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June 11, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
Two-time Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz is featured in Prada's fall-winter 2013 menswear advertising campaign, along with actors Ben Whishaw and Ezra Miller. Shot by photographer David Sims in a London studio over the course of three days in late March, the campaign was "inspired by the irreverent world of '60s New Wave cinema," with the three actors as "protagonists in a drama of wit and enigma. " Waltz, who has taken home best supporting actor Oscars for his roles as Dr. King Schultz in "Django Unchained," and Col. Hans Landa in "Inglourious Basterds," may be the most familiar name of the three, but you might recognize Whishaw as the Q reboot in the 2012 Bond flick "Skyfall," and Miller as the title troubled teen in 2011's "We Need to Talk About Kevin.
April 4, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
We'll definitely be seeing more of Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, but perhaps less on the big screen and more at the local beauty counter and in TV ads: The "12 Years a Slave" star has been named the latest Lancôme cosmetics "ambassadress. " "I am truly honored to join the Maison Lancôme, a brand with such a prestigious history and that I have always loved," the 31-year-old said in a statement. "I am particularly proud to represent its unique vision for  women and the idea that beauty should not be dictated, but should instead be an expression of a woman's freedom to be herself.
July 8, 2012 | By Susan King
Ernest Borgnine, who created an array of memorable characters over the years and won the best actor Oscar for his role in 1955's "Marty," has died. Borgnine was 95. His longtime spokesman, Harry Flynn, said that Borgnine died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with his family by his side. As the cruel, vicious Sgt. Fatso Judson in 1953's "From Here to Eternity," the sweet, lonely butcher in 1955's "Marty" and the carefree con artist in the 1962-66 ABC comedy series "McHale's Navy," Borgnine was among the most recognizable faces on both the big and small screens.
March 2, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
All eyes are directed toward the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland, where the 86th Academy Awards are scheduled to take place Sunday evening. And if years past are any indication, there will be some great moments and some painfully awkward ones. The key for all involved is to make sure their personal great or awful moments are unique enough not to bore us. Jennifer Lawrence won hearts and minds with her slip on the way up the stairs to accept her award. So the cynics this year might look at an actress slipping this year as a craven attention-seeker attempting to steal Lawrence's likeability.
October 11, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
It's impossible to read about Lance Armstrong's alleged doping ring -- a case detailed extensively in the United States Anti-Doping Agency's report yesterday - and not feel like the cross-border sophistication of the alleged operation would make Jason Bourne jealous. Somewhere, a Hollywood producer is wondering how to turn this into a feature film. But, as it happens, Armstrong is already at the center of a movie. And it may not be too much longer before it's ready. Alex Gibney, the Oscar-winning documentarian (“Taxi to the Dark Side”)
July 7, 1992 | From Associated Press
Franco Cristaldi, producer of the 1990 film "Cinema Paradiso" and two other Oscar winners, has died of a heart attack. He was 64. Cristaldi Film spokesman Maurizio Riparini said the producer died Wednesday evening in Monte Carlo, where he had undergone heart surgery. Cristaldi also suffered a heart attack in April. He produced more than 100 films, three of which won the Academy Award for best foreign film.
With the 70th annual Academy Awards just four days away, it's a great opportunity to catch up on or revisit some of the best of the best supporting actor award winners currently available on video. Because Walter Brennan is best known as the cantankerous grandpa on "The Real McCoys," most people have forgotten he's the only actor to win three Academy Awards. What makes his accomplishment even more remarkable is that he won his supporting actor awards within a five-year span.
February 26, 2010 | By Susan King
William Hurt was virtually unrecognizable on the recent Golden Globes telecast when the cameras panned to the "Damages" nominee. The 59-year-old actor was sporting a beard of such massively bushy dimensions, he looked as if he had walked off a Smith Brothers' cough drop box. Hurt laughs when the beard is mentioned. "I had just finished 'Moby Dick,' " he explains over a cup of tea in the cozy office of his Beverly Hills publicist. "It's a two-parter for TV we made in Malta and Nova Scotia.
May 1, 2010 | Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Oscar-winning actress and avid historical home restorer Diane Keaton has put her latest project on the market in Pacific Palisades at $8.5 million. Keaton spent more than two years renovating a Lloyd Wright-designed Midcentury house built for another Oscar winner, Alfred Newman. The nine-time Academy Award recipient, who died in 1970, composed music for more than 200 movies during his 40-plus-year career. The 1-acre compound includes a main residence, two detached bedroom suites, mature sycamore and oak trees and a swimming pool.
September 10, 2012 | Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Any day now the announcement that "Jaws the Musical" is heading to Broadway will appear in my inbox, ringing the death knell for the commercially desperate American theater. But until that apocalyptic moment, let's savor the revue-style ingenuity of "Silence! The Musical," a singing sendup of that pulpy yet polished 1991 blockbuster "The Silence of the Lambs," winner of a disproportionate number of Academy Awards for a movie in which body parts are there for the filleting. A cult hit in New York, the show opened Saturday at the Hayworth Theatre in a production that preserves its New York International Fringe Festival roots.
February 17, 2014 | By Vincent Boucher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
At the 1960 Academy Awards, all eyes were on Doris Day, lead actress nominee for "Pillow Talk," who glittered in a silvery sheath. The gown was actually a costume borrowed from Day's next picture, the lush Ross Hunter thriller "Midnight Lace," which would nab costume designer Irene Lentz her second Oscar nomination the following year. But after cycling through a Hollywood career - starting out as a Mack Sennett extra and rising to be head of costume at MGM following Adrian - by 1960, Lentz was only freelancing in films for stars such as Day. Lentz's clientele was much, much wider - she was dressing fashionable women across the country in Irene, her line of structured suiting and bias silk soufflé gowns that she started with the backing of tony stores like Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus after leaving MGM in the late 1940s.
February 16, 2014 | By Times Staff
The Academy Awards for scientific and technical achievements go to: Technical achievement awards (academy certificates) Olivier Maury, Ian Sachs and Dan Piponi for the creation of the ILM Plume system that simulates and renders fire, smoke and explosions for motion picture visual effects. Ronald D. Henderson for the development of the FLUX gas simulation system. Andrew Camenisch, David Cardwell and Tibor Madjar for the concept and design, and to Csaba Kohegyi and Imre Major for the implementation of the Mudbox software.
December 24, 2013 | Jessica Gelt
Frédéric Back, 89, who won two Oscars for his poignant animated short films, died Tuesday morning at home in Montreal, said his daughter, Suzel Back-Drapeau. The cause was cancer. A beloved figure in the world of animation, Back was nominated for four Oscars over the course of his career. He was also a prolific artist and illustrator, getting his start in the graphics department of Radio-Canada's first-ever television station. Back produced his first animation short, "Abracadabra" in 1970.
November 21, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
With her elaborate makeup and creepy mien, Melissa Leo plays one of several memorable characters in "Prisoners," Denis Villeneuve's child-snatching thriller that became a hit when it was released in September. But Leo wasn't so sure we should see her in the movie - the actress turned down the role when it was offered to her by a previous director. "There was a large part of me that wondered whether a movie about abducting children should be made for the purposes of entertainment," says Leo, who has a son in his 20s. "It just seemed dangerous.
August 5, 2013 | By Susan King
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles announced Monday morning that Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker") and Academy Award-winning actor Ben Kingsley ("Gandhi") will be honored at the 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards. The ceremony will take place Nov. 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and will air the following evening on BBC America. PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty") will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for excellence in directing, while Kingsley, last seen in "Iron Man 3," will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for worldwide contribution to entertainment.
July 17, 2013 | By David Ng
Haing S. Ngor won an Academy Award for portraying a survivor of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime in the 1984 movie "The Killing Fields," but his own life story offers an equally riveting and dramatic tale. That's the audience hook for a new stage play based on the life and untimely death of the doctor-turned-actor. Although the playwright contends that he was scrupulous in adapting Ngor's life for the theater, the estate of the late Oscar winner has come out against the play, threatening to take legal action against the writer.
March 21, 2006
Oscar winner: "Brokeback Mountain," which won Academy Awards for directing, writing and music, will be released on DVD April 4, Universal announced Monday.
November 17, 1992 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
People Watch: The American Society of Cinematographers will bestow its lifetime achievement award on Haskell Wexler, a two-time Oscar winner, at its seventh annual banquet Feb. 25. Wexler won Oscars for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" and "Bound for Glory." . . . Shirley MacLaine, an Oscar winner for her role in "Terms of Endearment," has been lined up to do the sequel, "The Evening Star," being developed by Paramount and producer David Kirkpatrick. "Star" picks up the story 15 years later.
July 4, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
To begin talking about the new indie film "The Way, Way Back," I want to go way, way back. Praise for the movie's excellent cast, anchored by Sam Rockwell, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Allison Janney and teenage rock Liam James, will come later. As good as the actors are, we must begin with the originality of the screenplay by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash. The writers, who also co-direct and have small roles in the film, take a fairly straightforward story of coming of age in a time of divorce, with all the frictions that arise as kids find themselves dealing with mom and dad's new loves, but they make it feel fresh.
June 21, 2013 | By Katherine Tulich
Though new blockbusters may grab all the headlines, summer movies reach new heights in the great outdoors. Why not enjoy the night sky, some fine food and tunes before relaxing with friends at the many outdoor cinema locations that have burst onto the L.A. landscape in the last few years? From nostalgic drive-ins to parties under the stars with local food trucks to a premium, Oscar-curated series, classic films and cult favorites get a replay in a whole new way. Oscars Outdoors Launched last year, this weekend screening series at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science's open-air theater on its Hollywood campus has been a sold-out success.
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