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November 14, 2004 | Mark Olsen
LITHE and striking, with more than a hint of retro-futurist glamour in her kinky, corkscrew curls and asymmetrical earrings, Sophie Okonedo seems a far cry from the plainly resolute woman she portrays in "Hotel Rwanda." The wrenching new film due Dec. 22 tells the true story of Paul Rusesabagina and his wife, Tatiana, and how they survived the Rwandan genocide in the 1990s.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2004 | Mark Olsen
LITHE and striking, with more than a hint of retro-futurist glamour in her kinky, corkscrew curls and asymmetrical earrings, Sophie Okonedo seems a far cry from the plainly resolute woman she portrays in "Hotel Rwanda." The wrenching new film due Dec. 22 tells the true story of Paul Rusesabagina and his wife, Tatiana, and how they survived the Rwandan genocide in the 1990s.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2005 | Times Staff Writer
Long before they turned in Oscar-worthy performances on the big screen, most of tonight's Academy Award nominees had their start on the little screen, including Don Cheadle, "Picket Fences"; Jaime Foxx, "In Living Color"; Annette Bening, "Miami Vice"; Imelda Staunton, British miniseries such as "The Singing Detective"; Kate Winslet, British TV series "Dark Season"; Cate Blanchett, Australian miniseries "Bordertown"; Sophie Okonedo, British TV series "The Governor"; Alan Alda, "MASH"; and Clive
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February 28, 2005 | Rachel Abramowitz, Times Staff Writer
Four-time Oscar winner Katharine Hepburn picked up a posthumous tribute last night when Australian Cate Blanchett won the Oscar for best supporting actress for her performance as the screen legend in "The Aviator." Her nervy performance divided critics, but the 5,808 members of the academy applauded her assumption of Hepburn's famous lock jaw, her long stride, her air of independence. The film details Hepburn's love affair with aviation and film tycoon Howard Hughes, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
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October 13, 2006 | Mark Olsen, Special to The Times
The first film adaptation based on Anthony Horowitz's series of young-adult adventure novels, "Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker" feels like a contrived attempt to jump-start a franchise along the lines of "Spy Kids" or the "Harry Potter" series. Recognizable British actors appear in every conceivably sized role, and the film ends with a decidedly "on to the next adventure" moment.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 2010 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
"Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire" dominated the nominations for the 41st NAACP Image Awards on Wednesday morning, earning eight nods -- best film, best director for Lee Daniels, screenplay for Geoffrey Fletcher, best actress for Gabourey Sidibe, supporting actress for Mariah Carey, Mo'Nique and Paula Patton and supporting actor for Lenny Kravitz. Competing with "Precious" in the best picture category are "The Blind Side," "Invictus," "Michael Jackson's: This Is It" and "The Princess and the Frog."
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2010 | By Susan King
"Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" dominated the nominations for the 41st NAACP Image Awards on Wednesday morning, earning eight nods: best film, best director for Lee Daniels, screenplay for Geoffrey Fletcher, best actress for Gabourey Sidibe, supporting actress for Mariah Carey, Mo'Nique and Paula Patton, and supporting actor for Lenny Kravitz. Competing with "Precious" in the best picture category are "The Blind Side," "Invictus," "Michael Jackson's This Is It" and "The Princess and the Frog."
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2009 | Noel Murray
Zack and Miri Make a Porno Weinstein, $29.95; Blu-ray, $34.99 Anyone who's given up on writer-director Kevin Smith's clunky style and unyielding raunch should consider taking a chance on "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," a surprisingly sweet comedy. Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks play friends who decide to pay their bills -- and deal with their unspoken affection for each other -- by making a dirty movie.
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February 13, 2009 | MARY McNAMARA, TELEVISION CRITIC
What with all the brouhaha "Slumdog Millionaire" has stirred up -- the denigration of India, 0,4412918.story, the whole notion of "poverty porn" -- it's good to get back to basics. "Oliver Twist" premieres Sunday night on "Masterpiece Classic," and who wouldn't give their eye teeth and an autographed copy of "Barnaby Rudge" to find out what Charles Dickens would have to say about the term "poverty porn"? Since, if such a thing exists, he invented it.
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April 24, 1992 | PETER RAINER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Most movies are about so many of the same old things that the low-budget British film "Young Soul Rebels," directed by the young black director Isaac Julien, has at least the fascination of novelty. Set in 1977 during the week of the Queen's Silver Jubilee, it's about Chris and Caz, black disc jockeys and lifelong friends who run their own pirate "funk" radio station, Soul Patrol, out of an East End garage.
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