'Captain America,' 'Rio' bring early summer heat to Hollywood
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Hollywood is remaking one of its most cherished traditions: the summer blockbuster. Unlike last year, when every summer weekend seemed to bring one or more mega-budget films, this year studios have spread out their most expensive entries for the warm weather months that traditionally make up roughly 40 percent of annual ticket sales.
'Other Woman' seizes box office crown from 'Captain America'
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - "The Other Woman," a female-centered comedy about marital infidelity, elbowed aside three-time box office champion "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" to win the race at U.S. and Canadian theaters this weekend. "The Other Woman" had ticket sales of $24.7 million, while "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" took in $16 million, bringing its total domestic sales since its April 4 release to $225 million.
India's 'Bollywood Oscars' in Florida for U.S. debut
TAMPA, Florida (Reuters) - Celebrities and dignitaries from India and the United States descended on Florida this week for the "Bollywood Oscars," an awards event making its first-ever U.S. stop with the aim of creating deeper ties between the two countries. The International Indian Film Academy's awards show set for Saturday has been compared to the Super Bowl in terms of its security needs, traffic management and planning. But its expected worldwide viewership of 800 million far surpasses the championship American football game's 111.5 million viewers on average in 2014.
Courteney Cox finds dark humor in suicide in 'Just Before I Go'
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Movies such as "It's a Wonderful Life," have explored the subject of a life re-examined when contemplating suicide, but Courteney Cox takes a darkly comic approach to that life-or-death question in her feature film directorial debut. The story of a vacant, aimless pet store worker named Ted who decides he is "done" with life, "Just Before I Go" begins with the dejected 40-year-old bobbing underwater while narrating his tale of woe on the soundtrack. The film then travels back in time several weeks to explore just how he got there.
'The Other Woman' serves up revenge in comic female fantasy
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Other Woman" is a somewhat rare species in today's film fauna - a comedy by women, about women and for women. But not just for women, star Cameron Diaz said, even though the film is a tale of three women who band together to take revenge on the cheating cad and reduce him to a whimpering mess.
'Zero Motivation,' 'Point and Shoot' win Tribeca Festival prizes
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Israeli film "Zero Motivation" picked up a top prize on Thursday at the Tribeca Film Festival, winning best narrative feature, while the U.S. film "Point and Shoot" was named best documentary. Paul Schneider won the award for best actor for the comedy "Goodbye to All That," in which he plays a man sent reeling after his wife demands a divorce, while Valeria Bruni Tedeschi took the best actress honor for her turn in the French-Italian production, "Human Capital," a three-chapter, interconnecting lives tale of a death told from three varying perspectives.
Colorado lawmakers advance bill to crack down on 'revenge porn'
DENVER (Reuters) - A bill that would criminalize the posting of intimate images over the Internet as an act of humiliation - so-called "revenge porn" - passed its first test in the Colorado state legislature on Thursday, sailing unanimously through a key committee. The bipartisan proposal passed through the state House Judiciary Committee by an 11-0 vote after members heard more than two hours of testimony.
Katie Holmes, armed and dainty in vigilante satire "Miss Meadows"
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Do not mess with Miss Meadows, the tap dancing elementary school teacher played by actress Katie Holmes in the new film of the same name that has premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. She is a dainty sprite, bordering on fey in the mold of French film heroine "Amelie." But she also has some serious issues.
Robin Williams confronts deep-rooted secret in drama 'Boulevard'
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A random drive down an unfamiliar road and a chance encounter with a stranger force a soft-spoken bank employee to reassess his life and acknowledge his true self in the new indie drama "Boulevard," starring Oscar winner Robin Williams. Williams, 62, most familiar to audiences as a sharp-witted, fast-talking comedian, shows his darker, more intense side in "Boulevard," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival that runs through April 27.
Zadan, Meron invited back to produce 2015 Oscars show: Academy
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Organizers of the Oscars ceremony invited the producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron on Monday to run the live awards show for a third consecutive year, after this year's show brought in the best television ratings in 14 years. Some 43.7 million viewers in the United States tuned into the ABC live telecast of Hollywood's biggest night, hosted by comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, 8 percent more than the previous year and the highest number since 2000, according to Nielsen ratings data.