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Dec 9, 2010

King? Queen? Helena Bonham Carter would rather be King!

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – She has played queens in two movies this year to great success, but if you ask Helena Bonham Carter her preference in monarchs — she would rather play the king!

It’s not hard to imagine. Gender-bending performances have worked well in contemporary tales for Hilary Swank (“Boys Don’t Cry”) and Felicity Huffman (“Transamerica”).

Dec 7, 2010

Paul Reiser makes “unusual suspect” for music album

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – You wouldn’t know it when he talks because he jokes about it, and even his partner admits she investigated his claim before she believed it.

But comedian Paul Reiser, famous as a stand-up comic and star of 1990s TV sitcom “Mad About You,” is a classically trained pianist, composer and recently he released his first album with British singer/songwriter Julia Fordham, called “Unusual Suspects.”

Dec 5, 2010

“Tangled” tops slow post-holiday weekend box office

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Disney animated fairy tale “Tangled” knocked British boy wizard Harry Potter from the top of movie box office charts on the weekend, claiming No. 1 with $21.5 million during a slow weekend in theaters, according to studio estimates on Sunday.

After two straight weeks at No. 1, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1″ fell to second place, ringing up $16.7 million and pushing its total ticket sales in the United States and Canada to just over $244 million in three weeks for the Warner Bros. studio, a unit of Time Warner Inc.

Dec 2, 2010

“Social Network” named best film by key group

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Facebook film “The Social Network” picked up four awards, including best movie, from a key industry group in the first major honors of Hollywood’s awards season, helping to narrow the list of this year’s Oscar contenders.

The National Board of Review, a U.S.-based group of movie industry watchers and film professionals, gave best director to “Social Network” maker David Fincher, and its best actor award went to Jesse Eisenberg, who portrays Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Aaron Sorkin won for adapted screenplay.

Dec 1, 2010

Sundance unveils competition films for 2011 festival

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Sundance Film Festival on Wednesday unveiled nearly 60 movies from the United States and around the world that will compete for awards at January’s top event for independent movies.

Sundance, which is backed by Robert Redford’s Sundance Institute for filmmaking, serves as a launching ground for unknown filmmakers and actresses, as well as stars in low-budget movies, and films screening here often become hits in art house theaters in the weeks and months that follow.

Nov 30, 2010

“Winter’s Bone” and “Kids” come up big at Spirit Awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Drama “Winter’s Bone” and comedy “The Kids Are All Right” came up big at the Independent Spirit Award nominations on Tuesday earning nods in several categories including best film for the key movie awards.

“Winter’s Bone,” a dark drama about a girl searching for her father in a drug-infested community in rural Arkansas, earned seven nominations, including for director Debra Granik and star Jennifer Lawrence, who earned a nod for best actress.

Nov 30, 2010

‘Winter’s Bone,’ ‘Kids’ come up big at Spirit Awards

LOS ANGELES, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Drama “Winter’s Bone” and
comedy “The Kids Are All Right” came up big at the Independent
Spirit Award nominations on Tuesday earning nods in several
categories including best film for the key movie awards.

“Winter’s Bone,” a dark drama about a girl searching for
her father in a drug-infested community in rural Arkansas,
earned seven nominations, including for director Debra Granik
and star Jennifer Lawrence, who earned a nod for best actress.

Nov 26, 2010

Barbra Streisand details love of design in new book

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – It’s not exactly opening your home to guests at a holiday party, but for film and singing star Barbra Streisand and her fans, it’s pretty close.

This week Streisand has seen her first book land in stores, but it’s no memoir of star turns in films such as “Funny Girl” or “The Way We Were,” nor does it recount the making of albums that have sold over 71 million copies.

Nov 24, 2010

“Faster” star Billy Bob Thornton returns to writing

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A decade has passed since Billy Bob Thornton has written a screenplay, which is what helped him break from the pack of Hollywood wannabes and made him a star. But now, he has picked up his pen again.

“Sling Blade” (1996) earned Thornton an Oscar for his writing, as well as a nomination for his starring role in the film. And it put him on the map of Hollywood stars.

Nov 23, 2010

Bristol Palin comes up last, again, on “Dancing”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – She landed in last place again, but Bristol Palin won the hearts of the judges on Monday in the finals of “Dancing With the Stars” despite a week of public controversy and mystery on the popular TV contest.

Palin, the 20 year-old daughter of conservative politician and Tea Party favorite Sarah Palin, wowed the judges with a Jive, but in came up short in her freestyle routine. She earned 52 points out of 60 to trail her rivals, actress Jennifer Grey with a perfect 60 and actor Kyle Massey with 56 points.

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