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The U.S. Postal Service announced Monday that it would be issuing a new stamp commemorating poet Maya Angelou, who died last spring. Following Angelou's death last year, an informal campaign sprung up to get Angelou her own stamp, complete with a petition reading, in part, "Stamps have featured people for their notable accomplishments in the arts. They have included American heroes, but one is missing." "Maya Angelou inspired our nation through a life of advocacy and through her many contributions to the written and spoken word," Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan said in a press statement. "Her wide-ranging achievements as a playwright, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
The night doesn’t end when the final Oscar is handed out. In fact, the party is just getting started as stars and execs exit the Dolby Theater, heading to a flurry of post-awards celebrations, including the Governors Ball, the Vanity Fair Party, Elton John’s AIDS Foundation party and more. See below for an insider timeline of the festivities.
4:00 p.m. Elton John and David Furnish arrive at John’s 23rd annual AIDS Foundation Oscar viewing party. The musician rocks red specs while Furnish shows off golden footwear. The theme of the night is “just straight music,” says John.
- Variety Staff
Joan Rivers was left out of the Oscars' In Memoriam segment. The actress and comedienne died last September aged 81 but was omitted from the annual rollcall of the most notable Hollywood stars who have passed away in the last year during the ceremony on Sunday evening (22.02.15). Kelly Osbourne, who hosted alongside Joan on TV show 'Fashion Police', was left outraged that the late star was ignored. She tweeted her shock at the snub following the section, which featured tributes to Gabriel Garcia Márquez,Maya Angelou, Mickey Rooney, Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall at Los Angeles' Dolby Theater last night. She wrote: ''Am I missing something or was @Joan_Rivers really left out of the #Oscars memorials? (sic)'' Although she was most well known for her TV work, Joan featured in a number of films including 'Rabbit Test', 'The Swimmer', 'The Muppets Take Manhattan', »
Hollywood greats were honored in the Oscars' annual "In Memoriam" reel, but one person's photo was noticeably absent: Joan Rivers. Rivers - who died in September at the age of 81 after she stopped breathing during a throat procedure - was also not included in the recent Grammys memorial. Many know her for her antics on E!'s Fashion Police and the sharp humor in her 2010 documentary Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. But Rivers, per IMDb, boasts 38 acting credits to her name in a career that spans 63 years. She had roles in everything from Spaceballs to Iron Man 3 and »
- Jeff Nelson, @nelson_jeff
The Academy Awards’ “In Memoriam” segment offered an egalitarian salute to a broad range of industry figures who died during the past 12 months.
The segment presented by Meryl Streep gave equal time to Golden Age legends and below-the-line veterans. In a departure from past years, there were no clips for any of the more recognizable names but rather a series of stylized photo illustrations. Academy officials have long urged attendees to avoid giving the impression that the tribute is a popularity contest by holding applause until the end.
The segment opened with Mickey Rooney followed by director Paul Mazursky and was applause-free, as far as telecast viewers could discern, in the Dolby Theater until the final image of director Mike Nichols flashed on screen.
Joan Rivers was a notable omission from the on-air list. The comedian who died at 80 in September had a limited film resume, to be sure, but »
- Cynthia Littleton
Sing it, Jennifer Hudson. The Oscar winner brought down the house at the 2015 Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, where she belted out the tune "I Can't Let Go" from Smash. Swapping her yellow Romona Keveza red carpet dress for a glittery black gown and gorgeous diamond earrings, the 33-year-old stunner sang her heart out on the giant stage, letting her killer vocals steal the spotlight. Meryl Streep introduced the in memoriam segment, which remembered talented actors such as Robin Williams, James Garner, Mickey Rooney, Maya Angelou, Misty Upham and many more. Photos: 2015 Oscars: Instagrams & Twitpics "As we reflect »
The Oscars 2015 In Memoriam segment paid tribute to a lot of late great stars we lost this past year, including Robin Williams, Mike Nichols, Lauren Bacall, Edward Herrmann, Mickey Rooney, and Maya Angelou. At least one familiar face was notably missing, however — that of Joan Rivers, who died in September following complications from an outpatient surgery. Rivers, 81 at the time of her death, never won an Oscar, but was a staple on the red carpet and a legend in Hollywood. She also appeared in [...] »
All the winners from Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards.
Show host Harris signs off with a chirpy, “Buenos noches!”
Sean Penn walks on. It’s time for the big one. Best film. Will it be Birdman or Boyhood? It’s Birdman! The movie ends the night tied with The Grand Budapest Hotel on four Oscars. Inarritu, referring to his pal Alfonso Cuaron who enjoyed success with Gravity at last year’s show, says, “Two Mexicans in a row. That’s suspicious, I guess.” Slightly more seriously, Agi also calls on his fellow Mexicans to help build a strong future for his beloved country. Wow, a good night for Birdman and a surprisingly barren one for Boyhood. Pirates indeed, Ethan Hawke, but glorious pirates.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
ETonline is paying tribute to the stars that passed away in the past year with our "Oscar: In Memoriam" fan art collection. Check out some of the highlights below and check back in on the Et Tumblr page for more.
Photos: In Memoriam: Stars We Lost In 2014
The legendary comedian committed suicide on August 11, 2014.
The inspirational author and poet passed away on May 28, 2014 at age 86.
News: Was Joan Rivers Snubbed in the 2015 GRAMMYs In Memoriam Segment?
The legendary comedian and fashion critic died at age 81 after complications during surgery on September 4, 2014.
The Maverick and Rockford »
The 2015 Grammy Award winners have been coming fast and furious for nearly three hours. That's the strange thing about Grammy night. Almost all of the awards are given out beforehand, so the actual telecast features only a dozen awards (give or take) and a wide assortment of performance. Follow along and join the conversation as I live-blog all of those performances, plus all of the awards, even though I have no real opinions on the inevitable winners and losers. It should be fun! 8:00 p.m. Et. "Madam Secretary" and "The Good Wife" will be back next week! 8:00 p.m. Thank you, LL, for reminding me of the things we were talking about after last year's Grammys. I remember none of those things. 8:01 p.m. "For those about to rap, for those about to sing, for those about to play, we salute you!" LL Cool J says, introducing »
- Daniel Fienberg
A tribute to an underappreciated comedic talent that takes a startling midpoint shift toward much graver material, “Call Me Lucky” is a terrifically engaging surprise. Bobcat Goldthwait’s documentary feature manages to avoid both excessive cronyism and soapboxing as it traverses from a portrait of his professional mentor, influential standup Barry Crimmins, to something that could scarcely be less of a laughing matter. Acclaim is likely to push the pic from the festival circuit into some theatrical play, with cable and other home-format sales a given.
“Call Me Lucky” immediately establishes its subject as a simultaneously nurturing, courageous, intimidating and angry figure who walked away from a degree of national success more than two decades ago. The reasons for that prove very complex. But first, the film focuses on Crimmins’ earlier years as a furiously committed purveyor of comedy — both his own and that of younger hometown acquaintances Goldthwait and »
- Dennis Harvey
Comedians Lena Dunham (Girls), Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project), Jenji Kohan (Orange Is the New Black, Weeds) and Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids, SNL) spoke about women in television and film on Saturday (January 24) at the Serious Ladies panel.
New Yorker television critic Emily Nussbaum guided the panel through such topics as the rise of three-dimensional female characters, the different ways humour can eliminate stereotypes and the importance of sex within a narrative construct. The event was part of the Power Of Story series.
Female-driven series in television
After general references by the panel to the emergence of female-driven television series – Jill Soloway’s recent Golden Globe winner Transparent and Jane Campion’s Sundance 2013 selection Top Of The Lake arose as examples – Kohan turned to viewer demographics.
She cited the film industry’s catering to men aged 18-34 as a reason for the lack of strong female leads and television’s (seemingly) wider target audience for a more diverse »
I am at my second Sundance Film Festival. These are my reviews.
Sundance Film Festival 2015 Reviews
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Director: Liz Garbus
U.S.A., 2014, 102 min., color
Plot (courtesy of Sundance): Classically trained pianist, dive-bar chanteuse, Black Power icon, and legendary recording artist Nina Simone lived a life of brutal honesty, musical genius, and tortured melancholy. This astonishing epic interweaves never-beforeheard recordings and rare footage, creating
an unforgettable portrait of one of our least understood, most beloved artists.
Review: I am not a strong, black woman. Nina Simone definitely was. She was also an activist, a jazz singer, a blues artist, a classically trained pianist, an abused wife, an abusive mother, and one hell of a performer. Perhaps the reason I didn’t fall in love with What Happened, Miss Simone? is because I was never asking the question, “What happened to Nina Simone?” The title is taken from a Maya Angelou poem, »
- Jeff Bayer
Park City, Utah – The 2015 Sundance Film Festival is well underway in Park City, Utah, a snow-adorned mega village where everything looks like ski lodges, even the movie theaters. The festival occurs in a place that transforms for the cause of movies.
Park City’s gymnasiums, libraries, and conference rooms are modified with seats and screens to celebrate the thrill of uniting people in the same darkness ready to experience a film.
Last night was the first day of screenings (though different films were offered), and I viewed two titles of opposing worth, of which is described below. The first is a documentary that should be coming to Netflix in the near future, “What Happened, Miss Simone?” Not long after scarfing down some late dinner in the festival’s Yarrow Hotel (which has turned its conference room into a movie theater essentially), I endeavored into “The Bronze,” an underdog comedy starring »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Liz Garbus' "What Happened, Miss Simone?" begins with footage of Nina Simone taking the stage at the 1976 Montreaux Jazz Festival. It was a performance that simultaneously represented a comeback from self-imposed exile for the iconic chanteuse, but also has been used as an example of the mercurial, erratic and occasionally bizarre work that characterized the middle of Simone's career. Simone stands in front of her piano and takes a prolonged bow. She stares into the audience and seemingly off into space. There's almost no way to read her. Is she embracing the applause? Is she alienated in the spotlight? Is this her dream? Is it her nightmare? It's a perfect prelude to the film's title, which comes from a 1970 Redbook piece by Maya Angelou. That enigmatic opening and the interrogative title lead, somewhat disappointingly, into a rather conventional cradle-to-the-grave documentary. But even if there's a sense that a woman »
- Daniel Fienberg
Park City, Utah - The life and times of Nina Simone were exposed to their bare and brutal roots in new documentary "What Happened, Miss Simone?", which premiered tonight (Jan. 22) at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. But the elegant sting of the late singer/songwriter's musical works continued even after the credits on the Liz Garbus-directed film stopped rolling. Recently crowned Oscar nominee John Legend was on hand to perform a trio of songs from the Simone canon: "Lilac Wine," "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free" and one of his covers staples "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood." Legend called Simone "wonderful, powerful, dynamic" and among one of his favorite artists of all time. He played solo, seated at a grand piano with cascading red curtains behind him, singing with pitch-perfection and restraint -- a gorgeous addendum to the warts-and-all offering that is "What Happened." John Legend »
- Katie Hasty
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