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Diversity plays role in Oscars, but not the lead – Issue dominates buzz, threatening to overwhelm industry’s biggest night

LOS ANGELES, Feb 26, (AP): Sunday’s Academy Awards promise a three-way race for best picture, performances by Lady Gaga, Sam Smith and the Weeknd, and the likelihood of first Oscar wins ever for Leonardo DiCaprio and Sylvester Stallone. But no one is talking about it. Oscar host Chris Rock and …

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‘Girl’ eyes a bigger prize – ‘Silence’ competes

NEW YORK, Feb 26, (Agencies): Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy made history by winning Pakistan’s first Oscar four years ago. Now she’s back in Hollywood, hoping to scoop a second Academy Award for her harrowing film about a teenage girl shot in the face by her own family. But while other Oscar nominees …

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Bedouin drama vying for Oscar nod – Making ‘Theeb’ has been a wild ride for Jordanian fi lmmakers

AL-SHAKRIYEH, Jordan, Feb 24, (Agencies): A coming-of-age drama set among Bedouin tribesmen roaming the desert is the first Oscar contender produced by Jordan’s nascent film industry. “Theeb” (Wolf), set in 1916, tells the story of a playful 11-year-old Bedouin boy of the same name who gets caught up in his …

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Stars go skin deep when cleaning up for awards season – Celebrities maintain beauty, fitness regimen 

As Yves Saint Laurent once said, “Over the years, I have learned that what is important in the dress is the woman who is wearing it.” And this is never truer than on Oscar night, when movie stars — male and female — are held under the tightest scrutiny not …

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‘A good year, not a great one’ – Pundits weigh in on year in cinema

We asked Variety’s top critics and awards afi cionados to discuss how 2015 shaped up cinematically. Here they answer the following questions: 1. How do you rate 2015 against previous years cinematically? 2. What is the scandal/most talked about or not talked about issue of the year? 3. What aspect …

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Turkey hit for barring blind girl from school

STRASBOURG, France, Feb 24, (AFP): The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday condemned Turkey for refusing a blind girl admission to Istanbul’s National Music Academy, ordering Ankara to pay her 10,000 euros ($11,000) in damages. The girl, who was born in 1989, applied to the school in 2004 and …

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Honor killings film moves PM – All Def v Oscars

Meanwhile,  Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif vowed Monday to act against the “despicable” practice known as honor killing after viewing an Oscar-nominated documentary about the issue. “A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness,” by Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, was screened at the premier’s office. The 2015 film is …

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DiCaprio Oscar-bound with ‘Revenant’ – 5 possible upsets that could rock H’wood’s big night

LOS ANGELES, Feb 23, (Agencies): In a rollercoaster movie awards season with no clear favorite in the Oscars best picture race, there is one sure bet — Leonardo DiCaprio, one of the world’s biggest celebrities, will finally take home the best actor statuette on Sunday. DiCaprio’s fifth acting Oscar nomination, …

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Tina Fey’s Afghanistan war comedy hits cinemas – ‘WTF’ recounts exploits of cable news producer

NEW YORK, Feb 23, (AFP): War in Afghanistan may be no laughing matter but a new comedy starring Tina Fey based on the memoir of an American war reporter opens next week as a modern-day “Carry on Up the Khyber.” “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” shortened euphemistically to “WTF” recounts the exploits …

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CGI, real boy complete ‘Jungle Book’ – Favreau reimagines the classic cartoon

LOS ANGELES, Feb 23, (RTRS): Jon Favreau was just a small child when he saw the original “Jungle Book,” but the film made a deep impression. The actor-director still vividly recalls majestic elephants on the march, the “hypnotic eyes” of the python Kaa and the man cub Mowgli riding down …

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