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Robin Williams confronts deep-rooted secret in drama ‘Boulevard’

A random drive down an unfamiliar road and a chance encounter with a stranger force a soft-spoken bank employee to reassess his life and acknowledge his true self in the new indie drama "Boulevard," starring Oscar winner Robin Williams. Williams, 62, most familiar to audiences as a sharp-witted, fast-talking comedian, shows his darker, more intense side in "Boulevard," which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival that runs through April 27. The four-time Academy Award nominee, who took home the best supporting actor prize in 1998 for "Good Will Hunting," plays a 60-year-old, meek loan officer comfortably attuned to his life and marriage until he meets a young man who reawakens his inner conflict. "He is an older man, long married, who essentially comes out of the closet at an age when most couples have settled into the tedium of a kind of combative relationship," said Geoffrey Gilmore, Tribeca Film Festival's chief creative officer.

Milsap, Wiseman, Cochran get call from Country Music Hall of Fame

Ronnie Milsap, who scored a handful of crossover hits in the 1970s and 1980s, bluegrass singer Mac Wiseman and songwriter Hank Cochran are this year's inductees into the County Music Hall of Fame, the Country Music Association said on Tuesday. Milsap, the singer of hits such as 1977's "It Was Almost Like a Song," 1981's "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me" and 1982's "Any Day Now," broke ground as a blind country music star and helped the genre win over pop music fans. The 71-year-old pianist, who was born in North Carolina, suffered as a child from a congenital disorder. Milsap started his career as a rhythm and blues performer in the 1960s and served a session musician for Elvis Presley.

Illness spoils ‘Royals’ singer Lorde’s Australian tour

Ailing Grammy award-winning New Zealand singer Lorde has postponed her Australian tour this week after doctors advised she needed immediate rest and recuperation, her promoters said on Tuesday. Teenager Ella Yelich-O'Connor, who uses her stage name Lorde, has been touring North and South America over the past few months and played at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival over the Easter weekend. She was due to kick off the seven-concert Australian leg of her world tour in Melbourne on Thursday. "It breaks my heart to have to postpone these shows as the band and I absolutely love playing to Australian crowds, and it was not a decision we made lightly," Yelich-O'Connor said in a statement issued through her promoter, Frontier Touring.

Brazil conference will plot Internet’s future post NSA spying

A global conference in Brazil on the future of the Internet in the wake of U.S. spying revelations might be much less anti-American than first thought after Washington said it was willing to loosen its control over the Web. Bowing to the demands of Brazil and other nations following revelations last year of its massive electronic surveillance of Internet users, the United States has agreed to relinquish oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned of Names and Numbers (ICANN), a non-profit group based in California that assigns Internet domain names or addresses. "The focus has changed from a political reaction to the NSA allegations to one of more constructive criticism and talk about the future of the Internet," said William Beer, a cyber security expert based in Sao Paulo.

Zadan, Meron invited back to produce 2015 Oscars show: Academy

Organizers of the Oscars ceremony invited the producing team of Craig Zadan and Neil Meron on Monday to run the live awards show for a third consecutive year, after this year's show brought in the best television ratings in 14 years. Some 43.7 million viewers in the United States tuned into the ABC live telecast of Hollywood's biggest night, hosted by comedian and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, 8 percent more than the previous year and the highest number since 2000, according to Nielsen ratings data. "Their showmanship has elevated the show to new heights and we are excited to keep the momentum going with this creative partnership," said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, of Zadan and Meron. The veteran film and musical producers were under pressure this year to deliver a show that would boost ratings, particularly among young viewers, and avoid the controversy of the previous year's Oscars, when host Seth MacFarlane's provocative comedy prompted harsh criticism. DeGeneres' middle-of-the-road approach, which included a star-studded selfie and pizza delivery, received generally high marks, although critics complained about an overly long show.