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Ed Lauter's family sues TV networks over asbestos claims

April 13th, 2014 1:41pm EDT
Ed Lauter's family sues TV networks over asbestos claims
Ed Lauter's relatives have filed a lawsuit over allegations the actor's cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos in TV studios.

The Artist star died in October at the age of 74 after a battle with mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer which is linked to the inhalation of asbestos fibres, often found in building insulation.

Lauter's family has now filed a lawsuit targeting CBS network and General Electric (GE) - the company which used to own NBC, among others.

The lawsuit alleges the star was exposed to asbestos in the networks' facilities while working on numerous TV shows over the years,...

George Clooney: 'We made a monuments man French for Jean Dujardin'

January 26th, 2014 8:40pm EST
George Clooney
George Clooney has confirmed reports he erased at least one of the original Monuments Men from history as he planned his new war movie - to make way for The Artist star Jean Dujardin.

The movie star and his producers have come under fire from the family of real-life monuments man, British art expert Ronald Balfour, for leaving him out of the film, in which Clooney stars alongside Matt Damon, Bill Murray and John Goodman.

Last week (begs20Jan14), Balfour's niece, Polly Hutchison, told Britain's The Times, "The achievements of the monument men and women were magnificent and we owe them all ...

Uggie Of 'The Artist' Retires, Leaves Paw Prints Outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre

June 26th, 2012 9:33am EDT
Uggie Grauman's Chinese theater
After a decade in show business, Uggie the Jack Russell terrier made history in Hollywood yesterday when he became the first dog to leave his paw prints outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

The dog became a sensation last year after sharing the screen with French actor Jean Dujardin in the Oscar-winning silent movie "The Artist." Uggie also played the part of Queenie in "Water for Elephants" with Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson.

The ceremony also marked Uggie's retirement from acting. His trainer, 49-year-old Omar Von Muller, said in February the dog is suffering from a mystery shak...

Uggie Named New PETA Spokes Dog

April 30th, 2012 2:00pm EDT
The Artist dog Uggie has a new role - as the poster pooch for an animal rescue campaign.

Bosses at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have launched their 'Adopt, Don't Buy' drive in a bid to encourage would-be dog owners to take in a pet from a refuge for strays.

And they chose Uggie to front the campaign after hearing the heart-rending tale of how the Jack Russell was rescued by a dog trainer when he was an unwanted puppy.

Uggie, who shot to fame in the multi-Oscar winning 2011 movie, features on a PETA campaign poster alongside the slogan, "I'm Uggie, and I Was Adopt...

'Bridesmaids' Dominate The 2012 Comedy Awards

April 30th, 2012 8:33am EDT
The stars of hit movie Bridesmaids were the toast of The Comedy Awards in New York City over the weekend as the film landed four of the night's top trophies.

Melissa McCarthy, who won an Oscar nomination for her part in the movie, scooped Best Performance by an Actress during the Comedy Central prize giving at the Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan on Saturday night.

The actress' co-star Kristen Wiig shared the Best Comedy Screenplay prize with her co-writer Annie Mumolo, and the pair drew laughs from the audience by pretending to wrestle for the trophy on stage.

Paul Feig won Best Com...

Lindsay Lohan Attending White House Correspondents' Dinner - See Guest List Of The Stars

April 26th, 2012 4:07pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan
The White House Correspondent's Dinner is one of the few times we get to so many Hollywood stars rub elbows with politicians. Every year, news sources get to choose big names to escort them to the dinner - so who's on the guest list this year?

Of course, the guest list is always up for discussion and usually points to trends at the time - Ozzy Osbourne was on the guest list in 2002, when The Osbournes was a hot reality show. Something tells us he's not going to be invited again soon.

Lindsay Lohan is the big surprise, given her recent troubles. Greta van Susteren of Fox has made the star ...

Carrie Ann Inaba Gets An Unexpected Kiss At Genesis Awards (Photo)

March 26th, 2012 4:00pm EDT
Carrie Ann Inaba
The Humane Society celebrated the 26th Annual Genesis Awards in Beverly Hills, California, over the weekend. Many stars attended the event, including "Dancing With The Stars" pro Carrie Ann Inaba.

Carrie got a smooch from Uggie the dog, famous for his role in the Academy Award-winning film "The Artist."

The Genesis Awards pays tribute to news and entertainment media for producing outstanding works that raise public awareness about animal issues.

"Rise of the Planet of the Apes" won feature film of the year at the event.

Uggie Dodges Retirement As Nintendo Spokesdog (See Video)

March 7th, 2012 7:27am EST
Is Uggie pulling a Steven Soderbergh?

The canine star of "The Artist" was supposedly going to be retiring from show business after making his appearance at the Oscars.

Well, now that "The Artist" took home a whole bunch of those Oscars, a lot of job offers are no doubt piling up in Uggie's doghouse -- which means plans for retiring to a life of lounging by the pool might've been a bit premature.

However, Uggie has gone in a rather unexpected direction following his scene-stealing turn in this year's Best Picture winner: he's gone and gotten himself an office day job.

Specifically, he...

2012 Comedy Awards Nominations: And The Punchline Goes To ...

March 6th, 2012 3:40pm EST
Comedy Central announced the nominees for the second annual Comedy Awards earlier today and it was no laughing matter.

"Bridesmaids" and "Crazy, Stupid, Love." are about to face off in a two-way race for the most lauded flick, as each landed five nominations in the film categories.

"Midnight in Paris" followed with four nods, while "The Artist" and "Horrible Bosses" were close behind with three nominations each.

Considering its massive box office and award season success, the nominations for "Bridesmaids" — which include Comedy Film, Comedy Director - Film (Paul Feig), Comedy Screenpla...

'The Lorax' Stuns By Earning $70 Million In Opening Weekend

March 5th, 2012 8:46am EST
The Lorax
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax has shattered box office records by grossing a whopping $70.7 million in its opening weekend.

The big screen adaptation of the beloved children's book, featuring the voices of Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Ed Helms and Danny DeVito, now holds the biggest debut of the year so far, beating the $41.2 million romantic drama The Vow garnered last month.

Comedy "Project X" opened in second place on the new box office chart with $20.8 million, while "Act of Valor," featuring real U.S. Navy Seals, slipped from first to third place with a $13.7 million take in its second week on re...

Harvey Weinstein Took Hero Cop's Daughters To The Oscars

February 28th, 2012 9:30pm EST
Harvey Weinstein
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein made Oscars night very special for four New Yorkers who lost their father during a robbery - he took them as his guests.

The Artist producer had already treated hero Peter Figoski's daughters to a day at the Super Bowl at the beginning of February, where they posed for photos with Madonna - and he decided to end the month in style too by taking them to the Academy Awards on Sunday.

Weinstein says, "(Their father) was the most decorated policeman in New York City and on his off day there was a robbery that broke out in Brooklyn and he avoided the robbery, he sa...

Producer Says Lucky Coin Helped Jean Dujardin & 'The Artist' Win Top Oscars

February 27th, 2012 6:30pm EST
Jean Dujardin
The star of The Artist has a lucky coin to thank for his Best Actor Oscar win, according to producer Thomas Langmann.

The young movie mogul, who is late filmmaker Claude Berri's son, was given the coin as a charm from his daughter - and when it proved lucky at the Cesar Awards in France on Friday night, he chose to share the good fortune with Jean Dujardin at the Academy Awards on Sunday.

And it worked for the French star, who beat out George Clooney for the honor.

He says, "My daughter gave me a coin and that I had in my pocket. I didn't think we would win the Cesar, and we won. So, a f...

'The Artist' Was Originally Shot In Color

February 27th, 2012 11:50am EST
The Artist
Oscar-winning silent movie The Artist was originally shot in color in case film bosses didn't want to show the picture in black and white.

The film was the big winner at Sunday night's Academy Awards, taking five prizes including the coveted Best Picture title as well as Best Actor for its star Jean Dujardin and Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius.

The Best Picture win made The Artist only the second silent film ever to scoop the Academy's top prize after Wings in 1929.

However, Mark Bridges, who won the Best Costume Design Oscar for his work on the movie, has revealed the picture w...

Jean Dujardin Apologizes For Dropping 'F-Bomb' During Oscar Speech

February 27th, 2012 8:28am EST
Jean Dujardin
Jean Dujardin has apologized for swearing in French as he picked up his Best Actor Oscar on Sunday night.

The French star took gold at the glitzy ceremony in Los Angeles for his role in silent movie The Artist, seeing off competition from George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman and Demian Bichir.

Dujardin was ecstatic as he made his acceptance speech and he invoked his The Artist character George Valentin to yell exclamations in French, including a curse word which is the equivalent of dropping the 'f-bomb'.

He was asked about his swearing during a backstage press conference and Dujard...

'The Artist' & 'Hugo' Top Oscars With Five Wins Each (Full List Of Academy Award Winners)

February 27th, 2012 12:46am EST
The Artist and Hugo
Tom Hanks, who ended last year's Academy Awards by announcing Best Picture winner The King's Speech, started things off at this year's Oscars by handing out the evening's first two awards, for Best Cinematography and Best Art Direction. Both awards went to Martin Scorsese's 3D family film Hugo, quickly setting the tone for a possible upset in the coveted Best Picture category at the end of the ceremony.

But that wasn't to be, as frontrunner The Artist took most of the night's major awards, including Best Picture, Actor (Jean Dujardin) and Director (Michel Hazanavicius).

Both films finishe...

Notable Oscar Nomination Predictions: And the Winners Are*

February 26th, 2012 7:24pm EST
Oscars 2012
Last year, I wrote this whole piece about why The King’s Speech would beat out The Social Network for best picture. I found my own comments to be witty, on point. Genius. (I’m kidding… maybe). In fact, I love to go through the nomination list of the Academy Awards and Grammys every year and predict the winners, put up some jellybeans in a friend pool and brag about my winnings later.

The Grammys unfortunately are a joke, which is a huge shame given that music and the politics of it are my first love. The Oscars? Quite relevant, actually! My favorite writer (Grantland’s Bill Simmons) once s...

Harvey Weinstein Took A 'Crazy Gamble' On 'The Artist'

February 26th, 2012 6:30pm EST
Harvey Weinstein
Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein took one of the biggest gambles of his professional life when he financed The Artist, and was even summoned before his company's board of directors to explain his decision.

The critically-acclaimed French movie has dominated the 2012 awards season and is tipped for glory at Sunday's Weinstein decided to distribute the silent, black and white film through his The Weinstein Company after visiting the moviemakers in Paris, France, but his decision raised eyebrows back in the U.S.

He tells Piers Morgan, "Three weeks after we win the Oscar for Best Picture last ye...

Kate Beckinsale Dazzles In A Bright Purple Jumpsuit At Independent Spirit Awards (See Pics & Winners)

February 26th, 2012 6:27pm EST
Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale and a whole slew of this year's most popular actresses - including Elizabeth Olsen, Jessica Chastain, Kirsten Dunst and Zoe Saldana - to name a few, graced the purple carpet at the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards, held at the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, Calif.

For 25 years the event has been held as a luncheon on the beach in the coastal California town, and the ceremony celebrates the best in independent films.

At this year's awards The Artist continued its run toward Oscar glory by taking in four top honors at the event, including Best Feature, Director, Male ...

Watch As The Stars Arrive On The Red Carpet At The Oscars (Live Stream)

February 26th, 2012 4:00pm EST
Academy Awards
Hollywood's top stars will begin arriving on the red carpet outside the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, Calif., for the 84th Academy Awards this afternoon and you can watch all the action right here.

The live stream begins today at 2:00pm PST (5:00 pm EST), and will run until 4:30pm PST (7:30pm EST), when the stars will begin taking their seats before the show gets underway.

Check out all the hot fashions and watch all the stars and Oscar nominees as they arrive for Tinseltown's biggest night.

Pre-Oscar Accolades: 'The Artist' Takes Home 6 Trophies At Cesar Awards

February 25th, 2012 9:00am EST
Cesar Award winners the Artist
"The Artist" began what is sure to be an amazing weekend for the silent black and white movie by picking up six trophies at the Cesar Awards in France on Friday.

The Oscar favorite claimed the Best French Film of the Year, while moviemaker Michel Hazanavicius was honored with the night's Best Director prize.

His wife Berenice Bejo was named Best Actress for her role as Peppy Miller in the film, but co-star Jean Dujardin lost the Best Actor honor to Untouchable's Omar Sy.

Going into Sunday's Oscars, "The Artist" has picked up more than 70 accolades around the world to become the most awar...

'The Artist', Christopher Plummer And Octavia Spencer Lead Experts' Oscar Race

February 23rd, 2012 11:07pm EST
The Artist
The Artist appears to be a slam-dunk to win the 2012 Best Picture Oscar on Sunday - all 30 experts picking the victors on top awards website have chosen the film to score gold.

Christopher Plummer (Beginners) and Octavia Spencer (The Help) also appear to be clear favorites to pick up the Best Supporting Actor and Actress trophies, but the 30 'Oscarologists' are split on the Best Actor and Actress honors.

The majority has picked Viola Davis (The Help) and Jean Dujardin (The Artist), but there are still experts pulling for Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) and George Clooney (The D...

Q&A: 'La Reina del Sur' Star Kate del Castillo

February 19th, 2012 11:30am EST
Kate del Castillo
Tonight, La Reina del Sur starts a second run on Mun2. The popular telenovela stars Kate del Castillo as Teresa Mendoza, who becomes the toughest woman in the Mexican drug world.

I recently sat down with Kate to ask her about the experience of playing 'The Queen of the North,' and the show having a second life.

Why this role, and how did it come to you?

I read the book probably ten to twelve years ago, and as an actress, you picture yourself doing a role like this. They were going to do the movie and I tried to seek this role [out] and I couldn't. Finally I stopped because Eva Mend...

'The Artist's' Uggie Triumphs At Golden Collar Awards

February 14th, 2012 8:39am EST
The canine star of The Artist has seen off competition from Martin Scorsese's Hugo dog to win the top prize at the Golden Collar Awards.

The Goodfellas director campaigned to have Blackie the Doberman included in the nominations for Best Dog In A Theatrical Film at the annual prize giving, which recognizes the most talented animals in Hollywood.

However, even Scorsese couldn't secure his dog the top prize at the ceremony on Monday night as The Artist star Uggie took the coveted honor.

Other winners included Koko, the star of Australian movie Red Dog, who scooped the Best Dog in a Fore...

'The Artist' Dominates The 2012 BAFTAs

February 13th, 2012 9:56am EST
"The Artist" continued its award season dominance this evening as the Oscar favorite followed up its Golden Globe, Critics' Choice and Directors Guild victories with seven more wins at this year's BAFTAs, including Best Film, Best Actor for star Jean Dujardin and Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Michel Hazanavicius.

"The Artist" also took home the trophies for Best Cinematography, Best Original Music and Best Costume Design.

For a silent film, "The Artist" sure is making a lot of noise these days.

Presented annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the B...

'The Tree Of Life' Wins Gold At ASC Awards

February 13th, 2012 9:19am EST
The Tree of Life
Brad Pitt's movie The Tree Of Life landed the top prize at the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) awards gala in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

The picture landed the Feature Film trophy for cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, seeing off competition from The Artist, Hugo, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

The ceremony, held at the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles, also produced honors for TV shows Boardwalk Empire and Californication, while veteran actor Harrison Ford was handed the Board of Governors Award for his career ...

Mystery Illness Forces Uggie Into Early Retirement

February 7th, 2012 1:00pm EST
Uggie, the charming Jack Russell terrier who pretty much stole every scene in "The Artist" (that little film that's up for ten Oscars) is suffering a mystery illness that looks like it will likely cut short his career. We know; it's terrible.

Last night, Uggie's trainer, 49-year-old Omar Von Muller, said the four-legged friend will retire after his appearance at the Academy Awards later this month.

"It's very sad, but he is suffering from a mystery shaking syndrome. It is a neurological disorder and we've spent thousands on vets' bills trying to figure out what is causing it, but the expe...

Blackie The Doberman From 'Hugo' Nominated For Golden Collar Award

February 1st, 2012 9:04am EST
Director Martin Scorsese has successfully managed to score the canine star of his movie Hugo a nomination for a Golden Collar Award.

The filmmaker was disappointed to learn Blackie the Doberman had failed to secure a nod for "Best Dog In A Theatrical Film" at the annual prizegiving, which recognizes the most talented pooches in Hollywood.

Scorsese wrote an open letter to the Los Angeles Times complaining about Blackie's snub, insisting his furry friend was just as deserving for a nomination as Uggie the Jack Russell, who has been recognized twice for his work in "The Artist" and "Water fo...

Martin Scorsese Leads Crusade For 'Hugo' Dog Award

January 30th, 2012 9:21am EST
Martin Scorsese
Martin Scorsese has launched a campaign to land the canine star of his movie Hugo a Golden Collar Award nomination.

The legendary director was upset after Blackie the Doberman failed to secure a nod for Best Dog In A Theatrical Film at the annual prize giving, which recognizes the most talented pooches in Hollywood.

He wrote a letter to the Los Angeles Times to complain about Blackie's snub, and pointed out that Uggie the Jack Russell scored two nominations for The Artist and Water for Elephants.

Scorsese ranted, "How could she not be nominated? Jack Russell terriers are small and cut...

'The Help' Triumphs At The 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards

January 30th, 2012 8:07am EST
Viola Davis
The Help was the toast of Hollywood on Sunday night after landing the two top actress honors and the cast prize at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who played maids in the period drama, picked up the night's Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress accolades, respectively, while they were also among the stars who triumphed with the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture category.

The Artist's Jean Dujardin beat George Clooney to the Best Actor award, while Christopher Plummer was named Best Supporting Actor for his role as a dying gay fathe...

'Hugo' & 'The Artist' Lead 2012 Oscar Nominations (See Full List)

January 24th, 2012 9:20am EST
Oscars 2012
Martin Scorsese's first foray into 3D filmmaking, Hugo and director Michel Hazanavicius' black & white silent comedy-drama The Artist topped this year's list of nominations, pulling in 11 and 10 nominations, respectively, for the 2012 Academy Awards.

Both films are nominated for Best Picture, Director, and Screenplay awards.

Jennifer Lawrence, who was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar last year for her role in Winter's Bone and stars in the upcoming, highly anticipated The Hunger Games, joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak in Beverly Hills to announ...

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