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May 7, 2015

Reese Witherspoon pursues polar opposite in comedy ‘Hot Pursuit’

LOS ANGELES, May 7 (Reuters) – If Reese Witherspoon showed
she can go raw and unglamorous in the drama “Wild,” in her new
comedy, the actress dons sensible shoes and big underwear to
play the uptight cop to Sofia Vergara’s voluptuous widow in
teetering heels.

“Hot Pursuit,” opening Friday in U.S. and Canadian theaters,
is a buddy comedy by women, about women, and mostly for women,
and it started when Witherspoon – wearing her producer’s hat -
saw the potential of a comic pairing with Vergara.

May 7, 2015

Fonda, Tomlin bare septuagenarian souls in ‘Grace and Frankie’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tripping on muscle relaxants and peyote on the beach, two discarded wives portrayed by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin work through their anger and heartbreak and then ask “now what?”

How an uptight Grace (Fonda) and a bohemian Frankie (Tomlin) bounce back from the indignity of abandonment by their husbands at an advanced age is the comic fodder for the new Netflix Inc series “Grace and Frankie” that debuts Friday with 13 episodes available for streaming.

Apr 27, 2015

Mayweather v Pacquiao packs a pricey pay-per-view punch

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Guadalupe Jaimes, a Chicago roofing supply salesman, calls the $100 pay-per-view price tag for a high-definition broadcast of Saturday’s boxing mega-match “ridiculous.”

It’s a price that he and millions more will pay to watch an undefeated Floyd Mayweather take on Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Saturday in one of the year’s biggest sporting events.

Apr 27, 2015

Boxing-Mayweather v Pacquiao packs a pricey pay-per-view punch

LOS ANGELES, April 27 (Reuters) – Guadalupe Jaimes, a Chicago roofing supply salesman, calls the $100 pay-per-view price tag for a high-definition broadcast of Saturday’s boxing mega-match “ridiculous.”

It’s a price that he and millions more will pay to watch an undefeated Floyd Mayweather take on Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas on Saturday in one of the year’s biggest sporting events.

Apr 25, 2015

Now out, Bruce Jenner shines spotlight on transgender inequality

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – In coming out as a transgender woman, U.S. Olympic gold medalist and TV reality star Bruce Jenner made clear that while he is keen to help raise awareness about problems faced by the community, he is not self-appointing himself as a spokesman.

During a groundbreaking interview on ABC Friday night, Jenner made a case for the transgender community’s fight in the United States for equality, a safer society and more acceptance and understanding – in Washington, in church, in the media.

Apr 25, 2015

Olympian Bruce Jenner makes transgender history by identifying as a woman

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Olympic gold medalist and reality TV star Bruce Jenner said on Friday that he identifies as a woman, becoming the most high-profile American to come out as transgender.

The 65-year-old Jenner made the declaration in a wide-ranging interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, nearly 40 years after his record-breaking Olympic gold-medal win in the decathlon.

Apr 2, 2015

Fans push ‘Furious’ franchise to record-setting pace

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor Vin Diesel admits he made a mistake turning down the second film in the “Fast & Furious” franchise because he didn’t like the script.

“I realized later the audience didn’t give a shit about what I thought about the script. They wanted Dom Toretto,” Diesel said of his character, the leader of a team of street racers.

Apr 1, 2015

‘Furious 7′ cast finds beauty and emotion in Paul Walker tribute

LOS ANGELES, April 1 (Reuters) – When actors from the “Fast
& Furious” films gathered recently in the parking lot at Dodger
Stadium to promote the seventh installment, they spent a lot of
time talking about a cast member who wasn’t there: Paul Walker.

The veteran of the action franchise died aged 40 in a car
crash before filming finished for “Furious 7,” which opens in
U.S. theaters on Friday. Director James Wan and Universal
Pictures decided to retire Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner,
in a way that his cast mates found, in their words, beautiful,
emotional, joyful and respectful.

Mar 26, 2015

After actor’s death, ‘Furious 7′ director drives film to finish

LOS ANGELES, March 26 (Reuters) – When his lead actor died
suddenly, James Wan knew there was not another director who
could give him advice on how to finish the film.

Wan was in the midst of the punishing production of “Furious
7″ – his first big-budget movie in Universal Pictures’ most
lucrative and longest-running franchise “Fast & Furious” – when
Paul Walker was killed in a car crash in Southern California
during a break in November 2013.

Feb 24, 2015

Sony taps Tom Rothman of ‘Titanic’ fame to head movie studio

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Sony Pictures Entertainment on Tuesday named veteran film executive Tom Rothman, a force behind all-time top-grossing blockbusters “Titanic” and “Avatar,” to head its movie studio in a shuffle prompted by the fallout from a cyberattack.

Rothman, 60, takes over for Amy Pascal, who suffered public embarrassment after hackers leaked emails she had written to other Hollywood executives.

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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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