“Entertainment Tonight” will present a tribute to the honorees of the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on its nationally-syndicated show at 7 p.m. today, Dec. 19, on KMIR-TV, channels 13 and 606 on Time Warner Cable and channel 36 on Dish and DirectTV.
The honorees will discuss the awards they’re about to receive at the gala and the movies that gave them the opportunities for recognition not only in Palm Springs, but possibly by Academy voters for Oscar nominations.
“That’s a big thing not just for the festival but for the city,” said festival board chairman Harold Matzner. “We’re talking about millions
and millions of impressions, but we’re also talking about increasing the importance of the overall event, and that increases the importance of Palm Springs’ relationship with Hollywood overall.”
The festival honorees announced so far are Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Tom Hanks, Matthew McConaughey, Steve McQueen, Thomas Newman, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts and the cast of “American Hustle.”
“Entertainment Tonight” is a sponsor of the Palm Springs International Film Festival and its long-time news anchor, Mary Hart, hosts the Awards Gala presented by Cartier. The sold-out gala will be held Jan. 4 at the Palm Springs Convention Center.
The “Entertainment Tonight” tribute will be re-broadcast at 5 p.m. Dec. 28 and on Dec. 29 immediately after the football games on NBC.
Matzner spoke about the tribute in a recent video interview with me that can be seen on mydesert.com.