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Mickey Rooney's wife, estate tussle over actor's remains

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:28pm

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The estranged wife of actor Mickey Rooney and his estate are locked in a legal tussle over the remains of the late Hollywood movie star, who left an estate of only $18,000, according to court documents. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge James Steele will decide at a hearing on Friday whether Rooney's remains will be released from an area mortuary to his wife, Janice Rooney, or to his conservator. The versatile character actor, who was one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1930s, died at age 93 on Sunday from natural causes. He disinherited his wife and all his children in a will dated March 11, leaving his estate to stepson Mark Rooney, who with his wife served as Rooney's caregiver.

'Frozen' tops Billboard album chart for fourth consecutive week

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 5:41pm

"Frozen," the soundtrack to Disney's $1 billion grossing animated film, spent its fourth consecutive week atop the Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday, edging Australian pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer for the top spot. "Frozen," which has ridden the popularity of the film and its hit song "Let It Go" by Broadway actress Idina Menzel, sold 149,000 copies last week to reach 1.9 million in U.S. sales since its release in November 2013, according to figures compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. Album "La Gargola" from rock group Chevelle entered the chart at No. 3 with 45,000 in sales and singer-songwriter Christina Perri's "Head or Heart" debuted at No. 4 with 40,000 in sales. Other new releases in the top 10 include country duo Dan + Shay's debut album "Where It All Began" at No. 6 with 29,000 in sales and bluegrass group Nickel Creek's "A Dotted Line" at No. 7 with 27,000 in sales.

Elle Fanning On Hugging Angelina Jolie & 'Maleficent' Fashion

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 4:53pm

Angelina Jolie plays the evil witch who puts Elle Fanning's Sleeping Beauty in a death-like slumber in "Maleficent," but when the actresses first met in real life, Elle says she couldn't stop herself from instantly hugging Angelina. It was a surprise and they were like, 'Angelina's here - she's in the studio,'" Elle told Access Hollywood at the Marie Claire Fresh Faces party at Soho House West Hollywood on Tuesday.

With vampires, Jim Jarmusch takes the long view

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 4:06pm

NEW YORK (AP) — It's tempting to think of Jim Jarmusch's high-standing white hair as the mark of a lightning bolt that struck him long ago, leaving him forever an eager receiver for the electricity of inspiration.

En route to Amazon, 'Rio 2' explores Brazil's musical diversity

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:47pm

The film, a follow up to 2011's successful animated film "Rio," picks up where the first one left off, with hip-shaking rhythms and Tropicalia styles along Rio de Janeiro's famous beaches. But this time around, the movie about a family of the rare Spix's macaw birds shows off the South American county's diverse musical heritage, branching off from the signature bossa nova and Carnival music of the Atlantic Coast and venturing into the rhythms of the Amazon region. "It's hard to think about Rio or Brazil without thinking about music," said director Carlos Saldanha, a Rio native. "It has to have a very integrated musical component to it because I wanted to be able to explore different rhythms, different styles and vibes." The film begins with the vibrantly blue family of macaws, headed by the father Blu, as voiced by Jesse Eisenberg, and mother Jewel (Anne Hathaway), who leave their bird refuge in Rio for a trip to the Amazon to find a possible colony of their critically endangered brothers and sisters.

Anne Hathaway Sings Jazzy Rap Songs With Jimmy Fallon

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 2:22pm

Anne Makes The "Gin And Juice" Jazzy: Anne Hathaway showed off her music skills and her love of rap music on "The Tonight Show," where she turned three rap songs - "Gin and Juice," "In Da Club," and "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" into jazzy Broadway-esque songs. Kim Kardashian Admits To Using Google Images On Instagram: Not everything Kim Kardashian posts on Instagram is a seflie - some shots she's just taking right off Google - and the reality star is coming clean after being called out. "I instagramed a pic of Thailand I found on Google thanking Thailand for the memories we had on our recent trip.

Amanda Bynes Proud To Be 'Marijuana-Free'

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:29am

Amanda Bynes continues on the road to recovery and, according to her attorney, she's doing quite well. In a statement to People on Wednesday, the former Nickelodeon star's lawyer, Tamar Arminak, spoke on Bynes' behalf to shoot down rumors of mental health concerns. "There has been much speculation about Amanda's medical condition," Arminak told the mag. "She has remained silent because she believed it was best to keep her mental health diagnosis private.

Moving work by Colin Firth anchors 'Railway Man'

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 11:22am

There are, of course, different ways to make war movies. Some are sweeping, some more intimate. Some are visceral and raw, and some take a more understated approach.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey to co-star in 'The Nest'

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 9:41am

In "The Nest," Amy Poehler and Tina Fey will play two 30-something sisters who decide to throw one last party in their parents' house, which is about to be sold. The comedy will be helmed by Jason Moore, who directed the 2012 musical movie "Pitch Perfect," starring Anna Kendrick ("Twilight"), Anna Camp ("True Blood") and Brittany Snow ("Gossip Girl"). Tina Fey and Amy Poehler met on the set of the NBC sketch comedy show and went on to become frequent collaborators.

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' final trailer hits the web

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:41am

The final international trailer for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" doubles as an effective two and a half minute studio synopsis for Andrew Garfield's second outing as Marvel's smart-talking, sky-scraping heroic webhead.

A Minute With: Billy Bob Thornton on recasting himself for TV

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 7:03am

By Eric Kelsey WEST HOLLYWOOD, California (Reuters) - Billy Bob Thornton, the actor of dark, psychological films such as "Sling Blade" and "A Simple Plan," takes a turn on the small screen as a laconic hit man in a TV adaptation of 1996 Oscar-winning black comedy "Fargo." "Fargo," which debuts as a 10-episode limited-run series on April 15 on Twenty-First Century Fox Inc's FX cable network, re-imagines the film from directors Joel and Ethan Coen with new characters and plot but the same doses of frigid Minnesota winters and Midwestern folksiness. In between puffs from his cigarette, the 58-year-old Oscar winner (best adapted screenplay for 1996's "Sling Blade") spoke to Reuters about his character and how television has begun to trump film as the best storytelling format. Q: Your character, Lorne Malvo, has no past, roots or issues, murdering on a whim. I don't think I've ever played a character who hasn't had a conscience whatsoever, and what's interesting about this conscience-less character - and a guy whose psychology is like an eating machine - there's a greed or a gluttony, but that's all that exists.

Daniel Craig pulls out of courtroom thriller 'The Whole Truth'

Wed, 04/09/2014 - 6:35am

Courtney Hunt's feature has lost its main actor just a few days before the start of production, The Hollywood Reporter reports. "The Whole Truth" will be placed on hold for at least a few weeks, or as long as it takes to find a new lead actor. In January, at the European Film Market in Berlin, it was announced that Daniel Craig would headline "The Whole Truth." Details on the plot of this courtroom thriller are still under wraps, although it was known that Craig was to play a prosecutor, co-starring with Renee Zellweger and Gabriel Basso. The feature will be helmed by American director Courtney Hunt, whose 2008 drama "Frozen River" was hailed by critics.

Mickey Rooney's will details final wishes

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 9:38pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mickey Rooney signed his last will just weeks before death, leaving a modest estate to a stepson who had been his caretaker, but the actor had no intention of ending his Hollywood career anytime soon, his attorney said Tuesday.

Rooney's estate goes to stepson who was caretaker

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 8:32pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mickey Rooney's will calls for the bulk of his modest estate to go to a stepson who had been caring for him in his final years.

Review: 'Only Lovers' a moody vampire movie

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 8:21pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Thin Man" with blood cocktails, an ode to hipsterism through the ages, a mainline shot of cool and a playful tribute to artistic fetishism, Jim Jarmusch's vampire romance "Only Lovers Left Alive" is an addictive mood and tone piece, a nocturnal reverie that incidentally celebrates a marriage that has lasted untold centuries. Almost nothing happens in this minor-key drift through a desolate, imperiled modern world, and yet it is the perennial downtown filmmaker's best work in many years, probably since 1995's "Dead Man," with which it shares a sense of quiet, heady, perilous passage.

'Draft Day' film tackles the NFL with insider minutiae, family drama

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 8:03pm

By Eric Kelsey LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - As the NFL readies for its annual draft of college football players, new film "Draft Day" pulls back the curtain on the high stakes of the offseason that has helped turn the United States' most popular sport into a year-round addiction. The film, which opens in U.S. and Canadian theaters on Friday ahead of the NFL's three-day draft from May 8-10, stars Kevin Costner and dramatizes the backroom wheeling and dealing of football's general managers as they jockey for the best players and try to fleece one another while trading draft picks. But in an age of 24-hour sports networks like ESPN and HBO's behind-the-scenes NFL reality show "Hard Knocks," Costner said authenticity is crucial to hook a viewer who has seen countless locker-room speeches and front-office interviews. People take it really personally," said the 59-year-old Oscar winner, who built his heartland reputation with baseball films "Bull Durham" and "Field of Dreams," and golf comedy "Tin Cup." Costner plays fictional Cleveland Browns team general manager Sonny Weaver Jr, who has to manage upheaval in his personal life and the dueling pressures of which player to draft from the team's owner and its coach.

Move over Bollywood: U.S. festival spotlights independent Indian films

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 6:58pm
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Bollywood films often capture the color and beauty of Indian culture through high-profile stars and big-budget blockbusters, but a group of filmmakers is attempting to show a different side of India's people through smaller, independent fare. The Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, commencing on Tuesday, is bringing the movies made outside of the Bollywood studio system to Hollywood. Kicking off the festival is "Sold," a gritty drama by director Jeffrey D. Brown, about a 13-year-old girl sold into prostitution in India. Brown said he wanted the film to be a call to action globally for people to take a stand against child prostitution and slavery, which as of 2013, involved 115 million around the world, according to the United Nations.

Review: 'Rio 2' dazzling but overloaded

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 2:45pm

A vivid and delightful animated spectacle, "Rio 2" is chock-full of colorful 3-D wonder and jubilant musical numbers set against a tale of family dynamics and environmental dilemmas.

Scarlett Johansson Slams Own Nickname

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:14pm

Noomi Rapace to play CIA interrogator in 'Unlocked'

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:10pm

The actress is in talks to headline this spy thriller directed by fellow Swede Michael Hafstrom, reports.