Dennis Farina, (“Snatch,”) (“Midnight Rider”)
Ruth Duccini (one of the last surviving “Wizard of Oz” Munchkins)
Bryan Forbes (“Seance on a Wet Afternoon,” “The Stepford Wives”)
Antonia Bird (“Ravenous”)
Juan Jose Bigas Luna (“Jamon, Jamon”)
Alain Resnais (The French director of “Hiroshima,” “Mon Amour”)
Harvey Bernhard (“The Omen”)
James Jacks (“The Mummy”)
Mike Grey (an Oscar-nominee for “The China Syndrome”)
Vincenzo Cerami (Oscar-nominee for “Life is Beautiful”)
Tom Clancy (whose numerous bestselling novels inspired numerous blockbuster movies)
William T. Cartwright (“Four Days in November”)
Two-time Oscar-nominee Frank E. Morriss (“Romancing the Stone,” “Blue Thunder”)
Ha Nguyen (“The Mask”)
A group of French firefighters is being reprimanded by their bosses for soiling the dignity of their professions after posting a shirtless lip-synch video to YouTube as a birthday present to a colleague, The Local reports:
The publicly posted video shows the bare-chested guys in their firefighting gear, but also working out and as well as in the shower, while they lip synch to Carly Rae Jepsen’s ubiquitous 2012 hit ‘Call Me Maybe.’
The short clip, which carries the written message “Happy birthday Naninanounax!, This was made on the occasion of a birthday, and was an attempt to make fun of ourselves. It is not meant to be taken seriously.”
“We don’t necessarily want to put off a funny image of ourselves. It’s not in our best interest,” an unnamed source from management told France TV. “On top of it, they are at the fire station, using department equipment. It’s not appropriate.”
Awful film, awful speech.
Matthew McConaughey is drawing criticism for his Best Actor acceptance speech for Dallas Buyers Club, in which he played Ron Woodroof, a straight Dallas electrician and real-life AIDS patient who organized a buying club for hard-to-find pharmaceuticals in the mid-80s.
McConaughey’s speech, unlike his co-star Jared Leto’s, failed to make any mention of people living with HIV/AIDS but thanked God and, himself.
Watch the speech and read a transcript, AFTER THE JUMP…
Writes Daniel D’Addario at Salon:
McConaughey ended his speech with catchphrases from “Dazed and Confused.” But he wasn’t, strictly speaking, accepting an Oscar for that ’90s cult classic; he was accepting an Oscar for a movie about a destructive and awful disease. There are no hard-and-fast rules here, but an actor portraying a character caught up in a historical tragedy ought perhaps to acknowledge the tragedy was real — if only to note that his performance was given additional gravitas by real-life circumstances. In McConaughey’s mind, surely, “Dallas Buyers Club” is potent and sad simply because of the quality of his own performance. But then, this is a fellow who thinks his lines from a 20-year-old movie deserve to be iconic; his perspective may be skewed.
Adds David Badash at The New Civil Rights Movement:
McConaughey certainly honored his family, and God, but the manner in which he did ended up feeling like he merely was pushing pseudo-science and patting himself on the back…While I may not be a person of faith, I’d like to believe that Jesus, were he in McConaughey’s shoes last night, would have mentioned the “36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS,” and all those who need our help and attention.
Tweeted NYC City Councilman Corey Johnson:
Matthew Mc -no mention of people living with HIV/AIDS? No mention of ACTUP/activism? A nonsensical egotrip. Disappointing to say the least.