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'Focus' leads the pack but it was a weak win

The movie box office surely took a break this weekend. Whether that is award season fatigue or simply a normal breather could both be true.

Belgian town wants World Press Photo award withdrawn

Brussels - The mayor of Charleroi has said the award of a World Press Photo prize to a study on the gritty industrial Belgian town should be withdrawn as a "serious distortion of reality.

'Focus' will take over as box office slows down

It is now time for the box office to focus once again as the Oscars are over. "Focus" will take down "Fifty Shades of Grey" this weekend.

2015 Oscars: 'Birdman' nabs Best Picture

UPDATE: "Birdman" has won the Oscar for Best Picture and put it on the same path as Best Director this year. That hasn't happened for the last two years. "Birdman" marked another recent win for a movie about show business.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' falls hard but still wins

With all eyes on the Academy Awards, there is still box office news and a movie that made all the headlines when it was being released, fell hard.

'Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas' wins big at the Razzies

Kirk Cameron went four for six at the Razzies tonight in Hollywood as The 35th Golden Raspberry Awards were handed out. The Razzies honor the worst in film for the previous year.

'Birdman' wins Best Feature at Indie Spirit Awards as Oscars loom

In what may be a preview of the Oscars, the 30th Independent Spirit Awards were handed out today (Feb. 21). “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” took home Best Feature Film.

'Shades' to secure top spot as Oscars set to take over spotlight

It is Oscar weekend and the box office tends to take a back seat, but the business of show goes on. That means more ways than one, too.

Year of the Sheep won't be baaa-d, fortune tellers say

Hong Kong - The Year of the Horse brought catastrophic international air accidents, brutal terror attacks, global political upheaval, a resurgent Ebola virus and war -- and, in Hong Kong, large-scale civil unrest.

Controversy-hit samba school wins Rio carnival title

Rio De Janeiro - A Brazilian samba school shrugged off a controversy over alleged funding by an African strongman president and went on to claim its 13th win at the Rio Carnival championship on Wednesday.

German court halts eviction of 76-year-old smoker

Berlin - A German court ruled Wednesday that a 76-year-old smoker, facing eviction over the smoke and stench of full ashtrays emanating from his home, can stay in his apartment for now.

'American Sniper' is box office winner for Oscar-nominated films

A box office total for a movie has nothing to do with its chance for Oscar glory. If it did, "American Sniper" would be the favorite.

Dali, parachutists, African polemic at Rio parade

Rio De Janeiro - A Dali-style homage to Rio ahead of the city's 450th birthday, parachutists landing on the piste and a polemic on the funding of an elite samba school paying tribute to Africa marked Monday's carnival parade.

'Fifty Shades of Grey' owns the holiday weekend box office

UPDATE: It is a holiday weekend in the states and it now looks like a solid score for "Fifty Shades of Grey." It appears to have grabbed more box office cash and will be the February record-holder.

At Rio carnival, not even downpour dampens show

Rio De Janeiro - Tens of thousands of people defied a thunderstorm to pack Rio's Sambadrome as elite dance schools paraded in dazzling costumes and revelers shed inhibitions at street parties.

At Rio carnival, not even downpour dampens show

Rio De Janeiro - Tens of thousands of people defied a thunderstorm to pack Rio's Sambadrome as elite dance schools paraded in dazzling costumes and revelers shed inhibitions at street parties.

'50 Shades' opens wide and will take over the box office

UPDATE: "Shades" took in another $30 million Friday as it will likely take down a Presidents' Day record in the states. However, it will have to push harder to take the R-rated movie opening of all time. It may still do that.

Picasso case witnesses doubt he gifted works to electrician

Grasse - Witnesses at the French trial of a retired electrician accused of lying over how he got hold of 271 Picasso works cast doubt Wednesday on his claim they were a gift from the artist.

Generation Z: Born in the digital age

Paris - Facebook? Of course. Books? Definitely not. Video games? For sure. Sport? No way. Speed? Yes. Patience? Not so much.This, in a nutshell, is the life of the "Generation Z" -- independent, stubborn, pragmatic and always in a rush.

Twist to French trial over 271 'stolen' Picasso works

Grasse - A former electrician and his wife who kept 271 works of art by Picasso in their garage for close to 40 years went on trial in France on Tuesday accused of possessing stolen goods.

French chef Robuchon hits back at claims of degrading treatment

Bordeaux - French superstar chef Joel Robuchon on Monday lodged a counter lawsuit for defamation against an ex-employee who is alleging he was subjected to degrading treatment at one of his newest restaurants.

'Boyhood' wins BAFTA

The British Academy Film Awards hand "Boyhood" a big win as it further sets up a race between it and "Birdman." After last night's Directors Guild of America awards, some may have settled on "Birdman" for Oscar gold.

'The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water' soaks up an easy win

A sponge soaked up a box office win in style as it soared with an estimated $55.37 million. "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge out of Water" took out "American Sniper," which was still solid in second.

Directors boost 'Birdman' as Alejandro Inarritu wins

"Birdman" gets a hearty boost as Alejandro Inarritu wins the Directors Guild of America award last night (Feb. 7). It is now the Oscar front-runner as the directors are a good indicator of what is to come.

'Sniper' outguns the field for its third win in a row

UPDATE: As noted below, the actual box office figures would need another look over a weekend like this past one. It is now certain that "American Sniper" took in less than the estimate and is not the record for Super Bowl weekend.

Miranda Lambert leads ACM nominations with eight

They call it the party of the year in country music. In fact, it is trademarked, so it must be true. On that note, the 50th Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year®, announced nominations today (Jan. 30).

'American Sniper' to win again as it sets domestic war movie mark

Not only will "American Sniper" win for the third week in a row, it is now the highest-grossing war movie of all-time, domestically. It has passed "Saving Private Ryan."

Tim McGraw steps in for Glen Campbell at the Academy Awards

Beverly Hills - Tim McGraw got a call from the academy and it had nothing to do with a country music award. This academy has something to do with movies - and music. It was the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

SAG Awards: 'Birdman' wins top movie prize

Los Angeles - UPDATE: "Birdman" took home the top prize as The Screen Actors Guild Awards wrapped up in Los Angeles tonight (Jan. 25). Michael Keaton, who had just lost the actor prize, was on stage to accept the "Birdman" award.

'Sniper' still solid as it wins again; Depp takes a dive

"American Sniper" played much bigger than expectations once again as it easily retains its box office crown.The estimate take for its second wide release weekend is $64.37 million. Going in, that figure was looking at around $40-50 million.
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