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The British Are Coming: CNN Special Presentation of ‘THE SIXTIES Features Micky Dolenz Premieres Thursday, Jan. 30

Micky Dolez of The Monkees

Multiple Emmy® Award-winning executive producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman (HBO’s John Adams and The Pacific), and Emmy® Award-winning producer Mark Herzog (History’s Gettysburg) of Herzog & Company (HCO), will reignite the landmark musical revolution of 1964 in this special presentation from their CNN Original Series. The one-hour special, THE SIXTIES: The British Invasion will premiere on CNN/U.S. on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 9:00pmET and PT. The full 10-part episode CNN Original Series THE SIXTIES will begin in May 2014.

The British Invasion begins with the breakthrough performance of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show, which was watched by a record-setting 73 million viewers, blazing a culture-changing path through America fifty years ago next month. The Beatles’ success was quickly followed by other British bands hoping to conquer the hearts of American teens. Those siren calls of The Animals, The Kinks, The Hollies, The Dave Clarke 5, The Who, and The Rolling Stones are all revisited in this paean to the power of the music that defined a generation – and remain vital and relevant today.

The Ed Sullivan Show introducing The Beatles to America aired on Feb. 9, 1964, and their thrilling, mesmerizing appearance launched a revolution in fashion, hairstyles, advertising, politics, and sexual mores that have influenced virtually every aspect of modern American life. Throughout the special, soul song legend Smokey Robinson; Graham Nash (of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young); Ahmir“Questlove” Thompson, music journalist, record producer and drummer for the Grammy® Award-winning band The Roots; rock columnist David Wild; Micky Dolenz of the American musical group, The Monkees; and more, all provide insights into how the “British invasion” was actually a reciprocal flow of influences back and forth with American artists. The legendary era of Bob Dylan, Motown, The Beach Boys, and others, laid down the beats that formed the soundtrack of a generation.

THE SIXTIES: The British Invasion follows the strong ratings success of THE SIXTIES: The Assassination of JFK (1963), which was seen by 21.0 million total viewers and 8.2 million viewers in the coveted 25 to 54 age demo. The Assassination of JFK (1963) and The British Invasion will air again when full THESIXTIES series launches in May 2014. The 10 episodes of THE SIXTIES focus on the indelible impact of technology, drugs, music, “free love,” and civil rights, bringing new insights to the landmark events and extraordinary people which shaped our history and character as Americans – and changed the world.

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U2 To Receive The Sonny Bono Visionary Award

Irish rockers U2 are set to receive the Sonny Bono Visionary Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

The award is typically given to film directors, but this January the other Bono and his bandmates will be feted for their “unparalleled humanitarian work against extreme poverty, disease, and social injustice,” according to festival chairman Harold Matzner.

Previous recipients include Danny Boyle and Quentin Tarantino.

Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern and Tom Hanks will also be honored at the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival in California.

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Parade Exclusive: Emma Thompson on Family, Fame, and 6 Months of Bad Hair

Oscar winner Emma Thompson spends an afternoon in her London home with Parade, chatting about glamour, love, fame, and six months of bad-hair days. She appears in the new film Saving Mr. Banks, based on Walt Disney’s campaign to convince Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers (played by Thompson) to let him make a musical about her magical governess creation. In it, she stars for the first time with fellow Oscar winner Tom Hanks, who plays Walt Disney. Some excerpts from the story, below:

On her prim and proper 60s look in Saving Mr. Banks, which required her to get her hair permed:

“It was a nightmare! People would bleat in the streets as I went by. I didn’t have sex for six months!”

On working with Tom Hanks:

“… For a long time we’d looked for something to do together. [After reading the script] I rang Tom and said, ‘This is great, because it’s not a romance. It’s about a battle that they both win and lose. It’s perfect.’”

On her anger and depression when her first marriage, to Kenneth Branagh, ended in divorce:

“I don’t feel anger or depression about it now. I think we place a lot of pressure on ourselves and our relationships. … Yes, it was very painful, but it was also something that happens between people a lot. Sometimes things go wrong and it doesn’t last, and that seems to me perfectly reasonable.”

On her dowdy appearance when she first started acting:

“I marched onto the Johnny Carson show [doing publicity for Howards End] wearing a shapeless dress and flat shoes. I looked like a geography teacher. In my 20s, I eschewed everything overtly female. I didn’t have a handbag; I’d carry a plastic bag. … It’s only recently that I’ve even bothered with glamour because it seemed like a fun idea.”

On the importance of her costume while playing Sybill in the Harry Potter films:

“I had great fun doing Sybill. The genius of that costume—the wig and the glasses—I mean, Barack Obama could have played her. I did a silly voice, but really it was that costume.”

On why so many of her films touch on the subject of love:

“Partly because it’s one of the major areas in which women are allowed to take part. It’s not as if I’ve got the same kind of choices as Brad Pitt in filmmaking. But also because love is the only thing that matters. Not just romantic love … there’s affection, Eros, family love … It’s exactly what we’re designed to do.”

For more on Parade’s afternoon with Emma Thompson, see Sunday’s issue.

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Eminem, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks Offer to Mentor Justin Bieber

Justin Bieber’s manager Scooter Braun has been inundated with offers from the likes of Eminem, Oprah Winfrey and Tom Hanks to mentor the teen superstar.

The Baby hitmaker’s ill-advised antics on tour and at home in California, which have included brushes with the law and headline-grabbing incidents, have prompted big names to offer up their help and advice.

Bieber’s bad behavior has included nightclub altercations, arguments with his neighbours, disappointing fans by rushing through meet and greet sessions and public urinating  claims.

The incidents have prompted a slew of concerned celebrities to reach out to Braun to see if there is anything they can do to help the youngster avoid destroying his career, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In a candid new interview with Braun and Bieber, the singer’s manager reveals he has fielded calls and emails from Winfrey, singer Adam Levine, rapper Drake and Mark Wahlberg, while Hanks’ wife Rita Wilson offered up her husband’s counselling skills to help the 19 year old avoid the pitfalls of fame.

And Braun claims Eminem’s manager, Paul Rosenberg, told him, “If you ever want Eminem to talk to him (Bieber), he would do it in a second. He cares about that kid.”

Braun has yet to take up the stars’ offers to advise Bieber during times of trouble as there is already one big name who is trying to keep the teen in check – Will Smith.

Braun claims Smith, whose son Jaden is good friends with the singer, once paid Bieber a much-needed visit and pulled him out of bed for a three-hour chat.

The manager recalls, “He (Bieber) said, ‘Man, that makes me feel so loved. I woke up, and there’s Will Smith, one of, if not the, biggest movie stars on the planet. He took time out of his day for me.'”

Smith has continued to make himself available to Bieber for weekly phone conferences, but the Independence Day actor has warned Braun the youngster will have to live and learn from his own mistakes: “He’s telling me: ‘Justin’s got to go through it. You can’t stop him from going through it. That’s youth in itself. He’s a young man who’s growing up, and that’s what makes him interesting and relatable. Otherwise, he’d be some kind of weird robot.'”

During the interview, Bieber expressed his carefree attitude towards his critics, saying, “I don’t (care) what they say… I know who I am and what I’m doing in my life and what I’ve accomplished and continue to accomplish as a performer, as a writer, as an artist, as a person, as a human being. I’m happy with the man I’m becoming.”

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Robert Downey, Jr. Named Hollywood’s Most Valuable Star

Actor Robert Downey, Jr. has been crowned as Hollywood’s Most Valuable Star for the second consecutive year in a new magazine poll.

The Iron Man actor retained his place at number one on the top 100 list, earning him the title of ‘The King’ by website editors, who took into account factors including film box office takings, studio value, and likability with fans and critics alike for the countdown.

He beat out Leonardo DiCaprio, who ranked second, followed by The Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence in third.

Sandra Bullock and Brad Pitt rounded out the top five, while Will Smith, Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks all ranked in the top 10.

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Parade Interview: What Tom Hanks Learned From the Real Capt. Phillips–The Making of a Hero

What makes a hero? This Sunday, Parade pursuesthat question with Capt. Richard Phillips, who was heralded for his heroic actions after Somali pirates attacked his ship, the Maersk Alabama, in April 2009, and actor Tom Hanks, who plays him in the riveting film Captain Phillips, based on his ordeal. The two men spoke to Parade about bravery, fear, and the challenges of portraying a real-life incident onscreen. Some excerpts follow:

On the challenge of turning real-life events into films:

Tom Hanks: “By and large, the making of motion picture is all about ‘Let’s ratchet it up.’ And I always think, ‘We don’t need to ratchet this up.’ If you do, don’t call it Captain Phillips or The Maersk Alabama. Call it something else, and then you have carte blanche to do anything, down to sea serpents and aliens.”

On whether Hanks thinks everyone has the ability to rise to the occasion:

Hanks: “Not everybody, no. Some people are cowards. … I think by and large a third of people are villains, a third are cowards, and a third are heroes. Now, a villain and a coward can choose to be a hero, but they’ve got to make that choice.”

On whether an actor has a special responsibility attached to playing a real person:

Hanks: “I think so. A lot of times it’s not just within your hands; you have to see eye to eye with the filmmaker on a basic philosophy. I think it’s important not to redefine somebody’s motivations. [In a movie] you have to have people do or say things they never did or said, and be in places they never were. But you can take that to an extreme where it’s not really why this person does what he does, and that’s the key. You’ve got to be a journalist and a historian and a filmmaker all at the same time.”

On the actors who portray the Somali pirates:

Hanks: “The actors who play them all live in Minneapolis, you know. They’re part of a Somali community up there. When I met them, I never felt more like an out-of-shape, middle-aged white man in my life [laughs].”

On Captain Phillips’s reluctance to being labeled a hero, and whether he now thinks he had heroic moments:

Capt. Phillips: “Oh, for me, it was my job. You take the paycheck, you do the job. As captain, you get all the blame, pretty much, and in this situation all the recognition, when it was 19 of my crew who were involved in it also. I’ve been more scared on ships. I’ve had a fire in the engine room where I thought I had dead engineers. I’ve been through hurricanes. I feel glad that I didn’t lose any of my crew [on the Maersk Alabama].”

Hanks: “I have never met someone who did a heroic thing who didn’t say, ‘I was just doing my job.’”

On whether Phillips thought that when he went to sea, a pirate attack was a possibility:

Phillips: “Oh, yeah. I always told my crew it wasn’t a matter of if, it was a matter of when.”

On what they hope people will take away from the movie:

Hanks: “I would say that Rich puts this incredibly well: You can always try to do something. Keep moving forward. Keep trying stuff.”

Phillips: “Nothing is over until you choose to give up.”

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Sir Paul McCartney, Tom Hanks And Rita Wilson Will Lead A Celebrity Cast At The Shakespeare Center Of Los Angeles 23rd Annual Simply Shakespeare

The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (SCLA) presents its 23rd Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit reading of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” September 25, 2013 at The Broad Stage, Santa Monica. The evening will feature a star-studded cast including Sir Paul McCartney, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson and William Shatner. Additional participants will be announced. Simply Shakespeare features a hilarious and entertaining evening of impromptu Shakespeare and song. All proceeds from the event support the SCLA and its arts based veterans employment and youth employment programs for inner-city youth and arts education in local schools.

Simply Shakespeare previous all-star casts have included Tim Allen, Annette Bening, Kenneth Branagh, Jackson Browne, Billy Crystal, Sally Field, Kelsey Grammer, Neil Patrick Harris, Faith Hill, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Kate Hudson,Helen Hunt, Lisa Kudrow, Lyle Lovett, Steve Martin, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Matthew Perry, David Hyde Pierce, Jada Pinkett Smith, Keanu Reeves, Julia Roberts, Ray Romano, William Shatner, Martin Sheen, Martin Short, Will Smith, Robin Williams and Renee Zellweger.

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The 27th Annual Easter Bonnet Competition returns next week, featuring the companies of Broadway, Off-Broadway and national touring productions offering skits, songs and dances, as well as elaborately designed and themed bonnets created especially for the competition.

The stars will align for this year’s event as Tom Hanks, Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein, Andrea Martin and NathanLane join more than 200 of Broadway and Off-Broadway’s most talented performers.

The 2013 edition of the Easter Bonnet Competition will again be presented at the Minskoff Theatre, currently the home of Disney’s The Lion King.

Two-time Academy Award winner Hanks, Grammy Award winner Lauper and four-time Tony Award winnerFierstein will present the top fundraising and best presentation awards at the Tuesday performance.

Three-time Tony nominee Marin Mazzie will star in an original opening number, directed and choreographed by Al Blackstone. Tony nominee Jessie Mueller will close the show with the traditional performance of “Help is on the Way,” BC/EFA’s Easter Bonnet anthem.

Stars scheduled to appear include Tony winner Victoria Clark, Tony nominee Robert Cuccioli, two-time Tony winnerKatie Finneran, Shalita Grant, Ann Harada, Tony winner Harriet Harris, Andy Karl, Ron Kunene, Tshidi Manye,Christopher McDonald, Judy McLane, Mark Nelson, Billy Porter; three-time Emmy Award nominee Peter Scolari,and, 10-year old Nicholas Lampiasi, from Disney’s Newsies.

Productions scheduled to perform and present bonnets include A Christmas Story: The Musical, Ann, Annie, Avenue Q, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Chicago, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia!, Newsies,Once, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Disney’s The Lion King and Wicked, with a special performance by MOMIX representing Dancers Responding to AIDS, a program of Broadway Cares, and a special bonnet presented by the Broadway Green Alliance.

Easter Bonnet Competition is a two-day Broadway spectacular that features the companies of Broadway, Off-Broadway and touring productions singing, dancing and donning elaborate and often outrageous original bonnets. There will be two opportunities to see Easter Bonnet Competition: Monday, April 22 at 4:30 pm and Tuesday, April 23 at 2 pm. The 26 previous editions of Easter Bonnet Competition have raised more than $46 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Last year’s event raised $3,706,085.

Stars Stand Up to Cancer: Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Samuel L. Jackson

Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks, Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Samuel L. Jackson were among the celebrities who joined forces at the Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon.

Robert Pattinson, Justin Timberlake, Matt Damon, Halle Berry and thyroid cancer survivor Sofia Vergara also turned out at the sombre televised event to lend their support to the campaign, which was launched by late Spider-Man franchise producer Laura Ziskin. She lost her battle against breast cancer in 2011, but was remembered with a special video featuring tributes from film stars Tobey Maguire and Emma Stone.

In the clip, Stone said, “Like every great hero, she had a vision and she set us into motion. And now it’s up to us to continue moving forward to achieve her dream.”

Hollywood icon Douglas, who beat throat cancer last year, urged viewers to donate to help find a cure for the killer illness to save other victims of the disease.

He told the audience, “It picked a fight with the wrong guy!… Cancer didn’t bring me to my knees, it brought me to my feet… I stand tonight because I want to be part of this effort to find an end to cancer. This is possible… Cancer’s in for one hell of a fight.”

Country singer Taylor Swift fought back tears as she debuted a new song called Ronan, inspired by a three-year-old boy named Ronan Thompson, who died of the illness last year. The tune was made available for download after the show, with all proceeds being donated to the cancer charity.

Alicia Keys and Tim McGraw also took to the stage during the telethon, while British rockers Coldplay dedicated their performance of Paradise from their concert in Paris earlier that night to the cause.

Meanwhile, a slew of stars including actress Felicity Huffman, True Blood star Joe Manganiello, comedian Ray Romano, basketball ace Kobe Bryant and gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas manned the phones and chatted with those calling in to pledge donations throughout the night.

Friday’s event was produced by Paltrow, who took over the telethon from her pal Ziskin, and before the show, she opened up about losing her father Bruce to cancer in 2002.

She told reporters: “It’s been almost a decade now and I’m sort of more used to the fact that he’s not here in physical body. But I definitely feel his presence, and I think he would be really happy that I’m here tonight doing this and trying to spare other people from what he went through.”

The amount raised from the telethon was not available as WENN went to press.

Paltrow has also announced plans to take her cancer crusade to London and stage a similar event in October. Kicks Off Oscar Season With The Return of its Emmy-Winning Digital Experience,
the official online home of the 84th Academy Awards®, is launching its
award-winning Oscar Digital Experience today with a first look at Billy
Crystal’s return to Oscar’s stage. One of America’s most beloved funny men,
Billy starts the official countdown to the show talking about what the Oscars
mean to him and setting the stage for weeks of extensive coverage on
The site kicks off with an
interactive timeline and Oscar’s official Blog, which will feature daily
content including red carpet fashion trends from stylists and tips from master
chefs and lifestyle experts on hosting the best Oscar viewing party. Oscar
Buzz, the site’s social media page, will track real-time comments from fans
using #Oscars and #OscarBuzz.
On Oscar Sunday, February 26, will have live cameras strategically placed everywhere from the red
carpet to backstage and even the Governors Ball, providing the ultimate insider’s
view before, during and after the show. The cameras will broadcast online, as
well as on iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
“Last year our team set the bar
high in terms of interactive second screen experiences,” said Karin Gilford,
senior vice president, Digital Media, “ This year we are taking the
best of what we learned and are building on it. Beginning today we’ll take
visitors on an unparalleled journey all the way through Oscar Sunday.”
“ is for
the movie fan in all of us,” said Christina Kounelias, chief marketing officer,
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “The site not only allows us to
share the latest Oscar news, but also connects fans everywhere with 84 years of
unforgettable Academy moments.”




Straight from the Academy’s
photo and video archives, presents “Oscar History,” an interactive
timeline that includes:
Poitier becomes the first African-American to win the Oscar for Best Actor for :Lilies
of the Field”
Taylor with her Oscar for Best Actress in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Muhammad Ali surprises Sylvester Stallone with an
onstage sparring session the night “Rocky” wins Best Picture
Hanks takes home the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in “Philadelphia.”
Damon and Ben Affleck charm audiences the night they win the Academy Award for
Best Original Screenplay for “Good Will Hunting.”
Hobbits Everywhere… Peter Jackson is accompanied on stage by cast and crew
members of “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” when he accepts the
Academy Award for Best Picture.
On Nominations morning, January
24, welcomes back Internet personality Shira Lazar, who will kick off
the first video installment of “Oscar Buzz” by covering reactions from the
social media world. “My Oscar Picks” will also go live. This interactive
play-along game offers fans a chance to test their Oscar prediction skills. On
Oscar Sunday, users will have the opportunity to play along during the telecast
and predict category winners ahead of the opening of the envelopes.
On January 29, “Oscar Buzz”
kicks off “Oscar Talks,” a four-part video series focusing on the Actor,
Actress, Directing and Best Pictures categories.
Entertainment Weekly’s Dave Karger returns on
February 1
to with “Nominated…with Dave Karger.” The 10-episode series will
provide the ultimate film buff’s analysis of the Best Picture race.
It’s all glamour and glitz
beginning February 11. “Best Dressed” launches with Rachel Smith, host of “On the
Red Carpet,” doing interviews with stylists, makeup artists and hair stylists,
as well as covering live events, and of course, offering post-show analysis of
Oscar night fashion.
The 84th Academy Awards will be
presented on Sunday, February 26, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood and
Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network.