Entertainment

16th February

Living dangerously, one foot at a time, in ‘Free Solo’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Alex Honnold lives life dangerously. One of an elite group of “free solo” rock climbers, he scales sheer vertical cliffs thousands of feet high, alone and without a rope. Now his...

Clooney, Pitt among Hollywood actors yelling ‘cut’ over Oscar award changes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Robert de Niro on Thursday joined a growing protest in Hollywood over plans by Oscars organizers to present cinematography, editing and some other awards during commercial breaks at next week’s Academy Awards ceremony. Sandra Bullock, Emma Stone and Jon Hamm also added their names to an...

Actress Charlotte Rampling gets lifetime achievement award at Berlin fest

BERLIN (Reuters) – British actress Charlotte Rampling said on Thursday she was moved to be awarded the Berlin Film Festival’s Golden Bear for lifetime achievement. The 73-year-old, who started her career as a model, is famed for starring in arthouse films. She is best known for playing a concentration camp survivor in Liliana Cavani’s “The...

Brie Larson makes superhero debut in female-led ‘Captain Marvel’

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oscar winner Brie Larson gets embroiled in galactic conflict in Marvel Studios’ first female-led superhero movie “Captain Marvel”, a role she said pushed her beyond her comfort zone during training. The actress, who won the best actress Academy Award for “Room”, plays former U.S. fighter pilot Carol Danvers in the highly anticipated...

Chicago police dispute reports ‘Empire’ actor investigated for staging attack

(Reuters) – Chicago police contested media reports on Thursday that officers were investigating whether “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett staged being physically assaulted because he was being written out of the television show. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said there was no evidence to support a report by Chicago ABC7 television, which cited sources familiar with...

14th February

Netflix row overshadows premiere of film about Spanish lesbians

BERLIN (Reuters) – A row over whether films produced for streaming platform Netflix should be shown at the Berlin Film Festival has overshadowed the premiere of “Elisa & Marcela”, Isabel Coixet’s tale of two Spanish lesbians. Independent arthouse cinema operators in Germany wrote to German Culture Minister Monika Gruetters and Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick on...

Hip-hop icon Grandmaster Flash, violinist Mutter win Polar Prize

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – American hip-hop icon Grandmaster Flash was awarded Sweden’s Polar Music Prize on Wednesday, together with German violinist Ann-Sophie Mutter and the Playing for Change Foundation. Founded in 1989 by Stig Anderson, publisher and manager of the Swedish band ABBA, previous winners of the 1 million Swedish crowns ($108,606) prize include Paul McCartney,...

‘So far so good,’ says legendary French director Varda at 90

BERLIN (Reuters) – Agnes Varda, the Belgian-born grande dame of French cinema, made her latest film “Agnes by Varda” to help bid farewell to her viewers, but the 90-year-old doesn’t rule out making more movies. Speaking hours before being awarded the Berlin Film Festival’s Berlinale Camera award for lifetime achievement, Varda- director of “La Pointe...

Catherine Deneuve’s new film explores Islamist radicalisation

BERLIN (Reuters) – Tolerance and non-judgemental understanding may be the best way to try to save radicalized young Europeans who want to go and join militant Islamists in Middle Eastern conflicts, veteran French actress Catherine Deneuve said on Tuesday. “Farewell to the Night”, which premiered on Tuesday at the Berlin Film Festival, tells the story...

Malawian boy saves famine-stricken village with wind turbine in Berlinale movie

BERLIN (Reuters) – A movie premiering in Berlin tells the true story of a young boy from a famine-stricken village in Malawi who studies books about energy then builds a wind turbine that enables farmers to irrigate their land. Directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” tells the story of William, an...

‘Piranhas’ explores emotional lives of Neapolitan child crime bosses

BERLIN (Reuters) – “Piranhas”, a film about children wrapped up in the violence of the Neapolitan drugs trade, was inspired by crime journalist Roberto Saviano’s desire to understand the emotional lives of teenagers who knew they were heading for violent early deaths. The film, based on his novel of the same name, is one of...

Zhang Yimou’s Cultural Revolution film pulled from Berlin festival

BERLIN (Reuters) – The Berlin Film Festival has canceled the world premiere of Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s new film, citing technical difficulties and declining to comment on speculation about censorship. “One Second” is set during the chaos of China’s 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, a world away from Zhang’s Matt Damon-led fantasy “The Great Wall” or his...

Pop singer Miley Cyrus stands in for husband at film premiere

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Newly married pop singer Miley Cyrus stood in for her Hollywood actor husband Liam Hemsworth on Monday, attending the premiere of his latest film “Isn’t It Romantic” on his behalf as he was unwell. Dressed in a red floor length gown, complete with a train, the “Wrecking Ball” chart-topper posed for...

13th February

George Clooney says Meghan being harassed just like Diana

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The media are harassing Meghan Markle just as they did Princess Diana, who was killed in a car crash while being pursued by paparazzi, her friend George Clooney said. Clooney and his wife Amal attended Meghan’s wedding to Prince Harry, Diana’s son, last year when the American actress became the newest...

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