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Things must be getting serious between are-they-or-aren't-they couple Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto. Today, photographer Terry Richardson posted a pic of himself with his old pal Jared - along with Lupita, wishing her luck at the Oscars tomorrow.
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CHICAGO -- The stars of the Chicago Blackhawks didn't let a little snow stop them from putting on a show at Soldier Field.
Captain Jonathan Toews had a highlight-reel goal among his three points, Patrick Kane set up another and the Blackhawks defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-1 in a Coors Light 2014 NHL Stadium Series game Saturday night in front of 62,921 at the home of the NFL's Chicago Bears.
The snow began a couple of hours before puck drop at the stadium a few hundred feet from the Lake Michigan shore and did not stop. The precipitation was heavy early in the game and for a stretch during the second period.
Large quantities were shoveled off the playing surface during stoppages of play, and long passes along the ice left trails in their wake, but the Blackhawks did not appear troubled by the conditions. Chicago asserted its might early in this contest and did not relent until the three-goal lead was secured.
The victory pushed the Blackhawks ahead of the St. Louis Blues by two points in the Central Division, though the team that just acquired goaltender Ryan Miller and forward Steve Ott has three games in hand. Miller will make his Blues debut Sunday against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Pittsburgh has now lost two straight since the NHL returned from a break for the 2014 Sochi Olympics and three overall, but remains comfortably in front of the Metropolitan Division and Eastern Conference. Missing several key players because of injury has been a theme for much of this season, but the Penguins looked like a team that was missing its top two defensemen and a first-line forward against the deep and talented Blackhawks.
Patrick Sharp gave the Blackhawks the lead at 15:35 of the opening period. Toews sent a pass from behind the Pittsburgh net to Sharp in the right circle, and he snapped a shot into the top left corner of the net for his 29th goal of the season.
Toews made it a 2-0 lead midway through the second period with possibly the prettiest goal scored in an NHL outdoor game. The Blackhawks captain collected the puck at center ice and blew past Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik with a backhand-forehand deke before slipping a backhanded shot through goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury's legs for his 20th goal of the campaign.
Shortly after the Penguins' best shift of the first two periods, the Blackhawks scored a counter-punch goal to make it 3-0. Pittsburgh had an extended shift in the offensive zone, and seconds later were pushing again but caught with too many players in deep.
The Blackhawks collected the puck and went the other way on a 3-on-1 break. Kane carried it into the offensive zone and waited for Kris Versteeg to reach the far post before feathering a pass to the blade of his stick for a lay-up at 16:43 of the second.
Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook put the puck in his own net to but the Blackhawks' lead to 3-1 at 6:21 of the final period. Pittsburgh forward James Neal backhanded the puck from the side of the net, and Seabrook swept it into his own net instead of to the corner like he intended. Neal was credited with his 22nd goal of the season.
Bryan Bickell restored the three-goal advantage and ended any doubt at 13:57 of the third. Pittsburgh native Brandon Saad fed Bickell with a pass on a 2-on-1 break, and while Fleury stopped his first attempt, the big forward was able to stuff his second attempt under the goaltender for his ninth of the season.
Toews added the final tally on another 2-on-1. Sharp sent him a pass and Toews' shot went off Fleury and defenseman Simon Despres before trickling across the goal line at 17:52 of the third period.
CHICAGO -- Jonathan Toews remembers watching Sidney Crosby lift the Stanley Cup in 2009 and imagining himself in a similar position.
Toews matched Crosby's feat a year later and climbed to the top of the NHL mountain a second time in 2013. He and Crosby have been two of the premier players in the League for years. They're considered two of the best captains in the NHL and have been collecting individual and team honors at various levels of hockey for the past decade.
One thing Crosby and Toews have not done is play against each other. That will change Saturday when the Pittsburgh Penguins and Chicago Blackhawks meet at Soldier Field in a primetime Coors Light 2014 NHL Stadium Series matchup (8 p.m. ET; NBC).
"It's kind of weird that it's taken this long," Crosby said. "I think I've been hurt for a few games, but I think just knowing that either we're going to go head-to-head or if not, I think he's a guy who's pretty competitive. That whole group of guys that I've played with for the last few weeks are pretty competitive guys and have a lot of pride, so I'm sure they'll be up for this one.
"But yeah, going head-to-head against [Toews], I'm sure it'll be a good challenge."
These franchises have met four times since Toews joined the Blackhawks at the start of the 2007-08 season, but Crosby has been unavailable each time. He missed games against Chicago on Feb. 27, 2009, and Dec. 5, 2009, because of separate groin injuries. He missed games against the Blackhawks on Feb. 20, 2011, and Dec. 20, 2011, because of lengthy absences stemming from post-concussion symptoms.
The first meeting of Crosby and Toews, two of the League's marquee stars, would be noteworthy at any point on the calendar. It carries extra significance because of the setting of this game at the home of the Chicago Bears and because of the stage they shared six days ago.
Toews had the opening goal and Crosby followed with the second in a 3-0 victory for Canada against Sweden in the gold-medal game of the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Crosby centered the top line for a dominant Canadian team, and Toews was in the middle of the second line.
"We don't see Pittsburgh too often to begin with, but I think it is always fun to play against the top guys in the League and he is pretty much that guy," Toews said. "It will be interesting to see how we match up."
Crosby and Toews are one of several interesting storylines for a game featuring two of the top franchises in the NHL. Chicago and Pittsburgh share similar recent history; each has climbed from the depths of the standings to become consistent Stanley Cup contenders.
Crosby and Evgeni Malkin led the Penguins to back-to-back Stanley Cup Final appearances in 2008 and 2009. Toews and Patrick Kane led the revival in Chicago, and the Blackhawks won the Cup in 2010 and 2013.
The teams are among the top Cup contenders again in 2013-14.
"They've had a great year and they have some firepower over there," Kane said. "We feel the same way about our team. I think that's a great matchup to have for this kind of game. It is two teams that a lot of fans want to watch on TV, and when you mix in the Stadium Series type of game like this, it makes it even more entertaining."
The fact the Penguins and Blackhawks haven't played each other in more than two years adds a little spice.
"You might have three opponents like this for our team. You're playing a Western Conference team and we don't play them very often," Penguins coach Dan Bylsma said. "They are Stanley Cup champs and again, one of the best teams, best records in the League. I think when the schedule comes out and before you know this is going to be an outdoor game, you know you're facing the Blackhawks first and foremost. You circle that as a big date, a big game on your calendar."
While Crosby and Toews experienced Olympic triumph, Kane and Malkin came back from Sochi with similarly frustrating stories to tell. Each struggled to produce at expected levels, and neither came back with a medal.
Bylsma coached Kane with the United States team in Sochi and had a chance to see more of one of the League's most talented players in person.
"You see it live, and he's a head-shaker," Bylsma said. "Some of the stuff that he does, bringing the puck up on our power play and distributing the puck, I had seen it and watched it, but he's just got some nasty skill with the puck. I call it head-shaker because he makes a play and pulls up and floats a pass right onto someone's tape and you have three or four guys on the bench just shaking their heads at how good he is with the puck."
This game will not only be a matchup of two of the NHL's top clubs but a celebration of how the Blackhawks and Penguins have become two of the top hockey markets in the United States. They were at the bottom of the heap a decade ago; now they are in the midst of lengthy sellout streaks, consistently deliver strong television ratings, and are among the NHL's go-to teams for events such as this one.
"Chicago is a team that everyone likes to watch on TV," Pittsburgh defenseman Brooks Orpik said. "The way they play, I know the guys in our room has a lot of respect for the guys on their team and the way their team plays. I think it is a more of a measuring stick to see where you are at. It is a good challenge for our team."
Kane said, "I like watching Crosby and Malkin, just kind of to see how they're playing and see if I can pick up anything or what they're doing on the ice. They are, it seems like, a well-coached team that plays hard. The bottom two lines are tough to play against, and it seems like they follow a team-oriented structure that works for them. They've been a good team for a long time, and you can see why."
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- American gymnast Elizabeth Price has been dealing with injuries off and on since the 2012 Olympics.
Now that she's healthy, Price is showing why she could be a contender at the 2014 World Championships. Price dominated the field to win the women's all-around title Saturday at the American Cup, the only major international gymnastics competition held in the United States.
"USA Gymnastics knew what I was capable of," said Price, an alternate on the team that earned the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. "This was just me coming back and saying 'I'm still here and I'm still as good.'"
Price scored 15 points or better in two of four events, including a 15.7 on the vault. She was the top scorer in three events and finished with a total score of 59.966 points, ahead of American Brenna Dowell (57.532). Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland was third.
Defending national and NCAA champion Sam Mikulak won the men's all-around title after a mistake by Japan's Shogo Nonomura in the final event at the Greensboro Coliseum flipped the standings.
Mikulak finished with a total score of 90.098 points to 88.965 for Nonomura, whose last World Cup title came in 2011 at Stuttgart, Germany.
Daniel Purvis of Great Britain was third at 88.899, and moved to the top the overall World Cup standings ahead of Andrew Likhovitskiy of Belarus by 25 points.
"I don't always like winning by someone else falling, but I'll take my victories and be happy I came out on top," said the 21-year-old Mikulak, who finished sixth at last year's world championships.
The 17-year-old Price won her second World Cup title this season, her fourth overall, and clinched a share of the overall World Cup championship with her performance.
In the overall World Cup standings, Price holds a 35-point lead over Italy's Vanessa Ferrari with one event remaining on April 15 in Tokyo.
"I was able to hit all four pretty strong routines," said Price, who was invited to the American Cup after 2012 Olympic medalist Kyla Ross withdrew because of an injured knee. "I knew I was in first, because they tell us after every rotation. But I had no idea of what the range was.
"But it's pretty cool. No matter what happens at the next World Cup event, I'll definitely have a medal."
Mikulak, competing in his first World Cup event, had two scores of 15 points or higher, including a 15.666 in the floor exercise. But Nonomura, whose last World Cup title came in 2011 at Stuttgart, Germany, posted three 15s in the first five events. He held a 0.234-point lead heading into the high bar.
However, after Mikulak had posted a 14.9 on his routine, Nonomura lost his grip on the bar. He finished the event with a 13.533, helping Mikulak move into the lead.
"I regret making that mistake," Nonomura said through a translator. "I hit everything, but not as strong as I usually do."
Mikulak, who was watching the final routines, said he knows just how Nonomura felt after the fall.
"I feel especially bad for him," Mikulak said. "Last year at worlds, I was up there in the all-around rankings and could have been second if I had hit my high bar set. But I made a mistake and fell.
"I was rooting for him. If I was going to beat him, I wanted to beat him at his best and respectfully take the second if it came my way. But it came out with me on top. Now, I've got to get back to the gym and train so that it doesn't happen to be such a nail-biter the next time."
14.733 (finally hit that Tweddle! \o/)
Everyone's favorite racist flopped on beam, btw.
Liverpool put themselves into the Premier League title reckoning as they moved into second place yesterday evening, winning on a ground where the two teams they climbed above, Arsenal and Manchester City, had settled for draws.
Luis Suarez celebrated his 100th Premier League appearance for Liverpool by scoring for the first time since the 4-0 victory over Everton on 28 January, a drought of five matches in all competitions. Raheem Sterling then netted with his first touch after taking the field as a second-half substitute to ensure Liverpool’s ninth League match without defeat, a fourth successive victory and a first win at St Mary’s since 2003. Steven Gerrard added a late penalty after Jose Fonte had tripped Suarez to make the win appear more comfortable than it was.
Saints beat Liverpool 1-0 at Anfield in September and 3-1 at St Mary’s in March – arguably the Reds’ most disappointing performance of last season – but yesterday the visitors rode out several spells of pressure to inflict back-to-back League defeats for Southampton and record a welcome clean sheet.
The subplot was the presence of nine members of Roy Hodgson’s squad for Wednesday’s England friendly against Denmark at Wembley – four from Saints, including the newly called-up Luke Shaw, and five from Liverpool, though Raheem Sterling began on the bench.
Southampton made one change to the team that lost 3-1 away to West Ham seven days previously, restoring Croatia defender Dejan Lovren to the centre of the back four for his first appearance since suffering an ankle ligament injury in the 2-2 draw away to Sunderland on 18 January. Liverpool’s only change from the team that beat Swansea City 4-3 last weekend was a place for Joe Allen at the expense of Sterling.
No doubt buoyed by the news of Arsenal’s defeat at Stoke City, Liverpool pressed forward from the kick-off, and came close to an opening goal in the first five minutes when Allen’s first-time pass sent Sturridge clear down the right It looked certain that a square pass would set Suarez up for a tap-in, but Sturridge did not put quite enough pace on the ball and Fonte slid in to intercept at the expense of a corner.
There was a brief scare when Shaw went down in a heap after an aerial challenge with Liverpool’s right-back, Jon Flanagan, but he continued after treatment. Flanagan was involved in another incident soon afterwards when he challenged Adam Lallana in the penalty area. The Saints captain fell, but Lee Probert, the referee, was unimpressed.
Instead of going a goal down, Liverpool found themselves ahead after 16 minutes. Suarez collected a throw-in on the left and moved infield, intent on exchanging passes with Sturridge. Southampton intercepted Sturridge’s return only for the ball to ricochet off Fonte and back into the path of Suarez, who slipped the ball low past the left hand of Artur Boruc.
Southampton should have been level just past the half-hour. Jay Rodriguez crossed from the right and Rickie Lambert chested the ball down into the path of Lallana. An excellent first touch gave the latter the space he needed to slip the ball past Simon Mignolet, but he rolled his shot against the foot of the post instead of into the net.
Liverpool, were now being increasingly starved of possession, although that was no excuse for Sturridge throwing himself at the turf on two occasons in the vain hope that Probert would err in his favour.
Rodgers brought off the increasingly ineffective Philippe Coutinho for Raheem Sterling, and it paid off instantly. Suarez took Steven Gerrard’s pass from deep and turned into space on the right. His low cross found Sterling, who stabbed the ball low past Boruc, 80 seconds after taking the field.
Southampton (4-3-3): Boruc; Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw; S Davis (Ramirez, h-t), Cork (Wanyama, 76), Schneiderlin; Lallana, Lambert (Gallagher, 76), Rodriguez.
Liverpool (4-1-3-2): Mignolet; Flanagan, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson; Gerrard; Henderson, Coutinho (Sterling, 57), Allen; Sturridge (Aspas, 86), Suarez.
Referee: Lee Probert.
Man of the match: Suarez (Liverpool)
Match rating: 7/10
sources: blackhawks.nhl//nhl//espn//USAG YT//Independent
Enjoy the political and personal machinations of Claire Underwood — aka Robin Wright — while you can. Wright made her directorial debut with the 10th episode of "House of Cards" Season 2, and she says it made her realize she prefers directing to acting.
"I have the bug. I love it. I wanna keep doing it. Kinda wanna stop acting … not kidding," Wright told a group of reporters at a "House of Cards" press day earlier this month. "I'm such a control freak. That's really the truth of it, and being in this business now for almost 30 years, I've been biting my tongue for so many years on sets, 'C'mon, we've been doing it forever, we know how this scene should be.' And you can't say anything … so it's nice to be at the helm of the ship, because you're allowed, you're granted clemency, to direct.
"And you know how to direct an actor because you are an actor … a lot of directors don't know how to direct actors, because they've never done it before, and it's actually fiercely destructive to say, 'Have more energy!' or 'Can you be sadder?' … It warps your brain, because you are a puppet as an actor, in a sense, and you want to try to achieve the direction you've been given, and that is virtually impossible. You can't play a descriptive word like that. 'Be evil' … give me a scenario, give me a story, give me what would allow me to portray evil. Give me an idea, a reference of some kind."
Wright, in "The Yo Show" clip above, gets glowing reviews from series creator Beau Willimon, and Kevin Spacey and Michael Gill, who are among the co-stars she directed in the "HoC" episode that finds the Underwoods — no major spoilers ahead — caught up in a brewing White House scandal.
And despite her philosophy against using descriptive words as directorial suggestions, she does admit there's one actress that kind of direction works on: her, when it comes courtesy of "House of Cards" producer-director David Fincher."He's got his own style completely. He has his own style with me … He does something different with me than he does with everybody else," said Wright, who won a Golden Globe last month for the first season of "House of Cards." "And that's why he's a great director, because he picks up on the nuance of the person, that aura that you are … and he knows how to get it out of you.
"With me, he just yells out, funnily enough, those descriptive phrases, and it works, because he doesn't call, 'Cut.' He just keeps … Claire says a line and he'll just go, 'Don't cut! Say it like this! Say it like you wanna kill your mother! Say it like you are about to fart!' He'll just throw things out at me so fast that I don't have time to think."
Another picture from Grazia:
It's going to be so weird watching the Oscars tomorrow and La CHRISTain not be there. Here's to hoping that she is nominated for one of her movies next year, most likely it will be A Most Violent Year.
Bradley Cooper heads back to his car after running some errands on Thursday afternoon (February 27) in Los Angeles.
The 39-year-old actor listened to some music on his phone while carrying a reusable bag.
Bradley will be attending the 2014 Oscars this weekend as a nominee in the Best Supporting Actor category for his work in American Hustle. He is up against Captain Philipps‘ Barkhad Abdi, 12 Years a Slave‘s Michael Fassbender, The Wolf of Wall Street‘s Jonah Hill
Barkhad Abdi is in the running for Oscar gold Sunday, but actual wealth eludes him.
Abdi has been widely praised for his role in “Captain Phillips” as the desperate pirate Muse, and even ad-libbed the film’s signature line: “I’m the captain now.” But a New Yorker story reveals that he is now struggling to support himself.
“When Abdi is in Los Angeles to promote the film, he subsists on a per diem, good at the Beverly Hilton, where the studio likes to put him up. The town car is available only for official publicity events. His clothes are loaners,” reads the article. “Recently Abdi requested that he be allowed to stay at a commuter hotel near LAX to be closer to his friend, a Somali cabdriver from Miinneapolis, who shuttles him around for free.”
Abdi earned $65,000 for his performance in the $55 million film, but that was more than two years ago. And even with an Oscar nomination, there’s no guarantee of his future earning potential as an actor. Abdi already won a BAFTA for best supporting actor, and is now reading scripts in search of his next role.
He was working for the limo company when he saw an announcement that a film was looking for actors to play Somali pirates.
After filming “Captain Phillips,” he went to work at his brother’s mobile phone store in Minneapolis. But he decided to quit when the film premiered.
“How I thought about it was, like, When the movie came out, reviews either gonna be good or bad,” he told the New Yorker’s Dana Goodyear. “Either way, I cannot be working here.”
Trip at the Oscars once, you're an adorable klutz. Trip at the Oscars twice... you're staging the entire thing?
American actress and Hollywood darling Jennifer Lawrence got tongues wagging once again for tripping over her gown at the 2014 Academy Awards, this time as she walked the red carpet en route to the Dolby Theatre.
The trip, which is thought to have been caused by an orange cone on the carpet, was captured by an E! camera and subsequently screencapped, Vined and giffed by the online peanut gallery.
Lawrence, 23, recovered gracefully from the flub as always, laughing it off just like she did after falling up the stairs to accept her Best Actress Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook in 2013.
Many applauded the actress for once again proving herself a quirky and relatable girl-next-door type, but others were suspicious of the well-timed slip.
jennifer lawrences publicity team like "dont forget to trip and look quirky if more attention is being payed to lupita than you"— ✖ (@rnxvxvrvxxrrxvx) March 3, 2014
Pretty sure Jennifer Lawrence is falling on purpose to make people think she's cute at this point— claire (@claireecrowley) March 3, 2014
Shortly after falling, Lawrence herself spoke about the situation with ABC News.
“This year I actually did a stair test out on the back staircase and got it a little dusty, but it worked,” she said. “But I did trip over a cone, so I guess…I’m not safe.”
Academy Awards host Ellen Degeneres also got wind of Lawrence's repeat offence, working the actress's second Oscar slip-up into her opening monologue.
“If you win tonight, I think we should bring you the Oscar,” the talk show host and comedian joked.
Nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for her work in American Hustle, Lawrence lost to newcomer Lupita Nyong'o of 12 Years a Slave -- an actress who had no trouble ascending the stairs to accept her award, as Twitter was happy to point out.
Lupita gliding where Jennifer Lawrence fell last year. Queen. 👑 pic.twitter.com/dqj9FjIjOi— Common Gay Boy (@CommonGayTweets) March 3, 2014
Big winner ... Alfonso Cuarón.
BESTLupita Nyong’o got the fashionistas cheering on the red carpet in a soft pastel blue Prada gown. The feminine, light-as-air dress was cut low both in the back and front and Nyong’o explained to Ryan Seacrest it was a blue that reminded her of Nairobi, where the actress was born.
BEST: Amy Adams looked classy in a very structured strapless navy blue Gucci couture dress with Tiffany jewels. The dangling orange and blue earrings beautifully set off her muted makeup and bun.
BEST: Anne Hathaway ruled as a warrior princess in Gucci on Oscar night. She looked refreshingly different than the other stars as her metallic trend nod was in the form of a surprisingly flattering breast plate that fit her like a glove.
BEST: Jennifer Lawrence stood out on the red carpet — in orange! The color and fitted look by Dior brought out the American Hustle star’s beauty. But klutzy Lawrence slipped and fell (again) as she walked in.
BEST: Like so many female stars on Oscar night, Emma Watson followed the metallic trend. But she didn’t go overboard and the style of the dress matched her gamine charm.
WORST: Lady Gaga looked washed out in a glittery patterned strapless gown with a pastel pink scarf. Too conventional for the pop star.
WORST: Anna Kendrick, we didn’t need to see your midriff.
Her black J Mendel dress left us not knowing where to look with the awful cutouts on top and red patterned netted part in the center. Too busy.
WORST: Sandra Bullock’s strapless dress’ dark blue tone didn’t enhance her skin tone and it was a tad, well, boring for the Gravity star.
WORST: Dallas Buyers Club best supporting actor nominee Jared Leto showed up in a white tux jacket and black tux pants, and a red bow tie. The look just didn’t match Leto’s wild ’60s style hair and full beard.
WORST: We never thought Angelina Jolie could look tacky, but this overdone metallic number with long sleeves and sheer illusion facade did not match her usual classy simplicity. The superstar didn’t need this much shine; she glows already.
A year ago, most of the world hadn’t heard of Lupita Nyong’o — but in her acceptance speech for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar she just took home for her work in 12 Years a Slave, she reminded viewers that there’s a long history behind how she got to that stage.
“It doesn’t escape me for one moment that so much joy in my life is due to so much pain in someone else’s,” she said in reference to Patsey, the slave she portrayed in the acclaimed film, which was based on a real-life memoir.
In addition to thanking the usual Academy Awards suspects — castmates, her drama school, the Academy — she drew attention to the real people whose stories she helped bring to the big screen: Speaking to director Steve McQueen, she noted that the dead are watching, and that she believes “they are grateful” that he brought their history back to life.
But her speech didn’t just stick to the past. In a tear-jerking conclusion, she expressed her wish that her unknown-to-Oscars trajectory would inspire someone watching at home to go for it — because, as she explained: “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”
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Leonardo DiCaprio got one of his best lines in The Great Gatsby thanks to production designer Catherine Martin and set decorator Beverley Dunn, the two revealed at Hollywood's Egyptian Theatre March 1, where a near-capacity crowd braved torrential rain to hear the 2013 Oscar nominees for production design explicate their craft, presented by the Art Directors Guild in association with the American Cinematheque and THR, moderated by production designer Thomas A. Walsh and set decorator Rosemary Brandenburg.
"Baz Luhrmann is never happier than when he's rearranging the flowers," said Martin. "He said, 'We love the flowers, but we need more -- 10 times more.' Leo said, "Oh, this is ridiculous! Where will we get all these orchids?' But he got to ad lib that line, 'Do you think it's too much?' and he always gets a laugh on that, so he's happy."
With Lurhmann, said Martin, "The budget keeps getting smaller and the ideas just get bigger. And when the DP says, 'We'll only shoot this part of the set,' it's a total lie."
Her production designer K.K. Barrett and set decorator Gene Serdena said director Spike Jonze objected to the rug in Joaquin Phoenix's recently divorced, commitment-phobic character Theodore's apartment. "Spike said, 'We don't know if Theodore would be able to commit to a rug,'" said Serdena. "And K.K. had a master stroke -- 'What if we rolled it up and kept it propped up against the wall?' "
"I know what David [O. Russell] likes," said American Hustle production designer Judy Becker, his frequent collaborator, who with set decorator Heather Loeffler crafted 140 sets for the film, "but he always wants to shoot 360 [degrees], and in a period movie that can be a challenge." Becker and Loeffler transcended the challenge, having worked on 11 films together.
For Gravity production designer Andy Nicholson and set decorators Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard, the tough part was, as Nicholson put it, "so many problems had to be solved that had never been done before … a total pain in the ass." To convey the characters of the six astronauts who die early in the film, so the audience never meets them, Goodwin exhaustively researched NASA photo troves and studied what kind of people want to spend their lives in space. Goodwin said the character-revealing items in the film include "crazy things -- an Australian speed limit sign, car registration, postcards from all over the world, chess sets."
"The cost on every prop had a point value attached to it," added Goodwin. "The VFX budget was not huge," said Nicholson.
The budget on 12 Years a Slave was not huge either, and production designer Adam Stockhausen said, "There was huge pressure to get it right." That was particularly tricky, said set decorator Alice Baker, because the movie had to look different than the big recent films about the same period, which used up much of the limited supply of plantation-era locations. "Django was filming and filming and filming, and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter had been there, so I really had to beat the bushes," said Baker.
The nominees shared stories of how they broke into the business. Martin noted that she started out at Australia's NIDA drama school, as did two other current nominees, Cate Blanchett and Michael Wilkinson. Barrett said he got his start building sets on the 1986 film Population: 1 along with musician Beck's famous artist grandpa, Al Hansen, and Carel Struycken, who played Lurch on The Addams Family.
For those who aspire to follow in the nominees' footsteps to the red carpet, moderator Walsh imagined the skills a help-wanted ad for the job might specify.
"In 2013, the position of production designer or set decorator might include some of the following," said Walsh. "WANTED: an individual with a type-A personality possessing the centered calm of a devout Buddhist. Must be capable of channeling the life experiences, talents and knowledge of an artist, painter, color consultant, writer, forensic researcher, historian, military strategist, rocket scientist, astrophysicist, software developer, digital artist, photographer, sculptor, dramaturg, thespian, humorist, architect, urban planner, engineer, general contractor, method designer, interior designer, draper, furniture mover/fabricator/restorer, blacksmith, armorer, quartermaster, master of bondage and the correct application of whips and chains, Master's of Business Administration (which is much like bondage), accountant, producer, director, cinematographer, logistics manager, naval architect, Teamster, navigator, anthropologist, archaeologist, biologist, herpetologist, neurologist, psychologist, sociologist, theologist, zoologist, alchemist, botanist, costume propagator, shaman, wizard, black and white magic, mind reader, master of the Ouija board, raconteur, snake oil salesman, fisherman, gourmet, bartender, disc jockey, party planner, camp counselor, long-distance runner, sprinter, diplomat, train conductor, air traffic controller, luge rider, choreographer, soldier, sailor, tinker, tailor, soldier, spy, world builder and most importantly, survivor.
"So if you've got all those things, you might want to try this as a profession."
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Cate Blanchett won Best Actress at Sunday’s Oscars and used her speech to thank everyone from her competition to her Blue Jasmine co-stars to its controversial writer-director (Woody Allen) to the actors back in her native Australia.
She also used the stage to admonish anyone who still thinks of women-centric films as a “niche” product that can’t make money.
Cate Blanchett - Acceptance Speech - Oscars 2014por IdolxMuzic
Frozen was the queen of tonight's animated films at the Academy Awards. A shoo-in for Best Animated Film, it also nabbed an Oscar for Best Original Song—even though it didn't exactly get the best original performance.
Let's face it, the only question on the minds of everyone listening to tonight's performance of "Let It Go" was this: Would Idina Menzel be able to hit that high E at the end?
When she was introduced, that note was the last thing anyone cared about.
Idina Menzel, the Broadway vocalist whose starring roles in Rent, Aida, and Wicked have earned her a huge cult following, caused a stir when she was chosen to sing the hit song "Let It Go" from Frozen at tonight's Academy Awards. Although she voiced the song in the film, Demi Lovato fans were none too happy that Lovato, who recorded the studio version of the song, wouldn't be performing it onstage.
Menzel was always the obvious choice; Lovato's version of the song is less dramatic. Picking Menzel meant going after that high E, something few earthlings could reasonably be expected to deliver.
Menzel has showed off her belting chops plenty of fimes before, particularly in Wicked's "Defying Gravity." But in practical terms, a Broadway vocalist going after a high note is a lot like a gymnast landing a triple axel in competition. When you're doing it live, it's not always perfect.
And tonight, Menzel wasn't. But the odds were stacked against her. First presenter John Travolta butchered her name, inexplicably, as "Adele Dazeem." (It's Ah-DEEN-a Men-ZEHL," in case you needed the lesson.)
Then the song was cut due to time constraints, and the orchestra seemed to be rushing to keep up with her in performance. Oh, and she had to perform under the threat of impending death by chandelier, straight out of another musical:
Menzel forged her way through the ordeal. She did fine. But did anything matter but that last note?
Tumblr immediately launched into sympathetic cries of "poor baby" as well as a few sour criticisms, but it couldn't sour anyone on their love of Frozen. It lost to Gravity for Best Score but took away the prize for "Let It Go," in part due to Menzel's lungs of steel:
And the Oscars audience weren't too bothered by it either: they gave Menzel a standing O.
Idina killed it don't trip. At the end of the day she still has a Tony and performed at the Oscar's. A lil crack can't stop #IdinaMenzel— IG:BroadCastSwagg (@BroadCastSwagg) March 3, 2014
Meanwhile, Travolta's gaffe with Menzel's name seems to have overshadowed her performance. Variants of "Adele Dazeem" and "Adele Dazim" are already popping up on Twitter:
Travolta never bothered me anyway.— Adele Dazim (@AdeleDazim) March 3, 2014