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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.

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.”

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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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