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May 9, 2013

Backstage judge drama dominates as ‘American Idol’ nears climax

LOS ANGELES, May 9 (Reuters) – Viewers are gearing up to
crown the first female winner of “American Idol” in six years,
but the biggest drama at the once-dominant Fox TV singing
contest is taking place backstage over which of the celebrity
judges will be voted off.

Audiences for what was the most-watched TV show in the
United States for eight years have slumped to new lows in the
current 12th season, despite the addition of singers Mariah
Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban to the judging panel.

Apr 28, 2013

Michael Jackson’s life and death back in spotlight in new trial

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Almost four years after his shocking death, the bizarre life and sorry demise of Michael Jackson will play out again in a $40 billion civil trial that pits the singer’s family against the organizers of a musical comeback that never happened.

Opening statements are set for Monday in what is expected to be an emotional, three-month long jury trial that seeks to hold AEG Live, the promoters of the never-realized series of 2009 London concerts, liable for the wrongful death of the “Thriller” singer.

Apr 15, 2013

Superheroes rule at raunchy MTV Movie Awards show

LOS ANGELES, April 14 (Reuters) – The comic book superheroes
of “The Avengers” and comedy romance “Silver Linings Playbook”
ruled at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday on a night packed with
irreverent jokes about body parts and sneak peeks of some of the
year’s biggest upcoming films.

“The Avengers” picked up three awards, including the top
prize, movie of the year, along with best villain for Tom
Hiddleston’s turn as the evil Loki, and best fight.

Apr 15, 2013

Emma Watson, Bradley Cooper honored at zany MTV Movie Awards

LOS ANGELES, April 14 (Reuters) – “Harry Potter” star Emma
Watson won the Trailblazer Award and Bradley Cooper was chosen
best male performer for playing a bipolar man in “Silver Linings
Playbook” as the MTV Movie Awards kicked off the summer
movie-going season on Sunday with an irreverent ceremony.

Hosted by “Pitch Perfect” comedy star Rebel Wilson, the
annual youth-oriented show also handed out early prizes to
Cooper and his co-star Jennifer Lawrence for best kiss for their
clinch at the end of the comedy romance.

Apr 11, 2013

Leonardo gets swashbuckling makeover in TV’s “Da Vinci’s Demons”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Take a 15th century Italian genius, invent his mysterious youth, throw in some superhero action and you’ve got “Da Vinci’s Demons” – a new TV series that portrays the man who painted the “Mona Lisa” like he’s never been seen before.

Forget the artist seen in his own self-portrait as a wizened, bearded old man.

The Leonardo of “Da Vinci’s Demons” is a fearless, reckless, swashbuckling 25-year-old, who sports 21st century hair gel and an impressive six-pack.

Apr 5, 2013

Influential U.S. film critic Roger Ebert dies at 70

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Roger Ebert, who was the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize and became an unlikely TV star while hosting a movie review show with fellow critic Gene Siskel, died in Chicago on Thursday, two days after he disclosed his cancer had returned.

“It is with a heavy heart we report that legendary film critic Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) has passed away,” the Chicago Sun-Times, the newspaper where Ebert, 70, worked for decades, said on Twitter.

Apr 4, 2013

Influential film critic Roger Ebert dead at 70

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pulitzer-Prize winning film critic Roger Ebert died on Thursday, the Chicago Sun-Times said, two days after he said his cancer of 10 years ago had returned.

“It is with a heavy heart we report that legendary film critic Roger Ebert (@ebertchicago) has passed away,” the newspaper where Ebert worked for decades said on Twitter.

Apr 4, 2013

Actress Jessica Pare finds fame with TV’s “Mad Men”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – With her coquettish French song “Zou Bisou Bisou” and her sex scenes with new screen husband Don Draper, little-known French-Canadian actress Jessica Pare was the breakout star of TV advertising drama “Mad Men” last season.

Pare, 30, returns on Sunday as Megan Draper, the most vibrant of Don Draper’s mysterious assets, while her character forges ahead with her new career as an actress in late 1960s New York.

Apr 3, 2013

“Mad Men” grapples with identity crisis in penultimate TV season

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Mad Men” returns to television on Sunday to find suave advertising executive Don Draper on a beach in Hawaii reading Dante’s epic poem “Inferno.”

That is about all the detail that Matthew Weiner, creator of the Emmy-winning 1960s-era drama, wants viewers to know ahead of the two-hour premiere of the sixth, penultimate season that he says is packed with more than its usual share of action.

Apr 2, 2013

Wrongful death trial to revisit Michael Jackson’s checkered life

LOS ANGELES, April 2 (Reuters) – Jury selection was due to
begin on Tuesday in a Los Angeles civil trial that will revisit
the checkered life and sudden death of superstar Michael Jackson
before a planned comeback that he had hoped would revive his
tattered personal and musical reputation.

Jackson’s elderly mother Katherine is suing AEG Live, the
promoters of a never-realized series of 2009 London concerts,
for the wrongful death of her son, alleging they were negligent
in hiring Dr Conrad Murray to care for the singer while he
rehearsed for a planned series of 50 shows.

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      "I'm a British import to Los Angeles who still hasn't managed to lose the accent after 10 years. I cover all things celebrity -- Hollywood award shows, stars in trouble, U.S. television and California lifestyle. Before arriving in Los Angeles, I worked for Reuters in London and Italy, covering stories like the death of Princess Diana, the Italian Mafia, and the Good Friday Northern Ireland peace agreement."
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