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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.

Dec 12, 2012

“Lincoln,” “Les Miserables” lead SAG film nominees

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The actors of drama “Lincoln,” musical “Les Miserables” and comedy “Silver Linings Playbook” led nominations for the Screen Actors Guild film awards on Wednesday, winning four nominations apiece, including best ensemble cast.

Joining them among nominees for best movie cast – the organization’s top prize – were the actors of Iranian hostage drama “Argo” and British comedy “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

Dec 12, 2012

‘Lincoln’, ‘Les Mis’ lead SAG film nominees

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The actors of drama “Lincoln,” musical “Les Miserables” and comedy “Silver Linings Playbook” led nominations for the Screen Actors Guild film awards on Wednesday, winning four nominations apiece, including best ensemble cast.

Joining them among nominees for best movie cast – the organization’s top prize – were the actors of Iranian hostage drama “Argo” and British comedy “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”

Dec 12, 2012

Legendary sitarist, composer Ravi Shankar dead at 92

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar, who helped introduce the sitar to the Western world through his collaborations with The Beatles, died in Southern California on Tuesday, his family said. He was 92.

Shankar, a three-time Grammy winner with legendary appearances at the 1967 Monterey Festival and at Woodstock, had been in fragile health for several years and last Thursday underwent surgery, his family said in a statement.

Dec 12, 2012

Legendary Indian sitarist, composer Ravi Shankar dead at 92

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sitarist and composer Ravi Shankar, who helped introduce the sitar to the Western world through his collaborations with The Beatles, died in Southern California on Tuesday, his family said. He was 92.

Shankar, a three-time Grammy winner with legendary appearances at the 1967 Monterey Festival and at Woodstock, had been in fragile health for several years and last Thursday underwent surgery, his family said in a statement.

Dec 10, 2012

French film ‘Amour’ named best film by LA critics

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The French movie about an aging couple, “Amour,” was the surprise choice for best film of 2012 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association on Sunday, while Joaquin Phoenix was named best actor for his role as a troubled outsider in the cult drama “The Master.”

In a list that broke ranks with early movie award picks in New York, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association named Paul Thomas Anderson best director for “The Master” and the film’s Amy Adams best supporting actress.

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