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Kobe likes 'The Hangover,' the mayor goes with 'Avatar.' L.A. luminaries make their best picture picks

Everyone has their Oscar winner list. But when The Times' entertainment team asked L.A. luminaries to pick their favorite movies, it got some unexpected answers. Here's a sample:

Antonio Villaraigosa: "Avatar" ... "I loved the message it sends about interconnection between humans, animal welfare and the environment that sustains us all."

Kobe Bryant:  "The Hangover"...  " 'Hangover' ain't nominated for no Oscar. I know that! That's my favorite movie. Man, that was my movie of the year."

Ron Artest: "2012" ...  "I would have to say '2012.' Every time I get to the [team] hotel, I watch it. Every single time. The effects were just crazy, and it was interesting."

Mike Scioscia: "It's Complicated"...  "I just laughed my ... off. Meryl Streep is good. I saw her in 'Doubt,' now you see her do this, a comedy. She was totally funny."

Joe Torre: "The Hurt Locker" ... "It keeps you on the edge of your seat. My wife noticed right away that the cinematography was wonderful. 'Avatar' was also amazing. It's amazing, the technology. There's no story. It was a run-of-the-mill story ... But this movie ['The Hurt Locker'], it was tense.

Read the full list at the Envelope.

Hollywood Star Walk

A new Times database puts readers on the sidewalks of Hollywood, using more than a century of archives to track the lives of the stars, including current Oscar nominees Jeff Bridges, James Cameron, Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep.

Comments () | Archives (5)

how about NONE OF THEM. hollywood shows the decline of TALENT in america, in ALL fields.

Kobe enjoys movies where people get away with rape. It's something he can relate to.

Who cares about the Oscars and who really cares what a rapist and that piece of garbage mayor thinks about movies?

Everyone I know who have seen The Hurt Locker say it is outstanding including a friend who is an Iraq vet. He said it is very realistic.

Once again, our idiot mayor got it wrong.


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