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

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:32:49 -0500

(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.(image)



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

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 19:46:23 -0500

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.(image)



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

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 20:01:46 -0500

(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.(image)



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

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:22:15 -0500

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.(image)



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

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 16:11:46 -0500

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.(image)



In Davos, Cate Blanchett jokes about playing Melania Trump

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:52:53 -0500

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.(image)



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

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:13:45 -0500

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.(image)



British talent bag raft of nominations in Oscar race

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 13:11:36 -0500

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.(image)



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

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 14:43:31 -0500

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.(image)



Comedian Bill Cosby back on stage for first gig since sex scandals

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 10:41:23 -0500

(Reuters) - U.S. comedian Bill Cosby performed his first stand-up gig since being swept up in sex scandals, joking in Philadelphia on Monday about his blindness and fueling criticism on social media, according to video posted online.(image)