Mamoru Samuragochi, Japan Beethoven sorry for fake work
2014-03-07 09:04:24 UTC
TOKYO (AP) — The man once lauded as "Japan's Beethoven" bowed repeatedly and apologized Friday at his first media appearance since it was revealed last month that his famed musical compositions were ghostwritten and he wasn't completely deaf.
Karl Lagerfeld to design Macau hotel
2014-03-07 08:43:28 UTC
BEIJING (AP) — Karl Lagerfeld and a Macau casino operator announced plans Friday for the Chanel designer to create his first hotel.
The 270-room Karl Lagerfeld Hotel will open in 2017 in a 20-story tower in the gambling enclave in southern Chin...
McConaughey wins Oscar for best actor
2014-03-03 05:34:38 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Matthew McConaughey has won the Academy Award for best actor for his performance as a desperate and determined AIDS patient in "Dallas Buyers Club."
McConaughey lost some 40 pounds for the role, which capped a remarkable rece...
Cate Blanchett wins Oscar for best actress
2014-03-03 05:34:53 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cate Blanchett has won the Academy Award for best actress for her bravura performance as a fragile socialite experiencing a meltdown in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."
Blanchett had been deemed the front-runner from the very be...
List of Oscar winners 2014
2014-03-03 05:30:29 UTC
List of winners at Sunday's 86th annual Academy Awards presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Best Picture: "12 Years a Slave."
Actor: Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club."
Actress: Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmin...
Lupita Nyong'o wins Oscar for supporting actress
2014-03-03 05:27:56 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lupita Nyong'o has won the Academy Award for best supporting actress for her harrowing portrayal of a slave who's caught her sadistic master's eye in "12 Years a Slave."
It was the first Oscar nomination for the 31-year-old N...
'Frozen' wins Oscar for animated feature film
2014-03-03 02:31:52 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Disney's fairytale musical "Frozen" has won the Oscar for best animated feature.
The 3-D film about a magically icy princess and her sister was directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, with voicing by Idina Menzel, Kristen Be...
Leto wins Oscar for supporting actor
2014-03-03 05:27:29 UTC
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jared Leto has won the Academy Award for best supporting actor for his performance as an HIV-positive transgender prostitute in "Dallas Buyers Club."
Leto, 41, returned to acting after a six-year hiatus to play the role, and ...
12 Years a Slave' rolls at Spirit Awards
2014-03-02 06:54:41 UTC
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — "12 Years a Slave" rolled at the Spirit Awards, winning five awards including best feature at the annual independent film celebration.
On the eve of the Academy Awards, the slavery tale won awards for director ...
Ellen DeGeneres: The star who came out of the cold
2014-03-01 09:41:05 UTC
In September, Ellen DeGeneres told the audience of her talkshow about the pros and cons of hosting the Academy Awards: "Pro: a lot of fancy designers will want to approach me and want me to wear a beautiful, expensive gown. Con: ain't no way in he...
Actress linked to Hollande appears at movie awards
2014-03-01 09:15:08 UTC
PARIS (AP) — The actress whose secret tryst with French President Francois Hollande led to his separation from his long-time girlfriend on Friday made her first public appearance since the scandal broke, atttending France's presitigious movie awar...
White House to host first student film festival
2014-02-28 09:17:29 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Who in Washington needs the Oscars when the White House is rolling out the red carpet for a film festival of its own?
Two days before attention shifts to Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, the White House will cr...
First Egyptian film at Oscars not shown at home
2014-02-28 08:08:18 UTC
CAIRO (AP) — Directors of Egypt's first Oscar-nominated film will be walking the red carpet at the Oscars ceremony next week in Los Angeles, but most Egyptians have yet to see the hard-hitting movie that chronicles the country's unrest over ...
Affleck casts spotlight on situation in Congo
2014-02-27 08:52:24 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — Academy award-winner Ben Affleck understands that celebrity is a double-edged sword, helping him draw attention to the strife and suffering in the Congo while attracting skeptics dismissive of Hollywood stars and causes.
Global Green party kicks off Oscar week
2014-02-27 08:52:11 UTC
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Global Green USA kicked off Oscar week with a worthy celebration dedicated to rebuilding communities subject to environmental degradation.
Actress Malin Akerman applauded the organization's "conscience" party for being ...
World's greatest guitarist Paco de Lucia dies at 66
2014-02-27 08:51:59 UTC
MADRID (AP) — Paco de Lucia, the world's greatest guitarist who dazzled audiences with his lightning-speed flamenco rhythms and finger work, has died in Mexico, Spanish officials said Wednesday. He was 66.
De Lucia suffered a heart attack while...
'Avatar' actor Sam Worthington arrested in NYC
2014-02-24 23:18:55 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say actor Sam Worthington has been arrested in New York City on charges of punching a photographer after the man kicked Worthington's girlfriend in the shin.
The 37-year-old "Avatar" actor was arrested on an assault charg...
Police raid Australian TV network over exclusive
2014-02-18 07:01:22 UTC
SYDNEY (AP) — Police, seeking to prevent a convicted drug trafficker from profiting from her life story, raided Tuesday the Sydney headquarters of a television network that is negotiating an exclusive interview deal.
Schapelle Corby has bee...
Academy honors scientists behind special effects
2014-02-16 09:13:26 UTC
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The scientists and inventors who make big-screen superheroes, spectacular explosions and other only-in-the-movies effects possible have their own Oscar ceremony.
Kristen Bell and Michael B. Jordan hosted the film ac...
From Harry Potter to Gravity: how British VFX talent is leading the world
2014-02-15 09:23:44 UTC
"You don't get very long," says Tim Webber, VFX (visual effects) supervisor on the blockbuster space thriller Gravity. "Five minutes to talk about it, a 10-minute showreel, and then three minutes of question and answer. When you've spent three yea...
Wang lures fashionistas to Brooklyn Navy Yard
2014-02-09 20:45:03 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — There are hip fashion shows. And then there are fashion shows that seek nothing less than to redefine just how hip a fashion show can be.
How else to describe a designer who can get crowds of the most discerning fashionistas to ...
LaBeouf makes a scene at Berlin film festival
2014-02-09 20:38:18 UTC
BERLIN (AP) — Actor Shia LaBeouf hit the Berlin Film Festival in memorable style Sunday, first walking out of a press conference for the film "Nymphomaniac Volume I" and then apparently wearing a paper bag over his head at the red carpet premiere....
Spain princess testifies in historic fraud probe
2014-02-08 12:14:36 UTC
PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain (AP) — Spain's Princess Cristina headed into court Saturday to testify in a historic judicial hearing aimed at helping determine whether she and her husband illegally used company funds for personal expenses, including lav...
Hoffman's NYC funeral attracts Hollywood stars
2014-02-07 21:33:15 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, Ethan Hawke, Brian Dennehey, Amy Adams and Ellen Burstyn were among the stars who paid their respects Friday at a private funeral for Philip Seymour Hoffman that combined sadness and humor to honor an ...
Kate Middleton Is Going To Be Pregnant With Second Child in 2014
2014-02-04 23:02:08 UTC
Kate Middleton had a huge year in 2013 and yet she is expected to be pregnant again shortly. In July she delivered her first child and a royal heir and rumor has it that as The Duchess of Cambridge celebrates her 32nd birthday today she is plannin...