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Tuesday, December 05, 2017 1:00 am


SAG picks actress as its first host

Staff, news services

The Screen Actors Guild Awards will have a host for the first time next year.

Executive producer Kathy Connell said Monday that actress Kristen Bell will preside over the 24th annual ceremony in January.

Bell said in a statement that she's “a little nervous” about being the show's first host but glad she'll be in the company of her acting colleagues. The SAG Awards recognize outstanding performances in TV and film as chosen by members of the actors' union.

Connell said the awards committee wanted to “capture the cultural mood” of change by breaking with its own tradition and having a host for its gala show. The 24th annual SAG Awards will be broadcast live on TBS and TNT Jan. 21.

Hurricane concert

Dave Matthews and Trey Anastasio Band will perform at a concert in January to benefit hurricane relief efforts in the United States and the British Virgin Islands.

Aaron Neville will also perform at Radio City Music Hall in New York for “A Concert for Island Relief” on Jan. 6. Tickets go on sale Friday.

The Madison Square Garden Company, which owns Radio City, says it will donate the use of the venue and “will cover all venue-related expenses.” Ticketmaster will also donate proceeds from ticket service fees to the event. Funds will benefit those affected by Hurricane Irma, which ripped through Florida, and Hurricane Maria, which caused widespread destruction in Puerto Rico.

LA critics' picks

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association voted “Call Me By Your Name” the best film of the year, bestowing a total of three awards on Luca Guadagnino's erotic coming-of-age tale.

The critics, who announced their awards Sunday on Twitter, also named the film's breakout star, Timothee Chalamet, best actor. Guadagnino shared in the award for best director with Guillermo del Toro for “The Shape of Water.” Del Toro's Cold War-era fairytale also came away with three awards, including best actress for Sally Hawkins.

The wins further solidified “Call Me By Your Name” as an Oscar favorite.  

Seniors sought

Do you know a person, age 70 and older, with an interesting story to share about their life? We would love to hear about it for an upcoming feature called “Senior Portraits.” Send the person's name, city of residence, a contact number and a brief description about them to Terri Richardson at or The Journal Gazette, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802. Deadline for submissions is Dec. 15.

Happy birthday

Among today's celebrity birthdays: Singer Little Richard is 85. Singer Jim Messina is 70. Country singer Gary Allan is 50. Comedian Margaret Cho is 49. Actress Paula Patton is 42. Actress Amy Acker is 41. Actor Adan Canto is 36. Singer Keri Hilson is 35. Actor Frankie Muniz is 32. Actor Ross Bagley is 29.