Entertainment  July 01, 2016
Oscars timetable for 2017 revealed
A view of the Oscars logo at the 88th Annual Academy Awards nominee luncheon on February 8, 2016 in Beverly Hills, CaliforniaMovie buffs, mark your calendars: your 2017 Oscars party will be on Sunday, February 26.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the timetable for the 89th Oscars on Thursday, one day after it announced that it had invited a record number of artists to join the body, the majority of them women and people of color.The 683 invitees, ...  Full Story
Judge in Prince case to unseal documents
Prince, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson, died of an accidental overdose of the opioid painkiller fentanyl on April 21In a court order made public Thursday, the US judge deciding who should inherit the estate of late singer Prince ordered that many of the case documents be publically available.Judge Kevin Eide, who is presiding over the proceedings in a Minneapolis-area court, reversed an earlier order that had sealed many of the submissions and affidavits from at...  Full Story
'Hunger Games' studio Lionsgate to buy Starz for $4.4 bn
(L-R) Executive Producer Ronald D. Moore, actors Caitrona Balfe and Sam Heughan, and author Diana Gabaldon onstage during the Starz portion of This is Cable 2016 TV Critics Association Winter Tour in Pasadena, California on January 8, 2016Lionsgate, the Hollywood studio known for its "Hunger Games" film franchise, said Thursday it reached a deal to buy the Starz pay television group for $4.4 billion.The deal, rumored for several weeks, cements the standing of Lionsgate as a major Hollywood player and gives it broader global reach with Starz, which operates premium television channel...  Full Story
Oscars organizers invite women, minorities in diversity push
Forty-six percent of those invited to join the¬†Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this year are women and 41 percent ethnic minoritiesAlmost half the 683 people invited this year to join the organization that bestows the Oscars are women and nearly as many people of color, the body announced in a bid to honor its vow to push for more diversity.The record number of invitees include rising young stars John Boyega of "Star Wars" and "Harry Potter" actress Emma Watson, Swedish Oscar ...  Full Story
Golden age Hollywood starlet Olivia de Havilland turns 100
Two-time Oscar winner Olivia de Havilland (2L) came to embody the elegant glamour of the silver screen (L to R)Broderick Crawford, de Havilland, Mercedes McCambridge and Dean Jagger with their Oscars in 1950Screen legend Olivia de Havilland, who turns 100 on Friday, is the last surviving star from "Gone with the Wind" and one of the last great stars of Hollywood's bygone golden era.The two-time Oscar winner and five-time Academy Award nominee came to embody the elegant glamour of the silver screen in the 1930s and 1940s.But she also made waves with a ...  Full Story
Miss Teen USA axes 'outdated' bikini competition
Miss Teen USA 2016 Katherine Haik (R) congratulates Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Deshauna Barber during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, NevadaOne of America's top beauty pageants has axed its swimsuit competition, ditching bikinis for sportswear to fend off years of complaints that parading in a bikini is sexist and demeaning.Miss Teen USA, open to women aged 14 to 19, said on its website that "in a society that increasingly prioritizes feminism and equality, watching women parade across...  Full Story
'Ghostbusters' backlash reflects Hollywood's sexism problem
Melissa McCarthy, shown here, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Kristen Wiig take the lead in "Ghostbusters", a new version of the 32-year-old all-male original movieAn all-female reboot of "Ghostbusters" hits theaters next month amid a savage backlash by Internet trolls that has thrown the spotlight back onto Hollywood's gender discrimination problem.The film's first trailer has become the most reviled in YouTube history, having amassed almost 900,000 dislikes, while director Paul Feig and his cast have been b...  Full Story
Elvis guitarist Scotty Moore dies at 84
Elvis guitarist Scotty Moore influenced players across the world, including members of the The Rolling Stones and the BeatlesScotty Moore, Elvis Presley's first guitarist who was credited with changing the role of the guitar in pop music, has died at home in Tennessee. He was 84."I'm very sorry to report that Scotty died at home on the morning of June 28," said a brief statement on his website. "No public service is planned at this time," it added.Born Winfield Scott Moo...  Full Story