The Primetime 2012 64th Emmy Awards Ceremony took place Sunday night at the Nokia Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. Jimmy Kimmel hosted the show and 800,000 more viewers tuned into the awards show than last year! This is the third year in a row, "Modern Family" won Best Comedy Series. The show took home awards in the Best Supporting Acting categories, Outstanding Comedy Series and Directing for a Comedy Series.The awards program may have gained new viewers but there were many repeat winners! Of course, this is expected from a television awards ceremony, and we're happy the good shows stay on air! Miniseries were also awarded. This year, Kevin Costner won lead actor in miniseries, 'Devil' Anse Hatfield & McCoys. Newcomer, "Homeland" swept the acting categories with Claire Daines and Damian Lewis taking home Emmys. The series also broke "Mad Men's" Best Drama Series steak! Many viewers are reportdly happy that a new series was recognized and pleased to hear new acceptance speeches. Click HERE for a full list of winners:
Two Louisiana directors have earned their 15 minutes of fame- and they managed to do it in just over 14! Authors William Joyce
and Brandon Oldenburg
put together a short cartoon called “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
” which has just received an academy award. The short, which is a production of Moonbot Studios
in Shreveport tells a “magical story about the joy of books
”. Specific to the origin of this studio, the short also suggests a New Orleans theme. The main character, Morris Lessmore has his library destroyed in a Katrina-esque storm. Following the destruction, all of his books are replaced with an enchanted library of flying volumes. A brief clip of this short is available on Moonbot’s website
. This special received the award for Best Animated Short Film, and has made the city of Shreveport, as well as the state of Louisiana very proud of the talent that we have here! To watch the short in its entirety, visit youtube.com.
The Rebirth Brass Band
has been rocking the streets of New Orleans, with classics like “Feel Like Funkin’ It Up
” and “Do Whatcha Wanna
” since the late 1980’s. So for the 2012 Grammy Awards
, it is about time that the group earned some recognition. At the recent Awards Ceremony, The Rebirth Brass Band’s new album, “The Rebirth of New Orleans
” was named the Best Regional Roots Album
on Sunday, February 12th.
was founded by New Orleans’ musicians Kermit Ruffins
, Phil Frazier
, and Keith Frazier
. Ruffins has since gone on to found his own band “The BBQ Swingers”
which performed at the Joy Theatre for New Year’s Eve. Frazier was beside himself with the win. He commented
that, “it’s like New Orleans winning the Super Bowl all over again”
. The band has a performance book in L.A. this week, but will be home in time for the usually Tuesday night show at the Maple Leaf. You can hear their music in HBO's hit series, TREME
, as well as here in the Crescent City!
For more on this story, visit NOLA.com.
With the Academy Award Nominees having just be announced, everyone certainly has a lot to gossip about. Why shouldn’t they? With movies like “The Artist”,
” and “The Descendants
” up for best picture there are definitely a lot of different opinions. But one category is more clear that others: Best Supporting Actress. Having just won the Golden Globe in the same role, Octavia Spencer
is a shoe-in for the Oscar as well.Spencer
is originally from Montgomery Alabama, and got her start in a Mississippi filmed movie, “A Time to Kill”
. In this movie the budding actress had the opportunity to work alongside Samuel L. Jackson
, Sandra Bullock
, and Mathew McConoughey
. After wrapping this project, Octavia Spencer relocated to Los Angeles were she has been featured in countless projects. But all of this success has managed to bring her back to right where she started! The Jackson, Mississippi set movie “The Help
” has put Octavia’s name all over the press… not to mention the film awards. In the film, she plays the supporting character Minny opposite actresses Viola Davis
and Emma Stone
. The movie deals with racial tensions that existed in the 1960’s in Mississippi. The movie was shot predominantly in the town of Jackson, as well as Alabama and parts of Florida.
Octavia isn’t the only star in “The Help”
nominated for an Oscar. Viola Davis has been nominated for best actress, as well as Jessica Chastain
who is up against Spencer for best supporting actress. Despite this rivalry, the two cast-mates remain close friends and recently were interviewed by Tribute Movies
about their work together. The movie is also nominated for “Best Picture”. “The Help”
has shined a light, not only on the rich history here in the south, but also on the incredible talent that is from here. We are all hopeful that Spencer’s performance is recognized at the 2012 Oscars.
For a complete list of nominees visit the Oscar’s official website
recently made the transition from actress to writer-director. Her first film under her direction, “In the Land of Blood and Honey”
was previously reported
here in Southern Celebrity Gossip. Since that time, the crew has wrapped production on the picture and movie has been released in select theatres around the US and Europe. The serious content of this movie have caused mixed reviews, and some find the movie difficult to watch. Regardless of the violent subject matter, the movie wasbee nominated for a Golden Globe Award! Even though it did not win for Best Foreign Motion Picture, this is still an incredible feat for the new director. Jolie and actress, Vanessa Glodjo
open about this movie in a promotional Q & A.
In this video, Jolie goes into detail about what it is like working as a director after years of acting. She also discusses the responsibility of taking this movie on, and the anxiety she felt as a result. Including her crying as Brad tried to console her. Glodjo, who acts in the film, also provides a unique perspective about her character, she the actress herself is a survivor of the war in Bosnia.
This comprehensive interview has us all intrigued and we’re dying to see Jolie’s film on the big screen. So far the movie isn’t playing anywhere locally, but we’re hoping to be included in the upcoming wider release this month. For now we’ll have to settle for just the interview.
This video was sponsored by Marie Claire.
The fashion of the 1940s will be on display Sunday when the New Orleans Actors' Equity Association hosts its second Tony Awards celebration at the National World War II Museum's Stage Door Canteen. The party, which is free and open to the public, will feature the Tony Awards broadcast on a big screen, a '40s theme and food and drinks sold by John Besh's American Sector restaurant.Attendees are encouraged (but not required) to dress in 1940s evening attire because the Tony Awards have roots in the USO and in the Stage Door Canteens that entertained soldiers during the war.
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Mardi Gras Indians documentary 'Bury the Hatchet'
New Orleans filmmaker Aaron Walker has proven that he "won't bow down," as the Mardi Gras Indians say in his stirring new documentary "Bury the Hatchet" (read movie review) -- but, despite his tempered demeanor, Walker can be excused if he does a little jumping for joy.His film, examining New Orleans' Mardi Gras Indian culture -- a film that doesn't even have a distributor yet but which opened Friday (Aprill 22) for a weeklong run at the Chalmette Movies anyway -- has been collecting awards and positive notices since even beforehe finished it last fall.
First came a Grand Prize and Intangible Culture Award at England's Royal Anthropological Institute Festival of Ethnographic Film after a work-in-progress screening there in July 2009. In 2010, at October's New Orleans Film Festival, Walker was named Louisiana Filmmaker of the Year for the completed film.
And now, after being handed a slot at the prestigious Hot Docs documentary film festival, which unspools later this month in Toronto, one gets the feeling this promising little film could be on the verge of something big.
"I hope," Walker said this week. "I hope it's starting to roll and snowball. It got accepted in Hot Docs, and that's one of North America's most prestigious festivals. And literally the day after it was accepted, I was getting calls and emails from distribution agents, sales agents. A guy in France called me; he's got some festivals and he wanted to see a screener. You know, all these different other festivals -- instead of me bugging them, it was like 'Oh, send us a screener and we'll waive the fee.' "
But don't mistake all that to mean "Bury the Hatchet" is an overnight success story.
This is a film that took more than six years to make.
"I guess it was in '04," Walker said, recounting the origins of "Bury the Hatchet," which started as a 20-minute profile of Big Chief Monk Boudreaux of the Golden Eagles, whom Walker had met while working on a music video in which Boudreaux had a cameo.
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Nicolas Cage and Eva Mendes in 'Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans.'
1. "Medallion." Nicolas Cage's latest locally shot film -- a thriller from "The Mechanic" director Simon West -- gears up this week. Welcome back to town, boys.
2. "I Love You Phillip Morris." It was snubbed for much of the 2010-11 awards season, but Jim Carrey and Ewan McGregor's New Orleans-shot romantic comedy "I Love You Phillip Morris" finally got a little love this past weekend. At a ceremony Sunday in Los Angeles, the GLAAD Media Awards -- handed out by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation --bestowed its award for outstanding limited-release film on the movie.
3. Patois film festival. The local event, which promotes social justice, stars Thursday (April 14) and continues through Sunday, with several strong offerings at venues around town ("Better This World" on Friday, a Phil Ochs documentary on Saturday, "Sons of Tennessee Williams" on Sunday). Check out the full Patois schedule here.
George Foster Peabody Awards for 2010 have been given to two TV projects that touched Orleans and the Gulf Coast. There are several winners with tangential ties. CNN’s coverage of the BP oil catastrophe and Spike Lee’s Hurricane Katrina fifth anniversary documentary“If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise” were awarded Peabodys on Thursday (March 31) in Athens, Ga.
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The Big Easy Foundation recognizes top performances from 2010 and bestows special awards for lifetime achievement and arts education. Bryan Batt emcees the event and there are performances by nominated actors. Call 483-3129 for reservations. Tickets $125. 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday. Harrah's New Orleans Casino, 8 Canal St., 533-6000; www.bestofneworleans.comSource: Gambit