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‘Blood & Oil’ gives North Dakota oilfields soap opera treatment

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Cast members Don Johnson (L) and Chace Crawford from “Blood & Oil” speak at a panel for the ABC television series during the Television Critics Association Cable Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills, California August 5, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok By Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) – North Dakota’s oil boom gets the Hollywood soap opera treatment in ABC’s “Blood & Oil,” which explores the insatiable lust for money and opportunity…

‘He Named Me Malala’ film is a profile in courage

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Malala Yousafzai attends the premiere of “He Named Me Malala” at the Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan, New York, September 24, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly By Michael Roddy LONDON (Reuters) – The one thing that makes Malala Yousafzai blush in a documentary about her being released next month is when filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (“An Inconvenient Truth”) asks the now 18-year-old Nobel Peace Prize winner if she would ever ask a boy for…

‘The Martian’ premiere lands in London

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Kate Mara, Kristen Wiig, Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain arrives for the UK premiere of “The Martian” at Leicester Square in London, September 24, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth “The Martian” had its European premiere in London on Thursday (September 24) attended by a host of the film’s stars including Matt Damon, Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain and Chiwetel Ejiofor. While talking about “The Martian,” which has been critically praised since its world premiere…

Australia under pressure to ban entry to singer Chris Brown

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Singer Chris Brown poses at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles, California, March 29, 2015. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok By Matt Siegel SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia was facing pressure on Thursday to deny entry to American singer and hip-hop star Chris Brown over his history of domestic abuse, as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull pledged A$100 million ($70.05 million) to combat violence against women. Public pressure has been growing to block…

Snow-capped peaks of ‘Blood & Oil’ get panned by North Dakotans

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A young couple played by Chase Crawford (L) and Rebecca Rittenhouse appear in a scene from ABC’s “Blood and Oil” in this undated handout picture courtesy of ABC Television Network. REUTERS/ABC/Fred Hayes/Handout via Reuters By Ernest Scheyder WILLISTON, N.D. (Reuters) – North Dakotans, so annoyed that ABC’s oilfield soap opera “Blood & Oil” features sweeping vistas of mountains that don’t exist in their state, made a drinking game out of…

Robert De Niro scores one for baby-boomers as ‘The Intern’

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Cast member Robert De Niro arrives for the premiere of “The Intern” in New York September 21, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson By Jill Serjeant NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ben Whittaker is 70, retired and discovers that tai chi classes, learning a new language and visiting his grand-kids isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, so he turns to a new challenge – being “The Intern” at a New York fashion start-up….

Russia’s Putin calls Elton John, for real this time, offers meeting

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British singer Elton John performs during the Rock in Rio Music Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 20, 2015. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes By Darya Korsunskaya and Andrew Osborn SEMIKARAKORSK/MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin phoned Elton John on Thursday to say he would be ready to meet up for a chat after the British singer requested a meeting to discuss his concerns about gay rights in Russia. Putin’s call came…

‘Pan’ movie’s Tiger Lily: white but packed with girl-power

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Actress Rooney Mara arrives for the world premiere of “Pan” at Leicester Square in London, Britain September 20, 2015. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor By Jill Serjeant NEW YORK (Reuters) – Tiger Lily may not be played by a Native American actress in a new movie version of the Peter Pan story, but her tough, all-action character is an inspiration to girls, the movie’s director said on Thursday. Joe Wright’s controversial decision last…