Oscars org adds Marlee Matlin, Jason Reitman to board
Oscars-Board of Governers Marlee Matlin appears at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif., on March 27, 2022, left, and director Jason Reitman appears at the premiere of "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" in New York on Nov. 15, 2021. Matlin, Reitman and producer Jason Blum are joining the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. (AP Photo) (Uncredited)Actor Marlee Matlin, director Jason Reitman and producer Jason Blum are joining the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The academy, and the board, have been under more scrutiny than usual following the incident in which Will Smith slapped Chris Rock during the Oscars ceremony earlier this year. Several days later, the board banned Smith from attending the Oscars or any other academy event for 10 years.wftv.com
Marlee Matlin, George Takei mourn Gilbert Gottfried
NEW YORK — (AP) — Reactions to the death of comedian Gilbert Gottfried:"I am so sad to read about the passing of Gilbert Gottfried. — Oscar winning actor Marlee Matlin, on Twitter. "Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh so hard that day on set, I could barely do my job. "Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh at times when laughter did not come easily. “Sad to hear of the passing of the groundbreaking and legendary Gilbert Gottfried.wftv.com
Oscars live: ‘CODA’ wins best adapted screenplay
His “CODA” co-star Marlee Matlin was the first when she won best actress for “Children of a Lesser God” in 1987. His “CODA” co-star Marlee Matlin was the first when she won best actress for “Children of a Lesser God” in 1987. He thanked his dad, paralyzed in a car accident: “You are my hero.”___6:10 p.m.“Encanto” has won the Oscar for best animated feature. The producer of the Academy Awards says Sunday’s show will strike a balance between being upbeat and fun, while also acknowledging the war in Ukraine. The telecast for the 94th Academy Awards will begin, as usual, at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.wftv.com
'CODA' to be adapted to the stage by Deaf West Theatre
Awards Season 2022 This image released by Apple TV+ shows Troy Kotsur, left, and Marlee Matlin in a scene from "CODA." (Apple TV+ via AP) (Uncredited)NEW YORK — (AP) — “CODA," the Oscar-nominated film about a singing teenage daughter in a deaf family, is being developed as a stage musical by the Los Angeles-based Deaf West Theatre. Sian Heder's “CODA,” which was acquired for $25 million by Apple TV+ after its Sundance Film Festival debut, was adapted from a 2014 French film. Several previous Deaf West musical productions, including “Big River” and “Spring Awakening," have made it to Broadway. Kotsur, in particular, has been a mainstay on Deaf West stages.wftv.com
Yet Another Ex of William Hurt Says He Beat Her for Years
Frederick M. Brown/GettyThis story contains descriptions of domestic violence and rape.The death of actor William Hurt resurfaced allegations by ex-partners Marlee Matlin and Sandra Jennings that he was physically abusive to the women in his life.Now another former lover is talking about her experience of allegedly being battered by the Oscar winner, whose career was unscathed by the stories of cruel violence.In an essay for Variety, writer and domestic-violence activist Donna Kaz relives how henews.yahoo.com
'CODA' takes top honors at SAG Awards, Will Smith wins
Kotsur won best supporting actor Sunday, becoming the first deaf actor win an individual SAG award. Lee Jung-jae won best male actor in a drama series and Jung Ho-yeon won best female actor in a drama series. The SAG Awards are considered one of the most reliable predictors of the Academy Awards — actors make up the largest percentage of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. The SAG Awards, which will be available to stream Monday on HBO Max, are presented by the Hollywood actors guild SAG-AFTRA. While the Academy Awards aren't mandating vaccination for presenters (just attendees), it was required for the SAG Awards, which are voted on by the Hollywood actors’ guild SAG-AFTRA.wftv.com
Deaf musicians part of Super Bowl halftime show for 1st time
Snipe and Forbes, who are deaf, will perform at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday. (Roy Cox Studio, left, via AP) (Uncredited)The Super Bowl will include a spectacular halftime show, as usual, with some of the biggest names in hip-hop entertaining the masses while championship-contending teams take a break. “The opportunity to be here at the Super Bowl is just unreal," Forbes said from Los Angeles in an interview with The Associated Press this week. “To be here, to represent the deaf community, and to really put ASL on the map." We need that.”Matlin has also been a part of three Super Bowl pregame performances.wftv.com
'CODA': A landmark crowd-pleaser for a year light on crowds
“CODA,” which arrives Friday in theaters and on Apple TV+, is poised to be something that’s been hard to find in a year light on crowds: a bona fide, heart-bursting, tell-everyone-about-it crowd-pleaser. A landmark film in on-screen representation, “CODA” proves — with spirit and, yes, laughs — how much the movies have been missing. They don’t know that we can work just as easily as anyone else,” says Matlin with an interpreter. That meant shipping the cast out on fishing trips, but mostly it meant doing a lot of listening to the deaf community. “I feel like my life has been enriched through my exposure to this community," Heder adds.wftv.com
One Good Thing: Special Olympian spreads message of love
(Gary Schottle via AP)Gary Schottle arrived in time to see the other kids in line hitting and jumping on his young son. Special Olympics changed everything. Special Olympics has since branched out to more than 170 countries, empowering more than 5 million athletes who had often been cast aside. In 20 years of Special Olympics competition, Tank's confidence has soared, his leadership spreading across playing fields, the Houston area and beyond. Once one of the bullied, he has become a living embodiment of the Special Olympics message.
Sundance Film Festival unveils slate for 1st virtual edition
This image released by Sundance Institute shows a scene from "In The Same Breath," which will debut at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. (Sundance Film Festival via AP)Sundance Institute programs. Organizers on Tuesday unveiled a robust and diverse slate for the festival, which will be largely virtual due to the pandemic. Yutani said that the Sesame Street documentary, “Street Gang: How We Got To Sesame Street” is likely to be a crowd favorite. “We all are so excited about the possibility of encountering people who’ve never been to the festival," Jackson said.
'Empire' star Taraji P. Henson hailed for mental health work
“Empire” star Taraji P. Henson has enjoyed wealth, celebrity, a Golden Globe win and an Academy Award nomination. “It’s OK to not be OK," Henson, the latest recipient of the Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion, told The Associated Press via email. In 2018, the Washington, D.C., native started the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation to stop those with mental illness from being stigmatized — especially Blacks, who she says are less likely to seek treatment. This year, with the coronavirus pandemic complicating people's mental health struggles, Henson's foundation has been helping African Americans — who've been disproportionately affected by COVID-19 — access free online therapy. “We need more people like Taraji to continue to eliminate the stigma around mental health across all our communities in America.”___Follow AP New England editor Bill Kole on Twitter at http://twitter.com/billkole.