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  • Mothers, ACLU ribbons and 'Hidden Fences' all made the red carpet memorable

    Before the Academy Awards were handed out on Sunday, the red carpet reflected everything from politics to diversity in film to who makes the perfect date for the awards show. 4:15 p.m.: Academy Award attendees on Sunday made activism a must-have red-carpet accessory. Those blue ribbons affixed...

  • Race, justice and 'Unchained': L.A. Phil premieres new work by James Matheson

    Race, justice and 'Unchained': L.A. Phil premieres new work by James Matheson

    If there was a newsmaker in the Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts conducted by James Gaffigan and mostly occupied by standard repertoire, it was the world premiere of an L.A. Phil commission, “Unchained,” by James Matheson. On Saturday, before the second of three weekend performances, Matheson had...

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  • 'Moonlight' is the big winner at the Film Independent Spirit Awards

    'Moonlight' is the big winner at the Film Independent Spirit Awards

    As she took the Spirit Awards stage to present an acting ensemble prize to “Moonlight,” “Scandal” star Kerry Washington ‎was struck by a moment of spontaneous emotion.‎ “Oh dear Lord, I love this movie,” she said. She wasn’t alone at the Spirits. Barry Jenkins’ tale of gay becoming won six awards,...

  • 'When We Rise' makes the gay rights movement part of a universal struggle

    'When We Rise' makes the gay rights movement part of a universal struggle

    Gay storylines on network television aren’t always frivolous, but it’s rare when they embody themes that are universal to us all —  no matter if you identify as LGBTQ, SWM, SWF or  any other acronym.  ABC’s four-part miniseries, “When We Rise,” chronicles the gay rights movement as a shared part...

  • 'Taken' dives into the story of an action hero's past

    'Taken' dives into the story of an action hero's past

    Styled as a prequel to Luc Besson’s vigilante action trilogy of the same name, "Taken," which premieres in series form Monday on NBC, does share with the films a lead character named Bryan Mills, originally played by Liam Neeson, and instances in which a character is “taken.” Mainly, it shares...

  • Why Natalie Portman won't be attending the Oscars

    Why Natalie Portman won't be attending the Oscars

    Walking the Oscars’ red carpet is a chore even under the best of circumstances. When you’re several months pregnant? Forget it. At least, that’s what Natalie Portman is saying. The Oscar nominee, lauded in the lead actress category for playing Jacqueline Kennedy in the biopic “Jackie” has announced...

  • Before the Oscars, Ruth Negga opens up about fashion and the future

    Before the Oscars, Ruth Negga opens up about fashion and the future

    In Los Angeles for the 89th Academy Awards, lead actress nominee Ruth Negga stepped into Bungalow 1 at Chateau Marmont on Friday night for a party hosted by Gemfields to celebrate a partnership with the actress and her stylist, Karla Welch. Through awards season, Negga has worn jewelry crafted...

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