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Jun 14, 2014

Chile too hot for Aussies in Cuiaba

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Chile got the victory they needed if they are to have any chance of progressing from a daunting Group B when they held off a strong Australian fightback to emerge 3-1 winners in another open and entertaining World Cup clash on Friday.

Alexis Sanchez put Chile ahead from close range after 12 minutes and two minutes later Jorge Valdivia made it 2-0 with a well-struck shot as the South Americans looked in control.

Jun 14, 2014

Soccer-Chile hold off battling Australia in 3-1 win

CUIABA, Brazil, June 13 (Reuters) – Chile got the victory they needed if they are to have any chance of progressing from a daunting Group B when they held off a strong Australian fightback to emerge 3-1 winners in another open and entertaining World Cup clash on Friday.

Alexis Sanchez put Chile ahead from close range after 12 minutes and two minutes later Jorge Valdivia made it 2-0 with a well-struck shot as the South Americans looked in control.

Jun 13, 2014

Brazil gets in World Cup swing as protests quieten down

SAO PAULO/CUIABA, June 13 (Reuters) – World Cup fever intensified across Brazil on Friday as violent protests subsided, fans streamed to a second day of matches and a crushing defeat for defending champions Spain set the tournament alight.

Despite a last minute scramble to get some venues ready and heavy rains in northeastern cities that hosted the day’s first two games, dramatic on-the-field action eclipsed most of the concerns outside stadiums.

Jun 13, 2014

Australia see in foe Chile the team they want to be

CUIABA Brazil (Reuters) – Australia kick off their World Cup on Friday against Chile, tournament dark horses that new coach Ange Postecoglou actually wants to emulate in his reinvention of the Socceroo squad.

Postecoglou said the Australians can handle the minimal expectations the football world has for his team, the lowest ranked at the World Cup in Brazil. But the Socceroos can also get a glimpse on Friday of what the future may hold.

Jun 13, 2014

Soccer-Australia see in foe Chile the team they want to be

CUIABA, Brazil, June 12 (Reuters) – Australia kick off their World Cup on Friday against Chile, tournament dark horses that new coach Ange Postecoglou actually wants to emulate in his reinvention of the Socceroo squad.

Postecoglou said the Australians can handle the minimal expectations the soccer world has for his team, the lowest ranked at the World Cup in Brazil. But the Socceroos can also get a glimpse on Friday of what the future may hold.

Jun 11, 2014

All aboard? Rail station with no train puzzles World Cup fans

CUIABA, Brazil, June 11 (Reuters) – After weeks of feverish
work outside Cuiaba’s airport, the state governor showed up
Wednesday to show off a gleaming new silver railway station two
days before the remote Brazilian city hosts its first World Cup
soccer match.

There was no train in sight, however, and the tracks ended
abruptly in concrete barriers. Fans arriving by plane from Chile
wondered about the building. “Maybe a bus station?” mused one.

Jun 5, 2014

Placido Domingo moves goalposts on long opera career

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – As the World Cup nears, soccer fanatics will inevitably jink the conversation toward the beautiful game. That includes Placido Domingo, who explains why at 73 he can still get down on one knee to declare his love to the soprano.

“I was a goalkeeper and I know how to throw myself onto the floor,” said the Spanish opera singer.

Jun 4, 2014

A Minute With: Elle Fanning on the spell of ‘Maleficent’

LOS ANGELES June 4 (Reuters) – At just 16 years of age, Elle
Fanning has spent nearly 90 percent of her life in the movie
business, having made her debut as a 2-year-old, younger version
of her actress sibling Dakota Fanning.

But this is no jaded teen actor. She gets excited about
playing a Disney princess opposite Angelina Jolie’s villain in
“Maleficent,” the big-budget retelling of the fairytale classic
“Sleeping Beauty” that prevailed at the North American box
office in its debut last weekend.

May 29, 2014

State of the art: Women call few of film’s digital shots

LOS ANGELES, May 29 (Reuters) – It’s too bad women can’t
computer-generate more of their own participation in the
technical side of filmmaking.

Digital animation and visual effects are so widespread today
that studios can end up using them in nearly every shot. Yet as
the trend grows, women may be lagging behind even more in the
digital arts than they are in the film and tech industries
generally.

May 27, 2014

Angelina Jolie takes the vile out of villain in ‘Maleficent’

LOS ANGELES, May 27 (Reuters) – Angelina Jolie, in taking
her first major acting role in years, wanted something “crazy
and silly” to counter the more serious parts of her life and her
idea of fun was to play a baddie who looks pretty darn scary to
children.

Maleficent is a villain, and one of Disney’s most popular
since she appeared as the wicked fairy in the 1959 animated
feature “Sleeping Beauty,” in which she casts an evil spell on
the princess.

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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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