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  • Actor had 'serious money troubles' after $30million divorce bills

    08/12/2014 2:05:55 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 93 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 12, 2014 | Sara Nathan for MailOnline
    As he stepped out on stage last year to hawk his big TV comeback in front of advertisers, comedy great Robin Williams joked it was 'nice to have a job where the checks will clear.' After making his name as the eccentric and beloved alien on 1970s TV hit Mork and Mindy, Robin transferred his attentions to Hollywood with a stream of box office hits. But after acclaim and an Oscar, the movie career started to dry up and the actor signed up for CBS show The Crazy Ones, a small-screen comedy about a 'renowned and slightly unhinged' advertising genius/madman....
  • PUTIN WAR PROPAGANDA EXPOSED: Same Pro-Russian “Actress” Used in FIVE Different Ukrainian Reports

    03/05/2014 10:38:36 AM PST · by Nachum · 32 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 3/5/14 | Jim Hoft
    BRAVO! Putin’s War propaganda exposed. A pro-Russian actress was included in five different Ukrainian reports.She even wore the same hat in two of the reports!Via East of Brussels: The “actress” has played roles in news clips in Kiev, Kharkiv, Odessa.  She has played as a soldier’s mother and an anti-Maiden (pro-Russian) activist.In another propaganda piece - Russian news claimed a violent protest occurred in Crimea when the photo was taken days before in Kiev.
  • Watching Duck Dynasty Marathon on A & E instead of Oscar nonsense!!

    03/02/2014 5:40:43 PM PST · by Steelers6 · 18 replies
    vanity | March 2, 2014 | Steelers6
    Enjoy Classic Duck Dynasty
  • Academy Rescinds Low-Budget, Faith-Based Film’s Oscar Nomination

    02/04/2014 7:30:44 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Feb 04 2014 8:57 AM | (Fox and Friends)
    Questions are being raised about whether an Oscar nomination was rescinded because of the film’s faith-based message. The low-budget film “Alone Yet Not Alone” was nominated in the Best Song category, but then the song, also called “Alone Yet Not Alone,” was disqualified a few weeks later. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences pointed out that the song’s creator, Bruce Broughton, had improperly emailed 70 fellow Academy members to ask them to listen to the song. …
  • Critics Ballistic Over Christian Film's Oscar Nod

    01/19/2014 9:13:05 PM PST · by unlearner · 26 replies
    WND ^ | 1/19/2014 | Drew Zahn
    Like David versus Goliath, an upstart Christian film has shocked the world by winning an unlikely victory in the form of an Academy Award nomination. Only this time, the crowds aren't cheering for David. Instead, mainstream-media Oscar watchers across the nation have blasted the Academy for choosing the hymn-like testament to God’s presence over hits by pop artists like Jay-Z and Taylor Swift. "I can’t figure any of this s— out," an unnamed competitor told the Hollywood Reporter, or THR, after learning his or her song was beaten out by "Alone Yet Not Alone," the title song from the faith-themed...
  • Weekend Report: 'Butler' Repeats, Newcomers All Open Below $10 Million

    08/25/2013 7:27:13 PM PDT · by napscoordinator · 15 replies
    Box Office Mojo ^ | 25 August 2013 | Ray Subers
    On a very slow late-August weekend, Lee Daniels' The Butler easily held on to the top spot at the box office. We're the Millers also continued to play well, while all three new nationwide releases opened to less than $10 million. Overall, the Top 12 earned an estimated $91.6 million. That's up 10 percent from the same weekend last year, when The Expendables 2 led with a weak $13.4 million. With good reviews and strong word-of-mouth, The Butler fell 31 percent to an estimated $17 million. In comparison, The Help dropped 23 percent at the same point in its run...
  • Oscars: An American Embarrassment!!!

    02/27/2013 6:12:21 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 12 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-25-2013 | MOTUS
    I wasn’t going to do a review of the Oscars today, because really: what’s the point? I was planning to skip my commentary and just link you to this guy, who seems to know more about Hollywood than anyone could possibly wish to know. Then, it happened: Lady M decided to butt in, so now I’ve got to say something about the Academy Awards. So here goes: Worst. Oscars. Ever. Seriously bad. Worse than a bad migraine bad. Bad. Bad. Bad. And not just because our First Lady decided her presence would add something to the most egregious showcase of...
  • SAfrica: judge in Pistorius case suffers loss

    02/26/2013 8:26:23 AM PST · by Former Fetus · 6 replies
    Yahoo! Sports ^ | 2/26/2013 | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA
    Last week, the judge who granted bail to Oscar Pistorius was in the international spotlight, presiding over dramatic hearings in a courtroom as the Olympic athlete sat in the dock charged with murdering his girlfriend. This week, the judge is in private mourning. Desmond Nair, chief magistrate of the Pretoria Magistrate's Court, confirmed Tuesday that he is related to a woman suspected of killing her two children and committing suicide on the weekend. The revelation was the latest twist in the saga of Pistorius and prominent figures linked to the case against the double-amputee athlete, who faces a charge of...
  • Iran "Hacks" MOOchelle Obama's Oscar Frock & We Don't Have Enough Money to Fight Back

    02/26/2013 8:45:24 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 1 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-26-2013 | MOTUS
    I see that Big Guy’s on the road again today. He’s campaigning against his it-seemed-like-a-good-idea-at-the-time sequester. On second thought, it looks like that 2 cent solution will grind the the transportation system (not to mention your vacation at national parks) to a halt, along with the rest of the economy; which is apparently chugging along just swell otherwise, thank you very much.   At $1.25 each, don’t expect life to go around handing out lemons anymore. Find something else to suck on. So, Big Guy wants you to call/write/email/text your Congressmen and Senators to badger them to do things Big...
  • Michelle Obama’s Oscar cameo was pointless and bizarre

    02/25/2013 9:32:09 AM PST · by Zakeet · 59 replies
    London Daily Telegraph ^ | February 25, 2013 | Nile Gardner
    It was a better than average Oscar show last night. Host Seth MacFarlane came under fire for some less than tasteful jokes, but there were also a few terrific highlights. [Snip] All in all it was an entertaining evening, recognising some truly great cinematic achievements. However, the entrance of Michelle Obama, via video link, at the end of the ceremony to announce the Best Picture winner was a bizarre moment that was completely pointless. It was reportedly arranged by Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, a close friend of the Obamas (hat tip: Drudge Report). If the First Lady was a...
  • And, The Award For Moron of the Week Goes To...

    02/24/2013 8:20:19 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 2-24-2013 | MOTUS
    Big Guy’s former political reelection arm, Organizing For America, has morphed into  “Organizing for Action.” It’s still “OFA” so they can keep the cool logo! Now, you might think that this “executive arm of the invisible government,” (h/t Cajun) sounds like a partisan liberal Democratic propaganda organization, butt I assure you it’s not. If it were, it would not be eligible for tax exempt status as a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(4) of the IRS code.  As such, they are not allowed to promote any political party, platform or candidate in the pursuit of manipulating public opinion. With that in...
  • Michael's Top Ten Movies of 2012 (The Michael Medved Show)

    02/22/2013 11:35:15 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 16 replies
    The Michael Medved Show ^ | 01/04/13 | Michael Medved
  • Quvenzhané Wallis gives a great stare, but is that Oscar-worthy?

    02/22/2013 4:10:23 AM PST · by IbJensen · 14 replies
    MSN ^ | 2/19/2013 | Mary Pols
    Quvenzhané Wallis gives a great stare, but is that Oscar-worthy? Most child actors, however talented, are out of their depth in the race for gold. Quvenzhané Wallis was 5 when she was first cast in "Beasts of the Southern Wild," age 6 when she murmured Hushpuppy's best line -- "I want to be cohesive" -- and even three whole years later, at age 9, she is still the youngest-ever nominee for an Academy Award in the Best Actress category. She is a natural in front of the camera, possessed of a fierce stare and the kind of beautiful little face...
  • TCM movie alert: "Ben-Hur" (1959) tonight at 8:PM E.S.T.

    02/16/2013 4:38:40 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 38 replies
    Turner Classic Movies ^ | 1959 | Wm. Wyler
    The 1959 winner of 11 Oscars including Best Picture and Actor is on TCM tonight at 8:00 PM EST. It's easy to see how far our culture has fallen when a pro-Christianity film like this couldn't be made by Hollywood today. My favorite scene:
  • Dinesh D'Souza's '2016' Movie: Winner at the Box Office Snubbed by Oscar

    12/09/2012 5:13:44 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/09/2012 | Alex Murashko
    Dinesh D'Souza's documentary "2016: Obama's America" failed to earn an Oscar nomination despite earning $33.4 million at the box office, and becoming the fourth highest grossing documentary in history. Of course, there isn't much an outcry inside liberal Hollywood. However, D'Souza didn't keep quiet about the Academy Awards committee snub. "I want to thank the Academy for not nominating our film," D'Souza joked, according to the Hollywood Reporter. "By ignoring 2016, the top-performing box-office hit of 2012, and pretending that films like 'Searching for Sugar Man' and 'This Is Not a Film' are more deserving of an Oscar, our friends...
  • Notorious ‘‘Death Cat’’ Refuses to Leave Obama Campaign Headquarters

    11/04/2012 11:14:17 AM PST · by Justaham · 37 replies
    “He refuses to leave. When we force him away, he just comes back. It’s really been flipping us out…” Such are the quivering words of a flush-faced Stacey Bingham, President Obama’s volunteer coordinator at his campaign headquarters in Washington D.C. No, Ms. Bingham is not talking about Joe Biden. Nor is she speaking of the inevitable horde of creepy, overweight, middle-aged campaign volunteers who smell like a Beluga whale’s placenta that can be found at any campaign’s volunteer offices. Bingham is speaking of none other than Oscar the cat (a.k.a. “death cat,” the “grim purrer,” and “Dr. Catvorkian”), who gained...
  • Meryl Streep in Rare Company with 3rd Oscar

    02/27/2012 6:51:48 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies · 2+ views
    NBC New York ^ | 02/27/2012
    Meryl Streep joined a very exclusive club on Sunday, winning her third acting Oscar for her role as a strident Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady." Streep, 62, won best actress for her 17th Oscar nomination, the most times any performer has been nominated by the Academy. Her third win put her in a category with other three-time Oscar winners Jack Nicholson, Walter Brennan and Ingrid Bergman. Only Katharine Hepburn with four wins had more. She joked about how many times she's been up for acting's highest honors. "When they called my name, I had this feeling I could hear...
  • 84th Annual Academy Awards [LIVE THREAD]

    02/26/2012 5:23:26 PM PST · by Bender2 · 179 replies · 1+ views
    Best Picture: The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War Horse Actor in a Leading Role: Demián Bichir, George Clooney, Jean Dujardin, Gary Oldman, Brad Pitt Actress in a Leading Role: Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Rooney Mara, Meryl Streep, Michelle Williams You lost me there, Mr. Peabody. A Wayforward... machine?
  • Oscar's filter: Worldview, not artistic merit, helps unpopular films dominate the Academy Awards

    02/25/2012 10:31:50 AM PST · by rhema · 103 replies
    WORLD ^ | 2/25/12 | Megan Basham
    Nine films are competing for the Best Picture award to be handed out at the 2012 Academy Awards extravaganza on Feb. 26—and the average box office gross of the nominees is one of the lowest in the last 20 years. Only one of the nine, The Help, could be considered a genuine hit. And, as with popular nominees of the previous two years, few industry insiders give it much chance of winning. (One Oscar betting site currently pegs its odds at 33 to 1.) Since underrepresentation of crowd-pleasers prompted the Academy's decision in 2009 to have up to 10 Best...
  • 84th Oscars preview and predictions.

    02/24/2012 11:36:03 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 17 replies
    Washington Times Communities ^ | 02/24/2012 | Jason Black
    Best Picture: The Artist, The Descendants, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, The Help, Hugo, Midnight in Paris, Moneyball, The Tree of Life, War Horse. The Artist has for the most part swept all of the awards for Best Picture, and it doesn’t look like the Oscar will be an exception... Director: Michel Hazanavicius The Artist, Alexander Payne The Descendants, Martin Scorsese Hugo, Woody Allen Midnight in Paris, Terrence Malick The Tree of Life. Once again this looks like another award for The Artist with Hazanavicius being the favorite,... Actor in a Leading Role: Demian Bichir A Better Life, George Clooney...
  • 2012 Oscar Nominations Announced

    01/24/2012 6:42:28 AM PST · by Borges · 54 replies
    Cinema Blend ^ | 1/24/12
    BEST PICTURE The Artist War Horse The Descendants Moneyball The Tree of Life Midnight in Paris The Help Hugo Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close BEST DIRECTOR Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist Alexander Payne, The Descendants Martin Scorsese, Hugo Woody Allen, Midnight in Paris Terrence Malick, The Tree of Life BEST ACTOR Demian Bichir, A Better Life George Clooney, The Descendants Jean Dujardin, The Artist Gary Oldman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Brad Pitt, Moneyball BEST ACTRESS Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs Viola Davis, The Help Rooney Mara, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady Michelle Williams, My Week With...
  • Oscar honors makeup master Dick Smith

    11/13/2011 5:39:43 PM PST · by FarmerVincent
    CBS News ^ | November 2011 | David Morgan
    Dick Smith applies makeup to Marlon Brando for his performance as Don Vito Corleone in "The Godfather" (1972). Smith, one of the first makeup artists to win an Academy Award when the category of Best Makeup was introduced 30 years ago, has been a leading practitioner of his craft since joining NBC Television in 1945 as its first staff makeup artist. His experience in live television, and his mastery of old age makeups, led to a remarkable film career that includes such outstanding work as "The Godfather," "The Exorcist," "Little Big Man," and his Academy Award-winning old-age makeup designs on...
  • Weiner's Wife Returns to D.C. Home

    06/15/2011 6:30:58 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 53 replies · 1+ views
    nbcwashington ^ | June 15, 2011 | nbcwashington
    Huma Abedin, the pregnant wife of embattled Congressman Anthony Weiner, returned to their U Street condo complex early Wednesday morning from an overseas trip with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Weiner has said that he was waiting for his wife's return to discuss the scandal with her and make a decision about his future.
  • Rep. Anthony Weiner's car is registered in New York but way out of date

    06/05/2011 2:43:13 AM PDT · by South40 · 69 replies ^ | June 5, 2011 | ALISON GENDAR
    After a week of facing questions about lewd Twitter photos, Rep. Anthony Weiner Saturday had more explaining to do: why his Nissan Pathfinder has New York license plates but a 2007 registration sticker. A photo of Weiner behind the wheel of his more than 20-year-old SUV appeared in Saturday's Daily News as he left his Washington home Friday night. ((snip)) In March, the Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper, reported Weiner owed more than $2,000 in parking tickets for violations around the Capitol and near Reagan National Airport.
  • 83rd Academy Awards LIVE THREAD

    02/27/2011 3:11:48 AM PST · by DollyCali · 582 replies
    27 February 2011 | Dolly Howard/DollyCali
    Oscars 2011Academy Awards 83rd Edition ABC 8 PM EST Sunday February 27, 2011 Official Oscar Site The I HATE the Academy Awards Thread HERE
  • Fox411's Dr. Oscar Offers 2011 Oscar Predictions.

    02/25/2011 11:01:05 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 44 replies ^ | 2/22/11 | Tariq Khan
    BEST PICTURE Nominees: Black Swan, The Fighter, Inception, The Kids Are All Right, The King's Speech, 127 Hours, The Social Network, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Winter's Bone Prediction: “The King’s Speech” The bottom line: while Oscar voters appear to really like “The Social Network,” they LOVE “The King’s Speech.” In many ways, it’s a throwback to the Oscar film of yesterday – like “Casablanca,” “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Lawrence of Arabia,” “The Godfather” and “Out of Africa.” Grand art direction and costumes, beautiful cinematography and score, magnificent performances and an examination of history – “The King’s Speech”...
  • Whoopi Goldberg criticizes 'New York Times' for not mentioning her Oscar. UPDATE: NYT responds

    02/15/2011 10:55:09 AM PST · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 35 replies (Entertainment Weekly) ^ | February 14, 2011 | Ken Tucker
    Whoopi Goldberg bitterly criticized The New York Times on Monday morning’s The View for not mentioning that she had won an Oscar in a Sunday piece about the paucity of black actors who have won Academy Awards. Goldberg, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the 1990 film Ghost, said, “I am embarrassed to tell you it hurt me terribly.” She was referring to a piece titled “Hollywood’s Whiteout,” written by film critics Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott. The piece lamented the lack of Oscar nominations and wins for black actors, noting that Denzel Washington and Halle Berry had...
  • The King's Speech: the real story (the epic events that inspired the Oscar-tipped film)

    01/05/2011 8:58:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 01/03/2011 | Nigel Farndale
    There are many forms of irony – verbal, dramatic, situational and so on – but the one that surely applied to King George VI was the irony of fate. It was as if the gods, or Fates, were amusing themselves by toying with his mind, mocking his failings, reminding him that he was very much a mortal. It was, after all, almost impossible for him to pronounce the letter 'k’, thanks to his debilitating nervous stammer. A cruel fate for a king. Even crueller, his reign coincided with a revolution in mass communication. For the first time in British history,...
  • James Franco, Anne Hathaway to host 83rd Oscar telecast

    11/29/2010 2:18:21 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 5+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 11/29/2010
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday morning that actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway will host the 83rd annual Oscar telecast Feb. 27 on ABC -- a move that certainly seems designed to help the academy achieve its long-held goal of attracting a younger viewing audience. The 32-year-old Franco is currently receiving rave reviews for his work in Danny Boyle's "127 Hours" and the 28-year-old Hathaway, currently starring in the new romantic drama "Love & Other Drugs," earned a best actress nomination for 2008's "Rachel Getting Married." "James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation...
  • Old video of airport security touching an unruly passenger's junk

    11/17/2010 11:54:45 AM PST · by MNDude · 4 replies
    (anyone else remember this one?)
  • Israel-Bashing Filmmaker to Receive Honorary Oscar

    10/20/2010 10:08:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Culture and Media Institute ^ | 10/20/10 | Alana Goodman
    If the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awards French filmmaker Jean Luc Gadard an honorary Oscar on Nov. 13, Hollywood will be celebrating a man who defends Palestinian terrorism and who regularly equates Israel with Nazi Germany. The filmmaker, renowned for his avant-garde “French New Wave” films, has described Israel as “a cancer on the map of the Middle East.” He has also suggested that the Jews murdered during the Holocaust had actually committed suicide in order to arouse international sympathy and bring about the formation of Israel. Benjamin Ivry details some of Godard’s most egregious comments at...
  • American Boy Cast to Play ‘Little Barry’

    05/13/2010 6:16:22 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 10 replies · 336+ views ^ | May 13, 2010
    An American boy based in Indonesia has been selected to play the role of Barack Obama in the upcoming movie about the US president’s childhood in Jakarta. “Obama Anak Menteng” (“Obama The Menteng Kid”) is expected to begin filming this week and rushed into Indonesian cinemas by June 17. The film is based on the novel of the same name, which author Damien Dematra claims to be a true account of “Barry’s” childhood in the Jakarta suburb. He reportedly wrote the novel in just five days after five days of research. Hasan Faruq Ali, selected for the role, told a...
  • Kathryn Bigelow/The Hurt Locker win Academy Award over James Cameron/Avatar - Best Picture, Director

    03/07/2010 10:12:22 PM PST · by RGirard · 7 replies · 146+ views ^ | March 7, 2010 | Réne Girard
    It was an Oscar shocker as Karthryn Bigelow won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Director over James Cameron, and the military film she directed, The Hurt Locker, won the Academy Award for Best Picture instead of Avatar. Not only is this the first time that a woman has won the academy award for Best Director, but this woman beat James Cameron - the man whose last two films, Avatar and Titanic, have grossed more money than any other two films in history. And to top it all off, Kathryn Bigelow happens to be James Cameron's ex-wife ...
  • Ebert's 2010 Oscar Predictions

    03/05/2010 11:37:42 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 12 replies · 735+ views
    Roger Ebert's Website ^ | 2/19/2010 | Roger Ebert
    Picture Kathryn Bigelow's “The Hurt Locker,” with Jeremy Renner as a bomb-disposal expert in Iraq, opened in July to great praise but was considered a dark horse because of its low budget, lower profile and earlier release date... (cut) The crucial factors may be “The Hurt Locker's” recent victories in two guild awards: It has been honored for best direction and best production. In many years, the Directors Guild winner is a predictor of the best picture Oscar. Of these three, I'm predicting “The Hurt Locker.” If one of the other seven wins, let's say I'll be very surprised. Actor...
  • Oscar, Oscar, Oscar. Nominations Announced.

    02/02/2010 1:05:04 PM PST · by Patriot1259 · 12 replies · 346+ views ^ | 02/02/2010 | John G. Winder
    The air was crisp with excitement as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the list of nominees for 2010’s big Oscar Show. We all look forward with inexplicable excitement to that magical night when somewhere between deep probing questions like, “Who are you wearing” and the monotony of watching celebs congratulate themselves over and over and over for their own greatness and earth-changing achievement we (the unwashed masses) are allowed to see who Hollywood thinks is the best of their best.
  • Book profiles furry angel of death: Oscar the cat

    01/31/2010 1:09:30 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies · 1,101+ views
    AP via [Myrtle Beach] Sun News ^ | Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010 | RAY HENRY - Associated Press Writer
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The scientist in Dr. David Dosa was skeptical when first told that Oscar, an aloof cat kept by a nursing home, regularly predicted patients' deaths by snuggling alongside them in their final hours. Dosa's doubts eroded after he and his colleagues tallied about 50 correct calls made by Oscar over five years, a process he explains in a book released this week, "Making Rounds With Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat." (Hyperion, $23.99) The feline's bizarre talent astounds Dosa, but he finds Oscar's real worth in his fierce insistence on being present when others turn...
  • Academy Member Calls for Al Gore's Oscar to be Rescinded in Light of "ClimateGate Scandal" - Video

    12/04/2009 7:08:33 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 11 replies · 545+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 4, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video of Pajamas Media CEO Roger Simon - a members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences - calling for the Academy to take back the Oscar awarded to Al Gore for his alarmist Global Warming movie - "An Inconvenient Truth." Simon was joined by Lionel Chetwynd - also an academy member - who wants the Academy to convene a public hearing to demand him to explain the science behind his film. The two are making their calls in light of the "ClimateGate Scandal." . . . (VIDEO)
  • Take back Al Gore's Oscar, two Academy members demand in light of Climategate

    12/04/2009 6:20:26 AM PST · by markomalley · 62 replies · 3,412+ views
    LA Times ^ | 12/4/2009 | Andrew Malcolm
    <p>But two Hollywood conservatives (yes, there are some) have called upon the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to rescind the prestigious, profitable gold Oscar statuette that it gave ex-Vice President Al Gore two years ago for the environmental movie "An Inconvenient Truth."</p>
  • Jesus is the greatest example of a friend

    08/28/2009 3:07:45 PM PDT · by pansgold · 4 replies · 910+ views
    August 28, 2009 | pansgold
    Jesus is the greatest example of a friend. (John 15:13), "There is no greater gift that anyone can give that a man would lay down his life for another".
  • The Oscar for worst excuse for sex in a film...

    03/09/2009 11:58:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies · 3,241+ views
    Powerline ^ | March 8,2009 | Scott Johnson
    We just got around to seeing "The Reader" this weekend (warning: plot spoilers below). I don't think I've ever seen a movie that I felt ruined my weekend. This was a first for me. If only there were an Oscar for worst excuse for sex in a film, "The Reader" could have garnered the Oscar it deserved. As it was, Kate Winslet won the best actress award for her sympathetic potrayal of an Auschwitz camp guard in the film. The first hour of the film is devoted to a graphic portrayal of the postwar affair between Winslet's character Hanna Schmitz...
  • Oscar winners make plea for gay rights

    02/23/2009 6:10:17 AM PST · by L.A.Justice · 61 replies · 2,182+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 2/23/09 | Staff
    Gay rights took center stage at the Oscars ceremony when actor Sean Penn and the writer of the film "Milk" made impassioned pleas for opponents of same-sex marriage to rethink their stand. Penn won the Academy's best actor award for his role as gay politician Harvey Milk, California's first openly gay man to be elected to public office, who was shot and killed in 1978. "I think that it is a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect and anticipate their great shame and the shame in their grandchildren's eyes if...
  • Kate Winslet wins best actress Oscar

    02/22/2009 9:37:25 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 28 replies · 1,384+ views
    British actress Kate Winslet won her first Oscar on Sunday for her portrayal of a German woman with a secret Nazi past in the romantic drama "The Reader." "Titanic" star Winslet, 33, was Oscar-nominated five times in the past 13 years but had always returned home empty-handed. Her best actress Oscar joins two Golden Globes, a Screen Actors Guild award, a British BAFTA and a handful of U.S. critics awards that Winslet has won this season. "To the academy thank you so much. My God," she said. In addition to her acclaimed turn in "The Reader," she won plaudits for...
  • R.I.P. Oscar

    02/22/2009 10:16:44 AM PST · by The Conservative Yogini · 18 replies · 850+ views
    The Gadfly ^ | The Gadfly
    The government is not the only one who is out of touch with the American people. Our entertainment industry is completely disinterested in America and Americans as well. They are literally living in a different universe from what they call "ordinary people." This is not really new news, but I thought I would bring up the topic after seeing Drudge's interesting photo of the larger-than-life Oscar statue. Does anyone notice how closely the figure resembles a corpse? A corpse of fake gold that is dead. Surreal.
  • Richard Roeper plays percentages. (Oscar predictions)

    02/21/2009 10:54:38 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 17 replies · 1,107+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 2/21/09 | Richard Roeper
    Mark my words, or mock my words. "Slumdog Millionaire" will take home eight Oscars, "Benjamin Button" will win a handful of technical awards, Heath Ledger is the biggest lock of the night and Kate Winslet will win for the wrong role in the wrong movie. (cut) Let’s take a look at my predictions for all 24 trophies that will be handed out Sunday. In the major categories I'll speculate on the percentage of votes that will go to each of the five contenders. (And just because I predict an actor will get a tiny percentage of the votes doesn't mean...
  • Oscar Bait

    01/12/2009 6:46:31 AM PST · by dangus · 17 replies · 897+ views
    none | 1-12-08 | Dangus
    It’s the political movie time of the year. I can enjoy a liberal, preachy movie, from cheesy to highbrow. I liked “Star Trek IV,” “The Mission,” “Romero,” “The Emerald Forest,” and even “Mosquito Coast.” But somewhere along the lines, Hollywood decided that simply preachy was enough to win an Academy Award. Consider “Philadelphia, ” one of the most successful Oscar-bait movies. It was like watching an episode of “the Practice.” Except without the characters I’d learned to like, or enjoy hating. And it ran for what, five hours? And the characters had all the moral complexity of the Noid from...
  • Speech by Alex Gibney (Oscar for TAXI TO THE DARKSIDE)

    02/25/2008 11:58:50 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 1 replies · 127+ views ^ | 2/24/08 | Alex Gibney
    Wow. Thank you very much, Academy. Here's to all doc filmmakers. And, truth is, I think my dear wife Anne was kind of hoping I'd make a romantic comedy, but honestly, after Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, extraordinary rendition that simply wasn't possible. This is dedicated to two people who are no longer with us, Dilawar, the young Afghan taxi driver, and my father, a navy interrogator who urged me to make this film because of his fury about what was being done to the rule of law. Let's hope we can turn this country around, move away from the dark side...
  • Oscar Ceremony Not So Golden With Ratings

    02/25/2008 2:09:47 PM PST · by Zuben Elgenubi · 25 replies · 548+ views ^ | February 25, 2008 | CNBC staff
    Oscar Ceremony Not So Golden With Ratings Posted By:Julia Boorstin Topics:Advertising | Movies & Film Studios | Television | Media Sectors:Media Companies:Walt Disney CoThe preliminary ratings numbers are out and Nielsen Media Research is saying that ratings for the Academy Awards telecast last night were some 14 percent lower than the least-watched ceremony ever, which was 2003, when 33 million people watched. And these preliminary ratings are also 21 percent lower than last year. Advertisers look to the Oscars, nicknamed "the Super Bowl for women" to reach a mass audience of more affluent women. Last year 40 million people watched...
  • And the Oscar for most depressing . . .

    02/25/2008 12:20:00 PM PST · by Caleb1411 · 271 replies · 4,056+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | Feb. 25, 2008 | Mitch Albom
    I'm didn't watch the Oscars. Normally I do. But I've spent enough time and money on the most depressing, dark and disturbed lineup of movies I ever can remember. I don't need to see them get rewarded. Am I the only one who remembers when they actually gave Oscars to movies that had happy endings? There's not one happy ending in this lot — unless you consider an unplanned teenage pregnancy resulting in someone else's adoption a happy ending. That's the big payoff in "Juno." Otherwise, you have "There Will Be Blood," in which a tyrannical oil baron destroys everyone...
  • And the (Oscar) award didn't go to Hollywood (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    02/25/2008 2:29:43 AM PST · by Zakeet · 32 replies · 504+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 25, 2008 | John Horn
    Hollywood took on a new role in Sunday's 80th annual Academy Awards: bit player. In a series of startling upsets and a few expected triumphs, almost all of the top Oscars were handed to foreigners and iconoclastic show business outsiders. Every one of the evening's winning actors came from beyond American borders, and the ceremony's dominant film -- best picture winner "No Country for Old Men" -- was created by a pair of filmmaking brothers from Minnesota who have never made a mainstream movie in their three-decade career. In an era when overseas revenue accounts for more than half of...
  • 2008 Oscars: My heart screams 'Juno!' but my head says Coen Bros.

    02/22/2008 11:44:04 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 34 replies · 640+ views ^ | Roger Ebert
    In theory, if I correctly predicted every single Oscar race, nobody could outguess me, and by default, I would win the prize. Alas, that has never, ever happened, and it's unlikely again this year, because as usual I will allow my heart to outsmart my brain in one or two races, which is my annual downfall. In any event, for what they're worth, here are my Academy Award predictions in a year rich with wonderful films. PICTURE Prediction: My heart cries out "Juno! Juno! Juno!," but my brain dashes a pail of cold water and sternly corrects me: "No Country...