PAGE SIX – Eight prominent Californians will be added to the state Hall of Fame to honor their contributions to art, science, literature and sports, the governor’s office announced Wednesday.
This year’s list includes Harrison Ford, author Isabel Allende, baseball superstar Tony Gwynn, artist Corita Kent, former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, journalist Maria Shriver, music entrepreneur Russ Solomon and actor and activist George Takei.
Gov. Jerry Brown and first lady Anne Gust Brown will induct the honorees at a Nov. 30 ceremony at the California Museum in Sacramento, where an exhibit featuring items loaned by the inductees will open Dec. 1.
The exhibit will include Allende’s Presidential Medal of Freedom for Literature awarded by President Barack Obama in 2014; Ford’s Indiana Jones costume from “Raiders of the Lost Ark;” and Takei’s Hikaru Sulu costume from “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.”
“I am a proud second-generation Californian, humbled to be honored by a state singular in its beauty, diversity and dynamism,” Takei said.
The California Hall of Fame was established in 2006 by the California Museum, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Shriver, then his wife. There are now 96 inductees.
SCV NEWS – Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. and First Lady Anne Gust Brown, along with the California Museum, announced the 10th class of inductees to the California Hall of Fame on Monday. The newest class of inspirational individuals will join 96 Californians previously inducted for exemplifying California’s spirit of innovation.
The 10th class of California Hall of Fame inductees comprises: acclaimed author Isabel Allende; film icon Harrison Ford; baseball legend Tony Gwynn; distinguished artist and social justice advocate Corita Kent; former U.S. Secretary of Defense and nuclear deterrence expert William J. Perry; groundbreaking journalist and former First Lady of California Maria Shriver; music business pioneer Russ Solomon and celebrated actor and activist George Takei.
“These individuals exemplify the unique and boundless creativity of California,” said Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. “Their work has enriched the lives of others and remains an inspiration to all Californians.”
Inductees, who will attend in person, and family members of posthumous inductees will receive the Spirit of California medal from the governor and First Lady in the official state ceremony on Wed., Nov. 30 at 7 p.m.at the California Museum, located at 1020 O Street in Sacramento. In addition to the ceremony, inductees will be commemorated with an exhibition of artifacts highlighting their lives and achievements, which opens to the public at 10:00 a.m. on Thurs., Dec. 1 at the California Museum.
“I’m deeply humbled and grateful to Governor Brown and Anne for inducting me into the Hall of Fame Class of 2016,” said inductee and former First Lady Maria Shriver. “When we created the Hall of Fame 10 years ago, I never dreamt I would be honored alongside so many people I’ve been awed by and admire. Like millions of others, I came to California to create my own life and fulfill my dreams. I hope that my course in life might inspire others, just as I’ve been inspired by California and those who have gone before me.”
“I am a proud second generation Californian, humbled to be honored by a state singular in its beauty, diversity and dynamism,” said inductee George Takei. “To be inducted to join the inspiring trail blazers in the arts, industry, academia, sports and political affairs is an honor beyond words. This is truly the Golden State.”
Inductees into the California Hall of Fame have made remarkable achievements in science, philanthropy, sports, business, entertainment, literature, technology, activism and politics.
“California is the land of dreamers and innovators, where anything is possible,” said Caroline Beteta, president and CEO of Visit California, the California Hall of Fame’s title sponsor. “This year’s inductees are diverse pioneers who embody the Golden State’s iconic lifestyle and culture of possibility, which inspires people from all over the world to visit.”
“The California Museum is honored to celebrate this 10th class of truly remarkable Californians,” said Richard Costigan III, Chair of the California Museum’s Board of Trustees. “We are also thankful to Visit California for their continued support of the California Hall of Fame, a celebration of the Golden State and those who achieve the California dream.”
Members of the public are invited to view the arrivals of inductees and ceremony attendees on Wed., Nov. 30from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in a public viewing area located in front of the Museum on the corner of 10th and O Streets. Immediately following the arrivals, a live webcast of the induction ceremony will be streamed on the Museum’s website at http://www.CaliforniaMuseum.org beginning at 7:00 p.m.
For more information, visit http://www.CaliforniaMuseum.org/California-Hall-Fame.
The title sponsor of the 10th annual California Hall of Fame is Visit California.
JH NEWS AND GUIDE – Harrison Ford, longtime part-time Jackson Hole resident, supporter of causes and friend of Chewbaca, has been named the latest recipient of a prestigious conservation award.
The actor will receive the Murie Spirit of Conservation Award, given periodically by the Murie Center, the center announced last week.
The Murie Center, which became a program of Teton Science Schools last October, said Ford has narrated many environmental documentaries, including the film “Arctic Dance,” which told the life story of Mardy Murie and her husband, Olaus. The pioneering conservationists lived much of their lives in Jackson and at an inholding in Grand Teton National Park that is now the Murie Center headquarters.
“Arctic Dance” was produced by Jackson Hole filmmakers Bonnie Kreps and Charlie Craighead, with Ford narrating.
Ford “has been key to both amplifying the legacy of the Muries as well as bringing mainstream attention to important global conservation issues for more than 25 years,” Science Schools vice president of advancement Patrick Daley said in release.
Ford also serves as vice chairman of Conservation International.
Mardy Murie is often called the “grandmother of American conservation” and her husband did important work studying elk and coyotes. The two campaigned for the creation of the Arctic National Wildlilfe Refuge in the 1950s, and after Olaus’ death in 1963 Mardy continued an effort that led to a doubling of the refuge’s acreage and protection of more than 104 million acres of other Alaskan wild lands.
Mardy Murie received the presidential Medal of Freedom from President Clinton. She died in 2003 at age 101.
The Murie family also included two other important wildlife biologists, Adolph and Louise, who besides being husband and wife were Olaus’s half-brother and Mardy’s half-sister.
Previous recipients of the Murie Award have been Addie Donnan, one of the founders of the Murie Center; Drs. George Schaller and Robert Krear, field biologists and conservationists who traveled with the Muries on the 1956 Sheenjek Expedition that led to creation of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; Gretchen Long, a founder of the Murie Center and now a board member of the National Park Advisory Board; Luther Propst, founder of the Sonoran Institute, a leader in sustainable water, land use and community development work; and Jackson Hole native John Turner, a former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and assistant secretary of state of oceans and international environmental and scientific affairs.
Since becoming part of Teton Science Schools the Murie Center has continued “to bring people together to inspire actions that preserve nature,” Daley said.
Teton Science Schools began in 1967 to offer outdoor education. Besides the Murie Center in Moose, the school has a 900-acre Jackson campus for its pre-K through 12th grade Journeys School and maintains a graduate program near Kelly in Grand Teton National Park.
Congrats to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens cast!
MTV – Star Wars: The Force Awakens leads the pack with a whopping 11 MTV Movie Awards nominations, including noms in key categories like Movie of the Year, Best Female Performance (Daisy Ridley), Best Villain (Adam Driver) and Breakthrough Performance (Ridley and co-star John Boyega). Meanwhile, Deadpool scored eight nominations, including five for the Merc With a Mouth himself, Ryan Reynolds. (Here’s hoping he and co-star Morena Baccarin will re-enact their nominated “Best Kiss” on the Movie Awards stage.)
But that’s not all: starting today, fans can cast their votes for their favorites at MovieAwards.MTV.com, through Sunday, March 20. Fans will also be allowed to vote for the coveted “Movie of the Year” directly on Google — just Google “MTV Vote” and make your pick. Seriously, voting has never been easier.
HERE’S EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2016 MTV MOVIE AWARDS
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart, both 2016 Movie Awards nominees themselves, will host this year’s ceremony, which air on April 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The show, which marks its 25th anniversary, will be held outdoors at the famed Warner Bros. Studios.
Without further ado, here are your nominees for the 2016 MTV Movie Awards. Be sure to tune to find out who will take home the Golden Popcorn!
Movie of the Year
–Avengers: Age of Ultron
–Star Wars: The Force Awakens
–Straight Outta Compton
–Avengers: Age of Ultron
–Pitch Perfect 2
–Star Wars: The Force Awakens
–The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2
VARIETY – “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” leads this year’s Saturn Awards nominations with 15. Its next closest competitors, “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Crimson Peak,” are far behind with nine noms each.
Box office smash “Jurassic World” followed with seven nominations. The Marvel films “Ant-Man” and “Avengers: Age of Ultron” were up next, bringing in six and four nominations, respectively.
On the TV side, AMC stalwart “The Walking Dead” shambled off with seven nominations, while HBO’s “Game of Thrones” netted five. There was a four-way tie among “Daredevil,” “Hannibal,” “Supergirl” and “Wayward Pines,” each with four nominations.
The Saturn Awards — now in their 42nd year — are presented annually to films and television series by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.
The award show is known for its eclectic groupings of films in unique categories. In the best action/adventure film category, Oscar favorite “The Revenant” will compete against Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation” and the Melissa McCarthy comedy “Spy.” Meanwhile, “Kingsman: The Secret Service” leading man Taron Egerton will square off against Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio for best actor.
This year’s Saturn Awards are adding a new category: best new-media television. The nominees include Netflix’s “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones” and “Sense8”; Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle” and “Bosch”; and PlayStation/Crackle’s “Powers.”
The award ceremony will take place in June in Burbank.
E! ONLINE – Say what?!?!
Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, directors Guillermo Del Toro and Ang Lee and actor John Krasinski announced the nominations for the 2016 Oscars Thursday morning, and while justice was served for some, others were completely snubbed. In additions to the snubs there were also plenty of surprises that caught us off guard, so this year’s Oscars will probably be full of even more shocking moments (with the help of host Chris Rock, of course).
Let’s talk about how “See You Again,” the song from Furious 7 performed by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth, didn’t earn a nomination for Best Song. That’s right, Paul Walker’s tribute didn’t get a nod. Instead, “Earned It” by The Weekend from Fifty Shades of Grey made the cut as well as Golden Globe-winning “Writing’s on the Wall” by Sam Smith from Spectre, which sort of went without saying. But “Earned It” over “See You Again”?! We’d understand “Love Me Like You Do,” but “Earned It” seems a little out of left field. Continuing in the song category, we’re still surprised about Lady Gaga. Yes, it was awesome to watch her win the Golden Globe, but it’s still slightly jaw-dropping how she can go from slightly out there performer to a potential EGOT winner in a year.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – ‘Force Awakens’ director J.J. Abrams hints Harrison Ford deserves Oscar love
J.J. Abrams is hopeful some of the people who made Star Wars: The Force Awakens will receive Oscar nominations next week.
And while he wouldn’t name anybody in particular, the director seemed to suggest that a certain scruffy looking nerf herder, who’s now the biggest U.S. box office star in history, deserved some Academy love.
“There are certain people who I know deserve it desperately,” Abrams said when asked about awards while promoting his new Hulu time-travel miniseries 11.22.63 (first trailer here) at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Pasadena on Saturday. “And it would be wonderful if they got it. I feel like the gift of working on that film is such that I don’t need any further validation than the movie being out there and people liking the movie. There are people who I will be disappointed if they don’t get nominated, because I think the work they did was really exemplary.”
Pressed to name somebody specific, Abrams declined. “No, because if I mention eight people, the ninth person would be like, ‘Thanks!’” he said jokingly.
Abrams then added: “Honestly, it feels very obvious to me who deserves that kind of recognition. They might not even care.”
Hmm, which Force Awakens star would be the type of person who wouldn’t care about some big fancy awards show?
“I feel like I saw how hard some of these artists worked and I feel like they’re deserving,” Abrams said. “[Even if] they probably don’t.”
It’s true. All of it.