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February 27, 2012
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March 23, 1999 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
An hour into the Oscar telecast Sunday night, with only four of 26 statuettes distributed, you could hear remote controls across America click off the tube. An IRS 1040 form would have made livelier TV than the 71st annual Academy Awards, a barrage of tributes to dead cowboys and real-life heroes memorialized on celluloid. In a room containing Gwyneth Paltrow, Whoopi Goldberg and Steven Spielberg, why import Sen. John Glenn and Gen. Colin Powell for glamor? If brevity is the soul of wit, then these Academy Awards were positively soulless.
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March 23, 1986 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
It was 1942, and one of the nominees for an Academy Award had refused to show up at the Biltmore Hotel. "He did not want to be humiliated," his wife later explained. "He thought he'd get mad and do something drastic when he didn't win. " The writer was Herman Mankiewicz and the film was one you may have heard of - Citizen Kane. He won the award for screenwriting, but his misgivings at participating in the ritual of the Oscars were well founded. Mankiewicz could argue on the evidence and many precedents that little justice could be expected from the Academy voters, and predict that someone would make a fool of himself.
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March 28, 1994 | BY DONALD KAUL
I'll tell you, it's hell getting old. I not only can't stay up for World Series games any more, I can't make it through the Academy Awards. I start out bright as a People magazine subscriber, but as the evening wears on, things start running together, and I begin to doze off. And in the doze, I dream. I dream up my own Oscar ceremonies, awards to real world people engaged in real world dramas. For example, here are the Oscars I gave out the other night, while the Motion Picture Academy was discovering (Surprise!
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March 2, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
A HOST of this year's "Richardson Dilworth Award" ceremony likened the event to the Academy Awards. By that measure, the city's version was far more entertaining and a lot less boring. The hour-long awards presentation, held at City Hall on Friday, was chock full of genuine laughs, tears, surprises - and even a little love story. And when each nominee learned they had won, their reaction wasn't all, "Blah, blah, blah . . . I'd like to thank the Academy. " The acceptance was pure Philly: "Get outta here!
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March 31, 1987 | By Jennifer Lowe, Los Angeles Daily News (The Associated Press contributed to this article.)
You may find it a bit hairy to recall who won Academy Awards last year. But hostess Jane Fonda's daring new coiffure may come to mind. The shoulder-length wispy style caused waves in the fashion world; women still trickle into the Barron Hair Studio in Studio City, the place responsible for the look of Fonda's locks, and ask for her style. For Los Angeles hair stylists, the anticipation of last night's awards show practically made hair rise with excitement. Which hairdo would cause the biggest stir?
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March 31, 1987 | By David Bianculli, Inquirer TV Critic
Those who watched CBS's NCAA basketball championship last night instead of ABC's Oscar telecast didn't know what they were missing - until they tuned to the Hollywood ceremony at 10 p.m., when the game ended. Then they soon discovered what loyal Oscar viewers already knew: They were missing nothing. Last night's Oscar telecast was more boring than a Southfork oil drill. Many opportunities for drama were robbed, most opportunities for comedy were mishandled, and any chance of pace or excitement was doomed from the start when Telly Savalas, Dom DeLuise and Pat Morita bleated the opening number.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 1998 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
It was the the most expensive picture in the history of movies, and the delays and staggering logistical problems that beset its production were eagerly publicized in the media. But the studio that gambled everything on the epic film reaped a huge reward as it became a worldwide blockbuster. Titanic in 1997? No, Ben-Hur in 1959. Ben-Hur went on to win a dozen Oscar nominations and an unprecedented 11 statuettes, a record of suitably biblical proportions that stands to this day. But will it still stand after tomorrow night?
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March 30, 1992 | By Ryan Murphy, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
In 1988, a couple of months before she won her best-actress Oscar for The Accused, Jodie Foster mused on her first trip to the Academy Awards. She was 13, and a supporting-actress nominee for Taxi Driver. "The Oscars are like a party, in a way, and it is a great honor to be recognized by your peers," said Foster, nominated this year for her turn in The Silence of the Lambs. "But actually, I think the only thing you remember afterward is who wore what. " How true. In bygone decades, when the fashions of the moment were hideous to begin with, attendees seemed to compete for the tackiest-outfit Oscar.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nominations for the Academy Awards will be announced Thursday at 8:35 a.m. For coverage, go to
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March 2, 2015 | BY WENDY RUDERMAN, Daily News Staff Writer rudermw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5924
A HOST of this year's "Richardson Dilworth Award" ceremony likened the event to the Academy Awards. By that measure, the city's version was far more entertaining and a lot less boring. The hour-long awards presentation, held at City Hall on Friday, was chock full of genuine laughs, tears, surprises - and even a little love story. And when each nominee learned they had won, their reaction wasn't all, "Blah, blah, blah . . . I'd like to thank the Academy. " The acceptance was pure Philly: "Get outta here!
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February 25, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
On the day before Michael Keaton lost the 87th Academy Awards best-actor prize (boo!), the Birdman star was holding a winged trophy aloft at the Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, across town from Hollywood. Accepting his "best male lead" win in front of many of the same glammy peers he'd be sitting with Sunday night, Keaton jokingly saved his last thank-you for Narcissus, the creature of Greek mythology who fell in love with his own reflection and whose name begat the term narcissism.
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February 23, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Birdman or Boyhood ? A breakneck backstage commotion about art and ego that seems to fly by in a flash? Or a loping survey of life's small moments filmed over 12 years with a cast that grows older before our eyes? As audiences settle down to watch the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday night (and pick apart the sartorial choices), the Hollywood pundits and progn -oscar -ators have pretty much decreed: The best-picture race is between Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Birdman , with nine nominations, and Richard Linklater's Boyhood , with six. I'm OK with that.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 21, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Every televised contest comes with its big opinions and bigger questions. (What was the most shocking moment of the Super Bowl: the Patriots' last-minute interception or that weird dancing shark? What was wrong with Kanye West at the Grammys and why do they keep inviting him back?) Certainly the same is true of the 87th annual Academy Awards, which air on ABC at 8 p.m. Sunday, preceded by an E! Network red-carpet watch at 6. Will Oscar voters go for Michael Keaton or Eddie Redmayne as best actor?
NEWS
January 16, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Paltrow approves Garner Gwyneth Paltrow thinks her ex-bf Ben Affleck has found the perfect mate in Jennifer Garner . Gwyn on Wednesday told Howard Stern that when Ben was younger, he couldn't handle anyone more sophisticated than a Scores stripper. But he's grown. "He's settled down and his wife is awesome," said GP of JG, who wed BA in 2005. "Not only is she beautiful but she's so warm, she cooks, and she's so into her kids and she's great. She's hilarious.
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January 15, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
  If the nominees for the 87th Academy Awards' top prize represent a thematically diverse field - War! Theater! Equality! Family! Musicianship! Mathematical genius! The hospitality industry! - the players in those Best Picture contenders constitute a shocking display of non-diversity. The same can be said of almost all the other nominated titles, announced Thursday, whose fates now fall to the 6,000-plus voting members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Yes, Selma - about Martin Luther King Jr.'s pivotal role in the fight for Voting Rights in the deep, divided South of 1965 - landed one of the eight (out of a possible 10)
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December 28, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
A ccording to Amy Adams (presumably a reliable source in this matter), octogenarian artist Margaret Keane had never heard of the actress when approached last year and asked, "Are you OK with Amy Adams playing you?" "She was like, 'Who's Amy Adams?' " the five-time Oscar nominee recounts with a chuckle. "But she went and did her research and watched some films, and so I ultimately got the seal of approval, which is good. " Very good. Two weeks ago, Adams made the list of best-actress nominees for a Golden Globe (in a musical or comedy)
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December 3, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi of Jersey Shore fame made good on her threat to wed lovey and infant-father Jionni LaValle , doing so in Garfield, N.J., on Saturday. Her bridal party was a Jersey Shore cast call, with Jenni "JWoww" Farley , Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola , and Deena Cortese looking on. TMZ reports there's no prenup. How refreshing!   Stop the presses . . . forever! GQ has named "Weird Al" Yankovic Pop Star of the Year. We return you now to your hallucinogen of choice.
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August 13, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Robin Williams, the synapse-snapping comic genius whose career caromed from standup clubs to concert halls, TV sitcoms to Oscar-winning films - from Mork to Mrs. Doubtfire , from the Genie in Aladdin to Oliver Sacks in Awakenings - died Monday at 63. His body was found in his home in Tiburon, across the bay from San Francisco, an area where he had long lived. A deputy coroner in Marin County indicated the cause was suspected to be suicide due to asphyxia, but an investigation is continuing.
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April 28, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE GOOD FOLKS at Time and People this week have figured out the most beautiful and influential human beings on the face of the Earth. We here at Temporary Tattle humbly want to relay the celeb news that lies beneath. Yesterday A New York man who terrorized CNN anchor Anderson Cooper for nearly six years pleaded guilty to felony menacing and harassment charges. Alex Hausner , 38, of Queens, N.Y., said he wasn't a stalker and never meant to hurt Cooper. "Stalker is the furthest thing from what I am," said Hausner, who was freed on time served.
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