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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.

Jan 12, 2015

Golden Globes roll out red carpet for Hollywood glamor

By Mary Milliken and Piya Sinha-Roy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) – Draped in gowns and decked out in tuxedos, Hollywood’s biggest stars turned out on Sunday for the Golden Globes, the show that kicks off the film industry’s awards season.

On the red carpet under cloudy skies, nominees like Emily Blunt and Rosamund Pike, both up for best actress awards, braved a winter chill in white dresses.

Jan 11, 2015

Golden Globes catapult Hollywood into awards season

By Mary Milliken and Piya Sinha-Roy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) – The beautiful, the powerful and the merely talented of Hollywood gather on Sunday for the Golden Globe Awards, the high-wattage launch to the film industry awards season that culminates in Oscars.

While a Golden Globe lacks the prestige of an Academy Award – the industry’s highest honor – the party put on by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association can be a rowdy affair, especially in the hands of third-time hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey.

Jan 9, 2015

Sony Pictures CEO says cyberattack cost won’t set studio back

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sony Pictures Entertainment Chief Executive Michael Lynton said on Thursday the costs from the devastating cyberattack on the Hollywood studio will be completely covered by insurance and will not lead to further cost-cutting.

“I would say the cost is far less than anything anybody is imagining and certainly shouldn’t be anything that is disruptive to our budget,” Lynton told Reuters in an interview, seven weeks after the hacking attack that the U.S. government has blamed on North Korea.

Jan 6, 2015

‘Selma’ director makes history before awards are bestowed

LOS ANGELES, Jan 6 (Reuters) – The last film Ava DuVernay
directed cost $200,000, while her new movie “Selma” was 100
times that.

It was a big step up for the former Hollywood publicist,
one that has reaped recognition even before the awards season
takes off at the Golden Globes on Sunday.

Dec 29, 2014

Sony’s ‘The Interview’ makes $18 million in opening weekend

By Liana B. Baker and Mary Milliken

(Reuters) – Sony Pictures (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said “The Interview” has earned more than $15 million in online sales and another $2.8 million in theaters, an impressive return made possible by the publicity surrounding the cyberattack blamed on North Korea.

The raunchy comedy that depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made almost as much money through online distribution and in limited theaters in its opening weekend as it would have in a wide release that was shelved after threats from hackers.

Dec 27, 2014

‘The Interview’ makes $1 million before online revenue rolls in

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “The Interview” took in more than $1 million in a limited Christmas Day release, a solid showing that could be quickly eclipsed by the money Sony Pictures makes with its groundbreaking online debut of the raunchy comedy.

That the farcical film – which angered North Korea and triggered a devastating cyberattack on the studio – is now a guinea pig for Hollywood’s digital future constitutes another bizarre twist in the month-long Sony Pictures saga.

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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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