LOS ANGELES, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Petra Cortright played
soccer for 14 years so she was very adept at making a video of
herself wearing a pink glowing bathing suit and juggling a ball,
or rather an IKEA soccer pillow, which was what she had on hand
when inspiration struck.
Now the 27-year-old Los Angeles artist finds herself and
that webcam video in the company of Andy Warhol and his 1978
portrait of Pele and 50 other works of art by 30 artists
celebrating the so-called “beautiful game” in this year of the
World Cup in Brazil.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – French electronic music DJs Daft Punk and New Zealand teen Lorde took home the top Grammy awards on Sunday in a night that rewarded robots and newcomers, and recognized marriage equality.
In a first for the Grammys or any big U.S. awards show, thirty-three couples, both same-sex and straight, were married by singer Queen Latifah, to the Macklemore & Ryan Lewis gay rights anthem, “Same Love.” Madonna emerged in a white suit and cowboy hat to conclude the singing ceremony with “Open Your Heart.”
LOS ANGELES, Jan 26 (Reuters) – The two surviving Beatles,
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, came together at the Grammy
Awards on Sunday for a rare joint performance coinciding with
the 50th anniversary of the British group’s breakthrough on
While the music industry celebrated some of the biggest
stars of the past, it anointed newcomer rapper-producer duo
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis with the Grammy for best new artist and
gave them the opportunity to preside over a mass wedding to
celebrate same-sex equality later in the show.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Rapper-producer duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis won the Grammy award for best new artist as the music industry kicked off its big night on Sunday with the promise of big-name collaborations and even a mass wedding to celebrate same-sex equality.
Minutes into the three-and-a-half-hour show, Beyonce and rapper husband Jay Z sang “Drunk in Love,” her first public performance since her surprise self-titled album in December, a game-changer in the music industry for its stealth release.
BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) – Hollywood producers injected drama into the race for Oscars on Sunday by choosing not one but two movies as their best films of the year, the space thriller “Gravity” and the slavery drama “12 Years a Slave”.
It is the first time the Producers Guild of America has declared a tie in the 25-year history of its awards. The PGA has correctly chosen the eventual Academy Award winner for best picture for the last six years, including Iranian hostage drama “Argo” a year ago.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The cast of the 1970s crime caper “American Hustle” grooved its way to the top prize from the Screen Actors Guild on Saturday in a key test of the film’s Oscar mettle six weeks ahead of a likely competitive race for Academy Awards.
“American Hustle” from director David O. Russell has been hailed for its performances, although it won no individual acting awards on Saturday and only Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for her supporting role. It prevailed over another presumed Oscar front-runner, “12 Years a Slave,” which only took home a best supporting actress trophy.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The cast of the 1970s crime caper “American Hustle” took the top prize from the Screen Actors Guild on Saturday in a key test of the film’s Oscar mettle in the competitive race for Academy Awards in six weeks.
“American Hustle” from director David O. Russell has been hailed for its performances, although it won no individual acting awards on Saturday and only Jennifer Lawrence was nominated for her supporting role. It prevailed over another presumed Oscar frontrunner, “12 Years a Slave.”
LOS ANGELES, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Lupita Nyong’o and Jared
Leto won Screen Actors Guild awards for their supporting roles
on Saturday as Oscar nominees seek to gather crucial momentum in
a competitive race for Academy Awards in six weeks.
The Kenyan actress Nyong’o was recognized for her role as
the hardworking slave Patsey in “12 Years a Slave,” while Leto
won for his turn as transsexual AIDS activist in “Dallas Buyers
Club,” in honors that actors relish because they are voted by
BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) – “Dallas Buyers Club” is a film that prompts a discussion about money – not big Hollywood money, but rather the lack thereof.
The scrappiest of the nine films nominated for a best picture Oscar on Thursday cost just $4 million to make – a speck on a Hollywood studio spreadsheet – and 25 days to film.
BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) – Con-men caper “American Hustle” and space thriller “Gravity” led Oscar nominees on Thursday with 10 nominations each, including best picture, in the race for the world’s top film prize.
Slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” received nine nominations, including in the best picture category, in a year crowded with high-quality films.