Most of the men soundly rejected bow ties this time, favoring white shirts and black ties with their tux jackets, the way Michael Douglas and Bill Murray did; there was a smattering of silver ties (Pierce Brosnan looked suave in a silvery blue tie). There were only a couple of holdouts for the all-black look chosen by Tim Robbins, who looked more boyish than usual in his crew cut. "Queer Eye's'' Carson Kressley, not surprisingly, pushed the envelope in a pale pink tux jacket, and looked adorable.
Several Hollywood stars like Pierce Brosnan and Demi Moore are likely to take a holy dip in the Shipra during the festival. The Kumbh mela is a fascination with Hollywood stars, with Madonna, Sharon Stone and Richard Gere reportedly having surfaced in one edition or the other.
Whether that's true or not remains, of course, to be determined.
Not to sound like a martyr, but while the rest of you spend your free time watching TV fluff-fests like "60 Minutes" and "World News Tonight," I focus on the network that reports the really important news: "E! Entertainment Television."
In addition to being the only major network with its own punctuation mark built right in -- you missed your chance there, Mr. Murdoch -- the channel never wastes time on trivia. Iraq? Earthquake? Recession? The E!xictable network prefers to toss those babies to MSNBC. This gives them more time for Anna Nicole Smith's diet tips and "Baywatch: Behind the Jiggle."
This week's fun news tidbit, gleaned from the channel's "Celebrity Perks" show, features "007" star Pierce Brosnan and his interaction with bartenders the world over. The actor told E! that whenever he goes into a pub, the person behind the bar almost always offers him a martini -- shaken, not stirred. Of course. But Pierce differs from his finicky screen alter ego in his choice of beverages. "I just tell them to give me a beer," he laughed. Preferably one that's unshaken.
Now is this technically out and about... well he discusses his experiences being out and about at bars around the world...
Hollywood moves to Berlin February 5-15 for the 54th “Berlinale,” the annual Berlin International Film Festival. Inevitably, the stars will converge on The Adlon, Germany’s most prestigious hotel, to sleep, dine or just to carouse in The Adlon Lobby Lounge and Bar, first immortalized on screen in the 1932 smash-hit, GRAND HOTEL, starring John Barrymore, Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford. It was in The Adlon of GRAND HOTEL that Garbo uttered the immortal line, “I want to be alone.”
In honor of the 2004 festival, The Adlon’s Lobby Bar has created a special cocktail: “A Star Is Born,” blending Southern Comfort and Apricot Brandy with Moët and Chandon Champagne. “For me, the Berlinale is a special highlight every February, since many Hollywood stars visit our bar,” says Adlon bar tender, Franz Höckner. “I always admire the informality and casualness of the famous people the world idolizes,” says Höckner, “as they order an espresso, a Bellini or an alcohol-free cocktail, just like our regular visitors!” The “A Star is Born” cocktail will be served throughout the eleven days of the festival. “But, for instance,” Höckner comments, “it’s not something everyone will be ordering.
For instance, Pierce Brosnan - as himself and not James Bond - prefers our alcohol-free ‘Florida’ cocktail to Bond’s fabled ‘Martini: Shaken, not Stirred.’”
The Adlon Kempinski is Berlin’s most legendary, luxurious and honored hotel. Opened by the Kaiser in 1907, and reopened by the President of Germany in 1997, The Adlon is located at the head of Unter den Linden, across the Pariser Platz from the legendary Brandenburg Gate.
News Release Wednesday 25 February 2004, 12:00 GMT
LONDON, February 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Films involving werewolves, Martians, a bike bandit and a girl haunted by her school report amongst the winners of Lottery-funded film awards
The UK's future filmmakers were today honoured at the 2004 young people's `First Light Film Awards' ceremony held in London's Leicester Square.
The ceremony, which was hosted by T4 presenter June Sarpong, was attended by young filmmakers from across the UK and stars including Dougray Scott (Enigma, Mission Impossible 2, and To Kill a King), Olivia Williams (The Sixth Sense, Peter Pan), and Oscar(R)-winning director Sir Alan Parker CBE, as well as Culture Minister the Rt Hon Richard Caborn MP. The awards celebrate shining examples of digital short films made by 7 to 18 year olds through the UK Film Council's Lottery-funded programme, First Light.
Award presenters also included Sanjeev Bhaskar (TV's The Kumars at No 42), and Alex Zane (MTV and XFM presenter). The jurors responsible for selecting the winners were made up of famous names from the world of film including Pierce Brosnan, Kenneth Branagh, Ray Winstone, Emma Watson (from the Harry Potter films), Jamie Bell, John Hannah, Sophie Okenedo, Christopher Eccleston, Vinnie Jones and Oscar-nominated Samantha Morton.
The winning films tell a range of stories, including the tale of a mysterious school thief; a group of friends who take revenge on a bike bandit; a day in the life of a child ignored by his peers; a Jekyll and Hyde meets Romeo and Juliet tale; a girl haunted by her terrible school report; schoolchildren who befriend sherbet-making Martians; a look at the bleak life of a young delinquent; a group of teenagers who set off into the woods in search of a werewolf and a look at the public perception of asylum seekers and refugees.
The winners in each of the nine categories were:
Best Silent Film - The Freak (Cape Cornwall School, Penzance)
With hints of Jekyll and Hyde, mixed with a little Romeo and Juliet, this film was made by a group of 14 young filmmakers, who are aged between 11 and 13 years old. The budget was just over GBP13,100.
Best Animation - Spaced Out (Leeds Animation Partnership, Leeds)
This short film shows that friendship triumphs over all - even sherbet-making Martians. Made by a large crew, of 36 children, spanning from 9 to 18 years old, the overall expenditure was just over GBP7,600.
Best Documentary - Seeking (The Living Archive, Milton Keynes)
With relevant content to today's society and informed interviews this short film explores the public perception of asylum seekers and refugees. The six filmmakers, aged 16 to 18, speak English as their second language. This film was made on a budget of approximately GBP12000.
Best Live Action - Black Tiger (Big State Theatre Company, Trowbridge)
When the star of the film's bike is stolen, his friends join together to take their revenge. Made with a crew of 12 young people between the ages of 10 and 16, the film was produced on a budget of GBP7,000.
Best Comedy - Report (Writing on The Wall Festival 2003, Liverpool)
In this surreal silent comedy the star is haunted by her terrible school report. With a budget of GBP12,000, an 11 strong crew produced the film, their ages ranging from 16 to 18.
Best Film by Under 12's Category - Nobody Returns (Rapid Eye Movies, London)
13 young people aged 8 and 9 made this film about a mysterious person who keeps stealing things from their school. Produced on a budget of GBP9,651.
Best Film by Over 13's - Gearhead (Knowle West Media Centre and Picture This, Bristol)
Made by four young people, between the ages of 14 and 16, this film depicts the bleak day-to-day cycle of crime of a young addict. Gearhead was written and produced on a budget of just over GBP7,000.
Best Screenplay - Invisible (Valley Community Theatre, Liverpool)
This black and white film involved 29 young filmmakers, aged between 14 and 17, and depicts a day in the life of a child ignored by his peers. The project was completed on a budget of just over GBP4,900.
Best Horror - Cry Wolf (Young People Speak Out, Edinburgh)
This film was made on a budget of just over GBP4,600. The group of four 15 year olds, some of whom are young offenders, have produced this film, telling the tale of a group of teenagers who set off into the woods in search of a werewolf.
Over 6,500 young people have taken part in the First Light scheme to date, producing more than 400 films about their lives and issues that affect them. First Light was launched by the UK Film Council in May 2001 and, managed by Birmingham-based Hi8us, gives young people the chance to learn filmmaking skills such as scripting, acting, shooting, producing and editing. The value of the First Light initiative and the high quality of films made through it was highlighted in a number of messages and speeches.
Giving the opening address, Culture Minister the Rt Hon Richard Caborn MP said: "It's wonderful to see that thanks to the Lottery-funded First Light programme potential Oscar-winners of the future are getting their chance to turn their ideas and imagination into stories on the screen.
"These films are a wonderful example of a positive pay-off from Lottery investment.
"The UK film industry has produced world-renowned creative and technical talent. First Light film-makers from across the UK have shown that they have those talents in abundance."
Speaking at the ceremony Sir Alan Parker said: "The UK has produced some of the finest filmmakers in the world, and if we are to have a successful UK film industry in the future then we need to be developing tomorrow's talents today.
"If a kid's going to a multiplex and they're seeing all these films, they're observing someone else's work, with First Light they can actually do it for themselves, they can actually get involved and see that they too can also be creative.
"Despite having little or no previous experience of filmmaking, these young people have produced many extremely high quality films, and they can be extremely proud of the result of their efforts."
Messages broadcast at the ceremony included Richard Curtis (Writer of Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill, and writer/director of Love Actually):
"Aside from people turning into filmmakers who get nominated for BAFTAs, I think one of the brilliant things about young people making films is that it teaches them to be interested in their own lives. I would always advise a young filmmaker to make a film about their own lives, about the things they actually know about. I think that's the prime quality to get you through life."
Duncan Kenworthy (Producer of 28 Days Later, Notting Hill, Living with Dinosaurs) says, "How wonderful it would have been and how wonderful it is now, you can offer children the ages of 7 to 18 the opportunity to make their own films. And obviously not everyone who has the opportunity through First Light is going to end up making movies, but some of them will. After all, I mean Spielberg started when he was 11 making films - how wonderful it would be if we found the new Spielberg, the British Spielberg."
Emma Watson (Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films), adds, "I judged the comedy category and I have to say I was so pleased to be picked as a judge. I've never done anything like it before and when I saw the films I was so surprised, they were so good. I couldn't believe it had come from people my age, the actresses, the camera, all the different ideas, the script. Some of them had been really, really clever with how they'd used the camera, they faded some bits out, they'd cut different bits in and out and I was really amazed with how excellent they were - I was really surprised."
Notes to Editors:
1. Digital stills, extracts and copies of the winning films are available from the UK Film Council Press Office.
2. First Light was launched in May 2001 to fund and inspire the making of short digital films, reflecting the diversity of young people's lives. First Light is an initiative supported by the UK Film Council with Lottery funding and managed by Hi8us First Light Limited.
3. The UK Film Council is the lead agency for film in the UK ensuring that the economic, cultural and educational aspects of film are effectively represented at home and abroad. We invest Government grant-in-aid and Lottery money in film development and production; training; international development and export promotion; distribution and exhibition; and education. Our aim is to deliver lasting benefits to the industry and the public alike through:
- creativity - encouraging the development of new talent, skills, and creative and technological innovation in UK film and assisting new and established film-makers to produce successful and distinctive British films;
- enterprise - supporting the creation and growth of sustainable businesses in the film sector, providing access to finance and helping the UK film industry compete successfully in the domestic and global marketplace;
- imagination - promoting education and an appreciation and enjoyment of cinema by giving UK audiences access to the widest range of UK and international cinema, and by supporting film culture and heritage.
Distributed by PR Newswire on behalf of UK Film Council
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Feb. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The second annual "Night Before" event to benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) raised $3.5 million dollars -- $1 million dollars more than last year's inaugural event. This year's event was again held at the Beverly Hills Hotel on the eve of the Academy Awards®.
The casual, fun-filled party drew a star-studded guest list, headed up by members of the host committee, including: Jennifer Aniston, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, Courtney Cox and David Arquette, Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio, Angelina Jolie, Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, Renee Zellweger, and Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas. Joining them were such luminaries as Oprah Winfrey, Clint Eastwood, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Will Smith, Jude Law, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, Kevin Spacey, Elton John, Ben Stiller, Marsha Gay Harden, Patricia Clarkson, Alec Baldwin, Ben Kingsley, Holly Hunter, Jack Black, Martin Short, Donald Trump, Melanie Griffith and Antonio Banderas, Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Sylvester Stallone, Kim Catrall, Kristen Davis, Camryn Manheim, Sean Hayes, Megan Mullally, Pierce Brosnan, Amber Tamblyn, Bonnie Hunt and many more.
Also taking part in the benefit were such corporate leaders as The Coca-Cola Company, Hewlett-Packard, Ford Motor Company, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Reed Elsevier. All proceeds raised at the "Night Before" go directly to benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund.
In 2003, the Beverly Hills Hotel provided the inaugural "Night Before" benefit a little piece of history when, for the first time ever, it decked over the pool for the event. This year, history repeated itself as the hotel's pool area was decked out and over.
Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman MPTF Foundation Board of Directors, said, "Once again, the management and staff of the Beverly Hills Hotel have come through for the Motion Picture & Television Fund, creating the perfect setting for our benefit. We truly couldn't do it without them, or without the cooperation and support of the city of Beverly Hills. I also want to add my thanks to our illustrious host committee, whose names have been at the forefront of this fundraiser's success."
Ken Scherer, CEO of the MPTF Foundation, noted, "MPTF Community Services experienced a significant increase in client contacts in 2003. The proceeds from the Night Before event and other generous donors allowed MPTF to add social workers and provide more direct care and support to a record number of industry workers who are turning to the Fund at the most critical times of need.
"We are grateful to all those who give back to our industry through their support of MPTF. And we are particularly grateful to our corporate partners, Coca-Cola, Ford, Hewlett-Packard, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Reed Business/Variety, for their generous leadership commitment to the 'Night Before.'"
In addition to the remarkable celebrity turnout, the following corporate sponsors had an important presence at the benefit:
Reed Elsevier, a world leading publisher and information provider, took on a sponsorship role in the second annual "Night Before" event to benefit the MPTF. With principal operations in North America and Europe, Reed Elsevier operates in the scientific, legal, educational and business-to-business sectors, providing high value and flexible information solutions to professional end users, with increasing emphasis on internet delivery. They are also the parent company to numerous publications, including Variety. As a souvenir of an already stellar evening, a complimentary copy of Variety's popular lifestyle publication, VLife(TM), was placed in each car at the valet check-in.
Jim Casella, CEO Reed Business Information, commented, "MPTF and Variety are both longstanding Hollywood institutions. The people who benefit from MPTF's services are also a large part of our readership, so we are proud to support the Fund's efforts in every way possible."
Hewlett-Packard and fellow sponsor Variety teamed to give guests a special photo keepsake of the occasion. With the help of HP's latest digital imaging technology, guests could get their photo taken holding a customized issue of Variety, in a take-off of its Trendsetters campaign.
As they did last year, HP also enabled guests at the benefit to send personalized e-mails via HP Tablet PCs to former motion picture and television employees who reside at the MPTF hospital and retirement communities.
Carly Fiorina, HP Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "HP is delighted to assist in connecting those who have committed their livelihood to advancing the inventive spirit of the film industry."
Providing refreshments throughout the evening, Coca-Cola served up their newest flavor, Diet Coke with Lime, at the Coca-Cola cabana. In keeping with their ad campaign for the new soft drink -- "Put the lime in the coconut and shake it all up" -- their booth had a distinctly tropical theme and the Diet Coke with Lime was served in coconuts by waiters in tropical shirts.
Steven J. Heyer, President and Chief Operating Officer of The Coca-Cola Company stated: "As a company that has operations in more than 200 countries around the world, The Coca-Cola Company has an ongoing commitment to give back to the communities where we do business. We know the Motion Picture & Television Fund shares this commitment, as it has been providing support to members of the entertainment community for more than 80 years. We applaud them for their efforts, and for inspiring this special evening."
Ford Motor Company:
Joining the sponsor roster for the first time this year, Ford created a custom racing game exclusively for the "Night Before" that added fun and excitement to the event. Two competitors at a time could sit in the driver's seat of a replica of Ford's new hybrid car and take over the controls to race each other on a route projected on a plasma screen. Befitting the timing of the party, the object of the race was the Oscar® ceremonies, with the start on Mulholland Drive and the Finish Line at the Kodak Theatre. In addition to the mock car, an actual hybrid model was also on display in the Valet drop-off area for guests to check out.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts:
With all the delicious food being served at the event, guests hopefully saved room for some dessert, courtesy of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. At the Krispy Kreme booth, guests could throw calorie and carb concerns to the wind and sample such treats as a doughnut ice cream sundae, or s'mores, made with cake doughnuts. And to end the night on a sweet note, a sample box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts was placed in everyone's cars.
Scott Livengood, Chairman, President and CEO of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, said, "Krispy Kreme is pleased to take part in the 'Night Before' event and contribute to the important work of the Motion Picture & Television Fund. It is one of the year's most exciting events, because it serves the greater purpose of raising awareness and extending the reach of health and human services to those who have given so much to the entertainment industry-many of them behind the scenes and in supporting roles. I commend Jeffrey Katzenberg and the MPTF team for their continued work for such a wonderful cause."
For the second year in a row, Reebok created an on-site "store," where guests were invited to choose from a variety of styles of Reebok shoes. At the end of the evening the complimentary shoes were ready for pick up in the style and size selected.
The "Night Before" event was coordinated by Robyn Leuthe and designed by Walter Hubert of Silver Birches. The Beverly Hills Hotel provided the catering.
For 82 years, The Motion Picture & Television Fund has served the entertainment industry as its foremost provider of health and human services. The mission of the organization is to enrich the lives of people in the industry through health care, children's day care, social and charitable services, and, retirement and residential services offered with compassion and respect for the dignity of each person.
The hottest party of the night? How about the big shindig at the home of New Line Cinema's Bob Shaye. This mansion on the hill has a huge lawn which a huge circus tent was erected over a six-day period. Then furniture and rugs were brought in to decorate the big top, and the rest is history.
I would say it was the house that "Lord of the Rings" built, but really it's more likely a benefit of the original AOL-Time Warner merger a couple of years ago. Nevertheless, the beautiful home, full of staggeringly real art and views of the City of Angels, was able to accommodate several hundred guests last night who came to celebrate hobbits and hermits (think Harvey Pekar, subject of "American Splendor." )
Dining on food cooked by Wolfgang Puck (who was there, wearing his stained toque) was quite an assemblage of this town's bold-faced names. The list begins with "Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson and three of the series' stars: Liv Tyler (who brought dad Steven, of Aerosmith fame, and husband Royston Langdon), John Rhys-Davies, and Sean Astin. You could go all the way from that worthy group to the completely ridiculous: Paris Hilton, who on Friday had managed to be the first adult porno queen to appear on a "family" sitcom on ABC's TGIF (George Lopez Show). And there was no ten-minute delay!
From there, you name it, starting with two James Bonds under the same tent: Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan. There was Hollywood royalty, like Shirley MacLaine, Omar Sharif, Michelle Phillips, and Michael York, plus two members of the original Godfather cast, Robert Duvall and James Caan.
And then, just a stupefying gang of famous faces everywhere you turned: Penny Marshall, Julianne Moore, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Bob Newhart, Monty Python's Eric Idle, Brendan Fraser, Peter Gallagher, John Waters, photographer Peter Beard, "Star Caps" diva Nikki Haskell, "Elf" star Will Farrell and director Jon Favreau, Michael "Kramer" Richards, Chad Lowe and Academy Award-winning wife Hilary Swank, Geena Davis, Rebecca De Mornay, Harvey Keitel, Sela Ward, Cheech Marin, writer/director Mike Binder, Robert Englund, and "American Splendor" stars Paul Giamatti and Hope Davis.
Shaye (and partner Michael Lynne) didn't leave out the new generation of actors, though. I ran into TV's Amber Tamblyn (from "Joan of Arcadia" ), Jason Ritter (son of the late John), "Angel" star David Boreanz, and our pal Troy Garity, who steals "Barbershop 2," and is on the cusp of breaking out big time from his roles in "Bandits" and "Soldier's Girl" (he was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Spirit Award).
The New Liners had their share of corporate titans, too, starting Time Warner chief Richard Parsons, as well as Ted Turner, Sir Howard Stringer, Les Moonves, and HBO Films' Colin Callender.