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October 10, 2006 | Elizabeth Snead, Special to The Times
"BLOOD DIAMOND," Ed Zwick's film starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Djimon Hounsou and Jennifer Connelly, doesn't open until Dec. 15, but it's already getting more free publicity than Warner Bros. could have dreamed of.
December 8, 2006 | Valli Herman, Times Staff Writer
The diamond industry had reason to fear "Blood Diamond." The movie, set in 1990s Sierra Leone, is two-plus hours of brutal violence and corrupt gem dealing -- opening smack in the middle of the biggest diamond-buying season of the year. Early on, its star, Leonardo DiCaprio, went on record saying he now forbids his dates to wear diamonds. Amnesty International and Global Witness took the opportunity to publicize human rights abuses.
October 26, 2011 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
Comb the list of actors contending for an Oscar this year, and you might think you're seeing double. Award season sometimes brings the occasional star with a pair of movies in the running, but this year no fewer than a half-dozen performers could find their biggest rival staring at them in the mirror. The list of acting award hopefuls with multiple movies is long and diverse: Brad Pitt, Carey Mulligan, Viola Davis, Ryan Gosling, Jessica Chastain, Michael Fassbender and George Clooney, who, with his turn as a grieving father in the low-key drama "The Descendants," will try to win his first lead actor Oscar even as he's pushing "The Ides of March," the political drama he directed, produced, co-wrote and costars in. "I always feel like I'm competing against myself," Clooney told The Times.
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