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August 23, 2012 | By Sheri Linden
Vacations invariably lose something in the telling. That's especially so for "Little White Lies," which gathers some of France's best-known actors for the laughter-and-tears story of a group holiday. With an ensemble led by Marion Cotillard and François Cluzet, the French hit has personality to burn, and squanders most of it. Writer-director Guillaume Canet's episodic mix of heavy-handed drama, broad comedy and "fun stuff you do by the sea," as one character describes the getaway, has its effective moments but overstays its welcome by a long shot.
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January 2, 2014 | By Susan King
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 29th edition of the festival, which runs from Jan. 30 through Feb. 9. The award presentation and tribute will take place Feb. 6 at the Arlington Theatre. The Oscar-winning director and the Oscar-nominated actor have collaborated on five films - "Gangs of New York," "The Aviator," "The Departed," "Shutter Island" and "The Wolf of Wall Street," which opened Christmas Day. On the set: movies and TV "Scorsese and DiCaprio's partnership has become a legendary cinematic pas de deux recalling other great collaborations like John Ford and John Wayne, Fellini and Mastroianni, John Huston and Bogart - and even Scorsese and De Niro," festival executive director Roger Durling said in a statement Thursday.
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February 2, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Originally, Michel Hazanavicius admits, "The Artist" wasn't supposed to have a Hollywood happy ending. Au contraire. When the French writer-director first conceived his black-and-white tribute to the silent film, he was influenced by the sinister stylings of German Expressionist masters including F.W. Murnau and Robert Wiene. One early screenplay proposal set "The Artist" in Berlin and drew a parallel between the rise of the sound era and the Nazis' brutal ascent. It ended with its protagonist committing suicide.
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February 23, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
The 85th Academy Award nominees and winners have been chosen, the red carpet has been rolled out and the gilded Oscar statues have been polished. But what time is the show again? The 2013 Oscars ceremony honoring the films of 2012 is set to take place Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The pre-show broadcast will begin on ABC with red carpet arrivals at 4 p.m.  PST (7 p.m. EST) and will be hosted by Lara Spencer, Jess Cagle, Kristin Chenoweth and Kelly Rowland. The awards show will start at 5:30 p.m. PST (8:30 p.m. EST)
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December 10, 2012 | By Susan King
Amy Adams will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Cinema Vanguard Award for her performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master. " The announcement was made Monday afternoon. She will be honored on Jan. 31 at the Arlington Theatre with a tribute at the 28th edition of the festival, which runs Jan. 24-Feb. 3. The three-time Oscar nominee was named best supporting actress by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. on Sunday for her performance as the steely wife of a charismatic spiritual leader in the drama set during the 1950s.  "Amy Adams is one of the gutsiest and most gifted actors working today," said SBIFF's executive director, Roger Durling, in a statement.
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January 2, 2014 | By Susan King
The Santa Barbara International Film Festival will honor director Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio with the Cinema Vanguard Award at the 29th edition of the festival, which runs from Jan. 30 through Feb. 9. The award presentation and tribute will take place Feb. 6 at the Arlington Theatre. The Oscar-winning director and the Oscar-nominated actor have collaborated on five films - "Gangs of New York," "The Aviator," "The Departed," "Shutter Island" and "The Wolf of Wall Street," which opened Christmas Day. On the set: movies and TV "Scorsese and DiCaprio's partnership has become a legendary cinematic pas de deux recalling other great collaborations like John Ford and John Wayne, Fellini and Mastroianni, John Huston and Bogart - and even Scorsese and De Niro," festival executive director Roger Durling said in a statement Thursday.
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June 2, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
PARIS — Omar Sy's life has changed quite a bit recently. One sign? "Rush Hour" director Brett Ratner is standing in front of the French actor. With a pitch. For a movie about Milli Vanilli. "You are the man," Ratner says in English as Sy flashes his million-euro smile. Ratner gestures to a script on a nearby table and says, "Read it and write me. Write me right away. Write me in French and I'll translate. " The two are in the lobby bar of a Paris hotel a few days after the Cannes Film Festival.
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May 15, 2005 | Nancy Tartaglione
Brice bears all the trappings of the Southern California surf dude -- the sun-bleached hair, the baggy clothes, the laid-back 'tude, the hot board -- and he's on the eternal quest for the perfect wave. But there's a glitch: He can't surf, and the wave he's waiting for is in the notoriously placid Mediterranean. This hasn't stopped Brice from sailing to the top of the French box office, where he's been perched for weeks.
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May 7, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
France's super secret agent man is back in "OSS 117 — Lost in Rio," and he's better, and worse, than ever with a lot of bang, bang, bang, stumble, bumble, fumble in flashy '60s era suits of impeccably poor taste. The latest edition of the French spoof again stars Jean Dujardin as Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, an idiot suave-ant of secret agents with brilliantine hair and a specialty for sailing through politically incorrect pronouncements with the same aplomb he does shoot-outs with bad guys.
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February 23, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
The 85th Academy Award nominees and winners have been chosen, the red carpet has been rolled out and the gilded Oscar statues have been polished. But what time is the show again? The 2013 Oscars ceremony honoring the films of 2012 is set to take place Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The pre-show broadcast will begin on ABC with red carpet arrivals at 4 p.m.  PST (7 p.m. EST) and will be hosted by Lara Spencer, Jess Cagle, Kristin Chenoweth and Kelly Rowland. The awards show will start at 5:30 p.m. PST (8:30 p.m. EST)
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December 10, 2012 | By Susan King
Amy Adams will receive the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's Cinema Vanguard Award for her performance in Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master. " The announcement was made Monday afternoon. She will be honored on Jan. 31 at the Arlington Theatre with a tribute at the 28th edition of the festival, which runs Jan. 24-Feb. 3. The three-time Oscar nominee was named best supporting actress by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. on Sunday for her performance as the steely wife of a charismatic spiritual leader in the drama set during the 1950s.  "Amy Adams is one of the gutsiest and most gifted actors working today," said SBIFF's executive director, Roger Durling, in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 2012 | By Sheri Linden
Vacations invariably lose something in the telling. That's especially so for "Little White Lies," which gathers some of France's best-known actors for the laughter-and-tears story of a group holiday. With an ensemble led by Marion Cotillard and François Cluzet, the French hit has personality to burn, and squanders most of it. Writer-director Guillaume Canet's episodic mix of heavy-handed drama, broad comedy and "fun stuff you do by the sea," as one character describes the getaway, has its effective moments but overstays its welcome by a long shot.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
PARIS — Omar Sy's life has changed quite a bit recently. One sign? "Rush Hour" director Brett Ratner is standing in front of the French actor. With a pitch. For a movie about Milli Vanilli. "You are the man," Ratner says in English as Sy flashes his million-euro smile. Ratner gestures to a script on a nearby table and says, "Read it and write me. Write me right away. Write me in French and I'll translate. " The two are in the lobby bar of a Paris hotel a few days after the Cannes Film Festival.
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February 27, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
Backstage at the Academy Awards was a place for unscripted moments of jitters, jubilation -- and doggy treats. "We're so old and we're so happening!" Meryl Streep shouted, throwing her arms around her longtime makeup artist J. Roy Helland when the two Oscar winners converged in the scrum outside the press room. Behind Streep and Helland clutching their statuettes, Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier from"The Artist,"was collecting rewards for his performance as well -- some treats delivered by trainer Omar Von Muller.
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February 27, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"The Artist" has won the Oscar for best picture and I'm speechless. It's not lack of passion for the film that has robbed me of the power of words; it's that I felt so strongly that my thoughts were geared to how I would react should the worst happen, but like the flabbergasted editors from "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," victory was something I didn't expect. I knew, of course, that "The Artist" was considered the favorite, but I wasn't so sure. As someone who first heard about this project while it was quietly filming on the streets and back lots of Hollywood, I was intensely aware of how enormous a leap it would be for what is basically a French silent picture that didn't even think it would get American distribution to walk off with what the ABC telecast called "the most coveted award in motion pictures.
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February 26, 2012 | By Susan King and Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
"The Artist," the black-and-white silent film about Hollywood's rocky transition to the “talkies,” took the biggest honors at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday night, including best picture, director and lead actor. It was a night filled with firsts - and an especially good night for the French. “The Artist” was the first silent film to nab best picture honors since the first Academy Awards were held in 1929, when “Wings” took the top prize. And for the first time in Academy Awards history, a French actor (Jean Dujardin)
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May 9, 2008 | Mark Olsen; Robert Abele; Gary Goldstein
Based on a long-running French spy character who actually predates James Bond, "OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies" is a loving spoof of Cold War espionage thrillers, done with a spot-on re-creation of the look, sound and feel of a genuine 1950s Technicolor production. Men wear sharp suits, the women wear slinky dresses and everyone can dance the mambo reasonably well. The film, directed by Michel Hazanavicius, counts as its No. 1 asset an impeccable sense of where to draw the line, always letting its eyebrow arch only just enough.
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February 2, 2012 | By Reed Johnson, Los Angeles Times
Originally, Michel Hazanavicius admits, "The Artist" wasn't supposed to have a Hollywood happy ending. Au contraire. When the French writer-director first conceived his black-and-white tribute to the silent film, he was influenced by the sinister stylings of German Expressionist masters including F.W. Murnau and Robert Wiene. One early screenplay proposal set "The Artist" in Berlin and drew a parallel between the rise of the sound era and the Nazis' brutal ascent. It ended with its protagonist committing suicide.
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January 15, 2012 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
Hollywood celebrated a foreign invasion at Sunday's Golden Globes, as films and television shows with a distinctly international pedigree collected many of the evening's prizes. "The Artist," French filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius's ode to silent movies, was the night's top honoree, winning three awards. In the comedy or musical category, the black-and-white movie was named best picture, while Jean Dujardin was named actor for his performance as a silent film star made obsolete by the arrival of talkies.
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