Saturday , September 22 2018


‘Creed’ Stallone’s toughest role – A surprise awards-season contender

LOS ANGELES, Jan 6, (RTRS): Nearly 40 years after Sylvester Stallone introduced audiences to Rocky Balboa, the actor’s return for his seventh shot at the character in “Creed” has propelled him into a surprise awards-season contender — a status he hasn’t claimed for a long time. “I actually am startled,” …

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Avant-garde jazz pianist Bley dies – Blues guitarist Hunter dead at 84

NEW YORK, Jan 6, (Agencies): Visionary Canadian-born pianist Paul Bley, a pivotal figure in the avant-garde jazz movement known for his innovative trio and solo recordings, has died. He was 83. Bley died Sunday of natural causes at his winter residence in Stuart, Florida, said Tina Pelikan, publicist for the …

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‘Star Wars’, ‘Saul’ among ACE nominees – ‘Anomalisa’, ‘Inside Out’ take animation nods

LOS ANGELES, Jan 5, (RTRS): The American Cinema Editors nominated “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” for best film editing of a dramatic feature Monday. It is the first industry awards group to recognize J.J. Abrams’ record-breaking sequel. Prior to the film’s world premiere in mid-December, Disney opted out of screening …

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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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