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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…

Neo-con ‘Rage’ flick author: ‘Obama has an ideology that wants to downsize America’

Critics have savaged Dinesh D’Souza’s anti-Obama polemic – but it’s set to become a commercial smash. Should the president be worried? If the Obama campaign hopes the Democratic convention will renew America’s love affair with the president, Dinesh D’Souza has some unwelcome news: his film attacking Obama will reach more…

False balance may silence coverage of moderate views: study

Upholding fairness and balance as journalistic standards may actually be marginalizing moderate voices within the public debate, a study to be published in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly suggests. The study, authored by Michael McCluskey of Ohio State University and Young Mie Kim of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, found that…

Tom Cruise denies Scientology auditioned girlfriends

LOS ANGELES — A lawyer for Tom Cruise has dismissed as “tired old lies” a magazine report claiming that the Church of Scientology had auditioned candidates to become a girlfriend for the star. Vanity Fair quoted sources as saying the controversial church — of which Cruise is the most high-profile…

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