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February 15, 2011
The 83rd Academy Awards will be telecast live on ABC from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood starting at 5 p.m. PT on Feb. 27.
April 26, 2014 | By Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Daniel Anker, an award-winning documentarian who used film to reexamine complex historical events, including Hollywood's portrayal of the Holocaust and a life-saving sled-dog run in Alaska, died Monday in New York. He was 50. The cause was pneumonia, a complication of his lymphoma, said his wife, Donna Santman. Anker made more than a dozen films during a 25-year career, including "Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust" (2004), "Music from the Inside Out" (2004) and "Scottsboro, An American Tragedy" (2000)
February 21, 2011
Three memorable Oscar-winning performances. Janet Gaynor The diminutive Gaynor won the first lead actress Oscar in 1928 for "Seventh Heaven," "Street Angel" and "Sunrise. " (The Oscar that year was given out for multiple roles, the only time that was done). Audrey Hepburn After "Gigi" on Broadway and a few films, Hepburn became an overnight sensation, winning a lead actress Oscar as a princess on the lam in 1953's delightful "Roman Holiday. " James Cagney Though he came to fame in the 1930s for his tough guy gangster roles, he returned to his song-and-dance man vaudeville roots in 1942's "Yankee Doodle Dandy," winning an Oscar as George M. Cohan.
April 22, 2014 | By John Horn
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who died Sunday at age 76, represented one of the most famous miscarriages of justice in recent American history: He served 19 years in prison for three murders before his convictions were set aside. But the former middleweight boxer also figured prominently in a Hollywood drama, this one focused on how negative publicity can destroy an Academy Awards campaign and how studios in the years that followed mastered the art of heading off Oscar criticism before it was too late.
March 4, 2010 | By Susan King
With the Oscars upon us on Sunday, Academy Awards buffs can check out several of the nominees at various symposiums this weekend. On Thursday, the academy presents the Oscar-nominated animated feature symposium; scheduled for Saturday morning is the foreign-language film award nominees' symposium, followed by the makeup artists and hairstylist symposium in the afternoon. All events are at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The latter two are sold out but there will be a standby line. www.oscars.
January 2, 2012
What late Oscar-winning actor's real name was Reginald Alfred John Truscott-Jones? Ray Milland
December 27, 2012
Re “ Moviegoing as endurance test ,” Dec. 22 I don't think longer movies have anything to do with digital. It's because longer movies traditionally win awards. About 40% of the movies that won the best picture Oscar over the last 40 years have been movies more than 21/2 hours in length. (“The Godfather,” The Godfather Part II,” “Dances With Wolves,” “Schindler's List,” “Braveheart,” “Titanic” and “Gladiator,” to name a few). Several films that were nominated but didn't win were longer movies.
August 28, 2013 | By David Horsey
Oscar pretty much gets to take the summer off. The hot months are filled with big-budget blockbuster movies that make or break studios, but few, if any, are contenders for the major Academy Awards categories. Those contenders arrive with the cooler days of autumn when the kids are back in school and the adults start showing up at the cineplex. In the coming weeks and months, heading all the way to the last week of December, the films that the studios believe will appeal to the Academy voters will be vying for attention and buzz.
November 11, 2010
This year we'll find out how truly hip the academy is. Will members put "The Social Network" on their friends list? Will Oscar voters embrace the lesbian family in "The Kids Are All Right"? "Black Swan" has steamy girl-on-girl and solo action that would've made members blush in olden days. If traditional tastes end up reigning supreme, there are lots of quality contenders to hail, such as "The King's Speech," "True Grit" and "The Fighter. " It's early yet, so here we look at just some of the key awards.
May 8, 2012
Grab your blankets and beach chairs, Oscar is going casual. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday the slate of movies for its first outdoor screening series, to be held at its new Oscars Outdoors venue in Hollywood. The lineup, which kicks off June 15 with a screening of "Casablanca," is a mixture of classics and contemporary films designed to appeal to a broad swath of the moviegoing public. Screenings will take place Friday and Saturday evenings through Aug. 18, with Saturday evenings devoted to family-friendly fare, such as "The Princess Bride" and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
April 22, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions hasn't worked on a fight of substance with his former promoter and on-again, off-again rival, Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions, in five years. But De La Hoya, declaring himself “back and better than ever” as the president of Golden Boy, told The Times on Tuesday that he recently engaged Arum in conversation about ending boxing's cold war that has blocked several attractive fights from happening. One fight that De La Hoya says he's interested in pursuing is a super-bout between Arum's star fighter, Manny Pacquiao, and Golden Boy's top star, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
April 21, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return to produce the Oscars for a third consecutive year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday. Best known for producing stage-to-screen musicals such as "Hairspray," "The Music Man" and "Annie," the New York-born L.A.-based duo steered the Oscars to solid ratings in the past two years. Last month's Oscars ceremony, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, drew 43 million average viewers, the biggest audience in 10 years. That number was up about 6% from Zadan and Meron's 2013 show, hosted by Seth MacFarlane.
April 21, 2014 | By David Pierson
Kraft Foods Group Inc. is recalling 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because they may contain cheese, federal inspectors said. The recall, which amounts to nearly 1 million hot dogs, occurred after the Madison, Wis.,-based company labeled Classic Cheese Dogs incorrectly by distributing the product as the traditional cheese-free wiener. Cheese can act as an allergen because it contains milk, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement Sunday.
April 15, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Hours before South African Olympian Oscar Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, she wrote him a  Valentine's Day card with the words, “I think today is a good day to tell you that I love you,” a court heard Tuesday. The envelope was addressed to “Ozzie” with hearts and a squiggle on it, and the card's message was accompanied by a smiley face, hearts and kisses. A photograph of the card was released by the athlete's legal team Tuesday, after Pistorius finished nearly seven days in the witness box, including five days of grueling cross-examination.
April 14, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details.
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Reeva Steenkamp, the 29-year-old model and girlfriend of South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, had a sports bag packed with her clothes, ready to leave his house, the night he fatally shot her, prosecutor Gerrie Nel told Pretoria's high court Monday. The only items not yet packed were a pair of jeans and a pair of flip-flops. Pistorius, on trial for murder, denied there had been a quarrel and she was about to leave. Pistorius, who contends he shot at the enclosed toilet in which Steenkamp had locked herself because he believed an intruder was there, told the court he screamed at the imagined stranger to get out of his house.
April 12, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
- On a night when the toll of a lengthy boxing career was going to be tested in another multimillion-dollar world-title fight, the promise of a limitless future in the sport was also displayed. Oscar Valdez, a 23-year-old two-time Olympian from Nogales, Mexico, who trains in Santa Fe Springs, won his first belt, the North American Boxing Federation super-featherweight title, with a fourth-round knockout of Florida's Adrian Perez, 33, on Saturday. "Everything we practiced in the gym we showed in the ring today," Valdez (10-0, 10 knockouts)
November 19, 2010
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Thursday announced its list of the 15 films that are still in the running for this year's feature documentary Oscar. The most visible documentaries of the year ? Charles Ferguson's "Inside Job" (about the financial system meltdown) and Davis Guggenheim's "Waiting for 'Superman' " (about the U.S. education system) ? both made the cut after being left off the International Documentary Awards list of nominees. Other veteran documentary filmmakers were recognized too: Alex Gibney's "Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer" is on the list, as is "Waste Land" by Lucy Walker.
May 22, 1988
Regarding "Oh, Oscar, You're Making Us Blush," by Leo Braudy (April 10): I did not see the 1984 Oscar program but cannot see how Shirley Temple's tribute to dancer Bill Robinson--"He taught me black was really beautiful"--is at all embarrassing. How fortunate for Temple to have learned the truth early; how decent of her to say so. Even today, for all their successes, minorities are still on the downside in the entertainment industry. PAUL H. LOGAN Los Angeles
April 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius on Thursday denied that he pulled the trigger of a gun that went off in his hand in a crowded upscale restaurant last year, a contention dismissed by the prosecution as impossible. On trial in Pretoria's high court on charges that he murdered his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, he also flatly denied firing a gun out of the roof of a car in 2012, although two witnesses, ex-girlfriend Samantha Taylor and former friend Darren Fresco, testified that he had. Explaining how he fatally shot Steenkamp, Pistorius said he accidentally fired through the door of an enclosed toilet in his home in the early hours of Valentine's Day after hearing a noise within.
April 10, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa - South African athlete Oscar Pistorius rambled and at times contradicted himself under cross-examination Wednesday during his trial for the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. "My memory is not very good at the moment," Pistorius said during testimony at Pretoria's High Court. "I'm under a lot of pressure sitting here. I'm defending for my life. " Pistorius, who has pleaded not guilty to murder and said he mistakenly shot Steenkamp at his house last year thinking she was an intruder, acknowledged that he was weighing every implication as he responded to questions from prosecutor Gerrie Nel. "But Reeva doesn't have a life anymore, because of what you did," Nel said to Pistorius.
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