Monday , September 24 2018


Debate rages – Is it Internet or internet?

WASHINGTON, June 14, (AFP): Are you on the Internet or the internet? This debate has been raging for years, but the tide appeared to turn when major US news organizations decided to drop the capitalization of Internet, making it internet. The Associated Press news agency made the lower-case spelling effective …

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Doiron’s ‘Widowmaker’ fast-paced tale – History, travel & comedy collide in ‘Wonder Trail’

‘Widowmaker’ (Minotaur), by Paul Doiron In the first few pages of Paul Doiron’s “Widowmaker,” game warden Mike Bowditch seizes an illegal animal (10 percent dog and 90 percent wolf) from a violent, drug addled couple; is stabbed in the back for his trouble; gets into a fight with his girlfriend; …

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‘Hamilton’ sweeps Tonys with 11 wins – ‘The Humans’ bags best new play award

NEW YORK, June 13, (Agencies): “Hamilton” the hip-hop stage biography of Alexander Hamilton, won the 2016 Tony Award for best new musical, capping an emotional night in which many in the Broadway community rallied to embrace the LGBT community after a shooting at a gay Florida nightclub. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical …

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Is James Wan’s ‘Conjuring 2’ horror hit of the year? – ‘It’s a movie about screams and omens’

In an age of corporate marketing, movie audiences, more than ever, are divided into tidy demographic slivers, even if some of the slivers are pretty big (e.g., teenage fanboys). One demo that has received increasing attention from the industry over the last decade is the faith-based audience: evangelicals and other …

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Japanese street art not quite Banksy – ‘A little behind Asia, Europe or America’

TOKYO, June 13, (AFP): Beneath the crackle and hum of Japan’s neon veneer, graffiti culture has traditionally been viewed as mindless vandalism assaulting the country’s highly valued sense of order and cleanliness. Tokyo’s lanes are virtually bare of the edgy street art — common in other major cities — that …

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Pride, passion flows in wake of tragedy – Broadway best honor Orlando victims at Tony Awards

The Tony ceremony also stood in stark contrast to this year’s #OscarsSoWhite controversy by setting a new landmark in diversity, with all four musical acting trophies going to African-American performers — three from “Hamilton” (Leslie Odom, Jr, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Daveed Diggs) and one from “The Color Purple” (Cynthia Erivo). …

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Few laughs in ‘Puerto Ricans in Paris’ – Cuaron discusses power of silence

LOS ANGELES, June 12, (Agencies): It’s conceivable that they somehow could have come up with a more generic-sounding title than “Puerto Ricans in Paris” (“Fish Out of Water Comedy,” maybe?), but it’s difficult to see how the film itself could be any less substantial without evaporating on screen. In fact, …

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‘VIP Syndrome’ risk looms for stars – Doctors make fatal mistakes in glare of patients’ fame

One doctor delivered test results to Prince’s home. Another sent his son, who wasn’t a physician, on a cross-country flight to bring medication to the music star. It’s not clear if any doctor could have averted the fentanyl overdose that killed the singer in April. But his death may offer …

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Chinese film finance to expand, become more rational – Shanghai Festival puts on starry opening

LOS ANGELES, June 12, (RTRS): “We plan more acquisitions to help the development of the Chinese film industry,” said Zhang Qiang, CEO of Alibaba Pictures. “The capital feast has just begun.” Zhang was speaking Sunday at a seminar at the Shanghai International Film Festival about the massive influx of capital …

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‘Grimmie killer at show to target her’ – Detectives looking for clues to motive

ORLANDO, Fla, June 12, (AP): A gunman who shot and killed a singer who rose to fame after appearing on “The Voice” traveled to Orlando from another Florida city specifically to attack her and then fatally shot himself, authorities said Saturday. Orlando Police Chief John Mina said at a news …

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