Hollywood Foreign Press Assoc gives out $5.1 million in grants

… more than $5.1 million in funds to over 70 nonprofit organisations during the “HFPA Philanthropy: Empowering the Next Generation” virtual event.

The group that is known for the Golden Globe Awards distributed more than $5.1 million in funds to over 70 nonprofit organisations during the “HFPA Philanthropy: Empowering the Next Generation” virtual event.

Golden Globes signage appears on the red carpet at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, CA, US.
Golden Globes signage appears on the red carpet at the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 6, 2019, in Beverly Hills, CA, US. (AP)

Some of entertainment’s biggest names, from Nicole Kidman to George Clooney, shared encouraging words for aspiring young creators whose organisations were collectively granted millions by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA).

More than $5.1 million in funds were given to over 70 nonprofit organisations during the “HFPA Philanthropy: Empowering the Next Generation” virtual event on Tuesday.

The event, formerly known as the Grants Banquet, celebrated some of the organisations with aspiring artists, filmmakers and storytellers.

“Self-expression is one of the most important ways we can connect and grow as human beings, particularly for young people,” said “Tenet” star John David Washington. “It is an instrumental part of how we view ourselves as we learn to navigate the world. For those in communities that have suffered from historic lack of representation, this is even more critical.”

Mary J. Blige, Millie Bobby Brown, Billie Eilish, Anna Kendrick, Method Man and others were among the entertainers who appeared to discuss the charities that benefit from HFPA grants. The organisation is known for putting on the Golden Globes.

Each celebrity presenter spoke for a couple minutes during the hour-long ceremony, which was hosted by James Corden. The ceremony also included a performance by Jennifer Hudson, who sang her soulful “Burden Down.”

Billy Porter’s advice to young creators was “honor your craft.” Meanwhile, Lin-Manuel Miranda suggested that aspiring filmmakers should “create what you think is missing.”

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Kidman acknowledged the importance of the HFPA program and organisation’s efforts saying “the next generation of talent in our industry are important now more than ever before.”

The program will showcase recent work in film, dance, music and spoken word by students of supported schools.

“The faces and creations we see showcased to you remind us that movies and arts will not only continue to help us survive, but will also offer comfort, hope and inspiration to a world that is striving to become more just, peaceful and inclusive,” said Meher Tatna, a chair board member of the HFPA.

Salma Hayek paid homage to the Las Fotos Project, a nonprofit organisation that inspires teenage girls through photography.

“Growing up in Mexico, I have fond memories of not only finding my own creative voice, but also being inspired by my parents who stressed the importance of philanthropy,” Hayek said. “What a pleasure to highlight these young Latinas who channel their creativity through the lens of the camera and become agents of change.”

The HFPA gave a social justice grant to the Urban Peace Institute. The donation of $300,000 was given to the organisation for its diligence in the field of community safety and systems reform to end violence and mass incarceration.

Tracee Ellis Ross presented the grant to UPI founder and civil rights leader Connie Rice.

“This is a profound and deep honor,” Rice said. “The driving vision behind the Urban Peace Institute is the foundational and – first of all – human rights safety.”

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The celebrity stars have aligned for a week, with four of the biggest names in the entertainment industry visiting Naples in the same week.

Can our sleepy seaside Southwest Florida town handle this?

Of course, because Naples has hosted many famous people through the years and they’ve popped up at restaurants taking selfies and posted them on social media.

Oprah Winfrey is scheduled to talk at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday during the Nov. 18-20 Global Financial Leadership Conference at The Ritz-Carlton beach resort, the last speaker at the annual gathering of investors from throughout the world.

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And later Tuesday night, a Hollywood and music power couple will address attendees in a private dinner titled, “From Hollywood to Honkytonk: An Evening with Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban.”

The gathering is expected to draw as many as 350 of the Chicago-based CME Group’s top clients from around the world. The cost to attend is $2,995.

To close out the week, Saturday, Nov. 23, Martha Stewart will serve as celebrity chef at the Paradise Coast Wine and Food Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cambier Park in downtown Naples. Southwest Florida chefs also will prepare food and attendees enjoy that as well as wine and other drinks at the event.

There’s a chance Oprah, Martha, Keith and Nicole will make their way to one of many renowned restaurants in town. If you’re able to take a selfie with them, email your photos to features@naplesnews.com and we will post on our social media.

Famous people for decades have flocked to Florida. Earlier this year, they showed up across the Sunshine State: Tom Cruise in Pensacola and Robert De Niro and George Clooney on the east coast, among others.

And it’s not the first time the country star Urban and the Academy Award-winner Kidman have visited Naples. Seven years ago, they were spotted at the Hollywood 20 theater in North Naples (now called Regal Naples 4DX & IMAX.

The couple was watching a “Spider-Man” movie over July Fourth.

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Nicole Kidman Had the Best Reaction to Keith Urban Calling Her a ‘Maniac in Bed’ in a Song

Nicole Kidman talked about Keith Urban’s sexy song “Gemini”, which happens … But even this exchange was enough to make the Oscar winner blush.

This A-list couple is keeping their marriage exciting. Nicole Kidman talked about Keith Urban’s sexy song “Gemini”, which happens to reveal a few intimate details about the couple’s sex life. The song was released last year and is featured on Urban’s album Graffiti U.

Kidman and Urban met at G’Day LA, an annual event meant to honor prominent Australians, in January 2005. On June 25, 2006, the couple married in an intimate ceremony at the St. Patrick’s Estate in Sydney. Since then, they’ve had two daughters, Sunday Rose, 11, and Faith Margaret, 8, via gestational surrogacy. Having been married well over a decade, the couple has always been candid about their relationship. But even this exchange was enough to make the Oscar winner blush.

In an interview with “Breakfast With the Stars With Kyle and Jackie O”, the Big Little Lies actress was very honest about allowing her husband free reign over his artistic work. “I don’t censor his art,” Kidman shared with the co-hosts. “If I can be a muse for it.” The response came after the hosts asked Kidman about a line in “Gemini”, which describes her as a “maniac in the bed, but a braniac in her head.”

“It is embarrassing,” The Hours actress shared. “But at the same time, yes it’s better than saying, ‘God, I’m so bored… Make an effort, Nicole.’” Kidman was, however, a bit caught off guard when host Kyle brought up another line from the song, “She’s waking to make love in the middle of the night.” “Shut up. You’re making that up,” Kidman retorted when the lyric was brought up. “I’m not answering that. That’s outrageous.”

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Urban credited his co-writer and fellow musician Julia Michaels for the lyric in question. “My first reaction was, ‘Oh, I don’t know if I’d say that.’ And she goes, ‘You pretty much just did,’” he recalled, referencing the making of “Gemini.” “Again, it’s really one of the things I love about the way she writes. It’s unfiltered. It’s pure. It’s truth. It was such a playful song, that in the context of that kind of song, which is super sexy to begin with, it just went together for me.”

After 13 years of marriage, we still love seeing Kidman and Urban dote on each other and keep their marriage fun and flirty.

Keith Urban to play London show

“The sound of words is a big thing to me – ‘Ripcord‘ was like that, ‘Fuse’ was like that. Fuse and Ripcord denoted a certain kind of energy in the word to …

Keith Urban has announced an intimate show in London ahead of his ‘GRAFFITI U’ tour.

The country music legend will perform at the O2 Forum Kentish Town in north London, on March 6, two days before he headlines C2C music festival at The O2 arena in the British capital as part of his tour in support of his latest studio album, which also comes out on March 8 in the UK.

The ‘Parallel Line’ hitmaker is currently in Australia and heads to Europe on March 3, where he will perform in Berlin, Germany.

After C2C, Keith – who is married to Hollywood star Nicole Kidman – will also play the Glasgow and Dublin dates of the festival, before returning to the US to complete his tour.

The ‘Somebody Like You’ hitmaker previously admitted the name for his tour and record was partly inspired by his own moniker.

He explained: “I was toying with the letter ‘U’.

“Obviously it’s the first letter of my last name, but I liked that when you say it, it’s also the word ‘You’. For me, that’s the listener, that’s the audience.

“The sound of words is a big thing to me – ‘Ripcord’ was like that, ‘Fuse’ was like that. Fuse and Ripcord denoted a certain kind of energy in the word to me.

“‘Graffiti’ to me felt very uninhibited, artistic, liberated expression. ‘Graffiti’ to me is a blank canvas and pure artistic expression upon that.”

Tickets for the O2 Forum Kentish Town show go on general sale at 9am on Friday (08.02.19) and will be available from: www.aegpresents.co.uk/events/detail/keith-urban

Sally Rooney’s Normal People to be adapted for BBC television

SALLY ROONEY’S UPCOMING book Normal People is set to be adapted for BBC television. Rooney will adapt the novel for the programme which is …

SALLY ROONEY’S UPCOMING book Normal People is set to be adapted for BBC television.

Rooney will adapt the novel for the programme which is set to be directed by Lenny Abrahamson and produced by Element Pictures.

Normal People follows the story of Marianne and Connell, two people from a small town in the west of Ireland from very different backgrounds who embark on an on-off romance.

The book is due to be released later this month and was recently longlisted for the 2018 Booker Prize. Rooney’s debut novel, Conversations with Friends, was released in May 2017.

Rooney said she’s “looking forward to the challenge of working in a new form, and of thinking about these characters and their lives in new ways”.

‘Beautifully crafted’

Abrahamson is best known for directing films such as the Oscar-winning Room. Element Pictures produced Room, as well as The Killing of a Sacred Deer and The Lobster.

Speaking about today’s announcement, he said: “Sally is a writer of the highest calibre and in Normal People she captures the ebb and flow of intimacy and desire with extraordinary skill”.

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, said Normal People is “a beautifully crafted story based on a journey of love and friendship”, adding:

It has been an absolute privilege to read Sally’s forthcoming novel ahead of publication and see how she has started to adapt this coming of age story for BBC Three.

Rooney won the 2017 Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Conversations with Friends was the Guardian, Observer, Daily Telegraph and Evening Standard’s Book of the Year last year.

Nicole Kidman to produce Cecelia Ahern adaptation

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In other news of Irish books being adapted for the screen, it has also been announced that there will be a television series adaptation of Cecelia Ahern’s short story collection Roar.

Nicole Kidman will produce alongside Per Saari, Bruna Papandrea and Theresa Park. The book will be published in November 2018 here and in April 2019 in the US. The series is being developed in partnership with Endeavour Content.

Roar is described as:

…a compilation of 30 insightful, moving and humorous short stories. Each story in the multifaceted collection features a woman exploring a different absurd contradiction or issue in her life – a sometimes comic, always moving look at the guilt, joys, humiliation and triumphs that define the modern woman’s experience, including the private moments when she feels the need to roar (I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar – Helen Reddy).

The executive producers and showrunners on the series are Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, the co-creators and showrunners of the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Netflix series Glow.

Ahern will serve as an executive producer. “I’m incredibly honoured to be working with this phenomenal team in bringing ROAR from the page to the screen,” said Ahern. “The women in this collection have lived and breathed with me for so very long, I’m excited to begin the next journey of amplifying their voices.”