Saturday , February 24 2018


How Coen brothers survived H’wood – ‘Hail, Caesar!’ a valentine to classic Hollywood

LOS ANGELES, Feb 4, (RTRS): The Coen brothers are just as quirky as the characters from their movies. Just ask Josh Brolin, who has collaborated three times with the writer-directors, including on the upcoming “Hail, Caesar!” He recalls meeting the brothers on his “No Country for Old Men” audition, and …

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Wide takes ‘Alone’, ‘Us’ – Thwaites to star in ‘Office Uprising’

LOS ANGELES, Feb 4, (RTRS): Paris-based sales-production-distribution house Wide Management has taken world sales rights to a bouquet of Berlin-selected titles – led by “You’ll Never Be Alone,” “Before the Streets,” Nakom” and “One of Us” – as the Wide-sold “Vanity” and ‘Our Loved Ones’ screen at Goteborg. Playing Panorama, …

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Ludwig a mastering engineer of hits – A 10-time Grammy winner you don’t know

NEW YORK, Feb 4, (AP): His role is at the finish line of an album — helping it sound as perfect as possible before it’s available to the masses. He’s won 10 Grammys, including three consecutive wins for album of the year from 2013-2015. And he’s collaborated with contemporary leaders …

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Malian music documentary ‘Kill’ set for US release – ‘Production levels quickly returned to normal’

LOS ANGELES, Feb 4, (RTRS): BBC Worldwide North America will release the documentary “They Will Have to Kill Us First: Malian Music in Exile” in March and April in the US, Variety has learned exclusively. The release coincides with Music Freedom Day on March 3. The feature-length documentary premiered at …

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In contemplation … the cosmos – Divine signs of Divine reason

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 3: Professor Roy Mottahedeh delivered a fascinating lecture on ‘Aja’ib in the book of Qazwini’ at the Yarmouk Cultural Center on Monday evening, as part of the Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyyah’s 21st cultural season. “Over the last 21 cultural seasons, the DAI has enjoyed bringing a …

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‘Pride’ moderately entertaining film – ‘Fault in Our Stars’ director to helm King’s ‘Revival’

LOS ANGELES, Feb 3, (RTRS):  Tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt substantial audiences, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is in fact a moderately entertaining film, not deficient in old-fashioned costume drama when it pleases, nor in the power of being clever where it chooses, but awkward and unsatisfying. It …

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After conquering Europe with country, young DJ hits US – Lady Gaga to sing at Super Bowl, Grammys

NEW YORK, Feb 3: Of all America’s musical heritage, country is among the genres with the least global reach, but a touch of twang has helped make a young Belgian DJ a surprise chart-topper in Europe. Lost Frequencies, a 22-year-old who just a year ago was finishing his degree in economics, …

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Syria’s textile industry hangs on for survival – Factories destroyed, workers gone

BEIRUT, Feb 3, (AFP): At a stall in a Beirut exhibition hall, Syrian businesswoman Reem Abu Dahab displays her workshop’s lacy pink and white nightgowns, hoping to attract increasingly elusive buyers. Syria’s textile industry was once one of the country’s economic bright spots, with its products coveted throughout the region …

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‘Dark Night’, ‘Nation’ powerful tales – Some of best films of Sundance 2016

LOS ANGELES, Feb 2, (RTRS): Variety film critics Justin Chang, Peter Debruge, Guy Lodge, Geoff Berkshire and Dennis Harvey weighed in with their choices for the 21 best films that world-premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The full list follows (in alphabetical order): ■ “Agnus Dei”. Set in a Polish convent …

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