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Posts Tagged ‘Oscars’

23 Feb. 2017

Oscar Insider Tanya Hart

Tanya Hart is a phenomenon. This celebrated TV Host, Producer, Radio Personality and vocalist is also an Oscar insider. Based in Los Angeles, Hart has covered the coveted celebrity-studded event for over two decades—positing her in rarified air, until late. Though few African Americans have enjoyed this privilege–certainly not as consistently as Hart has–progress is […]

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17 Nov. 2016

TOP PICK, Manchester by the Sea

A masculine emotional masterpiece with heart, brawn and humor—MANCHESTER BY THE SEA is a rare treat and a top pick for 2016. In this latest film from award-winning writer and director Kenneth Lonergan (GANGS OF NEW YORK, ANALYZE THIS), the life of a solitary Boston janitor is transformed when he returns to his hometown to […]

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13 Feb. 2016

More presenters added to Oscars roster

It appears the Academy Awards committee is putting forth a good game face, expanding the roster of participants to reflect more diversity in its actions and perspective–responding to the call for representative ethic inclusion. As such, Oscars® producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin have announced a third slate of presenters for the 88th Oscars telecast. The Oscars, […]

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01 Feb. 2016

Oscars add more presenters, push for diversity continues

Oscars® producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin announced the second slate of presenters for the 88th Oscars telecast. The Oscars, hosted by Chris Rock, will air live Oscar® Sunday, February 28, on ABC. The presenters, including Oscar winners and nominees, are:      Steve Carell, Priyanka Chopra,  Quincy Jones, Byung-hun Lee, Jared Leto, Olivia Munn, Julianne Moore, Margot Robbie, […]

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01 Sep. 2015

Producers announced for Oscars 2016

Emmy®-winning live television producer David Hill @davehil77 and Oscar®-nominated producer-director Reginald Hudlin @reghud will produce the 88th Oscars telecast, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced September 1.  It will be their first involvement with the Academy Awards®, which will air live on the ABC Television Network on Oscar Sunday, February 28, 2016. “We’re delighted to […]

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26 Jan. 2015

Rare look at race in BLACK OR WHITE very well done

It’s been a long time since I’ve been so excited about a film that deals with contemporary race relations in America.  And, I’m not alone.  Following a packed advanced showing of BLACK OR WHITE, starring Oscar winners Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves) and Octavia Spencer (The Help), the audience repeatedly expressed their appreciation and desire […]

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17 Dec. 2014

Chaz Ebert on “Life Itself” and matters of love

Roger Ebert was one of my private heroes—he, through his work, made me believe I could pursue my love of films and entertainment.  I never got to meet him but, it was as if I did, even when catching glimpses from afar. When he passed away (April 2013), I felt as if a longtime friend […]

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12 Dec. 2014

KINKY BOOTS, high stepping til Dec. 28 SF’s Orpheum Theatre

My first introduction to KINKY BOOTS–the acclaimed musical production–was via the 2005 film starring Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave), who delivered a most memorable portrayal as Lola. KINKY BOOTS is the exhilarating Broadway musical, winner of six Tony Awards® including Best Musical, an inspirational story that follows a struggling shoe factory owner […]

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26 Oct. 2013

Chiwetel Ejiofor’s transformation

You may never be the same after seeing the new movie, 12 Years A Slave, based on a true story about a free black man, Solomon Northup, tricked into slavery in the 1800’s. Yes, the story is overwhelming but the bravery and tenacity displayed by Northup delivered via an amazing portrayal by Chiwetel Ejiofor ushered […]

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12 Oct. 2013

Alfre Woodard’s journey

Alfre Woodard’s refining quality, patina for 12 YEARS A SLAVE The new movie “12 Years A Slave” is based on a true story; not for the weak-kneed or those in denial about particularly unkind annals of American life.  Yet this story is one of unflinching resolve, preservation of human dignity and the fight for justice, […]

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