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January 19, 2014
Captain Phillips Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $40.99 Available on VOD beginning Jan. 21 The true story of the hijacking of the freighter Maersk Alabama becomes a refreshingly original action movie in "Captain Phillips," a Paul Greengrass-directed, Billy Ray-scripted, Tom Hanks-starring docudrama that plays up the complexities of the conflict with a you-are-there intensity. As Richard Phillips, Hanks is officious and even a little prickly, which exacerbates the situation when he's being held at gunpoint by a young, wiry pirate (Barkhad Abdi)
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December 12, 2013 | By Lisa Rosen
British actress Sally Hawkins first broke out as the unsinkable Poppy in Mike Leigh's 2008 feature "Happy-Go-Lucky," for which she won the Golden Globe. As the working-class Ginger in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine" earlier this year, she starts out with some of that optimism, but her sister Jasmine's arrival manages to mess with that. Played by Cate Blanchett with the fragility of cracking porcelain, Jasmine tears apart Ginger's life, apparently not satisfied with simply destroying her own. Ginger responds with her own heart-wrenching mix of adoration and anger.
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October 7, 2007 | Rachel Abramowitz, Times Staff Writer
THERE are few more iconic figures in some circles than Queen Elizabeth I and Bob Dylan. One was England's famous Virgin Queen, who vigorously guarded her country's independence during the age of Shakespeare and the Spanish Armada; the other America's rumbly voiced bard. Nothing connects them in the popular imagination, but a pair of concurrently released films shows these figures struggling with their phantom alter egos, the mythic selves that live free-form in the culture.
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November 6, 1998 | SCARLET CHENG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The noise level of the Los Angeles premiere party for "Elizabeth," in which luminous Australian actress Cate Blanchett assumes the lofty title role of the 16th century British queen, is nearly deafening. Waiters are self-consciously parading about in velvet Elizabethan costumes, and Blanchett is lodged in a semicircular booth with her own protective ladies-in-waiting--publicists--forming a cordon to keep trespassers out.
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March 2, 2014 | By Glenn Whipp
You should have your Oscar pool by now. Twenty-four categories. One hundred and twenty-one choices. And, no, "The Lego Movie" is not among them. (Next year. Next year.) We've been here for you for the last six months, starting back in September when "12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" pulled to the front of the pack after wowing at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals. And here we are ... yes, same as it ever was , with the Oscars coming around the bend on Sunday. So, one last time, the envelopes, please.
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January 30, 2014 | By James Rocchi
For many actors, Academy Award-nominated performances are to die for. Or, rather, if you play a character who dies - or who's dealing with illness or disability - your chances of earning a nomination and even the win go up significantly. Of the last 20 lead actor Oscar races, for example, 40% of wins have gone to actors who played characters who died on screen, an additional 25% of wins went to actors playing ill or mentally ill characters. In the last 20 years of lead actress races, 30% of wins were for playing characters who died or were ill. The numbers are inexplicably far higher among supporting actor wins (55%)
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March 2, 2014 | By Susan King and Rene Lynch
“12 Years A Slave” won best picture at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night, a poignant victory for the harrowing look at slavery in the United States. Brad Pitt, one of the producers and stars, accepted the honor and then handed off accepting duties to director and fellow producer Steve McQueen. FULL COVERAGE: Oscars 2014 | Red carpet “Everyone deserves not just to survive but to live,” said the British filmmaker. “I dedicate this award to all the people who have endured slavery” and to those who still suffer in slavery today.
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January 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Robert De Niro wasn't technically nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award this year, but leave it to Bobby D. to find a way into the winner's circle regardless. At the SAG Awards ceremony on Saturday night, De Niro was on hand to present the award for best actress, which went to Cate Blanchett for her role in "Blue Jasmine. " After delivering the statuette and a peck on the cheek to Blanchett, De Niro, who last year was nominated for his supporting role in "Silver Linings Playbook" and as part of that film's ensemble, was presumably done for the night.
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