February 25, 2013 |
On Feb. 14, a Hollywood delegation showed up at the White House. Motion Picture Academy President Hawk Koch, Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron and film mogul Harvey Weinstein had come to explore a rather important matter (for them): They wanted to see if they could secretly work out the details for Michelle Obama to present best picture at the Oscars 10 days later. Senior members of the first lady's team met with the group, discussing a series of questions from the big to the picayune, according to a person present who requested anonymity because the person was not authorized to talk about the meeting.
February 25, 2013 |
Well, that didn't work. Despite the valiant efforts of Adele, Barbra Streisand and a surprisingly witty Daniel Day-Lewis, not to mention a last-minute surprise appearance by First Lady Michelle Obama as co-presenter of the best picture award, touted as the first Oscar telecast with a theme - a tribute to musical Hollywood - was long, self-indulgent and dull even by the show's time-honored dull-defining standards. And we had such hopes. The choice of Seth MacFarlane as host of the 85th Academy Awards offered the tantalizing possibility of a new sort of telecast - sharp, peppy, with more than a little bite.
February 24, 2013 |
One of the most powerful women in the country stepped into the spotlight to announce Oscar's biggest prize - the award for best picture - even though she wasn't in the auditorium, or anywhere near Hollywood. When Jack Nicholson walked on stage at evening's end, before the best picture pronouncement, he quipped how the academy tradition is for the award to be announced by a solo presenter. But Nicholson stunned the crowd when he said, “It's my pleasure to introduce live from the White House, the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.” On a huge screen above him, Michelle Obama appeared via satellite in a gala shiny gray dress, backed by several young people in formal military uniform.
February 21, 2013 |
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Feb. 17 - 23, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning Toby Cosgrove, Cleveland Clinic; Ted Sarandos. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Giada De Laurentiis, Paula Deen and her sons; Redfoo. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC PHOTOS: On the set: 'CBS This Morning' Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly and Michael (N)
February 14, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Leaders of Organizing for Action, President Obama's new nonprofit advocacy group , are courting his top campaign bundlers to be part of a high-dollar fundraising network that will help finance the work of the nascent organization. During a swing through the Bay Area and Los Angeles this week, OFA Chairman Jim Messina and Executive Director Jon Carson met with members of the Obama campaign's National Finance Committee and told them there will be a similar structure in place to support the work of the nonprofit group, which is set up as a 501(c)
February 12, 2013 |
Two men charged with killing a Chicago teenager who has become the face of that city's growing problem with gun violence were ordered held without bail on Tuesday. The pair, Michael Ward, 18, and Kenneth Williams, 28, are charged with first-degree murder in the Jan. 29 death of Hadiya Pendleton. The girl was shot days after the 15-year-old majorette and honor student had performed at President Obama's inauguration in Washington. First Lady Michelle Obama was among the dignitaries who attended the teen's funeral over the weekend.
February 11, 2013 |
Apple CEO Tim Cook will sit with First Lady Michelle Obama during President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night. It marks the second year in a row the invitation has been extended to the Apple family. Last year, Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs , joined Michelle Obama in the coveted spot. QUIZ: Test y our Apple knowledge During an appearance on CNBC , White House economic advisor Gene Sperling confirmed Cook's participation. "Apple is a great American company, and it stands for our sense of innovation, invention, entrepreneurship, and risk taking and I think that's quite an appropriate person to be in the First Lady's box when the president is talking about our economic future, the importance of job creation, manufacturing, innovation and how we create strong middle-class jobs," Sperling said.
February 9, 2013 |
CHICAGO - The funeral for Hadiya Pendleton on Saturday was a celebration of her life, just as her parents had wanted. But along with those moments of joyful remembrance, there was bitter awareness of the street violence that took her away. Hadiya, a high school honor student whose majorette squad performed in inaugural festivities for President Obama last month, was fatally shot Jan. 29 at a park about a mile from Obama's family home. The killing of the bright 15-year-old incited public outrage that made its way from the streets of the South Side to the White House.
February 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- First lady Michelle Obama plans to attend the funeral Saturday in Chicago of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, according to a White House official who asked not to be named. Pendleton, an honor student and band majorette at King College Prep, was fatally shot last week about a mile from the Obamas' home in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood. She had participated in inaugural festivities near Washington only a few days before her death. The White House official said Thursday that senior advisor Valerie Jarrett and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will also attend the funeral.
January 25, 2013 |
While many fashion observers seemed delighted by Michelle Obama's Inauguration Day and night outfits -- such as the Jason Wu gown shown here -- Bridget Foley writing on wwd.com, doesn't like the first lady's secrecy ahead of time. Not. One. Bit. She is especially critical of the first lady's office soliciting clothing choices from a reported 15 designers: "What woman in search of an event dress has a short list of 15 favorites? Mrs. Obama isn't an indulged starlet primping for the Oscars, nor should she behave like one. Women everywhere have big events for which they select a single dress in advance of the moment.