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  • The Sapphires is a thoroughly engaging sleeper that could get lots of attentionat Oscar time.
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  • Beauty is Embarrasing is Neil Berkeley’s acclaimed documentary that celebratesthe life and work of Wayne White, who won three Emmys for designing Pee-Wee'sPlayhouse.
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  • Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper are getting Oscar buzz for their roles inSilver Linings Playbook.
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  • Dustin Hoffman makes his directorial debut in Quartet, which features anall-star class that includes Maggie Smith.
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  • Iceberg Slim reclines and smokes a pipe in the engaging documentary, IcebergSlim: Portrait of a Pimp
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  • What would a film festival be without a Christopher Walken movie? He stars in ALate Quartet
    Photo courtesy of © 2012 Entertainment One Films U.S. and Opening NightProductions
  • A documentary on fashion legend Diana Vreeland will close the festival.
    Photo courtesy of Diane Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel

  • Porco Rosso movie poster
  • Movie poster for 2016: Obama's America
  • Dinesh D'Souza traveling through Jakarta, Indonesia, in his movie 2016: Obama'sAmerica
  • Searching for Sugar Man, from Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul, detailing theefforts of two fans to see if Sixto Diaz Rodriguez's rumored death was true -and if not, to discover what had become of him.

  • Jennifer Devoldère’s The Day I Saw Your Heart, a seriocomic French import hasits H-Town premiere at 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Aug. 30, and 5 p.
  • Trouble the Water makes a return engagement to 14 Pews.
  • Marcel Rasquin’s Hermano, a Venezuelan drama, opens Friday at the AMC Studio30.
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  • Chris Rock and Julie Delpy star in 2 Days in New York, opening at the SundanceCinemas Friday.
  • Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi, a bubbly Bollywood romantic comedy aboutromantically attracted fortysomethings appears at least partially inspired bythe U.S. sitcom Mike & Molly. It is playing at the AMC 30.

  • Josh Brolin, from left, Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black 3
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  • Jane Fonda in Peace, Love, Misunderstanding
  • The Amazing Spider Man
  • A scene from Savages
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  • The Dark Knight Rises
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  • Ashley Judd headlines the Children's Assessment Center luncheon on April 4.
  • Charlie Hartland, from left, at the Mission of Yahweh kick-off with MonicaHartland, Brad Marks and Joanna Hartland.
  • Mary and Tony Gracely hosted the Mission of Yahweh evening.
  • Oscar and Lynn Wyatt, pictured here at the Opera Ball, hosted Eva Marie Saintand Ben Mankiewicz at their River Oaks home.
    Photo by Gary Fountain
  • At Mission of Yahweh event.

  • John Waters
    Photo by Tyler Rudick
  • John Waters, Pet, 2009, C-print, Edition 4/5
  • John Waters, La Mer, 2009, Styrofoam, urethane, plaster and latex, Edition 5/5,signed and titled in ink: "La Mer" John Waters
  • John Waters, Neurotic, 2009, four C-prints, Edition 3/5
  • John Waters, Plus, 1996, two C-prints, Edition 4/5
  • John Waters, Bad Directors Chair, 2006, canvas, wood, steel and paint withleather bound script, Edition 1/5 signed, titled and numbered in ink (underfootrest): "Bad Director’s Chair 1/5, J. Waters"
  • John Waters, Visit Marfa, 2003, offset print, Edition 40/100

  • Teri Polo and Ethan Hawke in Mystery Date
  • Reality Bites
  • A scene from Before Sunrise
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  • Tape
  • Ethan Hawke in Training Day
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  • A scene from Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
  • Assault on Precinct 13

  • Kim Padgett, from left, Laurette Veres and Miya Shay visit the Great Wall ofChina.
  • Jessica Rossman and Gordon Bethune hosted a Planned Parenthood fundraiser.
    Photo by Seth Vaughan
  • David and Mary Ann McKeithan at his 75th birthday bash at the Briar Club.
  • Annie Criner, left, Sanford Criner and Kate Criner Bellin joined the screeningof "Trust."
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  • Jewelry designer Kathy Bracewell congrats Jennnifer McCord at Tootsies party.
  • Michelle Kolcun, left, Bill Boyar and Hallie Kuntz at El Tiempo graduationcelebration.

  • Movie still from "Brotherhood"
  • "Brotherhood" movie poster
  • Will Canon, from left, Jon Foster, Lou Taylor Pucci, Arlen Escarpeta, TrevorMorgan at a screening of the movie in New York
    Photo by Liz Casanova
  • Director Will Canon
  • Arlen Escarpeta
  • Trevor Morgan
  • Lou Taylor Pucci
  • Jon Foster

  • The Bullitt scene is the most famous and influential movie car chase of alltime.
  • Jacqueline Bisset's wet T-shirt scenes in The Deep were another iconic PeterYates moment.
  • Yates died in London on Sunday, Jan. 9. He was 82 years old.
  • "Bullitt" (1968), his first American film
  • "Robbery" (1967), a crime thriller
  • He gained four Oscar nominations, one for Best Director and a second for BestProducer for the film "Breaking Away" in 1979
  • Yates received another two Oscar nominations (Director and Producer) for "TheDresser" (1983). "The Dresser" was also entered into the 34th BerlinInternational Film Festival.
  • Peter Falk in Yates' "Roommates"

  • The star and her critic, MacLaine and Leydon.
    Photo by Carolina Astrain
  • MacLaine signs a portrait made by a fan, who presented a copy to the actressafterwards.
    Photo by Carolina Astrain
  • Leydon and MacLaine talked to each other like old friends.
    Photo by Carolina Astrain

  • Behind the walls of an Oklahoma prison, there's a cowgirl a-brewin'.
  • Rodeo practice makes rodeo perfect.
  • Director Bradley Beesley will be on hand to chat with you at CultureMap's Nightat the Movies.
    Photo by John Anderson
  • Go behind the scenes of the only behind-the-walls rodeo in the world.
  • The women have described the rodeo experience as "the first time ever in my lifethat I've felt free."
  • Foxie, one of the inmates, said, "There's more to life out there."
  • Oklahoma is the number one state to send women to prison.

  • Anthony Perkins eventually came to grips with being Norman Bates.
  • You won't find a more iconic flick for the second CultureMap Night at theMovies.
  • Watch Mother when you're in the shower.

CultureMap Night at the Movies

My day with Norman Bates: A lesson in the power of a Psycho

  • Divergence Vocal Theater juxtaposes different artistic genres to tease all thesenses.
  • Rothko Chapel turns 40 this year.
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  • Take a beautiful hike with vino through the gorgeous trails of the HoustonArboretum.

  • "Black Swan" doesn't fit into any of the typical Hollywood boxes.
  • Natalie Portman doesn't hold back in the highly-charged "Black Swan."
  • Black Swan gets a Cinema Arts moment Sunday.

  • Jim Sturgess stars as a disfigured photographer with a personal grudge againstdemons who haunt the streets of his bleak neighborhood in "Heartless."
  • Should "Avatar" have won Best Picture at the Oscars? Michelle Rodriguez thinksso
  • We side with Rodriguez, shown here in a scene from "Machete"
  • A highlight of Fantastic Fest is the regional premiere of "Stone," a twistyneo-noir drama about a hardened convict (Edward Norton), his sexy girlfriend(Milla Jovovich) – and a cynical prison counselor (Robert De Niro) they may ormay not manage to manipulate.

  • A champagne pourer dangled from the ceiling of the Hobby Center at a blowoutbash for attendees at the National Business Travelers Association conference.
    Photo by Shelby Hodge
  • Tootsies' owner Mickey Rosmarin, center, and models are in the pink.
    Photo by Eric Hester
  • Ramadan is important even to fair-weather Muslims, says Fayza Elmostehi.
  • Catalan's restaurant week lunch menu includes a tomato theme.

  • Get a glimpse into Afghanistan with "Restrepo."
  • An all day art affair — how could you miss it?
  • Tito's Vodka — one among many you will try at the Throwdown.
  • Four hours of classic movie viewing.
  • Hari Krishnan and Srividya Natarajan can really cut a rug — in a Bharatanatyamkind of way.
  • Baseball with the LGBT community — sure to be a blast.

  • MacGruber opens tomorrow — and is already being dismissed by critics
  • Top five. Ever.
  • Still quoting it? Win.
  • Dear Coneheads, thanks for preparing me for the birth of my sister.
  • These greasy brothers make me feel gross
  • Roger Ebert called it, "desperately unfunny"

  • Ryan O'Neal and Ali McGraw from the 1970 movie based on Erich Segal's book,"Love Story"
  • Author Erich Segal
  • "Love Story" spawned the catch phrase, "Love means never having to say you'resorry."

Erich Segal 1937-2010

Love Story and the search for pop culture immortality

  • Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick
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  • Jennifer Lopez
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  • Miley Cyrus
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  • Anna Kendrick
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  • Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon
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  • Zoe Saldana
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  • Mo'Nique, Sidney Hicks
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  • Best Picture: Avatar
  • Best Actor: James Bridges, Crazy Heart
  • Kathryn Bigelow, Best Director, The Hurt Locker
    Photo by Ed Araquel/Summit Entertainment
  • Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, The Blind Side
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  • Best Supporting Actress: Mo'Nique, Precious
  • Best Foreign Film: The White Ribbon

Academy Awards 2010

Quick Pix: Here's how to win your Oscar pool

  • A scene from "The Hurt Locker"
  • "Up in the Air" star George Clooney was awarded Best Actor by the Houston FilmCritics Society
  • "Up" won the best antimated film award
  • "The Hurt Locker" director Kathryn Bigelow received the Best Director prize fromHouston film critics
  • HFCS gave the Best Supporting Actress award to "Up in the Air" co-star AnnaKendrick

Houston Film Critics Society

The Hurt Locker wins top award from Houston film critics

Ticking down to 2010

Death doesn't take a holiday

  • Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Gray in "Dirty Dancing," the 1987 movie thatcapulted the actor to stardom.
    Photo courtesy Vestron
  • Swayze's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    Photo courtesy Patsy Swayze
  • Swayze in a photo taken earlier this year.
    Photo courtesy A&E

Paying Tribute to a Houston Legend

Critics salute Patrick Swayze

He starred in "The Houston Story"

Gene Barry was one cool dude

  • Sandra Bullock received two Golden Globe nominations: As best actress in a dramafor "The Blind Side" (shown here where she plays Memphis matriach Leanne Tuohy)and best actress in a comedy or musical for "The Proposal."
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  • "Up In The Air," starring George Clooney, led Golden Globe film contenders withsix nominations, including best drama, best actor for Clooney and best directorfor Jason Reitman.
  • The cast of "Glee" (clockwise from left): Jenna Ushkowitz, Chris Colfer, CoryMonteith, Amber Riley, Kevin McHale and Lea Michele. The TV musical comedysnared four Globe nominations
  • "Precious" star Gabourey Sidibe was nominated for best actress in a drama.

"Up in the Air" flies high

Making sense out of the Golden Globe nominations