Will Oscars be non-political amid tumultuous awards season?
2018-03-04 20:24:16 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Oscars will hope to live down their most infamous blunder at the 90th Academy Awards, which begin at 8 p.m. EST and will be broadcast live by ABC from the Dolby Theatre. But more than redemption is on the line Sunday for last year’s embarrassing best-picture flub — the fiasco known as Envelopegate.
The ceremony, to be hosted again by Jimmy Kimmel, will be the crescendo of one of Hollywood’s most tumultuous awards seasons ever — one that saw cascading allegations of sexual harassment topple movie moguls, upended Oscar campaigns and new movements launched to improve gender equality throughout the industry.
Robert De Niro on Trump: This F-cking Idiot Is the President
2018-01-10 20:06:33 UTC
Robert De Niro attended the National Board of Review Awards in New York Tuesday night to present Meryl Streep with the Best Actress prize for The Post.
In the film helmed by Steven Spielberg, Streep plays legendary Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, who tries to decide whether or not to post the Pentagon Papers in 1971.
De Niro started his speech poking fun at Streep's co-star and fellow acting award winner Tom Hanks.
"[Streep] helps brings out the character of everyone else on the screen. Can a volleyball do that? Not even if the volley ball was a stable genius," he said, mocking President Trump's
But then one of th...
Golden Globes Winners 2018: The Complete List
2018-01-08 09:26:45 UTC
LOS ANGELES — Host Seth Meyers came out swinging at the Golden Globes Sunday night, directly addressing in his monologue the issues of sexual harassment and gender inequality that have roiled the industry for months.
He lobbed hard-hitting jokes at Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, Woody Allen and, of course, President Donald Trump.
Meyers also acknowledged the awkwardness of a straight white male hosting the show on this particular night. He ended the monologue on a sincere note, “People in this room worked really hard to get here, but it’s clearer now than ever before that the women had to work even harder. So thank you for all the a...
Marlene Dietrich would have been 116 on Wednesday
2017-12-27 09:06:37 UTC
Described as "a wild original", and hailed as the ninth-greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema, Maria Magdalene Dietrich would have been 116 on Wednesday.
In her honor, Google is changing its logo in 24 countries to a doodle.
During World War II, Dietrich was a high-profile entertainer in the US and was also noted for housing German and French exiles, providing financial support and advocating for their US citizenship.
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Marlene Dietrich was honor...
Walt Disney Buys Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox
2017-12-14 18:19:23 UTC
(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co has struck a deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc for $52.4 billion in stock, giving the world’s largest entertainment company an arsenal of shows and movies to combat growing digital rivals Netflix Inc and Amazon.com Inc.
The deal brings to a close more than half a century of expansion by Murdoch, 86, who turned a single Australian newspaper he inherited from his father at the age of 21 into one of the world’s most important global news and film conglomerates. The new, slimmed down Fox will focus on TV news and sport.
Shares of F...
Agatha Christie, ‘Queen of Crime,’ is Returning to the Big Screen
2017-11-06 07:05:51 UTC
LONDON (Reuters) - Agatha Christie, the author dubbed the ‘Queen of Crime,’ is returning to the big screen after a decades-long absence with an adaptation of “Murder on the Orient Express,” directed by Kenneth Brannagh.
Starring Brannagh as eccentric detective Hercule Poirot, the film premiered in London on Thursday and features a star-studded cast, including Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and “The Force Awakens” star Daisy Ridley.
“Previous film versions have been romps and they’ve been wonderful, but it felt like with this group of actors it could get a little more dark and a little more emotional, and surprise and dive...
Political comedy "Veep", "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Saturday Night Live" won the top prizes at the Emmy Awards 2017
2017-09-18 04:43:21 UTC
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - “The Handmaid’s Tale” and political comedy “Veep” won the top prizes at the Emmy awards on Sunday, where “Saturday Night Live” was also a big winner on a night dominated by jokes about U.S. President Donald Trump.
In the first major awards wins for streaming service Hulu, “Handmaid’s Tale” star Elisabeth Moss was also named best drama actress for playing a woman forced into sexual servitude. The show also won awards for writing, directing and for supporting actress Ann Dowd.
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Venice Film Festival: Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” won the Golden Lion
2017-09-10 05:50:40 UTC
VENICE (Reuters) - Mexican director Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water”, a dark fairy tale in which a mute cleaning lady falls in love with
an aquatic creature, won the Golden Lion award for best film at the Venice Film Festival on Saturday.
The film beat contenders including George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” and Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” at the end of a 10-day, high-quality and star-studded movie marathon that critics said showed Venice was now on an equal footing with the widely revered Cannes film festival.
“As a Mexican, I want to say this is a first for a Mexican storyteller so I want to dedicate and give the prize to ...
Comedy legend Jerry Lewis dies aged 91
2017-08-20 20:05:33 UTC
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jerry Lewis, the high prince of low-brow comedy on stage and in movies as well as a fund-raising powerhouse with his annual Labor Day telethon, died on Sunday of "natural causes" at the age of 91, his family said.
"Famed comedian, actor and legendary entertainer Jerry Lewis passed away peacefully today of natural causes at 91 at his home in Las Vegas with his family by his side," a statement from the Lewis family said.
His spokeswoman, Candi Cazau, said by phone that he died around 9:30 a.m. PDT (12:30 p.m. EDT/1630 GMT).
Lewis, who rose to fame as goofy foil to suave partner Dean Martin and was a comic ico...
Roman Polanski remained a fugitive from justice
2017-08-19 06:16:51 UTC
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Los Angeles judge on Friday rejected a request by the woman who was raped by director Roman Polanski 40 years ago to have the criminal case against him dismissed.
Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon ruled that Polanski remained a fugitive from justice and that the court could not dismiss a case "merely because it would be in the victim's best interest."
The ruling follows the first appearance in June in the case by Samantha Geimer, who was 13 years old when Polanski sexually assaulted her in Los Angeles in 1977.
The director, who admitted raping Geimer, spent 42 days in pre-trial custody. He then fled the U...
'Step' - the inspirational story of black Baltimore teens facing adversity
2017-08-05 19:11:08 UTC
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A group of black teenage girls stomp, clap and shout in unison in step dance routines, channeling their anger, frustration and hopes into powerful performances in a new documentary "Step," out in U.S. theaters this week.
The journey of the founding class of the step troupe at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women shows the girls' struggles in the aftermath of protests and rioting in the city where 25-year-old black man Freddie Gray died after suffering a broken neck in a police van in April 2015.
Stepping is not actually a dance, said Cori Grainger, one of the film's lead subjects, because it does no...
Kathryn Bigelow: Racially charged 'Detroit' is a really important story that needs to be told
2017-08-05 18:52:00 UTC
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As a white filmmaker from Northern California, Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow was aware she may not be the "perfect person" to bring the racially charged story behind the 1967 Detroit riots to the big screen.
But the resonance of Bigelow's "Detroit" with the present-day Black Lives Matter movement, fueled by police slaying's of unarmed black men and women in the last three years, was too powerful for her to ignore.
"Am I the right person to tell the story? Absolutely not. Am I the perfect person to tell this story? Absolutely not. But it's a really important story that needs to be told, and that was my...
Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor
2017-06-21 06:02:14 UTC
LOS ANGELES — Three-time Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis is retiring from acting, his spokeswoman said on Tuesday, ending a storied movie career that includes performances in "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" , "In the Name of the Father" , "Lincoln" and "Gangs of New York."
Day-Lewis, 60, the only man to have won three best actor Oscars, gave no reason for his decision, calling it private.
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Roger Moore dies at 89 after "a short but brave battle with cancer"
2017-05-23 18:25:59 UTC
LONDON — Actor Roger Moore, who earned international fame playing British secret agent James Bond in seven movies, died of cancer on Tuesday at the age of 89, his family said.
His 12 years as action man 007, the fictitious spy with a voracious appetite for danger and sex, made Moore a millionaire and a heartthrob the world over, though in reality he was a shy, private man who found some of Bond's escapades embarrassing.
"It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer," his three children announced in a statement on the ...
Eva Longoria's Character Fancies Her Son's Teacher in 'Decline and Fall'
2017-05-12 23:25:00 UTC
She's smitten. Eva Longoria stars in the upcoming TV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's 1928 novel, Decline and Fall, and Us Weekly has an exclusive sneak peek.
The Desperate Housewives alum, 42, plays Margot Beste-Chetwynde in the series, which is set in the Roaring Twenties. In the clip, Beste-Chetwynde takes a liking to her son's teacher Paul Pennyfeather (Jack Whitehall) during a sports event.
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The full list of Oscar winners 2017: Stars get political at Oscars
2017-02-27 10:17:25 UTC
By Jill Serjeant | LOS ANGELES
"Moonlight" won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, beating favorite "La La Land" for the movie industry's most prestigious award.
But in a highly unusual mishap, presenter Warren Beatty first, mistakenly initially announced that musical "La La Land" had won, causing confusion and uproar on Hollywood's biggest night. Beatty said he had been given the wrong envelope to open.
Emma Stone won best actress for the musical, and "Manchester by the Sea" star Casey Affleck was named best actor on a night where U.S. President Donald Trump was the butt of numerous jokes, capping a Hollywood awards sea...
Denzel Washington may join Meryl Streep, Jack Nicholson who have won 3 Oscars
2017-02-24 07:47:41 UTC
By Jill Serjeant |
LOS ANGELES — Denzel Washington plays a talkative, bombastic, larger-than-life dad whose personality leaps off the screen.
Casey Affleck, by contrast, plays an introverted father, taciturn, mumbling and depressed.
Both men are competing to be named best actor at Sunday's Oscars in what award watchers say is the ceremony's biggest cliffhanger after weeks of campaigns and show business accolades.
While musical "La La Land" is widely expected to win the top award -- best picture -- Washington's performance in black family drama "Fences" and Affleck's role in the heart-breaking "Manchester by the Sea" are going ...
The Oscars 2017 | 89th Academy Awards
2017-02-23 09:19:54 UTC
By Alicia Powell |
LOS ANGELES — It's not just women who are getting ready for the Oscars' red carpet on Sunday.
Employing everything from paint to cosmetic procedures, Hollywood's leading men are increasingly getting a little help to look their best on the most high-profile red carpet in the world.
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Best actress nominees: Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan, ...
"The country is so sad right now and 'La La Land' is the only escapist movie"
2017-02-21 07:53:05 UTC
By Jill Serjeant |
LOS ANGELES — From "Singin' in the Rain" to "The Wizard of Oz," musicals haven't traditionally seen much love from the Oscars. But "La La Land" has changed all that, tapping into a desire for escapism and sending Hollywood scrambling to dust off its dancing shoes.
With a leading 14 Academy Award nominations including best picture, director, actor, actress and screenplay, Damien Chazelle's love letter to Los Angeles is favorite to waltz away with an armful of Oscars on Sunday and revive musicals as a force to be reckoned with.
"The country is so sad right now and 'La La Land' is the only escapist movie," said Cr...
Civil Rights: Loving v. Virginia
2017-03-01 07:35:44 UTC
<h2>Here’s The History Behind ‘Loving,’ A Film About A Major Civil Rights Victory<strong></h2>The movie celebrates the love story at the center of Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court case that ended racial discrimination for marriage.</strong><hr>
“Loving” — A film from writer-director Jeff Nichols, tells the story of Loving v. Virginia, the landmark 1967 Supreme Court case that overturned state bans on interracial marriage.
Instead of dramatic courtroom scenes or thunderous monologues, the film focuses on the couple at the center of the case, Richard and Mildred Loving, depicting the impact of their prolonged legal battle on their...
"Star Wars" Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher Dies at 60
2016-12-27 21:02:13 UTC
Los Angeles (Reuters) - Carrie Fisher, who rose to fame as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" films and later endured drug addiction and stormy romances with show business heavyweights, died on Tuesday aged 60, her daughter said through a family spokesman.
"It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning," Lourd said in a statement issued by Simon Halls. "She was loved by the world, and she will be missed profoundly."
Fisher's friend and former Star Wars' co-star Mark Hamill said in a tweet: "No words. #Devastated"
William Shatner, best known for his ro...
The Killings of Tony Blair: watch the trailer for George Galloway's film about the former PM – video
2016-07-14 00:40:59 UTC
George Galloway – until recently the Respect MP for Bradford West – is an old adversary of Tony Blair, and he has presented and produced a documentary about Labour’s longtime leader in the 1990s and 2000s. Focussing on the decision to go to war in Iraq, Blair’s post-politics activities, and his effect on the Labour party itself, The Killings of Tony Blair is directed by Sanne van den Bergh and Greg Ward.
• The Killings of Tony Blair is in selected cinemas with live satellite Q&A on 27 July, and is released on DVD and digital on 15 August
Bud Spencer died at the age of 86
2016-06-27 21:22:10 UTC
Italian actor and filmmaker Carlo Pedersoli, widely known as Bud Spencer died at the age of 86 on Monday, reports said.
His son Giuseppe Pedersoli confirmed the reports.
"My father died peacefully at 18:15 and did not suffer from pain. His last words were 'Thank you'," said his son in a statement to the Italian media.
The Italian interpreter triumphed in the cinema for his collaborations with Terence Hill, especially in the film "God forgives... I Don't!." The main characters of Spaghetti Westerns achieved his first great success with "They Call Me Trinity," the 1971 film which was set in the Wild West.
Oscars So White: Actors of Color Out of the Industry's Biggest Honors
2016-02-29 03:59:42 UTC
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Global Gathering — With one look at the 20 actors that were nominated for this year’s Oscars, it’s easy to wonder - where is the diversity in Hollywood? This is the second year in a row where minorities have been overlooked. Last year’s awards host Neil Patrick Harris called out the Academy’s failure to recognize minorities when he opened the Oscars with the quip, “Tonight we honor Hollywood's best and whitest -- sorry brightest.”
It has been surmised that one of the reasons that black actors, writers, producers or directo...
'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' has record opening
2015-12-19 07:32:17 UTC
LOS ANGELES - "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" hurtled toward $120 million at the U.S. and Canadian box office on Friday and a potential record-breaking $215 million through Sunday, giving the long-awaited movie a shot at the biggest opening weekend of all time.
The ticket sales figures from Walt Disney Co late Friday indicated that the film could eclipse the $208.8 million record set by dinosaur adventure film "Jurassic World" in June. Disney said movie theaters were continuing to add screenings to meet "unprecedented demand."
Fans flocked to theaters Thursday evening, many dressed as evil Stormtroopers or lightsaber-wielding Jedi as ...