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Jul 14, 2011

Mavericks, Nowitzki shine at Espy Awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Professional basketball’s Dallas Mavericks and their star player Dirk Nowitzki took home top Espy Awards on Wednesday night, capping a year that saw them become improbable champions.

The Mavericks, who won the National Basketball Association championship over a Miami Heat team filled with superstars including LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, won the Espy for best team and Nowitzki was named best male athlete.

Jul 9, 2011

Former first lady Betty Ford dies, age 93

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Betty Ford, the wife of the late President Gerald Ford, who overcame alcohol and prescription drug addictions and helped found a rehabilitation clinic that bears her name, died on Friday at the age of 93.

“I was deeply saddened this afternoon when I heard of Betty Ford’s death,” another former first lady, Nancy Reagan, said in a statement confirming Ford’s death.

Jul 4, 2011

“Transformers” nears $400 mln at global box office

LOS ANGELES, July 4 (Reuters) – Big-budget, effects-filled
Hollywood flick “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” smashed its
way through box office records by Monday, its sixth full day in
theaters, with global ticket sales nearing $400 million.

Paramount Pictures, which released the movie about
shape-shifting aliens battling for control of Earth, said the
movie was its highest-grossing international debut ever,
ringing overseas cash registers to the tune of $217 million
through Sunday and beating the release of “Transformers 2.”

Jul 3, 2011

“Transformers” global box office hits $372 million

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Big-budget Hollywood flick “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” smashed rivals and delighted movie fans around the world, ringing up $372 million at global box offices since its Wednesday debut, Paramount Pictures said on Sunday.

The movie, the third installment in the blockbuster films about a battle for Earth being waged by shape-shifting beings from another world, appeared on its way to beating some box office records and it bolstered the prospects for the soft 3D market with 70 percent of its international ticket sales and 60 percent of its domestic tally in that format, Paramount said.

Jun 28, 2011
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Shia Labeouf, Megan Fox hit the back seat for ‘Transformers’


Here’s one that goes down in the PR guidebook for good movie promotion.

Actor Shia Labeouf was making headlines on Tuesday — only hours before his new movie “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” premiered in theaters — with an interview published in Details magazine in which he claims that he and former “Transformers” co-star Megan Fox shared some intimate moments on the set of the films. It makes us wonder what exactly took place in the back seats of those shape-shifting “Transformers” cars.

The Details profile says its reporter asked LaBeouf if he had “hooked up” with the 25 year-old sex symbol, and the actor nodded in the affirmative. “Look, you’re on the set for six months with someone who’s rooting to be attracted to you and you’re rooting to be attracted to them,” LaBeouf told the magazine. “I never understood the separation of work and life in that situation. But the time I spent with Megan was our own thing, and I think you can see the chemistry on-screen,” he said.

Jun 24, 2011

“Columbo” actor Peter Falk dead at 83

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Peter Falk, an Emmy winning actor who played the absent-minded but shrewd police detective Columbo on hit 1970s television show “Columbo,” has died, a family attorney said on Friday.

“Peter Falk, 83 year-old Academy Award nominee and star of television series, Columbo, died peacefully at his Beverly Hills home in the evening of June 23, 2011,” said a statement issued by the attorney.

Apr 3, 2011

Charlie Sheen faces prospect of losing, duh

LOS ANGELES and DETROIT, April 3 (Reuters) – Actor Charlie
Sheen, whose assertion that he is always “winning, duh” has
become a pop catchphrase, faced a new reality the day after his
stage show bombed. Fans and critics said: “losing, really.”

In March, Sheen was fired from his job as TV’s highest-paid
actor on the comedy “Two and a Half Men” after he publicly
criticized producer Chuck Lorre and the show’s makers at Warner
Bros. Television.

Apr 3, 2011

“Hop” skips and jumps to No. 1 at box offices

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Family film “Hop,” about a music-loving teenage rabbit, jumped to No. 1 on North American box office office charts with a strong $38 million ticket sales even as theaters continued seeing sluggish overall demand, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

The movie, which combines live-action with animation and features comedian Russell Brand in the voice of a young rabbit who will one day become the Easter Bunny, outdistanced the No. 2 film, thriller “Source Code,” which collected $15 million.

Mar 31, 2011

French DJ David Guetta, Coke launch talent contest

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – He launched his own dream career spinning records, and now David Guetta hopes to spin the dreams of aspiring DJs into their own reality through a contest he has cooked up with energy drink, burn.

The Grammy-winning music producer and DJ, who worked with the Black Eyed Peas on their smash hit “I Gotta Feeling,” and the Coca-Cola Co, which makes burn, unveiled a promotional partnership on Thursday that includes both the competition and the making of a documentary movie about Guetta and his music.

Mar 27, 2011

“Wimpy Kid” rules weekend box offices

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Family comedy “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” outmuscled adventure “Sucker Punch” to claim the North American weekend box office title with $24.4 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

“Wimpy Kid,” based on the successful books about a boy in middle school, easily toppled “Sucker Punch,” a fantasy tale of young women who can escape their dark lives by retreating into a dreamworld where they battle rivals. It claimed the No. 2 spot on movie charts with $19 million.

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