Wednesday , June 20 2018

Entertainment

Saudi fans revel on ‘green carpet’ – ‘Stained Hearts’, ‘Hope’ open 3rd Saudi Film Festival

DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia, March 25, (Agencies): The “red carpet” was made of green artificial turf and women wore traditional black robes instead of plunging necklines when the third Saudi Film Festival opened on Thursday night. About 400 enthusiastic film fans filled a hall for the opening ceremony at a culture …

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Egyptian filmmaker on depicting terrorists in storytelling – We are all victims of our own complacency: Nasrallah

Egyptian auteur Yousry Nasrallah was named Variety’s Middle East Filmmaker of the Year in 2012, when his post-Arab Spring drama “After the Battle” competed at the Cannes Film Festival. His upcoming new film, “Brooks, Meadows and Beautiful Faces,” is about a family of cooks who cater a wedding in the …

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‘Fastball’ strikes a chord – ‘Essence of baseball’ captured

LOS ANGELES, March 25, (RTRS): A baseball documentary for old-timers and young analytics acolytes alike, “Fastball” sets out, as its nominal goal, to deduce who threw history’s all-time fastest pitch. That intention, however, is merely the pretext for an alternately mythologizing and scientific inquiry into the art of pitching — …

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‘Bright Star’ over-eager show – Whishaw revists an old classic, this time on B’way

NEW YORK, March 25, (AP): The new Broadway musical “Bright Star” starts with a bit of bluster, maybe even some swagger. “If you knew my story, you’d have a good story to tell,” the leading lady sings. But after 2 hours of this down-home hokum, the answer is clear: No, we don’t. …

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Farahani to make European stage debut – Play about comedian, activist Gregory coming to NYC

PARIS, March 24, (Agencies): Iranian film star Golshifteh Farahani is to make her European stage debut in May playing the tragic heroine Anna Karenina in Paris. The 32-year-old, who made her name internationally in Asghar Farhadi’s modern classic “All About Ely”, was the first top Iranian actor to star in …

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Affleck and Cavill face off in Batman v Superman – ‘This is a hard movie, mechanically’

BURBANK, California, March 24, (Agencies): The oldest actor ever to don the Dark Knight’s cape and cowl by a good five years, 43-year-old Ben Affleck wasn’t about to get into a competition with his 32-year-old “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” co-star Henry Cavill over who’s the better fighter. Not …

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Chili Peppers to play Lollapalooza – Dealing with loss helped Raitt tackle songwriting

NEW YORK, March 24, (Agencies): Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline the Lollapalooza festival, it was announced Wednesday, as the alternative rock greats complete work on their first album in five years. The July 28-31 festival in Chicago, which is marking its 25th anniversary, also said that Radiohead would perform, …

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Movies can help fight ISIS: Karim – ‘Religion is about grace … love’

LOS ANGELES, March 24, (RTRS): Egyptian film and TV star Nelly Karim has played several groundbreaking Arab female roles, including an upper-class jewelery designer who mentors women against sexual harassment in “Cairo 678”, a recovering heroin addict in hit Ramadan TV show “Taht al-Saytara (Under Control),” and a mother fighting …

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Epic standoff in ‘Batman v Superman’ – ‘Life-or-death battle’

LOS ANGELES, March 23, (RTRS): Who would win in a fight, Batman or Superman? Could the Flash outrun Superman? Could Superman craft a boulder so heavy even he couldn’t lift it? While “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” ostensibly seeks to tackle the first of those evergreen schoolyard hypotheticals, it’s …

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‘Anti-Hillary’ movie coming soon – Projects could generate some box office business

LOS ANGELES, March 23, (RTRS): Hillary Clinton has noted, on the campaign trail and in debates, that “Citizens United was about me.” Her point is that she grasps campaign finance reform because it was so personal: The famous court decision has its roots in a 2008 documentary called “Hillary, the Movie,” …

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