- - Thursday, November 1, 2012

Jodie Foster is adding a new trophy to her collection — a lifetime-achievement honor at the Golden Globes.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced Thursday that Miss Foster will receive the group’s Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 70th annual Globes ceremony on Jan. 13.

Miss Foster, 49, is a two-time Globes and Academy Award winner. She was honored with leading- actress trophies at both ceremonies for 1991’s “The Silence of the Lambs” and 1988’s “The Accused,” which she won in a three-way tie at the Globes with Sigourney Weaver for “Gorillas in the Mist” and Shirley MacLaine for “Madame Sousatzka.”

DeMille Award winners are chosen by the board of directors for the foreign press group. It includes about 90 reporters who cover Hollywood for overseas outlets.

Jodie is a multifaceted woman that has achieved immeasurable amounts of success and will continue to do so in her career,” said HFPA President Aida Takla-O’Reilly. “Her ambition, exuberance and grace have helped pave the way for budding artists in this business. She’s truly one of a kind.”

Miss Foster has appeared in more than 40 films. She began her career at 3 years old, starring in a Coppertone commercial, and went on to act in such movies as “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” “Taxi Driver,” “Nell,” “The Brave One” and “Carnage.” She also directed the films “Little Man Tate,” “Home for the Holidays” and “The Beaver.” Her next role is as a government official in director Neill Blomkamp’s sci-fi saga “Elysium” with Matt Damon.

The DeMille Award went to Morgan Freeman earlier this year. Past winners include Robert De Niro, Steven Spielberg, Barbra Streisand, Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood.

The Globes, Hollywood’s second-biggest movie awards after the Oscars, will air live on NBC next year with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.

NBC plans benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy victims

NBC will hold a benefit concert Friday for victims of Hurricane Sandy featuring some artists native to the areas hardest hit.

Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi of New Jersey and Billy Joel of Long Island are scheduled to appear at the concert, hosted by “Today” show co-host Matt Lauer.

Other performers include Christina Aguilera, Sting and Jimmy Fallon.

The telecast will benefit the American Red Cross and will be shown on NBC and its cable stations including Bravo, CNBC, USA, MSNBC and E! Other networks are invited to join in.

“Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together” will air at 8 p.m. and will be tape-delayed in the West.

The telethon will be broadcast from NBC facilities in Rockefeller Center in New York City.

New ‘X Factor’ hosts feel pressure of live shows

Britney Spears was coolly composed on the first live episode of “The X Factor.” The same can’t be said for new host Khloe Kardashian Odom and her microphone.

Mrs. Odom, adding to her reality TV credentials, was paired with Mario Lopez to emcee “X Factor” as the singing contest shifted from taped to live broadcasts on Wednesday.

Mr. Lopez, host of “Extra,” performed like the pro he is. Mrs. Odom came across like the novice she is, shouting her lines despite the mic clutched in her hand and making awkward small talk with contestants and judge and executive producer Simon Cowell.

When Mr. Lopez teased 13-year-old singer Diamond White about having a boyfriend, the girl replied, “No, we’re friends. My mom would kill me.”

“Don’t let your mom kill you,” exclaimed Mrs. Odom, drawing a confused smile from Diamond.

In a conference call Tuesday, Mr. Cowell had discussed expectations for his co-host, a member of reality TV’s first family that includes sister Kim Kardashian. Mrs. Odom’s credits include “Khloe and Lamar” with husband Lamar Odom, a Los Angeles Clippers player.

She wants to “prove a point,” Mr. Cowell said, noting observers had questioned Mrs. Odom’s readiness to steer a live program.

“I kind of like to see the unpredictable and I quite like seeing people under pressure and just how they deal with it,” Mr. Cowell said. Mrs. Odom and Mr. Lopez replaced first-season host Steve Jones, a U.K. TV personality.

Mr. Cowell also expressed reservations about how Miss Spears would manage.

While lauding her as a “very, very good judge” so far, he told the teleconference it was unclear “what she’s going to be like on a live show” involving competition between judges over the contestants they are mentoring.

Miss Spears, a pop princess who has struggled in her personal life, proved up to the task. She heaped praise on singers and remained calm when criticism was leveled at those she’s guiding.

When Mr. Cowell told one teenager that “we need to sort your vocals out,” Miss Spears shot back, “I disagree. I think you’re a true star.”

It was Mr. Cowell himself who committed the biggest flub of the night: He was bleeped for using what appeared to be British slang found questionable by Fox.

Of the 16 acts featured on the live “X Factor,” four were to be cut Thursday by Miss Spears, Mr. Cowell, Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Demi Lovato. Viewers will decide contestants’ fates in following weeks.

• Compiled from Web and wire reports

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