UNHOLY MATRIMONY THE THEME AT FILM NOIR FESTIVAL

Noir-City“Unholy Matrimony” was the theme of the 25 films presented at this year’s Film Noir Festival in San Francisco. Many fans in the sold-out Castro Theater were  dressed in ’40’s clothes and, said Jason Wiener, a radiology engineer from San Jose, who has been a regular since the beginning of the Festival 13 years ago:  “The spirit is unique and every year more and more fans style themselves in vintage costumes, so I wouldn’t want to miss the festival.”

Opening night presented a double feature: the restored version of Woman on the Run starring Ann Sheridan and Born to be Bad with Oscar winner Joan Fontaine as the perfect baddy.  Woman on the Run, which was celebrating a re-premiere at the Film Noir Festival, has an extraordinary story behind it. Premiered in 2003 at Noir City, the only existing copy of the 35 mm film was stored at Universal Studios´s vault awaiting its transfer to UCLA Film and Television Archives. The print never arrived  but was destroyed in a 2008 fire along with thousands of other valuable reels. But Film Noir chief Eddie Mueller eventually found a duplicate negative along with a separate sound track at the British Film Archive. They were lent to the UCLA archive and restored thanks to a grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The second gem of the opening night,  Born to be Bad, actually has two endings and both endings were shown for the first time to an American audience. At the time of its release, the longer version was said to be “morally unfit for American audiences” although it is an intriguing treat noir depicting “unholy matrimony.”.

The festival also paid tribute to film locations in San Francisco and Los Angeles—- Nob Hill, Bunker Hill, Union Square, Santa Monica Pier and Pier 43. Sadly, most of the original locations are gone, have been developed and today house commercial properties such as an Apple store, Westfield shopping mall, Old Navy and even a parking lot.

Barbara Gasser

 

DATE SET FOR 2016 GOLDEN GLOBES

The date for the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards has been announced as Sunday, January 10 2016. golden globe

The ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills and will be telecast live on NBC at 8 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PT coast-to-coast.

“We look forward to follow this year’s successful Golden Globe Awards by celebrating what looks like another exceptional year in both film and television” said Theo Kingma, president of the HFPA.

The Golden Globe Awards are viewed in more than 160 countries worldwide and are among the few awards shows to include both motion picture and television achievements.

HFPA MEET THE STARS AT SUNDANCE

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Nicole at Sundance

A dozen HFPA members braved the snow and ice of Park City to watch movies, talk to filmmakers and meet the stars at the Sundance Film Festival.

This year 123 feature films were screened out of 4,105 that applied and among those watched by members were Strangerland which stars Nicole Kidman; Stockholm, Pennsylvania, starring Cynthia Nixon and Jason Isaacs; True Story with James Franco and the documentary What Happened, Miss Simone?

Nicole Kidman, Cynthia Nixon, Jason Isaacs, Ryan Reynolds and Peter Lord, who produced the animated Shaun the Sheep, all stopped by to talk with members about their movies and the HFPA joined with the Hollywood Reporter to host a Next Generation party at Park City Live on Main Street

Guests included Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch, Brie Larson, Tye Sheridan, Thomas Mann, Avan Jogia, Bel Powley, Gail Bean, Olivia Cooke, RJ Mitte and Tony Revolori,

GOLDEN GLOBES—-THE BEST EVER?

It may well go down in Hollywood history as the best awards show ever.

Laden with stars, surprises, laughter  some poignant moments too, the 72nd Golden Globes was a celebration to remember.

From Tina Fey and Amy Poehler‘s hilarious opening to their closing goodbyes, the evening was packed with highlights.

HFPA President Theo Kingma

HFPA President Theo Kingma

Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Theo Kingma received a standing ovation when he referred to recent events by saying: “As international journalists we understand the importance of freedom of artistic expression as not only an integral part of the American fabric but a beacon that is reflected across the globe from North Korea to Paris. We must stand united.”

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George Clooney with the wife Amal Alamuddin | Photo by Armando Gallo

The first presenters of the evening were Jennifer Aniston and Benedict Cumberbatch who announced the nominees for the first award of the evening— best supporting actor—– and presented it to J.K Simmons for his role in Whiplash.

From then on it was a virtual parade of stars, stars and more stars.

Don Cheadle and Julianne Margulies introduced this year’s Cecil B DeMille award winner George Clooney whose career was highlighted in a series of film clips.

More than 200 stars were among the 1,500 guests in the hotel ballroom for the three-hour show, and because the show features a sit-down meal the evening had an intimate, old-Hollywood vibe where stars table-hopped, met old friends, whispered in each other’s ears and some drank too much.

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Jennifer Aniston and Reese Whiterspoon | Photo by Armando Gallo

And when the show was over everyone headed off to do the rounds of the SIX parties hosted by the TV and movie studios in various parts of the hotel to eat, drink and dance some more.

 

STARS ROCK THE GLOBES RED CARPET

The 72nd Golden Globe awards got off to a rollicking start as some of the world’s biggest stars packed the red carpet, waving to fans in the bleachers and posing for photographers and TV cameras as they took their time to savour the fun at the beginning of Hollywood’s biggest and best party.

Rain which had threatened to swamp the red carpet and led to the tenting of the arrivals area where the limos drop off their passengers, cleared up just in time for the stars to linger and chat as they made their way under the hotel canopy where they were greeted with champagne flutes.

Inside, a popular gathering spot before the show was the International Terrace adjoining the ballroom, where two open bars served guests along with a Petrossian caviar stand, a Godiva chocolate display and a Moet et Chandon bar serving specialty cocktails.

A LINE-UP OF STARS

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Amy Adams….a nominee

Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Theo Kingma and his team have assembled a star-studded line-up of former Golden Globe winners and nominees to present the awards at this year’s ceremony on Sunday.

So far they include Amy Adams (Golden Globe Award winner; Five-time Golden Globe Award nominee, including this year for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy),  Adrien Brody (Golden Globe Award nominee), Robert Downey, Jr. (Three-time Golden Globe Award winner; Two-time Golden Globe Award nominee), Anna Faris, Ricky Gervais (Golden Globe Award winner; Three-time Golden Globe Award nominee, including this year for Best Actor in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy), Kevin Hart, Salma Hayek (Golden Globe nominee), Kate Hudson (Golden Globe Award winner), Gwyneth Paltrow (Golden Globe Award winner), Chris Pratt, Channing Tatum, Lily Tomlin (Golden Globe Award winner; Four-time Golden Globe Award nominee), Kristen Wiig (Golden Globe Award nominee), Owen Wilson (Golden Globe Award nominee), and Catherine Zeta-Jones (Two-time Golden Globe Award nominee).ricky

 

  The list goes on:

Jennifer Aniston (Golden Globe Award winner, and Two-time Golden Globe Award nominee; including 2015 Golden Globe Nominee for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama) Kate Beckinsale, Bryan Cranston (Golden Globe Award winner, and Four-time Golden Globe Award nominee), Jamie Dornan, Colin Firth (Golden Globe Award winner), Jane Fonda (Seven-time Golden Globe Award winner; Seven-time Golden Globe Award nominee), HarrisActress in a Motion Picture), Lily Tomlin (Golden Globe Award winner; Four-time Golden Globe Award nominee), Vince Vaughn, and Kerry Washington (Golden Globe Award nominee)on Ford (2002 Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient, Golden Globe Award winner, and Four-time Golden Globe Award nominee), Bill Hader, Katherine Heigl (Two- time Golden Globe Award nominee), Dakota Johnson (Miss Golden Globe 2006), Adam Levine, Jennifer Lopez (Golden Globe Award nominee), Matthew McConaughey (Golden Globe Award winner; 2015 Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television), Seth Meyers, Lupita Nyong’o (Golden Globe Award nominee), Jeremy Renner (Golden Globe Award nominee), Meryl Streep (Eight-time Golden Globe Award winner, and Twenty-nine time Golden Globe Award nominee; including 2015 Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Supporting Actress).

AND ON……

Jack Black (Two-time Golden Globe Award nominee), Don Cheadle (Two-time Golden Globe Award winner, and Three-time Golden Globe Award nominee; including 2015 Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Actor In A TV Series, Musical or Comedy), Benedict Cumberbatch (Two-time Golden Globe Award nominee; including 2015 Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Actor In A Motion Picture, Drama), David Duchovny (Two-time Golden Globe Award winner, and Six-time Golden Globe Award nominee), Colin Farrell (Golden Globe Award winner), Katie Holmes, Jared Leto (Golden Globe Award winner), Julianna Margulies, who will present the Cecil B. DeMille Award to George Clooney (Golden Globe Award winner, and Eleven-time Golden Globe Award nominee; including 2015 Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Actress In A TV Series, Drama), Melissa McCarthy, Sienna Miller (Golden Globe Award nominee), Clive Owen (Golden Globe Award winner, and Two-time Golden Globe Award nominee; including 2015 Golden Globe Award nominee for Best Actor In A TV Series, Drama), Paul Rudd, Naomi Watts (Golden Globe Award nominee) and Oprah Winfrey (Golden Globe Award nominee),

 The show,  hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler for the third year in a row,  will air on Sunday LIVE coast-to-coast on NBC with the pre-show from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (PST)/7:00-8:00 p.m. (EST), and main telecast from 5:00-8:00 p.m. (PST)/8:00-11:00 p.m. (EST) from the Beverly Hilton. The telecast will be seen in more than 190 countries and is produced by dick clark productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

 

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