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Cinematheque honors Samuel L. Jackson

2 December 2008 10:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

There probably never have been so many expletives used to show appreciation at an awards show as there were at the 23rd annual American Cinematheque Awards, which honored Samuel L. Jackson.

From Justin Timberlake to George Lopez and Andy Garcia to Sharon Stone, the F-bomb and the longform version of "mofo" were tossed around like chicken feed Monday night as the town celebrated the actor whose name has become synonymous with "badass."

The honoree, when the time came to accept the award from presenter George Lucas, was more pensive and measured by comparison. Jackson talked about how much the experience of going to the movies meant to him, when he would catch Saturday double features in a segregated theater in his hometown of Chattanooga, Tenn., and how important he thinks the Cinematheque's work is in promoting the social side of filmmaking.

"I felt a bond with everyone in that theater, »

- By Borys Kit

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'Luna' shines at Imagen nods

21 August 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Los estrellas were out in force Thursday night for the 23rd annual Imagen Awards as the tiny drama "La Misma Luna" dominated with five awards, including best picture.

Such Latino luminaries as John Leguizamo, Jimmy Smits, Edward James Olmos, Lupe Ontiveros, Eva La Rue and Cesar Millan were in attendance at the Beverly Hilton as 18 awards were handed out for achievement in features and television.

"Luna," written by executive producer Ligiah Villalobos. won five Imagens on the feature side: best actor for Adrian Alonso, best actress for Kate Del Castillo, best supporting actor for Eugenio Derbez, best director for Patricia Riggin and best picture. The film set a record for North American opening by a Spanish-language film when Fox Searchlight and the Weinstein Co. released it in March.

The TV awards were more widely dispersed, with ABC's "Ugly Betty" collecting honors for best primetime program and best supporting actor for Tony Plana. »

- By Jay A. Fernandez

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