Kevin Fret

18 Feb 19
The Mercury News
CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device Oscar, you’re a hot mess. From the mocked, thankfully scuttled proposal to create a Most Popular overall film category to a decision to go hostless once comedian Kevin Hart dropped out over past homophobic remarks, the 91st Academy Awards keeps playing ping-pong with controversy in what is one clumsy run-up to the big night Feb. 24. Organizers hit another snag a mere two weeks before the ceremony, infuriating film lovers and insiders with a call to hand out certain awards — cinematography, editing, live shorts, makeup and hairstyling — during commercial breaks. Never mind that these nominees often transform an average film into a great one. Fortunately, the idea was eventually scrapped. Even Pixar, that perennial Oscar darling, hits the red carpet looking a bit out of sorts this year with the upstart “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” likely to scurry off with the animated prize. (Don’t fret; the Emeryville-based company might well score a victory for best animated short for its delightful “Bao.”) Given all the uncertainty and controversy going on, predicting who and what will take home a prize is a tricky endeavor. But it’s still fun. So here are my daredevil picks in the major categories. Best Supporting Actress Nominees: Amy Adams, “Vice”; Marina de Tavira, “Roma”; Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”; Emma Stone, “The Favourite”; Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite.” Who Will Win: Adams nailed Lynne Cheney, but don’t expect her to get called to the podium or invited for tea at the Cheney residence. De Tavira, whose animated wranglings with narrow garages and a disinterested spouse perked up “Roma,” but there’s not a whisper about her. Stone surprised all by pulling off feisty and cunning better than expected, but she’s already won and an Oscar (for “La La Land”) and she’ll divide votes with costar Weisz. Speaking of Weisz, she could sneak in, given she gave two incredible performances in the past year (the other was in “Disobedience”), but that’s not likely. So King will reign supreme. Her confrontation scene in “Beale Street” with her son-in-law’s accuser is one of the most intense and complicated acting moments of 2018. Who Should Win: King. No question. Supporting Actor Nominees: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”; Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”; Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”; Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”; Sam Rockwell, “Vice.” Who Will Win: As a detective infiltrating the KKK, Driver turned what could have been a rote role into one with greater depth. But low-key performances rarely get noticed in this category. Elliott literally offered up his voice to Cooper and the film was all the better for it. But he didn’t have enough screen time playing the brother who’s seen it all. Grant took the gay-sidekick role into something more authentic, but as exceptional as he was, it was a prickly role that some might not embrace. Rockwell gave us a standout down-home George W. impersonation, but he won last year, people!  So expect the classy Ali to step up and collect his second best supporting actor prize. The “Moonlight” star and Oakland native never faltered in his portrayal of the conflicted, erudite and brave pianist Don Shirley. Who Should Win: The reason “Green Book” works at all is the chemistry between Ali and Mortensen. Ali brought more finesse to the role and never once overplayed his more reserved and refined character. That scene when he’s performing passionately on the piano after enduring more racism on the road is acting perfection. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”5881799,5867647,5827207,5826869,5860521″] Actress Nominees: Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”; Glenn Close, “The Wife”; Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”; Lady Gaga, “A Star is Born”; Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Who will win: This boils down to a showdown between novices and veterans. Aparicio inhabited the role of a domestic worker who’s on the outside looking in. But her naturalistic style isn’t showy. Oscar likes theatrics. Colman could have simply swept in and chewed up the gorgeous scenery, but she created a far more complex queen. But others in this race clocked more screen time. Gaga stole our hearts and souls but she’s an acting newbie in voters eyes. McCarthy gave her absolute all, but Oscar won’t forgive her for cranking out a lot of duds lately. So, in a night of honoring some win-less veterans, Close finally gets her due for her elegant, classical work in “The Wife.” Who should win:  Gaga. She took ownership of every electrifying moment onscreen. She was vulnerable. She was tough. She made us feel the pain of loving someone in spiraling pain and steadfast self-hatred. It was one of the most raw, honest performances of the year. Actor Nominees: Christian Bale, “Vice”: Bradley Cooper, “A Star is Born”; Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”; Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”; Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book.” Who Will Win: The Academy drools over performances based on real folks, as evidenced by four of the five nominees here. Heck even the fifth – -Bradley Cooper — played someone based on a previous character. From this bunch, the one who uncanningly disappears and looks and acts like the one he’s portraying is Bale. His Cheney was en pointe in a scattered movie, but he’s won before. Dafoe painted a heartbreaking performance as the brilliant, tortured Vincent Van Gogh, but that stroke of genius will sadly go unrecognized; Cooper is the dark horse in the bunch; his “Star Is Born” might not be collecting many Oscars, but there’s a last-minute sentiment that he deserves something more for giving us such a passionate film. Mortensen proved to be his own worst enemy on a publicity tour; but he deserves that nomination. But none of that matters, as the award will go to Malek, who rocked the role of Queen’s Freddie Mercury. He’s unstoppable at this point. Who Should Win: Dafoe. It’s an astonishing performance in a gorgeous, woefully underrated drama. His tormented face still haunts me. Director Nominees: Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”; Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”; Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”; Adam McKay, “Vice”; Paweł Pawlikowski, “Cold War.” Who will win: Cuaron composed a masterwork, but he’s been here before. Lanthimos loosened-up the buttons on what could have been the usual stiff period piece but his cruel intentions might be too much for prim voters; McKay’s hyperactive direction made “Vice” a jittery jumble. Pawlikowski’s intimate romantic drama “Cold War” was an 88-minute pastiche of eloquence and heartache. It will receive the cold shoulder. This is Lee’s year. The influential 61-year-old has never won an Oscar and while a trophy should have been in his hands for “Do The Right Thing,” his “BlacKkKlansman” is undeniably one of his strongest films ever. Who should win: Lee. OK, the love story in “BlacKkKlansman” didn’t rung true, but that first and final sequences leave you staggered and speechless for days afterwards. Picture Nominees: “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “Roma,” “A Star is Born,” “Vice.” What will win: “BlacKkKlansman” hurled a fireball at U.S.’s incessant racism and possesses the passion to surprise. But it won’t. “Bohemian Rhapsody” bites the dust because it comes with WAY too much baggage. “The Favourite” was wicked and tart but it’s too damn edgy and has too many bunnies in it. “Green Book” would be coasting along in the driver’s seat  — if we were riding in the early 2000s. “Roma” is rightfully an awards magnet — but it comes from Netflix, and voters remain wary of the streaming giant and how they see it adversely affecting theater chains nationwide. Politics will defeat it. “A Star is Born” hit very high notes, but some consider it “Shallow.” Then there’s the erratic “Vice,” which stands zero chance of winning. So the Oscar will go to Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther,” a sensational, of-the-moment superhero movie that not only gave us powerful African pride and imagery but badass female characters too. What should win: “Roma.” It’s a magnificent, monumental piece of art with top-tier acting, cinematography, directing and screenwriting. Yes, it’s slow-moving, but it also a  film that flings open a window to the kind of people and stories rarely represented onscreen. It asks us to be compassionate of all around us, a universal message needed most urgently now. Randy Myers is a freelance correspondent covering film and is the president of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. THE 91st ACADEMY AWARDS When: 5 p.m. Feb. 24 Where: ABC; live stream of red carpet begins 3:30 p.m. twiter.com/theacademy  
18 Feb 19
East Bay Times
CLICK HERE if you are having trouble viewing these photos on a mobile device Oscar, you’re a hot mess. From the mocked, thankfully scuttled proposal to create a Most Popular overall film category to a decision to go hostless once comedian Kevin Hart dropped out over past homophobic remarks, the 91st Academy Awards keeps playing ping-pong with controversy in what is one clumsy run-up to the big night Feb. 24. Organizers hit another snag a mere two weeks before the ceremony, infuriating film lovers and insiders with a call to hand out certain awards — cinematography, editing, live shorts, makeup and hairstyling — during commercial breaks. Never mind that these nominees often transform an average film into a great one. Fortunately, the idea was eventually scrapped. Even Pixar, that perennial Oscar darling, hits the red carpet looking a bit out of sorts this year with the upstart “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” likely to scurry off with the animated prize. (Don’t fret; the Emeryville-based company might well score a victory for best animated short for its delightful “Bao.”) Given all the uncertainty and controversy going on, predicting who and what will take home a prize is a tricky endeavor. But it’s still fun. So here are my daredevil picks in the major categories. Best Supporting Actress Nominees: Amy Adams, “Vice”; Marina de Tavira, “Roma”; Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”; Emma Stone, “The Favourite”; Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite.” Who Will Win: Adams nailed Lynne Cheney, but don’t expect her to get called to the podium or invited for tea at the Cheney residence. De Tavira, whose animated wranglings with narrow garages and a disinterested spouse perked up “Roma,” but there’s not a whisper about her. Stone surprised all by pulling off feisty and cunning better than expected, but she’s already won and an Oscar (for “La La Land”) and she’ll divide votes with costar Weisz. Speaking of Weisz, she could sneak in, given she gave two incredible performances in the past year (the other was in “Disobedience”), but that’s not likely. So King will reign supreme. Her confrontation scene in “Beale Street” with her son-in-law’s accuser is one of the most intense and complicated acting moments of 2018. Who Should Win: King. No question. Supporting Actor Nominees: Mahershala Ali, “Green Book”; Adam Driver, “BlacKkKlansman”; Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”; Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”; Sam Rockwell, “Vice.” Who Will Win: As a detective infiltrating the KKK, Driver turned what could have been a rote role into one with greater depth. But low-key performances rarely get noticed in this category. Elliott literally offered up his voice to Cooper and the film was all the better for it. But he didn’t have enough screen time playing the brother who’s seen it all. Grant took the gay-sidekick role into something more authentic, but as exceptional as he was, it was a prickly role that some might not embrace. Rockwell gave us a standout down-home George W. impersonation, but he won last year, people!  So expect the classy Ali to step up and collect his second best supporting actor prize. The “Moonlight” star and Oakland native never faltered in his portrayal of the conflicted, erudite and brave pianist Don Shirley. Who Should Win: The reason “Green Book” works at all is the chemistry between Ali and Mortensen. Ali brought more finesse to the role and never once overplayed his more reserved and refined character. That scene when he’s performing passionately on the piano after enduring more racism on the road is acting perfection. [related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”curated” curated_ids=”5881799,5867647,5827207,5826869,5860521″] Actress Nominees: Yalitza Aparicio, “Roma”; Glenn Close, “The Wife”; Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”; Lady Gaga, “A Star is Born”; Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Who will win: This boils down to a showdown between novices and veterans. Aparicio inhabited the role of a domestic worker who’s on the outside looking in. But her naturalistic style isn’t showy. Oscar likes theatrics. Colman could have simply swept in and chewed up the gorgeous scenery, but she created a far more complex queen. But others in this race clocked more screen time. Gaga stole our hearts and souls but she’s an acting newbie in voters eyes. McCarthy gave her absolute all, but Oscar won’t forgive her for cranking out a lot of duds lately. So, in a night of honoring some win-less veterans, Close finally gets her due for her elegant, classical work in “The Wife.” Who should win:  Gaga. She took ownership of every electrifying moment onscreen. She was vulnerable. She was tough. She made us feel the pain of loving someone in spiraling pain and steadfast self-hatred. It was one of the most raw, honest performances of the year. Actor Nominees: Christian Bale, “Vice”: Bradley Cooper, “A Star is Born”; Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”; Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”; Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book.” Who Will Win: The Academy drools over performances based on real folks, as evidenced by four of the five nominees here. Heck even the fifth – -Bradley Cooper — played someone based on a previous character. From this bunch, the one who uncanningly disappears and looks and acts like the one he’s portraying is Bale. His Cheney was en pointe in a scattered movie, but he’s won before. Dafoe painted a heartbreaking performance as the brilliant, tortured Vincent Van Gogh, but that stroke of genius will sadly go unrecognized; Cooper is the dark horse in the bunch; his “Star Is Born” might not be collecting many Oscars, but there’s a last-minute sentiment that he deserves something more for giving us such a passionate film. Mortensen proved to be his own worst enemy on a publicity tour; but he deserves that nomination. But none of that matters, as the award will go to Malek, who rocked the role of Queen’s Freddie Mercury. He’s unstoppable at this point. Who Should Win: Dafoe. It’s an astonishing performance in a gorgeous, woefully underrated drama. His tormented face still haunts me. Director Nominees: Alfonso Cuaron, “Roma”; Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”; Spike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”; Adam McKay, “Vice”; Paweł Pawlikowski, “Cold War.” Who will win: Cuaron composed a masterwork, but he’s been here before. Lanthimos loosened-up the buttons on what could have been the usual stiff period piece but his cruel intentions might be too much for prim voters; McKay’s hyperactive direction made “Vice” a jittery jumble. Pawlikowski’s intimate romantic drama “Cold War” was an 88-minute pastiche of eloquence and heartache. It will receive the cold shoulder. This is Lee’s year. The influential 61-year-old has never won an Oscar and while a trophy should have been in his hands for “Do The Right Thing,” his “BlacKkKlansman” is undeniably one of his strongest films ever. Who should win: Lee. OK, the love story in “BlacKkKlansman” didn’t rung true, but that first and final sequences leave you staggered and speechless for days afterwards. Picture Nominees: “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “Roma,” “A Star is Born,” “Vice.” What will win: “BlacKkKlansman” hurled a fireball at U.S.’s incessant racism and possesses the passion to surprise. But it won’t. “Bohemian Rhapsody” bites the dust because it comes with WAY too much baggage. “The Favourite” was wicked and tart but it’s too damn edgy and has too many bunnies in it. “Green Book” would be coasting along in the driver’s seat  — if we were riding in the early 2000s. “Roma” is rightfully an awards magnet — but it comes from Netflix, and voters remain wary of the streaming giant and how they see it adversely affecting theater chains nationwide. Politics will defeat it. “A Star is Born” hit very high notes, but some consider it “Shallow.” Then there’s the erratic “Vice,” which stands zero chance of winning. So the Oscar will go to Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther,” a sensational, of-the-moment superhero movie that not only gave us powerful African pride and imagery but badass female characters too. What should win: “Roma.” It’s a magnificent, monumental piece of art with top-tier acting, cinematography, directing and screenwriting. Yes, it’s slow-moving, but it also a  film that flings open a window to the kind of people and stories rarely represented onscreen. It asks us to be compassionate of all around us, a universal message needed most urgently now. Randy Myers is a freelance correspondent covering film and is the president of the San Francisco Film Critics Circle. THE 91st ACADEMY AWARDS When: 5 p.m. Feb. 24 Where: ABC; live stream of red carpet begins 3:30 p.m. twiter.com/theacademy  
15 Feb 19
The Denver Post
Broncos Country, are you ready for the Joe Flacco era to begin? From what’s been said on Twitter and local radio, the reaction to the pending trade has been lukewarm at best. But let’s take a look at what national media outlets had to say: Kevin Patra, NFL.com: “For a quarterback who has averaged just 6.3 yards per attempt over the past four years, eclipsed 4,000 yards passing just once in his career, brings no mobility to the position and has dealt with back and hip injuries the past two seasons, being penciled in as a starter is a clear win.” Mike Tanier, Bleacher Report: “Elway’s quarterback ideas are catastrophically misguided, inexplicably shortsighted, cripplingly expensive and intrinsically doomed. And each new idea is bigger, louder and more disastrous than the last.” Jeff Legwold, ESPN: “In short, Flacco’s arrival, just like Keenum’s a year ago, is not a long-term solution for the Broncos. Flacco turned 34 last month and lost his starting job after an injury this past season. Despite Elway’s continued resistance to saying he is rebuilding, the Broncos eventually have to have a plan that goes beyond the upcoming season at their most important position.” Patrick Redford, Deadspin: “Not only will the Broncos acquire a man whose notable achievements last season were sulking and getting benched, but they will give up a “mid-round” pick to do so. Denver believes it can win immediately within the shrinking window of a 34-year-old QB.” John Breech, CBSSports: “After watching the Broncos pull off a surprising trade for the Ravens quarterback on Wednesday, Denver’s Super Bowl LIV odds actually got worse at one sportsbook, which basically tells you all you need to know about how oddsmakers feel about Flacco.” Fret not, Broncos fans. There is one note that might make cast a silver lining: Of the Patriots’ three home playoff losses in the Tom Brady era, two have come by the hands of Flacco and the Ravens (2010 and 2013). The other? That came by way of former Broncos quarterback Mark Sanchez and the New York Jets in 2011. — Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post NEW 💥 If you enjoy The Denver Post’s sports coverage, we have a new subscription offer for you! Try the first month for just 99¢ What’s on tap? TV/RADIO: Here’s what sports are airing today Must-Read Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after a touchdown run by Javorius Allen in the third quarter of the game against the Denver Broncos at M&T Bank Stadium on Sept. 23, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens won 27-14. Source: Broncos to acquire quarterback Joe Flacco from Baltimore In a trade that won’t be completed until March 13, the Broncos have agreed to send one of their two 2019 fourth-round picks to the Baltimore Ravens for quarterback Joe Flacco, a source confirmed. Read more… Nick Bosa of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after recovering a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the second quarter against the Oregon State Beavers at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 1, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Denver Post NFL Mock Draft: Projecting Round 1 Our initial crack at projecting how the first round of the NFL draft will look (minus trades). Read more… Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens walks off the field after a 23-16 win over the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium on Nov. 27, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. O’Halloran: Broncos trading for Joe Flacco will be a boon behind the scenes — and bring a sigh of relief for Vic Fangio Ten thoughts for new Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco and his 10 career postseason wins. Read more… Quick Hits + Broncos podcast: Can Joe Flacco resolve Denver quarterback woes? + T.C. McCartney’s addition to Broncos coaching staff thrills his family and the CU Buffs. + Alliance of American Football: Here’s a list of former Broncos, Rams and Buffs to watch. + O’Halloran: Broncos trading for a top-3 pick in NFL draft could change the franchise. + NFL Scouting Combine will feature several players with Colorado ties. + Is Kyler Murray right for the Broncos? Pros and cons to the idea of the Heisman Trophy winner in Denver. + Broncos Mailbag: Support for Nick Foles to be the next quarterback (not as likely now). + Want to chat about the Broncos? Ask to join our closed discussion group on Facebook. By The Numbers $103.06 The average price of a Broncos general seat for 2019. The team increased the rpice of its general seaon ticket prices for the first time in three years. Read more… Parting Shot Von Miller (58) of the Denver Broncos pressures Joe Flacco (5) of the Baltimore Ravens. The Denver Broncos played the Baltimore Ravens at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, CO on Sept. 13, 2015. Here’s how Twitter reacted to news that the Broncos are trading for QB Joe Flacco The collective Twitter reaction from around the NFL showcased surprise, excitement and disappointment. Below is a regularly updated roundup of what people are saying about the former Ravens passer heading to Denver. Read more… Get in Touch If you see something that’s cause for question or have a comment, thought or suggestion, email me at dboniface@denverpost.com or tweet me @danielboniface.
14 Feb 19
Andre Eger

Republicans have long used Nancy Pelosi as their boogeyman in their pitch to voters, but that did not work in 2018. GOP lawmakers, political groups, and conservative media outlets are now focusing a considerable amount of time and resources on freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York to paint her as the “new leader of […]

14 Feb 19
Diary of a Broken Man

I am a worrier. That would be an understatement. I am a big worrier. I try not to worry but I still feel it creeping in on me at times. I didn’t used to be this way. When I was younger I didn’t worry about anything. I felt free and invincible. There was no need […]

13 Feb 19
Breakfast With The Band

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be going through each of the tracks and the recording/production process of our recently released album “Place Of Searching” (available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon Music, soundcloud, or hard copy which you can pick up at shows or message us and we’ll mail it). I’m hoping this offers some insight […]

13 Feb 19
GenteRD

GENTERD: Continúan las investigaciones en torno a la muerte del reguetonero Kevin Fret. Sobre el caso el cantante de música urbana Ozuna será citado para declarar luego de surgir unos videos en el que el “negrito de ojos claros” era extorsionado por el fenecido. Las autoridades de Puerto Rico han develado que el interprete de […]

12 Feb 19
Fan Fest | For Fans, By Fans

The Netflix’s shows are seemingly done for, as part of Disney and Marvel’s strategy to prepare for its streaming service, but don’t fret just yet. Marvel have lined up a series of animated spin offs ready to be enjoyed in the future. However… they aren’t exactly the heroes you would expect. So far, Howard the […]

11 Feb 19
Nouvelles Du Monde

EPlus tôt dans la journée, le Premier ministre avait de nouveau exprimé toute sa confiance en Chris Grayling. Ce qui laissait sans réponse la question de savoir pourquoi. À quel point la secrétaire aux transports doit-elle être désespérée pour que Theresa May puisse avouer qu'elle pourrait avoir le moindre doute sur ses capacités? Tout ce […]

09 Feb 19
vegaabildgaard8's blogs

Common Mistakes To Keep away from When Installing Gutters Your water can be flowing freely and away out of your property once more in no time when our team is repairing your gutters! Throughout a standard, average rain fall, your roof gutters and downspouts work collectively as a team directing a steady flow of water […]

09 Feb 19
Archy Worldys

The reggaeton Ozuna He made his first appearance tonight before the Puerto Rican public, after the scandal he faces for the publication of a pornographic video and being a victim of extortion by the murdered ragman Kevin Fret. His artistic participation occurred during the closing of the concert "Golden Tour" by Romeo Santos at the […]