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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.

Lacey Chabert Marries Boyfriend -- See Her Wedding Dress!

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 7:14pm

Lacey Chabert is off to a "fetch" new year!

NC politician writes resignation letter in Klingon

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 5:12pm
INDIAN TRAIL, N.C. (AP) — Call it a politician boldly going where no one has gone before.

'American Hustle,' 'Wolf of Wall Street' win Writers Guild nods

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 4:06pm

Screenplays for two films depicting graft and greed in America - "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" - were among the nominees on Friday for the Writers Guild Awards, a prognosticator for the film industry's top prizes, the Oscars. The film from British director Steve McQueen is considered a front-runner for a best picture Oscar. Also in that category, the Writers Guild nominated the screenplay of Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street," the story of the 1990s swindle by brash financier Jordan Belfort. Rounding out the category are: "August: Osage County," a tale of family dysfunction adapted from the prize-winning play by Tracy Letts;

Disney film 'Iron Man 3' hottest ticket of 2013: Rentrak

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 4:03pm

(Reuters) - Walt Disney's film "Iron Man 3" was the hottest film of 2013, with ticket sales of $409 million in the North American market, one of four Disney films among the year's top-selling movies, according to Rentrak. "Iron Man 3," which stars Robert Downey Jr. as industrialist Tony Stark and his alter ego inside the super-charged metal suit, finished just ahead of Lions Gate Entertainment's dystopian action film "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," which had ticket sales of $398.4 million, the entertainment research service said.

No drugs, alcohol in 'Fast & Furious' star's fatal crash -coroner

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:40pm

No drugs or alcohol were found in the bodies of "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas after the fiery car crash that killed them in November, a coroner's report released on Friday said. Both Walker, 40, and Rodas, 38, tested negative for alcohol, and drugs including cocaine, opiates and marijuana were not detected, said the report from the Los Angeles County coroner's office. The report included an early account of the accident from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, dated December 1 - the day after the crash, saying the Porsche Carrera GT driven by Rodas was traveling at "an unsafe speed, approximately 100+ mph." But a sheriff's spokeswoman said the investigation into the accident has not been completed and there was no definitive finding on the car's speed.

'Blue Jasmine,' 'Nebraska' gain Writers Guild bids

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:32pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Blue Jasmine," ''Nebraska" and "American Hustle" have been nominated for Writers Guild honors, continuing their imprint on Hollywood's awards season.

Review: Latest 'Paranormal' brings new angles

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 3:03pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It would be a wild exaggeration to suggest that "Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones" breathes new life into the increasingly fumes-fueled found-footage horror subgenre, but it certainly represents a shot in the arm for this series after 2012's poorly regarded "Paranormal Activity 4."

Actress Jennifer Hudson buys assistant a house for Christmas

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:36pm

(Reuters) - The gift of a house brought a whole new meaning to the song "I'll Be Home for Christmas" for actress and singer Jennifer Hudson's long-time friend and assistant, Walter Williams. A video posted on the Oscar-winning star's Instagram account on Tuesday, showed Williams screaming with joy and enthusiastically hugging Hudson after she handed him what appeared to be the deed to a house. "My assistant Walter's reaction when he found out I was buying him a house for Christmas!" Hudson wrote as a caption to the video, which had 17,300 likes on Friday.

Donnie Yen finds 'Monkey King' a test of endurance

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 11:06am

HONG KONG (AP) — Donnie Yen found playing the Monkey King in the upcoming fantasy epic "The Monkey King" to be a test of endurance.

Bollywood classic Sholay released in 3D after restoration, legal fight

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 10:29am

Almost 40 years after one of Bollywood's most famous films broke box office records, "Sholay" (Embers) has been restored for release Friday in 3D to a new generation of moviegoers. The iconic Indian film, which stars Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Amjad Khan and other Bollywood greats, is an action adventure about two petty thieves hired by a police officer to exact revenge on a ruthless bandit. The movie, which borrowed heavily from the Westerns of the time, proved so popular after its release in 1975 that it screened for five years at a landmark Mumbai theatre, the longest ever run in India at the time. Producers Shaan Uttam Singh and Sascha Sippy said they wanted to restore the original film for new generations of movie watchers, while also giving it a 3D boost.

'12 Years a Slave,' 'Blue Jasmine' and 'Her' in the running for 2014 PGA Awards

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 8:30am

This year, the competition is particularly fierce for the top feature film award from the Producers Guild of America (PGA), which announced its nominees this week. The PGA announced the ten films in the running for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award, launched in 1989 to honor the best production of each year. The stars of this award season so far, "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle" are of course listed, alongside "Captain Phillips," "Dallas Buyers Club," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "Nebraska." There are no upsets in the list of nominees, aside perhaps from the absence of the "Inside Llewyn Davis." Though praised by many critics, the Coen brothers' film did not make it into the PGA's top ten -- a sign of the sheer abundance of remarkable films in 2013.

Trailer: grown-up Veronica Mars back on the case

Fri, 01/03/2014 - 8:18am

Warner Bros has released the first trailer for the film adaptation of the hit TV show "Veronica Mars." Fans' hopes for a "Veronica Mars" movie became a reality last April thanks to the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, where over 91,600 donors contributed to the project, which raised a total of $5.7 million in one month. The movie, arriving in US theaters on March 14, picks up several years after the end of the TV show. The former teenage gumshoe, played by Kristen Bell, is getting ready to start practicing law in New York.

Review: Superb action scenes anchor 'Survivor'

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 7:23pm

With all the talk about fact-based films and how accurate they should or shouldn't be, it's worth noting that some stories are best brought to screen as simply and purely as possible.

'American Hustle,' 'Her' get Producers Guild nods

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 3:39pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — David O. Russell's corruption tale "American Hustle," Spike Jonze's digital romance "Her," and Steve McQueen's historic saga "12 Years a Slave" are among the motion picture nominees for the Producers Guild of America.

'12 Years a Slave,' 'Gravity' up for Producers Guild Awards

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 3:38pm

By Mary Milliken LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood producers nominated slavery drama '12 Years a Slave,' 1970s con-men caper 'American Hustle' and space thriller 'Gravity' along with seven other films on Thursday for the top Producers Guild Award, a key indicator of sentiment in the race for the best picture Oscar. ...