Entertainment

Surgery halts Jackson’s tour – U2 tops

NEW YORK, Dec 25, (Agencies): Pop superstar Janet Jackson has announced a temporary halt to her global tour to undergo surgery for an unspecified condition, raising fears for her health. Jackson, 49, who has returned with an extensive global tour after several years of relative quiet, said late Thursday that …

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‘Star Wars’ dominates digital – Trailers popular on YouTube, Instagram and Twitter

LOS ANGELES, Dec 25, (RTRS): In addition to breaking records at the box office, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” also dominated digital this year, ranking as the #1 film of 2015. With over 280 million engagements across platforms, “Star Wars” trumps every other 2015 release by nearly 100 million. The …

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Real Joy dishes on ‘Joy’ – Miracle Mops to movie stars

NEW YORK, Dec 25, (AP): So then there was that time that Joy Mangano, “Miracle Mop” inventor and home shopping entrepreneur, was sitting at a meeting wedged between Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro. And De Niro leaned over and said: “Joy, I have to talk to you. I have …

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DiCaprio went to extremes for Revenant – Surreal twists bring Kaufman’s ‘Anomalisa’ to theaters

Alejandro G. Inarritu knew Leonardo DiCaprio would go to the ends of the earth to make the 19th century survival epic “The Revenant” exactly as the famously meticulous director wanted. For Inarritu, DiCaprio was the best person to play Hugh Glass, a real life fur trapper who survived a bear …

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‘Hopper’ changed Douglas’ life – ‘Fury Road’ dominates FFCC

LOS ANGELES, Dec 24, (RTRS): With her wide eyes and nasal voice, Illeana Douglas has been a reliable supporting presence in a range of films such as “Alive” and “Cape Fear.” But with the possible exception of “Grace of My Heart,” in which she’s front-and-center as a singer-songwriter on the …

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Beatles end streaming boycott – Metallica teases new album after absence

LONDON, Dec 24, (AFP): The Beatles, the top-selling band in musical history yet a persistent holdout on new technology, announced Wednesday they would end a boycott of streaming in time for Christmas. The Fab Four’s full catalogue will be available on all major services including leader Spotify, removing the most …

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J.J. Abrams already regrets not directing Star Wars – ‘Force’ named Entertainer of the Year

LOS ANGELES, Dec 24, (Agencies): J.J. Abrams is evidently already having second thoughts about his decision to step out of the director’s chair for the next “Star Wars” film. Abrams’ lifelong friend Greg Grunberg told The Washington Post that he has never heard the director express regret in such great …

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Lawrence carries ambitious ‘Joy’ – Smith anchors worthy ‘Concussion’

Jennifer Lawrence is a force, whether as the hero of “The Hunger Games” or the overburdened, inventive single mother she plays in “Joy.” The Oscar winner is in every frame of David O. Russell’s new film, shining even among a star-studded cast with a performance that brings continuity to the …

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‘Force’ major coup for theaters – Vatican paper slams ‘Star Wars’

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 23, (Agencies): Shattering box office records, the latest installment of “Star Wars” has stoked US film industry hopes that theaters can thrive in the face of a growing shift to online video streaming. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” surged above estimates to post an all-time industry-high $248 …

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Rapper navigates success, troubles – Band Chicago confirms reunion for Rock Hall of Fame

LOS ANGELES, Dec 23, (Agencies): You may not know the name iLoveMemphis, but you’ve likely heard the rapper’s catchy track “Hit the Quan” or watched one of the viral videos featuring the song’s playful dance. The song marked a breakthrough for the 22-year-old, who achieved a Top 20 pop hit …

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