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”.
“Real Housewife” Sonja Morgan Filing For Bankruptcy. It looks like Bravo’s “Real Housewives” franchise is staying current with the times as yet another star is finding herself in a financial mess. “Real Housewives of New York City” member Sonja Tremont-Morgan has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing $19.8 million in debt and $13.5 million in assets. Gossip sites are reporting that the man-eating blonde on the show is not in denial over her money crisis, unlike some other housewives in the news these days. Morgan explains, “The decision to seek bankruptcy relief was not an easy one, but unfortunately, I am at a crossroads in my life.” Her troubles began with a lawsuit filed against her by Hannibal Pictures, Inc. Reports indicate her production company, Sonja Productions, failed to produce a film called “Fast Flash To Bang Time,” which was to star John Travolta. The project never saw the light of day as her production company couldn’t meet Travolta’s “various conditions” and demands, with Hannibal pressing charges against her and winning $7 million. Despite the circumstances, the reality television star has a few future projects in the works. Morgan still has her spot on the “Real Housewives of New York” cast , and plans to release her own cookbook and potential clothing line as well. Other “Real Housewives” stars such as New Jersey’s Teresa Guidice and Washington D.C.’s Michaele Salahi have also found themselves in hot water and filed for bankruptcy.
Bees Gees and Steven Spielberg in talks to make tell all movie. Robin Gibb has confirmed that he and brother Barry Gibb are in talks for Spielberg to tell the story of the Brothers Gibb. Gibb also says that he has given permission for the original Bee Gees recordings to be used in the movie. The Gibbs were born in England but the family moved to Brisbane, Australia when Barry, Maurice and Robin were children. Brother Andy Gibb was a baby when the family left England. The Bee Gees made their first television appearance in Brisbane in 1960 when Barry was 14-years old and the twins were 10. In 1963, the Bee Gees signed with Festival Records in Sydney and released three singles, but it wasn’t until 1965 when they had their first minor hit with ‘Wine and Women’. In 1965, Festival Records released their first album ‘The Bee Gees Sing and Play 14 Barry Gibb Songs’. Barry was 19, the twins were 15. In 1966, the brothers went back to England and on the journey (by boat) back, they received word of their first number one single when ‘Spicks and Specks’ topped the Australian chart. In England, they met and signed with Robert Stigwood, another Aussie. They had their first UK hit in 1967 with ‘New York Mining Disaster 1941′. Before long, they broke into America and appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and Laugh In. Early US hits included ‘I’ve Gotta Get A Message To You’ and ‘I Started A Joke’. In the USA, Ahmet Ertegun hooked the Bees Gees up with producer Arif Mardin who changed their sound to R&B. Songs like ‘Jive Talking’ and ‘Nights On Broadway’ resonated with the American audience and they became major stars. The next album, ‘Children Of The World’ in 1976 made music history with the hit track ‘You Should Be Dancing’. It became the benchmark of the disco sound. Stigwood used the musical success and wrapped it around a movie. The film was ‘Saturday Night Fever’. It made a star of John Travolta and made the Bee Gees the hottest musical act on the planet. The last Bee Gees album was ‘This Is Where I Came In’ in 2001. On January 12, 2003, Maurice Gibb died suddenly from a heart attack and the Barry and Robin decided to never perform again as The Bee Gees.
Oprah Winfrey To Shoulder Audiences’ Taxes For Australian Trip. When Oprah Winfrey said her audience will get an all-expenses paid trip to Australia, they will get an all-expenses paid trip to Australia. The media mogu’s very lucky audience won’t be shelling out a single cent, including tax and passport fees, for their trip Down Under. According to Larry Edema from Michigan, one of the 300 audiences set to fly with Oprah and pilot John Travolta later this year, Oprah hired a certified public accountant to address the tax issue after the show’s taping. He told our source that the CPA informed that that all taxes associated with the trip would be truly 100 percent free, and all expenses will be “handled by the Oprah show.” That includes all sightseeing costs and travel-related expenses, including passport costs for those who can’t afford them. But the 100 percent free tag doesn’t include the government of New South Wales in Australia, which was handed a $2.7 million expense for Oprah and the gang’s visit. Oprah famously gave away brand new cars to all of her audience members in 2004, but it was laden with controversy after it was learned that the tax associated with the generous gift, around $7,000 each, would not be covered by the show.
Director John Woo Honored In Venice With Lifetime Achievement Award. Chinese film director and producer John Woo was awarded a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival in Italy on Friday. This is Woo’s second significant film honor of the summer after he received an award in his native Hong Kong in July for his contributions to the movie industry, receiving the Silver Bauhinia Star. His previous film credits include working as a director for “Face/Off,” “Hard Target,” “Broken Arrow,” and “Mission: Impossible 2.” After accepting his latest award on Friday, Woo, 64, told the press, “I would like to be a bridge between the good things of the West and the East, so we can further our mutual knowledge and build a strong friendship.” His next films will include a future edition of “Mighty Mouse” in either animation or live-action with CGI, and a remake of “Papillon.”
Nicolas Cage Pulls Out Of Drama Flick 2 Weeks Before Start Date. Nicolas Cage has abruptly left a new drama flick two weeks before it was due to start production. The cash-strapped actor, who owes millions to the IRS, apparently left “Trespass” for a vacation on the Bahamas. Our source reports that Cage was locked into a $7 million deal for the picture, which would have seen him co-starring with Nicole Kidman. The film will star Kidman as half of a married couple taken hostage by thieves. Cage was originally set to play her husband, but he switched roles within the last two weeks and instead decided to be the leader of the kidnappers. The husband role was apparently offered to Live Schreiber, but he hasn’t accepted yet. Unfortunately, Millenium Films will also have to look for someone to play the kidnapper leader after Cage pulled out unexpectedly two weeks before production was due to start. No one knew why he backed out, but the trade suggested that perhaps he had been burned out from working on and doing press junket for films, most recently in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.” Not to mention, he is also dealing with the stress of paying $14 million in back taxes to the IRS. As for the film, Millenium will be kicking off production on schedule, pending the casting of Cage’s replacement
Charlize Theron and Robert Downey Jr. are a couple more stars you can expect to see at the Academy Awards this Sunday. According to People.com, the team behind the ceremony announced Theron, Downey Jr., and a slew of other stars who’ll be presenting Oscars to the winners yesterday. Theron at the Oscars in 2000 (Bauer Griffin)
Theron scored a Best Actress prize in 2003 for her turn as a killer in Monster, and she’s a constant fixture on the red carpet (we can’t wait to see her gown!) As for Downey, he was nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category last year for Tropic Thunder but lost out to the late Heath Ledger. And even though he didn’t score a nod this time around for Sherlock Holmes, he did win a Golden Globe award for that performance. In addition to these two, Oscar winners Barbra Streisand and Kathy Bates will be joining the bunch. People.com reports that Queen Latifah, Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta are on the roster as well. Sounds like a lively bunch! Teen favorites like Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner are also attending this year, in addition to comedians Steve Carell and Tina Fey, so we can definitely expect some laughs.
“Grease” Actor Jeff Conaway Hospitalized Following Staircase Accident. “Grease” star Jeff Conaway has suffered “devastating injuries” following a staircase accident on Monday morning. His girlfriend says he suffered a brain hemorrhage after the fall. Vikki Lizzi told TMZ that the 59-year-old actor fell down a staircase at his home and obtained a broken hip, broken arm, fractured neck, and a brain hemorrhage. He is currently in the emergency room and will be undergoing surgery on his hip. Conaway, who played John Travolta’s best friend in the 1978 classic musical, has had a public battle with drug addiction. He appeared in VH1 reality series “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew” in 2008, where it his addiction to cocaine, alcohol, and painkillers was revealed. He was first married to “Grease” co-star Olivia Newton-John’s older sister, Rona. The marriage lasted from 1980 to 1985.
PUPILS at a north-east academy are set to step into the shoes of John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer and Zac Efron as they become one of the first schools to perform a production of the hit Broadway musical Hairspray. About 80 pupils from Mearns Academy at Laurencekirk attended the first workshop aimed at selecting a cast last week, while a further workshop took place last night to whittle the number down. Show producer Derek Noble, faculty head of music Continue reading →
Actor Vince Vaughn has confessed he is ready to have kids for the first time. ‘The Break-Up’ star, who previously dated Jennifer Aniston, is set to tie the knot with his Canadian girlfriend Kyla Weber. The 39-year-old revealed is prepared to settle down and start a family. “It’s the first time that I really want to have kids,” Contactmusic quoted him as telling People magazine. “I’ve been very fortunate in my career, and my life has been about that for so long that you get bored of it. “You’re ready for your life to be about other people and other things,” he added. Vince Vaughn has established himself as one of Hollywood’s biggest names in comedy. He counts “Fred Claus” as his third collaboration Continue reading →