Superstore actress America Ferrera will be honored with the NAB Television Chairman’s Award at the NAB Show Television Luncheon. The event will be held April 24 at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino. The award honors individuals who’ve made significant breakthroughs in television.
Carving her acting teeth with the indie drama Real Women Have Curves, Ferrera continued her cinematic success with The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and How to Train Your Dragon. Ferrera received a Golden Globe, Emmy, ALMA, Imagen, and Screen Actors Guild Award for her work on the hit ABC comedy Ugly Betty.
“America Ferrera is an esteemed and versatile actress who not only entertains, but brings attention to a variety of important national and global issues, says NAB Executive Vice president of Television Marcellus Alexander. “She is the embodiment of what this award represents.”
Ferrera recently executive produced the dramedy Gente-fied, a digital series which spotlights the gentrification of Boyle Heights, California. We spoke to Ferrera about the project, and check out the video below to hear the actress/producer shed a bit more light on Gente-fied.
“From the first Genesis Awards, in 1986, when Magnum, P.I. was recognized for the line, ‘It’s wrong to kill dolphins,’ it’s truly amazing, 25 years later, to look at the variety and caliber of today’s Genesis Award honorees, all of whom explore animal protection issues in greater depth and with tremendous creativity,” says Beverly Kaskey, executive producer of the annual Genesis Awards and senior director of the Hollywood office of The Humane Society of the United States. “Tonight is a milestone for The Genesis Awards but, more importantly, it’s a milestone for all animals and their place in the social and cultural fabric of our daily lives.”
It was a winning night for all animals as the news and entertainment media were honored for their reporting and portrayals of animal protection issues in 17 major award categories at The Humane Society of the United States’ 25th Anniversary Genesis Awards on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza, Los Angeles, Calif.
Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report won the Sid Caesar Comedy Award for satirizing bullfighters. HBO’s True Bloodpicked up Outstanding Dramatic Series for a unique storyline about a shape-shifter abused through dogfighting. The Oprah Winfrey Showtook the Outstanding Talk Show award for two animal-themed shows spotlighting Japan’s dolphin slaughter, elephant poaching for ivory, and pet overpopulation. DreamWorksAnimation’s box office champion How To Train Your Dragonreceived Outstanding Feature Film for its inspiring message about tolerance and respect for all living creatures. And the honors for Outstanding Feature Documentary went to The Elephant in the Living Roomfor its fascinating and disturbing look at exotic pet ownership.
The documentary opens in Los Angeles and New York on April 1.
Jonah Hex stars Josh Brolin as a bounty hunter with warrants hanging over his head who is given a mission by the U.S. Marshall’s office. In exchange for his freedom, he’s has to stop a terrorist ready to release Hell on Earth. Special Features: Deleted scenes.
How to Train Your Dragon follows the adventures of a young Viking who dreams of becoming a dragon hunter. That is until he meets and becomes buddies with a young dragon himself and then, of course, learns there is more to the beast than what he expected. Special Features: Behind the scenes with the cast and filmmakers of the animated feature.
The Essential Bugs Bunny is 20 Looney Tunes classics on two discs. There is no question that Bugs Bunny is a superstar and this collection is a wonderful example of why he’s still so popular with both children and adults. Special Features: Bugs Bunny: Ain’t He A Stinker (a 2010 mini-documentary on Bugs Bunny’s extensive career), Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers, Bugs Bunny’s Bustin’ Out All Over (an Emmy nominated TV special), Bugs and Daffy’s Carnival of the Animals.
Disc one (Essential Theatrical Shorts), Elmer’s Candid Camera, A Wild Hare, The Old Grey Hare, Baseball Bugs, Hair Raising Hare, Haredevil Hare,Eight Ball Bunny, Rabbit of Seville, Rabbit Fire, Show Biz Bugs, Knighty Knight Bugs, What’s Opera Doc?
Disc two (Bugs Bunny From the Vault), My Dream is Yours, How Bugs Bunny Won the West, Bugs Bunny Wild World of Sports TV special, Carrotblanca, Hare and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones is a documentary film shot from two concerts during their 1972 North American tour.
Christmas is arriving on DVD a bit early, but still in time for holiday planning.
A Golden Christmas is ION Television’s first originally produced TV movie. The two-hour production stars Andrea Roth, Jason London, Nicholas Brendon and Bruce Davisonin a story surrounding a young boy and girl brought together by a dog years ago.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is the story about how Rudolph – a misfit reindeer and his friends searching for a place that will accept them. This was an instant holiday classic the moment it hit the television airwaves in 1964. The animated special features narration from of Burl Ives.
Then there is the box set of animated Christmas movies entitled The Original Christmas Classics. It begins with Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, but the collection also includes Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Frosty the Snowman and Frosty Returns.
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See what all the fuss is about with The Tudors: The Final Season – a series about the reign and marriage of King Henry VIII. A revamped version of the king’s growing obsession with having an heir as he becomes distant from his wives. Special Features: United States of Tara: Season 2, episodes one and two.
Dollhouse: The Complete Second Season attempted to gain an audience for the series, but couldn’t quite reach a viewership that made sense for the network (FOX) to give it a third year – even though the show starred Eliza Dushku and was created by Joss Whedon(Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel). It was an interesting premise – the show followed the residents of a laboratory that assigns tasks for them to do – then erases the memories after completion. Special Features: Disc one, audio commentary on Vows from Joss Whedon – Disc two, audio commentary on Belonging by Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen – Disc four, outtakes, deleted scenes, defining moments, looking back.
C.S.I. Miami: The Eighth Season is the first of the spin-off shows based on popular C.S.I. procedural drama. The program stars David Caruso as Lieutenant Horacio Caine, the no-nonsense leader of a group of forensic investigators.
Ghost Whisperer: The Fifth Season is the final year of the series revolving around Melinda Gordon (Jennifer Love Hewitt), a woman who has the ability to not only see and communicate with the dead, but to help the misguided ghosts crossover to the next life – not of this Earth of course.
How To Train Your Dragon, one of the biggest films so far this year, has been green lit for a sequel, according to Variety. The same directors, producers, writers, and voice talent from the original movie, including Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, are all slated to return.
Since its opening on March 26, 2010, How To Train Your Dragon has grossed $217,581,231.00, making it the eighth highest grossing movie this year. The film will be released on DVD this Friday,
No surprise…Shrek Forever After took the top spot over the weekend bringing in $71.250 million. This is the four installment in DreamWorks successful franchise and, though impressive, wasn’t quite as significant as its sequel predecessors. It’s true, Shrek entered into the box office arena with $42 million, but each movie after that has exceeded the $100 mil mark. Shrek 2 reached $108 million and Shrek the Third grabbed $121.6 mil for its opening weekend.
Iron Man 2, which had held firm for the past two weeks in the top slot, came in at number two in its third week with $26.6 million. That’s a 48.9-percent drop from its second week, but it is still demonstrating significant staying power.
Robin Hood dropped off 48.1-percent in its second week out for an estimated total of $18.7 million. That brings the total box office receipts to $66 mil, which is still far from recouping its $200 million production costs.
The romantic pic, Letters to Juliet nabbed $9.1 million and fourth place – a 32.8-percent drop from its first week out.
While the Queen Latifah–Common romantic comedy, Just Wright landed in fifth place with $4.2 million in revenue in its second week in theaters.
What the heck happened to the much-hyped ‘70s buddy cop send-up MacGruber? The flick never even made it into the top five.