Entertainment

TV operators struggle with online rivals – Netflix, friend or foe?

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 8, (AFP): The empire has not yet figured out how to strike back. The major legacy television companies are struggling to find the formula to stem the loss of customers to Internet rivals like Netflix, Amazon and others. Time Warner — one of the mainstays of the …

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‘Frame by Frame’ piercing, poignant – Film depicts cathartic power of camera lens

A picture may say a thousand words, but it doesn’t have to: For every photograph in which closer investigation yields narrative upon narrative, there’s another with a message as immediate and urgent as an involuntary cry of pain. Both levels of visual expression are shown to be essential in “Frame …

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French actor Alain Delon turns 80 – ‘Sexiest man of the 20th century’

PARIS, Nov 8, (AFP): To some he was the sexiest man of the 20th century, to others he is an egotistical cad. But as the actor Alain Delon turns 80 on Sunday, France still can’t make up its mind about its greatest screen seducer. As a slew of new French …

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‘By the Sea’ slow, quiet drama – Jolie Pitt turns grief over mom’s death into film

LOS ANGELES, Nov 7, (Agencies): Retreating from wartime horrors (“Unbroken,” “In the Land of Blood and Honey”) to explore the less perilous minefield of a troubled marriage, Angelina Jolie Pitt pulls off a halfway compelling trick with “By the Sea,” . Drenched in so many photogenic shades of cream, tan …

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DiCaprio talks climate, ‘Revenant’ at SAG Foundation ’versary – Hanks honored with Trailblazer Award

LOS ANGELES, Nov 7, (RTRS): The SAG Foundation, the nonprofit arm of SAG-AFTRA, toasted its 30th anniversary with a starry celebration at the Wallis Annenberg Center in Beverly Hills Thursday night, and honoree Leonardo DiCaprio took time to talk about his charitable work. DiCaprio was receiving the SAG Foundation’s Actors …

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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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