Oscars
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On January 23 at 5:22 am PST Oscars nominations will be announced after having been winnowed down from a huge field of contenders. There will be a live stream available at http://www.oscars.og 

Three hundred forty-one films are eligible for an Academy Award this year. To be eligible for Oscar consideration, feature films must open in a commercial motion picture theater in Los Angeles County by midnight, December 31, and begin a minimum run of seven consecutive days. Under Academy rules, a

Al Gore An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power
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Twelve years ago former Vice President Al Gore brought An Inconvenient Truth to the world and the climate crisis into the global spotlight. Now after traveling the world bringing the truth about climate change to the world, this self proclaimed “recovering politician” brings us An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power. Last night at The Hammer Museum, Gore answered questions from the audience and moderator Tina Johnson, Policy Director from US Climate Action Network, on his trek to build an

Leslie Mann and John Choo 89th Scientific and Technical Awards
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed its list of winners of scientific and technical Oscar awards today. The 90th Oscars, for this part of the awards show, will honor 10 scientific and technical achievements represented by 34 individual award recipients, plus one organization. Some of these include Industrial Light and Magic (ILM), DreamWorks, and Pixar. 

Visual effects technologist Jonathan Erland will receive the Gordon E. Sawyer Award (an Oscar® statuette) for

Rose Marie (1923 - 2017)
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Over the course of last year we lost so many Hollywood and music stars many of us grew up with watching black and white TV that turned Kodachrome to MTV. We laughed so many times with Mary Tyler Moore who played Laura Petrie on the Dick Van Dyke Show. She also had her own show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. We lost Moore in January. Rose Marie, best known as the woman who played TV writer Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke show, only just passed away December 28, 2017. She was 94. Adam West who

Times Up Campaign
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In an effort to stamp out inequality and promote safety in the workplace, an unprecedented number of Hollywood’s leading women today formally launched a campaign titled Time’s Up. 

"Earning a living should not come at the cost of anyone's safety, dignity or morale," said Shonda Rhimes, (Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy) about the campaign’s launch.

Part of this effort is the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which will assist individuals in the workplace who have experienced sexual misconduct, assault

The UnAmerican Struggle Directed By Ric Osuna Distributed by CinemaLibre.com
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Like a huge chunk of America, director Ric Osuna was shook to his core on the night of November 8th, 2016.  

 

In the previous months, he'd witnessed the rise of a presidential candidate whose race-baiting and hateful scapegoating gave license to emboldened white supremacists, and on that night, he saw that candidate win the most powerful office in the country. While most of us were still walking around blurry-eyed and confused like the day after a particularly long night out, Osuna was

Trumping Democracy cinemalibre.com
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Trump was elected because of racist backlash to Obama's presidency. Trump was elected because of sexist backlash to Hillary's candidacy. Or because of Jill Stein and Bernie Sanders siphoning leftist voters. Or because of non-voters. Or the media. Or Russia. Or because your dumbass Aunt won't stop watching Fox News.

When an election with over 235 million eligible voters is determined by the slim margin of 80,000 cast over three states, the reason can be almost anything. In Thomas Huchon's

Dr. Wakefield, Director Miranda Bailey The Pathological Optimist
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Let’s begin this discussion by saying I’m not a physician. I’m a publisher, writer, photographer, artist, and musician. What I can do here is facilitate a discussion on vaccines by bringing you, the reader, both sides of the story. So let us begin.

Dr. Andrew Wakefield. That name conjures up admiration in some and anger in others. Then there are other titans on the vaccine subject that have diametrically opposing views to Dr. Wakefield, such as California Senator Richard Pan (District 6). Add

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Dominant Fiction being the formula which Hollywood cinema is based, it is not hard to see how modern cinema still has miles to go before it overcomes the problems of classic cinema in relation to women.

In the vein of feminist Barbara Creed, certain elements in the horror film genre are used as symbols of the ultimate abject – that is, the symbol of the thing we fear most, which is the monster in this genre. Elements such as female blood, saliva and vomit in the original films The

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A storied career, a lifetime of laughs and serious leading male roles, a teary eyed Ernest Borgnine stood on the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards stage today and accepted the SCreen Actor's Guild (SAG’s) highest honor in the Lifetime Achievement Award. A well-deserved award, perhaps long overdue. From Here to Eternity, Marty, McHale's Navy and All Dogs Go To Heaven 2 are among the phenomenal 200 films with his credit dating back to 1951.


In Mr. Borgnine’s autobiography Ernie (Citadel Press

Good Starring Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Jodie Whittaker
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The excellent performances by Viggo Mortensen (Hidalgo, Eastern Promises, Lord Of The Rings), and Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter, The Patriot, Peter Pan), in the 2008 film Good was Academy Award winning level. This seems to be one of those films that despite the level of talent displayed by the director, cinematographer, costuming and talent, the film did not get its day in the world of awards nominations. Truly astonishing given the beautiful cinematography by Andrew Dunn (Extraordiary Measures

Alatriste starring Viggo Mortensen
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Captain Alatriste: A flawless performance from Spanish director-writer Agustin Diaz Yanes on every level: cinematography, talent, editing, sound. Perhaps, the incredible original score by Roque Banos revels the director's accomplished hand in a particular way. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles. However, the music perhaps more than other elements made the entire experience universal, because the director carried every beat across cultures through the score.


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