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May 8, 2014

Moment of truth nears for sleepy U.S. town on cusp of space flight

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, New Mexico, May 8 (Reuters) – After
passing the sign reading “Danger Falling Aliens,” New Mexico
artist Roy Lohr and dog Yoda lead visitors to the “Spaceport” he
has built in his backyard out of wine bottles and cement.

It’s no wonder the lanky 69-year-old embraces the real
Spaceport America in his town’s backyard, the world’s first
space base built expressly for commercial launches and
soon-to-be site of the first space flights with Sir Richard
Branson’s Virgin Galactic.

Apr 24, 2014

‘The Other Woman’ serves up revenge in comic female fantasy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – “The Other Woman” is a somewhat rare species in today’s film fauna – a comedy by women, about women and for women.

But not just for women, star Cameron Diaz said, even though the film is a tale of three women who band together to take revenge on the cheating cad and reduce him to a whimpering mess.

Apr 14, 2014

‘Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ sweeps MTV Movie Awards

LOS ANGELES, April 13 (Reuters) – Young adult favorite “The
Hunger Games: Catching Fire” was voted ‘movie of the year’ and
scooped top acting honours at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday,
reflecting the irreverent ceremony’s appeal to young fans.

The second installment of the hugely popular “Hunger Games”
books beat out this year’s Oscar best picture winner “12 Years a
Slave” in online voting that continued through much of the show.

Apr 14, 2014

Jared Leto, Jonah Hill win early MTV Movie Awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oscar winner Jared Leto and Jonah Hill, an Oscar nominee, picked up early MTV Movie Awards, voted for by fans rather than the film industry elite.

Host and late-night comedian Conan O’Brien kicked off the unbuttoned awards on Sunday by trying to break the record for the most celebrity cameos in his intro, notching up 50. Among them were Taylor Swift, who gave him a manicure, and Internet sensation Grumpy Cat, who slept in the front row of the audience.

Apr 4, 2014

California tweening: the making of a 12-year-old yogi

ENCINITAS, California (Reuters) – Jaysea Devoe is a yoga instructor who has the challenging job of teaching fidgety preschoolers the ancient practice, but once her charges get going, she says, “they really start to focus and listen.”

Devoe knows a thing or two about childhood and focus, for she is only 12 years old and just recently became a certified yoga instructor after completing 200 hours of teacher training. She is believed to be the youngest certified female yoga instructor in the United States.

Apr 3, 2014

Trip Tips: A gnarly ride through San Diego’s beach towns

ENCINITAS, California (Reuters) – This might just be the easiest suitcase to pack: running shoes, flip-flops, bathing suit, shorts, T-shirts, a hoodie and sunscreen.

That’s the unfussy uniform that works almost everywhere in the beach towns of San Diego’s North County, the location of choice for elite athletes in training, skateboarders-turned-entrepreneurs and smart people who have figured out how to live, work and play by the ocean.

Mar 31, 2014

HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ tackles tricky, quirky tech world for TV

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – If Mike Judge’s new tech-world television comedy “Silicon Valley” were a start-up, Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt might be an angel investor.

Schmidt appears briefly in the show’s opening scene, a start-up’s party where Kid Rock jams on stage and no one pays attention to the rock star. A newly minted tech millionaire tries to pump up the crowd shouting “I love Goolybib’s integrated multi-platform functionality. Yeah!”

Mar 12, 2014

A Minute With: Catherine Deneuve on freedom and aging with grace

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Catherine Deneuve is now in her sixth decade making films but the French actress says she is too busy working these days to grow nostalgic about her past roles or films with acclaimed directors such as Luis Bunuel and Francois Truffaut.

In her latest film, “On My Way,” in U.S. theaters on Friday, the 70-year-old Deneuve plays Bettie, a woman stuck in neutral who goes on a road trip to break free from the burden of her family’s struggling restaurant and being dumped by her lover.

Mar 3, 2014

’12 Years a Slave’ makes history with best picture Oscar

LOS ANGELES, March 2 (Reuters) – The slavery drama “12 Years
a Slave” won the Academy Award for best picture on Sunday,
making history as the first movie from a black director to win
the film industry’s highest honor in 86 years of the Oscars.

British director Steve McQueen’s unflinching portrayal of
pre-Civil War American slavery also won two other Oscars,
including best supporting actress for newcomer Lupita Nyong’o
and best adapted screenplay based on the memoir of Solomon
Northup, a free man sold into slavery in Louisiana.

Mar 3, 2014

Oscars kick off with Leto win for ‘Dallas Buyers Club’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Academy Awards kicked off on Sunday by bestowing the best supporting actor Oscar on favorite Jared Leto for his role as a transgender woman in “Dallas Buyers Club,” in a night that may yield few surprises apart from the tight best picture race.

Dressed in a tuxedo, returning host Ellen DeGeneres opened the 86th annual Academy Awards taking friendly jabs at nominees, from Jennifer Lawrence for her tripping on the stage last year to Leto. “Boy, is he pretty,” she said.

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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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