Rita Lee, ‘Boyhood’ Oscar Noms, Marco Perella and more

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rgz+Lee+03BUSINESS: From war-torn China to life’s rewards in Austin. Taken from my story in the Statesman: “Born in 1931, Rita Chiu-Yi Lee grew up in turbulent times. In 1937, the Japanese Empire invaded her native China, already torn by civil war. Her uncle sided with the Communist Chinese forces, her father with the Nationalists. After the Japanese publicly tortured the Austinite’s grandfather in front of their village, her family crossed the Japanese-Chinese war zone to find her father, Ma Chi Chuang, at the time an aide to Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek. At another point, her father, by then an admiral, was given the task of escorting the Nationalist government’s treasures to the island of Taiwan when the Chinese Civil War (1927-1950) went the way of the Communists.” http://shar.es/1bpAoY

MOVIES 1: Austin’s “Boyhood” takes six Oscar nods. Taken from Joe Gross‘ story in the Statesman: “Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman” and Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” each picked up nine Oscar nominations Thursday morning, with  “The Imitation Game” scoring eight. Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” and Austin favorite Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” had six each. The best picture nominees are “American Sniper,” “Birdman,” “Boyhood,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “The Imitation Game,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Selma.” In addition to best picture, “Boyhood” picked up nods for best director, best editing (for editor Sandra Adair), best supporting actor for Ethan Hawke, best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette and best original screenplay.” http://bit.ly/1IDZtsN

MOVIES 2: Who’s that guy? Taken from Stephen Harrigan‘s story in Texas Monthly: “There are 65 acting credits listed for Marco Perella on the Internet Movie Database, some of them in high-profile productions like JFK, Lone Star, and Friday Night Lights. But the characters he’s played tend to be identified on IMDb by labels like “Cab Driver,” “Townsperson,” “2nd Young Guy,” “Preppy Customer,” “Starbucks Guy,” “Skinny Dude,” and “Jester (scenes deleted).” The Austin actor made a typically brief appearance in a television movie I wrote a dozen years ago, and I congratulate myself on having gone to the extra effort of providing his character, a psychopathic drifter in nineteenth-century Missouri, with an actual name.” http://bit.ly/1yhox7J


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