• PASADENA(CNS) – A gunshot victim found dead in a parking lot near the
    Rose Bowl was a 56-year-old man from Duarte, authorities said today.
    The body was discovered in Parking Lot I about 5 a.m. Monday, according
    to a Pasadena police officer.

    HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – Musician Randy Newman said tonight the Oscar-winning
    song he penned for the animated movie “Toy Story 3′ was not a representation
    of his best work in film.
    But he was grateful for the win nevertheless — his second in 20
    nominations.
    “ It was very nice, as it always is when people want to give you
    something,’ Newman said of his victory in the original song category for “We
    Belong Together.’
    When writing for a film, the songs “come easiest because there’s
    information. It should be happy, it should be fast, it should say this in
    general, and I can usually do it fairly easily and fairly quickly,’ he said.
    However, a minute later, Newman confessed, “This isn’t the most
    consequential thing I’ve ever done for a movie by a longshot.’
    Newman cited the music he created for “Toy Story 2,’ “A Bug’s Life,’
    “Awakenings’ and “The Natural’ as some of his best work in Hollywood.
    “I thought highly of them at the time,’ he said.
    Newman has spent a lifetime making music, but when asked whether college
    students who aspire to be musicians should enter the business, the singer-
    songwriter said, “It’s like a bank that’s already been robbed. It’s over.’
    Kidding aside, Newman said, “Keep doing it. If you stay in it that
    long, you must love it.’
    “It’s a really tough living to make but no, if you love it, do it and
    see what happens,’ he said. “It’s not going to hurt you. It’s a very
    complicated thing. You can study it for the rest of your life.’

     

    HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – Penning the screenplay for “The Social Network,’
    which tells the story of the creation of Facebook, helped change Aaron Sorkin’s
    outlook about the Internet, the first-time Oscar winner said tonight.
    Asked about the role of social networking sites in the political
    uprisings in the Middle East, the screenwriter said, “I thought it was an
    incredible thing.’
    He admitted, “I’ve been cranky about the Internet … somewhere along
    the way I turned into my grandfather …’
    “But when you see what happened in Cairo … social networking tools
    mobilizing people for great causes like that, you really want to thank the Mark
    Zuckerbergs for that,’ he said, referring to Facebook’s driving force.
    Sorkin, who has won four Emmy Awards for his small screen work, said
    backstage tonight at the Kodak Theatre that he “grew up worshiping `The
    Graduate,” the 1967 film starring a young Dustin Hoffman.
    He said he always wondered how Buck Henry, the screenwriter of the
    iconic film, felt the first time he saw Hoffman say his lines. Now, he said, he
    doesn’t wonder any more. “I’ve seen it.’
    As for “The Social Network,’ “this material isn’t for beginners,’ Sorkin
    said, but the “incredibly talented, but very young cast’ ably handled the
    rapid-fire, rat-a-tat dialogue “under the guidance’ of the film’s Academy
    Award-winning director, David Fincher.
    He said he thought Zuckerberg had “been an awfully good sport. I don’t
    think anyone here would want to have a movie made about what they did when they
    were 19 years old “and include the viewpoint of those who have sued you for
    millions of dollars.’
    Sorkin, best known for his work on “The West Wing,’ said he was
    “hyperaware that whatever I write next will be the thing I wrote after `The
    Social Network.”
    After celebrating tonight, he said, he’ll start working on “something that
    I like, something that my friends like … and … hope that enough other
    people will like it that I’ll be able to make a living.’
    He noted the first writing award he ever won earned him $200 and allowed him
    to go to New York to pursue his craft.

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    HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – Winning the best-actress Oscar “feels very, very
    dreamlike,’ Natalie Portman said backstage tonight at the Kodak Theatre.
    Though she was happy to take home the award for her role as Nina in
    “Black Swan,’ the pregnant actress said she would absolutely not name her
    baby-to-be Oscar.
    “That’s definitely out of the question,’ she said.
    The role was a strenuous one for the actress, who said the shooting and
    rehearsal schedule was so “hectic’ that she only slept about five hours a
    night. But she said that helped her in dealing with such a damaged character.
    “I didn’t necessarily have time to think about what was happening,’
    she said, instead “just falling into bed and then waking up to go to set.’
    But it still took her longer to shake off the character than some other
    roles she’s played.
    “The whole movie was so intense … it stayed with me a little longer
    than usual,’ Portman said.
    She credited director Darren Aronofsky for guiding her through the
    emotionally and physically demanding role.
    “It’s only possible to give yourself so freely when you absolutely 100
    percent trust the person you’re working with as a director,’ the actress said.
    Film is “absolutely a director’s medium’ and “Darren’s artistry is so
    extreme, that I absolutely felt free to try everything.’
    As for the dancing, she said she felt the role was choreographed “in a
    manner that best flattered what I could do and avoided what I couldn’t do,’
    which was “key to the credibility for the film.’
    Her character Nina should be both admired and pitied, she said.
    “Her passion is to be admired, but her obvious fragile mental state and
    fragmentation of her identity is to be pitied,’ Portman told reporters.
    “One of the most beautiful things about the film is that it can be
    interpreted in so many ways,’ said the actress. “I really see it as a coming
    of age.’
    She said she believes the film shows Nina becoming a woman and “killing
    the child’s version of herself … I don’t necessarily see (the end of the
    film) as a death, as some people do.’
    Many of the questions she had to field backstage were about her pregnancy.
    “The baby was definitely kicking a lot during the song portion of the
    show, little dancer,’ Portman recalled, but said she couldn’t remember much
    else that had happened after her name was called.
    Her pregnancy has insulated her against some of the silliness of awards
    season, she said.
    “It feels like a protection against all of the hoopla,’ Portman said.
    “(It’s) the part that keeps you centered … in the midst of a lot of shiny
    stuff that is more superficial.’
    Next, she looks forward to “staying in bed and not having to do my
    makeup and hair and keeping my sweats on.’

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    HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – As the three producers for “The King’s Speech’
    answered a flurry of questions backstage at the Kodak Theatre tonight, one of
    the men took a moment to reflect on why they sought to bring the film to the
    silver screen.
    “The strange irony of it all is that we probably, amongst other things,
    wanted to do this thing because we hate public speaking,’ said Iain Canning,
    who picked up the best picture Oscar along with Emile Sherman and Gareth Unwin.
    The film about King George VI and his speech impediment was made with
    the financial help of the British Film Institute, whose fiscal future is now in
    jeopardy.
    “Without them, we wouldn’t be here, so we really hope that because of
    `The King’s Speech’ that everyone continues to support arts and culture,’
    Canning said.
    For Unwin, tonight’s victory was the end of a long campaign that saw
    “The King’s Speech’ honored around the world.
    “From the point of the script, we had faith in the story,’ Unwin said.
    “These campaigns run and they peak and they troth, but we never lost any
    faith with the film that we had.’
    Unwin went on to say it has a high honor the Academy Award from director
    Steven Spielberg, noting, “It was more interesting shaking his hand than
    this fellow,’ gesturing to the gold Oscar statue.

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    SOUTH PASADENA (CNS) – A retired Pasadena school teacher was arrested
    for allegedly furnishing alcohol to minors, including former students, police
    said today.

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    A
    wonderful cultural event is in store for the Arcadia Branch of the American
    Association of University (AAUW) members and their guests when performers
    present “Sharing the Beauty of Asian Culture.” The event takes place on Saturday, February 26, at 2:00 p.m.
    in the Church of the Good Shepherd’s Jordan Hall, 400 W. Duarte Road, Arcadia
    (SW corner of Duarte Rd. and Holly Ave.). Ample parking is available. Light refreshments will be served at 2:00 p.m., with the
    program to follow from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    The
    audience will be treated to the beauty of Asian music, dance, and other
    cultural experiences. Among the
    performers are the Taiwanese Aboriginal dancers, Burmese Candle Light dancers,
    Fo Quang Chinese Drum Troupe, Kinetic Tai Chi performer, and Indian
    dancers. Other performers will
    also be featured. All will be beautifully
    costumed, many of them lavishly so.

    This
    lovely occasion is the culmination of a fund-raising event for AAUW Funds
    (formerly AAUW Educational Foundation).
    Planning the event are AAUW Funds chairpersons Fanny Kuo and Joanna
    Liang. The AAUW Funds project
    supports women in graduate studies, public service projects, research, and
    other programs. The chairpersons have
    worked tirelessly to secure the finest talent available in the area and to
    coordinate the event. Many of the
    performers are professionals who are donating their time for a worthy
    cause.

    The
    Arcadia Branch of AAUW is extending a cordial invitation to the public to join
    in this special occasion. The
    ticket price of $20 per person for members and guests covers both light refreshments
    and entertainment. To make
    reservations for the event, please call Fanny Kuo at (626) 574-8653 or Joanna
    Liang at (626) 355-2270 by February 12.
    Those wishing to make a separate donation to AAUW Funds may contact
    Joyce McGregor at (626) 447-6543 for more information.

    The Beverly Hills Courier is counting down to the “Night of 100 Stars” viewing party at The Beverly Hills Hotel to be held from 4 p.m. on February 27.

    The Courier
    has won the rights to broadcast the 21st annual event which attracts
    more than 100 of Hollywood’s most famous stars, including more than 50
    previous Oscar winners and nominees.

    Broadcast hosts Brenton Garen and Tamara Henry have this message about the red-carpet, black-tie gala.

    PASADENA (CNS) – A 50-gallon diesel fuel spill shut down the Rosemead
    Boulevard off-ramp on the eastbound Foothill (210) Freeway in Pasadena today,
    according to California Highway Patrol.

    PASADENA (CNS) – Caltech men’s basketball coach Oliver Eslinger will be
    a guest coach of the Washington Generals, the Harlem Globetrotters’ opponents,
    for tonight’s game at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario.

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