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Mary Tyler Moore to receive SAG Life Achievement Award

Mary Tyler Moore will receive Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award
Mary Tyler Moore has turned the world on with her smile and talent for the last half-century, first as Laura Petrie in the 1961-66 CBS classic sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and then as Mary Richards, a single woman working as a producer in a Minneapolis TV station, in the award-winning 1970-77 CBS comedy "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Along the way, she earned seven Emmy Awards, an Academy Award nomination for her dramatic turn in the 1980 best picture Oscar winner "Ordinary People" and a Tony for her role on Broadway in "Whose Life Is It, Anyway?"

Moore, 74, added another accolade Thursday when the Screen Actors Guild announced that she would be the recipient of its 2011 Life Achievement Award. The honor will be handed out the during 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Jan. 29 airing on TBS and TNT.

Besides being an actress in countless feature films such as "Flirting With Disaster" and "Six Weeks," TV movies such "Heartsounds and "Stolen Babies," she is also a noted producer. In 1970, she and her then-husband Grant Tinker formed the production company MTM, which not only produced her own series but also such classics as "The Bob Newhart Show," "Rhoda," "Hill Street Blues" and "St. Elsewhere."

A diabetic, she has been the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation since 1984. In May, Moore went through a successful surgery to have a benign brain tumor removed.

Previous recipients of the Life Achievement Award include Charles Durning, Ernest Borgnine and Betty White.


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-- Susan King

Photo: Mary Tyler Moore in 2001. Credit: Lori Shepler / Los Angeles Times

'Rango' to be honored at the Hollywood Film Awards

The 15th annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Film Awards announced Tuesday that Gore Verbinski's animated hit "Rango," with Johnny Depp giving voice to a chameleon who becomes a western hero, will receive this year's Hollywood Animation Award at the gala ceremony on Oct. 24 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The film, which opened in March, was critically well received and earned $242.6 million internationally.

"It's a great pleasure to recognize 'Rango' as the recipient of our animation award," said Carlos de Abreu, founder and executive director of the Hollywood Film Festival in the announcement. "This piece of cinematic treasure borders on surrealism and 'Rango' will be a classic for generations to come."

Previous winners of the animation award include  Disney/Pixar's "Cars," "Ratatouille" and "Toy Story 3."


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-- Susan King

Photo: The title character of "Rango," center, given voice by Johnny Depp. Credit: Industrial Light & Magic/Paramount Pictures

'America's Most Wanted's' John Walsh to get special Emmy Award

John Walsh, the host and creator of Fox's long-running series "America's Most Wanted," is set to receive the Governors Award  at the 2011 Creative Arts Emmy Awards on Sept. 10 at the Nokia Theatre.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors made the announcement Tuesday morning.

"John Walsh has dedicated his life to the betterment of society, and while doing so has used television in an inventive and extraordinary way," said John Shaffner, chairman and chief executive of the televison academy, in a statement Tuesday.

"American's Most Wanted" has helped law enforcement agencies capture about 1,500 fugitives and reunited more than 50 missing children with their families since the series began in 1988. Walsh became a crime fighter and victims' advocate after his only child, Adam, was kidnapped from a mall near his home in Hollywood, Fla., in 1981. Adam's body was found two weeks later.

The series was canceled in May after 23 seasons because of rising production costs.


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Photo: John Walsh. Credit: Associated Press.

BAFTA Los Angeles to honor Helena Bonham Carter


The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles will honor actress Helena Bonham Carter with the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year at the 2011 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards on Nov. 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

The BAFTA L.A. accolade tops off an award-winning year for the British actress, currently in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2." Earlier this year she was nominated for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and an Oscar for supporting actress in the Academy Award winner for best film, "The King's Speech."

The actress joins the previously announced John Lasseter, who will receive the Britannia Award for Worldwide Contributions to Filmed Entertainment and "Harry Potter" director David Yates, the winner of the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing.

-- Susan King

Photo: Helena Bonham Carter. Credit: Ian Gavan / Getty Images 

Outfest announces gala screening for 2011

Patty Outfest, the nonprofit Los Angeles organization dedicated to "nurturing, showcasing and protecting" lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media, announced Thursday morning its galas for the 29th Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, which takes place July 7-17.

"Gun Hill Road," a family drama written and directed by Rashaad Ernesto Green and starring Esai Morales, opens the festival July 7 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles.

The U.S. Dramatic Centerpiece film is "Circumstance," which screens July 12 at the DGA Theatre. Winner of the Audience Award: Dramatic at the Sundance Film Festival this year, the drama revolves around two teenage girls in Tehran.

"Weekend," from British filmmaker Andrew Haigh, is the International Dramatic Centerpiece Film, which screens July 13 at the DGA. The drama revolves around the relationship between two gay men. "Weekend" won the 2011 SXSW Emerging Visions Audience Award.

The Documentary Centerpiece, "Hit So Hard," which screens July 14 at the Ford Theatre, chronicles the life of  Hole drummer Patty Schemel.

Tom Tykwer's ("Run Lola Run") latest film, "3," has been selected for the Broad Stage Gala on July 11. And the Closing Night Gala is "The Perfect Family," screening at the Ford Theatre on July 17. Kathleen Turner, Jason Ritter, Emily Deschanel and Richard Chamberlain star in the comedy-drama.

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-- Susan King

Photo: Hole drummer Patty Schemel. Credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images

American Cinematheque to honor Robert Downey Jr.

Oscar-nominated actor Robert Downey Jr. is this year's recipient of the 25th American Cinematheque Award. The announcement was made Thursday morning.

The star of the "Iron Man" and "Sherlock Holmes" franchises  will receive the award at the Cinematheque's annual benefit gala on Oct. 14 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel's International Ballroom in Beverly Hills.

"The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Robert Downey Jr. as the 25th recipient of the American Cinematheque award at our celebration this year, " said Cinematheque board chairman Rick Nicita in a statement Thursday. "The pleasure that we receive from his charismatic and nuanced performances is matched only by the respect that he has earned for his personal and professional journey."

Previous Cinematheque award winners include Matt Damon, Robin Williams, Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, Al Pacino, George Clooney and Julia Roberts.

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— Susan King

Photo: Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr. in "Iron Man." Credit: Francois Duhamel/Marvel Entertainment.

Al Pacino to receive a special award at this year's Venice Film Festival

AlJust a day after his Tony nomination for lead actor in a play for "The Merchant of Venice," Al Pacino was named this year's recipient of the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2011 Award at the 68th Venice International Film Festival, which takes place Aug. 31-Sept. 10.

The prize is given to a filmmaker who has left "an original mark" on contemporary cinema. Previous winners include Takeshi Kitano, Agnes Varda and Abbas Kiarostami.

Over the past four decades, Pacino, 71, has starred in such classics as "The Godfather" trilogy, 1973's  "Serpico" and  1975's "Dog Day Afternoon." He won a lead actor Oscar for 1992's "Scent of a Woman," Emmy awards for 2003's "Angels in America" and  2010's "You Don't Know Jack" and is a two-time Tony Award winner.

Pacino is also a filmmaker, earning a Directors Guild of America Award for his 1996 feature documentary, "Looking for Richard."  His latest directorial effort, the feature documentary "Wilde Salome," will premiere at the festival.

Pacino will receive his honor at the awards ceremony on Sept. 4.

-- Susan King

Photo: Al Pacino. Credit: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

'Harry Potter,' 'Inception' and 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' earn multiple nominations for MTV Movie Awards


Photos: MTV Movie Awards top nominees The nominations for the 2011 MTV Movie Awards were announced Tuesday morning, with "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" snagging the most with eight, followed by "Inception" with seven, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1" with six and "The Social Network" garnering five.

The unconventional award show will air June 5 from the Gibson Amphitheatre with "Saturday Night Live" regular Jason Sudeikis as host.

Among the nominations announced Tuesday morning are:

Best movie

"Black Swan," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 1," "Inception," "The Social Network" and "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse"

Best female performance

Emma Stone, "Easy A"; Emma Watson, "Harry Potter";  Jennifer Aniston, "Just Go With It";  Kristen Stewart, "Eclipse"; and Natalie Portman, "Black Swan"

Best male performance

Daniel Radcliffe, "Harry Potter"; Jesse Eisenberg, "The Social Network"; Robert Pattinson, "Eclipse"; Taylor Lautner, "Eclipse"; and Zac Efron, "Charlie St. Cloud"

Best breakout star

Andrew Garfield, "The Social Network"; Chloe Grace Moretz, "Kick-Ass"; Hailee Steinfeld, "True Grit"; Jay Chou, "The Green Hornet"; Olivia Wilde, "Tron: Legacy"; and Xavier Samuel, "Eclipse"

Best comedic performance

Adam Sandler, "Just Go With It"; Ashton Kutcher, "No Strings Attached"; Emma Stona, "Easy A"; Russell Brand, "Get HIm to the Greek"; and Zach Galifianakis, "Due Date"

Best villain

Christoph Waltz, "The Green Hornet"; Leighton Meester, "The Roommate"; Mickey Rourke, "Iron Man 2"; Ned Beatty, "Toy Story 3"; and Tom Felton, "Harry Potter"

Best kiss

Ellen Page and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, "Inception"; Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe, "Harry Potter"; Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, "Eclipse"; and Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, "Black Swan"

Voting in these and other categories begins today at and closes on June 4. However, voting for the best picture winner will continue throughout the ceremony.


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— Susan King

Photos, from top: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in "The Twlight Saga: Eclipse"; Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1." Credits: Kimberly French / Summit Entertainment; Warner Bros. Pictures

Jason Sudeikis to host 2011 MTV Movie Awards

Jason sudeikis As my colleagues at the Show Tracker television blog have noted, "Saturday Night Live" funnyman Jason Sudeikis, currently in his sixth season on the NBC comedy-variety series, has been tapped to be the host of the "2001 MTV Movie Awards," which will air June 5 from the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City.

Sudeikis, who co-starred in the recent Farrelly brothers comedy "Hall Pass" and will be seen July 8 in the new film "Horrible Bosses," follows in the footsteps of former comic hosts Aziz Ansari, Andy Samberg, Mike Myers and Jimmy Fallon.

The nominees for the awards, which include such categories as "Best Jaw-Dropping Moment" and "Best Line From a Movie," will be announced May 3.

-- Susan King

Photo: Jason Sudeikis. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images


New Critics' Choice TV Awards categories, presentation date set

The Broadcast Television Journalists Assn., the new partner of the Broadcast Film Critics Assn., announced Wednesday morning the categories and voting procedures for its new Critics' Choice Television Awards.

The BTJA will present the awards at a luncheon on June 20 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Besides honoring the best in programs and performances that aired between June 1, 2010, and May 31, 2011, the critics will also vote on the "most exciting new series" that is premiering this summer and fall.

The Critics' Choice TV Awards nominees will be announced on June 6; the most exciting new series will be named three days later.

-- Susan King


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