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White Helmets, grateful for Oscar nod, hope for peace in Syria

Beirut (dpa) – Members of the Syria Civil Defence group, a neutral team of some 3,000 volunteers providing aid to Syria’s rebel-held areas, expressed joy on Monday that a film documenting their work won an Oscar for best short documentary. The 40-minute Netflix film “The White Helmets” tells the stories of the group’s volunteers as […]

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Trump says Hollywood’s obsession with him led to best picture gaffe at the Oscars

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is often loath to accept responsibility when things go wrong, but in the case of Sunday’s Oscars broadcast, he made an exception. As he explained it Monday, it was Hollywood’s obsession with attacking him that contributed to the botched best picture announcement, calling the embarrassing episode “sad,” of course. Accounting […]

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Iranian scientist who accepted Oscar says US is turning away the best and brightest

Former NASA scientist Firouz Naderi has done some pretty amazing things. He helped land a rover on Mars. He searched for signs of life beyond the solar system. But he never thought he’d be standing next to Shirley MacLaine, clutching an Oscar statuette. But that’s exactly what happened Sunday night. Naderi and fellow scientist Anousheh […]

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PricewaterhouseCoopers Apologizes For Oscars Blunder

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the accountancy company that has been counting Oscar ballots since 1935, admitted in a statement that presenters Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway had been given the wrong envelope during the award for best film. “La La Land” producer Fred Berger was already mid-way through his acceptance speech when producer Jordan Horowitz interrupted him […]

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Full list of 2017 Oscar winners

Los Angeles (dpa) – A list of winners at the 89th Academy Awards: Best Picture: “Moonlight” Best Directing: Damien Chazelle – “La La Land” Best Actress: Emma Stone – “La La Land” Best Actor: Casey Affleck – “Manchester by the Sea” Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis – “Fences” Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali – “Moonlight” […]

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‘Moonlight’, not ‘La La Land’, takes top Oscar

After the worst mix-up in Oscar history, “Moonlight” won the Academy Award for best picture at the 89th Academy Awards in Los Angeles — minutes after presenter Warren Beatty mistakenly announced the award for heavily favored “La La Land.” “Even in my dreams this cannot be true, so the hell with dreams” said “Moonlight” director […]

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Jimmy Kimmel blasts Trump as racist in Oscars opener

Jimmy Kimmel opened Sunday’s Academy Awards show by acknowledging the political divide and promptly called President Trump a racist. The host’s opening monologue acknowledged the importance of having a serious conversation with someone who disagrees with you, saying that “if we all do that, we can make America great again.” And then he went there. […]

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What Is Bill Paxton’s Cause Of Death?

Bill Paxton has died. The actor, who starred in CBS’ new “Training Day” reboot, was 61. His loved ones revealed that he died during a surgery. “It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery,” a statement from the family (via People) reads. “A […]

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George ‘The Animal’ Steele, wrestling great, dead at 79

WASHINGTON, February 24, 2017 – First cast as an almost sub-human villain before he later morphed into an oddly lovable character later in his career, bigger-than-life wrestling legend George “The Animal” Steele passed away in Florida on February 16, 2017 at the age of 79. Steele had been under hospice care since the spring of […]

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Hollywood stars condemn Trump at pre-Oscars rally

Hundreds of people including Hollywood stars have held a rally in Beverly Hills ahead of the Oscars on Sunday to denounce President Trump’s immigration policies. It was organised by the United Talent Agency, one of Hollywood’s biggest agencies, replacing its annual Oscar party with what it said was a show of support for freedom of […]

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Alan Colmes, Fox News’ liberal voice, dead at 66

Alan Colmes, the longtime radio host best known as Fox News’s liberal voice on the network’s popular “Hannity & Colmes” show and later as a Fox commentator, has died at the age of 66 after a brief illness, Fox News reported Thursday morning. “When Alan and I started ‘Hannity & Colmes,’ there wasn’t a day […]

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The Wandering Review: Oscar Predictions 2017

By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO−It’s always risky to prognosticate the winners of the Academy Awards.  While the nominees usually exemplify excellent filmmaking, which ones will garner the gold statuettes often reflect contemporary politics, personality issues, and studio lobbying.  My predictions are based more on monitoring entertainment and trade publications than on my own tastes. BEST […]

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The ‘Body and Soul’ of American jazz

“There’s no bum like a ‘pretty good artist’ and I think you’re ‘pretty good.’” –Johnny Green’s father By Eric George Tauber LA JOLLA, California –The 2017 San Diego Jewish Film Festival has come and gone. With eighty different screenings at five venues –with filmmakers traveling from as far as Hungary and Israel- and selling more […]

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Steven Spielberg’s mother passes away

Leah Alder, the mother of world famous filmmaker Steven Spielberg, passed away Tuesday in Los Angeles at the age of 97, Adler, born in Cincinnati to Jennie and Philip Posner, was raised in an observant Jewish household. She married Arnold Spielberg in 1945 and had four children: Steven, Anne, Sue, and Nancy. As an Orthodox […]

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