Jolie, Martin, Lansbury to Get honorary Oscars


And the honorary Academy Awards go to — Angelina Jolie, Steve Martin, Angela Lansbury and Italian costume designer Piero Tosi.

The film academy announced Thursday that Jolie will receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, while Martin, Lansbury and Tosi will get Oscars recognizing their career achievements.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors voted on the recipients of the honorary Oscars earlier this week. The awards will be presented at an untelevised ceremony on Nov. 16 at Hollywood & Highland Center’s Ray Dolby Ballroom. (AP)


Jolie-Pitt Wine Snapped Up in 5 Hours


Nine little letters on the back of the bottle set this rose wine apart from other fruits of the Provence grape harvest: Jolie-Pitt.
The Miraval Rose 2012 was produced at the southern French estate of Chateau Miraval — property of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
It’s the first Miraval vintage stamped by the Hollywood couple, in a joint venture with established vintner Marc Perrin. The back label reads “bottled by Jolie-Pitt and Perrin.”
The Perrin family spokesman says the first 6,000 bottles put on sale online Thursday were bought within five hours. The wine sold for (euro) 105 ($139) for a 6-bottle case.
There was no immediate comment from publicists for Pitt and Jolie.
The wine, in a bottom-heavy, champagne-like bottle, goes on sale to restaurants and wholesalers later this month. (AP)

Forbes List of Top Earning Actresses

Ok, I didn’t expect this – I usually don’t keep up with salaries, but wow Kristen Stewart?! She’s only 22! For years – Julia Roberts was 1. Not no mo’!

No wonder Kristen Wiig left “Saturday Night Live.” They couldn’t pay her nearly as much as Hollywood does. Forbes magazine says Wiig made $12 million in the past year, the same as Meryl Streep and $1 million more than Jennifer Aniston. Wiig and Streep are tied for eighth place on Forbes’ list of the top-earning actresses.

Kristen Stewart is the highest paid, making $34.5 million in the past year.

Cameron Diaz is a half-million behind.

Sandra Bullock is third at $25 million.

Angelina Jolie is fourth with $20 million.

Charlize Theron made $18 million, putting her in fifth place one spot ahead of Julia Roberts and two spots ahead of Sarah Jessica Parker. (AP)

Brad Pitt is the new face of Chanel’s No. 5 perfume.

The French-based company announced Wednesday that the 48-year-old actor will star in an upcoming ad campaign for its signature women’s scent. Other famous names who have been the face of Chanel include Catherine Deneuve, Nicole Kidman and Audrey Tautou.

Chanel’s founding designer, the late Coco Chanel, also modeled in ads in 1937 for what is now the company’s oldest fragrance. It remains one of the world’s top-selling perfumes.

Pitt, a former People magazine Sexiest Man Alive, is engaged to long-time companion Angelina Jolie. (AP)

‘Artist’ Tops Golden Globes Noms; ‘Help,’ ‘Descendants’ Get 5

Silent film is taking over Hollywood’s awards scene. The silent-era tale “The Artist” heads the Golden Globes with six nominations, among them best comedy or musical, and acting honors for its French stars, Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo.

Tied for second-place with five nominations Thursday are the 1960s racial tale “The Help” and George Clooney’s Hawaiian family story “The Descendants.” Both films are up for best drama, while Clooney was nominated for best dramatic actor and “The Help” earned acting slots for Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain.

Also competing for best drama: Martin Scorsese’s Paris adventure “Hugo”; Clooney’s political thriller “The Ides of March”; Brad Pitt’s baseball chronicle “Moneyball”; and Steven Spielberg’s World War I epic “War Horse.”

Joining “The Artist” in the best musical or comedy category are: the cancer story “50/50”; Kristen Wiig’s wedding romp “Bridesmaids”; Woody Allen’s romantic fantasy “Midnight in Paris”; and Michelle Williams’ Marilyn Monroe tale “My Week With Marilyn.”

Clooney has three nominations. Besides best dramatic actor as a neglectful dad tending his daughters in “The Descendants,” he’s up for directing and screenplay for “The Ides of March.” For the acting prize, Clooney will compete against his “Ides” star Ryan Gosling, who plays a presidential candidate’s aide. Gosling had a second nomination for best musical or comedy actor as a ladies man in the romance “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”

Glenn Close is also a dual contender, as best dramatic actress as a woman masquerading as a male butler in the Irish drama “Albert Nobbs” and for best song for writing the lyrics to “Lay Your Head Down,” the film’s theme tune.

Also nominated for dramatic actress: Davis as a black maid going public with stories about her white employer in “The Help”; Rooney Mara as a traumatized victim-turned-avenger in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”; Meryl Streep as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady”; and Tilda Swinton as a grieving woman coping with her son’s terrible deeds in “We Need to Talk About Kevin.”

Clooney has another pal in the dramatic actor race, his “Ocean’s Eleven” franchise co-star Pitt, who’s nominated for his “Moneyball” role as Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane.

Gosling, Clooney and Pitt are up against Leonardo DiCaprio as FBI boss J. Edgar Hoover in “J. Edgar” and Michael Fassbender as a sex addict in “Shame.”

Pitt’s romantic partner, Angelina Jolie, picked up a nomination for foreign-language film for her directing debut, the Bosnian war drama “In the Land of Blood and Honey.”

Along with the Screen Actors Guild Award nominations a day earlier, the Globes field helps narrow down prospects for the Academy Awards, whose nominations come out Jan. 24.

With drinks and dinner, the Globes are a laid-back affair for Hollywood’s elite compared to the Oscars. The show turned a bit touchy last year as host Ricky Gervais repeatedly made sharp wisecracks about stars and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, a group of about 85 entertainment reporters for overseas outlets that presents the Globes.

But Gervais helped give the show a TV ratings boost, and he’s been invited back as host for a third-straight year.

Before the nominations announcement, the press group’s president, Aida Takla-O’Reilly, joked that Gervais is a “naughty, naughty schoolboy.”

Five-time Academy Award and Globe nominee Morgan Freeman — who won the supporting-actor Oscar for “Million Dollar Baby” and a best-actor Globe for “Driving Miss Daisy” — will receive the group’s Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement at the Jan. 15 ceremony.

Thursday’s nominations in 25 film and television categories were announced by actors Sofia Vergara, Woody Harrelson and Gerard Butler.



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Best Celebrity Stories Ever Told

Last weekend E! aired a special on ‘Best Celebrity Stories Ever Told.’

Here is the list:

10. OJ Simpson

9. Angelina Jolie

8. Chris Farley

7. Michael J. Fox

6. Mackenzie Phillips

5. Kardashian family

4. JFK, Jr.

3. Britney Spears

2. Anna Nicole Smith

1. Brady Bunch

While this is an interesting list, there seems to be some very big notables missing – like Michael Jackson – child star, shunned and made fun of adult, and then killed by his own doctor (allegedly). Come on!

Or how about Norma Jean Baker, Judy Garland, Robert Blake, Lucille Ball, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Madonna, Walt Disney or Robert Redford?

Each of these people has made enormous impacts on the entertainment industry in their own right.

Some people that made the top 10 are important; I’m not doubting that, it’s just some people are a little more deserving in my opinion.

And I firmly believe that if this list was aired in another decade, the Kardashians would not be on it. In case you didn’t know, Ryan Seacrest Productions produces ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ and where does he work? Seems more like a conflict of interest to me.

My other big gripe? The Brady Bunch! #1?! I don’t know who should be #1, but it shouldn’t be them! Maybe #4 or #5…..

I don’t know what the criteria was, but it just seems a little ‘off’ to me.

What do you think?

Golden Globes Broadcast Seen by 17 Million Viewers

Host Ricky Gervais talks at the 68th annual Golden ... Reuters

The Nielsen Co. says Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony was seen by almost 17 million TV viewers. It beat all network competition in its time period, slightly exceeding last year’s audience for the film and TV awards show.

According to time zone-adjusted Nielsen “fast national” figures released Monday, it was NBC’s most-watched prime-time entertainment telecast in the 18-to-49 demographic since last year’s Golden Globes.

Carried by NBC from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern time, the program aired live in every time zone for the second year in a row.

British comedian-actor Ricky Gervais returned as host, irreverently lampooning many of the nominees, presenters and even the sponsoring Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Gervais also joked about Charlie Sheen, Robert Downey Jr, Scientologists and virtually every presenter. His first joke was about Sheen. He mentioned about the partying and heavy drinking that would be going on at the Globes, or, he added, “as Charlie Sheen calls it, breakfast.” He joked about straight guys Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor playing a gay couple, which Gervais said was “the complete opposite of some Scientologists.” He introduced presenter Robert Downey Jr by mentioning his time in rehab and jail. Downey responded by calling his jokes “mean spirited with sinister overtones.” Gervais ended the evening by thanking God for making him an atheist. (AP)

In a statement released Monday, a representative for the HFPA said: “We loved the show. It was a lot of fun and obviously has a lot of people talking. When you hire a comedian like Ricky Gervais, one expects in your face, sometimes outrageous material.  Certainly, in this case, he pushed the envelope and occasionally went too far. The HFPA would never condone some of his personal remarks.  Overall, however, the show was among the best we’ve ever had and we were pleased.” (Hollywood Reporter)

It also became more apparent during the evening that it would turn into a ‘Social Network’ sweep. Although it did not win EVERY category it was nominated for, it did show me it could be a real contemporary contender for this year’s Oscars. But — let me point out that the Hollywood Foreign Press seems to lean towards more trendy, contemporary people/shows/films. I thought The King’s Speech would take more awards, but it did take home the one I assumed all along – best actor. Just goes to show history still has a place in films.

My mother also pointed out that many awards went to older, more established actors – Annette Bening, Katey Segal –over younger people. Yes, Natalie Portman is 29, but how long has she been acting – since she was 15? And Claire Danes? Think about it….

The Golden Globes are always hard to predict for me. (I got 9 correct).

History plays a part. Claire Danes and Annette Bening have won before so there’s a good chance to repeat.

Cultural importance plays a part. Glee is hot right now and so is Modern Family (which won an Emmy for best comedy last year) so that sets up a toss up come show time. Eric Stonestreet won an Emmy last year as did Jim Parsons and Jane Lynch so I assumed Stonestreet would win again last night. He didn’t but the other two did.

Experience plays a part. The more actors/directors/producers are in the business, they better chance they have for a nomination and win. 

And lastly there are the occasional surprises – like Katey Segal and Chris Colfer.

You have to pretend mentally you work for HFPA – what would you want to see win? It’s hard some years. But remember, they want to highlight the best of entertainment to the rest of the world – that’s really key here. So remember that for next time.

The Emmys are also always hard for me, but the Oscars? I always seem to do pretty well on those. We’ll see.