A selfie tweeted by Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres became the most retweeted photograph ever on Sunday night, surpassing a record previously held by President Obama. Her tweet reached 779,295 retweets in about half an hour.
12 Years a Slave won best picture at the 86th Academy Awards, whilst Gravity won the largest share of 7 awards. Gravity’s Alfonso Cuaron also became the first Latin American to win the best director award. Cate Blanchett was named best actress for her role in Blue Jasmine and Matthew McConaughey won the best actor Oscar for his role in Dallas Buyers Club.
Acclaimed French director Alain Resnais, whose film career spanned over 60 years, died aged 91 on Saturday. He was associated with French New Wave cinema, but also embraced modernism and surrealism.
Pharrell Williams, who previously worked with Daft Punk on their hugely successful song “Get Lucky” from their “Random Access Memories” album, has teamed up with them again for the track “Gust of Wind” for his upcoming solo album “G I R L”. Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and well-known film musician Hans Zimmer all make appearances on the album.
Warner Bros. Pictures is working with Minecraft developer Mojang on a movie based on the game, Mojang co-founder Markus “Notch” persson revealed on Twitter. Deadline has reported that the studio is working on a live-action film with Roy Lee, who produced the Lego Movie recently, and Jill Messick as producers.
The legendary Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia, who is known for transforming the folk art of flamenco into a more modern sound, has died at 66, from what appears to have been a heart attack.
NBC’s sci-fi series Heroes is coming back as a 13-episode limited series in 2015 as “Heroes Reborn”, with a new cast of characters and a self-contained storyline.
The Hollywood actress Ellen Page, who is known for her role in the movie “Juno,” announced she is gay during an emotional speech in a conference hall in Las Vegas on Friday. She got a standing ovation during the speech.