Julianne Moore Becomes Oscar Frontrunner! 


The whole year, I have been looking for THE Oscar season frontrunner for Best Actress. I was hoping Shailene Woodley from "The Fault in Our Stars" would squeak in, but now, the lovely, talented, and ultra-sweet Julianne Moore is the one to beat!

Her double whammy performances for "Map to the Stars" and "Still Alice" solidify that notion. And just this morning, the Palm Springs International Film Festival just called her THE best actress of the year! Moore will be receiving the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, at the festival's Awards Gala.

I can't wait! I will be on the red carpet to chat it up with the fantastic Miss Moore! She will be joining the equally talented Eddie Redmayne from "The Theory of Everything" at the gala where the actor is set to receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor.

Here's the full press release from the PSIFF:

Palm Springs, CA (November 13, 2014) – The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Julianne Moore with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, 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 Jan 2-12, 2015.

“Throughout her career, Julianne Moore has delivered a wide range of extraordinary performances, from such diverse Oscar-nominated films as Boogie Nights and Far from Heaven to this year’s Cannes win for Best Actress in the rivetingMaps to the Stars,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In her latest film Still Alice, she faces one of her most demanding and challenging roles as Alice, a woman diagnosed with Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Moore delivers another career-defining performance that is sure to captivate audiences and bring attention to this devastating disease. It is our honor to present the 2015 Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, to Julianne Moore.”

Past actress recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, include Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman, Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts and Michelle Williams.

Moore plays Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, and is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she received diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking and inspiring. The Sony Pictures Classics film stars Moore, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Alec Baldwin, Hunter Parrish and is directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland. The film is being released in New York and Los Angeles for a one-week qualifying run on December 5, 2014 and opens onJanuary 16, 2015.

Moore’s notable films include the remake of Carrie; Non-Stop; Crazy, Stupid, Love; The Kids Are All Right; A Single Man; The Forgotten; What Maisie Knew; The English Teacher; Laws Of Attraction; Chloe; 6 Souls; Blindness; Savage Grace; I’m Not There; Children Of Men; Hannibal; Jurassic Park: The Lost World; The Fugitive; Nine Months; Benny & Joon; The Hand That Rocks The Cradle; The End Of The Affair; Boogie Nights; Magnolia; Cookie’s Fortune; Short Cuts; Don Jon; Gus Van Sant’s re-make of Psycho; Safe; Vanya On 42ndStreet; Surviving Picasso; and The Big Lebowski. Moore will next be seen as President Alma Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Next year she will star in The Seventh Son due out on February 6, 2015 and Maps To The Stars. She is currently in production on the indie drama Freeheld.

Moore is a four-time Academy Award nominee, eight-time Golden Globe nominee, six-time SAG Award nominee, four-time BAFTA nominee, and a three-time Independent Spirit Award nominee winning in 2003 forFar From Heaven. In 2012, she won the Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role as Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in the HBO original movie Game Change. This role also garnered wins at the 2013 SAG Awards and Golden Globe Awards.


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My Fun Interview with Eddie Redmayne for “The Theory of Everything” 


Eddie Redmayne and I go way back! HA! As far back as, oh, “Les Miserables” where the actor starred as Marcus. When I sat down with him for the press junket for “The Theory of Everything,” he remembered me, although I was blonde during the “Les Mis” interview. But needless to say, I continue to have respect for Redmayne both as an actor and a person. He’s just utterly nice!

And in “The Theory of Everything,” Redmayne is sure to get a Best Actor Oscar nod for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking, the brilliant guy who is being considered the Albert Einstein of our generation!

In this interview, we talked about:

*** What got him interested in making the movie?
*** Humanizing the icon of hope
*** Hawking should investigate the mathematical computation of love
*** The love story of the movie (Felicity Jones plays his wife)
*** How he was able to show the progression of Hawking’s disease even if the film was not shot in sequence
*** Meeting the real-life Stephen Hawking

Have fun!



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Felicity Jones Talks About “The Theory of Everything” 


Felicity Jones matches Eddie Redmayne emotion-by-emotion in the new movie “The Theory of Everything.” She stars as Jane Hawking, the college sweetheart of Redmayne’s Stephen Hawking, who professes her love for the brilliant man.

Jones was extraordinary in the movie, and she’s equally extraordinary in real life when I met her for the press junket for the movie in New York. In this interview, we talked about:

*** How she worked with Redmayne
*** Her interest in the character and making the movie
*** How she prepared for the role
*** What resonated with her the most when she met the real-life Jane Hawking
*** The magic of the movie
*** Her favorite scene

Have fun!



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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

Cast

• 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

Cast

• 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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