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US critics praise Coens' 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 9:37am

"Inside Llewyn Davis" dominated the 2014 edition of the National Society of Film Critics Awards, winning a total of four trophies.


Nyong'o, Seydoux, up for rising star film award

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 8:22am

LONDON (AP) — Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o and "Blue is the Warmest Color" actress Lea Seydoux are among nominees for the British film academy's Rising Star award.


'Hobbit' hangs on atop worldwide box office

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 6:42am

"The Desolation of Smaug," the second installment in Peter Jackson’s latest trilogy, remains in first place at the worldwide box office for the fourth consecutive weekend. The heroic fantasy film took in $74.25 million in revenues across 63 territories during the weekend ending January 5, according to Rentrak.


Disney's 'Frozen' freezes out 'Paranormal' spinoff

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 4:26am

NEW YORK (AP) — On a wintry weekend, Disney's "Frozen" retook the box-office top spot with $20.7 million, freezing out the horror spinoff "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones."


'Frozen' ices competition to win post-holiday box office race

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 2:35pm

By Lisa Richwine and Chris Michaud LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's animated fairy tale "Frozen" took hold of first place on movie charts in the United States and Canada for the first weekend of 2014, knocking three-time champion "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" down to the No.3 spot. Second place went to new horror movie "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones", a spinoff from the hit low-budget "Paranormal Activity" franchise. "Frozen," which opened on the eve of the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend in November, collected $20.7 million in ticket sales to claim the weekend box office crown, ahead of "The Marked Ones" which earned $18.2 million from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates from Rentrak. Kristen Bell provides the voice for the lead character in "Frozen," the story of a Scandinavian princess on a search for her missing sister, the queen.


Hangover Star Justin Bartha Weds In Hawaii

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 2:00pm

Unlike his "Hangover" character, Justin Bartha has made it down the aisle without any major complications. The actor, 35, tied the knot with girlfriend Lia Smith in Hawaii on Saturday.


'Inside Llewyn Davis' is U.S. critics' choice for best film

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 1:21pm

By Chris Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - "Inside Llewyn Davis," the Coen brothers' tale of a struggling folk singer in early 1960s Greenwich Village, was named the year's best film by the National Society of Film Critics on Saturday, with star Oscar Isaac winning best actor and the filmmaking brothers sharing the award for best director. The group, made up of 56 prominent movie critics from newspapers, magazines and other media outlets nationwide, chose Cate Blanchett as best actress for Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine," in which she plays the troubled wife of a financial fraudster. Best supporting actress went to Jennifer Lawrence for the 1970s-set "American Hustle," and James Franco won best supporting actor for his portrayal of a gangster drug dealer in the comic drama "Spring Breakers." In choosing "Inside Llewyn Davis," the critics broke away from choices by other groups such as the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle, which respectively chose the quirky "Her" and "American Hustle" as best film.


Hanks, Bullock, Streep honored in Palm Springs

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 11:47am

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) — Sandra Bullock shared the painful results of Googling herself, Meryl Streep shadowboxed on-stage and Tom Hanks braced for awards season's "celebrity mule train" at the year's first glitzy Hollywood gala.


Robert Osborne takes center stage in TCM special

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 6:37am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mention a favorite early 20th-century film to Robert Osborne — "Sullivan's Travels," in this instance — and he's quick to offer an intriguing bit of Hollywood history.

Oscar-winning Hollywood producer Saul Zaentz dead at 92

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 5:32am

Film producer Saul Zaentz, winner of best picture Oscars for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," "Amadeus" and "The English Patient," has died at age 92, US media reported Saturday. Zaentz died due to complications from Alzheimer's disease at his home in San Francisco on Friday, his nephew Paul Zaentz told the Los Angeles Times. "He was an extraordinary man," Paul Zaentz, who worked with his uncle for 37 years, told the Hollywood Reporter. Zaentz, who began in the music business before moving into films, was known for producing highbrow movies, and even ran his independent film production company from Berkeley -- near San Francisco -- to keep a distance from Hollywood.


Music executive and film producer Saul Zaentz dies at 92

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 1:57am

By Chris Francescani NEW YORK (Reuters) - Saul Zaentz, the music industry executive who became a film producer for three movies that won Academy Awards for "Best Picture", has died at the age of 92, his nephew Paul Zaentz said on Saturday. Zaentz died on Friday at his San Francisco area home from complications related to Alzheimer's disease, Paul Zaentz said. Zaentz is best known for being a producer for acclaimed films including the 1975 movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", "Amadeus" in 1984 and "The English Patient" in 1996. "He was an amazing man," said nephew Paul Zaentz, who is also a movie producer.


Bar Refaeli Gets First 'And Last' Tattoo (Photo)

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 10:06pm

Bar Refaeli is starting out the new year in a very permanent way.


Steven Seagal says he may run for Ariz. governor

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 8:23pm

PHOENIX (AP) — Action-movie star Steven Seagal says he is considering a run for Arizona governor.


NY critics pick 'Llewyn Davis' as 2013's best film

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 7:31pm
NEW YORK (AP) — The National Society of Film Critics has chosen "Inside Llewyn Davis" as the best picture of 2013 at its annual meeting in New York.

Phil Everly and brother were architects of harmony

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 5:28pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Art Garfunkel answered the door to his Manhattan apartment holding a framed black-and-white picture of two smiling men. It was a test.


Saul Zaentz, producer of Oscar winners, dies at 92

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 2:58pm

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Saul Zaentz, a music producer whose second career as a filmmaker brought him best-picture Academy Awards for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," ''Amadeus" and "The English Patient," has died. He was 92.


Polish composer of movie music laid to rest

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 12:47pm

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Wojciech Kilar, a symphonic composer who gained fame writing film scores for "The Pianist" and "Bram Stoker's Dracula," was hailed as a glorious figure in Polish and European music at his funeral on Saturday.


'Gone With The Wind' actress Alicia Rhett dies at 98

Sat, 01/04/2014 - 3:42am
(Reuters) - Actress Alicia Rhett, who was the oldest surviving cast member of the classic 1939 film "Gone With The Wind", died in South Carolina on Friday, officials at her retirement community said. Savannah, Georgia-born Rhett portrayed India Wilkes, sister of Ashley Wilkes in the award-winning film based on Margaret Mitchell's Pulitzer Prize-winning historical novel of the same name. "Truly a beautiful woman, her passion for the arts and love of Charleston were unrivaled... Alicia was a kind and gentle lady," said Bill Trawick, CEO of the Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community in Charleston, where she had lived since 2002. Other surviving cast members from "Gone With The Wind" are 97-year-old Olivia de Havilland who played Melanie Hamilton, Ashley Wilkes' cousin and wife;

'Gone With the Wind' actress dies at 98

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:40pm
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Alicia Rhett, an actress who played one of the sisters of Ashley Wilkes in "Gone with the Wind," died Friday. She was 98.

Actress Barbara Lawrence dies at age 83

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 9:17pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Barbara Lawrence, who played Gertie Cummings in the 1955 movie "Oklahoma!", has died. She was 83.