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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.”

Jan 19, 2014

Nyong’o, Leto win supporting actor awards from Hollywood peers

LOS ANGELES, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Lupita Nyong’o and Jared
Leto won Screen Actors Guild awards for their supporting roles
on Saturday as Oscar nominees seek to gather crucial momentum in
a competitive race for Academy Awards in six weeks.

The Kenyan actress Nyong’o was recognized for her role as
the hardworking slave Patsey in “12 Years a Slave,” while Leto
won for his turn as transsexual AIDS activist in “Dallas Buyers
Club,” in honors that actors relish because they are voted by
their peers.

Jan 16, 2014

‘Dallas Buyers Club’: underdog film turned scrappy Oscar contender

BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) – “Dallas Buyers Club” is a film that prompts a discussion about money – not big Hollywood money, but rather the lack thereof.

The scrappiest of the nine films nominated for a best picture Oscar on Thursday cost just $4 million to make – a speck on a Hollywood studio spreadsheet – and 25 days to film.

Jan 16, 2014

‘American Hustle,’ ‘Gravity’ lead Oscar nominations

BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) – Con-men caper “American Hustle” and space thriller “Gravity” led Oscar nominees on Thursday with 10 nominations each, including best picture, in the race for the world’s top film prize.

Slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” received nine nominations, including in the best picture category, in a year crowded with high-quality films.

Jan 15, 2014

Dogged on disarmament, actor Michael Douglas earns UNICEF award

, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Oscar-winning
actor Michael Douglas says his main philanthropic cause -
nuclear disarmament – is not exactly the kind of “touchy-feely”
issue that celebrities and their fans covet, and it can be
awfully frustrating when it comes to progress.

It’s one, however, he has stuck with for years as a United
Nations Messenger of Peace since 1998, and for that persistence
he will be recognized on Tuesday night with the Danny Kaye
Humanitarian Peace Award from the U.S. fund for UNICEF, the U.N.
branch for children.

Jan 14, 2014

’12 Years a Slave, ‘American Hustle’ take top Golden Globes

BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) – The film “12 Years a Slave” took the coveted Golden Globe for best drama and “American Hustle” won best musical or comedy on Sunday in a kick-off to the Hollywood awards season that foreshadows a wide scattering of honors for a year crowded with high-quality movies.

Only two films garnered more than one award at the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, an important but not entirely accurate barometer for the industry’s highest honors, the Academy Awards to be held on March 2.

Jan 14, 2014

Michael Douglas wants to surprise audiences with Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – After throwing audiences a curveball by playing flamboyant pianist Liberace, leading man Michael Douglas is ready to make another unconventional career choice, this time playing scientist Hank Pym in Marvel superhero film “Ant-Man.”

Disney-owned Marvel said on Monday that Douglas, 69, will play Henry ‘Hank’ Pym, the creator of the technology to shrink a human to the size of an insect and thus become Ant-Man. “Anchorman” star Paul Rudd, 44, will play Scott Lang, the alter-ego of the diminutive Marvel superhero.

Jan 13, 2014

Women lift ‘American Hustle’ at Golden Globe Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) – Actresses Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence put 1970s corruption caper “American Hustle” at the front of the pack midway through Sunday’s Golden Globes by winning top acting honors in Hollywood’s kick-off to the awards season.

Adams won best actress in a musical or comedy for her role as the conniving partner to a con-man played by Christian Bale, while Lawrence took best supporting actress for her turn as his loopy wife.

Jan 13, 2014

Jennifer Lawrence wins Golden Globe for ‘American Hustle’

, Jan 12 (Reuters) – Oscar-winner
Jennifer Lawrence won the Golden Globe for best supporting
actress on Sunday for her role as the loopy wife of a con man in
“American Hustle,” the first major honor of the inaugural
ceremony in the 2014 Hollywood awards season.

“American Hustle,” a romp through 1970s corruption in New
York, is one of the frontrunners for the 71st Annual Golden
Globe Awards, an important but not entirely accurate barometer
for the film industry’s highest honors, the Academy Awards to be
held on March 2.

Jan 12, 2014

Hollywood kicks off 2014 awards season with Golden Globes

, Jan 12 (Reuters) – In a year widely
regarded as a bountiful one for high-quality films and acting,
the Golden Globes weigh in on Sunday with the first big honors
of the Hollywood awards season, which culminates in seven weeks
with the Oscars.

Two starkly different American stories lead nominations for
the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards with seven nods apiece – the
brutal depiction of pre-Civil War slavery “12 Years a Slave” and
1970s corruption caper “American Hustle.” They will compete for
best motion picture in different categories, drama and comedy or
musical, respectively.

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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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