Sunday, June 16, 2024

Last Weekend in April Goes Crazy: AFI Dinner for Nicole Kidman, Chaplin Award for Jeff Bridges, White House Correspondents Dinner


If only there was a time travel machine or the beam-me-up thing from “Star Trek”!

The last weekend of April is going to present some problems for the show biz crowd.

On April 27th, things will be really rough. That’s the night of the Nicole Kidman tribute in Hollywood from the American Film Institute. Most of Hollywood will be in attendance as Kidman has worked with every major player and has lots of friends. The whole cast of “Big Little Lies” would be just a beginning, not mention Hugh Grant, George Clooney, Hugh Jackman, and on and on.

The same night, the White House Correspondents Dinner takes place in Washington, DC. Although attendance from celebs has been spotty in recent years, this is an election year. The pressure will be on to turn out for Joe Biden. The WHCA hasn’t announced a host for the night yet, but the pressure is on there, as well.

Now the Film Society of New York has announced Jeff Bridges for its annual Chaplin Award. That will be given out on Monday, April 29th in New York. Bridges also has worked with every top actor and director. So his list of presenters should be a good one. Possible names would be Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jane Fonda, Karen Allen, Beau Bridges (of course), Chris Pine, Ben Foster, et al.

So fuel up the private planes!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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