July 17, 2012 |
At one point during the arduous filming of David Lean's 1962 Oscar-winning historical epic "Lawrence of Arabia," production shut down for three months. Screenwriter Robert Bolt needed the time to finish the script on the complex tale of T.E. Lawrence, the young British intelligence officer in Cairo who helped the Arabs break up the Ottoman Empire. But then Bolt got arrested in London. A political activist, Bolt was jailed for protesting the proliferation of nuclear weapons. If he apologized for his actions, he wouldn't go to prison.
January 16, 2012 |
One of the favorites for a best picture Oscar nomination this year is the black-and-white silent French film "The Artist. " And if the story about the infancy of talkies in Hollywood does earn the top Academy Award, "The Artist" will be the first silent to win the honor since the very first best picture winner, 1927's World War I epic "Wings," directed by William Wellman. In honor of the 85th anniversary of "Wings" and the centennial of Paramount Pictures, the studio that produced the classic, the film starring Buddy Rogers, Richard Arlen, Clara Bow and a young Gary Cooper has been digitally restored.
February 27, 2014 |
Come Sunday night, director Steve McQueen's critically praised rendering of the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Antebellum South, may win the Academy Award for best picture. So why isn't everyone talking about "12 Years a Slave" around the water cooler, on the street, over coffee? It is arguably the most revered film in recent memory that so few have seen. Those who do watch it often leave theaters in a hush, finding it difficult to explain how they feel about what they've witnessed on the screen.
September 22, 2010
A Centennial Tribute to Alex North Where: Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. When: 7:30 p.m. Friday Price: $5; $3 for academy members or students with a valid I.D. Contact: (310) 247-3000, http://www.oscars.org
May 1, 1998
"My Fair Lady," the Audrey Hepburn-Rex Harrison classic that won eight Oscars in 1964, will be screened at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater on May 8 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5, $3 for academy members. Information: (310) 247-3600.
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September 27, 2010 |
Gloria Stuart, a 1930s Hollywood leading lady who earned an Academy Award nomination for her first significant role in nearly 60 years — as Old Rose, the centenarian survivor of the Titanic in James Cameron's 1997 Oscar-winning film — has died. She was 100. Stuart, a founding member of the Screen Actors Guild who later became an accomplished painter and fine printer, died Sunday night at her West Los Angeles home, said her daughter, writer Sylvia Thompson.
April 25, 1991
Oscar-winning director and producer Joseph L. Mankiewicz will be honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences at a special tribute May 6 at the academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Mankiewicz, who won Academy Awards for writing and directing such films as "A Letter to Three Wives" and "All About Eve" will discuss his work at a ceremony that will include excerpts from some of his most famous films.
June 19, 1996
The sixth annual UCLA Extension short fiction film program will be held today at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater, 8949 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, at 7:30 p.m. The five short films in the showcase are by industry professionals and film school graduates who are enrolled in the yearlong course. Admission is free but reservations are required. Information: (310) 206-4907.