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Apr 16, 2012

Tribeca broadens film slate for festival’s second decade

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off this week with a greater emphasis on independent foreign films in competition, stars such as Justin Bieber on red carpets and a broader overall program heading into its second decade.

The festival, one of the largest in the United States and co-founded by Robert De Niro as a way to revive downtown Manhattan after the September 11 attacks, opens on Wednesday with high-profile Hollywood comedy, “The Five-Year Engagement” starring Jason Segel and Emily Blunt.

Apr 13, 2012

After cocaine binge, Bill Clegg writes of recovery

NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York literary agent Bill Clegg’s first memoir counted down two months spent blowing $70,000 on a binge of crack cocaine and male escorts in New York’s boutique hotels while avoiding loved ones and the publishing agency he built and owned.

His newest book begins where the first left off with a new goal of 90 days. But this time around, Clegg is not out to kill himself with endless sleep-deprived, paranoid nights on cocaine. Instead, it’s an account of getting sober and a journey of relapse and recovery.

Apr 11, 2012

A Minute With: Martin Scorsese on time running out

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Time slipping away seems to be on Martin Scorsese’s mind.

After the critical success of his recent “Hugo,” the luminary director says he would make every future film in 3D, but approaching age 70, he is more concerned with movies that perfect his take on American life than with technology.

Apr 10, 2012

‘Girls': It’s sex and New York city for new generation

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The central premise of the new U.S. TV show “Girls,” might seem familiar: Four women in New York sharing friendship in their journey through relationships and sex in the city famed for its frenetic lifestyle.

Yet “Girls” is no “Sex and the City”. Its women are far younger, its tone more quirky and the half hour comedy drama show is being applauded as the most realistic portrait yet of young women, sex and femininity.

Apr 2, 2012

Oprah admits “101 mistakes” with OWN, vows to go on

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oprah Winfrey admitted on Monday that she had made mistakes while creating her cable channel but promised the fledging OWN television network would still succeed with a new strategy.

The talk show host, who recently laid off 30 staffers at the 15-month-old network after poor ratings, told the CBS program “The Early Show” that she had been ill-prepared for the venture.

Mar 22, 2012

New book warns of looming Pakistan anarchy

NEW YORK, March 22 (Reuters) – A Pakistani journalist and
best-selling author cautions that Pakistan is heading towards
anarchy in his new book that offers solutions for his country’s
frayed ties with the United States and how U.S. peace talks with
the Taliban is crucial in its exit strategy from Afghanistan.

The writer, Ahmed Rashid, who frequents the dinner tables of
the world’s top leaders offering advice, gives a dire assessment
of the region he has reported on for more than 30 years in
“Pakistan On The Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and
Afghanistan” released in the United States this week.

Mar 19, 2012

Irish love story ‘Once’ explodes onto Broadway

NEW YORK, March 19 (Reuters) – The fairytale success of the
unpretentious, beloved indie Irish film “Once” just hit new
musical heights.

The Broadway version of the Dublin-based tale about an Irish
busker and Czech immigrant who share their passion for music and
a blossoming yet impossible love with a soaring soundtrack
captured by the Oscar-winning song, “Falling Slowly,” has hit
the Great White Way to teary, standing ovations and rave

Mar 13, 2012

Encyclopaedia Brittanica ends print, goes digital

NEW YORK, March 13 (Reuters) – In yet another sign of
the growing dominance of the digital publishing market, the
oldest English-language encyclopedia still in print is moving
solely into the digital age.

The Encyclopaedia Britannica, which has been in continuous
print since it was first published in Edinburgh, Scotland in
1768, said on Wednesday it will end publication of its printed
editions and continue with digital versions available online.

Mar 10, 2012

‘Kony 2012′ director answers critics of video

NEW YORK, March 9 (Reuters) – The director of a video
sensation that calls for the arrest of Joseph Kony, the fugitive
rebel leader of a Ugandan militia group, agreed on Friday with
skeptics who have called the film oversimplified, saying it was
deliberately made that way.

The 30-minute YouTube film called “Kony 2012,” which by
Friday had been viewed on YouTube more than 58 million times,
aims to wake up the world to atrocities committed by Kony’s
Lord’s Resistance Army, including kidnapping children and
forcing them to fight.

Mar 6, 2012

Film on Indian women, Israeli drama in Tribeca fest lineup

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Films about the treatment of women in India and a gay man in Israel will open the competitions at the upcoming Tribeca Film Festival among a range of foreign stories and dozens of movies starring James Franco, Abbie Cornish, Kate Bosworth and others.

Ninety feature films, many from around the world, will screen at Tribeca, one of the largest film festivals in the United States that showcases independent cinema and was co-founded by actor Robert De Niro. It runs from April 18 to April 29.

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