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Aug 26, 2014

Actors Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jim Parsons win top comedy Emmys

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actors Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jim Parsons were repeat winners at the annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday by taking the top comedy acting honors and defeating a slew of newcomer nominees at television’s biggest night.

Louis-Dreyfus won her third consecutive Emmy for her role as the ambitious and foul-mouthed U.S. Vice President Selina Meyer on HBO’s political satire “Veep.”

Aug 20, 2014

Swimming away from ‘sea of sameness,’ U.S. network FX tests TV waters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Television cable network FX revels in its minimalist slogan “Fearless,” but it could also opt for “It’s OK To Fail,” “We Have A Long Way To Go,” and “Not For Everybody’s Taste.”

FX is hard to sum up these days. Even John Landgraf, chief executive of the network owned by Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, says he cannot “cleanly and simply articulate the FX brand.”

Jul 30, 2014

A minute with: Chris Pratt on going from slob to film heartthrob

By Mary Milliken

BURBANK Calif. (Reuters) – Chris Pratt could have just stuck with his humorous sidekick roles and indulged in the eating and drinking that accompanies marital bliss with wife and fellow actor Anna Faris.

But then a door unexpectedly opened to a lead role as Peter Quill in Marvel Studios’ new movie franchise “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a big-budget, humor-filled outer-space adventure opening in U.S. theaters Friday.

Jul 30, 2014

Chris Pratt on going from slob to film heartthrob

By Mary Milliken

BURBANK Calif. (Reuters) – Chris Pratt could have just stuck with his humorous sidekick roles and indulged in the eating and drinking that accompanies marital bliss with wife and fellow actor Anna Faris.

But then a door unexpectedly opened to a lead role as Peter Quill in Marvel Studios’ new movie franchise “Guardians of the Galaxy,” a big-budget, humour-filled outer-space adventure opening in U.S. theatres Friday.

Jul 28, 2014

Marvel cranks up sarcasm and 70s sound for ‘Guardians of Galaxy’

, July 28 (Reuters) – A lead actor known for
playing the slovenly sidekick, a director who only made small
films, a talking raccoon and a 1970s pop music soundtrack -
together they form an unlikely tableau for a mega-budget space
adventure movie.

And yet, Marvel Studios banked on these outliers for its
$170 million launch of the new franchise “Guardians of the
Galaxy,” a novel combination of sarcasm and sci-fi that opens in
U.S. theaters on Friday and could be the late summer’s box
office hit.

Jul 16, 2014

A Minute With: Guillermo del Toro on going full gore for TV

LOS ANGELES, July 16 (Reuters) – Mexican film director
Guillermo del Toro doesn’t seem to be holding much back in his
often terrifying and visually arresting movies, and yet, he says
television today allows him even more freedom to create.

The director behind blockbuster “Pacific Rim” and dark
fantasy “Pan’s Labyrinth” premiered his new TV thriller series
“The Strain,” based on a trilogy of books he co-wrote, on the FX
cable channel this week.

Jul 3, 2014

U.S. war hero Louis Zamperini, inspiration for ‘Unbroken,’ dead at 97

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Louis Zamperini, an American prisoner of war in World War Two and Olympic runner whose life inspired the book and upcoming feature film “Unbroken,” has died at age 97.

Zamperini died after a 40-day bout with pneumonia, his family said on Thursday in a statement released by Universal Pictures, the studio behind the film.

Jun 25, 2014

‘Cinderella’ Honduras heading home in rags

MANAUS Brazil (Reuters) – Honduras dreamed of a first appearance in the last 16 at their third World Cup but they head home with a consolation prize that only underscores their limitations: a lone goal in three outings.

Carlo Costly’s strike in their second Group E match against Ecuador broke the self-described “Cinderella” team’s 32-year World Cup goalscoring drought and briefly put the perennial underdogs in the headlines.

Jun 25, 2014

Colombian Mondragon becomes oldest World Cup player

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Colombia reserve goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon wiped away the tears in making World Cup history on Tuesday as the oldest man to play in the finals at the age of 43.

Mondragon, whose birthday was last Saturday, broke the record held by former Cameroon striker Roger Milla, who played at the age of 42 in the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

Jun 25, 2014

Soccer-Colombian Mondragon becomes oldest World Cup player

CUIABA, Brazil, June 24 (Reuters) – Colombia reserve goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon wiped away the tears in making World Cup history on Tuesday as the oldest man to play in the finals at the age of 43.

Mondragon, whose birthday was last Saturday, broke the record held by former Cameroon striker Roger Milla, who played at the age of 42 in the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

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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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