Two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda will deliver this year’s commencement speech to UCLA‘s School of Theater, Film and Television grads on Friday, June 13. Fonda made her screen debut in 1960′s Tall Story and went on to star in over 40 films including comedy classics Cat Ballou and 9 to 5. Dramas They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, Julia, The China Syndrome, On Golden Pond, and The Morning After nabbed her Academy Award nominations, while her turns in Klute and Coming Home won her the Oscar.
The actress, producer, author, and fitness icon recently boarded Oscar winner Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, which reunites her with Michael Caine. She’ll share words of wisdom with UCLA’s class of 2014 along with this year’s Distinguished Alumnus honoree Darren Star, who dramatized LA’s elite teen set with Beverly Hills, 90210 and brought the soapy shenanigans of the city’s twentysomethings to life in Melrose Place. Read More »
It’s hard enough for screenwriters to get a foot in the door in Hollywood, so ahead of UCLA‘s annual Screenwriters Showcase the school has launched a new comprehensive screenwriters directory to get its MFA students in front of the eyes of the industry. UCLA’s online creative directory highlights over 60 current MFA students and their film and TV scripts including the winners and honorable mention honorees of its annual screenwriting competition. Staged readings from the eight winning scripts selected by a jury of over 200 industry pros will be performed at the 2013 Screenwriters Showcase held June 10 at the WGA, where Life Of Pi scribe David Magee is also receiving the Excellence In Screenwriting Award. The Showcase is part of the 22nd annual UCLA Film Festival held June 7-13.
Ted Gagliano, president of post-production at 20th Century Fox Studios, was attending UCLA Neurosurgery’s Visionary Ball last year on the same night one of his close friends was undergoing surgery to remove a deadly brain tumor. During the dinner, a patient at each table stood up and shared how a UCLA neurosurgeon had saved his or her life. Gagliano, who oversaw post-production for movies including Avatar and Titanic, said those patients motivated his $1M pledge. The funds will help further the research of Dr. Linda Liau, whose team has developed a vaccine that trains a patient’s immune system to recognize and destroy brain cancer cells. Gagliano also is on the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery’s board of advisers. (Photo: Getty Images)
Christy Grosz is AwardsLine editor and a contributor to Deadline.
Universal President and COO Ron Meyer this afternoon made an expletive-laced commencement speech to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Class of 2012. He told the graduating students that the best way to get ahead in showbiz is to ask questions. “Assumption is the mother of all fuck-ups,” he told the audience. Twice. The longtime studio head also pointed out that despite the cliches “You don’t have to be an asshole to succeed.” He also stressed that finding an agent is the single most important thing a new graduate can do. Ask everyone you meet. “Just don’t ask me,” he warned. The ceremony was dedicated to the school’s founding dean and Oscar ceremony producer Gil Cates. The commencement also honored directors Penelope Spheeris and Shirley Jo Finney with distinguished alumni awards. UPDATE: Here’s the text of Meyer’s speech: Read More »