These Oscar nominees earned the most at the box office

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This year’s group of Oscar nominees is the least overtly star-studded one in a while. A veritable who’s who of Cumberbatches, Cotillards and Redmaynes, there’s nary a Julia Roberts, Tom Hanks or Sandra Bullock in the bunch. But while it’s true that the nominees aren’t all household names, it doesn’t mean that they don’t earn their keep.

Many of this year’s Oscar-nominated performers have appeared in some of the highest-grossing movies of all time, although you may not have realized that when you saw them at the multiplex. Also, since quite of few of them starred in animated films, they didn’t really “appear” at all, so you can be forgiven for not noticing them.

What follows is a list of the performers nominated for Academy Awards this year whose three highest-grossing movies have earned the most money at the box office. Using data from Box Office Mojo, we ran down the nominees and tabulated their domestic box office totals and adjusted them for inflation. Movies in which the actors had only minor roles or walk-on cameos were not included.

Top 50 Love Songs of All Time

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In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’ve ranked the biggest ‘Love’ songs to ever hit the Hot 100

Songs have been written about every topic imaginable, but the best ones — from swooning ’50s ballads to contemporary club bangers — have been penned about the ups and downs of being in love. In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we are counting down the top 50 Hot 100 hits with a form of the word “love” in the title. The tunes cover all seven decades of the Hot 100’s history, ranging from 1958’s “To Know Him Is to Love Him” by the Teddy Bears to 2011’s “We Found Love” by Rihanna. It’s sonic proof that while musical fads and fashions will change with every generation, love — and the songs inspired by it — will never go out of style.

See the list here

Will ‘Sniper’ boost Oscars rating?

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Last time he headed into the Oscars with a leading contender, director Clint Eastwood had a Million Dollar Baby. Now, he has a $283 million baby.

And no one’s happier about American Sniper‘s massive box-office haul than the producers of the Academy Awards ceremony, where the military drama is up for six Oscars including best picture and best actor for Bradley Cooper.

Sniper‘s monstrous box-office showing also may save the Feb. 22 awards telecast to a degree. This year’s Oscars features a best picture category filled with acclaimed but little-seen films and has been criticized for its lack of both A-listers and diversity in the four major acting categories, where all of the contenders are white. And, the show has to air against a new episode of the zombie-filled cable TV hit The Walking Dead.

Sniper “is the best thing to happen to the Oscar race this year as far as shaking things up. Whether or not it ends up winning any major awards, it’s increased the general population’s interest,” says Fandango.com awards expert Dave Karger. “If nothing else, the people at ABC should be happy.”

How Sam Smith’s mother sacrificed her £200,000-a-year City job to make her son a Grammy superstar

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He was just a baby-faced eight-year-old when he first burst into song on the back seat of his parents’ car as they drove him to primary school, mimicking Whitney Houston singing My Love Is Your Love.

Stunned by the sultry soulful sound that came from their son, Fred and Kate Smith were certain he had something special.

Before long they had found him a singing teacher, encouraged his love of music and, perhaps most importantly, didn’t laugh when he told them that, one day, he wanted to be famous.

That day arrived at a star-studded ceremony on Sunday in Los Angeles when Sam Smith scooped not one but four Grammy awards – best new artist, record of the year, song of the year and best pop vocal album. Read more

Missy Elliott on Track for 1,000% Sales Gain Thanks to Super Bowl

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Industry sources suggest Elliott’s catalog of songs could earn a sales increase of around 1,000 percent in the week ending Feb. 1, jumping to perhaps 70,000 (or more) downloads sold. That would be up from just 6,000 in the week ending Jan. 25, according to Nielsen Music.

The Feb. 1 week’s official sales figures, as compiled and collected by Nielsen and used for Billboard’s charts, will be released on Feb. 4.

Elliott performed a medley of three tunes during Perry’s halftime spectacular: “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It” and “Lose Control.” They are each aiming to sell around 15,000 to 20,000 downloads for the week. In the previous week, each sold around 1,000 downloads, according to Nielsen.

“Work It” looks to be the halftime show’s biggest seller, as it may shift around 20,000 downloads.

‘American Sniper’ peerless at top of box office

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“American Sniper” remained firmly atop the North American box office this weekend to cement its status as the highest-grossing war movie of all time, industry data showed Monday.

The Clint Eastwood-directed drama has shrugged off rumbling controversies to surpass Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” as the most successful war film ever made, inching past the 1998 movie’s record haul of $216.5 million.
Eastwood’s movie, loosely based on the life of Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in US military history, has divided critics who have accused it of presenting a simplistic black-and-white view of the Iraq War.

But cinemagoers have flocked to the film in droves, helping the movie earn another $30.7 million this weekend to take its total earnings to $247.8 million, figures from box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations showed.