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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,Sun Film Critic | September 26, 1999
Englishman Sam Mendes has made his reputation directing such hit Broadway plays as "Cabaret" and "The Blue Room," not to mention the much-heralded West End production of "The Rise and Fall of Little Voice." He's directed Dame Judi Dench in "The Cherry Orchard," Ralph Fiennes in "Troilus and Cressida" and the Royal Shakespeare Company in "Richard III" and "The Tempest."But to talk to Mendes, 34, for 20 minutes is to get a virtually nonstop barrage of movie references, from the work of Billy Wilder to "Five Easy Pieces" to "The Godfather."
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF | November 4, 2001
By a not-so-happy coincidence, many manufacturers at the October International Home Furnishings Market were in the right place at the right time with the right furniture. The industry has been accused of being slow to pick up on trends; but at a time when patriotism is at a 50-year high because of terrorism, a number of companies introduced collections with an American theme at this fall's wholesale event in High Point, N.C. It was the result of a natural progression. Home furnishing experts have been predicting a return to American style after the past few markets, in which designers looked to just about every other country for inspiration.
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March 27, 2000
Best Actor: Kevin Spacey, "American Beauty" Best Actress: Hilary Swank, "Boys Don't Cry" Best Supporting Actor: Michael Caine, "The Cider House Rules" Best Supporting Actress: Angelina Jolie, "Girl, Interrupted" Best Picture: "American Beauty" Best Director: Sam Mendes, "American Beauty"
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | June 8, 2000
Set in a sleazy Berlin nightclub between the two World Wars, "Cabaret" has always been a dark musical. But director Sam Mendes' interpretation is more than dark, it's dangerous - and thrilling. If director Harold Prince's original 1966 version hovered on the edge of explicit sexual, social and political commentary, Mendes' version, playing a two-week run at the Mechanic Theatre, dares to go over the edge, hanging on by its luridly polished fingernails. The result is, quite simply, sensational - in every meaning of the word.
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March 27, 2000
Best Actor: Kevin Spacey, "American Beauty" Best Actress: Hilary Swank, "Boys Don't Cry" Best Supporting Actor: Michael Caine, "The Cider House Rules" Best Supporting Actress: Angelina Jolie, "Girl, Interrupted" Best Picture: "American Beauty" Best Director: Sam Mendes, "American Beauty"
FEATURES
February 16, 2000
BEST PICTURE "American Beauty" "The Cider House Rules" "The Green Mile" "The Insider" "The Sixth Sense" BEST ACTOR Russell Crowe "The Insider" Richard Farnsworth "The Straight Story" Sean Penn "Sweet and Lowdown" Kevin Spacey "American Beauty" Denzel Washington "The Hurricane" BEST ACTRESS Annette Bening "American Beauty" Janet McTeer "Tumbleweeds" Julianne Moore "The End of the Affair" Meryl Streep "Music of the Heart" Hilary...
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By ANN HORNADAY and ANN HORNADAY,SUN FILM CRITIC | September 24, 1999
A tightly coiled rage seethes beneath the pretty surface of "American Beauty," a wickedly funny black comedy directed by newcomer Sam Mendes.Although it's difficult to believe that humor can be found in this toxic portrait of superficial suburban values, predatory sexuality and domestic violence, rest assured it earns its laughs at every turn, thanks in large part to a remarkably nuanced performance by Kevin Spacey.What's more, "American Beauty" possesses that rarity among movies that amuse by skewering middle-class sensibilities: a powerful moral center whose final, full expression represents one of the most breathtaking moments on screen this year.
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February 19, 1996
The following is a recent filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Maryland, Baltimore City:Feb. 12North American Beauty Services Inc.,North American Beauty Services Inc., 6752 Baymeadow Drive, Glen Burnie, wholesale distributors of beauty care products, and d/b/a: Beauty Outlet; Beauty Mart; North Avenue Beauty Supply; N.A. Advertising; Cost Plus; Gary's Beauty Supply; Centuree Beauty; Beauty Wholesalers; Mane Event and Beauty Graphics, has filed...
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January 3, 1998
Richard Elman, 63, a novelist and poet who for many years taught at the Bennington College Summer Writing Workshops, died of lung cancer Wednesday in New York.Samuel Thomas Johnston, 77, a lawyer and broadcast executive who for more than 30 years worked for Taft Broadcasting Co. at stations in Ohio and California, died of cancer Sunday in Cincinnati.Billie Dove, 97, one of the leading ladies of the silent movie era who was a former Ziegfeld Follies dancer and was often billed as "The American Beauty," died Wednesday of pneumonia in Los Angeles.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,sun film critic | March 26, 2000
In the course of what always seems like an endless Oscars ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has never seen fit to recognize or reward what most filmgoers remember from the preceding year: the Best Moment at the Movies. But this year, the Academy has at least nominated most of the films that provided those moments. Who can forget Kevin Spacey's first toke in "American Beauty"? Or the opening strains of "Chan-Chan" in "Buena Vista Social Club"? Or Matthew Broderick's sly updating of Ferris Bueller in "Election"?
NEWS
March 27, 2000
Best Actor: Kevin Spacey, "American Beauty" Best Actress: Hilary Swank, "Boys Don't Cry" Best Supporting Actor: Michael Caine, "The Cider House Rules" Best Supporting Actress: Angelina Jolie, "Girl, Interrupted" Best Picture: "American Beauty" Best Director: Sam Mendes, "American Beauty"
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March 27, 2000
Best Actor: Kevin Spacey, "American Beauty" Best Actress: Hilary Swank, "Boys Don't Cry" Best Supporting Actor: Michael Caine, "The Cider House Rules" Best Supporting Actress: Angelina Jolie, "Girl, Interrupted" Best Picture: "American Beauty" Best Director: Sam Mendes, "American Beauty"
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | March 27, 2000
The Oscar race had no clear favorites, but in the end it belonged to "American Beauty." A darkly satiric look at suburbia, sex and self-discovery, "American Beauty" won five Oscars at last night's 72nd annual Academy Awards telecast, including best picture, best director and cinematography. Kevin Spacey, who played a man going through a mid-life catharsis in the film, won the Oscar for best actor. It was the second Academy Award for Spacey, who won in 1996 for his supporting role in "The Usual Suspects."
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,sun film critic | March 26, 2000
In the course of what always seems like an endless Oscars ceremony, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has never seen fit to recognize or reward what most filmgoers remember from the preceding year: the Best Moment at the Movies. But this year, the Academy has at least nominated most of the films that provided those moments. Who can forget Kevin Spacey's first toke in "American Beauty"? Or the opening strains of "Chan-Chan" in "Buena Vista Social Club"? Or Matthew Broderick's sly updating of Ferris Bueller in "Election"?
FEATURES
February 16, 2000
BEST PICTURE "American Beauty" "The Cider House Rules" "The Green Mile" "The Insider" "The Sixth Sense" BEST ACTOR Russell Crowe "The Insider" Richard Farnsworth "The Straight Story" Sean Penn "Sweet and Lowdown" Kevin Spacey "American Beauty" Denzel Washington "The Hurricane" BEST ACTRESS Annette Bening "American Beauty" Janet McTeer "Tumbleweeds" Julianne Moore "The End of the Affair" Meryl Streep "Music of the Heart" Hilary...
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By ANN HORNADAY and ANN HORNADAY,SUN FILM CRITIC | February 16, 2000
If 1999 was the year of anything in movies, it was the "Year of the Map." As in, All Over The. Some of the strongest movies were darkly comic, resolutely independent and wickedly subversive, such as "American Beauty," "Being John Malkovich" and "Election." Meanwhile, filmgoers of more conventional tastes were rewarded by the classical storytelling and safe sentiment of such films as "The Straight Story," "The Cider House Rules" and "The Green Mile." All of these movies were recognized yesterday, when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its 72nd annual Oscar nominations.
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By Mary C. Curtis | November 9, 1999
HAVE YOU hacked your way through the thicket of hype surrounding "American Beauty" I did. I actually saw it, and I was under-whelmed. Yes, it is a good film, with some great performances. But to read the reviews, you would think it's a revelation, this searing dissection of the sterility of suburban life.The territory has been mined before, in so many films from "Stepford Wives" to "Ordinary People." "American Beauty" takes it up several notches. Now we have "Extraordinarily Weird People," from the caricature portrait of frigid Mom to the beyond-frustrated, spiritually dead Dad. I like Kevin Spacey, but do I need to see him masturbate not once, but twice I get it!
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By ANN HORNADAY and ANN HORNADAY,SUN FILM CRITIC | February 16, 2000
If 1999 was the year of anything in movies, it was the "Year of the Map." As in, All Over The. Some of the strongest movies were darkly comic, resolutely independent and wickedly subversive, such as "American Beauty," "Being John Malkovich" and "Election." Meanwhile, filmgoers of more conventional tastes were rewarded by the classical storytelling and safe sentiment of such films as "The Straight Story," "The Cider House Rules" and "The Green Mile." All of these movies were recognized yesterday, when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its 72nd annual Oscar nominations.
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By Ann Hornaday and Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC | December 28, 1999
The year might not have been as stellar on a national scale as it was on the local level, but average filmgoers -- who see between six and eight movies a year -- still had enough decent movies to keep them satisfied throughout the 12 months. As usual, the Christmas season has been top-loaded with long, literary films trying to qualify for the Oscars, but there were some nifty ones that came out in the spring and summer, too. A note about rules: The 1998 Top 10 list only included movies that had opened in Baltimore, but this year we're changing the qualifications to account for movies that will open here within the next few weeks.
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By Mary C. Curtis | November 9, 1999
HAVE YOU hacked your way through the thicket of hype surrounding "American Beauty" I did. I actually saw it, and I was under-whelmed. Yes, it is a good film, with some great performances. But to read the reviews, you would think it's a revelation, this searing dissection of the sterility of suburban life.The territory has been mined before, in so many films from "Stepford Wives" to "Ordinary People." "American Beauty" takes it up several notches. Now we have "Extraordinarily Weird People," from the caricature portrait of frigid Mom to the beyond-frustrated, spiritually dead Dad. I like Kevin Spacey, but do I need to see him masturbate not once, but twice I get it!
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