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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.

Jan 11, 2014

‘Girls’ go wayward in HBO’s tale of a gender and a generation

PASADENA, California (Reuters) – The four female 20-somethings from Brooklyn in the HBO series “Girls” are in such a funk in the show’s third season that the weirdly whimsical Adam, of all people, comes across as a pillar of stability and good sense.

When the season kicks off on Sunday, Hannah, played by “Girls” creator Lena Dunham, has her OCD under control and a semblance of domestic bliss with Adam (Adam Driver), but her self-absorbed ways are maddening. When someone dies suddenly, all her thoughts are about her unfinished e-book.

Jan 10, 2014

At 80, the real Philomena works for British film’s success

LOS ANGELES, Jan 10 (Reuters) – She is not an actress, but
rather an 80-year-old Irish mother and former nurse,
crisscrossing Los Angeles in the film awards season for
screenings, interviews and even an afternoon tea party.

Philomena Lee takes the hullabaloo with good humor, knowing
that the film she inspired – “Philomena” – not only has chances
of winning awards but also helping women who, like her, had
babies as teens and were forced to give them up.

Jan 9, 2014

Kooky thoughts and tweets keep Bill Cosby comically busy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – In this new year, Bill Cosby offers an encouraging tale to late bloomers operating several notches below their potential.

There he was in 1960 in a remedial English class in college, where he had entered in his twenties with a total 500 SAT exam score (out of a possible 1,600), wrestling with two composition assignments. He resolved to write about yanking his tooth out as a boy and procrastinating on a paper by sharpening his pencil over and over, down to the eraser.

Jan 8, 2014

Protesters, filmmaker traverse Egypt’s transition in ‘The Square’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Three years after Egyptian-American filmmaker Jehane Noujaim waded into Cairo’s Tahrir Square to document the early rumblings of revolution, the army governs Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood is back underground and protesters are on trial.

But as her award-winning film “The Square” makes its debut to a wide audience next week via streaming company Netflix’s 40 million subscribers, Noujaim believes Egypt is definitely not back at square one, although it is a dark time in the country.

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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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