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Mar 31, 2014

HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ tackles tricky, quirky tech world for TV

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – If Mike Judge’s new tech-world television comedy “Silicon Valley” were a start-up, Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt might be an angel investor.

Schmidt appears briefly in the show’s opening scene, a start-up’s party where Kid Rock jams on stage and no one pays attention to the rock star. A newly minted tech millionaire tries to pump up the crowd shouting “I love Goolybib’s integrated multi-platform functionality. Yeah!”

Mar 12, 2014

A Minute With: Catherine Deneuve on freedom and aging with grace

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Catherine Deneuve is now in her sixth decade making films but the French actress says she is too busy working these days to grow nostalgic about her past roles or films with acclaimed directors such as Luis Bunuel and Francois Truffaut.

In her latest film, “On My Way,” in U.S. theaters on Friday, the 70-year-old Deneuve plays Bettie, a woman stuck in neutral who goes on a road trip to break free from the burden of her family’s struggling restaurant and being dumped by her lover.

Mar 3, 2014

’12 Years a Slave’ makes history with best picture Oscar

LOS ANGELES, March 2 (Reuters) – The slavery drama “12 Years
a Slave” won the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday,
making history as the first movie from a black director to win
the film industry’s highest honor in 86 years of the Oscars.

British director Steve McQueen’s unflinching portrayal of
pre-Civil War American slavery also won two other Oscars,
including best supporting actress for newcomer Lupita Nyong’o
and best adapted screenplay based on the memoir of Solomon
Northup, a free man sold into slavery in Louisiana.

Mar 3, 2014

Oscars kick off with Leto win for ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Academy Awards kicked off on Sunday by bestowing the best supporting actor Oscar on favorite Jared Leto for his role as a transgender woman in “Dallas Buyers Club,” in a night that may yield few surprises apart from the tight best picture race.

Dressed in a tuxedo, returning host Ellen DeGeneres opened the 86th annual Academy Awards taking friendly jabs at nominees, from Jennifer Lawrence for her tripping on the stage last year to Leto. “Boy, is he pretty,” she said.

Mar 3, 2014

In gowns and shorts, Hollywood arrives for Oscars night

LOS ANGELES, March 2 (Reuters) – Bedecked in gowns, tuxedos
and even shorts, the world’s top actors and actresses strode
down the red carpet at the Academy Awards on Sunday with all
eyes on the cliffhanger best picture race between frontrunners
“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 exited their limos in a mix of
outfits as diverse as the films competing for the Oscars,
Hollywood’s top honors.

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.

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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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