Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mariska to appear at the Nantucket Film Festival

More celebrities have been added to the line-up for the Nantucket Film Festival, which will take place June 21-26. Actor/writer/director/producer Ben Stiller (“Tropic Thunder,” “Meet the Parents”) was announced this week as the host of the 2017 Screenwriters Tribute on June 23, with awards going to Tom McCarthy (writer/director of “Spotlight”) and documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield.
Stiller, a regular at the festival, is also presenting the annual Comedy Round Table featuring Whitney Cummings (“2 Broke Girls”) and Kristen Schaal (“The Last Man on Earth”), and hosted by Pete Holmes (“Crashing”).
Mariska Hargitay (“Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”) will attend the festival with her film “I Am Evidence,” which investigates the backlog of untested evidence kits that have affected the cases of sexual assault survivors.
New events announced include readings of selections from the Screenwriters Colony: Episodic Comedy program, and the return June 20 of the pre-festival kick-off Silent Film/Live Music Event, featuring “The Freshman” from 1925, with a live score composed and performed by the Berklee School of Music in Boston; and a Shorts Program addition of “Teen View Showcase,” which will feature short films created by Nantucket High School students who have participated in the festival’s year-round filmmaking labs.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mariska on Ellen!

Set those DVR's! Mariska will be on Ellen Monday May 15th. Check your local listings for time and channel!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Paley Center Honors to Celebrate Women in Media

From Variety:

The Paley Center for Media will focus on the achievements of women in media at its spring Paley Center Honors gala in New York. The May 17 event will include a tribute to Carol Burnett.
Among the notables set to take part in the evening at Cipriani Wall Street are Lauren Graham, Dorothy Hamill, Mariska Hargitay, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Julianna Margulies, Chrissy Metz, Tracee Ellis Ross, María Elena Salinas, and Paula Zahn.
Actress Marlo Thomas, known for her 1960s sitcom “That Girl” and the groundbreaking 1970s special “Free to Be … You and Me,” will kick off the evening with opening remarks.
“What’s so compelling about women’s roles on television is that they have reflected — and often instigated — the seismic changes that have taken place in our culture for the last half century. In the early days of TV, women were supposed to be perfect — innocent and chaste, cooperative and never angry, an ideal wife and supermom,” Thomas said. “It took warriors to break through and depict women in all their complex, imperfect splendor — over-worked and loving, accomplished and insecure while never losing sight of entertaining us — to make us laugh or cry or think. It’s been quite a journey.”
Carol Burnett has been a mainstay on TV since the 1960s, and she’s back in the hunt this year with a comedy pilot that has strong buzz at ABC.
“I will always be grateful for the opportunity to be on television as long as I have. It is a wonderful and powerful medium that, when done well, can impact millions of lives in a positive way,” Burnett said. “It’s very exciting to take part in this special evening with these amazing women.”
The thematic focus on women in media follows Paley Center Honors events in 2015 and 2016 examining the history of African-Americans and Hispanics in television.
“The Paley Center is so proud to bring together this incredible gathering of women for what promises to be a one-in-a-lifetime event.” said Paley Center president-CEO Maureen Reidy.

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