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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.

Nov 28, 2012

“Men” TV star says no disrespect intended in “filth” claim

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Two and a Half Men” teen actor Angus T. Jones, who caused a media furor by calling his own show “filth,” apologized on Tuesday for disrespecting the creator, cast and crew of the raunchy TV comedy.

But Jones, 19, whose distaste for the show was prompted by a his new-found Christian beliefs, did not retract his YouTube appeal to fans to stop watching the show, nor his own claims of discomfort at being part of one of the top-rated comedies on U.S. television.

Nov 20, 2012

Lindsay Lohan, Liz Taylor and pages of “what ifs” for TV’s “Liz & Dick”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Making a movie about Elizabeth Taylor takes courage. Casting wayward starlet Lindsay Lohan as the Hollywood screen legend was both daring and asking for trouble.

And indeed, trouble is what producers got during the shooting of Lifetime TV movie “Liz & Dick” – but they say the payoff made it all worthwhile.

Nov 13, 2012

She’s got the voice, now Christina Aguilera looks for hits

LOS ANGELES, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Christina Aguilera has the
vocal chops, the look, the strut and millions of new fans thanks
to her stint as a judge on TV singing contest “The Voice.”

But can she still sell records?

The singer, who had global hits with “Genie in a Bottle” and
the female empowerment ballad “Beautiful” more than 10 years
ago, bids to reclaim her status as one of the world’s biggest
pop stars with her new album, “Lotus,” released on Tuesday.

Nov 2, 2012

Klingon goes boldly beyond ‘Star Trek’ into pop culture

LOS ANGELES, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Why learn French when you
could learn Klingon?

The language created more than 30 years ago for the “Star
Trek” race of long-haired warriors has moved boldly into pop
culture where few other alien tongues have gone before.

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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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