Disney profit beats forecasts with ESPN, ‘Frozen’

(Reuters) – Media company Walt Disney Co reported higher profit for the quarter that ended in December, beating Wall Street expectations with growth at sports network ESPN and the strong performance of its animated hit film “Frozen.” The company posted adjusted earnings per share of $1.04, according to a statement released on Wednesday, exceeding the 92 cents average estimate of analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Net income for the quarter rose to $1.8 billion, […]

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman to be buried in private funeral

LOS ANGELES Tue Feb 4, 2014 8:14pm EST (Reuters) – Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found dead in his New York apartment on Sunday in an apparent heroin overdose, will be buried in a private funeral service, the late Oscar-winner’s representative said on Tuesday. The statement issued by Hoffman’s publicist, Karen Samfilippo, did not say when the funeral service for family and friends would happen. It said it would take place in New York […]

Chris Brown remains on Rehab

A judge in Los Angeles have decided that Chris Brown should continue in rehab to treat his substance abuse addiction and with his anger management issues rather than being put to jail.

‘Silly’ selfies craze will die out, says ’60s snapper Bailey

By Li-mei Hoang LONDON Mon Feb 3, 2014 7:00am EST (Reuters) – The craze for taking “selfies” will die out soon, said British photographer David Bailey, famously known for capturing the free spirit of the swinging ’60s. The 76-year old, whose famous subjects include supermodel Kate Moss, Rolling Stone singer Mick Jagger and actor Jack Nicholson, said he had never taken a self portrait on a smartphone or webcam because he was too busy taking […]

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman dies from suspected drug overdose

(Reuters) – Philip Seymour Hoffman, one of the leading actors of his generation, who won an Academy Award for his title role in the film “Capote,” was found dead in his Manhattan apartment on Sunday in what a New York police source described as an apparent drug overdose. Hoffman, 46, was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of his Greenwich Village apartment by police responding to a 911 call, and Emergency Medical Service workers declared […]

“Captain Phillips” And “Her” Are Big Winners At Writers Guild Awards

The writers of “Her” and “Captain Phillips” were given top honors by their peers on Saturday (February 1) at the annual Writers Guild Awards, a strong predictor of success in the screenplay categories at the Oscars in a month’s time. Spike Jonze won the best original screenplay award for “Her,” a tale set in the near future about a man in a romantic relationship with a lifelike computer operating system. “It’s a high honor coming from writers,” Jonze, 44, […]

Actor Maximilian Schell dead at 83

(Reuters) — Austrian actor Maximilian Schell, who won an Academy Award for his role as a German defence attorney in the 1961 film “Judgment at Nuremberg”, has died aged 83. The Vienna-born actor died overnight at a clinic in Innsbruck as the result of a “sudden and serious illness”, his agent, Patricia Baumbauer, told the Austria Press Agency on Saturday. One of the best known foreign actors in U.S. films, Schell starred on stage and screen on both sides of the […]

Woody Allen’s adopted daughter revisits sexual abuse claim

(Reuters) — Woody Allen’s adopted daughter, Dylan Farrow, on Saturday (February 1) revisited her sexual abuse claim against the filmmaker in a letter on the website of the New York Times, as she questioned his acclaim in Hollywood. The revival of the accusation against Allen comes just ahead of this year’s Oscar Awards, where the 78-year-old filmmaker is nominated for best original screenplay for his drama “Blue Jasmine” starring Cate Blanchett. Allen was never arrested or prosecuted in the decades-old […]