Bello, Sher, Gyllenhaal rise, shine


"World Trade Center" stars Maria Bello and Maggie Gyllenhaal and producer Stacey Sher will be the keynote speakers Dec. 5 at The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment breakfast at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

The annual breakfast event is held in conjunction with the publication of The Reporter's Women in Entertainment Power 100 special issue, now in its 15th year.

"We are delighted to have such a talented trio keynote this year's breakfast," said John Kilcullen, publisher of The Reporter. "They each have noteworthy achievements in their respective fields and represent the essence of the success that Women in Entertainment is designed to celebrate."

Bello and Gyllenhaal earned accolades from critics this year for their performances as the wives of two NYPD officers trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center's twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001. An Oscar-nominated producer, Sher served as producer on "WTC," directed by Oliver Stone.

As part of the event, two-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep will receive the 2006 Sherry Lansing Leadership Award.

Bello's recent feature credits include "A History of Violence," "The Cooler" and "Thank You for Smoking." Her upcoming projects include "Butterfly on a Wheel" and "The Jane Austen Book Club." Gyllenhaal has become a fast-rising star since her breakthrough role in 2002 Sundance Film Festival favorite "Secretary." Her recent credits include "Stranger Than Fiction," "Happy Endings," "Mona Lisa Smile" and the upcoming "Sherrybaby" and "Trust the Man."

Sher is a partner in Double Feature Films. Her producing credits include "Along Came Polly," "Garden State," "Erin Brockovich," nominated for a best picture Oscar in 2001, "Pulp Fiction" and "Out of Sight." Double Feature's next feature film, "Freedom Writers," a drama starring Hilary Swank, is scheduled for release in January.

Lifetime Television is the presenting sponsor of the Women in Entertainment breakfast. Ford Motor Co. is a category sponsor. Black, Star & Frost and Source Veritas are participating sponsors.