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Mar 3, 2014

Sun comes out as stars arrive on Oscars red carpet

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The world’s top actors and actresses gathered for the Academy Awards on Sunday to honor a year of high-quality film and crown the best picture, a cliffhanger race led by “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity.”

As if on cue, the sun came out after four days of heavy rain just before the first movie stars began arriving on the red carpet for Hollywood’s biggest night.

Mar 2, 2014

Oscars promise drama over best picture, glamorous red carpet

LOS ANGELES, March 2 (Reuters) – In true Hollywood fashion,
the Academy Awards on Sunday promised a cliffhanger finale to
the tight race for best picture Oscar between favorites “12
Years a Slave” and “Gravity” but also a happier ending when it
comes to the weather.

After three days of heavy downpours soaked parts of the red
carpet along Hollywood Boulevard, the rain let up and workers
removed the plastic tenting and unwrapped the golden Oscar
statues hours before hundreds of movie stars in designer dresses
and tuxedos begin arriving for Hollywood’s biggest night.

Mar 2, 2014

Storm-hit Hollywood rolls out red carpet for nailbiter Oscars night

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – In true Hollywood fashion, the Academy Awards on Sunday promised a cliffhanger ending in the race for best picture Oscar between favorites “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity” along with extra drama thrown in by a tempestuous Mother Nature.

After three days of heavy downpours soaked parts of the red carpet along Hollywood Boulevard, there was no guarantee the rain would stop by the time hundreds of movie stars in custom-made designer dresses and tuxedos begin arriving for Hollywood’s biggest night.

Feb 26, 2014

Oscars pit gravitas of ‘Slave’ against pull of ‘Gravity’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – To historian Brenda Stevenson, a scholar on American slavery, “12 Years a Slave” is a masterful cinematic work that achieves more than any other film on slavery, so worthy that she plans to screen it in classes at her university, UCLA.

It’s the kind of validation “12 Years a Slave” has been earning from experts, critics, audiences and the film industry for six months now. Even so, the acclaimed drama may falter in the final test, losing out on the most coveted of movie prizes, the Academy Award for best picture.

Feb 25, 2014

Oscar producers bank on ‘funny, very kind’ host Ellen DeGeneres

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Now they know how big the show is and how much people care, but the producers of the Oscars aren’t making any apologies for their maiden effort running Hollywood’s biggest show last year or the provocative humor of its host, Seth MacFarlane.

Despite some harsh reviews from TV critics, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron pulled in the largest U.S. audience in three years, a ratings bump in the 18-49 demographic coveted by TV networks and, perhaps most importantly for them, a second chance to show what they could do.

Feb 23, 2014

Actors Kevin Hart, Forest Whitaker are big winners at NAACP awards

, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Comedian and actor
Kevin Hart won the coveted Entertainer of the Year at the NAACP
Image Awards on Saturday, while Oscar-winning actor Forest
Whitaker was honored with awards for both his career and his
latest role as a White House butler.

One week before the Academy Awards, one of the frontrunners
for best picture “12 Years a Slave” won the best motion picture
award for the real-life story of an American slave, while
newcomer Lupita Nyong’o won best supporting actress for her
first film role in the brutal drama.

Feb 20, 2014

Movie academy’s 1st black chief sees films building diversity

, Feb 20 (Reuters) – When Cheryl Boone
Isaacs presides over the Oscars on March 2, her mere presence
will convey a statement on diversity in Hollywood as the first
African-American president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts
and Sciences and its third woman in its 86 years.

But as the head of a body that takes knocks every year at
Oscar voting time for a 6,000-plus membership that is
overwhelmingly white, mostly male and older, Boone Isaacs
offers no quick fixes for diversifying the academy or the
industry.

Feb 16, 2014

Top techs behind moviemaking get their star turn from Academy

BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) – From the inventors of the pneumatic car flipper to the software developers who replaced clay modeling with digital sculpture, dozens of behind-the-scenes cinematic innovators turned out on Saturday to receive recognition from the film industry.

Two weeks before the Oscars, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences handed out its Scientific and Technical Achievement Awards for the visual effects behind groundbreaking films such as “Avatar”, “Life of Pi” and “Gravity”.

Feb 11, 2014

Oscar nominees hobnob three weeks ahead of Hollywood’s big night

, Feb 10 (Reuters) – This year’s Oscar
nominees gathered for the ultimate Hollywood power lunch on
Monday in a celebration of the old adage “it’s an honor just to
be nominated” three weeks before the film industry’s biggest
night.

The annual Oscars nominees luncheon convened more than 200
contenders pursuing an Academy Award on March 2 – from 18-time
nominee Meryl Streep for best actress in “August: Osage County”
to Lupita Nyong’o, who won a best supporting actress nod for her
first film role ever in “12 Years a Slave.”

Feb 4, 2014

For ‘Monuments Men,’ George Clooney gets surprise German gift

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – For the most ambitious of his five films as director, George Clooney assembled a top-shelf cast of fellow actors to play art experts tasked with retrieving artistic treasure stolen by the Germans during World War Two.

There is one person, though, who is not a Hollywood A-lister, not listed in the credits and who may play a big role in the box-office success of “The Monuments Men”: an elderly German recluse who hoarded more than 1,400 artworks stolen by the Nazis and valued at 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion).

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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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