Jill's Feed
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.

Apr 1, 2013

Hannibal Lecter dishes up liver, suspense in new TV series

LOS ANGELES, April 1 (Reuters) – Liver and loin are served
up gourmet-style, young women are impaled on antlers, mushrooms
grow out of decomposing bodies.

Hannibal Lecter, one of the world’s creepiest fictional
villains, is back, and this time he is not locked up but is a
respected psychiatrist with an appetite for art, fine clothes,
good food and red wine.

Mar 26, 2013

Variety to focus on hard-hitting showbiz stories in new weekly magazine

LOS ANGELES, March 26 (Reuters) – Hollywood trade magazine
Variety launches a new era on Tuesday with the publication of
its first weekly glossy magazine focused on in-depth, analytical
stories aimed squarely at entertainment industry professionals.

A week after 80 years of daily publication ceased following
a change in ownership, the new editors at Variety say the
magazine will shine a “laser focus” on the business needs of
Hollywood rather than moving toward the more celebrity-filled
content seen on other entertainment outlets.

Mar 22, 2013

Phil Spector TV film splits opinion like record producer himself

LOS ANGELES, March 22 (Reuters) – Phil Spector’s life could
be summed up in four words – musical genius, eccentric and

Playwright David Mamet’s HBO film “Phil Spector,” which airs
on Sunday, makes the most of all of them but his take on the
2007 murder trial of the record producer has split opinion as
much as the crime itself.

Feb 25, 2013

Oscar TV audience rises to 40.3 million, show gets mauling

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sunday’s Oscar ceremony scored the biggest TV audience in three years, and edgy new host Seth MacFarlane helped boost interest from young men, despite getting a mauling from TV critics.

Nielsen ratings data on Monday showed that 40.3 million Americans watched the Academy Awards ceremony on ABC television, up three percent from 2012. ABC said it was the largest Oscar audience in three years.

Feb 25, 2013

“Zero Dark Thirty” fails at Oscars amid political fallout

LOS ANGELES, Feb 24 (Reuters) – “Zero Dark Thirty,” about
the decade-long U.S. hunt for Osama bin Laden, has received more
attention in the U.S. Congress than it did at the Oscars on
Sunday, amid political fallout over its depiction of torture and
alleged intelligence leaks to the movie’s makers.

The film, which has sparked outrage among both Democrats and
Republicans in Washington over its depiction of torture, and
allegations that the Obama administration leaked classified
intelligence to help the making of the film, won no major Oscars
on Sunday and only one award overall.

    • About Jill

      "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."
    • Follow Jill