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"Argo" boosts Oscar chances with two weekend award
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Iran hostage drama "Argo" won its second big award in two days on Sunday, boosting its chances of winning a best picture Oscar next month in a race that had been considered wide open. "Argo" won best cast ensemble, the top prize, at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, while Daniel Day-Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence took lead acting honors.
Studios snap up Sundance favorites, boosting indie film market
Park City, Utah (Reuters) - Movie studios have been searching for the next big thing at the Sundance Film Festival after the critical and commercial success of indie films such as "Beasts of the Southern Wild" with a slew of business deals being made during the festival. The biggest purchase came midway through the 10-day event when Fox Searchlight paid about $10 million for quirky coming-of-age comedy "The Way, Way Back", starring Steve Carell and Toni Collette, according to sources close to the deal.
Rock singer Morrissey postpones six more shows due to bleeding ulcer
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - British rock singer Morrissey is postponing six performances on his U.S. tour due to a bleeding ulcer, his spokeswoman said on Sunday. "Morrissey is expected to make a full recovery and thanks everyone concerned for their support during this time," his representative Lauren Papapietro said in a statement.
LONDON (Reuters) - Dutch dance duo Bingo Players secured their first British No. 1 single on Sunday with the club hit "Get Up (Rattle)", a collaboration with hip-hop group Far East Movement. They edged last week's No. 1 "Scream & Shout", by U.S. rapper and producer will.i.am and singer Britney Spears, into second place, the Official Charts Company said.
Hostage film "Argo" wins producers award as Oscars loom
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Iran hostage drama "Argo" continued its trophy-winning streak on Saturday, taking the top prize at the Producers Guild Awards in the latest boost to its chances at the Oscars. Guild picks regularly go on to win at the film industry's most prestigious event - for the last five years, the producers' choice of best-produced film has taken the best picture Oscar.
Wagner: reviled and revered, German history and music entwined
BAYREUTH, Germany (Reuters) - Former German infantryman Hans Himsel lived through scenes in 1944 at the Bayreuth opera house worthy of the finale of Richard Wagner's "Gotterdammerung" when Valhalla goes up in flames. In this bicentenary year of Wagner's birth, Himsel, 90, recalled the last wartime production at Bayreuth. It was August 9, 1944 and the cast performed "Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg", which contains the command "honor your German masters". The Nazis had turned the piece into a propaganda pageant.
"Fruitvale," "Blood Brothers" win top awards at Sundance
PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - Drama film "Fruitvale" and documentary "Blood Brothers" won the top awards at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, giving them a big boost to reach independent movie audiences this year. "Fruitvale," starring Octavia Spencer and Michael B. Jordan and directed by 26-year-old, first-time filmmaker Ryan Coogler," picked up the U.S. drama jury and audience awards for its "moral and social urgency."
First Steve Jobs movie gets red carpet premiere
PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - The first movie about Apple's legendary co-founder got a warm reception at its world premiere on Friday, just 15 months after Steve Jobs' death. "jOBS," starring "Two and a Half Men" actor Ashton Kutcher as the tech and computer entrepreneur who revolutionized the way people listen to music and built Apple Inc <AAPL.O> into an international powerhouse, got a red carpet roll-out at the Sundance Film Festival ahead of hitting U.S. theaters on April 19.