Saturday, September 22, 2018

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  • Friday, Aug. 31, 2018
Actress in "ER," "Stand and Deliver" fatally shot by police
This undated self-portrait posted on Instagram shows actress Vanessa Marquez. The actress, who appeared on the TV medical drama "ER" and starred in the film "Stand and Deliver," was fatally shot by police officers in Southern California after they say she pointed a replica handgun at them. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, that Marquez, 49, died at a hospital following the shooting at her South Pasadena, Calif., apartment Thursday. (Vanessa Marquez via AP)

An actress who appeared on the TV medical drama "ER" and starred in the film "Stand and Deliver" was fatally shot by police officers in Southern California after they say she pointed a replica handgun at them.

Vanessa Marquez, who gained attention last year when she said George Clooney helped blacklist her from Hollywood, died at a hospital following Thursday's shooting at her apartment in South Pasadena, just outside Los Angeles.

South Pasadena police officers responded to a call from Marquez's landlord that she needed medical help. When they arrived she was having a seizure, Lt. Joe Mendoza with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Friday.

Paramedics treated Marquez, 49, who improved and began talking with three officers and a mental health clinician who spent an hour-and-a-half trying to talk her into getting medical help, Mendoza said.

Marquez became uncooperative, appeared unable to care for herself and seemed to have mental health issues, he said.

At some point, Mendoza said Marquez got what turned out to be a BB gun and pointed it at the officers, prompting two of them to shoot.

"It looked like a real gun," he said, adding that it's unclear where the gun was during her lengthy interaction with police.

The officers were wearing body cameras but footage won't be released for at least six months pending the investigation, Mendoza said.

Terence Towles Canote, a close friend of Marquez's, said the actress was having health and financial problems but that she showed no signs of depression or other mental troubles. She still talked about her dream of winning an Oscar one day and was hopeful for a career comeback, he said.

"She was looking forward to life," Canote said. "This is not a woman who wanted to die."

Marquez posted extensively on Facebook and elsewhere about her health problems, saying she was terminally ill and had seizures and celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that can damage the small intestine if gluten is ingested.

In 2014, she said in an online post that she had spent her life savings on doctors and hospitals who didn't properly treat her and that she couldn't work or "do most basic everyday functions."

Marquez had a recurring role during the first several years of "ER," which ran from 1994 to 2009. She also appeared on episodes of "Seinfeld," ''Melrose Place" and "Malcolm & Eddie" but her career largely fizzled after "ER."

Marquez gained attention last year after tweeting that Clooney helped blacklist her from Hollywood when she complained about sexual harassment and racist comments among their "ER" co-stars. Clooney said in a statement to "US Weekly" at the time that he was just an actor on the show and was unaware of any effort to blacklist her.

"If she was told I was involved in any decision about her career then she was lied to," he said. "The fact that I couldn't affect her career is only surpassed by the fact that I wouldn't."

In one of her social media posts, Marquez talked about being grateful to be a part of "Stand and Deliver," a 1988 film about a math teacher who motivated struggling students at a tough East Los Angeles high school.

"If you're truly fortunate, you get to live your dream and do the work you were put on this Earth to do," she wrote. "If you're really, really fortunate you do a film that makes history and affects the lives of millions of people ... It will live on long after we're gone."

Associated Press researcher Rhonda Shafner contributed to this report from New York City.

  • Friday, Aug. 31, 2018
Farrow's former producer criticized NBC on Weinstein story
In this April 13, 2018 file photo, Ronan Farrow attends Variety's Power of Women event in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Ronan Farrow's former producer at NBC News says his old network breached its journalistic duty by failing to stick with the story of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein's sexual misconduct.

Farrow instead took the story to the New Yorker, where he shared a Pulitzer Prize with the New York Times for the story that launched the #MeToo movement.

"As a journalist for 16 years I do know that when you have an explosive story you never let it walk out the door," said Rich McHugh, who just left NBC as an investigative producer, and issued a statement through lawyer Ari Wilkenfeld. "You keep digging for more so you can publish at your network."

McHugh's statement and interview with The New York Times ripped open a scab at NBC News. The network has said that it released Farrow to take the story elsewhere following a disagreement over whether he had enough material to go with it. Farrow, who was a freelancer when working on the story with NBC, is writing his own book about the issue.

McHugh said that when he and Farrow were about to interview a woman with a credible allegation of rape against Weinstein, "I was told not to do the interview and ordered to stand down, thus effectively killing the story. Those orders came to me from the highest levels of NBC. That was unethical, and a massive breach of journalistic integrity."

McHugh did not say who at NBC ordered him to stand down, and Wilkenfeld did not return a message asking for clarification.

NBC said that Farrow and McHugh asked for an NBC camera crew for the interview after it had already been decided that Farrow was taking the story elsewhere.

NBC said in a statement that when Farrow believed he had a story ready to go on the air, he did not have a single victim of misconduct by Weinstein, or witness, who was willing to be identified.

"Two months later, he published a strong piece that cited the following victims by name: Asia Argento, Mira Sorvino, Rosanna Arquette, Lucia Evans, Emma de Caunes, Jessica Barth and Sophie Dix," NBC said. "Not one of these seven women was included in the reporting Farrow presented while at NBC News."

NBC said it was an "outright lie" that it tried to kill the Weinstein story while Farrow was working on it.

  • Friday, Aug. 31, 2018
Emmy Rossum exiting "Shameless" after upcoming 9th season
In this May 24, 2018 file photo, Emmy Rossum attends the "Shameless" FYC event in Los Angeles. Showtime announced that the upcoming ninth season of "Shameless" would be Rossum's last. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

Emmy Rossum is saying goodbye to "Shameless" after the show's upcoming ninth season.

In an emotional Facebook post Thursday, Rossum said playing her complex character was a "gift" and called the past eight years the best of her life.

Showtime Networks programming chief Gary Levine said the network was saddened by Rossum's decision to leave and praised her work as Fiona, daughter to William H. Macy's dysfunctional patriarch, Frank.

In 2016, Rossum reportedly sought pay parity with fellow series star Macy.

Executive producer John Wells said work is underway on a season finale aimed at giving Rossum and her character a worthy send-off.

As the series continues, Wells said, the door will remain open for Rossum's Fiona to visit or return home.

The ninth season of "Shameless" debuts Sept. 9.

  • Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
Film Independent Spirit Awards issues call for entries
Actor Robert Pattinson (center) at the 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards (photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Film Independent announced that the call for entries for the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards is now open. The regular deadline is Tuesday, September 18, 2018, the final deadline is Tuesday, October 9, 2018 and the extended Film Independent member deadline is Friday, October 12, 2018. The nominations will be revealed on Friday, November 16, 2018 in a press conference in Los Angeles. The 2019 Awards will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019 and will premiere exclusively on IFC. In addition, the date for the 2020 Awards has been set for Saturday, February 8, 2020.

American Airlines and IFC are returning as Premier Sponsors. In both 2019 and 2020, the Bonnie Award will once again be presented, funded by American Airlines. The Bonnie Award recognizes a talented, mid-career female director with a $50,000 unrestricted cash grant.

Film Independent members comprise the exclusive voting body who determines the winners of the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Members are filmmakers, film industry leaders and film lovers. Click here for submission guidelines and forms.

The Spirit Awards is the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and promote inclusion in the industry. 

  • Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
Marvel head Kevin Feige to receive Producer Guild's David O. Selznick Award
In this July 14, 2012 file photo, Kevin Feige speaks at the "Iron Man 3" panel at Comic-Con in San Diego, Calif. Feige is set to receive the prestigious David O. Selznick Achievement Award at the 2019 Producers Guild Awards. He will accept the award at 30th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, January 19 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is set to receive the prestigious David O. Selznick Achievement Award at the 2019 Producers Guild Awards.

The Producers Guild of America says Thursday that Feige will join the ranks of Kathleen Kennedy, Steven Spielberg, Billy Wilder and Clint Eastwood in receiving the honor which recognizes a producer's body of work.

As the president of Marvel Studios since 2007, Feige has helped change the fabric of Hollywood by helping to create the wildly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe, which has produced films from "Iron Man" to "The Avengers" and collected more than $17.6 billion at the global box office.

Feige will accept the award at 30th Annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles.

  • Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
"Top Gun: Maverick" pushed, "A Quiet Place" sequel sets date
In this Tuesday, May 30, 2017, file photo, Tom Cruise poses during a photocall for the French premiere of "The Mummy" in Paris, France. Cruise will star in the "Top Gun" sequel, which is slated for release on June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

The "Top Gun" sequel is going to take a little longer to land in theaters.

Paramount Pictures says Wednesday that "Top Gun: Maverick" is being pushed back a year to a June 26, 2020 theatrical release. The Tom Cruise-starrer is in production and had been previously set to fly into theaters next summer.

The studio has also set a May 15, 2020 release date for a sequel to John Krasinski's breakout creature thriller "A Quiet Place." Kraskinsi is writing the follow-up, but no director has been set.

  • Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018
Quite Frankly Productions to open U.S. shop 
Catherine Crowe

Branded content producer Quite Frankly Productions (QFP), headquartered in London, is broadening its global footprint with the upcoming launch of  a second subsidiary business: Quite Frankly Productions USA, Inc., in New York. 

Plans for a U.S. office have been in the pipeline for the last year, following an increase in the number of commissions from international clients. Doors will open on September 10, based at the headquarters of Hunter Public Relations in Manhattan. The Hunter/Quite Frankly relationship started in 2017 when the agency commissioned QFP to produce the Tabasco 150 anniversary brand film which involved shooting in the USA, U.K. and Japan.

Executive producer Catherine Crowe will head up the U.S. operation, having joined from Nickelodeon. 

Jez Frankel, managing director of Quite Frankly Productions, said: “New York will be our third business after London and Bangalore and I’m thrilled that Catherine has agreed to join us. A producer with her experience is a rare breed and I’m looking forward to working with her to see how far we can grow our business in the USA.”

Quite Frankly has a client base that includes Diageo, Coca-Cola, Omega and Michael Kors.

  • Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018
"Michael Jackson's Thriller 3D" to be remastered for IMAX
In this Jan. 31, 1993, file photo, Michael Jackson performs during the halftime show at the Super Bowl XXVII in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File)

Michael Jackson's estate and IMAX are partnering to digitally remaster "Michael Jackson's Thriller 3D" into IMAX 3D.

The partnership was announced Wednesday, which would have been the singer's 60th birthday. It will be released in IMAX theaters across the U.S. for one week, beginning Sept. 21.

The estate's co-executors say Jackson loved to give his fans the "latest and greatest in technology and entertainment experiences."

The short film, directed by John Landis, premiered in Los Angeles in 1983. The 3D version was first shown at the 74th Venice Film Festival in 2017.

The remastered release precedes the launch of Amblin Entertainment's fantasy film, "The House with a Clock in Its Walls," starring Jack Black and Cate Blanchett.

Jackson was 50 years old when he died in June 2009.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018
Entertainment publicist Henri Bollinger dies at 89
Henri Bollinger (photo courtesy of Mathew Imaging)

Henri Bollinger, renowned award-winning entertainment industry publicist, died on August 27 from complications of surgery. He was 89 and a resident of the Motion Picture and Television Fund campus in Woodland Hills, Calif.

Bollinger was a publicist for 60 years and received the Bob Yeager Award as well as the Les Mason Award, the highest award bestowed upon a publicist by his peers. He served for over 55 years on the Publicists Awards Committee, which organizes the prestigious ICG Publicists Awards Luncheon held annually at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. He was chairman of the committee for 37 years, retiring from that position earlier this year, though remaining a committee member.

Steven Poster, ASC, president of the International Cinematographers Guild (IATSE Local 600), of which publicists are members, said, “Henri was beloved by everyone he came into contact with. He was a loyal and true member to our union. Henri helped everybody just by being Henri. I know many of us will feel we lost not just a friend but a gentleman we considered family.”

Tim Menke, who succeeded Bollinger as chair of the Publicists Awards Committee, said, “Nothing but respect, admiration and thanks to Henri and for the dedication he devoted to our profession. He was a mensch among publicists. I will miss my friend and mentor.”

Bollinger ran his own eponymous public relations agency for 50 years that created public image concepts for a wide spectrum of entertainment and corporate clients. 

He was recognized for his creative and effective publicity and promotion campaigns for motion picture and television production companies, feature films, television shows, distributors, producers, directors, actors, authors, postproduction companies and public service agencies.

Bollinger held key positions with various entertainment industry, community and service organizations. He served five terms as president of the Publicists Guild of America; president and founding member of the Entertainment Publicists Professional Society (EPPS); served on the Foreign Film Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences; chaired the Communications Committee of the Hollywood Entertainment Museum; served on the Public Relations Committee of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences; chairman of the Publications and Publicity Committee of the International Cinematographers Guild and a member of its National Executive Board; and president of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Bollinger conducted campaigns for such motion pictures as The People Under the Stairs, Nightmare on Elm Street, Shocker, The Serpent and the Rainbow, Friday the 13th and such popular television shows as Major Dad, The Price Is Right, Deception: A Mother’s Secret, The Secret Files of J. Edgar Hoover, The Ann Jillian Story, The Kennedy Center Honors, Simon & Simon, The Ernie Kovacs Show, and The Julie Andrews Hour.

The long list of clients he also represented included Bob Barker, Gerald MacRaney, Shirley Jones, Marty Ingels, Jack Jones, The Entertainment Industries Council, Inc., the PRISM Awards; the Cinema Audio Society Awards; Wes Craven Films, DLT Entertainment, Smith/Hemion Productions, Shochiku Films of Japan, Fries Entertainment, Finnegan/Pinchuk Productions, Spanish Trail Productions, Perseverance Productions, Cannon Films, Loganworks Productions, Complete Post, Affinity Network, Inc., George Schlatter Productions, Translor Films, Inc., Dell Books (Danielle Steel’s books), Trusthouse Forte Hotels, The Golden Nugget Hotel/Las Vegas, Binion’s Hotel and Casino/Las Vegas, including 13 years of Publicity for The World Series of Poker, The Bicycle Club Casino, and Coast Fed Properties.

He is survived by his wife Sandy and their three children, Jennifer (David) Goosenberg, Jeffrey Bollinger (Nik Orlando), Jeremy (Michele) Bollinger and 4 grandchildren, Jerry and Shawn Goosenberg, Emma and Isabel Bollinger.

The memorial service and interment will be Thursday, August 30, at 1PM at Groman Eden Memorial Park, 11500 Sepulveda Blvd., Mission Hills, CA 91345. 

Charitable contributions can be made to Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue, 15739 Ventura Blvd, Encino CA 91436 and The Motion Picture Television Fund, 23388 Mulholland Drive, Woodland Hills, CA 91364.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018
AICP Awards' Road Tour set for new venue & agenda in Minneapolis
Cowles Center for the Performing Arts will be the venue for the AICP Awards' Road Tour in Minneapolis.

The honorees of this year’s AICP Show: The Art & Technique of the American Commercial and the AICP Next Awards will be showcased in Minneapolis next month at a re-vamped screening and reception designed to provide a look at the future of advertising while giving attendees a great opportunity to network and reconnect with their peers and colleagues. The event is set for Thursday, September 27, at the Cowles Center.

New this year will be a format that opens with a “happy hour” for drinks and socializing, followed by a screening of the Next Awards. Bob George of Drive Thru, and president of the Minnesota Chapter of AICP, noted that the screening will feature the winners as well as a series of short films showcasing insights from the AICP Next Awards curators, which include the jury presidents and several at large luminaries. Following the Next screening is a full dinner buffet and open bar. The AICP Show winners will also be screened. Tickets for the event are priced at $125 and available here. 

George and Ace Allgood of Channel Z, who are spearheading the event, note that the new format of the Minneapolis stop on the AICP Awards tour reflects what the local advertising and production community are looking for. “A screening of the Next Awards winners, along with the insights shared by the curators, will give our community a chance to see all the new cutting-edge ideas that are going to change how we do what we do,” said Allgood. “It’s an opportunity for all of us, not just in Minneapolis but around the world, to learn from their success.”
Local recognition will go to the shortlisted entries at the AICP Show and Next Awards created and produced by companies based in Minneapolis, George added. These entries will also be screened during the video portion of the evening.

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