Jess Cagle, editorial director of PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly,

Jess Cagle, editorial director of PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly,

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

When it comes to snagging celebrity interviews on Academy Awards night, no one knows more red carpet tricks than Jess Cagle.Want to catch Hillary Swank’s attention? Don’t shout her name. Call out her publicist’s name. Be prepared for shoe stomping and shoving from reporters jostling for position.And don’t mix up an actor’s name with their character’s name! Cagle, who hosted his fifth Oscars pre-show this year, will be sharing stories from the red carpet at a special event in his hometown of Abilene on Oct. 18. “An Evening on the Red Carpet with Jess Cagle” will celebrate his rise to the top of the entertainment journalism industry and his new job as editorial director of PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly – two of the world’s most popular celebrity weeklies.The Abilene Cultural Affairs Council will honor Cagle with a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award during this special event, which is also a fundraiser for the council’s HeARTS for the ARTS program. HeARTS provides grants for arts programming for children and special populations. The October event starts with an elegant dinner and drinks with Cagle at Prosperity Bank at 6 p.m. Guests will then proceed to the Historic Paramount Theatre, where Cagle will be honored and will share tales from the red carpet and how he climbed Time Inc.’s ranks. The evening concludes with dessert. Tickets are $125 each or $1,000 for a table of eight. Tickets for Cagle’s presentation at the Paramount and the dessert reception following are $20.Cagle moved to Abilene at the age of 11. At Cooper High School, he joined Robert Holladay’s Classic Film Society. The experience influenced his career choice and cemented a lifelong friendship with Holladay, who will introduce Cagle during the evening ceremonies.Call 677-1161 or email info@abilenecac.org for tickets.