Las películas de La Habana llegan a Los Ángeles 1

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trans: Cuban films come to L.A. Everyone needs to march, in communist lock-step, to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to see “Strawberry and Chocolate” (1994), Cuba’s only Foreign Language Film Award nominee to date. It’s part of a “Hey! We Decided to Abandon our Bizarre Non-Recognition of You, Cuba” festival happening both ...

Una grandissima actrice: Sophia Loren honored at the Academy

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  It was a cultural mash-up, a love connection, and a be-in of epic proportion as Billy Crystal, at the request of honoree Sophia Loren, hosted a fabulous and hilarious tribute to the screen love goddess Wednesday night at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. They laughed, they cried, and then they cried ...

Fun pre-Oscar events at the Academy

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Beginning on Tuesday, February 22, through Saturday, February 26, the eve of the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present five public events celebrating the 83rd Academy Awards. Shorts! Hosted by Kenneth Branagh, actor, writer, director, producer and four-time Oscar nominee. Features screenings of the 2010 Oscar-nominated films in the Animated ...

Pauline Wagner, 100, remembers James Cagney

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“The man you saw on the screen was certainly not Jimmy Cagney,” said former studio-system contract actress Pauline Wagner, 100, following a screening of “White Heat” at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Monday. Cagney was “one of the nicest persons in Hollywood,” so unlike Cody Jarrett, the homicidal psychopath with a mother ...

Julius Garfinkle’s integrity 5

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Blacklisted actor John Garfield, né Julius Garfinkle, was the subject of a curtain talk at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences following a screening of the enthralling boxing film, Body and Soul (1947), part of the Academy’s screenwriter-driven film noir series. Garfield’s unswerving dignity as a Jewish boxer (improbably named Charlie Davis) dominates ...

As a dad, Alan Ladd walked tall 4

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Read this story on The Huffington Post. “He got pegged as being short, 5’2″. But he was actually 5’6″ or 5’7″,” said actor/producer David Ladd, himself a very tall man and one of actor Alan Ladd‘s four offspring to work in the film industry. Ladd spoke about his father following the absolutely fantastic screening of ...

Lizabeth Scott @ the Academy 5

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Co-published on Huffington Post arts page. Monday night’s edition of the Academy’s first-rate full-summer film series, “1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood’s Dark Side,” now at mid-schedule, enjoyed the tremendous pleasure of a guest appearance by actress Lizabeth Scott. The heavy-browed, sultry-voiced Scott graced 22 movies, primarily film noirs made between 1945-57 in which she played ...

And the mini Oscar goes to LACMA film

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today a $12,500 grant in support of LACMA’s film program for 2010-11 season. While this check will hardly float the program, it bears significance and good will on a symbolic level. The Academy is Hollywood, Inc. And so I would like to humbly thank the Academy ...

La Barbra at BevHills Bergman tribute 2

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Barbra Streisand is still a very big star. This was extremely evident at last night’s Alan & Marilyn Bergman tribute at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Wilshire Boulevard outpost. The tribute opened with a film clip of Barbra ogling Robert Redford in Sydney Pollack’s The Way We Were (1973). It closed with Babs, ten years later, ...