Entertainment

Shakespeare’s hometown welcomes world – Bard more popular abroad than in Britain

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, United Kingdom, April 20, (Agencies):  William Shakespeare’s hometown is bracing for a surge in visitors from around the world this month as it marks 400 years since the death of the foremost playwright in the English language. A parade to Shakespeare’s grave and fireworks will round off a day of …

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Surprise acts rule Coachella – Magic & cheers

INDIO, United States, April 18, (AFP): The Coachella music festival is famous for its surprises, and the latest edition included one of the more uncommon — an appearance, although remotely, of a presidential candidate. Senator Bernie Sanders showed up late Saturday on the screen of the main stage in the California …

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Does Disney’s ‘Book’ success spell trouble for Warner Bros? – ‘It could spell disaster’

LOS ANGELES, April 18, (RTRS): In the battle between the two “Jungle Book” movies, Disney appears to have the upper hand. The studio just enjoyed a massive $103.6 million opening weekend for its live-action update of its 1967 animated classic and is already hard at work on a sequel that …

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‘Command & Control’ nerve-rattling thriller – ‘Dean’ offbeat comedy

LOS ANGELES, April 18, (RTRS): The folly of man and the inevitability of disaster are the twin engines powering “Command and Control”, a riveting and dismaying documentary from “Food, Inc”. director Robert Kenner about a 1980 nuclear disaster that took place just outside Little Rock, Ark. Based on the harrowing …

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French movies soul-search over race – ‘H’wood hiring programs aren’t enough to solve diversity problem’

LOS ANGELES, April 18, (Agencies): Born in Cuba to African slaves, Rafael Padilla battled racism to become the toast of bourgeois Paris, feted by the rich and powerful for his performances as “Chocolat the clown,” France’s first black celebrity. Almost a century after he was laid to rest in a mass …

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Crime and punishment in ‘Solitary’ – ‘Fixer’ culture-clash drama

LOS ANGELES, April 17, (RTRS): There’s little hope, but considerable insight, found in “Solitary,” Kristi Jacobson’s documentary about Wise County, Virginia’s Red Onion State Prison, a supermax facility where convicts are holed up for 23 hours a day in separate 8’-by-10’ cells. Shot over the course of a year, the …

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China the new Hollywood: Schamus – ‘Chinese films need right ‘Syntax’ to win over Americans’

LOS ANGELES, April 17, (RTRS): Leading US independent producer James Schamus proclaimed Sunday that “China is becoming the new Hollywood.” The former head of Focus Features and producer of “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” was speaking in Beijing at a set-piece seminar on Chinese co-production at the first full day of the …

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LCD Soundsystem shows serious electronica – Axl Rose back with Guns N’ Roses

INDIO, United States, April 17, (Agencies): Choosing lyrical wit and musical innovation over stage theatrics, a reunited LCD Soundsystem showed the Coachella festival a more serious take to the booming electronic music scene. LCD Soundsystem, whose erudite compositions made them a 2000s critical favorite, broke up in 2011 with what …

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Indian trafficking movie ‘a story that needs to be told’ – ‘Love Sonia’ shows plight of girls

MUMBAI, April 17, (RTRS): Tabrez Noorani, a producer on the Academy Award-winning film “Slumdog Millionaire”, will direct a movie on sex trafficking after first encountering victims of the trade in Los Angeles more than 10 years ago. “Love Sonia”, which starts filming next week, will feature actress Freida Pinto, who …

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Stewart’s ‘After Spring’ gives close-up to Syrian refugees – Producer puts a human face to crisis

NEW YORK, April 15, (AP): Before the Syrian refugee crisis spilled across Europe, first-time feature filmmakers Ellen Martinez and Steph Ching were in Jordan’s Zaatari Refugee Camp with their cameras. There at the camp where more than 80,000 live, Martinez and Ching found a more intimate portrait of the people …

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