May 8, 2013 |
"Montaro Caine" (Spiegel & Grau), by Sidney Poitier Oscar-winning actor Sidney Poitier's first novel, "Montaro Caine," is a corporate thriller that veers into science fiction as it follows a beleaguered New York CEO on an unexpected quest to secure two mysterious coins that may hold significant scientific and commercial value. The coins first appeared in the hands of two newborn babies that eventually grow up to marry each other. The impending birth of their first child, and its...
April 24, 2013 |
Reports this week that the late Pope John Paul II may be on the verge of sainthood after a second miracle was credited to his intercession aren't a huge surprise: When he died eight years ago, crowds were already clamoring for his canonization, and Pope Benedict XVI quickly waived the usual five-year waiting period to get the process rolling. But the news that Pope Francis, just six weeks on the job, has cleared the way for the long-stalled canonization of martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar...
March 28, 2013 |
Fay Kanin, an Oscar-nominated screenwriter for the 1958 Clark Gable-Doris Day comedy "Teacher's Pet" and former president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, died March 27 at her home in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 95. Her caretaker, Monique West, confirmed the death but did not disclose the cause. In a writing career that spanned more than four decades, Mrs. Kanin penned screenplays for such movies as the 1954 Elizabeth Taylor romantic drama...
March 25, 2013 |
Next year, the Academy Awards will be moved to March for one year only, the Oscars-hosting ABC and the motion picture academy announced Monday. The move to March steers the trophy show clear of the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics, which will be broadcast on NBC. Although there had been some reports that the trophy show would move to a January airdate, ABC and the academy said the show was back to the traditional final Sunday in...
March 1, 2013
Courtland Milloy [" Michelle Obama's Oscars appearance was an unbecoming frivolity ," Metro, Feb. 27] needs to update his views on the current struggles among African Americans and for black women. Yes, we would be nowhere without the strength of the Sojourner Truths and Rosa Parkses of the world. But the struggle has changed, and Mrs. Obama's appearance at the Academy Awards is an example of a key step in the modern struggle. Mr. Milloy seems to argue that only a few activities are worthy of emulation.
February 26, 2013 |
Her dress was white with long, black streaks, a Liancarlo, from a designer based in Miami. His tux was roomy and simple, a Zegna, from the designer based in Rome. But his socks were gaudy burgundy and gold, inspired by a hero from Washington. When Sean Fine and his wife and co-director, Andrea Nix Fine, ascended the Dolby Theatre stage's stairs Sunday to collect the Academy Award for best documentary short for " Inocente ," those burgundy-and-gold socks had the words "no pressure no diamonds"...