Julia Louis-Dreyfus to Receive Mark Twain Prize This Fall

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is being honored with the Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for a lifetime in comedy.

The veteran actress and comedian will be the 21st recipient of the Twain prize. The Kennedy Center announced her selection Wednesday and she will be celebrated at a gala event on October 31.

Louis-Dreyfus started as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and went on to create a pair of iconic and long-running television characters: Elaine Benes on “Seinfeld” and Vice-President Selina Meyer on “Veep.”

She has earned 11 Emmy awards, including a record-setting six consecutive Emmys.

Previous recipients of the Twain prize include Lily Tomlin, Steve Martin, George Carlin, Tina Fey, Bill Murray and Carol Burnett. Bill Cosby received the award in 2009 but it was rescinded earlier this year.  (AP)

 

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Songs by Bennett, Estefan Being Added to Recording Registry

Songs performed by Tony Bennett, Gloria Estefan and Run-DMC are among 25 recordings being added to the National Recording Registry.

The Library of Congress announced on Wednesday the list of titles being honored for their cultural and historic importance to the American soundscape.

Bennett’s standard “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” is being added, along with “Rhythm is Gonna Get You” by Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine, Run-DMC’s “Raising Hell” album and the soundtrack to “The Sound of Music.”

Other notable entries include Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” album, Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose,” ”Le Freak” by Chic, Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler” and Smokey Robinson’s “My Girl,” which was sung by the Temptations.  (AP)

Wonder Woman and Luke Skywalker Expected at Oscars

Wonder Woman and Luke Skywalker will be at the Academy Awards – or at least the actors who play them onscreen.

Oscar producers announced Wednesday that Gal Gadot and Mark Hamill will appear on the show, along with fellow “Star Wars” actors Oscar Isaac and Kelly Marie Tran.

Producers say Lin-Manuel Miranda, Gina Rodriguez, Armie Hammer and Zendaya also have been booked as presenters.

Previously announced stars appearing on the March 4 telecast include “Black Panther” Chadwick Boseman, comedian Tiffany Haddish, “Spider Man” Tom Holland and Margot Robbie.

Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the show, which will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC. (AP)

James Ivory, 89, May Set Oscar Record

James Ivory is 89, and should he win the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “Call Me By Your Name,” he’ll become the oldest Oscar winner ever.

It’s a record Ivory may hold for only minutes. The 89-year-old French filmmaker Agnes Varda, born a week before Ivory, is nominated for her documentary “Faces Places.”

But regardless of the outcome, “Call Me By Your Name” has proven an unlikely, yet fitting, encore for a master filmmaker whose movies have already pocketed 31 Oscar nominations and six wins.

For some 50 years, Ivory and his partner and producer Ismail Merchant were considered one of the most illustrious independent filmmaking duo in film history.

Ivory says retirement isn’t in his plans. He’s hoping to direct a film of Shakespeare’s “Richard II.” (AP)

Halle Berry, Carol Burnett Among Next Month’s Golden Globe Presenters

Halle Berry, Gal Gadot and Chris Hemsworth are among the first presenters announced for next month’s Golden Globe Awards.

Other presenters announced Thursday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association include Carol Burnett, Shirley MacLaine, Hugh Grant, Kerry Washington, Emma Watson, Ricky Martin, Sarah Jessica Parker, Seth Rogan and Sharon Stone.

Oprah Winfrey also will be on hand, but she’s accepting a trophy. She was previously announced as the recipient of the association’s annual Cecil B. DeMille Award, which recognizes an outstanding contributor to entertainment.

The 75th Golden Globe ceremony will air Jan. 7 on NBC, with Seth Meyers as host.   (AP)

 

‘The Goonies,’ ‘Titanic’ Added to National Film Registry

A band of misfits known as the Goonies, a sinking ship, some baseball ghosts and the unrelenting New York cop are being added to the prestigious National Film Registry.

The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that the films “The Goonies,” ”Titanic,” ”Field of Dreams” and “Die Hard” are among the 25 movies tapped for preservation this year.

The library selects movies for preservation because of their cultural, historic or artistic importance.

This year’s slate includes the 1987 musical biopic “La Bamba,” ”Superman” from 1978, the 2000 thriller “Memento” and 1941’s animated “Dumbo.”

This year’s picks bring the total number of films in the registry to 725. Last year, “The Breakfast Club,” ”The Princess Bride” and “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and “Thelma & Louise” were picked. (AP)

Film Academy Museum Names Building for Donor of $50 Million Gift

The film academy is naming its main museum building in honor of Cheryl and Haim Saban, who have donated $50 million to the project.

Officials from the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures said Wednesday that the historic May Company building on Wilshire Boulevard’s Miracle Mile will now be known as the Saban Building.

The Sabans’ gift brings the museum’s fundraising campaign within $100 million of its $388 million goal.

The museum honoring the history and art of film is set to open in 2019.

Museum officials welcomed the Sabans and other dignitaries for a tour of the construction site Wednesday. The 300,000-square-foot facility will house two movie theaters and four floors of exhibition space, along with a massive outdoor piazza and rooftop terrace that offers views of the Hollywood sign. (AP)