Archive for January, 2009

Oscar Nominees List…

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009


Nominees for the 81st Academy Awards


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


Performance by an actor in a leading role

  • Richard Jenkins in “The Visitor” (Overture Films)
  • Frank Langella in “Frost/Nixon” (Universal)
  • Sean Penn in “Milk” (Focus Features)
  • Brad Pitt in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
  • Mickey Rourke in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role

  • Josh Brolin in “Milk” (Focus Features)
  • Robert Downey Jr. in “Tropic Thunder” (DreamWorks, Distributed by DreamWorks/Paramount)
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Heath Ledger in “The Dark Knight” (Warner Bros.)
  • Michael Shannon in “Revolutionary Road” (DreamWorks, Distributed by Paramount Vantage)

Performance by an actress in a leading role

  • Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Angelina Jolie in “Changeling” (Universal)
  • Melissa Leo in “Frozen River” (Sony Pictures Classics)
  • Meryl Streep in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Kate Winslet in “The Reader” (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role

  • Amy Adams in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Penélope Cruz in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (The Weinstein Company)
  • Viola Davis in “Doubt” (Miramax)
  • Taraji P. Henson in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (Paramount and Warner Bros.)
  • Marisa Tomei in “The Wrestler” (Fox Searchlight)


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Academy Award Nominations…

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009


And the Oscar nominees are…



Slumdog Millionaire is one of the five nominated films with 10 nominations


‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ leads all contenders with 13 nods including best actor for Brad Pitt.


By Susan King
Los Angeles Times
January 22, 2009


“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” a fable about a man who ages in reverse, dominated the 81st annual Academy Award nominations this morning, earning 13 nods, including best film, best actor for Brad Pitt and best director for David Fincher.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Ann Sothern’s 100th Birthday…

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

100th Birthday

Ann Sothern


Ann Sothern



née Harriette Arlene Lake


  • BORN: January 22, 1909, Valley City, North Dakota
  • DIED: March 15, 2001, Ketchum, Idaho
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Heart failure
  • BURIAL: Ketchum Cemetery, Ketchum, Idado


 Ann Sothern's grave

( / Gail Powers)



Academy Award Nominations…

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009


Forest Whitaker to Join Academy President Sid Ganis for Oscar® Nominations


Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker (AMPAS)



Beverly Hills, (CA January 20, 2009) — Nominations for the 81st Academy Awards® will be announced on Thursday, January 22, by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Sid Ganis and Oscar-winning actor and Academy member Forest Whitaker.


Ganis and Whitaker will unveil the nominations in 10 of the 24 award categories at a 5:30 a.m. news conference at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where hundreds of media representatives from around the world will be gathered. Nominations information for all categories will be distributed simultaneously to news media in attendance and via the Internet on the official Academy Awards Web site,


In 2006 Whitaker took home the Leading Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Idi Amin in “The Last King of Scotland.” He recently completed work on “My Own Love Song” and will be seen next in “Hurricane Season.” Whitaker is not only an accomplished actor, he is also director of several films, including “First Daughter,” “Hope Floats” and “Waiting to Exhale.” His other acting credits include “Vantage Point,” “The Great Debaters,” “Phenomenon,” “Smoke,” “The Crying Game,” “Bird,” “Good Morning, Vietnam” and “Platoon.”


Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.



Warner Bros. Layoffs…

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009


Warner Bros. to cut 800 jobs




By Claudia Eller
Los Angeles Times
January 20, 2009


Warner Bros. Entertainment is eliminating 800 jobs, or about 10% of its global workforce, becoming the latest media company to take drastic cost-cutting measures amid a deepening recession.   (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Obit: Susanna Foster

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009


Susanna Foster dies at 84; costarred in 1943 version of ‘Phantom’


Susanna Foster

Susanna Foster was offered the lead in “National Velvet” but turned it down because she wanted only singing roles. MGM soon dropped Foster, and the part went instead to the young Elizabeth Taylor.


By Elaine Woo
Los Angeles Times
January 20, 2009


Susanna Foster, a singer and 1940s leading lady whose most famous role was the terrorized prima donna in the first talking version of “Phantom of the Opera,” died Saturday of heart failure at the Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, N.J., according to publicist Dale Olson. She was 84.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)



Vandals Target Walk of Fame…

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009


Actresses’ Hollywood stars targeted by vandals


Olsen Twins-star


Sharon Stone and the Olsen twins have seen their stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame defaced by anti-fur protesters.


The shared star belonging to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, unveiled in April 2004, was vandalised with the words “FUR HAGS!”, while Stone’s marker on the Hollywood Boulevard, which she received in November 1995, is daubed with “OLD FUR HAG!”.


It is not the first time these celebrities have come under fire for wearing fur – campaigners for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) frequently hold protests outside the stars’ signings and public appearances in a bid to rid fur from fashion.



The First Family…

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009


America’s New

First Family


First Family



President Barack Obama



Affirmation of Life Ceremony for Ann Savage…

Monday, January 19th, 2009


Ann Savage


Ann Savage

Ann Savage

(February 19, 1921 – December 25, 2008)



By Allan R. Ellenberger


The affirmation of life ceremony for film noir actress, Ann Savage, was held on Sunday in the chapel of Hollywood Forever Cemetery with interment  in the Beth Olam Mausoleum. Those who spoke included Eddie Muller, writer and founder of the Film Noir Foundation; Arianne Ulmer Cipes, former actress and daughter of director Edgar G. Ulmer [Detour (1945)], and Kent Adamson, filmmaker and Savage’s manager.


Ann Savage memorial program

Memorial program


Eddie Muller and Ann Savage

A recent photo (2005) of Ann Savage and writer, Eddie Muller,
who spoke at today’s memorial (Films in Review)



Selected blessings and prayers from Christian, Jewish and secular writings were read. The ceremony concluded with the annointment of Savage’s urn with Chanel No. 5 — her favorite perfume. Following the service, a procession led guests to the Beth Olam Mausoleum niche where her cremains were placed with those of her husband, Bert D’Armand.


Procession to Ann Savage niche

Processional to the niche in the Hall of Solomon
in the Beth Olam Mausoleum



Ann Savage inurment

Preparation to inter the cremains of Ann Savage



Ann Savage niche

The urns of actress Ann Savage and her husband, Bert D’Armand



Martin Luther King Day…

Monday, January 19th, 2009


Martin Luther King Day!


Martin Luther King


January 15, 1929, Atlanta, Georgia


April 4, 1968, Memphis, Tennessee