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Dec 3, 2012

Kutcher’s Steve Jobs, Gordon-Levitt among Sundance premieres

NEW YORK, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Ashton Kutcher’s turn as Apple
co-founder Steve Jobs and actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s
directorial debut about a modern day Don Juan are leading a slew
of star-studded premieres unveiled Monday for the 2013 Sundance
Film Festival.

Kutcher stars in “Jobs,” a biographical look at the career
rise of Jobs from wayward hippie to charismatic inventor and
entrepreneur, which Sundance said Monday will officially close
the indie film festival backed by Robert Redford that runs Jan.
17 to Jan. 27.

Dec 3, 2012

New York critics pick “Zero Dark Thirty” as best film

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The New York Film Critics Circle on Monday picked action thriller “Zero Dark Thirty” as best film and gave its top acting honors to Daniel Day-Lewis and Rachel Weisz in the first major movie awards of the season leading up to Hollywood’s Oscars.

U.S. filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow won best director for “Zero Dark Thirty,” based on the decade-long U.S. operation to kill Osama bin Laden and billed as a cinematic look at “the greatest manhunt in history.”

Nov 30, 2012

Dolly Parton talks dreams, love, plastic surgery

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Although Dolly Parton has cemented her place in country and popular music, pop culture, and as an entrepreneur and philanthropist, she still, on occasion, gets nervous.

Her new book, “Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You” encourages readers to overcome their fears, believe in their passions and keep taking risks.

Nov 28, 2012

Womens’ stories dominate 2013 Sundance film lineup

NEW YORK, Nov 28 (Reuters) – The Sundance Film Festival, the
top U.S. film festival for independent cinema, on Wednesday
unveiled its lineup for 2013, with films centered on female
characters dominating the American fiction film competition.

The 113 feature length movies, including both narrative
films and documentaries, cover a range of topics, but more than
half of those chosen for the U.S. dramatic competition focus on
stories about women, including several about females exploring
sexual relationships.

Nov 28, 2012

Womens’ stories dominate 2013 Sundance fiction line-up

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Sundance Film Festival, the top U.S. film festival for independent cinema, on Wednesday unveiled its line-up for 2013, with films centred on female characters dominating the American fiction film competition.

The 113 feature length movies, including both narrative films and documentaries, cover a range of topics, but more than half of those chosen for the U.S. dramatic competition focus on stories about women, including several about females exploring sexual relationships.

Nov 23, 2012

Ang Lee talks about risks, spirituality of “Life of Pi”

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Gay cowboy drama “Brokeback Mountain” may have been considered a risky film to make, but director Ang Lee said his new movie, “Life of Pi,” a 3D exploration of faith about a boy stranded on a boat with a Bengal tiger, is his riskiest yet.

The film, which was released in U.S. theaters this week, is adapted from Yann Martel’s best-selling novel of the same name and was once considered impossible to make.

Oct 25, 2012

Tori Amos puts new spin on old songs for “Gold Dust”

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tori Amos has been performing in bars and clubs since the age of 13, but the pianist-singer-songwriter’s new tour and album mark 20 years since her breakthrough solo debut album “Little Earthquakes”.

Throughout October, Amos, 49, has been touring with songs from her new album “Gold Dust”, which reinterprets hits from the past two decades, accompanied by the Metropole Orchestra. The album, released October 2, follows her 2011 song cycle “Night of Hunters”, also inspired by classical music.

Oct 23, 2012

James Bond blends old and new charms as 007 turns 50

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Makers of the new James Bond movie “Skyfall” have striven to combine the old-school values that made 007 such a success over the last 50 years with enough modern mores to keep the silver screen’s favorite super spy relevant in a post-Cold War world.

The 23rd official Bond film, which has its royal world premiere in London on Tuesday, brings together Daniel Craig on his third outing on Her Majesty’s secret service with British director Sam Mendes making his franchise debut.

Oct 18, 2012

Actor John Hawkes: A familiar face to reluctant fame

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Unlike some actors, John Hawkes dislikes being recognized and does not crave attention. It distracts people from believing his transformations, he says quietly, of which there have been many.

In role after role, he has remained anonymous, so much so that eyebrows were raised when he was nominated for best supporting actor last year for “Winter’s Bone.”

Oct 17, 2012

J.K. Rowling, “adult” fiction author, jokes about “50 Shades”

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Promoting her new “adult” novel “The Casual Vacancy,” Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling finds it amusing that the most famous “adult” fiction of the moment is the erotic trilogy “50 Shades of Grey.” But, she says, there’s a big difference.

“The difference should be, people have sex in this book but no one really enjoys it,” she said of her own book at a reading in New York on Tuesday night.

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