NEWSMAKERSPublished: 12/6/12 @ 12:00
Winfrey reveals book club pick
Add another book for possible holiday gifts: Oprah Winfrey’s latest “2.0” selection.
Winfrey announced Wednesday that she has chosen a debut novel for her book club, “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie,” by Ayana Mathis. An author interview will be aired Feb. 3 on Winfrey’s OWN network. In a statement, Winfrey likened Mathis’ book to the fiction of Toni Morrison. Published this week by Alfred A. Knopf, “Twelve Tribes” tells of a teenager’s journey from Mississippi to Philadelphia in the 1920s and the large family she ends up raising.
Winfrey revived her club, now called Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, earlier this year with Cheryl Strayed’s memoir “Wild.” Dozens of books over the past 20 years have become bestsellers thanks to the talk-show host’s endorsements.
March of Dimes honors Witherspoon
New mom Reese Witherspoon is being honored by March of Dimes for being a model celebrity parent.
The 36-year-old Oscar winner and mother of three will receive the organization’s Grace Kelly Award at its Celebration of Babies event Friday at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The award recognizes celebrity parents committed to healthy pregnancies and families.
Witherspoon gave birth in September to a son, Tennessee, with her husband, talent agent Jim Toth. She’s also mom to Ava, 13, and Deacon, 8, from her previous marriage to actor Ryan Phillippe.
“I was very lucky to have a healthy delivery and leave the hospital with a healthy full-term infant, but so many families in this country do not get that experience,” she said, adding that she hopes her involvement with March of Dimes calls attention to its efforts to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
‘Zero Dark Thirty’ gets board’s nod
The National Board of Review has named Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden docudrama “Zero Dark Thirty” the best film of the year.
The NBRs are the second group to name “Zero Dark Thirty” best film, following the New York Film Critics Circle. The two early awards suggest Bigelow’s film may be the Academy Awards frontrunner.
The film took three awards from the National Board of Review, which also named Bigelow best director and the film’s star, Jessica Chastain, best actress.
The group also gave a boost to “Silver Linings Playbook,” naming its star, Bradley Cooper, best actor, and giving best adapted screenplay to David O. Russell.
The awards will be handed out at a gala Jan. 8 in New York.
Diane Keaton receives leadership award
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When Diane Keaton learned she would receive the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, the 66-year-old actress immediately began panicking about her speech.
Keaton accepted the diamond-and-ruby- encrusted prize Wednesday at the Hollywood Reporter’s 21st annual Women in Entertainment breakfast honoring the most powerful women in Hollywood.
Keaton paid tribute to her parents, particularly her mother, who died in 2008 of Alzheimer’s
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