Eddie Redmayne Gets Big Palm Springs International Film Festival Award 

I am sooo proud of our Palm Springs International Film Festival and equally happy that it's happening right in our own backyard! Just this morning, we heard that Eddie Redmayne, who is sweet and fabulous and a great actor to boot, is getting the Desert Palm Achievement Award for the 26th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF). He's being honored for his excellent portrayal of Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything."

Redmayne will be joining previous Desert Palm Achievement Award recipients such as Jeff Bridges, Daniel Day-Lewis, Matthew McConaughey, and Sean Penn. And according to the press release, "in the years they were honored, Bridges, Day-Lewis, McConaughey, and Penn went on to win the Academy Award® for Best Actor."

Hhhmmmm, good karma? Premonition? Happenstance? I sure hope so!

Here's the complete press release:

Palm Springs, CA (November 07, 2014) – The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Eddie Redmayne with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor at its annual Awards Gala. Each year the festival selects an actor and actress to receive this award. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.

“From The Good Shepherd to Les Misérables, Eddie Redmayne has proven himself an actor poised for greatness,” says Harold Matzner, Chairman of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. “In The Theory of Everything, as ALS-stricken scientist Stephen Hawking, Redmayne captivates his audience as he goes through a powerful physical transformation, from a healthy college student to a dependent wheelchair-bound middle-aged man, in what is truly a stunning performance. We are honored to recognize Eddie Redmayne with the 2015 Desert Palm Achievement Award for acting.”

Past actor recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Sean Penn, Matthew McConaughey, and Brad Pitt. In the years they were honored, Bridges, Day-Lewis, McConaughey, and Penn went on to win the Academy Award® for Best Actor, while Cooper, Firth and Pitt received Oscar® nominations.

The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary and uplifting story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, and of two people defying the steepest of odds through love. The Focus Features release, based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking, is directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Man on Wire). The film stars Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Simon McBurney, and David Thewlis.

Eddie Redmayne’s film credits include Les Misérables, My Week with Marilyn, Savage Grace, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Like Minds, The Yellow Handkerchief, The Other Boleyn Girl, and The Good Shepherd. His stage work includes Red – for which he won a Tony Award – Richard II, Now or Later, and The Goat or Who is Sylvia. His notable television credits include starring in the miniseries Birdsong, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, The Pillars of the Earth, and Elizabeth I. Redmayne was nominated for BAFTA’s Rising Star Award and he shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with his fellow actors from Les Misérables for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

About The Palm Springs International Film Festival
The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees last year for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, David O. Russell, Meryl Streep, and Kate Winslet.

The Awards Gala of the 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes Benz and Entertainment Tonight. The City of Palm Springs is the Title Sponsor of the Film Festival. Presenting Sponsors are Wells Fargo, The Desert Sun and Spencer’s. Major sponsors are Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Wessman Development, Bank of America, Wintec, Regal Entertainment Group, Ignition Creative, Desert Regional Medical Center, Windermere Real Estate, Eisenhower Medical Center, Guthy-Renker, Integrated Wealth Management, VisitGreaterPalmSprings.com, Ocean Properties, Chihuly and Telefilm Canada.

For more information, call 760-322-2930 or 800-898-7256 or visit www.psfilmfest.org.

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Movie Reviews: "Interstellar" and "Big Hero 6" 

Two big films for you, we have “Interstellar” for sci-fi fans and “Big Hero 6” for the entire family. Which one is my pick of the week? Take a look!

Official “Interstellar” Synopsis:

With our time on Earth coming to an end, a team of explorers undertakes the most important mission in human history; traveling beyond this galaxy to discover whether mankind has a future among the stars. (C) Paramount


• Matthew McConaughey as Cooper
• Anne Hathaway as Amelia Brand
• Bill Irwin as the voice of TARS
• Josh Stewart as the voice of CASE
• Jessica Chastain as Murphy
• Michael Caine as Professor Brand
• Casey Affleck as Tom
• John Lithgow as Donald
• Topher Grace as Getty

Official “Big Hero 6” Synopsis:

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, "Big Hero 6" is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius-thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion-a robot named Baymax-and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery. (C) Disney


• Ryan Potter as Hiro Hamada
• Scott Adsit as Baymax
• Génesis Rodríguez
• Jamie Chung as GoGo Tomago
• Damon Wayans, Jr. as Wasabi
• T. J. Miller as Fred / Fredzilla
• Daniel Henney as Tadashi Hamada
• Maya Rudolph as Aunt Cass
• James Cromwell as Professor Robert Callaghan
• Alan Tudyk as Alistair Krei

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And the Title of "Star Wars: Episode VII" is... 

The Force Awakens! Apparently, the Force has been sleeping through the last "Star Wars" movies!

And predictably, it didn't make everyone happy when it was revealed on the film's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Some sample snarkiness:

New Star Wars title not bad, just feels a little forced.
I had my money on STAR WARS INTO DARKNESS.
And my favorite, Shhhhh. The Force is a very light sleeper.

But not everybody will be happy with the most over-hyped, over-talked contemporary movie! Honestly, while I"m not a fan of the title, I really couldn't give a flying f&*^

I'm tired of hearing about "Star Wars" sequel period!!!!! Just do the movie, make money, and then do more sequels to satisfy the new home of "Star Wars," Walt Disney Pictures!

And honestly? I'm beginning to hate J.J. Abrams!!! The last "Star Trek" movie wasn't that good, it made me long for the original, much better "The Wrath of Khan!" I'm slowly learning to despise him the more he talks about his new pet project!

So while everyone is watching "Star Wars, ahem, The Force Awakens" I'll be basking in the glory of the first three "Star Wars" movies. No, not the Sith Revenging or Clones Attacking, more like the Empire Striking Back by Way of the Jedi Exacting Revenge. That is, ultimately, my New Hope!

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Peter Jackson Shares New Trailer for "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies" 

Peter Jackson shared the new trailer of "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies" on his Facebook page and said:

We previewed this for our lucky Fan Fellowship winners on Monday, but now it’s your turn! Enjoy the new trailer for “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” Cheers, Peter J.

Unlike the underwhelming new trailer for "Into the Woods," this one I'm actually dying to see! Bring it on!

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New "Into the Woods" Trailer Comes Out But Sorry, I'm Not Impressed! 

The new trailer for "Into the Woods" came out today but somehow, I wasn't thrilled! Look, I'm a die-hard showtunes queen LOL, I celebrated "Chicago," "Mamma Mia," "Les Miserables!" But I wasn't feeling it with the new trailer for "Into the Woods." Sure, Meryl Streep sang, and ooooh, she's a witch! The look of the movie is like a cross between "Maleficent" and "Jack the Slayer." So, I'm not buying this trailer, but my fingers are crossed that the movie will be much, much better! I hope! Let that be my Christmas wish!

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