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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "American Sniper" is still on target with movie fans. Bradley Cooper's Navy SEAL drama stays number one for a second straight weekend. American Sniper brings in more than $64 million this weekend, for a total that now tops 200 mil. It's also the top money-maker of this year's Oscar best picture contenders. Jennifer Lopez's thriller "The Boy Next Door" opens in a distant second, with $15 million. "Paddington" was third this weekend. Johnny Depp's "Mortdecai" is a dud out of the box. It places ninth, barely cracking four million. Depp is coming off a string of bombs, including "The Lone Ranger," "Dark Shadows" and "The Rum Diary."
"American Sniper" is still the movie to beat -- as the AP's Jamie Friar reports.
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Sound of Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller
Sound of Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller in a scene from "American Sniper," the number one movie at the box office for the second weekend in a row.
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Sound of Bradley Cooper
Sound of Bradley Cooper in a scene from "American Sniper," the number one movie at the box office for the second weekend in a row.
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- Diversity. It's become the latest buzzword in Hollywood these days -- especially since this year's crop of Oscar hopefuls produced no minorities in the mix. One of the latest to discuss the subject: Robert Redford, who created the Sundance Film Festival. He says he designed the event to help promote a more diverse look at the world. He says filmmakers at his event "roll with" the idea of being more inclusive -- and he believes it shows. He says the films featured at Sundance "show how change is affecting the life we live and the society that we're in." This year, Redford has one of his own films being shown at the festival, something he says is "very weird."
Robert Redford says he feels those who bring their work to Sundance understand the concept of diversity.
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Robert Redford says there seems to be more presssure on moviemakers these days about what stories they can and can't tell.
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Robert Redford says his Sundance Film Festival is dedicated to diversity in movie making.
PARK CITY, Utah (AP) -- It's well known as a place to show off the best of independent films. But is the Sundance Film Festival becoming an incubator for films being considered for Oscars? Not exactly, but the festival is getting a push from films that opened at Sundance last year -- and are getting Academy Awards props this year. For example, "Boyhood" and "Whiplash" were shown at Sundance last year -- and are in the running for the best picture Oscar next month. In recent years, Sundance films like "Precious," "Beasts of the Southern Wild" and "Winter's Bone" got attention come Oscar time. So observers will be watching closely to see whether any films from this year will be up for Oscar glory this time next year.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- "Birdman" gets an Oscar lift with two big wins over the weekend. It takes the best ensemble prize at the SAG Awards and wins top honors at the Producer Guild Awards. But Michael Keaton didn't take the top acting award at the SAG Awards. That went to "The Theory of Everything" star Eddie Redmayne. Other Oscar favorites -- Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and J.K. Simmons -- all won SAG Awards last night. On the TV side, "Orange is the New Black" takes the ensemble comedy award, while "Downton Abbey" wins for TV drama. The best TV actresses included Uzo Aduba in comedy for "Orange is the New Black" and Viola Davis in drama for "How to Get Away With Murder."
Michael Keaton says working on Birdman was an exercise in collaboration. COURTESY: The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Julianne Moore, best actress winner for "Still Alice"
Julianne Moore offers encouragement for acting hopefuls. COURTESY: The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Eddie Redmayne, best actor winner for "The Theory of Everything"
Eddie Redmayne says he was inspired by those fighting ALS and their families. COURTESY: The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ((mandatory on-air credit))
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William H. Macy, winner, best actor in TV comedy for "Shameless"
William H. Macy gloats a bit with his win. COURTESY: The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Patricia Arquette, best actress winner for "Boyhood"
An emotional Patricia Arquette accepts her Actor statue. COURTESY: The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Frances McDormand, winner, best actress in a TV movie or mini series for "Olive Kitteridge"
Frances McDormand jokes they should be doing something other than dressing up and going out for an awards ceremony. COURTESY: The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Viola Davis, winner best actress in a TV drama for "How to Get Away With Murder"
Viola Davis thanks the producers of her ABC show for giving her a lead role. COURTESY: Courtesy of the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards ((mandatory on-air credit))
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Chances are, you wouldn't have even heard about Stephen Collins' divorce -- were it not for the disclosures by his wife that her estranged hubby acted inappropriately with three underage girls. Now the divorce has gone final -- with the veteran TV actor and Faye Grant having their breakup approved by a judge in Los Angeles this past Friday. Grant's disclosures about her husband's actions decades ago cost Collins several roles and forced TV outlets to pull reruns of his old show, "7th Heaven." The pair's divorce judgment calls for all but two copies of the recordings in which Collins acknowledges his past actions to be destroyed.
January 26, 2015 08:11 GMT
Today is Monday, Jan. 26, the 26th day of 2015. There are 339 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On Jan. 26, 1915, President Woodrow Wilson signed the Rocky Mountain National Park Act, which created America's 10th national park.
On this date:
In 1784, in a letter to his daughter Sarah, Benjamin Franklin expressed unhappiness over the choice of the bald eagle as the symbol of America, and stated his own preference: the turkey.
In 1788, the first European settlers in Australia, led by Capt. Arthur Phillip, landed in present-day Sydney.
In 1837, Michigan became the 26th state.
In 1870, Virginia rejoined the Union.
In 1925, actor Paul Newman was born in Shaker Heights, Ohio.
In 1939, during the Spanish Civil War, rebel forces led by Gen. Francisco Franco captured Barcelona.
In 1942, the first American Expeditionary Force to go to Europe during World War II arrived in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
In 1950, India officially proclaimed itself a republic as Rajendra Prasad took the oath of office as president.
In 1962, the United States launched Ranger 3 to land scientific instruments on the moon -- but the probe ended up missing its target by more than 22,000 miles.
In 1979, former Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller died in New York at age 70.
In 1988, Australians celebrated the 200th anniversary of their country as a grand parade of tall ships re-enacted the voyage of the first European settlers. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "Phantom of the Opera" opened at Broadway's Majestic Theater.
In 1998, President Bill Clinton forcefully denied having an affair with a former White House intern, telling reporters, "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."
Ten years ago: A U.S. Marine helicopter crashed in western Iraq, killing 30 Marines and a Navy medic aboard. A man parked his SUV on railroad tracks in Glendale, California, setting off a crash of two commuter trains that killed 11 people. (The SUV's driver, Juan Alvarez, was convicted of murder and sentenced to 11 consecutive life terms.) Condoleezza Rice was sworn in as secretary of state, following her confirmation by the Senate.
Five years ago: Toyota suspended U.S. sales of several popular vehicle models to fix sticking accelerator pedals; the suspension was on top of a recall of 2.3 million vehicles. Louis Auchincloss, 92, a prolific author of fiction and nonfiction, died in New York.
One year ago: A brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman's body was removed from life support as the hospital keeping Marlise Munoz on machines against her family's wishes acceded to a judge's ruling that it was misapplying state law. Stan Wawrinka held off an injured Rafael Nadal to win his first Grand Slam title with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory in the Australian Open final. DeMarco Murray caught a 20-yard pass for a touchdown and Mike Tolbert plunged into the end zone for a 2-point conversion with less than 1 minute to give Jerry Rice's team a 22-21 win over Deion Sanders' team in the first schoolyard-style Pro Bowl. At the Grammy Awards, Daft Punk won album of the year for "Random Access Memories," while record of the year went to Daft Punk with Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers for "Get Lucky."
Today's Birthdays: Actress Anne Jeffreys is 92. Actress Joan Leslie is 90. Cartoonist Jules Feiffer is 86. Sportscaster-actor Bob Uecker is 80. Actor Scott Glenn is 76. Singer Jean Knight is 72. Activist Angela Davis is 71. Rock musician Corky Laing (Mountain) is 67. Actor David Strathairn (streh-THEHRN') is 66. Alt-country singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams is 62. Rock singer-musician Eddie Van Halen is 60. Reggae musician Norman Hassan (UB40) is 57. Actress-comedian-talk show host Ellen DeGeneres is 57. Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky is 54. Musician Andrew Ridgeley is 52. Rhythm-and-blues singer Jazzie B. (Soul II Soul) is 52. Actor Paul Johansson is 51. Gospel singer Kirk Franklin is 45. Actress Jennifer Crystal is 42. Rock musician Chris Hesse (Hoobastank) is 41. Actor Gilles Marini (ZHEEL ma-REE'-nee) is 39. Gospel singer Tye Tribbett is 39. NBA player Vince Carter is 38. Actress Sarah Rue is 37. Actor Colin O'Donoghue (TV: "Once Upon a Time") is 34. Country musician Michael Martin (Marshall Dyllon) is 32.
Thought for Today: "My experience of the world is that things left to themselves don't get right." -- T.H. Huxley, English biologist and author (1825-1895).
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