Hollywood Tonys party with Tommy Tune celebrates leading ladies
After a few messy years, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association – which runs the Golden Globe awards – is facing a crucial election. At a time when the organization is beset by grumbling by members and studios who pamper the 80-odd journalists who make up the HFPA, that membership will go to the polls late Monday afternoon to elect a new president. The election will end the reign of Aida Takla-O’Reilly. Members will choose between Dutch photographer Theo Kingma and Russian journalist Ali Sar. As is HFPA custom, Takla-O’Reilly will remain involved as chairman of the board of directors – and there’s no telling if the policies that have embroiled the group in lawsuits and made them the subject of derision within the film industry will continue.
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Tale of a Champion was acquired last summer and sent to Mulhall from Florida. In his final start at Calder, Tale of a Champion won the Bob Umphrey Turf Sprint over five furlongs on turf. He raced at distances ranging from about 6 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles on turf in his first eight starts in California, with his only win coming in the March Madness Starter Handicap over 1 1/8 miles for former claimers at Santa Anita.
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Hollywood-China Love Affair On The Red Carpet At Chengdu Forum
Dressed in his signature red suit, nine-time Tony Award-winner Tommy Tune sang, danced and hosted the shindig, which honored Broadway’s leading ladies. They included Marissa Jaret Winokur of “Hairspray”; gymnast Cathy Rigby of “Peter Pan”; Nancy Dussault of “The Sound of Music”; June Lockhart, a 1948 Tony winner for “For Love or Money”; Charlotte Rae of “Li’l Abner”; and Millicent Martin of “The Boy Friend.” Tonys 2013: Red carpet arrivals | Show highlights | Winners & Top nominees | Best & Worst moments | Full Coverage Tune also gave a special salute to Anne Jeffreys , whom he called the “ghostess with the mostest,” referencing her role in the classic 1950s series “Topper.” The elegant actress turned 90 in January. In a feat of impeccable timing, the tributes and live entertainment in Hollywood took place before, after and in between the television segments, in other words, during the time allotted for commercials. “It’s like bringing the Titanic into a berth for a speedboat,” said David Rambo, the show’s writer and producer.
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Hollywood Park: Tale of a Champion to keep going long
But what’s most interesting is Time Warner’s choice of partner, a company called China Media Capital (CMC). CMC itself is a joint venture between the well-connected Shanghai Media Group (SMG), China’s second largest media company and a far more nimble player than the stodgy industry leader CCTV. CMC is rapidly emerging as the partner of choice for foreign media companies in China. DreamWorks Animation chose CMC as partner for its Oriental DreamWorks joint venture animation studio last year, and CMC is also the majority owner of News Corp’s (Nasdaq: NWSA) former China TV assets.
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