Monday , December 11 2017


Lamar, Swift top favorites – Diverse Grammys

LOS ANGELES, Feb 14, (AFP): Socially conscious rapper Kendrick Lamar leads nominations going into the Grammy Awards on Monday but he faces tough competition led by pop superstar Taylor Swift. A diverse array of artists is in contention at the music industry’s premier awards ceremony, an action-packed evening that will …

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Academy honors inventors, experts – Sci-tech awards

LOS ANGELES, Feb 14, (Agencies): Recipients of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Scientific and Technical Awards may be mostly engineers and physicists, but it was the chemistry between Jason Segel and Olivia Munn that carried the night on Saturday as the Oscar-granting org gave out honors …

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‘Midnight’ sci-fi look at parenting – Slow-burn supernatural thrill

BERLIN, Feb 13, (RTRS): The director Jeff Nichols has a knack for turning his personal life into cinema, and he’s done it again in “Midnight Special,” a sci-fi-tinged movie about a boy with extraordinary powers inspired by his own son. Starring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Adam Driver and Kirsten Dunst, …

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Beloved British motorcycling ace to be revived in ‘Sheene’ – Cumberbatch to narrate docu ‘Naples ’44’

LOS ANGELES, Feb 13, (RTRS): Celebrated British screenwriting duo Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement will write the script of “Sheene,” a feature film biopic about charismatic motorcycling ace Barry Sheene. The film, a UK-Australian co-production is based on the book “Barry: The Story of Motorcycling Legend Barry Sheene” by …

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Alabama Shakes to rock Grammys – Hip-hop finds spotlight with Lamar

LOS ANGELES, Feb 13, (Agencies): Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes remembers being a nervous, fresh-faced, first-time nominee at the Grammys back in 2013. “It was all (like), ‘Well, what’s going to happen. What? Ahhh, it was really stressful. What is this? What do I do? Go here, go there; Staples …

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Gaga readies experimental tribute to Bowie – ‘Technologically ambitious’

LOS ANGELES, Feb 13, (AFP): Lady Gaga is promising a technologically ambitious, “multisensory” David Bowie tribute at the Grammy Awards she hopes will befit the famously experimental rock legend. The music industry’s biggest night takes place Monday barely a month after the shocking death of Bowie, who over his half-century …

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Arab contender ‘Hedi’ opens Berlin race – Japan’s Village brings Geki Cine to world market

TUNIS, Feb 12, (Agencies): A love story set against the aftermath of Tunisia’s watershed revolution kicked off the competition at the Berlin film festival Friday as the first Arab contender in two decades. Hailing from the North African country that triggered the Arab Spring, “Hedi” is the debut feature-length film of …

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Refugee crisis in spotlight at Berlinale – Streep sparks controversy with ‘we’re all Africans’ remarks

LOS ANGELES, Feb 12, (Agencies): Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Hail, Caesar!” opened the Berlin Film Festival on Thursday, with Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum on the red carpet. Jury president Meryl Streep, wearing an elegant black and silver snakeskin-print gown, appeared unfazed by the …

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BAFTA’s British Categories highlight next gen of talent – CEO Amanda Berry finalizing preps for awards

LOS ANGELES, Feb 12, (RTRS): Despite the ever-increasing proximity between the Oscars and the British Academy of Film and Televison Arts awards, BAFTA still remains a terrific reminder of the British brand. But the love in this year’s noms has been given to a host of veterans: Ridley Scott, Maggie …

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‘Girl’ tackles honor killings – ‘Save me’

KARACHI, Pakistan, Feb 12, (AP): When Saba Qaiser was 19 years old, her uncle and father shot her in the head, stuffed her in a bag and threw into a river to die. They said she had shamed her family when she married the boy of her choice. She crawled …

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