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CMA Awards 2014: Complete List of Nominees

CMA Awards 2014: Complete List of Nominees

Andrea Wang

September 4, 2014


Filed under Entertainment, Music

By Andrea Wang Los Angeles Times (MCT) Miranda Lambert leads the nominations for the 2014 Country Music Assn. Awards with nine, matching a record she set in 2010 for female with the most nominations in CMA history. Lambert is up for the CMA’s highest accolade, entertainer of the year, as well as alb...

Like It or Not, ‘Fancy’ Is The Song of Summer

Like It or Not, ‘Fancy’ Is The Song of Summer

August Brown

September 4, 2014


Filed under Entertainment, Music

By August Brown Los Angeles Times (MCT) Just as the season’s winding down, there’s finally a definitive pick for Song of the Summer: Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.” The surprise of few (and to the chagrin of many), Billboard Magazine has tracked the single’s collective rankings on its Hot 100 ch...

Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Actor, Manic Comedian, Dies At 63

Robin Williams, Oscar-Winning Actor, Manic Comedian, Dies At 63

September 2, 2014


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By Steve Chawkins and Steven Zeitchik Los Angeles Times (MCT) When Robin Williams graduated from Redwood High School in Marin County, Calif., his classmates couldn’t help themselves: They voted him both “most humorous” and “least likely to succeed.” He topped them. Williams became one...

Commentary: Religious Tide Turns Against ‘Noah’

Commentary: Religious Tide Turns Against ‘Noah’

March 31, 2014


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By Glenn Whipp Los Angeles Times (MCT) Whenever Hollywood makes a movie from a well-loved story or saga — Batman, Tolkien, “50 Shades of Grey” — there’s usually a period of ... well ... let’s call it adjustment, along with a “spirited” give-and-take among fans over such things as cast...

‘How I Met Your Mother’ braces for ‘ambitious’ finale

‘How I Met Your Mother’ braces for ‘ambitious’ finale

March 27, 2014


Filed under Entertainment, Television

By Chuck Barney Contra Costa Times (MCT) While shooting the pilot for “How I Met Your Mother” back in 2005, Alyson Hannigan genuinely believed the show was destined to fail — not because everything was going wrong, but because everything was working out just right. “It was so wonder...

Global Box Office Hits Record $35 Billion In 2013

Global Box Office Hits Record $35 Billion In 2013

March 25, 2014


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By Richard Verrier Los Angeles Times (MCT) Propelled by a string of hit family movies, global movie ticket sales set a new record last year, climbing to $35.9 billion in box office revenue, according to a new report. International markets accounted for $25 billion in ticket sales last year, up 5 percent fro...

‘Divergent’ Doesn’t Diverge From The YA Formula

‘Divergent’ Doesn’t Diverge From The YA Formula

March 19, 2014


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By Barbara Vancheri Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (MCT) In the futuristic world of “Divergent,” the notion that you can do anything, be anyone and go anywhere does not apply. At age 16, Chicagoans are forced to pick their lifelong path from one of five “factions” or groups: Abnegation,...

Social Media Thanked For Helping Oscars Achieve Audience Gold

Social Media Thanked For Helping Oscars Achieve Audience Gold

March 4, 2014


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By Scott Collins Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — The TV ratings were up, but some people wondered if Ellen DeGeneres #overdidit with all the #socialmedia at the #Oscars2014. Sunday’s 86th Academy Awards telecast on ABC broke with tradition and reverse-engineered itself for the Twitter gen...

Next Year’s Oscars: Too Early To Call It For ‘Unbroken’?

Next Year’s Oscars: Too Early To Call It For ‘Unbroken’?

March 4, 2014


Filed under Entertainment

By Glenn Whipp Los Angeles Times (MCT) Angelina Jolie showed up at the Academy Awards on Sunday night on the arm of partner Brad Pitt, who ended up winning an Oscar as one of the producers of “12 Years a Slave.” Don’t be surprised if you see Jolie at the Dolby again next year, this time with Pi...

‘Real Housewives’ Stars Teresa, Joe Giudice Reportedly Plan To Plead Guilty On Fraud Charges

February 28, 2014


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By Peter Sampson The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) (MCT) HACKENSACK, N.J. — Teresa and Joe Giudice, stars of the Bravo network’s “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” have reached a plea agreement with prosecutors to resolve federal fraud charges in a deal that could send them to prison, a sour...

Neal Justin: Jimmy Fallon wants ‘Tonight’ to stay ‘goofy and fun’

Neal Justin: Jimmy Fallon wants ‘Tonight’ to stay ‘goofy and fun’

February 24, 2014


Filed under Entertainment, Television

By Neal Justin Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (MCT) LOS ANGELES — Jimmy Fallon has convinced Bruce Springsteen to cover “Whip My Hair,” Tom Cruise to smash a raw egg on his own forehead and President Barack Obama to “slow jam” the news. With a record like that, taking over “The Tonigh...

Comcast Acquisition of Time Warner Cable Could Undermine CBS Deal

February 20, 2014


Filed under Business, Entertainment, Television

By Joe Flint Los Angeles Times (MCT) The new distribution contract CBS Corp. signed with Time Warner Cable Inc. last summer after a bitter fight could be a casualty of Comcast Corp.’s proposed acquisition of the pay-TV operator. According to people familiar with the deal, it does not i...

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