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Lupita Nyong’o makes another prestigious list

People Magazine’s most beautiful woman of 2014 and Oscar-winner, Lupita Nyong’o, has received a new honor. Nyong’o made the list of  271 achievers invited to become new members of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences. “This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs in a statement posted on the organization’s website.  “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and... Read More →

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Actress Anna Kendrick signs on for DreamWorks’ Troll movie

Actress Anna Kendrick has a new gig. Glendale-based company, DreamWorks Animation, has announced the selection of Kendrick to play upbeat princess,”Poppy,” in a  new comedy musical, “Trolls.” Kendrick received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in the Broadway musical “High Society” in 1998. She got an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in the movie, “Up in the Air” (2009). Kendrick really showed off her singing chops in the musical romantic comedy, “Pitch Perfect” (2012). The Troll movie will be directed by Mike Mitchell whose successes include “Shrek Forever... Read More →

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"Beauty and the Beast" movie (1991)

Disney puts new “Beauty and the Beast” film on fast track

Disney is dusting off another classic and preparing to give it the big screen treatment again. Director Bill Condon has been brought on board to direct a live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast,” according to Variety. There will probably be some unexpected twists and reinvention to the classic in this new movie adaptation. Lately, Disney has been very successful in putting a new spin on an old story. Disney’s “Maleficent” debuted at the top of the domestic box office last weekend with $69.4 million.... Read More →

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Amy Poehler new book cover for "Yes Please"

Amy Poehler has a new book coming out

   Actress and funny lady, Amy Poehler, has a new book coming out. “Yes Please” will be published by a new imprint of  HarperCollins called Dey Street Books. The “Today Show” website  was the first to reveal the book cover. Poehler reportedly will dish up advice about friendship, parenting, and oh yes, her experience in the rough and tumble entertainment biz. Poehler is the star of the hit NBC series, “Parks and Recreation.” The 42 year-old actress has appeared on the big screen... Read More →

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Meryl Streep selling L.A. home

Around the Southland: Meryl Streep selling newly purchased home

    The highly acclaimed actress, Meryl Streep, is trying to sell a newly purchased home in the Hollywood Hills for way more than she paid for it. Streep bought an ultra modern house above Sunset Plaza on the Sunset Strip, for $4.5 million in February of 2013, according to the Zillow blog. The 1950s home had been extensively remodeled in 2010 and turned into an ultra-chic property. Since Streep bought it just a little over a year ago, there doesn’t appear to be much change... Read More →

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Elsa the Snow Queen from the movie "Frozen"

Disney’s “Frozen” Princess Elsa dress is a hot seller

Disney has a mega hit with the award-winning animated film, “Frozen.” Since its release last November, “Frozen,” has made over a billion dollars at the worldwide box office, according to Box Office Mojo. A few weeks ago, the film won the Oscar for best animated feature and best original song for “Let It Go.” Now, the studio has hit the jackpot again —  Disney’s “Frozen” Princess Elsa dress is a hot seller. Elsa, also known as the Snow Queen of Arendelle, dazzles in a sparkly blue ensemble,... Read More →

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“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” scores $95 million at box office

  Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is being called the first blockbuster of the summer season, even though the calendar says it’s still April. The final weekend numbers are out today, they should the action adventure  debuted with a spectacular $95, 023 million to grab the top spot at the domestic box office. The film beat the previous record for an April opening of $86 million set back in 2011 by  the Universal actioner “Fast Five.” Worldwide,  “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has scored $302, 123 million... Read More →

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“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” on track for huge weekend

Marvel’s blockbuster sequel, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” opened last night with a spectacular  $10.2 million at theaters in North America. The action adventure is on track to debut with $90 million for the weekend — or even crash the $100 million mark. Based on the Marvel comic books, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” is the sequel to the successful “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011). Chris Evans is the superhero Captain America, aka Steve Rodgers, who joins forces with the Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johannsson, to... Read More →

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“Noah” rolls over the competition to win box office race

  Like a mighty flood, “Noah,” rolled right over the competition in theaters to win the domestic box office derby.  The final numbers came out today and they show “Noah” debuted in the top spot with $43.7 million. The film beat expectations and the doomsday predictions of critics. Russell Crowe plays the biblical character ,Noah, who builds an ark to save his family and two of every species on Earth from the great flood, as God had commanded. The movie was criticized by some for not... Read More →

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Earthquakes shake up the Southland and movie screenings of “Noah”

A lot of rocking and rolling in SoCal Friday evening as dozens of earthquakes rumble through the region.  A 3.6 magnitude quake near La Habra at 8:03 p.m.last night kicked off a swarm of shakers centered in Orange County. That was apparently a foreshock to a moderate 5.1 quake, which rolled and swayed through our area at around 9:09 p.m.. It  was felt in seven counties — from Ventura to the Mexican border.  We definitely felt that one here in Burbank! There have been more than 30... Read More →

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Photo: www.oprah.com -- Oprah says good-bye to her millions of fans on the finale of "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which aired May 25, 2011

Web Buzz: March 26, 2014

Oprah is going on tour. The big announcement in the Media and on Oprah.com today. “Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend” will feature Oprah Winfrey and special guests in 8 city arenas:  San Jose, California, Miami, Florida, Washington, DC, Atlanta, Georgia, Newark, New Jersey, Auburn Hills, Michigan, Houston, Texas, and Seattle, Washington. So far, the Southland is not on the fall tour. “All of my life I have wanted to lead people to an empathy space. To a gratitude space,” said Oprah Winfrey in a statement on her... Read More →

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coffee mug "Cowboy Reun" by Ron Howard

Director Ron Howard designs doodle mugs

Academy Award winning director, Ron Howard, is showing his artistic side in a new way.  Howard has designed a collection of  colorful mugs to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which are for sale on Amazon.com . The art work for “Cowboy Rerun,” “Bar Scene, “Dragon Fly,” and “Highway USA” began as doodles Howard does while on the phone. On Amazon, he described the process: “I scribble three random lines on the back of a production memo card and then while concentrating on my conversation,... Read More →

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“Mr. Peabody & Sherman” tops the box office

  “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” rolled right over the competition to the number one spot at the domestic box office. The animation picture scooped up $21.8 million to move up from second last week to first place over the weekend. The bloody drama, “300: Rise of An Empire,” dropped from first to second with $19.2 million. The new actioner, “Need for Speed,” got off to a fast start at theaters, but quickly lost power and ended up in third place with $17.8 million. Adapted from a series of... Read More →

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Arnold Schwarzenegger does the “Terminator” for a good cause

Who can forget the destruction and mayhem, the former California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, generated in the “Terminator” movies. If the idea, of hanging out with the cigar-smoking star — rolling around the Southland in a tank — and crushing things –gets your motor running — then this contest is for you. All it takes to enter is a $10 donation to Schwarzenegger ‘s charity, After- School- All- Stars. Not only do you get to hang out with the actor on his home turf for a day, but... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Director Garry Marshall rode on the 2014 Burbank Rose float in Pasadena January 1, 2014

“Pretty Woman” movie to be revived as a Broadway musical

On New Year’s Day, director Garry Marshall, rode on the award-winning Burbank Rose float, “Lights! Camera! Action!,” weeks later, he’s reportedly in New York working on turning one of his movie hits into a Broadway musical. Marshall and producer Paula Wagner are said to be meeting with potential composers, lyricists, and directors for a “Pretty Woman” stage production, according to the New York Post. The 1990 film starring Julia Roberts, and, Richard Gere, made big bucks at the box office, somewhere in the range of $500 million. Also,... Read More →

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"300: Rise of an Empire" movie poster

“300: Rise of an Empire” slays the competition at box office

The bloody actioner, “300: Rise of an Empire,” slayed the competition to become the number one movie in the country. The final numbers are out today and they show, “300: Rise of an Empire,” won the domestic box office race with a debut of $45 million. This is the sequel to the successful battle film, “300”(2006),  about 300 brave Spartans who take on an invading army of 300,000 Persians. That film has grossed $456 million worldwide.”Rise of the Empire,” is  about another brutal confrontation — the Greeks fighting... Read More →

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"12 Years a Slave" movie poster

Script sales and deals from “American Crime” to “Winter’s Knight”

Despite all that chatter on the Internet about a feud between “12 Years a Slave” screenwriter, John Ridley, and the picture’s director, Steve McQueen,” Ridley is moving forward with a high-profile T.V. project. Apparently McQueen is ticked off with Ridley for not wanting to share his screenwriting credit. Ridley won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards last Sunday. McQueen did not leave the ceremony empty-handed. He picked up a gold statuette when the brutal historical drama about slavery in America won Best Picture.... Read More →

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poster for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” new movie poster

The next big screen adventure for Steve Rogers aka Captain America, portrayed by Chris Evans, hits theaters next month. The media blitz is kicking into high gear. On Wednesday, March 5, a new movie poster for Marvel’s”Captain America: The Winter Soldier” was released and it features Sebastian Stan as the villainous Winter Soldier.

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