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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...
  • Freep aTV Guide poll. (Oscar show)

    03/05/2006 3:15:32 PM PST · by dynachrome · 52 replies · 1,223+ views ^ | 3-5-06 | tvguide
    Will you watch the Oscars this year? Yes. I can't wait to see Jon Stewart, and I love this year's nominees. 47% No. It's too long, and I don't care about the nominees. 52%
  • Cash Film's Missing Ingredient: Religion (Hollywood downplays Johnny Cash's Christianity)

    03/05/2006 11:39:23 AM PST · by churchillbuff · 40 replies · 1,002+ views
    New York Times ^ | March 4, 2006 | Robert Levine
    For a movie that is so scrupulously accurate in so many respects, "Walk the Line" makes surprisingly little of the abiding faith that Mr. Cash always credited, along with Ms. Carter, for saving his life. "That dimension of Cash's life, which was present all the way through, was absent," said the Rev. C. Clifton Black, a professor at Princeton Theological Seminary, who criticized the film for that reason in a review for the magazine The Christian Century. "I was stunned."
  • Your Predictions about Oscar Winners?

    03/03/2006 11:57:42 PM PST · by L.A.Justice · 128 replies · 1,434+ views
    Best Picture Nominees Brokeback Mountain Munich Good Night, and Good Luck Capote Crash Best Director Nominees Bennett Miller Capote Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain Steven Spielberg Munich Paul Haggis Crash George Clooney Good Night, And Good Luck. Best Actor Nominees Heath Ledger Brokeback Mountain Joaquin Phoenix Walk the Line Philip Seymour Hoffman Capote David Strathairn Good Night, And Good Luck. Terrence Howard Hustle & Flow Best Actress Nominees Charlize Theron North Country Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice Felicity Huffman Transamerica Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line Judi Dench Mrs. Henderson Presents Best Supporting Actor Nominees William Hurt A History of Violence George...
  • Clooney: I'm a proud traitor

    02/27/2006 8:07:55 AM PST · by Millee · 44 replies · 833+ views
    AFP ^ | 2/25/06 | Staff
    Actor and director George Clooney says he is proud to be denounced as unpatriotic for questioning US policy because he wanted to be on "the right side of history". Interviewed on BBC television about his latest films Syriana and Good Night, and Good Luck, Clooney said that not only did he accept the right to be attacked for his views but he even relished them. Clooney, who has weathered attacks since opposing the 2003 Iraq invasion, said at one point that it was "frustrating" to be listed as a "traitor" on a set of playing cards, but he also accepted...
  • Marketers Rely on Oscar to Deliver

    02/24/2006 4:39:04 AM PST · by abb · 8 replies · 270+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb 24, 2006 | SUZANNE VRANICA and BRIAN STEINBERG
    It's Oscar season again, a time when actors are nervous but advertisers relax. Unlike nominated actors Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon and Felicity Huffman, who don't know whether they'll take home the golden statuette, advertisers are certain of getting a prize on Oscar night. Marketers know the Academy Awards telecast will deliver a big audience of viewers watching live. That's something increasingly rare amid the growing use of TiVo-like devices that allow people to zap through ads while watching a show that was recorded earlier. If history is any guide, more than 40 million viewers will tune into ABC's telecast of...
  • Revoke the "Paradise Now" Oscar Nomination

    02/14/2006 10:08:57 PM PST · by dervish · 30 replies · 850+ views
    To: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences "Paradise Now" is a movie that attempts to explain away the actions behind mass-murderers. This mere act in-effect legitimizes this type of mass-murder & portrays the murderers themselves as victims! There is NO way to legitimize this form of mass-murder. Hundreds of innocent men, women & children have been murdered by "palestinian" suicide-murderers in the past few years. Giving an Oscar to this movie will glorify these murderers & the groups that have sent them. It may even encourage more murders of this type. This petition has been influenced after reading...
  • Tony Curtis Blasts 'Brokeback Mountain'

    02/11/2006 2:20:27 AM PST · by AmericaUnite · 116 replies · 5,670+ views ^ | Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2006 | James Hirsen
    The current batch of Oscar nominations underscores the notion that now more than ever Hollywood is out of touch with America. The simple fact that twice as many people have seen the documentary "March of the Penguins" than have seen any of the five nominations for Best Picture ("Brokeback Mountain," "Crash," "Capote," "Munich" and "Good Night, and Good Luck") drives the point home. The combined audience total for all of the Best Picture nominations is less than the number of moviegoers who flocked to see "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Another indication of the...
  • A Picture of Two Americas In 'Brokeback Mountain'

    02/06/2006 6:28:29 AM PST · by Mr. Blonde · 38 replies · 1,234+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Feb. 2, 2006 | Stephen Hunter
    The eight Academy Award nominations secured this week by Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" guarantee that not only will the film itself continue to prosper at the box office, but that the bitter culture war surrounding the gay-themed western will continue to be fought. Liberals will see the film as a beacon of tolerance, a study of the cruel pathologies of intolerance, a plea for acceptance for the humane principle that love between consenting adults, no matter their gender or orientation, should be celebrated. Conservatives will see the liberal tyranny of an entertainment culture forcing elitist "progressive values" on the reluctant...
  • How Gay Will Oscar Go?

    02/02/2006 8:23:21 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 78 replies · 2,149+ views
    LA Weekly ^ | 2/1/06 | Nikkie Finke
    Given that it's Oscar time, I nominate the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for Best Bunch of Hypocrites. That’s because this year’s dirty little secret is the anecdotal evidence pouring in to me about hetero members being unwilling to screen Brokeback Mountain. For a community that takes pride in progressive values, it’s shameful that Hollywood’s homophobia may be on a par with Pat Robertson’s. Despite the hype you’re reading in the press and on the Internet about Brokeback, with its eight nominations, being the supposed favorite to take home the Best Picture Oscar on March 5, Crash could...
  • This year, Oscar's big night won't be about bloat

    02/01/2006 7:52:26 AM PST · by SmithL · 17 replies · 361+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/1/6 | Mick LaSalle
    In trying to make sense of the Oscar nominations, it always helps to remember one thing: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences likes movies that are socially liberal but artistically conservative. And this has been the case from the beginning. So Terrence Malick ("The New World") shouldn't feel bad today, any more than King Vidor ("The Crowd") or Charlie Chaplin ("City Lights") or Spike Lee ("Do the Right Thing") should have in their respective years. If you want to be nominated for best picture, don't make the most artistically adventurous film of the year and don't push the...
  • No fairytale ending for Cinderella Man at the Oscars

    01/31/2006 8:45:39 AM PST · by Craig DeLuz · 18 replies · 388+ views
    The Home of Uncommon Sense ^ | 01/31/2006 | Craig DeLuz
    I’ll have to admit that I haven’t seen most of the movies that were mentioned this morning as the 78th Annual Oscar Nominees were being announced. But I find it hard to believe that Cinderella Man failed to get a single nomination in the top three categories (Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Picture). But then again who cares about the comeback story of a once wealthy middle-aged white heterosexual man who is a faithful father and husband. Read More... Craig DeLuz Visit The Home of Uncommon Sense...
  • Biden Silent on Reid Stepping Down

    01/29/2006 2:28:02 PM PST · by george76 · 232 replies · 9,393+ views
    Red State ^ | Jan 29th, 2006 | Nick Danger
    Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE) failed today to address rumors that Nevada Senator Harry Reid will step down next month as Senate Minority Leader. Reid has been stung by revelations that his political action committee (PAC) accepted more than $60,000 in contributions from Indian tribes linked to convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Appearing on CNN's Late Edition, Biden avoided discussing either the Reid situation or any upcoming changes in Senate Democratic leadership. Reid is no stranger to scandal, having been the subject of a 1979 Justice Department probe into allegations that Reid — then Nevada Gaming Commission chairman — had received bribes...
  • Oscar Indicators (The likely nominees)

    01/10/2006 9:31:10 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 133 replies · 2,565+ views
    NEWSMAX ^ | 01/09/2006 | james Hirsen
    Oscar Indicators James Hirsen, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced its choice of host for the 78th Annual Academy Awards. It's one of today's foremost wisecrackers, host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" Jon Stewart. Stewart apparently landed the Oscar gig after Billy Crystal turned it down citing scheduling conflicts. In a press release announcing the Academy's selection, Stewart lampooned the fact that he was second fiddle, describing it as "another sad attempt to smoke out Billy Crystal." The comic already has some award show experience under his belt, having served as host for the...
  • Is George Clooney Running The State Department?

    12/29/2005 9:44:11 AM PST · by RepublicNewbie · 13 replies · 738+ views
    The Post Chronicle ^ | 12/29/05 | Cliff Kincaid
    The liberal media have been screaming about federal departments or agencies sponsoring or buying news here and abroad. But they were strangely silent when Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced on December 13 that the State Department would launch an Edward R. Murrow Journalism Program to influence foreign journalists. It seems that a federal program honoring an icon of the liberal media is considered an acceptable mix of journalism and state. The Rice announcement buys into the myth perpetuated by the George Clooney movie, "Good Night and Good Luck," that Murrow, a CBS journalist who became director of the U.S....
  • Cowboy romance "Brokeback" faces challenge

    12/07/2005 1:52:30 PM PST · by Millee · 40 replies · 1,282+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/7/05 | Bob Tourtellotte
    It has wowed film festivals, won rave reviews and sparked Oscar buzz, but when "Brokeback Mountain," a.k.a. the gay cowboy movie, begins playing to general audiences on Friday, it faces its toughest challenge yet -- wooing mainstream America. Two of Hollywood's hottest leading men, Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger, risk alienating fans and sending their stars plummeting if, after watching the pair have sex on screen, audiences cannot see them any other way than gay. Winning over middle America is important for the roughly $12.5 million movie because its backer, art house specialist Focus Features, wants a big box office...
  • Fox News: Spielberg's 'Munich' Is the Best Movie of 2005

    12/06/2005 5:48:22 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 18 replies · 572+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 6, 2005
    I don't know which is more amazing: that Steven Spielberg managed to make the best movie of the year in just four months or that it's his second huge film of 2005. Either way, "Munich" is a poignant political masterpiece that will no doubt be very controversial. It's the best movie of 2005, coming in at the last minute to best other terrific entries including "Walk the Line," "Match Point," "Capote," "Mrs. Henderson Presents," "Good Night, and Good Luck," "A History of Violence" and even "Memoirs of a Geisha." "Munich" is "inspired by real events," those being the 1972 murders...
  • Persian Poet Omar Khayyam Inspires New American Film

    07/28/2005 4:27:24 PM PDT · by F14 Pilot · 17 replies · 741+ views
    State Dept ^ | By Steve Holgate
    Wake! For the Sun, who scatter'd into flight The Stars before him from the Field of Night, Drives Night along with them from Heav'n, and strikes The Sultan's Turret with a Shaft of Light Portland, Oregon -- So begins The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, one of the best-known poems in the world and perhaps the most famous piece of Persian literature. The several hundred quatrains that make up this enduring 11th century work have been translated into dozens of languages and inspired countless readers and scholars with their beauty. At least nine editions of The Rubaiyat are currently in print...
  • Jan Kaczmarek: Anti-Communist Protester, Now Oscar Winner

    03/11/2005 9:50:11 AM PST · by lizol · 9 replies · 719+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | Mar 04, 2005 | Anders Mahlen
    Jan Kaczmarek: Anti-Communist Protester, Now Oscar Winner The Life of 2005's Oscar Winner for Original Score By Anders Mahlen The Epoch Times Mar 04, 2005 Musician Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (R), winner of Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score) for Finding Neverland, poses with actor John Travolta backstage during the 77th Annual Academy Awards on February 27, 2005 at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. (Carlo Allegri/Getty Images) Although the movie Finding Neverland, with its mixture of Peter-Pan magic and emotional relationship content, received somewhat mixed reviews in media, its music has achieved more acclaim. At the Oscars...
  • Grrr! Oscar's a Dud

    03/02/2005 7:09:31 PM PST · by metalmanx2j · 12 replies · 592+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 1 | Mike Straka
    For an event that is supposed to honor the ultimate in entertainment that this country has to offer, the Oscars on Sunday night was anything but entertaining. With the exception of Beyoncé, who showed the world why she's the superstar that she is, singing three entries from the best song category, this year's telecast was a complete DUD. Give me Billy Crystal over Chris Rock any day of the week, and my opinion has nothing to do with the fact that he lives in a world where he can compare The Gap going to war with its own company, Banana...
  • Oscar Ratings Sink With Rock(Punk Rock Bombed Last Night!)

    02/28/2005 3:09:29 PM PST · by kellynla · 76 replies · 1,739+ views
    CNNMONEY ^ | 2/28/2005 | Krysten Crawford
    Following in the footsteps of both The Golden Globes and Grammy Awards, ratings for Sunday night's 77th Annual Academy Awards were down this year. Some 41.5 million viewers on average watched ABC's Oscar telecast this year, a 5 percent drop from 2004, according to Nielsen Media Research. The sweep by "Million Dollar Baby," the Clint Eastwood boxing flick that won four of the top six awards, drew a 25.2 rating and a 38 share, according to figures released Monday afternoon by ABC. A rating represents the percentage of total U.S. television households. A share represents the percentage of homes with...
  • THE ACADEMY AWARDS :Scorsese disses Oscar ceremony

    02/28/2005 8:16:22 AM PST · by robowombat · 75 replies · 3,981+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Feb 27, 2005 | Martin Scorsese
    Sunday, February 27, 2005 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE ACADEMY AWARDS Scorsese disses Oscar ceremony Director warns of Christians' impact, rise of political correctness from left -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: February 27, 2005 5:56 p.m. Eastern -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- © 2005 Martin Scorsese After three decades of waiting to win an Academy Award, film director Martin Scorsese says a victory tonight for "The Aviator" would be meaningless. In an interview with London's Sunday Times, Scorsese was asked if there would still be any impact on him were his name to be read as the winner of the best director award at the Hollywood event. "No...
  • Best Original Song ''Al Otro Lado del Rio'' from The Motorcycle Diaries

    02/28/2005 1:23:40 AM PST · by Corazon · 9 replies · 9,052+ views
    My own | Corazon
    Oscars Best Original Song ''Al Otro Lado del Rio'' from The Motorcycle Diaries plagiarism?? it's not that original after all.
  • Oscar 2005: The year of Assisted Suicide (Vanity)

    02/28/2005 1:05:33 AM PST · by paudio · 8 replies · 725+ views ^ | 2/27/05 | Me
    Best Motion Picture of the Year: Million Dollar Baby What it is about: a female boxer who at the end asks to be given 'mercy killing' because she became disabled. Best Foreign Language Film of the Year: Mar adentro What it is about: The real-life story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a 30 year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die
  • Rock Comes Out Swinging As Oscar Host

    02/27/2005 7:08:48 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 8 replies · 730+ views
    AP ^ | Feb. 27, 2005 | CHRISTY LEMIRE
    LOS ANGELES - Apropos for an Oscar ceremony in which a boxing movie was one of the leading nominees, host Chris Rock came out swinging Sunday night, unleashing his acerbic wit on anyone and everyone in Hollywood — including himself. Rock kept it clean compared to the profanity that fills his standup comedy routine. But he slung the mud in a way that kept the audience laughing. "All right! Sit your a---- down!" he shouted after walking on stage in a white tie and tux and receiving a standing ovation from many in the star-studded crowd. Then he let 'em...
  • First Annual Freeper Screenplay Festival and Chili/Bar-B-Cue Cook-Off

    02/27/2005 5:39:10 AM PST · by sonofatpatcher2 · 82 replies · 1,824+ views
    Danny Lee ^ | 2-27-2005 | Danny Lee
    Well, Oscar Night is upon us again. And if Chris Rock is nearly right, I might be the only straight white man who watches the Oscars for both the pretty women almost dressed plus the primetime fun of making rude comments as the awards are handed out. I think I seen about every Academy Awards when I've been able to since my folks got a television set in 1955. It was always in the back of my mind to one night walk up and accept one of those small golden guys. I tried the acting route, even obtaining a SAG...
  • Snubbing Oscar Back

    02/26/2005 8:46:32 PM PST · by News Junkie · 3 replies · 243+ views
    Partisan NewsJunkie ^ | 02/26/05 | News Junkie
    I won't be watching the Oscars this year. As hard as it is for a movie buff like myself, I will be undertaking a personal and insconsequential boycott. No one will care that I'm not watching the show. I won't make news or even cause a blip in the Nielsen ratings. Personal statements are what they are, personal. But they are worth making anyway. I am a movie buff. I have been since childhood when I grew to love the movies. So much so that I chose as my high school summer job to be a theater usher just so...
  • Your Oscar Predictions?

    02/26/2005 12:19:12 AM PST · by L.A.Justice · 81 replies · 1,043+ views
    Best Picture: 1. The Aviator 2. Sideways 3. Finding Neverland 4. Million Dollar Baby 5. Ray Which should win: I have seen all of them...Between Sideways and The Aviator, I liked Sideways. Which will win: The Aviator. Best Director: Martin Scorsese for THE AVIATOR (Miramax) Clint Eastwood for MILLION DOLLAR BABY (Warner Bros.) Taylor Hackford for RAY (Universal Pictures) Alexander Payne for SIDEWAYS (Fox Searchlight) Mike Leigh for VERA DRAKE (Fine Line Features) Comment: I did not watch VERA DRAKE...A film, about a woman doing abortions, did not interest me. Again, my choice would be SIDEWAYS. But, THE AVIATOR will...
  • Hollywood Catches Case of Oscar Blahs

    02/24/2005 5:28:04 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 84 replies · 1,603+ views
    New York Times ^ | :February 25, 2005 | SHARON WAXMAN
    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 24 - In the days leading up to the movie industry's most glamorous night, the Oscars, the word heard frequently around Hollywood this year is not glitz, or hype, or excitement. It is fatigue. Strange, perhaps, and unexpected. The same millions of dollars as in years past have been spent on pitched Oscar campaigns, with their color, full-page newspaper advertisements and their earnest television spots. The same publicity muscle has been put into cocktail parties and question-and-answer sessions led by Oscar nominees at the guilds and the movie industry's home for the aged. But the fatigue is...
  • Billboard Blitz to Blast Hollywood

    01/28/2005 1:48:32 PM PST · by hinterlander · 116 replies · 3,209+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | January 28, 2005 | Human Events
    HUMAN EVENTS has learned that a billboard blitz "thanking" Hollywood for the reelection of President Bush will be unveiled early next week. The advertisements feature the faces of liberal Hollywood icons Michael Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, Ben Affleck, Martin Sheen, Chevy Chase, Barbara Streisand, and Sean Penn, and offer thanks to Hollywood their help getting President Bush reelected. Two versions of the billboard were created, both "thanking" Hollywood -- the first for "4 more years" and the second for "W. Still President." Billboard creator Citizens United, a group that advocates a return to traditional American values, has purchased the use of...
  • Chris Rock Hip-Hops Into Oscar Gig

    01/27/2005 10:16:42 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 2 replies · 618+ views
    Drudge Report link to story on Yahoo! News ^ | January 27th, 2005 | Beth Harris
    Chris Rock Hip-Hops Into Oscar Gig Thu Jan 27, 9:45 PM ET By BETH HARRIS, Associated Press Writer BURBANK, Calif. - Chris Rock's eyes darted around the room, studying the chattering group of international print journalists. He licked his lips, clasped his hands ... and only dropped one F-bomb as they questioned him in a variety of accents. "I'm never proper or careful, but I never curse in front of my mother, either," Rock told the writers. So he's not worried about getting bleeped on worldwide TV when he hosts the Feb. 27 Oscar ceremony. "I don't think people are...