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Oscars Recap: In Praise of James Franco

The day after the Oscars, the ceremony is poked, prodded and reconsidered ad nauseam. Was the telecast too long? (This year, no – although the show typically lasts around four hours, the 2011 version clocked in at an economical three-and-a-quarter.) Were there any shocking upsets? (Sadly, no.) Did the hosts live up to expectations?
 
And that, in an otherwise quiet year, seems to be the most hotly debated question. Or maybe not – the general consensus, among those who cared to weigh in, is that co-hosts Anne Hathaway and (Palo Alto’s own!) James Franco failed at that most daunting task, opening the show and keeping viewers amused between award presentations.
 

Indie Theater Roundup: 7 Movies to See This Week

The Clay Theatre remains open this week with nightly screenings of Radu Mihaileanu's The Concert, while Tamra Davis' illuminating documentary Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child makes its regional debut at the Lumiere. Elsewhere:

He Says, She Says: Henry Jaglom, Tanna Frederick Explore Father-Daughter Bonds with 'Irene in Time'

Who is Henry Jaglom?



The answer is complicated enough to have inspired a 1995 documentary, in which conflicting portraits of the London-born director are offered. Is he “the worst filmmaker in America,” as one magazine editor suggested then? Or is he the daring auteur whose work has been described by Roger Ebert as “smart” and “sophisticated”? Do his films suggest a subconscious hatred of women, as a female sociologist once alleged, or do they reflect the “feminine, observant nature” some of his leading ladies profess to admire?

Where Did Julia Roberts Dine This Week in SF?

We’re not frequently star-struck, but how’s this for a celebrity sighting: Monday night, following the fundraiser for Paul Newman’s children’s camp (held at Davies Symphony Hall) none other than Julia Roberts, her husband Danny Moder, Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, Bruce Willis, Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, Robin Wright Penn, Billy and Janice Crystal, Danny DeVito, Bonnie Raitt and Marsha Williams gathered at Jardinière to celebrate Julia’s birthday (she turned 41)—other lucky diners heard the gang singing “Happy Birthday” to Julia and Rita (whose birthday was just a few days earlier).
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