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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
minder.

“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.

Sep 9, 2014

Whiff of humor permeates Jon Stewart debut drama ‘Rosewater’

TORONTO (Reuters) – The true story of a journalist accused by Iran of being a Western spy, thrown into solitary confinement and tortured for months would not seem to invite humor, or dancing for that matter.

But journalist Maziar Bahari has an acute appreciation for the absurd, and in bringing his harrowing tale to the big screen in “Rosewater,” he found a director and actor who knew how to seize on the comedy in the tragedy.

Sep 8, 2014

Reese Witherspoon takes walk on ‘Wild’ side at Toronto festival

TORONTO (Reuters) – From the moment Reese Witherspoon tears off a bloodied big toe nail in the opening scene of her new film “Wild,” it is clear the Oscar-winning actress is headed in a new direction.

It may be the best move she has made in awhile, offering the normally pretty and perky Witherspoon the chance to play a raw and angry woman venturing into the wilderness on her own, for 1,000 miles with a monster-sized pack to do one thing: save herself. The story is a real one, based on the best-selling memoir by Cheryl Strayed.

Sep 8, 2014

‘Theory of Everything,’ a film study of Stephen Hawking’s universe

TORONTO (Reuters) – Actor Eddie Redmayne spent seven months working with a choreographer to prepare for the biggest role of his career, ironically a man whose body is reduced by disease to miniscule movement in his hand and face.

That man, British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, is one of the most recognizable figures in the world and landing the role in the film “The Theory of Everything” gave Redmayne “a moment of euphoria followed by a moment of deep fear.”

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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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