March 29, 1993 |
In the middle of the 1983 Academy Awards, the trailer housing the TV director and his technical staff at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion began to shake violently. The crew inside--the people calling the cues for talent and music and camera, the technicians responsible for sending coverage of the ceremony to millions of television viewers around the world--thought it was an earthquake.
March 20, 1994 |
Maybe it's because it's so easy to hate the idea of Hollywood that nearly everyone does. All year long, the press bashes Hollywood for its profligacy, greed and amo rality. All year long, commentators from Rush Limbaugh to Janet Reno grieve over Hollywood's pernicious effect on American values. But for one night each year--tomorrow night this year--Hollywood seeks to expiate its sins.
March 13, 2010 |
It was well past midnight here, but spontaneous celebration broke out last week when word came from Hollywood that Argentina's Oscar entry, "The Secret in Their Eyes," had snared the award for best foreign language film of 2009. "It was like Argentina had scored a goal or won a match at the World Cup," recalled an ecstatic Soledad Villamil, the lead actress in the film. "Secret," a $3-million co-production with Spain, is part murder mystery, part political thriller and part love story and Argentina's most popular domestic film in three decades.
March 19, 1998 |
And the Dinner Is. . . : The Oscars are Monday, and many restaurants are planning to help celebrate. For pre-Oscar night excitement, head over to the Gardens Restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel, where Jeremiah Tower of Stars Restaurant in San Francisco will be cooking today through the weekend. You can order a la carte or get an $85 five-course tasting menu.
March 24, 2003 |
"OK," said the woman with the streaked, tawny flip and lacy decolletage, "just tell me exactly how to get out of this place." She was speaking in the confident nicotine-distressed tones of an Old Hollywood agent to an usher who was attempting to direct her to her seat. "I'm furious," she said, clutching purse and program. "I don't want to be like those folks in Rhode Island. So the exit's down those main stairs and to the right?"
February 25, 2008 |
For all the fishtail evening gowns, famous faces and European-accented acceptance speeches, it was an intimate evening Sunday night at the Kodak. "The fight is over," host Jon Stewart said, referring to the recently settled writers strike that threatened to derail the Oscars, "so tonight, welcome to the make-up sex." More like make-up back rub. Playing it cool and loose, Stewart mugged with his iPhone, played a little Wii tennis and did everything but pour Jack Nicholson a beer to make everyone feel at home.
April 5, 1993 |
For 23 seconds at the Oscar ceremony we drew attention to 266 HIV-positive Haitian refugees being held by the U.S. military at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. We understand that there are those in the film community and elsewhere who feel that what we did was inappropriate ("Oscar Officials Slam Presenters' Political Plugs," Calendar, March 31). Because of this, and because the substance of those 23 seconds has been distorted in the media, we want to set the record straight.
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March 18, 1994 |
Here we go again. Oscar time approaches and there is no hint of recognition for a man regarded by some in the film community as simply a B-movie star from the 1940s and '50s. Not only did he never win an Oscar for his acting, but he actually played straight man to a monkey. Then, of course, there is his politics. In an industry decimated by AIDS and dominated by influential men and women who were intensely liberal on the Soviet Union, the air-traffic-controller's strike, the U.S.
September 3, 2012 |
“The Artist” played there. So did “The King's Speech.” In fact, six of the past seven best picture Oscar winners gained awards-season momentum at the Toronto International Film Festival, which launches Thursday. One, “The Hurt Locker,” even found a distributor there. How will this year's contenders fare? We chart the potential for promise and pitfalls among some of the higher-profile titles screening there over the next 10 days. ARGO Premise: CIA agents pose as film crew to rescue U.S. diplomats in Tehran during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
February 13, 2012 |
For a guy who doesn't really believe in awards — "I don't believe in competition between artists; I believe it is a lot of stuff in order to generate business" — Alan Arkin has a rich Oscar history. He's been nominated for three Oscars and won once as a supporting actor, playing the foul-mouthed, drug-fueled grandfather of a dysfunctional family in 2006's "Little Miss Sunshine. " With tongue firmly in cheek, Arkin recalled what it was like to live through awards season back then.