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February 13, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
SOCHI, Russia -- Joss Christensen wanted to make his father proud of him. Those were among the last words he said last year to his dying father, James Dale “JD” Christensen, who was fighting a congenital heart condition. And those were among the words coming from Joss Christensen not long after he stunned the men's slopestyle skiing field to win an Olympic gold medal on Thursday. Despite his failing health, the father encouraged his son to push forward with his plans to compete in a World Cup event in New Zealand.
February 12, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: Bruce Dern called Monday's shindig “the geezers' dinner” as he accepted his best actor award for “Nebraska” at the Movies for Grownups Awards Gala, staged by AARP . Nevertheless, stars packed the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, regardless of their generation, to celebrate movies relevant to mature audiences.  The honorees: Besides, Dern's award, Susan Sarandon picked up a lifetime achievement award, while director Steve McQueen...
February 7, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Photographer Peter Lindbergh and actresses Vanessa Redgrave and Joely Richardson were honored for their contributions to the Foundation for AIDS Research on Wednesday night at amFAR's New York Gala. Grace Jones performed, wearing a fur, a leotard and a series of hats. [WWD] Coach has an edgier look in the collection new creative director Stuart Vevers unveiled on Thursday, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic Booth Moore reports. [Los Angeles Times] Italian police reportedly found rat fur being passed off as cashmere in some Chinese-run factories in Rome.
February 7, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- The San Quentin News, the inmate-run newspaper at one of California's most notorious lockups, is being honored by a journalism association at the same time its operations have been suspended by prison officials. The Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is recognizing the newspaper, one of the few of its kind in the country, with a freedom of information award for "accomplishing extraordinary journalism under extraordinary circumstances" and lifting "the curtain of secrecy that shrouds those who live behind the walls.
February 7, 2014 | By Susan King
"American Hustle," "Captain Phillips," "Frozen" and "20 Feet From Stardom" won the 64th American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards for best edited features of 2013 on Friday evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel's International Ballroom. Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten won in the comedy/musical category for "American Hustle," while Christopher Rouse won the dramatic feature prize for "Captain Phillips. " Jeff Draheim also won Friday for animated feature for "Frozen" and Douglas Blush, Kevin Klauber and Jason Zeldes took the prize for documentary for "20 Feet From Stardom.
February 7, 2014 | By Elaine Woo
Decades before she won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Maxine Kumin was a student at Radcliffe College who had summoned the courage to show a handful of her poems to an instructor. His comment couldn't have been more withering. "Say it with flowers," he wrote, "but for God's sake don't try to write poems. " Kumin heeded his advice. Seven years passed before she tried again, but this time her efforts brought far more encouraging results. With a clear-eyed vision of the natural world, relationships, mortality and the inner lives of women, Kumin became one of the country's most honored poets, whose fourth book of poetry, "Up Country," brought her the Pulitzer Prize in 1973.
February 7, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
As the title of this episode of "American Masters" suggests, "Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth" is a lovely and lyrical tribute to the great American writer and activist who turns 70 on Sunday, two days after the film airs on PBS. February is, of course, Black History Month, which makes the non-birthday aspect of the timing dispiriting. Surely it shouldn't require an African American-themed event to warrant a tribute to Walker. And yet it is also reaffirming as well since it looks like Black History Month remains a very good idea.
February 6, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
It has been said that every movie is made three times: in the writing, in the shooting and in the editing. At the Writers Guild of America Awards last Sunday, "Captain Phillips" scribe Billy Ray paid tribute to the latter stages upon winning the prize for adapted screenplay. (The film is based on Richard Phillips and Stephan Talty's book "A Captain's Duty. ") Accepting the honor, Ray kissed his new statuette and said: "There are a lot of wonderful writers in this room tonight. And on this night my wish for each of you is that once, just once, you can know what it feels like to have the kind of luck that I had on this movie.
February 6, 2014 | By Henry Chu
BERLIN -- Organizers of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival announced on its opening day Thursday that they would honor the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman by mounting a special screening of "Capote. "  Hoffman won the Oscar for best actor in 2006 for his portrayal of the diminutive, quirky author Truman Capote. That same year, the film was screened in competition at the Berlinale. PHOTOS: Philip Seymour Hoffman | 1967-2014 Festival officials said they would screen "Capote" next Tuesday in memory of an "outstanding artist.
February 2, 2014 | By Bob Pool
Perhaps the U.S. Postal Service should commission a stamp honoring Shirley Familian. For 25 years she has been honoring mail carriers everywhere by turning canceled postage stamps into art. Friends from around the world clip the stamps from envelopes and send them to Familian, who patiently sorts them, stores them in zip-lock pages and then uses them to create fanciful designs that have a nearly hypnotic quality. She's now 93, and a three-month exhibition of her work has opened at the Los Angeles Craft & Folk Art Museum . Titled "Shirley Familian: 19,275 Stamps," the show features 14 hanging pieces and seven stamp-covered objects, including a skateboard, an iron and a teapot.
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