LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Silent film “The Artist” was the top winner at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Thursday, boosting its profile as the Hollywood season heats up ahead of the Oscars.
The comedy, shot in black and white, picked up four awards, including best picture and best director for Frenchman Michel Hazanavicius, who called it “a love letter to American cinema.”
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Harry Potter” cast a spell at the People’s Choice awards on Wednesday on a night that also saw big wins for singer Katy Perry at the start of the Hollywood awards season.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ — the last installment of the hit movie franchise about the British boy wizard — won four awards, including best movie and favorite ensemble cast.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Big business took a bashing in 2011 from Occupy Wall Street protesters and others, but it’s management consultants — the highly-paid fixers hired by companies in trouble — who get a drubbing in new TV series “House of Lies.”
The dark comedy making its debut on cable channel Showtime on Sunday, January 8, portrays management consultants as sleazy, money-grubbing executives who are as ethically challenged as the corporate clients signing their paychecks.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Making a film about an iconic politician like Britain’s Margaret Thatcher is akin to walking into a movie minefield, and casting an American — even one as revered as Meryl Streep — is asking for more trouble.
Yet the makers of new movie “The Iron Lady,” which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, went one step further.
LOS ANGELES, Dec 23 (Reuters) – “The X Factor” winner
Melanie Amaro said on Friday she was shocked at her victory but
believed that singing from her heart had given her the edge
over her rivals in the TV contest.
Amaro’s triumph also gave broadcaster Fox a ratings win,
with Thursday’s two-hour finale bringing in 12.4 million
viewers, making “X Factor” the most-watched show of the night
on U.S. television.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – An emotional Melanie Amaro won the TV singing contest “The X Factor” on Thursday, earning a $5 million recording contract and closing the first U.S. season of the heavily hyped Fox show.
Josh Krajcik finished second after a public vote and Chris Rene came in third after a Christmas-themed, two-hour finale that also saw performances by Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, Leona Lewis and 50 Cent.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – If ever there was a sale that begged a “buyer beware” disclaimer, it may be last week’s auction of Elizabeth Taylor jewelry, gowns and art that fetched more than 400 times experts’ estimate for at least one item.
But for Taylor shoppers who collectively paid $157 million to acquire items once owned by the Hollywood legend and who, perhaps now, are suffering a severe case of buyer’s remorse, experts say relax. In some cases, the investment may take years to pay off, but eventually should show a profit.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – American viewers have chosen the three singers who will compete in the finals of “The X Factor” after a first season that underwhelmed critics and raised questions about audience fatigue ahead of returning TV contests “American Idol” and “The Voice.”
Power ballad singer Melanie Amaro, 19, bluesy Josh Krajcik, 30, and troubled rapper Chris Rene, 28, will sing for a $5 million recording contract in next week’s two-part finale of the Fox show.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – NBC’s new quiz show “Who’s Still Standing?” has contestants dropping through the floor, and the burgeoning Israeli TV industry whooping with delight.
The fast-paced trivia game, which sends losers falling through trap doors, makes its U.S. debut in a week-long series of shows this coming Monday, December 19, as the first Israeli reality program to find its way to the United States.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Controversial radio host Howard Stern, who was named on Thursday as a new judge on family TV show “America’s Got Talent”, said he would give honest opinions and warned “feelings are going to be hurt.”
Stern, 57, will replace departing talk show host Piers Morgan on the panel when the talent show returns for a 7th season in the summer of 2012, broadcaster NBC said.