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Box-office numbers for Oscar best-picture nominees

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:30pm

North American box-office performance as of Tuesday for Oscar best-picture nominees:

French president's alleged lover sues tabloid

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 1:15pm

PARIS (AP) — A French actress suspected of having an affair with President Francois Hollande has filed a lawsuit against a gossip magazine for alleged invasion of privacy over its report.

List of 86th annual Academy Award nominations

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 12:20pm

Complete list of 86th Annual Academy Award nominations announced Thursday:

Harrison Ford joins Blake Lively in 'The Age of Adaline'

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 11:29am

The iconic actor has landed the male lead in this romantic fantasy drama, Lionsgate and Lakeshore Entertainment confirmed.

Hollywood awaits Oscar nominations

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 6:13am

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.

Premieres, docs and dramas to watch at Sundance

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 4:56am
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Because only the most dedicated (and sleepless) cinephiles could see all 117 feature-length movies playing at the Sundance Film Festival, which begins Thursday, here's a short list of the U.S. dramas, documentaries and premieres expected to generate buzz over the event's 10 days:

'Gravity' may exert force in Oscar nominations

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 4:37am

The force of "Gravity" may be about to exert itself on Hollywood's awards season.

Sandler up for record Razzies three-peat

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 4:25am

US actor Adam Sandler could earn the dubious distinction of winning his third worst actor Razzie in a row after his new nomination Wednesday for the anti-Oscar Golden Raspberrys, Hollywood's hall of shame.

Using the Force: Lucasfilm opens Singapore creativity centre

Thu, 01/16/2014 - 2:39am

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.

First lady uses film to make pitch for education

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 10:11pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama is turning a film about two inner-city boys left to fend for themselves into a call for the nation to do more to help young people get the support they need to make it to — and through — college.

CW: 'Veronica Mars' spinoff planned for online

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 7:15pm

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The CW says it's developing an online spinoff of the "Veronica Mars" series.

Stewart, Gordon-Levitt, Moss Sundance-bound

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 6:48pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As Kristen Stewart, Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Gordon-Levitt have learned, the Sundance Film Festival in the mountains of Utah is the ideal destination to get away from it all and work on that career shift.

Music takes on different guises at Sundance Film Festival

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 6:38pm

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.

Spielberg tops Oprah Winfrey as most influential celeb: Forbes

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 6:25pm

(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.

First lady, Alicia Keys team up for education

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 5:55pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama and singer Alicia Keys are teaming up to turn the message of a movie about two inner-city boys battling long odds into a call for the nation to do more to help young people get the support they need to make it to — and through — college.

Review: 'Ride Along' offers laughs along the way

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 4:13pm

Joining the ranks of odd-couple police comedies, "Ride Along" delivers laughs over action, with loudmouthed funnyman Kevin Hart driving the hilarity.

LA film production down by 50 percent since 1996

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 3:03pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When it comes to making feature films and television dramas, producers are increasingly seeking locations outside Los Angeles.

Chris Hemsworth & Elsa Pataky Expecting Twins? (Roll Call)

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 2:49pm

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'Grown Ups 2' leads Razzie nominations for worst movies

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 1:39pm

The Adam Sandler comedy "Grown Ups 2" dominated the Razzie Awards on Wednesday with eight nominations, including worst picture and actor in the annual mock awards handed out for cinematic ignobility. Will Smith's "After Earth," a futuristic post-apocalyptic tale of a father and his son, was not far behind with six nods for the anti-Oscars that were created as an antidote to Hollywood's annual awards season. Tyler Perry's comedy "A Madea Christmas" also earned six nominations for the Golden Raspberry statuette, along with "Movie 43," a series of interconnected short films about a washed-up producer. The four films will be vying for the worst picture award along with big-budget underperformer "The Lone Ranger," which garnered five nods, including worst actor for Johnny Depp.

Sam Worthington & Zoe Saldana Returning For 3 More Avatar Sequels

Wed, 01/15/2014 - 10:40am

Jake Sully & Neytiri are back for three more "Avatar" sequels!