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Last night's Oscars were like an emotional roller-coaster at a terrible amusement park--beginning wth Seth MacFarlane's as-bad-as-feared monologue, the show rarely rose above painful and hit few peaks. Allow us to relive some of the night's best and worst...
"No" is a terrific film, and word got out very quickly at last year's Cannes Film Festival, where the Chilean docudrama deservedly made a lot of noise even though it played outside the main competition categories. No less than "Argo," "Lincoln" and...
Tags: Entertainment, Literature, Argo (movie), Politics, Movies
In 1945 Raymond Chandler wrote a screed against Hollywood, and Hollywood screenwriting, for the Atlantic Monthly. "An industry with such vast resources and such magic techniques should not become dull so soon," said the man who later characterized his...
**1/2 (out of four) Before the Oscar-nominated documentary “The Gatekeepers,” members of Israel’s secret service known as the Shin Bet had never given interviews. So why were they willing to participate in this film? Why is it now OK to...
A year after Billy Crystal helmed the Oscars for approximately the 40 millionth time, hosting duties fall to “Family Guy” creator Seth MacFarlane, who’s directed a grand total of one movie and had a minor role alongside Dwayne Johnson...
WASHINGTON -- "Zero Dark Thirty," a nominee for Sunday's Oscar as Best Picture, reignited debate about whether the waterboarding of terrorism suspects was torture. This practice, which ended in 2003, was used on only three suspects. Meanwhile, tens of...
HOLLYWOOD — The red carpet is in some ways a microcosm of the Oscar food chain. The first nominees arrive two and a half hours before the show is to begin. These are the people who worked on live-action shorts and documentary features and foreign-...
Highlights from backstage at the Oscars: The “Argo” trio of Ben Affleck, George Clooney and Grant Heslov took the stage, and Affleck was asked when he felt was tipping point for his movie’s victory. “Michelle Obama,”...
For context about predictions of major entertainment events, Duff Goldman from “Ace of Cakes” correctly predicted the result of this year’s Super Bowl. NFL experts did not. Likewise, making Oscar predictions can be a bit ridiculous, as...
* (out of four) “It’s like ‘Die Hard’ but at the White House,” a studio executive probably said about “Olympus Has Fallen,” whose title refers to a breach of security in the White House. “What could go...
A modest proposal: Movies exploring some aspect of American history, such as “Argo,” “Lincoln” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” should leave off the “based on a true story” or “inspired by true events”...
Tags: Ben Affleck, Literature, Argo (movie), Mel Gibson, Alan Arkin
To consider what director Kathryn Bigelow has accomplished in "Zero Dark Thirty," imagine the events depicted by the story if they'd been given the "Argo" treatment. Not to take anything away from that rousing true (-ish) story of hostages freed and...
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