September 10, 2013 |
TORONTO -- "August: Osage County" might be the first movie to win more Oscar nominations than rave reviews. The movie, Tracy Letts' adaptation of his Tony Award-winning play of family dysfunction and warfare, premiered Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival, earning an ovation from the audience (once the house lights were turned on to spotlight the cast members in attendance). Social media immediately lit up with Oscar buzz, which will happen when you have 17-time Oscar nominee Meryl Streep playing Violet, a pill-popping, cancer-stricken monster of a mother.
September 9, 2013 |
After wowing festival audiences in Telluride and Venice, Sunday's gala premiere of Alfonso Cuaron's stunning space survival story, "Gravity," became the hot ticket at the Toronto International Film Festival. That will happen when no less than James Cameron calls your movie the "best space film ever done. " Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro was there at the beautiful Princess of Wales Theatre, settling in, fidgeting with his 3-D glasses. Jason Bateman was there. Canadian astronaut legend Chris Hadfield showed up, as did Canada's first female astronaut, Roberta Bondar.
September 9, 2013 |
Oscar De La Hoya, in keeping with his routine of picking a string of Golden Boy Promotions fighters who've taken on Floyd Mayweather Jr., has predicted Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will knock Mayweather out Saturday sometime around the eighth round. Mayweather, amplifying the disdain he has displayed toward the boxer with whom he created the richest pay-per-view bout in the sport's history in 2007, has answered back in a personal way. In a discussion with The Times late last month touching on many topics, Mayweather Jr. (44-0)
September 4, 2013 |
To find an Oscar best picture winner that didn't play at the Toronto International Film Festival, you have to go back to 2006 and Martin Scorsese's “The Departed.” (The last three winners - “Argo,” “The Artist” and “The King's Speech” - also screened at Telluride just before their Toronto appearances, which should have the filmmakers behind the already acclaimed historical drama “12 Years a Slave” feeling pretty good right about...
September 4, 2013 |
James Franco's history with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is an infamous one: During his 2011 Oscar co-hosting stint with Anne Hathaway, the actor's low-key demeanor seemed more appropriate for a backyard barbecue than an entertainment event watched by 40 million people. Now Franco, who was also nominated for an Oscar that year for his performance in "127 Hours," is giving academy members another reason to shake their heads -- an irreverent awards campaign for his raunchy arthouse hit "Spring Breakers.
September 3, 2013 |
Cate Blanchett wore an eye-catching black silk dress embroidered with medallions to the screening of "Blue Jasmine" at the Deauville American Film Festival on Saturday, above. The dress is Dior Haute Couture. Kate Hudson is designing a line of flirty workout clothes for her new label Fabletics. [People] Kate Bosworth wore two Oscar de la Renta creations for her wedding on Saturday to director Michael Polish. For the ceremony she donned a strapless satin gown with an 8-foot train, and for the dinner later she changed into an embroidered tulle dress.
August 28, 2013 |
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.
August 28, 2013 |
It's a big weekend for composer John Williams. Not only is he conducting his annual concert at the Hollywood Bowl -- "John Williams: Maestro of the Movies," Friday and Saturday evenings with special guest narrator Julie Andrews -- the Hollywood Museum is also opening a new exhibit featuring costumes, props, posters and photos from the blockbusters and classics for which he's composed, including "Jurassic Park," "Superman" and "Harry Potter and...
August 26, 2013 |
It is time for Oscar De La Hoya's two-year checkup. Not the medical kind, the public kind. It was two years ago this week that boxing's Golden Boy suffered through the longest 18 holes of his life. Golf wasn't the problem. Hooked drives and missed putts weren't the source of his agony. Full disclosure was. He was telling all. The Golden Boy was tarnished. His image was a fraud. He was an alcoholic. His disease led to his disrupting lives, messing up his family, making other people cover and alibi for him. "I could manipulate you, man," he says now. "I was good at it. " He had hit rock bottom.
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August 24, 2013 |
Julie Harris, the delicate yet steely grande dame of the stage whose performances earned her a record five Tony Awards and 10 Tony nominations, died Saturday. She was 87. Harris died of congestive heart failure at her home in West Chatham, Mass., actress Francesca James, a close friend, told the Associated Press. Harris had suffered a stroke in 2001 and another in 2010, James said. In addition to her theatrical awards, Harris was nominated for an Academy Award in 1952 for her indelible performance as Frankie Addams in Carson McCullers' "The Member of the Wedding," a role she had created on Broadway.