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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.

Sep 18, 2013

A Minute With: Daniel Bruhl on the ‘Rush’ of playing Niki Lauda

LOS ANGELES, Sept 18 (Reuters) – German actor Daniel Bruhl
will be a fixture in U.S. movie theaters this fall with leading
roles in two major releases – auto racing rivalry tale “Rush”
and the WikiLeaks drama “The Fifth Estate.”

In director Ron Howard’s “Rush,” the 35-year-old Bruhl had
the challenge of playing former Formula One racer Niki Lauda in
the transformative 1976 season. Not only is the Austrian driver
hard to please, but he was also severely disfigured in a fiery
crash that year, only to come back and race weeks later.

Sep 10, 2013

Streep, Roberts do battle in dysfunction drama ‘August: Osage County’

TORONTO, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Right around Christmas,
arguably the high season for family dysfunction, moviegoers will
get a chance to compare their clans with the calamitous Westons
of Oklahoma in the drama “August: Osage County.”

They may be thankful they don’t have a mother like Violet,
Meryl Streep’s pill-popping, viper-tongued matriarch. Or they
may find shades of themselves in Barb, Julia Roberts’s bitter
daughter who bristles at Violet’s barbs and wallows in a world
of unfulfilled promise.

Sep 9, 2013

’12 Years a Slave:’ an American story unearthed by British filmmaker

TORONTO, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Set in the plantations of
sweltering southern Louisiana and based on the 1853 memoir of a
free black man sold into slavery, “12 Years a Slave” is
unmistakably an American story.

And yet, much is being made of the provenance of a film that
has won widespread acclaim from critics and audiences at
festivals in Toronto and Telluride and been touted as a top
early contender for Oscars.

Sep 9, 2013

For Billie Jean King, 40 years after feats, women have ‘so far to go’

, Sept 9 (Reuters) – The two women who
battled in Sunday’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament
earned prize money equal to their male counterparts and perhaps
no person was more instrumental in bringing about that parity
than Billie Jean King.

And yet, the 39-time Grand Slam title-winner is disappointed
with the progress of equality 40 years after her groundbreaking
achievements for women’s tennis and the women’s movement,
perhaps most notably her defeat of Bobby Riggs in 1973′s “Battle
of the Sexes.”

Sep 8, 2013

‘Dallas Buyers Club’ takes homophobic cowboy’s AIDS tale to Toronto

TORONTO (Reuters) – Ron Woodroof was about the most unlikely of heroes in the frightening early days of AIDS in the 1980s – a homophobic, cocaine-snorting, sex-addicted Texas rodeo cowboy who crudely made fun of actor Rock Hudson’s battle against the disease.

No one wanted to make the film about the guy for the longest time, says actor Matthew McConaughey. But 20 years after inception, “Dallas Buyers Club” – a chronicle of Woodroof’s transformation from bigot to AIDS patient to savior of many – has finally made it to the screen.

Sep 7, 2013

‘Prisoners’ captures rage and despair of a vulnerable America at Toronto film fest

TORONTO, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Forget for a minute the Hugh
Jackman of Broadway musicals and “Les Miserables” and “X-Men”
movies, and envision the Australian actor as a Pennsylvania
survivalist and desperate father who takes justice into his own
hands.

As a carpenter without enough work who stockpiles supplies
and doesn’t trust government, he is the seething vigilante who
drives the dark thriller “Prisoners,” one of the most
talked-about films at the Toronto International Film Festival
and the subject of early Oscar buzz.

Sep 6, 2013

Cumberbatch, playing Assange, praises WikiLeaks founder’s achievements

TORONTO (Reuters) – Actor Benedict Cumberbatch didn’t get any help from Julian Assange in his preparation to play the founder of WikiLeaks in the film “The Fifth Estate,” and guesses Assange probably won’t like his portrayal, even though the actor sees it as celebration of the activist’s achievements.

Cumberbatch said he didn’t have access to the polarizing figure behind the whistleblower website after Assange “stated very clearly at the beginning of the project that he didn’t want to condone 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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