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 ...

'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 ...

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 ...

Film about ex-U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden set for Christmas release

Feb 21, 2015

Film about ex-U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden set for Christmas release

Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone’s big-screen dramatization of U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s mass surveillance revelations will be released Dec. 25, distributor Open Road Films said Friday. “Snowden” will star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the former spy agency contractor who leaked details of U.S. ...

Civil rights groups to protest Oscars after no minority actors nominated

Feb 21, 2015

Civil rights groups to protest Oscars after no minority actors nominated

Civil rights groups are calling for a boycott of Sunday’s Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles to demand more diversity among Academy Awards voters after no actors from ethnic minority groups earned nominations this year, organizers said on Friday. Activist and political commentator Al Sharpton’s ...

'Sherlock' star Cumberbatch ties the knot

Feb 15, 2015

'Sherlock' star Cumberbatch ties the knot

Sherlock Holmes star Benedict Cumberbatch married pregnant fiancee Sophie Hunter on Saturday, according to British media, with British actress Keira Knightley among the stars joining the celebrations. Cumberbatch, 38, who has been nominated for his depiction of World War II codebreaker Alan Turing in ...

Feb 14, 2015

Aliens: good or bad? Movies offer little guidance

Astronomers are debating whether it would be a good idea to send signals into the universe, looking for extraterrestrial life. Since we don’t know who might respond, some argue that we would be asking for cosmic trouble. Such is the dilemma often wrestled with ...

Longtime 'The Daily Show' anchor Stewart announces end of reign

Feb 11, 2015

Longtime 'The Daily Show' anchor Stewart announces end of reign

Jon Stewart’s fans were gobsmacked by the sad news he delivered on Tuesday’s edition of “The Daily Show”: He’s leaving his phony anchor desk and ending his reign as phony newsman, and the loss is to real news. “This show doesn’t deserve an even ...

Filipino movie director welcomes Tokyo award for 'Crocodile'

Feb 9, 2015

Filipino movie director welcomes Tokyo award for 'Crocodile'

Francis Xavier Pasion, a movie director from the Philippines, says that winning a Tokyo Filmex award for his independent film “Crocodile” may help it reach a broader audience in his home country, where Hollywood products predominate. Pasion’s third film, “Crocodile” is based on the ...

'Birdman' filmmaker wins top prize at Directors Guild Awards

Feb 8, 2015

'Birdman' filmmaker wins top prize at Directors Guild Awards

“Birdman” has cracked another awards ceremony. After taking top honors from the acting and producing guilds, the film about a washed-up Hollywood actor played by Michael Keaton won the top prize at the Directors Guild Awards. “Birdman” writer-director Alejandro Inarritu was honored at Saturday’s ...