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Oct 17, 2013

In ’12 Years a Slave,’ all eyes on actor Chiwetel Ejiofor

LOS ANGELES, Oct 17 (Reuters) – One of the most memorable
scenes in the film “12 Years a Slave” is a long close-up of
actor Chiwetel Ejiofor’s eyes, wide with amazement as his
character regains his freedom after enduring the brutal bonds of
slavery on Louisiana plantations.

It is a defining moment for the British actor of Nigerian
origin in the biggest film role of his career, one that many
critics believe will yield him a best actor Oscar nomination. It
is also a role that he wasn’t quite sure he was up for.

Oct 2, 2013

Minute With: Paul Giamatti on films about JFK assassination and slave trading

LOS ANGELES, Oct 2 (Reuters) – It’s been almost a decade
since actor Paul Giamatti introduced himself to the world as the
hapless and neurotic but lovable wine aficionado Miles in

Since then, he’s played a U.S. president (John Adams) and a
Federal Reserve chairman (Ben Bernanke) and this fall he has two
more roles based on real-life characters to add to the list.

Oct 1, 2013

‘Gravity’ highlights personal adversity in deep space journey

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Watching an astronaut tumbling into the void of deep space might make a mere mortal’s own adversities seem rather small.

But “Gravity,” a drama starring Sandra Bullock and showing in U.S. theaters on Friday, was born out of the setbacks suffered by one man in the midst of the last recession: its director and co-writer, Alfonso Cuaron.

Sep 25, 2013

‘Rush’ screenwriter inspired by rivalry, not Formula One racing

LOS ANGELES, Sept 25 (Reuters) – The fast-paced and
adrenaline-filled drama “Rush” may be one of the most engaging
films about the world of Formula One racing, but British
screenwriter Peter Morgan says he couldn’t be less of a fan of
the elite motor sport.

Morgan, a two-time best-writing Oscar nominee for 2006′s
“The Queen” and 2008′s “Frost/Nixon,” simply wanted to tell a
tale of rivalry between an Austrian and an Englishman. As it
happens, the battle for the 1976 F1 championship between Niki
Lauda and James Hunt fit perfectly into Morgan’s plans.

Sep 23, 2013

After Emmys slip, ‘Homeland’ turns to new season to regain footing

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – After Claire Danes claimed her second straight Emmy for best actress in a drama on Sunday night, she mused that her role as the brilliant bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison in “Homeland” was a “good gig” that she hopes “lasts a while.”

The third season of “Homeland,” however, has its challenges after a second season that underwhelmed critics. Notwithstanding Danes’ repeat win, Sunday served up a reminder of the pressure on the Showtime counterterrorism thriller to regain its footing.

Sep 23, 2013

‘Breaking Bad’ finally makes good with best drama Emmy

LOS ANGELES, Sept 22 (Reuters) – Television drama “Breaking
Bad” won the top Primetime Emmy award for the first time on
Sunday, just as the gritty tale of a chemistry teacher turned
meth cook and drug kingpin winds down to widespread acclaim.

Although it won best drama series for its fifth season,
AMC’s “Breaking Bad” has just one episode left to air next
Sunday in its sixth and final season. Its creators credited a
changing television world of binge-watching, video on demand,
online streaming and social media buzz for its success Sunday.

Sep 23, 2013

‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Modern Family’ win top Emmy awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Breaking Bad” took home the top honor at Sunday’s Primetime Emmy Awards, winning the best drama series prize for the first time, as AMC’s gritty tale of a schoolteacher turned meth kingpin heads into the homestretch of its final season.

In the best comedy series category, ABC’s “Modern Family” was a return winner as the show about unconventional families won the top award for the fourth consecutive year.

Sep 23, 2013

Daniels, Danes take top drama acting Emmy awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Jeff Daniels, who plays a jaded anchorman in HBO’s “The Newsroom,” scored an upset win for the best actor in a drama at the Primetime Emmys on Sunday, while Claire Danes was a return winner as best drama actress for her role as a bipolar CIA agent in “Homeland.”

Daniels beat front-runner Bryan Cranston, who was looking for this fourth best actor Emmy in his role as unlikely drug kingpin Walt White in the AMC drama “Breaking Bad,” and Kevin Spacey, who made waves as a cutthroat congressman in “House of Cards,” from online streaming company Netflix.

Sep 23, 2013

’30 Rock,’ ‘Veep’ win first Emmy comedy awards

LOS ANGELES, Sept 22 (Reuters) – “Veep,” “Nurse Jackie” and
“30 Rock” picked up the first acting and writing awards for
comedy at the Primetime Emmys on Sunday, on a night in which the
television industry both celebrated and mocked the latest trends
of binge-watching and online streaming.

The biggest night for television kicked off with some
upsets, with two supporting actor awards going to first-time
Emmy winners.

Sep 22, 2013

At TV’s Emmy awards, gritty may prevail over glossy

LOS ANGELES, Sept 22 (Reuters) – If it was a good year for
American television, Sunday’s Primetime Emmy awards could make
it a great year for the grittier side of the TV grid, led by a
drama about a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher who cooks
crystal meth.

“Breaking Bad” is the show to beat for the night’s top
honor, best drama series, and Bryan Cranston as the unlikely
meth mastermind-turned-ruthless drug kingpin Walter White is
favored to win best actor in a drama. That would make him a
four-time winner for that role.

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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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