Tuesday , September 25 2018


McCain, feisty new presence on ‘View’

‘She is smart, considered and utterly fearless’ NEW YORK, July 24, (AP): Meghan McCain’s first instinct when approached to join “The View” was to say no — until her father, Sen John McCain, convinced her to look past her trepidation to see the opportunity. In less than a year, she’s …

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‘Favourite’ to open NY film fest

Redgrave to get Lifetime Achievement Award LOS ANGELES, July 24, (Agencies): Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite,” a historical drama set during the reign of Queen Anne, will kick off the 56th New York Film Festival. The Fox Searchlight title will make its New York debut (careful wording that suggests the film …

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A hurricane ‘sends’ Chesney on mission

‘Songs for Saints’ NASHVILLE, Tenn, July 24, (AP): At Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field this June, Kenny Chesney flew in a large group of VIP guests to visit with him before performing for some 55,000 fans. They weren’t music industry bigwigs. They were school children and teachers from the US Virgin …

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‘Eighth Grade’ coming-of-age drama

I didn’t want to make it R-rated: Burnham It’s not lost on Bo Burnham that, technically, middle schoolers aren’t able to see “Eighth Grade,” his coming-of-age drama that captures what it’s like to be a teenager in the digital age. “I didn’t want to make it R-rated,” Burnham told Variety. …

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Moving tale of motherhood in ‘Maquia’

Rich subplots add life, texture to Okada’s anime ‘I won’t cry, I promise,’ vows the ethereal, long-living Maquia (voiced by Manaka Iwami) to the little mortal boy she is raising as her son. “I’m a mother!” she says, beating her fist lightly against her belly in a gesture of defiance …

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‘ABBA were feminine pop opera’

The great pop machine of 1970s In the ’70s, you always tended to hear two things about ABBA: that they were most stratospherically successful pop group since the Beatles (which was true); and that musically, they were a shiny bouncy joke — the quintessence of bubble-gum triviality, four smiling Swedish …

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‘Wonder Woman’, ‘Shazam’, ‘Aquaman’ delight fan-fest

Superheroes swoop into Comic-Con SAN DIEGO, July 22, (Agencies): Warner Bros closed the final full day of the Comic-Con International fanfest on Saturday as the belle of the ball, bringing its roster of superheroes to take a bow in San Diego. The studio took over the 6,500-seat main arena at …

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US music school to revive French ties

Aspen Music Fest devotes its season to Paris ASPEN, United States, July 22, (AFP): The music teachers spending the summer in the mountain air of Aspen can tell you all about that most famous instructor of them all, Nadia Boulanger, the Parisian whose roster of pupils reads like a historical …

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‘Mamma Mia!’ director on casting Cher

‘I refused to contemplate anyone else’ LOS ANGELES, July 22, (RTRS): It’s been a decade since the smash hit “Mamma Mia” hit the screen, and yet director Ol Parker knew audiences still had the hunger for a sequel. Parker, best known for writing the “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” series, …

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Ted Williams’ Mexican-American heritage explored in film

‘He was so complicated and so full of contradictions’ Ted Williams is the last major league baseball player to hit over .400. The Boston Red Sox slugger captivated millions with his dazzling swing and towering homers throughout the 1940s and 1950s in competition with New York Yankees hero Joe DiMaggio. …

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