Entertainment

James charms his way to top – The fairytale rise of singer

PARIS, March 10, (AFP): “In Ireland everything happens in pubs,” says Gavin James, widely seen as the next big singer songwriter. That was certainly true for him. It was against the hubbub of laughter and conversation that the young red-haired singer honed his delicate, angelic voice and where one night …

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Tribeca Film Festival adds ‘Elvis and Nixon,’ Hanks Davis, Holmes

Michael Shannon playing Elvis, Kevin Spacey as Nixon, Tom Hanks, Viola Davis, the directorial debut of Katie Holmes and a documentary about “Ghostbusters” fandom are all on the slate of the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival, which has unveiled its centerpiece film, “Elvis and Nixon,” alongside the full roster of programming …

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‘Starless Dreams’ heartbreaking docu – Arab media landscape expanding, but opportunities not changing

At a girls’ juvenile detention facility on the outskirts of Tehran, the inmates are hard cases, locked up on charges ranging from car theft and drug possession to premeditated murder. Consider that they’ve known nothing but poverty and exploitation, often in the form of physical and sexual abuse, and consider, …

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‘Force Awakens’ leads MTV Awards nods – ‘Star Wars’ docu to premiere at SXSW

LOS ANGELES, March 9, (Agencies): It may have been snubbed at the Oscars but the Force awakened on Tuesday for the current “Star Wars” blockbuster with the film gaining a leading 11 nominations for the upcoming MTV Movie Awards. Breakout British star Daisy Ridley, 23, led the way for “Star …

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Drone warfare gets its close up in ‘Eye in the Sky’ – ‘Lean, Lumet-like thriller’

Omniscient high-definition views from above have done nothing to penetrate the fog of war in Gavin Hood’s drone drama “Eye in the Sky.” It’s a lean, Lumet-like thriller that puts the moral calculus of drone warfare in its crosshairs. Playing out compellingly in real time, a strike against Somali terrorists …

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Celebs cut trolls down to size – Clap back battles intensify on social media

ATLANTA, March 8, (Agencies): When Rick Ross posted a photo of himself on Instagram posing with Diddy, a woman joked on his page about the burly, bearded rapper wearing shades inside a nightclub. Ross noticed — and didn’t take kindly to it. In retaliation, he replied with an insult about …

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Damon may kickstart China ambitions – ‘Great Wall’ could be first int’l blockbuster

LOS ANGELES, March 8, (AP): China has a new ally in its campaign to turn itself into a global cultural superpower: Matt Damon. And, behind him, a good chunk of Hollywood as well. Chinese leaders have long sought international cultural influence, aka “soft power,” commensurate with the nation’s economic might. That’s …

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Baron Cohen’s ‘Brothers Grimsby’ truly shameless – Film pushes boundaries

Be suspect of movies that are infamous before they even hit theaters. The “they did WHAT” anticipatory glee is generally bound to be a letdown — especially when the big joke is someone getting a disease. In the off-chance that you’ve managed to stay blissfully unaware of the gag, I won’t …

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Ex-Eagles bassist’s wife accidentally shot dead – Meisner cooperative throughout investigation

LOS ANGELES, March 8, (AFP): The wife of Eagles co-founder Randy Meisner has been shot dead from an accidental discharge of a rifle at the couple’s home in Los Angeles, police said on Monday. Lana Meisner, 63, died less than two hours after officers were called to the couple’s home …

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‘DIF’s Qumra serious, innovative’ – Schamus talks venturing into TV, China ties

LOS ANGELES, March 7, (RTRS): James Schamus held a packed master class Saturday at the Doha Film Institute’s innovative Qumra workshop/festival in Doha, where the former Focus Features topper recently turned director also revealed plans to move into making a TV series. He’s doing so while launching his new Symbolic …

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