First Egyptian film at Oscars not shown at home
2014-02-28 08:08:18 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Directors of Egypt's first Oscar-nominated film will be walking the red carpet at the Oscars ceremony next week in Los Angeles, but most Egyptians have yet to see the hard-hitting movie that chronicles the country's unrest over the past three years.
Far from being widely cel...
Affleck casts spotlight on situation in Congo
2014-02-27 08:52:24 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Academy award-winner Ben Affleck understands that celebrity is a double-edged sword, helping him draw attention to the strife and suffering in the Congo while attracting skeptics dismissive of Hollywood stars and causes.
So the actor and director did a self-described tutorial...
Global Green party kicks off Oscar week
2014-02-27 08:52:11 UTC
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Global Green USA kicked off Oscar week with a worthy celebration dedicated to rebuilding communities subject to environmental degradation.
Actress Malin Akerman applauded the organization's "conscience" party for being the perfect way to jump-start the final days leadi...
World's greatest guitarist Paco de Lucia dies at 66
2014-02-27 08:51:59 UTC
MADRID (AP) — Paco de Lucia, the world's greatest guitarist who dazzled audiences with his lightning-speed flamenco rhythms and finger work, has died in Mexico, Spanish officials said Wednesday. He was 66.
De Lucia suffered a heart attack while on vacation at the Caribbean beach resort of Play...
'Avatar' actor Sam Worthington arrested in NYC
2014-02-24 23:18:55 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say actor Sam Worthington has been arrested in New York City on charges of punching a photographer after the man kicked Worthington's girlfriend in the shin.
The 37-year-old "Avatar" actor was arrested on an assault charge after the confrontation Sunday evening in Greenw...
Police raid Australian TV network over exclusive
2014-02-18 07:01:22 UTC
SYDNEY (AP) — Police, seeking to prevent a convicted drug trafficker from profiting from her life story, raided Tuesday the Sydney headquarters of a television network that is negotiating an exclusive interview deal.
Schapelle Corby has been holed up in an expensive Bali resort since she w...
Academy honors scientists behind special effects
2014-02-16 09:13:26 UTC
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The scientists and inventors who make big-screen superheroes, spectacular explosions and other only-in-the-movies effects possible have their own Oscar ceremony.
Kristen Bell and Michael B. Jordan hosted the film academy's Scientific and Technical Awards Saturday a...
From Harry Potter to Gravity: how British VFX talent is leading the world
2014-02-15 09:23:44 UTC
"You don't get very long," says Tim Webber, VFX (visual effects) supervisor on the blockbuster space thriller Gravity. "Five minutes to talk about it, a 10-minute showreel, and then three minutes of question and answer. When you've spent three years on a project, that's not an awful lot of time t...
Wang lures fashionistas to Brooklyn Navy Yard
2014-02-09 20:45:03 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — There are hip fashion shows. And then there are fashion shows that seek nothing less than to redefine just how hip a fashion show can be.
How else to describe a designer who can get crowds of the most discerning fashionistas to leave Manhattan on a frigid Saturday night in Febr...
LaBeouf makes a scene at Berlin film festival
2014-02-09 20:38:18 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Actor Shia LaBeouf hit the Berlin Film Festival in memorable style Sunday, first walking out of a press conference for the film "Nymphomaniac Volume I" and then apparently wearing a paper bag over his head at the red carpet premiere.
A man who appeared to be the actor posed for p...
Spain princess testifies in historic fraud probe
2014-02-08 12:14:36 UTC
PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain (AP) — Spain's Princess Cristina headed into court Saturday to testify in a historic judicial hearing aimed at helping determine whether she and her husband illegally used company funds for personal expenses, including lavish parties at their modernist Barcelona mansion.
Hoffman's NYC funeral attracts Hollywood stars
2014-02-07 21:33:15 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Brian Dennehey, Amy Adams and Ellen Burstyn were among the stars who paid their respects Friday at a private funeral for Philip Seymour Hoffman that combined sadness and humor to honor an actor widely considered among the best of his gene...
Kate Middleton Is Going To Be Pregnant With Second Child in 2014
2014-02-04 23:02:08 UTC
Kate Middleton had a huge year in 2013 and yet she is expected to be pregnant again shortly. In July she delivered her first child and a royal heir and rumor has it that as The Duchess of Cambridge celebrates her 32nd birthday today she is planning ahead for baby number two. Kate and Prince Willi...
'Her,' 'Captain Phillips' win Writers Guild awards
2014-02-02 05:18:55 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Spike Jonze's "Her" and Billy Ray's "Captain Phillips" have earned top screenplay honors from the Writers Guild of America.
Winning the prize for original screenplay on Saturday was "Her," Jonze's futuristic exploration of a man's relationship with his computer starring Joaq...
Dylan Farrow resurrects Allen molestation claim
2014-02-02 16:44:41 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Dylan Farrow renewed molestation allegations against Woody Allen, claiming the movie director sexually assaulted her when she was 7 after he and actress Mia Farrow adopted her.
In an open-letter to The New York Times posted online Saturday, Dylan Farrow made her first public co...
Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell dies at 83
2014-02-01 16:41:39 UTC
VIENNA (AP) — Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, a fugitive from Adolf Hitler who became a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in "Judgment at Nuremberg," has died. He was 83.
Schell's agent, Patricia Baumbauer, said Saturday he died overnight at a hospit...
Lady Gaga: ‘Life is art all the time’
2014-02-01 08:31:29 UTC
<h3>The pop star has worked with avant-garde artists for her latest album, Artpop. She speaks with Miranda Sawyer/BBC in an off-the-wall interview for The Culture Show</h3>
Lady Gaga ? sphinx-like on a makeshift throne ? is surrounded by mannequins draped in white material. She takes long (som...
From Downton to Sherlock: US TV’s British Invasion
2014-02-01 07:05:22 UTC
Downton Abbey is smashing records and Doctor Who is filling convention centres in America. Why is TV from the UK so popular across the pond? Ken Tucker/ BBC reports.
When the fourth series of Downton Abbey premiered in the US on 5 January to more than 10m viewers and a new ratings record, it w...
A look at Amanda Knox's Italian trials
2014-01-31 19:30:22 UTC
FLORENCE, Italy (AP) — The three trials of Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito have reached conflicting conclusions and left outsiders puzzled by the intricacies of the Italian justice system. Here is a look at the legal path the case has taken since the body of 21-year-ol...
Grammy Awards reach 28.5 million viewers
2014-01-27 18:58:26 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammy Awards are a hit with television viewers, with Nielsen reporting in its preliminary ratings that 28.5 million viewers tuned in to music's biggest night.
If the Nielsen Company's fast national rating holds up when a more complete report is issued later Monday, that wo...
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis win 4 Grammys Awards
2014-01-27 18:56:34 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are cleaning house at the Grammys.
The rap duo won best new artist at the Sunday awards show as well as best rap album for "The Heist," beating efforts from Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Kanye West and Drake.
"Wow, we're here on the stage right now," said...
Madonna to perform at the Grammy Awards
2014-01-24 19:28:38 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's official: Madonna will perform at the Grammy Awards.
A Friday news release from The Recording Academy had no other details about the seven-time Grammy winner's appearance, however, which has been a rumor for some time.
Also added to the performance lineup are nominee...
Cyrus, Hudson to perform at Clive Davis gala
2014-01-24 07:36:29 UTC
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Miley Cyrus may have been snubbed by Grammy voters, but the "Wrecking Ball" singer will take center stage at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy gala.
In an interview Thursday Davis said Cyrus will perform at his annual party, as will four-time Grammy nominee Lorde.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hit warm up for Grammys
2014-01-24 07:34:00 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were a little-known rap duo from Seattle with an album that sold beyond modest expectations a year ago.
As 2014 opens, Macklemore and Lewis are the focal point of the Grammy Awards — and few are more surprised than them.
"I never thought I'd be at ...
Justin Bieber's arrest latest sign of trouble
2014-01-24 07:26:57 UTC
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — When he debuted five years ago, Justin Bieber was a mop-haired heartthrob, clean cut and charming. But a series of troubling incidents have put his innocent image at risk, and none more so than his arrest on DUI charges Thursday.
Police say they arrested a bleary-eyed ...