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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
murderer.

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.

Feb 25, 2013

Christoph Waltz, ‘Brave’ win early Oscars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Austrian actor Christoph Waltz and animated movie “Brave” took home early Oscars on Sunday as Seth MacFarlane mocked both himself and Hollywood’s A-listers in his debut as host of the movie industry’s biggest night.

In one of the closest contests going into the ceremony, the Best Supporting Actor went to Waltz for his turn as an eccentric dentist-turned-bounty-hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s slavery revenge fantasy “Django Unchained.”

Feb 25, 2013

Hollywood’s finest pose on red carpet ahead of Oscars show

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood’s biggest stars strutted and posed on the Oscars red carpet on Sunday, as Iran hostage drama “Argo” and presidential drama “Lincoln” went into the movie industry’s biggest night in a tight race for Best Picture.

Nominees Jessica Chastain, sparkling in a gold strapless Armani Prive dress, and Amy Adams in a gray strapless Oscar de la Renta gown, were among early arrivals walking the 500-foot (150-meter) long red carpet under warm, sunny skies.

Feb 24, 2013

“Lincoln,” “Argo” in tight race as Oscars roll out red carpet

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Oscars rolled out the red carpet on Sunday for the movie industry’s biggest night, with Iran hostage drama “Argo” and presidential drama “Lincoln” in a tight race for Best Picture.

With several contests too close to call, a slate of big box office hits to celebrate and an unpredictable first-time host in Seth MacFarlane, movie fans could be in for surprises when the curtain rises on the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Feb 23, 2013

Oscar show promises music, megastars and James Bond

LOS ANGELES, Feb 23 (Reuters) – Bigger stars, more music and
edgier comedy are on the menu for Sunday’s Oscar ceremony, when
the most coveted awards in the movie industry are handed out
during a glittering Academy Awards show.

Producers of the three-hour Oscar telecast at Hollywood’s
Dolby Theatre are promising a faster-paced show and more face
time with first-time host Seth MacFarlane, while honoring the
best films not just of 2012 but also of decades past.

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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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