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Apr 14, 2014

Jared Leto, Jonah Hill win early MTV Movie Awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oscar winner Jared Leto and Jonah Hill, an Oscar nominee, picked up early MTV Movie Awards, voted for by fans rather than the film industry elite.

Host and late-night comedian Conan O’Brien kicked off the unbuttoned awards on Sunday by trying to break the record for the most celebrity cameos in his intro, notching up 50. Among them were Taylor Swift, who gave him a manicure, and Internet sensation Grumpy Cat, who slept in the front row of the audience.

Apr 4, 2014

California tweening: the making of a 12-year-old yogi

ENCINITAS, California (Reuters) – Jaysea Devoe is a yoga instructor who has the challenging job of teaching fidgety preschoolers the ancient practice, but once her charges get going, she says, “they really start to focus and listen.”

Devoe knows a thing or two about childhood and focus, for she is only 12 years old and just recently became a certified yoga instructor after completing 200 hours of teacher training. She is believed to be the youngest certified female yoga instructor in the United States.

Apr 3, 2014

Trip Tips: A gnarly ride through San Diego’s beach towns

ENCINITAS, California (Reuters) – This might just be the easiest suitcase to pack: running shoes, flip-flops, bathing suit, shorts, T-shirts, a hoodie and sunscreen.

That’s the unfussy uniform that works almost everywhere in the beach towns of San Diego’s North County, the location of choice for elite athletes in training, skateboarders-turned-entrepreneurs and smart people who have figured out how to live, work and play by the ocean.

Mar 31, 2014

HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ tackles tricky, quirky tech world for TV

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – If Mike Judge’s new tech-world television comedy “Silicon Valley” were a start-up, Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt might be an angel investor.

Schmidt appears briefly in the show’s opening scene, a start-up’s party where Kid Rock jams on stage and no one pays attention to the rock star. A newly minted tech millionaire tries to pump up the crowd shouting “I love Goolybib’s integrated multi-platform functionality. Yeah!”

Mar 12, 2014

A Minute With: Catherine Deneuve on freedom and aging with grace

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Catherine Deneuve is now in her sixth decade making films but the French actress says she is too busy working these days to grow nostalgic about her past roles or films with acclaimed directors such as Luis Bunuel and Francois Truffaut.

In her latest film, “On My Way,” in U.S. theaters on Friday, the 70-year-old Deneuve plays Bettie, a woman stuck in neutral who goes on a road trip to break free from the burden of her family’s struggling restaurant and being dumped by her lover.

Mar 3, 2014

’12 Years a Slave’ makes history with best picture Oscar

LOS ANGELES, March 2 (Reuters) – The slavery drama “12 Years
a Slave” won the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday,
making history as the first movie from a black director to win
the film industry’s highest honor in 86 years of the Oscars.

British director Steve McQueen’s unflinching portrayal of
pre-Civil War American slavery also won two other Oscars,
including best supporting actress for newcomer Lupita Nyong’o
and best adapted screenplay based on the memoir of Solomon
Northup, a free man sold into slavery in Louisiana.

Mar 3, 2014

Oscars kick off with Leto win for ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Academy Awards kicked off on Sunday by bestowing the best supporting actor Oscar on favorite Jared Leto for his role as a transgender woman in “Dallas Buyers Club,” in a night that may yield few surprises apart from the tight best picture race.

Dressed in a tuxedo, returning host Ellen DeGeneres opened the 86th annual Academy Awards taking friendly jabs at nominees, from Jennifer Lawrence for her tripping on the stage last year to Leto. “Boy, is he pretty,” she said.

Mar 3, 2014

In gowns and shorts, Hollywood arrives for Oscars night

LOS ANGELES, March 2 (Reuters) – Bedecked in gowns, tuxedos
and even shorts, the world’s top actors and actresses strode
down the red carpet at the Academy Awards on Sunday with all
eyes on the cliffhanger best picture race between frontrunners
“12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity.”

As if on cue, the sun came out after four days of heavy rain
just before the first movie stars exited their limos in a mix of
outfits as diverse as the films competing for the Oscars,
Hollywood’s top honors.

Mar 3, 2014

Sun comes out as stars arrive on Oscars red carpet

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The world’s top actors and actresses gathered for the Academy Awards on Sunday to honor a year of high-quality film and crown the best picture, a cliffhanger race led by “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity.”

As if on cue, the sun came out after four days of heavy rain just before the first movie stars began arriving on the red carpet for Hollywood’s biggest night.

Mar 2, 2014

Oscars promise drama over best picture, glamorous red carpet

LOS ANGELES, March 2 (Reuters) – In true Hollywood fashion,
the Academy Awards on Sunday promised a cliffhanger finale to
the tight race for best picture Oscar between favorites “12
Years a Slave” and “Gravity” but also a happier ending when it
comes to the weather.

After three days of heavy downpours soaked parts of the red
carpet along Hollywood Boulevard, the rain let up and workers
removed the plastic tenting and unwrapped the golden Oscar
statues hours before hundreds of movie stars in designer dresses
and tuxedos begin arriving for Hollywood’s biggest night.

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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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