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The Oscar Race Is in Full Swing!

Jay Weston | Posted 11.05.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

In response to a reader who emailed me that 'there is nothing out there to see these days,' I can only refer her to the following list and suggest she start at the top of the list and work her way down. The viewing is fine!

Hollywood Costume Show is Spectacular!

Jay Weston | Posted 10.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

On my living room wall hangs four signed costume sketches by Edith Head which she did for a movie that I produced, W C. Fields and Me, with Rod Steiger and Valerie Perrine.

Lessons From Opera Camp

Karl Romain | Posted 09.23.2014 | Arts
Karl Romain

The art of tai chi and the art of singing share many things -- discipline, regular practice, and an emphasis on the breath. But, what may surprise you, as it did me, is that the breath, as a vehicle for directing energy to the singer's stage presence, was paramount in the success of any stage production.

At Valley Forge, 'Cadets' Earn Complete Education

Cecilia Attias | Posted 09.01.2014 | Education
Cecilia Attias

As secondary school graduation season wraps up across the nation, I am reminded of the outstanding education my son is receiving at Valley Forge Milit...

Searching for Reasons Behind Segregation at Berkeley High

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.10.2014 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Sophie Varon At 8:17 a.m. in the courtyard of Berkeley High School -- four minutes before the first bell rings -- students of all racial, ethni...

Why I Wont Watch 12 Years a Slave

Glen McDaniel | Posted 05.16.2014 | Entertainment
Glen McDaniel

In terms of accuracy and vivid depiction of a real story -- a free man captured and held in slavery for 12 years -- this movie is said to be unparalleled. It is brutally accurate, with vivid heart-wrenching depiction of pain, blood, whippings and cruelty.

Why No One Cares About This Year's Oscars

Marshall Fine | Posted 04.29.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

If anything, the disconnect between the studios and quality films is more pronounced now than it's ever been. Hollywood's solution? Open up more slots in the best-picture category, in hopes of tricking Oscar voters into nominating some box-office hits as well as the arthouse fare that seems to dominate the awards.

Academy Explains Why 'Alone Yet Not Alone' Was Disqualified From The Oscars

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 02.01.2014 | Entertainment

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made a rare move this week when it disqualified "Alone Yet Not Alone," a track from an obscure Christi...

Champagne, the Golden Globe Awards and Idiot Shenanigans

Tony Potts | Posted 03.05.2014 | Entertainment
Tony Potts

During my 20-plus years on TV, I've witnessed my fair share of industry shenanigans. But the movie ads touting Golden Globe Awards winners, even though the winners have yet to be handed out, fall under the "idiot shenanigan" category.

Assault in Academia: My Meeting at RCA, Part 2

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 02.15.2014 | Black Voices
Andre E. Johnson

This first appeared in the Rhetoric Race and Religion blog Click here to read part 1 The first thing that ran through my mind was, "Did I just get ...

Assault in Academia: My Meeting at RCA, Part 1

Andre E. Johnson | Posted 02.05.2014 | Black Voices
Andre E. Johnson

After I restated my position of withdrawing my name again, it happened. Something happened that I could not believe; something happened that shocked me and others who sat near me.

KAWS at PAFA

Craig Carpenter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Craig Carpenter

KAWS, a native of Jersey City, New Jersey, and now residing in the artist enclave of Brooklyn, is known for using pop culture iconography to cause viewers to consider the world around them differently.

Mother Professor/Professor Mother

Marybeth Gasman | Posted 08.21.2013 | Parents
Marybeth Gasman

I think it important that we share the realities of life as a professor with young women, but I don't think we should scare them, set them up for failure or steer them away from a career in academe.

Academy's 'Oscar' Meeting Is Exciting and Informative!

Jay Weston | Posted 07.05.2013 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Hawk revealed that the current rules for Best Picture voting, which can result in from five to ten candidates, will remain in force this year.

Hey, You Made It!

The Huffington Post | Kia Makarechi | Posted 06.29.2012 | Entertainment

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences brings you the Oscars (yep, that's why they're called Academy Awards), and on Friday, the organization...

Silent Films Are All the Rage... Again

Jay Weston | Posted 03.19.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Wings, the first Oscar best-picture winner (and only silent film winner), was the Star Wars or Avatar of its day.

What New Oscar Rules Will Change Everything?

Posted 01.10.2012 | Arts

A controversial new amendment by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is raising some red flags with documentary filmmakers. The Academy an...

A Controversial Suggestion: Eliminate Academy Screeners

Jay Weston | Posted 01.29.2012 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

If the members of the Academy cannot see the film on a regular movie screen, then they should not be able to vote for it. Period.

Family Going Veggie? How To Make Sure They Get The Right Nutrients

Joanna Dolgoff, M.D. | Posted 10.19.2011 | Healthy Living
Joanna Dolgoff, M.D.

While it's been well established that a vegetarian diet can be healthful and adequate in nutrition, children and teens do require age-appropriate intakes of certain nutrients.

Should Oprah Get an Honorary Oscar? Yes!

Jay Weston | Posted 10.05.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

There is a fierce controversy racking Hollywood over the announcement this week that Oprah Winfrey had been selected by the Academy to receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Weight Loss and More, A World Away

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.20.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Some day, ideally, we will convert the world we live in to a place where eating well and being active are the norm for us all.

Sophia Loren Honored at Academy

Jay Weston | Posted 07.06.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

This week, Loren was honored by AMPAS at their Samuel Goldwyn Theatre. What I came away with was how extraordinary a talent this woman was, with a range of performances probably unrivaled in film history.

Who Will Rid the World of Clint Eastwood's Films?

Andy Pemberton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Andy Pemberton

Will Clint's next movie be a musical? A comedy? A noir thriller? No. It will be a literal-minded tale, free from dramatic devices such as irony, metaphor or anything that might make the darn thing interesting.

Kathryn Bigelow: Filmmaker

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Vivian Norris

Bigelow's characters are human beings, every one capable of transgressing simple definitions, forcing us to think deeply about choices we make, and ultimately about human experience and our common "reality."

Academics and Policy

Joseph Nye | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Nye

Aside from economists and scientists, very few academics have been appointed to policy positions in the Obama administration. Does the fault for this gap lie with the academy or the administration?