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Dec 14, 2011

“The Help” tops list of SAG film nominees

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The actors of civil rights drama “The Help” led the list of nominees for Screen Actors Guild film awards on Wednesday with four nominations including for best ensemble cast in a movie.

The movie was closely followed by silent-era drama “The Artist” with three nominations for its actors, including best cast in a film. Joining them in that key category were the performers in comedy “Bridesmaids,” drama “The Descendants” and director Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.”

Nov 30, 2011

Sundance unveils key films for 2012 festival

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Sundance Film festival, the top U.S. gathering for independent cinema, on Wednesday unveiled its competitive lineup for 2012, some of which will become the most talked-about movies of the upcoming year.

The 58 movies, both narrative features and documentaries, cover a range of topics, but festival organizers said at least one theme emerged among the 16 U.S. features in competition: characters are searching for deeper meaning to their lives in an often confusing and troubling world.

Nov 27, 2011

Doris Day still sings at 87, offers fans “My Heart”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – At age 87, Doris Day is not exactly pop music’s latest hot young artist. But this week the star of film, TV and music returns to the U.S. record world she conquered more than 60 years ago with a new album, “My Heart.”

The CD, which hits record stores and websites December 2, is filled with old standards like “My Buddy,” previously unreleased tunes such as “Stewball,” about a race horse Day loved, and pop hits of the 1960s and ’70s such as “Daydream” and “You Are So Beautiful.”

Nov 22, 2011

Taylor Swift wins big at American Music Awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Country sensation Taylor Swift came up the big winner at the American Music Awards on Sunday, claiming three trophies including the top honour, artist of the year.

She tied for most wins with British singer Adele, who also earned three trophies for female pop artist, best album with smash hit “21” and top adult contemporary performer.

Nov 21, 2011

Nicki Minaj wins two American Music Awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rapper Nicki Minaj picked up two American Music Awards on Sunday as voters split other top honors among several acts including rockers Maroon 5, country singer Taylor Swift and the soulful Adele.

Minaj, who opened the show singing her smash hit single “Super Bass” in a metallic outfit that had two large speakers on her bottom, was named favorite hip-hop artist and her record “Pink Friday” won best hip-hop album.

Nov 21, 2011

Maroon 5, Taylor Swift win American Music Awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rockers Maroon 5 and country singer Taylor Swift were early winners at the American Music Awards Sunday, after an opening performance by Nicki Minaj wearing a costume that made her a human audio system.

Maroon 5 won for best pop or rock group behind its current hit “Moves Like Jagger.” Onstage, frontman Adam Levine thanked fans for voting the band its first American Music Award.

Nov 20, 2011

Adele aims for big night at American Music Awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – With her throat on the mend after recent surgery, “Rolling in the Deep” singer Adele enters the American Music Awards on Sunday with a leading four nominations for her work on the smash hit album “21.”

The awards telecast is among the most widely watched of the annual U.S. musical honors, next to the Grammys, and a long list of top artists will be on hand to claim trophies and perform, including pop star Katy Perry and rapper Pitbull.

Nov 17, 2011

Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher call it quits

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Film and television stars Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher said on Thursday they are ending their marriage after six years, breaking up one of the most widely followed May-December romances Hollywood has seen.

The marriage between Moore, 49, and Kutcher 33, has been in trouble since late September when a San Diego woman went public about an brief affair she had with Kutcher, a star on CBS television comedy “Two and a Half Men,” during a weekend of partying in the southern California city.

Nov 16, 2011

“Ricky’s Back!” as host of Golden Globes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hold onto your award-winning seats Hollywood. Ricky Gervais will return as host of the upcoming Golden Globe Awards.

The British comedian, whose caustic jokes for the 2011 film and television honors ruffled feathers not only of A-list stars but of the very organization that hired him, will return in 2012 for his third straight year as host, organizers said.

Nov 13, 2011

Oprah Winfrey receives “unimaginable” Oscar

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oprah Winfrey received an honorary Oscar for her charitable work on Saturday in what she called an unimaginable moment for a black woman who grew up poor in Mississippi and rose to the top of Hollywood stardom.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences annually bestows its Governors Awards on people who have made an impact in the industry. This year, the honorary Oscars went to Winfrey, actor James Earl Jones and makeup artist Dick Smith at a black-tie affair that brought out stars such as John Travolta, Glenn Close and Alec Baldwin.

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