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August 24, 2013 |
Julie Harris, the delicate yet steely grande dame of the stage whose performances earned her a record five Tony Awards and 10 Tony nominations, died Saturday. She was 87. Harris died of congestive heart failure at her home in West Chatham, Mass., actress Francesca James, a close friend, told the Associated Press. Harris had suffered a stroke in 2001 and another in 2010, James said. In addition to her theatrical awards, Harris was nominated for an Academy Award in 1952 for her indelible performance as Frankie Addams in Carson McCullers' "The Member of the Wedding," a role she had created on Broadway.
August 20, 2013 |
Oscar Pistorius' lawyers have approached the family of Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend he is accused of murdering, hoping to negotiate an out-of-court settlement of a lawsuit separate from the criminal case the athlete faces. Both sides confirmed the talks to South African media outlets but declined to discuss any details. "You will understand this is a very sensitive situation," Kenny Oldwage, one of Pistorius' attorneys, told the South African Times . Pistorius, a double-amputee sprinter who competed in the 2012 London Olympics, was indicted Monday for shooting Steenkamp in the early morning hours of Valentine's Day at his home.
August 19, 2013 |
PRETORIA, South Africa - Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee Olympic sprinter known as the Blade Runner, was indicted Monday on a charge of premeditated murder in the Valentine's Day killing of his girlfriend. The trial was set for March 3-20. Pistorius, 26, is accused of shooting to death Reeva Steenkamp, a model and reality TV star, at his home on a luxury estate near Pretoria. He wept and prayed with brother Carl and sister Aimee during a brief appearance at Pretoria Magistrate's Court on what would have been Steenkamp's 30th birthday.
August 19, 2013 |
PRETORIA, South Africa - On the night South African athlete Oscar Pistorius fatally shot his girlfriend, neighbors allegedly heard the sound of a woman screaming. Silence followed, and then gunshots. And more screams. That's the picture prosecutors are painting in the case against Pistorius, who was indicted Monday on charges including premeditated murder in the death of Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home early Valentine's Day. A trial is expected to begin in early March. Pistorius, a double amputee who used carbon-fiber blades to run in last year's London Olympics, has said he thought Steenkamp, a reality TV star and law school graduate, was an intruder when he shot her repeatedly through a bathroom door.
August 19, 2013 |
Prosecutors in the case against Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter accused of killing his girlfriend, say they will present testimony from neighbors who heard a woman screaming before the fatal shots were fired. The new information came to light Monday as Pistorius was formally indicted for murder. A South African court set his trial date for March in the capital city of Pretoria. Known as "The Blade Runner" because of the carbon-fiber prosthetics on which he sprints, Pistorius was also indicted for illegal possession of ammunition.
August 17, 2013 |
"Lee Daniels' The Butler" will be the No. 1 movie at the box office this weekend after taking in about $9 million in ticket sales last night. That puts the historical drama on track for a $27-million weekend, significantly more than The Weinstein Company's initial lowball estimate of $15 million. It also means "The Butler" will open to roughly the same weekend take as DreamWorks' 2011 civil rights drama "The Help," which also debuted in August and brought in $26 million on its way to a $169.7-million domestic gross.
August 16, 2013 |
Prosecutors have decided to charge Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter known as "The Blade Runner," with premeditated murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend. Pistorius will be indicted on Monday and should go on trial early next year, officials in South Africa told the Associated Press. His attorneys declined to comment but said they expect to receive a copy of the indictment and related papers before next week's proceedings at Pretoria Magistrate's Court.
August 16, 2013 |
Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee Olympic sprinter, may face additional charges when he is indicted Monday for the Valentine's Day killing of his girlfriend, according to news reports. National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Medupe Simasiku told the Associated Press on Friday that Pistorius would be formally charged with premeditated murder in the death of model Reeva Steenkamp, who would have turned 30 on Monday. Other charges could be added to the indictment, Simasiku said without elaborating.
August 8, 2013 |
Back in 1923, silent-film clown Harold Lloyd had one of his greatest successes with "Safety Last," which features the iconic sequence of him dangling off a clock on a high-rise in downtown Los Angeles. That same year, the symbol of moviemaking - the Hollywood sign - was erected in the hills above the city. On Friday, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Oscar Outdoors screening series is holding a 90th birthday party for "Safety Last" and the sign, both of which have endured thanks to restoration and preservation efforts.
August 5, 2013 |
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles announced Monday morning that Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker") and Academy Award-winning actor Ben Kingsley ("Gandhi") will be honored at the 2013 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards. The ceremony will take place Nov. 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and will air the following evening on BBC America. PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club Bigelow ("Zero Dark Thirty") will receive the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for excellence in directing, while Kingsley, last seen in "Iron Man 3," will receive the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for worldwide contribution to entertainment.