Entertainment

Hardwicke fights Hollywood sexism – Still hard to get hired as a female director

LOS ANGELES, Nov 7, (RTRS): Catherine Hardwicke recently stormed the red carpet of her latest indie, “Miss You Already,” at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. With her male publicist carrying her golden purse, Hardwicke’s hands were free to point and gesture in animated bursts. Every time she’d step up …

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Stallone still packs punch – Warcraft trailer

PHILADELPHIA, Nov 7, (AP): There’s a scene in “Creed” where the latest brash boxer who challenges the upstart protege of Rocky Balboa barks, “No one cares about Balboa anymore!” Yo, through 40 years of Rocky as an underdog, champion, and aging, widowed fighter, fans sure do care. Dressed in robes, fedora …

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‘Star Wars’ fan gets early screening – Dying wish … granted

CHICAGO, Nov 6, (AFP): A terminally ill “Star Wars” fan whose dying wish went viral was granted an early screening of the latest installment of the sci-fi blockbuster and a phone call from director J.J. Abrams, his wife said Thursday. Daniel Fleetwood, 32 and a resident of Texas, has been …

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Egypt’s plans marred after crash – Hopes for tourism sector recovery fading

LUXOR, Egypt, Nov 6, (AP): Egypt had launched festivities, archaeological openings and a new tourism campaign to draw much-needed foreign visitors. But with many flights to Red Sea resorts grounded Thursday amid suspicion that a bomb brought down a Russian airliner, hopes for a recovery were fading. Egyptians, who depend …

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Adele leads industry hopes – ‘Hello’ smashes records

NEW YORK, Nov 6, (Agencies): Adele’s long-awaited album is leading a flurry of major releases in the coming weeks that could determine whether 2015 marks a rebound for a slow-growing recorded music industry. Two acts with ecstatic young followings, Justin Bieber and One Direction, will both put out albums on …

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Luxor tombs open to spur tourist interest – Huy ‘most significant’

LUXOR, Egypt, Nov 6, (AP): Egypt opened three tombs in the ancient city of Luxor to the public for the first time on Thursday, hoping to spur interest in tourism despite the shadow of last weekend’s airline crash in the Sinai Peninsula. The most significant tomb was that of Huy, …

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‘Spectre’ doesn’t shake old formulas – Bond producers hope to ‘hang on’ to Craig as 007

Where to go when 53 years of action-scene set pieces have exhausted seemingly every exotic corner of the Earth? How much globe can a globe-trotter trot? The answer kicking off the latest James Bond film, “Spectre,” is a doozy. Beginning with the words “the dead are alive” across the screen, …

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‘Hunger Games should give teens hope for decent future’ – Lawrence says action heroine has deeply inspired her

BERLIN, Nov 4, (AFP): As the final movie of fantasy blockbuster franchise “The Hunger Games” premieres in Berlin Wednesday, Hollywood star Donald Sutherland said he hopes the story of revolution will give youngsters hope for “a decent future”. “This is just the beginning,” said Sutherland, who plays the tyrannical President …

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Winslet to receive Variety Award;  ‘Lobster’, ‘45 Yrs’ top nominees for BIFA

LOS ANGELES, Nov 4, (RTRS): The British Independent Film Awards — the UK’s answer to the Film Independent Spirit Awards — lived up to their outsider roots with this morning’s nominations announcement, as offbeat festival sensations, edgy genre film and a hit documentary trumped Oscar-tipped prestige dramas. Leading the rebel …

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Americans abroad tweak tradition – Nov, Dec bring bittersweet mashup of cheer, homesickness

In our global world, you can easily buy a Thanksgiving turkey for roasting in Dubai or Beijing or Tokyo. You can shop for Christmas trees in Bangkok, where stores play Christmas carols throughout December, a constant reminder that Santa Claus can come to town even when you’re 8,000 miles from …

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