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Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood Celebrate Anniversary at McDonald's

14 December 2009 3:05 AM, PST | | See recent news »

As far as anniversaries go, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood must have to be "lovin' it." Brooks, who came out of retirement and officially began his 5-year run of shows at Wynn Las Vegas on Saturday, had a fancy dinner planned to celebrate his 4th anniversary with Yearwood, but suddenly that meal became McDonald’s French fries. "That was our anniversary dinner," he told reporters Friday at Wynn Las Vegas, where - sporting jeans, sweatshirt and a baseball hat - Brooks played an acoustic set Saturday that included his influences (Bob Segar, James Taylor and George Strait) as well as his own songs, »

- Mark Gray

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Tuesday Top Ten: The Best of 1984

16 May 2009 4:13 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

For no reason whatsoever I have declared today 1984 day! It's a 25th Anniversary Jamboree or some such. (Don't ask questions. Just go with it) Herewith a tripled top ten: What the public liked, what Oscar liked, what I liked from the year that was. All movie title links go to their Netflix page in case you're interested in giving them a looksie. First a little historical entertainment context: Vanessa Williams was not starring on Ugly Betty but resigning her Miss America tiara due to nude photos (the more things change...), Ricky Martin was a new member of Menudo, people were just discovering what Madonna looked like on MTV, and Scarlett Johansson was fresh out of the womb.

What Oscar Liked

The Oscar nominees for Best Picture were the Mozart bio Amadeus (11 noms / 8 wins), the legendary David Lean's swan song A Passage to India (11 noms / 2 wins), Roland Joffé's war »


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May Flowers, Kathleen Turner

12 May 2009 8:24 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

May Flowers, weeknights @ 11:00

Kathleen Turner as Joan Wilder. She's a hopeless... no, a hopeful romantic. What a slam dunk star turn that was. And how galling that Romancing the Stone didn't net her an Oscar nomination. It was deglam and glam in one package. Plus it was super fun and Oscar should remember to have fun more often. Fun movies sometimes have more staying power than dutiful prestige pics. Not all the time but why eliminate them because they aren't serious? Screwball comedies were as far from serious as it gets and Oscar didn't hate those.

The Oscar Nominees that year were four previous winners and one breakthrough performer (Judy Davis)

Judy Davis, A Passage to IndiaSally Field, Places in the Heart (winner)

Jessica Lange, CountryVanessa Redgrave, The Bostonians

Sissy Spacek, The River

If I had been giving out my awards back then, the Best Actress list would not have been 60% farm wives. »


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UCLA cinematographer in residence chosen

1 May 2009 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Vilmos Zsigmond has been named Kodak Cinematographer in Residence for the spring quarter at UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television. "McCabe & Mrs. Miller," which he shot, will screen at UCLA's James Bridges Theater on May 11.

"Vilmos Zsigmond overcame seemingly impossible odds to become one of the defining film artists of our times," Professor William McDonald, who inaugurated the program with the support of Kodak in 200, said.

"Leonard Maltin hit the nail on the head when he wrote, 'Recognition for cinematographers in general is long overdue. When it comes to Laszlo Kovacs and Vilmos Zsigmond, it's clear that the American New Wave of the late 1960s and early '70s wouldn't have flowered as it did without them.' "

Zsignmod won an Oscar for "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" in 1978 and has also been nominated for "The Deer Hunter," "The River" and "The Black Dahlia." The American Society of »

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