Hitched, Hatched, Hired

6:00 AM PST 06/05/2012 by THR Staff

Inside the industry's celebrations and news.

BARRYMORE-KOPELMAN WEDDING: Drew Barrymore married art consultant Will Kopelman on June 2 during a low-key garden-themed ceremony at her Montecito, Calif., estate. The Kopelman family rabbi, flown in from New York for the occasion, officiated before guests including Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth, Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw, Cameron Diaz, Jimmy Fallon and Busy Philipps. Barrymore, who wore a custom Chanel dress created by Karl Lagerfeld, and Kopelman are expecting their first child together this year.

WEDDINGS

Betsy Fischer, executive producer on NBC's Meet the Press, and Jonathan Martin, senior political reporter at Politico, were married May 27 at the Airlie Center in Warrenton, Va. Tom Brokaw toasted the pair in front of 220 guests: "This is what unites us," he said, "the idea that two people who care passionately about their country and about the political system that drives it, finding each other, setting out on their married life." Fischer and Martin, who met while covering the 2008 presidential campaign and became engaged in 2011, will honeymoon in Rome and Capri.

Andrew Drooker, senior director of emerging platforms and technologies at The Weather Channel, married Amy Mandelbaum on May 6 at the Ritz-Carlton in downtown Atlanta. The couple met on a blind date.

CONGRATS

Comedy Central appointed Brooke Posch vp original programming and devel-opment East Coast on May 29.

National Geographic Channels hired Jennifer DeGuzman as vp communications May 29 and promoted Dara Klatt to senior corporate communications director and Erin Griffin to associate director of communications and talent relations.

Steven Spielberg was scheduled to present Walt Disney Co. chairman and CEO Robert Iger with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute's Ambassador for Humanity Award on June 6 at the institute's annual gala.

U.K.-based international sales and financing label Protagonist Pictures appointed Mike Goodridge CEO on May 29.

Todd Whiting was promoted to senior vp at NBCUniversal cable and new-media distribution May 30.

Film District on May 31 hired Tracy Pollard as senior vp creative advertising, Brad Goldberg as senior vp media and Anna Baxter as senior vp digital marketing and upped Adrian Alperovich to COO.

DEATHS

Dee Caruso, half of the comedy team with Gerald Gardner who wrote for TV's Get Smart and The Monkees and Disney film The World's Greatest Athlete, died May 27 of pneumonia in Los Angeles.

Desperate Housewives actress Kathryn Joosten died June 2 of cancer in Los Angeles. She was 72.

Dick Beals, who provided the voice for animated characters Gumby and Speedy Alka-Seltzer, died May 29 in Vista, Calif. He was 85.

BIRTHDAYS

  • June 7: Bill Prady, Bill Hader, Michael Cera
  • June 8: Jerry Stiller, Julianna Margulies, producer Marcos Siega
  • June 9: Natalie Portman, Aaron Sorkin, Johnny Depp, David Koepp, composer James Newton Howard
  • June 10: Leelee Sobieski, Kate Upton
  • June 11: Gene Wilder, Hugh Laurie, Peter Dinklage, Dana Brunetti, Shia LaBeouf
  • June 13: Joe Roth, Stellan Skarsgard, Chris Evans, Kat Dennings

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AFI Fetes MacLaine for Life Achievement

Shirley MacClaine doesn't know what's in store June 7 at Sony Pictures Studios when she'll become the 40th recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. "I don't want to know," she says. "I told them, 'I've lived my life; you interpret it.' " That openness to serendipity has served her well. Consider the remarkably varied list of films that launched her career, beginning with Alfred Hitchcock's The Trouble With Harry in 1955. "He could be quite humorously sarcastic," remembers MacLaine, 78. She then jumped into the Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis comedy Artists and Models. "I thought Dean was the funny one," she insists. Next came the far-flung locations of Around the World in 80 Days, where MacLaine discovered a lifelong love of travel. Then she tackled the serious drama of Some Came Running, for which she earned the first of six Oscar nominations, culminating in her 1984 win for Terms of Endearment. How did MacLaine escape typecasting? "They just never knew what to do with me," she laughs. -- Gregg Kilday

 

 

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