February 25, 2013 |
TEHRAN -- Since the news from Hollywood flashed early Monday in Iran, text messages have been passing the word: A film widely denounced here as a stereotyped, anti-Iranian caricature won the coveted Oscar for best picture. "I am secular, atheist and not pro-regime but I think the film 'Argo' has distorted history and insulted Iranians," said Hossain, a cafe owner worried about business because of customers' lack of cash in a sanctions-battered economy. "For me, it wasn't even a good thriller.
February 24, 2013 |
"Tonight, for the first time, the Oscars have a theme," Seth MacFarlane said at the start of this year's Academy Awards, adding that Sunday night's show would be celebrating the marriage of film and music. Moments later, the host was cavorting around the stage singing a song that seemed pulled from the writers room at his animated series "Family Guy" rather than one built for the regal Oscar proceedings. "We saw your boobs," MacFarlane cheerily sang, a performance William Shatner, who was dressed as Capt.
January 17, 2013 |
In the week since Oscar nominations were announced, we've sat through two award shows - the Critics' Choice Awards, thrown by a group of junketeers who, according to Anne Hathaway at least, can't even spell the names of their winners right, and the Golden Globes, hosted by the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., a wacky bunch of journalists whose news conferences require actors to pose for pictures with each and every member. Both these groups gave "Argo" awards for best motion picture drama over "Lincoln.
December 9, 2012 |
Even in 1912, movies audiences had their favorite stars. Like Maurice Costello, the great-grandfather of Drew Barrymore. In the lighthearted "The Picture Idol," a devoted fan can't stop following him. So Costello sets up a clever ruse of introducing the female admirer to a phony wife and child so she will leave him alone. "The Picture Idol" is one of the many films screening during the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' program "A Century Ago: The Films of 1912" Thursday evening at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood.
November 27, 2012 |
Oscar season means hopefuls in the race for the trophies make their faces seen around town, and that doesn't mean just for film academy voters or the press. Case in point: Actress Keira Knightley and director Robert Zemeckis both have films that have great awards potential and both are making in-person appearances at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre in the next week. On Sunday, the Cinematheque is screening "Flight" as part of a multi-film tribute to Zemeckis' work, and the filmmaker himself will be there following the 7:30 p.m. screening.
November 12, 2012 |
Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" and Sam Mendes' "Skyfall," the latest installment in the James Bond series, both enjoyed overflow crowds at theaters this weekend, including one venue of particular note -- the 1,012-seat Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills -- which had to turn away film academy members who showed up too close to the movies' 7:30 p.m. start times. "Lincoln" screened Saturday night and, judging from the ovations afforded the post-screening panel -- director Spielberg, producer Kathleen Kennedy, leads Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field, screenwriter Tony Kushner and composer John Williams -- the film appears poised to fulfill its promise as an awards-season juggernaut. "You could feel the respect in the room, but it went beyond that," said one academy member in attendance.