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March 25, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
This being such a wacky Oscar year, we thought we'd dig deep into the annals of the Academy Awards and find some rare moments to share. And the winners are: MOST SELF-SERVING MOMENT: This one's a tie, between Sally Field, who blurted out "You like me, you really like me" when accepting her 1984 best-actress prize for "Places in the Heart" and previous year winner Shirley Mac-Laine's "I deserve this" speech for "Terms of Endearment. " BEST STAND-IN FOR A CELEBRITY: Who can forget 1972, when Sacheen Littlefeather, dressed in Apache garb, refused the best-actor Oscar on behalf of Marlon Brando (for "Last Tango in Paris")
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2008 | Steven Rea, Inquirer movie critic
There are real-life politicians: W., as in George, Milk, as in Harvey, Frost/Nixon as in Tricky you-know-who. There are teenage vampires (Twilight) and benevolent E.T.s (The Day the Earth Stood Still). There are talkin' 'toon critters - Bolt, Madagascar 2. And there are Oscar contenders, to be sure - quite possibly Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie for best actor (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) and actress (Changeling), The Soloist for best picture, and a load of pedigreed literary adaptations.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
Film-maker Woody Allen picked up two honors and Oscar nominee Bob Hoskins won the best actor award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The British film "A Room with a View," based on E.M. Forster's novel of the same name, was named best film for 1986 in the British equivalent of the Academy Awards. Maggie Smith won the best actress award for her role as the heroine's prudish chaperone in "A Room with a View. " She has been nominated in the best supporting actress category in the Oscars, set for Monday.
NEWS
March 10, 2006
WHAT DEAL was cut for the prestigious Academy Awards to bestow art status with an Oscar for best song on the simple-minded "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp"? Everybody got so upset about the low-class "wardrobe malfunction" by Janet Jackson, but awarding an Oscar for a song on such a topic by no-talent performers lacking any grace is no problem. All the great songwriters - Gershwin, Bernstein, Cohan, Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart - must be spinning in their graves. They had class.
NEWS
February 11, 1994 | by Ron Avery, Daily News Staff Writer
Not only Hollywood's version of "Philadelphia" has been nominated for Academy Awards. The real world of depravation, stark poverty and heartbreak in North Philly is also up for an Oscar. Nominated for Best Feature Documentary is "I Am a Promise: The Children of Stanton Elementary School. " The powerful 90-minute film looks at the hardships, struggles and small triumphs at an all-black, inner-city school, the M. Hall Stanton School, at 16th and Cumberland streets. The non-fiction "Philadelphia Story" shows kids picking up crack vials in their school yard, a child abandoned by a drug addicted mother and teachers struggling with few resources.
NEWS
March 25, 2003
Make-believe. Fantasy. Made-up people and stories and worlds. When much is broken, make-believe can help salve the wounds. Sunday night in Los Angeles, a bunch of professional make-believers got together and had some fun at the 75th annual Academy Awards. It was, to be sure, an awkward affair, a show muted by war thoughts, by fraidy-cat advertisers who pulled out at the last moment. But it mostly managed to sidestep the ugliness, in a needed respite from the grim clash in Iraq.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 14, 1991 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic The Hollywood Reporter contributed to this column
East Coast viewers who annually lurch off to bed after yet another interminable Academy Awards broadcast may fantasize about editing Oscar down to a manageable length. But Sony Music Video, in collaboration with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is actually doing something to sort the wheat from the chaff. The company will offer a 90-minute anthology of Oscar's best moments from 1970 to 1991. The tape will be priced at $19.98 and will be released in February - the month when the Academy Awards nominations are announced and Oscar interest begins to mount.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 31, 2012
EYE-CATCHING Jack Russell performances in "Beginners" and "The Artist" have prompted calls for a special Oscar to recognize dog performances. Why, people have asked, can't they throw Uggie ("The Artist") or Cosmo ("Beginners") a bone? As it turns out, there is already a movie award program for dogs - it's called the Golden Collar Award, and Uggie and Cosmo are up for best actor. (Uggie was actually nominated twice this year, for "The Artist" and his work in "Water for Elephants.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 1990 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Staff Writer
In the wake of Monday night's Oscar-mania, winners in the big categories have hied homeward to await word from their respective agents, phoning to pitch new film deals. In the meantime, though, projects completed by winners prior to the 62d annual Academy Awards are being readied for release. Among them: Eversmile, New Jersey, with best-actor Daniel Day-Lewis as a motorcycling dentist who roams the globe to promote good dental hygiene (honest!). The antic comedy, directed by Argentine Carlos Sorin, premiered at the Santa Barbara Film Festival last month and a U.S. distributor is being sought.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 1994 | By Christopher Cornell, FOR THE INQUIRER
So when do video collectors get to own, or at least rent, the films that won the big Oscars this week? The short answer: Don't hold your breath. Of the major winners, only The Fugitive, with best supporting actor Tommy Lee Jones, is on video now. The Piano (best actress, best supporting actress, best original screenplay) is due May 25. But most of this year's winners are still in their original theatrical runs. In other years, many winners had ended their runs by the time they won, which allowed them to be brought back for triumphal victory laps through theaters before heading to home video.
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NEWS
July 25, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
A memorial service will be Sunday, July 24, for Oscar R. Weiner, 92, of Bala Cynwyd, a physician and practicing psychiatrist who died Wednesday, June 29, of heart disease at the Lankenau Hospital hospice. Well before the advent of drugs as a standard treatment for mental illness, Dr. Weiner dealt with patients suffering from anxiety, addiction, depression, and stress by talking them through their problems. In time, the talk therapy that he practiced gave way to psychotropic drugs, leaving Dr. Weiner feeling like "a dinosaur," his family said.
NEWS
June 15, 2016
THE FOLLOWING is a list from the City of Orlando of the names of those killed in the attack on the Pulse nightclub and whose families have been notified. No hometowns have been provided. 1. Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 2. Stanley Almodovar III, 23 3. Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 4. Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 5. Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 6. Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 7. Luis S. Vielma, 22 8. Kimberly Morris, 37 9. Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 10. Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 11. Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 12. Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 13. Anthony Laureanodisla, 25 14. Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 15. Franky J. Dejesus Velazquez, 50 16. Amanda Alvear, 25 17. Martin Benitez Torres, 33 18. Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 19. Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 20. Xavier E. Serrano Rosado, 35 21. Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 22. Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 23. Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 24. Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 25. Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 26. Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 27. Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 28. Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 29. Cory James Connell, 21 30. Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 31. Luis Daniel Conde, 39 32. Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 33. Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 34. Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 35. Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 36. Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 37. Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 38. Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 ...
ENTERTAINMENT
June 11, 2016 | Steven Rea, Movie Critic
The movies of summer 2016 are rife with reboots and remakes, sequels and prequels, superheroes and supervillains. They're also full of cats and dogs - Weiner-Dog, The Secret Life of Pets, and Nine Lives , to name but three. Here's a select list of the high-profile Hollywood fare and more modest indie and art house titles coming to the big screen between now and Labor Day. If you experience an especially intense sense of déjà vu reading these capsule summaries, that's not necessarily because there are so many retreads and redos among them - some of the following blurbs appeared in an earlier summer movies roundup piece published in the Inquirer, Daily News, and on philly.com.
NEWS
April 29, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
IN TRIBUTE to Steven Rea 's summer movie roundup of reboots, remakes and sequels (see Page 27), the Hollywood reporter reported yesterday that present-day "It" girl Alicia Vikander has signed on to star as Lara Croft in a prequel/reboot of Tomb Raider . It's about time. Virtually every day since 2003's Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life , someone emails Tattle about the need for another Tomb Raider movie. This one will be directed by Roar Uthaug ( The Wave )
NEWS
April 15, 2016 | By Jenice Armstrong
As he approaches, the former N.W.A. member is still as cool as ice. As part of the legendary hip-hop group, Ice Cube burst onto the national scene in the early 1990s rapping about his unique perspective on life. Now, even though he's a big-time mainstream actor, he's still not shying away from controversy. As Cube has been making the rounds promoting Barbershop: The Next Cut , he has been holding forth on everything from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's oft-repeated 1996 remark about "super predators," which he says is an offensive label, to America's current fascination with GOP front-runner Donald Trump.
NEWS
March 9, 2016
ISSUE | ACADEMY AWARDS Give us entertainment, not lectures I'm not sure I enjoyed watching the annoying, boring, dark humor (pardon the pun), reverse discrimination, and excessive protesting at the Oscar presentations (" 'Spotlight' wins best-movie prize," Feb. 29). Enough, already. I also want to thank the participants, including Vice President Biden, who gave us sermons on proper behavior. The TV viewers just wanted some entertainment, not preaching. |Richard Fitterman, Oreland, rjfitt1@aol.com
NEWS
March 7, 2016 | By Jake Blumgart
Last Sunday's Oscar results provoked much weeping and lamentation among Philadelphians with an overdeveloped attachment to Sylvester Stallone. Moviegoers from this region may have heavily favored the old warhorse, but Academy members did not. Sly fans can take comfort in the fact that the Academy Awards really don't have much to do with anything real people care about - Stallone is apparently unpopular in Hollywood circles - and that the victor, veteran...
NEWS
March 4, 2016
 Liberty City Radio Theatre (Society Hill Playhouse) After 55 years, the venerable house stages its last play, a live show in the style of old-time radio. (Performances at 8 p.m. today and Saturday). * Two Trains Running (Arden Theatre) Follow-up to Fences in August Wilson's monumental "Pittsburgh Cycle" touches down in Pittsburgh's Hill District in momentous 1969. (Thursday through April 10.) * Driving Miss Daisy (Act II Playhouse, Ambler) Alfred Uhry's award-winner about a car, a driver, his boss - and a nation's changing attitudes.
NEWS
March 2, 2016
WITH HIS funny, sober, nerve-touching Oscar monologue Sunday night, Chris Rock used his strength - exploding hypocrisy and throwing shade on both sides of the racial divide. Rock solidified his grip on the superstar crown previously held by Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, and, yes, Bill Cosby as America's favorite African American standup. Chris Rock is the African American King of Comedy. Rock's monologue was widely anticipated, but the brewing race controversy may have kept some viewers away, and Oscar ratings slumped to an eight-year low. Not Chris Rock's fault.
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