Entertainment

Stewart relieved to get NYFCC award – SBIFF to host US premiere of ‘Little Prince’

LOS ANGELES, Jan 5, (RTRS): The New York Film Critics Circle gala usually offers its share of highbrow speeches (just ask presenter Tony Kushner gushing over “Carol’s” screenplay), but this year’s celebration included an unexpected reference — to the MTV Movie Awards. One of the early winners at the dinner …

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Guns N’ Roses reunion set for April – LCD Soundsystem to headline Coachella

NEW YORK, Jan 5, (AFP): Guns N’ Roses and LCD Soundsystem, two of the most influential bands in recent decades, will both get back together for the Coachella Music Festival in April. Coachella, which takes place over two consecutive weekends in the California desert, confirmed the long-rumored reunions as it …

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Adele album enjoys biggest US sales year – ‘25’ sixth week atop Billboard

NEW YORK, Jan 5, (Agencies): Adele’s record-breaking album “25” has scored another feat — the highest US sales during a single year in a decade. The British singer’s album unsurprisingly was the top-selling album of 2015 and spent its sixth week at number one on the year’s final chart released …

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‘Hateful Eight’ wins best movie at Capri – Tarantino’s latest doesn’t top his best

LOS ANGELES, Jan 4, (RTRS): Quentin Tarantino’s “The Hateful Eight” won best movie honors at the Capri Hollywood Film Festival. The Weinstein Co release also won best actor for Samuel L. Jackson, best supporting actress for Jennifer Jason Leigh and best musical score for Ennio Morricone. The awards were announced …

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Smith honored by real-life ‘Concussion’ doc – Damon leads Oscar charge for Scott

LOS ANGELES, Jan 4, (Agencies): Dr Bennet Omalu, the real-life subject of “Concussion,” praised Will Smith as he presented the actor with Variety’s Creative Impact Award on Sunday at a brunch at the Palm Springs Film Festival. Smith was so convincing in the role that Omalu’s 80-year-old mother was fooled …

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National Society of Film Critics names ‘Spotlight’ best movie – ‘Amy’ nabs trophy for non-fiction film

LOS ANGELES, Jan 4, (RTRS): Investigative journalism tale “Spotlight” won the National Society of Film Critics’ award for the best picture of 2015, as well as the group’s honor for best screenplay (given to the film’s co-writers Josh Singer and Tom McCarthy, who also directed). Period romance “Carol” also took …

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‘Close Encounters’ cinematographer dies – Zsigmond helped define cinema’s American New Wave

LOS ANGELES, Jan 4, (Agencies): The legendary cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, best known for “The Deer Hunter” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” has died. His business partner Yuri Neyman confirmed that Zsigmond died on Friday in Big Sur, California. He was 85. The Hungarian-born Zsigmond helped define cinema’s American …

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Palm Springs toasts Oscar hopefuls – Fringe Oscar contenders that deserve a nomination

LOS ANGELES, Jan 3, (RTRS): Honorees at the Palm Springs Film Festival gala were campaigning and practicing their awards speeches Saturday night. Chairman of the Board recipient Matt Damon suggested his “The Martian” director Ridley Scott, for instance, was overdue even though he had helmed an Oscar best picture winner …

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Quemada-Diez preps ‘Operacion Atlas’ – Director hopes to reach wider audience

LOS ANGELES, Jan 3, (RTRS): Director of Guatemala-US road movie-thriller “La jaula de oro” (The Golden Dream), a standout Latin American debut, Spain-born Mexican Diego Quemada-Diez is readying political thriller “Operacion Atlas” as he launches an Academy Award campaign for his first feature. Winner of a Cannes Un Certain Talent …

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‘Big Short’ was a ‘surreal’ experience: Britell – ‘Writing music for film definitely different’

LOS ANGELES, Jan 3, (RTRS): Nicholas Britell composed the complex score for Paramount’s “The Big Short,” which opened in a limited run and expanded on Dec 23. The composer has a background in the financial world and told Variety that working with director Adam McKay was a great experience, with …

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