Entertainment

Sundance takes on US mass shootings – Herzog’s ‘Lo and Behold’ lands at Magnolia

PARK CITY, Utah, Jan 28, (Agencies): Gun violence was on the minds of more than a few filmmakers this year. The ongoing issue was the main subject of four new films at the Sundance Film Festival — two feature documentaries (“Newtown,” ‘’Under the Gun”) one short documentary, “Speaking is Difficult,” …

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Bay ready to rock at the Grammys – Rihanna teams with Drake for new album’s first single

NEW YORK, Jan 28, (Agencies): For rock singer James Bay, receiving not one or two — but three — Grammy nominations for his debut album is “insane.” That’s because Bay, 25, remembers how scary it was to finally record music after performing around Europe for more than 10 years. “It’s …

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Springsteen reschedules NYC show after snowstorm, adds dates

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band said Wednesday their New York City show that was canceled because of the recent snowstorm will now take place in March. Springsteen had been set to perform his first of two shows at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The show was canceled and …

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Waves, nostalgia wash over ‘Hours’ – Stallone to be feted at Santa Barbara Fest

Waves of water and nostalgia wash over the drenched and drippy “The Finest Hours,” a Norman Rockwell painting tossed into stormy CGI seas. The disaster drama, directed by Craig Gillespie (“Lars and the Real Girl,” “Million Dollar Arm”), is a movie of curious contrasts: an unabashedly old-fashioned and overwhelmingly vanilla …

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‘Golden Years’, ‘Marguerite’ lead Cesar noms – ‘GoT,’ ‘Revenant’ lead Golden Reel noms

LOS ANGELES, Jan 27, (RTRS): Xavier Giannoli’s “Marguerite” and Arnaud Desplechin’s “My Golden Years” are leading the nominations at this year’s Cesar awards, along with “Mustang,” Deniz Gamze Erguven’s Oscar-nominated feature debut, and Jacques Audiard’s Palme-d’Or winning “Dheepan.” The nominations for the 41st Cesar awards were unveiled today by Alain …

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Sullivan gets her groove back – ‘I work really hard on my music’

Search the name Jazmine Sullivan online, and you’re likely to find the name of another powerful vocalist-slash-songwriter: Adele. There are Twitter pleas for collaborations between the two, year-end lists including them both, and perhaps, more often, think pieces that end in questions about why Sullivan doesn’t get as much appreciation …

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SAG Life Achievement honoree Burnett on her career – ‘It’s her versatility everyone remembers’

LOS ANGELES, Jan 27, (RTRS): On Jan 30, Carrol Burnett will receive the SAG Life Achievement Award for her professional achievements and her humanitarianism. The legendary star of television, stage and film is acutely aware of the roots of both. Show business held out an escape from the impoverished, chaotic, …

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Musical production top-notch – ‘Sing Street’ heart-melting romance

LOS ANGELES, Jan 26, (RTRS): He’s no Vincente Minnelli in the visual storytelling department, but no 21st-century filmmaker has a more intuitive understanding of movie-musical construction than Irishman John Carney. After “Once” and “Begin Again” both beautifully unpacked the narrative nature of the songwriting process, he’s back at it with …

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‘A Good Wife’ classically styled directorial debut by Karanovic – ‘Halal Love’ comedy related to culture

LOS ANGELES, Jan 26, (RTRS): Lebanese helmer Assad Fouladkar’s “Halal Love (and Sex)” just received its North American premiere in Sundance, following a gala screening at the Dubai Intl Film Festival in December. The film’s comedic take on issues of love and sex have a specific Middle Eastern flavor, addressing …

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Herzog blasts social media at Sundance Thurman, Daddario join Satrapi’s ‘Extraordinary Journey’

LOS ANGELES, Jan 26, (Agencies): Uma Thurman (“Kill Bill”), Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips”) and Laurent Lafi tte (“Little White Lies”) have joined Bollywood star Dhanush in Marjane Satrapi’s “The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir.” Alexandra Daddario (“True Detective,” “San Andreas”) is in advanced negotiations to take one of the lead …

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