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March 5, 2014 | By David Horsey
When the 87 th Academy Awards rolls around next year, I hope someone calls a moratorium on grousing about the length of the ceremony. Does anyone care about how long it takes, except the poor critics who are stuck scrutinizing every minute of the show? The Oscars extravaganza is not normal entertainment. Like the Super Bowl, it is event TV. No one expects the super Bowl to be confined to a tight schedule, even if the game is tedious. It takes as long as it takes. The same goes for the Academy Awards.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
With one mispronunciation on stage at the Academy Awards, John Travolta created a wildly popular meme - and seemingly an entirely new person - when he introduced "Let It Go" singer Idina Menzel by a name that sounded more like "Adele Dazeem. " The flub was instantly commemorated on social media, and Travolta eventually expressed his embarrassment in an emailed statement on Tuesday afternoon, but he stopped short of saying what exactly caused him to make a mess of the singer's name.
WORLD
March 5, 2014 | By Robyn Dixon
PRETORIA, South Africa -- Oscar Pistorius asked a friend to lie and take the blame after Pistorius accidentally fired a shot in a popular restaurant in an upscale Johannesburg neighborhood last year, according to testimony in the South African Olympic athlete's murder trial Wednesday. Boxer Kevin Lerena told the Gauteng North High Court that he was with Pistorius and other friends at Tasha's restaurant in Melrose Arch in January 2013, weeks before Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in his apartment in the early hours of Valentine's Day that year.
NEWS
March 5, 2014 | By Susan Denley
At Sunday's Oscars ceremony, it wasn't only the flesh-and-blood stars who were shining. The set on the stage at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood was sparkling too, thanks to Swarovski Crystal. It marked the seventh year that Swarovski has been involved in turning the theater for the Academy Awards presentation into a wonderland. Production designer Derek McLane used the crystals in 25 set pieces that took more than 22,000 hours to create, Swarovski estimates. About 64,000 crystals were used to create six swag drapes; 79,128 beads and octagons made up the 80-foot-wide crystal curtain onstage; and 23,592 crystals were used to decorate 18 opera boxes.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 5, 2014 | By Lorraine Ali
Hany Abu-Assad should be used to the tension by now. The Palestinian director has shot most of his films ("Paradise Now," "Rana's Wedding") in a region known far more for its conflict than its cinema, and his story lines often take place in between tangles of barbed wire and crowded checkpoints. But filming "Omar" on the West Bank and in his hometown of Nazareth almost proved too much - even for Abu-Assad. "At the end of the shoot, I told everybody, 'I'm not going to make another movie,'" said the director.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Dallas Buyers Club" star and newly crowned Academy Award winner Jared Leto was the only Hollywood figure to address the current political unrest in Ukraine during the award show Sunday, but his words of support for the former Soviet republic weren't heard in Russia, where an edited, taped broadcast of the ceremony aired Monday. With tensions escalating between the two nations, Leto said in his acceptance speech for supporting actor, "To all the dreamers out there around the world watching this tonight, in places like the Ukraine and Venezuela, I want to say we are here.
NEWS
March 4, 2014 | By Susan Denley
Model Camila Alves-McConaughey made some Oscar night best-dressed lists in her custom-made Gabriela Cadena gown. But she said she was just trying to keep it simple when she accompanied husband Matthew McConaughey (winner for best actor) to the Academy Awards show on Sunday. She didn't want to stand out, she told People, because she didn't want to detract from the nominees. [People] PHOTOS: Oscars best and worst dressed Designer Hedi Slimane presented his best-yet collection for Saint Laurent, Los Angeles Times fashion critic Booth Moore reports from Paris Fashion Week.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Scott Collins
The TV ratings were up, but some people wondered if Ellen DeGeneres #overdidit with all the #socialmedia at the #Oscars2014. Sunday's 86th Academy Awards telecast on ABC broke with tradition and reverse-engineered itself for the Twitter generation, with host DeGeneres returning after a seven-year hiatus to order in pizza as a joke for the attendees and, in the night's most familiar image, tweeting out a selfie posed with Bradley Cooper, Meryl Streep,...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By David Ng
It's a safe bet that most viewers of the Oscars on Sunday had probably never heard of the Sydney Theatre Company before best-actress winner Cate Blanchett paid tribute to the Australian institution during her acceptance speech. Blanchett is a longtime veteran of the critically acclaimed company -- she has not only acted in numerous productions there but also served as co-artistic director with her husband, Andrew Upton, for several years. (The "Blue Jasmine" actress stepped down from the post last year, but Upton remains the head of the company.)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
John Travolta may not be able to pronounce Idina Menzel's name, but he appears to be able to type it. During the Oscars telecast on Sunday, the actor infamously mangled the “Let It Go” singer's name, referring to her as “Adele Dazeem” and instantly becoming the subject of global mockery. Two days later, the “Pulp Fiction” star broke his silence, saying he was embarrassed about the mistake. "I've been beating myself up all day,” he said in an emailed statement. “Then I thought...what would Idina Menzel say, She'd say, Let it go, let it go!
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