By Vanessa Franko | [email protected] | The Press-Enterprise January 3, 2018 at 1:34 pm While the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala kicks off Hollywood’s awards season, the star-studded event isn’t like the other gauntlet of shows. First, nobody is in competition. The actors and filmmakers who attend know they’re taking home an award so there’s no polite clapping or avoidance of awkward moments as the camera cuts to each nominee. It makes for a much more relaxed atmosphere of jokes, candid moments — and the occasional F-bomb dropped from the stage. And the band doesn’t play you off if your acceptance speech goes long, either. While the festival will screen more than 180 films before wrapping up Monday, Jan. 15, and feature a number of special events with celebrities, the most poignant and hilarious moments tend to happen at the awards gala. Here’s are some of the most memorable things that happened inside the gala on … [Read more...] about 5 memorable moments from the 2018 Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Awards Gala
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The worlds of sexual misconduct and pop culture sandwiched the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala Tuesday.Reporters and celebrities on the red carpet outside the Palm Springs Convention Center discussed the sexual misconduct issues that have snowballed since revelations surfaced in October about Harvey Weinstein, who has been involved with this festival since its inception, providing honorees for the galas and films to premiere at the festival since 1990.They talked about the Time’s Up initiative announced Monday by 300 Hollywood women, including gala honoree Jessica Chastain, to combat sexual harassment in all workplaces, from movie studios to farm fields. The initiative called for attendees to wear black to next week’s Golden Globe Awards, and actress Holly Hunter said she plans to support it. “I'm all for solidarity," she said while entering the convention center in a formal white dress. "It has a punch. It packs a punch that … [Read more...] about With media focused on sexual misconduct, Palm Springs festival stars talk art of cinema
By Vanessa Franko | [email protected] | The Press-EnterprisePUBLISHED: January 2, 2018 at 9:04 pm | UPDATED: January 3, 2018 at 12:58 pm There are few places where Winston Churchill and Wonder Woman share a red carpet. But Gary Oldman and Gal Gadot, who portrayed the historical figure and the superheroine on screen, were among the celebrities, hundreds of screaming fans and throng of international press at the 29th annual Palm Springs International Film Festivals Awards Gala to usher in Hollywood’s awards season on Tuesday, Jan. 2. Actress Gal Gadot gets interview on the red carpet during the Palm Spring International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Gadot was honored with the Rising Star Award. (Photo by Watchara Phomicinda, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)Actress Jessica Chastain walks the red carpet during the Palm Spring International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Tuesday, … [Read more...] about Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala 2018: Wonder Woman, the red carpet and more
From left, Kirsten Dunst, Octavia Spencer, Kimberly Quinn and director Theodore Melfi walk the red carpet during the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center, on Monday, January 2, 2017. They were part of a group that won the Ensemble Performance Award for their work in "Hidden Figures." Jim Parsons walks the red carpet during the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center, on Monday, January 2, 2017. He received the ensemble award along with his "Hidden Figures" castmates. (From left) Steven Markin, 54, of Cathedral City, Steven Cutler, 49, of Cathedral City, Linda Rice, of Desert Hot Springs, 61, all hope to catch a glimpse of stars during the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center, on Monday, January 2, 2017. Mahershala Ali walks the red carpet during the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm … [Read more...] about Stars – the Hollywood kind – light up Palm Springs for film festival awards gala
In speaking Thursday with the Desert Sun editorial board, all three Palm Springs Unified School District candidates agreed that the district should be doing more community outreach as well as finding better ways to retain teachers and ensure an equitable distribution of funds among the schools.Shari Stewart, the president of the board who serves in Trustee Area 1, is not running for reelection, a decision that opened the field to three newcomers of distinct backgrounds: Madonna Gerrell, Thomas Lister-Looker and Kari Middleton Hendrix. Trustee Area 1 covers Desert Hot Springs, parts of Palm Springs, Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage.Raised in Minnesota, Gerrell is a special education teacher in Coachella Valley Unified School District and draws from that experience when talking about PSUSD. She bemoaned, for instance, that “we recruit teachers from out of state and then tell them we won’t accept their credits or practicum,” which can force good ones out of the industry.A … [Read more...] about Palm Springs Unified candidates talk outreach, equity
Painting a picture of John Hernandez Felix' personal life is difficult – those who knew him are reluctant to talk.Beyond his past run-ins with the law, information about the 26-year-old who is accused of fatally shooting two Palm Springs police officers is hard to come by."No, nothing i say will change his situation," Chris Patino of Desert Hot Springs said in a Facebook message to a Desert Sun reporter.Patino said Thursday he had last talked to Felix a week ago. Patino described Felix as "always out and about," mentioned his ties to the local gang Varrio Las Palmas and said Felix was known to do drugs and carry weapons."Believe (me) it don't surprise no one that knew him," Patino said of his alleged involvement in the killing of two cops.Felix's family has not spoken publicly about what happened in the Palm Springs home where he lived with relatives. Felix's father and a woman, who both stood outside the home on North Cypress Road Thursday … [Read more...] about What we know about the alleged Palm Springs cop shooter
As night fell Saturday, people walked out of the darkness toward a memorial outside the Palm Springs Police Department, arms heavy with flowers and candles and heads hung in reverence.They shared lighters, setting the candles around the base of the concrete memorial. They tied balloons to the metal frame of a car door — a sculpture called "Help is on the Way," recalling the last time a Palm Springs police officer died, which was in a pursuit in 1962. Only two police officers have been killed in the line of duty in Palm Springs: in 1961 and 1962.That is, until Saturday — when officers Jose Gil Vega, 63, and Lesley Zerebny, 27, were shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance call. Vega is survived by a wife and eight children; Zerebny left behind a husband and a four-month-old daughter."It's unbelievable. Not our town, not our police officers, not us. It's so cruel," said Heidi Thompson, a Palm Springs resident, who … [Read more...] about Palm Springs mourns slain police: ‘You can’t find a worse scenario’
Four up-and-coming Coachella Valley bands will play alongside international superstars like Radiohead and Lady Gaga at this year's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Goldenvoice announced Wednesday. READ MORE: Coachella 2017 set times announcedThe bands, all of which have risen to prominence on the local music scene, will be playing both weekends during the festival in either the Gobi or Sahara tent.Keep an eye out for these local bands as you mill about the polo grounds this year: 1. KayvesBefore this Cathedral City band competes at the Tachevah Music Showcase finals next month, the electro-rock band will play for a much larger crowd at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The band consists of Nick Hernandez on vocals, Edgar Limon on bass, Adrian Romero on drums and Oscar Rico and Danny Gonzalez on guitar, and draws on the experience of growing up in the desert for inspiration.Rico said he was at work when Hernandez called him to break the … [Read more...] about Your favorite Palm Springs area bands were added to the Coachella lineup
The First Family will fly straight to Palm Springs after leaving the White House — which has many in the valley wondering if the Obama family will say whether they plan to make a permanent home in the Coachella Valley.“The president vowed to take his family to a destination that is warmer than Washington, D.C. on Friday and Palm Springs fits the bill," said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Tuesday. "This is a community that the president has visited on a number of occasions as president of the United States. He and his family have enjoyed the time they've spent there in the past. And they're looking forward to traveling there on Friday."After attending President-Elect Donald Trump's inauguration Friday, the Obamas will fly from Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland to Palm Springs. Officials have not said how long the vacation will last — after all, Barack Obama will no longer be serving as president. FUTURE: Will Michelle Obama seek a … [Read more...] about The Obamas are returning to Palm Springs. Will they finally make a home here?
The final countdown to the 117th running of the Penn Relays has begun. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the action of national - and increased international proportions - will be taking place at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field in Philadelphia. Much of the anticipated international excitement takes place when talented high school and national teams from Jamaica square off against rival squads from the United States. It won't be hard to miss the teams of Olympic-caliber athletes coming up from Jamaica, but here's a tip on spotting the Jamaica scholastic front-runners from among the 25 teams participating. Watch for the teams that did well in the island's recent ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls' Championship. Look for great performances by boys' squads from Jamaica College, Kingston College, Calabar, Wolmer's Boys and Munro College. And on the girls' side, keep an eye out for Holmwood Technical, Edwin Allen, St. Jago, Vere Technical and Wolmer's. Geneive Brown … [Read more...] about Penn Relays kicks off with all eyes on Jamaican high school and national teams matchups with U.S.