February 14, 1991
BEST PICTURE "Awakenings" "Dances With Wolves" "Ghost" "The Godfather Part III" "GoodFellas" BEST ACTOR Kevin Costner, "Dances With Wolves" Robert De Niro, "Awakenings" Gerard Depardieu, "Cyrano de Bergerac" Richard Harris, "The Field" Jeremy Irons, "Reversal of Fortune" BEST ACTRESS Kathy Bates, "Misery" Anjelica Huston, "The Grifters" Julia Roberts, "Pretty Woman" Meryl Streep, "Postcards From the Edge" Joanne Woodward, "Mr. & Mrs.
February 21, 2013 |
In one episode of "Seinfeld," hapless George Costanza was hired as a stunt hand for a movie. Predictably, things went awry and poor George's hand never made a cinematic debut. In the days leading up to the 2013 Academy Awards ceremony, my own hand fared far better performing a tiny but stellar role in a documentary about the great Washington Post editorial cartoonist, Herblock. Last week, I got a call out of the blue asking if I had time to be a technical advisor for a film about the man whose pen name was derived from the simple mashing together of his first and last names, Herb Block.
February 6, 2013 |
Oscar has become golden for advertisers. In years past, advertising sales for the annual Academy Awards show would stretch into February with last-minute spots selling during Oscar weekend. But this season, Walt Disney Co.-owned ABC had sold most of the show's commercial time before Christmas. The telecast is sold out, Disney Chief Financial Officer Jay Rasulo said this week during a conference call with Wall Street analysts. It was the fastest pace for Oscar ad sales in more than a decade.
February 15, 2012 |
Eastman Kodak Co. won court approval Wednesday to remove its name from the Hollywood theater that hosts the Academy Awards. New York Bankruptcy Court Judge Allan Gropper rejected an effort by landlord CIM/H&H Media to compel Kodak to continue with a 20-year sponsorship deal signed in 2000 that is worth $72 million, spokespeople confirmed. The Kodak Theatre opened at the Hollywood & Highland complex in November 2001 and has since housed 10 Oscar ceremonies. Kodak sought to cancel the agreement, under which it paid about $3.6 million a year, to save money after its January filing for Chapter 11 reorganization.
January 30, 2012 |
The veteran stuntman has jumped from exploding boats, leaped off a 12-story building and driven motorcycles through balls of flame, surviving two broken backs and a broken neck. But the one feat that Jack Gill has been unable to perform is persuading the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize his craft. For two decades, the former professional motocross rider, who began his stunt career jumping cars in "The Dukes of Hazzard," has been waging a one-man crusade to persuade the academy to give out an award to stunt coordinators, who create and choreograph elaborate action scenes in movies and TV shows.
March 9, 1989 |
Big, glitzy and nostalgic seem to be the catchwords for this year's Oscars telecast, which was previewed Wednesday at L'Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills. "Everything's bigger than life," said the show's flamboyant producer Allan Carr. "It'll be very much like a Broadway musical." The draperies alone, if sewn together, would cover one side of the Empire State Building, or so a press release boasts. The length of the street in front of the Shrine Auditorium will be covered by a red carpet.
February 27, 1998 |
Robert F. Metzler, a writer and producer who served as business manager for the Academy Awards presentation ceremony for 44 years, has died. He was believed to be 80. Metzler, who had been working on the 70th Oscar show for March 23, died Monday in Los Angeles after a brief illness, his son, Robert Jr., said Thursday. A general trouble-shooter as well as business manager for the annual extravaganza, Metzler became a popular raconteur of stories about the stars and the shows.
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March 18, 2000 |
Pity the crook who carted off those unmarked crates of Oscar statuettes from a loading dock: Maybe they thought those shrink-wrapped boxes held computers, VCRs or auto parts--quick cash on the black market. Boy, were they wrong. What they hauled away instead was 500 pounds of Tinseltown's greatest dreams, a police investigation complete with a 24-hour tip hotline and a $50,000 bounty for their arrest.
February 18, 1993
* Picture: "The Crying Game," "A Few Good Men," "Howards End," "Scent of a Woman," "Unforgiven." * Actor: Robert Downey Jr., "Chaplin"; Clint Eastwood, "Unforgiven"; Al Pacino, "Scent of a Woman"; Stephen Rea, "The Crying Game"; Denzel Washington, "Malcolm X." * Actress: Catherine Deneuve, "Indochine"; Mary McDonnell, "Passion Fish"; Michelle Pfeiffer, "Love Field"; Susan Sarandon, "Lorenzo's Oil"; Emma Thompson, "Howards End."
February 22, 2012
A garden spot again Re "Restoring a Griffith Park sanctuary," Feb. 19 It was 1949; Fern Dell, that bit of heaven in Griffith Park, was the destination for my first date with my then-future husband. I had packed tuna sandwiches for our picnic, and the sun was shining on our special day. We wandered through the area enjoying the beauty of the ferns and the sound of the water as it streamed over the rocks. We've been married 58 years and have wanted to return to Fern Dell, but we have been concerned about security.