March 3, 2013 |
You keep hearing about people who take these fabulous trips (see story) and they don't pay a penny - or very many pennies. You have miles, but you don't seem to be getting much, well, mileage out of them. For the last seven years, my life has been all about points. I quit my recruiting job on Wall Street, for which I traveled more than 150,000 miles a year (and collected numerous corporate credit card points), and founded ThePointsGuy.com , a website that's all about maximizing frequent-flier miles and credit card points.
October 8, 2012 |
NEW YORK - "Lincoln," Steven Spielberg's heavily anticipated historical drama about several critical weeks late in the life of the 16th U.S. president, made its debut at an unannounced screening at the New York Film Festival Monday night, where it got off to a strong if not spectacular awards-season start. "This is a journey for me unlike any other," Spielberg told an adoring crowd before the screening, "a journey through history I hoped would never end. " FOR THE RECORD: "Lincoln": In the Oct. 9 Calendar section, an article about a screening of "Lincoln" at the New York Film Festival said that one of the actresses in attendance was Thandie Newton.
January 19, 2010
Last year at this time, "Slumdog Millionaire" was such a prohibitive favorite that at some point all the other contenders seemed to take the rest of the season off. This year hasn't been nearly as predictable, nor as uniform. Favorites have had a shakier hold on their categories, and no movie has spread as widely across ballots as "Slumdog" did. That's why pundits (at least until recently) had whipped themselves frothy about the prospect of a left-field success. But as the awards season moves from confusion to clarity -- as it began to do when "Avatar" won best film and best director prizes at the Golden Globes Sunday night -- it also risks veering into certainty.
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August 23, 2006 |
Terence Tao, a UCLA professor who was a child prodigy in calculus and earned a doctorate when he was only 20, on Tuesday was awarded one of four Fields Medals -- an international prize considered the Nobel for mathematics. The Australian-born Tao, 31, was in Madrid to receive the honor, given out every four years at the International Congress of Mathematicians to candidates no older than 40.
November 28, 2012 |
The Producers Guild of America announced Wednesday the television series and specials and digital series nominated for the 24th Annual Producers Guild Awards -- and there are some new faces and switch-ups. In the drama category, "Breaking Bad" will compete with "Game of Thrones," "Mad Men," "Downton Abbey" (previously in the long-form category) and "Homeland" -- bumping last year's winner, "Boardwalk Empire," from the list, in addition to last year's nominees "The Good Wife" and "Dexter.
October 12, 2009 |
Oscar-winning director Mike Nichols has been selected by the American Film Institute Board of Trustees to receive the 38th annual AFI Life Achievement Award. The 77-year-old filmmaker joins directors John Ford, Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorsese, among others, who have received the AFI's highest honor for a career in film. Nichols' first Oscar nomination came with 1966's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" The following year, he won the Oscar for "The Graduate."
January 7, 2009 |
Superhero films are proving to be more than just popcorn escapism this award season. "The Dark Knight" earned a nomination Monday for the Producers Guild of America's top prize. And on Tuesday, "Iron Man," 2008's other superhero box-office champ, received a nomination for the USC Libraries 21st Annual Scripter Award.
January 26, 2007 |
What do you give as a 90th birthday present to a man who survived a plane crash into the Pacific Ocean during World War II, only to endure unspeakable horrors as a prisoner of war, who admits he was "an alcoholic, chain-smoker, rotten, lowdown stinker" before he found redemption in his religion and never looked back? Who set a track record for the scholastic mile at Torrance High that lasted 20 years, and a collegiate mile record at USC that stood for 15 years.
November 10, 1997 |
Winners of the fourth annual Bob Fosse Awards, honoring choreographic excellence in the entertainment industry, were announced Sunday at a gala benefit dinner and celebration at the Palace in Hollywood. Proceeds of the event supported Arnold Schwarzenegger's Inner City Games plus the Michael Peters and Bob Fosse scholarship programs.
June 6, 2010 |
Except for the cocktail dresses, the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards had a distinctly relaxed quality. So much so that before the evening ended, host Debra Messing removed her shoes. "I had to do it," she declared from the podium, her red-heeled Louboutins dangling from one hand. On ascending the stage, Emily Blunt followed suit. True to the event name, this was "A New Era." Blunt presented the Crystal Award to Universal Pictures Co-Chairman Donna Langley; Laura Dern gave Courteney Cox the Lucy Award, named for industry icon Lucille Ball; and Nicola Maramotti of MaxMara honored Zoe Saldana as the "Face of the Future."