Hersholt served as MPTF's president for 18 years, from 1938 until he died in 1956. Hosted by Wayne Brady, guests were treated to a concert featuring special musical performances, comedy and a celebration of MPTF’s 100th anniversary, as well as the organization's receiving of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at this year’s Oscars. Coinciding with the organization's founding, MPTF is set to be honored alongside producer Tyler Perry.
Other attendees included DreamWorks co-founder and producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, two-time Academy Award winner Renée Zellweger ("Cold Mountain" and "Judy"), Emmy nominees Laverne Cox ("Orange Is the New Black") and Billy Porter ("Pose"), Emmy Award winner Rachel Brosnahan ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel") and "This Is Us" stars Susan Kelechi Watson and Justin Hartley.
(supporting actor and original song for "One Night in Miami") and Maria Bakalova (supporting actress for "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm"). Those in attendance included multiple nominees from this year's upcoming Oscars telecast, including Vanessa Kirby (best actress for "Pieces of a Woman"), Leslie Odom Jr.
By the end of the evening, 99 donors had donated, raising $1,839,848. "We take care of our own," he said during the event. Bob Beitcher, MPTF president and CEO, addressed the attendees, sharing positive thoughts about a year that has been more than difficult for many workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds are used to further the MPTF's mission of supporting working and retired members of the entertainment community with a safety net of health and social services.
In the breakout rooms and public chats, a palpable excitement for tomorrow's Oscars was felt among the attendees. Tomorrow's ceremony, taking place at Union Station in Los Angeles, is expected to crown films such as "Nomadland," "Promising Young Woman," "Sound of Metal" and "The Trial of the Chicago 7" with gold statues.
The menu included a cocktail called The Mary Pickford (Flor de Caña Rum rum, Maraschino liqueur, grenadine and fresh pineapple juice), stuffed mushrooms, raw brussel sprouts, lasagna and mini cannolis. The event included a one-hour VIP reception where guests were treated to an at-home dinner prepared by Chef Antonia Lofaso, who has appeared on Food Network and is the owner of Scopa Italian Roots.
Other performers included nominees Andra Day ("The United States vs. Billie Holiday"), singing a beautiful rendition of "God Bless the Child" by Etta James, along with other musical artists such as Macy Gray.
One big surprise came during the main event where the audience witnessed a powerful vocal performance from Academy Award winner Gary Oldman ("Darkest Hour"), who is nominated once again this year for his turn in David Fincher's "Mank."
The reception also featured a live performance from Broadway's "Jagged Little Pill" star and Tony Award nominee Elizabeth Stanley.
The 19th annual "Night Before" benefit, hosted by the Motion Picture and Television Fund, was held on Saturday evening, featuring a star-studded virtual affair made up of multiple Academy Award nominees, presenters and industry influencers.
The presenting sponsors for the event were Penske Media Corporation, Delta Airlines and Target.” />

The 2018 total has reached $7.16 billion, up 7.6% above last year.” /> Overall domestic summer moviegoing has jumped by 10.5% to $3.21 billion as of July 24, according to comScore, with Disney's "Incredibles 2" leading the way with $564 million in 41 days.
Universal's second weekend of "Mamma Mia! Sony's second weekend of Denzel Washington's "The Equalizer 2" should follow with about $14 million, just ahead of Sony's third weekend of "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation" with around $13 million. Here We Go Again" appears to be likely to finish in second place with about $16 million, lifting its 10-day total past $70 million.
launch and wound up with $192 million domestically and $682 million worldwide. The highest Friday-Sunday opener in the franchise was 2000's "Mission: Impossible 2" with $57.8 million. 2015's "Rogue Nation" had a solid $55.5 million U.S.
The franchise is based on the TV series that ran from 1966 to 1973. Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Ving Rhames, Alec Baldwin, Michelle Monaghan, and Sean Harris are reprising their roles from previous films, while Cavill, Vanessa Kirby, and Sian Brooke are joining the cast.
Cruise's Ethan Hunt and the Impossible Mission Force join with CIA assassin August Walker, played by Henry Cavill, to prevent a global nuclear attack. "Mission: Impossible – Fallout" arrives as the best-reviewed title in the series with a stellar 98% on Rotten Tomatoes.
"Mission: Impossible — Fallout" is helmed by Christopher McQuarrie, who returned to the director's chair after "Rogue Nation." He also wrote the script for "Fallout." The movie is produced and financed by Paramount and partner Skydance Productions, headed by David Ellison. Cruise is a producer along with J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger.
Friday's total should hit around $23 million, including a record $6 million from previews. If the projections hold, Paramount's sixth installment of the franchise will finish at the high end of recent forecasts — which had ranged from $50 million to $65 million at 4,386 sites.
Tom Cruise's "Mission: Impossible – Fallout" is heading for record territory with a $60 million opening weekend in North America, early estimates showed Friday.
Based on the DC Comics TV series created by Michael Jelenic and Aaron Horvath, the animated family film follows the eponymous heroes attempting to convince a Hollywood director to make a movie about them. to the Movies" is heading for about $12 million at 3,188 locations, coming in at the lower end of forecasts, which had ranged between $13 million and $19 million. Warner Bros.' counter-programmer "Teen Titans Go!