank Pictures / Sony Pictures Television
GAME OF THRONES, HBO
HBO Entertainment / Bighead, Littlehead / Television 360 / Startling Television
THE HANDMAID’S TALE, HULU
MGM
STRANGER THINGS, NETFLIX
Netflix
THIS IS US, NBC
20th Century Fox Television
BEST TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
BLACK-ISH, ABC
ABC Studios
THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, AMAZON
Amazon Studios
MASTER OF NONE, NETFLIX
Universal Television / Oh Brudder Productions / Alan Yang Productions / Fremulon Productions / 3 Arts Entertainment
SMILF, SHOWTIME
ABC Signature Studios / SupahSmaht, Inc / Quantity Entertainment / Groundswell Productions
WILL & GRACE, NBC
Universal Television
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
CAITRIONA BALFE, OUTLANDER
CLAIRE FOY, THE CROWN
MAGGIE GYLLENHAAL, THE DEUCE
KATHERINE LANGFORD, 13 REASONS WHY
ELISABETH MOSS, THE HANDMAID’S TALE
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
JASON BATEMAN OZARK
STERLING K. BROWN THIS IS US
FREDDIE HIGHMORE THE GOOD DOCTOR
BOB ODENKIRK BETTER CALL SAUL
LIEV SCHREIBER RAY DONOVAN
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
PAMELA ADLON, BETTER THINGS
ALISON BRIE, GLOW
RACHEL BROSNAHAN, THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL
ISSA RAE, INSECURE
FRANKIE SHAW, SMILF
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – MUSICAL OR COMEDY
ANTHONY ANDERSON, BLACK-ISH
AZIZ ANSARI, MASTER OF NONE
KEVIN BACON, I LOVE DICK
WILLIAM H. MACY, SHAMELESS
ERIC MCCORMACK, WILL & GRACE
BEST TELEVISION LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
BIG LITTLE LIES, HBO
HBO Entertainment / David E. Kelly Productions / Pacific Standard / Blossom Films
FARGO, FX
MGM Television / FX Productions
FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN, FX
Fox 21 Television Studios
THE SINNER, USA NETWORK
Universal Cable Productions
TOP OF THE LAKE: CHINA GIRL, SUNDANCETV
SeeSaw Films
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
JESSICA BIEL, THE SINNER
NICOLE KIDMAN, BIG LITTLE LIES
JESSICA LANGE, FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
SUSAN SARANDON, FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
REESE WITHERSPOON, BIG LITTLE LIES
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES OR A MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
ROBERT DE NIRO, THE WIZARD OF LIES
JUDE LAW, THE YOUNG POPE
KYLE MACLACHLAN, TWIN PEAKS
EWAN MCGREGOR, FARGO
GEOFFREY RUSH, GENIUS
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
LAURA DERN, BIG LITTLE LIES
ANN DOWD, THE HANDMAID’S TALE
CHRISSY METZ, THIS IS US
MICHELLE PFEIFFER, THE WIZARD OF LIES
SHAILENE WOODLEY, BIG LITTLE LIES
BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, LIMITED SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
DAVID HARBOUR, STRANGER THINGS
ALFRED MOLINA, FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
CHRISTIAN SLATER, MR. ROBOT
ALEXANDER SKARSGÅRD, BIG LITTLE LIES
DAVID THEWLIS, FARGO