Gabriel Snyder

  • Film

That’s Sahl, folks

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Surveying the field of best picture contenders, Mort Sahl whips out an irreverent riff: "Can you imagine this crowd having the guts to make 'Brokeback Mountain' if John Wayne were alive?"

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Here’s Jonny!

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When Oscar producer Gil Cates offered Jon Stewart this year's hosting gig, the host of "The Daily Show" replied, "Are you sure?" It was an answer of typical Stewart wit, a type of humor that Cates…

Marketplace

Dealmakers prod Pixar

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With talks between the Mouse and Pixar at a very sensitive stage, insiders say the Walt Disney Co. is looking to acquire the animator, as opposed to merely reaching a new distribution agreement…

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Public-access prizes

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It's awards season and everyone is on pins and needles waiting for the outcome of the big prizes, like "The People's Choice Awards." Well, not really. The show, airing Jan. 10 on CBS, honors the…

Relationship issues

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On opening night of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in 1964, Bob Hope surveyed the simple opulence of the new building -- the graceful, curving balconies, the palette of coral and gold -- before taking…

Risks and rewards

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After he turned in the pilot for HBO's "Six Feet Under," creator Alan Ball got a curious note from Chris Albrecht. It was about the way the first episode wrapped up, in which patriarch Nathaniel…

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