Oscar Buzz Catapults Relative Unknowns Into Spotlight

By John Anderson Newsday Oscar night is about glitz and dresses and famous people, but every now and then, relative unknowns get a ticket to the Academy Awards sweepstakes. They don’t usually win _ just being nominated, as they say, is honor enough (sob). But they’re in the mix, which this year includes several performers…
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OSCARS: Toy Story 3 Up For Best Picture

Toy Story 3 tugged at my heart strings like it did for most viewers. If you haven’t seen it, prepare for spoilers. It hit so many themes that adults can relate to: feeling obsolete due to layoffs, saying farewell to their childhood or any other phase of their lives, recalling simpler times when the economy…
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Coen Brothers Up For Another Oscar This Weekend

I’ve appreciated Joel and Ethan Coen’s films since I was a teenager. From “Blood Simple” to “No Country For Old Men.” I gave a standing ovation when they won Best Film and Best Director Oscars for the latter. But “True Grit,” their remake of the John Wayne movie up for an Academy Award on Sunday,…
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A Look At One Of Last Year’s Nominees…

“Nine,” a few points shy of a perfect 10 I just finished “Nine” starring: Daniel Day Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Judi Dench, Sophia Loren and Kate Hudson. Oh and Fergie. Big cast. Big names. Lotsa Oscar winners. I felt like Rob Marshall, the director of Oscar winning Chicago, was trying to one-up…
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Coming To A Screen Near You

Just around the corner is the Oscars, which is the holy grail for movie-lovers. It marks the end of the award season, and Hollywood gets dolled up to hit the red carpet. This is my SuperBowl, likely because it sparks an interest in many to talk about the contenders, winners, losers and cinema. And this…
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