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Madonna introduces Pussy Riot, Berlin film festival opens

Thursday, February 06, 2014 - 01:16

Feb 06 - The day's top showbiz news and headlines including Madonna introduces Pussy Riot at concert, the Berlin film festival launches with ''The Grand Budapest Hotel,'' and the marquees of Broadway are dimmed for Philip Seymour Hoffman. Bob Mezan reports.

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Madonna took the stage at the Amnesty International benefit concert in New York on Wednesday (February 05), introducing the crowd to two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot. The women - who spent two years behind bars before Vladimir Putin granted them amnesty - took the stage calling for the release of anti-government prisoners in Russia. Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" officially opened the 64th Berlin film festival on Thursday (February 6). Star Ralph Fiennes hit the opening red carpet, as did his co-stars Bill Murray and Tilda Swinton. The film is one of 23 movies in competition for the festival's Golden Bear trophy which will be awarded on February 15. The marquees of Broadway were dimmed for one minute on Wednesday (February 5) evening in honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman. The actor was known for his work in the theater; he earned Tony nomination for his role as Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman" and for his parts in "Long Day's Journey Into Night" and "True West." Finally, Oprah Winfrey attended the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The media mogul and actress was presented with the Montecito Award and spoke about her past film roles, including "The Color Purple" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler."

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Madonna introduces Pussy Riot, Berlin film festival opens

Thursday, February 06, 2014 - 01:16