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Aug 1, 2012

Iconoclastic American author Gore Vidal dead at 86

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Writer Gore Vidal, who filled his novels and essays with acerbic observations on politics, sex and American culture while carrying on feuds with big-name literary rivals, died on Tuesday at home in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia, age 86.

Vidal’s literary legacy includes a series of historical novels – “Burr,” “1876,” “Lincoln” and “The Golden Age” among them – as well as the campy transsexual comedy “Myra Breckinridge”.

Jul 31, 2012

Film shows artist Ai Weiwei’s conflicted relationship with China

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Artist Ai Weiwei has made headlines worldwide since his detention in China last year, but outside art circles few people in western countries such as the United States know of his efforts to push for a more open government in his country.

As an artist, he is an eclectic talent who draws, paints, sculpts and does conceptual art, photography, cultural criticism and architecture.

Jul 21, 2012

Hollywood scrutiny sharpens after “Dark Knight” shooting

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood and its storied Warner Bros. studio on Friday faced sharp scrutiny and the prospect of seeing blockbuster “The Dark Knight Rises” sink at box offices following a killing spree in Colorado that could test fan appetite for violent films.

Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc, saw its big-budget film take in a near record $30.6 million in midnight screenings on Friday, but ticket sales were overshadowed by the shooting. As news spread through the day, the film’s director, Christopher Nolan, expressed his “profound sorrow” at the rampage that took the lives of 12 people and injured 58 more.

Jul 21, 2012

Hollywood scrutiny sharpens after “Dark Knight” shooting

LOS ANGELES, July 20 (Reuters) – Hollywood and its storied
Warner Bros. studio on Friday faced sharp scrutiny and the
prospect of seeing blockbuster “The Dark Knight Rises” sink at
box offices following a killing spree in Colorado that could
test fan appetite for violent films.

Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc, saw its
big-budget film take in a near record $30.6 million in midnight
screenings on Friday, but ticket sales were overshadowed by the
shooting. As news spread through the day, the film’s director,
Christopher Nolan, expressed his “profound sorrow” at the
rampage that took the lives of 12 people and injured 58 more.

Jul 21, 2012

Hollywood scrutiny sharpens after “Dark Knight” shooting

LOS ANGELES, July 20 (Reuters) – Hollywood and its storied
Warner Bros. studio on Friday faced sharp scrutiny and the
prospect of seeing blockbuster “The Dark Knight Rises” sink at
box offices following a killing spree in Colorado that could
test fan appetite for violent films.

Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc, saw its
big-budget film take in a near record $30.6 million in midnight
screenings on Friday, but ticket sales were overshadowed by the
shooting. As news spread through the day, the film’s director,
Christopher Nolan, expressed his “profound sorrow” at the
rampage that took the lives of 12 people and injured 58 more.

Jul 20, 2012

‘Dark Knight Rises’ faces uncertainty at box offices

LOS ANGELES, July 20 (Reuters) – Warner Bros. studio on
Friday faced the prospect of seeing blockbuster “The Dark Knight
Rises” sink at box offices after a tragic movie theater shooting
in Denver, even as the film got off to a strong start across the
United States and Canada.

Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc, said the
film took in $30.6 million at screenings just after midnight,
but those results could turn lower in the wake of a mass
shooting at one showing of the movie in a Denver suburb.

Jul 19, 2012

New shows join Emmy favorites among nominees

LOS ANGELES, July 19 (Reuters) – Dramas “American Horror
Story” and “Downton Abbey” earned the favor of Emmy award voters
on Thursday and joined a list of past favorites including “Mad
Men” and “Modern Family” among nominees for the top US
television honors.

Advertising show “Mad Men,” last year’s winner for best TV
drama, was nominated in 17 categories, as was new thriller
“American Horror Story” to lead the pack of shows in the hunt
for awards when they are given out in September. British show
“Downton Abbey” earned 16 nods.

Jul 14, 2012

Film producer Richard D. Zanuck dies at age 77

LOS ANGELES, July 13 (Reuters) – Veteran Hollywood executive
Richard D. Zanuck, the prolific producer behind the blockbuster
shark thriller “Jaws,” the best-picture Oscar-winner “Driving
Miss Daisy” and a string of Tim Burton fantasies, died on Friday
of a heart attack at age 77.

Zanuck, son of famed 20th Century Fox chieftain Darryl F.
Zanuck, who was named by his father at age 28 as Fox’s head of
production, making him Hollywood’s then youngest-ever studio
boss, died at his home in Beverly Hills, a spokesman said.

Jul 13, 2012

Jennifer Lopez says “Idol” judging days are over

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pop star Jennifer Lopez on Friday said her judging days are over on TV singing contest “American Idol,” following Steven Tyler out the door and signaling a major shakeup in the top-rated show that has seen its viewership slump in recent years.

Lopez, who joined the show two seasons ago but recently has indicated a desire to move on, told “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest in a radio interview that it was time to go.

Jul 12, 2012

Steven Tyler votes self off “American Idol”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rocker Steven Tyler on Thursday bowed out of his job as a judge on top-rated television singing contest “American Idol” for the coming season, saying he wants to dedicate himself to his band, Aerosmith.

Tyler’s departure comes as his fellow judge, Jennifer Lopez, also weighs whether to return to the program that once reigned supreme atop U.S. TV ratings but has seen its audience shrink in recent years. Third panelist Randy Jackson seems a likely bet to return this fall for the program’s 12th season as either a judge or in a mentoring role.

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