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Jul 10, 2012

Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes wrap up speedy divorce

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise and actress Katie Holmes settled their divorce on Monday, taking less than two weeks to end a nearly six-year marriage that captivated the world and prompted questions about raising their daughter in the Church of Scientology.

“Mission: Impossible” star Cruise, 50, married Holmes, 33, who first gained fame on television drama “Dawson’s Creek,” in a glamorous wedding in an Italian castle in November 2006. Suri was born about six months earlier.

Jul 9, 2012

Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes reach divorce settlement

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise and his actress wife Katie Holmes settled their divorce on Monday in what her lawyer called a “speedy resolution” to a case that prompted questions over the raising of their daughter and the Church of Scientology.

“The case has been settled and the agreement has been signed. We are thrilled for Katie and her family and are excited to watch as she embarks on the next chapter of her life,” Holmes attorney Jonathan Wolfe of New Jersey-based firm Skoloff & Wolfe said in a statement to Reuters.

Jun 29, 2012

Katie Holmes finds Tom Cruise is “Mission: Impossible”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actress Katie Holmes has filed for divorce from her superstar husband Tom Cruise, ending a six-year marriage that produced one daughter and captivated celebrity watchers worldwide.

Holmes filed papers in New York City on Thursday, citing irreconcilable differences and seeking sole custody of the couple’s six-year-old daughter Suri in a move that came “out of the blue” for the “Mission: Impossible” actor, said one source with knowledge of the situation.

May 9, 2012

Celebrity hair stylist Vidal Sassoon dead at 84

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Vidal Sassoon, hair stylist and fashion world icon who created a natural look in the 1960s and built a multi-million dollar business on his name, has died of apparent natural causes at his home in Los Angeles. He was 84.

The British stylist’s scissors spelled the end of the 1950s-era beehive and the bouffant – untouchable hairstyles that owed their existence to lacquer and hair pins – and brought him international fame and fortune.

May 4, 2012

Beastie Boys’ Adam Yauch dies of cancer, aged 47

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Adam Yauch, a founding member of pioneering hip-hop group the Beastie Boys who captivated fans with their brash style in early hits like “Fight for Your Right (To Party)”, died on Friday after a long battle with cancer. He was 47.

“It is with great sadness that we confirm that musician, rapper, activist and director Adam “MCA” Yauch, founding member of Beastie Boys … passed away in his native New York City this morning after a near-three-year battle with cancer,” said a statement posted on the band’s website.

Apr 4, 2012

A Minute With: Fred Savage and “best friends forever”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – In the late 1980s, Fred Savage burst onto U.S. television screens as plucky grade school kid Kevin Arnold in “The Wonder Years” becoming a bona fide star and Emmy award nominee.

Unlike many kids who find stardom early, Savage kept a cool head when it came to fame. He stayed away from Hollywood’s party scene, went to Stanford and returned not so much an actor as a director and producer. The kid had matured.

Feb 27, 2012

‘The Artist’ paints golden picture at Oscars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood showed some love for its history at the Oscars on Sunday, giving its best film award and four others to silent movie “The Artist” in a ceremony that recalled why cinema is special to so many people.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also gave Oscars to Meryl Streep playing former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in “The Iron Lady,” marking Streep’s third Academy Award in 17 nominations, and veteran Christopher Plummer made history by becoming the oldest winner ever at age 82 with his role as an elderly gay man in “Beginners.”

Feb 27, 2012

Early Oscars go to Octavia Spencer, many films

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The curtain rose on Hollywood’s Oscars on Sunday with host Billy Crystal playing the crowd for laughs, actresses stunning their fans in dazzling gowns and Octavia Spencer winning the first major award for supporting actress in “The Help.”

Director Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo,” which tells of a boy lost in a train station and also serves as an ode to the early days of filmmaking, came into the night with 11 nominations and picked up two early wins for cinematography and art direction.

Feb 27, 2012

Oscar red carpet heats up as stars arrive

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood’s biggest fashion parade, the red carpet outside the Oscars, began heating up on Sunday afternoon ahead of the world’s top film awards where silent movie “The Artist” is widely seen as the choice for best movie.

Early arrivals included “Artist” actress Berenice Bejo, who is nominated in a supporting role, in a mint green dress, “The Help” star Jessica Chastain in a stunning black gown embroidered in gold and “Descendants” actress Shailene Woodley in white.

Feb 26, 2012

Oscars aim for surprises to spice up show

LOS ANGELES, Feb 26 (Reuters) – After the curtain
rises on Sunday’s Oscars, producers hope a few surprise winners
and heartfelt acceptance speeches will spice up the program in
which silent movie “The Artist” is widely seen as the choice for
best movie.

The world’s top film honors are in jeopardy of losing their
status as the second most-watched TV event in the United States
behind professional football’s Super Bowl if the show can’t lure
more than 40 million viewers, which could be difficult.

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