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February 10, 2014 |
Julia Roberts' sister was found dead Sunday in the bathtub of a Westside home, and law enforcement sources said there is no evidence of foul play. Los Angeles County coroner's officials cautioned that they have made no final determination on the cause of death. But law enforcement sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said some type of drug overdose might have been involved. Nancy Motes, a younger half-sister of the Oscar-winning actress, was found by a friend at a home on North Bundy Drive about 2 p.m. Sunday, according to police. An autopsy was conducted Monday, but a final determination of cause of death may take several weeks while toxicology results are gathered.
January 27, 2014 |
The Grammy Awards are first and foremost a celebration of pop music, but Sunday night's ceremony also had copious connections to the world of movies. Here's a look at some of the subtle and shameless film hyping, trailer dropping and Oscar campaigning. The evening's first two presenters were a past and a present Oscar nominee: Anna Kendrick, nominated for her supporting role in "Up in the Air" in 2010, and Pharrell Williams, nominated this year for the original song "Happy," from "Despicable Me 2. " When the behatted Williams asked Kendrick whether she had any Oscar advice for him, she replied, "Don't lose.
January 18, 2014 |
Abigail Breslin has been in the spotlight for more than a decade, so you'd think she'd have the red carpet thing down by now. But the "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Signs" veteran, now 17 years old, said she still feels out of place at the glam functions. "I always feel like the person who got invited as the plus-one," she admitted. "I'm always terrified. " PHOTOS: SAG 2014 red carpet arrivals Breslin was at the SAG Awards on Saturday as part of the "August: Osage County" cast, which was nominated for outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture.
January 15, 2014 |
The Screen Actors Guild has announced a star-studded lineup of presenters for the 20th annual SAG Awards, including Robert De Niro, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep and Matt Damon. Also on the list are Ben Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jennifer Garner, Tom Hanks, Jared Leto, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Lupita Nyong'o, Julia Roberts, Emma Thompson, Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. Many presenters are also nominees, including four out of the five contenders for lead actor (Ejiofor for "12 Years a Slave," Hanks for "Captain Phillips," McConaughey for "Dallas Buyers Club" and Whitaker for "Lee Daniels' The Butler")
January 10, 2014 |
"August: Osage County" has its six Oscar winners and nominees (oooh), its basis in a Pulitzer- and Tony-winning stage production (aaah), its Academy Awards dreams (gasp) and its reviews (blah). The movie opens wide in theaters Friday. The film was initially set to go wide on Dec. 25 amid holiday hoopla, but the Weinstein Co. reportedly pulled it back. Meantime, "August" the film (as opposed to the play, which scooped up five Tonys) has a 58 out of 100 on Metacritic. Will you see it?
December 27, 2013 |
Julia Roberts' top priority is her family, not her career. And that's totally fine with her. In a recent interview with The Times' Amy Kaufman, the "August: Osage County" star opened up about prioritizing her home life and often putting her children -- twins Hazel and Phinnaeus, 9, and son Henry, 6, with husband Danny Moder -- ahead of her work. The iconic redhead is also quite discerning when it comes to the jobs she takes. "I think people like to say that I'm super picky because of how much I lo-oo-ve my kids," Roberts said.