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Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-Australia see in foe Chile the team they want to be

CUIABA, Brazil, June 12 (Reuters) – Australia kick off their World Cup on Friday against Chile, tournament dark horses that new coach Ange Postecoglou actually wants to emulate in his reinvention of the Socceroo squad.

Postecoglou said the Australians can handle the minimal expectations the soccer world has for his team, the lowest ranked at the World Cup in Brazil. But the Socceroos can also get a glimpse on Friday of what the future may hold.

Jun 11, 2014

All aboard? Rail station with no train puzzles World Cup fans

CUIABA, Brazil, June 11 (Reuters) – After weeks of feverish
work outside Cuiaba’s airport, the state governor showed up
Wednesday to show off a gleaming new silver railway station two
days before the remote Brazilian city hosts its first World Cup
soccer match.

There was no train in sight, however, and the tracks ended
abruptly in concrete barriers. Fans arriving by plane from Chile
wondered about the building. “Maybe a bus station?” mused one.

Jun 5, 2014

Placido Domingo moves goalposts on long opera career

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – As the World Cup nears, soccer fanatics will inevitably jink the conversation toward the beautiful game. That includes Placido Domingo, who explains why at 73 he can still get down on one knee to declare his love to the soprano.

“I was a goalkeeper and I know how to throw myself onto the floor,” said the Spanish opera singer.

Jun 4, 2014

A Minute With: Elle Fanning on the spell of ‘Maleficent’

LOS ANGELES June 4 (Reuters) – At just 16 years of age, Elle
Fanning has spent nearly 90 percent of her life in the movie
business, having made her debut as a 2-year-old, younger version
of her actress sibling Dakota Fanning.

But this is no jaded teen actor. She gets excited about
playing a Disney princess opposite Angelina Jolie’s villain in
“Maleficent,” the big-budget retelling of the fairytale classic
“Sleeping Beauty” that prevailed at the North American box
office in its debut last weekend.

May 29, 2014

State of the art: Women call few of film’s digital shots

LOS ANGELES, May 29 (Reuters) – It’s too bad women can’t
computer-generate more of their own participation in the
technical side of filmmaking.

Digital animation and visual effects are so widespread today
that studios can end up using them in nearly every shot. Yet as
the trend grows, women may be lagging behind even more in the
digital arts than they are in the film and tech industries

May 27, 2014

Angelina Jolie takes the vile out of villain in ‘Maleficent’

LOS ANGELES, May 27 (Reuters) – Angelina Jolie, in taking
her first major acting role in years, wanted something “crazy
and silly” to counter the more serious parts of her life and her
idea of fun was to play a baddie who looks pretty darn scary to

Maleficent is a villain, and one of Disney’s most popular
since she appeared as the wicked fairy in the 1959 animated
feature “Sleeping Beauty,” in which she casts an evil spell on
the princess.

May 14, 2014

A Minute With: Actress Lake Bell on going from indie to Disney

LOS ANGELES, May 14 (Reuters) – Lake Bell, one of the few
actresses in Hollywood who can also add the titles of writer and
director to her name, swapped the world of quirky independent
film for an international Disney movie in her latest on-screen

The 35-year-old Bell wrote, directed and starred in her own
independent movie “In a World…” in 2013, winning critical
praise for her comic look into the rarefied world of voiceover
artists. “It changed my life,” she says of the experience.

May 13, 2014

Disney throws another feel-good pitch with ‘Million Dollar Arm’

LOS ANGELES, May 13 (Reuters) – In the new Disney film
“Million Dollar Arm,” Jon Hamm is soaked in perspiration, not
the alcohol-induced sweat of his “Mad Men” character Don Draper,
but the kind that comes from filming a modest production in
India in the hottest part of the year.

Despite working in conditions he calls “remarkably warm and
challenging,” the baseball tale with a global twist gave Hamm
not only his first lead role in film but one that was decidedly
more upbeat than the ad man that made him famous on television.

May 8, 2014

Corrected – Moment of truth nears for sleepy U.S. town on cusp of space flight

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES New Mexico (Reuters) – (Corrects paragraph 5 to 700 instead of 600; removes “his” from paragraph 8)

After passing the sign reading “Danger Falling Aliens,” New Mexico artist Roy Lohr and dog Yoda lead visitors to the “Spaceport” he has built in his backyard out of wine bottles and cement.

May 8, 2014

Moment of truth nears for sleepy U.S. town on cusp of space flight

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, New Mexico, May 8 (Reuters) – After
passing the sign reading “Danger Falling Aliens,” New Mexico
artist Roy Lohr and dog Yoda lead visitors to the “Spaceport” he
has built in his backyard out of wine bottles and cement.

It’s no wonder the lanky 69-year-old embraces the real
Spaceport America in his town’s backyard, the world’s first
space base built expressly for commercial launches and
soon-to-be site of the first space flights with Sir Richard
Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

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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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