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Jan 25, 2015

‘Birdman’ takes lead as Oscar favorite with Producers Award

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Show business satire “Birdman” took the lead in what promises to be a competitive race for the best picture Oscar by winning the top award from Hollywood producers on Saturday.

“Birdman” beat nine other films, including “Boyhood” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” to take the Producers Guild of America award for outstanding producer of a motion picture. PGA winners have gone on to win the Academy Award for best picture, the film industry’s highest honor, for the past seven years.

Jan 23, 2015

And the winner is…’American Sniper’: Reuters/Ipsos Oscars poll

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – If ordinary Americans voted for the Academy Awards, “American Sniper,” Clint Eastwood’s portrait of a sharpshooter in the Iraq war, would be the best picture winner, according to the annual Reuters/Ipsos Oscars poll.

The film starring Bradley Cooper as the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle was cited by 22 percent of respondents as the movie that should win the top Oscar among the eight nominees, according to an online survey of Americans conducted Jan. 16-23.

Jan 21, 2015

Hollywood’s indie film pool prepares for the Amazon plunge

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When Amazon Inc announced on Monday its move into the movie business, the Internet retailer sent a ripple through Hollywood’s pool of independent film.

It’s a pool where the major studios don’t swim much any more and where projects get stuck for years for lack of financing. But from its waters also spring many acclaimed films, best picture Oscar nominees like “Selma” and “Whiplash” and quite a few commercial successes.

Jan 20, 2015

DreamWorks Animation begins layoffs, number unknown

, Jan 19 (Reuters) – DreamWorks Animation
SKG Inc has begun a round of layoffs, a labor union said
on Monday, while media reports indicated that up to 400
employees could be cut from the studio’s workforce.

Months after talks to find a buyer sputtered and a few weeks
after high-level management changes, the studio run by Jeffrey
Katzenberg intends to “significantly reduce” the size of its
workforce, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing two people
familiar with the matter.

Jan 17, 2015

Stars align for Kristen Stewart in quiet corner of film universe

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Kristen Stewart strides into the room in a power pantsuit and high-heeled pumps.

Within minutes, the actress kicks off her heels and sits cross-legged on her chair, getting comfortable to talk about the good moment in her career, a very different time from her blockbuster “Twilight” years.

Jan 15, 2015

Offbeat films ‘Birdman,’ ‘Budapest Hotel’ lead Oscar race

By Mary Milliken and Piya Sinha-Roy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) – Show business satire “Birdman” and colorful caper “The Grand Budapest Hotel” led the Academy Award nominees on Thursday with nine nods apiece, including best picture, in the quest for Hollywood’s top film prize.

The two Fox Searchlight films are joined in the best picture Oscar race by “American Sniper,” “Boyhood,” “The Imitation Game,” “Selma,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Whiplash.” The Academy chose only eight films to compete for its highest honor, although it can nominate up to 10.

Jan 13, 2015

‘Boyhood’ gets Linklater nominated for Directors Guild Award

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Richard Linklater’s 12 years of toiling on coming-of-age tale “Boyhood” reaped a coveted nomination on Tuesday for the top Directors Guild Award, which has correctly predicted the best director Oscar for 10 of the last 11 years.

Two-time DGA winner Clint Eastwood, 84, earned his fourth nomination for outstanding directorial achievement for his Iraq war film “American Sniper,” while Alejandro G. Inarritu was nominated for “Birdman,” his second nod from the Directors Guild of America for a feature film.

Jan 13, 2015

‘Boyhood’ prevails in Golden Globes that may alter Oscar race

By Mary Milliken and Piya Sinha-Roy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) – Coming of age tale “Boyhood” won the coveted Golden Globe for best drama on Sunday, while the quirky period caper “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was the surprise winner for best comedy or musical, in a big upset to awards season front-runner “Birdman.”

The first major awards for the Hollywood film industry this year were scattered widely among many films, potentially setting up a complex race towards the industry’s top honours, the Oscars, on Feb. 22.

Jan 12, 2015

‘Boyhood, ‘Grand Budapest’ take top Golden Globes

By Mary Milliken and Piya Sinha-Roy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) – Coming of age tale “Boyhood” won the coveted Golden Globe for best drama on Sunday, while the quirky period caper “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was the surprise winner for best comedy or musical, in a big upset to awards season front-runner “Birdman.”

The first major awards for the Hollywood film industry this year were scattered widely among many films, potentially setting up a complex race towards the industry’s top honors, the Oscars on Feb. 22.

Jan 12, 2015

Stars at Golden Globes support Paris victims, free speech

By Mary Milliken and Piya Sinha-Roy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) – Helen Mirren wore a pen on her red gown and George Clooney sported a lapel pin stating “Je Suis Charlie” at the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday in a show of support for victims of the deadly attack on a satirical French newspaper.

In the first big gathering of the Hollywood awards season, actors used the event to hold up signs on the red carpet and defend freedom of expression after the killing of cartoonists at the Paris weekly Charlie Hebdo last week.

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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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