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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.

Sep 6, 2012

Redford acts in, directs thriller about ex-radical

VENICE (Reuters) – In “All the President’s Men”, Robert Redford famously played a reporter hunting clues that led to President Richard Nixon’s downfall. In “The Company You Keep”, the Oscar winner is the one who is hunted by a journalist, this time played by Shia LaBeouf.

Unlike the 1976 account of the Watergate scandal, The Company You Keep is a fictional thriller based on a 2003 novel by Neil Gordon, and follows a former leftwing American militant whose past comes back to haunt him.

Aug 3, 2012

And the gold for dramatic gesture goes to ..

LONDON (Reuters) – Losing at the Olympics hurts. But suffering an injustice, real or imagined, is agony.

The 2012 Games have been peppered with debatable refereeing, a technical glitch in fencing, post-race relegation and – this one a first – the controversial expulsion of eight badminton players judged to have broken the spirit, but not the rules, of their sport.

Aug 3, 2012

Olympics-And the gold for dramatic gesture goes to …

LONDON, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Losing at the Olympics hurts. But
suffering an injustice, real or imagined, is agony.

The 2012 Games have been peppered with debatable refereeing,
a technical glitch in fencing, post-race relegation and – this
one a first – the controversial expulsion of eight badminton
players judged to have broken the spirit, but not the rules, of
their sport.

Aug 3, 2012

Home hope Ennis shines as athletics starts

LONDON (Reuters) – British hope Jessica Ennis, the poster girl of the London Olympics, lit up a packed stadium on Friday where the track and field events got under way but the hosts’ cycling team were under scrutiny after a “planned” crash.

Britain’s men took cycling track team sprint gold on Thursday but German-born rider Philip Hindes fell over on his bike in the qualifiers and later revealed the reason.

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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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