Thursday, August 28, 2014

'Jay Leno's Garage: The Ultimate Car Week' Set To Premiere Sun., Aug. 31 At 10 p.m. On CNBC

One-Hour Special Marks the First Time Leno Hosts a Show Since ‘The Tonight Show’

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ— August 28, 2014 —CNBC - the fastest growing cable network among P18-49 and P25-54 in primetime* - will premiere “Jay Leno’s Garage: The Ultimate Car Week” on Sun., Aug. 31, at 10PM ET/PT. 

Based on his Emmy-winning web series “Jay Leno’s Garage,” this special takes viewers into the heart of Monterey Week, America’s ultimate automotive event. 

Hosted by legendary comedian and one of the greatest car collectors in America, Jay Leno provides a unique perspective on the business and sport of cars and car collecting, which culminates once a year at Pebble Beach's Concours d'Elegance, featuring over 200 of the world's most prized collectibles.  

Leno scouts for vintage gems, gets exclusive first looks at several new vehicles and visits Laguna Seca racetrack, where he's the first person to hit the gas on the new 2015 Corvette Z06. 

“Jay Leno’s Garage: The Ultimate Car Week” is produced for CNBC by Open 4 Business Productions in association with Big Dog Productions.  Jay Leno and Todd Mesirow are the executive producers.

About CNBC:

With CNBC in the U.S., CNBC in Asia Pacific, CNBC in Europe, Middle East and Africa, CNBC World and CNBC HD , CNBC is the recognized world leader in business news and provides real-time financial market coverage and business information to approximately 371 million homes worldwide, including more than 100 million households in the United States and Canada. CNBC also provides daily business updates to 400 million households across China. The network's 15 live hours a day of business programming in North America (weekdays from 4:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. ET) is produced at CNBC's global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and includes reports from CNBC News bureaus worldwide. CNBC at night features a mix of new reality programming, CNBC's highly successful series produced exclusively for CNBC and a number of distinctive in-house documentaries.

Harry Belafonte To Receive Governors Award

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 26) to present Honorary Awards to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Harry Belafonte.  All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.
“The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs.  “We’re absolutely thrilled to honor these outstanding members of our global filmmaking community and look forward to celebrating with them in November.”

Carrière, who began his career as a novelist, was introduced to screenwriting by French comedian and filmmaker Pierre Étaix, with whom he shared an Oscar® for the live action short subject “Heureux Anniversaire (Happy Anniversary)” in 1962.  He received two more nominations during his nearly two-decade collaboration with director Luis Buñuel, for the screenplays for “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” and “That Obscure Object of Desire.”  Carrière also has collaborated notably with such directors as Volker Schlöndorff (“The Tin Drum”), Jean-Luc Godard (“Every Man for Himself”) and Andrzej Wajda (“Danton”).  He earned a fourth Oscar nomination for “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” with director Philip Kaufman.

Miyazaki is an artist, writer, director, producer and three-time Oscar nominee in the Animated Feature Film category, winning in 2002 for “Spirited Away.”  His other nominations were for “Howl’s Moving Castle” in 2005 and “The Wind Rises” last year.  Miyazaki gained an enormous following in his native Japan for such features as “Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,” “Laputa: Castle in the Sky,” “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Kiki’s Delivery Service” before breaking out internationally in the late 1990s with “Princess Mononoke.”  He is the co-founder of Studio Ghibli, a renowned animation studio based in Tokyo.

O’Hara, a native of Dublin, Ireland, came to Hollywood in 1939 to star opposite Charles Laughton in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”  She went on to appear in a wide range of feature films, including the swashbucklers “The Black Swan” and “Sinbad the Sailor,” the dramas “This Land Is Mine” and “A Woman’s Secret,” the family classics “Miracle on 34th Street” and “The Parent Trap,” the spy comedy “Our Man in Havana” and numerous Westerns.  She was a favorite of director John Ford, who cast her in five of his films, including “How Green Was My Valley,” “Rio Grande” and “The Quiet Man.”

An actor, producer, singer and lifelong activist, Belafonte began performing in theaters and nightclubs in and around Harlem, where he was born.  From the beginning of his film career, he chose projects that shed needed light on racism and inequality, including “Carmen Jones,” “Odds against Tomorrow” and “The World, the Flesh and the Devil.”  He was an early supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, marching and organizing alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. and often funding initiatives with his entertainment income.  Belafonte was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1987 and currently serves on the boards of the Advancement Project and the Institute for Policy Studies.  His work on behalf of children, education, famine relief, AIDS awareness and civil rights has taken him all over the world.

The Honorary Award, an Oscar statuette, is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

The Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, also an Oscar statuette, is given “to an individual in the motion picture industry whose humanitarian efforts have brought credit to the industry.”

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Casey J's Debut Single Cracks Billboard's Top 25

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Atlanta, GA (August 26, 2014) — New artist Casey  J took the platform just days before the memorial service of Michael Brown and told the congregation during this time of injustice and pain “our prayer needs to be that God will fill us up with his spirit.” Casey J’s emotionally driven radio single “Fill Me Up” has become an anthem and is taking the faith based arena by storm.
This rising Christian new artist continues to climb Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs Chart landing at #23 this week and continues to rise. The buzz surrounding her single have been praised by radio personalities and movers and shakers. Imparting a recipe of powerhouse vocals and heartfelt narratives of praise, Casey J’s musical offerings are seasoned with her own flair of Contemporary Gospel.
She was recently featured on the Yolanda Adams Morning Show and will perform her single on the upcoming 34th season of BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel. “Fill Me Up” is available now at all digital outlets.

'A Walk Among The Tombstones' Opens Sept. 19

Based on Lawrence Block’s bestselling series of mystery novels, A Walk Among the Tombstones stars Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, an ex-NYPD cop who now works as an unlicensed private investigator operating just outside the law. When Scudder reluctantly agrees to help a heroin trafficker (Dan Stevens) hunt down the men who kidnapped and then brutally murdered his wife, the PI learns that this is not the first time these men have committed this sort of twisted crime…nor will it be the last.

Blurring the lines between right and wrong, Scudder races to track the deviants through the backstreets of New York City before they kill again. Written and directed by Scott Frank (The Lookout), A Walk Among the Tombstones is produced by Jersey Films’ Danny DeVito, Double Feature Films’ Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, Exclusive Media’s Tobin Armbrust and Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver. Universal will distribute the film in North America.

Genre: Thriller
Rating: R
Starring: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, David Harbour, Boyd Holbrook
Directed By: Scott Frank
Written By: Scott Frank
Produced By: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Tobin Armbrust, Brian Oliver

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Academy Celebrates 'Young Frankenstein'

Screening Event Headlines September Slate of Programs

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a 40th anniversary screening of “Young Frankenstein” with special guests Mel Brooks, Cloris Leachman, Teri Garr and executive producer Michael Gruskoff on Tuesday, September 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  Film historian Leonard Maltin will introduce the comedy classic and host a live onstage discussion with Brooks, Leachman, Garr and Gruskoff.
“Young Frankenstein,” Brooks’s 1974 homage to the Golden Age of monster movies, features a large ensemble cast including Leachman, Garr, Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Kenneth Mars and Gene Hackman.  It earned Oscar® nominations for Adapted Screenplay (Wilder, Brooks) and Sound (Richard Portman, Gene Cantamessa).
Additional Academy events coming up in September at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles are listed below, with details at
“Let There Be Fright: William Castle Scare Classics”
The Academy pays a centennial tribute to William Castle, one of the most popular and prolific filmmakers in fantastic cinema, with double features, ghoulish giveaways and frightful freebies every Friday in September.
September 5, 7:30 p.m.          “The Tingler”
September 5, 9 p.m.               “Hollywood Story”
September 12, 7:30 p.m.        “House on Haunted Hill”
September 12, 9 p.m.             “13 Ghosts”
September 19, 7:30 p.m.        “Mr. Sardonicus”
September 19, 9:10 p.m.        “The Night Walker”
September 26, 7:30 p.m.        “Strait-Jacket”
September 26, 9:15 p.m.        “Homicidal”
“Why Be Good?”
September 6, 7:30 p.m.
The Academy presents the U.S. restoration premiere of Colleen Moore’s final silent film, in which she plays a wild flapper with a dubious reputation who finds herself romantically linked with her boss’s son. “Why Be Good?” features a Vitaphone soundtrack with sound effects, hot jazz and Twenties dance music.
“Animation Masters: John Canemaker Celebrates Winsor McCay and Walt Disney”
September 13
In this three-part presentation, animation historian and Oscar-winning animation director John Canemaker examines some of the art form’s most remarkable early achievements.
Gertie the Dinosaur and the Birth of Personality Animation – 6 p.m.
Long before any princesses wandered across the screen, animation’s first female personality was spunky Gertie the Dinosaur, who celebrates her 100th birthday this year.  Canemaker hosts a salute to Gertie and her creator, the prolific comic strip artist and animation pioneer Winsor McCay.
The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt Disney’s Movie Magic – 7:30 p.m.
Canemaker, who is the author of The Lost Notebook: Herman Schultheis and the Secrets of Walt Disney's Movie Magic, explores the fascinating mechanical and optical processes that enabled the Disney artists to delight the eye with dancing snowflakes, erupting volcanoes and other visual treats, described in a recently discovered notebook by photographer and effects specialist Schultheis.
“Fantasia” – 8:45 p.m.         
Walt Disney took one of his boldest gambles with this dazzling 1940 feature, for which his top animators scaled the heights of imagination to provide visuals for some of the most beloved pieces of classical music, conducted by maestro Leopold Stokowski.  The film’s many highlights include Mickey Mouse starring in “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and the haunting imagery of “Night on Bald Mountain.”
“The Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova)”
September 20, 7:30 p.m.
The Academy presents a new digital restoration of artist, poet and groundbreaking filmmaker Sergei Parajanov’s1968 masterpiece, a kaleidoscopic biography of the 18th century Armenian troubadour Sayat Nova.
“Two Sides of George Stevens”
September 27
As part of the Academy’s long-standing George Stevens Lecture series on directing, “Two Sides” juxtaposes two romantic dramas from cinematographer-turned-director George Stevens.  Both films in the series are new restorations by the Academy Film Archive.
“Laddie” – 5 p.m.
Eight years before receiving his first Oscar nomination for “The More the Merrier,” Stevens directed this 1935 black-and-white feature based on Gene Stratton-Porter’s novel.  This rarely seen film will screen from a newly restored print.
“A Place in the Sun” – 7:30 p.m.
Academy Award®-nominated screenwriter Richard LaGravenese will introduce this classic, based on Theodore Dreiser’s 1925 novel An American Tragedy.  Starring Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor, “A Place in the Sun” earned six Oscars®, including Stevens’s first for Directing.
Tyrone Power Centennial
The Academy celebrates the centennial of one of Hollywood’s most handsome and charismatic stars of the Golden Age, Tyrone Power, with matinee screenings of some of his most beloved films.
September 2, 1 p.m.               “Marie Antoinette”
September 9, 1 p.m.               “The Mark of Zorro”
September 16, 1 p.m.             “The Black Swan”
September 23, 1 p.m.             “The Razor’s Edge”
September 30, 1 p.m.             “Nightmare Alley”
For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit

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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; 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.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Doris Bergman's Annual Emmy Bash Is A Hit!

By Darlene Donloe

It’s becoming tradition!  Doris Bergman throws a party and celebs show up!

This week, in honor of the 66th annual Primetime Emmy® Awards, Bergman hosted the Fifth Annual Emmy Style Lounge & Party at Fig & Olive in West Hollywood.  The Emmy Awards are set to air Mon., Aug. 25 on NBC.

Considered one of the hottest tickets in town, the invitation-only event was hosted by MD Sun Skin Care and presented by Gerard Cosmetics & Whitening Lightning. 

The lavish event, for those lucky enough to snag an invitation, honored the television industry’s Emmy-nominated actors, former Emmy winners, presenters, stylists and industry VIPS. Celebs mixed and mingled while vendors showered them with high-end swag that included jewelry, cosmetics, customized hats, skin and hair care products, watches, spirits, shoes, plus a gourmet luncheon prepared by Fig & Olive Executive Chef, Pascal Lorange.

 Doris Bergman

Actress Carolyn Hennesy (Devious Maids)
Bling It Hat Designs and Khandi Alexander

(l-r) Actor Harrison White, Christie Bird (Jones & Rose) 
and Kelsey Scott (12 Years A Slave)
Celebs on hand included Emmy nominees Kate Burton (Outstanding Guest Actress Scandal), Jon Voight (Supporting Actor Ray Donovan) Joey King & Joshua Close (Outstanding Miniseries, Fargo), Khandi Alexander & Ntare Mwine (Outstanding Miniseries Treme), R.J. Mitte (Outstanding Drama Series Breaking Bad), Jamie Brewer (Outstanding Miniseries American Horror Story), Marina Toybina (Triple Emmy Award Winning Costumer/Designer), Meneses (The Goldbergs), Ashley Argota (The Fosters), Asia Monet Ray (Dance Moms & Raising Asia), Boti Bliss, Dot Marie Jones (Glee), Elaine Hendrix (Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll), Eric Martsolf, Eva La Rue, Hal Sparks (Lab Rats), Jesse Henderson (Finding Carter), Kelsey Scott (12 Years a Slave), Marilu Henner, Rosa Blasi (The Thundermans), Rowan Blanchard (Girl Meets World), Shanola Hampton (Shameless), Tiphany Adams (Push Girls), Toks Olagundoye (The Neighbors) and Gregg Daniel (True Blood).

Gregg Daniel (True Blood) and his wife, actress Veralyn Jones

“I came because I wanted to contribute,” said Gregg Daniel, who attended with his actress/wife, Veralyn Jones. “This was a great opportunity to give back. I like the idea that we were asked to give something to help Wednesday’s Child. I’m having a great time.”

Wednesday’s Child is a program that works with children in the LA County foster care system. 

Antrelle Brown a designer for Origami Owl Jewelry

My Sweet Cupcake

Roadkill Boutique

(l-r) Adam Pratt and model Lesley Bazant of Radar Watches


Olive Designs Jewelry


Intemporelle Designs

 Twisted Silver

My Saint, My Hero

 Tequila Azul Imperial

Gifts and services were provided by: Jones & Rose, IdefyneMe Inspirational T’s, Go Fore Broke Sportswear, Telic Footwear, “My Saint, My Hero,” Radar Watches, Nature’s Flavors, Twisted Silver, Perch Jewelry, Bon Bon Home & Garden, Honest Tea, Spongelle, Art Lewin Bespoke Executive Clothiers, Kaya Di Koko, Single Dress, Single Underwear, GUESS, Tequila Azul Imperial, Veved Ice Vodka, Clif Bar, Luna Bar, Intemporelle Designs, Vida Emanuel European Day Spa, Dawn Lee Cosmetics, Stacy Vason Haircare, Roadkill Boutique, Origami Owl Jewelry, Ooh La Bra, Bling It Hat Designs, Unity Vintage Jean Company, Clothing Nation, My Sweet Cupcake (Winner of “Cupcake Wars” on the Food Network), Olivia Designs Jewelry, Model Call and CDs from vocalists Lea Anderson and Devyn Rose.

(l-r) Christie Bird and Cecily Lewis of Jones & Rose

One of the popular items at the event was the natural skin care products by Jones & Rose (

“We have a natural baseline,” said the company’s founder, Christie Bird (Rose). “ We use only natural ingredients.”

Bird, who at one time worked for Proctor & Gamble, makes the products herself. According to Bird Melinda Williams, Sherri Shepherd and Cynthia Bailey are just some of the celebs who have used the products.

Anabel Baltazar of GUESS

According to Anabel Baltazar, who represented GUESS at the event, the company recently donated a number of GUESS bags to Wednesday’s Child.

“The company loves to give back,” said Baltazar.

(l-r) Daryl Doris and Ashaki Rucker of IdefyneMe Inspirational T's
Ashaki Rucker launched IdefyneMe Inspirational T’s with a specific purpose in mind.

“I wanted to surround our children with positive messages,” said Rucker. “They are surrounded by negativity on a daily basis. I want them to be able to find their way to success.”

 MD Sun

Dr. George Sun, his wife and Emmy-Nominated Actress Kate Burton

Celebs flocked to talk to Dr. George Sun, whose company, MD Sun (, was one of the sponsors.  Everyone wants to have flawless skin. Dr. Sun talked about the benefits of his products.

“This is high grade cosmeceuticals,” said Sun whose office is in Arcadia, CA. “This system is essential for those who need and are seeking highly effective, but gentle products.  Whether you have acne, oily skin, pigmentation problems or superficial blemishes, it doesn’t matter.”

Ashaki Rucker launched I Defyneme as a means of surrounding children with positive messages.

“We want kids to find their way to success,” says Rucker.

Carlos Robles, owner of Clothing Nation launched his online company with 20s-30s demographic in mind. Some of his clothes range from $20-$50. 
Verby Nix, whose apparel company, Go Fore Broke ( launched last May, was excited to be at the event for the first time.

“I’ve always wanted to be my own boss,” said Nix. “So, I jumped out in faith.  I have something for everyone.”

 Toks Olagundoye (The Neighbors)

In the spirit of giving back, guests & sponsors donated unwrapped gifts for young adults (ages 15-18) for a Pre-Holiday Gift Drive benefitting Wednesday’s Child -- a weekly segment airing on KTTV FOX 11 News, Los Angeles, with Anchor Christine Devine. Wednesday’s Child highlights ‘harder to place’ children in the LA County foster care system who are in need of adoptive families. In Los Angeles County, alone, there are over 30,000 children receiving child welfare services,” says social worker, William Wong.  “Gift and monetary donations to the Wednesday’s Child Pre-Holiday Gift Drive has been overwhelming and, most importantly, the event sponsors and celebrity guests have provided examples to follow -- giving the public permission to embrace our kids.  I believe that people are inherently good and want to do good things. Additionally, Bergman invited two foster children to join in on the festivities and experience what it felt like to be treated as a VIP -- the love from the guests and sponsors was tremendous!” added Wong.

Marqual W., one of the foster children invited to the party, responded ‘yes,’ when asked if he was having a good time at his first ever Hollywood, red-carpet event.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

'The Giver,' A Haunting Look At The Future

Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites 

By Darlene Donloe

The Giver, directed by Phillip Noyce, is a sci-fi/drama about a post-apocalyptic world that is conformed, colorless and devoid of emotion. There is no war, no sickness, no prejudice, essentially no culture.  It would seem there are also very few ethnic groups. The world is predominantly white.

There was a time when all of those elements (war, sickness, etc.) existed, but it was done away with because people were unable to make good choices. 

There is now a system called Sameness.

The Giver, who is an actual person, is the sole keeper of the community’s memories. He and he alone remembers a time when they felt pain, anger, disappointment, but most of all love.

The one thing I never really figured out about the film or the book is, if you don’t want anyone to go against the grain, why is there a need for someone like The Giver? If you don’t want anyone to know how things were before the world changed, then don’t have anyone called The Giver, who holds all of the secrets.

The Giver is based on Lois Lowry’s best-selling 1993 Young Adult novel, which was the winner of the 1994 Newberry Medal.

So, here is the story.

The haunting story of The Giver centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver, who is the sole keeper of all the community's memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community's secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined - a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most. At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all - a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before.

The Giver, a kind of coming of age story, is slow and plodding. However, the story, which is a bit like Hunger Games and Pleasantville is intriguing.

The always good and believable Jeff Bridges, who also produces, plays The Giver, a man who because of personal circumstances has a bone to pick with the establishment. When it’s time to pass on the baton, The Giver meets 16-year-old Jonas (Brenton Thwaites) things begin to change. 

Jonas has his own ideas much to the chagrin of his parents played by Alexander Skarsgard and Katie Holmes. He knows something is missing, but he’s not sure what. He knows there is something beyond his world, something beyond the boundaries.

Once he gets a taste of the truth, Jonas decides he can no longer live the Sameness way. He wants to see what is over the rainbow.

Meryl Streep is in a surprising role. She plays a stoic Chief Elder who is determined to keep the status quo running smoothly. There is no room for originality or individualism.

The movie also stars Odeya Rush and Taylor Swift.

The Giver is Rated PG-13. Running time: 1h 40m

On the DONLOE SCALE: D (don’t bother), O (oh, no), N (needs work), L (likeable), O (OK) and E (excellent), The Giver gets an L (likeable).