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Legendary Japanese filmmakers to be honored by Hollywood
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and three of his compatriots will be honored by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) next month for their lifetime of work on movies that organizers said have "given us all a taste of the sublime." The WGA's West branch, which represents the U.S. West Coast writers of TV, films, radio and Internet programming, said that the late Kurosawa and his collaborators Ryuzo Kikushima, Hideo Oguni and Shinobu Hashimoto, will receive the Guild's 2013 Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement on February 17 in Los Angeles.
Daniel Radcliffe: from boy wizard to gay beat poet
PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters) - Daniel Radcliffe casts off boy wizard Harry Potter to play the voice of the 1950s Beat Generation in new movie "Kill Your Darlings" - a seductive tale of friendship, gay love and murder. Radcliffe, 23, plays poet Allen Ginsberg aged 17 - a young, naive and closeted teen who struggles to find his place in the world years before the sexual and cultural liberation of the 1960s.
Arhoolie Records set highlights 50 years of roots-music
BOSTON (Reuters) - Chris Strachwitz discovered the first performer for his Arhoolie Records label by quizzing roadside field hands, a prosperous cotton farmer named Mr. Tom Moore, and a man called Peg Leg at a railroad station in Navasota, Texas. As Strachwitz tells it, Peg Leg identified a highway worker and former tenant farmer who entertained local folks: Mance Lipscomb.
Louis C.K. named funniest U.S. showbiz person: Rolling Stone
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Stand-up comedian-turned U.S. cable television star Louis C.K. was named the funniest person currently working in show business, according to a list released by Rolling Stone magazine on Thursday. The Emmy-winning comedian, whose given name is Louis Szekely, is the star, writer and executive producer of the comedy-drama "Louie" on cable network FX.
It's a "Mini-Buble" for singer Michael Bublé and wife
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Canadian jazz singer Michael Bublé and his Argentinian actress wife, Luisana Lopilato, are expecting their first baby together, Lopilato said in a video posted to YouTube on Thursday. The video shows what appears to be an ultrasound of a fetus with the words "Mini Buble !!!" attached to the image. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-Q0tUPj PDFo
Bolshoi chief will recover enough sight to work again: doctor
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Bolshoi Ballet's artistic director will recover enough eyesight to return to work after a masked assailant threw acid in his face, a doctor said on Thursday. Sergei Filin, 42, one of the most talked about figures in Russia as head of the ballet for nearly two years, was attacked outside his house on his way home from the prestigious theatre on January 18.
Booker winner Mantel says play next "logical step"
LONDON (Reuters) - Double Booker prize-winning author Hilary Mantel said the characters in her historical novels about the rise of Thomas Cromwell will take the next "logical step" to a stage adaptation at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) this year. Mantel said in a video interview on the RSC website this week that she has always longed to give "solid form" to her depictions of Cromwell, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn in her "Wolf Hall" and "Bring Up the Bodies" books.