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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.

Russell Johnson, 'The Professor' on 'Gilligan's Island,' dies at 89

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 6:24pm

Russell Johnson, the veteran character actor who appeared in science fiction films and Westerns before earning enduring fame as "The Professor" on the classic 1960s sitcom "Gilligan's Island," died on Thursday at the age of 89, his agent said. "He died at 5:21 a.m. of natural causes at home in Washington state," agent Michael Eisenstadt said, adding that Johnson's wife and his daughter were at his side. "Gilligan's Island," which was created by producer Sherwood Schwartz, ran for three seasons on the CBS network, from 1964 to 1967, and attracted even more popularity in syndication. "In the history of television ‘Gilligan's Island' was one of the most re-run shows.

Oscar Nominations: The Stars React!

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 5:44pm

Following the nominations for the 86th Annual Academy Awards - which will be handed out on March 2 -- the stars spoke out about their big Oscar news!

Academy drops 'territories' in Palestine reference

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 5:28pm

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — In the Oscar nominations on Thursday, foreign language nominee "Omar" was described as being from "Palestine," a reference the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has carefully avoided in the past.

French first lady making progress in hospital

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 4:56pm

PARIS (AP) — France's first lady is making progress in a hospital where she is receiving care following a gossip magazine's report that President Francois Hollande was having a secret affair with an actress, a spokesman said Thursday.

Reactions to nominations for 86th Academy Awards

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 4:23pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reactions to nominations announced Thursday for the 86th annual Academy Awards:

True Blood: Nathan Parsons To Play James Following Luke Grimes' Exit

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:12pm

"True Blood" has cast its new James. Nathan Parsons will play the long-haired vamp when the show returns for its seventh and final season this summer, HBO confirmed to Access Hollywood on Thursday.