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Oct 6, 2015

‘Pan’ taps origins of Peter Pan’s 100-year pop culture adventure

NEW YORK (Reuters) – In the century since Scottish author J.M. Barrie created Peter Pan for a stage play then a book, the Neverland universe has inspired movies, books, TV shows, plays, videogames and even a pop psychology syndrome describing emotionally immature men.

For the latest iteration of the classic story involving Tinkerbell, Captain Hook and the Darlings, the focus is on the origins of the boy who famously wouldn’t grow up.

Sep 28, 2015

Trevor Noah enters softly into The Daily Show’s ‘beautiful house’

NEW YORK, Sept 28 (Reuters) – If you want to get a flavor of
Trevor Noah’s “The Daily Show,” just take a look at his first
guests – especially singer Ryan Adams.

Not only is Adams an alternative musician, poet and painter,
but he’s also just released an innovative cover version of
Taylor Swift’s best-selling album “1989.”

Sep 24, 2015

‘Pan’ movie’s Tiger Lily: white but packed with girl-power

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tiger Lily may not be played by a Native American actress in a new movie version of the Peter Pan story, but her tough, all-action character is an inspiration to girls, the movie’s director said on Thursday.

Joe Wright’s controversial decision last year to cast white actress Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily in his upcoming live action “Pan” prompted a petition to movie studio Warner Bros. that has collected some 94,000 signatures.

Sep 22, 2015

Robert De Niro scores one for baby-boomers as ‘The Intern’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ben Whittaker is 70, retired and discovers that tai chi classes, learning a new language and visiting his grand-kids isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, so he turns to a new challenge – being “The Intern” at a New York fashion start-up.

Feeling ignored and obsolete is hardly a problem that afflicts veteran actor Robert De Niro, who plays Whittaker in the comedy, out in U.S. movie theaters on Friday.

Sep 21, 2015

‘Veep’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ win TV’s top Emmy awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” and Washington political comedy “Veep” won the top prizes at the Emmy Awards on Sunday, toppling old favorites “Mad Men” and “Modern Family.”

Jon Hamm finally snared an Emmy for his lead role as Don Draper in AMC’s 1960s advertising drama “Mad Men,” winning a standing ovation from the audience.

Sep 21, 2015

Comedies ‘Transparent’ and ‘Veep’ dominate early Emmys

LOS ANGELES, Sept 20 (Reuters) – Jeffrey Tambor won the best
actor Emmy on Sunday for playing a father who transitions to a
woman in the transgender comedy “Transparent,” giving Amazon.com
a major boost for its original streaming content.

The lead actor win was the first Emmy Award for Tambor, 71,
and the second of the early wins on Sunday for “Transparent,”
which also won for directing.

Sep 20, 2015

Upstarts challenge old favorites at TV’s Emmy Awards

LOS ANGELES, Sept 20 (Reuters) – New faces and bold
story-telling challenge old favorites on television’s biggest
night on Sunday as the stars and creators of scores of comedies,
dramas and variety shows gather in Los Angeles for the 67th
Primetime Emmy Awards.

Hosted by former “Saturday Night Live” comedian Andy Samberg
and shown live on Fox television, more than 20 awards will be
handed out with all eyes on the top prizes – best drama and best
comedy series.

Sep 17, 2015

TV’s new ‘golden age’ bodes well for exciting Emmy Awards

By Jill Serjeant

(Reuters) – Egotistical politicians, conflicted advertising executives, a prison full of devious women and the bloodthirsty nobles of warring kingdoms.

Welcome to the Primetime Emmy Awards, the biggest honors in television, and a ceremony on Sunday that holds the promise of a history-making evening and a winner’s podium packed with new faces.

Sep 14, 2015

‘Mad Men’s Jon Hamm finally to get some Emmy love?

NEW YORK, Sept 14 (Reuters) – Don Draper’s blissful smile
closed the series finale of “Mad Men” in May, and on Sunday
actor Jon Hamm will likely find some redemption of his own.

Hamm, a struggling actor who became an unlikely sex symbol,
has never won an Emmy for his performance as the show’s
conflicted, mysterious advertising genius.

Aug 28, 2015

Steve Jobs seen as brilliant and brutal in Gibney documentary

NEW YORK, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Four years after his death,
Apple co-founder Steve Jobs still fascinates the
public, with two major new films this fall analyzing his life
and career.

For award-winning documentary maker Alex Gibney, it is also
time for re-assessing the hard-driving perfectionist who
revolutionized the way people communicate but whose treatment of
friends, family and co-workers was sometimes rife with

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      "I'm a British import to Los Angeles who still hasn't managed to lose the accent after 10 years. I cover all things celebrity -- Hollywood award shows, stars in trouble, U.S. television and California lifestyle. Before arriving in Los Angeles, I worked for Reuters in London and Italy, covering stories like the death of Princess Diana, the Italian Mafia, and the Good Friday Northern Ireland peace agreement."
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