HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Feb. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Longtime CBS/NBC TV news reporter-critic David Sheehan is hosting a new internet special "AND THE WINNERS ARE!", a show that marks a second major historical milestone in his 50-year on-air career.
Sheehan was the first entertainment reporter-critic on a newscast in the history of television. Now, his "AND THE WINNERS ARE!" turns out to have more major stars (25) than any hour-long show in the history of television.
"AND THE WINNERS ARE!" is a fast-paced 60-minute spectacular featuring 25 of Sheehan's movie star interviews with the most famous Oscar winners (and losers) from the past five decades, including this year's Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio, predicted in advance by Sheehan who called DiCaprio an "about time" sure thing after 5 nominations. The show also features screen icons Marlon Brando, Woody Allen, Tom Hanks, Sylvester Stallone, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, Dustin Hoffman, John Travolta, Jack Nicholson, Paul Newman, Robin Williams, Al Pacino, and ten more.
The show's opening segment deals with the Oscar controversy over African-Americans being completely left out of the nominations this year, and last. Will Smith, who fostered the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite trending social media protest (with wife Jada Pinkett), is the leadoff star, while Oscar winners Denzel Washington, Halle Berry and Morgan Freeman are on hand as reminders that the Academy Awards weren't always so whitewashed.
The outspoken thoughts and feelings of the stars, including personal revelations about the impact of fame on their humanity, offer a bristling kaleidoscope of attitudes about Oscar, ranging from disdain for the process to loving the acclaim.
"AND THE WINNERS ARE!" is now streaming worldwide from Oscar Sunday February 28 thru March 31, 2016 (Sheehan's birthday) on YouTube, Facebook, Starz, JLTV, Bravo, A&E and three different popular social media platforms in Italy, France and Spain, with a worldwide audience estimated to be 100 million or more.
All proceeds go to benefit the good work of Sheehan's three favorite charities: Children of The Night in Van Nuys, California; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee; and the Los Angeles Mission in Downtown L.A. and Hollywood.
The show is sponsored by Carnival Cruise Lines with its 10 world's leading cruise brands, the Disney Company with its new March 4 release "Zootopia", and VCI Home Entertainment with its newly minted DVD release of "Pippin", the Tony Award winning Broadway musical by Oscar winner Bob Fosse, who is one of only three directors in the show, the other two being Eastwood and Italy's Federico Fellini.
"AND THE WINNERS ARE!" is a production of HollywoodCloseUps.com written and produced by David Sheehan, with noted editor/producer Derek Bloom, special editing by John Diamond and Tod Hillman, coordinating producer Susan Haymer, associate producers Jeffrey Jacobs, Michael Vincent and Stacia Brigham, and executive producer Kellyann Chippendale.
Ian Marshall of RetroVideo.com in Glendale, CA manages "The Sheehan Collection" of interviews from 1970-2016 now available for footage licensing.
Here is the official "AND THE WINNERS ARE …" Full Show YouTube link: https://youtu.be/EFrdHilCu9A
SOURCE David Sheehan