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‘Diviner’ a robust war tale
LOS ANGELES — Making his directorial debut with the brawny and big-hearted Australian war drama “The Water Diviner,” Russell Crowe taps a deep well of symbolism, cultural empathy and good old-fashioned storytelling. Crowe, who also stars as a grieving father stoically bulldozing through Turkey...
By Megan Lehman The Associated Press FULL STORY
Crowe finds his roots in new film
LOS ANGELES — At least Russell Crowe is self-aware. “It won’t come as any surprise to you, but I’m completely comfortable when all the creative decisions are mine,” says Crowe. The Oscar-winning actor stepped behind the camera for the first time with “The Water Diviner,” a classicall...
By Linndsey Bahr The Associated Press FULL STORY
The value of a book
Some of my favorite moments are when I walk into a bookstore, especially one of the secondhand variety. I am immediately surrounded by musty titles, some that pique my interest, others that I probably won’t ever read. I love the overwhelming feeling of the towering shelves, I love running my finge...
By Mayeesha Galiba FULL STORY
‘The Way West’ gets lost along the way
In one way, “The Way West” is about the indomitable spirit that drove pioneers ever westward despite near-insurmountable odds. In another way? Mona Mansour’s play, presented by Marin Theatre Company, doesn’t seem sure where it wants to go. It’s set in Central California, probably in St...
By Judy Richter Daily Journal correspondent FULL STORY
Susan's City Scene
GET READY FOR SUMMER IN THE CITY WITH THE SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY. The San Francisco Symphony offers a festive lineup of concerts and events for all ages with this year’s Summer with the Symphony series. Concerts begin July 2-3 with Johnny Mathis performing some of his favorite hits with the SFS, a...
By Susan Cohn Daily Journal Senior Correspondent FULL STORY
Las Vegas bullish on Mayweather-Pacquiao megafight
LAS VEGAS — Interested in coming to Vegas to be part of the matchup to end all matchups that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao are selling? It’s gonna cost you. One night next weekend at the MGM Grand, the fight venue, is running $1,600 on Friday or Saturday night. That’s more than 13 times...
By Kimberly Pierceall The Associated Press FULL STORY
‘Adaline’ ludicrous, deeply moving
Is it possible for a movie to be at once ludicrously silly and genuinely moving? That’s the strange question you might find yourself asking while watching “The Age of Adaline,” a romantic fantasy with surprising heft that will likely have you scoffing at one moment, then furtively wiping away ...
By Jocelyn Noveck The Associated Press FULL STORY
ELO’s Jeff Lynne gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame
LOS ANGELES — Jeff Lynne, the leader of the Electric Light Orchestra and a leading rock music singer, writer and producer for more than four decades, has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Lynne was honored Thursday with the 2,548th star in front of the iconic Capitol Records building...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Glenn Close to present award to Tom Stoppard next month
NEW YORK — Glenn Close will help honor playwright Tom Stoppard at next month’s PEN Literary Awards Gala, the PEN American Center announced Thursday. Close, who starred in the 1984 Broadway production of Stoppard’s “The Real Thing,” will present him with the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary S...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Edie Falco embraces uncertainty after ‘Nurse Jackie’
LOS ANGELES — In 2007, Edie Falco said goodbye to her critically acclaimed series “The Sopranos” in one of the most divisive, talked-about finales on television. As she prepares to bid farewell to her addiction dramedy “Nurse Jackie,” Falco isn’t feeling any pressure to deliver another c...
The Associated Press FULL STORY
Adam Sandler movie sparks debate over American Indian images
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — When a group of American Indian actors walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie this week, their decision generated praise and scorn on social media. But everyone agreed on one thing: Despite growing awareness, outdated Native American stereotypes in Hollywood remain. And m...
The Associated Press FULL STORY

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