From the Stage of the Oscars to a Concert in Kiev: Jared Leto Goes to Ukraine

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 5:00 pm

Last night, the war zone that’s been the city of Kiev took a musical turn as bands descended into Ukraine to show solidarity and support for the protesters.


Firedoglake Oscars Live Blog!

By: Sunday March 2, 2014 5:25 pm

The 86th annual Academy Awards are upon us on ABC broadcasting live, and we’re live blogging for the fifth year in the comfort of our silk jammies, tiara firmly affixed.  Are you ready for Ellen Degeneres? Are you ready to how see Oscars has increased its diversity in terms of both nominees and presenters? Of the 46 presenters, 11 (nearly one-fourth) are Hispanic or black, versus an average of three in other decades.

Live Blogging the Oscar Red Carpet!

By: Sunday March 2, 2014 3:59 pm

Time to tune into ABC and E! for Oscar countdown and red carpet rundown as we ask “Who are you wearing/what hell are you wearing/what were you thinking?”

Which Doc Should Win Tonight’s Oscar? Depends on What You Mean by “Best Doc”…

By: Sunday March 2, 2014 1:54 pm

The Oscars are upon us! Let the movie talk continue! The categories that evaluate feature length films are: Best Picture, Animated Feature Film, Foreign Language Film, and Best Documentary Feature. We began examining the documentaries previously with a look at Cutie and the Boxer. This category is unique in that all the nominees are currently accessible online. The Best Documentary Feature category is also interesting because of the additional expectations viewers frequently attach to its nominees.

Podcast: The US-Supported ‘Opposition’ in Venezuela & How They Threaten Country’s Democracy

By: Sunday March 2, 2014 9:30 am

Venezuela has been experiencing threats to democracy for the past ten to fifteen years from aristocrats, people of “extreme old wealth,” whose families had traditionally been in power for many generations. But, in recent history, the oligarchs have had to contend with profound disgust toward the reality that Venezuelans from lower classes have had power in the country

Classism and racism—because most of these people in power who the extremely wealthy despise are darker skinned—has fueled hatred and a refusal to recognize the Bolivarian revolution brought about by President Hugo Chavez.

FDL Movie Night: Oscar Chat

By: Monday February 24, 2014 4:59 pm

Next Sunday we’ll be live blogging the Oscars, so tonight we’re discussing the nominees in the major categories. Right now, as I write this the Oddschecker has Twelve Years a Slave as the 4:1 favorite, followed by Gravity at 9:2. American Hustle (18:1), Dallas Buyers Club (25:1) and The Wolf of Wall Street (80:1) rounds out the top the five, with the others (Captain Philips, Her, Nebraska and Philomena, coming in at very poor odds–250:1 for the Tom Hanks piracy movie and 300:1 for the the others).

FDL: Live Blogging the Oscars

By: Sunday February 24, 2013 5:29 pm

Now that we’ve dished on the dresses, speculated on the shoes, and have sampled all our at-home treats, it’s time for the show to begin. SETH MCFARLANE! He’s funny and this may end up being a franchise for him, kinda like Billy Crystal had for a while.  And the Academy Awards Oscars need some stability, what with the name change of both the ceremony and the the theater it’s held in, and the rules. I miss having only five films in Best Picture, since I think it dilutes the vote. I’d love to see Argo win, but it will probably be Lincoln, the easy choice.

The Dissenter’s Picks for the 2013 Oscars

By: Sunday February 24, 2013 12:40 pm

I greatly enjoy cinema and make a list of top films that I post every year. Here are some reflections on the films nominated this year.

Iran Boycotts Oscars Over “Innocence of Muslims”

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 12:15 pm

Iran will not submit a film for Academy Award consideration because of “an intolerable insult to the Prophet,” culture minister Muhammad Hosseini told INSA news.

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