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  • Telluride: From 'Birdman' to 'Mommy,' Festival Soars Above the Fray

    LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - JUSTIN CHANG: How was your Telluride, Scott? Mine was terrific -- though I should note that I don't really have a frame of reference, being a first-timer at this annual mountainside mecca for movie lovers. Still, I'm happy to report that just about everything I've heard is true: the unbeatable backdrop, the near-unbeatable films, above all that wondrous sense that the usual barriers separating filmmakers, journalists and audiences have magically melted away for one long weekend, uniting us all in one collective cinephile bliss-out. This is a festival where you're as likely to pass Alexander Payne, Mike Leigh or the Dardenne brothers in the street as you are to make it into your next screening, and where a Megan Ellison sighting can send a momentary hush through a screening queue. ("You're a rock star," someone told her as we waited in line for Jon Stewart's "Rosewater," one of the best movies I've seen here.)
  • Photos may provide evidence of torture, killing of Syria detainees

    Photos may provide evidence of torture, killing of Syria detainees
    With peace talks due to begin this week in Switzerland, a report lays out new evidence that the Syrian government engaged in the “systematic torture and killing” of detainees that it says could support charges of war crimes and crimes...

    Divers find suspected human remains from capsized Costa Concordia

    Divers find suspected human remains from capsized Costa Concordia
    Divers searching for the bodies of the last two people missing from the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship have found what are believed to be human remains, Italian officials said Thursday. DNA tests will be conducted to determine whether they are the...

    U.S. service member reported killed in Afghan 'insider attack'

    KABUL, Afghanistan  -- A U.S. service member was killed Thursday in Afghanistan’s eastern Paktia province when a man in an Afghan National Army uniform opened fire at a joint military training base, provincial officials said. The assailant was...

    Rights groups slam death-by-stoning sentence for Sudanese woman

     
    Rights groups slam death sentence by stoning for young Sudanese woman: A young Sudanese woman, Intisar Sharif Abdallah, has been sentenced to death by stoning after being convicted of adultery by a Sudanese court, according to rights groups, provoking...