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January 27, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
The cast of "Argo" took home the Screen Actors Guild's top honor Sunday night, solidifying its status as the front-runner in an Oscar race that has been muddled from the beginning. The award for cast in a motion picture is often seen as a bellwether for the Academy Award best picture prize because many SAG members are members of the actors branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences -- the largest voting bloc of the organization. "Argo," which also took home the top honor from the Producers Guild of America Saturday night, bested the casts of "Lincoln," "Les Misérables," "Silver Linings Playbook and "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
January 27, 2013 | By Jasmine Elist
Tate Donovan, nominated in the ensemble in a motion picture category for his role as Bob Anders in "Argo," approached the press line at Sunday's Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet with his eyes on the readily available bottle of Purell. "Do you have this out here for when you shake actors' hands? Us actors, we're just disgustingly dirty, aren't we? This would never happen at the DGAs!" Still in high spirits from "Argo's" tremendous win at the Golden Globes, Donovan shouted, "We didn't expect it at all!
June 15, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Film commissioners from Indonesia to Uruguay to New Orleans will converge on the Los Angeles Convention Center today for the annual Locations show. More than 200 exhibitors from 40 countries will attend the two-day event, which is expected to draw 2,500 film industry executives, producers and location scouts eager to find the latest information about where to shoot their projects and what kind of incentives they can fetch. Hosted by the Assn. of Film Commissioners International (AFCI)
February 26, 2012 | Patrick Kevin Day
Michel Hazanavicius' "The Artist" was named best picture at the 84th Academy Awards on Sunday. It is the first essentially silent film to win best picture since "Wings" won at the first Oscar ceremony in 1929. Additionally, "The Artist" is the first black-and-white movie to win best picture since"Schindler's List"in 1994. "The Artist" is a look at the early days of Hollywood starring Jean Dujardin as silent film star George Valentin and Berenice Bejo as the ordinary girl who becomes a silent film sensation.
October 9, 2013 | By Susan King
Shohreh Aghdashloo, the first Iranian actress to be nominated for an Academy Award, will be honored at the sixth Noor Iranian Film Festival, which takes place Oct. 18-24. Aghdashloo, who earned a supporting actress Oscar nomination for 2003's "House of Sand and Fog," will receive the NIFF Achievement Award at the closing night ceremonies at the Skirball Cultural Center.  Producer Hawk Koch, president of the Producers Guild of America who just completed a year as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, will present the award.
February 26, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Why is it, given all the prizes "The Artist" has won already - best picture from the Producers Guild; best actor for Jean Dujardin from the Screen Actors Guild and the Cannes film festival; seven awards, including best picture at the BAFTAs, the British Oscars, to name only the most obvious - that this film isn't always getting the respect it deserves? And what does it have that the inevitable naysayers are reluctant to acknowledge? This film is a bit of a favorite for the best picture Oscar, but whether it will actually win is far from sure.
In what could prove to be a more momentous disappearing act--certainly for the filmmakers--than any magic conjured up on screen by the wizard Gandalf in New Line Cinema's "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," the four credited producers of the film have agreed to let arbitrators decide which one of the four will not get to step up on stage at the Kodak Theatre next month should the film be named best picture at the Academy Awards.
January 9, 2006 | James Bates, Times Staff Writer
It's hard enough figuring out exactly what a producer does these days when everyone outside of the kid who bags your groceries claims to be one. So it's no wonder people have trouble understanding what the Producers Guild of America does, let alone its place in the Milky Way-sized galaxy that is Hollywood's awards season. This year, the answer gets a lot more interesting.
November 29, 2006 | Robert W. Welkos, Times Staff Writer
WHEN "Find Me Guilty," director Sidney Lumet's take on the longest mob trial in U.S. history, debuted last March, posters for the movie had all the earmarks of a comedy: The star, Vin Diesel, was slumped in a prison cell, wearing a sad sack expression, a rumpled suit and a bad hairpiece. Now, hoping to woo Oscar voters, two of the producers have come up with another poster that repositions the film as a drama. It shows Diesel looking positively Perry Mason-like in a courtroom.
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