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Dec 20, 2014

Sony trying to find alternatives to release ‘The Interview’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sony Pictures said on Friday it is looking for alternatives to release “The Interview” after it scrapped the Christmas Day theatrical opening of the screwball comedy at the center of a cyber attack on the studio blamed on North Korea.

After a rare public shaming of a corporation by President Barack Obama, who said Sony Pictures made a mistake in pulling the film and bowing to intimidation, chief executive Michael Lynton told CNN he hoped that the public would see the film but no other platform had shown interest.

Dec 14, 2014

Julianne Moore takes pains to portray early Alzheimer’s

LOS ANGELES, Dec 14 (Reuters) – Early in the film “Still
Alice,” the Columbia University professor played by Julianne
Moore is the picture of health taking a jog through campus,
until she realizes she is completely lost.

Miniscule movements in her pale face betray the panic racing
through her brain, but it will be nothing compared with what is
to come for Alice, or for the audience for that matter.

Dec 12, 2014

‘Birdman’ tests new heights with seven Golden Globe nods

By Mary Milliken and Piya Sinha-Roy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) – Surreal show business satire “Birdman,” a darling of critics for its innovative storytelling, led the Golden Globe Awards film nominations on Thursday, with its seven nods making it a front-runner early in the Hollywood awards season.

More than two months before the Academy Awards, the nominations from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association suggest it could be a battle of “Birdman” against “Boyhood,” which earned five nominations and also pushed cinematic boundaries.

Dec 11, 2014

‘Birdman’ lands seven Golden Globe nominations

By Mary Milliken and Piya Sinha-Roy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) – The surreal show business satire “Birdman,” a darling of critics for its innovative storytelling, led the Golden Globe Awards film nominations on Thursday, with its seven nods making it a frontrunner early in the Hollywood awards season.

The story of a washed-up actor played by Michael Keaton attempting a comeback on the Broadway stage, “Birdman” will compete in the best comedy or musical category with “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Into the Woods,” “Pride” and “St. Vincent.”

Dec 4, 2014

A Minute With: Filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee on preserving ‘Wild’

LOS ANGELES, Dec 3 (Reuters) – When Jean-Marc Vallee went to
accept the breakthrough director honor at the Hollywood Film
Awards last month, the French Canadian laughed about being a
breakthrough at the age of 51.

It is his latest film, “Wild,” which opens this week in U.S.
theaters, that has definitively opened the doors to Hollywood.
He was hired by its producer and star Reese Witherspoon, who
bought the rights to the best-selling memoir by Cheryl Strayed
and her 1,100-mile hike toward self-discovery.

Dec 2, 2014

In ‘Wild,’ Reese Witherspoon embarks on path to self-fulfillment

LOS ANGELES, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Reese Witherspoon could
probably still claim the title of America’s sweetheart, but
Hollywood’s overachiever might be the more accurate moniker for
the 38-year-old actress these days.

Sitting amid the wilderness above Beverly Hills, Witherspoon
talks about finding “the most true honest expression of who I
really am” in her new film “Wild,” opening this week in U.S.
theaters.

Nov 25, 2014

Celebrated California farm sows seeds for next generation

, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Growing up among
rows of purple haze carrots, delicate Mara des Bois strawberries
and corn sweet enough to eat raw, Makoto Chino might have been
one of the best-fed kids in America.

He would see celebrated chefs like Julia Child and Alice
Waters visiting his family’s Southern California farm and
learning from his father Tom Chino about the painstaking
attention to quality and experimentation. The chefs would sign
the kitchen wall in homage to the work of the Japanese-American
family.

Nov 13, 2014

A Minute With: Steve Carell on his creepy turn in ‘Foxcatcher’

, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Hollywood makeup
wizardry made comic Steve Carell unrecognizable for his latest
star turn as heir John du Pont in director Bennett Miller’s
“Foxcatcher.”

The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, portrays
the tragic relationship between du Pont and the wrestlers Mark
and Dave Schultz, brothers who won Olympic gold medals.

Nov 12, 2014

‘Foxcatcher’ filmmaker prizes the unexpected in chilling drama

By Mary Milliken

BEVERLY HILLS Calif. (Reuters) – For eight years, film director Bennett Miller worked exhaustively on “Foxcatcher,” researching the lives of a du Pont heir and the wrestling brothers he sponsored, and making sure his actors passed as expert sportsmen.

Despite locking down all the details to tell the real-life story of a well-known 1996 murder, Miller headed to the film set with a question.

Nov 9, 2014

Oscar in hand, Harry Belafonte exhorts Hollywood on human rights

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Octogenarian actor and singer Harry Belafonte, accepting a top Hollywood human rights award, asked fellow artists and the entertainment industry to use their powerful platform to show the better side of humanity.

Before a star-studded audience and next to a long-time friend, actor Sidney Poitier, the 87-year-old Belafonte received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his lifelong fight for civil rights and humanitarian causes.

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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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