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In this issue, we are pleased to introduce Mr. Eugene Mosley and his meticulously


crafted illustrations that has captured some of the world’s best known icons.


Mr. Mosley, a jazz enthusiast, resides in Northwest Louisiana, where he creates his masterful collages of history giving recognition to legends of Jazz and

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Entertainment. For those who may have wondered how their favorite celebrities brought in the New Year, take a look at our exclusive coverage of Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas as the resort celebrated 2017 in style with unforgettable performances and celebrity sightings. Quest Love, seen nightly on NBC’s “ the Tonight Show,” rang

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in 2017 with a special live performance in one of East Miami ‘s newest hotspot, while not to be undone, R & B singer Mary J. Blige was spotted at Five Star’s New Years Eve party. On the film front, the recent winner of the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards “Best Male Actor in a Leading Role” Denzel Washington, took time out of his evening to participate in Variety’s Q & A with a contingent of elite entertainment journalist, after a screening of August Wilson’s “Fences,” while Nicole Kidman and cast members of “Lion” participated in a similar Variety sponsored Q & A to the delight of adoring fans and reporters after a screening of the highly acclaimed film. And finally, we celebrate the 74th Golden Globes with a complete guide of the winners and nominees. Enjoy,

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ugene Mosley, a jazz enthusiast, resides in Northwest Louisiana, where he creates his masterful collages of history giving recognition to legends of Jazz and Entertainment. His artwork is stippling, depicted by millions of dots, meticulously arranged by hand to reveal the most memorable aspects of his legendary characters. His illustrations have been dubbed “a unique form of education through art� by school officials,


who have encouraged to our youth about the legendary Jazz entertainers of all time. Most notably art teacher, Mr. Billy Adgers of Southwood High School taught Eugene this technique. Furthermore, Mr. Mosley has collaborated with dynamic art illustrator, Brian Rood, to add color to some of his masterful pointillism creations. Growing up in Las Vegas, this lifelong jazz enthusiast had youthful aspirations of becoming a celebrated artist whose

works would grace a major gallery. He was on a boyhood mission, and in spite of familial recalcitrance, Mr. Mosley is now revered as one of only five world class pointillists. The realism of his collages captures the true character of the renowned entertainment and jazz performers he depicts. Former Las Vegas Lieutenant Governor, Lorraine Hunt, recognized not only his painterly gifts but also honored his outstanding civic commitment; but then, Eugene was just upholding his commitment to the hometown that was so formative to him. His munificence has broadened the perception of this metropolis as a serious cultural center beyond its stereotypical gambling resort perception. Donating a priceless Sammy Davis, Jr. piece to the Las Vegas Under the City Lights Jazz Festival elevated the stakes and his singlehanded efforts to mentor rising artists in area classes at the University of Nevada and those enrolled in the Clark County School System enhance his desert Medici reputation. Fortunate guests of the Venetian Hotel and Casino will want to glimpse his available for purchase artwork at the respected Regis Galerie. Altovise Davis bestowed a Sammy Davis, Jr. oeuvre to Larry King on a CNN Live presentation and other bold faced names have been fortuitous recipients: Clint Holmes, Michael Jackson, Steve Harvey, Patti LaBelle, Antonio Fargas, Richard Street of The Temptations, Steve Wynn of the eponymous casino, and Jack Binion of the Horseshoe Casino, to name just a few. Childhood dreams should never be dashed especially if they are of a formidable talent. Contemporary pointillist, Eugene Mosley, had a passion for painting at a very early age and through sheer force of will has emerged as one of pop culture’s greatest portraitists. His neo-Impressionist technique, stippling, creates canvasses comprised of millions of dots and the overall mesmerizing effect and images are so evocative they have garnered the attention and accolades of the jazz and entertainment world’s best known icons. Imagine a little black book filled with the likes of Ray Charles, Wynton Marsalis, Cab Calloway, Altovise and Sammy Davis, Jr., Duke Ellington, Lucille Ball, John Wayne, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, and Steve Harvey. You dream of an autograph, they dream of a sitting.

NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON’T. Look more closely and you may wonder just how this master conjures the magic that allows the delighted viewer to mesh these vivid colors. With a deft application of a 18 to25 point pen that’s even finer than a sewing needle, Mr. Mosley painstakingly applies hues that meld in the mind’s eye in staggeringly, arresting compositions. And as with any vision of remarkable beauty, you simply can’t stop staring. HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY 5

“one of the hardest aspects to being a celebrity artist is the constant need for perfection when doing my work”


So, what becomes a legend more? Well, his own cognac! Reinventing the drink of kings and giving this upscale libation a decidedly down market appeal is his latest creation! This Christmas Bloomingdales sold out of Eugene’s limited edition crystal bottles of Legacy XO 1852 Cognac Luxury barbecue sauce made with 40-50 year old Legacy Cognac with the assistance of Kenny Nadeau of the Legendary Uncle Kenny’s Barbecue of Clermont Florida, to make this the most tantalizing barbecue sauce on market today. But let’s backtrack. Fifteen years ago and with his usual determination, Mr. Mosley founded his own wine company which launched some very distinctive, quite delectable condiments such as Cab Merlot Wine Steak Sauce, Smooth Jazz Peppercorn Dressing, Classical Jazz Summer Tomato Dressing, Bourbon Street Glaze Grilling Sauce, and Apple Cinnamon Grilling Sauce. In 2013, Cognac beckoned and Mr. Mosley approached a very exclusive 5th generation owned Cognac Vineyard in Cognac, France to create his very own Brand, Legacy 1852 XO Cognac. Mr. Mosley has also created the first ever peach flavored cognac on the market called Legend Peach Falsetto. This is distributed by National Distribution Company in Atlanta, Georgia and Local Choice Lifestyle, Inc. Two years in the making, but as with everything he touches, golden going down!


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OF MICE AND GREAT MEN One desert metropolis, best known for its gambling, gives greater recognition to originators. No doubt that Mickey Mouse’s creator, legendary Walt Disney, is a household name but Eugene Mosley is now sharing the limelight and the Las Vegas Walk of Stars with this artistic titan. He made history by becoming the first artist to receive this honor. But this honorarium is hardly this Louisiana native’s first. He is a local legend in his second hometown and the recipient of the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce’s Walk of Stars distinction. This producer’s orbit extends well beyond impact in Louisiana and is felt just as keenly in more cosmopolitan circles. Jazz at the Lincoln Center in New York has featured his art work and he has been profiled in Jazz Times Magazine, Jet, and BET on Jazz. But gifted collagist remains humble and very tied to his roots in Las Vegas, Nevada as he continues as an active member of their Art Community and exerts influence to many aspiring designers. In fact, he has made it his mission to goad others in their expressionism. Last April, Mr. Mosley was himself the star at Art Meso, a fashion and design show benefiting Make-A-Wish Georgia. 2016 Beverly Hills Ca. Mr. Mosley received the Arts 4 Piece Life Time Award. Mosley would like to work with the kids around the world to show them that if you stay in school and follow your dreams and that dreams can come true, and also teach them his style of art. What next for Mr. Mosley in Late 2017 look for his new Book called “Connecting the Dots Beyond the Canvas” The Life Story of Eugene Mosley with the help of his friend and Legend Actor Mr. Antonio Fargas. Hollywood Walk of Stars. Get Ready for a New Star!

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As host of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon has expanded the boundaries of late night television, treating audiences to memorable celebrity interviews, creative musical bits, and groundbreaking viral videos. Since Fallon took over hosting duties in 2014, The Tonight Show has remained America’s No. 1 late night talk show. The four-time Emmy winner started his career in 1998 with six successful seasons at Saturday Night Live. Fallon returned to NBC as host of the award-winning Late Night With Jimmy Fallon from 2009 to 2014. His comedy album Blow Your Pants Off, featuring collaborations with Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews, and Justin Timberlake, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s comedy album chart and won the 2013 Grammy for Best Comedy Album. Fallon has written two bestselling books based on the popular Tonight Show segment Thank You Notes, and his recent children’s book Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. Fallon earned two Emmy awards for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series as the host of the 2011 and 2013 Christmas episodes of Saturday Night Live.

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he 74th Golden Globe Awards honored the best in film and American television of 2016 and was broadcast live on January 8, 2017 from The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California 5:00 p.m. PST / 8:00 p.m. EST by NBC. The ceremony was produced by Dick Clark Productions in association with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Actor and talk-show host Jimmy Fallon was announced as the host of the ceremony on August 2, 2016. Meryl Streep was announced as the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award honoree on November 3, 2016. The nominations were announced on December 12, 2016, by Don Cheadle, Laura Dern, and Anna Kendrick. La La Land won all seven awards for which it had been nominated, becoming the most successful film in Golden Globe Awards history and seventh overall to win each award for which it was nominated, including Best Director, Best Screenplay for Damien Chazelle and Best Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.


The only other film to win more than one award was Elle, which won both the awards for which it had been nominated. The Night Manager, Atlanta, The Crown and The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story were among the television shows that received multiple awards.

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The Hollywood Foreign Press Association handed out over $2 million in grants at its annual Grants Banquet held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel with dozens of stars and directors in attendance. Over almost three decades, the HFPA has provided close to $25 million in grants to high schools, universities and entertainment-related organizations. As a result, more than 1,500 students have received scholarships to support their education. Incumbent president Lorenzo Soria introduced the new officers and Board of Directors and set the tone for the evening. “We live in difficult, complicated and very divisive times, but we should not and we will not despair. For the arts bring us relief and understanding, they bring us light and hope, they bring us joy and wonder, and they can unite us regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.� HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY 9

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On tonight’s Golden Globes red carpet, celebrities including Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel, Tracee Ellis Ross, Nicole Kidman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sylvester Stallone, Regina King, Thandie Newton, Ruth Negga, Kathryn Hahn, Priyanka Chopra, Bernadette Peters, and many more joined Moët & Chandon—celebrating its 26th anniversary as the official champagne of the Golden Globes—for its beloved philanthropic initiative, “Toast for a Cause,” raising a celebratory Moët Mini in honor of their charity of choice. A red carpet staple for many Hollywood A-listers, “Toast for a Cause” invites Golden Globes nominees and celebrities on the red carpet to raise a toast with Moët & Chandon Impérial minis, for which Moët & Chandon will donate $1,000 to the celebrity’s charity of choice in his/her name. Moët & Chandon will also donate an additional $1,000 per participant to fund this year’s Moët Moment Film Festival. The 2nd annual competition launched this week with the goal of supporting aspiring young film makers and up and coming creative artists.

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Michelle Williams & Busy Philipps

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XX “Toasts for a Cause” with Moët & Chandon Dax Shepard & Kristen Bell Impérial minis at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards

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Tracee Ellis Ross

Nicole Kidman & Keith Urban

Actor Denzel Washington, singer Pharrell Williams, Pauletta Washington, and actress Viola Davis

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This year Moët served The Moët Diamond to guests in the VIP lounge, the official cocktail of the Golden Globes created by lifestyle and entertaining expert Olivia Culpo. A modern take on the classic champagne cocktail, Culpo elevated each of the ingredients, adding cherry bitters and a rocky candy garnish, topped with Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut

Actress Chrissy Metz

Moët & Chandon toasted the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards with over 1,500 Moët & Chandon Impérial minis; 125 cases of Moët & Chandon 2006 Grand Vintage Brut and Rosé magnums; and 500 cocktails featuring Moët & Chandon Brut.

Michelle Williams & Meryl Streep

Priyanka Chopra

Golden Globes red carpet, ballroom, & backstage winners’ lounge Actresses Goldie Hawn (L) and Amy Schumer

Warner Bros. Pictures’ President of Worldwide Marketing & International Distribution Sue Kroll (L) and Toby Emmerich John Travolta

Zoe Saldana & Marco Perego

Brie Larson, Alex Greenwald, & Eddie Redmayne


Brie Larson

Best Motion Picture - Drama



Hell or High Water


Manchester by the Sea

Hacksaw Ridge

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy


La La Land

Winners & Nominees 2017 20th Century Women


Florence Foster Jenkins

Sing Street

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Meryl Streep CECIL B. DEMILLE AWARD WINNER

Isabelle Huppert

Amy Adams Arrival

Jessica Chastain Miss Sloane

Ruth Negga Loving

Natalie Portman

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama


Casey Affleck

Joel Edgerton Loving

Andrew Garfield Hacksaw Ridge

Viggo Mortensen Captain Fantastic

Denzel Washington

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy


Emma Stone

La La Land

Annette Bening

Lily Collins

Rules Don’t Apply

20th Century Women

Hailee Steinfeld The Edge of Seventeen

Meryl Streep

Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy


Ryan Gosling La La Land

Colin Farrell The Lobster

Hugh Grant

Florence Foster Jenkins

Jonah Hill War Dogs

Ryan Reynolds

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

WINNER Naomie Harris Moonlight

Nicole Kidman Lion

Octavia Spencer Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams Manchester by the Sea

Viola Davis Fences

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

WINNER Naomie Harris Moonlight

Nicole Kidman Lion

Octavia Spencer Hidden Figures

Michelle Williams Manchester by the Sea

Aaron Taylor-Johnson Nocturnal Animals

Best Director - Motion Picture


Nocturnal Animals

Mel Gibson

Hacksaw Ridge

Barry Jenkins Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan Manchester by the Sea

Damien Chazelle La La Land

Best Director - Motion Picture


Nocturnal Animals

Barry Jenkins Moonlight

Kenneth Lonergan

Taylor Sheridan

Hell or High Water

Manchester by the Sea

Damien Chazelle La La Land

Best Motion Picture - Animated


My Life as a Zucchini


Kubo and the Two Strings


Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language

WINNER WINNER Divines France

Neruda Chile

The Salesman Iran, France

Toni Erdmann Germany

Elle Zootopia France

Best Original Score - Motion Picture


Justin Hurwitz Nicholas Britell Moonlight

Jóhann Jóhannsson Arrival

Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka Lion

Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, Benjamin Wallfisch Hidden Figures

La La Land


Best Original Song - Motion Picture WINNER

City of Stars, Justin Hurwitz, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul La La Land

Can’t Stop the Feeling! Trolls

Faith Sing

Gold Gold

How Far I’ll Go Moana

This Is Us


Best Television Series - Drama


The Crown Game of Thrones

Stranger Things

Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy


Atlanta Black-ish

Mozart in the Jungle



Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television


The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

American Crime

The Dresser

The Night Manager

The Night Of

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television


Sarah Paulson

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Riley Keough The Girlfriend Experience

Charlotte Rampling

Kerry Washington Confirmation

Felicity Huffman American Crime

London Spy

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television


Atlanta Can’t Stop the Feeling! Trolls


Faith Sing

Gold Gold

How Far I’ll Go Moana

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama


Claire Foy Caitriona Balfe Outlander

Keri Russell

The Americans

Winona Ryder Stranger Things

Evan Rachel Wood

The Crown


Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama


Billy Bob Thornton Rami Malek Mr. Robot

Bob Odenkirk Better Call Saul

Matthew Rhys The Americans

Liev Schreiber Ray Donovan


Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy


Tracee Ellis Ross Rachel Bloom

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Julia LouisDreyfus Veep

Sarah Jessica Parker

Issa Rae




Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy


Tracee Ellis Ross Anthony Anderson Black-ish

Gael GarcĂ­a Bernal

Nick Nolte Graves

Jeffrey Tambor



Mozart in the Jungle

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television


Olivia Colman Lena Headey

Game of Thrones

Chrissy Metz This Is Us

Mandy Moore This Is Us

Thandie Newton

The Night Manager


Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television


Sterling K. Brown The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

John Lithgow The Crown

Christian Slater Mr. Robot

John Travolta

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story

Hugh Laurie The Night Manager HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY 15

Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts Celebrates 2017 in Style with Unforgettable

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lton John, Calvin Harris, Backstreet Boys, Kendrick Lamar, Wu-Tang Clan, Jennifer Lopez and Lionel Richie Ring in the New Year with Spectacular Shows Boasting one of the hottest entertainment line-ups in the Entertainment Capital of the World, Caesars Entertainment Las Vegas Resorts were the place to celebrate New Year’s Eve with some of the most accomplished artists from across the globe.

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Caesars Palace Global superstar DJ and music producer, Calvin Harris, performed an exclusive DJ set during a private engagement for Caesars Palace. Over 3,600 guests watched the GRAMMY® Award-winning artist perform his most popular hits.

To help ring in the New Year, several Caesars Entertainment headliners performed during special holiday broadcasts to celebrate with fans around the world.

Following Calvin’s electronic dance phenomenon, guests were treated to yet another larger than life performance when Backstreet Boys took the stage. The best-selling boy band of all time captivated the audience with iconic songs including “Everybody” and “I Want It That Way.” The performance was a sneak peak of what is to come as Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson prepare for their exclusive headlining residency at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino beginning Wednesday, March 1. World-renowned singer, songwriter and performer, Elton John returned to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace with his critically acclaimed show, “The Million Dollar Piano.” Elton was accompanied by his band, which includes Davey Johnstone on guitar, Matt Bissonette on bass, John Mahon on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums and Kim Bullard on keyboards, with a special appearance by percussionist Ray Cooper. The end of the year party continued at the iconic resort when Calvin Harris entered his element at OMNIA Nightclub inside Caesars Palace. Just after midnight, the turntable sensation made his way to the DJ booth and played an unstoppable set as guests celebrated an unforgettable start to 2017. Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino Bottles popped as the ball dropped as legendary rap group Wu-Tang Clan rang in 2017 at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino with HOT 97.5’s Wu Year’s Eve. The high energy show featured RZA, GZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon, U-God, Masta Killa, Ghostface Killah and Cappadonna as they performed their classic hits including “C.R.E.A.M,”

The Cromwell Kendrick Lamar took over Drai’s Nightclub in his Drai’s Live debut atop The Cromwell on New Year’s Eve. The GRAMMY® Award-winning rapper shared his poetic lyrics at the luxurious nightclub for an all-night celebration, jumpstarting 2017 with an eclectic full-length performance.

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Global superstar Jennifer Lopez brought viewers of NBC’s “New Year’s with Carson Daly” to Las Vegas as she performed a medley of songs from her record-breaking headlining residency, “JENNIFER LOPEZ: ALL I HAVE” at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” featured multi-platinum-selling artist, four-time GRAMMY® Award winner and music icon, Lionel Richie, performing “All Night Long” at his headlining residency at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Celebrity Sightings Seen in the crowd at Elton John’s New Year’s Eve performance of “The Million Dollar Piano” at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace was Lady Gaga. Ringing in the New Year in style, the singer / songwriter danced to Elton’s hits all night with a group of friends. Nick Carter and Howie Dorough were spotted at Nobu Restaurant and Lounge at Caesars Palace prior to their performance at Caesars Palace. The two singers with a group of friends dined on several signature dishes including Yellowtail Sashimi, Alaskan Black Cod and Rock Shrimp. As the evening continued, Backstreet Boys members Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, and Howie Dorough celebrated at OMNIA Nightclub following their special live performance at Caesars Palace. Dressed in all black, the members of the iconic boy band joined Harris in the DJ booth where they were seen in high spirits celebrating the New Year into the early hours of the morning. HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY 17


QUESTLOVE Rang in 2017 Special Live Performance at EAST, Miami- Brickell’s Newest Hotspot Last night, EAST, Miami, the newest Brickell hotspot in Miami, Fl., ended 2016 with a bang with a special live performance by Questlove (of The Roots, Jimmy Fallon/ Tonight Show) and New York based DJ Elle Dee on its 40th floor. The intimate space was filled with beautiful VIPs, celebrities and friends of Questlove, including Black Thought/Tariq (The Roots, Jimmy Fallon/Tonight Show); the entire Roots Band (who came by to celebrate after their show nearby); Jarobi (Tribe Called Quest); M1 (Dead Prez) and Jason Jackson (Music Industry Executive, Manager). To ring in 2017 in true Miami fashion, guests enjoyed signature bites, innovative cocktails and endless champagne, staying way past 4am.


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Variety and AARP Movies For Grownups film screening and Q&A,


FENCES’ Denzel Washington, Constanza Romero, Mykelti Williamson and Jovan Adepo attended a special screening of their acclaimed film as part of the 20162017 Variety and AARP Movies for Grownups Screening Series. The series, which also includes Q&As with actors and filmmakers, showcases the most exciting, buzzworthy films of the season.

Constanza Romero, Stephen Henderson, Mykelti Williamson, Jovan Adepo, Saniyya Sidney

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“I’m about to meet the man that I’ve watched for years. He knew I was nervous. He’s one of my heroes and getting the chance to work with him was a blessing.”

Denzel Washington, Constanza Romero


About Fences

roy Maxson (Denzel Washington) makes his living as a sanitation worker in 1950s Pittsburgh. Maxson once dreamed of becoming a professional baseball player, but was deemed too old when the major leagues began admitting black athletes. Bitter over his missed opportunity, Troy creates further tension in his family when he squashes his son’s (Jovan Adepo) chance to meet a college football recruiter.

“Being trusted by a director like Denzel inspired us to do our best work. We just couldn’t stay away from the set and the magical work Mr. Washington was doing.”

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Constanza Romero

“One of the reasons that this is so perfect is because August [Wilson] had written the screenplay for this movie, and of course, it took forever to make it. Sometimes I think that it was just waiting for Denzel.” HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY 25

Dev Patel Director Garth Davis On what “home” means and adoption “Home can be anywhere with anyone, it doesn’t have to be biological. Love is home. You can adopt a child and they’re just as much your child as if they were you own.”

On playing his character “I was really hungry for the journey. Garth turned it into a pilgrimage and it made me more of a conscious human being. I got to play a character with a depth, a pain, a soulfulness, and to be able to do this was life changing.”

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Lion‘s Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Sunny Pawar, Garth Davis and cinematographer Greig Fraser attended a special screening of their acclaimed film at ArcLight Cinema in Hollywood, which is part of the 2016-2017 Variety and AARP Movies for Grownups Screening Series. The series, which also includes Q&As with actors and filmmakers, showcases the most exciting, buzzworthy films of the year. 26 HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY

‘Lion’ film premiere, AFI Fest, Los Angeles, USA - 11 Nov 2016 Luke Davies, Saroo Brierley, Nicole Kidman, Priyanka Bose and Dev Patel

Nicole Kidman On the story of the film “I didn’t know it was a true story when I read it and I was very moved. Then I found out it was true and I just knew I had to do it. I’m a mother with adopted children, so that obviously really resonated with me.”

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BCU Connect has hosted several events (in Dallas, Charlotte, and the San Francisco Bay Area) this year to help big tech companies recruit African American talent, and all of the events have been very successful. In fact, many attendees have even been hired on the spot to work for companies like Symantec and Microsoft.

2017 HBCU Connect & Microsoft Professional Recruitment Mixer Microsoft is looking for African Americans with experience in the following areas to register for the event: • Public Sector & Enterprise Sales Professionals • Software Sales & Solutions Engineers • Windows Operating Systems Experts • Cloud Solutions Experts • IT Consultants • Cyber Security and Mobile Technology Professionals For more information, details, and how to register, please visit: 30 HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY

On October 25th, in partnership with Microsoft’s Sales Business division, HBCU Connect is offering Black technical professionals in the D.C. Maryland, and Virginia area, the opportunity to meet with representatives from Microsoft, to learn more about career opportunities, network with their peers, as well as open up one-on-one discussions with Microsoft team members that could lead to a new career for attendees for high paying tech careers! The CEO and founder of HBCU Connect, Will Moss, will also be attending the event with Microsoft’s recruitment team and hiring managers. “We expect to see some really high caliber professionals in attendance that will be looking to land interviews with Microsoft leadership, as well as learn more about what life at Microsoft is like for an African American employee,” said Moss. “What is really exciting about this particular event is that we are reaching out to professionals with a background in sales and technology, which is a first for us and our partnership with Microsoft!” Those interested in attending should register immediately as there is limited space on the guest list which is already 75% full. Once attendance is confirmed, the exact location of the event will be shared as well as details on parking and an agenda for the evening.


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hree hundred thirty-six feature films are eligible for the 2016 Academy Awards®, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

To be eligible for 89th Academy Awards consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. Under Academy rules, a feature-length motion picture must have a running time of more than 40 minutes and must have been exhibited theatrically on 35mm or 70mm film, or in a qualifying digital format.


Feature films that receive their first public exhibition or distribution in any manner other than as a theatrical motion picture release are not eligible for Academy Awards in any category. The “Reminder List of Productions Eligible for the 89th Academy Awards” is available at http://www.oscars. org/oscars/rules-eligibility. Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

America’s largest animal circus closes after 146 years, ADI calls on all circuses to end wild animal acts America’s largest animal circus closes after 146 years, ADI calls on all circuses to end wild animal acts Animal Defenders International (ADI) has welcomed the announcement by Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus to close its animal shows from May, citing declines in ticket sales after earlier announcing a ‘mood shift’ among their consumers .After decades of exposing the cramped, barren conditions with long periods of time tied up and chained with no freedom of movement and a brutal training culture, ADI believes that public opinion has ended the suffering. Modern audiences now have many entertainment options and do not want to see shows where animals are made to suffer for a few minutes of entertainment. Jan Creamer, ADI President, said: “After decades of exposing the suffering of animals in circuses behind the scenes, we are pleased to hear that Ringlings has finally bowed to public opinion – it was a mistake for them not to see the trend away from animal shows to human-only performances over a decade ago. Circuses can survive without the animal performances.” Studies of the use of wild animals in traveling circuses show that in the circumstances of a traveling show, circuses cannot meet the needs of wild animals. Animals are confined in small spaces, deprived of physical and social needs, spending excessive amounts of time tied or chained up, shut in transporters and unable to move around.The abnormal, stereotypical behaviors seen in circus animals, rocking, swaying and pacing, indicate that they are under stress and not coping with their environment. ADI’s video evidence has shown how these animals are forced to perform tricks through physical violence, fear and intimidation. ADI has led the campaign to expose the suffering and educate the public around the world, providing video evidence, prosecutions and expert reviews. 34 nations have reviewed the evidence and taken action to end traveling circus performances. Across 27 states in the US, 66 jurisdictions have already decided to either ban or restrict the use of wild animals in traveling shows, due to concerns about public safety and animal welfare.

ADI is supporting Representatives Ryan Costello (R-PA) and Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), who launched Traveling Exotic Animal and Public Safety Protection Act (TEAPSPA) in Congress last November. The congressmen have concluded that ending wild animal use is the only practical approach to deal with public safety issues and inspection and oversight problems repeatedly cited by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

ADI is active worldwide to end the suffering of captive animals in commercial use: animals used in entertainment – film, television, advertising, circuses and sport or leisure such as hunting or for products such as food or fur. Replacement of animals in scientific research; funding and promotion of non-animal advanced methods. ADI investigates, produces evidence and reports on the scientific, legal and economic issues for each case study, recommending solutions. Information is distributed to the media, public and officials. Where ADI’s evidence has been a catalyst for change, we collaborate with governments to conduct large scale seizures or rescues of wild animals in captivity and relocate them to forever homes – back to their natural habitat wherever possible worldwide movement to end use of wild animals in traveling shows. HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY 35


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