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Oscars show reinvented as a movie -- with masks, longer speeches

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Oscars ceremony next week will have the look and feel of a movie, giving winners more time for speeches, while coronavirus masks will play a major role, producers of the show said on Saturday. Read More

 

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'Black Panther' director won't boycott Georgia for superhero sequel

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler said on Friday he would shoot the hit movie's sequel in Georgia as planned, despite his opposition to restrictions on voting rights in the state that have prompted calls by some for a boycott. More »

 

Love story 'Time' takes incarceration fight to the Oscars

LONDON (Reuters) - Garrett Bradley's award-winning documentary "Time" may be about incarceration, but, according to the director, it's really a love story. More »

 

'Mighty' actress Helen McCrory has died, husband Damian Lewis says

LONDON (Reuters) -Helen McCrory, the "beautiful and mighty" British actress known for playing steely female characters on stage and screen, has died of cancer at the age of 52, her husband, Damian Lewis, said on Friday. More »

 

Celebrity couple J.Lo and A-Rod split because "we are better as friends"

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Singer and actress Jennifer Lopez and former New York Yankees baseball star Alex Rodriguez called off their engagement because "we are better as friends," announcing the breakup on Thursday just months after denying their four-year relationship was on the rocks. More »

 

New Zealand awards Amazon extra $116 million subsidy for 'Lord of the Rings' TV series

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand said on Friday it has agreed to give Amazon extra rebates on its expenses for the filming of "The Lord of the Rings" TV series in the country, hoping to reap multi-year economic and tourism benefits. More »

 

With a return to live music, Academy of Country Music awards show airs Sunday

(Reuters) - In Nashville, Tennessee, the traditional home of country songs, the Academy of Country Music will hold its annual awards show on Sunday, incorporating small venue live broadcasts from classic genre landmarks. More »

 

Frontline nurse shocked and touched by Taylor Swift gift

LONDON (Reuters) - An American flight nurse says she was shocked and touched to receive a surprise gift box and personal note from music star Taylor Swift thanking her for her work in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. More »

 

Mexican Netflix street vendor star 'Lady Tacos' eyes jump to political stage

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - After Mexico City's 'Lady Tacos de Canasta,' a street vendor featured in a Netflix series, stood up to police who she said harassed her on the street, she decided to take her fight for worker and LGBT rights to a bigger stage. More »

 

Power of Oscars keeps Romanian 'Collective' tragedy in people's minds, says director

LONDON (Reuters) - Romanian director Alexander Nanau says a double Oscar nomination for his documentary "Collective" means a tragic 2015 nightclub fire and subsequent healthcare scandal at the heart of the film "will not be forgotten". More »

 

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