Entertainment

LA Critics pick ‘Spotlight’ as best film – ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ bags three honors at LAFCA

LOS ANGELES, Dec 7, (Agencies): The high-octane “Mad Max: Fury Road” might have driven off with the most awards on Sunday, but the Los Angeles Film Critics Association had another in mind for its top film of the year: “Spotlight,” the comparatively subdued drama about the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into …

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Early year-end kudos reveal wide-open Oscar race – ‘Unpopular Jar Jar Binks won’t appear in ‘Force’’

You want to know what a wide-open Oscar race looks like? Behold: * Best Picture: “Mad Max: Fury Road,” “Carol” and “Spotlight” * Best Director: Ridley Scott, Todd Haynes and George Miller * Best Actor: Matt Damon, Michael Keaton and Michael Fassbender * Best Actress: Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan and …

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Kennedy Center fetes legends – Star Wars’ creator Lucas gets major US arts award

LOS ANGELES, Dec 7, (Agencies): Unveiling a variety of touches that broke from longstanding tradition, the Kennedy Center toasted five titans of the performing arts on Sunday in the 38th annual presentation of its Kennedy Center Honors. The careers of director George Lucas, actors Cecily Tyson and Rita Moreno, conductor …

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Lamar storms Grammy nominations – Swift trails with 7 nods

LOS ANGELES, Dec 7, (RTRS): California hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar led the Grammy nominations on Monday, scoring 11 nods including album of the year for “To Pimp a Butterfly.” The 28-year-old from Compton, the heart of the Los Angeles rap scene, left country-pop superstar Taylor Swift trailing with seven nominations …

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Marrakech honours Bill Murray – Coppola leads talk at jury’s presser

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Dec 6, (AFP): US actor Bill Murray said as he received a lifetime achievement award at the 15th Marrakech Film Festival that he had a “heavy heart” because of the deadly attacks in France and California. The star of “Groundhog Day” and “Lost in Translation” said Friday he …

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‘Look of Silence’ wins IDA Award for best documentary – SE Asia film finance still lacking maturity, development

LOS ANGELES, Dec 6, (RTRS): “The Look of Silence,” Joshua Oppenheimer’s critically-acclaimed companion piece to “The Act of Killing,” won top honors at the International Documentary Association’s IDA Awards Saturday night. The film is one of 15 finalists squaring off for Oscar nominations this year. Winning in the short category …

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Abrams faces hype in ‘Force’ – Store owner buys out local Star Wars showing

LOS ANGELES, Dec 6, (RTRS): The new installment in the “Star Wars” movie saga opens in theaters this month against a formidable force: the galactic hopes of devoted fans who have waited a decade to revisit their beloved universe of Jedi, droids and lightsabers. Can “The Force Awakens”, the seventh …

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‘Bel Canto’ to debut on Chicago opera – Miller’s first play to have London world premiere

CHICAGO, Dec 6, (Agencies): Two things make the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s world premiere of “Bel Canto” on Monday unique: Famed soprano Renee Fleming commissioned the work based on the popular novel and, rare for opera, it tells the story of a modern event. Announced in February 2012, about a …

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Moroccan cinema at crossroads – Marrakech Film Fest celebrates its 15th edition

LOS ANGELES, Dec 5, (RTRS): Given the current geo-political climate, all eyes are focused on developments in the Arab world, whether political, military or cultural. Historically positioned at a crossroads between North and South and East and West, Morocco is one of the most developed countries in both the Arab …

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Drug found near body of Weiland – Tributes pour in for troubled rocker

NEW YORK, Dec 5, (Agencies): Minnesota police said Friday that they found cocaine in a tour bus near the lifeless body of Scott Weiland, the award-winning lead singer of popular rock act Stone Temple Pilots. They also arrested Thomas Delton Black — identified by US media as a band member …

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