John Christopher Depp II, aka Captain Jack Sparrow, aka Edward Scissorhands, aka the Mad Hatter, aka Johnny Depp, will receive the Desert Palm Achievement, Actor. Award Jan. 2 at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala.
He’ll be specifically recognized for his role as a Boston mob leader who collaborates with a friend in the FBI in the current biopic, “Black Mass.”
“Johnny Depp is one of the most versatile and dynamic actors of our time,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In his latest film, “Black Mass,” Depp, in a stunning transformation, creates a gripping and multi-layered portrait of infamous gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. He delivers an astounding performance that has earned raves from both critics and audiences and is sure to garner awards attention.”
Depp, 52, is already being discussed as a candidate for his fourth Oscar nomination for his performance in that film, following nods for Best Actor for his work in “Finding Neverland,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.”
Other distinctive performances over the past three decades have included his roles in “Cry Baby,” “Benny & Joon,” “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,”“Chocolat,” “Donnie Brasco,” “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “Blow,” “The Libertine,” “Public Enemies,” and several collaborations with Tim Burton including “Edward Scissorhands,” “Ed Wood” and “Sleepy Hollow.”
He’s also recently co-formed a rock supergroup called the Hollywood Vampires with Alice Cooper, Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry and the old rhythm section of Guns N’ Roses.
Past actor recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award include Jeff Bridges, Bradley Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Colin Firth, Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Eddie Redmayne. In the years they were honored, Bridges, Day-Lewis, McConaughey, Penn and Redmayne went on to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, while Cooper, Firth and Pitt received Oscar nominations.
The sold-out awards gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center is expected to attract 2,000 black tie-optional patrons.
The festival, running Jan.1-11 at venues throughout Palm Springs, is expected to draw more than 135,000 people, making it one of the largest film festivals in North America.
Now entering its 27th year, the Palm Springs International Film Festival is one of the largest and most well-respected film festivals in North America. Its culturally diverse program of 200± stellar films from more than 60 countries represents the best in international cinema, earning the Festival an enthusiastic and loyal audience of nearly 137,000. The Festival’s glamorous centerpiece, the Awards Gala, scheduled for January 2, 2016, brings the world’s biggest stars to Palm Springs as it honors the year’s best performances both in front of and behind the camera. Replete with red carpet and an explosion of flashbulbs, the 2015 Awards Gala honored Julianne Moore, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Benedict Cumberbatch, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon and Robert Duvall, among others.
Passes, Awards Gala tables and individual seats will be on sale beginning Saturday,
August 1st – online only August 1st and 2nd; by phone beginning August 3rd
Box Office & General Information: Mon-Fri, 9:00am-5pm: 800-898-7256 / 760-778-8979
Full Film & Event Schedule and Descriptions: Available December 18, 2015
Film Society Member Days: December 18-20, 2015.
General Public: May purchase individual tickets and exchange 6-packs beginning December 21, 2015.
A journalist for more than 30 years, Bill O’Reilly is known for hard hitting, uncompromising No Spin reporting and analysis. He is the anchor of the top-rated The O’Reilly Factor and best-selling author.
A journalist for more than 30 years, Bill O’Reilly has now risen to the top of his profession. Monday through Friday on the Fox News Channel, The O’Reilly Factor causes the powerful in America to duck for cover as the rigidly enforced “No Spin Zone” deals with the nation’s most important issues in a straightforward and provocative manner. Blending news analysis with investigative reporting, The Factor has gained international prominence as well – it is now seen in more than 30 countries.
With twelve straight New York Times Bestsellers, including The O’Reilly Factor, The No Spin Zone, Who’s Looking Out for You, Culture Warrior, A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity, Pinheads and Patriots, Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever; Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot and Killing Jesus, as well as over 5 million copies of his books in print, Bill O’Reilly continues to be a highly sought-after author and speaker. His latest book is Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General. Mr. O’Reilly also writes a syndicated newspaper column which is carried by hundreds of papers across the USA.
Raised in a working class family in the huge housing subdivision of Levittown, New York, Bill O’Reilly has stayed close to his roots. He still lives on Long Island and his best friends are neighborhood guys. But education sparked O’Reilly’s career. He graduated with a degree in history from Marist College, with a Master’s Degree in broadcast journalism from Boston University, and attained another Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Bill O’Reilly has won three Emmy Awards for Excellence in reporting. He was awarded two National Headliner Awards while working as a national correspondent for ABC News, and was honored by The National Academy of Arts and Sciences for his reporting and analysis on and after September 11th, 2001.
In his speeches, as in his show and books, Mr. O’Reilly takes on our country, our politicians, and our celebrities. If you’re looking for someone with an opinion—on just about everything—he’s your man.
LA QUINTA, Calif. – The TPC Stadium Course, annually recognized as one of the top golf courses in the United States, and its PGA WEST sister course – the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course – will serve as two of the three courses for the CareerBuilder Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation PGA TOUR event in 2016. The announcement was made by Desert Classic Charities, the host organization that has managed the tournament (formerly the Bob Hope Classic and Humana Challenge) since its inception in 1960.
The two PGA WEST courses will join long-time tournament mainstay La Quinta Country Club beginning with the 2016 CareerBuilder Challenge, continuing the event’s recent tradition of being played solely within the city of La Quinta. The 2016 tournament, the first with CareerBuilder as title sponsor, will be held during the week of Jan. 18 with official rounds scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 21 through Sunday, Jan. 24.
“This will be the 56th year Desert Classic Charities has hosted a PGA TOUR event and throughout those years it has been played on some of the Coachella Valley’s most dynamic courses,” DCC President John Foster said. “This latest move reflects that perfectly. We take great pride in our history of challenging, interesting and diverse courses and we look forward to this latest chapter in our rich history, especially with our new title sponsor on board.”
The TPC Stadium Course, which will serve as the host course and site of the tournament’s final round, has a rich history all its own. The Pete Dye-designed course was built in 1986 and immediately vaulted into the ranks of the nation’s most unique and exciting courses. The TPC Stadium Course became not only a popular destination course, but a mainstay for professional golf events almost from its inception, including having been a part of this event in 1987 (when it was known as the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic).
The TPC Stadium Course has played host to the Skins Game (1986-1991), the PGA Club Professional Championship (1990), the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf on the Champions Tour (1995-96) and along with the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course next door, the finals of PGA TOUR Qualifying School (1986, 1988, 1989, 2002, 2006 and 2008).
Its most famous and iconic moment came in 1987 on its signature hole – the par-3 17th. The short hole, named “Alcatraz” because of its island green that nearly mimics the same hole on the Dye-designed TPC Sawgrass – home of THE PLAYERS Championship, has bedeviled golfers much like its Florida counterpart. But it didn’t unnerve Lee Trevino, who aced the hole to win a $175,000 skin during the 1987 Skins Game.
The TPC Stadium Course is currently ranked No. 40 on Golf Digest’s “100 Greatest Public Courses.” Its 17th hole is ranked No. 2 and the par-4 16th hole is ranked 12th among The Desert Sun’s “Top 100 Golf Holes in the Desert.” The Nicklaus Tournament Course is a highly regarded and beautiful course in its own right. It played host to the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in 1992 and 1993; its tricky par-5 15th hole is ranked 84th on the “Top 100 Golf Holes in the Desert.”
“Having the iconic and fan-pleasing TPC Stadium Course as our host course lets us offer a number of exciting new hospitality venues and spectator areas,” Foster said. “The three closing holes are just spectacular, especially with the island green 17th shaping up as an incredible place to watch the greatest players in the world take their best shots. Earlier this month, we saw the excitement the 17th island green of the TPC Sawgrass course generated for fans at THE PLAYERS Championship. We can’t wait to showcase our own island green in January.”
Special early commitment opportunities for the hospitality offerings, including the exciting new Club 17 venue overlooking the island green, are available to businesses and individuals for a limited time. To learn more, contact Bob Marra at bob@DesertClassicCharities.com or 760-861-4242.
“We are delighted to continue our long-standing relationship with Desert Classic Charities and the PGA TOUR,” said Paul Cherrett, Managing Director of La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA WEST. “The TPC Stadium and Jack Nicklaus Tournament courses at PGA WEST have a rich history hosting great tournaments. We welcome the tournament back to these world-class courses; courses that the public will be able to play as they walk in the footsteps of the pros.”
Mark your calendar and tell your friends! The 3rd Annual Patriot Ride For Our Heroes is October 23 – 24, 2015. We are super excited to announce that we’ve expanded to the Riverside County Fairgrounds. Stay tuned for more event updates.
His is a story that many will recognize, but few have an opportunity to hear first hand. Nando Parrado recounts the extraordinary tale of how he and 15 of his teammates survived for 72 brutal days after their plane crashed into the frozen Andes Mountains more than 40 years ago. It remains one of the paramount survival stories of all time.
From the time the plane crashed on October 13, 1972 until their rescue on December 22, Nando and his fellow Uruguayan rugby teammates were forced to cross both physical and mental boundaries. After waking from a concussion only to learn that his mother had died on impact and his sister was near death, Nando became obsessed with surviving and emerged a hero after he and teammate Roberto Canessa walked for 10 days to find their salvation. Their story of courage, teamwork, determination and leadership, experienced at a level few have known, will leave you with a heightened awareness of the value of human life.Soon after the rescue of the 16 survivors, Nando worked with Piers Paul Read, the author chosen by the survivors to pen the best-selling book Alive. Twenty years later, Nando served as technical advisor to the Frank Marshall/Kathleen Kennedy production of the film of the same name starring Ethan Hawke as Nando. The success of the film quickly prompted requests for Nando to speak around the world about the “Miracle in the Andes” and he began doing so on a very limited basis in 1995. The requests for presentations continue to exceed the number that he is able to accept due to business and family obligations. Nando is the author of the New York Times bestseller Miracle in the Andes: 72 Days on the Mountain and My Long Trek Home, a major release from Crown books which tells the story of the Andes ordeal from an intensely personal perspective. In 2010, Nando was featured in the History Channel documentary I AM ALIVE: Surviving the Andes Plane Crash, which continues to air around the globe.
Since this experience, Nando has become a successful businessman and television producer. He is CEO of four companies in Uruguay. He also hosts several popular television programs in Uruguay including shows on nature, public affairs, autos and travel. He is also a highly sought-after speaker on the international lecture circuit.
In his spare time, Nando enjoys racing motorcycles, sports cars, stock cars and watercraft. He has many awards, including the European Team Cup for stock car racing and the Open Watercraft Championship in Punta Del Este, Uruguay. In 1991, Nando was part of a team of drivers who raced across the Sahara in stock model Peugeots. The trip, from Morocco to Tunisia, covered 8,500 km and took 28 days.
A native of Montevideo, Uruguay, Nando graduated from Stella Maris College run by the Irish Christian Brothers. He also participated in a study abroad in the United States that allowed him to attend high school in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Nando speaks five languages and travels extensively.
President of Mexico from 2006 to 2012, Felipe Calderón made economic reform the top priority of his administration. He implemented policies that catapulted Mexico into a powerful player in the global economy.
Under his administration the Mexican economy registered stability and economic growth. Despite the impact of the 2009 international economic crisis, he boosted competitiveness in Mexico by deregulating the economy, promoting free trade, competition, private investment and technical education, as well as increasing investment in infrastructure to unprecedented levels. He also led an unmatched effort to enforce the rule of law.
During his tenure, Mexico became one of the most important exporters in the world, exporting 60% of the total manufactured products in Latin American and Caribbean Region. When he took office, Mexico was the 9th largest exporter of vehicles in the world, and by the end of his administration it was the 4th largest, surpassing Spain, the UK and the US among others.
Currently, he is the Honorary Chairman of the Green Growth Action Alliance (WEF), member of the Policy Advisory Council of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), President of Sustainable Human Development Foundation, Member of the Board of Directors of the World Resources Institute and Chairman of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, responsible for coordinating the “Better Climate, Better Growth: The New Climate Economy Report”.
Recently, President Calderón published Los Retos que Enfrentamos, a book which points out the main policies carried out during his administration. Its appearance has sparked an intense debate on the public policies that Mexico has followed on its path to development, as one of the leading emerging economies.
A highly decorated general and one of the most prominent combat commanders in American history, David Petraeus (U.S. Army, retired) has dedicated his life to public service, leading military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan and then serving as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
One of the most effective military leaders in recent U.S. history, General David H. Petraeus—a highly decorated four-star general, whose distinguished military career spanned over 37 years and culminated in six straight commands (five of which were in combat)—addresses the most significant global challenges facing us today, including ongoing international security issues, macroeconomic trends and the tasks of strategic leadership in the 21st century.
Widely credited for changing the course of two wars—by dramatically reducing the violence in Iraq when he led the so-called “Surge” and by halting the Taliban’s momentum in Afghanistan when he led the operation there—Petraeus was also instrumental in reshaping American military doctrine and then in implementing it when he led the conduct of comprehensive civil-military counterinsurgency campaigns.
Serving in multiple campaigns—including nearly seven years deployed following 9-11—Petraeus has been described as one of the “great battle captains of American history.” His command during many years in combat has resulted in comparisons to Ulysses S. Grant, John J. Pershing, George C. Marshall and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Following his military service, Petraeus led the CIA, where he oversaw significant achievements in America’s global counterterrorism campaign, pursued a substantial initiative to increase worldwide intelligence coverage, guided the development of a strategic plan for the agency and oversaw the establishment of a new Economic Security Center.
Petraeus has received numerous prestigious U.S. military, State Department, NATO and United Nations awards, including four Defense Distinguished Service Medals, three Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Secretary of State Distinguished Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the NATO Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge. Additionally, he has been decorated by 12 foreign countries. Petraeus currently serves as chairman of the Global Institute of KKR (a global private equity firm), as a visiting professor of public policy at CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College and a Judge Widney Professor at the University of Southern California.
The Premiere Cultural Weekend of the Year Where Art Meets Design
PSFAF is strategically scheduled over the popular President’s Day weekend (Feb, 13-16) traditionally one of the most highly populated weekends of the year in the region. The Coachella Valley explodes in population from 400,000 permanent residents to over 800,000 during this prime time 3 day weekend.Additionally, thousands of design lovers, interior designs and architects will already be planning their visit to the Convention Center as the fun and well attended 14th Modernism Show and Sales is held in the adjacent exhibit hall. It’s a rare opportunity for the region’s second-home owners, art loving snowbirds, and weekend visitors to experience not only modernism design- but the very best in post-war and contemporary art. The Palm Springs Fine Art Fair is the Desert’s largest and widest selection of fine art, ever- with $100 million in art for acquisition, 2,500 important works of art showcased by 60+ renowned galleries from around the world.
The Premiere Art Fair in the Southwest During the Height of the Season
The third annual Palm Springs Fine Art Fair 2014 returns to an eagerly awaited audience. The 2013 edition successfully uncovered one of the nations’ best kept secrets – that the Palm Springs region is a sparkling cultural mecca during the winter. In 2013, a substantial 12,000 acquisition oriented art lovers flowed into the Palm Springs Convention Center. The results were stunning with millions of dollars in art sales recorded by the 53 exhibiting galleries. Many attending art cognoscenti referred to the fair as “the best looking art fair in Southern California”. Anchored by the region’s most revered dealers, the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair in 2013 demonstrated that the wealthy, acquisition/art driven resort community will support a major international art event.
The Press Document the Success
The show attracted a flurry of rave reviews on Examiner, Coachella Valley Art Scene, ArtInfo and theDesert Sun. The press were eager to define and document the discovery a new market of art lovers who were ready, willing and able to embrace and support such a stellar entry in the art fair circuit.
Fairgoers were Dazzled and Impressed
The desert was buzzing after opening night as fairgoers were amazed by the world-class quality of the post-war and contemporary art on display, the impeccable production standards which included 12 ft high walls, awe-inspiring common are public installations and an impressive speaker program. The 2013 fair will raise the bar even higher.
An Art Oasis in the Desert
Once the playground of movies, captions of industry and world leaders, the region has evolved into a respected art oasis in the Southern California desert with a vibrant cultural scene devoted to the visual arts. It home to an expanding major arts museum (5,000 member The Palm Springs Art Museum- our opening night beneficiary), a vibrant art gallery scene (with 20 + galleries) and a remarkably strong base of highly savvy art patrons and collectors. The region is comprised of some of the highest -income zip codes on the west coast,, such as Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, and Indian Wells. After the rousing success of the first year, Palm Springs region is set to be the gracious host to the second year edition. – with festivities beginning February 14, St Valentine’s Day 2013, at the spectacular and readily accessible Palm Springs Convention Center.