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By Kelly Strodl | February 26, 2007
John Wortmann may not be old enough to see the Oscar-nominated movie "The Departed" for another six years, but that did not dissuade him from dressing as the film's director, Martin Scorsese, for a viewing party Sunday evening at a restaurant in Newport Beach. With his mother Anne Wortmann, 11-year-old John joined a number of locals at the 508 29 restaurant to celebrate the 79th Academy Awards. Guests were invited to dress as their favorite celebrity while viewing the awards on any of the six television sets mounted throughout the restaurant.
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February 25, 2004
Deirdre Newman In the past, Valerie Torelli has hosted events to benefit local nonprofits. On Sunday, an event she designed will have national scope and a dramatic flair. Torelli, who owns Torelli Realty in Costa Mesa, is sponsoring "An Evening With Oscar" to coincide with the 76th annual Academy awards at Troquet Restaurant at South Coast Plaza. The event will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Guild. "I was trying to marry an event with a restaurant with a charity and make it a fun event," Torelli said.
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February 27, 2005
PETER BUFFA "Hooray for Hollywood ... Come on, everybody ... Hooray for Hollywood, that screwy bally-hooey Hollywood, where any office boy or young mechanic can be a panic ... " Whenever you hear that song, you know it is time once again for the Annual "P. Buffa-Oh-My-God-How-Does- He-Know-That" Oscar Picks. Tonight is Hollywood's night of nights, and about 1.5 billion people around the world will be watching. About 1.496 billion of them will have to wait until then to get the news, the scoop, the skinny, the score.
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By Michael Miller | February 28, 2013
For some in Newport-Mesa, the 85th annual Academy Awards telecast may have prompted a three-word response: "Oh, hey, guys. " Within minutes of the show's beginning, William Shatner, who recently brought his one-man show to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, appeared on a massive screen in a sketch with host Seth MacFarlane. "Inocente," which played last month at the Irvine International Film Festival, won for Best Documentary Short. And somewhere in that crowd was Gene Allen, the former Academy president who lives in Newport Beach . Some of those local ties were expected; Allen has been a regular face at the show since the 1950s, and at least one pundit predicted "Inocente's" victory.
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By Michael Miller | January 21, 2013
It's time to play one of our favorite yearly games at Times Community News: Can You Outguess the Features Editor? And no, that's not a rhetorical question. You probably can. Last year, incurable Oscar junkie that I am, I challenged readers to beat my predictions for the top six categories of the Academy Awards: Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. Whatever brazen confidence I may have had going in quickly got erased when two readers guessed five out of six winners correctly, trouncing my meager three of six. As some of my friends know, I'm quite an expert when it comes to Oscar's past.
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March 4, 2005
A lot of old-fashioned tradition was obvious in the final results for this year's Oscar winners. But new host Chris Rock brought a definite cutting edge to the usually bland banter expected of the Master of Ceremonies. He was loud, obnoxious and often mean spirited in his remarks. His low-life humor and strident political comments hardly seemed appropriate for Hollywood's premier showcase event. His gritty performance stands in sharp contrast to Billy Crystal and other previous hosts.
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February 27, 2005
In the United States, we have our patriotic holidays and our religious holidays. Then we have our purely American celebrations that aren't actually holidays, but they might as well be. Sporting events like the Super Bowl come to mind, and, of course, Oscar night. (Although for us on the left coast, it's really Oscar afternoon, since the festivities and the dress parade and the long-winded speeches and the gushing and the tears will begin at 3 p.m.) So, while you are pondering how to mark your ballot at that Oscar party, let the library help you with some Academy Awards trivia to liven up the festivities.
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By Mona Shadia | February 25, 2012
A group of Iranian-American women are making sure Southern California knows an Iranian film has been nominated for an Oscar with a viewing party Sunday. The Iranian American Women Foundation in Orange County is hosting an Oscar-viewing party at 5 p.m. Sunday at PoSch Restaurant in Irvine to celebrate the nomination of "A Separation," Iranian culture and, specifically, the sacrifice and strength of Iranian women, said foundation founder Mariam Khosravani. Irvine has a large Persian-American population.
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October 10, 2007
Felix, a Bengal striped, charcoal silver tabby, and his brother Oscar, orange with tabby markings, are up for adoption. The 5-year-old male cats are declawed and are available until Nov. 1. “Felix is shy and dependent on his outgoing brother Oscar and shadows his every move,” said DiAnna Pfaff-Martin from the Community Animal Network. Named for the characters in the popular play and TV show, “The Odd Couple,” Oscar is the playful one of the pair, while Felix follows in his brother’s paw prints.
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By Howard George | March 10, 2014
Re. " Miller: Not much to be disappointed about on Oscar Sunday, " (March 3): I grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, when watching the Oscars was truly a suspenseful event. Although the Writers Guild, Producers Guild and the Directors Guild were holding award dinners during the years mentioned, they were little known to the general public. Nor did we have those ridiculously self-serving shows such as "Entertainment Tonight" and "Access Hollywood. " One could read about the winners in the Hollywood Reporter, Variety and a handful of major newspapers.
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By Patrice Apodaca | March 7, 2014
When Ellen DeGeneres staged a group selfie with Hollywood stars at the Academy Awards last week, it was widely heralded as a watershed moment. DeGeneres proudly announced that Twitter had momentarily crashed due to a record number of retweets of the image. The frenzied media coverage of the stunt ran from over-the-top praise for its brilliant melding of stodgy Old Hollywood with cutting-edge New Media to consternation over its calculated silliness. Either way, the general conclusion was that it marked a huge evolutionary step in our increasingly connected social-media world.
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By Michael Miller | March 3, 2014
Twenty years ago, film critic Danny Peary released a wonderful book called "Alternate Oscars," which compared his own choices for Best Picture, Actor and Actress to the Academy's for every year from 1928 to 1991. Not surprisingly, he agreed with Best Picture only five times and the other two categories not much more often. The Oscars wouldn't be nearly so much fun if they got it right — in my opinion, or yours, or your neighbor's — the majority of the time. Part of the reason we implant ourselves on the couch once a year is to supply our own commentary and bristle at the Academy's choices.
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By Michael Miller | January 16, 2014
Forget Best Picture, forget Best Director, forget the screenplay and acting categories. On Oscar night, my attention is going to be focused squarely on Best Makeup and Hairstyling. That's the one where "Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa" scored a nomination. Yes, "All Is Lost," that magnificent survival tale starring Robert Redford, and "Before Midnight," Richard Linklater's brilliant meditation on love and middle age, got the same number of nods as a movie with "Jackass" in the title.
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By Michael Miller | April 25, 2013
Much like an Oscar category, they're five highly coveted slots that come once a year. The Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Repertory, which takes place every spring, annually presents five staged readings of plays in addition to its two full productions. (Noah Haidle's "Smokefall" and Beau Willimon's "The Parisian Woman," both playing this weekend, are the full offerings.) The staged readings, which feature actors without costumes or props and sometimes with scripts in hand, spotlight playwrights who run the gamut from newcomers to veterans with distinguished lineage.
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By Bill Spitalnick | March 1, 2013
For what it's worth, the following are my thoughts on what transpired on Oscar night. The common enemy for everything that is included on Oscar night is time. In that inclusion are such items as any and all jokes, whether good or not, all singing and dancing routines, clips from the nominated movies and stars, any special non-typical events, which included a special appearance and song by Barbra Streisand, a James Bond 50-year re-cap, a presentation by First Lady Michelle Obama, acceptance speeches prior to the "Jaws" theme being played, and the one thing that apparently no one has control over — the long-winded, and I'm sure unwanted, commercials.
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By Michael Miller | February 28, 2013
For some in Newport-Mesa, the 85th annual Academy Awards telecast may have prompted a three-word response: "Oh, hey, guys. " Within minutes of the show's beginning, William Shatner, who recently brought his one-man show to the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, appeared on a massive screen in a sketch with host Seth MacFarlane. "Inocente," which played last month at the Irvine International Film Festival, won for Best Documentary Short. And somewhere in that crowd was Gene Allen, the former Academy president who lives in Newport Beach . Some of those local ties were expected; Allen has been a regular face at the show since the 1950s, and at least one pundit predicted "Inocente's" victory.
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By Michael Miller | February 21, 2013
Gene Allen's home on the Balboa Peninsula offers so much to delight the eye that it's easy to hide a small object inside it. Even an Academy Award. The longtime Newport Beach resident, who lives in a condo overlooking the Rhine Channel, doesn't make too much of his Hollywood past - at least in terms of decoration. His studio looks like that of any master painter, with canvases depicting his hometown and Catalina Island hung snugly along the walls. If you visit Allen's abode hoping to see the Oscar, you won't find it on top of a shrine.
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By Steven Short | February 14, 2013
On Feb. 24, the 85th Academy Awards ceremony will take place at the Dolby (formerly Kodak) Theatre in Hollywood. The show has grown considerably from its humble origins in 1929 as a private banquet for 270 guests at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. This year's event is expected to draw around 40 million viewers in the U.S. and will be broadcast live in 200 countries. ABC has announced that commercial time has been sold out at an average price of $1.8 million for a 30-second spot. Film production companies are expecting a big payday also.
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By Michael Miller | January 21, 2013
It's time to play one of our favorite yearly games at Times Community News: Can You Outguess the Features Editor? And no, that's not a rhetorical question. You probably can. Last year, incurable Oscar junkie that I am, I challenged readers to beat my predictions for the top six categories of the Academy Awards: Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. Whatever brazen confidence I may have had going in quickly got erased when two readers guessed five out of six winners correctly, trouncing my meager three of six. As some of my friends know, I'm quite an expert when it comes to Oscar's past.
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