Roy Rogers & 'Under Western Stars': Remembering Singing Cowboy's 'Socialist' Western

Roy Rogers, Singing Cowboy of 1940s and 1950s Hollywood. Known for his affable characterizations and, both on and off screen, “traditional values” stance, the King of the Cowboys – step aside, John Wayne & Gene Autry – toplined the “subversive” 1938 musical Western Under Western Stars. Sound bites: Remembering Roy Rogers & 'subversive' singing cowboy movie 'Under Western Stars' It is a typically hot day […]

'It's So Easy and Other Lies': Guns N' Roses Bassist Duff McKagan Roller Coaster Fall and Rise

It's So Easy and Other Lies movie: Biographical documentary of Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan, diving into the pits of drug addiction and back. 'It's So Easy and Other Lies' movie review: Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan biographical documentary fails to develop unique idea Any rock and roll documentary that begins with a quote from Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and ends with a […]

David Bowie Movies: 'Ziggy Stardust' Memorable as Nikola Tesla, Fast-Aging Vampire

David Bowie: The former Ziggy Stardust in 'The Hunger.' David Bowie movies: Iconic singer memorable as fast-aging vampire, Nikola Tesla Singer and sometime actor David Bowie, one of the iconic figures of the English-language music scene of the second half of the 20th century, died of cancer yesterday, Jan. 10, '16. Bowie (born David Robert Jones in the London suburb of Brixton) had turned 69 […]

Best Original Score Oscar Contenders: Carter Burwell and Past Nominees

'The Peanuts Movie': 2016 Best Original Score Oscar contender along with 111 other titles. Oscar 2016: Best Original Score contenders range from 'Mad Max: Fury Road' to 'The Peanuts Movie' Earlier this month (Dec. '15), the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made public the list of 112 film scores eligible for the 2016 Oscar in the Best Original Score category. As found in […]

Best Song Oscar Contenders: Latest James Bond In, But Few Top Movies

Best Song Oscar 2016 contender 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' with Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. 74 entries in contention for 2016 Best Song Academy Award 'Tis the season for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to announce the semi-finalists – in some instances, the semi-semi-finalists – for the Academy Awards. Today (Dec. 11, '15), the Academy released the list of songs eligible for […]

'Eye of the Tiger' Band Survivor Lawsuit vs. Christian Extremists Mike Huckabee, Kim Davis

'Eye of the Tiger' band Survivor: Lawsuit against a couple of radical Christians. Infamous radical Christian county clerk Kim Davis, far-right U.S. presidential candidate Mike Huckabee sued by 'Eye of the Tiger' band Survivor The band Survivor, whose song “Eye of the Tiger” underlined the critical dud (but box office hit) Rocky III back in 1982, has filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against radical Christian […]

Theodore Bikel: Social Activist, Vanessa Redgrave 'The Palestinian' Spat

Theodore Bikel: Folk singer, actor and political/social activist. Theodore Bikel: Social/political and union activist (See previous post: “Theodore Bikel: From 'Fiddler on the Roof' to 'Star Trek.'”) Besides his acting and singing gigs, Theodore Bikel was a dedicated social activist, having been a longtime supporter of various causes, both cultural and political. These ranged from helping to found the Actors Federal Credit Union to being […]

Theodore Bikel: From 'Fiddler on the Roof' to 'Star Trek'

Theodore Bikel. Theodore Bikel dead at 91: Oscar-nominated actor and folk singer best known for stage musicals 'The Sound of Music,' 'Fiddler on the Roof' Folk singer, social and union activist, and stage, film, and television actor Theodore Bikel, best remembered for starring in the Broadway musical The Sound of Music and, throughout the U.S., in Fiddler on the Roof, died Monday morning (July 20, […]

Amy Winehouse Documentary: 'Heartbreaking' & 'Impressive' Work

Amy Winehouse. Amy Winehouse documentary: 'Heartbreaking' & 'impressive' In an era of disposable pop music, the songs of the late Amy Winehouse feel timeless. Her sound spans the decades: bluesy and jazzy, a little bit punk and a little bit gansta. She was an old soul belting out new school lyrics that were confessional, profane, clever, and withering. She has been compared to Billie Holiday […]

'Alone Yet Not Alone': Best Song Oscar Nomination Revoked

Kelly Greyson in 'Alone Yet Not Alone' 'Alone Yet Not Alone' Best Song Oscar 2014 nomination revoked: Nod for obscure song from equally obscure Christian movie had left many scratching their heads Last night, January 28, 2014, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Board of Governors voted to revoke the Best Original Song Oscar nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone,” from the movie […]

Marta Eggerth Dead at 101: The Jeanette MacDonald of German Operettas

Marta Eggerth. Operetta and film star Marta Eggerth dead at 101: The Jeanette MacDonald of Central European cinema Marta Eggerth, an international star in film and stage operettas who frequently performed opposite husband Jan Kiepura, died on December 26, 2013, at her home in Rye, New York. The Budapest-born Eggerth had turned 101 last April 17. (Image: Marta Eggerth ca. 1935.) Although best known for […]

Justin Bieber 'Believe' Bombs + David O. Russell Movies: All-Star Crime Flick Biggest Box Office Hit?

Justin Bieber in Justin Bieber's Believe. A sort of sequel to Paramount's 3D box office hit Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Justin M. Chu's concert documentary Believe follows Canadian singer and teen/pre-teen sensation Justin Bieber as he embarks on the multi-continent, 33-city Believe Tour promoting his 2012 album of the same name. Unlike Never Say Never, the Open Road Films-distributed Believe opened with a thud […]

San Francisco Symphony: Alfred Hitchcock Movies and Movie Scores

San Francisco Symphony & Cary Grant in 'North by Northwest.' San Francisco Symphony salutes Alfred Hitchcock: Halloween movies and Hitchcock movie music The San Francisco Symphony will celebrate Alfred Hitchcock movies and their music scores beginning at 8 p.m. on Halloween eve, October 30, 2013, at Davies Symphony Hall. During Hitchcock Film Week, the San Francisco Symphony will perform the scores for Hitchcock's Psycho, The […]

Best Original Song & Score Oscar Concert: A 'Musical Governors Awards'?

Adele Oscar winner Best Original Song and Best Original Score Oscar 2014 live concert In 2014, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will sponsor a live concert featuring the nominees in the Best Original Score and Best Original Song categories. The source for this information is not an Academy press release, but an internal email from Music Branch governors Charles Fox (Nine to […]

Sara Montiel Dies: Legendary Spanish Movie & Recording Star + Pedro Almodóvar Icon

Sara Montiel Sara Montiel: Legendary Spanish movie and recording superstar dead at 85 Sara Montiel, a.k.a. Sarita Montiel a.k.a. Saritisima, one of the Spanish-speaking world's biggest film and recording stars, died yesterday, April 8, '13. Montiel, who was found dead by paramedics called to her house in Madrid's district of Salamanca, was 85. Earlier today, a funeral procession through the streets of Madrid was witnessed […]

Risë Stevens Dies: Metropolitan Opera Star & 'Going My Way' Actress

Risë Stevens, Metropolitan Opera star and Bing Crosby's former girlfriend in Going My Way, dead at 99 Risë Stevens, the Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano best remembered by movie lovers as Nelson Eddy's love/jealousy interest in Roy Del Ruth's The Chocolate Soldier and as Bing Crosby's former girlfriend in Leo McCarey's Best Picture Academy Award winner Going My Way, died yesterday, March 20, at her home in […]

Kristen Stewart & Daniel Radcliffe + Adele & Aaron Tveit: The Oscars

Kristen Stewart and Daniel Radcliffe with Oscar winner Rick Carter Kristen Stewart & Daniel Radcliffe: Bella Swan & Harry Potter together at last Kristen Stewart and Daniel Radcliffe – Bella Swan and Harry Potter together at last – presented veteran production designer Rick Carter with the 2013 Academy Award for Best Art Direction for his work on Lincoln. (Jim Erickson was the film's set decorator.) […]

Norah Jones Grammy Winner + Barbra Streisand Big Comeback Story: Academy Awards

Norah Jones. Norah Jones: Grammy winner to sing Ted song at 2013 Oscar ceremony Norah Jones, the Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, will perform Walter Murphy and Seth MacFarlane's “Everybody Needs a Best Friend” from the movie Ted at the Oscar 2013 ceremony, telecast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced yesterday. That will mark Norah Jones' first time performing on an Oscar show. Norah […]

Patty Andrews: The Andrews Sisters Last Surviving Member Has Died

The Andrews Sisters: LaVerne Andrews, Patty Andrews, and Maxene Andrews. Patty Andrews: Last Surviving member of The Andrews Sisters dead at 94 Patty Andrews, the lead vocalist and last surviving member of the Andrews Sisters musical trio, died of “natural causes” earlier today at her home in the Los Angeles suburb of Northridge, in the San Fernando Valley. Andrews, who was also the youngest sister, […]

Patti Page Movies

Patti Page. Patti Page movies: Elmer Gantry, Dondi, Boys' Night Out Patti Page, whose rendition of “Tennessee Waltz” reportedly sold 10 million copies in 1951, died at Seacrest Village Retirement Communities in Encinitas, Calif., on New Year's Day. Page was 85. Though best known as a recording artist, Patti Page made a handful of movie appearances in the early '60s. In 1960, the 33-year-old Page […]

Kathryn Bigelow & Benh Zeitlin Are Best Director Favorites + Michael Haneke Surprisingly Bypassed

Zero Dark Thirty with Chris Pratt and Joel Edgerton. With ten wins and two nominations to date, Kathryn Bigelow is the top Best Director choice this awards season for the controversial “war on terror” thriller Zero Dark Thirty, about a dogged CIA analyst (Jessica Chastain) and the hunt for Osama bin Laden. This is her second year at the top: during the 2009–2010 awards season, […]

Richard Robbins: 'Howards End' Composer Has Died

Howards End composer Richard Robbins has died Richard Robbins, two-time Academy Award-nominated composer and frequent James Ivory / Ismail Merchant collaborator, died on Nov. 7 in Rhinebeck, N.Y. Robbins, who was 71, had been suffering from Parkinson's disease. (Image: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson Howards End.) Richard Robbins movies Born on December 4, 1940, in South Weymouth, Massachusetts, and trained for a time in Vienna, Richard […]

Marvin Hamlisch Dies: 'The Way We Were' Composer

Marvin Hamlisch dies. (Image: Barbra Streisand and Marvin Hamlisch.) Best known for the Oscar-winning theme song from the 1973 Barbra Streisand-Robert Redford tearjerker The Way We Were, composer and conductor Marvin Hamlisch died Monday, August 6, in Los Angeles. Hamlisch, who was 68, reportedly collapsed after “a brief illness.” Marvin Hamlisch awards During the course of his 45-year career, the New York-born (June 2, 1944) […]

Tony Martin Singer Dead at 98

Actor-singer Tony Martin, once married to Fox singing star Alice Faye and the widower of MGM dancer-actress Cyd Charisse, died of “natural causes” at his West Los Angeles home on Friday, July 27. Martin was 98. Tony Martin movies Though never quite a movie star, Tony Martin (born Alvin Morris on Dec. 25, 1913, in San Francisco) was featured in nearly 30 films. Of those, […]

Harvey Weinstein vs. Mitt Romney: Republican Candidate Is 'Our Idiot Brother' + Katy Perry Hot Blue Hair

Mitt Romney Our Idiot Brother (Paul Rudd) Mitt Romney Our Idiot Brother / Barack Obama The King's Speech says Harvey Weinstein. With the blessing of the U.S. Supreme Court, the United States has become the biggest – or rather, the most expensive – democracy money can buy. At least in public, The Weinstein Company's Harvey Weinstein isn't too concerned that Republican candidate Mitt Romney will […]

The Monkees' Davy Jones Dies

The Monkees' baby-faced Davy Jones, the only British-born member of the '60s four-man band, died earlier today after suffering a heart attack in Indiantown, Florida. He was 66. Formed in 1965, The Monkees were Jones, Michael Nesmith, 69, Micky Dolenz, who turns 66 next March 8, and Peter Tork, 70. Their best-known hit is probably “I'm a Believer.” Their television series, The Monkees, ran from […]

Milla Jovovich & Asghar Farhadi + Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt: The Oscars

Milla Jovovich and Tim Gunn. Milla Jovovich and Tim Gunn: Academy Awards' Red Carpet Ukrainian-born actress Milla Jovovich (on Dec. 17, 1975, in Kiev, at the time part of the Soviet Union) is pictured above while interviewed – or about to be interviewed – by TV reality show celebrity Tim Gunn upon her arrival at the 2012 Academy Awards on Feb. 26 in Hollywood. Jovovich […]

Grammy Awards Movies + Emmanuel Lubezki Wins Cinematographers' Prize

Grammy Awards Movies The Grammy 2012 winners in the “visual media” categories have already been announced. The winner for Best Song Written for Visual Media was Diane Warren's “Born to Be Somebody,” from the Justin Bieber documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, sung by Justin Bieber himself (photo). The other contenders were Family Guy's “Christmastime Is Killing Us” by Ron Jones, Seth MacFarlane, and Danny […]

Whitney Houston Movies

Kevin Costner, Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard Singer Whitney Houston was found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills earlier today. She was 48. For the time being the cause of death is unknown. Though best remembered for hit songs such as “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” in the 1990s Houston also appeared in a handful of movies. […]

Madonna Super Bowl Show: Best W.E. Promo

Madonna's Super Bowl Show 2012: Memories of Mylène Farmer Madonna, movie trailers (The Avengers, Battleship, John Carter), and car commercials were some of the hits at the 2012 Super Bowl broadcast yesterday. Below (sorry, the video has been deleted) is the spectacular (or spectacularly tacky, if you wish) Madonna Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show in HD. (Madonna's Super Bowl show, I should add, was a […]

Michel Hazanavicius & Bérénice Bejo + Jean Dujardin: Golden Globes History Made Despite Kim Novak

Michel Hazanavicius and wife Bérénice Bejo: Making Golden Globes history. Michel Hazanavicius and wife Bérénice Bejo: 'The Artist' achieves unique Golden Globes feat Michel Hazanavicius and wife Bérénice Bejo accept the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical for the comedy-drama The Artist – a Franco-Belgian co-production (La Petite Reine / Studio 37 / La Classe Americaine / JD Prod / France3 […]

Madonna Out, Elton John In: Best Song Oscar Contenders + George Clooney Movie Wins More Awards

Madonna W.E. director. Best known as a pop singer and all-around provocateuse (except, perhaps, when she shied away from taking on George W. Bush following the start of the Iraq War), Madonna has been a sporadic movie actress since the mid-1980s. More recently, she has turned to directing: the poorly received Filth and Wisdom (2008) was her first effort; W.E., better received but a resounding […]

Glenn Close & Mads Mikkelsen: Awards Season Honorees + Disturbing Tilda Swinton Drama Tops London

Glenn Close: Palm Springs Film Festival Career Achievement Award Glenn Close's publicists must have been working round the clock these last few months. A highly likely Best Actress Oscar contender for her performance in Albert Nobbs, Close has already received the San Sebastian International Film Festival's Donostia Lifetime Achievement Award and, a couple of days ago, the Hollywood Film Festival's Hollywood Career Achievement Award. Now […]

'Festival' of Legends: Bob Dylan, Joan Baez in Oscar-Nominated Folk Music Documentary

Bob Dylan: Young days in 'Festival': Classic music documentary. 'Festival' of Legends: Folk music fest featuring a young Bob Dylan, Joan Baez showcased in Oscar-nominated documentary Before Woodstock and Monterey Pop there was … Murray Lerner's Festival. Set at the annual Newport Folk Festival and featuring the likes of Bob Dylan; Joan Baez; Peter, Paul and Mary; and Judy Collins, the 1967 Academy Award-nominated documentary […]

Joseph Brooks' 'You Light Up My Life' Oscar Ceremony Controversy

Joseph Brooks, who killed himself yesterday at his Manhattan apartment, won an Oscar for the bestselling song “You Light Up My Life,” from the movie of the same name which Brooks himself directed. Accompanied by several young girls, Debby Boone (photo), who reportedly claimed she dedicated the song to God every time she sang it, performed “You Light Up My Life” at the 1978 Academy […]

Joseph Brooks Dies: 'You Light Up My Life' Oscar-winning Composer Apparently Kills Self

Joseph Brooks, who won an Academy Award for the song “You Light Up My Life,” was found dead today, May 22, '11, in his Upper East Side Manhattan apartment. Brooks, who was awaiting trial for the rape of several women, apparently killed himself using a helium tank hooked up to a dry-cleaning bag placed around his head. He was 73. His body was discovered by […]

Hugh Martin Dies: 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas' Co-Composer

Meet Me in St. Louis with Margaret O'Brien, Judy Garland Hugh Martin, best known for co-composing with Ralph Blane “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” sung by Judy Garland in Vincente Minnelli's 1944 classic Meet Me in St. Louis, died on March 10 '11 in Encinitas, Calif. He was 96. According to The Guardian's Hugh Martin obit, in addition to Garland, others who have performed […]

Trent Reznor & Wife Mariqueen Maandig + Zachary Levi & Mandy Moore: The Oscars

Trent Reznor and wife Mariqueen Maandig. Trent Reznor and wife Mariqueen Maandig at the Oscars Sporting an ultra-cool look, Trent Reznor and wife Mariqueen Maandig, both members of the hip, experimental band How to Destroy Angels, arrive at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Trent Reznor, formerly the frontman of the alternative rock group Nine Inch […]

Adam Sandler & Jennifer Aniston: Bikini or No, Last Day on Top + Justin Bieber Says 'Never'

Jennifer Aniston bikini pic: Adam Sandler leading lady in 'Just Go with It.' Jennifer Aniston & Adam Sandler 'Just Go with It' box office: Bikini or no, last day on top Feb. 18, '11, update: The Adam Sandler-Jennifer Aniston comedy Just Go with It, which also features Brooklyn Decker and Best Actress Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), was the no. 1 movie at […]

Justin Bieber 'Never Say Never' Premiere + Mickey Rooney Granted Restraining Order & Meryl Streep Oscar Bait Role

Justin Bieber: 'Never Say Never' London premiere. 'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' London premiere Justin Bieber was in attendance at the Justin Bieber: Never Say Never premiere held at London's 02 Arena on Feb. 16, '11. Directed by Jon M. Chu – instead of the previously (and incongruously) announced Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth) – Never Say Never is a mix of concert and biographical […]

John Barry Dies: James Bond Movies & 'Somewhere in Time'

John Barry Composer John Barry died of a heart attack, the BBC has reported. Barry was 77. Although Barry is best known for his James Bond scores – 11 in all, including Goldfinger, You Only Live Twice, and Diamonds Are Forever – he composed music for a wide variety of films, from James Hill's Born Free (1966), the Free Willy of the 1960s, to Dino […]

Catherine Zeta-Jones & Husband Michael Douglas + Justin Bieber & Katey Sagal: Golden Globes

Catherine Zeta-Jones and husband Michael Douglas: Golden Globes comeback. Catherine Zeta-Jones and husband Michael Douglas make Golden Globes comeback Catherine Zeta-Jones and husband Michael Douglas are pictured above at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills on Sunday, Jan. 16. The 66-year-old Douglas was a nominee in the Best Supporting Actor category for Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money […]

Critics' Choice Awards: Humanitarian Matt Damon & Dreary Arnold Schwarzenegger

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Inception The BFCA voters usually get it right, e.g., The Hurt Locker, Slumdog Millionaire, Sean Penn for Milk, Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight, The Departed, Helen Mirren for The Queen. At times, the Oscars take a weird turn and the BFCA gets it wrong, e.g., Brokeback Mountain in 2005, Kate Winslet's unexpected Best Actress – instead of Best […]

Matt Bomer & Booboo Stewart + Melanie Griffith & Antonio Banderas

Matt Bomer: 'White Collar' actor appropriately wearing white-collared shirt at movie premiere. 'White Collar' actor Matt Bomer photos: DreamWorks' 'Shrek Forever After' premiere Chuck and White Collar actor Matt Bomer is pictured above at the premiere of DreamWorks Animation's soon-to-be blockbuster Shrek Forever After. The premiere was held on May 16 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, not far from downtown Los Angeles. Matt […]

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Kiss & 'Twilight' Marathon

Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson kiss: Bella attempts to seduce Edward in David Slade's The Twilight Saga: Eclipse May 13: Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart's kiss in the picture above is a consequence of the very human and very, very confused Bella Swan's attempt to seduce the vampire Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. In Stephenie Meyer's novel Bella's seduction try-out is best described […]

Ricky Martin Gay & Uma Thurman Box Office Cataclysm

Ricky Martin, best known for the song “Livin' la Vida Loca,", has announced that he is a “fortunate homosexual.” Martin pretty much just confirmed what everyone knew or at least strongly suspected. In any case, to come out openly takes more guts than most people think. The Puerto-Rican-born Martin has appeared in several soaps, but he's never had anything even remotely resembling a film career. […]

Nick Jonas & Brothers, M. Night Shyamalan & Wife + Will Smith & Wife Jada Pinkett

Nick Jonas & brothers Kevin Jonas and Joe Jonas. The Jonas Brothers – Nick Jonas, Kevin and Joe: Kids Choice Awards' images Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas, and Nick Jonas are pictured above as they arrive at Nickelodeon's 23rd Annual Kids' Choice Awards, held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on March 27, '10, in the Los Angeles suburb of Westwood. Two of the Jonas Brothers, Nick Jonas […]

Kids' Choice Awards: Taylor Lautner Beats Robert Pattinson While Selena Gomez Tops

Kids' Choice Awards' Favorite Movie Actor Taylor Lautner beat Robert Pattinson in the 'Cutest Couple' category. Kids' Choice Awards: Taylor Lautner beats Robert Pattinson, chipmunks beat vampires Nickelodeon's 2010 Kids' Choice Awards were handed out earlier today, March 27, at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. I'm assuming we're talking “kids” as in four-year-olds or whereabouts. After all, their favorite movie was Betty Thomas' Alvin […]

Oscar Best Songs Nominees Not to Be Performed at Ceremony

Marion Cotillard won't sing Maury Yeston's “Take It All” fromNine, Jeff Bridges won't perform Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett's “The Weary Kind” from Crazy Heart, Randy Newman won't do a rendition of “Almost There” and “Down in New Orleans” from The Princess and the Frog, and Reinhardt Wagner and Frank Thomas won't stage “Loin de Paname” from Paris 36 at the 2010 Academy Awards […]

Swedish Oscar Winners + Meryl Streep Beats Herself at Golden Globes

At a meeting held Monday, the 2009 Guldbagge (Golden Beetle) jury comprised of Katinka Faragó, Nils Petter Sundgren, Pia Johansson, Jannike Åhlund, Johan Renck, Mikael Marcimain and Guldbagge jury chairman Eva Swartz Grimaldi (not voting) picked Niels Arden Oplev's box office smash The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as the best Swedish picture of the year. Adapted by Nikolaj Arcel and Rasmus Heisterberg (from Stieg […]

Sam Worthington & Paul McCartney + Toni Collette: Golden Globes

Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana (Golden Globe Awards / © HFPA) Neither Sam Worthington nor Zoe Saldana – or any other Avatar cast member, for that matter – was nominated for a Golden Globe. James Cameron was probably none too pleased. As Steven Zeitchik reports in his Los Angeles Times blog, Cameron remarked that “everything [that the avatars in the movie] do is determined by the […]

Meryl Streep Gloom vs. Glitz + T Bone Burnett & Ryan Bingham: Golden Globes

Meryl Streep: Best Actress Golden Globe winner for 'Julie & Julia.' Golden Globes: Meryl Streep now has seven statuettes, 25 nominations Double Golden Globe nominee Meryl Streep's Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or Musical win for Nora Ephron's Julie & Julia was her seventh. Her loss for Nancy Meyers' It's Complicated – also in the Best Actress in a Motion Picture Comedy or […]

Michelle Monaghan & Mélanie Laurent + Italian Politics: Surprise Critics' Winners + Oscar Songs

Michelle Monaghan in Trucker. Tom Cruise's leading lady in the action thriller Mission Impossible III, Michelle Monaghan was initially touted as a likely Best Actress awards season – i.e., Oscar – contender for her performance in writer-director James Mottern's low-budget drama Trucker, in which she plays a sex & booze-loving, long-haul truck driver whose life radically changes after she is forced to discover the joys […]

Michael Feinstein & Rose Marie + Dame Edna & Doris Roberts: Johnny Mercer Tribute

Michael Feinstein, Rose Marie, Oscar-nominated songwriter Arthur Hamilton at Johnny Mercer Tribute. Michael Feinstein, Rose Marie attend Academy's Johnny Mercer Tribute On Nov. 5, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented a tribute to lyricist/songwriter Johnny Mercer at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening was hosted by singer/pianist Michael Feinstein. Pictured above at the reception preceding the event are […]

'Precious' Music: Q&A with Composer Mario Grigorov

The son of a concert pianist and trumpeter, Bulgarian-born, Austrian-trained composer Mario Grigorov has been creating film music for two decades, having become particularly busy in the last ten years or so. Among his movie credits are Leonardo Ricagni's 29 Palms (1999) and El chevrolé (2002), Alison Thompson's documentary The Third Wave: A Volunteer Story (2007), additional music for Alex Gibney's Oscar-winning Iraq War documentary […]

Johnny Mercer Centennial Tribute

Johnny Mercer (top); Mercer, Donald O'Connor, Hoagy Carmichael at the 1951 Academy Awards ceremony (bottom) Johnny Mercer's musical legacy will be celebrated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a gala centennial tribute featuring film clips of many of Mercer's classic songs, in addition to performances and appearances by friends and colleagues, on Thursday, November 5, at 8 p.m. at the Academy's […]

Marisa Berenson & Elisabetta Canalis + Paris Hilton & Salman Rushdie: Venice Film Festival

Elisabetta Canalis and George Clooney. Elisabetta Canalis and George Clooney images: Venice Film Festival Pictured above are Hollywood actor George Clooney and Elisabetta Canalis, an Italian television presenter and sometime actress. Clooney attended the 2009 edition of the Venice Film Festival to plug his two most recent movies: Grant Heslov's The Men Who Stare at Goats, which Clooney also produced (with Heslov and Paul Lister), […]

Elvis Presley Movies: 'Jailhouse Rock' & 'Girls! Girls! Girls!'

Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret in Viva Las Vegas. I can only think of one Elvis Presley song I like: “Can't Help Falling in Love.” I don't know if he sings it in any of his films. In other words, Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” day dedicated to Elvis Presley isn't exactly my cup of Hawaiian punch. But for all those Elvis fans out […]

Michael Jackson Kids & Family + Mansion Images & 'This Is It' Rehearsal

Michael Jackson kids and friends at singer's Holmby Hills mansion. Michael Jackson kids and friends image Provided by real estate developer Mohamed Hadid (via, the above photo shows Hadid (left) and his children alongside Michael Jackson and his kids – Michael Joseph Jr. (far left), Paris Michael Katherine (center), and Prince Michael II (front center) – on Nov. 27, '08, at Jackson's Holmby Hills […]

Moscow Film Festival Awards + New Best Song Oscar Rules

Set in a small town in the early 1950s, Nikolai Dostal's Pete on the Way to Heaven revolves around a (somewhat mentally impaired) young man who pretends he's the local traffic inspector much to the amusement of his fellow denizens. Things become serious when an inmate escapes from the local reformatory. 2009 Moscow Film Festival: June 19-28, 2009 Golden Saint George for best film: Pete […]

Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman Tribute + Barbra Streisand & Patti Austin & Melissa Manchester

Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman at 1983 Academy Awards. Songwriters Alan and Marilyn Bergman, among whose compositions are “The Way We Were” and the song score for Yentl, will be the recipients of an Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tribute on Friday, May 29, at 8 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The evening will be hosted by music producer […]

Maurice Jarre: 'Lawrence of Arabia' & 'Doctor Zhivago' Composer Has Died

Maurice Jarre, best known for his Oscar-winning association with David Lean in films such as Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and A Passage to India (1984), died in his sleep on March 28 at his home in Malibu after a brief illness. Some reports claimed that Jarre had cancer. He was 84. Throughout his five-decade career in film and on television Jarre was […]

Séraphine de Senlis Biopic Tops Prix César + Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Movies' Visual Effects Awards

Yolande Moreau in Seraphine. The 2009 César ceremony, held this evening at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, offered a few surprises. (In the U.S. and probably elsewhere, TV5 will be showing the César ceremony this evening.) One of the evening's favorites, Laurent Cantet's Palme d'Or winner The Class, taken from François Begaudeau's book about a teacher trying to cope with unruly students in one […]

Marni Nixon Movies & Classic Film Noir (in Color): Film Forum Screenings

Marni Nixon. Marni Nixon, the voice behind, among others, Deborah Kerr in The King and I and An Affair to Remember, Natalie Wood in West Side Story, and Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, will be honored at New York City's Film Forum on Monday, Feb. 23 at 7:30 pm. Nixon, who turns 79 the day before the tribute, will be present for an onstage […]

Carmen Miranda Turns 100

Carmen Miranda – known as the “Brazilian Bombshell” in the U.S.; as A Pequena Notável (either “The Notable Gal” or “The Notable Little One”) in Brazil – would have turned 100 today. In the clip above, the Portuguese-born, (as Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha, in Marco de Canavezes) Brazilian-raised (in Rio de Janeiro) entertainer can be seen performing, along with the Bando da Lua […]

Sexual Abuse Family Drama Tops Sundance + Alzheimer's & Motherhood + Clark Gable Oscar

Sexual abuse family drama Precious with Gabourey Sidibe: Rare Sundance double winner. Adapted by Geoffrey Fletcher from the novel Push by Sapphire (a.k.a. Ramona Lofton), Lee Daniels' sexual abuse family drama Precious (initially known as Push) stars Brooklyn-born newcomer Gabourey Sidibe as Claireece Precious Jones, a Harlem adolescent who has consistently suffered psychological and sexual abuse at home. As her monstrous mom, TV actress Mo'Nique received the 2009 Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury […]

Maurice Jarre Gets Honorary Golden Bear + Mary Pickford Oscar Sale Blocked

Maurice Jarre to be handed an Honorary Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement at next year's Berlin Film Festival. One of the greatest film composers of the 20th century, Maurice Jarre is best known for his Oscar-winning collaborations with David Lean: Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and A Passage to India – in addition to Lean's Ryan's Daughter. Maurice Jarre to be handed Berlin Film Festival […]

'The 11th Hour' & 'Pete Seeger: The Power of Song': Contemporary Documentaries

The two 1992 Oscar-winning documentaries, Barbara Trent's feature The Panama Deception and Gerardine Wurzburg's short Educating Peter, will be screened as part of "Oscar's Docs, Part Four: Academy Award-Winning Documentaries 1988–1997" on Monday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. (Photo, right: El Chorrillo neighborhood. Image by Julio Cesar Guerra D.) Producer-director Barbara […]

Mick Jagger & Keith Richards & Martin Scorsese + Iranian Filmmaker Mania Akbari Anti-Sexism Documentary Screening

Keith Richards, Variety editor Peter Bart, Martin Scorsese, CEO of Paramount Pictures Brad Grey, and Mick Jagger at the Daily Variety Gotham's 10th Anniversary party on March 30 '08, at Michael's in New York City. Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger Martin Scorsese and Keith Richards Photos: © Joe Kohen / WireImage Mania Akbari's 10 + 4 at the REDCAT “This film reflects my inner experience,” […]

'Falling Slowly' Oscar Controversy Ends + Meet Academy Awards' Film Editors & Art Directors

“Falling Slowly” composers. Following an investigation, “written assurances,” and “detailed chronologies” (see further below), Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová's ballad “Falling Slowly,” from John Carney's Irish romantic musical Once, remains in contention for the 2008 Academy Awards. Winner of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival's Audience Award, Once ran the risk of ending up Oscar nomination-less, as “Falling Slowly” had earned it its only nod. The film now runs the risk of […]

Oscar Best Song Longlist Includes Freedom of Speech Ditty + Two Immigrant Family Dramas Top AFI Awards

Enchanted with Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey (with James Marsden in the background). Three songs from Kevin Lima's romantic fantasy are in the running for the 2008 Best Original Song Academy Award: “So Close,” “That's How You Know,” and “Happy Working Song,” composed by Alan Menken, with lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Best Original Song Oscar longlist: From Loch Ness monsters & fairy princesses to pornography […]

'Saturday Night Fever' Actress Karen Lynn Gorney Today + Mark Isham & Lalo Schifrin Discuss 'The Music Soundtrack'

'Saturday Night Fever' actresses Karen Lynn Gorney and Donna Pescow. Saturday Night Fever actresses Karen Lynn Gorney and Donna Pescow at Academy screening Actresses Karen Lynn Gorney and Donna Pescow, costume designer Patrizia Von Brandenstein, and casting director Shirley Rich were present for an onstage discussion following the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' presentation of the John Badham-directed 1977 box office sensation Saturday […]

Miklós Rózsa Centennial

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a weekend-long centennial salute to 17-time Oscar-nominated Hungarian composer Miklós Rózsa beginning on Friday, August 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The opening evening will be hosted by music critic and historian Jon Burlingame, and will feature an overview of Rózsa's film career, including clips Jungle Book (1942), Spellbound […]

Beyoncé & Melissa Etheridge: Oscar Performers + Dystopian Drama Tops Best Cinematography Award

Beyoncé Knowles, Anika Noni Rose, Jennifer Hudson in Dreamgirls Oscar Performers: Beyoncé Knowles, Melissa Etheridge & James Taylor Oscar telecast producer Laura Ziskin has announced the show's musical performers at the upcoming 2007 Academy Awards. Beyoncé Knowles will perform “Listen” (music by Henry Krieger and Scott Cutler, lyric by Anne Preven), one of three Original Song nominees from the musical Dreamgirls. Jennifer Hudson will be […]

Ennio Morricone: 'Cinema Paradiso' & 'Once Upon a Time in the West' Composer Gets Honorary Oscar

Ennio Morricone began his prolific film scoring career when he was in his early 30s. Among his best-known compositions are those for Sergio Leone's The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) and Once Upon a Time in the West (1968), Dario Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970), Roland Joffé's The Mission (1986), Brian De Palma's The Untouchables (1987), and Giuseppe Tornatore's Cinema […]

Best Song & Visual Effects Oscar Contenders: From Kazakhstan to Sinking Ocean Liner

Best Song Oscar contender from Borat: Sacha Baron Cohen stars in Larry Charles' sleeper hit comedy Borat Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, which features the 2007 Oscar-eligible song “O Kazakhstan.” Another eclectic Best Original Song Oscar longlist: From 'Borat' to Bollywood The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that 56 songs – ranging from “My Little […]

Malcolm Arnold

Malcolm Arnold, reportedly the first British composer to win an Academy Award, died Saturday, Sept. 23, at a hospital in Norfolk county, eastern England, after suffering from a chest infection. Arnold was 84. He won his only Academy Award for scoring the mammoth 1957 Anglo-American David Lean production The Bridge on the River Kwai, which won a total of seven Oscars including Best Picture. According […]

Franz Waxman Tribute

Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA – In celebration of Oscar®-winning composer Franz Waxman's centennial, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will screen the 1941 films Suspicion and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, both featuring Academy Award®-nominated scores composed by Waxman, on Thursday, October 19, at 7 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Hosted by Grammy®-winning conductor John Mauceri, founding director […]

Aurora Miranda Dies: Carmen Miranda Sister Enthralled Donald Duck & Was Fiery 'Phantom Lady' Singer

Aurora Miranda. Carmen Miranda's sister had a long and successful career as a recording artist, but Aurora Miranda was seen in only a handful of films in both Brazil and the United States. Her most memorable big-screen roles were as a temperamental music hall entertainer with a fondness for rrrrrrolling her r's in Robert Siodmak's 1944 film noir Phantom Lady and as a highly stylized […]

'Travelin' Thru' & 'Nobody Jesus But You': Eclectic Best Song Oscar List + Visual Effects Semifinalists

“Travelin' Thru” the Transamerica way. Kevin Zegers and Felicity Huffman star in Duncan Tucker's “family values” road movie Transamerica, which follows a pre-op male-to-female transsexual (Huffman) who becomes acquainted with her gay-porn-star-to-be son (Zegers) as they travel from New York City to Los Angeles. Dolly Parton's “Travelin' Thru” is one of the dozens of highly eclectic contenders for a Best Song Academy Award nomination. Oscar […]

Howard Keel Movies: MGM Musicals 'Kiss Me Kate,' 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'

Howard Keel ca. 1950. Howard Keel movies: 'Show Boat,' 'Kiss Me Kate' Howard Keel, an actor and singer best remembered for his series of Technicolor MGM musicals of the early 1950s, died of complications from colon cancer on Nov. 7, '04, in the Southern California town of Palm Desert. He was 85. Among the best-known Howard Keel movies released by MGM are Show Boat (1951) […]