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  • Amid Oscar buzz for Gore, backers talk political encore

    02/24/2007 2:55:25 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies · 571+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | February 24, 2007 | John Donnelly
    ....Al Gore, the star of the global warming film "An Inconvenient Truth," which is the odds-on favorite to capture the award for Best Documentary, has been transformed in the eyes of many in the last year from an oft-maligned former vice president to a man whom some bloggers call the "Goracle" for his prescient messages on climate change and his warning in 2002 about the dangers in Iraq. …..Around the country, many are already plotting ways to persuade Gore to run. One of them is Linda Sophia Pinti , a Democratic activist in Cambridge, Mass., who has been holding monthly...
  • Ebert's Oscar Predictions

    02/24/2007 12:01:50 AM PST · by L.A.Justice · 38 replies · 1,403+ views ^ | 2/10/07 | Roger Ebert
    Ebert's Oscar predictions Oscar's in the driver's seat BY ROGER EBERT / In a year when the Academy Award nominations are more diverse and international than ever before, it's anyone's guess who will win best picture. "Dreamgirls" garnered more nominations than any other movie, but was passed over for both picture and director. But there are four categories that can be predicted with certainty -- best actress: Helen Mirren; supporting actress: Jennifer Hudson; best actor: Forest Whitaker, and supporting actor: Eddie Murphy. They have won almost every award, including the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the Golden Globes. If any...
  • Carter Endorses Gore, Says Former Veep Can Win More Than Oscars

    02/23/2007 10:27:25 PM PST · by Libloather · 45 replies · 1,246+ views
    Carter Endorses Gore, Says Former Veep Can Win More Than OscarsFebruary 23, 2007 ABC News' George Stephanopoulos Reports: In an exclusive interview with former President Jimmy Carter set to air on Sunday's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos", Carter lavished praise on "(his) favorite Democrat) former Vice President Al Gore. Carter told ABC News, "If Al should decide to run -- which I'm afraid he won't -- I would support Al Gore." The former Democratic President asserted Gore could accomplish much more in the White House than he ever could as a private citizen, saying to Stephanopoulos, "His burning issue now...
  • Gore ex-campaign chief wishes on her star 'Wait till Oscar night,' Donna Brazile says...

    02/03/2007 6:12:22 AM PST · by ChuckShick · 38 replies · 903+ views
    The Morning Call ^ | January 31, 2007 | Daryl Nerl
    Gore ex-campaign chief wishes on her star 'Wait till Oscar night,' Donna Brazile says of a possible 2008 run. By Daryl Nerl Of The Morning Call Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are the hot early front-runners, while 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry has already bowed out. But could former Vice President Al Gore be waiting to make a dramatic entrance into the 2008 presidential race, especially if he wins an Oscar next month? His former campaign manager, Donna Brazile, strongly implied that possibility while speaking at Moravian College in Bethlehem Tuesday night. ''Wait till Oscar night,'' Brazile told...
  • Mel Gibson's Apology OK With Catholic League

    07/31/2006 9:45:46 PM PDT · by monkapotamus · 62 replies · 1,252+ views
    NewsMax ^ | July 31, 2006 | the Staff
    Mel Gibson's Apology OK With Catholic League Monday, July 31, 2006 3:51 p.m. EDT Catholic League President Bill Donohue commented today on the furor over the comments Mel Gibson allegedly made after his arrest for drunk driving Friday morning: "What Mel Gibson apparently said is indefensible. The remark attributed to him, ‘The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world,’ is anti-Semitic and irresponsible. Fortunately, he has apologized for his bigoted outburst. "Unfortunately, his apology is being rejected by some who should know better. To wit: Abraham Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League, has branded Gibson’s apology ‘unremorseful...
  • 'Brokeback' Author Calls 'Crash' 'Trash'

    03/15/2006 8:49:56 PM PST · by LdSentinal · 16 replies · 380+ views
    The author of "Brokeback Mountain" is trashing the Motion Picture Academy and Best Picture Oscar-winner "Crash" in the wake of the film's upset loss at the Academy Awards. In a commentary piece titled Blood on the Red Carpet posted on U.K.'s Guardian online, E. Annie Proulx called out "conservative heffalump academy voters" for not voting the gay-themed "Brokeback" Best Picture, and called "Crash" "Trash." "Roughly 6,000 film industry voters, most in the Los Angeles area, many living cloistered lives behind wrought-iron gates or in deluxe rest-homes, out of touch not only with the shifting larger culture and the yeasty ferment...
  • ‘Brokeback' an Oscar? What about Ray Nagin? ("We be backstrokin' in Chocolate City?")

    03/14/2006 3:21:17 PM PST · by Libloather · 1 replies · 617+ views
    Delta Democrat Times Online ^ | March 2006 | Woodrow Wilkins Jr.
    ‘Brokeback' an Oscar? What about Ray Nagin? If you're like me, you've had it with all the hype about “Brokeback Mountain.” Practically every major media enterprise in the nation has proclaimed it the front-runner to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards program on March 5. Not that we needed them to tell us. It was loudly proclaimed - even before the film's release to theaters - that this picture, about two sheepherders who give new meaning to the phrase “on the back forty,” would take all the major Oscars. Even my editor - no cowboy himself, although some days...
  • Why Hollywood Doesn't Need the Heartland

    03/14/2006 12:37:04 PM PST · by American Quilter · 181 replies · 3,472+ views ^ | 3/14/2006 | Jason Apuzzo
    If Hollywood is so pitifully out of touch, how does the industry’s economic train keep chugging along? Why don’t market forces come crashing in on Hollywood executives, sort of like the way the Red Sea came crashing down on Pharaoh’s army in “The Ten Commandments”? The answer’s in the numbers. Let’s take a sampling of 5 left-leaning, hot button’ films from last year, all of which were Oscar-nominated and four of which won Oscars: “Brokeback Mountain,” “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “Syriana,” “The Constant Gardener” and surprise Best Picture winner “Crash.” The average budget for these five films was about...
  • 'Brokeback' backlash against 'Crash'? That's progress (liberals bickering over Oscar)

    03/12/2006 10:19:32 PM PST · by weegee · 37 replies · 1,673+ views
    Chicago Tribune syndicated columnists via Houston Chronicle ^ | March 10, 2006, 9:26PM | By CLARENCE PAGE
    Fate is indeed fickle. Who would have guessed that in this year's Oscar voting, Brokeback Mountain, a fine, risky movie about a gay love affair, would surge ahead of Capote, a movie about a gay journalist, only to be edged out for the Best Picture Oscar by a fine, risky movie about racism? Is this a sign of our times, or what? If conservatives needed any evidence that liberal impulses have taken over the Motion Picture Academy, this is it. Right? But, alas, in some folks' minds, every silver lining has its cloud. Instead of celebrating, many fans of Brokeback...
  • Oscar Party

    03/10/2006 12:04:02 PM PST · by Digital Disaster · 1 replies · 250+ views
    The Peace Moonbeam Chronicles ^ | 3-10-06 | Peace Moonbeam
    March 10, 2006 Los Angeles, California With a break in my protest schedule this last week, I decided it would be fun to rub elbows with Tinseltown's movers and shakers at the Oscars. Also, I figured maybe I could raise a few bucks for my upcoming "save-the-whales" protest. The only problem was I didn't have any contacts that could get me in so I had to come up with something. I called Scooter and together we devised a plan to at least crash the "Vanity Fair" post-awards party. The first thing I needed was a designer dress, but I didn't...

    03/08/2006 12:38:08 PM PST · by Caleb1411 · 1 replies · 470+ views
    Jewish World Review ^ | 3/6/06 | Mitch Albom
    Wow! The Oscars! I can't believe I'm up here! First, I'd like to thank the Academy. I have to admit, I was pretty scared when I took that role as a gay cowboy. But with "Brokeback Mountain," I can see things have changed. Too bad I wasn't in "Brokeback Mountain." I played the gay cowboy in a movie called "La Cage Aux Folsom." It didn't do so well. Anyhow, I learned a valuable lesson there. I learned that I wasn't really the "controversial" type and that I was better suited toward playing famous singers, such as Johnny Cash in "Walk...
  • The Academy Awards Speech We Should've Heard

    03/07/2006 6:59:06 AM PST · by dson7_ck1249 · 12 replies · 1,543+ views
    Townhall ^ | 3.7.2006 | Dennis Prager
    Here's a speech we would like to hear from an Academy Award winner: I thank you for this wonderful award. Receiving an Academy Award gives the recipient an almost unique opportunity to speak to hundreds of millions people around the world, so I would like take this once-in-a-lifetime moment to say this:
  • Oscar ratings off, but not all-time low (Hollywood Extinction Alert)

    03/06/2006 12:10:29 PM PST · by abb · 88 replies · 2,067+ views ^ | March 6, 2006 | Russ Britt
    LOS ANGELES (MarketWatch) -- Preliminary figures from Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast indicate ratings for the awards extravaganza were down versus the past two years' but still ahead of 2003's ratings. The Walt Disney Co. (DIS) network ABC said the awards show got a 27.1 household rating, reflecting the percentage of total households watching the telecast. It also attracted a 40 share, representing the percentage of homes with televisions on that were tuned to the awards show. On an inflation-adjusted basis, no field of best-picture nominees in years had done as poorly at the box office as this year's entries....

    03/06/2006 9:27:20 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 119 replies · 4,100+ views
    NewsMax.Com ^ | 03/06/2006 | James Hirsen
    Oscar Blinks James Hirsen, Monday, March 6, 2006 Remember when Hollywood had mystique and glamour and was the wellspring of entertainment? That now seems a relic of another era. In its place sits a town where self-absorption has taken a lead role and superficial social messages predominate. When it wasn't embarrassing, the 78th Annual Academy Awards show was generally a bore. Host Jon Stewart was probably a bit surprised at the tepid response to his jokes, especially the one where he quipped about the awards show being a "place where you can watch all your favorite stars without having...
  • The Post-Oscars Debate: Why Brokeback Lost [Whine Alert]

    03/06/2006 9:04:22 AM PST · by Thrusher · 84 replies · 2,675+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Mar 06, 12:26
    The Oscars opened the closet door to gay-themed films but shut it almost as quickly. >>>snip<<< The victory for "Crash" suggested Oscar voters were more comfortable with a tale that exploited the seamy underbelly of racial conflict in contemporary Los Angeles than with a heartbreaking tale of love between two married men. "Perhaps the truth really is, Americans don't want cowboys to be gay," said Larry McMurtry, 69, who shared an Oscar for best adapted screenplay with Diana Ossana for "Brokeback." No overtly gay love story has ever won a best picture award and, as of Monday morning, none has....
  • DFU SONG: Que Sera Sera (former Oscar winning song is used to lampoon current winner)

    03/06/2006 8:51:59 AM PST · by doug from upland · 1 replies · 301+ views
    DFU SONGS | 3-2006 | Lyrics, Doug from Upland
    MIDI - QUE SERA SERA When I was just a little girl, I asked my mother -- what will I be Will I be cultured and quite refined...what will become of me? Que Sera will be a *itch and ho That's really the way to go...que sera sera...que sera sera I joined a rap group full of thugs and we made music...we're number one We cut an album...had sex and had been very fun Que Sera will be a *itch and ho That's really the way to go...que sera sera...que sera sera I have a daughter...
  • Oscars Ratings Drop 10 Percent From 2005

    03/06/2006 8:35:55 AM PST · by GeneD · 68 replies · 2,050+ views
    AP via ^ | 3/6/2006 | Lynn Elber
    ABC is in for a "Crash" landing in the Oscar ratings. The Academy Awards were down 10 percent from last year's ceremony, based on preliminary Nielsen Media Research ratings from the nation's 55 biggest markets. If the full national ratings follow suit later Monday, this year's ceremony will likely be the second least-watched Oscars telecast behind 2003, when "Chicago" won best picture. The ceremony, where "Crash" won a surprise best picture trophy, drew a 27.1 rating and a 40 share. Each rating point is equivalent to 1.1 million homes, while the share indicates that 40 percent of the TVs in...
  • Why Jon Bombed

    03/06/2006 6:50:26 AM PST · by sportutegrl · 77 replies · 4,135+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | Sunday, March 5th, 2006 at 07:22PM | Posted by Nikki Finke
    (snip) Then he sets up what starts out like a winner, noting how “a lot of people say this town is too liberal…out of touch with Mainstream America…a moral black hole where innocence is obliterated in an orgy of sexual gratification and greed…” But then he ends with, “I don’t really have a joke here.”
  • King Kong, Narnia honoured with four Academy Awards (George Clowney wins an Oscar too!)

    03/05/2006 8:47:53 PM PST · by indcons · 83 replies · 2,800+ views
    Radio New Zealand ^ | 6 Mar 2006 | Radio New Zealand
    King Kong and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe have taken away technical honours at the Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles. The Peter Jackson-directed King Kong has won three of the four Academy Awards it was nominated for: visual effects, sound mixing and sound editing. Andrew Adamson's The Chronicles of Narnia has won an Oscar for make-up, but lost out to King Kong for its other two nominations in visual effects and sound mixing. Philip Syemour Hoffman has won the Best Actor award for his portrayal of the waspish gay author Truman Capote, in...
  • Clooney Wins Supporting-Actor Oscar

    03/05/2006 5:40:19 PM PST · by wjersey · 18 replies · 575+ views
    Breitbart (AP) ^ | 3/5/2006 | DAVID GERMAIN
    George Clooney won the supporting-actor Academy Award on Sunday for "Syriana," in which he effaced his glamor-boy looks behind the bearded, heavyset facade of a CIA patriot who grows jaded over U.S. policy in the Middle East. The win capped a remarkable year for Clooney, who made Oscar history by becoming the first person nominated for acting in one movie and directing another. Along with performing in the oil-industry thriller "Syriana," Clooney directed the Edward R. Murrow tale "Good Night, and Good Luck," which earned him directing and writing nominations and was among the best- picture contenders. "All right, so...