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Eurovision favorites Portugal, Armenia sail through first semi-final

May 10, 2017 KIEV (Reuters) – The Portuguese and Armenian entrants for the 2017 Eurovision song contest, among the favorites to win the continent-wide songfest, were two of 10 to qualify for the final in the first round of heats in Kiev. In Tuesday’s semi-final, Portuguese singer Salvador Sobral drew some of the loudest applause with his song ‘For The Both Of Us’ – a lilting, jazz-style ballad written by his sister. The pitch-perfect performance was not typical fare for Eurovision, an annual contest watched by millions across Europe that…

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Peace, love and ‘Barbecue,’ a global film ode to grilled meat

March 13, 2017 By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – The primal confluence of food, flames and family simmers in high definition in “Barbecue,” a globe-trotting new documentary and cinematic love letter to cooking meat over an open fire. The feature-length movie filmed in 12 countries had its global premiere at the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas, not far from some of the barbecue joints that inspired Australian filmmaker Matthew Salleh and his partner Rose Tucker to explore the globe’s shared barbecue culture. “Barbecue is this perfect…

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