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Feb 22, 2015

Kirk Cameron, Cameron Diaz rake in ‘worst achievement’ Razzies

LOS ANGELES, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Former child star Kirk
Cameron tried “Saving Christmas,” but he more likely killed a
career comeback with the movie that ruled at this year’s
Razzies, the awards for the worst achievement in film.

Cameron, 44, was declared the big winner at Saturday night’s
35th Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony, taking four of the six
categories in which he and his Christian family comedy “Saving
Christmas” were nominated: worst picture, worst actor, worst
screenplay and worst screen combo – for him and his ego.

Feb 19, 2015

Oscars may prompt more Hollywood introspection than usual

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – To the outside world, Hollywood might ooze effortless glamour, but just about anyone who makes movies will say the process is a long grind, and a continual blow to the ego and bank account.

That might explain why two films that embody the inherent struggle of show business – “Birdman” and “Boyhood” – are top contenders for best picture at Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards.

Feb 18, 2015

Third of Americans say Hollywood has problem with minorities – Reuters/Ipsos poll

LOS ANGELES, Feb 18 (Reuters) – In a year when a lack of
diversity among Academy Awards nominees prompted the Twitter
hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, one-third of Americans believe Hollywood
does not pay proper attention to minorities and women, according
to the annual Reuters/Ipsos Oscars poll.

Thirty-four percent of the nearly 2,000 people polled online
said they believed Hollywood has a general problem with
minorities and 32 percent said the film industry’s capital shies
away from making Oscar-caliber movies that appeal to minorities.

Feb 17, 2015

Oscars telecast – come for the music, stay for the movies?

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Lady Gaga will perform in a sure-to-be eye-catching outfit, Tim McGraw adds a little country to Hollywood, Adam Levine brings rock-star swagger and pop duo Tegan and Sara team up with The Lonely Island for kid favourite “Everything Is Awesome.”

No, it is not the Grammys. Those were last week. It is the 87th Academy Awards and the telecast producers know they need new viewers who might require more enticement than a slew of good movies and gorgeous movie stars to show up for Hollywood’s biggest night Sunday.

Feb 13, 2015

Oscar winner behind ‘Birdman’ filming daunted by one long shot

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki was finishing the complex filming of “Gravity” when director Alejandro G. Inarritu approached him with a daunting proposal: To film “Birdman” in a way that makes the movie appear to be one continuous shot.

In an interview with Reuters, Lubezki said his first thought was: “‘I hope I don’t get to do this’ because it was such a big challenge and I didn’t want it to be gimmicky.”

Feb 12, 2015

Bradley Cooper favored for best actor -Reuters/Ipsos Oscar poll

LOS ANGELES, Feb 12 (Reuters) – Bradley Cooper’s turn as
America’s most lethal military sniper and Reese Witherspoon’s
portrayal of a woman on a journey of self-discovery should win
this year’s top acting Oscars, in the view of Americans surveyed
in the annual Reuters/Ipsos Oscars poll.

Twenty-eight percent of respondents said Cooper, a four-time
Academy Award nominee, should win best actor for his depiction
of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, in the Clint Eastwood-directed
“American Sniper,” based on the late Kyle’s autobiography. That
was more than the percentage of respondents who saw the movie.

Feb 11, 2015

Songs in key of life: music stars pay tribute to Stevie Wonder

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Reigning stars of the music world, from Beyonce to Tony Bennett to Pharrell Williams, on Tuesday saluted Stevie Wonder, the singer, songwriter and musician they called a genius and inspiration to their careers.

Tapping the talent that came to town for the Grammy Awards two nights before, the tribute opened with Beyonce belting out “Fingertips,” a tune that put the child prodigy from Detroit on the Motown map at the age of 12.

Feb 9, 2015

Obama, Katy Perry team up against domestic abuse at Grammys

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A powerful trio formed by President Barack Obama, pop star Katy Perry and a survivor took their fight against domestic abuse to the Grammy Awards on Sunday and exhorted artists to use their power to stop violence against women and girls.

Obama appeared at music’s biggest night via a pre-recorded video stating that nearly one in five women in America has been a victim of rape or attempted rape and one in four women has experienced domestic violence.

Feb 8, 2015

Inarritu wins top Directors Guild Award for ‘Birdman’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Mexican filmmaker Alejandro G. Inarritu won the top Directors Guild Award on Saturday for “Birdman,” his satirical take on show business, raising his and his film’s chances for Oscars in two weeks.

The Directors Guild of America’s award for feature film director has correctly predicted the best director Academy Award for 10 of the past 11 years.

Feb 5, 2015

Sony’s Pascal to quit co-chair post after cyberattack upheaval

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Amy Pascal will step down as co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment after hackers angry about a movie she championed mocking North Korea’s dictator exposed a raft of embarrassing emails between Pascal and other Hollywood figures.

Pascal, one of the most powerful women executives in Hollywood, had kept a low profile since her emails were leaked by hackers and widely reported by media, particularly one in which she made racially insensitive remarks about President Barack Obama’s taste in films. She later apologized.

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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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