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‘Insecure politicians’ blocking Salman Rushdie film adaptation in India

A new film of Salman Rushdie’s 1981 novel “Midnight’s Children”, which is set in India after independence, may not be released in the country, its director has said, blaming “insecure politicians”. The adaptation, which has been showed at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada, is due for worldwide release…

Bob Dylan still going strong, releases 35th album this week

He was the voice of a generation. Now he barely talks. But music icon Bob Dylan, who releases his 35th album this week half a century after his first, is still going strong. The 71-year-old, who has evolved from 1960s folk-protest singer into an enigmatic rock legend, is most well…

Pussy Riot’s release backed by Russian rockers in St. Petersburg concert

Russian rock group DDT, whose lead singer is known for his anti-Kremlin views, was among the bands that played a concert in Saint Petersburg Sunday backing the country’s political prisoners. Attending the show were two lawyers for the jailed members of female punk band Pussy Riot, sentenced last month for…

Actor Keira Knightley: New Anna Karenina film a ‘punch to the stomach’

TORONTO — Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece “Anna Karenina” has been adapted for the silver screen more than a dozen times, but British filmmaker Joe Wright’s latest movie version arguably tops them all. Starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, the 130-minute film premiered internationally this week at the Toronto International Film Festival,…

Controversy clouds Korean winner and American ‘Scientology’ film at Venice festival

The Venice film festival wrapped up in controversy on Sunday after Kim Ki Duk took the Golden Lion with his Korean morality tale Pieta amid reports the jury had wanted a different winner. The Hollywood Reporter said the jury had been prevented from choosing US director Paul Thomas Anderson for…

Peter Jackson avoids talk about ‘The Hobbit’

Filmmaker Peter Jackson avoided questions on Saturday about his decision to split J.R.R. Tolkien’s 300-page fantasy novel “The Hobbit” into three feature length films, amid growing fan criticism. The director of the epic “Lord of the Rings” trilogy says the decision to make three films was possible because of the…

‘Hotel Transylvania’ flick reunites SNL cast

Actor Adam Sandler assembled former “Saturday Night Live” cast members for the new animated monster movie “Hotel Transylvania,” he said, because they are “the funniest people I know.” The film by director Gennady Tartakovsky premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival where Sandler and fellow SNL alumni David Spade, Molly…

Johnny Depp and Damien Echols –wrongly convicted ‘West Memphis 3′ man– share tattoos

Actor Johnny Depp said he and Damien Echols, one of three men who claimed to have been wrongly convicted for 1993 satanic ritual murders, got tattoos to mark their special bond after Echols was released from prison last year. “There was an instant connection, some brotherly kind of love there,”…

San Diego newspaper hosting ‘one-stop shop’ for state GOP candidates

In an apparent continuation of its stance of “taking positions,” U-T San Diego, the largest newspaper in San Diego, will be hosting a media training ‘one-stop shop’ for California conservative political candidates this coming Tuesday. According to San Diego Citybeat, the paper offered to avail itself to the San Diego…

Paul McCartney receives French Legion of Honour

Ex-Beatle Paul McCartney received the French Legion of Honour award Saturday at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris, the president’s office said. President Francois Hollande bestowed the medal on the British musician in the presence of his family but not the press, the office said in a statement, adding that…

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