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'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. ...

Bryan Greenberg & Jamie Chung Get Engaged

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 3:29pm

Bryan Greenberg and Jamie Chung are reportedly headed down the aisle!

Lawyer fined for outing Rowling as thriller writer

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 2:12pm

LONDON (AP) — A lawyer who let slip J.K. Rowling's secret thriller-writer identity has been fined 1,000 pounds ($1,645) for breaching client confidentiality rules.

Trailer: 'The Raid 2' moves into second gear

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 12:40pm

A new trailer unveils the storyline behind the much-anticipated sequel ahead of its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (January 16-26). Uploaded by Yahoo! Indonesia, the full-length trailer provides the context that was missing from the earlier released teaser, in which Rama, the idealistic Indonesian police officer, was seen in a jail cell. Actor Iko Uwais, a master of the Indonesian martial art of Pencak-Silat, returns in the title role of this sequel, which takes place just a few hours after the original 2012 film.

Dwayne Johnson headed for DC Comics movie

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 12:32pm

The wrestler-turned-actor announced that he will team up with the publishers of Batman, Superman and Co. in 2014.

'The Hobbit' tops list of 2013's most pirated movies

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 8:23am

The first installment in Peter Jackson's film trilogy was illegally downloaded more than any other movie in 2013, according to's annual ranking.

Stan Lee intros New Year's trailer for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 6:31am

Sony Pictures and Marvel have rung in the New Year with a new trailer for the blockbuster, including images from the much-anticipated fight scene between Spider-Man and Electro. Introduced by Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee, the new video reveals shots from an epic fight between the superhero and the villain Electro in New York's Times Square. Rhino and the Green Goblin will join the fray in this intense action scene, which promises to be one of the highlights of Marc Webb's movie. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx, arrives in US theaters on May 2.

'Fresh Prince' actor James Avery dies, aged 68

Thu, 01/02/2014 - 5:06am

US actor James Avery, most famous as Uncle Phil in hit 1990s sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," died on New Year's Eve aged 68, his publicist said Wednesday. With a deep baritone voice, Avery regularly played judges, professors or doctors in TV shows in the 1980s and 90s, as well as extensive voice work, including on animated projects. But the role most people will remember him for is as Philip Banks on the 1990s NBC series, who played a role model to the young Will Smith's character, a fictionalized rapper version of himself. "I'm deeply saddened to say James Avery has passed away," his "Fresh Prince" co-star Alfonso Ribeiro tweeted.

Juanita Moore, Oscar nominated actress, dead at 99

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 7:16pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Juanita Moore, a groundbreaking actress and an Academy Award nominee for her role as Lana Turner's black friend in the classic weeper "Imitation of Life," has died.

'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' actor James Avery dead at 65

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 5:12pm

James Avery, a classically trained actor best known for his role as the wealthy uncle of the young rapper Will Smith in the 1990s television comedy "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," has died at age 65. Avery's death was confirmed to CNN by his publicist, and more widely in a Twitter message on Wednesday by one of the actor's TV co-stars, Alfonso Ribeiro, who played his son, Carlton, on "Fresh Prince." "I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away. Avery's voice was heard in many animated TV series, including "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Iron Man," and he guest-starred on "That '70s Show" as a police officer. But the Atlantic City, New Jersey native gained fame on television playing family patriarch Uncle Philip Banks on "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," which starred Will Smith as a young rap artist from a tough Philadelphia neighborhood who ends up living with well-heeled relatives in the affluent Bel-Air section of Los Angeles.

'20 Feet' singers to step into Rose Bowl spotlight

Wed, 01/01/2014 - 2:11pm

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — If music was a football game, Lisa Fischer has already been a quarterback and scored game-winning touchdowns.

'Prizzi's Honor' actor Joseph Ruskin dead at 89

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 10:16pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Film, television and stage actor Joseph Ruskin has died of natural causes at the age of 89.

'Murder, She Wrote' star Angela Lansbury honored

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 5:09pm

LONDON (AP) — Honor, She Got.

Former 'Sopranos' actor Brancato gets parole

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 1:23pm

NEW YORK (AP) — A former "Sopranos" actor convicted for his real-life role in the slaying of an off-duty police officer during a botched break-in at a Bronx home was released from prison Tuesday and put on parole.

Former 'Sopranos' actor gets parole

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 11:33am
NEW YORK (AP) — A former "Sopranos" actor convicted of attempted burglary for his role in the killing of an off-duty New York City police officer has been released on parole.

Trailer: Rebecca Hall stars in romantic drama 'A Promise'

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 7:40am

Mars Distribution has uploaded the first trailer for Patrice Leconte's "A Promise," adapted from German author Stefan Zweig's novella "Journey into the Past." This period drama shows the British actress in the role of a young wife falling in love with her husband's secretary and protégé, played by Richard Madden ("Game of Thrones").

Denzel Washington courted to play Green Lantern

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 7:23am

The actor is reportedly being courted to play the superhero in "Batman vs. Superman." According to, Warner Bros has its sights on Denzel Washington for the role of John Stewart, an ordinary man who becomes a member of the intergalactic police known as the Green Lanterns. If he accepts the role, Washington will follow in the footsteps of Ryan Reynolds, the Canadian actor who played Hal Jordan, another Green Lantern, in the 2011 film on the superhero. Wonder Woman, to be played by Gal Gadot, is the only other superhero whose appearance alongside the titular characters of "Batman vs. Superman" has been officially confirmed.

Cinema trends of 2013: 4K and Dolby Atmos

Tue, 12/31/2013 - 5:48am

Though 2013 was not a revolutionary year in the film world, two recent technologies began to make their mark: 4K video and Dolby Atmos audio. The self-proclaimed standard of the future, the 4K format -- often known less intimidatingly as Ultra HD or UHD -- is headed to movie theaters and living rooms worldwide. Initially created by Sony, the technology "is equivalent to a resolution four times higher than what we currently know as high definition," explains Pierre-Franck Neveu, Director of Sales in France at Sony Digital Cinema. "We go from 1,920 by 1,080 pixels to 4,096 by 2,180 pixels." In development since the early 2000s, 4K resolution technology began to make its way into movie theaters in 2013.

Italian distributor apologizes for "Slave" posters

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 10:46pm

MILAN (AP) — The Italian distributor of the film "12 Years a Slave" has apologized for promotional posters attacked as racist for featuring Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender, despite their relatively minor roles, and not the film's star, Chiwetel Ejiofor.

'The Hobbit' holds box office lead, adding $29M

Mon, 12/30/2013 - 6:25pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After six weeks in theaters, "Frozen" slid back into the No. 2 spot at the box office, but it failed to dethrone "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" from its hold on first place.