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Mixer: Hollywood’s diversity problem

Posted February 20, 2015 by | 30 Comments | ]
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This Sunday, hundreds of millions of people around the world will gather at their sets to watch stars walk the red carpet, and then award each other with golden trophies.
It’s an annual tradition, but one thing you won’t see this year is a lot of diversity. In fact, the last time there were this few Oscar nominees of color was in 1998.
The Washington Post even had …

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Mixer: Bits & Flicks, and the money they make and take

Posted March 7, 2014 by | 0 Comments | ]
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The man who reportedly created Bitcoin is 64 year-old Satoshi Nakamoto.
Newsweek magazine says he lives in a house in Temple City, with his mother, and has a $400 million fortune thanks to the virtual currency.
But then, Nakamoto gave the Associated Press a two-hour interview yesterday claiming that he is NOT the creator of Bitcoin, adding further mystery to the story of how the world’s most popular digital currency came …

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What’s on the 2014 Oscar menu?

Posted February 28, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]

Good Food got the rundown on this Sunday’s Oscar menu, and it sounds pretty good! From Good Food:
Per tradition, the 86th annual Academy Awards will be catered by none other than Wolfgang Puck. The chef and restauranteur, a celebrity himself, has been catering the affair for the past twenty years.
Although the atmosphere may have become more casual, putting together the after-party is no small feat. …

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Look for ‘stunningly conventional’ gowns at Sunday’s Oscars

Posted February 28, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]

This comes from our friends over at DnA:
The Oscars are this Sunday. And you can expect the usual breathless media coverage of the red carpet arrivals. But just how thrilling will they be? Not very, says Simon Doonan, who cautions that we shouldn’t expect any fashion surprises like Bjork showing up in a swan dress  or Cher in a diaphanous Bob Mackie outfit, as in yesteryear’s Academy …

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KCRW’s Oscar interviews

Posted February 28, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]
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The Academy Awards are Sunday, and the 2014 season has been a landmark year for film. Many of the potential award winners have come through the KCRW studios. We’ve compiled the full list of nominated filmmakers who have appeared on The Business with Kim Masters and Elvis Mitchell’s The Treatment.
More Oscar coverage here
 Here are some highlights:
12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen told The Business contributor John …

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5 things we learned from Oscar expert Dave Karger and Elvis Mitchell on The Treatment

Posted February 27, 2014 by | 2 Comments | ]

Self-professed ‘Oscar nerd’ Dave Karger hosts Fandango FrontRunners, and serves as the official ‘Oscar expert’ for shows like Access Hollywood, E! and TODAY. This week on KCRW’s The Treatment, he and host Elvis Mitchell dish on the most interesting stories coming out of this year’s Academy Awards:

1. “Oscar-nominated” is not always synonymous with “good,” and vice versa.

Inside Llewyn Davis was a favorite among cinephiles …

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Inside the $80,000 ‘Everyone Wins’ Oscar gift bag

Posted February 26, 2014 by | 12 Comments | ]

The day after the Academy Awards ceremony, 21 lucky losers will receive gift bags made by Distinctive Assets, a company founded by the enthusiastic Lash Fary– a man sometimes referred to as “The Gift Fairy.”  They call them the “Everyone Wins” gift bags, though in truth, only the host– who this year is Ellen Degeneres– and the 20 Oscar-nominated directors, actors and actresses who …

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‘Gravity’ and ‘American Hustle’ lead Oscar hopefuls

Posted January 16, 2014 by | 1 Comment | ]

“American Hustle” and “Gravity” cemented their Oscar frontrunner status with 10 Academy Award nominations apiece, including nods for best picture and best director. “12 Years a Slave” was also nominated in those categories, and received a total of nine nominations. There were nine films nominated for best picture this year, one short of the maximum. In addition the aforementioned trio, the nominees are “Philomena,” …

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