Oscars 2018: Gary Oldman wins Best Actor for Darkest Hour, Frances McDormand wins Best Actress and Shape of Water gets Best Picture

5 March 2018 • 5:31am Oscars 2018: full list of winners Guillermo Del Toro's The Shape of Water wins Best Picture and Del Toro also gets Best Director Frances McDormand wins Best Actress for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri​ Gary Oldman wins Best Actor - "the only dull moment in a thrillingly unpredictable career" Oscars 2018: Harvey Weinstein's accusers and Me Too pins rule the red carpet ​ Guillermo Del Toro's science fiction romance The Shape of Water has won the Academy Award for Best Picture at tonight's awards, with Mexican Del Toro also netting the Oscar for Best Director. The film, which was nominated for 13 awards in total, also won in the Best Production Design and Best Original Score categories. Gary Oldman won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Winston Churchill in the Second World War drama Darkest Hour, while the Academy Award for Best Actress was claimed by Frances McDormand, for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri​. Get Out fans had something to celebrate after Jordan Peele's fiercely topical horror film claimed the award for Best Original Screenplay. Best Adapted Screenplay, meanwhile, was claimed by Call Me By Your Name, making its writer James Ivory, who is 89, the oldest-ever winner of  a competitive Oscar. The first award of the night, Best Supporting Actor, went to Sam Rockwell for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. First-time nominee Allison Janney would later win Best Supporting Actress for her role in I, Tonya.  Other winners included Blade Runner 2049, which won awards for Cinematography and Best Visual Effects, Pixar's Coco, which won Best Animated Feature, and Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk, which claimed awards for Best Editing, Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. Before the awards giving commenced, Jimmy Kimmel's opening monologue poked fun at last year's infamous Continue Reading

The Killer-Nanny Novel That Conquered France

Audio: Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone. A year ago, I picked up a book, “Chanson Douce,” that I’ve thought about pretty much every day since. I was initially drawn to it because I’d read that its author, Leïla Slimani, had been inspired by a news item about a New York nanny who killed the two children in her care. The murders happened in 2012, but I remembered them in all their excruciating particulars: that the mother had been at a swimming lesson with a third sibling; that they came home and found the boy and the girl bleeding in the bathtub; that the nanny, who tried to slit her own throat, said she was upset at having been asked to take on cleaning duties; that the couple has since had two more kids. Once in a while, someone else’s misery penetrates the carapace of self-absorption under which you scuttle around and gets deep into you. Feeling somehow protective of the story, I was both beguiled and a little shocked by Slimani’s audacity in laying claim to it. Slimani had just won the Goncourt, France’s most prestigious literary prize, which counts among its laureates Proust and Malraux. “Usually, the Goncourt Academy rewards books of the past,” the president of the jury had declared. “This year, we elect a book that speaks of the present, of the everyday and of its problems, such as the question of delegating authority and love to a person outside the family. Many will recognize themselves in this book.” The Goncourt has, more often than not, gone to a middle-aged white man, and so the committee had also broken from history in consecrating Slimani as the face of French literature. At thirty-five, she was the second Moroccan and the twelfth woman to receive the award (and the first to do so four months pregnant). “Chanson Douce,” her second novel, sold six hundred thousand copies in its first year of publication, making Continue Reading

The most hated players in every MLB franchise

On Saturday night, Major League Baseball found a new villain in Chase Utley. With the slide seen 'round the world, the Dodgers second baseman broke Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada's leg, ending his season, and started a weekend-long discussion about the legality of dirty slides. Utley was suspended for two games, but will appeal the ruling, meaning he could still appear in Monday night's game. MANFRED: MLB OPEN TO RULE CHANGE ON SLIDES LIKE UTLEY'S The bad boys of baseball have been a staple for decades, from the 1990 Cincinnati Reds Nasty Boys to the Bronx Zoo, the nickname for the New York Yankees of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Every team has one. Here they are: Los Angeles Angels: Josh Hamilton Outfielder Josh Hamilton is a cautionary tale in addiction: his drug addiction cost him almost three years of baseball from 2003 to 2006. From 2008 to 2012, he was a hero for the Rangers, but moved to enemy territory when he signed with the intra-division rivals Angels in 2013. In February, news broke that Hamilton had relapsed. He wasn’t suspended, but Angels owner Arte Moreno made it quite clear that he was no longer welcome in Los Angeles. Houston Astros: Mark Lemongello Most Astros players don’t become famous (or infamous) until they’ve left Houston, but Lemongello is a special exception. A Jersey City native, the pitcher was known for his physical outbursts, which frequently manifested in him slapping himself in the face after a bad inning. Upon being traded to the Blue Jays in 1978, he asked if Canadians “spoke American” and spent just half a year in the majors with Toronto. In 1982, three years after retiring, Lemongello and a former teammate were arrested for the kidnapping and robbery of his cousins. Lemongello pleaded no contest and served seven years probation. Oakland Athletics: Jose Canseco Most of the outfielder and DH’s problems came off the field, especially the Continue Reading

Fall Movie Preview: Autumn brings Oscar hopefuls, thrillers and comedies

With autumn comes potential Oscar hopefuls, tour-de-force performances, and more dystopian young adult fantasies. Early fall is filled with escapist fare, like the YA adaptation “The Maze Runner.” David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” seems to have staked out the sole serious spot in early October. “Fury,” with Brad Pitt as a World War II tank commander, has got a choice November spot; meanwhile, the comedy “Dumb and Dumber To” has late November to itself — which looks to be a smart move, given the season’s traditional lack of yuks. After the fall film festivals in Telluride, Toronto and New York, the real Oscar race will begin. In the meantime, juicy fare like Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater,” about an abduction in Iran in 2009, and Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” will be staking out their spots on the must-see list. There’s also the final film that stars James Gandolfini (“The Drop”), the animated introduction of a new protagonist (“Big Hero 6”), a former hero gone to seed (“Birdman”) and a boy named Alexander who has a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Looks like it’ll be a terrific, really good, very cool fall. ------------------------------------ SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR (Aug. 22) The 2005 graphic novel-esque noir “Sin City” merged high style with sultry substance. This second dip into sin features Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Brolin and returnee Mickey Rourke joining to-die-for dames Jessica Alba, Eva Green and Rosario Dawson, Sorry, but any city with all these hotties can’t be bad. IF I STAY (Aug. 22) A comatose music student (Chloe Grace Moretz) is strung between life and death after an accident, and must decide which way to go in one more morbid YA adaptation. What ever happened to chilling out and watching Continue Reading

October concerts in Phoenix: Arizona State Fair, Disturbed, Kongos

The Arizona State Fair brings Flaming Lips, Slayer and Iggy Azalea to town in a month that also features concerts by the likes of Sia, Mumford & Sons, Florida Georgia Line, Disturbed, R. Kelly, Keith Urban, Stevie Nicks and Five Finger Death Punch. Meanwhile, local music fans should be packing their camping supplies for the annual Apache Lake Music Festival. And Jimmy Eat World will be topping the bill at the 93.3 Alt AZ Zombie Prom.Crossfade LAB welcomes Dominican-born writer/composer/performance artist Rita Indiana and the Tucson-based desert-rock legends Calexico, in conversation with writer and cultural critic Josh Kun. As to what that conversation may entail, the event announcement says, "these artists have paid keen attention to issues of national tradition and the borders of identity, while delving into the roles of mythology, popular culture, and cultural heritage in how everyday people survive and thrive amidst precarious conditions." And stick around after as Crescent Ballroom throws itself a well-deserved fifth-anniversary party with DJ Dirtyverbs, DJ Musa Mind and Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra.Details: 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $10. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.The five-time Grammy nominee is bringing her Nostalgic for the Present Tour to Phoenix with two great support acts – Miguel and AlunaGeorge. Her performances earlier this year at Coachella  were heralded as “one of the greatest moments in Coachella’s 17-year history” by Yahoo! Music and "freakin’ legendary" enough to "blow your goddamn mind” by Buzzfeed. Her first arena tour is in support of her latest album, "This is Acting," which has pulled in raves from Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, the New York Times and the New Yorker, whose reviewer described it as “the Platonic ideal of a modern pop Continue Reading

Phoenix local music picks for March 2017: Roger Clyne, International Pop Overthrow, No Volcano, Chandler Jazz

There are major festivals packed with local talent in a month that also brings release shows from the likes of Strange Lot, Sundressed, What's the Big Idea? and Zero Degrees North. Plus, Valley favorites Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers are set to rock the Pool at Talking Stick Resort and Pho Cao is hosting a 10th anniversary for Dani's Diner on KWSS-FM.The two-day festival celebrates folk music, its culture and history, with more than 400 performers taking the stage. Hear folk and bluegrass music, along with cowboy poetry and storytelling. A hands-on workshop, vendors and a cultural program will also be part of the day.Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, March 18-19. Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area, 9802 N. 59th Ave., Glendale. Free. 623-930-4201, glendaleaz.com. — Tynin FriesThese guys have been at it for 20-odd years. And by “it,” I mean the long strange trip that is being a Grateful Dead tribute act, using the same sonic template as the Dead with two drummers, a keyboardist and what they call a “Phil, Bob and Jerry.” How well have they managed to capture the musical essence of the Dead? In 2011, guitarist Dave Hebert was tapped by Jerry Garcia's longtime keyboardist Melvin Seals to be the lead guitarist and singer of the Jerry Garcia Band (JGB Band), taking his role as a Jerry to its logical conclusion. JGB's Zach Nugent will be joining in the jam at this benefit for Let's Be Better Humans, a group that works with at-risk teens.Details: 8 p.m. Friday, March 24. The Pressroom, 441 W. Madison St., Phoenix. $15. 602-396-7136, thepressroomaz.com.Alternative rockers Sunset Voodoo have put together a four-band "Quadraphoenix" compilation disc with the Hourglass Cats, the Sink Or Swim and the Real Fits. All four bands are playing the release show, which features both canvas and digital artists to "create an engaging and interactive multi-media experience." They'll also Continue Reading

Phoenix concert news: Tony Bennett postponed, Goldrush Festival, Shakira, Lorde, AZ Music Hall of Fame

Tony Bennett's Celebrity Theatre date has been rescheduled from July 11 to Thursday, Dec. 7, due to "unforeseen scheduling conflicts."Bennett's management regrets any inconvenience this may cause fans of the 19-time Grammy winner who looks forward to performing in Phoenix in December.All tickets purchased for the July 11 show will be honored at the 7:30 p.m. show on Dec. 7. Refunds are available at point of purchase. Tickets ($72 and $132) are on sale for the show now slated for Dec. 7 at the Celebrity Theatre Box office or online at celebritytheatre.com.  All tickets are subject to facility and ticketing surcharges. All ages welcome.Relentless Beats’ Goldrush Music Festival will bring a mix of EDM and hip-hop acts, including Dillon Francis, Lil Uzi Vert, Snow tha Product, Marshmello, Ugly God, Rich Chigga and the Underachievers, to Rawhide the weekend of Nov.18-19.Also playing: Injury Reserve Shiba San, Mija, Keys N Krates, GG Magree, Rezz, Malaa, Drezo, Al Grime, Smokepurpp, Hippie Sabotage, Oona Dahl, Walker & Royce, Sonny Fodera and San Holo.Goldrush will feature four stages with more than 50 national acts with Rawhide Western Town as a backdrop.Presales are available now for $99 general admission and $219 VIP at seetickets.us.Shakira brings her El Dorado World Tour to Talking Stick Resort Arena on Saturday, Feb. 3.Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 30, but there are plenty of presales you can take advantage of.There’s a Citi presale from 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 27, to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 29, and a Viber presale beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 28. Live Nation also has a presale starting at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 29.The tour is in support of “El Dorado,” which topped the Billboard Latin charts in early June, topping the iTunes charts in 37 countries.The 12-time Grammy winner has issued a statement that says, “Thank you all so much for listening to my Continue Reading

Voice of the People for October 13, 2011

Don't blame the bullfight victim Manhattan: "Horror in the bullring" (Oct. 9) uses the words "savagely" and "brutally" in describing the bull's actions against the matador. Do you understand that that bull was fighting for its life after being repeatedly attacked by the matador and his accomplices? Those weren't party streamers sticking out of the poor bull's back. They were blades. The ones exhibiting savage and brutal behavior were the animal torturers. The bull responded as any of us would if similarly attacked. The coward with the cape and sword merely got what he deserved - or at least a fraction of it. Bob Pomilla Closter, N.J.: I'm guessing that the "horror in the bullring" you're referring to is the matador being gored by the bull. I think the real horror is putting that animal in a ring, baiting him and then stabbing him in the back. That's entertainment? Stefanie Rosner What America looks like Brooklyn: Re "Reality bites OWS" (editorial, Oct. 7): It isn't the demonstrators' job to come up with pragmatic policies. Their job is to let the government know how everyday nonrich people feel about what's going on. Let those who are paid to come up with plans for creating jobs and regulating business do it - instead of fighting with each other and putting down our President. Edith Springer We, the people Huntington Station, L.I.: Josh Barro dismisses the Occupy Wall Street movement for having an unclear set of policy goals ("What do they want? When do they want it?" Op-Ed, Oct. 9). Unlike the Tea Party, OWS represents a broad spectrum of Americans - with different political views, education levels, races and religions. Those who believe the movement is inchoate miss the overarching message: The 99% refuse to be ignored. Christina Ahlsen You are the 99% Brooklyn: To Voicer Jack Hughes: Have you ever received school loans, mortgages backed by the government, drugs from tax-funded research, food raised Continue Reading

The Susan Boyle story: If only she could freeze-frame this moment

If the world wants Susan Boyle's story to forever remain as soaring and inspiring as it feels on the video clip that more than 200 million people have watched, we need to move in right now and freeze-frame that moment. Boyle's audition for "Britain's Got Talent," where she sang "I Dreamed a Dream," was a moment of pure unblemished exuberance. This ordinary middle-aged woman in an ordinary dress, unknown outside her small village in Scotland, catapulted herself in five minutes onto an international stage ordinarily reserved for those who meet a carefully promoted standard of elegance and glamour. It's no mystery to anyone who watches that video clip how Susan Boyle made hundreds of millions of people just plain feel good. But no triumph comes without a cost, and for Boyle, part of the price is having her life suddenly peeled back, while just as suddenly having no idea where it will go from here. Her life was not, it turns out, such a happy story before, and there are many ways it could become a troubling story again. Which is why the only way to ensure that one moment remains uncompromised would be to erase all the time before and stop all the time after. That's just how life works, a fact of which Susan Boyle is well aware. She was born June 15, 1961, in the small Scottish town of Blackburn, West Lothian, and brought home to the modest "council house" where she lives today. She says she still sleeps in the same room. Her parents were Irish Catholics who moved to Scotland so her father Patrick could work as a storeman at the British Leyland factory. Her mother Bridget was a shorthand typist, but spent much of her time at home raising 10 children – six boys, four girls. Her mother was 47 when Susan was born, six years after her next-youngest sibling George. A difficult birth left Susan briefly deprived of oxygen, leaving her with a learning disability. In the whirlwind of interviews she has given since her "Talent" audition aired in Britain Continue Reading

Everything you need to know about Oscar 2008

As Ellen Page's Juno MacGuff might say: An Academy Awards show without stars? Honest to blog?! Tuesday's Oscar nominations highlighted the industry's annual best of the best - yet the current Writer's Guild of America strike is looming like Javier Bardem with a compressed-air gun. If the strike is still going by the Feb. 24 award date, stars will not attend out of solidarity with the scribes. But movie fans, fear not. Even if the writers are picketing, the producers of the Oscarcast plan to air a glam-free televised show on ABC. The program - at this point still to be hosted by Jon Stewart - would be heavy on clips from nominated films and performances, including the Best Picture nominees: the teen-pregnancy wisecracker "Juno," the oilman saga "There Will Be Blood," the cowpoke-and-killers western "No Country for Old Men," the British love-and-loss drama "Atonement" and the company-killer thriller "Michael Clayton." No matter what form the Oscars take (and the studios and writers are talking again, at least informally), for addicts the next five weeks will be like a mashup of the "American Idol" finale, the Giants in the Super Bowl and the presidential primaries: 34 days of guessing, betting, arguing and praying. To help you fling some knowledge around at dinner parties or in line at the multiplex, we've compiled everything you need to know about some of the bigger 2008 Oscar nominees. BEST PICTURE If "Juno" were to win, it would be the first comedy to win since "Shakespeare in Love" in 1999. Its real lineage, however, is the comedy winner before that - Woody Allen's 1977 "Annie Hall," a quirky title heroine who spawns catch phrases. If "Michael Clayton" wins, it would be the latest first-and-last-name title to join the ranks of previous Best Pictures "Forrest Gump" (1994), "Annie Hall" (1977) and "Tom Jones" (1963). "No Country for Old Men" is based on a Cormac McCarthy novel published in 2005. The toe-curlingly creepy killer played by Continue Reading