Jan 082017
Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star For Viola Davis

Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star For Viola Davis

The first Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star of 2017 was dedicated to Viola Davis!

Davis’ tour de force performance – in a supporting role – in the film Doubt (2008) took movie audiences and the film industry by storm and resulted in her getting an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination, Golden Globe and SAG nominations. The 2011 box-office hit The Help further cemented her position as an outstanding talent and brought her not only numerous award nominations (Academy Award for Best Actress, BAFTA and Golden Globe) but the prestigious SAG award.

The television drama How to Get Away with Murder gave Viola Davis the stage on which to showcase a fuller range of her talent. Her portrayal of the lawyer, Annalise Keating, led to not just nominations but awards. In 2015 she became the first black woman to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. In 2015 and 2016 she won Screen Actors Guild Awards for the role.

She’s currently amazing moviegoers as Rose Maxson (Denzel Washington character’s wife) in August Wilson’s drama “Fences” in a film produced by Washington. Her performance in the film takes acting on the big screen to another level: she is raw, multidimensional and profound.

This may be as good time as any to mention that Davis is a graduate of the famous Juilliard School and is as accomplished on stage as on screen. The role of Rose Maxson isn’t new to her, she played her before, in front of live audiences on Broadway. Her theatre performance earned a Tony Award in 2010. Her big screen performance is likely to earn her an Oscar.

Viola Davis isn’t a celebrity famous for being famous. She isn’t a starlet that’s risen to fame suddenly, only to fade soon after. Viola Davis built her career on a sound foundation of incredible talent, consistently high quality work, hard work and patience. She is here to stay.

During the ceremony for Viola Davis on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood Chamber President and CEO, Leron Gubler and Walk of Fame producer, Ana Martinez helped the actress unveil her star.
It’s no coincidence that the greatest actress of our time, Meryl Streep (also a Walk Of Famer) spoke during the ceremony honoring Davis. Talent can’t be measured or compared. Streep and Davis are very different. Each has unconventional beauty and unparalleled depth as an artist. They are too different to ever be compared or in competition. But they have something in common, too: both, are extra-ordinary artists: each, a star in her own right.

Viola Davis is quoted as saying: “The happily ever after comes after you’ve done the work.” She’s certainly done much of hers.

Anything L.A. Magazine congratulates Ms. Viola Davis on her professional and personal success. We are not only her fans but have plenty of respect for Davis as a person and a survivor.

Viola Davis’ star in the Motion Picture category (Star #2,596 on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame) is located in front of Marshalls Department Store at 7013 Hollywood Boulevard across the street from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Entertainment Editor, I. Sturm



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Nov 232014


Live Action Shorts Competing For 2014 OSCAR®
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 87th Academy Awards®. One hundred forty-one pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

  • “Aya,” Oded Binnun and Mihal Brezis, directors (Chasis Films)
  • “Baghdad Messi,” Sahim Omar Kalifa, director, and Kobe Van Steenberghe, producer (a team productions)
  • “Boogaloo and Graham,” Michael Lennox, director, and Ronan Blaney, writer (Out of Orbit)
  • “Butter Lamp (La Lampe Au Beurre De Yak),” Hu Wei, director, and Julien Féret, producer (AMA Productions)
  • “Carry On,” Yatao Li, director (Rochester Institute of Technology)
  • “My Father’s Truck,” Maurício Osaki, director (Lupi Filmes)
  • “Parvaneh,” Talkhon Hamzavi, director, and Stefan Eichenberger, producer (Zurich University of Arts)
  • “The Phone Call,” Mat Kirkby, director, and James Lucas, writer (RSA Films)
  • “SLR,” Stephen Fingleton, director, and Matthew James Wilkinson, producer (Stigma Films)
  • “Summer Vacation (Chofesh Gadol),” Tal Granit and Sharon Maymon, directors (GREENproductions)

The Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch Reviewing Committee viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting at screenings held in Los Angeles.

Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select three to five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.

The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15th 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Feb 122013



Academy Award® winner’s Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones will join their “Chicago” cast mates Richard Gere and Queen Latifah to present together on-stage at the Oscars®, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today.

“We are very excited to reunite the stars of ‘Chicago’ to present on the Oscars, on the 10th anniversary of the movie’s win for Best Picture,” said Craig Zadan and Neil Meron.

Zellweger, Zeta-Jones and Queen Latifah received nominations for their performances in the film. Jones and Queen Latifah were nominated for their supporting roles, Jones took home the Oscar that year. Zellweger, who was nominated for her lead performance in the film, has been nominated three times, and won in 2003 for her supporting role in “Cold Mountain.”

Gere, Queen Latifah, Zellweger and Zeta-Jones join a stellar list of previously announced Oscar presenters including Mark Wahlberg, Ted, and “The Avengers” cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo; returning 2011 Oscar winners Jean Dujardin, Christopher Plummer, Octavia Spencer and Meryl Streep; special guests Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Radcliffe, Channing Tatum and Charlize Theron; and performers Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones and Barbra Streisand.

Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, February 24, at the Dolby Theatre™ at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries worldwide.


Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are producers of critically acclaimed and award-winning feature films, television movies, series, and Broadway productions.  Their feature films include The Bucket List, Footloose, Hairspray, and Chicago, which won six Academy Awards including one for “Best Picture.”  For television, they’ve produced films of “Steel Magnolias,” ”Life with Judy Garland,” and “A Raisin in the Sun,” among many others and the series “Smash” and “Drop Dead Diva.”  They recently returned to their roots in live theater by producing Broadway revivals of the Tony-winning ”Promises, Promises” and the Tony-winning 50th Anniversary revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

Nov 102012


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents following events in the month of November:

“Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1992)         The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents                                        

Thursday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Samuel Goldwyn Theater

8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a 20th anniversary screening of director Francis Ford Coppola’s “Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” Hosted by Variety tech columnist David S. Cohen, the evening features the premiere of a newly struck print courtesy of Sony Pictures and the Academy Film Archive and an onstage discussion with members of the film’s crew, including Academy Award®-winning makeup artists Greg Cannom, Michèle Burke and Matthew W. Mungle, and Academy Award-winning sound effects editors Tom C. McCarthy and David E. Stone.

Largely set in London during the waning years of the Victorian Era, “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” follows the conflicted vampire, played by Gary Oldman, as he searches for the reincarnation of his long-lost love and leaves behind a trail of victims. The creative team’s visual and sound integration efforts were rewarded Oscars® for Costume Design, Makeup and Sound Effects Editing, as well as a nomination for Art Direction.


Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Ring” (1927) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents

Thursday, November 29, at 7:30 p.m.

Samuel Goldwyn Theater

8949 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present the U.S. premiere of Alfred Hitchcock’s silent feature “The Ring,” restored by the British Film Institute National Archive in association with STUDIOCANAL. “The Ring” is Hitchcock’s only original screenplay, although he worked extensively with other writers throughout his career. This restoration of Hitchcock’s sixth film as a director premiered at Cannes this year and played at the London 2012 Festival, 12 weeks of events programmed to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is part of the BFI’s larger restoration project “Rescue the Hitchcock 9,” a major campaign to restore all nine surviving silent films by the legendary director. The Academy screening will be from a digital cinema package (DCP) and features a newly composed and performed score by British jazz and hip hop musician Soweto Kinch and the Soweto Kinch Septet.

“The Ring” is a love triangle melodrama set in the world of boxing, a milieu that fascinated Hitchcock. The title of the film refers not just to the boxing ring, but to the wedding ring that unites up-and-coming contender Jack “One Round” Sander (Carl Brisson) and his girlfriend Mabel (Lilian Hall Davis), and to the threat to their relationship symbolized by an arm bracelet given to Mabel by a rival boxer.


Tickets are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID, and may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office, or by mail. Ticketed seating is unreserved. For more information call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

Oct 172012


Academy Award and Emmy Award-nominee Jeff Goldblum opens October 17 At CTG

(L to R) Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Jeff Goldblum, Jennifer Ikeda and Aya Cash in “Seminar,” which opens at the Center Theatre Group.Written by Theresa Rebeck, “Seminar” is directed by Sam Gold.
Photo by: Craig Schwartz

“Seminar,” the sexy, smart new comedy starring Academy Award and Emmy Award-nominee Jeff Goldblum opens October 17 at 8 p.m. at the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre.

Directed by Obie Award-winner Sam Gold, “Seminar” is by Pulitzer Prize finalist and “Smash” creator Theresa Rebeck. Performances continue through November 18, 2012.

(“Seminar” began previews October 10.) In “Seminar,” four aspiring young writers played by Aya Cash, Jennifer Ikeda, Greg Keller and Lucas Near-Verbrugghe sign up for private writing classes taught by an international literary figure played by Goldblum.  Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored.

The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this provocative new comedy.  The production of “Seminar” at the Ahmanson features the complete Broadway design team:  set and costume design by Tony Award-nominee and two-time Obie Award-winner David Zinn, lighting design by Drama Desk Award-nominee Ben Stanton and original music and sound design by two-time Drama Desk Award-winner John Gromada. “Seminar” is produced by Jeffrey Finn, Jill Furman, John N. Hart Jr., Patrick Milling Smith, Roy Furman, David Ian, David Mirvish, Amy Nauiokas and James Spry.

For tickets and information, please go to CenterTheatreGroup.org, the Center Theatre Group box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre or call (213) 972-4400.


Aug 012012



TTHE ACADEMY OPENS THE POD BAY DOORShe Academy of Motion Picture Arts  and Sciences presents the 1968 science fiction epic “2001: A Space Odyssey” as the fifth film in its series  “The Last 70mm Film Festival” on Monday, August 6, at 7 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The film was  nominated for four Academy Awards®, including Art Direction (Tony Masters, Harry Lange, Ernie Archer), Directing  (Stanley Kubrick), and Writing – Story and screenplay written directly for the screen (Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke), and won an Oscar® for Special Visual Effects (Kubrick).

The 70mm short “To Be Alive!”, which won the Academy Award® for Documentary Short Subject in 1965, will be screened prior to the film. Shot over an 18-month period in Italy, Nigeria and the United States, the film traces the journey from childhood to adulthood in different cultures.

“The Last 70mm Film Festival,” showcasing 70mm classics from different genres as well as rarely screened 70mm short subjects, concludes on Monday,  August 13, with a screening of a new 70mm print of another film directed by Stanley Kubrick, “Spartacus” (1960).   All remaining tickets for “The Last 70mm Film Festival” are now sold out. A standby line will form on the day of the event, and standby numbers will be assigned starting at approximately 5:30 p.m. Any available tickets will be distributed shortly before the program begins. Ticket holders should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of the event to ensure a seat in the theater. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For the latest pre-show details, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.