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Venice film festival to kick off with black comedy ‘Birdman’

ROME (Reuters) – Mexican director Alejandro Inarritu opens this year’s Venice film festival with the premier of “Birdman”, a black comedy that heads a 55-strong selection leaning heavily toward war and recession, festival director Alberto Barbera said on Thursday. As … Continue reading

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Tax credit shortfall costs California TV, movie production revenues

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A growing number of TV series and film crews have left California in search of tax credits elsewhere, causing $2 billion in revenue losses over the past four years to a state that is home to … Continue reading

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‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Divergent’ pushed aside for new Comic Con fare

SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Young adult film franchises have dominated the conversation at San Diego’s annual Comic Con gathering in recent years, but as the buzz-building convention kicked off on Thursday, the absence of established blockbusters has allowed studios to … Continue reading

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‘Weird Al’ Yankovic still trying to wrap head around No. 1 album

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The past week for “Weird Al” Yankovic has been a little weird by the standards of the curly-haired, accordion-playing, oddball master of pop music parody. The 54-year-old singer of such songs as “Eat It,” a culinary … Continue reading

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Chinese tourism company sues Paramount over Transformers 4 scenes

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – A Chinese tourism company is suing Paramount Pictures and a producer of the movie “Transformers: Age of Extinction” saying they had failed to show the company’s logo in the movie. Like other Hollywood filmmakers, Paramount has been … Continue reading

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‘The Book of Life’ takes No. 1 spot on U.S. bestsellers list

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “The Book of Life,” the final novel of the time-traveling trilogy written by Deborah Harkness, shot straight to the top of the U.S. bestsellers list on Thursday. Data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and … Continue reading

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Beckett link brings ‘Happy Days’ back to Northern Irish town

ENNISKILLEN Northern Ireland (Reuters) – The man who brought an opera to Britain’s biggest rock festival is using the enigmatic plays of Samuel Beckett to lure tourists back to a town better known for one of Northern Ireland’s worst ‘Troubles’. … Continue reading

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‘Shakespeare in Love’ adapter revels in rave reviews in London

LONDON (Reuters) – The Disney-backed stage adaptation of the hit film “Shakespeare in Love” won nearly across-the-board rave reviews in London this week, to the relief of its creators who are pleased that their big gamble looks set to pay … Continue reading

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Old geezer Mura types Tour de France legend in modern era

ARGELES GAZOST France (Reuters) – Ashes fall from his cigarette as his puffy fingers play a distinctive staccato on a 38-year-old Lettera 32. Gianni Mura, who covered his first Tour de France in 1967 for La Gazzetta dello Sport, is … Continue reading

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Brain power outwits Asian mobsters in sci-fi thriller ‘Lucy’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Gun-toting thugs and a vicious Asian mob boss are no match for the brawn and brain of French director Luc Besson’s super-powered heroine in his sci-fi, action thriller “Lucy.” Besson is known for creating strong female … Continue reading

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