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2011 Honda Los Angeles Marathon presented by K‐Swiss on March 20th

February 6, 2011 by  
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LA Marathon 2011The 26th running of the Honda LA Marathon presented by K‐Swiss will take place on Sunday, March 20, 2011 on the nation’s most dramatic marathon course, from Dodger Stadium to the Pacific Ocean.
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A visit to Los Angeles often includes landmarks such as Dodger Stadium, Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and the beaches in Santa Monica for a dip in the Pacific Ocean.
Imagine seeing them all . . . without a single car in front of you! It’s possible only for participants in the 26th Honda LA Marathon presented by K-Swiss on March 20, 2011.


“The morning was perfect,” said 2010 runner-up Richard Limo of Kenya, who made his firstever visit to Los Angeles for the race last year. “The run to the sea was great. Mile 24 [on San Vicente Boulevard] was a great place to see balloons and flowers and the breeze from the ocean was really great.”
Although the race has been among the top-ten marathons in the world since its inception in 1986, the new Stadium to the Sea course – from Dodger Stadium to Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica – helped to set a new record of 26,054 registrants for the 2010 race. And registrations are coming in briskly for 2011.
“There will be no race-day registration for the Honda LA Marathon in 2011,” noted LA MARATHON LLC Chief Operating Officer Nick Curl. “We had to cut off registration early last year and we’re asking people to register now and not be disappointed at the last minute.”
Race registration is easy and takes only minutes on the race Web site, www.LAMarathon.com.


Out-of-town runners are being welcomed with excellent hotel options, either close to the start in downtown Los Angeles, or close to the finish in Santa Monica, Venice and Marina del Rey, beginning at $99 per night (plus applicable taxes). A menu of five downtown hotels and 18 Santa Monica-area properties is available through the “Travel” section of the Marathon Web
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site, with full details on pricing and complimentary raceday transportation options from both areas to the start at Dodger Stadium, and from the finish in Santa Monica back to the official downtown hotels.
All runners receive a specially-prepared “technical shirt” for raceday, with a specially-struck commemorative medal waiting at the finish line, and a finisher’s certificate which can be retrieved electronically after the race results are certified.
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Looking back on the record-setting 2010 race, many of the runners agreed with women’s runner-up Teyba Naser of Ethiopia that “I enjoyed the course, especially the scene as we approached the finish area at the beach.” The same excitement awaits those who register in time to be included in the 2011 edition on March 20.


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Please note that the times shown are tentative and subject to change.
18 March Friday Honda LA Marathon Expo @ Dodger Stadium 10:00 a.m.‐8:00 p.m.
19 March Saturday LA 5K @ Dodger Stadium 8:00 a.m.
19 March Saturday KiDSMARATHON @ Dodger Stadium 8:30 a.m.
19 March Saturday Honda LA Marathon Expo @ Dodger Stadium 9:00 a.m.‐6:00 p.m.
20 March Sunday Honda LA Marathon XXVI ~7:00 a.m.
• Elite field:
A world‐class field of men and women will vie for a prize purse of $256,200 in the 2011 race, including a $100,000 bonus for the winner of the unique Honda LA Marathon Challenge for the first runner – male or female – to cross the finish line (the women will start with a handicap of several minutes):
1st place: Men & Women: $25,000 plus a new Honda Insight EX sedan
with Navigation (MSRP of $23,100).
2nd place: Men & Women: $12,500.
3rd place: Men & Women: $10,000.
4th place: Men & Women: $ 5,000.
5th place: Men & Women: $ 2,500.
Challenge Bonus:
$100,000 for the first runner to finish!
Kenyan men have won this race 12 years in a row, with Wesley Korir as the two‐time defending champion; Kenyan Edna Kiplagat’s win in 2010 broke a streak of five straight wins by Russian women. Kiplagat won the Challenge; women have won it four of the seven times it has been held.
The race records are 2:08:24 for men (Wesley Korir of Kenya in 2009) and 2:25:39 for women  (Tatiana Petrova of Russia in 2009).


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ABOUT LA MARATHON LLC:
We inspire athletes and connect communities. With thousands of volunteers, tens of thousands of participants, and hundreds of thousands of spectators, the Honda Los Angeles Marathon presented by K-Swiss is one of the largest organized road races in the country. For more information, visit www.lamarathon.com.

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Shine On Hollywood: A Music Showcase;”Artists Meet The Industry” A Big Success

June 5, 2010 by  
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A&G Entertainment Productions announced on Saturday, June 5, 2010 due to popular demand SHINE ON 2 Hollywood: A Music Showcase; “Artists Meet The Industry” will be held on July 15, 2010 from 5:30pm to 10:00pm at the Celebrity Center in Hollywood, CA.

Also they announced the official release of SHINE ON Hollywood: A Music Showcase; “Artists Meet The Industry” DVD available now at http://:www.agentertainmentproductions.com

“What got accomplished through ShineOn was even more than I had originally envisioned. The result was amazing!!!!! 4 out of 10 artists are now awaiting signature by various record labels. That result alone is deeply rewarding, and has me looking optimistically towards the future, and to the encore salute of ShineOn part 2 on July 15th. AGEP will continue to focus it’s effort and energy in Hollywood by creating awareness through this difference making venue. It is our intention to continue providing this incredible structure for the many artists who deserve our attention. Cheer from Hollywood!” said Arnold G, Creator, Director and Producer, ShineOn! Artists, panelists, VIP guests, fans and friends started to arrive around 6pm to witness and watch their favorite singers and to see the “Industry Panelists”. The artists, panelists and VIP guests walked to the red carpet to pose for about 14 media/press outlets who took their photos from 6pm to 6:45pm. Before the SHINE ON show started at 7pm, there was a special performance by Arnold G who song “Give It To Me Baby” with Emily Morrow (choreographer, dancer and assistant to Allan McCormick (TV, Film and Stage Choreographer) from Le Reve Wynn Las Vegas). Arnold’s dancers were Jerrell Johnson, Beatriz Vasquez and Salvador Corona. Arnold’s & the dancers costumes were designed by Gabriel Escamilla, Fashion Designer. Then Arnold G’s video was shown stating the purpose of SHINE ON. Ryan Ray, (Wake Up TV) the host, welcomed everyone to the show, and introduced all the panelists followed by the artists to perform on stage. “I think that “Shine On” is a wonderful event for upcoming artists! It gives one the tools needed to go from being a good artist to a Great Artist! I am very honor that I could be apart of “Shine On” Arnold G has started something that could World-wide.. Anything that will enhance my talent like “Shine On” I would definitely do it again”. said “Latonius J. Earl”, Recording Artist. Also Irene Soderberg, Artist, Performer & Songwriter said “In the ever evolving music industry, more on more artists are endeavoring to be seen. Having worked in the industry for 20 years. I was delighted to Hear and meet some very talented young singers, at the Shine On! competition created and produced by Arnold G on May 20th. Arnold did an exemplary job showcasing fresh and unique talent. Bravo!” The first one to take the stage was Brandy Guerra who performed “I Will Always Love You” and “You Are Not Alone.” Emily Mullen sang “Ride The Wave,” Tell Me Baby,” and “Say.” Stefani Scovolo sang “Fallen,” “The Climb,” and “I Remember.” Jesschelle performed and sang “No One,” “Get There Somehow,” and “Legacy.” Then Adrian Jaime Reyes sang and performed “On and On, “ “Breathless,” and “You Got Me So Crazy.” Jael Gadsden sang “Dancing With A Stranger,” “All I Need,” and “Drink The Water.” Latonius Earl sang “Speecheless,” “I Believed You,” and “My Song.”
“It’s been my greatest pleasure to know Mr. Arnold G. He is most serious and ambitious artist, and his wonderfully produced showcase “Shine On! Hollywood” was a true success! I was amazed to see there such diversity of musical and vocal talent. Best wishes always!” said Maestro Alex Varden, M.A. Featured Local Celebrity LA 2010 Winner Shane Facchinello sang “Automatic,” and “Halo.” Jarid Williams sang “Superstar,” “Be So Sure,” and “A Song For You.” The last singer who closed the event for the night was QUE. “I was pleased to participate in the Shine On Showcase on May 20th and see, hear and meet some talented artists. Our organization, the Hollywood Music In Media Awards, makes it a point to support and attend such events as this one that offer opportunities for emerging artists. Kudos to Arnold G and the Shine On Showcase!” said Brent Harvey, Executive Producer of Hollywood Music in Media Awards. The show ended at 9:30 pm and guests were invited to the red carpet for photo opportunity with the artists and the panelists. Some of the artists were interviewed by Diversity News TV media representatives. Free Standard Shipping on Orders Over $100! Shop Things Remembered Personalized Gifts Now! “I think the event was inspiring. It is always great to sing on a stage and feel the exhilaration that comes from that. I felt like we were all a team that night cheering each other on as we performed our songs”. said Stefani Scovolo, Recording Artist/ Songwriter. The Industry Panelists were Allan Rich, Brent Harvey, Tony Sweet, Gary Spears, Irene Soderberg, Michael Kelly, Robby Martinez, Tamela D’Amico, Kevin McDowell and Arnold Garcia aka Arnold G. American Express Giftcards “I had an amazing time performing at the Shine On showcase. It was a great experience and I would love to do it again. “ said Adrian Reyes, Artist. A&G Entertainment Productions presented SHINE ON Hollywood, music showcase “Artists Meet The Industry”. It was held on May 20, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Celebrity Center located 5930 Franklin Avenue., Hollywood, CA 90028. macys.com “I went into this not expecting what it ended up to be. I was blown away by most of the talent and think that Arnold G did a GREAT job putting this together. It was well organized and didn’t contain any ‘gaps’ which can lose a person’s interest real fast. Anyone who wants to see some up and coming talent needs to attend the next event! Shine On did just what the title says!” said Gary Spears, Former radio personality KISS-FM & KBIG. Turn 21 today! The Event’s Major Sponsors were: A & G Records, Wake Up TV, Diversity News Publications, Hollywood in Media Awards & Conference, On Air With Tony Sweet, Gabriel Escamilla Fashion, Stickam TV and the IRS. “It was great seeing so much young talent showcased at Shine On. It was a wonderful opportunity for young vocalists to express themselves and for an enthusiastic audience to appreciate them.” said Allan Rich, Academy Awards, Grammy and Golden Globe nominee, Songwriter & Music Composer. Partial Sponsors were: Parris Harris, Maricele Mendelson, Rodrigovaz.com, Jeffknightphotography.com, and Avenue Entertainment Management. “I was truly amazed by the unique and spectacular presentation of all the artists. It was a personal thrill for me to see what Arnold created out of nothing more than his vision to make a difference for the young, and undiscovered in Hollywood. It was a magical evening of non-stop entertainment. A true joy to witness the self expression of all involved.” said Tom Emberson, President, IRIS Distribution GoDaddy.com Hosting & Servers Media Coverage was provided by Examiner.com, The Scoop LA Magazine, The Photographer 007, ElleLeePhotography.com, Diversity News Magazine, Diversity News TV, DmImages.net, Nelson Photo Images, Francois Palais Photo Service, Artisfactions.com and Daniela Hubbard Photography. Napster, LLC The event Executive Producer & creator was Arnold Garcia. Stage manager coordinator was Parris Harris and it was broadcast live on the word wide web via Stickam TV in association with Wake Up TV. Masterbeat.com Microphone 468x60

SHINE ON Hollywood; A Music Showcase “Artists Meet The Industry” Media Coverage

May 30, 2010 by  
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A&G Entertainment Productions presented SHINE ON Hollywood, music showcase “Artists Meet The Industry”. It was held on May 20, 2010 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm at Celebrity Center in Hollywood, CA.

The artists the performed live were Latonius J. Earl, Jesschelle, Jael Gadsden, Adrian Reyes, Emily Amber, Jarid Williams, Brandy Guerra, Stefani Scovolo and QUE. Featuring Shanne Facchinello (Winner of Local Celebrity Los Angeles 2010). The Industry Panelists were Allan Rich, Brent Harvey, Tony Sweet, Gary Spears, Irene Soderberg, Michael Kelly, Robby Martinez, Tamela D’Amico, Kevin McDowell and Arnold Garcia aka Arnold G.

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Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Grants $500,000 to Film Organizations

May 14, 2010 by  
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On May 14, 2010 The Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it has awarded a total of $500,000 to a record 73 film-related nonprofit organizations – including universities, museums and career development programs – throughout the United States as part of its annual Institutional Grants program.

“The Academy strives to make the motion picture industry as accessible as possible to new talent and the public.” said Andrew Marlowe, Grants Committee Chair.  He concluded “Among the wide variety of programs earning the Academy’s support are grants that will provide students with valuable internship opportunities and enable established filmmakers to visit schools and organizations where they can discuss their work and share their expertise.”

The Academy Foundation’s Grants Committee selected the following programs for 2010–2011:

Internship Programs

$10,000
California Institute of the Arts (Valencia)
Columbia University School of the Arts (New York City)
Emerson College (Boston)
New York University – Kanbar Institute of Film & Television
University of California, Los Angeles – Film and Television Program
University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem)
University of Southern California (Los Angeles)

$9,500
New York University – Moving Pictures Archive and Preservation Program

$8,300
Stanford University

$7,500
Columbia College Hollywood (Tarzana, CA)
DePaul University (Chicago)
Florida State University (Tallahassee)
Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles)

$5,000
Brooklyn College
Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
Hampshire College (Amherst, MA)
Montclair State University (New Jersey)
Penn State University (University Park)
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
University of Arizona (Tucson)

Institutional Grants

$15,000
American Film Institute (Los Angeles) – Directing workshop for women
Streetlights (Los Angeles) – Job training program

$12,500
Inner-City Filmmakers (Los Angeles) – Job training program
Los Angeles County Museum of Art – Film program

$10,000
Film Independent (Los Angeles) – Project: Involve
George Eastman House (Rochester, NY) – Visiting artist series
UCLA Film & Television Archive – Screening series
Writers Guild Foundation (Los Angeles) – Education programs

$7,500
The ACME Network (Los Angeles) – The ACME Animation Program
American Documentary (New York City) – History of Documentary film project
Cornell Cinema (Ithaca, NY) – Visiting filmmaker program
The Flaherty/International Film Seminars (New York City) – 56th Flaherty Film Seminar
Frameline (San Francisco) – Frameline at the Center screening series
International Documentary Association (Los Angeles) – Doc U Seminar series
Jacob Burns Film Center (Pleasantville, NY) – Filmmaker residencies
The MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH) – Filmmaker residencies
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Visiting filmmakers program
National Association of Latino Independent Producers (Santa Monica, CA) – Latino Producers Academy
New York Women in Film & Television – Women’s film symposium
Salt Lake City Film Center – Visiting artists program
Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) – Guest speakers’ program

$5,700
Crowing Rooster Arts (New York City) – Cine Institute Haitian film training program

$5,000
Appalshop (Whitesburg, KY) – AMI Advanced Lab program
The Autry National Center of the American West (Los Angeles) – Crossing Borders film series
Brooklyn Museum (New York City) – First Saturdays screening series
California College of the Arts (Oakland) – Master class program
California State Summer School for the Arts (Los Angeles) – Visiting artist residency
Cinefamily (Los Angeles) – Silent Treatment film series
Film Forum (New York City) – Premiere screenings/filmmakers-in-person program
IFP (New York City) – Independent filmmaker labs
IFP Chicago – Producers’ workshop series
The Light Factory (Charlotte, NC) – German New Wave tribute program
Maysles Institute (New York City) – filmmaking education program scholarship fund
Northwest Film Forum (Seattle) – Visiting artist program
Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) – Conference on film criticism
Oklahoma City Museum of Art – Hollywood Costume Design exhibition
Outfest (Los Angeles) – Access LA seminar series and screenwriting lab
Paramount Center for the Arts (Peekskill, NY) – Music and Film series
SIFF (Seattle) – FutureWave Filmmakers Visits program
San Francisco Film Society – Artist-in-residence program
Southern Arts Federation (Atlanta) – Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers
Squaw Valley Community of Writers (CA) – Screenwriting program
Tribeca Film Institute (New York City) – Tribeca All Access program
Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY) – Guest filmmaker series
Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) – Filmmakers in Conversation program
Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, OH) – Visiting filmmaker series

$3,700
Berklee College of Music (Boston) – Visiting artists program

$3,500
IFP Minnesota – Independent Producers Conference
3rd i South Asian Independent Film (Berkeley, CA) – Speaker series

$3,000
Echo Park Film Center (Los Angeles) – Microcinema screening series

$2,800
Boulder Public Library (CO) – Stan Brakhage screening program

$2,500
Northeast Historic Film (Bucksport, ME) – Summer film symposium

Since its establishment in 1968, the Academy Foundation has distributed more than 710 institutional grants totaling more than $6.3 million in funding. For more information on the grants program, visit http://www.oscars.org/education-outreach/grants/.

The Academy Foundation – the Academy’s cultural and educational wing – annually distributes more than $1 million to film scholars, cultural organizations and film festivals throughout the U.S. and abroad. The Foundation also presents the Academy’s rich assortment of screenings and other public programs each year.
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ABOUT THE ACADEMY:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies. For more information about the Academy visit http://www.oscars.org, http://www.facebook.com/TheAcademy and
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Jheri Walker Jr. attends Rockin The Elements at Kress Club

April 13, 2010 by  
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rockintheelementsRockin The Elements event was held at Kress Club in Hollywood on Friday, April 9, 2010 at 9:00pm to 12:00am. Open bar was held from 10 to 11pm with free drinks and sushi.
Special live performances by Fizz and Boog (former members of B2k) and  the Group Nikki 16 (from  Bad Boys biggest producers Slam and  Making the Band on MTV).

Some of the celebrities the attended were model Derek C. Pratt, host VJ Michael Benz and singer Jheri Walker Jr. (American Idol Season 6).

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The red carpet was held from 9:30 pm and run by Ryan W Torres from Avenue Entertainment / Management. The event was sponsored by Ford Fiesta.


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2010 2nd Annual Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival

February 7, 2010 by  
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hollywoodbffOn the opening night celebration at the HBR FEST, the red carpet was filled with celebrities from Hollywood, Brazil, and Latin-America.

Some of the artists who walked the red carpet and stayed for the premier of the movie screening were Reynaldo Gianecchini (“Da Cor do Pecado”, “Sete Pecados”,”Divã”); Guy Ecker (TV Show “Las Vegas”, “Heridas de amor”); Cauã Reymond (“Divã”); Maria Clara Spinelli (“Paulista”); João Miguel (“Se Nada Mais Der Certo”, “Hotel Atlântico”); Ezequiel Stremiz (” Amas de casa desesperadas, USA”), Odalys Garcia (Univision talent); Jamie King (“Sin City”, “My Bloody Valentine”); Joaquin Cosio (“National Security”, “Quantum Solace”), Rebecca Cardon (“Bravo TV Workout”), Ken Gamble, David Bianchi (“Brazilian Actor”), T. Lopez (“Cash Money Recording”), Javier Robles (“National Security”), Stephanie Fantauzzi, Cynthia Moura (“Maxim Model”), Daniel Munoz (“El Ausente”) and many more.

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“International film distributors have first hand opportunity to view the best of Brazilian film production and coproduction and we are proud of forging that opportunity” said Talize Sayegh, founder of the Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival.

The complete schedule of the films showcased at HBR FEST 2010 were: On Thursday February 4th, 2010; National Security (2010) World Premiere – 8:20 PM by Director: Roberto Carminati, Friday February 5th, 2010; Hotel Atlantico (2009) USA Premiere – 8:45 PM by Director: Suzana Amaral, Saturday February 6th, 2010; Cinema, aspirins and voltures (2005) – 4:15 PM by Director: Marcelo Gomes, Now Boarding (2009) USA Premiere – 6:15 PM By Director: Allan Fiterman, Paulista (2009) Los Angeles Premiere – 8:45 PM by Director: Roberto Moreira, Sunday February 7th, 2010; Keeper of Promises “O Pagador de Promessas” (1962) – 4:20 PM by Director: Anselmo Duarte and Veronica (2009) – 19h45 by Director: Mauricio Farias.
“Every one at the HBR Festival, I think the work you guys do here is really going to change the industry for the better and is really going to help make co-productions and get more friends here and more partners in the USA.” said Robert Carminati, director of National Security.

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During the award ceremony, the board of directors of HBRFEST honored two outstanding Brazilian actors with the Horizon Award and the HBR Award. The Horizon Award was presented to Cauã Reymond and The HBR Award was presented to João Miguel.

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“Movies are team work, inside and outside the screens. Festivals such as these represent our window to the world” said Brazilian actress Alice Braga (I am Legend).

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The HBRFEST Founders and Producers who produced this event are TALIZE SAYEGH – Founder and Executive Producer, RENATA CARVALHO – Executive Producer (Brazil), SANDRA COLUCCI – Festival Manager, VERA KOPP – Executive Producer, LUANA FAZZIO – Executive Producer, LEON FAZZIO – Executive Producer, KEYNA ELEISON VAN DE BEUQUE – Coordinator(Brazil) and BIANCA HALPERN – Production Coordinator.

Per event organizers they expect about 10 thousand people during the film festival. HBR FEST took place from February 4th to February 7th, 2010 at the Egyptian Theatre located at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028. The media/press accreditation and talent was handled by Daniel Morales of Tapiz Media. For more information visit http://www.tapizmedia.com About HBR FEST: HBR FEST 2010 is presented by G.I Films and the Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles. The Hollywood Brazilian Film festival is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the cultural and commercial exchange between Hollywood and Brazil. Their mission is to create a bridge between the international film community and Brazil, while raising public awareness for the Brazilian culture. HBR FEST enjoys the support and endorsements from various celebrities, corporate and governmental entities. For more information visit http://www.hbrfest.com


Story Sources: www.hbrfest.com & www.tapizmedia.com Editor’s Note: Story was proof read by Linda Krongold, our New York, NY Special Correspondent For Diversity News. For more information you can contact her at andmeljar@aol.com

Photos courtesy of Frank Palacios © 2010 By Diversity News Publications. You can contact him for photos shoots at italiko69@msn.com All Rights Are Reserved.

SAG Awards Post Celebration Charity event benefiting The Red Cross for Haiti

January 26, 2010 by  
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jaimeOn a very chilly day, celebrities and personalities with their publicists lined up on the red carpet at the Falcon Restaurant & Lounge. The red carpet event was long and lasted for 2 hours. Media and photographers were busy shooting and interviewing major celebrities.

They all came for one reason: to support and bring awareness to help the Haiti Earthquake victims. After each one had the opportunity to get interviewed and photographed, they went inside the Falcon Restaurant and Lounge where it was full. About 400 people attended the event.


“This event was a really fun event. There were so many celebrities in attendance, and a lot of great contacts were made. We danced, took photos, and yes even walked the Carpet. Devon Guzzie and Eric Zuley AKA EZ really do know how to make an event successful. Hopefully the proceeds that were raised from this event will help the Red Cross do what they need to do for those in need.” said Tamara Wentworth, Owner of Wentworth Public Relations.

Per Gift Public Relations representatives, at first the event was titled Sag Awards Celebration Post Party in support of Britticares International. Due to the earthquake they changed it to Event To Benefit The Victims of The Haiti Earthquake. Later the event title was again changed to SAG Awards Post Celebration Charity event benefiting The Red Cross. Event organizers confirmed that they raised $100,000 for the Red Cross to benefit Haiti earthquake victims. Britticares founders were part of the event to support The Red Cross.
 “I would personally like to thank all the celebrities who took time out to attend the after party for the Screen Actors Guild Awards benefiting the American Red Cross & BrittiCares at Falcon in Hollywood on the 23rd. A very special thank you to Eric Zuley & Devon Guzzie & WTV for such an outstanding presentation & for their graciousness to me & other’s in attendance.” said David Harrison Levi – STARMAKER®™ and music producer.


Some of the celebrities and personalities that attended were Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter), Katie Gill (Drilbit Taylor), Pamela Bach-Hasselhoff (Baywatch), Sofie Turner (Australia’s Top Model), Martin Klebba (Pirates of the Carribean), Roddy Piper (WWE), Michael Desante (Hurt Locker), Said Faraj (Green Zone), Sarah Hyland (Modern Family), Chris McDonald (Splinter Heads), Gunner Wright (G.I. JOE Rise of Cobra), Clement Von Frankenstein (Actor), Judge Mathis, James Tupper (NBC’s Mercy), Julie Benz (Dexter), Carrie Preston (True Blood), Jonathan Goldsmith (The Most Interesting Man), Anthony Anderson (Law & Order), Ameona Almund, Emma Zerner, Seth Donavan (Steven Dork in GLOVE), Jamie & Shirell Henderson (BrittiCares Founders), Eric Zuley, Devon Guzzie, Thushari J and Tamara Wentworth.

The event was held on 1-23-2010 at the Falcon Restaurant and Lounge located at 7213 Sunset Boulevard Hollywood, CA 90046 from 9pm to 2am. The event was hosted by Gregori J Martin, Film Director and Producer. The event organizers asked for a $20 donation to help raise funds for the Haiti Quake victims. Everyone who attended the event was invited by private invitation only.

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You can make a donation online or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or donate $10 to Haiti relief by texting “HAITI” to 90999.

About The American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross, is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, they provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. For more information visit http://www.redcrossla.org

About BrittiCares International:
BrittiCares was founded by, as well as inspired by little girl named Brittiana Henderson who was first diagnosed at the age of 10 with Osteogenic Sarcoma (bone cancer) and later developed leukemia where she fought courageously, without complaining, all while assisting other children with cancer to help defeat the pernicious disease. Although Brittiana’s battle against Leukemia came to an end at the tender age of 13, the efforts of BrittiCares (BCI) have not diminished. BCI continues to raise funds and public awareness to combat this disease. BrittiCares International is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to finding new and better ways to improve the quality of life for children who have been diagnosed with cancer, leukemia, and other serious blood disease. For more information visit http://www.BRITTICARES.ORG

Sources: Gift Public Relations, WTV and http://www.redcrossla.org

Note: Special thank you to Linda Krongold, for proof reading the story and she is Diversity News, New York, NY Special Correspondent you can contact her at andmeljar@aol.com.

Photos courtesy of Jeff Knight of Jeffknightphotography.com © 2010 By Diversity News Publications. All Rights Are Reserved.

Shangela wins 2010 California Entertainer of the Year on 1-12-2010

January 18, 2010 by  
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winnerThe 3 floors of the House of Blues were full of fans, celebrities and personalities waiting for hours to see who would be crowned “Miss Entertainer of The Year.” The event was done in association with the NO H8 Campaign fundraiser, with open photo shoots and an open silent auction benefiting The Matthew Shepard Foundation.

The contestants were ChaCha Cache, Chad Michaels, Delta Work, Detox Icunt, Fontasia L’Amour, Jasmine Masters, Lady K, Samantha Starr, Shae Shae LaReese, Shangela (Shangela TheDebutantess) and Willam (Willam Belli).

“I am so thrilled and honored to be the first ever California Entertainer of the Year! I plan on representing California proudly at the national EOY pageant in July!” said Shangela, Winner of 2010 EOY.

Celebrity judges included Nina West (head judge) Miss National Entertainer of the Year 2008,
Alyssa Edwards (multi-pageant system national titleholder), Calpernia Addams Miss Tennessee EOY 1999 and GLBTQ activist and performer, Aubrey O’Day from Danity Kane, Tiffany “New York” Pollard, Shanna Moakler Miss USA 1995 and co-director of the Miss California USA Pageant, Bridgette Marquadt from The Girls Next Door, Holly Madison from The Girls Next Door, Jai Rodriguez of Oy Vey! My Son is Gay! and Matthew Rose, producer of Rupaul’s Drag Race.

Shangela (Shangela TheDebutantess) won the 2010 Miss California Entertainer of the Year. She won the crown, $5000 in cash and $5000 in prizes. The winner SHANGELA will appear on the new season of Rupaul’s Drag Race beginning February 1 on Logo and VH1. The runner up was Chad Michaels, who won $1500 in cash and $5000 in prizes. The second runner up was Shae Shae LaResse, who received $1000 in cash and $2000 in prizes. Shangela and Chad Michaels have the option to compete in the Nationals in July in Louisville, Kentucky with all expenses paid by California Entertainer of the Year.

“I entered the contest to show everyone I was a triple threat and not just a perrenial television guest star. Plus I wanted to ride around on my Segway in Louboutins I returned to Neiman’s the very next day. I totally accomplished my goal and made everyone crack up. I think the show could’ve used a bit more funny and a bit less serious pageant-y atmosphere. Hopefully next year, I’ll be able to provide some because they’ve talked to me about a feature spot or hosting gig already.” said Willam Belli, EOY contestant.

The House of Blues is located at 8430 W. Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069. The event was held on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 from 7:30 pm to 1:30 pm in the main room. The No H8 photoshoot was done by photographer Adam Bouska from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. More then 500 people attended the event. The event was hosted by Alec Mapa of the Ugly Betty Show.

“At the last minute Brandy number was visually appealing because Bianca Nicole was gorgeous but a ballad at that point in the already long night slowed it down even more making almost necessary to secure an after hours permit.” Concluded Willam.

California EOY donated $15,000 to the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Andrew Tweedie from the Foundation was there to see the event.

The silent auction, called “Heel Hate”, was added by California EOY. Autographed high heels from celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Shania Twain, Paula Deen, Salma Hayek, Paris Hilton and more are being auctioned on http://www.charitybuzz.com with 100% of the proceeds going to the Matthew Shepard Foundation. The auction will last through January 21. Fans, Celebrities and personalities were able to view the heels in person because they were on display at the pageant event.

Per Nicole Walther, Metro Public Relations Publicist, this is the first-ever California Entertainer of the Year Pageant to benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation. Eleven of California’s fiercest drag performers battled it out for the crown and nearly $20,000 in cash and prizes were awarded. She added that the girls competed in the categories of creative evening gown, on stage questions, presentation, and talent.

Ms. Walther concluded the after 4 hours of show-stopping, jawdropping performances, the judge’s scores were tallied in accordance with the National Entertainer of the Year guidelines by head judge Nina West and certified by current Miss National Entertainer of the Year, Bianca Nicole (who did two incredible special performances).

The Pageant Director was Erin White. There was a special surprise performance by 80’s pop superstar Tiffany, who acknowledged International Dance Diva Pepper MaShay who was in the VIP area.

For more information about Entertainer of The Year visit http://www.californiaeoy.com For the event’s public relations agency information and updates visit http://www.metropublicrelations.com

Editor Note: Story was proof read by Linda Krongold, our New York, NY Special Correspondent For Diversity News. For more information you can contact her at andmeljar@aol.com
Congratulations to all the contestants and Shangela for winning this competition. We wish her good luck in the Nationals. Photos courtesy of Diversity News Publications.

Complete list of The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards Nominations

December 15, 2009 by  
Filed under Featured, FEATURES

goldenOn December 15, 2009 The HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION announced the complete list of The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards NOMINATIONS.

1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
AVATAR
Lightstorm Entertainment; Twentieth Century Fox
THE HURT LOCKER
Voltage Pictures; Summit Entertainment
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures/A Band Apart/Zehnte Babelsberg GmbH Production; The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures
PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE
A Lee Daniels Entertainment / Smokewood Entertainment Group Production;
Lionsgate
UP IN THE AIR
Paramount Pictures; Paramount Pictures
2. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
EMILY BLUNT
THE YOUNG VICTORIA
SANDRA BULLOCK
THE BLIND SIDE
HELEN MIRREN
THE LAST STATION
CAREY MULLIGAN
AN EDUCATION
GABOUREY SIDIBE
PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE
3. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA
JEFF BRIDGES
CRAZY HEART
GEORGE CLOONEY
UP IN THE AIR
COLIN FIRTH
A SINGLE MAN
MORGAN FREEMAN
INVICTUS
TOBEY MAGUIRE
BROTHERS
4. BEST MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
(500) DAYS OF SUMMER
Watermark Pictures; Fox Searchlight Pictures
THE HANGOVER
Warner Bros. Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures
IT’S COMPLICATED
Relativity Media, Scott Rudin Productions; Universal Pictures
JULIE & JULIA
Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing
NINE
The Weinstein Company/Relativity Media/Lucamar Productions/Marc Platt Productions; The Weinstein Company
5. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
SANDRA BULLOCK
THE PROPOSAL
MARION COTILLARD
NINE
JULIA ROBERTS
DUPLICITY
MERYL STREEP
IT’S COMPLICATED
MERYL STREEP
JULIE & JULIA
6. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MOTION PICTURE – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
MATT DAMON
THE INFORMANT!
DANIEL DAY-LEWIS
NINE
ROBERT DOWNEY JR
SHERLOCK HOLMES
JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT
(500) DAYS OF SUMMER
MICHAEL STUHLBARG
A SERIOUS MAN
7. BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS
Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation; Sony Pictures Releasing
CORALINE
Laika, Inc.; Focus Features
FANTASTIC MR. FOX
American Empirical Picture; Twentieth Century Fox
THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG
Walt Disney Pictures/Walt Disney Animation Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
UP
Walt Disney Pictures/PIXAR Animation Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
8. BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
BAARIA (ITALY)
Medusa Film; Summit Entertainment
BROKEN EMBRACES (SPAIN)
El Deseo SA; Sony Pictures Classics
THE MAID (CHILE)
(LA NANA)
Forastero; Elephant Eye Films
A PROPHET (UN PROPHETE) (FRANCE)
Chic Films/Page 114/Why Not Productions; Sony Pictures Classics
THE WHITE RIBBON (GERMANY)
(DAS WEISSE BAND – EINE DEUTSCHE KINDERGESCHICHTE)
X Filme Creative Pool/Les Films Du Losange/Lucky Red; Sony Pictures Classics
9. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
PENÉLOPE CRUZ
NINE
VERA FARMIGA
UP IN THE AIR
ANNA KENDRICK
UP IN THE AIR
MO’NIQUE
PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE
JULIANNE MOORE
A SINGLE MAN
10. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A MOTION PICTURE
MATT DAMON
INVICTUS
WOODY HARRELSON
THE MESSENGER
CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER
THE LAST STATION
STANLEY TUCCI
THE LOVELY BONES
CHRISTOPH WALTZ
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
11. BEST DIRECTOR – MOTION PICTURE
KATHRYN BIGELOW
THE HURT LOCKER
JAMES CAMERON
AVATAR
CLINT EASTWOOD
INVICTUS
JASON REITMAN
UP IN THE AIR
QUENTIN TARANTINO
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
12. BEST SCREENPLAY – MOTION PICTURE
NEILL BLOMKAMP, TERRI TATCHELL
DISTRICT 9
MARK BOAL
THE HURT LOCKER
NANCY MEYERS
IT’S COMPLICATED
JASON REITMAN, SHELDON TURNER
UP IN THE AIR
QUENTIN TARANTINO
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
13. BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – MOTION PICTURE
MICHAEL GIACCHINO
UP
MARVIN HAMLISCH
THE INFORMANT!
JAMES HORNER
AVATAR
ABEL KORZENIOWSKI
A SINGLE MAN
KAREN O, CARTER BURWELL
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE
14. BEST ORIGINAL SONG – MOTION PICTURE
“CINEMA ITALIANO” — NINE
Music & Lyrics by: Maury Yeston
“I WANT TO COME HOME” — EVERYBODY’S FINE
Music & Lyrics by: Paul McCartney
“I SEE YOU” — AVATAR
Music by: James Horner, Simon Franglen
Lyrics by: James Horner, Simon Franglen, Kuk Harrell
“THE WEARY KIND (THEME FROM CRAZY HEART)” — CRAZY HEART
Music & Lyrics by: Ryan Bingham, T Bone Burnett
“WINTER” — BROTHERS
Music by: U2
Lyrics by: Bono
15. BEST TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
BIG LOVE (HBO)
Anima Sola Productions and Playtone in association with HBO Entertainment
DEXTER (SHOWTIME)
Showtime Presents, John Goldwyn Productions, The Colleton Company, Clyde Phillips Productions
HOUSE (FOX)
Universal Media Studios in association with Heel and Toe Films, Shore Z Productions and Bad Hat Harry
MAD MEN (AMC)
AMC
TRUE BLOOD (HBO)
Your Face Goes Here Entertainment in association with HBO Entertainment
16. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
GLENN CLOSE
DAMAGES
JANUARY JONES
MAD MEN
JULIANNA MARGULIES
THE GOOD WIFE
ANNA PAQUIN
TRUE BLOOD
KYRA SEDGWICK
THE CLOSER
17. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – DRAMA
SIMON BAKER
THE MENTALIST
MICHAEL C. HALL
DEXTER
JON HAMM
MAD MEN
HUGH LAURIE
HOUSE
BILL PAXTON
BIG LOVE
18. BEST TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
30 ROCK (NBC)
Universal Media Studios in association with Broadway Video and Little Stranger Inc.
ENTOURAGE (HBO)
Leverage and Closest to the Hole Productions in association with HBO Entertainment
GLEE (FOX)
Twentieth Century Fox Television
MODERN FAMILY (ABC)
Twentieth Century Fox Television
THE OFFICE (NBC)
Universal Media Studios, Deedle Dee Productions, Reveille LLC
19. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
TONI COLLETTE
UNITED STATES OF TARA
COURTENEY COX
COUGAR TOWN
EDIE FALCO
NURSE JACKIE
TINA FEY
30 ROCK
LEA MICHELE
GLEE
20. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A TELEVISION SERIES – COMEDY OR MUSICAL
ALEC BALDWIN
30 ROCK
STEVE CARELL
THE OFFICE
DAVID DUCHOVNY
CALIFORNICATION
THOMAS JANE
HUNG
MATTHEW MORRISON
GLEE
21. BEST MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION GEORGIA O’KEEFFE (LIFETIME TELEVISION)
Sony Pictures Television
GREY GARDENS (HBO)
Specialty Films and Locomotive in association with HBO Films
INTO THE STORM (HBO)
Scott Free and Rainmark Films Production in association with the BBC and HBO Films
LITTLE DORRIT (PBS)
Masterpiece/BBC Co-production
TAKING CHANCE (HBO)
Motion Picture Corporation of America and Civil Dawn Pictures in association with HBO Films
22. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
JOAN ALLEN
GEORGIA O’KEEFFE
DREW BARRYMORE
GREY GARDENS
JESSICA LANGE
GREY GARDENS
ANNA PAQUIN
THE COURAGEOUS HEART OF IRENA SENDLER
SIGOURNEY WEAVER
PRAYERS FOR BOBBY
23. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
KEVIN BACON
TAKING CHANCE
KENNETH BRANAGH
WALLANDER: ONE STEP BEHIND
CHIWETEL EJIOFOR
ENDGAME
BRENDAN GLEESON
INTO THE STORM
JEREMY IRONS
GEORGIA O’KEEFFE
24. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
JANE ADAMS
HUNG
ROSE BYRNE
DAMAGES
JANE LYNCH
GLEE
JANET McTEER
INTO THE STORM
CHLOË SEVIGNY
BIG LOVE
25. BEST PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION
MICHAEL EMERSON
LOST
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
WILLIAM HURT
DAMAGES
JOHN LITHGOW
DEXTER
JEREMY PIVEN
ENTOURAGE
WINNERS BY MOTION PICTURE DISTRIBUTOR
AND TELEVISION NETWORK MOTION PICTURE DISTRIBUTOR
The Weinstein Company – 12
Warner Bros. Pictures – 9
Universal Pictures – 8
Paramount Pictures – 7
Sony Pictures Classics – 6
Lionsgate – 5
Twentieth Century Fox – 5
Fox Searchlight Pictures – 4
Sony Pictures Releasing – 4
Summit Entertainment – 4
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures – 4
Focus Features – 2
Relativity Media LLC – 2
Apparition – 1
Elephant Eye Films – 1
Miramax Films – 1
Oscilloscope Laboratories – 1

TELEVISION NETWORK
HBO – 17
FOX – 6
SHOWTIME – 6
NBC – 5
CBS – 4
LIFETIME TELEVISION – 4
ABC – 3
AMC – 3
FX NETWORKS – 3
PBS – 3
TNT – 1

WINNERS BY MOTION PICTURE AND TELEVISION SERIES OR PROGRAM MOTION PICTURE
UP IN THE AIR – 6
NINE – 5
AVATAR – 4
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS – 4
THE HURT LOCKER – 3
INVICTUS – 3
IT’S COMPLICATED – 3
PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE – 3
A SINGLE MAN – 3
(500) DAYS OF SUMMER – 2
BROTHERS – 2
CRAZY HEART – 2
THE INFORMANT! – 2
JULIE & JULIA – 2
THE LAST STATION – 2
UP – 2
BAARIA – 1
THE BLIND SIDE – 1
BROKEN EMBRACES – 1
CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS – 1
CORALINE – 1
DISTRICT 9 – 1
DUPLICITY – 1
AN EDUCATION – 1
EVERYBODY’S FINE – 1
FANTASTIC MR. FOX – 1
THE HANGOVER – 1
THE LOVELY BONES – 1
THE MAID – 1
THE MESSENGER – 1
THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG – 1
A PROPHET – 1
THE PROPOSAL – 1
A SERIOUS MAN – 1
SHERLOCK HOLMES – 1
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE – 1
THE WHITE RIBBON – 1
THE YOUNG VICTORIA – 1

WINNERS BY MOTION PICTURE AND TELEVISION SERIES OR PROGRAM TELEVISION SERIES OR PROGRAM
GLEE – 4
30 ROCK – 3
BIG LOVE – 3
DAMAGES – 3
DEXTER – 3
GEORGIA O’KEEFFE – 3
GREY GARDENS – 3
INTO THE STORM – 3
MAD MEN – 3
ENTOURAGE – 2
HOUSE – 2
HUNG – 2
THE OFFICE – 2
TAKING CHANCE – 2
TRUE BLOOD – 2
CALIFORNICATION – 1
THE CLOSER – 1
COUGAR TOWN – 1
THE COURAGEOUS HEART OF IRENA SENDLER – 1
ENDGAME – 1
THE GOOD WIFE – 1
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER – 1
LITTLE DORRIT – 1
LOST – 1
THE MENTALIST – 1
MODERN FAMILY – 1
NURSE JACKIE – 1
PRAYERS FOR BOBBY – 1
UNITED STATES OF TARA – 1
WALLANDER: ONE STEP BEHIND – 1

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be presented on Sunday, January 17, 2010. They will be broadcast live on NBC at 5 PM PST and 8 PM EST.

About the the mission of the HFPA:
To establish favorable relations and cultural ties between foreign countries and the United States of America by the dissemination of information concerning the American culture and traditions as depicted in motion pictures and television through news media in various foreign countries;

To recognize outstanding achievements by conferring annual Awards of Merit, (Golden Globe® Awards), serving as a constant incentive within the entertainment industry, both domestic and foreign, and to focus wide public attention upon the best in motion pictures and television;

To contribute to other nonprofit organizations connected with the entertainment industry and involved in educational, cultural, and humanitarian activities;
To promote interest in the study of the arts, including the development of talent in the entertainment field through scholarships given to major learning institutions.  For more information visit http://www.goldenglobes.org