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Oscar contender 'Shape of Water' accused of ripping off 1969 play

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 21:53:44 -0500

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Shape of Water," a contender for this year's best picture Oscar, was hit with a plagiarism lawsuit on Wednesday, alleging that its fantastical plot about a romance between a cleaning woman and a mysterious river creature was lifted directly from an American stage play.(image)



Make-up artist pushes boundaries with prosthetics for Oscar-nominated 'Wonder'

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:34:43 -0500

GLENDALE, Calif. (Reuters) - Adhering to child labor laws and building an authentic-looking facial structure were key concerns for make-up artist Arjen Tuiten in his work on the movie "Wonder", which has been nominated for an Oscar.(image)



Soderbergh's thriller shot on iPhone premieres in Berlin

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:41:51 -0500

BERLIN (Reuters) - Director Steven Soderbergh said on Wednesday he so enjoyed making his psychological thriller "Unsane" on an iPhone, he would find it hard to go back to conventional filmmaking.(image)



Dua Lipa, Stormzy take top honors at BRIT awards

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:06:46 -0500

LONDON (Reuters) - Singers Dua Lipa and Stormzy were the biggest winners at this year's BRIT awards, Britain's most high-profile pop music awards, taking two trophies each at an event that saw performances from some of music's biggest acts.(image)



'Get a grip': Jennifer Lawrence offended over plunging dress furor

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:26:55 -0500

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jennifer Lawrence on Wednesday blasted a controversy over a photo of her wearing a plunging black dress outside on a cold London day as sexist, ridiculous and "not feminism."(image)



Malaysian rapper Namewee in the dog house over 'obscene' Lunar New Year video

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:44:06 -0500

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia detained rapper Namewee on Thursday amid an uproar over an "obscene" Lunar New Year music video depicting people in dog masks dancing in what appears to be the administrative capital of Putrajaya.(image)



"Khook - Pig" challenges images of Iran at Berlin film festival

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:46:02 -0500

BERLIN (Reuters) - A comedy depicting a movie director being protected by his family from a serial killer challenges stereotypes about Iran and Iranian women at the Berlin Film Festival, the director said on Wednesday.(image)



Marcos-era musical resonates with modern Philippines, director says

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:10:11 -0500

BERLIN (Reuters) - Filipino director Lav Diaz's musical about martial law under President Ferdinand Marcos is set firmly in the 1970s, but the movie is as much about today, he told Reuters at the Berlin film festival on Wednesday.(image)



Italian investor looks to rev up Shanghai Tang sales

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:21:58 -0500

MILAN (Reuters) - Italian entrepreneur Alessandro Bastagli set his sights on Shanghai Tang two decades ago and having finally bought the brand in 2017 from Richemont he aims to increase the group's sales by 15-20 percent next year.(image)



Disabled by alcohol - Van Sant brings cartoonist biopic to Berlin

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:11:30 -0500

BERLIN (Reuters) - It was a role Robin Williams wanted to play in honor of his friend "Superman" actor Christopher Reeve - the true story of a quadriplegic who despite his disability makes his name as a talented cartoonist.(image)