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Apr 25, 2015

Olympian Bruce Jenner makes transgender history by identifying as a woman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner said on Friday that he identifies as a woman, becoming the most high-profile American to come out as transgender.

The 65-year-old Jenner made the declaration in a wide-ranging interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, nearly 40 years after his record-breaking Olympic gold-medal win in the decathlon.

Apr 2, 2015

Fans push ‘Furious’ franchise to record-setting pace

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor Vin Diesel admits he made a mistake turning down the second film in the “Fast & Furious” franchise because he didn’t like the script.

“I realized later the audience didn’t give a shit about what I thought about the script. They wanted Dom Toretto,” Diesel said of his character, the leader of a team of street racers.

Apr 1, 2015

‘Furious 7′ cast finds beauty and emotion in Paul Walker tribute

LOS ANGELES, April 1 (Reuters) – When actors from the “Fast
& Furious” films gathered recently in the parking lot at Dodger
Stadium to promote the seventh installment, they spent a lot of
time talking about a cast member who wasn’t there: Paul Walker.

The veteran of the action franchise died aged 40 in a car
crash before filming finished for “Furious 7,” which opens in
U.S. theaters on Friday. Director James Wan and Universal
Pictures decided to retire Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner,
in a way that his cast mates found, in their words, beautiful,
emotional, joyful and respectful.

Mar 26, 2015

After actor’s death, ‘Furious 7′ director drives film to finish

LOS ANGELES, March 26 (Reuters) – When his lead actor died
suddenly, James Wan knew there was not another director who
could give him advice on how to finish the film.

Wan was in the midst of the punishing production of “Furious
7″ – his first big-budget movie in Universal Pictures’ most
lucrative and longest-running franchise “Fast & Furious” – when
Paul Walker was killed in a car crash in Southern California
during a break in November 2013.

Feb 24, 2015

Sony taps Tom Rothman of ‘Titanic’ fame to head movie studio

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sony Pictures Entertainment on Tuesday named veteran film executive Tom Rothman, a force behind all-time top-grossing blockbusters “Titanic” and “Avatar,” to head its movie studio in a shuffle prompted by the fallout from a cyberattack.

Rothman, 60, takes over for Amy Pascal, who suffered public embarrassment after hackers leaked emails she had written to other Hollywood executives.

Feb 22, 2015

Oscars promise suspense and maybe some surprises

LOS ANGELES, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Hollywood’s awards season
reaches its apogee on Sunday at the 87th Academy Awards, where
“Birdman” and “Boyhood” are locked in a battle for best picture
and veteran actors are likely to grasp their first golden Oscar
statuettes.

The film industry’s biggest night will serve up its share of
suspense as three top honors – best picture, best director and
best actor – are proving hard to predict, even for the most
seasoned experts.

Feb 22, 2015

Oscars promise a night of nail-biting and new winners

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Hollywood’s awards season reaches its apogee on Sunday at the 87th Academy Awards, where “Birdman” and “Boyhood” will battle for best picture and veteran actors are likely to grasp their first golden Oscar statuettes.

The film industry’s biggest night will serve up its share of suspense as three top honors – best picture, best director and best actor – are proving hard to predict, even for the most seasoned experts.

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.

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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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