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Jennifer Hudson: Faith, Tragedy and New Music

Jennifer Hudson is preparing to release a new album, “JHUD,” in September—her third studio album and her first since the conclusion of the lengthy trial of the man who killed three of her closest family members—and her faith, in the wake of tragedy, is stronger than ever.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE



Dustin Lance Black Speaks: Pasadena City College Officials Created ‘Toxic and Dishonest’ Atmosphere

The president and board of trustees at Pasadena City College thrust their school into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons recently with a political and public relations debacle involving PCC alumnus and Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black.

Posted on Apr 30, 2014 READ MORE



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‘Monsieur Lazhar’: Tragedy and Humanity

At its best, “Monsieur Lazhar” is something very rare in film: a study in self-containment.

Posted on Apr 13, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Damian Dovargane

We’d Like to Thank the Academy ... for What?

In the beginning it was called the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and/or Sciences. While its ostensible purpose was management-approved mediation, its implicit goal was to pre-empt actors, writers and directors from organizing, as carpenters, musicians and electricians had done in 1926. Statuettes were an afterthought.

Posted on Feb 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Kim Novak Blasts ‘The Artist’ for Sonically Raping ‘Vertigo’

Actress Kim Novak took the trouble of taking out a full-page ad in Variety on Monday to accuse one of the most buzzed-about movies of 2011, “The Artist,” of violating her “body of work” by borrowing music from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” to set a retro mood.

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Evan Agostini

Not Much ‘Sunshine’ in Kaufman’s Next Act

Screenwriter and director Charlie Kaufman made his name in lights with his Academy Award-winning script for “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” but six more years in showbiz have apparently dimmed his Oscar afterglow, given the details on his latest project that The Wrap served up.

Posted on Oct 10, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Army.mil

Bigelow Pushing Forward With ‘Kill Bin Laden’

After her Oscar win for “The Hurt Locker,” director Kathryn Bigelow set her sights on another ambitious project that has taken on new significance over the last 24 hours, given the subject matter: “Kill Bin Laden.” However, as Deadline’s Mike Fleming pointed out Monday, the movie isn’t solely focused on the late al-Qaida leader.

Posted on May 2, 2011 READ MORE


‘Colbert Report’: On James Franco and Codpieces

Academy Award™-nominated actor and sometime homicidal soap opera villain James Franco has been called a Renaissance man by certain members of the press. This rankles Stephen Colbert, who uses his show as a platform to besmirch Franco’s name, with help from Franco himself.

Posted on Apr 19, 2011 READ MORE



imdb.com

‘In a Better World’: Oscar Bait Without Much Bite

Despite landing the Oscar for best foreign film, not to mention some good acting, “In a Better World” aims for the heart—and misses.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



imdb.com

2010: The Year of Staggering Irrelevance in Oscarland

It begins sometime in early December, in a screening room near you, with a handful of middle-aged men and women impatiently awaiting the start of a new movie.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE



imdb.com

Critics Call ‘King’s Speech’ Historically Incorrect

With “The King’s Speech” sitting comfortably atop this year’s heap of Oscar-nominated films, it’s not surprising that there might be some grumbles from critical corners about the movie’s actual merits. But in this case, a couple prominent voices ...

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / David Shankbone (CC-BY-SA)

Filmmaker to Spill Scientology Story

His defection from the Church of Scientology’s celebrity coterie was big news in 2009, and now writer and director Paul Haggis is following up with a detailed exploration of his former organization, in the form of a book collaboration with journalist Lawrence Wright.

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 READ MORE


Streep

Meryl Streep Gives Barnard Grads a Royal Sendoff

At least you know when you ask an Oscar-winning actress to be your commencement speaker that she probably won’t botch her lines, but will she actually have anything of value to say, or will she just spend 90 minutes exploring the nuances of her “craft”? (continued)

Posted on May 19, 2010 READ MORE


Polanski
AP / Roberto Pfeil

Polanski Speaks

Declaring that he only wants “to be treated fairly like everyone else,” auteur-in-exile Roman Polanski spoke out on his own behalf on Sunday via his ally Bernard-Henri Lévy’s website, claiming that there are “no grounds” for his extradition to the U.S. to face charges related to his decades-old sexual assault case.

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE



Mark Fellman / WETA courtesy 20th Century Fox

‘Avatar’ Gets Earth Day DVD Release

Fans of James Cameron’s “Avatar” who are anxiously waiting to watch, pause for commentary and perhaps act out the film in the comfort of their own homes now have a date, and an auspicious one, when they can make that magic happen: April 22. Twentieth Century Fox is giving “Avatar” ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 16, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama’s Big Push; Is Financial Reform Next?

President Barack Obama postponed his Asia trip to make a final push on health care. Will it really come to a vote within 10 days? Will the shocking report on Lehman Brothers’ financial manipulations hasten financial regulation reform? “Left, Right & Center” mainstays Robert Scheer, Tony Blankley and Matt Miller take a crack at these questions on this week’s show.

Posted on Mar 12, 2010 READ MORE


Oscars
AP / Amy Sancetta

An Oscar for America’s Hubris

What a shame that the one movie about the Iraq war that has a chance of being viewed by a large worldwide audience should be so disappointing. According to press reports, members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences finally found a movie about the Iraq war they liked because it is “apolitical.”

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE



Los Angeles Times

Hollywood’s Woman Problem

It’s Oscar night, but that should not cause us to ignore the results of a recently released study of the 100 top-grossing films of 2007 showing that men filled almost all the directing jobs, with women accounting for only about 3 percent. Writing and producing find similarly problematic, but less pronounced, gender gaps.

Posted on Mar 7, 2010 READ MORE


Hurt Locker
imdb.com

U.S. Soldier Sues, Claims He’s ‘Hurt Locker’ Character

He and his lawyer waited until the Oscar ballots were in, but on Tuesday, Master Sgt. Jeffrey Sarver, a U.S. Army soldier who worked as a bomb disposal specialist in Iraq, filed a lawsuit claiming that he had provided the real-world inspiration for actor Jeremy Renner’s character in “The Hurt Locker.” Why did he wait until the votes were cast?

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 READ MORE


Hurt Locker
imdb.com

‘Hurt Locker’ Producer’s E-Mail Campaign Ruffles Feathers

It’s the season of the knockdown, drag-out Oscar campaign, and one of this year’s Academy Award nominees, “The Hurt Locker” co-producer Nicolas Chartier, has thrown down in a mighty conspicuous (and potentially self-defeating) way.

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 READ MORE


Wilson and Penn
nmsu.edu/aceshowbiz.com

Penn May Take On Plame ‘Game’

Here’s a melding of celebrity and politics that might just be a natural: Academy Award™-winning actor and sometime international political analyst Sean Penn is in talks to play former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, husband of outed CIA agent Valerie Plame, in director Doug Liman’s dramatic retelling of Plame’s story, currently known in deal-making circles as “Fair Game.”

Posted on Feb 23, 2009 READ MORE


Slumdog Millionaire
telegraph.co.uk

Yet Another Oscar Snoozer?

Well, the Academy has spoken, picking this year’s Oscar nominees, and they couldn’t be safer or more boring ... except for those categories in which “Milk” figures in somewhere. At least that’s what the San Francisco Chronicle’s completely unimpressed critic Mick LaSalle thinks.

Posted on Jan 22, 2009 READ MORE


Al Gore
usatoday.com

Gore Has His Eye on the Prize

Forget the Oscar—the Nobel Peace Prize is where it’s at, and environmental advocate and former Vice President Al Gore may soon add one to his trophy case. That’s according to the predictions of a number of Nobel experts who did some handicapping for Reuters.

Posted on Oct 5, 2007 READ MORE



From indiewire.com

Don’t Believe the Hype

“Brokeback Mountain” may be topping the Oscar charts, but its success has just as much to say about America’s homophobic tendencies as it does our homophilic ones.
Check back Wednesday for a major new essay on that topic by Truthdig’s Larry Gross, a pioneer in the field of gay and lesbian studies.

Posted on Jan 31, 2006 READ MORE



Kimberly French/Focus Features

Love and Loss on Brokeback Mountain

“Brokeback Mountain,” winner of four Golden Globes, including Best Dramatic Film, goes beyond gay issues to not only break your heart but wring your soul.

Posted on Dec 9, 2005 READ MORE


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