Hollywood kicks off 2019 awards season in Palm Springs

Entertainment 01/04/19, 10:46

Bradley Cooper, Spike Lee, Olivia Colman and other Oscar contenders kicked off Hollywood's 2019 awards season with an emotional trip to the desert city of Palm Springs.The Palm Springs International Film Festival gala was a familiar setting for Cooper, who received director of the year honors on Thursday. He had ...

Netflix named The Associated Press’ Entertainer of the Year

Entertainment 12/21/18, 15:34

After a year like this, Netflix shows no signs of chilling.The dominant online video streamer started 2018 with almost 118 million subscribers, went on to win its first feature-film Oscar, briefly surpassed Disney as the most valuable U.S. media company, lured the likes of superstar show runners Shonda Rhimes, Kenya ...

‘Roma,’ ‘Burning’ among foreign language Oscar contenders

Entertainment 12/17/18, 18:54

Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma" and Lee Chang-dong's thriller "Burning" are among the nine films that are being considered for a foreign language Oscar nomination.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released its shortlist for foreign language nominees Monday, along with a slew of other categories including best documentary and score.Many ...

Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2018

World 12/17/18, 13:52

In a year filled with heightened political vitriol, two deaths brought the nation together to remember men who represented a seemingly bygone era of U.S. politics. George H.W. Bush was a president, vice president, congressman, CIA director and Navy pilot during World War II, where he flew 58 missions and was ...

1947 best-picture Oscar sells for nearly $500,000 at auction

Entertainment 12/14/18, 22:16

One Academy Award trophy sold for nearly $500,000 and the second for well over $200,000 in a rare auction of Oscars that ended Friday in Los Angeles. A best-picture Oscar for "Gentleman's Agreement," the 1947 film starring Gregory Peck that took on anti-Semitism, sold for $492,000. A best picture statuette for ...

John David Washington creates own lane with Oscar buzz

Entertainment 12/11/18, 15:06

John David Washington comes from a strong acting lineage, but he has carved out his own identity as a powerful actor, earning a Golden Globe nomination and generating Oscar buzz for his standout role in Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman."In this Nov. 14, 2018 photo, actor John David Washington, star of "BlacKkKlansman," ...

Hart’s fallout raises questions about Oscars, social media

Entertainment 12/07/18, 18:03

The dust is still settling from the fallout of comedian Kevin Hart's short stint as host of the 91st Academy Awards.Hart announced on Thursday night that he was bowing out of the gig after public outrage over old anti-gay tweets reached a tipping point.Faced with declining ratings and a critical ...

Actor-comedian Kevin Hart will host 2019 Oscars

Entertainment 12/04/18, 20:55

Kevin Hart will be the host of the 2019 Academy Awards, fulfilling a lifelong dream for the actor-comedian.Hart announced his selection for the 91st Oscars in an Instagram statement Tuesday. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences followed up with a tweet that welcomed him "to the family."The announcement ...

‘Black Panther’ poised to become an Oscars heavyweight

Entertainment 12/04/18, 16:40

Black Panther" has already notched countless records, pulverized box-office myths and set new marks for inclusivity. And now, Ryan Coogler's superhero sensation is in line to shatter Oscar norms, too.FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2018 file photo, filmmaker Ryan Coogler poses for a portrait at the "Black Panther" press ...

A few honorary Oscars firsts at this year’s Governors Awards

Entertainment 11/18/18, 10:34

The first Oscars of awards season will be bestowed Sunday.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is honoring a few Hollywood legends who have as yet missed out on Oscar gold at the 10th annual Governors Awards.Honorary Oscar recipients include actress Cicely Tyson , composer Lalo Schifrin and publicist ...

Composer Lalo Schifrin says Oscar is an ‘amazing honor’

Entertainment 11/16/18, 11:28

Composer Lalo Schifrin has been nominated for six Academy Awards and gone home empty handed every time until now.The Argentinian musician behind the iconic themes for "Mission: Impossible" and "Dirty Harry" will be accepting an honorary Oscar this Sunday at the Governors Awards in Hollywood, alongside actress Cicely Tyson and ...

William Goldman, Oscar winner for ‘Butch Cassidy,’ has died

Entertainment 11/16/18, 11:03

Oscar-winning screenplay writer William Goldman has died. He was 87.Goldman won Academy Awards for the comic Western "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and the political thriller "All the President's Men."He converted his novels "Marathon Man" and "The Princess Bride" into hit movies and coined a favorite Hollywood catchphrase, "Nobody ...

Honorary Oscar recipient Marvin Levy can’t believe his luck

Entertainment 11/15/18, 16:09

When Marvin Levy says he never expected to get an Oscar, it's not false modesty. It just wasn't a possibility.Levy is one of the most respected publicists in Hollywood, with more than a half century of experience at companies like MGM, Columbia Pictures, DreamWorks and Amblin. His four-decade partnership with ...

Analysis: Tales of reinvention abound in Oscars race

Entertainment 11/14/18, 18:27

F. Scott Fitzgerald, who said there are no second acts in American lives, might have felt differently had he seen this year's Oscar race.In mid-November, there is much solidifying, scrapping and self-promotion to come (not to mention a few potential awards heavyweights). But most of the expected contenders have by ...

Emerging screenwriters honored with Nicholl awards

Entertainment 11/09/18, 03:38

Five emerging screenwriters are experiencing a breakthrough of a lifetime earning praise from the film academy for their work.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognized each screenwriter at the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting on Thursday night. The three individuals along with a husband-and-wife writing duo received $35,000 and ...

Francis Lai, Oscar-winning ‘Love Story’ composer, dies at 86

Entertainment 11/08/18, 08:57

French composer Francis Lai, who won an Oscar for the iconic "Love Story" soundtrack, has died, France's Culture Ministry said Thursday. He was 86. Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi, who led nationwide tributes to Lai, who died on Wednesday, said he hopes to name "an emblematic place of our city" after the ...

McConaughey gives back to first responders in Texas visit

Texas 10/29/18, 13:39

NN: Firefighters, police officers and 911 operators in Houston, Texas, got a surprise from a famous local as Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey delivered a catered lunch to give thanks on National First Responders Day. The actor wheeled in a roasted turkey Sunday, to the shock of those at a fire department. Later, he ...

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