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Entertainment

‘Miss Stevens’ a well-acted dramedy – Smartly layered performance from Rabe

LOS ANGELES, March 15, (RTRS): A high-school English teacher chaperones three students at a weekend-long drama competition and finds that she’s the one with a lot to learn in “Miss Stevens,” a well-acted and involving dramedy that takes a few too many facile turns en route to upbeat endings all …

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Kanye, Goulding to use fan lyrics – Unique interactive album aimed at fighting poverty

NEW YORK, March 15, (AFP): Top names in music including Kanye West and Ellie Goulding will record songs from lyrics submitted by fans in a unique interactive album aimed at fighting global poverty. Global Citizen, best known for organizing giant annual concerts in New York to further the goal of …

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Abrams not looking forward to ‘Force’ being watched on phones – Howard, Grazer defend Parker home movie plan

AUSTIN, Texas, March 15, (RTRS): With “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” coming out soon on iTunes, the director of the box-office smash said on Monday it was a “nightmare” to think of people watching the big-screen sci-fi adventure on a cellphone. “Anyone who makes movies will say: ‘Please don’t watch …

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Qumra event reaffirms its role as Arab cinema incubator – DFI project draws attention from top-tier fests

LOS ANGELES, March 14, (RTRS): The Doha Film Institute’s innovative Qumra workshop wrapped its second edition March 9 reaffirming its role as formidable facilitator for new voices in Arab cinema and beyond thanks to a format that’s getting great word of mouth, has attracted a larger North American presence this …

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Techno king rocks crowd – ‘Bit of a nerd’

TOKYO, March 14,  (AFP): Japan’s techno trail-blazer Ken Ishii rocks huge crowds the world over and leads a glamorous, jet-set life — but the superstar DJ insists he’s a “bit of a nerd” at heart. Ishii, 45, burst onto the dance scene more than 20 years ago and has scooped …

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Cage supplies laughs in ‘The Trust’ – Hawke, Travolta’s solid performance in ‘Valley’

LOS ANGELES, March 14, (RTRS): Making the first of an expected six film appearances in 2016 alone, the ever-prolific, never-selective Nicolas Cage at least seems to be enjoying himself more than usual in “The Trust,” a thinly conceived but juicily played heist thriller directed by the sibling team of Alex …

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‘Animal’, ‘Machinery’ top Guadalajara Fest – Social-issue titles win immediate glory

LOS ANGELES, March 14, (RTRS): Graced by Alfonso Cuaron, Antonio Banderas, Diego Luna, Danny Glover and Maya Rudolph, Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival gave its two biggest prizes to feature debuts — Mexico’s “Pan-American Machinery” and Colombia’s “Oscuro Animal” — at Mexico’s Guadalajara Festival. Relocated, largely successfully, in the city’s stylish colonial …

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Love lost, rekindled in ‘Lovers’ – Gripping documentary from film world’s true-crime drama

LOS ANGELES, March 13, (RTRS): The secretly taped voice of Kim Jong-il sounds more good-humored than you’d expect, but it nonetheless sends a chill through “The Lovers and the Despot,” a coolly gripping documentary account of one of the more bizarre true-crime stories ever to emerge from the film world. …

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Silence golden in horror-thriller ‘Hush’ – Purge producer Blum on future of horror films

LOS ANGELES, March 13, (RTRS): Silence is golden in “Hush” one of the more inspired concoctions to emerge from the busy Blumhouse horror-thriller assembly line in recent years. Reuniting producer Jason Blum with his “Oculus” director Mike Flanagan, this simple cat-and-mouse game gets a big boost from a novel premise …

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‘Force Awakens’ wins Favorite Film Award

The 2016 Kids’ Choice Awards was held in LA Saturday, with Blake Shelton serving as the show’s host. Performers included DNCE, Silento, Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa. Stars who presented or made special appearances during the show included Anthony Anderson, Will Arnett, Rowan Blanchard, Dove Cameron, Sabrina Carpenter, Cameron Dallas, …

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