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Waltz (right) with Daniel Craig

Three time Golden Globe nominee and two time winner Christoph Waltz talks exclusively with ELISABETH SEREDA about his newest endeavor in the upcoming SPECTRE, the 24th installment of the James Bond franchise:

How much are you able to tell us about your role without giving away any plots?

CW: I can basically tell you everything, all these speculations keep spinning the wheels. But obviously I won’t talk about the story because that would be shooting myself in the foot. I play a man named Franz Oberhauser, an Austrian.


So his name is not Blofeld as previously reported ?

CW: No, that was just rumors.


And Oberhauser is also not the head of SPECTRE, the criminal organisation that Bond is up against ?

CW: No, it’s a little more interesting than that. It doesn’t need a boss in this story, I am part of the whole structure.


Let’s clear up another rumor – is it true that story connects to the very first Bond film, Dr. No?

CW: No, this film stands completely on its own and has nothing to do with Dr. No


When did you get the offer for the film?

CW: At the beginning of summer we started talking about it and towards the end of summer it became more concrete. In the fall we signed the contract.


What made you want to do this ?

CW: I liked the story, and as always I can only go by the script, not by a myth about the films. The myth is nice when you are the audience but when you are on the inside it is not enough.


How much of a Bond fan are you personally? Do you have a favorite Bond?

CW: I am not really a fan of anything but certain Bond films I liked a lot. Some are better than others. There’s certainly a few Bond films that I’ve enjoyed over the years. I think Skyfall is brilliant. And then, of course, from the historic distance the sixties Bonds are a joy to watch.


Did you ever have a favorite Bond girl or a favorite villain?

CW: No for that I’d have to be a fan. As far as Bond girls go I was always excited to see the next one, absolutely. I never wanted to make a commitment because they are all quite lovely.


Do you have scenes with Monica Bellucci and Lea Seydoux?

CW: Possibly. That depends on where the story will go.


You’re very secretive. And you don’t like the term villain, you call it ‘the v-word’…

CW: That’s right, the v-word. Because I have been accused of playing villains a lot but I don’t regard the so-called villains that I have played as such, because I am always looking at understanding the psychology behind the person as much as I am interesting in trying to understand the psychology behind a person when I meet someone personally. I would never call a part that I play a ‚v’.


But in the Bond franchise the villain is a kind of a tradition. Are you opposed to the term here as well?

CW: In the Bond context the word is allowed. You are right it is a tradition here and the Bond villain is an institution. But if this applies to me and my part is not so sure.


Very cryptic, Mr. Waltz! Are you saying your character is more complex?

CW: You can count on that!


Bond is famous for action scenes – are you going to be in any?

CW: I don’t know that yet and I don’t want to sound evasive again. But depends on how Sam Mendes decides to shoot the film. There are some scenes that would lend themselves to play out as action but it depends on the direction.


Was Sam Mendes a big draw for you to do the film?

CW: Yes, of course, Sam Mendes is an incredibly accomplished director who has even more experience in theater. In his career he had to delve deeply into content and character, simply because he has done a lot of Shakespeare. And I consider this a wonderful combination that is always desirable.


Have you met all your co-stars or have you known them from before?

CW: Yes, all of them. I worked with Lea Seydoux. Daniel Craig, funny enough, approached me at the Golden Globes two years ago, he is unbelievably sweet. And Ralph Fiennes is an old friend who I meet with privately and we hardly ever talk about films or our work but art and life and all that interesting stuff. He is also one of my favorite actors in terms of prudence and insight and diligence. He is simply great.


You and Ralph are both nominated for a Golden Globe – and in the same category. Any friendly competition going on here?

CW: No, when you treasure someone this much you cannot be competitors. Quite the contrary, I was really overjoyed when I saw this because it is so right for him to be nominated. I thought he was so enchanting in this part in The Grand Budapest Hotel, he was amazing!


There are three locations in your birth country Austria – Obertilliach, Sölden and Lake Altaussee. Are you going to shoot some of your scenes there?

CW: Unfortunately not, I am really sad about that because these three locations are especially beautiful places. But unfortunately I have nothing to do there. I was thinking maybe I’ll visit my colleagues there. Although as a rule I never go on film sets when I am not actively working on them, because as an actor myself I hate it when there  are visitors – or as I call them ‘set tourists’.




The popular actress Ju Wenpei (left ) hosts Daily Film Report on CCTV6.

China, the world’s fastest growing film and TV market, will allow potentially hundreds of millions of its citizens to watch the Golden Globe awards show next month.

The Golden Globes gala on January 11 will be streamed live for the first time on Hunan TV (湖南卫视) in addition to the telecast by network CCTV6 which will more than double the viewership compared to previous years. It will also be available on a delayed basis on major Chinese TV portals.

Launched in  1997 Hunan TV  is currently China’s second-most-watched channel, second only to CCTV-1. I’s standard high-definition broadcast covers most of China, including Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan. CCTV6 is the official “movie channel” of CCTV run by the State Administration of the People’s Republic of China for Press, Publication, Radio, Film and TV. CCTV6 airs a daily Film Report. One of its hosts is the popular Chinese actress Ju Wenpei.

In addition major social media exposure started with the nomination announcement on December 11 and will continue through the live telecast. China Branding Group is utilizing brands and cross promotion as well as producing two daily entertainment shows every day from Los Angeles to the Chinese markets.

The broadening emphasis on the Golden Globe awards fits in the picture of a China as a growing consumer of entertainment media, mostly originating in Hollywood.

Compared to the overall box office of 2013 the total gross of foreign films in 2014 (year to date) has increased by an astonishing 60 percent. China allowed a quota of 34 foreign titles, almost all of them Hollywood products. Together they grossed 1,81 billion US-Dollars which is about one third of the overall box office gross in China in 2014. Analysts expect a combined gross of slightly more than 5 billion Dollars by year’s end.

Judging from the enthusiastic response of the Chinese movie-going audience and the dramatically expanded coverage of foreign media events such as the Golden Globes the market is expected to continue to grow rapidly. An additional sign: In 2012 President Xi Jinping increased the quota for foreign titles from 20 to 34. There are now indications that the entire quota system will be eliminated by 2018.

It is not unrealistic to assume that by 2018 the Golden Globes will be telecast in what by then might be the biggest entertainment media market on the planet.



ricky-gervaisQuite a week!
I got nominated for another Golden Globe for my role as Derek, and I am absolutely over the moon about it.
I have an affection for the Golden Globes.
I guess it all started in America for me because of them. A couple of weeks after the final episode of ‘The Office’ aired in the UK, I was flown to L.A. by the BBC to attend the Golden Globe Awards.
I nearly didn’t go as I thought it was a long way to travel to lose. And I was quite sure that that was exactly what was going to happen.
Arriving on Saturday 24th January, the day before the ceremony, I had to go shopping the morning of the awards for something to wear. It wasn’t Armani, it wasn’t made to measure and it wasn’t even given to me for free. Didn’t they know who I was? No. Hardly any of them did. Anyway, the new outfit did the job, so now I could get this pointless exercise over with. Jane and I got back from the shopping mall and immediately had to get ready. It’s nice putting on a tux with jet lag in 90-degree heat. We left the hotel at about 2 p.m. and I hadn’t had lunch. I got the limo to stop at a garage on the way and I got a family pack of some sort of Cheesy Wotsits. I ate these in time to get out to the red carpet. Jane pointed out that I now had orange hands and lips. I washed in the ice bucket and tried to get some of the gunk off my teeth and gums with a tissue. We wondered if the girls from ‘Desperate Housewives’ in the limo next to us were doing the same thing. Maybe. They did all look a bit orange when they got out, but it was probably a tan rather than monosodium glutamate.
To cut a long story short, the unthinkable happened and ‘The Office’ won the Golden Globe for best sitcom.
I made a rambling impromptu speech and of course forgot the name of the organization that awarded the honour. Little did I know how many times my name would be linked with the Hollywood Foreign Press in the future.
Moments after, I won the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy, I made another rambling speech and was swept off to do loads of interviews.
I can’t remember any of the the interviews to be honest, but I remember thinking it was one of the most surreal and important nights of my career. It still is.
The next day I shot my first dramatic role in the TV show, ‘Alias.’ I still haven’t seen the episode but I’ve heard it came out okay.
The same week, I started negotiations on a U.S. remake of ‘The Office.’ That came out okay too. And I was called for an audience with the team behind ‘The Simpsons.’
Matt Groening asked if I’d like to appear in the show. I said, “What are the hours?” He said, “The hours are great.” I laughed and said, “I’m joking. Of course I want to be on the show. It’s the greatest show in the world.”
Later, Al Jean asked if I wanted to write the episode too. I said, “Yes.”
A lot happened that week in January 2004. The effects of which are still being felt. I was asked to host the Golden Globes in 2010. I guess it went okay as they asked me to host it two more times. It’s been three years since I last hosted and I’m starting to think I might even like to do it again one day. But for now it will be nice to sit in the audience getting drunk while someone else has to work for the night.
I’ve won three Golden Globes so far but this nomination for ‘Derek’ is probably the one I’m most proud of. I don’t know why. I think it’s that deep down I think that ‘Derek’ is nominated as opposed to me. Maybe I’ll attend as him. Haha. Just hugging everyone on the red carpet. It’s a plan!



The HFPA will once again be supporting Golden Globe viewing parties organised by St Jude Children’s Research Hospital to raise funds for the hospital.

Last year the Golden Globe viewing party in Minneapolis raised about $200,000. This year there will also be parties in Chicago and Miami.

At the inaugural Chicago viewing party to be held at the Trump International Hotel & Tower  guests will enjoy a Hollywood-style red carpet reception, cocktail reception, live auction, dinner and live telecast of the show. The program will feature a St. Jude patient family sharing their personal journey.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.  St. Jude has the world’s best survival rates for the most aggressive childhood cancers, and treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since it opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent in the next decade. The hospital freely shares the breakthroughs it makes and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food because of charity fundraising events like the Golden Globes viewing party.


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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has selected actress Greer Grammer Miss Golden Globe 2015 for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards set to air live on NBC on January 11, 2015. President Theo Kingma made the announcement on November 20, 2014 from Fig and Olive Resturant in West Hollywood.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has selected actress Greer Grammer Miss Golden Globe 2015 for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards set to air live on NBC on January 11, 2015.
President Theo Kingma made the announcement on November 20, 2014 from Fig and Olive Resturant in West Hollywood.

Greer Grammer, the 22-year-old daughter of three-time Golden Globe winner Kelsey Grammer, has been crowned this year’s Miss Golden Globe.

Greer, one of the stars of the MTV series Awkward, takes over from Sosie Bacon, the daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick.

Her selection was kept a secret until she was announced at the star-studded Miss Golden Globe party at the Fig and Olive Restaurant in West Hollywood.

. HFPA President Theo Kingma made the announcement at the party, the first of the 2015 Golden Globe Awards Season, hosted by the HFPA and InStyle.

“We are delighted to have Greer Grammer continue the tradition and have her as our 2015 Miss Golden Globe,” said Kingma. “She’s following in her father’s footsteps in becoming a standout actress and we can’t wait to see what she does next.”

“I am flattered to have been chosen by the HFPA for this year’s Miss Golden Globe,” said Grammer. “It’s truly an honor to be included in this experience that so many incredible men and women have been a part of.

“I didn’t even tell my dad because I knew he’d tell everybody and it had to be a secret until the party,” she said. “I’m so excited. It’s going to be a wonderful year and so much fun.

“I’m really looking forward to being on stage with Amy Poehler and Tina Fey because I’m such a huge fan of them both. It still hasn’t really hit me that I will be up there will so many amazing people I have looked up to for so long.”

Greer, who was named after the actress Greer Garson, has already carved a considerable niche for herself in show business, having known since the age of five that she wanted to be an actress.

Greer Grammer Miss Golden Globe 2015 for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards set to air live on NBC on January 11, 2015.

Greer Grammer Miss Golden Globe 2015 for the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards set to air live on NBC on January 11, 2015.

She entered her first beauty pageant in 2008, winning the Miss Teen Malibu title and went on to reach the top ten of the Miss California Teen competition for four successive years.

She acquired an agent when she was 16, after convincing her parents she wanted to act for the love of it, not merely to be famous, and quickly landed a role on iCarly. She had her first movie role in 2010 in Almost Kings, then went on to appear in Chastity Bites and Life Partners.

She graduated from USC in June as a theater major. Her latest film, An Evergreen Christmas, has just been released

Greer is in for a busy year ahead,  juggling Miss Golden Globe duties with her role as Lissa in the fifth season of Awkward and a recurring role in the new series Melissa and Joy, which starts filming in the New Year.

“It’s all great because I love being busy,” says Greer. “I’m so looking forward to being Miss Golden Globe for a year.”

Previous Miss and Mister Golden Globe honorees include: Sosie Bacon; Francesca Eastwood, daughter of Clint Eastwood and Frances Fisher; Sam Fox, son of Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan; Rainey Qualley, daughter of Andie MacDowell; Gia Mantegna, daughter of Joe Mantegna; Rumer Willis, daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis; Laura Dern, daughter of Diane Ladd and Bruce Dern; Joely Fisher, daughter of Connie Stevens and Eddie Fisher; Melanie Griffith, daughter of Tippi Hedren; Freddie Prinze Jr., son of Freddie Prinze; and Mavis Spencer, daughter of Alfre Woodard.

The 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards will air LIVE coast-to-coast on NBC with the pre-show from 4:00-5:00 p.m. and main telecast from 5:00-8:00 p.m. from the Beverly Hilton Hotel with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

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