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Oct 10, 2012

A Minute With: Philip Seymour Hoffman on “The Master”

NEW YORK, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Since the release of director
Paul Thomas Anderson’s new movie, “The Master”, talk by
filmgoers and critics alike has spanned its link to Scientology,
themes of control and its Oscar hopes.

Much discussion has rested on the film’s main performances
by Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix, who plays his
unhinged protege. Both actors split the top acting award at the
Venice Film Festival, where the film debuted.

Oct 9, 2012

Spielberg says “Lincoln” is no political football

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Steven Spielberg offered a cinematic vision of President Abraham Lincoln’s battle to outlaw slavery in “Lincoln,” which had a sneak preview that is already generating early buzz of awards for star Daniel Day-Lewis.

After a screening at the New York Film festival on Monday, Spielberg acknowledged the pressure of bringing to the big screen one of America’s most revered political figures, and he side-stepped questions about its relevance to current politics ahead of the November 6 U.S. presidential elections.

Oct 9, 2012

Elle Fanning becomes British ’60s teen in new Sally Potter film

NEW YORK (Reuters) – British filmmaker Sally Potter’s new film about the inseparable friendship between two teenage girls set in Cold War-era London has gained praise as a return to cinematic form for Potter and a powerful acting turn by American teen Elle Fanning.

Fanning, the rising star and younger sister of Dakota Fanning, auditioned for the role at the age of 12 and adopts an accomplished British accent to play politically aware Londoner Ginger in “Ginger & Rosa,” which screened Monday at the New York Film Festival.

Sep 29, 2012

Ang Lee’s 3D “Life of Pi” opens NY film festival

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Once considered impossible to make, the big-screen 3D adaptation of the bestselling novel “Life of Pi” opened the 50th New York Film Festival on Friday, marking another advance in digital filmmaking.

The movie’s director, Ang Lee, hit the red carpet at the big-budget movie’s world premiere, with the black-tie audience getting the first glimpse of the spiritual story of a boy stranded on a boat with a tiger. It kicked off the screenings of more than 160 films over 17 days at the New York festival.

Sep 28, 2012

Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” in 3D opens NY film festival

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Once considered impossible to make, the big screen 3D adaptation of the bestselling novel “Life of Pi” will open the 50th New York Film Festival on Friday, marking another advance in digital filmmaking.

The movie’s director, “Brokeback Mountain” filmmaker Ang Lee, was due to hit the red carpet at the big-budget movie’s world premiere on Friday. Audiences will get their first glimpse of the spiritual story of a boy stranded on a boat with a Bengal tiger, as it kicks off the screenings of more than 160 films over 17 days.

Sep 19, 2012

Streisand, Minnelli, Franklin sing for Marvin Hamlisch

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Three of America’s leading stage performers – Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnelli and Aretha Franklin – paid tribute to Marvin Hamlisch on Tuesday, honoring the late composer for his contributions to Broadway and movies, as well as their personal lives.

The invitation-only tribute for the composer of numerous hit records, movies and musicals such as “A Chorus Line” was held at the New York’s Juilliard School for the Arts where Hamlisch studied as a boy after three years earlier displaying at the age of 4 a gift for mimicking music.

Sep 13, 2012

Bolero-style Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein close NY Fashion Week

NEW YORK, Sept 13 (Reuters) – Beaded bolero jackets and
vests, tipped fedoras and splashes of scarlet and tomato red
brought a distinctly Spanish and Latin American feel to Ralph
Lauren’s collection that helped close New York Fashion Week on
Thursday, along with Calvin Klein’s show.

Lauren turned his attention to bold baggy jodhpurs and suede
pants, cascading ruffles, frills and jaunty berets accompanied
by Spanish-style music. It was one of his first major outings
since it was revealed that uniforms designed by his label for
the U.S. Olympic team were to be made in China. That touched off
a political furor.

Sep 12, 2012

“Argo,” “Silver Linings” lead Toronto buzz; business simmers

TORONTO, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Ben Affleck’s political
thriller “Argo” and David O. Russell’s comedic drama “Silver
Linings Playbook” are winning widespread praise at the midpoint
of the Toronto International Film Festival, with early sluggish
sales beginning to pick up.

Toronto, along with recent festivals in Venice and
Telluride, traditionally launches the movie industry’s major
awards season. Some of the more hyped films heading into the
festival have won over critics and audiences, while others have
divided film buffs, suggesting possible box office and awards
disappointments.

Sep 9, 2012

Affleck says continued Iran tensions make “Argo” topical

TORONTO (Reuters) – Given current diplomatic tensions over Iran, Ben Affleck says his new spy thriller “Argo” couldn’t be more topical, even though it is set more than 30 years ago.

The film, which Affleck both directs and stars in, is based on the CIA’s role in smuggling six American diplomats out of Iran in 1979 under the unlikely guise of a fake movie production.

Sep 7, 2012

Snoop drops the Dogg, aims for reggae style

TORONTO (Reuters) – Rapper Snoop Dogg insists, for now, he is dropping the ‘Dogg’ to take on a new moniker, Snoop Lion.

Snoop became one of the world’s most recognizable names in rap music after his 1993 debut album “Doggystyle” helped forge the rise of gangsta rap. But the California singer and actor with the tough image of guns, drugs and “pimping” out women now claims he is now embracing reggae music, peace and love.

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