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Keira Knightley faced with adulthood in 'Laggies'

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 4:29am

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Director Lynn Shelton has a great idea for how to market her new film, "Laggies": put video of Keira Knightley dancing as a sign-spinner on YouTube.

Correction: Oscar Nominations-Box Office story

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 12:26am

In a story Jan. 16 about the North American box-office performance for Oscar best-picture nominees, The Associated Press erroneously listed News Corp. as the owner of Fox Searchlight. Fox Searchlight is now owned by 21st Century Fox.

Clancy's Cold War hero Jack Ryan gets film reboot with familiar foe

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 7:48pm

By Eric Kelsey BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - In "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," Tom Clancy's emblematic Cold War hero gets a big-screen reboot on Friday with a familiar villain: Russia. But director Kenneth Branagh said Ryan's longtime nemesis is still relevant. "Now, the new financial power, the new empire is Russia," he added, "and the wood-paneled club rooms of Wall Street feel like they're connected to an old empire that's somehow connected to the makers of the American economy in the late 19th century." The film backed by Paramount Pictures crafts a new origin story for CIA hero Ryan, portrayed by Chris Pine.

New version of 'Fatal Attraction' takes bunny boiler to the London stage

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 7:00pm
A stage version of the 1980s movie "Fatal Attraction" starring Glenn Close and Michael Douglas, which gave rise to the expression "bunny boiler" to denote a disgruntled ex-lover or stalker, will open in the London theatre. British actress Natascha McElhone will play Alex, the woman who stalks a man who viewed their relationship as only a weekend fling, and the show, which will open in March, will be directed by West End and Broadway veteran Trevor Nunn, publicists Premier Communications said on Friday. The play, which starts previews on March 8, has been adapted for the stage by James Dearden, who was nominated for an Oscar in 1988 for his screenplay. Alex's attack on Dan's family by breaking into his home and killing his daughter's pet rabbit, leaving it in a pot on the stove to boil, gave rise to the expression "bunny boiler".

Ebert documentary to premiere at Sundance festival

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:28pm

CHICAGO (AP) — When "Life Itself" debuts Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival, it will be the first time Roger Ebert's widow will see the full documentary about her late husband's life.

Lyric Opera of Chicago to stage 'Ring' cycle

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:13pm
CHICAGO (AP) — The Lyric Opera of Chicago announced it will stage Richard Wagner's famed "Ring" cycle.

Romney campaign frustrations bubble to surface in movie 'Mitt'

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 4:09pm

By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney may be a very wealthy man but when a filmmaker decided to document his two failed White House bids over six years, he was surprised to find how thrifty the former private equity executive was. "I was surprised that somebody that rich would be that cheap," director Greg Whiteley told Reuters, regaling a story of how Romney was shocked at the price of a glass of milk at a hotel. "He was constantly agonizing over how much for a (campaign advertising) spot." Romney, who left the private equity firm Bain Capital he co-founded to enter politics in 2002, has an estimated net worth of between $190 million and $250 million. The story of Romney's thriftiness is part of Whiteley's new documentary that goes behind the scenes during Romney's first unsuccessful attempt to become the Republican presidential nominee in 2008 and his 2012 campaign for the White House.

SAG to honor Moreno's life of screen achievements

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:35pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — She's won Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony awards, but Rita Moreno had to pull the car over when the call came that she would receive the SAG Life Achievement Award.

Winfrey, Thompson are philosophical on Oscar snubs

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:19pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oprah Winfrey says she's "already won." And Emma Thompson says she's at least relieved not to have to put on "another frock and heels."

Helen Mirren earns Harvard's Hasty Pudding award

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 1:21pm

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren said that given her love of pudding of all kinds, she's thrilled to be named woman of the year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

Mirren earns Harvard's Hasty Pudding award

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:40pm

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren has been named woman of the year by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

Indian actress Suchitra Sen dies

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:54am

KOLKATA, India (AP) — Suchitra Sen, a legendary Indian actress known for her memorable roles in both Bengali-language and Hindi Bollywood films, died Friday of heart failure. She was 82.

'Slave,' 'Gravity' take top honors at critics' awards

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 5:29am

Harrowing historical drama "12 Years a Slave" won best picture at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards late Thursday, while 3D space spectacular "Gravity" took seven prizes.

Sundance Film Fest opens with 'Whiplash' premiere

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 3:27am

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Miles Teller — who can be seen on screen later this month with Zac Efron in "That Awkward Moment" — took four-hour drum lessons three times a week to play the lead in "Whiplash," shown opening night at the Sundance Film Festival.

'Gravity,' '12 Years' win big at Critics' Choice

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 2:47am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Gravity" soared with a record-setting seven Critics' Choice Awards, but "12 Years a Slave" was named best picture.

'Wizard of Oz' Munchkin Ruth Robinson Duccini dies

Fri, 01/17/2014 - 12:20am

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Ruth Robinson Duccini, the last of the original female Munchkins from the 1939 movie "The Wizard of Oz," has died. She was 95.

Radcliffe eyes Broadway in 'Cripple of Inishmaan'

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 10:03pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Radcliffe is returning to Broadway as a disabled Irish dreamer.

Vegas bookies tab '12 Years' as Oscars film fave

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 9:15pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Oddsmakers in Las Vegas say "12 Years a Slave" has the best shot at winning top honors during the Academy Awards in March.

Redford plays down Oscar snub, plays up indie film at Sundance

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 7:09pm

By Piya Sinha-Roy PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - Robert Redford may have been one of the noteworthy exclusions in Thursday's Oscar nominations, but as the actor-director kicked off the 30th edition of his Sundance Film Festival, he made the point that film is not all about Hollywood anyway. A leading man in the 1970s and 1980s, Redford created the annual Sundance gathering in Park City, Utah, to give an outlet to independent film making and creativity brewing outside of the big studios. Speaking at his annual press conference, Redford said he did not want the fact that he had not received an Academy Award nomination for his role in "All is Lost" to detract from the festival.

In three-horse Oscar race, who's the favorite?

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 6:58pm

In a hydra-headed Oscar race, "American Hustle," ''12 Years a Slave" and "Gravity" all have legitimate claims to favorite status. And that's a good thing.