LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Octogenarian actor and singer Harry Belafonte, accepting a top Hollywood human rights award, asked fellow artists and the entertainment industry to use their powerful platform to show the better side of humanity.
Before a star-studded audience and next to a long-time friend, actor Sidney Poitier, the 87-year-old Belafonte received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his lifelong fight for civil rights and humanitarian causes.
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – In a town famously built on self-promotion, Hollywood mogul Jerry Perenchio preferred to stay out of the spotlight, which he says “fades your suit.”
On Thursday, the 83-year-old stepped into the glare of the burgeoning Los Angeles art scene to donate works by Monet, Degas, Picasso and other artists valued at $500 million, in the largest gift ever made to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
(Reuters) – Eddie Redmayne may be up for a best actor Oscar for his turn as British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” but he insists the “biggest privilege” of the film for him was working with co-star Felicity Jones.
Jones plays Jane Hawking, the scientist’s sweetheart from university days who agrees to marry him even though he is diagnosed with motor neuron disease and given two years to live. The film, based on Jane’s memoir, opens this weekend in select U.S. theaters.
Nov 5 (Reuters) – Eddie Redmayne may be up for a best actor
Oscar for his turn as British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in
“The Theory of Everything,” but he insists the “biggest
privilege” of the film for him was working with co-star Felicity
Jones plays Jane Hawking, the scientist’s sweetheart from
university days who agrees to marry him even though he is
diagnosed with motor neuron disease and given two years to live.
The film, based on Jane’s memoir, opens this weekend in select
NORCO Calif. (Reuters) – In a prison on a hill in California, 18 inmates came face to face with the nation’s top law enforcement official. And they came in full makeup.
What the prisoners wanted to show U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday was how two months of acting workshops allowed them to gain control of their emotions, develop self-esteem and prepare themselves for re-entry in society. Many have been behind bars for decades.
Oct 20 (Reuters) – Oscar de la Renta, one of the most
sought-after fashion designers of the last half century,
dressing American first ladies and Hollywood stars in his
classic silhouettes, died on Monday at the age of 82.
An individual taking calls at the designer’s residence in
Connecticut on Monday night confirmed his death, first reported
by ABC News. The New York Times said de la Renta died of
complications from cancer.
LOS ANGELES, Oct 6 (Reuters) – American television has laid
bare Don Draper’s extramarital dalliances in “Mad Men” and
Olivia Pope’s affair with the president of the United States in
Now comes a TV series where the affair is not just a
supporting story, but rather the main plot. “The Affair” is a
psychological dissection of an adulterous liaison between two
married people, played out against the background of an unsolved
LOS ANGELES, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Anthony Bourdain’s
television travelogue “Parts Unknown” goes to Iran to discover
how people live behind the geopolitical smoke screen and to
small-town Massachusetts to chronicle the heroin scourge.
But even if the fourth season of his Emmy Award-winning CNN
show fosters cultural diplomacy or raises drug awareness, this
outspoken New York chef insists he is on no kind of socially
minded mission. And he’s not an advocate, activist, journalist
or expert on anything.
LOS ANGELES, Sept 25 (Reuters) – After watching the “The
Equalizer,” moviegoers might never see the friendly guy at the
home improvement store who picks out their tools and plywood in
the same way.
In the action thriller that opens in U.S. theaters Friday,
Denzel Washington plays McCall, an efficient, mild-mannered
employee at Home Mart, who also happens to have a past as a
trained killer and a way with tools.
LOS ANGELES, Sept 24 (Reuters) – After Steve Ballmer plunked
down $2 billion for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, fans might
expect the former Microsoft chief executive to be hitting the
reset button on a team that has been through a nasty public
fight over racism.
Don’t bet on it. That experience, Ballmer knows, makes his
team unique, and it will be part of the story he tells to earn
one thing that was not guaranteed by the record price tag: a fan
base that will sustain the team for years to come.