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    Action comedy ‘Gallants’ named HK best film

    HONG KONG – Hong Kong’s annual film awards on Sunday honored a sentimental favorite with its top prize — a quirky, low-budget action comedy about a kung fu master who briefly wakes up from a 30-year-old coma to train two aging students and two newcomers. The $643,200 production “Gallants” beat out better-funded and more star-studded movies for the top prize at the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards,...

    Murder mystery stars at Hong Kong Film Awards

    HONG KONG (AFP) – Veteran Hong Kong director Tsui Hark’s murder mystery “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame” was the biggest winner at the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday. The Tang-dynasty drama featuring famous Chinese detective Di Renjie scooped six awards, including best director, best actress, best art direction, best sound design, best visual effects and best costume...

    ‘Rio’ soars to year’s best film debut

    LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Audiences flocked to theaters to see tropical bird comedy “Rio,” knocking fellow kid-flick “Hop” off its perch to score the best debut weekend of the year, industry data showed Sunday. The 3-D cartoon, about pet macaw Blu — voiced by “Social Network” star Jesse Eisenberg — who bolts from chilly climes to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro with...

    “Superman Returns” director offers mea culpa

    LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – The 2006 movie “Superman Returns” was supposed to reignite the comic-book character for big-screen audiences and make a star out of unknown actor Brandon Routh. While critics praised the film, it underwhelmed at the box office, earning $391 million worldwide. Now, with another Superman film in the works — Zack Snyder’s “Superman: Man of Steel,”...

    “Thor” gets summer off to thunderous start

    SYDNEY (Hollywood Reporter) – The Marvel universe moves into the cosmic realm with “Thor,” a burly slab of bombastic superhero entertainment that skitters just this side of kitschy to provide an introduction befitting the mighty god of thunder. It’s a noisy, universe-rattling spectacle full of sound and fury with a suitably epic design, solid digital effects and a healthy respect for the...

    NY opera awards show features Broadway stars

    NEW YORK – Broadway stars Patti LuPone and Barbara Cook joined director Francis Ford Coppola and playwright John Guare on Sunday to present this year’s Opera News Awards. Five artists were recognized for their international musical achievements: German tenor Jonas Kaufmann, American soprano Patricia Racette, New Zealand soprano Kiri Te Kanawa, Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel and Italian conductor Riccardo...

    MacNeil returns to PBS to tell story of autism

    BOSTON – It’s been 16 years since Robert MacNeil sat behind an anchor’s desk and a decade since half of PBS’s famous MacNeil/Lehrer news team did any street reporting. It took a 6-year-old autistic boy named Nick to persuade MacNeil to work in front of the camera again. Nick is MacNeil’s grandson, and he’s featured in the first segment of a six-part series on autism that the 80-year-old...

    TV show follows evolution of exurbanites’ farm

    SHARON SPRINGS, N.Y. – It sounds like the breathless plot of a zany sitcom: Manhattan adman who moonlights as a drag queen trades high heels for barn boots to raise goats and purple tomatoes with his life partner, a doctor who moved from geriatric practice to “The Martha Stewart Show” before chucking the city life for a new career on the farm. The story of Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge is...

    Sheen lawyer, show producer disagree about return

    NEW YORK – Charlie Sheen’s attorney and the producers of “Two and a Half Men” dispute whether there’s any possibility of his return to the CBS comedy. Lawyers for Warner Bros. Television said in a letter Thursday that there had been no talks about bringing the troubled actor back, and there will be none. But Sheen attorney Marty Singer told The Hollywood Reporter that “there absolutely...

    Miley Cyrus says her family is fine

    LOS ANGELES – Miley Cyrus says she feels more at ease heading out on an international tour now that things are fine on the home front. Earlier this year, her parents, Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus, were getting a divorce, and her father was critical of his daughter’s behavior. But the Cyruses recently called off their divorce and the family is spending time together. “I think it’s good, especially...

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