Wednesday , July 18 2018

Entertainment

10 Oscar hopefuls based on true tales – From real to reel

LOS ANGELES, Feb 21, (AFP): From biopics and historical epics to spy stories and harrowing tales of abduction and abuse, this year’s list of Oscar nominees features a bevy of films based on true stories. Some stick faithfully to history, but many play fast and loose with the facts — …

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Actor Fageeh hopes film gives an insight into Saudi life – Rare Saudi film shown at Berlin festival

BERLIN, Feb 21, (RTRS): It’s rare that a Saudi Arabian film is shown at a major film festival, but Mahmoud Sabbagh’s “Barakah yoqabil Barakah” (Barakah Meets Barakah) has given Berlin a lighthearted look at the challenges of romance in the desert kingdom. Screened in the Forum section of the Berlinale, …

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‘A War’ depicts complex conflicts – Lindholm’s film balances military, legal politics

LOS ANGELES, Feb 21, (RTRS): Back in 2014, Tobias Lindholm got to share in some Oscar celebrations, as Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Hunt” — which Lindholm co-wrote with the Danish auteur — nabbed a best foreign language film nomination. Two years on, the glory is all his, as “A War”, the …

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Author leaves behind queries – Life and work?

NEW YORK, Feb 21, (Agencies): Harper Lee has died, but the conversation about the author’s life and work has only begun. “I think the retrospective will be more useful than what was said during her lifetime, because there are a lot of things we can get down to that were impossible …

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‘Race’ competes, but not medal – Flick recounts Owen’s Nazi-defying triumph at ’36 Olympics

Though the film is due out in theaters this weekend, it’ll be a couple of years before “Race” fully arrives in its most natural habitat: resource-starved high school history classrooms. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. Competently recounting a fairly can’t-miss historical episode — Jesse Owens’ Nazi-defying triumph at …

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Dion extends his stay in the blues on latest CD – Lovely melding of culture in ‘Lola’

LOS ANGELES, Feb 19, (Agencies): Dion, “New York Is My Home” (Instant Records) Dion extends his stay in the blues neighborhood on “New York Is My Home,” a style that comes naturally to the doo-wop legend. Paul Simon guests on the title track, insistent percussion driving the folksy tune in …

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Weary Berlin crowd cheers 8-hour ‘Lullaby’ – Historical drama tackles Philippine revolution

BERLIN, Feb 19, (Agencies): Hundreds of movie lovers emerged bleary-eyed but enthusiastic Thursday after the longest competition contender in the 66-year history of the Berlin Film Festival, shown in an eight-and-a-half hour marathon screening with just one break. Daring Filipino director Lav Diaz had told AFP before travelling to the …

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Sutherlands share screen – Actors play father & son in ‘Forsaken’

LOS ANGELES, Feb 19, (AP): Donald Sutherland, 80, and Kiefer Sutherland, 49, have nearly 275 combined credits and 85 years of experience between them, and have somehow only shared the screen three times. The first was 1983’s “Max Dugan Returns”. The second was in 1996’s “A Time to Kill”. Now, …

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Diaz brings 8-hour epic to Berlin – Filipino maestro’s ‘Lullaby’ tests human patience, endurance

MANILA, Feb 18, (Agencies): Daring Filipino director Lav Diaz brings his movie house of pain to Berlin this week, shooting for the top prize with an eight-hour epic that tests human patience and endurance. Diaz weaves the rich revolutionary history and mythology of his impoverished homeland in “A Lullaby to …

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Catch up on ‘Oscar flicks’ online – 30 of 57 nominated films available for streaming

The good news for those trying to catch up on Oscar-nominated flicks: A little more than half are available for streaming online. The bad news: Nearly half aren’t. The somewhat-less-bad, but still-not-good news: Apart from documentaries, few of the nominees are available through all-you-can-watch subscriptions such as Netflix and HBO …

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