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After holding the party at a private residence in Beverly Hills for at least the last 15 years, the Society of Composers & Lyricists took their pre-Oscar champagne reception to West Hollywood’s cavernous La Boheme restaurant on Saturday, and the size of the turnout grew exponentially to fit the larger space.
Some of the usual suspects were there, including perennial bridesmaids Alexandre Desplat, whose score nominations for “The Imitation Game” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” give him eight in about as many years, and seven-time song nominee Diane Warren (“Grateful,” from “Beyond the Lights”), who tried, in vain, to avoid the word “awesome” in her remarks lest she plug her competition — Shawn Patterson of “Everything Is Awesome” fame (“The Lego Movie”).
But it was the Oscar rookies, many of them attending the Scl shindig for the first time, who far outnumbered the wily vets among the honorees. Patterson called a number »
- Steve Chagollan
Paddington is an instant family classic, and will likely defy the expectations of those expecting another live-action CGI hybrid such as Scooby Doo, The Smurfs or Yogi Bear. Director Paul King is able to take the story of a young Peruvian bear known worldwide, and turn it into a unique and charming experience unlike anything seen before. It truly is a special little film, and it will surely continue to find an audience well after it leaves theaters. Its the type of movie that is impossible to hate on any level.
The movie follows Paddington as he travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined, until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck ('Please look after this bear. Thank you.') and offer him a temporary haven. »
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