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Feb 11, 2014

Oscar nominees hobnob three weeks ahead of Hollywood’s big night

, Feb 10 (Reuters) – This year’s Oscar
nominees gathered for the ultimate Hollywood power lunch on
Monday in a celebration of the old adage “it’s an honor just to
be nominated” three weeks before the film industry’s biggest
night.

The annual Oscars nominees luncheon convened more than 200
contenders pursuing an Academy Award on March 2 – from 18-time
nominee Meryl Streep for best actress in “August: Osage County”
to Lupita Nyong’o, who won a best supporting actress nod for her
first film role ever in “12 Years a Slave.”

Feb 4, 2014

For ‘Monuments Men,’ George Clooney gets surprise German gift

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – For the most ambitious of his five films as director, George Clooney assembled a top-shelf cast of fellow actors to play art experts tasked with retrieving artistic treasure stolen by the Germans during World War Two.

There is one person, though, who is not a Hollywood A-lister, not listed in the credits and who may play a big role in the box-office success of “The Monuments Men”: an elderly German recluse who hoarded more than 1,400 artworks stolen by the Nazis and valued at 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion).

Jan 29, 2014

For World Cup, the beautiful game plays out on museum walls

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Petra Cortright played soccer for 14 years so she was very adept at making a video of herself wearing a pink glowing bathing suit and juggling a ball, or rather an IKEA soccer pillow, which was what she had on hand when inspiration struck.

Now the 27-year-old Los Angeles artist finds herself and that webcam video in the company of Andy Warhol and his 1978 portrait of Pele and 50 other works of art by 30 artists celebrating the so-called “beautiful game” in this year of the World Cup in Brazil.

Jan 29, 2014

Soccer-For World Cup, the beautiful game plays out on museum walls

LOS ANGELES, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Petra Cortright played
soccer for 14 years so she was very adept at making a video of
herself wearing a pink glowing bathing suit and juggling a ball,
or rather an IKEA soccer pillow, which was what she had on hand
when inspiration struck.

Now the 27-year-old Los Angeles artist finds herself and
that webcam video in the company of Andy Warhol and his 1978
portrait of Pele and 50 other works of art by 30 artists
celebrating the so-called “beautiful game” in this year of the
World Cup in Brazil.

Jan 27, 2014

French DJ duo Daft Punk, teenage Lorde take top Grammys

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – French electronic music DJs Daft Punk and New Zealand teen Lorde took home the top Grammy awards on Sunday in a night that rewarded robots and newcomers, and recognized marriage equality.

In a first for the Grammys or any big U.S. awards show, thirty-three couples, both same-sex and straight, were married by singer Queen Latifah, to the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis gay rights anthem, “Same Love.” Madonna emerged in a white suit and cowboy hat to conclude the singing ceremony with “Open Your Heart.”

Jan 27, 2014

Beatles come together at Grammys, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead wins

LOS ANGELES, Jan 26 (Reuters) – The two surviving Beatles,
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, came together at the Grammy
Awards on Sunday for a rare joint performance coinciding with
the 50th anniversary of the British group’s breakthrough on
American television.

While the music industry celebrated some of the biggest
stars of the past, it anointed newcomer rapper-producer duo
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with the Grammy for best new artist and
gave them the opportunity to preside over a mass wedding to
celebrate same-sex equality later in the show.

Jan 27, 2014

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis win best new artist, Beyonce opens Grammys

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rapper-producer duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won the Grammy award for best new artist as the music industry kicked off its big night on Sunday with the promise of big-name collaborations and even a mass wedding to celebrate same-sex equality.

Minutes into the three-and-a-half-hour show, Beyonce and rapper husband Jay Z sang “Drunk in Love,” her first public performance since her surprise self-titled album in December, a game-changer in the music industry for its stealth release.

Jan 20, 2014

‘Gravity,’ ’12 Years a Slave’ share Hollywood producers’ top prize

BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) – Hollywood producers injected drama into the race for Oscars on Sunday by choosing not one but two movies as their best films of the year, the space thriller “Gravity” and the slavery drama “12 Years a Slave”.

It is the first time the Producers Guild of America has declared a tie in the 25-year history of its awards. The PGA has correctly chosen the eventual Academy Award winner for best picture for the last six years, including Iranian hostage drama “Argo” a year ago.

Jan 19, 2014

‘American Hustle’ hauls in Hollywood actors’ top prize

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The cast of the 1970s crime caper “American Hustle” grooved its way to the top prize from the Screen Actors Guild on Saturday in a key test of the film’s Oscar mettle six weeks ahead of a likely competitive race for Academy Awards.

“American Hustle” from director David O. Russell has been hailed for its performances, although it won no individual acting awards on Saturday and only Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for her supporting role. It prevailed over another presumed Oscar front-runner, “12 Years a Slave,” which only took home a best supporting actress trophy.

Jan 19, 2014

‘American Hustle’ wins top prize from Hollywood actors

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The cast of the 1970s crime caper “American Hustle” took the top prize from the Screen Actors Guild on Saturday in a key test of the film’s Oscar mettle in the competitive race for Academy Awards in six weeks.

“American Hustle” from director David O. Russell has been hailed for its performances, although it won no individual acting awards on Saturday and only Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for her supporting role. It prevailed over another presumed Oscar frontrunner, “12 Years a Slave.”

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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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