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Jennifer Lawrence Marvelous In ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’

Jennifer Lawrence Marvelous In ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’

November 18, 2014


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (TNS) The three Oscar nominations Jennifer Lawrence has picked up were for the deeply dramatic “American Hustle,” the quirky “Silver Linings Playbook” and the emotionally powerful “Winter’s Bone.” Each film came dripping in the trappings — corruption, m...

Gregg Allman Dropped From Lawsuit Over Camera Assistant Killed On Film Set

Gregg Allman Dropped From Lawsuit Over Camera Assistant Killed On Film Set

November 4, 2014


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By Richard Verrier Los Angeles Times (MCT) Rocker Gregg Allman has been dropped from a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of Sarah Jones, a 27-year-old camera assistant killed on a film set earlier this year. Attorneys representing the Jones family said Thursday that Allman, his manager Micha...

Comedies, Drama, Even Mafia Supplant Conflict At Israel Film Festival

Comedies, Drama, Even Mafia Supplant Conflict At Israel Film Festival

October 28, 2014


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By Susan King Los Angeles Times (MCT) It’s a change three decades in the making, said the founder and executive director of the Israel Film Festival: a real coming of age of Israeli cinema. “We had a lot of films about the Arab-Israeli conflict,” said Meir Fenigstein, who has presented some...

‘Constantine’ Brings Another Comic Book Character To Life

‘Constantine’ Brings Another Comic Book Character To Life

October 21, 2014


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (MCT) LOS ANGELES—Welsh actor, Matt Ryan, wasn’t a big reader of comic books when he was younger, something he now regrets as he takes on the title role in “Constantine”—the latest in the growing list of TV shows based on a comic book character. Luckily fo...

Reese Witherspoon, From Rom-Com Queen To ‘Wild’ Woman

Reese Witherspoon, From Rom-Com Queen To ‘Wild’ Woman

October 21, 2014


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By Betsy Sharkey Los Angeles Times (MCT) Reese Witherspoon started crawling out of the romantic-comedy muck two years ago in “Mud,” aptly titled given the situation. The actress wasn’t even the costar — that place was taken by two Huck Finnish boys, Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland, who he...

For ‘Judge’ Director Dobkin, Directing Is A Choreography

For ‘Judge’ Director Dobkin, Directing Is A Choreography

October 9, 2014


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By Rick Bentley The Fresno Bee (MCT) LOS ANGELES—David Dobkin looks at film directing as a type of dance: It’s his job to lead his actors while still giving them room to express themselves. In the case of his latest film “The Judge,” that meant leading two veteran actors—“ Robert Down...

New From: Jason Aldean, Weezer

New From: Jason Aldean, Weezer

Glenn Gamboa

October 7, 2014


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Luis Sinco Newsday (MCT) JASON ALDEAN, “Old Boots, New Dirt” THE GRADE B BOTTOM LINE Well-crafted modern-country comfort food It's a thin line between simple and plain and Jason Aldean walks it with his new album, “Old Boots, New Dirt” (Broken Bow). Unlike his previous albums, there’...

Once Homeless, 62-Year-Old Doug Seegers Releases Debut Country Album

Once Homeless, 62-Year-Old Doug Seegers Releases Debut Country Album

Glenn Gamboa

October 7, 2014


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Newsday (MCT) Doug Seegers is set to be country’s next star. The Long Island, N.Y., native’s debut album, “Going Down to the River” (Rounder), out this week, features a duet with Emmylou Harris and appearances from his old friend and former bandmate Buddy Miller, who was in Robert Plant’s...

Prince Says Let’s Go Crazy In 2 Different Ways

Prince Says Let’s Go Crazy In 2 Different Ways

Greg Kot

October 2, 2014


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Chicago Tribune (MCT) 'Art Official Age' Prince Three and a half stars (out of 4) ___ 'PlectrumElectrum' ThirdEyeGirl Three stars (out of 4) ___ In one of the most improbable reunions of the last few decades, Prince is back with the label that he claims done him so wrong in the '90s that...

‘Gilligan’s Island’ Actress Dawn Wells Writes About Values In ‘What Would Mary Ann Do? A Guide To Life’

‘Gilligan’s Island’ Actress Dawn Wells Writes About Values In ‘What Would Mary Ann Do? A Guide To Life’

September 30, 2014


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By Susan King Los Angeles Times (MCT) Ever since the premiere of the CBS sitcom “Gilligan’s Island” 50 years ago, people have been asking the burning question: Ginger or Mary Ann? While some fans of the broad comedy series about seven archetypal castaways shipwrecked on an “uncharted deser...

Atlanta Symphony Cancels Performances As Lockout Drags On

Atlanta Symphony Cancels Performances As Lockout Drags On

David Ng

September 29, 2014


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By David Ng Los Angeles Times (MCT) The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has canceled its opening night celebration as well as performances through Nov. 8 as a labor dispute with its musicians drags on with no end in sight. The company locked out its musicians earlier this month following a breakdown in cont...

Coltrane’s Live ‘Offering’ Shakes The Room

Coltrane’s Live ‘Offering’ Shakes The Room

Chris Barton

September 29, 2014


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By Chris Barton Los Angeles Times (MCT) John Coltrane "Offering: Live at Temple University" 4 stars (Resonance/Impulse) The two-disc "Offering" practically begins mid-sentence, with John Coltrane already into the opening number "Naima" before the engineer for Temple University's WRTI radio station...

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