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Feb 16, 2012

Amanda Knox signs book deal with Harper Collins

NEW YORK, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Amanda Knox, the American
woman cleared of murder in October by an Italian court, has sold
her memoir to Harper Collins, a spokeswoman for the publishing
house said on Thursday.

The spokeswoman declined to comment on financial terms of
the deal or elaborate on the planned book, saying further
details would be released in a statement on Friday.

Feb 14, 2012

Private funeral planned for Whitney Houston

NEWARK, New Jersey (Reuters) – The body of Whitney Houston was resting at a funeral home in her birthplace in Newark, New Jersey, on Tuesday, awaiting a private memorial service on Saturday at the New Jersey church where she honed her singing skills.

A spokeswoman for the Whigham Funeral Home told reporters on Tuesday that a private funeral service will be held Saturday at the New Hope Baptist Church, the New Jersey church where Houston once sang growing up. There will not be a wake, the spokeswoman said.

Jan 29, 2012

“Beasts,” “The Surrogate” aim for post-Sundance success

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – Dramas “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “The Surrogate” won big at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend, giving the event a burst of energy after early movies with grim sagas and star names failed to impress critics.

“Beasts of the Southern Wild,” a poetic, mystical tale of the bond between a father and daughter, set in impoverished Louisiana with a cast of non-actors, won the jury prize for best U.S. drama and another for its cinematography.

Jan 29, 2012

“Beasts,” “The House I Live In” win top awards at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – “Beasts of the Southern Wild” and “The House I Live in” won the top awards at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday, making them likely favorites for independent movie audiences in 2012.

Directed by Benh Zeitlin and set in impoverished Louisiana, “Beasts of the Southern Wild” picked up the jury prize for best drama with its tale of the bond between a father and a daughter.

Jan 28, 2012

“Shadow Dancer” lifts crowd at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – A tense thriller about a mother deeply entrenched in the IRA and forced to choose between the organization and the family she loves has earned high praise among the foreign films at this week’s Sundance Film festival.

“Shadow Dancer,” set against a backdrop of a Northern Ireland in transition, gave the festival a lift after it premiered earlier this week following some of the higher-profile U.S. fiction films that have failed to live up to pre-festival hype.

Jan 27, 2012

British film “Shadow Dancer” lifts crowd at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – A tense British thriller about a mother deeply entrenched in the IRA and forced to choose between the organization and the family she loves has earned high praise among the foreign films at this week’s Sundance Film festival.

“Shadow Dancer,” set against a backdrop of a Northen Ireland in transition, gave the festival a lift after it premiered earlier this week following some of the higher-profile U.S. fiction films that have failed to live up to pre-festival hype.

Jan 26, 2012

Finding Paul Simon, seeking “Sugar Man” at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – Two documentaries that cast eyes back to South African apartheid and speak to music’s healing power have shared the spotlight at the Sundance Film Festival this week among a wide selection of movies about songs, singers and musicians.

Nonfiction films “Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap,” in which rapper and actor Ice-T interviews Eminem, Nas, Snoop Dogg and others about the roots of hip hop, and “Shut Up and Play the Hits,” about LCD Soundsystem’s last concert in New York, have focused on music.

Jan 26, 2012

Julie Delpy, Chris Rock talk “2 Days in New York”

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – Back in 2007, actress Julie Delpy brought to theaters a comical love story, “2 Days in Paris,” that she also wrote and directed, starring Adam Goldberg as her on screen boyfriend in a romance set in the City of Light.

The movie earned positive reviews, and roughly five years later, she has returned with “2 Days in New York,” only this time her character Marion has replaced Goldberg with a new beau, played by comedian Chris Rock. The two are living together in the Big Apple when her family, including a father who hardly showers and an oversexed sister, come to visit.

Jan 25, 2012

Tales of greed, excess meet mild response at Sundance

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – Stories of Americans learning the effects of greed and excess or struggling in a weak economy have tried to captivate audiences at this year’s Sundance Film Festival but without one standout, sweeping success.

As the event crossed its midway point by Wednesday, several movies had sold to distributors yet some that came with media buzz and star appeal into the top U.S. festival for independent film have failed to win acclaim or shown commercial appeal.

Jan 23, 2012

Rebecca Hall rolls dice with movie “Lay The Favorite”

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) – British actress Rebecca Hall spent a year convincing director Stephen Frears she should star in his new film, playing the comedic role of a free-spirited, seemingly ditzy Florida stripper aspiring to make it as a cocktail waitress in Vegas.

But she had two big problems: one, she never performed in a role like it before, and two, Frears was looking for an actress who was exactly the opposite of Hall. Her gamble appears to have paid off, however. Reviews of “Lay the Favorite” following its Sundance Film Festival premiere on Sunday have been mixed, but Hall has earned much praise.

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