Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon under fire for calling the Pope a Nazi

Mel Gibson may just be breathing a sigh of relief, glad to have the spot light off himself.
Outspoken award-winning actress Susan Sarandon has come under fire from Catholic and Jewish groups after she called German pontiff Pope Benedict XVI a Nazi over the weekend in a discussion panel at the Hamptons Film Festival.

Sarandon, who won an Academy Award for her role in the 1995 anti-death penalty film “Dead Man Walking,”  said she had sent a copy of the book, on which the film is based, to the Pope.

Sarandon reportedly told Newsday and the Ciroc Vodka-sponsored panel, “The last one. Not the Nazi one we have now.”

The guests present did not appear to be bothered by the actress’ comment, pausing to pose with her for photos, praising her work with UNICEF, and applauding her staunch support of the “Occupy Wall Street” movement. However, the Catholic League of America quickly condemned Sarandon for her “obscene” words. The Jewish community also voiced strong criticism against Sarandon.

Sarandon’s Hollywood agent refused to comment.

The verdict is still out if the 65-year-old actress’s reputation will suffer in the long run. Sarandon is very verbal and open about many controversial causes and matters.

HANDS-ON ACTING & FILM SCHOOL

HANDS-ON ACTING & FILM SCHOOL

HANDS-ON ACTING & FILM SCHOOL

HANDS-ON ACTING & FILM SCHOOL  The New York Film Academy’s School of Film and Acting is honored to be the school of choice of many luminaries in the film industry who have sent their family members to study with us. They include Steven Spielberg, Al Pacino, Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Jodie Foster, Kevin Kline, Pierce Brosnan, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, Bono(U2), directors Stephen Frears, Peter Bogdonavich, Roger Donaldson and James L. Brooks among others. The Film Academy was founded on the philosophy that “learning by doing” combined with best industry practices is more valuable than years of theoretical study for filmmakers and actors. This educational model allows students to achieve more in less time than at all other film or acting schools in the world.  NYFA offers an Accelerated Three-year Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree program in Filmmaking, as well as two-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees in Filmmaking, Acting for Film, Cinematography, Screenwriting, Producing and Photography, and two-year Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degrees in Filmmaking and Acting for Film at our Los Angeles campus at Universal Studios. They are structured for students who want intensive training from award winning faculty using professional facilities and equipment starting their first day of classes; better preparing them for a career in the motion picture and entertainment industries. For those that are considering sharpening their skills, each of our film schools and acting schools offer short term filmmaking and acting workshops as well. We also host summer camps throughout the world that are designed for high school aged students. Are you ready for the most challenging and rewarding experience of your life? Gain unsurpassed real world experience to prepare you for a career in filmmaking, acting for film, screenwriting, producing, cinematography, 3D animation or musical theatre. You can enroll in a short-term workshop or spend one, two or three years dedicated to perfecting your craft, instead of just reading books and attending lectures. In a One-year Filmmaking Program at the New York Film Academy, you will write, shoot, direct and edit 8 projects and work on crew of 28 more! Register in any of our world-class programs and get the experience you need to excel in your field. NYFA is considered the best hands-on film school in the world by many of today’s top filmmakers.

Amanda Peet, on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS

Amanda Peet, on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS

Amanda Peet, on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS

Fr 5/7: Amanda Peet and  Nick Griffin plus Wale on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS. Amanda Peet, Born on January 11th, 1972, Amanda Peet grew up in New York and made a decidedly unconventional debut into showbiz: At three-years-old, a thoroughly uninvited Peet jumped onto a stage during the middle of a play. Despite the auspicious beginning, Peet treated acting as more of a hobby than anything else, and only began to consider it a potential career after her drama professor at Columbia University encouraged her to audition for renowned acting teacher Uta Hagen. Peet studied with Hagen for four years, during which time she participated in the off-Broadway revival +Awake and Sing. Though she would eventually be voted one of the year’s 50 most beautiful people in a 2000 issue of People magazine — not to mention participate with the likes of Susan Sarandon, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jack Nicholson — Peet worked as a waitress during the first few years of her acting career. The sloe-eyed brunette made her onscreen debut in Craig Singer’s Animal Room (1996). That same year, she could also be seen in an episode of Law & Order, and went on to play a role in Grind (1996), a crime drama starring Billy Crudup. Before long, Peet landed a small role in the Michelle Pfeiffer-George Clooney romantic comedy One Fine Day. Since then, the actress has continued to build both her film and television credits: in 1997, she appeared in the AIDS drama Touch Me, and the following year she had sizable roles in South Boston crime drama Southie with Donnie Wahlberg and Rose McGowan, which won the American Independent award at the 1998 Seattle Film Festival. On television, she could be seen guest starring on a number of shows including Seinfeld and Ellen Foster. In 1999, she got her own television show, Jack & Jill, on the WB network. That same year, she could be seen playing Sean Patrick Flanery’s fiancée in Simply Irresistible and then acting as his bedmate in Body Shots, another in the long line of explorations into pre-millennial twentysomething dating fear. After starring in director Neil Turitz’s debut Two Ninas, Peet landed a leading role in Peter M. Cohen’s independent comedy Whipped. While the film itself performed dismally, Peet met her boyfriend, Brian Van Holt, on the set. Despite it’s independent status, Whipped was given a solid amount of mainstream marketing, and Peet was praised for a game performance in the face of an admittedly weak script. After a small role in 2000′s Isn’t She Great with Bette Midler and Nathan Lane, Peet was finally recognized by critics and audiences alike in The Whole Nine Yards. Though the film itself did not fare particularly well, Peet was praised for holding her own against Hollywood heavy-hitter Bruce Willis, which certainly didn’t hurt her when it came time to audition for Saving Silverman, which placed her opposite Jason Biggs while he was still reeling from the success of American Pie. In 2002, Peet played a considerably less vicious wife in Changing Lanes with Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson, and won no small amount of praise for her performance as the heroin-addled mistress of Kieran Culkin’s godfather in Igby Goes Down. Peet would go on to star opposite film veterans Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson in Nancy Meyers’ Something’s Gotta Give, in which she stars as Nicholson’s scandalously young girlfriend, as well as James Mangold’s psychological thriller Identity with John Cusack. In 2004, Peet signed on for the sequel to The Whole Nine Yards (aptly titled The Whole Ten Yards), and acted alongside Will Ferrell, Chloë Sevigny, and Josh Brolin in the Woody Allen feature Melinda and Melinda. The next year, Peet starred alongside Ashton Kutcher in the romantic comedy A Lot Like Love, before joining the cast of the politically charged thriller Syriana. Then, in 2006, the actress accepted a recurring role on the one-hour drama Studio 60 On the Sunset Strip. The Aaron Sorkin written series received major critical acclaim but was cancelled after just one season. Undeterred, Peet next teamed up with John Cusack for the quirky, heartfelt drama Martian Child.  

The other guest: Nick Griffin was born in Barnet and grew up in Halesworth in rural Suffolk, England.  Initially educated at two Suffolk private schools, St Felix School (in Southwold) and Woodbridge School, Nick studied history and then law at Downing College, Cambridge and boxed while at Cambridge and was awarded a full blue for representing the University against Oxford three years running, losing the first year on points and winning in the next two with first round stoppages. Nick graduated with an honours degree in Law.  Nick is married to Jackie, a specialist nurse, living in Wales. They have four children, now more or less grown up. All are bi-lingual in English and Welsh. Mr Griffin was elected to lead the BNP by a large majority vote of the membership in a secret ballot in September 1999, and re-elected with nearly 90% of the vote in 2007.

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“Wall Street” Sequel’s Release Date Pushed Back

"Wall Street" Sequel's Release Date Pushed Back

"Wall Street" Sequel's Release Date Pushed Back

“Wall Street” Sequel’s Release Date Pushed Back. The anticipated sequel to the Oliver Stone cult classic “Wall Street” has been pushed back for five months. “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps” was originally slated to hit theaters on April 23, but will now unspool on September 24. 20th Century Fox is apparently hoping its gala release at the Cannes Film Festival will give Stone a chance to launch the film in an international platform. Deadline Hollywood also cites the World Cup as the culprit. Sources said that while the soccer tournament doesn’t overly interest the U.S., the same cannot be said for the other countries so the international box office performance of the film will likely suffer in the summer.  With a scarce marketing campaign, pushing back the film, which sees Michael Douglas reprise his iconic role as Gordon Gekko, may be a great idea. “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps” also stars Shia LaBeouf as his new protégé, Josh Brolin, Susan Sarandon, Frank Langella, and Carey Mulligan

The 63rd Annual Tony Awards Pack a Punch with Performance-Filled Telecast

 Broadway TixThe 63rd Annual Tony Awards   On the stage at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall. The three-hour ceremony will be broadcast live (ET/PT time delay) on the CBS Television Network from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. Additional performances for the 63rd Annual Tony Awards® Telecast were announced today. Dolly Parton along with the cast of 9 to 5: The Musical; Elton John with the cast of Billy Elliot, The Musical; Liza Minnelli; Stockard Channing; and the band Poison along with the cast of Rock of Ages, will be taking the stage, joining previously announced performances by this year’s Tony-nominated Best Musicals and Best Musical Revivals, including: Billy Elliot, The Musical; Guys and Dolls; HAIR; Next to Normal; Pal Joey; Rock of Ages; Shrek the Musical; and West Side Story.  Celebrating Broadway across America – this year’s Tony Telecast will also feature some of Broadway’s favorites who are currently touring cities across the United States – Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde The Musical and Mamma Mia! Becky Gulsvig, who is on tour as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, The Musical, will perform a number from the hit show. The Jersey Boys performance will feature five current actors who are currently playing the role of Frankie Valli, in various performances – Joseph Leo Bwarie, representing the Toronto company; Rick Faugno, representing the Las Vegas company, Courter Simmons, representing the national tour and Dominic Scaglione, Jr. representing the Chicago company, will perform a number together from the show. Michelle Dawson, Kittra Wynn Coomer and Rachel Tyler, currently on stage, as the Three Dynamos at the Pioneer Center in Reno, Nevada will perform a number from Mamma Mia!    Presenters for the 63rd Annual Tony Awards include, Lucie Arnaz, Kate Burton, Kristin Chenoweth, Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, Edie Falco, Will Ferrell, Carrie Fisher, Jane Fonda, Hallie Foote, James Gandolfini, Lauren Graham, Colin Hanks, Marcia Gay Harden, Nicole Kidman, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Lange, Frank Langella, Angela Lansbury, Samantha Mathis, Audra McDonald, Lin-Manuel Miranda, David Hyde Pierce, Piper Perabo, Oliver Platt, Susan Sarandon, Kevin Spacey, John Stamos and Chandra Wilson.  Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, The Tony Awards will be broadcast live in HD, from Radio City Music Hall on CBS, Sunday, June 7th, 8:00 – 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT time delay). The 2009 Tony Awards are presented by the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. To view the live Tony Awards pre-telecast, featuring the Creative Arts Awards, please log onto www.TonyAwards.com at 7:00 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, June 7th. For the first time ever, fans in the New York area are invited to watch the Tony Awards simulcast in Times Square. Live from Radio City Music Hall, the Tony Awards will be simulcast on the Clearchannel Spectacolor HD Screen, from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. and will feature the pre-telecast Creative Arts Awards and the Tony Awards broadcast. Seating will be provided in Duffy Square. 

About Tony Awards
The 2009 Tonys are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing. At The Broadway League, Nina Lannan is Chairman and Charlotte St. Martin is Executive Director. At the American Theatre Wing, Theodore S. Chapin is Chairman and Howard Sherman is Executive Director. For Tony Award Productions, Alan Wasser and Allan Williams of Alan Wasser Associates are the General Managers.

Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss/White Cherry Entertainment are Executive Producers of the 2009 Tony Awards. Mr. Weiss will also serve as Director of the 2009 Tony Awards.

The official partners of the Tony Awards are Visa, the exclusive card accepted at

the Tony Awards; and IBM, which develops, designs, and hosts the official Tony Awards web site, www.TonyAwards.com.

The official supporters of the Tony Awards are Continental Airlines, the official airline of the Tony Awards; and Sprint, the official communications provider of the Tony Awards. The presenting sponsor of the Tony Awards Red Carpet is Audemars Piguet.

Promotional and media partners for the 2009 Tony Awards include USA Today, Van Wagner Communications, Clear Channel Spectacolor, Macy’s, TheaterMania.com, and BWYNOW (299669) The Mobile Way to Broadway.

Pride London Festival

pride_londonOnce again this year, London will be celebrating Pride with a fortnight-long festival before the main event on 5 July. Scott McPherson gives you a sample of the events on offer.

Scott McPherson

This year Pride London has organised a two-week arts festival from 20 June to 6 July, boasting a packed line-up of innovative artists, performers and public figures which culminates in parade day on 5 July. This years theme is Fairytales, Myths and Legends, so here’s hoping we’ll see more than a few homos dressed like characters from Enchanted (especially Susan Sarandon).

But it’s not all beauties and beasts, over the fortnight you can listen to music, poetry, watch theatre and discuss the issues affecting us now with well-respected speakers, politicians and people from the queer community. Or you can just hang around Old Compton Street drinking, whatever floats your boat (or likely tickles your fancy), Whatever you decide to get up to, with a host of sports and social events the festival truly offers something for everyone.

To help you prepare yourselves for 14 days of extravaganza and debauchery where Pride is the word, here are just a few selections from the packed Pride programme

WHO    Rosie Wilby – I Am Nesia
WHAT    Comedian Rosie Wilby is no stranger to queer events, having appeared at Comedy Camp, Homotopia, Glasgay and previous Pride events. Even before she turned her hand to stand-up, she sang as part of The Queer Choir in the 90s. I Am Nesia sees Wilby tackle the troubles of the mind – namely losing it. Her investigation into the human memory (or lack of it) will more than likely see her somewhat distracted by playing games and telling her life story.
WHERE    Etc Theatre, Camden High St, NW1
WHEN    26 June, 7.30pm
COST    £6.50
CONTACT    etceteratheatre.com

WHO    LGBT paintballing
WHAT    Get that road/pavement rage out of your system by shooting your friends – with paint of course. You’ll get full guidance and instructions before you get your hands on your weapon and let loose on a choice of 10 different game zones. With the latest semi-automatic guns, paintball suit and full kit including body armour, Lara Croft will look like a nun compared to you. Hell, maybe you can even dress as a nun, this is Pride after all. Once you’re done with the slaughter you’ll even get a light lunch and get the chance to win trophies. (Nun battle armour not included.)
WHERE    Campaign Paintball Park, junction 10 of the M25 near Cobham, Surrey
WHEN    22 June from 9.30am
COST    £10 per person (book one week in advance)
CONTACT    01932 865 999, quote “Pride London” or visit campaign-paintball.com

WHO    Volleyball in Hyde Park
WHAT    Women with balls – we love them on so many levels, so we’re particularly loving the Dynamos, London’s lesbian volleyball club. Making the most of what little sun we’re likely to have over the coming months the girls hit Hyde Park every Thursday and Sunday to take part in a bout of volleyball. And they want you! Experience is not necessary, but it’s probably best if you’re not one of those people that runs from flying balls screeching. Even better, they’re usually to be found in the pub afterwards.
WHERE    Broad Walk, Hyde Park
WHEN    22, 26 and 29 June and 3 July from 4pm
COST    Free
CONTACT    dynamodykes.org.uk

WHO    BGMAG/Stonewall – Film Screening
WHAT    Screening of the award-winning satirical short film on hip-hop, Over Da Rainbow, followed by a panel discussion with the director and other guests. Not suitable for homophobes…period, yells the tagline. And just as well really.
WHERE    Curzon Soho, Shaftesbury Avenue
WHEN    18 June from 6pm
COST    Tickets are free, but strictly limited
CONTACT    laks.mann@pridelondon.org

WHO    Pride Sings at West End Live
WHAT    Lovers of show tunes rejoice – The London Gay Men’s Chorus will be singing a selection of numbers from their upcoming show Songs of Innocence and Experience at West End Live. This event also includes performances from a number of West End shows, so you never know, you might end up bumping into Elphaba, Tracey Turnblad or even Judy Garland. Throw in a number of displays and exhibits from London’s top museums (anyone seen trying to make off with one of the Supremes’ old frocks will be severely reprimanded/rewarded) and this is the event you can take your mum to.
WHERE    Leicester Square
WHEN    21 June, from 11am and 22 June from 12pm
COST    Free
CONTACT    westendlive.co.uk

WHO    LGBT Youth Film Academy
WHAT    We all know what happened when Madonna fancied herself as a film star and director. Help is on hand (for you, not her). Despite dalliances with YouTube you might not quite be Spielberg (yet), or like Norma Desmond perhaps you’re ready for your close-up. Whatever your passion, Pride London is whisking a lucky few off to a mansion in Hampstead with three film crews, thanks to a collaboration with Youth@Pride and the LGBT Youth Council. Whatever you’re thinking don’t be shy about it as the resulting film will be shown on the main stage at Pride 2008 to thousands of people.
WHERE    Hampstead Heath, email for venue details
WHEN    28 June, 10am and 29 June, 5.30pm
COST    Free
CONTACT    youth@pridelondon.org

WHO    Age Concern Camden Summer Party
WHAT    A party for older queer people to celebrate the achievements and activism of our community to date. Drinks and nibbles will be provided, with some light entertainment, which may or may not involve a sing-along around the piano (we’re just kidding, they could likely give us a run for our money).
WHERE    Henderson Court Resource Centre, Fitzjohns Avenue, NW3
WHEN    24 June, 6pm
COST    Free
CONTACT    N.Maxwell@ageconcerncamden.org.uk

WHO    Vibration 2
WHAT    Gay girlies and their friends will be partaking in the best Sapphic talent that London has to offer when this particular party comes to town. Bands, acoustic performers and singer/songwriters will share the spotlight with DJs, artists and dancers as Vibration 2 gears up to support women in the entertainment industry. A raffle will include signed Cliks merchandise and the line-up includes Return Of The Furies, Noah, Geekgirl, Izit-U, Mad Moisselles and a mystery special guest.
WHERE    Punk, Soho Street, W1
WHEN    25 June from 7pm
COST    £8 in advance from ticketweb.co.uk, £10 on the door
CONTACT    myspace.com/vibrationlondon

WHO    French Paste
WHAT    Somewhere over the rainbow there’s a land without any trouble, a land where men wear drag and imitate famous film stars, a land where homophobia doesn’t exist… And no it’s not Soho. It’s 1987 and those infamous unpredicted storms are brewing over gay couple Tom and Stephen. Tom sees life through the eyes of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz. Then he meets a prospective soap star, Geraldine, and his life “in black-and-white in Brixton” falls apart. This particular production also features a cameo performance by Michael Fish, the weatherman most associated with the 1987 hurricanes. We’d have liked Wincey Willis, but you can’t have it all.
WHERE    Shaw Theatre, Euston Road, NW1
WHEN    1, 2 and 8 July, 8pm
COST    £20-£30
CONTACT    0870 033 2600 or theshawtheatre.com

WHO    LGBT Youth Pre-Pride Party
WHAT    In direct contrast to the Age Concern party, the baby queers are having a party too, promising to kick off the Pride celebrations with a bang – we’ll leave the obvious pun to you. If you’re lucky enough to be under 25 (and don’t gloat because it won’t last long) this free party will be held at a swish Bond Street location.
WHERE    Venue details on registration
WHEN    27 June from 6pm
COST    Free entry
CONTACT    pre-party@pridelondon.org

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