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Kevin Hart and Ice Cube atop worldwide box office

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 7:19am

The comedy "Ride Along" took the place of Disney’s "Frozen" as the highest-grossing film of the weekend ending January 19, according to Rentrak’s worldwide box office data.

U.S. ambassador "deeply concerned" about Japan dolphin killing

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 5:47am

By Ruairidh Villar TAIJI, Japan (Reuters) - In an unusual move, U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has expressed deep concern over the traditional dolphin hunt in western Japan, where local fisherman corral the mammals into a secluded bay before killing many for meat. The annual hunt currently under way in Taiji in western Japan has long been a source of controversy and was the topic of "The Cove", an Oscar-winning documentary. Every year the fishermen of Taiji, in Wakayama prefecture, drive hundreds of dolphins into a cove, select some for sale to marine parks, release some back into the sea and kill the rest for meat. Japan has long maintained that killing dolphins is not banned under any international treaty and that the animals are not endangered.

'Ride Along' steers to top of N. American box office

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 5:15am

Police comedy "Ride Along" made its debut at the top of the North American box office, arresting viewers' attention over the US holiday weekend, industry estimates showed Sunday.

'Gravity' and '12 Years' share top PGA prize

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 5:08am

The Alfonso Cuaron film "Gravity" and the harrowing historical drama "12 Years a Slave" shared the top prize Sunday at the Producers Guild of America (PGA), a first for the awards. In the past six years the winner of the PGA then picked up the Oscar for best film at the Academy Awards, as Hollywood's prize-giving season moves into full flow. But it was the first time the big prize at the PGA, in Los Angeles, has been shared in its 25-year history, according to Variety magazine. "12 Years a Slave," about a free black man sold into slavery in 1840s America, and "Gravity," starring Sandra Bullock, who plays an astronaut stranded in space with George Clooney, were already among the Oscar frontrunners.

'Gravity,' '12 Years a Slave' share Hollywood producers' top prize

Mon, 01/20/2014 - 3:36am

By Mary Milliken BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - Hollywood producers injected drama into the race for Oscars on Sunday by choosing not one but two movies as their best films of the year, the space thriller "Gravity" and the slavery drama "12 Years a Slave". The PGA has correctly chosen the eventual Academy Award winner for best picture for the last six years, including Iranian hostage drama "Argo" a year ago. The PGA decision clashes with that of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), which on Saturday chose the 1970s-set corruption caper "American Hustle" from director David O. Russell for its top prize, best film ensemble cast.

Director Alfonso Cuaron tries TV for first time

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 10:42pm
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Oscar-nominated director Alfonso Cuaron is trying television for the first time, teaming with producer J.J. Abrams on a new series.

De Niro casts spotlight on works of his artist father at Sundance

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 5:53pm

By Piya Sinha-Roy PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - Robert De Niro may best be known as an Oscar-winning actor, but in a new documentary he takes on the role of a devoted son as he spotlights his own artist father, Robert Sr., for his influential but not well-known works in the New York City abstract expressionist art movement. De Niro, 70, who won Oscars for his lead role in "Raging Bull" and his supporting turn in "The Godfather: Part II", attended the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Sunday to premiere "Remembering the Artist Robert De Niro, Sr.," a HBO documentary about his father, who emerged alongside contemporaries including Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. Robert Sr. grew up in a conservative Italian-American family in New York and married fellow artist Virginia Admiral, with whom he had one child, De Niro. While Robert Sr.'s works emerged during that time period, his style was not described as abstract expressionist but instead as figurist, often depicting still life "in simple set-ups with no pretension," as described in the half-hour documentary.

Wiig mainstay for Hader in 'Skeleton Twins'

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 4:21pm

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig are accustomed to sharing the same stage — and keeping a crowd in stitches — since starring on "Saturday Night Live" together from 2005 to 2013. But in their new film "Skeleton Twins," they get melodramatic.

'Ride Along' rolls into No. 1 spot at box office

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 4:02pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Ride Along" arrived in first place at the weekend box office.

Hudson has emotional connection to Braff movie

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 3:36pm

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Kate Hudson is not only a co-star of Zach Braff in his second movie, "Wish I Was Here," she's also a good friend. So she feels a special connection to the film, which Braff financed through an appeal on the donation site Kickstarter.

Lithgow, Molina show longtime love at Sundance

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 6:48am

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — John Lithgow said playing Alfred Molina's longtime lover in the film "Love is Strange" was "just like falling in love with this man."

'American Hustle' takes home top SAG award

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 5:57am

Crime caper "American Hustle" won the top film prize at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards on Saturday, earning another big boost in Hollywood's all-important Oscars race. Australian Cate Blanchett won best actress for her role in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," while Matthew McConaughey took home best actor for AIDS activist movie "Dallas Buyers Club." Jared Leto won best supporting actor for his role in "Dallas Buyers Club" and best supporting actress went to Lupita Nyong'o in the harrowing drama "12 Years a Slave." On the small screen, best drama went to cult series "Breaking Bad" and best comedy to "Modern Family."

Is fact worth more than fiction, in Oscars race?

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 5:21am

Truth can be stranger than fiction, so they say. But when it comes to movies, truth can also be more powerful than fiction, at least judging by this year's Oscar nominees. No fewer than six of the nine films nominated for the best picture Academy Award are based on true events -- possibly the biggest proportion ever vying for Hollywood's highest honor. "It's always been something of a trend, but has become an explosion in the last couple of years," said film critic and author Molly Haskell, a day after the Oscar nominations were announced in Los Angeles.

Nicholas Hoult: Jennifer Lawrence deserves success

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 3:31am

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Though Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult remain quiet about the status of their relationship, the actor says he couldn't be prouder of the Oscar winner.

Scene and heard at Sundance Film Festival

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 3:20am

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Associated Press reporters at the Sundance Film Festival share what's in their notebooks:

With SAG win, 'Hustle' has Oscar look of 'Argo'

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 2:11am

Hollywood loves a sequel, and this awards season is shaping up to be one.

Rita Moreno honored for lifetime achievement

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:30am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rita Moreno did a little of everything in accepting the lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild. She sang, she danced, she dropped the F-bomb.

Quotes from the Screen Actors Guild Awards

Sun, 01/19/2014 - 12:02am

Quotes from Saturday night's 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles:

Complete list of winners at 20th annual SAG Awards

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 11:53pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A complete list of winners at Saturday's 20th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards:

HBO holds reception for gay couples wed in Utah

Sat, 01/18/2014 - 11:30pm

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Though they are not considered legally married in Utah, several gay and lesbian couples were feted with a wedding celebration as part of HBO's promotion of its upcoming documentary on gay marriage, "The Case Against 8."