Thursday , January 18 2018

Entertainment

Play on ‘Syria’s war’ gets closest to home – Real-life story

BEIRUT, Oct 22, (Agencies): A play about Syria’s war, told through one family’s tragedy, made its Lebanon debut on Friday, the closest it will ever get to being staged on home soil, its Syrian director said. “It would be impossible to perform it in Syria. There are red lines, and …

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Antalya Fest opens with ‘Never Leave Me’ – ‘Peace’ sees old conflicts with new eyes

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a morass, but that doesn’t mean a documentary about it can afford to be. It shouldn’t oversimplify, but it should shine a light through the darkness, which is what several key documentaries out of Israel have recently done. “The Gatekeepers” offered the startling vision of six …

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New film ‘solves’ Thompson mystery – ‘Ragnarok’ is most fun of the Thor movies

BANGKOK, Oct 21, (AP): A new documentary is set to stir fresh debate over one of Asia’s most enduring mysteries: What happened to Jim Thompson, Thailand’s legendary silk king. The former American intelligence officer turned textile tycoon went for a walk in the Malaysian jungle 50 years ago and never …

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Iranian, Korean dramas share top prize at Busan film fest – AFI adds galas for ‘Call’, ‘Disaster’, ‘Hostiles’

BUSAN, South Korea, Oct 21, (Agencies): A Korean drama about desperate teens and a movie that exposes the hardships of daily life in the Iranian capital Tehran shared the top prize at Asia’s premier film festival on Saturday. The two grim tales left award jurors at the 22nd Busan International …

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Granny beauty queens mark ‘age of elegance’ – Ms Senior America

ATLANTIC CITY, United States, Oct 21, (Agencies): Beauty pageants may conjure up images of young women in bikinis, but in Atlantic City a roomful of sequined grandmothers and great-grandmothers are putting their best stiletto forward. From an ex-CIA employee to Whitney Houston’s childhood choir director to a marathon runner, Ms …

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Echoes of war as SKorea grannies on protest front lines – ‘Soseongri’ focuses on elderly residents’ daily lives

BUSAN, South Korea, Oct 18, (AFP): A powerful US missile system installed in South Korea to defend it from the nuclear-armed North made international headlines this year. But the stars of a film about the project are the grandmothers who found themselves living next to some of the world’s most …

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Lovato reveals a lot in new docu – Swank to star in sci-fi thriller ‘I Am Mother’

You might expect a lot of glamorous footage of Demi Lovato in the new YouTube-exclusive documentary that she co-produced — and you won’t be disappointed. She’s often shown in flattering light, in slow motion with perfect hair and makeup. But there’s also a lot of ugly stuff, too. Lovato spills …

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Saunders’ ‘Lincoln’ wins Booker prize – Sequel launched to Mandela’s ‘Long Walk’ autobiography

LONDON, Oct 18, (Agencies): American author George Saunders won the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction Tuesday for “Lincoln in the Bardo,” a polyphonic symphony of a novel about restless souls adrift in the afterlife. It is the second year in a row an American has won the 50,000 pound …

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Tsujii plays it by ears – Japan’s blind maestro inspires

TOKYO, Oct 17, (Agencies): Blind since birth, virtuoso Japanese pianist Nobuyuki Tsujii puts his global success down to a wide range of experiences outside music — and listening to how the conductor breathes. “I love sport, I love swimming, skiing,” the 29-year-old maestro told AFP in an interview. “The more …

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Boyz back with their ‘finger-snapping’ CD – Horan walks on folkier side

Boyz II Men, “Under the Streetlight” (Sony Masterworks) The guys who gave us “Motownphilly” in 1991 are making fun of themselves these days in a Geico ad in which they harmonize gross digestive side effects at a pharmacy. “If you’re Boyz II Men, you make anything sound good,” says the …

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