De Abreu tells THR, “It’s a great honor for us to recognize Lee’s outstanding work with our top directing honor of the year. His tremendous vision and versatility provides us with films that are both critical and box office successes.” PHOTOS: ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’ Premiere Daniels, 53, worked in the health care profession and as a talent agent before becoming a filmmaker. He served as a producer onMonster’s Ball (2001), for which Halle Berry became the first black best actress Oscar winner, and The Woodsman (2004), which played at Sundance and Cannes. Then he stepped behind the camera, directing the critically dismissed Shadowboxer (2005) and the widely acclaimed Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire (2009), which was nominated for six Oscars, including best picture and best director. Last year, he wrote and directed The Paperboy, which divided people as much as any of his films but still garnered best actress Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for Nicole Kidman. On Aug. 16, The Weinstein Co. released the film that has proven to be Daniels’ biggest commercial success yet: Lee Daniels’ The Butler — a dramatic biopic inspired by the life of a black man who served as a White House butler to numerous U.S. presidents as the Civil Rights movement gained steam outside the gates of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — which is still playing in more than 2,000 theaters. The tearjerker, starringForest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, among many other big names, received strong reviews and has grossed nearly $111 million domestically thus far. Previous recipients of the Hollywood Director Award include Norman Jewison (1998), John Schlesinger (1999), Richard Donner (2000), John Frankenheimer (2001), Martin Scorsese (2002), Ron Howard (2003), Michael Mann (2004), Sam Mendes (2005), Oliver Stone (2006), Marc Forster (2007), Clint Eastwood (2008), Kathryn Bigelow (2009), Tom Hooper (2010), Bennett Miller (2011) and David O. Russell (2012). Just months after collecting their Hollywood Film Festival Awards, Bigelow and Hooper each went on to win the best director Oscar, while Scorsese and Russell received nominations.
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“From what I’d been told and what I knew, it was seemingly nearly impossible for a mountain lion to be there,” he said. “I almost thought I had seen Bigfoot or a chupacabra.” (A chupacabra is a ferocious, blood-sucking creature of urban legend.) Although a dead cougar was found in the park in 1995, and parkgoers reported sightings in 2004, this was the first photographic evidence of a lion inhabiting the park. In fact, the photos taken were the first known images of any mountain lion within the mountain system east of Cahuenga Pass, the National Park Service said. Sikich set humane traps with cameras, rigged to send images to his cellphone. At 2 o’clock one morning in March 2012, his cellphone rang, and he and other scientists hurried to the site, a Department of Water and Power property just west of the park. Sikich used a blowpipe to administer a sedative to the mountain lion and attached a collar with GPS and very high frequency radio signal technology. The collar regularly sends data to a website via satellite or cellphone tower. Biologists remotely track an average of eight locations a day, mostly at night when the animal is active. They watch particularly for “location clusters,” indicating spots where the lion has been feeding. Using the location data as a guide, they have bushwhacked or crawled through poison oak and thick vegetation to find what was on P-22’s menu. Once in the vicinity, they follow their noses. “For fresh kills, smell is very telling; it smells like rotten meat,” said Laurel Serieys a PhD candidate in biology at UCLA who’s a project volunteer. She and Ordenana recently spent four arduous hours hiking in to four “kill sites” in deep ravines or on steep hillsides. At the first location, right off a paved road in the park, they found only the malodorous rumen, or stomach, of a deer. They surmised that coyotes had dragged the deer’s body away.
Rick Najera: A Latino In Hollywood Is ‘Almost White’
On Thursday, he approved a measure allowing immigrants in the country illegally to receive state drivers licenses. “California is sending a clear message to Washington,” said Valladares, who came to the U.S. at age 7 and didn’t gain legal resident status until 2007. Families no longer have to live in fear. Children will know that at the end of the day, they’re going to see their parents.” The activists marched to the 1600 block of Vine Street, just blocks from landmarks such as the Capitol Records building and Pantages Theatre. Speakers stood on the bed of a truck and spoke from a microphone. Protesters clumped together on the street and sidewalk to listen. For our families, for our futures, we will keep marching! one speaker said to raucous cheers. LAPD Capt. Peter Zarcone, who monitored the rally and march, estimated there were between 1,000 and 2,000 attendees, and called the event “very peaceful and very positive.” The rally ended shortly after 1 p.m. Throughout the morning, activists pressed Congress to end the gridlock over Obamacare, reopen government and pass immigration reform that would create a pathway to citizenship for about 11 million people. Near the end of the event, leaders on the truck bed rolled our large banners depicting House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield). Under their photos was a caption that read: We wont let you stop us. Citlalli Chavez, a political organizer with SEIU United Service Workers West, called Saturday a “national day for dignity and respect.” “We want to end all deportations immediately, we want to keep families together,” she said.
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“I really looked at my life and I said I wanted to chronicle it. I wanted to bring it down and talk about it in a very human, honest way,” he says. Rick Najera has chronicled it all in his latest book, a memoir, titled Almost White: Forced Confessions of a Latino in Hollywood. The examination of his own career led Najera to realize something bigger. “My life, just looking at it individually, really tells the whole story of the Latino experience in America,” Najera added. By any count Rick Najera’s experience in Hollywood has been illustrious. He’s worked with top talent like Sidney Poitier, Whoopi Goldberg, John Leguizamo and Jim Carey. He was a writer for cutting-edge comedy shows like In Living Color and MADtv. He wrote and acted in a successful Broadway production – Latinologues. And he’s become a sought after consultant, whose eye for talent has launched the careers of countless actors. Rick Najera acknowledges that the jobs weren’t always easy. The long hours spent in writers’ rooms were gruelling, and even on groundbreaking shows, the diversity was lacking. According to Najera, “Hollywood is …