NEW YORK (Reuters) – Director David O. Russell travels back to the 1970s with its blaring disco music, garish clothes and big hair in “American Hustle,” a tale about reinvention, love and survival featuring con-artists, mobsters and an FBI sting operation.
A fictional film built around the real-life Abscam scandal that led to the conviction of a U.S. senator and six congressmen, “American Hustle” last week won the New York Film Critics Circle award for best film of 2013 and a best supporting actress prize for Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Her,” a story about a man who falls in love with a computer operating system, on Wednesday won the National Board of Review award for 2013 best film of the year and best director, the second major film awards in the run-up to the Oscars.
Director Spike Jonze’s “Her,” which will be released in selected U.S. theaters later this month, stars Joaquin Phoenix as a withdrawn writer in Los Angeles in the quirky love story.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nearly three-quarters of America’s feature-length silent films have been lost, and the legacy that put Hollywood at the forefront of the movie industry from 1912 to 1929 is endangered, the Library of Congress said Wednesday.
The first comprehensive study of American feature-length films of the silent era unveiled by the Library of Congress paints a distressing picture. Seventy percent of silent feature-length films have been lost.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Film Critics Circle named “American Hustle,” a film about 1970s con artists forced to work with the FBI, as best film of 2013 on Tuesday and gave its top acting prizes to Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett in the first major movie honors in the run-up to the Oscars.
British director Steve McQueen won the best director prize for “12 Years a Slave,” the historical drama about a free black man sold into slavery and based on the 1853 memoir of Solomon Northup.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – While most teenagers in the early 1960s were swooning over the pop stars, Carole King was busy writing songs for their idols that would send them to the top of the music charts.
From “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” for The Shirelles and “Take Good Care of My Baby” for Bobby Vee to “The Loco-Motion” for Little Eva, King and her first husband Gerry Goffin penned a string of hits before she launched a solo career and produced her 1971 multiple Grammy Award-winning second album “Tapestry.”
NEW YORK, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Writers James McBride and
George Packer won National Book Awards, among the most
prestigious literary prizes in U.S. publishing, at a gala dinner
on Wednesday that also honored authors E.L. Doctorow and Maya
McBride took home the 2014 National Book Foundation fiction
prize for “The Good Lord Bird,” an exploration of identity and
survival during slavery.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Singer Adam Levine, the frontman of the Grammy Award-winning rock group Maroon 5 and a judge on the hit NBC singing show “The Voice,” was named People magazine’s sexiest man alive, the magazine announced on Tuesday.
The 34-year-old singer-songwriter, who is engaged to Victoria’s Secrets model Behati Prinsloo, told People magazine he was taken aback by the announcement.
NEW YORK, Nov 19 (Reuters) – “Weekend of a Champion,” a
documentary about British Formula One driver Jackie Stewart,
went unnoticed for about 40 years until the London film lab
where it was stored was closing and asked its producer, Roman
Polanski, what to do with it.
The Polish-French filmmaker, 80, had all but forgotten the
1971 behind-the-scenes film that detailed a weekend he spent
with his close friend Stewart as the champion driver attempted
to win his second Monaco Grand Prix.
NEW YORK, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Barbara Park, the author of the
best-selling Junie B. Jones series for children, has died at age
66 after a long battle against of ovarian cancer, her publisher
said on Monday.
Park’s series about a funny kindergartner sold 55 million
copies in North America alone and spent 180 weeks on the New
York Times bestseller list.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – American author Maya Angelou has written more than 30 books, won numerous awards, released her latest work, “Mom & Me & Mom,” earlier this year, and at the age of 85 shows little sign of slowing down.
Best known for her groundbreaking autobiography, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” Angelou is already working on her next book and will be honored at the National Book Awards ceremony on Wednesday, along with “Ragtime” author E. L. Doctorow, for her service to the literary community.