LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – At 10 years old, Uggie has a long show business resume. But it wasn’t until the lively Jack Russell terrier landed the role of sidekick to actor Jean Dujardin in silent film “The Artist” that he hit the big time.
The scene-stealing star of Hollywood’s awards season talked with Reuters (via one of his trainers, Sarah Clifford) about the art of animal acting, being snubbed by the Oscars and why “The Artist” is probably his last big movie.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Viola Davis knew she had big shoes to fill when she agreed to play the role of a lowly black maid to a rich white family in 1960s Mississippi in “The Help”.
They included those of her mother, her late grandmother and thousands of African-American women who were maids themselves, many of whom would rather forget those years. Although Davis is now neck-and-neck with Meryl Streep for the best actress Oscar, she says her mother has yet to see “The Help.”
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “The Help,” which chronicled the experiences of black maids in the 1960s, and the comedy “Jumping the Broom” were honored at the NAACP Image Awards on Friday, and the life and career of Whitney Houston was celebrated with rousing gospel songs a week after the singer’s untimely death.
The box-office hit about black maids speaking out against their white employers in Mississippi in the early 1960s won best movie and acting awards for Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer. The film, Davis and Spencer have been nominated for Academy Awards.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Officials investigating the death of singer Whitney Houston have issued subpoenas for her medical records after finding prescription drugs in her Beverly Hills hotel room.
The Los Angeles Coroner’s office said on Wednesday the move was standard procedure in such cases. Houston, 48, who had a history of addiction to cocaine and alcohol, was found unconscious and underwater in a bathtub late last week on the eve of the annual Grammy Awards show.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Uggie, the canine star of “The Artist”, won’t be taking part in the Oscars or appearing on the red carpet next week, despite having won the hearts of millions of moviegoers.
“Uggie has not been asked to participate or appear at the Oscars,” a spokesperson for The Weinstein Company, distributors of “The Artist”, told Reuters on Tuesday.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Drugs? Booze? Suicide? Drowning? Speculation on the cause of Whitney Houston’s sudden death have run the gamut since the singer was found on Saturday. But don’t jump to conclusions.
Medical experts say it will take weeks to firmly establish the cause of Houston’s death and, contrary to probes on TV crime shows like “CSI” or “Bones,” sometimes science is fallible.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Adele’s distinctive voice was born again and Whitney Houston was mourned on Sunday in a Grammy Awards show packed with triumphant comebacks and fond farewells.
Katy Perry, sporting blue hair and metallic body armor, stormed back defiantly in her first big public performance after husband Russell Brand filed for divorce in December, and country singer Glen Campbell, 75, made what could be his last Grammy appearance after being diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Move over, “Mad Men” and Kim Kardashian. There’s a new darling in U.S. pop culture, with a much posher accent and even fancier clothes.
British World War One-era drama “Downton Abbey” and its colorful cast of countesses, cooks and kitchen maids has taken America by storm, dominating modern social media and bringing millions of new, young viewers to the often staid world of public broadcasting.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “American Idol” executive producer Nigel Lythgoe came out fighting against rival TV shows on Tuesday, calling singing contest “The Voice” a “gimmicky” show and making clear he was fed up with defending “Idol”s slipping ratings.
Speaking to reporters following headlines of bumper audiences for this week’s return of NBC’s “The Voice,” Lythgoe questioned whether other TV talent shows would still be around in 11 years or produce top-level stars such as those that have emerged from Fox television’s “Idol”.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – NBC’s new musical drama “Smash” could hardly have a stronger pedigree: Idea by Steven Spielberg, songs by award-winning Broadway producers, stars including Anjelica Huston and Debra Messing, and screen icon Marilyn Monroe holding the whole show-within-a show together.
Yet success couldn’t be harder to assess in the high stakes prime-time TV gamble for NBC as the struggling network looks for its first scripted series hit since 2006.