Entertainment

‘Bodyguard’ fun, action-packed escape – ‘Dave Made a Maze’ whimsical fantasy

There’s not a whole lot that’s new about “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”. Its mismatched-pals premise is the stuff of classic buddy comedies. Stars Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson play their typical character types: Reynolds the handsome do-gooder; Jackson the unflappable … whose favorite word is … And like many movie …

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Security fears ahead of Ariana Saeed ‘gig’ – ‘Afghanistan’s Kardashian’

LONDON, Aug 17, (RTRS): One of Afghanistan’s most controversial pop stars, Ariana Saeed, famous for her figure-hugging outfits, has vowed to go ahead with a fundraising concert in the capital Kabul on Saturday amid threats from conservatives who oppose women singing in public. The show’s location is being kept secret …

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NJ hip-hop dreams in ‘Patti Cake$’ – Rainie Yang stars in ‘Tag Along 2’

The Sundance sensation “Patti Cake$” may flow with formulaic beats but it’s got spirit for miles (eight of them, at least) and features one of the best mother-daughter relationships of the year. Patricia Dombrowski (the terrific newcomer Danielle Macdonald) is an overweight, white New Jersey 23-year-old living a hardscrabble life …

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London fest serves up ‘Battle’ – Twain, Madsen join Travolta for ‘Trading Paint’

LOS ANGELES, Aug 15, (RTRS): “Battle of the Sexes,” the tennis movie starring Oscar winner Emma Stone and Steve Carell, will be the American Express Gala screening, and have its European premiere, at the upcoming 61st BFI London Film Festival. Stone and co-stars Andrea Riseborough and Elisabeth Shue will attend …

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Stone slams media’s ‘extremist’, ‘anti-Russian fervor’ – Sarajevo fest honors actor with Honorary Heart

LOS ANGELES, Aug 15, (RTRS): Presenting his latest work, “The Putin Interviews,” at the Sarajevo Film Festival on Monday, Oliver Stone took aim at the US mainstream media for its inability or refusal to look beyond the established image of Russia and President Vladimir Putin. The festival honored Stone on …

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12 top movies to mark Indian independence – Chief censor’s exit hailed

Seventy years ago India got its independence from the Brits, but that freedom didn’t come without pain, as the country was severed in two and Pakistan was formed. Though the British censors banned any entertainment that encouraged independence, Indian cinema was right there recording the country’s highs and lows. But …

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In weak summer, bright spots abound – Scary forecasts at the box office

NEW YORK, Aug 14, (AP): On their face, the numbers are grim. Movie ticket sales in North America are running roughly half a billion dollars behind last summer’s box office, making this one of lowest-grossing summers in years. The 12.4 percent downturn comes at a critical juncture for Hollywood, with …

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Bonnie & Clyde a revolutionary film – ‘Disruptive & exciting’

Fifty years ago today, American movies were born again. That was the day “Bonnie and Clyde,” the lethally disruptive and exciting gangster saga that brought on the implosion of Hollywood — and the reinvention of Hollywood — was released in theaters. The gun-on-the-run magnetism of Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway; …

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TCA winners touch on politics – Miley Cyrus awarded show’s highest honor

LOS ANGELES, Aug 14, (Agencies): The Teen Choice Awards, always a bubble of teenage celebration, took time out during Sunday night’s ceremony to consider the world its young audience will inherit. Hashtags, surfboards and loud shrieks dominated the Teen Choice Awards, as usual, with YouTube star Jake Paul presiding over …

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40 yrs since The King’s death – When rock lost its first superstar

MEMPHIS, Aug 13, (AFP): Elvis Presley, American icon and King of rock ‘n’ roll, transformed popular culture, sold over a billion records and is idolized as ever on the 40th anniversary of his tragic death. His Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee — the second most famous home in the United …

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