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Ex-Obama administration official in exclusive talks with Weinstein Co: source

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 7:32pm
(Reuters) - The Weinstein Company has entered into exclusive negotiations to sell the studio with a group of investors led by former Obama administration official Maria Contreras-Sweet, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

U.S. author Ursula K. Le Guin dies at 88: family

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 7:01pm
(Reuters) - Science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin, author of "The Left Hand of Darkness" and the Earthsea series, died in her home in Portland, Oregon, her son said on Tuesday. She was 88.

Radio host Keillor fired over 'dozens' of incidents: network

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 6:46pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Minnesota Public Radio ended its contracts with "Prairie Home Companion" host Garrison Keillor over multiple accusations of sexual misconduct by a woman who had worked on the show and not a single incident, the network's president said on Tuesday.

'Shape of Water', 'Three Billboards' lead best picture race after Oscar nominations

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 1:50pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fox Searchlight's fantastical romance "The Shape of Water" and its dark comedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" emerged as front runners for the Oscar best picture prize on Tuesday after capturing nominations in all of the major categories.

In Davos, Cate Blanchett jokes about playing Melania Trump

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:52pm
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Actress Cate Blanchett, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Tuesday, drew laughs when she jokingly speculated about playing First Lady Melania Trump on screen, saying she would not approach such a role from a "Free Melania" point of view.

Russia cancels release of 'insulting' film about Stalin's death

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:45pm
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Tuesday it had canceled the release of "Death of Stalin", a dark, satirical movie from British director Armando Iannucci, saying many Russians would find it an insulting mockery of the country's Soviet past.

'Wonder Woman' stumbles, 'Get Out' surprises at Oscar nominations

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:29pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Wonder Woman" failed to conquer Oscar voters on Tuesday despite riding to one of the biggest box office hits of 2017 on a wave of female empowerment, making it one of the biggest snubs for Hollywood's highest honors.

Feeling the Oscar love: Women's stories grab attention in 2018 nominations

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:13pm
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sally Hawkins plays a mute cleaner with a passionate love life; Frances McDormand is a grieving woman in a fury about the shortcomings of the men around her; and Margot Robbie turns the tale of disgraced 1990s ice skater Tonya Harding on its head.

British talent bag raft of nominations in Oscar race

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:11pm
LONDON (Reuters) - British films and talent were nominated for a slew of Oscars on Tuesday, securing most of the picks in the best actor category, several entries for best film as well for many technical categories.

India's top court rejects bid to reinstate ban on film as Hindu groups protest

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:16am
NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected bids by two states to reinstate a ban on the disputed Bollywood film "Padmaavat", saying it stood by its previous ruling clearing the way for the movie to be shown in theaters.

Israel's culture minister hails her country's Oscar failure

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 11:01am
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's culture minister breathed a sigh of relief on Tuesday that her country's contender had failed to land an Oscar nomination for best foreign language film - despite not having watched the movie.

'Shape of Water' leads Oscar nods; women and people of color also shine

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:01am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fox Searchlight's fantasy romance "The Shape of Water," about a woman who falls in love with a strange river creature, led the Oscar nominations on Tuesday in a wide-ranging list that embraced stories about and by women and people of color.

'The Shape of Water' tops Oscar nominations with 13 nods

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 8:40am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fox Searchlight's fantasy drama "The Shape of Water," about a woman who falls in love with a strange river creature, led the Oscar nominations on Tuesday with 13 nods, including the top prize for best picture.

We are the champions: basketball film wows Russians before election

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 8:35am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian film about a Soviet Cold War sports victory over the United States has broken box office records months before a presidential election by borrowing a page from Vladimir Putin's play book: appealing to Russian patriotism.

Russian premiere of 'Death of Stalin' film called off - TASS

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 8:30am
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian premiere of "Death of Stalin, a dark, satirical movie from British director Armando Iannucci, was called off on Tuesday after a private pre-release viewing drew ire from government figures, TASS news agency reported.

'The Shape of Water' leads Oscar nominations with 13 nods

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 8:18am
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fox Searchlight's fantasy drama "The Shape of Water" led the Oscar nominations on Tuesday with 13 nods, including the top prize for best picture.

Chanel brings springtime to Paris with extravagant rose garden

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 7:14am
PARIS (Reuters) - Chanel brought a touch of early spring to Haute Couture week in Paris on Tuesday as models decked out in delicate, flower-strewn gowns paraded through rose-covered archways and around a fountain in a specially-built garden.

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan laid to rest in home town

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 7:09am
BALLYBRICKEN, Ireland (Reuters) - Cranberries lead singer Dolores O'Riordan was laid to rest at a private funeral in her home town on Tuesday, remembered as someone who rescued people from "the darkness of depression".

Father of South African jazz Hugh Masekela dies aged 78

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 3:10am
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Trumpeter and singer Hugh Masekela, known as the "father of South African jazz" who used his music in the fight against apartheid, has died from prostate cancer, his family said on Tuesday. He was 78.

India's top court rejects bid to re-instate ban on film as Hindu groups protest

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 2:57am
NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) - India's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected bids by two states to re-instate a ban on the release of controversial Bollywood film "Padmaavat", saying it stood by its previous ruling clearing the way for the movie to be shown in theaters.

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