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‘Remember Me,’ Rita Moreno’s latest, filming in Berkeley

Actress Rita Moreno sits on the Tilden Park Merry-Go-Round during a break between shooting scenes for Remember Me, in Berkeley, on Monday, July 6, 2015. Photo: David Yee ©2015
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Rita Moreno sat in a brightly colored sled on the Tilden Park carousel as it whirled around, its accompanying music quiet for a change. A crew of camera operators and sound technicians crouched before her on the carousel floor, capturing her pensive expression.

From the adjoining room, producers Heather Haggarty and Nanou Matteson watched Moreno on a monitor and murmured instructions for the crew into a walkie talkie. As the carousel slowed to a halt, the production team hurried out to the side of merry-go-round to discuss their next moves.

The scene, which took place on Monday, is part of Remember Me, a movie in production by Bay Area company Sparklight Films and slated for a 2016 release. It’s currently being filmed in locations across Berkeley and the East Bay and stars Moreno alongside Steve Goldbloom, who is also the project’s writer and director, and Joel Kelley Dauten. … Continue reading »

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The Oscars come to Berkeley at film foundation benefit

12 Years a Slave, one of the movies nominated for an Academy Award this year. The ceremony will be screened on March 2 at a benifit dinner for the Berkeley Film Foundation. Photo:
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The Oscars are coming to downtown Berkeley this year for the first time with a glitzy new event at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza that promises to give those who go a taste of the red carpet, and the chance to support our homegrown movie-making engine, the Berkeley Film Foundation.

Berkeleywood, on Sunday March 2, the night of the 86th Academy Awards broadcast, offers the chance to watch the ceremony live on the big screen while enjoying delicious food and wine prepared by Stephane Tonnelier, executive chef of Five restaurant.

Political satirist Will Durst is the emcee for the evening and the special honored guest is Academy Award winner Rita Moreno. … Continue reading »

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Rita Moreno’s life laid bare in ‘Life without Makeup’

Rita Moreno with Salvatore Vassello (left) and Ray Garcia in Life Without Makeup. Photo by Kevin Berne via Berkeley Rep
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When audiences entered Berkeley Rep’s Roda theater on Wednesday night, they passed by a table with a shiny display: an Oscar, a Grammy, two Emmy awards, a National Medal of the Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The awards, of course, belonged to Rita Moreno, the legendary 79-year old actress who is one of the few people to have won an EGOT, a popular term that describes the winning of all four major American entertainment awards. Moreno accomplished this … Continue reading »

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A Berkeley celebration of Mark Twain

Guests browse Twain's papers
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Since the esteemed humorist died 100 years ago and couldn’t read from his own text, other authors, poets, actors, and filmmakers did the honors.

Under a carved wooden ceiling in the Heyns Reading Room of Doe Library, Michael Chabon, Maxine Hong Kingston, Rita Moreno, Mary Roach, Robert Haas, Bob … Continue reading »

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Berkeley Rep ‘roasts’ Susie Medak

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Susie Medak has served as Berkeley Rep‘s Managing Director for 20 years. In this video produced by the theater company — more of a roast than a celebration — artistic director Tony Taccone compares his relationship with Medak as akin to the one between Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton from The Honeymooners. They were famously combative. Rita Moreno, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, and State Senator Loni Hancock also share their thoughts.

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Top honor for Rita Moreno

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Berkeley’s own Rita Moreno yesterday received the nation’s top cultural honor, the National Medal of Arts. President Obama presented the award to the star of stage and screen after spending the day in healthcare lock-down mode.

Moreno is the only Latina actress to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony for her dance and acting work. She was recently seen in a revival of “The Glass Menagerie” at the Berkeley Rep.

A total of  20 artists, performers and writers … Continue reading »

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