Academy honors scientists behind special effects
2014-02-16 09:13:26 UTC
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The scientists and inventors who make big-screen superheroes, spectacular explosions and other only-in-the-movies effects possible have their own Oscar ceremony.
Kristen Bell and Michael B. Jordan hosted the film academy's Scientific and Technical Awards Saturday a...
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 counse...
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 t...
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 movi...
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 f...
LaBeouf makes a scene at Berlin film festival
2014-02-09 20:38:18 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Actor Shia LaBeouf hit the Berlin Film Festival in memorable style Sunday, first walking out of a press conference for the film "Nymphomaniac Volume I" and then apparently wearing a paper bag over his head at the red carpet premiere.
A man who appeared to be the actor posed for p...
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 daug...
Spain princess testifies in historic fraud probe
2014-02-08 12:14:36 UTC
PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain (AP) — Spain's Princess Cristina headed into court Saturday to testify in a historic judicial hearing aimed at helping determine whether she and her husband illegally used company funds for personal expenses, including lavish parties at their modernist Barcelona mansion.
Hoffman's NYC funeral attracts Hollywood stars
2014-02-07 21:33:15 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Brian Dennehey, Amy Adams and Ellen Burstyn were among the stars who paid their respects Friday at a private funeral for Philip Seymour Hoffman that combined sadness and humor to honor an actor widely considered among the best of his gene...
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 publ...
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 Ma...
'Her,' 'Captain Phillips' win Writers Guild awards
2014-02-02 05:18:55 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Spike Jonze's "Her" and Billy Ray's "Captain Phillips" have earned top screenplay honors from the Writers Guild of America.
Winning the prize for original screenplay on Saturday was "Her," Jonze's futuristic exploration of a man's relationship with his computer starring Joaq...
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 co...
Oscar-winning actor Maximilian Schell dies at 83
2014-02-01 16:41:39 UTC
VIENNA (AP) — Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, a fugitive from Adolf Hitler who became a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in "Judgment at Nuremberg," has died. He was 83.
Schell's agent, Patricia Baumbauer, said Saturday he died overnight at a hospit...
Lady Gaga: ‘Life is art all the time’
2014-02-01 08:31:29 UTC
<h3>The pop star has worked with avant-garde artists for her latest album, Artpop. She speaks with Miranda Sawyer/BBC in an off-the-wall interview for The Culture Show</h3>
Lady Gaga ? sphinx-like on a makeshift throne ? is surrounded by mannequins draped in white material. She takes long (som...
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 w...
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.
Grammy Awards reach 28.5 million viewers
2014-01-27 18:58:26 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — The Grammy Awards are a hit with television viewers, with Nielsen reporting in its preliminary ratings that 28.5 million viewers tuned in to music's biggest night.
If the Nielsen Company's fast national rating holds up when a more complete report is issued later Monday, that wo...
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...
Madonna to perform at the Grammy Awards
2014-01-24 19:28:38 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's official: Madonna will perform at the Grammy Awards.
A Friday news release from The Recording Academy had no other details about the seven-time Grammy winner's appearance, however, which has been a rumor for some time.
Also added to the performance lineup are nominee...
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.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis hit warm up for Grammys
2014-01-24 07:34:00 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were a little-known rap duo from Seattle with an album that sold beyond modest expectations a year ago.
As 2014 opens, Macklemore and Lewis are the focal point of the Grammy Awards — and few are more surprised than them.
"I never thought I'd be at ...
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 ...
Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week
2014-01-22 10:03:55 UTC
Here are some key moments:
CHANEL'S COUTURE SPORTS CLUB
It was not your run-of-the-mill Paris sports club. It was Chanel haute couture.
At Karl Lagerfeld's dazzling "Cambon Club" show, he boldly mixed the couture designs associated with Coco Chanel's fashion empire at 31 rue Cambon, with...
Rita Moreno honored for lifetime achievement
2014-01-19 10:10:31 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rita Moreno did a little of everything in accepting the lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild. She sang, she danced, she dropped the F-bomb.
The 82-year-old entertainer was clearly delighted with being singled out at the SAG Awards on Saturday night. The cr...