KABUL (Reuters) – Afghans who have spent years working for U.S. troops, diplomats or agencies say their lives are at risk for that service as soldiers head home, and fear a visa program that promised an escape for those facing serious threats has failed them.
The Afghan Allies program was approved two and half years ago for Afghans who have worked for the U.S. government. Since then, of the 2,630 who have so far applied, 48 have been rejected and one has received an interview.
MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Reuters) – After three decades of occupation, civil war, Taliban rule and a NATO-led military campaign, ordinary Afghans remain powerless and without a unified voice.
Many are too afraid to talk. The few that do speak out are barely able to share ideas with each other, much less address authorities.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – As the first female executive editor of The New York Times in the newspaper’s 160-year history, Jill Abramson is at the pinnacle of the media world.
But just as she is starting in the top job at the Times, she has a new lighthearted book out about a surprising topic — her passion for her puppy.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Arnold Schwarzenegger is writing a memoir about his rise to fame and unlikely transition from Austrian-born champion bodybuilder to Hollywood action star to California governor, his publisher said on Thursday.
Schwarzenegger, 64, who in May announced his separation from wife Maria Shriver after admitting to fathering a child out of wedlock, is “chronicling his embodiment of the American Dream” in his second autobiography, publisher Simon & Schuster said.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Getting beaten up is never a good thing, unless maybe you’re Gavin DeGraw. In which case, it could even make life “Sweeter.”
The U.S. singer-songwriter isn’t bitter about being thrashed by a group of men in New York and hospitalized for days in August, a month before his new album was released, telling Reuters it was, in the end, the “best case scenario.”
TORONTO (Reuters) – The Toronto International Film Festival reached its midpoint on Tuesday with films like the “The Descendants” and actor Michael Fassbender winning praise, but a nagging question about the future of dark dramas in Hollywood has hovered over the event.
Toronto, which along with recently wrapped festivals in Venice and Telluride, helps launch the movie awards season and industry pros gather here to build buzz for their films. Yet, while some dramas here have been praised for their stories and characters, few business deals have been made to put many of those movies into theaters.
TORONTO (Reuters) – Calling acting just his “day job,” George Clooney is winning over movie critics and audiences in Toronto with a nuanced performance as a father forced to rethink his life after his wife suffers a debilitating accident.
Clooney plays the key role in “The Descendants,” a new feature from Alexander Payne, who directed the Oscar-winning “Sideways,” and he brings a similar blend of humor and heartbreak to this new movie set against a Hawaiian backdrop.
TORONTO (Reuters) – Brad Pitt has turned to the insular world of baseball economics for his latest movie and yet the Hollywood heavyweight is a relative rookie in terms of obsessing over one of America’s great pastimes.
The A-list actor is one of the top draws this week at the Toronto International Film Festival for the launch of his new drama, “Moneyball.” He plays Billy Beane, the real-life general manager of Major League Baseball’s Oakland A’s, who is famed for reinventing the game by running a competitive team in a cost-effective way.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Coming off a robust first half of 2011 for independent films, the Toronto film festival kicks off on Thursday with expectations for a generous amount of business deals, Hollywood star power and Oscar hopefuls.
Film fans and industry pros are heading into this week’s festival, which will screen 268 feature throughout 11 days, in a buoyant mood following strong movie lineups and dealmaking at the Cannes and Sundance festivals earlier this year.
NEW YORK, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Norman Mailer once advised
another author to wait 10 years before writing about the
attacks of Sept. 11 because “it will take that long for you to
make sense of it.”
The estimate by the prominent New York novelist and
journalist, who died in 2007, may have been premature. As the
world marks a decade since the attacks, literary circles are
still waiting for a definitive work on the topic.