Entertainment

‘Force Awakens’ leads MTV Awards nods – ‘Star Wars’ docu to premiere at SXSW

LOS ANGELES, March 9, (Agencies): It may have been snubbed at the Oscars but the Force awakened on Tuesday for the current “Star Wars” blockbuster with the film gaining a leading 11 nominations for the upcoming MTV Movie Awards. Breakout British star Daisy Ridley, 23, led the way for “Star …

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Drone warfare gets its close up in ‘Eye in the Sky’ – ‘Lean, Lumet-like thriller’

Omniscient high-definition views from above have done nothing to penetrate the fog of war in Gavin Hood’s drone drama “Eye in the Sky.” It’s a lean, Lumet-like thriller that puts the moral calculus of drone warfare in its crosshairs. Playing out compellingly in real time, a strike against Somali terrorists …

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Celebs cut trolls down to size – Clap back battles intensify on social media

ATLANTA, March 8, (Agencies): When Rick Ross posted a photo of himself on Instagram posing with Diddy, a woman joked on his page about the burly, bearded rapper wearing shades inside a nightclub. Ross noticed — and didn’t take kindly to it. In retaliation, he replied with an insult about …

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Damon may kickstart China ambitions – ‘Great Wall’ could be first int’l blockbuster

LOS ANGELES, March 8, (AP): China has a new ally in its campaign to turn itself into a global cultural superpower: Matt Damon. And, behind him, a good chunk of Hollywood as well. Chinese leaders have long sought international cultural influence, aka “soft power,” commensurate with the nation’s economic might. That’s …

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Baron Cohen’s ‘Brothers Grimsby’ truly shameless – Film pushes boundaries

Be suspect of movies that are infamous before they even hit theaters. The “they did WHAT” anticipatory glee is generally bound to be a letdown — especially when the big joke is someone getting a disease. In the off-chance that you’ve managed to stay blissfully unaware of the gag, I won’t …

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Ex-Eagles bassist’s wife accidentally shot dead – Meisner cooperative throughout investigation

LOS ANGELES, March 8, (AFP): The wife of Eagles co-founder Randy Meisner has been shot dead from an accidental discharge of a rifle at the couple’s home in Los Angeles, police said on Monday. Lana Meisner, 63, died less than two hours after officers were called to the couple’s home …

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‘DIF’s Qumra serious, innovative’ – Schamus talks venturing into TV, China ties

LOS ANGELES, March 7, (RTRS): James Schamus held a packed master class Saturday at the Doha Film Institute’s innovative Qumra workshop/festival in Doha, where the former Focus Features topper recently turned director also revealed plans to move into making a TV series. He’s doing so while launching his new Symbolic …

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‘Mist’, ‘Bad Influence’ top Guadalajara – ‘Journey’, ‘Family’ among projects at Co-Pro Meeting

LOS ANGELES, March 7, (RTRS): Bookending the 10th two-day pix-in-post event, Mexican Max Zunino’s “Bruma” (“Mist”) and Chilean Claudia Huaiquimilla’s “Mala Junta” (“Bad Influence”) made good on predictions sweeping nearly all the multiple prizes at the Guadalajara Fest’s 10th Works in Progress. Co-written and starring Sofia Espinosa, just cast to …

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‘Camino’ simple and brutal survival melodrama – ‘Competent but unmemorable B-movie’

LOS ANGELES, March 7, (RTRS): As if her first teaming with director Josh C. Waller on his 2013 debut feature, “Raze” — involving a sort of lethal female fight club — weren’t punishing enough, Zoe Bell gets pummeled (and occasionally shot) throughout most of “Camino.” This thriller abandons that earlier …

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Harnoncourt dies at age 86 – Pope of Baroque

VIENNA, March 7, (Agencies): Celebrated Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt, considered to be the “pope” of the Baroque music revival, died Saturday aged 86, three months after announcing his retirement, his family announced. “Nikolaus Harnoncourt took his last breath peacefully surrounded by family,” said the short announcement carried by the Austrian …

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