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Jun 22, 2011

Just A Minute With: Woody Allen on nostalgia, scandal

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Woody Allen examines nostalgia among other topics in “Midnight in Paris,” the latest in his string of films set in Europe.

The movie transports its protagonist, played by Owen Wilson, back to the good old days of the Belle Epoque and 1920s Paris, and sees Allen concluding that, really, he would have been miserable during any age, golden or not.

Jun 15, 2011

Bono’s “Spider-Man” musical still weak, critics say

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Broadway’s most expensive and ridiculed musical, “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark,” suffered another round of crushing reviews on Wednesday, a day after its long-delayed official opening drew celebrities such as former president Bill Clinton and actor Robert De Niro.

The $70 million comic-book adaptation, featuring music by U2′s Bono and the Edge, was lambasted earlier this year while playing in a record-breaking 180 previews as its producers struggled to overhaul the production.

Jun 10, 2011

“The Book of Mormon” favored to sweep Tony Awards

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “The Book of Mormon,” a satirical show about Mormons from the creators of the TV series “South Park,” looks set to sweep the Tony Awards on Sunday, aiming to be the most acclaimed show since “The Producers” with 14 nominations.

The Tony Awards, which honors Broadway’s best musicals and plays and can help propel winning shows to commercial success, will be handed out at New York’s Beacon Theater in a live televised event hosted again by actor Neil Patrick Harris, the Emmy-winning star of TV comedy “How I Met Your Mother.”

Jun 9, 2011

Woody Allen wows critics, just don’t call him soppy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Life is noisy and complicated,” so goes a line in the new romantic comedy, “Midnight in Paris,” in classic, cynical Woody Allen banter.

But this isn’t your usual comedy of errors from Allen. Critics are lauding his latest film as “pleasant,” a “souffle,” and in a compliment which may seem out of character to his longtime fans, “sweet natured.”

Jun 6, 2011

Bobby Kennedy Jr. battles big coal in documentary

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A contentious U.S. debate over mountaintop removal coal mining is making its way to movie theaters in a documentary that its makers hope will rouse Americans to action over the environmental effects of “Big Coal”.

“The Last Mountain,” which opens in U.S. cities throughout June, shows sweeping aerial views of mined Appalachian mountains in West Virginia and settles on a battle by locals and environmentalists to stop mining in Coal River Mountain — the last intact mountain left untouched in their surrounding area in West Virginia.

Jun 2, 2011

New “X-Men” set to power back mutant film franchise

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The “X-Men” franchise is back in theatres worldwide this week after a two year break and set to adapt its superhero themes into box office muscle with a strong story, fresh crop of actors, zippy visuals and broad appeal.

The fifth film, “X-Men: First Class,” will likely re-energize the series, guaranteeing more “X-Men” movies and making it the early contender to beat among a group of big summer comic book films such as “Green Lantern” and “Captain America”, film experts say.

May 27, 2011

Digital book companies jostle for dominance in NY

NEW YORK, May 27 (Reuters) – As American publishers
gathered in New York this week to promote the best of what’s
coming in the year ahead, more and more attention was focused
on the growing influence of digital publishing.

Companies at this week’s BookExpo America agreed that while
the book publishing industry is losing money overall, the
increasing sales of e-books and e-readers are offering
investors a chance to bet on the winners and losers in the
future of publishing where print books may become obsolete.

May 24, 2011

Film director puts human face on assisted suicide

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It may appear morose, but the director of a heart-wrenching documentary about doctor-assisted dying in Oregon hopes his film offers an uplifting lesson on how to live life.

With the blunt title, “How To Die In Oregon,” the documentary debuts on cable channel HBO on Thursday after winning the top nonfiction film prize earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

May 23, 2011

Eminem, Justin Bieber scoop Billboard Music Awards

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Eminem and teen idol Justin Bieber dominated the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, winning six awards each with the 38-year-old rapper taking the top honor for artist of the year.

With Eminem absent, Bieber helped lead the way on stage beside some of pop’s biggest current stars at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, marking the music magazine’s efforts to revive what was once an annual event following a four-year hiatus.

May 20, 2011

Lady Gaga finally hatches ‘Born This Way’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – She once performed in New York’s small bars searching for followers, but pop’s reigning queen Lady Gaga will likely score a huge audience when her second full-length studio album is officially released next week.

Early reviews for “Born This Way,” which has already leaked onto the Internet ahead of the official May 23 release, have been modest. But a publicity blitz and Gaga’s social media power should produce strong sales regardless of whether it is any better than her first studio album “The Fame”, say music experts.

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