Entertainment

‘Batman’ embraced on social media despite reviews – ‘Starman’ remake in the works at Sony

LOS ANGELES, April 2, (RTRS): “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” may have been vivisected by critics, but fans on social media have shown a greater appreciation for the onscreen showdown between the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. Fifty seven percent of the conversation on Twitter following the …

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Stars turn up at Bowie tribute concert – Timberlake sued by Cirque du Soleil over hit song

NEW YORK, April 1, (Agencies): A sold-out Carnegie Hall audience joined a children’s chorus in a singalong to David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” Thursday, a sweet end to a tribute concert that turned into a memorial through some bizarre timing. Jakob Dylan, Michael Stipe, the Flaming Lips and Heart’s Ann Wilson …

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O’Brien captures his fight with ALS – ‘We had a story to share’

CHELSEA, Mass, April 1, (AP): Patrick O’Brien was a young, budding New York City filmmaker and DJ known as “TransFatty” when his legs suddenly started trembling uncontrollably. Walking became a struggle. He’d lose his balance and often fall down. Then, in 2005, came the diagnosis: amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. …

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IFFLA announces jurors, adds lineup – Leo, Penn, Keeley star in Fantasy–thriller ‘Ashram’

LOS ANGELES, April 1, (RTRS): Actor Rizwan Manji and “Margarita, With a Straw” writer-director Shonali Bose are among the jury selections for the 2016 feature and short film contests at the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA). The IFFLA, now in its 14th year, celebrates excellence in Indian cinema …

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John Green producing British soccer movie – FilmRise buys horse docu ‘Harry and Snowman’

LOS ANGELES, April 1, (RTRS): Fox 2000 is developing a British soccer movie with “The Fault in Our Stars” author John Green, Rosianna Halse Rojas and Temple Hill Entertainment. The story centers on the AFC Wimbledon’s origins in 2002 and how, over the course of just a few years, a rag-tag …

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‘Miles’ stylishly evokes jazz legend – Antic portrait of college life in ‘Everybody’

‘Miles Ahead’,” an ambitious, experimental biopic about jazz legend Miles Davis, actually states its mission twice over the course of the movie. Basically: “If you’re going to tell a story, come with some attitude. Don’t make it all corny.” The person saying it is Miles Davis, played by Don Cheadle, who also …

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Afro-dance DJs Buraka hit pause in new era – Group plans to wrap up global tour

NEW YORK, March 30, (AFP): Born in the cultural crossroads of Lisbon, Buraka Som Sistema shook up the global dance music scene and won a cult following by weaving infectious African rhythms into electronica. A decade after Buraka Som Sistema’s first release, the DJ collective finds itself in a drastically changed …

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O’Brien’s ‘I Am Not a Serial Killer’ dark but never dreary – Story hits some snags

LOS ANGELES, March 30, (RTRS): Suzanne Collins famously stumbled on her inspiration for “The Hunger Games” trilogy while channel surfing between newscasts of war zones and reality competition shows. In the case of “I Am Not a Serial Killer,” based on the first book in Dan Wells’ YA series, it’s …

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Daniels, Travis, Foster to join ‘Hall’ – Female country acts take center stage at ACM fest

NASHVILLE, Tenn, March 30, (AP): Fiddler Charlie Daniels, singer Randy Travis, and producer and label owner Fred Foster are joining the Country Music Hall of Fame. The announcement was made Tuesday by the Hall of Fame and Museum, along with the Country Music Association, at a press conference in Nashville, …

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15 yrs later, Iha plays with Pumpkins – West’s ‘Famous’ now available on streaming services

NEW YORK, March 29, (Agencies): Fifteen years after leaving Smashing Pumpkins, guitarist James Iha has rejoined the alternative rock icons to perform songs from the classic 1993 album “Siamese Dream.” Iha, who last appeared with Smashing Pumpkins in their native Chicago in December 2000, unexpectedly walked onto a Los Angeles …

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