Entertainment

In broken dreams … rebirth – empowering abused women to a new life

People read, hear and watch stories on media of domestic workers of various nationalities who suffer maltreatment in the hands of their employers, running away from their employers daily to seek refuge somewhere else who more often end up on the doorsteps of their respective embassies. They seek shelter that …

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US takes action to keep guns out of abusers’ hands – Laws strengthened

IOWA CITY, Iowa, Feb 7, (AP): More than a dozen US states have strengthened laws over the past two years to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the nation’s highly polarized debate over guns. Lawmakers and governors of both parties have …

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Inarritu wins top DGA prize for ‘Revenant’ – David Nutter scoops award for ‘GoT’

LOS ANGELES, Feb 7, (Agencies): An unclear cinematic season got a little foggier on Saturday with Alejandro Inarritu’s Directors Guild win for his harrowing frontier epic “The Revenant.” With only weeks to go before the Academy Awards on Feb 28, the race is still as wide open as ever. Even …

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‘Panda 3’ pummels ‘Choice’, ‘Caesar!’

LOS ANGELES, Feb 7, (RTRS): Animated Jack Black romp “Kung Fu Panda 3” is ruling the box office for a second straight weekend, steamrolling new releases “Hail, Caesar!”, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and “The Choice” on its way to a three-day haul of $22 million. Unspooling in 3,987 locations, …

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Depp recalls finding Sparrow in sauna – Santa Barbara festival fetes actor with Maltin Award

SANTA BARBARA, Calif, Feb 6, (RTRS): It was a rare treat for those who managed tickets to Thursday night’s presentation of the Maltin Modern Master Award to Johnny Depp to kick off the 31st annual Santa Barbara Film Festival’s roll call of fetes this year. After all, the “Black Mass” …

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Cult climbs new heights – ‘Ghosts’ isn’t a fun listen

The Cult, “Hidden City” (Cooking Vinyl) The Cult has had its ups and downs over the more than 30 years since its debut. “Hidden City” shows the band climbing new heights. Led by mystically inclined singer and lyricist Ian Astbury and down-to-earth, riff generating guitarist Billy Duffy, the band’s 10th …

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Jordan ‘wins’ big at NAACP – ‘Mind-blowing’

LOS ANGELES, Feb 6, (Agencies): It was a total knockout for Michael B. Jordan at the NAACP Image Awards in a ceremony that took several jabs at Hollywood for the lack of racial diversity. The star of the boxing drama “Creed” was honored Friday as both the entertainer of the …

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‘Rome’ combination romance, farce and road movie – Tatum, Gordon-Levitt starring in musical comedy for Universal

LOS ANGELES, Feb 6, (RTRS): Sarah Jessica Parker flies from New York to Italy for a picturesque getaway under the Tuscan sun, but Hollywood cliches follow her through customs in “All Roads Lead to Rome,” a combination romance, farce and road movie that whiffs in all three departments. Though Parker’s …

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Meet ‘Caesar!’ breakout star – Ehrenreich grateful

LOS ANGELES, Feb 5, (AP): “This is my favorite place,” says Alden Ehrenreich. It’s 11 am outside The Musso & Frank Grill on a clear, crisp Los Angeles day, and Ehrenreich is chatting about the previous night’s “Hail, Caesar!” premiere, where his grandmother got to meet George Clooney. In the …

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Takahata on ‘animation’ friend Miyazaki – Annie Awards split top category, give more pics a chance

LOS ANGELES, Feb 5, (RTRS): Though you’d be hard-pressed to get him to admit it, Japanese animator Isao Takahata is one of the most influential artists in the medium, alongside his longtime collaborator and Studio Ghibli co-founder Hayao Miyazaki. His career reached a pinnacle last year when his film “The …

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