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Feb 21, 2011

“Unknown” claims holiday box office crown

LOS ANGELES, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Thriller “Unknown” found
plenty of friends over the four-day, President’s Day holiday
weekend in the United States, as it claimed the top spot on box
office charts during a slow period in movie theaters.

“Unknown,” starring Liam Neeson as a man who must reclaim
his identity after finding it stolen when he awakens from a
coma, raked in $25.6 million over the four days starting on
Friday, according to studio estimates released on Monday.

Feb 20, 2011

Movie audiences discover ‘Unknown’ at box offices

LOS ANGELES, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Thriller “Unknown” topped
movie box office charts with $21.8 million in ticket sales
during a sluggish weekend over the long Presidents Day holiday
in the United States.

“Unknown,” starring Liam Neeson as a man who must reclaim
his identity after finding it stolen when he awakens from a
coma, bested another new release, sci-fi adventure “I Am Number
Four,” which landed in the No. 2 spot with $19.5 million,
according to film studio estimates on Sunday.

Feb 18, 2011

Holy smokes Batman! Oscar voters go mainstream

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – If any of the frontrunners for the best film Oscar win the world’s top movie award in nine days, the idea that voters are out of touch with mainstream movie fans may be over after two years of trying.

For that, Oscar owes a big “thank you” to Batman and Clint Eastwood. Or, to director Christopher Nolan and his 2008 Batman movie “The Dark Knight,” and Eastwood with his feature “Gran Torino,” neither of which was even nominated for the best film of 2008 despite being popular hits.

Feb 16, 2011

“King’s Speech” awaits Oscar sweep? Not so fast!

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Having marched through Hollywood’s major guild awards with hardly a misstep, royal film “The King’s Speech” has in past weeks been a frontrunner to sweep through the Oscars, but that may be about to change.

With only about 10 days to go before the world’s top film honors, Oscar pundits are re-thinking their picks, and as much as co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway are expected to bring a youthful glow to the awards show, the races for best actor and actress could offer some surprises, experts say.

Feb 15, 2011

“Laker Girl” Jeanie Buss details life in new book

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Anybody who has ever worked for a family business knows it is hard to juggle the competing issues of work life versus family life.

But when your family business is as high profile as professional basketball’s Los Angeles Lakers — one of the winningest championship teams of all time — the job can be even more challenging. Add in that you are dating the team’s coach, and it gets even more complicated.

Feb 15, 2011

Russia’s Irina Shayk gets Sports Illustrated cover

LOS ANGELES, Feb 15 (Reuters) – Russian beauty Irina Shayk
strips down to a pink and yellow bikini for the cover of Sports
Illustrated’s annual swimsuit edition, which has heightened the
profiles of models from Brooklyn Decker to Christie Brinkley.

Shayk is the first Russian model to grace the cover of the
widely-anticipated swimsuit issue that is available not just at
newsstands on Tuesday, but also on iPads, mobile phones and
even television with new apps for the digital reader.

Feb 13, 2011

Movie fans catch Bieber fever at box offices

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fans of teenage pop star Justin Bieber turned out in strong numbers during the weekend for his movie “Never Say Never,” putting it in a tight race for No. 1 at box offices with Adam Sandler comedy “Just Go With It.”

Film studio estimates released on Sunday had Sandler’s romantic comedy, which co-stars Jennifer Aniston, taking in $31 million to claim the top spot on ticket charts. The Bieber film was close behind at $30.3 million for the three-day weekend.

Feb 11, 2011

Anne Heche’s revival takes her to “Cedar Rapids”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Anne Heche is not exactly on a career comeback because even during her dark days, she worked. But recent roles on TV show “Hung” and in new movie “Cedar Rapids” have some people thinking her once bright star may be on the rise again.

Even Heche thinks so.

“I sometimes wake up and pinch myself and ask, ‘is it really true people are starting to see me in a new way? Can I possibly say I’m in the middle of a new boom in my career?'” she told Reuters. “I do feel like it’s a moment of blessing, to be embraced for my art and my work.”

Feb 8, 2011

Oscar producers seek tweeting moms on awards night

BEVERLY HILLS (Reuters) – Oscar organizers rolled out the digital red carpet on Monday, unveiling their slogan “you’re invited” for the upcoming film honors, detailing a Web-friendly show and inviting the nominees’ mothers to tweet on Hollywood’s big night.

At Monday’s Oscar nominees luncheon, which is one of the most exclusive of the annual Academy Award gatherings, top stars such as Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem turned out to get their “class picture” taken, listen to tips on acceptance speeches and rub elbows with fellow stars.

Feb 6, 2011

Writers Guild honors “Social Network,” “Inception”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Facebook film “The Social Network” and thriller “Inception” won top honors from the Writers Guild of America on Saturday in one of the last major Hollywood award shows before the Oscars later this month.

“Social Network” writer Aaron Sorkin took the award for best adapted screenplay from the group that represents U.S. film and television writers and “Inception” creator Christopher Nolan was named best writer of an original script.

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