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Who needs an Oscar? Hollywood basks in industry's comeback
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The moguls of Hollywood might engage in more backslapping than usual at Sunday's Oscars, and it won't necessarily be over those golden statuettes. The tuxedoed movie studio chiefs can boast about an unusually large number of blockbuster films in 2012 that lifted ticket sales for the first time in three years and stemmed a seven-year free fall in sales of DVDs and other home entertainment products.
Aerosmith's Tyler, Perry lead Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Aerosmith song-writing duo Steven Tyler and Joe Perry headline this year's class of inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the organization said on Friday. Singer Tyler and guitarist Perry wrote such rock classics as "Dream On," "Walk This Way" and "Love in an Elevator" since the band formed in 1970 and went on to win four Grammy awards.
Cirque du Soleil to stage second Michael Jackson-themed show
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Michael Jackson fans will get more acrobatic dance moves, moon walks and pyrotechnics when Cirque du Soleil launches a new Las Vegas stage show based on the late King of Pop's music. Called "One," the show will begin on June 29 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, the Canadian circus troupe said.
Pop singer Jermaine Jackson changes last name to Jacksun
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Pop singer Jermaine Jackson officially has changed his name to Jermaine Jacksun for "artistic reasons," Los Angeles court officials said on Friday. The Jackson 5 member and older brother of pop stars Michael and Janet Jackson filed a petition to change his name in Los Angeles Superior Court in November 2012. The change became official on Wednesday after a hearing, a court spokeswoman said.
"Zero Dark Thirty": too cool, or too controversial for Oscars?
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Just three months ago, "Zero Dark Thirty" looked like a strong contender for the movie industry's biggest prize. But when the Oscar for Best Picture is handed out on Sunday, the thriller about the decade-long U.S. hunt for, and 2011 killing of, Osama bin Laden is unlikely to get its name engraved on the coveted gold statuette.
Andy Warhol works to be auctioned in cybersale
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Seasoned art collectors and first-time buyers wanting to own an Andy Warhol will get their chance next week when 125 paintings, drawings and photographs by the artist will be auctioned in a week-long cybersale. The global online auction from February 26 through March 5 will include works with estimated values ranging from $600 to $70,000 and bring Warhol to a much broader audience.
Warner's "Jack the Giant Slayer" may see soft U.S., Canada debut
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Warner Brothers' "Jack the Giant Slayer," the first big-budget, special effects-filled action movie of 2013, could be headed for less than huge sales at U.S. and Canadian box offices when it opens on March 1. Industry tracking suggests the 3D movie based on the "Jack and the Beanstalk" fairy tale will debut with $27 million to $32 million in the domestic market during its first three days, according to sources who have seen the pre-release surveys.