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Clooney, Pitt other pals gather for Oscar lunch

February 7, 2012

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – George Clooney says the best thing about Academy Awards nominations is not necessarily the prizes. More here: Clooney, Pitt other pals gather for Oscar lunch

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Pixomondo Recognized with Academy, BAFTA & VES Award Noms

January 29, 2012

Talented artists from international visual effects company Pixomondo have earned the company’s first-ever Academy Award nomination garnered for work on Martin Scorsese ‘s 3D epic adventure, Hugo. View post: Pixomondo Recognized with Academy, BAFTA & VES Award Noms

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Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’ leads Oscars with 11 nominations

January 26, 2012

Jennifer Lawrence, left, and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announce the best motion picture of the year nominations for the 84th Annual Academy Awards on Tuesday, Jan. Here is the original post: Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’ leads Oscars with 11 nominations

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Sasha Bronner: Why I Don’t Care to Watch the Oscars This Year

January 25, 2012

Waking up yesterday morning to the sunny, glowing light of my iPhone was a little bit like waking up on Christmas morning — you sort of know what you’re gonna get, but there’s always room for surprise. Sure, there’s plenty of buzz and speculation about who might be nominated for the Academy Awards. Sure, the Golden Globes are a strange, half-broken crystal ball indicator of some of what’s to come, but you still don’t really know until you read the nomination list. I fell asleep half way through the list. It is a jumbled, confused, half-assed attempt at honoring the highest achievements in film for the year and frankly, I am bored. It’s hard to know where to even start. It’s kind of like turning in a rough draft in a freshman year creative writing class and having your bearded, vest-wearing liberal arts professor tell you to start from scratch, and with a different protagonist. I have high standards. I always have a bone or two to pick with the Academy when nominations come out. Why are we nominating good movies? Why aren’t we nominating the greatest of the great movies? We should expect good movies throughout the year. We should applaud, on the largest stage, the best ones. There are some fantastic films from 2011 that got barely a flirtatious wink from the Academy. I can barely bring myself to type the word “shame.” The irony. Shame, shame, shame. Michael Fassbender gives the performance of three lifetimes. It is a haunting, horrifyingly honest masterpiece, and one that I could not shake for months . There is no Best Actor nomination, no Best Director, Screenplay or even Supporting Actress nod for Carey Mulligan who quietly brought power and fear to her performance as Fassbender’s damaged sister. And in a completely different way, Beginners is, without a doubt, the movie that stole my heart last year. I have seen it three times, listened to the soundtrack endlessly and adored every conversation I’ve had about it. Thankfully, Christopher Plummer secured a Best Supporting Actor nomination, but Mike Mils delivered the most visceral film about love I can remember and it sticks to your skin in the best of ways, it coats your eyes when you leave the theater and everything feels different, if even for a moment, after experiencing it. It was the year of Ryan Gosling and that beautiful man got no love letter, no postcard. Drive was stylized, it was dark, it was heavy, it threw you around, it made you feel like you were and are a living, breathing human being in this world. Director Nicolas Winding Refn is a force to be reckoned with and the Academy doesn’t seem to care. I would have even taken a Carey Mulligan nomination here , just to get the film’s name on the ballot. I am happy for many films. The Artist is one I resisted and resisted seeing, hearing it was “cute” and “charming.” It is much, much more than that. I am thrilled for Bridesmaids and Moneyball and most especially for Best Actor nominee Demian Bichir for his film A Better Life . What I am not thrilled about it the insistence on nominating names instead of achievements. I love George Clooney and Alexander Payne as much as the next Westside-raised Angeleno. But I didn’t feel any sorrow, sadness or even spirit from The Descendants . I didn’t feel any magic from My Week With Marilyn . I’ve read the list over a few times. And sure, I will be happy to see some nominees win — but there’s no excitement this year, there’s no held breath or glorious moment of surprise when that-perfect-someone’s name is called and their whole world changes on screen for the rest of us to witness. Christmas morning has come and gone. I no longer believe in Santa. See the original post here: Sasha Bronner: Why I Don’t Care to Watch the Oscars This Year

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More Cheese On the Alleged Heroin Burrito Smuggler: Deputy Flunked Out of "The Academy" on Reality TV Show

January 13, 2012
More Cheese On the Alleged Heroin Burrito Smuggler: Deputy Flunked Out of "The Academy" on Reality TV Show

The LASD deputy who allegedly smuggled heroin into jail via a burrito also happens to have been one of the participants of “The Academy,” a Fox reality show in which he “was portrayed as the dim-witted class bumbler.” more › Read the original post: More Cheese On the Alleged Heroin Burrito Smuggler: Deputy Flunked Out of “The Academy” on Reality TV Show

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Could the Academy Awards Move to the Nokia Theatre ?

January 12, 2012
Could the Academy Awards Move to the Nokia Theatre ?

The Academy Awards’ lease with the Kodak Theatre is up after the 2013 awards , leaving a space wide open for a new venue to swoop in and offer a better deal. more › Here is the original post: Could the Academy Awards Move to the Nokia Theatre ?

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AAA StartSmart – Parent Teen Driving Agreement: Don’t Take It Lightly

January 10, 2012
AAA StartSmart – Parent Teen Driving Agreement: Don’t Take It Lightly

Follow a group of six high school students and their parents as they attend the AAA StartSmart Academy where they learn how to develop safe driving habits from an over-the-top instructor named Crash — short for “Creating Responsible Automobile Safety Habits”. The lessons learned inside his classroom are reinforced through real-life driving situations in which the students must use what they learned to make some tough choices. Enroll your family in the AAA StartSmart Academy now and travel along with these families as they navigate the risky road to becoming safe drivers. For more information, go to www.AAAStartSmart.com or www.TeenDriving.AAA.com.

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AAA StartSmart – Make Good Decisions Think Ahead

January 8, 2012
AAA StartSmart – Make Good Decisions Think Ahead

Follow a group of six high school students and their parents as they attend the AAA StartSmart Academy where they learn how to develop safe driving habits from an over-the-top instructor named Crash — short for “Creating Responsible Automobile Safety Habits”. The lessons learned inside his classroom are reinforced through real-life driving situations in which the students must use what they learned to make some tough choices. Enroll your family in the AAA StartSmart Academy now and travel along with these families as they navigate the risky road to becoming safe drivers. For more information, go to www.AAAStartSmart.com or www.TeenDriving.AAA.com.

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Jodie Foster’s Gated Beverly Hills Spread Sold for $8.3m

January 5, 2012

The sizable 7BR/8BA Beverly Hills sprawl belonging to actress, director and Academy Award-winner Jodie Foster has sold for $8.3 million. See the original post here: Jodie Foster’s Gated Beverly Hills Spread Sold for $8.3m

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Michelle Williams

November 20, 2011

Actress Michelle Williams arrives at the 83rd Academy Awards Nominations Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Feb. See the original post here: Michelle Williams

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