February 23, 2013 |
Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul, who has been tearing a swath through awards season with his film debut, "Searching for Sugar Man," is scheduled to attend his first-ever Oscar ceremony Sunday as a nominee for documentary feature. How has awards season been for you? You've won Writers Guild, DGA, BAFTA and other awards. How many have you won? Over 30 awards internationally. In awards season we won Writers Guild, Producers Guild, Directors Guild, the American Cinema Editors and BAFTA, the IDA - International Documentary Assn.'s award - and Critics' Choice and the National Board of Review.
February 20, 2013 |
From the control room, the producer gave host Matthew Rodrigues the cue to launch into a celebrity news segment featuring a Valentine's Day update on Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart -- she didn't travel to Australia to visit him during the filming of “The Rover”! Rodrigues followed with a discussion of the news that “Downton Abbey” dowager countess Maggie Smith doesn't even watch the series! With the season finale coming, Rodrigues quipped, “I guess Maggie Smith will be the only one who is not watching.” The production has all the gloss of "Entertainment Tonight" or "Access Hollywood" - including video highlights from the runways of “Fashion Week” in New York City - but this show appears exclusively online.
February 13, 2013 |
A nutrition advocacy group joined with scientists and health agencies Wednesday to ask the federal government to decide just how much sugar is “safe” in sodas, raising the bar in its crusade to curb the “dangerously high” amounts Americans consume. Drinks are the single largest source of added sugar in the diet, and the request to the FDA is one way to fight back against the “ubiquitous marketing and heavy consumption” of sugar-sweetened beverages, the executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Michael Jacobson, said at a news conference in Washington.
February 10, 2013 |
PORTLAND, Ore. - Is it possible for an Angeleno to leave home and find love in a region where sunshine is merely a rumor and 50 shades of gray are a daily atmospheric reality? It's helpful if the pursuit of that bliss involves a white-hot controversy that upon occasion dominates headlines and ensnares academics, government officials and medical researchers. I am speaking, of course, of carbohydrate love. Portland - where the constantly caffeinated seem to have an ever-growing selection of pastries to consume with their coffee - is a logical destination.
January 26, 2013 |
Dear SOS: On a business trip to New York City a few years ago, I had the best pancakes of my life at the Clinton Street Baking Co. I've been on a quest ever since to find some that taste as delicious, but so far nothing has matched the flavor of those transcendental pancakes. As I live in Long Beach, and can't get to New York very often, can you get the recipe? I would be forever grateful and my family would appreciate not hearing me gripe about lousy pancakes every time we go out to breakfast!
January 20, 2013 |
Searching for Sugar Man Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99 Available on VOD beginning Tuesday Detroit-based singer-songwriter Sixto Diaz Rodríguez couldn't get any airplay in the U.S. in the '70s with his soulful, political folk-rock, but his 1970 album, "Cold Fact," inexplicably became a favorite among liberal whites in apartheid-ravaged South Africa. This fascinating, touching documentary tries to sort out the facts of Rodríguez's life from the legends - which among his South African fans included the rumor that his career ended with him committing suicide onstage.
January 16, 2013 |
The nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest announced the "winners" of its Xtreme Eating Awards, handed to restaurant-chain dishes with off-the-chart calories and saturated fat. Some are obvious awardees, such as a milkshake that actually contains a slice of apple pie. But pasta with shrimp, arugula, tomatoes and mushrooms? How bad could that be? Pretty bad, it turns out. Following are some of the dishes that topped this year's list of awardees, and the amount of calories and saturated fat that put them there.
January 15, 2013 |
People who cut down on added sugars in their diets lost an average of about 1.7 pounds - a result researchers called small but significant. The result was in a paper published online Tuesday in the British Medical Journal that analyzed 71 studies of sugar intake and weight. The World Health Organization recommended in 2003 that sugar intake be limited to 10% of calories; the agency commissioned this study as part of its intention to update its recommendation. The studies also showed that increasing consumption of added sugars led to gaining about 1 1/2 pounds, the researchers from the University of Otago and Riddet Institute in New Zealand wrote.
January 14, 2013 |
The Directors Guild of America nominated two female documentarians, Lauren Greenfield ("The Queen of Versailles") and Alison Klayman ("Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry"), among three male directors for outstanding directorial achievement in documentaries for 2012. Both women were left off the Academy Awards' nomination list for feature documentaries. Greenfield, whose film about a billionaire couple who lose it all in the real estate crisis, and Klayman, who explores Chinese artist and activist Ai, will compete against Kirby Dick ("The Invisible War")
January 10, 2013 |
Of the five titles vying for the Oscar in the documentary feature category, four offer hard-hitting examinations of tough-minded subjects -- the Israeli/Palestine conflict, sexual assault in the military, the emergence of AIDS activism. The fifth is a crowd-pleasing pop portrait of an unsung musician. In "The Gatekeepers," director Dror Moreh takes viewers inside Israel's intelligence agency Shin Bet with unprecedented interviews with the six surviving men who have headed the organization.