4 items from 2015
The fourth season of "Homeland" surprised many fans by concluding with a quiet finale that was more about emotional revelations for Claire Danes' Carrie Mathison and less about roller coaster action set pieces. On the red (or purple) carpet for Friday (March 6) night's PaleyFest opener, I asked several "Homeland" principals about the impact of those quiet moments going forward, while Danes reflected on the new status quo in a big group scrum. "We really have never seen her be relatively normal and social," Danes told reporters, adding that, "The writers are relentless in redefining the show every season." For producer Meredith Stiehm, long known as The Carrie Whisperer and the writer of the finale, it was a pleasure to delve into Carrie's psyche in the finale and also to honor the passing of her father (and, in the process, the late James Rebhorn). But how long, I asked Stiehm, »
- Daniel Fienberg
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
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)
Former Warner Bros. executive Sandy Reisenbach has died after battling a “lengthy illness,” the studio confirmed on Wednesday. He was 82.
“Sandy was a good friend and helped me immensely when I joined the company in 1994,” Kevin Tsujihara, studo Chairman and CEO, said in a statement.
See photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2014 (Photos)
“He was always incredibly generous with his time and expertise — not just with me, but with everyone. Sandy’s legacy lives on today at Warner Bros. and across the industry through the countless executives he helped mentor and the many careers he helped shape over the years. »
- Matt Donnelly
4 items from 2015
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