• The Oscar nominees are . . .
    2014-03-02 07:57:50 UTC

    Best Picture “American Hustle” Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison and Jonathan Gordon, Producers “Captain Phillips” Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca, Producers “Dallas Buyers Club” Robbie Brenner and Rachel Winter, Producers “Gravity” Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman, Producers “Her” Megan Ellison, Spike...
  • Oscar superstar presenters practice at rehearsal
    2014-03-02 07:22:47 UTC

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Before the big show, the Oscars have a casual day. That's when the superstar presenters who will dazzle fans worldwide on Sunday practice walking onto the Dolby Theatre stage and delivering their lines in front of a small audience of show workers and rehearsal actors. Instead of glamorous gowns and tuxedos, ...
  • 12 Years a Slave' rolls at Spirit Awards
    2014-03-02 06:54:41 UTC

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — "12 Years a Slave" rolled at the Spirit Awards, winning five awards including best feature at the annual independent film celebration. On the eve of the Academy Awards, the slavery tale won awards for director Steve McQueen, actress Lupita Nyong'o, screenwriter John Ridley and cinematographer Sean B...
  • Ellen DeGeneres: The star who came out of the cold
    2014-03-01 09:41:05 UTC

    In September, Ellen DeGeneres told the audience of her talkshow about the pros and cons of hosting the Academy Awards: "Pro: a lot of fancy designers will want to approach me and want me to wear a beautiful, expensive gown. Con: ain't no way in hell I'm wearing a gown." The audience erupted in cheers. Such vocal approval is an indic...
  • World's greatest guitarist Paco de Lucia dies at 66
    2014-02-27 08:51:59 UTC

    MADRID (AP) — Paco de Lucia, the world's greatest guitarist who dazzled audiences with his lightning-speed flamenco rhythms and finger work, has died in Mexico, Spanish officials said Wednesday. He was 66. De Lucia suffered a heart attack while on vacation at the Caribbean beach resort of Playa del Carmen and died in a hospital, Qui...
  • Oscar President: movie could help loosen white dominance
    2014-02-23 05:33:13 UTC

    As the deadline for voting in the Academy Awards approaches this week, Tinseltown's elite could yet make movie history. If British director Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave is named best picture, it will be the first time a black director's film has taken the top Oscar. Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who will preside over the ceremony on 2 Ma...
  • Ellen Page: “I’m here today because I’m gay
    2014-02-16 07:28:55 UTC

    Ellen Page, the Canadian actress who made her name in the 2007 indie hit Juno and has gone on to star in films including X-Men: The Last Stand and Inception, has announced that she is gay. Speaking in Las Vegas on Friday, at a Human Rights Campaign-organised Time to Thrive conference of counsellors who work with teenagers who identi...
  • From Harry Potter to Gravity: how British VFX talent is leading the world
    2014-02-15 09:23:44 UTC

    "You don't get very long," says Tim Webber, VFX (visual effects) supervisor on the blockbuster space thriller Gravity. "Five minutes to talk about it, a 10-minute showreel, and then three minutes of question and answer. When you've spent three years on a project, that's not an awful lot of time to get it across." Webber is talking a...
  • Shirley Temple dies at 85
    2014-02-12 04:51:18 UTC

    CAny kid who ever tap-danced at a talent show or put on a curly wig and auditioned for "Annie" can only dream of being as beloved — or as important — as Shirley Temple. Temple, who died Monday night at 85, sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of downcast Depression-era moviegoers and remains the ultimate child st...
  • Mary Quant's Miniskirt Changed the World
    2014-02-11 07:03:10 UTC

    <h3>'A mini-skirt was a way of rebelling': British stylist Mary Quant, who will soon celebrate her 80th birthday, is credited with inventing the above-the-knee skirt that has become a wardrobe staple. Coco Chanel may have said they were 'just awful,' but the mini-skirt revolution kicked off in the UK in the Swinging Sixties and soon to...
  • Shia LaBeouf's recent bizarre behavior in Berlin
    2014-02-10 07:14:02 UTC

    So much for staying out of the spotlight. Shia LaBeouf's recent string of bizarre behavior only got stranger on Sunday when he wore a paper bag on his head at the premiere of his film Nymphomaniac, Volume 1 during the 64th Berlinale International Film Festival. The tuxedo-clad actor posed for photos as he peeked through two eye c...
  • Next step uncertain in Woody Allen allegations
    2014-02-09 07:15:38 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — A week bracketed by op-ed letters of accusation and denial of child molestation left little clarity and scant hope for resolution in a bitter saga that has haunted Woody Allen and the Farrow family for more than two decades. The back-and-forth between Allen and his adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, breathed new fire in...
  • Officials: NY suspect had Hoffman's cell number
    2014-02-06 06:13:05 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — At least one of four people arrested during an investigation of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's suspected fatal heroin overdose had the actor's cellphone number, two law enforcement officials said Wednesday. Investigators zeroed in on the four after a tipster, responding to publicity about Hoffman's death, told police...
  • Hoffman among thousands of addiction victims
    2014-02-04 12:47:43 UTC

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Philip Seymour Hoffman suffered from a chronic medical condition that required ongoing treatment. An admitted drug addict who first sought professional help more than two decades ago, Hoffman apparently succumbed to his illness with an overdose despite a return to rehab last March. A father of three with a thrivin...
  • Dylan Farrow resurrects Allen molestation claim
    2014-02-02 16:44:41 UTC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Dylan Farrow renewed molestation allegations against Woody Allen, claiming the movie director sexually assaulted her when she was 7 after he and actress Mia Farrow adopted her. In an open-letter to The New York Times posted online Saturday, Dylan Farrow made her first public comments about the 1992 incident. In a let...
  • From Downton to Sherlock: US TV’s British Invasion
    2014-02-01 07:05:22 UTC

    Downton Abbey is smashing records and Doctor Who is filling convention centres in America. Why is TV from the UK so popular across the pond? Ken Tucker/ BBC reports. When the fourth series of Downton Abbey premiered in the US on 5 January to more than 10m viewers and a new ratings record, it was hardly a surprise. The previous succe...
  • Daft Punk, Macklemore top left-of-center Grammys
    2014-01-27 18:57:33 UTC

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Grammy Awards celebrated outcasts and outsiders, lionizing a couple of French robots, white rappers and a country gal espousing gay rights, and a Goth teenager who's clearly uncomfortable with the current themes in pop music. <a href="http://diaalnews.com/news/14247"><h3>Grammy Awards reach 28.5 million viewe...
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis win 4 Grammys Awards
    2014-01-27 18:56:34 UTC

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are cleaning house at the Grammys. The rap duo won best new artist at the Sunday awards show as well as best rap album for "The Heist," beating efforts from Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Kanye West and Drake. "Wow, we're here on the stage right now," said Macklemore, thanking fans first, then h...
  • Hathaway, 'Prada' assistant reunite for 'Song One'
    2014-01-24 19:21:51 UTC

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — After working together on "The Devil Wears Prada," Anne Hathaway has reunited with first-time filmmaker Kate Barker-Froyland for her directorial debut "Song One." Hathaway starred in the 2006 comedy "The Devil Wears Prada," which was directed by David Frankel. Barker-Froyland was Frankel's assistant on the f...
  • Cyrus, Hudson to perform at Clive Davis gala
    2014-01-24 07:36:29 UTC

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Miley Cyrus may have been snubbed by Grammy voters, but the "Wrecking Ball" singer will take center stage at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy gala. In an interview Thursday Davis said Cyrus will perform at his annual party, as will four-time Grammy nominee Lorde. The 81-year-old music executive also teased a s...
  • Justin Bieber's arrest latest sign of trouble
    2014-01-24 07:26:57 UTC

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — When he debuted five years ago, Justin Bieber was a mop-haired heartthrob, clean cut and charming. But a series of troubling incidents have put his innocent image at risk, and none more so than his arrest on DUI charges Thursday. Police say they arrested a bleary-eyed Bieber — smelling of alcohol — after off...
  • Lithgow, Molina show longtime love at Sundance
    2014-01-19 09:54:53 UTC

    PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — John Lithgow and Alfred Molina fell in love while making the film "Love is Strange." The veteran actors play a couple who marry after 39 years together in the Ira Sachs film that premiered Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival. Once wed, one of the men loses his job as a music instructor at a Catholic scho...
  • 'Hustle,' 'Gravity' lead Oscars with 10 nods each
    2014-03-02 08:18:32 UTC

    The Academy Awards appear to be the three-horse race many expected they would be, with "Gravity," ''American Hustle" and "12 Years a Slave" all receiving a heap of nominations in an Oscar field that blends otherworldly endurance with glamorous escapism. The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards were led by the 3-D space odyssey "G...
  • Kristen Stewart 'terrified' to film 'Equals'
    2014-01-14 18:14:53 UTC

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kristen Stewart has signed on to play the lead in "Like Crazy" director Drake Doremus' futuristic love story "Equals," and it's making her a nervous wreck. "I can't believe I agreed to do it," said the "Twilight" actress about her upcoming role in the sci-fi drama, which also stars Nicholas Hoult of the upcoming "...
  • Producers: 'American Idol' making changes
    2014-01-14 07:54:34 UTC

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The producers of "American Idol" said Monday that the show's new season will include changes to freshen it, including expanded song choices for contestants. After tending toward a fair amount of golden oldies, the show's song list will add more current tunes that the young contestants can relate to, executive...