At the Oscars, no prize for ethnic diversity

Feb 24, 2015

At the Oscars, no prize for ethnic diversity

What was missing from the Academy Awards turned out to be the issue that could not be ignored on the night trophies were handed out. The lack of nonwhite contenders for major acting awards this year became a focus on the day Oscar nominations ...

Poland's politicians, filmmakers hail Oscar for 'Ida'

Feb 24, 2015

Poland's politicians, filmmakers hail Oscar for 'Ida'

Poland’s politicians, filmmakers and fans rejoiced Monday over the nation’s first-ever foreign language movie Oscar for “Ida,” seeing it as a sign of the country’s cinematography coming of age. President Bronislaw Komorowski said the award is a “source of satisfaction for all Poles” and ...

'Birdman' soars to Oscar glory with best picture win

Feb 23, 2015

'Birdman' soars to Oscar glory with best picture win

Dark comedy “Birdman” soared to Oscars glory Sunday, taking four Academy Awards including best picture and best director honors on Hollywood’s biggest night. The film, a satire about a washed-up superhero film actor battling to revive his career on Broadway, was a grand triumph ...

'Timbuktu' director wants more cinema from West Africa

Feb 23, 2015

'Timbuktu' director wants more cinema from West Africa

The Oscar nomination of “Timbuktu,” a film about the occupation of the Malian desert town by al-Qaida-linked Islamists in 2012, should not mask the lack of established cinema from West Africa, its director said. Up for the Best Foreign Language Film at Sunday’s ceremony, ...

Feb 22, 2015

Cameron Diaz, Transformers, Kirk Cameron top Razzie Awards

Cameron Diaz and Kirk Cameron received the dubious honor of being dubbed the year’s worst actress and actor at the 35th Annual Golden Raspberry Awards (aka the “Razzies”) on Saturday night. Diaz earned the title for her performances in the raunchy comedies “The Other ...

Eddie Murphy said no to Cosby sketch, 'SNL' cast member says

Feb 20, 2015

Eddie Murphy said no to Cosby sketch, 'SNL' cast member says

A lingering letdown for fans after Eddie Murphy’s half-hearted display on the recent “Saturday Night Live” bash has been rekindled by a report of what might have been: Murphy impersonating Bill Cosby. In a series of tweets, former “SNL” cast member Norm Macdonald described ...

Feb 20, 2015

Heroine of NHK drama 'Massan' to perform on Broadway

Charlotte Kate Fox, a U.S. actress performing as the heroine of the NHK television drama series “Massan” is set to play the leading role in the long-running Broadway musical “Chicago.” “Chicago” is the story of murderer Roxie Hart attempting to become a star by ...

Actress Allison Williams defends her NBC anchor dad

Feb 20, 2015

Actress Allison Williams defends her NBC anchor dad

Actress Allison Williams is defending her dad, suspended NBC anchor Brian Williams, as a good man who cares deeply about integrity in journalism. The “Girls” actress, who played Peter Pan on NBC in December, was asked by Seth Meyers during an appearance Wednesday night ...

Pussy Riot releases first English song

Feb 19, 2015

Pussy Riot releases first English song

Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot released their first song in English on Wednesday, a musical tribute to Eric Garner, the unarmed black man whose death in a police chokehold last summer sparked wide protests against police violence. Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina recorded ...