Entertainment

‘Hidden’ takes top prize at SAG – Washington wins best actor award

LOS ANGELES, Jan 30, (Agencies): Fox’s biographical comedy-drama “Hidden Figures” landed the top prize Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, seen as a major bellwether for the Oscars. Starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae, it took the trophy for outstanding performance by a cast in a …

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Academy troubled by possible visa ban of Oscar nominee – Bollywood director attacked on set by protesters

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif, Jan 29, (Agencies): The motion picture academy calls “extremely troubling,” the possible visa ban of Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, whose feature film “The Salesman” is nominated for a best foreign language Oscar. In a statement released Saturday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences expressed concern …

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‘La La Land’ wins PGA best film – ‘Zootopia’ bags animated movie award

LOS ANGELES, Jan 29, (Agencies): Dreamy musical “La La Land” took home best movie at the Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, putting it in the box seat for the much-anticipated Oscars next month. The movie beat industry favorites and leading Academy Awards contenders including coming-of-age tale “Moonlight”, stylish alien thriller …

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‘Amour’ star Riva dies at 89 – ‘She had a deeply impact on French cinema’

PARIS, Jan 29, (Agencies): French actress Emmanuelle Riva, star of 1959 classic “Hiroshima Mon Amour” and more recently the oldest best actress Oscar nominee in a late-career revival, died Friday from cancer. She was 89. Riva died in Paris “after a long illness,” her agent, Anne Alvares Correa, told AFP. …

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Sheridan, Huston go to war in Birds – The challenges female filmmakers face post-Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah, Jan 28, (AP): The cast and filmmakers behind “The Yellow Birds,” an adaption of Iraq vet Kevin Powers’ bestseller that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this past week, wanted to show another side of war — that of the lost individual. “At the moment things tend …

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McConaissance hits limits in ‘Gold’ – Baldwin ‘unfiltered’ Oscar-nominated documentary

The Reformation toppled the Renaissance but the decline of the McConaissance is harder to delineate. It was probably inevitable that Matthew McConaughey’s bold rebirth — that terrific run of “True Detective”, “Magic Mike,”, “The Wolf of Wall Street”, “Interstellar”, “Mud” and “Dallas Buyers Club” — would dissipate. Could it have …

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US television icon Moore dies – ‘Truly she turned the world on with her smile’

LOS ANGELES, Jan 26, (Agencies): Legendary actress Mary Tyler Moore, who delighted a generation of Americans with her energetic comic performances and broke barriers with her iconic portrayal of a single career woman, died Wednesday after years of ill health. She was 80. Moore’s eponymous sitcom — set in Minneapolis …

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Iran back in Oscar race with ‘Salesman’ – Bening, Adams snubbed

LOS ANGELES, Jan 25, (Agencies): Iran returned to the Oscar race on Tuesday with domestic drama “The Salesman” in a foreign language film category that included a Danish war drama, a quirky German comedy, Australian entry about a remote Pacific tribe, and the tale of a grumpy Swede. Director Asghar …

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‘La La Land’ leads Oscar noms – Romantic musical ties all-time record with 14 nods

LOS ANGELES, Jan 24, (Agencies): The candy-colored love letter to musicals “La La Land” has landed a record-tying 14 Academy Awards nominations, matching it with “Titanic” and “All About Eve” for most nominations ever. “La La Land” has earned nods for best picture, its stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, …

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More diverse field of Oscar noms – Adult dramas, indie-spirited features dominate

After a decade in the professional wilderness, Hollywood signaled that it had at least partially forgiven Mel Gibson. A previous Oscar-winner for “Braveheart,” Gibson was shunned by many industry power brokers when he was caught on tape making anti-semitic remarks to a police officer after being pulled over for a …

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