Sunday Jan 25, 2015

Complete list of winners at 21st annual SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A complete list of winners at Sunday's 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards: MOVIES: Actor: Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything" Actress: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice" Supporting actor: J.K. Simmons,...
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Complete list of winners at 21st annual SAG Awards
Sunday Jan 25, 2015
Complete list of winners at 21st annual SAG Awards

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A complete list of winners at Sunday's 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards: MOVIES: Actor: Eddie Redmayne, "The Theory of Everything" Actress: Julianne Moore, "Still Alice" Supporting actor: J.K. Simmons, "Whiplash" Supporting actress: Patricia Arquette, "Boyhood" Cast: "Birdman" Stunt ensemble: "Unbroken" ___ TELEVISION: Actor in a comedy series: William H. Macy, "Shameless" Actress in a comedy series: Uzo Aduba, "Orange is the New Black" Comedy series cast: "Orange is the New Black" Actor in a movie or miniseries: Mark Ruffalo, "The Normal Heart" Actress in a movie or miniseries: Frances McDormand, "Olive Kitteridge" Drama series cast: "Downton Abbey" Actor in a drama series: Kevin Spacey, "House of Cards" Actress in a drama series: Viola Davis, "How to Get Away With Murder" Stunt ensemble: "Game of Thrones" ___ Life Achievement: Debbie Reynolds Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by The Associated Press from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

TV talk show pioneer Franklin, who gave Pacino chance, dies
Sunday Jan 25, 2015
TV talk show pioneer Franklin, who gave Pacino chance, dies

NEW YORK (AP) — Pioneering radio and TV host Joe Franklin, who gave breaks to the likes of Al Pacino and Bill Cosby on his variety show long before they became famous and who boasted he never missed a broadcast in decades, has died at age 88. He died Saturday of cancer, which he had had for a few years, longtime producer and friend Steven Garrin said. Franklin often is credited with developing the standard TV talk show format, sitting behind a desk while interviewing wanna-be celebrities, minor celebrities and the occasional bona fide celebrity. The host of "The Joe Franklin Show" started in TV in 1950. By the early 1990s, he often said, he had chatted with more than 300,000 guests, including Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minnelli and Madonna. But the notables often had to share air time on his low-budget show with a tap-dancing dentist or a man who whistled through his nose. Garrin recalled how Franklin, who was parodied by Billy Crystal on "Saturday Night Live," hired a young Bette Midler as his studio singer and gave a chance on his show to every up-and-comer trying to make it big: Bruce Springsteen, Woody Allen and Dustin Hoffman among them. "He was a wonderful guy," Garrin said Sunday. "He gave everybody an opportunity." Garrin said he remembered how Pacino, after he became a Hollywood movie star, told Franklin in a private meeting: "Joe, why don't you interview me now that I'm somebody? You interviewed me when I was nobody." After Franklin's TV show ended in 1993, he worked on his late-night radio show. He continued to work even after he developed cancer, doing celebrity interviews on the Bloomberg Radio Network. Tuesday was the first scheduled broadcast Franklin had missed in more than 60 years, said Garrin, who worked with him for 20 of those years, booking all his interviews and recording the shows in his studios in Times Square between 1991 and 2010. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Kaling, Dunham, Wiig, Kohan talk women in Hollywood
Saturday Jan 24, 2015
Kaling, Dunham, Wiig, Kohan talk women in Hollywood

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — Lena Dunham dreams of the day when a man might say, "It's impossible to get into Hollywood. It's an old women's network." The creative force behind HBO's "Girls" shared the stage with "The Mindy Project" creator Mindy Kaling, "Bridesmaids" star and co-writer Kristen Wiig and "Orange Is the New Black" show-runner Jenji Kohan for a discussion on women in Hollywood Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival. The four women weighed in how they broke into the entertainment industry and the challenges they face as its minority gender. All said they realized early on that if they wanted to tell the stories they cared most about, they'd have to take the reins and do it themselves. And they found TV a far friendlier environment for female voices than film. "There's just a lot more opportunity," Kohan said. "It seems like film is really behind." Even with the success of "Weeds" and "Orange Is the New Black," Kohan said the only scripts she's been offered to write involve "weddings and moms." Dunham, too, said after earning acclaim for her first film, "Tiny Furniture," she was given opportunities to pen such scripts as "Strawberry Shortcake." She wasn't interested, so she created "Girls." They hope their current successes help pave the way for other women with Hollywood dreams. All four rely on writing teams populated by mostly women, but they don't count men out. "You shouldn't have to just limit yourself to one gender," Kohan said. "You want to work with whoever is the best at what they're doing." — Sandy Cohen, www.twitter.com/APSandy . Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Rose McGowan to direct her first feature
Saturday Jan 24, 2015
Rose McGowan to direct her first feature

After rising to fame on the series "Charmed" and headlining Robert Rodriguez's 2007 film "Planet Terror," the American actress will helm "The Pines," which is set to begin lensing this fall.At Sundance in 2014, Rose McGowan made her directing debut with a short film titled "Dawn." This year, at the start of the same film festival, the actress announced plans to helm her first feature, a psychological thriller titled "The Pines." Based on a script by Alex Mar, the feature centers on a troubled woman who becomes involved with a family of healers, who could either help her to find stability or else cause her to lose her mind entirely. Aside from starring in "Charmed," which propelled her to fame in 2001, and in Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino's "Grindhouse" ("Planet Terror" and "Death Proof"), McGowan has had a relatively low-profile film and TV career. Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

YouTube most popular: Bad Lip Reading, 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'
Saturday Jan 24, 2015
YouTube most popular: Bad Lip Reading, 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt'

"Bad Lip Reading" returns, Will Ferrell causes a scene at a basketball game and Tina Fey's new comedy series trailer is released. Here are YouTube's five Most Popular entertainment and lifestyle videos as recorded on Friday, January 22 at 11:30am GMT."NFL 2015" - A Bad Lip Reading of The NFL First published: January 22Total views: 7.79millionBad lip reading is here again, and this time the victims are the players of the NFL, who find themselves saying all sorts of ridiculous things. youtu.be/OTRmyXX6ipUWill Ferrell - Daddy's Home First published: January 21Total views: 2.4 millionHollywood star Will Ferrell shoots a scene in the middle of a basketball game between the Pelicans and the Lakers. youtu.be/6FugC4FkgoIUnbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - Trailer - Netflix [HD] First published: January 22Total views: 673,311Tina Fey and Robert Carlock star in the new comedy series "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," which tells the tale of a woman rescued from a doomsday cult who starts life over as a nanny in the Upper East Side in New York. youtu.be/mNKEKlXY3Z4 Bill Gates and Jimmy Drink Poop WaterFirst published: January 22Total views: 556,933Bill Gates drinks water from the Omniprocessor, which turns sewage into clean drinking water, on the "Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."youtu.be/FHgsL0dpQ-U Elders Play Grand Theft Auto V (Elders React: Gaming)First published: January 21Total views: 2.5 millionWhat happens when you put a bunch of older people in front of "Grand Theft Auto 5"? This does.youtu.be/KHoOrFdgYR8 Copyright AFP Relaxnews, 2015. This article was from AFP Relax News and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Movies

Quotes from the Screen Actors Guild Awards
Monday Jan 26, 2015
Quotes from the Screen Actors Guild Awards

Quotes from Sunday night's 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles: "If people are saying I'm the front-runner, that's a beautiful thing. It's more attention for the movie. I'm delighted to be the front-runner, may it all happen." — J.K. Simmons backstage on his status as the favorite to win the supporting-actor Oscar for "Whiplash." ___ "Twenty-eight. I had just gotten out of Julliard and thought I could conquer the world. I didn't know better. I didn't know life was going to be hard yet. I liked bathing in that ignorance." — Viola Davis backstage on what age she would choose to stay. ___ "She has been more than a mother to me, not much, but definitely more." — Carrie Fisher, presenting the lifetime achievement award to her mother Debbie Reynolds. ___ "I can't tell you what this means to me. I'm a fourth-generation actor. My family has been committed to acting for over a century, through feast or famine." — Patricia Arquette, supporting actress winner for "Boyhood." ___ "When I was 17 I decided I wanted to be an actor. ... I want to say to all you kids in the drama club, you kids are the real actors." — Julianne Moore, leading actress winner for "Still Alice." Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by The Associated Press from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Birdman' tops SAG Awards, Redmayne upsets Keaton
Monday Jan 26, 2015
'Birdman' tops SAG Awards, Redmayne upsets Keaton

The backstage farce "Birdman" topped the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Award, winning best ensemble cast, even though its star, Michael Keaton, was upset by Eddie Redmayne in the most outstanding actor category. Keaton led the "Birdman" cast, including Emma Stone, Edward Norton and Zach Galifianakis, in accepting the top honor from the acting guild, calling the profession "the ultimate team sport." "Every time I turned around, I ran into another tremendous actor," said Keaton. Oscar favorites Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and J.K. Simmons cemented their front-runner status in a ceremony that often serves as a kind of preview to the Academy Awards. But Redmayne's win for his performance as Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything" was a slight surprise, especially since Keaton's performance as an egotistical, paranoid Hollywood has-been trying to mount a comeback on Broadway is in many ways an ode to acting. Redmayne dedicated his SAG award — "this very wonderful skinny man," he said looking down at his blue statuette — to sufferers and victims of ALS. Moore, widely considered the best-actress favorite, won most outstanding supporting actress for "Still Alice," in which she plays an academic with early onset Alzheimer's Disease. Accepting the award, she recalled an early lesson on the soap opera "As the World Turns," in which she played twin sisters, good and evil. "Then I realized it was super boring to act by myself," said Moore. Accepting the award for most outstanding supporting actor for his performance as a domineering jazz teacher in "Whiplash," Simmons thanked all 49 actors who appear in the drama. "All of us actors are supporting actors," said Simmons, a veteran character actor. "Each of us is essential, completely crucial to the story because if there's one false moment, the train comes off the rails." "Boyhood" star Patricia Arquette added the latest in a string of awards Sunday, taking the supporting actress honor for her performance, filmed over the course of 12 years. "I can't tell you what this means to me," said Arquette. "I'm a fourth-generation actor. My family has been committed to acting for over a century, through feast or famine." Because actors make up the largest portion of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the SAG Awards are also considered one of the most telling Oscar previews. Individually acting winners usually mirror each other exactly, or very nearly. Last year, the top four winners — Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong'o, Jared Leto — all went on to win Academy Awards after first scooping up SAG awards. The predictive powers of the SAGs have been more checkered in matching its top award with eventual best-picture Oscar winners. In the last six years, SAG best-ensemble and Academy Award best-picture winners have lined up three times ("Argo," ''The King's Speech" and "Slumdog Millionaire"), while diverging just as often. Last year, the actors chose "American Hustle" over eventual Oscar winner "12 Years a Slave"; in 2011, they picked "The Help" over "The Artist"; and in 2009, "Inglourious Basterds" defeated "The Hurt Locker." Sunday's show kicked things off with a pair of wins for the Netflix prison series "Orange Is the New Black," honoring it as best ensemble in a comedy and naming Uza Abuda most outstanding actress in a comedy series. Abuda won over a number of veteran stars, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep") and Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"). Best ensemble cast in a drama series went to "Downton Abbey," the second time the series has won the category. On Saturday night, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Birdman" took the top award from the Producers Guild Awards, suggesting it may be formidable competition to the perceived front-runner, Richard Linklater's "Boyhood." The last seven PGA winners have also won best picture at the Academy Awards. Two actors who usually reside on the big screen won the SAG awards for performances in a miniseries or TV movie: Mark Ruffalo (for HBO's "A Normal Heart") and Frances McDormand (for HBO's "Olive Kitteredge"). Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards"), William H. Macy ("Shameless") and Viola Davis ("How to Get Away With Murder") also collected awards. Davis thanked the producers of the legal dram "for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old, dark-skinned African American woman who looks me." Debbie Reynolds, the "Singin' in the Rain" star, was honored with the SAG lifetime achievement award, which her daughter, Carrie Fisher, presented. The 82-year-old Reynolds embarrassed Fischer with a story, recalling that her bun in the famous musical led her to warn her daughter ahead of playing Princess Leia in "Star Wars." "I said, 'Well, Carrie, be careful of any weird hairdos,'" said Reynolds. "So luckily George gave her two buns." She also remembered 1964's "The Unsinkable Molly Brown." "In that movie I got to sing a wonderful song 'I Ain't Down Yet,'" said Reynolds. "Well, I ain't." ___ Associated Press' Beth Harris in Los Angeles contributed to this report. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Jake Coyle from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Debbie Reynolds honored for lifetime achievement
Monday Jan 26, 2015
Debbie Reynolds honored for lifetime achievement

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Debbie Reynolds accepted the lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild for her nearly seven decade career. The 82-year-old entertainer was introduced Sunday night by daughter Carrie Fisher, who said Reynolds has been more than a mother to her and then joked not much but definitely more. Reynolds noted she's been in show business for 66 years and she was very excited to be at the awards. Reynolds' first major co-starring role was in 1952 in "Singin' in the Rain," where she sang and danced with Gene Kelly. She later danced with Fred Astaire in "The Pleasure of his Company" in 1961. Reynolds' career began when she was signed by Warner Bros. after being crowned Miss Burbank at 16. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Beth Harris from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Sundance Watch: Quinto and Franco's easy chemistry
Sunday Jan 25, 2015
Sundance Watch: Quinto and Franco's easy chemistry

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — In "I Am Michael," a drama based on Benoit Denizet-Lewis's 2011 New York Times article "My Ex-Gay Friend," James Franco plays the part of Michael Glatze, the ex-gay friend in question. The film, which premiered Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival, is a sensitive, complicated and provocative story about a prominent gay activist who, in just a few years, denounces his homosexuality. Michael's transformation is not played for a surprise in the movie. Justin Kelly's film opens with a buttoned-up Michael telling a terrified young man that homosexuality is immoral, before abruptly jumping back in time to show Michael in his activist days (and, in fact, at a raucous rave, where Franco says he was almost blinded by green glitter). At the heart of the story is the relationship with his longtime boyfriend, Bennett (Zachary Quinto). The two have an easy, intimate and wholly lived-in chemistry when portraying Michael and Bennett as a happy couple. But the actors, who look so comfortable together on screen weren't even acquaintances in real life prior to the film. "We met through the process of getting ready to shoot the movie," said Quinto on Sunday. "For me it was just a really clear entry to the character through his love for Michael and his unwavering commitment to trying to make their relationship work. I thought it was really well-crafted in terms of this intimacy they share and how it devolves into this maelstrom of really damaging emotional upheaval." It wasn't difficult for the two to fall into the role of lovers. "James is really affable in his real life and he's a pro," said Quinto. Kelly agreed. "The scene they wake up in bed together ... we shot that on, I believe day two or three and it was crazy how immediate the connection was. Everyone watching the monitor was like 'Oh, they've been dating for 10 years.' It's the craziest thing." "It's four years," said Quinto, laughing. ----- Lindsey Bahr, http://www.twitter.com/ldbahr Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Lindsey Bahr from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Sundance doc 'Hot Girls Wanted' explores amateur porn
Sunday Jan 25, 2015
Sundance doc 'Hot Girls Wanted' explores amateur porn

PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — "Teen" is the most searched term in online pornography, and thousands of young people enter the amateur porn industry every day, lured by promises of quick money and hopes for fame. The disturbing world of amateur pornography — professionally produced films made to look like home movies — is exposed in the new documentary by Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus, "Hot Girls Wanted," which premiered Saturday at the Sundance Film Festival. Craigslist ads promising free flights to Miami bring in a constant stream of would-be porn stars. "Every day, another girl turns 18," says Riley, a 23-year-old "agent" who hosts half a dozen young women eager to enter the industry at his Miami home. He says the career-span for these 18- to 21-year-olds is typically three months. Teenagers who have grown up in the age of the Internet have always known porn is easy to find. And as pop culture has become more and more sexualized, the taboo against sex on film has faded for them, the attitude being, "We're doing it anyway, why not get paid?" The filmmakers said that according to current laws, it's legal for anyone with a camera who calls himself a porn producer to solicit sex. The woman is technically being paid for her "performance," not the sex act. Tressa, an 18-year-old girl featured in the film, was attracted to porn as a way to escape her Texas hometown. She said she earned $25,000 in her four months in the industry, but after paying for lingerie, manicures, makeup and biweekly STD tests, she only had about $2,000 in her bank account when she quit the business. "It's easy to take advantage of an 18-year-old girl," she said. ___ Associated Press entertainment writer Sandy Cohen is on Twitter at www.twitter.com/APSandy ___ Online: www.hotgirlswantedmovie.com Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Sandy Cohen from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Events

Quotes from the Screen Actors Guild Awards
Monday Jan 26, 2015
Quotes from the Screen Actors Guild Awards

Quotes from Sunday night's 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles: "If people are saying I'm the front-runner, that's a beautiful thing. It's more attention for the movie. I'm delighted to be the front-runner, may it all happen." — J.K. Simmons backstage on his status as the favorite to win the supporting-actor Oscar for "Whiplash." ___ "Twenty-eight. I had just gotten out of Julliard and thought I could conquer the world. I didn't know better. I didn't know life was going to be hard yet. I liked bathing in that ignorance." — Viola Davis backstage on what age she would choose to stay. ___ "She has been more than a mother to me, not much, but definitely more." — Carrie Fisher, presenting the lifetime achievement award to her mother Debbie Reynolds. ___ "I can't tell you what this means to me. I'm a fourth-generation actor. My family has been committed to acting for over a century, through feast or famine." — Patricia Arquette, supporting actress winner for "Boyhood." ___ "When I was 17 I decided I wanted to be an actor. ... I want to say to all you kids in the drama club, you kids are the real actors." — Julianne Moore, leading actress winner for "Still Alice." Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by The Associated Press from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'Birdman' tops SAG Awards, Redmayne upsets Keaton
Monday Jan 26, 2015
'Birdman' tops SAG Awards, Redmayne upsets Keaton

The backstage farce "Birdman" topped the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Award, winning best ensemble cast, even though its star, Michael Keaton, was upset by Eddie Redmayne in the most outstanding actor category. Keaton led the "Birdman" cast, including Emma Stone, Edward Norton and Zach Galifianakis, in accepting the top honor from the acting guild, calling the profession "the ultimate team sport." "Every time I turned around, I ran into another tremendous actor," said Keaton. Oscar favorites Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and J.K. Simmons cemented their front-runner status in a ceremony that often serves as a kind of preview to the Academy Awards. But Redmayne's win for his performance as Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything" was a slight surprise, especially since Keaton's performance as an egotistical, paranoid Hollywood has-been trying to mount a comeback on Broadway is in many ways an ode to acting. Redmayne dedicated his SAG award — "this very wonderful skinny man," he said looking down at his blue statuette — to sufferers and victims of ALS. Moore, widely considered the best-actress favorite, won most outstanding supporting actress for "Still Alice," in which she plays an academic with early onset Alzheimer's Disease. Accepting the award, she recalled an early lesson on the soap opera "As the World Turns," in which she played twin sisters, good and evil. "Then I realized it was super boring to act by myself," said Moore. Accepting the award for most outstanding supporting actor for his performance as a domineering jazz teacher in "Whiplash," Simmons thanked all 49 actors who appear in the drama. "All of us actors are supporting actors," said Simmons, a veteran character actor. "Each of us is essential, completely crucial to the story because if there's one false moment, the train comes off the rails." "Boyhood" star Patricia Arquette added the latest in a string of awards Sunday, taking the supporting actress honor for her performance, filmed over the course of 12 years. "I can't tell you what this means to me," said Arquette. "I'm a fourth-generation actor. My family has been committed to acting for over a century, through feast or famine." Because actors make up the largest portion of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the SAG Awards are also considered one of the most telling Oscar previews. Individually acting winners usually mirror each other exactly, or very nearly. Last year, the top four winners — Matthew McConaughey, Cate Blanchett, Lupita Nyong'o, Jared Leto — all went on to win Academy Awards after first scooping up SAG awards. The predictive powers of the SAGs have been more checkered in matching its top award with eventual best-picture Oscar winners. In the last six years, SAG best-ensemble and Academy Award best-picture winners have lined up three times ("Argo," ''The King's Speech" and "Slumdog Millionaire"), while diverging just as often. Last year, the actors chose "American Hustle" over eventual Oscar winner "12 Years a Slave"; in 2011, they picked "The Help" over "The Artist"; and in 2009, "Inglourious Basterds" defeated "The Hurt Locker." Sunday's show kicked things off with a pair of wins for the Netflix prison series "Orange Is the New Black," honoring it as best ensemble in a comedy and naming Uza Abuda most outstanding actress in a comedy series. Abuda won over a number of veteran stars, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus ("Veep") and Edie Falco ("Nurse Jackie"). Best ensemble cast in a drama series went to "Downton Abbey," the second time the series has won the category. On Saturday night, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's "Birdman" took the top award from the Producers Guild Awards, suggesting it may be formidable competition to the perceived front-runner, Richard Linklater's "Boyhood." The last seven PGA winners have also won best picture at the Academy Awards. Two actors who usually reside on the big screen won the SAG awards for performances in a miniseries or TV movie: Mark Ruffalo (for HBO's "A Normal Heart") and Frances McDormand (for HBO's "Olive Kitteredge"). Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards"), William H. Macy ("Shameless") and Viola Davis ("How to Get Away With Murder") also collected awards. Davis thanked the producers of the legal dram "for thinking that a sexualized, messy, mysterious woman could be a 49-year-old, dark-skinned African American woman who looks me." Debbie Reynolds, the "Singin' in the Rain" star, was honored with the SAG lifetime achievement award, which her daughter, Carrie Fisher, presented. The 82-year-old Reynolds embarrassed Fischer with a story, recalling that her bun in the famous musical led her to warn her daughter ahead of playing Princess Leia in "Star Wars." "I said, 'Well, Carrie, be careful of any weird hairdos,'" said Reynolds. "So luckily George gave her two buns." She also remembered 1964's "The Unsinkable Molly Brown." "In that movie I got to sing a wonderful song 'I Ain't Down Yet,'" said Reynolds. "Well, I ain't." ___ Associated Press' Beth Harris in Los Angeles contributed to this report. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Jake Coyle from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Debbie Reynolds honored for lifetime achievement
Monday Jan 26, 2015
Debbie Reynolds honored for lifetime achievement

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Debbie Reynolds accepted the lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild for her nearly seven decade career. The 82-year-old entertainer was introduced Sunday night by daughter Carrie Fisher, who said Reynolds has been more than a mother to her and then joked not much but definitely more. Reynolds noted she's been in show business for 66 years and she was very excited to be at the awards. Reynolds' first major co-starring role was in 1952 in "Singin' in the Rain," where she sang and danced with Gene Kelly. She later danced with Fred Astaire in "The Pleasure of his Company" in 1961. Reynolds' career began when she was signed by Warner Bros. after being crowned Miss Burbank at 16. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Beth Harris from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

Salma Hayek leads Saint Laurent menswear finale
Sunday Jan 25, 2015
Salma Hayek leads Saint Laurent menswear finale

PARIS (AP) — Fashion royalty Salma Hayek — the Academy Award-nominated wife of the luxury heir François-Henri Pinault — led the front row pack at Saint Laurent, the highlight of the Paris menswear shows on Sunday. Joining her were actor Will Peltz and, nearby, Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour, who nursed her jetlag in shades, having just arrived in the French capital. The Saint Laurent collection — the final show on the final day of menswear — posed a serious question: Has controversial designer Hedi Slimane, who everyone loves to hate and hates to love, finally been vindicated? Here are the highlights of Sunday's fall-winter menswear 2015 shows, including show reports from Paul Smith, Lanvin and Saint Laurent. SLIMANE FINALLY VINDICATED? The fashion press is a tough bunch. Saint Laurent's Hedi Slimane has been criticized, chewed up and thrown out a hundred times. The Franco-Tunisian designer courted controversy first in 2012 amid accusations he threw out the precious YSL heritage in his debut collection for the revered Parisian house by going punk and dropping "Yves" from the house name. Yet the styles that fashion critics, including this one, lambasted him for — glam rock, grungy, punk, teddy boy, and uber-skinny styles — are now ubiquitous on the catwalk. As they are on the street. The house is apparently financially buoyant. This fall-winter season, it's common to hear the phrase: "That's quite Hedi Slimane." To quote Liberace, the once-wronged 46-year-old is now probably laughing all the way to the bank. SAINT LAURENT'S BACK TO BLACK WITH A FRENCH TWIST If the mantra "thin is in" applied to previous Saint Laurent shows, this new collection might be called "thinner is inner." Extra-uber-skinny retro pants stood out in a collection that featured starved-looking women as well as men. Slimane carried on his '70s musing in suits with peaked lapels, winklepicker shoes, glam-rock fur "fun" coats and punk rock leopard-print sweaters with skinny black jeans that might have been worn by Sex Pistols star John Lydon. Nothing in this collection seemed particularly different from previous seasons. That is, apart from the occasional beret. But Slimane clearly has an "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality. And who can blame him? LANVIN HAS A NOSE FOR FASHION TRENDS At his Lanvin show, in the arty Left Bank's Ecole des Beaux Arts, Alber Elbaz crowned one of the newest catwalk trends: Prince of Wales check. It's been on high rotation this fall-winter season, and its inclusion here proves that the famed Israeli designer has a nose for fashion's vacillations. The 53-year-old veteran, who designs menswear alongside Lucas Ossendrijver, served up the gray pattern on oversize car coats and, elsewhere, on loose double-breasted jackets. He even experimented with it on a series of layered-suit looks with an outlandish silhouette: a coat on top of a coat. Blue, burgundy and maroon joined the checkered musing — the must-have colors for any committed follower of fashion this fall. The pants were high-waisted, in the fashion of the late '70s, and coats and long jackets had large proportions in lapels. PAUL SMITH'S DEJA VU The broad double-breasted suit silhouette, with its exaggerated shoulders and peaked lapels, was the terrain of silver screen icon Cary Grant in the 1950s. It cropped up again on the New Romantics in the 1980s. And now it's back again, ruling the catwalk. (Everyone knows that fashion, like history, is cyclical.) Paul Smith's lovely collection showcased suit jackets that were fit for a modern-day Film Noir movie, the square shoulders giving the young models an authoritative gait in the old-school masculine, debonair style. Then came Mick Jagger — or, at least, what the Rolling Stones frontman might have worn in his heyday: gargantuan multicolor fur coats. It was one of the best looks seen on the catwalk all season. ___ Thomas Adamson can be followed at http://Twitter.com/ThomasAdamsonAP Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Thomas Adamson from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

'American Sniper' holds top spot at weekend box office
Sunday Jan 25, 2015
'American Sniper' holds top spot at weekend box office

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "American Sniper" hit the mark with moviegoers again. The military drama starring Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL marksman Chris Kyle topped the box office for a second weekend in a row with $64.4 million in first place, according to studio estimates Sunday. "American Sniper" is up for six Academy Awards, including best picture and best actor for Cooper. The total haul for the Warner Bros. film now stands at $200.1 million. "American Sniper" also earned an additional $17.6 million in 16 international territories, including Australia, Sweden, Norway and Denmark. "We've never quite seen anything like this at this time of year," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at box-office tracker Rentrak. "'American Sniper' is helping to propel the box office, which is already 9.3 percent ahead of the same time last year." The film, directed by Clint Eastwood, already broke box-office records when it expanded to wide release last weekend, easily surpassing "Avatar" to become the biggest January opening for a movie and immediately becoming the top grosser among best-picture Oscar nominees. In a distant second place, the saucy Universal thriller "The Boy Next Door" featuring Jennifer Lopez as a teacher who engages in an affair with a younger man played by Ryan Guzman, debuted with $15 million. The weekend's other major new releases weren't even in the neighborhood of "The Boy Next Door." The animated fantasy "Strange Magic" from Luscasfilm and Disney flopped in seventh place with $5.5 million. Lionsgate's Johnny Depp dud "Mortdecai" tanked in ninth place with $4.1 million. The eccentric heist comedy, which also stars Gwyneth Paltrow, marks another box-office bomb for Depp, following the leading man's disappointing "Transcendence," ''The Lone Ranger," ''Dark Shadows" and "The Rum Diary." "I think he chooses projects that appeal to him," Dergarabedian said. "I've always appreciated Johnny Depp for marching to the beat of his own drum, but he still needs to get audiences in the door. Sometimes, if you go too far afield, that's reflected in the numbers." Overseas, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" dominated the international box office with $54.2 million. The final installment of the Middle-earth saga debuted in China with $49.5 million. __ Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Rentrak. Where available, the latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday. 1. "American Sniper," $64.4 million ($17.6 million international). 2. "The Boy Next Door," $15 million ($560,000 international). 3. "Paddington," $12.4 million ($4.3 million international). 4. "The Wedding Ringer," $11.6 million ($1.1 million international). 5. "Taken 3," $7.6 million ($26.3 million international). 6. "The Imitation Game," $7.1 million ($4.6 million international). 7. "Strange Magic" $5.5 million. 8. "Selma," $5.5 million. 9. "Mortdecai," $4.1 million ($5.2 million international). 10. "Into the Woods," $3.9 million ($5.1 million international). ___ Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Rentrak: 1. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," $54.2 million. 2. "Taken 3," $26.3 million. 3. "American Sniper," $17.6 million. 4. "Big Hero 6," $14.9 million. 5. "Penguins of Madagascar," $9 million. 6. "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," $8.7 million. 7. "The Theory of Everything,"$7 million. 8. "Seventh Son," $6.8 million. 9. "Gangnam Blues," $6.4 million. 10. (tie) "Exodus: Gods and Kings," $5.2 million. 10. (tie) "Miss Granny," $5.2 million. 10 . (tie) "Mortdecai," $5.2 million. ___ Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. ___ Follow AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang. Copyright (2015) Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. This article was written by Derrik J. Lang from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.