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  • Writers Guild Looks to Write a Different Ending in Contract Talks

    Once upon a time, Hollywood was the mecca of "income inequality" -- that is, before those two words became dirty. Movie stars put out press releases boasting of their multimillion dollar salaries. MGM's boss, Louis B. Mayer, was proudly the nation's...
  • Why '12 Years a Slave' Is the Most Satisfying Oscar Winner in Years

    PETER DEBRUGE: All is right with the universe. Not sure I felt this way going in, but as it turns out, the Oscar race was all about race. As Ellen DeGeneres joked at the top of the telecast, "Possibility No. 1: '12 Years a Slave' wins best picture....
  • Robert Wagner on Hollywood style, movies and 'Titanic'

    "Moral conduct is imperative; it causes the least problem and leaves fewer regrets," said Jacques Barzun. I think he was quoting the Stoics. SOME OF us had a really high old time at the Y on Lexington at 92 Street this past week. We gathered to hear...
  • Oscar 2014 nominations reflect a sea change in academy's attitude

    Oscar 2014 nominations reflect a sea change in academy's attitude
    If, as has been said, the movie business is like a giant tanker ship that can't change course on a dime, this year's Oscar nominations show an organization in the midst of making that kind of adjustment in direction, moving slowly but steadily from the...
  • Martin Scorsese Heckled? It's Part of a Long Showbiz Tradition

    There are breathless tales on the Internet of an unidentified Academy member reprimanding Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio after a screening of "The Wolf of Wall Street," saying "Shame on you!" This shouldn't come as too much of a surprise -- "Wolf"...
  • 'It Happened One Night' overcame tough odds to become a classic

    Frank Capra's sexy and witty "It Happened One Night" from 1934 is not only the quintessential romantic comedy but the romp was also the first film to win Academy Awards for picture, director, actor, actress and adapted screenplay. It would take 41 years...
  • Frank Sinatra -- he did it ... Ava's way!

    "I don't make people comfortable. But that's what couches are for!" said writer Donna Lynn Hope. Here is one extra tidbit gleaned from the brand new book about the late MGM star Ava Gardner. Writer Peter Evans talked in London with the movie star who has...
  • Preaching Teamwork in Hollywood, Praying It Works

    Showbiz has a long history of onscreen teamwork, from Laurel & Hardy to Brad & Angelina. But in the executive suites, it's been more erratic. The 14-year (and counting) partnership of Gary Newman and Dana Walden at 20th Century Fox TV is all the more...
  • Rise Stevens dies at 99; mezzo soprano sang 'Carmen'

    Rise Stevens, an American mezzo soprano celebrated for her earthy interpretation of "Carmen," whose career also encompassed television and movie appearances alongside matinee idols Bing Crosby and Nelson Eddy, died Wednesdayof natural causes at her home...
  • Esther Williams dies at 91; athletic star of aquatic musicals

    The water, Esther Williams once quipped, was her favorite costar. With her beauty, sunny personality and background as a champion swimmer, Williams shot to stardom in the 1940s in the "aqua musical," an odd sub-genre of films that became an enormous hit...
  • The story of the Oscars

    The story of the Oscars
    While it's true that there's only so much anyone can say about the Oscars, remember it can be said again and again. As a reader (and writer), I know by now that there are 10 abiding Oscar stories. Here they are, all in a single article: The history...
  • How Oscars' fashion show changed through the decades

    How Oscars' fashion show changed through the decades
    The Academy Awards are the biggest fashion runway on the planet. When Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and other stars step out onto the red carpet Sunday, they will be primed to talk as much about what and who they are wearing as about...