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Aug 28, 2014

‘Imitation Game,”Rosewater,’ ‘Wild’ slated for Telluride festival

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A trio of highly anticipated dramas slated for the Toronto Film Festival opening next week will instead premiere at the smaller Telluride Film Festival over the weekend, according to the line-up released on Thursday.

“The Imitation Game,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch as British World War II code-breaker Alan Turing and “Wild” featuring Reese Witherspoon as a heart-broken woman trekking solo over hundreds of miles of wilderness are among the 25 new feature films in Telluride’s main program.

Aug 27, 2014

Emmys exalt old favorites over TV’s shiny newcomers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – For all the talk about newcomers raising the game of television, the industry on Monday chose to bestow its top Emmys on the long-running shows “Breaking Bad” and “Modern Family” and long-time television actors who held off challenges from film stars.

“Breaking Bad,” AMC’s unlikely tale of a teacher-turned-drug kingpin Walter White, won the night’s biggest honor, the Emmy for best drama series, for the second year in a row while lead Bryan Cranston took best drama actor for the fourth time in that role.

Aug 26, 2014

‘Fargo,’ ‘Normal Heart’ win Emmys for TV miniseries, movie

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Fargo,” the TV re-imagining of the Coen brothers’ cult film, won best miniseries at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, while HBO’s “The Normal Heart” earned best TV movie honors for its depiction of the early fight against AIDS.

“Fargo” gave FX Networks its first Emmy for a program, but actors from the critically acclaimed miniseries lost out on awards despite being heavy favorites, especially lead actor Billy Bob Thornton.

Aug 26, 2014

Actors Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jim Parsons win top comedy Emmys

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actors Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jim Parsons were repeat winners at the annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday by taking the top comedy acting honors and defeating a slew of newcomer nominees at television’s biggest night.

Louis-Dreyfus won her third consecutive Emmy for her role as the ambitious and foul-mouthed U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer on HBO’s political satire “Veep.”

Aug 20, 2014

Swimming away from ‘sea of sameness,’ U.S. network FX tests TV waters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Television cable network FX revels in its minimalist slogan “Fearless,” but it could also opt for “It’s OK To Fail,” “We Have A Long Way To Go,” and “Not For Everybody’s Taste.”

FX is hard to sum up these days. Even John Landgraf, chief executive of the network owned by Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, says he cannot “cleanly and simply articulate the FX brand.”

Jul 30, 2014

A minute with: Chris Pratt on going from slob to film heartthrob

By Mary Milliken

BURBANK Calif. (Reuters) – Chris Pratt could have just stuck with his humorous sidekick roles and indulged in the eating and drinking that accompanies marital bliss with wife and fellow actor Anna Faris.

But then a door unexpectedly opened to a lead role as Peter Quill in Marvel Studios’ new movie franchise “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a big-budget, humor-filled outer-space adventure opening in U.S. theaters Friday.

Jul 30, 2014

Chris Pratt on going from slob to film heartthrob

By Mary Milliken

BURBANK Calif. (Reuters) – Chris Pratt could have just stuck with his humorous sidekick roles and indulged in the eating and drinking that accompanies marital bliss with wife and fellow actor Anna Faris.

But then a door unexpectedly opened to a lead role as Peter Quill in Marvel Studios’ new movie franchise “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a big-budget, humour-filled outer-space adventure opening in U.S. theatres Friday.

Jul 28, 2014

Marvel cranks up sarcasm and 70s sound for ‘Guardians of Galaxy’

, July 28 (Reuters) – A lead actor known for
playing the slovenly sidekick, a director who only made small
films, a talking raccoon and a 1970s pop music soundtrack -
together they form an unlikely tableau for a mega-budget space
adventure movie.

And yet, Marvel Studios banked on these outliers for its
$170 million launch of the new franchise “Guardians of the
Galaxy,” a novel combination of sarcasm and sci-fi that opens in
U.S. theaters on Friday and could be the late summer’s box
office hit.

Jul 16, 2014

A Minute With: Guillermo del Toro on going full gore for TV

LOS ANGELES, July 16 (Reuters) – Mexican film director
Guillermo del Toro doesn’t seem to be holding much back in his
often terrifying and visually arresting movies, and yet, he says
television today allows him even more freedom to create.

The director behind blockbuster “Pacific Rim” and dark
fantasy “Pan’s Labyrinth” premiered his new TV thriller series
“The Strain,” based on a trilogy of books he co-wrote, on the FX
cable channel this week.

Jul 3, 2014

U.S. war hero Louis Zamperini, inspiration for ‘Unbroken,’ dead at 97

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Louis Zamperini, an American prisoner of war in World War Two and Olympic runner whose life inspired the book and upcoming feature film “Unbroken,” has died at age 97.

Zamperini died after a 40-day bout with pneumonia, his family said on Thursday in a statement released by Universal Pictures, the studio behind the film.

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      "Mary Milliken is Entertainment and Lifestyle Editor for the Americas since July 2013, based in Los Angeles. In 15 years with Reuters, she been bureau chief in Washington DC, the West Coast and South America and has organized news teams covering everything from presidential elections to economic crises to natural disasters. She speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese."
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