Entertainment wRap: Golden Globes, Iranian 'Argo,' partying Obama
MANILA, Philippines - Here are Entertainment stories you might have missed from the week of January 14 to 19.
'Argo,' 'Les Mis,' and 'Homeland' win big at the Golden Globes
(The video embedded is of Jodie Foster’s acceptance speech. Video from YouTube, posted by NBC)
The Golden Globe Awards is one of the two biggest events in Hollywood’s award season, second to the Oscars (which will be held on February 24). Saturday Night Live veterans Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted the glamorous affair from which “Argo” emerged as the night’s big winner, scoring Best Director for Ben Affleck and the coveted Best Motion Picture award.
Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables” also emerged victorious with the Best Musical award, a Best Actor award for Hugh Jackman, and Best Supporting Actress award for Anne Hathaway.
“Homeland” won Best TV series with star Clare Danes bagging Best Actress in a TV Series.
See the complete list of winners here: 'Les Mis,' 'Argo,' 'Homeland' top Golden Globes winners
Among the awarding night’s highlights was former US President Bill Clinton’s surprise appearance when he introduced Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln,” nominee for Best Picture and Best Director.
Jodie Foster caused a stir when, during her acceptance speech after winning the Cecil B. De Mille Lifetime Achievement Award, she "came out."
Iranians to make their own version of 'Argo'
“Argo” may have swept the Golden Globes but Iranians are not happy with it.
To counter the Hollywood film, an Iranian film titled “Setad Moshtarak” is now in the works.
"The draft of the movie has been approved by (Iran's) art center and it awaits budget to start shooting," said Iranian actor and filmmaker Ataollah Salmanian.
The film seeks to set the record straight when it comes to the depiction of the American hostage drama during the 1979 Islamic revolution, which many Iranians say Affleck’s film “distorted.”
On November 4, 1979, Iranian Islamist students stormed the US embassy in Tehran and took American diplomats hostage for 444 days. In “Argo,” Ben Affleck plays a CIA agent who rescues 6 US diplomats from the Canadian ambassador’s house in Tehran.
"Argo" has been banned in Iran but Iranians all over the country have been able to acquire pirated copies. Iranian media dismissed the movie’s stellar showing at the Golden Globes calling the awarding a “political ceremony.”
How did Natalie Wood really die? A new report suggests a different account
On November 29, 1981, Natalie Wood accidentally drowned in Califonia waters after a night of drinking with her husband, Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken. The world would have been satisfied with this account had the police not released a re-evaluation report on January 14 saying it’s possible that the Hollywood icon did not enter the water willingly.
The drunk trio returned from a seaside restaurant to the couple’s boat “Splendour” where they continued to drink. The captain of the boat, Dennis Davern, realized Wood was missing from the boat around midnight.
In the new report, the Medical Examiner said some of the injuries found on her body did not necessarily come from an accident, such as falling from the boat or dinghy.
The report reads: "With the presence of fresh bruises in the upper extremities in the right forearm/left wrist area and a small scratch in the anterior neck, this Examiner is unable to exclude non-accidental mechanism causing these injuries.”
Mystery surrounds the death of the “West Side Story” and “Rebel Without a Cause” star, but this new report asks new questions.
According to Davern, Wagner and Wood had a big fight shortly before the actress went missing. He also claims that Wagner delayed a search that could have saved her.
Wagner’s camp says his family supports the police probe but warned against people “trying to profit from the 30 year anniversary of her tragic death."
Obama denies being unfriendly, says ‘I like a good party’
US President Barack Obama is getting a bad reputation for being aloof and unfriendly but he seemed pretty sure of himself when he responded, "With respect to this 'truism' about me not socializing enough and patting folks on the back and all that stuff, most people who know me know I'm a pretty friendly guy. And I like a good party.”
According to Obama, the friction between him and Republican politicians is due to politics and not personal antipathy.
The President even assured when members of Congress visit the White House for an annual picnic, "Michelle and I are very nice to them and we have a wonderful time."
Commentators say Obama falls short of the charisma and slick interpersonal political skills of past presidents like Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton.
But for Obama, the difficulties he experiences in negotiations boil down to “very stark differences in terms of policy.” - Rappler.com