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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.

Feb 5, 2015

‘Birdman’ director’s flight of fancy may reap reward of Oscar

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – From the first scene showing actor Michael Keaton levitating in his underwear, it becomes quite clear that “Birdman” will not unfold in a conventional way.

A favorite to win the Academy Award for best picture, director Alejandro G. Inarritu’s satirical jab at show business takes the audience down a cinematic rabbit hole – and not just because it takes place in the warren of a Broadway theater.

Feb 5, 2015

Top Grammy contenders find grassroots strength in streaming

LOS ANGELES, Feb 5 (Reuters) – The old-fashioned radio still
reigns as consumers’ top source for finding new music, but at
Sunday’s Grammy Awards, online streaming might show itself to be
the fast track to industry recognition.

With the likes of record-of-the-year nominees Iggy Azalea
and Meghan Trainor breaking out on YouTube and streaming
services such as Spotify, this year’s Grammys could be a
celebration for one of music’s few growing segments.

Feb 3, 2015

Veteran actors share gratitude for Oscar nominations

By Mary Milliken

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) – As the nominees for this year’s Oscars gathered at a luncheon in Beverly Hills on Monday, industry veterans took the opportunity to reminisce on their journey, some for the first time, to the Academy Awards platform.

“This nomination would not have come when I was in my twenties, because I was figuring out how to do this,” said J.K. Simmons, best supporting actor favourite for “Whiplash.”

Feb 3, 2015

Bradley Cooper says surprised by ‘American Sniper’ debate

, Feb 2 (Reuters) – Bradley Cooper, who
earned a best actor Oscar nomination for his performance as a
deadly marksman in Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper,” said on
Monday that he did not foresee how the Iraq war biopic could
become a charged political conversation.

“You never know when you make a movie if anybody’s going to
see it, so to have the audacity to think that it would cause any
sort of effect at all would be pretty presumptuous,” Cooper told
reporters at the Academy Awards nominees luncheon.

Feb 3, 2015

Bradley Cooper says surprised by ‘American Sniper’ controversy

By Mary Milliken

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) – Bradley Cooper, who earned a best actor Oscar nomination for his performance as a deadly marksman in Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper,” said on Monday that he did not foresee how the Iraq war biopic could become a charged political conversation.

“You never know when you make a movie if anybody’s going to see it, so to have the audacity to think that it would cause any sort of effect at all would be pretty presumptuous,” Cooper told reporters at the Academy Awards nominees luncheon.

Jan 26, 2015

‘Birdman’ wins top honor from actors in march toward Oscars

LOS ANGELES, Jan 25 (Reuters) – The show business satire
“Birdman” picked up another important award in its march toward
the best picture Oscar by winning the top honor from Hollywood’s
actors on Sunday.

The actors from “Birdman” won the best ensemble cast in a
motion picture from the Screen Actors Guild the day after the
film from Mexican director Alejandro G. Inarritu prevailed at
the Producers Guild awards.

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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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