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Sir Patrick Stewart to Receive Distinguished Artisan Award

Award-winning actor Sir Patrick Stewart, best known for his work in the Star Trek and X-Men series, will receive this year’s Distinguished Artisan Award at the 7th Annual Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards (MUAHS, IATSE Local 706) celebrating his prolific acting career on stage and screen spanning nearly six decades. The black-tie awards gala, honoring outstanding achievements of both make-up artists and hair stylists in motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater, returns to The Novo in L.A. LIVE on Saturday, January 11, 2020. The announcement was made today by Julie Socash, President of IATSE Local 706.

“Sir Patrick Stewart is a legendary actor whose myriad of characters live in our hearts forever. He is so deserving of this special recognition spotlighting his award-winning stage and screen performances, and we celebrate his great collaboration with our talented artists,” said Socash.

Presenting the Distinguished Artisan Award to Stewart will be Brent Spiner, star of Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Next Generation; James MacKinnon, Emmy® Award-winning Makeup and Prosthetic Artist, Star Trek franchise including Star Trek: Picard; and Michael Westmore, Academy® and Emmy Award-winning Makeup Artist and Designer of the Star Trek franchise.

Patrick Stewart is a veteran stage and screen actor whose incredible career spans 60 years. He has received multiple Emmy, Golden Globe®, Grammy®, and SAG® Award nominations for his work across television and film and is a three-time Olivier Award® winner and a Tony Award® nominee for his distinguished stage work.

Stewart will reprise the iconic role of ‘Jean-Luc Picard’ in Star Trek: Picard, debuting on CBS All Access in the United States and worldwide on Amazon Prime in January 2020. His film work includes the recently released Sony Pictures’ feature film Charlie’s Angels, the latest installment in the worldwide franchise, and Coda, opposite Katie Holmes. In 2017, Stewart starred in the worldwide blockbuster feature film Logan, marking his seventh time portraying the ‘Charles Xavier/Professor X’ character in the X-Men film series.

Amongst his numerous honors, Queen Elizabeth conferred on Patrick the order of the Officer of the British Empire (O.B.E.), and in 2010, Patrick received a knighthood for his services to Drama.

The Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild’s Distinguished Artisan Award is given annually to those whose body of work in the film and television industry was richly enhanced by the consistent collaboration of make-up and hair styling artistry creating memorable characters throughout their career. Previous recipients include Melissa McCarthy, Gary Oldman, Johnny Depp, Ryan Murphy and Guillermo del Toro.


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Martin Lawrence and More Named Recipients of Bounce Trumpet Awards

Martin Lawrence, Cedric the Entertainer, Marsai Martin, Ambassador Andrew Young, Hydeia Broadbent and Phylicia Fant have been named as honorees for the 28th Annual Bounce Trumpet Awards, an exciting and inspirational night celebrating African-American achievements and contributions.

Hosted by EMMY® Award-winning comedian, actress and writer Wanda Sykes, the gala black-tie honors will take place Dec. 4 at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and will world premiere on Bounce on Sunday, January 12 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Bounce, the fastest-growing African American network on television, exclusively owns, produces and telecasts the star-studded event. Visit www.trumpetawards.com for more information.

Among the artists scheduled to appear, perform or present: Anthony Anderson, Niecy Nash, Steve Harvey, Vanessa Bell Calloway, George Lopez, Mike Epps, Faith Evans, NAS, Elle Varner, Rapsody, BJ the Chicago Kid, Le’Andria Johnson and more.

About this year’s honorees:

Iconic comedian and actor Martin Lawrence will be given the Luminary Award, which honors an individual who has risen to the top of their field and has illuminated and inspired others along the way. Lawrence became a household name with the success of his hugely-popular self-titled television series, Martin, while going onto star in an impressive list of blockbuster movies including Bad Boys, Blue Streak, Big Momma’s House and Life.

Cedric the Entertainer, one of the “Original Kings of Comedy” and star of the popular CBS sitcom The Neighborhood, will be honored with the Excellence in Entertainment Award. With a career spanning 30 years, Cedric’s universal appeal, versatility, and tremendous career successes in film, live performance, and television have solidified his standing as one of the top entertainers in the world.

15-year old actress Marsai Martin, currently starring on the hit ABC series Black-ish, will receive the Rising Star Award presented by McDonald’s, which recognizes a young person who is quickly establishing themselves by making a significant or historical impact in their particular field or industry.

Civil Rights icon Ambassador Andrew Young will receive the Xernona Clayton Award of Distinction presented by the 2020 Census, named for the legendary Trumpet Awards founder which recognizes individuals who have succeeded against immense odds and heralded change and prosperity to enhance and enrich the world. Young’s work for civil and human rights, his many years in public office as Congressman, United Nations Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta, his leadership of the Atlanta Olympic Games, his advocacy of investment in Africa through GoodWorks International and much more are among the highlights of his extraordinary life of service.

The Community Activist Award, which recognizes an individual who dedicates their time and energy to raising awareness of an important cause or issue and to fight for change in their community, will be presented to HIV/AIDS activist and public speaker Hydeia Broadbent. Broadbent has spent her life spreading the message of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention as a distinguished international speaker with a mission to educate people of all ages.

The Corporate Executive of the Year Award, recognizing someone who leads companies to new heights while creating opportunities for others to succeed, will be presented to music industry and entertainment dynamo Phylicia Fant. Recently appointed as Head of Urban Music at Columbia Records, Fant has established herself as a preeminent executive in the entertainment industry.


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Nominees for the 19th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards Announced

AARP The Magazine has announced the nominees for the upcoming 19th Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards, with A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Bombshell, Little Women, Marriage Story, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Farewell, The Irishman, and The Two Popes contending for Best Picture/Best Movie for Grownups category. For nearly two decades, AARP’s MFG program has championed movies for grownups, by grownups, by advocating for the 50-plus audience, fighting industry ageism, and encouraging films that resonate with older viewers. Annette Bening will receive the esteemed Movies for Grownups® Career Achievement Award.

Iconic and beloved screen and stage performer Tony Danza will host the star-studded evening at the Beverly Wilshire, Beverly Hills, on January 11, 2020. The Awards ceremony will be broadcast by Great Performances for the third consecutive year on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at 6 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/gperf, and the PBS Video App. The Awards are co-produced by Great Performances and AARP Studios.

In the Best Actress category, nominations will go to Isabelle Huppert (Frankie), Helen Mirren (The Good Liar), Julianne Moore (Gloria Bell), Alfre Woodard (Clemency), and Renée Zellweger (Judy). In the Best Actor category, Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory), Robert De Niro (The Irishman), Eddie Murphy (Dolemite is My Name), Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes), and Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems).

The nominees for Best Supporting Actress are Laura Dern (Marriage Story), Nicole Kidman (Bombshell), Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), and Zhao Shuzhen (The Farewell). In the Best Supporting Actor category, Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy), Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes), Al Pacino (The Irishman), and Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood).

2019 Movies for Grownups® nominees for Best Director are Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story), Fernando Meirelles (The Two Popes), Sam Mendes (1917), Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), and Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood).

In the Readers’ Choice category, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Bombshell, Downton Abbey, Joker, Little Women, Marriage Story, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Richard Jewell, The Irishman, and The Two Popes are nominated for favorite movie. Readers can cast their ballot at aarp.org/readerschoice by January 4, 2020.

“We timed the Movies for Grownups Awards early in the shortened award season to ensure a spotlight on films that matter — not just for entertaining us, but that also speak to the important issues of today,” says Heather Nawrocki, VP and Director for Movies for Grownups at AARP. “We must continue to lift up movies made for, by, and about grownups — the stories that speak to moviegoers 50+. 2019 was especially notable for storytelling that resonates with a mature audience, showcases experienced talent, and reflects the world today.”

The complete list of the 19th Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards Nominees:

Best Picture/Best Movie for Grownups: The Irishman, Bombshell, Marriage Story, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Farewell, The Two Popes, Little Women
Best Actress: Isabelle Huppert (Frankie), Helen Mirren (The Good Liar), Julianne Moore (Gloria Bell), Alfre Woodard (Clemency), Renée Zellweger (Judy)
Best Actor: Antonio Banderas (Pain and Glory), Robert De Niro (The Irishman), Eddie Murphy (Dolemite is My Name), Jonathan Pryce (The Two Popes), Adam Sandler (Uncut Gems)
Best Supporting Actress: Laura Dern (Marriage Story), Nicole Kidman (Bombshell), Jennifer Lopez (Hustlers), Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey), Zhao Shuzhen (The Farewell)
Best Supporting Actor: Jamie Foxx (Just Mercy), Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood), Anthony Hopkins (The Two Popes), Al Pacino (The Irishman), Brad Pitt (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Best Director: Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story), Fernando Meirelles (The Two Popes), Sam Mendes (1917), Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)
Readers’ Choice: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Bombshell, Downton Abbey, The Irishman, Joker, Little Women, Marriage Story, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Richard Jewell, The Two Popes
Best Ensemble: Bombshell, Dolemite Is My Name, Downton Abbey, Knives Out, Little Women
Best Intergenerational: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Little Women, Parasite, The Etruscan Smile, The Farewell
Best Buddy Picture: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Ford v. Ferrari, Just Mercy, The Lighthouse, The Two Popes
Best Screenwriter: Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story), Kasi Lemmons (Harriet), Anthony McCarten (The Two Popes), Quentin Tarantino (Once Upon A Time in Hollywood), Steven Zaillian (The Irishman)
Best Time Capsule: Harriet, Judy, Little Women, Motherless Brooklyn, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Best Documentary: Apollo 11, Ask Dr. Ruth, Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice, The Apollo, Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am
Best Foreign Language Film: An Unexpected Love (Argentina), Pain and Glory (Spain), Parasite (South Korea), The Farewell (U.S.), The Unorthodox (Israel)
Consumer Cellular is proud to be the presenting sponsor for the Movies for Grownups Awards. Event proceeds benefit AARP Foundation, which works to end senior poverty by helping vulnerable older adults — in Los Angeles and across the country — build economic opportunity and social connectedness.


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NBC To Broadcast 18th Annual ‘National Dog Show On Thanksgiving

NBC’s Thanksgiving Day special, “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina®,” will crown one of America’s great purebreds as its 2019 champion on Thanksgiving Day, bringing canine competition and family entertainment to America’s viewers for the 18th year.

The holiday special (noon-2 p.m. in all time zones) follows the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade® on NBC and is watched annually by a total of more than 20 million viewers. Some 2,000 dogs compete for Best in Show honors in the tradition-rich Kennel Club of Philadelphia competition. An encore presentation airs on NBC in primetime on Friday, November 29, from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT. Additional detail on how to watch is available here.

The TV special is a celebration of man’s best friend, hosted by prominent TV personality and Broadway star John O’Hurley (“Seinfield,” “Dancing with the Stars”) and expert analyst David Frei, America’s foremost expert on all things canine. They have been together since the launch of the popular holiday special in 2002. NBC correspondent and sports broadcasting Hall-of-Famer, Mary Carillo, will report from the backstage benching area as the dogs prepare to compete. Former Olympic figure skaters Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski will also lend their distinctive presence as digital contributors.

The show’s popularity is a tribute to the dogs in our lives and its time slot following the Macy’s Parade from noon-2 p.m. in all time zones, before football viewing takes over the day. The show was an immediate hit when it debuted in 2002 and it has delivered some of its biggest audiences these past few years.

The National Dog Show Presented by Purina will be featured in different digital formats including a live stream of NBC’s Thanksgiving Day telecast via NBC Sports online at NBCSports.com/Live, or through the NBC Sports app, which is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire.

NBC’s digital coverage will also include on-demand coverage of all seven groups plus “Best in Show.” In addition, NBCSports.com and NationalDogShow.com will provide video of the examination of every breed in the group judging competition with specific commentary by Wayne Ferguson, the President of The Kennel Club of Philadelphia.


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Actress Annette Bening Discusses Personal and Professional Freedom

Two-time Golden Globe®-winner, Screen Actors Guild Award®-winner and four-time Academy Award®-nominee, Annette Bening opens up on the importance of family, professional freedom and navigating aging in Hollywood in an exclusive interview for the December/January issue of AARP The Magazine (ATM). On January 11, Bening will receive the 2019 Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award at AARP The Magazine’s 19th Annual Movies for Grownups® Awards, airing on Sunday, January 19 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) and streaming the following day on pbs.org/gperf and PBS apps.

At 61-years-old, Bening and her career are at their prime. From starring in the 1991 gangster film Bugsy to the upcoming post-9/11 political drama, The Report – in which Bening plays Senator Dianne Feinstein – she continues to prove her ability to morph into any character, including the role of an intelligent cyborg in last spring’s superhero movie, Captain Marvel. To perfect the action-blockbuster role, Bening relied on the guidance of her four children, all of whom are now grown up and moved out of the house.

As a devoted mother and wife, Bening is notoriously circumspect about her private life. After decades of passing on opportunities so she could be close to home for her children, today, Bening is experiencing a growing sense of freedom and a new beginning as an empty nester. At a time when Hollywood seems to have finally awakened to the potential of older actresses in substantial roles, she is taking full advantage and feeling her own potential. Bening continues to evolve and grow as an actress, challenging herself with diverse roles in various film genres.

Although she enjoyed playing a more modern role in Captain Marvel, she is drawn to films that speak to a mature audience. “When you make movies, you want to make an impact on people, not just entertain them,” Bening shares. “It’s great when a movie can speak to someone. Those moments stick with me.”


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