Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Robert De Niro to Be Honored with 2019 SAG Life Achievement Award

Robert De Niro to Be Honored with 2019 SAG Life Achievement Award

56th Annual Accolade to be Presented During the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®
Simulcast Live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 19, 2020
LOS ANGELES (Nov. 12, 2019) – Robert De Niro – Academy Award®-winning actor, producer and director – has been named the 56th recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.  De Niro will be presented the performers union's top accolade at the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards,which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS onSunday, Jan. 192020 at 8 p.m. (ET)7 p.m. (CT)6 p.m. (MT) and 5 p.m. (PT).

The SAG Life Achievement Award is given annually to an actor who fosters the "finest ideals of the acting profession." De Niro will add the award to his extraordinary catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes two Academy Awards®, a Golden Globe® Award, the Cecil B. DeMille Award®, a Silver Berlin Bear, a Kennedy Center Honor, a Presidential Medal of Freedom, a GLADD Excellence in Media Award and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Chaplin Award.  He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Brown University.

“Robert De Niro is an actor of extraordinary depth and ability. The characters he creates captivate our imaginations. From the smoldering inferno of young Vito Corleone to the raging bull Jake Lamotta and everybody’s grandpa Ben Whittaker, he continues to touch our hearts and open our minds to new and exciting worlds of understanding and emotion,” said Gabrielle Carteris, President of SAG-AFTRA.  “It is my great privilege to announce that SAG-AFTRA’s highest honor will be presented to one of the most singular talents of our generation, Robert De Niro.”

“I have been a member of this union for over 50 years. It’s an honor to receive this award from SAG-AFTRA,” says De Niro. 

A Lasting Impact Through Film

De Niro is the recipient of a SAG Award® for his work as a member of the cast of American Hustle.  He received Screen Actors Guild Awards cast nominations for his work in Silver Linings Playbook, for which he also earned an individual nomination, and Marvin’s Room. De Niro is a seven-time Academy Award nominee, a six-time BAFTA nominee and a nine-time Golden Globe nominee.  De Niro, who made his directorial debut in 1993 with A Bronx Tale, in which he also starred, can currently be seen in Joker.

De Niro’s breakthrough role was in the 1973 film Mean Streets, where he began the first of nine collaborations with director Martin Scorsese.  Other films created out of their special partnership include GoodfellasCape FearCasino and the recently released Netflix film, The Irishman.

De Niro’s incredible repertoire of films includes his Academy Award®-winning roles in The Godfather II and Raging Bull, as well as Oscar®-nominated turns for his work in The Deer Hunter, Taxi Driver, Awakenings, Cape Fear and Silver Linings Playbook.  De Niro has proven his versatility with his memorable dramatic roles inThe Untouchables, Jackie Brown and Backdraft, and several successful comedies in his career, including Meet the ParentsMeet the FockersLittle FockersAnalyze This and the dramedy Midnight Run.

Accomplishments in Television

De Niro’s career has spanned into television where he has received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination and four EMMY® nominations for his work both on- and off-screen.  For his performance as disgraced financier Bernie Madoff in the HBO miniseries The Wizard of Lies, De Niro received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series, as well as EMMY and Golden Globe nominations.  He won a Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film for his portrayal of Madoff.
   
He also earned EMMY nominations for his work as an executive producer on The Wizard of Liesand, again this year, as executive producer alongside Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, Jonathan King, Jane Rosenthal, Jeff Skoll and Berry Welsh, on the Netflix drama When They See Us, based on events surrounding the 1989 Central Park jogger case.

De Niro served as an executive producer for the NBC series About a Boy, starring Minnie Driver.

Philanthropist and Activist

New Yorkers know him as one of the driving forces behind the revitalization of downtown Manhattan into a center for the film industry. In 1989, he and Jane Rosenthal founded the Tribeca Film Center, the first commercial space in Tribeca dedicated to housing film, television, and entertainment companies.
 
After the attacks of 9/11, De Niro and Rosenthal co-founded the Tribeca Film Festival as a way to breathe new life into their neighborhood and spur economic development through the arts. Now welcoming its 19th year, the festival brings hundreds of thousands of visitors downtown each year and is a prominent cultural event not only for New Yorkers, but for the entire film industry. Robert De Niro and Jane Rosenthal were the 2011 recipients of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Leadership.
 
He is also co-founder and co-chair of the Tribeca Film Institute, which supports the work and stories of underserved filmmakers. 
 
In addition to his entertainment and philanthropic work, De Niro is involved in several capital ventures including part ownership of restaurants Nobu and Tribeca Grill, as well as The Greenwich Hotel in New York City and the Locanda Grill, located inside the hotel.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Big Little Lies: The Complete Second Season The Lies Continue To Haunt As the DVD Becomes Available On January 7, 2020 Coming to Blu-rayTM via Warner Archive Collection


 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Did You Ever Want It? Did You Want It Bad?

Big Little Lies: 
The Complete Second Season 
 
The Lies Continue To Haunt As the DVD Becomes Available On
 
Coming to Blu-rayTM via Warner Archive Collection
 
BURBANK, CA (November 7, 2019) – HBO's smash-hit Big Little Lies returns for more drama, secrets, and seduction then ever before with the release of Big Little Lies: The Complete Second Season on DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on January 7, 2019. Iconic actress Meryl Streep joins the all-star cast in season two, along with Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and ZoŃ‘ Kravitz. Fans can purchase the DVD with all 7 exhilarating episodes from the second season and go behind-the-scenes with an all new featurette titled, “The Lies Revealed: A Conversation with the Cast.” Big Little Lies: The Complete Second Seasonis priced to own on DVD at $29.98 SRP ($34.99 in Canada), and is also available to own on Digital via purchase from all major digital retailers.
 
Big Little Lies: The Complete Second Season will be available on Blu-rayTM courtesy of Warner Archive Collection. The Blu-rayTM release includes all the same content on DVD and is also arriving January 7, 2020. Warner Archive Blu-ray releases are found at wb.com/warnerarchive and your favorite online retailer.
 
Fall in love with the “Monterey Five” again and again, as you relive the whole series, with the Big Littles LiesSeason 1 and 2 twin-pack. The DVD set will also be available on January 7for the low price of $49.99 SRP ($57.99 in Canada).
 
In season two, on the surface, everything seems the same in the seaside town of Monterey, CA: mothers continue to dote, husbands support, children are adorable, houses are beautiful. But the night of the school fundraiser changed all that, leaving the community reeling as the "Monterey Five" bond together to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. Meanwhile, Perry's grieving mother Mary Louise Wright (Streep) comes to town in search of answers after son's death. 
 
“With an all-star cast of this caliber, along with the plot twists and reveals in Season 2, you will be glued to the screen on the edge of your seat until the very end of the season,” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, Television Marketing. “Like and ocean wave that comes and goes so quickly– so will these DVDs off the shelves – so get your orders in today!”
 
Big Little Lies is a critical and awards success, garnering 16 Emmy® nominations and eight wins, including Limited Series, Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Kidman), and Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Dern). The series also garnered four Golden Globes®, including acting wins for Kidman and Dern.
 
DVD BONUS FEATURES
  • The Lies Revealed: A. Conversation with the Cast’ Meryl Streep, Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon,Nicole Kidman, Zoe Kravitz and Laura Dern share laughs and mimosas as they look back at Season 2 
 
7 ONE-HOUR EPISODES 
1.   What Have They Done?
2.   Tell-Tale Hearts
3.   The End of The World
4.   She Knows
5.   Kill Me
6.   The Bad Mother
7.   I Want To Know
 
DIGITAL
The second season of Big Little Lies is currently available to own on Digital. Digital purchase allows consumers to instantly stream and download to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices. Digital movies and TV shows are available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu and others. 
 

Doctor Sleep Theatrical Release Review


Doctor Sleep is the theatrical feature film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Stephen King. While the book served as a sequel to The Shining, the movie is presented as a sequel to the Stanley Kubrick feature film from 1980 and picks up shortly after the events of the original. After this brief prologue which sets up the aftermath and introduces the new villains led by Rose, The Hat (Rebecca Ferguson), we jump more or less to the present and learn that Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) has suffered deep psychological and emotional trauma that has lead to him drinking to suppress his shining abilities while trapping the ghosts from the Overlook Hotel that have relentlessly pursued him in the decades since. Danny is also visited by the spirit of Dick Hollerann (Carl Lumbly), who informs him that there is a debt he owes to a child with the same ability as his only far stronger. Just as Dick has mentored him even after the events of the first film, now is the chance for Danny to face his demons head on as he struggles to keep safe a girl from a group of quasi immortal beings that feed upon the shining of children to cheat death. This culminates in a battle at the Overlook Hotel.

 Doctor Sleep is a terrific sequel to The Shining that pays respect to the book it is adopted from while offering a surprisingly potent sequel to Kubrick’s horror masterpiece. The casting is impeccable, the tone is set pitch perfect and the villains are truly horrible and deserve the fate they have coming. Doctor Sleep has already opened abroad a week ago and opens here in the States on Friday, November 8, 2019. Top shelf entertainment. See it on the big screen.

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