Hollywood super star Ann-Margret received a Lifetime Achievement Award at The Family Film Awards hosted by Dean Cain. Emmy winner Julianne Hough presented the award and honored her idol with a special dance tribute. West Side Story Oscar Winner George Chakiris presented The Founder's Award to the Hollywood Museum's beloved Donelle Dadigan,
Back to the Future creator Bob Gale received a special award from Claudia Wells and the
Brady Bunch kids were also given a special salute. The Family Film awards produced by Roger Neal will air on REELZ April 22nd 8-10pm and 10-12 pm Eastern and 5-7 pm and 7-9 pm Pacific. The awards were created by Olympia Gellini. This year's show followed strict covid guidelines.
Hollywood resident, film producer and celebrity photographer Clinton H. Wallace is busy readying the 2021 Cote D'Azur Web Fest Cannes, which will be held online again this July and not in France because of the pandemic. Classic Hollywood Movie and TV actress Kathleen Hughes was the happy recipient of their first Lifetime Achievement Award. The Hollywood native has lived within the same 3 mile radius in Hollywood her entire life! She was interviewed for The Hollywood Moment by BJ Korros and Wallace. "This year we will premiere our first original film, "Inkaba," shot in South Africa by our award winning alumni Sipho Nuse, a film student based in Capetown, South Africa. I was honored to executive produce this amazing film". Visit
www.cotedazurwebfest.com streaming channel for a free 7 day trial.
Kathleen Hughes. Photo by Harrison Held.
Incidentally, Kathleen Hughes' daughter-in-law Deborah Calla produces the much lauded Media Access Awards first created by Norman Lear, and celebrates accurate portrayal and employment of people with disabilities in all media. This year's online show, co-produced by Easter Seals, was hosted by Nyle DiMarco with special appearances from Jimmy Kimmel, Selma Blair, Whoopi Goldberg, Jane Lynch and Howie Mandel, and was a big success. Hollywood producer/teacher and advocate David S. Zimmerman says "The Media Access Awards is an important and marvelous love fest to celebrate inclusive creative work coming together in a single event every year. It has happened for over 40 years now thanks to Deborah Calla and producing partner Allen Rucker for saving it from disappearing. It is a bright light that gets brighter every year and makes the entertainment business take notice".
Godzilla vs Kong, courtesy of Warner Bros
I am looking forward to seeing the new Warner Bros film Godzilla vs Kong directed by Adam Wingard at one of my favorite Hollywood theatre venues - the classy newly reopened Cinelounge owned by the hard working and friendly Christian Meoli, located at 6464 Sunset Boulevard. It will also be playing til mid April at his Arena Cinelounge Drive-In located at 1625 N. Las Palmas Avenue. Check
www.arenascreen.com for the schedule and enjoy their delicious non-gmo, vegan, dairy-free and nut-free gourmet popcorn. Other fun Hollywood spots for drive-ins are The Hollywood Legion Theatre @ Post 43, located at 2035 N. Highland Avenue
www.legiontheater.com, and The Hollywood Roosevelt located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard - check
www.thehollywoodroosevelt.com for listings. Hollywood historian and author Alan K. Rode recently introduced the Retroformat Silent Films in Los Angeles with a drive-in screening of
The Maltese Falcon (1941) at The Hollywood Legion. His book,
Michael Curtiz: A Life in Film, is a must read for Classic Hollywood film lovers as well as George Chakiris's memoir,
My West Side Story, which is now available on Amazon. Ruta Lee's upcoming book,
Consider Your Ass Kissed, is getting a lot of buzz too.
Something else to look forward to... Cocktails with Bill Devlin, hosted by Fritz Coleman, with special guests Kevin Nealon, Jamie Kennedy, Dave Carter and Bill Devlin will be held on April 10th in the parking lot at the Irish Import Shop, located at 742 Vine Street, from 8 - 10 pm. Surprise guests TBA. Chairs will be 6 feet apart in socially distanced groups. The Irish Import Shop will be open to browse before and after the show and a donation to the Irish Clan will get you a beverage. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Charity Hope's Nest which serves inner city children. Tickets are $15 to $20. Visit https://april10billdevlinjamiekennedy.eventbrite.com for more information.