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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.

With a new book about the classic Klingon starship,
Bird-of-Prey, and a Klingon spoof of the “Gangnam Style” music
video racking up millions of views on YouTube, Klingons are
showing a fun side that outstrips their Trekkies fan base.

Oct 31, 2012

New “Star Wars” movies – dream come true, or cosmic yawn?

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – For years, it seemed like another “Star Wars” movie was just a dream, stillborn in a galaxy far, far away.

But down on Earth, the Walt Disney movie studio had different ideas, announcing on Tuesday that it planned not one but at least three new “Star Wars” movies, starting in three years’ time.

Oct 23, 2012

Whitney Houston’s family share struggles in TV reality show

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Making a TV reality show may not be the most obvious way to cope with the sudden death of a loved one, but most families don’t count an icon like Whitney Houston among their relatives.

Less than a year after the “I Will Always Love You” singer drowned accidentally in a hotel bath tub after taking cocaine, Houston’s teen daughter, her mother, brother and sister-in-law share with the world their struggle to cope in “The Houstons: On Our Own”.

Oct 2, 2012

NBC breaks TV losing streak, orders more “Revolution”

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – NBC won U.S. television’s official premiere week with key viewers for the first time since 2003, and swiftly announced full season orders on Tuesday for three of its new shows.

Boosted by “Sunday Night Football – the nation’s most watched program – singing contest “The Voice” and futuristic new drama “Revolution,” NBC was first in the 18-49 age group prized by advertisers and showed a 12 percent increase in that demographic compared to the 2011 TV premiere week, Nielsen data showed.

Sep 19, 2012

Upsets, drama in store for TV’s big Emmy night

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A night of upsets could be on the menu at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, with the countesses and kitchen maids of Britain’s “Downton Abbey” bidding to end the reign of television’s “Mad Men,” while post-9/11 psychological thriller “Homeland” lurks close by.

With a tight race for the best drama series top prize and a great year for comedy actresses, the television industry’s biggest night could pack as much drama this year as the plot twists and turns dreamed up by TV writers on screen.

Sep 19, 2012

Oscar, you’ve got mail: Electronic voting on tap for 2013 Oscars

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Voting for the Oscars is going electronic for the first time in a move that will speed up the process and could give an boost to younger, edgier movies.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said on Tuesday that a new online voting system will be used for the first time in its 85-year history for the Oscars that will be handed out in February 2013.

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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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