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Jan 8, 2013

Struggling Fox hopes for better new year in TV ratings

LOS ANGELES, Jan 8 (Reuters) – Fox entertainment chairman
Kevin Reilly on Tuesday acknowledged that his TV network had
struggled to find an audience last season but said he hoped for
a better performance going forward.

“We limped our way in after 2011. Nobody is happier than us
to get into a new year where hopefully there are better things
to come,” Reilly told television reporters.

Jan 3, 2013

“Lincoln,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” among Producers Guild nods

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Steven Spielberg’s presidential drama “Lincoln,” musical “Les Miserables” and Kathyrn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden thriller “Zero Dark Thirty” were among 10 films earning Producers Guild Award nominations on Wednesday, as the Hollywood awards season gathered momentum.

Ben Affleck and George Clooney, two of the producers behind Affleck’s Iran hostage drama “Argo,” and the team that brought Quentin Tarantino’s darkly humorous slavery Western “Django Unchained” to the screen also won nods for the awards handed out by the Producers Guild of America.

Jan 3, 2013

”Lincoln,” ”Zero Dark Thirty,” among Producers Guild nods

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Steven Spielberg’s presidential drama “Lincoln,” musical “Les Miserables” and Kathyrn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden thriller “Zero Dark Thirty” were among 10 films earning Producers Guild Award nominations on Wednesday, as the Hollywood awards season gathered momentum.

Ben Affleck and George Clooney, two of the producers behind Affleck’s Iran hostage drama “Argo,” and the team that brought Quentin Tarantino’s darkly humorous slavery Western “Django Unchained” to the screen also won nods for the awards handed out by the Producers Guild of America.

Jan 2, 2013

Justin Bieber calls paparazzo death tragic, urges action

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Pop star Justin Bieber on Wednesday called the death of a paparazzo, who was chasing his white Ferrari in Los Angeles, a tragic accident and said he hoped it would spur action to safeguard the lives of celebrities, police and photographers.

Police said the freelance photographer, whose name has not officially been released, was killed by another driver on Tuesday evening after he crossed a busy highway to snap pictures of the Ferrari that had been stopped by police for speeding.

Jan 1, 2013

Oscar nomination voting extended after online hitches

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Voting for Oscar nominations was extended by a day after some people reported problems with a new online voting system, organisers of the movie industry’s coveted awards said Monday.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said the deadline for its 6,000 members to vote on nominations for the year’s best films, performances, directors, screenplay and other achievements would be extended to Friday, January 4 – 24 hours after the original January 3 deadline.

Dec 19, 2012

Videogames under fire, Hollywood lays low after school shooting

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The multi-billion-dollar videogame industry came under scrutiny on Wednesday after Hollywood canceled, postponed or played down a slew of movies and TV shows with violent content in the wake of last week’s shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

In Washington, Senator John Rockefeller called for a national study of the impact of violent videogames on children and a review of the rating system.

Dec 17, 2012

Hollywood quiet so far on gun control after Connecticut

LOS ANGELES, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Pick a social cause and
you’ll often find a Hollywood celebrity speaking out. Gay
marriage (Brad Pitt), Darfur (George Clooney), the environment
(Robert Redford or Leonardo DiCaprio).

Gun control? Not so much.

Most of Hollywood’s biggest action movie stars have remained
silent, so far, on the divisive issue following last week’s
slaying of 20 young children and six adults at a Connecticut
school. And pop culture experts say it’s not hard to see why.

Dec 14, 2012

“Bennifer” buried as Ben Affleck’s star soars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – It has taken 10 years of hard work and indie movies, but Ben Affleck finally has moved past his “Bennifer” nightmare.

Affleck, 40, once a tabloid staple who risked becoming a laughingstock during his romance with Jennifer Lopez and their movie flop “Gigli,” is back on top in Hollywood, winning accolades for his work both in front of and behind the camera.

Dec 13, 2012

“Lincoln,” “Les Miserables,” “Playbook” lead acting nominations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood’s actors cast their net wide on Wednesday, nominating performers from big awards contenders “Lincoln” and musical “Les Miserables” for Screen Actors Guild honours while also singling out the likes of Denzel Washington and Javier Bardem.

“Lincoln,” “Les Miserables” and comedy “Silver Linings Playbook” led the nominations for the SAG awards with four apiece, including the top prize of best movie ensemble cast.

Dec 13, 2012

“Lincoln” leads Golden Globe movie nominations

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. Civil War-era drama “Lincoln” led the Golden Globe nominations on Thursday with seven nods including best drama, best director for Steven Spielberg, and best actor for Daniel Day-Lewis.

Following the film among top nominees for the Hollywood awards were Iran hostage drama “Argo” and Quentin Tarantino’s slavery-era Western “Django Unchained” with five nods each.

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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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