Hollywood is holding its breath for the unveiling Thursday of this year's Oscar nominations, with top Golden Globes winners "12 Years A Slave" and "American Hustle" leading a crowded field of contenders. Journalists and industry watchers will gather for the 5:30 am (1330 GMT) announcement at the headquarters of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organizes the Oscars ceremony. But awards predictions website Gold Derby forecast that "12 Years A Slave" -- which took home the Globe for best dramatic film -- would lead with 13 nominations. The nominations for the Oscars, Tinseltown's most coveted honors, come just days after Sunday's Golden Globes, where AIDS activist movie ""Dallas Buyers Club" won two awards, and both "Gravity" and Martin Scorsese's high-finance epic "The Wolf of Wall Street" took one.
By John O'Callaghan SINGAPORE (Reuters) - "Star Wars" creator Lucasfilm formally expanded its creative universe on Thursday by launching its visual effects and animation hub in Singapore that works on Hollywood blockbusters and bolsters marketing efforts in fast-growing Asia. "May the Force be with you," Lee Hsien Loong, the prime minister of the Southeast Asian city-state, said in a speech at the glass-enclosed and horseshoe-shaped "Sandcrawler" building. Lucasfilm Ltd, bought by Walt Disney Co in 2012 for more than $4 billion, opened a small studio in 2005 in another part of Singapore but has built up the size and skills of the team into a staff of 400 at the new headquarters. "This is a very robust operation that is comparable to exactly what we're doing in San Francisco or Vancouver," Kathleen Kennedy, the president of Lucasfilm and a producer of more than 60 films, told reporters before the launch.
By Piya Sinha-Roy LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Since the early days of film, music has gone hand in hand with movies, but a new crop of filmmakers is using music to explore existential themes of humanity that will be showcased at the annual Sundance Film Festival. The film, directed by Damien Chazelle, stars rising star Miles Teller as a drummer who enters music school and comes face to face with a teacher who challenges him to pursue perfection, pushing him to the limit.
(Reuters) - Director Steven Spielberg on Wednesday dethroned media mogul Oprah Winfrey as the most influential celebrity in the United States, according to an annual study by Forbes magazine that was dominated by film directors. Spielberg's influence was boosted by his most recent film, "Lincoln," which earned 12 Oscar nominations last year including best picture and best direction, and grossed $275 million at the global box office. "A celebrity's 'Influential' score represents how that person is perceived as influencing the public, their peers, or both," Gerry Philpott, president of E-Poll Market Research, which conducted the study for Forbes, told the magazine. Film director and "Star Wars" creator George Lucas placed third despite working little in the public eye in recent years.