Hit song writer Gerry Goffin, ex-husband of Carole King, dies at 75

Jun 20, 2014

Hit song writer Gerry Goffin, ex-husband of Carole King, dies at 75

Gerry Goffin, a prolific and multidimensional lyricist who with his then-wife and song-writing partner Carole King wrote such hits as “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “Up on the Roof” and “The Loco-Motion,” died early Thursday at ...

'Gentleman's Guide,' McDonald, Cranston win Tonys

Jun 9, 2014

'Gentleman's Guide,' McDonald, Cranston win Tonys

The lethal romp “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” got a lot of love at Sunday night’s Tony Awards, nabbing the trophy for best new musical on a night that also saw Audra McDonald make Broadway history, Bryan Cranston win as a rookie ...

Turkish drama 'Winter Sleep' wins Palme d'Or

May 25, 2014

Turkish drama 'Winter Sleep' wins Palme d'Or

The richly ruminative Chekhovian drama “Winter Sleep” was awarded the Palme d’Or on Saturday, bestowing the Cannes Film Festival’s top honor on an intimate, wintery epic set on Turkey’s Anatolian steppe. Director Nuri Bilge Ceylan accepted the award, handed out by Quentin Tarantino and ...

Actress' kiss at Cannes angers Tehran

May 19, 2014

Actress' kiss at Cannes angers Tehran

Iranian actress Leila Hatami on Sunday angered authorities in Tehran by greeting the president of the Cannes film festival with a kiss on the cheek, an act that outraged conservatives back home. “Iranian womanhood is the symbol of chastity and innocence,” Deputy Culture Minister ...

Pulitzers uphold watchdog tradition

Apr 15, 2014

Pulitzers uphold watchdog tradition

Coverage of the National Security Agency’s sweeping surveillance program that won the Pulitzer Prize for public service Monday follows a tradition of bucking the U.S. government on top secret intelligence matters. Revelations about the NSA’s secret collection of information about Americans’ phone and email ...

Washington Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA spying revelations

Apr 15, 2014

Washington Post, Guardian win Pulitzers for NSA spying revelations

The Washington Post and The Guardian won the Pulitzer Prize in public service Monday for revealing the U.S. government’s sweeping surveillance programs in a blockbuster series of stories based on secret documents supplied by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. The Pulitzer for breaking news was ...

'12 Years a Slave' rises up at Academy Awards

Mar 3, 2014

'12 Years a Slave' rises up at Academy Awards

Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama “12 Years a Slave” best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday — the first best-picture winner directed by a black filmmaker. Steve McQueen’s slavery odyssey, based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir, has been hailed ...

Black actors leaving for Hollywood worry British government

Mar 2, 2014

Black actors leaving for Hollywood worry British government

Black British actors have been taking Hollywood by storm, with Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Oscar nomination for “12 Years a Slave” just the latest example, but at home they still face a lack of roles that has driven some from the country. The British government is ...

Cambodia vies for first Oscar with 'Missing Picture'

Feb 28, 2014

Cambodia vies for first Oscar with 'Missing Picture'

The office of Cambodia’s most celebrated filmmaker is filled with books on the Khmer Rouge. On his desk, on the walls, in the filing cabinets and in every corner of Rithy Panh’s dimly lit office are memories of his country’s greatest tragedy. Probing the ...

Oldest Holocaust survivor dies; film up for Oscar

Feb 24, 2014

Oldest Holocaust survivor dies; film up for Oscar

Alice Herz-Sommer, believed to be the oldest Holocaust survivor, died at age 110 on Sunday. The accomplished pianist’s death came just a week before her extraordinary story of survival through two years at a Nazi prison camp, which she claimed was made possible by ...

U.S. minority vets to get top honor

Feb 23, 2014

U.S. minority vets to get top honor

President Barack Obama will confer the most prestigious U.S. award for combat to a group of Hispanic, black and Jewish veterans previously denied the accolade due to prejudice, the White House said. A March 18 ceremony will award the Medal of Honor to 24 ...

French Pantheon to add two women

Feb 23, 2014

French Pantheon to add two women

President Francois Hollande on Friday ordered the remains of four Resistance fighters moved to the Pantheon, including those of two women, after outcries over the domination of men at the monument. Hollande said the remains of the two women, Germaine Tillion and Genevieve de ...