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Who's Starring in Star Wars: Episode VII?

Lupita Nyong'o, Adam Driver<p>Though no official castings have been announced, the rumor mill is working overtime when it comes to reported castings for</i> …

Downton Abbey

Pistorius trial: Nation of competing realities

<b>This can be a bewildering country.</b><p>Take one exit on the drive north from Johannesburg to Pretoria and you'd think you were in downtown Geneva. Take the next and it's more like Kinshasa.<p>Different worlds - in a nation of notorious inequality.<p>And as we've seen this week, those sharp contrasts - in …

South Africa

Marvel Still Hasn't Learned Its Lesson About Marketing Black Widow

It's hard to see this as a step up from the infamous hand-out photo that found the Marvel assassin unarmed and sticking her butt out. Here's what I thought of when I saw the new poster: Marianne Faithfull in the biker exploitation movie <i>Girl on a Motorcycle</i>— a movie retitled <i>Naked Under Leather</i> in …

Comics

Missing Malaysia plane: MH370 and the military gaps

<b>The latest information in the riddle of flight MH370 has not only dramatically refocused the investigation and search.</b><p>It has also revived questions about why the Malaysian military did not immediately notice what was happening, and what gaps there might be more generally in military air defences in …

Airplanes

Courts Take A Kinder Look At Victims Of Child Sex Trafficking

We've all seen them: the public service announcements about sex trafficking in America. They're plastered on buses and billboards; images of young women exploited for their bodies, with hotlines to call for help.<p>The numbers are staggering. The Justice Department estimates that each year at least …

Air of discontent around South Africa

South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Port Elizabeth<p>It has been a tricky few days for South African cricket, and not just because of Mitchell Johnson. …

South Africa

South Africa v Australia: a letter to the Proteas

Dear South African cricket team,<p>For most of the past five years, you have been the best Test team in the world. You have earned that No1 ranking and my unstinting admiration. Therefore, I am writing to you to aid you in your noble efforts to shed your tag as choke artists extraordinaire.<p>Now, I …

South Africa work to improve 'scary' second Test pitch

The grassy Port Elizabeth pitch has been cut back and could be shorn further before the second Test begins.<p>Michael Clarke, speaking on Tuesday, believed a day-three finish could be on the cards if curator Adrian Carter did not trim the centre strip.<p>St George’s Park groundsman Carter on Tuesday told …

Should cricket take a leaf out of rugby's book?

Cricket could do worse than take lessons from two other sports when it comes to distribution of revenues, growing the game, and drawing up fixture …

Rugby Union

The week in Australian cricket: To Watson or not to Watson?

Surely not? The word out of Port Elizabeth is that Watson won’t be picked unless he can bowl, which is fair enough given the patience, form and application displayed by a determined Alex Doolan (has anyone recently “left” so well on Australian debut) and a resurgent Shaun Marsh at Centurion. This …

Liam Neeson thriller 'Non-Stop' lifts off to lead box office

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - “Non-Stop”, a thriller starring Liam Neeson as a U.S. air marshal trying to stop a string of murders on an international flight, collected $30 million in ticket sales to soar into the lead at the domestic box office.<p>Actor Liam Neeson poses at the premiere of his new …

Your Oscars 2014 Live Thread

The glamour, the pageantry, the culture, the Holocaust – that’s right, it’s the Oscars! And it’s finally happening tonight! The Super Bowl of movie season, so many Harvey Weinstein tirades have all been leading up to this. STRAP ON YOUR TIARAS, SAILORS, IT’S TIME FOR PAGEANTRY! Red carpet coverage …

As the Oscars age, so do the nominees

Sun comes out as stars arrive on Oscars red carpet

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The world’s top actors and actresses gathered for the Academy Awards on Sunday to honor a year of high-quality film and crown the best picture, a cliffhanger race led by “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity.”<p>As if on cue, the sun came out after four days of heavy rain just before …