Secrets Behind the Screenplays: Nominated Writers Open Up at WGA’s Beyond Words
Feb06

Secrets Behind the Screenplays: Nominated Writers Open Up at WGA’s Beyond Words

You know it’s going to be an entertaining evening when a “fight” breaks out amongst acclaimed screenwriters of some of the most honored films this awards season. That’s what happened at the Writers Guild of America West’s Beyond Words Feb. 4 event, which spotlights the writers of original and adapted screenplays who are up for WGA Awards. Most of them, not surprisingly, are also nominated for Oscars. Screenwriter John August moderated...

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‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ ‘Carol’ Score Big at AACTA International Awards
Feb01

‘Mad Max: Fury Road,’ ‘Carol’ Score Big at AACTA International Awards

The mood was effervescent – thanks in part to the sponsorship of Piper-Heidsieck Champagne– as the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts honored excellence in film with its 5th AACTA International Awards in ceremonies held at the historic Avalon Hollywood Friday night.   It was a big evening for “Mad Max: Fury Road” and the film’s director George Miller as they took home two AACTAs, for Best Film and Best...

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Beethoven in Beverly Hills: It’s Winter at the Wallis, East/West Style
Jan28

Beethoven in Beverly Hills: It’s Winter at the Wallis, East/West Style

It’s safe to say that souls were stirred Saturday night at the Bram Goldsmith Theater at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. As part of the “Winter @ The Wallis” classical concert series which began earlier in January, the Shanghai Quartet, one of the world’s foremost chamber music ensembles, performed a repertoire of early and late Beethoven string quartets. The aim of the program, dubbed East/West: Merging Music...

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‘Compton,’ ‘The Big Short,’ and ‘Transparent’ Shine at Casting Society’s Artios Awards
Jan26

‘Compton,’ ‘The Big Short,’ and ‘Transparent’ Shine at Casting Society’s Artios Awards

With all the recent controversy about the lack of inclusion at the Oscars, and on the evening before the motion picture academy took action to broaden its membership, the point was made several times during the 31st annual Artios Awards that casting directors are responsible for most of the diversity seen on screen and on stage. The awards, put on by the Casting Society of America, honor the best casting in film, television, theater...

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Critics’ Choice Awards Anoint ‘Spotlight,’ ‘Mad Max,’ ‘Fargo’ and ‘Mr. Robot’
Jan19

Critics’ Choice Awards Anoint ‘Spotlight,’ ‘Mad Max,’ ‘Fargo’ and ‘Mr. Robot’

Although it doesn’t fit into the typical parameters of an awards-worthy film by any stretch of the imagination, the critics are madly in love with “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The George Miller-directed actioner sped to the finish line at the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards Sunday night with nine trophies–out of its record ten nominations–including one each for Miller and co-stars Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy. On the TV side, the...

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