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February 21, 2005 | Times wire services
The American Cinema Editors' annual awards didn't give Oscar handicappers any help in picking a front-runner: Both "Ray" and "The Aviator" were saluted Sunday night. Paul Hirsch of "Ray" won for best editing of a comedy or musical film, while Thelma Schoonmaker of "The Aviator" was honored for best editing of a dramatic film. Both are in the running for the editing prize at Sunday's Academy Awards.
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January 5, 2006 | From Associated Press
Joaquin Phoenix, whose portrayal of Johnny Cash in "Walk the Line" has made him an early Oscar front-runner, returned this week to the scene of one of the musician's most famous concerts: Folsom State Prison. Cash's Jan. 13, 1968, performance in a prison yard cemented his image as working-class hero and became a popular album.
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November 25, 2008 | Scott Collins, Collins is a Times staff writer.
It's been a full 18 months since viewers last saw original episodes of Jack Bauer battling bad guys, so Fox had plenty at stake in Sunday's two-hour movie "24: Redemption." The movie, which found Bauer wrapped up in an African coup, was supposed to keep fans sated until the official Season 7 return of the counter-terrorism thriller on Jan. 12. (A preview show airs Jan. 11.) Fox has been building anticipation for the movie for months -- for example, showing an extended clip to fans at Comic-Con 2008.
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January 13, 2009 | SCOTT COLLINS
Fancy gowns and teary speeches made a comeback at Sunday's Golden Globes on NBC, but all that couldn't rescue the ceremony's ratings, with the telecast delivering its second-worst numbers since 1995. The three-hour Globes averaged 14.6 million viewers, according to early data from Nielsen Media Research. That was a big improvement over last year, when the writers strike led to a stripped-down, one-hour news conference seen by only 6 million viewers. But the Sunday telecast marked a steep dive from 2007, when the Globes averaged 20 million viewers -- not to mention as recently as 2004, when the award show was encroaching on Oscar territory with an audience of 26.8 million.
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March 18, 2007 | Ella Taylor, Ella Taylor is a writer and film critic for LA Weekly.
IF ever there was a literary casualty of our confessional age, it's the memoir. Once the preserve of established writers with sufficient humility to know that a life isn't worth telling until one has acquired enough of it, and the wisdom to tell it without chest puffing, the genre is overrun today by young things, many of them first-time writers who are well under 40.
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July 13, 2008 | Reed Johnson, Times Staff Writer
Forty years ago, at the height of the race between the United States and the Soviet Union to lay claim to the cosmos, a much-anticipated science-fiction movie made its debut, and sci-fi was never the same again. Kids whose parents dragged them along to the theater were alternately bemused, disturbed and mesmerized. We knew we'd seen a grown-up movie, even if we couldn't completely make sense of it all.
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December 11, 1996 | PATRICK GOLDSTEIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
For most moviegoers, "The Preacher's Wife" is just one of many feel-good family films arriving this holiday season. But for an African American filmmaker like Bill Duke, the sugary-sweet romantic fable, which stars Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington, has a much greater significance. "It's a major test--I think every black filmmaker's going to be watching how that movie does," says Duke, director of such films as "Deep Cover" and "Rage in Harlem."
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March 16, 2007 | Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
Few filmmakers have ever packed the commercial/critical one-two punch Steven Soderbergh exhibited in 2000. "Erin Brockovich," his legal drama starring Julia Roberts, came out in the spring, grossed more than $125 million domestically and collected five Academy Award nominations, including best picture, director and actress (which Roberts won).
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January 11, 2004 | Bob Baker, Times Staff Writer
Stanley "TOOKIE" WILLIAMS, a legend in street-gang and law-enforcement circles for three decades, is about to join the long parade of little-known souls turned into TV-movie celebrities. This figures to cause plenty of consternation in family rooms across America, because Williams is the co-founder of the Crips gang and a death row inmate convicted of four Southern California murders.
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