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Star’s Performance Gets Oscar Buzz

By Josh Marks, published on Oct 1, 2006

How do you cinematically portray one of the most brutal dictators in the history of the world without turning him into a one-dimensional personification of evil? The answer lies in “The Last King of Scotland” director Kevin Macdonald’s decision to cast Forest Whitaker in the lead role as Ugandan President Idi Amin. Whitaker gives the performance of his career, transforming into the charismatic and ruthless figure who most sources say is responsible for around 300,000 deaths during his reign of terror in the early 1970s. Whitaker’s ability to tap into the leader who could charm reporters... (more)

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Cruising Down Miracle Mile

By Josh Marks, published on Sep 20, 2006

Are you gonna cruise the Miracle Mile? – Billy Joel, It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me (Glass Houses, 1980) Long before the Piano Man referenced L.A.’s Miracle Mile in a song, this stretch of Wilshire Boulevard between Fairfax and La Brea Avenues was just an idea in the mind of Los Angeles developer A.W. Ross. In the early 1920s Ross turned 18 acres of empty land west of downtown into a bustling commercial district. The automobile, not the pedestrian, would shape the Miracle Mile. Ross mandated that the building facades along Wilshire be engineered so drivers could see everything through... (more)

Tags: los angeles, hollywood, music

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