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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2013
Wondering what Daniel Day-Lewis will say after he wins the Oscar for "Lincoln" Sunday night? Check here to find out. Anybody can watch the Oscars, but Baltimore Sun readers will have a special in, as I'll be blogging from the pressroom backstage -- it's the place where they take the winners after they're whisked off the floor -- with quotes, tidbits, observations and maybe even a snarky comment or two. This marks the 18th year I'll be...
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2013
Christina Spearman dug out her best high school formal gown, took the day off work and headed down to the Inner Harbor on Friday morning to realize the dream of a lifetime. She was getting an Oscar. OK, that's a stretch. What she was actually getting, thanks to an 11-city Oscar Roadtrip that stopped in Baltimore, was the chance to pose with an Oscar — to hold the 81/2-pound gold-plated statuette for a few seconds and have her picture snapped with it. But the degree of difference between her and the movie folks who actually will walk away with an Oscar on Feb. 24, when the Academy Awards are presented in Hollywood, was pretty minimal.
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | February 7, 2013
Ever wanted to make like you won an Oscar without having to do anything like actually act in a movie? Area awards-show fans will get their chance Friday when one of the real statuettes makes a stop at Baltimore's Inner Harbor -- part of an 11-city "Roadtrip" to drum-up interest in the Feb. 24 awards ceremony. Fans will have the chance to pose with the Oscar, practice their acceptance speeches and snap a picture. Short of actually walking the red carpet on Academy Awards night, it may be the closest they'll ever come to one of the coveted figurines.
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By Dave Rosenthal | January 10, 2013
The Oscar nominees for best picture owe a huge debt to books -- and the creativity of authors. Most of the top films are screen versions of tales that were woven by printed words (or digitized versions). That's not taking anything away from the writers who adapt a novel or work of non-fiction. I'm slogging my way through Victor Hugo's Les Miserables now, and it is a wonder that a hit musical and movie could be distilled from the sprawling 1800s. Here are other adaptations that join Les Mis in the best picture category: -- "Lincoln," drawn from " Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and For The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2013
Local film fans may have a leg up on the competition when it comes to their Oscar pools, thanks to the folks at the Maryland Film Festival and Chesapeake Film Festival. "Beasts of the Southern Wild," which enjoyed a long run at The Charles Theatre last year, received four nods among the Oscar nominations announced Thursday morning in Los Angeles. The film had its Baltimore premiere June 5 at MICA, before an audience culled from members of the Maryland Film Festival's Friends of the Festival program.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Andrew Conrad, aconrad@tribune.com | December 3, 2012
Well THAT wasn't how the Dixon brothers reunion was supposed to go down! For a second, right after the Governor accused Merle of being a traitor in Sunday night's episode, I was very scared that ol' Merle was going to get killed off right then and there. Thank goodness they just left us with a cliffhanger of the two staring each other down in front of a bloodthirsty crowd of Woodburians. We'll have to wait until Feb. 10 for answers, and by then we'll be eating any Subway footlong sub we want for only $5. #FebruAny I hope that Merle and Daryl go back-to-back, Roman gladiator fighting style, and brawl their way out of there, maiming the Governor in the process.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | October 29, 2012
Three decades and more than 25 films into his directing career, and Barry Levinson is still mining his hometown for movie ideas. But his latest film, a horror-mystery about a murderous parasite let loose in the Chesapeake Bay, is about as far removed from the genial atmosphere of his first as two movies could be. If "Diner" made audiences yearn for the bygone days of the neighborhood greasy spoon, "The Bay" - set in the fictional bayside town of...
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2012
A fifteenth tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season has formed in the middle of the ocean, but forecasters don't expect it to survive long. The depression could become Tropical Storm Oscar over the next day or so. The forecast cone is taking it toward the northeast and the African coast, according to the National Hurricane Center. But forecaster's initial public advisory on the storm says it isn't expected to last long.  Tropical Storm Nadine is meanwhile moving northward and expected to become a post-tropical cyclone by Thursday or Friday.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2012
Ervin M. Milner, who founded Milner Productions in the basement of his Northwest Baltimore home and turned it into one of the nation's largest producers of educational audiovisuals for physicians and hospitals, died Aug. 17 of complications from diabetes and kidney failure at the Springhouse in Pikesville assisted-living facility. He was 94. Mr. Milner was born in Baltimore and raised on Braddish Avenue. He attended city public schools at night and later the Baltimore College of Commerce.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2012
A Baltimore funeral home  is among those featured in an ESPN campaign from Academy-Award-winning director Errol Morris that launched today. The project, which includes 15-, 30- and 60-second trailers as well as a short documentary, looks at sports-themed funerals and fans who want to take their love of the games to the grave with them. The project is called "It's Not Crazy, It's Sports. " Morris visits the Kaczorowski Funeral Home in Dundalk where viewers get a look at an Orioles casket and hear about a Ravens-themed funeral.
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