NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” began as a story about a father and son set against the backdrop of the U.S. civil rights movement, but the film grew into a sweeping historical drama about love, family and racial equality.
Inspired by the life of Eugene Allen, an African-American White House butler who served eight U.S. presidents, the film chronicles the changing political landscape and race relations from a deeply divided South in the 1920s, through the battles for desegregation, to the election of Barack Obama, the first African-American president.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Actor Peter Sarsgaard has portrayed his share of intense, dark characters, from a homophobic murderer in “Boys Don’t Cry” and a death row inmate in the TV series “The Killing” to his latest role as a sleazy hustler in the new biopic “Lovelace.”
The Illinois-born actor doesn’t search for the offbeat roles. They seem to find him. But he believes there is something worth paying attention to in all of them, including Chuck Traynor, the abusive husband of 1970s adult film star Linda Lovelace he plays in the film about exploitation and betrayal.
NEW YORK, July 31 (Reuters) – Denzel Washington was
looking for something light after his role as an alcoholic
airline pilot in “Flight” and found it in “2 Guns,” an action
buddy film that showcases the two-time Academy Award winner’s
flair for comedy.
The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, is new
territory for Washington, who was nominated for his sixth Oscar
for “Flight” and took home golden statuettes for the 2001 crime
drama “Training Day” and the 1989 Civil War film “Glory.”
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Cleveland-born blues singer Mary Bridget Davies had no idea when she auditioned for a part in “A Night With Janis Joplin” that a year later she would be playing the wailing, raspy voiced rock’n'roll legend on Broadway.
But a stroke of luck and a talent for transforming herself into the singer/songwriter, who died of a heroin overdose at the age of 27 in 1970, sealed the deal.
NEW YORK, July 25 (Reuters) – Lonely, bored dogs left at
home all day while their owners are at work could soon be
getting some digital company – a TV channel with programming
just for pooches.
DOGTV, a 24/7 channel designed specifically for man’s best
friend, will air nationally next month on the U.S. satellite
operator DirecTV, with hopes of attracting dogs in some
of the 46 million U.S. households that have at least one.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Little is known about a SARS-like virus that has infected people in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe, but there is strong support around the globe for screening travelers to prevent the spread of the disease, according to a new poll.
An Ipsos online survey of more than 19,000 people in 24 countries showed that fewer than half of people questioned knew much about the disease known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, or MERS, which has infected 88 people and killed 45 people.
NEW YORK, July 23 (Reuters) – Hugh Jackman battles Ninja
warriors, trounces a monster Samurai and rescues a Japanese
heiress but still manages to show a softer, vulnerable side of
the comic book superhero in “The Wolverine,” the newest film in
the X-Men series.
The movie, which opens in U.S. theaters on Friday, marks the
sixth time the 44-year-old Australian actor, who seems as
comfortable singing and dancing on Broadway as defeating bad
guys on the big screen, is portraying the silver-clawed,
self-healing, century-old mutant.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ryan Gosling’s latest film, “Only God Forgives,” has deeply divided critics and the Canadian actor concedes that the blood-spattered crime thriller set in Bangkok’s underworld of boxing clubs and brothels may not appeal to everyone.
“The film is kind of like a drug,” the former child star who appeared on “The Mickey Mouse Club” TV show, told reporters ahead of the film’s opening in U.S. theaters on Friday.
NEW YORK, July 16 (Reuters) – Teen pop star Cody Simpson may
exude the laid-back, surfer dude attitude associated with his
native Australia, but behind the mellow exterior lies a business
At age 10, he had the wherewithal to ask his mother to book
the domain name CodySimpson.com. Three years later he signed a
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Family planning, higher education and quality time with loved ones are priorities for people around the world, according to a new global Nielsen survey focusing on lifestyle values released on Friday.
The Nielsen poll of more than 29,000 people in 58 countries also showed that most people think women should have a say in important household issues, but opinions diverged on how the roles of wife and mother are perceived.