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February 22, 2004 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
Keisha Castle-Hughes is wincing. It's not even 9 a.m. and a stranger is plucking her eyebrows. Here in Los Angeles things get weird during Oscar season. People who have spent their adult lives in front of a camera get nominated for something or other and suddenly they're on a regimen of lemon juice and colonics for four weeks, most of which are spent in dress fittings, photo shoots and awards shows. Tension runs high.
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June 11, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The problem for 13-year-old Esther is not so much fitting in, which she doesn't, but trying not to stand out, which she does, in first-time filmmaker Cathy Randall's quirky coming-of-age comedy, "Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger." This small Australian indie has become something of a favorite on the film festival circuit, and it's easy to see why. Newcomer Danielle Catanzariti is a delight as Esther, moving from dutiful daughter and diligent student to class-cutting rebel running with a group of tough chicks who maybe aren't so tough at all. Randall sets the stage from Esther's point of view — a typical lunch break at her posh private school where she's the only Jewish student.
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June 11, 2010 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The problem for 13-year-old Esther is not so much fitting in, which she doesn't, but trying not to stand out, which she does, in first-time filmmaker Cathy Randall's quirky coming-of-age comedy, "Hey Hey It's Esther Blueburger." This small Australian indie has become something of a favorite on the film festival circuit, and it's easy to see why. Newcomer Danielle Catanzariti is a delight as Esther, moving from dutiful daughter and diligent student to class-cutting rebel running with a group of tough chicks who maybe aren't so tough at all. Randall sets the stage from Esther's point of view — a typical lunch break at her posh private school where she's the only Jewish student.
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February 27, 2009 | Lisa Rosen
Talk about a walk down memory lane. At 13, Keisha Castle-Hughes was the youngest nominee ever for a lead actress Oscar for her role as the tradition-bending girl in the indie hit "Whale Rider" -- and she became the town's darling. Five years later, Castle-Hughes has returned to Los Angeles to relaunch her career as an adult. There's been a world of change since her last Oscar-season visit; this time, she has a fiance and a toddler in tow.
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January 28, 2004 | Lorenza Munoz and Patrick Day, Times Staff Writers
This year's nominations are as noteworthy for their surprise inclusions as for their omissions. No one was more shocked than New Zealand actress Keisha Castle-Hughes, who at 13 is the youngest person ever nominated for best actress. Castle-Hughes, nominated for her performance in "Whale Rider," was fast asleep in her Auckland home when her mother came rushing in at 3 a.m. to tell her the news. But Castle-Hughes refused to get out of bed.
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February 27, 2009 | Lisa Rosen
Talk about a walk down memory lane. At 13, Keisha Castle-Hughes was the youngest nominee ever for a lead actress Oscar for her role as the tradition-bending girl in the indie hit "Whale Rider" -- and she became the town's darling. Five years later, Castle-Hughes has returned to Los Angeles to relaunch her career as an adult. There's been a world of change since her last Oscar-season visit; this time, she has a fiance and a toddler in tow.
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January 25, 2004
Here follow some musings on the year's outstanding performances from a member of the nominating committee for the 10th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards: Nominations in the Academy Award acting categories may not mirror the SAG Award nominations as much as the directing nods seem to reflect the DGA Awards, but it's interesting to note how Kenneth Turan's Oscar picks ("It's January -- Roll Out the Oscar Picks," Jan. 18) are similar to our nominations. We're all in agreement on the outstanding performances of Ben Kingsley, Sean Penn and Bill Murray -- and I certainly understand that Johnny Depp of "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "The Station Agent's" Peter Dinklage are Oscar long shots -- but Russell Crowe and Jude Law?
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February 27, 2014 | By Times staff writers
"The Ten Commandments" (1956) The classic Charlton Heston epic grossed $65 million in theaters. In today's dollars, that equals nearly $1.1 billion, making it the sixth-highest-grossing movie ever. (Unadjusted domestic gross: $65 million; adjusted: $1.09 billion) "Ben-Hur" (1959) Another New Testament Heston epic, "Ben-Hur" won 11 Academy Awards, including best picture, and was a big commercial success for MGM. Going by inflation-adjusted numbers, it's the 13th-highest-grossing film ever.
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October 30, 2003 | Susan King
Whale Rider Keisha Castle-Hughes, Rawiri Paratene Columbia TriStar, $27 This lovely coming-of-age drama from New Zealand has become one of the big art house hits of the year. Written and directed by Niki Caro from the novel by Witi Ihimaera, the drama revolves around a 12-year-old Maori girl named Pai (the exquisite Castle-Hughes) who believes she is the next tribal leader despite the fact that tradition states that only men can become tribal leaders.
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January 8, 2004 | Greg Braxton, Times Staff Writer
The NAACP Image Awards typically honor the best in African American film, television, music and literature. But nominations for the 2004 awards delivered a surprise diversity-tinged twist Wednesday by honoring two foreign films centered on non-black cultures and snubbing several popular black TV shows.
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February 22, 2004 | Lorenza Munoz, Times Staff Writer
Keisha Castle-Hughes is wincing. It's not even 9 a.m. and a stranger is plucking her eyebrows. Here in Los Angeles things get weird during Oscar season. People who have spent their adult lives in front of a camera get nominated for something or other and suddenly they're on a regimen of lemon juice and colonics for four weeks, most of which are spent in dress fittings, photo shoots and awards shows. Tension runs high.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2004 | Lorenza Munoz and Patrick Day, Times Staff Writers
This year's nominations are as noteworthy for their surprise inclusions as for their omissions. No one was more shocked than New Zealand actress Keisha Castle-Hughes, who at 13 is the youngest person ever nominated for best actress. Castle-Hughes, nominated for her performance in "Whale Rider," was fast asleep in her Auckland home when her mother came rushing in at 3 a.m. to tell her the news. But Castle-Hughes refused to get out of bed.
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May 23, 2013 | By Robert Abele
A morose young woman, a soft-spoken blood-drinker and plenty of rainy skies - no, it's not "Twilight," but a languid, micro-budgeted serial killer drama called "Vampire," the first English-language film from Japanese writer-director Shunji Iwai ("All About Lily Chou-Chou"). Mild-mannered science teacher Simon (Kevin Zegers) trolls suicide websites for girls - played by Keisha Castle-Hughes, Adelaide Clemens and Kristin Kreuk - who are willing to let him end their lives. Afterward, he partakes of their blood, a penchant that earns him the sobriquet the Vampire from local authorities.
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December 10, 2008 | Rachel Abramowitz, John Horn, Mark Olsen and Michael Ordona
PEAKING TRIPLE THREAT: Kate Winslet has two potential Oscar films, as does producer Scott Rudin. But the trifecta goes to cinematographer Roger Deakins, whose high-caliber filming includes "Revolutionary Road," "Doubt" and a shared credit on "The Reader." -- CLIMBING NOW OR NEVER? Clint Eastwood's self-directed lead role in "Gran Torino" may be the 78-year-old's last appearance on the big screen. He's yet to win an acting Oscar, so now would be the time for a nomination.
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