Greer Grammer, the 22-year-old daughter of three-time Golden Globe winner Kelsey Grammer, has been crowned this year’s Miss Golden Globe.
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.
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.Read More »
Golden Globe-winning director Mike Nichols has died at the age of 83.
Nichols was nominated for six Golden Globes, winning in 1968 for The Graduate and in 1997 for The Birdcage.
Born Michael Igor Peschkowsky in Berlin in 1931, Nichols got his start as a stage performer, and in the 1950s co-founded the Chicago-based comedy troupe Second City, which honed comedians including John Belushi and Bill Murray.
As recounted in the book “Faces of America,” a young Nichols arrived in the United States knowing only two phrases: “I don’t speak English” and “Please, don’t kiss me.” The family changed its last name to Nichols after settling in New York City, where the family patriarch established a medical practice.
His directorial debut was Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? in 1967 which brought him his first Golden Globe nomination. A year later he had another critically acclaimed film The Graduate which catapulted Dustin Hoffman into stardom and earned Nichols his first Golden Globe win.
A string of highly successful movies followed over the decades, from Catch-22 and Carnal Knowledge, Heartburn, Postcards from The Edge to his final picture Charlie Wilson’s War in 2007. Nichols also staged the TV mini-series Angels in America and theatrical productions of Barefoot in the Park, Luv, The Odd Couple and Spamalot.
Despite his stellar reputation as a director Nichols never forgot his roots in comedy. While paying tribute to Nichols during his 2003 Kennedy Center Honors, Meryl Streep and Candace Bergen read Nichols’ “Five Rules for Filmmaking”: 1: The careful application of terror is an important form of communication. 2: Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for. 3: There’s absolutely no substitute for genuine lack of preparation. 4: If you think there’s good in everybody, you haven’t met everybody. 5: Friends may come and go, but enemies will certainly become studio heads.
Nichols was ailing in recent years which led to a heart bypass operation in 2008. He died on November 19, 2014 of a heart attack. Nichols who was married four times, is survived by his wife, TV news anchor Diane Sawyers, and his children, Daisy, Max and Jenny Nichols.
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A great friend to the HFPA, powerhouse PR consultant and awards strategist Nadia Bronson has left us all too soon. Her long time friend Harvey Weinstein says it best in this touching tribute published in Deadline:
Acerbic. That is the word that comes to mind in describing Nadia Bronson. I have spent the better part of 20 years knowing her, and knowing her well. She had two favorite clients: one was to be expected, George Clooney — charming and erudite, in life and in movies, caring and concerned. When she wasn’t well I would always get his email to make sure she was being looked after. She loved him, he loved her back.
Her second client was not the usual suspect, it was me, and probably for all the wrong reasons. Mostly I think she enjoyed kicking my ass in front of my staff just to prove she could do it. And even though she might not have been model size she had a right and a left, combined with a jab, both verbally and physically, that could keep the most tempestuous in their place. When Silver Linings Playbook lost Best Comedy/Musical to Les Miserables, she proceeded to detonate the time bomb, me, in front of a room full of people. Nothing in The Hurt Locker comes close.
She was a master strategist and an out-of-box thinker. I think she and Judy Solomon had more cigarette breaks than any two humans I know. At their respective ages, their friendship reminded me of 2 giggling school girls, who loved each other and had good words about the good guys and caustic ones about the pretentious and phonies. Nadia Bronson was Bette Davis and Marlene Dietrich rolled into one — stylish and above the fray — but when her clients needed her for infighting, no one was better at landing a body punch.
I’ve said this again and again, you don’t win awards by brow beating but by making sure people say they’ve seen what you have. It is particularly difficult for the small movies because let’s face it, we see all the big popcorn movies, the studio movies. Small movies are the ones where it takes the skill set and patience that Nadia had, and the ability to make sure and to be tenacious that they heard your Golden Globe song and that they saw your foreign language movie. They couldn’t lie to Nadia about watching the DVD, because Nadia would probably have cameras watching them watch the DVD! Lord knows if they took the bathroom break, I’d hate to hear the commentary of someone not watching a Nadia Bronson movie. Those people on the bathroom break are probably all damned to hell right now.
So Dani Weinstein, whom Nadia liked and Dani loved right back, told me she was in hospice. George Clooney emailed me three seconds later and I said to George I would get her my doctors yesterday. Dani tried to call her on our behalf, but she wasn’t taking calls because she was being sedated. As anybody who’s proactive, we remain wracked with guilt about whether we could have changed things or not.
I wanted to celebrate her first, and remember her kicking my ass in a hallway, telling me I was wrong numerous times. And if I blow my reputation by saying she had that way with me, so be my reputation. And sometimes when I pushed, she said it’s the absolute opposite, so she taught me not to push, but to be smart and to make sure that people saw the films for the right reasons and also to withdraw when the mission was doomed from the go. Aborting a mission is the skill set of a general and Nadia was a general.
Like spring training that leads to an October World Series play, Nadia was my fall season for over 20 years. She never missed with our nominations and we got more wins than one could hope for. Her record was amazing and the way she interacted with people was unique. No movie star impressed her (except for George), no head of a studio impressed her, and even though she liked me, trust me, I did not impress her. We were all equal and she kept people in their place with sarcasm and insight.
I lost one of the women who took care of my kids for 18 years recently. She was 61. For my children, it was the first time they’d dealt with pain like that. For me, I can’t even come to terms with this. I want to take back all my stupid remarks and I want another season to appreciate her every day.
So this season is dedicated to her. I’m going to do things her way. Then again, I always did things her way because she made me do things her way. I’m going to remember her and George will and everyone who reads this article, and all of us who worked with her should celebrate her. I’m going to ask George to throw the party with me because Nadia would be the last person in the world who would want sadness. She was hardly Irish but she’d want the best wake of all time — rowdy, sarcastic people taking cigarette breaks and being as cynically hilarious as humanly possible. All movies will be made fun of, all studio heads will be game, and everybody who asked her for a favor better come. As Nadia would say, attendance is mandatory, so you better bet I’m taking names and so is George.
For all of my protestation to the different, I lost a family member today and I don’t say that lightly. I want to hug Judy Solomon for no other reason than she reminds me of her and I want to hear all the stories again and again and again. Nadia taught me, and others, so much about marketing, innovation, and most of all, about honesty in a business that sometimes runs on the other. Missed is not the word, indelible is how I remember her, and the laughter and those incredible wisecracks with big targets, who remind me, as Nadia said to me over and over and over again, “For God’s sake, they’re only movies, they’re not that important. Life is important.”Read More »
By Elmar Biebl
For almost four decades she was one of the most respected and trusted brokers between Hollywood’s studios and the journalists of the HFPA.
Now, at age 67, Nadia Bronson died following a long battle with cancer.
Only a handful of her closest friends within the HFPA knew about her personal health condition but many members felt a strong sense of loss after being informed by HFPA President Theo Kingma about Nadia Bronson’s death.
The veterans among the HFPA members have known her since 1977 when she started at MCA/Universal in the office of marketing head Louis Blaine.
Her publicity work with the international press effectively started after Blaine left the studio in 1982 and she took over his position as director of international advertising and publicity.
Due to her dedicated and innovative performance she was promoted to VP in 1985 and Senior VP in 1994. Two years later her position was raised to Executive VP of international marketing, and shortly after that to President. In 2000 she was named president of international theatrical marketing, distribution and operations.
She developed and managed international campaigns on major Universal films such as Out of Africa, Apollo 13, Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, Shakespeare in Love and Gladiator.
After a 24 year tenure at Universal she left the studio in 2001 and started her own international marketing and distribution company, Nadia Bronson Associates. She and her staff were known for their personal and hands-on working relation with the international press including the HFPA. On behalf of her clients which included Paramount, Fox Searchlight and the Weinstein Co. she would be a permanent presence and media coordinator at major film festivals such as Cannes or Venice.
As a native of France, Nadia Bronson, who spoke many languages fluently, was well suited for working in and for non-domestic territories. With Hollywood’s increasing dependency on overseas box office she clearly was a pioneer in foreseeing the importance of international markets.
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The HFPA tradition of giving to worthy cases did not stop with the grants dinner at which almost $2 million was given away. Since then the donations have continued to a variety of charitable organizations, and although the emphasis remains on entertainment-related causes, many others have benefited, too.
People in Baja California who were made homeless by the devastation of Hurricane Odile received $25,000 and three charities favoured by the late Robin Williams— St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Foundation and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation received $3,000 each. And instead of a wedding present to George Clooney, HFPA president Theo Kingma decided to make a donation to one of Clooney’s charities, Not On My Watch.
The Film Foundation, which received $350,000 from the HFPA at the grants dinner, is putting the money to good use with its latest project—the complete restoration of the 1940 John Wayne film The Long Voyage. The assignment to bring back the original quality of the 1940 film was again given to the highly experienced specialists at the laboratory of the UCLA Film & Television Archive.Archive.
Film Noir, too, is making use of its $25,000 grant by announcing the restoration of the 1950 movie Woman on the Run which stars Ann Sheridan and Dennis O’Keefe.
Letters of appreciation are arriving at the HFPA ioffices from the recipients. In a personal letter to Theo Kingma, Jan-Christopher Horak, the Director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive thanked the HFPA for continued support of UCLA’s film preservation efforts, saying: “Indeed, Hollywood Foreign Press funding has been crucial to our work as the second largest film archive in the United States”.
And Film Foundation founder and chairman Martin Scorsese has praised the HFPA for its ‘passionate commitment” in supporting film restoration.
On November 9, the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Mikhail Gorbachev was proclaimed “Man of the Century”.
The Berlin-based Cinema for Peace foundation organized a “Heroes” gala in the ballroom of the Hotel Adlon where the 83 year old winner of the Nobel Peace Prize was celebrated with eulogies and repeated standing ovations. Among the invited guests, mostly politicians and artists, was a representative of the HFPA who congratulated the honoree on behalf of the journalists.
In his opening statement Cinema for Peace founder Jaka Bizilj answered the question: What has cinema to do with politics? “After watching the disaster movie 28 Days After (US President) Ronald Reagan stated the film made him see the nuclear armament in a new light. And Mikhail Gorbachev famously spoke about how deeply impressed he was by movies and news reels showing the liberation movements within the GDR. Moving pictures clearly helped change world history. “
Former Foreign Minister of France, Roland Dumas, called “my friend Mikhail’s cool head” as the reason for a “revolution in which not a single shot was fired”. The former Prime Minister of Hungary, Miklos Nemeth, praised the negotiating skills of the ex-Kremlin chief.
Golden Globe nominee Adrien Brody, who had traveled to Berlin with his father, Elliot Brody, thanked President Gorbachev on behalf of all people benefiting from the wisdom of political leaders such as the guest of honor. Klaus Meine, lead singer of the German heavy metal band Scorpions, sang “Wind of Change”, the hit song that became an unofficial anthem of the reunification of Germany.
The evening was moderated by US journalist Jim Clancy (CNN).
Honored as “silent” heroes were Stanislaw Petrov, who saved mankind from a nuclear war: A false alarm showed US nuclear missiles approaching the Soviet Union. Petrov defied his command by not pressing the red button to activate a nuclear retaliation. Also honored: Harald Jäger, the East German police officer who independently opened the wall and the Hungarian Patrol Officer Arpad Bella, who allowed the first hundreds of East Germans to escape through the Iron Curtain.
In his acceptance speech, Gorbachev warned against a reoccurance of the Cold War: “A true peace in Europe is not possible without a solid trust between the European nations—- and that includes Russia.“
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The reception, held to give HFPA members a chance to meet and mix with London-based publicists, agents and talent, is becoming a regular part of the film industry’s London social scene.
Ricky Gervais, who was on his way to film the season finale of his TV show Derek, did the rounds of the club’s Soho Bar, shaking hands and joking with HFPA members. “It’s a great event,” he said. “I hope you invite me next year.”
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ELISABETH SEREDA CHRONICLES THE WELCOME END OF WETTEN DASS?
The stars of Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth recently graced the stage of the German speaking live TV-show ‘Wetten, dass…?’ alongside Hugh Grant, One Direction, Herbert Grönemeyer, Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst and a local Austrian folksinger with questionable politics called Andreas Gabalier.
I use the word ‘grace’ because that’s what real stars do for this show: add glamour to what is to them a weird interpretation of the term entertainment.
‘Wetten, dass…?’ is the longest running and – until recently – most successful TV show in Europe. It is a collaboration of Germany, Austria and Switzerland and is broadcast by one station each of these three countries. It will end its almost 34 year run in December. And there is good reason.
The show’s gimmick is bets: ordinary citizens perform weird, sometimes dangerous and more often than not downright bizzare tasks. They have ranged from assembling a V8 engine from parts and making it run within 10 minutes to 13 swimmers towing a 312-ton ship over a distance of 25 meters.
There was a nine-year-old boy from Vienna computing the shortest bus and railcar routes throughout the city from memory and a blindfolded farmer recognizing his cows by the sound they made while chewing apples. In addition to these tasks there are celebrities who bet on the outcome of one contestant, and if they lose they have to carry out activities that over the years have included anything from humorous to humiliating (some German celeb running naked through the city) to charitable.
Between the bets there is smalltalk with the stars and musical performances by additional guests that have included Michael Jackson, Madonna, Lady Gaga and anyone else who had a new album to promote.
The same goes for Hollywood stars: hardly a big name hasn’t subjected themselves to this, and we are talking huge names: Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, David Beckham, Michael Douglas, Cameron Diaz, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bill Gates, Karl Lagerfeld, Mikhail Gorbachov, etc. The list is endless.
The original inventor of the show, Frank Elstner, hosted 39 episodes. The only other successful host was Thomas Gottschalk, a perpetually youthful German with angelic blonde ringlets and a taste in clothes that reminded 80ties music freaks of the New Romantics. Gottschalk left the show three years ago when a 23 year old contestant ended up a quadriplegic after a stunt he performed went horribly awry. This incident was the beginning of the end for ‘Wetten, dass…?’
The celebrity interviews had been strange for years but the next (and last) host, Markus Lanz, has been upping the ante for the past three years by asking such inane questions that the cringe factor surpassed anything any halfway sensitive viewer thought possible.
During last month’s installment the host laughingly suggested that another guest was responsible for Megan Fox’s pregnancy. After it was cleared up that none of the guests including Fox’ co-star Will Arnett had anything to do with it, the conversation switched to how jealous Arnett’s wife must have been when she heard her husband was shooting a film with Megan. She was not. But Fox’s facial expression said it all – get me outta here. (Will Arnett described his experience perfectly during a visit on Jimmy Kimmel Live – see video).
When Diane Keaton later hijacked the evening with boundless enthusiasm and charm it was a definite improvement for the show. But most stars have had the Megan Fox experience.
There was Gerard Butler whose wager was for a man who claimed he could crack 50 nuts with his backside within a minute. He succeeded. But Butler had to pour ice into his own crotch while reading a German essay (see video). And Tom Hanks, who was forced to wear cats’ ears while assisting a guy hopping around the stage in a sack with a mixture of confusion and horror written all over his face. 50 Cent was asked how it feels to get shot. Stupid questions, boring banter and sexist comments are de rigeur.
A year ago the host called Harrison Ford ‘Indiana Jones’ so many times that the star’s look finally changed from bewildered to murderous. When minutes later Cher went over to the couch after her performance and then said goodbye, Ford took advantage of the situation and fled with her.
Hollywood celebrities have practised more deer-caught-in-the-headlights expressions on that show than they will ever need in their screen work. And it all came naturally.
Why do they still subject themselves to this circus? Because their managers, publicists and studios behind their films force them to. Up until a few years ago this was understandable – the ratings were huge, the distributors reach three countries and that kind of exposure and marketing leads to better numbers at the box office. But the ratings have dropped. Only between five and six million watched the last few shows, no more than an 18% market share, down from more than double that.
But back to Saturday night and the appearance of Lawrence and Hemsworth. Promoting a film with a target audience that never watches ‘Wetten, dass…?’ is questionable at best. Promoting it on a dying show is unneccessary. Especially since Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is a surefire box office hit and does not have to subject its stars to humiliation in the form of Germanic humour (some might say a contractiction in terms).
Saturday’s show took place in Graz, Austria, birthplace of that guy who once terminated, pardon governed California.
The host introduced Hugh Grant with the words “the man with the world’s best Dachshund-eyes and an expert in beautiful women…“ Why Hugh Grant was there in the first place and what he was promoting remains a mystery. Grant lost his bet and had to eat freshly grated horseradish. He cried but whether that was really due to the horseradish or the subsequent questioning about his family planning is anyone’s guess.
Lawrence and Hemsworth were flown in from London where the premiere of their film took place two days later and where they participated in the more sensible part of promotion. Lawrence looked stunning despite a high fever – “I was so sick I thought I’d pass out“ she told the HFPA later – and both stars were greeted with screams by one half of the audience and not recognized by the other, another proof that the demographic didn’t fit. Lawrence joked about her dog being a One Direction fan and was subjected to questions about kissing scenes, none of them original or funny. Then the host said something about the fact that no one knows that Liam Hemsworth’s mother is a teacher. No one in the audience cared, either. What boring info.
So the conversation turned to venereal disease. I am not kidding. The host talked to Hemsworth about Chlamydia. And this was the moment where sensible viewers prayed that the translater would get creative and save the star from this embarrassment. Lawrence and Hemsworth’s contestant lost the bet, too, and the duo had to decorate some cakes. A much less severe punishment than the preceding talk.
If all this sounds like an obituary to this show, it is. Hollywood’s mega stars won’t miss it. And did I mention host Markus Lanz was wearing Lederhosen? Enough said.
The first time was in November 2013 and the second time was in May this year when he was promoting X-Men: Days of Future Past and talked to the HFPA about it.
“I had a basal cell carcinoma taken out last night which is a skin cancer but it’s the most minor of them,” he said. “Unfortunately, being Australian it happens more often but please if you’re writing about it, tell people who are reading to get check-ups. Thankfully my doctors, made me get check-ups and it’s where they found it. Don’t be like me as a kid—- wear sunscreen.”
And he predicted: “I’m realistic about the future and it’s more than likely that I’ll have at least one more but probably many more bouts with cancerous cells.’
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The Oscar winner has appeared nude on screen, jumped out of buildings, had her head shaved, played drug addicts, hosted the Oscars and won one, as well.
But Chris Nolan ratcheted up her anxiety factor to a new level in his latest film, the space exploration adventure Interstellar.
As one of four astronauts who embark on a mission to find a habitable planet in another galaxy, the 31-year-old actress spent much of the time suspended on harnesses, floating in mid-air, suffering from motion sickness and, in what could have been a life-threatening situation, immersed in frigid water with a serious risk of hypothermia.
But Hathaway, despite her slender frame and fragile appearance, is a robust trouper who has come through the four-month shoot smiling and with plenty of stories to tell.
She shared them with HFPA members when she met them to talk about the problems and pleasures of filming Interstellar in which she plays a scientist-astronaut named Brand.
The $160 million movie, which was directed by Chris Nolan and co-written by him and his brother Jonah, took her and the rest of the cast, which includes Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, Nolan regular Michael Caine and a giant spaceship, from cornfields in Calgary, Alberta, to a glacier that has been strafed by a volcano in Iceland.Read More »