January 27, 2014 |
A content Queen Latifah appeared backstage at the Grammys on Sunday night after officiating at the weddings of nearly three dozen couples, both gay and straight, during the telecast. "I look forward to the day when presiding over a historic wedding ceremony like this is the norm," said Latifah. "I can't wait to dash off and sign their marriage certificates. During the ceremony Macklemore & Ryan Lewis performed their song "Same Love," which has become a touchstone in the movement to legalize gay marriage.
January 21, 2014 |
The Grammy Awards will end this year's ceremony with a bang. A rock supergroup featuring Dave Grohl, Lindsey Buckingham, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stage is to close Sunday night's telecast from Staples Center, organizers announced Tuesday. "We're incredibly excited about this number," said Grammys producer Ken Ehrlich in a statement to Spin . "There's nothing better than when the Grammys rock out, and to have these artists all together on one stage, doing a number that, when they presented it to us, knocked us out, is going to turn out to be one of those Grammy moments that people talk about for a long time.
January 16, 2014 |
In a strong year for directors, Oscar voters took notice. The academy's directors branch chose a veritable who's who of English-language filmmakers, nominating Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave"), Alfonso Cuaron ("Gravity"), David O. Russell ("American Hustle"), Alexander Payne ("Nebraska") and Martin Scorsese ("The Wolf of Wall Street") for best director Thursday morning. Not on the list were Spike Jonze ("Her"), Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips"), Jean-Marc Vallee ("Dallas Buyers Club")
January 13, 2014 |
A week after "12 Years a Slave" director Steve McQueen reportedly was ridiculed as an "embarrassing doorman" at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, critic Armond White has been shown the door himself. The critics group voted Monday morning to expel White from its ranks, member Owen Gleiberman confirmed in an online post. White, the editor and movie critic of City Arts, has denied reports that he heckled McQueen while the British filmmaker was accepting a directing award last week, but Gleiberman wrote : " I was sitting about 40 feet away from him, and though I couldn't make out everything that was said, I can testify: Everyone at my table lurched around to see where the loud, jeering, disruptive comments were coming from.
January 10, 2014 |
CARACAS, Venezuela -- On the day a Venezuelan actress and her ex-husband, both slain by gunmen, were laid to rest, the head of the country's Roman Catholic bishops said the church is ready to join the government in a campaign to persuade those with firearms to give them up. Bishop Diego Padron of Caracas was responding to an appeal by Interior Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres, who since the Monday night slayings of Monica Spear, an actress and...
January 9, 2014 |
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Authorities Thursday identified seven suspects arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of former beauty queen Monica Spear and her ex-husband and said some of the victims' personal belongings were recovered. The suspects include two minors aged 17 and 15 and a 39-year-old woman who belong to a gang in Puerto Cabello called the El Cambur Savages, according to Police Commissioner Jose Gregoria Sierralta, who heads...