The Palatine Public Library District will celebrate the Oscars with an adult program from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14. Join Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire and film historian and novelist Raymond Benson as they discuss their Oscar selections at the library, 700 N. North Court. To sign up, call (847) 358-5881, ext. 167 or visit palatinelibrary.org. … [Read more...] about Gire, Benson to talk Oscars at Palatine library Feb. 14
Last week, State Sens. Oscar Braynon, D-Miami Gardens, and Anitere Flores, R-Miami, apologized for letting their friendship evolve “to a level that (they) deeply regret.” But that doesn’t indicate any broken rules. There are no allegations of sexual harassment or misconduct. If there was an affair, as an anonymous website claimed, it would have been between two adults. So why does it matter? One reason why: the appearance of a conflict of interest for Braynon. Heading into the 2016 election, Braynon was the next Democratic leader in the Senate. That meant it was his job to make Democrats as competitive as possible in as many of the Senate’s 40 districts. He oversaw party money that went into races and helped select viable candidates to challenge Republicans. This should have been a good year for Braynon. It was the first election after the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the Senate districts drawn in 2012 were unconstitutional because they unfairly favored the … [Read more...] about Why the Anitere Flores and Oscar Braynon affair matters to Florida voters
Last year, after the not-so-secret midnight Sundance screening of Jordan Peele's "Get Out," the film's team took an Uber back to Peele's Park City, Utah, hotel room, where they ordered room service and stayed up until dawn reading the over-the-top reactions to the movie on social media. "The energy in that theater was so incredible," producer Sean McKittrick remembers. "Everybody was just giddy to be there and you could feel the audience engaging in the material, exploding at all the right moments. I'll never forget it." McKittrick will also never shake the 2001 Sundance premiere of another one of his films, "Donnie Darko." This one didn't go quite as well. The film was a hot acquisition title - until Harvey Weinstein pulled up in a motorcade of Range Rovers wearing a "Donnie Darko" crew hat. "Everybody left, assuming he had bought the movie," McKittrick remembers. Weinstein hadn't. And the response to the movie's intriguing blend of sci-fi, horror and dark comedy was decidedly mixed. … [Read more...] about You never know with Sundance, but we might be talking about a couple of these movies at next year’s Oscars
Katharine Hepburn holds the record for most acting Academy Awards, but for how long? Here’s a by-the-numbers look at the actors primed to break her run: 4: Number of acting Academy Awards won by Katharine Hepburn (for “Morning Glory,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” “The Lion in Winter,” “On Golden Pond”). 3: Number of living performers who have won three Oscars: Daniel Day-Lewis (“My Left Foot,” “There Will Be Blood,” “Lincoln”), Jack Nicholson (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Terms of Endearment,” “As Good as It Gets”) and Meryl Streep (“Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Sophie’s Choice,” “The Iron Lady”). WATCH: Video Q&A’s from this season’s hottest contenders » 2: Day-Lewis and Streep have shots at tying Hepburn this year, if Day-Lewis is nominated and wins for “Phantom … [Read more...] about This year brings the possibility of two actors tying Katharine Hepburn’s Oscar record
0 View Comments The first major movie awards show of the year was full of surprises.Fan and critic favorites, "The Post," "Get Out" and "Dunkirk," were shut out of not only the Golden Globes best picture awards, but also all categories. Talk turned to whether the best drama winner, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri," is now an Oscar front-runner. But the awards rarely align. While the Globes has two best picture awards, one for drama and one for comedies or musicals, the Academy Awards have one.The shows also have different judges: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, with more than 5,000 members working in entertainment, chooses Oscar winners; the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, of about 90 journalists and photographers, selects the Globes.So don't get on the Oscars bandwagon for "Three Billboards" or "Lady Bird" yet. Here's how Globes have mirrored Academy Awards:Best pictureOnly five of the past 10 Oscar winners won a top Golden Globes for best drama … [Read more...] about How often do Oscars and Golden Globes align?