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Mar 6, 2011

“Rango” tops another sluggish weekend for movies

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Animated family movie “Rango” topped North American box offices with $38 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates on Sunday, which was at the low-end of expectations as moviegoing remained sluggish at the start of 2011.

“Rango,” which features Johnny Depp as the voice of a colorful chameleon trying to bring law and order to a town in the old Wild West, had been estimated to bring in anywhere from $38 million to $42 million by distributor Paramount Pictures.

Mar 3, 2011

Obama, O’Reilly raise $750,000 in unlikely pairing

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and conservative TV host Bill O’Reilly might seem like an odd couple to some, but they recently put aside any political differences and teamed up to raise nearly $750,000 for U.S. military families.

And that sum is still growing.

The conservative commentator of Fox News channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” likened his charitable pact with the liberal-leaning president to the spirit of cooperation between Republicans and Democrats that recently has arisen in Washington, D.C.

Feb 28, 2011

“King’s Speech” and tradition triumph at Oscars

LOS ANGELES, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Hollywood found a new group
of kings lording over movies on Monday, the makers of Oscar
winner “The King’s Speech,” whose heartwarming tale triumphed
over a flashy story of new technology in “The Social Network.”

“King’s Speech” claimed four Oscars — best film, actor for
Colin Firth, director and screenplay — with a traditional
story of a British monarch defeating personal demons. It
featured World War Two-era costumes, sweeping sets and a royal
tale that seemed bigger than life itself.

Feb 28, 2011

“King’s Speech” crowned big winner at Oscars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “The King’s Speech” won four Oscars including best film on Sunday during Hollywood’s biggest night when many front-runners claimed glory including Colin Firth and Natalie Portman for best actor and actress.

The world’s top film honors from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences came packed with a lot of comedy onstage from show hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco but the attention, as always, was on awards and winners.

Feb 28, 2011

Melissa Leo, Christian Bale win early Oscars

LOS ANGELES, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Melissa Leo and Christian
Bale, playing a tough-minded mom and her drug-addicted son in
boxing movie “The Fighter,” won supporting actress and actor
Oscars on Sunday in a ceremony where many early honors went to

Other top Oscars given away midway through the world’s top
film awards went to “Toy Story 3″ for best animated movie and
Denmark’s “In A Better World” for foreign language film.

Feb 28, 2011

Curtain rises on Oscars, Leo an early winner

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The curtain rose on the Oscars on Sunday as show hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway kept audiences laughing and an early award for supporting actress went to Melissa Leo in “The Fighter.”

Leo, who earned her first Oscar nomination for 2008 independent film “Frozen River,” was favored to win coming into the world’s top film honors playing the strong-willed mother of an up-and-coming champion boxer in “The Fighter.”

Feb 28, 2011

Hollywood’s A-list lights up Oscar red carpet

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood’s top stars began their annual parade up the red carpet and into the world’s top film honors, the Oscars, on Sunday where “The King’s Speech” and “the Social Network” will vie for best picture.

The ceremony features two youthful co-hosts, actors James Franco, 32, and Anne Hathaway, 28, marking the first time a man and woman have presided the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’s big night.

Feb 27, 2011

Hollywood shines up for the Oscars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood polished up its golden boy statue, the Oscar, for its glittery awards ceremony on Sunday with “The King’s Speech” and “The Network” leading the field for the world’s top movie honors.

The presentation will feature two youthful co-hosts, actors James Franco, 32, and Anne Hathaway, 28, marking the first time a man and woman have presided over the Oscars. Hathaway is the youngest person to emcee what is annually the second most-watched TV show in the United States and broadcast live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Feb 26, 2011

Oscar producers say show comes with youthful edge

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When the curtain comes up on the 83rd Academy Awards on Sunday, the show’s producers hope to reconnect movie fans with Hollywood history as well as use technology and imagery to engage younger fans of the future.

Producers Don Mischer and Bruce Cohen hired James Franco, 32, and Anne Hathaway, 28, to host the show and all week, the pair have put out teaser videos on the Web of them “training” for their hosting duties and avoiding a “wardrobe malfunction.” In one, they mimic John Travolta and Olivia Newton John in a song-and dance number from the musical “Grease.”

Feb 24, 2011

Tweeting moms, Web cams. Oscar gets geeky

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When Oscar organizers unveiled their promotional campaign, “You’re Invited,” they weren’t kidding — at least where Web audiences are concerned.

This year, more than ever, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has loaded up its Facebook page, Twitter account and website with ways people can watch the world’s top film awards and all the festivities that take place around it.

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