LOS ANGELES/LONDON (Reuters) – Late singer Whitney Houston’s re-entered music charts on Wednesday with a greatest hits album that raced into the top 10 of the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 101,000 copies in just 24 hours after the singer’s sudden death this past weekend.
“Whitney: The Greatest Hits,” which includes songs such as “Saving All My Love for You” and “My Love is Your Love,” hit No. 6 on the album chart, selling 91,000 digital copies and 10,000 physical copies, based on Nielsen SoundScan sales weekly data that is finalized on Sunday evening.
BERLIN (Reuters) – An epic film recalling the turmoil and barbarity which swept China as it lurched from imperial to communist rule in the early 20th century was only possible because of greater artistic freedoms, its director said on Wednesday.
Wang Quan’an, whose three-hour “White Deer Plain” has its world premiere at the Berlin film festival, told reporters it had been submitted to the Chinese censors and some changes had been necessary.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Meryl Streep was given a bouquet of flowers, a gift and a kiss at the Berlin film festival on Valentine’s Day, and they weren’t from her husband.
The 62-year-old actress was at the annual cinema showcase on Tuesday to receive a lifetime achievement Golden Bear.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Meryl Streep’s groaning awards cabinet is about to get fuller still on Tuesday when the Berlin film festival honours the American actress with an Honorary Golden Bear.
The prize giving, at a special gala screening of “The Iron Lady”, falls on Valentine’s Day and two days after the 62-year-old picked up a BAFTA, Britain’s top cinema honour, for her portrayal of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
BERLIN (Reuters) – When actor-director Billy Bob Thornton was a boy, his father took him to the scene of car crashes to survey the wreckage. Now he has turned his unconventional childhood into a movie.
“Jayne Mansfield’s Car” is a dark family comedy that explores how war affects men and how fathers and sons so often fail to communicate.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Directors from around the world have tried to recreate the drama and trauma of captivity at this year’s Berlin film festival, though not all of them found a captive audience.
From kidnapping to political repression, and from a queen trapped in her palace to detainees on death row, how humans behave when their freedom is denied them has dominated the annual cinema showcase so far.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Finnish sci-fi spoof “Iron Sky” takes viewers on a wild ride to the dark side of the moon, where Nazis who survived World War Two have built a military base and are planning a “Meteorblitzkrieg” on planet Earth.
Black U.S. astronaut James Washington, on a mission to boost the flagging electoral fortunes of a U.S. president clearly modeled on Sarah Palin, stumbles across the huge Swastika-shaped complex and is captured.
BERLIN, Feb 11 (Reuters) – Drug dealers, a Mafioso and
a murderer are cast in the roles of Caesar, Brutus, Cassius and
others in “Caesar Must Die”, a docu-drama about inmates at a
tough Italian prison who take on a Shakespeare tragedy.
The movie, which has its world premiere at the Berlin film
festival on Saturday, was shot at the Rebibbia prison on the
outskirts of Rome, some of it in the high security wing.
BERLIN (Reuters) – Stephen Daldry, whose “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” retells the deadly events of Sept 11, 2001 through the eyes of a New York boy, believes there should be more films about the attacks and their consequences.
His movie, which was released in U.S. theatres in December, has divided critics and public opinion, and Daldry, who was presenting the picture at the Berlin film festival on Friday, conceded that some people believed it came out too soon.
BERLIN (Reuters) – “Farewell My Queen”, recalling the early days of the French Revolution through the eyes of servants at Versailles, has its world premiere on Thursday at the start of the 2012 Berlin film festival.
The French-language period drama, starring Diane Kruger as Marie Antoinette, is one of 18 pictures in the main competition, and hundreds more films will be showcased in cinemas across the city over the next 10 days.