| Jul 11, 2013
| 3:47 PM
Ava DuVernay has proved that there is little she can't do. The publicist-turned-writer-director-distributor who was just invited into the Motion Picture Academy has already directed two micro-budgeted films that have garnered her critical acclaim: 2011'...
| Apr 10, 2011
Following the April 3 game against the Denver Nuggets, 750 Lakers fans poured into the Lexus Club at Staples Center for the 4th annual Casino Night, a $500 per person benefit for the Los Angeles Lakers Youth Foundation, which promotes education,...
| Apr 15, 2011
| 1:12 PM
BIRTHDAY GUY: Actor James Franco was born in Palo Alto, Calif., today in 1978. This birthday guy earned an Oscar nomination for his work in the 2010 film "127 Hours." Franco also earned a 2001 Emmy nomination for his portrayal of the title character in...
| Feb 27, 2011
"True Grit," "The Fighter," "Black Swan" and "The King's Speech" are a few of the many head-spinning, stomach-turning, heart-wrenching movies that impacted audiences locally and across the globe. On Feb. 27, the most worthy of films from 2010 will be...
| Feb 24, 2011
Man, I wish I'd gotten this assignment two years ago.
The task of matching Oscar-nominated films to appropriate restaurants is challenge enough, but it's even harder these days, thanks to the Academy's esteem-building decision to expand the number of...
| Feb 23, 2011
| 11:45 AM
What makes for an Oscar host?
The responses are as varied as the hosts themselves have been, and this year, there would appear to be a new answer: youth. Past nominee Anne Hathaway ("Rachel Getting Married") and James Franco -- also a best actor...
| Feb 23, 2011
So will it be "The King's Speech" or "The Social Network" that wins the top prize Sunday at the 83rd Academy Awards?
"The Social Network," the acclaimed drama about how Harvard computer nerds created the social networking site Facebook, had been the...
| Feb 25, 2011
| 3:07 PM
"The King's Speech" was crowned best film at the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday night.
Nominated for 12 Oscars -- the most of any film -- it won four statuettes, including for Colin Firth for lead actor, Tom Hooper for director, and David Seidler for...
| Feb 26, 2011
| 5:20 PM
"Hooray for Holly."
Come on, everybody, "Hooray for Hollywood, that screwy bally-hooey Hollywood, where any office boy or young mechanic, can be a panic."
No, wait, stop, please. That was awful.
We try that every year and it never gets any better....
| Nov 11, 2010
Who doesn't want to be relevant? It's a step toward contentment, a way to stay charged and, in this season, a key to predicting the Oscars.
FOR THE RECORD:
Oscar voting: The Oscar Watcher's Notebook in the Nov. 11 edition of The...
| Nov 18, 2010
When they first met, Danny Boyle thought James Franco was stoned. When they next saw each other and Boyle had Franco memorize and read a scene from the "127 Hours" script, Boyle realized that Franco's half-baked demeanor had been a ruse, a combination...