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Oscars® Announce Next Producer and Director

ONNA GIGLIOTTI TO PRODUCE THE 91ST OSCARS®
GLENN WEISS TO CO-PRODUCE AND DIRECT THE OSCARS

Oscar®-winning producer Donna Gigliotti will produce the 91st Oscars®, and Emmy®-winning director Glenn Weiss will co-produce and direct the show, Academy President John Bailey announced today. The Oscars will air live on the ABC Television Network and broadcast outlets worldwide on Sunday, February 24, 2019.

“Donna and Glenn will infuse new energy and vision into this 91st awards presentation, and we are excited about a broad-based creative relationship with these two artists,” said Bailey.

“I’m grateful to the Academy and ABC for entrusting me with this very special opportunity,” said Gigliotti. “I’m sure it will prove to be a humbling, exhilarating and completely unique experience. Thankfully, I will have Glenn Weiss by my side every step of the way!”

“I’m so looking forward to being back to help celebrate and honor the film industry and all the talented people behind this year’s movies,” said Weiss. “And I am ‘co-excited’ to be co-producing this year’s show with Donna Gigliotti!”

“We’re thrilled to work with someone as passionate about the Academy as Donna Gigliotti—an Oscar winner and multiple nominee. She and (the now famous) Glenn Weiss are committed to making the most of the innovations we’ve embraced for our 91st Oscars,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.

“Donna Gigliotti has worked on some of the most celebrated films of our time and is uniquely qualified to bring her talent to the most anticipated awards show of the year,” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. “And, thanks to Glenn Weiss, we just experienced the most talked-about moment at the Emmys with his heartfelt onstage wedding proposal. We can’t wait to see how they top that at The Oscars.”

Gigliotti won a Best Picture Oscar for “Shakespeare in Love” and earned nominations for “Hidden Figures,” “Silver Linings Playbook” and “The Reader.” Her other producing credits include such features as “The Fundamentals of Caring,” “Beasts of No Nation,” “Two Lovers,” “The Good Night” and “Emma.” The films she has produced and overseen have earned a total of 43 Oscar nominations.
Returning to direct his fourth consecutive Oscars, Weiss has won 14 Primetime Emmy Awards, including one earlier this year for the 90th Oscars. He has directed and produced numerous televised events, including 18 Tony Awards® shows. His other directing credits include “The Kennedy Center Honors,” “Billboard Music Awards,” “BET Awards,” “Peter Pan Live!,” “Dick Clark’s Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest,” “Primetime Emmy Awards,” “Live from Lincoln Center,” “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular,” “Garth Brooks, Live from Las Vegas” and the “American Music Awards.”

The 91st Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 24, 2019, at the Dolby® Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

ABOUT THE ACADEMY

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 9,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.

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Tracy Reiner: President of The Hollywood Women’s Club

 

Tracy Reiner, Photo Credit: Eugene Pinkowski, 2013, all world rights reserved, with kind courtesy of Ms. Reiner.

I am speaking here today with the legendary Tracy Reiner; writer, producer, actress, and member of one of the most lauded families in Hollywood. Daughter of the iconic producer and actress Penny Marshall (actress from “Laverne and Shirley” fame, and the first major female film director of our time; “A League of Their Own,” “Big,” etc.), stepdaughter of the iconic writer, producer, director, and political activist Rob Reiner (creator of the masterful “Stand By Me,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “The Princess Bride,” etc.),  niece of the iconic writer, producer, director Gary Marshall (creator of “Happy Days,” “The Lucy Show,” “Laverne and Shirley,” “Mork & Mindy,” and “Pretty Woman” among more; Rob Reiner sadly passed on two years ago in 2016).

Tracy Reiner is a talent in her own right, having appeared in over fifty film and television shows including “Valentine’s Day,” “The Princess Diaries,” “The Princess Diaries 2-Royal Engagement,” “Riding in Cars with Boys,” “Apollo 13,” “Pretty Woman,” “Frankie and Johnny,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “Beaches,” “Die Hard,” “Big,” “The Sure Thing,” “The Flamingo Kid,” and her most known role in the T.V. show and film of “A League of Their Own” as Betty (Spaghetti) Horn among many more. If there was ever Hollywood royalty, Tracy Reiner would be it.

But Tracy Reiner the gifted actress is not even half as fascinating to me as Tracy Reiner the human being. If her family broke records (and they did), Tracy Reiner broke molds and shattered stereotypes. Fiercely confident, fast (I never think about calling her unless I am one hundred percent alert or I will be l-o-s-t), fascinating (she has some of the best Hollywood stories ever), and brilliant, this incredible woman is not merely a kid raised by the Hollywood greats, she is greatness in her own right.  Her knowledge about Hollywood, politics, religion, and things often hidden are quite mind-blowing. Talking with Tracy Reiner is not merely a conversation, it is an experience. She is a quite rare, amazing human being, and it is an honor to bring you here my interview with this extraordinary woman, who was recently elected as President of the historic Hollywood Woman’s Club.

Listen to the latest, Part 1 of the exclusive interview with Tracy Reiner from The Hollywood Sentinel, here below:

Listen to Part 2 of the exclusive interview with Tracy Reiner, here:

Read our 2011 interview with Tracy Reiner, updated with exclusive new content from Tracy in 2018, here below:

An Exclusive Interview with Tracy Reiner

The Hollywood Sentinel: Tracy, you obviously were born in to the entertainment industry. Can you take us back to the beginning please and tell us where you started out?

Tracy Reiner: I started out in a house in New Mexico, not born in to show business, but born in to government and technology. My family in New Mexico all worked at the government facilities; Los Alamos, Sandia National Labs, Kurtland Air Force Base… so I came here (to Los Angeles) when I was eight, right when my Mom (Penny Marshall) and Rob (Reiner) were becoming very successful because my Dad thought it might be a better set up for school, he thought I might have more possibilities here.  My parents had me when they were nineteen–so there was a time where my grandparents had custody of me–so before I moved to Los Angeles I spent time between New York and New Mexico with each set of grandparents. I did advertising and dancing school in New York, and the labs in New Mexico.

One grandmother was the dancing school teacher for the Junior Rockettes (the famous dance troupe of showgirls), until she separated and did her own– The Marshallettes, and so she and my mother and my aunt and all the other neighborhood mothers were recruited to dancing school and costumes. And my grandmother (on mothers’ side) had a photographic memory, so she would go to Broadway plays and she would memorize music, and she would come back and play it on the piano, and she would teach everyone to dance.

The other grandmother worked and lived at the labs. Their badges all say “resident.” My dads report cards were from the school on site. His mom did contracting and also worked in the officers lounge at night at the bases. One called the Coronado Room at Sandia. It’s all “shh”and, “what do you mean?”  So I don’t ask.

And so by the time I came here (to Los Angeles), I was terrified of all these big personalities! When I started out in New Mexico, everybody was very reserved, very private, very Jehovah’s Witness there, and there were no holidays, they were just very, very, very strict! Not in a bad way strict, just completely different than coming here (to L.A.) in 1974 and your parents are like the biggest cartoons on television at the time with Laverne and Shirley… and All In the Family…

Hollywood Sentinel: (laughs)

Tracy Reiner: And everything was so huge, that everything was a party! And the times that I would visit here was always a holiday, so it was just a dreamland to me. There was a lot more television shows (in L.A.), and my Mom was sort of a junk-food freak and she would get like fritos and sodas for breakfast and I would always go home completely sick, but I thought it was the greatest time here, so when I finally moved here, there was a whole new world here that I was never asked to participate in. Like, I didn’t know the personality rules that were going to show up.

I remember going to the Reiner’s house, and they happened to have the Landau’s and Brooks over, Mel Brooks (actor, singer, comic legend) and Martin Landau (Oscar winning actor who was good friends with James Dean) and (his wife) Barbara Bain (fashion model, dancer, actress – Mission Impossible) and all their kids, and I had never seen charades. And I think they knew that I had never seen charades. So if you can imagine these giant bravado personalities playing this very comfortable family game of charades and I had no idea what they were doing, and I was mortified… terrified it was so scary! But they all laughed over the years, because I didn’t know what ‘Jewish’ was (as a little girl), I didn’t know so many things, and they watched me assimilate. And I am sort of a good example of how someone can learn to do things. Some of it is really coaching, and this game prepared me for things really.

Hollywood Sentinel: That’s great.

ON ACTING

Tracy Reiner:  Because my next field is entertainment, it’s not advertised, like casting directors- there aren’t jobs listed (for them much) really- it’s a word of mouth thing, you have to learn, there’s no real training, you can sort of think you are going to learn at school and acting classes and that, but they don’t tell you that (in Hollywood), ninety nine percent of your performance is based on your behavior and your comfort level.

And they tell you that it’s an art form- and it is in a way- but what it comes down to is your ability to be comfortable in a room full of people and talk.

So for me it was a big overall lesson. I had to learn how to talk with them for real, and then I could learn how to talk with simulated text in a theatre sense. So being big and bravado isn’t always an innate thing. I was shy.  When I was thirteen, I didn’t talk.

Hollywood Sentinel: No way!

Tracy Reiner: Yeah,  I think it drove my mom nuts. I cried a lot. So Every acting class helped.  Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, Viola Spolin,  The Groundlings– my poor Mom! She was young and wanted to be relevant with all these cool people, and I was really clingy… so for me it was all big life lessons.  I wasn’t here to have a business relationship with any of the people. I know I was here to live and grow up maybe know people personally, but I was just growing up . Even if John Belushi was the one saying how was school in Jr High, he was really asking,  and we were really eating dinner.

The Hollywood Sentinel: Wow.  When you were going to school, did you go to a private school?

Tracy Reiner: I went to both an alternative school called SY Jackson in New Mexico, out here (in Los Angeles) I went to Colfax Avenue School, and then I went to Portola Junior High, and then for high school I went to two different high schools; Cal Prep which was a lot of industry kids. I went to school with the Jackson kids, Stevie wonder’s sister, a bunch of different people who had an interesting home life, and then I went to the Lycée Français de Los Angeles, the big international French school, on Overland. (other famous alums include Molly Ringwald, Claire Danes, Tatum O’Neil, and Jodie Foster among others).

The Hollywood Sentinel: Cool. Do you speak French?

Tracy Reiner: I do. (Graduates of the school are required to master the French language). I speak French and Italian pretty well, French I was taught, Italian I learned.

The Hollywood Sentinel-Bruce Edwin: That’s great, I think French is such a beautiful language, Italian too. There is such great cinema out of both of those areas.  So you got a degree in what?

Tracy Reiner:  They didn’t have a major for it at the time, but it was in ‘The History of Storytelling.’ I was given some great advice by my stepfather and my mom’s boyfriend (Rob Reiner) when I was about 18, and her mom’s boyfriend was Art Garfunkel (actor, singer, and part duo of the famed group Simon and Garfunkel). I ran away from home with Francis Coppola’s son to write a story about Love.

Hollywood Sentinel: Oh my gosh! No way…

Tracy Reiner: Yeah, they weren’t thrilled but it was the best time ever and I am beyond fortunate to have had so many people share times in my life that are sometimes so amazing it’s better not to talk about it–somehow It lessens it .

Hollywood Sentinel: That makes sense, I understand.

Tracy Reiner: I am so fortunate to have such an amazingly brave and passionate mother who let me become what ever I needed to be and even if she disagreed, she heard what I felt, and even when she was uncomfortable about it, she went along with it.

Hollywood Sentinel: That’s so cool.  You and your Mom and whole family are incredible to me.

Tracy Reiner: And they sort of explained to me that one thing I needed to learn about this town, about L.A., is that it’s like a big typewriter, and before you go start simulating real life for a living, you need to go have a life.

Hollywood Sentinel: I love that!

Tracy Reiner: And because I grew up here, I went away to college, I went to Bennington, and then I went to the New School for Social Research in New York City, and I went to a bunch of different schools. The new school accepted my matriculation, they agreed that my idea of the history of storytelling was valid, and so they now have that as a major. Brown does too.

The Hollywood Sentinel: That’s great!

Tracy Reiner: And basically I studied everything; religion, history, storytelling, mythology, art history… I found the connection to all of them. I found they were all connected, and I thought OK, maybe I’ll be a writer when I’m older…and I worked at restaurants, and I worked at Saturday Night Live for three seasons, and I worked at Indochine, in New York (a famous restaurant frequented by many celebs).

The Hollywood Sentinel:  That’s great. When you were around that age- ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen- did kids know who you were? Were kids like, Oh that’s Tracy Reiner, she’s famous, or her parents are famous?

Tracy Reiner: No one knew unless someone told them, if their parents told them, and then it was only when we would travel and go out to dinner that people would recognize us, and they would go, “We’re really sorry to interrupt, we really don’t mean to interrupt!” – but here we go!

Left to Right; Bella, Viva, and Tracy Reiner. Courtesy of Ms. Reiner, for The Hollywood Sentinel, 2018, all world rights reserved.

Hollywood Sentinel: (laughs) But you did interrupt!

Tracy Reiner: And my parents were amazing and gracious and willing to say hi to people, and I didn’t do ‘that’ well, I was sort of like, “No, don’t talk to me!” like Robert Deniro… But now it’s wonderful, it’s nice, I go to Disneyland and they’re like – “It’s Betty Spaghetti!” And I’m only known anymore with teenagers…

The Hollywood Sentinel: That’s so cool, and great you like it now. What did that life experience do for you as a writer, producer and director? Did you get a vision out of that childhood and early life that you wanted to convey that you think is unique?

Tracy Reiner:  What I learned was that most people are like, if you are going to be talented, someone is going to discover you, and that it’s a matter of somehow being seen, and that’s not true. What I in fact learned was that it’s not (the case), you have to be soooo in love with what you do that you really figure out what it is until you almost do not like it, and then come back and make us believe you really want to do it!

And so I had to really take off, and be with my own friends. I traveled and worked in Europe first and we were all offered to work at fourteen and fifteen, at the Paramount casting office. I had six cousins, so there were seven of us, so what do you do with seven girls and a boy?! My grandmother had us all dancing at old folks homes, and on the Jerry Lewis Telethon, and we were called the Marshallettes, and we all started out dancing, and as we got older, my family was running all these shows at Paramount, they had three or four shows up, so they put us to work!

Hollywood Sentinel: (laughs) That’s great!

Tracy Reiner (seated at left) and other cast from ‘A League of Their Own.’ Photo courtesy of Ms. Reiner for The Hollywood Sentinel, all world rights reserved.

Tracy Reiner: My family is from the Bronx, and both sides of my family are very, very work ethic based. And so we all knew how to work the cash register by the time we were sixteen, we all had regular jobs, we all had our SAG cards at fifteen so we could have insurance, and learn what that is, so right now, all seven us work in areas of production to this day.

Hollywood Sentinel: That’s amazing.

Tracy Reiner: Once you’re thirty five in this business, you had better have a couple of things you do because it’s not the most supportive industry. It tries to be, but it’s very hard to get a job with a level income. It’s not the fall that kills you, it’s the sudden stop! It’s not like. “Oh, I’m famous, and then I’m not famous,” it’s the point where everyone is searching for work right now, and so to be prepared for that in your field of interest, when you’re young (is important).

Hollywood Sentinel: That’s so true.

Tracy Reiner: I couldn’t imagine just acting, there are so many facets you have to know, it’s not just a tight little family any more now, it’s not just six thousand members of The Screen Actors Guild, there is a lot more in the industry itself because all of the technologies division, it’s now a huge corporate industry you know, so we were all sort of prepared to adapt to that change.

Tracy Reiner was elected in 2018 as President of the Hollywood Women’s Club. Visit the Official Site here below:

https://www.wchollywood.org/

Press, Media, Interview or Booking Requests of Tracy, contact Starpower Management at: 310-226-7176. 

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Drew Barrymore’s Lingerie Line Hits the UK

 

Drew Barrymore launched a sexy new lingerie line in the fall of 2017, called “Dear Drew.”  Knicker Locker in the UK will now reportedly have the line exclusively for the end of summer and start of fall on their sexy site in the UK. the upscale collection includes  bralettes, women’s underwear, and lingerie.

One of the world’s most recognized stars, the beautiful, talented and legendary Drew Barrymore comes from a line of Hollywood royalty. From successful child star in the iconic role of E.T, to beloved star, Drew is not only a world renown actress, director, and model, so he also a photographer, author,  and fashion designer.

Drew reportedly launched her Dear Drew clothing line last year and is now following with a contemporary lingerie collection in collaboration with Jewel Toned.

American based lingerie company Jewel Toned; founded by Rachel McCrary, stated;  “(…) the Dear Drew brand (…) launched last fall. It was birthed by Drew’s vision for a brand that includes and empowers all women.  All our intimates and loungewear products are just as comfortable as they are beautiful. The styles were carefully curated by Drew and with a little bit of whimsy, a lot of style and a touch or irreverence, Dear Drew was born. We are excited to debut the Dear Drew by Drew Barrymore in the UK with Knicker Locker.”

Knicker Locker reportedly offers a range of bralettes and knickers from the Dear Drew collection including the Bonne Nuit set.  The collection was reportedly only available before in America, but for several more months, Knicker Locker is pleased to report that the  Dear Drew lingerie will be available at the UK Knicker Locker site as follows:

https://www.knickerlocker.com/brand/495/deardrew

This content is courtesy of Knicker Locker;  Hollywood Sentinel