Archives for February 2015

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LEONARD NIMOY LEAVES US

Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock in the "Star Trek" cult series from 1966 to 1969, died at age 83 in Los Angeles. He also directed the 1985 movie "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock" and played this character for three seasons on television. Nimoy also shot several episodes of "Mission Impossible" during 1969-1971. His career will forever remain attached to his Mr. Spock character (created by ... more >

As new doc “RED ARMY” shows, the most successful sports franchise in history was Soviet

[Gabriel Polsky Productions]

Why do oppressive regimes always wear such awesome uniforms? The national hockey team of the Soviet Union, also known as the Red Army team, wore the best crisp red sweaters. The letters “CCCP” on their chests looked way more intimidating than when they started “Chris” or “Peter.” For a generation of Americans, those letters might as well have spelled “KGB,” and the players should have skated in ... more >

QUOTE – When Monica Bellucci got the call to be the next Bond girl she thought

"Specter," the next James Bond movie (directed by Sam Mendes), recently finished shooting on location and is slated for a November rollout. This latest installment in the film world's most famous franchise stars Daniel Craig in the role of the MI-6 renegade uber-agent. But this is not just any old Bond movie. It's a bit of a revolution, in fact. Why? Because the Bond girl is a spot over fifty. ... more >

NOT TOO SHABBY! OSCAR-LADEN REDMAYNE GETS THANKS FROM HAWKINGS

"Congratulations to Eddie Redmayne for winning an ‪Oscar‬ for playing me in 'The Theory of Everything' movie. Well done Eddie, I'm very proud of you." Astrophysicist Stephen Hawkings thus congratulated Eddie Redmayne recently. The thirtysomething British actor plays Hawking on-screen in "The theory of everything." And on Sunday, Redmayne earned the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for this ... more >

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EDDIE REDMAYNE CROWNED BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR, BIRDMAN WINS BEST DIRECTOR AND MORE IN OSCARS UPSET

It was a magical night in Tinseltown, during which the stars were aligned and the year's great films and the people who made them happen were rewarded richly and rightly. Well, almost. The Clint Eastwood-directed "American Sniper" fell tonight under enemy fire. Are academy voters turning into tree-huggers on me? Where's the love? This year voters sent a strong anti-war message by leaving the ... more >

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TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT!

The red carpet has been unfurled and Hollywood is getting ready for its collective close-up. The 87th Academy Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will be taking place at Hollywood's 3,300-seat Dolby Theatre tonight. It's pretty clear that it's down to "Birdman" and "Boyhood," both of which are jockeying for the best picture nod. Performers on hand include Lady Gaga, Rita Ora, Jennifer Hudson ... more >

FRENCH AWARDS GET SISSAKOED, Timbuktu sweeps awards table

This year marked forty for French movie awards

At the last Cannes Festival this past May Abderrahmane Sissako's slow burn-tale about a town's descent into Islamist hell was the first movie I saw. By the end of fest (that is, about fifty movies later), "Timbuktu" waded around my brain like a very sweet but anxiety-inducing dream I once had. It's now nearly a year later now and director Sissako has triumphed as France's best filmmaker, ... more >