LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Inside Job,” a film blaming financial institutions for triggering the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, won the Academy Award for best documentary on Sunday.
Director Charles Ferguson started off his acceptance speech lamenting that “not a single financial executive has gone to jail and that is wrong,” drawing applause from the Hollywood celebrity audience.
BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) – Acclaimed Mexican director Alejandro Gonzalez-Inarritu knew he was in a bad way when the film critics who loved his drama “Biutiful” kept calling it bleak, dark and depressing.
Those adjectives scared off distributors, particularly in the United States, where the director said “everyone was really afraid of the film” about a dying man played by Javier Bardem.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Jazz giant Herbie Hancock played last month for Chinese President Hu Jintao at the White House state dinner and might have done a little something to smooth those tense U.S.-China relations.
While he and other artists performed their program, including Hancock’s famous 1962 piece “Watermelon Man,” the atmosphere warmed up.
LOS ANGELES, Feb 10 (Reuters) – Fast-growing burrito chain
Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc (CMG.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said on Thursday it was too
early to tell if it would change its hiring practices after a
federal immigration crackdown forced it to fire hundreds of
employees in Minnesota.
But as the company faces a widening probe into restaurants
in Virginia and Washington D.C., executives said they are
trying to head off the kind of disruption that occurred in
Minnesota, where new hiring and training added 20 percent to 30
percent in restaurant crew hours.
LOS ANGELES, Feb 9 (Reuters) – Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc
(CMG.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), in the midst of a widening federal crackdown on its
its undocumented work force, warned investors a year ago that
it was subject to immigration audits and that it may be
employing workers in the country illegally.
In what may prove to be a prescient statement, the Wall
Street darling also said in its 2009 annual report that the
discovery of a large number of of unauthorized workers could
disrupt operations and harm financial performance.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Documentary director Charles Ferguson knew he had a great global story in the 2008 financial crisis, but he still worried that “Inside Job” could fall into the category of a boring film if not jazzed up properly.
So he applied tools normally associated with feature films, like expansive cinematography and what he calls “cool music” to help illustrate how America and the world ended up in the deepest financial disaster since the Great Depression.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – From the backstreet sweatshops of Barcelona to bullying schoolyards in Denmark, this year’s Oscar nominations for best foreign-language film take moviegoers on a world tour of bleak family drama and struggle.
Dramas from Algeria, Canada, Denmark, Greece and Mexico clinched nominations on Tuesday from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but many of the films’ locations spill over to other countries like Spain, France and Kenya.
, Jan 23 (Reuters) – “The King’s
Speech” won best-produced film from the Producers Guild of
America on Saturday, a regal boost to its Oscar aspirations in
an awards season so far swept by “The Social Network.”
The producers of “King’s Speech” — Iain Canning, Emile
Sherman and Gareth Unwin — said they thought they were “the
last guys in the running” among the 10 nominees for the top
Producers award, which comes just before Tuesday’s Oscar
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California voters rejected a ballot measure on Tuesday that would have made it the first U.S. state to legalize marijuana for recreational use.
The “no” vote on Proposition 19 had 56 percent of the vote to 43 percent for “yes,” with 20 percent of precincts counted. CNN projected the measure’s failure.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – For Valerie Plame, the CIA operative whose cover was blown by the Bush administration, the best part of a new film about the scandal may be that years of many complex twists and turns in her life are clearly revealed to Americans.
Her support contrasts to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg turning his back on the dramatization of his life in the recent box office hit “The Social Network.”