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Feb 24, 2015

Sony taps Tom Rothman of ‘Titanic’ fame to head movie studio

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sony Pictures Entertainment on Tuesday named veteran film executive Tom Rothman, a force behind all-time top-grossing blockbusters “Titanic” and “Avatar,” to head its movie studio in a shuffle prompted by the fallout from a cyberattack.

Rothman, 60, takes over for Amy Pascal, who suffered public embarrassment after hackers leaked emails she had written to other Hollywood executives.

Feb 22, 2015

Oscars promise suspense and maybe some surprises

LOS ANGELES, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Hollywood’s awards season
reaches its apogee on Sunday at the 87th Academy Awards, where
“Birdman” and “Boyhood” are locked in a battle for best picture
and veteran actors are likely to grasp their first golden Oscar
statuettes.

The film industry’s biggest night will serve up its share of
suspense as three top honors – best picture, best director and
best actor – are proving hard to predict, even for the most
seasoned experts.

Feb 22, 2015

Oscars promise a night of nail-biting and new winners

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood’s awards season reaches its apogee on Sunday at the 87th Academy Awards, where “Birdman” and “Boyhood” will battle for best picture and veteran actors are likely to grasp their first golden Oscar statuettes.

The film industry’s biggest night will serve up its share of suspense as three top honors – best picture, best director and best actor – are proving hard to predict, even for the most seasoned experts.

Feb 22, 2015

Kirk Cameron, Cameron Diaz rake in ‘worst achievement’ Razzies

LOS ANGELES, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Former child star Kirk
Cameron tried “Saving Christmas,” but he more likely killed a
career comeback with the movie that ruled at this year’s
Razzies, the awards for the worst achievement in film.

Cameron, 44, was declared the big winner at Saturday night’s
35th Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony, taking four of the six
categories in which he and his Christian family comedy “Saving
Christmas” were nominated: worst picture, worst actor, worst
screenplay and worst screen combo – for him and his ego.

Feb 19, 2015

Oscars may prompt more Hollywood introspection than usual

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – To the outside world, Hollywood might ooze effortless glamour, but just about anyone who makes movies will say the process is a long grind, and a continual blow to the ego and bank account.

That might explain why two films that embody the inherent struggle of show business – “Birdman” and “Boyhood” – are top contenders for best picture at Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards.

Feb 18, 2015

Third of Americans say Hollywood has problem with minorities – Reuters/Ipsos poll

LOS ANGELES, Feb 18 (Reuters) – In a year when a lack of
diversity among Academy Awards nominees prompted the Twitter
hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, one-third of Americans believe Hollywood
does not pay proper attention to minorities and women, according
to the annual Reuters/Ipsos Oscars poll.

Thirty-four percent of the nearly 2,000 people polled online
said they believed Hollywood has a general problem with
minorities and 32 percent said the film industry’s capital shies
away from making Oscar-caliber movies that appeal to minorities.

Feb 17, 2015

Oscars telecast – come for the music, stay for the movies?

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Lady Gaga will perform in a sure-to-be eye-catching outfit, Tim McGraw adds a little country to Hollywood, Adam Levine brings rock-star swagger and pop duo Tegan and Sara team up with The Lonely Island for kid favourite “Everything Is Awesome.”

No, it is not the Grammys. Those were last week. It is the 87th Academy Awards and the telecast producers know they need new viewers who might require more enticement than a slew of good movies and gorgeous movie stars to show up for Hollywood’s biggest night Sunday.

Feb 13, 2015

Oscar winner behind ‘Birdman’ filming daunted by one long shot

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki was finishing the complex filming of “Gravity” when director Alejandro G. Inarritu approached him with a daunting proposal: To film “Birdman” in a way that makes the movie appear to be one continuous shot.

In an interview with Reuters, Lubezki said his first thought was: “‘I hope I don’t get to do this’ because it was such a big challenge and I didn’t want it to be gimmicky.”

Feb 12, 2015

Bradley Cooper favored for best actor -Reuters/Ipsos Oscar poll

LOS ANGELES, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Bradley Cooper’s turn as
America’s most lethal military sniper and Reese Witherspoon’s
portrayal of a woman on a journey of self-discovery should win
this year’s top acting Oscars, in the view of Americans surveyed
in the annual Reuters/Ipsos Oscars poll.

Twenty-eight percent of respondents said Cooper, a four-time
Academy Award nominee, should win best actor for his depiction
of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, in the Clint Eastwood-directed
“American Sniper,” based on the late Kyle’s autobiography. That
was more than the percentage of respondents who saw the movie.

Feb 11, 2015

Songs in key of life: music stars pay tribute to Stevie Wonder

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Reigning stars of the music world, from Beyonce to Tony Bennett to Pharrell Williams, on Tuesday saluted Stevie Wonder, the singer, songwriter and musician they called a genius and inspiration to their careers.

Tapping the talent that came to town for the Grammy Awards two nights before, the tribute opened with Beyonce belting out “Fingertips,” a tune that put the child prodigy from Detroit on the Motown map at the age of 12.

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      "Mary Milliken is Entertainment and Lifestyle Editor for the Americas since July 2013, based in Los Angeles. In 15 years with Reuters, she been bureau chief in Washington DC, the West Coast and South America and has organized news teams covering everything from presidential elections to economic crises to natural disasters. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese."
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