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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.”

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.

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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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