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September 29, 2013 |
Oscar Castro-Neves, a Brazil-born guitarist who helped to create the cool, sensuous rhythms of bossa nova and orchestrated music for movies including "L.A. Story" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," has died. He was 73. Castro-Neves had cancer and died Friday in Los Angeles, his wife, Lorraine Castro-Neves, said. Castro-Neves, who was noted for both his virtuosity and his impish sense of humor, toured with jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Getz. For 10 years, he was guitarist, musical director and vocal coach for Sergio Mendes' Brasil '66 and went on to produce albums by luminaries as varied as cellist Yo-Yo Ma and jazz harmonica player Toots Thielemans.
September 26, 2013 |
Peter Morgan wouldn't be the first screenwriter you'd think of to tell the story of the 1976 Formula One rivalry between the uptight clinician Niki Lauda and the seat-of-his pants swashbuckler James Hunt. Known for upscale real-life stories about presidents and royals ("Frost/Nixon," "The Queen"), the screenwriter would be far down the list among people putting pen to paper on two hyper-competitive auto jocks. But Morgan - who wrote the script for this weekend's wide Ron Howard release “Rush” starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl - found himself stirred by the idea when it first struck him on a Spanish beach.
September 25, 2013 |
NEW YORK - For years, the New York Film Festival was a quaint afterthought on the fall festival circuit, good for locals to catch up on prestige titles but devoid of much Hollywood fizz. Not anymore. The Lincoln Center event has become an increasingly important spot for big fall movies, both launching pad and bellwether for the frenzied months of Oscar-contending releases that follow. The 51st edition opens Friday with the Tom Hanks hijacking thriller "Captain Phillips," part of an ambitious Hollywood slate and an indication of a new festival bent.
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September 23, 2013
Oscar Espinosa Chepe Cuban economist fell out with Castro Oscar Espinosa Chepe, 72, a high-level Cuban economist and diplomat who broke with Fidel Castro's government in the 1990s and was imprisoned for dissident activities, died Monday at a hospital near Madrid, where he had been undergoing treatment for chronic liver disease. Espinosa was one of 75 writers and political activists locked up in 2003 during the Black Spring, a notorious crackdown on dissent that provoked international criticism and EU sanctions lasting five years.
September 18, 2013 |
The most vivid page in Jeffrey Brown's “A Matter of Life” (Top Shelf Comix: 96 pp., $14.95) - “an autobiographical meditation of fatherhood and faith” in comics form - portrays the artist as a college student, reflecting on existence and its discontents. “Someday,” he tells himself, “I'll die and then I won't exist forever and I'll never have another thought.” The image is followed by eight identical panels of Brown in bed, eyes wide open, overwhelmed by the enormity of the idea.
September 17, 2013 |
Since bursting on the showbiz scene in 1989 with a no-nonsense attitude and a fiery rap delivery, Queen Latifah has demonstrated a knack for versatility and self-transformation. The 43-year-old has landed in the winners' circle as a singer, hip-hop artist, producer and actress - even scoring an Oscar acting nomination for "Chicago" - while simultaneously pursuing her off-screen interests as an entrepreneur, including a clothing and cosmetics line. One of her few career blemishes was a 1999 stab at hosting a talk show.
September 16, 2013 |
Floyd Mayweather Jr. issued an apology Monday night for a photo and captions on his Instagram account ridiculing Oscar De La Hoya's time in a treatment facility. “It's unfortunate that a stupid picture was posted to my Instagram account earlier today that was not posted by me or authorized by me to post,” Mayweather said in the statement e-mailed to reporters by his publicist's firm. Above a photo of a distraught-appearing De La Hoya, the headline “MEANWHILE IN REHAB” is followed by words below the photo that say, “OSCAR: I gave Canelo the wrong blueprint I was high.” Mayweather has previously ripped De La Hoya's lifestyle, and has chided his former rival's ability to craft a blueprint to beat Mayweather for his Golden Boy Promotions fighters, including Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who was outclassed Saturday night in a majority decision victory by Mayweather in Las Vegas.
September 14, 2013 |
"Wadjda," a film about a resourceful young tomboy, has been selected as Saudi Arabia's official submission for the Oscars' foreign language category, the first time the country has submitted a film for Academy Awards consideration. That the film, from director Haifaa Mansour, was made at all, let alone screened and submitted for the Academy Awards, is a startling achievement. In a country where the actions of women are severely restricted, Mansour managed to secretly write and shoot her movie.
September 12, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- It was an exuberant expression of springtime femininity, floral prints, polka dots and full skirts galore, when Oscar de la Renta, the lovable patriarch of American fashion, showed his spring collection Tuesday afternoon at New York Fashion Week. The look: Fresh, flirty and feminine, which is a look that's been popular among fashionable showgoers here this week, many of whom are wearing swingy 1950s-esque full skirts with white button-down menswear-style shirts tucked in. Key pieces: Navy and white gingham check sleeveless coat dress; lapis and white abstract houndstooth fit 'n' flare dress; black puff sleeve peasant blouse and lace applique skirt; multicolor polka dot floral silk fit n' flare dress; ivory and gold damask tunic dress; coral crushed silk taffeta and tulle petals cocktail dress that looked like a flower in motion coming down the runway; blush silk faille gown with all-over silver bullion embroidery; sculptural resin flower jewelry.
September 11, 2013 |
"The Wind Rises," the movie that Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki has said will be his last, will get an Oscar-qualifying run in November, the Walt Disney Studios and Studio Ghibli announced Wednesday at the Toronto International Film Festival. "The Wind Rises" ("Kaze Tachinu") will open for a week in New York and Los Angeles Nov. 8-14, with a limited U.S. release to follow in 2014 on Feb. 21 and expanded release Feb. 28 under Disney's Touchstone Pictures banner. Miyazaki's first directorial effort in five years, "The Wind Rises" chronicles the real-life story of Japanese aircraft designer Jiro Horikoshi, following him through his country's massive 1923 earthquake, tuberculosis epidemic and descent into World War II. PHOTOS: Fall movie sneaks 2013 The movie, which Disney is releasing under its Touchstone Pictures banner, enters an animated feature Oscar race with no strong front-runner.