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Sep 7, 2014

Cumberbatch takes unsung WWII hero to Toronto in ‘Imitation Game’

TORONTO, Sept 7 (Reuters) – The code-breaking machine that
may have cut World War II by two years and saved millions of
lives was invented by British mathematician Alan Turing, a
prickly genius and unlikely war hero unknown to most of the

That might be because his work to crack Germany’s Enigma
code remained classified for decades. But also, Turing met a
tragic end following the war, taking his own life at 41 after he
was convicted for being homosexual and sentenced to chemical

Sep 5, 2014

Downey Jr., Duvall kick off Toronto film fest with ‘The Judge’

TORONTO (Reuters) – Actors Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall brought their father-and-son dysfunction drama “The Judge” to Toronto on Thursday to open the city’s film festival, an early arbiter in the movie industry’s awards season.

Toronto’s opening gala gives a note of Hollywood glamour to a festival known for its sprawling program – 285 films screened multiple times over 11 days – and the participation of ordinary people, who ultimately decide the top prize.

Sep 3, 2014

A Minute With: Comic Jon Stewart on not flubbing his first film

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Having hosted late night television’s satirical “The Daily Show” for 15 years, comedian Jon Stewart grew accustomed to a daily churn that he says “forgives sloppiness.”

Now, he has crafted his first feature film in a more meticulous fashion, and hopes it will not be more permanent evidence of his own idiocy.

Sep 2, 2014

Battling biographies head to Toronto to win awards season hearts

LOS ANGELES, Sept 2 (Reuters) – As a first-time film
director, television comedian Jon Stewart pleads ignorance about
the workings of the movie industry.

But as he heads to the Toronto International Film Festival
this week, he shares many of the feelings of more seasoned
directors: excitement, nausea and the hope that he has done
justice to the man whose story he depicts in film.

Aug 28, 2014

‘Imitation Game,”Rosewater,’ ‘Wild’ slated for Telluride festival

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A trio of highly anticipated dramas slated for the Toronto Film Festival opening next week will instead premiere at the smaller Telluride Film Festival over the weekend, according to the line-up released on Thursday.

“The Imitation Game,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch as British World War II code-breaker Alan Turing and “Wild” featuring Reese Witherspoon as a heart-broken woman trekking solo over hundreds of miles of wilderness are among the 25 new feature films in Telluride’s main program.

Aug 27, 2014

Emmys exalt old favorites over TV’s shiny newcomers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – For all the talk about newcomers raising the game of television, the industry on Monday chose to bestow its top Emmys on the long-running shows “Breaking Bad” and “Modern Family” and long-time television actors who held off challenges from film stars.

“Breaking Bad,” AMC’s unlikely tale of a teacher-turned-drug kingpin Walter White, won the night’s biggest honor, the Emmy for best drama series, for the second year in a row while lead Bryan Cranston took best drama actor for the fourth time in that role.

Aug 26, 2014

‘Fargo,’ ‘Normal Heart’ win Emmys for TV miniseries, movie

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “Fargo,” the TV re-imagining of the Coen brothers’ cult film, won best miniseries at the Primetime Emmy Awards on Monday, while HBO’s “The Normal Heart” earned best TV movie honors for its depiction of the early fight against AIDS.

“Fargo” gave FX Networks its first Emmy for a program, but actors from the critically acclaimed miniseries lost out on awards despite being heavy favorites, especially lead actor Billy Bob Thornton.

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.

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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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