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Dec 11, 2014

‘Birdman’ lands seven Golden Globe nominations

By Mary Milliken and Piya Sinha-Roy

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (Reuters) – The surreal show business satire “Birdman,” a darling of critics for its innovative storytelling, led the Golden Globe Awards film nominations on Thursday, with its seven nods making it a frontrunner early in the Hollywood awards season.

The story of a washed-up actor played by Michael Keaton attempting a comeback on the Broadway stage, “Birdman” will compete in the best comedy or musical category with “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” “Into the Woods,” “Pride” and “St. Vincent.”

Dec 4, 2014

A Minute With: Filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallee on preserving ‘Wild’

LOS ANGELES, Dec 3 (Reuters) – When Jean-Marc Vallee went to
accept the breakthrough director honor at the Hollywood Film
Awards last month, the French Canadian laughed about being a
breakthrough at the age of 51.

It is his latest film, “Wild,” which opens this week in U.S.
theaters, that has definitively opened the doors to Hollywood.
He was hired by its producer and star Reese Witherspoon, who
bought the rights to the best-selling memoir by Cheryl Strayed
and her 1,100-mile hike toward self-discovery.

Dec 2, 2014

In ‘Wild,’ Reese Witherspoon embarks on path to self-fulfillment

LOS ANGELES, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Reese Witherspoon could
probably still claim the title of America’s sweetheart, but
Hollywood’s overachiever might be the more accurate moniker for
the 38-year-old actress these days.

Sitting amid the wilderness above Beverly Hills, Witherspoon
talks about finding “the most true honest expression of who I
really am” in her new film “Wild,” opening this week in U.S.
theaters.

Nov 25, 2014

Celebrated California farm sows seeds for next generation

, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Growing up among
rows of purple haze carrots, delicate Mara des Bois strawberries
and corn sweet enough to eat raw, Makoto Chino might have been
one of the best-fed kids in America.

He would see celebrated chefs like Julia Child and Alice
Waters visiting his family’s Southern California farm and
learning from his father Tom Chino about the painstaking
attention to quality and experimentation. The chefs would sign
the kitchen wall in homage to the work of the Japanese-American
family.

Nov 13, 2014

A Minute With: Steve Carell on his creepy turn in ‘Foxcatcher’

, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Hollywood makeup
wizardry made comic Steve Carell unrecognizable for his latest
star turn as heir John du Pont in director Bennett Miller’s
“Foxcatcher.”

The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, portrays
the tragic relationship between du Pont and the wrestlers Mark
and Dave Schultz, brothers who won Olympic gold medals.

Nov 12, 2014

‘Foxcatcher’ filmmaker prizes the unexpected in chilling drama

By Mary Milliken

BEVERLY HILLS Calif. (Reuters) – For eight years, film director Bennett Miller worked exhaustively on “Foxcatcher,” researching the lives of a du Pont heir and the wrestling brothers he sponsored, and making sure his actors passed as expert sportsmen.

Despite locking down all the details to tell the real-life story of a well-known 1996 murder, Miller headed to the film set with a question.

Nov 9, 2014

Oscar in hand, Harry Belafonte exhorts Hollywood on human rights

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.

Nov 6, 2014

From Monet to Picasso, L.A. museum gets major gift from mogul

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.

Nov 6, 2014

Felicity Jones on playing Jane, wife of Hawking

By Mary Milliken

(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, 2014

A Minute With-Felicity Jones on playing Jane, wife of Hawking

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.

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.

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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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