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Nov 13, 2014

A Minute With: Steve Carell on his creepy turn in ‘Foxcatcher’

, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Hollywood makeup
wizardry made comic Steve Carell unrecognizable for his latest
star turn as heir John du Pont in director Bennett Miller’s
“Foxcatcher.”

The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, portrays
the tragic relationship between du Pont and the wrestlers Mark
and Dave Schultz, brothers who won Olympic gold medals.

Nov 12, 2014

‘Foxcatcher’ filmmaker prizes the unexpected in chilling drama

By Mary Milliken

BEVERLY HILLS Calif. (Reuters) – For eight years, film director Bennett Miller worked exhaustively on “Foxcatcher,” researching the lives of a du Pont heir and the wrestling brothers he sponsored, and making sure his actors passed as expert sportsmen.

Despite locking down all the details to tell the real-life story of a well-known 1996 murder, Miller headed to the film set with a question.

Nov 9, 2014

Oscar in hand, Harry Belafonte exhorts Hollywood on human rights

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Octogenarian actor and singer Harry Belafonte, accepting a top Hollywood human rights award, asked fellow artists and the entertainment industry to use their powerful platform to show the better side of humanity.

Before a star-studded audience and next to a long-time friend, actor Sidney Poitier, the 87-year-old Belafonte received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for his lifelong fight for civil rights and humanitarian causes.

Nov 6, 2014

From Monet to Picasso, L.A. museum gets major gift from mogul

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – In a town famously built on self-promotion, Hollywood mogul Jerry Perenchio preferred to stay out of the spotlight, which he says “fades your suit.”

On Thursday, the 83-year-old stepped into the glare of the burgeoning Los Angeles art scene to donate works by Monet, Degas, Picasso and other artists valued at $500 million, in the largest gift ever made to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Nov 6, 2014

Felicity Jones on playing Jane, wife of Hawking

By Mary Milliken

(Reuters) – Eddie Redmayne may be up for a best actor Oscar for his turn as British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” but he insists the “biggest privilege” of the film for him was working with co-star Felicity Jones.

Jones plays Jane Hawking, the scientist’s sweetheart from university days who agrees to marry him even though he is diagnosed with motor neuron disease and given two years to live. The film, based on Jane’s memoir, opens this weekend in select U.S. theaters.

Nov 5, 2014

A Minute With-Felicity Jones on playing Jane, wife of Hawking

Nov 5 (Reuters) – Eddie Redmayne may be up for a best actor
Oscar for his turn as British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking in
“The Theory of Everything,” but he insists the “biggest
privilege” of the film for him was working with co-star Felicity
Jones.

Jones plays Jane Hawking, the scientist’s sweetheart from
university days who agrees to marry him even though he is
diagnosed with motor neuron disease and given two years to live.
The film, based on Jane’s memoir, opens this weekend in select
U.S. theaters.

Oct 24, 2014

With panache, reforming prisoners perform for U.S. attorney general

By Mary Milliken

NORCO Calif. (Reuters) – In a prison on a hill in California, 18 inmates came face to face with the nation’s top law enforcement official. And they came in full makeup.

What the prisoners wanted to show U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday was how two months of acting workshops allowed them to gain control of their emotions, develop self-esteem and prepare themselves for re-entry in society. Many have been behind bars for decades.

Oct 21, 2014

Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta dead at 82

Oct 20 (Reuters) – Oscar de la Renta, one of the most
sought-after fashion designers of the last half century,
dressing American first ladies and Hollywood stars in his
classic silhouettes, died on Monday at the age of 82.

An individual taking calls at the designer’s residence in
Connecticut on Monday night confirmed his death, first reported
by ABC News. The New York Times said de la Renta died of
complications from cancer.

Oct 6, 2014

TV series ‘The Affair’ dissects infidelity, without taking sides

LOS ANGELES, Oct 6 (Reuters) – American television has laid
bare Don Draper’s extramarital dalliances in “Mad Men” and
Olivia Pope’s affair with the president of the United States in
“Scandal.”

Now comes a TV series where the affair is not just a
supporting story, but rather the main plot. “The Affair” is a
psychological dissection of an adulterous liaison between two
married people, played out against the background of an unsolved
crime.

Sep 27, 2014

In ‘Parts Unknown,’ Anthony Bourdain is not a man on a mission

LOS ANGELES, Sept 27 (Reuters) – Anthony Bourdain’s
television travelogue “Parts Unknown” goes to Iran to discover
how people live behind the geopolitical smoke screen and to
small-town Massachusetts to chronicle the heroin scourge.

But even if the fourth season of his Emmy Award-winning CNN
show fosters cultural diplomacy or raises drug awareness, this
outspoken New York chef insists he is on no kind of socially
minded mission. And he’s not an advocate, activist, journalist
or expert on anything.

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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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