Italian drama, “The Great Beauty”, wins Oscars for best foreign language film

(Reuters) — Italian drama “The Great Beauty” won the Oscar for best foreign language film at the 86th annual Academy Awards on Sunday (March 2), capping its successful awards season run in the United States and Europe. The film, directed by Paolo Sorrentino and considered the favorite to win the Academy Award, follows an aging writer’s reflections on life and his search for meaning among Rome’s idle high society. Sorrentino accepted the award alongside the producer of the film, Nicola Giuliano. It […]

86th Academy Awards Winners: Oscars 2014

As the 86th Academy Awards opened on Sunday (Monday: Philippines, Manila) we were welcomed by the hilarious comedian Ellen DeGeneres relaxed in her white tuxedo and bog floppy necktie. Highlight of the awards show was the epic group selfie which was shared by Ellen on her Twitter account.  The tweet, which the Oscar host sent out during the broadcast with the help of stars like Meryl Streep, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong’o and Brad Pitt, received 921,000 retweets in […]

‘After Earth,’ ‘Movie 43’ sweep Razzies; Sandler left empty-handed

(Reuters) – Big budget sci-fi flop “After Earth” and ensemble comedy “Movie 43” led the Razzie Awards on Saturday while annual favorite Adam Sandler went home empty-handed at the ceremony that mauled Hollywood’s worst films and performances of the year. “After Earth,” starring Will Smith and his teenage son Jaden, picked up three gold spray-painted raspberry accolades: Jaden Smith for worst actor, Will Smith for worst supporting actor and worst screen combo for the father-son […]

’12 Years a Slave,’ Oscar frontrunners sweep Spirit Awards

Actress Lupita Nyong’o and director Steve McQueen pose with their awards for ”12 Years a Slave” backstage at the 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards in Santa Monica, California March 1, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Danny Moloshok (Reuters) – Harrowing slavery drama “12 Years a Slave” swept the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday with five wins, just one day ahead of the Oscar ceremony on Sunday. “12 Years a Slave” won five of its seven nominations at the […]

Hoffman Died Of Accidental Drug Overdose – Medical Examiner

(Reuters) — Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his New York apartment on February 2 with a needle in his arm, died of an accidental overdose of drugs, the New York City Chief Medical Examiner said on Friday (February 28). The cause of death was acute drug intoxication, including heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine, according to Julie Bolcer, spokeswoman for the Medical Examiner’s Office. No other details were immediately available. A drug overdose had been suspected when Hoffman, 46, […]

Racial barriers still hold back Hollywood’s black talent

(Reuters) – When Halle Berry and Denzel Washington won the best-acting Oscar categories and Sidney Poitier was honored with a lifetime achievement award in 2002, the night was a watershed for black actors in Hollywood. Since then the debate about Hollywood diversity among the African American community has continued to ebb and flow, but one fact remains constant: nearly all black actors are still only being recognized by the Academy Awards for playing specifically black […]

Online music going for a song, says U.S. bill seeking more cash for composers

WASHINGTON Tue Feb 25, 2014 6:23pm EST (Reuters) – Songwriters need to make more money when their music is played on online services like Pandora and elsewhere, according to a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday by a Republican congressman. The measure, introduced by Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, would give songwriters more leeway in arguing for higher royalties before a special court that mediates disputes over payments. The proposal is […]

Actors Kevin Hart, Forest Whitaker are big winners at NAACP awards

By Mary Milliken PASADENA, California Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:45am EST (Reuters) – Comedian and actor Kevin Hart won the coveted Entertainer of the Year at the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, while Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker was honored with awards for both his career and his latest role as a White House butler. One week before the Academy Awards, one of the frontrunners for best picture “12 Years a Slave” won the best motion […]

Maria von Trapp of ‘Sound of Music’ fame dead at 99

Sun Feb 23, 2014 12:41am EST (Reuters) – Maria von Trapp, a member of the Austrian family whose escape from Nazi Germany and subsequent musical career inspired the famed musical “The Sound of Music,” has died at the age of 99, according to newspapers quoting her brother. Von Trapp died Tuesday but the news was confirmed Saturday by her half-brother Johannes von Trapp, according to the New York Daily News. Von Trapp died of natural […]

Entering the Realm of Blogging

By Nikki Veron Cruz AT this point, we are very much familiar with the terms “blogging”, “blogger”, and “blogs”. I would usually approach the concept of blogging with vague indifference simply because I feel that everyone now has the opportunity to claim that he is an online writer. Lately I have realized the infinite hub of useful, useless, insightful information that blogging sites cater on. Which led me to the elementary conclusion that yes, the […]

10 killed as resort building collapses in South Korea

(Reuters) — Ten people attending a welcoming party for new university students were killed when a building at a South Korean mountain resort collapsed late on Monday (February 17), emergency officials said, trapping dozens in snow and rubble for several hours. About 560 students had gathered in the auditorium of the golf resort in the mountains in the city of Gyeongju, around 375 km (235 miles) southeast of Seoul. Heavy snow had built up on the roof of the […]