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Sep 26, 2014

Denzel Washington sharpens tools to exact justice in ‘Equalizer’

LOS ANGELES, Sept 25 (Reuters) – After watching the “The
Equalizer,” moviegoers might never see the friendly guy at the
home improvement store who picks out their tools and plywood in
the same way.

In the action thriller that opens in U.S. theaters Friday,
Denzel Washington plays McCall, an efficient, mild-mannered
employee at Home Mart, who also happens to have a past as a
trained killer and a way with tools.

Sep 25, 2014

At L.A. Clippers, Steve Ballmer prizes team tested by adversity

LOS ANGELES, Sept 24 (Reuters) – After Steve Ballmer plunked
down $2 billion for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, fans might
expect the former Microsoft chief executive to be hitting the
reset button on a team that has been through a nasty public
fight over racism.

Don’t bet on it. That experience, Ballmer knows, makes his
team unique, and it will be part of the story he tells to earn
one thing that was not guaranteed by the record price tag: a fan
base that will sustain the team for years to come.

Sep 24, 2014

A Minute With: Chloe Grace Moretz on digging into a dark role

By Mary Milliken

(Reuters) – Teen actress Chloe Grace Moretz says she might have found her darkest role yet as a battered Russian child prostitute in the thriller “The Equalizer,” even though she has been in some pretty dark stuff.

She stars opposite Denzel Washington, who plays McCall, a quiet man with a secret past and a desire to avenge the abuse done to the girl by Russian gangsters.

Sep 19, 2014

A Minute With: Jane Fonda on learning from the young comic set

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actress Jane Fonda says one of the blessings of growing older is that “you learn what you can and can’t do” and she freely admits she doesn’t have what it takes to do comedy improv.

Fonda has 55 years in the business and two best actress Oscars on her shelf for 1978′s “Coming Home” and 1972′s “Klute.”

Sep 18, 2014

Fey, Bateman improv sibling love in ‘This is Where I Leave You’

LOS ANGELES, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Tina Fey and Jason Bateman
called mutual friends when they learned they would co-star as
siblings in the drama-infused comedy “This Is Where I Leave
You,” just to do a little reconnaissance on each other.

“We had never worked together,” Fey said. “Well, we owned a
restaurant together for 10 years. We owned an Arby’s.”

Sep 17, 2014

Chagrined NFL teams bow to pressure on domestic abuse cases

By Eric Kelsey and Mary Milliken

(Reuters) – Two NFL teams succumbed to public pressure and suspended two players enmeshed in domestic abuse cases on Wednesday in the midst of intensifying criticism by corporate sponsors and politicians of America’s top sports league.

Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy were both placed on their team’s “exempt list,” putting them on paid leaves of absence while the cases against them are resolved.

Sep 15, 2014

After Toronto, small film world primes for peak viewing season

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The red carpets have rolled up and the festival awards are adjudicated, and now comes the deluge of small and independent films for fall viewing and Oscar baiting.

Unlike last year when “12 Years a Slave,” and “Gravity,” emerged from the Toronto, Venice and Telluride festivals as solid front-runners for awards, the fate of the 2014 class is more uncertain. There are many acclaimed films on the horizon, but the race for February’s Academy Awards is wide open.

Sep 12, 2014

Working with Cumberbatch, co-stars get challenged and ‘batched’

TORONTO (Reuters) – Benedict Cumberbatch is “challenging,” says the director of his new film, and “a handful,” according to his co-star.

Even he will admit that, given his way, he’d probably still be perfecting scenes from “The Imitation Game” instead of promoting the movie this week at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Sep 11, 2014

‘Pawn Sacrifice’ film captures chess drama of Fischer-Spassky face-off

TORONTO, Sept 11 (Reuters) – There might have been something
more nerve-wracking than being an opponent to world chess
champion Bobby Fischer, and that was being the mercurial man’s

“Pawn Sacrifice,” a film premiering at the Toronto
International Film Festival on Thursday, chronicles not only the
rise of the young American grandmaster but how hard it was to
get him to his crowning moment, the famous “Match of the
Century” in 1972 against Soviet rival Boris Spassky.

Sep 10, 2014

‘Men, Women & Children’ portrays Internet’s ‘idiot generation’

TORONTO (Reuters) – Adults who should know better engage in plenty of cringeworthy behavior over the Internet in the new film “Men, Women & Children,” but director Jason Reitman says don’t judge them too harshly.

There’s the husband and wife having affairs, one through an escort site and the other through a hookup site, the mother who puts sexualized photos on a website to promote her teen daughter and another mother who strangles her daughter’s life with zealous control of her social media.

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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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