The Voice' Recap: Battles Begin With a Bang
2014-03-18 04:45:55 UTC
It's out with the blind auditions and in with the battle rounds on The Voice, where coaches pair off their contestants and challenge them to out-sing the other in a sudden-death duet. Each coach invites a fellow musician for help as guest mentor, and also has the option to "steal" whatever perfor...
Paul Stanley: Kiss miffed at Rock Hall over snub
2014-03-15 19:24:10 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Paul Stanley of Kiss wants to shout it out loud: The band is miffed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for not inducting members Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer along with the original lineup.
Kiss is scheduled to be inducted into the Rock Hall on April 10 in New York City. But Sta...
Back to the Future fashion: this season's big trend
2014-03-14 07:20:39 UTC
That the film Back to the Future is being cited as a key fashion inspiration this season, just shy of 29 years since it was released, will come as no surprise to any fans of the film or, indeed, of fashion. The fashion industry has always been fond of rehashing – sorry, I mean paying homage to – ...
Doris Day plans animal-friendly birthday bash
2014-03-11 21:45:48 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Screen legend Doris Day is celebrating a landmark birthday with an auction to benefit her favorite cause: animals.
A spokesman for Day said Tuesday the nonprofit Doris Day Animal Foundation will mark her 90th birthday in April with a bash in Carmel, Calif.
A sold-out fund...
Mamoru Samuragochi, Japan Beethoven sorry for fake work
2014-03-07 09:04:24 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — The man once lauded as "Japan's Beethoven" bowed repeatedly and apologized Friday at his first media appearance since it was revealed last month that his famed musical compositions were ghostwritten and he wasn't completely deaf.
Mamoru Samuragochi appeared clean-shaven and minus ...
Karl Lagerfeld to design Macau hotel
2014-03-07 08:43:28 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Karl Lagerfeld and a Macau casino operator announced plans Friday for the Chanel designer to create his first hotel.
The 270-room Karl Lagerfeld Hotel will open in 2017 in a 20-story tower in the gambling enclave in southern China, according to Lagerfeld and the Sociedade de Jog...
McConaughey wins Oscar for best actor
2014-03-03 05:34:38 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matthew McConaughey has won the Academy Award for best actor for his performance as a desperate and determined AIDS patient in "Dallas Buyers Club."
McConaughey lost some 40 pounds for the role, which capped a remarkable recent career transformation for the 44-year-old actor...
List of Oscar winners 2014
2014-03-03 05:30:29 UTC
List of winners at Sunday's 86th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Best Picture: "12 Years a Slave."
Actor: Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club."
Actress: Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine."
Supporting Actor: Jared Leto, "Dallas Buyer...
Lupita Nyong'o wins Oscar for supporting actress
2014-03-03 05:27:56 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lupita Nyong'o has won the Academy Award for best supporting actress for her harrowing portrayal of a slave who's caught her sadistic master's eye in "12 Years a Slave."
It was the first Oscar nomination for the 31-year-old Nyong'o, and she won it for her film debut.
Nyong'o, Leto, 'Gravity' win at Academy Awards
2014-03-03 04:22:12 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — First-time winners Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto took supporting acting honors, while the 3-D spectacle "Gravity" amassed a force of technical awards in a smooth if safe Oscar ceremony Sunday punctuated by politics, pizza and photo-bombing.
Wearing Nairobi blue, the 31-year-...
'Frozen' wins Oscar for animated feature film
2014-03-03 02:31:52 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney's fairytale musical "Frozen" has won the Oscar for best animated feature.
The 3-D film about a magically icy princess and her sister was directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, with voicing by Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell and Josh Gad. It's loosely based on the 19th ce...
Sun makes a cameo at Oscars, arrivals hit carpet
2014-03-03 01:18:04 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a blustery few days of torrential downpours, Hollywood appears ready for smooth sailing at Sunday's Academy Awards. Though lingering showers earlier in the afternoon soaked portions of the red carpet, the sun made a cameo as arrivals began to stream into the Dolby Theatre...
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. ...
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, screenwrite...
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 ch...
Actress linked to Hollande appears at movie awards
2014-03-01 09:15:08 UTC
PARIS (AP) — The actress whose secret tryst with French President Francois Hollande led to his separation from his long-time girlfriend on Friday made her first public appearance since the scandal broke, atttending France's presitigious movie awards in which she was a nominee — but left empty-han...
White House to host first student film festival
2014-02-28 09:17:29 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Who in Washington needs the Oscars when the White House is rolling out the red carpet for a film festival of its own?
Two days before attention shifts to Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, the White House will create a little buzz for America's future filmmakers...
First Egyptian film at Oscars not shown at home
2014-02-28 08:08:18 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Directors of Egypt's first Oscar-nominated film will be walking the red carpet at the Oscars ceremony next week in Los Angeles, but most Egyptians have yet to see the hard-hitting movie that chronicles the country's unrest over the past three years.
Far from being widely cel...
Affleck casts spotlight on situation in Congo
2014-02-27 08:52:24 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Academy award-winner Ben Affleck understands that celebrity is a double-edged sword, helping him draw attention to the strife and suffering in the Congo while attracting skeptics dismissive of Hollywood stars and causes.
So the actor and director did a self-described tutorial...
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 Play...
'Avatar' actor Sam Worthington arrested in NYC
2014-02-24 23:18:55 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say actor Sam Worthington has been arrested in New York City on charges of punching a photographer after the man kicked Worthington's girlfriend in the shin.
The 37-year-old "Avatar" actor was arrested on an assault charge after the confrontation Sunday evening in Greenw...
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, wh...
Police raid Australian TV network over exclusive
2014-02-18 07:01:22 UTC
SYDNEY (AP) — Police, seeking to prevent a convicted drug trafficker from profiting from her life story, raided Tuesday the Sydney headquarters of a television network that is negotiating an exclusive interview deal.
Schapelle Corby has been holed up in an expensive Bali resort since she w...
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...