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Sep 28, 2012

Rowling “obsessed” with death, reads reviews later

LONDON (Reuters) – What does the author of the most eagerly awaited book of the year do on publication day?

If you are J.K. Rowling, whose adult fiction debut “The Casual Vacancy” hit the shelves on Thursday, you watch a movie in your hotel, avoid reading newspaper reviews and later in the evening address 900 people at a question-and-answer session.

Sep 28, 2012

Christie’s offers Bond items on 50th anniversary

LONDON (Reuters) – Christie’s will offer 50 items of James Bond memorabilia over the coming week in a charity sale that culminates in a live auction next Friday, the 50th anniversary of the release of the first 007 movie “Dr. No”.

The auction, which will raise funds for a range of charities including UNICEF, is one of a series of events being held around the world to mark the anniversary of one of the world’s longest-running and most successful film franchises.

Sep 18, 2012

Rushdie memoir tells of life under Iranian fatwa

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – British author Salman Rushdie’s
memoir of more than nine years in hiding after Iran’s supreme
leader issued a death sentence against him hits the shelves on
Tuesday, ending the wait for his account of a furore that has
echoes across the world today.

“Joseph Anton: A Memoir” opens with the moment when Rushdie,
already a member of London’s literary elite, received a call
from a journalist asking for his reaction to Ayatollah Ruhollah
Khomeini’s 1989 fatwa, or religious edict, calling for his head.

Sep 13, 2012

Led Zeppelin to release reunion concert film

LONDON (Reuters) – British rockers Led Zeppelin will release a concert film based on their 2007 charity performance in London that hits cinemas on October 17, the band said on Thursday.

The film, called “Celebration Day” and directed by Dick Carruthers, was taken from the long-awaited reunion of one of rock’s most successful acts.

Sep 11, 2012

Indian author Jeet Thayil in Man Booker shortlist

LONDON (Reuters) – Hilary Mantel, who won the coveted Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2009 with historical novel “Wolf Hall”, is favourite to repeat the feat after her sequel “Bring up the Bodies” was shortlisted again on Tuesday.

The other five nominees are Will Self (“Umbrella”), Deborah Levy (“Swimming Home”), Malaysia’s Tan Twan Eng (“The Garden of Evening Mists”) and first-time novelists Alison Moore (“The Lighthouse”) and Indian author Jeet Thayil (“Narcopolis”).

Sep 11, 2012

Novelist Mantel favorite to repeat Booker feat

LONDON (Reuters) – Hilary Mantel, who won the coveted Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2009 with historical novel “Wolf Hall”, is favorite to repeat the feat after her sequel “Bring up the Bodies” was shortlisted again on Tuesday.

The other five nominees are Will Self (“Umbrella”), Deborah Levy (“Swimming Home”), Malaysia’s Tan Twan Eng (“The Garden of Evening Mists”) and first-time novelists Alison Moore (“The Lighthouse”) and Indian author Jeet Thayil (“Narcopolis”).

Sep 8, 2012

Korean film wins Venice, Hoffman, Phoenix honored

VENICE (Reuters) – South Korean movie “Pieta”, an ultra-violent story of a loan shark confronted by a mysterious woman claiming to be his mother, scooped the Golden Lion award for best picture at the Venice film festival on Saturday.

The other big winner on the night was Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master”, loosely based on the early days of Scientology, which earned him a Silver Lion for best director and a joint best actor award for Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix.

Sep 7, 2012

Venice festival ends, U.S., Korea films vie for award

VENICE (Reuters) – The Venice film festival ends on Saturday with an awards ceremony where favorites for the top prize, the Golden Lion, include Paul Thomas Anderson’s Scientology story “The Master” and Korean director Kim Ki-duk’s ultra-violent “Pieta”.

They are among 18 films in the main competition eligible for the lion and other acting and directing prizes, and festival juries are notoriously hard to second guess.

Sep 7, 2012

Venice film festival rounds off with steamy Passion

VENICE (Reuters) – Brian De Palma’s thriller “Passion” explores the sexual attraction and professional rivalry between two ambitious female executives who will do anything to get ahead in advertising.

Canadian Rachel McAdams plays Christine, a domineering and manipulative manager in a successful advertising firm who is both attracted to and threatened by her talented colleague Isabelle, portrayed by Sweden’s Noomi Rapace.

Sep 7, 2012

Venice credits roll, U.S., Korean films in awards race

VENICE (Reuters) – The credits are about to roll on this year’s Venice film festival, and the world’s oldest cinema showcase pits Hollywood’s finest against up-and-coming American talent and movies by directors from South Korea, France and beyond.

The 11-day stretch of screenings, parties and interviews on the Lido waterfront ends on Saturday with the awards ceremony where the Golden Lion for best picture is handed out.

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      "I cover arts and entertainment across Europe, Middle East and Africa, ranging from film festivals like Cannes and awards shows like the BRITs and from books and theatre to art, opera and industry stories. My previous postings include Moscow, senior correspondent in Central Asia and deputy bureau chief in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I also covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq."
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