Michael J. Fox will be honored with the Golden Camera International Lifetime Achievement Award. The ‘Back to the Future” star, who has been battling Parkinson’s disease since 1991, will receive the award at a ceremony in Germany on Saturday.
The German listings magazine Horzu in Berlin, which hosts the yearly event, will honor Fox for his acting career and for his work in the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research, an organization he founded in 2000.
“Michael J. Fox was always able to make a special contribution to his movie roles using his youthful appearance, boyish charm and humor, a representative for the magazine said in a statement. “With this award, however, we want to do more than pay tribute to this actor’s artistic achievements that have entertained us for decades. We want to express our great admiration for the way he continues to fight Parkinson’s disease both personally and through the work of his foundation.”
But the 49-year-old father of four with wife and actress Tracy Pollan, is showing no signs of slowing down.
Fox, who won the hearts of many for his roles as “Alex P. Keaton” on the show, “Family Ties” and Mike Flaherty in the award-winning comedy show “Spin City,” returned to television recently as a guest star on the CBS drama, “The Good Wife.”
Previous “Lifetime Achievement Award” winners include Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro and Jack Nicholson.
John Travolta will also be at hand Saturday to receive the Golden Camera prize which is presented to the best international actor in recognition of his “many-sided talents”.
Beyonce and Clint Eastwood are in talks to produce a remake of A Star Is Born. Associated Press reports that Warner Bros has confirmed that the two are negotiating to film a version of the oft-remade 1937 film. The film centres around an aspiring Hollywood actress and her relationship with an actor on the wane. It was remade in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason and again in 1976 with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. The producers of the 1976 version, Billy Gerber, Basil Iwanyk and Jon Peters, are slated to produce Clint Eastwood’s new version. Beyonce has long been attached as the lead but there is no word so far on the male co-star. A Warner Bros spokeswoman said that deals have not been finalised but that negotiations are taking place. In a cute little coincidence, Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z had a Kanye West-produced song called ‘A Star Is Born’ on his 2009 album The Blueprint 3.
While some audiences may have thought the new thriller “Green Zone” was a new Jason Bourne flick (it’s from the studio who brought you the “Bourne” films, the director who brought you the two “Bourne” sequels, and the star of the “Bourne” films), star Matt Damon wants to make sure audiences don’t have that confusion again. He’s saying no to anymore Bourne films. Damon starred in “The Bourne Identity,” “The Bourne Supremacy,” and “The Bourne Ultimatum,” which all grossed over $100 million at the U.S. box office. He even has some suggestions for Universal on how to keep the hit franchise moving without him. “I think there’s a good way to do a prequel with someone else, but not me. What any studio is interested in is making a franchise like Bourne an evergreen that can just go on and on,” Damon told Parade magazine. “With me playing him, Bourne got his memory back three times. So I don’t think anybody wants to see me say ‘I don’t remember’ again.” “But you could do a prequel with another actor being the first Bourne before his identity gets passed on to me. In fact, why not two or three? As for me coming back to do him again, I’m just saying no.” The “Bourne” films also saw a lot more green than “Green Zone.” 2007′s “Bourne Ultimatum” opened with $69 million. “Green Zone” earned only $14.3 its first weekend out. But with box-office aside, Damon is ready to move on, like he did with his Oscar-nominated turn in last year’s Clint Eastwood-directed “Invictus.” He next appears in the futuristic “The Adjustment Team” with Emily Blunt and another Eastwood pic, “Hereafter.”
Turner Classic Movies To Celebrate Clint Eastwood’s Birthday With Marathon Movie Session. Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood has a big birthday coming up and Turner Classic Movies is celebrating the prolific filmmaker and actor’s career with a 24-hour marathon and world television premiere of a new documentary. The Oscar winner will turn 80 on May 31 and TCM will kick off the marathon at 6 am ET. Some of Eastwood’s most popular films will be featured in the run, including “Dirty Harry,” “Magnum Force,” “Kelly’s Heroes” and the American Western “Hang ‘Em High.” Fans can also catch the world television premiere of “The Eastwood Factor,” an all-new feature-length documentary narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman and written and directed by critic and film historian Richard Schickel. The documentary will offer fans a rare and personal look into the Hollywood icon, visiting film locations and sites where his movies were created, including the costume department and the Eastwood Scoring Stage on the Warner Bros. lot. Eastwood will also offer candid and humorous interviews about his film, why he choose to do them and numerous clips from his various works. For a full schedule lineup of the day, head to www.tcm.com.
George Clooney’s “Hope For Haiti Now” Telethon Collects $57 Million. George Clooney’s “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon has garnered a record-breaking over $57 million for the victims of the Haitian earthquake. The charity event was flocked by loads of stars, including pal Brad Pitt, Ellen DeGeneres, Madonna, Rihanna, and Wyclef Jean.
The Friday’s broadcast of the charity featured hundreds of stars performing and manning the phones. Clooney led the show from Los Angeles, while Jean led the event from New York. Celebrities at the event included Olivia Wilde, David Archuleta, Reese Witherspoon, Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, Penelope Cruz, Vanessa Hudgens, Madonna, Christian Slater, Robert Pattinson, Nicole Scherzinger, Rose McGowan, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Ben Stiller, Coldplay, Jay-Z, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tom Hanks. Madonna performed “Like a Prayer” via satellite from New York. Justin Timberlake sang “Hallelujah” with Matt Morris. He was seen making nice with ex-girlfriend Cameron Diaz off camera. Jennifer Aniston was also on board, but People magazine sources said she did not cross paths with ex-husband Pitt. The telethon, featuring performances from the evening, also became the biggest one-day album pre-order in iTunes. The money raised will be divided various charities benefitting the Haiti relief fund, including Oxfam America, Partners in Health, UNICEF, Red Cross, Clinton Bush Haiti Foundation, U.N. World Food Program, and Yele Haiti Foundation. “Hope for Haiti Now” will continue to accept donations for the next six months through HopeForHaitiNow.org
Golden Globe winning Actor Morgan Freeman, promotion for his upcoming film “Prom night in Mississippi” is gaining attention, but maybe not for his acting. It seems people are noticing the Actors left hand, which is still limp from an accident in 2008. Some people even thinking that his hand is a fake. Freeman was in his Nissan Maxima near Ruleville, Mississippi on August 3, 2008 when the car left the highway flipping several times. His passenger in the car with him Demaris Meyer, was later to be rescued from the car using Continue reading →
Twilight is an action-packed, modern-day love story between a teenage girl and a vampire. Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart) has always been a little bit different, never caring about fitting in with the trendy girls at her Phoenix high school. When her mother re-marries and sends Bella to live with her father in the rainy little town of Forks, Washington, she doesn’t expect much of anything to change. Then she meets the mysterious and dazzlingly beautiful Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson), a boy unlike any she’s ever met. Edward is a vampire, but he doesn’t have fangs and his family is unique in that they Continue reading →
Don’t get me wrong I love the Golden Globes TV show. You can see it this Sunday on NBC. What other awards telecast sits dressed-to-thrill stars at tables and serves up booze in large quantities prompting loose lips and the delicious possibility of embarrassing acceptance speeches? But, my God, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that distributes these globe-shaped dildos has for sixty six years now been perpetrating a scam that would make Bernie Madoff blush. The 82 voting members of this organization (the Academy has 6000) have had their credentials challenged year after year. Very few members are full-time journalists. The skinny is that they’re in it for the parties and the movie stars and, of course, the annual network TV show which nets them a tasty $6 million. The Globes are notorious for boneheaded decisions. Here are my nominees for their worst calls this year:
–No nomination for Milk, The Dark Knight and The Wrestler as Best Drama, but they find room for The Reader—what’s that all about?
–Clint Eastwood gets ignored for a career-capping performance in Gran Torino, but Brad Pitt makes the cut in Ben Button for having his face digitally painted on small people. Huh? To add insult to injury, the Globes have a comedy category yet pass on Pitt for his real best acting this year in Burn After Reading.
–Tropic Thunder gets ignored for Best Movie Comedy in favor of—get ready—the egregiously unfunny Mamma Mia!
–Here’s my biggest beef with the Globes (I’d enjoy hearing yours): To stock the audiences with stars who draw TV ratings—Brangelina, Kate & Leo—they ignore non-glam actors who deliver truthful performances. Nowhere among the Globe nominees this year are:
Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) and Benicio Del Toro (Che) as Best Actor
Melissa Leo (Frozen River) and Michelle Williams (Wendy and Lucy) as Best Actress
Josh Brolin (Milk), Eddie Marsan (Happy Go Lucky) and Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) as Best Supporting Actor
Rosemary DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married) and Elsa Zylberstein (I’ve Loved You So Long) as Best Supporting Actress
Get yourself in the tabloids, people, that’s the true path to a Golden Globe.