<![CDATA[NBC Southern California - TV, movies, music and celebrity news]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbclosangeles.com/entertainment/entertainment-news http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC4_40x125.png NBC Southern California http://www.nbclosangeles.com en-us Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:36:36 -0700 Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:36:36 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Rihanna: Rachel Dolezal Is 'a Bit of a Hero']]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:13:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_924587167782+%281%29.jpg

Former NAACP chapter leader Rachel Dolezal sparked debates about racial identity earlier this year after her estranged parents said she was white and was pretending to be black, but for one pop star she's become "a bit of a hero." 

Rihanna told Vanity Fair that Dolezal should be praised for sparking the discussion on racial identity.

"I think she was a bit of a hero, because she kind of flipped on society a little bit," Rihanna told the magazine for their November cover story. "Is it such a horrible thing that she pretended to be black? Black is a great thing, and I think she legit changed people's perspective a bit and woke people up."

Dolezal, 37, admitted in an interview on NBC's "Today" show that she has indulged in "some level of creative nonfiction" in how she's described her life but still identifies as black.

"I definitely am not white. Nothing about being white describes who I am," she told "Today's" Savannah Guthrie. "I'm more black than I am white. That's the accurate answer from my truth."

She said that at the age of 5 she would draw her portrait with the "brown" crayon, instead of the "peach," colored one and would depict herself with curly hair.

Dolezal's mother, Ruthanne Dolezal, directly disputed those claims.

Dolezal resigned from her NAACP position in Spokane, Washington, as well as a part time teaching position at Eastern Washington University in the African-studies program.

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<![CDATA[The Weeknd, One Direction Set for Jingle Ball Tour]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 07:21:56 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_614712806491.jpg

The Weeknd, One Direction and Selena Gomez are slated to perform on the 11-date Jingle Ball tour this December.

IHeartRadio announced Monday that the tour will kick off Dec. 1 in Dallas with One Direction, Calvin Harris and Demi Lovato, and visit Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C. before concluding on Dec. 19 in Tampa, Florida.

The lineup of performers varies for each city, though roughly 10 acts will hit the stage at each show.

Tickets go on sale on Oct. 12 with pre-sale availability to Capitol One cardholders beginning Oct. 6.

The Dec. 11 show at New York's Madison Square Garden will stream on Yahoo! and air as a 90-minute special on the CW Network on Dec. 17.

Nick Jonas, Ellie Goulding, Hailee Steinfeld and Zedd will also perform on the tour.

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<![CDATA['Tonight': Shaqsticles with Shaquille O'Neal]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 09:18:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/shaquille+fallon.png Shaquille O'Neal reads jokes from popsicle sticks after talking to Jimmy Fallon about a "Tonight Show" bit poking fun at The Big Podcast with Shaq.]]> <![CDATA[Phone Booth with Hugh Jackman and Shaquille O'Neal]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 23:52:32 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/phone+booth.png On "The Tonight Show" Hugh Jackman and Shaquille O'Neal play a trivia game where a new mystery guest gets shoved into their phone booths after each wrong answer.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night' Takes 'A Closer Look' at Gun Violence]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 23:47:41 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/gun+violence.png "Late Night" host Seth Meyers takes a closer look at the Oregon college shooting and gun violence.]]> <![CDATA[Late at Night on NBC]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:00:30 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP24762024125.jpg

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<![CDATA['Late Night': TV Recaps 'Snapped']]> Tue, 06 Oct 2015 06:50:15 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tv+recaps.png Fred Armisen gives a recap of last week’s episode of must-see “Snapped."]]> <![CDATA[Celeb Baby Boom: 1st Child for Roddick, Decker]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:36:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/93534046BrooklynDeckerPregnany.jpg See which celebrities are gearing up for parenthood in 2015.

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<![CDATA[Val the Bartender Gives Clinton Advice on 'SNL']]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 02:10:22 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/214*120/HRC+SNL.png

Miley Cyrus shocked the "Saturday Night Live" audience by walking out fully clothed in a multicolored floral dress and matching cap.

Cyrus kicked off the show's season premiere with a song about some of the most memorable parts of the summer.

Cast members impersonated Walter Palmer, the dentist who killed Cecil the lion, Rachel Dolezal, the woman who said she was black for over 20 years, the donut licked by Ariana Grande, Kim Davis trying to hug a reluctant Pope Francis and of course, pizza rat, during a montage while Cyrus sang a ballad. 

Most political candidates play themselves on "SNL," often for just a cameo in a sketch or to declare the show's famous tag line, "Live from New York — it's Saturday night!" Seldom do they go all-out thespian and play a character in a sketch.

But Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton appeared on the season opener as a wise bartender named Val serving, ahem, Hillary Clinton played by Kate McKinnon.

Set 'em up, and lend an ear to the troubles of a presidential candidate.

In the sketch, McKinnon sat with Cecily Strong, who was playing Clinton's long-time aide Huma Abedin, the wife of embattled former Rep. Anthony Weiner. McKinnon starts to share all her quarrels with Val.

"So, Hillary," Clinton asked McKinnon, "what brings you here tonight?"

"Well, I needed to blow off some steam," McKinnon said. "I've had a hard couple of 22 years."

Asked what she does for a living, McKinnon says in imitation of Clinton's earnest monotone: "First, I am a grandmother. Second, I am a human, entrusted with this one green Earth."

"Oh, I get it, you're a politician," Clinton responded.

When McKinnon asks Val who she is, Clinton deadpanned, "I'm just an ordinary citizen who believes the Keystone pipeline will destroy the environment."

"It took me a long time to get there but yes, I believe that too," McKinnon said.

The skit poked gentle fun at Clinton's slow opposition to the pipeline, her late-arriving support of gay marriage, and her inability to take a vacation. Notably absent was a crack about her private email server, the source of months of criticism from Republican lawmakers and candidates.

Former "SNL" cast member Darrell Hammond also made a surprise cameo playing Bill Clinton.

"Oh my God. They're multiplying!" Hammon exclaimed at the site of two Hillary's before bolting out the bar door.

The two Clinton's closed out the skit by singing Bill Withers' "Lean on Me" before Val the bartender disappeared. 

Strong returned to coax McKinnon from the bar as she recounted her experience with Val the bartender. Strong suggested she may have had too much to drink and imagined everything.

McKinnon finds a tan "business shoe" on the floor, affirming that Val "is real."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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<![CDATA[Spotlight on Hamptons International Film Festival ]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:00:20 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ca0_0126r_alt_lg.jpg

Having showcased six winners of the Best Picture Oscar over the last seven years, it isn't surprising the Hamptons International Film Festival has been likened to the unofficial start of the movie award season.

And with a 2015 slate including early buzz-worthy titles such as the Todd Haynes directed "Carol" featuring Cate Blanchett; the Dan Rather memogate drama "Truth," "Spotlight" based on the Boston Globe investigation into accusations of abuse and cover-ups within the Catholic Church, the Irish immigrant tale "Brooklyn," and Steven Spielberg's cold war era "Bridge of Spies," the festival (Oct. 8–12) may once again prove to be a precursor of what movies and performances we'll see getting nominated when the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Independent Spirit Awards roll out their list of notables over the coming months. 


"We are in that insane award season time frame, which is wonderful, but we have always been in that time frame so we just happen to be on that golden road," explains festival executive director Anne Chaisson. "In some years past, for example, people had no idea that "Slumdog Millionaire" and "The Artist" were going to get such traction and become the films that they became. We just happened to play them early." 

"We have great audiences out here," adds festival artistic director David Nugent. "Very smart and in many ways influential audiences, and I think a lot of the filmmakers, studios and distributors are happy to have their films play in front of these audiences in the hopes of getting some buzz going." 


The 23rd outing of the film festival features 72 films and 59 shorts from 41 countries, and will attract 25,000 attendees to the east end of New York's Long Island over Columbus Day weekend. In a festival first, an inaugural awards dinner will honor actress Emily Blunt and famed documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles.

Maysles, who passed away in March, produced such works as "Grey Gardens" (1975), "Gimme Me Shelter" (1970) and "When We Were Kings" (1996), along with last year's festival audience award for documentary winner "Iris." As well as being posthumously honored this year, Maysles' final film "In Transit" will be featured in the World Cinema Documentary category. 


"It's a film he had always wanted to make and he had trouble finding funding and just getting it together," says Nugent of Maysles' co-directed documentary that focuses on those who ride the Empire Builder, the most active long-distance train route in the United States. "It really is beautiful and is a stunning portrait of America," adds Chaisson.

When pressed to name a personal favorite from this year's lineup, Chaisson likens the decision to "having to choose a favorite child. It's like 'Sophie's Choice'!" Nugent singles out "Son of Saul," winner of the Grand Prix Award at the Cannes Film Festival and Hungary’s submission for the Oscars.


"It's a holocaust drama from a first time filmmaker in Hungary which is unlike any holocaust film I have ever seen before," he says. "We have a lots of films in the festival that we like but to answer your specific question this is one of the films that was very unusual, very powerful."

A movie Chaisson is excited about is "Dheepan," winner of the Palm D’Or at Cannes. "Dheepan" follows a Tamil rebel fighter (Antonythasan Jesuthasan) who assumes the identity of a dead man in order to flee the country. "I thought it was just so timely in terms of the immigration issue. And not just for Europe but for anywhere in the world right now." 

The Hamptons International Film Festival runs October 8–12. Visit hamptonsfilmfest.org for information and tickets. 

Photo Credit: Weinstein]]>
<![CDATA[Sneak Peek: 'Son of Saul' Clip]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:55:38 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Son+of+Saul+Sony.jpg "Son of Saul," Hungary's Academy Award foreign film entry, will be featured at the Hamptons International Film Festival running Oct. 8-12.

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<![CDATA[Knightley's Broadway Debut Interrupted by Marriage Proposal]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 06:52:07 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/9082_Keira+Knightley+in+rehearsal+%281%29.jpg

An audience member proposed marriage to Keira Knightley during the Oscar-nominee’s first preview performance of “Thérèse Raquin” Thursday night -- and ended up being removed from the theater in handcuffs.

The disturbance began minutes into the performance on Thursday night, when the young man — who many assumed was part of the show — proposed marriage from the railing of the mezzanine, according to reports.

Knightley, who is making her Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theatre Company's adaptation of Émile Zola’s 1867 novel, remained in character as an usher escorted the man back to his seat.

Security eventually escorted the man out of the theater, but not before he hurled a bouquet of flowers onto the stage.

Gabriel Ebert, who stars alongside Knightley, broke character in the scene, kicking the bouquet off the stage and into the wings. The audience responded with applause.

A short break in performance was announced soon thereafter.

“Roundabout takes the safety of their actors and audiences very seriously,” a spokesperson for the show told NBC 4 New York. “Extra security will be added beginning tonight. For obvious reasons, we cannot comment on the exact nature of the additional security measures.”

"Therese Raquin," written in 1867, is about a woman trapped in a loveless marriage who embarks on an illicit affair with a friend of her husband's. The story has been adapted into a 1953 film starring Simone Signoret and another last year starring Elizabeth Olsen.

The show officially opens on Oct. 29 at Studio 54.

Photo Credit: Jenny Anderson]]>
<![CDATA[Pop Culture Case of the O.J. Simpson Trial]]> Sat, 03 Oct 2015 02:57:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/219*120/simpson_suit_verdict.jpg

It was a made-for-TV moment, a sequence ingrained in anyone who watched it unfold live or in countless replays since: the disgraced gridiron great, his lawyer's hand on his shoulder, uncoils his clenched frame with a burst of relief, mixed perhaps with a hint of surprise, upon hearing the magic words "not guilty." 

Still, the emotions O.J. Simpson betrayed as he was acquitted 20 years ago Saturday of killing his ex-wife and her friend seemed static compared to the range of reactions from across the country. No matter where you stood on the question of the former football star's guilt or innocence, in that moment the deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, the subject of a protracted, at-times lurid spectacle, were never more real to the mass audience.

The verdict offered both surface resolution and a deep, gnawing emptiness to the climax of a case that can never be fully resolved – barring a confession from the murderer, or the "real killers," as Simpson infamously put it.

Long before "Serial" and long after "Perry Mason," there was the O.J. Simpson double murder trial, a national soap opera and obsession that so engulfed, enraged and entertained people it became too easy at times forget the two innocent lives lost in a fury of bloodshed on June 12, 1994.

As for what the so-called Trial of the Century means two decades later, easy explanations are as scarce as witnesses to the killings. The requisite anniversary reflections leave us to focus on what the case wrought, rather than seek elusive, pat lessons.

As previously noted, the blanket media coverage of the fall of one of the country's greatest athletes, whose crossover appeal made him a beloved celebrity, presaged the Internet-driven, incessant stargazing mania. TMZ (via Harvey Levin, one of many reporters to cover the case) is a direct descendant of the trial – as is "CSI" and any crime lab-driven shows where DNA is the key acronym. 

From the Bronco Chase to the verdict, the Simpson case played like a national Reality TV show – one filled with catchphrases ("If it doesn't fit, you must acquit"), high-end brand-name references (Bruno Magli, Louis Vuitton) and a cast of compelling characters (Kato Kaelin, Johnnie Cochran, Marcia Clark, among them). The saga also included a Kardashian (the late family patriarch Robert Kardashian, probably Simpson's closest confidante).

For those of us who spent even a modest amount of time in the Los Angeles courtroom, the proceedings packed the odd feel of being at the taping of a familiar TV show – even if there was only one Judge Ito and he wasn't dancing.

The trial's TV arc culminated not with the verdict, but with widespread coverage of the split reaction beyond the courtroom. The images of those celebrating and those decrying Simpson’s acquittal, along with subsequent polls, exposed a divide, if far from monolithically, along racial lines.

A recent Washington Post-ABC survey indicates the nation is closer to agreeing on Simpson's guilt than it was on Oct. 3, 1995. If nothing else, the results suggest the case still prompts strong feelings, and won't be leaving the mass frame of reference anytime soon. Anyone who wasn't around for the Simpson circus will be able to get a peek through the upcoming FX series, "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson," which stars Cuba Gooding, Jr.

Simpson, if he chooses to watch, likely will be doing so from the Nevada prison where he's serving 33 years for robbery and kidnapping, stemming from a dispute over memorabilia he says was stolen from him. The remnants of past glories represented just about all he had left, even if he probably wasn't planning to sell it to pay off any of the millions he owes to the Brown and Goldman families after losing a wrongful death civil suit in 1997.

The athlete once known as “The Juice,” if only relatively briefly, regained his freedom in 1995, a luxury the victims never had. If she were still alive, Nicole Brown Simpson would be 56 and perhaps hanging out with her pal, Kris Jenner. In a better world, Ronald Goldman, by age 47, would have achieved his dream of opening a restaurant.

The anniversary of the trial’s end likely will mean repeated showings of O.J. Simpson’s reaction to the verdict. Not likely to be seen near as much is the other memorable, more searing image from the courtroom that day: Kim Goldman weeping for her brother as her father, Fred, comforts her and shakes his head in disbelief.

Whether or not the tens of millions witnesses to the verdict reacted with relief or disbelief, all can agree the jury’s rendering didn’t close the debate on a crime that, unlike just about everything else associated with Simpson case, occurred far away from any cameras.



Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.

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<![CDATA['Late Night': Ellen Page Gets Public Speaking Advice ]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 08:28:18 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/ellen+page.png Seth Meyers gives Ellen Page speech advice on "Late Night."]]> <![CDATA[Jimmy Fallon and Miley Cyrus Get Emotional]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 08:25:50 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/miley+cyrus+emotional+interview.png Jimmy Fallon and Miley Cyrus have a conversation with each other while adapting to random emotional situations.]]> <![CDATA['Late Night': Demo-Panic Party]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 01:07:17 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/hillary+clinton+late+night.png Hillary Clinton's supporters are getting nervous.]]> <![CDATA['Tonight Show': Cowboys and Saints NFL Superlatives]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 01:04:05 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/superlatives1.png Jimmy Fallon hands out superlatives to Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints NFL players.]]> <![CDATA[ 'Late Night': Ellen Page Talks National Vanguard Award]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:18:45 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/NUP_171037_0652.JPG

Ellen Page will receive the National Vanguard Award at the upcoming Human Rights Campaign’s annual dinner on Saturday in Washington.

“It’s a complete honor. I feel incredibly humbled,” Page told “Late Night” host Seth Meyers on Thursday.

The 28-year-old actress came out as gay last year at HRC’s “Time to Thrive” conference. The commission said her bravery and sincerity has helped set a “powerful example for the LGBT and allied community around the world.”

Page said she’s grateful to be associated with the organization.

“They’re an incredible organization,” she said, crediting "many activists who’ve created a world in society where I can be out and live my life and that’s something to not take for granted.”

Page said she would have to give a speech at the dinner, where Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the keynote address.

“Are you nervous about giving a speech?” Meyers asked.

“I think people think actors maybe are more comfortable in those situations. I think I can pretend I’m more comfortable, but I definitely get nervous.”

Meyers gave her some advice on how to surprise the audience, given her humbled demeanor. 

“You should take the mic and say ‘A lot of you said I could never do this,’” he suggested, telling her she should stare down and point to at least one member of the audience.

“Seth, I’m liking it,” she said. “Making a call right now.”

Photo Credit: Lloyd Bishop/NBC]]>
<![CDATA['Brooklyn' Trailer]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 12:13:01 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Brooklyn+film+still+Saoirse+Ronan.jpg Saoirse Ronan plays an Irish immigrant in 1950s New York who must make a difficult choice between life in the new world or returning home. In theaters November 4.]]> <![CDATA['Macbeth' Trailer]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 10:09:37 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/macbeth-Macbeth_Trailer1_Stereo_h264_hd_1200x675_536680003684.jpg Starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, "Macbeth" is in theaters December 4.]]> <![CDATA['Peanuts' Creator in Hall of Fame]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 10:16:39 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/tlmd_tlm_muertos_shultz_ap.jpg

As the late Charles M. Schulz's legendary "Peanuts" comic turns 65-years-old on Friday, there is a flurry of interest in Snoopy and the gang as well as the man friends and family affectionately called "Sparky" in his adopted home of the Bay Area and beyond.

Schulz will be inducted into the California Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the California Museum in Sacramento on Oct. 28, with an exhibit featuring Schulz and other inductees opening on Oct. 29, according to Sacramento Bee.

The U.S. Post Office's new 'Forever' stamps featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the Peanuts gang will be dedicated in a free ceremony at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa on Oct. 1 and are currently available for online purchase.

There's still time for Californians to apply for a Snoopy license plate. Less than 1,500 more plates need to be pre-sold before January 2016 in order for them to go into production. The cost: $50 for a Snoopy plate with a standard license number or $98 for a custom Snoopy plate. 

The Press Democrat reported that all Sonoma County residents are eligible for free Peanuts library cards that feature Snoopy and Charlie Brown.

And Hollywood is in on the action, too: "The Peanuts Movie" hits theaters nationwide in 3D on Nov. 6.

Photo Credit: AP
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<![CDATA['Tonight Show': Black Simon & Garfunkel ]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 00:18:11 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/black+simon+garfunkel+garfunkel.png Black Simon & Garfunkel sing "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd, with a little help from the real Art Garfunkel on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."]]> <![CDATA['Suffragette' Trailer]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 11:53:31 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Suffragette+film+still+Carey+Mulligan.jpg Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep play early members of the British women's suffrage movement of the late 19th and early 20th century. "Suffragette" is in theaters October 23.

Photo Credit: Focus]]>
<![CDATA['Bridge of Spies' Trailer]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 11:43:36 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/Bridge_of_Spies_1200x675_536356419808.jpg Tom Hanks plays an American lawyer who is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War to help rescue a pilot detained in the Soviet Union. Directed by Steven Spielberg, "Bridge of Spies" is in theaters October 16.]]> <![CDATA[Behind-the-Scenes with 'The Martian' Cast]]> Fri, 02 Oct 2015 04:55:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/nbcMartian-th-BTS.jpg The cast of the upcoming Ridley Scott film "The Martian" discuss what it was like working with the acclaimed director, the science aspect of the story, and whether they would venture into space. "The Martian" lands in theaters October 2, 2015.

Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox]]>
<![CDATA['Late Night': A Closer Look at Planned Parenthood]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 00:12:25 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/closer+look+planned+parenthood.png Seth Meyers takes a closer look at Planned Parenthood.]]> <![CDATA[Emily Blunt to Be Honored at Hamptons Film Festival ]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 08:47:28 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/AP_59977095968.jpg

In celebration of the launch of the inaugural awards dinner, the Hamptons International Film Festival will fete actress Emily Blunt, independent film production company Killer Films, documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, and longtime festival board chairman Stuart Match Suna.

The gala dinner will take place in East Hampton, New York on Sunday October 11 and proceeds will benefit the festival’s year-round programming initiatives, the annual Screenwriters’ Lab, and the longtime summer initiatives; SummerDocs and the Student Filmmaking Workshops.

"The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate independent voices in cinema, and it is in that spirit that we choose to fete this extraordinary group of individuals, each of whom has made a remarkable impact on independent film culture," said festival executive director Anne Chaisson. 

During the dinner Blunt ("Sicario," "The Young Victoria," "Devil Wears Prada") will be presented with the Variety Creative Impact in Acting Award. Blunt was previously honored by the festival when she was recognized as one of HIFF's rising stars in 2005. 

Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler, who founded the New York-based production company Killer Films in 1995, will be honored with the HIFF Industry Award for 20 years of innovative, risk-taking movies and for championing unique voices in independent cinema. Killer Films produced the highly acclaimed "Carol," "Still Alice," "Far From Heaven," "Boys Don't Cry," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and "Kids."

Documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles will receive a posthumous tribute. Maysles passed away in March 2015 leaving a rich cinematic legacy, including "Grey Gardens," "Gimme Shelter," "Salesman" and "Iris," with the latter winning HIFF’s Audience Award for Documentary in 2014. Maysles' final film "In Transit" will be featured in the festival's World Cinema Documentary program this year.

Suna will be honored for his 18 years as HIFF board chairman. Under his leadership, the Festival expanded into Southampton, Montauk, Sag Harbor, and Westhampton, and evolved into a year-round cultural organization dedicated to championing film culture. After this year’s festival, Suna will become Chair Emeritus, handing the chairman reins over to longtime board members Randy Mastro and Alec Baldwin. Baldwin will present the award to Suna.

The 23rd Hamptons International Film Festival runs Oct. 8–12 and opens with the Dan Rather memogate drama "Truth."

Ticketing and additional information can be found at hamptonsfilmfest.org.

Photo Credit: Joel Ryan/Invision/AP]]>
<![CDATA['Late Night': Comedy vs. Drama With Robert De Niro]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 00:08:42 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/213*120/robert+deniro.png Robert De Niro gives comedic and dramatic readings of movie lines on "Late Night With Seth Meyers."]]> <![CDATA[Caitlyn Jenner Won't Face Criminal Charges in Fatal Crash]]> Thu, 01 Oct 2015 04:07:47 -0700 http://media.nbclosangeles.com/images/207*120/06-09-2015-jenner-crash-pch.jpg

Caitlyn Jenner will not be charged criminally in a chain-reaction crash on Pacific Coast Highway that killed a woman in February, prosecutors said Wednesday.

While driving on PCH and towing a dune buggy on Feb. 7, Jenner rear ended a woman's vehicle causing that car to veer into opposing lanes of traffic where the victim's car was hit by a second vehicle, killing the woman, authorities said.

Prosecutors said Jenner was traveling below the posted speed limit and put on the brakes right before the crash and the only possible violation was a traffic infraction.

Prosecutors said they could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Jenner's "conduct was unreasonable," according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's charge evaluation worksheet.

"We believed from the start that a thorough and objective investigation would clear Caitlyn of any criminal wrongdoing," Jenner’s attorney, Blair Berk, told NBC News' Andrew Blankstein. "We are heartened the District Attorney has agreed that even a misdemeanor charge would be inappropriate. A traffic accident, however devastating and heartbreaking when a life is lost, is not necessarily a criminal matter."

The ex-Olympian faces civil litigation in the crash.

Hollywood talent manager Jessica Marie Steindorff, who counts model Alessandra Ambrosio as a client, filed a civil lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court. The suit seeks unspecified damages and does not reveal any new information about the fatal crash.

Steindorff was driving a 2010 Toyota Prius that was allegedly rear-ended by Jenner in the crash that left Kim Howe of Calabasas dead.

According to sheriff's deputies, Steindorff's Prius was stopped on PCH when she was rear-ended by a white Lexus. Jenner's black SUV with a trailer in tow then rear-ended the white Lexus, sending it into oncoming traffic, where it collided with a black hummer.

Howe died at the scene. Relatives of Howe have filed a separate suit against Jenner.

Jenner won the gold medal in the 1976 Olympic decathlon and is known to a younger generation for a role in the reality TV series "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." After a Vanity Fair story about Jenner and her gender transition appeared online, she became the most searched item on Google and her Twitter profile following skyrocketed to more than 1 million in about four hours.

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