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Originally posted 01/14/2013 11:10AM
Amy and Tina, where'd you go?
Co-hosting the 70th Annual Golden Globes on NBC, 30 Rock's Tina Fey and Parks and Recreation's Amy Poehler started the night with a smashing duologue – a flawless link of strong one-liners.
If the bit had gone on long enough, you could have protected our national borders with it.
Originally posted 01/10/2013 01:05PM
Today might be the only day any of us will ever feel sorry for Ben Affleck. The nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards were announced Thursday morning and the Argo director shockingly didn't make the cut.
But here's who did – and who should have:
Best DirectorThe shock: Two huge snubs! Not only did Argo's Affleck get dissed, even though he had one of the best-reviewed films of the year, but so did Zero Dark Thirty's Kathryn Bigelow, a previous Best Director winner for The Hurt Locker – which I'd argue isn't nearly the accomplishment that Zero Dark Thirty is. Both of the films about terror made the cut for Best Picture, however. But then, that was expected.
Originally posted 12/09/2012 11:35AM
Success, as they say, has many fathers. In the killing of Osama bin Laden, proud papas from President Obama to SEAL Team 6 earned kudos aplenty – and justifiably so, given the monstrosity of bin Laden's crimes. But with all due respect to all those dads, it's time to meet Mom.
Few people know the identity of the real-life female CIA agent who hunted bin Laden, but Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow calls her Maya in Zero Dark Thirty, which stars Jessica Chastain in the role, as well as Kyle Chandler and Jennifer Ehle. You'll recognize Maya before we've even been properly introduced, because she's the only pretty redhead in Pakistan assisting in the waterboarding of a detainee.
Originally posted 03/09/2010 11:00AM
The Academy Awards are known for giving a boost to the movies they celebrate. This year, lots of films had their moment in the Oscar spotlight, piquing the interest of viewers who haven't seen them yet.
Among the films that might have found new audiences on Sunday:
Originally posted 03/08/2010 12:15AM
There may have been few surprises on Oscar night Sunday, but there was plenty of heart.
Glowing in gold as she stood in the winners' circle, Best Actress Sandra Bullock – who noted that George Clooney once threw her into a swimming pool years ago – acknowledged each of her sister nominees, including the "great kisser" Meryl Streep, then focused on the message of her movie, The Blind Side: that the mother figure is the one who brings light and love into a person's life.
In a moment that is bound to be long remembered, Bullock tearfully thanked her mother "Helga B" – Helga D. Meyer, a German opera singer and voice teacher who died in 2000 – whose wise guidance included not letting her daughters ride in cars with boys until they were 18. The Oscar winner admitted that she would have done exactly what her mother feared she would.
Originally posted 03/07/2010 07:20PM
Hey Kathryn Bigelow, you hear those loud fans? One of them is none other than Jodie Foster.
Supporting what could be the first female win for the Best Director Oscar is especially easy for fellow director Foster, who hopes it will mean "more opportunities for women to direct."
"Am I going to be chanting, 'Kathryn Bigelow, Kathryn Bigelow, Kathryn Bigelow?' " Foster told PEOPLE of cheering the Hurt Locker director at the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards Friday. "Listen, it's a great honor for any director: Male, female, carnivore, vegetarian. But I was thrilled to see a film of that caliber with such a strong hand as a director."
Added Foster: "This is clearly something that she's worked her entire life for."
Originally posted 01/05/2010 09:25AM
Only three women have ever been nominated for the Best Director Academy Award. And The Hurt Locker's Kathryn Bigelow may turn out to be the very first one to take home the Oscar.
Bigelow, 58, has directed the Iraq war indie, an intense drama that follows an Army bomb squad and its cocky leader (played by newcomer Jeremy Renner) in Baghdad. As her film, which will be on DVD Jan. 12, continues to rack up awards, here are five things you may not know about the filmmaker:
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